RAINBOW MOUNTAIN, PERU

RAINBOW MOUNTAIN, PERU

If you are travelling to Peru, don’t miss on the opportunity to visit the spectacular Rainbow Mountain all dressed in in its vibrant colors.
With so many vibrant colors under your feet it feels like being on cloud nine and walking on magic dust.

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You tell someone about this fascinating experience and they will surely write it off as a fairy tale story straight from Alice In Wonderland. A three hour drive from Cusco, Peru will take you to the magical natural wonder. Nestled in the remote region of the Andes Mountain stands the ever impressive Rainbow Mountain in all its glory. A dream destination for the hikers, it is worth the effort that goes into the steep climb either on foot or on a horseback.

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At an altitude of 4,300 meters, The Rainbow Mountain trek will take you through dirt paths with looming peaks of natural green and eye – catching red rocks. A scintillating trail upwards to the Rainbow Mountain, Peru is a picturesque journey through the local villages with
pristine mountain streams and impressive snow capped mountains with grazing Llamas and Alpacas for company, with a mountain Cara Cara (orange) to add some flavor to the amazing journey.

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Take a short break once you reach the saddle next to the Rainbow Mountain and then move to the final summit at an altitude of 5,000 meters for a breathtaking view of the mountain.
How To Reach: There are innumerable tour operators who charge around 100 Soles ($ 30) from Cusco for a three hour drive.
An approximately three hour trek begins after entering the ticketing area.
– Taking a guide on your journey to the Rainbow Mountain is highly recommended.
– If you find the hike tough you can rent a horse for a round trip.
When To Visit: The dry season between  March to November is considered to be a good time to make a visit to the Rainbow Mountain but the ideal time would be between June to August when the temperature is comfortable with open blue sky.
What You Should Wear For The Trek: Regardless of the time of the year you will find the Rainbow Mountain freezing and might face breathing problems, so suggest to go prepared with:
– Boots or hiking shoes
– Hiking pants
– Sweatshirt
– Waterproof Jacket
– Thick socks
– Scarf
– Gloves

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Kuldhara Village, Jaisalmer: The Most Visited Haunted Place in India

Kuldhara Village, Jaisalmer: The Most Visited Haunted Place in India

Whether it be the unnatural silence in the air, or the legends of paranormal activity that make rounds here, Kuldhara definitely has an eerie aura to it. Set a little more than 15 kilometers away from the city of Jaisalmer, this one village remains abandoned for more than 200 years. People visiting Jaisalmer often make it a point to add it in their itinerary and if you one of them, don’t forget to include it while you plan your trip too.

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Kuldhara is known not only for its abandoned, ruined state, but the story of 1,500 people miraculously disappearing overnight. This strange event makes little sense, and the mystery continues to intrigue tourists even today.

A prosperous village in the 13th century, Kuldhara was self-sufficient, modest and cultured, which can be seen even today. The architecture of the houses still boasts of intelligent methods of storage and rain water harvesting. Many legends surround the abandonment of the village. While the latest may be that it was due to an earthquake, the perfectly preserved houses tend to question this theory. For the ruins, however, it seems more plausible.

But what has made this site so famous is its story. Home to the Paliwal Brahmins, the village dwelled happily in its limited boundaries, till the fateful day when the Diwan of the village, Salim Singh, eyed the village chief’s daughter to be his wife. Infamous for his unfair taxing, the village protested against him, with no avail. The chief then asked the guards to come the next morning, and the entire village disappeared overnight.

Another legend says that the neighboring 46 communities stuck with the Paliwal Brahmins and accompanied them that night. The question that arises is that with so many people travelling through the barren golden land of Jaisalmer, how could they be so discreet? Where did they go? Where did they settle? Did they make it? No one knows. The only thing that people here will tell you is that this land is cursed. Cursed by the Brahmins that never can there be settlement here again.

A tour through the village is quite an experience. Apart from the whistling of the desert breeze, and the low chatter of fellow tourists, you will hardly hear a sound. The entrance to the site has houses on both sides. Mostly ruined, the broken sand bricks work as an introduction for what is in store for you next.

The center of the village has houses in better conditions. You can check out the pillars of the houses that are actually hollow and were used to store grains, and the open pipes that were set along the perimeter of the roof, leading to the water reservoir under the house.

Amongst these modern designs, is a small temple that stands alone. Unlike any other temple in the country, this one remains empty. The small holes in the walls mark the places where the temple lamps were kept, and the circular design points to where the deity once rested. Adding to the eeriness of the village, this temple is beautiful, yet a little odd. Take your time exploring the village, and make sure you go to at least one terrace, to view the entire place!

Rajasthan is one of the best tourist destinations of the country, and Jaisalmer is like its hidden surprise. Use the best trip planner to plan your trip to Rajasthan, and don’t miss out on the haunted village of Kuldhara!

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Mount Abu – A Last-Minute Winter Getaway in Rajasthan

Mount Abu – A Last-Minute Winter Getaway in Rajasthan

One & only hill station in Rajasthan, Mount Abu is located in Aravalli Mountains that offers a gamut of surpassing scenic views, religious sites, and spots for people who’re looking for a romantic escape. Tourists head towards the destination for a pleasant weather to enjoy boating on Nakki Lake and to get rid of the scorching days at their locations or neighboring cities. Do go!

 

 

Some of you, dear readers, might be thinking that mostly I share my pleasurable experiences but if you look forward to a break over a period of time & planning to cover top hill stations in India, Mount Abu would comparatively be a mediocre choice. Winters are the best time to visit Mount Abu and highly advised if you really want to feel an arresting chill. Take a sweater along, and remember that nights might be quite cold.

Here, a list of must-go places from plethora of tourist spots in Mount Abu you shouldn’t miss –

  1. Dilwara Jain Temples –

Decorated with extraordinary carvings and hilly surroundings, this temple complex was built before 13th century which consists five Jain temples; Shri Mahaveer Swami Temple, Shri AdiNath Temple, Shri ParshavNath Temple, Shri Rishabdao Temple and Shri NemiNath Temple.

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  1. Nakki Lake –

Associated with an interesting history, Nakki Lake is a major tourist attraction in Mount Abu or I can say the lake posses the crown of being the heart of Mount Abu. The center of attraction tops the list where some of the most photographed scenes include mesmerizing mountains and rocky formations that symbolize this quite cool place.

  1. Guru Shikhar –

A Hindu pilgrimage site located at the highest peak of Aravalli Range, Guru Shikhar is a tourist attraction in Mount Abu that leads them to the top of the mountain. A visit takes at least 2 hours and remember the timings; 9:00 AM to 5:00 in the evening. I recommend reaching early morning and witness the breathtaking sunrise.

  1. Achalgarh Village –

 A hamlet in Mount Abu has a beauty that’s enough to attract tourists. It is popular for a medieval monument – Achalgarh Fort and Achaleshwar Mahadev Temple that is famous for having a Nandi which is said to be made of five metals, gold, silver, copper, zinc and brass.

  1. Adhar Devi Temple –

 A temple of Goddess Durga or Arbuda is another religious site situated in a cave and just 365 steep stairs away which offers a bird’s eye view of the town. The temple receives a gamut of tourists during the holy season of Navratri has been celebrated once a year and pilgrims from all over to witness this beautiful sight.

  1. Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary –

 The oldest part of the hill station is also a home to a fantastic Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary not exclusively for nature lovers while for those who’re looking to make their experience in the forest a different one. The best thing about this untamed sanctuary remains its location – cut off from a level of bustle in Mount Abu.

Mount Abu is undoubtedly the best one in Rajasthan and on the list of best tourist attractions in India. Bordered by Gujarat, the town is easily reachable from any major city and Abu Road is the nearest railway station which is just 30km away. Tourists gave Mount Abu 4 out of 5 on Tripadvisor. A single click on LIKE button encourages us to serve you better while sharing the blog can motive a thousand of people for hitting the road because we all know that travel brings power and love back to your life.

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Ooty queen of Nilgiri hills

Ooty queen of Nilgiri hills

Travel Guide

Ooty queen of Nilgiri hills is a beautiful hill resort in the state of Tamil Nadu. Ooty, explores the beauty of Southern India. The name derived from Ooctamund which literally means the house of mountains. It is located approx. 7500 feet above sea level in the Nilgiri Mountain Range. It attracts thousands of tourists everyday. The weather here is pleasant enough to swing the mood positively of tourists. The temperature ranges between 15-20°C and during winter it drops to 0°C.

The mountains covered with dense vegetation, tea garden and eucalyptus trees make the surroundings very soothing and scenic. Other than Ooty the towns nearby that are worth travelling are Coonoor and Kotagiri they are just an hour away from the city.

 

 

Ooty Botanical Gardens

Laid out in 1847, spread in a whooping area of 22 hectares, Ooty Botanical Garden is maintained by Horticulture Department of Tamil Nadu. This garden showcases more than 650 species of plants and trees. It also includes a fossil that is said to be around 20 million years old. In the month of May you can be a part of summer festival, that includes flower shows and other cultural programs where the local talent and the renowned artists perform.

Doddabetta Peak

The peak is situated at an altitude of approx. 2600 meters making it the highest point in the entire district. It is 10 km away from Ooty and one can capture the breathtaking view of the valley. Plains of Coimbatore and flat highlands of Mysore are also visible from the peak. Its better to go with your own conveyance as it requires lot of walking and public transport is not available everywhere.

Pykara Lake

Pykara lake is located at a distance of 21 km from the city. The beautiful village of Pykara which has a enthusiastic river flowing through on which a dam is built. With the presence of dam, the water at the dam is enriched with a lake called the Pykara Lake. The lake is a beautiful picnic spot with lush green and amazing sights which attract people from different corners of the world. People can go for enjoying boat ride in the lake in the mid of beauty of nature and peace.

Avalanche Lake

A landslide that occurred in 1823 named it avalanche lake. An attraction and paradise for nature lovers. This place is best suited for the ones who love to spend time in peace and nature. The lush green surrounding and serenity is a must visit for adventure freaks as the place is also meant for mountain trekking, rafting and fishing.

Rose Garden

Rose garden is located on the Elk Hills in Vijaynagaram of Ooty, with more than 20000 varieties of rose, the garden is the largest rose garden of India. It has also been awarded by World Federation of Rose Societies as Garden of Excellence. You will fallback in love with the beauty and fragrance of the roses. Some of them are Miniature Rose, Floribunda Rose, Ramble, Yakimour, Hybrid Tea etc.

Nilgiri Mountain Railways

Famous for the toy train rides, this is a must do activity for each and all. Taking the train from Ooty the entire route is very scenic specially during rainy season. It is also listed in the World Heritage Site. A 46 km adventurous route with 16 tunnels, 108 curves and 250 bridges. The uphill journey starts from Mettupalayam and takes 4.9 hours and reaches Ooty at noon and downhill journey starts from Ooty at 2 P.M. and takes 3.6 hours and reaches Mettupalayam at 5.35 P.M.

St. Stephen’s Church

The oldest church situated in the heart of the city on the Ooty-Mysore road. A beautifully designed and historical church to visit in the Nilgiri Region. The stunning colonial architecture is built of lovely stained glass, enormous wooden beams, slab and plaques. Four hammer like structures instead of usual bell are tied on inverted V-shaped wooden plank with the help of wires, which when pulled produces a musical sound.

Ooty Lake

The lake is artificial and was constructed in 1824. The water that flowed down was ceased to make the lake. Surrounded by eucalyptus trees and railway line along the shores of the lake makes it an adorable scene. During the month of May a two day boat race and pageantry are organised. Adjoining the lake a boat house was constructed by Tamil Nadu Tourism Corporation. It offers paddle boat, row boat and motor boat for boating and makes the place a center of attraction for tourists. Apart from this there is an amusement park, a mini train and a garden for all.

 

 

 

  • By Train

Nilgiri express departs from Chennai at night and reaches Mettupalayam early morning. A toy train from Mettupalayam to Ooty is scheduled at 7.10 A.M. which reaches Ooty by noon.

  • By plane

Closest airport from Ooty is Coimbatore airport at a 3.5 hour distance. Flights to Coimbatore are available from Mumbai and Bangalore. Mysore airport is 4 hours from Ooty by road.

  • By road 

There are buses and taxis that can be hired from Coimbatore to Ooty. If you dodn’t get reservations for train don’t worry as there are many buses for Ooty. One can board bus from Bengaluru and Mysore too. A frequent bus service from Coimbatore to Ooty is available and journey takes 3.5 hours time. The bus can be taken from New Bus Station.

  • By car

The best route for ones travelling by car is the Coimbatore-Mettupalayam-Coonoor-Ooty route and is well maintained as well as busy route. Ooty is 284 kms from Bengaluru and takes 8-9 hours. One can take rest in between at resort in Masinagudi. There are few restaurants in between but it is suggested to carry your food and snacks.

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Things to do in Shimla

Things to do in Shimla

Travel Guide

Simla, is the capital city of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, located in northern India. Shimla is bounded by Mandi and Kullu in the north, Kinnaur in the east, the state of Uttarakhand in the south-east, and Solan and Sirmaur to the south. Shimla acts as a hub for India’s tourism sector. It is among the top 10 preferred entrepreneurial locations in India.

In 1864, Shimla was declared as the summer capital of British India, succeeding Murree, northeast of Rawalpindi. After independence, the city became the capital of Punjab and was later named the capital of Himachal Pradesh. After the reorganisation, the Mahasu district and its major portion was merged with Shimla. Its name is derived from the goddess Shyamala Devi, an incarnation of the Hindu goddess Kali.

As of 2011 Shimla comprises 19 hill states; mainly Balson, Bushahr, Bhaji and Koti, Darkoti, Tharoch & Dhadi, Kumharsain, Khaneti & Delath, Dhami, Jubbal, Keothal, Madhan, Rawingarh, Ratesh, and Sangri.

Shimla is home to a number of colleges and research institutions as well as multiple temples and palaces. The city’s buildings are styled in the Tudorbethan and neo-Gothic architectures dating from the colonial era.

Owing to its steep terrain, Shimla hosts the mountain biking race MTB Himalaya, which started in 2005 and is regarded as the biggest event of its kind in South Asia.

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Annandale: Developed as the playground of Shimla, Annandale is 2–4 km from The Ridge at a height of 6,117 ft. It is a very big beautiful ground, but not meant for playing as it comes under the Indian Army.

Tara Devi: 11 km from the Shimla bus-stand. Tara Devi hill has a temple dedicated to the goddess of stars on top of the hill. There is a military Dairy Town here as well as the headquarters of Bharat Scouts and Guides.

Sankat Mochan: A very famous Lord Hanuman temple is located here.

Junga: Junga is near Tehsi, 26 km from Shimla. Its original name (with diacritics) is Jūnga and is a former royal retreat of the princely state of Keonthal. It is also known as the Keonthal Estate.

Anand Vilas: Midway between Shimla and Junga. “Sarva Dharma Mandir”, Temple of all Faiths, is a spiritual group dedicated to Mother Nature. Thousands of visitors and devotees come here every year. There is an “Art is Values” school with students from all over India. Classes are provided free of cost.

Totu: A major developing suburb of Shimla on NH-88. Houses Jutogh railway station & HimFed under Govt. of Himachal Pradesh.

Mashobra: 13 km from Shimla, site of the annual Sipi fair in June.

Kufri: 16 km from Shimla at a height of 8,600 ft, Kufri is the local winter sports centre, and it also has a small zoo.

Chharabra: 13 km from Shimla on route to Kufri.

The Mall: The Mall is the main shopping street of Shimla. It also has many restaurants, clubs, banks, bars, Post Offices and tourist offices. The Gaiety Theatre is also situated there.

Christ Church: Situated on The Ridge, Christ Church is the second oldest church in Northern India. It has a very majestic appearance and inside there are stained glass windows which represent faith, hope, charity, fortitude, patience and humility.

Jakhu Hill: 2 km from Shimla, at a height of 8000 ft, Jakhu Hill is the highest peak an offers a beautiful view of the town and of the snow-covered Himalayas. At the top of the Hill, is an old temple of Lord Hanuman, which is also the home of countless playful monkeys waiting to be fed by all visitors. A 108 feet (33 metre) statue of Lord Hanuman, a Hindu deity, at 8,500 feet (2,591 metres) above sea level, is single statue to stand at the highest altitude among several other master pieces in the world, overtaking the Christ Redeemerin Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Jutogh: Located just 8 km away from the city centre, this army cantonment is near Totu, an important suburb of Shimla city.

Shimla State Museum: The Museum, which was opened in 1974, has tried to protect hill-out and the cultural wealth of the state. There is a collection of miniature Pahari paintings, sculptures, bronzes wood-carvings and also costumes, textiles and jewellery of the region.

Indian Institute of Advanced Study: This institute is housed at the former Viceregal Lodge, built in 1884-88.

Summer Hill: Situated at a distance of 5 km from The Ridge is the lovely township of Summer Hill, at a height of 6,500 ft on the Shimla-Kalka railway line. Mahatma Gandhi lived in these quiet surroundings during his visits to Shimla. Himachal Pradesh University is situated here.

Naldehra: 22 km from Shimla, with a nine-hole Naldehra Golf Club. The annual Sipi fair in June is held in Naldehra.

Chail: Chail was built as summer retreat by the Maharaja of Patiala during the British Raj, it is known for its cricket pitch, the highest in the world.

Tattapani: Location of sulphur springs which are found near the Tatapani mandir(holy temple).

  • Air: Shimla has its own airport that offers connections for Delhi and Kullu. The Jubbarhatti airport is 23-km from Shimla and major domestic airlines cater their services from here to Shimla. One can catch direct flights from Delhi. Chandigarh also well connected with Delhi by many domestic flights, and is the gateway to Shimla.
  • Train: Reaching Shimla by rail is also very convenient as Kalka is the nearest major railhead which is connected with Shimla on the narrow gauge. The city boasts of three railway stations with Shimla, being the main station with other two located at Summer Hill and Totu (Jutogh) respectively
  • Road: Access to Shimla by road is made possible by the well-maintained and efficient network of roadways and National Highway 22 that links the town with Chandigarh. The transport system within the town is also good and bus or private vehicles can be used to travel from one part of the town to another
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  • State: Uttaranchal
  • District: Shimla
  • Famous for/as: Hill Station
  • Languages:  Hindi, English
  • Best time to visit: Sep – Jun
  • Weather: Summer 14 to 28°C, Winter -2 to 10°C
  • Pincode: 171001
  • STD code: 0177
  • State Govt. tourism website: http://himachaltourism.gov.in/

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Leh

Leh

Travel Guide

Leh is an embodiment of natural beauty, picturesquely nestled by Karakoram and Himalayan ranges. Perfectly located on the banks of the renowned Indus River with all its majesty and amazing sceneries. Leh is the land of Lamas, the Buddhist Monks and is mainly populated by Buddhists and Hindus. The major part of the Leh city is covered by ancient Buddhist monuments, monasteries, study centers. Shanti stupa and Sankar Gompa are a couple of famous monuments in Leh. Book Leh Ladakh Tour Packages

Mosques dating back to 16th and 17th centuries and a nine storied palace Sengge Namgyal constructed in Tibetan architectural style are also a part of Leh’s diverse culture. Leh has grown to a best trade centre in Central Asia, with many trading opportunities for the motivated and dedicated young traders and achievers. Leh also attracts tourists from all over the world throughout the year. The picturesque beauty& the abundant snow has given Leh the status of one of the best places to visit in India.

 

 

General Zorawar’s fort: General Zorawar’s Fort or commonly known as Riasi Fort, is an ancient fort preserving the private wealth of the rulers of Dogra in Jammu. This ancient monument, now in ruins, stands above the Leh Palace and the Namgyal Tsemo Gompa. General Zorawar singh was a renowned & controversial warrior and is known for his continued struggle with the Chinese rulers over Ladakh. The fort houses the collection of the ruler’s treasure, coins & stamps. The fort can be reached by a 30 minute Trek from the old city market or hire a local jeep to the palace.

Hall of Fame: Located at the Spituk-Kargil road 4 kms from Leh is a museum build in memory of the brave soldiers who laid down their lived fighting the Indo-Pak wars. The museum maintained by the Indian Army showcases the biographies of the brave soldiers, the arms & amenities seized from the Pakistani forces. The museum also showcases the apparels & amenities used by the soldiers in the Siachen area also known as the highest battleground due to the ongoing border conflict between China & India.

Leh Palace: Built in 17th century the nine storey palace had a marvelous structure and was used as a residential palace for the king Singge Namgyal. The palace is situated 2 Kms from Leh and is easily accessible by Taxi or Jeep. The palace also hosts a museum displaying painted & embroidered scrolls, & paintings.

Shanti Stupa: Shanti Stupa was established by a peace sect of Japanese Buddhists, in Changspa in Leh. Shanti stupa menas peace (shanti) pillar (stupa). The stupa was inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 1985 with an intention of spreading the Buddhist ideology & a message of peace in the world. The beautiful surroundings of the stupa adds a flavor to the tourists mood. The stupa is easily accessible through trekk, taxis or jeeps.

Stok Palace: Built in 1825 by king Tsespal Tondup Namgyal, the palace has a beautiful mix of ancient & modern architecture. The palace is situated 14 kms from Leh across the Indus river. The palace is famous for beautiful gardens, sunrises, sunsets, collection of royal attire, crown & other royal materials.

Karma Dupgyud Choeling monastery: This world famous Buddhist Monastery is run by the Karmapa sect of Tibetan Buddhists. Karmapa stands for “the embodiment of all the activities of the Buddha” or “the one who carries out buddha-activity”. The monastery is situated 9 kms from Leh & is easily accessible by Taxi or jeeps.

Mountain Biking: The Second highest motorable road and hostile terrains add a spine chilling trill to the cycling enthusiasts. The road between Leh to Manali gives an opportunity to the mountain bikers to cut through the himalayan ranges and the picturesque landscapes.

Trekking: Leh, a paradise for trekkers, is attracted by many natural lovers and adventurous tourist. The snow covered Himalayan trekking terrains poses mild to very tough challenges to trekkers. The experienced trekkers got the competitive chances of highly challenging and breathtaking trekking trails in mountain ranges surrounding Leh. Some popular trekking routes include Spiti to Ladakh, Markha Valley trekking, Ladakh Zanskar trekking and the Nubra Valley trekking. Safari through the plain valleys in the banks of Indus River is also very attractive. One can also opt for Sham Valley trekking.

 

 

  • AirLeh’s Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport has flights to Delhi at least daily on Jet Airways and/or Indian Airlines and/or Air India which also provides twice weekly services to Jammu and a weekly flight to Srinagar. Connect in Delhi for other destinations. Go Air operates Delhi to Leh daily flights during peak time.
  • TrainThere are no railways currently in Ladakh, however a railway is proposed
  • Road: Leh is connected to the rest of India by two high-altitude roads both of which are subject to landslides and neither of which are passable in winter when covered by deep snows. National Highway 1D from Srinagar via Kargil is open longer. Leh-Manali highway can be troublesome due to high passes & plateaus & landslide prone Rohtang pass near Manali
  • Local Transport: Jeeps & taxis are readily available for the local tours.

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  • State: Jammu and Kashmir

  • District: Leh
  • Famous for/as: Trekking, Scenic
  • Languages: Hindi, English
  • Best time to visit: Jun – Sep
  • Weather: Summer 5 to 40°C, Winter -14 to 24°C
  • Pincode: 194xxx
  • STD code: 01982
  • State Govt. tourism website http://www.jktourism.org/

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Matheran

Matheran

Travel Guide

Ever heard of a hill station where no vehicles are allowed? Yes, Matheran is a hill station near Mumbai which is a no- vehicle zone. Wondering how would you roam around? Well, you would have to walk and when you get tired you can ride a horse :). Matheran is an eco-sensitive region, declared by the Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India. This very fact makes this place more clean and beautiful.

Matheran is a perfect weekend getaway after a busy sprint at the office. If you are in Maharashtra then this weekend break is a must for you. Just about 90 km’s from Mumbai, this smallest hill station of India offers a lot to woo you. Nature at its explicable best, the air so fresh and the surroundings so green that you will fall in love with the place.

Just when you reach the boundaries of Matheran which is the last limit for your vehicle, you will see plenty of horses around ( You can also take the toy train which runs from Neral but it has its fixed timings, mentioned under Fast Facts tab). I would suggest you to take a horse till you find a hotel as per your taste and then walk around.

Though rainy season is considered to be the off- season but if you are looking for some adventure that is the time when you should go. I happened to be there during the rains and my experience was truly memorable.

Horse Riding : Once you reach the Matheran premises you would be required to walk or take a horse. I would suggest you to take a horse till the hotel as it would be more convenient and would give the much required thrill 🙂 Horse riding in the forests of Matheran is an adventure activity as some of the horses there have run the derby at Mahalakshmi. With the little drizzling it makes up for a very romantic ride with your loved one 😉

Walk till the Charlotte Lake: In the evening pull on your raincoat, hold your camera safe and set out on a walk till the Charlotte lake. As you advance on the silent and meandering paths in the Matheran forest, remember to keep track of the way. I had the most thrilling experience at this place. Me and my friend reached the lake to see it covered with fog and once the fog lifted we saw a beautiful lake and waterfall from a dam. We got so lost in clicking pictures to capture the mesmerizing view that we did not notice people leaving. We were now standing at the dam with fog all around and no human existence. It was getting darker and we had to find our way back in the forest which appeared denser and scarier at night. This was by far the most thrilling experience I have had. Every path seemed identical and the sounds of the insects and animals in the forest made it all the more confusing. Icing on the cake was the rain. Somehow we managed to find our way to the resort, entered from the backside but we were there finally.

Louisa Point: The next morning we pulled over our raincoats and set out on a walk till the Louisa Point. Its more or less a straight path with plenty of horses on the way. Horse riding is extremely enjoyable in Matheran. Walking in the rains, jumping in the puddles and singing songs all the way to reach that little ‘chai ki dukaan’ on the way to Louisa Point was an overwhelming experience. That is a time when you set yourself free, forget all the stress and just enjoy nature. Louisa point offers a breathtaking view of the valleys from both sides and a waterfall. The clouds cover the mountains and slowly lift up revealing the beautiful sight which makes it enchanting. You must sit there and ‘chillax’ for sometime. There is a small maggi corner at Louisa Point where you can enjoy a quick tea and maggi and also play with their dogs. Climb down the stairs from the hill to see a more panoramic view of the valley.

There are many other small points on the way but this more or less sums up your stay in Matheran and makes it worthwhile.

  • Air: The Mumbai Airport located at a distance of 100km. from Matheran is the nearest Airport having connectivity to all the major cities in India.
  • Train: Neral railway station is the nearest railway station from Matheran. Trains at regular frequency from CSTM are available to reach Neral. From Neral toy train can be boarded that takes you uphill to Matheran.
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  • Road: The best way is to travel by road from Mumbai/ Pune to Matheran. From Mumbai via Karjat and Panvel it takes 2 hours to reach Matheran which is 108 km. Cab service is easily available to drop you at Matheran.
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  • State: Maharashtra
  • District: Raigad
  • Famous for/as: Hillstation/ weekend getaway
  • Languages: Marathi, Hindi, English
  • Best time to visit: September to February
  • Weather: Summers 25 to 30°C, Winter 12 to 15°C
  • Pincode: 410102

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Mukteshwar – A Silent Heaven

Mukteshwar – A Silent Heaven

A beautiful hill station far away from City’s noise with least of the sound and air pollution and full of greenery and majestic mountains. It is an untouched yet to explore place by many of the travellers. Mukteshwar is a town and a tourist destination in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand, India.

Mukteshwar gets its name from an 350-year-old temple of Shiva, known as Mukteshwar Dham, situated atop the highest point in the town. The sunrise view from government run PWD guest house is an amazing experience. Drive on curve road and climbing on the mountains make it a perfect travelling destinations. Mukteshwar is also the abode of a saint — Shri Mukteshwar Maharaj ji — who lived at the Top Cottage Temple where his samadhi is. One of his disciples, Swami Sanshudhanand ji, now stays there. The whole temple complex is a Tapovan and an ideal place for meditation. If you are the one looking for more comfortable place to stay with lot of other activities falling in your budget then you should go for Club Ten Pine Lodge.

The unspoiled beauty of Mukteshwar has lot to offer. Waking up with the chirping of birds and sun rays kissing the cliffs will make you morning a beautiful experience. Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot, Nandaghunti, Trishul and Panchachuli are the major peaks visible from Mukteshwar. One side of the Mukteshwar is a dense forest and the other side gives you a splendid view of the enchanting valley and Himalayas.

Mukteshwar Temple: The Shiva temple also known as Mukteshwar Dham is one of the most famous attractions of this place. An approximate 350 year old Temple is the heart of this place and a must visit to have blessings of Lord Shiva. This sacred shrine holds an immense importance in Hindu religion. Mukteshwar Temple is situated atop a hill from where you can have an amazing view of mountains. Chauli ki Jali is also situated near to this Temple. The trek to Mukteshwar Temple is a life long experience.

Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI): It is a British legacy and one of the leading advanced research facilities engaging in live stock research and is dedicated to the development of the region. This institute has a library and a museum inside the campus.

Chauli ki Jaali: It is a fascinating place situated on the cliff behind the Mukteshwar Temple. Leaning on the edge of the cliff, you can have an enthralling and panoramic views of splendid Himalayan range and enchanting valley of Kumaon region.

Mukteshwar Inspection Bungalow: The PWD inspection bungalow is also a must visit place due to its architectural wonder. Situated close to the Mukteshwar Temple, it is also a landmark in the town. Surrounded by lush greenery and beautiful views which makes it a must-see in the hill station. If you are planning to stay in Mukteshwar for a couple of days, we recommended to book you stay here only.

Himalayas Views: It gives panoramic and breathtaking view of Himalayas range and a never to forget memories. Snow covered Himalayas range gives an immense thought of how mighty the nature could be.

  • Air: Since it is a hill station, it does not have a direct air connectivity. The nearest airport is located at Pantnagar, which lies at a distance of 111 kilometers. However most of the air traffic to Pantnagar airport includes private chartered flights. The second nearest airport is in New Delhi which is approximately 345 kilometres away. Delhi airport is well-connected to different cities across the globe. You can hire private taxis from the airport which will charge you around Rs. 5000 to 6000.
  • Train: The nearest railway station is Kathgodham which is located at a distance of 72 kilometres. Kathgodam railway station enjoys good connectivity to important places such as Delhi, Lucknow and Howrah, with daily trains running to New Delhi.
  • Road: A well connected place by road which enjoys excellent road network with most of the major cities of North India. Several tour operators operate daily bus service from New Delhi to Mukteshwar via Nainital. Bus travel includes options like air-conditioned, non-air-conditioned, sleeper and Volvo buses. Boarding an overnight bus is the most convenient way to head to Mukteshwar.

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  • State: Uttarakhand
  • District: Nainital
  • Famous for/as: Mountains, Nature, Trekking, Sightseeing
  • Languages: Hindi, Kumaoni
  • Best time to visit: March, April, October
  • Weather: During the summer season, from March to May the weather is pleasant enough for sightseeing and the trees are full of fruits. During the monsoon months between July and September, Mukteshwar receives heavy rainfall hence avoid visiting it during this time. Winters months are cold with temperature varying between a maximum of 17°C and a minimum of 3°C and Mukteshwar receives heavy snowfall. However the roads get blocked during heavy snowfall, so plan accordingly.
  • Pincode: 263138
  • STD code: 05942
  • State Govt. tourism website: http://uttarakhandtourism.gov.in/utdb/?q=mukteshwar

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