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Roopkund

Roopkund

in Nature, North India, Temple, Trekking, Uttarakhand, Valley, Water falls | 0 comments

Roopkund is also known as Mystery Lake. It is located in chamoli district of Uttarakhand, India. At the edge of the lake visitors can see hundreds of human skeletons. No one does not know how these skeletons come to this lake edge when the snow melts. So this place is known as Mystery Lake. Existence of these skeletons found dates back to 9th century. This lake is also known as Skeleton lake.   What to see at Roopkund: This place is famous among the natural lovers and for trekking lovers. Major trekking basis of this Roopkund are  Nanda Ghunti and Trisul. Nanda Ghunti height is 6310 meters and Height of Trisul is 7120 meters. Major festival celebrates at this place is Bedni Bugyal. This festival celebrates during autumn season. All nearby villagers participate in this festival. Nanda Devi Raj Jat is the larger celebration of this place. This celebrates once in every 12 years. At that time Goddess Nanda is worshipped. This river covered with snow most of the year. Journey toward this lake is a memorable experience.   For trekking to Roopkund, there are different routes. One is travel to Lohajung or wan by road. Then Climb hill rock and reach Ran Ki Dhar. Other trekking place is at Bedni Bugyal. At that place visitors can see grounds for sheeps, horses and mules. Other places to visit at this place are a small lake and two temples. Closer view of Trisul peaks is possible from Bedni Bugyal. Landslides and waterfalls can also be seen at Bedni.   What to see around Roopkund: 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...

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Hidimda Devi Temple

Hidimda Devi Temple

in Architecture, Himachal Pradesh, History, Mahabharata, Nature, North India, Temple, Trekking, Valley, Water falls | 0 comments

Hidimdi Devi Temple is located in Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India. Other name of this temple is Hidimba Temple. This temple is dedicated to Hidimbi Devi. She is the sister of Hidimba. Hidimba and Hidimbi are the character in the epic Mahabharata.   What to see at Hidimba Devi Temple: This is ancient cave temple. Temple is surrounded by cedar forest. Over the huge rock cutting out of the ground a sanctuary was built. This is worshiped as image of the deity.  In 1553, a structure was built.  It is believed that temple was built at the place where Hidimba did meditation. Hidimba got married to Bhima, one of the brothers of Pandavas. They gave birth to Ghatotkacha.   Structure of this temple is the main attraction of this temple. It was carved with wooden doors. Tower above the sanctuary is 24meters tall. Tower consists of 3 square roofs. Roofs are covered with timber tiles. Main door carving of the temple is Goddess Durga. Mud covered stone work can be seen at the base of the temple. Inside the temple enormous rock work can be seen. Goddess Hidimba Devi image is only 3 inches. 70 meters away from this temple a shrine is dedicated to Ghatotkacha son of Hidimba. Footprints of the Goddess can be seen here.   What to see around Hidimba Devi Temple: Jagatsukh: It is located 8kms away from the temple. 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 21kms away from the temple. Nehru Kund: After drinking water from the pond by Jawaharlal Nehru it was named as Nehru Kund. It is located 7kms away from the temple. 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 4kms away from the temple. Rahala and Rozy Waterfalls:...

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The Great Himalayan National Park

The Great Himalayan National Park

in Himachal Pradesh, Nature, North India, Trekking, Valley, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary | 0 comments

The Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) is located in Kullu district, Himachal Pradesh, India. Area covered by this park is 754.4 sq.kms. In 1999, it was declared as National Park. Other name of this park is Jawarhalal Nehru Great Himalayan Park.   What to see in The Great Himalayan National Park: Park: This is one of the attractions of the park. Trekking at this place is the major attraction. Ecozone: This area contains villages. At this place state Government of Himachal Pradesh developed several programmes. Villagers of this place create alternative sources of economic well being.  This is the best place for craft creation, viewing local crafts, cultural tours, religious pilgrimages, wildlife viewing, and bird watching. Other attractions of this place are sacred groves, viewing local architecture, attending village festival, fishing, climbing, rafting, Siund Saran Ghat Seri Pashi village, Gushaini Tinder Village, Neuli Manu Temple, Neuli Shangarh Loop. Park Treks: Visitors have to take permission from park official for safety purpose. Major trekking routes are Neuli to Shakti, Shakti to Campsite, Shakti to Dehl, Dehl to Jogni, Dehl to Guntrao, Guntrao to Shilt, Shilt to Gushaini. Through trekking visitors can reach to several valley’s such as Sainj Valley, Sainj – Tirthan Valley, Jiwa Nala to Parvati River Valley. Birds: This is one of the important parts of the park. 209 species of birds can be seen here. Major attractions of the bird are Golden Eagles, Himalayan Griffon Vultures, Lammergeyers etc. Along with them plenty of migratory birds can also be seen here. Animals: 31 species of animals can be seen here.  These 31 species belongs to 6 orders. They are Lagomorpha, Rodentia, Insctivora, Artiodactyle, Carnivora, Primates. Major attractions are Snow leopard, Himalayan Musk deer etc.   What to see around The Great Himalayan National Park: Chandrakhani Pass: This valley is 3600 meter above the sea level. It is the best place for trekking. It is located 42kms away from the park. Raghunath Temple: It was believed that Lord Rama worshiped Lord Raghunath in this place. Local believes that Lord Raghunath is the protector of this valley. Temple was built by King Jagat Singh in 1650 AD. Pahari and Pyramidal styles can be seen here. It is located 31kms away...

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Parmarth Niketan

Parmarth Niketan

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Parmarth Niketan is a Spiritual heaven which is located at Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India. Pujya Swami Shudevanandji Maharaj founded this ashram in 1942.  It is the largest ashram in Risikesh. Thousands of tourists come to this place every year. This ashram provides accommodation to the visitors of this place.   What to see at Parmarth Niketan: Activities of this Niketan are morning universal prayers followed by daily yoga and meditation class. Daily Satsang also conducts here.    Kirtan which is world famous Ganga Aarti conducts at the evening. Other activities conducts at this place are Nature cure and Ayurvedic treatment and training. Vijaypal Baghel of Himalaya Vahini planted Kalpavriksha, divine tree of heaven at this premises. This ashram is the home to 14 feet Lord Shiva Idol. This ashram provides several courses on Ayurveda, Reiki, Acupressure, Stress Management, Pranayama, meditation and Yoga. Without discrimination of creed, caste, religion, nationality, race all the invited to this place.   What to see around Parmarth Niketan: Tera Manzil Temple: Different idols of Hindu gods and goddesses can be seen here. From this place sun set looks so beautifully. It is located 5kms away from Ashram. Shri Tryambakeshwar temple: Lord Shiva is worshipped here. Some people say that it is one of the Joyothirlingas. It is located 15kms away from the Ashram. 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 11kms away from the Ashram. 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 17kms away from the Ashram. 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 14kms away from the Ashram. Lakshman Temple: It is another ancient temple of this place. At this site Lakshman performed Tapa. It is believed that Lord...

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Hawa Mahal

Hawa Mahal

in Architecture, History, Musuem, North India, Rajasthan | 0 comments

Hawa Mahal is a Palace in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. Hawa Mahal means Palace of Winds. Maharaja Sawai had built this Palace after it was designed by Lal Chand Ustad. It is so attractive in the form of Crown of Krishna.   What to see at Hawa Mahal: Lattice Work is the major attractions of this mahal. Main intension of this lattice work is to allow the royal ladies to see the day to day life of common persons.  It has unique 5 storey exterior. This has 953 small miniature windows and look like honey comb web with portholes. These are carved with domes, finials and sandstone grills.  All the windows were decorated with Lattice Work. Pink and Red Sandstone structure used to construct this Mahal.   It is pyramidal shape monument. Architecture of this monument is so beautiful. Unique facade of this monument comes with veritable mass of semi octagonal bays. At the centre of the courtyard visitors can see beautiful fountains. Inside rooms of the mahal looks so attractive with different colored marbles. This monument reflects Islamic Mughal architecture and Rajput architecture. Arches and inlay filigree are the best examples for Islamic style and floral patterns, Lotus, Fluted Pillars, and domed Canopies are the best examples for Rajput Style. Inside the courtyard, archaeological museum is situated. Breeze coming from the small holes gives the effect of cooling. Ramps have to be used to reach top two floors.   What to see around Hawa Mahal: Jantar Mantar:  This monument has been awarded as largest stone observatory in the world. Instruments are used to measure the time. It is located 1km away from the Mahal. Nahargarh: For the protection of Ajmer this was constructed. It is located on the Aravalli hills. It is located 3kms away from the Mahal. City Palace museum: Ancient manuscripts of Hindu Scriptures are the major attraction of this museum. It is located 1km away from the Mahal. 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. It is located 2kms away from the Mahal. Amber Fort: In the medieval history this fort played a major role. True lifestyle of...

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City Palace Jaipur

City Palace Jaipur

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City Palace is located in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. This palace consists of Mubarak Mahal and Chandra Mahal. It was built by Sawai Jai Singh II between 1729 and 1732. European, Mughal, and Rajputs architecture can be seen here.   What to see at City Palace: Mubarak Mahal: European, Rajput and Islamic architecture can be seen here. It is a museum. Major attractions of this museum are Sanganeri block prints, royal formal costumes, embroidery shawls, Silk Sarees, Kashmiri pashminas. Clothes worn by Sawai Madhosingh I are also placed here. Pitam Niwas Chowk: It is inner courtyard. 4 seasonal gates can be seen here. Gates are North east Peacock Gate dedicated to Lord Vishnu, North West Green Gate dedicated to lord Ganesha, Southwest Lotus Gate dedicated to Lord Shiva parvati. Rose Gate dedicated to Goddess Devi. Chandra Mahal: In the city palace complex it is a commanding building. It is 7 storied building. Major attractions of this mahal are floral decorations, mirror work on walls, unique paintings. Visitors are allowed only into first floor which consists of museum. Manuscripts, carpets and other items of royal family can be seen here. Diwan-i-Aam: It is a public audience hall. Major attractions of this hall are miniature paintings, carpets, Kashmir Shawls, embroidered rugs, ancient texts. Manu scriptures of Bhagavad Gita can be seen here. Now it is acting as art gallery. Diwan-i-Khas: It is a private audience hall of Maharajas. World’s largest sterling silver vessels are located here. These were used to carry water of Ganges to drink at the time of trip to England by Maharaja Sawai Madho.  It is situated between art gallery and armoury. Bhaggi Khana: It is a museum consists of European cabs, palanquins and old carriages. This was used to carry a ratha and priests. Govind Dev Ji Temple: This temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. It was built in garden environment during early 18th century. Every day aarthi conducts 7 times a day. Maharani Palace: It was the residence of royal queens. Now it is converted into museum. Belongings of 15th century can be seen here. Small canon, walking sticks also located here.   What to see around City Palace: Jal Mahal: It is located in the middle...

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