On Buddha’s Trail: From Birth to Nirvana

“A Buddha is a person who is completely free from all faults and mental obstructions.”

Buddhist Sites: From Lord Buddha’s birth place to place of Nirvana of Buddha


LUMBINI:

           There cannot be a more revered pilgrimage site for Buddhists than Lumbini, the birth place of Shakya Muni Buddha. Buddha, the prince of peace and non-violence, was born at Lumbini in 623 B.C. For centuries, pilgrims travelling from afar revered the spot at the Lumbini garden where Gautama Buddha was born, building stupas, monasteries and other types of monuments. The most notable and important is the stone pillar erected by Emperor Ashoka Maurya in the 3rd Century B.C., which authenticates the exact spot where Queen Maya Devi gave birth to the blessed one. Today, the site is being developed as a major international pilgrimage destination with the assistance of the nations with Buddhist populations. Lumbini has been listed in the World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
How to Reach:
Air: Nearest airport is Gautam Buddha Airport in Bhairawa (22km), which is well connected to Kathmandu
Road: Lumbini is well-connected to all neighbouring cities.
          Places to Visit:

Mayadevi Temple
Lokamani Cula Pagoda

 

 

 

Chinese Maitreya Temple 

 

Ashokan Pillar

 

          Where to Stay
Lumbini Hokke Hotel
Buddha Maya Garden
Hotel Basil
Hotel Lumbini Garden
Hotel Stupa
KAPILVASTU:
                   Once the capital city of the mighty Shakya clan, it was in Kapilvastu’s opulent environs that prince Siddharth (later Lord Buddha) spent most of his early childhood. Kapilvastu was the seat of King Shuddhodhana, the father of the enlightened one. The excavation at the site has been identified with the present day township of Piprahwa. One and a half kilometer away from Piprahwa lie the two excavated mounds. The bigger one, with a thick walled structure was supposedly King Shuddhodhana’s palace. The Second is identified as the ruins of Piprahwa Stupa, erected by Shakya rulers. While excavating this site an inscribed seal was discovered, which read ’Om Devaputra Vihare Kapilavastu Bhikku Sangas’ (This is the Devputra Vihara of the Kapilvastu Bhikshu Sangha). There also lies a small Sri Lankan monastery, the Mahendra Mahavihara in the vicinity of these ruins. Meandering their way through Kapilvastu, the devotees feel transferred thousands of years back to an era when young Prince Siddharth having been the pains of life, renounced all worldly riches and pleasures in the search of the path which leads to creation of suffering and salvation for which he proceeded to BodhGaya.
 
How to Reach:
Air: Nearest airport is Gorakhpur Airport (109km)
Rail: Nearest Railway station is Naugarh (22km)
Road: Kapilvastu is well connected with nearby towns Sonauli (48km), Lumbini (86km), Gorakhpur (104km).
          Places to Visit:

Salargarh Archaeological Site 
Stupa
Garwariya Archaeological Site 
 
       Where to Stay
Rahi Motel
Sri Lankan Temple Dharamshala
The Royal Retreat
Satkar Hotel
VAISHALI:
          This region was one of the Buddha’s favourite places. Numerous Buddhist spots adorn this city which was the seat of the first republic of the world. Amrapali, the famous courtesan became the Buddha’s disciple. As the legend goes that after the Buddha accepted her invitation to dine with her she became an earnest follower and denoted her mango grove for the Buddhist monks. A stupa is the memory of Amrapali is situated in Vaishali. The other major tourist attractions is the Vishwa shanti Stupa of Vaishali built by Japanese Nichiren Buddhist sect Nipponzan-Myohoji.
 
How to Reach:
Air: Nearest airport of Patna Airport which is 56 km
Rail: Nearest Railway Station is Hajipur (35km) is well-connected with all major cities of India.
Road: Vaishali is well connected by road with Patna and neighbour districts of the state.
          Places to Visit:

Vishwa Shanti Stupa (World Peace Pagoda)
Koluha Stupa
Ashokan Pillar

 

 

 

Lichhavi Stupa
Abhishek Pushkarni

 

Vaishali Museum
          Where to Stay
Anamika Hotel
Piyush Hotel
Tourist Bungalow
Youth Hostel
NALANDA:
          The ancient town in Bihar was once home to the world’s first university for higher learning. Nalanda is about 90km southeast of Patna. Nalanda means ‘giver of knowledge’.
                   Nalanda, the world’s first residential international university’s ruin still mesmerizes the visitors. The Chinese traveller Xuanzang (Heung Tsang) came and stayed there for five years to learn Buddhism. His narration gives a vivid description of the glorious learning center.
 
How to Reach:
Air: Nearest airport is Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Narayan Airport, Patna.
Rail: Nalanda is well-connected with all major cities of India.
Road: Nalanda is well connected with Patna and neighbour districts of the state.
          Places to Visit:
Ruins of Nalanda University
Hieun Tsang Memorial Hall
Nav Nalanda Mahaviahar
           Where to Stay
Hotel Diamond Plaza
Hotel Vandana
Hotel Ratnagiri
 
RAJGIR:
 The ancient city Rajgir existed even before the Buddha’s time and was the capital city of the great empire of Magadh. The city was fortified by stone wall that is till existing partly. The natural fortification by five hills and some of the caves believed to be Buddha’s favourite abode for mediation makes the region a point of reverence especially for the Buddhists. Rajgir is situated in Nalanda District. Buddhist scholar Buddhaghosha has mentioned that the city had 32 main gates and 64 minor gates. Its popularity declined once the of Patliputra was made the capital of Magadh.
         
How to Reach:
Air: Nearest Airport is in Gaya Airport (76km) and Patna Airport (100km)
Rail: Rajgir is connected with Patna, Varanasi, and New Delhi etc with Railway.
Road: Rajgir is well connected with Nalanda, Patna and other cities of the state.
          Places to Visit:

Vishwa Shanti Stupa, Rajgir
Maniyar Math

 

Giridh Kuta Hill

 

Ruins of Ajatshatru Fort

 

Venuvan









Where to Stay

Indo-Hokke Hotel
Rajgir Residency
Hotel Tathagat Vihar
Hotel Siddartha
 
BODH GAYA:
          The Bodhi tree, under which the Buddha attained enlightenment, has become the magnet for tourists all over the world. The Mahabodhi temple built beside the holy tree is a World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO since 2002. There are magnificent monasteries built by various countries in the ethnic architectural styles are example of rich heritage aesthetics. Bodhgaya radiates with multi-cultural spiritual ambience.
                                                Buddha first travelled Gaya while he was still searching the truth. He mediate with severe penance of fasting in search of enlightenment in the Dungeshwari Mountain Cave. Kuoadol is another very interesting site with remains of monastery and Buddha sculpture along with other rock cut sculptures at the hill base. The Phalgu River in Gaya is an extra ordinary site as the water flows under the sandy river path without any visible water. The sacred river is popular ritual site for the Hindu pilgrims.
 
How to Reach:
Air: Gaya International Airport is well-connected with major cities like Delhi, Kathmandu of Nepal and Paro of Bhutan
Rail: Gaya is connected by direct rail link to cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Patna etc
Road: Gaya is well connected with capital Patna and other district of the state.
          Places to Visit:

Great Buddha Statue of Bodh Gaya
Mahabodhi Temple
Mahabodi Tree
 
Temple of Bhutan, Bodh Gaya

 

Temple of Japan, Bodh Gaya

 

Temple of Tibet, Bodh Gaya

 

Temple of Thailand, Bodh Gaya

 

Where to Stay

Hotel Ajatshatru, Gaya
Heritage Inn, Gaya
Hotel Sujata, Bodh Gaya
Lotus Nikko Hotel, Bodh Gaya
Royal Residency, Bodh Gaya
 
SARNATH:
About 10 km from the city of Varanasi, Sarnath is the place where more than 2,500 years ago Buddha delivered his first sermon after attaining enlightenment. An imposing conical structure,  34 meters in height, called Dhamek stupa signifies the “seat of the holy Buddha” There are also the ruins of Dharmarajika Stupa, besides the original Mulgandhakuti Temple, which according to Hieun Tsang was about 61 meter high. That’s the place where Buddha rested and meditated in Sarnath. After converting to Buddhism, Emperor Ashoka visited Sarnath in 273-232 B.C. and erected a smooth glistening stone pillar here, to mark the foundation of the Buddhist Sangha. The Lion Capital on the top of the pillar is now India’s National Emblem. Then there is a Chaukhandi Stupa, which was a terraced temple during the Gupta period. All there stupas- Dharmarajika, Chaukhandi and Dhamek are outstanding in their architectural features. A journey to Sarnath would be incomplete without a visit to the library at Mugandh Kuti Vihara, which houses some amazing frescoes done by the Koset Nosu. The Sarnath Museum, no far from the site, also houses some of the finest specimens of Buddhist sculpture.
How to Reach:
Air: The nearest airport is Varanasi International Airport: 30 km
Rail: Sarnath is directly connected by Varanasi by local trains and directly connected to the other cites like Lucknow and Gorakhpur.
Road: Sarnath, 10 km from Varanasi, is well connected by road to other destinations of the state.
          Places to Visit:

Standing Buddha, Sarnath
Chaukhandi Stupa

 

Dhamek Stupa

 

 

Where to Stay
Forest Rest House, Sarnath
Mahabodhi Society Dharamshala, Sarnath
Jain Dharamshala, Sarnath
Rathi Tourist Bungalow
Hotel Golden Buddha
SRAVASTI:
          After attaining Enlightenment Lord Buddha was constantly mobile spreading his message of humanity, Universal Brotherhood and salvation amongst the different segments of the society. The service to humanity would stop for a brief period in the monsoons. This period too, however, would be used by Lord Buddha to mediate and preach, on choosing an ambient place. It was during this process that Lord Buddha turned towards Sravasti, 134km from Lucknow. The town played host to Lord Buddha for 27 years and was his annual rainy season retreat. Believed to be founded by the mythological King Sravast (hence name after him), the site holds ruins of many ancient Stupas, majestic monasteries and beautiful temples. This place also has an Anand Bodhi tree, an offspring of the original bodhi tree, planted by main disciple Anand. The site of Mahet is spread over an area of 400 acres. The two main attractions here are the Pakki Kuti and the Kachchi Kuti while Sahet, spread over and area of 32 acres and a little distance away from Mahet, it was here that Anathpindak, a wealthy merchant, constructed the Jetavana Vihar. The remnants of several temples, Stupas and Viharas have been found here. Likewise the huge World Peace Bell is another attraction, which was established with the help of the Japanese. The motive was to convey the message of humanity of Lord Buddha through the bell’s toll. There are also the Thai-Sri Lanka-Myanmar- Chinese- Korean Buddhist Temples, the Shobhnath Temple, Swarna Gandha Kuti, the Ananda Bodhi Tree and the Angulimal Cave here.
How to Reach:
Air: Nearest airport is Lucknow Airport (176km), from where Sravasti reached by rail upto Balrampur via Gonda.
Rail: Nearest Railway station is Balrampur (17km).
Road: Bus services are available from all major neighboring centers.
          Places to Visit:
Thai Monastery 
Maheth Kachhchi Kuti 
Maheth Pakki Kuti

 

Eight Stupas of Sravasti
World Peace Bell
    
      Where to Stay
Tourist Bungalow, Sravasti
Burmese Temple Rest House
Chinese Temple Rest House
Jain Dharamshala
KAUSHAMBI
          In his bid to spread his message Lord Buddha also visited Kaushambi, 60km from Allahabad, counted one amongst the most prosperous cities of those times. It was the capital of the then Vatsa Janpada, with Udayan as the king. This place is believes to have been visited by Lord Buddha in the 6th and 9th years after attaining enlightenment. He delivered several sermons here, elevating it to a centre of higher learning for the Buddhists. Excavations have revealed ruins of Ashokan Pillar, an old fort and the Goshita Ram Monastery, besides a huge number of sculptures and figurines, cast coins and terracotta, objects.
 
How to Reach:
Air: Nearest airport is Allahabad Airport (40km)
Rail: Nearest Railway station is Bahrwari (15km) but convenient is Allahabad (40km) which is well-connected with all major cities of India.
Road: Kaushambi is well connected with Allahbad, Kanpur, Varanasi, Sarnath, Lucknow and other major cities of the state.
          Places to Visit:

Ghoshitram

 

Ashokan Pillar
 








       Where to Stay

Jain Dharamshala, Kaushambi
Sri Lanka Buddha Vihar, Kaushambi
 
KUSHI NAGAR:
          Kushinagar, is one of the principal centre of Buddhist pilgrimage, is the place where Lord Buddha left his corporeal self and attained Mahaparinirvana. The credit for bringing this ancient to light goes to General A. Cunningham and A.C.I. Carlyl, who, after excavating the sites in 1861, Later, between 1904 and 1912, several excavation conducted by the Archeological survey of India as Kushinagar confirmed its identity.
                   The monuments of Kushinagar are situated in three distinct groups comprising the main site of the Nirvana Temple, the central stupa and surrounding monasteries, the Mathakuar shrine to the southwest, and the Ramabhar Stupa a kilometer to the east.
How to Reach:
Air: Gorakhpur Airport is 46 km and Lucknow Airport is 252 km.
Rail: The nearest railway station is Deoria (35 km) whereas Gorakhpur is 53km.
Road: Kushinagar is well connected with other parts of the state.
          Places to Visit:
Mahaparinirvana Temple
Ramabhar Stupa
Myanmar Temple, Kushinagar

 

Thai Temple, Kushinagar

 

          Where to Stay
Pathik Niwas, Kushinagar
Hotel Nekko Lotus
International Guest House
Birla Hindu Buddha Dharamshala
Burmese Dharamshala
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Other suggested Buddhist Place
 
 PATLIPUTRA (PATNA):
          Patna, which in the ancient times was known as Patliputra, is the capital of Bihar. The city is among the world’s oldest capital cities with unbroken history of many centuries as imperial metropolis and enjoyed the status of the entire empire of Magadh during the Golden age of India. The history and heritage of modern-day Patna go back well over two millennia. The city of Patna is a very fertile stretch of land along the bank of river Ganga. Today it is known as the Gateway of Buddhist and Jain circuits.
How to Reach:
Air: Patna is well-connected with airways. There are direct flights to Kolkata, New Delhi, Mumbai, Ranchi etc
Rail: Patna is well-connected with all major cities of India. All important trains have stoppages here.
Road: All weather motorable roads connect Patna with rest of Bihar. There are regular inter-state and intra-state bus services.
          Places to Visit:

Buddha Smriti Park, Patna
Golghar, Patna

 

Patna Museum

 

Kumrahar, Patna 

 

          Where to Stay
Kautilya Vihar, Patna
Hotel Patliputra Ashok
Hotel Samrat International
Hotel Maurya
Hotel Chanakya
         
Suggested Itinerary:
Delhi – Agra – Allahabad – Varanasi – Bodhgaya – Rajgir –Patna- Nalanda – Vaishali – Kushinagar – Lumbini – Kapilvastu – Sravasti – Lucknow – Delhi

“It is better to travel well than to arrive” – Buddha

Travel More Explore More and Experience More
HAPPY JOURNEY
         

 

                   

Eight Lesser Known Destinations of Jammu and Kashmir

8 Unexplored Places to visit in Kashmir

“Agar firdaus ba ruay zami ast, ami asto, ami asto, ami ast”
       1. VERINAG: Situated at a distance of approximately 80 km from Srinagar. Reached through the link road, it is located at a height of 1,876m. Verinag spring is the chief source of the river Jhelum. There is an octagonal base at the spring, surrounded by a covered passage. The carvers for the construction of the spring were brought from Iran. The circumference of the spring is 80 m and is over 15 m deep. Verinag is reputed never to dry up or over flow. Verinag spring can also be approached through the link road, which turns off, from the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway at Lower Munda. ;

Getting there:
            Buses from Anantnag Bus Stand which takes about one hour to reach Verunag. It’s recommended to hire a taxi from Srinagar. One can also board the train upto Anantnag from Srinagar then onwards local buses and taxis are readily available.
Where to Eat:
            Kehwa Kahan of Verinag Development Authority and other good local food joints in the main market serve the traditional cuisines.
Where to Stay:
            Hotel Alpine and other type accommodations are available.

KOKERNAG: Kokernag is at the height of 200 mts above the sea level. It is famous for gardens, largest fresh water springs and for its trout streams. Kokernag has been mentioned in Ain Akbari, where in it has been mentioned that the water of Kokernag spring satisfies both hunger and thirst and it is also a remedy for indigestion.


Getting there:
            Bus service is available from Anantnag General Bus Stand which takes about one hourto reach Kokernag. Taxi from Srinagar are also available. One can board the train upo Anantnag from Srinagar then onwards local buses and taxis are available.
Where to Eat:
            JKTDC runs a scenic restaurant adjacent to the garden which offers all types of continental and Indian food. There are good numbers of local food joints in the main market.
Where to Stay:
            JKSTDC Huts or Private Guest Houses.

3 . AHARBAL: Aharbal lies in the Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir. The water fall is on the Veshu River, a tributary of the Jhelum river, in an alpine valley covered in pine and fir trees with the Pir Panjal mountains, 18 km South of the town of Shopian and 28 km West of Kulgam. It lies at an altitude of 2266 meters above the sea level.

Getting there:
            Aharbal is easily accessible from Srinagar, only 8 km from the Mughal Road thea connects Srinagar and Poonch. The 75 km drive from Srinagar takes less the 3 hours by car or bus via Pukwama and Shopian. An alternate route leads to Aharbal via Kulgam. The nearest railway station is Awantipura.
Where to Eat:
            There are good numbers of local food joints in the main market.
Where to Stay:
            Hutment type accommodation is available.

4 . SINDHA TOP: Sinthan Top is a spot 12000ft above sea level in Kashmir which is midway on the newly opened Anantnag-Kishwar road. It is 132 km from Srinagar. The journey itself an experience and once you reach the top it is 360 degree view, and snow everywhere. You can get down from the car and walk on snow.

Getting there:
            Hire a taxi from Srinagar or board the train up to Anantnag.
Where to Eat:
            You have to carry food along with you.
Where to Stay
            Camping is the best option.

5 . DODHPATHRI: 50 kms from Srinagar, one of the most beautiful hill resort with lush green meadows. Best picnic spot on the bank of the stream surrounded by thick forest, it is quite, charming and refreshing spot. It is also base camp for many treks.


Getting there:
            There is no direct bus service, taxi can be hired from Srinagar.
Where to Eat:
            A cup of tea with snack at tea stalls run by local people during the season at the main meadows could become your most pleasurable drink. A full day tour to Dodhpather with some packed lunch will definitely be a bonus to your visit.

6 .  NARANG: The Narang temple ruins in the main attractions for the tourists. It is one of the important archeological sited of the country. The site consists of a cluster of temples facing each other at a distance of about 200 meters. The village is a base camp for trekkers to the Mount Haramukh and the famous seven lake trek.


 









Getting there:
Bus service is available from Srinagar upto nearby town Kangan, taxis can also be hired.
           
            Where to Eat:
                        Local Restaurants and Dhabas.
            Where to Stay:
                        Huts and camping

7 .  YOUSMARG: Yousmarg (a meadow), mesmerizes tourists with its scenic beauty and mountains comparable to European Alps. Situated amidst Sang Safed valley, Yousmarg is reputed for having some unique spring flowers. It also has some of the highest peaks in Pir Panjal range like Tatakoti 4725 meters and Sunset Peak 4746 meters. The might river Doodh Ganga makes this destination more thrilling. The natural slopes of Yousmarg offer skiing opportunities to experts.

Getting there:
            Local buses ply only upto Charar-e-sharif, tourists are advised to hire a taxi from Srinagar or take the assistance of a travel agent.
Where to Eat:
            JKTDC Restaurant near the cottages offers all types of continental and Indian food for the visitors at economical price. Couple of local dhabas provide snacks and quick meals during the day time.
Where to Stay:
            JKTDC Hotel, Tourists Bungalow and Hutments.

8 .  MANASBAL: Manasbal Lake is located about 30 km north of Srinagar. It has predominantly rural surroundings with three villages, Kondabal, Jorakbal and Gratbal overlooking the lake. Manasbal is considering as the ‘supreme gem of all Kashmir lakes’ with lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) nowhere more abundant or beautiful than on the margins of this lake during July and August. It is the deepest lake of the Kashmir Valley.


Getting there:
            Buses are available, taxi can also be hired.
Where to Eat:
            JKTDC restaurant
Where to Stay:
            JKTDC Huts.

Top Nine Places to Visit in Telangana

Telangana the youngest and 29thState of India was born on June 2nd. The fledgling State offers a number of exciting destinations for tourists. Comprising of 10 districts and each district is a repository of ancient forts, temples of great sanctity and antiquity, picturesque lakes. Marvellous hill resorts, enchanting parks and lakeside resorts, sparkling waterfalls, numerous wildlife sanctuaries and awesome heritage sites.


            Apart from the capital city of Hyderabad, with its 400 year old legacy of the Qutub Shahis, the Charminar, Golconda Fort, Telangana abounds in the places of historic interest. Every region has majestic Forts and temples which speak volume of the past grandeur and glory. Warangal, just a short distance from Hyderabad, is a gateway of history with most exquisite example of Kakatiya architecture. The Thousand Pillar Temple and the Ramappa Temple are masterpieces of sculpture in stone. Warangal Fort, Nizamabad Fort, Medak Fort and some other fortification reminded us of a rich royal past. These majestic monuments are prime tourist destinations.
            Telangana is also replete with abundant natural spots. There are magnificent waterfalls in Adilabad and Nagarjun Sagar dam. There are beautiful lakes (natural as well as artificial) like Laknawaram Lake, Pakhal Lake, Kadem Lake and many more. Telangana is a well forested land and there are few wildlife sanctuaries like Alisagar Deer Park, Eturnagaram Sanctuary, Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary etc.
            Telangana has man beautiful temples and venerated places of worship located across the state, which are now popular pilgrim centres like Chilkur Balaji Temple, Birla Mandir, Mecca Masjid, Sitaramchandra Swami Temple etc. The religious circuit of Telangana is truly a soul enriching ‘soothing’ journey.

 Come, experience Telangana
 It’s all here for you to enjoy!
1. HYDERABAD:
            Hyderabad forever epitomizes one of the most happening cities in India. Hyderabad is the fifth largest metropolis of India and is the state capital of Telangana. It is known for its rich history and culture with monuments, mosques, temples, a rich and varied heritage in arts, crafts and dances. Hyderabad and Secunderabad are twin cities, separated by Hussainsagar Lake.  The 400 year old city is noted for its natural beauty, heritage buildings, traditional bazaars, bridges, rock foundations and beautiful lakes. It is preached on the top of Deccan plateau. Its palaces, buildings, houses, tenements gardens and streets have a history and an architectural individuality of their own, which makes Hyderabad a city of enchantment.
            How to Reach:
Air: Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is well-connected with major cities across the globe. And It is 20 km from the city.
Rail:Hyderabad has three Railway stations: Hyderabad (Nampalli), Kacheguda and Secunderabad. And it is well-connected to all major cities of India.
Road: The city is well-connected to its neighboring towns like Aurangabad, Bangalore, Tirupati, Chennai, Nagpur, Chennai, Panaji etc.
            Places to Visit:

Charminar


Golconda Fort


















Mecca Masjid 
Telangana State Archaeological Museum 


















Qutub Shahi Tomb

Chowmahalla Palace

Salarjung Museum

Ramoji Film City

NTR Gardens
Birla Mandir


Hussain Sagar Lake

            Best Place for shopping:
Laad Bazar
Gnapika Souvenir shops
            Where to Stay
Haritha Taramati Baradari Resort, Hyderabad
The Plaza, Hyderabad
Haritha Lake Resort, Shamirpet
Etc
2. NALGONDA:
            Nalgonda is a district in the Telangana state of India. It was once known as Nilagiri, and during the reign of the Bahamani dynasty it’s name was changed to Nallagonda which literally means ‘black rock’ in the local language. It was during the rule of Nizams that the name was spelled as Nalgonda for official purposes. Some of the interesting places to worth visiting at Nalgonda are Nagarjun Sagar Dam, Yadagirigutta Temple etc.
            How to Reach:
Air: Nearest Airport is Hyderabad Airport which is 98 km away
Rail: Nalgonda Railway station is well-connected to other cities
Road: Nalgonda is well-connected by road to all major cities of the state.
            Places to Visit:

Sriparvatarama (Buddhavanam)
Kolanupaka Jain Temple



Nagarjun Sagar Dam




Lord Narsimha Temple, Yadagirigutta

Lord Narsimha Swami Temple, Mattapalli













        

Bhongir Fort










    








Where to Stay

Haritha Vijay Vihara, Nagarjun Sagar
Haritha Hotel, Yadarigutta
Etc
3. WARANGAL:
            Gateway to history, the repository of a rich culture, Warangal presents a dramatic landscape stepped in ancient glory and a wealth of architecture. It is situated 140 km from Hyderabad. Warangal takes it’s mystique from one of the most fascinating dynasty i.e The Kakatiyas. It was recently adjudges the Best Heritage City in India by Ministry of Tourism.
One of India’s best bird-watching spots, the Pakhal Lake and Pakhal Sanctuary located here.
            How to Reach:
Air: Nearest Airport is Hyderabad Airport which is 140 km away from city.
Rail: Warangal Railway station is one the major station of Telangana State and well-connected to all major Indian cities.
Road: Warangal Bus Station is located in Hanamkonda which connects Warangal to other cities of Telangana.
            Places to Visit:

Warangal Fort

Ramlingeshwara Temple, Ramappa















Thousand Pillar Temple

Ramappa Lake










Kakatiya Rock Garden
Bhadrakali Temple
















Ghanpur Group of Temples




     
Etunagaram Wildlife Sanctuary 










Where to Stay

Haritha Kakatiya, Warangal
Harithe Lake Resort, Ramappa
Haritha Lake Resort, Laknawaram
Etc

4. KHAMMAM
            Khammam is a treasure trove of natural wealth, located 257 km from Hyderabad. Verdant forests cover more than 50% of district and rich timber like Teak is obtained from these forests. Khamman is a must visit on the pilgrim route, with its famous temple of Sitaramchandra Swami as Bhadrachalam at a spot believed to be where Lord Rama crossed the river Godavari as he proceeded southwards in the search of Sita. Kinnerasani Wildlife sanctuary is one of the state’s best natural habitats. Khamman district is one of the ‘Coal mining district of India.’
            How to Reach:
Air: Nearest Airport is Hyderabad Airport which is 257 km away from city.
Rail: Khamman Railway station is fall on the Vijaywada to Hyderabad line and there are few trains that pass through the station.
Road: Khammam can be reached easily from Hyderabad by buses.
            Places to Visit:


Lord Sitaramchandra Swami Temple, Bhadrachalam

Parnasala












Lord Venu Gopal Swami Temple, Kusumanchi

Jeella Cheruvu (Chinna Tirupati)


















Khammam Fort

Kinnerasani Wildlife Sanctuary



    


     




Where to Stay
Haritha Hotel, Bhadrachalam
Harithe Wayside Amenities, Wyra
Etc

5. MEDAK
            One need not travel far from the capital city of Hyderabad to reach Medak. It is just 90 km away. In medieval times it was a Kakatiya stronghold and hence the landscape here is historic as well as heritage laden. The major attractions of this district are Medak Fort, Medak Church, which is second largest in the world.
            How to Reach:
Air: Nearest Airport is Hyderabad Airport which is 90 km away from city.
Rail: Nearest Railway Station is Manoharabad Railway Station which is 60 km
Road: Medak is well-connected with all major cities of Talangana by buses.
            Places to Visit:

Medak Fort 


Sri Vidya Saraswati Temple, Wargal

















Medak Church




Goddess Kanakdurga Temple, Edupayalu













Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary




Gottam Gutta, Zaheerabad





            







Where to Stay
Haritha Heritage Hotel, Medak Fort
Haritha Lake Resort, Singur

6. NIZAMABAD
            Nizamabad presents a dramatic landscape coupled with its rich historic inheritance. Encompassed by lush greenery Nizamabad is the perfect eco-tourist destination. It was former capital of Rastrakutas and lies close to Maharastra border Ali Sagar is the most famous weekend spot.
            How to Reach:
Air: Nearest Airport is Hyderabad Airport which is 172 km away from city.
Rail: Nizamabad Railway station is fall on the Kachiguda-Manmad raiway line and well connected to all major cities of India.
Road: Nizamabad is well connected to major cities like Varanasi, Kanyakumari, Jagdalpur, Karimnagar etc.
            Places to Visit:

Quila Raghunathalayam- Nizmabad Fort




Domakonda Fort















Dichpalli Ramalayam


Lord Hanuman Temple, Sarangpur
Nizam Sagar Dam

Alisagar Deer Park
















    Where to Stay
Haritha Indur Inn, Nizamabad
Etc

7. ADILABAD
            Adilabad abounds in natural beauty and is the repository of an ancient legacy. The lush green region surrounded by serene mountains, the Satpura range traverses the District from the northwest to southeast for about 281.5 km. Adilabad name derived from the erstwhile ruler of Bijapur, Adil Shah. This region was ruled by Mauryas, Mughals, Satvahans, and the Chalukyas.
Adilabad is wonderful tourist destination where adventure, nature, and sacrosanct appear side by side.
            How to Reach:
Air: Nearest Airport is Nagpur Airport which is 187 km away from city.
Rail: Adilabad Railway station has connectivity to all nearby locations and frequent trains to Hyderabad, Nanded, Nellore, Vijayawada, Patna, Mumbai and Nagpur.
Road: Adilabad is well connected to major cities of Telangana and neighbor states
           
Places to Visit:


Goddess Saraswati Temple, Basar




Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary














Kadam Dam
Kuntala Waterfalls















    

     
     Where to Stay
Haritha Lake Resort, Kadem
Haritha Hotel, Basar
Haritha Eco Resort, Jannaram
8. KARIMNAGAR
            Karimnagar was the bastion of the Satavahanas and its history is steeped in their glorious rule. Kotillinga in Karimnagar was the first capital of the Satvahanas, a powerful dynasty which left it imprint in the remarkable monuments and forts that stand testimony. Karimnagar is a fast developing district with every facility. Lower Manair Dam is a choice tourist destination and historic monuments are worth visiting.
            How to Reach:
Air: Nearest Airport is Hyderabad Airport which is 154 km away from city.
Rail: Nearest Railway Station is Warangal Railway station which is 80 km. Karimnagar Railway Station in under renovation.
Road: Karimnagar is well connected to major cities like Hyderabad, Nizamabad, and Warangal etc
            Places to Visit:

Elagandal Fort, Karimnagar





Jagtiyal Fort, Jagtiyal












Sri Laxmi Narsimha Swami Temple, Dhrampuri
Lower Manair Dam

Kondagattu Anjaneya Swami Temple

Sri Raja Rajeswara Temple, Velumawada








Bommalamma Gutta, Gangadhara

Mukteshwar Swami, Kaleshwaram






            








Where to Stay

Haritha Hotel, Kondagattu
etc
9. MAHABUBNAGAR

            Mahabubnagar is the largest district in Telangana in terms of area covered. It had been formerly known as Rukmammapeta and Palamooru. It is said that famous Golconda diamonds including the famous Koh-i-noor diamond came from Mahabubnagar District. There are number of places of worship in and around Mahabubnagar town.

            How to Reach:
Air: Nearest Airport is Hyderabad Airport which is 65 km away from city.
Rail: There are three stations in Mahabubnagar: Mahabubnagar Main Station, Mahabubnagar Town Station and Yenugonda. All are well connected with all major cities of India.
Road: Mahabubnagar is well connected to major cities like Hyderabad, Bangalore, Gulbarga, Kurnool, and Mumbai.
            Places to Visit:


Gadwal Fort





Sri Madhava Swami Temple, Kollapur














Sri Umamaheshwaram Temple

Pillalamarri













Mallela Theertham
The Nava Brahma Temples, Alampur


         Where to Stay
Haritha Hotel, Alampur
Haritha Hotel, Gadwal etc…


Thank You 🙂
Happy Journey
Keep Travelling Keep Exploring 🙂

           

15 Best Places to visit in Gwalior


Gwalior ‘The Best Heritage City’ witnesses an Ancient history, Medieval History and Modern History since 2000 years. It was the land (Tapobhumi) of great sage Rishi Galav. It witnesses dynasties like Naag, Kushan, Shung, Gupta, Pratihar, Kachwaghat and Tomars. Gwalior became a pride fill state while being under the dynasties of Turk and has attracted every ruler to make its own. Because of its Fort which was known as “the Gibraltar of India” and every ruler of that era wants to win it. This fantasy leaded every Mughal Emperor to halt here for a substantial period of time. Gwalior has always been a part of Indian History because of its location on the main access from North to South. Gwalior is 77°40 E to 78°54’ E on geographical map. Amalgamation of three towns Lashkar, Gwalior and Morar, Gwalior resides an approximate population of 16 Lakhs. 

Because of witnessing number of dynasties for the longer period of time and it occupies a lot of Heritage monuments. It was also witnesses ‘First War of Independence’. All these historical monuments attract tourists to stay and live the great history of Gwalior.

Tourist attractions of Gwalior are: 

Gwalior Fort: The pride of Gwalior famous as ‘Gibraltar of India’ and ‘Pearl in the necklace of the castles of Hind’ stands on the steep mass of sandstone dominating city and is most glorious monuments among historical splendours. It has been witness of momentous event ranging from battles, imprisonments, love, spiritual, religious, business and Jauhars. A steep road winds upwards to the fort, edge by rock carved statues of Jain Tirthankaras. The splendid outer walls of the fort stands 3.5 km in length and 350 feet height, bearing witness to its reputation for being one of the most invincible fort of India.
























Chaturbhuj Temple: It is very interesting example of Rock cut Architecture and it is belonged to 9th Century. t has a garbha-griha (sanctum) and a mukha-mandapa (portico) supported on four pillars in front. These pillars are designed in characteristic chain-and-bell motif with full vase at bottom and top. The sanctum is a 12 feet square room and portico is 10 feet by 9 feet in measurement. River goddesses, Ganga and Yamuna, are present on the sanctum door jambs riding on their respective mounts, makara and kachchapa (tortoise).According to first inscription, the temple was bulit during the reign of Pratihara ruler, Adivarah Bhojdev.



Man Mandir Palace: It is one of the most bravura monument of Rajput architecture built by Raja Man Singh Tomar between the period of 1486 and 1571. Many of the lavishly decorated features still exist. Stone latticework lines battlement tops feeding into rounded bastions topped with cupolas all decorated with coloured tile work. The brilliant blue tiles outshine what remains of the yellow and green colours still mesmerizing against the pale stone façade. Artwork within the tiles intertwines with beautifully carved stone creating a richly unique exterior leaving imaginations to run wild about the grandeur of years past. Palace houses many rooms, vast chambers, galleries and verandah ornamented with beautiful carving and colourful tiles.



Teli ka Mandir: It is the loftiest of all the existing buildings in the fort nearly over 100 feet in height. It belongs to 8th Century Pratihar Dynasty temple of Shiva or Vishnu. The form of roof is Dravidian, while the decorative details have all Indo-Aryan characteristics of Northern India. It is thus an interesting example of temple architecture where both the Dravidian and Indo-Aryan styles meet known as Valabhi style of temple architecture. Some other stories are related to that It was built as common place for buyers and seller of oil merchant who come to the city from the various part of the India for trading and those days there were no permanent market set-up.




Sas-Bahu ka Mandir: It is also known as Sahastrabahu Temple situated on Gwalior Fort built in the year 1092 by King Mahipal of Kachchhapaghata (Kachchhwaha) dynasty. The twin structures temples denoted to Lord Vishnu. This artistic piece of architecture not only fascinates the devotees but also the tourists. Both of these temples are adjacent to each other and are extravagantly decorated with beautiful carvings and sculptures. The roof of the larger temple id adorned with a marvellous lotus carving which attracts tourists and beauty admirer.





Gurudwara Sri Data Bandi Chhod Sahib:It is situated on the hill top in the Gwalior Fort associated with the imprisonment of Guru Har Gobind Sahib in Gwalior Fort and his celebrated release in which he managed to win the freedom of 52 Rajas (Kings) who had long suffered imprisonment in the Fort by Mughal Emperor Jehangir. The word “Bandi” means “imprisoned”, “Chhor” means “release”.




Assi Khamba ki Baori: Assi Khamba ki Baori is the ancient monument in the Gwalior Fort in front of Man Mandir Palace and was built by Maharaja Man Singh Tomar. This ancient monument consists of different chambers which were made for the Queens to bathe. It has 80 pillars and hence is called as Assi Khamba ki Baori. Musical concerts were also organized here. 






Jain Rock-Cut Sculptures: A striking part of the Jain remains at Gwalior is a series of caves or rock-cut sculptures, excavated in the rock on all sides and more than hundred in numbers. According to inscriptions, they were excavated between 13th to 15th Century A.D. during Rajput Rule. You can find some similar Jain sculptures or worship place on opposite side of Fort that is Gopachal Parvat. ‘Ek Patthar ki Baori’ is also situated in this part of fort.





Gujari Mahal: It is situated within the premises of Gwalior Fort. Gujari Mahal was built by Raja Man Singh Tomar for his Gujar Queen Mrignayani. It is one of the most beautiful symbol and love and affection. The outer structure of the Gujari Mahal has survived in an almost total state of preservation while the interior has been converted into an Archeological Museum in houses rare antiques, some of them dating back to the 1st century A.D. Particularly, worth seeing is the statue of Shalbhanjka from Gyraspur, the tree goddess, epitome of perfection in miniature. ‘Shalbhanjika’ refers to the sculpture of a woman, displaying stylised feminine features. It is a Sanskrit term means ‘breaking a branch of sala tree’.



Jai Vilas Palace: One of the eyes soothing monument architecture by Sir Michael Filose, designed on the plan of an Italian Plazzo is worth visiting. The construction of Palace distinct in three styles of architecture, the ground floor represents Tuscan style, the first floor depicts the Italian design and the top most floors depict the Corinthian style. It’s Darbar Hall along with eye catching treasures including a silver train with cut glass wagons serving guests as it chugged around on miniature rails on the tables; a glass cradle from Italy, Mughal carpets, Swords of Aurangzeb and Shah Jahan etc. 







Chhattris of Scindia Dynasty: It is situated on the Theme Road and famous Maharani Laxmi Bai College. It is a cremation place for the Scindia Family who rules city for many years. Designated personalities like His Highness Madhavrao Scindia, Her Highness Vijayaraje Scindia and His highness Jiwajirao Scindia were cremated here. Some similar types of Chhatris you can find in Shivpuri City also which is 120 km from Gwalior city. 



Maharani of Jhansi Memorial:  During ‘First war of Independence-1857’ Maharani Lakshmi Bai got surrounded by British Army and having no chance of survival, she is said to have died of her wounds at this very place after she jumped off the Gwalior Fort with her horse. The memorial is dedicated to her. It is situated on Phool Bagh in Gwalior city. 





Tomb of Gaus Mohammad: The great Sufi saint Hazrat Mohammad Gaus or Gaus Mohammad Gwaliori’s tomb is situated at Hazira and was built by Mughal Emperor Akbar. Gaus Mohammad was one of the noteworthy Sufi in the history of India. Mohammad Gaus has written many books in which “Gulzare Abraar” is the most famous. His tomb was built with fine curved sandstone; the tomb is a beautiful piece of early Mughal architecture. 






Maharaja Bada: ‘Heart of the city’ Maharaj Bada is the biggest and important market place of Gwalior. Seven ancient building of different styles of architecture can be viewed. It is also known as Jiwaji Chowk. In the surroundings of Maharaj Bada, the govt. Press, Victoria Market, Gorkhi Palace, Gorkhi Palace, Regal Talkies (Opera House), Post Office, Municipal Office and State Bank of India situated. It is a best place for shopping. Nearby places around Maharaj Bada for shopping and eating are Sarafa Bazar, Gandhi Market, Subhash Market, Daulat Ganj, Madhav Ganj, etc







Sun Temple: The Sun Temple is a facsimile of the famous Sun Temple of Konarka, Odisha and now this Sun Temple is one among the significant pilgrimage centers in Gwalior. It was constructed by Shri G.D Birla (a famous industrialist of India) in the year 1988. It is situated in Morar area of Gwalior and famous for cleanness and beautiful gardens.


Where to stay: All categories of hotel are available in city like Taj Usha Kiran Palace, MK Vivanta, Hotel Central Park, Hotel Landmark, etc 

When to visit: October to March is the best time to visit Gwalior. 

How to Reach: Airway: Gwalior is connected with Mumbai and Delhi 
                          Railway: Connected with almost all big cities of India. 
                          Roadway: Buses are available for all major cities of North and Central India.


If you have any query regarding Gwalior, Feel free to connect

Thank You

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One Billion Tourists, One Billion Opportunities

“One Billion Tourists, One Billion Opportunities”
It’s Not just an statement, but a campaign. It’s about Making ”Better Places for people to live, and better places for people to visit”.
Here We are going to tell our fellow traveller ‘How they can travel responsible and create opportunities for others’
Points that can help you for travel in a better way:
1. Always prefer to visit for Alternative Tourism Destinations instead of Mass Tourism Destinations.
2. Always use Local Transport system instead of your personal vehicle.
3. Always stay with locals or prefer homestays instead of Hotels or Resorts.
4 Always try Local cuisines which gives you the Real taste of Destination’s culture.
5 Always Respect Local Culture. No matter you like it or not.
6 Try to save energy, Remember ‘Unplug Before You Leave’.
7 Save Water: Do not waste water while shaving, brushing or washing.
8 Do Not throw plastic or garbage anywhere, but in the right place i.e. Dustbin
9 Protect Cultural and Natural Heritage
10 Always Buy from locals So they can get opportunity earn from it.

   

The Incredible Land of Chhattisgarh.

Hello All my fellow travellers …,
Who are travelling continuously for something new or surprises.
My blog here is about ‘Land Of Surprises’, Chhattisgarh!
Read it, Feel it, and Experience it through my words in this travelogue ‘Explore the Offbeat’
India is a land of multitudinous culture and people. Every state of India has its own culture and tradition. The different forms of people found here out numbers any country. There are certain states in India where the number of tribal population is much more than that of the other states. Due to the presence of these tribes India has receive various flavors and the tribal people are the real treasures of our countries. Major population of tribal are found in Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and North East “The Seven Sister States of India”.



Chhattisgarh: Rice bowl of India” This is a newly formed state and situated in situated in the heart of India, it is very well known for its cultural heritage, attractive natural diversity and for tribe community. Tribes of Chhattisgarh are unique in their lifestyles and have beautifully retained their own culture and traditions for centuries. Bastar is the largest tribal district of Chhattisgarh and Gonds tribes Gonds of Bastar being the most prominent among them. The Gond Tribes include the Baiga, Korba, Abhuj Maria, Muria and Dhurvaa tribes. The tribal women love to wear ornaments made of cowries, shells, bones, mixed metals, copper and bronze.
Chhattisgarh really is full of surprises….
I was mesmerized by the tribal beauty of Chhattisgarh, they are authentic, undisturbed, who carry volumes and volumes of Heritage Culture and Tradition in them. My journey began this way…
6 Days Itinerary
Day1: Raipur – Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary (Night stay Hareli Eco Resort, Mohda)
Day2: Mohda- Turturiya- Sirpur (Night stay Hiuen Tsang Tourist Resort, Sirpur)
Day3: Sirpur- Kanker-Chitrakote (Night stay Dandami Luxury Resort, Chitrakote)
Day4: Chitrakote- Barsur-Dantewada-Chitrakote (Night stay Dandami Luxury Resort, Chitrakote)
Day5: Chitrakote- Mauli Padar Village- Teerathgarh- Jagdalpur (Night stay Dandami Luxury Resort, Chitrakote)
Day6: Chitrakote- Kondagaon- Raipur (Night stay Hotel Wood Castle)
And the journey begins…
Day 1:
            It was August 7th morning 10:00 a.m., the sun was trying to peep from the cloud, it was humid day, In the elegant breeze at 11:00 am We took National Highway-6 that leads us to Petwa Village and our destination was Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary for which we have to travel 100km ahead. We entered through Barbaspur Barrier.
We were accompanied by active Chhattisgarh Tourism Guide Mr Toppo and his insights helped us a lot in understanding the local culture.
It was an adventurous journey day with a scenic highway which gave us ample scope for beautiful photography.


At 3:00 pm we reached Hareli Eco Resort (operated by Chhattisgarh Tourism Board) this resort itself a Tourism destination where you can enjoy the real life of you away from your daily chores.


               

                                                                Hareli Eco Resort, Mohda        

After taking lunch at resort At 4:00 we left for Jungle Safari in our Jeep, It was like a place which safest Sanctuary is a home of Chinkara, Black Buck, Deer, Bison, Wild Dog, sambhar and neelgai. Mr. Vijay Nag was our guide on this Jungle Safari Trip.
It was monsoon season so the landscape was lush green and climate was also favourable.
We stopped at some places for clicking some pictures in Reserve Sanctuary. We also got a chance to click some photos with locals.

After travelling some we reached a place which is known for Bird Watching. It was an amazing place where you can see the beauty of nature and click photos.

For Bird watching there are some watchtowers from where you can observe the nature and watch the varieties of birds. Before moving back to our Resort we stopped for another watch tower for clicking wonderful photos of Mountain Ranges and Landscape. We back to our resort by 6:30 pm.

 


 Barnawapara Reserve Sanctuary




Resort Team arrange for tribal dance of locals, which was so colourful and energetic. Meanwhile we also got a chance to copy their steps on the music. Dance name was Saila and was perform by Maria of Gond Tribes.
Day 2:
It was beautiful morning, we went for morning walk or we can say ‘A VILLAGE WALK’ to a nearer village i.e. Mohda. Got an opportunity to talk to locals and click some unforgettable moments with them, all of them are very excited to see their clicked photos in camera. 

Village Mohda 


After taking breakfast, we left for our next destination i.e. Turturiya.
Though the lush green forests and paddy fields, it was an amazing landscape to click photos of locals working in their fields, mountains and villages. After traveling an Hour, We reached Turturiya. Because It was month of ‘Saawan'(5th Traditional month of Vikram Hindu Calendar), we got a chance to meet the Kaanwariyas ‘Devotees of Lord Shiva, who come to temple and offer pious river water to Shiva Linga’, We also joined their group and raised slogan in favour of Lord Shiva i.e. Bol Bam…Bol Bam…Bol Bam!!!
      
     Turturiya, A place known for Valmiki Ashram





Turturiya has its religious importance, It is the birthplace of Luv and Kush (son of Lord Rama) who were born in Saint Valmiki’s Ashram. Some small Beautiful temples and a pool where water coming from GauMukh ‘Mouth of Cow Head’
After completing this religious site we move for our next destination i.e. Sirpur: Spiritual destination of Chhattisgarh
Sirpur: It is a small town situated on the bank of river Mahanadi and 83 km of Raipur. Sirpur is known for its world Famous ‘SIRPUR DANCE AND MUSIC FESTIVAL’, which is organized by Chhattisgarh Tourism Promotion Board every year in the month of January. Our Guide on this site was Mr G.L. Raikwar (Archaeologist from Raipur Museum)

Laxman Temple at Sirpur

We reached Sirpur by 02:00 pm, First we visited the world famous Lakshman Temple belonging to the Gupta architecture of 7th century. It is one of the finest brick temples I have ever seen. All sculptures of the temple have told its fascinating story. One side of the Temple is old well and other side is Yagya vedi of same period. At the back side of the temple, there is ASI Museum which is well-organized manner. It is also the same site where Sirpur Festival held every year.
Museum at Laxman Temple, Sirpur

1 km from Lakshman Temple there is beautiful monastery named Teevardev Maha Vihara. Today popular as Biggest Monastery, It is also known as Buddha Vihar reflects the entire Buddhist culture and emanates a sense of pride for entire nation. Truly blessed with scenic beauty, the Buddha Vihar excludes warmth and portrays religious harmony. This site consists of two Viharas laid side by side. It was location where monks were used to study here. Remaining structure of Vihara will show us How monks were studied and about their lifestyle. In these vihara I came to know about the Residential, Meditation and study rooms of Monks. And in the other Vihara you can find some marvellous statues of Ancient period, where six feet tall statue of Buddha touching the earth.

Statue of Lord Buddha at Teevardev Maha Vihara

 On the walking distance of Teevardev Maha Vihar, there is ASI Conservation site named Baleshwar Mahadev Temple Complex. Here, I saw there are 3-4 Shiva temples around the complex; all of them have its own story and different structure. A big thanks to ASI team who excavated all these remains and conserves them.
Shiva Temple Complex

Our next target is Anand Prabhu Kutir Vihar, which is also on a walking distance. Here I saw the seated statue of Buddha. It also has a story where Monks were used to study. No words can explain about the beauty and simplicity of these Viharas. Swastic Vihar is also the similar site where you can find the remaining preserved by ASI.
After complete Vihara on a walk we reached our next and the most amazing architecture i.e. Surang Tila. It’s a place I am damn sure you will not stop clicking photos and just looked for long time. It is a Shiva Temple Complex famous for its amazing structure. A mammoth stone structure with five temples built atop a massive platform. And a small steps of temples with its curve base structure always attracts tourists.





Surang Tila, Sirpur

After click lot of photos we moved to our next and final destination of the day i.e. Gandheswar Temple. It is Lord Shiva temple and very famous in surrounding regions situated on the bank of River Mahanadi and consist of other amazing structures, which was collected by locals and people all worshipped them.



Behind the temple there is River Mahanadi and a time for beautiful sun set. We all sat there on the bank of river and enjoy the beauty of nature, some click photos and some played with river water and some talked with locals who came for religious purposes.
Now check in for Hotel which is also a beautiful destination to see. Huien Tsang Tourist Resort (operated by Chhattisgarh Tourism Board) A beautiful place to stay on a reasonable price and don’t forget the Food…It was so yummy.
DAY3:
Next Day A very Good Morning to Sirpur, as my daily routine, we went for a morning walk to village and on the bank of River Mahanadi…It was great to have take bath in the river Mahanadi and a holy dip…then a visit Shiva Temple…And a hot tea on a local tea joint was unforgettable.

After taking breakfast at Huieng Tsang Resort, We left for our dream destination region i.e. Bastar. We took NH43.  By Leaving Sirpur we drive through Naya Raipur and stopped for a Coffee at the outskirts of Dhamtari (District between Kanker and Raipur)

Royal Palace of Kanker


Our next stop was Kanker Royal Palace (Now it is Heritage Hotel), we were welcomed by MaharajKumar Ashwini Pratap Deo (Jay Ji).He was very excellent personality and down to earth. He personally guided us to his Royal palace and permitted us to click photos. He also brief about Kanker’s Royal History.


                                             

We also visited Royal Suits which offered for tourism purposes. And they were like ROYAL ROYAL ROYAL. And surprisingly we were lunch offered by Royal Family. It was so Royal touch to have lunch with Royal Family in their Palace.
(You can also dine at Makri Dhaba in Kanker.)
Now after Royal lunch, we continued on NH43 and passed through beautiful Keshkal Ghat and Kondagaon, We Finally reached Chitrakote Waterfall at 07:00 pm
Distance Raipur to Chitrakote- 340 km via Jagdalpur
We checked in Chhattisgarh Tourism Board Resort i.e. Dandami Luxury Resort.
After entering in my Royal Tent I can say YES alike its name it is Luxury Resort. No words can explain the luxury of that tent with affordable prices. You just see the picture and imagine about it…They also have cottages, which is again the same luxurious. 

Luxury Tents at Dandami Resort.
Chitrakote Waterfall


And luckily we got a tent in front of waterfall so I can enjoy it with my room’s window also.
Day 4:

Beautiful morning from the Bank of Chitrakote Waterfall. It is also known as ‘Niagara Falls of India’. This waterfall was on the River Indravati and falls from the height of 95 feet. And It creates a House-shoe type structure and U shaped structure. And it is amazingly beautiful in Monsoon period


Chitrakote Waterfall 



After having Breakfast, we left for our today’s first destination i.e. Barsur
(Barsur is 115 km from Chitrakote via Jagdalpur and 24 km from Geedam)

We were accompanied by ‘Encyclopaedia of Bastar’ Mr. Awesh Ali. He guided us about each and every basic thing about Bastar and cleared our doubts. We reached Barsur at 12:00 noon visited Mammoth Statue of Twin Ganesha Temple, Mama Bhanja temple and Battisa Temple etc All temples has  its history and related story.

Mama Bhanja Temple

 






















Twin Ganesha Temple (Right)





Battisa Temple, Barsur


We left for our next destination i.e. Danteshwari Temple (one the Shaktipeeth of Hindu deity)Danteshwari Devi is also known as ‘Goddess of Bastar’. We reached there by 3:00 p.m.
Danteshwari Temple, Dantewara


We entered temple after wearing traditional Dhoti and worshiped Goddess. Left Dantewada by 4:00 pm and move for Haat Bazaar.

Local Haat Bazaar is local market for rural where they shopping. We tried Mahua (Local Beer) and Landa ‘Rice Drink’


Cock Fight during Haat Bazaar

And we also got a chance to see COCK FIGHT Live in Haat Baazar.At 06:00 p.m. We came back to our resort i.e. Chitrakote Resort

                             Folk Dance by Tribal of Bastar


Day 5:
Morning walk and photography session at Chitrakote fall.
After having breakfast, left for small village named Mavlipadar in Darba block where local village family waiting to host us. We reached there by 11:00 am and the Head of family took us on a Village tour where he gives info about wild plants and animals. He collected some RED ANTS from the top of tree by climbing it. And I visited one local school and click photos with them.

Bastar Wall Paintings

We also been to place which is known for ‘Bastar Wall Paintings’
In Lunch they prepared food for us which was oil free and full of taste and healthy too.

 


A Lady read serve hot meal Rice, Aamath, Daal. (right)
Bamboo shoots cuisine by locals (top)


After having heavy lunch we left for Teerathgarh Water Fall.

                        Teerathgarh WaterFall 



Teerathgarh is 5 step waterfalls whose height is about 300 feet. You can click photos from each and every step.
In Monsoon season it looks like a heaven which you can’t express in words.
After having some snacks at Teerathgarh Fall, we left for our Final Destination of the Day i.e. Anthropological Museum at Jagdalpur.

Anthropological Museum, Jagdalpur
In this museum you can find all about Bastar like History, culture, lifestyle, food, rituals etc etc etc
After Museum Now time for some local food of Jagdalpur, been to local market and having pani puri and aalu chat.

Bastar Souvenir Time

  
Day 6:
After having quick breakfast, it’s time to leave for Raipur.
In our way towards Raipur we stopped at Bell Metal Art shop in Kondagaon.
Long Drive to Raipur but reached by 2:00 pm
I would like to thank Chhattisgarh Tourism for the wonderful hospitality and opportunity provided. Special Thanks to Shri Santosh K Mishra Ji (IAS) for giving us this opportunity to visit this land which ‘Full of surprises. And a Big Thanks to Mr. Ankur Gupta, Mr. Anand Kumar and Mr Rohit Taank for all luxurious arrangements.
Who would not wish to travel to place like this…..I did…..When is your turn? 

Monsoon Walk in Daman

Hello Everyone

This post is about my monsoon walk in Daman
I love walk in rains with friends and no luggage
Just walk and walk
Daman, a Union Territory was a Portuguese enclave for four centuries and a half till the close of the colonial rule in 1961.This paradise of peace, solitude and contenment with its coastline about 12.5 km along the Arabian Sea.
This Place is known for it’s historical importance, Forts, Churches, Beautiful Beaches, Sea Food, Bars, Light Houses, Temples and etc
ACCESS:
 By Road: Buses are available from Daman and Vapi to big cities like Surat, Ahmedabad, Mumbai etc
 By Rail: Nearest Railway Staion is 12 km (Vapi), 117 km Surat, 172 km Mumbai and 365 km Ahmedabad 
 By Air: Nearest Airport is Mumbai i.e 172 km and Vadodara i.e. 250 km
CLIMATE: Summer Max: 36 and Min: 20 and Winters Max:26 and Min: 20
PLACES OF INTEREST: Church of Bom Jesus, Fort of Moti Daman, Light House, Jamapore Beach, Devka Beach etc etc etc

Seondha…My Birthplace

Soul of India is in it’s villages

Here My first post is on my Village that is Seondha.
It is Situated in Datia District of Madhya Pradesh.
 A small town situated on the Bank of Sindh River, where four sons of Lord Bramha practised austerities (Tapasaya). Here one side is Fort of Maharaja of Datia and other side dense forest and in between the beautiful water fall.
It is place where you can find infinite places for photography.
Huge number of temples
Historical Places

ACCESS: It is situated on M.P. State Highway 19. Distance is 81 km from Gwalior, 66 km from Datia, 200 km from Agra and 95 km from Jhansi.
Regular Buses for Seondha leave from Gwalior, Datia and Jhansi.
The Closest Airports are at Gwalior(81km) and Agra(200km)
CLIMATE: The Best time to visit from August to March. Summers are very Hot here 
PLACES OF INTEREST: Heritage Fort, Vankhandeshwar Mahadev Temple on top of hill, Gou Mukh, Water Fall, Boating, Temples on the bank of river, Local tour of Village, etc etc etc

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