Thursday, August 25, 2016

Garjiya Temple | Garjiya Devi Mandir in Ramnagar, Nainital

Uttarakhand is known as Devbhoomi, and there are many temples of Hindu Gods and Goddesses and Garjiya temple is one of them. Located in a surrounding of Corbett national park and 10 km far from main market Ramnagar, this temple is attracts thousands of visitors every year.

According to Hindu mythology Garjia Devi was the daughter of King Himalaya and a wife of Lord Shiva. In 1970, the temple was reconstructed and Pt. Pooran chandra pandey has an important role on this.



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Currently there is a statue of Garjia Maa, the height of this statue is 4.5 feet, apart from Garjia devi statue there are also a statue of Saraswati and Ganesha , which are made up of White marble.  In Temples premises devotees can also spot the temple of Laxmi Narayan.

Festival of Lights of the Gods at Ramnagar Uttarakhand

Is it believed that Seeta Bani and Anasooya Devi have worshiped here, people from all over the India visit here to pay homage to the temple.  In the month of Kartik there is a festival of lights starts and it is a coincidence that at the same time light festival of Sikh community is also celebrated.

Plan your tour to Garjia Devi Temple

If you plan your holiday trip properly than the trip to Garjiya temple will never disappoint you. The trip to Garjiya temple is full of adventure due to its close proximity from the Corbett National park. Visitor can take a route of dense forests, climbing rocks while listening the roars of Tiger and bird chirping.

                                     Best time to visit - October - April

Hotels and Resort Near Garjiya Temple

  1. The Solluna Resort
  2. Corbett Riverside Resort
  3. The River View Retreat
  4. Mapple Corbett Leisure Resort   
  5. Club Mahindra Corbett 


The temple is famous for Faith and devotees believed that Maa Garjia blesses all their wishes. This is the only reason that people visited here in a large amount and often dedicate bells and umbrellas once their wishes are fulfilled. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

9 Best Tourist Places to visit in Jaipur, Rajasthan

Jaipur is considered as a delight for history lovers, there are several tourist places including forts, temples and wildlife conservation areas which makes it a top tourist place of Rajasthan. The Jaipur city is also known as Pink city due to the pink walls of historical buildings.   
The most popular attractions of Jaipur are the ancient palaces, forts and temples and its architecture that serves as a glorious memento of their royal heritage.

1. Hawa Mahal

Built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, Hawa mahal is an ultimate example of Indian architecture. If you love to visit historical monuments than this place is for you.  

2. Amber Fort

This fort is Also known as Amer palace, located 11 km far from the jaipur city in small town named as Amer. The fort is made up of marble and sandstone. In 2013 this fort along with 5 other forts of this state was listed as a Hill Forts of Rajasthan in UNESCO's world heritage sites.

Visiting Hours : 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM



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Light Shows Timing

English : 7.30 pm
Hindi : 8:00 PM

3. Jantar Mantar

Located near City palace, Jantar Mantar was built by Maharaja Sawai singh. This place is listed in UNESCO world heritage site. The main reason behind building this monument is to observe the astronomical position, it is an another fine example of Indian architecture.

4. Jal Mahal

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Also known as Water palace, Jal Mahal is situated in the center of Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur Amer road. In 18th century Maharaja Jai Singh 2 has renovated the palace.    

5. Laxmi Narayan Temple

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This temple is also known as Birla Temple, a wonderful example of marble architecture. The temple is constructed by  Shri Rang Ramanuj Das and situated perfectly below the Moti Dungari fort

6. Nahargarh Fort

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The fort was built by Jai Singh, the main reason behind the making this fort is to secure Amer from enemies. Located in the Aravali hills, the meaning of Nahargarh is the "Home of Tigers" . This fort was once used for outing by the royal families now it is a favorite weekend spot among the tourists.

7. Albert Hall Museum

The oldest & most famous place in Jaipur, Rajasthan. In Albert hall museum you will find the beautiful glimpses of indo-saracenic architecture and ancient tradition. Museum holds the collection of portraits’ of maharajas and paintings as well as costumes of different countries. Take a tour of the most amazing and beautiful place.

8. Jaigarh Fort

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The fort was built by Jai Singh second in 1726, Nagargarh fort along with Jaigarh are built for the protection of Amer. The design of this fort is same as  Amer fort, the fort has world's largest cannon named as Jaivana.

9. Sisodia Rani palace and Garden

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Sisodia Rani palace is located at a distance of 6 km from Jaipur city. It was built in 1728 by Jai Singh second. The garden is famous for its wall painting where the beautiful sculpture of Radha and Krishan can be seen. The multi level garden with different species of flower offers an amazing experience to the tourist.

Apart from these beautiful places, Jaipur has many other tourist places which includes national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, bird sanctuaries and amusement centers. If you are a travel freak than this city is ready to embrace you.


Friday, August 19, 2016

Sun Temple Katarmal, Almora | Second Largest Temple of Surya

We all know the famous sun temple of Konark, but do you know that Uttarakhand also has Sun temple. This nine hundred years old temple boasts many history with it.

Katarmal Sun Temple History

The Katarmal Sun Temple is situated in the district of Almora, Uttarakhand. It was built by king Katarmall Dev in 1080-90 AD. The temple is a brilliant piece of architecture.



This temple is second largest temple of God Sun after Sun temple of Konark, Orissa .  It is a famous religious site situated, 25 km from Ranikhet and  17 km from the main market of Almora. The main temple is surrounded by 45 small  temples and one of the major tourist destination of Almora.

Why it is Famous?

katarmal is related to  deity Sun. This temple is situated 2116 meters above from sea level. the temple is designed in a way that the first ray of the sun falls on the "SHIVLING". The beautiful stonework done in the walls of temple is also attracts visitors.


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The main statue in this temple is Sun, which is also  known as Butadhari Aditya. Alonmg with sun there are also a statue of Lord Vishnu, Ganesha and Shiva. The main statue of God sun is made up of Gray stone and it is 1 meter long and quarter meter wide.


How to Reach Katarmal Temple-
Almora, Kausani such rushed to the temple on the motorway upward Katarmal village Kosi and Sun Temple is located there. Ranikhet from Almora district headquarters to get here is to go the way of the motorway. After 14 km from Almora is 3 km to walk.

Address - Adheli Sunar, Katarmal Uttarakhand 263643

In a way to Almora-Kausani, there is a village name Katarmal. Visitors have to take taxi or bus from Almora, after 14 km from almora, there is a 3 km walk and you will reach Sun temple of Katarmal.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Top 3 Best Luxury Hotels and Resorts in Dwarahat, Uttarakhand

Refresh yourself at some of the best hotels in Dwarahat, Almora.

Dwarahat is known for its Temple and often called as "The City of Temple", as it offers awesome options for leisure on weekends and monsoon season.

Rejuvenate your body and soul at these splendid resorts that offer comfort and luxury at affordable budget. Located in the beautiful hills of Kumaon these hotels have something for every age group.

Best Hotels in Dwarahat

In this post I have listed some of the best one, two and three star hotels of Dwarahat. These listings are sorted according to the comfort, convenience and affordability.

Hotel Mayank Resort :

 It is truly an ideal retreat if you are looking for convenient living experience in Dwarahat. Located just a minutes away from the main market, Hotel Mayank is a scenic place located in the lap of nature. It is an ideal place for the tourist who are looking for comfortable stay at a peaceful environment.


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As we all know that the nature gifted its charm to the hills of Uttarakhand, hence this is an ideal place for yoga and meditation. Spacious floor plans, Laundry service, in-house restaurant, TV and other amenities are available in affordable prices.

Call- 9411113228 & Book Your Room Today !

Hotel Chandralok

Located in the center of Dwarahat Market in Ranikhet road, it is yet another low budget one star hotel which offers comfortable stay to the tourist. Yet all these facilities are available at much economical and reasonable prices to suite your budget. The peaceful sylvan environment, spiritual vibes and all-embracing infrastructure makes it an ideal retreat for tourist.

Call  +915966244279 to  Book Your Room @ Chandralok Tourist Lodge



Hotel Dunagiri Retreat


5 beautiful cottages with 14 rooms in a beautiful location, Dunagiri Retreat is realy a beautiful place to live. Stay here and enjoy nature treks, bird watching and wildlife of Dwarahat, Almora.

Also See - Information about Binsar wildlife sanctuary in Almora Uttarakhand

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Top 7 Tourist Places to visit in Dehradun, Uttarkhand

Places to visit in Dehradun


Dehradun is a state capital of Uttarakhandand a well known name from a long time. It is considered one of the best gateways of North India. Many celebrities and politicians including Kareena Kapoor , Deepa Mehta, Abhinav Bindra, Rajiv Gandhi have studied here. In this post I am sharing some tourist places which you can explore in your next Dehradun trip-


Forest Research Institute -

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The FRI, Dehradun is a leading institute in the field of forestry research. In 1991, it was declared a deemed university and it is one of the oldest forest institute of India. The students are trained here for Indian forest services. Established in 1906 and the architecture of this institute is somehow similar to the Buckingham palace offers spectacular views.

Opening Hours - 9:00 AM -1:00 PM | 2:30 PM - 6:00 PM  

Buddha Temple | Mindrolling Monastery -

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Located in Clementon town on Rajpur road, Buddha temple is a well-known school for Buddhist. This place is also known as Buddha Garden. It was built in 1965 and it is believed that it was designed by 50 artist who took 3 years to complete this beautiful attraction of Dehradun.

Architecture Style - Japanese
Opening Hours - 7:00 AM -7:00 PM
Main Attraction - 130 feet tall statue of Buddha

Malsi Deer Park -

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A Deer conservation area located in Mussoorie road is a famous picnic spot of Dehradun. The mini garden host many visitors during weekends. Apart from deer, visitor can also spot Nilgai here, this place is covered by Malsi reserve forest. It is a great opportunity for kids to get familiar with wildlife.

Rajaji National park-

Rajaji is a national park and tiger reserve which is stretched over an area of 820 sq. km.

Also Read - Wildlife, Map and Safari information about Rajaji National park

It is mainly  famous for Elephants. it host 400+ elephants, 300+ bird species 10+ tigers and 250 panthers which makes it heaven for wildlife lovers.


Clock Tower -

It is also known as Ghantaghar and a major landmark which is located in the center of the city.  the main attraction of this clock tower is that the name of the freedom fighter of the city are written on it. This tower has six faces and was built before the independence.

Fun Valley -

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A famous amusement park of Dehradun, fun valley has Asia's largest wave pool. If you are looking for weekend getaways near Dehradun or picnic spot than this place is for you.

Opening Hours - 9:00 AM -7:00 PM

Sahastradhara -

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The place is located around 16 km far from the city and a picturesque place which is surrounded by caves and waterfalls. Every year many visitor visit here and a perfect destination for picnic.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Mahabodhi Temple - A holy place where Lord Buddha gained Enlightenment

Mahabodhi Temple is a sacred place of Buddhist and one of the 35 places of India which are listed in UNESCO's World Heritage Sites. It is located in Gaya  district of Bihar.

History

Mahabodhi temple is the place which has witnessed the rise, fall and rebirth of Buddhism. King Asoka who is the follower of Buddhism established a Monastery and shrine here after 200 years the Buddha gained enlightenment. In 2nd century the holy shrine was replaced with the Temple. Asoka made a 53 meters tall spire  which has the image of Lord Buddha, the mesmerizing experience of watching Buddha in a  'Bhumisparsh Mudra' is a must watch view of this place. Located in a Floating banks of Niranjana river, this holy place is highly revered site for Buddhist community.



Mahabodhi Temple Architecture-

Mahabodhi Temple is considered one of the oldest Buddhist temple. It is spread over 45 meter square in ground and stretched up in a pyramid type structure and ends in a square area.  The stone work done in exteriors of the temple shows the journey of Lord Buddha.

Bodhi Tree -

A fig tree which has religious connection with Buddhist community. It is famous because under this tree Siddhartha get enlightenment and become "Buddha". It is believed that the tree grow on the day.  Every year in  8th of December, Buddhist celebrate the Bodhi day by chanting “Budu saranai”. Next to the tree there is a way which is attached to the mahabodhi temple is made up of sandstone which is known as the Diamond throne, it was made to mark the spot the place where Buddha mediated.



Location :  Bihar, India
Built in: 3rd century
Main Attraction: Listed in UNESCO's World Heritage Site
Importance: Site of illumination

Monday, August 15, 2016

Fatehpur Sikri in Agra UP | History, Architecture and Timing

Fatehpur sikri is one of the 35 heritage sites of India which is listed in UNESCO.It is an extension of vindhya range and situated perfectly on the bank of beautiful lake. This place has served as a capital of Mughal Empire in between 1571 to 1585.

History

The city was known as the Sikrigarh and built by  Maharaja Sangram Singh, later in 1569, when Akbar wins the battle he  renamed this city as   "Fatehpur Sikri". It is located at a distance of 35 Km form Agra. The nine jewels and the courtiers pattern  was evolved in this place. Now Fatehpur sikri is considered as best preserved collection of Mughal Architecture.

Fatehpur Sikri Architecture-

Located in a rocky ridge , Fatehpur sikri is  1.9 miles in length and 0.63 miles wide which is surrounded by 3.7 miles wall on 3 sides. It was planned and designed by Tuhir and Dhruv Chawla. It is a perfect mix of Muslim and Hindu architecture along with Jain.  The palace of Fatehpur sikri is made up of Red Sandstone which is formerly known as  "Sikri Sandstone".       
Places to Visit in Fatehpur Sikri-

Buland Darwaja-

 It is the pride of Fatehpur Sikri and  considered as a  highest gateway in the world, it is an another finest example of Mughal Architecture. It was built by Akbar in 1576 after getting victory over Gujarat.

Panch Mahal-

It is a pyramid style architecture which has 5 stories. The structure is also known as "Badgir" . At the time of King Akbar It is used for  theatrical and musical performances.


Diwan-I-Aam-

A hall for public gathering, Diwan-i-Aam, it is a place where the king used to meet with general public, and heard their petition and give judgment according to the situation. It is a large open space under Fatehpur Sikri palace. 

Diwan-I-Khas-

A private audience hall of King, is situated in the north east of Fatehpur Sikri. It is a plain square building which is famous for its central pillar. Some of the historian think that it was an repository of Gems and King is used to come here for jewels.

Sekh Salim Chisti Tomb -

It was built in 1981 and completely made up of white marble and a perfect blend of Hindu and Islamic Architecture.

Birbal Bhawan-

Birbal is one of the closets minister to King Akbar, the Birbal house is also a place to visit inside the Fatehpur Sikri palace.

Entry Fees : 20 Rs For Indians & 260 For Foreigners
Best Time To visit : November to February
Timing : 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Friday, August 12, 2016

Top 7 Tourist Places to Visit in Gwalior | Madhya Pradesh Tourism

Madhya Pradesh has many historical places and Gwalior is one of them, located at a distance of 450  km distance from Bhopal (State capital of Madhya Pradesh) and 350 km far from Delhi. Due to rich heritage and tourist places , this place is also known as the Tourist capital of Madhya Pradesh. The city is covered by rocky hills which forms the border of Ganga-Yamuna Drainage Basin.

Some points to know about Counter Magnet City, Gwalior


  • The city is famous for its music, the oldest Gharana "Gwalior Gharana" is an example of classic music
  • Gwalior is a birthplace of very well known musicians of Indian history, Tansen and Baiju Bawra are one of them.
  • Many sportsperson like Dhyan Chand (better known as Magician of Hockey) and A Hammer thrower Vishal Kalim Belongs to Gwalior.

Top 7 Tourist Places Near Gwalior

Here is a list of top tourist places of Gwalior which you can explore in your next holiday trip-

1. Gwalior fort-

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This hill fort was built in 8th century and belongs to Tomara dynasty. This fort has two palaces, one which is known as Gurjari Mahal was built for Queen Mrignayani and other is known as Man Mandir.

Also See - Thing you should  know about Madhav National Park, Gwalior

Mughal Emperor Babar once called Gwalior fort "A pearl in the necklace of the Forts of India " due to its defensive structure. This fort is also known as “The Gibraltar of India”.

2. Tighra Dam-

Tighra Dam was constructed in 1916, the main aim to built this dam is to give water supply to the city. It is located at a 23 km distance from Gwalior. Many migratory birds along with local bird makes it a picturesque spot for the bird lovers.

3. The Memorial of Tansen | Tansen Tomb-

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Tansen was a classical music composer, musician and vocalist and was among the nine jewels of the Royal Court of Akbar. It is located near tomb of Mohammed Ghaus and surrounded by beautiful flowers and host the Annual music festival which is known as Tansen Sangget Samaroh.

4. Sun Temple- 

The Temple of God Sun are very rare in India, and Gwalior has one of them, the architecture of this temple is inspired from the Sun Temple in Konark. It was built by G. D. Birla in 1988. The exterior of the temple is made up of red sandstone and interior was made up of white marble.   Many devotes, nirvana seekers and photographers visit here throughout the year.
Address - Morar, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh 474006,India
Timing - 6:30 AM - 6:00 PM

5. Jai Vilas Palace-

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Jai Vilas palace is famous for its Italian architecture, it was built in 1874 by the Maharaja of Gwalior and still the residence of Scindia dynasty. The palace is stretched over an area of 12,40,771 square feet, It has 400 rooms on which 40 rooms are now converted to the museum.

6. Suraj Kund, Gwalior-

Suraj Kund is a beautiful pond located near Gwalior Fort. The king of 8th century Suraj Sen has received significant position of folklore. According to the story the king was suffered by leprosy and fortunately they met a monk named Gwalipa near Fort.
Sadhu asked to king to drink some water from the pond. The king did so, and the king was cured from leprosy. After that City renamed as Gwalipa and since then it has come to be called the city of Gwalior. Suraj kund is named after the name of the king. The beautiful sorrounding of pond and associated stories makes it attractive tourist destination.

7. Archaeological Museum Gwalior-

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The archeological museum of Gwalior was established in 1984, located in front of Hathi pole gate of the fort. The museum is famous for its variety of antiquities and can be classified under Shaiv, jain and Vaishnav groups. It describes the rich culture of Indian from 1st century. The sound and light show which shows the journey of Indian history is the main attraction of this site.


Gwalior might not places in a top notch position in India's tourism destination but it does have a very beautiful places to attract tourist.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Thoseghar Waterfall Satara | Reviews @ Maharashtra Tourism

Maharashtra is one of the most crowded state of India and tourism opportunities are really rich here. Thoseghar Waterfall is one of them. It is located in a 20 Km distance from Satara at Konkan region.  During Monsoon season many tourist from all over India came here to experience the Nature.

Attraction of Thoseghar Waterfalls



The waterfalls are the main attraction of this location and it makes Thoseghar as a best weekend gateways near Mumbai. There is a picnic area which is used by the tourist to see the series of waterfalls. The height of waterfalls is ranging between 15 meter to 500 meters. Although the area is safe but please avoid to go there during heavy rains.

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Thoseghar Waterfall is considered as one of the most beautiful waterfall of Western Ghats, the close proximity from Pune makes it a top visited weekend gateways because one can plan a trip of one day.

Best Time To visit - July To November
Height - 1666 Ft.

Thoseghar is a calm and quiet place but in monsoon season it become crowdie, with a clean lake and dark woods makes it preferred hill station among travelers. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Top 5 Places To visit in Champawat - Uttarakhand Tourism

Champawat is one of the popular tourist destination of Uttarkhand and a administrative headquarter of Champawat District. According to Hindu Mythology the turtle incarnation of Lord Vishnu "Kurmavtar" took place. In this post I am sharing top 5 places to visit which will help you to explore Champawat.

Best Time To visit-  October- February 

Baleshwar Temple



Champawat was a capital of Chand Rulers and they built some finest temples of all time and Baleshwar temple is one of them. This temple is dedicated to the Lord Shiva.  The excellent stone carving work done in 16th century is the main highlight of this site. Many devotees come here to worship lord shiva throughout the year. If you are in Kumaon than don't miss to visit this place.

Banasur ka Kila

Banasur, A man with 1000 arms is a eldest son King Bali who holds an important place in Hindu Mythology. was a devotee of lord Shiva. The fort is the originator of the river Lohawati and a perfect spot to see the beauty of Lohaghat,  which is often known as the Iron Valley.


This fort is located around 7 Km from the Lohaghat and 20 Km from the Champawat. It i located 1860m meter above from sea level. The lush trees and rich vegetation , along with a spectacular view below makes Banasur fort a loved tourist destination of Champawat.

Kranteswar Mahadev Temple

Located in the top of snooty hills in the east of Champawat, Kranteswar is holy shrine of Lord Shiva. The local people often call this temple as  a Lord Kandev and Lord Kurmapad. It is located above from 6100 meter above sea level and 6 km far from the main market of Champawat.


The place is frequently visited by the devotees of Shiva and offer the scenic view of Himalayas which attract visitors from all over the globe.

Gurudwara Reetha Sahib




Reetha Sahib which is also known as Meetha Ritha Sahib is a holy place of Sikh community. According to the local, Guru Nanak dev once visited this place. This place hold an spiritual story around the tree of Reetha   and now a place of worship. It was constructed  in 1960 and even today the Reetha (Soapnut) is used to serve as a prasad.

Mayawati Ashram

Mayawati Ashram is a branch of Ramakrishna Math which was built in 1899, according to the local the climate of this place is as cool as it was in 19th century.  This place is dedicated to study of vedanta . It i located 9 Km far from Lohaghat and 22 km from the district center.


When Vivekanad are on travel of Himalaya in 1896  they visited this place and expressed his thoughts about making a place which is peaceful to study Vedas later in 1899,  his disciples James Henry Sevier, and Charlotte Sevier founded this place

So, Excited To Visit above places? You Should, As Visiting These beautiful tourist places is going to be an amazing experience of your life. Get ready to explore the nature of Champawat with us !