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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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Adilabad

Adilabad

AP, South India, Temple, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 102014

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

 

What to see at Adilabad:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What to see around Adilabad:

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Karimnagar

Karimnagar

AP, South India, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 102014

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

 

What to see at Karimnagar:

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

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

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

 

What to see around Karimnagar:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Kurnool

Kurnool

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

April 102014

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

 

What to see at Kurnool:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

What to see around Kurnool:

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Kondapalli

Kondapalli

AP, South India, Fort, History, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 102014

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

 

What to see at Kondapalli:

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

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

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

 

What to see around Kondapalli:

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Munger

Munger

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

April 102014

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

 

What to see at Munger:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

What to see around Munger:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Bihar

Bihar

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

April 102014

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

 

What to see at Bihar:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

What to see around Bihar:

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Chail Wildlife sanctuary

Chail Wildlife sanctuary

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

April 102014

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

 

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

 

What to see around Chail wildlife Sanctuary:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Sultanpur National Park

Sultanpur National Park

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

April 102014

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

 

What to see in Sultanpur National Park:

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

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

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

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

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

 

What to see around Sultanpur National Park:

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Manali Wildlife Sanctuary

Manali Wildlife Sanctuary

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

April 102014

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

 

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

 

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

 

What to see around Manali Wildlife sanctuary:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Kaudiyala

Kaudiyala

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

April 102014

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

 

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

 

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

 

What to see around Kaudiyala:

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Spiti

Spiti

HP, North India, Adventurous sports, Architecture, Buddhist Monestery, Buddhist Stupas, Buddhist temples, Lahaul and Spiti district, Nature, Trekking, Valley, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 102014

Spiti along with Lahaul forms a district in Himachal Pradesh. Spiti is famous for monasteries and adventurous activities. For Buddhism people this is one of the important places to visit.

 

What to see at Spiti:

Ki Monastery: In the Spiti Valley this is the largest monastery. This monastery is famous for wind instruments, stucco images, rare manuscripts, thangkas, and murals. This monastery is dates back to 1000 years. This is the best place for Pasada Style of architecture.

Tabo Monastery: It is known as Ajanta of Himalayas. Richen Zangpo, great scholar, founded this monastery. UNESCO declared this monastery as world heritage site. This monastery belongs to 10th century. Major attractions of this monastery are Stucco, Wall painting Tankhas, pieces of art, rare collection of scriptures.

Flora and Fauna: Flora and Fauna is another attraction of this valley. For the wildlife lovers major attractions are Snow leopard, Himalayan Blue Sheep, Musk deer, Himalayan Brown Bear, ibex etc. Wild flower species of this place are Krascheninikovia ceratoides, Caragana Brevifolia, Crepis Flexuosa, Seseli trilobum, Causinia thomsonii. 62 species of medicinal plants also can be seen here.

Yak Safari: It is one of the adventurous activities. This is most adventurous activity of this place. To see the flora and fauna of this region, people can hire Yaks. Horse safari also conducts here.

Skiing: In Spiti it is popular adventure sport. This game provides thrilling experience. In the recently this game developed very much in India.

To-do-Trails: Trekking is another major attraction of this place. Some of the popular trekking routes are Kaza- Tabo- Sumdo- Nako, kaza- Losar- Kunzum- La, Kaza- Ki- Kibber- Gete- Kaza, Kaza- Langza- Hikim- Komic- Kaza.

Kaza: It is the base point for trekking. Places to visit in Kaza are Hikkim Monastery and Sa Kya Pa Sect monastery. It is situated 13 kms away from Kibber.

Other attractions of Spiti: At the base of the Kunzam Range Spiti river originates. Spiti has number of monasteries such as Giu, Mane Gogma, Sagnam, Ki, Tabo, Gungri, Mud and Lidang.

 

What to see around Spiti:

Lahaul: Lahaul along with Spiti forms a district. Rohtang Pass connects Manali and Lahaul and Spiti districts. This place is famous for Buddhist monasteries and adventurous activities. Lahaul Attractions are Keylong, Kunzam Pass, Kibber, Gondla, Khardong Gompa, Udaipur,Triloknath Temple.

Pin Valley: It is located on the banks of river Pin. Major activities in this place are archery competitions and Horse racing. Most of the tourists attracts towards Chamurti Horses. It is a part of Spiti Valley. It is located 17kms away from Spiti.

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

Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary: In India it is only cold desert wild life sanctuary which is located on the banks of River Spiti. Area covered by this sanctuary is 1400 sq.kms. Very rare animals such as blue sheep, snow leopard, ibex etc can be seen here. Bird species such as bearded eagle griffons, snow cock are major attraction in this sanctuary.

 

Getting to Spiti: Spiti is well connected with road. It is located 11kms away from Manali. From Kaza, Leh, Chandigarh, Delhi etc buses come to this place. Nearest railway head is located at Jogindernagar. From this station taxis are available to reach Spiti. Nearest airport is located at Bhuntar Airport.

 

Getting around Spiti: Taxis and cabs are available to visit the places in and around of Lahaul.

 

Best time to reach Spiti: Best time to visit this place is between mid may to mid October.

 

Where to stay in Spiti: Plenty of staying options are available at Kaza. Luxury accommodations are also available here. Few monasteries are providing rooms to stay. Best luxury hotels are Spiti Hotel, Delek House, Heavens Inn Spiti.

 

Where to eat in Spiti: plenty of restaurants are available here. Some restaurants are offering continental, Gujarati and Punjabi cuisines.

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Jaipur

Jaipur

Rajasthan, North India, Architecture, Fort, History, Mughal, Musuem, Palace, Temple, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 102014

Jaipur is located Rajasthan, India. It was founded by Maharaja Sawai jai Singh II in 1727. This place is well known for great history and natural beauty. This city is also known as Pink City. Specialities of Jaipur are Kota doria sarees, Minakari work, semi precious stones, Exotic jewellery etc.

 

What to see in Jaipur:

City Palace: It is the major attractions of Jaipur. Major attractions of this palace are audience hall, pavilions, Palace of Welcome, Museum, Maharani Palace, Rajput Weaponry, Chandra mahal, Diwan-e-Khas, Diwan-e-Aam.

Jal Mahal: It is located in the middle of Mansarovar Lake. This is one of the biggest artificial lakes. Rajasthani and Mughal Architecture style can be seen here. Red sandstone used in the construction of this mahal.

Akshardham Temple: This temple is famous for its architecture, idols, sculptures and carvings. Lord Narayana is worshipped here.

Hawa Mahal: It is five storied structure. This mahal has more than 950 windows. Latticework is the major attraction of this mahal. Mahal was designed by Lalchand Usta.

Amber Fort: In the medieval history this fort played a major role. True lifestyle of Rajputs can be known from this place. This is the right place for Muslim and Hindu architecture.

Central Park: It is a largest park in Jaipur. Major attractions of this park are Rambagh Golf Club, Rambagh Polo Ground, Big Garden, and Stone Figures. Several varieties of birds including migratory birds can be seen here.

Jantar Mantar: This monument has been awarded as largest stone observatory in the world. Instruments are used to measure the time.

Shah Mahal: It is a famous hall of mirror which is situated inside the Amber Palace. This was constructed for meeting his special guests. Belgium glass used to construct this.

Nahargarh: For the protection of Ajmer this was constructed. It is located on the Aravalli hills.

Albert Hall Museum: Major attractions of this museum are crystal works, metal sculptures, ivory goods, pottery and natural stones, Chiselled brassware, exquisite Jewellery, rare paintings.

City Palace museum: Ancient manuscripts of Hindu Scriptures are the major attraction of this museum.

Dolls Museum: Various countries and different states of India’s dolls with traditional costumes can be seen here.

Other attractions of Jaipur: Other attractions of Jaipur are Birla Mandir, Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing, Albert Hall, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Moti Doongri, Galtaji, Mubarak Mahal, Jaipur Zoo.

 

What to see around Jaipur:

Jaisinghpura Khor: It is located 12kms away from Jaipur. This place is famous for Jain temple and step well.

Sanganer: This place is well known for block printing with vegetable dyes and handmade paper. It is located 16kms away from Jaipur.

Ramgarh Lake: It is located 32kms away from Jaipur. It is a beautiful artificial lake spread around 20Sq.kms.

Bagru: This village is famous for a fort and Textile Printing. It is located 35kms away from Jaipur.

Madhogarh Tunga: It is located 40kms away from Jaipur. This place is famous for Madhogarh Fort.

Jamwa Ramgarh: It is located 29kms away from jaipur. This place is famous for artificial lake. Plenty of birds including migratory birds come to this place.

 

Getting to Jaipur: Jaipur is well connected with road, railways and airways. From Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Udaipur, Ajmer, Shahpura, etc buses come to this place. Railways of Jaipur are well connected with all the major cities such as Kolkata, Udaipur, Indore, Gwalior etc. Both domestic and international port is situated here.

 

Getting around Jaipur: Autos, cycle rickshaws, taxis, buses are available to see the places of Jaipur. Buses and taxis are available to visit the surrounding place of Jaipur.

 

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

 

Where to stay in Jaipur: Plenty of accommodations starting from Budget to 5 star hotels are available to stay at Jaipur.

 

Where to eat in Jaipur: Plenty of restaurants are available in Jaipur. Dal Bati Churma is popular snack item of Jaipur.

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Jodhpur

Jodhpur

Rajasthan, North India, Architecture, Fort, History, Jodhpur, Musuem, Nature, Palace, Temple, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 102014

Jodhpur is the second largest city of Rajasthan state, India. This place is famous for several temples, forts, Palaces. Other name of this city is Sun City. It was founded by Rao Jodha in 1459. He is the Rajput Chief of Rathore Clan. Major festivals of this place are Marwar festival, Jodhpur international Desert Kite Festival.

 

What to see in Jodhpur:

Mehrangarh Fort: In India, this is one of the largest forts. Within the fort there are several palaces. Most famous palaces of the fort were Sheesh Mahal, Phool Mahal, Moti Mahal, Daulat Khana, Sileh Khana. Major attractions of this fort are impressive armoury, furniture, costumes, instruments, folk music, miniature paintings, royal cradles, howdas, and collection of palanquins.

Girdikot & Sardarkot Market: This market is famous for fine Rajasthani Jewellery, marble knick knacks with decorative works, clay elephants, clay camels, handicrafts, Rajasthani Textiles.

Government Museum: It is located in the middle of Umaid Public Garden. This museum is famous for miniature paintings, local arts & crafts, textiles and ornaments. Other attractions of this museum are images of Jain Tirthankars, manuscripts, portraits of rulers.

Umaid Garden: Major attractions of this garden are fountains, seasonal flowers, roses, towering Ashoka Trees, Green Lawns. Area covered by this garden is 82 acres. Inside the garden visitors can see museum, a Zoo and a library.

Umaid Bhawan Palace: Maharaja Umaid Singh builds this palace with the intension to help the people who were suffering from famine. In 1977, part of this palace was converted into hotel. Remaining part was converted into museum.

Jaswant Thada: It was built in 19th century. White marble was used in the construction of Jaswant Thada. At this place visitors can see several portraits of Jodhpur rulers.

Maha Mandir Temple: Architecture of this temple is the major attraction of this temple. It was supported by 84 pillars. Pillars were decorated with several designs. Pictures of several Yogasanas can also be seen here.

 

What to see around Jodhpur:

Mandore: It is located 9kms away from the city. Earlier this place was acted as capital to Marwar. It is a true Oasis in the desert. This place is known as Hall of Heroes. Major attraction of this place is deities carved out of single rock.

Balsamand Lake & Palace: It is located 16kms away from the city. Lake is artificially made by man. It is one of the best picnic spot during the summer season.

Sardar Samand Lake and Palace: Earlier this place was acted as hunting spot by the royal families. Major attractions of this place are Chinkaras and black bucks.

Guda Bishnoi: It is located 25kms away from the city. This village is famous for flora and fauna. Local people worship Lord Vishnu and they lead vegetarian lifestyle. Major attractions of this place are Cranes, Peacocks, Chinkaras, antelopes, black bucks.

Rohetgarh: It is located 40kms away from Jodhpur. In 16th century this place was acted as Champawat Fort. Now it is converted into premium heritage hotels.

 

Getting to Jodhpur: Jodhpur is well connected with road, railway and airways. From Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jaipur, Delhi, Ajmer, Ahmedabad, etc buses come to this place. Jodhpur railways are well connected with Kota, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Lucknow, Guwahati, Puri, Ahmedabad. Jodhpur airport is well connected with Mumbai, Delhi, Udaipur and Jaipur.

 

Getting around Jodhpur: Buses and autos are available to visit the places in and around places of Jodhpur.

 

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

 

Where to stay in Jodhpur: Plenty of accommodations are available at Jodhpur to stay. Budget, midrange, luxury and heritage hotel are available to stay.

 

Where to eat in Jodhpur: Plenty of restaurants in Jodhpur. This place is famous for sweets. Famous sweets of this place are Maakhan Vade, Besan Ki Chaaki, and Mawa Kachori. Famous food is Mirchi Badas.

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Bikaner

Bikaner

Rajasthan, North India, Architecture, Camal Safari, Fort, History, Musuem, Nature, Palace, Sand Dunes, Temple, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 92014

Bikaner is a place in Rajasthan, India. Rao Bika was founded this city. This place is famous for snacks and sweets. Other name of this city is Camel Country. Major attraction of this place is Camel rides. Major festivals of this place are Camel Festival, Gangaur Festival, Kite festival, Kapil Muni fair, Holi, Jambeshwar Fair. This is one of the best places for shopping lovers also. Worth buying things are Nokha Quilts, wooden antiques, Kundan work fabrics, Lacquer Bangles, Jewellary, clothing’s etc.

 

What to see in Bikaner:

Jain Temple: This temple is dedicated to Shri Sumatinathji. He is the 5th Thirthankar. It was constructed in 15th century with white marble and sandstone. Major attractions of this temple are mirror work, fresco, leaf painting, Religious painting.

Junagarh Fort: Raja raj Singh founded this fort between 1588 to 1593. Major attractions of this place are Rang Mahal, Ganga Mahal, Dungar Mahal, Diwan-e-khas, Badal Mahal, Phool Mahal, Chandra Mahal, Hawa Mahal, Anup Mahal. Architecture of this fort is so beautiful.

Lalgarh Palace: In the memory of Maharaja Lal Singhji it was built by Maharaja Ganga Singh. European, Mughal, Rajput architecture can be seen on this palace.

Moolnayakji Temple: In Bikaner, this is the first Vaishnav Temple. It was built in 1486.

Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum: Major attractions of this place are antique carpets, Royal Bikaner Train, traditional Rajasthani musical instruments, terra cotta ware.

Laxminath Temple: It is one of the oldest temples of this place which was built by Rao Bikaji in 1488.

Deshnok Temples: Other name of this place is Karni Mata Temple. Silver door of this temple is one of the attractions of this temple. Rats feed here. In the temple premises rates can be seen.

Rajasthan State Archives: This place is well known for historical wealth records. Attractions of this place are Khatoot, Arzdasht , Vakil Report, Akbarat, Manshurs, Nishans, Persian Farmans.

Shiva Bari Temple: Major attractions of this place are Huge Idol of Lord Shiva and wall paintings of Nandi Bull facing Shiva lingam. Beautiful columns, Pavilions and domes are other attractions of this place.

Other attractions of Bikaner: Other attractions of Bikaner are Bhandeswari Jain Temple, Jain Havelis, Sadul Museum, Ganga Singh Museum, Prachina Museum, Gajneer Palace, and Camel Breeding Farm.

 

What to see around Bikaner:

Devi Kund: It is located 8kms away from Bikaner. Number of Cenotaphs can be seen here. Major attraction of this place is Chhatri of Maharaja Surat Singh. Rajput Paintings on the ceilings are also worth seeing.

Gajner Wildlife sanctuary: It is located 32kms away from Bikaner. Major attractions of this place are antelopes, desert foxes, wild boar, hares, wildfowl etc

Katariasar Village: It is located 45kms away from Bikaner. Herds of Partridges, Parrots, Peacocks, Rabbits etc can be seen here. Major attraction of this place is sand dunes. Fire dances looks so lovely.

 

Getting to Bikaner: Ways to reach this place is through road and railways. From Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Jaipur etc buses come to this place. From Allahabad, Jaipur, Agra, Kolkata etc trains come to this place. Palace on Wheels so luxurious trains also connect this place. Nearest airport is located at Jodhpur which is 240kms away from Bikaner.

 

Getting around Bikaner: Tourists taxis, Rented Vehicles, Autos well connected different places of Bikaner. Buses and private vehicles are available to visit the surrounding places of Bikaner.

 

Best time to visit Bikaner: Best time to visit Bikaner is between November to February.

 

Where to stay in Bikaner: Plenty of hotels are available to stay in Bikaner. Forts, Havelis, Royal Palaces are available for royal treatment.

 

Where to eat in Bikaner: Plenty of restaurants are available to have food at Bikaner. Churma, Bati and Dal are famous food. Camel milk made sweets is also famous here.

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Jammu

Jammu

Jammu & Kashmir, North India, Fort, Musuem, Nature, Palace, Temple, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 92014

Jammu is one of the 3 administrative divisions within Jammu & Kashmir. Most of the land at this place is hilly or mountains. Jammu Tawi is the official name of Jammu city. Other name of this city is City of Temples. In Northern India, it is the largest city. Pir Panjal Range separates Himalayas and Kashmir valley. This is acting as gateway to one of the popular pilgrimage Vaishno Devi temple. It is believed that, Raja Jambu has founded this city in 14th century BC. At that time this place was known as Jambu Nagar. For the shopping lovers also this is the best place. Worth buying things of this place is garments, electronics, footwear, dry fruits, handlooms, handicrafts etc. Major festivals of this place are Lohri, Baisakhi, Bahu Mela.

 

What to see in Jammu:

Bahu Fort: over 3000 years ago, this was built by Raja Bahulochan. Dogra rulers restored this fort in 19th century. Other attractions of this fort are Bahi Temple, Bhave Ki Bahu Garden, 8 octagonal towers. It was constructed with thick sandstone.

Amar Mahal Museum: Earlier this place was acted as residence place of Dogra dynasty. During 1890, this was built by King Raja Amar with Red Sand stone. Greek Structural style can be seen here. Major attractions are throne of Maharaja Hari Singh, Pahari Paintings, art galleries etc.

Mubark Mandi Complex: This is 150years old complex. It is the royal residence of Dogra rulers.

Bagh-e-Bahu: This is most beautiful garden and looks like Mughal garden. Acres of woods are surrounded this garden.

Dogra Art Museum: This museum is famous for 800 rare paintings and articles.

Shiv Khori: This cave is famous for 4 feet natural Shivalingam. Several Hindu deities and natural impressions can also be seen here.

Raghunath Mandir: In 1835, this was built by Maharaja Gulab Singh. This was dedicated to Lord Rama. It is famous for ancient books and manuscripts.

Bahu Temple: It is one of the ancient temples of this place. This was built by Raja Bahulochan about 3000 years ago.

Other attractions of Jammu: Other attractions of Jammu are Mansar Lake, Ranbireshwar Temple, Rani Charak Mahal, Mahamaya Temple, Dargah Garib Shah, Ziarat Baba Buddhan Shah, Poonch Fort, Peer Kho Cave Temple, Gadhadharji Temple, Aap Sambhu Temple.

 

What to see around Jammu:

Nandini Wildlife Sanctuary: It is located 28kms away from Jammu. It was established in thick forests area. Major attractions of this place are Chakor, Indian Peafowl, Blue Rock Pigeon, Cheer Pheasants, Red Jungle fowl, Indian Mynah etc.

Surinsar Lake: It is located 24kms away from Jammu. This is situated in the midst of thick forests with hilly terrains in the backdrop. Major attractions of this lake are lotus flower blossoms.

Akhnoor Fort: It is located 32kms away from Jammu. This is the ancient temple situated on the banks of Chenad River built in 19th century. It belongs to Harappan Civilisation. Along with this fort other attraction of this place is two storeyed Palace.

 

Getting to Jammu: Jammu is well connected with road, railways and airways. From Amritsar, Leh, Srinagar, Delhi etc buses are come to this place. Jammu Tawi railway station is well connected with Jhansi, Gwalior, Agra, Kochi, Indore, Bhatinda, Varanasi, Delhi, Mumbai etc. Jammu airport is well connected with airways also. It is located 7kms away from the city. Airways are well connected with Srinagar, Jaipur, Delhi, Mumbai etc.

 

Getting around Jammu: Minibuses are available to visit the places of Jammu. Autos and cycle rickshaws are also available to visit the places of Jammu. Buses and Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Jammu.

 

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

 

Where to stay in Jammu: Plenty of accommodations are available in Jammu including luxury hotels. Best Mid range holes are available at Residency Road.

 

Where to eat in Jammu: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in Jammu. Continental, Indian and Kashmiri cuisines are available here.

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Sarnath

Sarnath

UP, North India, Buddhist temples, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 92014

Sarnath is a small village in Uttar Pradesh, India. Other name of this place is Isipatana. This place is most famous among the followers of Lord Buddha. At this place, Gautam Buddha first taught the Dharma. Original Sangha was formed at this place. It is one of the 4 major Buddhist destinations. People from Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Tibet, Japan, Thailand comes to this place. Deer Park is the major attraction of this place. This was built by Jataka King of Benaras. Major festivals celebrates at this place are Buddha Poornima, Basant Panchami, Maha Shivarathri and Makara Sankranti.

 

What to see in Sarnath:

Ashoka Pillar: This is one of the major attractions of this place. Height of this pillar is 50meters. This pillar is carved out of stone. On the top of the pillar 4 lions are situated. All are standing back to back. Pillar also consists of a horse, an elephant, a lion and a bull. This are symbols for the 4 different phases of life of Lord Buddha.

Archaeological Museum: This is famous for best collection of artifacts which are excavated from Archaeologists at this site. It was built in 1910 with 5 galleries. Those galleries are Ashutosh Gallery, Trimurti, Shakyasimha, Triratna and Tathagata Galleries. In this museum one can see the images of Lord Krishna, Lord Buddha, lord Ganesha etc.

Chaukhandi Stupa: This was built by Gupta dynasty in 5th century. This was built to mark the visit of Buddha to this place and he visited his first disciple at this place.

Deer Park: It is believed that at this place Lord Buddha proclaimed Dharma. King of Baneras gifted this forest area to build a park. Buddha taught two discourses at this place. They are Anattalakhana Sutta and Dhammacakkapavathana Sutta.

Thai Temple: This was built in Thai architectural style and it is surrounded by extensive gardens. It is administered by Thai Buddhist monks.

Tibetan Temple: Tibetan architectural style can be seen on this temple. Statue of Shakyamuni is situated here.

Mulagandha Kuti Vihar: This is the modern temple which was built by Mahabodhi Society. This is well known for frescoes from Buddhist literature.

Dhammek Stupa: It was built during Maurya Dynasty. Height is 43.6m. Floral carvings can be seen at the lower part of this stupa.

 

What to see around Sarnath:

Varanasi: This is most sacred place to Jains and Hindus. Varanasi exists before 3000 years ago. This place is famous for its Ghats and temples. Varanasi Attractions are Jantar Mantar, Bharat Mata Temple, Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Manikarnika Ghat, Durga Temple, Ramnagar Fort, Alamgir Mosque. It is located 11kms away from Sarnath.

Ramnagar: It is located 15kms away from Sarnath. This place is famous for fort museum. It consists of royal collections like antique clocks, ivory works, royal armour, royal palanquins, vintage cars.

Chunars: It is located 43kms away from Sarnath. This was famous for Chunars fort. It was built by Maharaja Vikramaditya. Major attractions of this fort are huge well, sun dial and Sonwa Mandap.

 

Getting to Sarnath: Sarnath is well connected with road. From Allahabad, Agra, Mathura, Kanpur, Lucknow buses come to this place. Nearest railway station is located at Varanasi which is 11kms away from Sarnath. Varanasi is well connected with all the major cities of India. Nearest domestic airport is located at Varanasi which is located 30kms away from Sarnath.

 

Getting around Sarnath: To explore the village there is no means of transport. One has to explore on foot. Taxis can hire from Varanasi to visit the places of Sarnath. Buses and taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Sarnath.

 

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

 

Where to stay in Sarnath: only budget and midrange hotels are available at this place. Ashrams provide accommodations along with food facility.

 

Where to eat in Sarnath: Good restaurants are available around the Sarnath temple.

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Gulmarg

Gulmarg

Jammu & Kashmir, North India, Adventurous sports, Hill station, History, Nature, Skiing, Snorkelling, Temple, Valley, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 92014

Gulmarg is a town and hill station in Baramula district of Jammu and Kashmir, India. This is one of the Skiing destinations. Name of this town was given in 16th century by Sultan Yusuf Shah. This was the favourite hangout for Jahangir, Mughal Emperor. Once he collected 21 different varieties of flowers from this place. Beauty of this place is exceptional. Highest Golf course in the world is located here.

 

What to see in Gulmarg:

Golf Course: Golf Course located in Gulmarg is the highest green golf course in the world. It is 18 whole golf courses. This is managed by Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation. In India, this is the most beautiful golf course. It was opened in 1904. This consists of inclines and slopes.

Gulmarg Ski Area: In this region, snow fall is heavy. This makes it a favourite ski area for Indian as well as to the foreigners. Other activists of this place are snow bobbing, snow scooters, tobogganing. Apart from adventurous activities, this region is also famous for Apharwat Peak, Golf Course, Baba Reshi Shrine, Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve, St.Mary’s Church, Alpather Lake, Imambara Goom etc.

Gondola Lift: It is the only cable car system in Asia. This is located in Gondola village of Gulmarg with a backdrop of Himalayan Peaks.

Khilanmarg: It is the small valley where Gulmarg’s winter ski runs. During the spring season, Carpeted flowers can be seen here. Meadow offers beauty of Kashmir Valley and surrounding peaks.

Baba Reshi Shrine: This is dedicated to Baba Reshi. During the reign of King Zain-ul-Abidin, he acted as major courtier. This mosque dates back to 1480.

Other attractions in Gulmarg: Other attractions in Gulmarg are Gulmarg Biosphere Reserves, Maharani Temple, Cable car to Kongdoor, Fishing pond, St.Mary’s Church.

 

What to see around Gulmarg:

Alpather Lake: It is located 13kms away from Gulmarg. This is in triangle shape. Snow capped terrains and scenic hills can be seen on the backdrop of the lake.

Tangmarg: It is famous for handicrafts works. Other attractions of this place are Baba Reshi Shrine, Waters meet and Ferozpore Nallah. It is located 13kms away from Gulmarg.

Magam: It is located in Budgam district which is situated 18kms away from Gulmarg. Library situated here is the largest and biggest library in Jammu and Kashmir. Best collection of audio cassettes, CD’s, Literature books, Islamic books can be seen here. Library also helps poor and orphans. Market in Magam is the largest market in Budgam district.

Pattam: It is a historical town which was established in 9th century by famous Hindu Raja Shankarvarman. It is located 40kms away from Gulmarg. This town has largest market of fruits, cattle and cotton.

Palhalan: During the British period of Independence struggle this place also played a major role. It is located 42kms away from Gulmarg.

Other attractions near Gulmarg: Other attractions near Gulmarg are Drung, Apharwat Peak, Ningle Nallah, Outer Circle walk, Banibal Nag, Kookernag.

 

Getting to Gulmarg: Gulmarg is well connected with road ways. From all the major cities of Jammu and Kashmir, buses come to this place. Nearest railway head is located in Jammu. Nearest airport is located in Srinagar which is 57kms away from Gulmarg. All the major city airports are well connected with Srinagar airport.

 

Getting around Gulmarg: Best way to explore the place is on foot. Nearby places of Gulmarg can be seen through bus or by using Taxis.

 

Best time to Visit Gulmarg: Best time to visit Gulmarg is from May to September. Best time for Skiing and other activities are between November to February.

 

Where to stay in Gulmarg: Plenty of accommodations available including luxury hotels. During the peak season it is advisable to book the rooms in advance.

 

Where to eat in Gulmarg: Plenty of restaurants are available to have food in Gulmarg. Famous food of this place is Rogan Josh.

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Pangot

Pangot

Uttarakhand, North India, Bird Sanctuary, Hill station, Lake district of India, Nature, Trekking, Valley, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 92014

Pangot is a popular hill station which is located 15kms away from Nainital, Uttarakhand, India. Major attraction of this place is bird watching. Nainital and Dehradun are most popular places in Uttarakhand. When compared with these places this place is quiet and it is developing. This is the ideal destination for honeymooners. Natural beauty of the hill station is so attractive. This place is surrounding by seasonal streams and several Perennial.

 

What to see in Pangot: This is one of the best places for natural lovers as well as to the bird watchers. More than 580 birds can be seen here. Several varieties of Himalayan Species along with other species such as Khalij Pheasant spotted & slaty backed forktail, blue winged minla, variety of thrushes etc. In the surrounding areas of Pangot people can see nearly 150 bird species. Plenty of animals are also can be seen here. Major animal attractions of this place are Sambhar, barking deer, ghorals, Himalayan Palm Civets, yellow throaned Himalayan Martens, leopards etc.

 

Pangot is surrounded by several lakes such as Naukuchia Tal, Saat Tal, Naini Tal etc. Short easy treks are possible here. Most popular trekking trails in Pangot from this place to Naina peak via Kilbury. Other popular trekking places to go from this hill station are Nanda Devi, Pindari, Namik.

 

What to see around Pangot:

Nainital: Nainital is a popular hill station of Uttarakhand. Nainital Attractions are Nainital Lake, Naina Devi Temple, Governors House, Eco Cave Gardens, Pt.GB Pant High Altitude Zoo, Naini Peak, Snow View. It is one of 12 jyothirlingas. It is located 13kms away from Pangot.

Bhimtal: This place is named after Bhima of Mahabharata. Bhimtal is known for Bhimtal Lake. At the banks of this lake, visitors can see Bhimeshwara Mahadev Temple. Bhimtal Attractions are Bhimeshwara Mahadev Temple, Folk Culture Museum, Victoria Dam, Aquarium, Paragliding, Rappelling, Trekking, Angling. It is located 23kms away from Pangot.

Jeolikote: It is located 30kms away from Pangot. This is the best place for the people who are interested in spotting butterflies and Floriculture. In this place Sri Aurobindo Ghosh and Swami Vivekananda meditated here.

Naukuchia Tal: It is a beautiful lake. Naukuchia means nine cornered lake. It is possible to see all the 9 corners at a time. For yachting, Peddling, rowing this is the best place. It is located 38kms away from Pangot.

Ramgarh: This place is well known for its orchards of apricots, peach, pear, apple etc. This place is also known as Fruit bowl of Kumaon. It is located 47kms away from Pangot.

Mukteshwar: This place is named after the temple Mukteshwar Dham temple. Mukteshwar Attractions are Shiva Temple, Sitla, Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Chauthi ki Jaali, Raja Rani Temple, Brahmeshwara Temple, Trekking.

 

Getting to Pangot: Pangot is well connected with road. From the cities such as Ramnagar, Haldwani, Delhi, Dehradun, etc buses come to this place. Nearest railway station is located at Kathgodam which is 50kms away from Pangot. From cities such as Kanpur, Jammu, Delhi, Kolkata etc trains come to this place. Nearest airport is located at Pantnagar which is 78kms away from Pangot.

 

Getting around Pangot: As this is the small hill station one can enjoy this natural beauty by having walk. Buses and taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Pangot.

 

Best time to visit Pangot: Best time to visit Pangot is between March to June and again between September to November.

 

Where to stay in Pangot: Limited accommodations are available to stay in Pangot. Along with budget and mid range hotels, lodges are also available to stay in Pangot.

 

Where to eat in Pangot: Limited eateries are available to have food in Pangot. Pahari Tea taste of this place is unforgettable.

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Nainital

Nainital

Uttarakhand, North India, Caves, History, Musuem, Nature, Shakti peethas, Temple, Trekking, Valley, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 92014

Nainital is a popular hill station of Uttarakhand, India. Nainital is having its own place in the history. According to Skand Puranas, Nainital Lake is also known as Tri Rishi Sarovar. Three Sages are Pulaha, Pulastya and Atri. When these sages come to this place there are no water at this place, then they have kept a hole to have water.

 

What to see in Nainital:

Nainital Lake: It is located at the heart of the city. Town is derived its place due to this lake. Northern end of the lake is called Mallital and southern end is known as Tallital. Bridges connects these two ends of the lakes. It is eye shaped lake.

Naina Devi Temple: It is located at the banks of river Nainital. Major shrines of this temple are Lord Ganesha and Goddess Mata Kali. When Lord Shiva carrying the body of Goddess Sati, one of the body part of sati fell at this place. So this is considered as one of the Shakti peethas.

Governors House: Visitors can see Victorian Gothic Domestic style architecture at this place. It was built in 1899. FW Steven is the architecture of this House. It is two storied complex consists of golf links, a swimming pool, large garden and 113 rooms.

Eco Cave Gardens: It consists of musical fountain and 6 caves. This is the natural Garden.

Gurney House: Earlier this was the residence house of Jim Corbett. Museum of Corbett can be seen in this house.

Pt.GB Pant High Altitude Zoo: In India this is one of the high altitude zoo. Major attractions of this place are Serao, Snow Leopard, Siberian Tiger etc.

Tiffin Top: Other name is Dorothy’s seat. It is located on Ayarpatta hill. From this place visitors can have the best view of surrounding country side. It is a stone work picnic perch.

Naini Peak: It is the highest peak of the town.

Snow View: It is located on Sher-ka-danda Ridge. Visitors can reach this place by cable car. From this place visitors can have best view of Nanada Kot, Trisul, Nanda Devi and Snow peaked Himalayas.

 

What to see around Nainital:

Bhimtal Lake: It is located 22kms away from the town. This is the biggest lake of Nainital district. It is named after Bhima, one of the Pandavas. At this place one can see 17th century temple complex.

Khurpa Tal: It is located 10kms away from Nainital. This place is famous for angling. It is surrounded by terraced fields.

Sattal: It is located 23kms away from Nainital. Sattal means Seven Lakes. Each one is interconnected with each other. Most popular lakes are Ram, Sita and Laxman lakes.

Naukuchia Tal: It is located 26kms from Nainital. It is believed that if one takes in all nine corners in one glimpse, they can disappear into the smoke of clouds.

Jim Corbett National Park: It is located 63kms away from Nainital. Major attractions of this place are Common musk Shrew, Wild Boar, Chital, Tiger, Elephant etc.

 

Getting to Nainital: Nainital is well connected with road. From all the nearest cities buses come to this place. Nearest railway station is located at Kathgodam which is 34kms away from the town. From all the major cities trains come to this place. Pantnagar is the nearest airport located at 71kms away from the town. Taxis are available to reach Nainital from airport.

 

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

 

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

 

Where to stay in Nainital: Plenty of accommodations available to stay in Nainital including luxury hotels. Best hotels are Classic The Mall, Balrampur House, Hotel Maharaja. Few resorts are also available here.

 

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

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Haridwar

Haridwar

Uttarakhand, North India, History, Mahabharata, Nature, Temple, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 82014

Haridwar is a city in Haridwar district of Uttarakhand, India. It is one of the seven holiest places for the Hindus. This city is located on the banks of River Ganga at the foothill of Shivalik Range. It is one of the 4 sites where Kumbh Mela held every 12 years. Journey of River Ganga starts from this place. It is the major Shaktipeeth. During Kumbh Mela period thousands of devotees come to this place. People believe that taking the dip at this place during Kumbh Mela will wipe off all the sins. Along with Hindus, Haridwar is sacred place to Sikhs also as founder of the religion, Guru Nanak come to this place for 2times.

 

What to see in Haridwar:

Kumbh Mela: It is a mass Hindu pilgrimage of faith in which Hindus gather to bath in a sacred river. Kumbh Mela conducts here for every 12 years in Haridwar.

Hari Ki Pauri: It is one of the most sacred Ghats. Other name of this place is Brahmakund. It is believed that, in the memory of brother Bhartrihari, this was built by King Vikramaditya.

Mansa Devi Temple: It is one of the Siddhpeerthas. Mansa Devi is worshipped here. It is located at the top of the Bilwa Parwat.

Chandi Devi: It is believed that, in 8th century main idol was kept by Adi Shankracharya. This was constructed by King of Kashmir Suchat Singh in 1929 AD.

Kankhal: In Haridwar this is a small colony. This place was mentioned as Kanakhala in Mahabharata and Vayu Purana. It is one of the Panch Tirth.

Daksheswara Mahadev Temple: Lord Shiva worshipped in this temple. It is located in Kankhal. This temple was built in 1810 by Queen Dhankaur. In 1962, a temple was rebuilt.

Maya Devi Temple: This temple is dedicated to Goddess Maya Devi. It is sometimes referred to as Shakti Peetha. Deity of the temple has 4 arms and 3 heads. Temple was dates back to 11th century.

Doodhadhari Barfani Temple: It is one of the beautiful temples of Haridwar. This temple complex consists of Hanuman Temple, Rama Sita temple. All are built with white marble.

 

What to see around Haridwar:

Rajaji National Park: It is located 10kms away from Haridwar. This park covers 3 district of Uttarakhand. Those 3 districts are Pauri Garhwal, Dehradun and Haridwar. Earlier there are 3 sanctuaries namely Rajaji, Motichur and Chilla. Now these are merged as one sanctuary with the name Rajaji National Park. Major fauna attractions of this park are Asian Elephant, leopard, Jungle Cat, Goral, Indian Hare etc. Major flora attractions of this place are acacia, dalbergia, bridelia, terminalia, Adina, Mallotus etc.

Rishikesh: It is located 24kms away from Haridwar. This is the gateway to Chota Char Dham Pilgrimage. Chota Char Dham includes Yamunotri, Badrinath, Gangotri and kedarnath. This place revolves around festivals and prayers. International Yoga festival celebrates annually in the month of February.

Sureshvari Devi Temple: It is located in Ranipur which is located 10kms away from Haridwar. Goddess Sureshwari is worshipped here.

 

Getting to Haridwar: Haridwar is well connected with road and railways. From Delhi, Gangotri, Yamnotri, Uttarkashi, Tehri, Mussoorie, Dehradun etc buses come to this place. From all the major cities trains come to this place. Nearest airport is located at Dehradun i.e. Jolly Grant which is 226kms away from the city.

 

Getting around Haridwar: Taxis, Autos, Buses, cycle rickshaws are available to visit in and around places of Haridwar.

 

Best time to visit Haridwar: Best time to visit this place is between September to June.

 

Where to stay in Haridwar: Plenty of hotels are available to stay in Haridwar. Few luxury hotels are also available here. Along with hotels, Dharmasalas are also available to stay in this place.

 

Where to eat in Haridwar: Limited restaurants are available to eat in Haridwar. Only vegetarian food is available.

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Alwar

Alwar

Rajasthan, North India, Architecture, Fort, History, Mughal, Musuem, Nature, Palace, Tomb, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 82014

Alwar is a city of Alwar district of Rajasthan, India. Formally Alwar was the capital of Princely state of Alwar. In 1770, Pratap Singh has founded the princely state. Major attraction of this place is Sariska Tiger Reserve. To see this reserve both national and international tourists come to this place. For the shopping lovers also this is the best place. Double dyed Saris, Colourful bangles, artefacts, silver jewellery etc are worth buying at this place. Roaming through the old avenues in the town is most memorable experience.

 

What to see in Alwar:

City Palace: This was built by Raja Bhaktawar in 1793 AD. Mughal and Rajput style can be seen in this palace. In large central courtyard, bases are made up of lotus flower. Major attractions of this place are emerald cut drinking cup, Maharaja’s personal belongings, trinkets, artworks, etc.

Bala Quila: Bala Quila means young fort. Other name of this fort is Alwar fort. There are 446 holes for firing guns from this quila. It consists of 51 small towers and 15 large towers. Nikumbha Mahal Palace is located inside the quila.

City Palace Museum: This is located inside the city Palace. Royal elegance is preserved at this place. It is divided into 3 sections. Major attractions of this place are Mughal Paintings, Rajput Paintings, objects made up of Silver, Jade, Ivory, Rajput weapons etc.

Moti Doongri: This is famous for Lakshmi Narayan Temple, Ganesh temple and Swank Palace. It was once the residence place of Rajmata Gayatri Devi. Architecture of this structure is so unique.

Siliserh Lake: In 1845 AD this was constructed by Maharaja Vinay Singh. Now it was converted into heritage hotel. Plenty of migratory birds can be seen here. This is one of the best spots for anglers.

Vinay Vilas Palace: It is located near Alwar Fort. Earlier it was the residence of Maharaja Vinay Singh. Other name of this palace is Garden Palace. This was built in Mughal and Rajasthani Styles. Carved structures of this palace are so attraction.

Other places to visit in Alwar: Other places to visit in Alwar are Company Bagh, Bhangarh Fort, Moosi Maharani Ki Chhatri, Tomb of Fateh Jung, Vijay Mandir Palace, Purjan Vihar, Choohar Sidh Falls, Tripolia Imperial Mausoleum, Cenotaph of Maharaja Bakhtawar Singh.

 

What to see around Alwar:

Sariska Tiger Reserve: It is located 53kms away from Alwar city. This area is Rich in mineral resources such as copper. In the world this is the first tiger reserve. Major attractions of this place are Bengal tiger, Golden Jackal, Striped hyena, Caracal, Jungle cat, Leopard etc.

Karni Mata Temple: This temple is dedicated to Karni Mata who is an incarnation of Goddess Durga. Other name of this temple is Rats Temple. Nearly 20,000 rats can be seen here. Devotees offer sweets and milk to the rats.

Natni Ka Baran: This place is famous for ancient Shiva Temple. It is the ideal place for relaxation.

Other attractions near Alwar: other attraction near Alwar Garbhaji Falls, Krishna Temples, Talvriksha.

 

Getting to Alwar: Alwar is well connected with road and railways. From all the major cities state run buses and private buses come to this place. Alwar railway station is well connected with Delhi and Jaipur. Sanganer airport in Jaipur is the nearest airport to Alwar. This airport is located 162kms away from the city. Airport is well connected with Delhi and Mumbai. Taxis are available to reach Alwar from the airport.

 

Getting around Alwar: Autos and buses are available to visit the surrounding places of Alwar.

 

Best time to visit Alwar: Mild showers and moderate climate can be enjoyed between July to September. Best time to visit this place is between October to March.

 

Where to stay in Alwar: Plenty of hotels including luxury hotels are available to stay in Alwar. Cost of budget hotels is Rs.500 per day and cost of luxury hotels is between Rs.3000 to Rs.5000 per day.

 

Where to eat in Alwar: Plenty of eateries are available to have food at Alwar. Jain food is also available at this place. Famous food of this place is mirchi ka achaar, gajar ka halwa in pure ghee, allu parathas.

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Lucknow

Lucknow

UP, North India, Architecture, Masjid, Musuem, Nature, Palace, Temple, Tomb, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 82014

Lucknow is a city of Uttar Pradesh, India. It is a metro city. This place was nourished during the Nawabs period. Culture of Nawabs can be seen here. This place is also known as Golden City of the East. It is believed that city is named after Lakshman, brother of Lord Rama. Rama ordered Lakshman to rebuild a town. Now this is known as Lucknow. Chikan Embroidery is most famous at this place. Waist bands, nose pins, colorful bands etc are worth buying in this place.

 

What to see in Lucknow:

Chowk: It is the market place of Old Lucknow. This is the best place for the shopping lover.

Aminabad: This is another attraction for the shopping lovers. Major attractions of this place are fancy items, men’s chikan wear, ladies wear, fashion garments etc.

Bara Imambara: This place is well known for its Nawab architecture. In 1784, this was built by Asaf-ud-Daula. This complex consists of Step wells, gate ways, courtyards, mosques.

The Residency: To serve as the residence of the British Resident General this was established in 1800 AD. This became famous after Sepoy Mutiny in 1857. At that time 2000 soldiers died in this place. Graves of these soldiers are placed here.

Chattar Manzil: Beautiful European architecture can be seen here. As its dome is in the shape of umbrella it was named as Chattar Manzil.

Moti Mahal: Other name is Pearl Palace. This was built by Nawab Saadat Ali Khan during 1798- 1814. It was constructed as citadel, for watching enemy operations and for bird watching purpose.

Lucknow Zoo: Major attractions of this zoo are 97 different species of wild animals, 57 reptiles, 348 birds, 447 mammals. Indian Rhinoceros, Hoolock, Gibbons, Himalayan Black Bear, Royal Bengal tiger etc also can be seen here.

Ramakrishna Math: This is functioning from past 7 decades. Idols of this math are Swami Vivekananda, Mother Sarada Devi and Sri Ramakrishna. This math consists of garden. It was made up of Marble.

Aurangzeb’s Mosque: This is best example for Indo Muslim architecture.

Other attractions of Lucknow: Other attractions of Lucknow are Constania, Rumi Darwaza, Hazratganj Market, Shaheed Smarak, Begum Hazrat Mahal Park, Council house, 1857 Memorial Musuem, Chota Imambara, Gautam Buddha park, Juma Masjid, Husainabad Clock Tower, Satkhanda, Farangi Mahal, Shah Najaf Imambara, Dilkusha Kothi Palace, Sikander Bagh.

 

What to se around Lucknow:

Kukrail Forest Reserve: It is located 15kms away from Lucknow which was developed by Forest department. This place is famous for Crocodile Nursery and Deer farm. Rest house, Cafeteria, Children’s Park are other attractions of this place.

Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary: This is one of the best places for natural lovers as well as for the bird lovers. It is located 43kms away from Lucknow.

 

Crocodile Nursery: It is located 15kms away from Lucknow. This was established in 1978. Aim of this nursery was to protect the endangered crocodiles of the river.

 

Getting to Lucknow: Lucknow is well connected with road, railways and airways. From Dehradun, Delhi, Allahabad, Kanpur etc buses come to this place. From Kolkata, Chennai, Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Thiruvananthapuram etc trains come to this place. From Mumbai, Jaipur, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Delhi flights come to Lucknow. Airport is located 14kms away from the city. Nearest international airport is located at Delhi which is located 497 kms away from the city.

 

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

 

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

 

Where to stay in Lucknow: Plenty of accommodations available to stay in Lucknow including luxury hotels. Along with hotels, guest houses are also available to stay at this place.

 

Where to eat in Lucknow: Plenty of restaurants are available to have food in Lucknow. Tundey Kebab is most famous food in Lucknow. Lucknawi Chat is world famous chat. Along with Indian, international cuisines are also available.

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Almora

Almora

Uttarakhand, North India, Architecture, Hill station, History, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Trekking, Valley, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 82014

Almora is a cantonment region in Almora district of Uttarakhand, India. This place is considered as cultural heart of Kumaon region. It is most popular hill station situated at a height of 6000meter above the sea level. This place is starting point for trekking to Ranikhet, Binsar, Mukteshwar, etc. During the rule of Chand dynasty, Almora was founded by Kalyan Chand in 1568. Nanda Devi festival, Uttaryani Festival, Jageshwar Monsoon festivals are most famous festivals in this place.

 

What to see in Almora:

State Museum: Other name of this museum is Govind Ballabh Pant Museum. Major attractions of this museum are artifacts belong to Katyuri dynasty and Chand dynasty. Another attraction of this museum is folk paintings. Two galleries can be seen here. One is Manav Vikas Ki Katha and Ganga River Culture Gallery.

Chaitai Temple: This temple is dedicated to Lord Gollu who is an incarnation of Gaur Bhairav. Wishes of devotees write on the paper and they will keep on the foot of the Lord. People believe all their wishes will fulfil.

Nanda Devi Temple: In the Kumaon region it is one of the most famous temples. Kumaoni style can be seen in the temple. This temple is dates back to 1000 years. Stone carvings on the walls of the temple are another attraction of this temple.

 

What to see around Almora:

Deer Park: It is located just 3kms away from Almora. This the best place for evening walk. Major attractions of this park are Himalayan Black bear, Leopard and deer. Pine trees welcome the visitors to this place.

Bright End Corner: It is located 2kms away from Almora. Sunrise and sunset are most beautiful from this place. Shri Ramakrishna Kutir Ashram is a centre for meditation is so famous. Vivekananda Library is another attraction of this place.

Simtola: It is located 3kms away from Almora. Once granite hill and diamond mining are attractions of this place but now this place was covered with fur and pine trees.

Kalimath: It is located 5kms away from Almora. Name is derived from the words Kali and Math. Kali means black and Math means soil. Spectacular view of Himalayas is possible from this place. Another attraction of this place is Kasar Devi temple which is dedicated to Goddess Kali. This temple dates back to 2nd century.

Katarmal Sun Temple: This temple is dedicated to Lord Sun which is located 16kms away from ALmora. After sun temple in Konark, this temple got second importance. This temple dates back to 800 years. Architecture is so attractive.

Jageshwar: It is located 24kms away from Almora. This is one of the 12 Jyothirlingas. Main temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This place consists of 124 shrines. Temple complex consists of 104 shrines dates back to 8th century to 18th century.

Sadar Bazaar: It is situated in Ranikhet which is located 53kms away from Almora. This is the best place for shopping lovers. Major attractions of this place are dry fruits, traditional jewellery, wooden bangles, garwali shawls, blankets, carpets, readymade garments, handicrafts etc. Apart from shops, plenty of hotels and restaurants are also located here.

 

Getting to Almora: Almora is well connected with road and railways. From Ghaziabad, Thane, Ludhiana, Mumbai, Delhi, Kanpur, Jaipur etc buses and trains come to this place. Nearest airport is located at Pantnagar which is 125kms away from Almora. This airport is well connected with Delhi. Nearest international airport is at Delhi.

 

Getting around Almora: As Almora is very small town, visitors can see the places on foot. Buses and taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Almora.

 

Best time to visit Almora: Best time to visit this place is between March to November.

 

Where to stay in Almora: Only Budget and midrange hotels are available to stay in Almora. Almost all the hotels are located in Link road and Mall Road.

 

Where to eat in Almora: Eating options are limited in Almora. Most famous sweet of this place is Bal Mithai.

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Bharatpur National Park

Bharatpur National Park

Rajasthan, North India, Bird Sanctuary, History, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 82014

Bharatpur National Park is located just 2kms away from Bharatpur in Rajasthan, India. Bharatpur is known as Eastern Gateway of Rajasthan. Other name of this park is Keoladeo Ghana National Park. Park is exactly lies between Agra and Jaipur. Bharatpur forests used as hunting place by Bharatpur royals. Every year British Viceroy’s organised duck shootings. In 1938, 4273 birds were killed by Lord Linlithgow in duck shooting.

 

Bharatpur including park and surrounding areas are closely associated with Lord Krishna. Mathura is located 40kms away from Bharatpur is the birthplace of Krishna. In 1956 this was established as bird sanctuary. In 1982 this was designed as a national park.

What to see in Bharatpur National Park: Major attraction of this place is Siberian Crane. This place is home to huge variety of invertebrates, 7 turtle species, 7 amphibian species, 5 lizard species, 13 snake species, 50 fish species, 379 floral species and 366 bird species. Another major attraction of this place is waterfowls. Every year water fowls come to this place on migratory basis. Sir Peter Scott has stated that this is world’s best sanctuary for birds.

 

This place was named after Keoladeo temple which is situated at the middle of the park. Lord Shiva worshipped in this temple. Major flora attractions of this place are ber, Kandi, babul, Jamun, Kalam. Major Fauna attractions of this place are Mollusks, Insects and worms. Most common waterfowls are white spoonbill, cotton teal, comb duck, great cormorant etc. Major Land birds in this park are Quails, partridge, Chats, bee eaters, warbles etc. Mammal attractions of the park are spotted deer, feral cattle, blue bull etc.

 

What to see around Bharatpur National park:

Laxman Temple: This is 400 years old temple located at the centre of Bharatpur. It was built by Maharaja Baldev Singh. Other shrines of this temple are Hanuman, Shtrughan, Bharat and lord Rama. It is located 7kms away from the park.

Lohagarh Fort: Even after several attacks by the Britishers this fort remained unconquered. Worth visiting place of this fort are Kothi Khas, Mahal Khas, Kishori Mahal. This was built by Jat ruler Maharaja Suraj Mal in 18th century. This is one of the strongest buildings in the history of India. This fort consists of 3 palaces namely Purana Mahal, Kamra Mahal and Mahal Khas. Sandstone durbar in the fort is now acting as museum. It is located 8kms away from the park.

Government Museum: Major attractions of this museum are Weapons, coins, arms, Sculptures. All these could be more than 4000 antiques. Other name of this museum is state Archaeological museum. This remains closed in Monday. It is located 10kms away from the park.

Ganga Temple: It is located at the centre of the city Bharatpur. In 1845, Maharaja Balwant Singh constructed this temple. South Indian, Mughal, Rajpur architecture styles can be seen on this temple. Devotees come to this temple will be given holy Ganga river water. It is located 10kms away from the park.

 

Getting to Bharatpur National park: Park is well connected through road. From Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan buses are available to reach this place. Bharatpur railway station is 6kms away from the park. Nearest airport is located at Agra which is 56kms away from the city. Private taxis are available from the port to come to the park.

 

Getting around Bharatpur National park: Autos, local buses, Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of park

 

Best time to visit Bharatpur National park: Best time to visit park is between October to February to see migratory birds and August to October time is the breeding season.

 

Where to stay in Bharatpur National park: Government run forest lodge is available inside the park. Plenty of accommodations available in Bharatpur.

 

Where to eat in Bharatpur National park: Food is not available inside the park. Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in Bharatpur. Continental, Mughalai cuisines are available along with local cuisines.

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Pithoragarh

Pithoragarh

Uttarakhand, North India, Caves, Hill station, History, Skiing, Tea Garden, Temple, Trekking, Valley, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 82014

Pithoragarh is a city in Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand, India. From this place visitors can have the spectacular views of Nanda Kot, Nanda Devi and Panch Chulhi snow capped peaks. Forts and temples are the major attraction of this place. People of this place celebrate most of the festivals related to Harvest. Famous festivals of this place are Chaittol, Hill Jatra. Other celebrations of this place are Lacchar Fair, Dhanlek Fair, Chipla Jat, and Nanda Devi Fair. Adventurous sports such as Trekking and Skiing are other attractions of this place.

 

What to see in Pithoragarh:

Pithoragarh Fort: This was built in 1789 by Gorkhas. At present this is in ruins stage. Kali Kumaon is most visible from this place.

Patal Bhuvaneswar: This is a cave temple situated at the height of 1350meters. It is believed that there are 33crore Hindu Gods and Goddesses are placed here.

Chaukori: This place is famous for Tea Gardens and Temples. Nandakot and Nanda Devi peaks can have a best view from this place. This place is also known as Heaven of Kumaon.

 

What to see around Pithoragarh:

Nagmandir of Berinag: Berinag village is famous for Nag Temple. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is located 1km away from the city. This place is surrounded by Ravine and tree clusters.

Kapilaswar Cave: It is located 3kms away from the town. Mahadev is worshipped here. It is believed that Muni Kapil, meditated in these caves. To see the deity, visitors have to travel 10meters distance in the cave. Just 0.5km away from this cave Temple of Rai can be seen here.

Chandak: It is located 8kms away from Pithoragarh. This place is famous for Manu Temple. Northern part of this place is having Soar Valley. This valley provides trekking facility. Hang glinding is other attraction of this place.

Dhwaj Temple: It is located 10kms away from the town. Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Maa Jayanti. This is the perfect place to view Himalayas.

Nakuleshwara: It is located 10kms away from the town. This temple was built by Nakula and Sahadev (last two Pandavas). Lord Shiva is worshipped here. Based on the Khajuraho style architecture of this temple is designed. Major architecture images are Kurma, Nauvarga, Mahisasur Mardini, Surya, Uma Vasudev, Narsingha etc.

Thal Kedar: This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is located 15kms away from the town. This place is known for its scenic beauty. Trekking is other attraction of this place.

Askot Sanctuary: In the landscape plenty of temples are located. It is situated 54kms away from the city. Major attraction of this place is Chukors, Snow Leopards, Chirs, Snow Cocks, Musk Deers etc.

Gangolihat: This place is known for ancient myths and rich culture folks. Shakti Peeth was established by Shankaracharya in this place at Mahakali Temple. Other attractions of this place are Hatkalika Fair and Kalika Temple. It is located 77kms away from the city.

 

Getting to Pithoragarh: Pithoragarh is well connected with road ways. From the cities such as Lohaghat, Tanakpur, Almora, Munsiyari etc buses come to this place. Nearest railway station is located at Kathgodam. From Dehradun, Kolkata, Jammu etc trains come to this place. Nearest airport is located at Pantnagar. This airport is well connected with Delhi. This airport is located 450kms away from the city.

 

Getting around Pithoragarh: Private Vehicles are used to visit the surrounding places of Pithoragrah.

 

Best time to visit Pithoragarh: Best time to visit this place is between March to June and from September to December.

 

Where to stay in Pithoragarh: Limited accommodations are available to stay in Pithoragarh. Only budget and midrange hotels are available to stay. Almost all the hotels are allocated near tourists sports. KMVN rest house is also available.

 

Where to eat in Pithoragarh: Very limited restaurants are available to eat in this city. All the restaurants serve Continental, Chinese and Indian Cuisines.

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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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Pahalgam

Pahalgam

Jammu & Kashmir, North India, Hill station, History, Nature, Temple, Trekking, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 82014

Pahalgam is a town and hill station in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir, India. This hill station is famous across the world. It is situated on the banks of Lidder River. Several Bollywood movies shooted at this place. Every year thousands of people come to this place. Plenty of trekking trails start from this place. This place is the starting point for the Amarnath Yatra. Amarnath cave is just 6kms away from this town. This place is also famous for flora and fauna. Along with trekkers this place is famous for anglers and golfers.

 

What to see in Pahalgam:

Mamaleshwar Temple: This is most ancient temple in this town. As per the historical records this temple belongs to 12th century. Lord Shiva is worshipped here. It is situated on the banks of river Lidder. This temple was built by Jayasimha.

Shikargha: It is a small wildlife reserve situated at this place. This is one of the famous tourist’s attractions of Pahalgam.

Betaab Hill: Earlier name of this place is Hajan Valley. Betaab movie was shooted here. So this hill was renamed as Betaab Hill. Flowing streams and Snow covered mountains looks so beautiful at this place.

 

What to see around Pahalgam:

Mattan: It is located 34kms away from Pahalgam. In Jammu & Kashmir this is one of the most important pilgrim places for Hindus. To Worship Lord Sun, huge number of pundits and priests come to this place. Beautiful brick structure Shiva Lingam can be seen here. It is surrounded by clear water.

Aru: It is located 11kms away from Pahalgam. This meadows leads to trek via Lidderwat. Visitors can reach this place by walking on the mountain path.

Chandanwari: It is located 16kms away from Pahalgam. This is the starting point of Amarnath Yatra. This place is famous for Snow Bridge. Amarnath Yatra takes place between July to August. Tourists rush is more during this period.

Sun Temple: It is located 36kms away from Pahalgam. This temple belongs to Pandavas era. Some people believe that foundation stone laid between 370 – 500 AD. Some believed that this was built by Lalitaditya Muktapida during 699 – 739 AD.

Panchtarni: It is located 40kms away from Pahalgam. This is situated at the confluence of five rivers. It is the last stop to Amarnath Yatra.

Tulian Lake: It is located 16kms away from the town. It is beautiful snow covered lake. This lake sets trek route via Baisaran. It is surrounded by peaks.

Baisaran: It is just 5kms away from Pahalgam. Snow Clad Mountains looks so attractive. This place is having thickly wooded forest of Pine.

 

Getting to Pahalgam: Pahalgam is well connected through roadways. From Jammu, Anantang, Srinagar buses are available to reach this place. During Amarnath yatra transport service from Jammu to this town is restricted. For the convenience of Yatris special yatra coaches are available to travel. Nearest railway station is located at Udhampur which is 217kms away from this town. From cities such as Rishikesh, Kolkata, Chennai, Pune, Indore, Kanyakumari, Delhi and Mumbai trains come to this place. Srinagar airport is the nearest airport which is 96kms away from the town.

 

Getting around Pahalgam: Buses and horses are available to see the town. Buses are available to visit the surrounding places of Pahalgam.

 

Best time to visit Pahalgam: Best time to visit this place is between March to November. Snow fall is more during the winter season. Very few tourists visit this place during the winter season to enjoy snow festival which celebrates so grandly every year.

 

Where to stay in Pahalgam: Plenty of accommodations are available to stay in Pahalgam including luxury hotels, Tourists bungalows ad JKTDC huts. During Amarnath Yatra almost all the budget hotels are booked.

 

Where to eat in Pahalgam: Only Pure vegetarian food is available. All hotels are having in-house restaurants which serve Continental, Indian and Mughalai dishes.

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Binsar

Binsar

Uttarakhand, North India, Hill station, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Trekking, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 82014

In the Kumaon Region, Binsar is the highest hill station. It is located in Almora district. This is the best place for adventure lovers, photographers and natural lovers. Name of this town is named after Bineshwar Mahadev Temple. This place acted as capital of the Chand Raj Kings. These kings ruled this region during 7th century. From this hill station visitors can have spectacular view of Panchachuli Peaks, Nanda Kot, Nanda Devi, Chaukhamba and Kedarnath Peaks. This place is also famous for flora and fauna. Trekking activity conducts here.

 

What to see in Binsar:

Binsar wildlife Sanctuary: With the intension to protect leaf oak forest this sanctuary was established in 1988. This is the home to plenty of flora and fauna. Major attractions of this place are Himalayan Black bears, Kakars, Monkeys, Wild Boars, Leopards etc. Bird Life international declared this place as important bird area. Best time to visit this place is between February to April and from October to November.

Zero Point: It is located inside the sanctuary. Beauty of peaks of Himalayas such as Nanda Devi, Trishul, Shivling, Kedarnath can be seen from this place.

Bineshwar Mahadev Temple: It is one of the major attractions of this place. This temple belongs to 16th century. Binsar town is named after this temple. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Architecture of this temple is so beautiful.

Binsar Sanctuary Museum: It is located inside the sanctuary. Most valuable and important information about this sanctuary can be known from here.

Pariyadeva Pashan: It is a famous archaeological site. This place has a long stone with cup marks that dates back to megalithic age.

 

What to see around Binsar:

Khali Estate: This is situated 13kms away from Binsar. Area covered by this estate is 26acres. Beauty of Himalayan Range can enjoy from this place. This was a home to Sir Henry Ramsay, Commissioner of Kumaon. Vijay Laxmi Pandit, Jawaharlal Nehru also resided at this place.

Goula Devta Temple: It is located 4kms away from Binsar Wildlife sanctuary. Goula Devta is worshipped here. People believed that Devta gives quick justice to his devotees.

Kasar Devi Temple: It is located 9kms away from Binsar. In 1820, Swami Vivekananda meditated here. During 1980’s this was the house of Dutch Monks.

Bageshwar: This place is named after Bageshwar Temple. Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Every year thousands of devotees come to this place. It is located 46kms away from Binsar.

 

Getting to Binsar: Binsar is well connected with road ways. From Pithoragarh, Nainital, Kasauni, Ranikhet etc buses come to this place. Nearest railway station is located at Kathgodam which is 114kms away from Binsar. From Kanpur, Jammu, Delhi, Dehradun, Kolkata etc trains come to Kathgodam. Taxis are available from Kathgodam to Binsar. Pantnagar is the nearest airport of Binsar which is 145kms away.

 

Getting around Binsar: Private vehicles or hiring a cab is the best way to reach the surrounding places of Binsar.

 

Best time to visit Binsar: Best time to visit Binsar is between April to June and September to November.

 

Where to stay in Binsar: Limited hotels are available to stay in Binsar. Few guest houses are also available to stay in Binsar. Best hotels in Binsar are Mountain Resort Khali Estate, The Binsar Retreat, Imperial Hotel, Club Mahindra Valley Resort.

 

Where to eat in Binsar: Limited restaurants are available to eat in Binsar. All the restaurants offer Continental, Italian, Indian and Chinese Cuisines.

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Chakrata

Chakrata

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

April 82014

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

 

What to see in Chakrata:

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

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

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

 

What to see around Chakrata:

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Dehradun

Dehradun

Uttarakhand, North India, Architecture, Caves, Hill station, History, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 82014

Dehradun is the capital city of Uttarakhand, India. It is famous for picturesque landscape and natural resources. This place is having historical background. It is believed that this is the birth place of Dronacharya who was the Guru of Pandavas and Kauravas in the epic Mahabharata. This place is also in Ramayana. It is believed that after the death of Ravana, Lord Rama along with Lakshmana visited to this place. Evidences of these are found in the excavations. Best places for shopping lovers are Astely hall, Rajpur Road and Paltan Bazaar.

 

What to see in Dehradun:

Museum: It is one of the major attractions of the city. This was established in 1971. Origin and development of the city related artefacts can be seen in this museum.

Clock Tower: This was constructed by Britishers before independence. It is six faced tower. Architecture of this tower is so beautiful.

Forest Reserve Institute: Building was constructed in Greco Roman colonial Style. It consists of 6 museums related to entonomy, nonwood forest products, timber, Silviculture, pathology and Social Forestry. This place also has Botanical Garden.

Sahastradhara: It is a beautiful spring. Sulphur present in this spring water. Beautiful views can be enjoyed here. It is believed that this water is having medicinal values.

Mahadev Temple: It is located in Garhi Cantonment area. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is a cave temple. It is believed that Lord Shiva made milk flow from the cave for Ashwathma.

Mall Road: This is the best place for shopping lovers. Wide range of products available such as readymade garments, handicrafts, second hand books, ornaments, electronic items, Garwahli shawals, blankets, Tibetan Carpets, traditional jewellery etc.

Waida institute of Himalayan Geology: It consists of huge library consists of several research journals along with best collection of books. To educate the people about general geology and Himalayan; charts, maps and videos are available here.

Paltan Bazaar: This place is famous for wooden crafts items. Fragrances of Basmati Rice and Spices can enjoy at this place.

Other attractions of Dehradun: Other attractions of Dehradun are Ram Rai Gurudwara, Tibetan Buddhist temple, Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple, Jaspal Rana Shooting Ranges.

 

What to see around Dehradun:

Chandrabani: It is located 7kms away from Dehradun. People believed that this was the residence place of Maharishi Gautam and his daughter Anjali. It is also believed that Maa Ganga, Daughter of Heaven is manifested here.

Malsi Deer Park: It is located 10kms away from Dehradun. This is the best picnic place for the children. Apart from deers visitors can see Peacocks.

Indian Military Academy: It started functioning from 1st October 1932. Major attractions of this academy are 18 holes FRIMS Golf Course, Shooting Demonstration, War Memorial and Museum. It is located 8kms away from Dehradun.

Mundali: It is located 2.5kms away from Dehradun. This is the best place for Ski Professionals and for snow lovers.

Other attractions near Dehradun: Other attractions near Dehradun are Robbers Cave, Lacchiwalla, Chetwoode Hall, Laxman Siddh Temple, Swarg Niwas Temple.

 

Getting to Dehradun: Dehradun is well connected with road, railways and airways. From cities such as Ujjain, Varanasi, Kolkata, Chennai, Delhi etc buses and trains come to this place. Flights from Delhi come to this place.

 

Getting around Dehradun: Autos, Buses, Cars are available to visit the surrounding places of Dehradun.

 

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

 

Where to stay in Dehradun: Plenty of accommodations available to stay in Dehradun. Midrange and Luxury hotels provide free pick up services from the airport.

 

Where to eat in Dehradun: Several eating options available in Dehradun. North Indian dishes are popular in these restaurants. Continental, Chinese and Indian cuisines are available in all the restaurants. Noodles taste at small stalls of this place is unique. Tibetan delicacies are most famous in this city.

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Ranikhet

Ranikhet

Uttarakhand, North India, Hill station, History, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Trekking, Valley, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 82014

Ranikhet is a hill station and cantonment town in Almora district of Uttarakhand, India. It is surrounded by majestic Himalayan Ranges and lush green forests. Ranikhet means Queens Meadow. This name was given by Raja Sudhardev to express his love towards his wife Rani Padmini. Palace does not exist here. Britishers used this place as summer retreat. They have established Kumaon Regiment here in 1869.

 

What to see in Ranikhet:

Nanda Devi Mela: It is one of the major attractions of Ranikhet. Every year in the month of September this is held at Nanda Devi Temple. In the honour of Goddesses Sunanda Devi and Nanda Devi this is held. This was started by Raja Kalyan Chand in 16th century. To bring prosperity this is held every year.

Mankameshwar Temple: This temple is dedicated to Pair of Radha Krishna, Lord Shiva and Goddess Kalika. It was built by Kumaon Regimental Centre of Indian army in 1978. Near this temple Woollen Garden factory and Guruwara can be seen here.

Rani Jheel: It is an artificial lake built between Kendriya Vidyalaya and Canossa Convent School bridges. For the purpose of rain water harvesting this was built by Cantonment board.

Flora and Fauna: This place is famous for flora and fauna. Major attritions of deodar, oak and Pine forests are Porcupine, Red Fox, Langur, Jackal, Red Faced Monkey, Indian Hare, Sambar etc.

Army Museum: Contribution by Regiment during kargil war, Indo China wars can be known here. Weapons used in the wars are placed here.

 

What to see around Ranikhet:

Upat and Kalika: Best view of snow peaked Himalayan is possible from here. Army golf course can be learned here. It is situated 5kms away from Ranikhet.

Tarikhet: It is 8kms away from Ranikhet. Major attraction of this place is Gandhi Kutiya. In this place Gandhi stayed for long time during freedom struggle.

Chaubatia: It is situated 10kms away from Ranikhet. More than 200 varieties of fruits and flowers can be seen in this orchard. Research laboratory is also located here.

Majkhali: It is located 13kms away from Ranikhet. This place is famous for towering view of the Himalayas.

Binsar Mahadev: Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Place is situated 15kms away from Ranikhet. It is surrounded by Cedar Forests and Water springs.

Sun Temple: It is 800 years old temple of Almora. It is located 25kms away from Ranikhet. It is surrounded by 44 smaller shrines. Trekking route is preferred to reach this place.

Dwarahat: This ancient village is situated 38kms away from Ranikhet. Major attractions are Kachri Devtas temple, Dhwaj, Mrityunjaya, Maniyan and Badnirath temples. Other attraction is Syalde Bikhauti Fair held in April.

 

Getting to Ranikhet: Ranikhet is well connected with road ways. From Bareily, Almora, Nainital buses come to this place. Nearest railway station is located at Kathgodam which is 80kms away from Ranikhet. From all the main cities of India, trains come to this place. Nearest international airport is located at Delhi which is 350kms away from Ranikhet and Domestic airport is located at Pantnagar which is 119kms away from Ranikhet.

 

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

 

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

 

Where to stay in Ranikhet: Plenty of accommodation is available in Ranikhet. Cost of budget rooms are ranging between Rs.700 to Rs.1500. Cost of Deluxe suites ranges from Rs.7000 to Rs.10, 000.

 

Where to eat in Ranikhet: Several restaurants available to eat in Ranikhet. Ram Mithai, local sweetmeat, has to taste by the visitors. This taste will remember forever.

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Mount Abu

Mount Abu

Rajasthan, North India, Boating, Caves, Fort, Hill station, History, Musuem, Nature, Rock Formations, Temple, Trekking, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 82014

Mount Abu is a world famous tourist’s place which is situated in the Aravalli Range. It is the only hill station in Rajasthan. Other name of this place is summer capital of Rajasthan. According to Puranas, Mount Abu is known as Arbudaranya. It is believed that Sage Vasishta retreated to this place following the difference with Sage Vishvamitra. This place is well known for folk dances, classical music, Rajasthani Handicrafts. Stone crafts, Rajasthani Paintings, leather articles, bangles, wooden and metal artefacts etc are worth buying at this place.

 

What to see in Mount Abu:

Dilwara Temples: One of the major attractions of this place. It is famous for its stone carvings and architecture styles. Dilwara Temples Attractions are Luna Vasahi Temple, Pitthalhar Temple, Shri Parshavnath Temple, Vimal Vasahi Temple, and Shri Mahaveer Swami Temple. These are constructed in 11th and 13th century.

Archaeological Museum: Major attraction of this museum is Devdasi statues. These statues belong to 6th and 12th centuries. It was built in 1962. This was divided into two sections. Accessories of ancient period are preserved in the first section of the museum. In the second section is so attractive with miniatures paintings.

Mount Abu wild life sanctuary: People visit this place for sightseeing. It is located on the oldest parts of mountain range. Plenty of rare species of flowers can be seen here. Major attraction of this place is Panther, bear, fox and 250 bird species.

Sunset Point: This Place offers a beautiful view of the Sunset.

Nakki Lake: This is one of the major attractions of Mount Abu. Rock formations such as Camel Rock, Nandi Rock, Nun Rock, and Toad Rock can be seen here. Boating is another major attraction of this place.

Neminath Temple: Solanki Style can be seen here. It has a lotus flower carved inside the dome covering the mandap.

Toad Rock: This is the main trekking trail form Abu. Unique rock formations can be seen here.

Sri Raghunathji temple: Lord Vishnu is worshipped here. This temple belongs to 14th century.

Brahma Kumaris Spiritual University: university is offering several courses including yoga, meditation. This is situated with the backdrop of forest.

 

What to see around Mount Abu:

Guru Shikhar: It is located 14kms away from Mount Abu. Trekking is the major attraction of this place. It is the highest mount peak. Guru Dattatreya Temple is another attraction of this peak. Giant brass bell outside the temple can be seen here. Other temples of this place are Mira Temple, Shiva Temple, and Chamundi Temple.

Achalgarh: It is famous for its fort. This is located 9kms away from Abu. This was built to protect this regions and to have a look on the enemies. Major attractions of this fort are Lord Shiva temple and brass Nandi Structure.

Adhar Devi Temple: It is located in a cave which is 3kms away from Abu. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga. 365 steps to be climbed to reach this temple.

Doodh Baori: It is located 4kms away from Abu. This is a sacred well. Water in this well is in milk colour. People believe that this water is having heavenly powers.

 

Getting to Mount Abu: Abu is well connected with road ways. From all the cities buses come to this place. Nearest railway station is Abu Road station which is 27kms away from Mount Abu. This is well connected with Mumbai and Delhi. Nearest airport is Maharana Pratap or Dabok Airport.

 

Getting around Mount Abu: Buses and taxis are available to see the places in Abu. Baby Palm is the different means of transportation in Abu to visit the places in this place. Buses and taxis are available to visit the surrounding places.

 

Best time to visit Mount Abu: Best time to visit this place is between February to June and from October to December.

 

Where to stay in Mount Abu: Plenty of hotels including luxury hotels are available to stay in Abu.

 

Where to eat in Mount Abu: Several restaurants available to eat in Abu.

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Jalore

Jalore

Rajasthan, North India, Fort, Nature, Temple, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 82014

Jalore is a city in Jalore district, Rajasthan, India. Earlier name of this city is Jabalipura which was named after a saint. Main attraction of this place is Jalore Fort. It is situated on Golden Mount. So this city is also known as Songir.

 

What to see in Jalore:

Topkhana: It is located at the heart of the town. Before independence, artilleries were kept in these school buildings. After independence this was started using for the storage of food grains. Major attraction of this place is stone carvings. 276 pillars are used to support this building. On both the sides of this Topkhana two temples are situated. But idols are not there in these temples. Jagnath Mahadev: Only few years back this was discovered. This temple was built by Rudal Devi. Several pillar and stone inscriptions of this temple was destroyed. Rudal Devi inscription was safe.

Jalore Fort: This is the major attraction of Jalore. During 10th century this was built by Paramaras. There are 4 gates to this fort. They are Suraj Pol, Siroh Pol, Dhruv Pol, and Bal Pol. One interesting thing is that Sun enters into the fort through Suraj Pol Gate. Fort comprises of one Mosque, a shrine of Mallik Shah, 3 Jain Temples, a shrine of Goddess Jogmaya, a Shiva Temple, Palace of Mansingh, 2 water reservoirs.

Mosque of Malik Shah: It is located in the middle of the fort. Gujarati style of architecture is the major attraction of this mosque.

 

What to see around Jalore:

Sire Mandir Temple: It is located 3kms away from the city of Jalore. Imprint of Nath Ji’s footsteps can be seen here. Shiva Linga is situated in a rounded cave. This temple was built by Raja Ratan Singh. One of the attractions of this temple is huge elephant statue in front of the temple made up of stone and cement.

Jahaz Temple: It is located in Mandwala which is 20kms away from Jalore. At the grave of Surishwar Maharaj, a temple was built on a ship. All community people come to this temple along with Jain worshippers.

Jalore Wildlife Sanctuary: It is located 68kms away from the Jalore city. Major attraction of this sanctuary is long billed vulture, tawny eagle, Asian steppe wildcat etc and more than 200 different species of birds. Granite Mountain inside the sanctuary is another attraction of this sanctuary. Visitors can enjoy Jeep Safari at this place.

Lohanagarh of Jaswantpura: It is located is 37kms away from Jalore. King Jaswant built a rest house for his winter recreation on the mountain. Area is rich with wild life such as monkeys, boars, tigers, etc…

Fort of Bhadrajun: It is located 54kms away from Jalore. Earlier name of this place is Subhadra Arjun named after Arjun and Subhadra characters of epic Mahabharata. Devi Subhadra temple is the major attraction of this place.

Fort of Kot Kasta: This village is famous for Nath Fort. This is 200 years old fort.

 

Getting to Jalore: Jalore is well connected with road ways. From Ahmedabad, Ajmer, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jaipur etc buses come to this place. Nearest railway station is located at Jodhpur which is 140kms away from the city. Jodhpur airport is the nearest airport. From Mumbai, Delhi, Udaipur etc flights come to Jodhpur.

 

Getting around Jalore: Buses along with private vehicles are available to visit the surrounding places of Jalore.

 

Best time to visit Jalore: Jalore invites the visitors throughout the year.

 

Where to stay in Jalore: Plenty of accommodations are available to stay in Jalore. Best hotels in Jalore are Ravla Bhenswara Hotel, Hotel City Palace, Harji Fort, Hotel Geetco.

 

Where to eat in Jalore: Plenty of restaurants available to eat in Jalore.

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Chittorgarh

Chittorgarh

Rajasthan, North India, Architecture, Fort, History, Musuem, Nature, Palace, Temple, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 82014

Chittorgarh is a city in Rajasthan, India. Major attraction of this place is Chittorgarh Fort which is the largest fort in India. It was built in 7th century by Mauryans. This fort was sacked for 3 times between 15th and 16th centuries. In the history of fort, siege by Ala-ud-din Khilji is an important event. Fort is the pride of Rajputs. From 8th century to 16th century Kingdom of Mewar ruled this place. Area occupied by this fort is 700 acres. It stands on 180m high hill. Jewellery, Leather shoes, handmade shoes, fabrics, metal works are worth buying in Chittorgarh city. Jauhar Mela is the biggest festival celebrates in this city.

 

What to see in Chittorgarh:

Chittorgarh Fort: Other name of this fort is water fort. It is the major attraction of Chittorgarh. Worth seeing in this fort are Vijay Stambh, Kirti Stambh, gates namely Hanuman Pol and Ram Pol. Several temples are located inside the fort. They are Kalika Mata Temple, Shyam Temple, Meera Temple, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple. These temples belong to 8th century. This fort is having 22 water bodies.

Rana Kumbha Palace: It is located inside the fort. It was built by Rana Kumbha in 1433- 68. Worth seeing in this palace are stables of horses, elephants and balconies. Ganesha temple is also located inside the palace.

Rani Padmini’s Palace: This is 3 storied white building situated inside the fort. Pavilion and lotus temple are located here.

Archaeological museum: Sculptures, houses paintings, artifacts are the major attractions of the museum. Historical facts of ruins of the fort also can be seen here. During the excavation, artefacts belongs to Buddhism are found. These artefacts also can be seen in the museum.

Other attractions in Chittorgarh: Other attractions in Chittorgarh are Phatta’s Memorial, Vijaya Stambh, Kalika Mata Temple, Tulja Bhawani Temple, Meera Temple, Gaumukh Reservoir,

What to see around Chittorgarh:

Sitamata Wild life Sanctuary: It is believed that Sitamata stayed in this forest in Saint Valmiki Ashram so it was named after this. Major attractions of this sanctuary are wild Pangolin, leopards, jungle cat, nilgai, deer etc. It is locate 31kms away from Chittorgarh.

Sanwariyaji Temple: It is located 38kms away from the city. Lord Vishnu worshipped here.

Bassi fort: It is located 54kms away from the city. Major attractions of this fort are Mahals, arches, domes and gates. This was built in 16th century by Thakur Jimal who was the cousin of Maharana Pratap .

Nagari: It is located 18kms away from the city. During the excavation a stupa was discovered decorated with terracotta tiles. This was the flourishing town during Gupta and Mughal rulers.

Other attractions near Chittorgarh: Other attractions near Chittorgarh are Bassi Wildlife sanctuary, Menal, Bhainsrodgarh Wildlife sanctuary, Maha Sati, Sanwariaji Temple, Sathis Deori Temple.

 

Getting to Chittorgarh: Chitttorgarh is well connected through road and railways. From the cities of Rajasthan, buses come to this place. From Vadodara, New Delhi, Udaipur, Ajmer, Jaipur trains halt at Chittorgarh. Nearest airport is at Udaipur. This airport is popularly known as Maharana Pratap airport. This airport is well connected with New Delhi and Jaipur.

 

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

 

Best time to visit Chittorgarh: Best time to visit this place is during the winter season. Climate is so pleasant during this season.

 

Where to stay in Chittorgarh: Plenty of accommodations are available to stay in Chittorgarh. All type of hotels such as budget, midrange and luxury hotels are available.

 

Where to eat in Chittorgarh: Plenty of restaurants available to eat in Chittorgarh. All the restaurants provide traditional Rajasthani meals along with Continental and Chinese cuisines. Few hotels offer Mughal Cuisines. Almost all the hotels serve only vegetarian food.

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Kota

Kota

Rajasthan, North India, Architecture, Dussehra, Fort, History, Musuem, Nature, Palace, Rock Formations, Temple, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 82014

Kota is the third largest city of Rajasthan, India. This place is famous for gardens and Palaces. It is located on the banks of Chambal River. Kotya Bhill warrior laid the foundation stone for the construction of this city. Dussehra festival celebrates so grandly in Kota. This city has its own style in celebrating this festival. Main attraction of this festival is burning of effigies of Meghnath, Kumbhakaran and Ravana. Other festival celebrates grandly at this place is Ganguar festival. Grand procession takes place during this festival. Procession includes horses, camels, elephants, drummers and dancers.

 

What to see in Kota:

City Fort Palace: In Rajasthan it is one of the largest forts. Visitors can see Rajput and Mughal architectural style on this fort. Ceilings are made up of glass and marble are used for the walls as well as for the floors. Palace consists of a museum. This displays the weapons used during the Rajput era were displayed. Major attraction of this fort is Elephant Gate which was built in 17th century.

Chambal Garden: It is located on the banks of river Chambal. This is the best picnic spot. Inside the garden, visitors can find a pond. Major attractions of this pond are gharials and crocodiles.

Kishore Sagar Lake and Jagmandir Palace: It is an artificial lake which was built in 1346 by Prince Dher Dun of Bundi. At the middle of the lake visitors can find a Palace which was built in 1740. This palace was constructed with red sandstone.

Maharao Madho Singh Museum: This is one of the best museums in Rajasthan. It was named after first king of Kota i.e. Rao Madho Singh. Major attraction of this museum is arms, sculptures, miniature paintings of Kota school.

Umed Bhawan Palace: It is located in the cantonment area of Kota. This was built by Maharaja Umed Singh in 1800. Now this palace is acting as heritage hotel.

Darrah Wildlife Sanctuary: It was established in 1955. Kota Kings used this area for hunting purpose. Major attraction of this place is deer, Tiger, Rhinos, wolves, nilgai etc

Other attractions in Kota: Other attractions in Kota are Sawan Phuhar Water Park, Brijraj Bhawan Palace, Godavari Dham Temple, Kansua Temple, Haveli Devtaji, Mathuradheesh Mandir, Gurudwara Azamgarh Sahib.

 

What to see around Kota:

Kaithoon: It is located 14kms away from Kota. This place is famous for hand woven Kota Daria Saris. Here dress material and fabrics embroider with real gold and silver threads can be seen.

Baroli: It is located 45kms away from Kota. Major attraction of this place is Ghateshwara Temple. It is one of the beautiful temple complexes in Rajasthan. Carvings on the temple are so attractive. Pillars, images of Lord Shiva, Nataraja are the best example for Rajasthani craftsmanship.

Other attractions near Kota: Other attractions near Kota are Taragarh Fort, Sitabari, Alnea, Raniji Ki Baoli, Garadia Mahadev, Gaipernath.

 

Getting to Kota: Kota is well connected with Road and Railway lines. From Ajmer, Bikaner, Jaipur, Udaipur etc buses come to Kota. From Pune, Chennai, Kolkata, Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai etc trains halt at this station. Nearest airport is at Jaipur which is 245kms away from Kota. This airport is well connected with Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai. Taxis are available to reach Kota from this airport.

 

Getting around Kota: Buses, Cycle rickshaws and Autos are available to see the city. Buses and Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Kota.

 

Best time to visit Kota: Best time to visit this place is between November to February.

 

Where to stay in Kota: Plenty of accommodations are available to stay in Kota. But only Budget and midrange hotels are available. During the winter season i.e. festival season tourists rush is more so advance booking of rooms is advisable.

 

Where to eat in Kota: Plenty of hotels are available to eat in Kota. Most of the restaurants serve vegetarian and Rajasthani cuisines.

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Khuri

Khuri

Rajasthan, North India, Bird Sanctuary, Boating, Camal Safari, Fort, Musuem, Nature, Sand Dunes, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 82014

Khuri is a small village located in Sikar district of Rajasthan, India. Visitors of this can enjoy and can have most memorable experience of Sam Sand Dunes. Sweeping dunes are most attractive in shining golden colour. Riding on the decorated camel is so exiting. From this village visitors can reach to Thar Desert Sand dunes within half an hour. If visitors travel through any other vehicle it will take less than half an hour of time.

 

What to see in Khuri:
Khuri Sand Dues:
Though it is the one attraction of Khuri, it is most unforgettable and impressive experience. Horse safaris and Camel safaris is most memorable experience. Visitors of this place have to experience Spartan splendours of the desert. During the night times desert offers ideal setting to star gaze. Kalbeliya dance and folk songs accompanied by bonfires are very common in this place. For the entertainment of the tourists, Camel Polo and Camel race conducts here. Sunrise and sunset from the sand dunes looks so beautifully.

 

What to see around Khuri:

Sam Sand Dunes: It is located 40kms away from Khuri. During the winter season night camps in this place is most attractive. Cost of this camp is between Rs.3000 to Rs.7000 per person.

Jaisalmer Fort: Other name of this fort is Ship fort as it looks like ship in the sea of the golden sand. Sandstone is used to build this fort. It was constructed in 12th century. It is located 36kms away from Khuri.

Gadisar Lake: Visitors of this lake can enjoy boat riding. Though it is located in the middle of the desert it will never get dry. It is located 39kms away from Khuri.

Desert National Park: In India this is one of the largest parks. It is located 47kms away from Khuri. Major attraction of this place is fauna and flora. Visitors are allowed between 10.00 AM to 5.00 PM for 4 to 5 hours. Nearly 72 villages are located around this park. This is the best place for natural lovers.

Tazia Tower: This was the construction of Muslim rulers. It is 5 storied structures with several carved balconies. Muharram celebrates here very grandly. It is located 38kms away from Khuri.

Government Museum: It is located 38kms away from Khuri. Major attraction of museum is marine and wooden fossils of wildlife. Handful displays which are placed here dates back to 150 million years. Sculptures of 12th century can be seen here.

 

Getting to Khuri: Khuri is well connected through road ways. From Jaisalmer, Delhi, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Jaipur buses come to this place. Nearest railway station is located at Jaisalmer which is 50kms away from Khuri. From Mumbai, Delhi, Jodhpur trains come to Jaisalmer. SUVs, Jeeps, Taxis and buses are available to come to Khuri from Jaisalmer. Nearest airport is located at Jodhpur which is 310kms away from Khuri. This airport is well connected with Delhi and Mumbai. From these airport visitors has to reach to Jaisalmer. Then they have to reach to Khuri.

 

Getting around Khuri: Camel Carts, Horses, Camels, SUVs, jeeps are available to visit the surrounding places of Khuri.

 

Best time to visit Khuri: Best time to visit Khuri is between November to February.

 

Where to stay in Khuri: Khuri is having several resorts along with plenty of home stays. Traditional Rajasthan cuisines are available at home stays of Khuri. Dune visits offer by home stays and resorts management. Best facilities will be available at resorts and home stays.

 

Where to eat in Khuri: Rajasthani Cuisines are available in home stays and Resorts. Both vegetarian and non vegetarian food is available in these home stays and resorts.

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Mohali

Mohali

Punjab, North India, Boating, Chandigarh, Guradwara, History, Nature, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 72014

Mohali is a city in Punjab, India. Official name of this city is Ajitgarh. This place is named after Sahibzada Ajit Singh who was the Son of Guru Gobind Singh. It is a fast growing IT outsourcing hub. After the success of Chandigarh sector design planning, Mohali planned in its own way. Mohali is famous for its infrastructural planning, historical structures, and industrial structures and for Cricket Ground.

 

What to see in Mohali:

Mohali Cricket Stadium: Other name is Punjab Cricket Association stadium. It is one of the largest cricket stadiums in India which was established in 1993.Capacit of this stadium is 45000 viewers.

Guradwara Amb Sahib: This place was visited by Guru Har Rai. He was the 7th guru of the Sikhs. Name is derived from the word Amb which means mangoes.

Chhatbir Zoo: It is situated on Chandigarh Patiala road. Major attraction of this zoo is Bengal Tiger. Visitors can see 85 types of migratory birds and 950 species of animals.

Gurdwara Sant Mandal Angitha Sahib: This is 3 storied most beautiful Gurdwara. It is located in sector 62 of Mohali.

Other attractions of Mohali: Historical place to see in Mohali are Gurudwara Angitha Sahib, Gurudwara Puddha Sahib, Gurudwara Nabha Sahib, Baba Banda Singh Bahadur war memorial.

 

What to see around Mohali:

Rose Garden: It is Asia’s largest Rose Garden which is located 7kms away from the city. This was established in 1967. Garden was set up by first chief Commissioner of Chandigarh with the help of MS Randhawa. In this place visitors can see 1600 varieties of 17000 rose plants.

Rock Garden: It is located 10kms away from the city in Chandigarh. This is open air exhibition exits between Sukhma Lake and Capitol Complex. All the displayed art made up of waste material like stones, handle bars, mudguards, auto parts, marbles, and metal wires.

Nabha Sahib: It is located in Mohali district which is 16kms away from the city. This site was constructed at the place where the head of Guru Tegh Bahadur fell. He was the Sikh Warrior and Guru.

Sukhna Lake: It is located 13kms away from the city. It is an artificial lake created in 1958 by blocking rain water. Visitors attracts towards this for Skiing, Yachting and Boating.

Mansa Devi Temple: It is located in Mohali district which is 19kms away from the city. It is one of the Sidh Peeths. Two temples can be seen here. One is main temple built in 1815 other one was built by Maharaja of Patiala. Garden near this temple consists of several sacred plants.

Gurdwara Nada Sahib: It is located in Nada Village which is 23kms away from the city. After defeating Mughals, Guru Gobind Singh resided at this place.

Other attractions near Mohali: Other attractions near Mohali are Sukhna Wildlife sanctuary, Gurdwara Baoli Sahib, Thunder Zone Amusement and water Park.

 

Getting to Mohali: Mohali is well connected though road and railways. From Punjab, Haryana, Patiala etc buses are available to reach to Mohali. From Ludhiana, Pune, Chennai, Delhi etc trains come to this place. Nearest railway head is situated at Chandigarh. Chandigarh airport is the nearest airport which is located 15kms away from the city. From Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Delhi etc flights come to this place. Autos and taxis are available to reach Mohali.

 

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

 

Best time to visit Mohali: Best time to visit Mohali is between April to June.

 

Where to stay in Mohali: Plenty of accommodation in Mohali. All budget, midrange and luxury hotels are available to stay in Mohali. Plenty of Lodges are also available. Best hotels are Hotel Cama, Imperial Hotel, Vaseela Resort, Hotel Dawaat.

 

Where to eat in Mohali: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in Mohali. Italian, continental, Chinese, Indian cuisines are available.

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Haldwani

Haldwani

Uttarakhand, North India, Mountian Biking, Nainital, Nature, Orchards, River crossing, Temple, Trekking, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 72014

Haldwani is a city in Nainital district of Uttarakhand. Along with Kathgodam this city forms Kathgodam Municipal Corporation. Once this place has plenty of Haldu trees. So this place is also known as Halduvani which means forest of trees. This place is located between hilly terrain of Indo Gangetic plain and Kumaon regions. In the northern region of India, Haldwani is one of the largest vegetable and food production centre. It also serves as a trading post. This place is famous for rich history and culture.

As per the historical records, this place was given to the Gyan Chand as gift by Mughals in 14th century. From all the places of India thousands of tourists come to this place every year for adventure activities. Several adventure activities conducts at this place such as bouldering, rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, trekking. For the professional photographer this is the best place to capture the scenic beauty.

 

What to see in Haldwani:

Haidakhan Ashram: This is the best place to visit in Haldwani. Scenic beauty of this Ashram is most memorable one. It is located at the banks of Gaula River. Visitors will enjoy this place as plenty of caves and temples are located near this river.

Gaula Barrage: This is the best place for picnicking, sightseeing and camping. It is located on the banks of river Gaula. Actual purpose for the construction of this barrage is for irrigation but now this place is acting as best tourist spot.

 

What to see around Haldwani:

Sanjay van: This place is famous for bird watching and picnicking. It is located in Pantnagar which is 23kms away from Sanjay van.

Kali Chaur: It is located 12kms away from Haldwani. This is the most peaceful place. Visitors can enjoy this peacefulness. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali.

Nainital: It is located 30kms away from Haldwani. It has earned the epithet of Lake District of India. This place is famous for numerous lakes and green hills.

Naukuchia Tal: This place is famous for yachting, paddling, rowing. It is located 32kmss away from the city.

Bhimtal: It is located 28kms away from the city. Major attractions of this place are dam on Bhimtal Lake and Bhimeshwar Temple.

Ghorakhal: This temple is dedicated to Lord Golu. It is located 32kms away from the city.

Mukteshwar: This is a beautiful place surrounded by thick coniferous forest and fruit Orchards. It is located 35kms away from the city.

Corbet National Park: This is the India’s first national park. It is located along the Valley of Ramranga River. This park includes Sonanadi Wildlife sanctuary.

 

Getting to Haldwani: Haldwani is well connected through road and railways. From Kasauni, Mukteshwar, Nainital buses are available to reach the city. Haldwani railway station is connected to Kathgodam railway station. This kathgodam station is well connected to Lucknow, Dehradun, Kolkata and Delhi. To reach Haldwani, buses and taxis are available from both the stations i.e Kathgodam and Haldwani stations. Pantnagar airport is the nearest airport which is 27kms away from the city.

 

Best time to visit Haldwani: Best time to visit Haldwani is between November to May.

 

Where to stay in Haldwani: All budget, midrange and luxury hotels are available to stay in Haldwani. Best Midrange hotels are located in main market road. Budget hotels are available near railway station and luxury hotels are available at Kaladhungi Road.

 

Where to eat in Haldwani: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in Haldwani. All the restaurants provide Continental, Chinese, North Indian cuisines. Best restaurants are available at Stadium road and Kaladhungi Road.

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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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Khimsar

Khimsar

Rajasthan, North India, Fort, Jeep Safari, Khimsar, Nagaur district, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 72014

Khimsar is a village located in Nagaur district of Rajasthan between Jodhpur and Bikarner. This place is most famous for its fort. It was constructed with the intension to provide strong defence to the villages from invaders. Currently this fort converted into heritage hotel. Other attraction of this place is a water body in the heart of the village which looks like Oasis. Between Jaisalmer and Pushkar this village is the best place to visit. Major festival celebrates here is Nagaur festival. Villagers celebrate this festival during the months of January and February. Major attraction of this festival is Cattle trade.

 

What to see in Khimsar:

Nagaur Fort: This is the major attraction of this place. It is bigger than Mehrangarh fort of Jodhpur. This fort is also known as Khimsar Fort. It was built by Prince Rao Karamasji. He was the 8th son of Rao Jodha. Rao Jodha was the founder of royal dynasty of Khimsar. Prince Rao Karamasji constructed this fort in 1523 with the intension of providing strong defence to the village from invaders. It is very proud to say that though it was constructed before 450 years ago this was still remain new. Women’s section of the fort is known as Zenana. This section is most beautiful with finely carved balconies. Women section was constructed in 18th century. After the construction of this section, Royal family shifted to this fort. At present this was converted into heritage hotel. Row of vintage cars in the palace is so attractions, visitors should not miss to see this place.

Panchala Black Buck Reserve: This is the home town to Demoiselle Cranes. These cranes migrate from North Asia and Southern Europe to this place between October to March. Other 3 attractive species of this place are Blue Bull, Chinkara and Black Buck.

Oasis: It is a water body located at the heart of the village. This is so attractive to the visitors of this place.

Jeep Safari: Visitors can enjoy Jeep Safari in Panchala Black Buck Reserve.

Nila Moti Trust: This was a handicraft institution established by Ms.Monica with the intension to uplift the lives of rural women. Products made by these women are sold in the fort.

 

What to see around Khimsar:

Osian: Other name of this place is Khajuraho of Rajasthan. Name is kept after the beautiful sculptures located in the temples. This place is most famous for Hindu and Jain Temple. Golden Sand dunes surrounds this place. It is located 65kms away from the village.

Karni Mata temple: This is located at Deshnoke. This temple dates back to 600 years old. Rats move freely in this temple. They appear from marble covered walls and floorings. Several people offer milk and sweets to these rats. Food eaten by these rats is considered as holy and consumed as Prasadam. It takes more than an hour to reach this place.

 

Getting to Khimsar: Only way to reach this place is through road ways. From Rajasthan and other places buses reach to this place regularly. Nearest railway head is Jodhpur which is 92kms away from the village. This place is well connected with several places such as Ahmedabad, Udaipur, Jaipur, Agra, New Delhi, Jaisalmer etc. Nearest airport is also located at Jodhpur.

 

Getting around Khimsar: Taxis, Camels and Jeeps are available to visit the surrounding places of Khimsar.

 

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

 

Where to stay in Khimsar: Persons who wants to have experience as Royal family they can stay in the fort. At the outskirts of the village some huts are provided for the visitors of this fort to stay with backdrop of sand dunes.

 

Where to eat in Khimsar: Best option to have food in Khimsar is fort itself. This offers Continental, North Indian and Rajasthani cuisines.

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Kumbhalgarh

Kumbhalgarh

Rajasthan, North India, Fort, Kubhalgarh, Temple, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 72014

Kumbhalgarh is a Mewar Fortress in Rajsamand District of Rajasthan, India. This is the birth place of Maharana Pratap. He was a great king and warrior of Mewar. This is most beautiful scenic destination for the tourists. This place is known for glorious Palaces, royal chhatris and magnificent monuments. During the 2nd century this was the seat of Prince of Samprati. For the bird watchers this is an excellent place. Major attraction of Kumbhalgarh is Kumbhalgarh Fort.

 

What to see in Kumbhalgarh:

Kumbhalgarh Fort: One interesting this about this fort is there is a small fort inside this fort. It is known as Kartargarh which was built by Maharana Fateh Singh. This is surrounded by 13 mountain ranges. Kumbhalgarh Fort is one of the longest forts in India. It is 36kms long. Major attractions of this fort are soaring watchtowers, gigantic walls, and secret passageways. This was built by Rana Kumbha. It has taken 15 years to complete this fort.

Badal Mahal: It is situated at the top of the Kumbhalgarh Fort. This is two storied structure. It is divided into two parts namely Zanana Mahal and Mardana Mahal. Zanana Mahal comprised stone Jalis that facilitate private viewing of court proceedings and events of the queens.

Vedi Temple: It is located next to Hanuman Gate of the Fort. After the construction of Hanuman Pol, this temple was constructed by King Rana Kumbha. Of all the sacrificial places of India this is only surviving remnant.

Mammadev Temple: It is situated below the fort. This was built by King Rana Kumbha in 1460.

 

What to see around Kumbhalgarh:

Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary: This surrounds the fort. Area covered by this sanctuary is 586 sq.kms. This is also located in Pali, Rajsamand and Udaipur districts. Major attractions of this sanctuary are Hare, Nilgai, Hyena, Jungle Cat, Panther, four horned antelope, sloth bear, wolf etc… It is the only sanctuary located in Rajasthan. Various birds such as white breasted kingfisher, golden oriole, grey pigeons, grey jungle fowl, flamingos, golden oriole etc can be seen here.

Ranakpur Jain Temples: These temples are located 50kms away from Kumbhalgarh. In 1438, construction of these temples started by Rana Kunbha. One of these Jain temples is Chaumukha Temple. This includes 1444 carved pillars and 29 halls. It is dedicated to Tirthakara Adinath.

Muchchal Mahavir Temple: This is located 34kms away from the fort. From Ghanerao, it is located 5kms away. Unique statue of Lord Mahavir having Moustache can be seen here. At the gateway two elephants welcome the temple.

Neelkanth Mahadeo Temple: It is situate at the base of the plains. Six feet highest Shivalinga can be seen here. It is the only deity of this region.

 

Getting to Kumbhalgarh: Only way to reach this place is through road. From Pushkar, Jodhpur, Ajmer, Udaipur buses are available to reach this place. Nearest railway head is Phalna which is 80kms away from Kumbhalgarh. This is well connected to Jodhpur, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Ajmer, and Mumbai. Nearest airport is at Udaipur.

 

Getting around Kumbhalgarh: Best option to visit the surrounding places of Kumbhalgarh is hiring private vehicles.

 

Best time to visit Kumbhalgarh: Best time to visit this place is between October to March. For spotting the animal’s best time is between December to March.

 

Where to stay in Kumbhalgarh: Only Budget and midrange hotels are available to stay in Kumbhalgarh. Visitors who want to have luxury hotels best way is to stay in the resorts. Cost of these resorts is starting from Rs.4500 onwards.

 

Where to eat in Kumbhalgarh: Resort and in-house restaurants in the hotels offer both vegetarian and non vegetarian food. All varieties of food from Rajasthani to Jain are available to eat.

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Shillong

Shillong

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

April 72014

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

 

What to see in Shillong:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

What to see around Shillong:

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Namchi

Namchi

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

April 72014

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

 

What to see in Namchi:

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

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

 

What to see around Namchi:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Gangtok

Gangtok

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

April 72014

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

 

What to see in Gangtok:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

What to see around Gangtok:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Nathu La

Nathu La

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

April 72014

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

 

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

 

What to see in Nathu La:

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

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

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

 

What to see around Nathu La:

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Kohima

Kohima

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

April 72014

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

 

What to see in Kohima:

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

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

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

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

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

 

What to see around Kohima:

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Chopta

Chopta

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

April 72014

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

 

What to see in Chopta:

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

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

 

What to see around Chopta:

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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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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Cuttack

Cuttack

Odisha, East India, Bali Yatra, Fort, Hill station, Musuem, Temple, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 72014

Cuttack is the second largest city of Odisha. This city is also acting as best commercial centre for odisha. Earlier name of this city is Katak which means The Fort. This name refers to the ancient Barabati Fort. City was developed around this fort. During the historical days city was acted as capital to Kalinga. Kalinga is the older name of Odisha. This was established in 989 by Nrupa Keshari as a Military Cantonment. For the shopping loves best things to buy are Brass, ivory carving, silver filigree work products. Bali Yatra, Durga Pooja, Kali Pooja are famous festivals in Cuttack.

 

What to see in Cuttack:

Cuttack Chandi Temple: This is the major attraction of the city. Goddess Chandi is worshipped in this temple. Durga Pooja and Kali Puja celebrate so grandly in this temple. Besides the temple one can find Mahanadi River.

Barabati Fort: Once, this was most impressive 9 storied structures but now visitors can see only ruins of the fort. Fort is now has a cricket stadium. Excellent carvings can be seen on the gate of this fort. This was constructed in 11th century.

Bhattarika Temple: This temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhattarika who is an incarnation of Shakti. This is situated on the banks of river Mahanadi.

Stone Revetment: This is a symbol of brilliant ancient engineering skills. It was constructed by Keshari kings during 11th century.

Qadam-I-Rasool: This is important place to both Muslims and Hindus. 3 mosques are placed here. Music gallery called Nawabat Khana is the major attraction of this place. Architecture depicts both Hindus and Muslim style.

Gurdwara Daatan Sahib: This is the holy place for the Sikh community. First Sikh Guru Shree Guru Nanak Dev had passed through and halted for some time when he was going to puri.

Netaji Museum: Rare collection of letters written by Netaji Shubhas Chandra Bose apart from few other valuables of him are placed here.

 

What to see around Cuttack:

Bhitarkanika Wildlife sanctuary: This is best place to see large variety of Flora and Fauna. It is located 27kms away from Cuttack. Along with flora and Fauna, large variety of mammals and reptiles can also be seen here.

Bhubaneswar: It is located 27kms away from Cuttack. Along with Konark and Puri this forms Golden triangle of temples. This place is famous for several temples and gardens.

Singanatha Temple: This temple is famous for its unique architectural style. Singanatha is the ancient temple in Cuttack. It is located on the rocky Cliff Island of Mahanadi River which is 20kms away from Cuttack.

Dhavaleswar: This temple is sacred to Hindus. Every year thousands of Hindus come to this place. This was constructed in 10th century which was dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is located 25kms away from Cuttack on one of the Islands of Mahanadi River.

 

Getting to Cuttack: Cuttack is well connected with road and railways. From the cities such as Kolkata, Chennai, Bhubaneswar buses are available to reach this place. From the cities such as Hyderabad, Raipur, Jodhpur, Bhagalpur etc trains come to this place. Nearest airport is located at Bhubaneswar.

 

Getting around Cuttack: Autos, cycle rickshaws, taxis, buses are available to visit the surrounding places of Cuttack.

 

Best time to visit Cuttack: September to March is the best time to visit Cuttack. During the summer season temperature is very high.

 

Where to stay in Cuttack: Plenty of hotels are available to stay in Cuttack. Luxury hotels are few in the city. Along with hotels guest houses are also available to stay in Cuttack.

 

Where to eat in Cuttack: Very limited restaurants in Cuttack. Only simple Indian meals are available. Most famous food is Thunka Puri. This is prepared only during Bali Yatra Period. In-house restaurants serve Italian, Continental, Chinese and Indian Cuisines.

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Kolkata

Kolkata

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

April 72014

Kolkata is the capital of West Bengal. Major attraction of Kolkata is Port. This is India’s oldest operating Port. Other name of Kolkata is City of Joy. Influence of Raj is more in this city. City has its own place in literature, theatres and films. Several renowned personalities such as Mother Teresa, Satyajit Ray belong to this place.

 

What to see in Kolkata:

Howrah Bridge: This Bridge is worlds 4th busiest bridge. This connects Western Bank of Kolkata to eastern banks of Kolkata. Photography is restricted here. Nearly 60,000 vehicles travel on this bridge per day. This is also known as Rabindra Setu. This was constructed in 1939.

Eden Gardens: India’s Oldest Cricket Stadium. This is also known as Lords of Asia. It is one of the finest stadiums in the world.

Nicco Park: This is the oldest amusement park. Park is famous for adventure rides such as Water coaster, Moonraker, Flying Saucer, Toy Trian, Cable car etc. Several lakes and gardens can also be seen here.

Aquatica: It is the largest water park of India. Major attractions of this place are adventure water rides, swimming, tornadoes, dance floors, artificial waves.

Dakshineswar Temple: This was built by Rani Rasmani of Janbazar. She was asked by Goddess Kali to build the temple.

Indian Museum: It is the largest museum of India which was established in 1814. Major attractions of this museum are prehistoric objects and artifacts. It consists of more than 60 galleries.

Alipore Zoo: Major attractions of this zoo are Grant’s Zebra, White Tiger, Indian Elephant, one horn Rhinoceros etc.

Kalighat: This was built by Brahmin Zamindar. Goddess Kali is worshipped here. Old temple is housed in small hut.

Nandan: This is the first multiplex of Kolkata. Kolkata International film festival hosted here.

Marble Palace: This was constructed in 1855 with marble stones.

Other attractions of Kolkata: Other attractions of Kolkata are Park Street, Maidan, Town hall, College street, BBD Bagh, Kolkata Metro, Science City, National Library, Vitoria Memorial, Belur Math, Jaldapara Wildlife sanctuary, Jawahar Shishu Bhawan, Nakhoda Mosque.

 

What to see around Kolkata:

Botanical Garden: This is the best place for the natural lovers. It is located in suburban area of Shibpur in Howrah district which is 8kms away from the city.

Garchumuk: It is situated in Howrah district which is 56kms away from the city. Major attraction of this place is Deer Park.

Chintamoni Kar Bird Sanctuary: It is situated 30kms away from the city. Major attractions of this sanctuary are kingfishers, doves, woodpeckers and cuckoos. Plenty of animals and fruit trees are also can be seen here.

Shrine Bascilica Bandel: It is located 55kms away from the city. It is one of the oldest churches of west Bengal. This was dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary.

 

Getting to Kolkata: Kolkata is well connected with road, rail and air ways. From the cities such as Bangalore, Mumbai, Visakhapatnam, Lucknow, Jaipur, Jamshedpur etc buses are available to visit this place. From Patna, Guwahati, Bhubaneswar, Hyderabad etc trains are available to reach this place. From Hyderabad, Chennai, Nagpur, Lucknow, Jaipur etc flights are available to reach this place.

 

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

 

Best time to visit Kolkata: Visitors can come to this place throughout the year.

 

Where to stay in Kolkata: Plenty of hotels are available to stay in Kolkata. Best budget hotels in Kolkata are Marble Palace Guest house Pvt Ltd, Travel Inn, Diamond suites etc. Best Luxury hotels in Kolkata are The Oberai Grand, Hotel VIP International, The peerless Inn.

 

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

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Kalimpong

Kalimpong

West Bengal, East India, Boating, Buddhist Monestery, Fort, Hill station, History, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Valley, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 72014

Kalimpong is a hill station of West Bengal, India. This place is famous for ancient temples, churches and Buddhist monasteries. In 1866, this was added into the district of Darjeeling. Prior to China’s annexation of Tibet and Sino Indian War, Kalimpong was used as gateway in the trade between India and Tibet. At the outskirts of the city Indian Army 27 Mountain Division is located. Nepal culture can be seen more in this place.

 

What to see in Kalimpong:

Mangal Dham: This temple was constructed by Shri Krishna Pranami in 1993. In the memory of Guru Shri 108 Mangaldasji, this was constructed.

Catholic Church: In the Kalimpong area this is the largest Catholic Church. During the British rule this church was constructed. Architect of this church is Hardy.

Flower Nurseries: Plenty of nurseries are located in this town. Flowers of this nursery are exported. Commercial flower nurseries of West Bengal are located here.

Deolo Hill: It is one of the hills on which Kalimpong is situated. This is the highest hill point of this town.

Dr.Graham’s Home: This is the educational institute which was founded by Dr.John Anderson Graham in 1900. Area covered by this institute is 500 acres. This place also consists of clothing department, hospital, Poultry, Dairy, Bakery and farmhouse.

Tharpa Choling Monastery: This is one of the 3 monasteries found in this town. It was established in 1937.

St.Therasa’s Church: This was built by local people in beautiful Tibetan architecture. On the walls of the church inscriptions of Biblical themes can be seen.

Kalimpong Arts & Crafts centre: With the intension to promote handicrafts and to provide employment opportunity to the local people this was established in 1897.

Lepcha Museum: Lepcha Community culture can be learn in this museum. Articles of worship, musical instruments, and manuscripts can be seen here.

Gouripur House: It is located 2kms away from the city. This is the favourite place for Rabindranath Tagore. In this place he had written several poems.

Teesta Bazaar: Artifacts and Handicrafts are the major attraction of this Bazaar. This is the best shopping place.

Kalimpong Science centre: This is the best place to improve science awareness among the students and to the visitors.

 

What to see around Kalimpong:

Neora National Park: It is located 32kms away from the town. Major animal attractions of this park are Gora, Himalayan black bear, Wild dog, Red Panda. Reptile attractions of this park are King cobra, blind snakes, Pit Viper.

Durpin Dara Hill: It is located 3kms away from the town. From this place visitors can enjoy the Himalayan ranges. River Teesta can also be seen from here.

Pedong Monastery: It is located 20kms away from the town. This was built by Bhutan’s King in 1837.

 

Getting to Kalimpong: This place is well connected though road. From other cities in Sikkim buses are available to reach this place. Nearest railway station is at Jalpaiguri. This place is well connected with all the major cities. Bagdogra is the nearest airport.

 

Getting around Kalimpong: Buses, Jeeps, taxis and ferries are available to visit the surrounding places of Kalimpong.

 

Best time to visit Kalimpong: Best time to visit this place is between March to May and October to December.

 

Where to stay in Kalimpong: Several hotels are available to stay in Kalimpong. Cost of budget hotels starts from Rs.200. Cost of luxury hotels is around Rs.2000. Nurseries are the additional attractions in some hotels.

 

Where to eat in Kalimpong: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in Kalimpong. China Garden is the best place to have Chinese food.

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Ranchi

Ranchi

Jharkhand, East India, Boating, Caves, History, Musuem, Nature, Rock Formations, Temple, Valley, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 72014

Ranchi is the capital of Jharkhand, India. Rachi name is derived from the Oraon Village, Archi. Oran word is used for bamboo grove. One of the legends of this place is, once a farmer beat the spirit with bamboo stave. The Spirit shouted archi, archi, archi and vanished. This place is famous for beautiful valleys, barren rocks, green hilly regions and waterfalls. Ranchi is rich in natural wealth such as mica, copper, coal and iron. Wild life is another major attraction of this site. This is the home town of Indian Cricket captain Mahindra Singh Dhoni. Tribal culture is more in this village. Metal crafts, toys, wood products, Bamboo products are worth buying of this place.

 

What to see in Ranchi:

Ranchi Lake: It is located at the heart of the city. This place is most famous for picnic spot .Boating is the major activity conducts here.

Rachi Museum: Major attractions of this museum are ethnological objects, numismatics, arms, stone sculptures, terracotta sculptures, prehistoric implements.

Ram Rekha Dham: It is believed that during the 14 years exile, Lord Rama along with Lakshmana and Sita stayed here for few days. Temple is located inside the cave.

Tagore Hill: This is located near Albert Ekka Chowk. Height of this hill is 300feet. This is named after the poet Rabindranath. It is believed that he love this place for its scenic beauty.

Other attractions of Ranchi: Other attractions of Ranchi are Rock Garden, Kanke dam, Yogoda Satsanga Sakha Math, Gonda Hill, Birsa Deer Park, Ranchi University Museum, Nakshatra Van, Birsa Zoological Park, Pahari Mandir.

 

What to see around Ranchi:

Surya Temple: It is the major nearby attraction of the city. It is located 39kms away from the city. Major attraction of this city is statue of Chariot with 7 horses and 18 wheels. This was built by Sanskrit Vihar.

Deori Temple: This is one of the most ancient temples which are dedicated to Goddess Kali. Idol has 16 arms. Pillars of this temple are made up of sand stone.

Hundru Falls: These are located 45kms away from the city. Different rock formations are the major attraction of this site.

Jagannath Temple: It is located 10kms away from the city. This was constructed by the king of Barkagarh, Jagannathpur Thakur in 1691. Architecture style is so attractive.

Panch Gagh Falls: It is one of the best picnic spots near Ranchi. It is located between Road and Chakradharpur Road. These falls are 6kms away from Khunti Village.

Other attractions near Ranchi: Other attractions near Ranchi are Jonha Falls, Dassam Falls, Muta Crocodile Breeding centre, Angrabadi Temple Complex, Hirni Falls.

 

Getting to Ranchi: Ranchi is well connected with Road, Railway and air ways. From the cities such as Jamshedpur, Patna, Dhanbad, Chaibasa etc buses are available to reach this place. From all the important cities of India trains come to this place. Ranchi airport is located at Hinoo. It is well connected with Mumbai, Pune, Kolkata and Delhi.

 

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

 

Best time to visit Ranchi: Ranchi can be visited throughout the year but better to avoid during peak summer season as temperature is too hot.

 

Where to stay in Ranchi: Plenty of accommodations are available to stay in Ranchi starting from Budget hotels to luxury hotels. Cost of budget hotels are below Rs.1000 per night. Cost of luxury hotels is about Rs.4000.

 

Where to eat in Ranchi: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in Ranchi. All the restaurants serve continental cuisines. Cafe Coffee, Dosa Plaza, KFC, Subway, Dominos have outlets in Ranchi.

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Baratang Island

Baratang Island

Andaman, East India, Beach, Boating, Caves, Mud Valcanoes, Nature, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 72014

Baratang is an Island in Andaman Islands, India. It is located 20kms east of Port Blair. This Island is famous for mud volcanoes and coastal line is rich in marine life. Apart from mud volcanoes this beach is also known for its beaches and other activities such as Bird Watching, island camping, Snorkelling, Scuba diving and beach tours. During the trip to this Island, lime stone Caves at Nayadera and Parrot Island worthy places to visit. Interacting with tribal’s, taking photographs and offering food is prohibited. This prohibition started when Jarawas died after having food offered by the tourists.

 

What to see in Baratang Island:

Mud Volcanoes: The Mud Volcanoes squirt fountains of mud at irregular intervals. These volcanoes are the major attraction of this Island. Locals called these volcanoes in the name of Jalki. From the Baratang Jetty is 4kms away.

Roglachang beach: This is the best place for long walks. Sunset seems to be most beautiful from this beach.

Baludera Beach: This is the best place for swimming. It is free from pollution.

Parrot Island: It is very near to Baratang Island. This is the best place for bird watchers. The mesmerizing site of this place is when thousand of parrots are returning their home during the sunset with the backdrop of sunset.

 

What to see around Baratang Island:

Lime stone Caves: This is the most popular tourist spot in Baratang Island. It takes an hour to reach this place form Baratang Island through Boating. Boat goes though mangrove forest. It is the different and unique experience. It is essential to carry touch while visiting to these caves as these caves are so dark.

Great Nichobar: This place is famous for Giant Leather Back Turtles. Great Nichobar Island has biosphere reserve area.

Karchal: In the Nicobar Group this is the small Island. It was this Island which heralded new Millennium with first sunrise on 1st January 2000. Attraction of this Island is West Bay, Jhula and East bay beaches.

Car Nicobar: All around this place roaring sea and enhancing beaches can be seen. Unique to this Island are having entrance through the floor and Nicobari huts built on stilts. From Port Blair it takes 16hours to reach this place.

Nicobar: This place is famous for Nicobarese Pigeons and Long tail monkeys. Megapode is the rare bird; this can be seen in this place.

 

Getting to Baratang Island: To reach this place visitor has to reach to Port Blair. Port Blair is well connected with Kolkata and Chennai though air. Buses, cars, Taxis are available to reach this Island. From Visakhapatnam, Kolkata, Chennai ships are available to reach Port Blair.

 

Getting around Baratang Island: Ferries are available to reach the surrounding places of Baratang Island.

 

Best time to visit Baratang Island: It is essential to known the best time before visiting to any place. Best time to reach Baratang Island is between October to May and from June to August.

 

Where to stay in Baratang Island: Prior permission to reach to Baratang Island is essential. Permission has to be taken from Superintendent of Police. Very limited accommodations are available to stay in Baratang Island. It is advisable to look for other options in Port Blair. Best hotels in Baratang Island are Andaman Residency, Sea Shell Beach Resort, Munjoh Ocean Resort, Symphony Palms beach resort.

 

Where to eat in Baratang Island: Very limited restaurants are available to eat in Baratang Island. Most famous dish in Baratang Island is fish fry.

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Havelock Island

Havelock Island

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

April 72014

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

 

What to see in Havelock Island:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

What to see around Havelock Island:

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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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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Patna

Patna

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

April 52014

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

 

What to see in Patna:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

What to see around Patna:

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Cooch Behar

Cooch Behar

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

April 52014

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

 

What to see in Cooch Behar:

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

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

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

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

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

 

What to see around Cooch Behar:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Panna

Panna

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

April 52014

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

 

What to see in Panna:

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

What to see around Panna:

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Alappuzha

Alappuzha

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

April 52014

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

 

What to see in Alappuzha:

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

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

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

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

 

What to see around Alappuzha:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Nagarhole

Nagarhole

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

April 52014

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

 

What to see in Nagarhole:

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

 

What to see around Nagarhole:

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal

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

April 52014

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

 

What to see in Kodaikanal:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

What to see around Kodaikanal:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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kochi

kochi

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

April 52014

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

 

What to see in Kochi:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

What to see around Kochi:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Mysore

Mysore

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

April 52014

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

 

What to see in Mysore:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

What to see around Mysore:

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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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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Kumarakom

Kumarakom

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

April 52014

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

 

What to see in Kumarakom:

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

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

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

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

 

What to see around Kumarkom:

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Chennai

Chennai

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

April 52014

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

 

What to see in Chennai:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

What to see around Chennai:

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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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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Srirangapatna

Srirangapatna

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

April 52014

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

 

What to see in Srirangapatna:

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

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

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

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

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

 

What to see around Srirangapatna:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Belur

Belur

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

April 52014

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

 

What to see in Belur:

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

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

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

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

 

What to see around Belur:

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Kudremukh

Kudremukh

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

April 52014

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

 

What to see in Kudremukh:

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

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

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

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

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

 

What to see around Kudremukh:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Rameswaram

Rameswaram

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

April 42014

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

 

What to see in Rameswaram:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

What to see around Rameswaram:

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Hampi

Hampi

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

April 42014

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

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

 

What to see in Hampi:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

What to see around Hampi:

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Agumbe

Agumbe

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

April 42014

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

 

What to see in Agumbe:

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

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

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

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

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

 

What to see around Agumbe:

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Thiruvananthapuram

Thiruvananthapuram

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

April 42014

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

 

What to see in Thiruvananthapuram:

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

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

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

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

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

 

What to see around Thiruvananthapuram:

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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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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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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Khajuraho

Khajuraho

MP, Central India, Boating, Fort, History, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 42014

Khajuraho town is located in Chhatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh. This place is famous for medieval period Jain and Hindu temples. Khajuraho is the best example for Medieval Heritage. Temples in Khajuraho attained the status as UNESCO World Heritage site. City was bought out of the world in 19th century by Gen Alexander Cunningham. 22 temples are famous for Erotic Wall sculptures. Other name of these temples is Kama sutra Temples. Carvings on the temples do not belong to the God. Several reasons say for the carvings on the temple. Some people say that person must renounce all their sexual desires before entering the temple. Khajuraho Dance festival is famous in Khajuraho.

 

What to see in Khajuraho:

Kandariya Mahadev Temple: This temple was dedicated to Lord Shiva. In the western group of temples of Khajuraho it is the biggest temple consists of Chandela art. It was constructed between 1025 to 1050. On this temple 800 god images can be seen here.

Chitragupta Temple: This temple was dedicated to sun god and it was built in 11th century. Idol of Lord Surya is so beautiful. Its height is 5 feet.

Viswanath Temple: Marble Shivalinga is major attraction of this temple. Idols of Brahma can also be seen here. Another attraction of this temple is Nandi Bull which is 6feet height.

Shilpagram: This place is famous for performance of folk arts. Ancient culture of India can be seen here. This was established in 1998 by the government.

Parsvanath Temple: This temple is dedicated to Jain Tirthankaras. It is the largest Jain temple in India.

Lakshmana Temple: This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu which was constructed between 930 to 950 AD.

Chaturbhuj Temple: This temple belongs to Southern group of temples which was constructed in 1100 AD. It is west facing temple.

Devi Jagdambi Temple: This temple is dedicated to Goddess Jagdambi. She is the incarnation of Goddess Parvati. Image of this goddess is so huge. Wall carvings are most famous in this temple.

Vaman Temple: This temple is dedicated to Vaman which is dwaft avatar of Vishnu. Beautiful architecture can be seen here. Apart from that some of the status is studded with diamonds.

Kalinjar Fort: This fort is famous for huge collection of sculptures including Mashewar, Brahma, Vishnu and monuments. Kalinjar fort was built during Chandela dynasty.

Other attractions: Other attractions of Khajuraho are Javari Temple, Archaeological Museum, Jain Museum, Brahma Temple, Ghantai Temple, State Museum of Tribal and Folk Art, Shanthinath Temple.

 

What to see around Khajuraho:

Panna: This place is famous for its temples and forts. Panna National Park is located here. It is situated 43kms away from Khajuraho.

Gangau Dam: It is located 21kms away from Khajuraho. This is famous picnic spot which is surrounded by Gangu Sanctuary, Panna National Park, boating, water sports.

Dhubela Museum: This museum is the huge collection of ancient artifacts and modern artifacts. It helps to know how Khajuraho place is developed and its history.

 

Getting to Khajuraho: Khajuraho is well connected with road, railways and airways. From Varanasi and Delhi flights are available. From Mumbai, Kolkata, Jabalpur, Gwalior, Varanasi, Allahabad etc… Buses and trains are available to reach Khajuraho.

 

Getting around Khajuraho: Cycles can be hired to see the places in Khajuraho. Autos and Cycle rickshaws are available to see the places around Khajuraho.

 

Best time to visit Khajuraho: Best time to visit this place is between November to March.

 

Where to stay in Khajuraho: All range of hotels starting from budget hotels to luxury hotels are available. As per the requirement of the tourists they can choose to stay.

 

Where to eat in Khajuraho: Plenty of restaurants are available. All restaurants offer continental, Indian and Chinese Cuisines. Famous street food is Moong Daal Ka Halwa, Kaju Barfi, Jalebi etc…

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Amarkantak

Amarkantak

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

April 42014

Amarkantak is a pilgrim town in Madhya Pradesh. Amarkantak is derived from Sanskrit words Amar and Kantak. Amar means immortal and Kantak means Hindrances. It is the meeting point of Satpura and Vindhya ranges. People believe that this is the gateway to the heaven. This place consists of plenty of mango trees so it is known as Amrakoot by Poet Kalidas. As per the Hindu mythology, people states that when Lord Shiva destroyed Tripura by fire, one of the ashes fall on Amarkantak which turned into thousands of Lingams. Narmada Jayanti is most famous festival celebrates here.

 

What to see in Amarkantak:

Flora and Fauna: Due to equitable distribution of temperature large number of trees grown in this place. Between 1970 to 1976, Saxena, a forest Botanist identified 635 species. Few species are Anogeissus Latifolia, Gardenia Latifolia, Grewia spp, Bauhinia Spp, Terminalia Chebula etc. In this place wide variety of grasses can also be seen.

Shri Sarvodaya Digamber Jain Temple: World’s biggest Ashtadhatu Jain Idol can be seen here. This temple is under construction.

Ancient temples of Kalachuri Period: Between 1042 to 1072 AD plenty of temples built by Kalachuri Maharaja Karnadeva. These temples are famous for its architectural styles.

Narmadakund and Temples: This is the origin place of river Narmada. There are 16 major stone temple surrounded to this temple.

Sonakshi Shaktipeeth Temple: people believe that during Navrathri Goddess Sonakshi comes to this place to bless the people.

Trimukhi Temple: This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva which is located on the top of a hill in Amarkantak. Among 24 temples in Amarkantak this is the oldest temple.

 

What to see around Amarkantak:

Dudh Dhara: This place is most famous for waterfalls. It is located 8kms away from Amarkantak. Horticulture garden is worth seeing near these waterfalls.

Kabir Chabutara: For the followers of Saint Kabir this is most important place. It is believed that here Kabir had done meditation for several years.

Mai Ki Bagiya: In the honour of Goddess Narmada this garden was built. It consists of rose plants, Gulbakawali, Mango, banana trees etc… Other name for this garden is Mother’s Garden. It is located 3kms away from Amarkantak.

Kapil Dhara: This place is famous for waterfalls. These waterfalls are surrounded by mountains and dense forests. This place is named after the sage Kapil Muni. It is located 8kms away from the town.

Jwaleshwar Mahadev: It is located 2kms from Amarkantak. This is the origin place of river Johilla. Lord Shiva temple near this place is most famous.

Sonemuda: This place is surrounded by Valleys and thick forests. Trekking activity conducts here. It is located 3kms away from the town.

 

Getting to Amarkantak: Amarkantak is well connected with Anuppur, Bilaspur, Rewa, Jabalpur, Umaria, and Shahdol through roadways. Nearest rail line is located at Pendra Road which 42kms away from Amarkantak. Raipur airport and Jabalpur airports are the nearest airports of Amarkantak.

 

Getting around Amarkantak: Walking is the best option to see the place in Amarkantak. Autos are the only means to visit the surrounding places of Amarkantak.

 

Best time to visit Amarkantak: Between October to March visitors feel so comfortable to visit this place.

 

Where to stay in Amarkantak: Very limited accommodation facilities are available. Local municipality is providing certain cottages to the visitors. Kalyan, Barfani ashrams and Madhya Pradesh state Tourism also providing some rooms to the visitors of this place. Luxury accommodation cannot be seen here.

 

Where to eat in Amarkantak: Only limited options are available to eat in Amarkantak. Dharmasalas and few Ashrams are providing food at best quality.

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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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Khajjiar

Khajjiar

HP, North India, Hill station, History, Nature, Temple, Trekking, Valley, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 42014

Khajjiar is a hill station of Himachal Pradesh. This beautiful hill station is surrounded by dense forests and green meadows. It is a part of Kalatop wildlife sanctuary. Mr.Willy T Blazer who was Vice Chancellor and Head of Chancery of Switzerland played crucial role to make this place as world tourism place. It was name as Mini Switzerland on 7th July 1992 and made world tourism place. Due to excellent natural beauty this place is known as Gulmarg of Himachal Pradesh. Popular activity in Khajjiar is trekking. The Halmet is the starting point for trekking to reach several places such as Kalatop wildlife sanctuary, Dalhousie, Chamba etc…

 

What to see in Khajjiar:

Khajji Naga Temple: This temple is carved out of wood. Khajji Naga Temple is dedicated to Khajji Naga. Statues of Kauravas and Pandavas are also placed here. Other name of this temple is Golden Devi Temple. This temple built in 12th century.

Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary: Large varieties of birds, animals and plants can be seen here. Major attractions of this sanctuary are Black Langur, Barking Goral, Bear, Himalayan Black Marten etc… This is covered with Pine forest.

Khajjiar Lake: This is the most beautiful place to enjoy the nature. Large number of tourists attracts towards this lake as water from several stream fills the lake here. This lake is surrounded by Deodar forests and hills. Visitors considered this as perfect picnic spot.

Dauladhar Mountains: Lush green meadows, pines and dense deodars are most attractive in this place.

Kailash View and Horse Riding: Kailash view from Khajjiar is most beautiful experience. Horse riding is very famous here. All the horses are well trained.

Panch Pandav Tree: Though the main root of the tree is same as like others but base of the tree is divided into five parts, which makes it one of the kinds. So this is called as Panch Pandav Tree. This is one of the attractions here.

 

What to see around Khajjiar:

Dalhousie: Dalhousie is a hill station in Himachal Pradesh. 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. It was founded by Britisher Lord Dalhousie in 1854. It is the best place for trekking. This place is located 20 kms away from Khajjiar.

Chamba: This place is famous for Pahari Paintings and temples. Chamba is famous for Snow Skiing, trekking, river crossing, river rafting etc. Major attractions of Chamba are Church of Scotland and Surara Temple. It is located 32 kms away from Khajjiar.

 

Getting to Khajjiar: This place is well connected with road. From all the major places such as Dalhousie, Chamba, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh bus facility is available. Nearest railway station is located at Pathankot. Nearest airport is Gaggal Airport

 

Getting around Khajjiar: House riding is most popular to see the hill station. To visit the nearest places buses are available.

 

Best time to visit Khajjiar: During the winter season temperature in this place comes down to -10 degrees. Best time to visit this place is between March to October.

 

Where to stay in Khajjiar: All range of hotels are available here but number of hotels are very limited. Panoramic view of snow clad mountains offer by all the hotels.

 

Where to eat in Khajjiar: Very limited restaurants are available. Only Indian Cuisine is available. Street stalls provide soups and serve noodles.

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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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Kufri

Kufri

HP, North India, History, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Trekking, Valley, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 42014

Kufri is a small hill station of Himachal Pradesh. The Word Kufri is derived from the word Kufr which means a lake in the local language. This is founded by British in 1819. From 50 years this place is so famous among the tourists. Popular activity is trekking. Several trekking places such as Fagu, Rewalsar, Shimla etc are started from Kufri to reach Manali.

 

Chail, Shimla and Kufri jointly known as Golden Triangle of Himachal Pradesh. Kufri is a perfect summer gateway. Annual winter sports festival celebrates here. Sikking competitions are the major attractions of Kufri. It is the best place for natural lovers as well as trekking lovers. Before Kufri ceded to the British it was the part of Nepal.

 

What to see in Kufri:

Himalayan Wild Life Zoo: Plenty of birds, Felines and Antelopes are living here. State Bird of Himachal Pradesh is Himalayan Monal. This Monal can also be seen in this zoo.

Mahasu Peak: During the winter season slopes of Mahasu Peak acts as Skiing ranges. It is highest peak in Kufri.

Indira Tourists Park: It is the best place for the relaxation during the evening timings. A major attraction of the Indira Park is Coffee shop.

Himalayan National Park: This is the best place to see several varieties of flora and Fauna. Few small temples are located inside the park .They are open only during summer season.

Chini Bungalow: It is one of the famous attractions in Kufri. In this place most exciting statues are located here.

Kufri Fun World: This is an amusement park. It is well equipped with worlds highest go-kart track, Pools and rides. All adults, teenagers, children are more exited to visit this place.

 

What to see around Kufri:

Shoghi: This place is known for most beautiful temples. It is beautiful town with excellent climate and lush green cover. It is located 27 kms from Kufri.

Chail: Chail is a beautiful hill station located in Himachal Pradesh. It was founded by Bhupinder Singh, Maharaja of Patiala. This place is famous for its architecture and the Palace which was built during British rule. It is located 34 kms from Kufri.

Barog: Major attraction in Barog is Renuka Lake. This is the largest lake in Himachal Pradesh. It is located 65 kms away from Kufri.

Shimla: This is famous hub for Indian tourism sector. 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. It is located 34 kms away from Kufri.

Solan: Apart from several temples, oldest breweries are also located here. This place is also known as Mushroom Capital of India. It is located 62 kms away from Kufri.

 

Getting to Kufri: Best way to reach this place is road way. From several cities like Rampur, Kandaghat, Dharampur, Panchkula, Kalka, Shimla buses are available. Nearest railway station is located at Shimla. From railway station taxis are available to reach Kufri. Nearest airport is located at Shimla.

 

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

 

Best time to visit Kufri: During winter season temperature will be below zero degrees. At that time visitors can enjoy snowfall. Best time to visit this place is between March to October.

 

Where to Stay in Kufri: Several budget and midrange hotels are available to stay in Kufri. Luxury hotels are not found here. Few resorts are available. They are located at Kufri – Fagu Road and Kufri – Chail Road.

 

Where to eat in Kufri: Very Limited restaurants are available to have food in Kufri. Famous snacks available here are noodles, chaat, Pakoras, parathas. Chinese Continental and Indian food are available to eat.

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Chail

Chail

HP, North India, Fort, History, Nature, Temple, Trekking, Valley, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 42014

Chail is a beautiful hill station located in Himachal Pradesh. It was founded by Bhupinder Singh, Maharaja of Patiala. This place is famous for its architecture and the Palace which was built during British rule. Chail covers 3 hillocks such as Sadh Tiba, Pandewa and Rajgarh. Shimla, Kufri and Chail jointly known as Golden Triangle of Himachal Pradesh. Beautiful places to see in Chail are Pine Valleys, Orchards, and Shivalik Peaks. Popular activities are trekking, Angling and adventure sports. Worth buying things in Chail are Caps, Carpets, and Shawls.

 

What to see in Chail:

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

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

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

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

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

Other Attractions: Other attractions of Chail are Chail Palace and Chail Military School.

 

What to see around Chail:

Kufri: This is the best place for winter sports activities. It is located 34 kms away from Chail. Ski Resort is most famous here.

Shogi: It is the beautiful place with Salubrious climate and lush green cover. Shogi is the best place for trekking and bird watching. Plenty of temples are located here. It is situated 45 kms away from Chail.

Solan: Apart from several temples, oldest breweries are also located here. This place is also known as Mushroom Capital of India. It is located 35 kms away from Chail.

Barog: Major attraction in Barog is Renuka Lake. This is the largest lake in Himachal Pradesh. It is located 40 kms away from Chail.

Shimla: It is one of the popular hill stations in India. This is located 43 kms away from Chail.

Kasauli: Army Cantonment is located here. Worth visiting places here is dense forest and snow clad mountain. It is located 62 kms away from Chail.

 

Getting to Chail: only way to reach this place is road way. Buses are available from Rampur, Narkhanda and Shimla to Chail. Nearest railway station is located at Shimla which is 43 kms away from Chail. Nearest airport is at Shimla.

 

Getting around Chail: As it is small village nearby places can visit on foot. Taxis are available to see the places around Chail.

 

Best time to visit Chail: It is essential to known the best time before visiting any place to avoid inconvenience. Best time to visit this place is October to March. During winter season temperature goes below zero degrees.

 

Where to stay in Chail: Plenty of hotels are available to stay in Chail. For the luxury stay best hotels are royal palace of Maharaja of Patiala and Palace Hotel. Along with hotels number of resorts is also available to stay.

 

Where to eat in Chail: Almost all the hotels are in- house restaurants. Restaurants are very limited in Chail. Chinese, Indian and Continental food is available here.

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Kibber

Kibber

HP, Fort, History, Nature, Temple, Valley, West India, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 32014

Kibber is a small village in the Spiti Valley in Himalayas. Kibber lies on summit of a limestone rock. Lush Green fields and agricultural forms are abundant. Major crops are Peas and Barley. Village consists of only 80 houses. They are made up of adobe brick and mud. This place is famous for monasteries, barren splendour, and scenic mountains. Kibber represents like Tibet and Ladakh. Culture in kibber is similar to Tibet. This place is also known as Little Tibet. Villagers are engaged in making the handicraft items and knitting the clothes. Main activities in Kibber are mountaining and Trekking. Dandmachan peak is used for mountaining and trekking. Plenty of fossils present in and around Kibber.

 

What to see in Kibber:

Ki Monastery: In the Spiti Valley this is the largest monastery. This monastery is famous for wind instruments, stucco images, rare manuscripts, thankas, and murals. This monastery is dates back to 1000 years. This is the best place for Pasada Style of architecture. It consists of 3 floors. Small rooms in the monastery are allotted to monks. Underground is used as storage and Ground Floor is used as assembly hall.

Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary: In India it is only cold desert wild life sanctuary which is located on the banks of River Spiti. Area covered by this sanctuary is 1400 sq.kms. Very rare animals such as blue sheep, snow leopard, ibex etc can be seen here. Bird species such as bearded eagle griffons, snow cock are major attraction in this sanctuary.

 

What to see around Kibber:

Kaza: It is the base point for trekking. Places to visit in Kaza are Hikkim Monastery and Sa Kya Pa Sect monastery.  It is situated 13 kms away from Kibber.

Dhankar Monastery: It is located 13 kms away from Kibber. Main intension to build this fort is to to keep an eye on enemies and enjoy the Spiti Valley by seeing from this place. Old temple in Dhankar is known as Lha O Pa Gompa.

Pin Valley: It is located on the banks of river Pin. Major activities in this place are archery competitions and Horse racing. Most of the tourists attracts towards Chamurti Horses. It is a part of Spiti Valley. This is situated 16 kms away from Kibber.

Kunzam Pass:  Height is 4590 meters above the sea level. It is the gateway to Spiti Valley. This place is located 82 kms away from Kibber. It offers best view of Shigri Parbat.

Langza: This is situated 23 kms away from Kibber. Langza is known as maritime fossils.

 

Getting to Kibber: Only way to reach this place is through roadway. From Shima, Kinnaur, Kaza buses are available. Nearest railway station is located at Jogindernagar. Nearest airport is at Shimla.

 

Getting around Kibber: As it is very small village tourists can enjoy this place by walking around the valley. Taxis are available to visit the places surrounding to Kibber.

 

Best time to visit Kibber: Visitors need to know the best time to visit this place as during the winter season gateway will be closed. During the winter season temperature is below zero degree. Best time to visit this place is between July to Middle of October.

 

Where to stay in Kibber: Being a small village hotels are not available here. Local people give rooms for rent. Luxury facility will not be available here. During summer season campaigning facility is available.

 

Where to eat in Kibber: Very limited options to eat in Kibber. Home stays will provide food on demand. Only Indian and Tibetian Cuisine food is available.

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Udaipur

Udaipur

HP, Fort, History, Nature, Temple, West India, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 32014

Udaipur is also known as City of Lakes. It is located on the banks of Chandrabhaga River in Spiti and Lahaul districts of Himachal Pradesh. This is most sacred place to Buddhists and Hindus. Earlier name of Udaipur is Markul as in this located a Markula Devi temple is located. She is incarnation of Goddess Durga. Later in 1695 AD, Markul is renamed as Udaipur in the honour of King Udai Singh of Chamba.

 

Udaipur is the best place to see Hindu and Tibetan style of architecture. Temple in this place is constructed with stone and wood. On the outside walls of the temples carvings of Kinnaras, Yakshas, Ganga, Sun god, Navgrahas, Lord Vishnu can be seen. Pauri is the most famous festival in Udaipur.

 

What to see in Udaipur:

Lake Palace: It is a luxury hotel. This is located on 4 acres rock on the Jag Niwas Island in Lake Pichola, Udaipur. There are 83 rooms in this hotel. It is having white marbel walls.

City Palace: In 1559, this was built by Maharana Udai Singh. This complex consists of several small palaces. It was built in Flamboyant style.

Lake Pichola: It is an artificial fresh water lake which was created in 1362 AD. Within this lake 4 islands are located. They are Jag Mandir, Mohan Mandir, Arsi Vilas and Jag Niwas.

Fateh Sagar Lake: It is an artificial Lake constructed in 1678 by Maharana. It is one of the 4 lakes of Udaipur. Other 3 are Jaisamand Lake, Udai Sagar Lake, and Lake Pichola.

Jagmandir Island Palace: This was constructed in 17th century. Now this is completely redeveloped to host 21st century guests.

Jagdish Temple:  This is largest Hindu temple built in 1651. Other name of this temple is Jagannath Rai and Jagdish –Ji. It attaches to double stored Mandapa to double story Saandhara.

Saheliyon Ki Bari: This was built by Maharana Bhopal Singh. It is the largest garden consists of marbel elephants, lotus pool, kiosks, Fountains.

Gulab Bagh and Zoo:  Innumerable varieties of roses can be seen here. It is 4th oldest zoo in semi continent. Garden consists of Lotus pond and several trees such as citron, guava, mangoes etc…

Other places to visit in Udaipur: Other places to visit in Udaipur are Moti Magri, Shiv Niwas Palace, and Monsoon Palace.

 

What to see around Udaipur:

Nathdwara: Nathdwara means gateway to Lord Devotees. It is famous for Pichwai Paintings. It is located 48 kms away from Udaipur.

Eklingji: It is located 23 kms away from Udaipur. It is a temple complex consists of 108 temples. These are constructed with marbles and sandstones.

Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary: It is located 101 kms away from Udaipur. Large varieties of wild animals such as nilgai, smabhar, jungle cat, jackal etc can be seen here.

 

 Getting to Udaipur: This is well connected with road and railways.  From all the major cities like Indore, Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai etc… buses and trains are available. Nearest airport is Dabok Airport.

 

Getting around Udaipur: Buses, taxis, private cabs are available to visit the places around Udaipur.

 

Best time to visit Udaipur: Between July to September visitors are requested to come to place. Rohtang Pass which serves as entrance to Udaipur will be closed in the remaining months as it is covered with snow.

 

Where to stay in Udaipur: Plenty of hotels are available to stay in Udaipur. Best hotels are Hotel Aashiya Haveli, Taj Lake Palace, Hotel Sarovar, and Ram Pratap Palace.

 

Where to eat in Udaipur: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in Udaipur. Best restaurants are Green Chilly restaurant, Lal Bagh Restaurants, Sheraton Udaipur Palace Resort and Spa.

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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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Kullu

Kullu

HP, History, Nature, Temple, Valley, North India, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 32014

Kullu is located on the banks of River Beas in Himachal Pradesh. It is an open valley between Largi and Manali.  Earlier name of Kullu is Kulanthpitha. Meaning of this word is the ending point of inhabitable world. This is the best place for natural lovers. Hills in the valley covered with Sprawling Apple Orchards, Deodar Forest and Pine forests.  This valley is known as Valley of Gods. For all the tourists it is the most favourite hill station. Several bollywood movies picturised here.  Activities in this valley are Angling, hiking over the Himalayan glaciers, paragliding, Mountaineering, river rafting, trekking. This place is also famous for adventure sports.

 

Trekking places are located in ladakh, Zanskar, Lahaul and Spiti. This valley is also mentioned in Vishnu Purana, Mahabarata and Ramayana. Several carved temple can be seen in this place. Folk dances are one of the attractions to the tourists. Festivals in Kullu are Kullu Dussehra, Nainadevi Fair, Phool yatra, Naggar Ganeh.

 

What to see in Kullu:

Chandrakhani Pass: This valley is 3600 meter above the sea level. It is the best place for trekking.

Raghunath Temple: It was believed that Lord Rama worshiped Lord Raghunath in this place. Local believes that Lord Raghunath is the protector of this valley. Temple was built by King Jagat Singh in 1650 AD. Pahari and Pyramidal styles can be seen here.

Rafting: It is one of the major attractions to the visitors of Kullu. Best time to do rafting is from middle of September to middle of October and end of April to June.

Trekking: Several trekking places are situated in Kullu. They are ladakh, Zanskar, Lahaul and Spiti.

 

What to see around Kullu:

Jagannathi Devi Temple: Other name of this temple is Bekhli Temple. Gaddi and Rajasthani tribal influence is more on this temple. It takes 90minutes to reach this temple from Kullu.

Pandoh dam: This is located 48 kms away from Kullu. It is the man made beauty. This dam was built on River Beas for the generation of power. Height is 76 meters.

Bijli Mahadev Temple: This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It was constructed in Pahari Style. It is situated 17 kms away from Kullu.

Hanogi Mata Temple : It is located on the top of the small peak. Green mountains are the background to the temple. It is located 40 kms away from Kullu.

Jawarhalal Nehru Great Himalayan Park: other name is The Great Himalayan National Park. This is the best place for wildlife lovers. Most endangered species of animals can be seen here.

Other places to see around kullu: Manikaran, Manali and Rohtang Pass are the other important places to see around Kullu.

 

Getting to Kullu: Only way to reach this place is by road. Road of Kullu is well connected with Shimla, Pathankot, Chandigarh, and Delhi. Nearest railway station is located at Joginder Nagar. Nearest airport is at Bhuntur.

 

Getting around Kullu: One can enjoy this place by bike riding. Here bikes will be available on rent. Buses, hill terrain vehicles, Jeeps are also available to visit the places surrounding Kullu.

 

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

 

Where to stay in Kullu: Several hotels and resorts are available to stay. Some luxury hotels are offering steam bath facility. But for the people who want to enjoy the beauty they can hire cottages on rent.

 

Where to eat in Kullu: Plenty of restaurants are available. Momos, Chhole Bhature and Pakoras are most famous snacks in this place. All restaurants offer Indian, Continental, Chinese cuisine.

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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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Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad

Gujarat, Fort, History, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Tomb, West India, Wildlife SanctuaryFort, Gujarat, History, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Tomb, West India, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 32014

Ahmedabad is the largest city in Gujarat. It is located on the banks of Sabarmati River.  This is the best place to see historical constructions and new monuments. Many dynasties ruled this place starting from Sultans to Mughals. After Mughals, Marathas ruled this place till the Britishers occupied. It served as home to several freedom fighters like Sardar Vallabhai Patel, Mahatma Gandhi. One interesting story related to name of Ahmedabad is, once Sultan Ahmed Shah was standing on the banks of Sabarmati River he saw hare chasing a dog. He approached to spiritual leader and asked for the reason he stated that this is the uniqueness of the land. This impressed him and decided to arrange his capital in this place. At that time he named this place as Ahmedabad.

 

What to see in Ahmedabad:

Dada Hari Vav: This was built during the regime of Mehmud Begda. It is located below the ground level. This is considered as best place to relax. Beautiful engraving pillars can be seen here. It is one of the complex structures. Timing to visit this place is between 9 AM to 5 PM.

Teen Darwaza: This place is known for its best architecture. It is the oldest and longest gateway in Ahmedabad. This was built by Ahmed Shah founder of the city.

Kankaria Lake: In 1451 AD this was built by Sultan Kutubuddin. A summer palace is located in the middle of the lake.  Mughal Emperor Jahangir and his wife Noor Jahan frequently come to this place for relaxation. This is an artificial lake with 34 slides.

Vechaar Utensils Museum:  In this museum several utensils were displayed such as stainless steel, Zinc, German silver, Copper, Bronze, and Brass.

Hazrat Pir Muhammad Shah Library: Very rare manuscripts of Sindhi, Turkish, Arabic and Persian are available here.

 

What to see around Ahmedabad :

Gandhi Ashram: This was the residence of Father of Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. Other names of this Ashram are Satyagraha Ashram and Sabarmati Ashram. It is located 4 kms away from the city.

Bhadra Fort: This fort is famous for Bhadrakali Temple. Goddess Bhadra is worshipped here. She is incarnation of Goddess Kali. It is located 4 kms away from the city.

Jhoolta Minar: Swaying minaret is famous here. If any person uses little force on the upper arc minaret it tends to sway. At the time of construction two minarets were constructed. Now we can see only one minaret. Other one was destroyed by the Englishman who tried to discover the secret behind the sway. It is located 5 kms away from Ahmedabad.

Swaminarayan Temple: Thousands of People from all over the country visit this place every year. Lord Swaminarayan is worshipped here. It is located 4 kms away from the city. This is the first Swaminarayan Temple in India which was built at Kalupur.

Other places to see around Ahmedabad: Gandhinagar, Lothal City, NalSarovar Bird Sanctuary are the other places to see around Ahmedabad.

 

Getting to Ahmedabad: Ahmedabad is well connected with Road, Rail and Air ways. From all the major cities like Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi etc… buses, trains and air buses are available.

 

Getting around Ahmedabad: Buses, Cycle rickshaws, auto rickshaws, taxis are available to visit the places around Ahmedabad.

 

Best time to visit Ahmedabad : Weather is so pleasant between October to March. So it is considered as the best place to visit this place.

 

Where to stay in Ahmedabad: All range of hotels are available here. Near Nehru Bridge area and airport luxury hotels are available. Midrange hotels are located near Gujarat college road and Shahibagh road.

 

Where to eat in Ahmedabad: Most of the hotels in Ahmedabad serve only Gujarat cuisine and vegetarian food. Best non vegetarian food is available at Navrangpura.

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Vadodara

Vadodara

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

April 32014

Vodadara is the cultural capital of Gujarat. It is formally known as Baroda. Vodadara is situated on the banks of Vishwamitri River. It is the third largest city in Gujarat. It is known as best commercial and trade centre. City consists of more than 100 private schools and 20 public schools. It is also known as knowledge city. One of the top 3 arts colleges in India is MSU’s Faculty of Fine Arts. This is located here. Till India got independence it was ruled by Gaekwads. Marathas ruled this place for more than 400 years before Gaekwads. Here visitors can have best leather, textile and Handicrafts products.

 

What to see in Vadodara:

Mandvi Gate: During the festival seasons it looks so attractive as it decorates with beautiful lights. This was built in 1511-26 AD by Sultan Muzaffar. It is square shaped structure.

Makarpura Palace: For the royal families this is the summer rest house. Training school of Indian Air force is running here. This was built in Italian style by Maharaja Khanderao. Later it was renovated by Sayajirao Gaekwad.

Tambekarwadi: It is a four storied building. In first and second floors of the building visitors can find mural paintings which belong to 17th and 18th century.

Sayaji Baug: It consists of Flock Clock, Planetarium, Zoo and two museums. This is the largest garden in western India. Area covered by this garden is 45 hectares. It was built in 1879 by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad.

Picture Gallery: British painter’s pictures are kept here to attract the tourists. This was built in 1921.

Zoo: More than 1103 animal species are here. Major attraction is Asiatic Lion.

Museums: Skeleton of Blue Whale and Egyptian Mummy are the main attractions to the visitors. It is the place of best collection of art and sculptures. Museum was built in 1894.

Laxmi Vilas Palace: Manoj Charles Mant designed this palace in Indo Saracenic style. Music and Cultural events conduct in Darbar hall. Raja Ravi Varma Paintings is the special attraction in this palace. Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum and Moti Baug Palace are the also located here. In 1890 this was built by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III.

Aurobindo Ashram: Between 1894 to 1906 this was residence place of Aurobindo Ghose. He was the vice principle of Baroda College. Now it became Ashram with Library. Works of Aurobindo can be seen here.

Nazarbaug Palace: In 1721 this was built by Malhar Rao Gaekwad in old Classical Style. It is the place where visitors can see best collection of Gaekwad Jewellery including 125 carat star of south diamond.

 

What to see around Vadodara:

 Chandod: It is best pilgrim centre for Hindus. Temples and Bathing Ghats are located here. Mechanised boats used to see ravines, cliffs, rock formation. It is located 57 kms away from Vadodara.

The Dabhoi Fort: In 13th century this was built by Patan King. This fort is best example for Hindu Gujarati style architecture. It is situated 29 kms away from Vadodara.

Champaner – Pavangadh Archaeological Park: Best collection of tombs, Palaces, Mosques, Temples, Forts are situated here. It is located 45 kms away from Vadodara.

 

Getting to Vadodara: This place is well connected with Air, Road and Railways. From all the major cities such as Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmadabad etc… a bus, trains and air bus facility is available.

 

Getting around Vadodara: Autos, Taxis, buses are available to visit the places around Vadodara.

 

Best time to visit Vadodara: Between October to February visitors enjoy their travel here.

 

Where to stay in Vadodara: All range of hotels are available. As per their budget and requirement tourists can choose the hotel.

 

Where to eat in Vadodara: Plenty of restaurants are available here. Continental, Mughalai, South Indian food is  served here.

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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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Junagadh

Junagadh

Gujarat, Fort, History, Musuem, Nature, Temple, West India, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 32014

Junagadh is the 7th largest city in Gujarat. Junagadh means Old Fort. Earlier it was named as Sorath. Till independence this place was ruled by Nawabs. Last Nawab made promise to Pakistan that this city will be merged into Pakistan. At that time India and Pakistan struggled for this city. India won in this struggle as a result Junagadh joined in India on 9th November 1947. In the history, this city acted as capital to Nawabs. Tourists considered this as pilgrim centre.  On the Girnar range several Jain and Hindu temples are located. Visitors have to reach to this place by climbing 10,000 steps.

 

During the regime of Nawabs several beautiful building were built. Visitors can see those building even today. Of all the structures visitors attracts towards Bahauddin Maqbara and Mahabat Maqbara structures. Bhavnath Fair festival is most famous festival. This festival celebrates for 5 days during Mahashivaratri. Several prominent people born in this city. Few are Parveen Babi (Bollywood actress), Narsinh Mehta (Gujarati litterateur), etc…

 

What to see in Junagadh:

Mount Girnar : Several Jain and Hindu temples can be seen in this place. It takes 2 hours to climb the mountain. 16 temples are there on this mountain.

Jama Masjid: It was the palace of Rankadevi. When Saurashtra was handed over by Sultan Muhammed Begda this was converted into Mosque.

Upper Fort: This is also known as Uparkot.  In this place visitors can see 1500 years old Buddhist caves. One of the interesting things in this place is Navgan Kua. Two step wells that go 170 feet below sea level are known as Navgan Kua. Visitors can find 3 beautiful entrances.

Wild Museum: when the Visitors entered into this museum they will feel that they have entered into zoo. In this place one can see Persian Sanskrit, ancient coins, stuffed animals, art furniture etc…

Ashoka’s Edicts: This place can be see when tourists are moving towards Mount Girnar. In this place 14 Edicts of Ashoka can be seen. Edicts are carved. Timings to visit this place are between 8 AM to 6 PM.

Other attractions in Junagadh: Junagadh Zoo, Durbar Hall Museum, Ayurvedic Museum, Swami Vivekananda Vinay Mandir, Moti Baug, Wellington Dam, Dataar Hills, Damodarji Temple, Damodar Kund, Gayatri Mandir,

 

What to see around Junagadh:

Chorwad Beach:  Visitors can reach to this place by roadways. This beach was located 66 Kms away from the city.

Veveral : This place is famous for beaches. Now this place has become most commercialised place.  It is located 85 kms away from the city.

Somnath Temple: This temple is one of the 12 Jyothirlingas in India. It is the seventh temple to worship of Lord Somnath in India. It is locate 87 kms away from the city.

 

Getting to Junagadh: This place is well connected with road and railways. From all the major cities like Rajkot, Ahmadabad, Somanth Bhubaneswar, Dwarka etc… bus and train facility is available. Nearest airport is Rajkot.

 

Getting around Junagadh: Private vehicles, buses, autos, taxis are available to reach surrounding places of Junagadh.

 

Best time to visit this place: Visitors to prefer to come to this place between October to April.

 

 Where to stay in Junagadh: All range of hotels starting from lower level to luxurious hotels are available to stay in Junagadh. On Jayashree and MG Road, mid range hotels are located. Affordable hotels are located in Alkapuri Road and Zanzarda Road.

 

Where to eat in Junagadh: Only vegetarian food is available. Almost all the restaurants serve Gujarati cuisine. Only few restaurants which are located near Jayashree Road offer South Indian and Continental Cuisine.

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Jatinga

Jatinga

Assam , Nature, Temple, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 32014

Jatinga is a small village located in Assam. This place is known for birds committing suicide. In order to see the birds thousands of visitors come to this place. In general birds will never commit suicide. Several people assume in several ways regarding this suicide. Some people think that they were dying due to suicidal fires, street lights. Some believes that they are killed. Till now extract reason for suicide is not known to anyone. Every year thousands of birds come to this place through migration.

 

Bird’s death is more between August to November. In order to know the reason Geological survey of India came to this place during the dying period. They were stating that during this period wind blows in high velocity from top hill. Due to wide spread of fog and high altitude of winds leads to death of birds.

 

Another story which is very popular regarding the death of birds is high power search lights will be fix on the hill top by the local people with the intention to kill the birds. During the night times when they are flying on the hill top they will be affected due to search lights and they will die.

 

What to see in Jatinga: Thousands of bird’s species can be found in this place. Visitors visit this place to see suicides of birds. Most of the birds species find in this place are Kingfisher, Indian Pitta, Little Egret, Black Bittern, and Tiger Bittern. Apart from these birds 44 species can be seen here.

 

What to see around Jatinga:

Shiva Mandir:  This is the most famous temple. Lord Shiva is worshipped in this place. Other name of this temple is Bhubaneswar Temple. This is located on the hill Bhuvan .Visitors can also see Goddess Parvati in the temple. This temple is located 110 Kms far away from Jatinga.

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 85 Kms away from Jatinga.

Haflong: This is the only hill station in Assam which is 25 Kms away from Jatinga. Haflong Lake is situated in the middle of the town. This is the most scenic beauty place.

 

Getting to Jatinga: Only way to visit this place is road way. Several private agencies along with government buses visit this place every day. Nearest railway station is Lumding Junction. There is no nearest airport. Guwahati airport is 369 Kms away from Jatinga. This is the only airport nearby.

 

Getting around Jatinga:  Private buses, auto rickshaws and jeeps are available to reach the nearest place of Jatinga.

 

Best time to visit Jatinga: Visitors prefer to come to this place between August to November to see suicides of birds.

 

Where to stay in Jatinga:  There is no proper accommodation facility in Jatinga so people prefer to stay at Haflong and Silchar. All budgeted hotels are available in these places.

 

Where to eat in Jatinga: Proper food will not be available in this place. So it is advisable to carry food while visiting this place.

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Bomdila

Bomdila

Arunachal Pradesh , History, Nature, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 32014

Bomdila is a beautiful scenic town which is located Indo Chinese Border in Arunachal Pradesh. This is the best place for trekking. Bomdila is surrounded by Buddhist Monasteries, snow clad mountains, rolling fields, lush green forests. Snow capped mountains and Indo Chinese Border are used for trekking. Tibetan Buddhism follows by local residents. Sherdukpen, Aka, Miji, Monpa tribal’s can be seen here. Famous festivals in Bomdila are Khan Festival and Losar Festival.

 

Art and Craft of Bomdila are very famous. This is the best place for the shopping of paintings, thangkas, and Tibetan carpets. Thangkas is very special item which is Tibetan silk painting with embroidery. Natural lovers considered this place as earth’s heaven. Around the town tourists can found several orchidariums. Research and conventional centre for orchids is located here. A tourist who wants to visit this place has to apply for permission for 4 weeks in advance. Foreign tourists have to take Permission from Ministry of Home affairs.

 

What to see in Bomdila:

Tipi: This is orchid conservation centre. Several species of orchids can be seen here.

Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary: This sanctuary is the one of the attractive places in Bomdila. It is located in the outskirts of the town. This place is home for 454 species of birds. Major species in this sanctuary are accentors, nightjars, vultures, Hawks, Eagles etc…

Craft centre:  This is the place for Craft Museum and Ethnography Museum. Here Ethnographic research collections on tribes are kept here. This place is the collection of masks, paintings, wall hangings, carpets, wooden Handicrafts etc…

Other attractions in Bomdila: Upper Gompa, Middle Gompa, Lower Gompa, Buddhuist monasteries are the other attractions of Bomdila.

 

What to see around Bomdila:

Dirang : This place is famous for hot water springs. Dirang is very small village having a fort. National Yak Research and Breeding centre is also located in this village. This place is situated 34 Kms away from Bomdila.

Sessa Orchid Sanctuary: This Sanctuary is 22 Kms away from Bomdila. Area covered by this sanctuary is 100 Sq.Kms. Tourists can see 200 different varieties of orchid species.

Tawang: Boarders of Tawang are Kameng in the East, Sela range in the West, Bhutan in the south and Tibet in the north. 400 years old monastery can be seen here. For the Tibetan Buddhists this is the sacred place. This place is 171 Kms away from Bomdila.

 

Getting to Bomdila: Only way to reach Bomdila is road way. From all the Itanagar and Tezpur ASTC buses are available to reach to this place. Nearest Railway station is at Tezpur. Nearest Airport is situated at Tezpur. Taxis and buses are available from Tezpur railway station and Airport to reach Bomdila.

 

Getting around Bomdila:  Call Taxis are available to see the nearest places of Bomdila. To see the beauty of the village best way is walking. As it is very small village it is very convenient for the visitors to enjoy the nature.

 

Best time to visit Bomdila: Between March to October it the best time to visit this place to enjoy the nature.

 

Where to stay in Bomdila: Few limited accommodations are available. No luxurious hotels or restaurants   are available. Almost all the hotels are located in Main Market area. Few best hotels are Shangrila Hotel, La Hotel, Hotel Native Inn, and Tashi Den Hotel.

 

Where to Eat in Bomdila: Main food available in this place is Tibetan Cuisine. Chinese cuisine, Continental cuisine and Indian cuisine are also available. Very few restaurants are available.

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Hyderabad

Hyderabad

AP, History, South India, Temple, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 32014

Hyderabad is four hundred years old city. This is 5th largest metropolis city in India. Hyderabad is named after Hyder Mahal. She is the wife of the ruler Qutab Shah.  It is the Capital city of Andhra Pradesh. Major festivals in Hyderabad are Bakrid, Deccan Festival and Kite Festival. Here tourists can see different cultures like Hinduism and Islamic Culture. Most commonly used language is Telugu and Urdu.

 

 

Telugu Film industry which is known as Tollywood is located here. Tollywood holds the record of Guinness Book of world for producing large number of films. This is the best place for shopping lovers. Major shopping areas are Sultan Bazaar, Nampally, Basheerbagh, Begumpet, Panjagutta. Worth Buying items are Jewellery, Huqqa Bases, trinket Boxes, Vases, Bowls, etc…  This city is also known as Pearl City.

 

What to see in Hyderabad:

Mecca Masjid: This is one of the oldest mosques in Hyderabad. This was built with the soil bought from Holy Mecca by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah. He is the fifth ruler of the Qutb shahi Dynasty.

Charminar: This was built in 1591 CE. Charminar is the global icon of Hyderabad. Charminar is built at the place where Qutb Shah made prayers for the end of the plague disease. Minaret Height is 48.7 meters.

Golconda Fort: This fort is famous for Qutb Shahi Kings tombs, Fateh Rahben Gun, ingenious water supply system, palaces, acoustic.

AP State Archaeological Museum: This is best to see for the art lovers. Museum consists of art objectives and antiques.

Public Gardens: This garden enclose of Jawaharlal Bal Bhavan, State Legislature, Jubilee hills, State Archaeological Museum, Telugu Lalitha Kala Thoranam. Telugu Lalitha Kala Thoranam is open air theatre.

Nehru Zoological Park: This is main attraction to the children and natural lovers. Tourists can see more than 250 species of birds and animals.

Other Places to see in Hyderabad: KBR National Park, Nizam’s Silver Jubilee Musuem, Birla Temple, Birla Planetrorium, Chow Mohalla Palace, Hi-tech city.

 

What to seen around Hyderabad:

Shamirpet: This is a deer park with beautiful lakes. Tourists consider this as best picnic spot. Shamir pet is located 24 Kms away from Secunderabad.

Hyderabad Botanical Gardens: Area covered by these Gardens is 120 acres. In Andhra Pradesh this is the first Botanical Gardens. This is located 13 Kms away from Hyderabad.

Mrugavani National Park:  This Park consists of jungle cat, Wild Boar and several birds. It is situated 25 Kms away from Hyderabad.

Other places to see around Hyderabad: Mahavir Harina Vanasthali National Park, Chilakur Balaji Temple.

 

Getting to Hyderabad: Hyderabad is best connected with all means of transportation like road, Rail and Airport. All the major cities such as Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, Visakhapatnam Bangalore etc are well connected with this city. Hyderabad Railway station is Head quarter of South Central Railways. Both national and international airport services are available here.

 

Getting around Hyderabad: Call Taxi’s, private buses, train facilities, auto rickshaws are available to see around Hyderabad.

 

Best time to visit: For the tourists best time to visit is between October to February.

 

Where to Stay in Hyderabad: Based on the requirements of the visitors all types of hotels are available in here. Some of the Best Hotels in Hyderabad are Ashoka Klassic, Katriya Hotel and Towers, Novotel Hyderabad, The Park.

 

Where to Eat in Hyderabad: Most famous in food in Hyderabad is Hyderabad Biryani. Other famous food is Shahi Nizams Cuisine. All other foods are also available namely Karnataka Cuisines, Tamilnadu Cuisine etc… Some of the best restaurants are Barbeque Nation, Nautanki Gali, Exotica, The Buffet, KB Spicy Kitchen.

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Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary

Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary

AP, South India, Temple, Wildlife Sanctuary

April 22014

Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary is located in a small village Nelapattu, Nellore District, Andhra Pradesh. This Sanctuary is famous for Pelicans. Pelicans are large water birds with long beak. These are migration birds. During the winter season more than 2000 birds migrate to this sanctuary.

 

There is a special deer park in this sanctuary.   20 different varieties of deer can be seen in this forest. Vehicles will be provided for the tourists to see the animals in the forest. In the second week of January Flamingo festival is celebrated here for 3 days. During the festival   authorities of sanctuary conducts various competitions for spotting the birds along with cultural programs. Rural Sports are also held. This sanctuary is the best breeding ground for rare species of birds.

 

What to see in Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary:  Slender Lorises, Spotted deers, Jacklas live in this reserve forest. Few Reptiles like tortoise, sake lizards are also found in this forest. Main attraction in the sanctuary is Spot billed Pelican, White Ibis, Spoon Bill, Painted Stork, Siberian Cranes.

 

What to see around Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary:

Sriharikota: Sriharikota is the satellite launching centre in India. Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle, Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle is multi stage rockets which are launched from Sriharikota. Sriharikota is 31 KMs away from Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary.

Tirupati: Pilgrim centre Tirupati is 86 KM’s away from Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary. Lord Venkateswara is worshipped here. This place is also known as Vaikuntham. Every Hindu wants to visit this place at last once in their lifetime.

Chennai: Chennai is one of the four metropolitan cities. It is the capital city for Tamilnadu. Chennai is 95 KMs away from Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary. Several parks and beaches are located in this place.

Pulicat Bird Sanctuary: In India Pulicat Lake is the second largest brackish water lake. This place is most famous for spot billed pelican. Area covered by this sanctuary is 321 Sq.KM’s.  Pulicat Bird Sanctuary is 22 KM’s away from Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary.

 

Best time to visit Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary: Convenient time for Tourists to visit this place is between October and March.

 

Getting to Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary: Best way to reach Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary is through taxis and Local buses. Before reaching to Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary tourists have to reach to Chennai first. Only means to reach to Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary is by road. Tourists can reach to Chennai through several transportation ways like road, airport and Railways. Regular bus services are available from all the means of transportation.

 

Where to stay in Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary: In Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary only two guests houses are available to stay but with all the basic amenities.

 

Where to Eat in Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary: Only two restaurants are there. These restaurants offer only South Indian dishes and snacks. Very limited meals available here so, tourists are advised to carry food. Best Restaurants in Chennai are Barbeque Nation, The Madras Pub, Barbeque Factory, and Madras Pavilion.

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  • kochi

    kochi

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

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  • Mysore

    Mysore

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

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  • Shivpuri

    Shivpuri

    Fort, History, Nature, Temple, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary

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  • Nelliampathy

    Nelliampathy

    Boating, Hill Station, Nature, Temple, Trekking, Valley, Water falls, Water Sports, Wildlife Sanctuary

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  • Kumarakom

    Kumarakom

    Backwater, Boating, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Wildlife Sanctuary

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  • Chennai

    Chennai

    Beach, Boating, Fort, History, Masjid, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Tomb, Wildlife Sanctuary

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  • Meghamalai

    Meghamalai

    Hill Station, Nature, Trekking, Valley, Water falls, Water Sports, Wildlife Sanctuary

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  • Coonoor

    Coonoor

    Hill Station, History, Nature, Trekking, Valley, Water falls, Water Sports, Wildlife Sanctuary

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  • Ponmudi

    Ponmudi

    Hill Station, History, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Trekking, Valley, Water falls, Water Sports, Wildlife Sanctuary

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  • Bangalore

    Bangalore

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

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  • Dubare Elephant Camp

    Dubare Elephant Camp

    Elephant Rides, Nature, Temple, Trekking, Valley, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary

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  • Sultan Bathery

    Sultan Bathery

    Boating, Caves, Hill Station, Masjid, Mountian Biking, Musuem, Nature, River crossing, Valley, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary

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  • Yercaud

    Yercaud

    Boating, Caves, Hill Station, Musuem, Tomb, Trekking, Valley, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary

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  • Srirangapatna

    Srirangapatna

    Fort, History, Masjid, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Wildlife Sanctuary

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  • Belur

    Belur

    History, Nature, Temple, Valley, Wildlife Sanctuary

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  • Kudremukh

    Kudremukh

    Fort, Hill Station, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Trekking, Valley, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary

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  • Rameswaram

    Rameswaram

    Boating, History, Nature, Temple, Tomb, Wildlife Sanctuary

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  • Hampi

    Hampi

    Caves, Fort, Hill Station, History, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Trekking, Wildlife Sanctuary

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  • Agumbe

    Agumbe

    Hill Station, History, Nature, Temple, Trekking, Valley, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary

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  • Thiruvananthapuram

    Thiruvananthapuram

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

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  • Kumily

    Kumily

    History, Nature, Temple, Trekking, Valley, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary

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  • Thenmala

    Thenmala

    Boating, Hill Station, History, Mountian Biking, Nature, River crossing, Temple, Trekking, Valley, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary

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  • Khajuraho

    Khajuraho

    Boating, Fort, History, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Wildlife Sanctuary

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  • Amarkantak

    Amarkantak

    Hill Station, History, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Trekking, Valley, Wildlife Sanctuary

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  • Pachmarhi

    Pachmarhi

    Caves, Hill Station, History, Nature, Temple, Valley, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary

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  • Khajjiar

    Khajjiar

    Hill Station, History, Nature, Temple, Trekking, Valley, Wildlife Sanctuary

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  • Palampur

    Palampur

    History, Nature, Temple, Trekking, Valley, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary

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  • Kufri

    Kufri

    History, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Trekking, Valley, Wildlife Sanctuary

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  • Chail

    Chail

    Fort, History, Nature, Temple, Trekking, Valley, Wildlife Sanctuary

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  • Kibber

    Kibber

    Fort, History, Nature, Temple, Valley, Wildlife Sanctuary

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  • Udaipur

    Udaipur

    Fort, History, Nature, Temple, Wildlife Sanctuary

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  • Dalhousie

    Dalhousie

    Boating, History, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Valley, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary

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  • Kullu

    Kullu

    History, Nature, Temple, Valley, Wildlife Sanctuary

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  • Mashobra

    Mashobra

    Boating, History, Nature, Temple, Valley, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary

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  • Saputara

    Saputara

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

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  • Ahmedabad

    Ahmedabad

    Fort, History, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Tomb, Wildlife Sanctuary

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  • Vadodara

    Vadodara

    Boating, Fort, History, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Wildlife Sanctuary

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  • Porbandar

    Porbandar

    Beach, History, Musuem, Nature, Valley, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary

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  • Junagadh

    Junagadh

    Fort, History, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Wildlife Sanctuary

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  • Jatinga

    Jatinga

    Nature, Temple, Wildlife Sanctuary

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  • Bomdila

    Bomdila

    History, Nature, Wildlife Sanctuary

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  • Hyderabad

    Hyderabad

    History, Temple, Wildlife Sanctuary

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  • Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary

    Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary

    Wildlife Sanctuary

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