Here is a list of places that can prove to be ideal for a holiday in December :
Konark, Odisha : The Black Pagoda
Konark is known for its Sun Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you’re visiting Konark in December, make sure you attend the Konark Dance Festival and the International Sand Art Festival. The town is culturally and traditionally rich. The beaches of Konark, especially the Chandrabhaga Beach, are among the best in India.
At Konark you have the opportunity to witness the soulful Odissi dance form. The Konark Festival is held each year in the month of December in Konark and is one of the popular winter festivals and events in India. People from all around the globe gather here to witness it. So, along with the golden opportunity to explore this ancient and magnificent architecture, you as a visitor will get the chance to witness the age old dance form in India. During the festival, dancers come from all parts of India travel to Konark to display their skill of age-old dance forms ranging from the classic Bharatanatyam, the elegant Odissi and Manipuri, to the very expressive Kathakali and Sattriya dance styles amongst others. The festival is organized in the premises of Sun Temple and isn’t it exhilarating to realize that one can enjoy great performances against the backdrop of the temple.
Dates for the Konark Festival 2016: 19th – 23rd December 2016
Puri, Odisha : land of Lord Jagganath
No you don’t have to be a follower of a certain faith to visit a place like Puri. Yes, it is one of the prominent Char Dham sites in India but it has lot to offer in terms of rich architectural heritage. Blessed with a serene beach that is comparatively very clean and numerous ancient buildings including the majestic Jagganath Temple, this place deserves to be in the list to make your kids understand the rich history of the country.
Places of Interest: Jagganath Temple, Puri Beach, Puri Beach Market, Loknath Temple, Raghurajpur Artist Village, Chilika Lake
Things to do with Kids: Visit Chilika Lake Bird Sanctuary, Taste the Maha Prasadam of Jagganath Temple, Try Seafood, Visit Konark Temple (35kms from Puri), Sunset View at Puri Beach
Delhi : A city of contrast
Sprinkled with spectacular monuments, lush gardens and an array of architectural marvels, New Delhi is best visited during winters.
Delhi also houses 3 fascinating World Heritage Sites: Humayun’s Tomb, Red Fort and Qutb Minar Group of Monuments. A city of contrast, Delhi’s diversity manifests itself in the old world charm of the walled city and modern Lutyen’s Delhi.
Recently constructed Lotus Temple and Akshardham Temple are spectacular monuments high on the list of to do things in Delhi.
Delhi is also known for some of the top hotels by international brands which offer great venue for business as well as a refuge from the din of the city to let you rejuvenate.
Wrap yourselves in warm clothes and venture out when the sun’s shining brightly. Take one of the many organized heritage walks around the city and go on a shopping spree. If food is your thing, Delhi is your Mecca. With some of the best-known chef-run restaurants, Delhi has a wide range of cuisines for you to sample from and more street food items than you will have ever seen in your life. Got a few extra days, take off to Agra and Jaipur to complete the Golden Triangle Trip.
Goa : The eternal holiday destination
If not here, where else will you be in December ? One has plenty of reasons to visit Goa; after all it is one of the best tourist destinations in India. However, December provides many reasons for holidaying in Goa. The warmth and joy of Christmas amplifies when it is celebrated in Goa, well, India doesn’t know of a better destination that throws the biggest bash on New Year. Furthermore, the ever so lively music festival of Sunburn is evidently a delight, if you are an ardent EDM (Electric Dance Music) fan. Also, Goa in the month of December takes you back on the spiritual road as it observes the pious Feast of St. Francis Xavier, which is marked by several days of festivity and concludes with a large fair. All these celebrations allure tourists to book their tickets for Goa before its gets jam-packed.
Travelers often find it impossible to believe that Goa, a tiny emerald ensconced between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghat, is a part of India.
Winter is the time when the tiny emerald that is Goa is teeming with visitors. Renowned as one of the finest beach destinations in the world, Goa is very unlike the rest of the India. Its cosmopolitan culture, eclectic cuisine, vibrant nightlife and vast stretches of sandy beaches make it one of the most popular tourist destinations in India.
Visit the city in winters and join in the festivities in the city. With the arrival of Christmas and New Year, Goa is at its vibrant best. Parties, music and scrumptious cuisines along with cultural events make it the high time to visit Goa in winter especially from November till February.
Since winter also herald the wedding season in India, this is the time when newlyweds visit Goa for honeymoon. Couples could enjoy their honeymoon at some of the finest luxury hotels in Goa that boast of private beaches. Other activities could include water sport, wildlife and sussegado on Goa’s famed beaches.
For families too there is much to do in Goa in winters. Beaches, waterfalls, wildlife and adventure sports are some of the top things to do in Goa along with visit to World Heritage churches and cathedrals and evening river cruises.
Winter also rocks as it is the time for Christmas and New Year in Goa and people of Goa celebrate both these occasion with great gusto.
If you are planning your trip to Goa during winter, keep in mind that it is the peak season for tourism and hotels and accommodations – whether 3 stars or 5 stars – fill up in advance and even sold out during December-January. It’s always wise to book your winter holiday packages in Goa in advance so that you don’t have to compromise with your holiday.
What to do: Burn the dance floor at India’s best parties, shop your heart out at the many flea markets and pray for your soul during the feast of St Francis Xavier.
Goa is indeed the most famous and loved party destination of India. It welcomes you with open arms and magnificent sunny beach-fronts all round the year. But December is special for various reasons. From night bazaars and the flea markets to the feast of St Francis Xavier and the loudest EDM party, Sunburn or Supersonic, Goa has exactly everything to offer, you could ask for. Right from Christmas, all the way to New Years, Goa is THE venue for a month long party.
The Feast of St Francis Xavier, a feast held at the Basilica De Bom Jesus, Christmas, Sunburn Festival and of course New Year’s Eve. That being said, be prepared for large crowds and super-expensive hotel tariff.
Kerala : God’s own country
You want to avoid the crowd and still want to enjoy the vivacity of nature? Well, the idea of vacationing in Alappuzha is just perfect. The picture perfect backwaters and the tranquility that Kerala is famous for comes together at Alappuzha to offer visitors their best holiday experience. Stay in houseboats and sail through the quiet waters; also December is the time when Alappuzha celebrates a 10-day festival called Mullackal Chirap. So, along with enjoying a stay amidst the serene ambiance, one can also witness the rich culture of Kerala coming to life.
A treat for all seasons, it’s when the monsoon departs that Kerala true natural splendor reaches its zenith. Western Ghats and brackish lagoons or the backwaters bestow a unique charm on Kerala’s appeal.
You name it and Kerala has it: backwaters, beaches, spice gardens, tea plantations, Ayurveda, ecotourism and abundant wildlife. That’s why we have chosen Kerala as one of the top winter holiday destinations in India.
For beach lovers its the Kovalam and Varkala or even Marari; for backwaters its Alapuzza, Kollam, Kumarakom and Vembanad lake. Then there is Munnar’s lush tea plantation and salubrious weather.
If you are in for wildlife there is a bird sanctuary in Kumarakom, tiger reserve in Periyar and the world’s most bio diverse ecosystem Silent Valley National Park which is home to the largest population of Lion-tailed macaque.
Kerala also happens to be the top destination in India for health and rejuvenation. You could find a number of authentic and world class Ayurveda center that offer therapeutic massages and treatments based on 3000 years old science of healing: Ayurveda. In fact, Kerala is one of the top destinations for authentic Ayurveda in India.
You can alternately visit the Back waters of Kerala or do trekking trips to the mountains of Idukki district.
Kochi, was known as Cochin for the longest time. It is known to be one of the fastest growing cities in India. Kochi has been a port for centuries and the city has a lot to offer when it comes to the number of churches and chapels there are here. December is a great time to visit Kochi, you’ll get to witness the Cochin Carnival at the Kochi Fort.
Agra : The City of Love
Weather in December makes Taj a wonder to watch. Located in Uttar Pradesh, Agra is famous for its famous monuments of Mughal era. TajMahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World is located here. Other than that Akbar Fort, Moti Masjid and Sheesh Mahal are also bearing the witness of amazing architecture of Mughal period.
Home to one of the ‘Seven Modern Wonders of the World’ Taj Mahal, Agra needs no introduction. Home to some of the greatest Mughal architectural marvels, Agra is one of the most visited tourist places in India. It is thronged by tourists round the year and who’s who around the globe make it a point to visit Taj Mahal when they visit India. The reason why we have included Agra as one of the top places to visit in India in December – January or for that matter entire winter season is that, when you visit Taj Mahal, you are not allowed to wear shoes on the white marble. During the scorching summer the white marble gets too hot and makes it uncomfortable to walk on the floor. During winter it is very comfortable to do the sightseeing tour of both Taj Mahal and the Agra Red Fort.
Rajasthan Land of Maharajas
An amazing concoction of colors, royalty, tradition and romance, Rajasthan is a favorite haunt of overseas tourists in India. There is so much to see and do in Rajasthan that even seasoned travelers find it hard to pick and choose from the plenty of options at hand.
Maharajas held sway in Rajputana a century ago. They were great patrons of art and culture. All their idiosyncrasies as well as respect for tradition and art are today evident in numerous mighty fortresses, scintillating palaces, traditional dance and arts.
The capital Jaipur is the most popular place, visited by millions every year. It is closely followed by major tourist places such as Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Ranthambore and Bikaner.
Festivals held during winter months in Rajasthan is another reason why it is considered one of the best places to visit in India in winter. Pushar Mela needs to introduction as it has become of the major draws among visitors from overseas. Jodhpur Riff is an another recently introduced cultural fest that draws musical talents from around the world. Then there are several other camel festivals which are celebrated between November and March.
The capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur has amazing weather in December. The city offers a perfect combination of the rays of the sun and the cool breeze that is most welcoming. You can visit the City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort, Jantar Mantar, Albert Museum, and take a regular shopping trip to Bapu Bazaar. But if you’re up for something interesting, visit the Alsisar Haveli (about 2.5 km away) and be a part of the Magnetic Fields Festival that will be hosted at there.
For the lovers of heritage Bundi is a great escape during winters whereas the honeymooners prefer it at the Mount Abu which is the only hill station in the desert state.
Our honeymoon tips for people looking for winter destinations in India is to head for the sand dunes in Jaisalmer or Bikaner. Imagine the romance in the ambiance as you sit by the campfire holding each others hand gazing at starlit sky.
Palace which have been turned into heritage hotels are also a big draw when it comes to winter vacations in India. Whereas the Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur has been adjudged the best romantic hotel in India, nearby Devigarh by Lebua is a heritage cum boutique hotel which attracts who’s who in the world by virtue of its architectural appeal.
If you happen to be visiting Bikaner and want to get a taste of royalty as did Maharajas of yore, then we’d like to recommend Gajner Palace in Bikaner.
What to do: Shopping at the Shilpgram Arts and Crafts Festival, wander in the by lanes of Udaipur.
Udaipur is home to Lake Pichola and the Fateh Sagar Lake along with its magnificent City Palace, Monsoon palace, Lake Palace and Jag Mandir that lure travelers to visit this royal acity. Seven km away is Shilpgram, a government set up village to promote artisans. The articulate and intricate work by these local artisans will leave you spell bound. This month, the village will celebrate the Shilpgram Arts and Crafts Festival, that you should totally be a part of.
One of the best tiger reserves of India, Ranthambore finds itself all the more welcoming in December with the pleasant drop in the temperature. A region known for being the richest centers of flora and fauna, a dreamy terrain amidst the Vindhya and Aravalli, this one also houses the Ranthambore Fort in the reserve. Apart from being the home of the endangered tiger, several other animal species are found here such as the wild cats, leopards, sloth bears, hyenas, Indian foxes, crocodiles and jackals. Compared to other tiger reserves, chances of tiger spotting are relatively higher at Ranthambore.
Jim Corbett: Lure of the Jungle
Just as the monsoon retreats, Jim Corbett open its door to the visitors to experience the diversity of fauna and postcard perfect landscape, lush forest cover and gurgling water streams. Jim Corbett National Park is the first national park to be established in Asia. There are several zones where jeep safaris are allowed to sight the wildlife. Other than jeep safaris, you can also do elephant safari in Jim Corbett to rendezvous with tigers from close proximity.
Besides mammals which include tigers, elephants, Asiatic Black Bear, Sloth Bear, Barking Deer, otters and more. Yet another appeal of Jim Corbett is the wide variety of bird species that could be spotted here making it one of the best places for bird watching in India. Over 600 species of birds have been recorded inside this park including great pied hornbill, white-backed vulture and Pallas fish eagle.
With extreme winter not setting yet, Jim Corbett becomes one of the best places to visit in India from October to March if you are a wildlife enthusiast. Make sure that you get your accommodation in Dhikala range where the chances of tiger spotting are maximum.
Kullu Manali: Himalayan Hinterlands
If you are looking for honeymoon destination in India during winters, then look no further. Kullu and Manali offer one of the best romantic setting to kindle the romance.
Whereas Kullu is relatively low lying area with lush natural surroundings, Manali is a place where couples could enjoy adventure sports and frolic in snow.
Then there are ancient temples, opportunity for paragliding etc and picturesque ambiance that makes Manali a favored destination even during winters.
Honeymooners in Manali also prefer to head for Rohtang Pass nearby where there’s ample opportunity for snow sports.
To experience snowfall, Manali is one of the top places to visit in in November, December and January.
Shimla: Queen of Hills
A short ride from Delhi, Shimla is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in India during summers as well as winters. The major pull factors are the altitude, ambiance and bearable snow fall and cool weather. In Shimla even if you do nothing, you have done all that you have come for.
Considered one of the best hill stations in India, Shimla could be visited anytime of the year. Winters are fun in Shimla as there’s snowfall which add to the romantic appeal of the place. It also gets bit cold which keeps of the crowd making it the best time and one of the best places for honeymoon in India with some sense of privacy and thrill and adventure of snow.
The Mall Road in Shimla is packed with couples during winters. Adventure enthusiasts also head to Shimla for hiking activities which is one of the things to do in here. Then there are people who visit Shimla for its colonial charm and to explore the seamless blend of tradition and modernity.
The luxe lovers visit Shimla for the award winning Wildflower Hall located at Mashobara. One of the finest luxury hotels and spa destinations in India, Wildflower Hall is one of the best heritage hotels in India. The most alluring factor is that this hotel is located in Himalayas and offer breathtaking views and serene escape and one of its king luxury in the lap of Himalayas.
Dharamsala and Mcleodganj
Nestled in the Dauladhar range of Himalaya, Dharamsala is renowned as the seat of Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government in Exile. A little ahead of Dharamsala is McLeodganj at a bit higher altitude and a different world altogether. Dharamsala and Mcleodganj are especially popular among the foreign tourists as one of the top places for volunteering in India.
As soon as you arrive in McLeodganj, everything changes. The weather, ambience, the crowd and the culture. McLeodganj is thronged by Lamas, foreigners both resident and visitors and tourists from India.
The snowcapped mountain paks of Dauladhar creates breathtaking scenery and there are plenty of hiking trails that begins with McLeodganj as the base. With increasing popularity, McLeodganj has become touristy these days but is a very good option as a winter holiday destination in India.
Lesser people visit during winter. And you may try staying at Naddi or Dharamkot for serenity and proximity to nature. This 2 relatively unknown places are the haven for honeymooners looking to have a memorable beginning of their married life.
If you are traveling to Dharamsala in winter, why not try the hike to Triund and spend the night in the camps surrounded by snow. We promise that the first rays of sun would leave you with indelible memories.
Lucknow : Land of Nawabs, Kebabs & Shababs
Home of the Nawabs of the Oudh (Awadh), Lucknow is renowned for its sumptuous cuisines, dance and music, thanks to the Nawabs who were great patron of art. An important political center for a long time Lucknow is dotted with Raj era building some stunning mausoleums. But above all the reason you should visit Lucknow is to witness firsthand the city’s reputation as the land of ‘Nawabs, Kebabs, Adaab (respect) and shabab (beauty).’
One of the reasons to visit Lucknow at this time of the year is to attend the Lucknow Mahotsav, a cultural extravaganza that celebrates the ‘tezjib’ and nawabi cuisine of the region, the reason why we recommend Lucknow as one of the best places to visit in India in December – January.
Source : Curated from the web
Lord Shiva’s Kedarnath fully engulfed in snow
This is the current, stunning and marvellous picture of historical Kedarnath Shrine fully engulfed with knee deep snow sent by senior journalist friend Mohit Dimri, which remains closed during the winters and opens in April, May reviving its usual functioning with hundreds of thousands of pilgrims all over the country and the globe thronging in, for Lord Shiva’s Darshan, the creater and destroyer of this Universe.
The climate here is extremely chilling with the usual temperature sliding to minus 7 degrees during noon and crossing – 20 or more degrees during midnight. But what looks interesting and adventurous is the fact that the employees of Nehru Mountaineering Institute (NIM) looking after the affairs of the maintenance and development of Kedarnath and its immediate surroundings are round the clock busy amid the most deadly, treacherous and challenging situations, clearing the area and roads of heaps of snow measuring 2 to 3 feet over ground. Hats off to them.
It may be recalled that during 2013 June 15/ 16 when the entire Kedarpuri including Ram Bada and the Kedar valley was engulfed with the highly devastating deluge due to massive cloud bursts and subsequent bursting of the Chorabaari Lake also called the Gandhi Sarovar, they were the brave and hard working people of the NIM who in the aftermath of this devastating ecological disaster rebuild and renovated the entire Kedarnath vicinity under extreme challenging weather conditions beyond anybody’s expectation with the landing of high tech extremely heavy loaded bull dozers and other machines ferryed at such a towering height through helicopters.
It was a record in itself. Historical Kedarnath temple is situated at 11, 755 feet from the sea level where even during the summers, the weather comes to 2 to 5 degrees during the nights and the running high speed Mandakini and Alaknanda rivers get frozen . Over ten thousand pilgrims from Uttarakhand and several other parts of the country had died during this catastrophic tragedy. Uttarakhand has four historical religious shrines popular world over where millions of pilgrims come to pay their respects and prayers with extreme obeisance to lord Kedarnath, Badrinath, Goddess Gangotri and Yamnotri.
While Gangotri and Yamunotri emerges from the huge himalayan glaciers since time immemorial quenching the thirst and irrigational needs of the entire nation finally converging in Bay of Bengal, the Kedarnathand Badrinath shrines are of immense value for the devotees all around the globe.
A month ago prime minister Narendra Modi had visited Kedarnath Temple for the second time on the day of its closure during the winters and had announced several projects for the over all facelift of Kedarpuri that involved innovative development of inner roads and construction of modernised luving accomodation for the pujaries as well as the pilgrims who visit here from distant parts of the country and the globe including inner roads etc. The work on these projects got badly affected due to the excessive snow fall say the sources which will be resumed after the inclement weather situation improves in the near future. The Kedarnath site and temple fully clad in snow gives the imresson as if a pitch white( bright) silver sheet have been spread in Kedarpuri by Lord Shiva.
PLEASE DO VISIT THE -HINDUSTAN KI AKHIRI CHAI KI DUKAAN at Garhwal
I had been to the Badrinath Dham, a 1200 year old historic temple built by the initiative and tirless efforts of the Adi Shankaracharya then and eagerly went three kilometres ahead towards the historic Vyas Gufa, where, as the saying goes – thousands of years ago Ved Vyas meditated. Just near Vyas Gufa there is Bhim Pul (Bridge) a huge boulder of the size of roughly 8×8 feet, naturally lying over the river, giving it a shape of a bridge.
It is said that it was physically placed by Bhim to cross this high tide Mandakini river by the Pandavaas when they went for salvation during the final phase of their lives. It’s a conventional belief that the Pandavas went to heaven from this route. Anyways, what’ s important here is that after Bhagwan Badrinath’s Darshan one definitely feels like visiting the last village of India called MAANA and its here that you can have the privilege of the visiting the last TEA SHOP with the title: HINDUSTAN KI AAKHIRI CHAAI KI DUKAAN.
Though this shop is now surrounded by few other such stalls but this is the last one, selling eatables, soft drinks and other miscellaneous items in addition to tea. Every winter the villagers of Maana Gaon about approximately 180 families( am not exactly very sure about the number) shift to their counterpart village called Neeti, near Joshi Matth during the winters and then return back in April when the doors of Bhagwan Badrinath Temple are opened for Darshans again.
There is a single patwari for both the villages of Neeti and Manna, quite a distance away from each other who had to travel miles on foot to settle cases during the winters if any pertaining to disputes or crimes. The village Maana primarily comprises of Bhotia families the Garhwalies, whose forefathers, it’s usually believed have come from Tibet centuries ago when there was a free trade between the Garhwal citizens and the Tibetians called barter trade, now under China’s jurisdiction.
The first woman Mount Everest conquerer and the pride of India Bachendri Pal is also from the nearby village in Chamoli district and the same community. The inhabitants of Maana village get reservation in jobs and majority of the men folks are in comfortable positions in government jobs having good eductional background.
Maana was also famous for the clandestine production of indigenous liquor as the area being cold most of the time is usually consumed locally. The village Maana is significant from the security point of view as the villagers are considered to be our border protectors as well who are of great support and moral boosters for the ITBP jawans and officers camped there to guard our boarders under extreme challenging climatic circumstances.
About 1100 kilometres from Delhi journeying to Maana involves about 800 kilometres hill travel. If you really want to visit Badrinath Dham and the last CHAI KI DUKAN at village MAANA do visit Garhwal, Uttarakhand and enjoying touring adventure watching roaring Alaknanda and Mandakini on the way that finally become pious Ganges at Devprayag, the confluence point of both these rivers. Uttarakhand is full of surprises, adventures and historical spiritual destinations. Don’ t forget to miss them. The Uttarakhand government has accorded Maana village the special status of tourism village.
This is the latest picture of HINDUSTAN KI AKHIRI CHAI KI DUKAAN posted on fb by Garhwal’s eminent literateur, writer of several books and cultural activist, seen sitting with his friend at the precint of the shop, namely Narendra Kathait.
Rides in AC not so cheap now
If you are travelling beyond 5 km by the Delhi Metro from Tuesday, Oct. 10th be prepared to pay ₹10 extra with the recent fare hike coming into effect. The hike comes within five months of the last one. It will affect every passenger of the Delhi Metro who travels beyond 5 km. While journeys falling in the 2 to 5 km distance slab will only cost ₹5 more.
The Delhi Metro had started operations on December 25, 2002, the minimum fare at that time was ₹ 4 and maximum was ₹ 8.
The revised fare structure now on is: up to 2 km ₹10, 2 to 5 km ₹20, 5 to 12 km ₹30, 12 to 21 km ₹40, 21 to 32 km ₹50 and for journeys beyond 32 km ₹60. Smart card users, who happen to be 70 per cent of the metro’s total commuters, will continue to get 10 per cent discount on each ride. They will get an additional discount worth 10 per cent while travelling during off-peak hours. Off-peaks hours are from beginning of services till 8 am, between 12 pm to 5 pm and from 9 pm to end of the services.
The price hike came late on Monday night in the face of stiff opposition mounted by Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal against the fare hike. The Delhi Assembly passed a resolution against the hike earlier in the day. Deputy CM Manish Sisodia termed the decision as a “conspiracy” which benefits private cab services. The DMRC had been batting for a hike for quite a time, citing “losses” in view of loans and rise in input costs of operation, such as power tariff among others.
The new fares would be applicable on five corridors — Blue, Yellow, Green, Red and Violet — of the metro routes that crisscross the Delhi region, with the total network length of 213 km. It is announced that there shall be no change in the fares of the Airport Express Line (Orange Line).
The Living Root Bridges of Meghalaya
Meghalaya, in the north-east of India is a beautiful state with myriad of lush green forests, magnificent mountains, marvelous waterfalls and other breathtaking natural sights. Fortunately, the ambience of Meghalaya has the touch of nature still alive. The overwhelming environment with original simplicity welcomes the tourists from all over the world.
Well! Herein, I will narrate the story of the Living Root Bridges found on the serene land of Meghalaya. It is noteworthy that Meghalaya is renowned all over the world for its double-decker and single-decker root bridges. The most astounding fact is that these bridges are the huge tangles of the colossal thick living roots of the Rubber Tree, Ficus elastica. These intermingled strands of roots are capable of holding numerous people on the bridge. Yes, you can easily cross the river via these bridges.
Meghalaya is the place receiving the highest amount of rainfall on this planet earth. Mawsynram, the village in Meghalaya is recorded to have received 11,873mm of rainfall thus, establishing the record of the ‘wettest place of the Earth’. Due to the heavy rainfall, it was very difficult for the people of Khasi and Jaintia to cross the rivers. The bamboo bridges built by these tribal people used to rot and break down due to the downpours of rains.
Around 180 years back, the ancestors of the Khasi people devised a one-stop solution to sort out the problem of the people who remained stranded during the rains and were not able to cross the rivers. The roots of the Rubber Trees were escorted in the hollow canes of the Areca Nut Palms from both the sides such that they met in the middle across the stream. The roots were looked after and nurtured for years. Well! This ardent task bore fruits. With passage of time, these bridges became strong enough to hold the weight of humans.
The most spectacular Living Roots Bridge is built over the Umshiang River outside Nongriat, just 10km south to Cherrapunji. This legendary Umshiang Double-Decker Bridge is about 180 years old; still standing upright thus, adding to the pride of Meghalaya. Apart from this, there are many stunning bridges made from the living roots of the rubber tree found in the interior regions of Meghalaya, Nagaland and other north-eastern states.
However, with the advent of modern technology, the art of building these bridges is dying out since past 20-25 years. Now, these bridges are replaced by modern bridges made up of steel and other metals. However, the single-decker and double-decker bridges made from the living roots of Ficus elastica are the major tourist attraction from all over the world.
Pali, one of the oldest and the most historic city located in Rajasthan also known as the Industrial City. Pali is believed to one of the most important part of Rajasthan from ages and also known as a hub for merchant activities. It is a venture in the bank of river Bandi and is 70 kms south east of Jodhpur. Some of the official languages spoken in Pali are Hindi, Marwari and Godwari. The district of Pali shares a common border with eight major districts in Rajasthan including Nagaur and Jodhpur, Barmer, Rajmasand, Udaipur, Ajmer, Sirohi and Jalore. The nearest Airport to Pali is the Jodhpur Aiport that is nearly 78 kms from Pali. The National Highway 14 is directlt connected as the road link.Railway links are also prominent to the district of Pali. Some of the famous historical places located in Pali includes:
‘Ranakpur Jain Temples’ – The Ranakpur Jain Temples are built in the 15th century after a divine vision by one of the Jain businessman. The Ranakpur Jain Temple is dedicated to Adinath, an important figure in Jain cosmology. The Ranakpur Jain Temple is named after the provincial monarch Rana Kumbha who supported and laid encouragement for the construction of these temples. It is a type of complex where there are multiple temple structures. The Ranakpur Jain Temple is located in a valley of the Aravalli mountains.
‘Jawai Dam’- The Jawai Dam is built across a tributary of the Luni River. The Jawai Dam was contructed by Maharaja Umaid Singh of Jodhpur. It is the biggest dam situated in western Rajasthan. The Jawai dam is believed to be the primary source of water for Jodhpur City and its nearby villages. The Jawai dam is also famous as a winter paradise for some of the migratory birds,leopards and crocodiles.
‘Parshuram Mahadev Temple’- The Parashuram Mahadev Temple is believed to be a cave temple dedicated to Lord Shiva which attracts some of the fascinating stories.It is believed that Parshuram who was a firm believer of Lord Shiva, constructed the cave with his axe and worshipped Lord Shiva there. The Parshuram Mahadev Temple is located 3990 feet above sea level. This temple has figures of Lord Shiva and Lord Ganesha.
‘Nimbo ka Nath Temple’- The Nimbo ka Nath Temple is located on the Falna-Sanderav route and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is believed that Kunti,who was the mother of Pandavas, worshipped Lord Shiva and spent most of her time worshipping Shiv Shambo during their exile. Also the Pandavas had built a Navdurga in this residing area. This beautiful temple attracts many local and foreign tourists all round the year. The temple also organizes fairs ‘Melas’ where a large number devotees attend such holy celebration.
‘The Jain Temple’- Pali is renowned for its magnificent decorations of Jain Temples. The Idol of Mahavira, from the spiritual aspect is believed to be graved with firm architectural surroundings. The 2600 year old worshiping idol is 120cm in height. This structure is unique and it has all the significant artifacts and fabulous structural creations.
‘Adiswar Temple’- Adishwar Temple is located at Sanderao near Pali city.Adishwar Temple in Pali is also known by other name ‘Chaumukha Temple’. This 15th century temple shrine known for the unique architectural style of a Nalinigulm Vimana, a heavenly aircraft.Adishwar Temple took 65 years for the construction and is the largest Jain temples. The temple has three storeys, 80 domes, and 29 halls.
Tonk is a town located in Rajasthan. The town is located 95kms South from Jaipur near the bank of Banas River. The tonk town is assigned as the administrative headquarters of the Tonk District. Tonk was also a princely state of the British Rule India from year 1817 to 1947.Tonk has been called ‘Rajasthan ka Lucknow’, ‘Adab ka Gulshan’, ‘Romantic poet Akhtar Shreerani ki Nagri’, ‘Meethe Kharboojo ka Chaman’, and ‘Hindu Muslim Ekta ka Maskan’.Tonk received a most deliberate status in Rajasthan with such names.
Wonderful Places to visit in Tonk are:
It is one of the most beautiful hall in the city of Tonk as the Indian State of Rajasthan. The hall is located within the old palace complex with white walls and ceilings and superb enamel mirror work as well as painted glass windows. The enamel jewellery work is up to the outburst of the size of the hall. The Sunhari Kothi was built by Nawab Mohammed Ibrahim Ali Khan, the Nawab of Tonk for poetry,recitals,dance and music.
The Hathi Bhata is situated 30 kms from Tonk in the Sawai Madhopur Highway. The Hathi Bhata Tonk, Rajasthan is one of the most beautiful monuments in Rajasthan. The Hathi Bhata is carved out of a single stone and is given the shape of an elephant. It is one of the most delicate tourist spot of Rajasthan which attracts foreign tourists at a large number as well.
The Bisal Deoji’s temple constructed by Visala has a pancharatha sanctum defining linga, antarala, square mandapa and the portico with sikhara. It is also significantly termed as the temple of gokar-nesvara as Visala was a devotee of Gokar-na.The temple is surrounded by a hemispherical dome and is supported on eight tall pillars carved on the lower section with floral festoons, chain and bell and circular medallions as well. There are also some short inscriptions which depicts the visit of pilgrims and one of the most important of those are of mentioning the chahamana chief Prithviraja III.
Hadi Rani Baori-
The Hadi Rani Baori is basically a tank which is constructed within multiple storeyed steps and with double storeyed corridors on the western side also having arched doorway. Below the lower storey,there are images of Brahma,Ganesha and Mahishasura which are enshrined. There are sets of thirteen steps on all three sides of the structure on the higher level and five steps at the lower level which is upto the water level. It is dated between twelfth to thirteenth century A.D.
Delhi- Exquisite place for fun and frolic
If you are young, ready to explore and live in Delhi, the world is your play area. The social capital of the nation is overflowing with bars, bistros, mixed bazaars and social spots with no limit to intriguing spots you can spend your day. 24 hours can simply transform into a couple when you are at the perfect spot with the right individuals. Add to that the never ending list of fun spots in Delhi that would give the close by coffee joint a run for its money.
To be honest, not all that matters is a breeze to accomplish in India and that goes for the capital as well. It’s not a compulsion that the things will happen like the way you want them to be, some frustrations will arise while touring. However, don’t let the inconveniences get you down, keep an inspirational state of mind. No need to wear anything excessively luxurious and in case you are a female, it is recommended for you to dress very modestly and possibly even wear a head covering/ scarf.
Want to spend some time alone and have nowhere to go? Opt for the book cafes. The book cafes serve as the unique place in Delhi to chill. These cafes will allow you to experience value-for-time amidst modern as well as comfortable settings.
Where to go?
Cha Bar: Also known as the Bookworm’s heaven, Char Bar is one of the best places to seek time and space for oneself. Providing over 100 types of teas and all the Oxford books, the hub maintains a favorable environment for the readers.
Cafe Turtle: Apart from the usual coffees and books, the Cafe Turtle facilitates its customers by offering a full-fledged menu too.
Ivy & Bean: Having out of the ordinary interior, free wifi, and a modest menu, it is an immaculate spot for a day with your book.
Various other best book cafes include “May Day Coffee & Bookstore” and “CMYK Bookstore”.
Whenever thinking for fun, how can someone forget the great amusement parks? They are surely the best places for one to enjoy either with their families or friends. These amazing parks will never miss a chance to make your day a “fun” tastic outing. Imagine spending a day on wild rides and water games, it would surely be an unforgettable experience.
Where to go?
Adventure Island: An amusement park in Rohini, ensuring a wonderful experience for you with your family and loved ones. Take pleasure in its wonderful rides like Aqua Bump Bump, Splash Down, H2o and Rain dance. Visit the ideal place for entertainment with your loved ones and quench your adventure, retail and eatery thirst all at one place
Fun n Food Village: One of the best amusement and water parks in Delhi and NCR, the Fun n Food Village is located on the Old Delhi-Gurgaon Road. Enjoy your day with a great variety of water slides, games, and rides that are available for people of all age groups with wholesome entertainment for the whole family.
Worlds of Wonder: Situated in Noida, Worlds of Wonder is a fascinating destination to have an unforgettably extravagant time with your family and friends and feel the monotony fade away as you enjoy the rides and slides that it offers.
What about some delicious paranthas as a feast? Well, the idea is not bad. The menu in Delhi is never ending. Apart from the street food of Old Delhi or the funky chat stalls outside malls, it’s the time for Murthal.
The haunted places in Delhi totally belong to you. These places are meant for those who loved Ghostbusters. Delhi has got some on its list enough for you to get goose bumps and your blood runs cold. Places to roam around and visit in Delhi are many. The list is endless. When it comes to tourism, Delhi has something for everyone. The capital city reflects a perfect blend of modernization and traditional architectures. With so much to choose from the city of Delhi is the perfect combination of culture, old and new to turn any day into unique and unforgettable. So what are you waiting for? Go out and explore!
Himanshu and his Yellow Fellow!
What do you think are the belongings you should carry with yourself during travelling? Yeah, they would obviously be clothes, sunglasses, books and many other miscellaneous things. But do you know what is the most important thing to be accompanied with while travelling? It is “FOOD”. Ever thought, how about getting up early in the morning, grabbing your bag and then moving out to a place that is truly new for you with a camera on your hand and the most delightful food on the other hand? This is unimaginable and so soothing.
All you want is food along with you on the journey, and you need nothing else then. “The Yellow Plate Guy”, majorly known now as the adventure traveler and one of the most talked about personality in the social media is Himanshu Sehgal. He travels to many places. But you might be thinking, why is he named so? Truly saying this guy is just living his life. He travels to many routes and places where he had never been before but he is alone out here. He moves from places to places with his best friend without whom he can’t even imagine his journeys, his partner in crime- his yellow plate. This act is unbelievable and attractive as well as decent in its own way.
He always carries a Yellow Plate to him wherever he travels. Undoubtedly, Himanshu Sehgal has proved to be the KING OF FOOD BLOGGERS and this yellow plate seems to be a lucky charm for him. The involvement of this yellow plate in his life is very unintentional. He didn’t buy this thing from any shop especially to travel with. He never planned to go on adventurous trips with this “yellow fellow”. He met this new friend in his Kitchen.
Himanshu went to his kitchen and saw an unused yellow Plate and he started eating everything on it. Eating daily on this plate increased their bond with each other and he planned that from now on, his yellow plate will accompany him in every journey. It has now become an inseparable part of each and every journey of Himanshu Sehgal. Whenever the blogger goes to any place to uncover all its facts and acknowledge that, he always uses his yellow fellow to eat on and trust me he is really enjoying its company.
Himanshu Sehgal told in an interview with the Wittyfeed, “No one knows where it came from…. It has been there in my house; I loved the color and enjoyed eating in it.” This creativity is mind blowing, isn’t it? What do you think? The Yellow Plate Guy has now managed to become the most talked about and the hottest topic online in all the social media websites and is gaining popularity drastically. It is something unique our audience has been waiting for, and he is here with his yellow plate proving to be a heartthrob of the whole nation with his travel diaries accompanied by his yellow fellow.
The Legend of ‘Sultan Razia’
Not many know the full story surrounding the Asia’s first female monarch. Travelling in Old Delhi and entering from Turkman Gate and to the narrow lanes of Pahari Bhojla till Bulbuli Khana, a stone plaque put up by the Archaeological Survey of India can be seen. It is the grave of Sultan Razia.
Razia was the daughter of the Delhi Sultan, Iltutmish, and his favourite Begum Terken Khatun. When Razia’s brother Nasiruddin Mahmud (Sultan Iltutmish’s eldest son and successor to the throne) had died wjile fighting the Mongols, the Sultan declared his daughter as his heir. According to the famous historian Minhaj-us-Siraj, the Sultan thought of Razia’s abilities equivalent to 20 of his sons’.
From childhood, the Sultan and his trusted slave Malik Yaqut, had trained Razia in the art of warfare, horsemanship, administration, and diplomacy. However, after Sultan’s death, the powerful Turkish nobles ignored his will and placed Ruknuddin Firoz, another son of the Sultan, on the the throne. He was a debauch, and very soon after his coronation the people of Delhi were in despair.
Razia dressed herself in the red clothes of a plaintiff and appealed for justice in the congregation that had gathered for Friday prayers in the Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque. The people put their faith in her and she was elevated to the throne as Delhi’s fifth Sultan. Ruknuddin was soon after imprisoned and later executed.
Razia refused to call herself Razia Sultan because the word Sultan was used as a suffix for consorts and princesses. Razia had coins struck in her name. And later she adopted the title of Nusrat Amir-ul-Mu’minin which means ‘helper of commander of faithful, that is, Caliph’. Sultan Razia herself appointed Malik Yaqut as Amir-e-Akhur which means commander of the horses. Ibn Battuta had written that there were suspicions of intimacy between Sultan Razia and Malik Yaqut. Sultan Razia ruled wisely for four years from 1236 to 1240.
Soon after, Malik Altunia, the governor of Tabarhind (now Bhatinda), rose against her and she went to battle against him. All the Turkish nobles in her army mutinied, Malik Yaqut was killed, and Sultan Razia was captured.
The rebellious nobles placed her brother Bahram Shah on the throne of Delhi in April, 1240. Altunia, who was disappointed at being deprived of any reward for his part in the rebellion, offered his hand in marriage to Razia, which she accepted. However her legend came to an end when Razia and Altunia’s army attacked Bahram Shah in Sept-Oct 1240, their combined army was defeated and Sultan Razia was killed.
Dhola Sadia bridge: 10 facts about India’s longest bridge on the Brahmaputra
The Dhola-Sadiya Bridge also known as the Bhupen Hazarika hetu is of 9.5 kms and our Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the longest bridge in India located on the Brahmaputra river in Assam.The inauguration comes on the occasion of the government completing three years in office. The historic bridge, which shall link Dhola to Sadiya in Tinsukia district of Assam is crucial from the strategic perspective as it is close to the border state of Arunachal Pradesh.
10 things to know about the Dhola-Sadiya bridge:
- Owing to poor connectivity and transport issues, Sadiya has alaways been an isolated and disadvantaged town in Assam. It is a subdivision of Tinsukia district, bounded by rivers on three sides: Lohit, Brahmaputra and Dibang. The new bridge is expected to change the transportation scenario of the region.
- At 9.15 km, the bridge is longer than the Bandra-Worli Sea Link (5.6 km) by nearly two-thirds. Sadiya is the birthplace of iconic singer Bhupen Hazarika. It was once a thriving town until an earthquake struck on August 15, 1950 and the mighty Brahmaputra changed its course, engulfing half the town within days. Since then, the place has been struggling with transportation woes.
- The fourth bridge on the Brahmaputra, it will boost communication across eastern Arunachal Pradesh. The most significant beneficiary will be the Army, whose convoys will now save an estimated three to four hours in their journey from Assam to their posts at Kibithoo, Wallong and Chaglagam on the Arunachal-China border. Thus, the bridge is a great strategic boost to India’s defence capabilties in the North East.
- Considering the geological vulnerabilities of the North East, being a high-seismic region, the bridge was built using state-of-the-art equipment, including imported hydraulic rigs, and provided seismic buffers in all its 182 piers.
- The road transport and highways ministry cleared a feasibility study in August 2003 after demands from the locals. Construction began in 2011 and the original target date for completion was December 2015 but deadlines were breached and there were cost overruns.
- The bridge shall enhance Indian Army’s mobilisation capabilities and movement of troops and heavy equipment in the forward areas bordering China. As of now, Army convoys in Assam either spend hours crossing the river by boat from Dhola to Sadiya, or take a circuitous 10-hour, 250 km road trip from Dinjan division HQ, near Tinsukia, to Tezu in Arunachal, before driving ahead to the border.
- The bridge is said to withstand the weight of a 60-tonne battle tank.
- The bridge is located 540 km away from Dispur, the capital of Assam, and 300 km away from Itanagar, the Arunachal capital. People from Arunachal travelling to the airport in Dibrugarh or the main railway station in Tinsukia can access the bridge to reach faster.
- Presently, it takes eight to ten hours from the border district of Anjaw in Arunachal Pradesh to Tezu, followed by another eight hours to Tinsukia or five hours to Dibrugarh. The new bridge will cut this travel time by four to five hours.
- In contrast to the architectural and transportational accomplishment that the bridge has achieved, there’s a human cost of displacement as well. The boatmen who used to deploy all their boats whenever an Army convoy arrived have lost a big share of their business. Around 150 boats used to ply between the two ends of the river and with the inauguration of the bridge, their livelihood is said to be in the doldrums.
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