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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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Rating: 3 out of 5.

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.

WEEKEND GATEWAY to JIM CORBETT NATIONAL PARK.

About Jim Corbett National Park

It is the oldest national park in India was established in 1936 as Hailey National Park to protect the endangered Bengal tiger.

It is located in Nainital District and Pauri Garwal of Uttarakhand and was named after Jim Corbett a well-known hunter and naturalist. The park was the first to come under the Project Tiger initiative.

The park has sub – Himalayan belt geographical and ecological characteristics. An ecotourism destination, it contains 488 different species of plants and a diverse variety of fauna. The increase in tourist activities, among other problems, continues to present a serious challenge to the park’s ecological balance.

Corbett has been a haunt for tourists and wildlife lovers for a long time. Tourism activity is only allowed in selected areas of Corbett Tiger Reserve so that people get an opportunity to see its landscape and wildlife. In recent years the number of people coming here has increased dramatically. Presently, every season more than 70,000 visitors come to the park.

Corbett National Park comprises 520.8 km2 (201.1 sq mi) area of hills, riverine belts, marshy depressions, grasslands, and a large lake. The elevation ranges from 1,300 to 4,000 ft (400 to 1,220 m).

Winter nights are cold but the days are bright and sunny. It rains from July to September. Dense moist deciduous forest mainly consists of sal, haldu, peepal, rohini and mango tree. Forest covers almost 73% of the park, 10% of the area consists of grasslands. It houses around 110 tree species, 50 species of mammals, 580 bird species and 25 reptile species.

What to wear in JIM Corbett Park

When you want to plan for the weekend, I think two days are sufficient to view Jim Corbett Park.

If you are going Jim Corbett national park sometime in April or June – Light cotton shirts and light pants or shorts are recommended. Khakis and Cargos go well.

Take along a dark pair of sunglasses and don’t forget your safari hats to complete the look (and for the functionality of it).

Take your children to Jim Corbett is safe.

To be very precise, Yes you can take your children to Jim Corbett Safari. The forest management team takes great care of the forest and maintains the path for jungle safaris and the drivers are well trained and know-How to solve a difficult problem that might happen during the safari tours.

Inside accommodation in Jim Corbett Park

Dhikala Forest Lodge

Jim Corbett National Park is the sole national park in India that offers night stay inside its Jungle. Dhikala forest lodge is a historic structure, have been built over hundreds of years ago by Britishers. This old rest house is very much popular among tourists.

There a lot of good hotels available under you budget if you are not getting a room in the Dhikala forest lodge.
Food & Alcohol In Jim Corbett
The best option for food in Corbett tends to be the hotels and resorts here. They offer rich and delicious North Indian, Chinese, Mughlai, Continental, Kumaoni, and local cuisine.
Don’t miss the Chicken, Kebab, and other barbeque delicacies here. However, non-vegetarian food and alcohol are strictly prohibited inside the park.

The local cuisine offers a number of delicacies with Bhaang Ki Khatai, Kappa (a green curry), Sisunak Saag(a dish prepared with green leafy vegetables and many local ingredients), Aloo ke Gutke( a Kumauni potato dish), Rus ( a preparation of many dals) being just some of the popular items here.

You can carry Alcohol with you in your luggage into Jim Corbett. Just don’t drink it within the park!
Best option inside Corbett own car or hire Gypsies.
The Corbett website : Tourists can drive their own cars inside Corbett or can hire private Jeeps/Gypsies from Ramnagar.

It is advisable to refuel vehicles before entering the park because there is no fuel station beyond Ramnagar.

According to Sightings Index by WildTrails, the best zones to visit for tiger sighting and safari tour in Jim Corbett National Park are the Bijrani safari zone, Dhikala Safari Zone and Dhela Safari Zone.

The jeep safari tours are allowed in two shifts inside the 
Corbett tiger reserve in all of the tourism zones.
Best time to visit Jim Corbett
Corbett lets you visit the Park all year long, but the best time to visit Jim Corbett National Park is between November and February i.e, during the winter season when all the zones are open, and you can spot the most animals. Summers, though hot, isn’t unbearable.
As long as tourists obey the rules of the park they are visiting, it is absolutely safe to go on an open vehicle safari.
Top Places To Visit
The top sightseeing places in Corbett national park are Jungle Safari in Corbett National Park, Elephant Ride in Corbett National Park, Corbett Waterfall, River Rafting in Corbett National Park, Garjiya Devi Temple, Corbett Museum.
How to reach Jim Corbett National Park by road
By Road

Connected with the NH34 and a wide network of roads with the nearby cities, Roadways is one of the most preferred options for the tourists to travel down to Jim Corbett. Instead of a private taxi, jeeps are widely popular amongst tourists to explore Jim Corbett, for the convenience it gives in the area. Many buses, ranging from Government to Private and AC to Sleeper, ply down to Corbett from Delhi, Ramnagar, Dehradun, Gaushala, and Kotdwar, the major connecting links to Corbett. Roadways are the most direct way to make it to Jim Corbett.

By train
The three major railheads located in the proximity of Jim Corbett are Ramnagar, Gaushala, and Kotdwar at a distance of 86 km, 69 km and 110 km respectively. Some trains from several adjoining areas come down to these stations, thus offering better connectivity to the tourists for reaching Jim Corbett. Regular bus services and taxi/jeep services are available from these cities to help visitors travel down to Jim Corbett quickly.

Local transport in Jim Corbett National Park
Jeep and elephant safaris are some of the best ways to delve into the wilderness.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

MAWLYNNONG is the cleanest village of Meghalaya India.

Today if I asked for anybody in India. Which is the cleanest village in India and Asia? Most of the people do not know the answer to this question, it is ok, but most of the Indian people never think of this type of cleanliness they found in the village of India.

All we educated people to know everything about hygiene and cleanliness but we forget that important lesson in normal life. That we live in a beautiful country and it is our responsibility for the cleanliness of our nearby surroundings, but we thought the government will take care of this because we pay taxes that kind of selfishness, hypocrisy & ego we most of the Indian have.

That is why small countries like Taiwan, Hongkong, Singapore, Malaysia, Canada, Dubai do better than us, and when we will travel to such small countries than we feel how dirty our countries and governments can’t do anything. This kind of mindset we develop in our selves even though we learn about hygiene & cleanliness lessons from our childhood.
Welcome To ‘The Cleanest Village In India’ The East Khasi Hills, Hills of Meghalaya also referred to as ‘God’s own garden’ has won the acclaim of being the cleanest village in Asia in 2003.

Meghalaya is one of the seven small states of India’s remote northeast region and home to the “Cleanest Village in India.” The mountain road climbs to Mawlynnong, at an altitude of 5,000 feet, giving way to Bangladesh farther south.
About this village in 2014, there are about 95 households in Mawlynnong approx 700-800 mix of Man, Women, Children, and old people and the literacy rate is 90%.

The people residing in the community are Khasi people. The population is mostly Christian and the village has three churches.

Their main occupation is agriculture. Betel nut being the main crop of this village or region. During summers, one can find pineapples and lychees which are then exported to the nearby regions as well.
Today Mawlynnong is known for its cleanliness worldwide. The main question comes in my mind if this village person not very filthy rich so how can they do this kind of job cleanliness or the government support them.

But my friends these people not very well educated but they have the determination to work for their village to clean that kind of motive and passion change the economics of this village.

Every day in the morning the wastes are collected in the dustbins made of bamboo, directed to a pit, and then used as manure.

A community initiative mandates that all residents should participate in cleaning up the village.

Smoking and the use of polythene are banned while rainwater harvesting is encouraged.

The travel magazine Discover India declared the village as the cleanest in Asia in 2003, and the cleanest in India in 2005.

This reputation has boosted local tourism; in 2017 according to the village headsman, incomes had increased by 60 percent due to increased tourism.
They have a very beautiful ritual as is the tradition of the Khasi people, in Mawlynnong property and wealth are passed from the mother to the youngest of her daughters, who also keeps the mother’s surname.

Mawlynnong proves that women empowerment and 100 percent literacy rate, both are achievable. Extending warm hospitality to their guests also happens to be one of the most well-known qualities of the natives of Mawlynnong.
The Living Root Bridges in Mawlynnong have been declared a UNESCO World Heriassive
The Living Root Bridges in Mawlynnong have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hanging on a river, the bridges are made by connecting the aerial roots of one massive rubber tree with another.
The best part about the food you eat in Mawlynnong is that all of it is prepared using organically grown vegetables. Even the meat comes from in-house bred birds and animals.
There is a wide variety to vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes to savor; pick from pork tossed in bell peppers and greens, freshly-cut and smoked banana-flower, Jadoh – meat and rice-based delight), and Tungrymbai – a sumptuous mesh of fermented soybeans, bamboo leaves, and local spices.
In Mawlynnong, you’ll find some nice homestays that allow you to stay close to nature and have a lovely time with the locals. Some homestays are traditionally-built huts, while a few are built from concrete.

In Mawlynnong accommodation is simple, and comes with basic facilities. Recommended Mawlynnong guesthouses/homestays: Ila Jong Homestay, Bangladesh View Homestay, Hala Tyngkong, Epiphany Society Guest House, & Sahpyngngad Homestay.The average cost per night: INR 2000.
After attaining the title of the Cleanest Village in Asia, Mawlynnong became a popular tourist attraction. Well-connected to major cities like Shillong and Cherrapunji, Mawlynnong can be easily reached by road. Here are different ways to reach the village:

By road: Roads towards Mawlynnong are majorly in good condition. You can easily find buses plying between the village and nearby areas like Cherrapunji and Shillong.
By air: Nearest airport from Mawlynnong located in Shillong, at a distance of 78 km. There are direct flights from Kolkata to Shillong. However, if you’re coming from other cities like Delhi, you’ll have to go for a connecting flight. On reaching the airport, you can hire a taxi or board a bus to reach Mawlynnong
By rail: Guwahati is the nearest major railway station from Mawlynnong, 172 km away. Opt for a bus ride or taxi from the station in order to reach the village.
The best months to visit Meghalaya is between October and June. Early summer and winter are quite pleasant.
But due to heavy rainfall during monsoons, a lot of tourists avoid visiting from July till September.

Rating: 1 out of 5.

Jatayu Sculpture A Myth Comes Alive

When you see this picture you all were curious about this green forest all around and bird sculpture on the mountain. A lot of questions come into your mind.
So friends the picture you see that is in the post that is from India. This great park developed by Karnataka Tourism.
With the opening of the Jatayu sculpture at Chadayamangalam in March 2018, India will be home to the world’s largest bird sculpture.
Jatayu Sculpture A Myth Comes Alive
I know a lot of Indians don’t know about Chadayamangalam village in Kollam district, Kerala but we all know about Ramaya and everybody knows about Jatyu. How important role play by Jatayu. He is fighting with Ravan to try to save Sita but somehow Ravan injured him and the giant eagle of the Ramayana fell on the rocky peak. Thereafter, the place came to be known as ‘Jatayumangalam’. Over the years, it became Chadayamangalam and the peak became Jatayupara (Jatayu rock).
Now, friend, I would like to share this amazing ECO diversity park name that is called Jatayu Earth Center. The sculpture, along with the adventure center and a Siddha healing center, all of 65 acres, form the Jatayu Earth’s Centre
Mr. Rajiv Anchal Sculptor Of this beautiful of art
What is Jatayu Earth’s Centre?

Jatayu Earth’s Centre is a ₹100 crore eco-tourism project designed on a BOT (build-operate-transfer) model between the Government of Kerala and Guruchandrika Builders and Property, a company owned by Rajiv Anchal.
The company has leased the Government-owned land for 30 years. Although the project took flight in 2008, construction began only by 2011. The Jatayu sculpture, a building with a 15,000 sq ft floor area, is made of roller-compacted concrete (RCC), except for the talons which are stainless steel.
Mr. Rajiv Anchal Sculptor/filmmaker who made this beautiful sculptor.
He presented for this sculpture to the Department of Tourism during his Fine Arts College days in the 1980s.
Later, when a proposal for an eco-tourism project came up, he was approached to work on it.
As per Mr. Rajiv Jatayu died protecting a woman’s honor and that is what the sculpture stands for.
Imagination and creativity take flight on this bleak mountain and a giant bird is beginning to spread its wings. Lying flat on its back with wings spread across 150ft, while stretching 200ft from tail feathers to head, and talons rising 70ft into the air, the Jatayu sculpture — built on top of the 1,000ft-high Jatayupara — towers above the green expanses of Chadayamangalam.
For Anchal, it’s not just another tourism project. There was a time when man and wildlife lived in harmony, and Jatayu is a symbol of that time. “The aim is to protect the rock and preserve Nature around it. Nothing dominates the rock — as all the construction, including the sculpture — is designed and textured to seem like a part of the landscape,” he says.

Most of the area was barren when the project kicked off. Trees were planted well ahead, and today, the fallen Jatayu lies in a green haven, something straight out of Treta Yuga!
Jatayu Sculpture
The sculpture and the cable car ride will be opened to the public. Visitors can scale the wings of the Jatayu to reach the chest and click a selfie with the bird.
The entry fee will be ₹250. after the completion of the museum, the theatre, and a Siddha healing center.
 
Reaching the zenith: Apart from the 500-meter cable ride, there is a 1.5-km granite stone walkway built by 70-year-old stonemason Balan Pillai, who chiseled 60,000 stones by himself. A heli-taxi service will be launched in the future.
Brave the rocks: From climbing up an 82feet rock-face and rappelling down a 45feet cliff, to crossing a tricky Burma bridge and trekking up a mountain, the Jatayu Adventure Centre offers all this and more.

Built onto a side of the peak, it offers a variety of activities designed around the natural rock formations. For a group of 10, the cost is ₹3,500 and includes lunch, water, juice, and snacks.

Rating: 1 out of 5.

An unexplored hill-station in Himachal Nahan

The Fort of Nahan 1850
The place I was discussing with you today that hill town enjoys a pleasant climate throughout the year and is amazing to visit especially during monsoons.

This is one of the un-heard off yet accessible hill stations of North India. That Place I was sharing with you is called Nahan.

This hill-station perched at 932 meters above the sea-level is an amazing weekend getaway from Delhi. Located amidst the Shivalik Range, this hill-station is the headquarter of the Sirmour District.
A small story about this place had been discovered.

Nahan is situated on a hilltop in the Shiwalik Hills, overlooking green hills. Traditionally, saints and princes are linked with the origin of Nahan. The city was founded as in 1621 by Raja Karam Prakash. Another version recalls a saint who lived with a companion named Nahar on the site where the Nahan palace now stands. “Nahar” means ‘don’t kill’ and the town probably takes its name from an incident when a king was trying to kill a lion and the saint said Nahar, that is ‘do not kill it’.

The name of the saint was Baba Banwari Das. Another version is that Nahar means Lion in Sanskrit. At the place where Nahan is, Lions were there so it was named Nahar and latter called Nahan, which is the distortion of Nahar.
The famous fairs and festivals you can enjoy here!
Vaaman Dwadshi

Nahan celebrates Vaaman Dwadshi towards the end of the monsoon when fifty-two cult images of local gods are carried in procession to Jagannath Temple, where they are floated ceremoniously in a pool and are restored at midnight to their niches.
Gugga Peer Fair

A fair is celebrated in Nahan to mark the honour of Gogaji (गोगाजी) also known as Gugga (is a folk deity of Rajasthan state in India).

He is an eminent warrior-hero of the region. Hindus and Muslims alike honor him.

He is also venerated as a saint and even as ‘snake-god’. He is known as Goga among the Hindus and Jahar Peer among the Muslims. The Kaimkhani Muslims claim descent from him and regard him as a peer (saint).
Jamta Fair

The Ashtami(अष्टमी) Fair is organized in the village Jamta(जमटा) by the Gram Panchayat(ग्राम पंचायत) every year, two days prior to the “DUSSHEHRA”(दशहरा) festival.
How you reach this beautiful place by Air, Train, Road
Air
The nearest airport is Chandigarh, with Dehradun as an option. Shimla Airport is also not too far.
Rail
The nearest railway stations are Barara, Ambala, Chandigarh, and Kalka, which are connected by a regular bus service. Yamunanagar is another rail station close to the town
Road
Nahan is well connected to Himachal and rest of India through National Highway 7 and National Highway 9 Nahan is approachable from many directions by road: via Baila from Rajban, via Dehra Dun through Paonta Sahib; via Panchkula-Naraingarh-Kala Amb from Chandigarh, via Yamunanagar-Hathanikund from Haryana and via Solan-Kumarhatti from Shimla.
There are regular bus services linking it to other towns like Shimla, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Delhi, and Haridwar. If you are coming from Delhi, the best and shortest route option is to take the road via Saha. For Saha, take a right exit from NH1 after crossing Shahbad and then the bridge on River Markanda.
Top Places to Visit In Nahan
Renuka Lake, Nahan Overview

Located just 38 kilometers away from Nahan, the Renuka Lake is the perfect place to visit for people who are into nature and the solace it offers. Unlike other lakes in the area that is famous for their pristine beauty and surroundings, the Renuka Lake is renowned for its cultural history. Not only is this the largest natural lake in Himachal Pradesh regarding area (the lake covers a circumference of about 3214 meters); this fantastic water body is shaped in the form of a reclining woman, and hence is considered to be a personification of the Goddess Renuka. Other than its cultural and religious significance, the lake also offers breathtaking views to visitors who reach the ridge of the lake after passing through dense alpine forests.
All in all, Renuka Lake is the perfect holiday destination that can be visited all year round and beckons nature lovers and pious people from all across the nation.
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Suketi Fossil Park
Suketi Fossil Park, Nahan

The Suketi Fossil Park, also known as the Shivalik Fossil Park, is a prominent fossil park that is located in the Sirmaur district of Himachal Pradesh in India. This park is the first one in Asia to be situated on the same site where the actual fossils were unearthed, and has a collection of vertebrate fossils and skeletons that date back to the prehistoric times, and have been recovered from the upper and middle Siwaliks geological formations of sandstones and clay at Suketi.
The Suketi Fossil Park is the largest fossil park in Asia and is situated at a distance of 21 kilometers from Nahan, on the banks of the Markanda River. It is located in the upper and middle Shivaliks and has soft sandstone and clay rocks. The fossil park is famous for its open-air exhibition of six life-sized fiberglass models of extinct mammals whose skeletons and fossils were found at the location, displays of fossil finds, and the museum which displays fossil finds.
Jaitak fort Nahan
Jaitak Fort, Nahan
Built by Gurkha leader Ranjor Singh Thapa in 1810, this fort is situated on the top of Jaitak Hills. Constructed using the material recovered from the Nahan fort after it was ransacked and destroyed. It is situated at a distance of 25 km from Nahan.
Dhaula
Dhaula Kuan, Nahan

This spot has a lot of appeals
attached to it. One of the major tourist attractions, Dhaula Kuan is packed with numerous orchards housing plants of citrus fruits and mango trees.

A fruit canning factory can also be spotted there producing various fruit products like jams, pickles, juices, and canned fruits. Apart from sprawling orchards, you will also find a Kastasan Devi temple at some distance. This temple, built by Raja Jagat Singh who defeated the army of Rustam Qadir Rohilla, represents the victory in the battle.
Simbalwada Wildlife Sanctuary, Nahan

A wildlife sanctuary that is home to various migratory birds and wild animals is a hotspot of Nahan. It consists of sal forests and lush green grassland with meandering streams in this natural part of Shivaliks.

Sambhar, Chittal, Goral red jungle fowl, Partridges barking deer and wild boar are some of the famous birds and animals found here.

Mall Road
The Mall Road on Nahan is one of those places that locals like to chill at after a long day. The evenings see Mall Road abuzz with people chatting and socializing.

Jagannath Temple

One of the major attraction of the town, Jagannath Temple was built by Raja Budh Prakash in the year 1681. Dedicated to Lord Neel Madhav, this temple is constructed on the same line as the architecture of the original Puri Temple.

Kangojodi

Kangojodi is an offbeat destination nestled in the Himachal mountains lined with pine trees, surrounded by majestic hills and ravines. The place hasn’t been popularised yet and sees considerably lower volumes of tourists compared to its overcrowded counterparts.

Nahan Bada Bazar

The main bazaar area of Nahan, Nahan Bada Bazar is a shopper’s paradise and boasts of a beautiful Digambar Jain Mandir.

Sirmouri Tal Or Rajbans

Sirmouri Tal or Rajbans is an interesting place with enriched history. They are ruins of an old city which is said to be loaded with curses and intriguing tales of betrayal, craftiness, and treachery attached to it.

Best Place For Fishing

Besides the activities that involve the adrenaline rush like trekking and rock climbing, fishing is another major activity offered by the town. While lazing around in peaceful surroundings, one has an option to go fishing at various lakes and ponds which houses fishes like Mahaseer, Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout.

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Ancient City Of Mathura

About Mathura
Mathura is a city in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is located approximately 55 kilometers (34 mi) north of Agra, and 145 kilometers (90 miles) south-east.
Mathura (or Brajbhoomi) is famous as the birthplace of Lord Krishna, an important deity in the Hindu religious pantheon. It is an important pilgrim place of the Hindus and one of the seven sacred cities in India. The main pilgrim center in Mathura is the Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi temple.
Owing to its ancient culture and tradition Mathura contains a plethora of tourist attractions, the best ones of those are as follows.
Krishna Janma Bhoomi Mandir. …
Jama Masjid. …
Dwarkadhish Temple. …
Kusum Sarovar. …
Radha Kund. …
Kans Qila. …
Mathura Museum. …
Govardhan Hill.
Mathura Famous Street Food
The standout of the town’s cuisine is its sweets and milk products. Pedhe, a form of sweet dish made from condensed milk, is a specialty here. Other than these one must try Kachori, Jalebi, Chaat, Panipuri, Samosa, Dhokla, Aloo Tikki and Lassi.
Aurangzeb attacked Mathura and destroyed that Keshavdeva temple in 1670 and built Shahi Eidgah in its place.
Transportation

Mathura Junction railway station is situated on the major Delhi-Mumbai train route. Both Central Railway and Western Railway routes pass through Mathura. Trains from NCR (north-central railway) to ER (eastern railway) also pass from the Mathura junction railway station. Mathura Cantt railway station is a major route for an eastern and central railway.
An important train that origin/terminate from Mathura: Howrah -Mathura Chambal Express.

Mathura is connected by road to the rest of Uttar Pradesh and India. NH-19 (NH-2 as per old numbering system) which is having connectivity from Delhi to Kolkata and diversion for Chennai also passes from Mathura. Yamuna expressway Greater-Noida to Agra(165 km 6 lane access controlled express highway) also passes from here so there is connectivity to Noida and Agra and Lucknow.

A tram network has been proposed in the city, which would make Mathura only the second city in India (after Kolkota) to get tram transport. In 2017, the local MLA Shrikant Sharma announced that the trams will be operated in Mathura and Vrindavan.

Currently, the city has no airport, the nearest airport is Agra (about 60 km away) and Delhi Airport (about 160 km away) with major national and international air routes. Under-construction Jewar airport in Greater Noida will be approximately 75 km away from Mathura and is expected to be the country’s largest airport when fully operational. The land has been earmarked, and construction is in progress near the Yamuna Expressway, with plans to open in the next five years with regular flights to major national and international air routes in the future.

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The Weekend Getaways Neemrana Fort

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Today I have thought why don’t I share some interesting place to share with you nearby Delhi-Jaipur Highway (NH 8), it is easily accessible in just 2 hours 30 minutes’ drive from Delhi.

So after lockdown, you need to rejuvenate your self and your family members as well as your kids if you stay in Delhi or nearby place.

So this is the best place to visit for one day picnic with your family or friends, Romantic gateway, you can visit this place as a solo trip if you are a bike lover like me.

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So, friends, I am talking about Neemrana Fort most of you visit this place but I would like to share for those who want to visit this historic place and those who want to release this lockdown pressure.
Neemrana is a peaceful historical town located in the Alwar district of  Rajasthan, this fort is widely popular among heritage lovers as this is a famous Neemrana fort which is 15 century old and now converted into a luxury hotel.

These days some adventure activities like zipping that are famous for adventure lovers and young people also happened here to attract more youngsters.
You can enjoy the charm of cultural events organized by the Neemrana Music Foundation. These events occur every weekend where Rajasthani cultural artists celebrate dance and music or you can do a vintage car ride in surrounding villages up to 5 Km from this breathtaking fort only for inhouse guests Rs 1000/- Or you can try  Ayurvedic massages to de-stress and cool you. Be inside the Raj Kund pool to revitalize you. The pool is open for people from 9 am to 6 pm

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The best time to visit this place is from July to March between 9.00 AM to 3.00 PM.
It is considered as one of the heritage luxury resorts of India that is the best combination of history and modern cultures. The palace is set over six acres of area with seven palace wings and gorgeous luxury rooms. however, you can also plan for an overnight stay in that Luxury fort and feel the luxury and the charm of the royalty.

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If you are planning a day trip to this place, you can purchase a ticket of ₹ 750 and enter to this royal palace. The visiting hours are fixed from 9 am to 3 pm and in ₹ 1900 entry ticket offering a luxury royal lunch buffet inside the fort and if you won’t think of stay in this royal fort and feel the royal era of that time, so you have to pay something around Rs 11000 to 30,000 its depend on room availability and the kind of room you book.

One thing more that I have to share with you that if you won’t stay here so you have to book a room in advance the beautiful resort full all the weekends most of the time season.

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Neemrana Fort
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Do You Know What Is Faith?

FAITH, Federation of Associations in Indian Tourism & Hospitality, is the National Federation of the ten National Tourism, Travel and Hospitality organizations of India. These associations in alphabetical order are ADTOI, ATOAI, FHRAI, HAI, IATO, ICPB, IHHA, ITTA, TAAI & TAFI.
FAITH, on behalf of the whole tourism industry, engages in key policy and strategy ideation with Central and State Governments of India for growth of the Indian tourism industry.

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FAITH, on behalf of the whole tourism industry, engages in key policy and strategy ideation with Central and State Governments of India for growth of the Indian tourism industry.

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FAITH has worked with the governments on tourism components of various national strategic policies. These include e-visa, GST strategy , Monuments PPP policy, NITI Aayog vision document, Foreign Trade Policy 2015-20 ( SEIS), of economic surveys, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017& 2018, Udaan policy, Union Budget discussions with Finance Minister for budgets for 2015, 2016, 2017& 2018, cruise tourism policy, I respect women badges, tourism negotiations for trade blocs of SAARC, RCEP , Indo-US , Indo-Morocco , State Tourism policies for Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Delhi, J&K & Punjab, brainstorming sessions with aviation, railways, commerce, finance, BIs , road and highways, waterways among other national initiatives.

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On behalf of the tourism industry, FAITH has previously planned and executed two Global Buyer Seller Meets for Tourism Sector. These include  GET India 2015 in partnership with the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India, and 1st  ITM 2018 in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India.
FAITH is now gearing for 2nd ITM 2019 and looks forward to welcoming all India exhibitors and overseas buyers at this mega show.
FAITH, Federation of Associations in Indian Tourism & Hospitality, is the National Federation of the 10 National Tourism, Travel and Hospitality organizations of India. These associations in alphabetical order are ADTOI, ATOAI, FHRAI, HAI, IATO, ICPB, IHHA, ITTA, TAAI & TAFI.

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