Khandala is one of the important hill stations in the state of Maharashtra and because of which, it is the pride of Sahyadri Mountains. Khandala is gifted with abundant natural beauty and it is definitely proved a popular destination for the people of cities of Mumbai and Pune. The beauty which khandala have is actually has to be experienced.
Khandala is endowed with abundant natural beauty and like Lonavala, it is also provides a popular gateway from the hustle and bustle of cities of Mumbai and Pune. The picturesque green surroundings of this pretty hill station attract the travelers towards it.
Geograhically Khandala is located in the western part of the state of Maharashtra that is in the western region of India. It is situated at a height of 625 meters. The spot actually lies on the western slopes of the Sahyadri mountain range. It is beautifully placed amongst the hills and valleys of the Sahyadri. Mesmerizing as they say Khandala never fails to charm its visitors. Khandala lies at a distance of 69 kilometer from Pune and 101 kilometer southeast of Mumbai.
From Lonavala, which is another exotic location, it is 5 km away. Khandala have a pleasant weather. In Summer season, that is April-June, are quite mild, while Winter season, that is November-February, are cool. But, in Monsoon season, it rains heavily between June and September.
How To Reach Khandala
The place is mainly connected with rail and roadways. Lonavala Railway Station is the nearest one from this place of natural beauty. Almost each and every express train connecting the cities of Pune and Mumbai pass through this station. Apart from that, one can even get there by availing buses, taxis or own car via the Bangalore – Mumbai National Highway. However, there is no airport located in this hill station. If you are planning to visit this place by airways, then you have to get yourself a ticket till the Pune Airport from where you can travel there by rail or roadways.
‘Kufri’ is a small hill station located at Shimla in the district of Himachal Pradesh in India. The real name of ‘Kufri is a lake in their local language. This is one of the beautiful hill station in the entire India. There are various attractive places to visit to drink the beauty of ‘Kufri’. Kufri has a Himalayan Wild Life Zoo which hosts rare Antelopes, Felines and Birds including Himalayan Monal, the state bird of Himachal Pradesh. During winter a meandering path through the potato plantations turns into a popular Ski track. Places of interest in ‘Kurfi’ are many, like Mahasu Peak (this is one of the peak one can hike through thick forest around Kufri to the Mahasu Peak- the highest peak in Kufri, Chini Bunglow (It is one of the nice place which is very famous for its statues and architecture), Kufri Fun World (It is an amusement park to enjoy the whole day. This park is an excellent destination for family to make a memorable day, is equipped with various rides, pools and world’s highest go-kart track. Huge number of children, teenagers and adults visit this place). It is well known for its pleasing climate and scenic beauty. It is a pleasant location near the majestic hill station Shimla. Kufri, perched at a height of 2,510 m above the sea level, is known for its picturesque trekking and hiking trails. Adventurous travelers prefer to visit Kufri during winters to experience and enjoy the skiingand tobogganing along its snow clad mountainous slopes. Exquisite nature parks and scenic spots in the backdrop of natural settings are prime attractions in Kufri. Apart from ‘Kurfi’, there is a place called ‘Fagu’ which is a small place located around 23 kms from Shimla and 6 kms from Kufri, and is famous for its scenic views. It is a day excursion from Kufri and serves as a base camp for trekkers, campers and naturalists. Just above Fagu there are a few temples dedicated to the local god – Banthia devta. In addition one can take the enjoyment with Horse Riding, (Horse riding is one of the most popular activity tourists can enjoy here. This is not only a leisure but to reach some places horses are the sole means of travel. While in Kufri horse riding is a must in order to explore the highland of Kufri), Skiing, (Skiing in Kufri is a highly entertaining adventurous sport beckoning the adventurous tourists to participate), Tobogganing, (. Tobogganing is nothing but a revised form of sledging where simple sledges), Trekking (Trekking is a wonderful way to discover the beauty of nature that cannot be visited by any other means. There are no expert crafted trekking tours in Kufri and tourists can very much explore these areas on their own).
There are several hotels at Kufri where one can stay. The well known hotels in and around Kufri are: Hotel Wildflower Hall at Chharabra, Kufri Holiday Resort, Shilon Resort, Shilon.
Overall journey to ‘Kurfi’ will definitely be very nice to all.
India is blessed with a long coast-line on both her Eastern and Western sides. This naturally makes India a paradisiacal beach retreat for tourists from all over the globe. Here is a list of 10, top Indian beaches for the hydrophilic in you.
List Of Top Sea Beaches In India :
1. Goa Beaches
2. Kanyakumari Beach
3. Lakshadweep Islands
4. Paradise Beach
5. Andaman And Nicobar Islands
6. Marine Beach
8. Mahabalipuram Beach
9. Kovalam Beach
10. Anjuna Beach
Welcome to the only hill resort in the desert land of Rajasthan, Mount Abu. The lushness of Mount Abu makes the hill resort being referred to as the paradise of Rajasthan .
Udaipur (185km) is the nearest airport while Mount Abu railway station is about 28 km from the city. Regular trains connect Mount Abu with cities such as Ahmadabad and Jaipur. Taxis, jeeps and excellent bus services connect the mountainous town with the rest of the state and cities in Gujarat.
Mount Abu has been home to many sages and saints. Most famous of them was Sage Vashishtha who is believed to have created four agnikula Rajput clans from a fire-pit by performing a yagna or fire sacrifice, to protect the earth from the demons.
The major festivals celebrated in the city of Mount Abu are the Summer Festival in June, Gangaur in March- April and Patotasav in March. The Summer Festival is a major attraction of the town. The days are spent in enthralling folk art performances such as Ghoomar, Gair, Dhap etc. In the evenings excellent Quawali performances are organized.
While travelling Mount Abu you may visit the Brahmakhadd temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. There are statues of Goddess parvati and Nandi outside the temple. In the temple you may worship the sacred pit that is believed to have been created, by the Lord Shiva’s foot.
Another landmark in the hill resort of Mount Abu is the Nakki Lake. As per a legend the fingernails of a sage, Balam Rasia, drew the Nakki Lake. The Nails or the nakk explain the name of the Lake as Nakki. The sage fell in love for the daughter of the then King of Abu. The stepmother of the princess turned the love story into a tragedy. Today there is a temple of the Kunwari Kanya, dedicated to the princess and a statue of her lover alongside. You may even enjoy boating in the Nakki Lake.
Sikkim, we were told, was a fairytale kind of place. Known for its isolation, its mystical monasteries, its princesses and chogyals and Himalayan people estranged from modern life, this tiny thumbprint of a state was said to possess an air of myth and magic quite unlike anywhere else in India.
The three territories surrounds Kanchenjunga are Sikkim (in the south and east), Nepal (in the west), and Tibet (in the north). The highest summit of Kanchenjunga is 28,156 feet. The view of Kanchenjunga from Darjeeling is the best in the world. There are some trekking routes are also available in Kanchenjunga, which take the trekkers through pristine forests and bewitching villages.
We had arrived in Sikkim as night was falling. On the drive from Bagdogra airport, the road followed the course of the Teesta River as it wound, roaring, hundreds of feet below us. Our driver played a CD of Tibetan songs as we crossed the Sikkimese border, greenery encroaching through the car windows, the air getting cooler with each bend in the road. As our jeep wound upwards through the dusk towards Gangtok, we could just make out houses in crayon-box colours, clinging to the hillside like swallows’ nests.
Kullu is in the state of Himachal Pradesh also known as the “Valley of Gods“. Formerly renowned as Kulanthpitha, translating to ‘the ending point of inhabitable world’, this fabulous valley has its mention in epics like Ramayana, Mahabarata and Vishnu Purana. Kullu was not an easily accessible place till independence, which helped to preserve its unspoiled charm and centuries old tradition. A cluster of beautiful valleys, Kullu presents an enjoyable tourist spot where one can feel the rejuvenating warmth of Mother Nature. At an altitude of 1230 meter, this valley of gods commands the beauty of nature at its zenith. Its picturesque views dotted with snow clad mountain peaks, verdant grassy fields, soaring deodar jungles, gurgling rivers and the apple orchards are awe inspiring spectacles.
Nestled in the Himalayas, Kullu is a valley gifted with nature’s charm and scenic beauty. Splashing rivers, water streams and lofty mountains with finest of slopes make it a place perfect for adventure sports. It has numerous temples and is therefore, called the “Valley of Gods”. Celebration of Dussehra is in itself a prime attraction of the valley attracting many tourist every year. One of the prime tourist attractions of Kullu is the Raghunath Temple which is dedicated to Lord Ram, one of the most important deities of Hinduism. This temple was constructed by Raja Jagat Singh in the year 1660 to ask for pardon for his sins. The king got an idol of Lord Ram from Ayodhaya and placed it in this temple. The Bijli Mahadev Temple is located at an elevation of 2460 meters and as the name suggests the temple is frequently struck by lightning.
Located 15 km from Kullu, this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Dating back to the 9th century and situated on the banks of the River Beas, this huge temple has been built in a pyramid style and houses a large “Yoni-Lingam” idol representing Lord Shiva and his wide Goddess Parvati. Idols of Goddess Durga, Lord Vishnu and Lord Ganesh are housed in the three sided shrine outside the temple.
Arambol Beach is a traditional fisherman village, located approximately a one hour drive from the Dabolim Airport within the Pernem administrative region of northern Goa, India. The beach attracts many international tourists, mainly during the winter season between November and March.
Arambol has a distinct bohemian feel which is no longer found in other areas, such as Calangute and this inevitably attracts many alternative travellers. Arambol beach is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in Goa, amongst many other popular locations including Vagator, Anjuna and Palolem.
The main type of accommodation are guest houses, houses, homestays and temporary beach shacks which are erected every year during start of the tourist season and dismantled at the end of tourist season. Locals have aptly enforced norms for these to comply to environment friendly operations which ensures that the beaches and adjoining areas are clear of garbage and filth. Rooms are available at reasonable rates when compared to tourist laden beaches such as Baga and Candolim, though prices are rising each year at a fast pace.
A short walk north off the main beach is a smaller beach with a “fresh water lake” close to the sea which has invigorating hot thermals, making it the perfect place to relax. The water here is a mixture of fresh water and sea water. The jungle valley, enclosed between low hills hide a spectacular Banyan tree. Adjoining the banyan tree there is a stone sculpture created by an American Conceptual and Land art artist Jacek Tylicki Give if you can – Take if you have to also called The Money Stone. It has become a pilgrimage destination.
Due to the composition of both, national and international musicians, Arambol is home to a rich live music scene, dominated by Gypsie-Fusion bands.
Yoga, meditation, live music, dance of many different styles and a variety of healing arts are part of the vibrant scene, that attract travellers from all walks of life.
Arambol is expanding at an exceedingly fast pace and prices are rising for real estate, rent, foods and services.
Gwalior tourist attractions form a major part of tourism in Madhya Pradesh . Gwalior fort, Gujari Mahal and Archaeological Museum, Sas-Bahu Temples, Suraj Kund, Scindia Museum and Teli-ka-Mandir are some of the most popular tourist sites in Gwalior that lure tourists from across the world. An estimate of the major tourist attractions in Gwalior are:
Gwalior fort – Gwalior fort was constructed about 1,000 years ago on the advice of Sage Gwalipa by Raja Surya Sen. It is said that the Gwalior fort is the largest fort of its kind. The outer wall of the fort occupies stretches 3.2 kilometers in length and about 35 meters in height.
Man Mandir Palace – Man Mandir Palace was built between 1486 and 1516 by Man Singh Tomar. The Man Mandir Palace is also known as Chitra Mandir because of the painted decorations and tiles. In fact, the palace is known for its color, design and motif.
Gujari Mahal and Archaeological Museum – Gujari Mahal is a tribute to Gujar, the ninth wife of Man Singh. Gujari Mahal was constructed by Man Singh to commemorate his love for his wife. Presently, the palace houses a museum, which is known for its rare collection of stone carvings and other art works.
Sas-Bahu Temples – Sas-Bahu temples are two adjoining temples situated in the fort. The temples are of different sizes. The larger temple is sculpted with intricate patterns and beautiful figurines and motifs. The detailing and the beautiful interior of the temple, especially the roof which exhibits carved lotus, attract many tourists throughout the year. a number of other places for sightseeing in Gwalior. To name a few:
* Tomb of Mohammad Ghaus
* Kala Vithika
* Scindia Museum
* Surya Mandir
* Gurudwara Data Bandhi Chhod
* Sarod Ghar
Gwalior has extreme climatic conditions, scorching summer and chilly winter. Summer (March to June) temperature rises to 47°C and has a minimum of 16°C. Monsoon rainy season during July to October is humid and temperature within 25°C to 32°C. Winter (December to February) is chilly and can drop down to subzero. Day time in winter can have temperature up to 27°C.
Gwalior celebrates Holi and Rang Panchami during March – April, Diwali in October and Ganesh Chathurdhi in September with much enthusiasm and festivities. All the festivals are very attractive for tourists.
Best season to visit Gwalior is October to March, keep off freeze winter days.