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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

Valmiki is situated in Champaran district of Bihar. This place is most famous for Valmiki National Park. Area covered by this reserve is 880.78 Sq.kms. In 1989 this was declared as National Park. This is the second Tiger Reserve in Bihar and 18th tiger reserve in India. Area of this reserve extended to 880 Sq.Kms in 1990. This national park is named after Valmiki Nagar. This is a small village situated in 5kms away from this national park.

 

What to see in Valmiki Tiger Reserve: Valmiki national Park has sal forest, swamp forest and alluvial grasslands. Major attraction of this reserve are Tigers, , Sloth bears, Wolves, deer, peafowl, Pythons, Leopards, wild dogs, Jungle Cats, Nilgai, Hyenas, Sambar. Major reptile attractions of this place are Sand boa, banded Krait, Krait, King Cobra, and Cobra. Birds that can be seen in this reserve are Emerald Dove, Pied horn bill, tree Pipit, Pitta, Green barbet, Plovers, Green willow Warbler etc. Different kinds of Butterflies, Caterpillars, Moths are also can be seen in this reserve. In this reserve two reserve flow. They are Masan and Gandak rivers. Places near this river are the best spot for the photographers.

 

What to see around Valmiki Tiger Reserve:

Someshwar Fort: This is one of the nearby attractions of the reserve which is located 8kms away from the reserve. It is situated on Someshwar Hill. It is in ruin stage but original walls of the fort can be seen.

Valmiki Ashram: It is located 7kms away from the reserve. This is situated very near to Nepal India Border. At this ashram, there are few preserved sites and articles of epic Ramayana can be seen. This place is considered as the birth place of Lvu and Kush who are sons of Lord Rama. Major attractions of this site are Vishnu Chakra, Horse stable, Hawan Kund, Amrit Kuan, Meditation place of sage Valmiki, dining place where Sita used to have food.

Bawan Garhi: This place is located very near to the reserve. Via roadway visitors can reach to this place very easily. This place refers to 52 forts that are situated in the state of Bihar. It is just 5kms away from the reserve.

Lion Pillar: It is situated in Lauriya Nandangarh. It is single block of sandstone. This pillar belongs to 2000 years old. Height is 10feet.

Other attractions near Valmiki Tiger Reserve: Other attractions near Valmiki Tiger Reserve are Nardevi Temple, Kaleshwar Temple, and Jatashankar Temple. These are located within 5kms of the reserve.

 

Getting to Valmiki Tiger Reserve: Only way to reach this place is by road. Private Vehicles, Local buses and autos are available to reach this place. Nearest bus stand is at Bettiah. From all the important place of Bihar, buses come to this place. Nearest Railway station is at Valmikinagar which is 10kms away from the reserve. Patna airport is the nearest airport which is 260kms away from the reserve.

 

Getting around Valmiki Tiger Reserve: Best way to see the park is Jungle Safaris. These are provided by Forest department. Buses, Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Tiger Reserve.

 

Best time to visit Valmiki Tiger Reserve: It is essential to know the best time to visit any location beforehand to avoid inconvenience. Best time to visit Valmiki Tiger Reserve is between November to February.

 

Where to stay in Valmiki Tiger Reserve: Very limited accommodations are available to stay in this tiger reserve. Near Gandhi Nagar, Budget and Midrange hotels are available. On the National Highway 64 also few budget and midrange hotels are available. Few Rest houses are being maintained by Irrigation department in the tiger reserve.

Where to eat in Valmiki Tiger Reserve: Only snacks are available inside the tiger reserve. Food cannot be seen in this reserve. Valmiki Nagar is the nearest village to Valmiki Tiger Reserve. Home stays are available in Valmiki Nagar. These Home stays provide best quality food to the visitors of Valmiki Tiger Reserve.

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Ambika Kalna

Ambika Kalna

West Bengal, East India, Bardhaman District, History, Temple, Terracotta Temples

April 72014

Ambika Kalna is a town located in Bardhaman district of West Bengal, India. This town is simply known as Kalna. Kalna is famous for 108 Shiva Temples and Terracotta Temples which were built in 18th century. Kalna is named after Goddess Kali. Saraswati Puja is the major festival celebrates in Kalna.

 

What to see in Kalna:

108 Shiva Temples: This is the major attraction of the city which was built in 1809. Other name of this temple is Navakailasha Temple. In the temple 108 Shivalingas are located. Inner Circle comprises of 35 temples where as outer circle comprises of 75 temples. Shivalingas appeared into two colours i.e. White and Black. Black Shivalingas are the symbol for sins and White Shivalingas are symbol for good deeds.

Siddheswari Temple: Major attraction of this temple is 15 feet tall idol of Bamakali. Temple is dedicated to Goddess Ambika which was built by Chitra Sen in 1740 AD.

Pratapeshwar Temple: Terracotta ornamentation can be seen on this temple. Terracotta Plaques depicting images of various aspects of day to day life, Goddess Durga, Mythical Life of Sri Chaitanya and Hindu Epics. This temple was constructed in 1849 which was named after King Pratap Chand.

Maijir Bari: This is Shyamchand Radharani Mandir. Annakot, Dol Purnima, Rash, Jhulan Purnima and Rath Yatra are most famous festivals celebrate in this temple. This was built in 1752AD.

Lalji Temple: This was constructed by Braja Kishori Devi in 1739. She was the wife of Maharaja Jagat Ram. Faces of main deities are like Grauda with Chilly green wings. Main idols of the temple are Radha and Krishna.

Anantabasudev Mandir: This was constructed before 250 years. It was renovated by Maharaj Bahkipromode Puri Goswami, about 60 years back. This is situated at Shyamrai Para.

Gopalbari Mandir: This temple consists of 25 monuments. This is the perfect example for Terracotta ornamentation which is located at Bhaduri Para.

Projapoti Bari: Huge Butterfly emblem situated on the top of this house. In this temple kali Puja started in 1947.

Krishna Chandra Mandir: This temple consists of 25 steeples. It was constructed between 1751 to 1752. Epics are depicted on its terracotta walls.

 

What to see around Kalna:

Nabadwip: This is situated in Nadia district which is 30kms away from Kalna. Nabadwip means Nine islands. Sri Nabadwip Mandala Parikrama is most famous festival in this place. Thousands of visitors come to this place to see this festival.

Mayapur: It is the headquarters for international society for Krihana Consciousness which is located at the confluence of Jalangi and Ganga Rivers. This place is located 47kms away from the city.

 

Getting to Ambika Kalna: Kalna is well connected with road and railways. From all the cities of South Bengal buses come to this place. Both State run and private buses are available to reach this place. Trains from Malda, Kolkata, Puri, and Howrah halt in this station. Nearest air port is located at Kolkata which is 91kms away from the city.

 

Getting around Ambika Kalna: Auto, Taxis and buses are available to visit the surrounding places of Ambika Kalna.

 

Best time to visit Ambika Kalna: Best time to visit this temple is between October to March.

 

Where to stay in Ambika Kalna: Only limited hotels are available to stay in Ambika Kalna. But visitors will find only budget hotels here. Dharmashalas are also available to stay in Kalna. PWD guest house is also preferred to stay.

 

Where to eat in Ambika Kalna: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat In Ambika Kalna. Almost all the restaurants serve Chinese and Indian Cuisines along with local food.

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Darjeeling

Darjeeling

West Bengal, East India, Hill station, Temple, Toy Train, Trekking, Valley, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 72014

Darjeeling is a town of West Bengal, India. This place is famous for Himalayan Railway and tea Industry. Darjeeling is popularly known as Queen of the Hills. Till 19th century, Darjeeling was controlled by Kingdom of Sikkim. During the British rule this place was developed as hill station to escape from the summer heat. This place is most famous for flora and fauna also.

 

What to see in Darjeeling:

Toy Train: This place is also known as Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. Diesel trains run to and from New Jalpaigiri. It is one of the few hill railways.

Kali Temple: It is located on the banks of the river. Dussehra celebrates most grandly in this temple for 6days.

Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park: Area covered by this park is 44hectares. Major attractions of this park are Panther, deer, gorals, Himalayan Black bear, Siberian Tiger, Red Panda and Himalayan Wolf.

Ghoom Monastery: It is located in Ghoom of Darjeeling. Maitreya Buddha at the entrance of the monastery is so attractive. Some of the rare Buddhist manuscripts can also be seen here.

Observatory Hill: It is believed that Lord Indra had fallen thunderbolts at this place.

Lloyd Botanical Garden: This was established in 1878 by William Lloyd. It is famous for best collection of Orchids. More than 150 species of plants can be seen here.

Happy Valley Tea Gardens: It is one of the beautiful places in Darjeeling. In terms of aroma and delicacy of taste, Darjeeling tea is one of the finest teas in the world.

Japanese Temple: It is one of the major attractions in Darjeeling. It is located close to peace pagoda in the town. Major attraction of this temple is White architecture.

The Mall and Chowrasta: It is main shopping area located at the heart of the City. Major shopping’s of this place are artefacts, bookstores, Curio shops, food stalls, woollens.

Other attractions of Darjeeling : Other attractions of Darjeeling are Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Peace Pagoda, Bengal Natural History Museum , Badamtam Tea Estate, Birch hill Park, Mahakal Temple, Garge World Amusement Park, Everest Museum.

 

What to see around Darjeeling:

Tiger Hill: It is best place to see Sunrise. It is located 10kms away from the city. Entire Himalaya can be seen from this place.

Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre: This was setup to give shelter to the refuges of Tibetans who come to India during Tibet China war. Carpet weaving centre is also located here. It is locate 10kms away from the city.

Senchal Lake: This is most attractive picnic spot. From all over the world tourists come to this place to enjoy the nature here. It is located 11kms away from the city.

 

Getting to Darjeeling: This place is well connected though road and railways. From all the major cities buses and trains reach to this place. Nearest airport is located at Bagdogra which is 90kms away from Darjeeling.

 

Getting around Darjeeling: Buses, Taxis, autos are available to visit the places around Darjeeling.

 

Best time to visit Darjeeling: Visitors can visit this place any time during the year.

 

Where to stay in Darjeeling: Plenty of hotels are available to stay in Darjeeling starting from budget hotels to luxury hotels. Best luxury hotels in Darjeeling are Fortune Resort Central, Hotel Seven Seas, Hotel Sonar Bangla, and Hotel Seven Seventeen. Best Budget hotels are Hotel Island Inn, Hotel Full Moon, Hotel Cozy Nest, Hotel Shambala etc.

 

Where to eat in Darjeeling: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in Darjeeling. Best restaurants in Darjeeling are The Park Restaurants, Glenary’s Restaurants, Keventers. Chinese, North Indian and South Indian cuisines are available.

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Rajgir

Rajgir

Bihar, East India, Boating, Caves, Fort, History, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Trekking

April 72014

Rajgir is a city in Nalanda district of Bihar. It was the first capital of Magadha Kingdom. Rajgir was most ancient city dates back to 3000 years old. According to Hindu mythology this was ruled by Jarasandh of Mahabharata. Wrestling match between Bheema and Jarasandh was conducted here. Mahavir spent 14 years of life in this city. City is divided into two parts. First part is surrounded by 7 hills and other part was established by King Ajatsharu. Major attractions of this temple are Hot springs, Trekking and Rope way. Rajgir Dance Festival and Makar Sankranti Mela are most famous festivals in Rajgir.

 

What to see in Rajgir:

Sonbhandar Caves: These caves are also known as Swarna Bhandar which means Store of Gold. It is believed that treasury of King Bimbisara present in this cave. Sonbhandar caves are most ancient and rock cut caves which were dates back to 500BC.

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.

Hot springs: These are situated at the foot of Vaibhava hills.

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.

Ajatshatru Fort: This was built by Ajatshatru king of Magadha in 6th century. At the top of the fort 6.5sq.m stupa stands.

Jivaka’s Mango Garden: Jivaka used to be royal Physician of Magadha rulers namely Ajatshatru and Bimbisara.

Ashoka Stupa Peak: This is one of the attractions of Rajgir which was built by Emperor Ashoka with bricks.

Ancient 40kms wall: This is popularly known as Cyclopean wall. It is one of the few important pre-Maurayan stone structures.

Jain Temples: In Rajgir there are 26 Jain temples are situated. These are located on hill crest. Only way to reach this place is through trekking.

Other attractions of Rajgir: Other attractions of Rajgir are Monastery Venuvana Vihara, Ghora Katora Lake, Bimbisara Jail, Gymnasium of Jarasandh, Nava Nalanda Maha Vihira, and New Venu Vana Vihara.

 

What to see around Rajgir:

Ruins of Nalanda University: It is located 15kms away from Rajgir. 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 13kms away from Rajgir.

Other attractions near Rajgir: Other attractions near Rajgir are Nalanda, Bihar Sharif, Pawapuri, Kundlapur, Swarajpur, and Barabar Caves.

 

Getting to Rajgir: Rajgir is well connected with road and railways. From the cities such as Bihar Sharif, Pawapuri, Nalanda, Patna, Gaya etc… buses are available to reach to this place. Nearest airport is located at Gaya which is 68kms away from this place. Gaya airport is well connected with Varanasi, Kolkata and Delhi.

 

Getting around Rajgir: Buses, Taxis, Tonga’s are available to visit the surrounding places of Rajgir.

 

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

 

Where to stay in Rajgir: Only budget and midrange hotels are available to stay in Rajgir. Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation is maintaining 3 tourists’ bungalows for the tourists.

 

Where to eat in Rajgir: Only limited restaurants are available to eat in Rajgir. Almost all the restaurants serve only vegetarian. Chinese, Punjabi and North Indian Cuisines are available.

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Patna

Patna

Bihar, North India, Fort, History, Masjid, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 52014

Patna is second populous city in East India. It is the capital of Bihar. Patna name is derived from Patan, name of Hindu Goddess Patan Devi. Pataliputra is the name of ancient Patna. Modern Patna is located on the banks of river Ganga. This is the most sacred place for Sikhs as Guru Gobind Singh; last Sikh Guru was born here. This place was developed by Udayi son of Ajatshatru, Magadha King. During the rule of Maurya Kings, Patna enjoyed the Golden period. Most famous festival is Chhath festival. After Diwali, this festival celebrates for 6 days.

 

What to see in Patna:

Gandhi Maidan: This place had witnessed to several Indian Freedom Movements such as Quit Indian Movement, Champaran. It is popularly known as Patna Lawns.

Folk Art Museum: It is located at Chhajjubagh. Major attractions of this museum are folk Jewellery, Costumes and Musical instruments. Terracotta collections and Ceramic Specimens also can be seen here.

Patna Museum: This looks most beautiful in Mughal and Rajput architectural style. Major attractions of this museum are 16m long fossilised tree (200 million years old), stone and metal sculptures of Maurya and Gupta era.

Takht Sri Patna Sahib / Gurudwara Patna Sahib: In the memory of Guru Gobind Singh this was built. He was the last (10th) Sikh Guru. Guru was born on 22nd December 1666 here.

Agam Kaun: This is oldest and most important archaeological site. It was built by Emperor Ashoka for torturing people.

Patna Devi Temple: This temple consists of two temples namely Bari Patna Devi Temple and Chhoti Patna Devi Temple.

Mahavir Mandir: This is one of the most famous temples in Bihar which is dedicated to Lord Hanuman.

Sanjay Gandhi Jaivik Udyan: This is one of the 16 largest zoos in India. It consists of 800 animals and 300 species of trees.

Gol Ghar: It is a magnificent beehive shaped building which was established by Captain John Garstin in 1786.

Other Attractions of Patna: Other attractions in Patna are Phulwari Sharif, Mahatma Gandhi Setu, College of Arts & Crafts, Jalan Museum, Jalmandir Temple, Sri Krishna Science Centre, Patna Planetarium, Patri Ki Haveli, Mangal Talab, Pathar ki Masjid, Khuda Bakhsh Oriented Library, Bihar Police Museum, Harmandirji, Kumhrar Kumhrar, Meetan Ghat, and Old Opium Warehouse.

 

What to see around Patna:

Maner Sharif: It is located 30kms away from Patna. This site is famous for 2 tombs namely Shah Daulat and Makhdoom Yahya Maneri. In 1608, Makhdoom was died here.

Nalanda: It is the learning centre from 5th century to 1197 CE. Great University was ruined. It is located 35kms away from Patna.

Vaishali: This place is famous for World Peace Pagoda, Kutagarasala Vihara, and Relic Stupa. It is associated with Lord Mahavira and Lord Buddha. This place is situated 55kms away from Patna.

 

Getting to Patna: Patna is well connected with road, railway and air ways. Trains from Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai halt at this place. From several cities of Bihar buses come to this place. Patna International airport is well connected with Bangalore, Kolkata, jaipur, Delhi, Mumbai etc…

 

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

 

Best time to visit Patna: Best time to visit this place is between November to March. Rush will be more during March as Patliputra Mahotsava is held.

 

Where to stay in Patna: Plenty of accommodations are available to stay in Patna starting from Budget to luxury hotels. State Tourism Department is also maintaining tourist’s bungalows for tourists.

 

Where to eat in Patna: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in Patna. Besides local food, Chinese and Indian food is also available.

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Bishnupur

Bishnupur

West Bengal, East India, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Terracotta Temples

April 52014

Bishnupur is a town in Bankura district of West Bengal, India. This place is famous balucheri sarees and terracotta temples. Architecture of Bishnupur is most brilliant for its terracotta work. Malla Kings developed this unique work. This is known as city of temples. For the shopping lovers worthy things can be purchased are Baluchari Sarees and terracotta Products such as Ganesha, elephants, horses, disks, handmade jars.

 

What to see in Bishnupur:

Jorebangla Temple: This was built by King Raghunath Singha Dev II in 1655 AD. It was constructed in Classical Chala Style. Terracota works and carved designs also found on the walls of the temple.

Acharya Jogesh Chandra Purakriti Bhawan: This is the museum related to archaeology and art. Visitors can see Palaeolithic era and Mesolithic era things in this museum. Other attractions of this museum are ancient day’s artifacts, coins starting from Gupta kings to Pal kingdom. Rare Photographs, manuscripts and paintings can also be seen here.

Shyamrai Temple: This temple is famous for carved roof architecture. Temple is in square shape. Garden around the temple is so attractive. Stories of lord Krishna can be seen on the walls in the form of carvings and pictures.

Pancha Ratna Temple: It is considered to the first Bengal temple in a creative manner. This temple was dedicated to Shyam Rai and constructed by King Raghunath Singh in 17th century.

Rasmancha: This was the oldest Pyramidal tower shaped brick temple. Turrets are surrounded to this temple. This was an idea of King Bir Himbira who belongs to 17th century.

Madanmohan Temple: In Late 17th century this was built by King Durjana Singh. It is one of the oldest temples of Bishnupur. Roof of this temple is curved with Pinnacle and Cornices over the top.

 

What to see around Bishnupur:

Siddheswar Temple: It is located 25kms away from the city and is situated in Bahulara. Unique designs on the walls of the temple are most attractive. Major shrines of this temple are Jai Parshwanath, Ganesh and Durga. Gajan is the famous festival in this temple which celebrates in March – April.

Susunia Pahar: It is located 62kms away from the city. This place is famous for Silialipi, Dhara, natural springs and Trekking.

Biharinath Hill: This place is famous for flora which is located 57kms away from the city.

Radhashyam Temple: It is located 65kms away from the city which was built during the reign of Chaitanya Singha in 1750. This was built in Terrocotta architectural style. Main idol of this temple is Lord Sri Krishna.

 

Getting to Bishnupur: Bishnupur is well connected with roadway. From other cities in West Bengal is well connected to Bishnupur through roadway. Jeeps, cars and buses reach to this place. Bishnupur is having small station only limited trains stop in this place. Nearest railway head is located at Howrah. From this station autos, cars are available to reach Bishnupur. Nearest airport is located at Kolkata.

 

Getting around Bishnupur: Almost all the temples are located very near to each other. Walking is the best way to reach the places in Bishnupur. Cycle rickshaws are also available to reach the temples of the city. Autos, taxis, and buses are available to visit the surrounding places of Bishnupur.

 

Best time to visit Bishnupur: Bishnupur welcomes the visitors throughout the year. But tourist rush will be more during the Bishnupur festival season.

 

Where to stay in Bishnupur: Only budget and midrange hotels are available. Tourist’s lodges are also available. These are cheaper than hotels.

 

Where to eat in Bishnupur: Limited restaurants are available to eat in Bishnupur. Almost all the restaurants serve Bengali food and sweets. Only limited restaurants offer Chinese, South Indian and north Indian cuisines.

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Cooch Behar

Cooch Behar

West Bengal, East India, Fort, History, Nature, Temple, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 52014

Cooch Behar is the largest city of Cooch Behar district of West Bengal. This city is most famous for Cooch Behar Palace. During the British rule this place was acted as capital to Kamatapur Kingdom. Cooch Behar is the birthplace of Maharani Gayatri Devi. She was the third Maharani of Jaipur. Gayatri Devi is considered as most beautiful woman of the world. Cooch Behar is known for its natural beauty, kings, temples and legacy of Royal Palaces.

 

What to see in Cooch Behar:

Madan Mohan Badi: This temple was built by Maharaja Nripendra Narayan between 1885 to 1889. It is located at the centre of the city. Different shrines of the temple are Goddess kali, Goddess Tara and Goddess Bhavani.

Rajbari: This is the most attractive Palace in the city. It was built by Nripendra Bahadur Narayan. He was a great ruler in Narayan Dynasty.

Baradebi Bari: This temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga. It is best example for European style of architecture.

Brahmo Mandir: It was constructed between 1860 to 1880. This is the best example for Roman architecture.

Dangar Ayee Temple: It is located in Gunjabari place of Cooch Behar. This was constructed by Dangar Ayee kameswari Debi between 1839 and 1847. She is the wife of Maharaja Shibendra Narayan. Other names of this place are Gunjabari and Aunt’s House of Lord Madan Mohan.

 

What to see around Cooch Behar:

Baneswar Siva Temple: It is located 10kms away from the city. Pond in the premises consists of full of tortoises. Idol of Lord Shiva in the temple is 10 feet below the temple.

Madhupur Dham Temple: It is located 10kms away from the city. This place is most sacred for the followers of Acharya Shankaradeva as he made his last journey in this place during 16th century. It was built in Neo Vaishnava Culture.

Siddheswari Kali Bari: It is located 11kms away from the city. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Siddheswari. It was constructed in Maharaja Harendra Narayan in 1830. In this temple holy tree is located.

Kamteswari Temple: It is located 8kms from the city. Original temple was destroyed by Maharaja Pran Narayan in 1665. This temple was reconstructed.

Siddhanath Siva Temple: It is located 7kms away from the city. It was established by Maharaja Harndera Narayan and Maharaja Shibendra Narayan between 1799 and 1843.

Other attractions near Cooch Behar: Other attractions near Cooch Behar are Rasikbil, Kholta Ecotourism Spot, Rajput Mound, and Chilapata Forest.

 

Getting to Cooch Behar: Cooch Behar is well connected though road, railways and airways. From the cities such as Bihar, Assam, West Bengal buses are available to reach this place. From the cities such as Gaya, Puri, Amritsar, Guwahati, Kolkata, Delhi, trains come to Cooch Behar. Cooch Behar airport is located 3kms away from the city. Airport is well connected with Guwahati and Kolkata cities.

 

Getting around Cooch Behar: Taxis, Autos and Local buses are available to reach the surrounding places of Cooch Behar.

 

Best time to visit Cooch Behar: Best time to visit Cooch Behar is between September to December.

 

Where to stay in Cooch Behar: Cooch Behar is having several budget hotels but only few midrange hotels are available. Plenty of guest houses are available in Cooch Behar. Luxury hotels are not available.

 

Where to eat in Cooch Behar: Plenty of restaurants are available in Cooch Behar. Almost all the restaurants serve only non vegetarian. Vegetarian will be serves only on demand.

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Panna

Panna

MP, Central India, Elephant Rides, Musuem, Rock Formations, Temple, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 52014

Panna is a city in Panna district of Madhya Pradesh. This place is renowned for diamond mines and Panna National Park. On North East branch of Vindhya Range a large group of diamond deposits exists. Several hillocks in this place are the best place for the Photographers.

 

What to see in Panna:

Panna National Park: This is the most attractive place in Panna. Area covered by this park is 542.67sq.kms. This was established in 1981 by Government of India. Ken River flows from the reserve. This creates most beautiful waterfalls in the reserve. Stone paintings are the major attraction of this reserve. These paintings belong to Neolithic Era. Elephant rides, Jungle safaris are other attraction of this park.

 

In this park more than 200 species of rare birds can be seen. Major animal of this reserve apart from Tigers are Gharial, Sloth Bear Pangolin, Four horned antelope, Indian Wolf. Other species of cat family such as Carcel, Leopard, and Rusty Spotted Cat can also be seen here. Ken River has several aquatic animals, turtles and huge fish species. For this park there are two entrance gates namely Hinouta and Madla.

Karnavati Interpretative Centre: This centre offers introduction to the history and ecology of the Panna National park area.

Baldeoji Temple: Paladian architectural style can be seen in this temple. It is the replica of St.pauls Cathedral in London. Under the guidance of Manly this was constructed.

Mahamati Prannathji Temple: During Sharada Purnima thousands of devotees come to this place. Temple built in 1692. It is believed that for 11 years Mahamati Prannathji lived here.

Ken Gharial Sanctuary: Wild life lovers will enjoy this place. This place is most famous for 6meter long fish eating Gharial. It is very species of Crocodile.

Jugal kishoreji Temple: This was constructed between 1758 to 1778 in Bundelkhandi Style by Raja Hindupat Singh.

Padmavati Devi Temple: This is the most ancient temple. Navratri festival celebrates grandly in this place.

 

What to see around Panna:

Raneh Falls: These falls are surrounded by beautiful rock formations. Major attraction of this place is Canyon of Crystalline Granite. Different varieties of Granites can be seen here. It is amazing to see gray, green, misty white, red and pink colour Granites. It is located 45kms away from Panna.

Pandav Waterfalls: It is breathtaking view. Height is 100feet. It is believed that Pandavas lived in this place. Major attractions of this place are angling and boating. It is located 12kms away from Panna city.

Gatha Falls: In this region Gatha Falls is the most beautiful falls. It is located 35kms away from the city. These falls are one of the highest falls in India.

 

Getting to Panna: Only way to reach this place is by road. From the cities such as Khajuraho and Jhansi buses are available to reach this place. Nearest railway station is at Jhansi which is 205kms away from Panna. Satna is the small railway junction near Panna which is 90kms away from Panna. Nearest airport is at Khajuraho.

 

Getting around Panna: Taxis and Jeeps are available to visit the surrounding places of Panna. Elephant rides and open top jeeps are available to enjoy the tiger reserve.

 

Best time to visit Panna: To enjoy the beauty of nature best time has to be chosen. Best time to visit this place is between October to March.

 

Where to stay in Panna: Plenty of accommodations are available to stay in Panna. All range of hotels along with several resorts is available here to stay. Best hotels are Pashan Garh, Jewel of the Jungle, Ken River Lodge.

 

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

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Alappuzha

Alappuzha

Kerala, South India, Backwaters of Kerala, Beach, Boat race, Boating, Fort, Temple, Tipu Sultan, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 52014

Alappuzha is a city in Alappuzha district of Kerala. It was the oldest planned town. Most popular attraction of this place is Backwaters. House boat in these backwaters is most memorable experience. Earlier Alappuzha acted as trade centre with Europe and Persian Gulf regions. Christianity culture is most dominated in this place. This was bought by St.Thomas, the Apostle. In June and September Boat races conducts in this place. Plenty of coir factories are located in this city. So coir and Coir Products are worth buying in this place. Virgin Coconut Oil is also worth buying in this place. This oil is used in the preparation of food and Massages. Best Ayurvedic treatment is available here.

 

What to see in Alappuzha:

Alappuzha Beach: This is the best picnic spot to enjoy during the week ends. Pier which is situated here is 137 years old. Another attraction of this place is old Light house.

St.Andrew’s Church: It is one of the popular churches in Kerala. Construction of this church started in 1864 but ended in 1866. Construction started by Scottish Officers.

Mullakkal Rajeswari Temple: It is located in the middle of the city. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Rajeshwari. Major attraction of this temple is open top Sreekovil festival celebrates for Vana Durga.

Kayakulam Lake: This Lake is used for inland water transport passengers. It is most beautiful backwater of Kerala.

 

What to see around Alappuzha:

Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple: It is located 14kms away from the city. This temple is famous for Palpayasam. When Tipu Sultan invaded Kerala he shifted Lord Krishna Idol from Guruvayur to Ambalappuzha.

Karumadi: It is located 16kms away from the city. This place is famous for statue of Lord Buddha which is made up of Black granite. This belongs to 9th and 10th centuries.

Champakulam Church: It is most ancient Churches in Kerala which is located in Champakulam. This church belongs to Syro Malabar Catholics. It is located 15kms away from the city.

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary: This place is heaven to the birds. Plenty of birds stay in this place. Area covered in 14acres. Major attraction of this sanctuary are egrets, fly Catchers, kingfishers, night herons, golden backed wood peckers.

Krishnapuram palace: It is located 47kms away from the city. During the reign of Marthanda Varma who was the king of Travancore this was built. This was the best example for Kerala Architecture. It was constructed in 18th century.

Other attraction nearby Alappuzha: Other attractions nearby Alappuzha are Chettikulangara Bhagavathy Temple, Edathua Church, Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple, karumadi Kuttan, Pandavan Rock, Pathiramannal.

 

Getting to Alappuzha: Alappuzha is well connected with Road and Railways. From major cities such as Coimbatore, Mysore, Bangalore, Chennai etc… Buses are available to reach this place. From the cities such as Mangalore, Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Chennai, Mumbai etc trains are available. Nearest airport is Cochin International airport.

 

Getting around Alappuzha: Ferries and boats are used to visit some of the places in Alappuzha. Buses, taxis, cars, private vehicles are used to visit surrounding places of Alappuzha.

 

Best time to visit Alappuzha: August to March is the best time to visit Alappuzha.

 

Where to stay in Alappuzha: Plenty of options to stay in Alappuzha. Houseboats are also available to stay in Alappuzha. Per day cost of house boats is ranging between Rs.7000 to Rs.15000. Home stays and Budget hotels are also available.

 

Where to eat in Alappuzha: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in Alappuzha. This is the best place to eat non vegetarian. Famous cuisines are Lobsters, Clams, Oysters, Crabs, Prawns cuisines. Along with non vegetarian, vegetarian food is also available.

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Nagarhole

Nagarhole

Karnataka, South India, Nature, Temple, Valley, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 52014

Nagarhole is located in Mysore and Kodagu districts of Karnataka. This place is most famous for Nagarhole National Park. In India this is one of the best wildlife parks. Huge variety of birds can also be seen here.

 

What to see in Nagarhole:

Nagarhole National Park: It is the major attraction in Nagarhole. This is popularly known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park. It was established in 1955. It is considered as best wildlife park in India. Most attractive reptiles of this place are Cobra, Pythons, and Crocodiles. Animals that can be seen in this park are Indian Bison, Panthers, Spotted deers, Elephants, Sambhars, Four horned Antelopes, Civets, Sloth bears etc… Waterfalls and Valleys are most attractive in this park. In 1999 this was declared as tiger reserve. More than 290 varieties of birds can be seen in this park. Major attraction is white Backed Vulture. Few birds that can be seen in this park are Painted bush quail, legged green pigeon, Indian peafowl, spotted eagle etc… Earlier this was hunting place to Mysore kings. This park is named after the river Nagar Hole which means Snake River. Boat Rides, Elephant Safari are most attractive in this park.

 

What to see around Nagarhole:

Kutta: It is 14kms away from Nagarhole. Kutta is surrounded by waterfalls, Rivers and Mountains. It is the best place for bird watchers. This place is known for plantation of spices, nuts, paddy, Bananas, Betel and Coffee estates.

Brahmagiri Wildlife sanctuary: It is located in Kodagu district. Major attraction of this sanctuary is Shola grassland, Habitant of tribal’s, Coffee Plantation, Agricultural Fields.

Irpu Falls: It is located in Brahmagiri Mountain Range which is 22kms away from the Nagarhole. Other names are Lakhmana Tirtha Falls and Irupu Falls. Height of these falls is 60meters.

Rameshwara Temple: This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is most sacred place which is located on the banks of the River Lakshmana Tirtha River. Grand celebrations conduct during Mahashivaratri. It is believed that Lakshmana Tirtha River formed when Lord Rama feels thirsty then Lakshman shot an arrow into the hills. Lakhs of people visits this place every year. It is believed that if devotees take bath in this river all the sins will wipe off. It is located 23kms from the park.

Wayanad National Park: In Kerala this is the second largest wildlife sanctuary. Elephants are the major attraction of this park. It is located 66kms away from the park.

 

Getting to Nagarhole: Nagarhole is well connected by road. From Mysore and Bangalore buses are available to reach this place. Taxis are also available to reach Nagarhole. Nearest railway station is at Mysore which is 96kms away from Nagarhole. Mysore is well connected with the cities such as Shimoga, Kolkata, Jaipur, Tirupati, Ajmer, Mumbai etc… Nearest airport is also located at Mysore.

 

Getting around Nagarhole: Forest department vehicles are available to see the National Park. Buses and Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Nagarhole.

 

Best time to visit Nagarhole: Best time to visit this place is between October to February.

 

Where to stay in Nagarhole: Midrange and Resorts are available to stay in Nagarhole. Few rest houses are also available. These are provided by Forest department. These are very limited so it is essential to be rest houses in advance. Few visitors prefer to stay in Mysore.

 

Where to eat in Nagarhole: Only Basic meals along with few snacks are available.

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Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal

Tamil Nadu, South India, Boating, Caves, Hill station, History, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Valley, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 52014

Kodaikanal is a city and hill station in Indigo district of Tamilnadu. Meaning of Kodaikanal is The Gift of the Forest. Other name of this city is Princess of Hill stations. It was established in 1845. First Westerner to visit this place is BS Ward, British Lieutenant in 1821. Most famous during the festival season is fruits and flower shows and Boat Races. Summer festival and Carnival at Mother Salette Church are most famous festivals in Kodaikanal.

 

What to see in Kodaikanal:

Kodaikanal Solar Observatory: This is the science museum. During the peak seasons this place opens every day but during off seasons it opens only on Fridays.

Kodai Lake: Boating in this lake is most memorable to all the visitors of this place.

Shembaganur Museum of Natural History: In this place more than 500 taxidermy collection of insects, birds and animals are placed. Tuesday is a holiday to this museum

Green Valley View: It is located 6kms away from Kodaikanal Lake. This valley is so deep, dense and dangerous. This is popularly known as Suicide point.

Kurinji Andavar Temple: This temple is dedicated to Lord Murugan. Other attraction near this temple is Kurinji Flowers. These flowers blossoms once in every 12years.

Other places to see In Kodaikanal: Other places to visit in Kodaikanal are Luthern Church, Bryant Park, Bear Shola Falls, Flora and fauna Museum, Shenbaganur Museum, Dolmen Circle, Coaker’s Walk.

 

What to see around Kodaikanal:

Berijam Lake: Prior permission from forest department is essential to visit this place. It is located 20kms away from Kodaikanal. Major attraction near this lake is spotted deer, panthers, Bison and snakes. This water used as a drinking water source to nearby villages so this place is not used for boating.

Pillar Rocks: It is situated 7kms away from the city. 3 giant rock pillars are situated here. Near this place public gardens are also most attractive to the visitors.

Guna Caves: Earlier name of these caves is Devils Kitchen. Only sections of the caves are seen now as it is most infected due to bats. It is located 8kms away from the city.

Silent Valley View: It is located on Berijam Lake Road which is 10kms away from the city. Best time to visit this place is during late afternoon and early morning. Better to avoid taking children to this place as valley is so deep.

Dolphin’s nose: it is located 8kms away from the city. This is the best place to see the birds view. For the natural lovers this is the best place to visit.

Silver Cascade: It is located 8kms away from Kodaikanal. This place is famous for waterfalls.

Other places to visit around Kodaikanal: Other places to visit around Kodaikanal are Subrahmanya Temple, Christ the king Church, Perumal Peak.

 

Getting to Kodaikanal: Kodaikanal is well connected though road ways. From the cities such as Coimbatore, Dindigual, Palani, Trichy, Chennai plenty of buses are available to reach Kodaikanal. Nearest railway station is Palani which is 64kms away from the city. Madurai is the nearest airport to Kodaikanal.

 

Getting around Kodaikanal: Buses, Vans, Taxis, Rented Bicycles are available to visit the surrounding places of Kodaikanal.

 

Best time to visit Kodaikanal: Best time to visit this place is between April to June and September to October.

 

Where to stay in Kodaikanal: Plenty of hotels, resorts are available at Kodaikanal. Home stays are also available to stay in Kodaikanal.

 

Where to eat in Kodaikanal: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in Kodaikanal. Both vegetarian and non vegetation food is available. Vegetables, Fruits are very cheap in this place as cultivation is more.

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kochi

kochi

Kerala, South India, Beach, Boat race, Boating, Fort, History, Masjid, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Trekking, Water falls, Water Sports, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 52014

Kochi is located in Ernakulam district of Kerala. Other name of Kochi is Cochin. This is also known as God’s Own Country. After Muziris Port was destroyed Kochi was developed as best trade centre. Dominated cultures in this town are Jewish settlers, Arab and Christians. Oldest group of Jews are located here. Curios, arts, handicrafts, mobile phones, electronic items, Coir products, Ayurvedic Fabric are most famous and worth buying in Kochi. Cochin Carnival and Indira Gandhi Boat race are most famous festivals in Kochi.

 

What to see in Kochi:

Jewish Synagogue: This Synagogue is the oldest one among 53 member countries of Common wealth Nations. Cochin Jewish Community instructed this synagogue.

St.Francis Church: It is the oldest European church in India which was constructed in 1503. Explorer Vasco Da Gama was buried at this place.

Jew Town: This place is famous for trade and Commerce during 700BC.

Mattancherry Palace: This palace was gifted to Raja Veera Kerala Vara .It was built in 1557 by Portuguese. Temple’s are also placed inside this palace.

Pareekshit Thampuran Museum: 19th century paintings are most attractive in this museum. Other attractions of this museum are Plaster of Paris sculptures, ancient coins, monuments.

Other place to see in Kochi: Other attractive places to see in Kochi are kashi Art Caf, Santhagopala krishnaswamy Temple, Indian naval Maritime Museum, Pierce Leslie Bungalow.

 

What to see around Kochi:

Wellingdon Island: It was artificial manmade Island. This was named after British Governor Lord Willingdon. Central institute of Fisheries, Kochi Naval base of Indian Navy are located here. It is situated 6kms away from Kochi.

Cherai Beach: It is located 39kms away from the city. Sunbathing, water sports and Swimming are most important activities of this place. In this beach tiny Island is located which can be reached by boat.

Fort Kochi: It is located 7kms away from Kochi. Old Victorian Era stayed bungalows are most attractive in this place.

Princess Street: It is located in Fort Kochi which is located 7kms away from the city. Major attractions of this place are French, British, Dutch and Portuguese Bungalows.

Mangalavanam: This is the Bird sanctuary. Huge variety of migratory birds can be seen here. Major attractions of this sanctuary are Eurasian Otter, Bandicota, House rat, Palm Squirrel etc… It is located 10kms away from the city.

Other places to visit near Kochi: Other places to visit near Kochi are Santa Cruz Cathedral, Bolghatty Palace, Shiva temple, Museums of Kerala History, Kochi beach, Vamanamoorthy Temple, Gurudwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Subhash Park, Chottanikkara Temple.

 

Getting to Kochi: Best way which connects the city to other place is by road. From the cities such as Goa, Bangalore, Mangalore, Kozhikode etc buses are available to reach this place. Nearest railway station is at Ernakulam. Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport of Kochi.

 

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

 

Best time to visit Kochi: Best time to visit this place is between October to April.

 

Where to stay in Kochi: Plenty of hotels are available to stay in Kochi. Tourist rush will be more between November to February so advance booking of hotels is essential. Boutique hotels are available in Fort Kochi. Price of luxury hotels are ranging between Rs.9000 to Rs.20,000. Home stays are also available whose cost is ranging between Rs.350 to Rs.800.

 

Where to eat in Kochi: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in Kochi. Starting from Rs.50 meals are available. Banana Leafs are preferred to serve the food in all the restaurants.

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Mysore

Mysore

Karnataka, South India, Boating, City of Palace, Elephant Rides, History, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Water Sports, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 52014

Mysore is the 3rd largest city in Karnataka State of India. From 1399 to 1947, Mysore is the capital to Mysore Princely kingdom. It is famous for its palace. Major industry in this city is Tourism. During the Dasara Festival season tourists rush will be more. This festival celebrates grandly for 10 days. Celebrations were first time started in 1610 by King Raja Wodeyar I. According to Hindu mythology, demon Mahishasura ruled Mysore. He was killed by Goddess Chamundeshwari. Due to this Dasara Festival celebrates grandly here. For the shopping lovers incense, Sandalwood, Silk products and traditional paintings are worth buying.

 

What to see in Mysore:

Maharaja’s Palace: Interior of this palace is most attractive with different colours, mirrors, stained glass. Paintings of Edwardian Era are looks so beautiful.

St.Philmena’s Church: This was built in neo Gothic Style between 1933 to 1941. Stained glass windows are used in this construction.

Mysore Zoo: Major attractions of this Zoo are Rhinos, Birds, Bears, Elephants, Tigers, Primates etc… This was established in 1892.

Sri Chamundeswari Temple: Entrance gate of this temple is 40meters height. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Chamundeswari. This was constructed in 11th century. Major attraction of this temple is huge statue of demon king Mahishasura in front of this temple. It is located on Chanmundi Hills.

Mysore Palace: It is the major attraction of the city. This is the fourth palace constructed in the same site. It is most beautiful with mirrors.

Regional Museum: This was established to create interest about the nature and to explain about what is the interrelationship between Plants and animals. It was established in 1995.

Rail Museum: In this museum several types of trains can be seen including first Indian made steam engine.

Other attractions of Mysore: Other attractions of Mysore are Bylakuppe Buddhist Golden Temple, GRS Fantasy Park, Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery, Somnathpur Temples, Datta Peetham, St.Philomena’s church, Melody World Wax Museum, Jagamohan Palace.

 

What to see around Mysore:

Brindavan Gardens: Earlier name of these gardens is Krishnarajendra Terrace Gardens. It is located 19kms away from Mysore. Major attraction of this gardens is fountains, numerous pools, trees, Shrubs, flower beds, beautiful lawns.

Srikanteswara Temple: It is located 25kms from Mysore. This temple was constructed in Dravidian style.

Balmuri and Edmuri Waterfalls: These waterfalls are most famous. Waterfalls are located 3kms away from Mysore. Water games and Swimming are most popular activities of this place.

Kesava Temple: It is located 40kms away from Mysore. This was built in 1268AD. It is one of the Hoysala Period Temples.

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary: On the river Cauvery this is located on the small Island. It is located 18kms away from Mysore. Major attractions of this sanctuary are terns, herons, White necked storks, Painted Storks etc…

 

Getting to Mysore: Mysore is well connected with road and railways. From all the major cities such as Chennai, Mangalore, Bangalore, etc buses and trains are available to reach to Mysore. Nearest airport is located at Bangalore which is 140kms away from Mysore.

 

Getting around Mysore: Tangos and Autos are available to visit the surrounding places of Mysore.

 

Best time to visit Mysore: Between September to March is the best time to visit Mysore.

 

Where to stay in Mysore: All type of hotels such as budget range, Midrange and luxury hotels are available to stay in Mysore. Cost of budget hotels is ranging between Rs.500 to Rs.800 per day. Luxury hotels are providing services such as Ayurvedic Massages, multi Chinese restaurants, gyms, swimming pools.

 

Where to eat in Mysore: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in Mysore. Idly and Dosa along with different variety of chutneys are most famous in Mysore.

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Omkareshwar

Omkareshwar

MP, Central India, Boating, Caves, Fort, History, Jyothirlinga, Nature, Temple

April 52014

Omkareshwar is a sacred place to Hindus. This place is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is located on Island called Mandhata in Khandwa district of Madhya Pradesh. Shape of this Island is OM which is the symbol of Hindus. Name of Omkareshwar came from the sound Om.

 

What to see in Omkareshwar:

Omkareshwar Temple: It is the major attraction of Omkareshwar. This is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple is looks like Mammaleshwar Temple. Architecture of this temple is Nagara style. This temple is one of the 12 Jyothirlingas of Lord Shiva. According to Hindu beliefs Shiv Ling at Omakreshwar is made up of two parts. One half is called Omkareshwar and other part is known as Amareshwar. Lord Shiva appeared in Omkareshwar Awathara to kill Asuras. Narmada River is located near this temple. Devotees believe that taking a dip in this river will wipe off all the sins.

Siddhanath Temple: This temple is situated on Plateau in Brahminic architecture style. Huge Podium is supporting this temple. This podium is most attractive with frescos; portray elephants in different postures and carvings.

Sri Govinda Bhagvatpada Cave: In this place Sanakaracharya took his diksha and spiritual education as a sage from Sage Govind Bhagwatpad.

24 Avatars: This is the temple complex consist of both Jain and Hindu temples. It has its own style of architecture which is most attractive. During 11th century when Mahmud Ghazni attacked India several temples are destroyed.

Fanasa Ghat: This is one of the bathing ghats of Omkareshwar on the river Narmada.

 

What to see around Omkareshwar:

Satmatrika Temples: It is located at the place where Narmada and Kaveri Rivers confluence. This place is situated 6kms away from the Island of Omkareshwar. This was constructed in 10th century.

Kedareshwar Temple: This place is located where Kaveri and Narmada rivers confluence which is 6kms away from the Island. It is most famous for its beautiful architecture. Temple was constructed in 11th century.

Shri Omkar Mandhata Temple: This place is located where Kaveri and Narmada rivers confluence. It is one of the 12 Jyothirlingas which was constructed in Nagara Style of Architecture.

Kajal Rani Cave: This is one of the worth seeing place near Omkareswar. It is located 9kms away from Omkareshwar. In this place visitors can see long and broad stretches of the surrounding undulating Lands.

Ranmukteshwar Temple: It is located at the place where Narmada and Kaveri Rivers confluence which is 6kms away from the Island. Devotees offer Channa Dal to the deity. They believe that by doing this, unpaid debts will clear off.

Mamaleshwar Temple: It is located on the opposite side of Narmada River. It is located 10kms away from Omkareshwar. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Around this temple several other small temples of Lord Shiva are situated.

 

Getting to Omkareshwar: Only way to reach this place though Road. Khandwa is the nearest place to Omkareshwar. From Khandwa autos and taxis are available to reach Omkareshwar. Khandwa is well connected with road and rail stations.

 

Getting around Omkareshwar: Boating is the best way to visit some of the nearest places of Omkaeshwar. For some other places taxis and autos are available to reach the surrounding destinations.

 

Best time to visit Omkareshwar: During Mahashivaratri festival this place is most attractive. Best time to visit this place is at the time of Mahashivratri i.e between February and March. Visiting rush will be more between October to April.

 

Where to stay in Omkareshwar: Only budget and midrange hotels are available. These hotels provide only basic amenities. During the peak seasons it is essential to book the hotels in advance.

 

Where to eat in Omkareshwar: only limited restaurants are available. They will serve only vegetarian food. Famous food at this place is Pakodas, Samosa, and Puri Sabzi.

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Shivpuri

Shivpuri

MP, Central India, Fort, History, Nature, Temple, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 52014

Shivpuri is an ancient town in Shivpuri district of Madhya Pradesh. Earlier this place acted as summer camp to Scindia rulers of Gwalior. Historical name of Shivpuri is Sipri. After independence name of this town is changed as Shivpuri. Forest near Shivpuri used as hunting place by the Mughals. In this forest huge crowd of elephants are captured by the Emperor Akbar. Forest is now converted into National Park with the intension to protect wildlife. This place is famous for flora and fauna. Britishers hanged Tatya Tope in Shivpuri. During first war of Independence, Jhansi Rani along with Tatya Tope played a major role.

 

What to see in Shivpuri:

Madhav Vilas Palace: This is the summer recreation for Scindia’s. From this palace visitors can view Madhav National park and Shivpuri Town very clearly. This Palace is popularly known as The Mahal. Terraces of this Palace are so beautiful and finished with Marble floors. Now this palace is using by Indian Intelligence Bureau to run training centre.

Chhatri: This is the empty tomb of Scindia’s. It reflects both Islamic and Hindu style. Near this tomb another attraction is Mughal garden.

Madhav National Park: It is the main attraction of Shivpuri. Area covered by this is 157sq.km. It was the hunting spot for the Mughals. Trees in this temple are also most attractive. Major attraction of this National Park is Palash, Tendu, Dhawda, kerdhai, Salai etc…Major tree attractions of this place are Palash, Tendu, Dhawda, Kerdhai, Salai, Khair etc…

George Castle: This is located inside the Madhav national Park. It was constructed in 1911 by Jivaji Rao. King George used to stay in the nights when he came for hunting.

Banganga: This place is famous for 52 sacred kunds. It is believed that Arjuna shot an arrow to get water out of the ground when Bhishma is so thirsty. Arjuna and Bhishma are Pandava Brothers.

Other attractions of Shivpuri: Other attractions of Shivpuri are Tatya Tope Memorial, Bhoora Khon Waterfalls, Madua Shiva Temple, Sakhya Sagar Lake and Boat Club.

 

What to see around Shivpuri:

Karera Bird Sanctuary: It is located 58kms away from Shivpuri. This place is famous for different variety of animals and birds. Another attraction of this sanctuary is Bearded Bustard, Indian Bustard, and Colored Bustard.

Narwar Fort: It is located 41kms away from Shivpuri. This was constructed in Rajput style by Kachwaha Rajputs.

Bhadiya Kund: It is located 12kms away from Shivpuri. During the monsoon season this is the best picnic spot. This place is famous for mineral content.

Other attractions near Shivpuri: Other attractions near Shivpuri are Survaya Ki Garhi, Pawa waterfalls, Son Chiriya Bird Sanctuary, Mohini Pik up Wear, Sultan Garh Falls.

 

Getting to Shivpuri: Only way to reach this place is through road. From Aligarh, Agra, Jabalpur, Fariadabad, Lucknow, Gwalior buses are available to reach this place. Nearest railway station is at Jhansi which is 92kms away from Shivpuri.

 

Getting around Shivpuri: Buses, Taxis, Jeeps are available to visit the surrounding places of Shivpuri.

 

Best time to visit Shivpuri: Best time to visit this place is between November to April.

 

Where to stay in Shivpuri: Only Budget and midrange hotels are available to stay in Shivpuri. Most of the midrange hotels are located in Chhatri road. In the circular road budget hotels are located. Luxury hotels cannot be seen here.

 

Where to eat in Shivpuri: Both vegetarian and Non Vegetarian food are available. Famous snacks in Shivpuri are Bhutte Ki Kees, Malpua, Kopra pak, Kebabas. Best food is available in Circular road and Jhansi Road.

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Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram

Tamil Nadu, South India, Beach, Boating, Caves, History, Musuem, Nature, Rock Cut Temples, Rock Formations, Temple, Water Sports

April 52014

Mahabalipuram is an ancient historic town located in Kancheepuram district of Tamilnadu. Other names of this town are Mallapuram and Mamallapattana. Mahabalipuram means city of Great Bali. This place is famous for Stone temples and Stone Carvings. Almost all are built between 7th century and 9th century. Narashimhavarman, Pallava King played a major role in the development of this town during 17th century. Britishers established Modern Mahabalipuram in 1827. Vibrant fence festival is most famous in this town. Stone Sculptures are worth buying at this place.

 

What to see in Mahabalipuram:

Five Rathas: It is a rock cut temple. This is named after Pandavas in Mahabharata which was built in 7th century. Pallavas built this temple. Five Rathas consists of status of 5 brothers on Pandavas including their wife Draupadi.

Shore Temple: 3 temples are located here, two temples belong to Lord Shiva and one temple belongs to Lord Vishnu. These temples belong to 8th century. Pallavas had constructed these temples in Dravidian style. Granite was used to build the temples.

Mahabalipuram Beach: It is one of the major attractions of the city. Most popular activities in the beach are motor Boating, Surfing, Diving and Sunbathing. Near this beach rock cut temples and Monolithic Rathas can also be seen.

Mahishamardini Cave: It is located in Chingleput district of Mahabalipuram. These caves belong to 8th century and it was dedicated to Mother Goddess. In the centre of the cave major attraction are Carvings of Murugan, Parvati and Shiva.

Descent of the Ganges: It is the rock cut monument belongs to 7th century. This place is famous for open air rock sculptures and Carvings.

Arjuna Penance: This place is famous for the carvings belong to 7th and 8th centuries. Height of this penance is 9meters and 30 meters long. Carvings of this penance belong to animals, birds and Gods.

Trimurti Cave Temple: It is located near Ganesha Ratha. Idols of Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu are placed here. This is most ancient rock cut temple which was built in 7th century.

Krishna’s Butterball: It is a large rock balanced on the hill side. Diameter of this rock is around 5m.

Other places to visit in Mahabalipuram: Other places to visit in Mahabalipuram are Dakshinachitra, Mamallapuram Light House, Mumu Surf Shop, Sculpture museum, Ganesh Ratha Temple, Dharmaraja Cave, and Little Art Gallery.

 

What to see around Mahabalipuram:

Varaha Cave Temple: This place is famous for the sculptures of Earth Goddess, Holding Bhudevi, and Lord Vishnu. This temple is dedicated to Lord Varaha who is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It was built in 7th century which is 27kms away from the temple.

Tigers Cave: It is located 5kms away from Mahabalipuram. This is rock cut temple dedicated to Goddess Durga.

The Crocodile Bank: It is located 14kms away from Mahabalipuram. Snake Farm, African Alligators, Indian Alligators are major attractions of this place.

Thirukalukundram: This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is located 15kms away from Mahabalipuram. Inscriptions in ancient Indian, English and Dutch Languages can be seen here.

 

Getting to Mahabalipuram: Only way to reach this place is by road. From cities such as Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Delhi buses are available to reach this place. Nearest railway station is located at Chengalpattu which is 29kms away from Mahabalipuram. Nearest airport is Chennai International Airport.

 

Getting around Mahabalipuram: Mahabalipuram is a small town. All the places in the town are very near to each other. So, best way to see the places in Mahabalipuram is on foot. Taxis and buses are available to visit the places near Mahabalipuram.

 

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

 

Where to stay in Mahabalipuram: Plenty of hotels are available to stay in Mahabalipuram. As beach is located in this town resorts are also available to stay near the beach.

 

Where to eat in Mahabalipuram: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in Mahabalipuram. Almost all the restaurants offer non vegetarian. Vegetarian food is available on demand.

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Nelliampathy

Nelliampathy

Kerala, South India, Boating, Hill station, Nature, Temple, Trekking, Valley, Water falls, Water Sports, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 52014

Nelliampathy is a famous hill station surrounded by Coffee and Tea plantations. This is located in Kerala State. It is a beautiful place with salubrious climate and mountain scapes. It is only known as Roof of Palakkad. Palakkad is 52kms away from this hill station. Natural lovers love this place. This hill station is filled up with plantation of coffee and tea along with waterfalls, misty and large green cover Mountains. This is also the best place for the bird watchers. Some of the rare bird species such as Nilgiri Pipit, Broad Tailed Grass bird, Nilgiri Flycatcher, Roller, Great Pied Hornbill, Great Black Woodpecker, Grey Breasted Laughing Thursh etc… can be seen here.

 

What to see in Nelliampathy:

Padagiri: It is the tallest peak of Nelliampthi hills. Teak plantation is most famous in this peak. It is located 1500m above the sea level. Padagiri is the best weekend and picnic spot.

Nelliyampathy Hill: Trekking is the major attraction of this hill station. This hill is also famous for the plantation of Cardamom, coffee, orange, and tea.

 

What to see around Nelliampathy:

Nemmara: This small village is located 24kms away from Nelliampathy. Vela Festival is most famous in this village. After harvesting of rice, this village people celebrate Trissur Pooram which is most worth seeing.

Seethakandu: According to Hindu mythology, it is stated that during their exile Lord Rama, Sita and Laxmana stayed in this place. It is located 8kms away from Nelliampathy.

Pothudi Reservoir: It is located 17kms away from Nelliampathy. This is used for irrigation purpose. Boating is the major attraction of this reservoir.

Malampuzha Gardens: This is the children park. Major attractions of this park are ropeway, aquarium, mini zoo, toy train. It is a Japanese Style Garden. This complex also consists of thread gardens, road train trips, Telescope tower, rock Garden and Snake Park. It is located 57kms away from the hill station.

Shimmering Pothudi Reservoir: It is located 20kms away from the hill station. When visitors coming from Nenmara to this hill station Pothudi reservoir can be seen. Interesting fact about this reservoir is this was not built with cement but it was built with jaggery and Quick lime. Boating is the major attraction of this place.

Raja’s Cliff: It is located 20kms away from the hills station. Tea gardens are famous here. Visitors can see giant squirrels, leopards, sambar, and elephants in this place.

Palagapandi Estate: Tea, Cardamom and Coffee plantations are most attractive in this place. This is the main landmark to Nelliampathy.

Nelliampathy Guha: This is a group of hills located at the foothills of Nelliampathy hills. Earlier this was used by the animals to hide them from hunting.

 

Getting to Nelliampathy: Nelliampathy is well connected with roadways. From the cities such as Thrivuvananthapuram, Kochi, Guruvayoor, Kozhikode, Kottayam, Thrissur, plenty of buses are available to reach this place. Palakkad Junction is the nearest railway station. Nearest airport is located at Coimbatore.

 

Getting around Nelliampathy: Taxis and Jeeps are available to visit the surrounding places of Nelliampathy.

 

Best time to visit Nelliampathy: Best time to visit this place is between September to May. Best season for the trekking lovers is between July to September.

 

Where to stay in Nelliampathy: Plenty of accommodations are available to stay in Nelliampathy. Along with Hotels, resorts are also available to stay at this hill station. Best stay place in Nelliampathy are ITL Holiday resort, Green Land Farm House, Ciscilia heritage, The Whistling Thrush Bungalow.

 

Where to eat in Nelliampathy: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in Nelliampathy. Most famous cuisines are Vattal Kozhambu, Morukootan, Rasam, and Sambar.

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Varkala

Varkala

Kerala, South India, Beach, Boating, Fort, hiddent Beaches of Kerala, Masjid, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Water Sports

April 52014

Varkala is located in Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala. One of the major attractions of Varkala is Janardhan Swamy Temple which is 2000 years old. According to one myth, it is believed that this was built by Pandyan King when Lord Brahma instructed him to construct a temple to wipe off his sins. Worth buying in Varkala is Artifacts made up of Coconut shell. Most famous festival is Arattu festival. This festival celebrates for 10days during March – April.

What to see in Varkala:

Varkala Beach: This beach is the best place for swimming and sunbathing. Other name of this beach is Papanasam Beach. This beach consists of golden sand and it is surrounded with lush green areas.

Janardanaswami Temple: This is 2000 years old Temple. At the temple large bell is situated. It is believed that Lord Brahma came into the dream of Pandya King and asked to construct the temple to wipe off the sins. Idol of the temple submerged in the sea. With the help of fisherman it was taken out and temple was constructed.

Sivagiri Mutt: This was constructed in 1904 by Sree Narayana Guru who was the Social Reformer and famous Philosopher. This was the residence place of Guru till 1928. Tomb of Narayana Guru can also be seen here.

Vakarla Tunnel: It is one of the historic sites built by Britishers to established inland waterways. Construction of this way started in 1860; it has taken 14years to complete this project.

Vakarla Lighthouse: British rulers constructed this in 18th century. This is the best example for colonial style of architecture.

What to see around Varkala:

Sarkara Devi Temple: It is located at Chirayinkeezhu village which is 14kms away from Varkala. Most famous festival celebrates in this temple is Kaliyoot. As per the Malayalam Month this celebrates during the month of March.

Ponnumthuruthu Island: Water Boat rides are most famous at this place. It is located 10kms away from Vakarla. This island was constructed before 100 years by Lord Shiva and Parvati. Jetty rides and boats are used to reach to this place.

Kappil Lake: It is located 8kms away from Vakarla. It is one of the nearby attractions of Vakarla. In this place backwaters of kerala merges into Arabian Sea. Bridge was constructed over the lake. With the help of this bridge one can see this lake and nearby places very clearly. Coconut groves are another attraction in this place.

Kaduvayil Thangal Dargah: This is dedicated to kaduvayil Thangal Saint. It is located between kallambalam and Attingal which is 14kms away from Varkala.

Anjengo Fort: It is located 11kms away from Vakarla. This fort was built between 17th to 18th centuries.

Kaduvayil Juma Masjid: This is dedicated to Kaduvayil Thangal who was the Muslim Saint. Other name is Kaduvayi Palli.

Getting to Varkala: This place is well connected with road ways. From Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi plenty of buses reach to this place. Varkala is having the railway station which is located between Thiruvananthapuram and Ernakulam. However all the trains do not stop at this place. So it is better to reach Thirvananthapuram Junction. Plenty of taxis are available to reach this place from Thiruvananthapuram. Nearest airport is located at Thiruvananthapuram.

Getting around Varkala: Taxis, Autos are available to visit the surrounding places of Varkala. Scooters and bikes will be given on rent to visit nearby places of Varkala.

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

Where to stay in Varkala: Plenty of accommodations are available starting from Budget hotels to luxury hotels to stay in Varkala. Home stays are also available at reasonable costs. Cost of home stays and budget hotels are below Rs.1000.

Where to eat in Varkala: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in Varkala. For the non vegetarian lovers this is the best place. Tibetan, Italian, Mexican, Continental cuisines are also available.

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Kumarakom

Kumarakom

Kerala, South India, Backwater of Keral, Boating, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 52014

Kumarakom is backwater tourism in Kerala. It is situated on the backdrop of Vembanad Lake. Kumarakom is derived from the words Kuminja and Akam. Meaning of Kumarakom is Land which is formed by accumulation of sediments. This place is famous for huge variety of Flora and Fauna. Notable person who were born in this place are Alfred George Baker, Bishop Mar Alexader Choolaparampil and Umman Chandi. Boat race is most famous in this place. For the shopping lovers Urulis, decorated traditional door latches, household utensils, bronze lamps are worth buying in this place.

 

What to see in Kumarakom:

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary: It is situated on the banks of Kavanar River. Area covered by this sanctuary is 14 acres. Tourists attracts towards Boating riding of this place. Main attractions of this bird sanctuary are Duck, Brahminy Kite, Darter, Moorhen, Cormorant, Heron, Egret, Owl, Cuckoo, and Waterfowl. These are local birds .To this sanctuary several birds come on migration also. Migratory birds are Flycatchers, Lark, Teal, parrot, Siberain Crane. These migratory birds come from two places. Some of these come from Siberia and some of the birds come from Himalayas.

Vabanad Lake: Another attraction of Kumarakom is Vembanad Lake. Other name of this lake is Kochi Lake. In Kerala this is the largest wetland. Nehru Trophy Boat race is the major attraction in this lake. Huge varieties of fishes can be seen in this Lake. It is estimated that there are 150 species of fishes in this lake.

Aymanam Village: other name of this village is Ayemenem. Arundati Roy’s Booker Prize winning novel is God of Small Things. This is set in this village.

Bay Island drift wood Museum: It is the only museum of its kind in India. This museum is the hard work of Mrs.Raji Punnoose. Drift wood museum is closed on Monday.

 

What to see around Kumarkom:

Aruvikkuzhi waterfalls: Height of these waterfalls is 100 m. It is located 2kms away from Kumarakom.

Pathiramanal: This became an Island when Young Brahmin had divided the lake to perform his prayers. This is the best place to see the migratory birds. It is located 5kms away from Kumarakom.

Muhamma: It is located 33kms away from Kumarakom. Most famous of this temple is Mukkal Vettom Ayyappa. It is believed that Lord Ayyappa trained at this Kalari.

Ettumanoor Shiva Temple: It is located 12kms away from Kumarakom. This temple is famous for unique sculptures and Paintings.

Vaikom Temple: Kerala style architecture is most attractive. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is located 31kms away from Kumarakom.

 

Getting to Kumarakom: Kumarakom is well connected with roadways. From Cities such as Thiruvananthapuram, Cochin, Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore buses are available to reach this place. Kottayam is the nearest railway head which is 15kms away from Kumarakom. Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport.

 

Getting around Kumarakom: Boats and Steamers are used to visit the places in Kumarakom. Taxis, Buses, Autos are available to visit the surrounding places of Kumarakom.

 

Best time to visit Kumarakom: Best time to visit this place is between September to February.

 

Where to stay in Kumarakom: House boats is the best option to stay in Kumarakom to enjoy the nature. But plenty of hotels are also available to stay in the town. All varieties of hotels are available. Cost of these house boats is raging between Rs.7000 to Rs.15000. Apart from hotels; resorts are also available to stay in Kumarakom.

 

Where to eat in Kumarakom: Plenty of Eating options in Kumarakom. Non vegetarian food is most famous in this place. Famous dishes of this place are Oysters, Crabs and Prawns cuisines.

 

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Chennai

Chennai

Tamil Nadu, South India, Beach, Boating, Fort, History, Masjid, Musuem, Nature,Temple, Tomb, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 52014

Chennai is the capital city of Tamilnadu. In India it is the major educational, Cultural and Commercial centre. In Chennai second biggest film industry is located. Famous singers like Sivamani and AR Rahman belongs to Chennai. Since the first century several dynasties ruled this place. Few major dynasties are Pandya, Pallavas, Cheras, and Cholas. This city was majorly developed as commercial centre by Britishers. Major festivals of the city are Pongal, Indian International Leather Fair, and Music Festival.

 

What to see in Chennai:

Beaches: Plenty of beaches can be seen in this place. Marina Beach is the second longest beach. Other beaches are Cove long, Golden, VGP and Breezy.

MGR Film City: It is one of the major attractions of the city. This was established in 1994 in the memory of MG Ramachandra, actor and Politician.

Thousands Lights Mosque: For the Shia Community of India this place is most sacred place. This place is famous for its architecture. To illuminate the hall 1000 oil lamps are needed to lit.

Madras High Court: It is one of the 3 high courts of pre-independent India. Other high courts are located in Kolkata and Mumbai.

Marundeeswarar Temple: This temple is dedicated to Marundeeswarar Temple who is an incarnation of Lord Shiva. He is considered as God of Medicines. It is located in Thiruvanmiyar.

Government Museum: It is the oldest museum in India. In the college of St.George this was established in 1851. Major attractions of the museum are Decorative art gallery, Tanjore Painting gallery, Archaeology and Anthropology galleries etc.

Forts: Major forts of Chennai are Dutch fort (400 years old), St.Mary’s Church and Fort Museum, Anglican Church, Fort St.George.

Temples: Plenty of temples are located in Chennai. Major temples are Ashthalakshmi Temple, Ayya Vaikundar Nizhal Thangal, Kalingambal Temple, Kapaleeshwara Temple, Vadapalani Murugan Temple etc…

Other attractions of Chennai: Chennai has plenty of museums, parks, Libraries. Weavers Centre, Vivekananda House, Birla planetarium, Prakasam Salai are other major attractions.

 

What to see around Chennai:

Aignar Anna Zoological Park: It is located 35kms away from Chennai and located at Vandalur. Till 1855 this is inside the city but due to expansion this was shifted to outside of the city in 1877. Zoo consists of 170 species of reptiles, birds and mammals. Major attractions are Nilgiri Langur, Nilgai, Black buck, etc…

Kalakshetra: This is the dance institution situated 10kms away from the city. Training will be given in Music and Bharatnatyam. This was established by Rukmini Devi Arundale in 1936.

Sriperumbudur: Major attraction of this place is Rajiv Gandhi Memorial. Several temples are located in this place. It is located 40kms away from Chennai.

 

Getting to Chennai: Chennai is well connected with road, rail and airways. In Chennai there are 3 major railway stations. They are Tambaram, Egmore and Chennai Central. Chennai is having both domestic and international airports. From all the cities such as Cochin, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Guwahati, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Mumbai etc buses, trains and air buses are available to reach this place.

 

Getting around Chennai: Local trains, buses, taxis, autos are available to visit the surrounding places of Chennai.

 

Best time to visit Chennai: During summer season temperature is high. Visitors can notice heavy rainfall during monsoon season. Monson is from June to September and Mid October to Mid December. Generally tourists do not prefer to visit this place in summer and during monsoon seasons.

 

Where to stay in Chennai: Plenty of hotels are available to stay in Chennai. Budget and midrange hotels are available at Egmore, T Nagar, and Mylapore. Anna Salai is the place where luxury hotels are located.

 

Where to eat in Chennai: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in China. Famous dishes are Puliogare and Tairchadam. Both domestic and international food is available.

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Madurai

Madurai

Tamil Nadu, South India, Fort, History, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Water Sports

April 52014

Madurai is located in Madurai district of Tamilnadu. It is situated on the banks of river Vaigai. Madurai is the oldest cities in India. This place is famous for Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple. City is having several names few names are City of four Junctions, City that never sleeps, Temple city, City of Jasmine, and City of Junction. Madurai played a vital role during independence period. Most famous festival in Madurai is Meenakshi Tirukalyyanam. This festival celebrates during April- May for 10 days. Millions of visitors visit this place during this festival season. Other famous festivals in Madurai are Pongal, Chithirai, and Festival of Cradle.

 

What to see in Madurai:

Meenakshi Temple: Madurai is famous for this temple. This consists of several enclosures. Major attraction of this temple is Beautiful stone work on the walls . Temple is having 14 gateway towers. Ayiram Kal Mandapam is most attractive. Original temple was sacked in 1310 by Malik Kafur, Muslim Invader. Current structure was built between 1623 to 1655 CE.

Mariamman Teppakulam: Main idol of this temple is in the tank. In this temple Lord Vigneshwara is worshipped.

Gandhi Museum: In India there are 5 Gandhi Museums. It is one of those museums. Primary attraction of this museum is Blood stained Dhoti of Gandhi along with photos of his lifetime.

Goripalayam Dargah: This dargah consists of 2 Muslim saint graves. Those saints are Hazrat Sulthan Shamsuddin Badusha and Hazrat Sulthan Alauddin Badusha.

Thirumalai Nayak Palace: This was built by Thirumalai Nayak in 16th century in Indo Sarcenic Architecture style. 3/4th of this palace was ruined. At present only 1/4th palace with 248 pillars.

Koodal Azhagar Temple: Huge statue of Lord Vishnu in front of the temple is the major attraction of this temple. Main Idol of this temple is Lord Vishnu. It is one of the oldest temples of south India.

Alagar Koli: This temple is famous for Sculptures and Stone Carvings. Lord Vishnu is worshipped in this temple.

Kazimar Big Mosque and Maqbara: It was constructed by Hazrat Kazi Syed in 13th century. It is the oldest Mosque in Madurai.

Pazhamudhir Solai: It is one of the six abodes of the lord. This temple is dedicated to Lord Subramanya. It is located near Alagar Koli temple.

 

What to see around Madurai:

Tirupparankundram Murugan Temple: Temple is dedicated to Lord Murugan. It is located 8kms away from Madurai which was built by Pandya King in 8th century. It is one of the rock cut temples.

Athisayam: It is located 7kms away from Madurai. 20 water rides and plenty of games can be played here.

Vaigai Dam: This is the major source to the irrigation of the surrounding regions. Vaigai Dam is located on the river Vaigai. Other attraction near this dam is Agricultural Research Institute. It is located 69kms away from Madurai.

 

Getting to Madurai: Madurai is well connected with roadways, railways and airways. From cities such as Coimbatore, Bangalore, Trichy, Chennai, etc buses, trains and airbuses are available to reach Madurai. Madurai airport is 10kms away from the main city.

 

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

 

Best time to visit Madurai: Between March to June temperature is extremely hot so better not to come to this place during those months. Best time to visit this place is between October to February.

 

Where to Stay in Madurai: Plenty of hotels are available to stay in Madurai. Budget range, Midrange and Luxury Hotels are available to stay. As per the requirement of the visitors, they can choose to stay.

 

Where to eat in Madurai: Plenty of restaurants available to eat in Madurai. Breakfast will not available here. Almost all the restaurants offer Iyengar Style of Meals. Only few restaurants offer Chettinad, Continental, Chinese and South Indian cuisines.

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Ponmudi

Ponmudi

Kerala, South India, Hill station, History, Musuem, Nature, Trekking, Valley, Water falls, Water Sports, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 52014

Ponmudi is a hill station in Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala. Ponmudi means The Golden Peak. This is the best place for natural lovers. Major attractions of this hill station are Hiking and Trekking. While trekking people can enjoy with butterflies and mountain flowers. Northern attraction in this area is tea Gardens. Ponmudi is one of the biggest peaks in Western Ghats. It is divided into Upper Sanatorium and Lower Sanatorium. Plenty of animals and birds make this place as their home town.

 

What to see in Ponmudi:

Ponmudi Falls: These waterfalls are famous for clear water falling.

Kallar: It is the gateway to Ponmudi. Golden Valley located in this place. This is also known as river of stone. Golden valley is on the banks of river kallar. Major attraction of this Kallar is Golden Valley and Meenmuti Falls. This place is considered as best place for trekking lovers as well as natural lover. Huge variety of birds can be seen here. Some birds are native of this place but few come to this place on migration.

Meenmutty Falls: It is located at the base of the Ponmudi hill. This is the best place for Trekking lovers. Persons have to reach this place through trekking in the dense forest. Prior permission from Forest department is essential before visiting this site. Another waterfall named Kombaikani Waterfalls are located very close to this Meenumutty Falls.

Golden Valley: It is located at the base of the Ponmudi hill. Bathing in this Valley in the cool water is most memorable experience.

 

What to see around Ponmudi:

Orchids and Deer Park: This is one of the major attractions near Ponmudi. It is located 36kms away from Ponmudi. This place is famous for tea plantation. Wind that comes from these plants is so cool and most memorable experience.

Agasthyarkoodam: It is another nearby attraction of Ponmudi. It is the part of Agasthyamala Biophere Reserve. It is located 22kms away from Ponmudi. This place is considered as pilgrim place for Hindus. It is believed that Sage Agasthya resides in this place earlier. He is one of the seven Rishis of Hindu Puranas. This place is most wild so prior permission from forest department is essential.

Mini Zoo: This place is famous for huge number of deer’s. It is located 61kms away from Ponmudi.

Thiruvananthapuram: This place is most famous for the richest God Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Other attractions are Sri Chitra Art Gallery, Planetarium Academy of Magical Sciences, Kanakakunnu Palace etc…

 

Getting to Ponmudi: Ponmudi is well connected with roadway. Before reaching to Ponmudi one has to reach Thiruvananthapuram. From Thiruvananthapuram plenty of buses are available to reach Ponmudi. Nearest railway station is at Thiruvananthapuram. From all the major cities such as Hyderabad, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata etc trains are available. Thiruvananthapuram airport is the nearest airport.

 

Getting around Ponmudi: Cycles are available to visit the surrounding places of Ponmudi. Jeeps and Privates taxis are also available to visit the surrounding areas of Ponmudi.

 

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

 

Where to stay in Ponmudi: In this hill station plenty of dormitories and cottages are available to stay in Ponmudi. Lower Sanatorium has several resorts and lodges where as upper sanatorium has only one resort which is running by KTDC. Few Government guest houses are also available in lower sanatorium.

 

Where to eat in Ponmudi: Very limited options are available to eat in Ponmudi. Only local cuisines are available. But both vegetarian and non vegetarian food is available.

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Bangalore

Bangalore

Karnataka, South India, Fort, History, Masjid, Musuem, Nature, Rock Formations, Temple, Tipu Sultan, Trekking, Valley, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 52014

Bangalore is the capital city of Karnataka. Silion Valley of India is the most famous in Bangalore. Most famous educations institutions such as NIMHANS, IIMB, IISc are well established here. Bangalore is home town to Kannada Film Industry. Bangalore is named after the Dish Bendakalooru which means Boiled beans. A small story behind this dish. Once a king halt in this place. At that time a lady served food with boiled beans. The taste of this dish is unforgettable to that king so he named after the town as Bendakalooru. This city is blessed with architectural landmarks, natural lakes, gardens, parks, pubs, shopping malls. Karaga, Pongal, Ugadi are most famous festivals in this city.

 

What to see in Bangalore:

Benguluru Palace: This was built by Chamaraja Wodeyar in 1887 with Tudor Style of architecture. Most attractive things to be seen in the palace are Paintings of famous personalities, Belongings of royal family, turrets, battlements, Gothic Windows etc…

Tipu’s Palace: It is summer recreation to the Tipu Sultan. This was built in 1791. It is most beautiful wooden structure with carved pillars.

Attara Kacheri: It is the place where Karnataka High court is situated. This was built during the reign of Tipu Sultan. Red bricks are used to construct this two stored building. Neo Classical Architecture of this building is so attractive.

Lakes: All the lakes in Bangalore are manmade lakes. Earlier there were 51 lakes in the city but now there are only 17 Lakes.

Brigade Road: This is the best place for the shopping lovers. All varieties of shops are located here. Clubs, discotheques, pubs are also can be seen here.

Lal Bagh: This is most beautiful garden in Bangalore. Construction of this was started in 1760 by Hyder Ali but it was completed by Tipu Sultan. This garden was later converted into Government Botanical Garden.

Forum Mall: This is the best place for youngsters for shopping purpose. From basic things to luxury items everything is available here.

Cubbon Park: This Park is famous for shaded groves, trees, rare floral species, and innumerable flowers.

Other Attractions of Bangalore: Other attractions in the Bangalore city are Vidhana Soudha, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Film City, Ulsoor Lake, Jumma Masjid, Bangalore Turf Club, St.Mary’s Basilica, Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, Venkatappa Art Gallery.

 

What to see around Bangalore:

Bannerghatta National Park: This was established in 1971 which is located 24kms away from the city. Major attractions of this park are Crocodiles, Tigers, and Lions.

Bugle Rock: It is located in Basavanagudi. This place is famous for massive rock formations. These are belongs to 3000 million years old. It is located 7kms away from Bangalore.

Wonder La: It is located 28kms away from the city. This is most famous amusement park. Major attractions in this park are Wet Rides and Dry Rides.

Other attraction nearby Bangalore: Other attractions nearby Bangalore are Suryanarayana Temple, Pyramid Valley, Nandi Hills, Janapada Loka, Bridavan etc…

 

Getting to Bangalore: Bangalore is well connected with road, Rail and through airways. From all the cities buses, trains and airbus come to this place.

 

Getting around Bangalore: Bangalore Metro, Autos, Taxis, Private vehicles are available to visit the surrounding places of Bangalore.

 

Best time to visit Bangalore: Best time to visit this place is between October to February. Tourists rush will be more during October.

 

Where to stay in Bangalore: Plenty of accommodations are available to stay in Bangalore. All range of hotels such as budget range, mid range hotels and even five star hotels are available in Bangalore.

 

Where to eat In Bangalore: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in Bangalore. Almost all restaurants offer Western, Mughalai French, Mexican, south Indian, Continental, Chinese, Thai, Indian Cuisines.

 

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Dubare Elephant Camp

Dubare Elephant Camp

Karnataka, South India, Elephant Rides, Nature, Temple, Trekking, Valley, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 52014

Dubare is a forest camp located in Kodagu district of Karnataka State. This place is famous for elephant camp. In this camp elephants will be given training to perform in Mysore Dussehra. Visitors of this place enjoy fishing, Elephant rides, White water Rafting and Trekking. Another popular activity is Coracle Ride on Kaveri River.

 

What to see in Dubare:

Elephant Training Camp: This is the major attraction of Dubare. Forest department is managing this camp. In this place huge number of elephants is taking training under the guidance of naturalists. Few birds also give entertainment to the visitors. Those birds are Peacock, Kingfisher and Woodpecker. Tourists want to visit this place for Coracle ride, Wildlife Safari and Elephant Ride.

Veerabhoomi: This is the heritage resort. Atmosphere in this resort is look like Battle Field. Waiters in this resort wear the costumes of Soldiers. Cottages are like Tents. During the evening session cultural activities takes place.

Nisargadhama: Huge variety of Flora and Fauna. Most attractive trees in this sanctuary are Teak Trees, Bamboo Groves and Sandalwood trees. Animal attraction of this sanctuary is Peacock, Deer, Rabbit and Elephant. Visitors enjoy with the activities such as elephant rides and boating.

 

What to see around Dubare:

Harangi Dam: Height of this dam 47meters. It is placed on Cauvery River. It is located 17kms away from Dubare.

Abba Falls: Earlier name of this falls was Jessie Waterfalls. This name was kept by Britisher who was the Madikeri’s First Captain in the memory of his daughter. Nearby these waterfalls Goddess Kali Temple is situated. It is located 33kms away from Dubare.

Nagarhole National Park: It is located on Nilgiri Mountains which are 28kms away from Dubare. In India this is the one of the best wildlife sanctuary.

Kushalnagar: It is located 15kms away from Dubare. Fraserpet before independence is most famous in this village. This place is located on the banks of Cauvery River.

Coorg: This is the hill station and famous for Tea and coffee plantations. It is the best place to enjoy for the tourists. Other name of this place is Kashmir of the south. It is located 24kms away from Dubare.

 

Getting to Dubare: Dubare is well connected though roadways. From Mysore and Bangalore plenty of buses are available to reach this place. Nearest railway station is at Mysore. Mysore is well connected with all the major cities. Nearest airport is also located in Mysore. Plenty of taxis are available to reach to Dubare.

 

Getting around Dubare: Jeeps are available to visit the surrounding places of Dubare.

 

Best time to visit Dubare: Before visiting this place it is essential to know the best time to enjoy the activities of this place. Best time to visit this place is between September to March.

 

Where to stay in Dubare: Cottages and resorts are available to stay in Dubare. Best comforts are available even in the cottages. Few Visitors wants to stay in Coorg and Mysore. Plenty of accommodations are available to stay in Dubare.

Where to eat in Dubare: Few places are available to eat in Dubare. Visitors prefer to carry food while gong to this place.

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Kovalam

Kovalam

Kerala, South India, Boating, Caves, Musuem, Nature, Temple

April 52014

Kovalam is a beach town in Thiruvananthapuram City of Kerala. This is the oldest tourist centre. In the world Kovalam is having best beaches. Kovalam consists of 3 beaches. This is the best place for sunbathing. Along with sunbathing other activities such as cultural programs, herbal body massage, Catamaran Cruising and swimming are also available.

 

Shape of these beaches is like Crescents. This is the best picnic spot to spend the time more leisurely. Near the beach Maharani Lakshmi Bai built a palace to spend her honey moon and she want to spend private time with her consort Prince GV Raja. After seeing and spending few days GV Raja recognised that this place can be developed as tourists place so he invited Thomas Cook to develop this place. He is from United Kingdom.

 

What to see in Kovalam:

Samudra Beach: It is located on the northern part of Hawwah beach. This beach is mostly use by fisherman for fishing but this is not much developed as tourist centre.

Hawwah Beach: Hawwah beach is the 2nd largest beach in Kovalam. It is the first topless bathing beach. Now this was banned. Its popular name of Eve’s Beach. Sunbathing and Herbal massage is famous in this beach.

Light house Beach: In Kovalam, Lighthouse Beach is the largest beach.

The Lighthouse: It is located on the hillrock of Kurumkal. Due to this lighthouse, Kovalam beach is named as Lighthouse Beach. Height of this lighthouse is 30 meters.

Halcyon Castle: It is also known as Kovalam Palace. This was built by Maharani Lakshmi Bai who is the consort of MR Sri Rama Varma Valiya Koil Thampuran in 1932. This place used as summer resort by Lakshmi Bai.

 

What to see around Kovalam:

Aruvikkara: It is one of the nearby attractions of Kovalam which is 25kms away. This place is famous for Bhagavathi Temple. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga.

Vizhinjam Rock Cut Cave: It is located 1km away from Kovalam. In this place sculptures belong to 8th century can be seen.

Vellayani Lake: It is located 8kms away from Kovalam. In Thiruvananthapuram district this is the largest fresh water lake. Boat race is the main attraction of this lake.

Vizhinjam Marine Aquarium: It is located in Vizhinjam which is 5kms away from Kovalam. World’s rare species of ornamental fish and invertebrates can be seen here.

Karamana River: It is located 14kms away from Kovalam. On this river two dams are located. These are used for irrigation purpose.

Vizhinjam Fishing Harbour: Vizhinjam is the major sea port area. This is the commercial centre for Dutch, Portuguese and Europeans. It is located 5kms away from Kovalam.

Other places to visit nearby Kovalam: Other places to visit nearby Kovalam are Kovalam Jama Masjid, Vizhijam Vilage, Thiruvallam Parasuarama Temple, Valiathura Pier, Analothbhava Matha Church, and Government Agricultural College.

 

Getting to Kovalam: This place is well connected though roadways. From Thiruvananthapuram Junction plenty of buses are available to reach this place. From Chennai, Nagarcoil, Madurai, Bangalore huge number of buses are available to reach Thiruvananthapuram. Nearest railway station is at Thampanoor. Nearest airport is Thiruvananthapuram Airport.

 

Getting around Kovalam: Motorcycles, Atuos, Cabs, Private Vehicles are available to visit the surrounding places of Kovalam.

 

Best Time to visit Kovalam: Best time to visit this place is between September to March.

 

Where to stay in Kovalam: Plenty of accommodation facilities are available to stay in Kovalam. Budget hotels are available at Light House Beach. Near Hawwah Beach midrange hotels are available. At Light house beach and Chowara, luxury hotels are available.

 

Where to eat in Kovalam: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in Kovalam. Both vegetarian and Non Vegetarian food are available. Famous foods in Kovalam are Fried Chicken, Chicken Fry. All varieties of Continental, North Indian, South Indian, Italian, Punjabi, and Chinese are available.

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Puducherry

Puducherry

Tamil Nadu, South India, Beach, Boating, Fort, History, Mountian Biking, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Trekking, Valley, Water falls

April 52014

Puducherry is a Tamil Name which means New Town. It is popularly known as Pondicherry. Earlier this place is acted as French Colony. It is believed that Sage Agastya established his Ashram here. This place is known for best food products, Pottery, leather, Furniture, textiles. Puducherry is also famous for handmade products, glassware, Indian art, Modern decor items, Jewellery, Marmalades and Pickles, Jellies, Sachets, Perfumed oils etc.. Most famous festivals in Puducherry are Bastille Day, Fete De Puducherry, Veerapattinam Car Festival, Villinur Temple car festival.

 

What to see in Puducherry:

Promenade: This place is famous for old Light house, Dupleix Statue, Statue of Joan of Arc, War Memorial. Promenade is 1.5kms long which is running along the beach.

Temples: In Puducherry, Varadaraja Perumal Temple is the oldest temple dates back to 600 AD. Kanniga Parameswari Temple is best example for French architectural style. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Shakti. Sri Gokilambal Thirukameshwara Temple is another famous temple is Puducherry. This was built in 12th century.

Sri Aurobindo Ashram: This was built by Aurobindo Ghose in 1926. Children who were below 3 years are not allowed to enter into the Ashram.

Botanical Gardens: In this garden more than 1500 species of plants are placed here. This was built in 1826 in French Style. Major attraction of this gardens are fountains, gravel lined paths, beautiful flower beds, pruned trees.

Ananda Ranga Pillai Museum: This was built in the name of Ananda Ranga Pillai who was the governor of Puducherry. Things belongs to 18th century of French India can be seen here.

Churches: Plenty of churches were built during the French Rule. Most famous Churches are Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Church of Sacred heart of Jesus. These are built in 1700’s.

Jawahar Toy Museum: More than 120 dolls are placed in this museum. Visitors can visit this place except on Monday. All dolls are dressed in different styles each represent each state.

Bharati Memorial Museum: This is dedicated to Subramanya Bharathi who was the Poet and Freedom fights. Romantic compositions, finest patriotic writings of Subramanya Bharati are placed here.

Puducherry Museum: Rare collection of stone and bronze sculptures which belongs to Chola and Pallava dynasties can be seen here.

 

What to see around Puducherry:

Arikamedu: It is located 4kms away from the city. French, Cholas and Romans style of trade can be seen here. In ancient days this place was acted as Roman Trade centre.

Auroville Beach: This is the best place for swimming. Most of the people spend their weekends in this place. It is located 12kms away from the city.

Serenity Beach: It is located 6kms away from the city. It is the best picnic spot.

Chunnambar: This place is famous for the beach. It is located 8kms away from the city. Chunnambar is the best place for Sunbathing and Water sports.

 

Getting to Puducherry: Puducherry is well connected through road way. From the cities such as Bangalore, Madurai, Chennai buses are available to reach puducherry. Nearest railway station is at Villupuram which is 35kms away from the city. Chennai International airport is the nearest airport.

 

Getting around Puducherry: Autos, Cycles, 3 wheelers are available to visit the places in Puducherry. Buses, Autos, private vehicles are available to reach the places which are surrounding to Puducherry.

 

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

 

Where to stay in Puducherry: Plenty of hotels are available to stay in Puducherry. Resorts are also available to stay near beach town.

 

Where to eat in Puducherry: Huge number of restaurants is available to eat in Puducherry. Most famous cuisines in Puducherry are Portuguese, Tamil, French and Dutch cuisines. Almost all the restaurants provide only non vegetarian. Vegetarian food will be available only on demand.

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Chikmagalur

Chikmagalur

Karnataka, South India, Hill station, History, Mountian Biking, Musuem, Nature, River crossing, Temple, Trekking, Water falls

April 52014

Chikmagalur is in Chikkamaguluru district in Karnataka. This is the famous hill station. Chikmagalur is known as Coffee Land. Word Chikmagalur means Land of Younger daughter. A small story related to this name. Rukmangada; Chief of Sakrepatna gifted this land as dowry on the occasion of his young daughter. Hiremagulur place is gifted by Rukmangada to his elder daughter. Coffee cultivation is started in 1670 by Babu Budan a Muslim Saint. He bought coffee seeds from Yemen. This place is famous not only for coffee plantation but also for Pilgrimage, Trekking and Wildlife.

 

What to see in Chikmagalur:

Mahatma Gandhi Park: Earlier it was a forest but now it is converted in to a garden. In the amphitheatre several cultural, music, art events conducted. More than 250 varieties of rose plants are available. Toy attracts children.

Baba Budan Giri Hills: This place is famous for trekking and Hiking. It is also a pilgrim place to both Hindus and Muslims.

Kodanda Ramaswamy Temple: There are 3 parts in the temple. In the 14th century Navagraha was built, in 16th century Mukhamanatapa was built and in 17th century entrance of the temple was built. This was built in Hoysala architectural style.

 

What to see around Chikmagalur:

Central Coffee Research Institution: with the intension to give the solutions to the problems such as leaf diseases which are affecting coffee plants. It is situated in Chikmagalur and it was established in 1915. Area occupied by this institution is 130 hectares. Out of these 130 hectares, 80.26 hectares are used for the cultivation of Robusta and Arabian coffee. It is located 34kms away from Chikmagalur.

Mullayanagiri: It is the highest peak in Karnataka. This place is one of the best places for trekking. It is situated 22kms away from Chikmagalur.

Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary: It is located 38kms away from Chikmagalur. Large varieties of Flora and Fauna can be seen here. Area covered by this sanctuary is 29.90 sq.miles. More than 120 plant species can be found here. Few are Toddy Palm, White Teak, Kadam, Slow Match tree etc… Major attractions of fauna are spotted deer, Sambar, Jackal, Wild dog, Jungle Cat, Wild Boar etc…

Hebbe Falls: It is located 60kms away from Chikmagalur. But from Kemmangundi, Karnataka it is just 10kms away. These waterfalls are divided into 2 falls such as Chikka Hebbe means Small Hebbe and Dodda Hebbe means big falls.

Getting to Chikmagalur: This place is well connected with road ways. From the cities such as Hassan, Hubli, Mangalore, Bangalore buses are available to reach Chikmagalur. Kudur is the nearest railway station which is located 40kms away from Chikmagalur. At Mangalore, nearest airport is located which is 160kms away from Chikmagalur.

 

Getting around Chikmagalur: Autos, Taxis, Jeep and buses are available to visit the places around Chikmagalur. To enjoy the nature and to visit the places of tea and coffee plantations preferring jeep is the best option.

 

Best time to visit Chikmagalur: Knowing pleasant and best season to visit this place is essential to visit the places in and around Chikmagalur. Best time to visit Chikmagalur is between September to April.

 

Where to stay in Chikmagalur: Budget, midrange and luxury hotels are available to stay in Chikmagalur. Few resorts are also available to stay in Chikmagalur. Both midrange and luxury hotels are providing recreation facilities for the children. Best hotels in Chikmagalur are The Gateway hotel KM Road, Coffee country stay, The Serai Mugthihalli.

 

Where to eat in Chikmagalur: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in Chikmagalur. In this place visitors can find five star hotels also. All the restaurants serve local cuisine. Name of this local food is Malanadu. Famous food in this place is kaikadbu and Akki Roti. Both Indian and international cuisines are available in Chikmagalur.

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Malpe

Malpe

Karnataka, South India, Beach, Boating, Fort, Hill station, History, Nature, River crossing, Temple, Trekking

April 52014

Malpe is a fishing harbour on the Karnataka Coast. This is famous for its Pristine Beach and Vadabhandeshwara Temple. Four rocky Islands are surrounded to Malpe. Those Islands are Daria Gadara Kalluthe, Kari Illada Kallu, St.Mary’s Island and Daria Bahadurgad. In 4 rocky Islands only 2 became popular among Tourists. They are Daria Bahadurgad and St.Mary’s Islands. Fishing, Coconut industry and tile manufacturing are the prime attractions of the Malpe. Spring Zouk Festival is the famous festival celebrates in Malpe.

 

What to see in Malpe:

Malpe Beach: Malpe is famous for Malpe Beach. This is most beautiful place with clear blue water, Palm trees. Sand in this beach is in Golden Colour. As Malpe is the fishing harbour this beach is used for fishing. Water sports also conduct here. Activities such as Wave riding, Angling, Boating are most famous in this beach.

Vadabhadeshwara Temple: It is located near by Malpe Port. Idol God of this temple is Lord Balrama. He is the brother of Lord Sri Krishna. Idol in this temple is installed by Sri Madhavacharya, Philosopher. Pilgrims rush will be more on full moon day. Other name of this temple is Anantheshwara.

 

What to see around Malpe:

Daria Bahadurgad Island: This Island is famous for its Fort. This fort was built by Bidanur Basavappa Naik. Area covered by this Island is 250 yards. Only way to reach this Island is by Ferry. Near the fort Oldest tile factory and few temples are located. It is located 2kms away from Malpe.

Udupi: In Karnataka this is the most important Pilgrim place. This is dedicated to Lord Krishna. Udupi is also famous for software Industry. It industry has developed very quickly in this place. It is located 7kms away from the Malpe.

St.Mary’s Island: This is one of the 4 surrounding Islands near Malpe. In 1498 this was discovered by Vasco Da Gama. He named this Island as EI Pardon De Santa Maria. Ferry is used to reach to this Island. It is located 2kms away from Malpe.

 

Getting to Malpe: Malpe is well connected with road ways. Udupi is located in National Highway 17. From Udupi several buses are available to reach this place. From the cities such as Goa, Mumbai, Srigeri, karkalla, Mangalore buses are available to reach Udupi. Nearest railway station is located at Udupi. Trains from Delhi, Kochi, Margao, Mangalore, and Mumbai halt at this station. Mangalore is the nearest airport.

 

Getting around Malpe: Autos and Taxis are available to reach this place. Ferry’s are used to reach the nearest Islands.

 

Best time to visit Malpe: It is essential to know the best time before visiting any place to avoid inconvenience. Best time to visit this place is between August to March.

 

Where to stay in Malpe: Plenty of accommodations are available to stay in Malpe. Budget range, Midrange and luxury hotels are available in this fishing harbour. Some resorts are also available to stay in Malpe.

 

Where to eat in Malpe: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in Malpe. Along with Indian, International cuisines are also available in this place. Both vegetarian and non vegetarian food is available. Sea food is most popular in this place.

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Halebeedu

Halebeedu

Karnataka, South India, History, Temple

April 52014

Halebeedu is a town in Hassan district of Karnataka. Word Halebeedu means ruined city. For the Hoysala architecture this town is one of the best places. All the temples in this town of Halebeedu are built in Hoysala period. Halebeedu along with Shravanabelagola and Belur is known as Golden Triangle of Karnataka Tourism. Belur and Halebeedu are known as twin towns. Earlier this place is known as Dwarasamudra which means Entrance to the ocean. This place is most famous for its temples and Carving works of the temples. In the construction of temples Sandalwood and Ivory are used.

 

What to see in Halebeedu:

Hoysaleswara Temple: For the completion of this temple it has taken 86 years. Walls of the temple say about the Hindu mythology. Another attraction of the temple is Nandi. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Another attraction of the temple is Garuda Stamba.

Shantaleshwara Temple: This is dedicated to Lord Shantaleshwara. Idol in this temple is built with soapstone.

Kedareshwara Temple: This temple is the best example for Chalukyan style of Architecture. Stories of Ramayana and Mahabharata can be seen on the walls of the temple.

 

What to see around Halebeedu:

Belur Chennakesava Temple: This was built by King Vishnuvardhana in Dravidian Style. With the intension to know the victory of King Vishnuvardhana over Cholas in 1117 to whole world this was built. Though construction of this temple was started by King Vishnuvardhana this was completed by his grandson Veera Ballal II. Carvings of Upanishads, Ramayana and Mahabharata on the temple are most attractive. Beautiful work of the craftsman can be known just by seeing the Sculpture Darpan Sundari that means a lady with the mirror. Black stones are used to make each and every sculpture in the temple.

Central Coffee Research Institution: with the intension to give the solutions to the problems such as leaf diseases which are affecting coffee plants. It is situated in Chikmagalur and it was established in 1915. Area occupied by this institution is 130 hectares. Out of these 130 hectares, 80.26 hectares are used for the cultivation of Robusta and Arabian coffee. It is located 34kms away from Halebeedu.

Kodanda Ramaswamy Temple: There are 3 parts in the temple. In the 14th century Navagraha was built, in 16th century Mukhamanatapa was built and in 17th century entrance of the temple was built. This was built in Hoysala architectural style. It is located 40kms away from the town.

Veeranarayana Temple: This temple is dedicated to Lord Veeranarayana. Other shrines of this temple are Saumya Nayaki, Andal, and Kappe Chenniga. This temple is situated on the west of Chennakesava Temple of Belur. It is located 11kms away from the city.

 

Getting to Halebeedu: This place is well connected though road. From the cities such as Mysore, Mangalore, Bangalore buses are available. Nearest railway station is Hassan. From the cities such as Mumbai, Delhi trains are available. Nearest airport is located at Bangalore.

 

Getting around Halebeedu: Two wheelers will be given on rent to visit the places in Belur. Autos and buses are available to visit the places around Belur.

 

Best time to visit Halebeedu: Best time to visit this place is between October to April.

 

Where to stay in Halebeedu: In Halebeedu accommodations are very limited. Good service will be provided at Midrange hotels. Guest houses at Halebeedu are available. These guest houses are maintaining by KSTDC.

 

Where to eat in Halebeedu: Only Limited restaurants are available. Restaurants are providing North Indian and south Indian food. It is not possible to get non-vegetarian. Only vegetarian food serves here.

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Srirangapatna

Srirangapatna

Karnataka, South India, Fort, History, Masjid, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 52014

Srirangapatna is a town in Mandya district of Karnataka. This place is famous for its history, culture and religion. It is surrounded by the river Kaveri. This was founded in 9th century by Ganga Dynasty. Earlier this place acted as capital to Khudadad State which belongs to Tipu Sultan. Main temple in Srirangapatna is Ranganathaswamy temple. The temple is one of the set of 3 major temples. These 3 temples are built in 3 different islands on the river kaveri. First temple was dedicated to Antya Ranga which is located at Srirangam, 2nd temple is Madhya Ranga which is located at Shivanasamudra and 3rd temple is Adi Ranga which is placed at Srirangapatana.

 

What to see in Srirangapatna:

Gumbaz: This is the burial place of Tipu Sultan’s Mother Fatima Begum and father Hyder Ali. Doors here are decorated with Ivory which looks so beautiful. These doors are presented by Lord Dalhousie.

Srirangapatna Fort: This was built by Tipu Sultan. It consists of 4 major entrances. Persian inscriptions can be seen at the each entrance. In 1527 this was constructed in Indo Persian style. Paintings in this fort are most attractive. These paintings say how Tipu Sultans got victory over Britishers.

Sri Ranganathswamy Temple: Srirangapatna is famous for Sri Ranganathswamy Temple .It is located inside the Srirangapatna Fort. This temple is dedicated Lord Krishna.

Daria Dault Bagh and Museum: Museum consists of the things which are used by Tipu Sultan. Major attraction of this museum is ammunitions, arms, engravings, Pencil sketches, Oil Paintings. Daria Dault Bagh is summer recreation of Tipu Sultan.

Other attractions of Srirangapatna: Other attractions of Srirangapatna are Masjid –E-Ala, The Obelisk, Nimishamba Temple, and Place of Martyrdom.

 

What to see around Srirangapatna:

Karighatta: This place is famous for Karighatta hill which is situated 8kms away from Srirangapatna. On this hill ancient temple is located. Temple is dedicated to Lord Vaikunta Srinivasa.

Mysore: This is the known as City of Palaces. It is the second largest city of Karnataka. It is located 18kms away from Srirangapatna.

Mahadevapura: It is located 18kms away from Srirangapatna. This village is famous for most ancient Shiva Temple which is dates back to 600 years.

Sangama: It is located 3kms away from the town and it is located in Mandya. People believe that if they dip in the water of Sangama all the sins will wash away.

Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary: In India it is one of the most popular bird sanctuaries. This is also known as Pakshi Kashi of Karnataka. It is located 5kms away from Srirangapatna.

Other attractions nearby Srirangapatna: Other attractions nearby town are Balmuri Falls, Kere Thonur, and Captain Baileys Dungeon.

 

Getting to Srirangapatna: This place is well connected with roadways. From Bangalore and Mysore buses are available to reach Srirangapatna. Nearest railway station and airport is located at Mysore.

 

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

 

Best time to visit Srirangapatna: Best time to visit Srirangapatna is between September to March.

 

Where to stay in Srirangapatna: Plenty of budget and midrange hotels are available to stay in Srirangapatna. Best hotels are available in Mysore and Bangalore road. Best hotels in Srirangapatna are Balaji Garden Resort, Sri Ventakeswara Lodge, Guru Raj continental Hotel, Sri Venkateshwara Lodge, Hotel Nandini, and Amravati Hotel.

 

Where to eat in Srirangapatna: Plenty of restaurants are available to have food in Srirangapatna. Both vegetarian and Non vegetarian food are available. Chinese, North India and South Indian Cuisines are available.

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Belur

Belur

Karnataka, South India, History, Nature, Temple, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 52014

Belur is a town in Hassan district in Karnataka state. It is located on the banks of river Yagachi. Earlier this place acted as capital of Hoysala Empire. Major attraction of this temple is Chennakeshava Temple. Temples in the city are best example for Hoysala architecture. Carvings of Upanishads, Ramayana and Mahabharata are most attractive on the temples of Belur. Sculptures of animals and birds also placed on the temples. Halebeedu and Belur towns are known as twin towns. Visitors who are visiting to Belur will see Halebeedu also as they feel that it will be incomplete if they visit only Belur.

 

What to see in Belur:

Chennakesava Temple: This temple is the best example for Hoysala architecture. With the intension to know the victory of King Vishnuvardhana over Cholas in 1117 to whole world this was built. Though construction of this temple was started by King Vishnuvardhana this was completed by his grandson Veera Ballal II. Carvings of Upanishads, Ramayana and Mahabharata on the temple are most attractive. Beautiful work of the craftsman can be known just by seeing the Sculpture Darpan Sundari that means a lady with the mirror. Black stones are used to make each and every sculpture in the temple.

Veeranarayana Temple: This temple is dedicated to Lord Veeranarayana. Other shrines of this temple are Saumya Nayaki, Andal, and Kappe Chenniga. This temple is situated on the west of Chennakesava Temple.

Kappe Chennigraya Temple: This temple is located very near to Chennakesava Temple. It was constructed by Shantala Devi. She is the wife of Hoysala King Vishnuvardhana. This is the temple complex. In this complex 2 other temples are also located. These are built with light green soapstone. For the sculptures of the temple sandalwood and Ivory are used.

Archaeological Museum: This was established in 1970. More than 1500 sculptures and historic articles are placed here. Some of the historic sculptures are Brahma, Saraswati, Dancing Ganesha, Veena Saraswati, Nataraja, and Govardhanagiridhari Krishna.

 

What to see around Belur:

Hoysaleswara Temple: This is located at Halebeedu which is 16kms away from Belur. For the completion of this temple it has taken 86 years. Walls of the temple say about the Hindu mythology. Another attraction of the temple is Nandi.

Shravanabelagola Temple: This is the main pilgrim centre for the jains. It is situated between two rocky hills. Lord Gomateshwara is worshiped here. It is located 88kms away from Belur.

Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary: It is located 76kms away from Belur. Major attraction of this sanctuary is Mouse deer, Barking deer, spotted deer, Wild Pig, Jungle cat, Porcupine.

Shantaleswara Temple: It is one of the attractions near Belur. This is 16kms away from Belur. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shantaleswara. Main idol is made up of Soft soapstone.

 

Getting to Belur: This place is well connected though road. From the cities such as Mysore, Mangalore, Bangalore buses are available. Nearest railway station is Hassan. From the cities such as Mumbai, Delhi trains are available. Nearest airport is located at Bangalore.

 

Getting around Belur: Two wheelers will be given on rent to visit the places in Belur. Autos and buses are available to visit the places around Belur.

 

Best time to visit Belur: Best time to visit this place is between October to April.

 

Where to stay in Belur: In Belur accommodations are very limited. Good service will be provided at Midrange hotels. Guest houses at Halebeedu are available. These guest houses are maintaining by KSTDC.

 

Where to eat in Belur: Only Limited restaurants are available. Restaurants are providing North Indian and south Indian food. It is not possible to get non-vegetarian.

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Kudremukh

Kudremukh

Karnataka, South India, Fort, Hill station, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Trekking, Valley, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 52014

Kudremukh is a small hill station located in Chikkamagaluru district of Karnataka. Kudremukh is also spelled as Kudremukha which means Horse Face. This place is famous for mineral wealth and bio diversity. Recently this place is developed as iron ore mining town. This is the birthplace of 3 rivers. They are Tunga River, Nethravati River and Bhadra River. Besides these rivers trekking which is most famous activity conducts regularly. Several verities of orchids can be seen here. Kudremukh is surrounded by dense forests. This forest is a home town to several animals such as wild dogs, Jackals, Tigers, Leopards, Malabar, Barking deer, Macaques etc…Near Kudremukh sacred ponds are located. They are Varaha Teertha, Rudrea Teertha, Vasishtha Teertha, Naga Teertha, and Amba Teertha.

 

What to see in Kudremukh:

Kudremukh Peak: This is the favourite spot for the Photographers. It is located 184meters above the sea level. This peak is covered by several mountain peaks.

Kadambi Falls: This place is famous for waterfalls. It is the best place to enjoy in the water.

Kudremukh National Park: It is one of the major attractions of Kudremukh. This is located in the Western Ghats. It is essential for the visitors to take prior permission from the forest officials.

Rajendra Hill: This is situated in Kudremukh region. It is the highest Peak in Karnataka state. This hill is surrounded by Coffee Plantations. Other name of this hill is Babaudan Hill. This place is rich in iron ore.

Lakhya Dam: This place is famous for lush green region. Height of this dam is 100meters. This dam covers 572 hectares of Shola Forest valley.

 

What to see around Kudremukh:

Kalasa: This place is famous for Kalaseshwara Temple. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is located 22kms away from Kudremukh. Kalasa is situated on the banks of Bhadra River. This is the main source for the cultivation purpose.

Annapurneshwari Temple: This is the most ancient temple located in Horanadu which is 27kms away from Kudremukh. It is believed that idol in the temple was installed by sage Agastya.

Rock Cut Garden: This is located near Bhadra Reservoir which is 93kms away from Kudremukh. It is most beautiful and unique garden in Kemmanagundi hill station. Large variety of flowers can be seen here.

Horanadu: This place is located 27kms away from Horanadu. It is famous for Adi Shaktyatmaka Shri Annapoorneshwari Temple. Adi Shakti is the worshipped in this temple. People believe that the person who visited this place will never suffer with shortage of food. Idol in this temple is made up of pure gold.

Jamalabad Fort: This was built by Tipu Sultan in 1794. It is located in Jamalabad village which is 8kms away from Kudremukh.

Hanuman Gundi Waterfalls: Height of these waterfalls is 100feet. This is most attractive place for the trekking lovers. Between October to May is the best time to visit this place. These waterfalls are popularly known as Suthanabbe Waterfalls. It is located 19kms away from Kudremukh.

 

Getting to Kudremukh: This place is well connected with roadways. From the cities such as Kalasa, Horanadu, Mangalore buses are available. Nearest railway station and airport is located at Mangalore.

 

Getting around Kudremukh: Taxis and local buses are available to visit the surrounding places of Kudremukh.

 

Best time to visit Kudremukh: Between October to February is considered as the best time to visit this place.

 

Where to stay in Kudremukh: Home stays are available to stay in Kudremukh. Government tourism is offering cottages and tent houses with all the amenities to stay in kudremukh.

 

Where to eat in Kudremukh: Restaurants are not available in Kudremukh. It is advised to carry food before visiting to this place. Only few snacks are available.

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Pattadakal

Pattadakal

Karnataka, South India, History, Musuem, Nature, Temple

April 52014

Pattadakal is a town located in Bagalkot district of Karnataka State. This place is popularly known as City of the Crown Rubies. In 1987 it was declared as World Heritage Site. Earlier name of this place is known as Kisuvolal. Jain Sanctuaries and Hindu temple Temples are most famous in Pattadakal. Few temples in Pattadakal are built in Nagara Style and few are constructed in Dravidian Style. Nandi in Pattadakal is another major attraction in Pattadakal. Mallikarjuna Temple Festival, Virupaksha Temple, 3days dance festival which is organised by Karnataka Government, Chalukya Utsava are the most famous festivals in Pattadakal.

 

What to see in Pattadakal:

Virupaksha Temple: After Vikramaditya won in the war against Pallavas, Vikramaditya’s wife expressed her happiness by construed this temple. Major attractions of this temple are Sculptures of Lingodhbhava, Ravananugraha, Nataraja, and Ugranarasimha.

Sangameswara Temple: It is considered as one of the oldest temples in India. This was constructed between 696 AD and 733 AD. Roof and temple hall are similar to Virupaksha Temple. It was constructed in Dravidian Style.

Mallikarjuna Temple: This temple looks like Virupaksha Temple. It was constructed after the construction of Virupaksha Temple. During 7th century this was built by 2nd queen of King Vikramaditya. Her name is Triloyamahadevi.

Papanatha Temple: In this temple 16 massive pillars are supporting the ceiling of the main temple. This is an extraordinary place to see. On the ceilings of the temple, Sculptures of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva can be seen.

Kadasiddhesvara and Jambulingeswara Temples: These temples are popularly known as twin temples. These two temples are dedicated to Lord Shiva and these are constructed in 7th century AD. Jambulingeswara Temple was constructed in Nagara Style of Architecture.

Jain Temple: This temple was constructed by Rashtrakutas of Manyakheta in Dravidian Style. It was built in 9th century. Jain Temple is famous for unique Sculptures and Idols.

Museum of the plains and Sculptures Gallery: Archaeological Survey of India is supervising this museum. It is located in Bhutanatha Temple road. Ancient era’s rare Scriptures and sculptures can be seen in this temple.

 

What to see around Pattadakal:

Galganatha Temple: It is located in Bagalkot. This temple was constructed in 8th century AD. Sculptures of Sanctum with Shiva Linga, Shukanasa and Navaranga are most worth seeing. It is located 11kms away from Pattadakal.

Badami: It is located 22kms away from Pattadakal. Main attractions of Badami are Badami Fort, Cave Temples, Agastya Lake, Bhoothnatha Temple, and Archaeological Museum.

Durga Temple: It is located in Aihole which is 13kms away from Pattadakal. This was constructed in 7th century.

Ravana Phadi Cave: This was built in 6th century. It is the oldest rock cut temple. Carved pillars are major attraction of the temple. It is located 11kms away from Pattadakal.

Lad Khan Temple: It is located 23kms away from Pattadakal. It is the oldest temple constructed by Chalukya Kings in 5th century. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

 

Getting to Pattadakal: This place is well connected with Roadways. From cities such as Bidar, Bangalore, Bijapur buses are available. Nearest railway station is located at Hubli which is 127kms away from Pattadakal. Belgium is the nearest airport.

 

Getting around Pattadakal: Tango’s, buses, autos are available to visit the places surrounding Pattadakal.

 

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

 

Where to stay in Pattadakal: Plenty of accommodations are available starting from budget hotels to luxury hotels. Best hotel in Pattadakal is Badami Court.

 

Where to eat in Pattadakal: Plenty of restaurants are available. South Indian, Continental, North Indian cuisines are available to eat.

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Badami

Badami

Karnataka, South India, Caves, Fort, History, Mountian Biking, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Trekking, Valley, Water falls

April 42014

Badami is a town in Bagalkot district of Karnakata. This place is famous for Structural temples and rock cut temples. Cave Temples were built from 5th to 8th centuries. Vatapi and Ilvala hills surround this town. Earlier name of Badami is Vatapi. This town acted as capital of Chalukyas. From 6th century to 8th century this region was ruled by Chalukyas. Almost all the cave temples are built by Mangalesha I and Kirthivarman who were the sons of Pulakesi. Only 4 rock temples were constructed during the reign of Chalukyas. Out of these 4 rock temple, 3 are dedicated to Hindu Gods and remaining temple is dedicated to Jain Tirthankars. Cave Exploration, Trekking and Rock Climbing are famous activities in Badami.

 

What to see in Badami:

Badami Fort: This is famous for two Shivalayam complexes. Upper one is dedicated to Lord Shiva and lower one is dedicated to Lord Ganesha.

Cave Temples: Major attraction of Badami is Cave temples. Each cave temple is dedicated to one Hindu God. In the First cave temple dancing postures of Lord Shiva with 18 arms are most attractive in this temple. Painting of Goddess Parvati can also be seen here. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Third cave temple is famous for the carving of Lord Vishnu as this temple was dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Third temple is famous for the carvings of different avatars of Lord Vishnu. Fourth temple is famous for the carvings of Parshavnath. This is dedicated to Jain Tirthankar.

Agastya Lake: All the caves located in the town are facings towards the lake. Temples and hills are located around the lake.

Bhoothnatha Temple: This temple is dedicated to Lord Bhoothnath incarnation of Lord Shiva. Local Sandstone is used to construct this temple. Beautiful sculptures of avatars of Vishnu and Jain figures can be seen here.

Archaeological Museum: 4 Galleries are appeared here. Two are open air galleries. Main attractions of this museum are stone equipments and prehistoric sculptures.

 

What to see around Badami:

Sangameshvara Temple: It is the oldest temple in Pattadakal which is located 22kms away from Badami. Major attraction of this temple is Nataraja and Ugranarasimha. This was built by Chalukya King.

Virupaksha Temple: This is located in Pattadakal which is 22kms away from Badami. After Vikramaditya won in the war against Pallavas, Vikramaditya’s wife expressed her happiness by construed this temple. Major attractions of this temple are Sculptures of Lingodhbhava, Ravananugraha, Nataraja, and Ugranarasimha.

Ravana Phadi Cave: This was built in 6th century. It is the oldest rock cut temple. Carved pillars are major attraction of the temple. It is located 35kms away from Badami.

Lad Khan Temple: It is located 35kms away from Badami. It is the oldest temple constructed by Chalukya Kings in 5th century. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Durga Temple: It is located in Aihole which is 35kms away from Badami. This was constructed in 7th century.

 

Getting to Badami: This place is well connected with Roadways. From cities such as Bidar, Bangalore, Bijapur buses are available. Nearest railway station is located at Hubli which is 100kms away from Badami. Belgium is the nearest airport.

 

Getting around Badami: Tango’s, buses, autos are available to visit the places surrounding Badami.

 

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

 

Where to stay in Badami: Plenty of accommodations are available starting from budget hotels to luxury hotels. Best hotels in Badami are Hotel Mookambika Deluxe, The Heritage Resort, Hotel New Satkar Deluxe, Hotel Mayura Chalukya, and Rajsangam International Hotel.

 

Where to eat in Badami: Plenty of restaurants are available. South Indian, Continental, North Indian cuisines are available to eat. Huge variety of snacks, Chutneys and rice dishes are famous in Badami.

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Gokarna

Gokarna

Karnataka, South India, Beach, Boating, History, Nature, River crossing, Temple, Trekking, Valley, Water falls

April 42014

Gokarna is a town in Uttara Kannada district of State Karnataka. Gokarna is derived from 2 words Go and Karna. Gokarna means Cow’s ear. Agashini and Gangavali rivers confluence in this place. That place looks like cow’s ear. So this town is named as Gokarna. This place is known as Hindu Temple town. Gokarna is also famous for its beaches. Mahashivaratri is most famous festival celebrates here. During this festival season, devotees rush will be more. In this place Atmalinga is placed by Lord Ganesha after he taken Atmalinga from Ravan.

 

What to see in Gokarna:

Maha Ganpati Temple: Before visiting Mahabaleshwar Temple each and every devotee visits this temple. Idol of Lord Ganesha inside the temple is so tall. On the head of this idol a hole can be seen. It is believed that it was caused when Ravan hit Ganesha in anger when Ganesha kept Atmalinga on the earth.

Mahabaleshwar Temple: This temple is the main attraction of this town. Idol inside the temple is known as Atmalinga. This was given by Lord Shiva to Ravan. In this place people pray for their ancestors and perform obsequies. Granite stone was used to construct this temple. This was built in Dravidian Architectural style.

Half Moon Beach: This is another attraction in the town. This place is ideal for swimming.

Gokarna Beach: Water sports activities are most popular in this area. Apart from sports activities Sun Bathe can also enjoy by the tourists.

Om Beach: Seashore of this beach is in the shape of Om. So it was named as Om. It is the main attractions to the visitors. Activities such as Surfing, Banana Boat, and Jet Skiing are most famous in this beach.

Full Moon Beach / Paradise Beach: This is the best place for the natural lovers. Visitors can reach to this place either by boating or by trekking though forests.

 

What to see around Gokarna:

Bhadrakali Temple: It is located just 1km away from the town. Goddess Uma worshipped here. She is the incarnation of Goddess Parvati.

Mirjan Fort: It was built by Queen Chennabhairadevi. This fort is famous for its architectural styles. It is located 11kms away from Gokarna.

Kudle Beach: It is located 6kms away from Gokarna. It is one of the 4 beaches in Karnataka.

Yaana: This place is famous for rock formation and waterfalls. Of all the rock formations most famous rock formations are Mohini Shikhara and Bhairaveshwara Shikhara. It is located 49kms away from the town.

Kumta Town: It is located 32kms away from Gokarna. This place is famous for Dhareshwar Beach, Kumta Beach and Baada Beach.

 

Getting to Gokarna: This place is well connected by the roadways. From the cities such as Hubli, Mangalore, Bangalore buses come to this place on regular basis. Nearest railway station is located at Ankola. This is 20kms away from Gokarna. Trains from Thiruvananthapuram, Mumbai, and Mangalore come to Ankole. From the railway station, Taxis are available to reach to Gokarna. Nearest airport is Dabolim Airport which is 140kms away from Gokarna.

 

Getting around Gokarna: Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Gokarna. Several people would like to visit the places in Gokarna on foot by enjoying the nature.

 

Best time to visit Gokarna: Best time to visit this place is between October to February.

 

Where to stay in Gokarna: As this is the most popular pilgrim place all the facilities are available. Budget and Midrange Hotels are available to stay in Gokarna. Most of the visitors want to stay in beach resorts to enjoy the nature.

 

Where to eat in Gokarna: Best vegetarian food is available. But luxury restaurants are not available. Best restaurants in Gokarna are Namaste Cafe, Mahalaxmi Restaurant, Pai Restaurant, and Pai Hotel.

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Tharangambadi

Tharangambadi

Tamil Nadu, South India, Beach, Fort, History, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Tomb

April 42014

Tharangambadi is a town in Nagapattinam district of Tamilnadu. Tharangambadi means Place of the singing waves. From 1620 to 1845 this town was acted as Danish Colony. Before it was treated as Danish colony, Pandyas and Cholas ruled this place. From Germany two Protestants came to this place and started printing press. This was the first printing press in India. First book they have printed is Holy Bible. This book was printed in Tamil language. In Tamil they have printed 300 books till the end of 1712.

 

What to see in Tharangambadi:

Fort Dansborg: This was built in 1620 in Danish architectural style. It was used as residence of Danish Governor. Northern and Western side rooms of the fort are ruined but Southern side rooms of the fort are in good condition.

Town Gate: This was built in 1660. In 1761, Original Gate was destroyed but new one was constructed in its place. It is situated in King’s street.

Danish Museum: This museum says the history of Danish colonies. It was established in 1970. It is located inside the Fort Dansborg. Lamps, Chinese tea Jars, Danish Manuscripts, decorated terracotta objects, Steatite Lamps, Porcelain ware, Glass Objects are most attractive to see in this museum. Wooden Objectives, Spears, Daggers, Swords, Sculptures, different collection of stone are also placed here. All these objectives are used during the Danish rule.

Ziegenbalg Museum Complex: This complex consists of first printing press. It is located in Admiral Street. First book printed in this press was Bible.

The Zion Church: This was the oldest Protestants church in India. The Zion Church was constructed with the combination of Indian and Colonial architectural style. It was constructed in 1701.

The New Jerusalem Church: It was constructed by Rev.Bartholomaeus Ziegenbalg in 1718. It is located in Kings Street.

Old Danish Cemetery: It is located in Kavalamettu Street. Various colonial officials and Danish Tradesmen’s graves can be seen here.

Bungalow on the Beach: It is only dining option in this town. Several regional and Continental dishes can be seen here.

 

What to see around Tharangambadi:

Thirukkadaiyur: It is located 8kms away from the town. Amritaghateswarar and Abirami Temple is most famous in this town. This was the ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

Kakaikal: It is located 15kms away from the town. Plenty of rivers and beaches can be seen here. Mangani Festival is famous in this place. Main attractions of this place are Church of Our Lady of Angles, Karaikal Port, Aayiram Kaliamman Temple, Lord Saturn Temple, Karaikal Ammayar temple.

 

Getting to Tharangambadi: Only way to reach this place is through road. From Thiravarur, Puducherry, Thanjavur, Trichy, Chennai, Vellore cities buses are available. Mayiladuthrai is the nearest railway station which is 24kms away from Tharangambadi. Chennai is the nearest airport of the town.

 

Getting around Tharangambadi: Autos, Taxis and buses are available to reach the places around Tharangambadi.

 

Best time to visit Tharangambadi: To avoid inconvenience Visitors has to know best time to visit this place. Best time to visit this place is Between February and August. In the month of December rainfall will be more in the town.

 

Where to stay in Tharangambadi: Only budget and mid range hotels are available. Few guest houses and dormitories are the other option in Tarangambadi. Best hotels in Tharangambadi are The Bungalow on Beach and Nayak House.

 

Where to eat in Thamrangambadi: Restaurants are very limited in Thamrangambadi. Only south Indian Cuisines are available.

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Chidambaram

Chidambaram

Tamil Nadu, South India, Boating, History, Nature, Temple, Trekking, Valley

April 42014

Chidambaram is a town in Cuddalore district of Tamilnadu. This place was ruled by several dynasties such as Marathas, Vijaynagar Empire, Pandyas, and Cholas. This place is most famous for Chidambaram Temple. This temple is dedicated to Lord Nataraja. Other temples famous in Chidambaram are Thiruvannamalai Arunachaleswara dedicated to Fire, Kalahasti Nathar dedicated to wind, Thiruvanaikaval Jambukeswara dedicated to water, Kanchi Ekambareswara dedicated to Earth. Annamai University which is the largest public residential University is located here.

 

What to see in Chidambaram:

Nataraja Temple: Chidambaram is known for Nataraja Temple. This temple was dedicated to Lord Shiva. It was reconstructed by Pallavas and Chola Kings. In this temple Lord Shiva is in the form of Nataraja. The deity of this temple represents air and it is known as Akasa Lingam. 5 Sabhas are located inside the temple. They are Raja Sabha, Nritya Sabha, Deva Sabha, Kanaka Sabha and Chit Sabha. Beautiful carvings and hundreds of dancing poses can be seen on the temple.

Annamalai University: In 1929, this was founded by Raja Sir Annamalai Chettair. Plenty of courses offered by this university such as Medicine, Agriculture, Humanities etc…

Thillai Kali Amman Temple: This temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali Amman incarnation of Goddess Parvati. In this temple 4 faces of Kali idol can be seen here. This was built by Kopperunjingan in 13th century.

Tiruvetkalam Temple: This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It was built in 16th century. Inscriptions of Nayaka Period can be seen in this temple. It is believed that Lord Shiva gave Paasupataastram weapon to Arjun.

Tirunallurpperumanam Temple: This temple was dedicated to Lord Shiva. After the defeat of Thanjavur Army, this temple came under the control of British in 1744.

What to see around Chidambaram:

Pitchavaram Backwaters: It is located 15kms away from Chidambaram. Boating and water sport activities are most famous in this place. It is situated in the midst of mangrove forest. Area covered by this forest is 3000 acres.

Chathapurinathar Temple: This temple is located 19kms away from Chidambaram which is situated at Tirukolakka. Every year thousands of visitors come to this place.

Tarangambadi: It is located 51kms away from Chidambaram. Dansborg Fort is most famous in this town. It was built in 17th century.

Vaitheewaran Koli: It is located 24kms away from Chidambaram. This temple is dedicated to Vaidyanatheeswar incarnation of Lord Shiva. Devotees will have bath in Siddhamirtham tank which is place inside the temple complex. It is believed that people who take bath in this tank will be cured from all the diseases.

Neyveli: This area was covered with lush green vegetation. Neyveli is famous for Lignite mines. Lignite is used in Fertilizers, cooking coal and power generation.

 

Getting to Chidambaram: Chidambaram is well connected through road and Railways. From the cities such as Varanasi, Tirupati, Madurai, Rameswaram, Chennai buses and trains are available. Nearest airport is located at Tiruchirapalli which is 195kms away from Chidambaram.

 

Getting around Chidambaram: Autos and local buses are available to visit the places around Chidambaram.

 

Best time to visit Chidambaram: Tourists rush is more during Natyanjali Dance Festival. This festival celebrates in the month of March. Best time to visit this place is between January to March.

 

Where to stay in Chidambaram: Plenty of accommodations are available to stay in Chidambaram. Budget and midrange hotels are available in Chidambaram. Plenty of Ashrams are located around the main temple. Best hotels in Chidambaram are Shri Murugan Lodge, Alritz Hotel, RK Residency, and Hotel Akshaya.

 

Where to eat in Chidambaram: Plenty of restaurants are available. All the restaurants provide only vegetarian food.

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Rameswaram

Rameswaram

Tamil Nadu, South India, Boating, History, Nature, Temple, Tomb, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 42014

Rameswaram is a town in Ramanathapuram district in Tamilnadu. Rameswaram is derived from God Ram. This is the famous pilgrim place for Hindus. One of the 12 Jyothirlingas is located here. This place has prominent importance in Ramayana. From this place bridges was built by Rama to Srilanka. In this place Ravan was killed by Rama. It is believed that Sri Ramanathaswamy temple in Rameswaram was built by Sita. Ferry port is located here between Srilanka and India. Unwind beaches are famous. In this place Bay of Bengal is known as Penn Kadal that means female sea and Indian Ocean is known as Male sea or Aaan kadal. To view the Splendid Corals, persons can jump on the boat. But before jumping, one has to see the boat condition. This is the birth place of APJ Abdul Kalam.

 

What to see in Rameswaram:

Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple: This temple is the major attraction of Rameswaram. It is one of the 12 Jyothirlingas. In this place Lord Rama prayed to shiva to won the battle against Ravana. Corridor of this temple is so large in the world. Around the temple visitors can see 22 theerthams. Before visiting the temple, it is essential to have bath in the theertham.

Gandhamadana Parvatham: In this place footprints of Rama would be worshipped.

Five Faced Hanuman Temple: In this temple 5 faces of Hanuman looks most attractive. Five faces are Lord Garuda, Lord Hayagriva, Lord Narasimha, Lord Adivaraha and Lord Hanuman. Specimen stones of the bridge which was constructed by Rama to lanka can be seen here.

Agni Theertham: It is believed that in this place Lord Rama prayed to Lord Shiva to wash of his sins. Many pilgrims take bath in this theertham.

Adam’s Bridge: This Bridge connects India with neighbouring countries. It is believed that this was built by Lord Rama along with Hanuman and his sena.

Other attractions of Rameswaram: Other attractions of Rameswaram are Badrakaliamman Temple, Gandhimadhana Parvatham, Lakshmana Tirtham, Sugreevar Temple, and Saachi Hanuman Temple.

 

What to see around Rameswaram:

Erwadi: It is located 24kms away from the town. This place is famous for the tomb of Hazrat Sultan Syed Ibrahim Sahid Aulia.

Nambu Nayagiamman temple: It is located 8kms away from the town. This was built in 14th century and it was dedicated to Lord Rama.

Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge / Pamban Bridge: This is the main source to connect the Rameswaram Island to the mainland. Time taken for the construction of this bridge is 14 years. It is located 12kms away from the town.

Kothadaramaswamy Temple: Paintings on the walls of the temple says Ramayana. It is located 10kms away from Rameswaram.

Other attractions around Rameswaram: Other attractions around Rameswaram are Ramananthapuram Water Bird Sanctuary, Jada Tirtham, Ariyaman Beach, Villondi Theertham, and Ramalinga Vilas Palace.

 

Getting to Rameswaram: This place is well connected through road and railways. From Trichy, Madurai, Kanyakumari, Chennai buses are available to reach this place. Trains from Chennai, Bangalore, Palakkad, Thanjavur, Trichy, Coimbatore, and Madurai halt at Rameswaram Station. Nearest Airport is located at Madurai which is 174kms away from Rameswaram.

 

Getting around Rameswaram: Best way to see the places around Rameswaram is though bus.

 

Best time to visit Rameswaram: Throughout the year Rameswaram says welcome to the visitors but best time to visit this place is between October to March.

 

Where to stay in Rameswaram: Large number of accommodations is available to stay in Rameswaram. Tamilnadu state Tourism department is also offering some guest houses to the visitors. Most of the hotels are located near main temple of Rameswaram.

 

Where to eat in Rameswaram: Multi Cuisine restaurants are available to have food in Rameswaram. Most of the restaurants offer South Indian Cuisine. In Marwadi Bhojanalay, food will be available at reasonable price.

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Hampi

Hampi

Karnataka, South India, Caves, Fort, Hill station, History, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Trekking, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 42014

Hampi Attractions : Virupaksha Temple, Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Hazara Ram Temple, Museum, Matanga Hills,Hemakuta Hill Temple Complex

Hampi is a small town in Karnataka. Other name of this town is Pampa. This name is derived from the river Pampa who is the daughter of Lord Brahma. Earlier it was the capital of Vijayanagar Empire. Several dynasties ruled this town. Main dynasties are Aravidu, Tuluva, Saluva and Sangama. During the Vijayanagar kingdom diamonds were sold on the streets. Name of that street is Pan Supari Street. Silver and Gold used as currencies. Most famous festival celebrates in Hampi is Hampi Utsav or Vijaya Utsav.

 

What to see in Hampi:

Virupaksha Temple: This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. According to Hindu Mythology, Lord Shiva and Pampa got married here. Gopuram of this temple is 50 meters high. It is located on the banks of river Tungabhadra. This temple was built in 7th century. This is the major attraction of Hampi.

Lakshmi Narasimha Temple: There is no idol inside the temple. Based on the architecture it is considered that this temple belongs to Jains. However Carvings of Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Vishnu and Hanuman can be seen on the walls of the temple.

Hazara Ram Temple: On the walls of this temple episodes of Ramayana can be seen. This is one of the small and cute temples in Hampi.

Museum: It is one of the attractions of Hampi. It was divided into 4 parts. They are Hampi’s Ancient culture, Royal remains, daily used things of ancient Hampi People and Models.

Vijaya Vittala Temple: This temple is famous for rich architectural style. It was built in 15th century.

Matanga Hills: On this hill several temple are located. For the trekking lovers this is the best place in Hampi.

Monkey temple: It is located on Anjanadri Hills. This is a small concrete structure. It is believed that it was the birth place of Sri Hanuman.

Other attractions in Hampi: Other attractions in Hampi are Queen’s Bath, Vithala Temple Complex, Hampi Bazar, Balakrishna Temple, and Hemakuta Hill Temple Complex.

 

What to see around Hampi:

Lotus Temple / Lotus Palace: It is located 3kms away from Hampi. It is two stored building used by Royal ladies. Lotus Bud is carved on its dome so it is named as Lotus temple. This was built in Indo Islamic architectural style.

Mahanavami Dibba: This is the tallest structure. Two stair cases have to climb to the top of this structure. Beautiful Carvings of Horses, Elephants and other carvings can be seen.

Zenance Enclosure: There are 4 structures inside the enclosure. Queen’s Palace is the largest enclosure of all the 4 enclosure. This is specially meant for Royal Women. It is located 3kms away from Hampi.

Elephant Stables: It is located 3kms away from Hampi. There are 11 domed tall chambers. This is specially meant for Royal Elephants.

Other places to visit around Hampi: Other places to visit the places around Hampi are Daroji Bear Sanctuary, Badami Fort, and Badami Cave Temples.

 

Getting to Hampi: Only way to reach this place is Roadways. From Gokarna, Bangalore buses are available to reach Hampi. Nearest railway station is located at Hospet. Nearest airport is at Bellary.

 

Getting around Hampi: Best way to see all the places in Hampi is on foot. Autos and Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Hampi.

 

Best time to visit Hampi: Best time to visit this place is between October to December.

 

Where to stay in Hampi: Plenty of accommodation is available to stay. Budget and Midrange accommodations are available. Cottages with all the modern amenities are also available.

 

Where to eat in Hampi: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in Hampi but only vegetarian and local food is available. Famous snacks of this place are Sandwiches and Burgers.

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Agumbe

Agumbe

Karnataka, South India, Hill station, History, Nature, Temple, Trekking, Valley, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 42014

Agumbe is a hill station in Shimoga district of Karnataka. This place is most popularly known as Cherrapunji of South. Agumbe is famous for Bio-diversity and scenic beauty. This is the second highest rainfall place in India. Rare species of Flora and Fauna can be seen here. Several medicinal plants such as Ficus, Eugenia, Hoiligarna, Diospyrous, Listsaea, Myristica, and Garcinia can also be seen here. Huge number of King Cobras can be found in Agumbe. Plenty of waterfall areas are located here. Trekking is the major activities in all the waterfalls. Malgudi Days, one of the most popular TV serials was shooted here. One of the main characters is Swamy. A house which was seen as residence of Swamy has completed 100 years but still stands.

 

What to see in Agumbe:

Agumbe Rainforest Research Station: It is located in the forest area of Agumbe. This complex consists of Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary, Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary, Sharasvathi Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, and Kudremukh National Park. In the forest area of Agumbe, King Cobra is the major living Specie.

Barkana Falls: These falls are the 11th highest waterfalls in India. It is located in the forest area of Agumbe. Seeta River water flows through these waterfalls.

Sunset Point: It is located on one of the highest peaks of Western Ghats. Exact location of this point is at 14th hair Pin Bend of mountains road.

Gopala Krishna Temple: This temple was built by Karnataka Rulers in 14th century. It is famous for its beautiful sculptures. This was built in Hoysala architectural and art Style.

Koodlu Theertha Falls: This place is considered as most sacred place. It is believed that thousands of years ago sages are meditated in this place. Monkey Falls are situated very close to these falls.

 

What to see around Agumbe:

Jogigundi Falls: These hills are located 3kms away from Agumbe. Jogigundi is derived from Jogi. It is believed that saint is meditating inside the cave near these falls.

Onake Abbi Falls: It is located 8kms away from Agumbe. Onake Abbi is derived from the word Onake which means Pounding Stick which is used to Pound the grains.

Kuchikal Falls: These falls are located 50kms away from Agumbe. Kuchikal is a major source for hydro electric projects.

Kudremukh National Park: This place is named after Kudremukh or Horse face range. Recently this park is declared as Tiger Reserve. It is the part of Bhadra Tiger Sanctuary. This sanctuary is having 13 trekking routes.

 

Getting to Agumbe: Only way to reach this place is though roadways. To reach this place one has to reach Bangalore or Udupi. Nearest railway station is located at Udupi which is 55kms away from Agumbe.

 

Getting around Agumbe: Local buses and autos are available to visit the places around the village. Best way to see the places in Agumbe is on foot.

 

Best time to visit Agumbe: Throughout the year visitors can reach this place. But best time is between July to January. As heavy rainfall recorded in Agumbe every year, some of the visitors come to see the rainfall of this area during the monsoon season.

 

Where to stay in Agumbe: As it is small hill station accommodations are very limited. Visitors prefer to stay in Udupi. In Udupi plenty of hotels are available including Luxury Hotels. Best hotels in Agumbe are Mallya Residency and Doddamane.

 

Where to eat in Agumbe: Very limited restaurants are located in Agumbe. In this place Vanilla Flavoured Tea is most famous. Tea lovers have to taste this tea.

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Thiruvananthapuram

Thiruvananthapuram

Kerala, South India, Beach, Boating, Fort, History, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Valley, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 42014

Thiruvananthapuram is the capital city of Kerala. Other names of this city are Trivandrum and Evergreen city of India. This place is famous for historical structures, windy backwaters, palm fringed shorelines who are stretched so long and Beaches. Apart from the beaches, this place is also known for its ancient temples. Maharaja Marthanda Varma named this city as Thrivananthapuram. He was the deity of Lord Padmanabhaswamy so he dedicated this city to Lord Padmanabhaswamy. Word Thiruvananthapuram derived from the word Thiru Anantha Puram which means City of Lord Aantha. Britishers had changed this name as Trivandrum. Best places for the shopping lovers are MG Road and Connemara Market. Handloom, Coir, Metal, Horn, Wood are worth buying here.

 

What to see in Thiruvananthapuram:

Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple: It is one of the oldest temples in India. This is the best example for Dravidian style of architecture. Temple is dedicated to Lord Padmanabhaswamy who is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Recently treasury was discovered in the temple. It is estimating that worth of the treasury would be around Rs.1.2 trillion. This treasury makes the temple richest temple in India.

Zoological Park: This is the first Zoo in India which was opened in 1843. 75 different species of animals can be seen here. Major attraction of this zoo is Royal Bengal Tiger, Asiatic Lion, Indian Rhino, Hippo, snakes etc…

Napier Museum: This was built by Robert Chisholm in Gothic style of architecture. Different collection of Buddhist Status, Carved Wooden Carts, Ceramics, Bronze idols etc attracts the tourists to this place.

Kanakakunnu Palace: This is the summer recreation to Travancore Kings. Today several fairs, exhibitions, cultural events are conducting here.

Other Attractions of Thiruvananthapuram: Other Attractions of Thiruvananthapuram are Natural History Museum, East Fort, Mahadeva Temple, Kuthiramalika Palace Museum.

 

What to see around Thiruvananthapuram:

Padmanabhapuram Palace: It is one of the most attractive Palaces in the world. This palace is famous for Granite dance halls, Clock Tower, Carved Mahogany Ceilings. It is situated 11kms away from the city.

Veli: It is located 8kms away from Thiruvananthapuram. In this place Veli Lake is separated from Arabian Sea by a sand bar. Water Sports is most famous in Veli.

Shankhumugham Beach: This is the best place to relax in the evening time and during that period one can enjoy sunset. Water is safe for swimming. It is located 8kms away from the city.

Kovalam: It is located 10kms away from the city. This place is famous for Beach. It is one of the best beaches in the world.

Other Attractions nearby Thiruvananthapuram: Other Attractions nearby Thiruvananthapuram are Marine Aquarium, Samudra Beach, Kovalam beach, Poovar Island, Kalari, Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary.

 

Getting in Thiruvananthapuram: Thiruvananthapuram is well connected with Road, Rail and Airways. From several cities such as Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai etc buses, trains and airbuses are available to reach this place.

 

Getting around Thiruvananthapuram: Autos, Taxis, Buses are available to visit the places around Thiruvananthapuram.

 

Best time to visit Thiruvananthapuram: Best time to visit Thiruvananthapuram is between August to March.

 

Where to stay in Thiruvananthapuram: Plenty of accommodations are available to stay in the city. Budget, Midrange and luxury hotels are available. Best hotels in Thiruvananthapuram are Travancore Palace Beach, Turtle on the Beach, Maurya Rajadhani and KTDC Chaithram Trivandrum.

 

Where to eat in Thiruvananthapuram: Plenty of restaurants are available. All the restaurants serve North Indian, Chinese, Tamilian and Local cuisines. Most famous dishes in the city are Fish Molee and Fish Pollichathu. Every visitor of this city has to try these dishes.

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Bijapur

Bijapur

Karnataka, South India, Boating, Fort, History, Masjid, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Tomby

April 42014

Bijapur is a historical town in Karnataka state. This place is famous for Mosques, gardens, forts, architectural sculptures and historical monuments. Bijapur was established by Kalyani Chalukyas in 10th century. It was the golden period for the city during the period of Yusuf Adil Shah in 15th century. In those days it was called as Vijayapura which means City of Victory. Another attraction of the city is Gol Gumbaz which is one of the largest domes in the world.

 

What to see in Bijapur:

Gol Gumbaz: It is the tomb of Mohammed Adil Shah. If any person make noise in the central chamber of the structure that sound will be heard till 37meters. Yaqut of Dabul, a famous architect, designed this structure. Diameter of this tomb is 124feet.

Ibrahim Rauza: It was built on a single rock. This is the tomb of Ibrahim Rauza. With the inspiration of Taj Mahal this was built. This was designed by Malik Sandal.

Archaeological Museum: Weapons, Inscriptions, Sculptures belong to 11th century are the major attraction of this museum.

Malik-e-Maidan: In Medieval India it was the largest canon. Weight is 55tonnes, diameter is 1.5meters and length is 4meters. After the victory in the battle this was brought from Ahmedabad. It looks like a lion’s head with an elephant being crushed between the teeth.

Gagan Mahal: This mahal is having 4 huge wooden pillars. Gagan Mahal means Sky Palace. In 1681, Sikander Adil Shah surrenders himself to Aurangzeb in this Mahal.

Asar Mahal: It was used as Justice hall. This Mahal was built in 1646 by Mohammed Adil Shah. 3 tanks are placed inside the building. Women are not allowed into the building.

Jama Masjid: This is the largest Masjid in Deccan Region. To celebrate victory in the battle of Talikota this was built by Adil Shah between 1557 to 1580.

Other places to visit in Bijapur: Other places to visit in Bijapur are Citadel, Anand Mahal, Bara Kaman, and Chand Bawadi.

 

What to see around Bijapur:

Mehtar Mahal: This is located 6kms away from the city. Mehtar Mahal means Sweepers Palace. It was built in 1620AD. A sweeper received this gift from Ibrahim Adil Shah I.

Narasimha Temple: It is located 5kms away from the city. It is believed that in this place Kumara Valmiki wrote Thovari Ramayana in Kannada.

Almatti Dam: This was built on river Krishna. It is located 68kms away from the city. It provides irrigation water to Koppal, Raichur, Gulbarga, Bagalkot and Bijapur.

Kudalasangama: This pilgrim centre is dates back to 800 years. In this place two Nandi’s jointly sits before Shivalingam.

Pangarh Fort: This is located opposite to Lotus Lake. Boating and Fishing are most famous in this place. It is located 25kms away from the city.

 

Getting to Bijapur: Bijapur is well connected with Road and Railways. From the places such as Sholapur, Bidar, Badami, Bangalore, Mumbai buses and trains are available to reach this place. Belgaum airport is the nearest airport.

 

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

 

Best time to visit Bijapur: Between October to March tourists feel comfortable to reach this place. So this is the best time to reach this place.

 

Where to stay in Bijapur: Plenty of hotels are available to stay in Bijapur but only budget and midrange hotels. Luxury hotels are not available. Government is also provide guest house facility to the tourists. Best hotels are Hotel Kanishka International, Hotel Navaratna, Hotel Pleasant Stay and Hotel Madhuvan International.

 

Where to eat in Bijapur: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat. Chinese, South Indian, Mughalai, Hyderabadi cuisines are available to eat.

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Kumily

Kumily

Kerala, South India, History, Nature, Temple, Trekking, Valley, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 42014

Kumily is a town in Idukki District of Kerala State. This town is always busy with the visitors. Kumily is famous for wildlife sanctuary, spice gardens, waterfalls and lush greenery. Of all the attractions Spice market will placed the first position. This is the best place for the shopping lovers. Special coffee, tea, spiced preserves, spice chocolates are famous in this market to purchase. Apart from Spice Products, visitors also can buy traditional handlooms of Kerala, traditional pickles of Kerala, bamboo products and Jute Products.

 

What to see in Kumily:

Abraham’s Spice Garden: This is located on the road which leads to Thekkady. It is a Spice Organic garden. This is the best place to know about cultivation of several kinds of spices, Ayurveda and organic farming.

Kumily waterfalls: These waterfalls are major attraction in the town. Trekking activity conducts here.

Kadathanadan Kalari centre: This centre is most famous for Kalaripayattu martial arts. Best training will be given in martial arts. Kumily is considered as birth place to Karate.

 

What to see around Kumily:

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary: In 1978 this sanctuary was declared as Tiger Reserve. This wildlife sanctuary is located in Thekkady which is 31kms away from the town. Area covered by this sanctuary is 777 sq.kms. Major attraction of this sanctuary are lion tailed macaque, leopard, bison, Nilgiri Langur, Common Languars, Elephants. Apart from animals, large number of amphibians, fishes, and reptile species also can be seen here. Other attractions of this place are 265 species of birds and 1965 species of flowering plants. Vandiperiyar: It is located 13kms away from Kumily. This place is major trading centre for pepper, Coffee and Tea.

Mangala Devi Temple: This temple is dedicated to Goddess Mangala. Prior permission from wildlife warden is essential to visit this temple. It was constructed in Pandian style of architecture. It is located at Idukki which is 12kms away from Kumily.

Vandanmedu: In the world this is one of the largest trade centres for Cardamom. Near this place one can enjoy the activities like trekking, Rock Climbing. It is located 18kms away from Kumily.

Murikkady: It is located 4kms away from Kumily. This place is famous for Cardamom, Coffee and Pepper Plantations. It is considered as best picnic spot. Murikkady is located near Periyar Tiger Reserve.

 

Getting to Kumily: Trough roadways this place is well connected. From the cities such as Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Kottayam etc… Plenty of buses come to Kumily on regular basis. Nearest railway station is located at Kottayam which is 114 kms away from Kumily. From Kottayam, taxis, autos, and buses are available to reach Kumily. Nearest airport is located at Madurai.

 

Getting around Kumily: As it is small village one can visit the places in the village on foot. Autos are available to visit the places around Kumily.

 

Best time to visit Kumily: Between November to May tourists rush will be more. Between October to January Sabarimala Devotees rush will be more. Throughout the year this place is so busy with the visitors.

 

Where to stay in Kumily: Plenty of accommodation is available to stay in Kumily but only budget and midrange hotels. Visitors should not expect luxury hotels.

 

Where to eat in Kumily: Plenty of restaurants are available. All the restaurants offer Italian, seafood, Chinese and local cuisines.

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Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari

Tamil Nadu, South India, Beach, History, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Valley, Water falls

April 42014

Kanyakumari is a town in Kanyakumari district of Tamilnadu. This place was named after Goddess KanyaKumari who is the incarnation of Goddess Parvati. Earlier this was called as Cape Comorin. This place is famous for Pilgrimage. It is the confluence point of Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea. Sunrise and Sunset from the beaches are most attractive. Swami Vivekananda spent his meditation time in this place. Several rulers ruled this place such as Pandayas, Nayaks, Cheras, and Cholas. Sarees and other textiles are worth buying.

 

What to see in Kanyakumari:

Kanyakumari Temple: This temple is dedicated to Kumari Amman who kept waiting for her groom on her wedding day but he did not come. Nose ring of the statue is so bright. One can identify this from long distance also.

Tiruvalluvar Statue: Height of this statue is 133ft. This is the statue of Saint, Poet Tiruvalluvar. He was the writer of Tirukkural.

Vivekananda Rock Memorial: This was built by Ramakrishna mission in 1970. It was built on a small island off the shore of Kanyakumari. This is dedicated to Swami Vivekananda.

Gandhi Memorial: This is designed like a temple which is dedicated to Gandhi. In this place urn can be seen. In that Urn, Gandhi’s ashes were kept before immersion. Position of the urn is kept in such a position that on 2nd Oct (which is the birth day of Gandhi) first ray of light fall on the urn.

Government Museum: It is having great historical importance. Tribal Objects, woodcarving, Bronze sculpture, Old Coins are placed here.

Kanyakumari Beach: This one of the most attractive place for the tourists. Sunrise and sunset during full moon days in the month of April is most popular.

 

What to see around Kanyakumari:

Padmanabhapuram Palace: This Palace is the best example for rich cultural heritage. It is located in Padmanabhapuram village in Kanyakumari district which is 33kms away from the city.

Mathur Aqueduct: This was built on Pahrali River. It is the highest and longest aqueduct in South Asia. It is located 46kms away from the city.

Udayagiri Fort: This is one of the ancient forts which were constructed in 1600 AD. It is located 32kms away from the city.

Vattakottai Fort: It is one of the major attractions near Kanyakumari. This was built in 18th century. It is located 9kms away from the city.

Chitharal: It is located 50kms away from Kanyakumari. This place is most famous for Jain Monuments.

Pechiparai Reservoir: During the reign of Maharaja Sri Moolam Thirunal this was built. Tourist come to this place thought-out the year. It is located 56kms away from the city.

Muttom Beach: 100 years old Light house and sunset from this beach are the attractions of this place. It is located 36kms away from kanayakumari.

Sothavilai Beach: It is one of the longest beaches of South India. This beach is situated 10kms away from the city.

Olakaruvi Falls: It is located 21kms from the city. This place is most attractive place for the visitors due to waterfalls

 

Getting to Kanyakumari: This place is well connected though road and railways. From the cities like Jammu Tawi, Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore etc buses and trains are available. Nearest airport is Thiruvananthapuram International Airport.

 

Getting around Kanyakumari: Buses, autos, taxis are available to visit the place around the city.

 

Best time to visit Kanyakumari: Between October to March tourists rush will be more in this place. So this is time is considered as best time to visit.

 

Where to stay In Kanyakumari: Plenty of hotels are available in Kanyakumari. Huge number of Budget hotels and midrange hotels are located in Kovalam Road and in East Car Street. At Kottakari Road and Sunset Point luxury hotels are available.

 

Where to eat In Kanyakumari: Plenty of restaurants are available all over the city. Continental, North Indian, South Indian, Italian, Punjabi, Chinese cuisines are available in all the restaurants.

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Thanjavur

Thanjavur

Tamil Nadu, South India, Fort, History, Musuem, Nature, Temple

April 42014

Thanjavur is a city in Thanjavur district of Tamilnadu. Word Thanjavur is derived from Tanjan, a legendary demon in Hindu Mythology. This city is stated as cultural capital of Tamilnadu. Thanjavur is famous for Paintings, history, handicrafts, arts, temples. Rice cultivation is more in Thanjavur so this place is also known as Rice Bowl of Tamilnadu. Cholas played the major role in developing this city as centre for culture and art. Worth buying articles in Thanjavur are Jewellery, Brass Idols, Bronze Idols and Paintings.

 

What to see in Thanjavur:

Thanjavur Royal Palace: It is situated within the vijayanagara Fort Complex which is the residence of Thanjavur Nayak Kings. Royal palace was built in 16th century.

Brihadeeshwara Temple: This Temple is located in centre of the city. It is one of the largest temples in the world. Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is famous for its beautiful architectural style. Temple was build in 11th century by Raja raja Chola I.

Vijaynagara Fort: Fort construction started by Vijay Raghav, Nayak King but completed by Maratha rulers. Other attractive places within the fort are Siva Ganga Gardens, Art Gallery, Serfoji’s Saraswati Mahal Library, Sangeetha Mahal, and Thanjavur Palace.

Thanjavur Art Gallery: It is located within the Thanjavur Royal Palace. Rare collection of Bronze and Stone Statues can be seen here. Chola period Idols are also placed here.

Nandi Bull: Nandi is always having its own importance in Hindu mythology. Height is 12feet, Length is 19.5feet, and width is 18.25feet. Weight will be more than 25tonnes.

Siva Ganga Gardens: Major attraction of this garden is huge tank which provides drinking water to the city people. This was built in 16th century.

Vellai Puliar Temple: This is one of the ancient temples in Thanjavur. Major attraction is Lord Ganesha which is made up of white stone.

Schwartz Church: This is located inside the Thanjavur Palace. In 1779, this was built by Raja Serfoji.

Sangeetha Mahal: This is another attraction inside the Thanjavur Palace. It is the hall of music built in 1600. This is the theatre adorned with gems.

Our Lady of Sorrows Church: This is the oldest church in the city which was built in 1740AD by an Italian Jesuit Priest.

 

What to see around Thanjavur:

Papanasam: It is located 30kms away from the city. This place consists of 108 Sivalayam Temples. Another attraction is Granary. It is having the capacity to store 3000 Kalams of rice.

Mercury Temple: It is located 16kms away from Thanjavur. This temple is dedicated to Lord Mercury. Other name of the temple is Sri Suvedaranyar Temple.

Grand Anicut / Kallanai: It is located 45kms away from Thanjavur. Around 1st century this was built by Chola King Karikalan. One interesting thing is this building is still in use.

Airavateswara Temple: It is one of the pilgrim places nearby Thanjavur. This temple is located in Kumbakonam which is 35kms away from Thanjavur. Temple is dedicated to Lord Airavateshwara who is an incarnation of Lord Shiva.

Chandra Bagawan Temple: It is located 25kms away from the city. This temple is famous for Navagraha Temples.

 

Getting to Thanjavur: This place is well connected with road ways. Nearest railway station and airport are located in Trichy.

 

Getting around Thanjavur: Autos, Buses and Taxis are available to visit the places around Thanjavur.

 

Best time to visit Thanjavur: October to April is the best time to visit this place.

 

Where to stay in Thanjavur: Plenty of accommodations are available. As per the requirement one can choose the hotels. Best hotels are Hotel Star Residency, Sangam Hotels, and Hotel Oriented Towers.

 

Where to eat in Thanjavur: Plenty of restaurants are available. Continental, Chinese, Indian cuisines are available.

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Thenmala

Thenmala

Kerala, South India, Boating, Hill station, History, Mountian Biking, Nature, River crossing, Temple, Trekking, Valley, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 42014

Thenmala is a small town in Kollam district off Kerala. This word is derived from the words Then and Mala. Then means Honey and Mala means Mountain. Thenmala means mountain where honey flows. Major attraction of Thenmala is rhythmic ballad of water at musical fountain. This water comes out along with light and sound. Lotus pond is another major attraction of the city. In this pond several aquatic plants can be seen. These are so attractive. This place is famous for activities such as river crossing, rappelling, rock climbing, mountain biking. Apart from these activities river rafting is another most attractive activity in Thenmala. At Shop Court area various forest products are available.

 

What to see in Thenmala:

Thenmala Dam: It is a famous picnic spot in Kerala. This dam is one of the largest reservoirs in Kerala. Thenmala dam is second largest irrigation project in Kerala.

Musical Dancing Fountain: It is one of the most attractive places in Thenmala. Here we can see rhythmic ballad of water at musical fountain. This water comes out along with light and sound.

Aryankavu Shastha Temple: This temple is dedicated to Lord Ayyappa. Aryankavu Shantha Temple is famous for mural paintings and Sculptures. Pandi Raja of Madhurai installed the idol of this temple.

Nakshatravanam: This place is famous for nurseries. Thenmala Eco-tourism Society is maintaining this society. Trees in this place are having Economic, Aesthetic and Medicinal Values. Astrologers consider each tree as one star. Some of the trees such as Jamun, Cluster fig, Indian Gooseberry, Nux Vomica are considered as Rohini, Karthika, Bharani and Aswani.

 

What to see around Thenmala:

Palaruvi Waterfalls: It is situated 15kms away from Thenmala. Palaruvi is derived from the words Pal and Aruvi. Pal means Stream of Milk. Aruvi means waterfalls. Local people believe that these waterfalls are having medicinal properties.

Kulathuppuzha Sastha Temple: It is an ancient temple which is dedicated to Lord Ayyappa. Raja Pandalam installed the idol of this temple as Manikanta. Famous festival celebrates here is Vishu Mahotsavam. It is located 11kms away from Thenmala.

Suspension /Hanging Bridge: It is situated in Punalur Town which is 20kms away from Thenmala. Under the supervision of Prince Henry of Scotland this was constructed in 1877-78.

Madathara: It is a small village situated 22kms away from Thenmala. This place is famous for Rocket Propulsion Centre at Valiyamala, Forest Training school, and Tropical Botanic Garden of India.

 

Getting to Thenmala: Road and Railway routes are available to reach Thenmala. From the cities such as Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram buses and trains are available to reach Thenmala. Nearest airport is Thiruvananthapuram Airport. This airport is located 76kms away from Thenmala. From the cities such as Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Kochi, Mumbai, Delhi flights are available to reach Thiruvananthapuram.

 

Getting around Thenmala: Jeeps and Taxis are available to reach the places around Thenmala.

 

Best time to visit Thenmala: Before visiting any tourist place it is essential to known the best time to avoid inconvenience. Best time to visit this place is between December to February.

 

Where to stay in Thenmala: Good option to stay in Thenmala is Government run Inspection Bungalows. Budget hotels, Dormitories, tents are also available to stay in Thenmala.

 

Where to eat in Thenmala: Very limited restaurants are available to eat in Thenmala. Only local cuisine is available to eat.

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Yelagiri

Yelagiri

Tamil Nadu, South India, Boating, Fort, Hill station, History, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Trekking, Valley, Water falls

April 42014

Yelagiri is a hill station Village of Tamilnadu in Vellore district. This village is surrounded by green valleys, rose gardens and orchards. Yelagiri is famous for trekking activity. Other activities of this place are Paragliding, rock climbing. It is also known as Poor Man’s Ooty. Earlier this place was under the control of Yelagiri Zamindars. In 1950 this place was undertaken by the Indian government. It is believed that Tipu Sultan Soldiers came to this place and settled in this region. After few years they became cultivators. Yelagiri Summer festival is most famous in Yelagiri. This is 3 days annual event celebrates in the month of May. Dog shows and Flower shows are major attraction during this festival season.

 

What to see in Yelagiri:

Nature Park: Area covered by this park is 12acres. It is the home to large number of plant species. Artificial lake was arranged inside the park. Fish aquarium in the park attracts the visitors. Large varieties of fishes along with tortoises can be seen here.

Don Bosco Centre: This is IT centre which was founded by Fr.Guezou of France. Aim of this centre is provide education to poor for best future.

Swami Malai Hill: Shape of the hill is like a cake. This place is famous for mountain climbing and trekking activities.

Yelagiri Lake: This is artificial lake created by man.

Nilavoor Lake: This is the best place for boating in Yelagiri. Garden look near the lake also attracts several visitors. Another attraction near the lake is Devi Temple which belongs to Kadavu Nachiyar. One interesting thing in this temple is, puja in this temple conducts only between 11 PM to 12PM on Friday.

Moksha Vimochana Temple: Before 14 years this was built by a saint. It is located near Nilavoor Lake. Architecture is most famous in this temple.

 

What to see around Yelagiri:

Nilavoor Tribal Village: It is located 3kms away from the village Yelagiri. Nilavoor Tribal village is famous for the park and for a small lake.

Jalamparai Falls: This valley is surrounded by lush Flora. This place is dry during summer season. Tourists rush will be more between November to February. It is located 5kms away from Yelagiri.

Vainu Bappu Observatory: It is located 51kms away from Yelagiri. Prior permission is essential to see this observatory. It is the house of Asia’s Largest Telescope.

Government Silk Farm: It is located 5kms away from Yelagiri. This is located at Mangalam. It is a home to silk worms.

Punganaur Lake: It is located 81kms away from Yelagiri. This is manmade artificial lake. This place is famous for boating and rowing activities.

 

Getting to Yelagiri: Only way to reach this place is though road. Private and Government buses are available to reach this place. From Bangalore, Coimbatore, Chennai buses come to this place frequently. Nearest railway station is located at Jolarpettai Junction. Bangalore airport is the nearest airport.

 

Getting around Yelagiri: To see the hill station walking is the best option. Buses are available to visit the places surrounding Yelagiri.

 

Best time to visit Yelagiri: Between November to February is the best time to visit Yelagiri.

 

Where to stay in Yelagiri: Dormitories and basic accommodation will be provided by YMCA Camp. From 2kms away from the Yelagiri Lake few resorts are available. Swimming pool, indoor games, gardens are available in these resorts.

 

Where to eat in Yelagiri: Very limited restaurants are available in Yelagiri. Most of the restaurants are located near Yelagiri Lake.

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Khajuraho

Khajuraho

MP, Central India, Boating, Fort, History, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 42014

Khajuraho town is located in Chhatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh. This place is famous for medieval period Jain and Hindu temples. Khajuraho is the best example for Medieval Heritage. Temples in Khajuraho attained the status as UNESCO World Heritage site. City was bought out of the world in 19th century by Gen Alexander Cunningham. 22 temples are famous for Erotic Wall sculptures. Other name of these temples is Kama sutra Temples. Carvings on the temples do not belong to the God. Several reasons say for the carvings on the temple. Some people say that person must renounce all their sexual desires before entering the temple. Khajuraho Dance festival is famous in Khajuraho.

 

What to see in Khajuraho:

Kandariya Mahadev Temple: This temple was dedicated to Lord Shiva. In the western group of temples of Khajuraho it is the biggest temple consists of Chandela art. It was constructed between 1025 to 1050. On this temple 800 god images can be seen here.

Chitragupta Temple: This temple was dedicated to sun god and it was built in 11th century. Idol of Lord Surya is so beautiful. Its height is 5 feet.

Viswanath Temple: Marble Shivalinga is major attraction of this temple. Idols of Brahma can also be seen here. Another attraction of this temple is Nandi Bull which is 6feet height.

Shilpagram: This place is famous for performance of folk arts. Ancient culture of India can be seen here. This was established in 1998 by the government.

Parsvanath Temple: This temple is dedicated to Jain Tirthankaras. It is the largest Jain temple in India.

Lakshmana Temple: This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu which was constructed between 930 to 950 AD.

Chaturbhuj Temple: This temple belongs to Southern group of temples which was constructed in 1100 AD. It is west facing temple.

Devi Jagdambi Temple: This temple is dedicated to Goddess Jagdambi. She is the incarnation of Goddess Parvati. Image of this goddess is so huge. Wall carvings are most famous in this temple.

Vaman Temple: This temple is dedicated to Vaman which is dwaft avatar of Vishnu. Beautiful architecture can be seen here. Apart from that some of the status is studded with diamonds.

Kalinjar Fort: This fort is famous for huge collection of sculptures including Mashewar, Brahma, Vishnu and monuments. Kalinjar fort was built during Chandela dynasty.

Other attractions: Other attractions of Khajuraho are Javari Temple, Archaeological Museum, Jain Museum, Brahma Temple, Ghantai Temple, State Museum of Tribal and Folk Art, Shanthinath Temple.

 

What to see around Khajuraho:

Panna: This place is famous for its temples and forts. Panna National Park is located here. It is situated 43kms away from Khajuraho.

Gangau Dam: It is located 21kms away from Khajuraho. This is famous picnic spot which is surrounded by Gangu Sanctuary, Panna National Park, boating, water sports.

Dhubela Museum: This museum is the huge collection of ancient artifacts and modern artifacts. It helps to know how Khajuraho place is developed and its history.

 

Getting to Khajuraho: Khajuraho is well connected with road, railways and airways. From Varanasi and Delhi flights are available. From Mumbai, Kolkata, Jabalpur, Gwalior, Varanasi, Allahabad etc… Buses and trains are available to reach Khajuraho.

 

Getting around Khajuraho: Cycles can be hired to see the places in Khajuraho. Autos and Cycle rickshaws are available to see the places around Khajuraho.

 

Best time to visit Khajuraho: Best time to visit this place is between November to March.

 

Where to stay in Khajuraho: All range of hotels starting from budget hotels to luxury hotels are available. As per the requirement of the tourists they can choose to stay.

 

Where to eat in Khajuraho: Plenty of restaurants are available. All restaurants offer continental, Indian and Chinese Cuisines. Famous street food is Moong Daal Ka Halwa, Kaju Barfi, Jalebi etc…

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Amarkantak

Amarkantak

MP, Central India, Hill station, History, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Trekking, Valley, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 42014

Amarkantak is a pilgrim town in Madhya Pradesh. Amarkantak is derived from Sanskrit words Amar and Kantak. Amar means immortal and Kantak means Hindrances. It is the meeting point of Satpura and Vindhya ranges. People believe that this is the gateway to the heaven. This place consists of plenty of mango trees so it is known as Amrakoot by Poet Kalidas. As per the Hindu mythology, people states that when Lord Shiva destroyed Tripura by fire, one of the ashes fall on Amarkantak which turned into thousands of Lingams. Narmada Jayanti is most famous festival celebrates here.

 

What to see in Amarkantak:

Flora and Fauna: Due to equitable distribution of temperature large number of trees grown in this place. Between 1970 to 1976, Saxena, a forest Botanist identified 635 species. Few species are Anogeissus Latifolia, Gardenia Latifolia, Grewia spp, Bauhinia Spp, Terminalia Chebula etc. In this place wide variety of grasses can also be seen.

Shri Sarvodaya Digamber Jain Temple: World’s biggest Ashtadhatu Jain Idol can be seen here. This temple is under construction.

Ancient temples of Kalachuri Period: Between 1042 to 1072 AD plenty of temples built by Kalachuri Maharaja Karnadeva. These temples are famous for its architectural styles.

Narmadakund and Temples: This is the origin place of river Narmada. There are 16 major stone temple surrounded to this temple.

Sonakshi Shaktipeeth Temple: people believe that during Navrathri Goddess Sonakshi comes to this place to bless the people.

Trimukhi Temple: This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva which is located on the top of a hill in Amarkantak. Among 24 temples in Amarkantak this is the oldest temple.

 

What to see around Amarkantak:

Dudh Dhara: This place is most famous for waterfalls. It is located 8kms away from Amarkantak. Horticulture garden is worth seeing near these waterfalls.

Kabir Chabutara: For the followers of Saint Kabir this is most important place. It is believed that here Kabir had done meditation for several years.

Mai Ki Bagiya: In the honour of Goddess Narmada this garden was built. It consists of rose plants, Gulbakawali, Mango, banana trees etc… Other name for this garden is Mother’s Garden. It is located 3kms away from Amarkantak.

Kapil Dhara: This place is famous for waterfalls. These waterfalls are surrounded by mountains and dense forests. This place is named after the sage Kapil Muni. It is located 8kms away from the town.

Jwaleshwar Mahadev: It is located 2kms from Amarkantak. This is the origin place of river Johilla. Lord Shiva temple near this place is most famous.

Sonemuda: This place is surrounded by Valleys and thick forests. Trekking activity conducts here. It is located 3kms away from the town.

 

Getting to Amarkantak: Amarkantak is well connected with Anuppur, Bilaspur, Rewa, Jabalpur, Umaria, and Shahdol through roadways. Nearest rail line is located at Pendra Road which 42kms away from Amarkantak. Raipur airport and Jabalpur airports are the nearest airports of Amarkantak.

 

Getting around Amarkantak: Walking is the best option to see the place in Amarkantak. Autos are the only means to visit the surrounding places of Amarkantak.

 

Best time to visit Amarkantak: Between October to March visitors feel so comfortable to visit this place.

 

Where to stay in Amarkantak: Very limited accommodation facilities are available. Local municipality is providing certain cottages to the visitors. Kalyan, Barfani ashrams and Madhya Pradesh state Tourism also providing some rooms to the visitors of this place. Luxury accommodation cannot be seen here.

 

Where to eat in Amarkantak: Only limited options are available to eat in Amarkantak. Dharmasalas and few Ashrams are providing food at best quality.

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Orchha

Orchha

MP, Central India, Boating, Fort, History, Masjid, Nature, Temple

April 42014

Orchha is a town in Tikamgarh district of Madhya Pradesh. It was founded by Bundela Chief, Rudra Pratap Singh in 15th century. He is the first king of Orchha. This place is most famous for Chhatris, Palaces, and temples. Orchha means hidden. Before it was founded it was covered in Bundelkhandi. So it was named as Orchha. People believe that Lord Ram is their emperor. They say that during the regime of Lord Ram in the day time he rule Ayodhya and during the night time he comes to Orchha.

 

What to see in Orchha :

Fort complex: This is most important place to visit by every person. It consists of Rai Parveen Mahal, Jehangir Mahal, and Raj Mahal. Architecture on these Mahals is so beautiful. Jehangir Mahal was built to welcome Jehangir to Orchha. Raj Mahal was built by Madhukar Shah in 17th century with crowned Chhatris and Plain exteriors.

Phool Bagh: This is the summer recreation to the kings of Orchha. As a memorial for the prince of Orchha this was built. It is eight pillared palace. Fountains in the middle of the palace are so attractive.

Ram Raja Temple: Here Lord Ram is worshipped as King. Once in this place, Palace was built by Madhukar Shah Ruler. It is believed that one day Lord Rama came in his dream and said not to remove the temple. So it is again reconstructed.

Laxmi Narayana Temple: This is the largest temple in Orchha. It is the combination of Fort and temple structures. Laxmi Narayana Temple was built by Vir Singh Deo in 1622.

Sunder Mahal: This is one of the attractions of Orchha. Sunder Mahal says the lover story of Prince Dhurbhajan (Hindu) with a Muslim lady. Architecture of this Mahal is so attractive.

Jujhar Singh Palace: This one of the 9 palaces built for Nauchauki by his father King Vir Singh Dev. It is in rectangular shape.

 

What to see around Orchha:

Cenotaphs: In the memory of Orchha rulers 14 Chhatris were built here. It is located 4kms away from Orchha.

Datia: It is locate 41kms away from Orchha. This place is famous for Buglamukhi Devi Temple, Jain centre, Sonagiri, Gopeshwar Temple, Shri Peetambra Devi Temples.

Rai Parveen Mahal: It is located 3kms away from Orchha. This was constructed in 1670 by Raja Indramani. It is dedicated to Poetess Rai Parveen.

Jhansi: A fort on a top of Bangira hill most famous here. This was the capital of Rani Laxmibai. From this place she led first war of independence against Britishers in 1857.

 

Getting to Orchha: This place is well connected with Khajuraho, Gwalior, and Jhansi through roadways. Government buses, private buses, Taxis are available to reach Orchha. Jhansi is the nearest railway station. This place is well connected with Bhopal, Lucknow, Jammu, Pune, Ahmedabad, Indore, etc… Nearest airport is located at Gwalior.

 

Getting around Orchha: Buses, taxis, autos are available to visit the surrounding places of Orchha.

 

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

 

Where to stay in Orchha: All type of hotels such as budget hotels, midrange hotels, luxury hotels are available. Some resorts along with backwater resorts are also available. Best hotels in Orchha are Amar Mahal Hotel, Bundelkhand Riverside, The Orchha Resort, and Sheesh Mahal.

 

Where to eat in Orchha: Limited restaurants are available. Almost all the restaurants serve only vegetarian food. Very few restaurants offer non-vegetarian. Continental, Chinese and Indian cuisines are available.

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Bhedaghat

Bhedaghat

MP, Central India, Boating, History, Nature, Temple, Trekking, Valley, Water falls

April 42014

Bhedaghat is a town in Jabalpur district of Madhya Pradesh. Bhedaghat is evolved from Bhairav – Ghat. This place is most famous for Dhuandhar Waterfalls. Bhedaghat is 20kms away from Jabalpur. This place is known for marble rocks. Bhedaghat is located on the banks of river Narmada. People believe that if they take dip in the river it wash away all their sins. River Narmada is considered as daughter of Lord Shiva. It is believed that river Ganga comes to this place in the form of black cow to take dip in river Narmada to cleanse herself. For the shopping lover’s trinket boxes, ashtrays, status of Gods and Goddesses, artifacts are worth buying.

 

What to see in Bhedaghat:

Dhuandhar Falls: Waterfalls in Bhedaghat is most attractive to the visitors of this place. Smoke comes out from the river bed. So these waterfalls are also known as Smoke Cascade. Bandar Kodini is another attraction in this place. Here river passes through narrow stretch of rocks. Monkeys can easily jump across them as it is so narrow. So this place is named after monkeys.

Marble Rocks: This place is most attractive place. Every visitor considered this as heavenly place. Marble rocks under the sea of floodlight looks most beautiful. Boating in the moon light is most memorable moment. From November to May boating facility is available. From July to September boating is strictly restricted. Another attraction here is Roap Way. This adventure is available throughout the year from 10.30 AM to 6.30 PM.

Chausath Yogini Temple: During the reign of Kalachuris (10th Century) this temple was built. In this temple 64 yoiginis carvings can be seen. It is believed that all are attendants of Goddess Durga. Most attractive statue in this place is Lord Shiva and Parvathi riding on Nandi.

 

What to see around Bhedaghat:

Jabalpur: It is located 21kms away from Bhedaghat. Jabalpur is one of the major attractions in Madhya Pradesh. Places to visit in Jabalpur are Bargi Dam, Lameta Ghat, Shaeed Smarak, DB Vallabh Das Palace, Khandari Water Works, The Beohar House, Radha Krishna Temple, and Bandhavgarh National Park.

Bandhavgarh: It is located 21kms away from Bhedaghat. It is the home town for white tigers. This is most famous hunting place for Maharajas. During the rule of Maharajas of Rewa white Tiger was resides in the palace.

 

Getting to Bhedaghat: Only way to reach this place is through roadway. Nearest railway station is located at Jabalpur. Jabalpur is well connected with the places such as Bangalore, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Mumbai, Trivandrum, Chennai, Kolkata, Agra, Lucknow, and New Delhi. From Jabalpur railway station public transport and taxis are available to reach Bhedaghat. Jabalpur Airport is the nearest airport to Bhedaghat.

 

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

 

Best time to visit Bhedaghat: Bhedaghat welcome tourists to this place throughout the year. But visitors who wants to enjoy boat riding has to come to this place only between November to May as in the monsoon season this place is restricted for boating . Best time to visit this place is November to May.

 

Where to stay in Bhedaghat: Limited hotels are available to stay in Bhedaghat. Only Budget and midrange hotels are available. Best hotels in Bhedaghat are Narmada Jackson, Hotel Gulzar Towers, Hotel Satya Ashoka, and The Samdariya Hotel.

 

Where to eat in Bhedaghat: Limited resta