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Raipur, Chattisgarh – The capital city of Chattisgarh is of great historical significance and an important industrial and commercial destination

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The capital city of Chattisgarh, Raipur is located at the centre of a large plain also referred to as the “rice bowl of India”. Raipur district is important from the historical and archaeological point of view. This district was once part of southern Kosal and considered to be under Maurya Kingdom. Raipur city had been the capital of the Haihaya Dynasty Kalchuri kings, controlling the traditional forts of the Chhattisgarh for a long time. King Ramachandra’s son Brahmdeo Rai had established Raipur and hence it was named as Raipur using his surname. The Mahanadi River flows to the east of the city of Raipur, and the southern side is covered with dense forests. Located centrally in Chhattisgarh, the traditional city has evolved to become an important regional industrial and commercial destination.

Places to see in Raipur: There are a number of sight seeing location in Raipur. These include:

Doodhadhari Temple

Located in the southern region of Raipur near Burha Talab, an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Ram, built by King Jait Singh in 17th century stands with its elaborate carvings. An ancient River Maharaj bandh flows by this landmark. There is also a monastery, named after Swami Balbhadra Das who survived only on ‘Doodh’ (milk) as his food.

Mahamaya Temple

Located in the old fort area of Raipur on the banks of the River Kharoon, a temple dedicated to Devi Mahamaya, another name of Hindu Goddess Durga or Mahishasurmardini, attracts tourists and devotees from all over the Chhattisgarh region.

Ramakrishna Mission

The Ramakrishna Mission Raipur was established in the year 1957. Inside the premise you will find a Ramakrishna Mandir, Math, library, and also different offices of Ramakrishna Mission. The evening arati in Ramakrishna Mission is worth.

Burha Talab

Burha Talab is the largest lake in Raipur city. The beauty of the lake lies in its island situated in the middle of the lake, laced with green trees and gardens.

Gandhi Udhyan

One of the oldest parks of Raipur, Gandhi Udhyan is situated next to the Chief Minister’s residence. This park has recently been renovated.

Shadani Darwar

Located about 10 km from Raipur railway station and only 4 km from the Airport, on the Dhamtari road, Shadani Darbar has beautiful engraved images of gods and avatars (incarnations) that can be seen on the either side of the wall.

Mahant Ghasidas Memorial Museum

A large collection of ancient inscriptions, images, coins, sculptures of historical importance are displayed in this museum.

Shaheed Smarak Complex

An exceptionally conceptualized architectural marvel – a memorial to freedom fighters, comprises of a huge auditorium, library, museum and an art gallery, located in the heart of the Raipur city.

Maha Kaushal Art Gallery

One of the most important tourist attractions in Raipur is an octagonal shaped art gallery situated near D.K. Hospital exhibiting grabbing art works of the locals.

Budhapara Lake

One of the prime tourist attractions in Raipur built by the Kalchuri emperor King Brahmadeo, Budhapara Lake is a magnificent lake and a beautiful picnic spot.

Vivekanand Ashram

Vivekanand Asram is a place of spiritual enlightenment and a branch of Swami Vivekananda mission inaugurated in 1897.

Nearby attractions around Chattisgarh: From Raipur you can make excursions to places like:

Rajim

It is a religious place situating at 48 km. from Raipur. Rajim is known as the “Prayag” of the Chhattisgarh because it is situated at the meeting point of the Mahanadi, Pairi and Sondur rivers. An ancient temple of Lord Kuleshwar of 14-15 th century is also here. Other famous temples are Temple of Rajivlochan and Rajeshwar temple . Rajivlochan temple , having idol of four handed Lord Vishnu has two ‘Shilalekhs’ which are of 8-9 th century.

Sirpur

It is a historical place situating at 84 km. from Raipur. It was the capital of ‘South Kosal’ from 5th to 8th century. It was an important centre of Bauddha religion from 6th to 10th century. In the 7th century, Whensang from China has came here. Main attractive places are Lakshman temple made of bricks and Anand Prabhu Kutir Vihar.

Arang

Situating on Sambalpur road, at 36 km from Raipur. Arang is an old city. It is also developing as a tourist place due to it’s ancient temples. Some famous temples are Bhandadeval temple, Baghdeval temple and Mahamaya temple. Bhandadeval temple, which is of 11-12th century, is a beautiful example of architecture. This temple has three huge idols made of black stone of Jain Tirthankars. Mahamaya temple has also three huge idols of Jain Tirthankars and a huge stone having all 24 Tirthankars. Other visitable places are Danteshwari temple, Chandi Maheshwari temple, Panchamukhi Mahadev and Panchamukhi hanumman temple.

Things to do in Raipur: Sight seeing is the best thing you can do in Raipur. Make a visit to the temples in the vicinity, or the old fort which stands like a sentinel guarding the town. In the evenings take a stroll along the lovely lakes that dot the town and then head out for shopping of hand crafted arte-facts and textiles to take back home.

Best time to visit Raipur: The best time for a visit Raipur is during the winter season between the months of October to February/March when the climate is pleasant.

How to go ?

By Air

Flights to Raipur will be available regularly, and the city houses one of the most important airports in the state – the Raipur airport. This airport has frequent flights to many destinations (locally) including Delhi, Kolkata, Indore and Bhopal. Flights will also be available to Nagpur, Ahmedabad, Bhubaneshwar and Hyderabad.

By Train

Trains to the city of Raipur can be taken from Delhi, Nagpur, Mumbai and other cities like Chennai and Bhubaneshwar. From Kolkata, trains like Mumbai mail, Azad Hind Express, Ahmedabad Express etc. halts at Raipur.

By Road

Raipur is well connected to all cities of Chattisgarh and also other major cities in the country via regular buses.

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Where to stay ?

You can find a no. of nice hotels and resorts in Raipur. Some options are:

Hotel Grand Arjun: +91-0771-2224301, 02, 03, 04, 4280301 Website:www.hotelgrandarjun.com
Hotel Radhika: +91-077122 33806
Hotel Chattisgarh: www.chhattisgarhtourism.net
Hotel Celebration: +91-0771-4092990,91,92,93,94,95 Website: www.celebrationworld.in

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Jagdalpur

Jagdalpur, Chattisgarh – With lush green mountains, frivolous streams and waterfalls, Jagdalpur is a perfect retreat for the nature lovers

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Jagdalpur is the city located in the Bastar district of Chattisgarh. It is the administrative headquarter of the Bastar district and was the capital of the erstwhile princely state of Bastar.The history of Jagdalpur dates back to the ages of Valmiki’s Ramayana. It was the famous Dandakaranya from where Lord Rama is supposed to have passed. With the evergreen mountains, the deep valleys, dense forests, streams, waterfalls, caves, national parks, the marvellous monuments, rich natural resources, the magic herbs, enthusiastic festivity and the serene solitude, Jagdalpur is a magical tourists spot. The site also boasts of its royal past. The beautiful Bastar Palace is an example of this.

Places to see in Jagdalpur: Jagdalpur is a mixed bag, with varied sightseeing spots. These include:

Bastar Palace

Bastar Palace, also known as Jagdalpur Palace, is a famous monument in Jagdalpur, Chhattisgarh, built by the rulers of Bastar kingdom when they shifted their headquarters from Barsur to Jagdalpur. The palace is steeped in legends of heroism and chivalry of these kings, and has a rich wealth of art and architectural work that illustrates their refined aesthetic sensibility.

Indravati National Park

Indravati National Park, established in 1975, spans an area of 2,273 sq km on the south-east of river Indravati. Rich in natural beauty, it comprises a series of hill ranges and tropical mixed deciduous forests that are home to wild buffaloes and hill mynah, the most important species in this national park. Other fauna of the park are tiger, sloth bear, panther, gaur, bluebull (nilgai), chital, sambhar, chousinga, barking deer, wild boar, chinkara, wild dogs, jungle cat, langoor, black buck, jackals, hyena, fox, python, monitor lizards, steppe eagle, phakta, bhura teetar, kala teetar, tree pie and drongo. The park is a favorite haunt of photographers, adventure seekers, nature lovers and also ordinary holiday makers.

Zonal Anthropological Museum

Located at Jagdalpur, Zonal Anthropological Museum exhibits the ethnographic objects of the tribes of Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. Library facilities are available.

Nearby attractions around Jagdalpur: Chitrakot Waterfalls, about 38 km to the west of Jagdalpur, is a beautiful cataract on the river Indravati. Chitrakot, with an awesome height of 100 ft, is also considered a mini-Niagara because of its horse-shoe shape. The main attraction for travelers is the play of rainbow hues on the falls. To enjoy the beauty of this milky cascade amidst the dark of the night, you may stay at hotels and resorts available around Chitrakoot.

Things to do in Jagdalpur: Sightseeing in Jagdalpur is really a delightful experience. Apart from

Best time to visit Jagdalpur: The best season to visit Jagdalpur is the winter season in the months of October to March.

How to go ?

By Air

The nearest Domestic Airport from Jagdalpur is Swami Vivekananda Airport, located in Raipur, roughly four hour drive from the city. It is very well connected to major cities of country like Delhi, Mumbai, Mangalore, Hyderabad, Vishakapatnam, Chandigarh, Bhopal, Bangalore and Ahmedabad.

By Train

It has its own Railway Station named as Jagdalpur Railway Station. It is well connected with the cities like Raipur, Bilaspur, Delhi, Puri and Visakhapatnam. There are no direct trains between Kolkata and Jagdalpur. You have to halt at any of the three places: Vishakhapatnam, Bhubaneshwar or capital city Raipur.

By Road

There are many ways to reach Jagdalpur. It is 15 Kms from Madpal, 21 Kms from Dhanpunji, 36 Kms from Kotpad, 62 Kms from Boriguma, 114 Kms from Dabugaon, 129 Kms from Ambapani, 133 Kms from Raighar and 290 Kms from Raipur. Chhattisgarh State Road Transport Corporation (CSRTC) and some private bus operators provide good bus service between these areas.

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Where to stay ?

Jagdalpur has an array of accommodation options. Some informations are given below:

Tourist Rest House (Chattisgarh Tourism): www.chhattisgarhtourism.net
Royal Bastar Farm: 91 9406358172, 9406356302 Website: www.royalbastarfarm.com
Hotel Akanksha: +91- 7782 225335, 225336, 222349 Website: www.hotelakanksha.com
Chetak Hotel: +91-099935 09500

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Kotdwar

Kotdwar, Uttarakhand – Situated at a height of 395m above the sea level, Kotdwar is the gateway to Garhwal

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Kotdwara (Kotdwar)  is located at the foothills of the Shivaliks. The place is situated at a height of 395m above sea level and literally means gateway to Garhwal. The city has excellent rail network and is connected to almost all major towns in India like Lucknow, Delhi and Howrah. The place also has an excellent road network. Kotdwar forms the centre of the sight seeing locations to places some of the outstanding locations like Sidhbali Temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman, Koteshwar Mahadev, a Lord Shiva temple and also many other reverent spots.

Places to see in Kotdwar: Kotdwar offers a no. of sight seeing locations. These include:

Sidhbali Temple

The residing deity of Sidhbali Temple is Lord Hanuman. Siddhbali temple holds enormous religious importance amongst the people of Uttarakhand and especially with the people living in Pauri Garhwal district. Siddhbali temple is situated on the edge of the mountain 2 km from Kotdwara.

Durga Devi Temple

Durga Devi temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga. Durga Devi temple is situated 15 kms from Kotdwara and a small seasonal stream is flowing from below the temple. The water level is very low in the river and you can spend some time there as the place is calm and quaint.

Kanvashram

Kanvashram is an ancient ashram of Karnav Rishi situated 12 km from Kotdwar on the banks of Malini River. Shakuntala lost the ring given by King Dushyant at this place. This scene was written in the famous Abhijnana Shakuntalam by Kalidasa. Shakuntala was the daughter of Karnva Rishi.

Koteshwar Mahadev

Situated at an elevation of 1428 m, this temple has a great following among childless couples. The temple houses a Shivling and is surrounded by the Himalayan ranges in the east, Haridwar in the west and Siddha Pith Medanpuri Devi temple in the south. Legends has it that a village woman inadvertently hit a Shivling while digging, divine voices were then heard, directing the people to construct a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Accordingly, the Koteshwar Mahadev temple was erected. It is believed that childless couples who chant the Mahamrityunjaya mantra (verse) during the whole month of Shravana with full faith and devotion are blessed by the Lord and their wishes are granted. It is also believed that during the Navratras the Goddess roves around, besitted upon her steed, the lion. Kotdwar is aso known as the entrance towards Himalayas of Uttarakhand.

Nearby attractions around Kotdwar: From Kotdwar you can organize planned itinerary to places like:

Lansdowne

Lansdowne is unlike other hill stations as it is well connected with motorable roads but remote in its own way. Lansdowne is one of the quietest hill stations of India and is popular since Britishers came to India. It is situated at an altitude of 1700mts above sea level surrounded with thick oak and blue pine forests. Lansdowne is located 40kms from Kotdwara. Lansdowne is a Cantonment area and therefore there are limited hotels at this place. Do make prior bookings in the hotels before visiting Lansdowne.

Tarkeshwar Mahadev

This place is named for the temple Tarkeshwar Mahadev dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is an ideal place for those who wish to seek solace in the lap of nature. This place is surrounded by thick forests of deodar and pine affording scenic vistas of Nature. Tarkeshwar temple is 70 km from Kotdwara.

Pauri

Pauri is situated at an elevation of 1814mts above sea level 101 km from Kotdwar. Pauri Garhwal is located on the northwest slopes of Kandoliya Hills in Garhwal region of Uttarakhand state. Diverse in topography and filled with places of tourist’s interest, most locations in Pauri offers the invigorating view of the majestic snow-capped peaks of Himalayan range.

Things to do in Kotdwar: Sightseeing is the best thing you can do here. This apart you can also buy some handicrafts items from local markets.

Best time to visit Kotdwar: Winters i.e from October to February is the best time to visit Kotdwar.

How to go ?

By Air

Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to Kotdwara situated at a distance of 110kms. Jolly Grant Airport is well connected to Delhi with daily flights. Kotdwar is well connected by motorable roads with Jolly Grant Airport. Taxis are available from Jolly Grant Airport to Kotdwar.

By Rail

Kotdwara is well connected by railway networks with major cities of India. Kotdwar is well connected with railway network as this place is the gateway to the hills of the Garhwal region. There are regular trains running to Kotdwar from major destinations of north India.

By Road

Kotdwara is well connected by motorable roads with major destinations of Uttarakhand state. Buses to Kotdwar are easily available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate. Buses and Taxis to Kotdwar are available from major destinations of Uttarakhand state. Kotdwara is connected with National highway 119.

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Where to stay ?

There are some accommodation facilities in Kotdwar.

Tourist Rest House (GMVN): +91-01382-225630
Hotel Green House: +91- 099977 05206

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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dehradun

Dehradun, Uttarakhand – Resting at the foothills of Himalayas, on the Doon valley, this capital city offers a remarkable charm with its eternal beauty

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Dehradun is the capital city of the state of Uttarakhand. Nestled in the mountain ranges of the Himalaya, at a height of 960 m. above the sea level, Dehradun is one of the oldest cities of India. Also known as the ‘Abode of Drona’, Dehradun has always been an important center for Garhwal rulers and was captured by the British.  It is a favoured tourist destination attracting tourists, pilgrims and enthusiasts from various walks of life to its serene environs. The name Dehradun is a collection of two words “dera” meaning camp and ” dun” meaning valley. Dehra Dun is different from the most other districts in the state by the existence of very large forests comprising predominantly sal. Dehradun is located in the Doon Valley on the foothills of the Himalayas between the two of India’s mightiest rivers the Ganges on the east and the Yamuna on the west. The city is dotted with the picturesque landscape and has a pleasant climate.

Places to see in Dehradun: Dehradun offers with ample scenic locations ideal for the sight seeing. These include:

Lachhiwala

Lachiwala is situated in the suburbs of the city of Dehradun where fresh water comes from a stream. At Lachiwala the stream enters into different pools which are spread over 700mts of area. The water level is from 4ft height to 7ft in different pools.

Malsi Deer Park

It is a zoological park at the base of the Shivalik Range in Dehradun. Malsi Deer Park is well maintained and it is home of two horned deer, Tiger, Neelgai, Peacock and many other animals. It is an ideal spot for picnicking.

Assan Barrage

The wetland at Assan Barrage, is situated near the confluence of two perennial rivers Asan and Yamuna near Dehradun. The lake attracts a large number of waterfowl, both waders and divers. This is an ideal place for bird lovers, Ornithologists and Naturalists alike, who can travel easily up to the Assan barrage, and see thousands of birds who have travelled miles to be there.

Robber’s Cave

It is the most popular tourist place of Dehradun. Also known as Guchhipani, Robber’s Cave is an ideal destination to spend the holiday in an immaculate atmosphere. It is bounded by imposing hills showcasing an amazing scenario of nature’s beauty. An easy trek of 1km will lead you to the refreshing stream of Robber’s Cave.

Sahastradhara

The name ‘Sahastradhara’ means the site of ‘thousand springs’. Situated near Rajpur Village, approximately 16 km from the major township of Dehradun, it is a very popular picnic spot. The place becomes more attractive during rainy season, when there is abundance of water in the springs. The water of sulphur spring is assumed to have some medicinal properties that can help cure skin ailments.

Tiger Falls

One of highest waterfall in Uttarakhand, Tiger Falls is located at 5 km from Chakrata. Tiger Falls has an elevation of 312 ft and an uncrowed place.

Fun Valley

It is a newly developed amusement park for the people of Dehradun, Haridwar and Rishikesh. Fun Valley is located at 28 km from Dehradun and equi-distance form Haridwar Rishikesh.

Jwalaji Temple

This place is also known as Benog Hill. There is Jawalaji Temple here with Durga Devi as its deity. Benog hill is set at an altitude of 2104mts above sea level and is 9 km west of Mussoorie. It is situated on the top of the Benog Hill and looks like the crown of the hill. Surrounded by thick forest Benog Hill affords marvelous views of Yamuna Valley and Doon Valley.

Santala Devi Temple

The temple of Santala Devi is located approximately 16 km away from Dehradun, in Santur Garh. It is most crowded on Saturdays, as it is regarded to be the day of Goddess Santala Devi and Her brother.

Bhadraj Temple

There is a temple dedicated to the brother of Lord Krishna, Lord Balbhadra. Enchanting view of the Doon Valley and Chakrata ranges are captivating from this place. Bhadraj Temple is situated 15km from Dehradun.

Tapkeshwar Temple

Tapkeshwar temple is an ancient temple of Lord Shiva, situated approximately 8 km from Dehradun, on the banks of a stream, in Garhi Cant. This place holds a lot of reverence amongst the devotees of Lord Shiva.

Ram Rai Darbar

Built by Guru Har Rai’s son, it attracts many Sikh pilgrims from the nearby state of Punjab. Admission is free and non-Sikhs are welcome.

Sai Darbar Temple

This place of worship holds a high spiritual value, and is thus visited by tourists across the country.

Laxman Sidh Temple

A cremation site of holy saint, Laxman Sidh temple is located at Haridwar road at 12 km from Dehradun.

Daat Kali Temple

A religious significant temple in Dehradun, Daat Kali temple is located at 14 km from Dehradun on Shahranpur road.

The Char Siddhs

Comprises of a group of four temples around Dehradun : Lakshman Siddh (along the Dehradun-Rishikesh road 12 km from Dehradun), Kalu Siddh (near Baniyawala), Manak Siddh (near Shimla Bypass Road) and Madu Siddh (near Premnagar). Small temples are scenic. It is commonly believed that visitng all four Siddhs in a single day will fulfill a devotee’s wishes.

Nearby attractions around Dehradun: While in Dehradun, you can make excursions to places like:

New Tehri

New Tehri is the only planned hill town of Uttarakhand state which was made during the construction of the Tehri dam. Every month thousands of tourists visit Tehri to see the stagnant water of the massive Tehri Dam. The Dam is situated amidst high mountains many of which are submerged under water. New Tehri is very well connected with motorable roads. Tehri is situated 104kms from Dehradun. There are many good hotels in New Tehri.

Chamba

Chamba is one of the best excursion of Dehradun as the place offers panoramic views of the majestic Himalayan range and the sacred view of the Bhagirathi River. Chamba is situated 85kms from Dehradun at an altitude of 1676mts above sea level. Chamba is unlike Mussoorie as the place provides peace and tranquility. The place is quite and serene with pine and deodar trees everywhere.

Kanatal

Kanatal is situated 68kms from Dehradun on Mussoorie-Chamba Road in the Tehri District of Garhwal region of Uttarakhand state. Kanatal is a picturesque lake with pristine water which was forgotten and the lake almost died. Kanatal is now emerging as a popular tourist destination. The lake stands at an elevation of 8500mts above sea level amidst forest and lush fruit orchards. The peacefulness of this place is impregnable, the reflection of the enchanting surroundings blesses the place with illusionary elements of life and the sound of the wind is the only thing that could be listened without making an effort.

Chakrata

Chakrata is perched at an elevation of 2270mts above sea level in the Dehradun district of Uttarakhand state. Chakrata is a cantonment area situated between Yamuna and Tons river amidst coniferous, rhododendron and oak trees. Chakrata is a place blessed with natural beauty and panoramic views as to the east of it lies the famous Mussoorie and on the west lies Kinnaur. Chakrata is an ideal spot for nature lovers, bird watchers, adventure lovers and wild lifers as the place is more than capable of satisfying their needs. Chakrata is situated 95kms from Dehradun.

Neelkanth Mahadev

Thousands of devotees visit Neelkanth Mahadev every month throughout the year. It is situated on the summit of the mountain across the sacred Ganga River. According to mythology this is the place where Lord Shiva drank the venom produced during ‘Sagar Manthan’ which turned his throat blue and was thus the place was named as Neelkanth. Neelkanth and Mahadev are names of Lord Shiva. It is situated 66kms from Dehradun city.

Things to do in Dehradun: Enjoy sight seeing in Dehradun. Apart from this you can also enjoy boat ride in Asan Barrage. This is one of the best place to enjoy boating. Nestled at the foot hills of the Himalayas, the Shivaliks and with the lush green of Rajaji National Park and the forest for its boundaries, Dehradun also offers a no. of trekking trails for the nature lovers. The shopaholics will also enjoy shopping in Dehradun. Woolen garments are quite cheap here. Besides you can also buy the local items like cloths and fashion jewellery from the markets in the Mall Road. Garhi Cantt is also a famous market here.

Best time to visit Dehradun: The mesmerizing location, Dehradun, can be visited throughout the year.

How to go ?

By Air

Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is a domestic airport located about 20 km away from city center. Taxi cabs are available from airport to city. The airport operates daily flights to Delhi. Nearest International airport is Delhi, which is about 235 km away and is well connected to all cities in India and abroad.

By Train

Dehradun is a major railway station which is connected to all cities in the country. The major cities like Delhi (Mussoorie Exp), Kolkata (Doon Exp), Varanasi (Ghy Rajdhani), Mumbai (Dehradun Exp) and Indore (Ddn Indb Exp) are connected by express trains and super fast trains.

By Road

All nearby cities are connected to Dehradun by State owned Uttarakhand transport buses. It also connects Kashmere Gate in New Delhi with Dehradun. There are overnight deluxe A/C bus services of Uttarakhand Tourism from New Delhi to Dehradun. Buses can also be hired from Shimla and Chandigarh.

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Where to stay ?

Dehradun has a wide array of accommodation options. Some of these are:

Hotel Drona (GMVN): +910135-2652794, 2654371
Hotel Great Value: +91-0135- 3292020  Website: www.greatvaluehotel.com
Hotel Pacific: +91-0135-2712355  Website: www.pacifichoteldehradun.in
Hotel Prince Honey: +91-094120 28849

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Pithoragarh

Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand – An extremely pleasing hill station, where Mother Nature has generously bestowed all forms of natural beauty

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Lying in the easternmost part of the Himalayas, Pithoragarh is a beautiful location in the lap of nature. The site is nick-named by the local people as Soar-Ghat. It seems as if Pithoragarh is filled with natural beauty up-to the fullest. The land is dotted with high Himalayan mountains, snow-covered peaks, passes, valleys, alpine meadows, forests, waterfalls, perennial rivers, glaciers, and cascades. The area is also rich in diverse flora and fauna. Numerous temples and ruined forts of the Chand King’s era are scattered throughout.

During the coldest month of January, tropical ridges and high location along the lesser Himalaya record an average monthly temperature between 5.5°C and 8°C. By the March the temperature begins to rise progressively till early June which is the hottest month every where. Dharchula and Jhulaghat record an average temperature between 30 – 45°C.

Places to see in Pithoragarh: The location offers some historical and religious spots worth visiting. These include:

Pithoragarh Fort

Constructed by the Gorkhas in 1789, Pithoragarh Fort stands on top of the hill in the outskirts of the town.

Dhwaj Temple

The Dhwaj Temple can be reached in two ways. It can be reached either by an adventurous trek of 4km or by driving 10kms . This is a highly revered place for  the localites. This sacred temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Maa Jayanti. From the Dhwaj Tempkle, the views of the majestic Himalayas are remarkable. The temple rests at an elevation of 2100mts above sea level.

Thal Kedar

This location is a hub of the Shaiva pilgrims – followers of Lord Shiva. Every year during the Shiv Ratri huge crowds of devotees are seen in this temple.

Kapileshwar Mahadev

Only 3km from Pithoragarh town this is a sacred cave temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The mesmerizing Soar valley with the snow laden Himalayas looks spell-binding from the Kapileshwar Mahadev.

Chandak

Just 8kms from Pithoragarh the location affords splendid views of the mighty Himalayan range. There is a Manu Temple  holding great importance amongst the locales.

Nearby attractions around Pithoragarh: You can also visit some fantastic nearby locations from here. These include:

Rameshwar  Ghat

36kms from Pithoragarh, Rameshwar Ghat is located at the confluence of the Ramganga and Saryu Rivers. Here are two principal temples of Lord Shiva and Lord Rama. During Makar Sankranti a large fair is held in this region as both the rivers play a vital in Pithoragarh district.

Abbott Mount

The Abbott Mount with a height of 2018mts  offers a peaceful and picturesque environment. Abbott Mount remains covered with the sheets of snow during winters. The Abbott Mount provides a lucrative view of the Himalayan range. This place is away from the cacophony of the city life. 13 isolated cottages are found in this hill. Abbot Mount is situated in 56kms from Pithoragarh offering tranquility with exquisiteness.

Dharchula

On the margins of the Pithoragarh district, Dharchula is located at a distance of 83kms from Pithoragarh town. It is an important destination of the Kumaon region being a part of the route to Kailash Mansarovar and Chota Kailash.

Askot Sanctuary

This sanctuary has not only diverse and rich flora and fauna it equally affords the charming vistas of nature’s beauteousness. Askot Sanctuary located at a distance of 54kms from Pithoragarh and has an elevation of 5412ft above sea level. You can see bharals, monals, snow leopards, Himalayan black bears, chirs, koklas, pheasants, musk deers, snow cocks, tahra, and chukors.

Things to do in Pithoragarh: Pithorgarh offers you plenty of activities including hang-gliding, paragliding, trekking, skiing, canoeing, river rafting, and fishing adventures. Pay homage at the various temples here. Want to enjoy something exciting and thrilling then plod along the narrow path of the thick forests to spot some snow leopards, musk deer, and peafowl. Tired after all the activity then just sit back and relax on the soft velvety grass.

Best time to visit Pithoragarh: Pithoragarh experiences pleasant climate during the summer season but during the winter season, it can get chilly, hence the best time to visit Pithoragarh is from March to June and then again from September to December.

How to go ?

By Air

The nearest operational airport to Pithorgarh is at Pantnagar, Udham Singh Nagar. It is about 250 km from Pithorgarh. Taxi services are available from the airport to Pithorgarh for a taxi charge of Rs. 2500. International travelers can get connecting flights from Delhi International airport.

By Train

The nearest railway station is at Tanakpur at distance of about 150 km from Pithorgarh city centre. Tanakpur is well connected to major rail heads in North India.

By Road

Pithoragarh is well connected by buses. State owned road transport buses connect Pithorgarh with other cities in and around including Kathgodam, Almora and Haldwani.

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Where to stay ?

There are very few accommodation options in Pithoragarh. You can stay at the KMVN tourist lodge. For booking details please contact:

Tourist Rest House KMVN: +91-8650002538

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Rishikesh

Rishikesh, Uttarakhand – A serene pilgrimage town, 24km from Haridwar, where Holy Ganges River descends from the Himalayas to the plain

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Rishikesh is a small scenic town situated in the panoramic location where Holy Ganges River descends from the Himalayas to the plain. Rishikesh is also spelled Hrishikesh, Rushikesh or Hrushikesh. The site rests at the base of the Himalayas of the Garhwal region. It is the gateway to the upper Garhwal region and the starting point for the Char Dham pilgrimage (Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath). Rishikesh is an ideal location for not only the pilgrims but also for the adventure enthusiasts and meditation and yoga lovers.The town is also called the “Place of Sagas” and is 24 kms upstream from Haridwar. It is surrounded by magnificent hills on all the three sides. This esteemed location forms one of the holy cities in India. Rishikesh is a vegetarian town declared by law and a non-alcoholic town too. Rishikesh is the other name of Lord Vishnu. The meaning of the word is ‘Lord of the Senses’.

Places to see in Rishikesh: From Rishikesh you can go for sight seeing to places like:

Triveni Ghat:

The Triveni Ghat is a bathing Ghat where people take a dip in the holy water in the sacred Ganga River to wash the sins. It is believed that the three streams of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati are flowing together underground at this point. Pinda Shradha is also performed at Triveni Ghat.

Bharat Mandir 

This is the oldest temple of Rishikesh, located near the Jhanda Chowk. Rishi Rabhya did his penance at this holy spot and the place is devoted to Lord Vishnu. A spectacular sacred Shree Yanthra is placed at the inner canopy of the temple. Bharat Mandir celebrates colourful spring festival called ‘Basant Panchami’.

Rishikund

Rishikund literally means the sage’s pond. It is believed that the waters of the Yamuna drenched this pond on the request of Kubz saint. Shani mandir is also situated at Rishikund.

Laxman Jhula

Lakshman Jhula is the prime attraction of Rishikesh. This is 450 ft long hanging bridge on the river Ganga which was built in 1939. According to myths and legends Laksman, brother of Lord Rama crossed GangaRiver on a jute rope from this point. The 13 storied temple is located near Lakshman Jhula where the idols of several Gods and Goddesses are kept. The bridge gives a magnificent view of the Ganges, greeting you with the cool breeze from the river.

Ram Jhula

Ram Jhoola forms the connection between the Swargashram and Shivananda Ashram. There are a no. of ashrams located near Ram Jhoola. It is bigger than Laxman Jhula and is more beautiful.

Geeta Bhawan

Geeta Bhawan is one of the oldest temple complexes across the Laxman Jhula situated on the banks of sacred Ganges in Rishikesh. Gita Bhavan is dedicated as a Museum for puranic and mythological awareness for the common public. Building consists of a very large complex comprising discourse halls and over 1000 rooms available free of charge for the stay of devotees. For the convenience of the devotees, simple vegetarian food, kitchen and grocery items and Indian sweets are available at very moderate price.

Neelkanth Mahadev

The Neelkanth Mahadev temple is situated on the peak of the mountain beside the sacred Ganga River. According to myth this is the place where Lord Shiva drank the venom produced during ‘Sagar Manthan’ which turned his throat blue and was thus the place was named as Neelkanth. Neelkanth and Mahadev are names of Lord Shiva.

Tera Manzil Temple 

This is a famous temple in Rishikesh. It is also named as Trimbakeshwar Temple and this holy temple has 13 storeys with several idols of Hindu Gods and Goddesses in each storey.The temple is visible from Haridwar-Badrinath Highway.

Lakshman Temple

This is believed to be the place where Lakshman performed Tapa. As per the popular myth, Lord Rama along with his brother Lakshman made a swing bridge near this temple on their way to Himalayas. The main attraction in this temple is the Rishi Kund, where Lord Ram and Lakshman bathed in order to get rid of their sins of killing the demon Ravana.

Kunjapuri Devi Temple

Just 15 km away from Rishikesh, this temple is dedicated to one of the thirteen most important goddesses of Shivalik range. The temple is well-known among the travellers as it gives a beautiful view of the sunrise and the sunset from the greater Himalayan peaks.

Swargashram

This is one of the oldest ashrams in Rishikesh, and is founded Swami Vishudhanand was also known as the ‘Kali Kamli Wala’ (One with The Black Blanket). Today the Kali Kamliwala Kshetra is a mammoth organization embracing many activities.

Nearby attractions around Rishikesh: Rishikesh is also embellished by some nearby locations too. These include:

Phulchhatti

Only 10km from Lakshmanjhula Phulchhatti, is a secluded spot. A bend in the river offers a good spot for swimming, midst huge boulders that dominate the landscape.

Kaudiyala Rafters Camp 

Just 38 kms away, on the road to Badrinath shrine, in the midst of thickly wooded slopes at 480 metres, the Kaudiyala Rafters Camp has been promoted by GMVN for white-water rafting. Kaudiyala also offers some rock climbing sites.

Things to do in Rishikesh: Rishikesh offers a host of exciting and thrilling activities. Enjoy an adrenaline rush by river rafting down the Ganges. White water rafting is mainly something for which people come here for. Many camps dot the banks of the Ganga each offering you rafting as part of their package. In the evenings sit by a bonfire at your camp and watch the river gush by.This apart you can also enjoy rock climbing or bungee jumping from a height. In Rishikesh you can also enjoy practicing your yoga and meditation skills. Find peace and quiet in the tranquil surrounding of the many ashrams in Rishikesh.

Best time to visit Rishikesh:The best time to visit Rishikesh is between May and November

How to go ?

By Air

Nearest airport is Jollygrant which is 18 km away from Rishikesh and is situated in Dehradun. Jollygrant airport, Dehradun is connected to Delhi airport.

By Rail

Rishikesh railway station is linked to all cities in India.

By Road

Rishikesh is well connected to many cities in the region by buses. Private and public buses offer services from Rishikesh to Pauri (117 km), Haridwar, Dehradun and Kotdwar.

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Where to stay ?

Rishikesh offers a good variety of hotels suited to budget. Some options are:

Bharat Bhoomi (GMVN): +91-0135-2433002
HotelVasundharaPalace: 91+ 135 + 2442345 Website: www.hotelvasundharapalace.com
Hotel Ganga Kinare: +91 9015544000 Website: www.gangakinare.com
Hotel The Amaris: 1800-180-4162 (Toll Free) Website: www.theamaris.com

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Champawat

Champawat, Uttarakhand – An immensely beautiful tourist location in Kumaon at 1,670 mts above sea level

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This picturesque town rests at an elevation of 1,670mts above sea level and is located in the easternmost part of the Kumaon region. The ancient capital of Chand rulers, Champawat is rich in cultural heritage. The site derives its name from Champawati, King Arjun Deo’s daughter. Here the Pandavas of Mahabharata also spend their some part of 12 years of exile. Lord Vishnu appeared in the incarnation of turtle i.e Kurmavtar here.  Champawat blessed with innate natural beauty and historic temples.

Places to see in Champawat: This beautiful and scenic town is admired with a number of sight seeing attractions. These include:

Baleshwar Temple

Baleshwar temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It was built by the Chand rulers. The Temple is a marvellous symbol of stone carving work. There isn’t any historical manuscript that dates the Baleshwar temple, however it is believed to be built between 10 – 12 century A.D.

Nagnath Temple

This is an exceptionally beautiful example of ancient architecture of Kumaon.

Ek Hathiya Ka Naula

Just 5 kms from Champawat, it is believed to have been constructed in just one night by the one handed artisan.

Kranteshwar Mahadev

The sacred shrine atop a hill to the east of Champawat is also called as Kurmapad or Kandev.

Vanasur-Ka-Kila (7 kms)

This fort was built during the medieval times. It is said that the legendary Vanasur, was assassinated here. The Lohawati river originates nearby.

Nearby attractions around Champawat: There are ample attractions around Champawat too. These include:

Lohaghat

This historical town is 14 kms from Champawat is set on the banks of river Lohawati and is noted for its natural beauty and mythological legends.

Mayawati Ashram (9 kms)

Jus 9 from Champawat, this pristine location with a beautiful ashram, amidst scenic surroundings attracts large number spiritualists from all over the world. Swami Vivekananda decided to shift the publication office of ‘Prabuddh Bharat’ from Madras to Mayawati during his visit to Almora in 1898.

Abbot Mount (8 kms)

The beautiful site is idyllic for a holiday resort thus offering the breathtaking view of the Himalayan peaks.

Devidhura (45 kms)

The charming site is known for the Varahi temple, where a unique tradition of Bagwal (organised stone throwing between two groups) is practiced on Raksha Bandhan. Jim Corbett’s tale ‘TempleTiger’ is associated with the Devidhura temples. It is also an excellent site for trekking. More about Devidhura.

Pancheshwar (40 kms)

Located at the confluence of river Kali and Saryu on the Nepal border, Pancheshwar is famous for the Shiva temple of Pancheshwar, where Jaat of Chaumu is worshipped as protector of animals.

Meetha Reetha Saheb

An important Sikh pilgrim centre, it is just 72 kms from Champawat. According to the story saint Guru Nanak, the first Guru of the Sikhs came here and had spiritual discussions with Gorakhpanthi Jogis. The Gurudwara here stands at the confluence of Lodhiya and Ratiya rivers, near village Deyuri.

Purnagiri Temple

Enshrined atop the Poornagiri hill, this temple is only 20 kms from Tanakpur and 92 kms from Champawat. Large number of devotees visit the shrine from all over the country, especially during the Chaitra Navratri in the month of March – April. The temple affords awe-inspiring views of the expanse of river Kali, its islands, the township of Tanakpur and a few Nepali villages.

Shyamlatal

The holy and famous Vivekananda Ashram located on the banks of the beautiful Shyamlatal lake attracts countless number of devotees here. The blue waters of the lake sprawl over an area of 1.5 sq. kms. The place derives its name from this spectacular lake. Shyamlataal is only 56 kms from Champawat.

Tanakpur

Tanakpur is located at an elevation of 837 ft above sea level. The location stands at a span of 73km from Champawat. It is amongst the few places of Uttarakhand which has Rail Connectivity with Bareilly. Tanakpur lies on the riverside of Sharda River. The main attraction of Tanakpur is the Purnagiri Temple, which is believed to be one of the 108 Siddha Peeths attracting thousands of devotees every month.

Things to do in Champawat: The location offers excellent views of Himalayas. Savour the mesmerizing natural beauty of the location. Sight seeing is all you can enjoy in Champawat.

Best Time To Visit: October-March is the best time to visit Champawat.

How to go ?

By Air

Pantnagar is the nearest airport at a distance of 155 km. Regular flights operate between Delhi and Pantnagar. Delhi, well connected to most cities within the country and abroad is the nearest international airport. It is 412 km from Champawat. Taxis can be hired from Pantnagar airport to reach Champawat. Some hotels also arrange pick-up services from Pantnagar and Delhi.

By Train

Trains can be taken to the nearest railway station, Tanakpur. This is however a minor railway station having trains only to very few destinations like Lucknow, Shahjahanpur and Philibhit. Trains can also be taken to Kathgodam, from where you can reach Champawat easily. Kathgodam is connected to all major rail heads in India.

By Road

The town of Champawat is well connected to many destinations around the state through regular buses. You can also opt for trains or cabs from any particular destination in order to reach Champawat.

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Where to stay ?

Champawat has not many but very few accommodation facilities. Some options are:

Hotel Shiva Residency: +91-05665 230 004
Hotel Mount View: +91-099271 67905
KMVN Tourist Rest House: +91-8650002550

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Sarahan

Sarahan, Himachal Pradesh – Famous for Bhimakali temple, a place of pilgrimage, a heaven for nature lovers

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Just halfway up a high mountain side with flowering pine trees and stately Oaks Sarahan is a God’s grace. The town is known as the gateway of Kinnaur. Here dozens of small streams rush past. The fields and orchards that surround the small villages with their slate roofed houses, compose pictures of pastoral perfection. Above Sarahan,  many deodar trees rides the slopes and higher still, encircling the Bashal peak, are trees of smooth birch and variety of wild flowers and rare medicinal herbs. This sparsely populated tract is steeped in ancient legends and here is the famous Bhimakali temple regarded as one of the 51 sacred Shaktipeeths. The temple’s unusual architecture and wealth of carvings have made it a glittering example of what is  called the Indo-Tibetan style. Deep down flows the river Sutlej and across lies the snow-clad Shrikhand peak. Saharan is the base for numerous treks and is the gateway to Kinnaur. It is a place of pilgrimage, a heaven for nature lovers and the temple complex attracts a variety of admirers.

Places to see at Sarahan: Sarahan is a good base to explore the places like:

Bhimakali Temple Complex 

This historical temple is a multi storied structured building, a fusion of Hindu and Buddhist architecture. The tall tower like structure and unusual roof of the temple dominate the complex. The centuries old temple is now locked and in the newly built temple, the goddess Bhimakali is portrayed as a maiden and as a woman. This temple complex includes other temples such as Narsingh shrine of Bhairon and Lord Raghunath.

Bird Park

Near the temple complex is a pheasant breeding centre. It also houses the State bird Monal which is of a great attraction.

Bhaba Valley 

50 km from Sarahan, a beautiful valley along Bhaba river. Link road to valley originates at Wangtu. It has a beautiful landscape, reservoir lake, alpine meadows and is best famous for trek route to Pin Valley in Spiti.

Things to do at Sarahan: Sarahan is abase for numerous treks. It is a place of pilgrimage, a heaven for nature lovers. You may just sit idle in your hotel’s balcony and take the pleasure of the excellent beauty of the place.

Best time to visit Sarahan: The ideal season to visit Sarahan and its adjoining areas is between April and June.

How to go ?

From Shimla, Sarahan is at a distance of 175-kms. So after reaching Shimla one has to then take a bus or a private taxi to go to Sarahan.

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Where to stay ?

The place has adequate accommodation facility. Some options are:

The Shrikhand (HPTDC): +91-01782 – 274234
Hotel Snowview :+91-0177-2802676, 77  Website: www.shyamalahotels.com
Green Hotels & Resorts: +91- 9817072147, 9816710301 Website: www.greenhotelsarahan.com

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Keylong

Keylong, Himachal Pradesh – The valley, river, and the lofty mountain range together with the green landscape make it a charming destination

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The administrative headquarters of Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh, Keylong is situated at an altitude of 3350 m. After crossing the cool, rough and rugged desert the place of Keylong seems to be the “oasis of desert” with the forest of Poplar and Willow trees. Rudyard Kipling, the famous author rightly said that “it is surely the God live here; this is not the place for men.”  The valley, river, and the lofty mountain range together-with the green landscape make Keylong a charming destination.

Places to see in Keylong: Keylong is an exotic hill station with varied sight seeing spots. These include:

The Lady of Keylong Himachal

The Lady of Keylong glacier is a very popular attraction in Keylong. This spectacular glacier was named by ‘Lady Elashainghday’ at the time of British rule. It is located at an altitude of about 6,061 meters. It remains snow covered throughout the year. But in the middle, there is a dark bare patch visible which looks like the figure of a woman, walking with a load on her back. It is also recorded as ‘Lady of Keylong’ by the geological survey team of India.

Khardong Monastery

It is a 200 years old monastery. The head Lama here is called ‘Narbo’. The monastery has an architectural and sculptural style typical of ‘Lahaul and Spiti’. One of the most revered places of the Durga-Pa Sect, the monastery has a large library of Kangyur and Tangyur volumes of Buddhist scriptures in Bhoti and a huge storeroom where you will find some exquisite thangka paintings, musical instruments such as lutes, drums, horns and old weapons. The frescoes are colorful and the murals fascinating. This monastery has a huge prayer drum containing strips of paper upon which is the sacred mantra ‘Om Mani Padme Hum’. This mantra has been written a million times.

Tandi

8 km, short of Keylong, on the Manali – Leh Raod, situated on the confluence of Chandra & Bhaga rivers. Last point to tank up if traveling north of Keylong as it has the last fuel station on this stretch.

Sissu

On the bank of Chandra, 15 km from Koksar, every spring and autumn wild geese and ducks halt here on their way to and from Siberia.

Gondla (3110m)

18 km from Keylong on the right bank of river Chandra. Famous for ancient Fort.

Udaipur

53 km from Keylong, home of the Mrikula Devi Temple, which is famous for wood carvings.

Triloknath (2660m)

4 km from Udaipur famous for Triloknath temple. Sacred both for HIndu and Buddhist.

Gemur Monastery

Just 8km from Keylong, Gemur Monastery is a Buddhist Monastery, 600 to 700 yards above the village of Gemur, Kullu district, Himachal Pradesh, northern India. It is located 38 kilometres from Manali. The Monastery is around 700 years old. It contains a sculpture of the Goddess ‘Marichi Vajravarahi’ which dates back to the 11th century AD. The ‘Devil dance’ is carried out in the month of July. The Monastery also contains ancient Buddhist miniature paintings, wall paintings, Stupas, Statues and Buddhist artifacts.

Guru Ghantal monastery

The oldest monastery in Lahaul area, it is located eight kms. from Keylong.

Shaspur Monastery

The Monastery is situated on a hill 3 kms. away from Keylong. It is famous for the paintings of the history of the 84 Buddhas and the devil dance of the Lamas in June / July that originated in the 17th century.

Nearby attractions from Keylong: While in Keylong, you must visit:

Baralacha La Pass

Baralacha La means the pass where many roads meet. The pass connects Lahaul in Himachal Pradesh to Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir. The Baralacha La is better described as a plateau where three mountain ranges meet (Pir Panjal, Zanskar and the Himalayas). The Baralacha La towers over three valleys that meet at a height of over 16,000 ft.

Darcha

Situated at an altitude of 3360 metres, this is a camping ground for trekkers. It is 24 kms. from Keylong on the Leh road.

Things to do at Keylong: Trekking, Hiking, bird watching, rock climbing, skiing and fishing, Keylong is the suitable base for all these activities.

Best time to visit Keylong: Mid May to mid October is the best time to visit Keylong.

How to go ?

By Air

There are airports at Manali and Shimla (375 kms.) and Bhuntar Airport in Kullu.

By Rail

The nearest railway stations are at Jogindernagar, Shimla and Chandigarh.

By Road

Keylong is 126 kms. north of Manali. The place is just 120 kms. from the Indo-Tibetan border. There is sufficient number of buses from Manali to Keylong during the summer season.

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Where to stay ?

Keylong offers an array of accommodation options. Some options are:

The Chanderbhaga: +9101900 – 222247, 222393
Hotel Deykith: +91- 094 18 157650
Hotel Deluge: +91- 094 18 063677

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Rampur

Rampur, Himachal Pradesh – This small town with its prehistoric heritage is famous for the Lavi fair, the biggest fair in North India

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One of the biggest commercial centres of Himachal Pradesh, Rampur is located at a distance of 135 km from Shimla. It was once the capital of the princely State of Bushahar. Rampur lies on the bank of river Sutlej. The town was once a major center on the old trade route to Kinnaur, Tibet, Ladakh and China. Lavi Fair, which is supposed to be one of the biggest fairs of North India, is the main attraction of Rampur. This fair is held every year during the second week of November. The fair is quite popular among the people in Shimla and is held for three days. The fair is abuzz with life and activities as it is a major crowd puller. The fair is commercial in nature as tradesmen and craftsmen come from all over Shimla to buy, sell and exchange articles like dry fruits, shawls, blankets, crop produce, handicraft items, fruits, etc. Some people even trade in livestock like sheep, goats, cows and horses.

Places to see at Rampur: At Rampur, you can go for sight seeing to places like:

Rampur Town (924m) 

This historic town is an abode of many sight-seeing places. Its old Hindu and Buddhist shrines include the Ragunath Temple, the Ayodhya Temple, the Narsingh Temple and the Dumgir Budh Temple which has a large prayer wheel and holds important scriptures. With an interesting colonial and traditional style, the Padam Palace is one of Rampur’s major attractions.

Dutt Nagar (970m)

This ancient village on the left bank of Sutlej is named from the ancient temple of god Dattreya.

Nirath (950m)

18 km, famous for ancient and unique Sun Temple built in nagara style is one of the two temples in India dedicated to Lord Suryanarayan.

Nearby attractions from Rampur: Being a getaway spot itself, Rampur also has nearby attractions apart from the sight seeing spots. These include:

Chanshal pass

Chanshal pass is located at Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh. Also known as Chanshal valley, Chanshal Pass links Dodra Kwar and Rohru (Chirgaon). The Pass rests on the Chanshal Peak , the highest peak in the Shimla district. Chanshal pass open from May to October and it is covered with snow for the rest of the year. Chanshal pass  is beautiful as one get views of hills covered with snow. It is a very good place to hang out if one enjoy adventures and ready to invest time in travelling to see the beauty.

Khadrala

Khadrala is a small hill station just few km from Rampur. It is an awesome place to stay if you are going on a vacation to Shimla. Beautiful amenities and surroundings make it a heaven.

Things to do in Rampur: It is among the best shopping hubs of Himachal Pradesh and one can get just about any exotic item over here. You can pick up handicraft items like wooden carvings and clay sculptures. The most popular items are the handspun woolen shawls and rugs that are warm even in the coldest weather.

Best time to visit Rampur: March to June and September to November is the ideal time to visit Rampur.

How to go ?

Daily one bus leave for Rampur from Manali. You can also hire private cars from Manali or Kullu to reach Rampur.

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Where to stay ?

Rampur has plenty of accommodation options. Some are:

The Bushehar Regency (HPTDC) : +91-01782 – 234103
The Little Chef: +91-01782-233944  Website: www.thelittlecheframpur.com
Hotel River Rock: +91-94180-33251 Website: www.hotelriverrock.com

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Kulem-Castle

Kulem-Castle Rock Rail and Trek Route, Goa – A journey that gives an unique, thrilling and fun filled experience

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Bored from the beaches in Goa and want to do something really exciting providing high adventure, then a Rail Trek to Dudhsagar Falls is just the perfect thing for you. DudhsagarFalls lies between Castlerock and Kullem near the Goa Karnataka border inside the Bhagwan Mahavir Wild Life Sanctuary in the Sanguem district of Goa. It originates high up on the river Mandovi’s watershed and takes a steep plunge 2000 feet down in the mountains of the majestic Briganza Ghat in Western Ghats belt. This is a four tiered waterfall with a total height of 310 meters (1017 feet) and an average width of 30 meters (100 feet). Dudhsagar, said to be the tallest waterfalls in the country, which drops from a height of 600 metres through a near vertical cliff to enter the coastal region. The surrounding area is covered by a deciduous forest with many species of birds, insects, plants and animal abound here. If you make a trip between August to November, you will enjoy the beauty of the DudhsagarFalls to the fullest and even its shower may wet you. This railway track is just 26 km and the slow ride enables the tourist to enjoy the lush scenic view of the nature. Trekking to Dudhsagar is a famous tourist attraction.

There are two accessible routes, one is  Castle rock route and the other is Kulem route. Actually one can trek the whole 25 km of Braganza Ghat between Castle Rock and Kulem.

Castle rock Route

Trek from Castlerock station is the most famous route during the monsoon, reach Castlerock station and start a scenic 14 km hike to Dudhsagar falls along the railway track which will normally takes 4–6 hours depending on your speed. Well in this route you will be passing through a number of tunnels (11 to be precise), two abandoned stations (Caranzol and Dudh Sagur), a board reading “Welcome to Goa” and also great views of the Briganza Ghat.

Train Timings To/From Castle rock –Dudhsagar Falls    

Chennai Express (for Dudhsagar) leaves at 9.20 am
Goa Express (for Castlerock) leaves at 5.10 pm

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Kulem Route

Trek from Kulem is equally scenic but less popular as compared to Castlerock route.  Just like other route this trek also starts from Kulem Railway station and walk towards the falls which is about 11 km away. It normally takes 4–5 hours for a normal person to reach. The famous photograph of Trains passing through before the waterfalls can be seen in this route, and also the complete stretch of the falls will be visible while you hike towards the waterfalls.

Trekking Distance from Kulem to Dudhsagar: 11 KMS
Kulem to Dudhsagar route on mud road: 12KMS

This trek route starts from Kulem.  On this route you have to trek first 4KMS on track, then it is required to trek next 7KMS on wide mud road. The last stretch requires an ascending for 5 KM, this trail will join the track again near to Dudhsagar falls.

Best time to trek: July to Dec is the ideal time for trekking.

Camping Sites: You can camp near to  Dudhsagar station. Carrying tents is must if you want to stay back alongwith the sleeping bags.

Food Availability: You wont get good food there, You will get only tea and snacks. It is better to carry your food.

Must Carry 

Torch: You must carry torch which is required very much while crossing tunnels
Rain coat : If you are trekking in monsoon then its better carry raincoat as it rains heavily in this region
Salt : Just after monsoon leeches will be there, Better to carry salt.

Note : The information given above are according to the information available to us.  If you find any information that is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Madgaon

Madgaon, Goa – A perfect holiday destination with enormous Portuguese style mansions, heritage buildings and spectacular sea beaches

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Madgaon, south of Panjim, is the second largest town in Goa and the chief commercial center. Madgaon is well connected to south Goa’s beach area. The distance to the beach front is a mere 10-15 minutes drive.

Located on the banks of the River Sal, Margao or Madgaon is amongst the oldest recorded towns in Goa and is famous for the enormous Portuguese style mansions or villas which mark its landscape.

The Margao Railway station is Goa’s biggest and most important as it is a railway junction and is the gateway to south Goa. Hence Madgaon is used more commonly as a transit stop rather than as a tourist destination, by many people who either travel down south to Palolem Beach (38 kms) or to Benaulim Beach and Colva Beachwhich is about six kilometres away.

All these beaches offer spectacular views of the cool blue and emerald-green seas and the silvery-white sands glisten in the sun. Tourists lie down on the soft sand grains on these beaches and gaze wonder-eyed at the gushing sea waves that constantly wash the beaches. The beach front is a collection of grand hotels, souvenir stalls and fly blown snack bars scattered around a central round about.

Places to see in Madgaon: Mainly a commercial hub, Margaon is dotted with some sight seeing spots which include:

Holy Spirit Church

The towering, white – washed Holy Spirit church was built when the Portuguese destroyed the Hindu temple dedicated to lord Damodar that stood on the spot in 1585. It was demolished by the Muslim army soldier and newly constructed and later it was rebuilt and destroyed on several occasions. Finally since 1675 the current structure that was erected has endured. The church can be entered from the side entrance to the north. The elaborately carved interiors are splendid from ground to ceiling. In the church you will find the huge cross dating back from the late 17th century.

Colva Beach

About 6 Kms to the west of Margao is the oldest, largest and the most spectacular Colva beach. The beach consists of about 25kms of the fine powdered white sand bounded along its coast by coconut palms that stretch from Bogmalo in the north to Cabo de Rama in the south along south Goa’s coastline. It used to be the resting area for Margao’s high society during the colonial days, who came here for the change of air. The area is still reminiscent of the luxurious lifestyle of the aristocratic class has the beautiful houses or villas that dot the village. If you take a stroll on the Colva Beach, you can view silver carpets of bangdde (mackerels) sparkling on the golden sands that are laid for drying by the fisher men.

Benaulim Beach

In South Goa, this long stretch of white sand is only 2 kms from the longest Colva beach. If you wish to be at some place close to nature totally untouched, then Benaulim is the ideal place for you. This is a very special beach, for at the Benaulim beach, one can just laze the day off soaking in the sun. Benaulim beach at Goa gives you the pleasure and satisfaction of being in Goa. This is the beach to be when you just want to relax and only relax. You may have little bit of snacks and drinks from the nearby shacks. You need not even have to bother about getting up from your comfort zone for such things because there are assistants roaming about through whom you can place the orders and the food or drink is brought to you where you are seated. So at Goa Benaulim beach, all you do is swim, sunbath, sit, get a nice tan, laze on the beach and relax.

Nearby attractions of Madgaon: Though a part of the small state of Goa, Madgaon is a good base for a multiple and varied excursion trips. These include:

Chandor

10 km from Margao, Chandore was a village and the capital of the Chandrapore rulers and hence its name. The village is now famous for its heritage building Bragança House. It was built in the 17th century. The east wing is occupied by the Pereira Bragança family and the west wing of the house belongs to the Menezes Bragança family. The part belonging to the Pereira family has a small chapel with a relic of St. Francis Xavier, which is a fingernail. The artefacts, collected by the family over a number of years, have added to the beauty of the house. There is a Great Salon, a large ballroom with the floor made of Italian marble, antique chandeliers from Europe adorning the ceiling, and heavily carved, ornate rosewood furniture. What stands out among the furniture is a pair of high-backed chairs, bearing the family crest, which was given to the Pereira Bragança family by King Dom Luís of Portugal. Most of the furniture dates back to the 18th century and is made from local seeso (martel wood), lacquered or inlaid with mother of pearl by craftsmen from Curtorim bvillage. For antique aficionados, the house holds many delightful finds.

The Menezes Braganca family part is maintained more decoratively. Apart from its exquisite furniture and Chinese porcelain from Macau, it also houses a collection of family portraits, dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries. The library is believed to be the first private library in Goa. It has almost 5,000 leather bound books collected by Luís de Menezes Bragança (1878–1938), a reputed journalist, renowned for the part he played in Goa’s independence movement.

Farmagudi

Just 21km from Madgaon, Farmagudi is the only hill station in Goa. The place has a panoramic natural beauty with elegant retreat made by the Goa tourism. The retreat looks like a picturesque set laid out in a beautiful garden lined with winding, flower edged pathways. The Retreat has an eatery in one cottage, complete with an outdoor restaurant too. The place is an ideal spot for the nature lovers.

Palolem Beach

Just 40 km from Madgaon, the spectacular Palolem beach is often been justifiably dubbed as ‘Paradise Beach ’. The beach is lined with towering coconut palms. This stunningly beautiful beach also provides you with plenty of accommodation facilities. Apart from the resorts, guesthouses, and hotels the place also provides the special beach hut accommodation. Enjoy the taste of fresh fish here as the local fishermen bring fish in fresh every morning. On the whole it is an ideal getaway from Goa to enjoy in the relaxed friendly and safe atmosphere.

Things to do in Madgaon: While in Madgaon visit the Municipal Market built on the old station road. It is full of little shops selling clothes, goan delicacies, seasonal goan delicacies, handy crafts, imported products, jewellery, refreshments, etc.

Best time to visit Madgaon: The best time to visit Margao is between October to April.

How to go ?

By Air

Dabolim airport is about 29 km from Margao. The airport is connected to domestic destinations like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Pune, Chandigarh, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Hyderabad. From Dabolim airport taxis are available for Madgaon. You can also avail train from Dabolim to Madgaon. The railway station is just 2km from the airport.

By Rail

Margao railway station is an important railway station and is connected to Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Thiruvananthapuram, Kolkata, Bhubaneshwar and several other cities.

By Road

The road network is very good and well maintained in Goa especially the ones leading to and away from Margao. Kadamba bus stand is connected by regular bus services to many cities like Mumbai, Vasco and Mangalore.

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Where to stay ?

Margaon Residency (GTDC): +91- 0832- 271 5528
Goa Woodlands Hotel: +91-0832 -2715522  Website: www.goawoodlandshotel.com
The Sincro Hotel: +91-0 832 2741408, 9822123811  Website: www.thesincrohotelgoa.com
The Sapphire Comfort Hotel: +91-0 832- 6721111  Website: www.thesapphire.in

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Kankaria Lake

Ahmedabad, Gujarat – Located on the banks of the River Sabarmati, it is a startling metropolis with a long history of India’s freedom struggle

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Ahmedabad, is the largest city and former capital of the western Indian state of Gujarat. Located on the banks of the River Sabarmati, it is 30 km from the state capital Gandhinagar. The city was built by Nawab Ahmed Shah in 14th century and hence derives its name.

Places to see at Ahmedabad: Ahmedabad is an ideal base to explore a number of tourist attractions. These includes:

Gandhi Ashram

Gandhi Ashram is established by Mahatma Gandhi on a quiet stretch of the Sabarmati river in 1917. During the lifetime of Mahatma Gandhi it was known as Satyagraha Ashram and was the center of India’s freedom movement. It was from here, in 1930, that the Mahatma began his famous “Dandi March” to the sea to protest against the Salt Tax imposed by the British. ‘Hridaya Kunj’, the simple cottage where he lived, is preserved as a National Monument. A Gandhi Memorial Centre, a Library and a Sound-and-Light spectacle offer an interesting display of the Mahatma’s life and work.

Science City

Located at the Sarkhej Gandhinagar Highway, Science City is an ambitious initiative of the government of Gujarat to trigger an inquiry of science in the mind of a common citizen with the aid of entertainment and experiential knowledge. Covering an area of more than 107 hectares, the idea is to create imaginative exhibits, virtual reality activity corners, and live demonstrations in an easily understandable manner. Currently the 3D Imax theater, musical dancing fountain, energy park and simulation rides interest visitors.

Jumma Masjid

Jumma Masjid of Ahmedabad is one of the most beautiful mosques in India. It was built in the year 1423 by the founder of the city, Sultan Ahmed Shah, and is located in the old city. Built in yellow sandstone, this monument is capable of outshining any other monument of Ahmedabad. Jama Masjid is a fine example of Indo Saracenic architecture, with the special touch of the Sultan himself. It presents an extraordinary blend of Hindu and Muslim styles of architecture.

Rani Roopmati Mosque

Named after the Hindu wife of Sultan Mohmed Beghara, Rani Rupmati’s Masjid in Mirzapur was built between 1430 to 1440 A. D. It has three domes supported by pillars with the central dome slightly elevated so as to allow natural light into the mosque. The mosque has richly carved minarets, balcony windows and perforated stone lattices. Its three domes are linked together by a flat roof. However, the mosque and tomb of Rani Sipri at Astodia surpasses it for its planning, structural arrangement richly carved minarets. Popularly known as Masjid-e-Nagina, this mosque is the most exquisite gem of Ahmedabad.

Jhulta Minara

Known as Shaking Minaret or Jhulta Minar, this is an epitome of historic architecture. When one minarets is shaken the other one begins to vibrate. The mosque was built by master craftsmen and the crucial mechanism that causes the vibration is still a mystery.

Sardar Patel National Memorial

Sardar Patel National Memorial is one of the most important buildings in Ahmedabad city of Gujarat. It is a museum as well as an exhibition center, dedicated to the Iron Man of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. It is located in the Moti Shahi Mahal, in Shahibag area.

Vaishnodevi Temple

 A popular temple of goddess Vaishno devi located on S.G.Road (Sarkhej-Gandhinagar highway). It is modeled based on Vaishno devi temple situated in Jammu & Kashmir. It can be seen crowded everyday, and on weekends devotees from all over the India visits this temple. Located on Sarkhej-Gandhinagar highway Vaishno Devi temple boasts of huge crowd round the year that includes devotees and tourists as well. Principle deity being Vaishno Devi the temple is considered to be a true replica of the famous temple in Jammu & Kashmir for what devotees of Goddess Vaishno Devi flocks here round the year. The only difference between the two is that one at Ahmedabad can be visited with in a couple of hours. The Vaishno Devi temple of Ahmedabad also remains flooded with followers during Navaratri and is decorated beautifully when the devotee offers coconut, clothes, fruits, rice etc. The temple draws huge crowds of devotees from all over India.

Hutheesing Jain Temple

This remarkably elegant temple created out of white marble has been sacred to many Jain families, generation after generation. It was built in 1848 A.D. at an estimated cost of 10 lakh rupees by a rich merchant Sheth Hutheesing as a dedication to the 15th Jain tirthankar, Shri Dharmanatha. Traditional artisans working in stone belonged to the Sonpura & Salat communities. The Salat community constructed masterpieces of architecture ranging from forts, palaces to temples. The work of the Hutheesing Jain temple is attributed to Premchand Salat. One scholar has remarked, “Each part goes on increasing in dignity as we approach the sanctuary. Whether looked at from its courts or from the outside, it possesses variety without confusion and an appropriateness of every part to the purpose for which it was intended.”

Kankaria Lake

Kankaria is one of the most popular and favorite tourist attraction in Ahmedabad. It is a circular lake constructed in 1451 by Sultan Qutubub-Din. In the center of the lake is an island garden with a summer palace known as Nagina Wadi. The lake is a popular recreation center, surrounded by parks, ‘Bal Vatika’, an aquarium, a boat club, a natural historical museum and a zoo. The local authority has recently done wonderful changes to the surroundings with the whole perimeter blocked for vehicular traffic to make it wholly a walkway for the tourist to enjoy.

Nearby attractions from Ahmedabad: You can organize short trips to places like:

Lothal City

80 km from Ahmedabad, Lothal city is one of the well known cities of the ancient Indus valley civilization and is one of the primary sites of archaeology. Lothal was an important trade destination till 1900 BC. The most interesting sites here is the dockyard famous for maritime architecture of ancient world and the Sabarmati river just before its meeting with the sea in Gulf of Cambay. It is an example of Harrappan town planning.

Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary

This sanctuary situated at a distance of 70 kilometers from Ahmedabad represents a pleasant lake with clear blue waters, named Nal Sarovar and a marshy plot which serves as the docking site of an entire caboodle of migratory birds that undertake a sojourn from Siberia to reach this wonderful locale in the winter.

Ranchhodraiji Temple

Dakor, 50 km from Vadodara and halfway to Ahmedabad, is famous for its Temple of Ranchodrai, a manifestation of Lord Krishna, and is a sacred place for the followers of Lord Krishna. The shrine of the Ranchhodraiji Temple has been enclosed in a huge square shaped complex, having four gates to the outer walls. The main door faces the Gomati River of India. The doors to the main Ranchhodraiji shrine remain open throughout the day, except for the afternoon time.

Things to do in Ahmedabad: The sight seeing is the primary activity worth enjoying in Ahmedabad.

Best time to visit Ahmedabad: The best time to visit Ahmedabad is during the winter season.

How to go ?

By Air

Ahmedabad Airport is Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, which is about 14 km from the heart of the city. Airport is connected with all major cities in India and also with many cities in abroad, like Muscat, New York, London and Colombo. Pre-paid taxis are available in Airport.

By Train

Ahmedabad railway station is connected to many major cities including Mumbai and Delhi. It is connected to all major cities in Gujarat.

By Road

The closest metro is Mumbai. Bus services are available from Mumbai and also from all major cities in Gujarat.

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Where to stay ?

There are both budget and luxury hotels in Ahmedabad. Some options are: 

Toran Hotel: +91-079 -2755 9342
Ginger Hotels: +91-079 -6666 3333  Website: www.gingerhotels.com
The Pride Hotel: +91-079 3011 5555  Website: www.pridehotel.com
Hotel Balwas: +91 79 25507135  Website: www.hotelbalwas.com

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Jamnagar

Jamnagar, Gujarat – Place of unspoilt Islands & Beaches, Hills, Temples, Palaces, Forest, Bird Sanctuary & Marine National Park

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Jamnagar is the fifth largest city of Gujarat. It is the Jewel of Kathiawar, and is on the coast of Gulf of Kutch. Built by substantially by Maharaja Kumar Shri Ranjitsinhji in the 1920s it was known as Nawanagar formerly. The city lies just to the south of the Gulf of Kutch and is 337 km west of the state capital, Gandhinagar.

Places to see in Jamnagar: The places of attractions of Jamnagar include:

Lakhota Palace and Ranmal Lake

The Lakhota Palace is situated on an island in the middle of the Ranmal lake in the shape of the large bastion. The palace once belonged to the Maharaja of Nawanagar. An arched stone bridge with decorative short pillars connects the LakhotaPalace with the town. It was constructed as a famine relief work in 1839-45 AD. This royal entrance gateway with carved jharokhas at upper level, overlooking the lake, with the distinct blank wall at the base, gives it a look of indestructible fortification. This palace now houses a museum and is a striking building with some fine woodcarving, good collection of sculptures, pottery found in the ruined medieval villages, coins, copper plates and inscriptions. The walls are adorned with frescos portraying the scenes of battle fought by Jadeja Rajputs against various enemies. The Renmal lake itself is a scenic breath of fresh air.

Kotha Bastion

The Kotha bastion has an old well used for drawing water by blowing into a small hole in the floor.

Solarium

Jam Ranjit Singhji constructed the Solarium under the supervision of the French Doctor Jean Saidman. The motorized movement was synchronized with the movement of the sun to provide maximum protection to the patients of TB, skin diseases and rheumatism.

Bala Hanuman Temple

At the Bala Hanuman Temple on the south eastern side of the Ranmal lake, there has been continuous chanting of the prayer Shri Ram, Jai Ram, Jai Jai Ram since 1 August, 1964. This devotion has earned the temple a place in the Guiness Book of World Records. Early evening is a good time to visit as the temple and whole lakeside gets busy.

Jain Temples

In the midst of bustling Chandi Bazaar are four beautiful Jain temples. The larger two, Shantinath Mandir and Adinath Mandir, is dedicated to the 16th and first Tirthankaras, in front of the post office near the Darbar Gadh, explode with fine murals, mirrored domes and elaborate chandeliers. The Shantinath Mandir is particularly beautiful, with coloured columns and a gilt-edged dome of concentric circles.

Ayurvedic University

The India’s only AyurvedicUniversity runs many courses in Ayurvedic medicines, including a full time 12 week introductory course teaching basic theory and medicine preparation, as well as diploma and degree courses. These courses are set up for foreign nationals with medical qualifications. Hatha Yoga, Massage, Steam bath and mud therapy can also be had here. It also has a good library and workshop and had been a place of research and international seminars on Ayurveda.

Bardar Sanctuary

Bardar Sanctuary is situated 16 kms. south of Jamnagar. Bardar Sanctuary is a gentle mountain range filled with crumbling temples and ancient town settlements. It makes for a fabulously isolated, out of the way road trip.

Darbargadh

The Darbargadh is the original residence of Jam Sahibs and has evolved over centuries. It reflects the fusion of Rajput and European architectural styles. Jam Rajit Singhji patronized two important urban design projects in front of the Darbargadh, namely Wellingdon Crescent and Chelmsford Market. The market in front of the Darbargadh – Wellingdon Crescent is a two storeyed arcade with semi-circular arches at both levels and decorative plasters terminating in balustrade.

Nearby attractions from Jamnagar: The excursions from Jamnagar is a must to the places like:

Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary

About 18 km northeast of Jamnagar, Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary lies on the Jamnagar coast in Gujarat. Spread over six sq km, the park is a paradise for birds as around 300 varieties of birds, both migratory and resident, are seen here. The small Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary is unique bird sanctuary. Encompassing the salt and fresh-water marshlands, this is a small bird sanctuary.  Lots of cranes come here from September to March. The best time to visit this sanctuary is during sunrise.

Marine National Park

About 55 km west of Jamnagar, Marine National Park has the distinction of being the first marine park in India and is blessed with a great diversity of habitats, coral reefs and mangroves. The park covers 163 sq km and is spread over an archipelago of 42 tropical islands. It is situated along the northern coast of Jamnagar district and southern coast of Kutch. The park area is part of the Marine Wildlife Sanctuary which is spread over 458 sq km.

Things to do in Jamnagar: Make a visit to the bird sanctuary to view different species of birds. Apart from that the place is also dotted with a number of water bodies like lakes, ponds where you can also catch a glimpse of the varied species of birds.

Best time to visit Jamnagar: The best season to visit Jamnagar is from October to January.

How to go ?

By Air

Jamnagar has a major airport that is located at a distance of ten kilometres from the main city. This airport caters to domestic flights, and regular flights will be available to the city of Mumbai.

By Train

Regular trains will be available from the cities like Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore to Jamnagar, as the city has a major railway station.

By Road

Buses will be available from the city of Jamnagar to many other major cities in Gujarat like Surat, Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar. Both air conditioned and non air conditioned buses will be available to Jamnagar from Ahmedabad.

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Where to stay ?

Jamnagar is loaded with plenty of accommodation facilities. Some options are:

Hotel Regency: +91-0288-2551877, 2551977 Website: www.hotelregencyjamnagar.com
Hotel President: +91-0288 2557491, 2557492, 2558492, 2558493  Website: www.hotelpresident.in
Hotel Celebration: +91-0288-2555523, 2550777, 2662224, 25  Website: www.hotelcelebrationjamnagar.com
Hotel Ashiana: +91 – 0288 – 2559110, 0288 – 2559187 Website: www.ashianahotel.com

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Ratnagiri

Ratnagiri, Maharashtra – Bordered by the Sahyadri mountains on the eastern side, this coastal town is one of the popular tourist destination

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Want to discover the art, culture and history of the magnificent Maharashtra, Ratnagiri is an excellent place to start your journey from. A land so vivid and spectacular, Ratnagiri has its own shade of natural beauty in every season. Bordered by the Sahyadri mountains on the eastern side, Ratnagiri is a part of Konkan division of Maharashtra. It is a coastal district hidden between Raigad and Sindhudurg. Ratnagiri is the birth place of the illustrious leaders like “Lokmānya Tilak” ( Bal Gangadhar Tilak). The region is also the hub of “Hāpus” (Alphonso) mangoes. Ratnagiri is among the premier tourist destination in Maharashtra.

Places to see in Ratnagiri: Ratnagiri is dotted with numerous tourist attractions, which include:

Mandavi Beach

A booming hot spot of tourists, Mandavi Beach is the most crowded beach in the Ratnagiri region. The prettiest beach in Ratnagiri, Mandavi is gifted with a vast line of seashore right up to Rajiwanda Port. This fabulous beach is surrounded by the west by the Ratnadurg fort, and the majestic Arabian Sea lies to its south. The proximity of the beach to the town makes it a favourite holiday spot of the water enthusiasts. Mandavi beach offers lustrous black sand and so it is renowned as the ‘Black Sea’.

Tilak Ali Museum

The museum tries to depict the significant moments in the life of Thilak through magnificent photographs. The house is a classic example of native Konkani architecture. Tilak Ali Museum is a genuine effort to put alive the memories of the famous Indian and a visit to this monument provides ample information about the struggles for freedom.This is the ancestral home of the illustrious Indian, Lokmanya Tilak. His old house is now turned into a museum containing lots of pictures of the great freedom fighter. This memorial is maintained by the State Archaeological Department.

Thibaw (Thiba) Palace

The Thibaw Point, nestled in the lap of majestic Arabian Sea, presents a picturesque view of a dense village. Situated at the hem of a hill, this point is a fast emerging tourist destination in Ratnagiri that offers delightful sceneries of a virgin land. Thibaw Point is the place where the eye catching mansion, the Thebaw Palace is located. Built in the year 1910, the palace is famous as the exile shelter of the king and the queen of Burma (Myanmar). Thibaw Point is a thriving spot of picnickers, and it gives a panoramic view of the entire city. People gather here in large groups to see the stunning view of the sunset.

Bhatye Beach

The biggest town in Konkan, Bhatye is one of the immediate suburbs of Ratnagiri town. A wonderful beach in the background of the jagged Sahyadri mountain ranges provides a panoramic view of the surroundings. The bluish water, vast expansion of silvery sands and the clean environs sprinkled with casuarinas, Bhatye beach gives exciting opportunities for water sports. The beautiful Bhatye beach presents a sleepy and peaceful atmosphere. The unpolluted air, clear sky, the vast expansion of bluish water, a quite evening, the lovely Bhatye beach is a perfect place to admire the romantic sunset.

Ratnadurg Fort

Bounded by the charming Arabian Sea on the three sides, the massive Ratnadurg Fort presents a splendid look. A massive structure in the shape of a horseshoe, with a length of 1,300 meters and a width of 1,000 meters, Ratnadurg Fort was once a strong hold of the Maratha Empire. Spread over a vast area of 120 acres, Ratnadurg Fort was under the Muslim rule for so many years. Now a collapsed structure, lying across two hills, Ratnadurg Fort gives a decrepit look. Overlooking the Arabian Sea, Ratnadurg Fort offers the dazzling view of the sun going down the sea and the roaring sound of the waves against the rocks makes a perfect atmosphere. Another specific attraction in the fort is the marvellous lighthouse situated in the bastions of the fort. Having a glorious past, Ratnadurg Fort on the coastal line of the Konkan region is a perfect place to getaway from the trappings of the city life.

Gateway of Ratnagiri

The Gateway of Ratnagiri is a very different structure with a slopped roof in the Ratnagiri Jetty in Mandavi Beach. The magnificent beach itself is renowned as the gateway of the hilly terrain. The popular belief is that this structure, the defence of the mainland, is the work of the Pratinidhi Dhondu Bhaskar. A fabulous construction overlooking the majestic Arabian Sea, Gateway of Ratnagiri provides a unique opportunity to walk through the seashore and enjoy the cool breeze that gently flows from the sea. It is indeed a marvelous experience.

Sri Kanakaditya Temple

There are only few temples of God Sun. Hindu philosophers and believers consider Sun as a God. Kasheli, a very small village in Rajapur Taluka of Ratnagiri district, is the prime attraction for devotees due to a famous and ancient temple of Sri. Kanakaditya (Name of Sun God). Kasheli is at a distance of approximately 30 kms from Ratnagiri. The temple is having a bright historical background. The deity of God Aditya (one of the names of God Sun) was brought from Prabhas Pattan Sun temple before 800 years. Prabhas Pattan is Lord Krishna’s place. Sri. Kanakaditya is very famous spiritual place from Ratnagiri district. Many devotees from all over India are visiting the temple every year. The temple trustees are celebrating five days festival of Ratha-saptami every year. Many spiritual programs like Kirtan, Pravachan, Aarati, Palakhi etc are organized during the festival period.

Bhagwati Mandir

A magnificent temple located inside the massive Ratnadurg Fort, Bhagwati Mandir is a famous pilgrim center in Ratnagiri. Bhagavati Temple is one among the ancient temples in the state of Maharashtra. Situated on the shores of the Arabian sea, the temple is blessed with a calm and serene ambience that provides a divine feeling to the devotees. The deity is adorned beautifully and the temple architecture is marvellous. Other deities like ‘Veer Vignesh’ and ‘Ashtadashbhuj’ Ganapati are unique for their sculptural works. This temple is crowded with devotees during Navratri festival, which is one of the sacred festivals celebrated all over India.

Nearby attractions of  Ratnagiri: Excursions from Ratnagiri includes destinations like:

Ganapatipule

Ganpatipule is situated along the western coast of Maharashtra is only 24 km from Ratnagiri, along the Konkan coast. The place includes one of the most spectacular beaches along the KonkanCoast – an idyllic gateway that attracts peace-seekers, beach lovers, and pilgrims alike. The temple of Swayambhu (Self-originated) Ganesh is much frequented by thousands every year. The God is considered to be the Paschim Dwardevta (Western Sentinal God of India), and those who visit Ganapatipule, make it a point to pay their respect to this great deity. Aside from its clean beach and clear waters, Ganapatipule is rich in flora, including mangroves and coconut palms. Here, you can leave the hectic world behind as you laze around on golden sands or explore the many trails that lead from the beach.

Sangameshwar

Located at a distance of 50km from Ratnagiri, the place has some distinguished historical constructions and beautiful temples like Karneshwar Temple, Marleshwar Temple etc. The place is also historically significant. It is here where Sambhajiraje, son of Chhtrapati Shivaji was captured by Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb.

Devrukh

Devrukh is a farm getaway,  set at a distance of 56km from Ratnagiri.  Here you will enjoy a close association with nature along with, delicious local cuisine and unexplored temples, view points and beaches.

Things to do at Ratnagiri: Ratnagiri is the home to the king of the mangoes i.e Alphonso, do visit the place during the season of mango cultivation to enjoy the mouth watering taste of the fruit. Also savour the sight seeing trip in the home land of the legendary freedom fighter Lokmanya Tilak.

Best time to visit Ratnagiri: Best time to visit Ratnagiri is from October to March.

How to go ?

By Air

The nearest airport is Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport in Mumbai, which is 340 km away from Ratnagiri and well connected to all major airports in India and many cities abroad. Private cars are available from here for Ratnagiri.

By Train

Ratnagiri railway station is linked to all cities in India through Mumbai terminal. Regular daily express trains ply between Ratnagiri and Mumbai (Jan Shatabdi Ex), Delhi (Mangala Ldweep) and Mangalore (Matsyagandha Ex).

By Road

Regular bus services are available from many cities in Maharastra to Ratnagiri. State owned and private buses ply from Ratnagiri to many cities in and around. Evening trips of tourist luxury buses are available from Mumbai to Ratnagiri.

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Where to stay ?

The accommodation options are in plenty here. Some options are:

Hotel Landmark: +91-02352-220120, 121, 124  Website: www.hotellandmark.net
HotelSea Rock: +91-02352-220680, 222528,  8007858888  Website: www.hotelsearock.net
Hotel Kinara: +9102352- 234633, 696070 Website: www.hotelkinara.com
Hotel Vivek: +91-02352 -222- 162

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Harihareshwar

Harihareshwar, Maharashtra – A few kilometers from Mumbai, this pristine coastal town is famous for the Trimurti Temple

Only three hours from Mumbai, lies the town of Harihareshwar, in the southern Raigad district of Konkan (South Kashi). It is a coastal town. Harihareshwar is home to a 16th century Shiva temple in which the presiding deities are the Trimuti: Brahma, Visnu and Mahesh, with Devi Parvati. The Trimurti are represented here in linga form, or “triple linga”. According to the popular legend once Devi Savitri requested Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva to create a piece of land, without the help of Lord Brahma. The two Lords then stood themselves on a spot thus creating two mountains. This is how the place of Harihareshwar came into existence. Harihareshwar, located 175 kms. from Pune, was a prominent site during the reign of the Peshwas, and Hari Hareshwar was the family deity of the Peshwas, thus giving it a place of importance in Maratha history. The place has recently regained popularity as a destination for tourists and pilgrims, who come to see this ocean-side temple, which sits on a hill known as Harihar, or Pushpadri.

Places to see at Harihareshwar: The sight seeing destinations includes:

Harihareshwar Beach

The main attraction in Harihareshwar is the Harihareshwar beach. The beach is extremely good for an elegant stay enjoying the natural beauty in a happy vacation holidays. Soft clean sands and soothe breeze make this beach in the lap of Arabian Sea a much sought place in Harihareshwar. The beach is unpolluted and mostly unspoiled.

Ganesh Gully

Ganesh gully as the name suggest is a culvert which is very narrow of about 3 feet wide in between two hard Rocky Mountains. It is believed that at the end of the culvert, there is a holy place, a place where Lord Ganesh Idol is sitting. This niche is about 30 feet under water and it is assumed that during the tidal periods one can observe the Ganesh idol placed perfectly at the niche.

Kalbhairav Temple (ShivaTemple)

Kalbhairav Temple in Harihareshwar is one of the ancient renowned temples in Maharashtra. The main deity enshrines the temple is Lord Shiva. Kalabhairava, a lord of all manthrasastras, is also placed as one of the idols. Legends associated with the temple say that Lord Shiva created Kalabhairava and blessed him with all manthras. The architectural style of the temple is attractive. Temple Yogeshwari known as Dakshin Kashi is located in the premises. In most of the special occasions like Mahashivarathri, one can view long queues for Darshan. Cool breeze from the Harihareshwar beach makes the temple premises a nice place to relax as well.

Temple Pradakshina

Parikrama around the Harihareshwar temple is considered a sacred duty by devotees visiting the holy site. The walk encircles around the temple and traverses alongside its four attendant hills. The temple is located at the top of a hill, and the parikrama path descends right down to the Arabian Sea, traversing the rocky shore at places. As you enter the pradakshina area, there is a Gayatri Tirth on the right side. Some 70 steps cut into the laterite rock lead down to the shore, below. Walking down the section of the hill known as Vishnugiri, one comes to the Shuklateertha, which is nearby a number of other teerthas (ponds) that are named in the Puranas. These include Gayatri, Shool, Chakra, Naag, Gautam, Kamandalu, Kaamdhenu, Gauri and Pandavteertha. Pandav Teertha is where the Pandavas performed the Pind Daan rite in honour of their father. Thousands of devotees come to this place each year to offer Pind Daan to their departed family members. The parikrama path first goes around the temple, then climbs the hill directly behind it, proceeding down to the sea, along the shoreline, then back up to the temple. The pathway winds up and down some 200 feet. The waves have cut small caves and niches into the rocks here. At one such cove, sweet water flows back out of one of the crevices each night. Just above this spot, there is a natural ‘Aum’ formed in the rock. There are many beautifully carved sculptures carved into the rock along the route, and in one of the ancient caves resides a Shivaling.

Nearby attractions from Harihareshwara: There are number of locations around Harihareshwara. These include:

Bagmandala

Bagmandala is a lovely small village a few miles away from the holy city of Harihareshwar. This is the place where the Peshwa (Prime Minister) of the MarathaKingdom lived for many years. Bagmandala carries the legacy of Peshawa in a Peshwa Smarak as well as in an ancient fort named as Bankot fort. The prime attraction of the Bagmandala is the jungle jetty (sea harbor in the forest). This small port ferries the local people across the Bagmandala creek. Those who like for a ferry travel can cross over Bankot fort and enter the nearby Ratnagiri fort.

Velas beach

Ever wondered how it would be to watch turtles hatch on a beach and make their way into a sea. Nature enthusiasts can actually experience a ‘National-Geographic moment’ on the Velas beach at Mandangad taluk in Ratnagiri district, where the Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra, an NGO engaged in conservation of marine turtles, have counted 21 nests. It takes 30 min to reach Velas beach from Harihareshwara.

Bankot Fort

Further ahead, a short walk and one reaches the Bankot fort. Bankot fort now doesn’t have any source of potable water and it is best to carry your stock of water on visit. There is a well trodden cart track leading to the Bankot fort from the village within 30 minutes. Near the entrance there is a GajananTemple and a dry well. Bankot is a square shaped fort. On the sides of Bankot fort, there is a dry moat (Revni) dug out in the Jambha stone. Jambha stone is peculiar type of stone adorning a purple shade and peculiarly it is incapable of storing water as the water invariable percolates through it owing to its much porous nature. The main entrance (Mahadarwaja) of the fort is north-facing with a well sculpted arch and carvings.  Watch guards dug out (Devdya) align on both sides of the Mahadarwaja with some pits being dug out in the right Devdi. On the left, there are steps leading towards Nagarkhana while there is an underground storey and a tunnel on the right. A Maruti idol in the centre stands deserted now. On the west, there is a small entrance (Darwaja) leading to a Bastion on the exterior of the fortifications. A deep well (now dry and filled) occupied the centre of this bastion earlier and the adjacent water tanks too are dry and obsolete now. One can leave the Buruj via a small exit that leads to the surrounding moat and a beautiful “Revni” lying nearby.

Diveagar

Located at a distance of 35km this nearby town shot to fame when an ancient half statue of Ganpati made of gold and some ornaments were found in a farm. The Shekhadi Road leading to Diveagar is a very pleasant drive as the road is parallel to the coastline and you can see many breathtaking views along the entire stretch of the road.

Things to do in Harihareshwar: Take a stroll along the mesmerizing beach. Make a visit to Velas beach to catch a live look of the turtle hatching egg. This place is ideal for the shutterbugs. Here the unperturbed beaches and the serene sound of the waves will greet to warmly. The picturesque location is ideal for taking snaps. The revered Kalbhairava Temple is also a must visit to pay homage to the “Trimuti”(Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva).

Best time to visit Harihareshwar: Best season to visit Harihareshwar is October to March.

How to go ?

By Air

The nearest airport to Harihareshwar is Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport which is located at a distance of 220 km from Harihareshwar. This airport in Mumbai is well connected to all the major cities in India and abroad. You can hire a cab or private cars from here to reach Harihareshwar.

By Train

Nearest railhead is Mangaon, which is 57 km away from Harihareshwar and this railway station in Konkan rail is well connected to Pune and Mumbai, which is connected with all major cities in India by railways.

By Road

Harihareshwar is well connected to all the major cities and towns from State and local bus services. Tourists from can get taxis and cabs to reach the place comfortably. Mahabaleshwar (130km), Mumbai (188km) and Pune (208km) can be reached from Harihareshwar comfortably.

Where to stay ?

This pristine location has a number of accommodation facilities. Some options are:

Holiday Resort ( MTDC): +91-02147-226036
Gokul Paryatak Nivas: +91- 02147-226439  Website: www.harihareshwargokul.com
Om Shree Hotel: +91-02147 -226013  Website: www.harihareshwaromshree.in

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Mumbai

Mumbai, Maharashtra – Capital of Maharashtra state, it is the city that never sleeps

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The city that never sleeps! Pulsating, Alive, On the Move, Vibrant, Fun — this is Mumbai or as it is still frequently referred to — Bombay. The most modern city in India, it captures the spirit of the changing pace set by liberalization and modernisation. On the surface, it represents the ever-changing face of today’s India — the old coupled with the dynamic new, and yet at its very core, the heart of the city is steeped in Indian customs and values. This is the capital of Maharashtra state. This busy city is also the hub of a thriving cultural life, with a constant stream of performances in music, dance and drama. The seat of the Hindi film industry, known locally as Bollywood, it produces the largest number of films in the world. It is the Las Vegas of India.

Places to see in Mumbai: Mumbai is the mixed bag of sight seeing spots in India. These include:

Gateway of India

Built during the British rule, the monument is a specimen of Indo-Sarcenic school of architecture. It was built to commemorate the visit of the then British monarch King George V and Queen Mary. Designed by British architect George Wittet, this wonderful gateway was constructed at a cost of Rs 21 lakhs. The archway, 26 m high is joined by four turrets and complex lattice work carved on stone.Gateway of India occupies an important place in the history of India. It was built to welcome a British sovereign, ironically it served as the exit point of the British rule in India when the last of the British troops left the land through this gateway. Today, however, the place is famous as a tourist hot-spot. Here you can enjoy a number of recreational facilities like a short cruise around the city of Mumbai or a motor-boat ride. Tourists who go to Mumbai find the Gateway of India and irresistible attraction. Among some of the wonderful monuments in India the Gateway of India can be counted among the best.

Prince Of Wales Museum

The Prince of Wales Museum is one of the few monuments that stand testament to the British rule in India. The museum clearly displays a combination of Indian and English style of architecture. The dome of the museum was modeled on the Gol Gumbaz of Bijapur. The construction of the building was completed in the year 1914 and it was at this time that the World war I engulfed the world. The building was then used as a Military hospital. The style of architecture of this building is called Indo-Saracenic and the facade of the mansion is done up with yellow and blue stone. The design of the building was inspired by many Indian architectural styles. You can see a combination of Muslim jalis and Rajput jharokhas. Among some of the must see tourist places in Mumbai, Prince of Wales Museum is a great attraction.

Mahalakshmi Temple

Dedicated to the Goddess of wealth, this beautiful temple is located near the north of the Malabar Hills. The beauty of the temple, its mythological importance and its proximity to the sea shore all combine together to make the place a wonderful tourist attraction. The gateway to the temple is ornately designed. Inside the compound the place is all abuzz with vendors selling flowers, garlands and other mementoes symbolizing piety.  Devotees come all the way from Mumbai to offer coconut, flowers and sweet to the goddess. Located at Breach Candy, this is one of the greatest attractions of Mumbai.

Chowpatty Beach

Among some of the fascinating beaches that you will find in India, Chowpatty beach is one of the most popular. During the time of Ganesh Chaturthi festival, the place becomes all abuzz with people. A walk along the beach is sure to fascinate you with the variety of people that you will meet and different shopping options that you will get. This wonderful beach acts as a base to other beautiful destinations like Malabar Hill, Girgaum and Gamdevi. If you want to go to a beach full of entertainment, Chowpatty beach is the perfect place to be. To the north end of the Marine Drive, you will find a beach all bedecked with festive spirit. Children will enjoy the visit to the beach simply because of the fact that it has plenty of enjoyment opportunities. Here you can ride ferry wheels or merry-go-round. You will also have the opportunity to ride camels and pony here. It is hard to resist the temptation of mouth watering delicacies. The evenings here are like carnival. There is so much activity in the beach that you will find time fleeting by if you only stand still and watch people go about their business. During Ganesh Chatturathi festival, the beach becomes one of the major attractions of Mumbai

Juhu Beach

Just 18 km north of the city you will find a beautiful beach where the waves from the Arabian Sea lashes on the sandy shore. Juhu beach is in that part of the city of Mumbai that is famous for its happening lifestyle and fashion. Some of the famous Indian film personalities live here. The beach is also one of the most sought after shooting destinations. The rolling waves, fine sand and picturesque surrounding combine together to make the beach an extremely popular tourist destination. Juhu beach is always crowded with chaotic children, romantic couples and relaxing elders. In the beach front you will get a perfect view of the sunrise and sunset. There are innumerable vendors selling everything under the sun. You can also find some peculiar entertainment like dancing monkeys, snake charmers, toy sellers and acrobats.It is difficult to resist the temptation of a bite at the Juhu beach. There are so many eating joints that you will simply be confused about what you should try out. “Bhel-puri” is the specialty of Mumbai and you should try that out. You can also have “kulfi”. This is sweet and cold. On a hot an sultry day you will surely love to have one surely.Juhu beach has some special attractions which you must explore. To the north of the Juhu beach you can visit the VersovaBeach. This place is the home to the largest fishing community of Mumbai, the Kholis. If you want some seclusion then you can find some time to visit some of the less busy beaches like Versova, Madh Island, Marve, Manori and Gorai. Some of these beaches are not safe for bathing and these are suitably marked.

Marine Drive

Marine Drive is located in the south of Mumbai. This wonderful beachfront is nestled between two extremes. On one side of the marine drive is the bustling jungle of concrete and wood, Nariman Point, while on the other side is the green and beautiful Malabar Hill. Marine drive is swept by wind and this beautiful beach has become a wonderful attraction of the city of Mumbai. Stretching for over three kilometers, this beautiful beach is just the perfect place for boisterous children and love struck couples. While the vehicles flow in unending streams, you can enjoy your time at the beach without a worry in the world.

Kamala Nehru Park

Kamala Nehru Park in Mumbai is the perfect spot for nature lovers, who want to spend their evenings or mornings in the lap of nature. It was established in 1952 and spread over an area of 4,000 sq. yards. The park derived its name after the wife of the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru. Kamala Nehru Park is located on the top of Malabar hills, from where you can enjoy the wonderful view of Marine Drive and Chowpatty Beach. Both kids and adults love to visit the park because of its peace, greenery and beauty. Kamala Nehru Park gives an amazing view of the Mumbai city and the sunset over the Arabian sea. The lush green garden, has “Old Woman’s Shoe”, beautifully trimmed hazes and walkaways. KamalaNehruPark is very well maintained with many varieties of plants and trees. Its an ideal place for family outing close to nature.

Hanging Garden

Hanging Garden in Mumbai is located opposite to the Kamala Nehru Park and is also known as Ferozeshah Mehta Garden, after the famous barrister. The garden provides a stunning view of the sunset over the Arabian Sea. It is believed that the terraced gardens were built over the three main reservoirs of Mumbai, to protect the reservoir’s water from contamination of the nearby Towers of Silence. The three reservoirs has the capacity of storing 30 million gallons of water. The Towers of Silence are used by the Parsi community to dispose off the dead bodies. The garden provides a panoramic view of Mumbai city.  The lush green Hanging garden is a nice break from the hum drum of city life. The hedges in the garden are cut in the shape of animals giving it a unique look. The flower clock of the garden is one of its main attractions.

Elephanta Caves

Elephanta caves are a UNESCO World Heritage site with beautiful carvings and sculptures. In the vicinity of the financial capital of India, Mumbai, these caves offer you the much-needed peace from the chaos of the metropolitan. It is a good place to look into the past culture and art. Here you will find two categories of caves; one is the Hindu rock art and the other is the Buddhist rock art. The place is still worshipped by the locals, and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. One can spot some resemblance to the Ajanta and Ellora caves, which are around 300 km from Elephanta.

Siddhivinayak Temple

The Siddhivinayak Temple is a very famous temple in Mumbai. It is also known as Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Temple. This temple is situated at Prabhadevi in Mumbai. It is a two hundred years old Temple. People believe that Lord Ganesh of Siddhivinayak Temple fulfils the desire of His worshippers.

Haji Ali Dargah

Haji Ali Dargah is a mosque in Mumbai built in the middle of the sea with a constricted path leading to the dargah. It is the tomb of Saint Haji Ali. The white mosque is located 500 yards into the sea and can be accessed only during the low tide. Two legends are popular regarding Haji Ali Dargah. According to the first legend Haji Ali, was a rich businessman who renounced the worldly pleasures after his visit to Mecca and was then engrossed in meditation. While the other suggest that Haji Ali went on a pilgrimage to Mecca and died there but his casket miraculously drifted back to the shores of Mumbai. In accordance with the Muslim tradition, Haji Ali Dargah has different praying rooms for ladies and gents. Since one cannot visit the mausoleum during the low tide, so there’s an offshore location, which is situated on the opposite side of Mahalakshmi racecourse. After passing through the carved entrance of Haji Ali Dargah, you enter the marble courtyard containing the main shrine. Hundreds of devotees come to the mosque to get the blessings of the saint. The tomb is covered with red and green coloured chaddar, enclosed in a wonderful silver frame. The tomb is ornamented with beautiful mirror work of different colors and the ninety-nine names of Allah are inscribed on it in Arabic. The courtyard is huge with a number of refreshment stalls.

Sanjay Gandhi National Park

Sanjay Gandhi National Park is a beautiful park in Mumbai. It is situated on the northern part of the suburbs of Mumbai and spread over a total area of 104 sq. km. A huge number of people visit the park, it is roughly estimated that 2 million visitors come here annually. The park is decorated with a wide variety of flora and fauna. Sanjay Gandhi National Park was called Krishnagiri National Park before independence. But after independence it was called Borivli National Park as it is close to the residential area of Borivali. In the year 1981 the park was renamed as Sanjay Gandhi National Park, in memory of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s son, who died in an air crash. The 2,400 years old, Kanheri Caves are located inside the park. There are 109 caves in the center of the park which were used as viharas (monasteries) and chaityas (temples) by the Buddhist monks of the 2nd and 9th centuries.  The region of Sanjay Gandhi National Park is hilly and densely covered with trees and inhabits many animals. It is located at a height of 400m. The two lakes of the park are the Vihar Lake and the Tulsi Lake. These lakes cater to the water requirements of Mumbai. Nearly 800 varieties of flowering plants, 284 types of birds, 5,000 types of insects, 36 species of mammals, 50 kinds of reptiles and 150 species of butterfly are found here.

Aksa Beach

A popular beach and a vacation spot in Aksa village at Malad, the Aksa Beach is situated close to Malvani. This beach was one of the most silent and least visited beaches. It is very clean beach with a large variety of snails and shells. It is a popular weekend destination with youngsters and dotted with many private cottages and hotels, some of which are rented out to tourists and visitors

Nearby attractions of Mumbai: From here you can make short trips to the destinations like:

Lonavala

84km from the bustling crowd of Mumbai, the hilly region of Lonavala invites nature lovers and footloose travellers alike. The natural beauty here is splendid, and it is also a place where trekking enthusiasts gather. There are plenty of sightseeing options as well. From forts to water bodies and mountains covered with lush greenery, there are many things to explore in Lonavala like Bhaja Caves, Tungarli Lake, Ryewood Park, Iron Fort or Lohagad.

Khandala

Situated in the Sahyadri range of western Maharashtra, Khandala is 100km away from Mumbai. It is a picturesque hill station with fabulous lakes, waterfalls and deep green valleys. This place is a very favorite weekend escapade for tourists who want to avoid the commotion of the busy cities. The most popular Tourist Spots of Khandala are-  Khandala Lake, Bhushi Lake, Karla, The Bhaja Caves, Duke’s Nose, Shiva Temple, The Reversing Station Point and the Tiger’s Leap. Once visited it will never be forgotten. Khandala dazzles the visitors.

Alibag

Alibag is a lovely gift of Nature. Eye soothing greenery with coconut trees standing in Queue near Quick sandy beaches really soothes the heart. Here the atmosphere is pleasant with Twitter of birds, Tasty food, and The festival of colours in the sky.

Things to do in Mumbai : Shopping in Mumbai is a memorable experience as one wanders through its bazaars with charming names like Chor Bazar, Mutton Street and Zaveri Bazar. Chor Bazaar is believed to have the original name Shor Bazaar or the Noisy Market, that aptly described the yelling and shouting of the local traders on Mutton Street while selling their second hand house hold goods. Today, it is a bustling market selling a range of new and old furniture, antiques, jewellery, wooden articles, leather wear and other curios. Mutton St in Chor Bazaar specializes in antiques, ingenious reproductions and miscellaneous junk. Crawford market is famous for flowers, fruits, meat and fish. Zaveri Bazaar is the main retail centers for gold and diamonds, and nearby Pydhoni for silver. Apart from shopping the multiple sight seeing spots is heart stealing. Enjoy the dazzling view of the city from Marine drive at night. Do not miss the Mumbai special street foods like Pav Bhaji, Bhel puri etc. The sunset view from Juhu beach and Chowpatty beach is also spectacular. On the whole Mumbai will entertain you throughout. Your holiday here will be fun filled and exciting.

Best time to visit Mumbai: Having a moderate climate, Mumbai can be visited throughout the year. 

How to go ?

By Air

Mumbai can be reached through numerous flights. The international terminal Sahar, renamed as Chatrapati Sivaji International Airport operates round the clock. Hotel bookings and pre-paid taxis are available at the terminal. The domestic terminal Santa Cruz is about 5km apart and can easily be reached through regular shuttle buses between the two terminals. The domestic airport is well connected and can be used to visit most parts of Western and Southern India.

By Train

Mumbai is a prominent railway hub of the country. It is the headquarters to two railway zones, central and western. While Central Railways handles services to the east and south, Western Railways has services to the north from Churchgate and Central stations. The main railway station Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) formerly known, as Victoria terminus (VT) is located in the heart of the city. Local and outstation trains ply from here. Other railway stations are Dadar, Churchgate and Kurla. Bookings are to be made in advance to avoid the last minute rush, as trains are the most used mode of transport. The extensive system of suburban electric train network is the most sought after transport means in Mumbai for city travel.

By Road

Mumbai is well connected by a network of roads to the rest of India by and state highways. Mumbai has one of the best public bus systems of any major Indian city called BEST buses. Mumbai has a huge fleet of metered black-and-yellow taxis as well.

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Where to stay ?

There are numerous hotels available in Mumbai suitable to all budgets. Some options are:

The Karl Residency: +91-022 4236 2121  Website: www.hotelkarl.com
Hotel Kohinoor Continental: 8287012302 Website: www.hotelkohinoorcontinental.com
The Taj Mahal Palace: +91-022- 6665 3366 Website: www.tajhotels.com
Sea Shore Hotel: +91-022 2287 4238

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Papi Kondalu

Papi Kondalu, Andhra Pradesh – A beautiful serene spot away from the bustling urban life

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A favourite destination of the nature lovers, Papi Hills is a lovely place and the beautiful scenery, the waterfalls at Munivaatam, and the peaceful atmosphere at this tribal area give a pleasant look and peace to visitors, making it a special attraction for tourists. It is settled for ‘Papi Kondalu’ as the original name for this hill range was ‘Papidi Kondalu’. This range looks like a well designed partition that splits river Godavari, this name was coined. Small water falls, water streams, thick rain forest and other flora and fauna adds to scenic beauty of Papi Kondalu. A legend about Papi Kondalu is the Lord Rama and goddess sita dwelled here during the Vanavasa. The serene atmosphere away from hectic city life filled with tribal atmosphere provides special delight to the tourists.

Places to see at Papi Kondalu: This picturesque location has some sight seeing destinations which includes:

Wild Life Sanctuary

There is a wide variety of natural vegetation in Papi kondalu along with wildlife which is spreading over the 3 districts of state of Andhra Pradesh. The wildlife sanctuary of Papi Kondalu provides habitat for several wild animals such as panthers, tigers, antelopes, spotted deers, hyenas, jackals and several types of birds.

Perantala Palli

Perantala Palli is a scenic place located adjacent to Papi Kondalu. It is a remote tribal village in Velerupadu mandal of Khammam District. Most of the boats operating to Papi Kondalu stop here to give tourists a chance to enjoy the beauty of the place. The Sri Krishna Munivaatam was constructed at this village by Balananda Swamiji in the year 1927. Now this Munivatam is being maintained by a tribal sect Konda Reddys and daily pooja are being performed by them. Beautiful sceneries of Papi Hills and waterfalls at Munivaatam and the peaceful atmosphere at this tribal village will definitely give a solace and charm to the visitors. The idol of Shiva under serpent shade was installed in Munivaatam. The waterfalls at Munivaatam and the serene atmosphere make it a special venue for tourists. Two mountains which were named after Vali and Sugreeva, the monkey kings of Ramayana, are about 3 km away from Perantalapalli.

Nearby attractions of Papikondalu: Rajahmundry, located at a distance of 53km is the cultural capital, of Andhra Pradesh. Rajahmundry is the historical city, with which is noted for its versatile Vedic culture and intellect.

Things to do at Papikondalu: The AP State Tourism Development Corporation conducts journeys by boat on the river Godavari passing through the Papi Hills. This ride is worth enjoying.

Best time to visit Popikondalu: The best time to visit this place is months of early summer i.e. March-April.

How to go ?

By Air

The nearest airport is located at Hyderabad. For those who are arriving by air the best option is to take a taxi from the city of Hyderabad. Hyderabad is also well connected to the rest of the country and also receives many international flights. Travellers can take a taxi from Hyderabad directly to Papi Kondalu. Though it is preferable to halt at Rajahmundry, as there are no accommodation options in  Papi Kondalu.

By Train

Rajhamundry has the nearest railway station and is directly connected to major parts of the country like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Bangalore.

By Road

There are many buses that are available from Hyderabad to Rajhamundry. You can get taxis from Rajhamundry to Papi Kondalu.

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Where to stay ?

Papikondalu is ideal for a day trip, as there are no accommodation options available.

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Srikakulam

Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh – Famous for the Surya Narayan Temple

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Formerly known as Chicacole, Srikakulam is located in the extreme north east of Andhra Pradesh. With Nagveli river on one side and Vamsadhara river on the other, Srikakulam is mainly a religious destination. This place is famous for the Arsavalli Sun Temple.

Places to see at Srikakulam: Mainly famous for the Surya Narayan Temple, Srikakulam is also the base of a number of other tourist attractions. These are:

Arasavilli

The famous Sun God Temple situated in Arasavalli Village which is located at a distance of about 1 K.M. east of Srikakulam Town in Andhra Pradesh. It is one of the ancient and all among two sun God temples in our Country. According to Padmapuranam , Sage Kasyapa installed the Idol of Surya at Arasavalli for the Welfare of mankind . Therefore , the Surya is of Kasyapasa Gotra . He is also termed as planetary King . The ‘ Sthalapuranam ‘ of the temple narrates that lord Devendra had founded this temple and installed the existing idol of the sun God commonly known as Lord Suryanarayana Swamy Varu under the following circumstances . The Sun God “Sri Suryanarayana Swami” is most worshipped in Andhra Pradesh and tourists from all over the world visits the temple every year. He is popularly known as the God of Health.

Srimukhalingam

Srimukhalingam is another temple in Srikakulam. It is believed to have been built in the 9th Century. This holy place resides on the left bank of Vamsadhara. This is a group of 3 temples built by the Eastern Ganga Kings in the 10th century AD, including the deities of  Mukhalingeswara, Bhimeswara and Someswara. All these temples show evidence of the Orissa style of architecture (Indo – Aryan style). The Mukhalinga temple is a veritable art gallery. The temple entrances are marvels in themselves. There is an abundance of sculptural work and perforated windows. The Bhimeswara temple lacks such grand splendour. Someswara temple is rich in sculptural work.

Srikurmam

Srikurmam is one of the ancient temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu.  The village is also named after it. Sri Kurmam is the second form of Lord Vishnu wherein represents a Tortoise and hence the Lord here is called as “Sri Kurmanatha”. This is the only temple in the entire country where Lord Vishnu is seen in “Kurmavatara”. Some inscriptions has it that the presiding deity of this temple Lord Shiva and was worshipped by Saivaites (devotees of Lord Siva). It was later change to Vaishnavite by Sri Ramanujacharya – the most important philosopher and saint of Sri Vaishnavam (sect of people who worship Lord Vishnu). The architecture of the temple is magnificent with beautiful sculpture, paintings and carvings. You just cannot move your eyes off the carvings, which is spellbinding.

Salihundam

This place is situated on the right bank of the river Vamsadhara, and is about 16 km from Srikakulam town. It was known as “Salivatika” (meaning rice emporium). But many called it “Salyapetika” (meaning box of bones or relics). There are a number of Buddhist stupas and a huge monastic complex on a hillock amidst scenic surroundings of the place.

Kalingapatnam

Just 25 km from Srikakulam, Kalingapatnam has a history, which dates back to the advent of western invaders into India. It was the port of the European merchants. Until 1958, huge ships from Malaysia and Singapore arrived at this port wherein perfumes, clothes and many other things were exported. Here you will also find the confluence of Vamsadhara which is very attractive.

Ponduru

The village about 20 kilometers from Srikakulam Town is famous for the production of fine quality of Khadi which is popular through out India.

Nearby attractions from Srikakulam: A number of excursion tour can be made from Srikakulam which includes:

Kaviti

Kaviti village is located at a distance of 130 Kms, from Srikakulam  in between two towns viz. Sompeta and Ichapuram, towards East. The area constituting Kaviti Mandal is populary known as Uddanam (Udyanavanam). The coastal belt at this place presents a pleasant appearance, covered with large extents of Coconut, Cashewnut, Jack and other fruit trees. The Uddanam area is a scenic spot for the visitors. Two famous temples Chintamani Ammavaru and Sri Sitharamaswamy temple are situated in this Village.

Baruva

Situated at a distance of 109 Kms from Srikakulam town, Baruva is famous for Sri Kotilingeswara Swamy and Janardhana Swamy temple are located at this place. Further, there is a coconut nursery and a Coir Industry located here. The river Mahendra Tanaya merges into sea at this place.

Telineelapuram

This is a village located at a distance of 65 kilometers from Srikakulam. It is the bird lovers’ paradise. Every year, over 3,000 pelicans and painted storks visit from Siberia to these villages during September and stay here upto March.

Things to do at Srikakulam: Site seeing is the only thing you can do here. You can also enjoy the excursion trips too in and around the place.

Best time to visit Srikakulam: The ideal time to visit Srikakulam will be during October and November, when the weather remains cool.

How to go ?

By Air

Srikakulam does not have an airport. Nearest airport is Visakhapatnam Airport connected to many cities in India including Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Hyderabad. From there cars available on hire will take you to Srikakulam.

By Train

You can easily get regular trains to Srikakulam from other major cities of the countries.

By Road

You can travel by bus to Srikakulam from all major and minor cities in the state like Vijayawada, Vishakhapatnam (121 km), Hyderabad. You can also reach Srikakulam by  cars from: Simhachalam (118 km), Gopalpur(181 km ), Puri (370 km).

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Where to stay ?

There are both budget and luxury hotels at Srikakulam. Some options are:

Hotel Nagavali: +91-0 8942 -222916 , 228806 , 228807  Website: www.hotelnagavali.com
Hotel Blue Earth: +91- 08942- 229955  Website: www.hotelblueearth.com
Hotel Vijetha Inn: +91-08942- 227691  Website: www.hotelvijethainn.com

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Vijaywada

Vijaywada, Andhra Pradesh – 257 km from Hyderabad, a destination having religious, archaeological and historical importance

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257 km from Hyderabad, Vijaywada is situated on the bank of river Krishna. It is the second largest city of Andhra Pradesh. It was earlier named as Vijayvatika. Bounded by the Indrakiladri hills on the West and the Budameru River on the North, there are a number of tourist spot having religious, archaeological and historical importance. “The Place of Victory” which is the literal meaning of Vijayawada, it was founded by Arjuna around the Malleswara temple and Indrakiladri hills in commemoration of Lord Shiva’s Darsan he had.

Places to see in Vijaywada: Vijaywada has a no. of tourist spots located in and around the city. These include:

Prakasam Barrage

The impressive structure of the Prakasam Barrage stretches 1223.5 meter long across the Krishna River. The barrage serves also as a road bridge and spans over a panoramic lake. The three canals associated with the barrage, run through the city of Vijayawada giving it a Venetian appearance. One of the first major irrigation projects of South India, the Prakasam Barrage in Vijayawada was a complete success. It was named after Sri Tanguturi Prakasam, the first Chief Minister of the state of Andhra Pradesh. Andhra Pradesh largely owes its richness in agriculture to the Prakasam Barrage as the project has helped in the irrigation of huge agricultural lands. The barrage provides gorgeous view with the shimmering lake. The balmy breeze and the placid waters make it one of the major travel attractions in Vijayawada.

Kanaka Durga

The Kanaka Durga Temple is a must visit site while in Vijayawada. Goddess Kanaka Durga is the presiding deity of the temple and of the city of Vijayawada. She is believed to be the Goddess of riches, power, mercy and benevolence and is believed to have self manifested or Swayambhu. Wedged on top of the Indrakiladri hill, the Kanaka Durga Temple overlooks the city of Vijayawada. The Kanaka Durga Temple is a must visit site while in Vijayawada. Goddess Kanaka Durga is the presiding deity of the temple and of the city of Vijayawada. Kanaka Durga is the Goddess of riches, power, mercy and benevolence and is believed to have self manifested or Swayambhu. Wedged on top of the Indrakiladri hill, the Kanaka Durga Temple overlooks the city of Vijayawada. The added attractions for a visit to the Kanaka Durga  Temple are the ancient rock cut caves on the way. These caves are dedicated to Akkanna and Madanna who were ministers belonging to the court of the 17 th century Qutab Sahi ruler, Abul Hasan Tanashah. Another cave dating back to the 2nd century BC houses the sacred deities of Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara.

Rajiv Gandhi Park

It is one of the most favored of the travel attractions in Vijayawada. Created and maintained by Vijayawada Municipal Corporation, the Park is located just at the entrance of the city, as if giving a warm welcome to those who visit the city. The park is maintained excellently. It is a hot favourite with the city dwellers. The garden is gorgeously manicured and the park is home to a number of trees that are important in terms of horticulture. The Rajiv Gandhi Park of Vijayawada is embellished with musical fountains that dance to the melodies, every day from 7:30 pm to 8:15 pm, except on Mondays. This attracts a lot of visitors and the garden looks like a kaleidoscope of colors as the illuminated musical fountains spread its bright hues. An added attraction is the mini zoo making it an exciting destination especially for the children. Apart from the animals, there is an educative park within the premises. This educative park has massive replicas of dinosaurs and other pre-historic animals which are really awe inspiring for the children.

Gandhi Hill

Gandhi Hill was earlier known as the ‘Orr Hill’. It was named after Mahatma Gandhi and is famous for the Gandhi Stupa. Perched on top of the hill at an elevation of 500 feet above the main city of Vijayawada, the Gandhi Memorial Stupas were built in 1968 and till date rule the Vijayawada skyline. Raising to a height of 15.8 meter, the Gandhi Stupa is accompanied by six more stupas that made the first Gandhi Memorial of the country. The inspiring teachings of Mahatma Gandhi are inscribed on the stone slabs of the stupas.  The Gandhi Hill in Vijayawada houses the well stocked Gandhi Memorial Library and the city’s very own planetarium. A light and show program is organized every evening after sundown relating stories from the life of the great leader, Mahatma Gandhi. The Gandhi Hill also provides an expansive view of the whole city of Vijayawada. The glittering lights of the city, the balmy breeze and the crowd together turn the place into one of the travel attractions of Vijayawada.

Undavalli Caves

Undavalli Caves is reputed to be one of the most renowned travel attractions in Vijayawada. The caves are located at a distance of 8 kilometers from the center of the city of Vijayawada and are easily accessible by the tourists. The caves are situated by the River Krishna and houses the rock cut illustrations of Lord Buddha. The UndavalliCaves near Vijayawada were excavated in the early 4th and 5th century. The statue of Lord Vishnu carved in granite stone reigns in the sanctum sanctorum of the caves and is sacred to the followers of the religion of Buddhism. The statue also represents the architectural brilliance of the region in the early centuries. A statue of Lord Vishnu lies within a cave in a reclining position and measures around 5 meters in length. The Undavalli Caves rises to four storeys. The magnificence of the ancient cave is one of the primary tourist attractions of the city of Vijayawada, in the Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh, and attracts both national and foreign tourists.

Mangalgiri Temple

Of the three well known temples of Andhra Pradesh that enshrines Pankala Narasimha, the Mangalgiri Temple is situated at a short distance from the city of Vijayawada. Mangalgiri is divided into two shrines. The one located atop the Mangalgiri hill is dedicated to the worship of Pankala Narasimha. The other shrine is located at the foothills of the Mangalgiri hill and is dedicated to the worship of the consort of Pankala Narasimha, Lakshmi Narasimha. It is believed that the temple was founded by the epic hero Yuddhisthira. The temple dedicated to the worship of Lakshmi Narasimha has been constructed architecturally to support the 11 storeyed Raja Gopuram that was constructed by the chieftain of the region. The interiors of the temple have inlaid inscriptions that reveal that the famous King of the Vijaynagar Empire, Krishna Deva Raya had visited this temple. The temple tank placed adjacent to the temple is believed to be created by the Gods and is named Lakshmi Pushkarini. A unique feature of this temple of Pankala Narasimha in Mangalgiri is the magical disappearance of the jaggery solution offered to the shrine. Half the liquid poured into the mouth of the deity is believed to be regurgitated by the shrine. This miraculous act rekindles faith and spiritualism in the tourists who visit the temple.

Bhavani Island

Bhavani Island is one of the most favored travel attractions in Vijayawada. The beautiful island stretches itself in the KrishnaRiver, 4 km upstream from the city of Vijayawada. Perhaps the largest river island, it is spread across an area of around 133 acres. The Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) has elaborate plans to develop the Bhavani island, all the more, because it already attract thousands of visitors to this picturesque spot. One may opt to treat oneself to an boat ride and explore the serenity of the surroundings. BhavaniIsland is a unique aquatic joint blessed by the placid waters and rows of shady bowers. The picnickers can spend an exclusive day out with the family, friends and relatives at a low budget. Fringed by mangroves and manicured gardens, the woodlands, sparkling water bodies and undulating meadows, Vijayawada Bhavani Island is just the right destination for fun and amusement.

Kondapalli Fort

The Kondapalli Fort, as believed was built by Prolaya Vema Reddy around the 14 century He was the founder of the Reddy kingdom of Kondaveedu, and constructed the fort in the Kondapalli village, located at 16 km in the west of the city of Vijayawada. It served as the leisure palace for the king and was used for his relaxation as well as for recreational purposes. The Fort near Vijayawada is graced by a majestic rock tower that stands up to three storeys. Situated on a hillock the fort rules the skyline and is clearly visible from a long distance. The Fort had been witness to the rise and fall of many dynasties. The dargah or shrine of Gareeb Sahib, a renowned Persian saint, is situated near the Kondapalli Fort. The surrounding Kondapalli village is famous for its Kondapalli toys that are made of light wooden material ‘Poniki’ available from the wood land on the hill itself. These toys are brightly colored and have characteristic Indian motifs as the subject. All these together make Kondapalli Fort one of the major travel attractions in Vijayawada. Animals and birds, fruits and vegetables, mythological and religious figures usually provide the imagination for these wonderful Kondapalli toys.

Victoria Jubilee Museum

Built in 1887 to honour Queen Victoria’s coronation jubilee, the museum has a small collection of art and arms, and a garden with temple sculptures from around the state.

Nearby attractions from Vijaywada: Apart from the enchanting tourist spots located within the city, Vijaywada also has some interesting locations around it. These are:

Amravati

Sited on the banks of River Krishna, Amravati is a sacred place known for Amareswara Temple. The town has been mentioned in the Indian epics as Dhanyakataka and Andhranagari. Located about 66 km to the south of Vijayawada, Amaravati is an excavation site of an earliest Buddhist Stupa. It is one amongst the important Buddhist sites in India. With such places of religious and historical significance, Amravati is a major centre of pilgrimage and tourism.

Manginapudi Beach

Manginapudi Beach revives the times of the yore, when its port used to serve as a gateway of India. Located near Machilipatnam, this spectacular beach falls along the coastline of Andhra Pradesh. Apart from its natural splendor, the coast also has historical significance. Its natural bay, with moderately shallow and safe waters, boasts of being one of the safest beaches for water sports. Unlike other beaches, ManginapudiBeach has black soil instead of sands. A little away from the seashore, a park has been established here, that has fountains and well-lit surroundings. ManginapudiBeach is a wonderful place to relax, far from the turmoil of city life.

Kuchipudi

Located at a distance of 60 km from Vijayawada, Kuchipudi is the same place after which the State’s dance has been named. Kuchipudi, being the hometown of Siddhendra Yogi (instigator of Kuchipudi dance), is known for its artistic and literary pursuits.

Gudivada

Also known as ‘Vidarbhapuri’, Gudivada is prominent for its historical temples. This place is believed to have been existed for over 2000 years, though it was popularized during the time of the Satavahanas. Sited about 45 km from Vijayawada, Gudivada was named after the numerous temples it had. The site has got ruins of age-old temples and is worth-visiting.

Things to do in Vijaywada: You can visit the two most notable and revered temples of Mangalgiri and Kanaka Durga. If you are looking for souvenirs to take home buy a kalamkari painting or two. A little out of town is the old Buddhist centre of Amravati or if you have an interest in the arts, do make a visit to Kuchipudi where the dance form of the same name originated.

Best time to visit Vijaywada: The best time to visit Vijayawada is between November and March.

How to go ?

By Air

Vijayawada Airport is the main airport of the city. It is located 24 km away at Gannavaram. The airport has regular flights from Delhi and Hyderabad. It is also connected with the cities like Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore. The Hyderabad Airport which is the nearest international airport located 276 km from Vijayawada. From the airport you can take a bus, rent a car or taxi or take a train to get to Vijayawada.

By Train

Vijayawada is on the Calcutta-Chennai coastal line. There are trains to Vijayawada to all parts of the country including Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Bhuvaneshwar etc.

By Road

Both APSRTC buses and private buses are available from Vijaywada. It has efficient and frequent bus connections to other places in the region. Hyderabad (273 km), Tirupati (407 km) and Chennai (449 km) are the few places near Vijayawada. Buses from Vijayawada to Chennai, Vishakhapatnam, Secunderabad, Chittoor, Tirupati and other cities are easily available.

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Where to stay ?

Vijaywada has adequate accommodation facilities. Some options are:

Hotel Punnami (APTDC): +91-0866-2418057
Bhavani Island Hotel (APTDC): +91-08571-2793
The Gateway Hotel: +91-0866- 6644444  Website: www.thegatewayhotels.com
Hotel Garuda: +91-0866-2499991, 2499992, 2499993  Website: www.hotelgaruda.com

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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