The Golden Temple

The Golden Temple

Located in the city of Amritsar in the state of Punjab in India Harmandir Sahib or Darbar Sahib is popularly known as the Golden Temple.
GOLDEN TEMPLE (image courtesy A Little Adrift)

GOLDEN TEMPLE (image courtesy A Little Adrift)

It gets the name Golden from the gold plated dome visible from a distance as you approach the sanctum. The Golden Temple is the most sacred Gurdwara and important pilgrimage of the Sikhs . It spreads the message of equality and brotherhood . All people irrespective of their caste, creed, colour or race can visit the spiritual place and embark in its aesthetic brilliance. The Golden Temple was designed by the 5th Sikh Guru Arjan Dev Ji who  later on after the construction was completed installed the holy scripture (Adi Granth) of the Sikhism inside the Harmandir Sahib built at the center of the holy tank the Amrit Sarovar . The holy shrine has four entrance signifying the four directions.
GOLDEN TEMPLE

GOLDEN TEMPLE AT NIGHT (Source: Tripoto)

The glorious past , the architecture and the scenic beauty of the Golden Temple is like a pandora’s box which never ceases to amaze you. The AMRIT SAROVAR at the Harmandir Sahib is a very large pool surrounding the central temple. The Sarovar is very sacred to the pilgrims who take a dip to cleanse their mind and body.

AMRIT SAROVAR

AMRIT SAROVAR (image courtesy Global Gallivanting)

The common kitchen or the Guru Ka Langar at Harmandir Sahib serves pure vegetarian food to all visitors for free . It serves around 40,000 to 100,000 people per day without any religious bias. The Langar is served in the community kitchen on a daily basis . All the preparation , cooking , serving , and washing is done by volunteers or sewadars. The Langar brings all people rich – poor , big – small on the same pedestal which helps bringing in the feeling of oneness.
Langar

LANGAR AT THE GOLDEN TEMPLE (image courtesy Adventures of Goodman)

THINGS TO KNOW:-
  • Best time to visit Golden Temple is in the morning for the Palaki procession at 4:30 am.
  • Keep your head covered within the complex.
  • Hand and feet should be washed before entering the temple.
  • You can carry cameras but pictures are not allowed in all areas.
  • Backpacks can be deposited at the cloak room.
  • There are no washrooms inside the complex . The closest washroom is in the dharmashala outside the complex.
  • A special note for people with disability –  WHEELCHAIRS are available and much of the site can be accessed

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BODHGAYA

BODHGAYA

Travel Guide

Bodhgaya is one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage site in India where GAUTAM BUDDHA  attained supreme knowledge under the Bodhi Tree around 2500 years ago. Located in the Indian state of Bihar in the Gaya District which boasts of its rich cultural and religious beliefs. Bodhgaya is an epitome of architectural brilliance and divinity .
THE MAHABODHI TEMPLE: It is one of the oldest Buddhist Temple made entirely in brick. The first temple was built by emperor Ashok in the 3rd Century B.C. and the present temple was built in the 5th or 6th Century. It hones a large black statue of Buddha sitting cross-legged.
THE BODHI TREE: The Bodhi Tree is one of the most sacred sites at the Mahabodhi Temple where Buddha attained enlightenment after 49 days of rigorous meditation .To commerate this a Chankramar was built as a low platform which is adorned by 19 lotuses parallel to the Maha Bodhi Temple .
GREAT BUDDHA STATUE: This Great Buddha Statue is one of the major attraction in Bodhgaya . The 25 meter tall statue of Lord Buddha is located half a kilometer away from the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya. The Great Buddha Statue which is portrayed in a deep meditating state is a symbol of peace and serenity.
ANIMESH LOCHANA CHAITYA  SHRINE: This  shrine is visited by thousands of pilgrims from all over the world. Animesh Lochana Chaitya Shrine is one of the most revered shrines where Lord Buddha gazed at the Bodhi Tree continuously for 7 days without blinking his eyes to show his gratitude towards the tree for giving him shelter.
THE THAI MONASTERY: Established in 1957 this monastery gives you a glimpse of the Thai architecture and Buddhist ideology. The monastery is adorned by a colourful Buddhist Pagoda. The captivating Thai temple hones a chiseled 25 meter high statue of Lord Buddha with his hair tied.
BEST TIME TO VISIT: The best time to visit Bodhgaya is from October – March.
By Air: Patna is the nearest airport which is 17 kilometers from Bodhgaya is well connected by flights from major cities in India .
By Rail– The nearest railway station is Gaya Junction which is 13 kilometers away from Bodhgaya .
By Road–  A main road connects the city of Gaya to the to the town of Bodhgaya

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Glorious Lucknow an experience of lifetime

Glorious Lucknow an experience of lifetime

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“Pehle Aap”
Lucknow is the largest city in Uttar Pradesh with the highest Shia Muslim population in India. A city which is famous for its way of hospitality called ‘Adab & Tezjeeb’, dotted with the remnants of its former glory and known for producing a fine piece of embroidery that is ‘Chikankaari’, the City of Nawabs is a must-visit tourist destination where you get some unforgettable warm greetings.

Lucknow Railway Station – Charbagh (Reference: MouthShut)

Lucknow Railway Station – Charbagh (Reference: MouthShut)

 

Travelling to North India won’t be accomplished without your visit to the capital of Uttar Pradesh which is located on the bank of Gomti River. The word ‘Tu’ is considered very demeaning in Lucknow and the citizens feel proud while addressing someone with ‘Aap’. Instead of saying ‘Hi’ or ‘Thanks’, they prefer to use words such as ‘Aadaab’, ‘Namaste’, ‘Salaam-Alaikum’, ‘Dhanyawaad’ and ‘Shukriya’. When anyone uses ‘Hum’, he or she is not referring to multiple people while but they respect to our own self with the royal ‘we’.

Aasmaan Ki Kya Hai Taaqat Jo Churaae Lucknow,
Lucknow Mujh Par Fida Hai Mein Fida-e Lucknow

– Sheikh Imam Baksh Nasikh –

“Ama Ye Lucknow Hain Miyan” –

Lucknow is a historical city where a number of beautiful mosques, few wonderful memorials & museums, architectural buildings and natural parks have completely enriched the city and its cultural value. Here is the list of major tourist attractions

  1. Bara Imambara – Built by Asaf-ud-Daula in 1784, this beautiful building includes the Bhool-Bhulaiya (the labyrinth) which is a famous tourist attraction in Lucknow.
  2. Chota Imambara – Built as a congregation hall for Shia Muslims by Muhammad Ali Shah in 1838, this place is located near the Bara Imambara.
  3. Lucknow Zoological Garden – Established in 1921, it is situated in 29 hectares area with around 1000 animals of more than 100 species. Lucknow zoo is also known as Nawab Wazid Ali Shah Prani Udyan.
  4. Kukrail Picnic Spot – Located away from the centre of the city, it is one of the favourite picnic spots in Lucknow. It was developed by Forest Department which houses a deer park and few endangered species of crocodiles.
  5. Ambedkar Memorial Park – Also known as Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar Samajik Parivartan Prateek Sthal, this memorial is built using red sandstone brought from Rajasthan. A Bollywood movie Youngistaan (2014) was shot here.
  6. Janeshwar Mishra Park – It is claimed to be Asia’s 10th largest garden and spread over 376 acres. It is decorated with lakes, sports centre, gymnasium, cycle track, jogging track, theme park and trimmed lawns.
  7. Chandrika Devi Temple – It is one of the sacred temples of the Hindu goddess Chandika in Lucknow on the bank of river Gomti.
  8. Indira Gandhi Planetarium – Situated near Dali-Ganj Bridge in Lucknow, it is a novel attraction of the city and installed with an Art projecting system which gives special effects while projecting.
  9. Jama Masjid – The Mughal style of architecture – Jama Masjid is a place of worship for Shia Muslims especially on Fridays.
  10. Hazratganj Market – Hazratganj is a best place to have a whale of time in the evening and do not forget to taste the mouth-watering Basket Chat at Royal Café.
  11. La Martiniere College – Established in 1845, the college has seen generations turning in and transforming to the modern world. The building is an architectural marvel, preserving the history blended with the modern day advancements.
Ambedkar park

Ambedkar Park, Lucknow

“Muskuraiye Aap Lucknow Mein Hain” –

A popular adage ‘Muskuraiye Aap Lucknow Mein Hain’ is perfectly true because a research study has been conducted by IMRB International in 2015 where it has revealed that Lucknow is the 2nd happiest city in India, only after Chandigarh. (Reference)

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SEE WHAT MISS ADIKA SAYS ABOUT LUCKNOW –

When I first went to Lucknow, I saw a huge crowd at various places and people were busy in community dining. The people on the temples were also squashed like sardines. I politely enquired and got to know about an auspicious occasion of BADA MANGAL celebrated exclusively in Lucknow, a festival devoted to a Hindu deity Lord Hanuman. This holy festival is being organized in the city for the last 400 years. It is celebrated on all Tuesdays of Hindu calendar of Jyeshtha month.

Lucknow (Photo Credits: Malavika Bhattacharya)

Lucknow (Photo Credits: Malavika Bhattacharya)

 

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I am a health professional, traveler and content writer / blogger. I have completed my MBA from Rajasthan and currently working as a Regional Supply Chain Manager in Gujarat Medical Services Corporation.

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Vietnam Travel Guide – 5 awesome tips for smart Indian Passport Holders

Vietnam Travel Guide – 5 awesome tips for smart Indian Passport Holders

If you are going to set your footsteps on Vietnam land, you need to keep in mind some first-hand tips to have a hassle free wandering.

Tip 1 – The best way to get Vietnam Visa

As an Indian Passport Holder, you have 2 legitimate ways to get Vietnam Visa

  • Applying for visa at Vietnam Embassy in India
  • Applying for Vietnam Visa On Arrival

As a frequent traveller, who always wants to simplify all paperwork, I highly recommend using Visa on Arrival service. Compared to the traditional one as applying visa at Vietnam Embassy, this option is the best way for those living far from the embassy and prefers time-saving and convenient solution.

Instead of long queuing at the embassy, sending off original passport and other documents; you just need a device with Internet Access to https://www.vietnam-visa.com/ and follow below steps:

  1. Go to https://booking.vietnam-visa.com/step1.html, and complete the form here (no document is required);
  2. Review to make sure all information is correct, and then make payment of service fee online;
  3. Wait for maximum 2 working days or even 2 working hours in urgent cases (for tourist visa) to get visa approval letter delivered to email together with detailed guide to pick up full visa upon arrival at Vietnam airport;
  4. Get visa stamped upon original passport upon arrival at Vietnam airport (a few minutes at the Airport).

Additionally, when you suddenly encounter any problems at Vietnam Airport or need any local advice on how to discover Vietnam in the most amazing way; Vietnam-visa’s buddies are always willing to help.

Vietnam visa

Tip 2 – Utilize the local Vietnamese “code”

“Code” here is the application and communities in Vietnam that can benefit a tourist. If you need an English reference source to truly experience Vietnam as a local, check out those cool hubs:

  • Food searching communities, with Vietnamese and English language setting: Foody, Lozi, or Foodies in Hanoi (A Facebook group for sharing Vietnamese food reviews towards foreigners)
  • Free tour-guides for foreigners: Hanoikids, Hanoi Free Walking Tours, Hanoi Free Tour Guide, Hoi An Free Tours, Saigon Free Walking Tours, Vietnam Couch-surfing along with some English clubs.

You can contact online through their Fanpage or Website before your departure or come to some center area such as Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi or Rua Lake in Ho Chi Minh City to meet such helpful volunteers in the weekends.

  • Updates on cool Hanoi café: Hanoi hideaway
  • Popular taxi smartphone app: Uber or Grab

If you can’t use those apps to call a taxi, you can rely on some reliable traditional taxi brands such as Mai Linh, Vinasun.

Tip 3:  Buy tickets directly at where you should

Train is the great transportation for Vietnamese travellers, enabling opportunity to see the pastoral landscape safely, peacefully without the constant honking. Don’t let your hotel book for you the flight, train or bus ticket if you don’t want any hidden substantial service fee.

Interestingly, if possible, for accommodation arrangement, you can show up in person and bargain with hotel/ hostel owners for a little bit cheaper price. It’s quiet a little bit different from our country, where booking through online sites such as Agoda and Booking generally save us a few dollars.

Tip 4: Some Vietnamese key phrases for tourist

You can learn to speak, or write some key Vietnamese phrases on your note in case you need to explain something to the local.

For basic greetings:

  1. Hello/ Goodbye – Xin chào/ Tạm biệt
  2. Thank you – Cám ơn
  3. What is your name? – Bạn tên là gì?
  4. My name is … – Tên tôi là …

For numbers

1 – Một; 2 – hai, 3 – Ba; 4 – Bốn; 5 – Năm; 6 – Sáu; 7 – Bảy; 8 – Tám; 9 – Chín; 10 – Mười; 100 – Một trăm; 200 – Hai trăm; 1000 – Một nghìn; 10 000: Mười nghìn

Also, you need to differentiate clearly “15” and “50” when shopping. Street vendors may claim that you agree to charge “50” thousand Dong, not the “15” thousand if you are not sure. You can take out 15,000 Vietnam Dong and show it to the seller before we commit to pay; or use fingers to illustrate “1” and “5” so there is no confusion.

For Food/ Restaurant

  1. Is there a restaurant nearby? – Có tiệm ăn nào gần đây không?
  2. Bill, please: Xin tính tiền

Also, if you want to taste the homeland flavor right in Vietnam, you can check some restaurants below:

Khazaan 1992

  • Address: 34 Duong Thanh, Cua Dong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
  • Opening hours: 10:30 – 22:30

Dalcheeni

  • Address: 10 Xuan Dieu, Tay Ho, Hanoi
  • Opening hours: 10:30 – 22:30

Allente

  • Address: Sunway Hotel Hanoi, 19 Pham Dinh Ho, Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi
  • Opening hours: 06:30 – 23:00

Little India

  • Address: 44 Hang Tre, Chuong Duong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
  • Opening hours: 11:00 – 14:30; 18:00 – 22:30

For shopping

  1. How much is it? – Cái này giá bao nhiêu?
  2. Too expensive – Mắc quá
  3. Can you lower the price? – Có bớt không?
  4. Oh, it’s still very expensive – Vẫn còn mắc lắm
  5. I will take this one – Tôi sẽ lấy cái này

For travelling

  1. I would like a ticket to – Tôi muốn 1 vé đi …
  2. How much is the ticket? – Vé có giá bao nhiêu tiền?
  3. I want to go to – Tôi muốn đến …
  4. Is there a bus to …? – Có chuyến xe buýt nào đi đến …?

 Tip 5: Remember that Vietnam might be bigger than you think

Geographically, Vietnam is a very narrow and very, very long country. If you’re travelling the length of the country, be prepared for a few overnight trains and long bus rides. And some major tourist attractions are quite far from the city. You should reserve 3 weeks or more if you want to travel the whole north to south of Vietnam or otherwise you should be prepared to rush or fly. There is so much to experience between HN and HCMC. If you only have 1 week or two, just stick the either the Northern, Central or Southern regions; avoid forcing it all down in 1 short fling.

One more notes, let’s go south region if you want to hands down the best taste of coffee and receiving a super-relaxed vibe.

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6 Scenic Dams in India That Will Mesmerize You with Its Beauty

6 Scenic Dams in India That Will Mesmerize You with Its Beauty

6 Scenic Dams in India That Will Mesmerize You with Its Beauty

Since our independence India has made a lot of progress in various sectors. From science to literature and arts, we are improvising in all fields of development. One of the important pillars of Incredible India has been its infrastructure. Some of them are the dams of India, the most prolific dam builders in the world. Dams are massive structures that that impound water or underground streams. 4,300 dams have already been built around the nation.

No wonder our dams are big tourist attractions considering their strong and massive structure and serene Beauty. So here is a list of six massive and beautiful dams that you must add to your travel bucket list.

  1. Idukki Dam
idukki dam

idukki dam

Photo by Hoshosh, CC BY-SA 3.0

Constructed across the Periyar River, Idukki Dam is a double curvature arch dam. This dam is owned and constructed by Kerala Electricity Board. Supporting 780 MW hydroelectricity in Moolamattom, this dam started generating power on 4th October 1975.

Idukki Dam is 554 ft. tall and built between two mountains, Kuravanmala and Kuravathimala.

Earlier there was a blanket ban on public entry for security reasons. Later, this ban was relaxed for ten days on the occasions of Onam and Christmas Season. Since last year, the duration has been extended to one month. Camera’s and cell phones are not allowed inside the dam.

  1. Srisailam Dam
srisailam

srisailam

Photo by JANGA NAVYA, CC BY-SA 4.0

Srisailam Dam is the second largest hydroelectric station in India. It is built at the border of Kurnool District in Andhra Pradesh and Mahabubnagar in Telangana. The dam is constructed over the Krishna river.  It is a prime tourist spot in Andhra Pradesh. Thus this place is kept clean and hygienic. Though the opening of all 12 gates of this Dam is very rare, but those few times a year, the scene is breathtakingly beautiful.

  1. Nathpa Jhakri Dam

Supplying underground power station with 1,500 megawatts of water, this is the prime hydroelectric power plant of Himachal Pradesh. Built across the Sutlej river, Nathpa Jhakri Dam has the largest and longest tunnel among all other dams in India.

The Nathpa Jhakri Dam has become the center of attraction for thousands of tourists visiting India from around the world. It is one of the highest and longest dams of India. The location of this dam is serene. It depicts the exotic beauty of nature and eye-catching surroundings.

The nearest Railway station and an airport are at Shimla. The dam is at a distance of 180 Km from the railway station and 200 km from the airport. The route to the Dam is well connected by NH 22.

  1. Indira Sagar Dam
indira sagar

indira sagar

Photo by Nvvchar, CC BY-SA 3.0

Indira Sagar Dam is in Khandwa District, Madhya Pradesh. Irrigation is the main purpose for which the dam was constructed. It is built with a collaboration of NHPC (National Hydroelectric Power Corporation) and MPIB (Madhya Pradesh Irrigation Board).

  1. Tehri Dam
tehri

tehri

Photo by Jeewannegi, CC BY-SA 3.0

The highest dam of India, was built with an elevation of 855ft. This dam was meant for a lot of purposes, which include municipal water supply, reservoir for irrigation and the most importantly it generates 1000megawatts of hydroelectricity.

Regarded as one of the Highest dams of Asia it offers a splendid view with large amount of water and magnificent mountains surrounding it.

  1. Bhakra Dam
bhakra dam

bhakra dam

Photo by KawalSingh, CC0 1.0

Bhakra dam built at an elevation of 226m, is in Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh. In terms of quantity of water, this dam is the third largest reservoir in India followed by first in Madhya Pradesh with 12.22 billion cubic meters and a second is Nagarjunasagar Dam.

The dam creates a large reservoir of water which is 88 km long and 8 km wide with a storage capacity of 986,8 crore cubic meters. The reservoir is known by the name of Gobind Sagar Lake, after the name of Guru Gobind Singh. The primary aim of this project is to provide water for irrigation, generate hydroelectricity and prevent the Sutlej – Beas rivers.

Though this is the fourth largest Dam in India, it attracts many tourists. Though for security reasons, the dam is closed for common people since 2009.

Author’s Bio:

Rohit is a travel blogger who shares his wanderlust through transindiatravels.com. His works have appeared in various travel blogging websites. He is an architect by profession and this influenced him to explore India for its ancient monuments and architecture.

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Top 7 Forts in India

Top 7 Forts in India

Forts were initially built as a defense mechanism to keep the enemies away. But here in India, there is more to it than just protection. Forts are artistic structures entrancing us with their magnitude and magnificent architecture. We have compiled a list of seven top forts that you must visit in India:

Kangra fort

Kangra Fort

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It is the oldest fort in India and also one with great significance. From Mahabharata to Alexander the Great, Kangra fort has seen it all. The fort exhibits Medieval and ancient architecture with traces left behind from the Hindu, Muslim, Sikh and Christian rulers. Yes, almost all kinds of rulers have laid their hands on this fort. There are temples, sculptures, paintings, palaces and much more to see inside the fortress.

Gwalior Fort

Man Singh Palace, fort de Gwalior.

Photo by Manuel Menal, CC BY-SA 2.0

The Gwalior fort is considered as “the pearl in the necklace of forts”. Built in 773 AD, one must appreciate the brilliance and intelligence put into building this fort. The fort is build and placed in such a strategic manner that it is impossible for enemies to penetrate. The walls scale to a great height making it a tough climb for enemies. But the view from above is just breath taking.

Red Fort

The most attractive tourist spot in the capital city, Red Fort is of great historical significance as much as it is an architectural marvel. Every year Independence Day is celebrated at the Red Fort with great pomp and show. Built in cascading red, Red Fort is sheer architectural genius with innovative styles that inspired other monuments of Delhi. Built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, it housed the Mughal family for nearly 200 years. Now it is home to museums and tourists.

Agra Fort

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Another remarkable marvel in red is the Agra fort. The fort is just 2.5km away from its sister monument the Taj Mahal, which is visible from its roof tops. The present structure of the fort was given by Shah Jahan, but records say there has been a fort right there from the 9 th century. The Agra Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One must visit the fort to see Mughal architecture in all its glory.

Chittorgarh Fort

From Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons

From Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons

A fort representing great valor, wars and sacrifice is the Chittorgarh fort. It has witnessed numerous battles in the past centuries, the scars of which remain as ruins in the place. It has been the inspiration for writers, artists and tourists visiting this fort. Great tales of bravery resounds inside the fort, where more than 13000 women and children gave up their lives instead of surrendering to the enemies. The fort stands on a hilltop and spread over an area of 692 acres. Go there to listen to tales of bravery and see the series of historical gates, palaces, paintings and temples.

Golconda Fort

Fort Golconda

Photo by Chris Connelly, CC BY 2.0

It is the greatest fort in Telangana, formerly Andhra Pradesh, known for its architecture and for the strategically constructed fort made exclusively for war purposes. It once used to be the market for the world famous Kohinoor diamonds. The fort has a very unique style of architecture and great ventilation system. The entrance hall is an echoing hall, built that way so guards down there could inform the people at the top of the hill by clapping. The fort is a must visit just to appreciate the brilliant minds that made such a mind blowing monument.

Jhansi Fort

Photo by Bornav27may, CC BY-SA 3.0

Photo by Bornav27mayCC BY-SA 3.0

We have heard the brave tales of Jhansi ki Rani, India’s celebrated Queen who was a true warrior. The Jhansi Fort housed this noble Queen. The fort walls are made of granite, with ten gates that give access to the fort. There are a few temples within the fort that is worth a visit. There is an archeological museum Rani Mahal, built in the late half of 19 th century. Best time to visit would be during the months of January and February when the grand festival, Jhansi Mahotsav is held. A lot of eminent personalities across India come to perform here at this time of the year.
Our forts not only showcase great military structures but also excellent architecture. Most of these forts lie in ruins from the last battles they valiantly fought, yet they are a sight to witness. These ruins are like the battle scars a warrior holds on and tell stories of wars, bravery, defeats and honor.

 

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Rohit is an avid traveler and blogger. His passion for exploring has taken him to places all around the world. The accounts of his travel experiences act as a guide to other travel enthusiasts. You can read his experiences in his blog Trans India Travels.

Mysuru sandalwood city of India

Mysuru sandalwood city of India

Travel Guide

From a quiet and less known city, the city is now among the important cities of Karnataka. The city is third largest in the state and hosts the nada habba also famous as the Mysuru Dasara attracting millions of  tourists every year. The city is also famous for the sandalwood incense sticks. Thus giving the name Sandalwood city of India.

The city now has a young and dynamic workforce with many IT and BPO firms. There are lots of complexes, supermarkets, improved roads, many of proposed malls etc. Mysore people are too health conscious and most of them opt yoga for their good health. Ashtanga yoga has its origin in Mysuru and the city is well known for yoga centers that are also an attraction for foreigners.

 

Mysuru Palace:

The palace is beautifully designed and carved by rosewood doors and ceilings with the work done by ivory, painting of members of the royal family and marble figurines. The palace is illuminated by around 1,00,000 bulbs on Sundays and national holidays between 7:00 P.M.-7:45 P.M. Inside the palace the photography is prohibited and outside palace photography is allowed with a charge of ₹50 for indian and ₹200 for foreigners. Cameras should be left at cloak room for free of cost.

Mysore Zoo

Shri Chamarajendra zoological gardens or the Mysuru zoo is one of the oldest zoo in India. It is more than 100 years old and spread across over 250 acres. The zoo is around 3 Km from city bus stand and 2 Km from the palace. One can go through auto rickshaw (Indian version of tuk tuk) or a horse cart if interested. The zoo hosts rare species of trees and plants along with various species of animals from India as well as numerous countries as part of the species exchange program. The Mysuru zoo is one and only zoo in India that breeds the Africa elephants. The zoo also holds the tag of being the first zoo to obtain gorillas and penguins in India.

The zoo also hosts a vet hospital. The in house museum exhibiting the extinct species of animals is very popular among the visitors. For the fish lovers the zoo also has a very good display of fishes from various kinds. One can also adopt an animal under adoption program that means you can feed and take care of animal for a certain period of time by paying to the authority of zoo. In return you will be provided with certificate of adoption of animal, a complimentary pass and also a publicity in leading and renowned newspapers.

Brindavan Gardens

Built adjoining to the dam of Krishna Raja Sagar the brindavan garden is full of fountains. Spread across over 60 acres the garden is maintained by Cauvery Niravari Nigam. The garden can be visited by one and all with a certain entry fee. The lake present in the garden provides boating facility for visitors. The musical fountains with synchronization of the music and the water is the main attraction and good a huge viewership by the enthusiastic visitors.

St. Philomena Church

This catholic church was built in honor of St. Philomena by a french architect names Daly in 1936 and the architecture is inspired by the cologne cathedral of Germany. The main hall of the church has a capacity of seating for prayers is 800 people. This is also considered to be the second largest church in Asia and that has the architecture of stained glass which shows the birth of Christ, the last supper, the crucifixion, the resurrection and the ascension of the Christ.

Avadhoota Datta Peetham

Headed by spiritual leader Sri Ganpati Sachidananda Ashrama and the religious deity Lord Dattatreya this Peetham is a renowned ashram in Mysuru. This spiritual guru is believed to be the lineage of Lord Dattatreya and promotion of vedic tradition is done by his teachings. The calm and untroubled ambiance of the place with enormous and beautifully sculptured gates makes it mesmerizing. The ashram is full of greenery and the gardens inside are like icing on the cake. The compound also consist a large pond, lord venkateswara temple, herbal garden, SGS hospital and a book shop.

The 365 stone pillars or the diva stupa are spread throughout the ashram making the place more unique. The pillars signify the teaching that how everyday is important in our life, same as the every pillars for the ashram. All major Hindu festivals are celebrated in the Ashram.

Chamundi Hill or Chamundeshwari Devi Temple

Chamundi hill is located 13 km from Mysuru city, the Chamundeshwari temple is situated on the top of the hill. The sacred place that is surrounded by eight hills and is called Trimuta Kshetra according to Skanda Purana lies on the western side of the hill. Millions of devotees visit here every year from different corners of the world. Covering half way towards the hill there is a small Shiva temple, the Nandi located here is 15 feet high with bell necklace which is captivating. The Chamundeshwari temple is constructed in Dravidian style and the doorway is totally silver plated with many goddess decorated on it. The main area has an idol of enormous devi Chamundi seated. The hill overlooks the Mysuru palace, St. Philomena church, Kukkarahalli lake and many more places can be see.

Karanji Lake Nature Park

The Karanji Lake Nature Park is situated at the heart of the city and is famous as a bird paradise. The place is visited by many ornithologists and nature lovers. There are lots of species that can be seen here like egrets, rose ringed parakeets, cormorants, green bee eaters, grey and purple herons, painted storks and also around 50 species of butterflies. One can witness the charismatic view of the Chamundi hills from the park. Once you are about to visit the park keep in mind that the place is plastic free zone. The island also have beautiful butterfly park where you can find various species of beautiful butterflies.

The waterfall, trees and pond provides a homely atmosphere for birds. There is a medical plant garden at the entrance that has more than 100 medical plants. The boating point at the lake will make you fall in love with this wonderful places you can hire a boatman to take you through. You can also visit the children park and coffee shop situated near boating point.

Railway Museum

Established in 1979 under the supervision of Indian Railways and located at distance of 3 km from the city center in Mysore the Railway Museum is the second such kind of museum after National Railway Museum of New Delhi. Sri Ranga Pavillion, the two royal coaches that once belonged to the Maharaja of Mysore are also the part of the museum. The museum also exhibits the Maharani Saloon the carriage that has a kitchen, dining car unit and royal toilet. Another feather in the cap is the 1925 model Austin railway car that was bought by an employee from junkyard and was renovated to make it run on road. This was used for the inspection of tracks and had a capacity of six people the locomotive is still in a working condition.

There is a mini train in the museum for children that is operated by battery and offer a short ride around the grounds of museum. Some interesting exhibits are a 1885 hand operated crane, a 1934 steam water pump, a wooden door and pillar from the vintage old Srirangapatna railways. The museum also has a collection of priceless black and white photographs, lights, signaling signs, paintings, ticketing machine, tickets, clocks and several other antiques that were used at the inception during growth and development of railways in India. Museum can be visited entire week except Mondays from 10AM-1PM and 3PM-5PM.

Wax Museum – Melody World

This museum is based on music and musical instruments. This one-of-its kind museum exhibits over 100 life-size wax statues and over 300 musical instruments categorized in various bands and stage settings. Representing Stone Age to Modern instruments, some of the bands and genres displayed are Indian Classical North & South, Punjabi Bhangra, South Indian, Jazz, Rock, Middle East etc. It was established in October 2010.

 

  • Air  Mysuru airport is 12 km away from city with just one flight of spice jet to and from Mysuru. The nearest international airport is the Bangaluru airport which is 170 km from Mysuru.
  • Rail Mysuru is well connected by rail route with many trains connecting Mysuru with Bengaluru and Chennai. Shatabdi express is the most suitable train between Chennai and Mysuru. It takes two hours from Mysuru to Bangaluru and vice versa and seven hours from Mysuru to Chennai and vice versa. Also many trains are available from Mysuru to Bengaluru and vice versa like Tippu express, Chamundi express, Yeshvantpur – mysore express and many more.
  • Road The well laid roads all around Mysuru gives it a good connectivity. Where by lots of Government and private buses are avialable for the tourists to pick from. Cab services are also readily available in and around Mysuru.
  • State: Karnataka
  • District: Mysuru
  • Famous for: Pilgrim and Leisure travelling
  • Languages: Kannada and English
  • Best time to visit: Oct-Feb
  • Weather: Summer 20°C – 35°C & Winter 10°C – 30°C
  • Pincode: 570001
  • Std Code: 0821

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Puri explore the gates to the heaven

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Travel Guide

Puri is a coastal District on the eastern part of Odisha, India. This district is famous as the abode of Lord Vishnu, most popularly known as Lord Jagannath. The district derives its name from the heritage city of Puri, one of the four pilgrimage centres of India. The number of rivers flowing through the district helps in sustaining the agriculture. Being in close proximity to the Bay of Bengal, this district has tropical climate.

Handicraft and cottage industries of this district is very famous around the world, its original source being the temple craft of Lord Jagannath and the Sun Temple at Konark. The rich traditional culture and heritage of the District gives a boost to this industry. The important products of this industry are in applique, stone carving, patta chitra, wood carving, modern patch work, terracotta, bell metal, and sea shell items etc.

Jagannath Temple

Shree Jagannath Puri temple, is one of the most impressing monuments in Puri. It was constructed by the king Ananta Varman Chodaganga Deva of the Ganga Dynasty in the 12th century at the seashore of Puri. This astounding Vaishnava temple is an enshrine to Lord Jagannath, Devi Subhadra and Balabhadra. The main temple of has an amazing structure constructed in Kalinga architecture, with a height of 65 meters placed on an elevated platform.

Lord Jagannath is believed to be the symbol of Universal peace, love and brotherhood and is a manifestation of Lord Krishna. The important annual festival here is the Rath Yatra, during which hundreds of thousands of devotees throng to this temple.

Ganesh Temple

Puri has numerous temples that have archaeological significance. One of them is the Ganesha temple, dedicated to Sri. Vinayaka. The temple is assumed to be built long back and has many carvings showcasing Hindu religious beliefs and cultural heritage. Hindu devotees frequently visit this temple to offer their prayers.

Lakshmi temple

A small temple situated near to Jagannath temple is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi, the temple plays a very important place in Rath Yathra. It is believed that the marriage of Lord Siva and Goddess Parvati took place on the sixth day of bright fortnight of Jyeshta, (during May-June), on the day known as Jyestha Sukla Sasthi.

Chilika Lake

Chilika is largest brackish water estuarine Lake of Asia in the Satapada district. It sprawls over an area of 1100 sq kms. Covering parts of three districts of Odisha i.e Puri on the East, Khurda on the North and Ganjam on the South. It is the largest coastal lagoon in India and the second largest lagoon in the World. Satapada is one of the most popular tourist place of Odisha. Irrawady Dolphins are major attraction of Satapada.

Apart from that the scenic beauty of Sea Mouth, Islands like Nalabana, Honeymoon, Breakfast & Rajhans attract large number of tourists throughout the year. It has the second largest congregation of migratory Birds in the world after Lake Victoria in Africa.

Pipili

Pipili is a small town with an area of 6.4 Square Kms and is famous for applique works which is a traditional craft of the local People. They prepare Chandua (colorful Arts on clothes), umbrella, cloth bags, purses, wall hangings, carpets, garments for ladies & other applique works which have a good market in India and abroad. During the world famous Ratha Yatra, the chariots (Raths) are decorated by colorful clothes made in Pipili.

Sakhigopal

Sakhigopal or Satyabadi is famous for the shrine of Sakhigopal. It is one of the pilgrimage centre in the district and it is widely believed that the pilgrimage to Puri is incomplete without visiting Sakhigopal. The name sakhigopal literally means witness Gopal (Srikrishna). The temple of Sakhigopal is 60 ft height & the image of Shri Krishna and Radha is 5 ft & 4ft height respectively.

Sun Temple Konark

The 13th century Sun temple is situated in Konark, which is a small town in the Puri District in the state of Odisha. It is also known as the Black Pagoda, built in black granite during the reign of Narasimhadeva-1 a distinguished ruler of Ganga Dynasty. The temple is declared as a World Heritage Site. The temple is now mostly in ruins, and a collection of its sculptures is housed in the Sun Temple Museum, which is run by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

Chandrabhaga beach

The Chandrabhaga beach is about 3 kms from the Sun temple. The beach provides a picturesque view of the sunrise and sunset and is very famous among the tourists. An International Sand Art Festival held on 1st to 5th December of every year at Chandrabhaga Beach.

Puri beach

Golden sands, amazing sceneries of sunrise and sunset, soothing effect of sunbath and seclusion in tranquility, Puri Beach offers all these to her most privileged guests. A favorite tourist spot, Puri beach is very lengthy and quite wide. This place offers physical and spiritual calmness for the body and soul.

Swargdwar beach

Swargadwar, literally means the door to heaven is a secluded beach and a holy place in Puri. This beach is unaffected by the modern cultural offing and still maintains the sacred nature. Many Hindu devotees visit this beach to have a dip at sea. Legends claim that this was the bathing place of Sri Chaithanyadev who attained the state of Brahma stands for the divine soul.

  • Air: The nearest airport is Biju Patnaik airport at Bhubaneswar is the nearest airport to Puri, which is nearly 56 km away from the heart of the Puri city. The airport is connected to Delhi and Mumbai.
  • Train: Puri is a major railway junction. Regular direct train services are available from Puri to many cities in India, including Bhubaneshwar, New Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore and Kolkata.
  • Road: Puri is connected with all major cities in Odisha, There are frequent bus service offered by the Odisha road transport corporation from Bhubaneshwar, Cuttak and Konark.

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  • State: Odisha
  • District: Puri
  • Famous for/as: Religion
  • Languages: Oriya, English, Hindi
  • Best time to visit: October to March
  • Weather: Summers 19 to 45°C, Winter 3 to 32°C
  • Pincode: 75200x
  • STD code: 06752
  • State Govt. tourism website: http://www.ordistricts.nic.in/

 

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