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Reopening Travel & Flight International 2021

WHICH COUNTRIES ARE OPEN FOR TRAVEL & TOURISM? WHEN WILL INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS RESUME 2021

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 Saudi Arabia Extends Travel Ban, Border Closures To May 17

Saudi Arabia is extending its travel-restriction period and shift the date for reopening the Kingdom’s borders from March 31 to May 17 due to delays in delivery of COVID-19 vaccines, authorities said on Friday. Source: Arab NewsMarch 1

 Malaysia Aims To Resume Leisure Travel With Neighbours By 1Q2021

Tourism Malaysia is hopeful that cross-border tourism for leisure will reopen in stages sometime in the first quarter of 2021. Source: TTG AsiaMarch 1

 Cayman Islands To Reopen Borders By March

Premier Alden McLaughlin has announced that the British overseas territory will be reopening its border to tourists in March. Source: Jamaica Observer2020December 28

 Sri Lanka Welcomes Tourists After 8-Month-Long Coronavirus Interruption

A group of Ukrainian tourists on Monday became the first batch of holidayers to visit Sri Lanka in more than eight months after the island nation put curbs on international travel due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Source: Tribune IndiaDecember 1

 Oman To Restart Issuing Tourist Visas

Tourist visas will only be issued to those whose visits are organised by hotels or tourism companies. Source: Gulf BusinessDecember 1

 The British Virgin Islands Is Reopening For Tourism In December

The beloved Caribbean archipelago will reopen to visitors on Dec. 1, according to British Virgin Islands Premier Andrew A. Fahie. Source: Caribbean JournalNovember 13

 Venezuela Plans November Reopening For Tourism

Venezuela will reopen its tourist attractions “gradually” starting in December after registering a “sustained trend” of decreasing Covid-19 infections in the country, President Nicolás Maduro announced Wednesday. Source: The Tico TimesNovember 13

 South Africa Has Opened For International Travel – But Other Countries Are Still Closed

Government has relaxed South Africa’s level 1 lockdown rules around international travel, allowing visitors from any country provided they follow health and safety guidelines. Source: BusinesstechNovember 6

 Singapore To Allow In Visitors From Mainland China Ahead Of Travel Bubble With Hong Kong

From November 6, the island nation is also lifting border restrictions for travellers from the Australian state of Victoria as it looks to boost its battered tourism sector. Source: SCMPNovember 1

 Botswana To Allow Chartered Int’l Flights From November 1

Botswana will allow direct chartered international flights to some of the country’s premier tourist resorts with effect from November 1, Tourism Minister Philda Kereng has said. Source: journalducameroun.comNovember 1

 Philippines Lets Foreigners In, Eases Travel Rules For Citizens

The Philippines will welcome back foreign nationals starting Nov. 1 and allow Filipino travelers to leave without Covid-19 antigen tests as the Southeast Asian nation continues to reopen. Source: BloombergNovember 1

 Costa Rica To Welcome Tourists From Anywhere In The World Starting November 1

Tourists from anywhere in the world will be allowed to visit Costa Rica starting November 1. Source: The Tico TimesNovember 1

 Saudi Arabia To Gradually Lift Ban On Performing Umrah

Saudis and foreign residents can make pilgrimage from Oct. 4, while Muslims abroad will be allowed entry as of Nov. 1. Source: Andalou AgencyNovember 1

 Argentina To Restart International Flights, Some Tourism After Ban

rgentina will resume commercial international flights from November and allow tourists to enter from bordering countries, the government said on Friday, as it aims to lift coronavirus restrictions after one of the strictest lockdowns in the world. Source: ReutersOctober 31

 St Kitts And Nevis To Reopen For Tourism On Oct. 31

St Kitts and Nevis has revealed that the twin-island federation will reopen for tourism on Oct. 31. Source: Caribbean JournalOctober 26

 Indonesia, Singapore Agree On Business Travel Corridor

2 countries to start accepting travel applications on Oct. 26, says top Indonesian diplomat. Source: Andalou AgencyOctober 25

 Delta Brings Back More Flights Across Atlantic And Pacific This Winter And Summer 2021

As Delta works to restart service in line with the lifting of travel restrictions, potential vaccine availability and the gradual return of demand, customers will see more trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific flights to top business and leisure destinations for the winter 2020-2021 and summer 2021 seasons. Source: DeltaOctober 20

 Thailand Welcomes First Tourists Since March

Thailand has welcomed its first group of tourists in seven months, as part of an experiment aimed at testing if a wider opening is possible as the coronavirus cripples the kingdom’s economy. Source: Asia TimesOctober 16

 The Australia-New Zealand Travel Bubble Is Finally Here — But It’s Only One-Way For Now

Australia will put in place a travel corridor with New Zealand to allow quarantine-free tourism, with flights likely to begin within weeks — but there’s a catch. Source: CNNOctober 12

 Guyana To Reopen Airports On October 12

The Guyana government says it will re-open the country’s borders to international traffic on October 12 even as it also announced an extension of the seven-hour curfew to the end of the month. Source: Caribbean National WeeklyOctober 12

 Panama Plans October 12 Reopening For International Flights

Starting October 12, Panama will welcome international tourists from across the world, the government announced via executive order. Source: The Tico TimesOctober 8

 Singapore To Allow Visitors From Australia And Vietnam From Oct 8

Singapore will unilaterally lift border restrictions to visitors from Australia – excluding Victoria state – and Vietnam from Oct 8. Source: Straits TimesOctober 1

 Mauritius To Reopen Borders In Three Phases

The prime minister of Mauritius has announced a three-phase reopening of the country’s borders for international travel. Source: Lonely PlanetOctober 1

 Oman To Restart International Flights On October 1

Oman will restart international flights on October 1, state news agency ONA said on Twitter, after they were suspended in March as part of coronavirus precautions. Source: Khaleej TimesOctober 1

 Belize Reopens Borders To International Travel October 1

Prime Minister Dean Barrow, speaking during a virtual news conference, said the Phillip Goldson International Airport (PGIA) will reopen on that date, coinciding with the start of the 2020 tourist season. Source: Jamaica ObserverOctober 1

 Uganda Says To Re-Open Airport And Resume International Flights On Oct. 1

Uganda said on Thursday it would reopen its sole international airport to commercial flights on Oct. 1, more than five months after its closure as a measure to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus in the East African nation. Source: ReutersOctober 1

 Peru To Resume International Flight Operations From October 1 With Stringent Safety Measures

Peru has approved the resumption of international flights starting from October 1, but under strict safety measures amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Minister of Transport and Communications Carlos Estremadoyro said. Source: News18October 1

 Oman Air Returns To Scheduled Service On 1 October

Oman Air, the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, will return to scheduled service on 1 October with flights to 16 cities in 12 countries. Source: Oman AirOctober 1

 Zimbabwe To Open For Tourism On 1 October

According to the Zimbabwe Ministry of Information, Publicity, and Broadcasting Services, Zimbabwe will open its borders for international travel on 1 October. Source: The South AfricanSeptember 29

 Vietjet To Resume Some International Flights

Vietjet said it will reopen some of its regular international flights from Vietnam to Japan, South Korea and Taiwan from 29 September. Source: Asian AviationSeptember 23

 Zimbabwe Resumes Domestic, Regional Flights

Zimbabwe’s state-owned Air Zimbabwe announced Wednesday it will resume domestic and regional commercial flights later this month after the government decided to re-open the country’s skies following coronavirus lockdowns, local media reported. Source: Andalou AgencySeptember 21

 Nepal To Resume Domestic Flight Operations From Sept 21

The Nepal government has decided to allow resumption of domestic flights and long-haul public transportation services from September 21. Source: Northeast NowSeptember 18

 Japan To Resume Short Biz Trips With Singapore On Sept. 18

Japan and Singapore have agreed to resume short-term business travel between the two countries on Sept. 18, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said Friday. Source: Nippon.comSeptember 18

 Guatemala’s International Airport To Resume Flights On Sept. 18

Guatemala’s Aurora international airport will reopen to commercial flights on Sept. 18, the government announced late on Monday, as the Central American country relaxes its coronavirus lockdown. Source: ReutersSeptember 8

 Jordan To Resume Regular Commercial Flights From Sept. 8

Jordan will resume regular international flights from Sept. 8 to help revive an economy badly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, after delaying the move several times over the past month, officials said on Wednesday. Source: ReutersSeptember 8

 Japan’s Travel Bubble Will Extend To Five Asian Countries And Regions On September 8

Reciprocal travel for long-term residents from Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar and Taiwan will soon be available. Source: Time OutSeptember 5

 Nigeria To Resume International Flights From Sept 5

Nigeria will resume international flights from Sept. 5, the head of the aviation regulatory body said on Thursday, marking a week-long delay to the resumption date previously announced by the government. Source: ReutersSeptember 3

 China Will Gradually Resume Direct International Flights To Beijing

China’s aviation regulator said on Wednesday it will resume direct flights to Beijing from eight countries including Thailand, Cambodia, Greece, Denmark, Sweden and Canada from Sept. 3. Source: ReutersSeptember 1

 Singapore To Ease Restrictions On New Zealand, Brunei Travel

Singapore will allow general travel to and from New Zealand and Brunei Darussalam, as the city-state eases border control measures to take into account countries where the virus situation is under control. Source: BloombergSeptember 1

 Ghana’s Airports To Reopen On September 1

Ghana’s President, Nana Akufo-Addo, has announced plans to re-open the country’s air borders. Source: Premium TimesSeptember 1

 Australia Set To Open Borders To International Students, Other Visa Holders May Have To Wait Longer

South Australia is preparing to bring back the first batch of the state’s nearly 7,000 students stranded offshore. Source: SBS.com.auSeptember 1

 Namibia Welcomes Tourists In September

Namibia’s borders will reopen to international travellers via Hosea Kutako International Airport only from 1 September 2020. Source: allAfricaSeptember 1

 Singapore Airlines To Resume Flights To Taipei In September

Singapore Airlines announced in a news release on Tuesday (Aug. 4) that it will resume three regular flights between Singapore and Taipei in September. Source: Taiwannews.comAugust 30

 Cuba Will Allow Tourism In Late August But Havana Will Be Off-Limits

Despite the rest of the Caribbean reopening in June and July for tourism, Cuba is taking its time, first allowing Cubans to travel domestically at the end of this month before welcoming international tourism in phase two. Source: Time OutAugust 24

 Saudi Land Borders Opened For Families Of Citizens

JEDDAH: The Saudi General Directorate of Passports has opened four land border crossings into the Kingdom for families as part of an easing of restrictions to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. Source: Arab.newsAugust 21

 Anguilla Is Reopening Its Borders. Visitors Will Have To “Apply” For Entry

Anguilla Tourism Secretary Quincia Gumbs-Marie announced on Aug. 14 that Anguilla will launch the first phase of its reopening plan on Aug. 21. Phase One will run through at least Oct. 31. Source: Caribbean JournalAugust 17

Indonesia, South Korea Reopen Borders For Business From Monday

Indonesia announced Thursday it has agreed with South Korea a travel corridor arrangement for essential business trips between the two countries from Monday. Source: Nikkei Asian ReviewAugust 17

 Kazakhstan To Resume Flights With Seven Countries On August 17

Kazakhstan is planning to gradually resume flights with seven countries starting from mid-August, including some holiday hot spots, the country’s Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development has said. Source: Caspian NewsAugust 17

 Nepal To Resume Domestic, Int’l Flights From Aug 17

The Nepal government has decided to resume domestic and international flight operations starting from August 17, nearly four months after they were suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Source: MENAFNAugust 15

 Honduras To Reopen Domestic And International Flights In Mid-August

Honduras announced Tuesday it will reopen its airports to domestic and international flights in mid-August, after a nearly five-month closure due to the pandemic. Source: ReutersAugust 10

International Flights Resume In East Africa

This month, Kenya and Rwanda lifted a ban on international flights, joining Tanzania and Ethiopia. Source: pri.orgAugust 10

 SriLankan Airlines Operates Flights To Selected Destinations As Travel Restrictions Relax

SriLankan Airlines is now offering services to passengers who are eligible to travel under the respective country travel advisories to London, Tokyo (Narita), Melbourne and beyond. Source: SriLankan AirlinesAugust 9

 Pakistan Allows To Resume International Flights

International, domestic flights to resume Aug. 9, says aviation ministry. Source: Andalou AgencyAugust 7

 Dominica Is Now Open For Tourism

The Caribbean’s “Nature Island” officially reopened its borders to international travelers (including those from the United States) on Aug. 7. Source: Caribbean JournalAugust 3

International Flights To And From Many African Nations Resume Following COVID‐19 Halt

Kenya is one of several African countries that are recommencing international flights suspended since March because of the COVID‐19 pandemic. Source: Africanews.comAugust 1

 Sri Lanka To Reopen Some Tourism In August With Restrictions

Sri Lanka plans to reopen its tourism sector on Aug. 1 by allowing only small groups of visitors to begin with, a tourism official said on Sunday. Source: ReutersAugust 1

 British Airways’ August Schedule Sees Return To More Destinations

Throughout August, British Airways is resuming flying to more destinations, albeit with continued low frequencies while the impact of Covid-19 remains felt across the globe. Source: British AirwaysAugust 1

 Kenya Airways Resumes International Flights After Virus Curbs Lifted

Kenya Airways (KQNA.NR) resumed international flights on Saturday, heading to about 30 destinations for the first time since the routes were suspended in March due to the coronavirus. Source: ReutersAugust 1

 Russia To Resume Some International Flights From Aug. 1

Russia plans to resume some international flights from Aug. 1, Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova said on Friday, but the list of destinations will initially be limited to Tanzania, Turkey and the United Kingdom. Source: ReutersAugust 1

 Grenada Reopens August 1 With Tiered Traveler Restrictions

Rules for entry and freedom of movement once inside the country will be based on the current transmission levels and epidemiological data corresponding to visitors’ origin points. Source: Travel PulseAugust 1

 Kuwait To Resume Commercial Flights In August

Flights are allowed to operate with a rate of 30%. The Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approves a three-stage plan to operate commercial flights from and to Kuwait from August 1, 2020 according to Kuwait news agency KUNA. Source: GulfnewsAugust 1

 EasyJet To Resume Flights To Hundreds Of Destinations

EasyJet has announced it will be resuming flights to almost three quarters of its network by August. Source: The TelegraphAugust 1

 Rwanda To Reopen Airports On August 1

Rwanda on Saturday announced that its airports will reopen for scheduled commercial flight operations at the start of August. Source: CGTNAugust 1

 Kenya To Resume International Flights From August 1

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday announced that all international flights shall resume from August 1. Source: The Star KenyaAugust 1

 Seychelles Opens Border For International Flights

Seychelles, the popular holiday destination in the Indian Ocean with a population of less than a hundred thousand inhabitants, as of August 1, 2020 will open its borders to commercial schedule flights, hence provide flexibility for visitors to travel to the islands. Source: FTN NewsJuly 31

 Vistara Hopes To Resume International Flights By Q3-Q4, 2020

Full service carrier Vistara, a joint venture between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines, hopes to resume international flight operations by the end of this year, a senior official of the airline said. Source: LivemintJuly 30

 Kyrgyzstan Plans To Resume International Flights

Kyrgyzstan’s prime minister said his country is preparing to resume international flights that have been suspended since May 20 due to the novel coronavirus. Source: Andalou AgencyJuly 26

 Libyan Airliners Resume Flights, Starting With Turkey

Libyan airlines resumed flights on Sunday starting with renewed service to Turkey, after months of closure due to Coronavirus pandemic. Source: Libyan ExpressJuly 23

 Iraq To Reopen Airports For International Flights July 23

Iraq’s airports will resume international commercial flights on July 23 as the country begins to ease coronavirus lockdown measures, local daily Baghdad Post reported. Source: Arab NewsJuly 22

 Sierra Leone On The Ready To Reopen Airport To Passenger Flights

Sierra Leone’s International Airport will reopen to commercial flights effective 22 July 2020 after it was closed in March this year to all international passenger flights due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Source: AllAfricaJuly 22

 Turks And Caicos To Reopen For Tourism July 22

In a statement, the Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board said it “encourages travelers to consider the vacation destination as the play vacations for late July 2020 onwards.”. Source: Caribbean JournalJuly 20

 Virgin Atlantic Set To Resume Passenger Flights To US And Asia Starting July

Services from London Heathrow to New York JFK, Los Angeles, Orlando, Hong Kong and Shanghai set to resume from 20 and 21 July 2020, with more destinations set to be announced in the next two weeks for the month of August. Source: Virgin AtlanticJuly 18

 India To Resume International Flights, Confirms Air Corridors With US, France, Germany

During a press conference on Thursday, Minister of Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri confirmed the establishment of “air bubbles” between India and the US, France and Germany. Source: CNNJuly 15

 The Maldives Is Now Open To All Global Tourists. Here’s How They’re Doing It.

Though border restrictions and quarantine measures are keeping people from visiting many of the world’s most popular travel destinations at the moment, one country famed for its natural beauty is now welcoming all guests — the Maldives. Source: CNNJuly 15

 French Polynesia To Welcome Tourists Again In July

The South Pacific island of French Polynesia said it will reopen to international travel next month to try to salvage its vital tourism industry. Source: RapplerJuly 12

 Barbados Is Reopening To Tourists On July 12

Barbados is the latest Caribbean island planning to reopen to international tourists, welcoming back visitors on July 12. Source: Travel + LeisureJuly 10

 Sudan Reopens Airport To Flights From Egypt, UAE, Turkey

The airport will now receive flights from Turkey, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, the state-run Sudan News Agency reported yesterday. Source: Al-MonitorJuly 7

 Flydubai Resumes Flight Schedule And Opens For Sale

Flights to resume initially to 24 destinations increasing to 66 destinations over the summer. Source: FlydubaiJuly 1

 Thailand Reopens To International Flights, But Only Some Tourists Can Visit

Medical tourists, overseas students and foreigners working in Thailand will be allowed into the country from July 1. Source: The NationalJuly 1

 Georgia Aims To Open To International Tourism In July

The Georgian government announced that domestic tourism can resume from 15 June while borders could open to foreign tourists as early as 1 July. Source: Lonely Planet July 1

 France To Start Reopening Non-Schengen Borders From July 1

The borders were shut in mid-March to stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, but the European Union recommended on Thursday that the bloc reopen to some countries in the Balkans from July 1. Source: France24July 1

 Malta To Reopen Its Airport On July 1

Malta will reopen its airport to passenger flights on July 1, Prime Minister Robert Abela said on Sunday, as the Mediterranean island rolls back restrictions introduced in March to halt COVID-19 infections. Source: ReutersJuly 1

 Turkey To Reopen All Tourism Facilities As Of July

As of July, Turkey will resume all those tourism facilities planned to be reopened as part of the normalization process, said the country’s culture and tourism minister on June 10. Source: Hurriyet Daily NewsJuly 1

 Bahamas To Resume Commercial Travel By July 01 (Tentative)

The government is looking to open commercial travel on or before July 1, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis announced during a national address on Sunday. Source: thenassauguardian.comJuly 1

 Qantas Airways Ltd Could Restart 40-50% Of Its Domestic Capacity In July If States Relax Border Controls

The airline will introduce measures on board from June 12 such as providing masks and cleaning wipes to ensure safe travel and give passengers peace of mind during the pandemic, but will not leave middle seats empty. Source: ReutersJuly 1

 Egypt To Reopen All Airports On July 1, Aviation Minister Says

Egypt will reopen all its airports for scheduled international traffic on July 1, the civil aviation minister said on Sunday, after suspending regular commercial flights in March because of the coronavirus outbreak. Source: ReutersJuly 1

 Aruba Is Reopening For Tourism In July

On July 1, visitors from Canada, Europe and the Caribbean will be able to return to Aruba. Source: Caribbean JournalJuly 1

 Bermuda To Reopen To Air Travelers On July 1

Bermuda will resume international commercial air service for visitors starting July 1, the island territory’s government announced on Friday. Source: Travel Pulse July 1

 Dominican Republic To Reopen For Tourism July 1

The entire country of the Dominican Republic will open up for international tourism beginning July 1, according to Lucien Echavarria, director at the Ministry of Tourism of the Dominican Republic. Source: Caribbean JournalJuly 1

 Lebanon To Re-Open Beirut International Airport From July 1

Lebanon will re-open Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport for commercial flights beginning July 1, but will keep air traffic at 10% of capacity from a year ago, a statement from the prime minister’s office said on Friday. Source: ReutersJune 27

 Denmark To Reopen For Majority Of European Countries

Denmark’s government has decided to reopen its borders, from June 27, for the majority of European Union countries, except for Portugal and Sweden, asserting the current Coronavirus situation permits for such a step to be taken. Source: Schengen Visa InfoJune 27

 Tunisia Plans To Reopen Borders To Tourism On June 27

Tunisia has announced it is ready to resume tourism safely and will be reopening its borders on June 27. Source: The TelegraphJune 25

 Morocco To Resume Domestic Flights Starting June 25

Morocco will resume domestic flights starting June 25, the state news agency said on Sunday, citing the ministry of tourism, air transport, handicrafts and social economy. Source: ReutersJune 22

 St Barth To Reopen For Tourism On June 22

The French Caribbean island of St Barth is reopening for travel and tourism on June 22, according to Bruno Magras, president of the island’s territorial council. Source: Caribbean JournalJune 21

 Spain To Reopen Borders On June 21

Spain will open its borders to members of the EU’s Schengen Zone and the UK on June 21. The border was originally due to remain closed until July 1. Source: The TelegraphJune 18

 Turkish Airlines To Start Flights To Europe On June 18

Turkish Airlines (THY) is set to resume flights between 16 cities in six European countries, including Germany, the Netherlands and Austria and Turkey, on June 18, the flag carrier’s senior official has announced. Source: Hurriyet Daily NewsJune 15

 Switzerland To Open EU Borders From June 15th

The Swiss government said Friday it will accelerate plans to open its borders, allowing people travelling from all European Union countries and Britain to enter from June 15th. Source: thelocal.chJune 15

 France To Lift Border Controls For EU Travellers On June 15

France will lift restrictions at its borders for EU travellers on June 15, the French Interior and Foreign ministries said in a statement on Friday. Source: ReutersJune 15

 Greece Ready To Open To Tourists, PM Says Safety Is Top Priority

International flights to and from the country’s main airports will resume on June 15, after a nearly three-month lockdown. Source: ReutersJune 15

 Georgia Opens Up For Domestic Tourism From June 15th

From June 15th, domestic tourists will be able to receive appropriate services. Georgia will be ready to open up for foreign tourists from July 1st. Source: traveldailynews.comJune 15

 Iceland To Open To Tourists Again On June 15th

At a press conference held just moments ago, Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir announced some up-coming changes to the travel restrictions to Iceland. Source: Grapevine.isJune 15

 Brussels Airlines To Resume Operating Round Trips To 59 Destinations In Europe, Africa And The US Starting 15 June 2020

The gates to the sky are finally reopening! We couldn’t be happier to announce our summer network, with 59 destinations in Europe, Africa and the US gradually opening between 15 June and 31 August. A network to meet our customers’ needs. Source: brusselsairlines.comJune 15

 Austria, The Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary And Slovakia Could Open Their Borders To Each Other As Of Mid-June

“We think we could create a mini-Schengen allowing people to travel without border checks, tests or subsequent quarantine in mid-June,” Czech Foreign Minister Tomas Petricek said after talking to his Austrian and Slovak counterparts. Source: macaubusiness.comJune 15

 Austrian Airlines Plans To End Flight Suspension On June 15

Austrian Airlines has therefore temporarily suspended regular flight operations as of March 18, 2020. From June 15, 2020, Austrian Airlines will take off again and slowly but steadily increase its flight operations. Source: Austrian AirlinesJune 15

 Lufthansa To Resume Flights To 20 Destinations From Mid-June

The destinations include Mallorca, Crete, Rhodes, Faro, Venice, Ibiza and Malaga, the spokeswoman said, adding flights would depart from the airline’s main hub in Frankfurt. Source: ReutersJune 15

 Jamaica Is Reopening For Tourism On June 15

In a major move for the Caribbean tourism sector at large, the island of Jamaica is reopening its borders for travelers beginning June 15. Source: Caribbean JournalJune 15

 Germany To Lift Travel Warning To Most European Countries From June 15

Germany introduced an unprecedented warning against all foreign travel in mid-March. But with new infections sharply down, the government is looking for ways to restart the economy. Source: France24June 9

 Malaysia Airlines Increases Domestic, International Connectivity

Malaysia Airlines will resume limited flight operations across the network for domestic from June 2020 and international services from July 2020 until October. Source: Malaysia AirlinesJune 9

 Cyprus To Open Airports Again On June 9

Cyprus will reopen its airports on June 9 as it gradually lifts restrictions imposed to stem the spread of coronavirus, the island’s Deputy Tourism Minister Savvas Perdios said on Wednesday. Source: ReutersJune 3

 Philippines To Resume Limited Domestic, International Flights

Country’s major airlines announce plans to resume flights from June 3, 2020. Source: Gulf NewsJune 2

 Vietnam Airlines Resumes All Domestic Flight Services

No date has been set for the resumption of international flights, which were suspended in late March, but Vietnam could open its skies sooner than other Southeast Asian nations. Source: Nikkei Asian ReviewJune 2

 Singapore To Allow Transit Passengers From June 2

Travellers will once again be allowed to transit through Singapore’s Changi Airport from June 2 as the city-state prepares to ease some coronavirus restrictions and gradually reopen its borders. Source: Straitstimes.comJune 1

Flynas To Resume Operation Early June

Flynas’ Chief Commercial Officer on his LinkedIn page announced the news that the Saudi Arabian budget airline is set to resume scheduled operations shortly. Source: LinkedInJune 1

 Korean Air To Restart Some International Flights In June

Korean Air is reopening flights to international destinations in North America, Europe and Asia in June, as it prepares for Covid-19-related travel restrictions to ease. Source: flightglobal.comJune 1

 Italy To Reopen Borders To European Union Tourists In Early June

Italy will reopen to European tourists from early June and scrap a 14-day mandatory quarantine period. SourceJune 1

 Serbia To Open Borders For Select Countries In June

Serbia’s First Deputy Prime Minister Ivica Dačić announced (20-May-2020) plans to open borders to visitors from Montenegro, North Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Albania from 01-Jun-2020. Source: centreforaviation.comJune 1

 Poland’s Flagship Airline To Resume Domestic Flights As Of June 1

As of June 1, passengers will be able to fly from Warsaw to seven cities in the country as well as between Gdansk and Krakow, a total of 30 flights per day. Source: aviationpros.comJune 1

 Singapore Airlines And SilkAir To Increase Flight Schedules In June And July

Singapore Airlines and SilkAir are increasing the number of destinations that will be covered by their passenger network, as well as the frequencies on some existing services, in June and July 2020. Source: Singapore AirlinesJune 1

 Hong Kong Said It Will Reopen Its Airport To Transiting Passengers On June 1

Hong Kong said it will reopen its airport to transiting passengers on June 1, joining rival Singapore which made a similar announcement last week, as governments in the pair of regional hubs look to boost their local airlines as the global pandemic eases. Source: CaixinMay 31

 Saudi Arabia To Resume Domestic Flights On 31st May 2020

GACA announces the resumption of domestic flights, starting on Sunday, 31st of May 2020. General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) announces the issuance of its kind approval for the resumption of domestic flights starting on Sunday, 8 of Shawwal 1441, Corresponding to May 31, 2020, by the national air carriers. Source: General Authority Of Civil Aviation.May 30

 Pakistan To Resume Outbound International Flights

Pakistan will allow outbound international flights to resume from Saturday, an aviation official said, after largely closing its airspace to commercial flights to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Source: ReutersMay 25

 India Domestic Flights Resume: The Government Has Allowed Airlines To Resume Flights From Monday

But there will be restrictions and strict procedures: flights will run at only one-third of pre-lockdown capacity; passengers, airlines and airports will need to follow standard operating procedures issued by the Ministry of Civil Aviation. Source: indianexpress.comMay 22

 Ukraine To Reopen Borders With EU Countries And Moldova

The Ukrainian government will reopen 66 border checkpoints with European Union countries and Moldova for the first time after it closed most of them to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus in March. Source: kyivpost.comMay 22

 Air Canada Resumes Operating Flights To United States And Plans For More

Air Canada will begin by resuming flights to the United States as of May 22, with six destinations being served by May 25, including New York-LaGuardia, Washington-Dulles, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston and Chicago. Source: freshdaily.caMay 21

 Albania To Open Borders In May, Prepare To Welcome Back Tourists

Albania will re-open its borders this month and prepare to welcome back tourists, Prime Minister Edi Rama told parliament on Thursday, with the country reporting no new coronavirus deaths for more than three weeks. Source: ReutersMay 20

 Cambodia Lifts Entry Ban On Visitors From 6 Nations

Cambodia has lifted a ban on entry of visitors from Iran, Italy, Germany, Spain, France and the United States that had been put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus, the health ministry said on Wednesday. Source: SkiftMay 16

 Pakistan Resumes Domestic Flights, Insists On Masks And Empty Seats

Pakistan resumed domestic flights between major cities for the first time in nearly two months on Saturday with the requirement that face masks be worn and vacant seats left between passengers, officials said. Source: ReutersMay 15

 Slovenia Calls End To Coronavirus Epidemic, Reopens Borders To EU Citizens

Slovenia is reopening its road, air and sea borders to foreign nationals, the Slovenian government said, officially declaring an end to coronavirus epidemic in the country. Source: seenews.com

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Introduction

Ooty (short for Udhagamandalam) is a town in the Western Ghats mountains, in southern India’s Tamil Nadu state. Founded as a British Raj summer resort, it retains a working steam railway line.

Other reminders of its colonial past include Stone House, a 19th-century residence, and the circa-1829 St. Stephen’s Church.

Its 55-acre Government Botanical Garden lies on the slopes of Doddabetta Peak. 

What is the best time to visit Ooty?

Ooty is a year-round destination, but the ideal time to visit is between the months of April to June and September to November.

Is 2 days enough for Ooty?

Ooty can be covered easily in 1 to 2 days. Check out the 1 day Itinerary to help you plan your trip in a better way. If you wish to extend your stay than there is also an another 2 days itinerary. To know more about Ooty and major tourist attractions, check out it’s travel guide.May

How can I spend 3 days in Ooty?

3 Days Ooty (Top Places to visit in Ooty in Three Days)

  1. Day 1: Pykara Lake / Boat House, Pykara Waterfalls, 9th Mile, 6th Mile, Kamraj Sagar Dam, Toda Hamlet / School Mund, Pine Tree Forest, Wenlock Downs.
  2. Day 2: Doddabetta Peak, Ooty Botanical Gardens, Sim’s Park, Coonoor Tea Estate, Lamb’s Rock, Dolphin’s Nose.
  3. Day 3: Wax World OotyOoty Lake, Ooty Rose Garden, Stone House.

Is there snowfall in Ooty?

No, it doesn’t snow in OotyOoty doesn’t face any type of snowfall at any time of the year. However, people often confuse the thick frost seen sometimes during the early morning as that of a snowfall. The Ooty hill station is not new to low temperature, but things have not been this cold in the past decade.

Is Ooty good for honeymoon?

Ooty is a beautiful hill town, which not only has scenic environs but an old-world charm. … The old architecture, pleasant weather, and alluring nature, together make Ooty an awesome destination for a honeymoon. There are a lot of places to visit in Ooty and the pleasant weather makes the experience enjoyable.Jan 24, 2020

Can unmarried couples stay in Ooty?

Some of the top hotels in this category in Ooty include OYO 37233 White Residency, OYO 14434 Hotel RJ Inn, OYO 13231 Hotel Sapphire Garden, OYO Home 31116 Hill View Cool Spot Cottage, OYO 11709 A Ooty Honey Nuts, etc. … These hotels allow unmarried couples without asking any prying questions.

How far is Ooty from Bangalore?

Bangalore to Ooty distance is 277 Km via NH 275.

Which airport is near to Ooty?

Ooty does not have an airport. The nearest airport is Coimbatore International Airport. The airport is well-connected to several cities across India such as Bangalore, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Delh… Currently, there are international flights to Jeddah and Singapore via Air Arabia and Silkair.

What can I buy in Ooty?

5 things you should buy before leaving Ooty

  • City Special. SHOPPING, COONOOR. Acres Wild. …
  • Food. SHOPPING IN OOTY. The Green Shop. …
  • Food. SHOPPING IN OOTY. Handmade chocolates. …
  • Souvenirs. SHOPPING IN OOTY. Aromatic Oils. …
  • City Special. SHOPPING IN OOTY. Tea.

What is the cost of Ooty trip?

Popular Ooty Packages

Ooty PackagesPrice (Per person on twin sharing)
Short Trip to Ooty – Weekend Getaway (Ex – Bangalore)Rs 10,999
Short Trip to Mysore and Ooty – Weekend Getaway (Ex – Bangalore)Rs 13,999
Mysore & Ooty Self Drive – Ex BangaloreRs 10,999
Ooty and Kodaikanal Self Drive – Ex BangaloreRs 14,999

What can we do in Ooty at night?

Ooty Nightlife: Shopping in Ooty at night

  • Shops at the Ooty Main Bazaar.
  • Tibetan Market (source)
  • Enjoy Trekking & Camping Glenmorgan.
  • Bar @ Taj Savoy Hotel (source)
  • The Valley Bar, Ooty (source)
  • Canterbury Bar, Ooty (source)
  • Selbournes Bar, Ooty (source)
  • Alto Espirito Bar (source)

Is there Uber in Ooty?

No Ola and Uber are not available in Ooty. But you can find taxis everywhere and they charge around 1800 INR both Hatchback or sedan to 2500 INR for 7 seaters or offroad per day that is 12 hours. you can also rent your favourite vehicle from zoom cars and drive on your own.

Which is the coldest month in Ooty?

April is the hottest month in Ooty with an average temperature of 17.05°C (63°F) and the coldest is January at 12.55°C (55°F) with the most daily sunshine hours at 10 in April. The wettest month is July with an average of 259.4mm of rain. .

What is better Coorg or Ooty?

While Coorg is famous for its scenic coffee plantations, Ooty is popular for its picturesque tea estates. While Coorg has more tourist attractions, Ooty makes up for that with some awesome weather and endless natural beauty!Mar 9, 2019

Is Ooty open for tourists now?

While the parks and recreational spaces run by the Horticulture Department, such as the Government Botanical Garden, Sims Park, Rose Garden and Kattery Park, have been opened since last month, other tourist spots, such as the Ooty Lake and Boat House, Pykara Lake, Ninth Mile, Doddabetta Peak and Kodanad View Point have …Dec 6, 2020

Is Ooty worth visiting?

Yes, it is worth checking out, and the area is certainly worth a visit, but Ooty itself…. cold, wet and miserable, except for a few weeks of the year.Nov 3, 2009

How can I plan Ooty trip?

5 Day Ooty Tour Plan

  1. Start From Hotel.
  2. Doddabetta Peak. Visitors typically stay for 45 minutes. …
  3. Tea Factory view point. Visitors typically stay for 30 minutes. …
  4. Eagles Dare (Adventure sports) Visitors typically stay for 55 minutes. …
  5. Tea Break.
  6. Botanical Garden. …
  7. Rose Garden. …
  8. Lunch Break.

Which city is near to Ooty?

Approximately 88 kilometres away, Coimbatore is the nearest domestic airport from Ooty which is well-connected with most of the Indian cities. You can also take a flight from Bangalore (which is 295 kilometres from Ooty) as Bangalore airport is connected with most of the cities across the globe.

How far is Ooty from Delhi?

2418 KmsDistance Between Delhi to Ooty

Distance between Delhi to Ooty by Road is2418 Kms
Distance between Delhi to Ooty by Flight is1914 Kms
Travel Time from Delhi to Ooty by Road is37:10 hrs
Nearest Airport in DelhiIndira Gandhi (28.61, 77.21)
Nearest Airport in OotyCoimbatore International Airport (11.41, 76.69)

Why Ooty is called Blue Mountain?

Ooty is in the Nilgiri hills, meaning the “blue mountains“, so named due to the Kurunji flower which blooms every twelve years giving the slopes a bluish tinge.

Avalanche Lake

Located 28 km away from Ooty, Avalanche lake is a must visit when on Ooty Tour. This lake, beautifully lying amid the lush greenery of mountains and landscapes mesmerises every visitor. It was created due to a massive landslide somewhere around 1800s hence the name.

Ooty-Lake

Ooty lake is indeed a place to visit. nIt is an artificial lake that was built for fishing purposes. This lake is popular for boating. Tourists can be seen enjoying a refreshing ride on its serene waters. There is boating house located near the lake offering a wide array of boats on hire. Cycling by the side of lake is also worth experiencing

Emarld-lake

Located near the Emerald Village in the Nilgiri District, Emerald Lake lies in a place called as SIlent Valley. It is situated around 25 km away from Ooty. A beautiful lake offering an ideal place for picnic where you can relax and spend some quality time with your loved one. Tea plantation surrounding add on to the overall beauty of the lake. The view of sunrise and sunset from here is breathtaking and not to be missed.

Ooty Botanical Gardens

Maintained by the Horticultural Department of Tamil Nadu, the Botanical Gardens of Ooty is undeniably one of the most popular places to see in Ooty. Spread over 55 acres of land, this garden is divided into five different sections such as Fern House, Lower Garden, Italian Garden, Conservatory, and Nurseries. The flower show conducted here as a part of the Ooty Summer festival is a major attraction. Another popular attraction of the Botanical Garden is the Fossil Tree Trunk that is said to be around 20 million years old.

Deer Park

Located at a distance of 2 km from Ooty Lake, Deer Park is easily accessible by road. With its rich fauna along with varieties of deer such as Sambhar and the Chithal, Deer park makes up for an interesting visit, especially for wildlife enthusiasts. Equally rich is the variety of flora in this park. Spread across an area of 22 acres, this park was established in the year of 1986. It is one of the known wildlife sanctuaries of not only Tamil Nadu but of India presenting amazing opportunity to observe the wildlife and various animals from closer.

Doddabetta-Peak

Located at an altitude of 2623 meters, Doddabetta Peak is the highest peak in the Nilgiris. At the junction of Western and Eastern Ghats, it is around 10 km away from Ooty. Covered by dense sholas, this peak is trekkers favourite point. The view fro the top of the peak is absolutely mesmerising, there is a telescope house at the peak with two telescopes presenting captivating view of the valley around. Rich flora and fauna here add on to the overall charm of Doddabetta Peak.

Kalhatty Waterfalls

About 13 km away from Ooty, on the Ooty-Mysore Road, Kalhatty Waterfalls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls that you will see on an Ooty Tour. This waterfall can be reached via a trek of 2 mile from Kalahatti village. It is believed that great Hindu saint Agastya has once lived here. With its rich avian fauna, it is often visited by bird watchers as well. Its scenic beauty is sure to leave you spellbound.


Kamraj-Sagar-Dam

A popular place for picnics and film shooting, this dam is situated around 10 km from Ooty bus stand. Also known with the name of Sandynallah Reservoir, this dam offer peaceful environment with beautiful surrounding where tourists can spend some time at ease. Along with being a popular picnic spot, it is also visited by tourists for bird watching as well as for fishing. It is a popular site for researchers who come to study environment.

Mudumalai-National-Park

Connecting Eastern Ghats and the Western Ghats, on the Ooty Mysore route, Mudumalai National Park is another place to visit by Nature lovers when on their tour to Ooty. This national park boasts of many wild animals and rich avian fauna along with equally rich flora. It has also been declared as a tiger reserve as it is home to approximately 50 tigers. If interested one can also find accommodation as many guest houses are offered by the Forest Department at different location of the park.

Mukurthi-National-Park

A part of Nilgiri Bio reserve, Mukurthi National Park promises a memorable time to everyone amid its enthralling scenic beauty and rich nature. Spread across 80 sq.km, this national park has various streams and rivers flowing through it, which in turn add to the overall attraction of this place. Many animals and birds can be spotted around these sources of water. There are also a few watch towers located inside the national park. It is a popular site for trekking as well.

Needle-View-Hillpoint

Located about 8 km from Gudalur, Needle Rock view-point presents a mesmerizing 360 view of the surrounding valley and areas. Gudalur is around 51 km from Ooty. Also known as Soochimalai, it is also a popular spot for trekking. This view point got its name as its shape resembles a needle. The view of clouds meeting hills, crossing you as you stand watching them is sure to take your breath away.

Rose Garden

Rose Garden is another popular place to visit in Ooty. Maintained by Government of Tamil Nadu, this garden is spread across 4 hectares of land and proudly presents more than 20 thousand variety of roses. A well maintained garden, it also boasts of winning Garden of Excellence Award for South Asia from the World Federation of Rose Societies. The unparalleled beauty of roses promises a visual treat and an ideal backdrop for photography.

Toy-Train

A part of Nilgiri Mountain Railway, Ooty Toy Train is a an integral part of every Ooty Tour. It runs from Mettupalayam to Ooty via Coonoor. The ride in this historical toy Train is unmatched to any other train ride; passing through lush green landscapes and breathtaking nilgiri mountains, this train runs on a track of 46 km. There are first class and second class coaches to choose from.

Tribal Research Center

Situated around 10 km away from Ooty, Tribal Research Center presents a glimpse into the life of indigenous people. Along with researching the lives of tribal tribes of South India, it also houses a well-stocked library. It also a museum displaying artifacts. Easily accessible by road, this place is an ideal place to understand the lives of local people.

Parsons Valley Reservoir Ooty

As the name suggests Parson valley reservoir is located in Parson valley, which is spread over an area of 200 hectares at an altitude of 2,196 meters above sea level. Situated on the Ooty Mysore road, it can be reached via road. This hydel reservoir can be entered after getting permission from the forest department. It is the primary source of water in the Nilgiri District. The view of the valley around the reservoir is worth traveling for.

Pykara-Waterfalls

Situated on the Ooty Mysore road, this waterfall is around 20 km away from Ooty. Developed as a picnic spot, this place is ideal to come and relax while admiring the scenic beauty of the waterfall and greenery around. There is a boathouse and a restaurant can be found also near the waterfall, where you can enjoy snacks while the beauty of pristine streams of water mesmerises you. The surrounding area is also popular for Toda settlements.

St Stephens Church

Dating back to the 19th century, St. Stephan Church is a place to visit in Ooty for its architectural beauty and religious importance. Although comparatively simpler, this church has beautiful interiors. The painted glass windows along with the painting of Last Supper are especially captivating. It is said that the timber used in the construction of this church was brought from Srinangapatna as well as from the Tipu Sultan Palace.

Ooty Stone House

The first bungalow which was built in Ooty is the Stone House. It was constructed by John Sullivan in 1822. Used to be called as Kal Bungalow by the locals, it was built on the land which was brought from the Toda people. Its an ancient architecture is worth seeing. Many tourists visit this place to have a glimpse of this bungalow.

Toda Huts Ooty

One of the most attractive and unique sightseeing places in Ooty is the Toda Huts. These are the residing place for the Toda people, one of the indigenous tribes of Ooty. The huts are made in the shape of a semi-barrel. These huts don’t have any windows and very low doors where one has to stoop and enter. While once you are inside the hut there is space to stand as well. This close-knit community of Toda people mostly depend on cattle herding and farming for a living.

Wax World Ooty

Located at a distance of 2 km from the center of the town, Wax World is definitely a place to see in Ooty. Many real-like statues of great Indian personalities have been displayed here. Some of the statues at this museum are of Mahatma Gandhi, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Mother Teresa, Gopal Krishna Gokhale, late Dr.A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, and many more. Replica of local people and their living styles has been displayed here.

Over 80 acres of lush green landscapes also housing Hindustan Photo Films Company presents a vast spread of greenery and a calm environment. A walk here, amid the soothing touch of nature and its calm surroundings with nothing but the sound of birds and leaves rustling as the wind passes by, is something that will make your Ooty tour complete. The sight of sheets grazing and the long stretch of eucalyptus trees is sure to mesmerize you.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

15 best Places To See Around Near Bengaluru

Introduction

First of all, I would like to thanks all my beautiful readers who like my blog and continue reading and share their comments and likes on social media.

Today I would like to share with all my readers about 15 plus places to see around near Bengaluru (also called Bengaluru) is the capital of India’s southern Karnataka state.

The center of India’s high-tech industry, the city is also known for its parks and nightlife. You can plan so many trips around Bengaluru.

Bengaluru is a destination that is surrounded by some of the most magnificent places. From architectural marvels to marvelous places of worship, there is something for everyone

Places to see in a day around Bengaluru

1. Kotilingeshwara

Famous for: Religious site
Distance from Bengaluru: 97 km
Travel Time: 2 hours 25 min

Kotilingeshwara is not only an important religious site near Bengaluru but also a one-of-its-kind temple too. You will be amazed and mesmerized to find lakhs of lingas in the temple. The temple also boasts of a 108-ft Shiva Linga making it one of the largest in the world and 35 feet tall Nandi. People often take a day trip to visit the temple and pay reverence to God. It is located in the village of Kammasandra between Bangarapet and Bethamangala. If you are visiting places near Bengaluru, make sure this one is on your list.

2. Kanakapura

Famous for: Lush greens, serenity, and water sports
Distance from Bengaluru: 64 KM
Travel Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

One of the entertainment places in Bengaluru is Kanakapura that is all about lush greens and rugged terrains. Giving travelers a chance to get closer to mother nature, Kanakapura is famed for being the largest producer of silk and granite. This town sits on the shore of the Arkavati river and is dotted with impeccable forest-surrounded gushing waterfalls. Apart from the natural wonders, there are many temples, and historical sites on this land to explore as well.

3. Ramnagar Wine Yard

Famous for: Wine tour
Distance from Bengaluru: 8 KM
Travel Time: 20 minutes

Another one of the happening places in Bengaluru, Ramnagar Wine Yard is that one land that reeks of sweet fragrances from the vineyards. The experience in this vineyard is categorized into three activities including getting an insight into the history of wine, strolling around the vineyard and witnessing the production process, and finally the bottling. The best part about this tour is definitely tasting the finest wines that come from both France and India at the end of this tour.

4. Jakkur

Famous for: Microlight Flying
Distance from Bengaluru: 17 KM
Travel Time: 35 minutes

For thrill lovers seeking some fun activities in Bengaluru, Jakkur is a spot that gives one a chance to satiate their adrenaline rush. Microlight Flying is what is hidden in the lap of this jewel of a destination near Bengaluru. Imagine witnessing the city of Bengaluru at a glance. Travelers can fly at the height of 40K ft above the ground and breathe in the fresh air that is present up high in the sky.

5. HAL Aerospace Museum

Famous for: Aerospace and aviation
Distance from Bengaluru: 12 KM
Travel Time: 30 minutes

If you are one of those aviation buffs, visiting HAL Aerospace Museum is surely going to be one of the perfect and fun things to do in Bengaluru. This Aerospace Museum was established in the year 2001 and gives one a chance to soak in the technical, historical, and scientific knowledge about aerospace and aviation. This Museum imparts information about various aspects related to aerospace including traffic control, simulators, sustainable development practices, and more.

6. Mysore

Famous for: Palaces, Gardens, Temples, and Galleries
Distance from Bengaluru: 143 Km
Travel Time: 2 Hours 50 minutes

Known as the city of palaces, this place has a rich cultural heritage. Some of the must-visit places are Mysore Palace, Brindavan gardens, Jagamohan palace, and St. Philomena’s Church. You should also try the traditional sweet of Mysore known as ‘Mysore Pak’. Mysore palace is among some ideal tourist places near Bengaluru.

7. Hogenakkal Falls

Famous for: Waterfalls
Distance from Bengaluru: 181 km
Travel Time: 3 Hours

Hogenakkal falls has to be on your list of places to see in a day around Bengaluru. Hogenakkal is a small village in Tamil Nadu where the river Cauvery splits into multiple streams creating beautiful waterfalls. This place is sometimes called ‘Niagara of the East’. You can enjoy the coracle ride from one end of the boat to another, and also visit the nearby Melagiri hills. Many famous movies like ‘Roja’ and ‘Raavan’ have been shot here.

8. Kabini

Famous for: Elephant safari and trekking
Distance from Bengaluru: 154 km
Travel Time: 3 Hours 5 minutes

This area is abundant in wildlife and has a rich variety of flora and fauna. Once a private hunting area for the British, this place attracts tourists from all over the country. You can go for a jungle safari or an elephant safari. You can also go boating and visit the Kabini dam nearby. Travelers while exploring the place can visit for bird watching which is considered to be the best thing to do in Kabini.

9. Yelagiri Hills

Famous for: Hills and greenery
Distance from Bengaluru: 158 Km
Travel Time: 3 Hours 5 minutes

Yelagiri is a small hill station in the Vellore district of Tamil Nadu. This place is quiet, beautiful, and ideal for relaxed weekends. You can do hiking, trekking, and visit the telescope house, Punganoor lake, and Nilavoor lake. Yelagiri Hills is among the best one day trip from Bengaluru, where you can relax and unwind away from the bustling city.

10. Kokkare Bellur Bird Sanctuary

Famous for: Wildlife
Distance from Bengaluru: 87 km
Travel Time: 2 hours 12 min

If you are an avid bird watcher, then you should definitely head to Kokkare Bellur Bird Sanctuary. One of the most famous tourist attractions near Bengaluru, this is where you will find a wide variety of exotic and migratory birds. Kokkare means stork and Bellur means village of jaggery. So, the other thing you will see here in plenty is the sugarcane fields. Spot pelicans, painted storks, and cranes in this village.

11. Bannerghatta National Park

Famous for: Wildlife, nature
Distance from Bengaluru: 36 km
Travel Time: 1 hour

One of the most popular tourist places near Bengaluru, Bannerghata National Park is a biological reserve with pet corner, zoo, butterfly enclosure, animal rescue centre, safari park and snake house. In addition to that Bannerghatta captivates with its ancient temples, and is a popular destination preferred for hiking and trekking in the list of best places to see near Bengaluru.

12. Chunchi

Famous for: Waterfall
Distance from Bengaluru: 90 km
Travel Time: 2.5 hours

For the travelers wanting an escape closer to nature, Chunchi is the answer! Chunchi Falls is a 100 feet waterfall with multiple tiers, falling to form a swimming pool beneath it. One of the most beautiful places to visit near Bengaluru within 100 km, this is a perfect place to unwind and connect with the essence of nature. Enjoy swimming amidst the beautiful scenery and natural rock formations. There is even a deep gorge on the way to the falls that you may check out.

13. Channapatna

Famous for: Toys, temples
Distance from Bengaluru: 67 km
Travel Time: 1.5 hours

If you’re wondering about the best places to see around Bengaluru in a day with kids, Channapatna has to be in your consideration. The town is famed for its colorful wooden toys, and thus it is also known as the Toy Land of Karnataka. Other than that, the town is home to the oldest temple of Varadaraja which depicts the brilliance of Vijayanagara empire. There indeed are several monuments which you and your kids would love to tour.

14. Nandi Hills

Famous for: Hills, Trekking, Sunrise
Distance from Bengaluru: 62 km
Travel Time: 1 Hours 18 minutes

Nandi Hills or Nandidurg is one of the most popular one-day trips near  Bengaluru. This ancient hill fortress is famous for trekking. This place derives its name from the stunning statue of Nandi (the bull) at the doorstep of Yoganandeeshwara Temple. You can view the beautiful sunrise from the hilltop and also visit other places like Muddenahalli and Amrita Sarovar.

15. Guhantara Underground Cave Resort

Famous for: Arts and other outdoor activities
Distance from Bengaluru: 38 KM
Travel Time: 1 hour 8 minutes

Slowly emerging as one of the happening places in Bengaluru, Guhantara Underground Cave Resort is nothing less than paradise on earth. This resort gives travelers a chance to enjoy a stay that offers the utmost comfort and luxury. From spacious rooms that offer impeccable views to numerous outdoor games such as horse riding, cave discotheque, and more, there’s plenty to experience.

Rating: 5 out of 5.





    One of the richest Temple- Shirdi

    Introduction about Shirdi

    Shirdi is a town in the state of Maharashtra, in western India. It’s known as the former home of revered spiritual leader Sai Baba and as a major pilgrimage site. Devotees gather daily at the Sai Baba Temple complex to honor his legacy. Here, the Samadhi Mandir shrine has an ornate marble statue of Sai Baba, alongside his tomb. Close by are Dwarkamai, a mosque where Sai Baba once lived, and tree-lined Lendi Garden. 

    About Shirdi

    Shirdi is famously known as the home of the late 19th-century saint Shri Sai Baba. The Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust located in Shirdi is one of the richest temple organisations.

    Is Shirdi open now?

    Shirdi Sai Baba Temple to reopen today: After seven months of closure due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Sai Baba temple in Shirdi is set to welcome devotees today. The visitors will be allowed only after making a booking online for a specific time slot.

    Best Time to Visit Shirdi

    1. December to February: Winters are the best time to visit Shirdi as the weather is pleasant and is a great time to enjoy your pilgrimage and sightseeing in Shirdi.
    2. March to May: Summers is not a very busy season and hence is a great time to visit Shirdi if you’d like to enjoy your pilgrimage minus the crowds.

    What is VIP darshan in Shirdi?

    The move has been made by the temple trust to curtail the rush of pilgrims opting for the VIP darshan. The Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) has revised its donation amount from Rs 100 to Rs 200 to obtain passes for the VIP darshan and perform the “aarti”, held four times a day at the temple.

    How can I get Shirdi Darshan ticket?

    Tourists can visit Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust Online Services online website to make their bookings. The entry for the temple for them is through Gate 1, which is the VIP gate. Tourists could also get a Darshan ticket at a VIP gate on all days except on Thursdays as there is a high demand it being an auspicious day.

    Is free darshan available at Shirdi?

    Obtain “Free Darshan Access Card” without any payment and absolutely free of cost. The facility is also available at Gate No. 1 or 2. The card will indicate the time at which the pilgrims are required to report at Gate No.

    How can I go to Shirdi temple?

    1. By Air:- The nearest airport to Shirdi is the Aurangabad Airport which is 130 kilometers away from Shridi.
    2. By Bus:- Maharashtra State Transport buses are available from major cities like Nashik, Mumbai, Aurangabad, Ahmednagar, Pune, and Kopargaon to Shirdi.

    Is mobile phone allowed in Shirdi temple?

    What items are not allowed at the Sai Baba Temple in Shirdi? Water, mobile phones, camera or any other electronic gadget are not allowed inside the temple premises of Shirdi. There is both electronic surveillance and electronic checking.

    How long it takes for darshan in Shirdi?

    The time taken to line up for the Samadhi Temple and have darshan varies. It can be completed in one hour, or can take up to six hours. The average time is 2-3 hours. All the main attractions related to Sai Baba are within walking distance of the temple.

    Is there any dress code in Shirdi temple?

    There is no dress code restriction from the temple.

    How can I go to Shirdi from Delhi?

    There is no direct transport mode connectivity between New Delhi and Shirdi. The cheapest way to reach from New Delhi to Shirdi is train to Bhopal Jn, then bus to Shirdi and takes 22h 45m. The fastest way to reach from New Delhi to Shirdi is flight to Pune Airport, then cab to Shirdi and takes 5h 38m.

    How can I dress for Shirdi Sai Baba?

    FOR SAI BABA SAMADHI -3 metres cloth in length and 46 ” in breadth. FOR SAI BABA IDOL-3 metres cloth in length and 46 “in breadth. KHES OR STOLL (AROUND NECK)-2 metres . (These are the measurement of the Dress which was offered -accepted by Baba and it fitted well.)

    How can I cancel my Shirdi Darshan ticket?

    Sansthan has the right to cancel the devotee booking for Accommodation or Darshan pass or update the charges for online facilities without any prior notice. This website is for informational purposes only and its content is subject to change without notice.

    What is special in Shirdi?

    Shirdi is a pilgrimage place so most of the things available here have a religious importance associated within. You can buy religious books, incense sticks, Sri Saibaba statue, shawls, and Prasada.

    How can I book VIP darshan in Shirdi?

    Log on to the Shirdi Sansthan website, register yourself and make the online booking selecting your date and time slot. Charges are Rs. 200-00 per person.

    Is there Uber in Shirdi?

    UBER CAB Rental provide Cab from mumbai to shirdi for outstation travel round-trip. UBER CAB provides best service and rate for mumbai to shirdi cab rental search, select and book online cabs for shirdi From mumbai.

    Is alcohol allowed in Shirdi?

    Alcohol is neither sold nor served in Shirdi.

    How far is pandharpur from Shirdi?

    274 KmsDistance Between Pandharpur to Shirdi Is 274 Kms , Duration, Driving Directions & Route Map.

    How can I send money to Shirdi?

    You can make an online donation over the Internet using the HDFC Bank DirectPay option. Use the below form to make a secure online donation to Shirdi Saibaba Sansthan Trust, Shirdi Temple. Your donation amount will be directly debited from the HDFC bank account.

    Does Shirdi have airport?

    Shirdi Airport (IATA: SAG, ICAO: VASD) is located at Kakadi village, about 14 km South-west of the town of Shirdi in Maharashtra, India. … The airport, spread over 400 hectares, is owned by the Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) and was inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind.

    Can we give hair in Shirdi?

    Tirupati provides for service of barbers and lakhs of pilgrims, especially women donate their hair there to complete their ‘navas’ (wish fulfilment), Shrinivas Rao, one of devotees visiting Shirdi said. … There are around 90 barbers in the temple town here and charge between Rs 51 to Rs 151 for the hair cut.

    Is there any locker facility in Shirdi?

    1) There is toilet facilities inside the temple. 3) There is no separate lines of ladies and gents. (Shopkeepers mis guides you to take 2 sets of Prasad). 4) Locker facilities are also available near by the temple gate.

    What type of clothes should I wear in Shirdi?

    The Sansthan has urged the devotees to dress according to Indian culture while visiting the Shirdi Sai Baba temple. Attires that won’t be allowed inside the temple would include half pants, bermuda shorts, frocks, minis, etc.

    Are unmarried couples allowed in Shirdi?

    Unmarried couples face lots of difficulty in finding accommodation in a hotel. … You can find a number of Couple friendly hotels in Shirdi. Some of the top rated ones are OYO 10733 Hotel Kingdom of Sai, OYO 10453 Hotel Paradise, OYO 29243 Baba’s Palace, OYO 16354 Hotel Sai Srushti and OYO 15175 Sai Durga Reside.

    What is abhishekam Pooja in Shirdi?

    Abhishekam: The procedure of Abhishekam is done around 8 a.m.for the small idol of Shirdi Sai Baba Aksatha(yellow rice)and warm water should be used and 9 times it should be offered at the feet of Sai Baba. … After abhishekam, the idol of Sai Baba is decorated with garland, cloth and kept in the shrine.

    How far is Shirdi from Mumbai?

    241KMWhat is the distance between Mumbai to Shirdi? A. The Distance between Mumbai to Shirdi by road is 241KM. The aerial distance from Mumbai to Shirdi is 184KM.

    What is Sai Baba Favourite food?

    Khichdi: Sai Baba was known to be a simple ascetic – hence the simple fare of daal rice, known as Khichdi was his favorite.

    How far is Ajanta Ellora from Shirdi?

    The distance between Shirdi and Ajanta Caves is 155 km. The road distance is 193.8 km.5 days ago

    How far is trimbakeshwar from Shirdi?

    116 KmsDistance Between Trimbakeshwar to Shirdi

    Distance between Trimbakeshwar to Shirdi by Road is116 Kms
    Distance between Trimbakeshwar to Shirdi by Flight is100 Kms
    Travel Time from Trimbakeshwar to Shirdi by Road is2:26 hrs
    Nearest Airport in TrimbakeshwarGandhinagar (19.94, 73.54)

    Why is Saibaba God?

    Sai Baba’s real name remains unknown. The name Sai was given to him by Mahalsapati when he arrived at Shirdi, a town now in the west Indian state of Maharashtra. The word Sai refers to a religious mendicant but can also mean God. … Thus Sai Baba denotes “holy father”, “saintly father” or (venerable) poor old man.

    Where is Shirdi Sai Baba temple

    AhmednagarShirdi Sai Baba Temple | Shirdi Sai Samadhi | Ahmednagar | Maharashtra Temples | Hybiz TV Shirdi is a town located in the Ahmednagar district of the state of Maharashtra. Shirdi is most famous for the Shirdi Sai Baba Temple which has been constructed on the Samadhi of Shri Sai Baba.

    Can we read Sai Satcharitra after eating non veg?

    If you are spiritually inclined towards Sai Baba it is good to observe fast spiritually and scientifically. In case of non veg; humble request not to eat it during fasts cause non vegetarian food is considered to be Tamasic and during fasts we are in Sattvick position as we are spiritually uplifting our soul.

    Did Saibaba die?

    15 October 1918Sai Baba of Shirdi/Date of death.

    What does Om Sai Ram mean?

    Om: According to Hindu scriptures, Om is the universe; the past, present and future, all that was, all that is, and all that will be is Om. … SaiSai actually refers to Sai Baba, who was a religious saint known for encouraging individuals to pray, chant/sing God’s name and read holy scriptures.

    Is Sai Baba avatar of Vishnu?

    Sai Baba is widely regarded as an incarnation of God, but He always said that He was an obedient servant of God.

    What is Sai Baba’s parents name?

    Sai Baba is also claimed to have been born in Tamil Nadu. According to this version, his mother’s name was Vaishnavdevi and his father’s name was Abdul Sattar. He is later said to have come to Shirdi.

    Why is Shirdi famous?

    Traditionally, known as the site housing the holy temple of Lord Khandoba, an avatar of the Hindu God Shiva, Shirdi rose to fame and glory as a treasure trove of divine vibrations due to its strong association with the famous Saint Shri Sai Baba.

    Places Around Shirdi

    Shani Shingnapur (Nevasa – Ahmednagar)

    Shani the son of Sun (Surya) is famous God in Shinganapur. A specialty of Shinganapur is there are no doors to the houses. Shri Shani Dev protects people from thieves. Shanishinganapur is one more religious place in Ahmednagar-Nagar Dist. Rahuri is 50 Km. from Shirdi, & Shanishinganapur is located at east on Nagar Manmad Road. Shinganapur the Sub verb of Sonai is to the east 16 Kms. from Rahuri. S.T. Buses & private cars are available for journey.

    Muktidham  (Nashik)

    The Muktidham Temple is pure white Located near Nashik-Road Station, just 2 Kms, the colour signifying holiness and peace. White Makrana marble was used to build this temple has very unusual architecture. Unique to this temple are the 18 chapters of the Gita written on the walls.

    Kalaram Temple    (Panchavati – Nashik)

    This temple was built in 1794 and is similar in its architectural design to the nearby Trimbakeshwar Temple. The temple is 70 feet in height and was the brainchild of Gopikabai Peshawa. It was built with black stone from the mines of Ramsej Hill. The temple is surrounded by several smaller temples such as the Vithal Temple, Ganapati Temple, Maruti Temple, etc.

    Pandavleni Caves  (Nashik)

    The Pandavleni Caves are located on a tableland on Trivashmi Hill. Built by Jain kings these Caves are around 2000 years old. There are some 24 Caves that were home to Jain saints such as Tirthankara Vrishabdeo, Veer Manibhadraji, and Ambikadevi.

    Ramkund   (Panchavati – Nashik)

    Prabhu Shri Ramchandra stayed in Nasik during his 14 Years VANVASA period. He used to take Bath at this place, thus it is recognised as RAMKUND. The same place is a part of KUMBHMELA, which comes after every 12 Years.

    Ellora Caves  (Aurangabad)

    Dating back to the 2nd BC and artistically built over a few centuries, the Caves of Maharashtra have an extraordinary appeal and aura. Nestled in the formidable Sahayadri Mountain Range, these caves have been home to monks of different religions. Be it the paintings in the Ajanta caves or the sculpture of the Ellora caves, or the divine presence in the Elephanta caves, the visitors have always and will always continue to be spellbound. These caves offer a visit that is truly unforgettable. A visit that will induce a sense of discovery, a discovery of the self, and of the divine.

    Getting there : Aurangabad is the gateway to the region, and is generally where you would arrive or depart from. Aurangabad airport is conveniently located, around 10 kms east of the town, and is directly air-linked to Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur and Udaipur. Aurangabad is well connected to Mumbai and other cities. There are two trains that depart daily from Mumbai. The Tapovan Express leaves Mumbai early morning arriving in Aurangabad by late afternoon, while the Devgiri Express is an overnight train. Daulatabad and Caves can be accessed by private taxi or by the local bus that runs between Aurangabad and Ellora.

    Daulatabad   (Aurangabad)

    Rising dramatically over 600 ft above the Deccan plain is the arresting sight of Daulatabad. Once known as Devgiri, this fort served as the head quarters of the powerful Yadava rullers. In the 13th century, Mohammed bin Tughlak, the Sultan of Delhi, made it his capital and renamed it Daulatabad, or City of Fortune.

    One of the world’s best preserved forts of medieval times, surviving virtually unaltered, Daulatabad still displays many of the internal contrivances that made it invincible. A series of secret, quizzical subterranean passages lie amidst the fort. Its defense systems comprised fortifications of double and even triple rows of massive walls. A fortress conquered only by treachery!

    The most notable structures at Daulatabad are the Chand Minar, Jami Masjid and royal palaces. The tapering 30-metre high tower of the Chand Minar is divided into four storeys, and was faced with glazed tiles and carved motifs. The Minar probably served as a prayer hall or a victory monument in its time. The Jami Masjid was a mosque built by the Khilji ruler of Delhi, Qutubuddin Mubarak. The palaces consist of spacious halls, pavilions and courtyards. The fort is open till 6 pm.

    Coin Museum   (Anjaneri Village – Nashik)

    The Indian Institute of Research in Numismatic Studies was established here in 1980. Located in the scenic surroundings of Anjani Hill, the institute is the only one of its kind in Asia. The museum has a well-documented record of the history of Indian numismatics.

    Trimbakeshwar   (Nashik)

    The village of Trimbak, 36 kms from Nashik, is famous for the Trimbakeshwar Temple and as the source of the Godavari River. Trimbakeshwar enshrines one of the 12 Jyotirlingas dedicated to Shiva and this one is considered to be the main Jyotirlinga.

    Alandi (Khed – Pune)

    An association with Saint Dnyaneshwar halos Alandi, a township on the banks of Indrayani River, also called as Devachi Alandi in Pune District. Dnyaneshwar, the author of Dnyaneshwari lived and attained samadhi in Alandi at the tender age of twenty-one. Two melas are held here annually: on Ashadhi and Kartiki Ekadashi, the eleventh days of Ashadh and Kartik (Hindu months). Places of interest and worship are the sacred Samadhi of Dnyaneshwar Siddhabet in Indrayani and the temple of Vithoba-Rakhumai. Recently a Shri Sai Mandir has also constructed in Aalandi.

    Nevasa (Nevasa tehsil – Ahmednagar)

    Saint Dyaneshwar wrote a Dnyaneshwari in Nevasa beside a pole which is still there. Every year palkhi of Dyaneshwari is taken to Pandharpur during ashadi ekadashi. Mata Laxmi Temple is famous called Varkhedai in village Varkhed, Big Jatra is famous near about 7 to 10 lake people comes there Chaytra vadhy panchami for three days Chabina ceremony held there. This Devi called in south name Laxmi-Chandralamba Devi Sannati, Gulbarga Dist.

    Bhimashankar (Khed – Pune)

    Bhimashankar is the temple containing one of the five Jyotirlingas found in Pune Dist. Maharashtra. Nana Fadnis, an eminent statesman of the Peshawa days, constructed the beautiful Shiva Temple at Bhimashankar. The wooden entrance of the temple is beautifully carved. On Mahashivratri day, over 20,000 devotees attend a special religious fair. Bhimashankar is endowed with beautiful scenery and an all-around vibrant atmosphere. Besides the Shiva Temple and the dense forest surrounding it, you can also visit Bombay Point, Gupta Bhimashankar: the origin of Bhima River, Hanuman Tank and Nagphani Point.

    Shegaon  (Buldana)

    Shegaon, a municipal town in Khamgaon Tehasil is famous for the Samadhi of Shri Gajanan Maharaja mystic saint as popular as Saibaba of Shirdi. You’ll see a large number of pilgrims here, some coming from distant parts of Western Maharashtra, Vidarbha. Allegorically, Shegaon can be described as the Pandharpur of Vidarbha. Thousands of devotees pay their respects at the Samadhi every Thursday, which is regarded as a special day. See the temple of Shri Ram, also constructed in the premises of the shrine. If you visit Shegaon on Ram Navami in Chaitra and on Rushi Panchami in Bhadrapada month of the Hindu Calendar, you can also attend the fairs held here on these occasions

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    how to book the Cheapest Flight Ticket

    Introduction

    Today I would like to share a very interesting topic with every air passenger and my readers, how to book the cheapest flight ticket. These secret tactics have definitely worked. Please use them and share them with others. If you have any other tactic to share with other readers.

    Please share it, so they also get will benefited.

    1) Be flexible with your travel dates and days

    2) Look out for last-minute deals

    3) Subscribe to airline newsletters

    4) Take off peak hour flights

    5) Fly to a low cost airport or hub

    6) Compare prices across multiple travel sites

    7) Book round trips with the same airline

    8) Plan in advance

    Q). What are the cheapest airlines?

    A: SpiceJet, IndiGo, GoAir are among the low-cost carriers in India to book Cheap Flights.

    Q). When is the best time to book cheap flights?

    A: On an average, For domestic flight booking, 2-3 weeks in advance and for international trips, 5-6 months in advance is the best time to book cheap flight tickets.

    Q). What are the takeaways to keep in mind while booking cheap flights?

    A: Users always hunt to get the lowest prices for flight tickets whether for family or a vacation. Here are some of the takeaways to keep in mind while booking cheap flight tickets.

    • 1. Flights tend to be less expensive between four months and three weeks before your departure date.
    • 2. Seasonal changes and holidays can create fluctuations in ticket prices.
    • 3. The day of the week that you book a flight does not affect the price.

    Q). How can I track cheap flight ticket prices earlier?

    A: If you want to make sure you book your next flight ticket at the lowest fare, then use Yatra’s ‘Flight fare Calendar’ feature! This intelligent feature is dedicatedly build to show you the ticket prices for the next coming months on a day-wise basis. Our smart fare algorithm helps you to find the Cheap flights automatically as per the search of your arrival and departure location around the globe.

    Q). Which is the best site to book cheap flights?

    A: Cheap flight tickets can be bought directly off the airline’s website or through an aggregator website. It depends on how early you are making the booking, and whether or not you are using any promo code to avail an on-going discount. Yatra is known to offer cheap flights on both domestic and international front and comes up with deals and discounts across seasons.

    Q). How can I book Cheap International airtickets?

    A: Firstly, For Booking International Airlines keep a tab on the flight search engines to know the prices being offered by them for your date of journey. Also, it is important to know the significance of your date of travel in case it coincides with a festival/carnival/holiday, etc. Look for discounts pertaining to those dates. Subscribe to the newsletters and price alerts by the top airlines flying to your chosen destination, and also be flexible about your flight timing, and you might just land a cheap international flight ticket. The aggregator sites are also a good place to look for offers and discounts on popular international flight routes.

    Conclusion

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    City Of Joy Kolkata

    Introduction about Kolkata

    Kolkata is the capital city of the Indian state of West Bengal. It is the second-largest city in India after Mumbai. It is on the east bank of the River Hooghly. When it is called Calcutta, it includes the suburbs.

    About Kolkota

    Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) is the capital of India’s West Bengal state. Founded as an East India Company trading post, it was India’s capital under the British Raj from 1773–1911. Today it’s known for its grand colonial architecture, art galleries and cultural festivals. It’s also home to Mother House, headquarters of the Missionaries of Charity, founded by Mother Teresa, whose tomb is on site.

    Home to bookworms, football maniacs, fish lovers, and Durga Pujo the beautiful city of Kolkata is the second-largest city in India after New Delhi. The city, which was once the capital of India, happened to be the second most important city for the British Empire after London.

    What is special about Kolkata?

    Kolkata, formerly known as Calcutta, is the educational, commercial, and cultural center of the Eastern part of India, and is the third-most populous metropolitan city of India. Kolkata is a pioneer in the field of drama, arts, theatre, and literature with several Nobel laureates contributing to the Kolkata culture.

    What is the famous of Kolkata?

    Kolkata is home to many religions and races. There are museums, planetariums, libraries, cricket grounds, football stadiums, and many places of religious interest. There are amusement parks, night clubs & other entertainment options for all ages. Kolkata has been regarded as the cultural capital of India.

    How expensive is Kolkata?

    The average cost of living in Kolkata is around 40,000. The average rent in Kolkata for one-bedroom apartments in the center of the city is approximately 12,000 per month and the utilities cost about 3,000 per month.

    22 Best Places To Visit In Kolkata

    1. New Market
    2. Victoria Memorial
    3. Howrah Bridge
    4. Park Street
    5. South Park Cemetery
    6. Dakshineshwar Kali Temple
    7. Belur Math
    8. Fort William
    9. Prinsep Ghat
    10. Old Chinatown
    11. Kumartuli
    12. Mother Teresa House
    13. National Library
    14. Piyali Islands
    15. Shantiniketan
    16. Calcutta Botanical Garden
    17. Birla Planetarium
    18. Alipore Zoo
    19. Science City
    20. Indian Museum
    21. Eden Gardens
    22. Marble Palace Mansion

    Which is the famous food of Kolkata?

    Macher Jhol (Fish curry) There is no doubt that both rice and fish are the staples Kolkata cuisines. Every restaurant with a Bengali food menu has the famous Macher Jhol.

    Pantuwa and Lady Kenny (Ledikeni) are two delicious traditional sweets that are very popular in West Bengal. It is a deep-fried but very soft, reddish-brown sweet ball made of Chhana (Cottage Cheese) and dipped into the sugar syrup.

    Here are ten street food dishes you shouldn’t miss out on while in Kolkata.

    Momos, Kati Roll, Chhanar Jilipi, Telebhaja, Ghugni Chaat, Fish CutletKeemar Doi Bora, Dimer Devil, Doodh Cola, Jhalmuri

    What fabric is Kolkata famous for?

    Apart from these, Kolkata is also famous for its silk fabric, namely the Tussar and Vishnupuri Silk. These fabrics have a subtle sheen and smooth feel and are beautiful to drape. Another must buy from Kolkata is the Tant Cotton Saree or Bangladesh’s famous Dhakai sari.

    Is Kolkata a good city?

    Kolkata is considered to be one of the safest cities in India. Women can spend quality time here freely without any hassle or risk

    Is Kolkata the cheapest city in India?

    In a list of 209 most-expensive cities, Kolkata was ranked 182, the most affordable Indian city. Mumbai, on the other hand, is the most expensive city to live in India, followed by New Delhi, Chennai, and Bengaluru. … Affordable rents: Property prices in Kolkata are affordable if compared to other metro cities.

    How to reach kolkata from delhi?

    You can reach Kolkata from New Delhi by travelling in a train. New Delhi to Kolkata train takes approximately 17 h 15 m. You can catch a train from New Delhi and get down at Kolkata. The price of the train ticket is approximately Rs.

    Conclusion

    From the stunning colonial-era Victoria Memorial to the ever-busy Howrah Bridge, Kolkata’s architecture will no doubt impress. With a variety of historic churches, synagogues, temples, old mansions and colonial buildings, Kolkata’s structures pull off old-world charm unlike few other cities can.

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    I Love Goa

    Introduction about Goa

    Today I will share with you a very interesting and happening place in India, that is Goa. Ruled by Portuguese in the past, this region is famous for the fusion of European and Indian culture and beauty.

    Goa is one of the most important tourist spots in the country because of its beauty and culture.

    Goa is one of those wonderful places in the world where everyone wants to travel. With beautiful beaches, adventurous activities, waterfalls, and finger-licking good food, Goa has it all!

    About Goa

    Goa was a former state of the Portuguese Empire. The Portuguese overseas territory of Portuguese India existed for about 450 years until it was annexed by India in 1961. Its majority and the official language are Konkani. Goa is a state on the southwestern coast of India within the region known as the Konkan, and geographically separated from the Deccan highlands by the Western Ghats. Panaji is the state’s capital, while Vasco da Gama is its largest city. The historic city of Margao still exhibits the cultural influence of the Portuguese, who first landed in the early 16th century as merchants and conquered it soon thereafter.

    Goa state is divided into two district North Goa & South Goa

    The state is divided into two districts: North Goa and South Goa. Each district is administered by a district collector, appointed by the Indian government.

    North Goa

    Panaji is the headquarters of North Goa district and is also the capital of Goa. North Goa is further divided into three subdivisions – Panaji, Mapusa, and Bicholim; and five talukas (subdistricts) – Tiswadi/Ilhas de Goa (Panaji), Bardez (Mapusa), Pernem, Bicholim, and Sattari (Valpoi).

    South Goa

    Margao is the headquarters of South Goa district.

    South Goa is further divided into five subdivisions – Ponda, Mormugao-Vasco, Margao, Quepem, and Dharbandora; and seven talukas – Ponda, Mormugao, Salcete (Margao), Quepem, and Canacona (Chaudi), Sanguem, and Dharbandora. (Ponda taluka was shifted from North Goa to South Goa in January 2015).

    Goa’s major cities include Panaji, Margao, Vasco, Mapusa, Ponda, Bicholim, and Valpoi.

    Flora and fauna

    Goa is also known for its coconut cultivation. The coconut tree has been reclassified by the government as a palm (like grass), enabling farmers and real estate developers to clear land with fewer restrictions.

    Rice is the main food crop, and pulses (legume), Ragi (Finger Millet), and other food crops are also grown. Main cash crops are coconut, cashew nut, areca nut, sugarcane, and fruits like pineapple, mango, and banana

    Foxes, wild boar, and migratory birds are found in the jungles of Goa. The avifauna (bird species) includes kingfisher, myna, nd parrot. Numerous types of fish are also caught off the coast of Goa and in its rivers. Crab, lobster, shrimp, jellyfish, oysters, and catfish are the basis of the marine fishery. Goa also has a high snake population.

    Goa has many National Parks

    Very few people know that Goa has many famous “National Parks”, including the renowned Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary on the island of Chorão. Other wildlife sanctuaries include the Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, Molem Wildlife Sanctuary, Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, Madei Wildlife anctuary, Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary, and Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary.

    Places to visit in Goa in 3 days

    North Goa

    Baga Beach, Fort Aguada, Reis Magos Fort, Anjuna Beach, Deltin Royale Basilica of Bom Jesus, Se Cathedral, Mahalakshmi Temple, Houses of Goa Museum, Mapusa Market.

    South Goa

    Colva Beach, Cabo de Rama Fort, Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary, Dudhsagar Waterfalls

    Population of Goa

    A native of Goa is called a Goan. Goa has a population of 1.459 million residents as of 2011, better source needed making it India’s fourth-smallest (after Sikkim, Mizoram, and Arunachal Pradesh).

    Why do foreigners visit Goa?

    Another reason for the foreign tourists visiting Goa is because it is very reasonable here compared to other states, thus we see thousands of tourists having a good time of their life in GoaForeigners relate Goa to the exotic place of Hawaii, although, the currency there is high compared to India.

    Where do most foreigners stay in Goa?

    Anjuna is the most popular place for backpackers. This is near the flea market and you can walk to the beach. It’s a good location so backpackers stay here a lot.

    Language Of Goa

    The Goa, Daman, and Diu Official Language Act, 1987 makes Konkani in the Devanagari script the sole official language of Goa, but provides that Marathi may also be used “for all or any of the official purposes”. Portuguese was the sole official language during Portuguese colonial rule. The government also has a policy of replying in Marathi to correspondence received in Marathi.

    Whether all around the year

    Goa features a tropical monsoon climate. Goa, being in the tropical zone and near the Arabian Sea, has a hot and humid climate for most of the year. The month of May is usually the hottest, seeing daytime temperatures of over 35 °C (95 °F) coupled with high humidity. The state’s three seasons are the Southwest monsoon period (June –September), post-monsoon period (October – January), and fair weather period (February – May). Over 90% of the average annual rainfall (120 inches) is received during the monsoon season.

    Tourism in Goa

    In 2010, there were more than 2 million tourists reported to have visited Goa, about 1.2 million of whom were from abroad. As of 2013, Goa was a destination of choice for Indian and foreign tourists, particularly Britons and Russians, with limited means who wanted to party. The state was hopeful that changes could be made which would attract a more upscale demographic. Goa stands 6th in the Top 10 Nightlife cities in the world in National Geographic Travel. Notable nightclubs in Goa include Chronicle, Mambos, and Sinq. One of the biggest tourist attractions in Goa is water sports. Beaches like Baga and Calangute offer jet-skiing, parasailing, banana boat rides, water scooter rides, and more. Patnem beach in Palolem stood third in CNN Travel’s Top 20 Beaches in Asia. Over 450 years of Portuguese rule and the influence of the Portuguese culture presents to visitors to Goa a cultural environment that is not found elsewhere in India. The state of Goa is famous for its excellent beaches, churches, and temples. The Bom Jesus Cathedral, Fort Aguada, and a new wax museum on Indian history, culture, and heritage in Old Goa are other tourism destinations.

    Museums and science center

    Goa has three important museums: the Goa State Museum, the Naval Aviation Museum, and the National Institute of Oceanography. The aviation museum is one of three in India (the others are in Delhi and Bengaluru). The Goa Science Centre is in Miramar, Panaji. The National Institute of Oceanography, India (NIO) is in Dona Paula. Museum of Goa is a privately owned contemporary art gallery in Pilerne Industrial Estate, near Calangute.

    Dance and music

    Traditional Goan art forms are Dekhnni, Fugdi, Corridinho, Mando, Dulpod,and Fado. Goan Catholics are fond of social gatherings and Tiatr (Teatro). As part of its  Portuguese history, music is an integral part of Goan homes. It is often said that “Goans are born with music and sport”. Western musical instruments like the piano, guitars and violins are widely used in most religious and social functions of the Catholics. Goa is also known as the origin of Goa trance.

    Goa Cusine

    Rice with fish curry (xit koddi in Konkani) is the staple diet in Goa. Goan cuisine is famous for its rich variety of fish dishes cooked with elaborate recipes. Coconut and coconut oil are widely used in Goan cooking along with chili peppers, spices, and vinegar is used in Catholic cuisine, giving the food a unique flavor. Goan cuisine is heavily influenced by Portuguese cuisine. Famous Food:- Pork vindaloo, Crab Xec Xec, Prawn balchão, Sanna, 5. Goan red rice, 6. Chouris pão , 7. Poee, 8. Kingfish, 9. Feni, 10. Bebinca, 11. Drink kokum  Goan food may be divided into Goan Catholic and Goan Hindu cuisine with each showing very distinct tastes, characteristics, and cooking styles. Pork dishes such as Vindaloo, Xacuti, chouriço, and Sorpotel are cooked for major occasions among the Goan Catholics. An exotic Goan vegetable stew, known as Khatkhate is a very popular dish during the celebrations of festivals, Hindu and Christian alike. Khatkhate contains at least five vegetables, fresh coconut, and special Goan spices that add to the aroma. Sannas, Hitt, are variants of idli, and Polle, Amboli, and Kailoleo are variants of dosa; all are native to Goa. A rich egg-based, multi-layered sweet dish known as bebinca is a favorite at Christmas. There are some places in Goa which are famous for Goa’s traditional & special cuisines. Ros omelet is one of the most popular snacks and street foods in Goa, it is traditionally sold on food carts on streets.

    Famous Local alcoholic beverage

    The most popular alcoholic beverage in Goa is feni; cashew feni is made from the fermentation of the fruit of the cashew tree, while coconut feni is made from the sap of toddy palms. Urrak is another local liquor prepared from Cashew fruit. In fact, the bar culture is one of the unique aspects of the Goan villages where a local bar serves as a meeting point for villagers to unwind.[83] Goa also has a rich wine culture.

    The Best Ways to Enjoy Goa Nightlife

    Beach Shacks, Beach Parties, Night Club In Goa, Bar & Pubs Night Market, Night Cruise Parties, Go Karting Track Street Food In goa, Karaoke Bars, Late Night Bike rides Gamble at the no, 24/7 Coffee Shops.

    In a hurry?  Here’s my top neighborhood for first-timers: Quick Tips – Where to Stay in Goa

    First Time In Goa:- Tiswadi is the best place to stay if you’re visiting Goa for the first time. Home to the capital city, Panjim, Tiswadi is where you’ll find most of Goa’s cultural sights, the vibrant Latin Quarter, and charming Old Goa.
    Places to visit:
    • Explore Old Goa, the state’s former capital that was once considered the ‘Rome of the East’
    • Take a short ferry ride to Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary and spot several species of local birds
    • Dive deep into Goan history at the extensive and quirky Goa State Museum
    ON A BUDGET:-  Salcete located south of Tiswadi is the district of Salcete. Quieter than the districts in northern Goa, Salcete is where you can find everything from a busy city to scenic vistas and unspoiled beaches.
    NIGHTLIFE:-  Bardez Lively, charismatic and fun, Bardez is Goa’s most popular tourist destination. Home to Goa’s hottest clubs, busiest beaches, and infamous all-night trance parties, you won’t find a more exciting district in Goa.
    COOLEST PLACE TO STAY:-  Pernem Goa’s most northern district, Pernem is ideal for travelers looking to enjoy stunning beaches, beautiful scenery, and indulge in a relaxing and luxurious holiday.
    FOR FAMILIES:–  Canacona Goa’s most southerly district, Canacona is a calm and clean paradise ideal for families and travelers with young children.

    How to reach Goa

    How to reach Goa by Rail:- railways, it is quite easy to reach Goa as the major railway stations in Goa are located in Margao. The main railway station is known as Madgaon and Vasco-da-Gama. These railway stations are well linked with Mumbai and then other major parts of the country as well.

    By Air:-The Dabolim Airport lies just 29 kilometers from the state’s capital, Panjim. It is well connected by daily flights from Chennai, Mumbai, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Cochin, and Bangalore.

    Conclusion

    It’s no secret that Goa is a favorite beach destination in India. It has a laid-back lifestyle, hippie vibe, glorious scenic beaches, natural anquillity, beach sports, and awesome parties. It’s a great destination year-round, but visiting Goa during summer is quite a special experience.

    ★★★★★
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    Heaven On Earth Kashmir

    Introduction

    The natural beauty and picturesque locations have made it a favored destination for tourists across the world.  Kashmir Valley is known for its lakes and gardens.

    Shikara-Ride

    About Kashmir

    The word Kashmir was derived from the ancient Sanskrit language and was referred to as káśmīra. The Nilamata Purana describes the valley’s origin from the waters, a lake called Sati-saras. A popular local etymology of Kashmira is that it is land desiccated from water.

    Geologists agree that the Valley was formerly a lake, and the lake drained through the gap of Baramulla (Varahamula) which matches with the Hindu legends.[

    Kashmir became known worldwide when Cashmere wool was exported to other regions and nations (exports have ceased due to decreased abundance of the cashmere goat and increased competition from China.

    Kashmiris are well adept at knitting and making Pashmina shawls, silk carpets, rugs, kurtas, and pottery. Saffron, too, is grown in Kashmir. Srinagar is known for its silver-work, papier- mache, wood-carving, and the weaving of silk.

    Kashmir’s economy is centered around agriculture. Traditionally the staple crop of the valley was rice, which formed the chief food of the people.

    In addition, Indian corn, wheat, barley, and oats were also grown. Given its temperate climate, it is suited for crops like asparagus, artichoke, seakale, broad beans, scarlet runners, beetroot, cauliflower, and cabbage.

    Fruit trees are common in the valley, and the cultivated orchards yield pears, apples, peaches, and cherries. The chief trees are deodar, firs, and pines, chenar or plane, maple, birch and walnut, apple, cherry.

    Kashmir Cuisine

    Kashmiri cuisine is the cuisine of the Kashmir Valley Of India. Rice is the staple food of Kashmiris and has been so since ancient times.

    Meat, along with rice, is the most popular food item in Kashmir. Kashmiris consume meat voraciously.  Despite being Brahmin, most Kashmiri Hindus are meat-eaters.

    Some Famous Kashmiri Dishes

    1. “Tabakhmaaz” (Kashmiri Hindus commonly refer to this dish as Qabargah)
    2. Shab Deg: dish cooked with turnip and meat, left to simmer overnight.
    3. Dum Olav/ Dum Aloo: cooked with ginger powder, fennel and other hot spices.
    4. Aab Gosh
    5. Goshtaba minced mutton balls with spices in yogurt gravy
    6. Lyader Tschaman also called as Chaman Kaliya
    7. Runwagan Tschaman, Cottage cheese in tomato gravy
    8. Riste Meat balls in curry
    9. Nader ti Gaad, Fish cooked with lotus stem, a delicacy cooked on festival days like Eid, Novroze and Gaadi Batti ( Festival of Kashmiri Pandits )
    10. Machwangan Kormeh, meat cooked with spices and yogurt and mostly using kashmiri red chillies and hot in taste
    11. Matschgand, lamb meatballs in a gravy tempered with red chillies.
    12. Waazeh Pulaav
    13. Monje Haakh kholrabi being a delicacy
    14. Haakh (wosteh haakh, haenz haakh among others) collard greens is enjoyed by Kashmiri people and they have their own versions of cooking the same with cottage cheese, mutton or chicken.
    15. Mujh Gaad, a dish of radishes with a choice of fish.
    16. Daniwal Kormeh Lamb cooked with coriander or parsley.
    17. Rogan Josh, a lamb based dish, cooked in a gravy seasoned with liberal amounts of Kashmiri chillies (in the form of a dry powder), ginger (also powdered), garlic, onions or asafoetida, gravy is mainly Kashmiri spices and mustard oil based.
    18. Yakhni, a yoghurt-based mutton gravy without turmeric or chilli powder. The dish is primarily flavoured with bay leaves, cloves and cardamom seeds. This is a mild, subtle dish eaten with rice often accompanied with a more spicy side dish.
    19. Harissa is a popular meat preparation made for breakfast, it is slow-cooked for many hours, with spices and hand stirred.

    Kaishmiri Bakery

    The Kashmir Valley is noted for its bakery tradition. On the Dal Lake in Kashmir or in downtown Srinagar, bakery shops are elaborately laid out.

    Bakers sell various kinds of breads with golden brown crusts topped with sesame and poppy seeds. Tsot and tsochvor are small round breads topped with poppy and sesame seeds, which are crisp and flaky, sheermalbaqerkhayn (puff pastry), lavas (unleavened bread) and kulcha are also popular. Girdas and lavas are served with butter.

    Kaishmiri Wazwan

    A Wazwan is a multi-course meal in the Kashmiri Muslim tradition and treated with great respect.

    Its preparation is considered an art. Almost all the dishes are meat-based (lamb, chicken, mutton but never fish).

    It is considered a sacrilege to serve any dishes based around pulses or lentils during this feast. The traditional number of courses for the wazwan is thirty-six, though there can be fewer. The preparation is traditionally done by a vasta waza, or head chef, with the assistance of a court of wazas, or chefs.

    Kashmiri Chai, Noon Chai, or Sheer Chai

    Kashmiris are heavy tea drinkers. The word “noon” in Kashmiri language means salt. The most popular drink is a pinkish colored salted tea called “noon chai.” It is made with black tea, milk, salt and bicarbonate of soda. The particular color of the tea is a result of its unique method of preparation and the addition of soda.

    The Kashmiri Hindus more commonly refer to this chai as “Sheer Chai.” The Kashmir Muslims refer to it as “Noon Chai” or “Namkeen Chai” both meaning salty tea.

    Noon Chai or Sheer Chai is a common breakfast tea in Kashmiri households and is taken with breads like baqerkhani brought fresh from Qandur, or bakers. Often, this tea is served in large samovars.

    At marriage feasts, festivals, and religious places, it is customary to serve kahwah a green tea made with saffron, spices, and almonds or walnuts. Over 20 varieties of Kahwah are prepared in different house holds.

    Some people also put milk in kahwah (half milk and half kahwah). This chai is also known as “Maugal Chai” by some Kashmiri Hindus from the smaller villages of Kashmir. Kashmiri Muslims and Kashmiri Hindus from the cities of Kashmir refer to it as kawah or Qahwah.

    How many days do you need for Kashmir?

    4–5 days is sufficient to visit the premier locations of Kashmir. Srinagar, Gulmarg, Sonemarg and Pahalgaam. There are number of point in each location which you have to prioritize since you won’t have too much time. Here are some snaps from our trip .

    Is tourism allowed in Kashmir?

    Following are some of the highlights from the guidelines for J&K tourism: In this phase, tourism is limited to those arriving by air only. … And until the test result shows a negative for COVID-19, tourists will stay in their hotel rooms and shall not be permitted to move out.

    Things to do in Kashmir

    1- Gulmarg: Gulmarg in Kashmir valley is famous for Gondola cable car ride, Skiing in Gulmarg, Heli skiing in Gulmarg, Snow bikes and Horse ride. Apart from activities one can visit Golf club, nigeen valley, strawberry valley and potato farm among other places to visit in Gulmarg. 

    2- Pahalgam: Pahalgam is famous for Betaab valley, Aru valley, Chandanwari, Baisaran valley. One can take Horse ride to Baisaran valley also called as Mini Switzerland.White water rafting in Pahalgam is also available in summers. Trekking is also very famous among young enthusiasts.

    3- Sonamarg: Home to Thajiwas glacier one can reach there only by either one hour trek or a short Horse ride to glacier. Zero point/ zojila pass connecting dras with sonamarg remains open only in summers and one needs to hire a union taxi in Sonamarg to reach Zojila pass. 

    Best season to visit Kashmir

    Spring season ( March 15th to May 15th) : Best time to visit Kashmir if you love flowers. Tulip garden, Badamwari, snow clad mountains, Cool breeze and charming weather are specialties of spring season. 

    Summer season ( May 15th to August 31st) Best time to visit Kashmir if you love camping by river side, warm temperatures and trekking to glaciers. 

    Autumn season: ( 01st September to November 15th ) : The season of fall, also know as harvest season, one can see Red apples in apple garden, enjoy the local organic produce like Walnut, almonds and much more. 

    Winter season: Skiing in Gulmarg, Heli skiing in Gulmarg, Romantic trips, Cold weather, snow, snowflakes, etc. are some common features of winter in Kashmir.  

    How to Reach

    New Delhi to Kashmir By Train: Take a direct train from New Delhi to Jammu Tawi, which takes 12 hours. Jammu Tawi railway station is located at a distance of 297 km from Srinagar that can be travelled by cabs, buses and flights. Not recommended as there are no direct trains from New Delhi to Kashmir.

    Conclusion

    Kashmir is cool even in the harshest of summer and you can visit this valley between March and May to see the blooming flowers, green meadows, and Chinar trees. The snow-capped mountains fill the region with exquisite surroundings and the snow-capped trees look awesome while offering a serene feeling to everyone.

    Rating: 5 out of 5.
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    Mehrangarh Fort Jodhpur

    Introduction Mehrangarh Fort.

    Explore Jodhpur discover the best time and places to visit. Jodhpur is a city in the Thar Desert. It is popularly known as the “Blue City” among the people of Rajasthan and all over India.

    Mehrangarh Fort, located in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, is one of the largest forts in India.

    About Mehrangarh Fort.

    Its 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort is a former palace that’s now a museum, displaying weapons, paintings, and elaborate royal palanquins (sedan chairs). There are many historical buildings in Rajasthan. But the Mehrangarh Fort of Jodhpur is the most special. Situated on a 400 feet tall upright rock, this fort is one of the most magnificent and huge buildings in India. The foundation of the fort was laid by Rao Jodha in 1459. The fort’s view of Jodhpur and Pakistan is very clear.

    Who owns Mehrangarh Fort?

    Mehrangarh Museum Trust is India’s leading cultural institution and center of excellence, established in 1972 by the 36th Custodian of Marwar- Jodhpur, H. H. Maharaja Gaj Singhji to make the fort come alive for visitors.

    Who was the king of Mehrangarh Fort?

    Mehrangarh Fort owes its origin to Rao Jodha, the ruler of Mandore and the founder of the city of Jodhpur.

    Why was the Mehrangarh Fort built?

    When Rao Jodha decided to shift his capital to a safer and elevated location in Jodhpur, he laid the foundation of this massive fort in 1459 on a hill named Bhakurcheeria aka the Mountain of Birds.

    An ambitious king Rao Jodha came across to inspect the place to build the fort, he saw a goat fighting a tiger there. Then he decided to build the fort at the same place. majestic hill in Jodhpur and decided to carve a majestic fort out of it.

    What does Mehrangarh mean?

    The fort was named Mehrangarhmeaning ‘fort of the sun’ – a reference to the clan’s mythical descent from the sun god Surya.

    Galleries in Mehrangarh Museum

    Elephant’s howdahs:- The howdahs were a kind of two-compartment wooden seat (mostly covered with gold and silver embossed sheets), which were fastened onto the elephant’s back. The front compartment, with more leg space and a raised protective metal sheet, was meant for kings or royalty, and the rear smaller one for a reliable bodyguard disguised as a fly-whisk attendant.

    Palanquins:- Palanquins were a popular means of travel and circumambulation for the ladies of the nobility up to the second quarter of the 20th century. They were also used by male nobility and royals on special occasions.

    Daulat Khana :- This gallery displays one of the most important and best-preserved collections of fine and applied arts of the Mughal period of Indian history, during which the Rathore rulers of Jodhpur maintained close links with the Mughal emperors. It also has the remains of Emperor Akbar.

    Armory:- This gallery displays a rare collection of armor from every period in Jodhpur. On display are sword hilts in jade, silver, rhino horn, ivory, shields studded with rubies, emeralds, and pearls, and guns with gold and silver work on the barrels. The gallery also has on display the personal swords of many emperors, among them outstanding historical pieces like the Khaanda of Rao Jodha, weighing over 3 kg, the sword of Akbar the Great, and the sword of Timur.

    Paintings:- This Gallery displays colors of Marwar-Jodhpur, the finest example of Marwar paintings.

    The Turban Gallery:- The Turban Gallery in the Mehrangarh Museum seeks to preserve, document, and display the many different types of turbans once prevalent in Rajasthan; every community, region, and festival having had its own head-gear.

    Tourist attractions in Mehrangarh

    National Geological Monument :- The Jodhpur Group – Malani Igneous Suite Contact on which the Mehrangarh Fort has been built has been declared a National Geological Monument by the Geological Survey of India to encourage Geotourism in the country. This unique geological feature is part of the Malani Igenus Suite seen in the Thar desert region, spread over an area of 43,500 km2. This unique geological feature represents the last phase of igneous activity of Precambrian age in the Indian Subcontinent.

    The Mataji Temple:- The chamunda Mataji was Rao Jodha’s favorite goddess, he brought her idol from the old capital of Mandore in 1460 and installed her in Mehrangarh (Maa chamunda was the kul devi of the Pratihara rulers of Mandore. She remains the Maharaja’s and the Royal Family’s Isht Devi or adopted goddess and is worshipped by most of Jodhpur’s citizens as well. Crowds throng Mehrangarh during the Dussehra celebrations.

    Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park:- Rao JodhaDesert Rock Park, spreads over 72 hectares, adjoining Mehrangarh Fort. The park contains ecologically restored desert and arid land vegetation. The park was created in 2006 to try and restore the natural ecology of a large, rocky area adjoining and below the fort and opened to the public in February 2011. The area in and around the park contains distinctive volcanic rock formations such as rhyolite, with welded tuff, and breccia, sandstone formations. The park includes a Visitors Centre with Interpretation Gallery, a native plant nursery, a small shop, and a cafe. The curse found in this fort persecutes the people living around it to date.

    The fort was one of the filming locations International & National film makers.

    Disney’s 1994 live-action film The Jungle Book, as well as the 2012 film. The Dark Knight Rises. The Emraan Hashmi starring Awarapan was also shot here. In March 2018, the film crew for the flop Bollywood film Thugs Of Hindostan used the fort as one of its shooting locations;

    *) Principal photography for the latter commenced on 6 May 2011.

    The fort has musicians performing folk music.

     In 2015, the fort was used to record a collaborative album by musicians including Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur, English composer and Radio head guitarist Jonny Greenwood, and Radio head producer Nigel Godrich. The recording was the subject of a documentary, Jannu, by the American director Paul Thomas Anderson.

    Haunted story of Mehrangarh Fort

    When a monk lived here before the construction of the fort. He lived near a water spring. When the king asked them to leave, while cursing, the monk said that the water for which you are removing me will dry up. Since then there was a constant water shortage in the vicinity of the fort.

    Visiting Mehrangarh Fort Jodhpur is worthy

    When the king apologized, the monk offered a solution. He said that in order to end the curse, a person of the state has to sacrifice his life by being buried under the fort of his own will.

    How to reach Mehrangarh Fort?

    By Air:- Jodhpur has a domestic airport which is around 5km away from the city. Flights to Jaipur, Delhi, Udaipur, and Mumbai can be taken from here. The nearest international airport from Jodhpur is Sanganer Airport in Jaipur and Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi.

    By Train:- Jodhpur is connected to many major cities through the train. There are direct trains to Kolkata, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Mumbai, Jammu, and other places. No Rajdhani, Shatabdi Double Decker, or Garib Rath Express run from here but superfast and fast mail and express trains start, terminate, and pass through the city.

    By Road:- Jodhpur is well-connected to the nearby as well as cities in other states through road transport. Tourists can catch buses for their destination from Rai ka Bagh Bus Stand which is near to the Rai ka Bagh Railway Station. Besides these, tourists can also catch buses operated by public and private bus services. Another option to come to and go from Jodhpur is a taxi which the tourists can hire from taxi operators.

    Why you have to visit Mehrangarh Fort Jodpur?

    Forts are one of the most mysterious architectural pieces around the world, every fort has its own story of gallantry, love, and passion. This is one of the largest and well-kept forts of India. So, if you are passionate about Indian forts then a visit to the Mehrangarh Fort is a must.

    Best time to visit Mehrangarh Fort.

    Mid October to Mid March is the most pleasant time to visit the Mehrangarh Fort.

    Rating: 5 out of 5.
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    DO YOU KNOW BHOOL – BHULAIYA OF LUCKNOW

    INTRODUCTION

    Lucknow is a historically important city and for many centuries was at the heart of North Indian culture. Tourists from all over the world come to ‘Imambara’ (BHOOL – BHULAIYA) and it is the most visited place in Lucknow.

    The word ‘Bhool Bhulaiya’ mean? It’s not an easy word to translate, and it sort of means ‘a place where you can forget directions and paths and get lost’!

    In particular, the city was famous for its Adab and Tehzeeb (manners and hospitality), intricate embroidery, beautiful gardens, monuments, and dance forms such as Kathak. Lucknow is a land of mouth-watering dishes, where every street and lane smells of good food.

    BHOOL-BHULA OF LUCKNOW – BADA IMAMBARA

    ABOUT BHOOL – BHULAIYA OF LUCKNOW – BADA IMAMBARA

    It is called as the ‘bhool-bhulaiya’ meaning labyrinth. This beautiful heritage architecture encompasses in itself mysteries and histories worth delving into. Every stone within this monument holds a secret.

    It has large underground passages which have been blocked up. A staircase from outside leads to a series of labyrinths known as Bhool-Bhulaiyan, which is a complicated entanglement of zig-zag passages. Visitors are advised to visit only with authorized guides. Within the compound of the Imambara is the grand Asafi Mosque. Shahi Baoli is another attraction here.

    Imambara of Asaf-ud-daula interior

    Its central hall is said to be the largest vaulted chamber in the world. Except for the galleries in the interior, there is no woodwork in the entire structure. It is now used by Shia Muslims for the purpose of Azadari.

    The ‘Bhool-bhulaiya’ has more than 1,000 passages and around 489 identical doorways. If you take a guide, he lets you guess which of the four doorways is the right door.

    The building also includes the large Asfi mosque, the Bhul-bhulaiya (the labyrinth), and Bowli, a step well with running water. Two imposing gateways lead to the main hall. It is said that there are 1024 ways to reach the terrace but only two to come back first gate or the last gate. It is an accidental architecture.

    Nawab Asif-ud-Daula

    WHO BUILT AND DESIGNED BY THIS MARVELS MONUMENT?

    “This large structure was built by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula in 1786-91 and is one of the architectural wonders of that era. “

    It was designed by the Architect Hafiz Kifayat Ullah. There are three halls in the Imambara. The central hall has the tomb of Nawab Asaf-Ud-Daula.

    WHY THIS MONUMENT HAD BUILT?

    It is believed that the construction of this grand building was started in 1785 when a devastating famine had hit Awadh, and the nawab’s objective was to provide employment for people in the region for almost a decade while the famine lasted.

    IMPORTANT ADVICE

    It is advisable to ask for a guide when you start your journey into the ‘bhool-bhulaiya’, but if you want to test your skills and instincts, then you would want to take a risk and go in without a guide. Since there are many people exploring at the same time and you get lost, you could follow them if they have a guide and pay the guide later.

    TIMING AND ENTRANCE FEES

    Timing : Sunrise to Sunset.

    Entry fee : Rs. 25.00 (Indian).

    Rs. 500.00 (Foreigner) (inclusive of Bara Imambara, Chhota Imambara, Picture Gallery, Shahi Hamam).

    Best time to visit Bada Imambara

    Winters are the best time to explore the Imambara because it gets suffocating in the summers. When you reach the top level, it is a bliss, but if you visit in the summer, the heat will bother you. So, it’s better to make a visit in the winter.

    Rating: 5 out of 5.
    1. What does Bhool Bhulaiya mean?

      It is called as the ‘bhoolbhulaiya‘ meaning labyrinth. It was built by the fourth Nawab of the Awadh Province, Nawab Asaf-Ud-Daula. It took fourteen years to complete this structure.

    2. Where is Bhool Bhulaiya located?

      The bhool bhulaiya address is Machchhi Bhavan, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 226003, India. Located in lucknow, this is a popular place for tourists and local alike.

    3. Who made Imambara in Lucknow?

      One of the biggest attractions in Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, is the imambara built by Nawab Asaf-ud-daula (1748-1797). Popularly known as the Bara Imambara, it is also called the Asafi Imambara in his remembrance.Mar 30, 2020

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