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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Chakrata

Chakrata

Uttarakhand, North India, History, Musuem, Nature, Trekking , Valley, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 82014

Chakrata is a cantonment town in Dehradun district in Uttarakhand, India. It lies between Yamuna and Tons Rivers. This place is located 92kms away from Dehradun. This place is belonging to Jaunsari Tribe. So this place is also known as Jaunsar Bawar. In 1866, cantonment was established by Britishers. This is the 55th Regiment of British army. Trekking is the major attraction of this place.

 

What to see in Chakrata:

Deoban: Plenty of animals and plants can be seen in this dense forest. Major attractions are Himalayan Woodpecker, White Collard blackbirds, green backed tit etc. It is situated on hills terrains of Chakrata. From this place visitors can enjoy beautiful view of Himalayan Mountain ranges.

Ram Tal Horticulture Garden: This is the best place for natural lovers. Different varieties of flora and fauna can be seen here. Garden has a small pond and an apple orchid. Major bird attractions of this garden are black headed Jay, grey treepie, oriental turtle dove. Different kind of plants, woody trees, conifers, ferns, Climbers, lichens can be seen here.

Chilmiri Neck: This place is known for mess of military cantonment. Plenty of butterflies and birds can be seen here. From this site visitors can enjoy the beautiful view of Bandapoonch Massif and Swargarohini Peak.

 

What to see around Chakrata:

Kalsi: It is located 43kms away from Chakrata. This place is famous for rock edict of Emperor Ashoka. Visitors of this place can enjoy scintillating landscapes, cascading waterfalls, beautiful lakes.

Tiger Falls: It is one of the highest falls in India. Visitors can reach this place by trekking. It is located 13kms away from Chakrata. This is one of the best picnic spots of this place.

Paonta Sahib: It is located 71kms away from Chakrata. This one of the pilgrim places for Sikhs. Paonta Sahib Gurudwara is located here. Earlier name of this place is Paontika. Paon means Legs and Tika means Stable. In this place horse of Guru Gobind Singh stopped. Another attraction of this place is a museum. In this museum antique weapons of Guru Gobind Singh can be seen.

Mussorie: It is located 73kms away from Chakrata. Other name of this place is Queen of Hill stations.

Dehradun: It is famous for picturesque landscape and natural resources. Dehradun Attractions are Museum, Clock Tower, Forest Reserve Institute, Sahastradhara, Mahadev Temple, Mall Road, Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple. It is located 92kms away from Chakrata.

 

Getting to Chakrata: Chakrata is well connected with road ways. From Mussoorie, Saharanpur, Dehradun etc buses come to this place. Nearest railway station is at Dehradun. From the cities such as Okha, Kathgodam, Varanasi, Ujjain, Indore, Kolkata, Amritsar, Chennai, Delhi etc trains come to this place. Jolly airport at Dehradun is the nearest airport which is located 116kms away from Chakrata. This airport is well connected with Delhi. Taxis are available to reach to Chakrata from Dehradun airport.

 

Getting around Chakrata: As Chakrata is a small area visitors can see this place on foot. Buses and taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Chakrata.

 

Best time to visit Chakrata: During the winter season temperature comes below 5 degrees. So better to avoid to come to this place during winter season. Best time to visit this place is between March to May and between October to December.

 

Where to stay in Chakrata: Only limited accommodations available in Chakrata. Visitors should not expect luxury hotels. These hotels are not available here. Only budget and midrange hotels are available in this place. Forest rest houses are available to stay in Chakrata.

 

Where to eat in Chakrata: only limited options are available to eat in Chakrata. In-house restaurants of the hotels are the best option to eat in Chakrata.

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Bundi

Bundi

Rajasthan, North India, Architecture, Bundi Utsav, Caves, Fort, History, Miniature Paintings, Palace, Water falls

April 82014

Bundi is a small city in Rajasthan, India. This place is famous for festivals, Paintings and architecture. City is named after the Meena tribe king Bundi Meena. Earlier name of this city is Bundi Ka Nal. Nal means narrow ways. In Bundi, 50 step wells are located. These are built for the public in 1699. Most beautiful step well is Rani Jiki Barol. Worth buying things in Bundi are miniature paintings and cotton carpets.

 

What to see in Bundi:

Taragarh Fort: It is the major attraction of Bundi. It is also known as Star Fort. Major attraction of this fort is huge cannon which were named as Garbh Gujam. Fort is in the shape of Horse shoe. Lakes and reservoir situated below the hill. In the fort 3 water tanks are placed. They will never get dry even in the peak summer season.

Chaurasi Khambo Ki Chatri: This is known for 84 pillars which were erected by Rao Anirudh.

Moti Mahal: This was constructed using 80 pounds of gold. Different selected stones are also used in the construction of this mahal. Beautiful mirror work can be seen on the ceiling.

Bundi Palace: This palace is famous for Rajasthani Craftsmanship. Only one of the palaces is open for the public. This part is known as Chitra Shala. Attractions of this Palace are Diwann-e-Aam, Old water clock, Hathi Pol, Naubat Khana, Hazari Pol, and Miniature paintings.

Chitrasala: It is located inside the Garh Palace. Paintings on the walls of this sala display Ras Lila and Ragmala Stories.

Sukh Mahal: It is situated near Jait Sagar Lake. Now it was converted into an irrigation rest house. White marble chhatri placed at the second storey of the Sukh Mahal.

Nawal Sagar Lake: It is located at the centre of the city. It is an artificial lake. Mirror image of the city can be seen in the waters of this lake.

Phool Sagar Lake: It is situated in Phool Mahal Complex. Between November to February this region fills with beautiful migratory birds.

Bundi Utsav: This organises in November- December every year. Thousands of visitors come to this place during this season. Exhibitions, arts & Crafts, fireworks Competition and Painting, Sports, dance and music competitions conducts here.

 

 

What to see around Bundi:

Rameshwar: It is located 15kms away from Bundi. This place is famous of Cave temple which was dedicated to Lord Shiva. Waterfalls are the other attraction of this place.

Bijoliya: This place played a major role during the reign of Chauhan rulers. They have constructed 3 Lord Shiva temples in 13th century. It is located 51kms away from Bundi.

Jait Sagar: It is located 3kms away from Bundi. This is full of lotus flowers. It was surrounded with huge wall and 4 gateways.

Shikar Burj: It is one of the major attractions near Bundi. It is located 4kms away from Bundi city situated in Bundi Forests. Earlier this was old hunting cottage but now this was converted into picnic spot.

 

Getting to Bundi: Bundi is well connected with road ways. From all the cities of Rajasthan, private and state run buses come to this place. Nearest railway head is located at Kota. From Udaipur, Ratlam, Kolkata, Delhi, Ajmer trains halt at this station. Taxis are available from railway station to reach Bundi. Nearest airport is located at Jaipur which is 215kms away from Bundi. Taxis are available to reach Bundi.

 

Getting around Bundi: City can be explored on foot or by auto rickshaw. Buses and Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Bundi.

 

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

 

Where to stay in Bundi: Plenty of accommodations are available to stay in Bundi including luxurious hotels. Luxury hotels provide Rajput hospitality.

 

Where to eat in Bundi: Plenty of restaurants available to eat in Bundi. Continental, Chinese and Indian food is available in the restaurant.

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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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Chitrakootv

Chitrakootv

MP, Central India, Chitrakoot, History, Ramayana, Valley, Water falls

April 72014

Chitrakoot is a town in Satna district of Madhya Pradesh, India. This place is also known as Hill of many wonders. In India this is one of the oldest pilgrimage centres which are located on the banks of Mandakini River. It is believed that Lord Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu were born in this place. During 14 years of exile period of Rama, Sita and Lakshmana have stayed in this place for more than 11 years. This place is famous for several religious places.

 

What to see in Chitrakoot:

Ram Ghat: It is a long stretch of steps made on the banks of River Mandakini. Holy men meditated here. They will dress in saffron cloths. It is believed that Sita, Rama and Lakshmana resided here during their exile.

Hanuman Dhara: According to the legends, Hanuman stood under the water flowing out of the rock at this place to calm down himself from angry after destroying Lanka with fire with his tail.

Gupt Godavari: Godavari streams goes from one cave to another and disappears. Inside the cave one can find two thrones like rock structures.

Bharat Milap Mandir: This is the place where Bharat came to meet Lord Rama to request him to come back to Palace and take over his seat as king of Ayodhya. Army of Bharat camped at this place. Bharat feet and impressions of Lord Rama can be seen here.

Sphatik Shila: In this place footprints of Lord Rama can seen. Janaki kund is located few kilometres away from this place. In this place Sita was bitten by Jayant.

Param Kutir: This was constructed by Lakshmana with Bamboo and other forest material for lord Rama and Sita.

Janaki Kund: This was the bath place of Lord Rama and Sita. Foot prints near this kund believed to be footprints of Sita.

Chitrakoot waterfalls: This is another attraction of this place.

 

What to see around Chitrakoot:

Kamadgiri Temple: It is believed that, before creating universe Lord Brahma performed Yagna in this place with 108 fire pits. Several caves can be seen here. It is located 7kms away from the town.

Sati Anasuya Ashramam: It is 16kms away from the town. According to Hindu Mythology, this was the residence place of Atri Maha Muni and his wife and children.

Ganesh Bagh: It is located 11kms away from the city. This garden was built by Peshwa King, Vinayak Rao. Lord Shiva temple is also located here. This temple looks like temples of Khajuraho.

Rama Shaiyya: It is located 5kms away from the town. It is believed that Lord Rama and Sita used to sleep on the huge rock located here during their exile. Mark of bow and mattresses can be seen here.

 

Getting to Chitrakoot: Chitrakoot is well connected with road and railways. From Allahabad, Indore, Jabalpur, Agra, Pune etc buses and trains come to this place. Nearest airport is Bamrauli Airport which is situated in Allahabad. This airport is well connected with Lucknow, Kolkata and Delhi.

 

Getting around Chitrakoot: Private vehicles, buses, taxis and autos are available to visit the surrounding places of Chitrakoot.

 

Best time to visit Chitrakoot: Best time to visit this place is between July to March.

 

Where to stay in Chitrakoot: plenty of Budget and midrange hotels are available to stay in Chitrakoot. Tourist bungalows, Dharmasalas, Lodges, Guest houses are also available to stay in Chitrakoot.

 

Where to eat in Chitrakoot: As this is the religious place non vegetarian cannot be seen here. Only vegetarian food is available. Food stall near Ram Ghat will provide North Indian cuisines.

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Hamirpur

Hamirpur

HP, North India, Caves, Fort, Hill station, Nature, Temple, Trekking, Valley, Water falls, Water Sports

April 72014

Hamirpur is a town in Hamirpur district in Himachal Pradesh, India. It is mainly a hilly terrain. This was created as a result of trifurcation of Kangra district on 1st September 1972. Hamirpur is famous for cultural activities and history. Una is located on the west of Hamirpur; Mandi is located on the east, Bilaspur to the south and Kangra to its north. According to Puranas, this was a part of Jallandar (Trigarta Empire). Paragliding events and annual hang gliding are famous in this town. Visitors can enjoy angling, rock climbing, trekking, mountaining activities. Trekking is available only from April to October. Hamir Festival celebrates grandly. Every year this festival celebrates grandly in the first week of November.

 

What to see in Hamirpur:

Sujanpur Tihra: This is the major attractions of Hamirpur. It is the fort built by Raja Hamir Chand. Fort was having huge walls. Major attractions of this fort are Shrines and Paintings in the fort. This place acted as capital town to the Katoch rulers.

Nadaun: Palace in this place says the glory of Katoch rulers. It is one of the Shakti peeth temple. This is located on the banks of river Beas. River rafting is most famous in this place.

Deot Sidh Temple: This temple is dedicated to Baba Nayak. In the Dhaulagiri hills cave temple is located.

Other attractions of Hamirpur: Other attractions of Hamirpur are Kalpa Vriksha, Nirankari Ashram, Singh Maheshwari Temple and Chaura Devi Temple.

 

What to see around Hamirpur:

Naina Devi Temple: This temple is located 69kms away from the town. Naina Devi Temple is one of the Shakti Peethas of India. This temple was built by Raja Bir Chand. It is believed that Sati’s eye fell in this place.

Kangra: This is the best place for trekking lovers. It is located 75kms away from the town. Major attractions of this place are Al Hilal, Naam Art Gallery, Brijeswari Temple, Baijnath Temple, and Chamunda Devi Temple.

Dharmasala: Dharmasala is located in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. Major attractions of Dharmasala are Dal Lake, Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Billing Adventure, Tsuglagkhang. This place is situated 105kms away from the town.

Palampur: This place is famous for Tea Gardens. Other name is Tea Capital of North India. After Kullu and Manali this is famous honeymoon destination. It is located 66 kms away from Hamirpur.

Triund: This place is popular for adventure and trekking activities. It is located 98kms away from the town.

McLeod Ganj: This was the residential place of Dalai Lama, Tibetan Spiritual Leader. It is situated in Dhauladhar mountain range of Dharmasala region. This place is located 100kms away from the town.

 

Getting to Hamirpur: Hamirpur is well connected with road ways. From Pathankot, Chandigarh, Shimla, buses are available to reach to this place. Nearest railway station is Una which is 81kms away from the town. Chandigarh airport is the nearest airport of Hamirpur which is 187kms away. This airport is well connected with Indore, Kullu, Amritsar, Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi. Private vehicles and taxis are available to reach to Hamirpur.

 

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

 

Best time to visit Hamirpur: Best time to visit Hamirpur is between September to June.

 

Where to stay in Hamirpur: Very limited hotels are available to stay in Hamirpur. All these hotels are budget and midrange hotels. Visitors cannot expect luxury accommodations. Few guest houses are also available.

 

Where to eat in Hamirpur: Restaurants are very limited in this place. Existing restaurants offer both international and Indian cuisines. In Bhota Road best cuisines of non vegetarian are available. Best vegetarian food is available in the restaurants located at Gandhi Chowk and Hira Nagar.

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Srinagar

Srinagar

Jammu & Kashmir, North India, Boating, Fort, Hill station, House boats, Masjid, Musuem, Nature, Trekking, Valley, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 72014

Srinagar is summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, India. Srinagar consists of two words Sri and Nagar. Sri means Lakshmi and Nagar means city. This place is famous for house boats, lakes and gardens. Dry frits and Kashmiri Handicrafts are also famous here.

 

What to see in Srinagar:

Dal Lake: Deodar tree is major attractions in this place. Near the lake a small Shiva Mandir is located. Base camp for the trekkers is organised here. People believe that if they take a dip in the lake they will be blessed by Lord Shiva.

Jama Masjid: This is oldest mosque of Srinagar. This was destroyed and reconstructed several times. Ancient mughal architecture style can be seen on this mosque. 370 pillars can be seen in this masjid.

Rainwari: This is surrounding by beautiful mountains. Gurudwara in this place was constructed by Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji. He was the 6th guru of Sikh.

Nagin Lake: This is also known as Jewel in the Ring. Major attractions of this lake are Shikaras and House Boats.

Shankaracharya Temple: This was constructed by the son of Emperor Ashoka in 200 BC. It is located on the top of the hill Shankaracharya hill. From this hill beauty of Pir Panjal mountain ranges can be seen.

Shalimar Gardens: This was built by Jahangir for his wife Nur Jahan in 1616. Major attractions of this garden are a canal, fountains and 4 terraces.

Hazratbal Mosque: This was constructed with white marble. This mosque is having large mountains in the backdrop. Kashmiri and Mughal architecture styles can be seen on the mosque.

Other attractions in Srinagar: Other attractions in Srinagar in Sri Pratap Singh Museum, Hari parbat Fort, Chinar Bagh, Kathi Darwaza, Nasim Bagh, Tomb of Madin Sahib, Dastgir Sahib Shrine, Pathar Masjid, Chashme-e- Shahi Gardens, Majid of Akhund Mulla.

 

What to see around Srinagar:

Shupiyan: It is located 48kms away from Srinagar. This place is also known as Apple town of Kashmir. Apples exports from this place across the country. Other attractions of this place are Nagi Rai Nag, Shahlatoo, Lawahinthora, Kowsernag, Kungwatan, Jama Masjid, Aharbal waterfalls.

Burzahom: It is located 16kms away from the city. This place is famous for ancient artefacts belong to 5000 years ago.

Dachigam Wildlife sanctuary: This was declared as national park in 1951. Major attractions of this place are Blue magpie, Himalayan griffon, Wild boar, Hill fox etc.

Amarnath Cave: It is one of major attractions of this place. This is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Length of this cave is 60feet, height is 15 feet and width is 30feet.

Mughal Garden: It is located 13kms away from the city. This garden is famous for terraced Lawns, flowerbeds and fountains.

Other attractions near Srinagar: Other attractions near Srinagar are Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden, Nishat Bagh, Manasbal Lake, Rozabal Shrine, Wullar Lake, Charar-i-Sharif, and Sangin Darwaz.

 

Getting to Srinagar: Srinagar is well connected with road, railways and airways. From the cities such as Nagpur, Gurgoan, Hyderabad, Pune, Kolkata buses are available to reach this place. From Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Delhi, Gurgoan etc trains come to this place. From Hyderabad, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Indore etc flights come to this place.

 

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

 

Best time to visit Srinagar: Srinagar welcomes visitors throughout the year.

 

Where to stay in Srinagar: Plenty of accommodations are available to stay in Srinagar. All range of hotels is available. Best hotels in Srinagar are Swiss Hotel Kashmir, City forest by Royal Khazir, Imperial Lake view, Shabnam Hotel.

 

Where to eat in Srinagar: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in Srinagar. North Indian, South Indian, Chinese, continental cuisines are available in all the restaurants.

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Sattal

Sattal

Uttarakhand, North East India, Hill station, Hot Springs, Lake district of India, Mountian Biking, Musuem, Nainital, Nature, Trekking, Valley, Water falls, Water Sports, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 72014

Sattal is located in Lower Himalayan Range near Bhimtal town of Nainital district in Uttarakhand, India. This place consists of 7 lakes. All the lakes are interconnected. Names of these 7 lakes are Purna Tal, Garud Tal, Sukh Tal, Nal Damyanti Tal, Laxman Tal, Sita Tal and Rama Tal. Most beautiful migratory birds can be seen near these lakes. These birds come to this place to protect themselves from cold in the Himalayan Region. In this region, 20 species of mammals, 11000 species of moths and beetles and 525 species of butterflies can be seen. During the British rule tea plantation is most famous in this place. Most famous festivals of this region are Vasantotsav, Nandadevi fair. Other attractions of this place are Rock climbing, mountain biking, rappelling, Trekking and many more activities.

 

What to see in Sattal:

Seven Lakes: Major attraction of this place is 7 lakes. All are interconnected to each other. Due to these lakes area is named as Town of Seven Lakes. All the lakes replenished by underground springs.

Methodist Ashram: To introduce Christianity in Kumaon region this ashram was established by E Stanley Jones. Within the ashram visitors can see St.Johns Church. This church is the best example for colonial architecture style.

Butterfly Museum: This was established by Federic Smetacek. It is located inside the premises of Sattal Methodist Ashram. This museum consists of 1100 species of insects and 2500 species of butterflies.

Subhash Dhara: Its scenic location along with crystal clear water attracts large number of tourists. These are natural springs.

 

What to see around Sattal:

Naukuchital: In the Nainital district this is the picturesque hill station. This place is famous for 9 concerned lakes. It is located 13kms away from Sattal.

Bhimtal: Bhimtal is a part of Lake District of India. This place is famous for its lakes. Other attractions of this place are Dam on Bhimtal Lake and Bhimeshwar temple which was constructed in17th century. It is located 8kms away from Sattal.

Nainital: It is located 22kms away from Sattal. This place is well known for numerous lakes and green hills. It has earned the epithet of Lake District of India. Nainital is surrounded by mountains. Hundreds of ancient temples and mountain peaks can be seen here.

Haldwani: It is located 17kms away from Sattal. Pleasant climate and Scenic beauty attracts the tourists to come to this place again and again.

 

Getting to Sattal: Sattal is well connected through roadways. State run and private buses come to this place from Uttarakhand and from several other surrounding states. Nearest railway head is located at Kathgodam which is located 36kms away from Sattal. From the cities such as Howrah, Jammu, Dehradun, Delhi trains come to Kathgodam. Taxis are available from the railway station to reach Sattal. Nearest domestic airport is Pantnagar airport. Nearest international airport is located at Delhi.

 

Getting around Sattal: Best way to explore the place is on foot. Buses and Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Sattal.

 

Best time to visit Sattal: Before reaching to any place knowing best time to visit that place is essential. Knowing weather conditions beforehand is also necessary. Best time to visit this place is during the months of March to June and between September to November.

 

Where to stay in Sattal: All ranges of hotels such as budget, midrange and luxury hotels are available to stay in Sattal. Few resorts along with KMVN rest houses are also available to stay in Sattal. Best hotels in Sattal are County Inn Sattal, V Resorts, and Langdale Manor.

 

Where to eat in Sattal: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in Sattal. Almost all the restaurants serve North Indian cuisines. Very few restaurants serve Chinese and South Indian Cuisines.

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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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Khir Ganga

Khir Ganga

HP, North India, Hill station, Hot Springs, Parvati Valley, Trekking, Valley, Water falls, Water Sports

April 72014

Khir Ganga is located in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. It is situated on the Parvati Valley. This place is famous for Hot springs, trekking and Scenic view of Himalayan Mountains. This is the most important religious place for Hindus. According to Hindu Mythology Lord Kartikeya, meditated for thousands of years in this place. He is the son of lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

 

What to see in Khir Ganga: Trekking and Sunset through Khir Ganga Forests is the most memorable experience. To reach Khir Ganga hiring a guide is recommended. Barshaini is the last motorable point. While trekking from Barshaini, sightseeing options are Pin Parvati Pass, The rock formation of Pandu Pul, Serpent shaped waterfalls, Rudra Nag.

 

Weather remains pleasant between May and November. This is the best time to come to Khir Ganga and can enjoy trekking. During the winter season snow fall is high so it is so dangerous to do trekking during that period. Khir Ganga is located 22kms away from Manikaran. Between Manikaran and Khir Ganga, visitors can find Gurudwara, Hot Springs and a temple which is dedicated to Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva.

 

It can rain any time in this place so it is advisable to carry raincoats or Umbrellas. For trekking it is essential to wear sturdy shoes with Chunky soles. During the morning and evening times it is so cool so carry woollen clothes while visiting to this place.

 

What to see around Khir Ganga:

Kullu: Kullu is a beautiful valley in Himachal Pradesh. This valley known as Valley of Gods. Major attractions of Kullu are Chandrakhani Pass, Raghunath Temple, Rafting, and Trekking. Kullu is located on the banks of River Beas in Himachal Pradesh. It is an open valley between Largi and Manali. Hills in the valley covered with Sprawling Apple Orchards, Deodar Forest and Pine forests. Activities in this valley are Angling, hiking over the Himalayan glaciers, paragliding, Mountaineering, river rafting, trekking. This place is also famous for adventure sports. It is located 35kms away from Khir Ganga.

Manali: It is located 37kms away from Khir Ganga. Manali is a hill station in Himachal Pradesh. It is named after Hindu god Manu. Manali is popular honeymoon spot. Visitors can enjoy the place by seeing slopes and snow covered peaks. Major attractions of Manali are Manu Temple, Hadimba Temple, Paragliding, Trekking and Adventures sports, Solang Valley.

Manikaran: It is located 22kms away from Khir Ganga. This place is famous for hot springs. It is a sacred place to both Hindus and Muslims.

 

Getting to Khir Ganga: Towards Khir Ganga, Barshaini is the last motorable point. It is 11kms trek to reach Khir Ganga. Porters and local guides are available at Barshaini. Nearest railway station is Kathgodam. Buses and Taxis are available to reach Barshaini. Bhuntar airport is the nearest airport. This airport is well connected with Shimla, Pathankot and Delhi.

 

Getting around Khir Ganga: Khir Ganga can be seen only on foot. Buses and Taxis are available from Barshaini to visit the surrounding places of Khir Ganga.

 

Best time to visit Khir Ganga: Before visiting any place it is essential to known best time to enjoy the tour. Best time to visit Khir Ganga is between May to November.

 

Where to stay in Khir Ganga: Hotels are not available in Khir Ganga. Near Shiva Temple there is an ashram. This ashram provides basic accommodation and decent facilities to stay.

 

Where to eat in Khir Ganga: Few restaurants are available which offers both vegetarian and non vegetarian. Continental, Chinese and Indian cuisines are also available along with local food. This is the best place for Israeli tourists. Jewish snacks are available here.

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Shillong

Shillong

Meghalaya, North East India, Caves, Hill station, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Trekking, Valley, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 72014

Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya. This is the home to Khasis. Britishers influence is more in this place. Even today visitors can find British influence in language, lifestyle and architecture. Traditions of both Europe and India can be seen here.

 

What to see in Shillong:

Golf Course: One of the oldest Golf Courses in the country. This was started in the year 1898 at Laban. Initially this was started with the course of 9 holes; in 1924 it was transformed to 18 holes.

Police Bazaar: This is popularly known as PB. Plenty of hotels, restaurants, shops are located here. This is the best place for the shopping lovers.

Don Bosco Museum: This museum provides information about north eastern states such as Tripura, Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. Best collection of weapons, photographs, ornamentation, handicrafts, accoutrements, attires, Regional artwork can be seen here.

Shillong Peak: Thousands of tourists come to this place every year. According to the history Shillong city is named after this peak. One of the attractions of this place is Indian Air Force Radar Station. Cameras are not allowed due to security reasons. This peak provides breath taking view of Shillong city and Himalayan Ranges.

Lady Hydari Park: This is one of the major attractions of the Shillong. This is dedicated to first lady of the province, Lady Hydari. She was the wife of Governor of Assam. Major attraction of this park is huge variety of orchids and local flowering plants. This park consists of mini Zoo also. In this zoo 140 reptiles, 73 species of birds can also be seen. This park is in Japanese style.

Other attractions of Shillong: Other attractions of Shillong are Elephant Falls, Wards Lake, Meghalaya State Museum, Wankhar Entomology Museum, All Saints Church, Botanical Survey of India Orchidarium, Shillong Cathedral, Laitlum Canyons, The Meghalaya Butterfly Museum.

 

What to see around Shillong:

Mawsynram: This place is located 54kms away from Shillong. It is the wettest place on the earth. Major attractions of this place are lush waterfalls, abundant greenery, clear blue skies and fresh air. Other attractions of this place are Mawjymbuin Cave with huge Shivaligam.

Spread Eagle Falls: It is located 6kms away from the city. In the entire Shillong, Spread Eagle Falls are the widest falls. Other name of this falls is Sati falls. People can enjoy Sparkling Waterfalls.

Mawplang: Most famous forest groves are located here. This forest is also known as sacred forest. Castanopsis Kurzii Trees are majorly seen in this forest. This place is considered as natures own museum. Major attractions of this museum are orchids, fern allies, Pipers, Aroids. It is located 25kms away from Shillong.

Sohpetbneng Peak: Bird’s eye view of city of Shillong and dense forest is possible from this peak. It is believed that Hynniewtrep tribe of Meghalaya grew a tree at this peak which acted as a ladder between them and a God. It is located 20kms away from shillong.

Other attractions near Shillong: Other attractions near Shillong are Umiam Lake, Sweet Falls, Beadon Falls, Bishop Falls, Mawlynnong Waterfalls, Mawjymbuin Caves, David Scott Trail, and Diengiei Peak.

 

Getting to Shillong: This place is well connected with road, railways and airway. From the cities such as Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Delhi, buses and trains are available to reach this place. From Patna, Mangalore, Ranchi, Jaipur flights are available to reach this place.

 

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

 

Best time to visit Shillong: Visitors can reach this place throughout the year.

 

Where to stay in Shillong: All range of hotels such as Budget, Midrange and Luxury Hotels are available to stay in this place.

 

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

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Namchi

Namchi

Sikkim, North East India, Guru Padmasambhava, Hot Springs, Kanchendzonga, Namchi Monastery, Nature, Tea Garden, Temple, Trekking, Valley, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 72014

Namchi is the capital of district Sikkim of Sikkim. Namchi is derived from two words Nam and Chi. Nam means Sky and Chi means High. Major attraction of this place is Padmasambhava or Guru Rinpoche statue. This statue is world’s largest statue belongs to the saint of Sikkim. Namchi place is famous for Bio-diversity, Scenic locals and Buddhist monastery. This place offers the view of Kanchenjunga. This is the 3rd highest mountain in the world. To promote tourism, Namchi Mahotsav will be held every year. Worth buying things in Namchi are Craft items and Souvenir items.

 

What to see in Namchi:

Namchi Monastery: This is the major attraction of this town. It is located at Ahaley locality. This is well known for Buddhist monastery. Original name of this monastery is Decchen Choyling Gumpa.

Guru Padmasambhava Statue: This place is popularly known as Wish Fulfilling hill. In the world this is the highest statue whose height is 135 feet.

 

What to see around Namchi:

Solophok: This place is located 5kms away from Namchi. Major attractions of this site are Big statue of Lord Shiva and Chota Char Dham Pilgrimage.

Rock Garden: It is located 5kms away from the town. This garden offers the best view of Mount Kanchendzonga. Major attraction of this place is rare species of trees, flowers and Plants.

Helipad: This offers the best view of Mount Kanchendzonga. It is located very close to Temi tea garden which is 5kms away from the town. This is the only tea garden in Sikkim.

Char Dham: Char Dham is located on Solophok hill which is 5kms away from the town. People believe that persons who visit this place will wash off their sins.

Temi Tea Garden: This is the only tea garden in Sikkim. Area covered by this garden is 435 acres. Annual turnover of this garden is 100 million tonnes. This was established in 1969.

Ralong Monastery: This was built to commemorate the successful Pilgrimage of the 4th chogyal to Tibet. It is located 6kms away from Ravangla.

Doling Gumpa: This is the most beautiful monastery. It was built by Nyimpa Followers.

Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary: It is situated above the Tendong hill. This place is famous for flora and fauna. Trekking activity is the other attraction near this place.

Borong and Ralong Hot water Springs: Natural springs are said to have curative powers. It is located 7kms away from the town. For overnight stay huts are available.

Rimbi Waterfalls: During the summer seasons tourists rush is more near these waterfalls. This is the best picnic place.

 

Getting to Namchi: Namchi is well connected through road ways. From the cities such as Pelling, Yukosom and Gangtok buses are available to reach this place. Nearest railway station is at Siliguri and New Jalpaiguri. From the cities such as Patna, Ranchi, Puri, Trivandrum, Bangalore trains come to New Jalpaiguri. Bagdogra is the nearest airport.

 

Getting around Namchi: Private Jeeps, Taxis and buses are available to visit the surrounding places of Namchi.

 

Best time to visit Namchi: Best time to visit Namchi is from mid February till the end of May and mid September till the end of December.

 

Where to stay in Namchi: Plenty of hotels are available to stay in Namchi. Temperature in Namchi is always cool so air conditioned rooms are not essential in Namchi. 24 hour travel information counter is available in all the hotels.

 

Where to eat in Namchi: Very limited restaurants are available to have food in Namchi. Almost all the restaurants serve only non vegetarian. Vegetarian is available on demand. Famous food of this place is Pork and other meat items.

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Gangtok

Gangtok

Sikkim, North East India, Hill station, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Trekking, Valley, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 72014

Gangtok is a hill resort and capital of Sikkim. Largest industry in Gangtok is hospitality. At the end of 19th century, Tibetans was defeated by Britishers. Then Gangtok became a major stopover in the trade between Tibet and British India.

 

What to see in Gangtok:

Hanuman Tok: This one of the major attractions of Gangtok. Army department is managing this temple. Height is 7200feet.

Namgyal Institute: This is a Tibet museum which was inaugurated in 1958 by Jawaharlal Nehru. Major attractions of this museum are ancient manuscripts, wide collection of thangkas, statues, Tibetan works.

Deorali Orchid Sanctuary: Huge collection of Orchids can be seen here. In total there are 454 varieties of Orchids. Out of which 200 can be seen here.

Do-Drul Chorten Stupa: This was built in 1945 and it is located adjacent to Tibetology Institute. Prayer wheels on the stupa have a holy inscription engraved on it as Om Mani Padma Hum.

Tashi Viewpoint: This is the best place to enjoy beautiful view of Mount Kanchenjunga.

Tsuk La Khang Monastery: This is located inside the Royal Palace. Major attractions of this place are figure of snow lion’s head, Wooden Sculptures, Huge collection of Buddhist Scripture works.

White Hill: This is a two storied architecture. It is a permanent venue for Flower show held in Sikkim.

Ban Jhakri Falls: This is one of the attractions of Gangtok. It is the best place for Jogging and morning walk. Ethic sculptures can be seen here.

Mt.Katao: This is the best place for the people who want to have experience of snow. Prior permission from Indian army is essential.

 

What to see around Gangtok:

Enchey Monastery: This is 200 years old monastery which is located 3kms away from the city. It is an important Nyingma Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. This was constructed by Lama Druptab in 1909.

Ganesh Tok: This is located 7kms away from Gangtok. Lord Ganesha is worshipped here. It is so small only one person can go inside.

Tsomgo Lake: This is located in East Sikkim which is 38kms away from Gangtok. This is the holy lake for the Sikkim people. To visit this place Inner Line Permit is essential from the police. Entire Lake gets frozen during the winter season.

Himalayan Zoological Park: This is located 3kms away from Gangtok. For the wildlife lovers this is the best place. Major attractions of this place are Himalayan Black bear, Barking deer, Musk Deer, Blue sheep, Red Panda.

Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary: This is located 31kms away from Gangtok. Wide variety of flora and fauna can be seen here. Medicinal plants also can be seen here. Major attraction of this sanctuary is Rhododendron, Rare Panax, Gentians, Primulas etc…

Other attractions near Gangtok: Other attractions near Gangtok are Nathula Pass, Rumtek Monastery, Changu Lake, Ranka Monastery, Tashiding Monastery, Saramsa Garden, Fambong La Wildlife Sanctuary, Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden, Kabi Lungchok.

 

Getting to Gangtok: Gangtok is well connected through Road way and Railway. From the major cities such as Patna, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Nagpur etc buses and trains are available to reach this place. Nearest airport is located at Bagdogra which is 124kms away from the city.

 

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

 

Best time to visit Gangtok: Visitors can come to this place throughout the year. Snowfall can be experienced during the winter season. Best time to visit this place is between September to June.

 

Where to stay in Gangtok: Plenty of accommodations starting from budget hotels to luxury hotels are available here. Cost of Budget hotels is Rs.795 and cost of luxury hotels is Rs.4500.

 

Where to eat in Gangtok: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in Gangtok. Best restaurants found in MG Marg.

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Nathu La

Nathu La

Sikkim, North East India, Hill station, India China Border, Mountain Passes, Musuem, Nature, Trekking, Valley, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 72014

Nathu La is an important Himalayan pass in India. Nathu La is derived from two words Nathu and La. Nathu means Listening and La means Pass. This is located 54kms from Gangtok which is in Sikkim. Between India and China there are 3 open trading borders. Nathu La is one of the trading Borders. During the summer season tourists rush is more. During 1873, Deputy Commissioner of Darjeeling made a survey laying stress on strategic importance of mountain passes between Tibet and Sikkim. At that time potential of Nathu La came to know to the people. This was opened for trade in 1894.

 

In September 1967, Chinese and Indian soldiers fought against each other for 6 days in Nathu La. After that this place was closed till 2006. This place was reopened on 71st birthday of 14th Dalai Lama. During the years of Nathu La closed, only Chinese post man was allowed to enter into the borders to handover letters from either side of the border.

 

What to see in Nathu La:

Tsomgo Lake: This is located in East Sikkim which is 38kms away from Gangtok. This is the holy lake for the Sikkim people. To visit this place Inner Line Permit is essential from the police. Entire Lake gets frozen during the winter season. Before 1962, Caravans of mules transferred goods through this route.

Nathula Pass: It is located between Indo Chinese Border which passes through Tsongo Lake. Earlier this was the trade route between Indian and Tibetan Merchants. Throughout the year this is covered with snow. In 1950, huge number of people migrated from Tibet to India through this pass. Foreign tourists are not allowed. Indian are allowed only on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and on Sunday with special permission. Only specific vehicles are allowed to pass on selected days. This border protected by Chinese soldiers. Visitors are not allowed at international border.

Flora and Fauna: Flora and Fauna is one of the major attractions of Nathu La. This region has only 4 months growing season. In that season Aconitum, Primula, Pedicularis, Meconopsis are grown abundantly. Major attractions of this place are Ruddy Shelduck, Golden Eagle, Raven, Tibetan Snowcock, Tibetan Wolf, Snow Leopard, and Tibetan Gazelle. During the monsoon season medicinal shrubs and grasses grow abundantly.

 

What to see around Nathu La:

Gangtok: This is the best place to view the beauty of Kanchenjunga. Major attractions of this place are Hanuman Tok, Namgyal Institute, Deorali Orchid Sanctuary, Do-Drul Chorten Stupa, Tashi Viewpoint, Tsuk La Khang Monastery, White Hill, Ban Jhakri Falls, and Mt.Katao.

Namgyal Institute: This is a Tibet museum which was inaugurated in 1958 by Jawaharlal Nehru. Major attractions of this museum are ancient manuscripts, wide collection of thangkas, statues, Tibetan works. It is located 37kms away from Nathu La.

 

Getting to Nathu La: Before reaching to Nathu La visitors has to reach to Gangtok. Gangtok is well connected with road and railway. From the major cities such as Patna, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Nagpur etc buses and trains are available to reach Gangtok. Nearest airport is located at Bagdogra which is 84kms away from Nathu La.

 

Getting around Nathu La: Best way to explore Nathu La is through trekking. Taxis are another option to see the surrounding places.

 

Best time to visit Nathu La: Best time to visit this place is between March to May.

 

Where to stay in Nathu La: Accommodations are not available in Nathu La. Visitors need to stay at Gangtok. Plenty of accommodations starting from budget hotels to luxury hotels are available in Gangtok. Cost of Budget hotels is Rs.795 and cost of luxury hotels is Rs.4500.

 

Where to eat in Nathu La: Only Limited options are available to eat in Nathu La. only Snack items are available.

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Kohima

Kohima

Nagaland, North East India, Caves, Hill station, Musuem, Naga Tribes, Nature, Trekking, Valley, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 72014

Kohima is hilly capital of Nagaland, India. It is the land of Angami Naga tribe. Earlier name of this place is Thigoma. As Britishers unable to pronounce this name they have changed the name as Kohima. This place is famous for wild flowering plants. This town is named after one of the wild plant called Kewhi. Kohima region consists of 16 principle tribes. All belongs to Naga Tribes. Naga Bazaar and Ruzaphema are best places for the shopping lovers. Decorative items, Vests and Shawls are worth buying here.

 

What to see in Kohima:

Catholic Church: In the North East Region of India, this church is the biggest church. Missionary sisters of Jesus Christ came to this place in 1948 to provide service to the civil hospital of the region. From then onwards Christianity spread in this region.

War Cemetery: This cemetery consists of more than 1420 funerals of the soldiers who died during Japanese invasion at the time of World War II. It is best historical site in Kohima. It consists of 330 Indian Burials, 5 Canadian and 1100 British Burials.

Nagaland State Museum: Rare collection of artefacts which belongs to 16 tribes can be seen here. Other attractions of this place are inscriptions, traditional attires, necklaces, precious stones, clan motifs.

Japfu Peak: One of the major attractions of this place is Rhododendron Tree. This tree entered into Guinness book of world Record. Height of this tree is 130 feet tall. Trekking is the other attraction of this place.

Kohima Museum: Collection of beer mugs, gadgets for Kitchen, farm implements, precious stones, is the major attractions of this museum.

 

What to see around Kohima:

Dzukou Valley: This is located 25kms away from Kohima. It looks so beautiful with multi colored rhododendrons, Euphorbia, aconitum and Lilies. This valley is used for trekking purpose. Trekking is the major attraction for several visitors.

Tuophema: State Government declared this village as ancient Heritage village. This place is so clam. Social system of Nagas can be known from here. Famous dishes of Nagas such as Bamboo baked fish; rice beer, bamboo and Pork are available here. It is located 35kms away from Kohima.

Zoological Park: It is located 70kms away from Kohima. Rare Bird species, Tragopan is the major attraction of this park. This is the state bird of Nagaland. Animal attractions of this place are Golden Langur, Wild Buffalo etc. Jungle Safari, Nature trips and Bird watching activities are major attractions of this place.

Intangki Wildlife sanctuary: This is located 45kms away from Kohima. Major attractions of this sanctuary are Mithun, Elephants, Tiger, Black Stork, Khaleej, Common Pheasant, Hornbill etc. Flora and Fauna are also other attractions of this place.

Ruzaphema: This is major attraction for shopping lovers. Beautiful and Unique shops are made by tribal women of Nagaland. It is located 5kms away from Kohima.

 

Getting to Kohima: Only way to reach this place is road way. From cities such as Mizoram, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Meghalaya buses come to this place. Nearest railway station and airport is at Dimapur.

 

Getting around Kohima: Buses, Vans and Cars are available to visit the surrounding places of Kohima. Travel in the smallest vehicles is more safe as this a hilly region.

 

Best time to visit Kohima: Best time to visit Kohima is between November to March.

 

Where to stay in Kohima: Accommodations are very limited in Kohima. Only budget and midrange hotels are available to stay in Kohima. Cost of budget hotels is between Rs.500 to Rs.700. Cost of midrange hotels is ranging between Rs.800 to Rs.1500.

 

Where to eat in Kohima: This is known for non vegetarian. Most famous food is Zouthou, Ghalo and Bamboo baked with Fish.

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Chopta

Chopta

Uttarakhand, North East India, Boating, Hill station, Jyothirlinga, Nature, Panch Prayag, Rock Formations, Temple, Trekking, Valley, Water falls, Water Sports, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 72014

Chopta is a village located in Uttarakhand State, India. From this place trekking to Tungnath will be started. Tungnath is the 3rd temple of Panch Kedar. Other name of this place is Mini Switzerland. Snowfall in this place is most beautiful during the winter season. Major attractions of this place are Rock climbing, Rock craft, Snow trekking, Yoga, Trekking and Camping. For the bird watchers this is the best place. Best trekking routes of this region are Devariyatal, Tunganath and Chandrashilla.

 

What to see in Chopta:

Chandrashila: This is the hill on which Chopta and Tungnath Mandir are situated. Different peaks of Chandrashila are Trishul, Chaukhamba, Nandadevi, and Kedar. These peaks cover with snow during the winter seasons. This view is most attractive to the visitors. This place is famous for trekking. But during the winter season visitors are not allowed to do trekking.

Kanchula Korak Musk Deer Sanctuary: This is located in Chopta and Gopeshewar road. Area covered by this sanctuary is 5 sq.kms. Rare Himalayan wildlife can be seen here. Plenty of species of fauna can be seen here. This sanctuary is known for breeding musk deer.

 

What to see around Chopta:

Ukhimath: This village is famous for Lord Kedarnath temple. During the winter seasons snowfalls is more so this place is known as winter seat for Lord Kedarnath. Temples of Anirudh, Usha, Parvati and Shiva are also famous here. It is located 56kms away from the village.

Deoria Tal: It is located 45kms away from Chopta. Major attraction of this place is reflection of Chaukhamba Peaks can be seen in the waters of the lake.

Tungnath Mandir: This is the major nearby attraction of the village. It is believed that Ravana performed penance for Lord Shiva. Idols of this temple are Lord Shiva, Kaal Bhairav, Ved Vyasa, Pandavas, and Adi Shankaracharya. This place is one of the Panch Kedars. Due to huge snowfalls, temple does not open between November to March.

Kedarnath Mandir: This is situated near Mandakhi River. Shivalinga in the temple is one of the Jyothirlingas. Shape of this temple is Pyramid. 200 idols of Lord Shiva can be seen here. This was constructed by Adi Shankaracharya. It is located 70kms away from Chopta.

Madhyamaheswara Mandir: It is located in Rudraprayaga. Left side of the temple is so attractive with green alpine meadows and right side of Himalayas covered with snow attracts the visitors. North Indian architectural style can be seen here. Nearby attractions of this temple are Madmaheshwar and Ganga Junction, Kedarnath peak and Neelkanth Peak.

 

Getting to Chopta: Chopta is well connected with road ways. From the cities such as Jalandar, Fariadabad, Nagpur, Ghaziabad, Kolkata, Ludhiana, Noida, Gurgoan buses reach to this place. Nearest railway station is located at Rishikesh.

 

Getting around Chopta: Buses, Private vehicles, taxis, Jeeps are available to visit the surrounding places of Chopta.

 

Best time to visit Chopta: Visitors can reach this place throughout the year. During the winter season snowfall is attractinsg the tourists. People who do not have stamina to control cold better to avoid visiting this place during winter season.

 

Where to stay in Chopta: Accommodations of this place are very limited. Only budget and midrange hotels are available to stay in Chopta. Best hotels in Chopta are Nanda Devi paryatak Awas, Alpine Adventure camp and Hotel Snow view.

 

Where to eat in Chopta: Limited restaurants are available to have food in Chopta. Tibetan, Indian and Nepali food is available. Most common food is Noodles.

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Rudraprayag

Rudraprayag

Uttarakhand, North East India, Boating, Hill station, Jyothirlinga, Musuem, Nature, Panch Prayag, River crossing, Rock Formations, Rudraprayag, Temple Trekking, Valley, Water falls, Water Sports

April 72014

Rudraprayag is a town in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. This is the point of confluence of rivers Mandakini and Alakananda. It is one of the Panch Prayag.

 

What to see in Rudraprayag:

Kartik Sawmi: This temple is dedicated to Lord Kartikeya. He is the son of Lord Shiva. Bones of Lord Kartik is worshipped here.

Madmaheshwar Temple: This is one of the Panch Kedars. It is believed that Lord Shiva buried in this place. Silver idol is worshipped here. It remains closed for 6 months.

Maa Hariyali Devi Temple: Goddess is seems in most beautiful yellow colour saree. She sits on the lion carrying a child. Other idols of this temple are Vaishno Devi, Bala Devi and Sitla Mata.

 

What to see around Rudraprayag:

Augustamuni: In this place Rishi Agastya meditated for several years. This village is famous for Agasteshwar Mahadev Temple. It is dedicated to Rishi Augustmuni. Baisakhi celebrations are most famous in this place. It is located 9kms away from Rudraprayag.

Kedarnath Mandir: This is situated near Mandakhi River. Shivalinga in the temple is one of the Jyothirlingas. Shape of this temple is Pyramid. 200 idols of Lord Shiva can be seen here. This was constructed by Adi Shankaracharya. It is located 86kms away from Rudraprayag.

Khirsu: This is located in Rudrayaga region which is 56kms away from the city. Ghandiyal Devta is most ancient temple located here.

Chopta: This is located 56kms away from Rudraprayag. Snowfall in this place is most beautiful during the winter season. Major attractions of this place are Rock climbing, Rock craft, Snow trekking, Yoga, Trekking and Camping. For the bird watchers this is the best place. Best trekking routes of this region are Devariyatal, Tunganath and Chandrashilla.

Kalimath: It is located 46kms away from the city. This is one of the Siddha peeths. Temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali.

Ukhimath: This village is famous for Lord Kedarnath temple. During the winter seasons snowfalls is more so this place is known as winter seat for Lord Kedarnath. Temples of Anirudh, Usha, Parvati and Shiva are also famous here. It is located 42kms away from the city.

Guptkashi: It is located 44 kms from the city. Major attraction of this place is statue of Lord Shiva. This statue is half man and half women.

Chandrashila: This is the hill on which Chopta and Tungnath Mandir are situated. Different peaks of Chandrashila are Trishul, Chaukhamba, Nandadevi, and Kedar. These peaks cover with snow during the winter seasons. This view is most attractive to the visitors. This place is famous for trekking. But during the winter season visitors are not allowed to do trekking. It is located 71kms from the city.

Tungnath Mandir: This is the major nearby attraction of the village. It is believed that Ravana performed penance for Lord Shiva. Idols of this temple are Lord Shiva, Kaal Bhairav, Ved Vyasa, Pandavas, and Adi Shankaracharya can be seen here. This place is one of the Panch Kedars. Due to huge snowfalls, temple does not open between November to March. It is located 71kms away from the city.

 

Getting to Rudraprayag: Only way to reach this place through road. From the cities such as Gurgoan, Bangalore, Kolkata, Delhi, Hyderabad, Ludhiana, Mumbai, buses are available to reach this place. Nearest railway station is located at Rishikesh which is 72kms away from the city.

 

Getting around Rudraprayag: Buses, Taxis and private vehicles are available to visit the surrounding places of Rudraprayag. All the surrounding places are in Rudraprayag district.

 

Best time to visit Rudraprayag: Visitors can come to this place all over the year.

 

Where to stay in Rudraprayag: Plenty of accommodations are available to stay in Rudraprayag. Best hotels are Monal Resort, Bhatt Resort, and GMVN Tourist Bungalow.

 

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

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Ukhrul

Ukhrul

Manipur, North East India, Hill station, Nature, Shirui Lily Flowers, Tangkhul Nagas, Valley, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 72014

Ukhrul is a town and hill station in Ukhrul district of Manipur, India. This is the best place for natural lovers. Climate of this place is so beautiful. Rare Shirui Lily welcomes the visitors to this place. Other added attractions of this place are Crystal Clear River, knolls, mountain ranges and waterfalls. Winter tend to be so cool. This place is also famous for Tangkhul Nagas. It is believed that Tangkhuls come from China Centuries ago. Nagas were the first to embrace Christianity and Western Education.

 

What to see in Ukhrul:

Shirui Kashung Peak: This peak is famous for Shirui Lily Flowers. It is Manipur state flower. These flowers grow only in this region. Shirui Lily Flowers blooms between May and June. In this region this is the highest peak. Rare birds like Mrs.Hume’s Bar Backed Pheasant and Lyth’s tragopan can be seen here.

Duncan Park: In Ukhrul district this is the largest park which was established in 1984.
Khayang Peak:
Height of this peak is 3114meters. This is one of the highest peaks of this region.

Ango Ching: Area covered by this place is 150 sq.kms. Virgin forest is located here. This forest is the home town to plenty of animals such as Tigers, Sambar, Black bear, Wild Cats, Leopards. Birds like Horn bill, tragopan, Peacock can also be seen here.

 

What to see around Ukhrul:

Khangkhui Cave: This place is known for Palaeolithic era artifacts. During the World War II, this was used as a Shelter by the local people. In this place visitors can see two chambers of devil kings, royal bed rooms, and Durbar Hall. It is located 15kms away from the town.

Azoe Jenephiu Magi Lake: It is located 15kms away from Ukhrul. Kachophung Lake is very close to Azoe Jenephiu Magi Lake. It is situated in Achuwa Magi Hills. Area covered by this lake is 9 acres.

Kachouphung Lake: It is situated on Achuwa Magi Hills. This lake is 7kms away from Khayang Falls. Due to the practice of Common Crap and colour fish, Pisciculture is practised here.

 

Getting to Ukhrul: Only way to reach this place is through road. From Imphal plenty of buses are available to reach this place. Dimapur is the nearest railway station. Plenty of taxis are available to reach this place. It is located 300 kms away from Ukhrul. Nearest air port is located at Imphal. From the cities such as Hyderabad, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata are available to reach this place. From Imphal airport taxis are available to reach this place.

 

Getting around Ukhrul: Best way to visit the surrounding place is through bus and Taxis. Bus is the cheapest means of transport.

 

Best time to visit Ukhrul: Ukhrul welcomes the visitors throughout the year. But summer is the best time to visit the place.

 

Where to stay in Ukhrul: Accommodation facilities in Ukhrul is very limited. Only Budget and Midrange hotels are available to stay in Ukhrul. Cost of the hotels is very nominal. Best hotel in Ukhrul is Continental Hotel.

 

Where to eat in Ukhrul: Very limited restaurants are available to have food in Ukhrul. All the restaurants serve local cuisine. Best hotel in Ukhrul is Continental Hotel.

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Aizawl

Aizawl

Mizoram, North East India, Hill station, Musuem, Nature, Trekking, Valley, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 72014

Aizawl is the capital of Mizoram, India. This is one of the most beautiful hill stations in India. It is 112 years old town. Varieties of flowers and Timber houses are the major attraction of this place. Majority of population belongs to Mizo tribes. Muslims and Hindus can also be seen here but very small number. Major dances of this region are Sarlamkai, Chai, Chheihlam, and Khuallam. During these dance shows traditional games, Music competitions, Food festival and flower shows are organised here. Chapchar Kut, Pawl Kut, Mim Kut are famous festivals in Aizawl.

 

What to see in Aizawl:

Berawtlang Tourist Complex: This is the recreation centre. Plenty of cultural activities held here. Local people considered this as famous Picnic spot. Accommodations and restaurants are available inside the complex. Local Taxis are used to visit this complex by the foreigners.

Bara Bazaar: This is the main shopping centre of this hill station. Traditional garments, Wicker handmade baskets are main attraction of this Bazaar.

Durtlang Hills: Tourist attracts to this place for trekking. This offer fine view of the hill station.

Mizoram State Museum: This was established in 1977. More than 2500 items are placed here. Each item says the ethnic background and richest past to Mizoram. This museum is dedicated to tribes of the Mizoram. Some of the items of the museum are archaeological objects, Musical instruments and Photographs.

Mini Zoological Garden: This is located on the hill know as Bethlehem Vengthlan. Major attraction of this garden is Sun Bear. Several numbers of animals can be seen here.

 

What to see around Aizawl:

Bung: This place is situated 15kms away from Aizawl. It is the best picnic spot. Taxis, Bus and Cars are used to reach this place. This place is always busy with the tourists.

Luangmual Handicrafts Centre: This is located 7kms away from the centre. Handicraft objects are famous in this place. Waterproof Wild hnathial leaves can be seen exclusively in this place.

Reiek Tourists Resort: It is situated 45kms away from the city. For the trekking and natural lovers this is the best place. Music shows also conduct in this resort.

Ruanglang: Traditional Mizoram life of the people will be known from this village. It is situated 5kms away from the city. Local taxis are used to reach this place.

Falkawn: This village is situated 18kms away from Aizawl. Thousands of visitors come to place every year. This is the best place to known the lifestyle and culture of Mizoram People.

Paikhai: This is the best picnic spots. Waterfalls are the major attraction of this place. It is located 16kms away from the city.

 

Getting to Aizawl: Aizawl is well connected by road ways. From Shillong, Silchar and Guwahati buses are available to visit this place. Nearest railway station is located at Silchar which is 130kms away from the city. Aizawl is having domestic airport. This airport is well connected with Kolkata, Imphal and Guwahati.

 

Getting around Aizawl: Buses, Cars, Taxis and Autos are available to visit the surrounding place of Aizawl.

 

Best time to visit Aizawl: Best time to visit this place is between November to February. Heavy woollen should be preferred to wear during the winter season and cotton and light woollen are preferred for summer season.

 

Where to stay in Aizawl: Accommodations are very limited in Aizawl. Prior booking of the rooms and resorts are advisable. Only luxurious resorts are available but not luxury hotels. They were charging Rs.3500 per night. Budget hotels are charging Rs.500 per night where as midrange hotels are charging Rs.750 to Rs.1000 per night. Hot water facility is available throughout the year.

 

Where to eat in Aizawl: Limited Restaurants are available to eat food. Most famous local food is Baked Pork Momos, Chicken Momos and steamed fish.

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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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Havelock Island

Havelock Island

Andaman, East India, Beach, Boating, Coral Reefs, History, Nature, Snorkelling, Trekking, Water Sports, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 72014

Havelock Island is the largest Island of Great Andaman in Andaman Islands. This Island is named after British General Army official Maj Gen Sir Henry Havelock in India. Havelock is famous for Great Scuba diving experience, coral reefs and Pristine Beaches. It comprises of several small Islands known as Ritchie’s Archipelago. Government encourages tourism at this place. Havelock is also famous for its beaches, trekking activities, Snorkelling. Coconut shell lamp shades, Nicobari Mats, Walking sticks, Trays, Bowls are worth buying in this place.

 

What to see in Havelock Island:

Radhanagar Beach: This is most attractive beach. In 2004, it was rated as Best Beach in Asia. Highlights of this beach are sky blue water and beautiful silky white sand. Most amazing thing to see from here is sunset. Autos and Jeep are available to reach this place. In some areas of the sea activities like Snorkelling and swimming are conducting.

Vijayanagar Beach: This beach is the best place to relax as it is so clam. Vijayanagar Beach is the best spot for swimming.

Elephant Beach: This is well known to the Indian tourists. Corals near the beaches make good spot for Snorkelling. From Radhanagar Beach, visitors can reach to this place through boat or on foot.

Kalapathar Beach: This beach is named after a village which is located near this beach. Village is famous for Black rocks. Beach attracts the tourists in two different forms. On one side visitors can find silky white sand and on the other side beach looks green like an emerald.

Dive India: This is offering several adventurous activities. Training on these activities will be given in this place. This is offering several instructor training courses.

Ocean Tribe Scuba Diving: This is the best place for beginners of professional divers. They can enjoy diving in the water. Other attractions of this beach are ocean walking and Snorkelling. Visitors can enjoy different variety of water sports from December to April.

 

What to see around Havelock Island:

Cellular Jail: It is located in Port Blair which is 60kms away from the Island. Only individual cells can be seen in this jail. This was constructed by Britishers in 1906.

Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park: It is located 30kms away from south west of Port Blair. Area covered by this park is 280sq.kms. It is famous for rich collection of coral reefs. This park is also known for the different variety of birds, animals and Marine life. Deep water Scuba diving activity conducts in this park.

Neil Island: It is located 40kms away from Port Blair. Major attractions of this beach are Snorkelling, angling, Fishing.

Inglis Island: It is located 57kms away from Port Blair. Major attractions of this place are Wild life and Coral Reefs.

 

Getting to Havelock Island: Best way to reach this place is through Ferries from Port Blair. For every four hours one ferry is available from Port Blair. Nearest airport is at Port Blair i.e. Veer Savarkar International Airport. From Kolkata and Chennai regular flights are available to reach this place.

 

Getting around Havelock Island: Buses, Motorcycles, Jeeps, Gearless Scooters, Autos are available to reach the surrounding place of Havelock Island.

 

Best time to visit Havelock Island: As Diving and other activities are most famous in this Island, best weather conditions are essential to enjoy the activities. Best weather conditions in this Island are between January to May.

 

Where to stay in Havelock Island: Plenty of hotels are available starting from beach huts to luxury hotels to stay in Havelock Island. Luxury hotels provide pick up and drop facilities. Decent budget hotels are available near Vijaynagar Beach.

 

Where to eat in Havelock Island: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in this Island. Best restaurants are at Beach Number 3. Both Vegetarian and non vegetarian food is available.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Vagamon

Vagamon

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

April 52014

Vagamon is a hill station located in Kottayam district of Kerala. It is situated 1100meters above the sea level. This place is most beautiful with dense pine forest, waterfalls, Sparkling Rivulets, Lush Green Vistas. Valley’s in this hill station are so pretty. Huge varieties of orchids can be seen here. Major attractions of this place are Rock Climbing, Mountainning, paragliding and trekking. At Vagamon hill station, 3 beautiful hills are located. They are Kurisumala Hill, Murugan Hill and Thangal Hill.

Major religions of this place are Christian, Muslim, and Hindus. Most famous festival of this hill station is Urs Festival. Biggest tea estates of Kerala are located here. Cloves, Coriander, Star anise, Cardamom, Nutmeg, Fenugreek, Green Pepper, White Pepper, and Black Pepper are worth buying.

 

What to see in Vagamon:

Kurisumala Ashram: This is located on Kurisumala hill. This was established by Abbot Francis Acharya and Friar Bede Griffiths in 1958. People who are interested in Gandhian thoughts love this place.

Vagamon Falls: Trekking is the major attraction of this place. For the natural lovers this is the best place to enjoy nature.

Vagamon Lake: Local people considered this is the best picnic spot. Green hills are surrounded to Vagamon Lake. Plenty of movies shooted at this place. Major attraction of this place is Boat Rides.

 

What to see around Vagamon:

Kurisumala: This is the sacred place for Christians. It is located 5kms away from Vagamon. While climbing Kurisumala hill, devotees carry wooden crosses. Near this hill another hill is located i.e Murugan Mala. This hill is sacred to Hindus as Lord Murugan temple is located on the top of this hill. This is a rock cut temple. Trekking is the major attraction of these hills.

Mundakayam Ghat: It is located 8kms away from Vagamon. ASSTA (Adventure Sports and Sustainable Tourism Academy) organises paragliding festival at this place. This is the best place to see different variety of birds.

Barren Hills: It is located 10kms away from Vagamon. Major attractions of this hill are Paragliding, Bird watching, Rock Climbing, and Trekking.

 

The Pattumalai Church: This church is dedicated to Velankanni Matha. Pattumala means hill with silk.

 

Getting to Vagamon: Only way to reach this place is though road way. From Madurai, Munnar, Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Kottayam buses are available to reach this place. Kottayam is the nearest railway station of Vagamon. Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport to Vagamon.

 

Getting around Vagamon: Nearest places of Vagamon can go on foot. Taxis, jeeps and buses are available to reach the surrounding places of Vagamon.
Best time to visit Vagamon: Summer and winter season is the best time to visit this place i.e. between October to February. Between June to September, it is not possible to reach this place as land is so slippery.

 

Where to stay in Vagamon: Plenty of hotels are available to stay in Vagamon. During the summer season rush will be more. So advance booking of hotels is essential. Cost of budget hotels are around Rs.500. Cost of midrange hotels is around Rs.2000. Luxury hotels provide best service.

 

Where to eat in Vagamon: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in Vagamon. All the restaurants offer Continental, Chinese, and Indian Cuisines.

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Meghamalai

Meghamalai

Tamil Nadu, South India, Hill station, Nature, Trekking, Valley, Water falls, Water Sports, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 52014

Meghamalai is famous mountain ranges in Theni district of Tamilnadu. It is located 1500m above the sea level. This place is famous for tea plantation, coffee plantation, evergreen forests, natural beauty, and salubrious climate. It is located near Suruli River. Twin waterfalls and Silver waterfalls are other attractions of Meghamalai. These ranges are located 1650meters above the sea level. Trekking and waterfall trekking is the major attraction of Meghamalai. Another activity which attracts the tourists is jeep riding though coffee plantation and tea estate. Insulin Plant leaves is available in Meghamalai. These leaves are best medicine for diabetic people. It helps to reduce Sugar levels in blood stream. Cardamom and tea are worth buying of this mountain range.

 

What to see in Meghamalai:

Highwavys Point: This is the best place to see the beauty of Varusanadu Mountain ranges.

Meghamalai Falls: Twin Waterfalls is the major attraction of this place. Height of these waterfalls is 190feet. Wild animals can be seen in this place. Other name of this falls is Clouds Land Falls.

Vellimalai: It is located in the middle of Meghamalai. Landscapes are most beautiful at this place. Other name is Silver Mountain. Another attraction of this place is cardamom and tea plantations.

Cumbam Valley: There are 3 important sites to see in this valley. They are Upper Manalaru, Iravangalaru, and Maharaja Mettu. Major attraction of this Valley is flora and Fauna.

Dams: In this mountain ranges there are 6 dams are located. Cool breezes at these dams are most enjoyable. These are best picnic spots to enjoy the weekends.

Meghamalai Wildlife Sanctuary: Major attractions of this sanctuary are Grizzled Squirrel wildlife and Periyar Tiger Reserve.

Flora and Fauna: Flora and Fauna are the major attractions of these mountain ranges. Tea and coffee plantation are the major attractions of Flora. Major attractions of Fauna are Flying squirrels, Sambar deer, barking deer, Leopard, Nilgiris tahr, Gaur, Spotted Deer, Tiger etc… Great Indian Hornbills are very rare species. These can be seen here.

 

What to see around Meghamalai:

Kumbakkarai Falls: Water of these falls consists of mineral contents and herbal contents. These falls are located on Kodaikanal Hills which is 70kms away from Meghamalai.

Periyar National Park: It is one of the largest wild reserves in India. This park is located on the banks of a lake. It is located 90kms away from Meghamalai.

 

Getting to Meghamalai: Only way to reach this place is through road. Before visiting this place one has to reach Madurai. From Madurai plenty of buses are available to reach to Meghamalai. Madurai is well connected with all the major cities. Nearest railway station is located at Madurai. From Chennai, Mangalore, Bangalore, Hyderabad etc trains are available to reach Madurai. Nearest airport is Madurai Airport. From Bangalore, Trichy, Chennai, Coimbatore airbuses are available to reach Madurai. From Madurai airport , buses are available to reach Meghamalai

 

Getting around Meghamalai: Only means of transport to visit the surrounding places of Meghamalai is through jeeps.

 

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

 

Where to stay in Meghamalai: Limited accommodations are available to stay in Meghamalai. Only budget and midrange hotels are available to stay in Meghamalai. At reasonable cost inspection bungalows are available to stay in Meghamalai.

 

Where to eat in Meghamalai: Near Cardamom and Tea estates, only two canteens are available to eat in Meghamalai. In these canteens meals are also available.

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Coonoor

Coonoor

Tamil Nadu, South India, Hill station, History, Nature, Trekking, Valley, Water falls, Water Sports, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 52014

Coonoor is a Taluk and hill station in Nilgiris district of Tamilnadu. After Ooty this is the second largest hill station in Nilgiri Hills. Britishers discovered this place in 19th century. Britishers developed this place as summer resort. Streets and Bungalows in this place are with English names. Tea cultivates in this place is world famous. Major attractions of this place are Parakeets, thrushes, skylarks, Pipits Cormorants. This is the perfect place for the bird watchers. Hiking and trekking are the other attractions of this place. Every year Coonoor Horticulture Society organises Fruit show at Sim’s park. Thousands of visitors come to this place to see this show.

 

What to see in Coonoor:

Hidden Valley: Valley which is surrounding to Coonoor is known as Hiden Valley. Lush vegetation and Panoramic Beauty can be seen all around the village. Hidden waterfalls and hidden streams are another attraction of this place.

Sim’s Park: It is park apart from botanical garden. This park is having hundreds of years of history. It was developed by Mr.JD Sims in 1874. Rare species of plants are placed here. All are collected from all over the world. Interesting thing of this park is this it was built in Japanese style. Vegetable and fruit show conducts every year in this show.

Tiger Hill cemetery: This is dates back to 19th century. Britishers used this place to bury the bodies of war soldiers.

Wellington Golf Course: Golf course game can be enjoyed here. Several movies shooted in this place.

 

What to see around Coonoor:

Catherine Falls: These are located 20kms away from Coonoor. Waterfalls fall from 250feet. These waterfalls look so beautiful if visitors see this place from Dolphins Nose.

Lamb’s Rock: It is located 8kms away from Coonoor. This place is best known for bird view. Giant rock in this place is named as Captain Lamb. Earlier people tried to make this rock as entrance to Burliar Village but this was not possible.

Dolphins Nose : It is located 10kms away from Coonoor. Rock in this place resembles like Dolphins nose so this place is named as Dolphins nose.

Pomological station: It is located on Coonoor and Mettupalayam Ghat Road. This institution is used to make researches on Pomegranates, Apricots, Lemons, Persinments, Peaches, Plums, and Apples. This is well known fruit research institution in India.

The Droog: This is one of the popular trekking places. It is located 15kms away from Coonoor.

Laws Falls: These falls are located 7kms away from Coonoor. Height of these waterfalls is 180feet. This is most beautiful waterfalls.

 

Getting to Coonoor: Coonoor is well connected though roadways. From Ooty, Coimbatore, and from other cities buses are available to reach this place. Nearest railway station is located at Mettupalayam which is 46kms away from Coonoor. Coimbatore airport is the nearest airport which is 70kms away from Coonoor. This airport is well connected with Bangalore, Chennai and with other metro cities.

 

Getting around Coonoor: As it is small place on can visit the places on foot. However, buses and autos are available to visit the places in and around of Coonoor.

 

Best time to visit Coonoor: Coonoor welcomes tourists all over the year. But during the summer season rush will be more

 

Where to stay in Coonoor: Farm stays and hotels are available to stay in Coonoor. Advance booking of hotels during the summer season is essential. Starting price of single room is Rs.3000. In this amount itself hotels management make arrangements to visit the places in Coonoor.

 

Where to eat in Coonoor: Very limited and small eateries are available to eat in Coonoor. Famous snacks in Coonoor are Samosas, Vadais, Bhajjis, and Potato Bondas. Though these are small eateries best quality food is available.

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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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Sultan Bathery

Sultan Bathery

Kerala, South India, Boating, Caves, Hill station, Masjid, Mountian Biking, Musuem, Nature, River crossing, Valley, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 52014

Sultan Bathery is a town in Wayanad district of kerala. Earlier it was named as Sultan’s Battery. In Wayanad district this is the largest town. Town got this name after Tipu Sultan had stationed his battery of field guns, at the time of invaded Kerala. Climate is so cool and it is beautiful place with lush green hills. Spice plantation is most famous in this place. Wayand is the biggest shopping place in Sultan Bathery. Worth buying things in this town are home appliances, electronics, textiles, and agricultural appliances.

 

What to see in Sultan Bathery:

Sri Maha Ganapathy Temple: It is one of the main attractions of the town. This temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. Other shrines of this temple are Goddess Saraswathi, Lord Sri Nagar, Sri Sivan, and Sri Ayyappa.

Jain Temple: This temple was built in 13th century at Bangalore – Kozhikode highway. This temple is famous for beautiful Keralite architectural styles and carvings on the walls. It is dedicated to Lord Ananthanatha Swami.

 

What to see around Sultan Bathery:

Wayanad Wildlife sanctuary: It is 14kms away from the town. This sanctuary was established in 1973. Area covered by this sanctuary is 344.44 Sq.km. Major Attraction of this sanctuary are Wild dogs, Civets, Panthers, Jungle cats, Monkeys etc…

Agricultural Research station: It is located at Ambalavayal town which is 10kms away from the town. This conducts research on fruits, vegetables, paddy, and spices.

Edakkal Caves: These are considered as earliest human settlement on the planet. Length is 96feet and width is 22 feet.

Thovarimala Ezhuthupara: This place is famous for cave. It is considered as rare historic treasure. This place is located 5kms away from Sultan Bathery and it is located at Nenmeni.

Phantom Rock: This place is famous for skull shaped rock formation. It is popularly known as Cheengeri Mala. It is located 10kms away from the town.

Chethalayam Falls: These falls are located 41kms away from the town. Black granite stones are most famous in this place. Trekking activity takes place at this falls.

Ambalavayal Heritage Museum: It is located 10kms away from the town. Rare artifacts which belong to 2nd century are placed here.

St.Thomas Orthodox Church: It is located in Malankarakkunnu which is 11kms away from the town. Sultan Bathery Diocese is maintaining this church.

Kalpetta: It is located 24kms away from the town. This place is famous for Sanctuaries, valleys, waterfalls and huge number of temples.

 

Getting to Sultan Bathery: This place is well connected with road. From Karnataka and Kerala buses are available to reach Sultan Bathery. Nearest railway station and air port is located at Kozhikode which is 100kms away from the town.

 

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

 

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

 

Where to stay in Sultan Bathery: Plenty of hotels can be seen in Sultan Bathery. Few resorts are also available to stay in Sultan Bathery.

 

Where to eat in Sultan Bathery: Huge number of restaurants is available to eat in Sultan Bathery. North Indian, South Indian and Chinese cuisines are available.

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Yercaud

Yercaud

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

April 52014

Yercaud is a hill station in Salem district of Tamilnadu state. Yercaud is derived from 2 names Yeri and Kaadu. Yeri Means Lake and Kaadu means Forest. This is located 1515meters above the sea level. Other name of Yercaud is Jewel of the destination. As it is less commercialised place, this is also known as Poor Man’s Ooty. Servarayan Range is the highest peak in Yercaud. This place is famous for orange groves and coffee plantation. On this hill station large variety of rare plants can be seen. This hill is a home town to several wild animals. Few animals are Swallow, Kite, Sparrow, Snake, Partridge, Mongoose etc…

 

What to see in Yercaud:

Yercaud Lake: Trees and Gardens are surrounded to Yercaud Lake. Boating is the major attraction in this lake.

Bear’s cave: It is located in the private coffee estate.These caves are situated 7 feet below the ground level. Visitors can see this while they were reaching to Servarayan Temple.

National Orchidarium and Botanical Gardens: This is third largest Orchidarium in India. In this garden more than 4000 species of plants can be seen. Apart from these varieties, huge varieties of orchids are also most attractive in this garden. It was established in 1963.

Pagoda Point: To form a pyramid shape 4 pills are arranged in this place. Local tribes built this place. Now Rama Temple can be seen here. Best time to see this place is during the night times or in the early morning hours.

Silk Farm: These farms explain about how silk garments manufactured. Entire life cycle of silk worms can be seen here.

Lady’s Seat: This is rock in the form of seat. Other attractions near this place are Children Seat and Gent’s seat.

Fairholme Cottage: Earlier this was a Colonial bungalow but now it is converted into Hotel.

 

What to see around Yercaud:

Kiliyur Falls: Trekking is the major attraction in these falls. It is located 3kms away from Yercaud.

Servarayan Temple: Lord Servarayan and Goddess Parvati are worshipped in this temple. Temple is located on Servarayan Hill which is 6kms away from Yercaud. This temple is narrow dark cave.

Anna Park: It is located just 1km away from Yercaud. This is most attractive place for the children. Inside the park Japanese Garden is located.

Namakkal: Major attractions in this place are fort on the hillock and rock cut cave temples. Temples belongs to Narashimhasway and Ranganathaswamy. In the Ranganathaswamy temple, huge Hanuman statue is worth seeing which 20feet height.

Salem: It is located 28kms away from Yercaud. Plenty of industries and temples are located here.

The Grange: It is located just 1km away from Yercaud. This was used as a summer resort by Robert Clive of East India Company. It was built by MD Cockburn in 1820.

 

Getting to Yercaud: Only way to reach this place is though Roadway. From the cities such as Salem, Chennai buses are available to reach this place. Nearest railway station is Salem Junction which is 30kms away from Yercaud. Trichy Airport is the nearest airport to Yercaud which is 163kms from Yercaud.

 

Getting around Yercaud: Cycles, Cars, Autos and cabs are available to visit the places surrounding to Yercaud.

 

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

 

Where to stay in Yercaud: Budget, midrange and luxury hotels are available to stay in Yercaud. But there are very limited. Few guesthouses are available to stay. These are maintaining by Christian Missionaries

 

Where to eat in Yercaud: Limited restaurants are available but all the restaurants serve both vegetarian and non vegetarian food. Most famous food is Mutta Bonda, Fried Dumplings Egg, and Mulaga Bhajji.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 restaurant are available to eat in Bhedaghat. Continental, Chinese, Indian cuisines are available.

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Pachmarhi

Pachmarhi

MP, Central India, Caves, Hill station, History, Nature, Temple, Valley, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 42014

Pachmarhi is a hill station in Central India. This place is also known as Queen of Satpura Ranges. It is an important cantonment area for the army people. Pachmarhi is famous for temples, ancient caves, surging waterfalls, Thick cover of greenery. Highest trekking point is Dhupgarh. This place is located in Pachmarhi. Near Pachmarhi visitors can enjoy dense sal forest, Jamun Orchards and peaceful forest basins. Artifacts belongs to 8000 BC are located here. This is a famous honeymoon spot for the honeymoon couple. Shivrathri is most famous festival here. At Mahadeo Caves, a fair conducts during Mahashivrathri. Lakhs of tourists come to see this fair.

 

What to see in Pachmarhi:

Waterfalls: This place is famous for plenty of waterfalls. Silver falls, Duchess Falls, Vanshree Vihar falls, Apsara Vihar, Bees falls are most famous in Pachmarhi.

Mahadeo Hills: This place is famous for the temples of Lord Shiva.

Pandava Caves: It is believed that this is the residence place of Pandavas. These are carved with sandstone rock. 5 caves are located here. Out of 5 caves Draupatdi Kuti is most ventilated and cleanest cave.

Jata Shankar Cave: Inside this cave there are 108 originally formed Lingas can be seen by the visitors. It is believed that in this caves Lord Shiva hide himself due to the fear of demo Bhasmasura.

Dhoopgarh: In the Satpura mountain ranges it is the highest peak. Sunset is most attractive in this place.

Christ Church: This was built in 1875 by the Britishers. Faces of angles on the walls are most attractive.

Other places to visit: Other Places to visit in Pachmarhi are Bison Lodge, Priyadarshini Point, Irene Pool, Lanjee giri, Bade Mahadev, Gupt Mahadev Cave Temple.

 

What to see around Pachmarhi:

Satpura National Park: It is located on the Satpura hills. It was established in 1981. Plenty of birds and animals are seen here.

Mahadeo Temple: It is located in Satpura Tiger reserves. Along with Bada Mahadeo temple, Gupt Mahadeo temples are also located here. It is located 10 kms away from the Pachmarhi. Visitors have to walk through the forest to reach this place.

Chauragarh: It is located 11 kms away from Pachmarchi. This place is famous for Lord Shiva Temple. Devotees climb this hill having trishul on their hands.

Handi Khoh: It is believed that this place consists of lake till Lord Shiva battle with evil snake. This snake got killed in that battle. After that battle lake become dried. It is believed that still this place is surrounded by evil snake. It is located 4 kms away from Pachmarhi.

 

Getting to Pachmarhi: Pachmarhi is well connected with road ways. From Bhopal, Pipariya, Chhindwara, plenty of buses are available to reach Pachmarhi. Nearest railway station is located at Pipariya which is 47 kms away from Pachmarhi. From several cities such as Howrah, Surat, Chennai, Bangalore, Delhi plenty of trains reach to Pipariya. Nearest airport is at Bhopal.

 

Getting around Pachmarhi: Buses and jeeps are available to visit the surrounding places of Pachmarhi. As it is hill station if visitors want to enjoy the nature, cycles will be given for rent for sightseeing.

 

Best Places to visit Pachmarhi: Best time to visit this place is between September to May.

 

Where to stay in Pachmarhi: Budget, midrange and luxury hotels are available to stay in Pachmarchi. But only limited accommodation is available. Certain rest houses provided by state government.

 

Where to eat in Pachmarhi: Only limited options are available. This place is famous for street food. Chinese and Indian cuisine is available.

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Palampur

Palampur

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

April 42014

Palampur is green hill station in Himachal Pradesh. This place is surrounded by Pine Forests and Tea Gardens. Town name is derived from the word Pulum which means Lots of water. Most of the tourists attracts this place to see water falls and greenery. Beauty of this place cannot be described. On one side of this hill station beautiful plains are situated and on the other side of the hill station visitors can see snow covered hills. This place is covered with tea plantation.

 

Palampur is the best place to enjoy during the summer seasons for the natural lovers. Most famous activity is trekking. Dr.Jameson first started tea plantation in this place and established this place as town. Most famous and worth buying are wooden handicrafts, carpets, Tibetian Handicrafts. Holy is the major festival celebrates here.

 

What to see in Palampur:

Neugal Khad: It is one of the most attractive places in Palampur. Visitors of this place feel that this the best place to spend the time in the evenings. Other name is Bundla Chasm.

Tashi Jong Monastery: This monastery belongs to Tibetan refugees. Beautiful garden is placed in the surrounding of temple. It is the best place to view Kangra valley. This complex consists of crafts emporium. They are placed here for sale. On both sides of the main garden prayer halls are situated.

Saurabh Van Vihar: It is a beautiful garden named after Captain Saurabh Kalia. Area covered by this garden is 35 acres. To provide information to the tourists on nature and environment, Van Vihar is set up by Himachal Pradesh Forest Department.

Tea Gardens: In this place visitors can learn the process of making the tea from the factories. Palampur is also known as Tea Capital of North West India.

Bundlamata Temple: This temple is one of the major attractions in the village. This was built during 5th century.

 

What to see around Palampur:

McLeod Ganj: Tsuglakhang Complex is most attractive place in Mcleod Ganj. It is the seat of spiritual leader Dalai Lama. It is located 38 kms away from Palampur.

Andretta: It is located 12kms away from Palampur. Other name of Andretta is Artist’s Village. Major attractions of this place are Kangra Miniature Paintings, Norah Richard’s house paintings, Shobha Singh Art Gallery. Andretta Pottery and crafts society teaches how to make different type of crafts and pot making.

Gopalpur Zoo: This is also known as Dhauladhar National Park. Large variety of Flora and Fauna species can be seen here. It is located 13 kms away from Palampur. Major attractions of the zoo are red fox, Black bear, spotted deer etc…

Other places to visit near Palampur: Bir and Billing, Dharmasala, Kangra, Chamunda Devi Temple, Al Hilal, Naam Art Gallery, Brijeshwari Temple, Baijinath Temple.

 

Getting to Palampur: Only way to reach this place is road way. From the cities like Dharmasala, Pathankot, Mandi buses are available. Nearest Railway station is located at Pathankot. Nearest airport is located at Dharmasala.

 

Getting around Palampur: Taxis and auto’s are available to visit the surrounding places of Palampur. Autos do not run on meters. So auto fair has to be decided beforehand.

 

Best time to visit Palampur: Best time to visit this place is between February to November. During winter season visitors can enjoy snow fall. Summer season is pleasant for trekking activity.

 

Where to stay in Palampur: Limited hotels are available to stay here. Cottages and budget hotels are located in Chandpur tea estate. Very limited luxury hotels are also located here.

 

Where to eat in Palampur: Very limited and small restaurants are located here. Chinese dishes are most popular to serve. Other dishes available here are Continental and Indian dishes.

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Shimla

Shimla

HP , North India , Musuem, Nature, Temple, Valley, Water falls

April 42014

Shimla is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh. This is famous hub for Indian tourism sector. This place is name after Goddess Shyamala Devi. She is incarnation of Goddess Kali. It is surrounded by Oak Deodar and Pine forests. Several popular hill stations are located here. Kohana Embroidery, Thapada embroidery and Handicrafts of Shimla are world famous.

 

Different music instruments such as Chimta Flute, Ghunghroo, Ghariyal, Manjara, Iktara etc are used by tribal’s to play the music. For the shopping lovers The Mall is the best place. Walking sticks, Kinnauri and Kullu shawls, mufflers, winter garments, Tibetian Jewellery are worth buying here. Festival which are famous here are Bharara Fair, Bhoj Fair, Lavi Fair, Mahasu Jatar, Pathar Ka Khel.

 

What to see in Shimla:

The Mall: This is the major shopping centre in Shimla. Several tourist offices, Post Offices, Bars, banks, Clubs, restaurants are located here. Gaiety Theatre is also placed here.

Kamna Devi: This is one of the major attractions in Shimla. It is popularly known as Prospect Hill. Baleugunj place is located near this hill. From this place visitors can see Tara Devi, Jutogh Canntt, summer hill and Shimla.

Christ church: It is located at the heart of the city. In many Hindi movies one can see this church. It was built in 1857.

State Museum: Collection of ancient Jewellery, Textiles, Dresses, Paintings, are placed here.

Indian Institute of Advanced Studies: This was built in 1884 during the period of Lord Dufferin. Henry Twain designed this place. Visitors can enjoy best views and gardens here.

Jakhu Hill: This is the highest peak of Shimla. Lord Hanuman Temple is very famous here. Chir and Deodar trees are major attraction to the visitors. Bajrangbali statue whose height is 108 feet is placed here.

 

What to see around Shimla:

Summer Hills: It is located 6 kms away from Shimla. This place consists of full of oaks and Pine trees. Himachal Pradesh University is situated here.

Tattapani: Hot springs are most famous in this place. It is located 51 kms away from Shimla. This is religious place having several temples. Trekking, Fishing, Rafting, adventures sports major attraction to the tourists.

Chali: This place is famous for deodar and Pine trees. Several tourists especially honeymoon couple visits this place. Idyllic resort is most famous here.

Mashobra: This place consists of awesome range of flowers, elegant guest houses, and green meadows. Major attractions here are apple orchards and thick woods of pine and oaks.

Glen: This is best Picnic Place for the visitors. It is located 4 kms away from Shimla.

Other place to visit: other places to visit nearby Shimla are Naldehra, Narkanda, and Kurfi.

 

Getting to Shimla: Through all the means of transport such as road, air and railways are well connected with Shimla. From all the major cities like Kullu, Chandigarh, Delhi buses, trains and air buses are available daily to reach this place.

 

Getting around Shimla: Plenty of Taxis and buses are available to visit the place surrounding Shimla.

 

Best time to visit Shimla: Best time to visit this place is between April to October. During the rainy reason visitors has to be so careful as roads in this place are so slippery.

 

Where to stay in Shimla: Plenty of hotels are available here. Based on the tourist’s requirements they can choose the hotels. All range of hotels is available here. Private and Government guest houses are also available.

 

Where to eat in Shimla: Plenty of restaurants are available. All varieties of food such as Chinese, Continental, and Indian food are available.

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Manali

Manali

HP, North India , History, Nature, Temple, Valley, Water falls

April 42014

Manali is a hill station in Himachal Pradesh. It is named after Hindu god Manu. Manali is popular honeymoon spot. Visitors can enjoy the place by seeing slopes and snow covered peaks. This place is situated in Kullu district. 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. Peak season for this valley is during the summer season, New Year period and Christmas period.

 

It is believed that earlier inhabitants of Manali are Shepherds, nomadic hunter tribe and Rakshas. Manali is merged in India in 1948. Earlier it was part of Princely state of Mandi. Festivals celebrates here are Dassehra, Winter Carnival, Hadimba Devi, Basant Panchami.

 

What to see in Manali:

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.

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.

Solang Valley: It is considered as good picnic spot and good ski slopes are located here.

Paragliding: This is most famous activity in Manali. Great opportunities for paragliding are Solang Valley and Rohtang Valley.

Trekking and Adventures sports: For the adventures lovers this is the best place. Mountaineering institute is located here which gives training in basic and advance courses in water sports, sikking, mountianing and Trekking. Best places for trekking are Koshla Tree line, Solang Valley, Lamadugh Meadows.

 

What to see around Manali:

Jagatsukh: It is located 8 kms away from Manali. 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.

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

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.

Rahala and Rozy Waterfalls: These are located in Leh Manali Highway. Visitors are most attractive towards these waterfalls. It is located 29 kms away from Manali.

 

Getting to Manali: Only way to get into Manali is by road way. 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: Taxis and autos are available to reach the surrounding places of Manali. Motor bikes will be given on rent to see the nearest places.

 

Best time to visit Manali: Best time to visit this place is between May to November. Rush will be more in the months of May and June. Again in the month of December rush will be more.

 

Where to stay in Manali: 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: Plenty of restaurants are placed here. All varieties of food such as Tibetian, Italian, Indian, Chinese etc are available here.

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Keylong

Keylong

HP, History, Nature, Temple, Valley, Water falls, West India

April 32014

Keylong is the administrative centre of Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh. This is the best place for the natural lovers as it is surrounded by green fields. One of the English travellers described this place as A Rough cut Emerald in a Bronze and Silver settings. Rudyard Kipling has stated that this region is surely the God live here this no place for men. This place is located in Manali and Leh Road. In this region tourists can find white and brown mountains.

 

Keylong is located on the banks of river Bhaga where Chenab Valley, Bhaga Valley and Chandra Valley are intersected. Buddhism culture is followed by local people. Plenty of Bazaars, monasteries and temple are located in this place. Famous festivals celebrate in this place are Monks and Lamas. Lahaul is known as annual festival celebrates here. Keylong is the famous destination for sports such as Camping, Skiing, Paragliding, Jeep Safari, Fishing, and Trekking

 

What to see in Keylong:

Triloknath Temple: This temple is very famous in this place. It is the sacred place for Buddhist and Hindus.

Khardang Monastery: Other name of this monastery is Khardang Gompa. This is the reflection of art and culture of Buddhism. From this place surrounding places can be viewed. Library is placed in this monastery. In this library Tangyur and Kangyur scriptures are most famous. Buddhist literature can be seen here. Other major attractions of monastery are huge status of Lord Buddha, musical instruments like horns, drums.

Shashur Gompa: Major attractions of this gompa are flags, conventional paintings, bells, Chortens. In the months of June and July devil dance is performed here.

Monasteries: 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.

 

What to see around Keylong:

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.

Sissu: It is located 30 Kms away from Keylong. From Siberia ducks come here on migration during spring and autumn seasons. This place is located on the banks of river Chandra.

Tandi:   It is located 8 Kms away from Keylong. This is famous for Chitwan National park.

 

Getting to Keylong: Only way to reach this place is through road ways. This place is well connected with bus route from Shimla, Delhi and Manali. Nearest railway station is located at Jogindernagar. Buses and taxis are available to reach keylong from Jogindernagar. Nearest airport is Bhuntar Airport.

 

Getting around Keylong: As it is a small village, site seeing around Keylong can be discovered on foot to enjoy the nature. Surrounding places of Keylong can be visited by means to taxis and Jeeps.

 

Best time to visit this place: Best time to visit this place is between May to October. It is essential to known this timings by the tourists as Rohtang Pass which the entry place will be closed rest of the year.

 

Where to stay in Keylong: As it is very small village, very limited hotels are available to stay. Luxury hotel are not available here.

 

Where to eat in Keylong:  Plenty of restaurants are available here. Almost all the restaurants serve only Tibetian Food. Only few restaurants serve Indian food.

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Kasauli

Kasauli

HP, History, Nature, Temple, Valley, Water falls, West India

April 32014

Kasauli is a cantonment located in Himachal Pradesh. It was established in 1842 as a hill station.  Height of this hill station is 1927 meters. Most attractive places in Kasauli are dense forest and snow clad Mountain. Old Churches and Victorian architecture, Gothic style buildings are famous in this place. According to Hindu Mythology, Kausali is a place where Lord Hanuman kept his feet while he is getting Sanjeevani Herb for Laxman to make him alive. Some of the common features for the summer residences are Pretty Facades, Well Manicured lawns and Long driveways. Basant Panchami, Lohri, Renuka Fair, Sari Festival and Solan Festivals are most famous in this place.

 

What to see in Kasauli:

Christ Church: It is the best tourist place which is located in Mall road of Kasauli. In Gothic style this was constructed during the British era. It is one if the important hill station church.

The Mall:  This is the best place for the shopping lovers. It is always busy with several visitors who visit this place. This consists of Lower mall and upper mall streets. Worth buying here are Tibetian Carpets, Shawls, Metalwork’s, wood works, Jewellery items, handicrafts etc…

Central Research Institute:  This was established in 1905 during colonial British rule.  Several tourists attracts to this place. Always it is engaged in research and development activities.

Monkey Point:  Highest peak of the town is Monkey point. It is believed that Lord Hanuman kept his feet in this place while he is carrying Sanjeevani to Laxman. Snow covered peaks are most attractive to the visitors.

Kasauli Club: It is one of the oldest clubs in the country established in 1880. Its membership comes with 15 years wait time. Indian Army personnel are maintaining this club.

Kausali Distillery: It is believed this was functioning before the formation of the cantonment. It is the oldest distillery for Scotch whisky in Asia.

Other places to see in Kasauli:  Sri Baba Balanath Temple, Krishna Bhagvan Mandir, Gurudwaras located in Kasauli Mashobra Rd and Gharkhal Bazaar, Irish Roman Church, Baptist church.

 

What to see around Kasauli:

Dagshai: It is situated 12 kms away from Kasauli. Dagshai is one of the oldest cantonments. Most beautiful and colourful        green and red roof top school campuses are located on the top of Dagshai hill. These are constructed in 1876.

Timber Trail Resort: This resort connects 2 hills. Cable cars are available to reach this place. This is one of the major attractions to the tourists. Pine forests are located here. Beauty of Kaushalya River can be seen from here. It is located 36 kms away from Kasauli.

Parwanoo: This place is known for apple orchards. It is located 24 kms from Kasauli.

Other places to visit near Kasauli: Other places to visit near Kasauli are Shimla, Chandigarh, Auli, and Gurkha Fort.

 

Getting to Kasauli: This place is well connected to Chandigarh and Delhi by Road. Nearest Railway station is located at Kalka. Nearest airport is at Shimla.

 

Getting around Kasauli: Most preferred and attractive mode of transport to reach the surrounding places of Kasauli is Horse cart or Tongas.

 

Best time to visit Kasauli: From April to November is the best time to visit this place.

 

Where to stay in Kasauli: Very limited accommodation facility is available in Kasauli. On the top of the hills several resorts are available to stay. Most of the visitors prefer these resorts to enjoy the nature.

 

Where to eat in Kasauli: Restaurants in this place are very limited. Chinese, Indian, continental food is available in the restaurants.

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Dharmasala

Dharmasala

HP, History, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Valley, Water falls, West India

April 32014

Dharmasala is located in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. Other name is Bhagsu. Dharmasala is divided into two parts. They are Upper Dharmasala which is also known as McLeod Ganj and other one is Lower Dharmasala. Lower Dharmasala consists of Commercial areas, local hospitals, schools and government offices. Upper Dharmasala is famous for Tibetan culture and community. This is the residence place of spiritual Tibetian Leader Dalai Lama. Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru had given permission for the Tibetians to live in this place in 1959. Main attraction of Dharmashala is Tibetian Architecture. Buddha Purnima is a famous festival celebrates in this place.

 

What to see in Dharmasala:

Dal Lake: Deodar tree is major attractions in this place. Near the lake a small Shiva Mandir is located. Base camp for the trekkers is organised here. People believe that if they take a dip in the lake they will be blessed by Lord Shiva.

Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium: This was opened in 2003. Venue holds IPL Matches and Ranji Trophy. Capacity of the stadium is 25000 seats.

Billing Adventure: In the international paragliding circuit Billing Paragliding site has become legend. It hosts both world cup and International competitions.

Tsuglagkhang: It is a vast temple complex consists of Namgyal Monastery which is residence of Dalai Lama, Cafeteria, library, Buddhist shrines, Prayer wheels, book shop, and Tibetian museum. All sections of monastery can be seen except monk’s residence.

 

What to see around Dharmasala:

Kangra Fort: This is best place which acts as the evidence to war records of Alexander. It is one of the oldest and largest forts in India. Other name is Nagakot. Main attractions are Manjhi and Banganga Rivers. It is located 20 kms away from Dharmasala.

Dharmakot:  This is the best picnic spot located 14 kms away from Dharmasala. This place offers Himalayan views.

Norbulingaka Institute: This is a centre for continuation. Training will be given for Tibetian arts and crafts. This was developed by Dalai Lama.

Bhugsunath: This place is named after ancient Bhugsunath temple. It is the favourite picnic spot to all the visitors. Major attraction here is waterfalls.

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 Dharmasala.

Bhagsu waterfalls: This place famous for waterfalls. It is located very close to McLeod Ganj. A Bhagsu waterfall is 7 kms away from Dharmasala.

Kangra Arts Museum:  This is located 4kms away from Dharmasala. This displays artifacts of Buddhist and Tibetan cultures. Some of the items in the museum belong to 5th century.

 

Getting to Dharmasala: Different ways to reach this place are Road and Air ways. From all the north Indian cities, buses will come to this place frequently.  Nearest railway station is Kangra Mandir. Nearest airport is Gaggal / Dharmasala airport which is 15 kms away from the city. Domestic flights connected to Delhi.

 

Getting around Dharmasala: Bus is the cheapest way to reach the surrounding places of Dharmasala. Auto rickshaws are also available to take to destination places. But they will not run on meters.

 

Best time to visit Dharmasala: Throughout the year visitors are allowed visit this place. But January is not preferable to visit this place as temperature at that time is subzero. Best season to visit this place is between September to June.

 

Where to stay in Dharmasala:  Plenty of hotels are available to stay in this place. Most of the hotels are located at Yongling area and McLeod Ganj areas.



 

Where to eat in Dharmasala: Most famous food here is Thupkas and Momos. All varieties of food are available in all the restaurants.

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Dalhousie

Dalhousie

HP, Boating, History, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Valley, Water falls, West India, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 32014

Dalhousie is a hill station in Himachal Pradesh. This was established as summer retreat for soldiers, officials of military, Englishmen. It was founded by Britisher Lord Dalhousie in 1854. 5 hills are located in this place.  They are Bhangora, Bakrota, Tehrah, Potreyn and Kathalagh. Large number of Victorian style mansions can be seen here. This is the right place to enjoy the nature as well as trekking. Nearby town is Chamba. In this place river rafting is very famous. One can enjoy this between June to October. Main shopping centre for the shopping lovers is at Gandhi Chowk. Purses, Handicrafts, dolls, traditional bags are worth buying in this place. Tuesday is holiday to the shops.

 

What to see in Dalhousie:

St.John’s Church: This is the oldest historical church. It was constructed during the British rule. This is most beautiful church of the town with beautiful natural background.

St.Francis Church: Donations were collected to construct this church. Civilians as well as army officers contributed most of the money. It was constructed in 1894. Intrictive stone work and beautiful glass work can be seen here.

St.Patrick’s church: Under the area of Dalhousie cantonment this church is located. This church is largest church of hill station.

Kynance: Constructed in 1933 by NR Dharamvir. When Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose health deterioted, he came to Dalhousie and taken rest in this building.

Trekking: Moti Tibba, Dainkund Peak, Garam Sadak, Bkrota Hills, Jhandri Ghat are best trekking places in Dalhousie.

Other places to visit in Dalhousie: Shivkal, Satdhara Falls, Ganji Pahari, Norwood Paramdham are worth seeing places in Dalhousie.

 

What to see around Dalhousie:

Kalatop: This place is located 11 kms away from Dalhousie. 3 days training will be given for trekking in this place.

Bhuri Singh Museum: It was established in 1908. Several scripts can be seen here. These scripts provide information about Chamba. This was named after the king Raja Bhuri. Painting of his family members can be seen here. Outstanding collections of Guler Kangra style painting are kept here. This is located 52 kms away from the city

Laxmi Narayan Temple: This temple belongs to 10th century. It was built by Sahil Verman in Shikhara style. This temple was dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. It is located 91 kms away from Dalhousie.

Kalatop Forest / Kalatop Wild Life sanctuary: It is situated 8 kms away from Dalhousie in chamba. Thick Foliage of deodar trees covered the forest. Major wildlife species in this forest are Jackal, Langur, Serow, Barking, Deer, and Leopard etc…

Chemera Lake:  It is situated 25 kms away from Dalhousie. This is the Excellent site for the activities like boating, angling, fishing. Other activities available here are kayaking, Motor boating, rafting.

 

Getting to Dalhousie: Only way to reach this place is by road. Buses are available from Delhi, Amritsar and Mumbai. Nearest Railway station is located at Pathankot. Nearest domestic airport is located at Pathankot.

 

Getting around Dalhousie:  Buses, Taxis, jeeps are available to visit the places around Dalhousie.

 

Best time to visit Dalhousie: Between March to November tourists feel comfortable to visit this place.

 

Where to stay in Dalhousie: Plenty of guest houses, hotels and home stays are available. As per their requirement tourists can choose the hotels. During the peak seasons, per night cost of the resort is ranging between Rs.5000 to Rs.8000.

 

Where to eat in Dalhousie: Several restaurants are situated here. Cheapest food will be available at Punjabi Dhabas. These dhabas are located at Subhash Chowk.

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Mashobra

Mashobra

HP, Boating, History, Nature, Temple, Valley, Water falls, West India, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 32014

Mashobra is a town in Himachal Pradesh. This place is famous for its hill station. For the natural lovers it is the best place. It is one of the places of retreats to president of India. Every year President of India visits to this place. There is a historical road (Hindustan to Tibet) which connects Mashobra with Shimla is located here. This road was constructed in 1850 by Lord Dalhousie. Throughout the year this place attracts the tourists with its scenic beauty. Weather is so blissful. Rich forest is located here. A hill station is most famous in Mashobra. Trekking, boating, horse riding activities attracts several people to come to this place. Old Houses constructed here are named after flowers and fruits. Some of the old houses converted into resorts.

 

What to see in Mashobra:

Flora and Fauna: Mashobra is famous for wide range of Flora and Fauna and also for orchids of Apples.

Reserve Forest Sanctuary: Part of this sanctuary is located in Mashobra and part is located in Shimla. Major animals seen in this sanctuary are kakkar, jackals, Baboons, Monkeys, and Leopards. Bird species in this sanctuary are Partridges, Chikor, Pheasants, and Himalayan Eagle. This sanctuary is famous for natural vegetation which consists of rhododendron, Himalayan deodar, cedar, Oak, Pine.

Mahasu Peak: Durga Devi temple is located here. Famous festival celebrates here is Mahasu Jatara. It celebrates for 2 days. This place is named after Lord Mahasu.

Mahasu Fair:  In the honour of the God this fair conducts every year. People for far places come to see this fair. This starts on the third Tuesday of May. Natti, local dance is a major attraction. Other attractions of mela are games and folk songs.

 

What to see around Mashobra:

Rashtrapati Niwas:  This place is located on the observatory hills of Shimla. Other names of this Niwas are British Viceroy of India, Viceregal Lodge. It was built in 1888. This was designed by Henry Irwin, British Architecture. It is locate 12kms away from the city.

Mahasu Devta Temple: This is one of the major attractions near Mashobra. Lord Shiva worshipped here. It is located 11 kms away from Mashobra. Famous festival celebrates here is Mahasu Jatara.

Kufri: This is a hill station located 12 kms away from Mashobra. Here Himalayan National park is also situated. Other places to visit in Kufri are Chali, Fagu, and Chini Bungalow. Height is 2510 meters.

Craignano: It is located on Shimla and Naldhera Highway. Above the sea level height of this place is 7700 feet. This place is famous for Italian Villa. It is situated on huge hill rock. This rock is surrounded by several small streams. This is worlds highest water lift.

Wild Flower hall: It is located 8 kms away from the city. It is situated in Charabra town.

 

Getting to Mashobra: Only way to reach this place is by road. Before reaching to this place one has to reach shimla. From Shimla several buses and taxis are available to reach to this place. Nearest railway station is Kalka. Nearest airport is located at Shimla.

 

Getting around Mashobra: Local buses and taxis are available to visit the places surrounded by Mashobra.

 

Best time to visit Mashobra: It is very essential for the tourists to known the best time to reach tourist spots to avoid inconvenience. Weather in Mashobra is so pleasant throughout the year. So, all are invited to reach this place throughout the year.

 

Where to stay in Mashobra: Plenty of budget and midrange hotels are available. Luxury hotels are not available here.

 

Where to eat in Mashobra: Several well maintained hotels and resorts are available to serve best quality food. Pahari, Mughalai, Continental, Indian dishes are available here.

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Saputara

Saputara

Gujarat, Boating, Fort, History, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Valley, Water falls, West India, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 32014

Saputara is the only hill station in Gujarat. Meaning of Saputara is Abode of Serpents. It is located on the banks of river Sarpagana. On the Holi day prayers conducts to the images of Snake which are situated at the banks of river Sarpagana. Climate in Saputara is very cool throughout the year. This is the best place for natural lovers. Several sanctuaries, parks, gardens are located here. Popular activity here is trekking. Best places for trekking trail are Tridhara and Rajat Pratap.

 

Along with Swaminarayan Temple several Jain Temples and Nageshwar Mahadev temple are famous in Saputara. Lake Gardens, Rose Gardens, Step Gardens are major attractions to natural lovers. Most popular tourist attraction is Pushpak Ropeway. Different cultures such as Warli, Kunbi and Bhil are followed by the tribal communities here. Tribal houses are made up of Bamboo and Wood. Grishm Mahotsav is most popular festival celebrates for 3 days.

 

What to see in Saputara:

Saputara Lake: It is located at the heart of Saputara Valley. This is considered as best picnic spot. Row Boats and Paddle Boats are available.

Sunrise Point: This is also known as Valley View Point. Of the entire valley view this point is considered as best view.

Sunset Point: Dang forests can be seen from this place. Other name of this place is Gandhi Shikhar.

Pushpak Ropeway: This is the major attraction to the tourists. It takes the tourists above the valleys and hills. This is the best place to see surrounding place of the city.

Vandsa National Park: This is the residence place to several animals such as four horned antelope, Python, Leopard, spot tigers etc…

 

What to see around Saputara:

Purna Wildlife sanctuary: It is situated 60 Kms away from Saputara. Entire area is covered with bamboo glades. Tourists can have exciting walking in this sanctuary. Trekking activity is the best activity here.

Hatgad Fort: It is very ancient Fort located in Mulher, Nasik district, Maharashtra. At the peak of the Sahyadri ranges best architecture can be seen by the visitors of this place. From the top of this place one can view Suragana which is nearest village.  It is located 6 kms away from Saputara.

Gira Falls: This is another major attraction to the tourists. Botanical gardens are located near this water falls.     Forest department conduct camps in this place. Other name of this place is Gira Dhodh. It is located 49 kms away from Saputara.

Waghai: This place is famous for hot springs and Unnai Mata Temple. People believe that hot springs are the treatment to chronic diseases. It is located 68 kms away from Saputara.

 

Getting to Saputara:  Only way to reach this place is Roadway. Nearest Railway station is located at Waghai. Nearest airport is located at Surat. From all the cities of Gujarat and Mumbai, government buses are available to this place.

 

Getting around Saputara: To reach Sunset Point, Cable cars are available. Buses and Jeeps are available to reach the surrounding areas.

 

Best time to visit Saputara: Extreme climates cannot be seen in this place. Climate is so pleasant throughout the year. Best time to visit this place is March to Middle of November.

 

Where to stay in Saputara: Unique construction of Forest log huts are most attractive to stay in Saputara. State Forest department is maintaining these huts. Living in these huts is the great experience to the tourists. Apart from these huts several hotels including luxury hotels are available to stay in this place.

 

Where to eat in Saputara: Across the city one can find Golas, Sodas and Nimbu Paani. Best Guajarati Thali is available in all the restaurants. Very few restaurants offer Chinese, Punjabi and north Indian food.

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Porbandar

Porbandar

Gujarat, Beach, History, Musuem, Nature, Valley, Water falls, West India, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 32014

Porbandar is located in Gujarat. This is a birth place of Father of Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. It is believed that this is the birth place of Sudama who is the best friend of Lord Sri Krishna. So this place is also named as Sudamapuri. During the regime of British, Marathas, Mughals this city acted as best trade centre. In those days trade activities are regularly done with East African, Aab and Persian countries. From 16th century BC to 14th century BC Harappa Civilisation dominated this place. This place is considered as home to Harappa Civilisation.

 

During 16th century it was an independent state which was ruled by Jethwa Rajputs. After independence it was merged into Kathiawar. Later it became part of Gujarat. This is the best place for shopping lovers also. Bandhani Work textiles are most famous in this place. Several Silver jewellery, Mirror works, terracotta figures, iron items, brass items, clay items are available. Best markets in Porbandar are located at kedareswar Road and Sudama Road.

 

What to see in Porbandar:

Huzoor Palace: A Water fountain in this palace attracts the visitors. European style of work can be noticed here. This was built during 20th century by Rana Natwarsinhji.

Porbandar Bird Sanctuary:  This is best place for natural lovers. Several species of birds such as Herons, ibis, Spoon Bills, Geese, Ducks, Pelicans are most attractive to the visitors. In 1988 this was declared as bird Sanctuary.

Porbandar Beach: Other name of this beach is Chowpatti. It is the venue of annual Janmastami fair.

Krishna Sudama Temple: It is believed that persons who enter into this temple will be wiped off their sins. This is the only temple dedicated to Sudama who is the best friend of Lord Krishna. Some people say that this temple is dedicated to the friendship between Sudama and Lord Krishna.

Kirti Temple: This mandir is dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, Father of Nation and Kasturiba Gandhi. Old paintings of Kasturiba and Mahatma Gandhi are most attractive to the visitors.

 

What to see around Porbandar:

Harshad Mata Temple: This is most ancient temple located on koyla Hill. It is believed that every day morning Harshad Mata make the king of Minalpur alive and roast him and eat. This temple looks like Navlakha Temple which was constructed by Chalukya Dynasty. It is situated 45 kms away from Porbandar.

Barda Hills Wild Life Sanctuary:  This is the home place to several birds and animals. Spotted deer crocodile, Chinkaras, Lions are major animal species placed here. Most attractive bird species here are Hawk Eagle, Spotted eagle. Area covered by this sanctuary is 192 sq.kms. It is located 45 kms away from Porbandar.

 

Getting to Porbandar: This place is well connected though Road, Railways and Air ways. From several cities like Vadodara, Ahmadabad, Rajkot, Mumbai both bus and train facility are available. Airport of Porbandar is connected to Diu and Mumbai.

 

Getting around Porbandar: For sightseeing private vehicles, autos, taxis, cars are available to tourists.

 

Best time to visit Porbandar: Few visitors see the weather conditions to visit the places. For those people best time to visit this place is between October to March.

 

Where to stay in Porbandar: Best midrange hotels are available at Cross Road and MG Road. Near airport and Hospital Road luxury hotels are located. Plenty of affordable hotels are available all over the city.

 

Where to eat in Porbandar:  Most of restaurants serve vegetarian and Gujarati Cuisine.  Whereas some restaurant provide best varieties of sea food along with other varieties of non vegetarian food.

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Silvassa

Silvassa

Dadra and Nagar Haveli, History, Musuem, Nature, Valley, Water falls, West India, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 32014

Silvassa is the capital of Dadra and Nagar Haveli. It lies between Gujarat and Maharashtra. Silvassa name derived from the Portuguese word Silva. Silva means wood. Till 1779 this was ruled by Marathas. There are 72 small villages in Silvassa. After Marathas, Portuguese ruled this place. During the Portuguese rule several stone walls and Roman Catholic Churches was constructed.

 

This place is well known for its scenic beauty, beaches and Wildlife Sanctuary. Water sports are most famous in this place. Along with water sports tourists are most attracted towards jets skis, water scooters, Canoeing, Kayaking, nature walks, Boating, Trekking.  Most of the people in Silvassa follow Warli culture. This is the combination of Gujarati and Marathi cultures. It is believed that this is the birth place of Warli Culture. This place is 2.5 hours journey from Mumbai through road ways. Mumbai people considered this as the best weekend place. For the shopping lovers Kilvani Road is the main market. Here tourists can purchase Warli Painting, Palm Leaf mats, Bamboo Crafts, Smoking Pipes.

 

What to see in Silvassa:

Our Lady of Piety Church: During 18th century this was built by Portuguese rulers. Arches of the church are the major attraction to the tourists.

Tribal Cultural Museum: With the intension to protect the culture of tribal this museum was established. Timing is from 10 AM to 5 PM. In this museum tourists can find Kitchen articles, fishing gears, musical instruments which are made by tribal without using any machines, Hunting tools, masks etc…

 

What to see around Silvassa:

Vanganga Lake View Garden:  This is located 9 Kms away from Silvassa. Thatched Huts, Wooden Bridges can be seen in Japanese style. This is the best place for the children, families as well as film makers. Paddle boating is most famous in this place.

Vasona Lion Safari Park: This is the wild life sanctuary of Dadra & Nagar Haveli. Area covered by this park is 20 acres. This is the home place of Asiatic Lions. It is located 10 Kms away from Silvassa.

Satmalia: This place is known for wild life sanctuary. Major species in this sanctuary are Black Bucks, Chital, and Sambhar. This is located 8 Kms away from Silvassa.

Dudhni: This place is famous for kayaking; Seed boating, Canoeing, Jet Skiing. Dudhni is the best place for water sports lovers. This place is located 40 Kms away from Silvassa.

Khanvel: This village is surrounded by wildlife and green hills. It is the place for barbets, flycatchers, fruit bats, and spot flying fox. It is located 22 Kms away from Silvassa.

 

Getting to Silvassa: Best option to reach this place is roadway. From Udaipur ply, Shirdi, Nashik, Surat, Ahmadabad, Mumbai buses are available on regular basis. Nearest Railway station is Vapi. This station is 17 Kms away from Silvassa. Nearest Airport is located at Diu which is 7 Kms away from Silvassa.

 

Getting around Silvassa: Taxis and Autos are available frequently to see the surrounding places of Silvassa.

 

Best time to visit Silvassa: Best time to enjoy trekking and boating is between November to June.

 

Where to Stay in Silvassa: As per the requirement of the tourists all range of hotels are available in this place. Luxurious will be provided with gaming section, disco’s, bar, swimming pools. Peak season for the hotels is April and May.

 

Where to eat in Silvassa: All varieties of food is available here such as sea food, Thai, Mexican, Continental, Indian Cuisine.

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Raipur

Raipur

Chhattisgarh, Central India, History, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 32014

Raipur is the capital city of Chhattisgarh. According historical mythology it is believed that Lord Rama established this city. This is one of the biggest commercial centres in India. Here more than 6 steel plants, 200 steel rolling mills are located. In India it is the largest steel market. Till 2000 it was the part of Madhya Pradesh. After than it became the capital of Chhattisgarh state.

Raipur is known as Rice Bowl of Chhattisgarh. More than 800 rice mills are situated here. This is the major centre for Bio-technology, IT and Manufacturing industry. Pola is the main festival in Raipur. During the festival season children will be offered many entertaining events and clay bull idols. For the shopping lover’s furniture items, metal jewellery, Zardosi work, Zari work textile products are available.

 

What to see in Raipur:

Budhapara Lake: For the Raipur people this place is the most important picnic spot. In 1402 AD this was built by Kalchuri Emperor.

Vivekananda Ashram: Persons who are interested to seek spiritual enlightenment are always visiting this place. In 1897 this was inaugurated by Swami Vivekananda.

Doodhadhari Monastery and Temple: This is very ancient temple famous for its attractive murals. In the name of Swami Balbhadra Das a monastery was established here. Temple was built by Jaitsingh in 17th century. Lord Rama is worshipped here.

Mahant Ghasidas Memorial Museum:  Museum consists of 3 different sections. They are Natural history, anthropology, archaeology. In 1875 this was built by Maharaja Mahant Ghasidas. Best collection of books can be seen here.

 

What to see around Raipur:

Champaran:  This is the birth place of Ballabhacharya Guru. Temple of his was built in 20th century by his followers. It is located 58 Kms away from Raipur.

Rajim:   In this place three rivers are combined. They are Sondur, Pairi and Mahanadi.  This place is located 48 Kms away from Raipur. Tourists can find most ancient temple of Lord Kuleswar. This was built in 14th century.

Arang: Ancient temples such as Mahamaya Temples, Baghdeval Temples, Bhandadevel temples can be seen here. Place is located 36 Kms away from Raipur.

Fingeshwar:  This place is one of the 5 holy places of Mahadeva temples. It is located 65 Kms away from Raipur.

Udanti Sanctuary: From the river Udanti this name was derived. It was built in 1983 with the intension to protect wild Buffaloes which are endangered. Large varieties of birds and animals such as Cobras, Hyenas, Bison, Foxes, Jackals, Bucks, and Tiger can be seen here. It is locate 169 Kms away from Raipur.

 

Getting to Raipur: This place is well connected with Road, Railway and Airport. From all the major cities like Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Kolkata, Nagpur, Mumbai bus facility, train facility and air facility is available.

 

Getting around Raipur: Private Busses, Taxi’s, autos are available to reach different places around Raipur.

 

Best time to visit Raipur: Between November to March tourists feel comfortable to see this place.

 

Where to stay in Raipur: Several hotels are available in this place. As per the requirement tourists can opt for the hotels. During the winter season rush will be more so it is advisable to book the hotels in advance. Best Hotels in Raipur are Hotel Grand Arjun, Hotel Celebrations, Hotel Grand International, and Hotel Piccadily.

 

Where to eat in Raipur: Several fast food centres are situated here. All the restaurants provide Italian, American, Chinese, Indian cuisines to the tourists. Best restaurants in Raipur are Madrasi Restaurant, MFC, Madrasi Durbar.

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Haflong

Haflong

Assam , Nature, Water falls

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Haflong is the headquarters of Dima Hasao district, Assam. This is the only hill station in Assam. Haflong word comes from Dimasa word Hangkhlong. Meaning of Hangkhlong is Ant hill. In this place several languages speak by the people namely Bengali, Dimasa, Hmar, Hindi, and Haflong. Here visitors can find mountains, hills, valleys, landscapes. Lakeside resorts are most famous in this place. Tourists can find orchids, emerald green rivers, and azure blue hills in Haflong hills.

 

Haflong place is famous for horticulture production.  Festival celebrated in Haflong is Chavang Kut festival. For the shopping lovers this is the best place for cane products, bamboo products, wooden handicrafts, silk textiles. Tribals live in this place are Naga, Mizo and Himar tribes. Most popular activity in this place is paragliding and Trekking.

 

What to see in Haflong:

Haflong Lake: This is located at the middle of the town. Tourists always engage in boating in this place. This lake looks like Himalayas.

Haflong Hill: Haflong hill is the only hill station in Assam. Popular activity for the people is trekking.

Other places to see in Haflong: Other places which people can see in Haflong are Maibong, Borail Range, Orchid Gardens, Fiangpui Church, Jorai.

 

What to see around Haflong:

Jatinga: This place is located 25 Kms away from Haflong. Jatinga is famous for mass suicide of the birds.

Silchar: it is the commercial hub. This is the best place for natural lovers. Silchar is also known as Island of Peace. For the architectural splendours also this is the best place to visit. This place is 107 Kms away from Haflong.

Umrangshu: This is a hill station. During the spring season hot water come out of the hill. This water is known as Garampani. People believe that this water consists of medical values. It is located 112 Kms away from Haflong.

Maibong:  During 16th to 18th century this city is the capital city to Dimasa Kachari Kingdom. Kacahri kings temples; stone houses can be seen by the visitors. Of all the temples Ramchandi temple is most famous. This temple built in 12th century. Maibong is situated 45 Kms away from Haflong.

 

Getting to Haflong: Only means of transport is Road transport. Large number of buses is available to reach to this place. Tourists have to come to this place from Gouwahati. Nearest railway station is Lumding Junction. Nearest airports are Silchar and Guwahati airports.

 

Getting around Haflong: Auto rickshaws and jeeps are available to reach to nearest places.

 

Best time to visit Haflong: Knowing best time is essential for all the visitors before visiting any place. Best time to visit this place is between March to October.

 

Where to stay in Haflong: In Haflong very limited hotels are available. If hotel accommodation is not available in this place tourists have to reach to Silchar for accommodation. Luxury hotels are not available in Haflong. Best hotels in Haflong are Eastern hotel, Joyoswary Hotel, Elite Hotel, Haflong Tourist Lodge.

 

Where to Eat in Haflong: Very limited restaurants are available in Haflong.

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Itanagar

Itanagar

Arunachal Pradesh , History, Nature, Temple, Water falls

April 32014

Itanagar is the capital city of Arunachal Pradesh. This is the best place to visit for the natural lovers as it is located at foot hills of Himalayas. Tourists plan for the long vacations in this place.  One of the major attractions is wooden houses which act as a proof and protect from the earthquake. Trekking trail between Ziro and Daporijo are most famous here. Other popular trekking trails are between Tawang – jorhat Trail, Jong- Tawang trail.

 

Different cultures in the Itanagar are Miri tribes, Apatanis, Galos, Adis, and Nyishi. Of the cultures biggest culture is Nyishi. Tamladu, Reh, Losar are the famous festivals in Itanagar. Buddhist influence is more in this place. Hindus believe that this is the birth place of Lord Parshuram. During 11th century name of the Itanagar is Mayapur. Tourists have to take permission to visit the restricted areas from Government of Arunachal Pradesh before 4 weeks. Shopping Tourists mainly attracted towards sarongs, Carpets, Local attires, Shawls, wood carvings etc…

 

What to see in Itanagar:

Ita Fort: This fort was constructed during 14th century. 80 lakh bricks are used for the construction of this fort.

Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum: This museum consists of library also. It is a collection of local textile handicrafts, musical instruments, wood carvings, archaeological artifacts etc…. Special attraction of the museum is a handicraft workshop. This workshop show how crafts will be made using cane.

Buddha Temple: This is also known as Buddha Vihar. This was consecrated by Dalai Lama. Mountain View is the special attraction from this place. Tibetan influence is more in the construction of the temple.

Ganga Lake: This is one of the best picnic spot in itanagar. Mountain ranges can be viewed from this place. Other name of this lake is Gyakar Sinyi.

Tipi: This is a large glass house. Several varieties of orchids are kept in this place.

 

What to see around Itanagar:

Polo Park: It is a botanical garden. Large variety of flowers and plant can be seen here. Mini Zoo is arranged in this place. It is located in the outskirts  (12 Kms away ) of Itanagar.

Other places to see:  Other places like Tawang (325 Kms), Bomdila (229 Kms), Ziro (147 Kms), Namdapha National Park (355 Kms) are very far from this place. Other than these places there are no places so near to Itanagar.

 

Getting to Itanagar: This place is well connected with road ways. Nearest railway station is Harmuti. Nearest Airport is Lilabari in Assam. From all other cities like Bombdila, Tezpur, Pasighat, Ziro etc… bus facility is available even in the night timings.

 

Getting around Itanagar: If tourists to see the outskirts walking are the best way. Auto and cycle rickshaws are also available. If tourists want to go to other places buses and taxis are available.

 

Best Time to visit this place: Tourists can plan between October to April to visit this place.

 

Where to stay in Itanagar: Almost all the hotels are low level and medium level hotels. Luxurious hotels are very rare. Best hotels are Circuit Houses and Guest Houses of Government.

 

Where to eat in Itanagar: Restaurants are very limited in this place. Only Indian cuisine is available. In very few restaurants Chinese cuisine is available. Hot Bite Restaurant, Bhishmak Restaurants, Lucky Restaurant, Cafe vantage are the some of the best restaurants in Itanagar.

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Tawang

Tawang

Arunachal Pradesh , History, Nature, Water falls

April 32014

Tawang is a town in North West part of Arunachal Pradesh, India. This town is the district head quarters of Tawang district. Naming of the word is Ta means Horse and Wang means Chosen.  For the Tibetan Buddhists this is the holy place as this is the birth place of sixth Dalai Lama. In the medieval times this town is a part of Tibet. During the British rule Britishers defeated Tibet and captured Tibetian and surrounding areas. At that time Britishers made Tawang as centre for their influence.

 

Famous folk dance in Tawang is Aji Lhamu. This dance is the Tibetian version of Ramayana. Different festivals celebrated here are Losar, Torgya, Choekor, Gaden Ngamchoe, Dukpa Tse She, and Saka Dawa. Most famous traditional dances are peacock dance, Lion dance, Yak dance. These dances are performing by both men and women. Several Buddhist Monasteries can be seen in and around Tawang. Famous game of Tawang is Archery. This is the best place for shopping beautiful bags, Buddha Statues, bamboo utensils, carpets, wood carvings, Chadars etc…

 

What to see in Tawang:

Tawang Monastery: In the world this is the 2nd oldest Monastery. Lhasa is the first oldest monastery. In the 17th century this was founded by Mera Lama Lodre Gyatso. Here in this place 65 buildings were constructed for the monks. This place is also known as Gonpa.

Regyaling Gonpa: This is just one Km away from –Tawang. Rigya Rinpoche constructed this Gonpa.

Banga Jang Lake: This is one of the best places to see. Banga Jang Lake is the best place for the natural lover as they can see scenic beauty.

 

What to see around Tawang:

Urgelling Gonpa: This is the birth place of 6th Dalai Lama. It is Situated 3 Kms away from Tawang. It is believed that this was existed during 14th century.

Gyangong Ani Gonpa: Beautiful nunnery can be seen here. This place is also known as Buddhist Nunnery. Trekking is essential to reach this place. For the trekking lovers this is the best place. This is situated 2.5 Kms away from Tawang.

Shonga tser Lake: This place is 42 Kms away from Tawang. Shonga Tser Lake was formed after 1950 earthquake. Other name of this lake is Madhuri Lake. In the Hindi Movie Koyla any one can see this lake.

Bong Bong Waterfalls:  Other name of these waterfalls is Nuranang waterfalls which are located 40 Kms away from Tawang. This is the beautiful place for natural lovers.

Other places to see: Gorsam Chortem, Taktsang Gonpa, Ghesila Range, Gorichen Park, BTK Water falls, Tawang War Memorial, seal Pass.

 

Getting to Tawang:  only way to reach this place is roadways. Buses and Taxies are always available to reach this place. Nearest Railway station and Airport is located at Tezpur.

 

Getting around Tawang: Walking is the best way to see the places around Tawang.

 

Best time to Visit Tawang: of all the seasons’ best time to visit Tawang is between April to October.

 

Where to stay in Tawang: Only low and middle range hotels are available in this place. Luxury hotels are not available. Circuit House and Government Tourist Lodge are the best places to stay. In order to stay here permission has to be taken before hand.

 

Where to eat in Tawang: Monpas is the traditional food here. Both vegetarian and non vegetarian food can avail here but little bit costly as everything has to be imported from other places. Very few restaurants are available.

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