Top 10 Tourist Places to Visit in Shimla

Shimla, the capital city of Himachal Pradesh is quite a famous hill station preferred for every theme of holiday whether you are looking to spend some special time with your family and friends or you are planning your honeymoon trip. Elevated at the height of almost 2200 meters above the sea level, Shimla was the summer capital of British India and it still retains the old world charm with pedestrian-friendly Mall Road, beautifully designed colonial buildings and the ridge lined up with cafes, roadside shops, and restaurants. Although the climatic condition of this gorgeous hill site is always favorable and for some part of the winter season, the region receives snowfall and this covers the mountains with thick sheets of white snow. Besides being popular for its mesmerizing beauty and panoramic landscapes, Shimla is also famous for housing the highest cricket ground in the world, Chail Cricket Stadium.

Check out the below mentioned run-down of tourist places in Shimla that plays a vital role in making your Shimla Tours one of the most impressive and lifelong memorable trips. There is an abundance of travel destinations in Shimla for exploration and you are surely going to get surprised by various wonders that the city offers to you.

01. The Ridge of Shimla

The Ridge of Shimla
Renowned as the epicenter of every tourist activities in Shimla, The Ridge tops the list of destinations that one must explore on this magical land of Himalayas. Nicely connected with many other tourist spots in the city viz. The Mall Road, the Lakkar Bazaar, and the Scandal Point, the Ridge is heavily crowded with tourists during the festive season of the Summer Festival that is celebrated every year in the month of April or May. The Ridge is itself the potpourri of several tourist places and Christ Church is the most sought and interesting site in the region. Do not miss out to discover the Gothic buildings standing tall in the city and let you acknowledge the incidents that occurred in the bygone days. The site garners the travelers throughout the year yet the most recommended time to plan your tour here is between April and August.

Travel Tips:

  • You are not allowed to take your vehicles on the street here.
  • Don’t litter and take care of the waste disposal, however, the locals and the shop owners of the market places take proper care of it.

02. Kufri

Kufri
Just after covering a little distance from Shimla, you reach Kufri, one of the top-picked honeymoon destinations in India. Encircled by the gorgeous chain of Himalaya ranges, Kufri is a small town established amidst the lofty green valleys and the best and unique feature of the place is that it remains refreshingly green even during the warmer months and on the other hand, in the winter months it turns ethereally white and offers some really amazing and captivating views of the surroundings. It also boasts of a huge collection of flora and fauna species including pine and deodar forests that enhance the beauty of the place to the next level. It is the place where one can enjoy endless activities and some of the most exciting ones are visiting Kufri Fun World, one of the hugely elevated amusements park in the world and it permits you to enjoy Go-Kart Track where one karts against the backdrop of the majestic Himalayas.

Travel Tips:

  • Book your accommodation in advance (if possible) as it is an immensely crowded tourist place as almost everyone who embarks on Shimla tour definitely comes here.

03. Green Valley

Green Valley
An enormously breathtaking mountain range that falls en-route Kufri from Shimla, Green Valley is a region that oozes magnificence, beauty, and splendor and this compels the travelers to stop by at this gorgeous place to get spellbound with the incredible beauty of the lush green environs and to capture some wonderful pictures in your camera. However, the place is not much developed from the aspect of tourism yet it acts as a crowd puller and attracts thousands of tourists with its pristine natural beauty. This astonishing valley is imbued with impeccable scenic vistas and is dotted with thick dense pine and deodar forests that line the magnificent hills. There is a thick chance of spotting some rare animal species in the valley and this excites animal lovers to add the place in their bucket list of holiday destinations.

Travel Tips:

  • Kindly hire an experienced driver as it is not easy for everyone to drive in steep hilly regions of Shimla.
  • If you want to witness the beauty of the distant mountains then pay Rs. 50 and lend a binocular.
  • Do not forget to pack woolens in your baggage as the region witnesses cold climate after the sun sets.

04. Mall Road

Mall Road
Established in the center of the town, The Mall Road is the main street that is lined up with a ring of many restaurants, tourist offices, post offices, clubs, banks, and small shops. The key striking feature of this wonderful destination is that here you can enjoy savoring your favorite dishes by walking up and down the hills. When you come out of your hotel to stroll across the nearby areas then you will get to interact with many fellow travelers and witness the incredible charm and the spectacular views of the gorgeous Himalayan ranges along with shopping out your favorite stuffs. At the Scandal Point, The Mall Road is connected to the Ridge, another popular tourist destinations in the city, and Scandal Point is also pretty famous for boasting a huge statue has been erected beautifully of Lala Lajpat Rai, the great nationalist leader.

Travel Tips:

  • Be ready to bargain unless you will be looted by the shopkeepers.
  • Don’t carry much cash with you as majority of the shops accept card payment.
  • Mall Road is pretty infamous for pickpockets and thieves so you need to be alert for your belongings.

05. Himachal State Museum

Himachal State Museum
Apart from being popular for its stunning scenic vista and adventure activities, Shimla is also known for its historical events and if you keen to know about the bygone days of this beautiful hill city then you must visit Himachal State Museum. Established on the famous Shimla Mall Road, the museum houses a great collection of ancient coins, handicraft items, paintings, handloom products, and many more things collected from all around the state and are kept beautifully there to gaze at. The key attraction of this state is the huge library having a collection of more than 10,000 books, journals, and magazines. The museum is generally visited by the art lovers and the history buffs and also the academicians. It also houses a doll gallery where one can spot a good number of bride and groom dolls that are really admired by the visitors. Numerous archaeological artifacts are also found in this museum and this includes stone images that date back to the 8th century.

Travel Tips:

  • This is going to be a half-day trip, so don’t skip your meal.

06. Summer Hill

Summer Hill
A picturesque site located on the Shimla-Kalka railway line that offers the gorgeous views of the stunning snow-peaked mountains. Nestled just a few kilometers ahead of the main town of Shimla, Summer Hill is a gorgeous township that offers the mesmerizing and soul-soothing views of the nearby hills and also lets you enjoy an admiring ambiance. The place holds great importance in Indian history too as this is the only place where Mahatma Gandhi had visited and accommodated at the magnificent Georgian House of Amrit Kaur. The entire region gets covered with thick sheets of snow during the winter season and in summers it becomes one of the most astonishing places to escape away from the scorching heat of your city life. The famous Himachal University is also established at the backdrop of this majestic hill and this makes it more important to visit from an academician point of view.

Travel Tips:

  • The area is quite clean and hygienic so do not litter and maintain the cleanliness of the place.
  • Carry a mat or a plastic sheet with you so that you can have a great picnic time there with your family.

07. Annandale

Annandale
Counted among some of the top and must-visit destinations in Shimla, Annandale used to be a home to get indulged in a plethora of adventure activities during the British Rule and racing was one of the most sought activity there. Now the place has been turned out into a mini-golf course and so huge number of golf lovers flock to this site from different cities and corners of the world. The destination also has a helipad and if you are keen to capture the undefined and unexpressed beauty of the surrounding areas then go for the aerial journey and click the pics from a great height. Besides boasting the golf course, it also has a cactus museum, a beautiful playground, and an Indian Army Museum so to explore the wonders of this completely, you need at least 2 days’ time. Also, if you are in Shimla with your family or friends and want to spend some quality time with them then plan a picnic at Annandale and enjoy the serene and tranquil ambiance of the surroundings and also the cool gentle breeze touching your face.

Travel Tips:

  • Be well-disciplined as it houses Indian Army Museum where you are bound to follow the strict rules.
  • Do not enter inside the restricted areas.
  • If you are carrying your own stuffs for picnic then you are advised to keep the garbages in the dustbin so that cleanliness of the area should not be hindered.

08. Jakhoo Hill

Jakhoo Hill
Temples play a crucial role in increasing the tourism rate of Himachal Pradesh as the state is believed to be connected with interesting mythological tales. Jakhoo Hill is one of the top-picked tourist destinations in this hill state as there is a huge temple of Lord Hanuman. It is believed that this temple was constructed to represent the incident when the deity had set his foot on the hills when he was searching for the medicinal plants of Sanjeevani Hills to save Lord Lakshman’s life. One of the most interesting legends states that before Lord Hanuman set his foot on this hill, it used to be very huge but after he kept his footstep there, the hill shrank down. The hill is tucked at an elevation of almost 2500 meters above the sea level and is counted as the highest point in Shimla. The place houses a huge statue of Lord Hanuman almost 108 feet high fixed beautifully amidst the dense deodar forests and to reach this place, you need to cover a mild trekking distance and 300 steps to climb up the hill. Although the site is crowded with devotees throughout the year yet during the festive season of Dussehra, the charm gets doubled up.

Travel Tips:

  • Stay updated with the climatic condition of the place as it is located on an extreme location so it is best to explore in the pleasant and favorable climate.

09. Naldehra

Naldehra
A small yet impressive hill station and one of the top-picked tourist destinations in Himachal Pradesh, Naldehra was left untouched and unnoticed till 20th century but in the beginning of the 21st century, Lord Curzon, the then viceroy of India discovered this gorgeous hill site and since then it has been attracting thousands of tourists every year. Those who are tired of living the same busy and hectic life must plan their trip at this pictorial wonderland as here you get to witness the unraveled natural scenic beauty adorned with lush green valleys all around. Greenery, plain view of mountains filled with thousands of dense pine trees, and the golf course are the key attractions of this region. Besides being reckoned as a perfect heaven for nature lovers, Naldehra is also one of the most loved destinations for adventure enthusiasts.

Travel Tips:

  • It is best to visit the destination during the summer months as the weather is quite pleasant and favorable during this period.

10. Skiing in Kufri

Skiing in Kufri
The winter sport capital of Shimla, Kufri is renowned as a paradise for skiers and leaves each and every visitors spellbind with the appealing and the picturesque views of the mountains beautifully covered with thick sheets of snow. Skiing is the primary attraction of this place and besides this, tobogganing to exploring its flora and fauna throughout the year is another key feature of this wonderful site. Trekking, thrilling horse ride, exciting snow trail camping, inspiring photography, exhilarating hiking, shopping your favorite stuffs, elated yak ride, electrifying skiing, and awe-inspiring tobogganing are some of the other activities that one can indulged in at this magnificent site in Shimla.

Travel Tips:

  • The travelers are advised to undergo some medical tests especially the altitude sickness test.
  • You are advised to carry the medicines of flu, fever, and cold.
  • Carry ample woolen clothes to stay fit and healthy in this cold region.
  • Kindly follow the instructions of your guide very seriously.
  • If you are going on skiing then you must carry a good quality of shoes.
  • There are numerous tour operators in the market so it is advised to engage a reputed and trusted tour operator who can provide you the best ski Equipments for your skiing activity.

Shimla is one of the top-notch travel destinations in India as the hill station is dotted with several wonderful sites. In this article, we have enlisted only 10 of the most popular destinations in the state but if you show us your love by sharing and commenting on this post then we will surely bring another well-characterized article for you.

Top 6 Best Pilgrimage Destinations in South India

The southern end of India is known for representing the perfect blend of deep spirituality, tranquility, and culture. The people here are deeply connected to their roots, traditions, and beliefs which means that they are avid devotees of different gods and goddesses. The presence of numerous sky-touching temples, adorned in intricately carved out engravings and towering Gopurams showcase the well-preserved heritage of this incredible land ever since centuries and ages.

Just like in any other religious pilgrimages in South India make for a major part of their tradition and this can be witnessed on South India Tour Packages. They are so religious that they make a list of pilgrimages that they have to complete in their lifetime. Here are some of the pilgrimages in South India that are extremely popular and hold a lot of religious significance:

01. Badami Cave Temples

Badami Cave Temples
Karnataka is replete with Chalukya architecture dating back to 6th – 8th century and the mesmerizing Badami cave complex is one such magnificent piece of history. Located in the northern part of the state this rock-cut group of temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, Vishnu along with being a place for Jain worship is one of the holiest places in India. Recognized as the UNESCO world heritage center and offering fantastic views of the surrounding and of the manmade lake, this is an extremely holy pilgrimage center that usually sees a massive influx of visitors no matter what time of the year you visit. Considered to be one of the most intricately carved out rock-cut temples in the subcontinent one can easily reach here due to the easy availability of transportation and roads leading up to this place.

02. Sabarimala Pilgrimage

Sabarimala Pilgrimage
The temple of Sabarimala which is situated within the Periyar Tiger reserve in the state of Kerala is already famous all over the world for being one of the largest annual pilgrimages in the world with an estimate of over 40-50 million devotees visiting every year. This holy temple complex in the middle of the scenic forest cover if dedicated to the son of Lord Shiva and Mohini i.e. the feminine incarnation of lord Vishnu called locally as Ayyappan. Nestled amidst 18 hills and placed gracefully on top of one of these hills and keeping up with the traditions and beliefs only male devotees are allowed to take this challenging pilgrimage through dense forests and rages topography.

03. Lepakshi Temple

Lepakshi Temple
This 16th-century temple is considered to be one of the standing representations of a deep connection of the people to their age-old roots and rich heritage. Protected as the monument of national importance, every exposed surface of the temple inside and outside is covered in fine engravings, paintings, and fresco paintings too. One can clearly witness the scenes and colorful depictions from the epics of Ramayan and Mahabharat and even the Puranas on these walls making it truly a one of a kind temple. The stand out feature and what makes this temple worth a pilgrimage is the incredibly massive Nandi statue which stands sturdy at a height of around 660 feet tall and is carved out of a single piece of rock. Built-in a typical Vijaynagar architectural style the temple is truly a work of art and manmade wonder to behold.

04. Sringeri

Sringeri
The famous and peaceful Sharda Peetham of Sringeri is located within one of the holiest states of south India i.e. Kerala and is not just one temple but consists of an entire hill town. If it is a peaceful pilgrimage that you are looking for complete with peaceful visits and secluded explorations then this is the place to be. It is the very first Matth which is established by the great theologian, philosopher, sage, and seer who is also credited with the propagation of Advaita Vedanta – Adi Shankaracharya. People from all over the sub-continent plan to take this pilgrimage as a way of offering their respect to the contributions made by this great man in the 6th century whose beliefs shaped Hinduism. Placed on the banks of Tunga River the temple another masterpiece architectural wonder that will not cease to fascinate you.

05. Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari
The tip of the entire Indian subcontinent is known as Kanya kumara and not only is it geographical marvel it is also one of the holiest places of pilgrimage for people from all over India. The rocks here paint a picture that is s beautiful and radiates immense spirituality every step of the way. It is on these rocks where goddess Parvati is said to have performed deep penance making this town incredibly important for Hindu believers. This place is extremely scenic and is famous for its remarkable sunsets where the glistening blue sea stretching out as far as the eyes can see. Devotees and visitors make it a point to visit the holy site dedicated to Kanyakumari Amman i.e. Kanyakumari Temple. Along with natural beauty, people go there looking for their inner peace and attain some much-needed tranquility.

06. Hanamkonda

Padmakshi Temple
Located at a short and comfortable distance Warangal this place was once the oldest and the most ancient capital during the reign of Ganpati Deva. This is one pilgrimage that is lesser-known and is highly revered among the locals residing in South India. As the name suggests this temple is dedicated to lord hanuman with some incredibly breathe taking features that sets it apart from the rest of the temples in the world. The 1000 pillar temple built-in 1163 by king Rudra still stands as one of the most impeccable marks of religion, spirituality, and belief in India. There are several other temples dedicated to various other gods and goddesses including Lord Shiva and Surya Dev among others. There are also other holy shrines and sites of worship that has put the temple complex’s position for being one of the most famous pilgrimage destinations in South India.

South India is literally dotted everywhere with holy temples and places of pilgrimage mentioned above along with some others being, Puttaparthi in Andhra Pradesh, Sivagiri in Kerala, Guruvayur in Kerala, Shravanabelagola Jain Temple in Karnataka to name a couple of others.

Top 4 Most Famous Wildlife Sanctuaries of India

India, the country rich in culture, heritage, arts, and traditions boasts of oodles of places that are rich in biodiversity and are serving a great role in maintaining the ecological balance of this country. Despite being renowned as the land of spirituality, the vibrant land of India is teeming with vast natural resources, rich biodiversity, and a huge and enormous collection of flora and fauna species. So, if you are a nature lover or an animal lover or a bird watcher then you must check out these incredible wildlife destinations that one can explore on their India Wildlife Holidays. Below mentioned is the beautifully compiled list of wildlife sanctuaries where you marvel at the exotic varieties of flora and fauna and can capture some good clicks in your camera and can upload on your social media profiles to get more likes and support.

01. Sunderban National Park, West Bengal

Sunderban National Park

Sunderban National Park [Image Source]


One of the most popular wildlife sanctuaries in India, Sunderban National Park is established in West Bengal on the delta of Bangladesh and India. The area is heavily enclosed with forests; Sundari trees, a special type of Mangrove tree covered the maximum part of the forest. From the name of this tree, Sundarban acquired their name. In the preliminary stage, Sundarban registered as a Tiger Reserve in 1973, after four years, in the year 1977 it was affirmed a Wildlife Sanctuary, although on 4th May 1984 Sundarban stated as a National Park.

With the considering of Sundarban, you can too witness the finely developed visitors place Chargheri Char in Sundarban. Throughout the low surge or tides its attractiveness is augmented, when you are blessed you can as well see mascot crab and octopuses. This is the place you have to visit.

Royal Bengal Tiger

The special factor of Sundarban is the Royal Bengal Tiger, which is famed all over the world. Around 400 tigers are there in the Sundarban. Their man-eating propensity is also very well-known. Tourists move towards to watch primarily the Bengal Tigers, the chief spot of the verdict the Tigers, is near the bank of the river at the same time as they are taking the sunbath mainly in the winter season.

With the famous Bengal Tiger, you can also see lots of other animals like Leopard, Wild Pig, Flying Fox and Mongoose, Jungle cat, Crocodile, Ganges Dolphin, deer, Chital, Hyena, Bear, Water snakes and so more. You can also see a variety of birds here like black skulled ibis, Water Hens, kingfishers, different types of kites, Eagles and lots of more, but Blue Eared Kingfisher is the main piece of attraction. With the birds and the wild animals, a variety of fish and snakes are also there. In the park, a number of pools have been excavated for the untamed flora and fauna to supply drinking water.

We know that Tigers are usually found in Sundarban and they have a man-ingestion propensity because of this a number of perambulating cruisers or boats are there for caring the humans from it, yet in some part of the park or forest entering permitted for collection of wood and honey but most of the part of the forest is fully banned for humans for their safety.

The boat is the only way of conveying in the park, with the curving ranges lots of paths are formed for boats inside the park. A number of boats functioned by the Government and tourism section of India and West Bengal for attracting the tourists or visitors. Mr. Chitrarekha and Mr. Sarbajaya are the names of the corporation of Bengal who run their boats for the park. They also have lodging or hotel facility for visitors. Sundarban Park also provides accommodation for tourists, which is comfortable and economical.

How to Reach

When you come through Airways, Kolkata; a famous city of West Bengal is well connected to all over the world, which is just 150 km from Sundarbans, from there lots of conveys are available to reach up to Sundarbans. When you choose Train Route, the Canning Railway station is the nearest railway station to Sundarbans, which is just 29km. But when you prefer Roadways, Kolkata – Basanti state highway is fine linked with Sundarban National Park.

So come with your friends and family to the Great Sundarban National Park of India and watch the famous Bengal Tiger and other flora and fauna and take a look at beautiful natural tourist spots. I am sure you definitely enjoy this trip.

02. Kaziranga National Park, Assam

Kaziranga National Park

Kaziranga National Park [Image Source]


Another renowned national park in India, Kaziranga National Park is a popular tiger reserve in Assam, a less developed state of India. This park is worldwide popular as a habitat to One-horned Rhinoceros but the park is not only limited to rhinoceros, one can spot tigers also and this made it acquiring the title of Project tiger reserve as declared by the government of India. This park is also known for its herbivorous animals like elephants, deer, wild buffalo, etc. and for its various bird species.

Kaziranga is covered with dense tropical forests, tall grass, and marshland. The park is surrounded by four rivers: Brahmaputra, Diphlu, Mora Diphlu and Mora Dhansiri. Kaziranga National Park has an area of about 429 sq. km. The park is also known for its endangered species like Ganges Dolphin.

The temperature in the summer season rises up to 37 degrees Celsius and downs to 5 degrees Celsius in winter. Some parts of the park are merged into Brahmaputra water in the rainy season.

About 70% of a one-horned rhino of the world are found in the park. And about 60 % of Indian wild buffalo are found in this park. It is the only place where eastern swamp deer found. Kaziranga National Park has 1850 one-horned rhinoceros, 1950 elephants, 470 deer, and 1665 Wild buffalo. It is also known for wild cats like tigers, leopard, Jungle cat and other mammals like Mongoose, Fox, Bear, etc.

Kaziranga is known as a significant bird region with its different types of bird species. Baer’s Pochard Duck, Black-necked stork, white-fronted goose, Kingfishers, White-bellied Heron, Black-bellied Tern, and others are the birds that can be seen in winter. Vulture was in a large population once at a time. Rock Python, King Cobra, Russell’s viper Common Krait are some reptiles found in this region. Different species of Aquatic flora and Fauna are identified in this park. More than 50 different species of fish are identified in this area.

Safari can be taken by elephants, by Jeep or by 4 wheeler light vehicle. The park has three different routes to safari: Kohora, Agoratoli, Bagori. These routes are opened for a light vehicle from October to June, but it remains closed in monsoon season. Visitors can take their own vehicle, but the vehicle is not allowed inside the park without local authorized staff.

Observation towers are made to watch the unauthorized activity. Watching wild animals and birds are the main activity of tourists in the park. Hiking is not permitted in the park due to some endangered animals. In the Bagori center, you can find more information about the park.

Visitors can book their tickets from the Kohora office. Advance Tickets can be booked. Government and private lodges are available outside the park to stay.

How to Reach

The main gate of Kaziranga National Park is opened on National Highway NH 37, where private buses are available to and from Guwahati. Bokakhat town is 22 km away from Kohora, Kaziranga. The road distance from Kohra to Jorhat is 90 km and from Nagaon is 220 km. Buses are available from Guwahati, Tezpur, and Kohora. Private taxis are also available from Guwahati.

Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International airport Guwahati is 220 km and Jorhat airport is 98 km away from the park.

Furkating is the nearest railway station 75 km from the park. Other important stations are Jorhat and Guwahati.

03. Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand

Jim Corbett National Park

Jim Corbett National Park [Image Source]


Jim Corbett National Park, the most sought destination of wildlife lovers is situated in the Nainital District of Uttarakhand. This hugely spread national park discovered first in 1936 and since then it is holding the tag of First National Park in India. And, that’s why this park got its name Jim Corbett National Park. This is the first park of India that came under ‘Project Tiger Reserve’. It was established to protect Royal Bengal Tigers.

Corbett National Park is famous for its different variety of flora and fauna. It provides the facility to tourists to watch awesome scenery and wildlife. More than 50,000 tourists come every year to visit the park from all over the world. It also presents an ecological problem for the park.

The Park protected area consists of grasslands, lakes, ridges, valleys, hills, etc. It has an area of about 520 square km. The height of the hill is about 350 meters. The Ramganga River flows between the valleys of the park.

Weather

The temperature in the area is pleasant to safari. In winter, generally, the minimum temperature is 5 degrees Celsius and the maximum temperature is 30 degrees Celsius. Nights are cold, but the day temperature is pleasant. In the summer season, maximum temperature generally does not cross 40 degrees Celsius. The park is opened for visitors from November to June. In the rainy season, it remains closed.

Flora and Fauna

The park area is covered mainly with the Sal trees, mango trees, Pipal Trees and Rohini trees. About 75 % of the forest is covered with these trees and 10 % of the forest area is covered with grasslands. Around 100 tree species are found here. The density of trees is higher in this area. And, around 480 species of plants are found.

Different species of birds are found here; mainly it consists of parakeet, eagle, red jungle fowl, etc. There are around 580 species of birds found. Around 30 species of reptiles, 50 species of mammals, 7 species of fish are also found in this area.

Bengal Tigers can be seen in the park, but the chances are less to spot them. It is a perfect place for tigers to prey because thick forests and a large number of animals are found. Tigers have been seen to attack buffalos and even elephants. However, it is a case when there is a shortage of food. Tigers have attacked domestic animals of villagers.

Other animals mainly found in the park are: Leopards, fishing cat, leopard cat, Sambar deer, black bears, chital, mongoose, Langur, etc.

Elephants in the group and Indian pythons, crocodiles, Gharials can be seen in the park.

Safari

Tourists can take both jeep safari and elephant safari. Personal vehicles are not permitted in the park. Walking inside the park is not permitted due to security reasons. Trained guide facility is available; they help you to spot wildlife, its compulsory to go along with a guide. With elephant safari, you can take a closer look at wild animals. There are watchtower presents to get a closer look at wildlife. Safari can be taken in the morning and evening shifts. Jim Corbett National Park booking can be done from the main gate. For day safari, you can take permission from the entry gate while for night safari; you have to take permission from CTR Reception Office, Ramnagar.

The authorities maintained a museum, where one can see the history and biodiversity of the park. It is outside the protected area, you can see it without entering the park.

Forest Rest House and lodges are available for accommodation.

Other Attractions

  • Dhikuli: There is a rest house, in the valley. From here, you can watch beauty of the valley.
  • Kalagarh Dam: Best place to go for bird-watching activity.
  • Corbett Falls: It is 25 km from Ramnagar; it is a 65 feet high fall in between the forests.

How to Reach

Corbett National Park is located in the town of Ramnagar. Trains are available from Delhi to Ramnagar. Also, it is well connected by train to Lucknow, Varanasi, and Allahabad.

Bus facility is also available, it is also well connected by road to Delhi, Kanpur, Varanasi, Allahabad. It is 300 km away from Delhi.

04. Gandhi Sagar Wildlife Sanctuary, Madhya Pradesh

Gandhi Sagar Wildlife Sanctuary

Gandhi Sagar Wildlife Sanctuary [Image Source]


Gandhi Sagar Wildlife Sanctuary is located on the bank of Chambal River in the village Gandhi Sagar on the border of districts Neemuch and Mandsaur of Madhya Pradesh at Rajasthan border. With an area of about 370sq km, this wildlife sanctuary was registered in 1983. River Chambal divided this Sanctuary into two parts, one is in Mandsaur district and another is in Neemuch district.

With the natural beauty of the Chambal River, there are lots of flora and fauna are available in Gandhi Sagar Wildlife Sanctuary.

This Sanctuary is unlocked all through the year for visitors. A variety of trees like Neem, Saal, Khair, Mango, Palash, Timru, Tendu and Dhawda are also found in this sanctuary. The assortment of wild animals like Leopard, Bear, Hyena, Gazelle, fox, Deer, Crocodile, wild dog, boar, languor, Otter and many more are found in Gandhi Sagar Sanctuary. But in a single visit, it is a little hard to see a leopard unless you are lucky. So stay some days in Gandhi Sagar Sanctuary for watching all the animals with your own or private vehicle because safari vehicles are not found in this sanctuary that is its drawback. It is the only Vulture conservation area of India. Extinct species of Vulture can be seen here. Forests guards are deployed for the protection of flora and fauna. Between some discomforts, you definitely enjoy this trip. Wildlife Sanctuary plus you can also enjoy the natural beauty of Chambal River mainly in the rainy season, which is the peak season of this sanctuary with fabulous green forests and beautiful waterfalls that added stars in the beauty of this sanctuary.

The beauty of this area is not only done on this Sanctuary and Chambal River, but there are some must watch spots also that will surely win your heart.

Gandhi Sagar Dam

Gandhi Sagar Dam is one of them. This is the first and largest Dam on the Chambal River with an altitude of 204ft and length 1690ft. Construction of this Dam was started in 1953 and completed in 1960. The tank area of this enormous dam is second highest in India after Hirakud Dam. There is a total of 19 gates in Gandhi Sagar Dam in which 10 are massive and 9 gates are diminutive. When the level of water reaches up to 1312ft with more inflow, then the gates of the dam have opened. It has wonderful views of the dam. Thousands of visitors reach there to watch this amazing view in peak monsoon. A Hydro-electric Power plant is also placed in the bottom side of the dam that generates 115MW electricity through its 5 turbines.

Chambal Mata Garden is another piece of attraction with a beautiful statue of Chambal Mata. This garden is located on the mount on the right side of the Dam; from here you can take a marvelous view of the Dam and river. Just 2 km from the Dam another point is Tekri located on a hill where a government guest house is placed. It is the best place for relaxation with beautiful natural panorama. Circuit house is the best picnic spot in this area with a beautiful garden and natural vista of Chambal River. This garden or circuit house is just 3 km from the village with a luxury government guest house. In the monsoon Sunday, a number of visitors attain here for a picnic. Modi Mata Mandir is one more place for tourists with the archaeological background. Some of the beautiful waterfalls are also there in Gandhi Sagar Sanctuary which falls only in monsoons that are Jogra Fall, Magazine Waterfall, and Kota Khaal, which definitely catch your attention.

Some nearby beautiful spots are Chaturbhujnath Temple located at 8km from the village with the idol of Lord Vishnu, there is another place called Bhadkaji where you can watch beautiful rock paintings of 7th century. HinglajgarhKila (Fort) and Mandir situated at just 24km from Gandhi Sagar that attracts the people, who love history and historical monuments. Bhanpura Museum which is 30km far away from Gandhi Sagar, where you found stunning art and idols of 4th and 5th century. So this trip is a complete package of wildlife, nature, historical monuments, construction and many more.

How to Reach

By Air, the closest airport is Udaipur Interstate Airport, which is just 220km ahead of Gandhi Sagar Sanctuary. By Train, the nearest railway station is Bhawani Mandi that is 45km far away from the Sanctuary. By Road, Sanctuary is connected with Neemuch, Mandsaur and Kota (Rajasthan) all of them are just 100-130km from the Sanctuary.

A Complete Travel Guide to Kathmandu

Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal and also home to one of the oldest temples Pashupatinath, is a city of peace and serenity. Set in the valleys of the great Himalayas, Kathmandu stands at a height of 4600 feet above sea level. The city used to be the home of aristocratic families of Nepal and also has been the royal capital of the kingdom of Nepal. You can do all sorts of activities ranging from having a spiritual experience in the famous and grand monasteries and temples of the city to packing your sports equipment to endeavor the adventures like mountain-climbing, bungee-jumping, and trekking. There are numerous reasons for you to visit this fantastic city, one of which also includes the fact that Kathmandu has been the epicenter of the cultural, economic and historical life of Nepal for decades. Unfortunately, many of the historical sites of the city suffered heavy damage from the 2015 earthquake but there are still amazing places such as the Durbar square and Patan Museum. There is something for everyone starting from shopping centers to trekking hills to majestic shrines and monasteries. Kathmandu surely offers you a great holiday with the experience of a lifetime and this travel guide will guide you for the same.

Durbar Square in Kathmandu

Durbar Square in Kathmandu [Image Source]

Location

Situated in the north of Bagmati River and northwestern of the Kathmandu valley of Himalayas, the city has witnessed massive urbanization in the past decade and hence attracting the tourist attention even more. Spread in an area of 19.6 square miles and with a population of 2.5 million, Kathmandu is the hotspot of all the commercial and cultural activities of the country.

How to Reach There

Being the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu is well connected to the rest of the world Tribhuvan International airport operates flights from 30 international airlines including India as well as other parts of Asia and now even Amsterdam. You can book yourself and an Ethiad airline flight for a much more comfortable journey. There is no rail line between India and Kathmandu but there is one currently originating from Jainagar, India to Janakpur, Nepal which is a six-hour drive from Kathmandu. There are buses also available from Varanasi or Gorakhpur, India to the Nepalese border at Sunali from where you can take a local bus to the city. Now there is a direct bus also from New Delhi to Kathmandu which is usually a 30-hour journey. Most of the people prefer airways to reach the city and to avoid the discomforts of a tedious bus ride. The local transport is limited and slow but you want to see the real humming and hustling city life you can always board a bus or book a taxi to popular tourist sites.

Weather

Kathmandu has sub-tropical weather with warm days and nights much colder. It is a tourist destination that can be visited throughout the whole year but February to April usually experiences a major influx of tourists from all over the world. June is the hottest month while January being the coldest with an average temperature of 19.5° Celsius. The monsoon season starts from July and lasts till the end of September but there are chances of low precipitation all year. You can be lucky and see the snow also if you visit during August. About the humidity levels, the month of April is the most-dry and August are reported to have the most humid weather.

Best Time to Visit

The preferred time to take a Holiday to Kathmandu is usually from February to May when the climate is pleasant and charming. Another ideal window to visit the city is during the months from September to November, just before the extreme winters start to catch on.

Places to Visit

  • Thamel: Being the oldest and most commercialized neighborhood in the city, Thamel Neighborhood also known as Tabitha Bahal, is a must-visit for all the tourists out there who want to savor all that delicious cuisine in its too fancy hotels and cafes.
  • Durbar Square: Set in the heart of the city, it is an important landmark and also the place where the king was crowned. It was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO but shortly, it was devastated by the earthquake.
  • Pashupatinath: This shrine, situated on the banks of Bagmati River, is the largest temple complex in the country and a most revered place for Hindus. This beautifully created temple was built in the 5th century for Lord Shiva by Mallas.
  • Boudhanath Stupa: It was constructed in the 15th century and it is the largest Stupa in Nepal. The vibrant prayer flags and engravings make it a gorgeous sight to behold. It is a very sacred place for Buddhists.
  • Patan: It is one of the most fantastic areas of the capital with a collection of many historical monuments and temples. The famous Durbar Square is also within its territory. It is a really great spot, especially for first-time visitors.
  • Nagarkot: It is a top tourist venture in Kathmandu, famous for its natural beauty and panoramic scenes of the Himalayas. The ‘Sunset from Mount Everest’s view is the most popular here.
  • Lumbini: It is considered as a place where King Siddhartha was born, who later became the founder of Buddhism. The area has many religious temples but the Maya Devi Temple is of most prominence.
  • Royal Botanical Gardens: If you are too fed up with the busy and loud city life and want to time out in the serenity of nature and also learn about Nepal’s flora as well, this is the best place you can go for. The place has an orchid house, cactus house, and a coronation pond also.

Accommodations

Most of the accommodation options are located around the Thamel district of Kathmandu. But you have plenty of other options to go on also such as the guest house in Bhaktapur and Patan areas of the city. The overall condition of accommodations in Kathmandu is quite standard and you can also get a price drop on discount during the off-season.

Food Facilities

If you want to please your taste buds with the delicious Nepali cuisine Kathmandu won’t disappoint you at all as it has many great and fancy food places like the Thamel districts and Old Freak Street where you will find many great restaurants and a lot more savoring dishes to try on. There are numerous special spots also such as Wunjala Moskva which is a very popular garden restaurant in the city.

Ajanta Caves – A Wonderful and Fascinating Rock-Cut Caves

Ajanta, situated a hundred km from Aurangabad district inside the state of Maharashtra of India, entreats all its guests with its irresistible charm of the beautiful caves, concealed within the midst of a lonely glen having a streamlet flowing down beneath, caves that had been scooped out towards the heart with the rock to ensure that the pious Buddhist monk, out on mission to spread the tenets of Buddhism could dwell and pray, caves that the followers of Lord Buddha, embellished with architectural particulars with a skillful command of your hammer more than the chisel, with sculpture of best craftsmanship and above all, employing the paintings of infinite allure. The caves like the unfinished ones are thirty in number, of which 5 (nine, 10, 19, 26 and 29) are Chaitya-Grihas at the same time as the leisure are Sangharamas or Viharas (monasteries). Right after centuries of oblivion, these caves had been discovered in AD 1819. They fall into two distinct phases having a break of practically 4 centuries in between them. All the caves from your formerly phase date amongst 2nd century BC-AD. If you find this place important and feel like it could be a perfect holiday destination then check out the Ajanta Ellora Tour Package and plan your trip.

Ajanta Caves

Ajanta Caves [Image Source]


The caves with the 2nd stage had been excavated inside the program from the supremacy of the Vakatakas and Guptas. Determined by inscriptions, Varahadeva, the minister with the Vakataka king, Harishena (c. 475-500 AD), devoted Cave sixteen to the Buddhist Sangha although Cave 17 was the existing with the prince, a feudatory. An inscription details that- Buddha picture in Cave 4 was the reward of some Abhayanand who hailed from Mathura. Some paintings which endure around the partitions of Caves 9 and 10 go back again towards the 2nd century BC-AD. The 2nd group from the paintings began in about the fifth century AD and continued for your next two hundreds of years as, apparent in later on caves. The themes of this architecture are immensely religious in both center and tone spherical Buddha, Bodhisattvas, incidents within the day-to-day lifestyle of Buddha and also the Jatakas. The paintings are executed on the ground of mud-plaster inside the tempera approach.

The Touch of Buddhism

At Ajanta, the paintings around the partitions, illustrate the occasions inside the day-to-day lifestyle of Prince Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism and inside the lot more preferred Jataka stories pertaining to Buddha’s prior incarnation. Based on the older conceptions, the Buddha wrought plenty of deeds of kindness and mercy inside a lengthy sequence of transmigration like a Bodhisattva, prior to reaching his final birth because of the sage of Sakyas. Incidentally, they include the scenes of semi-mythological history, the royal court and common existence of your historic instances, as informed in romances and plays. Some images recall the Greek and Roman compositions and proportions, a couple of late resemble Chinese manners to some extent. But the greater part belongs to a stage which is purely Indian as they are discovered no exactly where else. These monuments had been built in the course of two distinct durations of time separated by a long interval of four hundreds of years. The older ones were the item of final to centuries just before Christ and Belong to Hinayana period of Buddhism in later on the element of 2nd century AD when Buddhism was divided into two sections, quickly after the carry out with the fourth frequent council beneath but an additional wonderful king, Kanishka.

The brand new purpose of Mahayana Buddhism was the concept of lengthy-expression Buddha’s. The Buddha, himself probably believed that he was the last from the long succession of previously Buddha’s who lived prior to him. Depending on the Buddhist traditions, these previous Buddhas had been revered even inside the historical Buddha’s life span. From the time king Ashoka, their cult was popular and was patronized by Ashoka. Later on, if the Stupas had been made and beautified, the carvings had been executed inside a symbolic way.

An inspired sculptor started to carve pictures of Buddha himself and within the few generations, all of the Buddhist sects took to worshipping images. The universe of Mahayana is made up of numerous Bodhisattva where Avalokitesvara was the chief of all and is considered to be the real symbol of attributes of compassion. He’s also referred to as Padmapani or the lotus bearer.

The Manjushri getting a naked sword in one hand, stimulates the understanding. The sterner Bodhisattva who’s a foe from the sin and evil and bearing a thunderbolt within the hand is Vajrapani. The long term Buddha, Maitreya will get birth to save the globe.

Char Dham Travel Tips for International Tourists

Located amidst the lofty Himalayan Ranges, Char Dham Yatra is one of the most acclaimed and cherished dreams of every Hindu devout which they want to partake at least once in their entire life span. The journey holds great importance and significance in Hinduism that the devotees consider it to be a place where evil can transform into a good soul. This is why this religious destination is so popular that it is flocked by almost millions of devotees every year thronging from different corners of the globe. Likewise other spiritual destinations Char Dham also holds some rules and regulations which one must abide by on this pious journey. However, there is a little variation in travel tips to be followed by national as well as international tourists and if you are the one who is coming from other parts of the world then you must scroll down the page to check some of the essential tips you need to follow on the trip.
Chardham Travel Tips
Check the list of some useful tips for an international tourist to make their pious journey an enticing and a memorable one.

01. Knowing About The Best Time To Visit

Yatra comprises of covering four holy shrines located on extreme locations and in four different directions of the state. The best time to cover these holy shrines is between the months April and October as during the winter months the regions get covered with thick sheets of snow and it becomes difficult to reach the holy abode. So, with the commencement of winter season, the idols of these shrines are shifted to the temples which are located at lower altitudes. Even during the monsoon months, the slope becomes slippery and often landslides are also witnessed there. So, either plan your visit between mid-April to June or go with September October plan.

02. Hire A Well-Authorized Travel Agency To Make The Booking Smoother

It is difficult to plan for this challenging and heavily crowded Yatra by the pilgrims itself especially when you are not a resident of India. However, this is going to be a little economical but it also saves your time and keep you away from getting irritated by following the registration formalities at every second place. So, right at the moment, you think of covering this sacred pilgrim circuit start looking for the best agency which can make your journey smoother and Namaste India Trip is one of them.

03. Which Mode To Opt For?

The very first thing one must think of before covering this divine journey is the mode of transport you are selecting to cover the pilgrimages of the circuit. Definitely, you are going to get different experiences from both the modes- roadways and airways but you cannot ignore your budget also. If low budget is your concern then Char Dham by road is the best option and if you are not concerned about making a hole in your pocket then Chardham Yatra By Helicopter Services is waiting for you. Also, do not get worried about finding accommodations on the journey as the Uttarakhand government has introduced various transport services to help out the tourists.

04. Carry Your Medicines Along With You

Stated above the holy abodes are nestled at insane locations on the mountainous terrains which creates difficulty to some of the passengers when the vehicle moves up. So, if you are covering the pilgrimage like Kedarnath which is tucked at a huge elevation then you need to carry your medicines along with you (helpful in case of emergency). Do not forget to carry your first aid kit with you which includes all the relevant medicines like for common illness, ban aid for any injury, etc.

05. Keep A Stock Of Dry And Packaged Foods

This 12-day long journey is going to make you feel exhausted and you need something to energize yourself so keep yourself active and healthy throughout the journey you are advised to carry certain food items but those must be dried and packaged foods only. Biscuits, chocolates, chips, dry fruits, etc. can be included and also if you are a Teaholic or a Coffeeholic person then carry a thermos flask and a coffee or tea leaves cache with you. The most important thing to keep in mind is that when you eat these things try avoiding plastic disposables as this can cause harm to the beautiful and pollution-free environment of the region.

06. Carry Enough Indian Cash With You

Commencing the journey you are advised to carry enough Indian cash with you as you are not going to find currency changing desk everywhere and it may create throw you in trouble in case of an emergency like if you are not done with hotel booking then in case of emergency the hotel asks you to pay extra amount. If the hotel where you are looking for stay is one of the star hotels then you can use your card or else you will have to face difficulty so avoid this mistake and carry ample cash with you.

I have tried my best to compile the list of important travel tips on Char Dham Yatra and I hope it would help you at a certain extent to make your journey a hassle-free and a completely successful one.

A Complete Travel Guide to Kedarnath Dham

Kedarnath Dham; an important religious destination nestled in the high Himalayas of Uttarakhand at an altitude of 3,583 meters is an abode of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva referred to as the ‘Lord of Kedar Khand’ is enshrined here in the form of a Jyotirlingam. Kedarnath Dham is the third Dham in the Chota Char Dham pilgrimage circuit and pulls pilgrims from far and wide. The route to Kedarnath Dham is not easy. The rugged Himalayan terrains and the erratic weather conditions will try your tenacity and resolve every minute. To reach the temple successfully and to complete the Kedarnath Yatra in a hassle-free way, read below to learn more about the Travel to Kedarnath. This Kedarnath Travel Guide will come handy when you are on your way to Kedarnath…Read on…
Kedarnath
Kedarnath Temple
Kedar
Kedarnath Dham

Location

Kedarnath is a sacred town located in the Rudraprayag district of the North Indian state of Uttarakhand. The town is a Nagar Panchayat and stands in the vicinity of the geographical source of River Mandakini. The town is about 223 km away from the town of Rishikesh, another town of Uttarakhand. The latitudinal and longitudinal extents of Kedarnath Dham are 30.7346° N, 79.0669° E

How To Reach

Those traveling by train will have to reach Haridwar or Rishikesh. Both Haridwar and Rishikesh are connected to the rest of the country by well-developed railway networks. On reaching any of these stations, the rest of the journey until Gaurikund; i.e. the Kedarnath trek base camp may be undertaken by means of road transports such as public and private buses, taxis or jeeps. On reaching Gaurikund you’ll have undertaken the 16 km long trek to Kedarnath shrine on foot. Those who find it difficult to walk may hire pony ride services or Doli services. You can book your pony or Doli service at the Government Medical Centre located at Sonprayag. If you are planning to travel by flight, you’ll have to take a flight to Dehradun’s Jolly Grant Airport first and then continue the rest of the journey by means of road transport. Pilgrims opting for Helicopter Yatra too can board their Helicopter from Dehradun.

Weather

The summers in the region start from the end of April and continue till mid-June. Summers are cool, tolerable and pleasant. Monsoons set in by the end of June and continue till early August. Light showers and a sharp drop in temperature due to the rains could be a possibility during the Monsoon season. The time span between mid-August and mid-October marks the pre winters. Beyond the month of October, heavy snowfall starts in the region and temperatures drop below the freezing point.

When To Visit

From November till April, Kedarnath Yatra is halted each year as that period marks the winters and winters are severe and totally unfit for Yatra. After a period of six months, the temple doors are thrown open to receive a huge crowd of pilgrims. That marks the beginning of the summers in the region. Thus, the period between May and October marks the chief Yatra season for Kedarnath Dham. However, make sure to avoid the monsoon months; i.e. mid-June to early August when you are planning a trip to Kedarnath Dham. Monsoons make the region landslide-prone and thus, quite risky for travelers.

Places To Visit

On your Kedarnath Dham Yatra, the places you could visit are as follows:

  • Kedarnath Temple: This extremely holy site makes the focal point of the entire Kedarnath Dham Yatra. The temple dates back to nearly 1000 years and is said to have been constructed by the Pandava brothers who are said to have visited this place in search of Lord Shiva (as per mythical tales). Ancient religious texts reveal that around 8th century AD the great spiritual guru Adi Shankaracharya had refurbished the temple. The temple enshrines the conical-shaped lingam of Lord Shiva that resembles the hump of a bull in shape and size. The Kedarnath shrine is counted as one among the 12 Lord Shiva Jyotirlingams that our country boasts of. Pilgrims from every nook and corner of the country brave the harsh weather conditions of high Himalayas and the difficulties of a mountainous route to reach Kedarnath Dham every year during the Yatra Season.
  • Vasuki Tal: This crystalline glacial lake perched at an elevation of 4135 meters above the sea level and located at a distance of near about 8 Km from the Kedarnath shrine comes with a serene background consisting of the mighty Chaukhamba Peaks. The trekking trails to Vasuki Tal originate from Gauri Kund and are ‘moderate’ in terms of difficulty of the route. According to myths, Lord Vishnu had taken bath in this beautiful lake on the holy day of Raksha Bandhan.
  • Adi Guru Shankaracharya Samadhi: The Samadhi consisting of the grave treasuring the mortal remains of Adi Shankaracharya lie just behind the Kedarnath shrine and pilgrims visiting Kedarnath Temple make sure to visit the temple and pay their tribute to this great spiritual guru.
  • Triyuginarayan Temple: This namesake shrine belongs to its deity; Lord Vishnu. The temple can be reached easily from Gaurikund which serves as the base camp for the Kedarnath Temple trek too. The spiritual significance of the temple is rooted in the myths. According to myths, the wedding between Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati took place nearly three yugs back at this very site. Lord Brahma is said to have been the priest who had solemnized the wedding. A sacred fire or Dhuni burning eternally at the temple premises is said to have been ignited during the wedding ceremonies.

Kedarnath Temple Timings and Puja

The temple opens around 5.35 am in the morning and remains open until 3.00 pm. During this time devotees may get to view the Rudra Abhishekam and may get to touch the lingam of the lord. From 3.00 pm till 5.00 pm the temple remains closed. At 5.00 pm the temple opens again and remains open until 9.00 pm. During this evening session devotees are not allowed to touch the deity. They can only visualize from a distance.

Accommodations

There are many decent lodges, guesthouses, and camps on the Kedarnath route for you to put up at. Most of the hotels and lodges are located at Rampur and Sitapur on the route to Kedarnath Dham. At Gaurikund you’ll also find camps and guest houses managed by GMVN. Most of these accommodation options come equipped with basic facilities like ample hot water, cable TV, Laundry, STD Call services, Parking, Helpdesk, Doctor on call, etc.

Food

You will be getting pure vegetarian food in the region. Non-vegetarian food and alcoholic beverages are a strict No-No in the region. Roadside eateries may serve you typically Garhwali Thali, tea, coffee, biscuits, etc.

Things to Do In Kedarnath

One of the four major places to visit during Chota Char Dham Yatra in Uttarakhand which also includes Badrinath, Yamunotri, and Gangotri, Kedarnath is situated in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. The pilgrimage is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is perched at an elevation of 3584 meters above the sea level and is located near the Chorabari glacier which is referred to as the head of the pious Mandakini River. Kedarnath is counted as one of the highest Jyotirlingas in the country. Despite being located in a remote area, Kedarnath is flocked by millions of devotees every year due to its high religious significance as well as the serenity and the tranquility spread in the ambiance. There are myriads of legends where each adding more significance to the pilgrimage. As per the legends and other historical tales, Kedarnath was existing at the time of Mahabharata.

Legends

According to a very popular legend, this Lord Shiva temple has been named after King Kedar who was ruling there during the Sat Yuga.

There are various energizing activities to do in Kedarnath. From historical destinations to cultural attractions, explore the unending list of sightseeing destinations in and around Kedarnath. Find out new places to see and enjoy the interesting activities adjacent to Kedarnath. Try not to pass up these amazing and stunning sites in Kedarnath. Look at the below-listed sightseeing destinations and fun activities to do in Kedarnath and its adjacent zones. This article is surely going to help you out in planning a perfect tour to Kedarnath.

Adventure Activities

Apart from visiting temples and other religious places there are many other things to entertain yourself on the trip like going for rock climbing, trekking, rope ladders, tree climbing, monkey crawling etc.

Natural Attractions

Kedarnath Dham is encircled by numerous natural attractions which makes the region a pictorial wonderland. Chopta, Memorial Lake, Vasuki Tal, and a few more lakes are located nearby Kedarnath.

Wildlife Sanctuaries

Animal lovers can cherish their trip by exploring the nearby wildlife sanctuaries including Kanchula Musk Deer Sanctuary (it habitats the rare and famous musk deer) and Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary. Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary is a popular traveling destination which is spread over an area of around 967 sq. km.

Religious Places

Kedarnath is reckoned as a highly sacred destination in Uttarakhand which houses many religious sites that includes Kedarnath Temple, Madhyamaheshwar Temple, Ukhimath Temple winter abode of Kedarnath and Madmaheshwar), Gauri Kund Temple, Bhairavnath Temple and many more.

Kedarnath Temple
Kedarnath Temple

This ancient temple of Lord Shiva is the most popular destination in Uttarakhand. The shrine is located at an elevation of 3584 meters above the sea level in the Rudraprayag district. It is believed to be constructed by the great Hindu philosopher Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century.

Bhairavnath Temple
Bhairavnath Temple

This Shiva Temple is located on the northern side of the Kedarnath Temple and is established on a hillock at a distance of 500 meters from the Kedarnath Shrine. According to Hindu mythology, the temple acts a protector of Kedarnath Temple during winter when Kedarnath is closed.

Madmaheshwar Temple
Madmaheshwar Temple

Perched at an elevation of 3497 meters above the sea level, Madmaheshwar is an ancient Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and is the fourth temple to be visited during Panch Kedar Yatra. the temple has been beautifully designed with Nagara style architecture.

Fairs and Festivals in Kedarnath

There is a grand celebration organized during Badri-Kedar festival which is the most reckoned and auspicious festival in Kedarnath and Badrinath. In this grand festival, various great artists participate from all across the country and showcase their talent of arts, culture, and tradition.

Visit Sunset Point

A perfect place to do overnight camping under the starry sky and to explore the unparalleled sight of the majestic Chopta Valleys. The place is heavily crowded as it is the base point of some trekking trails like Tungnath trek and Chandrashila trek. If you are in Kedarnath then do not miss the chance to get the panoramic views of the sun setting down on the white mountains which changes its color in pink and orange as the day draws closer.

Shopping in Kedarnath

There must be a shopping spot at every tourist destinations. Similarly, Kedarnath also has some shopping markets and Tilwada Bazar is the main shopping spot in Kedarnath pilgrimage which is also called as the center of commerce of the entire region including Haryana, Hariyali, Silgoan etc. The market offers all the shopping needs like foods, clothing, utensils, fresh produce etc. and is also known as a transportation hub.

Note: Carry enough cash with you as many of the shops don’t accept cards.

Relax at the placid Vasuki Lake

A large lake located amidst the Himalayas whose panoramic views soothes both mind and soul. This pristine lake (located close to Kedarnath) is surrounded by greenery and the ambiance is filled with deep serenity. This blue-green water holding lake is far away from noise, pollution, and traffic. The aura of this place makes you stop thinking about all mundane concerns.

Lip-Smacking Selicacies

Do not forget to try out the delicious Garhwali cuisines on your Trip to Kedarnath. Ras, Chainsoo, Kafuli etc. are some of the most popular cuisines found in Garhwal.

Best Time to Visit Kedarnath

Summer season is the most ideal time to visit Kedarnath. The temperature and the climatic condition are quite feasible and appealing in summer and Kedarnath shrine is also opened during summer. However, the temple is opened in monsoon season but the region receives scanty rainfall resulting in floods and landslides. Winter is not the ideal time to visit Kedarnath if you are there for visiting the shrines but if you want are in Kedarnath for having some adventurous activities then winter can be a good choice. Most of the high altitude shrines of Uttarakhand are closed in winter season.

South India Tourist Spots – Hill Stations, Ancient Temples and More

Why South India Tourist Spots Are Special?

Touring to South India can be one of the most unforgettable experiences of your life. There can be no better place on earth with lush green hill stations, ancient temples, diverse cultures and deliciously spicy food. During your visit to South India you will witness some temples here that date back thousands of years. They are equally ancient as the Egyptian pyramids.

South India comprises four states namely Tamilnadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra. Each state has its own history dating back thousands of years. Languages spoken in some of these places are among the most ancient. For example, the language Tamil spoken in Tamil Nadu dates back as far as 2000 BC.

What to See in South India?

South India has plenty of places to visit. Destinations of cultural importance include cities namely Madurai, Tanjore, Guruvayur, Mysore, Trivandrum etc. Hill stations include Kodaikanal, Munnar, Coorg, Ooty, Valparai etc.

Kodaikanal – The Queen of Hill Stations
Kodaikanal
Kodaikanal is a refreshing hill station in Southern part of the Tamilnadu state. This is called the “queen of hills” in this part of the world. The altitude is 7000 ft. This is a beautiful town located in the western ghats. There is a star-shaped beautiful lake situated in the middle of the town. Boating in the lake waters is a wonderful experience. Green Valley is yet another important tourist attraction of the hill station. This is an ecstatic view of lush green valley that is dangerously steep. Other good sites to visit include Pillar rocks, monkey falls, botanical garden etc.

The nearest airport is Madurai. From Madurai, you have to drive about 100 Km

Madurai – The Temple City
Madurai
Madurai is the cultural capital of South India. It is widely believed that Madurai and Patna are the two most ancient Indian cities. It is the second largest city in Tamil Nadu only after Chennai.

Meenakshi Amman Temple in Madurai is equally popular as Taj Mahal. This temple built during 17th-century is an architectural marvel leaving anyone spellbound. The area of the temple is very large compared to other temples of India. It takes at least a day to witness each nook and corner of the temple.

Madurai is called the Temple City for the simple reason that you will come across a temple for about every mile. Vandiyur Theppam, Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal, Vaigai Dam are few of the very popular sites in and around Madurai. Proximity to Kodaikanal makes it even more special. You could spend a full day at Madurai and can start during evening to Kodaikanal. By this, you will reach Kodaikanal by night and will be able to enjoy the place the next day.

Mysore – The Palace City
Mysore
Mysore is a city with a rich history. It is located in the state of Karnataka. Situated about 150 Km to the South of Bengaluru, this is one of the best places to visit. Main tourist attraction is the palace located in the centre of the city. This palace has a history dating back several centuries. The annual function held at Mysore is a great crowd-puller. It is very common for lot of tourists to throng the palace during the function. Brindavan dam and garden are wonderful sites to visit. This is a gigantic dam surrounded by a lush green park extending for several kilometers.

Mysore has a domestic airport which is well connected to the city of Bengaluru.

Munnar
Munnar
Munnar is a famous hill station located in the southern state of Kerala. The altitude is not as high as Ooty or Kodaikanal, but the weather is always pleasant. There are several important tourist spots in and around Munnar. Few attractions include top station, a beautiful lake, tea museum, CSI church etc. Top Station is the best among all sites. It is a high altitude point providing an excellent view of underlying mountains and plains. Munnar being a very small town, you can experience lush green nature in its purest form.

The nearest airport is Cochin. From there you have to drive about 140 Km.

Tanjore – The Rice Bowl
Tanjore
Tanjore is a famous city to the east of Madurai. The major attraction of Tanjore is the famous temple called Periya Kovil. Kings of Chola dynasty built this temple during 17th-century. The architecture of the temple is unique. The temple is made of red stones which give the temple a reddish colour. It is one of the best places to photograph. The city is surrounded by rich agriculture fields. Rice is the major crop cultivate here. This is why Tanjore is called the Rice Bowl.

Ooty – The King of Hills
Ooty
Ooty called the King of Hills, is situated north of the Industrial City of Coimbatore. Unlike Kodaikanal, this is not a small town. But this is a large district located in the Western Ghats, north of Kodaikanal. Due to the large area of the district, the spots to visit are Innumerous. It would take at least 3 days to visit all important sites. Some prominent sites include a botanical garden, seasonal flower exhibition, Mariamman Temple, Lake etc.

The nearest airport is Coimbatore. From there you have to drive about 150 Km

Wayanad – Land of Paddy Fields
Wayanad
District of Wayanad is situated in the state of Kerala. Some parts of the terrain are hilly while other parts are plains. There are several tourist spots of historical and archaeological importance. The place has a beautiful dam, a waterfall and a whole lot of other spots to visit. The proximity of this place to Mysore and Bandipur Sanctuary is an added advantage.

Complete List of 25 Historical Sites in India

India is a country with hundreds of historically important forts, temples and other structures. Though it is literally impossible to list all the historically important places of India in a single page, we are going to see 25 very popular places. The places are not confined to any particular region of the country but are picked from across states starting from Kashmir to Kerala and can be visited via a domestic travel package.

Historical Sites in India
Taj Mahal, Agra

Taj Mahal situated in Agra to the south of New Delhi is considered one of seven wonders of the world. Taj Mahal built during 17th Century by a Mughal Emperor named Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz.

Khajuraho Temples, Madhya Pradesh

Khajuraho is not a single temple but a group of temples of two different religions namely Hinduism and Jainism. Each and every temple is unique in architecture. This town can considered one of the sought after destination by architecture students from all over the world.

Ajanta and Ellora Caves, Maharashtra

These twin towns with several rock-cut caves with unbelievable Buddhist sculptures are recognized by UNESCO as heritage sites. The construction dates back to second century BC.

Charminar, Andhra Pradesh

Charminar is one of the beautiful monuments of India. The structure has four towers in a symmetric arrangement. This was built during 16th Century.

Golkonda Fort, Andhra Pradesh

Golkonda Fort which is located very close to Hyderabad was built during 13th Century. The entire fort is built on a hill with granite rocks.

Qutub Minar, Delhi

New Delhi is famous for the number of historic monuments it has got. The pick of them is Qutub Minar which has a tower as high as 70ft. This was built with red stones and marbles during 12th Century.

Chauburji Masjid, Delhi

This is a historic prayer room with four towers. This was constructed by Mughal emperors.

Humayun Tomb, Delhi

Humayun Tomb was built in Delhi during 16th Century as a memorial to a Mughal Emperor named Humayun. Humayun’s wife was the one who initiated the construction of this very famous tomb.

India Gate, Delhi

This is war memorial built in memory of about hundred thousand soldiers who lost their lives fighting for British during World War. It was built during after 1930.

Red Fort, Delhi

Red Fort is a magnificent structure built by Shah Jahan during 17th Century. Even today, army parades during Independence and Republic day celebrations are held at Red Fort complex.

Papum Pare Fort, Arunachal Pradesh

Ita Fort at Papum Pare of Arunachal Pradesh is a voluminous structure built with lots and lots of bricks.

War Cemetery, Assam

This is a war memorial dedicated to soldiers who lost lives during World War II. This is situated in the Digboi town of Assam.

Golghar, Bihar

This hemispherical structure built during 18th century was to mitigate the effects of famine by storing grains. This was built by British rulers during that period.

Digvir Niwas Palace, Gujarat

Digvir Niwas Palace is white colored marvelous Palace build during early 20th Century. This place is situated in the western state of Gujarat.

Golden Temple, Punjab

Golden Temple is a prominent construction by Sikh gurus (gurus who preached and followed Sikhism religion) which got complete by early 19th century. The shine of the golden plates gives the temple its name.

Khwaja Khizr Tomb, Haryana

This is a tomb built predominantly with Redstone during 16th Century. This was built in memory of a popular saint.

Kamru Fort, Himachal Pradesh

Kamru Fort is located in a beautiful serene location on the hills of Himachal Pradesh. River Baspa flows adjacent to this fort.

Leh Palace, Kashmir

Leh Palace is a nine storied gigantic fort built during 17th century. Subsequent invasions had led to few destructions to this magnificent fort.

Bhaduli, Jharkhand

Bhaduli of Jharkhand state has several historic Buddhist Structures.

Gol Gumbaz, Karnataka

This is a tomb built during 17th century in memory of Mohammed Adil Shah. This has a Domb shaped structure at centre surrounded by four towers.

Gulbarga Fort, Karnataka

Gulbarga Fort is a very old one built as early as 14th Century. This is situated in northern Karnataka.

Mysore Palace, Karnataka

Mysore Palace, built few centuries before, is a gigantic palace at the centre of the greenish city of Mysore, Karnataka. Festivals celebrated at Mysore Palace are great tourist attractions.

Tipu Sultan Fort, Karnataka

Tipu Sultan Fort which is situated close to Mysore. Tipu Sultan was a ruler popular for his brave fight for freedom against British.

Bekal Fort, Kerala

Bekal Fort situated on the shore of Arabian Sea is one of the largest Indian forts. The place of location is Northern Kerala.

Dutch Palace, Kerala

Dutch Palace of Kochi Kerala was built during 15th century by Portuguese. Unlike other forts of India, this site is known for its authentic Kerala architectural style.