Thursday, March 26, 2015

Forts in Maharashtra: Murud Janjira

Murud _Janjira
There are many forts in Maharashtra. These Forts were mainly ruled by Shivaji Maharaj. There are Forts located around the sea also on the hill tops. Here is one of the fort described below.


It is one of the marine forts situated in the middle of the Arabian Sea. In Arabic the word Janjira means Jazira for island. It is situated on the oval rock near the port town of Murud. Murud is a small village in Raigad District and Janjira is some few kilometre away from Murud. To go to visit Janjira we have to take a sailboat from Rajapuri jetty. Janjira fort was ruled by the Abyssinian Sidis in the city of Bombay. This fort was mainly built by the Koli community to protect them from the pirates.The sidis were permanent settlements in Murud Janjira where they controlled the full fort by being an excellent seaman and warrior. Many people like the British, thePortuguese,not forgetting Shivaji Maharaj tried to conquer the fort, but all in vain. It remained unconquered.

This entrance of this fort faces the Rajapuri jetty,but can be visible only we go close to it. There is a stone carving on at the main entrance which shows how the sidis were brave by depicts six elephants who was trapped by a single tiger. Once we go inside the fort compound there are 19 rounded bastions. There are many canons rusting on this bastion,like the kalal bangdi,landakasam and bhavani which were made from five metals. Those days inside the fort they had officer’s quarters,fresh water tank but now it is all ruined. The walls of the forts are made up of several layers so that it can withstand rough seas.

Apart from the introduction of Murud Janjira,there are other attractions where we can spend our time by visiting Datta mandir.It is a place for pilgrims. It is built on the top of the hill. The idol of Shri Dutta is a three headed idol resembling Maheshwar,Brahmaand Vishu. The temple has a red domed shape.There is another attractive place that is the Nawab Palace which was built in the year 1885. This palace was built in Gothic and Mughal architectural style.

In Murud there is also a beach where you can spend your full day enjoying in the water. It is also a perfect spot for relaxation. It is also an adventure trip. The fort is right inside the sea. You can really experience the feeling of the waves. There are private beach resorts for accommodation to make you comfortable. There are hotels suitable for both the rich and the middleclass people.

There are also cottages built on the beach where you feel you are in a village where it is edged with swaying betel palms,coconut fronds. Fishing also takes place on a large scale, since the Kolis were the inhabitants of this place.

Janjira can be easily accessible by different forms of transport. Like AIR, RAIL and ROAD. The nearest airport is Mumbai, Roha on the Konkan railway and by road it takes four to five hours to reach from Bombay. There is also a route from gateway Mumbai to Murud by ferry boat.

To visit Murud Janjira one must make sure to plan his trip during the month of October to March because it is very pleasant during this time.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Blue Hills of Assam

Assam is a state located in the northeast part of India.Another name ofAssam is also asama which means peerless. It also falls on the Eastern Himalayas.It is known as a home of lordBrahma. If seen on the map Assam state is in the shape of a Y laid on its side or we can say it is a land consisting of valleys, plains and rivers. Something very interesting is that Brahmaputra River is the only male river in India.Assam is an epicentre for earthquake and terror affected state. Earthquakes and floods are very common in Assam. This state is divided into 27 districts. The main capital of Assam is Dispur. The main capital of Assam is Dispur.

Assam is one of the most enriched stateespecially in tea plantation and flourishing industry of wood, muga silk and petroleum resources.Known as the “Agricultural State” it is one of the most fertile areas in India. This place is rich in flora and fauna and with beautiful blue hills situated in this state.The main revenue income of this state is from tea estates where most of the people working in this estate are from Assam. It also stands third largest producer of petroleum and natural gas in the country.

Assam is said to be having beautiful scenery. That is why it is said to be a tourist attraction. It is a famous place for wildlife tourism. It consists of five national parks and fifteen wildlife sanctuaries, here rhino with one horned is very famous which is found in Kaziranga National Park and Manas National Park is famous for tigers and a world heritage site.A part from wild life there are different types of adventure,few of them are like boat racing adventure,mountain biking and cycling adventure,trekking adventure and many more.

Tourist also get attracted towards Arts and crafts of Assam like things made of cane and bamboo, headgear known as “Japi”, terracottapottery and metal works of brass. There is a famous market like a roadside market known as Bhutiya where you can shop for good clothes at a lower price. The tourist goes to these markets for shopping. There are also malls where you get branded clothes.

Assamese is the main language spoken in this state apart from Bengali, Bodo,Karbi English and Hindi.

Assamese have great belief in faith and religious activities. It is known as a land of fairs and festivals. They all come together and celebrate all the festivals especially the Bohag Bihu, Kati Bihu, Magh Bihu and the third Bihu festival. They also celebrate festivals like Durga puja,Janmastami, Eid’s and Fakuwa. Talking about Assamese food it is not at all spicy. Assamese are mostly non vegetarian. Rice is the staple food along with dal, fish curry or meat curry or vegetables. Don’t miss out the sweet dish PITHA made from sweet coconut paste.Also don’t miss out on tasting the flavoured tea when visiting Assam.

The costume of the Assamese is mainly made fromMuga which is the wild silk or the golden silk fibre. Here silk is grown on a large scale.

The best part to travel is by road, railor by air.

Air is the fastest means oftransport. Guwahati is themain airport.

By Road it takes a longer time to travel especially from Mumbai, Chennai and other far off places.

By Rail it is little faster than road. Rajdhani Express is the best train between Delhi and Guwahati.

So come and experience the BLUE HILLS and the flavoured TEA in Assam.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Gangtok A Hill Top


Gangtok is the Capital of Sikkim .This city is located on the hills of Shivalik at a height of 5600 feet. It is surrounded by the beautiful hills of Himalayas.

This was the main starting point for traders who used to communicate between Tibet and India for their business. Because of the trade between these two countries business has increased and many different types of religions have come together. This place is bordered by china which is occupied by Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal and the Indian state West Bengal. The people are mainly addressed as Nepalese,Bhutia,Tibetan or Lepcha. The main language of the people living here is Nepali. They also speak Hindi and English. Different types of religions are found here like the Christians, Hindus, Buddhist and Muslims. Though the people belong to different religions, there is a strong bonding and unity among the people. The people here are very helpful and down to earth.

The winter sets in the month of November and ends in February. Here all the lakes are frozen during these months. If anyone wants to experience the snow fall can come in this season. The other seasons are very pleasant.

Gangtok is also a TOURIST destination. If you want to enjoy the view of the town and the valley from the height, cable zig back ropeway is available which is very thrilling. There is a beautiful point called the GANESH TOK, from there we can see Mt.Khang-chen-Dzon and Mt.Siniolchu which is just over the horizon and the snow peak is a beauty. The mountain Kanchenjunga is the third tallest mountain of the world. Then comes the HANUMAN TOK which is a temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman situated right on top of the hill. Many tourists pay a visit to this temple. The construction of Enchey Monastery in 1894 became the famous Buddhist pilgrimage. The Chorten Monastery and Enchey Monastery is a renowned Monastery. Tashi view point is also another beautiful tourist spot.

Apart from tourist destination different ADVENTURES such as trekking, hand gliding, mountain biking and white water rafting is enjoyed here. There are also colourful gardens and wild life sanctuaries. Something here is very rare that is the Yak ride. Especially around the Tsomgo Lake. This ride is not available in any of the city. The Yaks are looked after by the Sherpa’s.

There are many CASINOS in this place which are open throughout the night especially for the tourist who wants to enjoy the night life and also be entertained with lots of games.

Don’t miss out on the SHOPPING. Different types of articles which are unique are sold out here like the Sikkim stamp, woollen carpets, wooden carved tables and wall hangings. Traditional items like the thangkas or religious scrolls and choksees are also available.

For some mouth watering dishes. Momo’s a kind of dumplings stuffed with chicken or pork is available here. Noodles especially Thukpa which is served as a soup is quiet famous here. The Titanic Park on the MG Marg is quite famous for having its annual food festival and culture festival, which is organised by the Sikkim Tourism Department in the month of December every year. During this time they enjoy by having various types of music and dance performance to entertain the visitors.

The main FESTIVALS at Gangtok are Diwali, Christmas, Dusshera and Holi, Sankranti and Ram Navami are some of the Nepali festivals.

To get there, Rail, Road and Airways are well connected.

Jaipaiguri is the nearest railway station.

Bagdogra is the nearest airport.

To go by road the state transport buses are available from Silliguri to Gangtok.

If you want to spend your leisure time by relaxing and enjoying the natural beauty then come and experience the calm and quiet hill station at Gangtok.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Jammu and Kashmir- The Jewelled Crown Of India

Do you know who is called the jewelled crown of India? It is JAMMU AND KASHMIR surrounded by beautiful hills of Himalayas, clear lakes and greenery. Jammu and Kashmir is divided into three regions that are the foothill plains of Jammu, valleys of Kashmir and Ladakh. Ladakh is also known as Little Tibet because Buddhist culture is still followed. Jammu and Kashmir is located in the northern state of India.

Kashmir has four seasons. They are spring, summer, autumn and winter. If anyone wants to enjoy the cold, one can witness the snow covered landscapes. It looks like the mountain is covered with a white blanket. Here June is the hottest month.

Cricket bats are famous in Kashmir because of its good quality of wood known as Kashmir willows Saffron which is also known as Kesar is grown here .Because of its export foreign currency sets in. Apples are also grown on a large scale because of the pleasant climate. So exports of apples are also done on the large scale where the economy of the country increases.

Farming and animal husbandry is the main occupation of Jammu and Kashmir. Wheat and maize is the main crops grown here which in turn increases the economy of the country.

The main language in Kashmir is Urdu because of the Muslim population and local language is Kashmiri. Jammu and Kashmir is also known for its cultural heritage.

Kashmir is a famous place for its shikara which in other words is called the boat house where all the facility is like a hotel. Traditional houses in Kashmir is made up of wood .

Kashmir is not only beautiful for its scenery and beautiful landscape but also for beautiful arts and crafts like embroidery, which is liked by all the people who visit this place. The handmade items are not expensive it is made available to everyone at a reasonable price. Leather items are also famous. Animals like wolf, fox, jackal and black bear which are hunted in the Himalayas by the hunters, from their fur many items like jackets, bags etc. are made. Raghunath market is famous especially for the tourist/pilgrims in Jammu where all types of articles are available.

Jammu’s numerous shrines attract ten thousands of pilgrims every year. The famous shrine of Vaishno Devi and Amaranth are visited by thousands of Hindu pilgrims in Jammu and kashmir.Because of this the economy rises in this state.The main tourist places for sightseeing in Srinagar is Dal lake, Nishat Bagh, Shalimar Bagh and chasme shahi, Sonamarg, Gulmarg (Meadow of flowers), Pahalgam which is known as (valley of shepherds) and Sinthan Top . Jammu is famous for its Temples where Mata Vaishno Devi shrine, Raghunath Temple which is devoted to lord Rama, the dargah of Peer Budhan Ali shah and the temples of Maha kali are situated. Gardens and lakes are surrounded by beautiful mountains.

Jammu and Kashmir can easily be travelled by Air,Rail or Road.

Jammu, Srinagar international airport and Leh are the airports

Udhampur railway station is the last stop and from they travelling is done by different types of vehicles.

If travelling by land the route is via Jammu to Srinagar or via Manali to Leh.

So come and enjoy the Paradise on Earth.