Dharamshala

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Dharamshala

In the district of Kangra there is a city known as Dharamshala. It is situated in the state of Himachal Pradesh. It is the district headquarters. It was formerly known as Bhagsu. In Dharamshala there are the headquaters of the administration of the Tibetan government and the residence of Dalai Lama. Dharamshala is situated in the 18 kilometres from Kangra.  Daramshala is the perfect place for holiday because here deodar forests, streams, cool healthy air, attractive surroundings and the nearby snowline are present. It is  peaceful place. The Mcleodganj, Bhagsunath, Dharamkot,, ForsythGanj, Kotwali Bazaar , Kaccheri Adda , Dari, Ramnagar, Sidhpur, and Sidhbari include the suburbs of Dharamshala. Triund Hill is the attraction and Jewel of Dharamshala. Triund is one day trek at the upper reaches of McleodGanj, about 9 km from McLeodGanj.

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Aghanjar Mahadev Temple

Places to visit 

  • Dal Lake
  • Kangra fort
  • Bhashunag Fall
  • Kangra Art Museum
  • Jwalamukhi Devi Temple
  • Aghanjar Mahadev Temple
  • Dalai Lama Temple
  • Dharamshala war memory
  • Chinmaya Tapovan
  • Nurpur
  • Mcleodganj

 

History

Dharamshala was found by British between 1815 from 1847. It was a British hill resort. After October 1959 Dharamshala remained a low-profile hill town till the influx of Tibetan refugees along with the Dalai Lama.The library of Tibetan works and Archieves opened by Dalai Lama in 1970. It considered the most important institute. India welcomed the religious leader and offered him and his people and a place to stay in Dharamshala. In the area many many Tibetan are settled in Dharamshala and most of Tibetan are settled in the upper area of Dharamshala called Mcleodganj. Dharamshala is the winter capital of Himachal Pradesh.

When to Visit

People can go in Daramshala in anytime i.e summer months, to see heavy rains during monsoon and snowfall in winters.

March to mid-July: In summer.

Mid-July to mid-September : In Rainy season.

Mid-September to November: In plesant wheather.

December to February : in Winter.

How To Visit

By Air : Gaggal airport is the nearest airport. It is 13 Km from Dharamshala.

By Rail : Pathankot station is the nearest railway station. It is 85 km from daramshala.

By Road : Dharamshala is well-connected to Delhi and other parts of North India.

Climate

In winter, the temperature is at freezing point. During summer, the climate is mild.

Dr. Yeshi Dhonden

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Dr. Yeshi Dhonden

There is a clinic of Dr. Yeshi Dhonden in the Dharamshala. He is one of the best Tibetan doctors. He uses Tibetan herbal medicines and diet for curing cancer. On 15 may 1927 in Lhoka, Tibet Dr. Yeshi Dhonden was born. His family belongs to the famous medical lineage of Ngok Lotsawa and Ngok Choeku Dorjee. Only at the age of twenty he completed  his medical training. He was succeded to find Men Tsee Khang, the Tibetan Medical College  in the year of 1960. From the year of 1960 to 1980, he was the personal physician of Dalai Lama. His main goal was to prove that these Tibetan formulas were safe and non toxic and have successfully proved it. From different countries of the world, he has treated many cancer patients including women with breast cancer. He is specialist in treating AIDS and Cancer. He has saved the lives of many patients even at the last stage of disease.

Kerala

Munnar

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Munnar

In the Western Ghats range of mountains, there is a small town and hill station named Munnar which is located in Idukki district of Kerala. It is 5200 ft. above the sea level. The meaning of Munnar is “Three Rivers”. It refers to location at confluence of Mudhirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly rivers. Covering the area of 557 sq. kms the Munnar town is situated on the Kannan Devan Hills village in Devikulam taluk. It is the largest punchayat of Idukki district. In past time this hill station was once a support for british government in south India. This resort provide many facilities. These  are  tea plantations, picture-book towns, winding lanes and holiday facilities which make this hill station to a popular resort town. Except the exotic flora, Neelakurinji is also found in the forest and the grassland. In every 12 years these flowers bath the hills with blue color. Munnar is also a highest peak in the south India about 2695 mt. To start the trekking Anamudi is an ideal spot.

Places to visit

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Attukal Waterfall
  • Devikulam : 7 km from Munnar
  • Mattupetty  : 13 km from Munnar
  • Pothamedu : 6 km from Munnar
  • Rajamala  : 15 km from Munnar
  • Eravikulam National Park : 15 km from Munnar
  • Attukal : 9km from Munnar
  • Nyayamakad : 10 km from Munnar

 

Climate

The temperature ranges between 5 °C   and 25 °C  in winter and 15 °C and 25 °C in summer. Temperatures as low as −4 °C have been recorded in Munnar.

How to Visit

By Air : Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport to Munnar.

By Rail : Aluva is the nearest railway station from Munnar.

By Road : Kerala State Road Transport Corporation provides bus services to Munnar from all major cities in Kerala.

Mount Abu

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Mount Abu

In the Sirohi district of Rajasthan there is a popular hill station in the Aravalli range called Mount Abu. It is also known as Abu Parvat. It is situated in the Western India near with the border of Gujrat. The mountain forms a distinct rocky plateau 22 km long by 9 km wide. Guru Shikhar is at 5650 ft above the sea level. It is the highest peak on the mountain. It is referred to as ‘an oasis in the desert’ as its heights are home to rivers, lakes, waterfalls and evergreen forests. In this mountain there are many hindu temples. The Interesting place to visit in the Mount Abu are:

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Dilwara Jain Temple
  • Dilwara jain temple : Located at 2.5 km from Mount Abu.
  • Wildlife Sanctuary : Forest was located between the Aravalli range. It is a home of 250 species and it covers 288 km
  • Abu Road : It is situated near the Banas River.
  • Guru shikhar : It is the temple of Guru Dattatreya and the highest point in the Mount Abu.
  • Nakki Lake : This lake is the attraction of Mount Abu and the best picnic place.
  • Toad Road : The rock formation look like a toad.
  • Adhar Devi temple : There are 360 stairs to reach in the temple.

History 

Serpent Arbuda saved the life of Lord Shiva’s Bull named Nandi. This incident is happens in this mountain and after the incident the mountain is called by “Arbudaranya”. But now the mountain is named Mount Abu.

Best Time to Visit

September to March is the best time to visit in the Mount Abu.

Climate

In Summer : The temperature in the summer is 36 °C.

In Monsoon : During the monsoon in mount abu rains well. During the rainy season the temperature is fall down.

In Winter : The temperature in the winter is 16 °C to 22 °C in the day and in the night the temperature is around 4 to 12 °C.

How to Reach

By Air : Udaipur Airport is the nearest airport at distance of 185 km But Ahmedabad is having better connectivity and daily flights. Ahmedabad is at distance of 221 km.

By Rail : The nearest railway station is Abu road at the distance of 28 km from the main city.

By Road : Mount Abu is well connected by road.

 

 

 

 

 

Chhatbir Zoo

chhatbir-zooChhatbir Zoo is zoological park situated closed to Zirakpur. It is also known as Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park. The park is located at 17 km from Chandigarh and 55 km from Patiala. The zoo is spread over 202 acres of land against the attractive green background. Large varieties of Birds, Mammals and  Reptiles lived here but the Lion Safari is the most interesting part of the zoo. The animals are kept in open. To fulfill behavioral and physical needs according to their natural habitat can be met similar. The zoo construction pre date to seventies and at present it is a developed zoological park. It is quite interesting to see that how a raw scrubland got changed into a perfect abode for wild beasts. The main key attraction of the zoo is Royal Bengal Tiger, which has the perfect point of interest for visiting the zoo. The Chattbir Zoo has a water body and large wooded parks and jungle area which is perfect for picnic.  Many Zoologist visit the zoo for their research on various species of  life. There are 950 animals and birds belonging to 85 species which are housed in about 100 animal houses. Most of animals are born here and some are from other Zoo.

 

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List of Animals:

  • Royal Bengal Tiger
  • White Tiger
  • Asian Elephant
  • Hippopotamus
  • Baboon
  • Emu
  • Sambar Deer
  • Zebra
  • Blue Bull
  • Chimpanzee
  • Jaguar
  • Blackbuck
  • Bengal Fox
  • Indian Python

 

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 Visiting Hours

The Zoo remains open 6 days a week except Mondays.

  • Zoo hours – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Zoo remain closed on – 26th January, 15th August, 2nd October.

Tickets Rates

  • Aged 3 – 12 : Rs 20
  • Above 12 : Rs 50
  • Lion Safari : Rs 50 per head

 

 

 

 

Rameswaram

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Rameswaram

In the state of Tamil Nadu, there is a town located in Pamban Island known as Rameswaram. Rameswaram means “Lord of Rama”. At the very tip of Indian Pennisula, Rameswaram is located in Gulf of Mannar. Pamban Island is also known as Rameswaram Island. It is a holiest place in India  and the part of Char Dham pilgrimage. From Rameswaram, God  Rama built a Bridge to Sri Lanka to rescue Mata Sita from Ravana and it is the closest point to reach Sri Lanka from India. Rama Sethu is the former of land connection betwwen India and Sri Lanka. This Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. From the 12 jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva in India Rameswaram jyotirlinga repesent the southernmost. The second largest rail bridge of India is Pamban rail bridge and is also known as Queen of Indian bridges.

 

History

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Pamban Bridge – Queen of Indian Bridges

Before the arrival of Lord Rama, Rameswaram Island is named as  “Gandhamadhanam” as there exist Shiva Temple. The various types of Conches and Pearls are the Historical evidence that were exported to different countries. During the period of Chola and Pandya kingdom Rameswaram eas one of the most important harbours. In the year 1935 a stamp with the picture of Rameswaram Temple was released by the British Government. In 1414 CE by Udaiyaan Sethupathi and Pararajasekara Aryasakravarthy the renovation and reconstruction process of the Ramanathaswamy temple was started. The granite stones were transported to Rameswaram through water route which were used to obtained from the mountains of Sri Lanka.

Best time to Visit

Philosophers can visit the temple in all seasons.

  • In Summer : April to June
  • In Monsoon : July to September
  • In Winter : October to March

How to reach

By Air : Nearest airport is Madurai airport.

By Train : Pilgrim can visit by direct train to Ramewaram junction (RMM).

By Road : There are regular buses from major cities.

 

Mussoorie

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Mussoorie – Queen of Hills

In the Dehradhun district of Uttrakhand, Mussoorie is the best and impressive hill station for visit in Northern India. From Dehradhun the hill station is situated about 35 km and in the foothills of Garhwal Himalayan range. With various species of Flora and Fauna and its green hills, Mussoorie is the best hill resort. Snow falls in the month of December to February. It is located at an average altitude of 6,600 ft in Northern India. Doon Valley and the Shivalik Ranges are located to its south while in North east range of snowy peaks attracts the tourist alot. At present Mussoorie is considered as the most frequently visited tourist destination. Nearest places to visit from Mussoorie are:

  • Kempty Fall :  One of the  major landmarks in the town, which is situated 15 km from Mussoorie and is perfect place to chill out.

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    Kempty Fall
  • Mossy Fall : 7 km from Mussoorie and is surrounded by a dense forest.
  • Bhatta Fall :  7 km from Mussoorie and an ideal place for a picnic having different ponds.
  • Municiple Garden : 4 km from Mussoorie and a picnic spot having artificial mini lake with paddle boating facility.
  • Nag devta Temple : 6 km from Mussoorie and it is dedicated to snake of Lord Shiva.

History

Mussoorie is derived from the word “Mansoor” which is a  shrub. The Hill station of Mussoorie owes its credit to the British army officer named Captain Young. In the year of 1825, the military officer made up his mind to reside at this place because of the beauty of this hill station which impressed him alot. This is how the hill station of Mussoorie was founded. In the late 90’s hills of Mussoorie was rich in Limestone and quarrying of limestone.The Hill Station is also famous for the gateway to Gangotri and yamunotri, the two most sacred places of Hindu.

Best Time to Visit

  • Middle of April to Middle of July
  • Spring time is from September to November

How to reach

By Air : Jolly Grant is the nearest Airport to Mussoorie.

By Rail : Dehradhun junction is the nearest railway station from Mussoorie.

By Road :  Roads to Mussoorie are from State like Dehradhun, Haridwar, Rishikesh and Tehri.

 

Badrinath Temple

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Badrinath Temple

From the most important four sites in India’s Char Dham Pilgrimage Badrinath Temple is one of them, which is located in Garhwal Hills tracks in Chamoli district along the banks of Alaknanda, Uttarakhand. It is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Best time of philosophy in Between the end of April and beginning of  November. The Three structure of temple are the Garbhagriha (sanctum), the Darshan Mandap (worship hall), and Sabha Mandap (convention hall). At the elevation of 3133 metes the temple is perched. In the temple, the statue of Lord Vishnu is about 3.3 feet tall and is made up of black stone which is worshipped by pilgrims as one of the eight forms of Lord Vishnu. The image is believed to have Vishnu in a dual form of Nara and Narayana.

Places to visit in Badrinath

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Neelkanth Peak
  • Tapt Kund
  • Brahma Kapal
  • Neelkanth Peak
  • Mata Murti Temple
  • Charanpaduka
  • Narad Kund
  • Mana village
  • Vyas Cave
  • Ganesha Cave
  • Panch Dharas and Panch Shilas

History

Name of tirth Badrinath originates from the word Badri which is a type of wild berry. Lord Vishnu have done his penance over here. Goddess Mahalaxmi seeing the lord Vishnu doing his penance in open. To face the adverse wheather condition Goddess Mahalaxmi assumed to form a Badri Tree to provide Lord Vishnu a shelter, therfore the named Badri Nayaran. Narad rishi also did his penance over here. The image of Lord Vishnu is made up of Saligramam.

How to reach

Through Road : Roads to Badrinath Temple are from Delhi, Haridwar, Rishikesh and Dehradun.

Through Rail : Pilgrim can also go by rail. Nearest railhead is at Rishikesh.

Through Air : Pilgrim can also travel by airplane and the nearest airport is Jolly Grant.

 

Kedarnath Temple

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Kedarnath Temple

From the most important four sites in India’s Char Dham Pilgrimage Kedarnath Temple is one of them, which is located in Garhwal Hills tracks in Chamoli district along the banks of Mandakini, Uttarakhand. It is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Best time of philosophy in Between the end of April (Akshaya Tritriya) to November (Kartik Purnima). A large statue of Nandi Bull is stand outside the temple. Lord Shiva manifested in the form of jyotirlingam and is the highest jyotirlinga among the 12 jyotirlingas. The temple is located at Rudra Himalayan range.

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Mandakini River

 Places to visit

  • Gaurikund
  • Rambara
  • Kedarnath mountain
  • Mandakini river
  • Chobari
  • Guptkasi
  • Sonprayag
  • Bhairavnath Temple

History

Badrinath temple was suppressed  for 400 years in the ice. Neverthless it was safe.On the walls of temple there are marks of ice. The temple was build by the kind of Malva named Bhoj. The temple is 85 ft in height, 80 ft wide and 187 ft tall.  Pandavas overtook the temple by killing their relatives to absolve there offence. In great epic Mahabharata this temple can be found. the inner walls of this temple are attractive with various images of Lords and scenes from mythology. Kedarnath Temple is build of heavy, large cut grey stones which is considered to be more than 1000 years old. There is a temple named Bhairavnathji temple. It is believed  that Bhairavnathji protects this land from evil during the time when temple of Kedarnath is closed.

How to reach

Through Road : Roads to Badrinath Temple are from Delhi, Haridwar, Rishikesh and Dehradun.

Through Rail : Pilgrim can also go by rail. Nearest railhead is at Rishikesh.

Through Air : Pilgrim can also travel by airplane and the nearest airport is Jolly Grant.

 

Hemkund Sahib

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Gurudwara Sri Hemkund Sahib

One of the sikh place of worship and pilgrimage is Gurudwara Sri Hemkund Sahib located in Chamoli district, Uttrakhand. It is also spelled as Hemkunt Sahib. This Gurudwara is dedicated to Tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji. Near the Gurudwara, lake is situated called glacial lake. This lake is surrounded by seven mountain peaks adorned by Nishan Sahib on its cliff. Best time to visit to Gurudwara between end of  May to beginning of October. Govindghat is the starting point which is situated on the banks of the Alaknanda river.

History

One of the holiest place os sikhs in the himalaya. The tenth and the last guru Guru Gobind Singh meditate here.

How to Reach

Through Road : Roads to Sri Hemkund Sahib are from Delhi and Haldwani Ranikhet

Through Rail :  Nearest railhead  to Sri Hemkund Sahib is  Rishikesh.

Through Air : People by  travel by airplane and the nearest airport is Jolly Grant but the road are only connected upto Govindghat which is 292 kms from Jolly Grant.

 

Nainitaal

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Nainital – The summer destination

 

Nainital About this sound pronunciation is a popular hill station in the Indian state of Uttarakhand and headquarters of Nainital district in the Kumaon foothills of the outer Himalayas. Situated at an altitude of 2,084 metres (6,837 ft) above sea level, Nainital is set in a valley containing a pear-shaped lake, approximately two miles in circumference, and surrounded by mountains, of which the highest are Naina (2,615 m (8,579 ft)) on the north, Deopatha (2,438 m (7,999 ft)) on the west, and Ayarpatha (2,278 m (7,474 ft)) on the south. From the tops of the higher peaks, “magnificent views can be obtained of the vast plain to the south, or of the mass of tangled ridges lying north, bounded by the great snowy range which forms the central axis of the Himalayas.”

 

Naukuchiatal Lake

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Naukuchiatal- Nine Corners Lake

Naukuchiatal is located in Nainital, Uttrakhand. This lake is also known as ” Nine Corner Lake.” It is small beautiful hill station covered with greenery. Among all the lake located in Nainital, it is the deepest one. It is good picnic spot. Tempting challenges like Paragliding, fishing etc. are offered here. Escape Festival is celebrated in the month of May in Naukuchiatal. March-June and September-November are the best time to visit the lake.

 

 

 

Jim Corbett National Park

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Corbett National Park

 

One of the oldest national park in India is Jim Corbett National Park which is situated in Nainital. This park was established in 1936 as Hailey National Park. The main motive of this park is to protect the endangered tigers. Jim Corbett plays a key role in its establishment so it is known as Jim Corbett National Park. The land area of 520.8 km sq comprises of Hills, Riverine Belts, Marshy Depressions, Grasslands and a large lake and covers 73% of Forest and 10% of grassland. Corbett National Park divided into 5 different zones to promote the tourism. The 5 tourism zones are “Bijrani Safari Zone”, “Jhirna Safari Zone”, “Durga Devi Zone”, “Dhela Safari Zone”, “Dhikala Zone”. To reach the Corbett National Park Ramnagar is the best approach.

Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple, New Delhi

akshardham‘Akshardham’ means the divine abode of God. It is hailed as an eternal place of devotion, purity and peace. Swaminarayan Akshardham at New Delhi is a Mandir – an abode of God, a Hindu house of worship, and a spiritual and cultural campus dedicated to devotion, learning and harmony. Timeless Hindu spiritual messages, vibrant devotional traditions and ancient architecture all are echoed in its art and architecture.The mandir is a humble tribute to Bhagwan Swaminarayan (1781- 1830), the avatars, devas and great sages of Hinduism. The traditionally-styled complex was inaugurated on 6 November 2005 with the blessings of HH Pramukh Swami Maharaj and through the devoted efforts of skilled artisans and volunteers.

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Shanti Kunj – A Peaceful place in Chandigarh

shanti_kunj_gardenShanti Kunj in Chandigarh is very beautiful place. Basically it is a park which is located near to the famous Rose garden. This garden has been situated in a place that is peaceful and which is free from any pollution and noise. So its name suits its surroundings and therefore the name Shanti Kunj is given to it. It is located in Sector 16, between rose garden and Cricket Stadium.

Garden is well maintained for tracking. People love to come this garden for a morning walk and evening walk that’s why this place always has a bit of rush in mornings and evenings. Shanti Kunj is true to its name because it is a garden of peace and tranquillity which provides a break from all the noise and pollution. This garden shanti_kunjhas numerous plants that are medicinal and are utilized for curing numerous diseases. Other than beautiful flowers, it also has a decorated Rain Drain and a neat walking path. There is stream naturally which runs amongst the garden. This is responsible for division into 5 segments of whole area. Night Life, dining, picnics and other important get-togethers are importance of this place. All these things may be held in this beautiful park. If one wants to meditate and enjoy the quiet among beautiful flowers, Shanti Kunj is the place to be. It is the best way to have a memorable time with kids and family.

I would like to suggest that it is better to carry some eatables with you because there are no major stalls available inside. But there are some good shops available in Sector-16 around 200 mtrs away from the entrance of this garden.

How to reach
If you want to come by Train then Chandigarh is an important railway station and is well connected to major cities in India through daily trains. Train from New Delhi to Chandigarh The Shatabdi Express runs two or three times daily from New Delhi to Chandigarh. Once you have reached Chandigarh, getting a cab or Taxi from the airport, bus stand or railway station is not a difficult task as there are a lot of them who can take you there.