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Photogenic Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India

How do you pronounce it Siri-nagar or Sri-nagara well it may not be important but Sri-nagar also translates to Sūrya-nagar or City of the Sun. If you dwell a bit more - in Sanskrit śrī and nagar may also mean 'City of Wealth'.

Though ravaged by multiple political beliefs over painful decades - to me Srinagar exudes an eternal stillness - a promise and pure romance as your Shikara glides through the dal lake towards an ocherous sunset...


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Martand Sun Temple, Near Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India

The Martand Sun Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to God Surya located at about 69 km from Srinagar. Martand Sun Temple was built in the 8th century and is often described as testament to the architectural achievements of Kashmir's ancient Karkota Dynasty. Much of the temple was destroyed by Islamic ruler Sikandar Butshikan in the early 15th century, and it has stood in ruins ever since.  How to reach Martand Sun Temple, Jammu and Kashmir, India?


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Krishansar Lake, Near Srinagar or Sonamarg, Jammu and Kashmir, India

Doesn’t matter which angle you capture it from the picture perfect reflections of Krishansar Lake evoke a deep sigh as well as a sense of contentment where reflections of the surrounding dense pine forest and snowcapped mountains just silence all your psychological babble…  As per its wikipedia page Krishansar Lake can be accessed from Srinagar or Srinagar Airport 80 km by road to village Shitkadi, Sonamarg - from which ponies can be hired to cover an alpine trek of 35 km to reach the Krishansar Lake. How to reach Srinagar?


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Sindh River, Near Sonamarg, Jammu and Kashmir, India

The Sind / Sindh River in the Ganderbal district of Jammu and Kashmir state of India passes through the popular alpine hill station Sonamarg. It is the only river in Jammu and Kashmir on which three hydroelectric power plants are functional. How to reach Sonamarg?


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Aharbal falls, Near Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India

Gushing and mighty Aharbal falls are supposedly a sight to behold! Located in mesmerizing meadows and fir tree forests surrounded by snow clad mountains of Aharbal, a hill station in the Kashmir Valley is at a distance of about 69 km from Srinagar. How to reach Srinagar?


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Shalimar Bagh, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India

Shalimar Bagh, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India is well known for its lighted chini khanas or arched niches in the evening giving a fairy tale appearance to the cascading water in its gardens. As per its wikipedia page the ancient history of the garden can be traced to the 2nd century when Praversena II founded the city of Srinagar and ruled in Kashmir from 79 AD to 139 AD and built a cottage for his stay and named it Shalimar which in Sanskrit means abode of love. How to reach Srinagar?


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How to reach Sonamarg, Jammu and Kashmir, India?

Sonamarg is located 81 km from Srinagar and Sonamarg does not have a railway station or an airport. Srinagar Airport is at a distance of 95 km from Sonamarg. Do note Sonamarg may not be accessible during winter.


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How to reach Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India?

How to reach Srinagar by Air?
Srinagar International Airport is well connected with many cities of India especially having direct regular flights coming in from Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh etc. Srinagar airport is about 16 km away from the center of the city.

How to reach Srinagar by Rail?
There are no direct trains from Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru to Srinagar. You have to reach Jammu Tawi (about 270 km away) or Udhampur (about 230 km away) railway stations to reach Srinagar by train. Both the stations are well connected with many India cities. You will need to travel by train, taxi, bus or private car to reach Srinagar city. Urge you to research for more information on the same. 


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How to reach Martand Sun Temple, Jammu and Kashmir, India?

You will need to travel by taxi from Srinagar to reach Martand Sun Temple which is at a distance of about 69 kms from Srinagar city center.

How to reach Srinagar by Air?
Srinagar International Airport is well connected with many cities of India especially having direct regular flights coming in from Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh etc. Srinagar airport is about 16 km away from the center of the city.

How to reach Srinagar by Rail? 
There are no direct trains from Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru to Srinagar. You have to reach Jammu Tawi (about 270 km away) or Udhampur (about 230 km away) railway stations to reach Srinagar by train. Both the stations are well connected with many India cities. You will need to travel by train, taxi, bus or private car to reach Srinagar city. Urge you to research for more information on the same.


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Ajanta Caves, Maharashtra, India a World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO

A Panoramic View of Ajanta Caves - Lying along the gorge of Waghur river Ajanta Caves were carved during two distinct periods, the first from 200 B.C to 100 A.D and the second from around the 5th to 6th century AD. How to reach Ajanta Caves?

The chaityas and viharas at Ajanta caves were used for meditation, a place to rest but predominantly as a place for everyone to learn be it the residing monks or travelers or visiting devotees.

The sculptures, paintings, murals and reliefs at Ajanta Caves are also a chronicle a rhythmic narration of every aspect of human life from birth to death depicting and reflecting all aspects of contemporary life beliefs, gods, culture - even weapons used, ornaments worn…

Devotees of Buddha during that time were supposed to walk through the cave and read the paintings which were used as a medium of communicating Buddha's teachings about 'life through successive rebirth'.


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Painting of Bodhisattva Padmapani, Ajanta Cave 1, Maharashtra, India a World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO

Avalokiteśvara or Padmapani’s painting can be found to the left of the main shrine in Ajanta Cave 1. The term “bodhisattva” refers to a person who has been awakened by the Buddhist spirit and according to Mahayana doctrine, Avalokiteśvara postponed his ascension into Buddhahood until he assisted every being in achieving Nirvana. How to reach Ajanta Caves?

Avalokiteśvara has innumerable forms across Asia. Originally, a masculine form, Avalokiteśvara is also known as the feminine Guanyin in China, and Kuan Yin in Japan.

In the painting, he is delicate as well as elegant. He is adorned with pearls, amethyst, and his magnificent crown in ancient times must have shown extreme detail that has faded over time.

Padmapani’s eyes are lowered - many attribute that as being in a meditative state - his spirituality does set the tone and mood of the cave. In his right hand, he holds a lotus blossom, which is a symbol representig his spiritual awakening.


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Painting of Mahajanaka from Jataka Tales, Ajanta Cave 1, Maharashtra, India a World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO

Cave 1 is well known for many significant murals and paintings apart from bodhisattvas Padmapani and Vajrapani. Embellished in the 5th century or the Vakataka period - it is fairly easy to detect scenes from Jataka Tales that visually narrate Mahajanaka, Mahaummagga, Champeyya ++

This scene is one of the paintings depicting the Mahajanaka Jataka tale where the king announces his abdication to become an ascetic. How to reach Ajanta Caves?

Paintings from the Second Phase are extensively narrative in form with multiple scenes stitched to form a visual storyline. 

The caves of the first phase were fully painted but only a small part of the original paintings survive as they were abandoned for centuries.


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Painting of Mahajanaka[2] from Jataka Tales, Ajanta Cave 1, Maharashtra, India a World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO

Frame cosntitutes Mahajanaka denouncing his kingdom and riding out of his palalce with a large retinue - part of the Mahajanaka Jataka tale.

Most caves are built in a horse shoes shape and so is Cave no 1 at Ajanta Caves Complex. It was the last one to be excavated as well as universally appreciated as the most stunning - it does have many well-preserved paintings. How to reach Ajanta Caves?

Amongst the many tales of Jataka depicted in paintings and sculptural panels in Cave 1 - the narrative is believed to have accentuated royal splendor - bsically you will find many Jataka tales depicting 'kings in Cave 1' - it is believed that the Vakataka King Harisena or his ministers may have strongly influenced the content as it was funded by King Harisena.


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Painting of Hamsa Jataka Tale, Ajanta Cave 1, Maharashtra, India a World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO

Painting from Ajanta Cave 1, depicts a scene from Hamsa Jataka - Bodhisattva who lived as a golden goose - and in this frame the King and his courtiers are listening to the golden goose with rapt attention. Faintly one can see the golden goose sitting on a throne at the bottom right corner of the painting and women holding a plate of fruits. How to reach Ajanta Caves?

Jataka tales are usually about stories around the many incarnations of Buddha – originally passed to generations in an oral form – at Ajanta it was conveyed in its extensive and impressive form available to anyone irrespective of ideologies or faith or devotion.


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Columns at Ajanta Cave 1, Maharashtra, India a World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO

Do spend a few moments reflecting on the ornamentation over the exterior of Cave 1 as it has one of the most embellished sculpted façades with many carved panels on columns and ridges. The decorative motifs on the porch are interspersed with scenes carved from Buddha's life, interspersed with Meditating monks, Apsaras, and even Lions, Elephants, Horses and Bulls. How to reach Ajanta Caves?


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Rock Sculpted Buddha, Ajanta Cave 2, Maharashtra, India a World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO

Cave 2 is believed to have been carved during the Vakataka rule or between 475 and 477 CE. You would also find paintings that depict the Hamsa, Vidhurapandita, Ruru, Kshanti Jataka tales and the Purna Avadhana. How to reach Ajanta Caves?

The second period of sculpting and carving is also known as the Vakataka period (5th century) - as many caves were being built or re-embellished under the patronage of the Vakataka dynasty and predominantly by King Harisena. And by the 6th century with the fall of Vakataka dynasty the caves were once again abandoned.

The second period was dominated by Mahayana Buddhism and some believe had Hindu influences too. 
Ajanta caves during both periods were predominantly used by Buddhist monks as centers of residential learning and meditation.


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Sculpture of Hariti, Ajanta Cave 2, Maharashtra, India a World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO

Do not miss the stark and stunning panel of goddess Hariti in Cave 2. How to reach Ajanta Caves?

As per ancient Buddhist legend, Hariti was a Yakshini (Yalshas, Yakshinis are divine beings with benevolent and malicious characteristics), also a demoness largely feared as she kidnapped infants to feed her hundreds of children. The bereaved mothers pleaded to Buddha to save them. Buddha hid Hariti's youngest child and a desperate Hariti after having searched everywhere reached Buddha to seek his help.

Buddha helped her understand that her pain and anguish for her missing child was no different than the agony and sadness felt by the parents of infants she and her children had eaten. Hariti then vowed to protect all children, and would now on eat and feed only pomegranates instead of flesh. Following her remorse and repentance, the Buddha blessed Hariti in being a protector not just of unborn children or expectant mothers, but also of Buddhist stupas, viharas, people and morals.

Note - Hariti is not only believed to be protective deity and fertility goddess in Buddhism - but is considered divine in Jainism and Hinduism too. Hariti is also the consort of Panchika Kubera, King of the Yakshas and Lord of Wealth.


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Painting, Ajanta Caves 2, Maharashtra, India a World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO

The exemplary artistry and finesse found at Ajanta shines through the blackened surfaces as the sculptural or painted narratives flow unrestricted from one cave wall to the next effortlessly – as though waiting for us to discover the many teachings or tales within them. We are specifically talking about Ajanta Caves 1, 2, and 26. How to reach Ajanta Caves?

This painting depicts Birth of Buddha.


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Ornate Column, Ajanta Cave 2, Maharashtra, India a World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO

The exterior part of Ajanta Cave 2 and its hall are supported by robust pillars that have detailed carvings and paintings that include flowers, animals, local people or the divine. How to reach Ajanta Caves?


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Buddha in Ajanta Cave 4, Maharashtra, India a World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO

Cave 4 is an unfinished Vihara that houses a mammoth image of the Buddha in preaching pose flanked by bodhisattvas and apsaras flying above. It has an exquisitely sculpted door frame and the rear wall of its verandah contains the panels of Avalokitesvara. How to reach Ajanta Caves?


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Buddha flanked by bodhisattvas in Ajanta Cave 4, Maharashtra, India a World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO

Every vihara at Ajanta has a seated Buddha in its garbha-griha mostly in his preaching mudra or dharmachakra mudra. The seated Buddha till date is an essence of peace, inner quietude and strength. How to reach Ajanta Caves?


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Buddha in Abhaya Mudra, Ajanta Cave 6, Maharashtra, India a World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO

Cave 6 is two-storey vihara - a monastery where both levels have attached cells. The colossal Buddha shrine in Cve 6 is seated on a throne. The walls and sanctum's door frame are intricately carved with themes with mythical creatures, apsaras, elephants.

Art on the lower level walls depict the Miracle of Sravasti and the Temptation of Mara legends. How to reach Ajanta Caves?


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Painting in Ajanta Cave 6, Maharashtra, India a World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO

This painting in Cave 6 where Buddha is seated expressing dharmachakra mudra or a teaching posture is one the most intact ones and represents the Mahayana devotional worship. How to reach Ajanta Caves?


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Buddha, Upper Level, Ajanta Cave 6, Maharashtra, India a World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO

The only double-storey vihara among the Ajanta Caves, Cave 6 houses many votive sculptures including this image of Buddha in a teaching posture holding a dharmachakra mudra. The entrance to the shrine is through an intricately carved door.. How to reach Ajanta Caves?

One could say that the Ajanta caves were a milestone of heightened activity in Buddhist temple architecture and were built in two clear phases – undoubtedly both the times under Hindu rule: the first during the 2nd and 1st centuries BCE under the rule of the Satavahanas; and the second during the rule of the Vakatakas in the 5th to 6th century period. The second phase prospered predominantly under King Harisena, the mighty Vakataka king who ruled the undivided region right from the western to the eastern sea and helped create an architectural brilliance that outlived him.


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Illustration of Ajanta Cave 7, Maharashtra, India a World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO

The Cave 7 is a Vihara with eight small rooms for monks. The sanctum has Buddha in a preaching posture with art panels around him narrating the Miracle of Sravasti.

This frame is from the Illustration of the Rock-cut Temples of India by James Fergusson - a Scottish architectural historian  (22 January 1808 – 9 January 1886) who was well known for his work on historical architecture and antiquities across the world and especially India. How to reach Ajanta Caves?


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Seated Buddha in Ajanta Cave 7, Maharashtra, India a World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO

The shrine in Cave 7 is unique, as it houses an image of the enlightened one - Buddha in a sitting posture, with a halo carved over his head. Buddha in this vihara is also flanked by Bodhisattvas and flying apsaras above.

Inner walls of the Cave 7 antechamber exhibit a sculptural depiction of the Miracle of Sravasti. 25 carved seated Buddhas in various postures and facial expressions are found on the left side of the antechamber whereas the right side has 58 seated Buddha reliefs in different postures, all placed on lotus. The antechamber leads to the sanctum and you will find carved two females standing on makaras or mythical sea creatures) on its door frame.How to reach Ajanta Caves?


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Chaitya without Buddha, Ajanta Cave 9, Maharashtra, India a World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO

Caves 9, 10, 12, 13 and 15 are believed to be from the first period built under the patronage of the Satavahana dynasty and these caves are largely influenced by Hinayana Buddhism. Caves 9 and 10 are Chaitya-grihas (a Buddhist prayer hall with a Stupa at one end), while caves 12, 13 and 15 are Viharas (halls of prayer and living). How to reach Ajanta Caves?

Hinayana Buddhism (earlier system of Buddhist doctrine) that spans from Buddha’s lifetime to roughly 200 AD, was a period where Buddha was revered in the form of a Stupa in prayer halls called Chaityas (you can see this cave No 9 and 10). The Stupas without a Buddha mark these caves as distinctly different from the caves from the second period between 5th and 6th century.

From the 1st century AD these caves were largely deserted for centuries and historians have not been able to find a reason yet.


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Painting, Ajanta Cave 10, Maharashtra, India a World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO

The paintings in cave 10 include both Hinayana and Mahayana teachings - though the latter are discernible, the former are more faded. The paintings are numerous and from both the periods narrating the Jataka tales [+ the tale about six tusked elephants + the story about the man who dedicates his life serving his blind parents]. How to reach Ajanta Caves?

Cave 10 is chaitya griha with a large single-arched entrance with an austere façade. Its stupa has no image sculpted of Buddha and the enlightened one is represented only as symbols = Bodhi tree, Paduka (wooden slippers) or the Wheel. In contrast to the stupas of the second period as in Caves 19 & 26 that have an image of Buddha sculpted on stupa's its front face.


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Buddha with Sujata, Ajanta Cave 11, Maharashtra, India a World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO

The Cave 11 is a vihara - a monastery built in the later period or the 5th century. The cave has a hall with a long rock bench opening into six rooms. The sanctum of this cave features a pradakshina path around the seated Buddha.

The Cave 11 also has paintings of Bodhisattvas - note paintings of Padmapani, a couple praying, peafowls, and a female figure have survived in the better condition than others. How to reach Ajanta Caves?


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Painted Ceiling, Ajanta Cave 17, Maharashtra, India a World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO

Cave 17 is large and has the most advanced vihara architecture with much larger doors and windows as compared to other caves letting in more light and extensively surrounded by carved gods and goddesses as well as murals that narrate many ancient tales.

The paintings on the ceilings take on an artistic theme similar to designs you would find in saris or carpets woven brilliantly in those times captivating the eyes and applauding the skills of those ancient artisans. One of the themes is floral motifs in concentric circles. You will also find many rectangular panels filled with ornate motifs of fruits and flowers many times lotus. How to reach Ajanta Caves?


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Buddha in Ajanta Cave 19, Maharashtra, India a World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO

The Chaitya griha in Cave 19 like the other Chaitya caves is apsidal, with two side aisles. Its round pillars with floral reliefs have a fluted shaft topped with Buddha carvings in its capitals. elephants, horses and apsaras surround the Buddha in the capitals. It also has paintings of Buddha in different postures as well as expressing teachings via different mudras. How to reach Ajanta Caves?


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Buddha Stupa, in Ajanta Cave 19, Maharashtra, India a World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO

Cave 19 is a chaitya griha or simply prayer hall which was embellished in the fifth century CE.

Cave 19 is a major departure from the earlier Hinayana Buddhist tradition as it has a huge sculpture of Buddha carved into the stupa - standing in varada hasta mudra - a depiction that supports the Mahayana Buddhist establishment. How to reach Ajanta Caves?


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Illustration, Ajanta Cave 19, Maharashtra, India a World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO

Cave 19 must have looked spectacular when finished with its painted arches and painted ceilings.

This frame is from the Illustration of the Rock-cut Temples of India by James Fergusson - a Scottish architectural historian  (22 January 1808 – 9 January 1886) who was well known for his work on historical architecture and antiquities across the world and especially India. How to reach Ajanta Caves?


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Nagaraja in Ajanta Cave 19, Maharashtra, India a World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO

Do explore the carving of Nagaraja with his wife holding a lotus in Cave 19. How to reach Ajanta Caves?

The frame depicts Naga king Champeyya and his consort Suman in the royal palace. Champeyya tale is about the life of Bodhisattva born as a Naga king Champeyya in the Champa river married to Naga princess Sumana.


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Buddha in Ajanta Cave 21, Buddha, Maharashtra, India a World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO

Cave 21 is a vihara or a monastery and its hall has twelve rock cut chambers, a sanctum and twelve pillared and pilastered verandah.

Cave 21 has rock sculpted Buddha in a preaching posture and you can see many evidences around the hall that it was once entirely painted. How to reach Ajanta Caves?

Pillars of Cave 21 have ornate reliefs that have apart from pretty Apsaras sculptures of Nagaraja and Nagarani. You can learn a lot about ancient times by the clothes and jewelry detailed in the many devotees carvings bowing down with a namaste mudra.


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Relief, Ajanta Cave 23, Maharashtra, India a World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO

Cave 23 like Cave 21, 22, and 24 is a vihara or a monastery. The cave is unfinished but does have ornate exterior especially its Naga Mucalinda sculpture. 

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Note - Buddha meditating under the protection of Mucalinda is very common in Buddhist art. Mucalinda is a naga or as legend would have us believe its a form of the mighty King of Serpents who came from patal-lok to protect Buddha from a fierce storm. Once the storm cleared the serpent king bowed before the Buddha in his human form and returned to his palace. How to reach Ajanta Caves?


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Buddha Stupa in Ajanta Cave 26, Maharashtra, India a World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO

Cave 26 is elaborate and exquisite Chaitya-griha - it has many elements that represent Buddha's life in the horseshoe shaped cave with exquisitely carved side aisles for pradikshana.

Cave 26 displays the fine sculptures of Buddha, and its fairly easy to spot the narrative sculptures of the Sravasti miracle based on the legend when Buddha revealed himself in all his various forms on the skies above the village of Sravasti. How to reach Ajanta Caves?


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Monks Praying at Ajanta Cave 26, Maharashtra, India a World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO

Cave 26 is a prayer hall a chaitya-griha which is much larger than Cave 19 though has a similar structural layout. An inscription also mentions the vision behind this caves patronage 'a memorial on the mountain that will endure as long as the sun and the moon continue to shine'.

At the center of the apse in Cave 26 is a rock-cut stupa with an image of the Buddha on a base with 18 panels. The shrine has a three tiered torana as well as sculpted apsaras. On top of the stupa is a nine-tiered harmika - symbolic for nine saṃsara (Buddhism) heavens in Mahayana cosmology. The surrounding walls, pillars, the brackets are extensively filled with carvings of Buddhist teachings - even the entire path is filled with sculpted Buddhist teachings and legends. How to reach Ajanta Caves?


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Buddha's Parinirvana Sculpture, Ajanta Cave 26, Maharashtra, India a World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO

Cave 26 has a gigantic Buddha sculpted in rock - impossible to not be drawn to the the sculpted Mahaparinirvana of Buddha.

It’s entrance has Buddha statues too – shows that artisans during those times had not only a grasp of narrative carvings but could deliver versatility in size be it mammoth to intricate. How to reach Ajanta Caves?


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Sculpted panel on Mara's Temptation, Ajanta Cave 26, Maharashtra, India a World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO

Cave 26 has a large sculpted panel (this frame is only partial one) depicting the legend called the 'Temptations by Mara'.

You will find the sensual Mara's daughters trying to distract the meditating Buddha. Mara's army is sculpted on both the left and right side of the panel threatening Buddha with violence.

On the top right corner of the actual panel is the image of a frustrated Mara as he accepts his failure as he couldn't succeed in breaking ascetic Buddha's focus or resolve. How to reach Ajanta Caves?


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Ornate Columns, Ajanta Cave 26, Maharashtra, India a World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO

Cave 26 like Cave 1 was amongst the last excavated caves at Ajanta with elaborate sculptures surrounded by intricate carvings. How to reach Ajanta Caves?


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Mara's Daughters Sculpture, Ajanta Cave 26, Maharashtra, India a World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO

The walls at Ajanta Caves are filled with sculpted Jataka stories depicting the many lives of Buddha. Displaying extraordinary elegance its a classic way to introduce millions to the golden age of Indian artistic excellence.

This frame is part of a large sculpted panel of Temptation of the Buddha found in many caves including Ajanta Cave No 26; the sensous and beautiful daughters of Mara are carved right below Buddha.  How to reach Ajanta Caves?


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How to reach Ajanta Caves, Near Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India?

Ajanta Cave No. 1 has two of the most famous paintings and Ajanta is universally known by those protective bodhisattvas - Padmapani and Vajrapani. You find these paintings on either side of the Buddha shrine. This painting is of Bodhisattvas Padmapani.

How to reach Ajanta Caves by air? Which is the nearest airport to Ajanta Caves?
Aurangabad airport is the nearest airport to Ajanta Caves and is at a distance of about 104 km.

How to reach Ajanta Caves by train? Which is the nearest railway station to Ajanta Caves?
Jalgaon railway station is the nearest to Ajanta Caves and it is at a distance of about 58 km.

You could also opt to reach by train via Aurangabad railway station and it is at a distance of about 104 km from Ajanta Caves.

Both Jalgaon and Aurangabad are well connected by train to many cities in India.

The best time to visit Ajanta Caves is from November to February as the climate is much cooler.


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Photogenic Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India

How do you pronounce it Siri-nagar or Sri-nagara well it may not be important but Sri-nagar also translates to Sūrya-nagar or City of the Sun. If you dwell a bit more - in Sanskrit śrī and nagar may also mean 'City of Wealth'.

Though ravaged by multiple political beliefs over painful decades - to me Srinagar exudes an eternal stillness - a promise and pure romance as your Shikara glides through the dal lake towards an ocherous sunset...


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Majuli or Majoli island, Near Jorhat, Assam, India

This particular image is ensuring Majuli is a part of many a bucket lists... an opportunity to experience peaceful woodlands and wetlands and wooden stilt houses or just losing yourself in its serene blue waters... wondered aloud if the picture was color corrected or just reflecting the blue vastness up above in that exact moment...

Fast disappearing every monsoon amidst the mighty Brahmaputra River - Majuli in Assam is India’s largest river island and in 2016 became the first island that was declared 'a district' in India. How to reach Majuli island?


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Triund, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India

Alluring Triund, is a small hill station at the foot of the majestic Dhauladhar ranges - near Mcleodganj or Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh, India. How to reach Dharamshala?

Views be it dusk or dawns are an absolute treat for the trekkers who have decided to pitch a tent here for the night as Triund offers both the scintillating Dhauladhar Mountains and the luscious green Kangra Valley...

 


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Munnar, Kochi, Kerala, India – Unwinding roads

Unwinding around the roads of Munnar in Kerala’s Western Ghats, India among the tea estates is the easiest way to collect a few blissful moments. How to reach Munnar?


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Frozen Indus Near Nyoma, Leh Ladakh, India

Indus erstwhile referred to as Sindhu in ancient times originates from Lake Mansarovar in Tibet and dramatically runs through jagged arid mountains across Ladakh and Zanskar regions of India. Did you know that 'India' the word itself is western transliteration of the Sanskrit word 'Sindhu' that means 'body of water' specifically the Indus - so India can also mean people of the Indus...


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One odd shot somewhere in Ladakh, India

Most of us have at least 'one such dramatic shot' - an odd moment that captures the mood of the environment rippling with emotions and passion of its own - captured somewhere in Ladakh...


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Coracle near Tungabhadra River, Hampi, Karnataka in India

I read about these round shaped boats referred to as coracles and supposedly a favorite mode of crossing across Tungabhadra - it does wistfully present an opportunity to stay afloat centuries ago - well only if you believe in time-travel... though when you actually ride it - does require a lot of skill as it needs to maneuver across the many rocks to reach Anjaneya Hill, the birthplace of Hanuman. How to reach Hampi?


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Munnar Lake, Kochi, Kerala, India

Meandering around furrowed ancient paths is the best way to enjoy a scintillating evening near Munnar lake... How to reach Munnar, Kerala, India?


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Nubra Valley, Leh Ladakh, India

Can't really think of Nubra Valley as a far flung one - as it is prominently featured in most tours of Ladakh - these kind of pictures make even the most austere space cradled by remote rugged mountains with their glaciated peaks enchanting... Nubra valley is about 162 km away from Leh airport and takes around 5+ hours to reach. How to reach Leh?


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Talatal Ghar, Near Sivasagar, Upper Assam in India

Talatal Ghar is grandest examples of Tai Ahom architecture – one of the largest of all Tai Ahom monuments is located in in Rangpur, 4 km from present-day Sivasagar, in Upper Assam. How to reach Sivasagar or Sibasagar?


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Gandikota, Penna River, Kadapa district, Andhra Pradesh, India

Gandikota is a small village on the right bank of the river Penna, Kadapa district, Andhra Pradesh, India. There's something life affirming to watch the sun going down whilst river Pennar gurgles peacefully through the stony jagged and eroded gorge at the foot of Gandikota hills...  How to reach Gandikota?


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Rock Cut Temples of Masroor, Near Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India

The Rock Cut Temples of Masroor are a unique example of monolithic temples over looking the Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas. The Masroor Rock Cut temples still a riddle for historians are dated to be built approximately between 6th to 8th century and are the only rock cut temples in North India. Rock Cut Temples of Masroor are located just about 43 kms from Dharamshala. How to reach Dharamshala?


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Dhankar Lake, Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh, India

Dhankar Lake - is a high altitude lake in Spiti valley - it is believed to bestow eternal bliss - looking at its various pictures I am inclined to actually believe this myth. Dhankar is an ancient village in Spiti Valley (desert mountain valley) between India and Tibet. Whilst there do catch the dramatic Dhankar Fort Monastery or Gompa overlooking the confluence between Spiti and Pin rivers. How to reach Spiti Valley?


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Dharamshala, Prayer Tablets, Himachal Pradesh, India

Picture is of stone tablets with prayers inscribed found in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India. As per Wikipedia Mani stones are stone plates, rocks and pebbles, inscribed with the six syllabled mantra of Avalokiteshvara - Om mani padme hum - as a form of prayer in Tibetan Buddhism. Mani stones are intentionally placed along the roadsides and rivers or placed together to form mounds as an offering to spirits of place. How to reach Dharamshala?


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Rangdum Village, Leh, Ladakh, India

Sighting Buddhist flags en route to Rangdum will indicate you are close by. The spectacularly beautiful Rangdum is located in the Suru valley in Ladakh region of India. Rangdum is often described as a village in the middle of nowhere - is practically uninhabited other than a couple of tiny settlements and is almost entirely Buddhist. How to reach Rangdum village?


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Bedni Kund, Nanda Devi National Park, Uttarakhand, India, A World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO

With encircling Himalayan conifers you would find Bedini Kund a glacial lake amidst the lush green alpine meadows of Bedini Bugyal in Chamoli, Uttarakhand. A part of Nanda Devi National Park that is recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Bedini Kund was known as Vaitarani in ancient times and whilst trekking you may stumble upon lotus near Bedini Kund - also known as Brahm Kamal the one as per Puranas you find in the hands of Brahma or the Creator of the Universe. Did you know that Bhrahm Kamal or Saussurea obvallata is a species native to the Himalayas and the state flower of Uttarakhand?

Bedini Kund is a spring-generated waterbody (not currently) and local legend says that Vyasa composed the four Vedas at this place and you would find a pair of his wooden slippers in the nearby temple along with shrines of Durga and Gauri.

How to reach Bedni Kund via Bedini Bugyal, Chamoli, Uttarakhand, India?


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Kasol Parvati Valley, Near Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India

Kasol is a hamlet in the Kullu district, Himachal Pradesh, India and is situated in Parvati Valley, on the banks of the Parvati River. Located about 30 km from Bhuntar, Kasol acts as a base for nearby treks to Malana and Kheerganga. Manali to Kasol Parvati Valley is about 40 km. How to reach Manali?


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Martand Sun Temple, Near Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India

The Martand Sun Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to God Surya located at about 69 km from Srinagar. Martand Sun Temple was built in the 8th century and is often described as testament to the architectural achievements of Kashmir's ancient Karkota Dynasty. Much of the temple was destroyed by Islamic ruler Sikandar Butshikan in the early 15th century, and it has stood in ruins ever since.  How to reach Martand Sun Temple, Jammu and Kashmir, India?


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Devikulam Lake, Munnar, Kochi, Kerala, India

If you were to venture out about 5km from Munnar across manicured tea plantations and mellow green valleys you may stumble upon Devikulum Lake. . How to reach Munnar?


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Kangchenjunga at Khangchendzonga National Park, Sikkim, India - A World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO

Trekking through the Kanchenjunga National Park one of the 'widest altitudinal ranges' of any protected area worldwide - is a tough dream to fulfill as it remains untouched by any effluence. How to reach Khangchendzonga National Park?

The Khangchendzonga National Park's unique diversity of plains, caves, lakes, steep valleys, glaciers and majestic, snow-capped mountains covered with ancient forests, including its namesake - the world’s third highest peak, Mount Kanchenjunga are just a few reasons why its vastness is a World Heritage site recognized by UNESCO.


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Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand, India

I am told that I should head to Mukteshwar if I am seeking tranquility as well as enjoy the chirping symphonies of the birds.

And whilst I am there I could also offer my prayers at the 350 year old Mukteshwar temple dedicated to Shiva as it does delivers dazzling views of Himalayas.

Mukteshwar is a scenic village perched high up in the Kumaon hills at a distance of about 51 kms from Nainital, Uttarakhand, India. How to reach Mukteshwar?


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Nun Kun, Zanskar, Ladakh, India

Nun Kun whether viewed up close post a trek or even from afar are truly magnificent. Nun Kun is the massif dominated by the pair of icy pyramid peaks named Nun and Kun - located in the rugged landscape of Zanskar, a tehsil of Kargil district and in the eastern half of Ladakh, India. The Pinnacle, Barnal and the White Needle Peak are the satellites of Nun and Kun that form a shape of a horseshoe above the river Suru. How to reach Zanskar?


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Sri Harmandir Sahib or The Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab, India - A World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO

As soon as you enter the Golden Temple - it's just not your visual senses that get arrested - you stand still and mesmerized by the mere reflection of Harmandir Sahib. Even the Amrit Samovar has a way of surrounding you with a cloak of intentional calm and your spirituality is further intensified by the continuous chant from the Guru Granth Sahib that you and hundreds of fellow devotees hear - whilst all patiently await their turn to offer prayers and gratitude in person.

The Golden Temple in Amritsar is a renown and a revered gurudwara not only by Sikhs but devotees from all walks of life. It was originally referred to as 'the abode of god' or Sri Harmandir Sahib, it has been rebuilt many times and is a World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO. How to reach Golden Temple, Amritsar, India?


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Chemrey Gompa, Leh, Ladakh, India

Find your solitude at Chemrey Monastery or Chemrey Gompa a 1664 Buddhist monastery, that is located about 40 km east of Leh, Ladakh, in India. How to reach Leh?


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Mammoth Pillar Rocks Near Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, India

We can't get enough of these mammoth rock pillars looming high almost kissing the clouds? They are located at a distance of about eight km from Kodaikanal and you would be stumped by its jaw-dropping views of Tamil Nadu plains below. How to reach Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, India?


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Mahadev Temple, Tambdi Surla, Goa, India

Mahadev Temple in the small village of Tambdi Surla in Goa India is a 12th century Shaivite active or living temple. How to reach Tambdi Surla?


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Krishansar Lake, Near Srinagar or Sonamarg, Jammu and Kashmir, India

Doesn’t matter which angle you capture it from the picture perfect reflections of Krishansar Lake evoke a deep sigh as well as a sense of contentment where reflections of the surrounding dense pine forest and snowcapped mountains just silence all your psychological babble…  As per its wikipedia page Krishansar Lake can be accessed from Srinagar or Srinagar Airport 80 km by road to village Shitkadi, Sonamarg - from which ponies can be hired to cover an alpine trek of 35 km to reach the Krishansar Lake. How to reach Srinagar?


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Rangdum Village, At Dawn, Leh Ladakh, India

The 'still' just gives you that one reason to stay overnight at wind-scoured Rangdum village - usually a stop over for a meal on a long back breaking ride from Kargil to Padum the headquarters of Zanskar valley. Do note there is very little to see except the surrounding horizon with jutting and curious jagged peaks. How to reach Rangdum village?


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Munnar, Kochi, Kerala, India – Thousand shades of green

Just wandering a few miles out and around Munnar and you'll be engulfed in a sea of a thousand shades of green. Munnar is located in Kerala’s Western Ghats, India. How to reach Munnar?


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Emerald Lake, Ooty, Western Ghats, Tamil Nadu India - An UNESCO World Heritage Site

Encompassed by tea plantations and their endless greens and encircled by rejuvenating Nilgiri hills, the Emerald lake with its emerald blue waters is a mesmerizing spot to catch scenic sunrise or sunset.

Emerald Lake is at distance of about 19 km from the Ooty town and about 36 km from Coonoor.

Since amidst the Nilgiris you could visit Emerald lake throughout the year and the best time to visit would be between October to March. Many prefer the monsoon too between July to September.

The Nilgiri Mountains form part of the Western Ghats and is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.


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Megamalai, Western Ghats, Tamil Nadu India - An UNESCO World Heritage Site

Meghamalai is a mountain range in the Western Ghats in Tamil Nadu. Meghamalai is not only dotted with cardamom plantations and tea estates but is known for its largely untouched evergreen forest and waterfalls.

Places you could visit around Megamalai
Distance between Megamalai and Thekaddy is 93 km
Distance between Megamalai and Madurai is 117 km
Distance between Megamalai and Kodaikanal is 130 km
Distance between Megamalai and Munnar is 131 km

Megamalai in Western Ghats or Sahyadri Mountains is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.


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Passionate Sculptures of Khajuraho Temples, Madhay Pradesh, India – a World Heritage site recognized by UNESCO

Words that usually describe Khajuraho Temples would be stunning erotica in stone mixed with finest temple art in the world – most seem to use only ‘baffling superlatives’ to express the great skill of the 10th to 11th century artisans - perplexed with resonating familiarity ‘why erotica in temples?’ Whilst there are 00’s of conjectures some questions do remain unanswered!

A must visit - if not in person through such frames - do explore Khajuraho Temples exceedingly artistic stonework that shows you a storyboard of life, a millennium ago – passionated expressions of gods, goddesses, warriors, dancers and real and mythological animals.

Khajuraho Group of Monuments are located in Madhya Pradesh, India and the complex is recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. How to reach Khajuraho temple complex?


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Khajuraho Temples Complex nuances in passion, dance, music and off-course erotica

Khajuraho does occupy a significant role in the cultural history of the Chandelas who being great patrons of sculpture and arts dotted their empire with resplendent forts, palaces, tanks and temples.

What you should expect - Sensuous Surasundaris or Apsaras (heavenly nymphs) and Nayika’s (heroines) that have been carved with poses that swirl and dance - that would have most of us stumped with their suppleness – silent stances or expressions of the figurines that would help understand why ‘bhava’ is as critical in natya shastras and in a way make those scenes come alive – the expressive society that the hundreds of artisans lived in as they explicitly carved thousands of sculptures - exquisitely and outrageously portraying passion in the form of mithunas (eternal lovers and could be in pairs on threes or more - could be male female or only of a particular gender)

Almost as intriguing as the Khajuraho temples are - so is the question how did the Chandelas manage to turn their exhilarating dreams into stone especially its monumental size and numbers with richness of its sculptures in just 100 years?

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Lakshman Temple at Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, India is a World Heritage site recognized by UNESCO

Lakshmana Temple’s architectural design elements are similar to those of the Viswanath temple and Kandariya-Mahadev temple and it is dedicated to Vishnu.

Apart from the most erotic carvings you will also find carvings of battalions of soldiers on the frieze around the base depicting the mighty Chandela’s who were perpetually at war. Other carvings include musicians, hunters, camels, horses and elephants.

Do explore the Varaha Temple near the Laksmana temple has tall sandstone carving of Varaha avatar of Vishnu (Boar avatar) along with a pantheon of gods. Lakshmi Temple is also nearby which is usually locked,

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Exquisite Garbha Griha of Lakshman Temple at Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, India is a World Heritage site recognized by UNESCO

Took about 20+ years to build the Lakshmana Temple and is arguably the best preserved of all the Khajuraho temples with a spectacularly carved garbha griha. This still of Lakshman Temple at Khajuraho should most definitely inspire an in person visit.

The Lakshmana Temple, built in 954 CE, is dedicated to Vishnu and the shrine has three faces that of the lion, man and a boar. You would find carvings of dancers, life in those times, orgies as well marching armies on its base. The female figurines in the bracket are simply exquisite.

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Vishvanath Temple at Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, India is a World Heritage site recognized by UNESCO

This 12-pillared shrine dedicated to Shiva is a superlative example of Chandela architecture. The Vishvanath Temple is stunning with its carved figures continuing all the way to the highest levels on its Shikharas and was designed as a Panchayatana complex where one main shrine is surrounded by four smaller shrines - only two of the smaller shrines survive today.

The base of the Vishvanath temple with its many niches is sculpted depicting Saptamatrikas or the seven goddesses, Parvati and a dancing Ganesha.

The exterior part at Vishvanath temple just above the base has three bands depicting sensuous Surasundaris looking adoringly into mirrors, applying sindoor on their forehead, kajal in their eyes, playing flute, cuddling babies or writing letters. Like other temples it has carvings of miniature elephants, horses, camels, musicians, dancers and warriors in its lowest frieze. A large statue of Nandi faces the temple.

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Kandariya Mahadeva Temple at Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, India is a World Heritage site recognized by UNESCO

The Kandariya-Mahadev temple is the most photographed and is considered the high point of Chandela architecture. Temple has intricate and detailed carvings in stone of female beauty with amorous expressions (Apsaras, Surasundaris) and numerous scenes of astounding sexual acrobatics as compared to any other Khajuraho temple.

Its Shikhara is considered to be a symbolic Shiv linga and along with its subsidiary shikaras together - they seem to resemble mount Kailasha peaks - and seem to be rise into infinity. You will find leaping vyalas almost looking as though hoping to escape (vyalas are mythical creatures that are half-dragon, half-horse, );

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Adinath Jain Temple at Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, India is a World Heritage site recognized by UNESCO

Adinatha Temple is a jain temple dedicated to Tirthankara Adinatha although its exterior walls also feature Hindu deities. The shrine of Adinatha is made of black stone and has a three line inscription that helps to date the temple to 1158 AD.

The exterior walls of the Adinath temple have three bands adorned with sculptures of surasundaris, flying vidyadhara couples, vyalas (mythical creatures), dancers with musicians. It's niches have sculptures of the Jain Yakshinis - Chakreshvari , Padmavati and Ambika. Do find the sculpture of the four armed Yakshini Chakreshvari sitting on a Garuda holding a chakra; a Yaksha holding a money bag and a cup and a sitting sculpture of Adinatha with an ushnisha on his head.

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Parsvanatha Jain Temple at Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, India is a World Heritage site recognized by UNESCO

The temple is dedicated to the 23rd Tirthankara Parsvanatha of the Jain religion - it is believed to have been built between 950 to 970 and is known for its sculptural audacity.

Parsvanatha Temple is the largest of the Jain temples and it is believed that the temple was originally dedicated to Adinath, now houses a black shrine of Parsvanatha that was substituted about a century ago. An inscription on the mahamandapa doorway dates it to 950–70.

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Devi Jagdambi Temple at Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, India is a World Heritage site recognized by UNESCO

Devi Jagadamba now dedicated to Kali was originally dedicated to Vishnu and then Parvati.

Devi Jagadambika temple is an exquisitely ornate temple with carvings of Surasundaris (heavenly nymphs), Maithunas frolicking (pairs of men and women). Architecturally, it is very similar to the nearby Chitragupta temple and its design seems to be simpler than that of the Kandariya-Mahadev Temple.

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Chitragupta Temple at Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, India is a World Heritage site recognized by UNESCO

Chitragupta Temple faces east or the rising sun and has an imposing deity – God Surya as high as five feet driving a seven horse chariot. The temple has some intricate carvings of Apsaras and Surasundaris (celestial nymphs), elephant fights and hunting scenes, figures of couples engaged in maithuna and a 11-headed Vishnu.

Architecturally, it is very similar to the nearby Devi Jagadambi temple.

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Captivating Kandariya Mahadeva Temple at Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, India is a World Heritage site recognized by UNESCO

The exterior surfaces of the Kandariya-Mahadev temple is entirely covered with sculptures in horizontal ribbon like panels carved with figurines gleaming rhythmically in the sun.

Niches seem to ooze with passion with finely carved maithuna or single male or female figurines in almost reversed yogic postures. You will also find ornate carvings of Ganesha as well as of Saptamatrikas - Brahmi seated on a swan + Maheshwari with three eyes seated on bull + Kumari + Vaishnavi seated on Garuda + Varahi (boar faced) ; Narasimhi (lion headed) + Chamunda (the slayer of demons Chanda and Munda). Apart from carvings of many deities, the one of Agni, the god of fire is arresting.

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Chaturbhuj Temple at Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, India is a World Heritage site recognized by UNESCO

Chaturbhuj temple is a hindu temple built in 1100 AD and dedicated to Vishnu. Built by Yasovarman of the Chandela Dynasty the temple has a tall four-armed Vishnu idol.

This is the only temple in Khajuraho that lacks erotic sculptures.

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Pratapesvara Temple at Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, India is a World Heritage site recognized by UNESCO

Pratapeswar Temple in Khjuraho is found near the Vishvanath Temple and is a hindu temple dedicated to Shiva.

Pratapeswar Temple is a part of the Western Group of Temples at Khajuraho found in Madhya Pradesh, India and is a World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO. How to reach Khajuraho temple complex?


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Matangesvara Temple at Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, India is a World Heritage site recognized by UNESCO

The Matangeshvara temple is an active or living Shiva temple. It is located among the Western group of temples at Khajuraho.

Interesting local myth - Matanga sage manifested into a linga and curbs Kamadeva or the god of love. He had hermitages in Khajuraho, Kedarnath, Varanasi and Gaya - and all these sites have Matangeshvara temples.

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DulhaDeo Temple at Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, India is a World Heritage site recognized by UNESCO

Duladeo Temple is believed to be the last great temple built in Khajuraho. Duladeo Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva has a Saptaratha plan or simplified a seven chariot plan.

The figurines carved in the temple have soft expressive features unlike other temples and its walls are also covered with carvings of Shiv Parvati.

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Vijaya Vittala Temple, Hampi, Karnataka, India - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Devaraya II is believed to have built the Vijaya Vittala Temple in the 15th-16th century and his successor Krishnadevaraya made major enhancements and additions. Synonymous with architectural and sculptural brilliance the Vijaya Vittala Temple took decades to build - it is believed that these magnificent set of monuments did not attain the height of grandiose as originally dreamt and planned by Krishnadevaraya. The vast temple is made up of Maha mandapa, Ranga mandapa, Kalyan mandapa, Utsav mandapa and the garbhagriha.

Vijaya Vittala Temple Complex and all its monuments are a part of the Hampi Group of Monuments and an UNESCO World Heritage Site. How to reach Hampi?


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Kallina Ratha at Vittala Temple, Hampi, Karnataka, India - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Right opposite the Rangamandapa is the iconic stone chariot or 'Kalina ratha' which resembles a miniature Dravidian temple and is dedicated to Garuda, Vishnu's celestial vehicle. The 'Kalina ratha' has become the de facto symbol of the Group of Monuments at Hampi - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. How to reach Hampi?

Archaeologists compare the stone chariot at Vithala Temple, Hampi with the magnificent stone chariots found in Konark Temple in Orissa and Mahabalipuram near Chennai.

Note 1: The stone ratha is drawn by elephants (these elephants were not a part of the original monument and are a place holder for the actual horses which were destroyed and if you examine the chariot closely you can see part of the tail as well as the hind legs of these horses).

Note 2: 'Kalina ratha' has four wheels and in ancient times one could turn the wheels on their axis. They have been cemented by the Archaeological Survey of India to protect the heritage site form the potential damage due to high volume of visitors.


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Vittala Temple, Kings Balance, Hampi, Karnataka, India - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

King’s Balance at Vijaya Vitala Temple (also known as Tulapurushandana) is an imposing stone frame with carved pillars standing tall - withstanding trials of time and destruction - a reminder of a ceremonial ritual on Dushhera day during ancient times - where the King would be weighed in gold or gems and commodities which were donated and distributed among his citizens. How to reach Hampi?

Monuments at the Vijaya Vittala Comples are a part of the Hampi Group of Monuments and an UNESCO World Heritage Site. How to reach Hampi?


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Pushkarni Tank - Vittala Temple, Hampi, Karnataka, India - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Pushkarni in the Temple Complex of the  Vijaya Vittala Temple in Hampi seems well preserved out of all sacred tanks in Hampi. Symbolically Pushkarani's are significant and treated with great respect as these man-made water bodies are attached to Indian temples to support water rituals and functional aspects of the temple and life surrounding it.

Vijaya Vittala Temple Complex and all its monuments are a part of the Hampi Group of Monuments and an UNESCO World Heritage Site. How to reach Hampi?


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Badavi linga - a Shiv linga, Hampi, Karnataka, India - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Badavi Linga is a monolithic linga revered by its devotees which was commissioned by a poor peasant woman (as per local legend) whereas all other monuments at Hampi had royal sponsors or patrons.

The huge Shiv linga placed on a large circular pedestal seems to fill the entire stone chamber and stands submerged in water as a water channel flows through it. Symbolically you could refer to it - as the holy Ganga coming down on earth and it’s flow being controlled by Shiva.

Without a ceiling the Shivlinga seems to be eternally illuminated in golden sunlight - symbolically once again an opportunity to experience the 'panch tattva or elements' the sky, air, water, the warmth of sunlight and earth all assembled in one place... (Panch Tattva = Akash (Sky or Space), Vayu (Air), Jal (Water), Prithvi (Earth) and Sunlight instead of Agni (Fire)).

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Sasvekalu Ganesha Temple, Hampi, Karnataka, India - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Sasvekalu Ganesha Temple dated to 16th century houses a huge monolithic sculpture of Lord Ganesha with four arms, carved out of a single block of rock. Ganesha’s belly is sculptured round and resembles Sasvekalu or a Mustard seed hence its name in the local language that is Kannada. The sculpture portrays a snake around Ganesha’s large belly - symbolically a large belly is a symbol of prosperity and the snake around it symbolizes renewal of prosperity (as the snake renews its skin at regular interval) whereas the mouse is a metaphor for problems of our lives.


Note: If you see the sculpture from the rear side you will note Ganesha sitting in the lap of his mother Parvati. 

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Kadalekalu Ganesha Temple, Hampi, Karnataka, India - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Kadalekalu Ganesha is well known as one of the largest Ganesha statues in South India and is carved out of a single granite boulder. The belly chiseled resembles a gram seed and Kadalekalu means gram seed in Kannada hence the name. The temple with its calm ambience is built on the slopes of Hemakuta hills. The Kadalekalu Ganesha temple has many tall granite pillars, carved with many mythological characters as constructed in the Vijayanagara style of architecture. Do catch a few moments sitting still in the the pillared mandapa watching the picturesque views of Matanga Hill... 

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Hemakuta Hill Temple Complex, Hampi, Karnataka, India - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Every boulder on Hemakuta hills literally can tell hundreds of folklores, myths, or dole out historical facts as it is dotted with many temples, mandapas, and pavilions that have steadfastly stood around challenging time.


The aura around Hemakuta hills makes you believe in the era of religion and romance. Hemakuta Hills with its undulating expanse does illuminate its ruins to a brilliant golden glow twice in a day – do find the time to catch either a sunrise or sunset or both on Hemakuta hills. Note Hemakuta is much easier to climb than Matanga Hill. Beware of what you carry with you to catch a sunset as you will share the same with many monkeys or as locals would have us believe - Hanumans who enjoy pulling your bags in search of food…


Most temples on or around Hemakuta hills are dedicated to Shiva and built around 14th century or when Vijayanagara empire was flourishing. What one sees in a panoramic view are many small temples standing by side by side in holy companionship to the dramatically tall and famous Virupaksha temple a 'literal contrast of might and elegance' relaxing side by side.

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Virupaksha Temple, Hampi, Karnataka, India - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Virupaksha Temple in Hampi, Karnataka, India is a UNESCO World Heritage Site a tall testament of the architectural prowess of the bygone era. How to reach Hampi?

Virupaksha Pampapathi Temple is dedicated to Virupaksha a form of God Shiva or also locally known as Pampapathi - is built in the Dravidian Temple Architecture and consists of a Garbhagriha, Antarala, Sabha Mandapa and a Maharanga Mandapa.

Thousands of years old the Virupaksha temple is still a 'living and functional temple' for millions of devotees who throng to this temple to worship the sacred Virupaksha linga and seek his blessings.


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Hazara Rama Temple, Hampi, Karnataka, India - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Its difficult to explain the serenity and elegance of one more temple in India - easiest to say is as soon as you enter the Hazara Rama temple peace transcends - beyond it's aesthetical boundaries.

Built in the early 16th century by Krishnadevaraya, Hazara Rama temple is believed to be private temple for the royals with a direct route from the erstwhile palace now reduced to rubble and a few odd ruins. This is also the only temple discovered in the core of the royal residential zone.

What draws attention in the modest mahamandapa (some prefer to call it the rangamandapa) are the elegant columns in black stone locally known as kadapa - the carvings on the black columns gleam in the dim light as only few revered sun rays are architecturally allowed in the temple. One can easily revisit the many stories of Rama and Krishna through the intricate panels carved on these pillars.

The outer wall of the prakara at Hazawa Rama Temple in Hampi is built of stone and is covered top to bottom with friezes with scene from Krishna Leela and Ramayana right from Shravana story to Putrakameshi Yagna, King Dasaratha giving prasad to his 3 wives, Ahilya moksha, Rama breaking the shiv dhanush during Sita swayamvara, the fight between Vali & Sugriva, Mareecha the deer appearing in from of Sita, Hanuman wrapping his tail to form a seat taller than Ravana, Sita in Ashokavan, Hanuman meeting Sita in Ashokavana, and war between Rama and Ravana... Wondering if one would just breeze past these or spend some more time to re-live the stories.

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Lotus Mahal, Hampi, Karnataka, India - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Chitragani Mahal or Kamal Mahal translated to the Lotus Mahal is located within the Zenana Enclosure of the Royal Centre of Hampi. It became known as the Kamal Mahal as its archways as well as its balcony with its domed design resembled a half opened lotus bud. How to reach Hampi?

Lotus Mahal is an open pavilion on the lower level built with windows and balcony on the upper level. It has beautifully recessed arches designed in a geometric pattern almost opening out to the sun and the wind like petals of a flower;

Chitragani Mahal or the Lotus Mahal is a classic fusion of Indo-Islamic style of architecture - notice the Hindu mandala design with lobed arches whereas the domes are Islamic style. Its basement and pyramidal towers are based on Hindu temple architecture. Being modest in size and without any inscriptions it is impossible to determine its purpose.

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How to reach Harmandir Sahib Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab, India?

How to reach The Golden Temple in Amritsar by air? Which is the nearest airport to The Golden Temple?
The nearest airport is Amritsar's Rajasansi Airport that is at distance of about 13 km from Harmandir Sahib's Golden Temple.

You could opt to reach via Ludhiana airport that is at distance of about 156 km from Harmandir Sahib's Golden Temple.

You could opt to reach via Chandigarh airport that is at distance of about 234 km from Harmandir Sahib's Golden Temple.

How to reach The Golden Temple in Amritsar by train? Which is the nearest railway station to The Golden Temple?
The nearest railway station is Amritsar Junction which is at a distance of about 2 km from Harmandir Sahib's Golden Temple.

Best time to visit Sri Harmandir Sahib or The Golden Temple would be in the months of November to March as temperatures are at their coolest. It can get very cold in Amritsar so do check the weather before traveling.


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Astounding Greens, Sahyadri Parvatmala, Western Ghats, Maharashtra, India - An UNESCO World Heritage Site

...driving your way through rain and greens surrounded by thick forests and astounding lush green - one such still of the scintillating Sayadris…

This frame is an inspiration to explore the Wester Ghats - it has been taken :) somewhere on a higher altitude of Western Ghats, Maharashtra, India and that is the best we can do for now...

As per UNESCO, Western Ghats in India are older than the Himalayan mountains. The entire mountain range of the Western Ghats is recognized as one of the world's ‘hottest hotspots’ of biological diversity and it's an UNESCO World Heritage Site.


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Western Ghats View from Raigad, Maharashtra, India - An UNESCO World Heritage Site

View from Raigad fort during monsoon especially the vistas from western ghats as the fort is located in the Sahyadri Mountain range.

Distance between Mumbai and Raigad Fort is about 170 km
Distance between Mumbai and Raigad Fort is about 135 km

Note: Raigad was the erstwhile Maratha capital during the reign of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj (1674). Raigad fort was originally built by Chandraraoji More the king of Jawaii and was seized by Shivaji Maharaj in 1656. The fort was than revamped and expanded - built on a steep hill the fort was of strategic importance to the Marathas in defying enemies.


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Tadiandamol, Western Ghats, Karnataka, India - An UNESCO World Heritage Site

Tadiandamol is a place of interest for trekkers and naturalists and is the third highest mountain in Karnataka after Mullayanagiri and Kudremukh. It is located in the Western Ghats and has patches of Shola forests in its valleys. If you do decide to trek Tadiandamol do visit the nearby Nalknad Palace an 18th century structure which is also your starting point.

As per UNESCO, Western Ghats in India are older than the Himalayan mountains. The entire mountain range of the Western Ghats is recognized as one of the world's ‘hottest hotspots’ of biological diversity and it's an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

For reaching Tadiandamol by road to refer to trekkerpedia.com for details (https://trekkerpedia.com/india/trekking/tadianmol-trekking-blog-route-guide-details-coorg/)


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Misty Korigad, near Pune, Maharashtra, India

Korigad an old hill fort is a short drive from Lonavala hill station in Maharashtra (at a distance of about 20 km from Lonavala). Korigad is a popular trekking destination especially in Monsoons as there is something mysterious and fascinating traipsing around green mushy ruins on fine misty day.

The walls standing tall till date have many stories to tell - right from being a part of Maratha empire under the rule of Chhatrapati Shivaji to the devastation brought on by Britishers.


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Tranquil Naneghat, near Pune, Maharashtra, India

Naneghat is on most trekkers list especially the ones who live in Mumbai and Pune - their mantra is come monsoon and you cannot not trek up to Naneghat. They claim that the pass just - juts out seemingly interested in catching the magnificent view of the great bend in the Sahyadri.

Distance between Mumbai and Kalyan is about 43 km (Kalyan is a central suburb of Mumbai)
Distance between Mumbai and Naneghat is about 149 km
Distance between Mumbai and Naneghat is about 164 km

Note - Naneghat an ancient trade route is a mountain pass in the Western Ghats range between the Konkan coast and the ancient town of Junnar in the Deccan plateau.


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Dramatic Sahyadri Range, Western Ghats, Maharashtra, India - An UNESCO World Heritage Site

Too many trekking destinations dotted all across the Sahyadri range in Maharashtra especially during monsoon or post-monsoon period. Its almost like Sahyadri has taken a dramatic makeover and is laden with its many greens with frequent burst of blossoms on its vast stretches of forests that nestle on its myriad slopes and valleys.

This frame is an inspiration to explore the Wester ghats - it has been taken :) somewhere on a higher altitude of Western Ghats, Maharashtra, India and that is the best we can do for now...

As per UNESCO, Western Ghats in India are older than the Himalayan mountains. The entire mountain range of the Western Ghats is recognized as one of the world's ‘hottest hotspots’ of biological diversity and it's an UNESCO World Heritage Site.


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Sinhagad, Western Ghats, Maharashtra, India - An UNESCO World Heritage Site

Sinhagad an ancient hill fortress and also a popular trekking destination is situated just about 35 km from Pune, Maharashtra, India.

Perched on an outlying cliff of the Bhuleswar range in the Sahyadri Mountains, the Sinhagad (Lion's Fort) was tactically built to provide natural protection as it has extremely steep slopes. Fascinating to note is that the fort is also strategically located at the centre of a string of other Maratha forts such as Rajgad Fort, Purandar Fort and Torna Fort.

Seen many battles over centuries Sinhagad is especially known for the Battle of Sinhagad in March 1670 - fought by Tanaji Malusare, a brave general of Chhatrapati Shivaji of the Maratha Empire to recapture the fort.

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Varandha Ghat, Western Ghats, Maharashtra, India - An UNESCO World Heritage Site

Varandha Ghat is located in the crest of the Western Ghat mountain ranges and is a picturesque drive from Pune (101 km ) is gratifying - especially post monsoon and you can all add to the mix > scenic waterfalls, lakes and dense woods.

As per UNESCO, Western Ghats or Sahyadri Mountains in India are older than the Himalayan mountains. The entire mountain range of the Western Ghats is recognized as one of the world's ‘hottest hotspots’ of biological diversity and it's an UNESCO World Heritage Site.


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Kaas Plateau, Western Ghats, Maharashtra, India - An UNESCO World Heritage Site

September is the best time to visit Kaas plateau. The plateau is covered in riot of colors - a carpet of flowers almost all the way to oblivion - as there are more than 800+ species of plants and most of them bloom only in September.

Kaas Pathar or Kaas Plateau located in the Sahyadri range is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Distance between Kaas and Mumbai is about 279 km
Distance between Kaas and Pune is about 136 km

Note: You may need a permit to visit Kaas Pathar, which you can get onsite on most days but on weekends and public holidays, the permit will be available only online. Use this link to get a trekking permit (https://www.kas.ind.in/)


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Kaas Talav near Kaas Plateau, Western Ghats, Maharashtra, India - An UNESCO World Heritage Site

A little downhill from the Kaas plateau is the Kaas Talav shrouded in moss green serenity - you may want to plan a picnic near the lake that is thankfully still pristine and unspoiled.

Opt to travel in August, September and October, as the climate is perfect for long walks around the plateau. Note you may encounter a drizzle or two with overcast skies.

Kaas Pathar or Kaas Plateau located in the Sahyadri range is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Distance between Kaas and Mumbai is about 279 km
Distance between Kaas and Pune is about 136 km

Note: You may need a permit to visit Kaas Pathar, which you can get onsite on most days but on weekends and public holidays, the permit will be available only online. Use this link to get a trekking permit (https://www.kas.ind.in/)


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How to reach Paṭṭadakallu in Karnataka, India?

Paṭṭadakallu is located in Karnataka, India and is well known as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its many monuments.

Which is the nearest airport to Paṭṭadakallu?
The nearest airport to Paṭṭadakallu is Hubbali Airport at a distance of about 131 km from Paṭṭadakallu and is well connected by flights to many cities in India

Another airport near Paṭṭadakallu is Belgaum Airport or Sambra Airport at a distance of about 153 km from Paṭṭadakallu.

The nearest international airport is at Bengaluru which is at distance of about 465 km from Paṭṭadakallu.

Which is the nearest train station to Paṭṭadakallu?
Pattdakal does not have its own train station. The nearest railway station to Paṭṭadakallu would be Badami which is at a distance of about 22 km from Paṭṭadakallu,

Distance between Paṭṭadakallu and few cities and towns:
Distance between Pattadakallu and Aihole is about 14 km.
Distance between Pattadakallu and Badami is about 22 km.
Distance between Pattadakallu and Hubli is about 123 km.
Distance between Pattadakallu and Hampi is about 136 km.
Distance between Pattadakallu and Belgaum is about 166 km.
Distance between Pattadakallu and Bellary is about 185 km.
Distance between Pattadakallu and Bengaluru is about 447 km.


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Jain Narayana Temple, Pattadakal, Karnataka, India - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Jain Narayana temple at Pattadakal built in the 9th century is made up of three-storeys with the two lower storeys being still functional. The garbha griha houses an image of Parsvanatha. The mandapa has seated Jinas in displaying various mudras in its narrow recesses and projections.

As per the Archaeological Survey of India there is evidence of an older large temple complex built in bricks and also a captivating sculpture of Tirthankara standing in samabhanga posture believed to be of the early Chalukyan period.

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Mallikarjuna and Kashi Vishwanatha Temple, Pattadakal, Karnataka, India - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Originally called the Trailokeswara temple, Mallikarjuna temple is a mid 8th-century Shiva temple which was sponsored by Queen Trailokya Mahadevi to commemorate the victory of her husband King VVV. It's garbha griya has a Shiva linga, and features a pradakshina patha. Its antarala has shrine of Durga as Mahishasuramardini and the temple also has a Nandi Mandapa. Storytelling by stone carvings is prevalent throughout the temple with legends and stories from Puranas, Bhagvata Puranas or Panchtantra. You would easily find sculptures of Mahisasurmardini, scene depicting Samudra Manthan, tale of Narasimha slaying Hiranyakashipu.

Kashi Vishwanatha Temple built the middle of the 8th century is designed in the style of rekha nagara shikhara that rises in five stages (though the amalaka and kalash are missing). Carving of Uma-Maheswara within a chaitya arch can be found on the well-preserved Sukanasa that adorns the front of the Shikhara that is designed in a mesh-like pattern. Do review the exquisitely designed ceiling panel at the center of the mandapa which depicts Shiva, Parvati holding Kartikeya, and Nandi.

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Papanatha Temple, Pattadakal, Karnataka, India - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Papanatha Temple is noted for its novel mixture of Nagara, Dravida, and Hindu architecture style. The unusual layout of the temple is probably because it was built over various periods or in three stages.

Like the other temples, the Papanatha temple faces east or towards the sunrise and has a Shiva linga in its garbha griha. Pillars and pilasters inside Papanatha Temple are resplendently covered with carvings of foliage motifs sculptures of Shiva and Parvati and Vishnu in Ananta-Shayana posture - Gajalakshmi carved on the ceiling - narrative panels depicting scenes of Ramayana. How to reach Paṭṭadakallu?


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Galaganatha Temple, Pattadakal, Karnataka, India - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Galaganatha temple dated mid 8th century is dedicated to Shiva. It has a Shiv linga and the garbha griha with a clear pradakshina path.

Temple is luxuriously decorated with carvings of scenes from Panchatantra and depictions of Shiva stories from the puranas. The entrance to the mandapa is flanked by Ganga and Yamuna the river goddesses with the lintel being carved with a Nataraja. You will find a seated Nandi facing the temple.

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Sangameshwara Temple, Pattadakal, Karnataka, India - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Sangameshwara or Vijayeshvara is an incomplete temple built in Dravidian style and inscriptions on it date it to between 720 CE and 733 CE. The temple was left unfinished after the death of its patron the Chalukya king, Vijayaditya Satyashraya, in 734 CE.

Niches or devekoshtha's of the Sangameshwara Temple have splendid iconography of both Shiva and Vishnu. Carvings include Varaha lifting Bhudevi, a dancing Nataraja, Ardhanarishvara, Shiva with Bhringi, Shiva spearing Andhaka, and as the yogi, Lakulisha and many more

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Kadasiddheshwara Temple Complex, Pattadakal, Karnataka, India - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Note: Kadasiddheshwara Temple is in the foreground and Jambulinga Temple is in the background.

Kadasiddheswara Temple is relatively a modest structure and is dated around mid 7th century. The outer walls devakoshthas are decorated with sculptures of Harihara, Ardhanariswar and Shiva. You will also find carvings of Shiva and Parvati grace the door to the garbha griha with carvings of Brahma and Vishnu on either side that houses a linga on a peetha (platform).

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Great Himalayan National Park, Himachal Pradesh, India is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Great Himalayan National Park amongst many fauna is home to Blue Sheep, Snow Leopard, Himalayan brown bear, Himalayan Tahr, Musk Deer - and your best chance of spotting any of them is between September and November as animals start their seasonal migration to lower altitudes.

It is part of the Himalaya biodiversity hotspot and includes twenty-five forest types including alpine, glacial, temperate, and subtropical forests.

Great Himalayan National Park in Himachal Pradesh, India is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. How to reach Great Himalayan National Park?


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Kodaikanal Sunset, Western Ghats, Tamil Nadu, India

Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu is zealously guarded by dense forests of the Palani Hills whereas Pear orchards around the area add a fruity romantic touch to Kodaikanal. How to reach Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, India?

 


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Looming Pillar Rocks Near Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, India

Pillar Rocks a natural wonder are endlessly tall - often described as three vertical granite boulders, standing shoulder to shoulder within dense rainforests. Unique and visually stunning, these rocky pillars measure about 400 ft in height from the ground level.

Most frames of these pillar rocks are captivating as surrounded by forests and usually moody clouds float overhead serving as an ideal backdrops for candid shots.

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How to reach Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, India?

How to reach Kodaikanal and which is the nearest airport to Kodaikanal?
The nearest Airport to Kodaikanal is Madurai Airport which is at a distance of about 134 km.

You could also opt to reach Kodaikanal via Coimbatore Airport which is at a distance of about 180 km.

How to reach Kodaikanal by train and which is the nearest railway station to Kodaikanal?
The nearest railway station to Kodaikanal is Kodai Road Railway Station. The distance from Kodai Road Railway Station to Kodaikanal is about 80 km.

Best Time to visit Kodaikanal is between October and March.

Distance beween Kodaikanal and few cities
The distance between Kodaikanal and Madurai is 116 km
The distance between Kodaikanal and Coimatore is 172 km


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How to reach the Great Himalayan National Park?

Great Himalayan National Park is located in the Banjaar Sub-Division of Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh, India, in the far Western Himalayas. The starting point for any trek or visit to the Great Himalayan National Park is the Kullu Valley region in the state of Himachal Pradesh. This region is best reached by road and air.

How do you reach Great Himalayan National Park by flight
The nearest airport to Great Himalayan National Park is Bhuntar Airport in Kullu, about 60 kms away. Bhuntar Airport is connected to Delhi airport by regular flights.

Distance between Great Himalayan National Park and cities / hill stations

GHNP to Air Port Bhuntar in Kullu is at a distance of about 63 km.
GHNP to Railhead Joginder Nagar in Mandi is at a distance of about 143 km.
GHNP to Kullu is at a distance of about 75 km.
GHNP to Shimla via Mandi is at a distance of about 243 km.
GHNP to Chandigarh is at a distance of about 296 kms.
GHNP to Manali is at a distance of about 113 kms.
GHNP to Dharamsala is at a distance of about 241 kms.

How do you reach Great Himalayan National Park by train
The nearest railway station is Chandigarh Station at a distance of about 296 km. From Chandigarh Station you will need to take either a cab or bus to reach Great Himalayan National Park. The entrance to the Great Himalayan Park is at Tirthan Valley.

Alternatively take a train from Delhi to Pathankot - many options available. And from Pathankot take a toy train or a narrow gauge train to Joginder Nagar in Mandi which is actually a beautiful train ride of about 10 hours. Then take either a cab or bus from there to reach Great Himalayan National Park

For road journey from Delhi or Chandigarh or Kullu refer to The Great Himalayan Park Site for access information:
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Shimla Kalka Railway, Himachal Pradesh, India is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Delivering dramatic views as it traverses mostly a mountainous route from Kalka to Shimla this narrow gauge railway interestingly passes 988 bridges and viaducts.

It was built during the British Raj to connect Shimla to the rest of the Indian Rail System as it was their summer capital and head quarters. How to reach Kalka, Haryana?

The Kalka–Shimla Mountain Railway, Himachal Pradesh, India is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


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How to reach Kalka, Haryana, India?

Kalka is located in Panchkula district of Haryana and is a gateway to many hill stations in Himachal Pradesh. Distance between Kalka and Shimla is 15 km.

How do you reach Kalka by air?
The nearest airport to Kalka is Chandigarh Airport which is at a distance of about 39 km. You could also reach Kalka via Ludhiana airport which is at distance of about 111 km.

How do you reach Kalka by train?
Kalka Railway Station is well connected to other major cities of the country via regular trains.


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Qutub Minar, Delhi, India - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

I did not know that there was a Qutb complex till I started researching on Delhi UNESCO monuments - many monuments built around Qutub Minar (Victory tower) which was built to commemorate the victory of Islam or precisely to celebrate the victory of Muhammad Ghori over the Rajput king, Prithviraj Chauhan, in 1192 AD, by his then General, Qutb-ud-din Aibak, who is the first ruler of Delhi Sultanate.

The Qutb Minar is inspired by the Minaret of Jam in Afghanistan, which is an important example of early Afghan architecture. The Qutb Minar built using red sandstone and marble is 72.5 meter high, has five distinct storey’s and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with surrounding buildings and monuments.

Note: Whilst the construction of Qutub Minar was commenced by Qutb-ud-din Aibak, in the end of 12th century - however he could only build the first storey. Many have added to the monument over centuries. It was further enhanced by Aibak's successor and son-in-law Shamsuddin Iltutmish who added three storeys. In 1369, a lightning strike destroyed the top storey and Firoz Shah Tughlaq than ruler had the damaged storey replaced, and added one more storey. In 1505, an earthquake damaged Qutub Minar; it was repaired by Sikander Lodi.

On 1 September 1803, a major earthquake caused serious damage to the Qutub Minar and the then British Governor-General of India , Lord Wellesly authorized Major Robert Smith to carry out the necessary repairs. Repairs were completed by 1828 just that Major Smith exceeded his brief had replaced an Indo-Islamic cupola with and capped the Qutub Minar with a Hindu chattri style cupola. Since it was out of place Governor General Lord Hardinge eventually had it taken down in 1848 and Smith’s Folly can now be found in the outer lawns of the Qutub Complex, where it still lies till date.

Iconic Qutub Minar is surrounded by several historically significant monuments that form the Qutb complex including Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque or the Qutub Mosque, Alai Darwaza,, Iron Pillar - world’s metallurgical curiosity, Tomb of Iltutmish, Tomb of Alauddin Khilji, the Zafar Mahal, the Jahaz Mahal, Sanderson's Sundial, Major Smith's Cupola…

Minaret of Jam built in 1190 is fairly inaccessible and located in Ghor Province of western Afghanistan is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Minaret of Jam is made-up of baked bricks and is well-known for its exquisite brick, stucco and glazed tile decoration including calligraphy, geometric patterns, and verses from the Quran. How to reach the Qutub Minar in Delhi India?

(Delhi is one of the longest-serving capitals and one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world.)


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Rani Ni Vav, Patan, Gujarat, India - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Ornate and magnificent Rani Ki Vav was built in the early 11th century, by Queen Udayamati was once flooded by the Saraswati river and was re-discovered in the 20th century.

Be it walls or balustrade, columns or arches every single inch is covered in exquisite carvings devoted to Hindu god Vishnu and his many avatars. It almost seems to have been designed as an inverted temple highlighting the reverence of water, divided in seven levels with ethereal sculptural panels of mythological imagery.

Rani Ki Vav is located in Patan which is at a distance of about 121 km from Ahmedabad and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.


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Munsar Talav and Shrines at Historic City of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Since ancient times, Gujarat is well known for its architectural heritage in constructing man-made water bodies striving to preserve and re-use water. There just too many of such examples of small and large such lakes and ponds in many villages and towns of Gujarat be it series of reservoirs revealing amazing systems of water harvesting in the ancient Dholavira (one of the five largest Harappan sites) or the Sudarshan lake of Junagadh, the Sahstraling lake of Patan and the Munsar lake of Viramgam...

The Munsar lake of Viramgam, built by the Solanki or Chaulukya queen Minal Devi in the early 11th century, is the largest man-made lake of Gujarat of its time. This lake is constructed in the form of a gomukh and once had more than 500+ shrines on its embankment steps. Only 300+ of these resilient temples stand today and most have either shrines of either Shiva or Vishnu.


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Jhulta Minar in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Sidi Bashir Mosque in the city of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India was destroyed in 1753 during the war between the Marathas and the Khan of Gujarat Sultanate and survives with only its central gateway and two minarets also known as the Jhulta Minars. A gentle shaking of either minaret results in the other minaret vibrating after a few seconds - the mechanism of this is not known till date. The style and material of the minarets suggest that it was built close of Mahmud Begada's rule that is 1511 or later. The minarets are three stories tall with carved balconies and are now located to the north of Ahmedabad Junction railway station.


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Adalaj Step Well near Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India (1)

Adalaj Vav or Adalaj Stepwell was built in 1499 by queen Rudadevi also known as Rani Roopba in memory of her husband Rana Veer Singh.

As per the local legend in the late 15th century, Rana Veer Singh ruled over Dandai Desh and his kingdom always faced water shortage and was totally dependent on rains. Rana ordered the construction of a large and deep well but died in battle with Mohammed Begda the neighbouring Muslim ruler. Mohammed Begda stopped Rudadevi from becoming a sati and told her that he wanted to marry her. Rudadevi agreed to marry him only after he completed the construction of the stepwell. On completion of the step well Rudadevi came to offer her prayers and first circumambulated the stepwell and thereafter jumped into it to be one with her husband. Legend further narrates Rani Roopba had requested religious saints to perform rituals after her death as well as take bath in this stepwell so that the water in the stepwell gets purified reliving her from her sins.

Adalaj Vav or Adalaj Stepwell is just a short drive away from Ahmedabad cit as it is at a distance of about 20 km from Ahmedabad.


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Adalaj Step Well near Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India (2)

Adalaj Vav or Adalaj Stepwell located about 20 km from Ahmedabad is a stricking example reflections of that period with fine Jain symbols as well as Indo-Islamic architecture.

Villagers would come here to fill water and offer prayers to the deities and the step well was also frequented by pilgrims and traders.

If you were to ever visit Adalaj Vav you will notice that the temperature is much cooler inside than outside and that is due to its octagonal ceiling allowing very little sunlight to enter in.


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Jama Masjid in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Jama Masjid was built using yellow sandstone during the reign of Ahmed Shah. An inscription on the mihrab commemorates the inauguration of the mosque on 4 January 1424 by Sultan Ahmed Shah I. The mosque is located just outside Bhadra Fort area and legend suggests that the the mosque was originally intended only for private use of the sultans. The Jama Masjid of Ahmedabad may have been the largest mosque in the Indian subcontinent built in the 15th century.


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Jama Masjid at Pavagadh Complex in Champaner, Gujarat, India (1) - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Jami Masjid also known as Jama Masjid basically means ‘public mosque’ is a part of the Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Jama Masjid in Champaner built over decades is well-known as one of the most distinguished monuments built by Sultan Mahmud Begada. The architectural style of Jama Masjid is a blend of Hindu and Muslim workmanship with connotations of Muslim ethos; Apart from intricate motifs and murals, the Jami Masjid also has minutely designed and exquisite lattice-stone work, jaali work and roof carvings.


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Jama Masjid at Pavagadh Complex in Champaner, Gujarat, India (2) - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Jami Masjid is considered to be one of finest mosques of Gujarat a gigantic structure of its times with two imposing minars on either side of the central entrance and elegant interiors. The Mosque has three entrance porches to courtyard and the eastern porch has the remarkable intricate stone filigree or jaali work. Even filigree work on the windows and the arches is exquisite.  You will find seven mihrabs or prayer niches in the main prayer hall.

The cenotaph at Jama masjid is a transcendent blend of Indo Islamic architecture where Hindu and Muslim artisans together delivered an ethereal monument with Islamic ethos. 

Jami Masjid or Jama Masjid is a part of the Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


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Jama Masjid at Pavagadh Complex in Champaner, Gujarat, India (3) - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Jama Masjid an imposing ancient structure on a high plinth, with a central dome, soaring minarets, 172 pillars, seven mihrabs, carved latticed windows, and entrance gates with exquisite stone jalis. The masjid had many structures that had the engravings of hymns from the holy Quran.

It seems in ancient time local builders could build only square or rectangle building structures and they had to come up with an ingenious solution to fulfill Islamic requirement to build domes atop.

So they started from the ground up as a square or rectangle, that than becomes becomes curved 8 sided arches further on top turn into a 16 sided panel that lastly converge into a 32 sided panel and finally atop is the required circular dome!

Jami Masjid or Jama Masjid is a part of the Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


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Jama Masjid at Pavagadh Complex in Champaner, Gujarat, India (4) - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Jami Masjid or Jama Masjid is a part of the Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built by Sultan Mahmud Begada has distinctive carvings all over the mosque especially the ceiling, multiple prayer halls separated by its 172 pillars. Sultan Mahmud Begada built a separate prayer hall for the royals separated from the main area by stone jalis. One can find a Zenana enclosure orwomens enclosure for praying which is also separated off with a screen.


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Seven Arches or Sat Manzil at Pavagadh Complex in Champaner, Gujarat, India - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Sat manzil, a seven storeyed watchtower tumbles down a cliff-side - built in the 15th century as a strategic defense requisite as it is possible to view the entire expanse below from this vantage point. Its arches were made with yellow sandstone with an interlocking mechanism to bound them together. Its arches also look like bows hence also referred to as Sat Kaman - and literally the words mean means seven arches - I am sure you have seen a picture of the same as it is supposedly most photogenic and most photographed of all structures in the Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park a UNESCO World Heritage Site..


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Nagina Masjid in Champaner, Gujarat, India (1) - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Nagina Mosque has three large domes constructed over the main prayer hall supported by decorative columns and windows. The cenotaph is located on north eastern side of the mosque and has openings on all cardinal directions. Façade as well as the columns and niches on the wall of the cenotaph are beautifully carved with floral and geometrical designs. A series of beautifully designed projecting corbels decorate the cornice, with geometric motifs at regular intervals. The dome of cenotaph is missing.

Nagina Mosque is a part of the Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


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Nagina Masjid in Champaner, Gujarat, India (2) - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Nagina Mosque also means 'Jewel Mosque' is a part of the Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Nagina Masjid was built in the 15th century during the time of Mahmud Begada and you will find similarity in architectures in many masjid built in the same period be it Kevada Masjid or Jama Masjid or Shahar Ki Masjid. All had beautifully and intricately decorated minarets, domes and prayer halls.


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Nagina Masjid in Champaner, Gujarat, India (3) - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Nagina Masjid is a large mosque built on a high platform with large open space in front and artistically carved minarets on either side that had niches filled with floral and geometrical designs. Nagina Mosque is a part of the Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


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Kevada Masjid in Champaner, Gujarat, India (1) - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Kevada Mosque is part of the Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is believed to be built during the time of Mahmud Begada.
The mosque has prayer hall, minarets, narrow stairs, many mihrabs and windows with pillared balcony all exquisitely decorated with intricate carvings.


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Kevada Masjid in Champaner, Gujarat, India (2) - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Kevada Mosque has two minarets on both the sides of the central arched entrance that have eye-catching carved niches that are filled with geometrical and floral and patterns. Originally the mosque had three domes built above the double storeyed main prayer hall but the largest central dome has since collapsed. The complex also comprises of a well, tank for ablutions and a few ruined brick structures.The square cenotaph located in front of the mosque has fluted central dome and four corner domes.

Kevada Mosque is part of the Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site


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Cenotaph in front of Kevada Masjid in Champaner, Gujarat, India - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

The distinguishing part of Kevada Masjid is the Cenotaph in front. Cenotaph is a tomb without the actual grave, built in honour of the person whose grave is elsewhere. There was also some excavation work happening on this site. Kevada Masjid is part of the Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site


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How to reach Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, Gujarat, India?

How to reach Champaner by flight?
The nearest domestic airport to Champaner is Vadodara Airport which is at a distance of about 44 km from Champaner.

The nearest international airport to Champaner is Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad which is at a distance of about 153 km from Champaner. Ahmedabad airport is well connected with major cities of India and the world.

How to reach Champaner by train?
Champaner Road Junction is connected to Vadodara and Mumbai

Distance between Champaner and other towns and cities
Champaner is at a distance of about 44 km from Baroda.
Champaner is at a distance of about 153 km from Champaner.

Note The Champaner-Pavagadh archaeological site is fairly large about 1329 hectares so it is recommended to rent a car and driver from Baroda.


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The Great Sanchi Stupa, Madhya Pradesh, India - recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO

Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi are a group of monuments that include the world renown - The Great Stupa (the oldest Buddhist religious monument), monolithic pillars, ruins of temples, monasteries, assembly halls and shrines helping one time travel when Sanchi was revered as a great centre for spiritual learning. Most monuments date back to the 2nd and 1st centuries BC when Sanchi was a major proponent of Buddhism in India until the 12th century AD.

The Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh, India are recognized as World Heritage Site by UNESCO. How to reach Sanchi Stupa?

What is a Stupa? A stūpa is a structure containing sacred relics commemorative of Buddha or other saints. The shapes of Stupa’s have evolved over centuries - the Sanchi Stupa is hemispherical with a circular base supporting a massive solid dome (garbha) it has a pradakshina path and four gateways, which are richly decorated with narrative sculptures depicting scenes and panels from Buddha’s life, Ashoka’s life, wars over Buddha’s relics in ancient times and Jataka tales. The relics of the Buddha are not merely considered a commemorative symbol by of Buddha but Buddhists believe it represents the living presence of the Buddha, his protective powers and living energy.


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South Torana, Sanchi Stupa, Madhya Pradesh, India - recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO

The South Torana is believed to be the oldest and the first to be built and served as the main entrance to the Great Stupa. Then followed, in chronological order, the North Torana, the East Torana and the West Torana.

The narrative friezes of the South Torana has great emphasis on Buddha's relics and the War over the Relics, and on the role of Ashoka in spreading the Buddhist faith. One also finds carved scenes of seven births of Buddha and the pillar capitals of the South Torana have sculpted Lions similar to the ones found on Ashoka Pillar.

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North Torana, Sanchi Stupa, Madhya Pradesh, India - recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO

The North Torana is one of the four richly carved gateways or toranas surrounding the Great Stupa. It has been best preserved of all the gateways as it still retains most of its ornamental figures. The lintels on the North Torana have seated Lions and Yakshinis.

Torana has many scenes from various events of the life of the Buddha. One panel has vivid sculptures depicting Buddha overcoming the temptation of Mara's daughters and threat of Mara + the demons of Mara fleeing Sanchi Stupa; Another has a sculpted scene of Sujata, bringing the meal which she prepared for Gautama before he began his last meditation prior to his enlightenment;

The pillar capitals of North Torana have elephant looking in all four directions and its panels depict various miracles performed by Buddha - including the great miracle at Sravasti where Buddha walks in the air.

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East Torana, Sanchi Stupa, Madhya Pradesh, India - recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO

The East Torana was the third gateway to be erected. You will find sculptures narrating the historical events during the Buddha's life and several miracles performed by the Buddha. The pillars of the East Torana have elephants placed in all four directions mounted by mahuts.

Take note of the panel on far left - sculpted narrative depicting Prince Siddharta detachment of royal life - his search and his renouncing the world starting from leaving the Palace of Kapilavastu while his wife Yasodhara, his baby Rahula and the dancers are sleeping.

Top panel on East Torana is about the miracle of walking in the air at Savrasti and devotees are looking upwards - note Buddha is not visible and only his path is represented by slab in thin air called Chankrama;

Another panel has a scene depicting the miracle of the Buddha walking on River Nairanjana - once again Buddha is not visible and he is represented by a path on the water, and his empty throne.

A panel also has sculptures depicting Indra and Brahma at the Great Sanchi Stupa;

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West Torana, Sanchi Stupa, Madhya Pradesh, India that is recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO

The torana on the west or the last gateway built is richly carved composed of two square pillars and with three architraves and their volute ends.

The column capitals have four Yaksha facing four directions. Whereas carvings on architraves have sculpted panels of King of the Mallas bringing the relics of the Buddha to Kushinagara whose chief is depicted riding on an elephant and bearing the relics on his own head. Another panel has two groups of figures carrying offerings indicate rejoicing of the Mallas over the possession of the relics.

Another panel has the tree in front of the city gate and it believed to be the Shala tree symbolically referring to the fact that Buddha's parinirvana took place in a grove of shala trees.

The West Torana has a brilliant sculpted narrative of the portrayal of siege of Kushinagara and the seven rival claimants who are carrying seven royal umbrellas, advancing with their armies to the city of Kushinagara

Left pillar (front side) has a unique panel showing Indra's swarg as it has the river Mandakini in the foreground.

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Narrative Panel of Buddha’s life, Sanchi Stupa, Madhya Pradesh, India that is recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO

An expressive sculpted narrative depicting Buddha’s detachment of royal life - his search and his renouncing the world starting from leaving the Palace of Kapilavastu.

This sculpted panel is on the North Torana or Gateway of The Great Stupa in Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh, India is recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. How to reach Sanchi Stupa?


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Javari Temple at Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, India is a World Heritage site recognized by UNESCO

The Javari Temple is a hindu temple built between 1075 to 1100 that is dedicated to Vishnu was built in Nirandhar style. It is near to and is visible from Vamana Temple that is at short distance from it.

Javari Temple is a part of Khajuraho Group of Monuments found in Madhya Pradesh, India and is a World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO. How to reach Khajuraho temple complex?


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How to reach Khajuraho Temple, Madhya Pradesh, India?

What to definitely explore at Khajuraho temples? Notable temples are the Lakshmana, Kandariya Mahadeva, Matangeshwara, Jagadamba, Chitragupta, Varaha and Vishwanatha in the Western Group; the Vamana, Javari and Ghantai Temples of the Eastern Group and the Parsvanatha, Adinatha and Shantinatha Temples of the Southern Group.

How to reach Khajuraho temples by air? Which is the nearest airport to Khajuraho Temples?
Khajuraho has a domestic airport and is well connected with Varanasi and Delhi amongst other cities in India. Khajuraho Airport is at a distance of a bout 4.5 km from Khajuraho temples.

How to reach Khajuraho temples by train? Which is the nearest railway station to Khajuraho Temples?
Khajuraho railway station is well connected to many cities in India including Delhi and Varanasi. Khajuraho train station is at a distance of about 6 km from Khajuraho Temple Complex.

Best time to visit Khajuraho temples is between the cooler months of December to February.

Distances from Khajuraho to various places
Khajuraho > [24 km] > Raneh Falls
Khajuraho > [99 km] > Panna National Park
Khajuraho > [392 km] > Varanasi


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How to reach Sanchi Stupa, Madhya Pradesh, India?

The Great Stupa of Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh, India is recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO

How do you reach Sanchi Stupa by air? Which is the nearest airport to Sanchi Stupa?
The nearest airport is Bhopal Airport and it is at a distance of 53 km from Sanchi Stupa.

How do you reach Sanchi Stupa by train? Which is the nearest railway station to Sanchi Stupa?
The nearest railway station is Sanchi Railway Station and it is at a distance of 1.5 km from Sanchi Stupa. You could opt to to reach via Vidisha Railway Station that is at a distance of 11.5 km from Sanchi Stupa. Or prefer to reach via Bhopal Junction and it is at a distance of 47 km from Sanchi Stupa.

Best Time to Visit Sanchi Stupa Complex is in the cooler months of December to February.


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Bhimbetka Caves, Madhya Pradesh, India is a World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO

Almost unknown and well concealed in the rugged and craggy cliffs of Vindhyas amidst dense forests are over 600+ rock shelters of Bhimbetka. About 400 of this shelters preserve proof of habitation that existed in the early Stone Age in the form of cave art. Thousands of rock paintings are dated between the early Stone Age to medieval times.

You would find red and white stick figures as well as many animals painted amongst them would be elephants and tigers, rhinos and bisons including animal fights. Many paintings reflect life during those times and would be about hunting, battles, ceremonies, dancing, drinking and burials.

Bhimbetka Caves are protected by the Archaeological Survey of India and are also recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. How to reach Bhimbetka Caves?


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Pavagadh Hill Jain Temples at Pavagadh Complex in Champaner, Gujarat, India - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Jain temples of Pavagadh belong to the Digamber sect of Jainism and are divided into three groups. The Bhavanaderi temples found near the Naqqarkhana gate, than the temples dedicated to the Tirthankar Suparsva and Tirthankar Chandraprabha and lastly the the Parsvanath temple located near Dudhiya Talao where Bhagwan Parshvanath is seated in padmasana posture. Temples walls are covered with Jain iconography.

Apart from the well known temples there are many other Jain temples too near Makai Kothar and Navlakha Kothar. The Jain temples dedicated to Tirthankar Suparsavanath, Tirthankar Chandraprabha and Parsavnath Bhagwan have been dated to the 13th-14th Century AD.


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Sahar Ki Masjid at Pavagadh Complex in Champaner, Gujarat, India - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Sahar Ki Masjid was is right near the ancient royal palace and was built for exclusive use of the Sultan's family. As the other mosques in Pavagadh Champaner complex the main entrance is an arched doorway with a large dome, with smaller domes at the four sides and minarets on either side. The royals had access to 5 mihrabs at Sahar ki Masjid also a part of the Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


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Panch Mahuda Ki Masjid at Pavagadh Complex in Champaner, Gujarat, India (1) - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Panch Mahuda Ki Masjid at Pavagadh Complex in Champaner, Gujarat, India is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also severely damaged and hopefully will get the required attention from Archaeological Survey of India soon.

Popular sights at the Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park are Jami Masjid, Kevda Masjid and Cenotaph, Nagina Masjid and Cenotaph or trek towards a sunset at Navlakha Kothar located near the old Jain Temple on Pavagadh hill.


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Lila Gumbaj Masjid in Champaner, Gujarat, India - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Lila Gumbaj Ki Mosque in Champaner, Gujarat state, western India is part of the Champaner Pavagadh Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Lila Gumbaj Ki Masjid is built on a high plinth with an arched central entrance flanked by two lateral arches. Minarets are designed with horizontal cornices and decorated niches. You will find three mihrabs in the prayer hall embellished with floral motifs. It has three domes and the central dome is fluted and was originally colored.


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How to reach Jain Temples at Pavagadh, Gujarat, India?

How to reach Pavagadh by flight?
The nearest domestic airport to Pavagadh is Baroda Airport which is at a distance of about 50 km from Pavagadh.

The nearest international airport to Pavagadh is Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad which is at a distance of about 152 km from Pavagadh. Ahmedabad airport is well connected with major cities of India and the world.

How to reach Pavagadh by train?
Pavagadh does not have a train station, and the nearest station is Champaner Road Junction, at a distance of 6.5 km

Distance between Pavagadh Hills and other towns and cities
Pavagadh is at a distance of about 55 km from Baroda.
Pavagadh is at a distance of about 7 km from Champaner.

Note: You have two options to take the pilgrim route and climb about 1800/2000+ steps or take a shuttle van from the Champaner Citadel’s south wall which drops you only mid-way. You could also take a ropeway and glide over the landscape at a price and save yourself half the climb.


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How to reach Adalaj Step Well near Ahmedabad?

How to reach Adalaj Step Well near Ahmedabad by flight?
The nearest airport to Adalaj Step Well is Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International airport at Ahmedabad which is at a distance of about 15 km from Adalaj Step Well.

How to reach Adalaj Step Well near Ahmedabad by train
Ahmedabad Junction is at a distance of about 20 km from Adalaj Step Well. Ahmedabad Railway Station or Junction is well connected to many cities in the state of Gujarat as well as India.


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How to reach Rani ni Vav in Patan, Gujarat, India?

Rani ki Vav is situated in Patan a few hours drive from Ahmedabad, Gujarat in India.

How to reach Rani ki Vav by flight?
The nearest airport to Rani ki Vav is Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International airport at Ahmedabad which is at a distance of about 125 km from Rani ki Vav.

How to reach Rani ki Vav in Patan by train?
Patan Railway Station is connected to Ahmedabad and other cities of Gujarat. Patan Railway Station is at a distance of about 3 km from Rani ki Vav.


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Mosque of Rani Rupavati at Historic City of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Rani Rupamati's or Rupavati's Mosque was built by Mahmud Begada in the 15th century is a medieval mosque and tomb complex located in Ahmedabad.

With a soaring central arch, three imposing domes supported with rows of twelve pillars each, though cracked at the base in the 1819 Rann of Kutch earthquake, the minarets are still exquisite, add carved galleries and an exquisite mihrab - just a few reasons to visit Rani Rupamati's Mosque in person.


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How to reach Munsar Talav in Viramgam. Near Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India?

Munsar lake is located in Viramgam is a town near Ahmedabad, Gujarat also an ancient princely state.

How to reach Viramgam by flight?
The nearest airport to Viramgam is Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad which is at a distance of about 76 km from Viramgam. Ahmedabad airport is well connected with major cities of India and the world.

How to reach Viramgam by train?
Viramgam Junction is well connected to other major cities of India via regular trains.


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Bhadra Fort Entrance in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Bhadra Fort is an impressive monument built by Ahmed Shah in red stone located near eastern banks of Sabarmati River and spans over 43 acres. Bhadra Fort was used as a royal court during Ahmed Shah’s rule.

Named Bhadra Fort due to the presence of the revered Bhadrakali temple - and has an interesting local legend attached to the monument. Goddess of Wealth, Lakshmi came to the gate of Bhadra Fort to leave the city in the night. And the night kotwal (watchman) Siddique Kotwal stopped her having identified her told her she cannot leave the fort till he gets permission from the king and if she does he will get into trouble. To prevent her from leaving Ahmedabad he beheads himself thus ensuring that Goddess Lakshmi forever stays in the city resulting into its prosperity. There is a tomb near Bhadra Gate dedicated to Siddique Kotwal and a temple to Bhadra Kali, representing Laxmi.

Add the following sights when you visit Bhadra Fort - Rani Rupmati Mosque and Hathee Singh Jain Temple.


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Quaint Ezhattumugham, Kerala, India

Ezhattumugham is a charming and tranquil rural village near Ernakulam in the state of Kerala.

The river Chalakudy punctuated by islets of greenery turns Ezhattumugham into an absolute picture postcard. The picture showcases the rocky Ezhattumugham rapids which check the flow of the mighty Chalakudy River.

The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport at a distance of about 25 km from Ezhattumugham.


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Rolling tea plantations at Kolukkumalai, Near Munnar, Kerala, India

Kolukkumalai a hill top village which is about 35 km from Munnar is also famous as a tea plantation. And the most convenient way to reach the tea plantation is by hiring a jeep from Suryanelli town near Munnar. It's a fairly bumpy ride for 15-20 minutes.


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Capturing Honnametti kallu, Biligiri Ranga Hills, Karnataka, India

You just need to learn to listen - stones are great storytellers. This still captures Honnametti kallu the highest point around which the BRT Tiger Reserve weaves its lush green magic literally in all directions, spreading far and wide.

Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple (BRT) Tiger Reserve is located in Karnataka, India. It constitutes a live bridge between the Eastern Ghats and Western Ghats as it is strategically situated almost in the middle of this bridge. How to reach BRT Tiger Reserve?

Apart from tigers and herds of wild elephants you will also find sambhar, chital, barking deer and the rare four-horned antelope at BRT Tiger Reserve. Other carnivores include leopards, wild dogs, and sloth bears.


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How to reach BRT Tiger Reserve in Karnataka?

Picture - Leopard at BRT Tiger Reserve, Karnataka, India

How to reach BRT Tiger Reserve by air and which is the nearest ariport to BRT Tiger Reserve?
The nearest airport is Mysore Airport and it is at distance of about 83 km from Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple (BRT) Tiger Reserve.

How to reach BRT Tiger Reserve by train?
The nearest railway station is Chamarajanagar Railway Station and it is at distance of about 45 km from Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple (BRT) Tiger Reserve. You could opt for a train journey via Mysuru Junction Railway Station that is at distance of about 86 km from Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple (BRT) Tiger Reserve.


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Red Fort Complex Lahore Gate, Delhi, India - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Though named Red Fort as was built using red sandstone it was actually the palace fort of Shahjahanabad, the new capital of the fifth Mughal Emperor of India, Shah Jahan and took almost a decade to build.

Red Fort was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007 as part of the Red Fort Complex and it literally represents a culmination or fusion of architectural traditions. The monuments including the namesake - Red Fort thrived with imported ideation technical prowess and craftsmanship a fusion of Islamic, Persian, Timurid and Hindu cultural traditions. The Red Fort Complex has been a stoic witness of it all victories of various Emperors or the theatrical impact of wars over centuries resulting into incessant bloodshed, tyranny, vandalizing, and plundering.

Just as the Red Fort has been a symbol of power since it was built right from the reign of Shah Jahan till date - Lahore (Lahori) Gate or main gate of Red Fort (Lal Quilla) has tremendous significance for all Indians especially on our Independence Day. Every 15 August since 1947 our Prime Ministers have unfurled the Indian tri-colour our National Flag at the Lahore Gate. How to reach the Red Fort Complex in Delhi India?


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Red Fort Complex Diwan-i-Aam, Delhi, India - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Diwan-i-Am in the Red Fort of Delhi was an open open court for junta (public) - a large hall where the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan ( ruled between 1628 to 1656) met his junta or general public and heard their grievances.

The Diwan-i-Am front hall is open on three sides divided into many square bays by a system of columns which support the engraved arches displaying high aesthetics and excellent craftsmanship. Once the hall had its ceiling and columns painted with gold.

There is a marble dais right below the throne which was used by the erstwhile prime minister or the wazir to receive public petitions. A silver railing separated the junta from the courtiers and a gold railing separated the emperor from the courtiers. How to reach the Red Fort Complex in Delhi India?


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Red Fort Complex Diwan-i-Khaas, Delhi, India - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Diwan-i-khaas at the Red Fort was constructed in 1648 and the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan received courtiers and state guests only in Diwan-i-khaas.

When you explore Diana-i-khaas you need to visualize the same in its former glory - Its a rectangular central chamber made of white marble and surrounded by arches rising from marble piers inlaid with precious stones and a silver and gold ceiling which has now been restored in wood. [All the valuables have been vandalized and plundered over centuries].

Fast scan a few Mughal paintings of the illustrious Peacock Throne that once stood in this hall towards the east side (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Peacock_Throne)

What you can still find at find Diwan-i-khaas is Amir Khusrow’s famous inscription on the northern and southern walls, over the two corner outer arches ‘Agar firdaus bar ru-ye zamin ast, Hamin ast-o hamin ast-o hamin ast = If there is heaven on earth, It is this, it is this, it is this! How to reach the Red Fort Complex in Delhi India?


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Red Fort Complex Moti Masjid, Delhi, India - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Moti Masjid also popularly known by the British as the Pearl Mosque was built in 1659 by Aurangzeb a much later addition as a private mosque for his second wife Nawab Bai.

Moti Masjid is a three-domed mosque carved in white marble, with a three-arched screen leading down to the courtyard. How to reach the Red Fort Complex in Delhi India?


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Red Fort Complex Rang Mahal, Delhi, India - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Rang Mahal in the Red Fort, Delhi, India was one of the zenana palaces and was known as the Imtiaz Mahal during the rule of Shah Jahan. Once the ceiling was intricately designed gilded and elaborate mirror work and the walls had marble relief carvings. Much has been destroyed over centuries but you could enjoy its original grandeur in many ancient paintings. How to reach the Red Fort Complex in Delhi India?


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Humayun Tomb Complex, Delhi, India - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

The tomb of Humayun was a memorial, a stupendous mausoleum commissioned and supervised by his first wife Haji Begum or Empress Bega Begum in 1565 and was completed in 1572 few years after Emperor Human’s death in 1556.

Humayun’s tomb complex is a synonym of Mughal architecture as built on a monumental scale, grandeur of design and garden setting became the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent inspiring many architectural innovations over decades even the Taj Mahal.

Note: The site of Humayun Tomb Complex was chosen on the banks of Yamuna river, due to its proximity to Nizamuddin Dargah, the mausoleum of the celebrated a Sunni Muslim scholar, Sufi saint saint of Delhi, Nizamuddin Auliya, whose vision of the world was marked by a highly evolved sense of religious pluralism and kindness. Nizamuddin Auliya’s residence, Chilla Nizamuddin Auliya lies just north-east of the tomb.

Note: During India’s Partition in August 1947 Humayun’s Tomb complex and the Purana Qila became major refugee camps for Muslims migrating to the newly founded Pakistan and over years caused extensive damage till the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), took on responsibility for its preservation. How to Reach Humayun’s Tomb Complex, Delhi India?


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Humayun Tomb Complex, Iltutmish Tomb, Delhi, India - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Shams ud-Din Iltutmish, (ruled between 1211–1236) was the third king who ruled the Delhi Sultanate. His tomb was built in 1235 where the main cenotaph is white marble placed on a raised platform in the centre of the chamber. One can see exquisite carvings both at the entrance and the interior walls. Mihrab or the prayer niche is located near the interior west wall.

Note: Iltutmish was sold as a slave when young boy and was later ‘purchased’ around the 1190s, by the Ghurid slave-commander Qutb al-Din Aibak (who himself was a slave to Ghurid Emperor Mu'izz ad-Din). Iltutmish rose to prominence in Aibak's service, and his bravery gained him relief from slavery as Ghurid Emperor Mu'izz ad-Din manumitted him even before his master Aibak was manumitted.

Aibak ruled Ghurid territories after Mu'izz ad-Din's death in 1206, and after Aibak's death, Iltutmish dethroned his successor Aram Shah in 1211, and set up his capital at Delhi. He married a daughter of Aibak and gained control over much of the territory that had been lost after Aibak's death. How to Reach Humayun’s Tomb Complex, Delhi India?


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Humayun Tomb Complex Tomb of Isa Khan, Delhi, India - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Pashtun (Afghan) noble Isa Khan Niazi was a part of the ruling family and served Sher Shah Suri, founder of the Suri empire. Sher Shah Suri took control of the Mughal empire in 1538 forcing Emperor Humayun out of India.

Notes - Isa Khan's tomb was built during his lifetime (1547-48 AD) and is located near the Humayun's Tomb complex in Delhi which was built later (1562-1571). 

Sher Shah Suri the founder of the Suri Empire, with its capital in Sasaram or modern-day Bihar introduced the currency of rupee. Rupee known as Rūpiya was a silver coin weighing 11.53 grams minted in northern India by first Sher Shah Suri during his short rule between 1540 and 1545 and the same was standardized later by the Mughals. And the silver coin remained in use during the Mughal period, Maratha era as well as in British India. How to Reach Humayun’s Tomb Complex, Delhi India?


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Humayun Tomb Complex, Isa Khan Mosque, Delhi, India - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Right across from the Isa Khan’s tomb, lies Isa Khan’s Mosque with its mihrabs.

Mihrabs are a relevant part of Islamic culture and mosques as they indicate the direction for prayer and serve through its geometric designs, linear patterns, or calligraphy a religious purpose or focus. Calligraphic notations on the mihrabs are usually from the Quran with the belief - that God's word reaches the people. How to Reach Humayun’s Tomb Complex, Delhi India?


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How to reach the Qutub Minar in Delhi India?

Which is the nearest airport to Qutub Minar?
The nearest nearest airport to Qutub Minar would be the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi which is at a distance of about 13 km.

Which is the nearest nearest railway station to Qutub Minar?
The nearest nearest railway station to Qutub Minar would be the Old Delhi Railway Station or Delhi Junction which is at a distance of about 18 km.

Which is the nearest Metro Station to Qutub Minar?
Qutab Minar Metro Station is just a few stops from HUDA City Centre, Gurgaon part of the Yellow Metro Line of the Delhi Metro that consists of 37 metro stations from Samaypur Badli,Delhi to HUDA City Centre, Gurgaon.

Best time to visit Qutub Minar or Delhi is between November to February.


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How to reach Humayun’s Tomb Complex, Delhi India?

Which is the nearest airport to Humayun Tomb Complex?
The nearest nearest airport to Humayun Tomb Complex would be the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi which is at a distance of about 17 km.

Which is the nearest railway station to Humayun Tomb Complex?
The nearest railway station to Humayun Tomb Complex would be the Nizamuddin Railway Station which is at a distance of about 2.1 km.

Which is the nearest Metro Station to Humayun Tomb Complex?
JLN Stadium on the Violet Metro Line is the nearest Metro Station to Humayun Tomb Complex and is at a distance of 2.4 km from the monuments. Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Metro Station is few stops away from the starting station - Kashmere Gate on the Violet Metro Line.

Best time to visit Humayun Tomb Complex or Delhi is between November to February.


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How to reach the Red Fort Complex in Delhi India?

Lahore Gate painted by Ghulam Ali Khan (1817-55) part of his 31 painting series consisting of views of monuments in and around Delhi. He was the last royal Mughal painter.

Which is the nearest airport to Red Fort Complex?
The nearest nearest airport to Red Fort Complex would be the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi which is at a distance of about 20 km.

Which is the nearest railway station to Red Fort Complex?
The nearest railway station to Red Fort Complex would be the Old Delhi Railway Station or Delhi Junction which is at a distance of about 3 km.

Which is the nearest Metro Station to Red Fort Complex
Chandni Chowk Metro Station on the Yellow line is the nearest Metro Station to Red Fort Complex and is at a distance of about 3 km from the monuments. It is a few stops away from Samaypur Badli, Delhi part of the Yellow Metro Line that operates between Samaypur Badli, Delhi to HUDA City Centre, Gurgaon. 

Best time to visit Red Fort or Delhi is between November to February.


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How to reach Bedni Kund via Bedini Bugyal, Chamoli, Uttarakhand, India?

Bedini Bugyal is a classic rolling alpine meadow, probably the largest in the Himalayas where you would alway have the Mounts of Nanda Ghunti and the majestic Trishul for company at times almost startlingly clear at times invisible but you can still feel them.

What should you expect - From many descriptions we guess - Pine-draped mountains rising into the clouds all around and vast florescent green meadows with little cabin-like-homes.

How to reach Bedini Bugyal by air and which is the nearest airport to Bedini Gugyal?
The nearest airport is Jolly Grant is Dehradun Airport at a distance of about 312 km from Bedini Bugyal.

Delhi International Airport at a distance of about 520 km from Bedini Bugyal.

How to reach Bedini Bugyal by train and which is the nearest railway station to Bedini Gugyal?
The nearest railway station is at Haridwar at a distance of about 288 km from Bedini Bugyal.

Distance between various places to reach Bedini Bugyal to visit Bedini Kund
Delhi > [220 kms| > Haridwar > [20 kms| > Rishikesh > [268 kms| > Wan > [Trek 4.5 kms| > Bedini Bugyal > [4.5 kms| > Wan > [307 kms| > Dehradun

Ensure your small backpacks are were filled with dry fruits, water, a med-kit, raincoats, torches and off course walking sticks.


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Yumthang Valley of Flowers, Khangchendzonga National Park, Sikkim, India - A World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO

Can you believe that the Kanchenjunga National Park sweeps vertically down for about 7 km and has an unsurpassed range of alpine ecosystems surrounded by rugged snow-clad mountain-scape and off course the mighty Kanchenjunga the world’s third highest peak. Numerous lakes and glaciers, including the 26 km long Zemu Glacier, dot the barren high altitudes.

This frame is that of Yumthang Valley of Flowers - part of Khangchendzonga National Park’s grandeur - that is recognized as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. How to reach Khangchendzonga National Park?


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Blue-throated Flycatcher at Khangchendzonga National Park, Sikkim, India - A World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO

The blue-throated flycatcher a tiny and an active passerine bird in the flycatcher family obviously with a blue throat. The blue-throated flycatcher is found in the cold months - in the dense forests all through the Himalayas and the Western Ghats of India. Foraging mainly in the overgrowth it feeds on flying or crawling insects.

Khangchendzonga National Park in Sikkim, India is recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. How to reach Khangchendzonga National Park?


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Fire Tailed Sunbird at Khangchendzonga National Park, Sikkim, India - A World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO

The fire-tailed sunbird belongs to the Nectariniidae family and is found in the northern parts of the India as well as the the mighty Himalayas - as well as in Khangchendzonga National Park. You would usually find fire-tailed sunbird in conifer forests at high altitudes up to 4,000 meters, descending into the valleys during the cold season. They feed on both insects and nectar

Khangchendzonga National Park in Sikkim, India is recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. How to reach Khangchendzonga National Park?


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How to reach Khangchendzonga National Park, Sikkim India?

Did you know that Khangchendzonga National Park located within Himalays covers 25% of the State of Sikkim in India?

How to reach Khangchendzonga National Park by air? Which is the nearest airport to Khangchendzonga National Park?
The nearest airport is Pakyong airport at a distance of about 56 km from the Khangchendzonga National Park. Note Pakyong airport has limited connectivity. You could opt to travel via Bagdogra airport that is at a distance of about 109 km from the Khangchendzonga National Park.

How to reach Khangchendzonga National Park by train? Which is the nearest railway station to Khangchendzonga National Park?
The nearest railway station is Jalpaiguri railway station, about 134 km from the Khangchendzonga National Park.

The best time to visit the Khangchendzonga National Park is between the months of end-March to May and September to November.

Distances from various places to reach Khangchendzonga National Park
Bagdogra Airport > [129 km] > Gangtok> [47 km] > Khangchendzonga National Park
Pakyong Airport > [56 km] > Khangchendzonga National Park

Distance from Khangchendzonga National Park to other sights in Sikkim
Distance from Khangchendzonga National Park to Darjeeling is about 70 km
Distance from Khangchendzonga National Park to Gangtok is about 47 km
Distance from Khangchendzonga National Park to Yuksom is about 35 km
Distance from Khangchendzonga National Park to Lachen is about 24 km


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Valley of Flowers, Chamoli, Uttarakhand, India, A World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO

A quest for the famous bursts of color is what may have gotten you to plan a trek to Valley of flowers - but soon you would experience that it is the journey and not the destination that makes it worth your while.

It's a 13+ km trek (varied distance/s depending on where you start) where the first 80% of the trek from Govind Ghat to Ghangaria is labelled as easy as well as moderately difficult. Second part of the trek is supposedly a strenuous one.

When you trek the first hour may be the toughest than you fall in your own hypnotic rhythm and quietude follows and once in a while your thoughts meander with wispy clouds and are just focussed for that one cup of steaming hot chai :)

Since the valley is in full bloom between mid July to mid August be prepared for rain - especially at dawn - valley calls and big fat drops may just start pouring and if you are lucky enough the drumbeats may pause or may taunt you with a patter again.

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How to reach Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand, India?

Best time to visit the Valley of Flowers is in the months of July and August (various flower species blooms at different times). The valley is open from beginning of June until the beginning of October and is closed as well as covered in snow the rest of the year.

How to reach Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand. by air and which is the nearest airport to Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand ?
The nearest airport is Jolly Grant is Dehradun Airport at a distance of about 287 km from Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand.

Delhi International Airport at a distance of about 515 km from Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand.

How to reach Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand. by train and which is the nearest railway station to Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand ?
The nearest railway station is at Rishikesh at a distance of about 272 km from Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand.

You could also opt to travel from train to Haridwar that is at a distance of about 291 km from Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand.

Distance between various places to reach Valley of Flowers
Delhi > [220 kms| > Haridwar > [20 kms| > Rishikesh > [75 kms| > Rudraprayag > [ 115 kms| > Joshimath Dehradun > [47 km] > Rishikesh > {255 km] > Joshimath > [21 km] > Govind Ghat > [9.7 km] > Ghangaria > [trek 3.2+ km] > Valley of Flowers

You could break up the journey from - Rishikesh > {75 km] > Devprayag > {68 km] > Rudraprayag > {119 km] > Nandprayag > {62 km] > Joshimath)

Nanda Devi National Park > [12.5 km] > Valley of Flowers


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Nanda Devi Mountains, Nanda Devi National Park, Uttarakhand, India, A World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO

Nanda Devi, the second highest in India, with an aura of inaccessibility almost like a ethereal sign hangs audaciously encompassing it 'forbidden territory'

The Nanda Devi National Park is encircled by a spectacular range of mountains, such as Trishul (7,120m), Dunagiri (7,066m) and Changabang (6,864m). Lata and Tolma villages are the two entry points to the Nanda Devi National Park (note - the climb from Tolma is easier than from Lata)

Nanda Devi National Park is recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. How to reach Nanda Devi National Park, Uttarakhand, India?


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How to reach Nanda Devi National Park by air and which is the nearest airport to Nanda Devi National Park?
The nearest airport is Jolly Grant is Dehradun Airport at a distance of about 286 km from Nanda Devi National Park.

Delhi International Airport is at a distance of about 514 km from Nanda Devi National Park.

How to reach Nanda Devi National Park by train and which is the nearest railway station to Nanda Devi National Park
The nearest railway station is at Rishikesh at a distance of about 272 km from Nanda Devi National Park.

You could also opt to travel from train to Haridwar that is at a distance of about 291 km from Nanda Devi National Park.

Distance between various places to reach Nanda Devi National Park
Delhi > [220 kms| > Haridwar > [20 kms| > Rishikesh > [75 kms| > Rudraprayag > [ 115 kms| > Joshimath > [29 kms| > Lata Village > [29 kms| > Joshimath > [267 kms| > Dehradun

Good read - on Nanda Devi National Park and directions to reach it
https://www.moxtain.com/blogs/nanda-devi-national-park-uttarakhand


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Basilica of Bom Jesus in Goa, India (1) - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Basilica of Bom Jesus is an ancient revered catholic site and it’s greatest treasure - the preserves or the remains of Saint Francis Xavier who was viewed as the Apostle of the East for his work in the evangelization of Asia. The basilica is located in Old Goa which was the former capital of Portuguese India. The Basilica of Bom Jesus in Goa is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

When visiting the only basilica in Goa you must view - apart from the Statue of St. Francis Xavier and the main altar with carvings and gilding, gilded reredos with the statues of St. Ignatius and the Infant Jesus, Sacristy – chest containing the Golden Rose, Chapel of St. Francis Xavier, Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament, Modern art gallery paintings, especially 'The Last Judgement' and 'Genesis'... How to reach Goa?


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Basilica of Bom Jesus in Goa, India (2) - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Basilica of Bom Jesus is one of the oldest churches that was consecrated in 1605 and was modeled on Portuguese Jesuit churches like the Church of the Holy Spirit of Évora and the church of St Roque Lisbon. The basilica is located in Old Goa which was the former capital of Portuguese India. The Basilica of Bom Jesus in Goa is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. How to reach Goa?


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Church of St Augustine in ruins in Goa, India (1) - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Church of St. Augustine built by the Augustinians is located in Old Goa, India and currently stands as ruins as the vault of the church collapsed in 1842 and the facades fell in 1936. Church of St. Augustine was completed in 1602 and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Churches and convents of Goa, India. How to reach Goa?


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Church of St Augustine in ruins in Goa, India (2) - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Church of St. Augustine was built on top of the Monte Santo (Holy Hill), between 1597 and 1602 by Augustinian friars and was known as one of the three great Augustinian churches in the Iberian world. Church of St. Augustine is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Churches and convents of Goa, India. How to reach Goa?


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Chapel of our Lady Monte in Goa, India - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Located in Velha Goa the chapel of Our Lady of the Mount has tremendous historical significance and is a secluded hidden gem. The chapel of Our Lady of the Mount was consecrated in 1519 commemorating the victory of Afonso de Albuquerque over Sultan Adil Shah and this was the site of the battle between the armies.

Try and time your visit near the sunset (weekdays the chapel is open till 7pm) as the views are spectacular atop the Monte near the Church of St. Cajetan, and overlooks the expanse of the Mandovi river and the islands of Devar and Chorao.

The chapel of Our Lady of the Mount in Goa India is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. How to reach Goa?


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Chapel of St Catherine in Goa, India (1) - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Chapel of St Catherine is pretty small and elegant, built a Portuguese architecture style the chapel has a brown and white facade unlike most other pure white structures in Goa. It is no more functional and is located at a distance of about 13 km from Panjim. The Chapel of St Catherine is maintained by Archaeological Survey of India and is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Churches and convents of Goa, India. How to reach Goa?


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Chapel of St Catherine in Goa, India (2) - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

A short walk to the west of the Church of St Francis of Assisi stands the small Chapel of St Catherine. The elegant Chapel is also a short walk from the Archaeological Museum and is of immense significance to Portuguese history in India. If you choose to you could also visit the Se Cathedral nearby. The Chapel of St Catherine is maintained by Archaeological Survey of India and is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Churches and convents of Goa, India. How to reach Goa?


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Church of Our Lady of the Rosary in Goa, India (1) - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

The old church of Goa the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary was built in 1543. With towers and cupolas typical of late-Gothic and Manueline Portugese on the outside - the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary does appear as a small fortress.

You will be able to see the Manueline vaults of the chapels inside and just next to the altarpiece which is dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary, there is a carved alabaster cenotaph with an inscription, ‘Aqui jaz Dona Catarina, mulher de Garcia de Sa, a qual pede a quem isto ler que peça misericórida a Deus para sua alma’ meaning ‘Here lies Dona Catarina, wife of Garcia de Sá, asks those who read this to asks mercy of God for her soul’.

Church of Our Lady of the Rosary is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Churches and convents of Goa, India. How to reach Goa?


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Church of St Cajetan in Goa, India (1) - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Built by Theatines, Church of St. Cajetan is dedicated to St. Cajetan and to Our Lady of Providence and has been modeled on the St. Peter’s Basilica, in the Vatican city. Church of St. Cajetan brings alive the majestic Portuguese era with its Corinthian Architecture and Baroque style carvings.

Located in Velha Goa or Old Goa, Church of St. Cajetan is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Churches and convents of Goa, India. How to reach Goa?


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Church of St Cajetan in Goa, India (2) - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Standing northeast of the Se Cathedral in Old Goa is the the gracious Church of St. Cajetan named after St. Cajetan who was the founder of the Order of monks called the Theatines.

When you visit do view the statues of St. Peter, St. Paul, St. John and St. Matthew niched in the façade, Verse from the gospel of Matthew inscribed around the cupola, no one can miss the main altar with the beautifully carved altarpiece depicting Our Lady of Divine Providence as well as the Paintings of the life of St. Cajetan adorning the walls and pillars...How to reach Goa?


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Church of St Francis Assisi in Goa, India (1) - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Church of St. Francis of Assisi owing to its renovation in 1665, the church displays a graceful blend of architectural styles and rich and elaborate carved artworks. Adjoining to the Church of St. Francis of Assisi is the the Museum of Archaeological History which was originally a convent. The blending of Portuguese-Manueline style from the ancient times to the later Tuscan style does produces a set of unique examples of architecture.

Few of the must view list at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi should include Statues of St. Francis of Assisi and Jesus on the altar, Baroque and Corinthian carvings on the altar itself, Wood Paintings depicting the life of St. Francis of Assisi, Frescoes with floral decorations, Paintings on the interior walls depicting scenes from the Bible and the Manueline architecture of the portal. How to reach Goa?


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Church of St Francis Assisi in Goa, India (2) - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Church of St. Francis of Assisi was first completed in 1521 and was rebuilt multiple times since. The main chapel has several paintings on the life of St. Francis of Assisi and a large gilded altarpiece dating from c.1670 with a picture of Jesus on the cross embracing with one arm Francis Xavier. The floor of the church, like many churches of Goa, has graves with inscriptions and coats. Church of St. Francis of Assisi is located in Velha Goa and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Churches and convents of Goa, India. How to reach Goa?


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Church of St Francis Assisi in Goa, India (3) - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Church of St. Francis of Assisi with a stunning amalgamation of Corinthian ,Tuscan and Baroque styles is a must visit as it houses a Museum showcasing paintings, sculptures, and artifacts which provide a quick glimpse of Goa’s cultural past. Church of St. Francis of Assisi is located in Velha Goa and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Churches and convents of Goa, India. How to reach Goa?


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Se Cathedral in Goa, India (1) - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Se Cathedral is the most imposing of all the churches found in Old Goa and its construction almost lasted about a 100 years. The proud cathedral and with its superb Iberian façade, soaring ceilings, fabulous mosaic work, intricate wood and gilded carvings as well as the simplicity of its tuscan exterior overwhelms all visitors. How to reach Goa?


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Se Cathedral in Goa, India (2) - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Se Cathedral Goa, is dedicated to St. Catherine as it stands with its gracious façade facing east to welcome each new day. The towering cathedral church is one of largest amongst all churches and convents of Goa and was built by the Portuguese to commemorate their victory over India. The cathedral is dedicating to Catherine of Alexandria and it houses the Great Golden Bell and the Golden Rose that adds to its spiritual aura as it was received as the benediction of Pope. How to reach Goa?


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Se Cathedral in Goa, India (Interior) - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

When visiting the Se Cathedral you must view - apart from the cannot miss main altar with its gilded reredos depicting scenes from the life of St. Catherine of Alexandria as well as her martyrdom - the Chapel of the Cross of Miracles, the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament with its skillfully carved and gilded wall and ceiling, the wooden filigree screens separating the chapels from the nave, the statuary and paintings along the walls and in the niches of the pillars, the statues of St. Francis Xavier, St Ignatius of Loyola, St. Peter, St Paul and St. Christopher and the Golden Bell…How to reach Goa?


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Buddha in bhumisparsha mudra at Mahabodhi Temple, Bihar India a UNESCO Heritage Site

Buddha shrine at the Mahabodhi [Maha= great Bodhi=enlightenment or awakening] resonates peace literally.

The Mahabodhi Temple was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002. The first temple was built by Ashoka in the 3rd century, which was destroyed by many Muslim rulers and the present temple was rebuilt between 5th - 6th centuries. How to reach Bodh Gaya?


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Quietude at Mahabodhi Temple, Bihar India a UNESCO Heritage Site

Do take the time to reflect in quietude and I am certain you will feel the enveloping energy - very positive, soothing and uplifting. It is believed that this place is the birthplace of Buddhist ideologies and beliefs.

Four major sites are linked with the life of Buddha - it is believed that he was born in Lumbinivana, east of Kapilavastu in present day Nepal, Bodh Gaya where Buddha attained enlightenment, Isipatana present day Sarnath near Benaras / Varanasi where he delivered his first sermon and he attained mahaparinivana in Kushinagara in Uttar Pradesh. How to reach Bodh Gaya?


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Bodhi tree at Mahabodhi Temple, Bihar India a UNESCO Heritage Site

Prince Siddhartha (as Buddha was called before he achieved enlightenment) meditated beneath a Peepul (Fig) tree in Bodh Gaya and once he achieved enlightenment the same was ‘revered as the sacred Bodhi tree’. Though believed to be the descendant of the original tree the present day Bodhi tree is an inspiration as well as a symbol, not just of Buddha's enlightenment, but the ultimate potential that lies within all of us. How to reach Bodh Gaya?


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Votive stupas at Mahabodhi Temple, Bihar India a UNESCO Heritage Site

Meditating is easy at the Mahabodhi temple - with a lively bird chatter symphony, wafts of incense and gentle chanting by the many monks between the cluster of exquisitely carved votive stupas, chaityas (prayer halls) and niches with evocative Buddha sculpture reliefs. How to reach Bodh Gaya?


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Nalanda Mahavihara near Patna in Bihar, India is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Nalanda University near Patna in Bihar, India, a UNESCO World Heritage Site was one of the premier seat of learning - an ancient Mahavihara (Buddhist monastery in Sanskrit and Pali) for centuries.

Well known as a center of learning for philosophy, politics, law, science, and arts... even the study of archaeological remnants of the erstwhile Nalanda Mahavihara near Patna in Bihar confirms its holistic style of learning a seamless co-existence between nature and man. How to reach the Nalanda Mahavihara?


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Nalanda Mahavihara in medieval India flourished for a good 800 years

I did not know that the ancient Nalanda Mahavihara in medieval India was an International Residential University - how cool is the sound of that!

Nalanda Mahavihara a UNESCO World Heritage Site uniquely attracted all who embraced knowledge be it students and gurus or scholars from Tibet, China, Korea and Indonesia.How to reach the Nalanda Mahavihara?


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Nilgiri Hills or Ooty, Western Ghats of Tamil Nadu, India

Nilgiri Hills literally means the blue mountains, got their name from the purplish blue flowers of Neelakurinji found in the shola forests of the Western Ghats of Tamil Nadu, India. Interesting to note is that Neelakurinji blossoms only once in 12 years. 

Nilgiris district is home to many hill stations including Ooty, Coonoor, Gudalur and Kotagiri as well as many wildlife parks including Mudumalai National Park. How to reach Ooty? How to reach Coonoor?


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Palolem Beach, Goa, India

Palm fringed Palolem beach, Goa India has stunning views a perfect option for intriguing walks. How to reach Palolem Beach?


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Interesting reads online on Hampi, Karnataka, India

Do read this post by Lakshmi Sarath - though in partnership with a hotel property - I am sure it will prompt you to consider Hampi seriously.
https://lakshmisharath.com/places-to-visit-in-hampi/

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How to reach Hampi?

How to reach Hampi by Air?
The distance between Monuments of Hampi and Bengaluru International Airport is about 349 km. It would approximately take about 7+ hours to drive down from Bengaluru International Airport.

The distance between Monuments of Hampi and the nearest domestic airport that is located at Bellary or the Jindal Vijaynagar Airport, Bellary is about 36 km.

How to reach Hampi by Train?
The nearest railway station from Hampi is Hospet which is at a distance of 13 km.

Best time to visit Hampi
The best time to visit Hampi would be when the temperatures are a bit cooler or between October and February. September is a good shoulder month to visit Hampi but do note it can rain heavily at times in September too and walking around boulders may get slippery.

How many days do you need for planning a getaway to Hampi?
You will need 3 to 5 days depending how many monuments you would like to explore thoroughly in Hampi.

Sightseeing Map of Hampi
If you need a digital map to explore Hampi than check out the homepage of this site as it lists 80+ options for sightseeing.
http://hampi.in/itinerary


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Ancient Harishchandragad, Western Ghats, Maharashtra, India

Within easy reach from Pune or Mumbai - Harishchandragad is an ancient hill fort near Malshej Ghat, Maharashtra India. Taramati peak is its highest point and has many mesmerizing panaromas - more so after the monsoons.

Konkankada at Harishchandragad is a huge cliff - it would be just perfect to reach it especially during dusk as it does deliver dazzling sunsets. Do contemplate to camp in the meadow near Konkankada for a night - right under the millions of stars. How to reach Harishchandragad?


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Kedareshwar Cave at Harishchandragad, Western Ghats, Maharashtra, India

Shiva Linga at the Kedareshwar Cave at Harishcndragad is completely surrounded by water - and water continues to seep in from the cave walls all year round. It is impossible to reach the cave during monsoons – which is a favorite time for trekking up as a huge stream flows across blocking the way – locals believe this is the origin of the River Mangal Ganga. How to reach Harishchandragad?

The lingam is surrounded by four pillars - a rivetinglocal  legend is that the 4 pillars in the Kedareshwar Cavere represents the 4 Yugas or ‘life on earth’ - Satya Yuga, Dwapara Yuga, Treta Yuga, and Kal Yuga - and when the fourth pillar disintegrates the world or life on earth will end too.


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Ganesha, Caves at Harishchandragad, Western Ghats, Maharashtra, India

Harishchandragad has many caves believed to have been carved in the medieval time with idols of God Vishnu and Ganesha.


Caves around Harishchandragad are spread out all over - you will find some around the fort, few around the temple and many around the foot of Taramati peak.

History buffs who enjoy trekking would find traversing to Harishchandragad a treasure trove as the structures standing still since centuries hold innumerable tales  - we are talking about Harishchandreshwar temple, the Kedareshwar cave, the Pushkarni, and the Ganesh caves. How to reach Harishchandragad?


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Harishchandreshwar Temple at Harishchandragad, Western Ghats, Maharashtra, India

Carved out of a monolithic rock the Harishchandreshwar temple is dedicated to Shiva and has an amazingly a serene aura. As per inscriptions carved on its walls it belongs to the medieval period. How to reach Harishchandragad?

Saptatirtha Pushkarni is a small lake surrounded by temple-like structures that had Vishnu idols which have now been shifted to the caves near the Harishchandreshwar temple. [Pushkarni is any deep man made well with steps going down to the water level.] 


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How to reach Harishchandragad, Maharashtra, India?

Though many start at dawn to complete the Harishchandragad trek in a day the uphill climb is exhausting and it would be absolutely criminal to leave without taking in the scintillating sunset – so really figure out a way to camp overnight at Harishchandragad.

Review details on the below links for information on how to reach Harishchandragad

Details as available on Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harishchandragad#How_to_reach

Details as available on a blog post
http://harishchandragadinfo.blogspot.com/p/how-to-reach.html

The best time to visit Harishchandragad would be in the cooler months of December and January. Though October may be much warmer but offers a fairytale look as the entire fort is blooming in the golden hue of the Sonki flowers.

Many like to trek and camp to Harishchandragad after monsoons that would be September onwards since the surrounding greens deliver absolutely stunning views in almost every direction.


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Anjuna Beach, Goa, India

Anjuna is a village located on the coast of North Goa, India and being easy to reach is a tourist hotspot. If you are around on Wednesday do check out the beachfront flea market with its eclectic wares. How to reach Anjuna Beach?


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Prayers offered at Shravanabelagola Gomateshwara, Near Mysore, Karnataka in India

Bahubali also known as Gommateshwara was the son of Rishabhanatha who meditated in a 'kayotsarga' standing posture for years. This 57 / 58 foot monolithic statue of Gommateshwara at Shravanabelagola was built in the 10th century...

Every 12 years thousands of Jains celebrate Mahamastakabhisheka an important ancient tradition and Gommateshwara or Bahubali statue is anointed with Milk, Sugar cane juice, Turmeric, Sandalwood paste, Saffron, Flowers (even gold and silver flowers) and Water.

Bahubali at Shravanabelagola is at a distance of 145 km from Bengaluru. How to reach Bangalore or Bengaluru?




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Chapora Fort, Goa, India

Chapora Fort, Goa towering over Chapora River is picturesque especially post rainy season. How to reach Chapora Fort?


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How to reach Goa, India?

Centuries ago Goa was known as Gopakapattam, Gopakapuri, Gomantak, Sindapur, Mahassapatam…

How to reach Goa by air?
The Dabolim International Airport, near Vasco da Gama, Goa and Mumbai International Airport are the nearest airports to reach Goa. There are direct domestic flights available from Mumbai Airport or if you prefer a drive down Goa is at a distance of about 594 km from Mumbai.

Distance from Goa Airport
Goa International Airport is at a distance of about 28 km from Panjim
Goa International Airport is at a distance of about 28 km from Mudgaon or Margoa
Goa International Airport is at a distance of about 39 km from Mapusa

How to reach Goa by train?
Goa railway stations (Madgaon Junction and Thivim railway station) are located in the centre of the city and are well connected to most cities in India.

Depends on what seasons you like as we Indians love Goa even in the monsoons especially between July and September. The best time to visit Goa is from middle of November to February and that is the high season so expect it to be crowded.


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Valparai Plateau, Near Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

Valparai is often described as a quaint hill station with kush green tea plantations as far as the eye can see. Decades ago the entire stretch of the Valparai plateau was covered with rainforests - large parts of which were converted by the British into sprawling tea plantations. Valparai is roughly about 100 kilometres from Coimbatore and would take about 3-4 hours to reach by car. How to reach Coimbatore?


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Naini Lake, Nainital, Uttarakhand, India

Enchanting crescent shaped Naini or Nainital Lake is a natural freshwater body, located in Nainital, Uttarakhand, India.  How to reach Naini Lake?


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Panchachuli Peaks, Trek, Munsiyari, Uttarakhand, India

It seems the pull of Panchachuli peaks is not only a thrilling hike - as and when your lens finally does gets to clench its vast panorama the vista delivers a powerful punch. The hike is inundated with endless meadows perfect to pitch a tent and too many waterfalls on the glacier as well as a coniferous forest of high oaks, birch and deodar trees. How to reach Panchachuli Base Camp?  How to reach Munsiyari?


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Munsiyari, Kumaon region, Uttarakhand, India

Munsyari in Uttarakhand India is a verdant secret of Kumaon hills. Munsyari is almost engulfed by snowcapped mountains and dense forests and is favored by nature lovers and adventurers. You could opt for glacier treks to Milam and Ralam starting from Munsyari or enjoy stupendous views of the Panchachuli peaks doing a 2 day trek to Khuliya Top. Its really not necessary to exert yourself as Munsyari paints a vivid canvas of golden dawns and chrome sunsets. How to reach Munsiyari?


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How to reach Bhimbetka Caves, Madhya Pradesh, India?

Best time to visit Bhimbetka caves would be between the cooler months of December and February.

How do you reach Bhimbetka caves by air? Which is the nearest airport to Bhimbetka caves?
The nearest airport is Bhopal Airport and it is at a distance of 72 km from Bhimbetka caves.

How do you reach Bhimbetka caves by train? Which is the nearest railway station to Bhimbetka caves?
You to reach via Bhopal Junction and it is at a distance of 46 km from Bhimbetka caves.


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Rhinoceros at Kaziranga National Park, Assam India a UNESCO Site

One horned Rhino at Kaziranga National Park - this species once pushed very close to extinction due to habitat loss or poaching is now slowly steadily increasing in numbers in India as well as all over the world.

The greater one-horned Rhino or the Indian Rhino as it popularly referred to are solitary species prefer grazing in solitude unless when adult males nearing adulthood is when you see them gather at wallows or whilst grazing. One-horned Rhino prefers eating grasses as well as leaves, branches of shrubs and trees, fruit, and aquatic plants. How to reach Kaziranga National Park?


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Tiger at Kaziranga National Park, Assam India a UNESCO Site

Tiger actually seems to look right in the camera whists settling for its meal at Kaziranga National Park in Assam. Doesn't matter which species you have gone to connect with for a few moments - if you are able to catch a tiger or tigress sauntering around you will acknowledge that this large predator is simply and undoubtedly fascinates every eye it meets. How to reach Kaziranga National Park?


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Elephants at Kaziranga National Park, Assam India a UNESCO Site

Kaziranga National Park, Assam and its surrounding landscape arguably holds the most critical population of elephants in Northeast India. Elephants are megaherbivores and they need to eat about 150+ kg of plant matter per day. Interesting to note is whilst they graze on the tall grasses they uproot entire clumps and actually dust them skillfully and consume the fresh leave tops whilst discarding the roots. How to reach Kaziranga National Park?


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Deer at Kaziranga National Park, Assam India a UNESCO Site

Indian hog deer at Kaziranga National Park are mainly grazers and feed on grasses are named such as they have a hog-like manner and speed through the forests with its head hung low to duck easily duck under obstacles instead of leaping over them like most other deer. They usually found in herds and when alarmed make a whistling vocalization or a warning bark. How to reach Kaziranga National Park?


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Owl in Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Western Ghats, Kerala, India an UNESCO World Heritage Site

Whilst the world may have more than 200 Owl species India has more than 30+ species literally found in every in kind of habitat.

Owls can swoop through the air without making a sound, being birds of prey feed on insects, small birds, reptiles, mammals and fish.

Apart from the Owl you can find about 200+ bird species including yellow-throated bulbul at Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary.

Animals that you can find at the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary include Bengal Tiger, Indian Leopard, Bonnet Macaque, Nilgiri Tahr, Grizzled giant squirrel...

The Chinnar and Pambar rivers are the major perennial water resources in the sanctuary and are home to many fish and amphibian species;

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Western Ghat, Kerala is recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Site. How to reach Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary?


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The blue-eared kingfisher found in Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is usually found in dense shaded forests areas hunting in small streams.

Perched on overhanging branches it dives to its prey that includes crustaceans, dragonfly larvae and fish. It also is known to feed on grasshoppers and mantids.

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Western Ghat, Kerala is recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Site. How to reach Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary?


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Tufted Grey Langurs in Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Western Ghats, Kerala, India an UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Tufted Gray Langur are generally shy and are known by several names - Madras Gray Langur as well as Coromandel Sacred Langur and are found in Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala, India.

Like other gray langurs they mostly feed on leaves and are also known to feed on fleshy fruits and seeds.

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Grizzled Giant Squirrel in Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Western Ghats, Kerala, India an UNESCO World Heritage Site

The grizzled giant squirrel is seemingly a large tree squirrel found in the hill forests of Kerala and also found in Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary. It is listed as near threatened species.

The grizzled giant squirrel enjoys eating not only fruits, nuts, insects, bird eggs but also the bark of some trees.

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Nilgiri Tahr in Eravikulam National Park, Western Ghats, Kerala, India an UNESCO World Heritage Site

Eravikulam National Park has the the largest surviving population of Nilgiri Tahr also known as the Wild Mountain Goat.

The Nilgiri Tahr inhabits the open montane grasslands of the upper reaches of the Western Ghats and feeds on herbs, shrubs and grass. Also known as Alpine Ibex it is as well found in Nilgiri Hills, Anamalai Hills, Periyar National Park and Palni Hills.

Other animals found at Eravikulam National Park are Lion-tailed Macaques, Nilgiri langur, Indian Muntjac, Sambar deer, Golden jackal, Dhole, Leopard and Tiger.

Eravikulam National Park, Western Ghat, Kerala is recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Site. How to reach Eravikulam National Park?


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Red-whiskered Bulbul in Eravikulam National Park, Western Ghats, Kerala, India an UNESCO World Heritage Site

The red-whiskered bulbul also known as crested bulbul, is a passerine bird found in Eravikulam National Park, Western Ghats, Kerala, India.

A member of the bulbul family it feeds on fruits and small insects. Red-whiskered bulbuls perch conspicuously on trees and have a loud three or four note call.

Eravikulam National Park, Western Ghat, Kerala is recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Site. How to reach Eravikulam National Park?


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White-bellied Blue Robin in Eravikulam National Park, Western Ghats, Kerala, India an UNESCO World Heritage Site

You can find more than 100 bird species at the Eravikulam National Park apart from White bellied Blue Robin.

The Nilgiri Blue Robin also known as the White-bellied Blue Robin is a passerine bird usually found on the forest floor and undergrowth of dense forest patches sheltered in the valleys of montane grasslands, a restricted and threatened habitat.

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How to reach Eravikulam National Park, Kerala, India?

Eravikulam National Park is World Heritage Site, recognized by UNESCO.

Which is the nearest airport to Eravikulam National Park?
The nearest airport is Kochi International Airport which is at distance of about 113 km from Eravikulam National Park.

You could opt to fly in via Coimbatore International Airport which is at distance of about 159 km from Eravikulam National Park.

How to reach Eravikulam National Park by train?
The nearest railway station is Aluva Railway Station at a distance of about 113 km from Eravikulam National Park.

Best time to visit Eravikulam National Park is between the cooler months starting from October to January.


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Silent Valley National Park, Western Ghats, Kerala, India an UNESCO World Heritage Site

Silent Valley National Park is a core part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve located in Western Ghats and is a World Heritage Site, recognized by UNESCO. Silent Valley is home to the largest population of lion-tailed macaques, an endangered species. How to reach Silent Valley National Park?

The coolest months at the Silent Valley National Park are January and February where the temperature at an average is 18 °C. It's humidity is at a consistent high owing to high amount of rainfall between June and December.

Note: Silent Valley National Park being completely enclosed within a ring of hills receives copious amounts of rainfall during monsoons on season lasting from June to September (south-west monsoon) another from October to November (north-east monsoon).


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How to reach Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Kerala, India?

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is World Heritage Site, recognized by UNESCO.

Which is the nearest airport to Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
The nearest airport is Coimbatore International Airport which is at distance of about 118 km from Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary.

You could opt to fly in via Kochi International Airport which is at distance of about 154 km from Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary.

How to reach Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary by train?
The nearest railway station is Pollachi Junction Railway Station at a distance of about 66 km from Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary. And Aluva Railway Station is at a distance of about 154 km from Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary.

Best time to visit Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is between the cooler months starting from November to February.

Places to visit near Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
Distance between Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary and Eravikulam National Park is only about 42 km.
Distance between Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary and Munnar is only about 49 km.
Distance between Eravikulam National Park and Munnar is only about 8 km.


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Crested Serpent Eagle at Kaziranga National Park, Assam India a UNESCO Site

The crested serpent eagle at Kaziranga National Park, Assam, India is bird of prey and flies the forest canopy on broad wings in search of reptiles or snakes and lizards. Their tail have wide white and black bars. Found in forested habitats across tropical Asia the crested serpent eagle tend to call with a loud, piercing and familiar three or two-note call. How to reach Kaziranga National Park?


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Red Whiskerd Bulbul at Kaziranga National Park, Assam India a UNESCO Site

The Red-whiskered Bulbul found in the Kaziranga National Park is a passerine bird with a lifespan of about 11 years. It is a frugivore and feeds on fruits and small insects. Red-whiskered bulbuls are more often heard than seen especially in the mornings when they call perched from the tree-tops. How to reach Kaziranga National Park?


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Crimson Sunbird at Kaziranga National Park, Assam India a UNESCO Site

The tiny Crimson Sunbird found in Kaziranga National park are really tiny about 11 sms long. They feed largely on nectar or insects. They access the nectar by hovering like a hummingbird, but usually perch to feed most of the time. Their call sounds like is chee-cheewee. How to reach Kaziranga National Park?


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Oriental Pied Hornbill at Kaziranga National Park, Assam India a UNESCO Site

The oriental pied hornbill at Kaziranga National Park are important large seed dispersers and generally monogamous (breed between January and June). Hornbills are predominantly frugivores and their diet could include wild fruits or large insects including grasshoppers or small birds like finches. They also eat the smallish lizards and snakes or frogs and fish. How to reach Kaziranga National Park?


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Minivets at Kaziranga National Park, Assam India a UNESCO Site

The small minivet at the Kaziranga National Park in Assam, India is a small passerine bird found in India and Indonesia. Minivets feeds on insects in trees by flycatching or while perched. You will usually find minivets picturesquely perched in small flocks. Small minuets have a thin and high call - resembling swee swee swee. How to reach Kaziranga National Park?


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Blue Throated Barbet at Kaziranga National Park, Assam India a UNESCO Site

The blue-throated barbet found in Kaziranga National Park is a passerine bird and has bright green, blue and red plumage, native to the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. The barbets eats fruits and insects and usually frequent evergreen forests, deciduous forests, teak forests etc with fruiting trees. How to reach Kaziranga National Park?


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Spot-billed Duck at Kaziranga National Park, Assam India a UNESCO Site

The Indian spot-billed duck at Kaziranga National Park in Assam is a non-migratory breeding duck that feeds by dabbling for plant food or invertebrates such as snails usually in the evening or at night. How to reach Kaziranga National Park?


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Peafowl at Manas National Park, Assam India a UNESCO Site

Peafowls at Kaziranga National Park - they prefer to forage for food early in the mornings and tend to stay in cover during the heat of the day. Peafowls being omnivorous eat seeds, fruits, insects, small mammals and small reptiles. How to reach Manas National Park?


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Hodgson Redstart at Manas National Park, Assam India a UNESCO Site

Hodgson Redstart at Kaziranga National Park likes to eat berries and insects and forages in short flights from perch or sallies for flying insects. As per hbw.com their nests mainly is made up of grass stems and twigs, lined with feathers, placed in hole in the tree or in a rotten stump.[hbw.com Handbook of the Birds of the World] How to reach Manas National Park?


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Elephants at Manas National Park, Assam India a UNESCO Site

Manas National Park is a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site, a Elephant Reserve, a Tiger Reserve as well as a biosphere reserve in Assam, India.

Indian elephants spend up to 18+ hours a day feeding themselves and for such a large animal and seemingly slow animal they can cover up to 100+ square miles. Elephants seem to enjoy eating grasses, large amounts of tree bark, roots, leaves including small stems. For captive elephants food would include bananas, rice and sugarcane.

Elephants are always close to a source of fresh water be it for a thirst quencher or for cooling themselves. How to reach Manas National Park?


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Capped Langur at Manas National Park, Assam India a UNESCO Site

Capped Langurs in Manas National Park, Assam are more common than the Rhesus macaque in forested areas and are also found in Bhutan, Bangladesh and Tibet. Although the capped langur is the second most abundant primate in Assam, it is declining due to habitat loss and organized encroachment.

Manas National Park is also known for its rare and endangered wildlife such as the golden langur, hispid hare and pygmy hog. How to reach Manas National Park?


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One Horned Rhinoceros at Manas National Park, Assam India a UNESCO Site

One horned Rhino at Manas National Park - this species once pushed very close to extinction due to habitat loss or poaching is now slowly steadily increasing in numbers in India as well as all over the world.

The greater one-horned Rhino or the Indian Rhino as it popularly referred to are solitary species prefer grazing in solitude unless when adult males nearing adulthood is when you see them gather at wallows or whilst grazing. One-horned Rhino prefers eating grasses as well as leaves, branches of shrubs and trees, fruit, and aquatic plants. How to reach Manas National Park?



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Leopard at Manas National Park, Assam India a UNESCO Site

Leopard at Manas National Park - an elusive predator who is solitary, and largely nocturnal.

Leopards have been captured on camera resting on tree branches and seem to be able to climb up with ease not only to rest during the day but also are able to drag their prey high up to keep it safe from other predators. How to reach Manas National Park?


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How to reach Sundarbans National Park, West Bengal, India?

Picture - Spotted Deer at Sundarbans National Park in West Bengal, India a World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO

Which is the nearest airport to Sundarbans National Park?
The nearest airport is Netaji Subhash Chandra International Airport in Kolkata which is at distance of about 102 km from Sundarbans National Park.

How to reach Sundarbans National Park by train?
The nearest railway station is Canning Railway Station at a distance of about 58 km from Sundarbans National Park. Canning Railway Station is one of Kolkata's Suburban Railway Station and is the terminal station on the Sealdah–Canning railway line originating in Kolkata city. Note the distance between Sealdah railway station to Kolkata International Airport is about 15 km.

Best time to visit Sundarbans National Park
is between the cooler months starting from October to March. Summers at Sundarbans National Park are extremely humid and hot between March to June and aso are an ideal time to visit the Sundarbans National Park.

You may prefer taking monsoon cruises between August and September as they are simply spectacular - apart from getting more chances of spotting wildlife - you could capture sunsets around dry-cleaned lush greens and moody cloudy skies.


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Tiger resting at Sundarbans National Park, West Bengal, India - An UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Sundarbans also a Tiger Reserve is home to the Royal Bengal Tigers that have developed a distinctive characteristic of swimming in saline waters and can be seen sunbathing in the cooler months between November and February. 

Apart from the Bengal tiger Sundarbans National Park has fishing cats, leopard cats, macaques, wild boars, Indian grey mongoose, foxes, jungle cats, flying foxes, and chital.

Sundarbans National Park is recognized as World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a tour to Sundarbans is an experience of a lifetime. How to reach Sundarbans National Park?


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Buffy Fish Owl found in Sundarbans National Park, West Bengal, India - An UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Buffy Fish Owl is native to Southeast Asia and lives in tropical forests and wetlands - also found in Sundarbans National Park, West Bengal, India which is a World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO. How to reach Sundarbans National Park?

The Buffy Fish Owl usually prefers foraging in the dark and becomes active at dusk whilst it rests in trees during the day. It is often found alone hiding in dark places usually among the tree foliage and in the vicinity of its nesting site.


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Buffy Fish Owl at Sundarbans National Park, West Bengal, India - An UNESCO World Heritage Site

It does live up to its name the The Buffy Fish Owl found in Sundarbans National Park feeds usually on fish, as well as crustaceans, reptiles, frogs, toads and insects. They are also happy devouring rats, mice and large beetles or bats.

Perched on the water edge Buffy Fish Owls swoop down to fish or snatch prey from the water's surface. They are found to walk in shallow streams to seize crabs, frogs and aquatic insects.

Sundarbans National Park in West Bengal, India is a World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO. How to reach Sundarbans National Park?


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Spotted Deer at Sundarbans National Park, West Bengal, India - An UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Spotted Deer also known as Axis axis is a gracile deer found in many parts of India as well as in Sundarbans National Park. How to reach Sundarbans National Park?

It grazes near water holes and is also an able swimmer. Spotted Deer being a social species is usually found in groups that has both males and females that may be at times as large as hundred plus.

Spotted Deer gives out an alarm whenever it notices a predator and the sound sets out the whole herd fleeing. It's kinda riveting to not that Spotted Deer hang out where there are langurs as these monkeys can spot predators perched on a tree from long distance.

Males shed their antlers once a year and replace them by growing a new pair which are bigger than the previous ones. You will almost never see leftover antlers since animals including Deer gnaw at them until they are completely eaten as they contain valuable nutrients.

As per WWF Spotted Deer is a major part of a tiger's diet hence their healthy numbers in the wild - is a critical viability factor for the prey species.


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Falcon at Sundarbans National Park, West Bengal, India - An UNESCO World Heritage Site

Apart from Falcons finding a home in Sundarbans National Park, the forest is also rich in bird life including the endemic brown-winged kingfishers, masked finfoots, and other birds of prey such as the ospreys, white-bellied sea eagles and grey-headed fish eagles.

Falcons are birds of prey part of the family Falconidae, which also includes eagles, hawks, kites, and vultures.

Falcons are fast fliers with great aerial agility and hence successful hunters capable of taking prey that is many times their own body weight. And their only serious enemy would be us - humans.

Sundarbans National Park in West Bengal, India is a World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO. How to reach Sundarbans National Park?


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Mountain Railway Darjeeling, West Bengal, India - An UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is popularly known as the Toy Train that runs between New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling in the state of West Bengal, India. How to reach Jalpaiguri?

The train route passes Siliguri and Kurseong to reach Ghum / Ghoom, which is at a highest altitude on the route. The train has to climb up steeply via innumerable bridges (400+), curves, reverses and loops.

Operating since 1881 Darjeeling Himalayan Railway was recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on 2nd Dec 1999.

Note: Three Mountain Railways of India the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, the Nilgiri Mountain Railway, and the Kalka–Shimla Railway, are collectively designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Matheran Hill Railway is on a tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.


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How to reach Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, India?

Jalpaiguri is located on the banks of the Teesta River which is the second largest river in West Bengal after the Ganges, in the foothills of the Himalayas.

Which is the nearest airport to Jalpaiguri?
The nearest airport is Bagdogra airport which is at distance of about 19.5 km from New Jalpaiguri Station.

How to reach Jalpaiguri by train?
The New Jalpiaguri Station is well connected to many cities in West Bengal and India.


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How to reach Panchachuli Base Camp?

Trek to Panchachuli starts from Dar which is at a distance of 42 km from Dharchula the nearest town to the trekking base.

Distance between Munsiyari and Dharchula is about 94 km and takes about 3+ hours to reach by road.

Nearest airport to Dharchula is Pantnagar airport which is at a distance of 334 km.

The route from Delhi to Panchachuli Base Camp is
Delhi >> Kathgodam >> Almora >> Dharchula >> Tawaghat >> Sobla >> Dar >> Urthing >> Nagling >> Son >> Panchachuli Base Camp

(This note needs more details - since I dont hike will need to furthere research)


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How to reach Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand, India?

How to reach Mukteshwar by air?
The nearest airport to Mukteshwar is Pantnagar airport which is at a distance of about 95 km. Delhi International Airport is at a distance of about 337 km from Mukteshwar.

How to reach Mukteshwar by train?
The nearest Railway Station to Mukteshwar is Kathgodam Railway Station at a distance of about 72 km.


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How to reach Munsiyari, Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand, India?

How to Reach Munsiyari by air?
Dehradun airport is at a distance of about 214 kms from Munsiyari and Pantnagar airport is at a distance of 250 kms. Pantnagar is connected by daily flights from Delhi. Naini Saini Airport in Pithoragarh is at a distance of about 130 km from Munsiyari - note there are few flights to this airport.

Best time to visit Munsyari would be from March to June and September to October;


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Mirik, Darjeeling district, West Bengal, India

Perched high on the hills with cool breeze and misty weather is Mirik with its many tea plantations, rich forest with thousands of Cryptomaria-Japanica trees clothing its slopes. Mirik is located in the hills of Darjeeling district in West Bengal, India at a distance of 49 km from Darjeeling town and 52 km from Siliguri. How to reach Darjeeling?


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Panchachuli peaks near Munsiyari, Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand, India

Panchachuli peaks near Munsiyari, Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand, India are a group of 5 snow-capped Himalayan peak popular amongst trekkers looking for a picturesque short trek. How to Reach Munsiyari?


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How to reach Nainital, Uttarakhand, India?

How to reach Nainital by air?
The nearest airport to Nainital is Pantnagar airport which is at a distance of 70 km.

How to reach Nainital by train?
The nearest railway stations to Nainital is Kathgodam railway station and is at a distance of about 36 km.


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Lush green Ziro Valley, Arunachal Pradesh, India

I had never heard about the unobtrusive Ziro Valley in Arunachal Pradesh till I stumbled on it as a part of the tentative UNESCO List (shortlisted in 2002). Ziro valley is well hidden right in the rolling blue hills of Arunachal Pradesh - if you would want an idyllic mix add snow capped mountains and lush pine forest and head straight to Arunachal Pradesh… How to reach Ziro Valley?


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Ziro Valley in Arunchal Pradesh is a living cultural landscape - shortlisted on the tentative UNESCO list

As per UNESCO Ziro Valley presents an example of how co-existence of man and nature has been perfected over the centuries by the Apatani civilization. A must mention is the unique skill of Apatanis of rice-fish cultivation where fish is reared along with paddy and these agro-ecosystems are nourished by nutrients washed out from the perennial streams flowing from the surrounding hill slopes. They replace the lost nutrients due to crop harvest by recycling crop residues and organic wastes of the villages nearby to sustain soil fertility year on year. How to reach Ziro Valley?


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How to reach Naini Lake near Nainital, Uttarakhand, India?

Naini Lake is at a distance of about less than 2 km from Nainital.

How to reach Nainital by air?
The nearest airport to Nainital is Pantnagar airport which is at a distance of 70 km.

How to reach Nainital by train?
The nearest railway stations to Nainital is Kathgodam railway station and is at a distance of about 36 km.


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How to reach Sivasagar, Assam, India?

Picture of Talatal Ghargaon erstwhile capital of the Ahom Kingdom before the 18 century near Rangpur, Sivasagar, Assam, India...

How to reach Sivasagar by air?
Jorhat airport is at a distance of about 76 km from Sivasagar and there many daily flights that connect Jorhat to cities like Kolkata, Delhi, and Bengaluru.

Note that Dibrugarh Airport is at a distance of about 97 km away from Sivasagar and Guwahati is at a distance of about 371 km from Sivasagar.

Kaziranga National Park is at a few hours drive from Sivasagar as it is at distance of about 153 km.

How to reach Sivasagar by train?
Sivasagar railway station is named Sibsagar Town Railway Station and there are many local trains and express trains that that connect Sivasagar with Dibrugarh, Agartala, Bengaluru etc.


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How to reach Majuli, Assam, India?

How to reach Majuli by air?
Nearest airport to Majuli island is Jorhat airport which is at a distance of 22 km from Neemati Ghat where you can catch a ferry to reach Majuli.

How to reach Majuli by train?
Majuli is an island and is not connected by train. You may take a train till Jorhat which is the nearest railhead to Majuli. You will need to take either a bus or taxi to reach Neemati Ghat where ferries are available to reach Majuli.

Exploring around Majuli
Majuli is serene river island that can be explored only by foot many tourist blogs also state that it is possible to rent bicycles.


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How to reach Silent Valley National Park, Kerala India?

Silent Valley National Park is World Heritage Site, recognized by UNESCO.

Which is the nearest airport to Silent Valley National Park
The nearest airport to Silent Valley National Park is Coimbatore International Airport in Tamil Nadu at a distance of about 74 km.

How to reach Silent Valley National Park by train?
The nearest railway station to Silent Valley National Park is Palakkad Junction Railway Station at a distance of about 52 km.

Best time to visit Silent Valley National Park is between December to February having said that one could visit it through the year as the average temperature is 23°C. Note it does have two monsoon seasons so do check the weather before you plan your trip.


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Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India - Turquoise bays

Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh is bustling city that offers turquoise bay views. How to reach Vishakhapatnam?


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Ethipothala Falls, near Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India

Ethipothala Falls surrounded by arresting greens is a 21 m high river cascade located in Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh, India. You may also pray to Dattatreya Guru near the waterfall which is actually a result of what we in India term as ‘Trivet Sangam’ - waterfall resulting from three streams namely 1- the Chandra Vanka stream 2 - Surya bhaga stream 3 - Krishna river... How to reach Ethipothala Falls?


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How to reach Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India?

Picture >  Vinayaka sculpture at the Undavalli Caves, a protected heritage site, famous for their monolithic or single rock-cut architecture. Caves are at distance of about 36 km from Guntur, Andhra Pradesh.

The nearest airport to Guntur, Andhra Pradesh,
India is Vijayawada Airport which is about 45 km away whereas Hyderabad International airport is about 286 kms away.

Guntur railway station is well connected to many cities in India including Hyderabad, Chennai, New Delhi, Mumbai and Vishakhapatnam.


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Lepakshi Temple, Kurmasailam, Andhra Pradesh, India

The Veerabhadra temple in Lepakshi in Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh is a living or a functional temple. Built in stone in the 16th century this architectural marvel unravels mythical stories in its every nook and corner.

Lepakshi temple’s main deity is Veerabhadra - fiery god invoked by Shiva in his rage after the Daksha Yagna and the immolation of Sati. Enraged Shiva to pulled off a lock of his hair and from this lock both God Veerbhadra and Goddess Kali were born. Warrior God Veerbhadra in ancient and medieval period was definitely worshipped during wartimes.

Did you know Puranas state that the Veerabhadra temple was built by the Sage Agastya? There is a cave chamber in the sanctum where Sage Agastya is believed to have lived when he installed the Shiva Linga here.

Shiva Linga at Lepakshi Temple is built on rocky hill called Kurmasailam or tortoise hill in Andhra Pradesh. You get an opportunity to meet many forms of Shiva at the Lepakshi Temple Complex - Its fun to recognize various forms of Shiva be it Ardhanareeshwara (the half-female, half-male form of Shiva and Parvati), Kankala Murthi, Dakshinamurthi (Guru of Gurus), Tripuranthaka or Tripurasurasamhara (vanquisher of demon Tripura)... Interesting to note that fiery goddess Bhadrakali has an uncharacteristically serene expression. And most travelers can't stop talking of the mystery of the Aakaasa Sthambha or the hanging pillar at Lepakshi temple. How to reach Lepakshi Temple?


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Sindh River, Near Sonamarg, Jammu and Kashmir, India

The Sind / Sindh River in the Ganderbal district of Jammu and Kashmir state of India passes through the popular alpine hill station Sonamarg. It is the only river in Jammu and Kashmir on which three hydroelectric power plants are functional. How to reach Sonamarg?


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Aharbal falls, Near Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India

Gushing and mighty Aharbal falls are supposedly a sight to behold! Located in mesmerizing meadows and fir tree forests surrounded by snow clad mountains of Aharbal, a hill station in the Kashmir Valley is at a distance of about 69 km from Srinagar. How to reach Srinagar?


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Chandra Taal, Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, India

Chandra Taal or Chandra Tal is a crescent shaped lake situated in Spiti, Himachal Pradesh. Chandra Taal a favorite amongst trekkers and is situated at an altitude of about 4,300 metres (14,100 ft) in the Himalayas. The lake is accessible on foot from Batal as well as from Kunzum Pass from late May to early October. There is also a motor road accessible as far as a parking lot 2 km from the lake. How to reach Spiti Valley?


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Shalimar Bagh, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India

Shalimar Bagh, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India is well known for its lighted chini khanas or arched niches in the evening giving a fairy tale appearance to the cascading water in its gardens. As per its wikipedia page the ancient history of the garden can be traced to the 2nd century when Praversena II founded the city of Srinagar and ruled in Kashmir from 79 AD to 139 AD and built a cottage for his stay and named it Shalimar which in Sanskrit means abode of love. How to reach Srinagar?


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Dharamshala Rice Paddy Fields, Himachal Pradesh, India

If you were to meander around mountain villages of Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh, India or opt for a farm stay you may stumble upon lush green rice paddy fields. How to reach Dharamshala?


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Stacked Flat Stones at Pangong Tso, Leh Ladakh, India

Traveller stack flat stones to bring them good luck... I just like the idea of watching the many hues of blue surrounding these wishful stacks... (It takes 5-6 hours from Leh to reach Pangong Tso to cover 225 km driving via a dramatic mountain road...How to reach Leh?)


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Munnar, Kochi, Kerala, India – Vibrant green hills

Travellers have been visiting Munnar's tea plantations for decades and like its tea the vibrant green hills of Munnar can get addictive. Munnar. How to reach Munnar?


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Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India

If you would prefer seeking to trek through lush green forests get your lens capture slices of Pir Panjal and the Dhauladhar ranges would prefer picnics on reclining meadows or listen to hundreds of streams gurgling away through a veil of lingering mist - well just plan a few treks around Manali...

Manali an idyllic town nestled in the Beas River Valley, near Kullu, Himachal Pradesh.

Note: Manali is supposedly the derived from 'Manu-Alaya' which literally means 'the abode of Manu' or Sage Manu.

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How to reach Manas National Park in Guwahati, Assam, India?

The airport nearest to Manas National Park is Borjhar airport (5 km) or Guwahati airport (176 km). Railway station nearest to Manas National Park is Barpeta road station.

The best time to visit Manas National Park is from November to April.


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How to reach Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh, India?

How to reach Spiti Valley by air?
There is no direct flight available to to Spiti Valley.  The nearest airport to Spiti valley is Bhuntar Airport near Kullu and Spiti Valley is at a distance of about 245 km from the same. Note Bhuntar Airport had direct flights from Chandigarh and Delhi. Chandigarh International Airport is at distance of about 522 km from Spiti Valley.

How to reach Spiti Valley by train?
The nearest railway station to Spiti valley is Joginder Nagar Railway station which is ta a distance of about 340 km.

How to reach Spiti Valley by road?
Two road routes are preferred to reach Spiti, one is via Manali and the other is via Shimla and most travelers claim that the difference is only 20-25 kms so it is up to you to set your itinerary.

Bhuntar Airport > 50km > Manali > 52 km > Rohtang Pass > 14km > Gramphu > 18km > Chattru > 44 km > Kunzum Pass > 76 km > Kaza (Spiti Valley)

Chandigarh Airport > 127 km > Shimla > 256 km > Kinnaur > 62 km > Nako > 36 km > Sumdo > 29 km > Tabo > 49 km > Kaza.


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How to reach Sonamarg, Jammu and Kashmir, India?

Sonamarg is located 81 km from Srinagar and Sonamarg does not have a railway station or an airport. Srinagar Airport is at a distance of 95 km from Sonamarg. Do note Sonamarg may not be accessible during winter.


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How to reach Kaziranga National Park in Assam, India?

The airport nearest to Kaziranga National Park is Guwahati airport (217 km).

Railway station nearest to Kaziranga National Park is Furkating station (75 km).

The best time to visit Kaziranga National Park is from November to April.


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How to reach Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh, India?

How to reach Dharamshala by air?
Dharamshala is at a distance of about 15 km from Gaggal Airport which is well connected with Delhi and Chandigarh amongst other cities. Pathankot is at a distance of about 86 km from Dharamshala. Amritsar is at a distance of 203 km from Dharamshala. Chandigarh is at a distance of 242 km from Dharamshala. Delhi at a distance of 475 km from Dharamshala.

How to reach Dharamshala by train?
Pathankot Railway Station is the nearest railway station to Dharamshala and is at a distance of about 86 km.


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How to reach Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India?

How to reach Manali by air?
The nearest airport to Manali is Bhuntar Airport near Kullu and it is at a distance of about 50 km from the same. Chandigarh International Airport is at a distance of about 313 km from Manali.

How to reach Manali by train?
There is no railway station in Manali and the nearest train services are available in Jogindernagar or Pathankot. The distance between Kullu and Pathankot is about 286 km and the distance between Kullu and Jogindernagar is about 125 km.


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Pangong Tso, Leh, Ladakh, India

The spectacular Pangong Tso is open only from May to September. Also referred to as Pangong Lake or a high grassland lake - is an endorheic lake in the Himalayas situated at a height of about 4,350 m (14,270 ft). Pangong Tso is 134 km long and extends from India to China. It takes 5-6 hours from Leh to reach Pangong Tso to cover 225 km driving via a dramatic mountain road which may get rough and crosses the villages of Shey and Sakti and traverses the Chang La, where army sentries and a small teahouse are waiting to greet us. How to reach Leh?


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Diskit Gompa, Nubra Valley, Leh Ladakh, India

Diskit Monastery or Diskit Gompa nestled on a high hill was founded in the 14th century. It is the oldest and largest Buddhist monastery located in the Nubra Valley of Ladakh and you will need to hike up to view its intricate frescoes and paintings. Nubra valley is about 162 km away from Leh airport and takes around 5+ hours to reach. How to reach Leh?


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How to reach Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India?

How to reach Srinagar by Air?
Srinagar International Airport is well connected with many cities of India especially having direct regular flights coming in from Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh etc. Srinagar airport is about 16 km away from the center of the city.

How to reach Srinagar by Rail?
There are no direct trains from Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru to Srinagar. You have to reach Jammu Tawi (about 270 km away) or Udhampur (about 230 km away) railway stations to reach Srinagar by train. Both the stations are well connected with many India cities. You will need to travel by train, taxi, bus or private car to reach Srinagar city. Urge you to research for more information on the same. 


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Lamayuru Gompa, Leh, Ladakh, India

Meditate at the Lamayuru or Yuru Monastery one of the oldest gompas - a Tibetan Buddhist monastery located in Lamayouro, Leh, India. Lamayuru village is 125 km from Leh on the Leh–Srinagar Highway. Best time to visit is between April and June. How to reach Leh?


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Thikse Gompa, Leh, Ladakh, India

Thikse Gompa or Thikse Monastery or Tiksey gompa is a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery) that is located on top of a hill in Thiksey. Photogenic Thiksey Gompa is about 19 kilometres from Leh in Ladakh, India. How to reach Leh?


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How to reach Leh, Ladakh, India?

Leh, Ladakh, India
Ladakh has 2 districts Kargil and Leh and when we colloquially say Leh Ladakh we actually mean to traveling to Leh region in Ladakh as Leh is a part of Ladakh region which geographically is larger than Leh.

How to reach Leh by air?
Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport located in Leh is well connected with Delhi, Chandigarh, Srinagar, Jammu and other cities. Note its a military terminal and hence has stringent security measures including and city of your e-ticket.

How to reach Leh by train?
There is no train station in Ladakh.
Jammu Tawi Railway Station is nearest to Leh and is at a distance of about 700 km


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How to reach Rangdum Village, Leh, Ladakh, India?

Rangdum villages is at a distance of about 343 km from Leh and at a distance of about 127 km from Kargil.

Leh, Ladakh, India
Ladakh has 2 districts Kargil and Leh and when we colloquially say Leh Ladakh we actually mean to traveling to Leh region in Ladakh as Leh is a part of Ladakh region which geographically is larger than Leh.

How to reach Leh by air?
Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport located in Leh is well connected with Delhi, Chandigarh, Srinagar, Jammu and other cities. Note its a military terminal and hence has stringent security measures including and city of your e-ticket.

How to reach Leh by train?
There is no train station in Ladakh.
Jammu Tawi Railway Station is nearest to Leh and is at a distance of about 700 km.


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How to reach Zanskar, Leh Ladakh, India?

How to reach Zanskar by air?
Zanskar is tucked away in a remote part of Ladakh and only way to reach there is by road from Kargil, though a long journey the spectacular views are well worth your time - as you pass blue translucent water bodies and humongous glaciers... Nearest airport to Zanskar Valley is Leh Airport and you will need to travel to Znskar Valley via Kargil.

How to reach Zanskar by train?
Zanskar does not have a railway station. Nearest Railway Station to Zanskar Valley is Jammu Tawi. Kargil is at a distance of about 463 km from Jammu Tawi and Zanskar Valley is about 724 km from Jammu Tawi.

How to reach Zanskar by road?
First you need to travel about 214 km from Leh to Kargil than another 253 km from Kargil to Zanskar Valley about 12+ hours of driving - so it totally makes sense to stay overnight at Kargil. There are bus services from Leh to Padum in Zanskar Valley. You could also drive down to Zanskar Valley from Manali.


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How to reach Lepakshi Temple, Andhra Pradesh, India?

Lepakshi Village is at a distance of about 120+ km from Bengaluru International Airport or if you prefer train travel than Hindupur railway station is at distance of about 14 km from Lepakshi temple.

You could also include Gandikota and Belum Caves in your itinerary when visiting Lepakshi temple. 


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How to reach Ethipothala falls, Andhra Pradesh, India?

Ethipothala falls is at a distance of 134 km from Guntur and at a distance of about 165 km from Hyderabad.

The nearest airport to Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India is Vijayawada Airport which is about 45 km away whereas Hyderabad International airport is about 286 kms away.

Guntur railway station is well connected to many cities in India including Hyderabad, Chennai, New Delhi, Mumbai and Vishakhapatnam.


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How to reach Gandikota, Andhra Pradesh, India?

Picture is that of Ranganatha Swamy Temple located in Gandikota Fort...

Gandikota is at a distance of about 77 km from Kadapa which is well connected by road and rail.

Kadapa is at a distance of 259 km from Bengaluru abd 416 km from Hyderabad. Do double check before you travel as varied distances are listed on many websites. We have used details as listed in google maps.

Kadapa has its own Domestic Airport, Cuddaph Airport at a distance of about 9 km with direct flights from Hyderabad, Chennai and Vijayawada.

Recommend reading a detailed article on most sights you could experience at Gandikota by Ami Bhagat - https://thrillingtravel.in/gandikota-fort-canyon.html


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Hanumangundi Falls, Near Chikmagalur, Karnataka in India

Hanumana Gundi Falls are located about 19 km from Kudremukh National Park, Karnataka. Note there are few hundred steps down to view the waterfall (some recount them around 300+).

Mangalore is at a distance of about 91 km from Hanumana Gundi Falls.

Chikmagalur is at a distance of about 117 km from Hanumana Gundi Falls.


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Shivanasamudra Falls, Near Mysore, Karnataka in India

The breathtaking cascades Shivanasamudra Falls on the Kaveri River in Karnataka, India are actually twin waterfalls named Bharachukki and Gaganchukki. Born out of the river Cauvery, Shivanasamudra Falls are at a distance of 79 km from Mysore. How to reach Shivanasamudra Falls?


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How to reach Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India?

Picture is one the many frames of Simhachalam Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Vishakhapatnam, India. The Sri Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha temple is a Hindu temple located on the Simhachalam hill in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh dedicated as the name indicates to Varaha Narasimha.

How to reach Visakhapatnam by air?
Visakhapatnam Airport is well connected to many direct and daily flights to many cities in India including Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Kochi, Mangalore, Bhubaneswar, or Port Blair. Visakhapatnam Airport is also an international airport connecting Visakhapatnam to many cities in Asia like Singapore, Kuala Lumpur or Dubai.


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Munnar, Kochi, Kerala, India – Emerald green tea plantations

It will be tough to not be mesmerized by the emerald-green tea plantations of Munnar as you cope out magnificent views even at times through veils of mist clinging to the enticingly green valleys and hills. Munnar is located in Kerala’s Western Ghats, India just few hours away from Kochi. How to reach Munnar?


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Top Station, Munnar, Kochi, Kerala, India

Not exactly hidden in the many shades of greens of Munnar is Top Station - a perfect remedy for your restless soul - Munnar is a hill station located in the western ghats mountain range of Kerala is about 133 km from Kochi. How to reach Munnar?


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Devikulam Tea Estate, Kochi, Kerala, India

The rolling green hills of Devikulam tea estates may seem clipped or sculpted but they do exude an intoxicating aroma of exotic tea. Devikulam is about 5 km from Munnar, Kerala India. How to reach Munnar?


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Meesapulimala Peak, Munnar, Kochi, Kerala, India

The 8 km long trek to Meesapulimala the second highest peak in the Western Ghats from the Rhodo valley (15 km from Munnar town) offers breathtaking views lush green valleys, charming tea estates and literally gurgling brooks at a high altitude. How to reach Meesapulimala base camp?


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Chavakkad Beach, Kochi, Kerala, India

Chavakkad Beach lies on the coast of Arabian Sea and is located in Thrissur, Kerala, India. How to reach Chavakkad Beach?


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Chembra Peak, Wayanad Hills, Kerala, India

In search for the heart shaped lake near Chembra Peak you to trek for approximately 3-4 hours. Chembra peak is one of the highest peaks in the Western Ghats and the highest peak in Wayanad hills, Kerala, India at 2,100 m (6,890 ft) above sea level. Kozhikode is about 79 km from Chembra Peak Base Camp. How to reach Chembra Peak?


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Kappad Beach, Kozhikode, Kerala, India

Sizzling sunsets are the norm at Kappad Beach, Kozhikode, Kerala a historic site too as over 500 years ago in 1498, Vasco- da-Gama first stepped onto Kerala on this coast. It seems the spice route flourished through this Beach. How to reach Kappad Beach?


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Bhandardara Falls, Near Igatpuri or Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Located in Bhandardara, falls are also known as the Randha Falls or Umbrella Falls - the River Pravara descends down from a height of 170 ft into a gorge and is best viewed only during monsoons or immediately after that. Bhandardara is a village near Igatpuri, in the western ghats of Maharashtra, India. How to reach Bhandardara Falls?


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Athirapally Falls, Near Kochi, Kerala, India

Captivating cascades of Athirapally Falls situated in Thrissur, Kerala, India on the Chalakudy River should be definitely visited at least once. The journey from Chalakudy to the picturesque Sholayar forest range to Athirapally Falls passes through a landscape of winding roads, small villages and lush green trees. Athirapally Falls are at a distance of about 74 km from Kochi city. How to reach Athirapally Falls?


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Girnar Temples, Junagadh, Gujarat, India

Mount Girnar near Junagadh in Gujarat is supposedly older than the Himalayas. Thousands of steps to climb for redemption at the ancient Jain temples on top of Girnar which has been a sacred site for Jains since the 3rd century and the temples are sacred to both Digambar and Shwetambar Jains. The Neminath temple is the largest and was rebuilt in 1129. How to reach Girnar? 


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Shravanabelagola Gomateshwara, Near Mysore, Karnataka in India

An important tirtha (pilgrimage destination) for Jains the Gommateshwara Bahubali statue at Shravanabelagola is a 57 / 58 foot tall monolithic statue located on Vindyagiri Hill. Local Kannadigas refer the statue as Gommateshwara whereas the Jains refer to the statue as Bahubali.

Bahubali at Shravanabelagola is at a distance of 145 km from Bengaluru. How to reach Bangalore or Bengaluru?


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Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple Complex dating back to early 9th century are Hindu temples located in Nandi village, at the base of Nandi Hills.  It is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. These are twin temples - Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple represents material life and hence is found at the bottom of the hill and the Yoga Nandeeshwara temple, at the top of the hill overlooking the valley represents yearning spirituality hence the physical climb to the top of the hill. How to reach Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple Complex?


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How to reach the ancient site of Nalanda Mahavihara a UNESCO World Heritage Site?

How to reach Nalanda Mahavihara by air?
The site of ancient Nalanda Mahavihara is at a distance of about 96 / 114 km from Patna airport.

How to reach Nalanda Mahavihara by train?
The nearest railway station to the ancient Nalanda Mahavihara is Rajgir Railway Station as a distance of about 12 km and Gaya railway station is at distance of about 95 km.


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How to reach Bodh Gaya, in Bihar, India?

The Mahabodhi temple, a Unesco World Heritage Site in Gaya, Bihar, India - is one of Buddhism’s holiest site which has been reconstructed many times in its 2600+ year history.

How to reach Bodh Gaya by air?
The nearest airport to Mahabodhi Temple Complex is Gaya Airport that is at a distance of about 11 km away. Gaya Airport is connected by flights to Varanasi, Kolkata and Delhi. Patna airport is at a distance of about 115 km away from Bodh Gaya.

How to reach Bodh Gaya by train?
The nearest railway station is Gaya which is at a distance of about 14 km and is well connected with many cities in India including Patna, Varanasi, New Delhi, Kolkata and Puri…


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Sathodi Falls, Near Yellapur, Karnataka, India

Sathodi Falls are encapsulated in the evergreen ghats about 32 km away from Yellapur in north Karnataka, Described by many as a sight to behold and spectacular - Sathodi Falls is right in the middle of lush green forest - being fed by many streams and tributaries its an all year round marvel. How to reach Sathodi Falls?


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How to reach Girnar, Gujarat, India?

How to reach Girnar by air?
Girnar is at a distance of about 5 km from Junagadh city, 40km from Keshod airport and at a distance of about 100 km from Rajkot Airport. The nearest international airport to Girnar is Ahmedabad at a distance of about 331 km.

Junagadh city is well connected by trains with major cities in Gujarat and India.


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How to reach Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India?

How to reach Coimbatore by air?
Coimbatore has its own Domestic and International airport and it is well connected to most cities in India.

How to reach Coimbatore by train?
Coimbatore railway station is well connected with many cities in Tamil Nadu and India.

Distance between Coimbatore and other towns and cities
Distance between Coimbatore and Thrissur is 114 km.
Distance between Coimbatore and Salem is 165 km.
Distance between Coimbatore and Kochi is 193 km.
Distance between Coimbatore and Mysore is 201 km.
Distance between Coimbatore and Tiruchchirappalli is 205 km.
Distance between Coimbatore and Madurai is 217 km.
Distance between Coimbatore and Thanjavur is 259 km.
Distance between Coimbatore and Hassan is 316 km.
Distance between Coimbatore and Bangalore is 340 km.
Distance between Coimbatore and Tuticorin is 352 km.
Distance between Coimbatore and Pondicherry is 371 km.
Distance between Coimbatore and Tirunelveli is 371 km.
Distance between Coimbatore and Rameswaram is 389 km.
Distance between Coimbatore and Thiruvananthapuram is 413 km.
Distance between Coimbatore and Mangalore is 449 km.
Distance between Coimbatore and Kanyakumari is 452 km.
Distance between Coimbatore and Chennai is 491 km.
Distance between Coimbatore and Tirupati is 537 km.


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How to reach Munnar, Kerala, India?

How do I reach Munnar by air? Which is the nearest airport to Munnar?
The nearest Airport to Munnar is Cochin International Airport. The distance from Cochin Airport to Munnar is about 125 km.

How do I reach Munnar by train? Which is the nearest railway station to Munnar?
The nearest railway station to Munnar is Angamaly or Alwaye Railway Station. The distance from Angamaly or Alwaye Railway Station to Munnar is about 120 km. You could also travel to Gunnar from Kochi or Ernakulam Railway Station.

Distances between Munnar and other towns and cities
The distance between Munnar and Thekkady is 91 km.
The distance between Munnar and Coimbatore is 146 km.
The distance between Munnar and Bangalore is 436 km.
The distance between Munnar and Chennai is 589 km.


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How to reach Chavakkad Beach, Kochi, Kerala, India?

Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport to Chavakkad Beach which is at a distance of about 80 km.

How to reach Cochin by air?
Goa has its own Domestic and International airport and it is well connected to most cities in India.

How to reach Cochin by train?
Cochin has two railway stations - Ernakulam Town Station and Ernakulam Junction Station and most trains bound to Kerala stop at either of these stations.


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How to reach Kappad Beach, Kozhikode, Kerala, India?

Kozhikode International Airport is at a distance of about 42 km from Kappad Beach.

How to reach Kozhikode by air?
Kozhikode has its own Domestic and International airport and it is well connected to most cities in India.

How to reach Kozhikode by train?
Kozhikode railway station is well connected to many cities in India.

Note: Kozhikode Airport is also referred to as Calicut Airport.


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How to reach Chembra Peak, Wayanad, Kerala, India?

Kozhikode International Airport is at a distance of about 104 km from Chembra Peak in Wayanad, Kerala.

How to reach Kozhikode by air?
Kozhikode has its own Domestic and International airport and it is well connected to most cities in India.

Kozhikode Railway station is at a distance of about 90 km from Chembra Peak in Wayanad, Kerala.

How to reach Kozhikode by train?
Kozhikode railway station is well connected to many cities in India.

Note: Kozhikode Airport is also referred to as Calicut Airport.


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How to reach Cochin or Kochi, Kerala, India?

How to reach Cochin by air?
Cochin has its own Domestic and International airport and it is well connected to most cities in India.

How to reach Cochin by train?
Cochin has two railway stations - Ernakulam Town Station and Ernakulam Junction Station and most trains bound to Kerala stop at either of these stations.


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How to reach Athirapally Falls, Kerala, India?

Athirapally Falls in Kerala are at a distance of 74 km from Kochi city, 61 km from Thrissur, 132 km from Munnar, 165 km from Coimbatore, 182 km from Kozhikode and 264 km from Trivandrum.

Nearest airport to Athirapally Falls would be Kochi International Airport which is well connected to many metro cities in India.


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How to reach Ooty, Tamil Nadu, India?

How to reach Ooty by air?
Nearest Airport to Ooty is Coimbatore International Airport which is at a distance of about 105 km.

How to reach Ooty by train?
Ooty Railway Station is a narrow gauge line. Tourists enjoy the the toy train or the Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR) that connects Ooty with Mettupalayam and Coonoor. Mettupalayam is about 47 km away from Ooty and is connected to Coimbatore as well as many other cities in Tamil Nadu and India.

Distance between Ooty and other towns and cities
Distance between Ooty and Bellikkal is 11 km
Distance between Ooty and Red Hills is 18 km
Distance between Ooty and Coonoor is 18 km
Distance between Ooty and Mudumalai is 46 km
Distance between Ooty and Bandipur is 94 km
Distance between Ooty and Bangalore is 268 km
Distance between Ooty and Mangalore is 397 km
Distance between Ooty and Chennai is 513 km


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How to reach Martand Sun Temple, Jammu and Kashmir, India?

You will need to travel by taxi from Srinagar to reach Martand Sun Temple which is at a distance of about 69 kms from Srinagar city center.

How to reach Srinagar by Air?
Srinagar International Airport is well connected with many cities of India especially having direct regular flights coming in from Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh etc. Srinagar airport is about 16 km away from the center of the city.

How to reach Srinagar by Rail? 
There are no direct trains from Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru to Srinagar. You have to reach Jammu Tawi (about 270 km away) or Udhampur (about 230 km away) railway stations to reach Srinagar by train. Both the stations are well connected with many India cities. You will need to travel by train, taxi, bus or private car to reach Srinagar city. Urge you to research for more information on the same.


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How to reach Anjuna Beach, Goa, India?

Arjuna Beach is at a distance of about 43 km from Goa International Airport.

How to reach Goa by air?
Goa has its own Domestic and International airport and it is well connected to most cities in India.

Distance from Goa Airport
Goa International Airport is at a distance of about 28 km from Panjim
Goa International Airport is at a distance of about 28 km from Mudgaon or Margoa
Goa International Airport is at a distance of about 39 km from Mapusa

How to reach Goa by train?
Goa railway stations (Madgaon Junction and Thivim railway station) are located in the centre of the city and are well connected to most cities in India.


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How to reach Chapora Fort, Goa, India?

Chapora Fort is at a distance of about 11 km from Mapusa town in Goa. Chapora Fort is at a distance of about 5 km from Arjuna Beach.
Chapora Fort is at a distance of about 750 metres from Vagator Beach and is a short walk away.

How to reach Goa by air?
Goa has its own Domestic and International airport and it is well connected to most cities in India.

Distance from Goa Airport
Goa International Airport is at a distance of about 28 km from Panjim
Goa International Airport is at a distance of about 28 km from Mudgaon or Margoa
Goa International Airport is at a distance of about 39 km from Mapusa

How to reach Goa by train?
Goa railway stations (Madgaon Junction and Thivim railway station) are located in the centre of the city and are well connected to most cities in India.


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How to reach Palolem Beach, Goa, India?

Palolem Beach is at a distance of about 60 km from Goa International Airport.

How to reach Goa by air?
Goa has its own Domestic and International airport and it is well connected to most cities in India.

Distance from Goa Airport
Goa International Airport is at a distance of about 28 km from Panjim
Goa International Airport is at a distance of about 28 km from Mudgaon or Margoa
Goa International Airport is at a distance of about 39 km from Mapusa

How to reach Goa by train?
Goa railway stations (Madgaon Junction and Thivim railway station) are located in the centre of the city and are well connected to most cities in India.


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Abbey Falls, Near Madikeri or Mysore, Karnataka, India

Abbey Falls in the Western Ghats in Karnataka is located 8 km from the Madikeri, 122 km from Mysore, 144 km from Mangalore and 268 km from Bangalore. What makes Abbey Falls special is that is located in the midst of coffee plantations and spice estates. How to reach Abbey Falls, Karnataka, India?


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How to reach Bengaluru or Bangalore, Karnataka, India?

How to reach Bengaluru by air?
Bengaluru has its own Domestic and International airport and has is well connected to most cities in India especially Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad or Chennai. Bangalore International Airport which is at a distance of about 35 km from Bangalore city.

How to reach Bengaluru by train?
Bengaluru railway station is located in the centre of the city and is very well connected to most cities in India.


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How to reach Shivanasamudra Falls, Karnataka, India?

Shivanasamudra falls is at a distance of 79 km from Mysore and at a distance of about 135 km from Bengaluru.

How to reach Mysore by air?
Mysore has its own domestic airport and has is connected to Hyderabad, Chennai, Bengaluru and Goa.

How to reach Mysore by train?
Mysore railway station is well connected to many cities in India.


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How to reach Tambdi Surla Mahadev Temple, India?

Tambdi Surla Mahadev Temple is at a distance of about 70 km from Goa.

How to reach Tambdi Surla Mahadev Temple by air?
The nearest airport to Tambdi Surla Mahadev Temple is Goa International Airport which is at distance of about 70 km from the temple.

How to reach Tambdi Surla Mahadev Temple by train?
The nearest railway station to the Tambdi Surla Mahadev Temple is Kulem railway station at a distance of about 21 km.


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How To Reach Meesapulimala In Munnar, Kerala, India?

To reach Meesapulimala valley first you need to reach Munnar. How to reach Munnar?

Only the adventurous trek Meesappulimala peak and you will need to pick up a trail via Rhodo Valley. Its a about 25 km from Munnar to the base camp Meesappulimala.

You may want to double check driving and trekking instructions directly from Kerala Forest Development Corporation ecotourism website.

Many opt to stay amidst the clouds at the Rhodo Mansion (managed by KFDC) or in tents and climb the peak the next day.

The Kerala Forest Development Corporation offers trekking and camping at Meesapulimala and these programs are part of eco-tourism in Kerala.

This article is an interesting read with pictures on mesmerizing Meesapulimala.


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How to reach Mumbai, Maharashtra, India?

How to reach Mumbai by air?
Mumbai has its own Domestic (T1) and International (T2) airports and has both are well connected to most cities in India especially Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad Chennai... Mumbai International Airport which is at a distance of about 13 km from Mumbai city.

How to reach Mumbai by train?
Mumbai railway stations are located in the centre of the city and both are well connected to most cities in India.


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How to reach Darjeeling, West Bengal, India?

How to reach Darjeeling by air?
Bagdogra aiport is the nearest airport to Darjeeling which is at distance of about 95 km. Bagdogra airport has direct flights Cities connected with direct flights to and from Bagdogra include Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi and Guwahati.

How to reach Darjeeling by train?
New Jalpaiguri Railway Station is the nearest railway station to Darjeeling which is at a distance of about 64 km from Darjeeling and is well connected with cities like Kolkata, Delhi, Guwahati, Chennai, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Bhubaneshwar and Kochi.


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How to reach Madikeri, Karnataka, India?

How to reach Madikeri by air?
The nearest airport to Madikeri is Mangalore airport which is at a distance of 144km.

How to reach Madikeri by train?
Madikeri does not have its own railway station. The nearest railway stations to Madikeri are about 100+ km away and include Hassan (105 km), Kasaragod (111 km), Kanpur Junction (113 km) and Thalassery (109 km).


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How to reach Sathodi Falls, Karnataka, India?

How to reach Sathodi Falls by air?
Nearest airport to Sathodi Falls is Hubli Airport which is at distance of 96km.

Note the distance between Hubli Airport and the nearest town of Yellapur is 68 km. And the distance between Yellapur and Sathodi Falls is 32 km.

There are daily flights connecting Hubli Airport with cities like Bangalore, Mumbai, Kochi, Hyderabad, Goa or Chennai...


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How to reach Mysore, Karnataka, India?

How to reach Mysore by air?
Mysore has its own domestic airport and has is connected to Hyderabad, Chennai, Bengaluru and Goa.

How to reach Mysore by train?
Mysore railway station is well connected to many cities in India.


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How to reach Bhandardara falls, Near Igatpuri, Maharashtra, India

There are no direct flights or railway station to Bhandardara in Maharashtra, India

Airport nearest to Bhandardara is Mumbai International Airport which is at a distance of about 166 km.

Igatpuri Station is at a distance of 35-45 km from Bhandardara falls. (Distance varies in many online articles - please check online at your preferred site)

Best time to visit Bhandardara is from October to February.


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How to reach Coonoor, Tamil Nadu, India?

Coonoor is a Hill Station in Tamil Nadu, India.

Best time to visit Coonoor is from October to February.

How do I reach Coonoor by air? Which is the nearest airport to Coonoor?
The nearest Airport to Coonoor is Coimbatore Airport. The distance from Coimbatore Airport to Coonoor is about 70 km. The nearest International Airport to Coonoor is Bangalore Airport. The distance from Bangalore Airport to Coonoor is about 310 km.

How do I reach Coonoor by train? Or - Which is the nearest railway station to Coonoor?
Coonoor Railway Station is a stop on the way to Ooty from Mettupalayam. Coonoor Railway Station is connected to Coimbatore Railway Station

Distances between Coonoor and other towns and cities
The distance between Coonoor and Ooty is 18 km
The distance between Coonoor and Bellikkal is 26 km
The distance between Coonoor and Red Hills is 34 km
The distance between Coonoor and Coimbatore is 54 km
The distance between Coonoor and Mudumalai is 63 km
The distance between Coonoor and Malampuzha is 108 km
The distance between Coonoor and Bangalore is 284 km
The distance between Coonoor and Mangalore is 415 km
The distance between Coonoor and Chennai is 496 km
The distance between Coonoor and Hyderabad is 841 km

 


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How to reach Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple Complex, Karnataka, India?

Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple Complex is at a distance of about 62 km from Bengaluru in Karnataka, India.

How to reach Bengaluru by air?
Bengaluru has its own domestic and international airport and has is well connected to most cities in India especially Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad or Chennai. Bangalore International Airport which is at a distance of about 35 km from Bangalore city.

How to reach Bengaluru by train?
Bengaluru railway station is located in the centre of the city and is very well connected to most cities in India.


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How to reach Kuduremukh National Park, Karnataka, India?

Kuduremukh National Park is at a distance of about 96 km from Mangalore International Airport.

How to reach Mangalore by air?
Mangalore has its own Domestic and International airport and it is well connected to most cities in India.

How to reach Mangalore by train?
Mangalore railway station is well connected to many cities in India. Mangalore Central or Mangaluru Central is the main railway terminus. Mangalore Junction is another railway station in Mangalore city.


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How to reach Chikmagalur, Karnataka, India?

Chikmagalur is a Hill Station in Karnataka, India.

Best time to visit Chikmagalur is from October to April.


How do I reach Chikmagalur by air? Which is the nearest airport to Chikmagalur?
The nearest Airport to Chikmagalur is Mangalore Airport. The distance from Mangalore Airport to Chikmagalur is about 170 km. The nearest International Airport to Chikmagalur is Bangalore Airport. The distance from Bangalore Airport to Chikmagalur is about 240 km.

How do I reach Chikmagalur by train? Which is the nearest railway station to Chikmagalur?
The nearest railway station to Chikmagalur is Kadur Railway Station and the distance from Kadur Railway Station to Chikmagalur is about 40 km. Another railway station near to Chikmagalur is Hassan Railway Station and the distance from Hassan Railway Station to Chikmagalur is about 60 km.

Distances between Chikmagalur and other towns and cities
The distance between Chikmagalur and Halebid is 38 km
The distance between Chikmagalur and Shivgiri is 46 km
The distance between Chikmagalur and Dharamsthala is 79 km
The distance between Chikmagalur and Mangalore is 146 km
The distance between Chikmagalur and Bangalore is 248 km
The distance between Chikmagalur and Coimbatore is 375 km
The distance between Chikmagalur and Chennai is 573 km
The distance between Chikmagalur and Hyderabad is 685 km


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How to reach Abbey Falls near Madikeri, Karnataka, India

Abbey Falls is at a distance of about 6 km from Madikeri.

How to reach Madikeri by air?
The nearest airport to Madikeri is Mangalore airport which is at a distance of 144km.

How to reach Madikeri by train?
Madikeri does not have its own railway station. The nearest railway stations to Madikeri are about 100+ km away and include Hassan (105 km), Kasaragod (111 km), Kanpur Junction (113 km) and Thalassery (109 km).


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Catherine Falls, Coonoor, Near Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

Catherine Falls is a double-cascaded waterfall located near Coonoor, The Nilgiris District, Tamil nadu, India. Catherine Falls is surrounded by beautiful views of forest, tea plantations and the Mettupalayam plains. Coonoor is about 42 km away from the Coimbatore airport. How to reach Coonoor?


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How to reach Ziro Valley, Arunachal Pradesh, India?

How to reach Ziro Valley by air?
The nearest airport is Ziro Valley is Lilabari in North Lakhimpur district of Assam which is 67 km away from Itanagar and Ziro valley is 111 km from Itanagar. Alternatively, you could fly to Guwahati, Assam which is 326 km away from Itanagar and then travel the 111 km to Ziro valley by taxi.

How to reach Ziro Valley by train?
The nearest railway station from Ziro is Naharlagun railway station in Arunachal Pradesh about a distance of 102 km from Ziro.

Best time to visit Ziro Valley 

You could go to Ziro valley in Arunachal Pradesh throughout the year and the best time to travel would be between  March and October as the months of November to February are frigid cold where temperature may drop below minus 10 degrees Celsius. It rains between June to mid October so do check the weather before planning your trip.


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Red-spot Duke Butterfly at Kudremukh National Park in Karnataka, Western Ghats - UNESCO Heritage Site, India

Red-spot duke butterfly at Kudremukh National Park is a part of the Dophla evelina species which was discovered in 1790 as per Wikipedia - do review the page for more information. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dophla_evelina)

As per reimanbutterfly.com (http://reimanbutterfly.com/butterfly/Dolpha%20evelina) Red-spot duke butterfly is found in the forested habitats of Asia, and adults of this species feeds on rotting fruits.

How to reach Kudremukh National Park?


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Kudremukh National Park in Karnataka, Western Ghats - UNESCO Heritage Site, India

Promising rolling green hills and misty valleys, Kuduremukh National Park is in Chikmagaluru, Karnataka, India in the Western Ghats is a UNESCO world heritage site.  How to reach Kuduremukh National Park?


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Le Corbusier Complex du Capitole in Chandigarh, India a UNESCO World Heritage Site

India’s first Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru wanted a city that could be identified by Indians as their own - a city far removed from the bitter memories of colonial rule. Thus born - Chandigarh was India's first planned city and world renown architect Le Corbusier was commissioned to design the masterplan. Chandigarh would serve as the new independent Indian government's regional capital in Punjab, as its previous capital Lahore, became part of Pakistan.

Le Corbusier Capitol Complex in Chandigarh, India is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is strategically located at the geographic and topographic ‘head’ of the city against the backdrop of the Shivalik Hills. The Capitol Complex is made up of three buildings: the Palace of Assembly or Legislative Assembly, the Secretariat and the High Court. In other words the three pillars of democracy – legislature, executive and judiciary – stand together at the Complex, forming a major portion of Sector 1.

Legislative assembly exudes stately grandeur and is awe-inspiring, especially the assembly chamber (Punjab Assembly) which is crowned by a massive hyperbolic tower, extending above the roof line adding much drama to the landscape.

The Secretariat is the largest of the structures, and houses the headquarters of both the Punjab and Haryana governments.

How to reach Le Corbusier Complex du Capitole in Chandigarh?


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Le Corbusier Open Hand Monument at Chandigarh, India

The Open Hand Monument is located in Sector 1 in the Capitol Complex of Chandigarh, with Himalayan Shivalik hill range as a backdrop. The Open Hand Monument is around 85 feet high and towers between the assembly on the left side and the high court on the right side. 

The Open Hand Monument is a symbolic structure designed by the architect Le Corbusier and symbolizes "the hand to give and the hand to take; peace and prosperity, and the unity of mankind". This is also the largest example of Le Corbusier's many Open Hand sculptures in the world. How to reach Le Corbusier Complex du Capitole in Chandigarh?


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How to reach Le Corbusier Complex du Capitole in Chandigarh, India a UNESCO World Heritage Site?

How do you reach Le Corbusier Complex du Capitole in Chandigarh by air?
Chandigarh International Airport is well connected to most cities in India. Le Corbusier Complex du Capitole located in Sector 1 is about 19 km from Chandigarh International Airport.

How do you reach Le Corbusier Complex du Capitole in Chandigarh by train?
Chandigarh Junction or Railway Station is also well connected with most cities in India and is at a distance of about 11 km from Le Corbusier Complex du Capitole located in Sector 1.

Best time to visit Chandigarh would be between October to March.


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Matheran Hill Railway, Western Ghats, Maharashtra India - Part of the tentative World Heritage list submitted to UNESCO

Matheran located in the Sahaydri Range in Maharashtra, India is a mountain table top with commanding views of the surrounding valleys and is really a very small hill station.

Matheran was connected to Mumbai by India’s first railway company - the Great Indian Peninsula Railway now the Central Railway that was formed in 1849. Matheran became a popular Hill Station within easy reach of India's financial capital Mumbai after being connected by Matheran Toy train or Matheran Light Railway.

The toy train runs between suburban station of Mumbai named Neral Junction and Matheran Railway Station. There are many trains connecting Neral Junction via the Central Railway line of Mumbai. The nearest airport would be Mumbai International or Domestic Airport which is at a distance of about 100 km from Matheran. In case you decide to ttek up the distance between Matheran and Neral is 6.5 km

Three of them, the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, the Nilgiri Mountain Railway, and the Kalka–Shimla Railway, are collectively recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site clubbed as 'Mountain Railways of India'. Matheran Hill Railway, is on the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.


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How to reach Matheran, Maharashtra, India?

Matheran located in the Sahaydri Range in Maharashtra, India is a mountain table top with commanding views of the surrounding valleys and is really a very small hill station.

How do I reach Matheran by air? Which is the nearest airport to Matheran?
The nearest Airport to Matheran is Mumbai Airport and the distance from Mumbai Airport to Matheran is about 100 km. Matheran is also within easy reach from Pune and is just a distance of about 120 km.

How do I reach Matheran by train? Which is the nearest railway station to Matheran?
The nearest board gauge railway station to Matheran is Neral Railway Station. You will need to take a toy train (MLR) from Neral to reach Matheran.


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Snow Leopard in Hemis National Park, Leh Ladakh, India

As per wikipedia - 'Hemis National Park is a high altitude national park famous for its snow leopards, it is believed to have the highest density of them in any protected area in the world'

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