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Arasavilli

AP, South India, Temple

April 162014

Arasavilli and its uniqueness: Arasavilli Ancient Sun Temple, Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh

Arasavilli is located in Srikakulam. It is 3.5 kilometers away from Srikakulam town. This is one of the ancient and historical temples in Andhra Pradesh. It is Lord Suryanarayana Swami temple and quite a large number of devotees visit this sacred place every year.

What to see in Arasavilli?

Arasavilli Sun Temple: It is a very famous temple. It is named after the Hindu Solar Deity, Surya. The original name is Harshavalli. The meaning of this is ‘abode of joy’. People believe that the temple is built for the welfare of the mankind. Historians say that it might have been built in 7th century AD by Kalinga rulers. This is one of the frequently visited pilgrimage temples in India. People visit the temple to see the sun rays fall directly on the feet of the deity. The rays first fall on the Dhwajasthambam through the Gopuram of the temple and then touch the feet of the God. The rays also fall on the foot, navel and head of the statue. The morning rays directly fall on the feet of the God only twice in a year. This rare sight takes place on in the months of March and October. The astounding fact is that the rays fall in that way, even though the gates are closed. The devotees strongly believe that the worship of Sun God will bring them wealth, health and happiness.

What to see around Arasavilli?

Srimukhalingam: It is on the banks of Vamsadhara River in Srikakulam district. It is 48 kilometers away from Srikakulam. We find it on the north of the town. The centre of attraction of this place is Srimukhalingeswara temple, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Srikurmam: We find this temple 18 KM away from Srikakulam. It is one of the unique temples of the world. The name of the village Srikurmam is derived from the temple name. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. This is only the temple in India where Lord Vishnu is found in Kurmavathara.

Kalingapatnam: Kalingapatnam beach is located near Srikakulam. It is 20 kms away from the town. Places which will interest you are Buddhist Stupa and Light house. As there is a guest house, visitors need not bother about accommodation.

Teleneelapuram and Telukunchi: There are two bird sanctuaries in Srikakulam and each one is located in 65 and 115 kilometers respectively from the town. Teleneelapuram is near Tekkali and Telukunchi is in the Mandal of Ichapuram. Birds from different parts of the world come to these sanctuaries. Painted storks and Pelicans are center of attraction.

Getting to Arasavilli: There are buses, trains and flights available to reach Srikakulam. It is well connected to other parts of the state. If one chooses to go by train, one has to get down at Amadalavalasa and from there Srikakulam is just 13 kilometres. There is regular public and private transportation available to the RTC Complex. In the terminology of IRCTC, you find the name, Amadalavalasa as Srikakulam Road.

If you want to go by flight, you have to reach Visakhapatnam first and then move to Srikakulam, which is 106 kilometres from that place. RTC buses are available to go to the desired place.

Bus facility is also there to reach Srikakulam. Public and private buses are run on regular basis to this place. You find the buses from Vijayawada, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Visakhapatnam and so on.

Getting Around Arasavilli: Local transport is available to look around Arasavilli. As it is a pleasant place, people do spend their time in the aforementioned tourist places.

Best Time to visit Arasavilli: The best time to visit this place is October and November.

Where to stay at Arasavilli: Srikakulam is the place where you find star hotels and budget hotels suiting the needs of the people.

Where to eat at Arasavilli: The food available in Srikakulam is tasty and delicious. As there are star hotels available, multiple food items are at the reach of the people. You find vegetarian and non-vegetarian food in almost all the hotels.

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Undavalli

Undavalli

AP, South India, Architecture, Buddhist Monestery, Caves, Rock Cut Temples

April 102014

Undavalli is located six kilometers away from Vijayawada and around 22 kms north-west of Guntur. . This is in the southwest direction of Vijayawada. Undavalli is in Tadepalli Mandal of Guntur district. This is one of the ancient and historical villages in Andhra Pradesh.

What to see in Undavalli

Undavalli Caves: The caves have four storeys. These caves were used as restrooms by Buddhist monks in rainy season. River Krishna appears beautifully from this hill. We can see the caves here that are believed to be built by Vishnukundina kings during the period of 420 – 620 AD. These caves are hewn out of rocks. The architecture and the sculptures of the cave temple, attract the tourists.

Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy temple is the special attraction of Undavalli Caves. There is a big statue of Ananatasayana Vishnu in reclining position made out of single block of black granite. There are temples of other deities also in the rock cut caves.

What to see around Undavalli

Guntur: Guntur is 22 kms away from Undavalli caves. There are many attractions such as temples, parks and churches in Guntur.

Amaravathi: this is 16 miles away from Guntur and is one of the popular religious places and also Buddhist destination. There is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva here.

Bhattiprolu: this is 20 kms away from Guntur and this is also one of the popular Buddhist destinations.

Vijayawada: This is one of the largest cites of Andhra Pradesh and there are many tourist interests in this city such as Gandhi Hill, Kanaka Durga Temple, Bhavani Island, Kondapalli Fort and many more.

Getting to Undavalli: Number of buses run to Vijayawada and Guntur cities from all corners of Andhra Pradesh and from here local transport can be hired to reach Undavalli. Vijayawada is also well connected by train and aeroplane. Another way to reach Undavalli is to get into a bus from Mangalagiri.

 

Getting Around Undavalli: Local transport can be hired to look around Undavalli. Tourists also prefer to walk to enjoy the nature here. We can see large numbers of them walking on the Shore of Krishna River.

Best Time to visit Undavalli: The climate here is pleasant in winter but very hot in summer season. Best time to visit the place is between October and February.

Where to stay at Undavalli: Though Undavalli is located in Guntur district, the village is very near to Vijayawada. Vijayawada has many hotels from five star hotels to budget hotels to suit the needs of every tourist.

Where to eat at Undavalli: Tourists prefer eating at Vijayawada as Undavalli is a small village and there are not many hotels that offer decent food. Vijayawada is known for its special Andhra Cuisine including the spicy pickles and veg and non veg varieties. There are many restaurants that offer delicious food.

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Roorkee

Roorkee

Uttarakhand, North India, History, Mughal, Musuem, Nature

April 102014

Roorkee is a city in Haridwar district, Uttarakhand. This place is famous for IIT Roorkee institution. Since 1853, it is one of the India’s oldest headquarters of Bengal Engineer Group. Word Roorkee is derived from the name Rurimadi Imran. She was the wife of local Rajput Chieftain. During the Moghul Period, this place acted as capital of the Moghul Mahal. It came under the rule of Landhaura State during the 18th century. Later Britishers occupied this place.

 

What to see at Roorkee:

Roorkee Cantonment: In India it is one of the oldest cantonments. It is the prime attraction of the city. Inside the cantonment visitors can see a stroll around the war memorial. In order to honour the soldiers of the army this war memorial was constructed.

IIT Roorkee: with the assistance of Sir James Thomason it was established in 1847. Earlier name of this institution is Thomason College of Civil Engineering. In this university there are 18 departments. This university is well known for Civil Engineering training Classes regarding project of Upper Ganga Canal.

Solani Aqueduct: In 1846 it was constructed by the britishers. In Uttarakhand this is the perfect example of engineering marvel. It was constructed with the inspiration of Alcantara Aqueduct in Portugal on the River Solani.

Geophysics and Geology Museum: Specimens of minerals, fossils and rocks can be seen at this place. From Shivalik mountain range fossil tree brought here. Fossilised boned of elephants can also be seen here. Collection of geological models and charts can be seen here.

Sabir Paak: This place is also known as Piran Kaliyar Sharif. It is dedicated to 13th century Sufi Saint. All religion people come to this place believing that saint is having the healing powers.

Survey Museum: In 1950 this was established. In this region it is one of the best educational museums. Several types of surveying equipment and mapping can be seen here. These are dates back to centuries old.

Roorkee Group Museum and Achieves: It was established in 1978. Visitors can see huge number of pamphlets, photographs, paintings, documents, historical books. Portraits of Bengal Engineer Group, Weapons, and medals are also can be seen here.

 

What to see around Roorkee:

Rishikesh: Rishikesh is a sacred place to Hindu devotees. Rishikesh Attractions are Lakshman Jhula, Triveni Ghat, Parmarth Niketan, Bharat Mandir, Lakshman Temple, and Neelakanta Mahadev Temple.

Narendra Nagar: This place has historical importance. In 1919, this city was built by Maharaja Narendra Shah. Major attractions of this place are Nandi Bull and Royal Palace.

Haridwar: It is located 19kms away from Rishikesh. This place is a gateway to God. Major attractions of this place are Vaisho Devi Temple, Shravanathji’s temple, Gaurishankar Mahadev Temple, Bharat Mata Mandir, Daksha Mahadev Temple, Mansa Devi Temple, Chandi Devi Temple, Sapt Rishi Ashram.

 

Getting to Roorkee: Roorkee is well connected with roads and railways. From Chennai, Delhi, Nagpur, Agra etc buses come to this place. From Delhi, Agra, Ahmedabad, Mangalore, Thane etc trains come to this place. Nearest airport is located at Jolly Grant Airport which is located at Dehradun.

 

Getting around Roorkee: Several private buses, taxis, autos are available to visit the surrounding places of Roorkee.

 

Best time to visit Roorkee: Best time to visit this place is in the months of February, March, October, November and December.

 

Where to stay at Roorkee: Budget, Middle range and luxury hotels are available here to stay at this place. Best hotels which are located at this place are Hotel Royal Palace, Motel Polaris, Hometel, and Centre Point Hotel.

 

Where to eat at Roorkee: Best restaurants are available to have food at this place.

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Mathura

Mathura

UP, North India, Musuem, Rath Yatra, Temple

April 102014

Mathura is the land on which Lord Sri Krishna is born. This is one of the most important religious places in India. this city is in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Mathura is visited by devotees not only from all corners of India but also from other countries. It was earlier called ‘Vrindavan’ situated on the banks of River Yamuna. Later on it became popular as Mathura. There are number of Krishna temples in the city. This place is important as religious place and equally important for its history and temple sculptures. Large number of people participates in the annual ‘Rath Yatra’ in Mathura. Krishnashtami is celebrated grandly here and the daily ‘Deep Aarti’ for river Yamuna also attracts large number of devotees.

What to see at Mathura:

Krishna Janmabhoomi temple:

This is believed to be the place where Lord Krishna was born. There is also a museum here in which the things found during excavation are kept which include a platform that is found in prisons.

Dwarkadhish temple:

This was built in 1814 and is located in the middle of the city of Mathura. One of the most visited temples of Mathura, this attracts the devotees with its beautiful paintings and carvings. Holi and Janmashtami are celebrated here grandly.

Banked Bihari Temple: This temple was built in 1864. The architecture of the temple mesmerizes the visitors. The idol of Lord Krishna in this temple can be seen for 15 minutes for each hour.

Madan Mohan temple:

This is a very ancient temple and is situated near Kali Ghat. This is said as the first temple to be built in Vrindavan. The idol of this temple was shifted to Rajasthan during the time when Aurangzeb was destroying Hindu temples, it is said.

ISKON temple:

One of the most beautiful temples in Mathura is the ISKON temple.

Rangji temple:

This temple is built in south Indian temple architecture style. This was built in 1851 by Seth, a rich family in Mathura. Main deity here is Rangnath Swamy. Every year Rath Yatra is held for ten days in the month of Chaitra.

Shahji temple:

This was built by Shah kundan Lal of Lucknow in 1876. The architecture and the sculptures are very beautiful.

Govind Dev temple:

This temple was built by General Man Singh in 1950 this is built in a combination of Hindu and Muslim architecture styles.

What to see around Mathura:

Vrindavan: This is right next to Mathura city. Vrindavan is believed to be the place where Krishna spent his childhood. this ancient town is most visited by Hindus. There are many important temples in this holy city.

Gokul: This is only a few kilometers away from Mathura. When Krishna was born in the prison, he was brought here by Vasudev to save him from Kamsa.

Nand gaon: This is the home of Nand and Yashoda.

Agra: This is located 58 kilometers away from Mathura. This is the place where the most famous Taj Mahal and Red Fort are located.

Getting to Mathura:

Mathura is situated 145 kms from capital city of India, New Delhi. This is at a distance of 58 kms from Agra. Well developed road and railways are available to reach the place. Mathura is one of the major city between New Delhi and Agra and daily many number of buses and trains run between the two. Nearest airport to Mathura is Kheria (Agra) which is at a distance of 62 kilometers.

Getting Around Mathura:

There are many private buses, tempos, Rickshaws and Tongas that offer to take the devotees around Mathura.

Best Time to visit Mathura:

The climatic conditions in Mathura are extreme. Best season to visit this place is from October to March.

Where to stay at Mathura:

Mathura receives large number of tourists every day and there are hotels that suit to every pocket. It has standard and budget hotels which offer comfortable accommodation.

Where to eat at Mathura:

Mouthwatering delicacies are offered in eat outs in Mathura. Visitors will be thrilled to enjoy budgeted and clean food at the canteens that run by temples and also other places.

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Chittoor

Chittoor

AP, South India, Adventurous sports, Architecture, Fort, History, Mountain Passes, Nature, Temple, Valley, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 102014

Chittoor is located in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, India. In Andhra Pradesh it is the major town. It is situated in the valley of the Ponni River. During 8th and 9th century this place was ruled by Chola dynasty. Later it was ruled by Ballal dynasty followed by Vijaynagar kingdom. In 1640, East India Company entered into this place. This is one of the best places for natural lovers. It is popularly known as Ooty of Andhra.

 

What to see at Chittoor:

Nagari: This place is popular for Nagari hills. Mountaineering activities take place here. Highest cliff at this place is Nagari Nose. Shape of this nose looks like human nose. Famous temple at this place is Sri Desamma Vari. Devotees believe that by doing abhishekam eye problems of the will be cured.

Guntipalle: It is located 18kms away from Chittoor. Rock pillar is the major attraction of this place. This is popularly known as Puligunda.

Kalavagunta: It is located 8kms away from the town chittoor. At the merging point of Ponnai and Aragonda this town is located. During the chola dynasty several temples were constructed at this place. Architecture of these temples is so beautiful. Most famous temples were Lakshminarayana Temple which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Mukkantisvara Temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Gurramkonda: It is located in Chittoor district. Gurramkonda fort is the major attraction of this place. This fort is 500 years old fort. Architecture is so beautiful. It is stated by the local people that rulers reach this place by using horse.

Mogili: It is located 25kms away from Chittoor. Mogileeswara Temple is the major attraction at this place. This temple is known as Dakshina Kailasam. Mogilliappa constructed this Lord Shiva Temple under Mogili tree.

Tirupati: This is the major attraction in Chittoor district. Lakhs of devotes come to this place. Lord Ventakeswara is worshipped here. Temple was built in 12th century. Pallava, Pandya and Chola architecture styles can be seen on this temple. Dome of this temple is fully gold plated. Papanasam waterfalls are another attraction of this place.

Vepanjeri village: It is located 15kms away from Chittoor. This village is famous for Sri Lakshmi Narayana Swamy Temple. Temple was built between 1178 and 1218. Pallava Style of architecture can be seen here.

Pulicat Lake: This place is most famous among bird watchers. Plenty of migratory birds come to this place. This lake is separated from Bay of Bengal.

Kaundinya Wildlife sanctuary: It is located 60kms away from Chittoor. It is surrounded by hills and valleys. Large number of elephants lives at this place. Other animals along with elephants are jackals, hares etc. Huge collection of flora and fauna can be seen here.

 

What to see around Chittoor:

Ramgiri: This is located few kilometres away from chittoor district. It is believed that this is the home place for Lord Bhairava. Several ancient temples located here. At the foot of the hill Lord Shiva temple is located. Lord Muruga temple is also situated on the top of the hill. Near these temples tank is situated. Water which flow from top of the mountain attracts several tourists.

 

Getting to Chittoor: Chittoor is well connected with road and railways. From Vellore, Visakhapatnam, Coimbatore, Pondicherry, Pune, Vijayawada, Chennai etc buses come to this place. From Kolkata, Mumbai, Varanasi, Chandigarh etc trains come to this place. Nearest airport is located at Trisulam which is 15kms away from chittoor.

 

Getting around Chittoor: Buses, taxis, private cabs are available to visit the surrounding places of Chittoor.

 

Best time to visit Chittoor: Best time to visit this place is February, September, October, November and December.

 

Where to stay at Chittoor: Plenty of accommodations starting from budget to luxury hotels are available to stay at Chittoor. Best hotels at this place are Sindhu Towers, Bans The Hotel, Bhaskara Hotel, Haritha Hotel.

 

Where to eat at Chittoor: Huge number of restaurants is available to have food at Chittoor.

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Nagarjunakonda

Nagarjunakonda

AP, South India, History, Musuem

April 102014

Nagarjunakonda is located near Nagarjuna Sagar in Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh, India. This is the historical Buddhist town. From Hyderabad it is located 150kms away. Earlier name of this place was Sri Parvata. Nagarjunakonda is one of the India’s richest Buddhist sites. This place is named after Nagarjuna. He was the south Indian master of Mahayana Buddhism. He lived at this place during 2nd century. Earlier this place looks like Srilanka, China, Gandhara with Buddhist Universities and monasteries. Now all were ruined. During the Ikshvaku dynasty this place acted as capital to that dynasty. This dynasty ruled between 225 AD to 325 AD. During the early period there were more than 30 Buddhist Viharas at this place.

 

What to see at Nagarjunakonda:

Nagarjunakonda Island Museum: Articles of late medieval era and prehistoric era were preserved here. Jewellery exhibits at this place belongs to Neolithic’s and Palaeolithic ages. Major attractions of this museum are tree nymphs, war scenes, folklore, artists, devotees, court scenes, palace interiors, articles depict Jataka stories. Buddhist Vihara built this museum.

Nagarjunasagar Dam: In the world it is the tallest masonry. In 1903, it was built on the river Krishna. This is the major source for the hydel power generation project. Thousands of acres of land cultivate under Nagarjunasagar dam. At this site 14th century fort is located. Several temples are also located near this place.

 

What to see around Nagarjunakonda:

Macherla: It is located in Guntur district. Earlier it was acted as capital to Palnadu Region. This place was originated from Mahadevi Cherla. On hearing the word Macherla every one will remember Palnati Yudhdham. This famous battle took place between 1176 AD to 1182 AD. Major attraction of this place is Sri Lakshmi Chennakesava Swamy Temple. Peruri Muktiraju constructed this temple during 13th century.

Kurnool: Name of this place is named after the Telugu word Kandanavolu. It is the gateway to Rayalaseema. Kurnool Attractions are Birla Mandir, Srisailam Dam, Belum Caves, Mahanandi, Bharmaramba Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple, and Rollapadu Bird Sanctuary.

Srisailam: Srisailam is a holy location. Other names of this place are Srigiri, Mantharaparvata, and Sriparvata. In the epic Mahabharata it was mentioned as Sri Parvata. Major attraction of this place is Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple, Srisailam Dam, Hemareddy Mallareddy Temple, Srisailam Sanctuary, Shikareswara Temple, Hathakeswara Temple, Srisailam Ropeway, and Shakti Ganapati Temple.

Amaravathi: Other name of this place is Dharanikota. This place is situated on the banks of river Krishna. Earlier this place was acted as capital of Andhra Satavahanas. Satavahanas ruled this place between 2nd century BCE to 3rd Century CE. Major Amaravati Attractions are Amaravati Temple, The Stupa, and Amaravati School.

 

Getting to Nagarjunakonda: Nagarjunakonda is well connected with road. From Hyderabad, Kurnool, Amaravathi, Ongole, Bangalore, Vellore, Salem, Raipur, Panjim etc buses come to this place. Nagarjunakonda do not have railway station. Nearest railway station is located at Guntur which is 128kms away from this place. This railway station is well connected with Hyderabad, Salem, Raipur, Pondicherry, Vijayawada, Bangalore etc. Nearest airport is located at Hyderabad. From railway station and airport, buses and Taxis are available to reach this place.

 

Getting around Nagarjunakonda: Buses and Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Nagarjunakonda.

 

Best time to visit Nagarjunakonda: Best time to visit Nagarjunakonda is in the months of February, March, October, November and December.

 

Where to stay at Nagarjunakonda: Only one resort is available at this place i.e. Nagarjuna Resort. Some of the budget and midrange hotels are available at Macherla Village which is 30kms away from this place.

 

Where to eat at Nagarjunakonda: Nagarjuna Resort provides food to the people who visit this place.

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Mahbubnagar

Mahbubnagar

AP, South India, Boating, History, Shakti peethas

April 102014

Mahbubnagar is located in Mahbubnagar district of Andhra Pradesh, India. From Hyderabad it is located 100 kms away. Earlier name of this place is Palamooru. This place was also known as Cholawadi as it was the base to the Chola kingdom. During 221 BC and 218 AD this place was ruled by Satavahanas. After that several dynasties ruled this place namely Asaf jahi Dynasty, Qutb Shahi Dynasty, Golconda dynasty. This place is also having cultural importance. Popular dance forms of this place are burrakatha, Kolattam, bonalu, Lambadi.

 

What to see at Mahbubnagar:

Wanaparthi: It is located in Mahbubnagar district which is 53kms away from Mahbubnagar. This place is well associated with Qutub Shahi Kings and Rajas of Samasthans.

Gadwal: It is located in this district which is 94kms away from the city. This place is having historical and religious importance. Several kings ruled this place namely Vera Reddy, Sara Reddy, Peddle Vera, Kumar Vera Reddy, and Paludal. Major attraction of this place is Chennakeshwara Alayam. Rajas of Gadwal constructed this temple during 17th century. Gadwal Silk is most famous among India.

Srirangapur: Major attraction of this place is Sri Ranganayaka Swamy Temple. It was constructed by Krishna Deva Raya during 18th century.

Somasila: In the Mahbubnagar district it is one of the major attractions. This place consists of 15 temples. Lord Shiva is worshipped here. Karthik Poornima and Maha Shivrati are major festivals of this place.

Kolhapur: History of this place dates back to 2nd century. Major attractions of this place are Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple, Sri Madhava swamy Temple.

Umamaheshwaram: It is located very near to Achampet. This place is well known for Umamaheshwaram Temple. It was constructed in 2nd century. Mallikarjuna and Bhramaramba worshipped here. Papanashanam is the major highlight of this place.

Alampur: This place is famous for Nava Brahma Temple and Garuda Brahma Temple. Chalukyas constructed Nava Brahma Temple which consists of group of 9 temples. Alampur Jogulamba temple is other major attraction of this place. This temple is considered as one of the sakthi peethas.

Pillalamarri: This is famous for 700 years old banyan tree. Branches of this tree spread till 3 acres. Other attractions of this place are archaeological museum, aquarium, Zoological Park and boating during rainy season.

Other attractions of Mahbubnagar: Other attractions of Mahbubnagar are Sri Anjaneya Swamy Temple in Pedda Chintharevula Village, Jurala Project, Koilsagar, Mallela Theertham, Jetaprole, Swarga Brahma Temple, Koilsagar Dam, and Sri Jammulamma Devatha Devasthanam in Jammiched village.

What to see around Mahbubnagar:

Kurnool: Kurnool District is located at one end of Mahbubnagar district. Major Kurnool Attractions are Birla Mandir, Srisailam Dam, Belum Caves, Mahanandi, Bharmaramba Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple, and Rollapadu Bird Sanctuary.

Nellore: Nellore is a city and municipal corporation in Andhra Pradesh. Nellore Attractions are Ranganatha Temple, Krishna Mandir.

Hyderabad: Major attractions of this place are Birla temple, Ramoji Film City, Secretariat, Nagarjuna Sagar, Golkonda etc.

 

Getting to Mahbubnagar: Mahbubnagar is well connected with road and railways. From Mysore, Goa, Aurangabad, Vijayawada, Bangalore, Kolkata, Pun, Mangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai etc buses come to this place. From Nagpur, Panjim, Vellore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Vijayawada etc trains come to this place. Nearest airport is located at Shamshabad which is located at Hyderabad.

 

Getting around Mahbubnagar: Buses, Taxis, Private vehicles are available to visit the surrounding places of Mahbubnagar.

 

Best time to visit Mahbubnagar: Before visiting any place it is essential to known best time to avoid inconvenience. February and December are the best months to visit this place.

 

Where to stay at Mahbubnagar: Plenty of accommodations are available to stay at this place. Starting from Budget to luxury hotels all range of hotels are available to stay at this place. Best hotels are Geetha Hotel, Avanthi Hotel, Vijay Vihar, and Adithya Central Hotel.

 

Where to eat at Mahbubnagar: Plenty of restaurants are available to have food at this place.

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Horsley Hills

Horsley Hills

AP, South India, Adventurous sports, Hill station, History, Nature, Temple, Trekking

April 102014

Horsley Hills is popular hill resort in Andhra Pradesh. From Tirupathi this resort is located 144 kms away and from Bangalore it is 140Kms away. It is located at Nallamalai Range, near south western border of Andhra Pradesh in Chittoor district. This is a departure point for the wildlife sanctuary named Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary. This sanctuary is located 87kms away from this hill station. Earlier name of this hill station is Yenugu Mallamma Konda.

 

What to see at Horsley Hill: This is a beautiful hill resort in Andhra Pradesh. Other name of this resort is Yenugu Mallamma Konda. One of the legends of this place is a little girl named mallamma used to take care of the elephants at this place. She acted as a doctor to the tribal’s. Mallamma used to heal the tribal’s at this place. Suddenly she disappeared. So all the tribal’s thought that she was the incarnation of the Goddess and they built a temple for her on this hill. In 1840-43, Collector of Cuddapah Mr.Horsley came to this place and enjoyed the natural beauty. From then onwards he used to come to this place in every summer. This place became summer resort to him. Currently this place is acting as summer resort to the Governor of Andhra Pradesh. Hence this house is also known as Governors bungalow.

 

This place is surrounded by gulmohar, allamanda, Jacaranda, Eucalyptus trees. Other attractions of this place are Horsley Hills Museum, Gaalibanda, High view seeing place, Lake Gangotri and Environmental Park. Adventurous sports such as Trekking, Rappelling also conducts here.

Mallamma Temple: It is located at the top of the Horsley hills. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Mallamma.

 

What to see around Horsley Hills:

Kaundinya Wildlife Sanctuary: It is located Palamaner in Andhra Pradesh. Several species of trees namely bamboo, bengalensis, Ficus, Ficus religiosa, Ficus tomentosa, Albizia Amara etc can be seen here. Major animal attractions of this palce are wild boar, jungle cat, porcupine, deer, mouse deer, sambar, 4 horned antelope etc. This sanctuary is surrounded by deep valleys and hills. Along with all the above animals visitors can see 3 Indian crocodile species, hippopotamus, hyena, Himalayan black bear, Jaguar, Puma.

 

Getting to Horsley Hill: Horsley hill is well connected with road and railways. From Chintamani, Kottakota, tirupati, Mandanapalli, Angallu, Kurabalakota etc buses come to this place. From secunderabad, Amarvati, Madanapalli, etc trains come to this place. Nearest airport is located at Tirupati.

 

Getting around Horsley Hill: Private Vehicles and Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Horsley hill.

 

Best time to visit Horsley Hill: Horsley Hill welcomes the visitors throughout the year. Summer is too hot. So except summer visitors reach this place throughout the year. But trekking lovers come to this place even in the summer.

 

Where to stay at Horsley Hill: Only one hotel is available to stay at this place. Name of this hotel is Haritha Hill resort.

 

Where to eat at Horsley Hill: Hotel at this hill place provides food to the visitors of this place.

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Warangal

Warangal

AP, South India, Architecture, Fort, History, Mughal, Temple

April 102014

Warangal is also well known as Orugallu. It is located in Andhra Pradesh, India. During the historical period this place acted as capital to Kakatiya kingdom. In 1687 this place was conquered by Aurangzeb, Mughal Emperor. This place is 4th largest city in Andhra Pradesh.

 

What to see at Warangal:

Thousand Pillared Temple: This is one of the major attractions of Warangal. In 1163, this was constructed by King Rudra Dev. Temple is famous for carved pillars. Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva, Lord Surya carvings can be seen here.

Bhadrakali Temple: It was constructed in 8th century. Goddess Kali is worshipped here. Chalukya Style of architecture can be seen here. Deity can be seen with 8 hands.

Ramappa Lake: This was used by the Kakatiya rulers for the irrigation purpose. In 13th century, it was built by Ganapati Deva. Boating is the major attraction at this place. Near this place visitors can find Lord Shiva temple.

Warangal Fort: Fort was constructed in 13th century. This fort was famous for 4 large stone gateways, carved pillars and carved arches. During 13th century this fort was under the control of Rani Rudramma Devi. Inside the fort, visitors can see Swayambhudevi temple. This temple is dedicated to Mother Earth. Near this fort visitors can also see Khush Mahal which was constructed by Shittabh Khan.

Ramappa Temple: It was built in 12th century during kakatiya period. South Indian Architectural style can be seen here. Lord Shiva is worshipped here. Idol of Lord Shiva is place in star shaped platform. Idol is 6 feet high. Before the temple one can find 9feet long statue of Nandi. Walls of this temple say the stories of Ramayana and Mahabharata. Huge crowd can be seen during Shivaratri period.

Jain Mandir: This temple is famous for architectural work and intricate carvings. Lord Mahavira is worshipped here. Other Thirthankaras idols can also be seen here.

Other attractions of Warangal: Other attractions of Warangal are Padmakshi Temple, Kakatiya Rock Garden, Rayaparthy Shiva Temple, Musical Garden, and Someswara Temple

 

What to see around Warangal:

Hanamkonda: It is located 5kms away from Warangal. During the Kakatiya Dynasty this village was found by Hanumaiah and Kondaiah. This village is named after Hanuman Temple. When Hanuman was returning with the Sanjeevni Mountain few stones fell at the place where present Hanuman Temple was built.

Pakhal Lake: It is located 55kms away from Warangal. During 13th century this was built by Ganapati Deva, Kakatiya Ruler. It is surrounded by dense forest and hilly terrain. This place is home to several flora and fauna.

Sri Veeranarayana Temple: It is located in Kolanupaka Warangal district which is situated 71kms away from Warangal. Chalukya architectural style can be seen here. Lord Vishnu is worshipped here.

Other attractions near Warangal: Other attractions near Warangal are Govindarajula Gutta, Siddeshwara Temple, Pembarti Village, Ethunagaram Sanctuary, Ghanpur Group of Temples and Lakhnavaram Lake.

 

Getting to Warangal: Warangal is well connected with road and railways. Road way is well connected with Hyderabad, Bhopaklpatnam, Chhattisgarh etc. Rail route is well connected with Hyderabad, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Vijayawada etc. Nearest airport is located at Hyderabad which is 160kms away from Warangal.

 

Getting around Warangal: Autos and Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Warangal.

 

Best time to visit Warangal: Best time to visit this place is throughout the year. But summer is too hot.

 

Where to stay at Warangal: Plenty of accommodations are available at this place. Apart from hotels, guest houses are also available to stay at this place. Best hotels are Asoka Hotel, Ratna Hotel, City grand Hotel.

 

Where to eat at Warangal: Several restaurants are available to have food at this place.

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Eluru

Eluru

AP, South India, Bird Sanctuary, Temple

April 102014

Eluru is a city in West Godawari district, Andhra Pradesh, India. City is acting as district headquarters. Earlier name of this place is Helapuri. Several well established educational institutions such as St. Theresa’s college for Woman, CRR College etc are located here. Incense Sticks and Carpets exports to all over the country. Once this place was part of Vengi, which was an ancient Buddhist Kingdom. Several dynasties ruled the place such as Gajapatis, Chalukyas, Vijayangara.

 

What to see in Eluru:

Eluru Ashram: It is associated with Datta Peetham. Other name of this place is Nam Datta Natha Kshetra. Inside the ashram there is a small temple. In this temple, Anagha Devi and Lord Dattatreya idols can be seen. Guru Nilayam and Prayer hall is located inside the ashram.

Sri Adikesava Embermannar Swamy Temple: It was constructed 200 years ago. This is most important place for Vaishnavites. Annual Brahmotasavam Festival is most famous at this temple. Architecture of this temple is similar to Sriperumbudur Temple in Tamilnadu.

Other places at Eluru: Other attractions of Eluru are Saibaba Temple RR Peta, Ambikadevi Temple Satrampadu, Vatlur Saibaba Temple, Jaalapaharaeswara Swamy Temple, Venkateswara Swamy Temple RR Peta, Diocese of Eluru, CSI Church, Sai Mandir Eastern Street established in 1946.

 

What to see around Eluru:

Gangeshwaralayam: It is located 20kms away from Eluru. This temple was constructed by Bhishma who was the character in the epic Mahabharata. Inside the temple, Swayambhu Gangeswar Shivalinga is situated. Another attraction near this temple is Lord Rama Temple.

Dwaraka Tirumala: Other name of this place is Chinna Tirupathi. It is located 38kms away from Eluru. Lord Venkateswara is worshipped here. Temple is situated on Seshadri Hill. Saint Dwaraka, had unearthered the idol of Lord Venkateswara at this place. So this place is named after him.

Kolleru Bird Sanctuary: It is located 28kms away from Eluru. Best time to visit this place is from October to May. Major attractions of this place are White ibis, egret, Moorhen, Jacana, tern, duck, Painted stork, grey heron, cormorant, open bill stork.

Kolleru Lake: This is the best place for the natural lovers. It is located 16kms away from Eluru. It is a largest fresh water lake in India. This lake covers both Krishna and West Godavari districts. Water of this lake comes from the rivers Ramileru, Yerru Kalva, Tammileru, and Budameru. November and March is the best time to see this lake. Plenty of migrated birds come to this place along with home birds. Major attraction of this place is White ibis, egret, Moorhen, Jacana, tern, duck, Painted stork, grey heron, cormorant, open bill stork. Other name of this place is Peerless Fisherman’s Paradise and Bird Heaven.

 

Getting to Eluru: Eluru is well connected with road and railways. From Salem, Pondicherry, Vellore, Delhi, Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Nagpur, Vijayawada, Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam etc buses come to this place. From Nagpur, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Coimbatore, Mumbai, Hyderabad, etc trains come to this place. Nearest airport is located at Hyderabad.

 

Getting around Eluru: Taxis, Private Vehicles, Autos, Government run buses are available to visit the surrounding places of Eluru.

 

Best time to visit Eluru: Best time to visit this place is between October to March.

 

Where to stay in Eluru: Plenty of accommodations are available to stay at this place. Only few luxury hotels are available here. Along with hotels guest houses are also available to stay here. Best hotels are Adithya Central Hotel, Athidhi International, Hotel Grand Aarya, Usha Valentine Hotel.

 

Where to eat in Eluru: Plenty of restaurants are available at this place.

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Basara

Basara

AP, South India, Temple

April 102014

Basara is located in Adilabad district in Andhra Pradesh, India. Major attraction of this place is Saraswathi Temple. This is the only one such temple in India. It is located on the banks of river Ganga. In India, there are only two saraswati temples. One is located at Jammu & Kashmir and other is located here.

 

What to see at Basara:

Gnana Saraswati Temple: Goddess Saraswati is worshipped here. Goddess Sarawathi is a symbol for learning and Knowledge. Children will be brought to this place for learning ceremony. This ceremony is known as Akshara Abyasam. According to the legend, after the Kurukshetra war, sage Ved Vyasa wants to settle down at a peaceful peace. At that time he reached to Dandaka Forest and selected this place to stay for some time. During those days he made three images of Kali, Lakshmi and Saraswati with sand with his powers and conducted prayers. As Vyasa conducted prayers at this place, so it was named as Vasara. Later due to the influence of Marathi Language name was changed into Basara. According to Brahmanda Purana, Vyasa wrote Mahabharata at this place. Image of Lakshmi stands besides the image of Goddess Saraswati but Mahakali Image was situated on the 1st floor near the main temple.

Vyasa Maharshi Samadhi: This is the other attraction of this place. Samadhi is located very near to the temple. At that place marble image of Maharshri can be seen.

Other Places at Basara: Other Places to visit at Basara are Lord Shiva Temple located at the banks of river Godavari, Sri Vedavathi Shila, Sri Vyasa Maharshi Guha, Sri Dattatreya Temple, Sri Mahakali Temple, Godavari River.

 

What to see around Basara:

Kalwa Narsimha Swamy Temple: It is located in Koneru city. This place is famous for Vanabhojanam (meals served under the tree). Children Park at this place is other attraction of this place. It is located 85kms away from Basara.

Pranahita Wildlife Sanctuary: It is surrounded by dense forest. It has diverse natural vegetation that includes Marsupium, Pterocarpus, Dalbergia and paniculata. Animals of this place are Hyenas, wild dogs, languor, leopards, forest cats, tiger etc.

Kadam Dam: It was constructed over Kaddam River between 1949 to 1965.

Kawal Wild life sanctuary: This place is famous for both flora and fauna. It was established in 1964. This sanctuary is surrounded by herbs of teak, bamboo and dense forest. Major animal attractions of this place are barking deer, nilgai, Panther, Cheetal, Sambhar, tiger etc. Major birds of this place are kingfishers, Owls, Quails, Eagles, and Mynahs etc.

Sivaram Wildlife sanctuary: This place is famous for delicious vegetation such as thorny shrubs, teak, gumpena, timan, terminalias etc. It is the home place to Crocodiles along with several animals.

 

Getting to Basara: Basara is well connected with road. Plenty of buses come to this place from Jubilee bus station of Secunderabad and Hyderabad Mahatma Gandhi Bus stop. Basara is having the railway station between Secunderabad Junction and Mudkhed Junction. Nearest airport is located at Hyderabad.

 

Getting around Basara: Buses are available to visit the surrounding places of Basara.

 

Best time to visit Basara: Basara welcome the tourists throughout the year.

 

Where to stay at Basara: Best accommodation facilities are available at this place. Along with hotels guest houses are also available here. Best accommodations are TTD guest house, Rajanna Nilayam, Vemulawada Guest house, etc. Cost of small and midrange hotels will be Rs.300 or less. Cost of A/C rooms will be Rs.1200 to Rs.1500.

 

Where to eat in Basara: Several restaurants are available at this place. Only vegetarian food is available here.

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Anantapur

Anantapur

AP, South India, Fort, Temple

April 102014

Anantapur is a district in Andhra Pradesh, India. It is the biggest district in Andhra Pradesh. This is the part of Rayalaseema Region. Earlier name of this place is Anantasagaram which means Endless Ocean. This name is named after a huge tank present at the centre. On the north side of the district Kurnool is located, on the eastern side Cuddapah and Chittoor districts, on the South western part it is bordered by Karnataka. Several ancient forts are located here. Major source of revenue of this district is handicrafts and silk industries. Plenty of agro based industries are also located here.

 

What to see in Anantapur:

Penna Ahobilam: This place is famous for Lord Narasimha Swamy Temple. Within the temple complex visitors can see Chenchu Lakshmi Devi Temple, Adi Lakshmi Devi Temple.

Bugga Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple: Lord Shiva is worshipped here in the name of Ramalingeswara Swamy. Architecture of this temple is so attractive. Underground stream of water present in the grabha griha. Earlier at this place, Sage Parasurama performed meditation. Visitors can see Shiva Puranam at the walls of the temple. Some episodes of Mahabharata and Ramayana can also be seen here.

Veerabhadra Temple: It is located in Lepakshi Village. Vijayanagara Architectural style can be seen on the temple. It was constructed in 16th century. Lord Veerabhadra is worshipped here. Attractions of this temple are life size images of musicians and dancers, Sculptures, Granite statue of Nandi Bull.

Thimmamma Marrimanu: This place is famous for banyan tree. In 1989, it was entered into Guinness Book of World Records as biggest tree. People who come to this place will be blessed with child.

Iskon Temple: ISKON had constructed Radha Parthasarathi Temple in Somaladoddi village in Anantapur. One of the interesting things at this place is temple looks in pink colour during the day time and looks like golden shade during the night time.

Raidurga Fort: This fort is famous for Kanyakaparameswari Temple, veerabhadra Temple, Jambukeswara, Venugopala , Prasanna Venkateswara Temples.

Anantapur Clock Tower: It was built during independence period. This is the landmark of Anantapur city.

Sri Kadiri Lakshmi Narayana Temple: Lord Narasimha Swamy is worshipped here. He is one of the 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu.

Anantasagaram: It is the oldest and largest reservoir in this district.

Ravadurg Gooty Fort: It is in the shape of the shell. This fort consists of 15 small forts. Fort is dates back to 7th century.

Puttaparthi: It was the residence place of Sathya Sai Baba, notable spiritual teacher.

 

What to see around Anantapur:

Penukonda Fort: It is located 70kms away from Anantapur. This was constructed during the reign of Vira Virupanna Udaiyar. He was the son of King Bukka I of Vijayanagar. Major attractions of this fort are Vijayanagara Architecture style, Huge Idol of Hanuman, yerramanchi gate.

Srikalahasti: Srikalahasti Attractions are Srikalahasti Temple, Bhaktha Kannappa Temple, Durgambika Temple, Sri Subramanya Swamy Temple, Bharadwaja Tirtham.

 

Getting to Anantapur: Anantapur is well connected with road and railways. From Bangalore, Secunderabad, Mumbai, Coimbatore, etc trains come to this place. From Gurgaon, Raipur, Delhi, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam etc buses come to this place. Nearest airport is located at Bangalore. In Puttaparthi place airport is situated. This is the domestic airport. Flights from Mumbai and Chennai come to this place.

 

Getting around Anantapur: Buses, Taxis, Autos, Trains are available to visit the surrounding places of Anantapur.

 

Best time to visit Anantapur: Best time to visit this place is between February to December.

 

Where to stay in Anantapur: Plenty of accommodations including luxury hotels are available at this place. Best hotels at this place are Sapthagri Hotel, Sampoorna Hotel, Swagath Hotel.

 

Where to eat in Anantapur: Several restaurants are available here. Both vegetarian and non vegetarian food is available here.

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Mantralayam

Mantralayam

AP, South India, Temple

April 102014

Mantralayam is a town in Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh, India. It is situated on the banks of river Tungabhadra. Other name of this place is Manchale. This place is well known for Raghavendra Swamy temple. Raghavendra Swamy was the disciple of Sri Sudheendra Theertharu of Kumbakonam. Sudheendra Theertharu learned Vedic Texts, ancient literature works, Dwaita Vedanta and grammar to Raghavendra Swamy. It is believed that during Dwapara Yuga, King Prahalada Performed Yagnyas to Lord Rama in this region.

 

What to see at Mantralayam:

Samadhi Temple: This is the major attraction of the Mantralaya Temple complex. Other name of this place is Moola Brindavanam. In 1671, Sri Raghavendra Swamy attained Jeeva Samadhi at this place. At this temple there are 3 chariots. Out of 3 chariots, 2 are plated with gold and one is plated with sandalwood.

Manchalamma Temple: It is located inside the temple complex and situated very close to Samadhi Temple. Goddess is presiding deity of Mantralayam. Before visiting Samadhi Temple, people offer prayers to this Goddess as it is believed that Raghavendra Swamy asked a land from this Goddess to construct this temple and she donated the land to him.

Lakshmi Venkateswara Temple: It is located at the centre of the temple complex. Idol of Venkateswara along with Lakshmi is worshipped here. It is believed that during the life time of Bhakta Prahalada, he worshipped Lord Venkateswara at this place.

Vedic Pathasala: It is located in the temple complex of Mantralayam Mutt. This is the best place to learn different cultures and to learn the knowledge in Dwaita Philosophy, Puranas and Vedas. Foreigners also come to this place to attain knowledge.

 

What to see around Mantralayam:

Chinna Tumbalam Temple: It is located 25kms away from Mantralayam. From past 200 years Lord Narasimha Swamy Temple is worshipped here.

Bichchali: It is located 20kms away from Mantralayam. This is the meditating site of Sri Appannachar. He was the prime disciple of Raghavendra Swamy.

Panchamukhi Anjaneya Swamy Temple: It is located 23kms away from Mantralayam. This temple is situated at a top tocky terrain near Bichchali. Lord Anjaneya is worshipped here. Idol is having 5 faces namely Hayageeva, Narasimha, Hanuman, Garuda and Varaha. It is believed that Sri Raghavendra Theertha did penance for Lord Hanuman for 12 years. Lord Hanuman appeared before him in the form of Panchamukhi Anjaneya at this place.

Kowthalam: It is located 30kms away from Mantralayam. This is the pilgrim place among the followers of Vaishnavite Saints. It is the birth place of Guru Jagannatha Dasaru. He constructed Sri Raghavendra Swamy Temple at this place.

Urukunda: It is located at a distance of 38kms away from Mantralayam. At this place under the Aswatha Vruksha (Banyan Tree) idol of Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Erranna Swamy can be seen. Every year thousands of devotees come to this place.

 

Getting to Mantralayam: Mantralayam is well connected with road. From Hyderabad, Bangalore, Mahaboobnagar, Raichur buses come to this place. Nearest railway station is located at Mantralayam Road which is 16kms away from Mantralayam Town. This station lies between Mumbai Chennai, Delhi Bangalore and Mumbai Bangalore routes. Nearest airport is located at Hyderabad.

 

Getting around Mantralayam: Taxis, Private Vehicles are available to visit the surrounding places of Mantralayam.

 

Best time to visit Mantralayam: Best time to visit this place is in February, March, October, November and December.

 

Where to stay at Mantralayam: Plenty of hotels are available to stay at this place. Only few luxury hotels are available. Best hotels are Pavamana Udupi Residency, Pankaja Paradise, Kalpavruksha Lodge, Guru international.

 

Where to eat in Mantralayam: Plenty of restaurants are available at this place to have food. Best restaurant is Hotel Pannaga. Best recipes at this place are Tomato Uttapam and Masala Dosa.

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Adilabad

Adilabad

AP, South India, Temple, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 102014

Adilabad is a district in Andhra Pradesh, India. Earlier name of this place is Edulapuram. Several dynasties ruled this place namely Asaf Jahi dynasty, Qutub Shahi Dynasty and Kakatiya Kings of Warangal. From 13th to 18th centuries this place was ruled by Gond Kings. City is named after Adil Shah, Medieval Bijapur ruler. Some rulers constructed small forts at this place. Adilabad is famous for Handicrafts and pilgrim points. Handicrafts of the tribal’s include Nirmal Painting, toys and metal crafts. Along with pilgrim places, wildlife sanctuaries can also see at this place.

 

What to see at Adilabad:

Basara Saraswati Temple: It is located in Basara village. Goddess Sawaswathi is worshipped here. She is well known for knowledge. It is believed that temple was built at the place where ved Vyas performed meditation. Idols of this place made up of sand by Ved Vyas. This place is famous for Akshara Gnana (child writes on the slate for the first time).

Pranahita Wildlife Sanctuary: It is surrounded by dense forest. It has diverse natural vegetation that includes Marsupium, Pterocarpus, Dalbergia and paniculata. Animals of this place are Hyenas, wild dogs, languor, leopards, forest cats, tiger etc.

Kadam Dam: It was constructed over Kaddam River between 1949 to 1965.

Kawal Wild life sanctuary: This place is famous for both flora and fauna. It was established in 1964. This sanctuary is surrounded by herbs of teak, bamboo and dense forest. Major animal attractions of this place are barking deer, nilgai, Panther, Cheetal, Sambhar, tiger etc. Major birds of this place are kingfishers, Owls, Quails, Eagles, and Mynahs etc.

Sivaram Wildlife sanctuary: This place is famous for delicious vegetation such as thorny shrubs, teak, gumpena, timan, terminalias etc. It is the home place to Crocodiles along with several animals.

Mahatma Gandhi Park: This is the best place for meditation in Adilabad.

Kutala Waterfalls: It is located in the middle of Sahyadri mountain range near Neredikonda Village in Adilabad. It is believed that Dushyanta and Shakuntala fell in love at this place. Other attraction of this place is Someshwara Swami Temple.

Kalwa Narsimha Swamy Temple: It is located in Koneru city. This place is famous for Vanabhojanam (meals served under the tree). Children Park at this place is other attraction of this place.

Gudem Satyanarayana Temple: During the Karthika Masam devotees rush is more at this place.

Other attractions of Adilabad: Other attractions of Adilabad are St.Joseph’s church, Sathnala Dam, Jainath Temple in Jainath village, Kadile Papahareshwar Temple, kala Ashram.

What to see around Adilabad:

Pochera Waterfalls: It is the nearest place of Adilabad. This is the home place is to several flora and fauna. It is surrounded by dense forest.

Warangal: Major attraction of this place is Thousand pillar temple. Other attractions of this place are Bhadrakali Temple, Warangal Fort, Ramappa Temple, Pakhal Lake.

 

Getting to Adilabad: Adilabad is well connected with road and railways. Nearest airport is located at Nagpur but people generally prefer to come to this place from Hyderabad airport. From Raipur, Secunderabad, Durgapur, Mumbai, Thiruvananthapuram, Jabalpur etc trains come to this place. From Aurangabad, Dimapur, Bhubaneswar, Pune etc buses come to this place.

 

Getting around Adilabad: Both government and private run buses are available to visit the surrounding places of Adilabad.

 

Best time to visit Adilabad: Best time to visit Adilabad is between October to March.

 

Where to stay at Adilabad: Plenty of accommodations including luxurious hotels are available at this place. Along with hotels few guest houses are also available to stay at this place. Best hotels are Kamadhenu Hotel, Haritha Hotel, Sanjay Lodge, Sri Krishna Residency.

 

Where to eat at Adilabad: Several restaurants are available to have food at this place. Restaurants offer both vegetarian and non vegetarian food. Chinese, continental and North Indian cuisines are available here.

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Srisailam

Srisailam

AP, South India, Architecture, Boating, Caves, History, Jyothirlinga, Mahabharata, Shakti peethas, Temple

April 102014

Srisailam is located in Nallamala hills in Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh, India. It is a popular weekend destination among the people. Major attraction of this place is Bhramaramba Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple. Other name of Srisailam is Srigiri, Sriparvata, and Mantharaparvata. In the epic Mahabharata, Srisailam was mentioned with the name Sri Parvata. Glory of Srisailam dates back to 12th century. At that time this place was famous for Vachana Sahitya and Sharana Movement. Adi Sankara visited this place. It is believed that Akka Mahadevi gained salvation in the caves of Srisailam. He was a Social reformer and Poet. Wildlife sanctuary is other attraction of this place.

 

What to see at Srisailam:

Srisailam Dam: It was constructed across River Krishna. Length of the dam is 512 meters. It is considered as one of the largest hydroelectricity power projects in India. This consists of 12 radial gate ways.

Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple: This is the major attraction of this place. King Harihara Raya built this temple around 6 centuries ago. It is one of the 12 Jyothirlingas in India. Lord Mallikarjuna is worshipped here. Vijayanagar Architecture style can be seen here. In Skandhapurana, Vyasa Maharshri discussed about this temple in detail.

Bhramaramba Devi Temple: Goddess Bhramaramba Devi is worshipped here. She is the incarnation of Goddess Parvati. It is the seat of Ashtadasa Mahasakthi Pithas. It is believed that this is the first sakthi of 18 sakthi Peethas. Temple is situated on the banks of River Krishna.

Hemareddy Mallareddy Temple: It is located half kilometre away from Mallikarjuna Temple. In 2010, it was constructed by Karnataka Veerashaiva Reddy Samaj. Adjacent to the temple an ashram can be seen.

Srisailam Sanctuary: This is other major attraction of this place. Area covered by this sanctuary is 3568Sq.Kms. Large variety of animals such as Pangolin, Jungle cat, Palm Civet, Sloth bear, Tiger, deer; Leopard etc can be seen here. It is dry delicious forest consists of Scrubs and bamboo thickets. Several Crocodiles are situated at down water of Srisailam dam.

Shikareswara Temple: It is believed that deity at this temple has a power to eradicate sins of the devotees. This temple is located at highest point of Srisailam. Best view of the town is possible from here.

Hathakesvara Temple: At this place Sri Sacharacharya wrote one of his Philosophical treaties. Lord Shiva idol is worshipped here.

Shakti Ganapati Temple: Lord Ganapati is worshipped here.

Srisailam Ropeway: It is located 1kms distance from Mallikarjuna temple. Pathala Ganga is a sacred place at back waters of River Krishna. To reach Pathala Ganga, visitors need to trek down around 500 steps from hanuman Temple. Ropeway is operating from Haritha Hotel to Pathala Ganga.

 

What to see around Srisailam:

Akka Mahadevi Caves: It is located 44kms away from Srisailam. In this dark deep end caves natural Shivalinga can be seen. Motor boats are used to reach this place. It is believed that Akka Mahadevi did penance at this place. Visitors reach this place through Ropeway.

Mallela Theertham: It is located at 50kms away from Srisailam. This is the location of waterfalls. Visitors can reach the waterfalls after availing the muddy bumy road and 250 steps down the valley.

 

Getting to Srisailam: Srisailam is well connected with road. From Bangalore, Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada, Pune, Jaipur etc buses come to this place. Srisailam do not have railway station. Nearest railway station is located at Kurnool which is 97kms away from Srisailam. Nearest airport is located at Hyderabad which is 232 kms away from Srisailam.

 

Getting around Srisailam: Taxis, Autos, Buses are available to visit the surrounding places of Srisailam.

 

Best time to visit Srisailam: Best time to visit Srisailam is in February, October, November and December.

 

Where to stay in Srisailam: Plenty of accommodations are available at this place including luxury hotels. Best hotels at this place are Punnami Srisailam, Haritha Srisailam, Gowri Sadan, Grand Akka Mahadevi Hotel, Akhila Bharata Redla Satram, Pathaleswara Sadanam.

 

Where to eat in Srisailam: Large number of restaurants is available at this place. Only vegetarian food is available at this place.

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Srikalahasti

Srikalahasti

AP, South India, Temple

April 102014

Srikalahasti is one of the holy places in Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh, India. This place is located near sacred place Tirupati. It is one of the Pancha Bhoota Sthalam of Lord Shiva. Srikalahasti is derived from the words Sri, kala and Hasti; Sri Means Spider, Kala means Serpent and Hasti means elephant. According to Hindu mythology, these 3 living creatures worshipped Lord Shiva at this place to attain salvation. Other name of this place is Dakshina Kailasam. South Indian Style, Dravidian Structural designs can be seen here.

 

What to see at Srikalahasti:

Srikalahasti Temple: Other name of this temple is Srikalahastiswara Swamy Temple. Lord Shiva is worshiped here. At this place Baktha Kannappa had given his eyes to Lord Shiva to stop the blood coming out from the Shiva lingam. In this temple complex, Vayu Deva Temple is situated. It is the only temple of Vayu (Wind) in India. This temple is carved out of a big hill. Gopuram is 120 feet height. Rajendra Cholas renovated this temple in 12th century.

Bhaktha Kannappa Temple: It is located at the east of Srikalahasti Temple. Place Baktha Kannappa had given his eyes to Lord Shiva to stop the blood coming out from the Shiva lingam. Due to his devotion towards God, he had given equal importance and placed here. First offering is made to Kannappa and then to Lord Shiva.

Durgambika Temple: It is one of the ancient temples at this town.

Sri Subramanya Swamy Temple: It is located at the centre of the town. Major festival is Aadi krithika festival which celebrates for 8days.

Thondamanadu Sri Venkateshwara Swamy Temple: From the main kalahasti temple it is located 10kms away. Lord Venkateshwara is worshipped here along with Padmavathi Ammavaru and Sri Lakshmi Devi.

Bharadwaja Tirtham: It is situated to the east of Srikalahasti Temple. It is believed that during krita Yuga, Maharishi Bharadwaja meditated at this place.

Chaturmukeshvara Temple: Lord Shiva worshipped here with 4 faces. Bas relief carvings can be seen here. Lord Shiva and Brahma were worshipped here. It is located on the hill top. Visitors need to climb 80 steps to reach this temple.

Prasanna Varadaraja Swami Temple: It is located near Srikalahasti Temple.

 

What to see around Srikalahasti:

Gudimallam: In Srikalahasti Mandal it is one of the historical temples which is located 37kms away from the town. It is located very near to Renigunta Railway station. Shiva Linga at this place discovered between 1st century and 2nd century BC. This lingam was installed in Parasurameswara Temple. People believed that Shiva Lingam in the temple is manifestation of Trimurthi, Brahma at the bottom, and Vishnu at middle and Shiva at the top.

Sahasra Linga Temple: Visitors can see 1000 Lingas within the shrine. It is located in the middle of the forest with hill as its backdrop. This is situated 10kms away from the town.

Veyilingala kona Waterfalls: It is located 8kms away from Srikalahasti. It is believed that this water is having the capacity to cure skin diseases.

Tirupati: This is the sacred place for Hindus. Lord Venkateswara is worshipped here. It is located 36kms away from Srikalahasti.

Talakona Waterfalls: It is located 96kms away from this place. These are height waterfalls in the state whose height is 82m. In 1990 it was declared as biosphere reserve.

 

Getting to Srikalahasti: This place is well connected with road and railways. From all the major cities buses and trains come to this place. Nearest airport is located at Tirupati. From the airport plenty of call cabs, taxis are available to reach this place.

 

Getting around Srikalahasti: Buses, Taxis, call cabs are available to visit the surrounding places of the town.

 

Best time to visit Srikalahasti: Best time to visit this place is in February, March, October, November and December.

 

Where to stay in Srikalahasti: Plenty of accommodations are available at Srikalahasti. Best hotels are Hotel MGM Grand, Sri Sai Teja Residency, Ramas Residency, and Trinetra Guest House.

 

Where to eat in Srikalahasti: Several restaurants are available here to have food at this place. Predominantly vegetarian food is available here.

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Machilipatnam

Machilipatnam

AP, South India, Beach, History, Temple

April 102014

Machilipatnam is located in Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh, India. Other name of this place is Bandar. History of this place dates back to 3rd century during the Satavahana Period. Earlier there was a gate way of fish eye at this place. East India Company built its first company at this place. Port at this place was used by Dutch, British and French people for trading purpose. This place is famous for Bandar Laddoo. This place is famous for Rold Gold Business in the name Chilapakapudi Bangaram.

 

What to see at Machilipatnam:

Panduranga Swamy Temple: Lord Panduranga Vithal is worshipped here. Idol of the god is seems like childhood appearance of Lord Krishna. Diamond studded crown can be seen here. In front of the Idol, Anjaneyaswamy statue is located. All the castes and community people are allowed to enter into the temple. During karthika masam period tourists rush is more. Around this temple 108 small temples are located with different shrines.

Sai Baba Temple: It is located at district court centre. Statue in front of the temple is the biggest statue in India. This is entered into Indian Book of Records as Tallest Saibaba Statue.

Anjaneya Swami Temple: It is located at Parasupet which was built by Samarth Ramadas, Guru of Chatrapathi Sivaji.

Jodugudulu Temple: It is located in Edepalli which is 150 years old temple. Velama Doralu built this temple during 17th century.

Machilipatnam Church: This is another attraction of this place. An English man constructed this church in 19th century.

Sivaganga Temple: It is maintaining by Challapallli Jameendars. It is located in Avanigadda road. It is believed that this temple was constructed by Gods during one night. When they were constructing one mandapa unable to complete as they left that place when sun is about to rise. Till today this mandapa is unable to construct.

Other temples in Machilipatnam: Other temples in Machilipatnam are Sri Viratwakarma Temple, Sri Ventakeswara Swamy Temple Bachhupeta, and Bhadradri Ramulavari Temple Main road.

 

What to see around Machilipatnam:

Kuchipudi: Kuchipudi is famous for Indian classical Dance. This is the birth place of Kuchipudi Nuchyam. It is located 25kms away from Machilipatnam.

Pedana: It is located 3kms away from Machilipatnam. This place is famous for Kalankari fabrics.

Manginapudi Beach: Unlike other beaches this beach is made up of black soil. Earlier this place was acted as a port. It is located 11kms away from the town. Krishna Utsav celebrates grandly at this place during February or March. Pilgrims take a dip at this sea.

Dattashram: Earlier it was old Lord Shiva temple. Now it was renovated. Due to sanctification of 9 wells just like Rameswaram, this place is known as Datta Rameswaram. It is located near beach.

Light House: it is located near Beach. Height is 50m. Construction started in 1982 and completed in 1984.

Gantasala: It is located 21kms away from Bandar. Old Buddhist Stupas can be seen here.

Agastheeswara Temple: It is located 36kms away from Bandar. Major attraction of this place is Lord Shiva temple. Lord Shiva worshipped here in the name of Ekaratri Mallikarjunaswamy.

Gudivada: It is located 36kms away from Machiliapatnam. Several old ruins Buddhist stupas can be seen here.

 

Getting to Machilipatnam: This place is well connected with road and railways. Nearest airport is located at Vijayawada. From Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Gudivada, Shirdi, Rajahmundry, etc buses come to this place. From Yeshwantpur, Hyderabad, Vishakhapatnam etc trains come to this place.

 

Getting around Machilipatnam: Both government run and private buses, Autos, taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Machilipatnam.

 

Best time to visit Machilipatnam: Machilipatnam welcomes the tourists throughout the year. Summer is too hot. Though summer is hot several tourists come to this place to enjoy the beach environment.

 

Where to stay in Machilipatnam: Only budget and midrange hotels are available to stay at this place. Best hotels are Eswar Residency, Apsara Lodge, Vijaya Raghava Residency.

 

Where to eat in Machilipatnam: Restaurants at this place are limited. This place is famous for Bandar Laddoo and Bandar Halwa. Best restaurant are RK Family Restaurant, Heavens A/C family restaurant, Vani Hotel.

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Karimnagar

Karimnagar

AP, South India, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 102014

c is a city in Andhra Pradesh, India. In Telangana Region it is 4th populous city. This is major business centre. It is emerging as major educational hub. It is located on the banks of river Manair. Several kings ruled this place. First it was ruled by Satavahanas then Vishnukumdin followed by Vemulavada Chalukyas, Qutub Shahis Kakatiyas and Asaf Jahis.

 

What to see at Karimnagar:

Lower Manair Dam: Construction of this dam started in 1974 and ended in 1985. It was built across the river Manair. Height of this dam is 27meters.

Ujjwala Park: It is a popular picnic spot which was inaugurated in 2001. This place is located close to Manair River.

Rajeev Deer Park: Area covered by this park 30 acres. It is located near Lower Manair Dam. Deers are the major attractions of this park.

 

What to see around Karimnagar:

Elgandal Fort: It is located 10kms away from Karimnagar. Various dynasties ruled from this place namely Asaf Jahis, Mughals, Qutub Shahis, Kakatiya dynasties. Narasimha swamy temple and Nelakantha swamy Temple are located inside the fort.

Sri Raja Rajeshwara Swamy Temple: It is located 34kms away from Karimnagar. Lord Shiva is worshipped here in the form of Sri Raja Rajeshwara Swamy. Inside the temple, a tomb of a Muslim saint is also located. It is the communal harmony. In the centre of mandapas of the temple, there is a statue of Lord Eshwara in a meditating posture.

Kondagattu Anjaneya Swamy Temple: It is located 37kms away from Karimnagar. It is believed that this was built by a cowherd about 300 years ago. Present statue was constructd by Krishna Rao Deshmukh around 160 years ago. It is a saying at this place that if woman worshipped to the Lord at this place for 40 days, she will be blessed with child. Near this temple major attractions are Bojjapotana Caves and Kondalaraya Caves.

Kothakonda: Ancient Fort is the major attraction of this place. It is located on the hill. Another attraction of this place is Veerabadra Swamy Temple. It is located in the Bheemadevarpalle Mandal of Karimnagar district. It is located 68kms away from Karimnagar.

Vemulawada: Major attraction of this place is Bhimeshwara Swamy Temple. Other temples of this place are Kasi Visweswara Temple, Kodanda Ramaswamy Temple, Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple. Dharma Gundam Pond is also popular at this place. It is located 52kms away from Karimnagar.

Other attractions near Karimnagar: Other attractions near Karimnagar are Molangoor Quilla, Karim Ullah Shah Darga, Dhulikatta, Dharmapuri, Nagunur Fort, Raikal, Shivaram Wild life sanctuary.

 

Getting to Karimnagar: Karimnagar is well connected with road and railways. From Delhi, Bangalore, Pune, Kanker, Nagpur, Hyderabad etc buses come to this place. Both government and private buses come to this place. From major cities such as Gaya, Patna, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Puri, Kanyakumari, Chennai, Mysore, Bangalore, Delhi etc trains come to this place. Nearest airport is located at Hyderabad. Airport is well connected with Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Kozhikode, Kochi, Jammu, Jaipur etc airbuses come to this place.

 

Getting around Karimnagar: Buses, Taxis and Autos are available to visit the surrounding places of Karimnagar.

 

Best time to visit Karimnagar: Before visiting any place it is essential to known the best time. Best time to visit this place is October to March. Summer is too hot.

 

Where to stay in Karimnagar: Plenty of accommodations are available to stay starting from budget to luxury hotels. Best hotels are Lucky Lodge, Prakash Lodge, Nawab’s Hotel, Srinivasa Hotel.

 

Where to eat in Karimnagar: Plenty of restaurants are available at this place. Best restaurant are available at Amaravathy Court Road.

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Nellore

Nellore

AP, South India, History, Temple

April 102014

Nellore is a city and municipal corporation in Andhra Pradesh, India. Nellore word is the combination of two Tamil Words i.e. Nel and Ooru. Nel which means Paddy and Ooru means Place. In Andhra Pradesh it is 6th most populous city. Ancient name of city is Vikrama Simhapuri. It is situated on the banks of river Penneru. Main production of this place is Paddy, aquaculture, lemon, Gold Jewellery, Mica.

 

Mauran influence is more at this place. During 3rd century it was the part of Ashoka Empire. Between 4th to 6th century AD this place was ruled by Pallavas Empire. Then till 13th century this place was under the control of Chola Kings. After that it was came under the control of Britishers. From this place itself, Potti Sriramulu fasted for the formation of Andhra Pradesh till his death. He was a Telugu activist, Gandhian and Freedom Fighter.

 

What to see at Nellore:

Ranganatha Temple: This is 600 years old temple. Height of this temple is 12meters. Ratha Yatra festival celebrates so grandly at this place. At that time thousands of devotees come to this place. Along with large mirrors, there are seven gold pots within the temple. Temple is located on the banks of river Pennar. Garbhodakasayi Vishnu is worshipped here. Idol rests on a seat called Anantha Shesha. On the chest of the idol lotus flower can be seen. Goddess Lakshmi is seated on that lotus flower. In this temple complex 4 handed incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi can also be seen in the name of Ranganayaki Devi. Temple was constructed in 1070 AD.

Krishna Mandir: This temple is located in Vedayapalem Road in Nellore. It is the largest temple in the town. Other shrines of the temple are Karya Siddhi, Ashta Lakshmi, Dattatreya and Ganesha.

 

What to see around Nellore:

Venkatagiri Fort: It is located 2kms away from Nellore Railway station. This fort was built in 1883 AD. Front portion of the fort is named as Indra Mahal.

Penchalakona: It is located 10kms away from Nellore. Lord Narasimha Swamy temple is most famous at this place. Temple is located on Veda Giri Hills. People believed that temple was constructed at the place where Lord Ventakeswara kept his feet.

Jonnawada: It is located 15kms away from Nellore. In India, it is one of the pilgrim places. One of the two Kamakshi Temples of India is located here. This temple was built in 1150 AD. Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy and Goddess Kamakshamma worshipped here. Goddess Kamakshi is considered as incarnation of Shakti. 10 days festival celebrates her for Goddess Kamakshi. Single stone used in the construction of some parts of the temple such as Gopuram.

 

Other attractions near Nellore: Other attractions near Nellore are Nellapattu Sanctuary, Sri Venkaiah Swamy Temple Golagamudi.

 

Getting to Nellore: Nellore is well connected with road and railways. From Kavali, Purini, Batra Kagollu, Veguru, Chennai etc buses come to this place. From Hyderabad, Howrah, Chennai, New Delhi Trains come to this place. Nearest airport is located at Chennai. Airport is well connected with Kochi, Jaipur, Indore, Hyderabad, Delhi, Coimbatore, Chandigarh, Bhopal and Bangalore.

 

Getting around Nellore: Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Nellore.

 

Best time to visit Nellore: Best time to visit this place is on February, October, November and December. Summer is too hot at this place.

 

Where to stay in Nellore: Plenty of hotels starting from budget to luxury hotels are available to stay at this place. Best hotels at this place are Abhiram Hotel, Murali Krishna Hotel, Leo Hotel, and Simhapuri Hotel.

 

Where to eat in Nellore: Plenty of restaurants are available at this place. Best restaurants are Wangs Chicken, Baba Samosa, Srinivasa Hotel, Balaji restaurant.

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Samarlakota

Samarlakota

AP, South India, Architecture, History, Temple

April 102014

Samarlakota is a town and Mandal in Andhra Pradesh, India. This mandal consists of 18 villages. It is situated at Kakinada Rural. Major attraction of this place is Sri Chalukya Kumararama Sri Bhimeshwaraswamy Vari Temple. Several industries such as RAK Ceramic India Private Limited, Servomax India Limited, 220 MW Power Project Owned by Reliance Energy Limited, Gautami Power Ltd – GVK Group , Orient Ceramics India Limited are situated here.

 

What to see at Samarlakota:

Sri Chalukya Kumararama Sri Bhimeswara Swamy Temple: Lord Sri Bhimeswara Swamy is worshipped here. He is the incarnation of lord Shiva. Maha Sivarathri festival celebrates so grandly at this place. Chalukyas built this temple. Construction of this temple started in 892 and ended in 922. Architecture of this temple is similar to that of Draksharamam Temple. Construction style of this temple is so excellent. It has two storied Mandapas.

Dravidian style of architecture can be seen on this temple. Linga is a limestone. Height is 14 feet. King Chalukya Bhima constructed this temple. Pillars of this temple are well decorated and polished with the work of Chalaukas. Recently some of the excavations found at this temple. These are dates back to 1000 years. In the puranas it was stated that Persons who has yogam to visit god will visit this place. It is one of the Pancharamas.

 

What to see around Samarlakota:

Shri Bhavanarayana Swamy Temple: Lord Bhavanarayana Swamy is worshipped here. He is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It is located 16kms from Samarlakota. It is believed that sages such as Agastya and Vyasa came to this place.

Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary: It is located 28kms away from Samarlakota. This is situated near backwaters of the sea. Sanctuary is home to endangered animals such as crocodiles, fishing cats, sea turtles. 35 varieties of mangrove plants can be seen here. Large variety of birds can also be seen here.

Pithapuram: It is located 13kms away from Samarlakota. This is one of the oldest pilgrim places. Major attractions of this place are ancient Padagya Kshthram, Sri Venu Gopala Swamy temple, Kunthimadhava Swamy Temple, Sri Pada Vallabha Anaagha Datha Kshethram, Sri Kukkuteshwara Swamy Temples. This town is poplularly known as one of the twelve piligrim centres of India, one of the Asta Data Sakthi Petas and one of the 5 Madava Keshatras.

Draksharamam: This place is well known as Dakshina Kashi. 4 entrance gates to the temple. Lord Shiva is worshipped here. On the walls and Pillars of the temple several mythological figures are carved. Chola and Chalukya architecture styles can be seen on the temple. It is located 42kms away from Samarlakota.

Adurru: Several excavated monuments found at this place. Archaeology department started excavations at this place in 1953. They found ruins of Chaityas, Viharas and Buddhist Stupas. Major attraction is Mahastupa which is 17feet in diameter. Artefacts such as bowls of Kaolin, troughs, Jars , dishes also found at this place. It is located 86kms away from Samarlakota.

Other attractions near Samarlakota: Other attractions near Samarlakota are Kakinada Port Kakinada Uppada Beach, Konaseema, Rajiv Gandhi Beach, Hope Island, Annavaram Satyanarayana Swamy Temple, and Rajahmundry.

 

Getting to Samarlakota: one way to reach this place is by road. This place also is reached by railways.From Kakinada, Vishakhapatnam, Rajahmundry buses and trains come to this place. Nearest railway head is located at Kakinada. Nearest domestic airport is located at Rajahmundry which is well connected with Hyderabad. Nearest international airport is located at Vishakhapatnam.

 

Getting around Samarlakota: Buses and Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Samarlakota.

 

Best time to visit Samarlakota: Samarlakota welcome the tourists throughout the year.

 

Where to stay in Samarlakota: Only budget and midrange hotels are available here. Plenty of accommodations are available at Kakinada.

 

Where to eat in Samarlakota: Several eateries and restaurants are available at this place.

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Kakinada

Kakinada

AP, South India, Beach, Temple

April 102014

Kakinada is a city in Andhra Pradesh, India. Other name of this city is Fertiliser city and second Madras. This place is also known as Pensioners Paradise as pleasant environment at this attracting several retired people and old aged people. This place is famous for several industries such as Bio fuel Plants, Edible oil refineries, Power Generation, Natural Gas and Petroleum, Fertilizer.

In the history this place was ruled by Nandi Kings. After that Britishers ruled the place. Before Britishers, Dutch people settled at this place. At the time of Britishers this place was known as Cocanada. After independence name was changed into Kakinada.

 

What to see at Kakinada:

Shri Bhavanarayana Swamy Temple: Lord Bhavanarayana Swamy is worshipped here. He is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It is located at Sarpavanam Junction. It is believed that sages such as Agastya and Vyasa came to this place.

Kakinada Port: It is the home to two ports deep water port and anchorage Port. It is second largest in the state. Kakinada exports include oil meals, corn, rice, bauxite powder etc.

Other attractions of Kakinada: Other attractions of Kakinada are Jain Temple, Lord Shiva Temple, Kakinada Uppada Beach, Sree Veerabrahmendra Swamy Temple.

 

What to see around Kakinada:

Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary: It is located 5kms away from Kakinada. This is situated near backwaters of the sea. Sanctuary is home to endangered animals such as crocodiles, fishing cats, sea turtles. 35 varieties of mangrove plants can be seen here. Large variety of birds can also be seen here.

Bhimeswara Swamy Temple: It is located 10kms away from Kakinada in Samarlakota. Lord Shiva is worshipped here. Temple is in rectangular shape. On the west side of the temple monolithic pillar can be seen. Architecture looks like the architecture of Drakshraramam.

Pithapuram: It is located 20kms away from Kakinada. This is one of the oldest pilgrim place. Major attractions of this place are ancient Padagya Kshthram, Sri Venu Gopala Swamy temple, Kunthimadhava Swamy Temple, Sri Pada Vallabha Anaagha Datha Kshethram, Sri Kukkuteshwara Swamy Temples. This town is popularly known as one of the twelve pilgrim centers of India, one of the Asta Data Sakthi Petas and one of the 5 Madava Keshatras.

Draksharamam: This place is well known as Dakshina Kashi. 4 entrance gates to the temple. Lord Shiva is worshiped here. On the walls and Pillars of the temple several mythological figures are carved. Chola and Chalukya architecture styles can be seen on the temple.

Adurru: Several excavated monuments found at this place. Archaeology department started excavations at this place in 1953. They found ruins of Chaityas, Viharas and Buddhist Stupas. Major attraction is Mahastupa which is 17feet in diameter. Artefacts such as bowls of Kaolin, troughs, Jars , dishes also found at this place. It is located 72kms away from Kakinada.

Other attractiosn near Kakinada: Other attractions near Kakinada are Konaseema, Rajiv Gandhi Beach, Hope Island, Annavaram Satyanarayana Swamy Temple (40kms), Tholi Thirupathi Sri Srungara Vallaba Swamy Temple at Divili village (40kms).

 

Getting to Kakinada: Kakinada is well connected with road and railways. From all the major cities buses and trains come to this place. Nearest domestic airport is located at Rajhamundry which is well connected with Hyderabad. Nearest international airport is located at Visakhapatnam.

 

Getting around Kakinada: Autos and Buses are available to see the places of Kakinada. Taxis, Private vehicles and Buses are available to visit the surrounding places of Kakinada.

 

Best time to visit Kakinada: Best time to visit this place is in summer, though tourists visit this place throughout the year. To have beach enjoyment summer is the best time.

 

Where to stay at Kakinada: Plenty of accommodations starting from Budget to luxury hotels are available to stay at this place. Best hotels are Best Western SVN Grand, Paradigm Sarovar Portico, Royal Park Hotel, Decent Residency etc.

 

What to eat at Kakinada: This place is famous for traditional Andhra Cuisines including pickles made from fish, mutton, chicken, vegetables, Mangoes etc. Dried Fish and Shrimps are also famous at this place. Kakinada Kaaja is well known at this place. Udupi restaurants are also famous at this place.

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Kurnool

Kurnool

AP, South India, Architecture, Caves, History, Jyothirlinga, Temple, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 102014

Kurnool District is located in Andhra Pradesh, India. Name of this place is named after the Telugu word Kandanavolu. It is the gateway to Rayalaseema. Between 1st October 1953 to 31st October 1956 this place acted as capital of Andhra Pradesh. This place is having archaeological significance. This is situated on the banks of River Tungabhadra and Handri. Sri Krishnadevaraya , Hindu King, influence is more at this place. Aurangazeb and Nizams also ruled this place. After independence Kurnool city was first ruled by Alaf Khan Bahadur.

 

What to see at Kurnool:

Birla Mandir: It is located on the hill named Naubath Pahad. Lord Venkateswara is worshipped here. From this temple complex, visitors can see the temple of Birla Mandir of Secunderabad.

Srisailam Dam: Construction of this dam started in 1960 completed in 1981. It is one of the 12 largest hydroelectric Projects of India. Dam was built on River Krishna.

Belum Caves: These are situated in Belum village of Kurnool. In India these caves are 2nd largest caves. Natural art work can be seen here at these caves. Major attractions of these caves are Banyan tree, Meditation Hall, Mandapam, Patalaganga, simhadwaram, Musical Chamber.

Mahanandi : Major attraction of this village is Mahanandiswara Swamy Temple. Temple is dates back to Chalukyan Period. Lord Mahanandiswara, who was the incarnation of Lord Shiva, is worshipped here. It is one of the 9 Nandi’s.

Bharmaramba Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple: It is situated in Srisalam. Lord Mallikarjuna incarnation of Lord Shiva is worshipped here. Bhramara means bee. It is believed that Goddess Parvati Worships Lord Mallikarjuna in the form of bee. It is one of the 12 jyothirlinga temple.

Rollapadu Bird Sanctuary: It is dry thorny forest. This is covered with groundnut, cereal crops, Castor and Cotton. Major attractions of this place are Indian bustards, Indian cobras, wolves, Jackals etc.

Saibaba Temple: In India this one of the biggest saibaba’s temples. Marble stone used for the idol of Saibaba. Temple is having the meditation hall having the capacity of 800 devotees.

Nallamala hills: It is the part of Eastern Ghats. These hills cover Mahabubnagar, Prakasam, Kurnool, Kadapa, Guntur districts. Near this hill Nagarjunasagar Srisailam Sanctuary is located.

Gundla Brahmeswaram Wildlife sanctuary: This sanctuary situated in both Prakasam and Kurnool districts. May and October are the best times to see this place. Major attractions are Pythons, Chinkara, Panthers etc.

Other attractions of Kurnool: Other attractions of Kurnool are Nagarjuna Srisailam Sanctuary, Kurnool Fort, Peta Anjaneyaswami Temple, Yaganti Shiva Temple, Tomb of Abdul Wahab, Adoni.

 

What to see around Kurnool:

Prakasam: construction of several stupas can be seen here ad Buddhism flourish in this region. Several kings such as Mauryas, Qutub Shahis, Vijayanagar Kings ruled this place. Major attractions of this district are Singarayakonda, Chirala, Motupalli, Chandavaram, Tripuantakam, Markapur etc.

Anantapur: It is other boundary of Kurnool district. Major attractions of this district are Penna Ahobilam, Veerabhadra Temple, Bugga Ramalingeswara Swami temple, Penukonda Fort, Raidurga fort, Sri Kadiri Lakshmi Narayana temple, Ravadurg Gooty Fort.

 

Getting to Kurnool: Kurnool is well connected with road and railways. From Hyderabad, Chitoor, Anantapur etc buses come to this place. Kurnool railways are well connected with all the major cities. Nearest airport is located at Hyderabad.

 

Getting around Kurnool: Autos, Taxis, buses are available to visit the surrounding places of Kurnool.

 

Best time to vast Kurnool: Best time to visit this place is between February and December.

 

Where to stay at Kurnool: Plenty of accommodations are available to stay at this place including luxury hotels. Best hotels are Rajshri Hotel, Rajasthan hotel, Rajhans International, Bhavana International.

 

Where to eat in Kurnool: Eateries and restaurants are plenty at this place. This place is well known for non vegetarian food.

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Amaravati

Amaravati

AP, South India, Buddhist Stupas, History, Temple

April 102014

Amaravati is located in Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh, India. Other name of this place is Dharanikota. This place is situated on the banks of river Krishna. Earlier this place was acted as capital of Andhra Satavahanas. Satavahanas ruled this place between 2nd century BCE to 3rd Century CE. After Sathavahanas, Krishna river valley was ruled by Andhra Ikshvakus, Pallava Kings, Eastern Chaulukyas and Telugu Cholas. Navaratri and Mahashivaratri are the major festivals of this place.

 

What to see in Amaravati:

Amaravati Temple: This is the major attraction of Amaravati. Lord Shiva is worshipped here. This temple is one of the Pancharamas. Temple consists of lot of inscription. All these inscriptions give information about the kings who ruled over the area. Lord Shiva of this place is known as Amarlingeswara.

The Stupa: Stupa is another major attraction of Amaravati. This was the site of great Buddhist Stupa. It was constructed during the reign of emperor Ashoka. Carved Panels on the stupa tells the story of life of Buddha. This stupa was completed in 200 CE. 2nd century BCE ancient sculptures found here. This stupa is buried under rubble after the decline of Buddhism.

Amaravati School: In the history of Indian Art, Amaravati school of Art occupies a pre-eminent position. Mahachaitya the majestic monument of the Buddhists situated here.

 

What to see around Amaravati:

Undavalli Caves: These caves are located in Undavalli which is 9kms away from Vijayawada and 30kms away from Amaravati. These caves belong to 4th and 5th century. Of all the caves, largest cave is 4 storied. At this cave single block of Granite statue of Lord Vishnu can be seen here.

Kondapalli Fort: This is major attraction of this place. Other name of this fort is Circar Mustafanagar. During 14th century this fort was built by Prolaya Vema Reddy of kodaveedu. Several rulers occupied this fort namely Krishna devaraya of Vijayanagar, Gajapati rulers, Muslim Rulers of Qutubshahi dynasty. For this there are 3 gate ways. Main entrance gate is Dargha Darwaja. Granite was used in the construction of this fort. Major attraction of this Mahal is Tanisha Mahal. It is located 58kms away from Amaravati.

Kondapalli Forest: It is located 61kms away from Amaravati. Major attractions of this place are Wolves, Wild Boar, Jackals, Wild dogs, Leopards etc.

Mangalagiri: It is located 41kms away from Amaravati. This place is one of the 8 important Mahashetrams in India. Major attraction of this place is Sri Laxmi Narasimha Swamy Temple. It is the oldest Vaishnavite Temple in entire south India.

Guntur: It is a centre of learning and administrative capital of Guntur district. It is located 32kms away from Amaravati.

Vijayawada: It is located 39kms away from this town. Major attractions of this place are Kanaka Durga Temple, Bhavani Island, Prakasham barrage, Mogalarajapuram Caves, Victoria Museum, Gandhi Hill.

 

Getting to Amaravati: Ways to reach this place is through road or by boat. Nearest railway stations are located at Vijayawada and Guntur. Vijayawada is well connected with all the major cities. Nearest airport is located at Vijayawada. This airport is well connected to Hyderabad and Vishakhapatnam.

 

Getting around Amaravati: Autos are available to visit the places of Amaravati. Buses and Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Amaravati.

 

Best time to visit Amaravati: Amaravati welcomes the tourists throughout the year. During the summer season, temperature is too hot. Best time to visit this place is between October to March.

 

Where to stay in Amaravati: Major hotels at this place are Budget and Midrange. Few Luxury hotels are also available. Best hotels in Amaravati are Grand Nagarjuna Hotel, Hotel Sindoori, RCR Orchid business hotel.

 

Where to eat in Amaravati: Plenty of restaurants are available in Amaravati. Majority of the hotels offer only vegetarian.

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Mangalagiri

Mangalagiri

AP, South India, History, Mahabharata, Temple

April 102014

Mangalagiri is a small town in Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh, India. Word Mangalgiri means Holy hill. It is located 13kms away Vijayawada and 21kms away from Guntur. For long time this place was under the control of Golkonda Nawabs.

 

What to see at Mangalgiri: This place is famous for Sri Panakala Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy Temple. This temple was situated on the hill. Foot Steps of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu can be seen here. On the right side steps of the temple Sri Krishna Deva Raya of Vijayanagam stone inscription can be seen. Temple of Panakala Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy is at the midway of the steps. At this temple one can find only the face of the Lord with open mouth. On the upside of the Panakala Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy Temple, Sri Lakshmi temple can be seen. At this temple, visitors of this place find the caves. It is believed that these caves lead to Undavalli Caves.

 

Shape of the hill is like an elephant. According to the Hindu legends, son of Hrasva Srungi took the shape of elephant at this place when Hrasva Srungi asked to come back to his kingdom while he was doing penance to Lord Vishnu at this place. There will be no statue at this temple. But only wide opened mouth with 15cms. Devotes pour jiggery water into the mouth of this hole. People believe that when they were pouring water at this hole if they were able to listen the sound from that hole then all their sins will wipe off. Temple remains close from afternoon onwards as it is believed that during the night time’s devatas will perform puja.

 

At the foot of the hill, tourists can see Laxmi Narasimha Swamy Temple. Main image of this temple was founded by Dharmaraja who was the elder brother of Pandavas. Height of this gopuram is heightest in south India. Kancheepuram architectural style can be seen at this temple.

 

What to see around Mangalagiri:

Undavalli Caves: These caves are located in Undavalli which is 10kms away from this town. These caves belong to 4th and 5th century. Of all the caves, largest cave is 4 storied. At this cave single block of Granite statue of Lord Vishnu can be seen here.

Guntur: It is a centre of learning and administrative capital of Guntur district. It is located 23kms away from Mangalagiri.

Amaravati: it is located 38kms from this town. This place is famous for Amareswara Temple. Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. At this place great Buddhist Stupa of Pre- Mauryan time. Other attraction of this place is Mahachaitya Stupa.

Vijayawada: It is located 13kms away from this town. Major attractions of this place are Kanaka Durga Temple, Bhavani Island, Prakasham barrage, Mogalarajapuram Caves, Victoria Museum, Gandhi Hill.

Kondapalli Fort: It is located 28kms away from this town. Tanisha Mahal is the major attraction of this fort. There are 3 entry gates to this fort.

 

Getting to Mangalagiri: Only way to reach this place is by road. From Guntur, Vijayawada, etc buses come to this place. Nearest railway station is located at Vijayawada. Vijayawada railway station is well connected with all the major cities of India. Nearest airport is located at Gannavaram. This airport is well connected to Hyderabad and Vishakhapatnam.

 

Getting around Mangalagiri: Buses are available to go to Vijayawada and Guntur. From Vijayawada and Guntur, buses and taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Mangalagiri.

 

Best time to visit Mangalagiri: Best time to visit this place is between October to March. Summer at this place is too hot.

 

Where to stay at Mangalagiri: only budget hotels are available at this place. Generally tourists prefer to stay at Guntur or Vijayawada and visits this place.

 

Where to eat at Mangalagiri: Only few eateries are available at this place. Plenty of restaurants are available at Guntur and Vijayawada.

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Kondapalli

Kondapalli

AP, South India, Fort, History, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 102014

Kondapalli is a town in Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh, India. This is located 16kms away from Vijayawada. Ibrahimpatnam and Kondapalli together known as twin towns. It is an industrial hub of Vijayawada. Major Companies at this place are LANCO, Reliance, IOC, HPCL, GAIL, and BPCL.

 

What to see at Kondapalli:

Kondapalli Fort: This is major attraction of this place. Other name of this fort is Circar Mustafanagar. During 14th century this fort was built by Prolaya Vema Reddy of kodaveedu. Several rulers occupied this fort namely Krishna devaraya of Vijayanagar, Gajapati rulers, Muslim Rulers of Qutubshahi dynasty. For this there are 3 gate ways. Main entrance gate is Dargha Darwaja. Granite was used in the construction of this fort. Major attraction of this Mahal is Tanisha Mahal.

Kondapalli Toys: This is one of the major attractions of this place. Other name of these toys is Kondapalli Bommalu. Special light softwoods were used in making of these toys. Artistic feature of these toys is famous all over the world. It is said that these toys are made by Rajasthan’s who came to this place several years ago. Popular toys are Dasavataram toys, toddy tapper, Palanquin bearers carrying the bride and bridegroom, elephants with Ambari, etc.

Flora and Fauna: Major attractions of this place are Wolves, Wild Boar, Jackals, Wild dogs, Leopards etc. It is one of the last remaining pristine forests in Krishna district.

 

What to see around Kondapalli:

Undavalli Caves: These caves are located in Undavalli which is 22kms away from this town. These caves belong to 4th and 5th century. Of all the caves, largest cave is 4 storied. At this cave single block of Granite statue of Lord Vishnu can be seen here.

Mangalagiri: It is located 28kms away from this town. This place is one of the 8 important Mahashetrams in India. Major attraction of this place is Sri Laxmi Narasimha Swamy Temple. It is the oldest Vaishnavite Temple in entire south India.

Amaravati: it is located 51kms from this town. This place is famous for Amareswara Temple. Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. At this place great Buddhist Stupa of Pre- Mauryan time. Other attraction of this place is Mahachaitya Stupa.

Vijayawada: It is located 16kms away from Kondapalli. Major attractions of this place are Kanaka Durga Temple, Bhavani Island, Prakasham barrage, Mogalarajapuram Caves, Victoria Museum, Gandhi Hill. Goddess Kanaka Durga is worshipped here. According to Hindu Mythology, King Arjun attained Pasupatha astra at this place. After attaining astra he constructed this temple. As per Veda this was Swayambhu Temple.

 

Getting to Kondapalli: Kondapalli is well connected with road and railways. Best way to reach this place is from Vijayawada. Plenty of buses and trains come to this place from Vijayawada. Railway station of Kondapalli is so small. All the trains do not stop at this place. Best way is to reach this place is from Vijayawada. Nearest airport is at Gannavaram, Vijayawada which is 42kms away from Kondapalli. This airport is well connected to Hyderabad and Vishakhapatnam.

 

Getting around Kondapalli: From Vijayawada, Plenty of buses and taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Kondapalli.

 

Best time to visit Kondapalli: Best time to visit this place is between October to March. Summer at this place is too hot.

 

Where to stay in Kondapalli: Only budget and midrange hotels are available to stay at this place. Plenty of accommodations are available at Vijayawada. Apart from Hotels, resorts are also available to stay at Vijayawada. Best hotels at this place are Haailand Resort, Continental Park Hotel, Manorama Hotel, Ilapuram Hotel.

 

Where to eat in Kondapalli: Best eateries and restaurants are available at this place. But Luxury restaurants are not available here. Plenty of fancy restaurants are available to eat in Vijayawada.

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Vijayawada

Vijayawada

AP, South India, Boating, Caves, History, Island, Mahabharata, Temple

April 102014

Vijayawada is a city in Andhra Pradesh, India. Other name of this place is Bezawada. In 639 there was a Buddhist Monastery. At this monastery Chinese Pilgrim Hiuen Tsang stayed here. During 7th century of Eastern Chaulukya there are 5 rock cut temples at this place.

 

What to see in Vijayawada:

Kanaka Durga Temple: This is the major attraction of this place. It is located on Indrakiladri Temple. Goddess Kanaka Durga is worshipped here. According to Hindu Mythology, King Arjun attained Pasupatha astra at this place. After attaining astra he constructed this temple. As per Veda this was Swayambhu Temple.

Bhavani Island: This is the best recreation spot at this place. This Island is one of the largest river Islands. Major attractions of this place are Manicured gardens, mangroves and Boating.

Prakasham barrage: Tourists who visits this place can have the best view of Krishna River. This barrage connect Krishna and Guntur district. Construction of this barrage started in 1852 ended in 1855.

Besant Road: This is the best place for shopping lovers. Modern eateries, restaurants, cinema halls can be seen here.

Mogalarajapuram Caves: These are famous for 5 rock cut sanctuaries. Sanctuaries dates back to 5th century.

Gundala Matha Shrine: This shrine is well known as Mary Matha Shrine. It is located on the top of the hill. Annual Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes celebrates so grandly at this place. This church consists of a museum. Collection of holy relic’s dates back to ancient period can be seen at this museum.

Lenin Statue: This statue symbolises the ideology of communism. Major attraction of this place is 25years old statue of Karl Marks.

Other attractions of Vijayawada: Other attractions of Vijayawada are Sri Nagarala Sri Maha Lakshmi Ammavaru Temple, Rajiv Gandhi Park, Marataka Rajarajeswari Temple, Gandhi Hill, Victoria Museum.

 

What to see around Vijayawada:

Undavalli Caves: These caves are located in Undavalli which is 9kms away from Vijayawada. These caves belong to 4th and 5th century. Of all the caves, largest cave is 4 storied. At this cave single block of Granite statue of Lord Vishnu can be seen here.

Kondapalli Fort: It is located 22kms away from Vijayawada in Kondapalli village. Tanisha Mahal is the major attraction of this fort. There are 3 entry gates to this fort.

Kondapalli Forest: It is located 32kms away from Vijayawada. Major attractions of this place are Wolves, Wild Boar, Jackals, Wild dogs, Leopards etc.

Mangalagiri: It is located 15kms away from Vijayawada. This place is one of the 8 important Mahashetrams in India. Major attraction of this place is Sri Laxmi Narasimha Swamy Temple. It is the oldest Vaishnavite Temple in entire south India.

Amaravati: it is located 38kms from this city. This place is famous for Amareswara Temple. Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. At this place great Buddhist Stupa of Pre- Mauryan time. Other attraction of this place is Mahachaitya Stupa.

 

Getting to Vijayawada: Vijayawada is well connected with road, railways and airways. From all the major cities such as Hyderabad, Chennai, Tirupati, Chitoor, etc buses come to this place. Vijayawada is one of the major railway heads. From all the major cities trains come to this place. Airport is located 20kms away from city centre at Gannavaram. This airport is well connected to Hyderabad and Vishakhapatnam.

 

Getting around Vijayawada: Buses, Autos are available to visit the places of Vijayawada. Buses and Private vehicles are available to visit the surrounding places of Vijayawada.

 

Best time to visit Vijayawada: Best time to visit this place is between October to March. Summer at this place is too hot.

 

Where to stay in Vijayawada: Plenty of hotels including luxury hotels are available to stay at Vijayawada. Apart from Hotels, resorts are also available to stay. Best hotels at this place are Haailand Resort, Continental Park Hotel, Manorama Hotel, Ilapuram Hotel.

 

Where to eat in Vijayawada: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in Vijayawada. Best restaurants at this place are lotus Food City, Cross Roads, Sree Lakshmi Vilas Modern Cafe, Minerva Coffee shop.

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Adoni

Adoni

AP, South India, History, Masjid, Mughal, Ramayana, Temple

April 102014

Adoni is situated in Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh, India. This place is famous for town mills. During the British period, market yard of Adoni played a crucial role in the cotton business. Other name of this market is Grain Market of South India. At the time of Islamic rule this place was named as Adavani. Muslim rule came to an end in 1792 after the war between Tipu Sultan and British East India Company.

 

What to see at Adoni:

Adoni Fort: It is the major attraction of this place. This fort is dates back to 300 years ago. Fort is situated on rock granite hill. Every year thousands of people visit this fort. It had 12 sub forts. To reach Hampi and Bellary forts, this fort has secret tunnels.

Sri Mahayogi Laxmamma Avva Temple: This temple is dedicated to Mahayogi Laxmamma. She was also called as Avva. So the temple was named as Sri Mahayogi Laxmamma Avva Temple. Structure of this temple is so beautiful. Marble was used for the floor of the temple.
Jumma Masjid: This is best example for Islamic architecture style. Madu Qadiri builds this masjid in 1680. He was the Adil Shahi Governor. Crowd will be more on Friday’s.

Kamam Bavi: with the intension to provide water to local people of Adoni this was built by Siddi Masud Khan. He was the Governor of Adoni. This well was used for irrigation purpose also.

Ranamandala Konda: This is one of the attractions of Adoni. This temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. Ranamadala Konda is famous among bird watchers also. This konda is having Ramajal Lake. At this lake huge number of birds can be seen. It is believed that this was created by Lord Rama during their exile period to provide water to Goddess Sita when she was thirsty. He created by throwing arrow into the earth. Natives of this place still using this water for drinking purpose.

Venkanna Bavi: Venkanna Pant who was the Diwan of Siddi Masud Khan built this Bavi. Earlier this was the only source of drinking water to the local people.

Ranamandala Anjanaswamy Temple: This is one of the prominent places for Hindus. During the period of exile, Sri Rama stayed here for some time. At that time when demons were disturbing Lord Rama and Lord Anjaneya killed them.

 

What to see around Adoni:

Baichigeri Sai Baba Ashramam: It is located just 1kms away from Adoni. Major attraction of this place is 100ft Sthoopam. Devotees of Sai Baba and tourists visits this place for peace.

 

Mantralayam: It is one of the sacred places for Hindus. This place is famous for Raghavendra Swami Temple. Lakhs of devotees come to this place every year.

 

Getting to Adoni: Adoni is well connected with road and railways. From Mysore, Kurnool, Tirupathi, Bellary, Anantapur, Hyderabad etc buses come to this place. Adoni railway line is on Chennai Mumbai Railway line. From Kanyakumari, Chennai, Mumbai, Ahemdabad, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Delhi, etc trains come to this place. Nearest international airport is located at Hyderabad. Nearest domestic airport is located at Bellary which is 68kms away from Adoni.

 

Getting around Adoni: Buses are available to visit the surrounding places of Adoni.

 

Best time to visit Adoni: During the summer season, temperature is so hot. So generally people do visit this place during summer season. Heavy rainfall records at this place. Best time to visit this place is between November to February.

 

Where to stay at Adoni: only budget and midrange hotels are available at Adoni. Best hotels at this place are Rajshri Hotel, Srinivas Bhawan, Dwaraka Lodge, International lodge, Hotel Sreesakthi.

 

Where to eat in Adoni: Limited restaurants at this place. Best restaurants at Adoni are Blue Sky, Mizlala and Catit.

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Ahobilam

Ahobilam

AP, South India, Architecture, Temple

April 102014

Ahobilam is located in Allagadda Mandal in Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh, India. This place is located 40kms away from Nandyal. According to historical mythology, Lord Narasimha Killed Demon Hiranyakashipu, father of Prahlada at this place. This place is famous for beautiful temples. Ahobilam is divided into lower Ahobilam and Upper Ahobilam. This place is considered as one of the 108 Vaishnava Divydesams in India. At this place 9 temples dedicated to Lord Narsimha.

 

What to see at Ahobilam:

Bhargava Narasimha Swamy Temple: At this place Bhargava Rama performed penance. It is located at a distance of 2kms away from Lower Ahobilam.

Pavana Narashimha Swamy: It is located 6kms away from Upper Ahobilam. Other name of this temple is Prahalada Varada Sannidhi. Other attractions at this temple are Prahlada Mettu and Ugra Sthambham.

Jwala Narasimha Swamy temple: It is located on the hill. Name of this hill is Achalachaya Meru. This is located 4kms away from Upper Ahobilam. At this place fierce anger of the Lord reached its culmination when he tore Hiranyakasipu.

Malola Narasmhima Swamy Temple: It is located 2kms away from main temple of Ahobilam. At this place lord seems to be so peaceful. Lord can be seen along with Goddess Lakshmi. Malola means beloved to Lakshmi.

Karanja Narasimha Swamy Temple: It is locaed 1kms away from Upper Ahobilam. Other name of place is Karanja Vruksham as image of the shrine is installed under the tree.

Varaha Naramsimha Swamy Temple: It is located 1km away from upper Ahobilam. Lord can be seen along with Goddess Lakshmi. Face of the main deity looks like boar i.e. Varaha.

Ahobila Narasimha Swamy: It is situated at Upper Ahobilam which is 8kms away from Lower Ahobilam. This is the main temple of Ahobilam. Earlier all the 9 deities were situated here. People believed that Lord Narasimha was Svayambhu here. Lord looks so angry here. So, deity is also known as Ugra Narasimha.

Chatravata Narasimha Swamy: Image of the deity can he seem under the peepal tree. This image is surrounded by thorny bushes. It is located 3kms away from lower Ahobilam.

Yogananda Narasimha Swamy: After killing Hiramyakasipu, Lord thought several yogic postures to Prahalada. This place is located at a distance of 2kms from Lower Ahobilam.

Lower Ahobilam: This is dedicated to Prahlada Varada. Temple is surrounded by 3 Prakaras. Architecture of this temple is so beautiful.

 

What to see around Ahobilam:

Nandyal: This place is located 40kms away from Ahobilam. It is surrounded by 9 temples of Lord Shiva called Nava Nandi. Of all the Nava Nandis, most popular place is Mahanandi. Near Nanyal Sri Yaganti Uma Maheswara Temple can be seen. At this temple devotes can see World’s largest Nandi Idol.

 

Getting to Ahobilam: Only way to reach this place is by road. Regular buses are available from Nandyal, Kurnool and Hyderabad. Nearest place of Ahobilam is Allagadda which is 20kms away. From this place plenty of buses come to this place. Nearest railway station is located at Kodapuram which is 14kms away from Ahobilam. Nearest airport is located at Bangalore which is 172kms away from this place.

 

Getting around Ahobilam: Buses and Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Ahobilam. Local private vehicles are the best way to visit the places of Ahobilam.

 

Best time to visit Ahobilam: It is essential to known the best time before visiting any place. This place welcomes the visitors throughout the year. But, weather in summer is too hot.

 

Where to stay at Ahobilam: Best accommodations are available to stay here but only budget and midrange hotels. Along with hotels some of the rooms will be given for rent to cook for themselves also. Cost of this rooms is ranging between Rs.1000 to Rs.1500 depend upon the season.

 

Where to eat in Ahobilam: Best eateries and restaurants are available at this place. As it is a pilgrim place hotels serve with vegetarian food.

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Samastipur

Samastipur

Bihar, North India, Fort, History

April 102014

Samastipur is a district in Bihar, India. It is situated on the banks of river Budhi Gandak. This place is famous for several temples.

 

What to see at Samastipur:

Thaneshwar Temple: This is the major attraction of Samastipur town. Lord Shiva is worshipped here. It is located at the heart of the city. In this temple complex other temples are Hanuman Mandir, Kali Mandir, Ganesh Mandir, Ram Mandir, Shiva Mandir.

Musrigharari: It is located 8kms away from Samastipur. Major attraction of this place is celebration of Muharram and Durga Puja. Thousands of people visit this place during these celebrations.

Mangalgarh: It is located 14kms away from Hasanpur Block of Samastipur. Earlier name of this place is Budhpura. This is named after Lord Buddha. At the request of King Mangaldeo, Lord Buddha preached Buddhism for some time and stayed here.

Jageshwar Asthan: This temple dates back to Mughal Period. Lord Shiva is worshipped here. It is located 15kms away from Narhan Railway station. This temple is located in Bibhutipur village. Jageshwar Devi built this temple. She was the daughter of Bhaw Mishra, the Vaidya of the Narhan Estate.

Khatushyam Mandir: It is located in Samastipur. Lord Krishna is worshipped here. Janmashtami festival celebrates so grandly.

Vidyaptinagar: This place is named after Vidyapati. He is most popular Maithili Poet. His intention is die at River Ganga. When he came to know that his death is nearby he started walking towards the river but he was unable to reach that place. So River Ganga came to him to fulfil his wish.

Mannipur Temple: Goddess Durga is worshipped here. This is situated in the village Jitwarpur which is 2kms away from district headquarters of Samastipur. Dusserha festival celebrates so grandly at this place.

Narhan Estate: Earlier it was the capital of Dronwar Kingdom. At that time several Bridges, temples, forts constructed here. It is located 28kms away from the district headquarters.

Mordiwa: It is located in Samastipur block which is 7kms away from district headquarters.

Other attractions of Samastipur: Other attractions of Samastipur are kharahia, Pitaunjia, Vidyapati Nagar, Pusa, Kali Temple – Waini, Mahamada, Basuari, Manika, Kariyan, Malinagar, Deopar, etc.

 

What to see around Samastipur:

Vaishali: It is one of the district of Bihar which is situated on the west side border of Samastipur district. Name of this district is derived from King Vishal of Mahabharata period. Major attractions of this place are Ashoka Pillar, Bawan Pokhar Temple, Abhiskek Pushkarn, Raja Vishal Ka Garh etc.

Muzaffarpur: It is situated on the banks of river Burhi Gandak. It is one of the gateways to Nepal. Muzaffarpur Attractions are Shri Ram Temple, Baba Garibnath Temple, Jubba Sahni Park, Khudi Ram Bose Memorial, Kali Mata Temple, Chaturbhuj Sthan Temple. This place is located son the east side of the district.

 

Getting to Samastipur: Samastipur is well connected with buses and railways. From Surat, Dehradun, Patna, Delhi, Ranchi, Salem, Bangalore etc buses come to this place. It is divisional headquarters of Northern Eastern Railways. It has direct rail links with Dhanbad, Jamshedpur, Patna, New Delhi, Calcutta. Nearest airport is located at Patna which is 91kms away from Samastipur. Name of this airport is Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Narayan international airport. Buses and Taxis are available from this airport to reach Samastipur.

 

Getting around Samastipur: Buses and taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Samastipur.

 

Best time to visit Samastipur: Winter season from November to February is the best time to visit this place. Monsoons are not much comfortable to travel to this place. Summer at this place is too hot.

 

Where to stay in Samastipur: Plenty of accommodation options are available to stay at this place. Best hotels of this place are Hotel Sandhya, Swarg Hotel, Shivam Hotel.

 

Where to eat in Samastipur: Plenty of eateries and restaurants are available at Samastipur. Kalash restaurant is the best restaurants in Samastipur town.

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Madhubani

Madhubani

Bihar, North India, History, Palace, Ramayana, Temple

April 102014

Madhubani is a district in Bihar, India. Madhubani is derived from the word Madhuban which means Forest of honey. This place is famous for Madhubani Paintings. Madhubani City in this district is World’s second city who adopted democracy. It is centre for Maithili Culture. Madhubani art is 700 years old art. This was first commissioned by King Janak at wedding ceremony of his daughter Goddess Sita. Theme of these paintings includes nature, Hindu gods and Goddesses.

 

What to see at Madhubani:

Saurath: Somnath Mahadev Temple is major attraction of this place. Lord Shiva is worshipped here. Traditional gathering took place here. This gathering is known as Saurath Sabha Gachchhi. It is located 6kms away from Madhubani town.

Naulakha Palace: It was constructed by Maharaja Rameshwar Singh. At the entrance of this place, Durga Bhawan can be seen. A pond is situated before durga bhawan. On the north side of the pond Goddess Kali temple is situated. This palace is 7 storied towers. It is located in Rajnagar town of Madhubani district which is 17kms from Madhubani town.

Bhawanipur: It is located in Madhubani district which is located 5kms away from Pandaul Blcok headquarters. Ugaranath Temple is well known in this place. This temple is associated with renowned poet Vidyapati who was the devotee of Lord Shiva.

Kapileshwar Temple: It is located in Madhubani district. This temple is situated in Radhika Region of this district. Kapil Sage place Shiva Lingam at this place. To develop this place, Darbhanga Raj had taken the responsibility.

Ugna Temple: This temple is located in Bhawanipur Village of Madhubani district. It is located 14kms away from the town of Madhubani. At this place Kavi Vidyapati appeared along with Lord Shiva.

Uchhaitha: This village is located in Madhubani district. Bhagwati Temple is well known at this place. Temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga. It is believed that popular poet Kalidasa was blessed with Goddess Durga at this place. Temple is situated on the banks of River Thumne.

 

What to see around Madhubani:

Muzaffarpur: It is one of the gateways to Nepal. Muzaffarpur Attractions are Shri Ram Temple, Baba Garibnath Temple, Jubba Sahni Park, Khudi Ram Bose Memorial, Kali Mata Temple, Chaturbhuj Sthan Temple.

Supaul: Since Vedic period this district is part of Mithilanchal. Major attractions of this place are Chamunda Mai Sthan Temple, Radha Krishna Mandir of Madhepura, Durga Mandir of Gangapur, etc.

Darbhanga: It is one of the districts of Bihar. Major attraction of this place is Raj Darbhanga, Supaul Bazar, Pokhram Village.

 

Getting to Madhubani: This place is well connected with road and railways. Nearest airport is located at Guwahati. Guwahati is well connected with all the major cities of India. Taxis are available to reach Madhubani from the airport. Railway station of this place is directly connected with Darbhanga district. From Guwahati, Allahabad, Durgapur, Pune, Mumbai etc trains come to this place. From Lucknow, Jamshedpur, Kolkata, Varanasi, Bokaro etc buses come to this place.

 

Getting around Madhubani: Buses and Taxis are available to visit the places of Madhubani district. Private vehicles, Call cabs, Buses are available to visit the surrounding places of Madhubani.

 

Best time to visit Madhubani: Best time to visit this place is in the months of October, November and December. Summer at this place is extremely hot and winter season is so dry.

 

Where to stay at Madhubani: Starting from Budget hotels till Luxury hotels are available here to stay at this place. Best hotels at this place are Sumant Hotel and Rajasthan hotel.

 

Where to eat in Madhubani: Plenty of restaurants are available here to eat at Madhubani. Most of the restaurants offer north Indian and south Indian cuisines.

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Buxar

Buxar

Bihar, North India, Fort, History, Mughal, Musuem

April 102014

Buxar is a city in Buxar district, Bihar, India. Name of this city is derived from the word Vyaghrasar. According to Mythology, Sage Durvasha Curse Rishi Vedshria to have a tiger face. Rishi Vedshria’s face was restored after taken the bath in the holy tank. Holy tank is named as Vyaghrasar. It is located on the banks of River Ganges. This city is well connected with Ghazipur, Ballia and Varanasi. This city is having great historical importance. In the history two great battles took place here. First battle was done between Humayun and Sher Shah Suri in 1539 and next battle was done between the British and Mir Kasim in 1764.

 

What to see at Buxar:

Katkauli Ka Maidan: It is major attraction of Buxar. In 1764, Battle of Buxar took place here. In the history of colonial rule of India, this site is considered as signpost. Battle broke out on 22nd October 1764 between British East India and allied forces of Shah Alam II (Mughal Emperor), Shuja-ud-Daulah (Nawab of Awadh), and Mir Qasim (Nawab of Bengal).

Brahmeshwar Nath Temple: Other name of this temple is Baba Brahmeshwar Nath Dham. Lord Shiva is worshipped here. During the month of Shrawan, there is a special significance of paying homage to this temple.

Chausa Hoard: First known bronze hoard was discovered in the Gangetic Valley. This hoard was a set of 18 Jain bronzes. Articles dates back to Gupta and Shunga period. Dharmachakra is the major attraction of this place. Historical war of 1539 AD took place here. Articles excavated from the site are preserved in Patna Museum. Chausa Mangoes is most famous at this place.

Sita Ram Upadhyaya Museum: It was established in 1979. This museum is one of the largest repositories in Buxar. Museum consists of various historical articles, artefacts, coins and rare stone sculptures. This is named after local resident Late Sita Ram Upadhyaya. He collected contrasting range of terracotta’s. His collections displayed in a separate Gallery.

Buxar Fort: It is one of the ancient forts. In 1054 AD this fort was erected by King Rudra Deo. Several temples such as Nath Baba Temple, Gauri Shankar Temple etc can be seen near this fort.

 

What to see around Buxar:

Biharji Temple: It is located 15kms away from Buxar. This is one of the reversed places of this region. Jai Prakash Singh, King of Dumraon Estate constructed this temple in 1825. Lord Krishna is worshipped here.

Naulakha Mandir: It is located just 2kms away from Buxar. This is one of the nearby attractions of this place.

 

Getting to Buxar: Burax is well connected with road and railways. From all the major cities such as Kanpur, Bokaro, Varanasi, Hyderabad, Kolkata etc buses reach to this place. Burax railway station is major railway station to the nearby places of this city. From Jamshedpur, Ranchi, Patna, Lucknow, Delhi, Mumbai, Durgapur, etc trains come to this place. Nearest airport is Patna which is 111kms away from Buxar. Other nearest airport is at Varanasi which is 113kms away from Buxar.

 

Getting around Buxar: Buses are available to visit the places of Buxar. Call cabs, private vehicles, Buses and Taxis are available to visit the surrounding place of Buxar.

 

Best time to visit Buxar: Weather is so pleasant in the February and December. February and December are the best months to visit this place.

 

Where to stay at Buxar: Plenty of hotels including luxury hotels are available here to stay at this place. Apart from hotels few guest houses are also available to stay at this place. Best hotels of this place are Apsara Hotel and Vishwamitra Vihar Hotel.

 

Where to eat in Buxar: Plenty of restaurants are available to have food at Buxar. South Indian and Chinese food is available here.

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Bihar Sharif

Bihar Sharif

Bihar, North India, History, Mughal, Tomb

April 102014

c is the district headquarters of Nalanda district, Bihar, India. In 10th century it was acted as capital of Pala dynasty. During the Mughal Period it was the seat of Muslim Governors. It is located on the banks of River Panchanan. Main source of income to this people resides at this place is agriculture. Plenty of Muslim tombs can be seen here. Along with Muslim tombs, several mosques and Gupta Pillar dates back to 5th century can be seen here.

 

What to see at Bihar Sharif:

Odantapuri: Other names of this place are Uddandapura and Odantapura. During 7th century it was founded by Gopala who was the emperor Pala Dynasty. It is a celebrated region of Buddhist learning and acts as a revelation to the Tibetan Buddhists. By taking this as an example another monastery was constructed in 749 AD and it was named as Sam Ye.

Tomb of Malik Ibrahim Vaya: This monument is situated on Bari Pahari. Wreckage of Jail of Jarasandha surrounds this site.

Makhdum Shah Sharif –ud-din Mosque: It is another major attraction of this place. This mosque was constructed in 1569. To celebrate his death anniversary, local Mohammedans visits to this tomb of the saint.

Saint Mallik Ibrahim Bayu: It is located at the top of Pir Pahari. Bricks were used in the construction of this place. It was surrounded by several other tombs. Tomb bears an inscription about the death of the saint.

 

What to see around Bihar Sharif:

Jarasandha Ka Akhara: It is located 23kms away from Bihar Sharif which is situated in Rajgir. This is famous as Ranbhumi which means battlefield. This place is named after Jarasandha, Maghdan Emperor. It is believed that in the ancient day’s battle between Jarasandha and Bhima held here. Jarasandha killed by Bhima at this place.

Ruins of Nalanda University: It is located 14kms away from Bihar Sharif. These ruins are located in the Nalanda town. It is the oldest Buddhist University.

Nalanda Archaeological Museum: Four main galleries are included in this museum. Main hall consists of Nagaraj Sculptures, Parshvanath sculpture, Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, Bhumisparsh postures etc…This was established in 1971. It is located 14kms away from Bihar Sharif.

Vishwa Shanti Stupa: This is located on the top of Ratnagiri hill. With the help of ropeway visitors has to reach this place. As a symbol of world peace this was built by Japanese. There are 4 statues of Lord Buddha on each corner. It is located 29kms away from Bihar Sharif.

Ajatshatru Fort: This was built by Ajatshatru king of Magadha in 6th century. At the top of the fort 6.5sq.m stupa stands. It is located 26kms away from Bihar Sharif.

Jivaka’s Mango Garden: Jivaka used to be royal Physician of Magadha rulers namely Ajatshatru and Bimbisara. It is located 24kms away from Bihar Sharif.

Pippala Caves: These are situated on the top of the hill, Vaibhava Hill. It is a house for the monks. It is believed that Lord Buddha has done meditation in these caves. These are natural caves. It is located 26kms away from Bihar Sharif.

 

Getting to Bihar Sharif: Bihar Sharif is well connected with road and railways. From Rourkela, Varanasi, Chennai, Patna, Kolkata etc buses come to this place. From Lucknow, Jamshedpur, Ranchi, Bokaro, Delhi, Allahabad etc trains come to this place. Nearest airport is located at Patna.

 

Getting around Bihar Sharif: Buses and Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Bihar Sharif.

 

Best time to visit Bihar Sharif: Best time to visit this place is between May to October.

 

Where to stay in Bihar Sharif: Only budget and midrange hotels are available to stay at this place. Best hotels at this place are Amrapali hotel, New Gulmarg Hotel, Ajanta Hotel.

 

Where to eat in Bihar Sharif: Plenty of restaurants are available here to eat at this place. Tandoor, Chinese, Continental and Indian Cuisines are available here.

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Muzaffarpur

Muzaffarpur

Bihar, North India, History, Mughal, Musuem, Temple

April 102014

Muzaffarpur is a city in Muzaffarpur district, Bihar, India. It is situated on the banks of river Burhi Gandak. It is one of the gateways to Nepal. Food grains and Clothes traded between Muzaffarpur and Nepal. In Northern Bihar it is the largest city. This place is named after Muzaffar Khan who was a revenue officer in the 8th century. Buddhist Viharas and Ancient sites can be seen here. Litchi Gardens is other attraction of this place.

 

What to see in Muzaffarpur:

Shri Ram Temple: It is one of the Navratna Temples. People believed that, Rajasthani artist established this temple. Lord Rama and Goddess Sitha are worshipped here. In this temple visitors can see Mahadev Shrine. This is the 3rd largest Shivalingam in India.

Baba Garibnath Temple: This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is known as second Baidyanath. It is believed that earlier at this place there was a banyan tree. At the time owner of the tree cutting the tree he found Shiva lingam. On that night he found Garibnath in his dream. Lord order to construct temple at this place. So he constructed this temple.

Jubba Sahni Park: This Park is named after freedom fighter Jubba Sahni. It was constructed by Hemchandra Shirohi in Mithanpura colony.

Khudi Ram Bose Memorial: It was constructed on the honour of Khudi Ram. He was arrested in 1908 for throwing the bomb on the British district.

Kali Mata Temple: Kali Mata Temple of Sikandarpur was constructed in 1932. Darbhanga Maharaj Kamlesh Singh constructed this temple.

Chaturbhuj Sthan Temple: Temple is dedicated to Lord Chaturbhuj. It is believed that idol of this lord found in Turki village later it was shifted to Muzaffarpur.

Ramna’s Tripur Sundari Temple: In 1941 this was constructed by shri Umashankar Prasad.

Simri Mai Temple: It is located very close to Muzaffarpur Engineering College. Goddess Bhagwati worshipped here. It is believed that an old lady used to meditate here during night time for long time. On the 17th day of Navarthi she took Samadhi here.

Ram Chandra Shahi Museum: This is located inside the premises of Jubba Sahni Park. Various art objects, artefacts, rare postage stamps can be seen here.

 

What to see around Muzaffarpur:

Rajkhand: From Aurai Block Headquarters it is located 5kms away from Muzaffarpur. Major attraction of this village is Old Bhairav Nath Temple. During Mahashivrathri Festival, annual cattle fair organises very grandly at this temple. Nearby attractions is Ramna Gurudwara, Badi Masjid at Company Bagh, Radha Krishna Temple, Hathilwa Math.

Katra Garh: It is located 35kms away from Muzaffarpur. At the time to Mughal period it was known as Akbarpur. At this site visitors can see several earthen pots, ornaments, important idols and other articles.

Ambara Chowk: It is located 34kms away from Muzaffarpur. This is the home to Amrapali who is the beautiful courtesan of Vaishali.

 

Getting to Muzaffarpur: Muzaffarpur is well connected with road and railways. From Faridabad, Jaipur, Nagpur, Lucknow, Kolkata, Dehradun, Hyderabad, etc buses come to this place. From Goa, Madurai, Pondicherry, Bangalore, Delhi etc trains come to this place. Muzaffarpur is also having airport facility. Nearest airport to Muzaffarpur is Patna which is 63kms away from the city.

 

Getting around Muzaffarpur: Plenty of buses and Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Muzaffarpur.

 

Best time to visit Muzaffarpur: Best time to visit this place is in the months of February, October , November and December.

 

Where to stay at Muzaffarpur: Plenty of accommodations are available at this place. Best hotels of this place are Meenakshi international, Lichchavi Vihar Hotel, Hotel Atithi, Jyothi Hotel.

 

Where to eat in Muzaffarpur: Plenty of restaurants are available at this place. Best resturents are Frineds resturents, Bharat Jalan, Vaishali Pastry Shop, Kavery.

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Bhagalpur

Bhagalpur

Bihar, North India, Mahabharata, Rock Cut Temples, Temple

April 102014

Bhagalpur district is one of the districts of Bihar, India. Other name of this place is Silk City. Bhagalpur town is located at the centre of the district. District is situated on the banks of River Ganga. Bhagalpur is famous for Tussar Sarees and Tussar Silk. It serves as best educational centre of Bihar. From neighbouring states thousands of students comes to this place.

 

What to see at Bhagalpur:

Colganj Rock Cut Temples: These rock cut temples are dates back to 5th to 7th century. Temples belongs to Gupta Period. Plenty of Jain, Buddhist, and Hindu deity’s carvings can be seen on these temples. Remains of these structures discovered from Kahalagaon and Sultanganj of Bhagalpur district.

Vaasupujya Bhagwan Mahavir Jain Mandir: It is the birth place of 12th Jain Tirthankar Vasupujya. It is located 4kms away from Bhagalpur railway station. He had 5 kalyanas. All the marriages performed here.

Mandar Hills: These are located in Bhagalpur district. These hills are located 30kms away from Bhagalpur town. On this hill, foot prints of Lord Vishnu can be seen here. Other attraction of this place is lake at this peak. It is believed that Panchajanya (Conch Shell) used in Mahabharata War was discovered here. People also say that Lord Vishnu killed the demon Madhusudana at this place.

Ghuran Peer Baba: To seek the blessings of Peer Baba, people of different religion such as Christians, Parsi, Sikhs, Muslims, and Hindus come to this place on every Friday. People believe that baba will bless with divine powers. It is located 2.2kms away from Bhagalpur town.

Budhanath Temple: This temple is located in Jogsar on the banks of river Ganga. Other name of this temple is Dudheshwar mahadev Temple. Lord Shiva is worshipped here. It was built in 17th century. In the month of August thousands of pilgrims come to this place and serves Lord Shiva with flowers, Gangajal, Bel and Milk. It is located 4.2kms away from Bhagalpur town.

Ancient Vikramsila University: This is located in the town of Vikramsila which is 38kms away from the Bhagalpur town. To teach Tantric Buddhism it is a best education centre. Dharmapala who was the king of Pala established this university. At this place along with 108 small temples, Confluence of Kosi and Ganga rivers can be seen here.

 

What to see around Bhagalpur:

Naugachia: It is located 29kms away from Bhagalpur town. This is situated on the banks of River Ganges. Naugachia is most popular for Yellow Maize.

Kahalgoan: It is located 32kms away from Bhagalpur town. This place is famous for centre of Buddhism learning. Students across the world come to this place.

 

Getting to Bhagalpur: Bhagalpur is well connected with road and railways. From all the major cities such as Gurgoan, Jaipur, Pune, Bangalore, Delhi etc trains come to this place. From Cuttack, Jamshedpur, Bhopal, Patna, Kolkata etc buses come to this place. Nearest airport is located at Patna which is 235kms away from Bhagalpur town. This is an international airport which is well connected with all the important cities of India.

 

Getting around Bhagalpur: Buses and taxis are available to visit the places within the district of Bhagalpur and around the places of Bhagalpur.

 

Best time to visit Bhagalpur: It is necessary for every tourist to known the best time to visit before visiting any place. Best time to visit this place is throughout the year.

 

Where to stay at Bhagalpur: Plenty of accommodations starting from budget to luxury hotels are available to stay at this place. Best hotels of the town Bhagalpur is Hotel Shiva International, Vineet Hotel, Mahavir Hotel, Sriyash Regency hotel, Sanan Hotel.

 

Where to eat in Bhagalpur: Plenty of restaurants are available to have food at Bhagalpur.

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Gaya

Gaya

Bihar, North India, Masjid, Temple

April 102014

Gaya is a city of ancient history located in Bihar, India. Major attractions of this city are narrow by lanes, old buildings natural surroundings. This is the sacred place to both Buddhists and Hindus. Gaya is named after the demon Gayasur. It is believed that body of Gayasura was transformed into series of rocky hills that make up the landscape of Gaya. This place is mentioned both in Mahabharata and Ramayana. It is believed that Lord Rama along with SIta and Lakshma travelled to this place after they kept Pindan to this father Dashrath.

 

What to see at Gaya:

Vishnupad Temple: This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Shikhara Style can be seen here. In 1787, this was constructed by Ahilya Bai Holkar of Indore. It is believed that footprints inside the temple belong to Lord Vishnu.

Jama Masjid: In the Bihar state it is the largest Mosque. It is famous for Tabligh and Shabina.

Great Buddha Statue: This is associated with life of Lord Buddha. In 1989, XIV Dalai Lama installed this statue. In India this is the tallest Buddha statues. Red Granite and Sandstone blocks are used in the construction of this statue.

Gaya Pind Daan: This is a ritual performed by Hindus to free the spirits of their deceased ones. This will liberate them from bondage of the materialistic world. Lord Rama also had done Pind Daan at this place to his father.

 

What to see around Gaya:

Chinese Temple: Chinese Buddhist monks constructed this temple. Chinese architecture can be seen on this temple. It is decorated with excellent Chinese design. In 1997, this was renovated with 3 golden statues. It is located 13kms away from Gaya.

Barabar Caves: These are oldest Rock cut Caves in India. These caves belong to Mauryan Period of 3rd century BC. Barabar Caves Attractions are Vishwa Zopri caves, karan Chaupar caves, Sudama caves, Lomas Rishi caves. It is located 25kms away from Gaya.

The Bodhi Tree: During the first 7 days of enlightenment Buddha sat below this tree. Original tree was destroyed by several kings. Emperor Ashoka brought the descendent of original tree from Srilanka and taken so much care to protect this tree. It is located 13kms away from Gaya.

Mahabodhi Temple: This temple is dates back to 7th century. Ancient temple was destroyed during 11th century when Muslims invaded this place. Present structure was reconstructed in 1880. It is located 13kms away from Gaya.

Ajapala Nigrodha Tree: It is located in front of Mahabodhi Temple. It is believed that this was planted by a Shepherd Boy to protect Lord Buddha. It is located 13kms away from Gaya.

Royal Bhutan Monastery: It is located in Bodhgaya. King of Bhutan constructed this monastery.

Other attractions near Gaya: Other attractions near Gaya are Animesh Lochana Chaitya, Indosan Nippon Japanese Temple, Thai Monastery, Cankamana.

 

Getting to Gaya: Gaya is well connected with road ways, railways and airways. From Ahmedabad, Nagpur, Coimbatore, Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, Hyderabad etc flights come to this place. From Allahabad, Varanasi, Bhubaneshwar, Jabalpur, Pune, Hyderabad, Patna, etc buses and trains come to this place.

 

Best time to visit Gaya: It is essential to know the best time before visiting any place. Best time to visit Gaya is between October to April.

 

Where to stay at Gaya: Plenty of hotels are available at Gaya. All range of hotels such as budget, midrange and luxury hotels are available to stay at Gaya. Best hotels at Gaya are Ajatashatru Hotel, Siddharth International, Palm Garden Hotel, Hotel Rose Valley.

 

Where to eat at Gaya: Plenty of restaurants are available at Gaya. Most popular items of this place are Kopal Ki Kofta, Sukhaota, Sattu ka Roti, Maruna ka roti, pittha, litti, litti Chhokha, sattu etc.

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Munger

Munger

Bihar, North India, Fort, History, Mahabharata, Ramayana, Temple, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 102014

Munger town is located in Munger district, Bihar, India. Other name of this place is Seat of Rule. This place is also mentioned in Mahabharata. It was the kingdom of King Karna. Munger Guns is having more than 200 years old history. Prominence for these guns started during the First World War period. Gupta emperors founded this town during 4th century.

 

What to see at Munger:

Munger Fort: This fort was under the control of Mohammed Bin Tughlaq between 1325 to 1351. Within the fort complex there are two hills namely Rectangular Mound and karnachaura. Fort was annexed by British, Mughals, Nawabs of Bengal, Lodis, Tughlaqs, Khiljis. Inside this fort, first Yoga University in the world is situated.

Bhimbandh Wildlife Sanctuary: This sanctuary consists of hot water springs and dense forests. Major wildlife attractions of this place are Panther, Tiger, Nilgai, Chital, Wild Boar, Sambar.

Baptist Mission: This is famous for New Hindi Testaments. It was established in 1860. Baptist missionaries came to this place to translate the New Hindi Testaments and died during the course of work.

Tomb of Pir Shah Nufa: This tomb is dates back to 1177. It is situated at southern gate of Munger Fort. Every year, on 1st January music programme conducts at this place.

Haha Punch Kumari: It is a waterfall area. This is named after 5 daughters of Hindu Raja of Kharagpur.

Bihar School of Yoga: Swami Satyananda Saraswati established this Yoga centre in 1964 inside the Munger Fort. In the world this is the first yoga university. From Australia, UK and USA students come to this place.

Karnachaura: It is natural rocky hillock. Raja Karna constructed a house at the top of the hill.

Other attractions of Munger: Other attractions of Munger town are Rectangular Mound, Palace of Shah Shuja.

 

What to see around Munger:

Kharagpur Lake: It is located 3kms away from Munger. Maharaja of Darbhanga built this lake. This is located very near to 5 princess waterfalls. Hot springs is other attraction of this place.

Maruk Hill: It is situated 13kms away from the town. This is named after Maharukh Tree. Maruk hill is ideal picnic spot.

Sita kund: It is located in Munger district. This kund is surrounded by Shatrugan Kund, Bharat Kund and Lakshman Kund. People believed that Sita took bath at this place after she came out of the fire.

Rishi Kund: This is hot water spring. It is located 6kms away from Sita Kund.

Rameshwar Kund: This is also hot water spring which was dug accidentally by Muslim General.

Kastaharni Ghat: People believed that Lord Rama and Goddess Sita took bath at this place while they were returning to Ayodhya.

Other attractions near Munger: Other attractions near Munger are Bhimband, Pirpahar, Sri Krishna Vatika, Chandisthana, Manpathar, Shringirishi, Malnipahar.

 

Getting to Munger: Only way to reach this place is through road. From Raipur, Rourkela, Bokaro, Ranchi, Patna, Bangalore, Varanasi, Lucknow etc buses come to this place. Nearest railway station is located at Patna which is 136kms away from Munger.

 

Getting around Munger: Buses are available to visit the places of Munger. Buses and Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Munger.

 

Best time to visit Munger: Best time to visit this place is between October to March.

 

Where to stay in Munger: Budget, midrange and luxury hotels are available to stay in Munger. Best hotels of this place are Sitariya Hotel, Rajhans Hotel, Raj palace hotel and Namita Hotel. Along with hotels, guest houses are available to stay at Munger.

 

Where to eat in Munger: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat at Munger. Best options to have food are in-house restaurants.

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Bihar

Bihar

Bihar, North India, Caves, Fort, History, Hot Springs, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Valley, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 102014

Bihar is 12th largest state in India. In Bihar, Lord Buddha Founded Buddhism. Lord Buddha spent most of his life time at this place. Mahatma Gandhi Setu is one of the longest bridges in the world.

 

What to see at Bihar:

Patna: It is the capital of Bihar which is situated on the southern banks of Ganges. Mahatma Gandhi Setu Bridge is located here. History of Patna dates back to 493 BC. Magadha Empire ruled at this place. Major attractions of Patna are Agam kuan, Har Mandir, Padri Ki Haveli, Patna Cementry, Golgarh, Patna Museum etc.

Munger: Major attractions of this place are Bihar school of Yoga, Madras Rahmania Islamic School.

Rajgir: This place is famous for several temples and monasteries. This place is associated with Lord Buddha. Jivekarmavan Monastery was the residence of Lord Buddha. This place is well known for hot water springs and Jain temples. Other attractions of this place are Venue Vana, Jarasandha’s Akhara, Ajatshatru’s Fort, Bimbisar’s jail.

Nalanda: Nalanda Attractions are Nalanda University, The Great Stupa, Nalanda Archaeological Museum, Hieun Tsang Memorial Hall.

Sasaram: Sasaram Attractions are Sher Shah Suri’s Tomb, Maa Tara Chandi Temple, Rock Cut Caves and Ashokan inscriptions.

Bihar Sharif: It is situated on the banks of River Panchanan. Plenty of pilgrim Muslim tombs can be seen here. It was served as capital of Pala dynasty. 5th century Muslim tombs, mosques and Gupta Pillar can be seen here. Major attractions of this place are Odantapuri, Tomb of Malik Ibrahim Vaya, Makhdum Shah Sharif ud din Mosque, Saint Mallik Ibrahim Bayu.

Muzaffarpur: Major attractions of this place are Sikandarpur Kali Temple, Baba Garib Stan, Rajeshwari Devi Temple, Ram Chandra Shahi museum etc

Bhagalpur: During 7th century it was the biggest trading market. Major attractions of this place are production of silk fabrics, Madhusudan temple, Colganj Temple.

Gaya: It is one of the tourist’s places of Bihar. This is the sacred place to Hindus. It is believed that at this place Lord Vishnu kept his foot on demon Gayasur to kill him.

Bodhgaya: Lord Buddha got enlightenment at this place. After the enlightenment of 250 years, Emperor Ashoka came to this place and founded Mahabodhi Temple.

 

What to see around Bihar:

Uttar Pradesh: It is the holy land of Rishikesh, Kedarnath, Badrinath, Haridwar. Tales of Rani of Jhansi is most famous. Major attractions of this place are Taj Mahal, Agra, Allahabad, Ayodhya, Corbett, Gangotri, Lucknow, Mussorie.

Madhya Pradesh: It is the largest state in India. At these place more than 1800 monuments says the stories of musicians, poets, saints, warriors, kingdoms, Empires of centuries old. Major attractions of this place are Bandhavgarh, Amarkantak, Bhojpur, Bhopal, Dhar, Chitrakoot, Chanderi, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur etc.

Orissa: Major attractions of this place are Konark, Gopalapur, Cuttack, Chilka Lake, Bhubaneshwar, Berhampur, Puri.

West Bengal: Major attractions of this place are Sunderbans, Shanti Niketan, Diamond Harbour, Siliguri, Darjiling, Calcutta, Bakreshwar.

Sikkim: Major attractions of this place are Yuksom, Lachung, Gangtok.

 

Getting to Bihar: Bihar is well connected with road ways, railways and airways. Some of the railway stations in Bihar are Abhaipur, Bansipur, Bhagwanpur, Chhapra, Labha, Tilaya, Wena, Sarai, Ismailpur etc. Airports in Bihar are Birsa Munda, Bokaro, Daltonganj, Darbhanga, Dhanbad, Gaya, Giridih, Jamshedpur, Madhubani, Muzaffarpur, Purnea, Raxaul etc.

 

Getting around Bihar: Buses and Taxis are available to visit the places of Bihar. Trains, buses and Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Bihar.

 

Best time to visit Bihar: Bihar welcomes the tourists throughout the year.

 

Where to stay in Bihar: Plenty of accommodations are available to stay at various places of Bihar. Starting from Budget to Luxury hotels are available to stay at Bihar.

 

here to eat in Bihar: Plenty of restaurants are available to have food in Bihar. Major restaurants of Bihar are Bell pepper, Tan door Hut, Takshila, Siam Thai restaurants.

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Chail Wildlife sanctuary

Chail Wildlife sanctuary

HP, North India, Hill station, Nature, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 102014

Chail Wildlife sanctuary is located in at Chail hill station, Himachal Pradesh, India. From Shimla it is located 63kms away. Rich collection of flora and fauna can be seen here. This is the best place for bird watchers and natural lovers. In 1976 this place was declared as Wildlife sanctuary. Earlier this place was acted as hunting ground of Maharaja of Patiala Bhupinder Singh.

 

What to see at Chail Wild life sanctuary: Large variety of birds can be seen here. Major bird attractions of this place are Grey headed flycatchers and Golden Eagle. Plenty of trees can also be seen here. Major trees found at this sanctuary are oak trees and Pine trees. Lush green grass lands can be seen at the slopes of this sanctuary. Sanctuary consists of several mammals. Large mammals of this sanctuary are goral crested porcupine, Indian muntjac, leopards, rhesus macaque. Other mammal attraction of this place is Black napped Hare, Sambar, Common Langur, Wild Boar, Himalayan Black bear etc. Trekking is another attraction of this place. Other activities takes place at this place is bird watching and angling. Angling activity takes place on the river Gaura. Popular trekking trails of this sanctuary are Chail Rajgarh, Chail Shimla via Junga, Kandaghat Chail etc.

 

What to see around Chail wildlife Sanctuary:

Chail Cricket Stadium: It was built in 1893. This stadium is world’s highest stadium. Height is 2144 meters. Polo game also plays in this ground.

Chail Wildlife Sanctuary: Before this place was declared as Sanctuary in 1976 this was used as best place for hunting by Maharaja of Patiala. Major attraction of this sanctuary is goral, wild boar, Himalaya Black deer, Indian Puntjac. Large variety of Flora and Fauna are located here.

Kali Ka Tibba: People from nearby villages and towns come to this place to worship Goddess Kali.

Gurudwara Sahib: It is famous for its architecture style. Architecture of Gurudwara looks like church. It is situated at Pandhawa hillocks. This was constructed in 1907.

Siddh Baba Ka Mandir: This mandir was built in the place of Palace after Siddh Baba came into the dreams of Maharaja Bhupinder.

Kufri: This is the best place for winter sports activities. It is located 28kms away from the sanctuary. Ski Resort is most famous here.

Shogi: It is the beautiful place with Salubrious climate and lush green cover. Shogi is the best place for trekking and bird watching. Plenty of temples are located here. It is situated 22kms away from the sanctuary.

Solan: Apart from several temples, oldest breweries are also located here. This place is also known as Mushroom Capital of India. It is located 39kms away from the sanctuary.

Barog: Major attraction in Barog is Renuka Lake. This is the largest lake in Himachal Pradesh. It is located 42kms away from sanctuary.

Shimla: It is one of the popular hill stations in India. This is located 63kms away from the sanctuary.

Kasauli: Army Cantonment is located here. Worth visiting places here is dense forest and snow clad mountain. It is located 63kms away from the sanctuary.

 

Getting to Chail Wildlife sanctuary: Before reaching this place one has to reach Chail hill station. Only way to reach Chail is road way. Buses are available from Rampur, Narkhanda and Shimla to Chail. Nearest railway station is located at Shimla which is 43 kms away from Chail. Nearest airport is at Shimla.

 

Getting around Chail Wildlife sanctuary: Trekking is the best way to see the sanctuary. Vehicles are not allowed inside the sanctuary. Buses are available to visit the surrounding places of the sanctuary.

 

Best time to visit Chail Wild life sanctuary: Best time to visit this sanctuary is between March to July and September to November.

 

Where to stay in Chail Wildlife sanctuary: No accommodations available inside the sanctuary. Plenty of hotels are available to stay in Chail town

 

Where to eat in Chail Wildlife sanctuary: No eateries are available at this sanctuary. Restaurants are very limited in Chail. Chinese, Indian and Continental food is available at Chail town.

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Chaukhutia

Chaukhutia

Uttarakhand, North India, Hill station, History, Tea Garden, Temple, Trekking

April 102014

Chaukhutia is beautiful town in Almora district of Uttarakhand, India. Name is derived from Chau khut which means four feet that means four ways. First way is towards Ramnagar, Second way is towards Karanprayag, third way is towards Ranikhet and fourth way is towards Tadaktaal.
What to see in Chaukhutia:

Taragtal: This Lake is surrounded by dense green cover. It is best picnic and scenic beauty place for the tourists of this place.

Rudeshwar Mahadev Temple: Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. During Mahashivratri period devotees rush is more. This temple is located on the banks of River Ramganga.

 

What to see around Chaukhutia:

Pandukholi: It is located 5kms away from Chaukhutia. These are caves. It is believed that these caves were built by Pandavas during their stay in the Himalayas.

Lakhanpur Temple: Katyuri Kings built this temple. It is located 6kms away from Chaukhutia. Lakhanpur Fair is most famous at this temple. This fair celebrates in the month of October.

Dwarahat: It is located 18kms away from this town. Group of 55 ancient temples is the major attraction of this place. These temples were built by Katyuri Kings. Gujarati School of Art can be seen here. Dwarahat means way to heaven. People who visit this place will feel that they were in the premises of God.

Doonagiri: It is located 33kms from this town. Vaishno Devi Temple is the major attraction of this place. It is believed that when Lord Hanuman carrying Sanjeevani Parvath a piece of parvath falls here. So this place is named as Doonagiri.

Jaurasi: it is located 16kms away from this town. Major attractions of this place are herbs cultivation, ayurvedic herbs and Tea Gardens.

Karnaprayag: It is one of the Panch Prayag. It is situated at confluence of Pindar River and Alaknanda River. This is the religious site for Hindus. Journey of Ganga River starts from Karnaprayag plains. It is one of the best summer gateways. Goddess Uma Devi Temple is most attractive and ancient temple in this town. Karnaprayag Attractions are Uma Devi Temple, Karna Temple, Nauti Village, Adventure activities.

 

Getting to Chaukhutia: only way to reach this place is through road. From Kathgodam, Karnaprayag, Kasauni, Almora, Nainital etc buses come to this place. Nearest railway station is located at Kathgodam which is located 143kms away from this town. Buses and Taxis are available to reach Chaukhutia from Kathgodam railway station. Nearest airport is located at Pantnagar which is 112kms away from Chaukhutia.

 

Getting around Chaukhutia: It is a small town. One can explore this place on foot. Walking along the town is the best way to enjoy the natural beauty. Buses and Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Chaukhutia.

 

Best time to visit Chaukhutia: Knowing the best time is essential before visiting any place. Visitors can enjoy cool time throughout the year. Snowfall is very common during the winter season. Best time to visit this place is between October to June.

 

Where to stay at Chaukhutia: Only few budget and midrange accommodations are available to stay at this town. Luxury accommodations cannot be seen here. Apart from the hotels forest rest houses are available here to stay.

 

Where to eat in Chaukhutia: Only few restaurants are available here to eat in Chaukhutia. All the restaurants provide only basic meals. Continental and Indian cuisines are available at these restaurants.

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Devprayag

Devprayag

Uttarakhand, North India, History, Nature, Panch Prayag, Temple

April 102014

Devprayag is a town in Tehri Garhwal district, Uttarakhand, India. This is one of the Panch Prayags. In this place Bhagirathi and Alakananda Rivers meet and takes the name as River Ganga. Narsinghancal, Dashrathanchal Parvat, Giddhanchal Parvat are 3 godly peaks surrounds this place.

 

What to see at Devprayag:

Raghunath Temple: Temple is dedicated to Lord Rama. South Indian and Buddhist architectural styles can be seen on the walls of this temple. Temple was constructed by Raja Jagat Singh of kullu. Gold sheets can be seen on the inner walls of the temple. Life history of Lord Krishna and Lord Rama depicted on the walls of the temple.

Chandrabadani Temple: Temple is dedicated to Goddess of Power. Iron trishul and ancient statues of Goddess sati are placed outside the temple. Goddess Sati upper body is dropped accidently by Lord Shiva. Due to this her weapons were scattered at the spot.

Suspension Bridges: These bridges provide clear view of Devprayag. Bridges are laid over Alaknanda and Bhagirathi Rivers.

Kyunkaleshwar Mahadev Temple: This temple belongs to 8th century. Lord Shiva is worshipped here. Other shrines of this temple are Lord Kartikeya and Ganapati. From this place visitors can see snow clad Himalayan Peaks and entire town.

Dashrathshila Temple: It is believed that King Dashrath father of Lord Rama done penance at this place. Shrine is located on the banks of small water stream. This water stream is named after Shanta who was the daughter of King Dashratha.

Nakshatra Vedh Shala: Pt.Chankradhar Joshi established this astronomical observatory in 1946. Collection of 3000 manuscripts from various countries is kept at this place. These are dates back to 17th century.

 

What to see around Devprayag:

Shivpuri: It is located 55kms away from Devprayag. Lord Shiva’s temple is the major attraction of this place. River Rafting Sports are other attraction of this place.

Chamba: It is located 89kms away from Devprayag. This is a popular hill station situated 1676meters above the sea level which is surrounded by deodar trees and dense pine. A clear view of River Bhagirathi and Garhwal Ranges of Himalayas is possible from this place.

Rishikesh: This is the sacred place for the Hindus. It is located at the foothill of the lower Himalayas in Uttarakhand. Lord Vishnu is worshipped here. People believe that visiting this place gives Mukthi after death. It is located 73kms away from Devprayag.

Rajaji National Park: It is located 92kms away from Devprayag. This park covers 3 district of Uttarakhand. Those 3 districts are Pauri Garhwal, Dehradun and Haridwar. Earlier there are 3 sanctuaries namely Rajaji, Motichur and Chilla. Now these are merged as one sanctuary with the name Rajaji National Park. Major fauna attractions of this park are Asian Elephant, leopard, Jungle Cat, Goral, Indian Hare etc. Major flora attractions of this place are acacia, dalbergia, bridelia, terminalia, Adina, Mallotus etc.

Haridwar: It is located 93kms away from Devprayag. This place is a gateway to God. Major attractions of this place are Vaisho Devi Temple, Shravanathji’s temple, Gaurishankar Mahadev Temple, Bharat Mata Mandir, Daksha Mahadev Temple, Mansa Devi Temple, Chandi Devi Temple, Sapt Rishi Ashram.

 

Getting to Devprayag: Devprayag is well connected with road ways. From Kotdwar, Dehradun, Haridwar, Pauri, Uttarkashi, etc buses come to this place. Nearest railway station is located at Rishikesh which is 71kms away from Devprayag. Nearest airport is located at Dehradun which is 91kms away from Devprayag.

 

Getting around Devprayag: Devpragay is a small town. This can be explored on foot. Buses and Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Devprayag.

 

Best time to visit Devprayag: Best time to visit this place is between January to June and October to December.

 

Where to stay in Devprayag: Accommodations are available here to stay for the visitors of this place. Lodges, motels, resorts, hotels are available to stay in Devprayag. Yoga sessions conduct every morning in the accommodations of Devprayag.

 

Where to eat in Devprayag: In house restaurants of hotels is the best option to have food. Mainly vegetarian food is available here.

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Tehri Garhwal

Tehri Garhwal

Uttarakhand, North India, Nature, Panch Prayag, Temple, Trekking

April 102014

Tehri Garhwal is one of the largest districts of Uttarakhand. Name of this district is derived from the word Trihari. Meaning of Trihari is the place which observes 3 sins evolving out of Mansa, Vacha and Karmana. The Word Garh means Fort. Prior to 9th century there are 52 different forts are placed here. This princely state becomes the part of India in 1949.

 

What to see at Tehri Garhwal:

Uttarkashi: It is located on the banks of river Bhagrathi. It is the home to plenty of temples and Ashrams. Uttarkashi Attractions are Vishwanath Temple, Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Shakti Temple, Adventurous sports.

Kanatal: This place was named after this lake. It is a hill station near Mussoorie. Kanatal Attractions are Surkanda Devi Temple, Kodia Jungle, Trekking, Verdant forests, Landscape.

Dhanaulti: It is located 12kms away from Kanatal. This place is famous for winter cool breezes. Major attractions of this pale are fruit orchards, Pony rides and treks. This is one of the best places for natural lovers.

Tehri Dam: This was constructed at the place where Bhilangna and Bhagirathi Rivers Confluence. It is located at New Tehri. Visitors can also see various kinds of flowers and fruits at new Tehri. These flower and fruit plants can be seen in Pant Research institute. It is located 12kms away from Kanatal.

Badrinath: It is the holy town. Major attraction of this town is Badrinath Temple. Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Badrinath Attractions are Badrinath Temple, Tapt Kund, Surya Kund, Charanpaduka, Brahma Kapal, Narada Kund.

Narendranagar: Narendra Nagar Attractions are Nandi Bull, Radha Krishna Mandir, Ananda Spa, Odathali, Viceregal Palace.

Devaprayag: It is one of the Panchprayags. This place is famous for 10,000 years old Raghunathji Temple and confluence of River Bhagirathi and Alaknanda.

Khatling Glacier: This glacier has popular destinations from Ghuttu.

Ghuttu: This is one of the best places for natural lovers. It is the base camp of treks to Masar Tal, Khatling Glacier and Panwalikantha.

Buda Kedar: This place is famous for temple dedicated to Lord Shiva which is 59kms away from Tehri town.

Sem Mukhem Temple: Temple is dedicated to Nag Raja.

Gautam Rishi’s Temple: It is located 8kms away from Tehri town. Temple is dedicated to Gautam Rishi.

 

What to see around Tehri Garhwal:

Chamba: It is located 18kms away from Tehri Garhwal. This is a popular hill station situated 1676meters above the sea level which is surrounded by deodar trees and dense pine. A clear view of River Bhagirathi and Garhwal Ranges of Himalayas is possible from this place.

Rishikesh: This is the sacred place for the Hindus. It is located at the foothill of the lower Himalayas in Uttarakhand. Lord Vishnu is worshipped here. People believe that visiting this place gives Mukthi after death.

Haridwar: It is located 39kms away from Narendra Nagar. This place is a gateway to God. Major attractions of this place are Vaisho Devi Temple, Shravanathji’s temple, Gaurishankar Mahadev Temple, Bharat Mata Mandir, Daksha Mahadev Temple, Mansa Devi Temple, Chandi Devi Temple, Sapt Rishi Ashram.

 

Getting to Tehri Garhwal: Only way to reach this place is through road way. From Delhi, Gurgaon, Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Agra, Amritsar, Jammu etc buses come to this place. Nearest railway station is located at Haridwar which is 52kms away from Tehri Garhwal. Nearest airport is located at Dehradun.

 

Getting around Tehri Garhwal: Buses and Taxis are available to visit the surrounding place of Tehri Garhwal.

 

Best time to visit Tehri Garhwal: Tehri Garhwal visits the tourists throughout the year.

 

Where to stay in Tehri Garhwal: Plenty of accommodations are available at Tehri Garhwal including luxury hotels. Apart from hotels plenty of resorts, guest houses, Dharmasalas are also available.

 

Where to eat in Tehri Garhwal: Plenty of eateries and small restaurants are available here. Most parts of Tehri serve only vegetarian food.

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Sultanpur National Park

Sultanpur National Park

Haryana, North India, Bird Sanctuary, Nature, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 102014

Sultanpur National Park is located in Sultanpur, Gurgaon district, Haryana, India. This park is situated 15kms away from Gurgaon and 50kms away from Delhi. This is the best place for wild life lovers and bird watchers. Sultanpur is named after Rajput Chauhan Sultan Singh who was the descendent of Harsh Dev Chauhan. In 1972, this area was declared as bird Sanctuary. After 20 years it was declared as national park in 1989. Area covered by this sanctuary is 1.43 Sq.kms. In North India, Keoladeo National Park and Sultanpur National Park are most popular bird sanctuaries. This is the best place for the photographers also to have the best photos.

 

What to see in Sultanpur National Park:

Sultanpur Lake: This is the place of relaxation for the birds.

Watchtowers: within the parks visitors can see 4 watchtowers. From these watchtowers visitors can have best view of the birds. These towers are also known as Machans.

Interpretation centre: Visitors of this place were educated here. This centre explains about the different species of migratory birds and resident birds. One room within the centre is dedicated to Dr.Salim Ali. He worked hard in the establishment of this park. In the room allotted to him visitors can see the personal belongings of him, write ups and research works. In this centre library is also located here. This consists of slides of various species, films and various books.

Resident Birds: Resident bird attractions of this place are Green Bee eaters, Indian Cormorant, Little Cormorant, Purple Sunbird, paddy field pipit, Common Hoopoe etc.

Migratory Birds: Migratory Birds attractions of this place are Cuckoos, Blue tailed bee eater, Asian Koel, Grey heron, Long billed pipit etc.

 

What to see around Sultanpur National Park:

Gurgoan: This is located 15kms away from the park. It is newly developed city. Major attractions of this place are Damdama Lake, Sheetala Devi Temple, Ambience Mall, Devi Art Foundation, Tikli Bottom, Blue Terra Spa, Kurukshetra.

Delhi: It is situated on the banks of river Yamuna. India’s history and heritage can be seen here. It is located 50kms away from Sultanpur National Park. Major attractions of this place are Red Fort, Jantar Mantar, India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhawan, Jama Masjid, Lodi Gardens, Akshardham, Humayun Tomb, National Museum, National Railway museum, Parliament house, Iron pillars, Qutub Minar etc.

Kucheswar: This place can be easily accessible from Delhi. Major attraction of this place is Mud Fort. Banks of Brijghat is another attraction of Kucheswar.

 

Getting to Sultanpur National Park: only way to reach this place is through road way. Taxis and buses are available to visit this park from Gurgaon and Delhi. Buses are always crowdy. Nearest railway station is located at Delhi. 3 important railway stations of Delhi are Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway station, Old Delhi Railway station, New Delhi Railways stations. Nearest airport is located at Delhi. Airport is well connected with all the major cities and countries. Taxis are available from the airport to reach this park.

 

Getting around Sultanpur National Park: Only way to explore this park is walking. Safaris are not offered and cars will not be allowed into the park. Buses and Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of the park.

 

Best time to visit Sultanpur National Park: Park welcomes the visitors throughout the year. However best time to visit this park is between October to February. Maximum number of birds can be seen between December to January.

 

Where to stay in Sultanpur National Park: only one guest house is available inside the park. This guest house is running by Haryana Tourism department. Many people prefer to stay at Gurgaon and Delhi.

 

Where to eat in Sultanpur National Park: Canteen is attached to the guest house which ia located inside the park. This canteen offer snacks, launch, breakfast and dinner to the visitors of this place.

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Hemkund Sahib

Hemkund Sahib

Uttarakhand, North India, Chamoli district, History, Nature, Ramayana, Temple, Trekking, Water falls

April 102014

Hemkund Sahib is a pilgrim place for Sikhs. It is located at Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, India. Other name of this place is Gurudwara Sri Hemunt Sahib Ji.

 

What to see at Hemkund Sahib: This Gurudwara is dedicated to Guru Gobind Singh Ji. He is the 10th Sikh guru. Seven mountain peaks and glacial lake surrounds this Gurudwara. Design and architecture of this Gurudwara is the major attraction of this place. In the trekking season lakhs of people visits this place. Snow fall is heavy at this place. Every year thousands of people are becoming sick due to lack of awareness regarding altitude sickness. Best care should be taken to visit this place. Trekking is other attraction of the trip. During trip to this Gurudwara through trekking visitors can enjoy crystal clear lake, spectacular view of Himalayas, dense forests, numerous waterfalls. Weather at this place changes very fastly. In the Sikhs community, this gurudwara is highest Gurudwara of Sikhs. Shape of this Gurudwara is in star shape. Concrete Masonry and stones were used to construct this gurudwara. Sports festival celebrates during February – March every year.

Hemkund Lake: Reflection of Saptashringa peaks is so beautiful.

Lakshman Temple: Other name of this temple is Lokpal Temple. It is believed that at this place Lakshman meditated here. He feels ill at this place when he was fighting with Meghnad.

 

What to see around Hemkund Sahib:

Gobindghat: Pilgrimage of Hemkund Sahib Starts from this ghat. It is located between Badrinath and Joshimath. This is 5kms away from Hemkund. Because of steep gradient journey is quite arduous. Trekking from this place to Hemkund, visitors can see alpine flowers, ferns, wild roses, forests of pine, etc. Lakshman Ganga, Surging Waters Lake is also visible here.

Yogadhyan Badri: It is believed that Father of Pandavas meditated here. This is the birth place of Pandavas. It is located 19kms away from Hemkund.

Auli: This is most popular winter destination of Uttarakhand. From this place visitors can have best view of the Himalayan Mountain range. It is located 49kms away from Hemkund.

Badrinath: Major attraction of this town is Badrinath Temple. Badrinath Attractions are Badrinath Temple, Tapt Kund, Surya Kund, Charanpaduka, Brahma Kapal, Narada Kund. It is located 42kms away from Hemkund.

Joshimath: It is one among the 4 Peeths (centres). This is most sacred place to the Hindus. It was established by Adi Shankaracharya. . It is located 36kms away from Hemkund.

Valley of Flowers: Major attractions of this place are Pristine air, snow clad peaks, milky white streams, meadows and alpine shrubs. It is located 35kms away from Hemkund.

Roop Kund: The edges of the kund are covered with snow round the year. Presence of skeletons can be seen when the snow melts. No one knows why these skeletons are there. So this is called Mystery Lake.

Rudranath Temple: It is one of the Panch Kedars. It is located in the middle of the thick forest.

Tapovan: It is located 15kms away from Joshimath. Hot springs are famous here.

 

Getting to Hemkund Sahib: Trekking, walking or by pony are the options of visitors to reach this place. Before visiting this place tourists have to reach Govindghat via Rishikesh from Delhi. Nearest village is Ghangaria which is 13kms away from Hemkund. 1100 meters climb on 6kms of stone paved path leads to Hemkund. Nearest airport is at Delhi.

 

Getting around Hemkund Sahib: From Ghangaria, buses and taxis are available to reach the surrounding places.

 

Best time to visit Hemkund Sahib: Between October to April path to this place is covered by snow. At that time it is not possible to access this place. Remaining months is the only option to visit this place.

 

Where to stay at Hemkund Sahib: No accommodations are available at Hemkund. Staying at this place is not allowed. It is necessary to leave by 2 PM from this place.

 

Where to eat at Hemkund Sahib: Eateries will not be available at Hemkund Sahib. Eateries are available at Ghangaria.

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Nandaprayag

Nandaprayag

Uttarakhand, North India, Adventurous sports, Mahabharata, Nature, Panch Prayag, Pandavas, Temple, Trekking, Valley

April 102014

Nandaprayag is a town in Chamoli district, Uttarakhand, India. It is one of the Panch Prayags. This is situated at the confluence of Nandakini River and Alaknanda River.

 

What to see at Nandaprayag: This is the second Panch Prayag. Other 4 Prayag’s are Devprayag, Rudraprayag, karnaPrayag, Vishnu Prayag. Major attraction of this place is Nandprayag Temple. Nandaprayag is located in Joshimath and Badrinath Road. Earlier this place was acted as capital city of Yadu Kingdom in Dwapar Yuga. According to the legend sayings, King Nand had meditated here to Lord Vishnu at this place. He meditated on a stone at Nandaprayag near confluence place of two rivers. This stone laid as a foundation stone for the temple of Nandaprayag.

 

When King Nand meditated for Lord Vishnu, Lord blessed him that he will act as his son. Lord Vishnu had given the same promise to Devki. In order to fulfil both the promises, Lord came out of Devki’s womb and brought up at King Nand. Other attraction of this place is Trekking. Rock climbing and skiing activities also conducts here.

 

What to see around Nandaprayag:

Gopeshwar: Temples are the major attractions of this place. Gauchar fair is most famous fair in this area. Gopeshwar Attractions are Gopinath Temple, Snow covered hill , Mountain climbing, Trekking, Anasuya Devi Temple, Tungnath Temple. Other attractions of this town of this town are mountain climbing and trekking. It is located 18kms away from Nandaprayag.

Gangeshwar Temple: This temple resides under the vast peepal tree. To reach this temple visitors have to cross the bridge over Alaknanda River.

Hanuman Chhatti: Temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. This is the place where Lord Hanuman appear in the form of old monkey to Bheema in Dwapar Yuga to test the strength of Bheema.

Gopalji and Chandika Maa Temple: From Nandaprayag Market a way leads to this temple. Temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. In Chandika Maa Temple, Goddess Parvati sitting under an Umbrella.

Joshimath: It is one among the 4 Peeths (centres). This is most sacred place to the Hindus. It was established by Adi Shankaracharya. It is located 59kms away from Nandaprayag.

Chopta: This is located 45kms away from Nandaprayag. Snowfall in this place is most beautiful during the winter season. Major attractions of this place are Rock climbing, Rock craft, Snow trekking, Yoga, Trekking and Camping. For the bird watchers this is the best place. Best trekking routes of this region are Devariyatal, Tunganath and Chandrashilla.

Roop Kund: The edges of the kund are covered with snow round the year. Presence of skeletons can be seen when the snow melts. No one knows why these skeletons are there. So this is called Mystery Lake.

Rudranath Temple: It is one of the Panch Kedars. It is located in the middle of the thick forest.

 

Getting to Nandaprayag: Nandaprayag is well connected with road way. From the cities such as Rudraprayag, Devprayag, Dehradun, Almora, Naintal, Srinagar, Haridwar, Rishikesh, etc buses come to this place. Nearest railway station is located at Rishikesh. Nearest airport is Jolly Grant airport of Dehradun.

 

Getting around Nandaprayag: Buses and Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Nandaprayag.

 

Best time to visit Nandaprayag: This place can be visited at any time except during the monsoon season. Natural during the monsoon season is so beautiful with greenish colour. But during the rainy season roads are so slippery. Best time to visit this place is between March to June and October to November.

 

Where to stay at Nandaprayag: Plenty of hotels starting from budget to luxury hotels are available to stay in Nandaprayag.

 

Where to eat in Nandaprayag: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in Nandaprayag.

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Manali Wildlife Sanctuary

Manali Wildlife Sanctuary

HP, North India, Nature, Temple, Trekking, Valley, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 102014

Manali Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh, India. It is situated 2kms away from Manali, Popular hill station. Area occupied by this sanctuary is 3,180 hectares.

 

What to see at Manali Wildlife Sanctuary: Major attraction of this place are colourful birds, pristine glaciers, dense forests and animals. This sanctuary includes vegetation also. Main vegetation of this place are willow trees, maple, robinia, poplar, walnut, horse chestnut, fir, deodar. While climbing in the glacier zone, visitors can see herds of ibex migrate to the sanctuary during the summer season. Summer camps conduct here. Trekking is another major attraction of this place. Best trekking trials is possible between May and June. Both simple and hard trekking trails are possible here.

 

This sanctuary is home to snow leopards, brown bears, monal, musk deer etc. Sanctuary is the best place to watch plenty of colourful birds. Major birds can be seen here are snow pigeon, kingfisher, Kokla, Chakor, Tree Creepers, Monal etc. During the summer season several migratory birds can also be seen here.

 

What to see around Manali Wildlife sanctuary:

Jagatsukh: It is located 6kms away from the sanctuary. Jagatsukh consists of several temples dedicated to Goddess Sandhya Gayatri and Lord Shiva. Earlier this place acted as capital of Kullu. Arjun Caves are another attraction here.

Naggar Castle: This was built by Raja of Kullu before 600 years. Now it was converted into heritage hotel. From this castle visitors can have excellent view of Naggar Valley. It is located 20kms away from the sanctuary.

Nehru Kund: After drinking water from the pond by Jawaharlal Nehru it was named as Nehru Kund. It is located 6kms away from the sanctuary.

Vashisht: This village is having a temple which is dedicated to Sage Vashisht who is the Guru of Lord Rama. Several sand stone temples and natural springs can be enjoyed here by the tourists. It is located 3kms away from the sanctuary.

Rahala and Rozy Waterfalls: These are located in Leh Manali Highway. Visitors are most attractive towards these waterfalls. It is located 28kms away from the sanctuary.

Manu Temple: This temple is dedicated to Sage Manu. This temple is situated in old Manali. It is believed that to recreate human life after great flood had destroyed the world sage Manu stepped off his ark here. It is located 2kms away from the sanctuary.

Hadimba Temple: This temple was having beautiful crafted 4 tiered Pagoda roof. Caved doorway is most attractive to the visitors. This temple was built in 1533 AD. It is located 1km away from the sanctuary.

Solang Valley: It is considered as good picnic spot and good ski slopes are located here. It is located 11kms away from the sanctuary.

Manali: It is popular hill station and honeymoon spot. Manali is famous for its culture, history, scenic beauty, snow covered by mountains. This valley is known as Valley of Gods. Most of the foreigners attack towards this place for adventure sport. Mecca is the best place for adventures sports. It is located 2kms away from the sanctuary.

Manali Gompa: It was built in 1960. Wall paintings and large statue of Buddha are the major attractions of this place. It is located 6kms away from the sanctuary.

 

Getting to Manali Wildlife sanctuary: Only way to reach this place is through road. Before reaching place one has to visit Manali. Manali Buses are well connected to Chandigarh and Delhi. Nearest railway station is located at Joginder Nagar. Nearest airport is at Bhuntar town.

 

Getting around Manali Wildlife Sanctuary: Elephant rides are available to explore the sanctuary. Taxis and autos are available to reach the surrounding places of the sanctuary.

 

Best time to visit Manali Wildlife Sanctuary: Autumn and spring seasons are the best time to visit this place.

 

Where to stay in Manali Wildlife Sanctuary: Staying in the tents at Gallant and Lambadug Thatch is memorable experience during summer season. Plenty of hotels, guest houses are available to stay in Manali. But Home stays is the best option for the people who want to enjoy the nature.

 

Where to eat in Manali Wildlife Sanctuary: Only snacks and soft drinks are available inside the sanctuary. Outside the sanctuary small eateries, restaurants are available. Plenty of restaurants are placed in Manali. All varieties of food such as Tibetan, Italian, Indian, Chinese etc are available in Manali.

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Chamoli

Chamoli

Uttarakhand, North India, Hill station, History, Hot Springs, Nature, Temple, Trekking, Valley

April 102014

Chamoli district is the second district in Uttarakhand, India. This is the birth place of Chipko Movement. Chamoli is also known as Abode of Gods. Earlier name of this place is Kedar Khand. Several Hindu pilgrim places are situated here. Out of 5 prayagas, 3 are situated here and out of 5 Chota Char Dham 2 are situated here. Best scenic views are also possible here.

 

What to see in Chamoli:

Gopeshwar: Temples are the major attractions of this place. Gauchar fair is most famous fair in this area. Gopeshwar Attractions are Gopinath Temple, Snow covered hill , Mountain climbing, Trekking, Anasuya Devi Temple, Tungnath Temple. Other attractions of this town of this town are mountain climbing and trekking.

Auli: This is most popular winter destination of Uttarakhand. From this place visitors can have best view of the Himalayan Mountain range.

Badrinath: Major attraction of this town is Badrinath Temple. Badrinath Attractions are Badrinath Temple, Tapt Kund, Surya Kund, Charanpaduka, Brahma Kapal, Narada Kund.

Joshimath: It is one among the 4 Peeths (centres). This is most sacred place to the Hindus. It was established by Adi Shankaracharya.

Valley of Flowers: Major attractions of this place are Pristine air, snow clad peaks, milky white streams, meadows and alpine shrubs.

Vasudhara Falls: It is located 7kms away from Badrinath. These falls look like milk when it is falling. It is located in Mana Village. If visitors of this place are not pure at heart, these falls will turn away.

Yogadhyan Badri: It is located 13kms away from Badrinath. It is believed that Father of Pandavas meditated here. This is the birth place of Pandavas.

Roop Kund: The edges of the kund are covered with snow round the year. Presence of skeletons can be seen when the snow melts. No one knows why these skeletons are there. So this is called Mystery Lake.

Rudranath Temple: It is one of the Panch Kedars. It is located in the middle of the thick forest.

Tapovan: It is located 15kms away from Joshimath. Hot springs are famous here.

 

What to see around Chamoli:

Nandprayag: This is a sacred place at which confluence of Nandakini and Alaknanda Rivers. Nand Temple is another major attraction of this place. It is situated 17kms away from Chamoli.

Hemkund Sahib: It is located 19kms away from Chamoli. For Sikhs there are 508 important pilgrim places in India. It is one of those pilgrim places. This is the highest gurudwara of Sikh community.

Chopta: This is located 47kms away from Chamoli. Snowfall in this place is most beautiful during the winter season. Major attractions of this place are Rock climbing, Rock craft, Snow trekking, Yoga, Trekking and Camping. For the bird watchers this is the best place. Best trekking routes of this region are Devariyatal, Tunganath and Chandrashilla.

 

Getting to Chamoli: Chamoli is well connected with road ways. From Major destinations of Uttarakhand such as Gopeshwar, Srinagar, Ukhimath, Rudraprayag, Uttarkashi, Pauri, Rishikesh etc buses come to this place. Nearest railway station is located at Rishikesh. Nearest airport is Jolly Grant.

 

Getting around Chamoli: Buses and taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Chamoli.

 

Best time to visit Chamoli: Different places of Chamoli have to be seen at different times. Best time to visit valley of flowers is between July and August. Best time to visit Badrinath is September to November. Best time to visit Auli is between November to March.

 

Where to stay at Chamoli: From Budget to luxury hotels are available to stay at Chamoli. Best hotels are available at Badrinath, Auli and Gopeshwar.

 

Where to eat in Chamoli: Plenty of restaurants and Dhabas are available to eat in Chamoli. At the religious places non vegetarian food is not available.

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Kaudiyala

Kaudiyala

Uttarakhand, North India, Adventurous sports, Boating, Nature, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 102014

Kaudiyala is a small village which is located between Srinagar Badrinath Highway and Rishikesh Uttarakhand. It is located 380meters high of sea level.

 

What to see at Kaudiyala: This place is famous for White water Rafting. It is stretch in the holy river Ganga. This is one of the best places for adventurous lovers. For white water rafting lovers this is the best place. At this place, visitors can experience beautiful white water, medium waves and 3 to 5 feet drop will require experience padding skills for Grade III rafters. It is also possible to do Grade IV rafting. Whiel doing Grade IV rafting, they can experience large waves considerable drops, hazards, large rocks and continues rapids. Grade IV+ rapid is situated between Kaudiyala to Marine Drive and Shivpuri. This is known as The Wall.

 

This is the best place for the natural lovers also. Kaudiyala is covered with fir, pine and Oak trees. Amazing experience of this place is springs and beautiful meadows falling down the mountain walls. Along with white rafting activity other attraction of this place is wild life. Visitors can see spotted deer, monkey, leopard and other animals. Other beauty of this place is flying of multi colored butterflies. Bird watching along with white water rafting is unforgettable experience. In Kaudiyala, there are some ashrams for yogis and spiritual retreats. Yogis will replenish themselves with natural energy.

 

What to see around Kaudiyala:

Narendra Nagar: This place has historical importance. In 1919, this city was built by Maharaja Narendra Shah. Major attractions of this place are Nandi Bull and Royal Palace. It is located 47kms away from Kaudiyala.

Haridwar: It is located 19kms away from Rishikesh. This place is a gateway to God. Major attractions of this place are Vaisho Devi Temple, Shravanathji’s temple, Gaurishankar Mahadev Temple, Bharat Mata Mandir, Daksha Mahadev Temple, Mansa Devi Temple, Chandi Devi Temple, Sapt Rishi Ashram. It is located 58kms away from Kaudiyala.

Shivpuri: Lord Shiva’s temple is the major attraction of this place. River Rafting Sports are other attraction of this place. It is located 19kms away from Kaudiyala.

Rishikesh: Rishikesh is a sacred place to Hindu devotees. People believe that Lord Rama had made a penance to Kill Ravana. Basant Panchami is a major festival of this place. Major Rishikesh Attractions are Lakshman Jhula, Triveni Ghat, Parmarth Niketan, Bharat Mandir, Lakshman Temple, Neelakanta Mahadev Temple. It is located 38kms away from Kaudiyala.

Dehradun: This place is having historical background. It is believed that this is the birth place of Dronacharya who was the Guru of Pandavas and Kauravas in the epic Mahabharata. Major Dehradun Attractions are Museum, Clock Tower, Forest Reserve Institute, Sahastradhara, Mahadev Temple, Mall Road, Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple. It is located 522kms away from Kaudiyala.

 

Getting to Kaudiyala: Before reaching this place visitors have to reach Rishikesh. Rishikesh is well connected with road and railways. From Kotdwar, Dehradun, Haridwar, Pauri buses come to this place. Rishikesh railway station is well connected with all the major cities. Nearest airport is located at Dehradun.

 

Getting around Kaudiyala: Buses and Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Kaudiyala.

 

Best time to visit Kaudiyala: Best time to enjoy water rafting at this place is between March to June and September to November.

 

Where to stay in Kaudiyala: Only Budget hotels are available to stay in Kaudiyala. From budget to luxury hotels staying options are available at Rishikesh.

 

Where to eat in Kaudiyala: Plenty of eateries are available in Kaudiyala.

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Narendra Nagar

Narendra Nagar

Uttarakhand, North India, Nature, Palace, Temple

April 102014

Narendra Nagar is a city in Tehri Garhwal district, Uttarakhand, India. This town came into existence in 1919, when Maharaja Narendra Shah of Tehri Garhwal moved its capital from Tehri to Narendra Nagar.

 

What to see at Narendra Nagar:

Nandi Bull: In North India it is the largest Nandi Bull. In 1960, this statue was sculptured by Avatar Singh Panwar.

Radha Krishna Mandir: It is another attraction of this place. This mandir was established in 1960. Perennial source of fresh water is below the temple. During summer, water becomes cool and during winter season water becomes warm.

Ananda Spa: It is located on the foothill of Himalaya. This is ayurvedic spa resort. It is the spiritual pathway to the discovery of one’s body, soul and mind. Ancient therapies of the soul and body can be experienced here.

Odathali: Since ancient times this place is famous for meditation and spirituality. At this spot, sage Udhav has done severe penance.

Viceregal Palace: It is another attraction of this place. This palace was built by Maharaja of Tehri Garhwal in 1910.

 

What to see around Narendra Nagar:

Haridwar: It is located 39kms away from Narendra Nagar. This place is a gateway to God. Major attractions of this place are Vaisho Devi Temple, Shravanathji’s temple, Gaurishankar Mahadev Temple, Bharat Mata Mandir, Daksha Mahadev Temple, Mansa Devi Temple, Chandi Devi Temple, Sapt Rishi Ashram.

Shivpuri: It is located 27kms away from Narendra Nagar. Lord Shiva’s temple is the major attraction of this place. River Rafting Sports are other attraction of this place.

Kaudiyala: It is located 47kms away from Narendra Nagar. This place is famous for wild life. Kaudiyala is famous for white water rafting and several adventurous sports. Rock climbing of this place also attracts several tourists to this place.

Lakshman Jhula: It is a suspension bridge which was constructed in 1939. In 1889, it was a Jute Bridge. It is believed that Lord Rama’s brother Lakshmana used this bridge to cross the Ganga River. From this place visitors can see River Ganga, Ashrams and temples. It is located 18kms away from Narendra Nagar.
Triveni Ghat: It is the confluence of 3 sacred rivers such as Saraswati, Yamuna and Ganga. People believe that taking a dip at this place will wipe off all the sins. Maha Aarti is the major attractions of this place. It is located 19kms away from Narendra Nagar.
Parmarth Niketan: It is one of the oldest Ashrams. This is famous for its Hawan on the ghats of Ganga Aarti and Parmarth which takes place in the morning and in the evening. To gain the science of Yoga several people visits this place.It is located 27kms away from Narendra Nagar.

 

Bharat Mandir: It is one of the oldest temples of Rishikesh. Adi Guru Shankaracharya built this temple. Lord Vishnu is worshipped here. . It is located 16kms away from Narendra Nagar.

 

Getting to Narendra Nagar: This is well connected with road. From Uttarkashi, Tehri, Srinagar, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Dehradun etc buses come to this place. Nearest railway station is located at Rishikesh. Buses and Taxis are available to reach Narendra Nagar from railway station. Nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport which is located 31kms away from Narendra Nagar.

 

Getting around Narendra Nagar: Buses and Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Narendra Nagar.

 

Best time to visit Narendra Nagar: In the month of May heat at this place is unbearable. Remaining all the months of the year are best months to visit this place.

 

Where to stay in Narendra Nagar: plenty of accommodations are available to stay in Narendra Nagar starting from Budget to Luxury hotels.

 

Where to eat in Narendra Nagar: Best option to have food is in house restaurants of the hotels.

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Rishikesh

Rishikesh

Uttarakhand, North India, Adventurous sports, Nature, Temple

April 102014

Rishikesh is a sacred place to Hindu devotees. It is located in Dehradun district, Uttarakhand, India. Haridwar, Pauri Garhwal, Tehri Garhwal districts surrounds this city. People believe that Lord Rama had made a penance to Kill Ravana. Along with Yamunotri, Badrinath, Gangotri and Kedarnath it is called Chota Char Dham. City is named after Lord Vishnu. Basant Panchami is a major festival of this place. This place is also famous for adventurous activities.

 

What to see at Rishikesh:

Lakshman Jhula: It is a suspension bridge which was constructed in 1939. In 1889, it was a Jute Bridge. It is believed that Lord Rama’s brother Lakshmana used this bridge to cross the Ganga River. From this place visitors can see River Ganga, Ashrams and temples.
Triveni Ghat: It is the confluence of 3 sacred rivers such as Saraswati, Yamuna and Ganga. People believe that taking a dip at this place will wipe off all the sins. Maha Aarti is the major attractions of this place.

Parmarth Niketan: It is one of the oldest Ashrams. This is famous for its Hawan on the ghats of Ganga Aarti and Parmarth which takes place in the morning and in the evening. To gain the science of Yoga several people visits this place.

Bharat Mandir: It is one of the oldest temples of Rishikesh. Adi Guru Shankaracharya built this temple. Lord Vishnu is worshipped here.

Lakshman Temple: It is another ancient temple of this place. At this site Lakshman performed Tapa. It is believed that Lord Rama and Lakshmana built a twing bridge near this temple while they were going to Himalayas. Rishi Kund is the major attraction of this place. Lord Rama and Lakshmana had taken bath here to wipe off all the sins of killing Demon Ravana.

Neelakanta Mahadev Temple: Lord Shiva is worshipped here. It is located on the top of the hill. From this place, people can have a spectacular view of Brahmakoot, Manikoot and Vishnukoot.

Other attractions of Rishikesh: Other attractions of Rishikesh are Tera Manzil Temple, Swarg Ashram Area, Shri Tryambakeshwar Temple, and Kali Kambliwale.

 

What to see around Rishikesh:

Narendra Nagar: This place has historical importance. In 1919, this city was built by Maharaja Narendra Shah. Major attractions of this place are Nandi Bull and Royal Palace.

Haridwar: It is located 19kms away from Rishikesh. This place is a gateway to God. Major attractions of this place are Vaisho Devi Temple, Shravanathji’s temple, Gaurishankar Mahadev Temple, Bharat Mata Mandir, Daksha Mahadev Temple, Mansa Devi Temple, Chandi Devi Temple, Sapt Rishi Ashram.

Shivpuri: It is located 19kms away from Rishikesh. Lord Shiva’s temple is the major attraction of this place. River Rafting Sports are other attraction of this place.

Kaudiyala: It is located 38kms away from Rishikesh. This place is famous for wild life. Kaudiyala is famous for white water rafting and several adventurous sports. Rock climbing of this place also attracts several tourists to this place.

 

Getting to Rishikesh: Rishikesh is well connected with road and railways. From Kotdwar, Dehradun, Haridwar, Pauri buses come to this place. Rishikesh railway station is well connected with all the major cities. Nearest airport is located at Dehradun.

 

Getting around Rishikesh: Town can be explored on foot. Buses and taxis are available to visit the surrounding place of Rishikesh.

 

Best time to visit Rishikesh: In the month of May heat at this place is unbearable. Remaining all the months of the year are best months to visit this place.

 

Where to stay in Rishikesh: From budget to luxury hotels staying options are available at Rishikesh. Cost of luxury hotel is Rs.6000 per night and cost of Budget hotel is Rs.800 per night.

 

Where to eat in Rishikesh: Most of the people come to this place to see the temples or for Yoga. Generally they will not prefer for non vegetarian. So, visitors can experience vegetarian experience at this place. Continental and Italian Food are available at Selected Places.

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Pushkar

Pushkar

Rajasthan, North India, Architecture, Camal Safari, Fort, History, Miniature Paintings, Nature, Palace, Temple

April 102014

Pushkar is a town in Rajasthan, India. It is one of the 5 sacred dhams for Hindu devotes. Pushkar is located on the shores of Pushkar Lake. This lake has 52 ghats. Pushkar means Blue Lotus Flower. Annual fair i.e Pushkar Camel Fair is famous at this place. This fair celebrates during November. Other fairs of this place are Blue Lotus Festival, Tejaji Fair, and Nagaur Fair.

 

What to see at Pushkar:

Brahma Temple: Lord Brahma, Creator of the World, is worshipped here. It is one of the sacred places to the Hindus. Inside the temple visitors can see Silver Carved Turtle and Life sized four armed idol of Lord Brahma. This temple was constructed in 14th century. Other attractions of this temple are Lord Brahma’s vehicle, image of swan, marble floors, stone slabs, red spire, and raised platform.

Pushkar Lake: It is considered as one of the most sacred lakes for Hindus. People believe that, origin of this lake is from the lotus petals of Lord Brahma. Visitors of this lake can see 52 bathing Ghats, 400 temples, 52 Palaces. It is believed that having bath in this lake will wipe off all the sins.

Savitri Temple: Temple is dedicated to Savitri, consort of Lord Brahma. Trekking is essential to reach this temple. From this place visitors can have spectacular view of Sand Dunes and Pushkar Lake.

Man Mahal: Rajasthani Architecture can be seen on this mahal. It was built by Raja Man Singh of Amber. Currently it is acting as tourist bungalow of the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation.

Rangji Temple: Lord Rangji who is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu is worshipped here. Mughal Architecture and South Indian Architectural styles can be seen here. Images of Lord Vishnu mount and Garuda can be seen here.

Pushkar Bazaar: This is the best place for shopping lovers. Major attractions of this place are handicraft items, glass lamps, brass utensils, embroidery shoes, Curios, decorative accessories and pieces, puppets, Rajasthani Costumes etc.

Other attractions of Pushkar: Other attractions of Pushkar are Mahadeva Temple, Varaha Temple, Aptaeswar Temple, Raghunath Temple, Naga Pahar, and Pap Mochani Temple.

 

What to see around Pushkar:

Ajmer: It is located 15kms away from Pushkar. . Aravalli Mountains covers this city. This is the holy place for both Hindus and Muslims. Ajmer Attractions are Dargarh Sharif, Taragarh, Archaeological Museum, Ana Sagar Lake, Rani Mahal, Nasiyan Jain temple, Akbar’s Palace.

Kishangarh: Rathores rules this place. This fort consists of Phool Mahal which is now converted into hotel. Major attractions of this fort is Kishangarh Art i.e. Miniature Painting style. Rich stone house of marbles can be seen here. It is located 42km away from Pushkar.

Roopangarh: In 1648, this fort was built by King Roop Singh of Kishangarh. It is nine turreted fort. Several architectural styles can be seen here. It is located 59kms away from Pushkar.

Merta: This place is famous for Palaces and Temples. Merta is founded 400 years ago. In the desert area it is major trading post. Major attractions of this place are Meera Bai Temple, Bhanwal Mata Temple, and Aurangzeb Mosque. It is located 51kms away from Pushkar.

 

Getting to Pushkar: Only way to reach this place is through road way. From Delhi, Udaipur, Jodhpur etc buses come to this place. Nearest railway station is located at Ajmer. Nearest airport is located at Jaipur.

 

 

Getting around Pushkar: Walking is the best way to visit the places of Pushkar . Bikes were available to visit the surrounding places of Pushkar. Buses and Taxis are also available to visit surrounding places of Pushkar.

 

Best time to visit Pushkar: Best time to visit Pushkar is between October to March.

 

Where to stay in Pushkar: Only budget hotels are available to stay in Pushkar.

 

Where to eat in Pushkar: Plenty of garden restaurants are available here. Famous foods of this place are mouth watering kormas, dal – bati- churma, papad ki Sabzi. Buffet meals are popular here.

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Spiti

Spiti

HP, North India, Adventurous sports, Architecture, Buddhist Monestery, Buddhist Stupas, Buddhist temples, Lahaul and Spiti district, Nature, Trekking, Valley, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 102014

Spiti along with Lahaul forms a district in Himachal Pradesh. Spiti is famous for monasteries and adventurous activities. For Buddhism people this is one of the important places to visit.

 

What to see at Spiti:

Ki Monastery: In the Spiti Valley this is the largest monastery. This monastery is famous for wind instruments, stucco images, rare manuscripts, thangkas, and murals. This monastery is dates back to 1000 years. This is the best place for Pasada Style of architecture.

Tabo Monastery: It is known as Ajanta of Himalayas. Richen Zangpo, great scholar, founded this monastery. UNESCO declared this monastery as world heritage site. This monastery belongs to 10th century. Major attractions of this monastery are Stucco, Wall painting Tankhas, pieces of art, rare collection of scriptures.

Flora and Fauna: Flora and Fauna is another attraction of this valley. For the wildlife lovers major attractions are Snow leopard, Himalayan Blue Sheep, Musk deer, Himalayan Brown Bear, ibex etc. Wild flower species of this place are Krascheninikovia ceratoides, Caragana Brevifolia, Crepis Flexuosa, Seseli trilobum, Causinia thomsonii. 62 species of medicinal plants also can be seen here.

Yak Safari: It is one of the adventurous activities. This is most adventurous activity of this place. To see the flora and fauna of this region, people can hire Yaks. Horse safari also conducts here.

Skiing: In Spiti it is popular adventure sport. This game provides thrilling experience. In the recently this game developed very much in India.

To-do-Trails: Trekking is another major attraction of this place. Some of the popular trekking routes are Kaza- Tabo- Sumdo- Nako, kaza- Losar- Kunzum- La, Kaza- Ki- Kibber- Gete- Kaza, Kaza- Langza- Hikim- Komic- Kaza.

Kaza: It is the base point for trekking. Places to visit in Kaza are Hikkim Monastery and Sa Kya Pa Sect monastery. It is situated 13 kms away from Kibber.

Other attractions of Spiti: At the base of the Kunzam Range Spiti river originates. Spiti has number of monasteries such as Giu, Mane Gogma, Sagnam, Ki, Tabo, Gungri, Mud and Lidang.

 

What to see around Spiti:

Lahaul: Lahaul along with Spiti forms a district. Rohtang Pass connects Manali and Lahaul and Spiti districts. This place is famous for Buddhist monasteries and adventurous activities. Lahaul Attractions are Keylong, Kunzam Pass, Kibber, Gondla, Khardong Gompa, Udaipur,Triloknath Temple.

Pin Valley: It is located on the banks of river Pin. Major activities in this place are archery competitions and Horse racing. Most of the tourists attracts towards Chamurti Horses. It is a part of Spiti Valley. It is located 17kms away from Spiti.

Tandi: It is located 8 Kms away from Keylong. This is famous for Chitwan National park.

Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary: In India it is only cold desert wild life sanctuary which is located on the banks of River Spiti. Area covered by this sanctuary is 1400 sq.kms. Very rare animals such as blue sheep, snow leopard, ibex etc can be seen here. Bird species such as bearded eagle griffons, snow cock are major attraction in this sanctuary.

 

Getting to Spiti: Spiti is well connected with road. It is located 11kms away from Manali. From Kaza, Leh, Chandigarh, Delhi etc buses come to this place. Nearest railway head is located at Jogindernagar. From this station taxis are available to reach Spiti. Nearest airport is located at Bhuntar Airport.

 

Getting around Spiti: Taxis and cabs are available to visit the places in and around of Lahaul.

 

Best time to reach Spiti: Best time to visit this place is between mid may to mid October.

 

Where to stay in Spiti: Plenty of staying options are available at Kaza. Luxury accommodations are also available here. Few monasteries are providing rooms to stay. Best luxury hotels are Spiti Hotel, Delek House, Heavens Inn Spiti.

 

Where to eat in Spiti: plenty of restaurants are available here. Some restaurants are offering continental, Gujarati and Punjabi cuisines.

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Lahaul

Lahaul

HP, North India, Buddhist Monestery, Buddhist Stupas, Buddhist temples, Lahaul and Spiti district, Temple, Trekking

April 102014

Lahaul along with Spiti forms a district in Himachal Pradesh, India. From Lahaul, entry pass to the Spiti Valley is Kunzum Pass. Rohtang Pass connects Manali and Lahaul and Spiti districts. In India this district is the least populous district. This place is famous for Buddhist monasteries and adventurous activities.

 

What to see at Lahaul :

Keylong: It is located on the banks of Bhaga River. This is the best place for the natural lovers as it is surrounded by green fields. Major Keylong Attractions are Triloknath Temple, Khardang Monastery, Shashur Gompa.

Kunzam Pass: Height is 4590 meters above the sea level. It is the gateway to Spiti Valley. It offers best view of Shigri Parbat.

Kibber: Lush Green fields and agricultural forms are abundant. Major crops are Peas and Barley. This place is famous for monasteries, barren splendour, and scenic mountains. Plenty of fossils present in and around Kibber.

Ki Monastery: In the Spiti Valley this is the largest monastery. This monastery is famous for wind instruments, stucco images, rare manuscripts, thangkas, and murals. This monastery is dates back to 1000 years. This is the best place for Pasada Style of architecture.

Gondla: It is located 18 kms away from Keylong. Royal houses and scenic landscape are most famous here. Thakur of Gonda is 8 storied royal house which is most attractive to the tourists for its architecture.

Khardong Gompa: It is 900 years old Gompa. From Keylong it is 4kms away. It houses 30 Lamas and Chomos. Major attractions of this gompa are old weapons, musical instruments and thangkas.

Udaipur: This is most sacred place to Buddhists and Hindus. Udaipur is famous for wood carvings. Major Udaipur Attractions are Lake Palace, City Palace, Lake Pichola, Jagdish Temple, Saheliyon Ki Bari, Gulab Bagh and Zoo.

Triloknath Temple: This temple is very famous in this place. It is the sacred place for Buddhist and Hindus.

Suraj Tal: It is located below Baralacha pass in the Lahaul division. This is the source of the river Bhaga.

Chandra Tal: It is a moon lake located at a distance of 6kms away from Kunzum Pass. This is the place where Indra who is the king of Gods, came down on his chariots to transport Dharmaraja, who is the eldest one of Pandavas, in his mortal form to heaven. People believe that fairies visit this place during night times.

Guru Ghantal Gompa: It is believed that Tibetan Buddhism founder, Guru Padmasambahava, established this gompa.

 

What to see around Lahaul:

Spiti: At the base of the Kunzam Range Spiti river originates. This place has number of monasteries such as Giu, Mane Gogma, Sagnam, Ki, Tabo, Gungri, Mud and Lidang. It is located 7kms away from Lahaul.

Pin Valley: It is located on the banks of river Pin. Major activities in this place are archery competitions and Horse racing. Most of the tourists attracts towards Chamurti Horses. It is a part of Spiti Valley. It is located 21kms away from Lahaul.

Tandi: It is located 8 Kms away from Keylong. This is famous for Chitwan National park.

 

Getting to Lahaul: Lahaul is well connected with road. It is located 11kms away from Manali. From Kaza, Leh, Chandigarh, Delhi etc buses come to this place. Nearest railway head is located at Jogindernagar. From this station taxis are available to reach Lahaul. Nearest airport is located at Bhuntar Airport.

 

Getting around Lahaul: Taxis and cabs are available to visit the places in and around of Lahaul.

 

Best time to reach Lahaul: Best time to visit this place is between mid may to mid October.

 

Where to stay in Lahaul: Luxury accommodations are not available here. Staying options are available at Keylong. Few monasteries are providing rooms to stay.

 

Where to eat in Lahaul: plenty of small restaurants are available here. Some restaurants are offering continental, Gujarati and Punjabi cuisines.

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Dausa

Dausa

Rajasthan, North India, Havelis, History, Palace, Temple

April 102014

Dausa is a city in Dausa district in Rajasthan, India. From Jaipur it is 55kms away. Other name of Dausa is Dev Nagari. It was earlier ruled by Bargujars. Several small havelis are located here. Major festivals of this place are Basant Panchmi Mela and Dolchi Holi. Meena songs are very famous at this place. Folk art of Hela Khayal is unique at this region.

 

What to see at Dausa: This place is famous havelis and temples. Major temples of this place are Gupteshwar Mahadeo Temple, Somnath Temple, and Sahejnathji Temple. Other attraction of this place is Hazrat Khwaja Shah Baba Dargah. This dargah is the tomb of Muslim saint. Peaceful atmosphere can enjoy by the visitors of this place. People believe that persons who visit this place will be fulfilled with their wishes. Fine sheets of raw leather and camel leather goods are most famous at this Dargarh. Major rivers flows in this area are Morel and Banganga rivers. Dausa is famous for traditions and rich culture. Palaces of this place are Chand Baori and Bhadravati .

 

What to see around Dausa:

Khawaraoji: This place is located 14kms away from Dausa. This place is known for natural beauty. Khawaraoji acted as residence of ruler Raoji. On the top of the hill 1200 years old fort can be seen. Way to reach this place is typical. Visitors of this place can also see more than 350 years old residence which is now converted into heritage hotel.

Bhandarej: It is located 21kms away from Dausa. This place is famous for terracotta utensils, decorative lattice work, sculptures, walls, etc.

Abhaneri : For early medieval monument this place is most famous. Major attractions of this place are Chand Baori and Harshat Mata Temple. It is located 50kms away from Dausa.

Jaisinghpura Khor: It is located 12kms away from Jaipur. This place is famous for Jain temple and step well.

Sanganer: This place is well known for block printing with vegetable dyes and handmade paper. It is located 16kms away from Jaipur.

Ramgarh Lake: It is located 57kms away from Dausa. It is a beautiful artificial lake spread around 20Sq.kms.

Bagru: This village is famous for a fort and Textile Printing. It is located 35kms away from Jaipur.

Madhogarh Tunga: It is located 40kms away from Dausa. This place is famous for Madhogarh Fort.

Jamwa Ramgarh: It is located 62kms away from Dausa. This place is famous for artificial lake. Plenty of birds including migratory birds come to this place.

 

Getting to Dausa: Dausa is well connected with road and railways. From all the major cities buses come to this place. From Agra, Jaipur, Delhi, trains come to this place. Nearest airways is located at Jaipur which is 51kms away from Dauna.

 

Getting around Dausa: Taxis and buses are available to visit the surrounding places of Dausa.

 

Best time to visit Dausa: It is essential to known the convenient time to visit any place to avoid inconvenience. Best time to visit this place is between October to March.

 

Where to stay in Dausa: Plenty of accommodations are available at this place. Best hotels are shree ji Guest House, pinky hotel, Umaid lake Palace, Madhuvan Hotel.

 

Where to eat in Dausa: Plenty of restaurants are available here to have food. In house restaurants of the hotels are one of the best options.

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Jaipur

Jaipur

Rajasthan, North India, Architecture, Fort, History, Mughal, Musuem, Palace, Temple, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 102014

Jaipur is located Rajasthan, India. It was founded by Maharaja Sawai jai Singh II in 1727. This place is well known for great history and natural beauty. This city is also known as Pink City. Specialities of Jaipur are Kota doria sarees, Minakari work, semi precious stones, Exotic jewellery etc.

 

What to see in Jaipur:

City Palace: It is the major attractions of Jaipur. Major attractions of this palace are audience hall, pavilions, Palace of Welcome, Museum, Maharani Palace, Rajput Weaponry, Chandra mahal, Diwan-e-Khas, Diwan-e-Aam.

Jal Mahal: It is located in the middle of Mansarovar Lake. This is one of the biggest artificial lakes. Rajasthani and Mughal Architecture style can be seen here. Red sandstone used in the construction of this mahal.

Akshardham Temple: This temple is famous for its architecture, idols, sculptures and carvings. Lord Narayana is worshipped here.

Hawa Mahal: It is five storied structure. This mahal has more than 950 windows. Latticework is the major attraction of this mahal. Mahal was designed by Lalchand Usta.

Amber Fort: In the medieval history this fort played a major role. True lifestyle of Rajputs can be known from this place. This is the right place for Muslim and Hindu architecture.

Central Park: It is a largest park in Jaipur. Major attractions of this park are Rambagh Golf Club, Rambagh Polo Ground, Big Garden, and Stone Figures. Several varieties of birds including migratory birds can be seen here.

Jantar Mantar: This monument has been awarded as largest stone observatory in the world. Instruments are used to measure the time.

Shah Mahal: It is a famous hall of mirror which is situated inside the Amber Palace. This was constructed for meeting his special guests. Belgium glass used to construct this.

Nahargarh: For the protection of Ajmer this was constructed. It is located on the Aravalli hills.

Albert Hall Museum: Major attractions of this museum are crystal works, metal sculptures, ivory goods, pottery and natural stones, Chiselled brassware, exquisite Jewellery, rare paintings.

City Palace museum: Ancient manuscripts of Hindu Scriptures are the major attraction of this museum.

Dolls Museum: Various countries and different states of India’s dolls with traditional costumes can be seen here.

Other attractions of Jaipur: Other attractions of Jaipur are Birla Mandir, Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing, Albert Hall, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Moti Doongri, Galtaji, Mubarak Mahal, Jaipur Zoo.

 

What to see around Jaipur:

Jaisinghpura Khor: It is located 12kms away from Jaipur. This place is famous for Jain temple and step well.

Sanganer: This place is well known for block printing with vegetable dyes and handmade paper. It is located 16kms away from Jaipur.

Ramgarh Lake: It is located 32kms away from Jaipur. It is a beautiful artificial lake spread around 20Sq.kms.

Bagru: This village is famous for a fort and Textile Printing. It is located 35kms away from Jaipur.

Madhogarh Tunga: It is located 40kms away from Jaipur. This place is famous for Madhogarh Fort.

Jamwa Ramgarh: It is located 29kms away from jaipur. This place is famous for artificial lake. Plenty of birds including migratory birds come to this place.

 

Getting to Jaipur: Jaipur is well connected with road, railways and airways. From Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Udaipur, Ajmer, Shahpura, etc buses come to this place. Railways of Jaipur are well connected with all the major cities such as Kolkata, Udaipur, Indore, Gwalior etc. Both domestic and international port is situated here.

 

Getting around Jaipur: Autos, cycle rickshaws, taxis, buses are available to see the places of Jaipur. Buses and taxis are available to visit the surrounding place of Jaipur.

 

Best time to visit Jaipur: Best time to visit this place is between October to March.

 

Where to stay in Jaipur: Plenty of accommodations starting from Budget to 5 star hotels are available to stay at Jaipur.

 

Where to eat in Jaipur: Plenty of restaurants are available in Jaipur. Dal Bati Churma is popular snack item of Jaipur.

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Mandore

Mandore

Rajasthan, North India, Architecture, Fort, History, Jodhpur, Musuem, Nature, Temple

April 102014

Mandore is located in Rajasthan, India. It is one of the ancient towns in Rajasthan. In 6th century it was ruled by Gurjar Partihar dynasty. It is the birth place of several notable peoples such as Padma Sri Kailash Sankhala, Ashok Gehlot, Justice Shri Kan Singh Parihar. Major festivals of this place are Bhogishell Parikrama, Veerpuri Mela, Naag Panchami, Veerpuri Mela, Naag Panchami, Hariyali Amavasya, The Rao Festival.

 

What to see at Mandore:

Mandore Fort: This place has several historical monuments. Major attraction of this place is Madore Fort. This fort is famous for its architecture. Walls of this fort are very thick and substantial size. Major attraction of this fort is an ancient temple. Temple is carved with planets, animals, birds, botanical designs.

Madore Gardens: This garden consists of Charming temples and memorials. Another attraction of this place is high rock terraces. Chhatris of several rulers are placed here. Of all the Chhatris, major attraction of Chhatris is Chhatris of Maharaja Ajit Singh. It was built in 1793.

Government Museum: It is located in Mandore Garden. Plenty of artefacts can be seen here. Major attraction of this museum is The Temple of 33 crore Gods. Images of several Hindu Gods can be seen here.

 

What to see around Mandore:

Mehrangarh Fort: In India, this is one of the largest forts. Within the fort there are several palaces. Most famous palaces of the fort were Sheesh Mahal, Phool Mahal, Moti Mahal, Daulat Khana, Sileh Khana. Major attractions of this fort are impressive armoury, furniture, costumes, instruments, folk music, miniature paintings, royal cradles, howdas, and collection of palanquins. It is located in Jodhpur which is 6kms away from Mandore.

Jodhpur: Jodhpur is the second largest city of Rajasthan state, India. This place is famous for several temples, forts, Palaces. Jodhpur Attractions are Mehrangarh Fort, Girdikot & Sardarkot Market, Government Museum , Umaid Garden, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jaswant Thada, Maha Mandir Temple. It is located 6kms away from the town.

Balsamand Lake & Palace: It is located 5kms away from this town. Lake is artificially made by man. It is one of the best picnic spot during the summer season.

Sardar Samand Lake and Palace: Earlier this place was acted as hunting spot by the royal families. Major attractions of this place are Chinkaras and black bucks. It is located 5kms away from this town.

Guda Bishnoi: It is located 21kms away from this town. This village is famous for flora and fauna. Local people worship Lord Vishnu and they lead vegetarian lifestyle. Major attractions of this place are Cranes, Peacocks, Chinkaras, antelopes, black bucks.

Rohetgarh: It is located 15kms away from Mandore. In 16th century this place was acted as Champawat Fort. Now it is converted into premium heritage hotels.

 

Getting to Mandore: Mandore is well connected with road. From Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jaipur, Delhi, Ajmer, Ahmedabad, etc buses come to this place. Nearest railway station is located at Jodhpur. Jodhpur railways are well connected with Kota, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Lucknow, Guwahati, Puri, Ahmedabad. Nearest airways is located at Jodhpur. Jodhpur airport is well connected with Mumbai, Delhi, Udaipur and Jaipur.

 

Getting around Mandore: Buses and autos are available to visit the places in and around places of Mandore.

 

Best time to visit Mandore: Best time to visit Mandore is between November to March.

 

Where to stay in Mandore: Plenty of accommodations are available at Mandore to stay. Budget, midrange, hotels are available to stay in Mandore.

 

Where to eat in Mandore: Plenty of restaurants in Mandore.

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Jodhpur

Jodhpur

Rajasthan, North India, Architecture, Fort, History, Jodhpur, Musuem, Nature, Palace, Temple, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 102014

Jodhpur is the second largest city of Rajasthan state, India. This place is famous for several temples, forts, Palaces. Other name of this city is Sun City. It was founded by Rao Jodha in 1459. He is the Rajput Chief of Rathore Clan. Major festivals of this place are Marwar festival, Jodhpur international Desert Kite Festival.

 

What to see in Jodhpur:

Mehrangarh Fort: In India, this is one of the largest forts. Within the fort there are several palaces. Most famous palaces of the fort were Sheesh Mahal, Phool Mahal, Moti Mahal, Daulat Khana, Sileh Khana. Major attractions of this fort are impressive armoury, furniture, costumes, instruments, folk music, miniature paintings, royal cradles, howdas, and collection of palanquins.

Girdikot & Sardarkot Market: This market is famous for fine Rajasthani Jewellery, marble knick knacks with decorative works, clay elephants, clay camels, handicrafts, Rajasthani Textiles.

Government Museum: It is located in the middle of Umaid Public Garden. This museum is famous for miniature paintings, local arts & crafts, textiles and ornaments. Other attractions of this museum are images of Jain Tirthankars, manuscripts, portraits of rulers.

Umaid Garden: Major attractions of this garden are fountains, seasonal flowers, roses, towering Ashoka Trees, Green Lawns. Area covered by this garden is 82 acres. Inside the garden visitors can see museum, a Zoo and a library.

Umaid Bhawan Palace: Maharaja Umaid Singh builds this palace with the intension to help the people who were suffering from famine. In 1977, part of this palace was converted into hotel. Remaining part was converted into museum.

Jaswant Thada: It was built in 19th century. White marble was used in the construction of Jaswant Thada. At this place visitors can see several portraits of Jodhpur rulers.

Maha Mandir Temple: Architecture of this temple is the major attraction of this temple. It was supported by 84 pillars. Pillars were decorated with several designs. Pictures of several Yogasanas can also be seen here.

 

What to see around Jodhpur:

Mandore: It is located 9kms away from the city. Earlier this place was acted as capital to Marwar. It is a true Oasis in the desert. This place is known as Hall of Heroes. Major attraction of this place is deities carved out of single rock.

Balsamand Lake & Palace: It is located 16kms away from the city. Lake is artificially made by man. It is one of the best picnic spot during the summer season.

Sardar Samand Lake and Palace: Earlier this place was acted as hunting spot by the royal families. Major attractions of this place are Chinkaras and black bucks.

Guda Bishnoi: It is located 25kms away from the city. This village is famous for flora and fauna. Local people worship Lord Vishnu and they lead vegetarian lifestyle. Major attractions of this place are Cranes, Peacocks, Chinkaras, antelopes, black bucks.

Rohetgarh: It is located 40kms away from Jodhpur. In 16th century this place was acted as Champawat Fort. Now it is converted into premium heritage hotels.

 

Getting to Jodhpur: Jodhpur is well connected with road, railway and airways. From Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jaipur, Delhi, Ajmer, Ahmedabad, etc buses come to this place. Jodhpur railways are well connected with Kota, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Lucknow, Guwahati, Puri, Ahmedabad. Jodhpur airport is well connected with Mumbai, Delhi, Udaipur and Jaipur.

 

Getting around Jodhpur: Buses and autos are available to visit the places in and around places of Jodhpur.

 

Best time to visit Jodhpur: Best time to visit Jodhpur is between November to March.

 

Where to stay in Jodhpur: Plenty of accommodations are available at Jodhpur to stay. Budget, midrange, luxury and heritage hotel are available to stay.

 

Where to eat in Jodhpur: Plenty of restaurants in Jodhpur. This place is famous for sweets. Famous sweets of this place are Maakhan Vade, Besan Ki Chaaki, and Mawa Kachori. Famous food is Mirchi Badas.

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Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer

Rajasthan, North India, Camal Safari, Fort, Havelis, History, Nature, Sand Dunes, Temple

April 102014

Jaisalmer is located in Rajasthan, India. Other name of this place is Golden City. It is situated on the heart of the Thar Desert. City is named after Maharawal Jaisal Singh who was the founder of the city. This city was founded in 1156AD. This city consists of yellow sand. Due to this city looks so beautifully in yellowish Golden shade. This city is famous for camel safaris and Sand Dunes. Worth buying things of this place are woven Jackets, leather items, textiles, wooden boxes, antique stone works etc.

 

What to see in Jaisalmer:

Jaisalmer Fort: Fort city played a major role in the trade with Africa, Egypt, Arabia and Persia. Fort is having 4 gateways. It was built in 1156 AD. Walls are made up of Yellow sand stone. Within the fort visitors can see several Jain Temples and beautiful havelis. All are dates back to 12th to 15th centuries.

Manak Chowk: It is the local market. This is the best place for shopping lovers. Narrow lanes from this market leads to some of the old Havelis.

Salim Singh Ki Haveli: Salim Singhji was the Prime Minister of Jaisalmer Princely state. This haveli is well known for murals painted on the walls. Cement and mortar are not used in the construction of this Haveli. Stones were joined by groove and tongue joints.

Patwon Ki Haveli: This haveli is well known for Rajputana architecture and carved pillars. One of the apartments of this Haveli is decorated with murals which depicted historical Scenes.

 

What to see around Jaisalmer:

Bara Bagh: It is located 6kms away from Jaisalmer. This is situated on the banks of Gadsisar Sagar Tank. Bara Bagh can be seen in the middle of the golden desert sands. It is little stretch of lush green Oasis.

Desert National Park: It is located 16kms away from Jaisalmer. This is one of the largest national parks of India. Area covered by this park is 3100 Sq.kms. Park is well known for unique flora and fauna and for delicate ecosystem.

Akal Wood Fossil Park: It is located 17kms away from Jaisalmer. Rare fossils can be seen here. Visitors can have a look at natural flora and fauna fossils. These are 160 million years old.

Sam Sand Dunes: It is located 39kms away from Jaisalmer. This is one of the major attractions near this city. Sam Sand Dunes is famous for Camel safaris. Sunset at this place is most attractive.

Tazia Tower: It is 5 floored towers. This is famous for carved balconies.

Gadsisar Sagar Tank: It is located just 2kms away from the city. This is one of the major attractions near Jaisalmer. It is famous picnic spot. During the winter season this is the best place for the natural and bird lovers. Plenty of migratory birds can be seen here.

 

Getting to Jaisalmer: Jaisalmer is well connected with road, railways and airways. From Barmer, Pokhran, Bikaner, Jodhpur etc buses come to this place. Along with ordinary buses, deluxe buses also come to this place. City is well connected with Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur, Agra through railway lines. From the city centre, airport is 5kms away. This airport is well connected with Jodhpur, Jaipur, Delhi. Nearest international airport is located at New Delhi.

 

Getting around Jaisalmer: Rickshaws and Taxis are available to visit the places of this city. Buses and Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Jaisalmer.

 

Best time to visit Jaisalmer: Best time to visit this place is between October to March. During January and February, desert festival celebrates. At this time tourist rush is more.

 

Where to stay in Jaisalmer: Budget, midrange, luxury, heritage hotels are available to stay here. Desert camps are other attraction to stay here.

 

Where to eat in Jaisalmer: Plenty of restaurants are available here. Famous food items of this place are murgh-e-subz, ker sangri, bhanon aloo and Kadi Pakora.

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Koumik

Koumik

HP, North India, Buddhist Monestery, Hill station, Lahaul and Spiti district, Nature, Trekking

April 102014

Koumik is the highest village in Asia. It is situated in Lahaul Spiti district, Himachal Pradesh, India. This village is surrounded with snowbound mountains.

 

What to see in Koumik: Koumik is famous for Lundup Tsemo Gompa. Other major attraction of this place is highest motorable Buddhist Monastery in the world. It is the double storied Buddhist Monastery. This place is famous for the natural and trekking lovers. Visitors of this place will be surprised to find the modern amenities that even the villages in other parts of the country enjoy missing. Festivals are the major attractions of this place. Mask dance is the major attraction of festivals. Lamas perform this dance. Worth buying things of this place are paintings, jackets, caps, Shawls, Carpets etc. Star gazing is so popular at this region. Carrying telescope is added thrilling experience.

 

What to see around Koumik:

Ki Monastery: In the Spiti Valley this is the largest monastery. This monastery is famous for wind instruments, stucco images, rare manuscripts, thangkas, and murals. This monastery is dates back to 1000 years. This is the best place for Pasada Style of architecture. It consists of 3 floors. Small rooms in the monastery are allotted to monks. Underground is used as storage and Ground Floor is used as assembly hall. It is located 21kms away from Koumik.

Kaza: It is the base point for trekking. Places to visit in Kaza are Hikkim Monastery and Sa Kya Pa Sect monastery. It is located 21kms away from Koumik.

Dhankar Monastery: Main intension to build this fort is to keep an eye on enemies and enjoy the Spiti Valley by seeing from this place. Old temple in Dhankar is known as Lha O Pa Gompa. It is located 54kms away from Koumik.

Pin Valley: It is located on the banks of river Pin. Major activities in this place are archery competitions and Horse racing. Most of the tourists attracts towards Chamurti Horses. It is a part of Spiti Valley.

Kunzam Pass: Height is 4590 meters above the sea level. It is the gateway to Spiti Valley. It offers best view of Shigri Parbat.

Langza: It is located 8kms away from Koumik. Langza is known as maritime fossils.

Lahaul Valley: Major attraction of this valley is Greenery. Gateway to Lahaul is Rohatang Pass.

Kibber: Kibber is a small village in the Spiti Valley in Himalayas. Kibber lies on summit of a limestone rock. Lush Green fields and agricultural forms are abundant. Major crops are Peas and Barley. This place is famous for monasteries, barren splendour, and scenic mountains. Plenty of fossils present in and around Kibber. It is located 31kms away from Koumik.

 

Getting to Koumik: Only way to reach this place is through road way. Bus services are available between shimla via kaza and Kinnaur. Route from Shimla to Kaza opens only between May to October. Komic and Kaza are 10kms away from Koumik. From Kaza regular buses are available. Nearest railway station is located Jogindernagar. Nearest broad gauge railway stations are Chandigarh and Shimla. Taxis and buses are available from the railway station to Lossar. By airways Spiti can be reached either from Shimla or from Manali. Nearest airports are located at Manali and Shimla.

 

Getting around Koumik: Koumik can be explored on foot. Buses and Jeeps are available to visit the surrounding places of Koumik.

 

Best time to visit Koumik: Best time to visit Koumik is between May to October. Due to snow fall Rohtang Pass which is the entry for koumik will remain closed during the remaining seasons.

 

Where to stay in Koumik: Only options to stay here is home stays. For budget, midrange and luxury hotels are available at Kaza.

 

Where to eat in Koumik: Locals provide food to the visitors of this place. No restaurants are available here.

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Lossar

Lossar

HP, North India, Hill station, Lahaul and Spiti district, Nature

April 92014

After entering in Spiti Valley from Kunzum Pass, Lossar is the first village. It is located in Lahaul and Spiti district, Himachal Pradesh, India. It is located near Spiti River. Culture of this place is same that of Tibet. Buddhism culture dominates at this place. Tibetan Style of dresses can be seen here. This place is also known as Little Tibet.

 

What to see in Lossar: Major attraction of this place is Lossar Gompa. This is a sacred place for the Buddhist monks. During the festival season of this gompa tourists rush is more. Celebrations of this festival include music and dance of the villagers. Lamas and Monks also participate in this dance and music programmes. Other attraction of this festival is Yak dance.

 

This is one of the best places for natural lovers. It is surrounded by glacial mountain ranges, large spread meadows, Spiti River. This is the starting point for trekking to Chandra Tal. Shopping lovers can have wooden crafts, woollen jackets, Caps, Shawls and art works. Across India demand for Pure Pashmina Shawls is huge.

 

What to see around Lossar:

Ki Monastery: In the Spiti Valley this is the largest monastery. This monastery is famous for wind instruments, stucco images, rare manuscripts, thangkas, and murals. This monastery is dates back to 1000 years. This is the best place for Pasada Style of architecture. It consists of 3 floors. Small rooms in the monastery are allotted to monks. Underground is used as storage and Ground Floor is used as assembly hall. It is located 57kms away from Lossar.

Kaza: It is the base point for trekking. Places to visit in Kaza are Hikkim Monastery and Sa Kya Pa Sect monastery. It is located 57kms away from Lossar.

Dhankar Monastery: Main intension to build this fort is to to keep an eye on enemies and enjoy the Spiti Valley by seeing from this place. Old temple in Dhankar is known as Lha O Pa Gompa.

Pin Valley: It is located on the banks of river Pin. Major activities in this place are archery competitions and Horse racing. Most of the tourists attracts towards Chamurti Horses. It is a part of Spiti Valley.

Kunzam Pass: Height is 4590 meters above the sea level. It is the gateway to Spiti Valley. It offers best view of Shigri Parbat. It is located 17kms away from Lossar.

Langza: It is located 67kms away from Lossar. Langza is known as maritime fossils.

Lahaul Valley: Major attraction of this valley is Greenery. Gateway to Lahaul is Rohatang Pass. It is located 58kms away from Lossar

 

Getting to Lossar: There are two ways to reach Lossar, one way is from Manali and other way is from Shimla. The route from Shimla to kaza via Lossar remains open between May to October. Nearest railway station is located Jogindernagar. Nearest broad gauge railway stations are Chandigarh and Shimla. Taxis and buses are available from the railway station to Lossar. By airways Spiti can be reached either from Shimla or from Manali. Nearest airports are located at Manali and Shimla.

 

Getting around Lossar: Lossar can explore on foot. Buses and Jeeps are available to visit the surrounding places of Lossar.

 

 

Best time to visit Lossar: Best time to visit Lossar is from May to October.

 

Where to stay in Lossar: Budget hotels are available to stay in Lossar. HP tourism guest house is also available here.

 

Where to eat in Lossar: Limited restaurants are available here. Tibetan and Indian Food are available to eat.

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Bikaner

Bikaner

Rajasthan, North India, Architecture, Camal Safari, Fort, History, Musuem, Nature, Palace, Sand Dunes, Temple, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 92014

Bikaner is a place in Rajasthan, India. Rao Bika was founded this city. This place is famous for snacks and sweets. Other name of this city is Camel Country. Major attraction of this place is Camel rides. Major festivals of this place are Camel Festival, Gangaur Festival, Kite festival, Kapil Muni fair, Holi, Jambeshwar Fair. This is one of the best places for shopping lovers also. Worth buying things are Nokha Quilts, wooden antiques, Kundan work fabrics, Lacquer Bangles, Jewellary, clothing’s etc.

 

What to see in Bikaner:

Jain Temple: This temple is dedicated to Shri Sumatinathji. He is the 5th Thirthankar. It was constructed in 15th century with white marble and sandstone. Major attractions of this temple are mirror work, fresco, leaf painting, Religious painting.

Junagarh Fort: Raja raj Singh founded this fort between 1588 to 1593. Major attractions of this place are Rang Mahal, Ganga Mahal, Dungar Mahal, Diwan-e-khas, Badal Mahal, Phool Mahal, Chandra Mahal, Hawa Mahal, Anup Mahal. Architecture of this fort is so beautiful.

Lalgarh Palace: In the memory of Maharaja Lal Singhji it was built by Maharaja Ganga Singh. European, Mughal, Rajput architecture can be seen on this palace.

Moolnayakji Temple: In Bikaner, this is the first Vaishnav Temple. It was built in 1486.

Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum: Major attractions of this place are antique carpets, Royal Bikaner Train, traditional Rajasthani musical instruments, terra cotta ware.

Laxminath Temple: It is one of the oldest temples of this place which was built by Rao Bikaji in 1488.

Deshnok Temples: Other name of this place is Karni Mata Temple. Silver door of this temple is one of the attractions of this temple. Rats feed here. In the temple premises rates can be seen.

Rajasthan State Archives: This place is well known for historical wealth records. Attractions of this place are Khatoot, Arzdasht , Vakil Report, Akbarat, Manshurs, Nishans, Persian Farmans.

Shiva Bari Temple: Major attractions of this place are Huge Idol of Lord Shiva and wall paintings of Nandi Bull facing Shiva lingam. Beautiful columns, Pavilions and domes are other attractions of this place.

Other attractions of Bikaner: Other attractions of Bikaner are Bhandeswari Jain Temple, Jain Havelis, Sadul Museum, Ganga Singh Museum, Prachina Museum, Gajneer Palace, and Camel Breeding Farm.

 

What to see around Bikaner:

Devi Kund: It is located 8kms away from Bikaner. Number of Cenotaphs can be seen here. Major attraction of this place is Chhatri of Maharaja Surat Singh. Rajput Paintings on the ceilings are also worth seeing.

Gajner Wildlife sanctuary: It is located 32kms away from Bikaner. Major attractions of this place are antelopes, desert foxes, wild boar, hares, wildfowl etc

Katariasar Village: It is located 45kms away from Bikaner. Herds of Partridges, Parrots, Peacocks, Rabbits etc can be seen here. Major attraction of this place is sand dunes. Fire dances looks so lovely.

 

Getting to Bikaner: Ways to reach this place is through road and railways. From Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Jaipur etc buses come to this place. From Allahabad, Jaipur, Agra, Kolkata etc trains come to this place. Palace on Wheels so luxurious trains also connect this place. Nearest airport is located at Jodhpur which is 240kms away from Bikaner.

 

Getting around Bikaner: Tourists taxis, Rented Vehicles, Autos well connected different places of Bikaner. Buses and private vehicles are available to visit the surrounding places of Bikaner.

 

Best time to visit Bikaner: Best time to visit Bikaner is between November to February.

 

Where to stay in Bikaner: Plenty of hotels are available to stay in Bikaner. Forts, Havelis, Royal Palaces are available for royal treatment.

 

Where to eat in Bikaner: Plenty of restaurants are available to have food at Bikaner. Churma, Bati and Dal are famous food. Camel milk made sweets is also famous here.

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Ranakpur

Ranakpur

Rajasthan, North India, History, Temple

April 92014

Ranakpur is a village in Pali district of Rajasthan, India. It is situated between Udaipur and Jodhpur. Major attraction of this place is Jain Temple. This place is named after Rana Kumbha. He has contributed land for the construction of carved Jain Temple. Ranakpur is one of the 5 important pilgrim places of Jains. All Jain festivals celebrate so grandly here. Along with Jain festivals, Hindu festivals such as Makar Sankranti, Hoil and Diwali celebrate here.

 

What to see in Ranakpur:

Jain Temple: Lord Adinath is worshipped here. He was the first Jain Tirthankara. During the rule of Rana Kumbh, Rajput Monarch, this temple was built in 15th century AD. Rana Kumbh had given this land for the construction of this temple. Dhanna Shah is the founder of the temple. This temple dates back to 500 years old.

Temple complex consists of 80 domes, 29 pillared halls 4 subsidiary shrines. Domes were supporting by 1444 pillars. Carving of these pillars is so beautiful. Other attractions of this temple are two big bells in the assembly hall. Weight of each bell is 108kgs. Temple complex consists of several other Jain temples. Major Jain temple is Parshvanath temple. This temple is famous for engraved widows. Near this temple, 2 other temples were situated. One temple is dedicated to Lord Sun and other belongs to 22nd Jain Tirthankara.

Suryanarayana Temple: This temple is famous for innumerable wall projections of circular structure. Temple is dedicated to lord Sun. Near this temple, other attraction is Amba Mata Temple. It is located 1kms away from Suryanarayana Temple.

 

What to see around Ranakpur:

Narlai: It is located 6kms away from Ranakpur. This place is known for several Jain and Hindu temples. One of the Jain temples is dedicated to Lord Adinath, first Tirthankar. This temple is known for its beautiful architecture and mural paintings.

Sadri: It is located 8kms away from Ranakpur. This place is famous for group of temples. These temples include old Dargah of Khudabaksh Baba. In this group of temples, main temples are Chintamani Parsvanath Temple, Varahavtar Temple.

Desuri: It is located 16kms away from Ranakpur. This place is known for temple complex which consist of temples of Navi Mata, Lord Hanuman and Lord Shiva. Another attraction of this place is an old mosque.

Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary: It is located 33kms away from Ranakpur. Large varieties of wild animals such as nilgai, smabhar, jungle cat, jackal etc can be seen here.

Mucchal Mahavir Temple: It is located 33kms away from Ranakpur. This temple is situated within the wildlife sanctuary. Lord Mahavir is worshipped here. At the gateway of this temple two elephants welcome the visitors of this temple.

 

Getting to Ranakpur: Only way to reach this place is through road way. From Jodhpur, Jaipur, Udaipur buses come to this place. From Udaipur it will take two hrs to reach Ranakpur. Nearest railway station is Falna station which is 35kms away from Ranakpur. It is located between Delhi and Ahmedabad route. Dabok airport in Udaipur is the nearest airport from Ranakpur. This airport is well connected with Mumbai and Delhi. Buses and Cabs are available to reach Ranakpur from this airport.

 

Getting around Ranakpur: Private Vehicles and buses are available to visit the surrounding places of Ranakpur.

 

Best time to visit Ranakpur: Best time to visit Ranakpur is between October to February.

 

Where to stay in Ranakpur: Budget, midrange and luxury hotels are available to stay at Ranakpur. Cost of Budget hotels is ranging between Rs.600 to Rs.1000 per day.

 

Where to eat in Ranakpur: Inside the temple complex Jain food is available. Best option to have food is in-house restaurants of the hotels. Indian as well as International cuisines are available here.

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Agra

Agra

UP, North India, 7 Wonders, Architecture, Fort, History, Mughal, Nature, Palace, Shah Jahan, Temple, Tomb

April 92014

Agra is a city in Uttar Pradesh, India. Once, this place acted as capital of Hindustan. It is located on the banks of Yamuna River. In the Epic Mahabharata, name of this city was Agrevana. This city was built in 1475. Lodhi and Mughals dominated this region during their reign. Shopping lovers can buy rare handicraft items, embroidery works, exquisite jewellery, leather bags, belts, shoes etc.

 

What to see in Agra:

Taj Mahal: It is the major attraction of Agra. This is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. In the memory of Mumtaz, this was built by her husband Shah Jahan, Mughal Emperor. This is the best example for the Mughal architecture. It was built with marble white stone.

Agra Fort: It is one of the attractions of Agra. This was built with brick. It was the residence place of Sikandar Lodi when he shifted his capital from Delhi to Agra.

Tomb of I’timad-ud-Daulah: In this city it is the Mughal mausoleum. It is also known as Baby Taj. Visitors of this place can see gardens and outbuildings along with main building. Mughal architecture can be seen here.

Tomb of Akbar: It was built between 1605 to 1613. This is situated at Sikandra. Minarets of this tomb are similar to Taj Mahal. It was built with Red Sandstone. This is one of the best examples for Mughal Architecture.

Mehtab Bagh: It is the garden complex consisting of 25 fountains. This is located opposite to Taj Mahal.

Chini Ka Rauza: At this place tomb of Allama Afzal Khan Mullah is situated. He was the Prime Minister of Shah Jahan. In 1635 this tomb was built.

Jama Masjid: It is one of the largest mosques in India which was built in 1648 by Shah Jahan. It is dedicated to his daughter Jahanara Begum.

Ram Bagah: It is oldest Mughal Garden. In 1528, this was built by Babur, Mughal Emperor. Babur was temporary buried here. Canals and pathways are attractions of this place.

Musamman Burj: It is located in Agra Fort. This is a beautiful octagonal tower. It is situated close to Diwan-e-Khas, Private Hall of Shah Jahan.

Mankameshwar Temple: Lord Shiva is worshipped here. It is one of the ancient temples in Agra. Shivalingam is covered with Silver Metal. It is believed that, When Lord Krishna born in Mathura this Shivalingam was found.

Tomb of Mariam-Uz-Zamani: Tomb of Mariam-Uz-Zamani is situated here. She was the mother of Jahangir, Mughal Emperor. It was built between 1623- 1627 CE. Architecture of this tomb is worth seeing.

 

What to see around Agra:

Fatehpur Sikri: It is a small town which is situated 40kms away from Agra. Several historical monuments can be seen here such as Birbal Bhavan, Sheikh Salim Chisti Tomb, Diwan-e-Khaas, Jama Masjid, Diwan-e-Aam, Panch Mahal, Buland Darwaza.

 

Getting to Agra: Agra is well connected with road, railways and airways. Agra has 2 major bus terminals. Both were well connected with Kanpur, Lucknow and Delhi. City has 4 main railway stations. They were Idgah Agra Junction, Agra Fort, Raja Ki Mandi and Agra Cantonment. All the stations are well connected with other important cities of India. Kheria airport is the Agra airport which is located 12kms away from the heart of the city. Airport is well connected with Khajuraho, Delhi and Varanasi.

 

Getting around Agra: Autos, Cycle Richshaws, Tempos, Tonga’s, electric buses are available to visit the places of Agra. Buses and Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Agra

 

Best time to visit Agra: Best time to visit Agra is between October to March.

 

Where to stay in Agra: All range of hotels are available to stay in Agra. Few resorts are available here. Budget hotels were ranging between Rs.100 to Rs.1000.

 

Where to eat in Agra: Plenty of restaurants are available here. Specialties of the city are Pethas, Dalmoth, Gajak, and Pedas.

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Kargil

Kargil

Jammu & Kashmir, North India, Adventurous sports, History, Ladakh, Mountain Passes, Nature, Trekking

April 92014

Kargil is a town in Kagril district of Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir, India. Kargil is derived from two words Gar and Khil. Gar means anywhere and Khil means Central place. In Ladakh this is the second largest town. This place became famous after Kargil war between India and Pakistan. Kargil is famous for adventurous activities such as River Rafting, Camping, High altitude Trekking, Mountaineering etc. Persian influence is more at this place. For the shopping lovers also this is the best place. Worth buying things of this place are Carpets, pashmina Shawls, handicrafts, brass vessels etc.

 

What to see in Kargil:

Suru Valley: This valley starts from kargil town and extends till Penzi La Watershed. Suru is most beautiful place. During the spring season apple and apricot trees are in full bloom. Throughout the valley visitors can see popular and willow trees. Visitors can see melting of ice at this place. Major crop of this valley is grapes. Radish, Barley, Wheat, Millets, Peas, turnip are also cultivated here. Trekking and rock climbing takes place here.

Adventure Activities: Very popular trekking trials through Sumdo Chinmu Village to Alchi via Stakspi La and from Padum to Lamayuru Gompa.

 

What to see around Kargil:

Lamayuru Monastery: It is a Tibetan monastery which is located in Kargil district. Major attractions of this monastery are Scriptures, Murals, Thangkas, Rich wall Paintings, Statues of different forms of Buddha. Along with statues of Buddha several other deities’ statues can also be seen here. It was founded in 11th century by Mahasiddhacharya Naropa.

Tiger Hill: This is the place where India and Pakistan war happened in 1999.

War Museum: Other name is wall of fame. This museum showcases the war effort and Sacrifice of the Indian Army in its war against Pakistan.

Zanskar Valley: This valley is famous for flora. Other attractions of this valley are meadows, streams, Drang Drung Glacier. Trekking conducts here.

Phuktal Gompa: It is constructed in the shape of beehive on the rock wall. Major attractions of this gompa are huge prayer hall and meditation room. This gompa is dates back to 11th century.

Zanskar River: Area of this river converted into U shape due to the glaciers. It originates at the north slope of the Great Himalayas.

Rangdum Monastery: It lies between Kargil and padum. Main attraction of this monastery is assembly hall. This hall has beautiful status.

Tagrimo Monastery: It lies in the plains of Padum. Other name is Kagyupa Monastery. It is the house to 30 monks. This place is famous for 17th century paintings.

Sani Monastery: This belongs to Drukpa Kargyu School of Tibetan Buddhism. This monastery is the only monastery in Zanskar which has nuns. This was built in Parts. Each part of this monastery belongs to different centuries. Oldest part of the monastery is Chorten. This belongs to 2nd century. In 17th century, assembly hall was built.

 

Getting to Kargil: Kargil is situated on the national highway 1D. This highway connects Srinagar to Leh. Buses and Taxis are available from Srinagar and Leh to reach kargil. Nearest railway head is located at Jammu. Jammu is well connected with Chandigarh, Kochi, Mumbai, Delhi, etc. Jeeps, cars, Buses are available to reach Kargil from Jammu. Nearest airport is located at Leh which is 204kms away from Kargil.

 

Getting around Kargil: Kargil can be discovered on foot. Buses, Taxis and Jeeps are available to visit the surrounding places of Kargil.

 

Best time to visit Kargil: Best time to visit Kargil is between April to September.

 

Where to stay in Kargil: Accommodations are very limited at this place. Only Budget and midrange hotels are available. Luxury hotels cannot be seen here.

 

Where to eat in Kargil: Eating options are Limited at this place. Tibetan, Punjabi and Kashmiri Food are available here.

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Shekhawati

Shekhawati

Rajasthan, North India, Architecture, Fort, Havelis, History, Jaipur, Masjid, Musuem, Nature, Palace, Temple

April 92014

Shekhawati is a historical region in the northern part of the Rajasthan, India. This region consists of districts such as Nagaur, Churu, Sikar and Jhujhunu. History of these places dates back to 18th and 19th centuries. Grand Havelis in this region was constructed by Marwari Merchants. Shekhawati is derived from Rajput Kachwaha Chieftain Rao Shekha Ji. Rao Shekha ji decedents ruled this area. They were called as Shekhawats. This region is famous for hard working and brave people. Worth buying things of this place are metal utensils, Paintings, tie dye fabrics, wood carvings etc. Gangaur and Teej are the major festivals of this region.

 

What to see in Shekhawati:

Sikar: This is the major district of Shekhawati. Major Havelis of the town are Sanganeria, Kedia Haveli, Mirijamal Kyala, Bansidhar Rathi, and Sawant Ram Chokhani. Khatu Shyamji Temple is most famous in the village Khatu Shyamji. This temple is famous for shaving off the children’s hair for the first time. Other attractions of this district are jeen Mata Temple and Radha Murali Manohar Temple.

Churu: This place is famous for forts and Havelis. Traditional Rajasthani architectural style can be seen here. Major attraction is fort built by Thakur Khushal Singh. Other attractions are Raghunathji Temple, Aath Kambh Chhatri, Laxminarayanji Temple etc.

Nawalgarh: It is Golden city of Rajasthan. Major attractions of this place are Roop Niwas palace, Bansidhar Bhagat, Chokhani, Anandi Lal Poddar, Jodhraj Patodia etc.

Mandawa: Worth seeing havelis are Ganeriwala and Kanoria. It has good handicraft market.

Fatehpur: This place is famous for Singhania and Devra havelis. These were constructed in Western and Indian style. Other havelis of this place are Bharatiya, Jalan, Hukmi Chand Choudhri, Goenka.

Baggar: Piramal Haveli is famous here. Rajasthani Colonial style can be seen here.

Dundlod: This place is well known for havelis and forts. Impressive library and stained glass windows of the forts Diwan I Khas antiques are other attractions. Visitors should not miss to see Goenka haveli.

Lachhmangarh: Worth visiting place here are Sanganeria, Kedia, Rathi, Kyala, Chokhani Havelis.

Khetri: In Jaipur, this is the second wealthiest Thikana. Major attractions of this place are Panna Lal Shah Ka Talab, Bhopalgarh and Raghunath Temple.

Other attractions of this place are Churi ajitgarh, Parasrampura, Mehansar, Alsisar and Malsisar, Chirawa, Jhujhunu.

 

What to see around Shekhawati:

Chittorgarh: It is the ancient city in Rajasthan. A major attraction of this place is fort of Chittorgarh. It was built in 7th century AD. Height is 180metesrs tall. Other attractions are Rani Padmini Palace, Rana Kumbha Palace, Kalika Mata Temple.

Udaipur: It was founded by Maharana Udai Singh in 1559. Foreign tourist rush is more at this place. This place is known for its Palaces, Havelis and Temples. Other attraction is Azure Lakes.

Mount Abu: It is the only hill station in Rajasthan. Major attractions of this place are Dilwara Jain Temple which was constructed between 11th and 13th centuries. Other places are Achalagarh fort, Dattatreya Temple, Adhar Devi Temple, Ambika Mata Temple etc.

 

Getting to Shekhawati: Shekhawati is well connected with road and railways. Direct buses are available from Delhi. Places of Shekhawati are well connected with other cities. Trains are available from Jaipur and Delhi. It is easy to reach Shekhawati form Bikaner and Jaipur. Nearest airport is located at Jaipur which is 150kms away from Shekhawati.

 

Getting around Shekhawati: Private and government buses are available to visit the town and surrounding places of Shekhawati. Taxis and Autos are also available to visit in and around places of Shekhawati.

 

Best time to visit Shekhawati: Best time to visit Shekhawati is between October and March.

 

Where to stay at Shekhawati: Plenty of accommodations are available to stay at Shekhawati including luxury hotels. Resorts are also available to stay at this place.

 

Where to eat in Shekhawati: Plenty of eateries are available here. Though restaurants provide non vegetarian, Rajasthanis were basically vegetarians. Famous food is Lahsun Ki Kachori.

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Mussoorie

Mussoorie

Uttarakhand, North India, Boating, Hill station, History, Nature, Temple, Valley, Water falls

April 92014

Mussoorie is a hill station in Dehradun district, Uttarakhand, India. It is located in the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayan ranges. This place is famous for flora & fauna, green hills. Other name of this place is Honey moon capital of India and Queen of hills. Mussoorie plants are abundant in this place. So, this place is named after these plants. This place came into existence in 1820 after discovering by British army. This place is famous for gift items, wooden decorative, Oakwood walking sticks, brass statues, prayer wheels etc.

 

What to see in Mussoorie:

Landour: It is a cantonment town which is very close to Mussoorie. Mussoorie and Landours are also known as twin towns. This is British Raj era hill station. During the olden times, British used to set up recreation centres to enjoy the nature. This is pollution free area. Landour Bazaar is 150 years old bazaar. Earlier it serves the needs of British soldiers.

Lal Tibba: Lal Tibba is the highest point in Mussoorie. It is most stunning place. Doordarshan and All India Radio towers are situated on the top of this point. Other attraction of this place is Old Japanese telescope on a 20m tall tower standing on the edge of the cliff. From this telescope, visitors can have a spectacular view of Banderpunch, Kedarnath, Badrinath and other Himalayan Mountain peaks.

Gun Hill: In Mussoorie, it is the second highest peak. Gun hill can be reached using the rope car. This rope car is 400m long. Other option to reach this place is by bridle path. From this place visitors can have spectacular view of Doon Valley and Himalayan ranges.

Jwalaji Temple: It is located on the top of Benog hill. Temple is dedicated to Jwala Devi. From this place visitors can have a view of Yamuna Valley, Doon Valley, and Himalayan Peaks.

Happy Valley: This is also known as Mini Tibet. It is the home place to 5000 Tibetan Refugees. After fleeing from Chinese authorities in Tibet, Dalai Lama established Tibetan Government in Exile at this place. Buddhist temple can be seen here.

Cloud’s End: This was built by British Major in 1838. It is one of the four British buildings at this place. This place offers the view of flora & fauna, Yamuna River, Himalayas.

 

What to see around Mussoorie:

Mussoorie Lake: This is located 6kms away from this place. Boating is the major attraction of this place.

Kempty fall: These are the beautiful waterfalls and considered as one of the best picnic spot near Musssoorie. Boating is another attraction of this place. It is located 18kms away from Mussoorie.

Jharipani Fall: This is an ideal picnic spot. It is located 7kms away from Mussoorie.

Mossey Falls: This picnic spot is surrounded by beautiful dense forest. It is 7kms away from Mussorie.

Other attractions near Mussoorie: Other attractions near Mussoorie are Lake Mist, Children’s Lodge, Nag Devta Temple, Camel’s Back road, Municipal garden, Dehradun, Dhanaulti, and Surkanda Devi.

 

Getting to Mussoorie: Mussoorie is well connected with road. From Srinagar, Delhi, Hanuman Chatti, Old Tehri etc buses come to this place. Nearest railway station is located at Dehradun. From Indore, Lucknow, Allahabad etc trains come to this place. Nearest airport is also located in Dehradun.

 

Getting around Mussoorie: Buses and Taxis are available to visit in and around places of Mussoorie.

 

Best time to visit Mussoorie: Best time to visit this place is between April to June and again between September to November.

 

Where to stay in Mussoorie: Plenty of accommodations are available to stay in Mussoorie including luxury hotels.

 

Where to eat in Mussoorie: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in Mussoorie. Cuisines ranging from south Indian to continental are available at this place.

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Jammu

Jammu

Jammu & Kashmir, North India, Fort, Musuem, Nature, Palace, Temple, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 92014

Jammu is one of the 3 administrative divisions within Jammu & Kashmir. Most of the land at this place is hilly or mountains. Jammu Tawi is the official name of Jammu city. Other name of this city is City of Temples. In Northern India, it is the largest city. Pir Panjal Range separates Himalayas and Kashmir valley. This is acting as gateway to one of the popular pilgrimage Vaishno Devi temple. It is believed that, Raja Jambu has founded this city in 14th century BC. At that time this place was known as Jambu Nagar. For the shopping lovers also this is the best place. Worth buying things of this place is garments, electronics, footwear, dry fruits, handlooms, handicrafts etc. Major festivals of this place are Lohri, Baisakhi, Bahu Mela.

 

What to see in Jammu:

Bahu Fort: over 3000 years ago, this was built by Raja Bahulochan. Dogra rulers restored this fort in 19th century. Other attractions of this fort are Bahi Temple, Bhave Ki Bahu Garden, 8 octagonal towers. It was constructed with thick sandstone.

Amar Mahal Museum: Earlier this place was acted as residence place of Dogra dynasty. During 1890, this was built by King Raja Amar with Red Sand stone. Greek Structural style can be seen here. Major attractions are throne of Maharaja Hari Singh, Pahari Paintings, art galleries etc.

Mubark Mandi Complex: This is 150years old complex. It is the royal residence of Dogra rulers.

Bagh-e-Bahu: This is most beautiful garden and looks like Mughal garden. Acres of woods are surrounded this garden.

Dogra Art Museum: This museum is famous for 800 rare paintings and articles.

Shiv Khori: This cave is famous for 4 feet natural Shivalingam. Several Hindu deities and natural impressions can also be seen here.

Raghunath Mandir: In 1835, this was built by Maharaja Gulab Singh. This was dedicated to Lord Rama. It is famous for ancient books and manuscripts.

Bahu Temple: It is one of the ancient temples of this place. This was built by Raja Bahulochan about 3000 years ago.

Other attractions of Jammu: Other attractions of Jammu are Mansar Lake, Ranbireshwar Temple, Rani Charak Mahal, Mahamaya Temple, Dargah Garib Shah, Ziarat Baba Buddhan Shah, Poonch Fort, Peer Kho Cave Temple, Gadhadharji Temple, Aap Sambhu Temple.

 

What to see around Jammu:

Nandini Wildlife Sanctuary: It is located 28kms away from Jammu. It was established in thick forests area. Major attractions of this place are Chakor, Indian Peafowl, Blue Rock Pigeon, Cheer Pheasants, Red Jungle fowl, Indian Mynah etc.

Surinsar Lake: It is located 24kms away from Jammu. This is situated in the midst of thick forests with hilly terrains in the backdrop. Major attractions of this lake are lotus flower blossoms.

Akhnoor Fort: It is located 32kms away from Jammu. This is the ancient temple situated on the banks of Chenad River built in 19th century. It belongs to Harappan Civilisation. Along with this fort other attraction of this place is two storeyed Palace.

 

Getting to Jammu: Jammu is well connected with road, railways and airways. From Amritsar, Leh, Srinagar, Delhi etc buses are come to this place. Jammu Tawi railway station is well connected with Jhansi, Gwalior, Agra, Kochi, Indore, Bhatinda, Varanasi, Delhi, Mumbai etc. Jammu airport is well connected with airways also. It is located 7kms away from the city. Airways are well connected with Srinagar, Jaipur, Delhi, Mumbai etc.

 

Getting around Jammu: Minibuses are available to visit the places of Jammu. Autos and cycle rickshaws are also available to visit the places of Jammu. Buses and Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Jammu.

 

Best time to visit Jammu: Best time to visit Jammu is between March to October.

 

Where to stay in Jammu: Plenty of accommodations are available in Jammu including luxury hotels. Best Mid range holes are available at Residency Road.

 

Where to eat in Jammu: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in Jammu. Continental, Indian and Kashmiri cuisines are available here.

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Katra

Katra

Jammu & Kashmir, North India, History, Nature, Temple, Valley, Water falls

April 92014

Katra is a small town in Udhampur district, Jammu & Kashmir, India. This is famous for Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University. It is acting as gateway to Vaishno Devi Temple. In India it is second most important temple. It is situated on the national highway 1C. This place is the base camp for the devotees who were going to Vaishno Devi Temple. This is the best place to buy leather goods, garments and dry fruits. Kashmiri Embroidery garments are most famous of this place.

 

What to see in Katra:

Banganga: This River is associated with miracles of Mata Vaishno Devi. Except in the acute shortage of water, this river has full of water throughout the year. Before going to Vaishno temple, people take a dip in this river to wipe off the sins.

Darshani Darwaza: This is the gateway to Vaishno Devi Temple. People believe that at this place Goddess Vaishno Mata met Pandit Sridhar in the form of a small child. In this place army assistance counter is also situated here.

Himkoti: This is one of the best places for the natural lovers. It offers best scenic view of the valley. Major attractions of this place are a meditation centre, a garden and artificial pond. From Adhkunwari, it is located 3kms away.

 

What to see around Katra:

Vaishno Devi Temple: It is located 12kms away from Katra. Other names of this temple are Mata Rani and Vaishnavi Temple. Millions of people come to this place every year. Separate board was set up by the government to look after this temple. From katra several means of transport are available to visit this temple such as little ponies, Palkies, etc. From Jammu & Kashmir, helicopters are available to reach this temple.

Jhajjar Kotli: It is located 15kms away from Katra. Main attraction of this place is cold water of Jhajjar. This place is also well known for its natural beauty. It is one of the best picnic spots.

Baba Dhansar Temple: At this temple, waterfalls are the major attraction. It is located 15kms away from Katra. Another attraction of this place is natural formed Shivalingam.

Bhairon Temple: Journey to Vaishno temple will not complete without seeing this temple. It is located 2kms away from Bhawan. It is believed that Bhairon Nath was killed by Vaishno Devi at this place.

Sanjichhat: From this place visitors can have spectacular view of snow peaked Himalayas and beautiful valleys. It is located 3.25Kms away from Adhkunwari. This place is famous for helipad.

 

Getting to Katra: Only way to reach this place is through road way. Katra is situated between Jammu and Udhampur. Plenty of buses and taxis are available to reach from Jammu to Katra. Nearest railway station is located at Jammu Tawi which is 42kms away from Katra. Jammu is well connected with Jhansi, Gwalior, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai etc. Nearest airport is located at Jammu which is 40kms away from Katra. From these airport private vehicles, buses are available to reach Katra.

 

Getting around Katra: Main means of transport to visit the place of Katra is mini buses. Buses, autos and trains are available to visit the surrounding places of Katra.

 

Best time to visit Katra: Best time to visit this place is between March to October.

 

Where to stay in Katra: Budget and midrange hotels are available to stay in Katra. Best midrange hotels are available on Kashmir road. Only one luxury hotel is situated here. Few Guest houses and lodges are also available here.

 

Where to eat in Katra: Plenty of restaurants are available here. Rajma Rice, Puri Bhaaji and Chole Bhature are famous here.

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Ladakh

Ladakh

Jammu & Kashmir, North India, Adventurous sports, Buddhist Monestery, Buddhist Stupas, Buddhist temples, History, Ladakh, Lahaul and Spiti district, Musuem, Nature, Palace, Trekking, Valley

April 92014

Ladakh is a beautiful region in Jammu and Kashmir, India. This place is also known as Land of High Passes. On the eastern side of the Ladakh Tibet is located, Lahaul and Spiti is situated in the South and Kashmir can be seen on the West. This place is dominated by Tibetan Buddhists and second majority religion of this place is Shia Muslims. This is one of the best places for the natural lovers. Plenty of Monasteries are situated here.

 

Ladakh is famous among the mountaineers and trekking lovers. Beauty of this region can be seen in barren mountains, clean blue sky and snow-capped peaks. For the first time Ladakhi Dynasty was founded here in 842 AD. This is the best place for shopping lovers also. Coral Jewellery, Pashmina, Hand woven blankets, wooden masks, copper samovars etc are worth buying at this place. Major festivals of this region are Spituk Gustor, Dosmoche Festival, Matho Nagrang, Stok Guru Tse Chu Festival, Buddha Purnima etc.

 

What to see in Ladakh:

Pangong Tso: This Lake is known for its scenic beauty. Last scene of the 3 idiots movie was shooted here.

Nubra Valley: It is high altitude desert which is well known for its beauty. This valley separates Karakoram and Ladakh.

Shanti Stupa: It has white domed monument with backdrop of brown mountains.

Leh Palace: This is the major attraction of this place. In 17th century this was acted as royal residence. Victory on the top of the Namgyal hill is another attraction. This tower was built as a mark of victory over Ballti Kashmir armies.

Stok: This is famous for its Buddhist Monastery. It also acts as gateway for several trekking activities. This is located 14kms away from Leh. Museum of this place attracts the tourists with collection of prayer instruments, copper coins, Precious heirlooms, and crown.

Magnetic Hill: Due to magnetic force of the hill cars will be pulled upwards. It is 27kms away from Leh.

 

What to see around Ladakh:

Leh: Leh is famous for pristine environment, Buddhist Palace and Scenic Locales. Tibet influence is more in this place. Leh Palace is looks like Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. Major attraction of this place is Sankar Gompa.

Zanskar: This place is famous for flora and Fauna. In India it is one of the unexplored places. Zanskar is known for sparking rivers, snow capped Himalayan Mountains, Vistas of barren landscapes and pleasant climate. Other attractions of this place are river rafting, Paragliding and trekking.

Kargil: In the recent days this place became popular due to the war between India and Pakistan in 1999. It is located on the banks of Suru River.

 

Getting to Ladakh: Ladakh is well connected with Jammu and Srinagar through road. Buses of JKSRTC buses regularly come to this place. Visitors can reach Ladakh from Manali also. HRTC buses come to this place between July to October. Nearest railway station is located at Jammu Tawi. This is well connected with Mumbai, Kolkata and Delhi. Buses and cars are available to reach Ladakh from Jammu Tawi. Nearest airport is located at Leh.

 

Getting around Ladakh: Buses are available to visit the places in and around the region. Taxis and motorcycles are also available on rent to see the places of Ladakh.

 

Best time to visit Ladakh: Best time to visit Ladakh is between June to October.

 

Where to stay in Ladakh: Plenty of accommodations are available to stay in Ladakh. In Nubra Valley, hikers and camps are very common. In Korzok village, tourist’s camps can be seen.

 

Where to eat in Ladakh: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in Ladakh. Marchwangan Korma and Momos are the specialities of Ladakh. Continental, Indian, Chinese, Korean, Tibetan cuisines are available.

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Badrinath

Badrinath

Uttarakhand, North India, History, Hot Springs, Nature, Temple, Trekking, Valley, Water falls

April 92014

Badrinath is a holy town in Chamoli district, Uttarakhand, India. Major attraction of this town is Badrinath Temple. According to the legend, image of Lord Badrinarayan discovered by Shankara at this place. This was made of Saligram stone. Earlier it was placed in a cave near Tapt Kund Hot springs. King of Garhwal moved this image from this cave to the present temple in 16th century. Badrinath along with Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri form Chota Char Dham. Major festivals of this place are Badri Kedar Festival, Janmashtami, Mata Murti Ka Mela. Wall paintings, Stone carvings and woollen clothes are worth buying of this place.

 

What to see in Badrinath:

Badrinath Temple: This is the major attraction of this town. Lord Vishnu is worshipped here. In 8th century it was built by Adi Guru Shankaracharya. Main attraction of this temple is entrance gate i.e. Singh Dwara. Temple is divided into 3 sections namely Darshan mandap, Sabha Mandap and garbha griba. In the temple, 15 idols of several shrines can be seen.

Tapt Kund: This is abode to Lord Agni. It is famous for its medicinal properties. Before entering into the temple devotees take a dip in this kund.

Surya Kund: It is situated besides the Tapt Kund. Idol of Lord Vishnu found here. People take holy dip at this place.

Charanpaduka: It is a famous rock in which footprints of Lord Vishnu can be seen here. Caves leads to Charanpaduka.

Brahma Kapal: It is situated on the banks of river Alaknanda. It is believed that Lord Brahma resides at this place.

Narada Kund: It is named after Saint Narada Muni. At this place idol of lord Vishnu was recovered by Adi Shankaracharya.

 

What to see around Badrinath:

Mata Murti Temple: It is located 3kms from Badrinath. Mata Murti is worshipped here. She is the mother of two sons Nara and Narayana. Mata grants Vairagya to the devotees.

Sheshnetra: It is located 1.5kms from Badrinath. This is a large stone marked with the eye of a legendary snake. It is believed that Sheshnetra safe guards the temple Badrinath.

Mt. Neelakanth: Other name is Garhwal Queen. It is located 16kms away from the town. This is the background of Badrinath. Trekking conducts here.

Vasudhara Falls: It is located 7kms away from Badrinath. These falls look like milk when it is falling. It is located in Mana Village. If visitors of this place are not pure at heart, these falls will turn away.

Yogadhyan Badri: It is located 13kms away from Badrinath. It is believed that Father of Pandavas meditated here. This is the birth place of Pandavas.

Alka Puri: It is the home place of Yakshas which is located 15kms away from Badrinath. This the origin place of River Alaknanda from Satopanth glacier.

Satopanth: It is a triangular lake which is located 25kms away from Badrinath. It is believed that Lord Brahma, Vishnu, Maheshwar stands on the 3 corners of the lake. It is surrounded by snow Peak Mountains.

 

Getting to Badrinath: Only way to reach this place is through road. From Haridwar, Rishikesh, Delhi etc buses come to this place. Nearest railway station is located at Haridwar which is 137kms away from Badrinath. Nearest airport is located at Dehradun which is 317kms away from Badrinath.

 

Getting around Badrinath: Buses are available to visit the surrounding places of Badrinath. It is recommended to travel in terrain vehicles.

 

Best time to visit Badrinath: Best time to visit Badrinath is between May to October.

 

Where to stay in Badrinath: Plenty of budget, midrange and luxury hotels are available to stay in Badrinath along with Ashrams. Visitors can prepare their own tents.

 

Where to eat in Badrinath: Plenty of restaurants are available to have food at Badrinath.

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Sarnath

Sarnath

UP, North India, Buddhist temples, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 92014

Sarnath is a small village in Uttar Pradesh, India. Other name of this place is Isipatana. This place is most famous among the followers of Lord Buddha. At this place, Gautam Buddha first taught the Dharma. Original Sangha was formed at this place. It is one of the 4 major Buddhist destinations. People from Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Tibet, Japan, Thailand comes to this place. Deer Park is the major attraction of this place. This was built by Jataka King of Benaras. Major festivals celebrates at this place are Buddha Poornima, Basant Panchami, Maha Shivarathri and Makara Sankranti.

 

What to see in Sarnath:

Ashoka Pillar: This is one of the major attractions of this place. Height of this pillar is 50meters. This pillar is carved out of stone. On the top of the pillar 4 lions are situated. All are standing back to back. Pillar also consists of a horse, an elephant, a lion and a bull. This are symbols for the 4 different phases of life of Lord Buddha.

Archaeological Museum: This is famous for best collection of artifacts which are excavated from Archaeologists at this site. It was built in 1910 with 5 galleries. Those galleries are Ashutosh Gallery, Trimurti, Shakyasimha, Triratna and Tathagata Galleries. In this museum one can see the images of Lord Krishna, Lord Buddha, lord Ganesha etc.

Chaukhandi Stupa: This was built by Gupta dynasty in 5th century. This was built to mark the visit of Buddha to this place and he visited his first disciple at this place.

Deer Park: It is believed that at this place Lord Buddha proclaimed Dharma. King of Baneras gifted this forest area to build a park. Buddha taught two discourses at this place. They are Anattalakhana Sutta and Dhammacakkapavathana Sutta.

Thai Temple: This was built in Thai architectural style and it is surrounded by extensive gardens. It is administered by Thai Buddhist monks.

Tibetan Temple: Tibetan architectural style can be seen on this temple. Statue of Shakyamuni is situated here.

Mulagandha Kuti Vihar: This is the modern temple which was built by Mahabodhi Society. This is well known for frescoes from Buddhist literature.

Dhammek Stupa: It was built during Maurya Dynasty. Height is 43.6m. Floral carvings can be seen at the lower part of this stupa.

 

What to see around Sarnath:

Varanasi: This is most sacred place to Jains and Hindus. Varanasi exists before 3000 years ago. This place is famous for its Ghats and temples. Varanasi Attractions are Jantar Mantar, Bharat Mata Temple, Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Manikarnika Ghat, Durga Temple, Ramnagar Fort, Alamgir Mosque. It is located 11kms away from Sarnath.

Ramnagar: It is located 15kms away from Sarnath. This place is famous for fort museum. It consists of royal collections like antique clocks, ivory works, royal armour, royal palanquins, vintage cars.

Chunars: It is located 43kms away from Sarnath. This was famous for Chunars fort. It was built by Maharaja Vikramaditya. Major attractions of this fort are huge well, sun dial and Sonwa Mandap.

 

Getting to Sarnath: Sarnath is well connected with road. From Allahabad, Agra, Mathura, Kanpur, Lucknow buses come to this place. Nearest railway station is located at Varanasi which is 11kms away from Sarnath. Varanasi is well connected with all the major cities of India. Nearest domestic airport is located at Varanasi which is located 30kms away from Sarnath.

 

Getting around Sarnath: To explore the village there is no means of transport. One has to explore on foot. Taxis can hire from Varanasi to visit the places of Sarnath. Buses and taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Sarnath.

 

Best time to visit Sarnath: Best time to visit this place is between October to March.

 

Where to stay in Sarnath: only budget and midrange hotels are available at this place. Ashrams provide accommodations along with food facility.

 

Where to eat in Sarnath: Good restaurants are available around the Sarnath temple.

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Kanatal

Kanatal

Uttarakhand, North India, Hill station, Jeep Safari, Nature, Trekking

April 92014

Kanatal is a city in Tehri district, Uttarakhand, India. It is located 12kms from Chamba. Earlier Kanatal Lake was situated here. This place was named after this lake. It is a hill station near Mussoorie. Dussheehra festival celebrates so grandly at this place.

 

What to see in kanatal: Kanatal is famous for tranquil weather, invigorating, Verdant forests, beautiful sights and mesmerising natural beauty. Poet Robert Frost had written several poems about the beauty of the Kanatal. This place has history importance. It is believed that Lord Shiva brought the charred remains of Sati after she immolated herself. This place is also famous for sunsets. Prime attractions of this place are scenic view and landscape.

 

What to see around Kanatal:

Surkanda Devi Temple: This is dedicated to Goddess Sati. She was the wife of Lord Shiva. 2kms trekking is essential to reach this place. Other way to reach this place is by riding on the pony.

Kodia Jungle: This is the major attraction near this city. It is known for natural springs. Major attractions of this jungle are musk deer, boar ghorals, barking deer. Jeep Safaris are used to visit the jungle. It is located 1km away from the city. While reaching to this place, visitors can enjoy natural springs.

Chamba: This town is famous for several Palaces and Temples. This is the most beautiful hill station. Chamba Attractions are Hariraya Temple, Bhuri Singh Museum, Church of Scotland, Laxmi Narayana Temple, Trekking views. It is located 16kms away from kanatal.

Dhanaulti: It is located 12kms away from Kanatal. This place is famous for winter cool breezes. Major attractions of this pale are fruit orchards, Pony rides and treks. This is one of the best places for natural lovers.

Rishikesh: This is the sacred place for the Hindus. It is located at the foothill of the lower Himalayas in Uttarakhand. Lord Vishnu is worshipped here. People believe that visiting this place gives Mukthi after death.

Mussoorie: It is located 37kms away from Kanatal. This place is also known as Queen of hills. This is the favourite place to the nearby area people and to the Delhi people. Major attractions of this place are local shops, restaurants and game centres.

Tehri Dam: This was constructed at the place where Bhilangna and Bhagirathi Rivers Confluence. It is located at New Tehri. Visitors can also see various kinds of flowers and fruits at new Tehri. These flower and fruit plants can be seen in Pant Research institute. It is located 12kms away from Kanatal.

 

Getting to Kanatal: Kanatal is well connected through road way. From Haridwar, Rishikesh, Dehradun, etc buses come to this place. Nearest railway station is located at Rishikesh which is 75kms away from Kanatal. Buses and Taxis are available to reach Kanatal from Rishikesh. Nearest airport is located at Dehradun which is 90kms from Kanatal. Dehradun- Jolly Grant airport is well connected with Kolkata, Mumbai and Delhi.

 

Getting around Kanatal: Kanatal can explore on foot. Share taxis, Private Taxis and Public transport are available to visit the surrounding places of Kanatal.

 

Best time to visit Kanatal: Kanatal welcomes the visitors throughout the year. Snow fall is heavy during the winter season. It is advisable to carry woollen clothes in the months of January and February.

 

Where to stay in Kanatal: Few hotels and resorts are available to stay in Kanatal. Jungle Camps are well known at this place. Camps offer tented accommodation.

 

Where to eat in Kanatal: Limited restaurants are available to have food in kanatal. North Indian, Continental and Chinese cuisines are available here.

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Kunzum Pass

Kunzum Pass

Himachal Pradesh, North India, Lahaul and Spiti district, Nature, Trekking

April 92014

Kunzum Pass is a high mountain pass on the eastern Kunzum Range of the Himalayas. This is acting as gate way to Lahaul and Spiti Valley. In Himachal Pradesh it is one of the highest motorable mountain pass. It is located at a higher altitude than Rohtang Pass.

 

What to see in Kunzum Pass: This is well known to the tourists of Manali, Lahaul and Spiti. It is the second longest glacier in the world. This pass offers the best view of Bara Sigri Glacier. In and around this pass, Buddhist influence is more. While Visitors passing through this pass, they can see Kunzum Devi Temple. All the vehicles travelling through this pass will stop at this temple and pay obeisance to the deity. Other major attraction of this place is Trekking. Popular trekking trail from this place is 12kms trek to Chandratal.

 

What to see around Kunzum Pass:

Pin Valley: It is located on the banks of river Pin. Major activities in this place are archery competitions and Horse racing. Most of the tourists attracts towards Chamurti Horses. It is a part of Spiti Valley. This is situated 16kms away from Kibber.

Kibber: Kibber is a small village in the Spiti Valley in Himalayas. Kibber lies on summit of a limestone rock. Kibber Attractions are Ki Monastery, Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary.

Manali: Manali is popular honeymoon spot. Visitors can enjoy the place by seeing slopes and snow covered peaks. Manali is famous for its culture, history, scenic beauty, snow covered by mountains. This valley is known as Valley of Gods. Manali Attractions are Manu Temple, Hadimba Temple, Paragliding, Trekking and Adventures sports, Solang Valley.

Spiti: Other name of this place is Little Tibet. It is located in Himalayan Mountain ranges in Himachal Pradesh. This place is famous for rare wild animals such as ibex, snow leopard etc. It is accessible only during the summer season.

Lossar: It is situated between Spiti and Manali. This is the first inhabitant village. Some of the trekking trails start from this place. Other attractions of this place are animals, vegetation, quaint houses in the village. Trekking to Chandrataal and other trekking places start from Lossar.

Dhankar: This place is famous for its fort. It was built to have the hidden views of Spiti Valley and too keep an eye on enemies. Other attraction of this place is Lha-O-pa Gompa. It was in the shape of fortess.

Key Monastery: In Spiti Valley, this monastery is the largest monastery. This is known for wind instruments, stucco images, rare manuscripts, thankas, and murals.

Koumik Village: This is the highest villages in the Himalayas.

 

Getting to Kunzum Pass: Kunzum Pass is well connected with road. This place can be reached from Chandigarh and Delhi via Manali. Nearest railway station is located at Joginder Nagar. This station is 50kms away from Manali. It is the narrow gauge railway station. This station is well connected with Ambala and Chandigarh. Nearest airport is located at Bhuntar town which is 170kms from Kunzum Pass and 50kms from Manali. Jeeps and buses are available to reach Kunzum Pass from Manali.

 

Getting around Kunzum Pass: Kunzum Pass can be explored on foot. Jeeps and buses are available to visit the surrounding places of Kunzum Pass.

 

Best time to visit Kunzum Pass: Best time to visit this place is between June to September.

 

Where to stay in Kunzum Pass: Hotels, Resorts and lodges are not available to stay in Kunzum Pass. Only way to stay in Kunzum Pass is Home stay providing by the local people.

 

Where to eat in Kunzum Pass: Very limited options at this place.

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Gulmarg

Gulmarg

Jammu & Kashmir, North India, Adventurous sports, Hill station, History, Nature, Skiing, Snorkelling, Temple, Valley, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 92014

Gulmarg is a town and hill station in Baramula district of Jammu and Kashmir, India. This is one of the Skiing destinations. Name of this town was given in 16th century by Sultan Yusuf Shah. This was the favourite hangout for Jahangir, Mughal Emperor. Once he collected 21 different varieties of flowers from this place. Beauty of this place is exceptional. Highest Golf course in the world is located here.

 

What to see in Gulmarg:

Golf Course: Golf Course located in Gulmarg is the highest green golf course in the world. It is 18 whole golf courses. This is managed by Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation. In India, this is the most beautiful golf course. It was opened in 1904. This consists of inclines and slopes.

Gulmarg Ski Area: In this region, snow fall is heavy. This makes it a favourite ski area for Indian as well as to the foreigners. Other activists of this place are snow bobbing, snow scooters, tobogganing. Apart from adventurous activities, this region is also famous for Apharwat Peak, Golf Course, Baba Reshi Shrine, Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve, St.Mary’s Church, Alpather Lake, Imambara Goom etc.

Gondola Lift: It is the only cable car system in Asia. This is located in Gondola village of Gulmarg with a backdrop of Himalayan Peaks.

Khilanmarg: It is the small valley where Gulmarg’s winter ski runs. During the spring season, Carpeted flowers can be seen here. Meadow offers beauty of Kashmir Valley and surrounding peaks.

Baba Reshi Shrine: This is dedicated to Baba Reshi. During the reign of King Zain-ul-Abidin, he acted as major courtier. This mosque dates back to 1480.

Other attractions in Gulmarg: Other attractions in Gulmarg are Gulmarg Biosphere Reserves, Maharani Temple, Cable car to Kongdoor, Fishing pond, St.Mary’s Church.

 

What to see around Gulmarg:

Alpather Lake: It is located 13kms away from Gulmarg. This is in triangle shape. Snow capped terrains and scenic hills can be seen on the backdrop of the lake.

Tangmarg: It is famous for handicrafts works. Other attractions of this place are Baba Reshi Shrine, Waters meet and Ferozpore Nallah. It is located 13kms away from Gulmarg.

Magam: It is located in Budgam district which is situated 18kms away from Gulmarg. Library situated here is the largest and biggest library in Jammu and Kashmir. Best collection of audio cassettes, CD’s, Literature books, Islamic books can be seen here. Library also helps poor and orphans. Market in Magam is the largest market in Budgam district.

Pattam: It is a historical town which was established in 9th century by famous Hindu Raja Shankarvarman. It is located 40kms away from Gulmarg. This town has largest market of fruits, cattle and cotton.

Palhalan: During the British period of Independence struggle this place also played a major role. It is located 42kms away from Gulmarg.

Other attractions near Gulmarg: Other attractions near Gulmarg are Drung, Apharwat Peak, Ningle Nallah, Outer Circle walk, Banibal Nag, Kookernag.

 

Getting to Gulmarg: Gulmarg is well connected with road ways. From all the major cities of Jammu and Kashmir, buses come to this place. Nearest railway head is located in Jammu. Nearest airport is located in Srinagar which is 57kms away from Gulmarg. All the major city airports are well connected with Srinagar airport.

 

Getting around Gulmarg: Best way to explore the place is on foot. Nearby places of Gulmarg can be seen through bus or by using Taxis.

 

Best time to Visit Gulmarg: Best time to visit Gulmarg is from May to September. Best time for Skiing and other activities are between November to February.

 

Where to stay in Gulmarg: Plenty of accommodations available including luxury hotels. During the peak season it is advisable to book the rooms in advance.

 

Where to eat in Gulmarg: Plenty of restaurants are available to have food in Gulmarg. Famous food of this place is Rogan Josh.

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Padum

Padum

Jammu & Kashmir, North India, Nature, Trekking, Valley

April 92014

Padum is the only town in Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir, India. This is named after Padmasambhava. For the tri armed Zanskar Valley, Padum is the centre. Tibetan culture is dominating this place. This is the starting point to several trekking trails of Ladakh Region in Jammu and Kashmir. This is the favourites spot for the professional photographs. Scenic beauty of this place is extraordinary. In the Zanskar Region, this is the most populous place.

 

What to see in Padum: Major attraction of this place is view of Drang – Drung Glacier. It is a long and wide river of snow and ice. In Ladakh region, this is the largest glacier. Other major attractions of this place are trekking. This is the starting point to several monasteries such as Phuktal, Bardan, Stongdey and Karsha. Besides Buddhist population, plenty of Muslim people can also be seen here. Eid and Monastic festivals celebrates so grandly. Most popular festival of this place is Gustor.

 

What to see around Padum:

Sani Monastery: It is located 6kms away from Padum. In Zanskar it is one of the oldest monasteries. Major attractions of this monastery are Buddha Idols, Stone carvings and Ancient murals. Other attraction of this place is Chortens which belongs to 2nd Century.

Rangdum Monastery: It lies between Kargil and padum. Main attraction of this monastery is assembly hall. This hall has beautiful status.

Padum Trekking Trails: Popular activities of Padum are river rafting and trekking. Trekking trails ranges from 1 day to 20 day trail.

Karsha: In this region this is the largest Gompa. In 10th century this was founded by Phagspa Shesrab. According to the Tibetan Calendar, a festival celebrates on 28th and 29th of 6th month. At that time sacred dance will be performed by the Monks. Other attractions of this place are Chukshik –Jal, Dorje – Dzong nursery.

Drang Drung Glacier: This is situated across Suru Valley in Jammu and Kashmir. It is surrounded by two small alpine lakes and snow covered peaks.

Pipiting: This place is famous for several ancient temples and stupas. Other attraction near this place is Sani. This monastery has ancient chortens. It is constructed by Emperor Kanishka. Attractions of this Gompa are idols, paintings and murals of Saint Padmasambhava.

Phuktal Gompa: It is constructed in the shape of beehive on the rock wall. Major attractions of this gompa are huge prayer hall and meditation room. This gompa is dates back to 11th century.

 

Getting to Padum: Visitors can reach this place either from Jammu or from Srinagar or from Leh via Kargil through road. Nearest railway station is located at Jammu which is 735kms from padum. Nearest airports are located at Srinagar which is 431kms away form padum and Leh which is 487kms away from Padum.

 

Getting around Padum: Travelling through Jeeps is the best way to explore the places of Padum and surrounding places of Padum.

 

Best time to visit Padum: Best time to visit this place is between July to September. During other season’s road of Kargil and Padum will be closed due to heavy snowfall.

 

Where to stay in Padum: Private hotels along with Tourists complex are available to stay in Padum. Complex provide food to the residents of this place and as well as to the visitors of this place. Basic accommodations will also available at Karsha.

 

Where to eat in Padum: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in Padum. Complex also provide food to the residents of this place and as well as to the visitors of this place.

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Zanskar

Zanskar

Jammu & Kashmir, North India, Nature, Trekking, Valley

April 92014

Zanskar is a sub district of Kargil district of Jammu & Kashmir, India. Mountain range in Zanskar separates Ladakh from Zanskar. Zanskar Range is the highest peak of Himachal. This place is famous for flora and Fauna. In India it is one of the unexplored places. Zanskar is known for sparking rivers, snow capped Himalayan Mountains, Vistas of barren landscapes and pleasant climate. Other attractions of this place are river rafting, Paragliding and trekking. Popular trekking trails around Zanskar are Lamayuru- Padum, Lamayuru- Darcha. Tibetan Buddhists dominates this place. Losar is famous festival celebrates here.

 

What to see in Zanskar:

Zanskar River: Area of this river converted into U shape due to the glaciers. It originates at the north slope of the Great Himalayas.

Zanskar Valley: This valley is famous for flora. Other attractions of this valley are meadows, streams, Drang Drung Glacier. Trekking conducts here.

Penzella Pass: In the Zanskar Range, it is one of the important grounds. This separates suru valley from Zanskar. Along with suru Valley this also separates the Zanskar from other parts of the Ladakh. Commonly seen animals of this place are Marmots and brown Bears.

Shagma Karphu: This place is famous for maintaining peaks, Zanskar Valley, sunset and sunrise. Buddhist culture is dominating at this place. By melting the snow, doted marshy lands are formed.

 

What to see around Zanskar:

Padum: It was once acted as capital to Zanskar. Padum Valley is the major attraction of this place. Other attractions of this place are Starrimo Monastery and Trekking. It is located 16kms away from Zanskar.

Karsha: It is located 21kms away from Zanskar. In this region this is the largest Gompa. In 10th century this was founded by Phagspa Shesrab. According to the Tibetan Calendar, a festival celebrates on 28th and 29th of 6th month. At that time sacred dance will be performed by the Monks. Other attractions of this place are Chukshik –Jal, Dorje – Dzong nursery.

Drang Drung Glacier: It is located 41kms away from Zanskar. This is situated across Suru Valley in Jammu and Kashmir. It is surrounded by two small alpine lakes and snow covered peaks.

Pipiting: It is located very near to Zanskar. This place is famous for several ancient temples and stupas. Other attraction near this place is Sani. This monastery has ancient chortens. It is constructed by Emperor Kanishka. Attractions of this Gompa are idols, paintings and murals of Saint Padmasambhava.

Phuktal Gompa: It is constructed in the shape of beehive on the rock wall. Major attractions of this gompa are huge prayer hall and meditation room. This gompa is dates back to 11th century.

Leh: This place is known as land of Lamas. It is one of the most beautiful places in India which is situated near the banks of Indus River. It is located 105kms away from Zanskar.

 

Getting to Zanskar: Zanskar is well connected through road way. It is located between Srinagar and Leh Highway. From Padum, Srinagar, Jammu, Kargil etc JKSTC buses come to this place. From Leh and Kargil Taxis are also available to reach Zanskar. Nearest railway station is located at Jammu which is 730kms away from Zanskar. This railway station is well connected with Rishikesh, Jabalpur, Indore, Pune, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Delhi etc. Nearest airport is located at Leh which is 105kms away from this place.

 

Getting around Zanskar: Taxis and Shared Jeeps are available to visit the surrounding places of Zanskar.

 

Best time to visit Zanskar: Winter at this place is so cold. Best time to visit this place is between April to August.

 

Where to stay in Zanskar: Accommodations are not available in Zanskar. Few visitors prefer to set their own tents. Accommodations available in the nearby places like Padum.

 

Where to eat in Zanskar: Only Limited restaurants are available to eat in Zanskar. Continental, Indian, Tibetan and Chinese Cuisines are available.

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Jyotirmath

Jyotirmath

Uttarakhand, North India, Hill station, Hot Springs, Nature, Temple, Trekking, Valley

April 92014

Jyotirmath is a city in Chamoli district, Uttarakhand, India. Other name of this place is Joshimath. For several Himalayan trekking trails this is the gateway. Adi Shankara established a peetha at this place. Other peethas established by Adi Shankara are located at Dwaraka, Puri and Shringeri. Jyotirmath is located very near to Badrinath. It is the base for travellers visiting Valley of flowers and Hemkund Sahib. Auli and Joshimath are well connected with Cable Car. It is the highest and longest trolley of Asia. Auli Skiing Festival celebrates so grandly in February / March. Auli is the winter destination.

 

What to see in Jyotirmath:

Narsimh Temple: Lord Narshima is worshipped here. Lord Narshima is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It is believed that daily the statue of the idol is decreasing in Length and it is also believed that road to Badrinath would also get blocked soon. People also believe that, right hand of the Idol with become thin like a hair and one day it will break. At that time Jay and Vijay Mountains will get join and Lord will disappear from this temple. But Lord will re-appear at Bhavishya Badri which is located 10kms away from this hill station. During the winter season this temple will be closed.

Ropeway: Ropeway form Jyotirmath to Auli is one of the Asia’s longest ropeways.

Kalpavriksha: People believed that Adi Shankara meditated under this tree. This tree has more than 1200 years old.

 

What to see around Jyotirmath:

Bhavishya Kedar Temple: Lord Shiva is worshipped here. People believe that in future when Jay and Vijay Mountains will get join and Lord will disappear from present temple then Lord will re-appear in this temple. It is located 10kms away from Jyotirmath.

Tapovan: It is located 10 kms away from the city. This place is famous for natural hot springs. Other attraction of this place is Dhauliganga River.

NandaDevi National Park: It was established in 1982. In 1988, this was announced as National Park. It is located at 23kms away from the park.

Valley of Flowers: It is located 16kms away from the city. In 1988, this was declared as world heritage site. Valley is covered with blooming flowers. Major attractions of this place are Cobra lily, Blue Poppy and Brahmakamal.

Auli: It is located 16kms away from the city. This is the winter destination for the tourists. Only way to reach this place from Jyotirmath is through ropeway.

Badrinath: It is located 46kms away from the city. In 9th century this was established by Adi Shankaracharya. Due to heavy snowfall this temple remains closed during winter season.

 

Getting to Jyotirmath: This is well connected with road way. From various parts of Uttarakhand, plenty of taxis and buses are available to reach Jyotirmath. Nearest railway station is located at Rishikesh which is located 250kms away from this hill station. Plenty of buses and taxis are available to reach Jyotirmath from Rishikesh.

 

Getting around Jyotirmath: Jyotirmath can be seen on foot. Ponies are also available to visit this hill station. Buses and Taxis are available to visit these surrounding places of Jyotirmath.

 

Best time to visit Jyotirmath: This place is cold throughout the year. Even in the summer season temperature is so cool. During the winter season snowfall can be seen here. So, best time to visit this place is between April to November.

 

Where to stay in Jyotirmath: Plenty of hotels are available to stay in this place including luxury hotels. Cost of luxury hotels ranges around Rs.3000 to Rs.4000. Cost of average hotels is between Rs.600 to Rs.800.

 

Where to eat in Jyotirmath: Plenty of dhabas are available to eat in Jyotirmath. Continental, Chinese, South Indian and North Indian Cuisines are available here.

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Champawat

Champawat

Uttarakhand, North India, Hill station, History, Nature, Temple, Trekking

April 92014

Champawat is a town in Champawat district, Uttarakhand, India. Earlier this place was acted as capital of Chand dynasty rulers. It is also beautiful hill station in the Kumaon region in Himalayan Ranges. Architecture styles of the temples located in this town are so beautiful. For the devotees of Vishnu, this is the important pilgrim place. Most beautiful attractions of this place are clean flowing river, lush green landscape and Snow Clad Mountains. Trekking activity is also most popular at this place. Trekking trails from this town leads to Kanteshwar Manch, Purnagiri, Vyasthura, Vasanur, Lohaghat, Tanakpur, Pancheshwar.

 

What to see in Champawat:

Nagnath Temple: It is one of the oldest shrines of the town. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Traditional Kumaoni Architecture style can be seen on the temple. This was constructed of 18th century. Temple was partially destroyed during the invasion of Rohilla and Gorkha invaders.

Baleshwar Temple: It is one of the oldest temples of the town. This was constructed by Chand Dynasty Rulers. It is famous for carvings on its ceilings. Other structural features of this temple are so attractive.

Mayawati Ashram: Other name of this Ashram is Advaita Ashram. Every year thousands of visitors come to this place. Visitors can experience peaceful and calm atmosphere. It is the major publication centre for books prepared by Ramakrishna Mission.

 

What to see around Champawat:

Ek Hathiya Ka Naula: It is situated 4kms away from Champawat. People believe that this was built by one handed artisan in one night.

Kranteshwar Mahadev Temple: It is located 6kms away from Champawat. Lord Shiva is worshipped at this place. This place is popularly known as Kurmapad and Kandev.

Abbott Mount: This was discovered by the Birtish officer John Abbott. Best Scenic view of surrounding places is possible from Abbott Mount. It is located 18kms away from Champawat.

Lohaghat: It is located 14kms away from Champawat. This is situated on the banks of Lohawati River. This place is known for Burans Flowers. These flowers blossom during the summer season.

Pancheshwar: It is located 49kms away from Champawat. Chaumu Temple is the major attraction of this place. In this temple, local inhabitants worship the Jaat of Chaumu.

Devidhura: It is located 56kms away from Champawat. This is one of the oldest towns of India. Major attractions of this place are deodar trees and Oak trees. Barahi Temple is one of the major attractions of this place. Raksha Bandhan celebrates so grandly at this place.

Barani Temple: It is located 58kms away from Champawat. Goddess Barahi is worshipped here. Huge stones can be seen at this place. These are used by Pandavas as balls to play games.

Banasur Ka Kila: It is located 20kms away from Champawat. This was constructed during the medieval age. People belive that this was built after Banasur. He was the eldest son of King Bali. This is the origin place of Lohawati River.

 

Getting to Champawat: Champawat is well connected with road. Both state run buses and private buses come to this place. From Haldwani, Tanakpur, Pithoragarh, Nainital etc buses come to this place. Nearest railway station is located at Tanakpur which is located 75kms away from the town. Major railway head is located at Kathgodam which is located 130kms away from Champawat. Plenty of taxis available to reach Champawat from Kathgodam. Nearest airport is located at Pantnagar which is located 155 kms away from Champawat.

 

Getting around Champawat: Best way to explore the town is on foot as it is very small. Taxis and buses are available to visit the surrounding places of Champawat.

 

Best time to visit Champawat: Best time to visit Champawat is October to March. Best avoiding time to visit this place is between July and September.

 

Where to stay in Champawat: Only limited accommodation are available to stay in Champawat. Along with budget and midrange hotels, few resorts are available to stay. Luxury hotels or resorts are not available.

 

Where to eat in Champawat: Only limited eateries are available to eat in Champawat. Hotels are having In-house restaurants. This is the best option to have food. Both Chinese and North Indian Cuisines are available.

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Pangot

Pangot

Uttarakhand, North India, Bird Sanctuary, Hill station, Lake district of India, Nature, Trekking, Valley, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 92014

Pangot is a popular hill station which is located 15kms away from Nainital, Uttarakhand, India. Major attraction of this place is bird watching. Nainital and Dehradun are most popular places in Uttarakhand. When compared with these places this place is quiet and it is developing. This is the ideal destination for honeymooners. Natural beauty of the hill station is so attractive. This place is surrounding by seasonal streams and several Perennial.

 

What to see in Pangot: This is one of the best places for natural lovers as well as to the bird watchers. More than 580 birds can be seen here. Several varieties of Himalayan Species along with other species such as Khalij Pheasant spotted & slaty backed forktail, blue winged minla, variety of thrushes etc. In the surrounding areas of Pangot people can see nearly 150 bird species. Plenty of animals are also can be seen here. Major animal attractions of this place are Sambhar, barking deer, ghorals, Himalayan Palm Civets, yellow throaned Himalayan Martens, leopards etc.

 

Pangot is surrounded by several lakes such as Naukuchia Tal, Saat Tal, Naini Tal etc. Short easy treks are possible here. Most popular trekking trails in Pangot from this place to Naina peak via Kilbury. Other popular trekking places to go from this hill station are Nanda Devi, Pindari, Namik.

 

What to see around Pangot:

Nainital: Nainital is a popular hill station of Uttarakhand. Nainital Attractions are Nainital Lake, Naina Devi Temple, Governors House, Eco Cave Gardens, Pt.GB Pant High Altitude Zoo, Naini Peak, Snow View. It is one of 12 jyothirlingas. It is located 13kms away from Pangot.

Bhimtal: This place is named after Bhima of Mahabharata. Bhimtal is known for Bhimtal Lake. At the banks of this lake, visitors can see Bhimeshwara Mahadev Temple. Bhimtal Attractions are Bhimeshwara Mahadev Temple, Folk Culture Museum, Victoria Dam, Aquarium, Paragliding, Rappelling, Trekking, Angling. It is located 23kms away from Pangot.

Jeolikote: It is located 30kms away from Pangot. This is the best place for the people who are interested in spotting butterflies and Floriculture. In this place Sri Aurobindo Ghosh and Swami Vivekananda meditated here.

Naukuchia Tal: It is a beautiful lake. Naukuchia means nine cornered lake. It is possible to see all the 9 corners at a time. For yachting, Peddling, rowing this is the best place. It is located 38kms away from Pangot.

Ramgarh: This place is well known for its orchards of apricots, peach, pear, apple etc. This place is also known as Fruit bowl of Kumaon. It is located 47kms away from Pangot.

Mukteshwar: This place is named after the temple Mukteshwar Dham temple. Mukteshwar Attractions are Shiva Temple, Sitla, Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Chauthi ki Jaali, Raja Rani Temple, Brahmeshwara Temple, Trekking.

 

Getting to Pangot: Pangot is well connected with road. From the cities such as Ramnagar, Haldwani, Delhi, Dehradun, etc buses come to this place. Nearest railway station is located at Kathgodam which is 50kms away from Pangot. From cities such as Kanpur, Jammu, Delhi, Kolkata etc trains come to this place. Nearest airport is located at Pantnagar which is 78kms away from Pangot.

 

Getting around Pangot: As this is the small hill station one can enjoy this natural beauty by having walk. Buses and taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Pangot.

 

Best time to visit Pangot: Best time to visit Pangot is between March to June and again between September to November.

 

Where to stay in Pangot: Limited accommodations are available to stay in Pangot. Along with budget and mid range hotels, lodges are also available to stay in Pangot.

 

Where to eat in Pangot: Limited eateries are available to have food in Pangot. Pahari Tea taste of this place is unforgettable.

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Leh

Leh

Jammu & Kashmir, North India, Adventurous sports, Buddhist Monestery, Buddhist Stupas, Buddhist temples, Fort, History, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Trekking

April 92014

Leh is located in Leh district of Jammu and Kashmir, India. Leh is famous for pristine environment, Buddhist Palace and Scenic Locales. Tibet influence is more in this place. So Leh is also known as Little Tibet. It was once acted as Himalayan Kingdom of Ladakh. Leh Palace is looks like Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. Major attractions of this place are Sankar Gompa and Shanti Stupa. It is one of the best places for adventurous sports. This is the best place for shopping lovers also. Worth buying things of this place are Thangka Paintings, Buddhist masks, Prayer Wheels, Ladakhi Jewellery, Knitted carpets, Chang Vessels, Cups, Shawls, Carpets, Hand-woven rugs, Ladakhi traditional dresses, etc. Major festivals of this place are Tak Tok, Harvest Festival, Sindhu Darshan, Dosmoche Festival, Hemis Festival, Losar.

 

What to see in Leh:

Leh Palace: This is the major attraction of this place. In 17th century this was acted as royal residence. Victory on the top of the Namgyal hill is another attraction. This tower was built as a mark of victory over Ballti Kashmir armies.

Namgyal Tsemo Gompa: It was built in 1430. Major attraction of this place are Frescoes, ancient manuscripts, 3 story high Buddha Statue.

War Museum: Other name is wall of fame. This museum showcases the war effort and Sacrifice of the Indian Army in its war against Pakistan.

Sankar Gompa: This place is famous for the statue of Avalokiteshwara Padmahari or Chenresig. This statue has thousands of heads and arms.

Chamba Temple: Maitreya is worshipped here. Statue of Maitreya is 14meters height.

Alchi Gompa: It is one of the largest gompa in Leh which is situated on the banks of river Indus. Best collection of paintings can be seen here.

Shanti Stupa: It has white domed monument with backdrop of brown mountains.

Zorawar Fort: It is above the Leh Palace and the Namgyal Tsemo Gompa stands the imposing Zorawar Fort overlooking the valley of Leh. Other name of this fort is Riasi Fort.

 

What to see around Leh:

Stok Palace: It is located 14kms away from Leh. Height is equal to 4 stories.

Hemis Gompa: In 1672 AD this was founded by King Senge Nampar Gyalva. Colourful festival celebrates in the month of July every year. Thousands of tourists come to this place, from across the world. It is located 40kms away from Leh.

 

Getting to Leh: Leh is well connected with road. To reach Leh there are two popular routes. One is from Srinagar via Kargil on Srinagar Leh Highway and other route is from Manali via Sarchu and Dharchu on the Manali Leh highway. Nearest railway station is located at Kalka. From this railway station, visitors have to reach to Manali via Shimla. From Leh, regular buses and taxis are available to reach Manali. Leh is having airport facility. This airport is well connected with Srinagar, Jammu, Delhi.

 

Getting around Leh: Best way to see the Leh is Trekking. Local buses are not available to visit the places of Leh. Bikes will be given for rent to explore Leh. Taxis and Jeeps are available to visit the surrounding places of Leh.

 

Best time to Visit Leh: Best time to visit Leh is between May and September. Most of the trekking routes closed during the winter season.

 

Where to stay in Leh: Plenty of accommodations are available to stay in Leh. Along with hotels, local guest houses, hiker’s huts, tourists complex, guest houses are also available to stay in Leh.

 

Where to eat in Leh: Plenty of restaurants are available to have food in Leh. Kashmiri dishes are famous at this place.

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Nainital

Nainital

Uttarakhand, North India, Caves, History, Musuem, Nature, Shakti peethas, Temple, Trekking, Valley, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 92014

Nainital is a popular hill station of Uttarakhand, India. Nainital is having its own place in the history. According to Skand Puranas, Nainital Lake is also known as Tri Rishi Sarovar. Three Sages are Pulaha, Pulastya and Atri. When these sages come to this place there are no water at this place, then they have kept a hole to have water.

 

What to see in Nainital:

Nainital Lake: It is located at the heart of the city. Town is derived its place due to this lake. Northern end of the lake is called Mallital and southern end is known as Tallital. Bridges connects these two ends of the lakes. It is eye shaped lake.

Naina Devi Temple: It is located at the banks of river Nainital. Major shrines of this temple are Lord Ganesha and Goddess Mata Kali. When Lord Shiva carrying the body of Goddess Sati, one of the body part of sati fell at this place. So this is considered as one of the Shakti peethas.

Governors House: Visitors can see Victorian Gothic Domestic style architecture at this place. It was built in 1899. FW Steven is the architecture of this House. It is two storied complex consists of golf links, a swimming pool, large garden and 113 rooms.

Eco Cave Gardens: It consists of musical fountain and 6 caves. This is the natural Garden.

Gurney House: Earlier this was the residence house of Jim Corbett. Museum of Corbett can be seen in this house.

Pt.GB Pant High Altitude Zoo: In India this is one of the high altitude zoo. Major attractions of this place are Serao, Snow Leopard, Siberian Tiger etc.

Tiffin Top: Other name is Dorothy’s seat. It is located on Ayarpatta hill. From this place visitors can have the best view of surrounding country side. It is a stone work picnic perch.

Naini Peak: It is the highest peak of the town.

Snow View: It is located on Sher-ka-danda Ridge. Visitors can reach this place by cable car. From this place visitors can have best view of Nanada Kot, Trisul, Nanda Devi and Snow peaked Himalayas.

 

What to see around Nainital:

Bhimtal Lake: It is located 22kms away from the town. This is the biggest lake of Nainital district. It is named after Bhima, one of the Pandavas. At this place one can see 17th century temple complex.

Khurpa Tal: It is located 10kms away from Nainital. This place is famous for angling. It is surrounded by terraced fields.

Sattal: It is located 23kms away from Nainital. Sattal means Seven Lakes. Each one is interconnected with each other. Most popular lakes are Ram, Sita and Laxman lakes.

Naukuchia Tal: It is located 26kms from Nainital. It is believed that if one takes in all nine corners in one glimpse, they can disappear into the smoke of clouds.

Jim Corbett National Park: It is located 63kms away from Nainital. Major attractions of this place are Common musk Shrew, Wild Boar, Chital, Tiger, Elephant etc.

 

Getting to Nainital: Nainital is well connected with road. From all the nearest cities buses come to this place. Nearest railway station is located at Kathgodam which is 34kms away from the town. From all the major cities trains come to this place. Pantnagar is the nearest airport located at 71kms away from the town. Taxis are available to reach Nainital from airport.

 

Getting around Nainital: Buses and Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Nainital.

 

Best time to visit Nainital: Nainital welcomes the tourists throughout the year.

 

Where to stay in Nainital: Plenty of accommodations available to stay in Nainital including luxury hotels. Best hotels are Classic The Mall, Balrampur House, Hotel Maharaja. Few resorts are also available here.

 

Where to eat in Nainital: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in Nainital.

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Dhanaulti

Dhanaulti

Uttarakhand, North India, Dussehra, Hill station, Mountian Biking, Nature, Temple, Trekking, Valley

April 92014

Dhanaulti is a hill station situated between Mussoorie hill station and Chamba. This hill station is known for alpine forests of Oak, Rhododendron, and Deodar. Around this hill station, trekking activity takes place. This is best place for shopping lovers also. Major market can be seen on Dhanaulti and Mussoorie road. Best products to buy at this place are Stoles made using silk wool, natural dyes, Pashmina, Scarves, hand woven shawls etc.

 

What to see in Dhanaulti:

Aaloo Khet: This place is famous for Sunrise. Fields belongs to Government. Few are owned by Private Farmer also. Huge production of Potatoes is cultivated here. Potatoes will be exported to other states of Uttarakhand. Doon Valley Market can be Cleary seen from this place. Visitors can have a walk around the fields. Horse rides are also allowed to see around the fields.

Eco Park: This is the major attraction of Dhanaulti. In this hill station two Eco parks are located. They are Dhara and Amber. In the recent days these are developed by Forest Department. Forest Department has taken the help of local youth to develop this place as Eco Parks. This area houses a protected patch of small forest containing Deodar Trees. To enjoy the landscapes of this hill station, Eco huts are maintaining by forest department.

Jain Temples: These are located near Kanali Fort in the Dhanaulti hills. There are 31 temples at this place. Jain temples are situated at the banks of Betwa River. All are constructing like Lord Vishnu Temple. But architecture of each temple is unique of each other. On the temples, visitors can see images of Tirthankaras. These temples are built between 6th to 17th centuries.

Waterfalls: Water Falls are other major attraction of this hill station. Popular falls of this place are Joranda whose height is 150 meters and Barehipani whose height is 400 meters.

 

What to see around Dhanaulti:

Surkanda Devi Temple: It is located 8kms away from Dhanaulti. In autumn season, Ganga Dussehra fair celebrates grandly. Trekking opportunity from Dhanaulti to Kunjapuri, Chandrabadni and Surkanda Devi is possible. It is believed that Lord Shiva dropped the remains of Goddess Sati.

Camp Thangdhar: It is located in Thangdhar Village which is 14kms away from Dhanaulti. This place is so attractive to the mountain adventure lovers. Accommodations are also available at this camp. Major activities conducts at this place are snow camping, bonfire, rock climbing, mountain biking, golf, Trekking etc.

Chamba: Chamba is the ancient town in Himachal Pradesh. This town is famous for several Palaces and Temples. Chamba Attractions are Hariraya Temple, Bhuri Singh Museum, Church of Scotland, Laxmi Narayana Temple, Trekking views. It is located 27kms away from this hill station.

 

Getting to Dhanaulti: Dhanaulti is well connected with road. From Rishikesh, Roorkee, Haridwar, Nainital, Dehradun, etc buses come to this place. Nearest railway station is located at Dehradun which is 82kms away from the hill station. Dehradun is well connected with cities such as Varanasi, Indore, Kolkata, Amritsar, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai; Ujjain etc trains come to this place. Nearest airport is also located at Dehradun. Name of this airport is Jolly Grant airport. Flights come to Dehradun from Delhi. Taxis are available to reach this hill station from Dehradun airport.

 

Getting around Dhanaulti: It is easily explored on foot. Horses and taxis are available to see the places of Dhanaulti. Taxis and buses are available to visit the surrounding places of this hill station.

 

Best time to visit Dhanaulti: During the winter season climate is so cold. Best time to visit this place is between February to May.

 

Where to stay in Dhanaulti: only limited accommodations are available to stay in Dhanaulti. Tourist’s bungalows and forest rest houses are also available to stay in Dhanaulti.

 

Where to eat in Dhanaulti: Only limited restaurants are available to eat in Dhanaulti. All restaurants serve Continental, Italian, Chinese and Indian Cuisines.

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Jageshwar

Jageshwar

Uttarakhand, North India, Jyothirlinga, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Trekking

April 92014

Jageshwar is a Hindu Pilgrimage. It is located in Almora district, Uttarakhand, India. Jageshwar is located in Kumaon region of Uttarkhand. This place is famous for temples dates back to 9th to 13th century. Town consists of 124 large and small stone temples. It is place of one of the 12 Jyotirlingas. Major festivals celebrates in this place are Jageshwar Monsoon Festival and Maha Shivratri Mela. Other name of this city is Temple city.

 

Temples of Jageshwar belongs to Pre- Medieval era and Post Gupta Era, according to Archaeological Survey of India. Based on this analysis temples of this place are 2500 years ago temples. In the temple complex of Jageshwar, once there were 400 temples but now visitors can see only 108 temples.

 

What to see in Jageshwar:

Jageshwar Temple: Lord Shiva Worshipped here in the form of Child. According to Hindu Mythology, Lord Shiva meditated here. When Lord to come to meditate here all the women wants to catch him, so all the men are jealous of this scene. To control the situation Lord took the form of a child.

Dandeshwar Temple: In the kumaon region, this is the biggest and largest temple. Major attraction of this temple is Dancing Shiva made out of rock which belongs to 18th century.

Vriddha Jageshwar: Lord Shiva can be seen in the form of age old person.

Vinayak Kshetra: This is the starting temple of Jageshwar.

Jhanker Sam Mahadev: It is believed that at this place Lord Shiva meditated. When Shiva was meditating demos try to disturb him then God Jhanker Sam sent his Ganas to kill demons.

Pushti Devi Temple: Other name of this temple is Pushti Bhagawati Maa Temple. Goddess Devi is worshipped here. It is located in the main premises of Jageshwar.

Kot Ling Mahadev: It is believed that Lord Shiva originally selected this place for meditation. This is 2kms away from Jageshwar Temple. Small Mountain is located here. Trekking activity leads to this temple.

Mahamrityunjaya Temple: This is the oldest temple in the temple complex. Entrance of this temple is so unique. It is in eye shape. Mahamrityunjaya Chant can be heard in this temple.

Archaeological Museum: Museum consists of 194 sculpture dates back to 13th century. Major sculptures are Navagraha, Surya and Uma Maheshwar Sculptures. Other attractive sculpture is Pona Raja. He was the local king. Raja is most respectable in Kumaon region.

 

What to see around Jageshwar:

Chitai Temple: Temple is dedicated to Golu Devta an incarnation of Gaur Bhairav. Thousands of bells can be seen in the temple. To fulfil the wishes, devotees donate brass bells to the Lord. It is located 29kms away from the town.

 

Binsar: This place is famous for Lord Shiva temple. Spectacular view of Nanda Devi is possible from here. It is located 54kms away from the town.

 

Getting to Jageshwar: Jageshwar is well connected with road. Plenty of buses come to this place from several cities. One bus route is through Kathgodam and Haldwani and other route is through Jim Corbett National Park. Nearest railway station is located at Kathgodam which is 128kms away from the town. Buses and Taxis are available to reach the town from Kathgodam. Nearest airport is located at Pantnagar which is 165kms away from the town.

 

Getting around Jageshwar: Temples of the village can be explored on foot. Taxis and buses are available to visit the surrounding places of Jageshwar.

 

Best time to visit Jageshwar: Best time to visit this place is from March to June and from September to November.

 

Where to stay in Jageshwar: Only few accommodations are available to stay in Jageshwar. Few Guest houses, a hotel, a forest lodge and a tourist rest house are available in Jageshwar.

 

Where to eat in Jageshwar: Only limited eateries are available to have food in this place. Famous foods of this place are Thalis and aloo Puri.

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Hunder

Hunder

Jammu & Kashmir, North India, Buddhist Monestery, Nature, Sand Dunes

April 92014

Hunder is located in Nubra Valley of Jammu and Kashmir. Nubra is famous for sand dunes. Hunder is located 7kms away from Diskit Monastery. Diskit is famous for Buddhist Monastery. Major attractions of Hunder are natural beauty and Bactrian camel. To reach this place visitors have to pass through Khardung La. Khardung La is the world’s highest motorable pass.

 

What to see in Hunder: Natural beauty is the major attraction of this place. Another attraction of this place is Bactrian camels. In Rajasthan, visitors can see only single humped camels where as in Hunder visitors can see two humps Bactrian camel. Most memorable incident in this region is Joyrides on the Bactrian Camels through sand dunes.

 

Medicinal Plants with Nutritive Properties, Vitamin Properties, Bio Molecules properties and Sea buckthorn can be seen in the forests of Hunder. The place where these plants can be seen is known as Leh Berry. Horticulture products such as flowers, different fruits, apples, almonds, walnuts, apricots can be seen here. Hunder is famous for campers.

 

Other major attraction of this place is oldest Buddhist Monastery. This monastery is also known as Hunder Gompa. It is located very near to Diskit Monastery. Ancient culture of the Hunder People can be seen through the festivals celebrated in Hunder. Major attraction of this place is traditional sports, arts, Cham dance.

 

What to see around Hunder:

Leh: This place is famous for traditional houses, royal Palaces, stupas, gompas and old monasteries. This is second largest district in India. Leh was once acted as very important stopover as it lay on the silk route connecting central Asia.

Shey Palace: For the Ladakh monsters this was the summer residence. Palace was built in 1655 AD by Ladakh King Deldan Namgyal. In the Bollywood movie 3 idiots, Rancho’s School is situated in Shey village. In the Shey village scenic beauty is most memorable.

Sani Monastery: In Zanskar, this is one of the oldest monasteries. Other major attractions of this place are Buddha Idols, stone carvings, ancient murals.

Chamba Temple: Maitreya is worshipped here. Temple is having 14 meters high statue of Maitreya.

War Museum: Other name of this museum is Hall of fame. It showcases the war effort and sacrifice of the Indian Army in its wars against Pakistan.

Sankar Gompa: Avalokiteshwara Padmahari statue is the major attraction of this gompa. This statue is having thousand heads and thousand arms.

Nubra Valley: This valley is known as Valley of flowers. Khardung La Pass is the entry way to the valley. To enter into this valley, visitors have to cross Shyok River.

 

Getting to Hunder: Hunder can be reached from Leh. Khardung La Pass is the entry way to the Valley. Inner permission to enter into the Khardung La pass in essential. From Sumur, one road goes to Panamik and other road goes to Hunder and Diskit. Diskit is the last bus stop. From this place jeeps and camels are available to reach Hunder. Nearest railway station is located at Jammu. Taxis and buses are available to reach Leh and then Jeeps are available to reach Hunder. Nearest airport is located at Leh.

 

Getting around Hunder: Jeeps and Bactrian Camels are the best way to visit the places of Hunder as well as to reach the surrounding places of Hunder.

 

Best time to visit Hunder: During the winter season gateway will be closed due to heavy snow fall. Best time to visit this place is between June to August.

 

Where to stay in Hunder: Private hotels and guest houses are available to stay in Hunder. Home stays are also available to stay in Hunder.

 

Where to eat in Hunder: Home stays offer food to the visitors of Hunder. Several restaurants are also available to eat in Hunder. Only basic meals are available to eat.

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Panamik

Panamik

Jammu & Kashmir, North India, Camal Safari, Hot Springs, Mountain Passes, Nature, Trekking, Valley

April 92014

Panamik is a beautiful village in Nubra Valley of Jammu & Kashmir. At the frontiers of India before the Tibetan territory this is the last village. Panamik is surrounded by lush green trees and snow clad peaks. This place is most famous for hot water springs. It is located very close to Siachen glacier. Siachen glacier is the highest battlefield in the world. Foreigners are also allowed to visit this place.

 

What to see in Panamik:

Hot water springs: It is situated at an elevation of 10442ft above the sea level. This is major attraction of this palace. Water in the hot springs consists of high sulphur. It is believed that this water will be used to cure rheumatism and other ailments.

Other attractions of Panamik: Other attractions of Panamik are Pashmina goats and Bactrian Camels. Snow capped mountains surrounding to the village are other major attraction for the natural lovers. Tourists are attracting to this place for Sulphur springs and Scenic Beauty. In the Ladakh region main mode of transportation is Bactrian Camels. Pashmina shawls are most famous in this place. These are made up of wool from Pashmina goats. Trekking is another attraction of this place. It is the base for trek to Ensa Gompa.

 

Woollen Socks, Pashmina Shawls and Kashmiri Carpet are worth buying at this place. Other worth buying things of this place is almonds, apples, walnuts, apricots.

 

What to see around Panamik:

Diskit Monastery: It is the oldest and largest Buddhist Monastery in the Nubra Valley. Monastery is the house for more than 100 monks. Monastery consists of Prayer hall. This hall is having several images of fierce guardian deities and a statue of Maitreya Buddha. Other attractions of this place are Lachung Temple and double humped Bactrian camel. It is 350 years old monastery.

Ensa Gompa: From this Gompa visitors can have the spectacular view of Nubra Valley. This gompa is 250 years old gompa. From Panamik Village it will take 6 hours to reach this gompa through trekking. This gompa is famous for scriptures and Buddhist Murals.

Samstemling Gompa: In 1962, this was inaugurated by Dalai Lama. It is located in Sumur village. Major attractions of this gompa are collection of seven shrines, thangkas, murals and Buddhist idols.

Hunder: This is one of the popular Buddhist Monasteries. Major attractions of this place are camel rides, sand dunes, water streams.

Likir Gompa: It is one of the old monasteries in Ladakh district. Major attractions of this gompa are Stupas, thangkas, murals, architecture of 75 feet Buddha statue.

Leh Palace: It is Potala Palace in Lhasa. This is 17th century royal residence. Near to this palace, victory tower was built on Namgyal hill. This was built to symbolise the victory over Balti Kashmir armies in 16th century.

Khardung La: This is the only way to enter into Nubra Valley. Other name of this place is K-Top. In the world, this is one of the highest motorable roads. During the winter season this way will be closed due to heavy snow fall.

 

Getting to Panamik: Panamik can be reached from Leh by Jeep. Visitors require inner line permit to enter into the Nubra Valley. After Khalsar, one road leads to Diskit and other road leads to Sumur till Panamik. Nearest railway station is located in Jammu. Taxis are available to reach Leh. Nearest airport is located at Leh. Taxis are available to from the airport to reach Diskit. Then visitors can reach to Panamik.

 

Getting around Panamik: Best way to visit the places in and around Panamik is by own vehicle or by Jeep.

 

Best time to visit Panamik: As snowfall is heavy in this place, best time to visit this place is between June to August.

 

Where to stay in Panamik: Very limited options to stay in Panamik. Only few rest houses are available. Visitors cannot think of luxury hotels.

 

Where to eat in Panamik: In Panamik there are only limited options to eat. There are no spate restaurants at this place. Only rest houses provide meals to the visitors.

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Haridwar

Haridwar

Uttarakhand, North India, History, Mahabharata, Nature, Temple, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 82014

Haridwar is a city in Haridwar district of Uttarakhand, India. It is one of the seven holiest places for the Hindus. This city is located on the banks of River Ganga at the foothill of Shivalik Range. It is one of the 4 sites where Kumbh Mela held every 12 years. Journey of River Ganga starts from this place. It is the major Shaktipeeth. During Kumbh Mela period thousands of devotees come to this place. People believe that taking the dip at this place during Kumbh Mela will wipe off all the sins. Along with Hindus, Haridwar is sacred place to Sikhs also as founder of the religion, Guru Nanak come to this place for 2times.

 

What to see in Haridwar:

Kumbh Mela: It is a mass Hindu pilgrimage of faith in which Hindus gather to bath in a sacred river. Kumbh Mela conducts here for every 12 years in Haridwar.

Hari Ki Pauri: It is one of the most sacred Ghats. Other name of this place is Brahmakund. It is believed that, in the memory of brother Bhartrihari, this was built by King Vikramaditya.

Mansa Devi Temple: It is one of the Siddhpeerthas. Mansa Devi is worshipped here. It is located at the top of the Bilwa Parwat.

Chandi Devi: It is believed that, in 8th century main idol was kept by Adi Shankracharya. This was constructed by King of Kashmir Suchat Singh in 1929 AD.

Kankhal: In Haridwar this is a small colony. This place was mentioned as Kanakhala in Mahabharata and Vayu Purana. It is one of the Panch Tirth.

Daksheswara Mahadev Temple: Lord Shiva worshipped in this temple. It is located in Kankhal. This temple was built in 1810 by Queen Dhankaur. In 1962, a temple was rebuilt.

Maya Devi Temple: This temple is dedicated to Goddess Maya Devi. It is sometimes referred to as Shakti Peetha. Deity of the temple has 4 arms and 3 heads. Temple was dates back to 11th century.

Doodhadhari Barfani Temple: It is one of the beautiful temples of Haridwar. This temple complex consists of Hanuman Temple, Rama Sita temple. All are built with white marble.

 

What to see around Haridwar:

Rajaji National Park: It is located 10kms away from Haridwar. This park covers 3 district of Uttarakhand. Those 3 districts are Pauri Garhwal, Dehradun and Haridwar. Earlier there are 3 sanctuaries namely Rajaji, Motichur and Chilla. Now these are merged as one sanctuary with the name Rajaji National Park. Major fauna attractions of this park are Asian Elephant, leopard, Jungle Cat, Goral, Indian Hare etc. Major flora attractions of this place are acacia, dalbergia, bridelia, terminalia, Adina, Mallotus etc.

Rishikesh: It is located 24kms away from Haridwar. This is the gateway to Chota Char Dham Pilgrimage. Chota Char Dham includes Yamunotri, Badrinath, Gangotri and kedarnath. This place revolves around festivals and prayers. International Yoga festival celebrates annually in the month of February.

Sureshvari Devi Temple: It is located in Ranipur which is located 10kms away from Haridwar. Goddess Sureshwari is worshipped here.

 

Getting to Haridwar: Haridwar is well connected with road and railways. From Delhi, Gangotri, Yamnotri, Uttarkashi, Tehri, Mussoorie, Dehradun etc buses come to this place. From all the major cities trains come to this place. Nearest airport is located at Dehradun i.e. Jolly Grant which is 226kms away from the city.

 

Getting around Haridwar: Taxis, Autos, Buses, cycle rickshaws are available to visit in and around places of Haridwar.

 

Best time to visit Haridwar: Best time to visit this place is between September to June.

 

Where to stay in Haridwar: Plenty of hotels are available to stay in Haridwar. Few luxury hotels are also available here. Along with hotels, Dharmasalas are also available to stay in this place.

 

Where to eat in Haridwar: Limited restaurants are available to eat in Haridwar. Only vegetarian food is available.

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Alwar

Alwar

Rajasthan, North India, Architecture, Fort, History, Mughal, Musuem, Nature, Palace, Tomb, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 82014

Alwar is a city of Alwar district of Rajasthan, India. Formally Alwar was the capital of Princely state of Alwar. In 1770, Pratap Singh has founded the princely state. Major attraction of this place is Sariska Tiger Reserve. To see this reserve both national and international tourists come to this place. For the shopping lovers also this is the best place. Double dyed Saris, Colourful bangles, artefacts, silver jewellery etc are worth buying at this place. Roaming through the old avenues in the town is most memorable experience.

 

What to see in Alwar:

City Palace: This was built by Raja Bhaktawar in 1793 AD. Mughal and Rajput style can be seen in this palace. In large central courtyard, bases are made up of lotus flower. Major attractions of this place are emerald cut drinking cup, Maharaja’s personal belongings, trinkets, artworks, etc.

Bala Quila: Bala Quila means young fort. Other name of this fort is Alwar fort. There are 446 holes for firing guns from this quila. It consists of 51 small towers and 15 large towers. Nikumbha Mahal Palace is located inside the quila.

City Palace Museum: This is located inside the city Palace. Royal elegance is preserved at this place. It is divided into 3 sections. Major attractions of this place are Mughal Paintings, Rajput Paintings, objects made up of Silver, Jade, Ivory, Rajput weapons etc.

Moti Doongri: This is famous for Lakshmi Narayan Temple, Ganesh temple and Swank Palace. It was once the residence place of Rajmata Gayatri Devi. Architecture of this structure is so unique.

Siliserh Lake: In 1845 AD this was constructed by Maharaja Vinay Singh. Now it was converted into heritage hotel. Plenty of migratory birds can be seen here. This is one of the best spots for anglers.

Vinay Vilas Palace: It is located near Alwar Fort. Earlier it was the residence of Maharaja Vinay Singh. Other name of this palace is Garden Palace. This was built in Mughal and Rajasthani Styles. Carved structures of this palace are so attraction.

Other places to visit in Alwar: Other places to visit in Alwar are Company Bagh, Bhangarh Fort, Moosi Maharani Ki Chhatri, Tomb of Fateh Jung, Vijay Mandir Palace, Purjan Vihar, Choohar Sidh Falls, Tripolia Imperial Mausoleum, Cenotaph of Maharaja Bakhtawar Singh.

 

What to see around Alwar:

Sariska Tiger Reserve: It is located 53kms away from Alwar city. This area is Rich in mineral resources such as copper. In the world this is the first tiger reserve. Major attractions of this place are Bengal tiger, Golden Jackal, Striped hyena, Caracal, Jungle cat, Leopard etc.

Karni Mata Temple: This temple is dedicated to Karni Mata who is an incarnation of Goddess Durga. Other name of this temple is Rats Temple. Nearly 20,000 rats can be seen here. Devotees offer sweets and milk to the rats.

Natni Ka Baran: This place is famous for ancient Shiva Temple. It is the ideal place for relaxation.

Other attractions near Alwar: other attraction near Alwar Garbhaji Falls, Krishna Temples, Talvriksha.

 

Getting to Alwar: Alwar is well connected with road and railways. From all the major cities state run buses and private buses come to this place. Alwar railway station is well connected with Delhi and Jaipur. Sanganer airport in Jaipur is the nearest airport to Alwar. This airport is located 162kms away from the city. Airport is well connected with Delhi and Mumbai. Taxis are available to reach Alwar from the airport.

 

Getting around Alwar: Autos and buses are available to visit the surrounding places of Alwar.

 

Best time to visit Alwar: Mild showers and moderate climate can be enjoyed between July to September. Best time to visit this place is between October to March.

 

Where to stay in Alwar: Plenty of hotels including luxury hotels are available to stay in Alwar. Cost of budget hotels is Rs.500 per day and cost of luxury hotels is between Rs.3000 to Rs.5000 per day.

 

Where to eat in Alwar: Plenty of eateries are available to have food at Alwar. Jain food is also available at this place. Famous food of this place is mirchi ka achaar, gajar ka halwa in pure ghee, allu parathas.

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Allahabad

Allahabad

UP,North India, Architecture, Fort, History, Musuem, Palace, Temple, Tomb, Water Sports

April 82014

Allahabad is a metropolitan city of Uttar Pradesh, India. Earlier name of this place is Prayaga which means place of offerings. In India this is the second oldest city. It is situated on the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. This is one of the 4 sites where Kumbh Mela is held every 12 years. In Allahabad plenty of temples and Palaces can be seen. According to Hindu Mythology, Lord Brahma had chosen this place to perform Prakrista Yagna at the beginning of creation of the Universe.

 

What to see in Allahabad:

Kumbh Mela: It is a mass Hindu pilgrimage of faith in which Hindus gather to bath in a sacred river. Kumbh Mela conducts here for every 12 years in Allahabad.

Allahabad Fort: This fort is most attractive due to unique design, construction and craftsmanship styles. It consists of 3 galleries flanked by high towers. Inside the fort one can see Zenana, 3rd Century BC Ashoka Pillar and Mariam –UZ- Zamani Palace.

Khusro Bagh: This was built around the tomb of Khusro. He was the eldest son of Emperor Jahangir. This garden is most beautiful.

Anand Bhavan: In this mansion, Jawarharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi were born. In the 19th century this was built by Motilal Nehru.

Allahabad Museum: Major attractions of this museum are terracotta artefacts, natural history exhibits and archaeological findings. It also consists of belongings of Jawaharlal Nehru.

Triveni Sangum: Once in every 6 years Ardh Kumbh held at this place. Once in 12 years Kumbh Mela held here. Most memorable thing is sun rise and sunset of this place. This is the place where confluence of Saraswati, Yamuna and Ganga takes place.

Bharadwaj Ashram: This is dedicated to Sage Bharadwaj. Other temple in this place is dedicated to Prayagraj. He is the lord of Prayag.

Minto Park: Lord Minto laid the foundation for this park in 1910. In this place power of East India Company transferred to British Crown in 1858.

Other attractions of Allahabad: Other attractions of Allahabad are Kalyani Devi Temple, Ashoka Pillar, Hanuman Mandir, All Saints Cathedral, Lalitha Devi Temple, Alfred Park, Shankar Viman Mandapam, Mankameshwar Temple, Swaraj Bhawan, Shivkoti Mahadev Temple, Allahabad Planetarium, Alepidevi Temple, Undying Banyan Tree, Allahabad High Court, New Yamuna Bridge, Mayo Memorial Hall, Jawahar Planetarium, Narayan Ashram.

 

What to see around Allahabad:

Jhusi: This place is famous among the people who are looking for spiritual healing and mental peace. Plenty of ashrams and temple are located here. It is situated on the banks of river Ganga. This is located 9kms away from the city.

Shringverpur: This place is having historical importance in the epic Ramayana. Shringverpur was once the capital of Kingdom of Nishadraj i.e. King of Fisherman. It is located 40kms away from the city.

Garhwa: This is attractive place for history lovers. Glimpses of ancient North Indian can be seen here. Gupta era temples are the major attraction of this place. It is located 60kms away from the city.

Bhita: It is archaeological site which is dates back to 300 BC. This place is situated 20kms from Allahabad.

 

Getting to Allahabad: Allahabad is well connected with road, railways and airways. From all the major cities buses and trains come to this place. Airport located in Allahabad is Bamrauli airport which is located 15kms away from the city centre. Airport is well connected with Lucknow and Varanasi.

 

Getting around Allahabad: Autos, taxis and buses are available to visit in and around places of Allahabad.

 

Best time to visit Allahabad: Best time to visit this place is between October to March.

 

Where to stay in Allahabad : Plenty of accommodations available in Allahabad. Hotels in the city offer trips around the city. Minimum cost of an economy room is Rs.1000 per day.

 

Where to eat in Allahabad: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in Allahabad. Moghlai Cuisine of Allahabad is most famous.

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Nubra Valley

Nubra Valley

Jammu & Kashmir, North India, Architecture, Buddhist Monestery, Buddhist Stupas, Camal Safari, Hot Springs, Nature, Orchards, Sand Dunes

April 82014

Nubra Valley is a tri armed Valley. It is located to the north east of Ladakh Valley, Jammu and Kashmir. Nubra is the capital of Diskit. Earlier name of this valley is Ldumra. Ldumra means valley of flowers. This valley is famous for monasteries, Bactrian camels, Scenic Vistas and Orchards. Another attraction of this place is cold desert which lies between Hunder and Diskit. Tourists come to this place to enjoy the joy rides of Bactrian camels and sand dunes. It is surrounded by snow covered Himalayan ranges. This is the best place to purchase Socks, Pashmina Shawls and Kashmiri Carpets.

 

What to see in Nubra Valley:

Diskit Monastery: It is the oldest and largest Buddhist Monastery in the Nubra Valley. Monastery is the house for more than 100 monks. Monastery consists of Prayer hall. This hall is having several images of fierce guardian deities and a statue of Maitreya Buddha. Other attractions of this place are Lachung Temple and double humped Bactrian camel. It is 350 years old monastery.

Ensa Gompa: From this Gompa visitors can have the spectacular view of Nubra Valley. This gompa is 250 years old gompa. From Panamik Village it will take 6 hours to reach this gompa through trekking. This gompa is famous for scriptures and Buddhist Murals.

Samstemling Gompa: In 1962, this was inaugurated by Dalai Lama. It is located in Sumur village. Major attractions of this gompa are collection of seven shrines, thangkas, murals and Buddhist idols.

Hunder: This is one of the popular Buddhist Monasteries. Major attractions of this place are camel rides, sand dunes, water streams.

Panamik: This is one of the popular picnic spots of the place. It is India’s final frontier towards Tibet. This place is famous for hot water springs.

 

What to see around Nubra Monastery:

Likir Gompa: It is one of the old monasteries in Ladakh district. Major attractions of this gompa are Stupas, thangkas, murals, architecture of 75 feet Buddha statue.

Leh Palace: It is Potala Palace in Lhasa. This is 17th century royal residence. Near to this palace, victory tower was built on Namgyal hill. This was built to symbolise the victory over Balti Kashmir armies in 16th century.

Matho Monastery: Major attractions of this monastery are art works, stupas, murals and festivals. It is located at the mouth of gorge in Zanskar range. This was constructed in 16th century.

Hemis Gompa: In 1672AD this was constructed. Every year colourful festival celebrates here in the month of July.

Khardung La: This is the only way to enter into Nubra Valley. Other name of this place is K-Top. In the world, this is one of the highest motorable roads. During the winter season this way will be closed due to heavy snow fall.

 

Getting to Nubra Valley: It is well connected with road. Visitors can be reached to this place from Leh by jeep or by bus. Visitors require inner line permit to enter into the Nubra Valley. After Khalsar, one road leads to Diskit and other road leads to Sumur till Panamik. Nearest railway station is located in Jammu. Taxis are available to reach Leh. Nearest airport is located at Leh. Taxis are available to from the airport to reach Diskit monastery.

 

Getting around Nubra Valley: Best way to visit the places in and around Nubra Valley is by own vehicle or by Jeep.

 

Best time to visit Nubra Valley: As snowfall is heavy in this place, best time to visit this place is between June to August.

 

Where to stay in Nubra Valley: Midrange guest houses are available at Diskit. Good hotels are available at Hunder. Sumur has deluxe camps to stay in Nubra Valley.

 

Where to eat in Nubra Valley: Both guest houses and hotels situated in this valley provides European, Continental, Chinese and Indian meals.

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Amritsar

Amritsar

Punjab, North India, Fort, History, Masjid, Musuem, Nature, Ramayana, Temple

April 82014

Amritsar is one of the largest cities of Punjab, India. Guru Ramdas founded this city in 16th century. He was the 4th Sikh Guru. This is most sacred place for Sikhs due to the establishment of Golden temple. Along with Sikhs this place is popular among Hindus also as plenty of sacred temple are located here. City is named after Amrit Sarovar which is surrounding the Golden temple. Punjabi Juttis, woollen textiles, bangles, durries, carpets etc are worth buying at this place.

 

What to see in Amritsar:

Golden Temple: Golden Temple is the most sacred place to the Sikhs. Other name of this temple is Harmandir Sahib. Original temple was built by Guru Arjun, 5th Sikh Guru. Golden Temple Attractions are Central Sikh Museum, Amrit Sarovar, Marble Work, Holy Trees, and Shrines of Sikh Guru’s.

Akal Takht: It is located in Golden temple complex. Akal Takht means throne of immortal. It stands as a witness to Sikh idea of sovereignty.

Jallianwala Bagh: During the period of Independence struggle sad incident happened in this place. This is also known as Amritsar Massacre. On 13th April 1919, British troops fired on peaceful protestors. In this incident nearly 1100 people were killed.

Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum: It is the summer palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. He is the first king of Sikh Empire. Major attractions of manuscripts, old coins, paintings, armours, arms belong to Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

Santokhsar Sahib: This Gurdwara is famous for Sarovar. In the history of Sikh this is the first Sarovar of its kind.

Bathinda Fort: It is one of the major attractions of Amritsar which was built by Bhatti Reo before 1800 years ago.

Bar Baba Buddha: It is inside the Golden temple. Under the tree Baba Buddha sits and meditated here.

Gurdwara Baba Atal Rai: It is 33m high nine storied octagonal tower. This is the tallest tower in Amritsar.

Rambagh Gardens: It was the summer palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Major attractions of this park golden fish and fountains. It is now converted into Museum.

Gurudwara Guru Ka Mahal: This was the birth place of Baba Atal Rai.

Ram Tirth: This was the residence place of Saint Valmiki. Goddess Sita Given Birth to her sons Luv and Kush. Hut of the saint can be seen even now.

Gurdwara Santokhsar Sahib: It is one of the five historical sarovers constructed by Guru Arjan Dev Ji.

Other attractions of Amritsar: Other attractions of Amritsar Khalsa College, Hall Bazaar, Hanuman Mandir, Durgiana Temple, Maharajah Ranjit Singh Panorama, Gurdwara Pipli Sahib, Gurdwara Mata Kaulan, Khair-ud—Din Masjid, Gobindgrah Fort, Lal Devi Mata Mandir.

 

What to see around Amritsar:

Tarn Taran: It is located 22kms away from Amritsar. 5th Sikh Guru, Guru Arjan Dev ji built this Gurdwara. This place is famous for its sarovar. This sarovar is largest holy tank in the world.

Wagah Border: It is located 28kms away from Amritsar. Every evening before sunset, 40 to 45 minutes ceremony takes place here. It is the road border between India and Pakistan.

Gurudwara Chheharta Sahib: It is located 7kms away from the city. This was the birth place of 6th Guru of Sikh, Guru Hargobind Singh.

 

Getting to Amritsar: Amritsar is well connected with road, railways and airways. From Dharmasala, Chamba, Dalhousie, Chandigarh etc buses come to this place. From Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad etc trains come to hits place. Airport located in Amritsar is Sri Guru Ram Das jee Airport which is located 11kms away from the city centre.

 

Getting around Amritsar: Common modes of transport in the city of Amritsar are Cycle rickshaws and Autos. Golden temple trust is providing free bus service from the railway station to reach Golden temple.

 

Best time to visit Amritsar: Best time to visit this place is between November to March.

 

Where to stay in Amritsar: Plenty of accommodations are available at Amritsar.

 

Where to eat in Amritsar: Plenty of restaurants are available at Amritsar. Golden temple serves free food to nearly 40,000 people per day. Famous delicacies of this place are Chicken Tikka, Tandoori Chicken.

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Nathdwara

Nathdwara

Rajasthan, North India, History, Hot Springs, Nature, Temple

April 82014

Nathdwara is a town in Rajasthan, India. It is located on the banks of Banas River. This place is well known for Krishna Temple which is dates back to 12th century. Lord Krishna worshipped here in the form of Shrinathji. Architecture of this temple is so attractive. Idol was originally located at Mathura but later shifted from Govardhna hill with the intention to protect from anti Hindu Islamic Polices of Aurangzeb. Nathdwara means gate way to the lord.

 

This town is well known for terracotta products and Pichhwai Paintings. From more than 2000 years old this tradition of making these products is following by the local people. Meena work of Nathdwara must buy thing though it is expensive. Silver ornaments will be available at reasonable price. Janmashtami, Holi and Diwali celebrate so grandly in Nathdwara.

 

What to see in Nathdwara:

Shrinathji Temple: Lord Shrinathji incarnation of lord Krishna is worshipped here. Idol is 7 years old infant with Govardhan Hill on his hand. This temple was built in the shape of a house but not in the shape of the temple. Live Concerts present at this place at regular intervals to entertain the infant Lord. One of the most interesting this at this place is, during Royal Darshan in the noon, trumpets and drums will rang like old days and give the announcement as king entering into the court. Between 3.30 to 4.00 PM , visitors rush will be more as people believe that at this time lord Krishna wakes up at this time.

Eklingji: This temple belongs to Lord Shiva. It is best example for beautiful carvings, artistic work. It is one of the manifestations of Lord Shiva. 4 faced idol of Lord Shiva can be seen here. This temple belongs to 15th century. In the temple premises, 108 temples can be seen.

 

What to see around Nathdwara:

Charbhuja: It is located 14kms away from the town. Other name of this place is Gadbor. This is well known for its history. Charbhuja temple is the major attraction of this place. Structural designs of this temple are most beautiful. Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. This place is also famous for Victorian Past.

Kankroli dam: Major attractions of this place are marvellous chhathris of the former royal families. It is the best picnic spot for the natural lovers. It is located 72kms away from the town.

Dwarkadheesh: Major attraction of this place is Dwarkadheesh temple. Lord Dwarkadheesh incarnation of Lord Krishna is worshipped here. For the vaishnavites this is most famous place. It is located 20kms away from the town.

 

Getting to Nathdwara: Nathdwara is well connected with roadways. Both state run buses as well as private buses reach to this place. From Jaipur, Ajmer, Delhi, Pushkar, Udaipur etc buses reach to this place. Nearest railway head is located at Udaipur. This place is well connected with North India, Delhi and Jaipur. Taxis are available to reach the town from the railway station. Nearest airport is also located at Udaipur. From Udaipur to Rajasthan buses reach at regular intervals. Airport is well connected with Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur, and Kolkata. Taxis are also available to reach the destination from the airport.

 

Getting around Nathdwara: Walking is the best way to see the town. Buses and Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Nathdwara.

 

Best time to visit Nathdwara: Best time to visit this place is between July to September.

 

Where to stay in Nathdwara: Plenty of accommodations are available to stay at this place. Along with hotels, Dharmashalas are also available to stay. Cost of deluxe rooms is Rs.1800. Cost of affordable rooms is Rs.20 to Rs.50. Luxury hotels is available at the cost of Rs.2500 to Rs.3500 per day.

 

Where to eat in Nathdwara: Restaurants are available to eat in Nathdwara. Most famous food of this place is Phaphda, Kand, Khaman. All sorts of jeera Golis are available here.

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Osian

Osian

Rajasthan, North India, Architecture, History, Jeep Safari, Nature, Temple

April 82014

Osian is an ancient town in Jodhpur district of Rajasthan, India. Other name of this place is Khajuraho of Rajasthan. This is an Oasis in the Thar Desert. Major attractions of this place are Jain and Brahmanical temples dates back to 8th and 11th centuries. Golden sand dunes surround this place. Architectures and carvings of this place are so attractive. Camel Safari is most famous in the desert.

 

What to see in Osian:

Kali Temple: Devi Kali is worshipped here. Devi Kali is an incarnation of Goddess Durga. This is most ancient temple which dates back to 8th century.

Sun Temple: Lord Sun is worshipped here. This temple is dates back to 10th century. Images of Serpents coiled around lotus flowers on the ceiling of the temple. This temple looks like temple at Ranakpur.

Harihara Hindu Temples: Harihara Temples are located in the southern part of the Osian. It is group of 3 temples. Two temples are constructed in 8th century and one was constructed in 9th century. When compared with other temples of Osian, architectures of these temples were so advanced. Lord Krishna and Radha dancing postures on the walls of the temples are so attractive.

Sachiya Mata Temple: Goddess Sachi Mata is worshipped here. She is the wife of Lord Indra. This temple is most popular among Jains also and they conduct Mundan Sansakar at this temple. Oswal Jains also worshipped Goddess Sachi. Other two shrines of the temple are Amba Mata Mandir, Chandi Ka Mandir. At the east end of the temple complex, Lakshmi and Vishnu images can be seen and at the north end to the temple, Varaha sculpture can be seen who is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

Pipplala Temples: It is a small temple of Osian which was constructed dates back to 9th century. Major attractions of this temple are 30 pillars assembly hall, large sabha Mandap and columns.

Jain Mahavira Temple: This temple was dedicated to Lord Mahavira, 24th Jain Thirthankara. In 783AD this was constructed by Gurjara Pratihara King Vatsaraja. Architecture of this temple is so attractive. Young Maidens impressions can be seen at the main door of the temple. Height of this temple statue is 32inches.

 

What to see around Osian:

Shri Mandore Bherji: It is located in Mandore which is 51kms away from Osian. This is the temple of Oswal Community people. Lord Bherji is worshipped here. This temple also consists of 33 crores god shrines.

Jodhpur: It is located 67kms away from Osian. This place is famous for temples and forts. History of Jodhpur dates back to 1100 BC. Rajasthani Textiles, Jewelleries, handicrafts are most popular at this place. This place is known as Golden city of Rajasthan.

Khimsar: It is located 65kms away from Osian. This is converted into heritage hotel. It was 16th century fort. This place is famous for birds.

 

Getting to Osian: Osian is well connected with road ways. From Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner etc buses come to this place. Nearest railway station is located at Jodhpur which is 67kms away from Osian. From Kota, Jaipur, Bikaner, Guwahati etc trains come to this place. Nearest airport is located at Jodhpur. This airport is well connected with Udaipur, Mumbai and Delhi.

 

Getting around Osian: This place can be explored through foot. Camel safari in this town is one of the attractions of this place. Buses and Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Osian.

 

Best time to visit Osian: Best time to visit this place is between November to March.

 

Where to stay in Osian: Accommodations are limited at this place. Plenty of accommodations are available at Jodhpur. Luxury hotels provide camel safaris.

 

Where to eat in Osian: Eateries are limited in Osian. Almost all the eateries serve local Rajasthani food.

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Kedarnath

Kedarnath

Uttarakhand, North India, Nature, Temple, Trekking, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 82014

Kedarnath is a town located in Uttarakand, India. Major attraction of this place is Kedarnath Temple. Kedarnath along with Yamunotri, Gangotri, and Badrinath form Chota Dham Pilgrimage. This temple remains closed on the first day of Karthik and reopens on Vaishakh every year. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva forgive the sins of Pandavas for killing Kuravas in Kurukshetra war and allowed them to worship him at Kedarnath. Major festivals of this place are Diwali and Vinayak Chathuthi.

 

What to see in Kedarnath:

Kedarnath Temple: This is the major attraction of the place. It is believed that this was built by Sankaracharya. Lord Shiva is worshipped here. Some people popularly believed that, this was constructed by Pandavas. Shape of Shiva Lingam in the temple is Pyramidal shape.

Bhairavnath Temple: It is located inside the temple complex of Kedarnath temple. Lord Bhairav is worshipped here. During the winter months when main temple closed, Lord Bhairav guards the main temple.

Shankaracharya Samadhi: It is located close to Kedarnath Temple. He is famous Hindu Philosopher. He established four mathas. Shankaracharya came to this place in 8th century. It is believed that hot springs of this place created by him. This water used to remove the sufferings of the disciples.

 

What to see around Kedarnath:

Chorbari: It is located just 1km from kedarnath. It is believed that Dharmaraja, eldest one of Pandavas went to heaven from this place.

Rambara: It is located 7kms away form kedarnath. Trekking is the major activity of this place.

Son Prayag: It is located 19kms away from Kedarnath. People believe that taking a dip at this place can attain Nirvana.

Vasuki Tal: It is located 8kms away from Kedarnath. This is surrounded by the ranges of Himalayas.

Kedarnath Wild Life Sanctuary: It is located in Bhinlgana Range at the district of Chamoli which is located 54kms away from Kedarnath. Major attraction of this place is musk deer, bharal, serow, goral, sambar, etc. Bird attractions of this place are monal, flycatchers, warbler etc.

Guptkashi: This place is famous for Viswanath and Ardhanareeshwar Temples. It is believed that Lord Shiva hid at this place for some time. It is located 25kms away from the town.

Gauri Kund: It is believed that Goddess Parvati meditated in this place to win the heart of Lord Shiava and to make him accept her as his wife. Hot water spring is famous at this place. Trekking is one of the most attractions of this place.

 

Getting to kedarnath: Kedarnath is well connected with road. From Haridwar, Kotdwara, Dehradun, Rishikesh, etc buses come to this place. Nearest railway station is located at Haridwar which is located 121kms away from the town. From Kanpur, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata, Pune, Delhi, Hyderabad etc trains come to this place. Jolly Grant airport at Dehradun is the nearest airport located at Dehradun. This air port is located 239kms away from Kedarnath. Delhi is the nearest international airport.

 

Getting around Kedarnath: From Gaurikund, Ponies and Horses are available to reach kedarnath. Kedarnath is the small town so one can see this place on foot. Trekking, buses are available to visit the surrounding places of Kedarnath.

 

Best time to visit Kedarnath: Heavy woollen is required to carry at the time to visiting Kedarnath as during the night times temperature is so cold. Best time to visit this place is between May to October.

 

Where to stay in Kedarnath: All range of hotels are available to stay in Kedarnath. Budget and midrange hotels are more. Luxury hotels are very limited. Along with hotels, dharmashalas are also available to stay at this place.

 

Where to eat in Kedarnath: Only Vegetarian food is allowed at this place. Few hotels and dhabas are located on the way to the temple. These serve basic Indian food. It is preferred to cook food and boiled vegetables.

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Lucknow

Lucknow

UP, North India, Architecture, Masjid, Musuem, Nature, Palace, Temple, Tomb, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 82014

Lucknow is a city of Uttar Pradesh, India. It is a metro city. This place was nourished during the Nawabs period. Culture of Nawabs can be seen here. This place is also known as Golden City of the East. It is believed that city is named after Lakshman, brother of Lord Rama. Rama ordered Lakshman to rebuild a town. Now this is known as Lucknow. Chikan Embroidery is most famous at this place. Waist bands, nose pins, colorful bands etc are worth buying in this place.

 

What to see in Lucknow:

Chowk: It is the market place of Old Lucknow. This is the best place for the shopping lover.

Aminabad: This is another attraction for the shopping lovers. Major attractions of this place are fancy items, men’s chikan wear, ladies wear, fashion garments etc.

Bara Imambara: This place is well known for its Nawab architecture. In 1784, this was built by Asaf-ud-Daula. This complex consists of Step wells, gate ways, courtyards, mosques.

The Residency: To serve as the residence of the British Resident General this was established in 1800 AD. This became famous after Sepoy Mutiny in 1857. At that time 2000 soldiers died in this place. Graves of these soldiers are placed here.

Chattar Manzil: Beautiful European architecture can be seen here. As its dome is in the shape of umbrella it was named as Chattar Manzil.

Moti Mahal: Other name is Pearl Palace. This was built by Nawab Saadat Ali Khan during 1798- 1814. It was constructed as citadel, for watching enemy operations and for bird watching purpose.

Lucknow Zoo: Major attractions of this zoo are 97 different species of wild animals, 57 reptiles, 348 birds, 447 mammals. Indian Rhinoceros, Hoolock, Gibbons, Himalayan Black Bear, Royal Bengal tiger etc also can be seen here.

Ramakrishna Math: This is functioning from past 7 decades. Idols of this math are Swami Vivekananda, Mother Sarada Devi and Sri Ramakrishna. This math consists of garden. It was made up of Marble.

Aurangzeb’s Mosque: This is best example for Indo Muslim architecture.

Other attractions of Lucknow: Other attractions of Lucknow are Constania, Rumi Darwaza, Hazratganj Market, Shaheed Smarak, Begum Hazrat Mahal Park, Council house, 1857 Memorial Musuem, Chota Imambara, Gautam Buddha park, Juma Masjid, Husainabad Clock Tower, Satkhanda, Farangi Mahal, Shah Najaf Imambara, Dilkusha Kothi Palace, Sikander Bagh.

 

What to se around Lucknow:

Kukrail Forest Reserve: It is located 15kms away from Lucknow which was developed by Forest department. This place is famous for Crocodile Nursery and Deer farm. Rest house, Cafeteria, Children’s Park are other attractions of this place.

Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary: This is one of the best places for natural lovers as well as for the bird lovers. It is located 43kms away from Lucknow.

 

Crocodile Nursery: It is located 15kms away from Lucknow. This was established in 1978. Aim of this nursery was to protect the endangered crocodiles of the river.

 

Getting to Lucknow: Lucknow is well connected with road, railways and airways. From Dehradun, Delhi, Allahabad, Kanpur etc buses come to this place. From Kolkata, Chennai, Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Thiruvananthapuram etc trains come to this place. From Mumbai, Jaipur, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Delhi flights come to Lucknow. Airport is located 14kms away from the city. Nearest international airport is located at Delhi which is located 497 kms away from the city.

 

Getting around Lucknow: Buses, Taxis, Autos and Tempos are available to see the places of Lucknow. Buses and Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Lucknow.

 

Best time to visit Lucknow: Best time to visit this place is between October to March.

 

Where to stay in Lucknow: Plenty of accommodations available to stay in Lucknow including luxury hotels. Along with hotels, guest houses are also available to stay at this place.

 

Where to eat in Lucknow: Plenty of restaurants are available to have food in Lucknow. Tundey Kebab is most famous food in Lucknow. Lucknawi Chat is world famous chat. Along with Indian, international cuisines are also available.

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Gangotri

Gangotri

Uttarakhand, North India, Mahabharata, Nature, Temple, Trekking, Valley, Water falls

April 82014

Gangotri is a town in Uttarkashi district in Uttarakhand, India. This is the origin place of river Ganga. It is most sacred place to Hindus. Gangotri along with Yamunotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath form Chota Char Dham. This place is most famous for Gangori temple. During the winter season this temple remains close. Idol of this temple will be shifted to the village Mukbha and placed it in the Mukhyamath Temple. According to Hindu Mythoogy, King Bhagirath meditated here to bring river Ganga to the earth. According to another legend, Pandavas performed great Deva Yagya at this place.

 

What to see Gangotri:

Gangotri Temple: This was built by Amar Singh Thapa, Gorkha Commander. In the 19th century this was again renovated by Jaipur king. This temple is 300 years old temple. Vishwanath and Kuteti Devi temples are also located in this place. Goddess Ganga is worshipped here. Every year nearly 3lakhs of devotees come this place. Temple opens on Akshay Tirth and closes on Diwali.

Bhagirathi Shila: Here King Bhagirath meditated to bring river Ganga to the earth. This is situated near the temple of Ganga. It is believed that Goddess Ganga kept her first step on the earth on this rock.

Jalmagna Shivaling: This is also known as submerged Shivaling. It is one of the major attractions of Gangotri. It is natural Shivalinga located near Gangotri temple. This can be seen only during the winter seasons when the water levels go down.

Gauri Kund and Surya Kund: These are located on either sides of the iron bridge which is located near Gangotri temple. Other name of Surya Kund is Surya Kund waterfalls.

Dodi Tal: It is enveloped by dense forest of deodhar, pine and oak forests.

 

What to see around Gangotri:

Pandav Gufa: It is located just 2kms away from Gangotri. It is believed that in this place Pandavas meditated on their way to Kailash.

Nanadanvan: It is sylvan Tapovan across Gangotri glacier. Along the glacier 6kms trekking is essential to reach this place.

Gaumuth: It is located 19kms away from Gangotri. This is situated at the height of 12,960feet. Gaumuth is the source of river Ganga.

Harsil: It is located 26kms away from the town. This place is famous for apples. For the natural lovers this is one of the best places.

Gangnani: It is located 55kms from the town. This place is famous for natural beauty and thermal springs. It is the best place to do meditation.

 

Getting to Gangotri: Gangotri is well connected with road. From Dehradun, Haridwar, Rishikesh etc buses come to this place. From Rishikesh, jeeps and tempos are available to reach Gangotri. Nearest railway station is located at Rishikesh. From Delhi, Rajkot, Jalandar, Bangalore, Noida, Chennai, Kanpur, Raipur etc trains come to Rishikesh. Rishikesh is located 86kms away from Gangotri. Jolly Grant at Dehradun is the nearest airport which is located 226kms away from the town Gangotri. Taxis, cars, transport buses are available to reach Gangotri from the airport.

 

Getting around Gangotri: Local taxis, buses and ponies are available to visit the places in Gangotri. Taxis and buses are available to visit the surrounding places of Gangotri.

 

Best time to visit Gangotri: It is essential to known the best time to visit any place before going there to avoid inconvenience. During the winter season snow fall is very heavy. Best time to visit this place is between April to October.

 

Where to stay in Gangotri: Plenty of hotels are available to stay in Gangotri. Few luxury hotels are also available here. Along with hotels, Dharmasalas are also available to stay in this place. These are managed by the Government. Booking in advance is essential before reaching this place.

 

Where to eat in Gangotri: Limited restaurants are available to eat in Gangotri. Only vegetarian food is available.

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Mathura

Mathura

UP, North India, Mahabharata, Masjid, Musuem, Nature, Palace, Temple

April 82014

Mathura is located in North India, Uttar Pradesh, India. This was the birth place of Lord Krishna. Mathura has very important place in ancient history. According to Epic Mahabharata, Mathura was the capital of Surasena Kingdom. This kingdom was ruled by Kansa, uncle of Krishna. According to Garuda Purana, this place provides Moksha. Holi and Jamashtami celebrate so grandly in this place. Along with Hindus this place is prominent to Buddhists and Jains. Mathura Peda is most popular. Silver ornament is worth buying from this place.

 

What to see in Mathura:

Ghats: This place is most famous for Ghats. At present more than 25 Ghats can be seen here. All Ghats are associated with the life of Lord Krishna. People believe that dip taken in the Ghats will wipe of all the sins.

Jama Masjid: Architecture of this masjid is best example for the Mughals style. It was built in 1661 by Abo-in-Nabir-Khan.

Kusuma Sarovar: It is believed to be place where Radha along with gopikas used to collect flowers and meet Krishna. Visitors conduct aarthi in the evening at this place. Ghats consist of plenty of flora and fauna.

Rangbhoomi: It is located opposite to the post office of Mathura. In this place war took place between King Kansa and Lord Krishna.

Bhuteshwar Mahadev Temple: It is one of the oldest temples of Mathura. This temple was dedicated to Lord Shiva. Temple consists of cave of Patal Devi. She was worshipped by King Kansa.

Mathura Museum: Major attractions of this museum are copper, gold and silver coins, terracotta, sculptures, artefacts belongs to Gupta and Kushan period dates back to 400 BC to 1200 AD.

Sri Krishna Janmasthan: It is the birth place of Lord Krishna. Temple is divided into 3 parts. They are Bhagvata Bhavan, Keshavadeva and Garbha Griha.

Jai Gurudev Ashram: It is one of the famous tourist’s spot of Mathura. Architecture of this temple looks like Taj Mahal.

Other attractions of Mathura: Other attractions of Mathura are Vishram Ghat, Sri Keshavji Gaudiya Math, Kans Qila, Mathura Jain Chorasi, Govinddeo Temple, Potara Kund, Dwarikadheesh Temple, Krishnajanmabhoomi Temple, Raja Bharapuras Palace.

 

What to see around Mathura:

Radha Kund: It is located 25kms away from Mathura. It is believed that, in this place Krishna and Radha spent their happy time. In this place Krishna killed bull demon.

Govardhan Hill: According to the legends, Lord Krishna lifted the hill for seven days during the great flood. It is located 25kms away from Mathura.

Shyam Sunder Temple: It is located 11kms away from Mathura. Idol of this temple is self manifested image of Radha.

Vrindavan: It is located 11kms away from Mathura. According to Hindu Mythology, Lord Krishna spent his childhood place in this town. Vrindavan Attractions are ISKCON Temple, Bankey Bihari Temple, Yamuna River, Seva Kunj and Nidhuban, Kesi Ghat, Shahji Temple.

 

Other attractions near Mathura: Other attractions near Mathura are Gopishvar Mahadev temple of Vrindavan, Sri Radhavallabh Vrindavan Temple, Gita Temple.

 

Getting to Mathura: Mathura is well connected with road and railways. From Kolkata, Pune, Mumbai, Nagpur, Gurgaon, Jaipur, Lucknow etc buses and trains come to this place. Nearest airport is Kheria in Agra which is located 57kms away from Mathura.

 

Getting around Mathura: Buses and Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Mathura.

 

Best time to visit Mathura: Best time to visit this place is between October to March. During the summer season temperature is too hot.

 

Where to stay in Mathura: Few budget and mid range hotels are available in Mathura. Few lodges are also available near railway station. Apart from lodges, hotels, Dharmasalas are also available in Mathura.

 

Where to eat in Mathura: Best restaurants are available to eat in Mathura. Only Vegetarian food is available. Mathura Peda and Chaat are most famous in Mathura.

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Almora

Almora

Uttarakhand, North India, Architecture, Hill station, History, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Trekking, Valley, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 82014

Almora is a cantonment region in Almora district of Uttarakhand, India. This place is considered as cultural heart of Kumaon region. It is most popular hill station situated at a height of 6000meter above the sea level. This place is starting point for trekking to Ranikhet, Binsar, Mukteshwar, etc. During the rule of Chand dynasty, Almora was founded by Kalyan Chand in 1568. Nanda Devi festival, Uttaryani Festival, Jageshwar Monsoon festivals are most famous festivals in this place.

 

What to see in Almora:

State Museum: Other name of this museum is Govind Ballabh Pant Museum. Major attractions of this museum are artifacts belong to Katyuri dynasty and Chand dynasty. Another attraction of this museum is folk paintings. Two galleries can be seen here. One is Manav Vikas Ki Katha and Ganga River Culture Gallery.

Chaitai Temple: This temple is dedicated to Lord Gollu who is an incarnation of Gaur Bhairav. Wishes of devotees write on the paper and they will keep on the foot of the Lord. People believe all their wishes will fulfil.

Nanda Devi Temple: In the Kumaon region it is one of the most famous temples. Kumaoni style can be seen in the temple. This temple is dates back to 1000 years. Stone carvings on the walls of the temple are another attraction of this temple.

 

What to see around Almora:

Deer Park: It is located just 3kms away from Almora. This the best place for evening walk. Major attractions of this park are Himalayan Black bear, Leopard and deer. Pine trees welcome the visitors to this place.

Bright End Corner: It is located 2kms away from Almora. Sunrise and sunset are most beautiful from this place. Shri Ramakrishna Kutir Ashram is a centre for meditation is so famous. Vivekananda Library is another attraction of this place.

Simtola: It is located 3kms away from Almora. Once granite hill and diamond mining are attractions of this place but now this place was covered with fur and pine trees.

Kalimath: It is located 5kms away from Almora. Name is derived from the words Kali and Math. Kali means black and Math means soil. Spectacular view of Himalayas is possible from this place. Another attraction of this place is Kasar Devi temple which is dedicated to Goddess Kali. This temple dates back to 2nd century.

Katarmal Sun Temple: This temple is dedicated to Lord Sun which is located 16kms away from ALmora. After sun temple in Konark, this temple got second importance. This temple dates back to 800 years. Architecture is so attractive.

Jageshwar: It is located 24kms away from Almora. This is one of the 12 Jyothirlingas. Main temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This place consists of 124 shrines. Temple complex consists of 104 shrines dates back to 8th century to 18th century.

Sadar Bazaar: It is situated in Ranikhet which is located 53kms away from Almora. This is the best place for shopping lovers. Major attractions of this place are dry fruits, traditional jewellery, wooden bangles, garwali shawls, blankets, carpets, readymade garments, handicrafts etc. Apart from shops, plenty of hotels and restaurants are also located here.

 

Getting to Almora: Almora is well connected with road and railways. From Ghaziabad, Thane, Ludhiana, Mumbai, Delhi, Kanpur, Jaipur etc buses and trains come to this place. Nearest airport is located at Pantnagar which is 125kms away from Almora. This airport is well connected with Delhi. Nearest international airport is at Delhi.

 

Getting around Almora: As Almora is very small town, visitors can see the places on foot. Buses and taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Almora.

 

Best time to visit Almora: Best time to visit this place is between March to November.

 

Where to stay in Almora: Only Budget and midrange hotels are available to stay in Almora. Almost all the hotels are located in Link road and Mall Road.

 

Where to eat in Almora: Eating options are limited in Almora. Most famous sweet of this place is Bal Mithai.

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Jhansi

Jhansi

UP, North India, Boating, Fort, Rani Lakshmi Bai, Temple, Terracotta Temples, Tomb, Water Sports

April 82014

Jhansi is a historical city situated on the banks of Pushpavati River of Uttar Pradesh, India. This place is located in Bundelkhand Region. Khajuraho, Orchha, Panna, Jhansi come under this region. Jhansi Mahotsav is most famous in this place. Vegetable and Flower exhibition conducts every year by Government is also most popular. This exhibition conducts for 3 days. City was first ruled by Chandela dynasty. This place became more popular with Rani Lakshmi Bai. She played a major role in freedom movement against Britishers.

 

What to see in Jhansi:

Jhansi Fort: It is the major attraction of the city. This was the residence place of Rani Lakshmi Bai. Fort consists of Execution tower, Panch Mahal, Tomb of Gulam Gaus Khan, Shahar Darwaza, and Shiva Temple. This was built in 1613 by Raja Bir Singh Deo.

Rani Mahal: Once it was the Palace of Lakshmi Bai. Now this was converted into Museum. Architecture of this building is so attractive. Visitors of this Mahal have to see Darbar Hall. Major attractions of the museum are Sculptures and Paintings belongs to 9th century.

Ganesh Mandir: It is located just outside Jhansi Fort. In this place Lakshmi Bai got married with Maharaja Gangadhar Rao.

Government Museum: It is established in 1878. Major attraction of this place are sculptures, bronze statues, terracotta, manuscripts, coins, paintings, weapons, artefacts, arts etc belongs to Chandela dynasty.

Maharaja Gangadhar Rao Ki Chathri: This was built by Rani Lakshmi Bai in the memory of her husband. Sculptured 12 pillar is most attractive.

Maha Lakshmi Temple: This temple belongs to the period of Lakshmi bai. It is located just outside the Lakshmi Darwaza. It is elephant temple. Goddess Mahalakshmi is worshipped here.

St.Judes Shrine: It is most famous among Catholic Christians. Bone of St.Jude buried here. On 28th October thousands of devotees comes this place to celebrate St.Jude feast.

 

What to see around Jhansi:

Orchha: It is located 15kms away from Jhansi. This place is famous for Chhatris, palaces and magnificent temples. It was acted as capital to Bundela Rajput Kings.

Barua Sagar: Major attraction of this place is Jarai-ka-math fort and several ancient temples. This was the battle ground of Bundelas and Marathas in 1744 AD. It is located 24kms away from Jhansi.

Chigaon: It is located 30kms away from Jhansi. This place is famous for Maithili Sharan Gupt, National Poet. In the centre of the town, visitors can see 3 darwajas and a fort. Another attraction of this place is Shiva Sai temple.

Parichha: It is located 25kms away from Jhansi. It is a dam. Water Sports conducts here. Boating is the major activity conducts here.

 

Getting to Jhansi: Jhansi is well connected with road and railways. From several cities such as Lucknow, Kanpur, Delhi, Khajuraho, Agra etc buses reach to this place. Jhansi is major railway head in Delhi and Chennai route. From Hyderabad, Bhopal, Jammu, Chennai, Bangalore, Pune, Agra, Mangalore etc trains come to this place. Nearest airport is located at Gwalior. It is located 103kms away from Jhansi. Gwalior is well connected with Jabalpur, Delhi and Mumbai. Nearest international airport is located at Delhi which is located 321kms away from Jhansi. Delhi is well connected with all the major cities.

 

Getting around Jhansi: Tempos are used to travel in Jhansi. Autos and buses are used to visit the surrounding places of Jhansi.

 

Best time to visit Jhansi: Best time to visit this place is between November to March.

 

Where to stay in Jhasi: Limited accommodations in Jhansi. Only budget and midrange hotels are available to stay in this place. Best hotels in Jhansi are Sita Hotel, Ambrosia Hotel, Jhansi Hotel, Shrinath Palace hotel.

 

Where to eat in Jhansi: Eating options are limited in Jhansi. Best option to have food is in-house restaurants of the hotels.

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Uttarkashi

Uttarkashi

Uttarakhand, North India, Adventurous sports, Nature, Temple, Valley, Water falls

April 82014

Uttarkashi is a town in Uttarakhand, India. It is located on the banks of river Bhagrathi. Uttarkashi means Kashi of the North. It is the home to plenty of temples and Ashrams. According to Epic Mahabharata, Jada Bharatha performed Penance at this place. Another attraction of this place is adventurous sports.

 

What to see in Uttarkashi:

Vishwanath Temple: Lord Shiva worshipped here. Temple was renovated by Sudarshan Shah’s wife Maharani Khaneti in 1857. Height of this Linga is 60cms and width is 90cms.

Nehru Institute of Mountaineering: In the memory of Jawaharlal Nehru, this institute was founded in 1965. It has beautiful natural surroundings. Adventure sports are learnt at this place by the chief concern.

Shakti Temple: It is located in front of Vishwanath temple. Trishul is placed in front of the temple. Upper portion of the trishul is made up of Iron and lower portion of the trishul is made up of copper. It is believed that Goddess Durga thrown this trishul on devils.

 

What to see around Uttarkashi:

Kuteti Devi Temple: It is located 2kms away from Uttarkashi. This temple is having historical significance. Trekking takes place here. Other attractions of this place are waterfalls, landscapes, beautiful lakes.

Nandanvan and Tapovan: It is located 6kms away from Uttarkashi. Shivainga peaks can be seen from here. It is located opposite to Gangotri Glacier. This is the best place to setup base camps for the peaks such as Kedardom, Meru, Kalindi Khal, Shivling, Kharchakund, Satopant etc.

Dayara Bugyal: Bugyal means high altitude meado. It is located 32kms away from the town. Only till Barsu, vehicles are allowed. From that place visitors have to reach Dayara only through trekking. This place is famous for natural surroundings and Dodi Tal.

Nachiketa Tal: It is located 32kms away from Uttarkashi. Visitors have to go through terraced fields to Chaurangi khal. From that place trekking of 3kms is essential to reach Nachiketa Tal.

Gangnani: This place is famous for hot water springs. It is located 41kms away from Uttarkashi.

Harsil: It is located 72kms from the town. In the Bhagirathi valley, it is a small village. This place is famous for apples and natural surroundings.

Dodi Tal: It is a beautiful lake. This was surrounded by deodar trees and tall majestic oak trees. Dodi is the name of the rare species of fish. Trekking takes place here. From this spot, visitors can reach to Hanuman Chatti and Yamunotri. It is located 10kms away from Uttarkashi.

 

Getting to Uttarkashi: Uttarkashi is well connected with road and railways. From Mussoorie, Rishikesh, Haridwar, Dehradun, etc buses come to this place. From Chennai, Hyderabad, Nagpur, Jamshedpur, Indore, Jabalpur, Noida etc trains come to this place. Nearest airport is Jolly Grant which is located at Dehradun. This airport is located 162kms away from the town. Taxis are available to reach the town from Dehradun.

 

Getting around Uttarkashi: Places of Uttarkashi can be seen on foot. Public transport and private taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Uttarkashi.

 

Best time to visit Uttarkashi: It is essential to known the best time before visiting any place. Winter is too cold at this place. Best time to visit this place is between February to May.

 

Where to stay in Uttarkashi: Best accommodation facility available at Uttarkashi. Ashram offer free accommodation facilities. Starting price for luxury hotels is Rs.4200. Midrange hotels cost is ranging between Rs.1000 to Rs.2500 per day.

 

Where to eat in Uttarkashi: Limited eateries are available to eat in Uttarkashi. Luxury hotels are not available in this place.

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Vrindavan

Vrindavan

UP, North India, Architecture, History, Mahabharata, Nature, Temple

April 82014

Vrindavan is a town in Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh, India. Vrindavan is derived from the word Vrinda which means Tulsi. This place was having plenty of Tulsi plants. Two small groves of Vrinda still exists namely Seva Kunj and Nidhivan. According to Hindu Mythology, Lord Krishna spent his childhood place in this town. This place is famous for temples.

 

Ancient name of this town is Brindavana. In 1515, this place was rediscovered by Chaitanya Maharprabu when he was in search of places relating to Lord Krishna. Plenty of Ashrams are located here. Loi Bazaar is the best shopping place of Vrindavan. Cloths, Incense, fruits, handicrafts are worth buying in this place. Necklaces, Finger rings, Paintings, Portraits, Sculptures with the image of Lord Krishna can be seen here.

 

What to see in Vrindavan:

ISKCON Temple: This is the first temple constructed by ISKCON. It was built by Swami Prabhupada in 1966. This was established with the intension to spread Vedic scriptures and teachings of Bhagawad Gita.

Bankey Bihari Temple: In this temple posture of Tribhanga of Lord Krishna can be seen. During Jhulan yatra, Lord Krishna is placed in golden swing. For every few minutes curtain of the temple arises and shut down. It is believed that power of the god seems for the long time devotees will be unconscious.

Madan Mohan Temple: It is one of the oldest temples of this place. Lord Madan Gopal worshipped here. Aurangzeb shifted main deity to Karauli in Rajasthan. Only replica can be seen here.

Yamuna River: This River considered as Holy River as it flows from Mathura and Vrindavan. To purify from the sins, devotees take bath in this river.

Prem Mandir: This is two storied temple which was constructed with Italian Marble. Fountains are the major attractions of this place.

Seva Kunj and Nidhuban: In this place Lord Krishna Performed Raslila with Radha. It is believed that Krishna comes to this place during the night time. So entry restricted in the night.

Kesi Ghat: It is located near the banks if Yamuna River. It is believed that after killing demon Kesi, Lord Krishna had taken bath here.

Rangaji Temple: It is Dravidian style structure. Temple is dedicated to Lord Rangaji. Major attractions are six storey long gopuram, gold plated 50ft high Dhwaja Stambha.

Shahji Temple: This temple is known for beautiful sculpture and architecture. Another attraction of this place is Darbar Hall. This consists of beautiful paintings along with Belgian glass chandeliers.

 

What to see around Vrindavan:

Gokul: It is located 15kms away from Vrindavan. Gokul Nathji Temple is most famous at this place. Lord Krishna was brought up in secrecy here by his foster parents.

Government Museum: It is located in Mathura which is 11kms away from Vrindavan. Major attraction of this museum is Red sandstone sculptures. Another attraction is two Buddha statues belong to 4th and 5th centuries.

Mathura: It is located 10kms away from Vrindavan. It is the birth place of Lord Krishna.

 

Getting to Vrindavan: Vrindavan is well connected with road and railways. From Agra, Mathura, Haridwar etc buses come to this place. At Vrindavan railway station all trains do not stop. Nearest railway station is located at Mathura which is 14kms away from Vrindavan. Taxis are available from Mathura to Vrindavan. Nearest airport is located at Delhi i.e Indira Gandhi International Airport which is 150kms away from Vrindavan.

 

Getting around Vrindavan: Cycle rickshaws are available to visit the place in the city. Buses and Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Vrindavan.

 

Best time to visit Vrindavan: Best time to visit this place is between October to March.

 

Where to stay in Vrindavan: Limited staying options in Vrindavan. Best option to stay at this place is ISKCON temple guest houses. Plenty of accommodations are available at Mathura.

 

Where to eat in Vrindavan: Limited options to eat in Vrindavan. Best vegetarian food available at Govindas Restaurant. Lassi and Jal Jeera drink are most famous at this place.

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Varanasi

Varanasi

UP, North India, Fort, History, Mahabharata, Masjid, Musuem, Nature, Temple

April 82014

Varanasi is a city in Uttar Pradesh India. Other name of this place is Banaras. This is most sacred place to Jains and Hindus. Hindu devotees believe that death in Varanasi leads to salvation. According to Hindu Mythology, this city was founded by Lord Shiva. This place is considered as oldest Living city on the earth. This is the birth place for 7th Jain Thithankar Suparshv Nath Ji and 23rd Tirthankar Parshva Nath Ji. Varanasi exists before 3000 years ago. This place is famous for its Ghats and temples.

 

What to see in Varanasi:

Jantar Mantar: In 1737 this was constructed by Jai Singh, Maharaja of Jaipur. He was so passionate towards science and technology. To determine eclipse, declination of stars, sun and planets and to measure the local time this was constructed.

Bharat Mata Temple: It is located in Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth. Mother India worshipped here. Idol was built with marble and it was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi. Architecture of this temple is so beautiful.

Kashi Vishwanath Temple: This is the major attraction of this place. Kashi Vishwanath incarnation of Lord Shiva is worshipped here. In 1780 this was constructed by Late Maharani Ahilyabai Holkar. Domes of the temple covered by Gold.

Manikarnika Ghat: It is one of the oldest Ghats of the city. Shiva Durga temple near this ghat is so famous. Footprints of Vishnu, Charanapaduka, can be seen here.

Dasaswamedh Ghat: This is one of the most important Ghats on the banks of river Ganges. Evening Aarti at the Ghats attracts many devotees.

Durga Temple: Nagara style of architecture can be seen on this temple. Other name is monkey temple. Durga Ghat is located very near this temple.

Ramnagar Fort: This was built by Maharaja Balwant Singh in 18th century. Red stone was used to build this fort. Museum and temples are located inside the fort premises. One of the Temples is dedicated to Ved Vyasa, author of Epic Mahabharata.

Alamgir Mosque: It is the largest structure on the banks of river Ganga. It is believed that, earlier Lord Krishna temple was situated in this place.

Other attractions of Varanasi: Other attractions of Varanasi are Banaras Vidya Mandir, Assi Ghat, Tulsi Ghat, kedar Ghat, Shivala Ghat, Harishchandra Ghat, Panchaganga Ghat, Hanuman Ghat, New Vishwanath Temple, Alamgir Ghat, Man Mandir Ghat, Darbhanga Ghat, Ramnagar Museum, Gyan Kup well, Vishnu Charanapaduka, Tulasi Mana Temple.

 

What to see around Varanasi:

Dhamek Stupa: It is located 13kms away from Varanasi. This was built in 500 CE. In this place, Buddha gave the first Sermon to his five disciples after attaining enlightment.

Chaukhandi Stupa: It is one of the famous stupas of Buddhism. This is located in Sarnath. It is located 13kms away from the city. This was constructed between 4th to 6th centuries. In this place, Lord Buddha’s first disciples met travelling from Bodh Gaya to Sarnath.

 

Getting to Varanasi: Varanasi is well connected with road and railways. From Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, Patna, Ranchi, Noida, etc trains come to this place. From Allahabad, Vijayawada, Baroda, Noida, Patna, Ranchi etc buses come to this place. Best flight facility is also available to Varanasi. From Visakhapatnam, Lucknow, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, pune, Vijayawada etc flights come to Varanasi.

 

Getting around Varanasi: Buses and Private vehicles are available to visit the surrounding places of Varanasi.

 

Best time to visit Varanasi: Varanasi welcomes the visitors throughout the year.

 

Where to stay in Varanasi: Plenty of accommodations available to stay in Varanasi including luxury hotels. Best hotels in Varanasi are Siddhartha Hotel, Gateway Hotel Ganges, Surabhi International, Pradeep Hotels.

 

Where to eat in Varanasi: Plenty of restaurants are available to have food in Varanasi. Indian, Chinese, Continental cuisines are available along with local cuisines. Only vegetarian food is available.

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Bhimtal

Bhimtal

Uttarakhand, North India, Adventurous sports, Lake district of India, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Trekking

April 82014

Bhimtal is a small town in Nainital district of Uttarakhand, India. This place is named after Bhima of Mahabharata. Bhimtal is known for Bhimtal Lake. At the banks of this lake, visitors can see Bhimeshwara Mahadev Temple. It is believed that this was built by Bhima when he was visited this period during their exile. After Anglo Nepalese War this place came under the rule of Britishers.

 

Visitors can enjoy the beauty of this place. Climate is so pleasant throughout the year. Boating is one of the major attractions of this place. Other activities of this place are Paragliding, Rappelling, Trekking, and Angling. Fishing can be enjoyed here. Worth buying things of this place are Wood carvings and handmade candles. Unique designs of bead Jewellery can be seen here. Other shopping attractions of this place are carpets, statues, Garhwali Paintings.

 

What to see in Bhimtal:

Bhimeshwara Mahadev Temple: This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is believed that this was built by Bhima, one of the brothers of Pandavas. But present temple was built by Baz Bahadur with the help of Raja of Kumaon in 17th century. Baza Bahadur was the king of Chand dynasty.

Folk Culture Museum: In this museum information about rituals, traditional rites, stone implements is available. Major attractions of this place are reproduction of rock art, Photographs, artefacts. Other name of this museum is Lok Sanskriti Sangrahlaya.

Victoria Dam: It is located on Bhimtal Lake. On either side of the dam one can see beautiful flower gardens. Near to this , visitors can find Bhimeshwar Temple. Visitors can have a walk at huge forests. Height of the dam is 40 feet. Wild flowers used to decorate gorge. Thousands of the tourists come to this place every year.

Aquarium on the Island on Bhimtal: Bhimtal Lake has an Island. Earlier one restaurant located in this island. Now it was closed due to pollution reasons. At present aquarium was created in that place. Fishes of the aquarium brought from Mexico, South Africa and China.

 

What to see around Bhimtal:

Hanuman Garhi: It is located in Nainital of Tallital which is located 21kms away from the town. Main deity of this temple is Lord Hanuman. Sun set over Himalayan can be seen from this place.

Hidimba Parvat: It is located 5kms away from Bhimtal. This place is named after Hidimbi who was the demon wife of Bhima (one of the Pandavas). Vankhandi Maharaj developed refuge for wild animals. He was a monk and an environmentalist.

Nag Temple: During Rishi Panchami thousands of devotees come to this place. In Uttarakand this is one of the Nag Temples. It is located 2kms from Bhimtal.

Sat Tal: It is located 14kms away from the town. This is compared with Westmoreland area of England. Hill near this lake is known as Hidimba Parvat.

Nal Damyanti Tal: It is natural and most sacred lake which is located 2kms away from the town. It is believed that King Nal lost his palace into this lake.

 

Getting to Bhimtal: Bhimtal is well connected with road and railways. From Kathgodam, Delhi private and government run buses are available to reach Bhimtal. From Hyderabad, Agra, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon, Delhi etc trains come to this place. Nearest airport is located at Pantnagar which is 56kms away from the town.

 

Getting around Bhimtal: Dollies, Cycle rickshaws are available to visit the place of Bhimtal. Private Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Bhimtal.

 

Best time to visit Bhimtal: Best time to visit Bhimtal is between March to June and between September to December.

 

Where to stay in Bhimtal: Good accommodations are available to stay in Bhimtal including luxury hotels. Near Satvik Sadan, midrange hotels are available.

 

Where to eat in Bhimtal: Plenty of eating options in Bhimtal. Indian, Italian, Chinese, Continental cuisines are available.

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Baijnath

Baijnath

Uttarakhand, North India, Nature, Temple

April 82014

Baijnath is a small town in the Bageshwar district of Uttarakhand, India. It is located near the banks of River Gomti. This place is famous for ancient temples. Baijnath is the capital of Katyuri Kings. They ruled this place between 7th century to 11th century AD. Trekking is another major attraction of this place. In the Kumaon Region, this is the most famous pilgrim place. Town is named after Baijnath temple. Lord Shiva is worshipped here. During Mahashivratri, tourists rush is more in this place.

 

Temple was constructed during Katyuri dynasty was in rule. Architecture of this temple is so attractive. According to Hindu Mythology, Lord Shiva and Parvati got married at the place where River Gomti River and Garur River got confluence.

 

What to see in Baijnath:

Baijnath Temple: This temple complex was built during Katyuari dynasty in 1150. Lord Vaidyanatha incarnation of Lord Shiva is worshipped in this temple. Idol of Goddess Parvati is also worshipped here. This was made up of Black stone. This place has most historical significance. Other idols of this temple are Brahma, Surya, Kuber, Chandika, Parvati, and Ganesha. People believe that temple was constructed by Brahmin woman who built this temple. She was the devotee of Lord Shiva.

Bamani Temple: It is another attraction of Baijnath. This temple can be seen on the way to the main temple.

 

What to see around Baijnath:

Kot Bhramri Devi Temple: It is located just 2kms away from the Baijnath. Other name of this temple is Kota ka Mandir. It was once the fort of Katyuri Kings. It is also says that, Shankaracharya, Adi Guru, stayed at this place while he is travelling to Badrinath. Face of Goddess Bhramri should be seen by the priest itself. It this rule is not followed, Katur valley has to face serious disasters. Hence people see only backside of the Goddess. Radha Ashtami celebrates grandly during the month of September. Once in 12years, Raj Jaat Yatra celebrates here.

Bageshwar: It is located 26kms away from the town. During Makara Sankranti Season, big fair conducts here. This temple is situated at the place where confluence of River Gomti and River Sarayu takes place.

Kausani: It is located 17kms away from Baijnath. This place is famous for its scenic beauty. Mahatma Gandhi called this place as Switzerland of India. Kausani Attractions are Anasakti Ashram, Lakshmi Ashram, Sumitranandan Pant Gallery, Planet Show, Rudradhari Falls and Caves, Trekking.

Pant Museum: It is located 15kms away from Baijnath. Sumitranandan Pant, Hindi Literature’s home is now converted into museum. Museum consists of awards he received, his poet’s and manuscripts of literary works. Uttarakhand Archaeology department is managing this museum.

 

Getting to Baijnath: Baijnath is well connected with road ways. From Kausani, Pithoragarh, Nainital, Ranikhet, Almora etc buses come to this place. Rush is more to the buses. So visitors can opt for Tongas from Kausani. Nearest railway head is located at Kathgodam which is located 160kms away from the town. From Delhi, Jammu, Kanpur, Dehradun etc trains come to this place. Taxis are available to reach Baijnath from the railway station. Nearest airport is located at Pantnagar which is 175kms away from the town.

 

Getting around Baijnath: Baijnath can be explored on foot as it a small town. Buses and Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places to Baijnath.

 

Best time to visit Baijnath: It is advisable to avoid visit this place during the rainy season as this place is so slippery. Best time to visit this place is between September to May.

 

Where to stay in Baijnath: Limited accommodations are available to stay in Baijnath. Only Budget hotels are available. Visitors usually prefer to stay at Kausani which is 17kms away from the town.

 

Where to eat in Baijnath: Limited option to have food in Baijnath. In-house restaurants of the hotels are the best option to eat in Baijnath. Only vegetarian food is available. Continental, Indian and Chinese cuisines are available.

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Yamunotri

Yamunotri

Uttarakhand, North India, History, Hot Springs, Nature, Temple, Valley, Water falls

April 82014

Yamunotri is located in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. Yamunotri along with Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath form Chota Char Dham Pilgrim. This is the sacred place for Hindus. For Yamuna River it is the source. This river plays a crucial role in the development of Hindu civilisation. People worship Yamuna River and believe that if they worship River Yamuna they will die without any pain. Temple in the Yamunotri closed on Diwali day. Again this temple will reopen on Akshaye Tritiya. Temple was first built by Maharani Gularia of Jaipur. Due to earthquake it was damaged in the early 19th century. It was reconstructed by Maharaja Pratap Shah of Tehri Garhwal.

 

What to see in Yamunotri:

Yamunotri Temple: It is the major attraction of Yamunotri. Temple is dedicated to River Yamuna. River Yamuna is considered as sister of Yama. Idols of Yama and Yamuna can be seen in this temple. During the winter season, idol will take away to the village Kharsali. So it remains closed during the winter season. Temple opens at 6.00AM and closes on 8.00 PM.

Surya Kund: It is located near Yamunotri Temple. This is one of the important thermal springs. Temperature of the spring is hot. This is used to prepare Prasad for the temple. Prasad is Rice and Potatoes. Rice along with potatoes and salt will tied up in the cloth and dipped into the spring to get boiled.

Divya Shila: It is located near the temple of Yamunotri. This is a pillar. Devotees offer pooja to this shila before entering into the temple.

 

What to see around Yamunotri:

Kharsali: It is located just 1km away from Yamunotri. Water falls and Natural Springs welcomes the travellers to this place. Another attraction of this village is an ancient temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Wooden work and stone carvings of the temple are the major attraction of this temple.

Hanuman Chatti: It is located 13kms away from the city. This place is famous for trekking.

Barkot: It is one of the major attractions of Uttarakashi district tourism. It is located 49kms away from Yamunotri. This place is famous for ancient temple.

 

Getting to Yamunotri: Yamunotri is well connected with road and railways. From Badtok, Gangotri, Uttarkashi, Mussoorie, Rishikesh etc buses come to this place. Form the cities such as Dehradun, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Noida, Jodhpur, Mumbai, Gurgaon, Bangalore etc trains come to this place. Nearest railway head is located at Dehradun which is 172kms away from Yamunotri and Rishikesh which is 213kms away from Yamunotri. Nearest airport is Jolly Grant which is located near Dehradun. This airport is located 192kms away from Yamunotri. Taxis are available to reach Yamunotri from airport.

 

Getting around Yamunotri: Ponies are available to reach the temple from Janaki Chatti. It will take 2 ½ hours to reach the temple through Ponies. Visitors can also climb to the temple. As temple opens only during particular seasons, local transport is not much available. Buses reach only till Sayana Chatti of Yamunotri. From then Jeeps are available to reach Janaki Chatti. Jeeps and buses are available to visit the surrounding places of Yamunotri.

 

Best time to visit Yamunotri: Due to heavy snowfall, temple closes during the winter season. Best time to visit this temple is between April to October.

 

Where to stay in Yamunotri: Rest houses, Dharmasalas and Ashrams are available to stay in Yamunotri. Rest Houses of Janki Chatti, Hanuman Chatti and Yamunotri are maintained by Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam. In Barkot, Char Dham Camp is situated.

 

Where to eat in Yamunotri: Only vegetarian food is available. Alcohol and Non vegetarian food is restricted. Limited option to have food in this place. Luxury hotels and restaurants cannot be found here.

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Ajmer

Ajmer

Rajasthan, North India, Fort, History, Masjid, Miniature Paintings, Musuem, Nature, Palace, Temple, Tomb

April 82014

Ajmer is 5th largest city in Rajasthan, India. Aravalli Mountains covers this city. This is the holy place for both Hindus and Muslims. For Muslims, this place is famous for Dargah of Sufi Saint Khwaja Moin-Ud-Din Chishti. For Hindus this place is well known for several ancient temples. Other attractions of this place are Palaces, Museums, Lakes and forts. This place was founded by Ajaipal Chauhan in 7th century. He belongs to Chauhan dynasty. Most famous for shopping at this place is Bandhani Sari. Major Shopping centres of this place are Dargarh bazaar, Kesarganj, Chudi Bazaar, Naya Bazaar, Mandar Gate.

 

What to see in Ajmer:

Dargarh Sharif: Tomb of Khwaja Muin-ud-din Chishti is placed here. Silver doors welcome the visitors. It was constructed by Humayun with white marble. Tomb has inscriptions and 11 arches.

Taragarh: It is located on Nagarjuna hill of Ajmer. This is first hill fort of Asia. It is one of the oldest hill forts of the world. 3 gateways to the fort. Major attraction of this fort is Canons. Many reservoirs are placed in the fort.

Archaeological Museum: It is located in Dil-e-Aaram Gardens. Collection of sculptures is the major attractions of this museum.

Ana Sagar Lake: This is an artificial lake built by Anaji Chauhan dates back to 1135 – 1150 AD. Daulat Bagh Gardens located near this lake is so beautiful.

Foy Sagar Lake: It is another artificial lake constructed in 1891. This is the best place for the natural lovers.

Rani Mahal: It is located in Taragarh Fort. Typical Rajasthani Architecture style can be seen here.

Nasiyan Jain temple: This temple is popularly known as Red Temple which is decorated with Silver and gold plates. Rishabh, First Jain Tirthankar is worshipped here.

Akbar’s Palace and Museum: Akbar Palace converted into Museum. Major attractions of this museum are arms, stone sculptures and paintings of the medieval period.

Other attractions of Ajmer: Other attractions of Ajmer are Mayo College and Museum, Adhai-din-ka Jhopra, Ajmer government Museum, Bhagchand Ki Kothi, Anted Ki Mata Temple, Akbarki Masjid, Sola Khamba.

 

What to see around Ajmer:

Pushkar Lake: It is located in Pushkar which is located 14kms away from Ajmer. People believe that dip in this lake will wipe off all the sins and skin diseases.

Brahma Temple: It lies in Pushkar Valley which is located 14kms away from the city. Temple is decorated with silver coins. This was built of marble and stone stabs. Constructed in 14th century. Lord Brahma Worshiped here.

Kishangarh: This town is located 27kms away from the city. Miniature paintings are the major attractions of this place. Roopangarh fort is another attraction which was built by Maharaja Roop Singh in 1649. Fort consists of several palaces. It is known for its architectural style.

Other attractions near Ajmer: Other attractions near Ajmer are Savitri Temple near Brahma Temple, Mahadev Temple, Mangliyawas, Varah Temple.

 

Getting to Ajmer: Amer is well connected with road and railways. From the cities such as Bharatpur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur, jaipur etc buses come to this place. From Udaipur, Gwalior, Bhuj, Mumbai, Haridwar, Indore, Delhi, Ahmedabad etc trains come to this place. Nearest airport is located at Jaipur which is 137kms away from Ajmer. Airport is well connected with Nanded, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi, Chandigarh, Chennai etc.

 

Getting around Ajmer: Tempos are available to visit the city. Buses, Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Ajmer.

 

Best time to visit Ajmer: Best time to visit Ajmer is between October to March.

 

Where to stay in Ajmer: Plenty of accommodations available in Ajmer. Along with hotels tourists bungalows are also available to stay in Ajmer.

 

Where to eat in Ajmer: Plenty of restaurants are available to have food in Ajmer. Italian, Continental, Chinese, Mughalai cuisines are also available to have along with local cuisines.

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Bharatpur National Park

Bharatpur National Park

Rajasthan, North India, Bird Sanctuary, History, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 82014

Bharatpur National Park is located just 2kms away from Bharatpur in Rajasthan, India. Bharatpur is known as Eastern Gateway of Rajasthan. Other name of this park is Keoladeo Ghana National Park. Park is exactly lies between Agra and Jaipur. Bharatpur forests used as hunting place by Bharatpur royals. Every year British Viceroy’s organised duck shootings. In 1938, 4273 birds were killed by Lord Linlithgow in duck shooting.

 

Bharatpur including park and surrounding areas are closely associated with Lord Krishna. Mathura is located 40kms away from Bharatpur is the birthplace of Krishna. In 1956 this was established as bird sanctuary. In 1982 this was designed as a national park.

What to see in Bharatpur National Park: Major attraction of this place is Siberian Crane. This place is home to huge variety of invertebrates, 7 turtle species, 7 amphibian species, 5 lizard species, 13 snake species, 50 fish species, 379 floral species and 366 bird species. Another major attraction of this place is waterfowls. Every year water fowls come to this place on migratory basis. Sir Peter Scott has stated that this is world’s best sanctuary for birds.

 

This place was named after Keoladeo temple which is situated at the middle of the park. Lord Shiva worshipped in this temple. Major flora attractions of this place are ber, Kandi, babul, Jamun, Kalam. Major Fauna attractions of this place are Mollusks, Insects and worms. Most common waterfowls are white spoonbill, cotton teal, comb duck, great cormorant etc. Major Land birds in this park are Quails, partridge, Chats, bee eaters, warbles etc. Mammal attractions of the park are spotted deer, feral cattle, blue bull etc.

 

What to see around Bharatpur National park:

Laxman Temple: This is 400 years old temple located at the centre of Bharatpur. It was built by Maharaja Baldev Singh. Other shrines of this temple are Hanuman, Shtrughan, Bharat and lord Rama. It is located 7kms away from the park.

Lohagarh Fort: Even after several attacks by the Britishers this fort remained unconquered. Worth visiting place of this fort are Kothi Khas, Mahal Khas, Kishori Mahal. This was built by Jat ruler Maharaja Suraj Mal in 18th century. This is one of the strongest buildings in the history of India. This fort consists of 3 palaces namely Purana Mahal, Kamra Mahal and Mahal Khas. Sandstone durbar in the fort is now acting as museum. It is located 8kms away from the park.

Government Museum: Major attractions of this museum are Weapons, coins, arms, Sculptures. All these could be more than 4000 antiques. Other name of this museum is state Archaeological museum. This remains closed in Monday. It is located 10kms away from the park.

Ganga Temple: It is located at the centre of the city Bharatpur. In 1845, Maharaja Balwant Singh constructed this temple. South Indian, Mughal, Rajpur architecture styles can be seen on this temple. Devotees come to this temple will be given holy Ganga river water. It is located 10kms away from the park.

 

Getting to Bharatpur National park: Park is well connected through road. From Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan buses are available to reach this place. Bharatpur railway station is 6kms away from the park. Nearest airport is located at Agra which is 56kms away from the city. Private taxis are available from the port to come to the park.

 

Getting around Bharatpur National park: Autos, local buses, Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of park

 

Best time to visit Bharatpur National park: Best time to visit park is between October to February to see migratory birds and August to October time is the breeding season.

 

Where to stay in Bharatpur National park: Government run forest lodge is available inside the park. Plenty of accommodations available in Bharatpur.

 

Where to eat in Bharatpur National park: Food is not available inside the park. Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in Bharatpur. Continental, Mughalai cuisines are available along with local cuisines.

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Trilokinath Temple

Trilokinath Temple

HP, North India, Hill station, History, Lahaul and Spiti district, Temple, Trekking

April 82014

Trilokinath Temple is located at Tunde Village in Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh, India. Trilokinath means Lord of the three worlds. It is one of the names of Lord Shiva. One of the interesting things about this temple is, it is worshipped by both Hindus and Buddhist. Hindus worshipped marble idol as Lord Shiva and Buddhists worshipped this idol as Avalokiteshwara which is crowned with an image of Amitabha Buddha. Amitabha Buddha means Buddha means Buddha of Boundless light.

 

What to see at Trilokinath Temple: Trilokinath temple is glittering white painted temple. Temple had a marble statue of a six headed Avalokiteshvara. This was stolen several decades ago. Grey stone image was kept in that place in 12th century. It is believed that original image head was found near confluence of Bhaga and Chandra Rivers. Head claimed during days of Nagarjuna i.e. 2nd century CE.

 

Regarding the origin of this temple several saying are there. Some people believe that temple was originally dedicated to Lord Shiva by Hindus. This was later transformed into Buddhist temple by Padmasambhava. Some people say that this temple is the best example for Kashmiri Kannauj Style. Though the traditions of Buddhists and Hindus are different, temple follows the tradition which doesn’t clash with both the religions. Pauri Festival is the correct example of Syncretism.

 

Architecture of this temple is so beautiful. Pillars, doors and walls are having stone carvings. These stone carving are so attractive. Pillars of this temple stand for Dharma. During summer season, this site is famous for trekking and camping.

 

What to see around Trilokinath Temple:

Keylong: This is the best place for the natural lovers as it is surrounded by green fields. Keylong Attractions are Khardang Monastery, Shashur Gompa. Plenty of monasteries are located in this place. They are Gemur, Tayul, Guru Ghantal, and Shasur. All these are famous for Buddhist faith and arts.

Udaipur: Udaipur in Lahaul and Spiti district is situated 6kms away from the temple. This village is famous for Markula Devi Temple. Wooden carvings on this temple are so beautiful. This is the starting point of Mayar Valley.

Dharmasala: It is located 41kms away from Trilokinath Temple. Dharmasala Attractions are Dal Lake, Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Billing Adventure, Tsuglagkhang. Upper Dharmasala which is also known as McLeod Ganj. Lower Dharmasala consists of Commercial areas, local hospitals, schools and government offices.

Palampur: This place is famous for Tea Gardens. Other name is Tea Capital of North India. After Kullu and Manali this is famous honeymoon destination. It is located 43 kms away from Tunda.

 

Getting to Trilokinath Temple: Before reaching to this temple visitors have to reach to Keylong. Keylong is well connected through roads. From Shimla, Leh, Delhi etc buses come to this place. Nearest railway station is located at Jogindernagar. Nearest broad guage railway stations are Chandigarh and Shimla. Nearest airport is located at Bhuntar which is near Manali. Taxis are available to reach the temple from airport. Shimla is other option to catch the flights. Shimla is well connected with Chandigarh and Delhi.

 

Getting around Trilokinath Temple: One can see the temple on foot. Buses and Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of the temple.

 

Best time to visit Trilokinath Temple: Rohtang Pass is the entrance to reach this temple. This entrance closes during the winter season due to snow. Best time to visit this place is between July to September.

 

Where to stay in Trilokinath Temple: Accommodations are not available at Trilokinath. Visitors need to stay at Keylong. All range of hotels such as budget, midrange and luxury hotels are available to stay in Keylong.

 

Where to eat in Trilokinath Temple: Restaurants are not available at this temple. It is advisable to carry food and water along with them.

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Lansdowne

Lansdowne

Uttarakhand, North India, Boating, History, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Trekking, Valley

April 82014

Lansdowne is a cantonment town in Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand, India. This place is named after Lord Lansdowne, Viceroy of India in 1887. For the recruit training centres of Garhwal Rifles this place was developed by the Britishers. It is one of the hill stations in India. This place is surrounded by thick pine and oak forests. Earlier name of this place is Kaludanda. Most ancient temples are located here. One of those famous temples is Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple. This is the best place for natural lovers. Boating, Bird watching, Trekking can enjoy here. Mahashivratri celebrates so grandly here.

 

What to see in Lansdowne:

Tip In Top: This is situated near St.Mary’s Church. Spectacular view of snow covered Himalayas can enjoy from here. Trekking takes place here.

The Garhwal Rifles Regimental War Memorial: This museum was founded by Lord Rawlinson of Trent on 11th November 1923. Major attraction of this place is war Memorial in the Parade Ground.

Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple: It is one of the most ancient temples of the country. Lord Shiva is worshipped here.

Regimental Museum: This was established in 1983. It is named after Darban Singh Negi. Major attractions of this place are antique pieces belongings to Garhwal Rifles.

Bhulla Tal: This is an artificial lake. Bhulla means younger brother. Paddling and Boating can be enjoyed here. Other attractions of this place are fountains, bamboo machan and Children Park.

Garhwali Mess: In 1988, this was built by the Britishers. It is one of the oldest buildings in this hill station. This is the important museum in Asia. Major attractions of this museum are trophies, furnishings, skin of wild animals.

Lover’s Lane: It is one of the best trekking places. From these places visitors can enjoy the beauty of Himalayan peaks on one side and beauty of blue pine trees and oak trees on other side.

Hawaghar: It one of the beautiful places in the town. For Trekking this is the best place. To enjoy the beauty of the nature this is the best place.

St.Mary’s Church: This was constructed in 1895. Now this is converted into museum. Major attractions of this place are Pictures of Pre-independence era and audio visual displays of the history of the regiment.

 

What to see around Lansdowne:

Durga Devi Temple: It is located 25kms away from the town. Goddess Durga is worshipped here. Temple is situated inside the cave. It is one of the oldest Sidh Peeths.

Bhim Pakora: It is located in Dhura which is 14kms away from the town. It is believed that, during the period of exile, Pandavas stopped here and cooked food. Bhim placed one rock on other. It is so balancing.

 

Getting to Lansdowne: Only way to reach this place is through road way. From Pauri, Gopeshwar, Nainital etc buses come to this place. Nearest railway station is located at Kotdwar which is 37kms away from the town. From Puir, Bangalore, Kolkata, etc trains come to this place. Taxis are available to reach the Lansdowne town from Kotdwar. Jolly Grant airport at Dehradun is the nearest airport which is 150kms away from the town. Taxis are available to reach the Lansdowne town from airport.

 

Getting around Lansdowne: Seeing the town on foot is the best option. Cabs are also available to see the places in the town. Buses and taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of the town.

 

Best time to visit Lansdowne: Town welcomes the visitors throughout the year. But winter is too cold. Best time to visit this place is between March to November.

 

Where to stay in Lansdowne: Limited accommodations are available to stay in this town. Apart from hotels, Dharmasalas maintained by the Mahadev temple management, Army Welfare board rest house are also available to stay in the town. Tourist rush is more between May and June. Advance booking is essential in those days

 

Where to eat in Lansdowne: Limited eating options in the town. Continental, Chinese and Indian cuisines are available. Parathas and Momos are popular at this place.

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Kausani

Kausani

Uttarakhand, North India, Caves, Hill station, History, Hot Springs, Musuem, Nature, Tea Garden, Temple, Trekking,Valley, Water falls

April 82014

Kausani is a hill station in Bageswar district of Uttarakhand, India. This place is famous for its scenic beauty. Mahatma Gandhi called this place as Switzerland of India. On either side of the Kasauni, visitors can see the beauty of Gomti River and Kosi River. Visitors can have the spectacular view of Panchuli, Nandadevi, Trishul peaks of Himalayas. Trekking and high flavour tea is most famous in this place.

 

What to see in Kausani:

Anasakti Ashram: Mahatma Gandhi stayed at this place. He penned the commentary on Anashkti Yog. Other name of this Ashram is Gandhi Ashram. Now it is converted into Study cum Research centre.

Lakshmi Ashram: In the year 1948, this Ashram was founded by Catherine Hillman. He became most popular with the name Sarlaben. He was the disciple of Mahatma Gandhi. Ashram is running boarding school for the girls at the foot hill of Kausani. Other name of this Ashram is Sarla Ashram.

Sumitranandan Pant Gallery: This is dedicated to Hindi Poet Sumitranandan Pant. Kausani is the birth place of this poet. Museum consists of awards received by him, manuscripts of the poems and draft copies of his literacy.

Planet Show: It is a planetarium cum internet cafe. Stargazing is an option for the tourists, when clear night sky is available. In the show astronomers explain about astronomy to the visitors of this place.

 

What to see around Kausani:

Pinnath: It is located 5kms away from the town. This place can be reached by trekking. Indian arch which has representations of the Pandavas on its sides, form the roof of the portico.

Rudrahari Mahadev Temple: It is located 8kms away from the town. It is an ancient cave temple. It is believed that Rishi Kaushik meditated here for a long time.

Kausani Tea Estate: World famous Kausani Tea is produced here. Major exports of this tea are to United States, Korea, Germany and Australia. Visitors can see the manufacturing process of tea. Area covered by this estate is 208 hectares.

Rudradhari Falls and Caves: It is located 12kms away from the town. Trekking can be used to reach this place. Valley flows as small springs and rivers.

Someshwar: Lord Shiva temple of this place is most famous. Beauty of Someshwar Valley can be enjoyed from here. It is located 12kms away from the town.

Baijnath Temple: It is located 16kms away from the town. This temple was constructed in 12th century which is situated at the town Baijnath and on the banks of Gomti River. According to Hindu Mythology, Lord Shiva and Parvati got married at the confluence of River Gomti and Garur Ganga. Other attraction of this town is Maheshsur Mardini.

 

Getting to Kausani: Kausani is well connected with road and railways. From Pithoragarh, Nainital, Ranikhet, Almora etc buses come to this place. From Delhi, Lucknow, Jaipur, Ghaziabad, Kanpur etc trains come to this place. Nearest airport is Naini Saini airport at Pithoragarh which is located 112kms away from the town. Taxis are available to reach the town from the airport.

 

Getting around Kausani: Horse drawn Carriage or Tonga is the best means of transport in Kausani. Places in Kausani can see on foot. Buses and taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Kausani.

 

 

Best time to visit Kausani: As the region is so slippery it is advisable not to reach this place during rainy season. Best time to visit this place is between September to May.

 

Where to stay in Kausani: Resorts, midrange and budget hotels are available to stay at this place. Rest house is maintained by Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam. Accommodation is also available in Ashrams.

 

Where to eat in Kausani: Eating options are very limited in the town. In-house restaurants of hotels are the best option to have food in Kausani.

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Barmer

Barmer

Rajasthan, North India, History, Musuem, Nature, Temple

April 82014

Barmer is located in Rajasthan, India. Name Barmer is derived from Bar Rao Parmar. He was the founder of the town in 13th century. Western part of the state forms part of Thar Desert. This place is known for historical sites. Barmer is also famous for music, dance and crafts. When visitors are approaching to this place, visitors can enjoy the atmosphere of rural Rajasthan. Colourfully attired people, mud houses decorated with folk motifs can also be seen on the way to this place. Oil fields were discovered recently at this place. Worth buying things of this place are hand block printed textiles, carved wooden furniture, wood carvings.

 

What to see in Barmer:

Juna Barmer: It is small place located between mountain peaks. Major attraction of this place is Jain Temple. This was built in 12th or 13th century.

Safed Akhara: It is a garden. This offers temporary accommodation and cooking facility.

Chintamani Parasnath Jain Temple: It is located in west Barmer. This temple is dedicated to Parasvanath. He is a Jain Tirthankara. This temple was built in 12th century. Ornamental Paintings and sculptures are more attractive.

Mahavir Park: This is so beautiful with manicured greeneries. It consists of small museum. Major attractions of this museum are ancient stone carved statues.

Other attractions of Barmer: Other attractions of Barmer are 3 Jain Temples, Temple of the ruler Bahadmera, Maharaja Kula Sri Samanta Sinha Deva Temple.

 

What to see around Barmer:

Neemari: Major attraction of this place is swimming pool. It is located 23kms away from Barmer.

Kiradu Ancient Temples: It is located 39kms away from the city. These temples are located in Hathma Village. 5 temples are situated in this complex. Major attraction of this place is multi turreted tower. This tower consists of sculptures of Hindu mythology Gods and Goddesses. Temples are dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. Someshvara temple is the largest temple of all the five temples. This was built in 11th century.

Balark Sun temple: Balark means Rising Sun. Golden colour statue of Sun God at the entrance is the one of the major attractions of this place. This is located on the top of the hill rock. Photographers, Archaeological students love this place so much. Other attractions near this sun temple are Safed Akhara, Juna Jain, Devka Sun Temple, Jain Temples. It is located 42kms away from Barmer.

Devka Sun Temple: This temple is well known for its architecture. It was built in 12th century or 13th century. This temple is located in Devka village which is 62kms away from the Barmer. Other two ancient temples can also be seen at this place. But they were in ruin stage.

 

Getting to Barmer: Barmer is well connected with road and railways. From Udaipur, Jaipur, Jodhpur etc buses come to this place. Barmer railway station is well connected with Jodhpur. Jodhpur railway station is well connected with all the major cities of India. Nearest airport is at Jodhpur which is 220kms away from the city. From Udaipur, Jaipur, Mumbai and Delhi flights come to Jodhpur. From Jodhpur airport, taxis are available to reach Barmer.

 

Getting around Barmer: Camels are the major means of transport in the desert. Terrain Vehicles are used to visit the surrounding places of Barmer. These are maintained by the Government.

 

Best time to visit Barmer: Best time to visit this place is between October to March.

 

Where to stay in Barmer: Major rest houses of this place are small Barmer hotels. Cost of these rest houses is below Rs.200. Near oil wells some good hotels can be found. Few luxury hotels are available.

 

Where to eat in Barmer: Best food is available at luxury hotels. On the highway Dhabas, traditional Rajasthani food is available.

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Pithoragarh

Pithoragarh

Uttarakhand, North India, Caves, Hill station, History, Skiing, Tea Garden, Temple, Trekking, Valley, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 82014

Pithoragarh is a city in Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand, India. From this place visitors can have the spectacular views of Nanda Kot, Nanda Devi and Panch Chulhi snow capped peaks. Forts and temples are the major attraction of this place. People of this place celebrate most of the festivals related to Harvest. Famous festivals of this place are Chaittol, Hill Jatra. Other celebrations of this place are Lacchar Fair, Dhanlek Fair, Chipla Jat, and Nanda Devi Fair. Adventurous sports such as Trekking and Skiing are other attractions of this place.

 

What to see in Pithoragarh:

Pithoragarh Fort: This was built in 1789 by Gorkhas. At present this is in ruins stage. Kali Kumaon is most visible from this place.

Patal Bhuvaneswar: This is a cave temple situated at the height of 1350meters. It is believed that there are 33crore Hindu Gods and Goddesses are placed here.

Chaukori: This place is famous for Tea Gardens and Temples. Nandakot and Nanda Devi peaks can have a best view from this place. This place is also known as Heaven of Kumaon.

 

What to see around Pithoragarh:

Nagmandir of Berinag: Berinag village is famous for Nag Temple. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is located 1km away from the city. This place is surrounded by Ravine and tree clusters.

Kapilaswar Cave: It is located 3kms away from the town. Mahadev is worshipped here. It is believed that Muni Kapil, meditated in these caves. To see the deity, visitors have to travel 10meters distance in the cave. Just 0.5km away from this cave Temple of Rai can be seen here.

Chandak: It is located 8kms away from Pithoragarh. This place is famous for Manu Temple. Northern part of this place is having Soar Valley. This valley provides trekking facility. Hang glinding is other attraction of this place.

Dhwaj Temple: It is located 10kms away from the town. Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Maa Jayanti. This is the perfect place to view Himalayas.

Nakuleshwara: It is located 10kms away from the town. This temple was built by Nakula and Sahadev (last two Pandavas). Lord Shiva is worshipped here. Based on the Khajuraho style architecture of this temple is designed. Major architecture images are Kurma, Nauvarga, Mahisasur Mardini, Surya, Uma Vasudev, Narsingha etc.

Thal Kedar: This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is located 15kms away from the town. This place is known for its scenic beauty. Trekking is other attraction of this place.

Askot Sanctuary: In the landscape plenty of temples are located. It is situated 54kms away from the city. Major attraction of this place is Chukors, Snow Leopards, Chirs, Snow Cocks, Musk Deers etc.

Gangolihat: This place is known for ancient myths and rich culture folks. Shakti Peeth was established by Shankaracharya in this place at Mahakali Temple. Other attractions of this place are Hatkalika Fair and Kalika Temple. It is located 77kms away from the city.

 

Getting to Pithoragarh: Pithoragarh is well connected with road ways. From the cities such as Lohaghat, Tanakpur, Almora, Munsiyari etc buses come to this place. Nearest railway station is located at Kathgodam. From Dehradun, Kolkata, Jammu etc trains come to this place. Nearest airport is located at Pantnagar. This airport is well connected with Delhi. This airport is located 450kms away from the city.

 

Getting around Pithoragarh: Private Vehicles are used to visit the surrounding places of Pithoragrah.

 

Best time to visit Pithoragarh: Best time to visit this place is between March to June and from September to December.

 

Where to stay in Pithoragarh: Limited accommodations are available to stay in Pithoragarh. Only budget and midrange hotels are available to stay. Almost all the hotels are allocated near tourists sports. KMVN rest house is also available.

 

Where to eat in Pithoragarh: Very limited restaurants are available to eat in this city. All the restaurants serve Continental, Chinese and Indian Cuisines.

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Auli

Auli

Uttarakhand, North India, Hill station, Hot Springs, Nature, Skiing, Temple, Trekking

April 82014

Auli is a ski destination in Himalayan Mountains of Uttarakhand, India. In the world, this is one of the best ski resorts. It is situated on the way to the Badrinath destination. Major attraction of this place is Trekking and Ski. In 2000, after the creation of Uttarakhand, importance to this place has started. Within very short span of time this place became very famous hill resort.

 

Route from Auli to Joshimath through Cable car is the longest and highest cable car route. This route is 4kms long. This place is acting as training place to Indo Tibetan Border Police. Skiing festival is the famous festival of this place. This festival held between January to March. Winter Games Federation of India organises this festival.

 

What to see in Auli:

Winter Ski Resort: Auli gets transformed into winter ski resort from January to march every year. 3 meters deep snow covers the slopes. Auli is surrounded by the peaks such as Dunagiri, Kamet, Nanda Devi. These peaks are covered with snow. This place is also known as Switzerland of India.

Auli Artificial Lake: It is one of the world’s highest manmade lakes. With the view of creating artificial snow on the new ski slopes at the time of low snow fall, this was developed by the Government.

Other attractions of Auli: Other attractions of Auli are Skiing, Trekking.

 

What to see around Auli:

Joshimath: It is located 14kms away from Auli. Plenty of ancient temples can be seen here. Shakaracharya, Adi Guru, established Peetham at this place. This peetham is one of the 4 peethams established by him. This place is acting as a resting place to the travellers of Badrinath. Sankaracharya Tapastali and Narasimha Temple are other major attractions of this place.

Bhavishya Badri: It is located 10kms away from Auli. It is one of the 5 Badri Shrines. In the temple, tourists can find the lion head image of Narasimha. This place can be reached through the river Dhauliganga and Trekking.

Gurso Bugyal: It is located 3kms away from Auli. Oaks and Conifers forests surround this place. Ropeway can be used to reach this place. Chattarkund near this place is famous for sweet water.

Salidhar Tapovan: It is located 15kms away from Auli. This place is famous for natural hot water springs. Near this place Salidhar place is located which is 3kms away from Salidhar Tapovan. This Salidhar is famous for Hot water fountain. Water at this fountain is always at boiling point.

 

Getting to Auli: Auli is well connected with road ways. From cities such as Karnaprayag, Rudraprayag, Pauri, Rishikesh etc buses come to this place. Nearest railway head is Haridwar. From the cities such as Meerut, Lucknow, Agra etc trains come to this place. Nearest railway station is Rishikesh. Nearest airport is located at Dehradun which is 279kms away from Auli. Nearest international airport is located at Delhi.

 

Getting around Auli: Buses and Cable cars are available to visit the surrounding places of Auli. Best option to see the places within the Auli is bus.

 

Best time to visit Auli: Best time to visit Auli is between November to March .

 

Where to stay in Auli: Plenty of accommodations are available to stay in Auli including luxury hotels. Guest houses of GMVN (Garhwal Mandal Nigam Limited) are available at very reasonable price. Cost of 3 star hotels is Rs.7500 per day.

 

Where to eat in Auli: Eating options are very limited in Auli. GMVN is also running restaurants. These restaurants serve variety of cuisines.

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Munsyari

Munsyari

Uttarakhand, North India, Hill station, Mountain Passes, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Trekking, Valley, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 82014

Munsyari is a town in Pithoragarh district in Uttarakhand, India. Munsyari means place with Snow. This is best place for natural lovers, trekkers, glacier and mountaineers. Snow capped peaks surrounded the town. This is also known for flora and fauna. Major festivals celebrates in this place are Olgia, Phool De, Jauljibi, Khataruao, Basant Panchami, Makar Sankranti.

 

What to see in Munsyari:

Maheshwari Kund: It is the natural lake. Local people called this kund as Mehsar Kund. This place is surrounded by rhododendron. Visitors can enjoy the spectacular view of Panchchuli Peak.

Balati Farm: Visitors can have spectacular view of Ralam Glacier, Snow covered Himalayan Peaks and Balati Glacier. Dense rhododendron shrubs covered this farm.

Thamari Kund: It is a natural lake. Musk deers come to this place to drink water. This lake is surrounded by Paper trees.

Betulidhar: This place is famous to enjoy sunset. It has large garden with rhododendrons.

Khaliya Top: This is the highest peak which surrounds Munsyari. Visitors can have spectacular view of Panchuli Peaks. Skiing is famous in this place.
Masterji Museum: Earlier this was the residence place of Dr.SS Panghti. Now it is converted into museum. Documents that enabled trade between the Tibet and Johar Valley and antiques can be seen here.

 

What to see around Munsyari:

Kalamuni Temple: It is located 15kms away from the town. Naga God is worshipped here. Visitors can enjoy the spectacular view of Panchchuli Peak. Pine forests surround this temple.

Milam Glacier: River Milam originated here. Milam Glacier originates from the slope of Trishul and Kohli peaks. It is 16kms long. It is located 26kms away from Munsyari.

Ralam Glacier: It is located 28kms away from the town. Best time to visit this place is between April to June and September to November. This place can be reached by trekking from Pithoragarh and Bageshwar.

Birthi Falls: It is located 33kms away from Munsyari. It can be reached via Kalamuni Pass. These falls are surrounded by Himalayas and Dense forests.

Namik Glacier: It is situated in Nachani Village which is 58kms away from the town. This place is famous for waterfalls and sulphur springs.

Kalamuni Top: It is the route from Birthi Falls to Munsyari. On this hill visitors can find most ancient Kali Temple. It is located 34kms away from the town.

 

Getting to Munsiyari: Munsiyari is well connected with road ways. From Tankpur, Haldwani, Almora, Kathgodam buses come to this place. Nearest railway station is located at Kathgodam. From Jammu, Kanpur, Dehradun, Kolkata, Delhi etc trains come to this place. This place is 218 kms away from the town. Pantnagar is the nearest airport which is 250kms away from the town. Delhi flights come to this place regularly. Taxis are available to visit to Munsiyari.

 

Getting around Munsiyari: As it is a small town, visitors can see this place on foot. Share taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Munsiyari.

 

Best time to visit Munsiyari: As it is a hill station, winter season is too cold. Temperature goes below zero degrees. Best time to visit this place is between March to June.

 

Where to stay in Munsiyari: Very limited accommodations available in Munsiyari. Only budget and midrange hotels are available to stay in Munsiyari. Resorts and lodges are also available to stay at this place. All the hotels arrange skiing, river rafting, paragliding, trekking etc.

 

Where to eat in Munsiyari: Limited eateries are available in Munsiyari. All the restaurants offer Kumaoni, Continental, Chinese, Indian cuisines. In-house restaurants of the hotels are the best option to eat. Most famous dish of this place is Kulka.

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Mukteshwar

Mukteshwar

Uttarakhand, North India, Architecture, Hill station, History, Mountain Passes, Musuem,Temple, Trekking

April 82014

Mukteshwar is a town in Nainital district of Uttarakhand, India. This place is named after the temple Mukteshwar Dham temple. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is known for Scenic Splendour and breath taking view of Nanda Devi peak and Himalayan ranges. Plenty of fruit orchards can be seen here. Attractions of this place are trekking, artificial climbing, rappelling, practice rock climbing.

 

What to see in Mukteshwar:

Shiva Temple: Other name is Mukteshwar Dham. This is one of the major attractions of this place. It is more than 350 years old temple. White marble Shivalingam with copper Yoni is major attraction of this temple. Idols of Lord Vishnu and Brahma can also be seen here.

Sitla: It is one of the attractions of this town. This place is famous to enjoy the beauty of Himalayan ranges. It is an ideal hill station. 100 years old British bungalow is another attraction of this place. Trekking activity conducts here.

Indian Veterinary Research Institute: This was established in 1893. Research conducts on bacteriology, genetics and animal nutrition. Veternity museum and library are other attraction in this campus.

Chauthi ki Jaali: It is one of the tourists spot in this town. From the place visitors can enjoy spectacular view of Kumaon Valley. It is surrounded by numerous rocks. It is believed that natural lattices and hole in the rock are the remnants of the battle between goddess and demons. Rappling and mountain climbing activities take place here.

Raja Rani Temple: Stone sculpture of Rajarani is the major attraction of this place. It was constructed in 11th century. Variety of dance postures and moods of stone carving figures of females can be seen on this temple.

Brahmeshwara Temple: This was constructed in 1050. It is famous for its stone carvings.

Mukteshwar Inspection Bungalow: This place is famous for beautiful architecture. Edward James used to spend his spend time in his rest house. He is famous hunter. Kettle used by him can be seen here.

 

What to see around Mukteshwar:

Ramgarh: It is located 27kms away from the town. During the British period this place acted as cantonment area. Area is divided into upper and lower region i.e. Malla Ramgarh and Talla Ramgarh. Major attraction of this place is peach, apricot and apple orchards. Other attraction is library of Mahadevi Verma, famous poetess and painter.

Peora: Other name of this place is fruit bowl of Uttarakhand. It is located 8kms away from the town. Popular activities of this place are trekking, game watching, and Bird watching.

Nathuakhan: It is located 19kms away from the town. Major attraction of this place is Kaphal, birch, pine and oak trees. Himalayan ranges can enjoy from this place. Trekking activities and natural walks famous at this place. Cottages made up of stone and wood is another attraction of this place.

 

Getting to Mukteshwar: Mukteshwar is well connected with roadways. From all the nearest cities buses and taxis come to this place. Nearest railway station is located at Kathgodam which is 73kms away from Mukteshwar. From Ahmedabad, Howrah, Jammu, Dehradun etc trains come to this place. Nearest airport is located at Pantnagar which is 100kms away from the town. Pantnagar is well connected with Delhi. Taxis are available to reach Mukteshwar.

 

Getting around Mukteshwar: As it is a small hill station, it can be explored on foot. Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Mukteshwar.

 

Best time to visit Mukteshwar: Best time to visit this place is between March to June.

 

Where to stay in Mukteshwar: Plenty of accommodation is available to stay in Mukteshwar. Midrange hotels are ranging from Rs.2000 to Rs.3000 and luxury hotels are ranging from Rs.3500 to Rs.4500. Best accommodation for budget hotels is Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam Limited.

 

Where to eat in Mukteshwar: Very limited restaurants are available to eat in Mukteshwar. Only local food is available.

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Pahalgam

Pahalgam

Jammu & Kashmir, North India, Hill station, History, Nature, Temple, Trekking, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 82014

Pahalgam is a town and hill station in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir, India. This hill station is famous across the world. It is situated on the banks of Lidder River. Several Bollywood movies shooted at this place. Every year thousands of people come to this place. Plenty of trekking trails start from this place. This place is the starting point for the Amarnath Yatra. Amarnath cave is just 6kms away from this town. This place is also famous for flora and fauna. Along with trekkers this place is famous for anglers and golfers.

 

What to see in Pahalgam:

Mamaleshwar Temple: This is most ancient temple in this town. As per the historical records this temple belongs to 12th century. Lord Shiva is worshipped here. It is situated on the banks of river Lidder. This temple was built by Jayasimha.

Shikargha: It is a small wildlife reserve situated at this place. This is one of the famous tourist’s attractions of Pahalgam.

Betaab Hill: Earlier name of this place is Hajan Valley. Betaab movie was shooted here. So this hill was renamed as Betaab Hill. Flowing streams and Snow covered mountains looks so beautiful at this place.

 

What to see around Pahalgam:

Mattan: It is located 34kms away from Pahalgam. In Jammu & Kashmir this is one of the most important pilgrim places for Hindus. To Worship Lord Sun, huge number of pundits and priests come to this place. Beautiful brick structure Shiva Lingam can be seen here. It is surrounded by clear water.

Aru: It is located 11kms away from Pahalgam. This meadows leads to trek via Lidderwat. Visitors can reach this place by walking on the mountain path.

Chandanwari: It is located 16kms away from Pahalgam. This is the starting point of Amarnath Yatra. This place is famous for Snow Bridge. Amarnath Yatra takes place between July to August. Tourists rush is more during this period.

Sun Temple: It is located 36kms away from Pahalgam. This temple belongs to Pandavas era. Some people believe that foundation stone laid between 370 – 500 AD. Some believed that this was built by Lalitaditya Muktapida during 699 – 739 AD.

Panchtarni: It is located 40kms away from Pahalgam. This is situated at the confluence of five rivers. It is the last stop to Amarnath Yatra.

Tulian Lake: It is located 16kms away from the town. It is beautiful snow covered lake. This lake sets trek route via Baisaran. It is surrounded by peaks.

Baisaran: It is just 5kms away from Pahalgam. Snow Clad Mountains looks so attractive. This place is having thickly wooded forest of Pine.

 

Getting to Pahalgam: Pahalgam is well connected through roadways. From Jammu, Anantang, Srinagar buses are available to reach this place. During Amarnath yatra transport service from Jammu to this town is restricted. For the convenience of Yatris special yatra coaches are available to travel. Nearest railway station is located at Udhampur which is 217kms away from this town. From cities such as Rishikesh, Kolkata, Chennai, Pune, Indore, Kanyakumari, Delhi and Mumbai trains come to this place. Srinagar airport is the nearest airport which is 96kms away from the town.

 

Getting around Pahalgam: Buses and horses are available to see the town. Buses are available to visit the surrounding places of Pahalgam.

 

Best time to visit Pahalgam: Best time to visit this place is between March to November. Snow fall is more during the winter season. Very few tourists visit this place during the winter season to enjoy snow festival which celebrates so grandly every year.

 

Where to stay in Pahalgam: Plenty of accommodations are available to stay in Pahalgam including luxury hotels, Tourists bungalows ad JKTDC huts. During Amarnath Yatra almost all the budget hotels are booked.

 

Where to eat in Pahalgam: Only Pure vegetarian food is available. All hotels are having in-house restaurants which serve Continental, Indian and Mughalai dishes.

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Binsar

Binsar

Uttarakhand, North India, Hill station, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Trekking, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 82014

In the Kumaon Region, Binsar is the highest hill station. It is located in Almora district. This is the best place for adventure lovers, photographers and natural lovers. Name of this town is named after Bineshwar Mahadev Temple. This place acted as capital of the Chand Raj Kings. These kings ruled this region during 7th century. From this hill station visitors can have spectacular view of Panchachuli Peaks, Nanda Kot, Nanda Devi, Chaukhamba and Kedarnath Peaks. This place is also famous for flora and fauna. Trekking activity conducts here.

 

What to see in Binsar:

Binsar wildlife Sanctuary: With the intension to protect leaf oak forest this sanctuary was established in 1988. This is the home to plenty of flora and fauna. Major attractions of this place are Himalayan Black bears, Kakars, Monkeys, Wild Boars, Leopards etc. Bird Life international declared this place as important bird area. Best time to visit this place is between February to April and from October to November.

Zero Point: It is located inside the sanctuary. Beauty of peaks of Himalayas such as Nanda Devi, Trishul, Shivling, Kedarnath can be seen from this place.

Bineshwar Mahadev Temple: It is one of the major attractions of this place. This temple belongs to 16th century. Binsar town is named after this temple. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Architecture of this temple is so beautiful.

Binsar Sanctuary Museum: It is located inside the sanctuary. Most valuable and important information about this sanctuary can be known from here.

Pariyadeva Pashan: It is a famous archaeological site. This place has a long stone with cup marks that dates back to megalithic age.

 

What to see around Binsar:

Khali Estate: This is situated 13kms away from Binsar. Area covered by this estate is 26acres. Beauty of Himalayan Range can enjoy from this place. This was a home to Sir Henry Ramsay, Commissioner of Kumaon. Vijay Laxmi Pandit, Jawaharlal Nehru also resided at this place.

Goula Devta Temple: It is located 4kms away from Binsar Wildlife sanctuary. Goula Devta is worshipped here. People believed that Devta gives quick justice to his devotees.

Kasar Devi Temple: It is located 9kms away from Binsar. In 1820, Swami Vivekananda meditated here. During 1980’s this was the house of Dutch Monks.

Bageshwar: This place is named after Bageshwar Temple. Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Every year thousands of devotees come to this place. It is located 46kms away from Binsar.

 

Getting to Binsar: Binsar is well connected with road ways. From Pithoragarh, Nainital, Kasauni, Ranikhet etc buses come to this place. Nearest railway station is located at Kathgodam which is 114kms away from Binsar. From Kanpur, Jammu, Delhi, Dehradun, Kolkata etc trains come to Kathgodam. Taxis are available from Kathgodam to Binsar. Pantnagar is the nearest airport of Binsar which is 145kms away.

 

Getting around Binsar: Private vehicles or hiring a cab is the best way to reach the surrounding places of Binsar.

 

Best time to visit Binsar: Best time to visit Binsar is between April to June and September to November.

 

Where to stay in Binsar: Limited hotels are available to stay in Binsar. Few guest houses are also available to stay in Binsar. Best hotels in Binsar are Mountain Resort Khali Estate, The Binsar Retreat, Imperial Hotel, Club Mahindra Valley Resort.

 

Where to eat in Binsar: Limited restaurants are available to eat in Binsar. All the restaurants offer Continental, Italian, Indian and Chinese Cuisines.

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Chakrata

Chakrata

Uttarakhand, North India, History, Musuem, Nature, Trekking , Valley, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 82014

Chakrata is a cantonment town in Dehradun district in Uttarakhand, India. It lies between Yamuna and Tons Rivers. This place is located 92kms away from Dehradun. This place is belonging to Jaunsari Tribe. So this place is also known as Jaunsar Bawar. In 1866, cantonment was established by Britishers. This is the 55th Regiment of British army. Trekking is the major attraction of this place.

 

What to see in Chakrata:

Deoban: Plenty of animals and plants can be seen in this dense forest. Major attractions are Himalayan Woodpecker, White Collard blackbirds, green backed tit etc. It is situated on hills terrains of Chakrata. From this place visitors can enjoy beautiful view of Himalayan Mountain ranges.

Ram Tal Horticulture Garden: This is the best place for natural lovers. Different varieties of flora and fauna can be seen here. Garden has a small pond and an apple orchid. Major bird attractions of this garden are black headed Jay, grey treepie, oriental turtle dove. Different kind of plants, woody trees, conifers, ferns, Climbers, lichens can be seen here.

Chilmiri Neck: This place is known for mess of military cantonment. Plenty of butterflies and birds can be seen here. From this site visitors can enjoy the beautiful view of Bandapoonch Massif and Swargarohini Peak.

 

What to see around Chakrata:

Kalsi: It is located 43kms away from Chakrata. This place is famous for rock edict of Emperor Ashoka. Visitors of this place can enjoy scintillating landscapes, cascading waterfalls, beautiful lakes.

Tiger Falls: It is one of the highest falls in India. Visitors can reach this place by trekking. It is located 13kms away from Chakrata. This is one of the best picnic spots of this place.

Paonta Sahib: It is located 71kms away from Chakrata. This one of the pilgrim places for Sikhs. Paonta Sahib Gurudwara is located here. Earlier name of this place is Paontika. Paon means Legs and Tika means Stable. In this place horse of Guru Gobind Singh stopped. Another attraction of this place is a museum. In this museum antique weapons of Guru Gobind Singh can be seen.

Mussorie: It is located 73kms away from Chakrata. Other name of this place is Queen of Hill stations.

Dehradun: It is famous for picturesque landscape and natural resources. Dehradun Attractions are Museum, Clock Tower, Forest Reserve Institute, Sahastradhara, Mahadev Temple, Mall Road, Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple. It is located 92kms away from Chakrata.

 

Getting to Chakrata: Chakrata is well connected with road ways. From Mussoorie, Saharanpur, Dehradun etc buses come to this place. Nearest railway station is at Dehradun. From the cities such as Okha, Kathgodam, Varanasi, Ujjain, Indore, Kolkata, Amritsar, Chennai, Delhi etc trains come to this place. Jolly airport at Dehradun is the nearest airport which is located 116kms away from Chakrata. This airport is well connected with Delhi. Taxis are available to reach to Chakrata from Dehradun airport.

 

Getting around Chakrata: As Chakrata is a small area visitors can see this place on foot. Buses and taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Chakrata.

 

Best time to visit Chakrata: During the winter season temperature comes below 5 degrees. So better to avoid to come to this place during winter season. Best time to visit this place is between March to May and between October to December.

 

Where to stay in Chakrata: Only limited accommodations available in Chakrata. Visitors should not expect luxury hotels. These hotels are not available here. Only budget and midrange hotels are available in this place. Forest rest houses are available to stay in Chakrata.

 

Where to eat in Chakrata: only limited options are available to eat in Chakrata. In-house restaurants of the hotels are the best option to eat in Chakrata.

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Dehradun

Dehradun

Uttarakhand, North India, Architecture, Caves, Hill station, History, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 82014

Dehradun is the capital city of Uttarakhand, India. It is famous for picturesque landscape and natural resources. This place is having historical background. It is believed that this is the birth place of Dronacharya who was the Guru of Pandavas and Kauravas in the epic Mahabharata. This place is also in Ramayana. It is believed that after the death of Ravana, Lord Rama along with Lakshmana visited to this place. Evidences of these are found in the excavations. Best places for shopping lovers are Astely hall, Rajpur Road and Paltan Bazaar.

 

What to see in Dehradun:

Museum: It is one of the major attractions of the city. This was established in 1971. Origin and development of the city related artefacts can be seen in this museum.

Clock Tower: This was constructed by Britishers before independence. It is six faced tower. Architecture of this tower is so beautiful.

Forest Reserve Institute: Building was constructed in Greco Roman colonial Style. It consists of 6 museums related to entonomy, nonwood forest products, timber, Silviculture, pathology and Social Forestry. This place also has Botanical Garden.

Sahastradhara: It is a beautiful spring. Sulphur present in this spring water. Beautiful views can be enjoyed here. It is believed that this water is having medicinal values.

Mahadev Temple: It is located in Garhi Cantonment area. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is a cave temple. It is believed that Lord Shiva made milk flow from the cave for Ashwathma.

Mall Road: This is the best place for shopping lovers. Wide range of products available such as readymade garments, handicrafts, second hand books, ornaments, electronic items, Garwahli shawals, blankets, Tibetan Carpets, traditional jewellery etc.

Waida institute of Himalayan Geology: It consists of huge library consists of several research journals along with best collection of books. To educate the people about general geology and Himalayan; charts, maps and videos are available here.

Paltan Bazaar: This place is famous for wooden crafts items. Fragrances of Basmati Rice and Spices can enjoy at this place.

Other attractions of Dehradun: Other attractions of Dehradun are Ram Rai Gurudwara, Tibetan Buddhist temple, Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple, Jaspal Rana Shooting Ranges.

 

What to see around Dehradun:

Chandrabani: It is located 7kms away from Dehradun. People believed that this was the residence place of Maharishi Gautam and his daughter Anjali. It is also believed that Maa Ganga, Daughter of Heaven is manifested here.

Malsi Deer Park: It is located 10kms away from Dehradun. This is the best picnic place for the children. Apart from deers visitors can see Peacocks.

Indian Military Academy: It started functioning from 1st October 1932. Major attractions of this academy are 18 holes FRIMS Golf Course, Shooting Demonstration, War Memorial and Museum. It is located 8kms away from Dehradun.

Mundali: It is located 2.5kms away from Dehradun. This is the best place for Ski Professionals and for snow lovers.

Other attractions near Dehradun: Other attractions near Dehradun are Robbers Cave, Lacchiwalla, Chetwoode Hall, Laxman Siddh Temple, Swarg Niwas Temple.

 

Getting to Dehradun: Dehradun is well connected with road, railways and airways. From cities such as Ujjain, Varanasi, Kolkata, Chennai, Delhi etc buses and trains come to this place. Flights from Delhi come to this place.

 

Getting around Dehradun: Autos, Buses, Cars are available to visit the surrounding places of Dehradun.

 

Best time to visit Dehradun: Dehradun welcomes the visitors throughout the year.

 

Where to stay in Dehradun: Plenty of accommodations available to stay in Dehradun. Midrange and Luxury hotels provide free pick up services from the airport.

 

Where to eat in Dehradun: Several eating options available in Dehradun. North Indian dishes are popular in these restaurants. Continental, Chinese and Indian cuisines are available in all the restaurants. Noodles taste at small stalls of this place is unique. Tibetan delicacies are most famous in this city.

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Ranikhet

Ranikhet

Uttarakhand, North India, Hill station, History, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Trekking, Valley, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 82014

Ranikhet is a hill station and cantonment town in Almora district of Uttarakhand, India. It is surrounded by majestic Himalayan Ranges and lush green forests. Ranikhet means Queens Meadow. This name was given by Raja Sudhardev to express his love towards his wife Rani Padmini. Palace does not exist here. Britishers used this place as summer retreat. They have established Kumaon Regiment here in 1869.

 

What to see in Ranikhet:

Nanda Devi Mela: It is one of the major attractions of Ranikhet. Every year in the month of September this is held at Nanda Devi Temple. In the honour of Goddesses Sunanda Devi and Nanda Devi this is held. This was started by Raja Kalyan Chand in 16th century. To bring prosperity this is held every year.

Mankameshwar Temple: This temple is dedicated to Pair of Radha Krishna, Lord Shiva and Goddess Kalika. It was built by Kumaon Regimental Centre of Indian army in 1978. Near this temple Woollen Garden factory and Guruwara can be seen here.

Rani Jheel: It is an artificial lake built between Kendriya Vidyalaya and Canossa Convent School bridges. For the purpose of rain water harvesting this was built by Cantonment board.

Flora and Fauna: This place is famous for flora and fauna. Major attritions of deodar, oak and Pine forests are Porcupine, Red Fox, Langur, Jackal, Red Faced Monkey, Indian Hare, Sambar etc.

Army Museum: Contribution by Regiment during kargil war, Indo China wars can be known here. Weapons used in the wars are placed here.

 

What to see around Ranikhet:

Upat and Kalika: Best view of snow peaked Himalayan is possible from here. Army golf course can be learned here. It is situated 5kms away from Ranikhet.

Tarikhet: It is 8kms away from Ranikhet. Major attraction of this place is Gandhi Kutiya. In this place Gandhi stayed for long time during freedom struggle.

Chaubatia: It is situated 10kms away from Ranikhet. More than 200 varieties of fruits and flowers can be seen in this orchard. Research laboratory is also located here.

Majkhali: It is located 13kms away from Ranikhet. This place is famous for towering view of the Himalayas.

Binsar Mahadev: Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Place is situated 15kms away from Ranikhet. It is surrounded by Cedar Forests and Water springs.

Sun Temple: It is 800 years old temple of Almora. It is located 25kms away from Ranikhet. It is surrounded by 44 smaller shrines. Trekking route is preferred to reach this place.

Dwarahat: This ancient village is situated 38kms away from Ranikhet. Major attractions are Kachri Devtas temple, Dhwaj, Mrityunjaya, Maniyan and Badnirath temples. Other attraction is Syalde Bikhauti Fair held in April.

 

Getting to Ranikhet: Ranikhet is well connected with road ways. From Bareily, Almora, Nainital buses come to this place. Nearest railway station is located at Kathgodam which is 80kms away from Ranikhet. From all the main cities of India, trains come to this place. Nearest international airport is located at Delhi which is 350kms away from Ranikhet and Domestic airport is located at Pantnagar which is 119kms away from Ranikhet.

 

Getting around Ranikhet: Buses, Jeeps, Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Ranikhet.

 

Best time to visit Ranikhet: Best time to visit this place is between March to October.

 

Where to stay in Ranikhet: Plenty of accommodation is available in Ranikhet. Cost of budget rooms are ranging between Rs.700 to Rs.1500. Cost of Deluxe suites ranges from Rs.7000 to Rs.10, 000.

 

Where to eat in Ranikhet: Several restaurants available to eat in Ranikhet. Ram Mithai, local sweetmeat, has to taste by the visitors. This taste will remember forever.

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Mount Abu

Mount Abu

Rajasthan, North India, Boating, Caves, Fort, Hill station, History, Musuem, Nature, Rock Formations, Temple, Trekking, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 82014

Mount Abu is a world famous tourist’s place which is situated in the Aravalli Range. It is the only hill station in Rajasthan. Other name of this place is summer capital of Rajasthan. According to Puranas, Mount Abu is known as Arbudaranya. It is believed that Sage Vasishta retreated to this place following the difference with Sage Vishvamitra. This place is well known for folk dances, classical music, Rajasthani Handicrafts. Stone crafts, Rajasthani Paintings, leather articles, bangles, wooden and metal artefacts etc are worth buying at this place.

 

What to see in Mount Abu:

Dilwara Temples: One of the major attractions of this place. It is famous for its stone carvings and architecture styles. Dilwara Temples Attractions are Luna Vasahi Temple, Pitthalhar Temple, Shri Parshavnath Temple, Vimal Vasahi Temple, and Shri Mahaveer Swami Temple. These are constructed in 11th and 13th century.

Archaeological Museum: Major attraction of this museum is Devdasi statues. These statues belong to 6th and 12th centuries. It was built in 1962. This was divided into two sections. Accessories of ancient period are preserved in the first section of the museum. In the second section is so attractive with miniatures paintings.

Mount Abu wild life sanctuary: People visit this place for sightseeing. It is located on the oldest parts of mountain range. Plenty of rare species of flowers can be seen here. Major attraction of this place is Panther, bear, fox and 250 bird species.

Sunset Point: This Place offers a beautiful view of the Sunset.

Nakki Lake: This is one of the major attractions of Mount Abu. Rock formations such as Camel Rock, Nandi Rock, Nun Rock, and Toad Rock can be seen here. Boating is another major attraction of this place.

Neminath Temple: Solanki Style can be seen here. It has a lotus flower carved inside the dome covering the mandap.

Toad Rock: This is the main trekking trail form Abu. Unique rock formations can be seen here.

Sri Raghunathji temple: Lord Vishnu is worshipped here. This temple belongs to 14th century.

Brahma Kumaris Spiritual University: university is offering several courses including yoga, meditation. This is situated with the backdrop of forest.

 

What to see around Mount Abu:

Guru Shikhar: It is located 14kms away from Mount Abu. Trekking is the major attraction of this place. It is the highest mount peak. Guru Dattatreya Temple is another attraction of this peak. Giant brass bell outside the temple can be seen here. Other temples of this place are Mira Temple, Shiva Temple, and Chamundi Temple.

Achalgarh: It is famous for its fort. This is located 9kms away from Abu. This was built to protect this regions and to have a look on the enemies. Major attractions of this fort are Lord Shiva temple and brass Nandi Structure.

Adhar Devi Temple: It is located in a cave which is 3kms away from Abu. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga. 365 steps to be climbed to reach this temple.

Doodh Baori: It is located 4kms away from Abu. This is a sacred well. Water in this well is in milk colour. People believe that this water is having heavenly powers.

 

Getting to Mount Abu: Abu is well connected with road ways. From all the cities buses come to this place. Nearest railway station is Abu Road station which is 27kms away from Mount Abu. This is well connected with Mumbai and Delhi. Nearest airport is Maharana Pratap or Dabok Airport.

 

Getting around Mount Abu: Buses and taxis are available to see the places in Abu. Baby Palm is the different means of transportation in Abu to visit the places in this place. Buses and taxis are available to visit the surrounding places.

 

Best time to visit Mount Abu: Best time to visit this place is between February to June and from October to December.

 

Where to stay in Mount Abu: Plenty of hotels including luxury hotels are available to stay in Abu.

 

Where to eat in Mount Abu: Several restaurants available to eat in Abu.

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Deshnoke

Deshnoke

Rajasthan, North India, History, Temple

April 82014

Deshnoke is a small town in Bikaner district of Rajasthan, India. From the Bikaner town it is located 30kms away. This place is famous for Karni Mata Temple. It is 600 years old temple.

 

What to see in Deshnoke:

Karni Mata Temple: This temple is the only attraction of the town Deshnoke. Other name of this temple is Rats Temple. It is located near Pakistan border. Dussehra Festival celebrates very grandly at this place. Tourists rush from Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana is more during the Dussehra festival. This temple is dedicated to Karni Mata who is an incarnation of Goddess Durga.

 

Royal Family of Rajputana worships Karni Mata. It is believed that foundation stone laid by Karni Mata for two forts of Rajputana. Rat Population is more in this temple. People believes that Lakshman who is the step son of Karni Mata drown in the tank when he tried to drink water. Mata requested Lord Yama, God of Death, to make him live. But he rejected to do that. Mata insisted to make him live then Lord Yama allowed Lakshman and all her male children to be reincarnated as rats. So rat population is more in this temple. Nearly 20,000 rats can be seen here. Devotees offer sweets and milk to the rats.

 

What to see around Deshnoke:

Bikaner: This place is famous for producing best riding camels in the world. It is located in Rajasthan which is 30kms away from Deshnoke. This place is also known as Camel Country. In Bikaner’s camels plays a major role in transporting grains, pulling heavy carts and working on the wells.

Prachina Museum: It is located 25kms away from Deshnoke. This museum is famous for Photographs of royals and other things, used by the royal people from carpet to Jewellery.

Lallgarh Palace: This was built by Ganga Singh. Beautifully carved ceilings, lattice work Balconies are the major attractions of this Palace. It is located 26kms from the town.

Sadul Museum: It is located on the first floor of the Lallgarh Palace. Animal heads and wildlife trophies of the Bikaner rulers are placed here. Rajasthani Royalty old photographs can also be seen here. It is situated 29kms away from the town.

 

Getting to Deshnoke: Deshnoke is well connected with road ways. From Jodhpur, Jaipur, Jaisalmer buses come to this place. Nearest railway station is Bikaner which is 30kms away from the town. From Allahabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Agra, Delhi etc trains come to this place. Palace on Wheels train also comes to Bikaner. Nearest airport is located at Jodhpur which is 220kms away from the town.

 

Getting around Deshnoke: Buses and Private vehicles are available to visit the surrounding places of Deshnoke.

 

Best time to visit Deshnoke: Best time to visit this place is between November to February. At this time temperature is so pleasant. During the summer season temperature is so hot. So, better to avoid coming to this place during summer season.

 

Where to stay at Deshnoke: As it is a small town only limited staying places are available in Deshnoke. Only budget and midrange hotels are available to stay in Deshnoke.

 

Where to eat in Deshnoke: Only limited restaurants are available to eat in Deshnoke.

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Jalore

Jalore

Rajasthan, North India, Fort, Nature, Temple, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 82014

Jalore is a city in Jalore district, Rajasthan, India. Earlier name of this city is Jabalipura which was named after a saint. Main attraction of this place is Jalore Fort. It is situated on Golden Mount. So this city is also known as Songir.

 

What to see in Jalore:

Topkhana: It is located at the heart of the town. Before independence, artilleries were kept in these school buildings. After independence this was started using for the storage of food grains. Major attraction of this place is stone carvings. 276 pillars are used to support this building. On both the sides of this Topkhana two temples are situated. But idols are not there in these temples. Jagnath Mahadev: Only few years back this was discovered. This temple was built by Rudal Devi. Several pillar and stone inscriptions of this temple was destroyed. Rudal Devi inscription was safe.

Jalore Fort: This is the major attraction of Jalore. During 10th century this was built by Paramaras. There are 4 gates to this fort. They are Suraj Pol, Siroh Pol, Dhruv Pol, and Bal Pol. One interesting thing is that Sun enters into the fort through Suraj Pol Gate. Fort comprises of one Mosque, a shrine of Mallik Shah, 3 Jain Temples, a shrine of Goddess Jogmaya, a Shiva Temple, Palace of Mansingh, 2 water reservoirs.

Mosque of Malik Shah: It is located in the middle of the fort. Gujarati style of architecture is the major attraction of this mosque.

 

What to see around Jalore:

Sire Mandir Temple: It is located 3kms away from the city of Jalore. Imprint of Nath Ji’s footsteps can be seen here. Shiva Linga is situated in a rounded cave. This temple was built by Raja Ratan Singh. One of the attractions of this temple is huge elephant statue in front of the temple made up of stone and cement.

Jahaz Temple: It is located in Mandwala which is 20kms away from Jalore. At the grave of Surishwar Maharaj, a temple was built on a ship. All community people come to this temple along with Jain worshippers.

Jalore Wildlife Sanctuary: It is located 68kms away from the Jalore city. Major attraction of this sanctuary is long billed vulture, tawny eagle, Asian steppe wildcat etc and more than 200 different species of birds. Granite Mountain inside the sanctuary is another attraction of this sanctuary. Visitors can enjoy Jeep Safari at this place.

Lohanagarh of Jaswantpura: It is located is 37kms away from Jalore. King Jaswant built a rest house for his winter recreation on the mountain. Area is rich with wild life such as monkeys, boars, tigers, etc…

Fort of Bhadrajun: It is located 54kms away from Jalore. Earlier name of this place is Subhadra Arjun named after Arjun and Subhadra characters of epic Mahabharata. Devi Subhadra temple is the major attraction of this place.

Fort of Kot Kasta: This village is famous for Nath Fort. This is 200 years old fort.

 

Getting to Jalore: Jalore is well connected with road ways. From Ahmedabad, Ajmer, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jaipur etc buses come to this place. Nearest railway station is located at Jodhpur which is 140kms away from the city. Jodhpur airport is the nearest airport. From Mumbai, Delhi, Udaipur etc flights come to Jodhpur.

 

Getting around Jalore: Buses along with private vehicles are available to visit the surrounding places of Jalore.

 

Best time to visit Jalore: Jalore invites the visitors throughout the year.

 

Where to stay in Jalore: Plenty of accommodations are available to stay in Jalore. Best hotels in Jalore are Ravla Bhenswara Hotel, Hotel City Palace, Harji Fort, Hotel Geetco.

 

Where to eat in Jalore: Plenty of restaurants available to eat in Jalore.

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Bundi

Bundi

Rajasthan, North India, Architecture, Bundi Utsav, Caves, Fort, History, Miniature Paintings, Palace, Water falls

April 82014

Bundi is a small city in Rajasthan, India. This place is famous for festivals, Paintings and architecture. City is named after the Meena tribe king Bundi Meena. Earlier name of this city is Bundi Ka Nal. Nal means narrow ways. In Bundi, 50 step wells are located. These are built for the public in 1699. Most beautiful step well is Rani Jiki Barol. Worth buying things in Bundi are miniature paintings and cotton carpets.

 

What to see in Bundi:

Taragarh Fort: It is the major attraction of Bundi. It is also known as Star Fort. Major attraction of this fort is huge cannon which were named as Garbh Gujam. Fort is in the shape of Horse shoe. Lakes and reservoir situated below the hill. In the fort 3 water tanks are placed. They will never get dry even in the peak summer season.

Chaurasi Khambo Ki Chatri: This is known for 84 pillars which were erected by Rao Anirudh.

Moti Mahal: This was constructed using 80 pounds of gold. Different selected stones are also used in the construction of this mahal. Beautiful mirror work can be seen on the ceiling.

Bundi Palace: This palace is famous for Rajasthani Craftsmanship. Only one of the palaces is open for the public. This part is known as Chitra Shala. Attractions of this Palace are Diwann-e-Aam, Old water clock, Hathi Pol, Naubat Khana, Hazari Pol, and Miniature paintings.

Chitrasala: It is located inside the Garh Palace. Paintings on the walls of this sala display Ras Lila and Ragmala Stories.

Sukh Mahal: It is situated near Jait Sagar Lake. Now it was converted into an irrigation rest house. White marble chhatri placed at the second storey of the Sukh Mahal.

Nawal Sagar Lake: It is located at the centre of the city. It is an artificial lake. Mirror image of the city can be seen in the waters of this lake.

Phool Sagar Lake: It is situated in Phool Mahal Complex. Between November to February this region fills with beautiful migratory birds.

Bundi Utsav: This organises in November- December every year. Thousands of visitors come to this place during this season. Exhibitions, arts & Crafts, fireworks Competition and Painting, Sports, dance and music competitions conducts here.

 

 

What to see around Bundi:

Rameshwar: It is located 15kms away from Bundi. This place is famous of Cave temple which was dedicated to Lord Shiva. Waterfalls are the other attraction of this place.

Bijoliya: This place played a major role during the reign of Chauhan rulers. They have constructed 3 Lord Shiva temples in 13th century. It is located 51kms away from Bundi.

Jait Sagar: It is located 3kms away from Bundi. This is full of lotus flowers. It was surrounded with huge wall and 4 gateways.

Shikar Burj: It is one of the major attractions near Bundi. It is located 4kms away from Bundi city situated in Bundi Forests. Earlier this was old hunting cottage but now this was converted into picnic spot.

 

Getting to Bundi: Bundi is well connected with road ways. From all the cities of Rajasthan, private and state run buses come to this place. Nearest railway head is located at Kota. From Udaipur, Ratlam, Kolkata, Delhi, Ajmer trains halt at this station. Taxis are available from railway station to reach Bundi. Nearest airport is located at Jaipur which is 215kms away from Bundi. Taxis are available to reach Bundi.

 

Getting around Bundi: City can be explored on foot or by auto rickshaw. Buses and Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Bundi.

 

Best time to visit Bundi: Best time to visit Bundi is between August to March.

 

Where to stay in Bundi: Plenty of accommodations are available to stay in Bundi including luxurious hotels. Luxury hotels provide Rajput hospitality.

 

Where to eat in Bundi: Plenty of restaurants available to eat in Bundi. Continental, Chinese and Indian food is available in the restaurant.

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Chittorgarh

Chittorgarh

Rajasthan, North India, Architecture, Fort, History, Musuem, Nature, Palace, Temple, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 82014

Chittorgarh is a city in Rajasthan, India. Major attraction of this place is Chittorgarh Fort which is the largest fort in India. It was built in 7th century by Mauryans. This fort was sacked for 3 times between 15th and 16th centuries. In the history of fort, siege by Ala-ud-din Khilji is an important event. Fort is the pride of Rajputs. From 8th century to 16th century Kingdom of Mewar ruled this place. Area occupied by this fort is 700 acres. It stands on 180m high hill. Jewellery, Leather shoes, handmade shoes, fabrics, metal works are worth buying in Chittorgarh city. Jauhar Mela is the biggest festival celebrates in this city.

 

What to see in Chittorgarh:

Chittorgarh Fort: Other name of this fort is water fort. It is the major attraction of Chittorgarh. Worth seeing in this fort are Vijay Stambh, Kirti Stambh, gates namely Hanuman Pol and Ram Pol. Several temples are located inside the fort. They are Kalika Mata Temple, Shyam Temple, Meera Temple, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple. These temples belong to 8th century. This fort is having 22 water bodies.

Rana Kumbha Palace: It is located inside the fort. It was built by Rana Kumbha in 1433- 68. Worth seeing in this palace are stables of horses, elephants and balconies. Ganesha temple is also located inside the palace.

Rani Padmini’s Palace: This is 3 storied white building situated inside the fort. Pavilion and lotus temple are located here.

Archaeological museum: Sculptures, houses paintings, artifacts are the major attractions of the museum. Historical facts of ruins of the fort also can be seen here. During the excavation, artefacts belongs to Buddhism are found. These artefacts also can be seen in the museum.

Other attractions in Chittorgarh: Other attractions in Chittorgarh are Phatta’s Memorial, Vijaya Stambh, Kalika Mata Temple, Tulja Bhawani Temple, Meera Temple, Gaumukh Reservoir,

What to see around Chittorgarh:

Sitamata Wild life Sanctuary: It is believed that Sitamata stayed in this forest in Saint Valmiki Ashram so it was named after this. Major attractions of this sanctuary are wild Pangolin, leopards, jungle cat, nilgai, deer etc. It is locate 31kms away from Chittorgarh.

Sanwariyaji Temple: It is located 38kms away from the city. Lord Vishnu worshipped here.

Bassi fort: It is located 54kms away from the city. Major attractions of this fort are Mahals, arches, domes and gates. This was built in 16th century by Thakur Jimal who was the cousin of Maharana Pratap .

Nagari: It is located 18kms away from the city. During the excavation a stupa was discovered decorated with terracotta tiles. This was the flourishing town during Gupta and Mughal rulers.

Other attractions near Chittorgarh: Other attractions near Chittorgarh are Bassi Wildlife sanctuary, Menal, Bhainsrodgarh Wildlife sanctuary, Maha Sati, Sanwariaji Temple, Sathis Deori Temple.

 

Getting to Chittorgarh: Chitttorgarh is well connected through road and railways. From the cities of Rajasthan, buses come to this place. From Vadodara, New Delhi, Udaipur, Ajmer, Jaipur trains halt at Chittorgarh. Nearest airport is at Udaipur. This airport is popularly known as Maharana Pratap airport. This airport is well connected with New Delhi and Jaipur.

 

Getting around Chittorgarh: Buses, Taxis and Private Vehicles are available to visit the surrounding places of Chittorgarh.

 

Best time to visit Chittorgarh: Best time to visit this place is during the winter season. Climate is so pleasant during this season.

 

Where to stay in Chittorgarh: Plenty of accommodations are available to stay in Chittorgarh. All type of hotels such as budget, midrange and luxury hotels are available.

 

Where to eat in Chittorgarh: Plenty of restaurants available to eat in Chittorgarh. All the restaurants provide traditional Rajasthani meals along with Continental and Chinese cuisines. Few hotels offer Mughal Cuisines. Almost all the hotels serve only vegetarian food.

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Kota

Kota

Rajasthan, North India, Architecture, Dussehra, Fort, History, Musuem, Nature, Palace, Rock Formations, Temple, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 82014

Kota is the third largest city of Rajasthan, India. This place is famous for gardens and Palaces. It is located on the banks of Chambal River. Kotya Bhill warrior laid the foundation stone for the construction of this city. Dussehra festival celebrates so grandly in Kota. This city has its own style in celebrating this festival. Main attraction of this festival is burning of effigies of Meghnath, Kumbhakaran and Ravana. Other festival celebrates grandly at this place is Ganguar festival. Grand procession takes place during this festival. Procession includes horses, camels, elephants, drummers and dancers.

 

What to see in Kota:

City Fort Palace: In Rajasthan it is one of the largest forts. Visitors can see Rajput and Mughal architectural style on this fort. Ceilings are made up of glass and marble are used for the walls as well as for the floors. Palace consists of a museum. This displays the weapons used during the Rajput era were displayed. Major attraction of this fort is Elephant Gate which was built in 17th century.

Chambal Garden: It is located on the banks of river Chambal. This is the best picnic spot. Inside the garden, visitors can find a pond. Major attractions of this pond are gharials and crocodiles.

Kishore Sagar Lake and Jagmandir Palace: It is an artificial lake which was built in 1346 by Prince Dher Dun of Bundi. At the middle of the lake visitors can find a Palace which was built in 1740. This palace was constructed with red sandstone.

Maharao Madho Singh Museum: This is one of the best museums in Rajasthan. It was named after first king of Kota i.e. Rao Madho Singh. Major attraction of this museum is arms, sculptures, miniature paintings of Kota school.

Umed Bhawan Palace: It is located in the cantonment area of Kota. This was built by Maharaja Umed Singh in 1800. Now this palace is acting as heritage hotel.

Darrah Wildlife Sanctuary: It was established in 1955. Kota Kings used this area for hunting purpose. Major attraction of this place is deer, Tiger, Rhinos, wolves, nilgai etc

Other attractions in Kota: Other attractions in Kota are Sawan Phuhar Water Park, Brijraj Bhawan Palace, Godavari Dham Temple, Kansua Temple, Haveli Devtaji, Mathuradheesh Mandir, Gurudwara Azamgarh Sahib.

 

What to see around Kota:

Kaithoon: It is located 14kms away from Kota. This place is famous for hand woven Kota Daria Saris. Here dress material and fabrics embroider with real gold and silver threads can be seen.

Baroli: It is located 45kms away from Kota. Major attraction of this place is Ghateshwara Temple. It is one of the beautiful temple complexes in Rajasthan. Carvings on the temple are so attractive. Pillars, images of Lord Shiva, Nataraja are the best example for Rajasthani craftsmanship.

Other attractions near Kota: Other attractions near Kota are Taragarh Fort, Sitabari, Alnea, Raniji Ki Baoli, Garadia Mahadev, Gaipernath.

 

Getting to Kota: Kota is well connected with Road and Railway lines. From Ajmer, Bikaner, Jaipur, Udaipur etc buses come to Kota. From Pune, Chennai, Kolkata, Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai etc trains halt at this station. Nearest airport is at Jaipur which is 245kms away from Kota. This airport is well connected with Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai. Taxis are available to reach Kota from this airport.

 

Getting around Kota: Buses, Cycle rickshaws and Autos are available to see the city. Buses and Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Kota.

 

Best time to visit Kota: Best time to visit this place is between November to February.

 

Where to stay in Kota: Plenty of accommodations are available to stay in Kota. But only Budget and midrange hotels are available. During the winter season i.e. festival season tourists rush is more so advance booking of rooms is advisable.

 

Where to eat in Kota: Plenty of hotels are available to eat in Kota. Most of the restaurants serve vegetarian and Rajasthani cuisines.

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Kapilavastu

Kapilavastu

UP, North India, Buddhist Monestery, Buddhist Stupas, Buddhist temples, History

April 82014

Kapilavastu is located near Indo Nepal Border in Uttar Pradesh. This is most sacred places to Buddhists. Lord Buddha spends 29 years in this place. 5 important sites of Lord Buddha are Kushinagar (Here Buddha attained Nirvana), Sarnath (Buddha speeches Buddhism for the first time), Bodh Gaya (In this place he attained enlightenment), Lumbini (Buddha was born) and Kapilavastu (Spend 29 years in his life time).

 

Earlier Kapilavastu acted as capital to Shakya dynasty. At the age of 29 Lord Buddha left this place and returned here after 12 years as Buddha. Earlier he was Prince Siddhartha. Several monasteries and Palaces of this place are in ruin stage. Uttar Pradesh Government is now involved in developing this site as international Buddhist Pilgrimage. Famous festival of this place is Kapilavastu Buddha Mahotsav. Followers of Lord Buddha celebrate this festival for 3 days every year from 29th December to 31st December. Terai trekking is another major attraction in this place.

 

What to see in Kapilavastu:

Palace Site: Ruins of Palace came out of the excavations. It is believed that, these ruins belong to King Shuddhodhan’s Palace. He was the father of Lord Buddha. Lord Buddha spent his early days of his life in this Palace as Prince Siddhartha.

Stupa complex: This was found in the excavations made during 1970’s. On the lid of the pot archaeologists found the inscriptions. From those inscriptions it came to known that this stupa refers to Kushan Emperor Kanishka. Kanishka built the vihar at Kapilavastu and he renovated the main stupa.

Other Places of Interest in Kapilavastu: Other Places of Interest in Kapilavastu are Palta Devi Temple, Kubernath Temple, and Narahi Temple. Narahi Temple built in the style of Konark Sun Temple. This temple is also dedicated to Lord Sun like Konark Sun Temple.

 

What to see near Kapilavastu:

Lumbini: It is located 27kms away from Kapilavastu. It is Buddhist Pilgrim site in Rupandehi district of Nepal. This is the birth place of Lord Buddha.

Kushinagar: It is located in Kapilavastu district of Uttar Pradesh which is 148kms away from Kapilavastu. This is one of the Buddhist pilgrim centres. In this place soul of Lord Buddha left his body. Many structures were built by Ashoka during his resign.

Sarnath: This place is allocated 13kms away from Varanasi and 147 kms from Kapilavastu of Uttar Pradesh. Emperor Ashoka has built several temples and stupas. Most famous of those are Dhameka Stupa, Ashok Pillar, Choukhandi Stupa, Kuti Vihar, and Mulagandha Kuti Vihar. Four lion statue lies in this place. This statue was adopted as national emblem.

 

Getting to Kapilavastu: Kapilavastu is well connected with road ways. Private taxis, Coaches and buses are available to reach other Buddhist centres like Sarnath, Kushinagar and Lumbini from Kapilavastu. Nearest railway station is located at Naugarh which is 21kms away from Kapilavastu. Taxis and buses are available to reach Kapilavastu from Naugarh railway station. Nearest airport is at Gorakhpur. Gorakhpur airport is well connected with Delhi. This airport is located 108kms away from Kapilavastu. Private Vehicles and Taxi are available to come to Kapilavastu.

 

Getting around Kapilavastu: Private vehicles, cabs, buses, tempos, autos available to see Kapilavastu area. Buses are available to visit the surrounding places of Kapilavastu.

 

Best time to visit Kapilavastu: Best time to visit Kapilavastu is between October to April.

 

Where to stay in Kapilavastu: Budget, midrange hotels are available to stay in Kapilavastu along with Government guest house and Dharmasala. Luxury hotel is available 14kms away from Kapilavastu.

 

Where to eat in Kapilavastu: Few restaurants are available in Kapilavastu. All the restaurants serve Uttar Pradesh cuisines. UP Government is also running a restaurant which serves North Indian Cuisines.

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Khuri

Khuri

Rajasthan, North India, Bird Sanctuary, Boating, Camal Safari, Fort, Musuem, Nature, Sand Dunes, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 82014

Khuri is a small village located in Sikar district of Rajasthan, India. Visitors of this can enjoy and can have most memorable experience of Sam Sand Dunes. Sweeping dunes are most attractive in shining golden colour. Riding on the decorated camel is so exiting. From this village visitors can reach to Thar Desert Sand dunes within half an hour. If visitors travel through any other vehicle it will take less than half an hour of time.

 

What to see in Khuri:
Khuri Sand Dues:
Though it is the one attraction of Khuri, it is most unforgettable and impressive experience. Horse safaris and Camel safaris is most memorable experience. Visitors of this place have to experience Spartan splendours of the desert. During the night times desert offers ideal setting to star gaze. Kalbeliya dance and folk songs accompanied by bonfires are very common in this place. For the entertainment of the tourists, Camel Polo and Camel race conducts here. Sunrise and sunset from the sand dunes looks so beautifully.

 

What to see around Khuri:

Sam Sand Dunes: It is located 40kms away from Khuri. During the winter season night camps in this place is most attractive. Cost of this camp is between Rs.3000 to Rs.7000 per person.

Jaisalmer Fort: Other name of this fort is Ship fort as it looks like ship in the sea of the golden sand. Sandstone is used to build this fort. It was constructed in 12th century. It is located 36kms away from Khuri.

Gadisar Lake: Visitors of this lake can enjoy boat riding. Though it is located in the middle of the desert it will never get dry. It is located 39kms away from Khuri.

Desert National Park: In India this is one of the largest parks. It is located 47kms away from Khuri. Major attraction of this place is fauna and flora. Visitors are allowed between 10.00 AM to 5.00 PM for 4 to 5 hours. Nearly 72 villages are located around this park. This is the best place for natural lovers.

Tazia Tower: This was the construction of Muslim rulers. It is 5 storied structures with several carved balconies. Muharram celebrates here very grandly. It is located 38kms away from Khuri.

Government Museum: It is located 38kms away from Khuri. Major attraction of museum is marine and wooden fossils of wildlife. Handful displays which are placed here dates back to 150 million years. Sculptures of 12th century can be seen here.

 

Getting to Khuri: Khuri is well connected through road ways. From Jaisalmer, Delhi, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Jaipur buses come to this place. Nearest railway station is located at Jaisalmer which is 50kms away from Khuri. From Mumbai, Delhi, Jodhpur trains come to Jaisalmer. SUVs, Jeeps, Taxis and buses are available to come to Khuri from Jaisalmer. Nearest airport is located at Jodhpur which is 310kms away from Khuri. This airport is well connected with Delhi and Mumbai. From these airport visitors has to reach to Jaisalmer. Then they have to reach to Khuri.

 

Getting around Khuri: Camel Carts, Horses, Camels, SUVs, jeeps are available to visit the surrounding places of Khuri.

 

Best time to visit Khuri: Best time to visit Khuri is between November to February.

 

Where to stay in Khuri: Khuri is having several resorts along with plenty of home stays. Traditional Rajasthan cuisines are available at home stays of Khuri. Dune visits offer by home stays and resorts management. Best facilities will be available at resorts and home stays.

 

Where to eat in Khuri: Rajasthani Cuisines are available in home stays and Resorts. Both vegetarian and non vegetarian food is available in these home stays and resorts.

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Tonk

Tonk

Rajasthan, North India, Ghantar Ghar, History, Lucknow of Rajasthan, Masjid, Temple

April 82014

Tonk is a town in Rajasthan, India. This place is also known as Lucknow of Rajasthan. It is located on the banks of Banas River. Tonk is famous for its mosques and havelis. In 17th century this was founded by Nawab Muhammad Amir Khan. Other names of this place are Kharboojo Ka Chaman, Adab Ka Gulshan. Wonders of Mughal architectural styles can be seen here. This place is famous for Leather Products. Best leather goods are available at Subhash Circle.

 

What to see in Tonk:

Sunehri Kothi: This is also known as Sheesh Mahal. It was built by Nawab Mohammed Ibrahim Ali Khan. It is famous for poetry recitals, music recitals and dance. Walls of the main hall are furnished with gold. Mirrors are attached here.

Jama Masjid: It is one of the biggest mosques in India. Construction of this mosque started in 1246 by Amir Khan. He was the first Nawab of Tonk. Construction completed in 1298 by Nawab Wazirudhoula. He was the son of Amir Khan. Major attractions of this mosque are meenakari work and paintings on the walls of the walls of the mosque. It has 4 minarets and 4 doors.

Arabic and Persian Research Centre: This is historically significant place. It consists of manuscripts relating to Islamic sciences, Culture, history, Literature.

Ghantar Ghar: This was built by Mohammed Sadat Ali Khan in 1937. He was the Nawab of Tonk.

 

What to see around Tonk:

Chandlai: This was found by Jat Chieftain Chandla. He built a pond at this village. This was named after his daughter Bhala. It has an inscription of Baisakh Sudi 5 Samvat 1027. It is located 8kms away from Tonk.

RajaMahal: It is located on a mountain at Kakor. In this place visitors can see meeting of 3 rivers Khari River, Dai River and Banas River. It is located 22kms away from the town.

Hathi Bhata: This was a historical monument. It was made up of single stone in the shape of an elephant. On the right ear of the elephant visitors can see inscriptions. Inscriptions say that this was built by Ram Nath Slat in 1200 during the rule of Sawai Ram Singh. It is located 22kms away from the town.

Shivaji Garden: Inspiration for this garden is Hiran Magari Gardens and Mysore Gardens. Area covered by this garden is 4 acres. Major attractions for the children are swimming pool and musical fountain. Cost for the Construction of this garden is Rs.1 crore. It is located 55kms away from the town.

Other attractions near Tonk: Other attractions near Tonk are Bisalpur, Ranthambore National Park, Bundi, Kota, Jaipur.

 

Getting to Tonk: Tonk is well connected with road ways. From Bhilwara, Gwalior, Kota, Jaipur buses are available to visit Tonk. Nearest railway station is Banastha Niwai Railway station which is 38kms away from Tonk. From Bhopal, Secunderbad, Kota, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Indore etc trains come to this place. Nearest airport is Sanganer airport which is located 91kms away from the Tonk. From Goa, Guwahati, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai etc flights come to this airport.

 

Getting around Tonk: Buses and Jeeps are available to visit the surrounding places of Tonk.

 

Best time to visit Tonk: Best time to visit Tonk is between October to March.

 

Where to stay in Tonk: Plenty of home stays, budget and midrange hotels are available to stay in Tonk. Home stays are traditional Rajasthani houses.

 

Where to eat in Tonk: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in Tonk. Chinese, South Indian, North Indian cuisines are available at Ghanta Ghar and Kafla Bazaar. In Ghanta Ghar and Jilla Pustakalay, best Rajasthani Cuisines are available.

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Sravasti

Sravasti

UP, North India, Architecture, Buddhist Monestery, Buddhist temples, History, Jetavana Monastery, Temple

April 82014

Sravasti is an ancient city of India. During the Buddha’s lifetime it was one of 6 largest cities. It is situated on the banks of Rapti River in Uttar Pradesh. According to Mahabharata, Shravasta King founded this city. But Buddhists believed that this place is named after sage Savatthi as he lived in this city. As per the historical records, Lord Buddha spent 25 years in this city. Out of these 25 years he spent 19 years in Jetavana Monastery and remaining 6 year in Pubbrama monastery. During Buddha period plenty of monasteries and stupas were built. In this place Lord Buddha made several miracles. One of the famous miracles is creating multiple images of himself.

 

What to see in Sravasti:

Sobhnath Temple: This is the birth place of Jain Tirthankar Sambhavanath. During the excavation of the place, several sculptures of Jain Thirthankars (Seating and standing postures) are found. This temple is in rectangle shape.

Jetavana Monastery: In this place Lord Buddha has spent 19 years during his lifetime. Prime attraction of this place is Anandabodhi tree. This was planted from the branch of Sri Lankan Bodhi Trees. Another attraction of this place is ruins of Gandhakuti and Anandakuti. In this place Lord Buddha used to stay in the monastery.

Mahet: Major attraction of this place is two stupas. One belongs to Anathapindika, disciple of Lord Buddha. Name of this stupa is kachchi Kuti. Another stupa belongs to Angulimala who converted into Buddhism. Name of this stupa is Pakki Kuti.

Saheth: This site includes monasteries, stupas and shrines. Temples of this places dates back to Gupta era and stupas belongs to Kushana Period. At this site huge statue of Lord Buddha was discovered. Now this was preserved in the Kolkata Museum.

 

What to see around Sravasti:

Devi Patan Temple: It is one of the 51 Shaktipeethas. This temple is located 48kms away from Sravasti. It is believed that right shoulder of Sati had fallen in this site. Major attractions of this place are idols of Goddess Kali, Kal Bhairav and other. It is believed that this was constructed by Guru Gorakshanath of the Nath Sampradaya. Vikramaditya had reconstructed this temple. In the 11th century and again this was renovated by the king Sravasti Suheldev.

Khargupur: Prithvi Nathan Mahadeo temple is most famous in this place. It is one of the most ancient temples in India. Lord Shiva worshipped here. It is located 14kms away from Sravasti.

Payagpur: It is located 51kms away from the town. It was once acted as Indian princely state.

Balampur: It is located 18kms away from the town. Ancient temple built in this place is most famous in this place. This was constructed in modern architecture style.

 

Getting to Sravasti: Sravasti is well connected through road ways. From Kanpur, Bareilly, Mathur, Agra, Allahabad, private and state run buses are available to reach Sravasti. Nearest railway station is located at Balrampur which is located 18kms away from the town. From Barhni, Gonda, Anandnagar and Kapilavastu trains halt at this place. Nearest railway head is Gonda railway station which is located 50kms away from the town.

 

Getting around Sravasti: Autos are available to visit the places in Sravasti. Buses, taxis and autos are available to visit the surrounding places of Sravasti.

 

Best time to visit Sravasti: Best time to visit this place is between October to May.

 

Where to stay in Sravasti: Plenty of budget range hotels are available to stay in Sravasti. Tourists Bungalows are available to stay in Sravasti. These are maintained by PWD.

 

Where to eat in Sravasti: Limited restaurants are available to eat in Sravasti. Best option to have food in Sravasti is in-house restaurants of the hotels.

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Kasol

Kasol

HP, North India, History, Nature, Parvati River, Trekking

April 72014

Kasol is a village and hill station in Himachal Pradesh, India. It is situated in Parvati Valley on the banks of Parvati River. Kasol is divided into Old Kasol and New Kasol on either side of the bridge.

 

What to see in Kasol: This is the best place for natural lovers and trekking lovers. Throughout the year visitors can see great climate and untouched mountains. Israel tourists are more at this place. If people want to chill in the lap of nature, this is the best place for vacation. One can spend lazy afternoons at this place. The Himalayan Village resort is most beautiful to visit at Kasol.

 

Trekking is the major activity in Kasol. Through trekking visitors can reach to Khiriganga, Pin Parbati Pass, Yanker Pass, and SAR Pass. Tourists rush of Israel’s is more at this place. One of the interesting things at this place is, sign boards of the shops written in Hebrew. As Israel tourist rush is more all the restaurants serve Israel cuisines. This is the ideal destination for backpackers. Parvarti River abounds with trout’s. This is the perfect place for angling. For fishing in the river prior permission from forest department is essential. Other attraction for in Kasol is white water rafting. Many pilgrims dip in river parvati and believe that all their sins will wipe off. Kasol is the best place to smoke weeds.

 

What to see around Kasol:

Kullu: This place is known as valley of Gods. It is located 40kms away from the town. It is an open valley between Largi and Manali. This is the best place for natural lovers. Hills in the valley covered with Sprawling Apple Orchards, Deodar Forest and Pine forests. Activities in this valley are Angling, hiking over the Himalayan glaciers, paragliding, Mountaineering, river rafting, trekking. This place is also famous for adventure sports. Other Kullu attractions are Chandrakhani Pass, Raghunath Temple.

Manikaran: It is located 5kms away from the town. Several tourists who visited Kullu and Manali would like to see this place to see the hot springs. This place is also famous for pilgrim centres. Several Hindu temple and Gurudwaras are placed here. Manikaran Attractions are Hot springs, Lord Ramachandra Temple, Vishnu Temples, Sri Guru Nanak Devji Gurudwara, Kulant Pith.

Manali: It is located 80kms away from the town. Manali is a hill station in Himachal Pradesh. It is named after Hindu god Manu. Manali is popular honeymoon spot. Manali is famous for its culture, history, scenic beauty, snow covered by mountains. Other Manali attractions are Manu Temple, Hadimba Temple, Paragliding, Trekking and Adventures sports, Solang Valley.

 

Getting to Kasol: Kasol is well connected through road ways. From Chandigarh, Kullu, Manali, buses come to this place. Nearest railway head is located at Pathankot. This is located 150kms away from the town. Nearest airport is Bhuntar Airport. From Delhi, Shimla, Pathankot flights come to this place. From this airport taxis and private vehicles are available to reach Kasol.

 

Getting around Kasol: Private Vehicles and Hiring a cab are available to visit the surrounding places of Kasol.

 

Best time to visit Kasol: It is essential to know the best time before visiting to any place. Best time to visit this palace is between March to May.

 

Where to stay in Kasol: Only budget hotels are available. Midrange and luxury hotels cannot be seen here but few guest houses are available to stay in Kasol.

 

Where to eat in kasol: Plenty of cafes and restaurants are available. Israel tourists rush is more in this place. So, all the restaurants serve Israel cuisines along with local cuisines. North Indian and continental cuisines are also available here.

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Bharatpur

Bharatpur

Rajasthan, North India, Bird Sanctuary, Deeg water Palace, History, Nature,Temple

April 72014

Bharatpur is a city located in Rajasthan, India. It is also known as eastern gateway to Rajasthan. This is the one of the best places for bird lovers. This place is named after Bharat who was a brother of Lord Rama. Royal family of Bharatnagar worshipped Laxmana (Brother of Lord Rama) as their deity. This place is famous for historical buildings, parks and avian sanctuaries.

 

What to see in Bharatpur:

Keoladeo National Park: This was established by Maharaja Suraj Mal, 250 years ago. In 1956 this was established as bird sanctuary. In 1982 this was designed as a national park. Visitors of this place can see 7 species of turtles, 392 species of angiosperms, 5 species of amphibians, 375 species of birds and 50 species of fishes.

Laxman Temple: This is 400 years old temple located at the centre of the city. It was built by Maharaja Baldev Singh. Other shrines of this temple are Hanuman, Shtrughan, Bharat and lord Rama.

Lohagarh Fort: Even after several attacks by the Britishers this fort remained unconquered. Worth visiting place of this fort are Kothi Khas, Mahal Khas, Kishori Mahal. This was built by Jat ruler Maharaja Suraj Mal in 18th century. This is one of the strongest buildings in the history of India. This fort consists of 3 palaces namely Purana Mahal, Kamra Mahal and Mahal Khas. Sandstone durbar in the fort is now acting as museum.

Government Museum: Major attractions of this museum are Weapons, coins, arms, Sculptures. All these could be more than 4000 antiques. Other name of this museum is state Archaeological museum. This remains closed in Monday.

Ganga Temple: It is located at the center of the city. In 1845, Maharaja Balwant Singh constructed this temple. South Indian, Mughal, Rajpur architecture styles can be seen on this temple. Devotees come to this temple will be given holy Ganga river water.

Bankebihari Temple: This temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and Radha. It is one of the famous temples of India.

 

What to see around Bharatpur:

Gopal Bhavan: This was constructed in 1760. Beautiful garden can be seen before this bhavan. Marble arch is placed here. Pillars of this Bhavan are most beautiful. Rich collection of Victorian furniture, Souvenirs and curios can be seen here. In the next floors visitors can see black marble bed. It is located 35kms away from the town.

Deeg Fort: It is located 35kms away from the town. This was built in 1730 by Maharaja Suraj Mal. This fort consists of 10 gateways and 72 bastions. Elephant strikes are used to protect the gateways. Watch tower stands but interior of this fort is in ruin stage. This was built in typical bangaldar style. Garden in this fort is in Char Bagh style.

c: It consists of beautiful gardens and Palaces. It is located 32kms away from the city. This place acted as summer resort of Raja Surajmal. It is Quadrangle shaped palace. A fountain at this place is so attractive.

 

Getting to Bharatpur: Bharatpur is well connected through road and railways. From Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan buses are available to reach this place. From the cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Agra, Jaipur trains come to this place. Nearest airport is located at Agra which is 56kms away from the city. Private taxis are available from the port to come to Bharatpur.

 

Getting around Bharatpur: Autos, local buses, Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Bharatpur.

 

Best time to visit Bharatpur: Best time to visit Bharatpur is between November to March.

 

Where to stay in Bharatpur: Plenty of accommodations available in Bharatpur. Government run forest lodges are also available here.

 

Where to eat in Bharatpur: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in Bharatpur. Continental, Mughalai cuisines are available along with local cuisines.

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Chitrakootv

Chitrakootv

MP, Central India, Chitrakoot, History, Ramayana, Valley, Water falls

April 72014

Chitrakoot is a town in Satna district of Madhya Pradesh, India. This place is also known as Hill of many wonders. In India this is one of the oldest pilgrimage centres which are located on the banks of Mandakini River. It is believed that Lord Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu were born in this place. During 14 years of exile period of Rama, Sita and Lakshmana have stayed in this place for more than 11 years. This place is famous for several religious places.

 

What to see in Chitrakoot:

Ram Ghat: It is a long stretch of steps made on the banks of River Mandakini. Holy men meditated here. They will dress in saffron cloths. It is believed that Sita, Rama and Lakshmana resided here during their exile.

Hanuman Dhara: According to the legends, Hanuman stood under the water flowing out of the rock at this place to calm down himself from angry after destroying Lanka with fire with his tail.

Gupt Godavari: Godavari streams goes from one cave to another and disappears. Inside the cave one can find two thrones like rock structures.

Bharat Milap Mandir: This is the place where Bharat came to meet Lord Rama to request him to come back to Palace and take over his seat as king of Ayodhya. Army of Bharat camped at this place. Bharat feet and impressions of Lord Rama can be seen here.

Sphatik Shila: In this place footprints of Lord Rama can seen. Janaki kund is located few kilometres away from this place. In this place Sita was bitten by Jayant.

Param Kutir: This was constructed by Lakshmana with Bamboo and other forest material for lord Rama and Sita.

Janaki Kund: This was the bath place of Lord Rama and Sita. Foot prints near this kund believed to be footprints of Sita.

Chitrakoot waterfalls: This is another attraction of this place.

 

What to see around Chitrakoot:

Kamadgiri Temple: It is believed that, before creating universe Lord Brahma performed Yagna in this place with 108 fire pits. Several caves can be seen here. It is located 7kms away from the town.

Sati Anasuya Ashramam: It is 16kms away from the town. According to Hindu Mythology, this was the residence place of Atri Maha Muni and his wife and children.

Ganesh Bagh: It is located 11kms away from the city. This garden was built by Peshwa King, Vinayak Rao. Lord Shiva temple is also located here. This temple looks like temples of Khajuraho.

Rama Shaiyya: It is located 5kms away from the town. It is believed that Lord Rama and Sita used to sleep on the huge rock located here during their exile. Mark of bow and mattresses can be seen here.

 

Getting to Chitrakoot: Chitrakoot is well connected with road and railways. From Allahabad, Indore, Jabalpur, Agra, Pune etc buses and trains come to this place. Nearest airport is Bamrauli Airport which is situated in Allahabad. This airport is well connected with Lucknow, Kolkata and Delhi.

 

Getting around Chitrakoot: Private vehicles, buses, taxis and autos are available to visit the surrounding places of Chitrakoot.

 

Best time to visit Chitrakoot: Best time to visit this place is between July to March.

 

Where to stay in Chitrakoot: plenty of Budget and midrange hotels are available to stay in Chitrakoot. Tourist bungalows, Dharmasalas, Lodges, Guest houses are also available to stay in Chitrakoot.

 

Where to eat in Chitrakoot: As this is the religious place non vegetarian cannot be seen here. Only vegetarian food is available. Food stall near Ram Ghat will provide North Indian cuisines.

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Ayodhya

Ayodhya

UP, North India, Masjid, Nature, Ramayana, Temple

April 72014

Ayodhya is an ancient city of India located in Uttar Pradesh. This is the most sacred place to the Hindus as it was the birth place of Lord Rama. Lord Rama is 7th incarnation of Lord Vishnu. This was founded by Manu. He was the first man in the Vedas. According to Ramayana this place is 9000 years old. At the time of Lord Rama’s rule, this place is known as Kaushaldesa. Atharvana Veda described this place as city built by Gods being prosperous like Paradise itself. Apart from Hinduism influence of Islam, Buddhism and Jainism can be seen in Ayodhya. In this city five Thirthankars were born.

 

What to see in Ayodhya:

Ramkot: This is the main worship place of Lord Rama. Ram Navami celebrates on the occasion of Lord Rama’s birthday very grandly. This comes between March and April.

Hanuman Garhi: It is situated at the heart of Ayodhya. Visitors can see shrine of Goddess Anjani with Hanuman in her lap. It is believed that cave used to be residence of Hanuman and he guards Ramkot.

Swarg Dwar: Lord Rama was cremated in this place.

Kanak Bhawan: In this Bhawan, visitors can find most beautiful images of Lord Rama and Sita wearing crowns made up of Gold. This Bhawan is also known as Sone Ka Ghar which means house made up of gold.

Treta Temple: This was built at the place where Lord Rama performed Ashwamedha Yajnam. 300 years ago, Raja of Kullu constructed a new temple at this site. In 1784 this temple was renovated by Ahalyabai Hokar. During the time of renovation, adjoining Ghats were built.

Mani Hill and Sugriv Hill: Ancient stupa situated in Mani Hill. This was built by king Ashoka. Surgiv hill has an ancient monastery.

Nageshvarnath Temple: This was built by Kush son of Lord Rama. People say that Kush lost his arm band in Saryu River. This was found by a Naag Kanya. She fell in love with him. In the honour of Naaga Kanya and her devotion towards Lord Shiva, Kush built this temple. All other structures ruined. Only this temple stands still. On seeing this temple itself Vikramaditya found Ayodhya. Shivaratri festival celebrates grandly.

Other attractions of Ayodhya: Other attractions of Ayodhya are Sita ki Rasoi, Ram ki Paidi, Mani Parbat, Ramjanamabhoomi, Babri Mosque.

 

What to see around Ayodhya:

Faizabad: It is located 7kms away from Ayodhya. This was developed by Safdaejung about 220 years ago. He was second nawab of Awadh. This place is famous for Chotta Calcutta fort. Major attractions of this fort are Jawahar Garden, Moti Mahal, Khrushid Mahal, Gulab Bari.

Gonda: This town is famous for Devi Patan Temple. A tank can be seen here. People believe that this was built by king Karna who was the son of Lord Sun. He built this tank to honour his father lord Sun. It is located 50kms away from the city.

Other attractions near Ayodhya: Other attractions near Ayodhya are Mausolum of Bahu Begum, Rishabhdev Rajghat udayan, Gulab Bari, Guptar Ghat, Raja Mandir, Military temple, Faizabad Musuem, Tulsi udyan.

 

Getting to Ayodhya: Ayodhya is well connected through road and railways. From Gonda, Gorakpur, Varanasi, Kanpur, Lucknow etc buses and trains com to this place. Nearest airport is located at Lucknow which is 150kms away from the city.

 

Getting around Ayodhya: Buses, Jeeps, Taxis and autos are available to visit the surrounding place of Ayodhya.

 

Best time to visit Ayodhya: Best time to visit Ayodhya is between November to March.

 

Where to stay in Ayodhya: only budget and midrange hotels are available to stay in Ayodhya. Best budget hotels are located near railway station and Ambedkar Nagar. Two government run guest houses are also available.

 

Where to eat in Ayodhya: Limited restaurants are available to eat in Ayodhya. Available restaurants offer Chinese, Punjabi and North Indian cuisines. Restaurants offer only vegetarian.

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Fatehpur Sikri

Fatehpur Sikri

UP, North India, Akbar, Architecture, Fatehpur Sikri, History, Temple, Tomb

April 72014

Fatehpur Sikri is a city in Uttar Pradesh, India. This city was founded by Mughal Emperor, Akbar in 1569. It was constructed in Hindu and Islamic architectural styles. Red Sikri sandstone was used to build this city. It is the beautiful city with unique designs and attractive carvings. At the time of construction this place was named as Fatehabad, Fateh means Victory. This place acted as a capital of the Mughal Empire from 1571 to 1585. It has taken 15 years to complete the construction of this city.

 

What to see in Fatehpur Sikri:

Buland Darwaza: This is the most famous in the city. It is the doorway on the south side of Jama Masjid. Height of this gateway is 180 feet. Other name of this gateway is Horseshoe Gate. People nail horseshoes to the wooden door which gives luck to them.

Diwan-e-Khaas: This hall used for private purpose. Official and important meeting used to hold at this place. This place is famous for its main pillar. Its base is in square shape. Platform is supporting by the beautifully carved pillars.

Diwan-e-Aam: Akbar used this hall to solve the problems of the public. Near this hall, Turkish baths are located.

Salim Chishti’s Tomb: Around this tomb visitors can enjoy beautiful garden. This was made up of marble. Pillars at this place are beautifully carved. Around the tomb, one can find unique designs and carvings windows.

Panch Mahal: It was a 5 storied Palace. Floor of this mahal supported by 176 carved pillars.

Mariam Zamani’s Palace: This was built for Akbar’s wife in Gujarati Architectural style.

Ibadat Khana: Ibadat Khana was built to worship God. This was built in 1575 by Akbar.

Naqqar Khana: Drums was placed here. When Emperor is entering into the public hall these drums used to play. It is located near Elephant Gate. Of all the gates of India this was the most important gate.

Anoop Talao: It is a beautifully decorated pool. Four bridges are leading towards this pool. Around this pool, Akbars residence, Astrologers seat, Diwan-e-Khaas, Panch Mahal, Khwaabghar are located.

Jama Masjid: According to the inscriptions, construction of this Masjid completed in 1571 AD. On the top of the masjid visitors can see row of cenotaph. This was made up of marble.

 

What to see around Fatehpur Sikri:

Agra: This pale is famous for Taj Mahal. It is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Domestic as well as foreign tourists come to this place to enjoy the beauty of the city. It is located 37kms away from Fatehpur Sikri. Visitors of this place say that without taking photograph near Taj Mahal, visit of this place is incomplete.

 

Getting to Fatehpur Sikri: Fatehpur Sikri is well connected through road and railways. From Agra and other nearby by cities buses come to this place on regular basis. Both private and state run buses come to this place. Railway station of Fatehpur Sikri is connected to Agra cantonment railway station. Agra station is well connected with all the major cities. Nearest airport is Agra’s Kheria airport which is 36kms away from the city. Taxis are available to visit Fatehpur Sikri from the airport.

 

Getting around Fatehpur Sikri: Private Vehicles and Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Fatehpur Sikri.

 

Best time to visit Fatehpur Sikri: Best time to visit this place is between November to March.

 

Where to stay in Fatehpur Sikri: Few Budget and midrange hotels are available to stay in this city. Luxury hotels along with plenty of other accommodations are available only in Agra which is 37kms away from the city.

 

Where to eat in Fatehpur Sikri: Few Food stalls are available near railway station which is 2kms away from the city. It is advisable to carry food while visiting the monuments.

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Bithoor

Bithoor

UP, North India, Dhruv Teela, Fort, History, Kanpur, Rani Lakshmi Bai

April 72014

Bithoor is a small town in Kanpur district, Uttar Pradesh, India. According to Hindu Mythology, this is the birth place for Luv and Kush who were the sons of Lord Rama. This place has a prominent place in the Indian Rebellion of 1857. Earlier name of this place was Brahmavart. It is believed that when once universe was destroyed, Lord Vishnu and Brahma selected this place to reconstruct the universe and conducted Yagna here. So this place was named as Brahmavart. This is the birth place of Rani Lakshmi Bai.

 

What to see in Bithoor:

Valmiki Ashram: During the exile period, Goddess Sita resides here. She had given birth to Luv and Kush in this ashram. This is the place where Sage Valmiki had written Epic Ramayana. It is one of the holiest places to Hindu pilgrims.

Dhruva Teela: This place belongs to Dhruv. He was a mythological character. He meditated to Lord Shiva on one leg. God impressed to his meditation and said to shine all the time to come as a star.

Patthat Ghat: Unique art and architecture can be seen here. Tikait Rai, Minister of Avadh, laid a foundation stone of the Ghat in this place.

Brahmavart Ghat: It is believed that, this is the nail that was once part of Lord Brahma’s wooden slippers. Devotees after having bath at Ganga, they will pray to Lord Brahma.

Siddhidham Ashram: Visitors of this place can see beautiful artificial mount Kailash. Radha Krishna Temple is the other attraction of this place. It is having very big campus. Several temples can be seen in this ashram such as Nana Saheb Smarak, Jahangir Mosque, Haridham Ashram, Sai Baba Temple, Lav Kush Temple, Ram Janki temple. Other name of this ashram is Sudhanshu Ji Maharaj Ashram.

Ghats: Bithoor is famous for several Ghats. Highest numbers of Ghats are located in Varanasi. After that second place achieved by Bithoor by having 30 Ghats. Large number of temple situated near Ghats.

Forts: Several renowned freedom fighters such as Rani Lakshmi Bai, Tatya Tope, Nana Saheb struggled for independence from this place in 1857. At that time several forts are built here.

 

What to see around Bithoor:

Jaimau: During the historical period this place acted as kingdom Yayati. At that time it was called as Siddhapuri. Major attractions of this place are mausoleum of Makhdum Shah Ala-UL- Haq (Sufi Saint) which was built by Firoz Shah Tughlaq, Siddhnath and Siddha Devi Temple and a mosque built by Kulich Khan in 1679. It is located 22kms away from Bithoor.

Kanpur Memorial Church: In the memory of Britisher who died in the war of 1857, this was built. East Bengal railway architecture and Lombardic Gothic style can be seen on this church. This was constructed with bright red brick. It was designed by Walter Granville. It is located 25kms away from Bithoor.

Shri Radha Krishna Temple: This temple belongs to Radha Krishna. Other shrines of the temple are Hanuman, Narmadeshwar, Lakshminarayana, and Ardhnareswara. It is located 18kms from Bithoor.

 

Getting to Bithoor: It is well connected through road ways. From several cities of Uttar Pradesh buses come to this place. Nearest railway head is Kanpur Junction which is 21kms away from Bithoor. Nearest airport is Chaudhary Charan Singh airport in Lucknow which is 87kms away from Bithoor. From Jaipur, Bangalore, Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai flights come to this place.

 

Getting around Bithoor: This town can be seen on foot or bicycles. Taxis and buses are available to visit the surrounding places of Bithoor.

 

Best time to visit Bithoor: Best time to visit this place is between October to April.

 

Where to stay in Bithoor: Accommodations are not available in Bithoor. In Tatyaganj few accommodations are available. This place is 12kms away from the town. Visitors can find budget and midrange hotels in Kanpur.

 

Where to eat in Bithoor: Only limited restaurants are available. These restaurants offer only vegetarian food.

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Kurukshetra

Kurukshetra

Haryana, North India, History, Kauravas, Kurukshetra, Mahabharata, Musuem, Pandavas, Temple

April 72014

Kurukshetra is a land of historical importance. It is located in Haryana, India. This is the holy place to the Hindus. At this Place Kurukshetra war was held between Kauravas and Pandavas in epic of Mahabharata. In this place Lord Krishna preached Bhagavad Gita to King Arjuna during the war of Kurukshetra. This place is named after the king Kuru. He was the ancestor of Kauravas and Pandavas. Other names of this town are Brahmakshetra, Uttaradevi, Brahmadevi, and Dharamshetra.

 

During the ancient days also this place was having great importance. After knowing the facts of the city Sikh Gurus, Lord Buddha and several other religious teachers come to this place to see the holiness. It is located on the bank of Saraswati River and Drishadvati River. Town existed before Harappa Civilisation. This was proved by excavation in many parts of the city. Handlooms, pottery, lungis, robes, woven shawls are worth buying at this place.

 

What to see in Kurukshetra:

Sannihit Sarovar: This is the meeting point of seven saraswatis. People believe that having bath on Amavasya or on the eclipse day this will be equivalent to performing of Ashvamedh Yajna.

Kurukshetra Panorama and Science centre: This depicts Mahabharata War with scientific explanations.

Kessel Mall: This is the best place for shopping lovers. 3 screen multiplex with several shopping malls can be seen here.

Srikrishna Museum: Historical artefacts along with Paintings which says about Mahabharata War can be seen here.

Light and Sound Show: This is newly built tourists spot. This highlights some aspects of Gita Saar through lights and sounds Balle Balle.

 

What to see around Kurukshetra:

Brahma Sarovar: on the occasion of Somavati Amavasya, lakhs of pilgrims come to this place. People believe that having bath on solar eclipse in this savovar will wipe off all the sins. It is located 7kms away from the town.

Jyothiswar: It is located 12kms away from the town. This is the place where sacred book Bhagavad Gita originated. This place is having a holy Banyan tree. Under this tree Lord Krishna has preached Bhagavad Gita to King Arjuna.

Kalpana Chawla Planetarium: It is located 11kms away from the town. She was the first Indian women in the space. Her achievements can be known from here.

Bhishma Kund: It is situated in the village of Narakatari which is 7kms away from the town. During the battle of Mahabharata, after Bhishma fell on the ground and was thirty, Arjuna shot an arrow into the ground to get water. Here we can see this large reservoir.

Other places to visit near Kurukshetra: Other places to visit near Kurukshetra are Lakshmi Narayan Temple, OP Jindal Park and Musical Fountain, Phalgu Tirtha, Ararak Tirtha, Pavanhrad Tirtha and Kapil Muni Tirtha.

 

Getting to Kurukshetra: Best way to reach this place is through road. From Gurgoan, Pune, Goa, Chandigarh, Bangalore, Hyderabad buses reach to this place. It is having small railway station all the trains do not stop at this place. Trains from Kalka, New Delhi, Ajmer halt at this place.

 

Getting around Kurukshetra: Taxis and buses are available to visit the surrounding places of Kurukshetra.

 

Best time to visit Kurukshetra: Best time to visit this place is between September to March.

 

Where to stay in Kurukshetra: Plenty of hotels are available to stay in Kurukshetra but only budget and midrange hotels, luxury hotels are not available. Dharmasalas are also available in kurukshetra. Best midrange hotels are available at old bus stop and on Amin road.

 

Where to eat in Kurukshetra: Plenty of restaurants are available in Kurukshetra. Best non vegetarian food available all over the town. Best vegetarian food available in Sector 17.

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Mohali

Mohali

Punjab, North India, Boating, Chandigarh, Guradwara, History, Nature, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 72014

Mohali is a city in Punjab, India. Official name of this city is Ajitgarh. This place is named after Sahibzada Ajit Singh who was the Son of Guru Gobind Singh. It is a fast growing IT outsourcing hub. After the success of Chandigarh sector design planning, Mohali planned in its own way. Mohali is famous for its infrastructural planning, historical structures, and industrial structures and for Cricket Ground.

 

What to see in Mohali:

Mohali Cricket Stadium: Other name is Punjab Cricket Association stadium. It is one of the largest cricket stadiums in India which was established in 1993.Capacit of this stadium is 45000 viewers.

Guradwara Amb Sahib: This place was visited by Guru Har Rai. He was the 7th guru of the Sikhs. Name is derived from the word Amb which means mangoes.

Chhatbir Zoo: It is situated on Chandigarh Patiala road. Major attraction of this zoo is Bengal Tiger. Visitors can see 85 types of migratory birds and 950 species of animals.

Gurdwara Sant Mandal Angitha Sahib: This is 3 storied most beautiful Gurdwara. It is located in sector 62 of Mohali.

Other attractions of Mohali: Historical place to see in Mohali are Gurudwara Angitha Sahib, Gurudwara Puddha Sahib, Gurudwara Nabha Sahib, Baba Banda Singh Bahadur war memorial.

 

What to see around Mohali:

Rose Garden: It is Asia’s largest Rose Garden which is located 7kms away from the city. This was established in 1967. Garden was set up by first chief Commissioner of Chandigarh with the help of MS Randhawa. In this place visitors can see 1600 varieties of 17000 rose plants.

Rock Garden: It is located 10kms away from the city in Chandigarh. This is open air exhibition exits between Sukhma Lake and Capitol Complex. All the displayed art made up of waste material like stones, handle bars, mudguards, auto parts, marbles, and metal wires.

Nabha Sahib: It is located in Mohali district which is 16kms away from the city. This site was constructed at the place where the head of Guru Tegh Bahadur fell. He was the Sikh Warrior and Guru.

Sukhna Lake: It is located 13kms away from the city. It is an artificial lake created in 1958 by blocking rain water. Visitors attracts towards this for Skiing, Yachting and Boating.

Mansa Devi Temple: It is located in Mohali district which is 19kms away from the city. It is one of the Sidh Peeths. Two temples can be seen here. One is main temple built in 1815 other one was built by Maharaja of Patiala. Garden near this temple consists of several sacred plants.

Gurdwara Nada Sahib: It is located in Nada Village which is 23kms away from the city. After defeating Mughals, Guru Gobind Singh resided at this place.

Other attractions near Mohali: Other attractions near Mohali are Sukhna Wildlife sanctuary, Gurdwara Baoli Sahib, Thunder Zone Amusement and water Park.

 

Getting to Mohali: Mohali is well connected though road and railways. From Punjab, Haryana, Patiala etc buses are available to reach to Mohali. From Ludhiana, Pune, Chennai, Delhi etc trains come to this place. Nearest railway head is situated at Chandigarh. Chandigarh airport is the nearest airport which is located 15kms away from the city. From Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Delhi etc flights come to this place. Autos and taxis are available to reach Mohali.

 

Getting around Mohali: Autos, Buses, Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of mohali.

 

Best time to visit Mohali: Best time to visit Mohali is between April to June.

 

Where to stay in Mohali: Plenty of accommodation in Mohali. All budget, midrange and luxury hotels are available to stay in Mohali. Plenty of Lodges are also available. Best hotels are Hotel Cama, Imperial Hotel, Vaseela Resort, Hotel Dawaat.

 

Where to eat in Mohali: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in Mohali. Italian, continental, Chinese, Indian cuisines are available.

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Karnaprayag

Karnaprayag

Uttarakhand, North India, Chamoli district, Hill station, Nature,Temple, Trekking

April 72014

Karnaprayag is a town in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. It is one of the Panch Prayag. It is situated at confluence of Pindar River and Alaknanda River. This is the religious site for Hindus. Journey of Ganga River starts from Karnaprayag plains. It is one of the best summer gateways. Climate of this place is so pleasant. Towering peaks in the surroundings of Karnaprayag are Mrigathuni, Trisul, Maiktoli, Narad Ghunti, Drona Giri and Nanda Devi.

 

Goddess Uma Devi Temple is most attractive and ancient temple in this town. This place is also famous for several adventure activities such as Kayaking, rafting, trekking etc. It is believed that in this place, Karna of Mahabharata worshipped to Sun God. This town is having mythological importance. Swami Vivekananda meditated in this place along with his disciples during his visit to Himalayas.

 

What to see in Karnaprayag:

Uma Devi Temple: This temple is dedicated to Goddess Uma Devi. Idol of this temple is taken out for a procession for every 12 years. It is the major attraction of this place.

Karna Temple: This is another attraction of this town. It is located just beside Uma Devi Temple. This temple is dedicated to Karna of Mahabharata. It is believed that he meditated at this place for 3 years for Sun God and acquired his impregnable shield.

Nauti Village: This place is famous for Nanda Devi Raj Yatra. This yatra would be conducted once in 12 years. It is one of the longest pilgrim tour covered by foot into tiring path bestowing lively natural beauty which can leave anyone mesmerised. It is believed that this village is home to Goddess Nanda. Procession had last taken place in 2012.

 

What to see around karnaprayag:

Gopeshwar: It is located 39kms away from Karnaprayag. Temples are the major attractions of this place. Gauchar fair is most famous fair in this area. Gopeshwar Attractions are Gopinath Temple, Snow covered hill, Mountain climbing, Trekking, Anasuya Devi Temple, Tungnath Temple and mountain climbing.

Gauchar: It is located 31kms away from the town. This is surrounded by mountains. In Uttarakhand it is one of the largest pieces of flatland. This place is acting as a halt to the Badrinath Temple. This place is well known for historic trade fair. Other attractions of this place are Paneshwer Shivalaya, Mata Kali Temple, Bhairavnath Mandir, Raul Devta Mandir.

Srinagar: This is the historical town in Himalayas. This place is famous for house boats, lakes and gardens. Dry frits and Kashmiri Handicrafts are also famous here. Srinagar Attractions are Dal Lake, Jama Masjid, Rainwari, Nagin Lake, Shankaracharya Temple, Shalimar Gardens, Hazratbal Mosque. It is located 68kms away from the town.

 

Getting to Karnaprayag: Karnaprayag is well connected through road ways. From Kotdwar, Dehradun, Haridwar, Pauri, Uttar Kashi, Tehri, Srinagar, Rishikesh, private and state run buses are available to reach this place. Nearest railway station is located at Rishikesh which is 172kms away from the town. From Jammu, Kotdwar, Dehradun, Mumbai, Delhi trains come to Rishikesh. Jolly Grant airport at Dehradun which is 190kms away from Karnaprayag. Taxis are available to reach Karnaprayag from this airport.

 

Getting around Karnaprayag: Best option to see this place is on foot. Taxis and buses are available to visit the surrounding places of Karnaprayag.

 

Best time to visit Karnaprayag: Karnaprayag welcomes the visitors throughout the year but best time to visit this place is between January to April.

 

Where to stay in Karnaprayag: Accommodations are very limited in Karnaprayag. Only budget and midrange hotels are available to stay in Karnaprayag.

 

Where to eat in Karnaprayag: As it is temple town only vegetarian food is available in Karnaprayag. Few hotels are having in-house restaurants those restaurants only serve non vegetarian food.

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Haldwani

Haldwani

Uttarakhand, North India, Mountian Biking, Nainital, Nature, Orchards, River crossing, Temple, Trekking, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 72014

Haldwani is a city in Nainital district of Uttarakhand. Along with Kathgodam this city forms Kathgodam Municipal Corporation. Once this place has plenty of Haldu trees. So this place is also known as Halduvani which means forest of trees. This place is located between hilly terrain of Indo Gangetic plain and Kumaon regions. In the northern region of India, Haldwani is one of the largest vegetable and food production centre. It also serves as a trading post. This place is famous for rich history and culture.

As per the historical records, this place was given to the Gyan Chand as gift by Mughals in 14th century. From all the places of India thousands of tourists come to this place every year for adventure activities. Several adventure activities conducts at this place such as bouldering, rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, trekking. For the professional photographer this is the best place to capture the scenic beauty.

 

What to see in Haldwani:

Haidakhan Ashram: This is the best place to visit in Haldwani. Scenic beauty of this Ashram is most memorable one. It is located at the banks of Gaula River. Visitors will enjoy this place as plenty of caves and temples are located near this river.

Gaula Barrage: This is the best place for picnicking, sightseeing and camping. It is located on the banks of river Gaula. Actual purpose for the construction of this barrage is for irrigation but now this place is acting as best tourist spot.

 

What to see around Haldwani:

Sanjay van: This place is famous for bird watching and picnicking. It is located in Pantnagar which is 23kms away from Sanjay van.

Kali Chaur: It is located 12kms away from Haldwani. This is the most peaceful place. Visitors can enjoy this peacefulness. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali.

Nainital: It is located 30kms away from Haldwani. It has earned the epithet of Lake District of India. This place is famous for numerous lakes and green hills.

Naukuchia Tal: This place is famous for yachting, paddling, rowing. It is located 32kmss away from the city.

Bhimtal: It is located 28kms away from the city. Major attractions of this place are dam on Bhimtal Lake and Bhimeshwar Temple.

Ghorakhal: This temple is dedicated to Lord Golu. It is located 32kms away from the city.

Mukteshwar: This is a beautiful place surrounded by thick coniferous forest and fruit Orchards. It is located 35kms away from the city.

Corbet National Park: This is the India’s first national park. It is located along the Valley of Ramranga River. This park includes Sonanadi Wildlife sanctuary.

 

Getting to Haldwani: Haldwani is well connected through road and railways. From Kasauni, Mukteshwar, Nainital buses are available to reach the city. Haldwani railway station is connected to Kathgodam railway station. This kathgodam station is well connected to Lucknow, Dehradun, Kolkata and Delhi. To reach Haldwani, buses and taxis are available from both the stations i.e Kathgodam and Haldwani stations. Pantnagar airport is the nearest airport which is 27kms away from the city.

 

Best time to visit Haldwani: Best time to visit Haldwani is between November to May.

 

Where to stay in Haldwani: All budget, midrange and luxury hotels are available to stay in Haldwani. Best Midrange hotels are located in main market road. Budget hotels are available near railway station and luxury hotels are available at Kaladhungi Road.

 

Where to eat in Haldwani: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in Haldwani. All the restaurants provide Continental, Chinese, North Indian cuisines. Best restaurants are available at Stadium road and Kaladhungi Road.

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Hamirpur

Hamirpur

HP, North India, Caves, Fort, Hill station, Nature, Temple, Trekking, Valley, Water falls, Water Sports

April 72014

Hamirpur is a town in Hamirpur district in Himachal Pradesh, India. It is mainly a hilly terrain. This was created as a result of trifurcation of Kangra district on 1st September 1972. Hamirpur is famous for cultural activities and history. Una is located on the west of Hamirpur; Mandi is located on the east, Bilaspur to the south and Kangra to its north. According to Puranas, this was a part of Jallandar (Trigarta Empire). Paragliding events and annual hang gliding are famous in this town. Visitors can enjoy angling, rock climbing, trekking, mountaining activities. Trekking is available only from April to October. Hamir Festival celebrates grandly. Every year this festival celebrates grandly in the first week of November.

 

What to see in Hamirpur:

Sujanpur Tihra: This is the major attractions of Hamirpur. It is the fort built by Raja Hamir Chand. Fort was having huge walls. Major attractions of this fort are Shrines and Paintings in the fort. This place acted as capital town to the Katoch rulers.

Nadaun: Palace in this place says the glory of Katoch rulers. It is one of the Shakti peeth temple. This is located on the banks of river Beas. River rafting is most famous in this place.

Deot Sidh Temple: This temple is dedicated to Baba Nayak. In the Dhaulagiri hills cave temple is located.

Other attractions of Hamirpur: Other attractions of Hamirpur are Kalpa Vriksha, Nirankari Ashram, Singh Maheshwari Temple and Chaura Devi Temple.

 

What to see around Hamirpur:

Naina Devi Temple: This temple is located 69kms away from the town. Naina Devi Temple is one of the Shakti Peethas of India. This temple was built by Raja Bir Chand. It is believed that Sati’s eye fell in this place.

Kangra: This is the best place for trekking lovers. It is located 75kms away from the town. Major attractions of this place are Al Hilal, Naam Art Gallery, Brijeswari Temple, Baijnath Temple, and Chamunda Devi Temple.

Dharmasala: Dharmasala is located in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. Major attractions of Dharmasala are Dal Lake, Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Billing Adventure, Tsuglagkhang. This place is situated 105kms away from the town.

Palampur: This place is famous for Tea Gardens. Other name is Tea Capital of North India. After Kullu and Manali this is famous honeymoon destination. It is located 66 kms away from Hamirpur.

Triund: This place is popular for adventure and trekking activities. It is located 98kms away from the town.

McLeod Ganj: This was the residential place of Dalai Lama, Tibetan Spiritual Leader. It is situated in Dhauladhar mountain range of Dharmasala region. This place is located 100kms away from the town.

 

Getting to Hamirpur: Hamirpur is well connected with road ways. From Pathankot, Chandigarh, Shimla, buses are available to reach to this place. Nearest railway station is Una which is 81kms away from the town. Chandigarh airport is the nearest airport of Hamirpur which is 187kms away. This airport is well connected with Indore, Kullu, Amritsar, Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi. Private vehicles and taxis are available to reach to Hamirpur.

 

Getting around Hamirpur: Autos, Buses and Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Hamirpur.

 

Best time to visit Hamirpur: Best time to visit Hamirpur is between September to June.

 

Where to stay in Hamirpur: Very limited hotels are available to stay in Hamirpur. All these hotels are budget and midrange hotels. Visitors cannot expect luxury accommodations. Few guest houses are also available.

 

Where to eat in Hamirpur: Restaurants are very limited in this place. Existing restaurants offer both international and Indian cuisines. In Bhota Road best cuisines of non vegetarian are available. Best vegetarian food is available in the restaurants located at Gandhi Chowk and Hira Nagar.

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Srinagar

Srinagar

Jammu & Kashmir, North India, Boating, Fort, Hill station, House boats, Masjid, Musuem, Nature, Trekking, Valley, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 72014

Srinagar is summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, India. Srinagar consists of two words Sri and Nagar. Sri means Lakshmi and Nagar means city. This place is famous for house boats, lakes and gardens. Dry frits and Kashmiri Handicrafts are also famous here.

 

What to see in Srinagar:

Dal Lake: Deodar tree is major attractions in this place. Near the lake a small Shiva Mandir is located. Base camp for the trekkers is organised here. People believe that if they take a dip in the lake they will be blessed by Lord Shiva.

Jama Masjid: This is oldest mosque of Srinagar. This was destroyed and reconstructed several times. Ancient mughal architecture style can be seen on this mosque. 370 pillars can be seen in this masjid.

Rainwari: This is surrounding by beautiful mountains. Gurudwara in this place was constructed by Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji. He was the 6th guru of Sikh.

Nagin Lake: This is also known as Jewel in the Ring. Major attractions of this lake are Shikaras and House Boats.

Shankaracharya Temple: This was constructed by the son of Emperor Ashoka in 200 BC. It is located on the top of the hill Shankaracharya hill. From this hill beauty of Pir Panjal mountain ranges can be seen.

Shalimar Gardens: This was built by Jahangir for his wife Nur Jahan in 1616. Major attractions of this garden are a canal, fountains and 4 terraces.

Hazratbal Mosque: This was constructed with white marble. This mosque is having large mountains in the backdrop. Kashmiri and Mughal architecture styles can be seen on the mosque.

Other attractions in Srinagar: Other attractions in Srinagar in Sri Pratap Singh Museum, Hari parbat Fort, Chinar Bagh, Kathi Darwaza, Nasim Bagh, Tomb of Madin Sahib, Dastgir Sahib Shrine, Pathar Masjid, Chashme-e- Shahi Gardens, Majid of Akhund Mulla.

 

What to see around Srinagar:

Shupiyan: It is located 48kms away from Srinagar. This place is also known as Apple town of Kashmir. Apples exports from this place across the country. Other attractions of this place are Nagi Rai Nag, Shahlatoo, Lawahinthora, Kowsernag, Kungwatan, Jama Masjid, Aharbal waterfalls.

Burzahom: It is located 16kms away from the city. This place is famous for ancient artefacts belong to 5000 years ago.

Dachigam Wildlife sanctuary: This was declared as national park in 1951. Major attractions of this place are Blue magpie, Himalayan griffon, Wild boar, Hill fox etc.

Amarnath Cave: It is one of major attractions of this place. This is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Length of this cave is 60feet, height is 15 feet and width is 30feet.

Mughal Garden: It is located 13kms away from the city. This garden is famous for terraced Lawns, flowerbeds and fountains.

Other attractions near Srinagar: Other attractions near Srinagar are Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden, Nishat Bagh, Manasbal Lake, Rozabal Shrine, Wullar Lake, Charar-i-Sharif, and Sangin Darwaz.

 

Getting to Srinagar: Srinagar is well connected with road, railways and airways. From the cities such as Nagpur, Gurgoan, Hyderabad, Pune, Kolkata buses are available to reach this place. From Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Delhi, Gurgoan etc trains come to this place. From Hyderabad, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Indore etc flights come to this place.

 

Getting around Srinagar: Buses, Taxis, Jeeps, private vehicles are available to visit the surrounding places of Srinagar.

 

Best time to visit Srinagar: Srinagar welcomes visitors throughout the year.

 

Where to stay in Srinagar: Plenty of accommodations are available to stay in Srinagar. All range of hotels is available. Best hotels in Srinagar are Swiss Hotel Kashmir, City forest by Royal Khazir, Imperial Lake view, Shabnam Hotel.

 

Where to eat in Srinagar: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in Srinagar. North Indian, South Indian, Chinese, continental cuisines are available in all the restaurants.

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Sattal

Sattal

Uttarakhand, North East India, Hill station, Hot Springs, Lake district of India, Mountian Biking, Musuem, Nainital, Nature, Trekking, Valley, Water falls, Water Sports, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 72014

Sattal is located in Lower Himalayan Range near Bhimtal town of Nainital district in Uttarakhand, India. This place consists of 7 lakes. All the lakes are interconnected. Names of these 7 lakes are Purna Tal, Garud Tal, Sukh Tal, Nal Damyanti Tal, Laxman Tal, Sita Tal and Rama Tal. Most beautiful migratory birds can be seen near these lakes. These birds come to this place to protect themselves from cold in the Himalayan Region. In this region, 20 species of mammals, 11000 species of moths and beetles and 525 species of butterflies can be seen. During the British rule tea plantation is most famous in this place. Most famous festivals of this region are Vasantotsav, Nandadevi fair. Other attractions of this place are Rock climbing, mountain biking, rappelling, Trekking and many more activities.

 

What to see in Sattal:

Seven Lakes: Major attraction of this place is 7 lakes. All are interconnected to each other. Due to these lakes area is named as Town of Seven Lakes. All the lakes replenished by underground springs.

Methodist Ashram: To introduce Christianity in Kumaon region this ashram was established by E Stanley Jones. Within the ashram visitors can see St.Johns Church. This church is the best example for colonial architecture style.

Butterfly Museum: This was established by Federic Smetacek. It is located inside the premises of Sattal Methodist Ashram. This museum consists of 1100 species of insects and 2500 species of butterflies.

Subhash Dhara: Its scenic location along with crystal clear water attracts large number of tourists. These are natural springs.

 

What to see around Sattal:

Naukuchital: In the Nainital district this is the picturesque hill station. This place is famous for 9 concerned lakes. It is located 13kms away from Sattal.

Bhimtal: Bhimtal is a part of Lake District of India. This place is famous for its lakes. Other attractions of this place are Dam on Bhimtal Lake and Bhimeshwar temple which was constructed in17th century. It is located 8kms away from Sattal.

Nainital: It is located 22kms away from Sattal. This place is well known for numerous lakes and green hills. It has earned the epithet of Lake District of India. Nainital is surrounded by mountains. Hundreds of ancient temples and mountain peaks can be seen here.

Haldwani: It is located 17kms away from Sattal. Pleasant climate and Scenic beauty attracts the tourists to come to this place again and again.

 

Getting to Sattal: Sattal is well connected through roadways. State run and private buses come to this place from Uttarakhand and from several other surrounding states. Nearest railway head is located at Kathgodam which is located 36kms away from Sattal. From the cities such as Howrah, Jammu, Dehradun, Delhi trains come to Kathgodam. Taxis are available from the railway station to reach Sattal. Nearest domestic airport is Pantnagar airport. Nearest international airport is located at Delhi.

 

Getting around Sattal: Best way to explore the place is on foot. Buses and Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Sattal.

 

Best time to visit Sattal: Before reaching to any place knowing best time to visit that place is essential. Knowing weather conditions beforehand is also necessary. Best time to visit this place is during the months of March to June and between September to November.

 

Where to stay in Sattal: All ranges of hotels such as budget, midrange and luxury hotels are available to stay in Sattal. Few resorts along with KMVN rest houses are also available to stay in Sattal. Best hotels in Sattal are County Inn Sattal, V Resorts, and Langdale Manor.

 

Where to eat in Sattal: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in Sattal. Almost all the restaurants serve North Indian cuisines. Very few restaurants serve Chinese and South Indian Cuisines.

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Pithapuram

Pithapuram

AP, South India, History, Shakti peethas, Temple

April 72014

Pithapuram is located in East Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh, India. This place is famous for ancient Hindu temples. Earlier name of this place is Puruhoothika Puram. Other name of this place is Dakshina Kasi. It is one of the 5 Madava Keshatras. This town is popularly known as one of the twelve pilgrim centres of India and one of the Asta Data Sakthi Petas.

 

What to see at Pithapuram:

Christian Medical Centre: Missionaries of the Canadian Baptist Mission has established Christian Medical centre. This centre is known for its quick healing since 18th century.

Puruhutika Devi Temple: This temple is inside Kukkudeshwara Temple. It is one of the Sakthi Peeta’s. At this place Goddess Sati left hand fell. There are 51 Shakti Peethas. Sakthi Peeta at this place is 18th Maha Shakthi Peetha.

Sri Surya Ayurvedic Nilayam: Since 1926, this nilayam is manufacturing authentic Sastric and proprietary ayurvedic medicines. This is the second company in Andhra Pradesh to get GMP License. Palanki Family is maintaining this center.

Kukkuteshwara Swamy Temple: It is the major attraction of the city. Lord Kukkuteshwar Swamy Worshipped here. He is the incarnation of Lord Shiva. Other shrines of the temple complex are Swayambhu Sri Dattatreya Swamy, Sripada Srivallbha Swamy.

Sripada Vallabha Samasthanam: It is the birth place of Sripada Vallabha. He was the first incarnation of Dattatreya Swamy. It is believed that during the noon times he seeks bhiksha even today in different forms.

Kunthi Madhava Swami Temple: Lord Indra established this temple. In Treta Yuga it was worshipped by Sri Rama and in Dwapara Yuga it was worshipped by Kunthi and Pandavas. It is one of the Pancha Madava Skathra. It is believed that Maharshi Vedavyasa visited this place.

Other attraction of Pithapuram: Other attraction of Pithapuram are Sree Veerabrahmendra Swamy Temple, Venu Gopala Swamy Temple, Sripada Vallabha Anagha Datta kshethram, Nukalamma Temple, Kothi Gudi, Sri Someswara Temple, Sri Viswa viznana Vidya Adhyatmika peetham etc.

 

What to see around Pithapuram:

Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary: It is located 34kms away from Pithapuram. This is situated near backwaters of the sea. Sanctuary is home to endangered animals such as crocodiles, fishing cats, sea turtles. 35 varieties of mangrove plants can be seen here. Large variety of birds can also be seen here.

Bhimeswara Swamy Temple: It is located 48kms away from Pithapuram. Lord Shiva is worshipped here. Temple is in rectangular shape. On the west side of the temple monolithic pillar can be seen. Architecture looks like the architecture of Drakshraramam.

Kakinada: Kakinada Attractions are Shri Bhavanarayana Swamy Temple, Kakinada Port, Kakinada Uppada Beach, Lord Shiva Temple, and Jain Temple. It is located 21kms away from Pithapuram.

Draksharamam: This place is well known as Dakshina Kashi. 4 entrance gates to the temple. Lord Shiva is worshipped here. On the walls and Pillars of the temple several mythological figures are carved. Chola and Chalukya architecture styles can be seen on the temple. It is located 48kms away from Pithapuram.

 

Getting to Pithapuram: Pithapuram is well connected with road and railways. From Vijayawada, Narsapur, Rajahmundry, Amalpuram, Anaparthy, Kakinada buses come to this place. This place has a small station. Other nearest railway stations are Kakinada and Samarlakota. Nearest domestic airport is located at Rajahmundry which is well connected with Hyderabad. Nearest international airport is located at Vishakhapatnam.

 

Getting around Pithapuram: Buses and Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Pithapuram.

 

Best time to visit Pithapuram: This place welcomes the tourists throughout the year.

 

Where to stay in Pithapuram: Only budget hotels are available to stay at this place. Best option is to stay at Kakinada. Plenty of accommodations are available at Kakinada.

 

Where to eat in Pithapuram: Limited eateries and restaurants are available to eat here. Plenty of restaurants are available at Kakinada.

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Draksharamam

Draksharamam

AP, South India, History, Shakti peethas, Temple

April 72014

Draksharamam is located in East Godavari, Andhra Pradesh, India. Major attraction of this place is Sri Bhimeswara Swamy Temple. Main festivals of this place are Dhanurmasam, Karthika Masam, Devi Navaratrhulu, and Maha Shivarathri.

 

What to see at Draksharamam:

Sri Bhimeswara Swamy Temple: Other name of this temple is Draksharama Temple. Temple is well known with this name itself. Lord Shiva is worshipped here in the form of Lord Bhimeswara Swamy. It is one of the Pancharama Kshetrams. Temple is situated on the banks of river Godavari. Consort of Lord Bhimeswara Swamy is Goddess Manikyamba. God Surya installed the idol of this temple. It is believed that this temple was constructed by Gods over a night. When it is about sunrise they had stopped the construction and left the place. At that time all the temple construction was completed except construction of the perimeter wall.

People constructed this incomplete perimeter wall of the temple. After few months it is again collapsing. Several attempted made to construct the wall so strongly but unable to make it. So they left the construct of that wall. But according to Government of India, this temple construction was started in 800 AD and completed in 11th century. Architecture of the temple is so excellent. Temple consists of two storied mandapa. Inner Temple is called Garbhagriha which so impressive with cultural work architecture. Pillars of the temple are decorated so beautifully with carved stones. On the stone walls scripts of Telugu, Devanagri, Tamil, and Dravidian can be seen. 108 Shivate temples were built around this temple.

Other attractions of Draksharamam: Other attractions of Draksharamam are Lord Vishnu Temple, Manikyamba Mata Temple, and Sapta Godavari Theertham.

 

What to see around Draksharamam:

Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary: It is located 25kms away from Draksharamam. This is situated near backwaters of the sea. Sanctuary is home to endangered animals such as crocodiles, fishing cats, sea turtles. 35 varieties of mangrove plants can be seen here. Large variety of birds can also be seen here.

Kakinada: Kakinada Attractions are Shri Bhavanarayana Swamy Temple, Kakinada Port, Kakinada Uppada Beach, Lord Shiva Temple, and Jain Temple. It is located 28kms away from Draksharamam.

Bhimeswara Swamy Temple: It is located 48kms away from Draksharamam in Samarlakota. Lord Shiva is worshipped here. Temple is in rectangular shape. On the west side of the temple monolithic pillar can be seen. Architecture looks like the architecture of Drakshraramam.

Pithapuram: It is located 49kms away from Draksharamam. This is one of the oldest pilgrim places. Major attractions of this place are ancient Padagya Kshthram, Sri Venu Gopala Swamy temple, Kunthimadhava Swamy Temple, Sri Pada Vallabha Anaagha Datha Kshethram, Sri Kukkuteshwara Swamy Temples.

Adurru: Several excavated monuments found at this place. Archaeology department started excavations at this place in 1953. They found ruins of Chaityas, Viharas and Buddhist Stupas. Major attraction is Mahastupa which is 17feet in diameter. It is located 63kms away from Draksharamam.

Rajamundry: River Godavari is the major attraction of this place. Other attractions are First Godavari Rail Bridge, Kotilingalu Temple, Gowthami Ghat, Venkateswara Swami Temple, Kotilingala Ghat, Sir Arthur cotton museum in Dowleswaram. It is located 41kms away from Draksharamam

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Getting to Draksharamam: Draksharamam is well connected with road. From Kovvur, Rajahmundry, Kakinada, Hyderabad, Vishakhapatnam etc buses come to this place. Nearest railway station is located at Samarlakota. Nearest airports are located at Rajahmundry or Vijayawada.

 

Getting around Draksharamam: Buses and Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Draksharamam.

 

Best time to visit Draksharamam: Except summer all other seasons are the best time to visit this place as summer is too hot.

 

Where to stay in Draksharamam: Only budget hotels are available at this place. Plenty of accommodations are available at Kakinada.

 

Where to eat in Draksharamam: Only limited eating options in Draksharamam. Fancy restaurants should not expect at this place. Plenty of restaurants are available at Kakinada.

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Bhadrachalam

Bhadrachalam

AP, South India, History, Hot Springs, Ramayana, Temple

April 72014

Bhadrachalam is a pilgrim town in Khammam district, Andhra Pradesh, India. This place is situated on the banks of River Godavari. This place is closely related with epic Ramayana. To save Goddess Sita from Ravana, Lord Rama crossed, River Godavari at this place. Plenty of temples are located here. Along with temples, scenic beauty of this place also attracts the people to this place.

 

What to see at Bhadrachalam:

Sri Sitaramachandra Swamy Temple: This is the major attraction of this place. It was constructed during 17th century. Many avatars of Lord Rama displayed on the walls of the temple. In this temple, idol of Rama and Sita is different i.e Sita sats on the Laps of Lord Rama. Ramadasu who was the devotee of Lord Rama constructed this temple. He is a composer of Carnatic Music. Before the construction of this temple he acted as Tahsildar of Palvoncha Paragana. Two Kshetra Palakas of this main temple are Sri Annapurna Kasi Vishweswara Swamy and Sri Yogananda Jwala Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy.

Ramadasu Dhyanamandiram: It is a meditation hall which is situated on the top of the hill. From this place people can have the best view of Bhadrachalam town. At this hill, Ramayanam inscribed on stone plates.

Sabari: It is the place where River Sabari joins the in River Godavari. According to mythology, a woman named Dhammakka used to stay here. When Rama was in search of Sita, he met Sabari and had taken the offerings of her. Lord Rama granted her salvation at this place. After that she took the form of River Sabari and merged into river Godavari.

Other temples in Bhadrachalam: Sri Abhayanjeneya Swamy Temple, Sri sai Baba Temple, Sri Amba Satram, Sri Harnath Baba Mandir, Sri Raja Rajeshwari temple, Sri Govinda Raja Swamy Temples are other temples in Bhadrachala.

 

What to see around Bhadrachalam:

Jattayu Paaka: other name of this place is Yetapaka. It is located 2kms away from Bhadrachalam. After kidnapping Sita by Ravana, bird Jatayuvu obstructed him to save Sita. Jayayuvu is a devotee of Lord Rama. After Great War between Ravana and Jatayuvu, Jatayuvu lost one of his wings that was fallen at Rekkapalli which is 55kms from this place. Heavily injured bird waited for Rama at this place to convey the message of Sita to Rama.

Parnashala: During the period of exile Lord Rama constructed Parnashala to live along with his wife Goddess Sita. This spot was selected for Lord Rama by Agastya Sage. It is located 35kms away from Bhadrachalam.

Gundala: According to Brahma Purana, Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswaras will took a dip at this place during the winter season. These are hot water springs. It is located 5kms away from Bhadracalam.

Dummugudem: At this place Lord Rama Killed 14000 demons. These demons are headed by Kharadeoshana. Village was built with the ashes of these demons. It is located 25kms away from Bhadrachalam.

 

Getting to Bhadrachalam: Bhadrachalam is well connected with road, railways and boat ways. From all the major cities such as Vijayawada, Kakinada, Rajahmundry, Hyderabad, Machilipatnam etc buses come to this place. From Rajahmundry boats come to this place. From all the major cities trains come to this place. Nearest domestic airport is located at Rajahmundry. This airport is well connected with Chennai and Hyderabad. Nearest international airport is located at Hyderabad.

 

Getting around Bhadrachalam: Local buses, cabs and taxis are available to visit the places of Bhadrachalam. Buses and taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of this place.

 

Best time to visit Bhadrachalam: Before visiting any place it is essential to known the best time. This place welcomes the visitors throughout the year.

 

Where to stay in Bhadrachalam: Plenty of accommodations are available here. Apart from hotels several other resorts are also located at this place with all the luxurious amenities such as spa, swimming pool, Wi Fi etc. Best hotels are Bhadrachalam, Bhadrachalamam and Manasa Hotel, Geethanjali Residency, Godavari Hotel, Sri Sudharsana Residency.

 

Where to eat in Bhadrachalam: Plenty of restaurants are available at this place.

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Parwanoo

Parwanoo

HP, North India, Fort, Hill station, Nature, Orchards, Temple, Timber Trail

April 72014

Parwanoo is a town located in Solan district of Himachal Pradesh. This place is most famous for its Orchards. Plenty of peaches and apples grown in this place. Parwanoo is the best place for natural walks and trekking. From this place Shivalik Hills can be seen. These hills look so beautiful from this place. Other major attractions of this place are cable car rides. To reach kasauli and Pinjore this is the entry point. Fruit based products such as pickles, marmalades; jams are most popular at this place. These are worth buying too.

 

What to see in Parwanoo:

Subathu: Major attraction of this place is Gorkha Fort. Other name of this fort is Arki Fort. Now only ruins of this fort can be seen here. This is the cantonment area.

Timber Trail: This is the major attraction for the tourists of Parwanoo. Cable cars are used to see beauty of this place. Loading capacity of these cabs is 10 to 12 people. Form this cabs Kaushalya Valley can be seen most beautifully.

Sri Balaji Temple: Till 1988 this temple was buried in the earth. It was the most ancient temple. After the excavation of this temple importance to Parwanoo increased. This is located at Bhaito Ki Ser village which is 4kms away from the city.

Fruit Orchards: Major attraction of this place is fruit Orchards. Plenty of industries depend on these orchards. Different Products of these industries are Jellies, Fruit Pulp, and Jams. Visitors can enjoy pleasant weather and beautiful scenery. This is the best place for evening walks.

 

What to see around Parwanoo:

Kalka: It is located just 3kms away from Parwanoo. This town is named after Goddess Kali. Major attractions of this town are Kali Mata Temple. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali. It is believed that Pandavas visited this place during their exile.

Pinjore: It is located 10kms away from the town and situated at confluence of Jhajjar River and Kaushalya River. Plenty of antiquities and sculptures can be seen here. All this belongs to 12th century. Other attractions of this town are Mughal Gardens. Other name of this garden is Yadavindra Gardens.

Dharampur: It is located 22kms away from the town. Best treatment for tuberculosis can avail from the hospitals of this place. Mansa Devi Temple is the major attraction of this place.

Mansa Devi Temple: This is dedicated to Goddess Manasa Devi. During Navratri Period thousands of devotees come to this place. This was built between 1811 and 1815 by King of Manimajra, Maharaja Gopal Singh. It is located 24kms away from the town.

Dagshai: It is one of the old military settlements of British troops in India. Prison can be seen here. This was used to imprison the Irish solider in 1920. It is located 28kms away from the town. This hill station is acting as cantonment area for Indian Army.

 

Getting to Parwanoo: Only way to reach this place through road. From Chandigarh and Delhi buses come to this place. Nearest railway station is located at Kalka which is 5kms away from Parwanoo. From Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Amritsar, trains come to this place. Nearest airport is at Chandigarh which is 30kms away from Parwanoo. From Indore, Kolkata, Srinagar, Bangalore, Dharmasala, Mumbai, Delhi flights come to this place.

 

Getting around Parwanoo: Buses and Taxis are available to reach the surrounding places of Parwanoo.

 

Best time to visit Parwanoo: Best time to visit this place is between March to October.

 

Where to stay in Parwanoo: Very limited hotels are available. All these hotels are budget hotels.

 

Where to eat in Parwanoo: Only limited restaurants in Parwanoo. Around the town plenty of restaurants can be seen. All these restaurants serve Chinese, Continental and north Indian cuisines.

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Khimsar

Khimsar

Rajasthan, North India, Fort, Jeep Safari, Khimsar, Nagaur district, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 72014

Khimsar is a village located in Nagaur district of Rajasthan between Jodhpur and Bikarner. This place is most famous for its fort. It was constructed with the intension to provide strong defence to the villages from invaders. Currently this fort converted into heritage hotel. Other attraction of this place is a water body in the heart of the village which looks like Oasis. Between Jaisalmer and Pushkar this village is the best place to visit. Major festival celebrates here is Nagaur festival. Villagers celebrate this festival during the months of January and February. Major attraction of this festival is Cattle trade.

 

What to see in Khimsar:

Nagaur Fort: This is the major attraction of this place. It is bigger than Mehrangarh fort of Jodhpur. This fort is also known as Khimsar Fort. It was built by Prince Rao Karamasji. He was the 8th son of Rao Jodha. Rao Jodha was the founder of royal dynasty of Khimsar. Prince Rao Karamasji constructed this fort in 1523 with the intension of providing strong defence to the village from invaders. It is very proud to say that though it was constructed before 450 years ago this was still remain new. Women’s section of the fort is known as Zenana. This section is most beautiful with finely carved balconies. Women section was constructed in 18th century. After the construction of this section, Royal family shifted to this fort. At present this was converted into heritage hotel. Row of vintage cars in the palace is so attractions, visitors should not miss to see this place.

Panchala Black Buck Reserve: This is the home town to Demoiselle Cranes. These cranes migrate from North Asia and Southern Europe to this place between October to March. Other 3 attractive species of this place are Blue Bull, Chinkara and Black Buck.

Oasis: It is a water body located at the heart of the village. This is so attractive to the visitors of this place.

Jeep Safari: Visitors can enjoy Jeep Safari in Panchala Black Buck Reserve.

Nila Moti Trust: This was a handicraft institution established by Ms.Monica with the intension to uplift the lives of rural women. Products made by these women are sold in the fort.

 

What to see around Khimsar:

Osian: Other name of this place is Khajuraho of Rajasthan. Name is kept after the beautiful sculptures located in the temples. This place is most famous for Hindu and Jain Temple. Golden Sand dunes surrounds this place. It is located 65kms away from the village.

Karni Mata temple: This is located at Deshnoke. This temple dates back to 600 years old. Rats move freely in this temple. They appear from marble covered walls and floorings. Several people offer milk and sweets to these rats. Food eaten by these rats is considered as holy and consumed as Prasadam. It takes more than an hour to reach this place.

 

Getting to Khimsar: Only way to reach this place is through road ways. From Rajasthan and other places buses reach to this place regularly. Nearest railway head is Jodhpur which is 92kms away from the village. This place is well connected with several places such as Ahmedabad, Udaipur, Jaipur, Agra, New Delhi, Jaisalmer etc. Nearest airport is also located at Jodhpur.

 

Getting around Khimsar: Taxis, Camels and Jeeps are available to visit the surrounding places of Khimsar.

 

Best time to visit Khimsar: Best time to visit Khimsar is between October to March.

 

Where to stay in Khimsar: Persons who wants to have experience as Royal family they can stay in the fort. At the outskirts of the village some huts are provided for the visitors of this fort to stay with backdrop of sand dunes.

 

Where to eat in Khimsar: Best option to have food in Khimsar is fort itself. This offers Continental, North Indian and Rajasthani cuisines.

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Jubbal

Jubbal

HP, North India, Fort, Hill station, Orchards, Shimla, Temple

April 72014

Jubbal is a town and hill station in Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh. This is the favourite spot for trekking lovers. Other attractions of this place are Lush green apple, Pine and deodar forests and apple orchids. Shape of this place is Egg. Major festivals celebrates in this place are Hemis and Rampur Jatar.

 

What to see in Jubbal:

Jubbal Palace: It is the major attraction of this place. Red Chimneys and Sloping roofs are the major attractions of this palace. Palace has a modern wing. This was constructed in Indo European style. Part of this built was constructed in Chinese Design.

Chandar Nahan Lake: This is the best place for fishing. Natural surroundings of this place enjoy by the visitors.

 

What to see around Jubbal:

Hatkoti: This place is famous for Hatkeshwari Temple. It is located 20kms away from Jubbal. People believe that this was built by Pandavas during their exile. Major idol of this temple is Lord Shiva. It is a two storey complex.

Seema: It is located 27kms away from the city. Tourists enjoy adventure sports in this place. Across Himachal Pradesh this is the one of the best angling spots.

Rohru Orchards: It is located 20kms away from the city. This is the apple hub of Shimla district. Hill flaking of this town is covered with Orchids. In this place a small temple is also located which is dedicated to Lord Shikru Devta. This is the best place for trekking and anglers lovers.

Khara Pathar: It is located 13kms away from the city. This place is famous for apple orchards and Pines and deodars. Jeep ride is the major attraction of this place. This ride leads to Giri Ganga Temple which is located near Giri River.

Kotkhai: It is located 29kms away from the city. This is the entry gate to Rohru. Major attraction of this place is its Palace. Wooden pillars of this Palace are most attraction. Giri River flows though this place.

Chiragaon: It is located 40kms away from the city. Several ancient temples and sacred ponds can be seen here. In Himachal Pradesh it is one of the fastest tourists spot. Huge opportunities of trout hatchery and trout fishing at this place.

Shimla: This place is surrounded by oak, deodar and Pine forests. It is one of the most popular hill stations of India. It is located at 90kms away from the city.

 

Getting to Jubbal: Before reaching Jubbal one has to reach Shimla. Shimla is well connected with the cities such as Amritsar, Agra, Delhi, Ambala, Kalka through bus way. Only way to reach Jubbal is though road way. Nearest railway station is located at Shimla. From all the major cities trains come to Shimla. Toy train Journey between Kalka and Shimal enjoy by the visitors of Jubbal. Nearest airport is located at Shimla. From Kullu, Chandigarh and Delhi flights come to Shimla daily.

 

Getting around Jubbal: Best way to explore the hill station is on foot. Buses and Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Jubbal.

 

Best time to visit Jubbal: Before visiting any place it is essential to known the best time. Best time to visit Jubbal is between April to October. Weather during this period is so pleasant.

 

Where to stay in Jubbal: Very limited accommodations are available to stay in Jubbal. Plenty of hotels are located in Shimla. Best hotels near Jubbal are Hotel Landmark, Hotel Spring Fields, Grand sunset hotel, Woodville Palace Hotel.

 

Where to eat in Jubbal: Very limited eating options are available to eat in Jubbal. Only local cuisines are available to eat in Jubbal.

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Ramgarh

Ramgarh

Uttarakhand, North East India, Fruit Bowl of Kumaon, Hill station, Mountian Biking, Nature, Temple, Trekking, Valley, Water falls

April 72014

Ramgarh is a hill station in Uttarakhand. For the Uttarakhand People this is best place for summer recreation. This is located at the height of 1789m above the sea level. Ramgarh is most famous for apples, pears, apricots Orchids. This place was first found by Britishers. They have developed this region as cantonment to the British army. Bungalows and hotels of this place can be seen in Britishers style. Colonial architecture can be seen in this place. Other name of this place is Fruit Bowl of Kamaon.

 

Several famous personalities of India loved this place. Rabindranath Tagore always memorise about the beauty of this place. He had written several songs when he visited to this place. Narain Swami established ashrams in this place. He is a notable social activist. Harela is the famous festival celebrates at this place. Other festivals such as Basant Panchmi and Makar Sankranti also celebrate very grandly.

 

What to see in Ramgarh:

Ashrams: Ashrams are major attraction of this place. These are built by great social activist Narain Swami.

Library of Mahadevi Varma: Library in Ramgarh is especially dedicated to Mahadevi Varma. He is most famous writer. He got an idea of writing famous story Lachma in this place.

Giriji Devi Temple: Apart from Library and Ashram this place is also famous for Giriji Devi Temple. This temple is dedicated to Giriji Devi.

Other attractions of Ramgarh: Other attractions of Ramgarh are outdoor activities. Those outdoor activities are Camping, River Crossing, and Mahseer Fishing. For fishing forest department permission is required. Adventure activities also conducts at this place namely mountain biking, Rappelling, Rock Climbing.

 

What to see around Ramgarh:

Nathuakhan: For nature walks and meditation this is the best idle place. This place is blessed with picturesque hilly terrains and lush green valley. It is located above sea level of 6365 feet which is 6kms away from Ramgarh.

Sattal: Other name of this town is Town of Seven Lakes. It is located 35kms away from Ramgarh. This place is most famous for fresh water lakes. Seven lakes are among the few unspoilt fresh water bodies in India.

Bhimtal: It is located 32kms away from Ramgarh. This place is most famous for its lake. Name of this town is named after the lake Bhimtal. Other attractions of this town are dam on Bhimtal Lake and Bhimeshwar temple. This temple belongs to 17th century.

Nainital: It is located 34kms away from Ramgarh. This place is known for plenty of lakes and green hills. Due to this place, this place is named as Lake District of India. Amazing view of several peaks are other attractions of this place. Hundreds of ancient temples can be seen here.

 

Getting to Ramgarh: Ramgarh is well connected through road. From Nainital and Naukuchital buses are available to reach this place. From Delhi government buses come to this place regularly. Nearest railway station is located at Kathgodam. From the cities such as Jammu, Kanpur, Howra, Dehradun, Ranikhet, Delhi trains halt at this station. Nearest domestic airport is located at Pantnagar. Taxis are available to reach to Ramgarh from this airport.

 

Getting around Ramgarh: Hill station can be seen on foot. Buses and taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Ramgarh.

 

Best time to visit Ramgarh: It is essential to known the best time before visit any place. Best time to visit this place is between March to May.

 

Where to stay in Ramgarh: Plenty of accommodations are available to stay in Rangarh. But all are budget and midrange hotels. Luxury hotels cannot be seen here. KMVN guest house is also available to stay in Ramgarh.

 

Where to eat in Ramgarh: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in Ramgarh. Restaurants attached with hotels are the best option to have food in Ramgarh.

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Gopeshwar

Gopeshwar

Uttarakhand, North East India, Nature, Temple, Trekking, Water falls

April 72014

Gopeshwar is located in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. Temples are the major attractions of this place. Gauchar fair is most famous fair in this area. This is the biggest event of this place. People from all over Uttarakhand come to this place for this annual fair. Other attractions of this town of this town are mountain climbing and trekking.

 

What to see in Gopeshwar:

Gopinath Temple: Gopeshwar place is famous for Lord Shiva temple i.e Gopinath Temple. According to the Hindu Mythology, Once there was a cow living in this place. That cow use to give milk daily to Shiva lingam which was located in this place. This was seen by one king. He constructed a temple in that place. Name of that king is Saggar. Historians state that town got this name from Lord Krishna. He made this region his dwelling place for short period of time. Gopinath temple is famous for its architecture style. This temple consists of 24 doors made up of 8 different metals.

Other attractions of Gopeshwar: Other attractions of Gopeshwar are temples of Anasuya Devi, Tungnath, and Rudranath. Snow covered hill is other attraction of this place.

 

What to see around Gopeshwar:

Nandaprayag: It is located 18kms away from Gopeshwar. This is one of the Panch Prayags on the Alakananda River. It lies at confluence of Alakananda River and Nandakini River.

Kedarnath Temple: It is located 93kms away from Gopeshwar. This temple was founded by Adi Shankaracharya, 1000 years ago. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva. According to Hindu Mythology, Pandavas come to this place to wipe off the sins after the war with Kouravas. At that time Lord Shiva was so angry and converted himself into a bull and dug in this place.

Ukhimath: This village is famous for Lord Kedarnath temple. During the winter seasons snowfalls is more so this place is known as winter seat for Lord Kedarnath. Temples of Anirudh, Usha, Parvati and Shiva are also famous here. It is located 69kms away from the town.

Panch Kedar: It is located 39kms away from the town. Tunganath, Rudranath, Kedarnath, Kalpeshwar and Madhyamaheswar included in Panch Kedar. Trekking is essential to reach all these places. Kalpeshewar trekking opens to the public throughout the year to the public.

Auli: This is most popular winter destination of Uttarakhand. From this place visitors can have best view of the Himalayan Mountain range. It is located 70kms away from Gopeswar.

 

Getting to Gopeshwar: Gopeshwar is well connected with road ways. From Uttarakhand buses are available to reach this place via Chamoli. From Gopeshwar, Srinagar, Ukhimath, Rudraprayag, Uttarkashi, Pauri, Rishikesh buses come to Chamoli. Nearest railway station is located at Rishikesh which is 210kms away from Gopeshwar. Taxis and buses are available to reach Gopeshwar from the railway station. Jolly Grant airport is the nearest airport of Gopeshwar which is located 226kms away. This port is well connected to Chandigarh and Delhi. From this airport taxis are available to reach Gopeshwar.

 

Getting around Gopeshwar: Gopeshwar is a small town; it can be seen by having walking though the town. Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Gopeshwar.

 

Best time to visit Gopeshwar: Maximum temperature of this place is 30 degrees Celsius in summer. But during the winter season temperature reaches to Zero degrees. So best time to visit Gopeshwar is in the months of July and August.

 

Where to stay in Gopeshwar: Few hotels are available in Gopeshwar. All the hotels are budget and midrange hotels. Tourism department of Uttarakhand is maintaining rest house in Gopeshwar with all the amenities.

 

Where to eat in Gopeshwar: Restaurants, Dhabas and Street food are available to eat in Gopeshwar. Only vegetarian food is available in the town. Only highway Dhabas offer non vegetarian food.

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Jwalamukhi

Jwalamukhi

HP, North India, Goddess of Light, Jwalamukhi, Kangra, Maha Shakti Peetham, Temple

April 72014

Jwalamukhi is a town in kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. This place is famous for Jwalamukhi Devi Temple. This site was traced and built a temple at this place by Raja Bhumi Chand. There are 51 Shakti Peethas in India. This temple is one of those Shakti Peethas. Jwalamukhi is also known as Maha Sakthi Peetham. According to the Hindu mythology, it is believed that Sati Devi’s tongue fell here. Pandavas also visited this place.

 

What to see in Jwalamukhi:

Jwalamukhi Temple: Flame is worshipped as Goddess Jwalamukhi. To form a flawless blue flame, temple priests lit the natural gas which comes into the temple through Copper pipe. Some people believe that Jwalamukhi represents flaming mouth of Jalandhara. He was a demon crushed to death by Lord Shiva. Flames burn continuously. 9 flames named after Goddess. Names of those Goddesses are Anji Devi, Ambika, Saraswati, Maha Lakshmi, Basni, Vidhya, Hinglaj, Chandi, Annapurna and Mahakali. 9 different flames can be seen inside the temple.

 

This temple was designed and constructed in modern style by Raja Bhumi Chand Katoch of Kangra. He discovered this site after he got a dream of this sacred place. He is a great devotee of Goddess Durga. Temple is having beautiful flooding door. This is made up of silver plates. Temple is having a dome which is made up of Gold. Before entering into the hall, small platform can be seen. This consists of huge brass bell hangs. It was gifted by King of Nepal.

 

Another attraction near this temple is musical fountain. To test the originality, Emperor Akbar came to this place. He tried to off the flame by pouring water but due to the great power of Goddess flames are burning. From then Akbar became great devotee of this Goddess. He offered gold umbrella to Goddess.

 

What to see around Jwalamukhi:

Chintpurni: It is one of 51 Shakti Peethas which is located 31kms away from Jwalamukhi. People believe that Goddess will remove all the troubles. Temple is dedicated to Goddess Chinnamasta Devi.

Ashtabhuja Temple: This is located 11kms away from the town. It is one of the most ancient temples of India. Devotees can see 8 armed stone image of Goddess.

Shri Raghunathji temple: This is situated 5kms away from the town. It is believed that this is the first temple built by Pandavas. Rama, Sita and Laxmana Stayed in this place earlier.

Chaumukha: This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Visitors can see four faced image of Lord Shiva which is most beautiful. It is located 22kms away from the town.

Kangra: This is the best place for trekking lovers. It is located 35kms away from the town. Major attractions of this place are Al Hilal, Naam Art Gallery, Brijeswari Temple, Baijnath Temple, Chamunda Devi Temple.

 

Getting to Jwalamukhi: Only way to reach this place is through Road way. From Delhi, kangra buses are available to reach this place. Nearest railway station is at Kangra Mandir but all the trains do not halt at this place. Nearest railway head is at Pathankot which is 85kms away from the town. Dharmasala airport is the nearest airport which is 40kms away from Jwalamukhi.

 

Getting around Jwalamukhi: Buses, Taxis and Autos are available to visit the surrounding places of Jwalamukhi.

 

Best time to visit Jwalamukhi: Visitors can come to this place throughout the year. Best time to visit this place in the months of September and October as during that time Navratri celebrates very grandly.

 

Where to stay in Jwalamukhi: Only limited hotels are available in Jwalamukhi. Only Budget and midrange hotels are available. All range of hotels is available in Kangra.

 

Where to eat in Jwalamukhi: Eateries are very limited in Jwalamukhi. Plenty of restaurants are available in kangra.

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Khir Ganga

Khir Ganga

HP, North India, Hill station, Hot Springs, Parvati Valley, Trekking, Valley, Water falls, Water Sports

April 72014

Khir Ganga is located in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. It is situated on the Parvati Valley. This place is famous for Hot springs, trekking and Scenic view of Himalayan Mountains. This is the most important religious place for Hindus. According to Hindu Mythology Lord Kartikeya, meditated for thousands of years in this place. He is the son of lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

 

What to see in Khir Ganga: Trekking and Sunset through Khir Ganga Forests is the most memorable experience. To reach Khir Ganga hiring a guide is recommended. Barshaini is the last motorable point. While trekking from Barshaini, sightseeing options are Pin Parvati Pass, The rock formation of Pandu Pul, Serpent shaped waterfalls, Rudra Nag.

 

Weather remains pleasant between May and November. This is the best time to come to Khir Ganga and can enjoy trekking. During the winter season snow fall is high so it is so dangerous to do trekking during that period. Khir Ganga is located 22kms away from Manikaran. Between Manikaran and Khir Ganga, visitors can find Gurudwara, Hot Springs and a temple which is dedicated to Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva.

 

It can rain any time in this place so it is advisable to carry raincoats or Umbrellas. For trekking it is essential to wear sturdy shoes with Chunky soles. During the morning and evening times it is so cool so carry woollen clothes while visiting to this place.

 

What to see around Khir Ganga:

Kullu: Kullu is a beautiful valley in Himachal Pradesh. This valley known as Valley of Gods. Major attractions of Kullu are Chandrakhani Pass, Raghunath Temple, Rafting, and Trekking. Kullu is located on the banks of River Beas in Himachal Pradesh. It is an open valley between Largi and Manali. Hills in the valley covered with Sprawling Apple Orchards, Deodar Forest and Pine forests. Activities in this valley are Angling, hiking over the Himalayan glaciers, paragliding, Mountaineering, river rafting, trekking. This place is also famous for adventure sports. It is located 35kms away from Khir Ganga.

Manali: It is located 37kms away from Khir Ganga. Manali is a hill station in Himachal Pradesh. It is named after Hindu god Manu. Manali is popular honeymoon spot. Visitors can enjoy the place by seeing slopes and snow covered peaks. Major attractions of Manali are Manu Temple, Hadimba Temple, Paragliding, Trekking and Adventures sports, Solang Valley.

Manikaran: It is located 22kms away from Khir Ganga. This place is famous for hot springs. It is a sacred place to both Hindus and Muslims.

 

Getting to Khir Ganga: Towards Khir Ganga, Barshaini is the last motorable point. It is 11kms trek to reach Khir Ganga. Porters and local guides are available at Barshaini. Nearest railway station is Kathgodam. Buses and Taxis are available to reach Barshaini. Bhuntar airport is the nearest airport. This airport is well connected with Shimla, Pathankot and Delhi.

 

Getting around Khir Ganga: Khir Ganga can be seen only on foot. Buses and Taxis are available from Barshaini to visit the surrounding places of Khir Ganga.

 

Best time to visit Khir Ganga: Before visiting any place it is essential to known best time to enjoy the tour. Best time to visit Khir Ganga is between May to November.

 

Where to stay in Khir Ganga: Hotels are not available in Khir Ganga. Near Shiva Temple there is an ashram. This ashram provides basic accommodation and decent facilities to stay.

 

Where to eat in Khir Ganga: Few restaurants are available which offers both vegetarian and non vegetarian. Continental, Chinese and Indian cuisines are also available along with local food. This is the best place for Israeli tourists. Jewish snacks are available here.

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Agartala

Agartala

Tripura, North East India, Fort, History, Masjid, Musuem, Nature, Temple

April 72014

Agartala is the capital of Tripura. Agartala is derived from two words Agar and Tala. Agar means a kind of oily valuable perfume tree and Tala means a store house. In this region, visitors can see Agar trees abundantly. Several dynasties ruled this place namely Loknath Jivandharan, Dharmapha, Drikpati, Chitrarath, Manikya dynasties. This place got important after Maharaja Krishna Manikya shifting his capital to this city. This city is famous for lakes, temples, hills, gardens, Palaces. Most prominent festivals are Durga Pooja and Saraswati Pooja. Main business centres are Kaman Chowmuhani and Gol Bazaar.

 

What to see in Agartala:

Buddha Temple: It is located at the centre of the city which was built in 1946. Two idols of this temple are Lord Buddha and Bodhisattva. Within the temple premises beautiful garden welcomes the visitors.

Kunjaban Palace: This was a recreation place to King Birendra Kishore Manikya which was built in 1927. Currently this is acting as official Governors residence of Tripura.

Ujjayanta Palace: This was built during 1899- 1901 by Maharaja Radhakishore Manikya. Earlier this was the royal Palace but now this is acting as meeting place of Tripura Legislative Assembly. It was built in Indo Greek Style.

State Museum: This was built in 1970. Museum consists of 4 galleries namely Tribal culture, Indian Sculpture, Painting and archaeology. Major attraction of this museum are Jewellery, oil paintings, stone inscriptions, Bronze image, Textiles, Copper Inscriptions, Terracotta, Sculptures, Coins.

Tribal Museum: This museum gives details of 19 tribes of Tripura.

ISKCON Math Chowmuhani: It is located at Banmalipur, Agartala. To improve the life of Tripura people, lot of work had done by this Math. It always engaged in spreading Krishna’s consciousness.

Jagannath Temple: Temple is in orange colour. This was built by Manikyas. Arabic and Hemadpanthi style can be seen here.

Other attractions of Agartala: Other attractions of Agartala are Mariyam Nagar Church, Gedu Miar Maszid, Kamaleswari Temple, Umamaheswar Temple, Rabindra Kanan, Domboor Lake.

 

What to see around Agartala:

Venuban Vihar: It is located just 2kms away from Agartala. Idol of Lord Buddha was brought to India from Burma.

Kamala Sagar: It is located 24kms away from the city. At the banks of this lake Goddess Kali Temple is situated. This is the best picnic spot for Tripura. It is a vast lake at border of Bangladesh.

Chaturdasa Devata: Major attraction of this temple is image of Gods and Goddess called Chaturdasa Devata. This image consists of 14 heads. Temple also consists of Garbhagriha and Nat Mandapa. It is located 7kms away from the city.

Neermahal Water Palace: It was built in the centre of the Lake Rudrasagar by Kishore Manikya in 1930 as a summer resort.

Other attractions near Agartala: Other attractions near Agartala are Tripurasundari Temple, Chittangong Hills, Chowda Devta Temple, Sepahijala Nature Reserve.

 

Getting to Agartala: Agartala is well connected with road, rail and air ways. From Kolkata, Guwahati buses are available to reach Agartala. Only few trains come to Agartala station. Nearest railway head is located at Kumarghat which is 160kms away from Agartala. Agartala airport is well connected to Kolkata and Guwahati.

 

Getting around Agartala: Cycle rickshaws are available to see the places in Agartala. Autos, Taxis and buses are available to visit the surrounding places of Agartala.

 

Best time to visit Agartala: Best time to visit this place is between October to March.

 

Where to stay in Agartala: All range of hotels are available. But luxury hotels are very few in the city. Government guest houses are also available to stay. Cost of budget hotels is ranging between Rs.200 to Rs.500. Luxury hotels cost is ranging between Rs.2500 to Rs.4000.

 

Where to eat in Agartala: Very limited restaurants in Agartala. Hotels are offering Continental, Chinese and Indian cuisines. Bengali cuisines and sweets are most popular in Agartala.

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Kumbhalgarh

Kumbhalgarh

Rajasthan, North India, Fort, Kubhalgarh, Temple, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 72014

Kumbhalgarh is a Mewar Fortress in Rajsamand District of Rajasthan, India. This is the birth place of Maharana Pratap. He was a great king and warrior of Mewar. This is most beautiful scenic destination for the tourists. This place is known for glorious Palaces, royal chhatris and magnificent monuments. During the 2nd century this was the seat of Prince of Samprati. For the bird watchers this is an excellent place. Major attraction of Kumbhalgarh is Kumbhalgarh Fort.

 

What to see in Kumbhalgarh:

Kumbhalgarh Fort: One interesting this about this fort is there is a small fort inside this fort. It is known as Kartargarh which was built by Maharana Fateh Singh. This is surrounded by 13 mountain ranges. Kumbhalgarh Fort is one of the longest forts in India. It is 36kms long. Major attractions of this fort are soaring watchtowers, gigantic walls, and secret passageways. This was built by Rana Kumbha. It has taken 15 years to complete this fort.

Badal Mahal: It is situated at the top of the Kumbhalgarh Fort. This is two storied structure. It is divided into two parts namely Zanana Mahal and Mardana Mahal. Zanana Mahal comprised stone Jalis that facilitate private viewing of court proceedings and events of the queens.

Vedi Temple: It is located next to Hanuman Gate of the Fort. After the construction of Hanuman Pol, this temple was constructed by King Rana Kumbha. Of all the sacrificial places of India this is only surviving remnant.

Mammadev Temple: It is situated below the fort. This was built by King Rana Kumbha in 1460.

 

What to see around Kumbhalgarh:

Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary: This surrounds the fort. Area covered by this sanctuary is 586 sq.kms. This is also located in Pali, Rajsamand and Udaipur districts. Major attractions of this sanctuary are Hare, Nilgai, Hyena, Jungle Cat, Panther, four horned antelope, sloth bear, wolf etc… It is the only sanctuary located in Rajasthan. Various birds such as white breasted kingfisher, golden oriole, grey pigeons, grey jungle fowl, flamingos, golden oriole etc can be seen here.

Ranakpur Jain Temples: These temples are located 50kms away from Kumbhalgarh. In 1438, construction of these temples started by Rana Kunbha. One of these Jain temples is Chaumukha Temple. This includes 1444 carved pillars and 29 halls. It is dedicated to Tirthakara Adinath.

Muchchal Mahavir Temple: This is located 34kms away from the fort. From Ghanerao, it is located 5kms away. Unique statue of Lord Mahavir having Moustache can be seen here. At the gateway two elephants welcome the temple.

Neelkanth Mahadeo Temple: It is situate at the base of the plains. Six feet highest Shivalinga can be seen here. It is the only deity of this region.

 

Getting to Kumbhalgarh: Only way to reach this place is through road. From Pushkar, Jodhpur, Ajmer, Udaipur buses are available to reach this place. Nearest railway head is Phalna which is 80kms away from Kumbhalgarh. This is well connected to Jodhpur, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Ajmer, and Mumbai. Nearest airport is at Udaipur.

 

Getting around Kumbhalgarh: Best option to visit the surrounding places of Kumbhalgarh is hiring private vehicles.

 

Best time to visit Kumbhalgarh: Best time to visit this place is between October to March. For spotting the animal’s best time is between December to March.

 

Where to stay in Kumbhalgarh: Only Budget and midrange hotels are available to stay in Kumbhalgarh. Visitors who want to have luxury hotels best way is to stay in the resorts. Cost of these resorts is starting from Rs.4500 onwards.

 

Where to eat in Kumbhalgarh: Resort and in-house restaurants in the hotels offer both vegetarian and non vegetarian food. All varieties of food from Rajasthani to Jain are available to eat.

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Shillong

Shillong

Meghalaya, North East India, Caves, Hill station, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Trekking, Valley, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 72014

Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya. This is the home to Khasis. Britishers influence is more in this place. Even today visitors can find British influence in language, lifestyle and architecture. Traditions of both Europe and India can be seen here.

 

What to see in Shillong:

Golf Course: One of the oldest Golf Courses in the country. This was started in the year 1898 at Laban. Initially this was started with the course of 9 holes; in 1924 it was transformed to 18 holes.

Police Bazaar: This is popularly known as PB. Plenty of hotels, restaurants, shops are located here. This is the best place for the shopping lovers.

Don Bosco Museum: This museum provides information about north eastern states such as Tripura, Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. Best collection of weapons, photographs, ornamentation, handicrafts, accoutrements, attires, Regional artwork can be seen here.

Shillong Peak: Thousands of tourists come to this place every year. According to the history Shillong city is named after this peak. One of the attractions of this place is Indian Air Force Radar Station. Cameras are not allowed due to security reasons. This peak provides breath taking view of Shillong city and Himalayan Ranges.

Lady Hydari Park: This is one of the major attractions of the Shillong. This is dedicated to first lady of the province, Lady Hydari. She was the wife of Governor of Assam. Major attraction of this park is huge variety of orchids and local flowering plants. This park consists of mini Zoo also. In this zoo 140 reptiles, 73 species of birds can also be seen. This park is in Japanese style.

Other attractions of Shillong: Other attractions of Shillong are Elephant Falls, Wards Lake, Meghalaya State Museum, Wankhar Entomology Museum, All Saints Church, Botanical Survey of India Orchidarium, Shillong Cathedral, Laitlum Canyons, The Meghalaya Butterfly Museum.

 

What to see around Shillong:

Mawsynram: This place is located 54kms away from Shillong. It is the wettest place on the earth. Major attractions of this place are lush waterfalls, abundant greenery, clear blue skies and fresh air. Other attractions of this place are Mawjymbuin Cave with huge Shivaligam.

Spread Eagle Falls: It is located 6kms away from the city. In the entire Shillong, Spread Eagle Falls are the widest falls. Other name of this falls is Sati falls. People can enjoy Sparkling Waterfalls.

Mawplang: Most famous forest groves are located here. This forest is also known as sacred forest. Castanopsis Kurzii Trees are majorly seen in this forest. This place is considered as natures own museum. Major attractions of this museum are orchids, fern allies, Pipers, Aroids. It is located 25kms away from Shillong.

Sohpetbneng Peak: Bird’s eye view of city of Shillong and dense forest is possible from this peak. It is believed that Hynniewtrep tribe of Meghalaya grew a tree at this peak which acted as a ladder between them and a God. It is located 20kms away from shillong.

Other attractions near Shillong: Other attractions near Shillong are Umiam Lake, Sweet Falls, Beadon Falls, Bishop Falls, Mawlynnong Waterfalls, Mawjymbuin Caves, David Scott Trail, and Diengiei Peak.

 

Getting to Shillong: This place is well connected with road, railways and airway. From the cities such as Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Delhi, buses and trains are available to reach this place. From Patna, Mangalore, Ranchi, Jaipur flights are available to reach this place.

 

Getting around Shillong: Buses, Private vehicles, Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Shillong.

 

Best time to visit Shillong: Visitors can reach this place throughout the year.

 

Where to stay in Shillong: All range of hotels such as Budget, Midrange and Luxury Hotels are available to stay in this place.

 

Where to eat in Shillong: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in Shillong.

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Namchi

Namchi

Sikkim, North East India, Guru Padmasambhava, Hot Springs, Kanchendzonga, Namchi Monastery, Nature, Tea Garden, Temple, Trekking, Valley, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 72014

Namchi is the capital of district Sikkim of Sikkim. Namchi is derived from two words Nam and Chi. Nam means Sky and Chi means High. Major attraction of this place is Padmasambhava or Guru Rinpoche statue. This statue is world’s largest statue belongs to the saint of Sikkim. Namchi place is famous for Bio-diversity, Scenic locals and Buddhist monastery. This place offers the view of Kanchenjunga. This is the 3rd highest mountain in the world. To promote tourism, Namchi Mahotsav will be held every year. Worth buying things in Namchi are Craft items and Souvenir items.

 

What to see in Namchi:

Namchi Monastery: This is the major attraction of this town. It is located at Ahaley locality. This is well known for Buddhist monastery. Original name of this monastery is Decchen Choyling Gumpa.

Guru Padmasambhava Statue: This place is popularly known as Wish Fulfilling hill. In the world this is the highest statue whose height is 135 feet.

 

What to see around Namchi:

Solophok: This place is located 5kms away from Namchi. Major attractions of this site are Big statue of Lord Shiva and Chota Char Dham Pilgrimage.

Rock Garden: It is located 5kms away from the town. This garden offers the best view of Mount Kanchendzonga. Major attraction of this place is rare species of trees, flowers and Plants.

Helipad: This offers the best view of Mount Kanchendzonga. It is located very close to Temi tea garden which is 5kms away from the town. This is the only tea garden in Sikkim.

Char Dham: Char Dham is located on Solophok hill which is 5kms away from the town. People believe that persons who visit this place will wash off their sins.

Temi Tea Garden: This is the only tea garden in Sikkim. Area covered by this garden is 435 acres. Annual turnover of this garden is 100 million tonnes. This was established in 1969.

Ralong Monastery: This was built to commemorate the successful Pilgrimage of the 4th chogyal to Tibet. It is located 6kms away from Ravangla.

Doling Gumpa: This is the most beautiful monastery. It was built by Nyimpa Followers.

Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary: It is situated above the Tendong hill. This place is famous for flora and fauna. Trekking activity is the other attraction near this place.

Borong and Ralong Hot water Springs: Natural springs are said to have curative powers. It is located 7kms away from the town. For overnight stay huts are available.

Rimbi Waterfalls: During the summer seasons tourists rush is more near these waterfalls. This is the best picnic place.

 

Getting to Namchi: Namchi is well connected through road ways. From the cities such as Pelling, Yukosom and Gangtok buses are available to reach this place. Nearest railway station is at Siliguri and New Jalpaiguri. From the cities such as Patna, Ranchi, Puri, Trivandrum, Bangalore trains come to New Jalpaiguri. Bagdogra is the nearest airport.

 

Getting around Namchi: Private Jeeps, Taxis and buses are available to visit the surrounding places of Namchi.

 

Best time to visit Namchi: Best time to visit Namchi is from mid February till the end of May and mid September till the end of December.

 

Where to stay in Namchi: Plenty of hotels are available to stay in Namchi. Temperature in Namchi is always cool so air conditioned rooms are not essential in Namchi. 24 hour travel information counter is available in all the hotels.

 

Where to eat in Namchi: Very limited restaurants are available to have food in Namchi. Almost all the restaurants serve only non vegetarian. Vegetarian is available on demand. Famous food of this place is Pork and other meat items.

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Gangtok

Gangtok

Sikkim, North East India, Hill station, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Trekking, Valley, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 72014

Gangtok is a hill resort and capital of Sikkim. Largest industry in Gangtok is hospitality. At the end of 19th century, Tibetans was defeated by Britishers. Then Gangtok became a major stopover in the trade between Tibet and British India.

 

What to see in Gangtok:

Hanuman Tok: This one of the major attractions of Gangtok. Army department is managing this temple. Height is 7200feet.

Namgyal Institute: This is a Tibet museum which was inaugurated in 1958 by Jawaharlal Nehru. Major attractions of this museum are ancient manuscripts, wide collection of thangkas, statues, Tibetan works.

Deorali Orchid Sanctuary: Huge collection of Orchids can be seen here. In total there are 454 varieties of Orchids. Out of which 200 can be seen here.

Do-Drul Chorten Stupa: This was built in 1945 and it is located adjacent to Tibetology Institute. Prayer wheels on the stupa have a holy inscription engraved on it as Om Mani Padma Hum.

Tashi Viewpoint: This is the best place to enjoy beautiful view of Mount Kanchenjunga.

Tsuk La Khang Monastery: This is located inside the Royal Palace. Major attractions of this place are figure of snow lion’s head, Wooden Sculptures, Huge collection of Buddhist Scripture works.

White Hill: This is a two storied architecture. It is a permanent venue for Flower show held in Sikkim.

Ban Jhakri Falls: This is one of the attractions of Gangtok. It is the best place for Jogging and morning walk. Ethic sculptures can be seen here.

Mt.Katao: This is the best place for the people who want to have experience of snow. Prior permission from Indian army is essential.

 

What to see around Gangtok:

Enchey Monastery: This is 200 years old monastery which is located 3kms away from the city. It is an important Nyingma Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. This was constructed by Lama Druptab in 1909.

Ganesh Tok: This is located 7kms away from Gangtok. Lord Ganesha is worshipped here. It is so small only one person can go inside.

Tsomgo Lake: This is located in East Sikkim which is 38kms away from Gangtok. This is the holy lake for the Sikkim people. To visit this place Inner Line Permit is essential from the police. Entire Lake gets frozen during the winter season.

Himalayan Zoological Park: This is located 3kms away from Gangtok. For the wildlife lovers this is the best place. Major attractions of this place are Himalayan Black bear, Barking deer, Musk Deer, Blue sheep, Red Panda.

Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary: This is located 31kms away from Gangtok. Wide variety of flora and fauna can be seen here. Medicinal plants also can be seen here. Major attraction of this sanctuary is Rhododendron, Rare Panax, Gentians, Primulas etc…

Other attractions near Gangtok: Other attractions near Gangtok are Nathula Pass, Rumtek Monastery, Changu Lake, Ranka Monastery, Tashiding Monastery, Saramsa Garden, Fambong La Wildlife Sanctuary, Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden, Kabi Lungchok.

 

Getting to Gangtok: Gangtok is well connected through Road way and Railway. From the major cities such as Patna, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Nagpur etc buses and trains are available to reach this place. Nearest airport is located at Bagdogra which is 124kms away from the city.

 

Getting around Gangtok: Private vehicles, Buses, cars are available to visit the surrounding places of Gangtok.

 

Best time to visit Gangtok: Visitors can come to this place throughout the year. Snowfall can be experienced during the winter season. Best time to visit this place is between September to June.

 

Where to stay in Gangtok: Plenty of accommodations starting from budget hotels to luxury hotels are available here. Cost of Budget hotels is Rs.795 and cost of luxury hotels is Rs.4500.

 

Where to eat in Gangtok: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in Gangtok. Best restaurants found in MG Marg.

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Nathu La

Nathu La

Sikkim, North East India, Hill station, India China Border, Mountain Passes, Musuem, Nature, Trekking, Valley, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 72014

Nathu La is an important Himalayan pass in India. Nathu La is derived from two words Nathu and La. Nathu means Listening and La means Pass. This is located 54kms from Gangtok which is in Sikkim. Between India and China there are 3 open trading borders. Nathu La is one of the trading Borders. During the summer season tourists rush is more. During 1873, Deputy Commissioner of Darjeeling made a survey laying stress on strategic importance of mountain passes between Tibet and Sikkim. At that time potential of Nathu La came to know to the people. This was opened for trade in 1894.

 

In September 1967, Chinese and Indian soldiers fought against each other for 6 days in Nathu La. After that this place was closed till 2006. This place was reopened on 71st birthday of 14th Dalai Lama. During the years of Nathu La closed, only Chinese post man was allowed to enter into the borders to handover letters from either side of the border.

 

What to see in Nathu La:

Tsomgo Lake: This is located in East Sikkim which is 38kms away from Gangtok. This is the holy lake for the Sikkim people. To visit this place Inner Line Permit is essential from the police. Entire Lake gets frozen during the winter season. Before 1962, Caravans of mules transferred goods through this route.

Nathula Pass: It is located between Indo Chinese Border which passes through Tsongo Lake. Earlier this was the trade route between Indian and Tibetan Merchants. Throughout the year this is covered with snow. In 1950, huge number of people migrated from Tibet to India through this pass. Foreign tourists are not allowed. Indian are allowed only on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and on Sunday with special permission. Only specific vehicles are allowed to pass on selected days. This border protected by Chinese soldiers. Visitors are not allowed at international border.

Flora and Fauna: Flora and Fauna is one of the major attractions of Nathu La. This region has only 4 months growing season. In that season Aconitum, Primula, Pedicularis, Meconopsis are grown abundantly. Major attractions of this place are Ruddy Shelduck, Golden Eagle, Raven, Tibetan Snowcock, Tibetan Wolf, Snow Leopard, and Tibetan Gazelle. During the monsoon season medicinal shrubs and grasses grow abundantly.

 

What to see around Nathu La:

Gangtok: This is the best place to view the beauty of Kanchenjunga. Major attractions of this place are Hanuman Tok, Namgyal Institute, Deorali Orchid Sanctuary, Do-Drul Chorten Stupa, Tashi Viewpoint, Tsuk La Khang Monastery, White Hill, Ban Jhakri Falls, and Mt.Katao.

Namgyal Institute: This is a Tibet museum which was inaugurated in 1958 by Jawaharlal Nehru. Major attractions of this museum are ancient manuscripts, wide collection of thangkas, statues, Tibetan works. It is located 37kms away from Nathu La.

 

Getting to Nathu La: Before reaching to Nathu La visitors has to reach to Gangtok. Gangtok is well connected with road and railway. From the major cities such as Patna, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Nagpur etc buses and trains are available to reach Gangtok. Nearest airport is located at Bagdogra which is 84kms away from Nathu La.

 

Getting around Nathu La: Best way to explore Nathu La is through trekking. Taxis are another option to see the surrounding places.

 

Best time to visit Nathu La: Best time to visit this place is between March to May.

 

Where to stay in Nathu La: Accommodations are not available in Nathu La. Visitors need to stay at Gangtok. Plenty of accommodations starting from budget hotels to luxury hotels are available in Gangtok. Cost of Budget hotels is Rs.795 and cost of luxury hotels is Rs.4500.

 

Where to eat in Nathu La: Only Limited options are available to eat in Nathu La. only Snack items are available.

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Kohima

Kohima

Nagaland, North East India, Caves, Hill station, Musuem, Naga Tribes, Nature, Trekking, Valley, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 72014

Kohima is hilly capital of Nagaland, India. It is the land of Angami Naga tribe. Earlier name of this place is Thigoma. As Britishers unable to pronounce this name they have changed the name as Kohima. This place is famous for wild flowering plants. This town is named after one of the wild plant called Kewhi. Kohima region consists of 16 principle tribes. All belongs to Naga Tribes. Naga Bazaar and Ruzaphema are best places for the shopping lovers. Decorative items, Vests and Shawls are worth buying here.

 

What to see in Kohima:

Catholic Church: In the North East Region of India, this church is the biggest church. Missionary sisters of Jesus Christ came to this place in 1948 to provide service to the civil hospital of the region. From then onwards Christianity spread in this region.

War Cemetery: This cemetery consists of more than 1420 funerals of the soldiers who died during Japanese invasion at the time of World War II. It is best historical site in Kohima. It consists of 330 Indian Burials, 5 Canadian and 1100 British Burials.

Nagaland State Museum: Rare collection of artefacts which belongs to 16 tribes can be seen here. Other attractions of this place are inscriptions, traditional attires, necklaces, precious stones, clan motifs.

Japfu Peak: One of the major attractions of this place is Rhododendron Tree. This tree entered into Guinness book of world Record. Height of this tree is 130 feet tall. Trekking is the other attraction of this place.

Kohima Museum: Collection of beer mugs, gadgets for Kitchen, farm implements, precious stones, is the major attractions of this museum.

 

What to see around Kohima:

Dzukou Valley: This is located 25kms away from Kohima. It looks so beautiful with multi colored rhododendrons, Euphorbia, aconitum and Lilies. This valley is used for trekking purpose. Trekking is the major attraction for several visitors.

Tuophema: State Government declared this village as ancient Heritage village. This place is so clam. Social system of Nagas can be known from here. Famous dishes of Nagas such as Bamboo baked fish; rice beer, bamboo and Pork are available here. It is located 35kms away from Kohima.

Zoological Park: It is located 70kms away from Kohima. Rare Bird species, Tragopan is the major attraction of this park. This is the state bird of Nagaland. Animal attractions of this place are Golden Langur, Wild Buffalo etc. Jungle Safari, Nature trips and Bird watching activities are major attractions of this place.

Intangki Wildlife sanctuary: This is located 45kms away from Kohima. Major attractions of this sanctuary are Mithun, Elephants, Tiger, Black Stork, Khaleej, Common Pheasant, Hornbill etc. Flora and Fauna are also other attractions of this place.

Ruzaphema: This is major attraction for shopping lovers. Beautiful and Unique shops are made by tribal women of Nagaland. It is located 5kms away from Kohima.

 

Getting to Kohima: Only way to reach this place is road way. From cities such as Mizoram, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Meghalaya buses come to this place. Nearest railway station and airport is at Dimapur.

 

Getting around Kohima: Buses, Vans and Cars are available to visit the surrounding places of Kohima. Travel in the smallest vehicles is more safe as this a hilly region.

 

Best time to visit Kohima: Best time to visit Kohima is between November to March.

 

Where to stay in Kohima: Accommodations are very limited in Kohima. Only budget and midrange hotels are available to stay in Kohima. Cost of budget hotels is between Rs.500 to Rs.700. Cost of midrange hotels is ranging between Rs.800 to Rs.1500.

 

Where to eat in Kohima: This is known for non vegetarian. Most famous food is Zouthou, Ghalo and Bamboo baked with Fish.

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Chopta

Chopta

Uttarakhand, North East India, Boating, Hill station, Jyothirlinga, Nature, Panch Prayag, Rock Formations, Temple, Trekking, Valley, Water falls, Water Sports, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 72014

Chopta is a village located in Uttarakhand State, India. From this place trekking to Tungnath will be started. Tungnath is the 3rd temple of Panch Kedar. Other name of this place is Mini Switzerland. Snowfall in this place is most beautiful during the winter season. Major attractions of this place are Rock climbing, Rock craft, Snow trekking, Yoga, Trekking and Camping. For the bird watchers this is the best place. Best trekking routes of this region are Devariyatal, Tunganath and Chandrashilla.

 

What to see in Chopta:

Chandrashila: This is the hill on which Chopta and Tungnath Mandir are situated. Different peaks of Chandrashila are Trishul, Chaukhamba, Nandadevi, and Kedar. These peaks cover with snow during the winter seasons. This view is most attractive to the visitors. This place is famous for trekking. But during the winter season visitors are not allowed to do trekking.

Kanchula Korak Musk Deer Sanctuary: This is located in Chopta and Gopeshewar road. Area covered by this sanctuary is 5 sq.kms. Rare Himalayan wildlife can be seen here. Plenty of species of fauna can be seen here. This sanctuary is known for breeding musk deer.

 

What to see around Chopta:

Ukhimath: This village is famous for Lord Kedarnath temple. During the winter seasons snowfalls is more so this place is known as winter seat for Lord Kedarnath. Temples of Anirudh, Usha, Parvati and Shiva are also famous here. It is located 56kms away from the village.

Deoria Tal: It is located 45kms away from Chopta. Major attraction of this place is reflection of Chaukhamba Peaks can be seen in the waters of the lake.

Tungnath Mandir: This is the major nearby attraction of the village. It is believed that Ravana performed penance for Lord Shiva. Idols of this temple are Lord Shiva, Kaal Bhairav, Ved Vyasa, Pandavas, and Adi Shankaracharya. This place is one of the Panch Kedars. Due to huge snowfalls, temple does not open between November to March.

Kedarnath Mandir: This is situated near Mandakhi River. Shivalinga in the temple is one of the Jyothirlingas. Shape of this temple is Pyramid. 200 idols of Lord Shiva can be seen here. This was constructed by Adi Shankaracharya. It is located 70kms away from Chopta.

Madhyamaheswara Mandir: It is located in Rudraprayaga. Left side of the temple is so attractive with green alpine meadows and right side of Himalayas covered with snow attracts the visitors. North Indian architectural style can be seen here. Nearby attractions of this temple are Madmaheshwar and Ganga Junction, Kedarnath peak and Neelkanth Peak.

 

Getting to Chopta: Chopta is well connected with road ways. From the cities such as Jalandar, Fariadabad, Nagpur, Ghaziabad, Kolkata, Ludhiana, Noida, Gurgoan buses reach to this place. Nearest railway station is located at Rishikesh.

 

Getting around Chopta: Buses, Private vehicles, taxis, Jeeps are available to visit the surrounding places of Chopta.

 

Best time to visit Chopta: Visitors can reach this place throughout the year. During the winter season snowfall is attractinsg the tourists. People who do not have stamina to control cold better to avoid visiting this place during winter season.

 

Where to stay in Chopta: Accommodations of this place are very limited. Only budget and midrange hotels are available to stay in Chopta. Best hotels in Chopta are Nanda Devi paryatak Awas, Alpine Adventure camp and Hotel Snow view.

 

Where to eat in Chopta: Limited restaurants are available to have food in Chopta. Tibetan, Indian and Nepali food is available. Most common food is Noodles.

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Rudraprayag

Rudraprayag

Uttarakhand, North East India, Boating, Hill station, Jyothirlinga, Musuem, Nature, Panch Prayag, River crossing, Rock Formations, Rudraprayag, Temple Trekking, Valley, Water falls, Water Sports

April 72014

Rudraprayag is a town in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. This is the point of confluence of rivers Mandakini and Alakananda. It is one of the Panch Prayag.

 

What to see in Rudraprayag:

Kartik Sawmi: This temple is dedicated to Lord Kartikeya. He is the son of Lord Shiva. Bones of Lord Kartik is worshipped here.

Madmaheshwar Temple: This is one of the Panch Kedars. It is believed that Lord Shiva buried in this place. Silver idol is worshipped here. It remains closed for 6 months.

Maa Hariyali Devi Temple: Goddess is seems in most beautiful yellow colour saree. She sits on the lion carrying a child. Other idols of this temple are Vaishno Devi, Bala Devi and Sitla Mata.

 

What to see around Rudraprayag:

Augustamuni: In this place Rishi Agastya meditated for several years. This village is famous for Agasteshwar Mahadev Temple. It is dedicated to Rishi Augustmuni. Baisakhi celebrations are most famous in this place. It is located 9kms away from Rudraprayag.

Kedarnath Mandir: This is situated near Mandakhi River. Shivalinga in the temple is one of the Jyothirlingas. Shape of this temple is Pyramid. 200 idols of Lord Shiva can be seen here. This was constructed by Adi Shankaracharya. It is located 86kms away from Rudraprayag.

Khirsu: This is located in Rudrayaga region which is 56kms away from the city. Ghandiyal Devta is most ancient temple located here.

Chopta: This is located 56kms away from Rudraprayag. Snowfall in this place is most beautiful during the winter season. Major attractions of this place are Rock climbing, Rock craft, Snow trekking, Yoga, Trekking and Camping. For the bird watchers this is the best place. Best trekking routes of this region are Devariyatal, Tunganath and Chandrashilla.

Kalimath: It is located 46kms away from the city. This is one of the Siddha peeths. Temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali.

Ukhimath: This village is famous for Lord Kedarnath temple. During the winter seasons snowfalls is more so this place is known as winter seat for Lord Kedarnath. Temples of Anirudh, Usha, Parvati and Shiva are also famous here. It is located 42kms away from the city.

Guptkashi: It is located 44 kms from the city. Major attraction of this place is statue of Lord Shiva. This statue is half man and half women.

Chandrashila: This is the hill on which Chopta and Tungnath Mandir are situated. Different peaks of Chandrashila are Trishul, Chaukhamba, Nandadevi, and Kedar. These peaks cover with snow during the winter seasons. This view is most attractive to the visitors. This place is famous for trekking. But during the winter season visitors are not allowed to do trekking. It is located 71kms from the city.

Tungnath Mandir: This is the major nearby attraction of the village. It is believed that Ravana performed penance for Lord Shiva. Idols of this temple are Lord Shiva, Kaal Bhairav, Ved Vyasa, Pandavas, and Adi Shankaracharya can be seen here. This place is one of the Panch Kedars. Due to huge snowfalls, temple does not open between November to March. It is located 71kms away from the city.

 

Getting to Rudraprayag: Only way to reach this place through road. From the cities such as Gurgoan, Bangalore, Kolkata, Delhi, Hyderabad, Ludhiana, Mumbai, buses are available to reach this place. Nearest railway station is located at Rishikesh which is 72kms away from the city.

 

Getting around Rudraprayag: Buses, Taxis and private vehicles are available to visit the surrounding places of Rudraprayag. All the surrounding places are in Rudraprayag district.

 

Best time to visit Rudraprayag: Visitors can come to this place all over the year.

 

Where to stay in Rudraprayag: Plenty of accommodations are available to stay in Rudraprayag. Best hotels are Monal Resort, Bhatt Resort, and GMVN Tourist Bungalow.

 

Where to eat in Rudraprayag: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in Rudraprayag.

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Ukhrul

Ukhrul

Manipur, North East India, Hill station, Nature, Shirui Lily Flowers, Tangkhul Nagas, Valley, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 72014

Ukhrul is a town and hill station in Ukhrul district of Manipur, India. This is the best place for natural lovers. Climate of this place is so beautiful. Rare Shirui Lily welcomes the visitors to this place. Other added attractions of this place are Crystal Clear River, knolls, mountain ranges and waterfalls. Winter tend to be so cool. This place is also famous for Tangkhul Nagas. It is believed that Tangkhuls come from China Centuries ago. Nagas were the first to embrace Christianity and Western Education.

 

What to see in Ukhrul:

Shirui Kashung Peak: This peak is famous for Shirui Lily Flowers. It is Manipur state flower. These flowers grow only in this region. Shirui Lily Flowers blooms between May and June. In this region this is the highest peak. Rare birds like Mrs.Hume’s Bar Backed Pheasant and Lyth’s tragopan can be seen here.

Duncan Park: In Ukhrul district this is the largest park which was established in 1984.
Khayang Peak:
Height of this peak is 3114meters. This is one of the highest peaks of this region.

Ango Ching: Area covered by this place is 150 sq.kms. Virgin forest is located here. This forest is the home town to plenty of animals such as Tigers, Sambar, Black bear, Wild Cats, Leopards. Birds like Horn bill, tragopan, Peacock can also be seen here.

 

What to see around Ukhrul:

Khangkhui Cave: This place is known for Palaeolithic era artifacts. During the World War II, this was used as a Shelter by the local people. In this place visitors can see two chambers of devil kings, royal bed rooms, and Durbar Hall. It is located 15kms away from the town.

Azoe Jenephiu Magi Lake: It is located 15kms away from Ukhrul. Kachophung Lake is very close to Azoe Jenephiu Magi Lake. It is situated in Achuwa Magi Hills. Area covered by this lake is 9 acres.

Kachouphung Lake: It is situated on Achuwa Magi Hills. This lake is 7kms away from Khayang Falls. Due to the practice of Common Crap and colour fish, Pisciculture is practised here.

 

Getting to Ukhrul: Only way to reach this place is through road. From Imphal plenty of buses are available to reach this place. Dimapur is the nearest railway station. Plenty of taxis are available to reach this place. It is located 300 kms away from Ukhrul. Nearest air port is located at Imphal. From the cities such as Hyderabad, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata are available to reach this place. From Imphal airport taxis are available to reach this place.

 

Getting around Ukhrul: Best way to visit the surrounding place is through bus and Taxis. Bus is the cheapest means of transport.

 

Best time to visit Ukhrul: Ukhrul welcomes the visitors throughout the year. But summer is the best time to visit the place.

 

Where to stay in Ukhrul: Accommodation facilities in Ukhrul is very limited. Only Budget and Midrange hotels are available to stay in Ukhrul. Cost of the hotels is very nominal. Best hotel in Ukhrul is Continental Hotel.

 

Where to eat in Ukhrul: Very limited restaurants are available to have food in Ukhrul. All the restaurants serve local cuisine. Best hotel in Ukhrul is Continental Hotel.

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Aizawl

Aizawl

Mizoram, North East India, Hill station, Musuem, Nature, Trekking, Valley, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 72014

Aizawl is the capital of Mizoram, India. This is one of the most beautiful hill stations in India. It is 112 years old town. Varieties of flowers and Timber houses are the major attraction of this place. Majority of population belongs to Mizo tribes. Muslims and Hindus can also be seen here but very small number. Major dances of this region are Sarlamkai, Chai, Chheihlam, and Khuallam. During these dance shows traditional games, Music competitions, Food festival and flower shows are organised here. Chapchar Kut, Pawl Kut, Mim Kut are famous festivals in Aizawl.

 

What to see in Aizawl:

Berawtlang Tourist Complex: This is the recreation centre. Plenty of cultural activities held here. Local people considered this as famous Picnic spot. Accommodations and restaurants are available inside the complex. Local Taxis are used to visit this complex by the foreigners.

Bara Bazaar: This is the main shopping centre of this hill station. Traditional garments, Wicker handmade baskets are main attraction of this Bazaar.

Durtlang Hills: Tourist attracts to this place for trekking. This offer fine view of the hill station.

Mizoram State Museum: This was established in 1977. More than 2500 items are placed here. Each item says the ethnic background and richest past to Mizoram. This museum is dedicated to tribes of the Mizoram. Some of the items of the museum are archaeological objects, Musical instruments and Photographs.

Mini Zoological Garden: This is located on the hill know as Bethlehem Vengthlan. Major attraction of this garden is Sun Bear. Several numbers of animals can be seen here.

 

What to see around Aizawl:

Bung: This place is situated 15kms away from Aizawl. It is the best picnic spot. Taxis, Bus and Cars are used to reach this place. This place is always busy with the tourists.

Luangmual Handicrafts Centre: This is located 7kms away from the centre. Handicraft objects are famous in this place. Waterproof Wild hnathial leaves can be seen exclusively in this place.

Reiek Tourists Resort: It is situated 45kms away from the city. For the trekking and natural lovers this is the best place. Music shows also conduct in this resort.

Ruanglang: Traditional Mizoram life of the people will be known from this village. It is situated 5kms away from the city. Local taxis are used to reach this place.

Falkawn: This village is situated 18kms away from Aizawl. Thousands of visitors come to place every year. This is the best place to known the lifestyle and culture of Mizoram People.

Paikhai: This is the best picnic spots. Waterfalls are the major attraction of this place. It is located 16kms away from the city.

 

Getting to Aizawl: Aizawl is well connected by road ways. From Shillong, Silchar and Guwahati buses are available to visit this place. Nearest railway station is located at Silchar which is 130kms away from the city. Aizawl is having domestic airport. This airport is well connected with Kolkata, Imphal and Guwahati.

 

Getting around Aizawl: Buses, Cars, Taxis and Autos are available to visit the surrounding place of Aizawl.

 

Best time to visit Aizawl: Best time to visit this place is between November to February. Heavy woollen should be preferred to wear during the winter season and cotton and light woollen are preferred for summer season.

 

Where to stay in Aizawl: Accommodations are very limited in Aizawl. Prior booking of the rooms and resorts are advisable. Only luxurious resorts are available but not luxury hotels. They were charging Rs.3500 per night. Budget hotels are charging Rs.500 per night where as midrange hotels are charging Rs.750 to Rs.1000 per night. Hot water facility is available throughout the year.

 

Where to eat in Aizawl: Limited Restaurants are available to eat food. Most famous local food is Baked Pork Momos, Chicken Momos and steamed fish.

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Majuli

Majuli

Assam, North East India, Boating, Island, Satras

April 72014

Majuli is a largest river Island in the world. It is situated in Brahmaputra River in Assam, India. Due to the courses of changes by River Brahmaputra and its tributaries this Island was formed. Since 16th century, this is the cultural Capital for the Assame Civilisation. 23 villages located in this Island. For learning Neo Vaishnavite Philosophy this is the good centre.

 

What to see in Majuli:

Kamalabari Satra: It is one of the famous sightseeing’s of the River Island. This place is famous for Classic studies, literature, Culture and Art. It was established by Bedulapadma Ata.

Garmur: Main attraction of Manjuli is Garmur. During the establishment of this structure, separate structures are built for different purposes. Major attractions of this place are Bortop articles and artefacts. This was founded by Lakshmikantadeva as Vaisnavite Centre. Other holy seats are Kamlabari, Daksinpath, and Auniati.

Dakhinpat Satra: This is the cultural centre established by Banamalidev who is the supporter of Raasleela. Rasotsava a prime festival of Assam celebrates very grandly. This celebrates during the full moon day. During this period thousands of devotees come to this place.

Bengennati Satra: This place is having the Cultural Significance. Royal Robe is the major attraction of this place. Along with gold robes, an umbrella of gold is also preserved here. This belongs to Swargadeo Gadadhar Singha, Ahom King.

Auniati Satra: This is famous for Apsara and Paalnam Dance. Best collection of Handicrafts, jewellery, Assamese Utensils can be seen here. This was founded by Niranjan Pathakdeva.

Raja Maidan: This was constructed to house the ashes of King Purandar Sinha. He died on 1st October 1894. This is situated on the south bank of Tocklai River.

Bangalpukhari: This place is associated with historic event of the murder Badan Barphukan. He was the Ahom Governor. It is the tank built by Rupsingh Bangal in 1739. For the construction of this tank he was rewarded largest sum of money. It is situated on the south side of Jorhat City.

 

What to see around Majuli:

Tengapania: This is located 24kms away from Sibsagar which is well connected with Majuli. Tengapania is best picnic spot. Major attractions of this site are Disangmukh, Machkhoa, and Dhakuakhana.

Bangaori: This is located 8kms away from Shamguri. Bangaori is famous for rich Biodiversity.

 

Getting to Majuli: Before reaching to this place one has to reach Jorhat which is nearest town of Majuli. Buses and Taxis are available to reach to this place. Ferries have to be used to reach Majuli. Guwahati is well connected with Ferries. Nearest railway station is located at Jorhat. From the railway station buses and railways are available to reach the places of this Island. Rowraih Airport is the nearest airport at Jorhat. This is well connected with Shillong and Kolkata. Ferry has to be used to reach Majuli.

 

Getting around Majuli: Only way to reach this place is through Ferry. Boat rides can start from any village. Canoes and Small catamarans are available to hire from the villages. Ferry timing from Johrat according to Assam Tourism website is 10.30 AM and 16.00 PM.

 

Best time to visit Majuli: Best time to visit this place is between October to March. During this season drama and festival performances were held.

 

Where to stay in Majuli: Very limited accommodations are available to stay in Majuli. Government Inspection Bungalows, Circuit house and Satras are available to stay in Majuli. Prior booking is essential. Other option for staying is at Jorhat Town.

 

Where to eat in Majuli: Very limited eateries are available to eat in Majuli.

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Cuttack

Cuttack

Odisha, East India, Bali Yatra, Fort, Hill station, Musuem, Temple, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 72014

Cuttack is the second largest city of Odisha. This city is also acting as best commercial centre for odisha. Earlier name of this city is Katak which means The Fort. This name refers to the ancient Barabati Fort. City was developed around this fort. During the historical days city was acted as capital to Kalinga. Kalinga is the older name of Odisha. This was established in 989 by Nrupa Keshari as a Military Cantonment. For the shopping loves best things to buy are Brass, ivory carving, silver filigree work products. Bali Yatra, Durga Pooja, Kali Pooja are famous festivals in Cuttack.

 

What to see in Cuttack:

Cuttack Chandi Temple: This is the major attraction of the city. Goddess Chandi is worshipped in this temple. Durga Pooja and Kali Puja celebrate so grandly in this temple. Besides the temple one can find Mahanadi River.

Barabati Fort: Once, this was most impressive 9 storied structures but now visitors can see only ruins of the fort. Fort is now has a cricket stadium. Excellent carvings can be seen on the gate of this fort. This was constructed in 11th century.

Bhattarika Temple: This temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhattarika who is an incarnation of Shakti. This is situated on the banks of river Mahanadi.

Stone Revetment: This is a symbol of brilliant ancient engineering skills. It was constructed by Keshari kings during 11th century.

Qadam-I-Rasool: This is important place to both Muslims and Hindus. 3 mosques are placed here. Music gallery called Nawabat Khana is the major attraction of this place. Architecture depicts both Hindus and Muslim style.

Gurdwara Daatan Sahib: This is the holy place for the Sikh community. First Sikh Guru Shree Guru Nanak Dev had passed through and halted for some time when he was going to puri.

Netaji Museum: Rare collection of letters written by Netaji Shubhas Chandra Bose apart from few other valuables of him are placed here.

 

What to see around Cuttack:

Bhitarkanika Wildlife sanctuary: This is best place to see large variety of Flora and Fauna. It is located 27kms away from Cuttack. Along with flora and Fauna, large variety of mammals and reptiles can also be seen here.

Bhubaneswar: It is located 27kms away from Cuttack. Along with Konark and Puri this forms Golden triangle of temples. This place is famous for several temples and gardens.

Singanatha Temple: This temple is famous for its unique architectural style. Singanatha is the ancient temple in Cuttack. It is located on the rocky Cliff Island of Mahanadi River which is 20kms away from Cuttack.

Dhavaleswar: This temple is sacred to Hindus. Every year thousands of Hindus come to this place. This was constructed in 10th century which was dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is located 25kms away from Cuttack on one of the Islands of Mahanadi River.

 

Getting to Cuttack: Cuttack is well connected with road and railways. From the cities such as Kolkata, Chennai, Bhubaneswar buses are available to reach this place. From the cities such as Hyderabad, Raipur, Jodhpur, Bhagalpur etc trains come to this place. Nearest airport is located at Bhubaneswar.

 

Getting around Cuttack: Autos, cycle rickshaws, taxis, buses are available to visit the surrounding places of Cuttack.

 

Best time to visit Cuttack: September to March is the best time to visit Cuttack. During the summer season temperature is very high.

 

Where to stay in Cuttack: Plenty of hotels are available to stay in Cuttack. Luxury hotels are few in the city. Along with hotels guest houses are also available to stay in Cuttack.

 

Where to eat in Cuttack: Very limited restaurants in Cuttack. Only simple Indian meals are available. Most famous food is Thunka Puri. This is prepared only during Bali Yatra Period. In-house restaurants serve Italian, Continental, Chinese and Indian Cuisines.

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Puri

Puri

Odisha, East India, Beach, Musuem, Nature, Rath Yatra, Temple

April 72014

Puri is a city in Puri district of Odisha, India. This place is well known for Lord Jagannath Temple. It is a holy city for Hindus. This place is also famous for architecture and arts of India. Earlier known as Purusotham Kshetra as, famous Purusotham temple is located here. Today this temple is known as Jagannath Temple. Puri Jagannath Yatra is most famous festival celebrates during June to July.

 

What to see in Puri:

Jagannath Temple: This is the major attraction of Puri. Height of this temple is 65meters. This was built in 12th century. 20foot high wall is surrounded this temple. This temple is dedicated to Lord Jagannath incarnation of Lord Krishna. It is believed that Lord Jagannath asked King Indradyumna to construct a temple. On the walls of the temple various scenes and stages of Lord Krishna’s life can be seen. Rath Yatra is the major attraction of this temple. Idols of Goddess Subhadra, Lord Balabhadra and Lord Jagannath will take to Gundicha temple during Ratha Yatra and again they will bring them back to the mandir.

Golden Beach: Several temples of this place located near this beach. Wall hangings, lamp shades, Jute shades, Souvenirs made up of shells are worth buying in this place.

Swargadwar: This is located near the beach. People believe that persons who pass away from this place will directly go to heaven after their death.

Gundicha Temple: This temple is shaped like a dome with Lord Vishnu’s Wheel on the top. This temple is considered as the aunt’s house of Lord Jagannatha. During the Ratha yatra period Lord Jagannatha shifted to this temple for 7 days.

Markandesvara Temple: Major attraction of this temple is a statue of Nataraja with ten arms.

Loknath Temple: Shiva Lingam in this temple was established by Lord Rama.

Sudarshan Craft Museum: Major attractions of this museum are a workshop, a library and a Buddhist temple of Japanese style.

Lakshmi Temple: It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi invited Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva to this place after their marriage.

 

What to see around Puri:

Chilika Lake: This is the Asia’s largest salt lake. This lake is separated from the Bay of Bengal by only a small neck like piece of land. During the winter season plenty of birds come to this place on migratory basis. It is located 15kms away from the city.

Sakthi Gopal Temple: This temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and Radha. Idols are brought to this place by King Pratapruda Deva. It is located 17kms away from Puri.

Daya River: It is located 34kms away from the city. On the outskirts of Bhubaneswar, this river joins with Malaguni River and flows into Chilika Lake. Kalinga war fought on the banks of this river.

 

Getting to Puri: Puri is well connected with road and railways. From the cities such as Kolkata, Chennai, Bhubaneswar, New Delhi etc buses and trains are available to reach this place. Puri is the major railway junction. Biju Patnaik airport is the nearest airport which is located at Bhubaneswar.

 

Getting around Puri: Buses, autos, rented motor bikes, cycle rickshaws are available to visit the surrounding places of Puri.

 

Best time to visit Puri: Best time to visit this place is between June to March. Tourists rush will be more during June to November.

 

Where to stay in Puri: Plenty of accommodations are available to stay in Puri. Huge number of attractive packages is also offering to the tourists. Best price for double bed room of the budget hotel is between Rs.1000 to Rs.1500.

 

Where to eat in Puri: Huge number of restaurants in Puri. Most of the restaurants serve only vegetarian food. Most famous food in Puri is Bhaang Sharbat.

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Kolkata

Kolkata

West Bengal, East India, Fort, History, Masjid, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 72014

Kolkata is the capital of West Bengal. Major attraction of Kolkata is Port. This is India’s oldest operating Port. Other name of Kolkata is City of Joy. Influence of Raj is more in this city. City has its own place in literature, theatres and films. Several renowned personalities such as Mother Teresa, Satyajit Ray belong to this place.

 

What to see in Kolkata:

Howrah Bridge: This Bridge is worlds 4th busiest bridge. This connects Western Bank of Kolkata to eastern banks of Kolkata. Photography is restricted here. Nearly 60,000 vehicles travel on this bridge per day. This is also known as Rabindra Setu. This was constructed in 1939.

Eden Gardens: India’s Oldest Cricket Stadium. This is also known as Lords of Asia. It is one of the finest stadiums in the world.

Nicco Park: This is the oldest amusement park. Park is famous for adventure rides such as Water coaster, Moonraker, Flying Saucer, Toy Trian, Cable car etc. Several lakes and gardens can also be seen here.

Aquatica: It is the largest water park of India. Major attractions of this place are adventure water rides, swimming, tornadoes, dance floors, artificial waves.

Dakshineswar Temple: This was built by Rani Rasmani of Janbazar. She was asked by Goddess Kali to build the temple.

Indian Museum: It is the largest museum of India which was established in 1814. Major attractions of this museum are prehistoric objects and artifacts. It consists of more than 60 galleries.

Alipore Zoo: Major attractions of this zoo are Grant’s Zebra, White Tiger, Indian Elephant, one horn Rhinoceros etc.

Kalighat: This was built by Brahmin Zamindar. Goddess Kali is worshipped here. Old temple is housed in small hut.

Nandan: This is the first multiplex of Kolkata. Kolkata International film festival hosted here.

Marble Palace: This was constructed in 1855 with marble stones.

Other attractions of Kolkata: Other attractions of Kolkata are Park Street, Maidan, Town hall, College street, BBD Bagh, Kolkata Metro, Science City, National Library, Vitoria Memorial, Belur Math, Jaldapara Wildlife sanctuary, Jawahar Shishu Bhawan, Nakhoda Mosque.

 

What to see around Kolkata:

Botanical Garden: This is the best place for the natural lovers. It is located in suburban area of Shibpur in Howrah district which is 8kms away from the city.

Garchumuk: It is situated in Howrah district which is 56kms away from the city. Major attraction of this place is Deer Park.

Chintamoni Kar Bird Sanctuary: It is situated 30kms away from the city. Major attractions of this sanctuary are kingfishers, doves, woodpeckers and cuckoos. Plenty of animals and fruit trees are also can be seen here.

Shrine Bascilica Bandel: It is located 55kms away from the city. It is one of the oldest churches of west Bengal. This was dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary.

 

Getting to Kolkata: Kolkata is well connected with road, rail and air ways. From the cities such as Bangalore, Mumbai, Visakhapatnam, Lucknow, Jaipur, Jamshedpur etc buses are available to visit this place. From Patna, Guwahati, Bhubaneswar, Hyderabad etc trains are available to reach this place. From Hyderabad, Chennai, Nagpur, Lucknow, Jaipur etc flights are available to reach this place.

 

Getting around Kolkata: Autos, Buses, Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Kolkata.

 

Best time to visit Kolkata: Visitors can come to this place throughout the year.

 

Where to stay in Kolkata: Plenty of hotels are available to stay in Kolkata. Best budget hotels in Kolkata are Marble Palace Guest house Pvt Ltd, Travel Inn, Diamond suites etc. Best Luxury hotels in Kolkata are The Oberai Grand, Hotel VIP International, The peerless Inn.

 

Where to eat in Kolkata: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in Kolkata.

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Konark

Konark

Odisha, East India, Beach, Buddhist temples, History, Konark Sun Temple, Musuem, Nature, Temple

April 72014

Konark is a small town in Puri district of Odisha, India. Konark is derived from two words Kona and Arka. Kona means Corner and Arka means Sun. Major attraction of this place is Sun Temple. Konark is also famous for pristine beaches, rich culture and heritage. Other name of Konark is Konaditya. Along with Sun Temple several other temples were also built during the rule of Narshimhadeva I of Ganga dynasty. It is believed that this Sun Temple was built by Samba Son of Lord Krishna. Konark dance festival is a five day long annual festival of dance and Music which is most famous in Konark. As a part of this festival, Craft and Handicraft Exhibition is also held.

 

What to see in Konark:

Konark Sun Temple: This is the major attraction of Konark which belongs to 13th century. This temple is dedicated to Lord Sun. It is most beautiful with ancient Oriyan Architecture. It is in the shape of chariot driven by seven horses. People believed that wheels represent hours of the day and shadow of the wheels says the exact time. This temple was constructed with black granite.

Konark Beach: This is one of the major attractions of this place. Devotees take bath in this beach and went to see Sun God. It is most beautiful with golden sand. Magha Saptami Mela conducts every year grandly in this beach.

ASI Museum: This museum consists of 4 galleries. It is situated just outside the Sun Temple. This museum consists of 260 antiquities. Those are found in and around the sun temple. This was established in 1968.

Ramachandi Temple: It is located on the mouth of Kushabhadra River which is 9kms away from the temple. Some people say that this temple is dedicated to Lord Sun and some people believe that this temple belongs to Lord Ramachandi.

Konark Math: Nirakar Brahma is worshipped here. Sunya Sadhana is the concept of this math. This is situated very close to Konark Sun Temple.

Vishnu Temple: Currently only ruins of this temple can be seen here. It is located just behind the Ramachandi Temple. On the Half broken walls of this temple visitors can see figures of Goddess Saraswati and Goddess Laxmi.

 

What to see around Konark:

Kuruma: Major attractions of this village are antique images of Buddha and Heruka. This village is located 8kms away from Konark which is built between 9th century and 10th century.

Puri: This place is famous for Puri Jagannath Yatra. It is one of the four Peethams established by Shankracharya. Puri is also known as Purushottama Puri. It is situated 35kms away from Konark.

Bhubaneswar: This place is famous for ancient temples and architectural temples. It is the capital of Odhisha.

 

Getting to Konark: Only way to reach this place is though road. From the major cities of Odhisha and other states, buses are available to reach this place. Nearest railway station is located at Puri which is 35kms away from Konark. Puri railway station is well connected with all the major cities in India. Nearest domestic airport is located at Bhubaneswar which is 64kms away from the Konark. From Hyderabad, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai flights are available to reach this place.

 

Getting around Konark: Taxis and autos are available to visit the surrounding places of Konark.

 

Best time to visit Konark: Best time to visit Konark is between October to March.

 

Where to stay in Konark: Plenty of hotels are available to stay in Konark but only budget and midrange hotels. But luxurious resorts and cottages are available to stay. These resorts and cottages cost is ranging between Rs.4500 to Rs.10, 000.

 

Where to eat in Konark: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat. Most famous food in Konark is fish fry in Bengali Style.

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Kalimpong

Kalimpong

West Bengal, East India, Boating, Buddhist Monestery, Fort, Hill station, History, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Valley, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 72014

Kalimpong is a hill station of West Bengal, India. This place is famous for ancient temples, churches and Buddhist monasteries. In 1866, this was added into the district of Darjeeling. Prior to China’s annexation of Tibet and Sino Indian War, Kalimpong was used as gateway in the trade between India and Tibet. At the outskirts of the city Indian Army 27 Mountain Division is located. Nepal culture can be seen more in this place.

 

What to see in Kalimpong:

Mangal Dham: This temple was constructed by Shri Krishna Pranami in 1993. In the memory of Guru Shri 108 Mangaldasji, this was constructed.

Catholic Church: In the Kalimpong area this is the largest Catholic Church. During the British rule this church was constructed. Architect of this church is Hardy.

Flower Nurseries: Plenty of nurseries are located in this town. Flowers of this nursery are exported. Commercial flower nurseries of West Bengal are located here.

Deolo Hill: It is one of the hills on which Kalimpong is situated. This is the highest hill point of this town.

Dr.Graham’s Home: This is the educational institute which was founded by Dr.John Anderson Graham in 1900. Area covered by this institute is 500 acres. This place also consists of clothing department, hospital, Poultry, Dairy, Bakery and farmhouse.

Tharpa Choling Monastery: This is one of the 3 monasteries found in this town. It was established in 1937.

St.Therasa’s Church: This was built by local people in beautiful Tibetan architecture. On the walls of the church inscriptions of Biblical themes can be seen.

Kalimpong Arts & Crafts centre: With the intension to promote handicrafts and to provide employment opportunity to the local people this was established in 1897.

Lepcha Museum: Lepcha Community culture can be learn in this museum. Articles of worship, musical instruments, and manuscripts can be seen here.

Gouripur House: It is located 2kms away from the city. This is the favourite place for Rabindranath Tagore. In this place he had written several poems.

Teesta Bazaar: Artifacts and Handicrafts are the major attraction of this Bazaar. This is the best shopping place.

Kalimpong Science centre: This is the best place to improve science awareness among the students and to the visitors.

 

What to see around Kalimpong:

Neora National Park: It is located 32kms away from the town. Major animal attractions of this park are Gora, Himalayan black bear, Wild dog, Red Panda. Reptile attractions of this park are King cobra, blind snakes, Pit Viper.

Durpin Dara Hill: It is located 3kms away from the town. From this place visitors can enjoy the Himalayan ranges. River Teesta can also be seen from here.

Pedong Monastery: It is located 20kms away from the town. This was built by Bhutan’s King in 1837.

 

Getting to Kalimpong: This place is well connected though road. From other cities in Sikkim buses are available to reach this place. Nearest railway station is at Jalpaiguri. This place is well connected with all the major cities. Bagdogra is the nearest airport.

 

Getting around Kalimpong: Buses, Jeeps, taxis and ferries are available to visit the surrounding places of Kalimpong.

 

Best time to visit Kalimpong: Best time to visit this place is between March to May and October to December.

 

Where to stay in Kalimpong: Several hotels are available to stay in Kalimpong. Cost of budget hotels starts from Rs.200. Cost of luxury hotels is around Rs.2000. Nurseries are the additional attractions in some hotels.

 

Where to eat in Kalimpong: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in Kalimpong. China Garden is the best place to have Chinese food.

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Ranchi

Ranchi

Jharkhand, East India, Boating, Caves, History, Musuem, Nature, Rock Formations, Temple, Valley, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 72014

Ranchi is the capital of Jharkhand, India. Rachi name is derived from the Oraon Village, Archi. Oran word is used for bamboo grove. One of the legends of this place is, once a farmer beat the spirit with bamboo stave. The Spirit shouted archi, archi, archi and vanished. This place is famous for beautiful valleys, barren rocks, green hilly regions and waterfalls. Ranchi is rich in natural wealth such as mica, copper, coal and iron. Wild life is another major attraction of this site. This is the home town of Indian Cricket captain Mahindra Singh Dhoni. Tribal culture is more in this village. Metal crafts, toys, wood products, Bamboo products are worth buying of this place.

 

What to see in Ranchi:

Ranchi Lake: It is located at the heart of the city. This place is most famous for picnic spot .Boating is the major activity conducts here.

Rachi Museum: Major attractions of this museum are ethnological objects, numismatics, arms, stone sculptures, terracotta sculptures, prehistoric implements.

Ram Rekha Dham: It is believed that during the 14 years exile, Lord Rama along with Lakshmana and Sita stayed here for few days. Temple is located inside the cave.

Tagore Hill: This is located near Albert Ekka Chowk. Height of this hill is 300feet. This is named after the poet Rabindranath. It is believed that he love this place for its scenic beauty.

Other attractions of Ranchi: Other attractions of Ranchi are Rock Garden, Kanke dam, Yogoda Satsanga Sakha Math, Gonda Hill, Birsa Deer Park, Ranchi University Museum, Nakshatra Van, Birsa Zoological Park, Pahari Mandir.

 

What to see around Ranchi:

Surya Temple: It is the major nearby attraction of the city. It is located 39kms away from the city. Major attraction of this city is statue of Chariot with 7 horses and 18 wheels. This was built by Sanskrit Vihar.

Deori Temple: This is one of the most ancient temples which are dedicated to Goddess Kali. Idol has 16 arms. Pillars of this temple are made up of sand stone.

Hundru Falls: These are located 45kms away from the city. Different rock formations are the major attraction of this site.

Jagannath Temple: It is located 10kms away from the city. This was constructed by the king of Barkagarh, Jagannathpur Thakur in 1691. Architecture style is so attractive.

Panch Gagh Falls: It is one of the best picnic spots near Ranchi. It is located between Road and Chakradharpur Road. These falls are 6kms away from Khunti Village.

Other attractions near Ranchi: Other attractions near Ranchi are Jonha Falls, Dassam Falls, Muta Crocodile Breeding centre, Angrabadi Temple Complex, Hirni Falls.

 

Getting to Ranchi: Ranchi is well connected with Road, Railway and air ways. From the cities such as Jamshedpur, Patna, Dhanbad, Chaibasa etc buses are available to reach this place. From all the important cities of India trains come to this place. Ranchi airport is located at Hinoo. It is well connected with Mumbai, Pune, Kolkata and Delhi.

 

Getting around Ranchi: Buses, Autos, Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Ranchi.

 

Best time to visit Ranchi: Ranchi can be visited throughout the year but better to avoid during peak summer season as temperature is too hot.

 

Where to stay in Ranchi: Plenty of accommodations are available to stay in Ranchi starting from Budget hotels to luxury hotels. Cost of budget hotels are below Rs.1000 per night. Cost of luxury hotels is about Rs.4000.

 

Where to eat in Ranchi: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in Ranchi. All the restaurants serve continental cuisines. Cafe Coffee, Dosa Plaza, KFC, Subway, Dominos have outlets in Ranchi.

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Baratang Island

Baratang Island

Andaman, East India, Beach, Boating, Caves, Mud Valcanoes, Nature, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 72014

Baratang is an Island in Andaman Islands, India. It is located 20kms east of Port Blair. This Island is famous for mud volcanoes and coastal line is rich in marine life. Apart from mud volcanoes this beach is also known for its beaches and other activities such as Bird Watching, island camping, Snorkelling, Scuba diving and beach tours. During the trip to this Island, lime stone Caves at Nayadera and Parrot Island worthy places to visit. Interacting with tribal’s, taking photographs and offering food is prohibited. This prohibition started when Jarawas died after having food offered by the tourists.

 

What to see in Baratang Island:

Mud Volcanoes: The Mud Volcanoes squirt fountains of mud at irregular intervals. These volcanoes are the major attraction of this Island. Locals called these volcanoes in the name of Jalki. From the Baratang Jetty is 4kms away.

Roglachang beach: This is the best place for long walks. Sunset seems to be most beautiful from this beach.

Baludera Beach: This is the best place for swimming. It is free from pollution.

Parrot Island: It is very near to Baratang Island. This is the best place for bird watchers. The mesmerizing site of this place is when thousand of parrots are returning their home during the sunset with the backdrop of sunset.

 

What to see around Baratang Island:

Lime stone Caves: This is the most popular tourist spot in Baratang Island. It takes an hour to reach this place form Baratang Island through Boating. Boat goes though mangrove forest. It is the different and unique experience. It is essential to carry touch while visiting to these caves as these caves are so dark.

Great Nichobar: This place is famous for Giant Leather Back Turtles. Great Nichobar Island has biosphere reserve area.

Karchal: In the Nicobar Group this is the small Island. It was this Island which heralded new Millennium with first sunrise on 1st January 2000. Attraction of this Island is West Bay, Jhula and East bay beaches.

Car Nicobar: All around this place roaring sea and enhancing beaches can be seen. Unique to this Island are having entrance through the floor and Nicobari huts built on stilts. From Port Blair it takes 16hours to reach this place.

Nicobar: This place is famous for Nicobarese Pigeons and Long tail monkeys. Megapode is the rare bird; this can be seen in this place.

 

Getting to Baratang Island: To reach this place visitor has to reach to Port Blair. Port Blair is well connected with Kolkata and Chennai though air. Buses, cars, Taxis are available to reach this Island. From Visakhapatnam, Kolkata, Chennai ships are available to reach Port Blair.

 

Getting around Baratang Island: Ferries are available to reach the surrounding places of Baratang Island.

 

Best time to visit Baratang Island: It is essential to known the best time before visiting to any place. Best time to reach Baratang Island is between October to May and from June to August.

 

Where to stay in Baratang Island: Prior permission to reach to Baratang Island is essential. Permission has to be taken from Superintendent of Police. Very limited accommodations are available to stay in Baratang Island. It is advisable to look for other options in Port Blair. Best hotels in Baratang Island are Andaman Residency, Sea Shell Beach Resort, Munjoh Ocean Resort, Symphony Palms beach resort.

 

Where to eat in Baratang Island: Very limited restaurants are available to eat in Baratang Island. Most famous dish in Baratang Island is fish fry.

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Havelock Island

Havelock Island

Andaman, East India, Beach, Boating, Coral Reefs, History, Nature, Snorkelling, Trekking, Water Sports, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 72014

Havelock Island is the largest Island of Great Andaman in Andaman Islands. This Island is named after British General Army official Maj Gen Sir Henry Havelock in India. Havelock is famous for Great Scuba diving experience, coral reefs and Pristine Beaches. It comprises of several small Islands known as Ritchie’s Archipelago. Government encourages tourism at this place. Havelock is also famous for its beaches, trekking activities, Snorkelling. Coconut shell lamp shades, Nicobari Mats, Walking sticks, Trays, Bowls are worth buying in this place.

 

What to see in Havelock Island:

Radhanagar Beach: This is most attractive beach. In 2004, it was rated as Best Beach in Asia. Highlights of this beach are sky blue water and beautiful silky white sand. Most amazing thing to see from here is sunset. Autos and Jeep are available to reach this place. In some areas of the sea activities like Snorkelling and swimming are conducting.

Vijayanagar Beach: This beach is the best place to relax as it is so clam. Vijayanagar Beach is the best spot for swimming.

Elephant Beach: This is well known to the Indian tourists. Corals near the beaches make good spot for Snorkelling. From Radhanagar Beach, visitors can reach to this place through boat or on foot.

Kalapathar Beach: This beach is named after a village which is located near this beach. Village is famous for Black rocks. Beach attracts the tourists in two different forms. On one side visitors can find silky white sand and on the other side beach looks green like an emerald.

Dive India: This is offering several adventurous activities. Training on these activities will be given in this place. This is offering several instructor training courses.

Ocean Tribe Scuba Diving: This is the best place for beginners of professional divers. They can enjoy diving in the water. Other attractions of this beach are ocean walking and Snorkelling. Visitors can enjoy different variety of water sports from December to April.

 

What to see around Havelock Island:

Cellular Jail: It is located in Port Blair which is 60kms away from the Island. Only individual cells can be seen in this jail. This was constructed by Britishers in 1906.

Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park: It is located 30kms away from south west of Port Blair. Area covered by this park is 280sq.kms. It is famous for rich collection of coral reefs. This park is also known for the different variety of birds, animals and Marine life. Deep water Scuba diving activity conducts in this park.

Neil Island: It is located 40kms away from Port Blair. Major attractions of this beach are Snorkelling, angling, Fishing.

Inglis Island: It is located 57kms away from Port Blair. Major attractions of this place are Wild life and Coral Reefs.

 

Getting to Havelock Island: Best way to reach this place is through Ferries from Port Blair. For every four hours one ferry is available from Port Blair. Nearest airport is at Port Blair i.e. Veer Savarkar International Airport. From Kolkata and Chennai regular flights are available to reach this place.

 

Getting around Havelock Island: Buses, Motorcycles, Jeeps, Gearless Scooters, Autos are available to reach the surrounding place of Havelock Island.

 

Best time to visit Havelock Island: As Diving and other activities are most famous in this Island, best weather conditions are essential to enjoy the activities. Best weather conditions in this Island are between January to May.

 

Where to stay in Havelock Island: Plenty of hotels are available starting from beach huts to luxury hotels to stay in Havelock Island. Luxury hotels provide pick up and drop facilities. Decent budget hotels are available near Vijaynagar Beach.

 

Where to eat in Havelock Island: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in this Island. Best restaurants are at Beach Number 3. Both Vegetarian and non vegetarian food is available.

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Murshidabad

Murshidabad

West Bengal, East India, Masjid, Murshidabad, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Tomb

April 72014

Murshidabad is a city in Murshidabad district of West Bengal, India. During the Mughal Period this city acted as capital of Bengal. This place is known for British Colonial history. Several historical sculptures of British and Mughal era can be seen in this place. Silk Textiles is most famous in this city. Plenty of patterns in light weight sarees can be seen here. Bera Utsav is most famous festival in Murshidabad.

 

What to see in Murshidabad:

Imambara: This was built in 1847 by Nawab Nazim Mansoor Ali Khan Feradun Jah. Across India this is the largest Imambara. Cost of this Imambara is around Rs.6lakhs.

Katra Masjid: This was built in 1723 by Nawab Murshid Quli Khan. In West Bengal this is the oldest Masjid.

Hazarduari palace: This is the major attraction of the city. In this Palace thousand doors can be seen. Earlier this was used to conduct meetings of Nawabs. This is the 3 stored building which was built in 1837 by Duncan Mcleod.

Nasipur Palace: It is one of the largest temples in the district. Lord Ramachandra Temple is located inside the Palace.

Nimak Haram Deori: This is the main gate of jafarganj Palace. This place got importance as Nawab Siraj Ud Daulla was killed here.

Jafarganj Cemetery: Area covered by this cemetery is 3.51 acres. From Mir Jafar to Humayun Jah tombs are placed here.

Footi Mosque: Tourists visit this place for unique architecture style. It was not completed fully.

Wasef Manzil: It is full of Marble statues and staircases. This is very close to Hazarduari Palace which was built by Nawab Wasef Ali Mirza.

Jahan Kosha Cannon: In the early 17th century this was built by Craftsman Janardan Karmakar of Dhaka. It is very large Cannon. Weight is 16,880 lb and Length is 17.5feet.

Other attractions of Murshidabad: other attractions of Murshidabad are Khosh Bagh, Tomb of Alivardi Khan, Tomb of Azimunnisha Begum, Tomb and Mosque of Murhsid Kuli Khan, Tomb of Seraj Ud Daullah, Tomb of Mir Mardan and Tomb of Sujauddin.

 

What to see around Murshidabad:

Murshidabad District Museum: It is located at Jiganj which is 10kms away from the city. There are 3 galleries in this museum. Major attractions of this museum are Dashavatara Pillar, black stone Sculpture, antique coins, early medieval inscriptions, ancient terracotta Potteries.

Bhavaniswar Mandir: It is one of the best examples for terracotta sculptures. This was established in 1750AD by Queen of Natore. It is located 23kms away from the city.

Cossimbazar: Located at Confluence of Bhagirati River Channels. Major attraction of this place is Cossimbazar Palace. It is most beautiful with terracotta walls and 100 pillars with a lotus finial.

 

Getting to Murshidabad: Murshidabad is well connected with road and railways. From the cities such as Durgapur, Krishnagar, Malda, Bolpur, Suri, Rampurhat, Burdwan, Kolkata buses come to this place. From the cities such as Ahmedabad, Chennai, Mumbai, Howrah trains come to this place. Nearest airport is located at Kolkata.

 

Getting around Murshidabad: Autos, Taxis and buses are available to visit the surrounding places of Murshidabad.

 

Best time to visit Murshidabad: Best time to visit Murshidabad is between October to March.

 

Where to stay in Murshidabad: Plenty of accommodations are available to stay in Murshidabad. But only budget and midrange hotels are available. Best hotels in Murshidabad are Indrajit Hotel, Majusha Hotel, Baharampur Tourists Lodge, Hotel Sagnik.

 

Where to eat in Murshidabad: Plenty of restaurants can be find in this place. Local Cuisines are almost similar to Bengali Cuisines. This is the best place to find Mughal and Bengali combination cuisines. Most popular food here is Misti Polao, Gobindo bhog Chaal, Murshidabad Murgi Biryani.

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Valmiki

Valmiki

Bihar, North India, Champaran district, History, Nature, Temple, Valley, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 72014