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Posted On: 02,Feb 2012 | Chennai , India |

The park is very small and it takes no more than 20 to 30 minutes to have a good look around the park, but this is reflected in the price which is VERY reasonable. The park doesn't just house snakes but also has a few fairly rare lizard and crocodile species which were a real treat to see.

The animals looked in fairly good condition however the enclosures and facilities are in desperate need of being upgraded. It is a great place to see some of Indias reptile species though and certainly worth a visit.

Positive Points - 

Some unusual species on display Very cheap entry Easy to find

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Very outdated facilities and enclosures Not particularly clean Nowhere to buy food and drink   [more]

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Posted On: 02,Feb 2012 | Delhi , India |

The Taj rooms are beautiful. My favorite part of the room is the glassed bathroom with both a tub and a shower. Service-wise, you are offered fruit and tea or coffee to your room when you first check in, which is a very nice touch.

The hotel is very big with hundreds of rooms, too big for me, but despite this, the overall service manages to make it feel more personal. In regards to the location of the hotel, there isn't much going on around. It is long stretched of roads surrounded by walled in embassy buildings, so there isn't much to look at except for walls.

One negative thing is that at a hotel of this caliber, it is truly irritating to have to be nickeled and dimed in regards to wifi usage. Wifi should be free or already built into the hotel price. Although the welcome tea is a very, very nice and settling gesture.

The hotel is very shielded from the craziness of Delhi outside, which can be a good thing based on your perspective.   [more]

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Posted On: 31,Jan 2012 | Bihar , India |

Rajgir is famous for its hot water springs, locally known as Brahmakund, a sacred place for Hindus. Another major attraction is the peace pagoda, Vishwa Shanti Stupa, built in 1969, one of the 80 peace pagodas in the world, to spread the message of peace and non-violence. The rope-way that leads to it is another attraction. The Japanese temple is beside the Venu Vana. Venu Vana is an artificial forest, where one can enjoy Eternal peace, and meditate. Historically, Rajgir has been a very important place, as capital to many empires. Main tourist attractions are the Bimbisar's Jail, the Ajatshatru's Fort, and the Jarasandh's Akhara.

How to Reach

Air: The nearest airport is at Patna 101 km. Indian Airlines connect Patna to Calcutta, Bombay, Delhi, Ranchi and Lucknow.

Rail:Though Rajgir itself has a railway station yet the nearest convenient railhead is at Gaya 78 km.

Road:Rajgir is connected by road to Patna - 110 km, Nalanda - 12 km, Gaya - 78 km, Pawapuri - 38 km, Bihar Sharif - 25 km, etc.

Bus : Regular buses are available from all the above said points to Rajgir. Local Transport: Taxis and Buses and Tongas are available.   [more]

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Posted On: 31,Jan 2012 | Assam , India |

Kaziranga National Park is a national park in the Golaghat and Nagaon districts of the state of Assam, India. A World Heritage Site, the park hosts two-thirds of the world's Great One-horned Rhinoceroses. Kaziranga boasts the highest density of tigersamong protected areas in the world and was declared a Tiger Reserve in 2006. The park is home to large breeding populations of elephants, wild water buffalo, and swamp deer. Kaziranga is recognized as an Important Bird Area by Birdlife International for conservation of avifaunal species. Compared to other protected areas in India, Kaziranga has achieved notable success in wildlife conservation. Located on the edge of the Eastern Himalayabiodiversity hotspot, the park combines high species diversity and visibility.

Kaziranga is a vast expanse of tall elephant grass, marshland, and dense tropical moist broadleaf forests, crisscrossed by four major rivers, including the Brahmaputra, and the park includes numerous small bodies of water. Kaziranga has been the theme of several books, songs, and documentaries. The park celebrated its centennial in 2005 after its establishment in 1905 as a reserve forest.

Kaziranga is a title of a remarkable success story of conservation of the One Horned India Rhinoceros and other wild lives in the North East India. It is not only the homeland of the Great Indian One Horned Rhinoceros, but also provides shelter to a variety of wild lives.

It is one of the significant natural habitat for in situ conservation of biological biodiversity of universal value. The values and criteria made Kaziranga National Park to get inscribed in the World Heritage Site List 1985. The Kaziranga National Park area consists of 429.93 Sq.Km. with an additional area of 429.40 Sq.Km. and situated in the two districts of Assam, namely Golaghat and Nagaon. The total area of the park within Nagaon district is 175 Sq.Km., out of which 135 Sq.Km. falls under Bagori Forest Range office and 40 Sq.Km. falls within Ghorakati Forest Range office.   [more]

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Posted On: 31,Jan 2012 | Arunachal Pradesh , India |

The Famous Gaden Namgyal Lhatse, popularly known as Tawang Monastery was founded by Merak Lama Lodre Gyatso in the year 1680-81. The monastery stands on the spur of a hill, about 10,000 feet above sea level and has ravines in the south and west, narrow ridge on the north and gradual slope on the east. It offers a commanding and picturesque view of the Tawang-chu valley. From a distance it appears like a fort as if guarding the votaries in the wide valley below. Tawang monastery is the largest of its kind in the country and is one of the larges t monasteries in Asia. Though it has the capacity for housing about seven hundred monks, the actual number of resident lamas (monks) at present is a little more than 450. This monastery is the fountain-head of the spiritual life of the people of this region. The approach to the monastery is from the north along the ridge. Just near the entrance to the monastery there is a building housing the dung-gyur mani from where the water is fetched for use in the monastery. To the south of its is the kakaling, the entrance gate. The kakaling is a hut-like structure with its two lateral walls made of staone. It serves as a gate. The ceiling of the kakaling is painted with Kying-khors (Mandalas). The inner walls are painted with mural of divinities and saints. After passing through the kakaling there is a big gate further south which is without any door.

Further south stand the main gate of the monastery, which is fitted with huge doors and is set in the northern wall of the monastery. It is about 925 feet long and the height varies from about ten to twenty feet. There is another gate near the southern and of this wall. It is fitted with a huge door. Near it there are two slits in the wall to see out through all along the outer side of the eastern wall connecting this gate with the kakaling. It is said that the yarn given by the Vth Dalai Lama to Merak Lama enclosed the area bounded by the four walls.

A paved path runs from the main gate toward rear of the monastery and leads to a stone slabs court. Religious dances and outdoor ceremonies are held in this court. The entire eastern half of the monastery is covered with sixty residential quarter's called (Sha/Hut) for housing the resident monks. Each of these dormitories has been constructed by a group of villagers on voluntary basis. They also carry out the repairs and are responsible for its maintenance.

A three storied building stands on the western side of the court. It is the par-khang (Library). All the holly scriptures including. A long two-storied building flanks the southern side of the court. A part of this building is used as store for the provisions of the monks. The other part is occupied by the Dra-tsang buk and his entourage. A two storied building, on the eastern side of the court is called Rhum-Khang which is used for cooking the food-offerings for the rituals as well as refreshments for the monks on ritual days.

The most imposing building of the monastery is the assembly hall known as Dukhang. It is a three-storied building standing on thenorthern side of the court and houses the template and the Labrang (The establishment of the Abbot.) The inner walls of the Dukhang. are painted with murals of various divinities and saints. The altar occupies the entirenothern wall of th hall. On the left of the alter is the silver casket wrapped in silk containing the Thankas of Goddes Dri Devi (Palden Lhamo) the principle deity of the monastery, which was given to Merak Lama by the Vth Dalai Lama. The said painting came to be known as Ja-Droi-Ma, which means it had warmth of a bird, which symbolized that the Thanka was of a living type.

A colossal richly gilded statue of Lord Buddha occupies the middle of the northern side. It is seated on a platform and its body, rising up, terminates in a huge head above the first floor. It is the largest image of the monastery also has a Center for Buddhist Cultural Studies where young monks are taught Arithmetic, English and Hindi besides traditional monastic education.

In brief, this monastery is simply awe-inspiring and majestic in its appearance and grandeur. A visit of Tawang Monastery is most spiritually refreshing experience.   [more]

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Posted On: 31,Jan 2012 | Andhra Pradesh , India |

Tirupati is a major pilgrimage and Cultural City located in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. It is famous for the Venkateswara Swamy temple dedicated to Lord Venkateswara, located about 20 kilometres north west of Tirupati in the Tirumala hills. One of the most important pilgrimage centers in the World, the temple draws millions of pilgrims and is the busiest pilgrimage centre in the world. Tirupati City itself has several temples and is famous for its red wooden toys, copper and brass idols. Also, the city is a major economical and educational hub in the southern region of the state.

The term 'Tirupati' is made of two words, where 'Tiru' means 'Sri' and 'Pati' means 'Husband'. Thus, 'Tirupati' suggests 'Maha Vishnu' or 'Lord of Maha Lakshmi'. Dotted with several temples and immersed in the divine aura in conjunction with scenic beauty, Tirupathi appears truly charismatic. Apart from Sri Venkateswara Temple, there are many famous shrines here, like those of Govindaraja, Rama, Mallikarjuna, etc.

In the earlier times, the town was ruled by the rulers of various dynasties of South India. Though Tirupati Temple is very old, huge contributions were made by many Kings for its development. The temple town represents the rich cultural legacy of the past. The Tirumala Hills with its lofty peaks, further add to the glistening charm of the town. Travel to Tirupathi and see the spiritual grandeur of the city yourself.

Tirupati is located at the foothills of the Eastern Ghats at a distance of 550 kilometres south of Hyderabad, the capital of the state, 250 kilometres east ofBangalore, and 150 kilometres north of Chennai.   [more]

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Posted On: 31,Jan 2012 | Agra , India |

The Tomb of Akbar the Great is an important Mughal architectural masterpiece, built 1605-1613, of grounds in Sikandra, a suburb of Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India.

The third Mughal Emperor Akbar the Great (1555–1605), himself commenced its construction in around 1600, according to Tartary tradition to commence the construction of one's tomb during one's lifetime. Akbar himself planned his own tomb and selected a suitable site for it, after his death, Akbar's son Jahangir completed the construction in 1605-1613. Akbar was one of the greatest emperors of his time.

The south gate is the largest, with four white marble chhatri-topped minarets which are similar to (and pre-date) those of the Taj Mahal, and is the normal point of entry to the tomb. The tomb itself is surrounded by a walled enclosure 105 m square. The tomb building is a four-tiered pyramid, surmounted by a marble pavilion containing the false tomb. The true tomb, as in other mausoleums, is in the basement.

The buildings are constructed mainly from a deep red sandstone, enriched with features in white marble. Decorated inlaid panels of these materials and a black slate adorn the tomb and the main gatehouse. Panel designs are geometric, floral and calligraphic, and prefigure the more complex and subtle designs later incorporated in Itmad-ud-Daulah's Tomb.   [more]

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Posted On: 27,Jan 2012 | Tamilnadu , India |

It is located on the Tindivanam - Thiruvannamalai road about 25 kms. from Tindivanam and is about 132 kms. from Chidambaram. This place is associated with Raja Desingh. There is a 700 year old fort running over three hills of huge and steep boulders. According to tradition the original fort was laid by Kone Chiefs. The fort was ruled by Vijayanagar Nayaks, Marathas, Moghuls, Carnatic Nawabs, the French and the British Rajagiri and Krishnagiri are two important fortifications here and it is a popular picnic spot.  A Magnificent Fortress According to a legend the name Gingee or Senji is derived from "Senji Amman", a virgin Goddess.  The massive walls of Gingee fort interconnect the 3 inaccessible hills- Krishnagiri, Chandrayandurg and Rajagiri. The three hills are disposed in the form of a triangle, while the main wall connecting is 20 meters thick. The top of the three hills form impregnable citadels, while the inner fort contains many fortifications and gates.  Attractions Within The Fort  One has to pass through an uneven flight of steps along the rocky hill track, which may make the visit to the fort a bit difficult. The fort houses a Gymnasium, audience hall, stable, palace, clock tower, granary, treasury in Indo-Islamic style, store-house for grains and the Elephants tank.  Kalyana Mahal Kalyana Mahal is one of the most attractive ruins in the fort. It was built in the Indo-Islamic style and consists of a square court, surrounded by rooms for the ladies of the Governor's household. In the middle of this court, is a 27 metre high square tower, built of stone and has a puramidal roof.   Barracks And Stables On the western side of the Kalyana Mahal one can see a series of low vaulted and arched cells that are referred to as the Barracks and Stables, but now it has been converted into Archaeological Conservation Training camp.  Sad-At-Ullam Khan Mosque  Sad-at-Ullam Khan Mosque located at the entrance of the inner fort of Rajagiri was erected by Sad-at-Ullah Khan to commemorate his victory over De Singh and the capture of the fort in 1713 AD. According to a Persian inscription found here, the mosque is said to have been constructed in 1717-1718 AD.  Vekataramana Temple  Vekataramana Temple is the largest temple in Gingee, which was built by Muthiah Nayaka in 1550 AD.    [more]

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Posted On: 27,Jan 2012 | Uttar Pradesh , India |

The Awadh region has its own distinct Nawabi style cuisine, the most famous cuisine of Awadhi Region is Tunday Kabab with various kinds of biryanis, kebabs and breads. Kebabs are also of different types – Kakori Kebabs, Galawati Kebabs, Shami Kebabs, Boti Kababs, Patili-ke-Kababs, Ghutwa Kababs and Seekh Kababs are among the known varieties. The city has a range of fine restaurants catering to all tastes and budgets. Makkhan Malai, 'Malai Ki Gilori' of Ram Asrey (an oldest shop of pure ghee sweets, established in 1805) Chowk, the famous TundeyKebabs, named after the one-armed chef Haji Murad Ali, and 'Kakori kebabs' are very popular with food lovers. Other famous restaurants are 'Dastarkhwan', 'Naushijaan', and 'Nawabs'. The Chaat in Lucknow is one of the best in the country. There are quite a few places serving outstanding chaat, like Shukla Chaat and Moti Mahal in Hazratganj, Radhey Lal in Aliganj and gomti nagar, Chhappan Bhog in Sadar and Neel Kanth in Gomti Nagar, and famous Jagdish Chaat House in old lucknow Chowk. And among sweets lucknow's rewadi is famous all over India. After a delicious dinner, one can have Paan at any of the innumerable Paan vendors.   [more]

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Posted On: 27,Jan 2012 | Mysore , India |

Mysore is famous for silk sarees (Mysore Silk), sandalwood carvings and the many varities of perfumed incense sticks. Mysore's market places can be a good place to start, like Ashoka Road, Sayyaji Rao Road and for a mix of Western and Indian traditional shopping head to Devaraj Urs Road . To experience one of India's best markets head to Devaraja Market where tourists and locals alike shop for daily fruit and vegetables as well as the rows and rows of flowers and various spices. Devaraja market is on Dhanwanthri Road. On the east row of the Devaraja Market there is an oil shop with two brothers, Azam and Adil, who always pull in tourists for a nice conversation and maybe some chai. They have some good recommendations for food and things around the city so give them a visit. Their shop has a row of the watercolor powder, about 1/3rd from the north end. Be warned however. There are quite a lot of perfume sellers that sell inferior goods, don't be tempted by nice boxes and free gifts. As a rule, if it looks like a bargain, the perfume is poor quality. The real stuff is normally found further from the centre, but is mostly for export. Some shopping markets are : Devaraj Market This colorful outdoor market is a dizzying maze of everything under the Mysore sun – from flowers to fresh produce to household items and beyond! Definitely a must-see. It is at the intersection where Vinoba Road meets Sayyaji Rao Road, near KR Circle. If you’re not sure how to get there, take an auto-rickshaw. Green Hotel Organic Market Every Sunday from 10 am to 1 pm, there is an organic market at the Green Hotel. The selection is small and products go fast, so it’s best to get there early. You will often find yoga students lounging around the Green Hotel after Sunday practice. Nilgiri’s Supermarket 1/3 Vinoba Road (corner of Bhudevi Farm) Jayalakshmipuram, Mysore 570 012 Telephone: 821-526-2503/2803On the same road as the Green Hotel, there is a Nilgiri’s Supermarket at the address above. Another Nilgiri’s is located in Lakshmipuram near Ballal Circle within walking distance of Mysore Mandala. Shivananda Supermarket 8 Adipampa Road V.V. Mohalla, Mysore Telephone: 821-251-1944 A smaller market located near the Shiva Temple in V.V. Mohalla, an easy walk from Gokulam.   [more]

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Posted On: 27,Jan 2012 | Mathura , India |

Dwarkadhish Temple is an inexorable part of the religious shrines of Mathura. Mathura is a small town in the western part of Uttar Pradesh. In terms of religion, Mathura is an important place, where Lord Krishna took birth, around 5000 years ago. Located in the eastern part of Mathura, Dwarkadheesh Mandir can be reached easily by means of local transport available in Mathura. It is also accessible from Delhi through regular buses and private taxis. Dwarkadheesh Temple is one of the most visited shrines of Mathura. Built in 1814, Dwarkadhish Temple is said to have been constructed by Seth Gokul Das Parikh, who was the treasurer of the Gwalior Estate. He was a great devotee of Lord Krishna and erected the shrine to commemorate the deity. In the present day, Dwarikadhish Temple is administered by the followers of the Vallabhacharya sect. The main shrine embraces the images of Lord Krishna and his beloved Radha. Apart from the image of Radha-Krishna, the shrine has images of other Gods of the Hindu Pantheon. The structure of the temple has the glimpse of local art and architecture. The interiors boast the excellent work of art, brilliant carvings and exquisite paintings. In the vein of other Krishna temples, Janmashtami is the major festival that is celebrated with great enthusiasm in the temple. Besides Janmashtami, the much-awaited festivals like Holi and Diwali are observed with a whole-hearted celebration. People from all over the country come to this sacred shrine to receive the blessings from the Lord.   [more]

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Posted On: 27,Jan 2012 | Karnataka , India |

To get close to the culture of the Keladi Rulers, to know more about the relics of Indian cultural heritage of the last three centuries and some of its important aspects that are preserved, the Keladi Museum is a must visit. The Keladi Museum is the only rural museum that consists of manuscripts, sculptures and paintings. The museum was established by Sri. Keladi Gunda Jois about 20 years back. During that time, Sri Keladi Gunda did not have enough funds to maintain proper staff and provide facilities. Over a period of time, board of trustees consisting of eminent scholars was formed. It was then that from 1985 onwards the National Archives, National Museum of Delhi and the Government of Karnataka started issuing small donations that helped grow the museum. Today, the museum has a research centre and a publication wing. The board of directors of the museum undertook the difficult task of publishing a study of "Sivatattva Ratnakara", the famous encyclopaedic work on history, politics, administration, dance, drama, music, sculpture, literature and painting. Many ancient artefacts are carefully preserved in the museum in the vicinity of the Rameshwara Temple at Keladi. This rural museum is the actual storehouse of historic accounts of Keladis and is a resource centre for research scholars and students. The museum has a collection of rare objects which include swords, combs, manuscripts, coins and brass idols. Paintings that exude creativity are preserved at the museum. An illustration of Queen Victoria and the countries colonized by the British in an exquisite work of art called The Guardian Angel of the British Empire is a masterpiece in Keladi Museum. Things are exhibited from 10am to 5pm except monday and other government holidays.   [more]

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Posted On: 25,Jan 2012 | Jodhpur , India |

Mehrangarh Fort, located in Jodhpur city in Rajasthan state, is one of the largest forts in India. The fort is situated 400 feet (122 m) above the city and is enclosed by imposing thick walls. Inside its boundaries there are several palaces known for their intricate carvings and expansive courtyards. A winding road leads to and from the city below. The imprints of cannonball hits by attacking armies of Jaipur can still be seen on the second gate. To the left of the fort is the chhatri of Kirat Singh Soda, a soldier who fell on the spot defending the Mehrangarh fort. There are seven gates, which include Jayapol (meaning 'victory'), built by Maharaja Man Singh to commemorate his victories over Jaipur and Bikaner armies. Fattehpol (also meaning 'victory') gate was built by Maharaja Ajit Singh to mark the defeat of the Mughals. The palm imprints upon these still attract much attention even today. The museum in the Mehrangarh fort is one of the most well-stocked museums in Rajasthan. In one section of the fort museum there is a selection of old royal palanquins, including the elaborate domed gilt Mahadol palanquin which was won in a battle from the Governor of Gujarat in 1730. The museum exhibits the heritage of the Rathores in arms, costumes, paintings and decorated period rooms. Period rooms Moti Mahal - The Pearl Palace Built by Raja Sur Singh (1595–1619), the Moti Mahal is the largest of the Mehrangarh Museum's period rooms. Sur Singh's Moti Mahal has five alcoves leading onto hidden balconies; it is believed they were built for his five queens to listen in on court proceeding. Sheesha Mahal - The Hall Of Mirrors It is a fine example of a typical Rajput Sheesh Mahal. The mirror-work includes large, regular pieces, rather than an intricate mosaic of tiny fragments; another thing is the superimposition over the mirror-work of brightly painted religious figures made in plaster. Phool Mahal - The Palace Of Flowers The Phool Mahal was created by Maharaja Abhaya Singh (1724–1749). The grandest of Mehrangarh's period rooms the Phool Mahal was in all likelihood a private and exclusive chamber of pleasure; dancing girls once swooned in exhaustion here under a ceiling rich in gold filigree. Takhat Vilas - Maharaja Takhat Singh's Chamber Built and lived in by Maharaja Takhat Singh (1843–1873), Jodhpur's last ruler to reside in the Mehrangarh Fort, Takhat Vilas is an interesting blend of styles, most traditional, but some, like the glass balls on the ceiling, testifying to the modern age which arrived with the British.   [more]

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Posted On: 25,Jan 2012 | Haridwar , India |

Mansa Devi Temple, Haridwar (Hindi: मंसा देवी मंदिर, हरिद्वार) is a Hindu temple dedicated to goddess Mansa in the holy city of Haridwar in the Uttarakhand state ofIndia. The temple is located atop the Bilwa Parvat] on the Sivalik Hills, the southernmost mountain chain of the Himalayas. The temple also known as Bilwa Tirth is one of the Panch Tirth (Five Pilgrimages) within Haridwar. The temple is known for being the holy abode of Mansa, a form of Shakti and is said to have emerged from the mind of the sage Kashyapa. Mansa is regarded as the sister of the Nāga (serpent) Vasuki. The term Mansa means wish and it is believed that the goddess fulfils all the wishes of a sincere devotee. Devotees who want their wishes to be fulfilled by Mansa tie threads to the branches of a tree located in the temple. Once their wishes are fulfilled, people come back again to the temple to untie the thread from the tree. Mansa is also offered coconuts, fruits, garlands and incense sticks in order to appease her. Mansa Devi Temple is a Siddh Peetha which are the places of worship where desires get fulfilled. It is one of three such Peethas located in Haridwar, the other two beingChandi Devi Temple and Maya Devi Temple. The inner shrine has two deities installed, one with eight arms and the other one three headed with five arms. Mansa Devi Temple is an ancient temple that attracts people from both far and near due to its significance. The temple is considered a must visit for the pilgrims going to Haridwar. It enhances the holy tradition of Haridwar which persists in the place from many past centuries. It offers views of the River Ganges and the plains of Haridwar. To reach the shrine one has to either follow the trekking route up to this holy shrine or ride on the recently introduced rope-way service. The rope-way service known as "Mansa Devi Udankhatola" was introduced for the benefit of the pilgrims and it caters to the pilgrims also to the nearby located Chandi Devi shrine. The rope-way carries the pilgrims from the lower station directly to the Mansa Devi Temple. The total length of the rope-way is 540 metres (1,770 ft) and the height it covers is 178 metres (584 ft). On a normal day, the temple is open between 8 am and 5 pm, except for lunch closings of 12 pm to 2 pm.   [more]

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Posted On: 25,Jan 2012 | Chennai , India |

Shopping in chennai is fun. Shopping happens in all ranges, from road side shops in Pondy Bazaar, Pantheon road to highly sophisticated and state of art malls like Spencer Plaza, Ampa Sky walk and Citi Center. Chennai is a Shopper's delight. There are a lot of places and shops worth visiting. One thing to be kept in mind is to try to bargain for prices at almost all places. New plazas are springing up. Readymade clothing including brands, art and crafts, contemporary and traditional artwork, antiques, jewellery etc are easily available in the city. Traditional items like Pattamara Mats and the leaf and palmyra-fiber handicrafts from Tirunellveli, bronze and brass castings and traditional jewelry from Kumbakonam, Metal works from Tanjavur, stone carvings from Mamallapuram, Silks from Kanchipuram are all available in Chennai. For conventional items and handicrafts, Government Emporiums offer wide variety of choice at fixed rate. Victoria Technical Institute at Anna Salaai offers handicrafts from all over the country. Central Cottage Industries Emporium in Temple Towers Anna Salaai again offers good stuff. Large air-conditioned complexes go to Spencer Plaza Anna Salai, Shopper's Stop Harrington Rd, Globus or GeeGee Emerald Plaza MG Road all have range of shops selling famous brands of clothing, books, music, children toys and accessories etc. There are many shops in Nungambakkam selling a variety of goods and a stroll along these places is quite likely to catch your eyes. For books, CDs, cards and other novelties, visit Landmark at Nungambakkam or Fountainhead at Mylapore. The most popular bookshops are Higginbothams, BookPoint (Anna Salai) and The Bookshop at Spencer Plaza. The Giggles Bookshop at Taj Connemara hotel is also well stocked. Second hand booksellers set up shop along Anna Salai in the afternoon. You can find decent English language books with little patience.   [more]

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Posted On: 25,Jan 2012 | Kolkata , India |

Metro Railway, Kolkata is the first underground Metro Railway in India. It extends from Dum-Dum near Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose airport, Kolkata to Tollygunj, the busy north south axis of Kolkata over a length of 16.45 Kms. There are Seventeen Stations en route at about one km apart. The Metro Railway Kolkata was constructed progressively from 1972 to 1995, Phase-I a length of 3.04 Kms. from Esplanade to Bhowanipur having been completed in 1984. Full length of 16.45 Kms was commissioned in 1995. The Kolkata Metro or Calcutta Metro is a mass rapid transit system serving the city of Kolkata and the districts of South 24 Parganas and North 24 Parganas in Indian state of West Bengal. The network consists of one operational line (Line 1) and five lines currently under construction. It was the first such form of transportation in entire India when it first opened its commercial services back in 1984.   [more]

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Posted On: 24,Jan 2012 | Jammu Kashmir , India |

Location : Leh, Ladakh Region, J&K Architectural Style : Medieval Tibetan Architecture Historical Significance : Palace of the 16th Century Ruler Sengee Namgayal Timing : 7.00 am - 10.00 am & 4.00 pm - 6.00 pm Lording it over the old town from the peak of a craggy granite ridge is the derelict palace of the 16th century ruler Sengge Namgyal. A scaled down version of the Potala in Lhasa, it is a textbook example of medieval Tibetan architecture, with gigantic sloping buttressed walls and projecting wooden balconies that tower nine storey above the surrounding houses. Since the Ladakhi royal family left the palace in the 1940s, damage inflicted by 19th century Kashmiri cannons has caused large chunks of it to collapse. Bring a flashlight, and be careful while walking in spite of restoration work, holes gape in the floors and dark staircases. Dukhar Temple Also worth a look as one passes is the Dukhar temple on the fourth storey. The gloomy shrine, whose centrepiece is a thousand armed image of the Goddess Tara, houses eerie masks, musical instruments and weapons - props for the recitals and religious ceremonies once held in the courtyard outside.   [more]

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Posted On: 24,Jan 2012 | Hyderabad , India |

Ocean Park is situated at Gandipet, 20 km. from Hyderabad, in 20 acres of landscaped gardens, an amusement park that you haven't seen the likes of yet in India. It is one of the first theme parks started in twin-cities and continues to be a great hit especially with children. But it is not the young ones alone who enjoy, even adults can have lots of fun here. It is a family amusement park offering a good mix of fun and thrills for people of all ages with water rideskiddies pool, wave pool, water slides, dry rides- super loop, the 60 feet high ride, bumping cars, slam bomb etc. The park has a water sports section and another one for amusement games. Here you can relive your childhood or romp around with your children amid the various water bodies. If you enjoy the thrills of the games where the ships and trains make half and full circles, where tea cups juggle in the air and you are literally taken on a ride, then Ocean park is the place for you. Ocean Park is divided into different section, in the kids section there is a wading pool and fountain, while the adults section has the exhilarating water slides. There is also a waves and swimming pool with different sections for men women and children. Jet skiing is also available. Toy train, helicopters, huge air filled balloon, video games are available for children and for adults there is tora tora ride, single loop roller coaster and a ship that sails from side to side churning your insides out. Inside the park, food is not allowed. Near Gandipet, there is also Sagar Mahal guesthouse. Attractions within Ocean park Kiddies Pool, A 60-Ft High Ride, The Slam Bomb, Bumping Cars And Dry Rides For People Of All Ages. Location : Near Osman Sagar Lake (Gandipet) Timing : 11.00 A.M. to 8.00 P.M Entry Fee : For Adults - Rs.150/- For Children - Rs. 100/- Open : Every Day   [more]

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Posted On: 24,Jan 2012 | Shimla , India |

Shimla (also known as Simla) is a tourist destination par excellence. It is a beautiful hill town in the lap of nature, surrounded by pine and deodar forests. Temperature is ideal in summers and tourists flock it in great numbers and it is highly advisable to get hotel reservations done well in advance despite the fact that there are over 1000 hotels in Shimla. It is well connected by road to the plains. Facilities and amenities are good. People are friendly. It is also comparatively safer than other tourist destinations. All this makes it the favorite travel destination of tourists from India and across the world. A amazingly high percentage of tourists come back here again. It is situated in the north-west Himalayas and is the capital of the state of Himachal Pradesh in North India. It is a 18 sq km mountainous region lying at an altitude of 2,213 meters. British coined the term “Queen of the hills” for Shimla. It has been blessed with all the natural bounties, one can think of. The biggest industry in Shimla is hotel, travel and tourism. Bulging at its seams with unprecedented expansion, the town retains a colonial aura, with its grand old buildings. If you happen to visit Shimla without hotel reservations, you can take the services of one of the numerous porters who double up as travel guides and touts for hotels in Shimla. Prime Attractions In Shimla are Himachal State Museum & Library Viceregal Lodge & Botanical Gardens Indian Institute Of Advanced Studies Prospect Hill Summer Hill Elysium Hill Glenn   [more]

India Travel Forum

Posted On: 24,Jan 2012 | Mountabu , India |

The history of Mount Abu is as diverse as the city itself. It was once a part of the Chauhan kingdom of Rajasthan and served as a summer resort for the Rajput kings of the region. After that, it was leased by the British government from the then Maharaja of Sirohi for use as the headquarter of the resident to Rajputana (another name for Rajasthan). Mount Abu was the home of many saints and sages in the old days. Legend has it that all the 330 million gods and goddesses of the Hindu pantheon used to visit this holy mountain. This place is held in reverence by Jains as well since Jain scriptures record that Lord Mahavira, the 24th Jain Tirthankar (spiritual leader), also visited Mount Abu and blessed the city. Amba Ji Mata Temple Ambaji-the Origin of the Supreme Cosmic Power of the Universe is one of the fifty one 51 ancient Shakti Piths Tirth in India. There are 12 main Shakti Pith Tirth, significant places of pilgrimage for the worship of Shakti, namely, Ma Bhagwati Mahakali Maha Shakti at Ujjan, Ma Kamakshi at Kanchi Puram, Mata Bramaramba at Malay Giri, Shri Kumarika at Kanya Kumari, Mataji Ambaji at Anartgujarat Mata Mahalaxmidevi at Kohlapur, Devi Lalita at prayag, Vindhya Vasini at Vindhya, Vishalakshi at Varansi, Mangalavati at Gaya and Sundari Bhavani at Bangal & Guhya Kesari in Nepal. Sundha Mata Temple The historical and religious Sundha Shrine is center of attraction for devotees which is situated at the end of ARAWALI Mountains, the heart-line of Rajasthan. Several historical and religious matters have been attached to this shrine which is surrounded by the soothing climate of ARAWALI Mountains. Its attractive natural beauty is incomparable in itself. The water touching the sacred feet of "MAHISHASUR MARDINI" is spreading its soothing musical sounds in the unique atmosphere. The Soil of hue feet gives a pleasing touch even in summer season. The mountain too appears like an evergreen forest. There is a unique combination of mountains, water and soil. The flowing water, lovely twittering of birds and sporty monkeys attract people automatically.   [more]