Alappuzha Beach

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Alappuzha Beach is a beach in Alappuzha town and a tourist attraction in KeralaIndia. Beach has an old pier which extend to sea is over 150 years old. Known as the Venice of the East, Alappuzha has always basked a major place in the maritime history of Kerala. Alappuzha (Alleppey) is a landmark between a network of rivers flowing into it and the Arabian Sea. Alleppey Beach is located on the coastal side of Alleppey. Alleppey beach stands 5th best beach after Kovalam, Varkala, Cherai and Marari beaches in Kerala. One can enjoy the mesmerizing views of sunrise and sunset. With its fine white sand and freshwater lakes and few buildings in its vicinity, a beach is a perfect place for pleasurable beach holidays.

Alappuzha_Beach It has secured a unique spot for itself in the maritime history of Kerala. The rice bowl of Kerala in the Kuttanad region also comes within the Alappuzha District. Another name for the Alappuzha Beach is Alleppey Beach. One of the must-do things in Alleppey is to board one of the many magnificent houseboats and go on a cruise of utter pleasure and romance. One can try adventurous activities at the beach like boating, or enjoy at children’s park with toy bicycles or trains. Hallowed with nature’s green beauty and scenery, Alappuzha is a wonderland of Kerala state. Alleppey beach consists of a long stretch of stores densely populated with the swaying palm groves. The shores, the sea, and the surrounding landscape offer a fascination to the beach, not to be found elsewhere.

Nearby Attraction:

Karumadikkuttan:

Karumadikkuttan_at_karumadi,_Alappuzha Karumadikkuttan is the name of a granite statue of lord Buddha located in Karumadi near Alleppey.  The Statue is, unfortunately, missing its entire left half but has now been conserved by the Kerala State Government. It’s actually a huge, black granite statue of Lord Buddha dating back to 10th century AD. The statue was recovered by the Archeological Society of India and is now kept in a protected enclosure near the Karumadi Canal. It is believed that the statue has some powers of severe healing and it is really sought after by the locals there is Karumadi. 

Marari Beach: 

Marari_Beach_Sunset_01 The stunning Marari Beach is located about 11 kilometers from Alleppey in the quaint, little town of Maraikulam. Marari Beach is a perfect location for holidaying with family or friends. This beach in Kerala is eternal with coconut palm trees and golden sands are famous for its Ayurvedic centers and stylish beach resorts. Watching sunrise and sunset here is quite a romantic experience that couples would love to enjoy. It is just the perfect place for spending quality time with family or to enjoy the honeymoon with your partner.

Backwaters of Kuttanad:

Kuttanad_landscapes-WikiJalayatra-ViswaPrabha-08 Known as the rice bowl of Kerala, Kuttanad is the only area where farming is done below sea level. It’s known far and wide for its huge spreads of green paddy fields against the backdrop of placid backwaters. The region is surrounded by the sea and the hills and offers a beautiful scenic vista to its guests. The entire length of Kuttanad is 150 km which covers a distance from Kollam to Kochi. You can enjoy this water body with the help of rice barges or houseboats. Inland waterways which flow above land level are an amazing feature of this region. Here, farming is done below the sea level, usually 4 to 10 feet, which is interesting for travelers who seek to learn more about Kerala’s tourism.

Krishnapuram Palace:

Krishnapuram_palace2 The 18th century Krishnapuram Palace built during the reign of the Travancore monarch, Marthanda Varma, is a double storied structure which displays typical characteristics of Kerala architecture-gabled roofs, dormer windows, narrow corridors. Inside this palace, you’ll find a museum of paintings, bronzes, and antique carvings. The palace is a major tourist attraction and also contains a small museum maintained by the Archeological department of Kerala.  This palace is an archeological museum whose best attraction is a 49 square meter single mural painting which is titled as Gajendra Moksham which means the salvation of elephant king.

Best Time To Visit:

November to February winter is the best season to visit Alleppey as the weather is mild and pleasant. The average temperature during this time is between 17 degrees to 32 degrees Celsius with minimal fluctuations.

How To Reach:

By Air: The nearest airport is Kochi International Airport (78 km), which is well connected to all major cities of India.

By Rail: Alleppey is connected to the major cities of Kerala like Cochin, Kottayam, Changanassery, and Chengannur. 

By Road: Kerala State Run Transport Corporation (KSRTC ) buses connect Alleppey to most major cities in Kerala. Tourists can reach Alappuzha by bus or local transportation.

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Pangong Tso

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Pangong Tso  Tibetan for “high grassland lake”, also referred to as Pangong Lake, is an endorheic lake in the Himalayas situated at a height of about 4,350 m (14,270 ft) and is 134 km long, extending from India to China. Do you remember the last scene of 3 idiots? Want to know about the location where Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor were snogging in the last scene?  If you remember the beautiful lake where the whole scene was shot, that lake is Pangong Tso. The reflection of the barren mountains and a clear blue sky on the placid waters of Pangong Tso Lake is one sight that will remain etched in mind forever! Approximately 60% of the length of the lake lies in China. The lake is 5 km (3.1 mi) wide at its broadest point. All together it covers 604 km2. During winter the lake freezes completely, despite being saline water. It is not a part of Indus river basin area and geographically a separate land locked river basin.

Pangong_Tso_at_Sunrise The beauty and allure of this lake has attracted people from all over the country and beyond. The crystal clear blue lake sprawls over an area of 100 kilometers across the borders of two countries in India and China. It is one of the charismatic lakes situated on the Changtang plateau in eastern Ladakh region. The sunset & the sunrise are the best time to witness the sheer beauty of this place. The migratory birds add a special feel to the whole experience. Reaching the lake itself is an experience to remember. n interesting observation of the topography throughout this journey is that they throw off all calculations of distance somewhat like a mirage-effect, what looked to be a ten-minute crossing easily requires an hour or more! The beautiful multi shades of blue color offered by this lake along with a picturesque landscape around gives this place an extremely romantic feel as shown in Bollywood film songs.

Pangong_Lake_Tso Reflection_at_Pangong_Tso,_Ladakh,_India Pangong Lake is also known by the name of Hollow Lake and appears as a clear symbol of nature craftsmanship. The brackish water plays with sunlight to produce different effects of light. One-third part of the lake lies in India while the remaining two-third lies in Tibet, a region controlled by China.  The name of the lake Pangong was got from a Tibetan word Banggong Co that means a narrow and enchanted lake. The brackish water of the lake has very low micro-vegetation. Guides report that there are no fish or other aquatic life in the lake, except for some small crustaceans. On the other hand, visitors see numerous ducks and gulls over and on the lake surface. There are some species of scrub and perennial herbs that grow in the marshes around the lake. This place is paradise for bird lovers especially with sightings of other birds like rodents that are said to grow up to the size of a dog. During summers, bar-headed geese can also be witnessed here. All this makes the lake a favourite spot for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts. 

If you are planning to visit Pangong Lake, make sure you do not visit during winters because the whole lake freezes during this season of the year.  This spectacular lakeside is open during the tourist season, which lasts from May to September. Whenever you plan to visit this magical place, make sure you do carry a lot of winter clothes. The climate is cold and after dawn it gets harsher. There is only one cemented accommodation available around the lake and the facilities like electricity, medical aid, hot running water, western toilets etc. are rare to find.

How To Reach :

By Air : The nearest Airport is Leh. Which is well connected to all major city if India.

By Rail : The nearest Railhead is Jammu Railway Station (450 km) which is well connect to the all major city of India.

By Road : Pangong Tso can be reached after a a five-hour drive from Leh. From Leh, one passes through the Changla Pass and then through Tangste. There are regular bus services run by state road transport corportation. 

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Zanskar Valley

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One of the least explored destinations in the country, Zanskar, located in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir.  The Zanskar Range is a mountain range in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir that separates Zanskar from Ladakh. Geologically, the Zanskar Range is part of the Tethys Himalaya, an approximately 100-km-wide synclinorium formed by strongly folded and imbricated, weakly metamorphosed sedimentary series, is one of the known Buddhist kingdoms of the western Himalayas within elevation of 12000 feet. The beauty of the Zanskar landscapes changed our definition of beautiful. Situated in the Himalayan range, Zanskar is popular with adventure junkies. A hotspot for trekking, paragliding and river rafting, Lamayuru to Darcha and Lamayuru-Padumare some of the popular trekking trails that pass around Zanskar.  Zanskar, which is the land of moonscapes and threatening paths, charms the best of wanderers, invites them with enthralling sights and enchanting landscapes, and turns them into a pro traveler for life. It also separates Kinnaur District from Spiti in Himachal Pradesh. The highest peaks of Himachal are in the Zanskar Range.

Zanskar is famous for its high beautiful mountains and landscape. Zanskar is one of the most unexplored places in Jammu and Kashmir. Pleasant climate, landscape, snow-capped Himalayan Mountains and sparking rivers makes Zanskar a perfect holiday destination for worldwide tourists. Zanskar comprises a tri-armed valley system, The three arms radiate star-like towards the west, north and south from a wide central expanse where the region’s two principal drainage’s meet to form the main Zanskar River. Adventure is the main cause as to why people like Zanskar. River rafting and other sports are very famous here, and Zanskar is known for it clear waters. The spectacular Himalayan landscape and the lifestyles of the inhabitants attract many tourists to the hidden kingdom of Zanskar.

Tourist Attraction : 

Penzella Pass :

800px-Drang_Drung_glacier_seen_from_Pensi_La_pass Penzella Pass is the pass that divides Zasnkar valley with the Suru Valley. Penzella Pass is located at 4400 metres above the sea level in the Zanskar range of mountains. Considered to be an ideal camping ground for trekkers, the site is renowned for two greenish water springs. The region also has various species of plants that have rich medicinal values. Zanskar range, the slopes of the pass are covered with snow in the winter season. In summers, when the snow melts, a large variety of flora and fauna can be seen on the slopes of the pass. A variety of wildlife is also present here including the commonly observed Marmots and brown bears. The Pass is also flanked by glaciers on both the sides, from which engendered streams flow into the Suru and Zanskar river, creating a lovely sight. The Penzella Pass is open only during the months of May to September as the region sees heavy snowfall in other months.

Zanskar River :

Zanskar_rivers_February_2014 If adventure is what you love, Zanskar River expedition will be an adventurous experience like never before. River rafting probably is the most indulged in activity in Zanskar River. The rafting experience takes you through one of the most breathtaking gorges of the World.  One of the largest tributaries of river Indus, Zanskar River emerges from the north facing Himalayan slopes. Branched into two: Doda tributary, begins in close proximity to the Pensi La Pass and flows alongside the Zanskar Valley towards Padum, whereas the Kargyag river tributary forms the second branch emerging from near the Shingo La and Tsarap river. Due to the glaciers, the entire area of the river has been transformed into a U-shaped valley. The only outlet for the whole Zanskar hydrographic system is thus the Zanskar river, which cuts the deep and narrow Zanskar Gorge through the Zanskar range. Tourists can also visit the Abring and the Padam villages that are situated around the river.

Padum :

Zanskar_padum_Padum One of the most daunting treks in the valley, it runs through the heart of Zanskar Valley to finally reach Lahaul Valley in Himachal. Padum also serves as the abode to exotic flora and fauna. Once the capital of the ancient Zanskar Kingdom, the region still holds antediluvian relics like intricate carvings on a large rock situated on the banks of the river Lung-nak, dating back to 8th century. Its older section, comprising of inter-connected adobe houses and several high-rise chortens, surround a boulder-strewn hillock, site of the erstwhile palace and fort. Apart from these attractions, the scenic beauty of the surrounding areas from this region is too lovely to be put into words.

Zongkhul Monastery :

Ladakh_Lamayuru Zongkhul is one of the popular cave monasteries, which is used by Yogis for the purpose of meditation. The two caves here are the present monasteries, are said to have been used by the famous yogi for the solitary meditation. A footprint on a stone near the ingress of the lower cave is highly revered as that of the yogi.  Located near the village of Ating, this monastery is famous for murals believed to be painted more than 300 years ago. In the 4th month of the Tibetan calendar, Zongkhul Huchot festival is organised by the locals. It is believed that Naropa used to meditate in this monastery, which makes it a prime location as several other Mahasiddhas also meditated at this site. The monastery has number of shrines. There are images of Buddha, Padmasmbhava, Mitukpa and Mahakala. The monastery houses 15 monks and 23 novitiates. With no road access, trekking is the only way to reach the monastery. It lies on the Padum-Kishtwar trek route. The best time to visit Zongkhul monastery is between July to early November as rest of the year, the region remains covered with snow.

Rangdum Monastery :

f02a55ef51_b Rangdum Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery belonging to the Gelugpa sect, situated on top of a small but steep sugarloaf hill at an altitude of 4,031 m at the head of the Suru Valley, in Ladakh. Flanked by colorful hills on one side and dazzling white glaciers on the other, the region is a charming site. The Drang-drung glacier can also be seen from this region. this monastery looks like a fortress and in fact was used as one by Dogra armies of General Zorawar Singh.  It is an ancient monastery from 18th century and a visit is recommended. 

Most of the precipitation occurs as snowfall during the harsh and extremely long winter period. These winter snowfalls are of vital importance, since they feed the glaciers which melt in the summer and provide most of the irrigation water. Parts of Zanskar valley are considered some of the coldest continually inhabited places in the world. Owing to the altitudes the Zanskar valley is accessible only during the summer months. The winter months are too harsh for travel in Zanskar. The best time to visit Zongkhul monastery is between July to early November as rest of the year, the region remains covered with snow.

How To Reach : 

By Air : Nearest Airport is Leh (105 km), Flights from Delhi, Jammu and Srinagar connected to Leh 

By Rail : Nearest rail head is Jammu(700 km). After getting off at the railway station, one can take a shared bus to Zanskar Valley via Kargil. All Major city like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Pune, Indore, Jabalpur and Rishikesh are well connected to Jammu by rail.

By Road : There is a regular bus service from Jammu & Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation from Leh and Kargil for Padum with stops at various points in Suru and Zanskar Valley.

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Gulmarg

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Gulmarg is a town, a hill station, a popular skiing destination and a notified area committee in Baramula district in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. The town is situated in the Pirpanjal range in the western Himalayas. Gulmarg is one of the beautiful place that can be visited in Kashmir valley. Gulmarg literally means the meadow of flowers. The meadow of flowers About 50 kms away from Srinagar, it is a cup-shaped meadow 3 kms long, and over 2000 metres high. Then natural beauty of Gulmarg has attracted tourists since long. 

View_from_Gulmarg Originally named Gaurimarg (“the fair one”) by shepherds in honor of the Hindu goddess Parvati, the resort was renamed Gulmarg(“meadow of flowers”) by Sultan Yusuf Shah of the Chak Dynasty who frequented the place with his queen Habba khatoon in the 16th century. During the colonial rule over India, the British discovered the hill resort of Gulmarg in 1927. Gulmarg also hosted the British Resident and his fellow Europeans. The snow-clad peaks and the lovely landscapes of Gulmarg have provided background for several Bollywood ventures. 

The slopes of Gulmarg make it Asia’s only heli-skiing resort. Gulmarg is the main skiing resort for the adventure lovers. The skis, sticks, snow boots, woollen socks, mufflers, windproof jackets, goggles, caps and various other equipments and the Ski instructors are easily available in Gulmarg. Even the amateurs can enjoy the skiing with the ski lifts and chair lifts.

Tourist attraction at Gulmarg :

Apharwat Peak :

Apharwat_Peak A picturesque water body at the foot of the twin Apharwat Peaks, Alpather Lake is a stunning natural attraction. At an altitude of approx. 4,200 meters above the sea level, the Apharwat Peak is one of the most beautiful places to visit in and around Gulmarg.  The Apharwat peak is a trekking center and a must-visit for those who love trekking. It is a place which provides beautiful scenes to the tourists who visit here. this lake is frozen until mid-June and even later in the year one can see lumps of ice floating in its cold waters. Another noteworthy point is that the Line of Control (LOC) is only a few kilometers from this peak. From Gulmarg, you can reach the lake on a horseback through a well-graded track. The horse ride through snowy trails is in itself alluring enough to make you come again and re-visit.

Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve :

270px-Black-tailed_deer Home to numerous species of flora, fauna, & avifauna, the Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve is among the most popular tourist places to visit in Gulmarg for wildlife lovers. Biodiversity blooms here in its richest form. The conifers and green herbs give the entire sanctuary a scenic appearance. This offers ample opportunities to capture the animals in scenic settings. The reserve area is located at a distance of 48-km from Srinagar, to its southwest. Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve is famous for its vegetation and wildlife. The reserve is spread over an area of 180 sq. km. The reserve houses upland and pheasant birds. Nature has blessed this sanctuary with expansive patches of conifers and green herbs that give it a scenic appearance. Here, you can catch sight of the endangered Musk Deer – the main attraction of the park. Also seen in this park are Hangul, Leopard, Brown Bear, Black Bear and Red Fox. The area has a large population of indigenous and migratory birds including, inter alia, Griffon Vulture, Blue Rock Pigeon Monal, Snow Cock, Kashmir Roller, and Jungle Crow. It is all together a different experience to be surrounded by rich Himalayan wildlife and there can be no better place to experience this thrill than in Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve.

Strawberry Valley :

Strawberry-valley A favorite destination of the yesteryear Bollywood movies, many important scenes of the Shashi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan starrer Namak Halal were shot around this idyllic hill station. The idyllic Strawberry Field is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Gulmarg.  During summers, taste the freshest strawberry Gulmarg has to offer at Strawberry Valley. Walk down the valley to get through the unexplored part of Gulmarg. 

Ferozepur Nallah :

Ferozpur_Nallah Ferozepur Nallah is a captivating mountain stream flowing through verdant valleys between the beautiful Chinamarg and Nurpur Pass. Flowing through Chinamarg and Nurpur Pass, Ferozepur Nallah is situated 5kms from Gulmarg. Camping beside this stream is one of the best things to do in Gulmarg. Reached from the Tangmarg road, or from the Outer Circular Walk, this mountain stream meets the Bahan River at a popular picnic spot known as ‘waters meet’. The stream is reputed to be particularly good for trout fishing.  The duo of Ningle Nallah and Ferozepur Nallah are two mountain streams flowing through the lush green valleys. The grassy pastures on the sides of the streams put these attractions among the best places to visit in Gulmarg for camping and picnic.

Ningle Nallah :

Ferozpur_Nallah Ningle Nallah is a beautiful stream with flowing water right from the melting ice of the Apharwat peak. It is situated at a distance of 10 kms from Gulmarg. It is a popular picnic spot, which is situated about 8kms from Gulmarg. Ningli Nallah is a stream that has its origin in Allaptri Naag. The water formed by the melting of ice in Apharwat Peak and Alpather Lake is the main source of Ningle Nallah. After passing through mountains and valleys, this stream merges into the River Jhelum near Sopore. The grassy pastures on the sides of the stream are ideal for camping and picnics.

St. Mary’s Church : 

St_Mary's_Church_in_Gulmarg Boasting of fine Victorian style of architecture, St. Mary’s Church is one of the star attractions of Gulmarg.  A Victorian style Church, St.Mary’s is a small place of worship in Gulmarg. The church is famed for its stained glass artwork and utter peace. The verdant meadows, lofty alpine trees and towering mountains that are covered with thick snow during winters in the surroundings greatly enhance the beauty of this church. The church, which was built more than 100 years ago, in the beginning of the 20th century, is like stepping back in time. The attraction has become a point of interest for not just the religious travelers, but also the photography enthusiasts.

Shrine of Baba Reshi :

Baba_Reshi_Shrine3 The shrine of Baba Reshi is 500 years old and holds an important position as a religious place in Gulmarg. Named after a known Muslim scholar and Saint, Baba Reshi Shrine is 5 kms from Gulmarg and is located at a height of 2133 m above sea level. The saint after whom this shrine was built was a member of the court of King Zain-ul-Abidin. Shrine of Baba Reshi is one of the religious places to visit. People from all walks of life visit the shrine to seek blessings. It is accessible by a motorable road from Gulmarg.  Baba Reshi who spent his days in meditation and prayer here. It’s also an architectural beauty. What makes an immediate impression is the old Kashmiri architecture of the shrine – lattice work windows, intricately carved deodar pillars and exquisite craftsmanship. Tourists from different parts of the world, visit here to have a look at the Mughal and Persian style of architecture which makes up the shrine.

Seven Springs : 

Ferozpur_Nallah Seven Springs is famously known for seven natural outlets of water, a mesmerizing sight. The Seven Springs offer a majestic view of both Srinagar and Gulmarg valleys from the top. The famous Gondola cable car ride takes you from Gulmarg to the Seven Springs in Kongdori.

Alpather Lake : 

alpather-lake-3939 Located about 13 km from Gulmarg, the Alpather Lake is among the enchanting places to visit in and around Gulmarg.  A picturesque water body at the foot of the twin Apharwat Peaks, Alpather Lake is a stunning natural attraction. Alpather Lake is one exciting place for a day trip from Gulmarg.  Embraced by rocky mountains and endless meadows that are covered with wildflowers, this lake is doubtlessly, every nature photographer’s delight. The breathtaking topography and perfect setting for photography has made this destination a favorite among the nature lovers as well as photography enthusiasts. The lake also provides an adventurous opportunity to the visitors, who can take up activities like horse riding and ridge climbing. During winters, the lake remains frozen, and the surrounding fields get laden with snow. From Gulmarg, you can reach the lake on a horseback through a well-graded track. The horse ride through snowy trails is in itself alluring enough to make you come again and re-visit.

Khilanmarg : 

Gulmarg If you are visiting the “meadow of flowers”, then this place is one of the must visit for sightseeing in Gulmarg. Khilanmarg is 4 kms from Gulmarg. Khilanmarg is the famous spot for skiing in winters. From Khilanmarg, you can enjoy the views of the Kashmir valley and the Himalayan range.The place is surrounded all over from mountains and it provides a great view during spring season when it is filled with wild flowers. There is a view point in Khilanmarg with its spectacular vistas of the great Himalayas, that you shouldn’t miss if you are visiting Gulmarg.

Golf Course : 

kashmir-golf-tour-5676 What can be better than acres and acres of open green grass surrounded by mountains and peaks?  Golf Course in Gulmarg, situated at a height of 2,650 mabove sea level, is the highest green golf course in the world. This 18-hole golf course is completely managed by the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation. This place was used to play golf by Britishers since 1911 and the golf course was inaugurated formally in 2011. Temporary membership, even for one day, is available at the club for the golfers. Visitors are allowed to take their cars inside for a ride and enjoy a ride in one of the most beautiful golf courses in the world.

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Lachung

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Lachung is a town and hill station in northeast SikkimIndia. It is located in the North Sikkim district near the border with Tibet. Lachung is one of the most exquisite villages in the valleys of North Sikkim.  Lachung has multiple reasons to make you fall in love with it! While its location at an enthralling height of 8,610ft and and approximately 125 km from Gangtok makes it a popular snow-destination in Sikkim, its untouched and surreal beauty makes it one of the scenic as well as charming tourist places in Sikkim. The beautiful snow-capped peaks of Lachung attract tourists from all over the world. Lachung is at an elevation of about 9,600 feet (2,900 m) and at the confluence of the lachen and Lachung Rivers, both tributaries of the River Teesta. The word Lachung means “small pass”.

If you are visiting Sikkim and don’t think that you will make it again in a long time to come, then do pursue a visit to Lachung. Because you may not again see such stunning views of snow mountains and rivers anywhere else. “Dr. Joseph Hooker in his ‘Himalayan Journal’ of 1855 mentioned that Lachung and Yumthang are the two most picturesque places in the whole of Sikkim and had even compared them to valleys of Switzerland.”

The Indian Army has a forward base in the town. Before the Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1950, Lachung was a trading post between Sikkim and Tibet, after which it was closed down. The town’s economy has been boosted by tourism in recent years as the region has been opened up by the Indian government. 

Although most come and stay at Lachung to visit Yumthang valley and Zero Point the next day before returning to Gangtok, you should not miss out on the opportunities which Lachung itself offers. Start early in the morning from Gangtok so that you can reach Lachung by 12noon and have enough time to explore the near by area.

Tourist Attraction :

  • One of the nice places to visit here is the Lachung Monsatery (or gompa). It has wonderful wall murals and also several ancient statues.
  • Tourists use Lachung as the base to travel to Yumthang valley and its surrounding area such as Katao and Yumasamdong. 
  • You can spend some leisure hours sitting beside the Lachung-chu river, mesmerised by the beauty of the place.
  • The local monastery is also a nice place to spend an evening and learn about the local Buddhist culture.

As for the rest of North Sikkim, Lachung can be visited only by booking a package tour through a recognised travel agent. This is because you require special restricted area permit to travel here and the permit is given only to tourists travelling on a package tour. The package includes your travel, accommodation, food and sightseeing. 

Best time to visit :

Tourists come from all over the world to visit the town between October and May. One can get snow in Lachung till March/April and in May one can see wild flowers / RhododendronsThis is when the locals in their full traditional costumes eat, drink and perform many cultural shows. Beginning of December is also a great time as you can see the monks performing mask dance at Lachung monastery.

How to reach :

Nearest Airport is Bagdogra Airport in Siliguri , Bagdogra Airport is connected with rest of India by almost all domestic airlines. The airport is about 128 km away from Lachung. One can easily hire local cabs from Bagdogra to Lachung.

Lachung does not have own Railway station, Nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri. which is approx 127 Kms far from Lachung.  You can take Private taxis and Local Buses to Reach at Lanchung.

Lachung has a good road connectivity with nearby destinations. Direct buses are available from New Jalpaiguri and Gangtok, which can be availed to reach Lachung.

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Agatti Island-Lakshadweep

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Agatti is located 459km off Cochin. It is six km long and about a kilometre wide. In Agatti, coral growths and multi-coloured coral fishes abound in its lagoons. Agatti is perhaps the only island besides Minicoy that gets surplus fish as fishing is the main occupation. Agatti is a part of the Lakshadweep Islands, which is the smallest union territory of India.

Agatti is one of the Lakshadweep islands open to tourism. Visitors, however, are allowed to the Island under certain restrictions. They are required to obtain Entry Permit from the Lakshadweep Administration for entering or visiting the island. Entry Permit is issued based on the visitor having a confirmed place to stay. There are only two hotels or resorts in Agatti:

1. Agatti Island Beach Resort (AIBER) and  2.  Sea Shells Beach Resort.

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 A road runs through the island, which can be best enjoyed by hiring a bicycle available at many places.  Agatti Islands are visited as a getaway for its remoteness and crystal clear waters & White sand beaches. Scuba diving enthusiasts and activity centric guests arrive here to unexplore coral sites around the area and experience the remoteness and beauty. Activities at Agatti comprise swimming in crystal clear waters, snorkelling and scuba diving Deep Sea Fishing, sailing, glass bottom boat rides, water skiing and kayaking are amazing.

Recently reviewed tourist attractions in Agatti, which are great places to visit, are Museum,Bangaram Island. Agatti can be visited in summer, monsoon or winter

Museum, Agatti :

The museum in Agatti Island is located 2 km from the beach near a village. It takes around INR250 in an autorickshaw from the jetty. Motor cycles can also be hired to travel the 2 km distance. The museum is a government run museum which contains various replicas and sculptures of marine life. Various corals, shells, fish and aquatic animals are found in aquarium like enclosures. Trinkets like ornaments, headgear, clothing, etc. belonging to the tribes from different parts of the Lakshadweep islands are found in this place. In the entrance to the museum is a large cannon.

Bangaram Island, Agatti :

Bangaram Island is one of the inhabited islands in Lakshadweep. Boat tours to Bangaram take around 2 hours. There is a Bangaram Resort in this island. During a visit to the Bangaram islands, snorkelling, diving and scuba diving can be done. Lunch can be had on the island, or packed food can be arranged from Agatti. The area of the shipwreck beyond the reefs is a place full of fish and corals, where diving can be done. The trip to Bangaram Island starts at around noon and the return to the Agatti Island is possible in the evening.

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Lunch can be had on the island, or packed food can be arranged from Agatti. The area of the shipwreck beyond the reefs is a place full of fish and corals, where diving can be done. The trip to Bangaram Island starts at around noon and the return to the Agatti Island is possible in the evening.

How to reach :

Lakshwadeep is connected to Cochin by sea route. Seven passenger ships operate between the two ports and it takes 14–20 hours for the passage. These ships have modern facilities that includes entertainment area, video shows, cafeteria and offer comfortable A/C accommodation.

Agatti airport is well known domestic airport situated in the southern end of Agatti island of Lakshadweep a union territory of India. This is the only airport in Lakshadweep that offers services to all island situated here.

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Munnar

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Munnar is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams – Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. 1,600 m above sea level, this hill station was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. Sprawling tea plantations, picture-book towns, winding lanes and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town. Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands here is the Neelakurinji. This flower which bathes the hills in blue once in every twelve years, will bloom next in 2018. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India, Anamudi, which towers over 2,695 m. Anamudi is an ideal spot for trekking.

Let us now explore some of the options in and around Munnar that would provide travellers ample opportunities to enjoy the captivating hill station of Munnar.

Eravikulam National Park Nilgiri_Tahr_1

One of the main attractions near Munnar is the Eravikulam National Park. This park is famous for its endangered inhabitant – the Nilgiri Tahr. Spread over an area of 97 sq. km., this park is also home to several species of rare butterflies, animals and birds. A great place for trekking, the park offers a magnificent view of the tea plantations and also the rolling hills caressed by blankets of mists. The park becomes a hot destination when the hill slopes here get covered in a carpet of blue, resulting from the flowering of Neelakurinji. It is a plant endemic to this part of the Western Ghats which blooms once in twelve years.

Anamudi Peak Anamudi_1

Located inside the Eravikulam National Park is the Anamudi Peak. This is the highest peak in south India standing at a height of over 2700 m. Treks to the peak are allowed with permission from the Forest and Wildlife authorities at Eravikulam.

Mattupetty Mattupetty_Dam_reservoir,_near_Munnar,_Kerala

Another place of interest, located about 13 km from Munnar Town, is Mattupetty. Situated at a height of 1700 m above sea level, Mattupetty is known for its storage masonry dam and the beautiful lake, which offers pleasurable boat rides, enabling one to enjoy the surrounding hills and landscape. Mattupetty’s fame is also attributed to the dairy farm run by the Indo-Swiss Livestock Project, where one would come across different high yielding breeds of cows.

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Pallivasal, located at about 3 km from Chithirapuram in Munnar is the venue of the first Hydro-electric project in Kerala. It is a place of immense scenic beauty and is often favoured by visitors as a picnic spot.

Chinnakanal & Anayirangal View_of_Anayirankal_Dam_area_from_Idukki_122049

Near the town of Munnar is Chinnakanal and the waterfalls here, popularly known as Power House Waterfalls, cascade down a steep rock 2000 m above sea level. The spot is enriched with the scenic view of the Western Ghat ranges. When you have traveled about seven kilometers from Chinnakanal, you reach Anayirangal. Anayirangal, 22 km from Munnar, is a lush green carpet of tea plants. A trip on the splendid reservoir is an unforgettable experience. The Anayirangal dam is surrounded by tea plantations and evergreen forests.

Top Station Munnar_top_station

Top Station, which is about 32 km from Munnar is at a height of 1700 m above sea level. It is the highest point on the Munnar-Kodaikanal road. Travellers to Munnar make it a point to visit Top Station to enjoy the panoramic view it offers of the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu. It is one of the spots in Munnar to enjoy the Neelakurinji flowers blooming over a vast area.

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Munnar has a legacy of its own when it comes to the origins and evolution of tea plantations. Taking account of this legacy and to preserve and showcase some of the exquisite and interesting aspects on the genesis and growth of tea plantations in Kerala’s high ranges, a museum exclusively for tea was opened some years ago by Tata Tea in Munnar. This Tea Museum houses curios, photographs and machineries; all of which have a story to tell on the origins and growth of tea plantations in Munnar. The museum is located at the Nallathanni Estate of Tata Tea in Munnar and is worth a visit.

Getting there

Nearest railway station: Aluva about 108 km and Angamali, about 109 km
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, via Aluva – Munnar Rd, about 108 km

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Kerala Rejuvenation

Thiruvananthapuram – Kovalam – Thiruvananthapuram
Ayurveda is a perfect ancient science of life; the word Ayur literally means life and Veda the science or knowledge. Kerala’s equable climate, natural abundance of forests, are best suited for Ayurveda’s curative and restorative programs. Rejuvenate your body, mind and soul by taking Ayurveda treatment atleast once in your life time.
Kovalam
Kovalam

 Day 1

Thiruvananthapuram – Kovalam
Meals: No Meals
Today you arrive in the capital city of Kerala – God’s Own Country, Thiruvananthapuram. After you arrive at the airport you are greeted by our local representative. You are later driven by an air conditioned car to Kovalam Spa Resort. Upon arrival you check in at the resort and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. In the evening you will get into discussion with Ayurvedic physician consulting the kind of Ayurvedic Therapy you need.
Kovalam Beach
Kovalam Beach
Day 2
Kovalam
Meals: Breakfast
Today is day 01 of your Ayurvedic Therapy.
Kovalam Beach
Kovalam Beach
Day 3
Kovalam
Meals: Breakfast
Today is day 02 of your Ayurvedic Therapy.
Kovalam Beach
Kovalam Beach
Day 4
Kovalam
Meals: Breakfast
Today is day 03 of your Ayurvedic Therapy.

 

Rows Of Tall Palm
Rows Of Tall Palm
Day 5
Kovalam
Meals: Breakfast
Today is day 04 of your Ayurvedic Therapy.
Vembanad Lake
Vembanad Lake
Day 6
Kovalam
Meals: Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
Today is day 05 of your Ayurvedic Therapy.
Day 7
Kovalam – Thiruvananthapuram
Meals: Breakfast
Today morning after breakfast is your last day of therapy, you are driven back by car to Thiruvananthapuram Airport/Railway Station for your flight/train back home after being rejuvenated.

Beaches in South Goa

About Goa Beaches

Goa is all about beaches. This is neither an exaggeration nor a restrictive statement.

People travel to Goa with mostly one thing in mind – to enjoy lazing around in the sandy beaches of Goa with swaying palms providing the perfect backdrop. Water sports activities or simply enjoying other leisurely activities also make the beaches of Goa extremely attractive proposition for tourists.

Here’s a quick guide to the famous beaches of Goa for all those who are planning to go for Goa beach tourism.

1) Cavelosim Beach : — This one of the lovely beaches of South Goa lies between Arabian sea and Sal river. The fine amalgamation of lush paddy fields, the shining Sal River and the soft sands of the beach creates an ambiance for an unforgettable beach holiday at Cavelossim. Alike other Goan beaches, Cavelossim beach offers endless arrays of beach activities like sunbathing at the beach, Dolphin spotting and sunset cruises on the river Sal.

Sleepy Cavelossim, straddling the coast road 11-km south of Colva, is the last major settlement in southwest Salcete: its only claim to fame. A short way beyond the village’s picturesque church square, a narrow lane veers left across an open expanse of paddy fields to the Cavelossim-Assolna ferry crossing near the mouth of the Sal River.

If one is heading south to Canacona, turn left off the ferry and carry on as far as Assolna Bazaar, clustered around a junction on the main road. A right turn at this crossroads puts you on track for Canacona.

MABOR
Carry straight on at the junction just past the square in Cavelossim and one’ll eventually arrive at Mobor, where Colva beach fades into a rounded sandy spur at the mouth of the Assolna River. This would be an exquisite spot if it weren’t the site of South Goa’s largest, and most obtrusive, package tourist enclave.

Crammed together on to a narrow spit of dunes between the surf and estuary, the holiday inns and beach resorts combine to create a holiday camp ambience that has as little to do with Goa as their architecture.

 

2) Colva Beach : — Colva beach acts as a loners paradise amongst the beaches in Goa. It is a haven for those travellers who want to spend their vacation away from the hustle and bustle. Most of the time, it remains uncrowded but with the onset of October, it comes alive as Christian pilgrims come here to worship infant Jesus at Colva Church. It is also an ideal destination to engage oneself in various kinds of exciting adventure sports.

A hot season retreat for Margao’s moneyed middle classes since long before Independence, Colva is the oldest and largest of South Goa’s resorts. Its leafy outlying ‘Vaddos’, or wards are pleasant enough, dotted with colonial style villas and ramshackle fishing huts. The beachfront is a collection of concrete hotels, souvenir stalls and fly blown snack bars strewn around a central roundabout.

Each afternoon, busloads of visitors from out of state mill around here after a paddle on the crowded foreshore, pestered by postcard wallahs and the little urchins whose families camp on the outskirts. If, however, one wants to steer clear of this central market area, and stick to the cleaner, greener outskirts, Colva can be a pleasant and convenient place to stay for a while. Swimming is relatively safe while the sand, at least away from the beachfront, is spotless and scattered with beautiful shells.
Leisure

Although never an established rave venue, Colva’s nightlife is livelier than anywhere else in south Goa, thanks to its ever-growing contingent of young package tourists. The two most happening nightspots are down in the dunes south of the beachfront area: splash boasts a big MTV satellite screen and music to match, and a late bar and disco that liven up around 10.00 pm.

A sandy plod just south of here, posier Ziggy’s boast Goa’s only air conditioned dance floor, a thumping Indian Ragga and Techno sound system, and a sociable terrace littered with wicker easy chairs. If one prefers to get plastered somewhere affordable and less pretentious, try Johnny Cool’s midway between the beach and Colva crossroads. Men Mar, on the Vasco Road, also serves beers, snacks and Lassis until around 10.30 pm.

 

3) Bogmolo Beach: — Goa Bogmalo beach is a perfect melting pot of nature’s beauty and urbanization. Prior to becoming a tourist spot, Bogmalo beach was a quaint fishing village which is bedecked with a tiny-whitewashed Chapel and clusters of beach shacks scattered under the coconut palms. Though popular, but less crowded like other Goa beaches, Bagmalo beach is an ideal for picnickers.

Immediately south of the airport, the Mormugao peninsula’s sun parched central plateau tumbles to a flat-bottomed valley lined with coconut trees and redbrick huts. The sandy beach at the end of the cove would be even more picturesque were it not for the monstrous multi-storey edifice perched above it. Until Oberoi erected a huge five star hotel here, Bogmalo was just another small fishing village, hemmed in by a pair of palm fringed headlands at the northern end of Colva bay.

A Former Fishing Village, Today’s Tourist Hangout
The village is still present at Bogmalo, complete with a tiny-whitewashed Chapel and gangs of hogs nosing through the rubbish, but its environs have been transformed. Pricey café-bars blaring Western music have crept up the beach, while the clearing below the hotel is prowled by assiduous Kashmiri handicraft vendors.

Even so, compared with Calangute Or Colva, Bogmalo is still a small-scale resort. As long as one hasn’t come to Goa to get away from it all or party all night, then one’ll find Bogmalo congenial enough. The beach is clean and not too crowded, the water reasonably safe for swimming, and there are plenty of places to eat, drink and shop. If, on the other hand, one is looking for somewhere not yet, on the package tourist map, one’ll be better off further south, at the far end of Colva Beach or beyond.

DIVING AT BOGMALO
A small dive school recently opened up in Bogmalo and is one of the few places in India where one can do PADI-approved Open water diving courses. Operating out of Joet’s guesthouse, at the far end of the beach, the British run outift also offers half day “Try Dives” for novices, guided dives to shipwreck sites and coral beds off the coast and tuition for more advanced qualifications.

For More Information: Contact – Goa Diving, House No. 145P, Chapel Bhat, Chicalim, Near Bogmalo.

 

4) Majorda Beach : — Located in the southern part of Bogmalo, Majorda beach is one of the most alluring beaches in Goa India. With the changing Indian tourism scenario, Majorda beach has started to beckon large number of visitors from all across the globe. It is a perfect testimony of scenic beauty of Mother Nature and Indian hisotry.

Apart from its magnificent beauty, Majorda beach is also known for its historic and mythological significance.

A Legend says that Majorda was the very beach where Lord Rama was kidnapped, during his childhood. This legend further goes that after few years, Lord Rama has once again visited the beach when he was in search of his wife Sita. During his visit, he came to Cabo-de-Rama, which lies at the southern end of the beach. This amalgamation of nature’s beauty and mythology has enhances the attrACTION of the Majorda.

 

5) Benaulim Beach  : —  Unlike other Goan beaches, Benaulim is amongst the less discovered beaches of Goa. This tranquil beach which mostly attracts solitude seekers is a famous fishing village. Every day with the descend of sun in the azure water of Arabian sea, Benaulim beach comes alive as the fishermen of nearby village returns to their sweet home.

According to Hindu mythology Goa was created when the sage Shri Parasurama, Lord Vishnu’s sixth incarnation, fired an arrow into the sea from the top of the Western Ghats and ordered the waters to recede. The spot where the shaft fell to earth, known in Sanskrit as “Banali” and later corrupted by the Portuguese to Benaulim, lies in the centre of Colva Beach, 7-km west of Margao.

A Sleepy Village
Only a decade ago, this fishing and rice-farming village, scattered around the coconut groves and paddy fields between the main Colva-Mobor Road and the dunes, had barely made it onto the backpackers map. Now, the shady lane leading through it is studded with guesthouses and souvenir stalls while the paddy fields on the outskirts are gradually disappearing under a rash of gigantic luxury resorts and time-share apartment blocks. For the time being, however, this remains a peaceful and welcoming place to unwind.

Either side of the sand blown beachfront, the gently shelving sands shimmer away almost to the horizon, litered with photogenic wooden fishing boats that provide welcome shade if the walk from the palm trees to the sea gets too much. Hawkers, itinerant masseurs and fruit wallahs appear from time to time, but one can easily escape them by heading south towards neighbouring Varca, where tourism has thus far made little impact.

Moreover, the sea is safe for swimming, being generally jellyfish-free, while the village itself boasts a few serviceable bars and restaurants, several telephone booths and a couple of stores.

6) Palolem Beach : —  Sobriquet as ‘Paradise beach’, Palolem beach in Canacona town is a treasure amongst the beaches in South Goa. It is a mile long beach which is adorned with shady palm trees and silvery sands. Palolem beach is one of the unspoilt and less explored beaches in Goa. It is mostly inhabited by fishermen community of the area. Every day with the onset of dusk, the beach is beautifully lit with earthen lamp. A stone sculpture known as ‘the Money stone’ having the quote “Give if you can – Take if you have to” is a must visit site at this beach.

The Tiny Bay
Palolem, 2-km west of Chaudi, pops up more often in glossy holiday brochures than any other beach in Goa; not because the village is a major package tour destination, but because its crescent shaped bay lined with a swaying curtain of coconut palms, is irresistibly photogenic. Hemmed in by a pair of wooded headlands, a perfect curve of white sand arcs north from a pile of hug boulders to the spur of Sahyadri Ghat, which here tapers into the sea.

Until recently foreign tourists were few and far between in Palolem. Over the past five or six years, however, increasing numbers of budget travellers have begun to find their way here, and the village is now far from the undiscovered idyll it used to be, with a string of cafes, Karnatakan hawkers and a tent camp crowding the beachfront.

Souvenir stalls have also sprung up, catering mainly for the mini-van and boat parties of charter tourists on day trips from resorts further north. In spite of these encroachments, Palolem remains a resolutely traditional village, where the easy pace of life is dictated more by the three daily rounds of Todi (also spelt as Toddy) tapping than the exigencies of tourism.

EATING OUT
With the beach now lined along its entire length with brightly lit shack cafes, finding somewhere to eat in Palolem is not a problem, although the locals have to buy in most of their fish from Margao and Karwar. The one outstanding place is the Classic Restaurant, where one can tuck into delicious, freshly baked Western wholefood and cakes.

More popular among budget travellers, though, is Sun ‘n’ Moon, behind the middle of the beach; when it closes, the die-hard drinkers head through the palm trees to nearby Dylan’s Bar, which stays open until the last customer has staggered home. For optimum sunset views of the bay, head for the obscurely named Found Things bar and restaurant, at the far southern end of Palolem beach, which faces west. Travellers on tight budgets should also note the row of tiny Bhaji stalls outside the Beach Resort, where one can order tasty and filling breakfasts of Pao Bhaji, fluffy bread rolls, Omlettes and Chai (tea) for next to nothing.

 

7)  Varca Beach : — Counted among one of the virgin beaches of Goa, Varca beach of South Goa is an ideal site for those seeking peace and tranquility. Mother Nature has spread her beauty throughout the Varca beach. The vast expanses of white softy sands and the cool breeze which flows throughout the beach will surely usher you to a different world. The palm thatched small houses which are available here enhance the beauty of the grassy dunes of the area. It is an amazing place to see Dolphins from a close point.

If one staying in Benaulim, one is bound at some point to visit Varca: the row of beached wooden fishing boats 2-km south of Benaulim belong to its community of Christian fisher folk, whose palm thatched long houses line the foot of the grassy dunes.

Beaches in North Goa

Goa is all about beaches. This is neither an exaggeration nor a restrictive statement.

People travel to Goa with mostly one thing in mind – to enjoy lazing around in the sandy beaches of Goa with swaying palms providing the perfect backdrop. Water sports activities or simply enjoying other leisurely activities also make the beaches of Goa extremely attractive proposition for tourists.

Here’s a quick guide to the famous beaches of Goa for all those who are planning to go for Goa beach tourism.

Anjuna Beach : — The wavy palms, the rolling and receding surf over the sand and overall beautiful surroundings of Anjuna beach undoubtedly promises a perfect gateway to dreamland. Popular as ‘freak capital of Goa’, this enthralling Goan beach occupies the top slot of every vacationers whosoever visit Goa for a fantastic beach holidays. With its endless arrays of adventure sport and delicious sea food options, Anjuna beach always wins the heart of its visitor at the very first glimpse.

With its fluorescent painted palm trees and infamous full moon parties, ANJUNA, 8-km west of Mapusa, is Goa at its most “alternative”. Designer leather and lycra may have superseded cotton Kaftans, but most people’s reasons for coming are the same as they were in the 1970s: dancing and lying on the beach slurping tropical fruit. While browsing in the area have a day trip to the famous flea market.

The Beach
One of the main sources of Anjuna’s enduring popularity as a hippy hang out is its superb beach. Fringed by groves of swaying coconut palms, the curve of soft white sand conforms more closely to the archetypal vision of paradise than any other beach on the north coast. Bathing is generally safer than at most of the nearby resorts, too, especially at the more peaceful southern end, where a rocky headland keeps the sea calm and the undertow to a minimum.

North of the market ground, the beach broadens, running in an uninterrupted kilometre long stretch of steeply shelving sand to a low red cliff. The village bus park lies on top of this high ground, near a crop of small cafes, bars and Kashmiri handicraft stalls. Every lunch hour, tour parties from Panjim pull in here for a beer, before heading home again, leaving the ragged army of sun weary westerners to enjoy the sunset.

 

Baga Beach : — Baga beach is one of the gorgeous Goa beaches which is adorned by the beauty of sun, sea and the sand. This beautiful piece of land is all about miles and miles of silvery sand dotted with sun decks. Baga beach is a visual treat for holidaymakers as it located amidst the lush green Baga-Anjuna Hill. Even the placid Baga river which flows through the north of the beach also enhances its beauty.

A Charming Combination Of Land And Sea
Baga, 10-km west of Mapusa, is basically an extension of Calangute; even the locals are unable to decide where ends and the other begin. Lying in the lee of a rocky, wooded headland, the only difference between this far northern end of the beach and its more congested centre is that the scenery here is marginally more varied and picturesque.

A small river flows into the sea at the top of the village, below a broad spur of soft white sand, from where a dirt track strikes across an expanse of paddy fields towards Anjuna. The old red tiled fishers houses behind the dunes have long been swamped by gaudily lit bars, Tandoori terrace restaurants and handicraft shops, but one doesn’t feel quite so hemmed in as at Calangute.

Leisure:– Thanks to the droves of predominantly British package tourists who stay here, Baga’s nightlife is the liveliest in the area. Most of the revellers end up at Tito’s, which has the only dance floor and hefty sound system outside a big hotel for miles. Women are allowed in for free; “unaccompanied” men and couples have to pay.

 

Calangute Beach : —  Condolim beach of Goa beaches in India is one of the most featured destination on the world tourism map. Positioned in the Bardez taluka of North Goa, Candolim beach is an awesome site for those vacationers who are in quest of some solitude and wants to stay away from the hustle and bustle.

A Topping On Tourist Pie
A mere 45 minute bus ride up the coast from the capital, Calangute is Goa’s busiest and most commercialized resort, and the flagship of the state government’s bid for a bigger slice of India’s package-tourist pie. In the 1970s and early 1980s, this once peaceful fishing Village epitomized Goa’s reputation as a haven for hedonistic hippies.

The Town And The Beach
The road from the town to the beach is lined with Kashmiri-run handicraft boutiques and Tibetan stalls selling Himalayan curios and jewellery. The quality of the goods – mainly Rajasthani, Gujarati and Karnatakan textiles – is generally high. Haggle hard and don’t be afraid to walk away from a heavy sales pitch – the same stuff crops up every Wednesday at Anjuna’s flea market.

The beach itself is nothing special, with steeply shelving sand, but is more than large enough to accommodate the huge numbers of high-season visitors.

To escape the hawkers, head fifteen minutes or so south of the main beachfront area, towards the rows of olf wooden boats moored below the dunes. In this virtually hawker-free zone, one’ll only come across teams of villagers hauling in hand nets at high tide or fishermen fixing their tack under bamboo sun shakes.

 

Chapora Beach : — As the name suggest, this beach of North Goa has attained its name from the beautiful Chapora river. Located just 10 km from the Mapusa town, Chapora beach is an ideal destination for those who have decided for a long term stay in Goa. The most popular attractionof Chapora beach is Chapora fort and palm thatched huts of fishing village.

A Leisure Paradise
Crouched in the shadow of a Portuguese fort on the opposite, northern side of the headland from Vagator, Chapora, 10-km from Mapusa, is a lat busier than most north coast villages. Dependent on fishing and boat building, it has, to a great extent, retained a life of its own independent of tourism. The workaday indifference to the annual invasion of Westerners is most evident on the main street, lined with as many regular stores as travellers cafes and restaurants.

It’s unlikely that Chapora will ever develop into a major resort, either. Tucked away under a dense canopy of trees on the muddy southern shore of a river estuary, it lacks both the space and the white sand that have pulled crowds to Calangute and Colva.

The Pit Stop
If one has one’s own transport however, Chapora is a good base from which to explore the region: Vagator is on the doorstep, Anjuna is a short ride to the south, and the ferry crossing at Siolim –gateway to the remote north of the state – is barely fifteen minutes away by road. The village is also well connected by bus to Mapusa, and there are plenty of sociable bars and cafes to hang out in. Apart from the guesthouses along the main road, most of the places to stay are long stay houses in the woods.

Chapora Old fort
Chapora’s chief landmark is its venerable Old Fort, most easily reached from the Vagator side of the hill. At low tide, one can also walk around the bottom of the headland, via the anchorage, and the secluded coves beyond it, to big Vagator, then head up the hill from there.

 

Condolim Beach : —   Condolim beach of Goa beaches in India is one of the most featured destination on the world tourism map. Positioned in the Bardez taluka of North Goa, Candolim beach is an awesome site for those vacationers who are in quest of some solitude and wants to stay away from the hustle and bustle.

What can easily be termed as one of Goa’s most serene beach, blessed by Mother Nature, Candolim beach in India is a loner’s paradise.

Hemmed by the crystal clear water of vast Arabian sea, a 7km sandy stretch of sun kissed sands, starts from Aguada and ends at Chapora beach, greets when one visits Candolim. This beach is a fave destination for those vacationers who are in quest of solitude. Generally, elite foreign vacationers who are wish to spend some leisure moments while simply lying on the beach, visits Candolim.

If you are not willing to engage yourself in sunbathing,than you can participate in someother unusual activities. Many tour operators provides options for expeditions to nearby islands, river cruises, trips for spotting dolphins, crocodiles and fishes. A boat ride to Mandovi river at the time of sunset is surely an enthralling experience for vacationers. Every day with the descend of sun, Candolim beach dressed up in completely different attire. It boasts some well stocked bars and pubs within its kitty, which are ideal place to lighten up your evening.

 

Vagator Beach : — Located in the northernmost point of Bardez Taluka of North Goa, Vagator beach is another beautiful stretch of sand in Goan beaches. Positioned opposite to the Chapora river from Morjim, Vagator beach is beautified with dramatic red cliffs which looks down to the shore. This beach also encompasses two fresh water springs within its territory. It is a haven for hardcore party animals as it offers excellent array glamorous party venues.

Barely a couple of kilometres of cliff tops and parched grassland separate Anjuna from the southern fringes of its nearest neighbour, Vagator. A desultory collection of ramshackle farmhouses and picturesque old Portuguese bungalows scattered around a network of leafy lanes, the village is entered at the east via a branch off the Mapusa Road, which passes a few small guesthouses and restaurants before running down to the sea.

Dominated by the red ramparts of Chapora Fort, Vagator’s broad white sandy beach – Big Vagator Beach also known, as “Little Vagator” is undeniably beautiful, just like a picture postcard.

For better, then, to head to the next cove south. Backed by a steep wall of crumbling palm-fringed laterite, Ozran Vagator beach is more secluded and much less accessible than either of its neighbours.To get there, walk ten minutes from Big Vagator, or drive to the end of the lane off the main Chapora-Anjuna Road, from where a footpath drops sharply down to a wide stretch of level white sand.

At this southern end of the beach, a row of makeshift cafes provides shade and sustenance for a predominantly Israeli crowd. Like Anjuna, Vagator is a relaxed, comparatively undeveloped resort that appeals, in the main, to budget travellers with time on their hands. Accommodation is limited, however, and visitors frequently find themselves travelling to and from Baga every day to find a suitable place to stay.

 

Miramar Beach : —  Often regraded as the ‘Marine Drive of Goa’, Miramar beach is very close to Panaji. Miramar beach is considered as the leisure zone of Panaji city as it provide good option for shedding tiredness of entire day. It is particularly crowded after sunset and on Sundays by both local residents and holidaymakers.

On the way to Dona Paula, 1-km ahead of the confluence of the Arabian Sea and Mandvi River, under the palm shade, is “Gasper Dias” or Miramar Beach and is just 3-km away from the capital city of Panjim.

In Portuguese language ‘Miramar’ stand for viewing the sea. Situated on a good location for evening walks, the coast is spread upto 2-km, having a fine silvery sand bed. From here one has an excellent view of the Aguada fort just across the Mandovi River.

 

Dona Paula Beach : —  Similar to Taj Mahal, Dona Paula beach of Goa is a perfect testimony of true love. Till date this beach is haunted by mysticism and divine beauty of Dona Paula de Menzes. Dona Paula, a Viceroy’s daughter of colonial era and her lover Gasper Dias, a fishermen son had jumped off the cliff to death as they were not permitted to get married. Since then, this beach is called as Lover’s Paradise. This secluded bay, located at the meeting point of Zuari and Mandov rivers is also very popular among adventure buffs as it offers options for thrilling water sports.

At the place where two of Goa’s famous rivers meet the Arabian Sea is the secluded bay of Dona Paula with a fine view of the Marmagao Harbour. 7-km from Panjim, nestled on the south side of the rocky, hammer-shaped headland that divides the Zuari and Mandovi estuaries, this former fishing village is nowadays a commercialized resort. This is an idyllic spot to relax and sunbathe. Water scootering facilities are also available over here.

The official residence of the Governor of Goa, Known as Cabo Raj Bhavan is situated on the westernmost tip of Dona Paula. Along the road leading to this place lies the ruins of the small military cemetery the British built at their brief occupation of the Cabo, to deter the French from invading Goa.

A Love Story
Named after Dona Paula de Menezes, this place is called the Lovers Paradise due to a myth that has been attached to this place. According one legend the Viceroy’s daughter after facing objections from her family about her love affair with a poor fisherman jumped of the cliff.

Another legend says that punished for captivating Francisco de Tavora, the Count of Alvor with her charm the Viceroy’s daughter was pushed off a cliff to drown in the waters below. Her irrepressible spirit still continues to haunt every visitor with legends of her lovers. She is even supposed to have been seen emerging from moonlit waves wearing only a pearl necklace.

Water Sports
Tranquil and blue, Dona Paula unravel the ultimate in aquatic sport and fun.Dona Paula Sports Club, Dona Paula offers some of the best water sports facilities to the sports enthusiasts including Water-scooter rides, Motor-boat rides, etc.

 

Dalhousie

In fact, entire Himachal Pradesh is full of lush greenery, valleys, snow-capped mountain ranges, etc. But, its cities and hill stations have all the charisma that allure one, especially honeymooners and couples to come in close proximity in the lap of Mother Nature. Dalhousie is also one of those beautiful cities and hill stations in Himachal Pradesh that speak all about rich legacy and beauty of the state. Spread in an area of 14 Sq km, Dalhousie is surrounded by five hills that are Portreyn, Bakrota, Kathlog, Moti Tibba and Balun.

The beautiful city of Dalhousie was established in 1854 by the British rulers in India as their summer retreat for their troops and bureaucrats. They called it Dalhouse after the name of Lord Dalhousie who was the Viceroy of India at that time.

Located in Chamba district, Dalhousie is one of the most beautiful hill stations in the state of Himachal Pradesh. It is on an altitude of 6000 and 9000 ft above sea level covered with snow-capped peaks. It is a gateway to the ancient hill state of Chamba that is also famous for greenery, lush green valleys and the list goes on. The renowned hill station is also the only place that preserves the ancient Hindu culture and art. And it can be seen in the temples and handicraft centers located in and around Dalhousie.

As far as tourist attractions are concerned, the entire city and its surrounding area are full of attractions like Dalhousie-Panchpula that is a beautiful picnic spot. In addition to this Satdhara Springs is also a major attraction that is believed to be containing medical and treatment properties.

Kynance is a private residential buildingof Dharamvirs that keep travelers enticed for long time. Apart from this, Subash Baoli, where Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose stayed for the duration of seven months sojourm in Dalhousie in 1937 is also a major attraction. ST. John’s Church, ST. Francis Church, Radha Swami Satsang Bhawan & Hospital, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Norwood Paramdham, Shivkul, Dakshina Murti, Kalatop, etc., are some of the major attractions in Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh.

Dalhousie is also known for handicraft centers like shawls, chapels, baskets, woolens, dolls, and a number of handicraft products. In addition to this, Kalatop is also a famous wildlife sanctuary popular in its rare inhabitants like Ghoral and Himalayan Black Bears that is only ten km from Dalhousie. The popular hill station is well connected via road, rail and air to all the major cities of the country. The nearest airports are Delhi, Chandigarh and Shimla. The nearest railway station is Pathankot in Punjab from where you can easily reach by taxi or bus to Dalhousie.

Today, there are also a number of hotels and restaurants in and around Dalhousie. These hotels, resorts, lodges, etc are known for offering comfy accommodation and luxurious life. On the other hand, restaurants are known for offering multi-cuisine foods. Needless to say, the city and hill station of Dalhousie is very popular. And keeping the increasing popularity of the place in mind, we have come up with attractive tour packages to Dalhousie.

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Mount Abu

Mount Abu is one of the most famous places for tourist in India. It’s the only Hill Station in Rajasthan with elevation roughtly close to 4000 ft. It’s located in sourthern Rajasthan and is very close to north Gujarat border. It is widely known for its cool climate, beautiful scenic places, wild life sanctuary and its splendor. Mount Abu is really an enjoyable retreat, set amongst the rich forested hills. A land with a long and deep historical past, India is becoming major attraction for travelers around the world. Mount Abu is a ‘Must See Place’ of Rajasthan and people visiting India should not miss any opportunity to visit this extraordinary place. Considering tourism, climate, culture, topography, cuisine, sports, shopping, art and architecture Mount Abu simply deserves to stay in our heart.

Nakki Lake is located centrally as a major attraction in Mount Abu. There are few Jain temples built from carved stone and marble, dedicated to Jain Tirthankaras. Dilwara Jain Temples are famous for beautiful and complex architectural carving. Besides, The ‘Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary’ was established in 1960. It  covers 280 to 300 Sq. Km of the mountains and Jungle. It is one of the popular wildlife reserve places in western part of India. With  best of scenic views, climate, sightseeing, attractions, adventurous sports, shopping, arts, cultural heritage and honeymoon resorts,Mount Abu one of the top honeymoon places in India. Water rides in Nakki Lake are memorable for life time. Having said so, There is no doubt that Mount Abu is a major tourist center and Nakki Lake is number one tourist spot.

There are many hotels located around Nakki Lake. Tourist can easily find various hotels and resorts at Mount Abu thru this site. Various five star & three star hotels located at Mount Abu are famous for their hospitality and many are being developed. Hotels in Mount Abu are spread in such a way that all the tourist attraction places and shopping places are nearby so that tourists can visit most of them easily. Most Hotels even provide transportation facility. You can view various sections on this site to get fantastic virtual experience of visiting Mount Abu.

1. ACHALGARH:

The small village of Achalgarh is known for the massive Achalgarh Fort which was built by Rana Kumbha of the Mewar dynasty. The fort encloses numerous temples such as the Kantinath temple built in 16th century and the 15th century Achaleswar Mahadev Temple. The Achaleshwar Mahadeo temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and encloses a sculpture of Nandi and 3 buffaloes. The rustic charm and a variety of historical and religious monuments make it an attractive place.

2.  DOODH BAORI:

It is the place of worship. In the footsteps of Adhar Devi temple is Doodh Baori, considered to be a sacred well that was known to be filled with milk colored water. According to the Hindu legends, the milk for the heavenly Gods and Goddesses came from this well and people consider the water to have curative properties.  Most worship the baoli as another form of Kamdhenu, the celestial cow.

3.  NAKKI LAKE:

Nakki Lake the mythological lake with a very interesting story behind its creation is the heart of Mount Abu, the legend has it that this lake was dugg by Gods or Devtas using their nails or nakh that’s why the name Nakki Lake. The picture perfect location of the lake surrounded with mountains, gardens and rock formations also make it a very good location for photography. In the evening the setting sun makes the canvas. Situated within walking distance from the main market and almost 80% of Hotel’s and restaurent’s of Mount Abu, Nakki lake posses the crown of being the heart of Mount Abu. The hub of evening activity and boating – Nakki  Lake is the perfect place to spent your evening with your partner, friends and family.

Panjim

Called Panjim by the Portuguese, Panaji, which means “the land that does not flood” is the state capital of Goa. Unlike many capital cities, Panaji has a distinct unhurried character. It is situated on the southern banks of the Mandovi River, which makes this town all the more charming.

Typical of a Goan town, Panaji is built around a church facing a prominent square. The town has some beautiful Portuguese Baroque style buildings and enchanting old villas. The riverside, speckled with brightly whitewashed houses with wrought iron balconies, offers a fine view.

There are some fine government buildings along the riverside boulevard, and the Passport Office is especially noteworthy. In the 16th century, the edifice was the palace of Adil Shah (the Sultan of Bijapur). The Portuguese took over the palace and constructed the Viceregal Lodge in 1615. In 1843, the structure became the Secretariat, and today it is the Passport Office.

1.  Church Of Our Lady Of Rosary:

Not far to the west of the Basilica of the Bom Jesus is the Holy Hill at the extremity of which is the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary. Built of laterite and plastered with lime mortar, it has a two-storeyed portico. The portico as well as the façade of the church has rounded towers on either side with the cross on top. The roof of the church is tiled, supported by wooden rafters.

The Chapels And Altars
There are two chapels and three altars. The main altar is dedicated to our Lady of the Rosary. The church, with windows near the roof and with rounded towers giving an impression of a fortress church, is Manuline in style though Gothic influence can be seen in the rib-vault at the portico.

Cenotaph Of Dona Catarina
To the right of the main altar is a marble cenotaph commemorating Dona Catarina whose marriage with Viceroy Garcia De Sa was performed by St. Francis Xavier. The cenotaph slightly projecting from the wall is artistically decorated with carved miniature pillars and inscriptions in Portuguese and has a triangular pediment crowned by a shell moulding. The foliage and other decorations emanating from a vase closely resemble those on the tombs of Gujarat, thus suggesting influence of a regional art-style.

This votive chapel was built in fulfilment of a vow taken by Afonso de Albuquerque while reviewing the battle between his forces and those of the Bijapur sultan from the same spot, on which the church stands. The vow, however, could be fulfilled only after his death, since this church was built in 1544-49.

2.   Dona Paula:

At the place where two of Goa’s famous rivers meet the Arabian Sea is the secluded bay of Dona Paula with a fine view of the Marmagao Harbour. 7-km from Panjim, nestled on the south side of the rocky, hammer-shaped headland that divides the Zuari and Mandovi estuaries, this former fishing village is nowadays a commercialized resort. This is an idyllic spot to relax and sunbathe. Water scootering facilities are also available over here.

The official residence of the Governor of Goa, Known as Cabo Raj Bhavan is situated on the westernmost tip of Dona Paula. Along the road leading to this place lies the ruins of the small military cemetery the British built at their brief occupation of the Cabo, to deter the French from invading Goa.

A Love Story
Named after Dona Paula de Menezes, this place is called the Lovers Paradise due to a myth that has been attached to this place. According one legend the Viceroy’s daughter after facing objections from her family about her love affair with a poor fisherman jumped of the cliff.

Another legend says that punished for captivating Francisco de Tavora, the Count of Alvor with her charm the Viceroy’s daughter was pushed off a cliff to drown in the waters below. Her irrepressible spirit still continues to haunt every visitor with legends of her lovers. She is even supposed to have been seen emerging from moonlit waves wearing only a pearl necklace.

Water Sports
Tranquil and blue, Dona Paula unravel the ultimate in aquatic sport and fun.Dona Paula Sports Club, Dona Paula offers some of the best water sports facilities to the sports enthusiasts including Water-scooter rides, Motor-boat rides, etc.

3. Miramar Beach:

On the way to Dona Paula, 1-km ahead of the confluence of the Arabian Sea and Mandvi River, under the palm shade, is “Gasper Dias” or Miramar Beach and is just 3-km away from the capital city of Panjim.

In Portuguese language ‘Miramar’ stand for viewing the sea. Situated on a good location for evening walks, the coast is spread upto 2-km, having a fine silvery sand bed. From here one has an excellent view of the Aguada fort just across the Mandovi River.

Diu

For over 450 years, the coastal enclaves of Daman and Diu on the Arabian Sea coast were part of Portuguese India, along with Goa and Dadra and Nagar Haveli. Goa, Daman, and Diu were incorporated into the Republic of India on 19 December 1961, by military conquest; Portugal did not recognize the Indian annexation of these territories until 1974. Goa, Daman, and Diu were administered as part of a single union territory until 1987, when Goa was granted statehood, leaving Daman and Diu as a separate union territory; each enclave constitutes one of the union territory’s two districts.

 1. Diu Fort:

This fort was constructed by the Portuguese in 1535 A.D. and was one of their most important ones in Asia. Useful Information: Activities for older children.

2. St. Paul’s Church:

On the fort side of Diu town is the island’s last remaining fully-functional church, St Paul’s. Completed in 1610, the church has an excellent baroque facade and a very fine selection of wooden panelling and furniture inside, including an extravagantly carved 400 year old pulpit.

3. Nagoa Beach:

The best beach is Diu is Nagoa Beach, and is a cool place to visit.

Shimla

The former summer capital of the British in India, and the present capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla has been blessed with all the natural bounties which one can think of. It has got a scenic location, it is surrounded by green hills with snow capped peaks. The spectacular cool hills accompanied by the structures made during the colonial era creates an aura which is very different from other hill.

Bulging at its seams with unprecedented expansion, Shimla retains its colonial heritage, with grand old buildings, among them are the stately Viceregal Lodge, charming iron lamp posts and Anglo-Saxon names. The Mall, packed with shops and eateries, is the centre of attraction of the town, and Scandal Point, associated with the former Maharaja of Patiala’s escapades, offers a view of distant snow clad peaks.

Shimla is ideally located, and though there is an air service to the town, it is best reached by road that takes in the charms of the HIMALAYAN countryside at its best. There is a sense of nostalgia about SHIMLA, with its old bungalows and their gabled roofs and beautiful gardens.

1.  Potter Hill:

Situated at a distance of 1 Km from Summer Hill is very beautiful Picnic spot with all the natural beauty. Ecological Park is situated here.

2.  Mashobra:

Situated on Shimla-Naldehra road at a height of 2149 mt. . A place of unique beauty, Mashobra is an ideal interlude beneath the oaks and the pines. Featuring beautiful gardens spattered with the daffodils, hyacinths, asphodels and celandines, it is a popular weekend resort, dotted with delightful villas and innumerable picnic spots. Goddess Durga temple is worth seeing From here, a track leads down to Sipur, which is an exquisite glade shaded by ancient deodar trees. A fair  is held here every April/May. About 3 km from Mashobra is the lovely resort of Craignano.

3.  Kufri:

Kufri, at distance of 16 km from Shimla and at an altitude of 2510 m above sea level, is a site offering some famous hikes and wonderful snow for skiing in winters. An enjoyable walk leads up to the Mahasu Peak. The Himalayan Nature Park here has a good collection of animals and birds found in the region.

Dehradun

The history of the capital of Uttarakhand, Dehradun (sometimes written as Dehra Doon, nicknamed “Doon Valley”) is linked to the story of Ramayana and Mahabharata. It is believed that after the battle between Ravan and Lord Ram, Lord Ram and his brother Laxman visited this site. Dronacharya, the legendary royal guru to the Kauravas and Pandavas in the epic Mahabharata is also believed to have been born and resided in Dehradun. Evidence such as ancient temples and idols have been found in the areas surrounding Dehradun which have been linked to the mythology of Ramayana and Mahabharata. These relics and ruins are believed to be around 2000 years old. Furthermore, the location, the local traditions and the literature reflect this region’s links with the events of Mahabharata and Ramayana. Even after the battle of Mahabharata, the Pandavas had influence on this region as the rulers of Hastinapur along with the descendants of Subahu ruled the region as subsidiaries. Likewise, Rishikesh is also mentioned in the pages of history when Lord Vishnu answered the prayers of the saints, slaughtered the demons and handed the land to the saints.

In the seventh century this area was known as Sudhnagar and was described by the Chinese traveler Huen Chang. It was Sudhnagar that later came to be recognised as the name of Kaalsi. Edicts of Ashoka have been found in the region along the banks of river Yamuna in Kaalsi indicating the wealth and importance of the region in ancient India. In the neighbouring region of Haripur, ruins were discovered from the time of King Rasala which also reflect the region’s prosperity.

Dehradun was invaded by Mahmud of Ghazni during his campaigns into India followed by Taimooralang in 1368, Ruahela Njibuddulo in 1757 and Ghulam Qadir in 1785. In 1806 Nepali King Prithvi Narayan Shah united Nepal and many of the Indian territories now fell under Nepal such as Almora,Phatankot,Kumaon Garhwal,Simur,Shimla, Kangra and Dehradun itself. But when the British East India company and Nepal went on war with each other from 1814 to 1816 and as a “deal” all these parts of Nepal were given to British East India company. The deal or so called treaty between the two countries was called Sugauli Treaty. The British conquered Dehardun in 1816 and colonised Landour and Mussoorie in 1827-1828. In the 1970s it was involved in the Garhwal Mandal. In 2000 , Uttarakhand (earlier called Uttaranchal) state was created from the north-western districts of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh and Dehradun made its provisional capital. After becoming the capital of the city there has been continuous development.

 
Day 01: Mussoorie – Dehradun

After breakfast you are driven by car to Dehradun (approx 29 kms / 1-2 hrs). Dehradun is a blend of city and hill culture. Nestled in the mountain ranges of the Himalaya, it is one of the oldest cities of India. Upon arrival check-in at the hotel, rest and refresh. Rest of the day is at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 02: Dehradun – Corbett

In the morning after breakfast you are driven by car to Corbett – India’s first wildlife reserve (approx 206 Kms/ 7-8 hrs). Upon arrival check in at the hotel/resort. You may spend time by going for an evening walk around kosi river. Rest of the day is at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast
 

Nainital & Corbett

The Kumaon Hills came under British rule after the Anglo-Nepalese War (1814–16), but the hill station town of Naini Tal was founded only in 1841, with the construction of the first European house (Pilgrim Lodge) by P. Barron, a sugar trader from Shahjahanpur. In his memoir, he wrote: “It is by far the best site I have witnessed in the course of a 1,500 miles (2,400 km) trek in the Himalayas.” In 1846, when a Captain Madden of the Bengal Artillery visited Naini Tal, he recorded that “houses were rapidly springing up in most parts of the settlement: some towards the crest of the limitary ranges were nearly 7,500 ft (2,300 m) above sea level: the rugged and woody Anyarpatta (Anyar-patt – in Kumaoni means – complete blackout. The reason for this nomenclature by the localites was because there were minimal sun rays due to its location and dense forests) was being gradually planted and that the favourite sites were on the undulating tract of forest land which stretched back from the head of the lake to the base of China and Deopatta (Camel’s Hump). The Church, St. John in the Wilderness, had been built, …” Soon, the town became a health resort favoured both by British soldiers and by colonial officials and their families trying to escape the heat of the plains. Later, the town also became the summer residence of the Governor of the United Provinces.

This community, located on the Historic Columbia River Highway between the Sandy River and Crown Point, was named after Senator Henry Winslow Corbett. Mr. Corbett owned a farm nearby and was one of Oregon’s prominent pioneer citizens and for many years lived in Portland.

Day 01: Dehradun – Corbett

In the morning after breakfast you are driven by car to Corbett – India’s first wildlife reserve (approx 206 Kms/ 7-8 hrs). Upon arrival check in at the hotel/resort. You may spend time by going for an evening walk around kosi river. Rest of the day is at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 02: Corbett

In the morning get ready for your Jeep safari in Corbett National Park. Search for the tigers and other wildlife. Later back to resort & have your breakfast. In the afternoon you are taken to visit Girija temple and Dhangarhi museum. Rest of the day is at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 03: Corbett – Nainital

Today after breakfast you are driven by car to Nainital (approx 103 Kms / 3-4 hrs). Nainital, a glittering jewel in the Himalyan necklace, is also referred to as the ‘Lake District’ of India. Rest of the day is at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 04: Nainital – Excursion to Bhimtal and Sattal Lakes

After breakfast you are driven by car to visit Bhimtal and Sattal Lakes (approx 23 Kms one way / 1 hr). Bhimtal is one of the largest lakes in the Nainital. There is an island in the middle of the lake and the restaurant is located atop it which can be reached by boats. Sattal literally meaning Seven Lakes is a cluster of seven lakes. It unfurls the rustic beauty of the Lower Himalayas with its calm and quite ambiance. Later in the evening return to Nainital where u can spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 05: Nanital – Delhi

Today after breakfast in the morning you are driven by car to Delhi Airport (approx 320 Kms / 8-9 hrs) for your flight back home with beautiful memories of your holiday.
Meals: Breakfast

Mussoorie

In 1832, Mussourie was the intended terminus of the Great Survey of India that began at the southern tip of India. Although unsuccessful, the Surveyor General of India wanted to have the new office of the Survey of India based in Mussoorie. A compromise was to have it in Dehradun, where it still located.

By 1901 Mussoorie’s population had grown to 6461, rising to 15,000 in the summer season. Earlier, Mussoorie was approachable by road from Saharanpur, 58 miles (93 km) away. Accessibility became easier in 1900 with the railway coming to Dehradun, thus shortening the road trip to 21 miles (34 km).
Mussoorie view from the top of the hill (can be viewable while traveling on the way towards down of the hill)

The name Mussoorie is often attributed to a derivation of ‘mansoor’, a shrub which is indigenous to the area. The town is in fact often referred to as ‘Mansoori’ by most Indians.

The main promenade in Mussoorie is called, as in other hill stations, the Mall. In Mussoorie, the Mall stretches from Picture Palace at its eastern end to the Public Library (shortened to ‘Library’) at its western end. During the British Raj, signs on the Mall expressly stated: “Indians and Dogs Not Allowed”; racist signs of this type were commonplace in hill stations, which were founded ‘by and for’ the British. Motilal Nehru, the father of Jawaharlal Nehru, deliberately broke this rule every day whenever he was in Mussoorie, and would pay the fine. The Nehru family, including Nehru’s daughter Indira (later Indira Gandhi) were frequent visitors to Mussoorie in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, and stayed at the Savoy Hotel. They also spent much time in nearby Dehradun, where Nehru’s sister Vijayalakshmi Pandit ultimately settled full-time.

During the 1959 Tibetan Rebellion, the Central Tibetan Administration of the 14th Dalai Lama was at first established in Mussoorie before being moved to its present location in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh. The first Tibetan school was established in Mussoorie in 1960. Tibetans settled mainly in Happy Valley in Mussoorie. Today, some 5,000 Tibetans live in Mussoorie.

Now, Mussoorie suffers from over-development of hotels and tourist lodges, given its relative proximity to Delhi, Ambala and Chandigarh, and has serious problems of garbage collection, water scarcity and parking shortages, especially during the summer tourist season. Landour, Jharipani and Barlowganj have fewer such problems.

 
Day 01: Delhi – Mussoorie

Today you arrive at Delhi and are greeted by our local representative and are driven by an air conditioned car to Mussoorie – Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas (approx 292 Kms / 8-9 hrs). Mussoorie is located at the foothills of Himalayas. You will be engulfed by the fresh pine-scented mountain air, and will be left feeling rejuvenated and calmed by the rich green around you. Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Rest and refresh. Rest of the day is at leisure.
Meals: None

Day 02: Mussoorie

In the morning after breakfast you are driven by car to visit Kempty Falls located 15 kms from Mussoorie. It offers a panoramic view with water cascading down from an altitude of 4,500 feet and splitting further into five cascades. Later visit Gun Hill situated 400 mts above The Mall. Pre independence a Gun mounted on top of the hill used to be fired at mid day for the people to adjust their watches. Later visit The Mall Road where you have numerous restaurants hotels and shops. This is one of the most crowded places in Mussoorie.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 03: Mussoorie – Dehradun

After breakfast you are driven by car to Dehradun (approx 29 kms / 1-2 hrs). Dehradun is a blend of city and hill culture. Nestled in the mountain ranges of the Himalaya, it is one of the oldest cities of India. Upon arrival check-in at the hotel, rest and refresh. Rest of the day is at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast
 

Dalhousie

Dalhousie is a hill station in Himachal Pradesh. Established in 1854 by the British Empire in India as a summer retreat for its troops and bureaucrats.

It is built on and around five hills. Located on the western edge of the Dhauladhar mountain range of the Himalayas, it is surrounded by snow-capped peaks. Dalhousie is situated between 6,000 and 9,000 feet (2,700 m) above sea level. The best time to visit is in the summer, and the peak tourist season is from May to September. Scottish and Victorian architecture is prevalent in the bungalows and churches in the town.

Dalhousie is a gateway to the ancient Chamba Hill State, now Chamba District of the state of himachal pradesh of India. This hill region is a repository of ancient Hindu culture, art, temples, and handicrafts preserved under the longest-running single dynasty since the mid-6th century. Chamba is the hub of this culture. Bharmour, the ancient capital of this kingdom, is home to the Gaddi and Gujjar tribes and has 84 ancient temples dating from the 7th–10th century AD.

 
Day 1: Dharamshala – Dalhousie

In the morning after breakfast you visit Dalhousie (approx 112.73 Km / 4H). Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Rest of the day is free to explore Dalhousie on your own.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 2: Dalhousie – Khajjiar – Dalhousie

In the morning after breakfast you are driven for excursion to Khajjiar surrounded by picturesque snow capped mountains and thick forest of pine trees (approx 22.25 Km / 54M on way). Here you visit Khajinag Temple (Golden Devi Temple). The temple stands adorned with a golden dome and spire, which has led to the temple often being called as the ‘Golden Devi’ temple. Also visit the Khajjiar Lake, a small lake, surrounded by saucer-shaped lush green meadow and a floating island. In the evening return to Dalhousie.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Dalhousie – Amritsar

In the morning after breakfast you are driven by car to Amritsar (approx 193.24 Km / 6H 18M) for your flight back home with beautiful memories of your holiday.
Meals: Breakfast
 

Shimla

In 1806, Shimla, along with Almora, Kumaon, Garhwal, Sirmaur, Dehradun and Kangra, was invaded and captured by Prithvi Narayan Shah of Nepal, Shortly later, the British East India Company with local kings went to war with Nepal from 1814 to 1816. At the conclusion of the war, as a result of the Sugauli Treaty, all these captured parts of North India were ceded to the British East India company. At that time, Shimla was known for the temple of Hindu Goddess Shyamala Devi, and not as a city as it is today.

Not long after gaining possession of Shimla, the British began to develop the area. The Scottish civil servant Charles Pratt Kennedy built the first British summer home in the town in 1822. Lord Amherst, the Governor-General of Bengal from 1823 to 1828, set up a summer camp here in 1827, when there was only one cottage in the town, and only ‘half a dozen’ when he left that year. There were more than a hundred cottages within ten years.[4] Shimla soon caught the eye of Lord William Bentinck, the next Governor-General of Bengal from 1828 (later of India, when the title was created in 1833) to 1835. In a letter to Colonel Churchill in 1832, he wrote.

“ Simla is only four days march from Loodianah (Ludhiana), is easy of access, and proves a very agreeable refuge from the burning plains of Hindoostaun (Hindustan).”

 
Day 01: Manali – Shimla

In the morning after breakfast you depart for Shimla (approx 249 Kms / 6 – 7 hrs). Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. You can enjoy a stroll in the famous shopping place of Shimla town – The Mall & The Ridge.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 02: Shimla

In the morning after breakfast you are taken to visit Indian Institute Of Advanced Studies, Sankat Mochan Temple and Jakhu Temple. Rest of the day is at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 03: Shimla – Chandigarh

In the morning after breakfast you depart from Shimla for Chandigarh Airport (approx 350 Kms / 8-9 hrs) where you catch a flight back home with beautiful memories of your holiday.
Meals: Breakfast
 

Manali

Manali is a cosmopolitan town. People from different parts of India have settled here. As of 2001 India census. Manali had a population of 6265. Males constitute 64% of the population and females 36%. Manali has an average literacy rate of 74%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 80%, and female literacy is 63%. In Manali, 9% of the population is under 6 years of age.

In ancient times, the valley was sparsely populated by nomadic hunters known as ‘rakshas’. The next arrivals were the shepherds who arrived from the Kangra Valley and settled to take up agriculture. Some of the earliest inhabitants of the region are the ‘naur’ or ‘nar’, which is a caste unique to the Kullu valley. Only a few naur families are known to exist now. A naur family in the village Soyal near Haripur on the west bank of Manali was famous for the vast land they owned and their practice of having ‘rakshas’ as their labourers.

The British introduced apple trees and trout, which were not native to Manali flora and fauna. It is said that when apple trees were first planted the fruits were so plentiful that often branches, unable to bear the weight, would collapse.[citation needed] To this day, apple—along with plum and pear—remains the best source of income for the majority of its inhabitants.Tourism in Manali received a boost after the rise of militancy in Kashmir in the late 1980s. This once quiet village was transformed into a bustling town with many hotels and restaurants.

 
Day 01: Chandigarh – Manali

Today morning after breakfast you are driven by car to Manali (approx 311 Kms / 7-8 hrs). Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Manali is a combination of natural splendour and rich heritage. In the morning after breakfast you are taken to visit the Hadimba Devi Temple built in the tranquil and serene woods, Vashist Bath, Tibetian Monastery – which houses several images of Lord Buddha and Tankha paintings and Roerich Art Gallery. Enjoy the rest of the day shopping and at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 02: Manali – Excursion to Rohtang Pass

Today you enjoy an early morning breakfast and are driven for an excursion to Rohtang Pass. The majesty of the mountains can be seen at their best here. On your descent to Manali halt at the Rahalla falls and Solang Valley. The magnificent views and natural beauty are never-ending source of delight.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 03: Manali – Solang Valley- Manali

In the morning after breakfast you are driven to Solang Valley (approx 11.55 Kms / 23M). Here you can opt for various adventure sports. You can try your hand at Paragliding, River Crossing, Mountain Biking, Zorbing, Rock Climbing, Skiing etc (optional on your own). Later in the evening return to Manali and rest.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 04: Manali – Shimla

In the morning after breakfast you depart for Shimla (approx 249 Kms / 6 – 7 hrs). Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. You can enjoy a stroll in the famous shopping place of Shimla town – The Mall & The Ridge.
Meals: Breakfast
 

Patnitop

It is in the Lower Himalayan Range close to the Pir Panjal range, 35 kilometers from Udhampur and 112 km from Jammu. This famous hill resort is perched on a beautiful plateau, at an altitude of 2024 metres across which the Jammu-Srinagar Highway passes. The towns of Kud and Batote are nearby. Kud is a very small town where a sweet shop makes fresh Patissa (a sweet). It can be bought hot from the shop and melts in one’s mouth. Batote is known as a place for quality rajma or the kidney bean.

Enveloped by thickly wooded Cedar/Deodhar forests, Patnitop offers beautiful picnic spots, peaceful walks and breathtaking views of the mountainscape of the Chenab basin. In winter, the resort is generally covered with a thick mantle of snow thus providing opportunities for various snow games including skiing. It is the closest winter resort to Jammu and to Udhampur and is second to none in its natural charm, climate, pine forests and lush green cover. J&K Tourism as well as the army have some holiday homes here. The region has also had a rash of houses built by people staying in Jammu and building a house here for the holidaysit is vertjh.

Day 01: Katra – Patnitop

In the morning after breakfast you are driven to Patnitop (approx 98.71 km / 2-3 hrs). Upon arrival check in at the hotel. You will be taken for a trek (approx 5 kms) which shall get you to Madhatop. The mighty mist clad mountains form the backdrop to the Chenab basin and is a fabulous place to holiday at. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 02: Patnitop

In the morning after breakfast you are driven to Sanasar – A haven for adventure sports. Here you can opt for parasailing and paragliding (optional on your own). The scenic views and vast open space against the blue sky is tempting that even the un-adventurous would want to take a flight to view the valley below. Rest of the day is at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 03: Patnitop – Srinagar

Today morning after breakfast you are driven to Srinagar (approx 187.77 Km / 5-6 hrs). Upon arrival you are driven by car to your hotel for check in. The Mughal Emperors love for land can be seen through the illustrious gardens here. You are driven by car to Cheshmashahi Garden, Nishal Bagh and Shalimar Garden. The creative use of plantings and mixture of colours provides the beholder with a sense of bliss.
Meals: Breakfast