Thursday, December 1, 2016

Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary Satara, Maharashtra - Safari Reviews

Are You planning a Wildlife Tour?
If yes than Koyna wildlife sanctuary in Satara is your destination, Located at a distance of 161 km from Pune, this sanctuary was listed in UNESCO's world heritage site in 2012.   

Brief Information on Koyna Sanctuary-

In 1985, Government of India declared Koyna as a wildlife sanctuary, the main aim was to conserve the population of tigers. But Today, Koyna wildlife Sanctuary is a home of four horned antelope. The visitors can also spot many rare species of birds including  brown capped woodpeckers,  fairy bluebirds, and long-tailed nightjars.

Total Area: 423.55 sq. kms
Best Time To Visit - October- June
Timing - 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM (Summer & Winter)
Attractions: panthers, Bengal tigers, Indian leopards,
Indian bison, sloth bears, sambar deer

Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary Safari Information -

There are two ways to explore this sanctuary, one is trekking and other is safari. I think trekking will not be a wise decision and not feasible.  

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Safari Timing - Although the general safari timing on Koyna, is 6:00 AM to 4:30 Pm, but it varies half an hour of delay or before. If you are planning to take a safari ride to experience the wildlife of Koyna than follow below steps.

·         Take a  official guide along with each vehicle.
·         Maintain a distance of 50 to 100 meters  between two safaris.
·         Take your ID card along with entry pass.
·         do not Exceed the speed of a vehicle over 20 Km/h.

Other Attractions - Koyna is a paradise for the nature lovers, dense forest, rivers and rich wildlife is something a nature lover look for. Three rivers  Solashi, Kandati and Koyna along with Koyna Dam makes it a popular tourist spot of Satara.


If you are fond of historical places, then you can visit  Bamnoli village where Vasota Fort is located, A pride and glory of Maratha Dynasty. This fort was built by Malwa king Bhoja in 1170. Surrounded by  rivers on the banks of Shivsagar Lake.

Activities to Enjoy in Koyna Sanctuary - 

It is an ideal spot for picnic and weekend getaways near Pune. If you are creative enough then you can enjoy the following activities here-

Swimming, boating, raft making, river crossing, fishing, mud wrestling, water polo, trekking, valley crossing, mountain biking, Archery, rifle shooting etc.

How to Reach - 
Koyna wildlife sanctuary well connected with rail and airways. The nearest airport and railway station are located in Kolhapur which is just 65 Km away from this sanctuary. Pune (161 Km) and Mumbai (250 Km) are other options for Airways.

Plan your holiday tour and experience the best of Koyna wildlife Sanctuary .

Saturday, November 26, 2016

15 - Best Weekend Getaways Destination From Delhi

Do you need a break from hectic Schedule this Weekend?
Plan a short vacation this Weekend with your Friends and Families!!

If you live in Delhi, then you are lucky!! As you have lots of options and you can plan your trip according to your choice. Being a capital city of India, New Delhi is blend of modern and traditional culture. There are lot many things to see and explore within the city and places nearby.
You can make your weekend happening and worth remembering by planning a short vacation. Wake up that traveler hidden in you, make an instant plan and step out of your door to explore something new.

If you are still wondering where to go, which is best place to spend the weekend and recharge your soul and mind?  You don’t have to waste your time in finding the weekend gateways. I have collected 15 most amazing weekend gateways with all required details.
So, what are you waiting for?

   Start Exploring !!

1. Vrindavan - 

Distance – 160 kms
Famous For – Temples

Vrindawan-tourism

Vrindavan is a Hindu pilgrimage, famous as a birthplace of lord Krishna rest near the bank of river yammuna. This enchanting place attracts millions of Hindu deities every year, who come here to see signs of Lord Krishna’s childhood in forms of beautiful temples and sculptures.

A two days trip to this heavily land will fill your heart with internal peace and leave lots of good memories in your heart.

Places to visit: If you are in Vrindavan, Prem Mandir - Shyama Shyam Dham, ISKCON Temple, Banke Bihari Temple, Radha Damodar Temple, Madan Mohan Temple, Pagal Baba Temple, Priyakant Ju Mandir are must visit sites. The holy city unfolds many mysteries related to Lord Krishna and her beloved Radha. The beautiful Kesi Ghat and Sacred Lake Kusum Sarovar are also among most visited place.

2. Agra - 

Distance from Delhi: 210 km
Best time to visit: November to March
Attractions: Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra Fort, Jama Masjid

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Agra is most loved tourist place of India; the alluring Moguls sculptures and monuments are eye delights for visitors of not just India, but foreigners as well. Not just Tajmahal, Redfort there many beautiful historical sites like Mehtab Bagh, Buland Darwaja, Itimad-Ud-Daulah, Panch Mahal which depicts the rich history of India.

Plan short vacation with your beloved to the city of love and recollect sweet memories.

  3. Varanasi

Distance from Delhi: 815 km
Best time to visit: October to March
Famous for: Ghats, Temples, forts and Mosque

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Holy land of Varanasi is a second home of Lord Shiva renowned as a city of temples and Ghats. The people visiting this place get lost in the enchanting and magical aura. The glittering Ghats with diyas, dense lanes, chanting sound of mantras is something you won’t find at any other place.

The delicious local cusines are just mouth watering. If you are in Varanasi, don’t forget to taste “Phalwan Ki Lassi” and “Banarsi Pan”. You must also stroll down through the dense lanes of its famous market place like Gyan Vapi, Vishwanath Gali, Thatheri Bazar, Lahurabir, Godoulia or Dashswamedh Gali and Golghar.

The famous tourist attractions are Dasaswamedh Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat , Assi ghat with  Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple, Parshvanath Jain temple, it will definitely give a heavenly experience.

There is nothing wrong, if we say that Varanasi is one of the most compelling tourist destinations of India.  If you have made your plan to visit Varanasi, then don’t miss to watch Sarnath, Jantar Mantar, Ramnagar Fort, Gyanvapi Mosque and the Alamgiri Mosque.

4. Karnal

Distance from Delhi: 119 km
Best time to visit: October to April
Famous for:  Forts, Lakes, Tomb, Noor Mahal

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If you are fond of unfolding the bygone chapters of history, then you will definitely love this place. It is claimed by the local folks that the city was constructed by Kauravas date back to the Mahabharata times. The historic city is also called the "city of Karna".
The most visited places are Karnal lake, karnal fort, Cantonment Church Tower, the tomb of Miran Sahib & Kalander Shah.

5. Neemrana Fort Palace

Distance from Delhi: 122 km
Best time to visit: October to April
Attraction:  Forts, Nature

Are you looking for a luxurious weekend getaways?

Spending two days of the week as king of the World!!

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If yes, than Neemrana Fort Palace is right travel destination for you. It is a small historical town located in Alwar district of Rajasthan. The alluring fort was built by Raj Dup Raj in 13th century, which is now transformed into a royal hotel.

The oldest heritage resort of India- Neermana fort has a magical ambiance, definitely a perfect destination to spend some quality time. It is not only tourist place near Delhi which offers splendid views along with a beautiful climate that will surely refresh you.

6. Damdama Lake

Distance from Delhi: 61 km
Best time to visit: October to June
Attraction:  Hot springs. Shiva temple, birds
Things to Do - Boat Riding, angling, valley crossing etc

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The tranquil wide spread water sheet covering 3000 acres, Damdama lake is one of the biggest lake of Haryana. Elegantly ringed by Aravali Mountains, the beautiful place is perfect to visit in weekends.

You will encounter the blend of wildlife, greenery, a place far from hustle bustle of busy life.  Moreover, it is home of over 190+ species of local and migratory birds. If you are fond of bird watching, then you should definitely plan a small trip to this place. It's quite and charming environment makes it a popular picnic spot near Delhi.   

 7. Ajmer

Distance from Delhi: 409 km
Best time to visit: October to February
Attraction:  Peaks, lakes, Brahma Temple

Ajmer-tourism

If you’re tired from your daily hectic life and looking for some peace, then you can plan a trip to Ajmer Sharif. The alluring and holy city of Ajmer is well known for the poise shrine of Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. It is a center of many Islamic invaders and rulers which you can witness in Moguls architecture.

The city offers blend of diverse culture, religion, and community, as 14km from Ajmer there is an ancient Hindu pilgrimage Pushkar, which is only Brahma temple in the world.
The most visited destinations are Ana Sagar Lake, Adhai-Din- Ka Jhopra, Pushkar, and Nasiyan jain temple apart from Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti dargah, and Brahma temple.

8. Jaipur

Distance from Delhi: 268 km
Best time to visit: October to February
Attraction- Hawa Mahal, Nahargarh Fort, Birla Mandir

Jaipur-tourism

The beautiful city of Jaipur is famously called as Pink City is enthralling historic city of India. If you want to travel back to historical era, you should definitely plan a short trip to Jaipur. There are lot many things to do and explore.

Whether you take a heritage walk of Royal Amer fort, Jal mahal, Jaigarh Fort, city palace to feel the ambience of royality or get lost in divinity in Dev Ji Temple, Garh Ganesh Temple, Sri Kali Temples. 

9. Haridwar, Uttarakhand

Distance from Delhi: 222 km
Best time to visit: October to February
Attraction- Temples, river, Ghats

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The sacred city of Haridwar is a gateway of the Garhwal region of Uttarkhand. Surrounded by green hills, free flowing Ganges, filled with temples makes it a perfect weekend gateway.
The most visited places are Chandi Devi Temple, Mansa Devi Temple, Maya Devi Temple, Kankhal, Dudhadhari Barfani Temple, Ramanand Ashram, Patanjali Yogpeeth and there are much more to explore.
Interested in Hill Stations?

Done with noisy hustle bustle of the metro city?
Wanna spend some time in the lap of nature?
What can be best then trip to Hilly area, Right?

Let’s go and pack your tracking bag, keep some warm clothes. This time plan a trip to some hill stations this weekend. Take out some time from your busy schedule and travel to the place you can find the inner place, where you are allowed to get lost serenity and natural beauty without any interruptions.
Below I have listed 7 hill stations which is near from Delhi.

10. Dalhousie

Distance from Delhi: 559 km
Best time to Visit:  November - June

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Dalhousie is a beautiful hill station, which is rest between five hills and known for its pure air and lovely weather. This place is a preferred destination for honeymooners because of its pleasant weather, fragrances of pine and oak trees along with snow capped mountains.

11. Manali 

Distance From Delhi - 550 km
Attraction- Monasteries, valleys, temples and Rohtang Pass
Things to do in Manali - Paragliding, Sightseeing, Skiing, Zorbing, and nature walk

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Why visit?

Manali is considered in the most loved tourist destination for the travelers from Delhi. The alluring valley is located on the Beas river valley jeweled with many Tibetan Monasteries and beautiful temples.
The awe- inspiring art of nature spread all over makes it must visit travel destinations. The most visited places are Rohtang Pass, Solang valley and Hidimba temple.  Plan a trip for this weekend to Manali.

12. Great Himalayan National Park

Distance From Delhi - 550 km
Best time to visit: - April to November
Attraction- Pilgrimages, waterfalls, wildlife

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Great Himalayan National park is listed on UNESCO's world heritage site. If you are an ecology lover or wildlife enthusiasts, then it is best next weekend getaway destination. This national park is one of the few places where snow leopard can be encountered.

13. Nainital Uttarakhand 

Distance From Delhi - 296 km
Best time to visit: - April to January
Attraction- Temples, Lakes, Nature
Things to Do - River Rafting, Sky Diving, and Rock climbing

Nainital-Tourism-package

Nainital is a famous hill station of Uttarakhand, and known as the city of lakes. Wonderful ambience, hills, lakes is really an eye delight for nature lovers. The captivating landscape of this alluring hill town attracts thousands of visitors every year.

14. Abbott Mount, Uttarakhand

Distance From Delhi - 363 km
Best time to visit - April to January
Attraction- Nature, hills, Church, Cottage

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Abbott mount is a hill station, located in Lohaghat, Uttarakhand. This place is known for its heaven like atmosphere, and its scenic beauty. It is also listed one of the haunted places of India. If you want to experience adventure and nature at its optimum level than this place will never disappoint you. 

15. Kasol, Himachal Pradesh

Distance From Delhi – 518 Km
Best time to visit - October to June

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The beautiful Hamlet situated on the bank of river Parvati, which is bestowed with all of nature's blessings. It offers a perfect destination for those who love adventure and thrill.
Things to do: Parvati valley, Manikaran Gurudwara,Tosh, Malana, Kheer Ganga, Trecking and Rock Climbing.


Living in Delhi NCR has its own advantages and disadvantages, but a holiday trip can refresh you. People who are looking for weekend getaways to spend mini vacations, these tourist destinations will surely help you.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Top Things to Know About Buland Darwaja - Agra @ UP Tourism

Buland Darwaja - An Example of unique Architecture and brilliant craftsmanship.


India was once ruled by Mughal's and at that time they built many historical monuments including Taj Mahal, Red Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Humayun's Tomb etc. The uniform pattern of the structure including domes, minarets  can be seen in all the monuments they built. Buland Darvaja in Agra is one of them.

Buland Darvaja was also known as "Gate of Magnificence" is  the highest Gateway of World. It was erected by Mughal Emperor Akbar in the year of 1601. This 54 meters high structure is a 15 stories gateway and a southern doorway to Fatehpur Sikri.

Front doors and pillars of Buland Darwaja are carved with the verses of Holy "Kuran". This door opens to a large patio and Jama Masjid. This semi-octagonal door is decorated with beautiful domes and minarets.


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Some Facts and Information to know About Buland Darwaja

  • Akbar Built Buland Darvaja after getting victory over Gujarat.
  • It is made up of Buff and red sandstone inlaid with black and white marbles.
  • The lines written On an archway of doors are related to Christ, which considers Akbar as a symbol of religious tolerance.
  • It is a striking example of Hindu and Persian Architecture.

The huge pillars of Gate of Magnificence are a real surprise in itself, decorated with excellent carvings and doms. Inscription of Kuran and christ on the gateway are the best attraction of this historical monument.

Opening Time -  8:00 am
Closing Time   -  7:00 pm
Attraction - Inscription of Kuran
Ticket (Foreigners) - Rs. 750/-
Ticket (Indian & SAARC Nation) - Rs. 10


Other Monuments Built by Akbar - 

Agra Fort |  Fatehpur Sikri | Taj Mahal | Wazir Khan Mosque | Shalimar Gardens | Badshahi Mosque


Things To Do - Are you planning to visit Buland Darwaja, then you do not miss the things I am writing Below-

1. Walk which will take you close to Nature - Nature walk is a brilliant idea to experience the landscape of miles, take a walk and admire the beauty of Lofty gateway and its architecture.

2. Take Photographs of this Historical Monument- If you are a photographer then this place has many things for you, take photos of this giant monuments and feel its history on your photographs.

3.  Experience the Crafting and art of the City - Fatehpur Sikri is a place which is known for its crafting, the people are doing it for  many centuries, if you love artistic work and crafting than do not miss this opportunity.  

Best Time To visit Buland Darwaja - 

 October - March (The temperature between April to October is very high, so try to visit in winters)

Monday, November 21, 2016

Kainchi Dham - Neem Karoli Baba Ashram in Nainital Uttarakhand

SHRI KAINCHI DHAM MANDIR

No matter how much places you travel in your lifetime, there are always some tourist places which will remain untraveled in your life. In my last post, I have written about  Patal Bhuwaneshwar an ancient CaveTemple in Pithoragarh, which is known for its mysteries and number of statues of Hindu God and Goddesses.

Today I am back with Kainchi Dham  (The Ashram of Baba Neem Karoli),  another Tourist place of Uttarakhand which is worldwide famous for its life-changing spiritual reflections. It is a mountain Ashram located in Nainital in Uttarakhand. The main temple is surrounded by the high mountains, apart from Lord Hanuman, there are also small temples of Lord Rama, Sita, and Goddess Durga. But this temple is mainly famous for Neem Karoli Baba and Lord Hanuman.

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In 15th of June 1964, the first temple of Lord Hanuman was inaugurated, every year on June 15th, a  huge Bhandara is arranged, and more than 1 lakh devotee take prasadam (Sacrament).

About Neem Karoli Baba (A Mystic Saint of North India)-

Neem Karoli Baba was born in 1900 century and famously known as Maharaj ji among their followers. He was a devotee of Lord Hanuman.  His original name was Lakshman Das but he is also known  as  tikonia Wala Baba, Tallaiya Baba, Handi wala Baba, Chamatkari Baba etc.

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The Ashram of Neem Karoli Baba is in Kainchi, Rishikesh, Shimla, Vrindavan, Hanuman Gadi including Taos, New Mexico, and the United States. The Ashram of Kainchi and Vrindavan was built when he was alive and other ashrams were built by their Followers after his death.

Neem Karoli Baba has practiced Hatha Yoga in all their lifespan, it is a physical practice of yoga, and motivated others to give service as the supreme form of  unrestricted loyalty to God.

Distance From Nainital - 38 KM
Distance From Delhi - 301 KM
Best Day to Visit - 15th June
Timing -  7 AM - 6 PM (Closed in Winters)

Watch Hollywood Celebrity Julia Roberts Talking About Hinduism & Neem Karoli Baba -


Famous People who visited Kainchi Temple -  
Apple Founder Steve Jobs, Facebook CEO (Mark Zuckerberg) and Julia Roberts have visited here.

Neem Karoli Baba's glory is Unfathomable. By the grace of Baba, devotees considered that by visiting Kainchi Temple all there spoiled work is being fixed.


Sunday, November 20, 2016

Hatha yoga | Postures and Health Benefits


What is Yoga?


Yoga is evolved in India and is an art that aims to transform body and mind. It is physical and mental practices to keep the body relax and fit.

Actually, yoga is originated by the Hindu culture from the Pre-Vedic period, after the success of Swami Vivekananda, the yoga guru of India now spreading this art to the west.
 Hatha Yoga is a practice of physical Yoga Postures, this form of yoga is popular in western countries.  Now, Hatha yoga it became the popular exercise among the western countries.

Physiology of Yoga: -

The physiology of yoga Yoga Physiology is simply a description of the Body of Humans, which defines the energy channel and the layers


Physiology contains 3 Layers which are Physical, Subtle and Causal and 5 Sheets, which are below-
1. Food sheet
2. Prana breath
3. Mind sheet
4. Intellect
5. Bliss

Hatha Yoga Postures-

Below is a complete list of Hath Yoga Postures  with images, that will surely help you to practice Yoga at home.
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Health Benefits of Hatha Yoga: -

Yoga is the art that transforms the energy and keeps you calm in all time, the health benefits of yoga is covered in following points 
  • All-round fitness
  • Weight loss
  • Stress relief
  • Inner peace.
  • Improved immunity
  • Living with greater awareness
  • Increased energy
  • Better flexibility & posture.

Hatha Yoga Video -


Yoga is the stabilization of mind and body and controlling the flow of energy in our body. The energy channel contains in Chakras. 

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