Exquisite temple city – Madurai

One of the most spiritually and religiously inclined city of South India – Madurai is famous all over the globe for its beautiful and majestic temples. The architecture of this city can leave you enthralled and spell bounded. The temple town of Madurai is filled with beautifully carved temples and splendid monuments, so magnificent and exquisite that it earned an ally name the ‘Athens of the East’.

madurai

 

Like many other cities of India, the history of Madurai dates back to a very old period of Sangam, almost 2500 years earlier and has many interesting stories attached to it, this entire city is laid out in the shape of a lotus.  One can easily feel the influence of Lord Shiva on the city of Madurai. According to a famous story, one night a lotus shaped city sprung up around an ancient temple overnight and then Lord Shiva appeared and dropped some drops of nectar on the town. That is why; this city has been named ‘Madurai’ which literally means the ‘city of nectar’.

Every temple in this city has its own tale. The most famous is the Meenakshi Sundareswar Temple; it is the biggest temple complexes in India and is spread over an area of 65000 sq. m. This architectural masterpiece is dedicated to Goddess Meenakshi, the companion of Lord Shiva and Sundareshwar (an incarnation of Lord Shiva). This temple has been included in the new list of the Seven Wonders of the World. The beauty of this temple is primarily because of the carvings of gods, goddesses, mythical figures and animals, which are interestingly carved in the temple’s premises. All these carvings boast about the miracles of Lord Shiva.

meenakshi temple madurai

There are many other attractions of the city: Thirumalai Nayak Palace, Gandhi Memorial Museum and another interesting temple is the Tirupparankundram Murugan Temple. This temple has high regards because it is believed that Lord Subhrahmanya was married here, and even today this temple is considered a holy place for marriages to be formalized.

Madurai is also famous for its traditional clothes and handlooms. Here, you can buy stunning items made out of wood and brass. Visiting Madurai is a must for those who have an inclination towards architecture, cultural heritage and history.

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Rajasthan Forts and Palaces Tour

Rajasthan is called the places of forts and palaces. Magnificent forts and palaces conceitedly remind the existence of great history of this audacious land. You will when you visit the distinctive cites of Rajasthan you will get the opportunity to see Chittourgarh, jaisalmer, Bikaner and other Rajasthan forts and palaces. You can see Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur forts and palaces and other historical palaces of the whole city of Rajasthan with fascinating Rajasthan Forts and Palaces Tour.

Hawa mahal

hawa mahal at jaipur

The place of wind Hawa Mahal is the signpost of Jaipur that was constructed by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799. The Hawa Mahal exhibits unbelievable construction and has been named such because it has particularly constructed lattice like to flow the air currents in a set outline with the passageway of the sun.

The city palace was got to construct by Raja Sawai Jai Singh and the division of the palace is used even now by the royal family. The 19th century recherché Mubarak Mahal or The Greeting Palace is used to serve as the greeting part of regal guest that was got to built by Madho Singh and later on is rehabilitated into museum that exhibits an astonishing and prodigious assortment of imperial attires of the fascinating prince Sawai Madho Singh. In addition to regal attires, in the show case of museum are some thought-provoking regal arsenal of 15th century that have been patronized sound preserved.

bikaner palace

bikaner palace

This glorious fort was got to built not only by one but three ruler Raja Man Singh started the construction. Mirza Raja Jai Singh took position of Raja Man Singh and Sawai Jai Singh gave it the finishing touches. This gigantic fort took about two centuries to accomplish, the large part of the work was implemented in 15th century.

Bikaner Fort was built by Raja Rai Singh who was one the most trustworthy generals of Emperor Akbar, is widely referred to as the Junagarh Fort. There are around 37 bastions to protect the fort. This is a single fort in Rajasthan that has always been undefeated and invincible. There is a questioning case in point when the fort was seized by Prince Kamaran, but was unable to occupy for 24 hours. There is museum inside the fort that contains an amazing assembling of ancient holograph, gems jewellery and gems, treaties, recherche carpets, regal arms and armaments.

Jaisalmer fort

The Jaisalmer Fort was built by Maharaja Jaisl in 1156; the fort is widely referred to as Sonar Quila, like other city of Rajasthan Jaisalmer is also centered in the region of fort. This enormous fort is situated to the south of Jaisalmer on the pictorial Trikut hill. The fort is 457 meter long and 229 meter breadth. Maharaja Jaisal wanted to establish a new capital because the previous one positioned at Lodurva was vulnerable to opponent incursions. There are 99 towers in this fort some of them own cannons even today. You can enjoy all of these worth seeing and fascinating scenery exclusively with Rajasthan For

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The Majestic City of Jaisalmer Rajasathan

If splendor is what the traveler in you is searching for, then Jaisalmer will definitely leave you breathless. This sun-kissed city in Rajasthan is all drenched in the beauty of the yellow sandstone it is famous for. It is because of this yellow golden hue that this city dawns, it is called the Golden City of India. The artistic excellence across the city of Jaisalmer is something to be looked forward to.

The Jaisalmer fort which still has a quarter of its population inside the fort has small pavements leading you to the grandeur of age old havelis and their splendid architecture. The Jaisalmer fort built by the Bhati ruler Jaisal speaks its own history. Made out of the yellow sandstone, this seven-story Raj Mahal exudes artistry for the famous lattice work by the craftsmen during Raja Jaisal’s rule. The fort built in 1156, has withstood many a wars and speaks of Jaisalmer’s vibrant history and Rajputana culture.

jaisalmer camel polo

Besides the palace, there are several havelis like Patwon-ki-Haveli, Salam Singh-ki-Haveli, Nathmalji-ki-Haveli and Haveli Shreenath. The must visists in Jaisalmer also include Gadsisar Lake built by Maharwal Gadsi Singh and Tazia Tower near Badal Palace. Tazia Tower is five storied structure. Every storey in the tower has a significance of its own because of its unique design.

But, if you think the city is all about the Rajputana culture and tradition, there is more to the city. The city is also famous for its Jain heritage. Some of the notable sculptures and architecture adorn the temples dedicated to the 16th Tirthankara, Shantinath, and 23rd Tirthankara, Parshva. The exuberance of its culture and tradition is also rich enough to leave you mesmerized. The three day desert festival gives u a full circle view of Jaisalmer’s culture.

Jaisalmer haveli

One gets a rear chance of the famous Kalbeliya folk dance, Manganyar musicians and Gair and Fire dancers unraveling their talent in this festival. The moustache competition is something you must watch out for in this festival. The typical Jaisalmer food also offers its travelers a wide variety in its cuisines. The food is typically spicy which includes ker sangria, daal bhati, laal maans, ghewar and tarfini, enough to trickle your taste buds. Jaisalmer is very close to the Thar Desert which makes take an adventurous camel safari. The dusty and rugged terrain with desert sand dunes makes it a picture perfect setting to get retreat from the busy city life.

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Perfect Wildlife Tour in the Land of Tigers

If you love wildlife and especially the tigers, then a vacation to the country whose national animal is Tiger and whose national parks are famous for not only the wild tigers but also for all kinds of wild animals.

corbett national park

The most visited national park is the Jim Corbett National Park. Situated in the foothills of the Himalayas this park provides perfect residence for the national animal of India. It is the first national park of the country and was established in year 1936. Having a whopping area of 1318 sq km, it is spread across varied landscapes like grasslands, rivers, marshes, swamps and dense forests. Here, adventure enthusiasts can spot tigers almost all the year round. This place is also known for being home to major concentration of the endangered Royal Bengal Tigers. This national park has been named after the very famous British hunter and nature conservationist- Jim Corbett.

Corbett National park can easily be called as the land of tigers as one can find all the varieties of tigers in the natural setting. No nature lover can miss the adventure and charm of spotting the tigers roaming in the dense forest freely with no fear.

Apart from tigers there are thousands of other wildlife creatures as well present in the forest that is situated in the Kumaon Himalayas in the state of Uttarakhand which is nature’s paradise in itself.

There are elephants, sambhar deers, crocodiles, cheetals and more than 400 plus species of the migratory and resident birds that travel thousands of miles to reach here every year.

The land of tigers, Corbett National Parks is opened in October while in November the core zone of Dhikala is made public till June. You can go for the adventure safari in the park through government approved jeeps however many people opt for small buses that are known as canters.

If you do want to miss the opportunity of the jungle safari in the land of tigers it is advisable to get the bookings done in advance only as there is lot of steady rush at the place during the season.

The best time to spot the tigers in Corbett national park is from October till January as the weather during this time is cold. Also as one progresses towards the summer large numbers of tigers can be seen roaming in search of food and water. You can always see them dipping in the lakes and ponds to cool them off and quenching their thirst.

Most of the wildlife enthusiast like to visit the place in summer itself as gives them perfect view of the wild tigers as during this season there is less foliage and forest is also less dense.

On the other hand winters also have their own charm with dense forest, serene nature and comfortable weather that renders enchanting view of the hordes of migratory birds and wildlife.

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Best of South India

Best of South India, a 13- day tour which promises you to bring the best of southern region of India for you. The very beginning of the tour will mesmerize you as it will start off with a sunny note from a visit to Goa, famous for its magnificent scenic beauty, beautiful churches, the charm of Old Goa and its sun-kissed beaches where east and west merge with each other, where the beaches have long served as a magnet for hedonists and Indian culture intertwines with Portuguese influences left over from a 500-year occupation.

Then, this tour will make you experience the center of ancient Chalukyan glory; Badami – famous for its four cave temples – all carved out of sand stone on the precipice of a hill. There are many inscriptions which are of historic significance and these inscriptions make the city very famous. During the recent researches, 18 inscriptions have been found in which there is an inscription which was written using the old Kannada script. Hampi is the next destination of this tour of south India. Hampi is one of the World Heritage Sites and is the most charismatic of all the ruins of Karnataka. This was the capital of the Hindu empire, Vijayanagar, who ruled the south India during 14th to 16th century AD. Big temples, majestic ancient monuments, grand palaces and countless aquatic structures make the ruins of Hampi a famous destination among the tourists.

During the Best of South India tour, you will also encounter the other destinations of cultural and historical importance – Chikmagalur, Belur, Halebid, Hassan. The architecture of the temples of Belur and Halebid is very attractive and the elaborate carvings make these temples a treat to the eyes. You will also notice the Hoyasala architecture in the temples. Then, this tour will move forward to its next destination, Mysore. It is the capital city of the Wodeyars has always enchanted its admirers with its quaint charm, rich heritage, magnificent palaces, beautifully laid-out gardens, imposing buildings, broad shady avenues and sacred temples. There’s an old world charm about the city that reaches out and leaves no one untouched. It is an important center for the culture of South India.

Kerala is the last destination of Best of South India tour. Fort Cochin: the architecture of the quiet streets in this enclave is very definitely European, with fine houses built by wealthy British traders, and Dutch cottages with split farm house doors. And there cannot be a better way of concluding this tour by relaxing in the lap of nature in serene backwaters of Kumarakom. Give us a chance to serve you, we ensure to give you much more when you will visit India on this tour.

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Hidden beauty of Agartala

It is the Capital city of Tripura, located on the banks of river Haroa also the second largest city in Northeast. Situated just two kilometers away from the borders of Bangladesh, Agartala a serene beauty with rows of bougainvillea shrubs and bright yellow laburnum trees enhance the peripheral of the City.

agartala railway station

This Princely State was made the capital of Tripura in the year 1838 AD by Maharaja Krishna Kishore Manikya and even after end of the Princely authority; Agartala continued to function as the capital of Tripura. Travel lovers can explore the natural beauty of this place through various tourist attractions. This magnificent city intermingles with rich culture and diverse population including various native tribes. There are many localities known as Paras residing in Agaratala for decades. The most important part of the Agartala city, the capital of Tripura includes, Arundhutinagar, Gol Bazaar, Gurkha Basti, Dhaleshwar, Shibnagar, Ramnagar, Joynagar, Krishnanagar, Banamalipur, Abhoynagar and Radhanagar.

Touring around Agartala and seeing numerous places in and around is truly adventurous. The tour will start from Ujjayanta Palace built by Maharaja Radha Kishore Manikya with huge Mughal style gardens, beautified pools and flood lighting. Moving towards the Rose Valley Amusement Park to the Maharaja Bir Bikram College and visiting the Tripura Government Museum is a wonderful experience. On the way there are beautiful historic temples like Jagannath Temple and the Lakshmi Narayan Temple with remarkable architectural features. The sightseers must also visit the Nehru Park and Venuban Vihar, a Buddha Temple considered to be the most attractive Buddhist destinations of Tripura.

Other important places to visit include the Gedu Miar Maszid known as pride for the minority Muslims of Agartala. Even the Mariyam Nagar Church which is built amidst the lush greenery of Agartala is considered an important historical place of the City. The city is predominated by the Bengali Culture, thus the travelers can witness the important festivals like Durga Puja and Saraswati puja celebrated with much solemnity and grandeur.

Nevertheless Sports is also a significant part of the culture of Agartala with football being played in a big way. Travelaholics will find the city at its best from the month of October to April. One can reach this city very easily as it is well connected to other metro cities of India via Railway, Road and Airways.

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How to spend three weeks in Kerala

The best place to spend your vacations is serene and calm Kerala. The god’s own country  is blessed with  mesmerizing natural beauty with wide  Arabian sea and  green  coconut and  palm trees which makes it a  perfect picturesque destination for the tourists across  the world. If you want to completely explore the state you should at least have time of about three weeks to have the time of your life in this culturally and naturally sacred state.

kerala backwaters

The vivid and beautiful landscape of the Kerala enthralls the tourist with its spell bounding serene beauty and enriched history. There are many places in Kerala which are a must visit when you are in this spectacular state. These include the likes of backwater, wildlife sanctuaries, historic monuments and beaches. Here, you will find the perfect amalgamation of the flora and fauna that is sure to enrapture you with its attractions.

The must visit places in Kerala includes backwaters. The famous backwaters are Kumarakom, Alappuzha and Kollam.  Kumarakom renders you the best backwater experience with its calm houseboat ride in the quite backwater which takes you to the different world all together. The stunning view of the mangrove trees and splendid green hills from your houseboat leaves a long lasting impression on your memory! This place is also famous for ayurvedic packages which are famous all over the world.

Kuttanad in Alappuzha is again famous backwaters along with the famous snake boat race which is conducted here that is a special feature of the Kerala tourism. Catch the amazing view of Chinese fishing net on your visit to the Kollam backwater.

How can you forget beaches of Kerala? Kovalam is the famous beach that is situated just 16 Km from the capital city Trivandrum. Kovalam is surrounded with three major attractions which includes light house in south, samundra in north and lastly Hawah beach in the middle.  Here, you can enjoy various water sports, surfing and swimming to have some adventure on your trip! The various resorts and massage centers on the beach specializes in giving you a soothing experience

Kerala   has a long history lined with rich tradition and culture. The historical places to visit includes Bolghatty palace, Dutch Palace Vasco House and Cherman are popular places to visit when on vacation to Kerala. Bolghatty palace is the oldest palace in the state built in 1744 by the Dutch trader. Here, there are modern facilities like swimming pool; ayurvedic centers and golf course are present to entice the tourists.

With your Kerala tour you are definitely going to have the most delightful   journey in the scintillating natural beauty made memorable with captivating culture, traditions, monuments, nature which together forms the ultimate creation of the God!

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