Gods own country.

Red Fort


Friday, October 31, 2008

Gwalior - The Royal Tourist Place

Gwalior in Madhya Predesh state is a heritage location. The history of this city has been moulded by imperial reigns by Rajput clans of the Pratiharas, Kachchwahas and Tomars. You will be transported to the royal world of royals, kings and palanquins while exploring the palaces, forts and temples. Tourism in Madya Pradesh receives a cultural dimension with the tour to Gwalior. Gwalior also grabs prominence among the tourists for its art and handicraft products. This city imbibes its name and saint Gwalipa. The saint had cured Suraj Sen, the head of a clan of leprosy, who in turn established Gwalior.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Allahabad - Confluence of Holy Tourist Places

Allahabad is only place where the remains of the dead take rest and leave for the ethereal abode, and get rid of their eternal cycle of birth and rebirth. Allahabd is also the land where some of India's most charismatic people have either taken birth or made it their Permanent abode. Situated in Utar Pradesh, at a distance of 238 km from the state capital Lucknow, Allahabad is one of the holiest cities of India and prominent centre for culture, administration and education....

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Tourist Place - Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer, The famous Tourist Place, the birth place of Emperor Akbar is famour for its carved mansions and Jain temples. Even during the British days Jaisalmer was the last to sign the document of compromise with the British regime.
Jaisalmer Fort : With its golden sheen this fort is visible from miles away. Satyajit Ray has produced a film titled Sonar Kila (Golden Fort) which is based on this fort. This fort is roughly 100 meters above the ground level. Ganesh Pole is the main point of entrance to the fort. Ohter major entrance points include Suraj Pole, Bhuta Pole and Hawa Pole. There are number of Jain Temples in the inner circle. Manka Chowk and Havelis are the hub of market activities of local main market. Manak Chowk is the gateway to those alleys where famous carved mansions can be seen. The Haveli of Nathmaji, the Haveli of the Patvas and the Havelis of Saleemsingh are among the famous ones. Apart from this Amar Sagar, Bada Bagh, Mool Sagar, Loduva, Aakal Saim and Dnels, National Park are among other sites of outing....

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Tourist Place Sanchi - Masterpieces of Buddhist Art

The famous tourist place in India, Sanchi is known for its Stupas, monasteries, temples and pillars dating from the 3rd century B.C. to the 12th century A.D. world renowned stupa of Sanchi in Madhya Pradesh designated by UNESCO as a world heritage site for tis archaeological and historical monuments. The most famous of these monuments, the Sanchi Stupa 1, was originally built by the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka, the then governor of Ujjayini, whose wife Devi was the daughter of a merchant from adjacent Vidisha. Their son Mahindra and daughter Sanghamitra were born in Ujjayini and sent to Sri Lanka, where they converted the King, the Queen and their people to Buddhism.
The Sanchi hill goes up in shelves with stupa 2 situated on lower shelf, Stupa 1, Stupa 3, the 5th century Gupta Temple No 17 and the 7th century temple No. 18 are on the intermediate shelves and a later monastery is on the crowning shelf. The balustrade surrounding Stupa 2, carved with aniconic representations of the Budha, was added in the late 2nd century BC unde rthe Satavahanas. The adjacent Gupta Temple No. 17 was hailed by Sir John Marshall as one of the most rationally organized structures in Indian architecture. Though small, it was a herald of all the principles which went into the engineering of an Indian temple in the early medievel period. The Buddhas in the perambulatory surrounding Stupa 1 are not contemporary with the Stupa but beling to the Gupta period in the mid 5th century AD. The monastery and the temple with the tall pillars adjacent to Stupa 1 and the temple near the monastery on the crowning shelf illustrate the evolution of the architectural form after the 5th century Gupta temple. Below the hill, the Archaeological Survey of India Museum houses some of th earliest known stone sculptures in Indian art from the 3rd to the 1st century BC.Great Stupa No. 1 The oldest stone stucture in India. 36.5 mt in diameter and 16.4 mt high, with massive hemispherical dome, the stupa stands in eternal majesty, the paved procession path around it worn smooth by centuries of pilgims.
The Eastern Gateway : Depicts the young prince, Gautama leaving his father's palace on his journey towards enlightenment and the dream his mother had before his birth.
The Western Gateway : Depicts the seven incarnations of the Buddha.
The Northern Gateway : Crowned by a wheel-of-law this depicts the miracles associated with the Buddha as told in the jatakas.
The Southern Gateway : The birth of Gautama is revealed in a series of dramatically rich carvings.
Stupa No. 2 : The stupa stands at the very edge of the hill and its most striking feature is the stone balustrade that rings it.
Stupa No. 3 : Situated close to the great stupa. The hemispherical dome is crowned, as a mark of its special religious significance, with an umbrella of polished stone. The relics of Sariputta and Mahamogallena, two of the Buddha's earliest discriples, were found in its inmost chamber.
The Ashoka Pillar : Lies close to the Southern gateway of the Great Stupa, and is one of the finest examples of the Ashokantions and exquisite structural balance.
The Buddhist Vihara : The sacred relics of the Satdhara STupa, a few km away from Sanchi, have been enshrined in a glass casket on a platform in the inner sanctum of his modern monastery.
The Great Bowl : Carved out of one block of stone, this mammoth bowl contained the food that was distributed among the monks of Sanchi.
The Gupta Temple: In ruins now, this 5th century AD temple is one of the earliest known examples of temple architecture in India.
The Museum : The Archaeological Survey of India maintains a site museum at Sanchi. Noteworthy antiquities on display include the lion capital of the Ashokan pillar and metal objects used by monks, discovered during excavations at Sanchi.
How to reach : Bhopal the capital city of Madhya Pradesh is the nearest airport to sanchi. Which is served by several airlines. Sanchi to Bhopal is 46 Km.. A well laid rail network link to Bhopal.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Ajanta Elora

AJANTA ELORA, The tourist place near Aurangabad, the Historic city, in the state of Mahrashtra. The caves made are really beautiful. The great architecture were built thousands years ago. The stones are carved into many deities, like Shiva, Vishnu, Brahma, Buddha etc. The most amazing I like in the caves is Temple of Shiva. Wonderful, wonderful and wonderful. Nearly 200 meters high temple. And it is carved out of single stone. Believe it or not. There are several sculptures in the temple. The entire mahabharata and Ramayana is carved on the walls of temple.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Friday, August 15, 2008

Great Architecture Akshardham, New Delhi

Akshardham Temple in New Delhi, the famous tourist place, every one will glad to travel, is dedicated to 18th century saint 'Swaminarayan'. The followers of this holy saint is believe that Swaminarayan was an incarnation of god and hence worship him with great devotion. Designed in typical Indian style of architecture, it is an architectural marvel of Delhi. Made out of red sand stone, there are hundreds of pillars, domes, windows, built with the help of 3 million man power in five years. The great pleasure for tourist.
This grand edifice sprawls over an area of over 100 acres, which consists of 234 ornately carved pillars, 9 ornate domes, 20 quadrangle shikhars, a Gajendra Pith (plinth of stone elephants) and 20,000 murtis and statues of India's great sadhus, devotees, acharyas and divine personalities. Constructed of pink sandstone from Rajasthan and white marble from Italy. The pink stone symbolizes Bhakti (Devotion) in eternal bloom while the white marble stands for absolute purity and eternal peace. The temple has been constructed without using a single iron rod. It's just the fine placement of these stones that provide strength to the building.As one enters the grand monument, its huge pink sandstone domes seem sprouting above the banks of Yamuna River. Each wall, pillar, surface and dome is adorned with statuary fairies, peacocks, elephants, cows and vines. They aspire so lively that none can keep his eyes off this marvelous structures of beauty. With sprawling gardens and majestic fountains, one would never wish to leave the place and would love to rest here, forever.Also pronounced as devotional Disneyland, there are a number of attractions within the temple like sound and light show, 3-d animated studio and exhibition halls. By spending a few rupees, you can have a vie of these paid attractions. One can follow the story of Bhagwat Geeta with walkie-talkie mannequins. Following the crowd, one would feel like experiencing a roller coater ride and would be electrified with devotion with which people visit this place and worship here. During the weekends, there is a mad rush to have a glimpse of Swaminarayan. There are images and idols of various Hindu Gods and Goddesses that have been kept inside the temple. Brilliant walkways lead to the large halls, where these idols have been placed interestingly.

Saturday, July 19, 2008


Shimla, the Heaven for tourist, the "Queen of Hill Stations." Situated in the north-West Himalayas, Shimla the summer capital of India before independence is now the capital of Himachal Pradesh. Shimla derives its name from "Shyamala";- the goddess Kali, whose temple existed in the dense forest that covered Jakhu Hill in the early 19th century. The English named it Simla. Shimla is well connected by air, road and rail with all parts of Himachal Pradesh, and the neighbouring states of Punjab, Haryana, Jammu and Kashimir and the Union territory of Chandigarh. Covering the area of 18 sq. km. at a height of 7,238 ft. Shimla is surrounded by pine, deodar, oak and rhododendron forests. Its well developed facilities, easy accessibility and numerous attractions make it one of Indian's most popular and biggest hill-stations.
Shimla is connected to the city of Kalka by one of the longest narrow gauge railway routes in India. Shimla is approximately 115 km (71.4 miles) from Chandigarh, the nearest major city, and 365 km (226.8 miles) from New Delhi, the national capital. The city is named after the goddess Shyamala Devi, an incarnation of the Hindu Goddess Kali.
Shimla Tourist Attractions: The Mall: Known as ‘the Heart of Shimla’, the Mall is the main shopping centre of the place. It is teemed with colorful shops that sell various curios and trinkets to tourists. For gourmands, the place is next to heaven with a huge array of exotic cuisines and local delights. No vehicles except the emergent ones (like fire brigades and ambulances) are allowed inside the mall which makes it a pedestrian’s delight.
Tara Devi Temple: Among the various places to visit in Shimla, this temple occupies a crucial place and is also of great importance for the pilgrims. It is located on top of a hill facing Shimla and commands panoramic vistas of Shimla. It is also an ideal picnic spot surrounded by thick forest of oak and rhododendron.
Chadwick Falls: These are the 67 metres high water falls which come streaming down from the Summer Hill. The falls are set amidst thick forest at a height of 1586 metres. The falls are at their best after monsoons. You can go and explore the tracks in the forest on your own, deodar trees line the forest. There are also some old temples closeby and a fair is held here in April every year.
Himachal State Museum: The museum showcases a large collection of Pahari miniatures, stone sculpture, local handicrafts, textiles and embroidery.
Nature Park, Kufri : Kufri is a well known tourist resort near Shimla. A large number of tourists visiting Shimla also visit Kufri where a nature park has been established. In this park rare varieties of Hangal, Barking Deer, Musk Deer, Brown Bear, rare species of Monal and other pheasants are kept in social groupingsAccommodation: Shimla, being a very popular holiday destination amongst Indians & foreigners, does not leave scope for complaint in context of accommodation. Right from the luxury travelers to the budget ones, no one will find the hill station lacking in accommodation .Hotels in Shimla cater to every need and budget. The luxury ones provide world-class amenities and excellent hospitality, while the budget ones make sure to never ever put a strain on your budget. Some of the most popular hotels in Shimla are Wildflower Hall, Oberoi Cecil, Radisson, Shilon Resort, Hotel Asia The Dawn, East Bourne Resort, Chapslee Palace, Woodville Palace Resorts, etc.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Tryambakeshwar (Nashik) One of Jyotirlinga

Tryambakeshwar, 30 km from Nashik in Maharashtra is revered as one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva. It is here that the river Godavari is born. This is an ancient shrine, but what we see today built by the Peshwa Balaji Bajirao in mid 18th century. This great JyotirLinga on the banks of Gautami has a unique form. The Lord in this temple’s Grabhagriha is not worshipped with Abhisheka with water (Jalahari) unlike others. There is just a bottom part of the pounding stone (Ukhali), instead, like a hole. In that hole there are three Lingas shaped like the Thumbs. Hence Tryambakeshwara. Of these three Lingas, the Linga of Mahesha has a constant shower of water from an orifice above. It is a natural source of water coming down as Abhisheka for the Lord.
Legend: Brahma and Vishnu searched in vain to discover the origin of Shiva who manifested himself as a cosmic column of fire. Brahma lied that he had seen the top of the column of fire, and was hence cursed that he would not be worshipped on earth. In turn Brahma cursed Shiva that he would be pushed underground. Accordingly, Shiva came down under the Brahmagiri hill in the form of Tryambakeshwar. The shrine enjoyed the patronage of the Peshwas. Another legend says that sage Gowtama resided on the Brahmagiri hill here with his wife Ahalya, and seeing his unflinching devotion received a boon from Varuna - a bottomless pit from which he received an inexhaustible supply of foodgrains. This of course enraged other sages who conspired for a cow to enter his granary, and caused it to die as Gowtama attempted to ward it off with a bunch of Darbha grass. Because of this misfortune Gowtama therefore worshipped Shiva, to invoke the Goddess Ganga down to his hermitage to purify the premises. Ganga came down as Godavari, and Shiva took up an abode here in the form of Tryambaka. Interestingly, locals refer to the river here as Ganga and not as Godavari.
Architecture : The Nagara style of architecture is what typifies this temple made of black stone. It is enclosed in a spacious courtyard and the sanctum (internally a square and externally a stellar structure) houses a small Shivalingam - Tryambaka. The sanctum is crowned with a graceful tower ,a giant amalaka and a golden kalasha. In front of the garbagriha and the antarala is a mandap with doors on all four sides. Three out of the four doorways are covered with porches, and the openings of these porches are ornamented with pillars and arches. The roof of the mandapam is formed by curvilinear slabs rising in steps. The entire structure is ornamented with sculptural work featuring running scrolls, floral designs, figures of gods, yakshas, humans and animals. The Shivalingam is seen in a depression on the floor of the sanctum with water constantly oozing out from the top of the Shivalingam. Usually, the Shivalingam is covered with a silver mask, and on festive occasions with a golden mask with five faces, each with a golden crown. The silver mask is equivalent to the processional images seen in South Indian temples.
Places of Interest
Shree KalaRam Mandir - This temple was built by late Shri Odhekar, a knight serving with Peshwas. There are great processions and utsav on Ramnavami, Dussahera and Chaitra Padwa (Hindu new year day). The specialty of the temple is that it was built with black stones.The stones were brought from Ramshej 200 years ago. It took 23 lakhs of rupees and 2000 workers to build the temple in 12 years.This temple is situated at a distance of 3 km from Central Bus Stand.
Brahmagiri - Original Ganges and Trimbak Tirtha are on Brahmagiri mountain adjacent to Trimbakeshwar temple. Brahmagiri is considered as a huge form of Lord Shiva and hence the mountain climbing was considered as a sin. Godavari is flowing in three directions on the mountain. The one flowing towards east is called Godavari, one flowing towards the south is called Vaitarna and the one flowing towards the west is called the west-flowing Ganga and meets Godavari near Chakra Tirth. River Ahilya meets Godavari in front of the Trimbakeshwar temple. Childless families worship at the Ahilya sangam and it is believed that they do get a child The first peak of Sahyadri is called Brahmadri. The mountain is 1800 feet high . Its height from sea level is 4248 feet. Five peaks of this mountain are called Sadyo-Jata, Vamdev, Aghora, Ishana and Tat-Purusha and are considered as five mouths of the Lord Shiva and they are worshipped.
Gangadwar - is half way to Brahmagiri mountain. There is a temple of Ganga, now known as Godavari River. Ganga appears first time here, after it vanishes from Brahmagiri Mountain. Godavari comes to Gangadwar from Brahmadri. Gangadwar is one of the five tirthas. There is an idol of Ganga and near her feet is a stone of the shape of cow's head through which Ganga water is flowing drop by drop.Nearby is Kolambika Devi, Varah tirtha further on is the cave of Gautam for practicing penance where there are 108 Shivalingas. A little further on is Gorakh Gumpha, a place where Gorakhnath practiced penance, the idol is worth seeing. After descending a few steps, Ganga flows from the roots of Audumbar tree. This is known as Rama-Laxman tirtha. Here Rama stopped for a few days and did Shraddha ceremony in memory of Dasharatha. There is Rama temple and Gopalrao Ghanekar built in 1857. Ganga Sagar is a big tank in the flow of river.
Ramakund - The most important place in Panchavati is Ramkund, which is at a distance of 1km from Central Bus Stand. It is so called because Lord Rama is believed to have taken bath there. In Hindu culture the body after dealth if dedicated to Fire and the ashes are then flown in to Godavari, Ramkund is the place where ashes are set free in the water.A dip in this kunda is considered very sacred.
Muktidham temple - is situated in Nashik Road. Built by Late Shri JayramBhai Bytco, is magnificient peice of architucture, made with marble from Makran in Rajastan, and by Rajastani scluptors. Unique to this temple are eighteen chapters of Geeta written on the walls. You can also see the replicas of all the twelve Jyotirlingas over here and also icons of all major Hindu Gods and Godesses. After visiting this temple one gets a feeling of visiting all the four Dhams in India. This temple is situated at a distance of 8 km from Central Bus Stand
Dhammagiri, Igatpuri - Vipashyana International Academy is located at Igatpuri. It was established in 1976 The aim was to conduct Vipassana Courses for those in search of peace of mind and harmony. Known as Dhammagiri, it is located in Igatpuri, 40 kms away from Nashik City, on Bombay-Agra road.This world famous meditation centre offers techniques which relieve mental stress and promote inner peace. It is turning the wheel of time conversion from Kalchakra to Dharmachakra under the able guidance of Guruji Satyanarayan Goenka. A 10 day residential course at the centre, which is free of charge, ends with Bhavatu Saba Mangalam meaning May all beings be happy.
Shree Saptshrungi Gad - is situated at a distance of 60 km from Nashik.It is one of the most visited and religious places for pilgrims.As the temple is situated on a mountain, a regular bus service is provided from the foot of the mountain to the temple.Saptashringa Garh is a place where Goddess Bhagawati dwells.It is one of the most important of the places of Goddesses in Maharashtra. Saptashringa signifies seven mountain peaks. Nanduri village is situated at the foot of the Saptashringa Gad. In front of the temple there stands Markandeya Rishi's (sage) hill. The Saptashringa Gad is full of a variety of trees having medicinal worth. As per the story depicted in Ramayana, Hanuman carried the herbal medicine for wounded Laxmana from this hill. There are about 108 water reservoirs on the hill, known as Kundas. Vani is situated at a distance of 60 kms. away from Nashik.
Pandav Lani - is situated at a distance of 9km from Central Bus Stand.These are three mountain peaks of Anjinagiri mountain ranges.These caves were built by Jain Kings and are 2000 years old.The engravings inside the gumpha are believed to be of Pandavas of 17th Century and thus these caves are named as "Pandav Caves".
Godavari ghat - River Godavari flows through Nashik and its Northern part is known as Panchavati. Lord Shri Ram and Sita along with Laxman stayed at Panchavati during exile. There are five Banyan (Vad) trees and thua the reason it is called Panchavati.Nearby is Sita Gumpha (cave) where Sita stayed for some time.
Dutondya Maruti - This idol of Lord Maruti is placed on the bank of Godavari river near Ramkund. This idol has two faces on eithe sides.
Sita Gumpha - is at a distance of 2 km from Central Bus Stand. It is situated at the western side door of Kalaram Temple.Lord Rama's wife, Sita dwelled at this place and King Ravan abducted her from this place. The Shiv linga that she worshiped is still there in the gumpha.There are five Banyan trees in this area and thus called "Panchvati".
Shri Ved Temple - situated at a distance of 1.5km from Central Bus Stand, was built with the aim of studying Indian culture and Ved and Puranas. A private trust of Mr Sarada founded the temple.The temple is the example of modern interiors with Italian Marble. The entrance to the temple is very large and attractive with glasses and flood lights. Free training and education on Ved-Puranas is given to students from all over India. The temple has the idols of Shriram, Laxman and Sita. Along with them is the beautiful idol of Guru Gangeshwaranandji.
Shri Someshwar Temple - This temple is on the way to Gangapur dam, at a distance of 8km from Central Bus Stand. This is a temple of Lord Shiva and Lord Hanuman on the banks of river Godavari. The area is covered with greenery, with a pleasant climate. Tourists can take pleasure of swimming and boating in the river.Someshwar has been a favourite location for many a filmshootings. On the way to Someshwar, there is a village named Anandwalli. It is so named because Peshwas - Anandibai and Raghobadada, lived there for some time. The temple - Navasha Ganpati was built by them.
Shree Kapaleshwar Mahadev - Situated at a distance of 1km from Central Bus Stand, this temple is one of the peculiar Mahadev Temples in Nashik.The most prominent aspect regarding this temple is there is no idol of Nandi in front of Lord Mahadev.Shravani Somvar(Monday) and Shivratri are the 2 days when pilgrims gather in large numbers in this temple.
Sundarnarayan temple - is built by Gangadhar Yashwant Chandrachud in 1756 at a distance of 1 km from Central Bus Stand. The entrance of the temple is to the East. The architecture is attractive and the round dome is made by little ornamental cordons. The arched recesses are impressions of Mughal sclupture. The main deity is of Lord Vishnu - also called Narayana. To the left and right are Laxmi and Saraswati respectively. Fine design is carved on the stones of the temple. On the road leading towards Godavari River there is Badarika Sangam Pond. It is said that the king of Devgiri bathed and performed rites in this pond. We also find a mention of this pond in the holy book Dnyaneshwari. One remarkable thing about this temple is that it is built at such an angle that on 21st March, rays of the rising Sun first fall exactly upon the idols.
Naroshankar Temple - Situated in Panchavati area about 2 km from Central Bus Stand, on the bank of river Godavari - fondly called as ganga by Nasikites - is Naroshankar Temple of Rameshwar built by Naroshankar Rajebahaddur in 1747. The architectural style of the temple is called "Maya". It is one of the most beautiful pieces of architecture of the 18th century. Sculpture on the outer side of the temple is stunning. It has rows of exuberant designs. One layer is of decorative lacework. The next one is that of peacocks holding bead garlands. In four directions are statues of the saints in Padmasana. There is also an assembly of animals - tigers, monkeys,elephants etc. This depicts that Hindu culture is not limited only to human beings but also has relation with birds, animals, trees, and nature in general. In its four corners are umbrellas - called "Meghadambari" or "Barasati". One of them was washed away in Godavari floods and only three are existing presently. The surrounding fortification centres a "Bell house" in the front part. The famous bell , called "Naroshankar Bell" is fixed here. The bell is a victory memorial over Portuguese.

Friday, June 27, 2008


India is a land of great physical diversity with its mountains, plateaus, valleys, waterfalls, tourist place, etc. Such a large country in area is bound to have these various physical features. But rivers in the country hold a special place in the lives of the people. There are many rivers in India and most of them do a lot more than just supply water to people. Since ancient times, rivers have held a very important position in one’s lives. These are considered holy, especially according to the Hindu mythology. At all big occasions, people go and take a dip in rivers like Ganga so as to purify their souls. Also, there are other rivers too in various parts of the country which have some mythological importance or the other and therefore are considered holy. Also, India being an agricultural country, a major role is played by these rivers in providing irrigation to the fields. If it would not have been for these rivers like Yamuna, Kosi, Ganga, Brahmaputra, Godavari, Kaveri etc, India would not have been flourishing. The water for irrigation of all the crops is provided by the rivers itself. Other than the religious importance and irrigation, there is a lot more that is provided by the rivers. It is an important means of transportation. Also, electricity is provided by these rivers to a large population. Also, it is a source of employment to a number of people. Even tourism is promoted to a great extent by these rivers. A lot of adventure sports are being done in these rivers which has made them an attraction for tourists. The rivers of India have a special place in the hearts of the people, so much so that they even worship them. A glimpse of the beautiful landscaping that these rivers have would enchant any one and attract them towards the culture of the country all the more.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

All About Amarnath

Shiva is one of the holy Trinity of the Indian mythology. And linga? Well, that is the phallic symbol of Shiva. That is Amarnath. Shiva lingas are a common sight everywhere and worshipped in every nook and corner of India.
Then what is so special about the one in Amarnath? Here it is a natural formation of snow seen only during July-August every year. And it waxes and wanes with the moon. There is not just one. There are two more ice stalagmite, close to the main one. These represent Parvathi, Shiva's consort, and their son, Ganesha.
There is a legend associated with Amarnath: It's that Shiva disclosed the secret of creation to Parvathi in a cave at this place. That was overheard by a pair of doves. Once the secret was known, they could be reborn and reborn. Doves can, therefore, be sighted at Amarnath cave even today.
There is another on the creation of the cave. That the Amarnath cave and the lingam were discovered when Kashyap rishi drained the Kashmir valley, which was a lake at that time, of all waters.
A third one has a little historical anecdote underlying Amarnath cave. It is that once upon a time a sadhu gave Buta Malik, a Muslim shepherd, a bag of coal which on his reaching home turned gold. The spot where the bag got changed hands became a pilgrim centre. A part of the donations received at the Amarnath temple is given to the descendants of Malik Saab every year even today.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Tourist Place - Mahabaleshwar

Traveling in Maharashtra can be quite the experience .There are quite a few places within the state that the residents themselves are not aware of. To start with, some of forts that should not be missed out while traveling the Great State include,Raigarh , This was the capital of the State's greatest Leader ,Shivaji .This was where he was crowned and the same place where he died. At 210kms south of Mumbai, and spread out at 5.12sqkms ,the forts architecture was focused on making sure that it was easily accessible to his associates , whereas it making it impossible for his enemies. Some of the other forts you might want to visit include, Pratapgarh, Lohagarh, Kulaba, Ajinkyatara, Ahmadnagar forts. Home to many of the monks dating back to the 2nd BC, Maharashtra has a number of Caves, which depict amazing architecture and are even compared to the structures today. Among them Ajanta and Ellora caves stands out, as the formation of these caves can be called as one of Maharashtra's and probably even India's greatest events which took 600 years to complete. These caves showcase an artistic collage of sculptures influenced mainly by Buddhist, Hindu and Jain culture. It is recommended that you stay at Aurangabad as there are daily services from here to these caves. The Elephanta caves, is another masterpiece which could really add to your trip. This 7th century marvel can be visited by ferry which is conducted everyday, except Monday from The Gateway of India. 145 kms from Mumbai, Bordi Dahanu, in the Thane district, is a beach that stretches 17kms and is considered as an important place of worship by the Zoharastrians. It is known for a temple that houses their sacred fire which is said to have been kept alive for about 1000 yrs now.Along the Konkan Coast, 375 kms south of Mumbai, Ganapatipule is a spectacular beach that holds the self originated temple of Swayambhu Ganesh, which is visted by thousands every year. There are many more beaches along the coast of Maharashtra which are of historical importance; some of those are Mandwa and Kihim 12miles from Alibaug. Marve, Manori and Gorai is located about 40 kms by road from Mumbai and Tarkarli, 546 kms south of Mumbai has one of the clearest beaches you can find in India. Off the coast, and into the mainland, you will find a number of hill stations, some which are visited by thousands of tourists a day. Among them Mahabaleshwar, which is considered as the Queen of the hill station, stands out at an altitude of 4500 feet. Apart from its beautiful landscapes, it provides tourists with a chance to experience nature at its best. Boating and fishing at Venna lake, horse riding, Golf, Polo are some of the attractions here .Mahabaleshwar is also known for its Strawberries, Jams, Leather and Tribal jewelry, which makes shopping here special. It's easy to get here by either public transport or on your own and accommodation is available in plenty.Panchgani not too far away from Mahabaleshwar, is another gorgeous hill station apart from Matheran, Amboli, Malshej Ghat and Chikhaldara Hills.

Monday, June 9, 2008


jewel glittering atop India, Jammu and Kashmir is one of the most beautiful destinations in India. Often referred to as the 'Switzerland of India', it is the northern extreme of the country. Home to mighty mountains and lovely glades and forests, the region is bestowed with abundant of natural beauty overflowing from everywhere. Ruled by a Maharaja Hari Singh in the past, Jammu & Kashmir is made up of many regions but is called Jammu & Kashmir because the two most populous regions in the state are called Jammu and Kashmir. Tourist Attraction in Kashmir: • Amar Mahal Museum Set in a picturesque setting of Himalayas, Amar Mahal Museum and Library, is an epitome of royal grandeur and magnificence. It is a repository of books and paintings and attracts art lovers and historians from all over the world. The museum building forms the major part of the majestic Amar Palace, which has a French touch in its architectural style. • GulmargThe meadow of Flowers is a world famous tourist spot in the Baramulla Distt of Kashmir. The altitude of Gulmarg is 2730 meters. surrounded by dense forests of tall conifers, Gulmarg is known for unparalled beauty nad is rated as one of the matchless tourist spots of the world. It is famous for Golf hikes and boasts of a beautiful highland golf course. It is premier resort for winter sports in the country. • Hari Parbat FortThe Mughal fort situated on the banks of the Dal Lake of Srinagar, it is positioned on top of the Sharika Hill. Originally, it was built during the reign of Akbar but its present structure owes itself to the Afghan governor of Kashmir in the 18th century. It has a Parvati temple on the western slope and the Muslim shrines of Khwaja Makhdoom Sahib and Akhund Mullah Shah on the southern one. • SrinagarSrinagar is located in the western part of the State of Jammu and Kashmir and is famous for its lakes and the charming rows of houseboats floating on them. It is also known for traditional Kashmiri handicrafts and dry fruits. The Mughal Gardens are an important tourist attraction. The best time when tourists can seize an opportunity to travel to Srinagar is from June to early November to enjoy the extended summer and from December to February in winter. • Hazratbal ShrineThe Hazratbal Shrine, which is situated on the left bank of the famous Dal Lake in Srinagar. This unmatched reverence is anchored in the love and respect for the Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him), whose Moi-e-Muqqadas, (the sacred hair) is preserved here. • PahalgamThe Pahalgam valley is situated at the confluence of the Seshnag Lake and the Lidder River. Pahalgam is associated with the annual Amaranth yatra. The region is extremely popular among tourists for its outdoor activities like fishing, horse riding, golf and trekking. Tours and travel to Pahalgam usually offer opportunities for outdoor activities. Excursion of Kashmir: AchabalAchabal is situated at a distance of 58 km from the district of Srinagar. Reached via Anantnag, Achabal served as the pleasure retreat of the Mughal Empress Nur Jehan. Situated at a height of 1,677 m, Achabal is a visual treat for the eyes. Achabal is adorned with one of the best Mughal Gardens in India. The beautifully laid out garden in the Mughal (Persian) style sparkles with a charm and character, which is quite unique to it. KokernagSituated at a height of 2,020 m, Kokernag is approximately 70 km from the district of Srinagar. Blooming gardens surround this spring, which bubbles at seven places at the foot of the forested mountain. The water of Kokernag in Kashmir is believed to have medicinal and digestive properties. Wullar LakeWullar Lake is approximately 60 km from the city of Srinagar, between the towns of Bandipore and Sopore. Spreading over an area of 125 km, Wular Lake is said to be one of the largest fresh water lakes in Asia. The Wular Lake of Kashmir changes character after every few miles of its course. The lake serves as a natural flood reservoir for Jhelum River, draining off the excess water. YusmargYusmarg is approximately 47 km from the Srinagar and lies in the Badgam district of Jammu and Kashmir. The two-hour drive to the place is an enjoyment in itself. Grassy pastures stretching to acres of land, the dense forests full of pine trees, with the backdrop of splendid snow capped mountains leave you almost speechless. How to get there: By AirSrinagar airport is approximately 14 km from the city. There are daily flights to Srinagar, operated by Indian Airlines (from Delhi, Mumbai and Jammu) and Jet Airways (from Delhi and Jammu). By RailJammu Tawi, approximately 305 km far, is the nearest railhead for Srinagar. Trains from Delhi, Calcutta, Pune, Mumbai and other cities arrive at this station only. During holiday season, when there is a heavy rush for Kashmir, additional trains operate for and from this station. By RoadNational Highway 1-A is the main highway connecting Srinagar with Jammu. J&K State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) as well as a number of private Super deluxe, A-class and B-class busses operate to and from the state. Private taxis are also available for traveling to Kashmir.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Your Holidays In India

India has become very popular with tourists in recent years. This beautiful country has so much to offer not just in terms of scenery but also its diverse range of culture and people. Many holiday makers now rent holiday home accommodation while on holiday in India. By staying in a holiday villa or self catering holiday apartment they are able to experience the true culture of India.A land of rich culture and Heritage, India is unique for diversity in language, culture, landscape, climate and religion. India is home to a five thousand year old civilization. India has become a popular destination among the tourists, across the world. The diverse attractions of India consists of deep blue seas, mysterious deserts, sprawling beaches, splendid green valleys, majestic mountain ranges, exotic back waters, temples, royal forts, man-made monuments, natural wonders, jungles, national reserves and stunning waterfalls.The crowning glory of India is the Taj Mahal. Constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan, in the memory of Mumtaz Mahal, his wife, this marble monument is the 'symbol of love'. Built overlooking River Yamuna, the monument was built to enshrine the body of Mumtaz. The design and structure of the monument with an impressive garden, reflective pond, semi-precious stones embedded in the marbles and engravings from Koran is a specimen of architectural brilliance. Hawa Mahal of the pink city of Jaipur, Rajasthan is another prominent attraction of India. Built in the year 1799, the palace is a five-storey edifice, which is built in the shape of the crown that decorates Lord Krishna's head. The Hawa Mahal is located on the edge of the City Palace complex of Jaipur and is replete with hundreds of screened windows and balconies. The building is smaller than other palaces but the pink hue of the palace and the honeycombed stone work enhance the royal appeal of the palace.The Bahai temple, popularly known as the Lotus temple is located in Kalkaji, in the southern part of Delhi. This architectural splendor was built in the twentieth century. People from all sects and religions visit this temple. The temple is shaped like a Lotus and is made of white marble, dolomite, cement and sand. The temple, devoid of any images of Gods offers a great setting for meditating and is visited by hordes of people for the peace and tranquility it offers. A holiday to India is incomplete without a visit to Kerala. Kerala is replete with golden beaches, temples, resorts, natural beauty, paddy fields, palm fringed landscape, churches and back waters. This land of Ayurveda baffles the tourists with its splendid landscape, art forms, culture, heritage and cuisine. The back waters are a major attraction in Kerala. The exotic maze of rivers, lakes, canals and estuaries lined with greenery make Kerala a great boating destination.The eternal city of Varanasi is the religious capital of India. The city is built along the banks of the sacred River Ganges. A visit to Varanasi and a dip in the sacred waters of Ganges is believed to cleanse a person of misdeeds and sins. The sacred city also houses the Golden Temple. The temple with its gilded towers is the highlight of the city, apart from the Ganges.Other great places for tourists to visit while on holiday in India are the beaches in Goa. When in Goa rent a holiday villa by the sea. Other places to visit are Kerala, the temples in Orissa, South India and numerous historical places. The opulence and the variety of India have captivated tourists the world over. It is also home to vibrant festivals and tradition. A visit to the various destinations of India unravels the mystery of the enigmatic country, India! It has now, emerged as one among the major tourist hot spots of the world.Many tourists fall in love with this beautiful country of contrasts. It is a good idea to rent holiday home accommodation on a trip to India. By staying in a holiday villa or self catering apartment in India gives you the freedom to explore the sights and experience the local culture of this magnificent country.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Tourist Place - Agra

tourist place - Agra, From the deftly captivating Taj Mahal to the eerie beauty of Agra Fort, from the startling Fatehpur Sikri (16 kms from Agra) to Itmad-ud-daula’s tomb, Agra has so much to offer you. To be in Agra is like taking a walk through the history. A stroll down the bustling streets introduces you to the flavors of Mughlai foods and traditional handicrafts. For enjoying the true beauty of Agra, a whistle stop is not enough to do justice to this old Mughal capital.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Tourist Place - MUNNAR

Munnar is a very famous tourist place, hill station located some 130 kms from Kochi in the state of Kerala. The place lies towards the east, in central Kerala and its borders coincide with that of Tamil Nadu state. The hill station is situated mainly in one of the taluks of Idukki district. One more famous hill station, Kodaikanal, lies nearby, around 90 kms from Munnar.
The undulating terrain of Munnar are enchanting, with the low lying hills covered with bright flower meadows and the spread out tea plantations. The place is essentially a resort town. The beauty of the place had long fascinated the Europeans and the place used to serve as summer resort for the Britishers during their occupation of the lands. The place is located at an average altitude of about 1600 metres and contains one of the highest peaks in South India, Anamudi. The altitude and the nearby Arabian Sea accounts for the pleasant climate that prevails throughout the year.
Munnar valley was developed by the Scottish planters in the early 20th century. The tea plantations is an important feature of Munnar. The plantations stand at heights from 4300 ft to 6100 ft above sea level. The Nilgiris, famous for the cultivation of tea, was responsible for the introduction of the plantations at Munnar, on hills popularly called Kanan Devan Hills.
Mattupetty : The place is situated at a distance of about 13 kms from Munnar. Mattupetty is famous for its cattle rearing farm and quality bred live stock. The farm is located at a height of about 1700 metres and is further provided with a dam and a beautiful lake. The place is a popular picnic spot.
Devikulam : Some 7 kms from Munnar is Devikulam, a popular hill station. The hill station features satin green lawns and rare species of flora and fauna. The mountain side is pleasant and with some exquisite scenes of nature surrounding the place. There is a mineral water lake at Devikulam called Sita Devi Lake, famous for trout fishing.
Eravikulam National Park : Eravikulam National Park that provides home to Nilgiri Tahr, is located about 15 kms from Munnar. This 97 sq kms stretch was declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1975 and later on in 1978 as a national park. The place withholds great beauty, with grasslands and hill tops dominating the landscape. The treks along these hillsides are filled with action and adventure. One can go up to Anamudi Peak, on foot from here.
Lock Heart Gap : Some 13 kms from Munnar is present the Lock Heart Gap, a place known for trekking. The Lock Heart Gap provides for a pass in the mountain with some enticing treks and routes. The mountain view is splendid and one can feel on top of the world.
Chithirapuram : Chithirapuram is a small resort town with sprawling tea plantations all around. The place is provided with tourist cottages and bungalows that make a visit worth it.
Attukal : Attukal is yet another attraction located at Munnar, some 9 kms from it. The place features cascaded waterfalls and hills and a fantastic trekking routes.
Echo Point : The place is very popular for the natural phenomenon. The echo that reverberates after hitting the distant hills is fascinating. Echo Point is about 15 kms from Munnar.
Places Where You Can Stay : Accommodation at Munnar is provided by a range of hotels including expensive hotels and low budget lodges. Some known accommodation providers in Munnar include :Expensive Hotels and Resorts - Windermere Resort, Mahindra Resorts, Sterling Resorts, Hi-range Club.Budget hotels and lodges - Issac's Residency, Edassery Eastend Hotel, Holiday Inn, Hill View, Marthoma Rest House.How to Reach : The nearest railway station and airport to Munnar are situated at Kochi, about 130 kms from the place. The bus stations nearest to the place are the ones located at Pothmedu (3 kms), Pallivasal (6kms), Mattupety (13 kms). The long distance bus services are available from many regions like Kodaikanal, Thekkady, Alappuzha, Kochi, etc.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Rajasthan the Mistry Land

The Land : The main and most spectacular geographic feature of Rajasthan is the Aravalli Range, which is one of the oldest mountain ranges of the world. The range runs for more than 850 km, nearly through the entire state from southwest to northeast, almost from one end to the other. The northwestern portion of Rajasthan is generally sandy and dry, as most of the region is covered by the Thar Desert. The Aravalli Range and the lands to the east and southeast of the range are in general more fertile, this area of Rajasthan is home to the Kathiarbar-Gir dry deciduous forests with tropical dry broadleaf forests.The Climate : Rajasthan has a tropical desert climate. It is extremely cold from October to February while the scorching sun tortures the land from March to September. There are distinct temperature range variations diurnal and seasonally throughout the state. Temperature reaches a high a 49°C during the summer months. Nights of summers see a considerable temperature fall with a minimum daily temperature around 20°C to 29°C. January is the coldest month in the stare of Rajasthan. The minimum temperatures sometimes fall to -2°C.The People : Rajasthan is the region of the proud Rajputs who the epitome of Chivalry and whose exploits and bravery in battle are legendary. Before Independence, Rajasthan was referred to as Rajputana, but the Rajput population is a minority in this state now there numbers have dwindle down with there wealth.Many tribes are also found in different parts of Rajasthan, with their own social systems and customs, religion and dress. The Rajasthanis are well-known for their spirited dances and musical renderings, their extremely colorful attire and the royal culture. . Rajasthan is known for its handicrafts and paintings; it is associated with a rich tradition of art, culture, music and dance.The Cities : Rajasthan is famous for its grand forts, intricately carved temples and ornamented havelis, built by kings in previous ages. Jantar Mantar, Dilwara Temples ,Chittorgarh Fort, Lake Palace Hotel, City Palaces, Jaisalmer Havelis are part of the true architectural heritage of India. Jaipur, the Pink City, is noted for the ancient houses made of a type of sand stone dominated by a pink hue. At Ajmer, the white marble Bara-dari on the Anasagar Lake is wonderful. Jain Temples are found all over Rajasthan, Dilwara Jain Temples of Mt. Abu, Ranakpur, in the fort complexes of Chittor, Jaisalmer and Kumbhalgarh, Lodarva etc. The most tourists worthy cities are:Jaipur - Jaipur was built in 1727 by King Jai Singh, after whom it was named, it is the capial city of Rajasthan. Its most striking feature is the pink wash of the buildings, giving Jaipur it the name 'Pink City'. Jaipur is a royal city filled with palaces, jagged fortresses; some of the palaces, once the residence of Maharajas have been converted into beautiful heritage hotels. Jodhpur- Is the second largest city of Rajasthan; at the edge of the Thar Desert. It was once the capital of the Marwar state. It was founded in 1459 A.D. by Rao Jodha-chief of the Rathore clan of Rajputs. The city is dominated by the massive Mehrangarh fort on a rocky hill; it is awe-inspiring with its wealth of historic appeal and colorful markets.Udaipur- is called the 'City of Lakes’ it was founded in 1599 by Maharana Udai Singh. The city hailed as the 'Venice of the East' set amidst the Aravalli hills of South Rajasthan, is one of the most romantic destinations in India. It has a cornucopia of marble palaces, lakes, temples, and rugged hills.Mount Abu- is perched on a 1,219 meters high rock plateau at the far southwestern end of the Aravalli hills. Well-known for its exquisitely carved marble Dilwara temples, Mount Abu is an appealing hill resort built around a lake and surrounded by thick woods and hills.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Sculptures With Art of Love and Passion : Khajuraho Temples

Situated in the heart of Central India, Khajuraho is a temple town different from any other temple city of India. It is not about religion, worshipping and deities, instead temples in this fascinating village are famous for the eroticism etched on its walls in the form of sculptures. There are so many theories and controversies over eroticism depicted on the outer walls of temples in Khajuraho.
According to a legend, the creators of Khajuraho had descented from the moon. The story of the origin of this great dynasty is interesting. A beautiful young daughter of a Brahmin priest was seduced by the moon god while she was bathing in the Rati one evening. Her name was Hemavati. The son born of this union between a mortal and a god was a son was named Chandravarman. Harassed by society, the unwed mother sought refuge in the dense forest of Central India where she was both mother and guru to her young son. This boy of Hemavati and moon grew up to found the great Chandela dynasty. When he was established as a ruler, he had this dream one night in which his mother implored him to build temples that would reveal human passions, and in doing so bring about a realization of the emptiness of human desire. Chandravarman began the construction of the first of the temples, successive rulers added to the fast growing complex.
Few scholars believe that the Chandelas were believers in the powers of Tantrism; the cult which believes that the gratification of earthly desires is a step closer to the attainment of the infinite. Yet another theory justifies the erotica of Khajuraho, claiming it had a specific purpose. According to this theory, in those days boys lived in hermitages, following the Hindu law of being "brahmacharis" until they attained manhood. Therfore, the only way they could prepare themselves for the worldly role of 'householder' was through the study of these sculptures and the earthly passions they depicted.
However, few Hindu scholars emphasise that the erotic sculptures are present only on the outer walls of the temples and not inside, which according to them means that one should leave all his/her worldly desires outside before entering the place of worship.
Built between AD950 and 1050 by the Chandela dynasty, temples of Khajuraho is the evidences of the architectural geniuses during the times of Chandela dynasty. The 85 temples were built in North Indian 'Nagara' style of architecture, though only 20 of them have survived the rough weather conditions over long years of time. The two richer distinctive groups of temples are the Western and Eastern group of temples. With hardly any written records and rare references to its origin, the history of Khajuraho has become trapped in the mythical folklore of the region. According to the Myths Khajuraho was known as 'Khajur-vahika' or 'Khajjurpura' in the ancient times because of its golden date palms (known as 'khajur') that lined the gates of this city.
Khajuraho is surrounded by 22 temples, which give us a glimpse of a golden time of art and devotion at their peak.Out of 22 temples, two were made from sandstone. The stone blocks were first carved and then the interlocking pieces were assembled to form a temple. Each temple is different from one another. The temples are grouped into three geographical divisions : western, eastern and southern.
Western Group of Temples: Lakhmi Temple, The Kandariya Mahadeo Temple, Devi Jagdamba Temple, Chitragupta Temple, Viswanath Temple
Eastern Group of Temples: Parsvanath Temple, Ghantai Temple, Brahma Temple, Vamana Temple, Javari Temple
Southern Group of Temples: Dulhadev Temple, Beejamandal Temple
Khajuraho temples were discovered accidentally by a British military adventurer in 1838. Built between AD950 and 1050 by the Chandela dynasty, the temples by the end of the 15th century were abandoned, hidden deep within thick jungle.

Friday, March 7, 2008


Pachmarhi is Madhya Pradesh's most verdant jewel, a place where nature has found exquisite expression in myriad enchanting ways.Green shades embrace the mountains, and everywhere is heard the gentle murmur of flowing water. Bridle paths lead into tranquil forest glades, groves of wild bamboo and jamun, dense sal forests and delicate bamboo thickets.
Complementing the magnificence of nature are the works of man; Pachmarhi is also an archaeological treasure-house. In cave shelters in the Mahadeo Hills is an astonishing richness in rock paintings. Most of these have been placed in the period 500-800 AD, but the earliest paintings are an estimated 10,000 years old.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

GOA - Beautiful Beaches

Goa is perhaps the most famous area of India and certainly the most romantic. Its a pleasure to visit Goa for Tours and Travel lovers. Honeymooning in Goa is something you will never forget, particularly since it is a fairly unique experience among newlyweds.

Goa is the second smallest state in the country of India. Incorporated in 1987, this originally Portuguese territory was independent of India for 450 years before it was invaded by India in 1961. Known all over the world for its beautiful beaches and exotic architecture, Goa is a perfect spot to take a unique vacation. The romantic side of this state also means that honeymooning in Goa is a perfect trip for those couples who want a different destination from the ordinary choices.

It is thought that the name Goa means "a nation of sheepherders", although the exact meaning of the name brought by the Portuguese to this land is unknown. An extreme amount of different flora and fauna mean that Goa has been hailed as being as biodiverse as the Amazon or Congo. Although known for many traits, those who go honeymooning in Goa undoubtedly come here for the beaches and exotic atmosphere. .

One resort that's perfect for your stay is the Cidade de Goa, located on Vainguinim Beach. This five star resort caters to honeymooners with packages that include beautiful deluxe rooms leading directly out to the beach and suites with a taste of India in their decorations. The restaurants here are also first rate with barbecue, Goan/Portuguese, Chinese, Latino and Indian foods all being featured at different dining rooms. Many different sports and fitness options are available to guests, and an Ayurvedic spa treats couples to the exotic relaxation techniques of India. The laid back atmosphere endemic to Goa, however, provides you with the opportunity to do whatever you want at whatever pace you desire.

Another great resort is the Nanu Resort located on Betalbatim Beach. This resort offers spacious rooms overlooking the Arabian Sea with 72 cottage style rooms for guests. Close to both the commercial hub of Goa and the major airport, this resort is a great spot to stay for those who would like to explore more of Goa than just their resort. An authentic Goan atmosphere also makes this resort good for guests who really want a feel for the area. Other amenities include an open air bar and book shop.

No matter which resort you choose to stay at, honeymooning in Goa can be an exciting and exotic experience. Perfect for the couple who wants an alternative to the Caribbean while still having a beach vacation, a trip to Goa will be sure to please even the most discriminating of travelers while still giving you a stay that is out of the ordinary.

Monday, February 25, 2008

RAJASTHAN - The Land of valour

When we talk about tours and travel in India, our mind first moves towards Rajasthan, a colorful and vibrant state of India drenched in rich culture and royal grandeur. Travelers from all over the world come to Rajasthan to experience its rich culture and tradition of great hospitality. The culture of Rajasthan is defined by the Rajputana Empire who governed it for centuries. Besides rich culture & tradition there are a lot of options for tourism in this exotic state.
The royal land of Rajasthan is considered to be the land of monuments because there are several magnificent monuments, fantastic forts, palatial palaces, stunning havelis, terrific temples, etc in this royal state which make enhance it royal grandeur. These magnificent forts and palaces also tell the saga of romance and bravery of its erstwhile rulers. Some of these forts and palaces have now been converted into grand heritage hotels which provide tourists luxury Rajasthan tours experience with unforgettable hospitality..
Eploring the major cities of Rajasthan is also worth enjoying and provides a memorable Rajasthan holidays experience. Cities like Jaipur (the capital of Rajasthan and popularly known as the Pink City), Udaipur (also popularly known as the Romantic City, the City of Lakes, the City of Sunrise, the Venice of the East, the White City, etc. ), Jodhpur (also popularly known as the Sun City or the Blue City), Jaisalmer (the Golden City), Bikaner (the Camel City), Mandawa (the City of Forts & Stunning Havelis), Pushkar (the Sacred City), Mount Abu (the only Hill Station of Rajasthan), etc play a major role in boom of Rajasthan tourism
All these cities are dotted with some of most famous forts & palaces and draw the attention of tourists from all over the world. Not only cities, even remote villages of Rajasthan have a lot of tourism options to offer tourists. The royal land of Rajasthan is also globally known for great Indian Thar Desert. Camel Safari on the shimmering golden sands of Thar Desert surely will be a unique travel experience. Travelers from all over the world come to Rajasthan and enjoy camel safari to the Sam Sand Dunes and watch the romantic sunset view. There are several Rajasthan tour packages available to explore the desert landscapes and several magnificent monuments of the state.
Not only desert and monuments, the diverse land of Rajasthan is also known for its rich flora & fauna. There are several wildlife parks and sanctuaries in the state which appeal you for tours to Rajasthan, India. The Keoladeo Ghana National Park, Sariska National Park, the Ranthambhore National Park, etc are globally known wildlife sanctuaries in the state which are known for rich flora and fauna. Exploring these wildlife sanctuaries provide exhilarating experience of Rajasthan tours.
Over All, Rajasthan is a land where one can get fascinated with a lot of tourism options. No any part of the country one can find such diverse range of tourism options. If you too want to enjoy real tourism experience in India, you must travel in Rajasthan.
Something more on Rajasthan : Bearing testimony to bravery & valour is Rajasthan which is home to Rajputs. The breeze blowing here carries the sound of hymns of Mirabai alongwith the tinkling of the arms of the Ranas. The history of Rajasthan is filled with the valour of the Rajputs. True, Rana Pratap, Ranakumbha, Bapparao, Bhimsingh are no more today but the tales of their bravery & self-pride are alive in Rajathan. Panna-Dhay has self-price are alive in Rajasthan. Pann-Dhay has set an example by handing over his son to the killers with a view to saving the life of his master's son. There are a number of stories depicting the self, esteem of women of the soil of Rajasthan. Scores of brave women have protected their dignity by jumping into burning fire. The kings of this land have built a number of palaces. The art of sculpture of Rajasthan is worth watching. The spell cast by the forts of Rajasthan is its notable attraction. The identity of this state is also in the form of businessmen having sharp business acumen. Travellers from home and abroad visit this state to have a glimpse of the pink city - Jaipur, Udaipur - the city of lakes, Shekhawati - the city of museum, the city of golden fort - jaisalmer, Mount Abu & Ranakpur-town of epics inscribed on marble & Chittor-replete with the tales of valour and courage.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Inimitable Kerala Holidays

Kerala is one of the hot destinations for global tourists. Kerala Holidays gifts you with the calm and charm of both rural and urban life. Owing to the diversity in its topography that includes water based areas like unspoilt coastlines, rivers, backwaters, and houseboats makes it heads the priority list in your itinerary to this enchanting South Indian state of Kerala. Other than water based areas Kerala is renowned for its lush green landscapes, sky scraping mountains and a wealth of traditional art and dance forms.

Kerala Holidays offer the visitors with inimitable experience that would linger in the minds for a lifetime. The extended backwaters, bubbly boat races and floating paradise like houseboats are the attracting features of Alapuzha. Fort Cochin is famous for its home stays and Dutch monuments. Wayanad is a hilly area decorated with sky scraping mountains and beautiful valleys are ideal for trekking, jungle visit and tree-top-stays. Kovalam beach and several historical monuments remains the centre of attraction of Thiruvananthapuram.

Apart from this Kerala has lot more to offer for the irresistible travellers who would like to explore the serene natural beauty available in abundance in the so called Gods own country. If the visitors are keen to relax and unwind during their Kerala Holidays, the traditional Ayurvedic treatments available here will provide tremendous scope for it. The massages and other pampering facilities will rejuvenate the person to the core.

The travellers can witness the rich legacy of traditional art forms of Kerala through its mural arts, sculptures, dance forms like Kathakali and Mohiniattam; martial art forms like Kalari and lot more adds more spice to the Kerala Holidays. To fulfil the growing demand for accommodation facilities, Kerala offers wide variety of accommodation facilities for the visitors to choose from that ranges from luxurious star hotels that offer world class facilities to economical home stay facilities. With all these facilities perfectly blend together the Kerala Holidays will be the perfect way to spend your holiday break with greatest level of perfection.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Indian Tourism Industry Booming With Increased Tourist Arrivals

The tourism sector in India is rolling high. In 2006, foreign tourists arrivals in India have shown a 25% growth. Being one of the prime gateways of tourist tours, Delhi has improvised its shape to get a major chunk of the national and international tourists.
The air traveler figures are expected to increase from the 15 million annually (in 2006) to an estimated 40-50 million in the next five years.
The international tourism in the South Asian region has grown at a rate of about 8% in the last 4-5 years. In 2006, India registered a growth in excess of 13% in the arrival of foreign tourists. Thus, an increase was registered not only in the number of tourists arriving, but there has also been an increase in the spending per tourist, causing a greater economic spin.
According to WTO (World Tourism Organization), by the year 2010 there will be an estimated 1 Billion tourists every year. But, signs indicate that arrivals of international tourists will exceed these projections by little distance- building dynamic opportunities for the companies, dealing in the hospitality business.
According to the RNCOS report "Indian tourism industry outlook (2006)", Indian tourism industry has been showing at an impressive double-digit growth. In order to sustain this growth and meet the expectations, it is essential for the government of India to invest in infrastructure such as the transport systems and accommodations.

Travel in India and find finest in its hospitality

If you want to get a glimpse of perfect holiday and tourism in Asia, you must visit India which is considered as the most popular tourist destination of Asia. India is a true destination for those people who have desire to enjoy a lot of tourism options in a single country. In other word, it is a country that hosts something for everyone. In whatever part of the country you travel, North India, East India, West India, Central India or South India, you will find unity, love, rich cultural heritage, rich flora and fauna, generous people to help you, and wonderful holiday spots which surely will be a unique and pleasant experience. Truly, your India holiday tours will be a pleasant experience. For spending holidays and tourism in India, there are several travel agencies or tour operators who offer attractive holiday tours packages to the various holiday spots of India and provide useful information on India tourism One of the most popular holiday destinations in India is Rajasthan. Perhaps your India tours would be incomplete without taking a part in Rajasthan Holiday tours. The largest state of India, Rajasthan is one of the most popular travel & holiday destinations of India and globally famous for its rich cultural heritage and tradition of finest hospitality. In whatever part of Rajasthan you will travel, you will find several picturesque holiday destinations & spots dotted with magnificent forts & palaces. Drenched in rich culture and royal grandeur the royal land of Rajasthan draws the attentions of a large number of tourists from all over the world. During your Rajasthan holiday tours apart form rich cultural heritages and magnificent forts & palaces, you will also have an excellent opportunity to explore its rich flora and fauna or explore the desert landscapes and remote villages of the region by camel ride. Rajasthan tourism presents a real image of India tourism and never fails to impress its visitors with its several tourism options be it cultural, adventurous, wildlife expedition, nature walk, or simply a luxurious holiday. If you too want to spend your holiday and enjoy an unforgettable holiday experience during your India tours you must be a part of Rajasthan holiday tours. You may opt for any one of Rajasthan tour packages offered by various travel agencies or tour operators and book your tour package through their websites. In brief, India is a perfect holiday destination and famous among tourist from all over the world.