In the District of Dehradun there is a popular pilgrimage known as Rishikesh. It is Located in the state of Uttarakhand, India. It is known as a Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas and the point  for the Char Dham Yatra. Is is located in the foothills of the Himalayas. Rishikesh is popular pilgramage, Adventure sports and Yoga. It is also called World Capital of Yoga. There are many temples in this place. Rishikesh is also spelled by  Hrishikesh, Rushikesh or Hrushikesh. The altitude of this place is 356 m above the sea levelGarhwali and Hindi languages are used in this place. This place is famous for Hinduism, Yoga and White water rafting. Rishikesh is place for hiking, backpacking, camping, Rock- Climbing, Kayaki etc.   Rishikesh is a alcohol free city. It is a vegetarian city by a law. By three districts Rishikesh is surrounded. These three districts are: Tehri, Pauri and Haridwar. From the Haridwar, Rishikesh is situated at the distance of 25 km.  

Lakshaman Jhula

Places to visit in Rishikesh

  • Ganga Aarti at Triveni Ghat
  • Jumpin Heights
  • Lakshaman Jhula
  • Ram Jhula
  • River Rafting
  • Parmarth Niketan
  • Bharat Mandir
  • Rishikund
  • Tera Manzil Temple
  • Virbhadra Temple
  • Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
  • Rajaji National Park

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit in the Rishikesh is September to April. 


In Summer : The temperature in summer is 21°C to 40°C.

In Winter : The temperature in winters is 5°C to 22°C.

How to Reach

By AirJolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport. It is located in the  Dehradun and the distance is 35 km from Rishikesh.

By Rail : Haridwar Railway Station is the nearest railway station. Haridwar is well connected to all major cities and the distance is 25 km from Rishikesh.

By Road : Rishikesh is well-connected to all major cities.


Araku Valley

Araku Valley
Araku Valley

Araku Valley, an amazing Hill Station in state of Andhra Pradesh in India which pull the tourist attraction with its Breathtaking Landscape and Pleasant Weather. The valley is in Eastern Ghats and inhabited by different tribes and is located approximately 110 km away from the Vizag , Andhra Pradesh at an altitude of 4265 ft and spreads around 36 km. Musical notes of waterfall and Lush Green Forest makes the journey more lively. The valley is enclosed by the mountains like  Galikonda, Raktakonda, Sunkarimetta and Chitamogondi. Araku valley is famous for the Coffee Plantation. In the year 2007, India’s first tribal organic coffee brand was launched in the valley. “Araku Emerald”, the perinium brand of coffee sells globally.

Katiki Waterfalls
Katiki Waterfalls

Other Attractions

  • Gosthani River
  • Tyda Park
  • Borra Caves
  • Ananthagiri
  • Coffee Plantation
  • Bheemili Beach
  • Katiki Waterfalls
  • Dumbriguda Waterfalls
  • Chaparai Waterfalls
  • Tribal Museum


  • In Winter temperature ranges from 8°C to 25°C.
  • In Summer temperature ranges from 18°C to 28°C.

Best Time To Visit

The best time to reach the Araku valley is October to Feburary.

How to Reach

By Air Vishakhapatnam Airport is the closest airport to the valley.

By RailVishakhapatnam Railway station is nearest railway station to the valley.

By Road – Valley can reached by road through Vizag.

Jayanti Devi Temple

Jayanti Devi Temple
Jayanti Devi Temple

From the word Jayanti the jind town derives and is dedicated to the goddess known for the victory.  The temple was build by Pandvas to goddess Jayanti Devi and later on developed to town Jaintpuri town. After some time the town name was modified to Jind. Goddess Jayanti Devi is also known to be Knowing and Kindhearted who listens to the prayers of her devotees. Jayanti Devi is one among the eight sister’s, the goddess of Knagra, Jwalaji, Chintpurni, Naina Devi, Brajeshwari, Jayanti Devi, Mansa Devi, Chamunda Devi. A old well is situated in the temple which provide the  sweet water round the year.



The story of the temple is a story of precious gift. It rolls back around approx. 500 years, when mughal were rulling the country. During the mughal period , a small estate names Hathnaur was situated in the north directon of the chandigarh. The king of the estate was having 22 siblings and one of their brother got married with daughter of the king of Kangra in Himachal Pradesh and the daughter of king was big devotee of Mata Jyanati Devi, mother goddess from her childhood. She first do worship of goddess and after that does all other activities.

When her marriage was fixed she was very nervous in moving far from the goddess as she will not be able to get opportunity to have darshan of goddess every morning. she prayed alot and felt grief from heat to her goddess. The goddess appeared in the dream of girl and said the she will accompany all places where the girl will go.

After marriage when the groom started moving to Hathnaur with bride’s doli a miracle happened. The doli turned out to be heavy and no one was able to move the doli. Then the girl tell her father about her dream and her father respected the divines will and ordered an alternate doli and Placed the idol on it. The holy goddess was sent along with his daughter and a pujari also moved with them.

Later shrines for the goddess on the hillock, situated in the estate, was built by the king of Hathnaur. For more than 200 years the worshiped was follow by her and by her generation. During this period, a robber named garibu or garibdas established his rule over Hathnaur and was big devotee of mata jayanti devi. Later he renovated and extended the temple which currently exist.

Best Time to Visit

Devotee can visit the temple in the months of Feburary – August.

How to reach

Devotees can reach the temple via Chandigarh as it the closest way to reach the temple. From Chandigarh the temple is 11 kms away.

Great Himalayan National Park

Great Himalayan National Park
Great Himalayan National Park

In the state of Himachal Pradesh, India there is a national park for visit known as Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP). It is located 50 km from the Kullu. In the year of 1984 the Great Himalayan National Park was established but in the year of 1999 it was declared as a National Park. The national park covers the area of 1171 sq km..  There are 375 fauna species. These fauna includes 31 species of mammals and 181 species of birds etc. There are many types of animals and birds in this national park. Some list of animals are : snow leopard, blue sheep, Himalayan brown bear, Himalayan tahr, musk deer, goral etc. and list of birds are : golden eagles, Himalayan griffon vultures, lammergeyers, raptors etc.  These faunas are protected under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. Many types of Flora in this park are trees, shrubs, herbs etc.  The park is also famous destination with trekkers. The altitude of this place is 1700 m above the sea level.

In the year 2014, the park was added to UNESCO list World Heritage Sites. The committe granted the status to the park under “Outstanding Significance of Biodiversity Conservation”.

Timeline of Creation

From the inception to the inauguration for Great Himalayan National Park to be included in Indian National Park System took 20 years. The brief timeline is under :

  • 1980-1983 : Preliminary park survey.
  • 1984 : Notification by state of Himachal Pradesh to create Great Himalayan National Park.
  • 1987 : First management planned.
  • 1988 : Settlement Proceedings
  • 1992 : The Himachal Wildlife Project reviewed the existing management plan.
  • 1994 : Revised of Notification fro creating the Great Himalayan National Park by the government of HP.
  • 1994-1999 :  Research to assist in the management of the park was done by  Conservation of Biodiversity Project (CoB),Dehradun.
  • 1999 : Project completed on December,1999 and Great Himalayan National Park becomes latest and newest national park of India.
  • 2014 : The park was listed in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.
View from GHNP
View from GHNP

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit in Great Himalayan National Park is  April-June and September-October.


In Summer: There are Sunny days in summer but nights are cool.

In Winter : The Temperature is very low and cool.

Entry Fees

The entry fees for The Great Himalayan National Park is given below. Entry fees for Indians, the entry fees for foreigners are different and  camera fees and other charges included if applicable.

  • Domestic : 50
  • Foreigner: 200

How To Reach

By Air – Bhuntar Airport is the nearest airport at kullu.

By Rail – Closest station is Joginder Nagar Railway Station, Mandi.

By Road – National Highway 21 , intersects at kullu.

Dachigam National Park

Dachigam National Park
Dachigam National Park

Dachigam National Park, literally stands for “ten villages” with covering an area of 141  sq. kms. is located 22 away from the Srinagar.

The park could be in the memory of ten villages that were reallocated for the formation of the Park. From the year 1910, the park is in protected area first under the maharaja of Jammu & Kashmir and later under the concerned government authorities. The park was initially created for the supply of the clean drinking water to the Srinagar city and later on was declared as the Nationa Park in the year 1981.

The park is situated in the Zabarwan Range of western Himalayas with the variation in the altitude ranging from the 5500 ft to 14000 ft. The park is divide in the two sections :

  • Upper Dachigam : good for day trek’s.
  • Lower Dachigam : comprises of one-third of total area and the area is accessible by visitor the most.
Black Bear
Black Bear

Flora & Fauna

  • Hangul and Kashmir stag are the animal species for which the park is famous for.
  • Some other species are : Jungle Cat, Leopard, Hill Fox, Musk Deer, Otter, Jackal, Himalayan Black Bear, Himalayan Brown Bear and many more.
  • Some species of Birds are : Redstart, Woodpecker, Babbler, Black Bulbul, Titmouse, Wallcreeper and many more.
  • Mountainslides under the tress are wooded and the forest consist of broad leafs species like alpine pastures, meadows, waterfalls and scrub vegetation with deep gullies, known as Nars.


  • In Summer months temperature ranges from 14°C to 8°C.
  • In Winter months  temperature ranges from 4°C to -2°C.


Best Time to Visit

May to November is the best time to visit the the Dachigam National Park as november to feburary the area is covered with the snowbound. March to May is ideal for the birds watching.

How to Reach

By AirSrinagar Airport is the nearest airport and is 32 km away from the park.

By Rail Jammu (315 km.) is the most convenient railhead.

By Road – Srinagar is accessible to Dachigam Park which is 21 km away and srinagar is well connected with the National Highway 1A.



In the state of Himachal Pradesh, India there is place for visit known as Parwanoo. It is situated in the Solan District. Parwanoo is located 30 km from Chandigarh. There are many beautiful gardens in Parwaoo. Parwanoo is known for its beautiful orchards. Mostly all festivals are celebrated in this place. Some list of festivals are : Holi, Navratri, Lohri, Diwali etc. Parwanoo is gateway to Renuka Lake, Paonta Sahib, Pinjore, Kasauli in the Himachal Pradesh. The altitude of the Parwanoo is 10 m above the sea level. Hindi and Himachali Languages are used in Parwanoo. The Ideal duration of this place is 1 day. Parwanwoo has a moderate climate. Parwanoo is famous for its Nature beauty and religious places. 


Places to visit in Parwanoo

  • Timber Trail : This Place is 2 km from Parwanoo.
  • Cable Car Ride
  • Kali Mata Temple : This Place is 2 km from Parwanoo.
  • Shri Bala ji Temple : This Place is 21 km from Parwanoo.
  • Dagshai : This Place is 10 km from Parwanoo.
  • Mansa Devi Temple : This Place is 16 km from Parwanoo.
  • Gorkha Fort : This Place is 16 km from Parwanoo.
  • Pinjore, Panchkula : This Place is 6 km from Parwanoo.
  • Cactus Garden, Panchkula : This Place is 19 km from Parwanoo.
  • Gurudwara Nada Sahib,  Panchkula : This Place is 18 km from Parwanoo.


Gorkha Fort

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit in Parwanoo is March-May, October-November. Visitors can also visit throughout the year.



In Summer : The temperature is pleasant hot in summer.

In winter : The temperature is chilly cool in winters.

The minimum and maximum temperature of Parwanoo is :

Minimum Temperature : -8 degree Celsius.

Maximum Temperature : 30 degree Celsius.


How To Reach

By AirChandigarh Airport is the nearest airport. It is 25 km from Parwanoo.

By RailKalka Railway Station is nearest railway station. It is 5 km from Parwanoo.

By Bus : Parwanoo is well-connected to major cities.


Paonta Sahib

Paonta Sahib

In the state of Himachal Pradesh, India there is a town known as Paonta Sahib. It is situated in the Sirmour district and located on the banks of the Yamuna river. Yamuna River is a boundary between the states of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. This place is important for the religious spot for Sikhs. It is believed that the tenth Guru Gobind Singh ji wrote the some portion of the Dassam Granth in this place. In the memory of Guru Gobind Singh ji a largest gurudwara built in this place. This gurudwara is known as Paonta Sahib gurudwara. This Gurudwara holds high religious importance to Sikhs. One devotee denoted the “Palki” which is made of Pure Gold.  A temple is also attached with the gurudwara Paonta Sahib.  This Temple is devoted to the Goddess Yamuna. The elevation of this place is 1276 ft. above the sea level. There are many industries in the town. Some industries are cement production, power generation and renewable energy, pharmaceuticals, Zee Laboratories, Textiles etc.




By the Tenth Guru Gobind Singh ji was found this place. Guru Gobind Singh ji and the Banda Bahadur has linkage to this Gurudwara. This has firstly named Paontika. This was the original name. The name derived from the two words “Paon” and “Tika”. Paon means “foot” and tika means “stable”. Guru Gobind Singh ji was Stay it this place near around 4 years. There is also a museum that shows the  antiques and weapons used by Guru Gobind Singh ji.


Assan Lake

Places to visit in Paonta Sahib

  • Gurudwara Paonta Sahib
  • Gurudwara Shergarh Sahib
  • Assan Lake
  • Simbalwara Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Museum
  • Balasundari Temple


Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit is March to July. Visitors can also go in Paonta Sahib throughout the year.



The  minimum and maximum temperature of Paonta Sahib is :

Minimum Temperature : 7 degree Celsius.

Maximum Temperature : 40 degree Celsius.


How to Reach

By AirJolly Grant is the nearest airport. It is 70 km from Paonta Sahib.

By Rail : Dehradun is the nearest railway  station. It is 45 km from Paonta Sahib.

By Road : Paonta Sahib is well connected to all major cities.


Wular Lake

Wular Lake
Wular Lake

Kashmir approximate known as the Paradise on Earth is rich in lakes, mountain tarns and swampy lagoons that attract tourists from far and near. One of the largest Fresh water Lake of Asia is Wular lake ( Also pronounced as wullar lake) located in Bandipur District in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. The lake is fed by Jhelum River and lake basin was formed as a result of tectonic activity. The lake size varies from 30 to 260 square kilometers, as per changing seasons. Boating, water sports and water ski have recently been launched by the Government of India Tourism in collaboration with Kerala Tourism and J&K Tourism. The contract for the operation of the site was awarded in September 2011.


Wular Lake was formed in the region occupied by a notorious city. A powerful earthquake destroy the city and left behind the a deep structure which was filled in by rainwater and River JhelumZain-ul-Abidin, a Kashmiri sultan has ordered the foundation of the artificial island named Zaina Lale which is in the middle of the Wular Lake. The construction of the lake was initiated in 1444 AD. In the ancient times the lake was also known as the Mahapadamsar. Nilamata Purana also mentions it as ‘Mahapadmasaras’ and it is reffered to as Bolor by Al-Biruni {960-1031 AD}. In the afternoon the lake give rise to the high leaping waves, called Ullola in Sanskrit. The lake was being called by the name Ullola and was corrupted its transition as ‘Bolor’ by Al-Biruni and over the centuries corrupted further to ‘Wulor’ or ‘Wular’. The word Wul, is also indicator of its origin to a gap created.

Other Attraction near the Lake

Houseboats, Doongas and sailing boats can be hired on the lake. On the south east side there are three main mooring places at Ningal Nullah, Kiuhnus Bay and at Ajus Spur. Around the lake there are various canals, which lead through the silt at the river mouths up into the rivers themselves.

Best Time to Visit

Tourist can visit lake between the months of June-August. These months provide lots of opportunities for boating, photography, fishing and long treks along the shores of the lake.

 How to Reach

By AirSrinagar Airport is the nearest airport.

By RailJammu Tswi is the closest railhead.

By RoadNational Highway 1A is connected to srinagar and from srinagar tourist have to travel to Bandipur which is 40 km away.



In the state of Himachal Pradesh, India there is a city known as Rampur. It is situated in the Shimla District. Rampur is located on the left side of the Sutlej. Rampur is biggest town of the Himachal Pradesh. It is located 135 km from Shimla. This town is the business center of the Shimla. The elevation of the town is 3550 ft above the sea level. Rampur is the very beautiful place. Rampur falls along the  trade route to Afghanistan, Ladakh, China and Tibet. This town was the center on  these trade routes.  Many fairs and places are the attraction of the Rampur but the Lavi fair is the major attraction of this city. This fair is the one of the biggest fair of the North India. This fair is held in the month of November in every year. This place is best place for outing as well as best place for shopping. Handspun woolen shawls and Rugs are the popular items in Rampur.

Rampur is famous for the blankets and  popularly known “Rampuri Chaddar”.

The blankets are known for their softness.  There are many temples and the Buddhist shrines in this place. Rampur is also base point to visit Bhimkali Temple at Sarahan.



Rampur was named after the princely state of Bushehar. It was comes under the British Raj. It was the border with all North, South, East and West. It is a town situated at the  left side of the Sutlej. It connects major trading routes. Raja Kehar Singh of Bushahr signed the trade between the  Bushahr State and Tibet about three hundred years ago. The signed is that they exchanged there popular things of the city that are Horses from Tibet and swords from Bushahr in the reward of frendship. From that time Lavi Fair was introduced in this place.


Ragunath Temple

Places to Visit in Rampur

  • Ragunath Temple
  • Ayodhya Temple
  • Narsingh Temple
  • Dumgir Budh Temple
  • Sun Temple
  • Rampur Town
  • Dutt Nagar
  • Nirath


Places to visit near Rampur

  • Narkanda
  • Tannu Jubbar Lake
  • Shree Bhima kali Temple
  • Jalori Pass
  • Hatu Peak
  • Nirmand
  • Vishnupad Mandir
  • Pin Valley National Park
  • Jau-Baug


Best Time To Visit

The best time to visit in the Rampur is March to June and September to November.



In Winter : Temperature can drop below freezing point.

In Summer : Temperature rises upto 40 degrees.


How To Reach

By Air  : Simla Airport is the nearest airport. It is 135 km from Rampur.

By Rail : Shimla railway station is the nearest railway station.

By Road : Rampur is well connected to all major cities.




A popular skiing destination and notified area committee in Baramula district is Gulmarg, in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. It is a small town and a hill station. The town is situated in the cup shaped valley in Pir Panjal Range in the western Himalayas at an altitude of 8,694 ft. The soil in Gulmarg comprises glacial deposits, Lacustrine Deposits covering shales, limestones, sandstones, schists and other varieties of rocks. The natural meadows of Gulmarg, which are covered with snow in winter, allow the growth of wild flowers such as daisies, forget-me-nots and butter cups during spring and summer.

Gulmarg is also known as the ” Heartland of Winter Sports in India ” and was rated as the seventh best ski destination in Asia.


Gulmarg was originally named as Gaurimarg (“the fair one “) in honor of the Hindu goddess Parvati. In the 16th century the Sultan Yusuf Shah of Chak Dynasty renamed the town to Gulmarg(“meadow of flowers”). Mughal emperor collected 21 different varieties of wild flower for his garden in Gulmarg. Later on Gulmarg was started using by the British servants as a retreat to escape summers in North Indian plains. Hunting and Golfing were there pastime and they build three golf courses in gulmarg. Ski Club was established by the British in the year 1927  and two annual ski events were hosted. Aurel Stien, a central asian explorer also visit during this period.

Gulmarg become the part of Princely state of Jammu & Kashmir, after the end of London Colonical rule. Pakistan planned an invasion of the state called Operation Gulmarg. One of the routes which was used by Pathans Tribesman , armed and supported by Pakistani regular troops, passed through the Haji Pir Pass and Gulmarg onto the state capital Srinagar. Indian Army established a Ski school in Gulmarg in the year 1948 and it become the High Altitude of Warfare School of the Indian army specializing in snow–craft and winter warfare. The war ended under UN supervision and a Ceasefire line (CFL), on January 1,1949 which was rechristened the Line of Control (LOC) by the Shimla Agreement of 1972. Post Indian Independence, Indian planners sought to develop a destination for Winter Sport in India. The Department of Tourism of the Government of India invited Rudy Matt, in 1960 to select a suitable location for such purpose.

Rani Temple
Rani Temple

Places to Visit in Gulmarg

  • Outer Circle Walk
  • Gulmarg Gondola
  • Aphrawat Peak
  • Gulmarg Aplines Guides
  • Gulmarg Ski Resort
  • Children Park
  • Rani Temple
  • Baba Reshi Shrine
  • Golf Courses
  • St. Mary’s Church
  • Alpather Lake
  • Ningle Nallah
  • Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve


  • In summer – Temperature Ranges from 10°C to 37°C.
  • In Winter – Temperature Ranges from –8°C to 11°C.

Best Time to Visit

  • Tourist who are Nature Enthusiast can visit Gulmarg between the months April – June.
  • Tourist who loves Sports Activities can visit Gulmarg between the months November- Feburary.

How to Reach

By Air – The closest airport to Gulmarg is Srinagar.

By Rail – Nearest railhead ti Gulamrg is Jammu Tawi.

By Road Natinonal Highway 1A connects Gulmarg with Srinagar.