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Great Fort Of Chittorgarh

Introduction about Chittorgarh

Chittorgarh fort inside
Great Maurya ruler Chitrangada Maurya built this beautiful fort of Chittorgarh. Chittorgarh is home to the Chittor Fort, the largest fort in India and Asia. Chittor also has been a land of worship for Meera, It is also known for Panna Dai.

Chittorgarh used to be the capital of the Sisodia Dynasty of Mewar. Famous for the Jauhar that Rani Padmini and Rani Karnavati underwent during the siege, the Chittorgarh Fort has seen a lot of valiant battles. The fort is the largest one in India and attracts tourists in a large number throughout the year.
Temple inside Chittorgarh fort

History Of Chittorgarh

Chittorgarh Fort is famous for its history and being the epitome of Rajput valor and sacrifice.  Chittor fort seated on a 180-meter hill covers an expanse of 700 acres (2.8 km2). It was constructed by the Mauryans in the 7th century AD. There is also a belief that it was constructed by Bhima of the Pancha Pandavas. This fort was the citadel of many great Indian warriors such as Gora, Badal, Rana Kumbha, Maharana Pratap, Jaimal, Patta, etc.

The fort was later captured by Hammir Singh, a king of the Sisodia branch of the Guhilas. Chittor gained prominence during the period of his successors, which included Rana Kumbha and Rana Sanga. In 1535, Bhadur Shah of Gujarat besieged and conquered the fort. After he was driven away by the Mughal emperor Hamayun, the fort was given back to Sisodias by him.

In 1567–68, the Mughal emperor Akbar besieged and captured the fort and it was under Mughal control until the British Indian Empire.

Place Of Intrest

Chittorgarh Fort:- Chittorgarh Fort is famous for its history and being the epitome of Rajput valor and sacrifice.  Chittor fort seated on a 180-meter hill covers an expanse of 700 acres (2.8 km2).
Kalika Mata Temple:- Kalika Mata Temple was originally built in the 8th century for Sun God and was later converted to a temple for the Mother Goddess, Kali in the 14th century. During the festival days of Navaratri, fairs are organized and pilgrims from different places come here to pay obeisance at the temple.
Vijay Stambh:- Vijay Stambha, is a huge nine-story tower which was built by Maharana Kumbha to commemorate his victory over the rulers of Malwa and Gujarat in 1440. The tower is 122 ft (37 m) high and stands on a 10 ft (3.0 m) high base. There are sculptures and carvings on the exterior walls of the tower. The tower is visible from any section of the town below. And for reaching the tower top one has to climb 157 steps, one can take a great view of the surroundings. The inside walls of the tower are carved with images of gods, weapons, etc.
Kirti Stambh:- Kirti Stambh (Tower of Fame) is a 22-meter-high (72 ft) tower built in the 12th century AD. Kirti Stambh is built inside the Chittorgarh fort. It is dedicated to Rishabha, the first Tirthankara of Jainism. It was built by a merchant and is decorated with figures from the Jain pantheon. It is a seven-storied pillar that was built by Biherwal Mahajan Sanaya of the Digambar Jain sect. On its four corners are engraved idols of  Shri Adinathji in Digambar style which each is five feet (about 1.5 meters) high and elsewhere are engraved several small idols consecrated to Jain lineage of deities.
Rana Kumbha’s Palace:- Rana Kumbha’s Palace is near the Vijay Stambh. This is the birthplace of Maharana Udai Singh, the founder of Udaipur. His life was saved by the heroic act of the maid Panna Dhay, who replaced her son in place of the prince, with the result that her son was killed by Banbir. She carried the prince away to safety in a fruit basket. Rani Meera Bai also lived in this palace. This is the place where Rani Padmini committed Jauhar with the other ladies in one of the underground cellars.
Rani Padmini’s Palace:- According to legend, Rani Padmini’s Palace is from which the Delhi Sultanate ruler Alauddin Khalji was allowed to watch a reflection of the Rani by replacing the mirror at such an angle that even if he turned back he could not see the room. Khalji had been warned by the Rani’s husband Rawal Ratan Singh that if he turned back they would cut his neck.
Jain temple at Kirtistambha

Festivals

Maharana Pratap Jayanti:- The legendary Maharana Pratap was a true patriot who initiated the first war of independence. Special puja and processions are held in his remembrance on Maharana Pratap Jayanti day everywhere. Several cultural programs such as debate are also organized.
Meera Mahotsav:- Meera Mahotsav (1498–1547) was a devout follower of Lord Krishna. Meera Bai was one of the foremost exponents of the Prema Bhakti (Divine Love) and an inspired poet. Mira Bai was a Rajput princess who lived in the north Indian state of Rajasthan. Meera was a Rajput princess born in about 1498 in Metra, Rajasthan. Her father, Ratan Singh, was the youngest son of Rao Duda, ruler of Merta, and son of Rao Duda ruler and founder of Jodhpur. Ratan Singh belonged to the Rathore clan. She was married to Bhoj Raj, ruler of Chittor.
Meera Smrithi Sansthan (Meera Memorial Trust) along with the Chittorgarh district officials organize Meera Mahotsav every year on Sharad Purnima day (On Mirabai’s birth anniversary) for 3 days. Many famous musicians and singers get together to sing bhajans in this celebration. The 3 days celebration also features puja’s, discussions, dances, fireworks.
Teej:-Teej is one of the major festivals in Chittorgarh which is celebrated with great enthusiasm. Teej is the festival of swings. It marks the advent of the monsoon month of Shravan (August). The monsoon rains fall on the parched land and the pleasing scent of the wet soil rises into the air. Swings are hung from trees and decorated with flowers. Young girls and women dressed in green clothes sing songs in celebration of the advent of the monsoon. This festival is dedicated to the Goddess Parvati, commemorating her union with Lord Shiva. Goddess Parvati is worshipped by seekers of conjugal bliss and happiness.
Gangaur :- The Gangaur Festival is the colourful and most important local festival of Rajasthan and is observed throughout the State with great fervour and devotion by womenfolk who worship Gauri, the consort of Lord Shiva during July–August. Gan is a synonym for Shiva and Gaur which stands for Gauri or Parvati who symbolises saubhagya (marital bliss). Gauri is the embodiment of perfection and conjugal love which is why the unmarried women worship her for being blessed with good husbands, while married women do so for the welfare, health and long life of their spouses and happy married life.
Jauhar Mela :- The fort and the city of Chittorgarh host the biggest Rajput festival called the “Jauhar Mela”. It takes place annually on the anniversary of one of the jauhars, but no specific name has been given to it. It is generally believed that it commemorates Padmini’s jauhar, which is most famous. This festival is held primarily to commemorate the bravery of Rajput ancestors and all three jauhars which happened at Chittorgarh Fort. A huge number of Rajputs, which include the descendants of most of the princely families, hold a procession to celebrate the jauhar. It has also become a forum to air one’s views on the current political situation in the country.
Rani Padmini’s palace
Rang Teras – The Tribal Fair:- Rang Teras is a popular tribal fest of Mewar celebrated on the 13th moon night of the month of Chaitra. A big colorful fair and huge gathering of tribal to rejoice the harvest of wheat has been celebrating Rang Teras is customary since 15th century. It is a thanksgiving festival of farmers. Farmers pay their honor to Mother Earth for providing them food for next year.

Best time to visit

The ideal time to visit the city of Chittorgarh is during the months of October to March. Thus, if you are planning to go for an extensive tour around the city of Chittorgarh, please visit during winter to explore all the aspects of the city.

Local cuisine

Lal Maas is the iconic dish of Rajasthan. You can find this dish in almost all cities of Rajasthan. When it comes to Chittorgarh, you can experience richness in spices and it is served with millet bread. The dish is made with red meat, which is cooked into gravy until it is very soft and juicy.

How to reach Chittorgarh

How to Reach Chittorgarh Fort. Chittorgarh is 300 km from Jaipur, 200 km from Udaipur, and 312 km from Jodhpur. The most convenient way to reach Chittorgarh is to hire a taxi from Udaipur which is approximately a 2-hour drive.

Udaipur Airport also called the Maharana Pratap Airport is the nearest airport to Chittorgarh.

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INDIA’S FIRST HERITAGE VILLAGE PRAGPUR.

Introduction

The scenic view Kangra Valley in Himachal Pradesh is no stranger to heritage and history, by a notification dated 9th December 1997 the State Government has classified Pragpur as a “Heritage Zone.”

India’s first village Pragpur is ideal for Village land nature Tourism and is being promoted as an example of community involvement in tourism. The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage jointly with the government of Himachal Pradesh is developing and preserving Heritage Village Pragpur.

History of the village

This village was established in the memory of princesses Parag Devi of the Jaswant royal family at that time by Kuthiala Sood.
Parag pur village has been appreciated for its cultural roots that still hold with them since 1997, with its winding cobbled lane, mud-plastered walls, and slate-roofed houses, give an authentic look to the village. That you will not see anywhere else.

As per the folk story that the wealthy Kuthiala Sood community arrived and settled here in Parag in the early 19 century. These merchants travel all over the world that is why you see a lot of architectural significance techniques from, Rajput, British, Portuguese, and even Italian, they build mansions, schools, and hospitals in architectural styles that matched what they observed during their visits.

How the wealthy Kuthiala Sood community had developed in this village?

While per the folk story that the wealthy Kuthiala Sood community arrived and have settled here in Parag, in the early 19 century. these merchants had traveled all over the world that is why you see a lot of architectural significance style inspired by, Rajput, British, Portuguese, and even Italian, they built mansions, schools, and hospitals in architectural styles that matched what they observed during their visits.
Best Places of interest heritage village Paragpur.
Village Tour: Heritage Village Pragpur is ideal for Village land nature Tour and is being promoted as an example of community involvement in tourism. The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage jointly with the government of Himachal Pradesh is developing and preserving Heritage Village Pragpur.
Jwalaji Mata: this temple is a famous religious place, 23 km from Pragpur.

Bagulamukhi temple; Devoted to the goddess Bagulamukhi. President of India Sh. Pranav Mukherjee has also paid his obedience to this temple.

Baba Sidh Chano temple: Sidh Chanu Temple: a famous pilgrimage place in Pragpur.

Dehra: A small town situated near Pragpur.

Chhinmastika Dham: also known as Chintapurani Mata Mandir; a famous religious place; 27 km from Pragpur.

Nearby markets: Garli, Dhalihara, Neharan Pukhar.
Accommodation in Pragpur village.
The Judges Court is a resort built in a typical Anglo-Indian style of architecture. It stands in 12 acres of greens and is just a short walk from the village core and the Taal. Apart from the Judge’s Court, which was built in 1918, Mr. Lal has restored his 300-year-old ancestral house.
The Judge’s Court’s elegant accommodation comprises 10 Double Rooms 3 of which are suites inclusive of the cottage in the ancestral courtyard.

The property is classified as “Heritage” and this makes it India’s first classified Heritage Country Manor with an ambiance reminiscent of the turn of the 20th Century.
Climate through out the year.
Spring Season: About mid-February to mid-April; the winter starts losing its bite around mid-February.

Summer Season: mid-April to the end of June; it is hot in summer and light cotton is recommended.

Rainy season:
July to September; still quite warm and humid; lots of rain.

Autumn Season:
October to November; days are pleasantly warm; nights are cool; one may need light woolens at night or early mornings.

Winter Season:
December-January; it is quite pleasant during the day and one may get by with one layer of woolens; the winter nights are cold and an extra layer of woolens is required.
How to reach this beautiful heritage village?
By Air: Pragpur is well connected by air, rail, and road. Gaggal is the nearest airport, around 55 km away. Pathankot is another airport, about 100 km away.

By Train: It is connected by the narrow gauge Kangra Railway, which starts at Pathankot. Nearest rail hubs are Guler or Jwalamukhi, both about 20 km away.

By Bus: 6 km from Kalhoa on National Highway 70, connecting Amb to Hamirpur.

Pragpur is well connected with all the advanced communication networks. BSNL and all other network companies have their network here. Nationalize banks, India post has their branches here. Many local administrative offices also situated here.

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DO YOU KNOW A VILLAGE OF Chef OF KALAYUR

Introduction.

Today I would like to share the story of a village which is located in the Indian states of Tamil Nadu. This village is famous for its 200 male chefs. Today I would like to share the story of a village which is located in the Indian states of Tamil Nadu. This village is famous for its 200 male chefs. Kalayur is a foodie’s paradise they have a 500 years old history of cooking food. In this village, every male person is a cook and they prepare mouth-watering food.
Do You Know A VILLAGE OF Chefs

About The Village Of Male Chefs.

Tamil Nadu is a beautiful state with temples, beaches, hill stations, and historical monuments. One such place which has gained popularity amongst local tourists and is famous all over the region is Kalayur.
Kalayur village is known as the village of a male chef. This village is located 25 km towards the north of Ramanathapuram and 9 Km from Paramakakkudi in Tamil Nadu. In the Kalaiyur village total population of 1406 of which 712 are males and 694 are females as per the 2011 Census of India. The Kalaiyur has a total of 356 Families residing in Kalayur.

Want To Become A Chef In Kalayur.

It is not an easy thing to become a chef in Kalayur, where the standards are already quite high. Senior cooks made entry-level criteria, for a fresher cook has to start his training as early as possible.
Senior cooks trained to build a strong foundation by teaching the basics first-chopping vegetables, gathering the freshest ingredients from the fields, and more. As one makes steady progress, and new fresher cooks learn to prepare more and more dishes.

How Much Time To Become A Head Chef In Kalayur?

At least 10 years, after which, the cook is ready to lead his own team.
these cooks are that they do not cook for their own family.
Women of the house as in any traditional Indian family cook food in homes.

Where You Can Relish The Food Made By Kalayur Chef?

If you are wondering if you too can relish the food by these experts, you can visit the holy shrines in Tirupati, Chennai, or Madurai to savor the food cooked by them. You can also try your luck by making a trip to the village.
DO YOU KNOW A VILLAGE OF MALE COOKS?

How Origin Of Cooking Kalayur Village?

This was starts about 500 centuries ago. As you know castism is everywhere in India so that in this village also at that time wealth and an upper cast of Reddiar caste tradesmen living in the region gave the job of cooking to Vaniyars to a lower caste who are good with culinary arts they lots of secrets food recipes other than the Bhramin cooks they only know cooking compare any other jobs, as farming was not profitable in that day so they developing skills in cooking and refine it and they are best in the cooking segment.

Best time to visit this food paradise.

October till February, there are intermittent rains in November and December.

But the best time to visit Tamil Nadu is during the winter months, especially for sightseeing and exploring the cities. The beaches are lovely, and the water is not too cold.

Kalayur Chef Are Very Famous Chef In South India

Today, the much-in-demand male cooks of Kalayur travel for six months throughout South India and cook mouth-watering fare for one and all. On other days, they prepare a wedding or birthday feast. And guess what, if they are provided with all the ingredients, the cooks can prepare the feasts for a thousand people in merely 3 hours!

How to reach Kalaiyur village.

By Air: The nearest airport to Kalayur is located in Madurai at a distance of about 90 km. Once you have reached the airport, you can either hire a direct cab or catch a direct bus to Kalayur.

By Rail: As Kalayur doesn’t have its own railway station, you can take a direct train to Ramanathapuram railway station and then from there, a cab or bus to Kalayur. The distance between the railway station and the village is 30 km.

By Road:
Kalayur is well connected to other cities and towns by road and hence, it can be easily accessed by road.

Conclusion.

Indian cuisine consists of a variety of regional and traditional cuisines native to the Indian subcontinent. Given the diversity in soil, climate, culture, ethnic groups, and occupations, these cuisines vary substantially and use locally available spices, herbs, vegetables, and fruits. 

This village is famous for its 200 male cooks. Kalayur is a foodie’s paradise, where food almost tastes like nectar. They have a 500 years old history of cooking food.

At least 10 years, after which, the cook is ready to lead his own team.

In my opinion, you have to visit this place and share your views with us.

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The Crowning Glory Of Rajasthan, KUMBHALGARH FORT.

Introduction

Kumbhalgarh fort is situated 82 km northeast of Udaipur by road. It was the most important fort in Mewar after Chittorgarh fort.
It is a world heritage site included in hill forts of Rajasthan.

Built during the course of the 15th century by Rana Kumbha.
Kumbhalgarh Fort is a Mewar fortress on the westerly range of Aravalli Hills, in the Rajasthan district near Udaipur of Rajasthan state in western India.

About Kumbhalgarh fort.

The fort as we see today was built by Kumbhakarna aka Rana Kumbha of Mewar kingdom in the 15th century. It was designed by a famous architect of that period, named Mandan.

Nestled in the foothills of the Aravalli Mountain Range, Kumbhalgarh near Udaipur is a majestic citadel and a major tourist attraction.

Surrounded by verdant forests, the fort attracts travelers due to its pristine location and architectural grandeur. Its 36-km long external wall is the second longest wall in the world, after the Great Wall of China.
According to local legends, Rana Kumbha faced many difficulties during the construction of the fort that he nearly abandoned it. Then a holy man told him that all these problems would end if a pure-hearted man willingly sacrificed his life for the construction.

On hearing this, the king was disappointed and that was when the holy man beheaded himself and sacrificed his life. After that, the king was able to build the fort without any problems.

It is believed that the entrance to the fort marks the place where the holy man’s head fell.

Kumbhalgarh Fort Architecture

Due to its mountainous location, Kumbhalgarh was built in the Rajput military hill architectural style that makes use of the defensive properties of the terrain. The fort is built on a hilltop at a height of about 3600 feet above sea level and enveloped by a 36-km long wall with seven fortified gateways.

The wall, which is listed among the longest walls in the world, is often called the Great Wall of India.

The frontal walls of the fort have a thickness of 15 feet. There are more than 360 temples inside the fort, out of which 300 are ancient Jain temples and the others are Hindu shrines. Though several additions were made to the fort by the rulers of Mewar over the years, the original structure exists even now.
1.) Kumbhalgarh Fort is one of the largest fort complexes in the whole world and the second-largest fort in India, the first being the Chittorgarh Fort.

2.) The fort’s walls are so wide that eight horses can walk abreast through it.

3.) You have to cross seven massive gates before entering the fort. Each consecutive gate is narrower than the previous one. The gates were constructed in this manner so that elephants and horses can’t enter the fort beyond a certain point.

4.) King Samprati, who is believed to be the builder of the original fort, was the grandson of Emperor Ashoka.

What to see inside the Kumbhalgarh Fort?

#Badal Mahal, a two-storied structure built by Rana Fateh Singh.
#Lakhola Tank, constructed by Rana Lakha.
#Ram Pol, the main gateway to the fort.
#Aaret Pol, Hanuman Pol, and Halla Pol, other major gateways to the fort.
#Badshahi Bavdi, a water tank.
#Hindu temples, including the ancient Ganesha temple and Neel Kanth Mahadeva temple.
#Jain temples, including the Parsva Natha temple, Golera Jain temple, Mamdeo temple, Mataji temple, Surya Mandir, and Pital Shah Jain temple.
#Chattris, Baoris, and water reservoirs.

Local food delicacies you have to try.

When it comes to local delicaciesKumbhalgarh resort in Rajasthan is simply the best place to eat. Don’t miss the Gatte ki Subzi, a traditional Rajasthani specialty, wherein gram flour dumplings flavored with dry spices are boiled and then dunked into a yogurt-based curry.

Attractions near Kumbhalgarh Fort

Attractions near Kumbhalgarh Fort.

#Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary (3 km)
#Ganga Govrdhan Museum (3.3 km)

How can I go to Kumbhalgarh from Udaipur?

The fastest way to reach from New Delhi to Kumbhalgarh is the flight to Maharana Pratap Airport, then cab to Kumbhalgarh, and takes 3h 24m. The recommended way to reach from

New Delhi to Kumbhalgarh is the flight to Maharana Pratap Airport, then cab to Kumbhalgarh, and takes 3h 24m.

Conclusion.

If you are a history lover or a historian then Kumbhalgarh Fort is definitely worth visiting. If you are not then too you should visit the place for its grandeur.

Kumbhalgarh, beyond any doubt, is a fascinating destination where several stories from the past await you, to be told and retold.

So, go ahead and enjoy a trip to this historic fort near Udaipur.

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Holy City Of India Haridwar

Introduction About Haridwar

Haridwar is one of the seven sacred cities of the Hindus and is a major pilgrimage center. It has been known by many names; originally it was called Kapila, for the sage who once lived there. Its present name means “Door to Hari”; Hari is one of the names of Vishnu, a principal deity of Hinduism.
Haridwar’s chief object of pilgrimage is Har-ki-Pauri—the bathing ghat, or steps, along the river—which has what believers consider to be a footprint of Vishnu impressed into a stone. Large numbers of pilgrims gather there annually at the beginning of the Hindu solar year in April; a Kumbh Mela (a Hindu religious festival) is held every 12th year in Haridwar. The Daksha Mahadev Temple, another important pilgrimage site, lies 2 miles (3 km) downstream at Kankhal.
Har Ki Pauri- Haridwar
Brahma Kund, the spot where the Amrit fell, is located at Har ki Pauri (literally, “footsteps of the Lord”) and is considered to be the most sacred ghat of Haridwar.

What Is Famous In Haridwar

It is considered a sacred place as Lord Vishnu took bath at this spot and the water is said to relive all sins. Haridwar is often called the gateway to the Hindu pilgrimage sites of the ‘Char Dhams’ and attracts a huge number of tourists due to its amazing mountains, rivers and ancient temples.

Which God Is in haridwar?

Har Ki Pauri is one of the most famous places in Haridwar and is believed to be the place where the three main Hindu Gods –BrahmaVishnu, and Shiva, are said to have appeared in different times in the Vedic era.

It is also the exit point of the Ganga from the mountains before entering the plains.

Which City is close to Haridwar

TownMILESAREA
Rishikesh13.70Uttarakhand
Doiwala15.26Uttarakhand
Sultanpur15.27Uttarakhand
Laksar15.49Uttarakhand

What is the old name of Haridwar?

Haridwar was previously known as Mayapuri which is because of the Goddess Maya Devi.

Is Haridwar a dry city?

(Rishikesh is a dry area so no nonveg and liquor there). … As a Hindu pilgrimage destination, both Rishikesh and Haridwar are dry areas in terms of the availability of liquor shops.

Midway Restaurant is ideally located between Rishikesh and Haridwar with a technicality making it the best location to serve liquor.

Which season is best to visit Haridwar?

October to February – The temperature goes as low as 10 degrees Celsius, and you may experience chilly winds.

March to June – It is the summer season in Haridwar.
July to September-It is From July onwards monsoon begins in Haridwar.

How many days are enough for Haridwar?

You can go for 4 days, 6days, 7dqys or 12-15 days(if you also want to visit Badrinath, Kedarnath, Kausani, Haridwar) It depends on you how many places you want to cover but according to me you should take at least 7 days.
The Ganga Arti At Har Ki Pauri- Haridwar

What is the famous food of Haridwar?

Famous Street Food of Haridwar for the Tourists
Aloo Pooris. Mohanji Poori Wale and Hoshiyarpuri rank on top positions for grabbing the crispy hot puris and savory sabzi. …
Kachoris.
Chhole Bhature.
Sweets.
Thickened Milk in Kullars.
Chaat.
Dibiya Fresh Fruit Chaat.

Places to visit in Haridwar

Ganga Arti
Chandi Devi Temple
Mansa Deve Temple
Pawan Dham
Daks Madhev Temple
Pantanjali Yog Peeth
Ma Anandamayee Ashram
Saptrishi ashram
Vaishno Devi temple
The Pentagon Mall
Sri vyas Ashram
Birla Ghat
Parad Shiviling
Maya Devi Temple
Rajaji Tiger Reserve
Sawami Vivekand Park
Vishnu Ghat
Sureshwari devi Temple
Mooti bazzar
Neel Dhara Pakshi Vihar
GAU Ghat
Gauri Shanker Maha dev temple
LAL Mata temple
Bhuma Niketan Temple
Adhbut Temple
Kush Avarta Ghat
Doodhadhari Barfani Temple

How can I go to Haridwar?

Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is 37 km away from Haridwar, whereas Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi is 223 km away. You can reach Haridwar from these two airports via bus, taxi or train.

Conclusion

Dear readers, visiting them all in a lifetime is thought to provide release from the endless cycle of birth and death. Thus, pilgrims attain moksha or liberation.

Understandably, this makes Haridwar very popular with Hindus who come to bathe in the holy water of the Ganges River, cleanse their sins, and visit temples.
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Valley of Flowers Heaven on Earth

Introduction

This article is about the Valley of Flowers National Park is an Indian national park, located in North  Chamoli and Pithoragarh, in the state of Uttarakhand and is known for its meadows of endemic alpine flowers and the variety of flora.
Valley Of Flower

About The National Park

Valley of Flowers National Park is an Indian national park, located in North Chamoli and Pithoragarh, in the state of Uttarakhand and is known for its meadows of endemic alpine flowers and the variety of flora and rare animals.

The valley was declared a national park in 1982 and now it is a World Heritage Site.

Valley of Flowers, located at 12,000 feet, was accidentally discovered in 1931, by mountaineers Frank S SmytheEric Shipton, and  RL Holdsworth, while returning after an expedition to Mount Kamet.  Smythe returned later and wrote the book The Valley of Flowers in 1938.

The Himalayan valley that has long been acknowledged by renowned mountaineers, botanists, and in literature.

It has been recognized internationally for over a century and is referenced in the Hindu religion Local people have visited the valley since ancient times.

Indian yogis are known to have visited the valley for meditation. 
Famous for its exotic varieties of medicinal herbs, it is also believed that Hanuman brought Sanjivani to the ailing Lakshmana from the valley of flowers

The Valley of Flowers has many different colorful flowers, taking on various shades of colors as time progressed.

Unique about the Valley of Flowers.

The Valley of Flowers is famous for its outstanding natural beauty, endangered animals, and endemic alpine flowers.

This valley comes under the national park category of India. It is spread over an area of around 88 km². Beautiful waterfalls, landscapes, and meadow add more stars to the beauty of Valley of Flowers.
Valley of Flowers National Park

Is Valley of Flowers safe?

It is always safe while you travel in Uttarakhand as locals are humble and polite.
As Valley of Flowers trek is quite demanding, therefore tourists should be physically and mentally fit for the trek.

How do I plan a trip to Valley of Flowers?

The best idea is to reach Joshimath or Govindghat and stay at night. Morning can start tracking from Govind ghat to Ghangria (Around 18 KM) and again stay at night. One can choose horse riding and save energy for the next day ( tracking in flower valley) .

 Is the Valley of flowers worth visiting?

The Govindghat to Ghangariya and the Hemkund Sahib treks can be quite putting off to those looking for peace and quiet and cleanliness.

The name given to it the Valley of Flowers is very true as there are flowers and flowers during summertime. In winter one will find snow and only snow here.
Ghangaria Village

Places To Visit In Valley Of Flowers

Valley of Flower National Park:-

A World Heritage Site, Valley of Flowers is probably one of the most beautiful places on Earth. The spread of colorful flowers against the snow-capped mountains during spring is a must-see.

Fauna and Flora:-

The Himalayan snow leopard is the major attraction of Nanda Devi National park amidst the valley of flowers and mountain ranges. Other animals found here are the endangered Asiatic black bear, blue sheep, and brown bear.

Ghangaria Village:-

Ghangaria is arranged at the intersection of the streams Bhyundar Ganga and Pushpawati, which shapes Lakshman Ganga, which later meets the waterway Alaknanda at Govindghat. It is the last human residence in the Bhyundar valley.

This place is typically utilized by voyagers as a base camp to visit Hemkund and Valley of blooms.

Hemkund Sahib

Well, known journey site for Sikhs which is around 6 km from here, and the Valley of Flowers, a national stop known for its assortment of blossoms around 3 km from here. It is situated in the northern Himalayan reaches an elevation of 3049 meters in the Uttarakhand territory of India.
Hemkund Sahib

Best Time To Visit Valley of Flowers.

The valley opens on June 1 each year and shuts in October. The best time to visit the Valley of Flowers is between July to September when you can see the valley at this bloom with flowers. August is the best time to see the flowers bloom; however, it might get difficult to reach there due to landslides and heavy rainfall. 

How to reach valley of flowers?

The closest you can get to The Valley of Flowers by road is Govind Ghat. This requires around an 11 hour drive to Joshimath from Dehradun, then another one hour to Gobindghat. From Gobindghat it is a 13-kilometer (8.1 miles) trek along a steep, narrow, but well-defined mountain trail to base camp at Ghangaria.

Conculison Of this beautiful post

My suggestion to all my readers you have to visit this famous Valley of flower national park and explore the naturally beautiful garden made by God. Famous for its exotic varieties of medicinal herbs, it is also believed that Hanuman brought Sanjivani to the ailing Lakshmana from the valley of flowers.

Not- Be a responsible tourist and do not leave anything behind in the valley. Do carry back all the packaging material/ waste and wrappers along with you and dump it at Ghangaria

WORLD FAMOUS SUN TEMPLE, OF GUJARAT.

Introduction Great Sun temple Of Gujarat

The Modhera Sun Temple was made by King Bhima I of the Chalukya dynasty in the early 11th century. Sun Temple Modhera’s Gujarat. Temple and its dedication to the Sun God will leave you stunned. The temple was so constructed that during every equinox, the first sun rays would fall on a diamond placed on the Sun God’s head and the entire temple would illuminate in a golden glow.

On other days, two pillars before the garbhagriha would stay illuminated throughout the day, regardless of the position of the sun. All of these can only be left to the imagination now.

History Of The Sun Temple

The Sun Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the solar deity Surya located at Modhera village of Mehsana district, Gujarat. India. It is situated on the bank of the river Pushpavati. It was built after 1026-27 CE during the reign of Bhima of the Chalukyas dynasty.

The Temple Complex Has Three Components 

The temple complex is built in (Chaulukya style). The temple complex has three axially aligned components; the shrine proper (garbhagriha) in a hall (gudhamandapa), the outer or assembly hall (sabhamandapa or rangamandapa), and a sacred reservoir (Kunda).

The Sabhamandapa is not in continuation with Gudhamandapa but is placed little away as a separate structure. Both are built on a paved platform.[1] Their roofs have collapsed long ago leaving behind a few lower-most courses. Both roofs are 15′ 9″ in diameter but are constructed differently. The platform or plinth is inverted lotus-shaped.
1.)Gudhamandapa, the shrine hall:-

The Gudhamandapa measures 51 feet 9 inches by 25 feet 8 inches. It is almost equally divided into Gudhamandapa, the hall, and Garbhgriha, the shrine proper. Both are rectangular in plan with one projection on each of the smaller sides and two projections on each of the longer sides. These projections on the smaller sides form the entrance and the back of the shrine.
2.)Sabhamandapa, the assembly hall:-

Sabhamandapa or Rangamandapa, the assembly hall or dancing hall is parallelogram in plan with rows of pillars opening entrance on each side diagonally. The extensively carved exterior has a series of recessed corners giving an impression of the star-like plan of it.[There are 52 intricately carved pillars. Madhusudan Dhaky has suggested that the sabhamandapa may have been later addition based on style and construction.
3.)Kunda, the reservoir:-

Kunda, a tank or reservoir is known as Ramakunda or Suryakunda. The flight of steps through kirti-torana leads to the reservoir. It is rectangular. It measures 176 feet from north to south and 120 feet from east to west. It is paved with stones all around. There are four terraces and recessed steps to descend to reach the bottom of the tank. The main entrance lies in the west. There are steps to reach from one terrace to another on the right angle to the terrace. These steps are rectangular or square except for the first step of each flight of steps which is semicircular. Several miniature shrines and niches in front of the terrace-wall have images of gods including many Vaishnavite deities and goddesses such as Shitala.
However, the sabha mandap still stands on 52 pillars, depicting the 52 weeks in year carvings of the sun, along with its unity with the other 4 elements-air, water, earth, and space- can be spotted on the walls.
The halls have intricately carved exterior and pillars.
The reservoir has steps to reach the bottom and numerous small shrines.

What Is The Specialty Of Sun Temple of Modhera?

The Sun Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the solar deity Surya located at Modhera village of Mehsana district, Gujarat, India. It is situated on the bank of the river Pushpavati. It was built after 1026-27 CE during the reign of Bhima I of the Chalukyas dynasty.
No worship is offered now and is a protected monument maintained by the Archaeological Survey Of India. At present, the temple is undertaken by the Archaeological Survey of India for renovation and restoration. In 2014, this Modhera Sun Temple was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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How Many Sun Temples Are There In India?

There are only 2 sun temples built in India. One is in Konark, Odisha, and others in Modhera, Gujarat.

Who Destroyed Sun Temple Jammu & Kashmir?

Martand is another Sanskrit synonym for Surya. Now in ruins, the temple is located five miles from Anantnag in the Indian union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. The temple was destroyed on the orders of Sultan Sikandar Butshikan, as part of his efforts to forcibly convert Kashmiri people to Islam.

Uttarardha Mahotsav’

The Tourism Corporation of Gujarat organizes an annual three-day dance festival known as ‘Uttarardha Mahotsav’ at the temple during the third week of January, following the festival of Uttarayan.
The objective is to present classical dance forms in an atmosphere similar to that in which they were originally presented.

How To Reach Modhera Gujarat?

By Air: You can fly to the nearest city to Modhera-Ahmedabad-from where regular government bus services are available.

By Train: For the ones boarding a train instead, the nearest railway station is at Mehsana-25 km from Modhera.

By Road: Modhera Sun Temple can be easily reached by boarding a bus or hiring a taxi from anywhere in Gujarat. The Modhera Sun Temple indeed leaves you awestruck. It is one place, amidst all the ruins, where you’ll find a perfect blend of ageless creativity and tremendous hard work.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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Valmiki Tiger Reserve National Park Bihar

Valmiki Tiger Reserve

Valmiki National Park is among the most prominent tiger reserves in India. Located near the Indo-Nepal border in West Champaran district of Bihar, the tiger reserve is spread over an area of about 880 sq km.

The Valmiki Tiger Reserve comprises of the Valmiki National Park and the Valmiki Wild Sanctuary. It is the 18th tiger reserve in the country and with 10 tigers ranks fourth in terms of tiger population.

In 1978, the reserve had an area of 464 sq km. In 1989, the national park and wildlife sanctuary was added to the area of the reserve and in 1990 the total area of the reserve was increased to the existing 880 sq km area.

Best months to see the Valmiki wilderness:

October to March is the best time to visit the sanctuary. The winter months (December to mid-February) are colder and the minimum temperature goes down to 7 – 8 degrees Celsius.
Heavy warm clothing is desired in winter.

Floral Diversity:

The mixed moist deciduous vegetation along the alluvial plains of the Gandak River is dominated by sal (Shorea robusta), Rohini (Mallotus phillipensis) and sihor (Strebulus asper). Terminalia tomentosa, Terminalia belerica, Adina cordifolia, Dalbergia latifolia, Mitragyna parviflora, Ehretia laevis, Angeissus latifolia are some of the important associates of Sal forests.
The natural forests are interspersed with plantations of teak (Tectona grandis), bamboo, semal (Salmalia malabarica), shisham (Dalbergia sissoo) and khair (Acacia catechu).

Faunal Diversity:

Diverse habitats of the Sanctuary support a variety of faunal life forms. Tigers, Leopards and Indian Wild Dogs are the large predators. Leopard cat and fishing cat are also found in patches. Deer species are represented by spotted deer, sambar, barking deer and hog deer. Indian bison (Gaur), Nilgai and wild boar are other ungulates found in these forests. Rhesus macaque and common Langur are primates of the sanctuary. Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) has recorded fifty three mammal species in the sanctuary.

Python, crocodile, king cobra, krait, monitor lizard, hill turtle are some common reptiles. The ZSI has recorded 10 species of amphibians, 27 species of reptiles and 75 species of insects.

Accommodation

 Valmiki Vihar, a tourist lodge of State Tourism Development Corporation Hotel is located at the picturesque site at Valmiki Nagar.  

There are ten (10) eco-huts of double bed occupancy located at Valmikinagar (two), Naurangia Done (two), Manguraha (2) and Gobardhana (four). Besides, one tree-hut is located at kotraha for altitude lovers.

Forest Rest Houses (two double-bed rooms in each) are located at Kotraha, Madanpur, Naurangia Done, Gobardhana, Manguraha, and Manpur. Four double-bed rooms at Ganauli is a wooden forest rest house. This building has the potential to get heritage status.

Tickets and Surcharges

Booking for accommodation can be done only 60 days in advance and only for 4 days at a stretch.

Eco hut- Gobardhana: INR 1500 (Maximum two persons allowed in a room)
Eco hut- Kotraha: INR 1500 (Maximum two persons allowed in a room)
Eco hut- Naurangia : INR 1500 (Maximum two persons allowed in a room)
Eco hut- Manguraha: INR 1500 (Maximum two persons allowed in a room)
Treehut- Gobardhana : INR 1500 (Maximum two persons allowed in a room)

Safari Details and Charges

Gypsy/ Jeep Safari (4 persons) for 2 hours 30 minutes – INR 600 per group
Rafting (8 persons) for 3 hours – INR 2000 per group
Boating (4 persons) for 3 hours – INR 500 per group
Nature Walk (4 – 6 persons) for 3 – 4 hours – INR 100 per person
Border Trek (10 – 15 persons) for 10 – 12 hours – INR 500 per person
Jungle Camp (4 – 6 persons) for a night – INR 200 per person
Tiger Trail (4 – 6 persons) for 3 – 4 hours – INR 200 per person
Cycling – INR 20 per hour

Places of Interest at Valmiki National Park

The place is dotted with temples, shrines and historical monuments. Some of the prominent and must-visit attractions of Valmiki National Park include-
1. Bheriyari Watch Tower

This one is located in the Bheriyari Grassland region and is ideal for bird watching several exotic bird species at play and viewing the herbivores in the natural habitat.

2. Bhikhna Thori

Located exactly on the Indo- Nepal Border, this is the north- eastern end of the sanctuary. This is a popular route to Tibet across Nepal. History tells us that it was the common resting place called ?thaur? in the native language, for the Buddhist monks and hence it is called “Bhiktchuk thaur” or “Bhikhna thori”. King George Vth rested here on his way to Nepal and it has been a popular picnic and leisure spot ever since.

3. Rohua Nala

Rohua Nala is a tributary of River Gandak and is situated in the Mandalpur range. The region is a beautiful combination of wetlands, forests, swamps and cenebrakes. The region has been declared as an Important Bird Area (IBA) by the Indian Bird Conservation Network. Besides several beautiful sightings of exotic birds, the place also facilities boating activities in traditional Shikara boats. You can also spot rhinoceros in the region.

4. Kapan

Kapan is a major perennial river originating from the Raghia Range. Walking northwards along the river, you can witness one of the most beautiful trails of the Park with forest on the side and the trailing river in the centre. You can also spot kingfishers, green pigeons and Indian bisons here.

5. Lalbhitiya

Lalbhitiya is a most beautiful vantage point in the area providing an alluring bird’s eye view of pure- sal forests. The highlight of the place are the mesmerising sunrise and sunset views. On clear days, you can also see the snow white pearly peaks of the Himalayas from here. The place is a common favourite among solace seekers, nature wanderers and bird watchers.

6. Manor Trek

Manor Trek is a comparatively easy trek of 1.5 kms which the tourists can undertake on their own. The trail passes along the forest to the Manor watchtower which provides majestic views of the adjoining snow clad Himalayas and beautiful panoramas of the river manor below.

7. Parewa Dah

Parewa Dah is considered the most beautiful spot of the Valmiki Natural Forest and a trip to the park is considered incomplete without a visit to this place. Parewa means ?pigeons? and ?dah? means water- bodies and put together, Parewa Dah means a place where both these factors co-exist. The area is replete with water doves,pigeons and bee-eaters swarming the emerald blue waters. The water is so clear that you can even see the fish swimming at shallow levels.

8. Someshwar Peak

Perched at an elevation of 2884 meters, Someshwar Peak is the highest peak in the region which can be reached through a trek of 14 km from the base camp. Although the tiring trekking pays off at the top which offers sweeping views of the forest below in the backdrop of the mighty mountains of the Himalayan Range. The path has several stop points like the Titanic Point and Hill Top etc. On the border is located Someshwar Temple dedicated to Shiva and Kali. At the base of the temple are the ruins of the hermitage of Baba Bhatrihari.

9. Valmiki Nagar

Valmiki Nagar is the adjoining tiny town of Valmiki Nagar on the banks of river Gandak at the Indo – Nepal border. The Gandak Barrage has a viewpoint that offers magnificent views of the Triveni and other nearby areas. The area also offers rare sightings of gharials, dolphins, crocodiles, turtles, and other rare and endangered birds, etc. Besides the serene landscape and tranquility, you can also experience river rafting in the area.
Valmiki National Park

Activities at Valmiki National Park

1. Nature Walk

The rich wildlife and the diverse topography makes for wonderful nature walks through the forests. The volunteers are taken on a guided walking tour spanning 4 – 5 km to give them an idea of the flourishing ecosystem of the forests. These groups of 5 – 6 people are guided by professionals and children below the age of 15 years are not allowed. It is a must-experience activity when at the sanctuary to witness the plenteous flora and fauna, and to be awed at the grand and cozy forests brimming with wondrous bounteous nature.
2. Border Trek

Located at the brink of the India- Nepal border with the Someshwar Range as the border between the two countries, the wildlife sanctuary provides facilitates beautiful treks in the region. From the top of the hill peaks, one can take a mesmerizing bird’s eye view of the tiger reserve and the national park, in addition to the parallely located Chitwan National Park in Nepal. The trek is a day-long activity, conducted from 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Besides testing your fitness agility and grit, the trek takes you through a wonderland of steep slopes, settling riverine, meandering streams, and along with narrow passes in the forests. The package includes packed meals en-route. This trek is conducted in groups of 10 – 15 people led by a professional guide. Children below the age of 15 years are not allowed.
3. Jungle Camp

This is one of the most thrilling activities at the camp which is conducted in the anti-poaching camps or in one of the watchtowers. The package includes beds, spotlights, and night vision devices. Special care is taken not to disturb the natural habitat of the plants and animals. Midnight creeks and howls of the wild animals are sure to get up your adrenaline rush. In a group, 2 – 4 people can be accommodated and children below 15 years are not allowed.
4. Tiger Trail

One of the most exciting highlights of Valmiki National Park is the Tiger trail activity. The trek starts early at dawn in the supervision of the tiger trekkers where you follow the trails walked by the king of the forest- Bengal tigers. In case it is your lucky day, you might get to see a kill or the spoils of the tigers. The trek is also very informative where the participants are taught how to identify various pugmarks, scratches, and scents. The group consists of 4 – 6 participants and children below 15 years are not allowed.
5. Watchtowers

There are several wooden watchtowers housed in the forests from where the tourists can take a peek into the privacy of the wildlife. Besides the towers offer enchanting views of the rivers, the confluence, and the majestic Himalayan ranges. These watchtowers are also installed at Thori, Bajani, Singha Sonbarsa, Bherihari, and Bhaluthapa.

How to Reach

Through Railways:

 The sanctuary is situated on Gorakhpur–Muzaffarpur (via Narkatiganj) rail route. Direct trains are available from major cities of the country to reach the sanctuary. Daily/weekly trains are available from New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Siliguri, Dehradun, and Amritsar to arrive at Bagaha (to reach the western part of the sanctuary) and Narkatiaganj (to reach the central and eastern part of the sanctuary). Muzaffarpur and Gorakhpur are the nearest major junctions to get passenger/mail/express trains for Bagaha and Narkatiaganj. The Field Directorate located at the district headquarters of West Champaran at Bettiah, about 70 km from the sanctuary, is also on the same rail route.
Road Approach:

 The sanctuary is about 275 km from Patna, the capital city of Bihar; 200 km from Muzaffarpur, major city and railhead of North Bihar; 70 km for Bettiah, district headquarters of West Champaran; and 125 km from Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, by road. Vehicles can be hired from these places to reach the sanctuary.
Nearest Airports:  

Patna, Kolkata, and Gorakhpur.

Rules and Regulations

Valmiki National Park observes a vast set of rules and regulations.
Liquor consumption or visiting under the influence of liquor is strictly prohibited.

Teasing or disturbing animals in their natural setting is prohibited.
Damage to any plants or trees is not allowed.

Smoking or carrying any inflammable material is not allowed.

Playing any kind of music or any musical instrument during any treks or safaris is prohibited.

Carrying and consuming food in the forests is not allowed.
Carrying ammunition or any arms is strictly prohibited.

Pros & Cons. –

Pros: Clean, unexplored, well maintained Eco huts and helpful staff of the forest department.

Cons: Connectivity and availability of any conveyance. (U have to depend on the vehicle of forest Department) Lack of trained guide. Non-availability of Jungle Safari at Naurangia Done.

Rating: 1 out of 5.
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The Chitrakote Falls In Chhattisgarh.

Today I would like to share about my readers India is a country which has several unique temples famous for its cultural heritage, various wildlife sanctuaries and it is surrounded by the Indian Ocean, Himalayas, the Bay of Bengal, and the Arabian Sea.
If you are thinking of how you can enjoy the beauty of international destinations via domestic travel? You have to visit The Chitrakote Falls in Chhattisgarh.
Chitrakote Falls
The Chitrakote Falls (also spelled ChitrakoteChitrakot, and Chitrakoot; Hindi: चित्रकोट जलप्रपात) is a natural waterfall on the Indrvati River, located approximately 38 kilometers (24 mi) to the west of Jagdalpur, in Bastar district in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh. 
The height of the falls is about 29 meters (95 ft).  It is the widest fall in India, reaching a width of nearly 300 meters (980 ft) during the monsoon season. Because of its width and its widespread horseshoe shape during the monsoon season.

It is often called the “Niagara Falls of India”.
Just from the lush green cover of the forest to the presence of mystic caves, Jagdalpur is surprisingly filled to the brim with places that are of interest to travelers.

The best part is, the destination is relatively unexplored right now, and offers travelers a very unique chance of exploring an offbeat destination.
While Chhattisgarh may have a bad rep when it comes to safety (for women and generally) while traveling, Jagdalpur is a serene and peaceful town that is perfectly safe for visitors, including women.
While it may look tempting, swimming at Chitrakoot waterfalls is extremely dangerous and thus, prohibited.

Since tourism is a freshly growing industry, Chitrakoot is currently facing a scarcity of restaurants that serve decent food.

There have also been reports of shops near the falls selling expired goods such as biscuits and wafers. For this reason, it is strongly recommended to carry your own food and water when you visit Chitrakoot Falls.
The later months of monsoon (September and October) are best suited for exploring Jagdalpur. At this time, the weather is pleasant and thanks to the recently passed monsoon showers, the waterfalls in the area are flowing in all their glory. Keep in mind that this is the peak season of visiting the area and thanks to the combination of high tourist footfall and underdeveloped tourism infrastructure, finding decent accommodation may turn out to be a challenge.
However, the Naxalite activities—mostly limited to the border areas of the state—often deter travelers from visiting areas like Bastar. … With the exception of a few incidents, Bastar is no more perilous than other places. Raipur and Jagdalpur are as safe as any other Indian city.
Seven Tourist Places Near Chitrakoot Falls. If you’re visiting (or in) Chitrakoot, have already paid a visit to the falls, here are a few other tourist places near Chitrakoot Falls:

1. Kanger Valley National Park
Established in 1982, the young national park of Kanger Valley is an absolute delight for the nature lovers. The national park is less than a couple hour-long drive from the falls and makes for a perfect day-long getaway for those that have the luxury of time.

2. Kailash And Kutumsar Caves
discovered (1993) Kailash Caves. The cave system is a small one, only 250 meters in length but nonetheless, offers some spectacular views of stalactite and stalagmite formations. The reason behind naming the caves Kailash Caves is that at the end of the cave, the stalagmite formations resemble a Shivling. Another interesting thing about the Kailash caves is the acoustic properties of its walls that emit a sound when struck by hands.

3. Tirathgarh Waterfalls

At a distance of about 35 kilometers from the city center of Jagdalpur, this waterfall is considerably close to Kutumsar Cave. The waterfall area is surrounded by lush green forest and is a favorite picnic spot among the locals and thus, is one of the famous tourist places near Chitrakoot Falls. For those looking for a bit of extra adventure, there is an option of going to the bottom of the gorge formed by the waterfall. The bottom can be reached by climbing down a flight of 210 stars. This staircase is well maintained and is very easy to navigate for people of all age groups and fitness levels.

4. Zonal Anthropological Museum
Established in 1972, the museum features an impressive collection of artifacts, art, weapons, utensils, ornaments, clothes collected from the tribe during the 70s and 80s. The museum has efficiently placed these artifacts in a manner that describes a narrative of the “Adivasi” lives of the Bastar Tribe, before the onslaught of infrastructure revolution in the area.

5. Gupt Godavari

Gupt Godavari is a pair of caves that have a rich mythological story attached to them. According to Hindu Mythology, the caves were used by Lord Rama and his brother Lord Lakshman to hold secret meetings.
With grandness comparable to famous Indian caves such as the Elephanta Caves, the Gupt Godavari caves are relatively unexplored by tourists.

6. Bharat Milap Temple

Those familiar with the Epic Ramcharitmanas written by Sage Valmiki know about an even called Bharat Milap. For those that are not familiar with the event, it took place after the death of King Dashratha, father of Lord Rama. The then ruling king, King Bharata, brother of Lord Rama, came down to Kamadgiri Mountain to persuade his elder brother to return to their homeland in Ayodhya and reclaim the throne.

7. Kalinjar Fort

Located at a distance of about 88 kilometers from Chitrakoot, the Kalinjar Fort is an ancient archeological marvel that offers spectacular views of the plains around it. Rising a little over 1200 feet from the ground, the Kalinjar fort was built by the Chandela Kings in the 9th century. Historically, the fort was viewed as a symbol of great power among local Indian kings, and thus, attracted a lot of conflict over the control of the area.
The fort also houses a number of temples within its premises, including a shrine will wall inscriptions depicting Lord Shiva, Ganesha, Hanuman, and Kala Bhairon and thus, has emerged as an important pilgrimage destination for Hindus all over the country.
1.      By Air. The nearest airports are Allahabad (135 km from Chitrakoot), Khajuraho( 175 km) and Varanasi (275 km).

2.      By Train. Karvi is the nearest railway station and it is 8km away from Chitrakoot.

3.      By Road. State-owned buses are available from Allahabad, Banda, Kanpur, Satna, and Jhansi to reach Chitrakoot.

Rating: 1 out of 5.

Best Hill station Kasol.

Kasol is a hamlet in the district Kullu of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It is situated in Parvati Valley, on the banks of the Parvati River, on the way between Bhuntar and Manikaran. It is located 30 km from Bhuntar and 3.5 km from Manikaran. 
The valley is famous for its pretty as a picture coniferous forests and crystal clear mountain streams. Nestled in these sylvan hills is the charming village of Kasol.

Kasol is the Himalayan hotspot for backpackers. and acts as a base for nearby treks to Malana and Kheerganga.

It is called Mini Israel of India due to a high percentage of Israeli tourists here. 
It’s absolutely safe to go kasol or anywhere else in Parvati valley. It’s not just Kasol but the entire State of H.P that is as safe as a bird’s nest!
Kasol is the best place for solo travelers and talks to as many people as you can, you will meet many solo travelers there, plan for at least a 4-day visit. Ideas: If you love trekking and have enough experience of it goes for Kheerganga which is almost 6 hours (one side) trek.

Yes, you can plan your trip to Kasol with your family for a memorable travel experience. The hill station is ideal for all kinds of travelers from honeymooners and family to friends.                            
Kasol receives snowfall in the months of December to February.
Alcohol is available in some of the cafes in Kasol.

The months of April, May, October, and November are ideal to plan a trip to Kasol. The best season to visit Kasol is summers as the pleasant weather of the hill village making the place more serene and the liveliness just be perfect for a tour to a village in Kullu district.
Kasol

6 Things To Buy From The Local Market In Kasol

Local Market Kasol
·  Everything From Chillums To Bongs. We all need souvenirs to recall an epic vacation.

·   Bob Marley Tees. A Shiva and Bob Marley t-shirt are mandatory for every hipster who visits Kasol.

·    Himachali Caps. Picture Credits: hoteldekho.
·    Dreamcatchers.
·     Semi-Precious Stones.
·     Handicrafts.

Go to kasol by car

The best way to plan a Kasol trip is by road, of course. Assuming your starting point as Delhi, one can drive to Kasol. The total driving distance from Delhi to Kasol is 565 km and will take you driving time of 12 hours.

8 Best Homestays In Kasol

·        Hill Crest Kasol. Hill Crest Homestay Kasol is one of the top homestays in Kasol where you can enjoy the lush green atmosphere and pleasant surroundings.
·         Padma Guest House.
·         Moksha Riverside Cottage.
·         Pink House Cafe.
·         Highland – Choi.
·         Colonel’s Dacha.
·         Memoir Homes & Café.
·         Parvati River Cottage.

Festival In Kasol

Kasol Music Festival is a music festival that happens in Kasol on every New Year’s Eve. People from around the world gather for this festival.

Kasol Trip cost

Essentially, a three to five days trip to Kasol will cost anywhere between INR 3,500 to INR 6,000 per person. It is important to keep in mind that these prices are prone to change according to seasons. Additionally, many adventure activities like camping, trekking, and hiking will cost extra. 

Rating: 5 out of 5.