Showing posts with label India. Show all posts
Showing posts with label India. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Holi in Pushkar

Holi
Holi is India most loud and vibrant festival. Holi the festival of colours marks the end of winter and start of spring. As Mother Nature is preparing her to show of remarkable spring colours, many streets across India are re-enacting this revival of life with coloured powder, music and festive cheer. Traditionally it is a religious festival for the Hindus. Holi has become much loved celebration eagerly anticipated by Hindus and non Hindus alike, in recent years. It has travelled across oceans bursting onto the shores of Europe and North America by way of huge Holi parties and colour run called 5K.

Pushkar is one of the world’s famous destinations for the festival of colours. Not just Indian, but backpackers and tourist come together at Pushkar every year for a Holi of a life time.

Pushkar is the best place for Holi for the Tourists. The entire experience is tailored for the tourist.

A big campfire is burnt out at Holi night which is also known as Holika Dahan followed by dandiya by the locals and then some music parties all around Pushkar and the next day from early morning everyone gathers around the square garden and enjoy the Kapda Faad Holi.

This Kapda Faad Holi is only meant for the foreign tourist not for locals. Mainly priest make arrangement for foreign tourist to participate in this auspicious celebration and district police takes charge of security arrangement so that no local person can either participate.

Pushkar

For the past five years, Kapda Faad Holi has become a major attraction for foreign tourist, especially those from Israel and other European countries. This festival for foreign tourist was started by a group of priest in Pushkar for helping tourist in understanding the concept of festival of colours in India. The festival starts at Varah Ghats of Pushkar Lake and local people make arrangement for music and security. The foreign tourist starts playing with colours and later with water and dance to Indian music. . Later they start tearing each other’s clothes.

Foreign tourist are so crazy for this festival that they call up and ask about the dates of Holi in advance so that they can plan their trip .They also bring their friends with them and the number of tourist increases.

Best resorts are available in Pushkar for a stay. The Holi festival can also be celebrated within the resort. Everything is arranged by the resort staff like food, plates of colour, water, drinks etc. It is best to hangout in Pushkar in large groups to enjoy more.

Pushkar might not have a lot of entertainment options but while you are here you must enjoy camel safari. Tour operators around the area organize desert safaris to nearby dunes, which are followed by an evening of folk music, dance and other entertainment options. Don’t forget to carry a hat and a sunscreen lotion.

Some tourist before going back would like to do some shopping. They opt for some traditional clothing items, rugs and carpets. All this is found at Khadi gram Udyog’s.

Holi might only last for one day, but the memory takes a while to fade.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Places in India Where You’re Girlfriend Won’t Say No to Your Proposal

Dal Lake India
Are you madly in love and want to put a ring on it, then it’s time to take you relationship to the next level but are confused as to where to propose marriage to your love. Well you may have the most creative idea for proposal but the lack of a right place can ruin it. However if you decide to propose your love at a perfect place then certainly she won’t say no and you will get to treasure picture as a perfect memory for lifetime.

Remember the favourite lines from a book. You have been keeping that ring in your back pocket for a long time. You’re more than ready for it but your sweaty palms and turning stomach would just not cooperate. Proposing to your girlfriend whom you love can be quiet tricky and anxious situation.

We have some offbeat destinations for you and your girlfriend. Go beyond the regular candle light dinner; enchant her with a hot air balloon over the breath-taking wilderness or in an open air Jacuzzi facing the mountains. If nothing else you would at least be applauded for your ingenuity.

IN FRONT OF TAJ MAHAL: the Taj Mahal breathes out the air of romance into AGRA. Nothing can be more beautiful than proposing your girlfriend in front of Taj Mahal. The majestic Taj Mahal proposal can never ever go out of fashion or even cliché. The place is the epitome of love. You can’t afford to make an expensive monument to prove your love not surely you can take her to one of the greatest symbol of love. As you and your ladylove takes a stroll to explore the marbled serenity in all its might, kneel down to ask her the question of a lifetime. A greatest symbol of love to ever exist can surely set the tune for your proposal. Hand in Hand round TAJ MAHAL GIVEs you a mesmerising experience and bring the vigor to your proposal.

DURING SHIKARA RIDE ON THE DAL LAKE IN SRINAGAR; it is definitely hard to say no to your proposal in the jewel of Kashmir. Kashmir always succeeds in creating beautiful love stories. A shikara ride on Dal Lake is a wonderful experience for you and your girlfriend. Get yourself indulged in the glory of romance. Take her for a shikara ride and surprise her with a ring amidst the clear waters and furry clouds, you too can break into a song if you desire and the hysterical yes would be quite a story for your grandkids.

ON A BOAT ENJOYING THE SUNSET IN GOA; there is something more interesting in Goa other than beaches and crazy night life that spread the air of happiness. There something about the aura of Goa that has a whole new level of romantic appeal. The hippie vibes that the ambiance of Goa showers you upon makes one let loose and live in the moment. Plan a peaceful and romantic boat ride in Goa. Enjoy each other’s company. Enjoy the sunset as the sky looks amazing during sunset. It is hard to say no for anyone in these lovely settings.

IN AN HOT AIR BALLOON OVER RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK. We all romanticize Hot Air balloons. Movies like Casanova have set our romance expectations a little above the skies. A hot air balloon is a romantic place in Ranthambore National Park, taking your lady for a hot air balloon ride over this place where it would be difficult for your girlfriend to say no. You can offer her a proposal when she is busy enjoying the nature in open skies and wondering about the loveliness of life. The plus point is that since the lady is stuck with you in your romantic ride for some time so there’s no chance of ignoring the questions.

THE SCUBA DIVING PROPOSAL IN ANDAMAN; if your girlfriend has the love for extraordinary experience and the offbeat then she would totally love a proposal while scuba diving in the cerulean waters of Andaman. While you both discover the often unexplored kingdom that lies underwater amongst the multihued fishes and comely coral, express your desire by showing her a ring. You cannot ruin it by stammering and stuttering as you can only speak in signs and signals underwater.

The least you can do is by enjoying the wonderful places and proposing her for a life time commitment.

Best Picturesque Villages to Visit in India


Tired of the usual tourist hot spots and craving for some village Zen? Unknown and endowed with raw beauty and unusual cultures, these quaint hamlets offer some much deserved peace and quiet worth a whole lot of action.

Travel doesn’t mean that you need to take fancy flights, luxury hotels and follow a perfect itinerary. India’s heart and soul lies in its small towns and villages. Boasting an authentic rural way of life with raw beauty, old world charm, serenity and a rich cultural heritage making them worthy of recognition. You get the true perks of travel when you wander. As the saying goes “not all who wander are lost. Wander in the beautiful cities, towns and villages of India and there you will find yourself. If you are looking to travel to an off-beat village in India then we have the best villages.

WALK A LIVING ROOT BRIDGE IN MAWLYNNONG, MEGHALAYA: it lies 90km south of shillong. This place is mostly tribal, misty and pristine and awarded as the cleanest village in Asia. It is a wild paradise where you can witness a powerful commitment to eco-tourism by the community and government. The living Roots Bridge engineered out of the roots of the trees is a sight to behold and is said to be over a 1000 years old. Live the high life by staying in homestays on stilts and get treated to sosme delicious local cuisine.

The many flavours of

VALPARAI, TAMIL NADU: the approach to Valparai is one of the most enjoyable hair rising experiences you will ever have. A road that resembles a snake from Pollachi takes you through 40 hairpin bends concealed in majestic green mountains. Rich wildlife, tribe spotting, never-ending tea estates, silver waterfalls and soulful hikes are something to cherish. Valparai promises to satisfy all types of travellers. Indulge in all the tea that you can- you’re in tea country. There are many tourists’ places in and around Valaparai and the monkey falls happens to be one such spot. This place proves to be an excellent place that is flooded with natural flora and fauna.

TAR KARLI: located in the sindhudurg district of Maharashtra: Tar Karli is a seaside village with sprawling coastline and pristine ecosystem. This village is known for its white sandy beaches, azure waters and the shrub vegetation adds to its charm. The major attractions are the Tar Karli Beach and Backwaters of Karli River. Visitors can indulge in water activities like scuba diving, zorbing and snorkelling. It is among the best destinations for scuba diving in India, where you can see marine life up to 20 ft.

LACHEN is one of the most picturesque villages in North Sikkim. It is surrounded with lush vegetation, snow White Mountain peaks, pine laden valleys and trekking trails. The must visit is the Lachen Monastery that is set atop the village offering stunning views of the village. You can reach this village either by a two day trek from the yumthang valley or via road from Gangtok.

KILA RAIPUR LUDHIANA: Chole Bhatura for twenty rupees, tasty makki di roti, sarso da saag. Welcome to Punjab. Ludhiana is the perfect place to relish and cherish the true Punjabi feel. From sugarcane field to Punjabi gaana, from buttery roti’s to authentic rajma chawal, this village in Ludhiana offers a lot more than that. Sports enthusiasts must visit this village in the month of February. This village organizes huge annual Rural Olympic event like bulls racing martial arts, etc. Drink some cold lassi with hot jilebis, talk to the local crowd and enjoy the desi feel.

YANA KARNATAKA: this is a tiny little village located near the coastal village of Gokarna. The Greatness of this village is its monolithic rock formations that are set against Sahyadri Mountains. Tourist would love trekking along the rocks to reach the cave wherein there is an idol of goddess Parvathi in it, the occasional cicada and the streams are sure to attract and mesmerize any tourist who happens to visit here. The waterfall lovers visit the Vibhooti waterfalls and make a camp over there for a night at least.

Don’t miss out enjoying and discovering the myrid of the most beautiful villages in India with their rich biodiversity and cultures.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Places to Visit in India With Your Best Friend

Auli
Friends are elixir of our life, whether it is sharing long talks, having crazy fun or just hanging out, we just cannot do without our friends. A friend in need is a friend indeed. When you are with your friends especially the best ones, everything seems to be more vibrant, livelier and cheerful. When you are in their company, even the boring lectures and gathering get excited and equally engrossing for you. Travelling with you buddies no matter what time of year it is or whichever location it is, unlimited amount of fun and excitement are always guaranteed with the best friend.

MANALI – LEH ROAD TRIP: The heavenly road trip from Manali to Leh is considered as the Mecca of all road trips. You can go backpacking with your besties. Be it for the groups or solo travellers, this route outshines any other backing packing trips in India .All you need to do get geared up for some adventure and hit the road. This unbelievable path built between mountains and villages gives the memories of a life time. Just pack your bags and hit the road and experience nature at its best.

THE FROZEN RIVER TREK AT CHADAR: How often does one boast about walking in a frozen river in a dreamlike destination? Here you can actually walk on the frozen river. It is one of the most thrilling experiences, as you walk through the frozen river with you best friend laughing and enjoying all the way. The chadar Trek route actually connects the Zansakar River with the valley located deep in the mountains. Visit this place to experience the dream like adventure.

SANDAKPHU DARJEELING: it is one of the five highest peaks in the world. The unique thing about this place is that you can spot around 600 varieties of Orchids here. Visit the ethereal beauty with your friend and boast about it. With its magnificent beauty and the stunning view this land is another heaven on earth.

MARJHA VALLEY TREK: when we feel like breaking away from the daily life, the first thing that rings in your mind is going out on a trek. So while you are visiting ladakh then this is one of the most favourite trek which you should definitely go for, otherwise called tree house trek. This trek gives you a blend of kaleidoscopic images with its hypnotising excellence. Absorb the greenery and the scenic beauty of this region. Breathe in the morning air and listen to the chirping of birds as you continue to walk, climb to the highest point of the Gandala La and Kongmaru la and appreciate the dazzling perspective from the top.

JIM CORBETT NATIONAL PARK: you have explored the malls, the football fields, the crazy cuisines and the latest movies, now is the time to encounter the wilderness with you best friend. To connect together with the nature and its mesmerizing creations and strengthen the bonds you share do visit this national park.

Experience the WILDLIFE SAFARI with 400 species of flora and fauna that are found at the Jim Corbett Park. It is also an abode to the endangered Royal Bengal Tigers. So pack your bags and embark on this expedition and tag it as jungle diaries.

AULI: Most of you have been thinking about visiting the Garhwal Mountains. This is the perfect chance for you. So just head out for a vacation to this mesmeric Auli. Add some rush to life. It offers adventures like Skiing, trekking, river rafting and touring. Skiing is the most preferred experience sport in Auli. The broad range implied for skiing is amazing.

KASOL: Kasol is a town in Himachal Pradesh, Northern India. Words will fall short while you speak about the never ending beauty of this place. And if you are planning for an offbeat wilderness then this is the perfect destination for you. A destination offered with the greater part of nature gifts. Kasol is known for its Israeli occupants, Parvathi waterways, trekking base camp and Malana.

When it comes to spending time with you best friend nothing is as awesome as having a trip with them.

Monday, October 17, 2016

7 Least Known Travel Attractions of Incredible India


Shillong
India is a country which is proud of its unity in diversity. From the northern Himalayas to the southern tip of Kanyakumari, it is the only nation to proudly host every natural diversity there is. From snow capped peaks to scenic beaches to arid lands to the majestic Thar deserts to the jungles of Sunderbans, India is a country which truly has everything. Here are some of the yet undiscovered travelling treasures that this country has yet to offer:
  1. Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh: it is a much lesser known about and explored beautiful region in the north eastern part of the country. The green fields and those patches of greenery with its intermittent playfields of the clouds and mist, this is a place where your camera wouldn’t be bored for a change. 
  2. Mawlynnong village: this village in the north eastern fringe of the country is a tiny village in the state of Shillong. It has been deemed the cleanliest village in Asia due to the ample amount of hard work its inhabitants has invested in it to make it so celestial and surreal. It is often referred to as god’s own creation and during the monsoons when the rains emerge; it takes on a whole new beautiful avatar that is often left to be viewed rather than to be described. 
    Tarkarli
  3. Tarkarli beach in Maharashtra: a truly non commercialised and undiscovered gem of this nation is this beach replete with a divine serenity and peace that is transcendental and celestial. Its pristine waters with it long, narrow beaches with their rows of shuru trees all make for quite a compelling picture. 
  4. Lepchajagat, west Bengal: if you are bored with the commercialization, urbanization and over-crowded claustrophobia of Darjeeling then this place is spot on for you. It also provides breathtaking views of the Kanchenjunga but at the same time it also provides the quiet and calm that is missing from the queen of hills. You could also indulge in long walks through the narrow winding roads filled with pine, firs and rhododendrons and enjoy a scenic sunrise from the ghoom rock. 
  5. Manas national park, Assam: if you love being in the bosom of nature but you are bored with the same old, same old then take a trip to Manas National Park in Assam which is a tiger reserve as well as an elephant and a biodiversity reserve. Visit from October to April and indulge in a peaceful holiday here. 
  6. Nohkalikai Falls: if you are in shilling then take the road less taken and be in for the most beautiful view of your life. Nestled amidst lush greenery the Nohkalikai Waterfalls hold the crown for being the waterfall with the tallest plunge in our country. It cascades from an altitude of 340 metres. 
    Nohkalikai_Falls
  7. Drass: even the rapid tourist influx in Ladakh has left many avid travellers in a flux. However Drass near the Zoji La pass in the Kargil district is also known as the ‘Gateway to Ladakh’ and is known to be the second coldest inhabited place in the world. 

 So pack your bags and get out for a vacation that you would always remember.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Places You Must Travel To Around India If You Love Photography


Kerala
India is a motherland of many enigmas. India is the domain of flawless beauty which makes the country alluring and at peace land on the earth. Our country has not only classy natural beauty; it is also full of rich culture and historical places. Many historical monuments are found in India. So, these make India one of the most attractive lands for photography. From its scenic beauty to the rich culture and the great history and emotions around India, your lens can snap if it is at the proper place at the proper time. Here are some top places of natural beauty and historical significance with full of regional culture which are most appropriate places for a photographer.

Ladakh: 

Ladakh is one of the height tourist spots at Jammu and Kashmir in India. It has a spectacular landscape for photography. You can capture the mountains or the elegance of super blue Pangong Lake, the wildlife and the birds that gather around lakes. You can watch here the wildlife that can’t be seen anywhere in the country and also see the views from the longest navigable road in the world. The culture of Ladakh slows its traditions and uniqueness. Apart from these there are many monasteries rarely framed to escalate photography opportunities and snap the booming ethos of Ladakh. The appropriate time to stopover for photography is from July to September.


Mehrangarh

Rajasthan: 

Rajasthan is the most well-known historical place all over India. It is enriched with several historical monuments and forts. Jaipur is the pink city of India because most houses are hued in pink. Amer Mahal which is composed with sand stone and marble, HawaMahal a high screen wall, City Palace which is a Mughal architecture are the main attractions of Jaipur. Aside from these Jaigarh Fort in Bikaner, Mehrangarh Fort are marvelous click-worthy places. Mount Abu is a fabulous hill station of Rajasthan and perfect for photo click. You can capture the wildlife of Mount Abu wildlife Sanctuary.

Agra and New Delhi: 

New Delhi is the capital of India and it is one of the biggest cities in India. It is adorned with many historical facts and monuments. QutubMinar, the tallest brick Indo-Islamic architectural minaret in all over the world; The Red Fort, the residence of Mughal Emperor; The India Gate, a war memorial; Humayun’s Tomb, a Mughal architecture designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyas, a Persian architect, these are the center of attraction in New Delhi. The Tajmahal, blocked out with full of marble stone in Agra is one of the wonder among the seven wonders of World. It is the biggest enticement of India. Agra fort and many other attractions are also picturesque.

Kashmir: 

Kashmir is the called heaven of India. It is set like a crown at the top of the India and cradled in the lap of magnificent mountains of the Himalayas. Is has dual mood of beauty, one in winter, when this paradise is enveloped with snow and another in spring and summer, when the lavish natural beauty of greenery, fruits and flowers are enrich this land. This land is the king of landscape. You can click the spellbound beauty of Dal Lake full of flowers by riding shikara, the apple gardens and the different types of flower gardens.

Maharashtra: 

Maharashtra is the state, surrounded by places which are icons to the photo enthusiasts. There are prehistoric monuments, temples, waterfalls and festivals that are flushed with culture which are very much photogenic. The Ajanta and Ellora Caves are the relevant places for photography. Malsejh Ghat, Kaas Plateau with full of wild flowers, Lonar Crater lake, Rajgad Fort in Pune, Lonavala in between Mumbai and Pune are charming places for photographers.

Kerala: 

The mountains, backwaters, beaches, hill stations, boat race, backwater cruise on a house boat, culture, natural beauty and each and every element of Kerala are serene and picture perfect.

Alleppy, the Venice of east is renowned for backwaters trip and boat races. Kochi is accepted as the finest natural harbor in the world. A photographer feels crazy too see the liberal beauty of Kerala.

In spite of these place there are thousands of places that are ideal for photography in India like Cherapunji in Meghalaya; Shillong in north east India; Dehradun, Mussoorie, Manali, Kulu in Uttarakhand; Sandakfu in west Bengal; Coorg in Karnataka; Andaman and Nicobar Island; Varanashi which is the place of interest, festivals, religious culture or landscape etc. For wildlife photography you can travel to Bandhavgarh National Park and Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh. These fabulous places all over India make the country generous for photographers.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Coorg, the Misty Valley

Coorg

Coorg is considered to be one of the most scenic places in Karnataka. It is situated in the lush valleys and hills of theWestern Ghats. Coorg is a popular hill stations in India offering luxurious holidays to tourist.It is called as Scotland of India and also as Kashmir of the south. The word Coorg is named after KODAGU a district in Karnataka and Medikeri is the capital city of this district.

You can visit this place throughout the year. October to March is the best time for trekking and adventure activities while March and April are best to view the valley with white flowers. There are best trekking trailshere like the PushpagiriTrek, Brahmagiri Hill Trek,NishaniMotte Trek, and KumarParvatha Trek which is Pushpagirithe second highest peak. There are variety of animals and mammals in these lush green forests. Trekking through this forest rejuvenates your mind and body and instills fresh energy in you.

The amazing Abbey falls is the beautiful waterfalls. It is situated among the coffee plantation and pepper vines. One can walk down the hanging bridge to have a fantastic view of the falls.

The Romantic Raja’s seat is the favourite place of the Kodagu Kings. It is one the most visited site. The sunset view is very beautiful from this hillock. The pillared structure among the exquite garden resembling an architectural beauty stands beautifully. This place is ideal for families and honeymoon couples to unwind and rejuvenate themselves.

The beautiful Omkareshwara Temple dedicated to lord Shiva stands beautifully in front of the lake where plenty of fishes can be seen. Something interesting in this temple is that there is a Shiva Lingam near the entrance that was built to console the spirit of Brahmin who was unjustly killed by King LingarajendraII.
Cauvery Nisargadhama is the main tourist place .It is the Island formed by River Cauvery. It is an idle picnic spot.

Nagarhole National Park is also called as Rajiv Gandhi National park.There are also jungle lodges where one can have a thrilling experience while staying there. Tigers and other animals are seen resting near the water bodies.

The Bara pole river is the location meant for rafting activities.

Golden Temple Bylekuppe where there is a large concentrations of Buddhist. There are many Tibetans in and around this place. Itfeels like you have visited Sikkim. Heremany restaurants serve Tibetan food.

There are many places to see and admire here. This place is rich in coffee, pepper and cardamoms cultivation.Here no one goes back without tasting coffee.Apart from non-vegetarian food, vegetarian food is also famous.

The dressing sense of women Wearing sari is also different compared to the other part of the country. It is a small district of the state where distinct culture, unique customs and traditions are followed. The people here are known as coorgies.

Here are some of the places where one can stay during their visit that is the coorg jungle camp, OldKent estates and Spa Resort, orange country resort, and the Tamara resort to make your stay memorable.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Manali, the Tourist Destination

Manali
  • THE BEST TRAVEL DESTINATION

  • MANALI is a hill station situated in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh. It is situated at the northern end of KULLU VALLEY.It is surrounded by towering peaks at anarm’s length. It has a population of 8,096. It has become a tourist attraction in recent years.It is a flourishing orchid industry,honeymoon destination and also numerous treks and a great country side for adventure sport lovers.

  • CLIMATE

  • The climate in Manali is cold during winter and moderately cold in the summer,It is a snow bound region therefore it is said to be the best travel holiday destination.Manali gets its first snowfall around mid-December which is transformed into snow-covered peaks and a blanket of pristine white draped all across the hill station.

  • HISTORY OF MANALI

  • Manali is named after the Hindu lawgiver Manu. The word Manali is regarded as the changed name of "Manu-Alaya" which literally means "the abode of Manu". Legend has it that sage Manu stepped off his ark in Manali to recreate human life after a great flood had deluged the world. Manali is also often referred to as the "Valley of the Gods". The Old Manali village has an ancient temple dedicated to sage Manu.The first apple orchard was set up by the British near Patlikuhl, which were earlier not native to Manali.The plum and pearremain the best source of income for the majority of inhabitants.
  • MODE OF TRANSPORATION

There are many modes of transport to reach Manali. That is by road, rail or by air.
  • BY AIR

  • The airport is known as kullumanali. Air India andsome other private airlines have regular flights to the airport. Himalayana Bulls along with Deccan Charters havestarted on kullu Chandīgarh kullu sector thrice aday.Chandigarhairport is the nearest international airport.
  • BY ROAD

  • Manali can also be reached from Delhi up to Chandigarh by national highwaywhich passes through Bilaspur, Sunder Nagar,Mandiand kullu towns. Buses ply heavily on this route and are available from all major bus terminals.
  • BY RAIL

  • It is difficult to go by rail to Manali.

  • TOURIST ATTRACTION

  • Tourism in Manali received a boost after the rise of militancy in Kashmirin the late 1980s. This once quiet village was transformed into a bustling town with many hotels and restaurants.

    There are different types of travel attraction of kullumanali,they arelike heli skiing, hidimba devitemple, mountaineering adventure and many more.Those who wish to take part in adventure activities there are fishing, white water rafting,and paragliding,skiing,mountaineering and hiking in and around Manali.Solang valley is a good option for the kids offering a bunch of fun winter sports.

    The malls in Manali sell many products right from cloth to decorative articles and gift articles. TheNew Shopping Centre Market sells good collection of shawls and woollen goods. We also get many different types of hand woven goods and pillbox Kullu Topis.

    Manali ‘s other speciality is Himalayan Handicrafts and assorted Tibetan curios such as prayer wheel, amulets,dorjees or thunderbolts, musical instruments,jewellery.

  • HOTELS TO STAY
There are dozens of places to stay in Manali they are as follows:-
  • Sunshine guest house
  • Hotel Highland
  • Hotel Pine wood

Friday, March 20, 2015

Jammu and Kashmir- The Jewelled Crown Of India


Nageen_Lake
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.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Vijaydurg Fort



Vijaydurg_Fort
Vijaydurg Fort is one of the famous historic sites situated in Sindhudurg District. Sindhudurg District isin the Konkan District. This fort is almost 800 years old. This fort is in the middle of the sea surrounded by water from all sides. So this fort was called Gheria.

This Fort was built during the Maratha period. Another name for this Fort was Victory Fort. It is one of the strongest and the oldest forts on the west coast of India. In the beginning this fort was ruled by Yadav’s and the Vijaynagar Kings. Later Shivaji Maharaj won this fort from Adilshah of Bijapur in 1653.This was one of the forts where Shivaji hoisted the saffron flag and at the Torna fort .

The fort has a secret underground tunnel from the fort to the Palatial home of the Dhulup in the village which is now blocked but if they open this to the public it would a tourist attraction for architectural purpose. This fort is also known as Gibraltar of Asia just as the replica of Gibraltar in Europe. This fort is spread in an area of six hectares.


During Shivaji’s period the fort was constructed by having three layer protection and under water dam like wall constructed to avoid the entry of the foreign ships in the passage of Waghotan creek. Many enemy ships met their watery grave after colliding on this wall as this wall cannot be seen above sea level.it is really amazing to know how the huge walls were built in the sea.

This fort is built by using laterite stones.There is also a temple known as Rameshwar temple inside Vijaydurg Fort.When you enter the fort,you can see many canon balls on the outer wall, which shows that after being attacked the fort was not destroyed. Even today you can see all empty canon balls lying in front of the secret meeting room. There was a big water pool running dry.

In short the fort was a complete fort in every aspect like it had huge meeting rooms,courts stables,soldier quarters and a naval dock used to build and repair Maratha warships. This fort looks pretty small but it takes three hours to tour the full fort. The main purpose of building this fort was to defend the shoreline of Arabian Sea.Apart from the historic site it is also a place for scenic beauty and making every moment memorable on the beaches. The beaches are surrounded by thick green forest with coconut trees and palms.

You can get the smell of juicy alphonso mangoes whenever you go there don’t forget to taste the local flavour of Malvan curry and solkadhi . Fish food is another delicacy in this area.

The proper time to visit this place is in the month of December since it is very cool. It is not advisable to go in summer as it is very hot and in the rainy season the showers are quiet heavy specially in the Konkan region. Make it a point not tomiss the sunset point as it is very attractive.

Travelling to Vijaydurg is convenient by all means of transport. That is by air where Panaji airport is the closet. By rail the stations are Kudal and Rajapur. By road it is accessible by all cities likeMumbai,Pune. Many state transport buses and private buses ply to this place.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Jaipur, The Pink City of India

Jaipur
  • INTRODUCTION
Jaipur is the capital and largest city of Rajasthan and it is located in Northern India. It is founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, and this city was named after him. The construction of this city was started in the year 1727. It took around four years to complete this city. The whole city was painted pink in order to welcome Edward, Prince of Wales. After few years several hospitals, industries of metals and marbles, school of arts. The city had three colleges, including a Sanskrit college and also a girl’s school. The community consists of native bankers, the Marwari’s and the Rawana Rajput. This city has the population of 3.1 million.
  • CLIMATE
Jaipur has a semiarid climate. It rains between the months of June and September. During the monsoon off-n-on heavy rains and thunderstorms, but flooding in that city is not at all common. The temperature remains high throughout the year. The summer in this city is from the month of April to early July. The season starts from the month of November to February.
  • TRANSPORTATION
There are many means of transportation they are as follows
  • By road
  • By rail
  • By air
Also there are many city buses and Jaipur metro. Jaipur also has an International airport which is well connected to middle-east destinations like Dubai, Abu Dhabhi, Sharjah and Muscat. Many people go for a pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina from Sanganer airport.
  • TOURISM
Jaipur is a major tourist destination in India. Jaipur is the 7th best place to visit in Asia. The presidential suit at Raj Palace Hotel was listed in the second place on CNN’s worlds 15th most expensive hotel suits in 2012. There are various places that attract tourist visitors which include the Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, City Palace, Amer Fort, Jantar Mantar, Nahargarh Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Sri Kali Temple, Sanganeri Gate and the Jaipur zoo.

Jaipur has a variety of traditional shops to buy antiques, jewellery, handicrafts, gems, bangles, pottery, carpets, leather works, etc.

They brought several skilled artisans, artist and craftsmen from India and Abroad. As a result Jaipur is a major hub for arts and crafts.
  • CULTURE
Jaipur has many important cultural sites like Jawahar Kala Kendra and Ravindra Manch, Albert Hall Museum which has several arts and antiquies. There is a government museum at Hawa Mahal and an art gallery at Viratnagar. The old Vidhan Sabha Bhawan which is known as the Town Hall is now converted into a museum. There are different types of statues depicting Rajasthani culture around the city.

The typical dishes in Jaipur include Dal Bati Churma, Missi Roti. Sweet dishes include Ghevar, Fenni, Gajak, Chauguni ke laddu and Moong Thal.
  • SPORTS AND EDUCATION
Sawai Mansingh stadium is the main cricket stadium in the city which has sitting capacity of 30,000. It has many national and international cricket matches. Jaipur is represented by Jaipur Pink Panther which one the inaugural edition of the game.

Jaipur contains many universities of Management like National Institutes of Agricultural Management, Institutes of Information Technology, Institutes of Ayurveda, and Institutes of Manipal University.

The well-known school of Jaipur are ArmyPublic School, Ryan International School, Cambridge Court, High School, etc.

The Newspaper circulated in Jaipur are:-
  • Rajasthan Patrika
  • Dainik Bhaskar
  • Dainik Navajyoti
  • The Times of India.
This city has a community FM channel.

Therefore, Jaipur is an extremely popular tourist’s destination in Rajasthan and India.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Mountain Railways of India


Himalayan_Railways
Mountain of Railways of India – Built during 19th& 20th Century

India is a home to several altitude railway stations which are located at higher than 2,000 metres with over ten stations higher than 1,000 metres. Mountain railways of India are 6 or 7 small lines out of around twenty similar narrow or metre gauge which still remain operational around the world. These were built during the 19th and early 20th century at the time of British colonial rule – the Raj and these lines still function till date. Presently, the Indian Railways operate them together with the Kashmir Railway which is operational since 2005.

 Four out of these seven namely the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway – 1881, the Kalka-Shimla Railway – 1898, the Kangra Valley Railway – 1924 and the Kashmir Railway – 2005 fall in the rugged hill region of the Himalayas in Northern India while two are further down south towards the Western Ghats like the Nilgiri Mountain Railway in Tamil Nadu and the Matheran Hill Railway in Maharashtra.

The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, the Kalka-Shimla Railway together with the Nilgiri Mountain Railway has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the recognition to these three mountain railways of India is due to outstanding examples of bold ingenious engineering solutions for the problem in establishing an effective link of rail through a rugged mountainous terrain. Darjeeling Himalayan Railway obtained it first in 1999 while Nilgiri Mountain Railways followed next in 2005 and the Kalka-Shimla Railway got it in 2008.

Connected to Important Hill Resorts With Foot Hills

All the three together have received the title of `Mountain Railways of India’ under Criteria – ii, iv under the region in the Asia – Pacific while the Matheran Railway, which is the fourth hill line, is pending acceptance by international group.

All these lines are connected to important hill resorts with foot hills that wind up their way through a scenic and rugged mountainous landscape as they travel along uphill. Given to understand, the terrain on which they were constructed during the British rule, were outstanding examples of the interchange of values on development in technology and marvels of engineering.

The mountain railways in the hilly mountain came up as a result of the interest that was delayed during the British rule in establishing control over the Himalayas as well as various other mountain ranges of India and in 1844, Sir John Lawrence, the then ruling Viceroy of India, had the idea of a phased colonization of the hill especially as military garrisons. The British in their simple proposal termed as `Hill Railway’, had intentions of establishing geographically as well as culturally rich, various stations across the country.

Darjeeling
Franklin Prestage Initiated Plans for Hill Tramway 

Some of the hill stations taken into considerations for this purpose were Shimla which was then the summer capital of British India, Darjeeling which is known for its tea gardens as well as scenic views of the eastern Himalayas in West Bengal, Kangra Valley in Himachal Pradesh, Nilgiri mountains in Ootacamund and the Matheran hill station in the Western Ghats near Mumbai. Attempts to link the mountainous terrain of amazing beauty together with a hill passenger railway began in 1878 with the construction of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway line when the then Eastern Bengal Railway personnel, Franklin Prestage initiated plans for the building of hill tramway in alignment with the Hill Cart Road from Siliguri to Darjeeling and construction eventually got started. In 1881, the line was commissioned up to Darjeeling.

Inaugurated By Viceroy Lord Curzon – November 1903

Next project was then launched on the Nilgiri Mountain Railway in Tamil Nadu which was first proposed in 1854. Though work started in 1894, the railway was not completed till 1908 since the terrain was difficult and the big difference in altitude that ranged between 326 meters and 2,203 meters covering a distance of 46 kilometres.

The construction of the 96 kilometres Kalka-Shimla railway line started in 1898 opening up the remote hill regions to the people and inaugurated by Viceroy Lord Curzon, in November 1903. The commissioning of the Matheran – Neral `toy train’ was done in 1907, where Matheran is a hill station which is 108 kilometres away from Mumbai while the Kangra line was commenced in 1929 amidst the picturesque Kangra valley.

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway – The new Jalpaiguri-Darjeeling, toy train on the Darjeeling Himalayan area is not only a source of delight for people of all age but also represents the engineering skills of the highest order which is 83 km long connecting Darjeeling with the railhead at Siliguir which is of great importance as well the status of World Heritage Site. Besides it has the Ghum station which is India’s highest railway station at an altitude of 2,257 metres and is an outstanding example of multi-cultural region to serve as a model for similar developments in several parts of the world.

The Kalka Shimla Himalayan Railway is one of the most famous hill railways in India which runs on three tracks, popularly known as `Toy Trains’. The journey on this line is a unique experience since it passes through amazing mind-blowing landscape of the majestic Himalayas through tunnels and over the bridges in the midst of lush green valleys with pine and oak trees. The railway route comprises of tunnel no. 103 known as mini Shimla where in summer, the festival of goddess Shoolini Devi is celebrated, and is the main attraction of the city.

The Niligiri Mountain Railway which is 46 km long, runs on 1000 mm gauge railway and connects Mettupalayam to Ooty. The first part of this railway to Coonoor was completed in 1899 by the Niligiri Railway Company and extended to Ooty in 1903 and is an extension to the world Heritage Site of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. One will find some of the best natural scenery around with wild life around the Nilgiri Mountain Railway. Nilgiri Biosphere Nature Park is one of the most visited places by several tourists.

Neral-Matheran Hill Railway – Matheran is on a hilltop at an altitude of 800 m and the journey to the hilltop in the midst of shady trees and fresh atmosphere is a real experience of witnessing nature as one ascent the top in a toy train. One will find monkeys jumping on and off along with food and drink vendors all through the journey of 11 km. The Neral-Matheran Hill Railway is also one of the most famous attractions of the city and passes through amazing mountain tunnels together with dense forest of the region. It is a Hill Station in the Western Ghat in Raigad district of Maharashtra and is known as one of the smallest hill station in India.

Pathankot-Jogindernagar Railway – the work on this line commenced in 1926 and 3 years thereafter, the 163 km long route was opened to traffic. Kangra Toy Train is where the passengers spend majority of their time going through tunnels. This railway line links Pathankot and Joginder Nagar through a maze of hills and valleys with awesome scenic views.


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Beauty of Goa, India


Goa
Goa is one of the famous beaches known in India. It’s the best place to party all day. It’s all we know. In this article you’ll get about the beauty of Goa.

About Goa: 

Goa is one of the main Union territories of India and is the richest state with a GDP per capita 2 and a half time greater than the country as a whole. Panaji is the capital and “Vascodagama” is the largest city.

Located at: West India, also known as “Konkan”in the Western Ghats range.

History: 

Every place has its own History and Geography which makes it more interesting and makes it the best reason for travelling purpose. The historic city of Margao still exhibits the cultural influence of Portuguese.

 Goa was a former Portuguese province. After Independence, Portuguese did not negotiate with the orders of India. And hence India planned “Operation Vijay” which resulted in the annexation of Goa.

Geography: 

The coastline extends upto 63miles. It rises upto the range of Western Ghats which separate’s from the Deccan Plateau. The highest point is Sonsogor. 5 rivers Mandovi, Zuari, Terekhol,Chaporakushavati and Sal flow through Goa.

Of these Zuariand Mandoviare the lifelines of Goa. The rocks are classified as Trondjemetic Gneiss is estimated to be around 3,600 million years old.

Local Languages spoken: Konkani, Marathi, Portuguese.

Climate: 

Features a Tropical Monsoon climate and is generally Hot and Humid all over the year. May month is said to be the hottest month. And the Monsoon rain arrives early by June and lasts upto September. It has a short winter season during mid-December and February.

Divisions: 

North Goa: 

Comprises Panajias their headquarters. It’s subdivided into 4 divisions and 6 taluks.

South Goa: 

Comprises of Margao as their headquarters and it is Subdivided into 3 divisions and 6 taluks.

Tourist Spots: 

Tourism is quite concentrated in the coastal areas of Goa whereas the inland has decreased Tourist Activity.

Official website for Goa tourism is in the following link. http://www.goa-tourism.com/ where you can get almost all types of booking facilities and rates for each place where you wish to travel.

Dudhsagar Waterfalls: 

Dudhsagar Waterfalls are one of the most spectacular sceneries and it adds to the natural beauty to Goa. A large volume of water is falling from several hundreds of feet and creating a milky mist appearance and hence the name “Dudhsagar” came. It is a best place for Trekkers and Hikers. Spa resorts are also available.

Backwater Thrills: 

These are the famous cruises that are on the banks of MandoviRiver. The cruise helps you to enjoy the natural beauty of Goa. Sceneries like thick and green lush Mangroves or if you’re lucky enough you can even spot a crocodile on the banks. This cruise might thrill the bird watchers. It takes you close to the Salim Ali’s Bird Sanctuary where you can see all the types of Migratory birds. Dinner cruises are also available with lot of entertainment on deck.

Naval Aviation Museum: 

Naval Aviation is one of a kind among the 3 Aviation museums that are located in India. It is a military museum where it consists of the evolution of Indian Naval Air Arm over the decades. It Consists of Outdoor exhibits and two-storeyed Indoor gallery exhibit. Timings to view are 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Closed during Mondays.

Goa State Museum: 

Lies at Panaji. The museum has 8000 artefacts for display purpose. Well known for collection of Hindu & Jain artefacts and sculptures. Admission is free. And is open from Monday to Saturday from 9.30 a.m to 5.30 p.m

Clubs: 

Goa is all time famous for 24x7 parties held at clubs. Tito’s club are the famous in clubs at Goa. These form the biggest entertainment in Goa. Tito’s club gives you a platform which is big enough for a large crowd to party. With private tables and pubs are present at the first floor.

Apart from this beaches are the best places to enjoy the scenery beauty. Goa is the best place to sit back and relax.