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Jungle Camping : Perfect Idea for Holiday with Nature

Jungle Camp (final)

Introduction

Camping in the middle of a Himalayan forest is not everyone’s idea of a holiday! If you are up for spending the night with a lantern, exploring the jungle at night with a torch, living in a tent amid a dense jungle, rappelling on the rock face, waking up at midnight to the call of the barking deer, or if you’re lucky, a leopard, then you are sure to love an adventure at Getaway Jungle Camp.

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Attraction

Getaway Jungle Camp is true to its name, and to reach it, you must cross the big lake by boat (or a swim!), and hike a short distance through the woods. The campsite is a dried out lake of Sattal, making it a specular valley whose hillsides are dotted with colourful trees of oak, pine and deodar The two dozen tents of the camp are interspersed with tall, bright green poplar trees, planted back in the early 1990s. The surrounding forest is home to leopards, porcupines, wild boar and barking deer. Its location in this forest makes the camp a haven for bird lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, and an ideal place to spend a few days in the wild.

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The main objective behind establishing Camp Hideaway is to promote Outdoor Adventure activities, Tourism and Indian Culture among people and serve them with a complete and natural feel of Mother Nature and this is done in a new and innovative way. The Adventure camp is set up in the lap of nature far from various kinds of pollution. It is designed to give a complete feel of being close to nature. Set amidst deep woods fresh air and on the bank of river Hyule. A place where one will be spiritually high with well assisted activities like yoga and meditation. It is a complete package of nature, culture, luxury, spirituality and adventure.


India Location

1. The Pench Jungle Resorts Pvt. Ltd. started Pench Jungle Camp in Madhya Pradesh 102 Kms from Nagpur. The Pench Jungle Camp built in nestling amongst 12acres of lush foliage, sprawling lawns, and untouched landscaping as it was there when taken to built the camp to create a perfect Paradise.

2. Kanha is one of India’s largest national parks, covering 1 945 km², and is located in the Maikal Hills of the Satpura Hills range in the south eastern part of the state of Madhya Pradesh. The Park has beautiful areas of sal forests, large bamboo stretches and lush green meadows.

In 1973, when Project Tiger was launched to save the tiger, Kanha was one of the nine reserves selected for the project. It is prime tiger country and is the project’s star success story.

3. Sattal literally means seven lakes, and while two of those have dried up, the ones that remain are reason enough to visit this lesser known neighbour of Nainital & Bhimtal. The two lower lakes look something like a photoshopped picture; isolated turquoise blue waters nestled in a colourful forest of maple, oak & deodar. The three smaller lakes have joined to form a big one, on one side of which lie most of Sattal’s lodgings and food joints, while the other is draped by a dense forest amid which the camp is located.

4. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Sundarbans National Park is a magnificent tangle of mangrove jungle that's the only one of its kind in the world. It's spread over 54 islands and extends into neighboring Bangladesh. Part of the Sundarbans is home to a 2,585 sq kilometer (1,606 sq mile) Tiger Reserve, which includes a 1,330 sq kilometer (826 sq mile) national park.

The Sundarbans has three wildlife sanctuaries, one within the national park at Sajnekhali, as well as south of the park at Lothian Island and Haliday Island. In addition to tigers, the area is full of reptiles, birds, and other animals such as monkeys, wild boar, and deer.

Activities

Jungle camping is a trekking and camping programme conducted by the forest department The area is an ideal location for wild life observation and it also provide trekking and river rafting.

Trek and camp amidst the ever green forest of the western ghats at Thekkady. At periyar, you will camp in the deep rain forest, where the bio-diversity will mesmerize and the wild life and birds are abundant. Endangered species including the elephant, lion tailed macaque are often sighted in the trekking.

The programme here are managed by the trained local people. The visitors can go for trekking and bird watching in the many trails around. Deleasious Kerala food and snacks will be provided to the visitors.

Tented accommodation
Trekking
River rafting
Food
Guide
Camp fire


 

Traveling to Leh – Ladakh can be an exhilarating experience

Ladakh The Land of Lama (final)

Introduction

Ladakh is a land like no other. Bounded by two of the world's mightiest mountain ranges, the Great Himalaya and the Karakoram, it lies athwart two other, the Ladakh range and the Zanskar range.

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In geological terms, this is a young land, formed only a few million years ago by the buckling and folding of the earth's crust as the Indian sub-continent pushed with irresistible force against the immovable mass of Asia. Its basic contours, uplifted by these unimaginable tectonic movements, have been modified over the millennia by the opposite process of erosion, sculpted into the form we see today by wind and water

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Location

Perched on a height of 3505 meters from sea level, Leh is located towards the eastern side of Jammu and Kashmir.

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Attraction

Traveling to Leh - Ladakh can be an exhilarating experience. Ladakh holds immense beauty for the beholder; the mountainous desert stretches from peak to peak, a divine painting done in strokes of purple, brown and grey, with streaks of silver and patches of green along the Indus River.

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Tourist Attractions in Leh-Ladakh includes its pristine beauty, its well known monasteries, its cities and the adventure sports like trekking, rafting in Indus and mountain climbing. Safaris are also part of its tourist attraction. Exploring Ladakh on the Yak back or the camel, can be an experience worth taking back home.

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Leh’s Buddhist monasteries and historical monuments are the biggest draw for visitors. The most imposing of these is the Shanti Stupa, located just outside the town. In the heart of the town, on top of a steep mountain, the 800 year old Kali Mandir houses a fascinating collection of masks.

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You can stop to spin a huge prayer wheel on your way there. The 17th century Leh Palace, built in traditional Tibetan style, offers a captivating view of town. Southeast of Leh, Thiksey Monastery is the place for seeing amazing sunsets. The Hemis Monastery is the wealthiest, oldest, and most important monastery in Ladakh. Find out more about these must-see Buddhist monasteries in India.

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Nearby attraction

Hemis Monastery
There are interesting tourist places in Ladakh. The Hemis monastery is the largest monastery in Ladakh. Hemis is famous for the huge painting of Buddha displayed once in 11 years to the public.

Thiske Monastery
The Thiske monastery near Leh is known for its architecture while the Shey Monastery houses a huge gold plated copper statue of the Buddha.

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Gompas in Ladakh
Alchi, Likir and Lamayuru are amongst the oldest Gompas of Ladakh. Sankar Gompa, 3-km north of the town centre, is among the most accessible monasteries in central Ladakh.

Nubra Valley
The beautiful Nubra valley with its breathtaking views transports you back into a nearly forgotten 'Shangri La'. Once the trading route that connected eastern Tibet with Turkistan via the famous Karakoram Pass, it is one of the most recently opened area of Ladakh.

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Lakes in Ladakh
Ladakh is blessed with some beautiful lakes. The Tso Morari Lake is one of the largest lakes in Ladakh region and is almost like an inland sea, the Pangong Tso, at an altitude of almost 4,500 meters and 134-km long is an amazing sight. Kyaghr Lake is the halting place for trekkers moving from the Kiangdum camping ground to the Tsomorari Lake.

Hemis Wildlife Sanctuary
Hemis Wildlife Sanctuary, the high altitude national park beckons the wild life enthusiast.

Activities

Nature and adventure lovers will find excellent hiking and para gliding opportunities around Leh.


There are also many longer trekking trails to choose from, such as the ones from Likir to Temisgam, and Markha Valley from Spituk. Mountain climbing trips can be booked to peaks such as Stok (20,177 feet), Goleb (19,356 feet), Kangyatse (20,997 feet) and Matho West (19,520) in the Zanskar Mountains.


White water rafting is also possible in July and August along the Indus River in the Leh area, as well as the Shayok River in the Nubra Valley, and Zanskar River in Zanskar.

The Nubra Valley has camel safaris as well. Dreamland Trek and Tours is an eco-friendly adventure company that organizes a wide range of trips in Ladakh, Zanskar and Changthang.

Other reputable companies include Overland Escape, Rimo Expeditions (costly but high quality), and Yama Adventures. It's recommended that you compare many companies to see what's on offer.

Best time to Visit


The best time to visit Leh is between May and September, when the weather is the warmest. Ladakh doesn't experience rain like elsewhere in India, so the monsoon season is the perfect time to travel to Leh.


How to reach


Flights to Leh operate regularly from Delhi. Flights are also available to Leh from Srinagar and Jammu. Alternatively, the roads to Leh are open for a few months of the year, when the snow has melted. The Manali Leh Highway is open from around June to October each year, and the road from Srinagar to Leh is open from June to November. Bus, jeep, and taxi services are all available. The trip takes around 2 days because of the difficult nature of the terrain. If you have the time and are in good health, do travel by road as the scenery is amazing.

Mewar festival is observed to welcome the arrival of spring season : Udaipur,Rajasthan

Mewar Festival (final)

Introduction

Mewar festival is observed to welcome the arrival of spring season with all zest and dedication in Udaipur, Rajasthan. The spirit of the festival can be seen throughout the state of Rajasthan, since Udaipur has been always the governing place of the Mewar rulers, you will find its exact flavor in the city of Udaipur.

 
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Mewar Festival of Udaipur is a major festival of Rajasthan and is famous all over India for its liveliness.

Location :Udaipur,Rajasthan

Time and date : 2-4 April

Attraction

Mewar festival is one perfect occasion for the women to flaunt their costumes and jewelry. Also they put mehandi on their hands and feet. Starting with the ceremonies, the women gather to dress up the idols of Lord Vishnu and Gangaur, his consort, which they had been crafting from the past days. It is said that Gaugaur is the goddess of marital happiness and conjugal bliss. The married women pray to the goddess for marital bliss and good health of their husbands whereas, the single girls pray for an earnest match of their choice.

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After this, the women carry the idols on their head for a religious and ceremonial procession to different parts of the city. Women are seen singing and dancing to cheer and encourage the participants. Local artists are also seen performing. The procession concludes at the Gangaur Ghat at Lake Pichhola.

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The women transfer the idols to special boats. The scene is really eye-catching to see these hundreds of special boats carrying the idol, flowing in the lake.

Once the ceremonies end, the second session starts wherein one can encounter some of the best cultural performances. These cultural events reveal the typical Rajasthani culture through singing, dancing and drama.

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A very warm spring, this festival is a visual feast with Rajasthani songs, dances, processions, devotional music and fireworks. It is celebrated in the romantic city of Udaipur in Gangaur Festival.

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A colorful procession of women dressed, wearing images of the goddess Gauri their way to Lake Pichola. Unusual procession of boats on the lake offers a final assembled this wonderful celebration. The Mewar Festival is celebrated to welcome the arrival of spring. This coincides with the Gangaur festival, and has a unique charm about it.


Nearby attraction

City Palace
Fateh Prakash Palace
The Lake Palace
Bagore Ki Haveli
Maharana Pratap Memorial
City Palace Museum
Shilpgram Museum
Ahar Museum
Vintage Collection of Classic Car Museum
Lake Pichola
Fateh Sagar Lake
Jaisamand Lake
Rajsamand Lake


Activities

Speed Boating at Fateh Sagar Lake : Speed, thrill and the waves lashing all around you. If an adrenaline rush is what you need, speed boating is just the thing

Hathi Pole : An important market in Udaipur which displays all sorts of handicrafts and folk arts of Rajasthan

Bada Bazaar: The place which can be called the main market of Udaipur without a doubt, the Bada Bazaar is a vibrant market

Tibetan Market : During winters, the Tibetan market comes to life in the city of lakes, with Tibetan stallholders coming here

Pushkar's Cafe : Small droplets of water rolling down that chilled bottle of beer, a mellow ambience and soothing music to match

Sadhna Emporium : One of the largest shopping places in Udaipur, Sadhna Emporium helps in promoting the forgotten crafts of the artisan

Rajasthali: If you are running short and time and want to do some quick shopping, head to Rajasthali, a handicraft emporium

Zeal Restaurant : One of the newest contenders on the restaurant scenario of Udaipur, the Zeal resto-bar is known for its Mughlai, Rajasthani.

Bapu Bazaar : One of the biggest bazars in Udaipur, you will get everything from Rajasthani handicrafts, streetfood, clothes and accessorie

Marvel Water Park: One of the popular water parks in Udaipur, Marvel Water Park is a perfect place to spend a fun day with your family and friends

Picholi Bar : Housed inside the Bara Pathar Mahal, the Picholi Bar is a great place to spend a soothing evening.

The Celebration Mall Udaipur :


Best time to Visit

The best time to visit Udaipur is between the months of September and March.

How to reach

Air : Debock Airport is 24 km from the city centre, Dairy Indian Airliness flights connect Udaipur with Jodhpur Jaipur aurangbad, Mumbai and Delhi.

Rail : Udaipur is directly linked by rail with major cities some important train connection are : 9643 Express (Delhi Sarai Rohilla-Jaipur-Ajmer-Chittaurgarh-Udaipur.)

Road : A wide network of bus service link Udaipur with several destinations. Some of the important distance are Agra 630km, Ahmedabad 262 km Jaipur 406 km .Jodhpur 275km and Mount Abu 185km.

Local Transport : Unmetered taxis, auto-rickshaws, tongas, city bus, regular city bus service is available for dabok airport, badi Lake, Bedala and shaeliyon ki Bari.


 

Tulip festival in India is south Asia’s largest Tulip festival : Srinagar

tulip festival (final)

Introduction

Tulip festival in India is south Asia's largest Tulip festival that has been named after the Indian prime minister of India, the late Indira Gandhi. Tulip festival takes place during the months of March and April and is the prettiest festival that takes place in Kashmir at the Siraj Bagh Chesmahsahi in the capital city of Srinagar. It is known as Indira Gandhi memorial garden. This blooming festival is a real treat to the eyes as the garden is spread over 5 hectares of land at the foothills of Zabarmwan near the Dal Lake.

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Location : Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden, Srinagar, Kashmir. It's located in the foothills of Zabarwan range, overlooking Dal Lake.

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Time and date : First two weeks of April each year.

Cost: Entry to the Tulip Garden is 50 rupees for adults and 20 rupees for children

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Attraction

The garden boasts of 60 varieties of multi-coloured tulips. It resembles a beautiful carpet that has hundreds of colors and provides a heavenly view to the thousands of visitors, national and international. Around 2 million tulip bulbs bloom here and proudly display their beauty to the tourists. The view is simply magnificent and has countless delicate beauties lined in rows to dance with the wind in front of the tourists.

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Toursim essential

The festival has greatly influenced the tourism of the state and attracts the international visitors as well.

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You can explore the snow covered peaks, the natural beauty, open fields and above all the beautiful tulip gardens of Srinagar.


Nearby attraction

Dal Lake : It is the most popular for its houseboats and Shikaras and remains crowded throughout the year. The lake covers an area of approximately 26 sq km and is divided intro four sections. It provides a perfect site to enjoying kayaking, swimming, angling, canoeing, water surfing, houseboats and Shikara riding. Fishing activities and water plant harvesting is also done at the lake. During winters, the temperature falls so low that it sometimes freezes the Lake.


Nagin Lake : Situated in the backdrop of the Dal Lake, the Nagin Lake is entitled as the 'Jewel in the Ring'. A narrow causeway is what separates the two lakes. Tourists can spot many Shikaras and houseboats. Water skiing, boat sailing facilities are available at this lake. The lake is a little isolated and much cleaner than the Dal lake.

Jama Masjid : It is among the oldest mosques in Srinagar and displays a monument of Islamic architecture. It was built in 1674 with four spires tower, 370 pillars, prayer halls, etc. Each pillar is made from a single piece of deodar trunk. The temple was destroyed and restored many times. It is also known as the Friday Mosque.

Hazratbal Mosque : Located on the banks of Dal Lake, the Mosque is made from white marble and a fusion of Kashmiri and Mughal styles of architecture can be noticed in its construction. The Mosque is also called Dargah Sharif, Asar-e-Sharif, and Madinat-us-Sani. There is a shrine in the Mosque which is believed to contain a relic-a hair of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad.

Shankaracharya Temple: Located at a height of 1,100 ft, the temple is on top of Shankaracharya Hill. It is believed to be built around 200 BC by Jaluka, the son of Emperor Ashoka. From the hill top visitors can get a spectacular view of the snow clad mountains of Pir Panjal mountain range.


Sri Pratap Singh Museum : Established in 1898, the museum exhibits some of the rare terracotta heads of 3rd century, various molded terracotta plaques from 4th & 5th century, ancient brass model of Lokeshvara and a green stone figure of Lord Vishnu sitting on a Garuda. The museum also displays a 5th century copper image of Buddha carved in Gandhara architectural style and some paintings, ancient coins, handicrafts and arms.


Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden : The Garden is located at the foothills of Zabarwan Mountains near Dal Lake. The garden is famous for its annual Tulip Festival that last for seven days. The garden is very spacious and has more than 70 varieties of colored tulip flowers. About 90 acres of land nurture 1.3 million tulip bulbs. Among its vicinity are other gardens like Nishat Garden, Shalimar Garden, Achabal Bagh, Chashma Shahi Garden, Pari Mahal and other Mughal Gardens.

Nishat Bagh : Located on the banks of Dal Lake, the garden was built by Abdul Hasan Asaf Khan in 1633 and is one of the largest Mughal Gardens built here. The garden has some of the rare species of flowers, 12 terraces, flowerbeds, fountains and huge lawns that draw many tourists and travelers.

Dachigam Wildlife Sanctuary : The sanctuary is recognized for housing the rare Kashmir stag Hangul and black & brown bears. It is encircled by beautiful mountains and greenery. The sanctuary is spread out across an area of approx 141 sq km. In 1951, the sanctuary was acknowledged as a National Park. A wide variety of flora and fauna is present in the sanctuary. The sanctuary also provides a habitat for various avifauna species too. Special permit is necessary to enter the park.

Gulmarg : Gulmarg- the meadow of flowers is an astonishing mountain resort. It is a spectacular place with picturesque surroundings, dazzling landscapes, serene lakes and beautiful flowers. In winter the snow transforms Gulmarg into India's premier ski resort.

Pahalgam : Pahalgam is a humble village and the base camp for the renowned Amarnath Yatra. Pahalgam offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan Ranges and is appropriate for adventurous activities.

Sonamarg : Sonamarg- the meadow of gold is a picturesque town surrounded by natural beauty, breathtaking glaciers, serene lakes and flower-laden meadows in the Kashmir valley.

Activities

Lal Chowk : Lal Chowk is one of the most popular shopping spots in Srinagar.

Shikara Ride : Hop on for a ride on the most intriguing part of the travel experience when in Srinagar, Shikara in the Dal Lake

Floating Post Office : A real charmer, this post office-cumphilately museum fits itself into a largish boat and is moored right on the Boulevard

Floating Vegetable Market : While you are on a boat ride on the Dal lake, you should always ask for and explore the 'village', located on the lake.

Residency Road : Situated just near Lal Chowk is the famous Residency Road in Srinagar which is an awesome place to shop for Kashmiri

Himalayan Excursion : Being so close to the Himalayan Range, it would be an insult to the peaks if you do not pay a visit to them

Polo View Market : This is the best place to head out to buy some exciting souvenirs for yourself and your loved ones.

Badshah Chowk : Badshah Chowk is the place from where you can buy the world famous Kashmiri carpets


Best Time to visit : Srinagar has only two climates, pleasant summers and a very chilly, freezing winters. Rainfalls are very scanty here. The best time to visit Srinagar is from April to October

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How to reach

Srinagar is a very beautiful city and the tourists can have lots of fun and get carried away with the beauty and the pleasant atmosphere.
By Air

The domestic airport of Srinagar connects the destination with other important hubs like Delhi, Mumbai etc.
By Road

The well connected road system offers the finest experience of road transport that connects Jammu and other places like Sonamarg (88 km), Chandigarh (630 km), Leh (434 km), Pahalgam (96 km), Delhi (876 km) and lots more.
By Rail
The nearest railway station is at Jammu Tawi and connects many states and cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and others.


 

Gangaur Festival – A Festivity of Women

Gangaur Festival (final)

Introduction

Gangaur festival of Rajasthan is celebrated in reverence to Lord Shiva and goddess Parvati. It derives its name from the words 'Gan' and 'Gauri', the former is another name for Shiv while the latter is used to address Parvati. The festival centers around women and all the rituals to be followed are observed by them. The festival is held in the month of 'Chaitra' as per the Hindu calendar. The festival rituals commence the day after Holi.

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The festival celebrates the union of Shiva and Parvati which gives young girls and boys an occasion to interact with each other. It is an elaborate occasion and there are several rituals associated with it. These rituals include:

Location

Gangaur is celebrated all over Rajasthan, and is one of the state's most important festivals. The most notable celebrations take place in Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, and Nathdwara. In Udaipur, Gangaur coincides with the Mewar Festival.

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Time and date

In 2014, Gangaur will be celebrated on April 2-3. However, festival rituals commence the day after Holi.

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Attraction

Apart from these rituals, newly married women fast for the whole eighteen days of the festival and even unmarried women fast and eat only one meal a day in the hope to find a good husband. During this festival in Jaipur, a popular sweet dish called 'Ghewar' is distributed between families, relatives and friends.

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Toursim essential

The ultimate place to witness the spectacular Gangaur festival definitely is Rajasthan. The festival is celebrated in almost every part of Rajasthan with its related tradition and rituals. And in every part of the state, one can observe the differences in the celebrations and festivities of Gangaur.

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Nearby attraction

Palace On Wheels : Roll back the pages of time for one glorious week, recapture the pomp and pageantry of a royal past in royal style. Step aboard the Palace on Wheels, once the personal railway coaches of the erstwhile rulers of the princely states of Gujarat and Rajputana, the viceroy of British India and the Nizam of Hyderabad. See Rajasthan in all its splendour and the Taj Mahal at Agra. A celebration of everything that is beautiful. A journey into the past on a luxury train.

ROYAL RAJASTHAN ON WHEELS : Rajasthan is the magnificent land of numerous kingdoms, majestic forts and palaces, diverse cultures, varied landscapes and vibrant colours. Experience the land of regal splendour with Royal Rajasthan on Wheels, the contemporary royal living. The Royal Rajasthan on Wheels is the regal delight where every moment is woven together into an everlasting and immemorial experience to be lived and cherished forever. The makers of the Palace on Wheels have rekindled the charm of luxury with utmost consideration of your comfort and modern amenities at the Royal Rajasthan on Wheels.

Wild Life Of Rajasthan

In spite of a comparatively hostile terrain, Rajasthan surprisingly is the abode of a number of mammals and birds. Its vast size and latitudinal variations above the sea level of 1,700m provides it with varied vegetation. It provides semi green forests of Mount Abu to dry grasslands of the desert, and from the dry deciduous thorn forest of Aravali to wetlands of Bharatpur.

Heritage Properties : Anybody possessing a fair knowledge of the history and culture of Rajasthan, if asked to delineate the chief characteristics of its rulers in the past world. Unhesitatingly mention their bravery, courage, determination, honour, patriotism, unflinching loyalty and transparent sincerity and simplicity. Another striking characteristic that none can fail to highlight is the warmth and hospitality. All these and more are reflected in various historical monuments like impregnable fortresses, defensive castles and composite havelis which had been the abode of the nobility.
The tradition of hospitality which is instant and spontaneous to visitors, guests and even strangers, continues undiluted since the days of kings and princes. This, in fact, forms part of the people’s life style throughout the territory of this land, and best sums up the ideal of atithi devo bhava.

Adventure & Sports : Sir Edmund Hillary, the great Everester, who's thirst for adventure had proved enduring and never-ending, had found Rajasthan ideal for undertaking a journey on a camel caravan. It was an unusual way to choose to cross the arid Thar desert. And, following in his footsteps, one can re-live the adventure.

Fortunately, one can choose from a number of adventure sports options. Relax with golf, go vintage, or practice archery, go boating - in the Chambal river through the gorges of the Vindhayan plateau of Hadoti, or, go up in the air, for a bit of aerial sightseeing over heritage cities by small aircraft or in hot air balloons.

Shopping: The state enfolds in its lap a diverse kaleidoscope of breathtakingly beautiful and fascinating art-de-facts. The range is unparalleled even while it is sophisticated in its simplicity.

Activities

Dhamma Thali Vipassana Meditation Centre :Vipassana is one of India’s oldest forms of meditation. The aim of this form is to achieve peace of mind and a contented and useful life through a process of mental purification and self-examination. Located in beautiful surrounds, this centre runs courses (for a donation) in meditation for both beginners and more advanced students throughout the year.

Boat Trips : A lovely hiatus from the city is a Chambal River boat trip. The river upstream of Kota is part of the Darrah National Park and once you escape the city it’s beautiful, with lush vegetation and craggy cliffs on either side. It’s an opportunity to spot birds, gharials (those thin-snouted, fish-eating crocodiles),muggers (those keep-your-limbs-inside-the-boat crocodiles) and possibly sloth bears.

Mt Abu Treks :

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As well as being the local snake-catcher, Charles from Mt Abu Treks arranges tailor-made treks ranging from gentle village visits to longer, wilder expeditions into Mt Abu Wildlife Sanctuary. He’s passionate and knowledgeable about the local flora and fauna.

Best Time to visit : October to April


How to reach

By Air

Jaisalmer Airport is a military airport and supports only chartered flights, hence is sparingly used by travellers.

By Train

Jaisalmer is well connected with a wide network of trains covering most of the Indian cities like Delhi, Jodhpur, Jaipur and others.

By Bus

There are no direct buses from Delhi to Jaisalmer as the 17-18 hour drive is too time-consuming and quite exhausting.

Summer Vacations Trip to Hill stations in India

Hill stations (final)

When the heat starts getting on your nerves and even mundane activities become a burden, then that is the time for you to listen to your body clock, pack and head towards Indian hill stations that are personification of leisure, pleasure, natural beauty, value for money and adventure-all rolled into one.

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Interestingly most of the states of India have hill stations, of which some are extremely exotic and are extremely popular tourist destinations, while others are smaller and quieter places with less hubbub and limited tourist infrastructure. But all in all most offer an exceptional experience.

Most of the hill stations in India are in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir in the Himalayas.

Ananthagiri Hills

Located 60kms away from Vizag. It is an ideal retreat for nature lovers and honeymooning couples. Ananthagiri Hills is known for its beauty and natural splendor.

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Driving through picturesque coffee plantations the road to Anantagiri is enveloped with mango groves, waterfalls. Train travel is also an exhilarating experience as lush landscapes of forest afford a memorable spectacle.

Horsley Hills

Located 144km away from Tirupathi. It is situated at an altitude of 1,265 m, which makes this place delightfully cool, with a max summer temperature of 32°C, and minimum of 20°C. the shady slopes found in this are wooded with luxurious vegetation. It is located at an altitude of 1,265 meters from the sea level.

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Bomdila

Bomdila is a beautiful small town situated at a height of about 8000 ft. above the sea level from where one can see the brilliant landscape and snow-clad mountains of the Himalayan Range. The Buddhist monastery of Bomdila is the repository of culture and is among primary attractions of the area.

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Bomdila is the headquarters of West Kameng district in the state of Arunachal Pradesh in India. Tourist attractions of Bomdila include Buddhist temples, craft centres, the district museum, a sports complex, trekking, hiking and the Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary.

Ziro Hill Station

Ziro hills are located about 150 kilometers away from Itanagar, capital city of Arunachal Pradesh. This place is also well-known as Apatani Plateau. Local people of this place are called as Apatani tribal. It is a small town which is surrounded with valleys from all sides. It is a beautiful hill station covered with Pine and bamboo groves. This place is famous for rice cultivation in India.

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There is the heights point on the Ziro hills where a fish farm is popular for its whispering pine and handicraft centre. This place is covered with huge trees all over the area. People who are in search of fresh air and pleasing environment come here for relaxing and enjoy their holiday with their friends and family.

Pasighat

It is at a height of about 155meters above sea level. This place is situated in the center of the great Himalayas, huge dense forest and other valleys.Pasighat hills is not actually situated in mountains, it is a small town on the foothills of the Arunachal Pradesh. Therefore the weather over here is always pleasant and cool during winter as well as in summers.

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This place has some of the stunning views of the snow-clapped Himalayas, the great valleys, waterfalls and other hill surrounding the Pasighat hills. It is said that the sun first rises here in the country so people visiting here will get to see the incredible view of the sunrise raising between the hills.

Chamba

Situated at the height of 996m. above sea level on the south bank of the Ravi River. The valley is noted for the magnificence of it’s scenery-touching the fringe of the Shivaliks and having three well-defined snowy ranges, the Dauladhar, constituting the outer Himalayas, the Pir Panjal or the mid Himalayas, and the Zanskar range or the inner Himalayas.

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Biligiriranga Betta

120 kms from Mysore and 247 kms from Bangalore, the Biligirirangana range of hills is picturesquely situated between the Cauvery and the Tungabhadra rivers. At a height of 5,091 ft above sea level, this hill stretches from north to south for about 16 kms. Surrounded by deciduous trees, the forests are teeming with wildlife. And let the cool breeze blow your cares away.

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As the day slips quietly into night, watch the stars come out, one by one. The moon casts a silver light. And somewhere in the distance you hear a tiger roar. One can feel the proximity with the nature.

Nandi Hills

60 kms north of Bangalore is the summer resort called Nandi Hills. Also known as Nandidurga, it was one of the summer retreats of Tipu Sultan. The 1478-m high Nandi Hills is the originating point of many rivers. And the forests surrounding the hills, abound with wild animals. Around the Nandi Hills are several smaller hills, which can be visited on foot.

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Agumbe

Agumbe, a small village at a height of 826 meters in the Shimoga district, offers the visitor a wonderful sunset view and trekking paths. An ideal setting for R.K Narayan’s Malgudi Days, The hill station of Agumbe in Karnataka attracts tourists for its serenity and enchanting scenic beauty. It has verdant valleys; picturesque mountain terrains, sparkling streams and a rustic charm that draws tourists to it, almost throughout the year.

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hill agumbe

Goa has always been one of the most popular tourist places in India

Goa (final)

Goa has always been one of the most popular tourist places in India. People travel from far and wide to this small state for its diverse mix of beaches, adrenaline activities, parties, nature, and history. One of the best ways to see all that Goa India has to offer is by hiring a motorbike or scooter, and exploring at leisure.

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These Goa India tourist places are on everyone's must-see lists.

Goa Beaches

Goa's long stretch of sandy coastline is renowned for its multitude of beaches. There's something on offer for everyone, from luxury resorts to makeshift huts, and trance parties to tranquility.

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The Goa India beach that's right for you will depend on the kind of experience you want to have. Want water sports? Head to Baga. Want to hang with the hippies. Try Arambol. Prefer isolation? Agonda or Patnem might be the beach for you.

Markets

The Anjuna flea market is held every Wednesday from morning until evening, except during the monsoon season, on the southern end of Anjuna Beach. The market has has exploded in size and attracts people from all over Goa.

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It's now got over 500 stalls, and is still growing. You'll find a huge assortment of goods there, but make sure you bargain. After a day of shopping til you drop, head over to Curly's beach shack and take in the sunset scene there.

Old Goa

Once the magnificent Portuguese capital of Goa India, these days all that remains of Old Goa is a handful of imposing churches and cathedrals.

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They are amongst the largest in Asia though. Some of the buildings have now become archeological museums, and provide a fascinating display of Goa's history.

Wildlife Sanctuaries

Goa India isn't just all about beaches and churches. The state's location along the mountainous Western Ghats is home to an array of birds and animals.

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Around 20% of Goa consists of wildlife sanctuaries. They're open all year round, although October to March are the best months to visit.

Spice Plantations

Another highlight of a trip to Goa India is the spice plantations around Ponda. Goa's tropical climate and dense forests makes it an ideal place to grow spices. The spice farms are open to visitors.

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goa spice

You can take a guided tour, enjoy the picturesque scenery, and finish with a spicy lunch.

Kolkata Tourism : Places to Visit in Kolkata

Calcutta (final)

Kolkata Tourism

On traveling to Kolkata, one would encounter a city with a curious mixture of colonial past, contemporary cultural vibrancy and political expression.

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According to legend, when Siva's wife's corpse was cut up, one of her fingers fell at the site of what is now the Kali Temple at Kalighat. It is the name of this temple that the Britishers gave the place and Calcutta is nothing but the anglicized form of Kalikata. 

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Places to Visit in Kolkata

Kalighat Temple
Thanthania Kalibari
Belur Math
Dakshineshwar Temple
Pareshnath Jain Temple
Nakhoda Mosque
St. Paul's Cathedral
Armenian Church
Howrah Bridge
Rabindra Sadan
Victoria Memorial
Vidyasagar Setu
Kolkata Race Course
National Library
Shahid Minar in Kolkata

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Kolkata Marble Palace
MP Birla Planetarium in Kolkata
Birla Industrial Museum
Rabindra Bharti Museum
Birla Art Museum
Asutosh Museum

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Gurusaday Museum
Botanical Garden
Zoological Garden
Agri Horticultural Garden
Aquatica

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Nicco Park
Swabhumi
Science City
Millennium Park
Nalban Boating Complex
Clown Town

Shopping in Kolkata

Kolkata can be described as a 'shopping paradise' for those who want the value for their money. There are many markets spread all over the city.

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From 'cucumbers' to 'cargos' and from 'shoe-strings to 'sarees' everything is available under one roof at this century-old market.


How to Reach Kolkata

Kolkata (formerly called Calcutta) is the capital of West Bengal. As of 2011, the city is the third most populated metropolitan area in India.

The city is Kolkata is easy to reach by air, rail or road. The city is a charming city with a 300-year-old heritage and vibrant cultural background.

Distance to Kolkata

From Jamshedpur - 291 km
From Ranchi - 369 km
From Cuttack - 430 km
From Bhubaneswar - 452 km
From Gaya - 477 km
From Patna - 581 km

Darjeeling and Gangtok

Darjeeling and Gangtok (final)

Darjeeling and Gangtok are a wonderful combination of tranquility, verdant hills, panoramic views and above all the mesmerizing beauty of the mighty Kanchanjunga. These hill stations are famous for ambience of desolation and they offer magnificent view of the vast plains lying below. Both Darjeeling and Gangtok are famous for beautiful serene monasteries, tea plantations and orchard.

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One of the attractions of Darjeeling is its toy train. Built in the late 19th century, the world heritage Darjeeling Himalayan railway is a technological marvel. Its tracks rise from sea level to an altitude of over 7,500 ft in just about 70 km. Zigzag, reverses and loops were devised to overcome these gradients, the most famous being the Batasia Loop, where the train does a complete figure of eight. It covers about 83 km in six or seven hours, so sit back and enjoy the mountains and the fresh air. 

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Darjeeling derives its name from the Tibetan word ‘Dorje’which means a precious stone or the thunderbolt and ‘ling’ meaning place; hence Darjeeling is the land of thunderbolt. The Ghoom Monastery and tiger hills in Darjeeling must be visited at least once. 

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Gangtok is the capital of the state of Sikkim. The beautiful Enchey Monastery and Rumtek monastery in Gangtok are very popular among tourists. A journey by the ropeway or cable car in Gangtok should be made mandatory in your itinerary. This 20 minute journey will enable you to view the spectacular valley of Gangtok. 

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Abundant growth of flowers with more than 500 variety of orchid makes this place exotic. Gangtok is an ideal place to buy shawls, blankets, carpets, hand-made paper, painted masks etc. Gangtok is haven for adventure sports. This hill-station has numerous interesting treks to offer tourists. 

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The beauty of both these hill stations is marked by azure skies, brilliant sunshine, scarlet rhododendrons and the white fragrant magnolias which bloom in profusion, the sloping tea gardens, forests of silver fir and more. Darjeeling and Gangtok boasts a number of charming spots.

Jog Falls on the Sharavathi river is situated in Shimoga district of Karnataka.

Jog Falls (final)

Jog Falls on the Sharavathi river is situated in Shimoga district of Karnataka. Cascading from a height of 253 meters, the waterfall consists of four distinct cascades – known locally as Raja, Rani, Rover and Rocket. The four cascades merge to form the huge waterfall.

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The waterfall is locally known as Geruoppe Falls, Gersoppa Falls and Jogada Gundi. The word ‘Jog’ is a Kannada word, which means falls. It is said that the world ‘Jog’ is derived from the word Javalu, which means water coming out forming wetlands.


The significance of the waterfall is that the water does not stream down the rocks in a tiered fashion. In contrast, the water thunders down the slope losing contact with the rocks, thus making Jog Falls the tallest un-tiered waterfall in the country. The beauty of the waterfalls is enhanced by the lush green surroundings, which provides a scenic backdrop to the falls.

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Visitors can hike down to the base of the falls and can take a plunge in the water. There are several points from where you can view the beauty of the Jog falls. Watkins platform is one of the popular points to view the falls. One can also get scenic look of the falls from the rock outcrop near Bombay Bungalow. The area near the falls is also ideal for trekking.


Other beautiful areas near the waterfall are the Swarna Nadi riverbank, the Sharavathi valley and the lush green forest around the waterfalls.

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The best time to visit Jog Falls is during the monsoon. It is the ideal time to see the waterfall. The water falls with great force that it creates a cloud of vapour.


Other places to visit near the falls are Dabbe falls, Linganamakki Dam, Tunga Anicut Dam, Thyvare Koppa Lion and Tiger reserve and Sharavati River.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

The best time to visit Jog Falls is from the months of June to December.

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