Winter spots to see in India-1

Weather in India during winters are warm, coupled with snow. The air is chill, still an ounce of warmth is seen all over. Normally winter month starts from November and stretches till March. South India winter is full of fresh greenery, in the months of winter, while north India is covered with white snow to play and enjoy, west India has lot of beaches to relax during winter, while east India has bountiful nature to see during winter. Winter travel is an ideal time to travel for many family vacations, honeymooners, adventure lovers and pilgrimage goers. A weather which doesn’t make you sweat, a weather which gives you freshness and beauty of the nature to see all over. So winter travels here is a list of places you can plan to visit in winter.

DARJEELING- It is called the queen of hills, which is nestled among the mountains of Kanchenjunga. Darjeeling Himalayan railway is a world heritage site. The very name Darjeeling is derived from the Tibetan word Dorje meaning place or land. Tigher hill, Miri, Bhutia busty monastery, Tibet museum, rock garden, Bengal natural history museum, Lloyd botanical garden are some places to see. While momos, alu dum, Nepali thali, thukpa, Darjeeling Tea, organisation are yummy to taste. It is an ideal spot for skiing, paragliding, trekking in winter for adventure lovers. Best time to visit in winter-December to March travellers get to see the snowing, snow capped mountains, colourful Christmas and new year celebration.

AULI- A holiday popular winter destination an a pilgrimage spot too. It is called Auli bugyal meadow Located at Uttaranchal. Auli lies on the way to Badrinath, Hanuman temple, Nanda Devi Peak, Chenab lak, Vishnu Prayag, joshimath, Gursol bugyal, Trishul Peak are places to see. Garhwali, Gharwali delicacies, kachmuli, green tea with butter, lot of vegetarian dishes, balmithai are famous to eat, while skiing, trekking, are popular adventure sports. December-February is the best time to visit during winter. Travellers will get a view of bountiful nature, snow covered slopes, and a best place to rejuvanate oneself.

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As we were ascending Up the hill, the view of lush greenery, red buildings, the appearing and disappearing of mist was visible. In no time, everything around us turned crisp white. Snow was covered all over. The air was becoming cold and colder. It was felt inside the train. Ticket collector was there to check our tickets. As we were looking around there were small houses covered with snow here and there. The pine trees were covered with snow, leaving little green visibility. Many of us were eagerly waiting to see the lovely peaks, which wasn’t visible. Our train kept travelling up. Pandeyji said, “Look towards your right, soon alps will appear”.

After ten minutes, the lovely peaks covered with snow gave us a beautiful view. Our whole coach clapped and screamed with joy. The tall mountains filled with snow, and rays from sun falling here and there, was a beautiful sight. Our journey continued. There were 2 stopping before jungfrau. At one stopping we could view the alps through Binoculars. As we ascended high, the chillness was creeping within. Breathlessness was felt. Soon we arrived jungfrau and as we stepped out the cool air blew on all our faces, shivering we walked.

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NASHIK- Located on the Deccan plateau an ancient city in the north west region of Maharashtra, surrounded by Brahmagiri mountain, River Godavari, flowing all over it is an ancient city of Maharashtra. Tropical wet and dry climate prevail all over Nashik, with hot summer, cool winter, and heavy rainfall. The meaning of Nashik-Pious.

HISTORY- It is one of the holy cities of Maharashtra. It was ruled by Mauryas, then by satavahana dynasty then by chalukyas, traikutakas, Rashtrakutas, yadavas, Marathas finally by Muslims and Britishers. Peshwas dynasty named this city in 1818. During Ramayana period, lord ram had ordered Lakshmana to cut the nose of shoorpanaka sister of Ravana. Sita was abducted from panchavati area in western ghats.

REACHING- By air-Pune is the nearest airport. By Train-There are direct trains to Nashik. By Bus/Road-There are direct buses and highways are well laid.

CULTURE-Maharashtra culture prevail all over the city, people of Nashik are very friendly and hard working. Ganesh Chathurthi, Diwali, Dussehra, Makara sankaranthi, kumbha mela, Ratha Yatra are popularly celebrated. Traditional music of Maharashtra and lavani, povadas, Yamasha are popular dances seen here.

TO DO- Pandavleni Caves, muktidam, triyambakeshwar temple, Someshwar temple, dudhsagar falls, Sita gufa, panchavati, Anjaneya Hills, kapileshwara temple, Mukher trek, salher Trek, ahirantegad fort, are place to see.

-Maharashtra cuisine is popular all over the town. Besides Gujarathi, Konkani, Goan cuisine are popular here. Bharli Vangi, Padval dalimbya, zunka bhakri, gulachi poli, sabudana Vada, Vada Pav, misal Pav, Nashik misal Pav, danyachi, usal are popular to eat.

-Souveniers, jewellery, artefacts, handicrafts, are popularly shopped. College road, Tibetan market, MG Road, are popular shopping streets.

-Trekkijg, rappling, rock climbing, are famous adventure sports done here. There are spas to rejuvanafe, and resorts to relax. There are cultural pilgrimage, and religious centres to see in Nashik.

-There are weekend, one dha, tourist, family, religious, and pilgrimage packages offered from all over Maharashtra to nashik.

A beautiful city filled with bountiful nature and lot of historical places to see. Nashik is a temple town of Maharashtra. October-March is the best time to visit this town.

QUOTES- All journeys have secret destinations of which a traveller is unaware.-Ones destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things-Travel doesn’t become adventure, until you leave yourself behind-Nof all those who wander are lost.

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Famous beaches to see in India-part 4

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KARAIKAL BEACH- Situated in PUDHUCHERRY, this beach is called natural beach of South India. This beach is famous for tranquility, solitude and pipousness. Karaikal Ammaiyar temple, nagore Poompuhar, Vaitheeswaran Koil are some popular point of interest to see. Different variety sea shells made as a design are sold famously here. Karaikal halwa, butter Kova are very yummy to eat. Karaikal a major port city on the east coast of India, is very popular tourist spot of South India. Canoeing, kayaking are popular adventure sports in this beach. Best time to visit-November to February.

Being born and brought up in chennai, gave me a great exposure towards beaches. It used to be a hangout place, weekend relaxation peace. This gave a thirst within me to see the popular beaches in India. Beaches are fine sands, like our fine tuned mind, having cool breeze like our loving heart and best place where we could feel our soul at peace.

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Our boat arrived and on time we got back to the deck, we had some tea and got back to our bus. Cappuccinos and teas, are much required when we travel to places. They not only fill our stomach, but they are energy boosters which at times we need. We took an hour journey to our hotel and had Indian food. Slowly we entered Switzerland and checked in at IBIS hotel. Our next day journey was to begin at 7am. We were advised to carry proper woolen clothes, Vick’s, Zandu balms and things that would keep us warm. We were advised to face the extreme cold and at the same time enjoy the heat in the Alps.

With lot fo excitement many of us packed our next day journey bag and fell asleep. At 6am European alarm woke us up. Our hotel was comparatively near to the alps. We stayed in Zurich. From here 2 hours drive took us to the alps. After heavy Swiss breakfast almost dozing we reached alps. The view of the mountains that stood proud, white in colour, surrounded by enough greenery is a sight I shall never forget. The clouds were covering the mountains and were giving us enough view of the peaks here and there disappearing. There were washrooms, once again sipping hot coffee, gearing our own selves, hugging the woolen clothes, we proceeded towards the railway station called GRINDELWALD which takes you up the steep hill.

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POPULAR CITIES TO SEE IN MAHARASHTRA

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PUNE- The second largest city in Maharashtra, Situated in the Deccan plateau, with Mutha river flowing all over and western ghats covering, it is called oxford of the east and is the cultural capital of Maharashtra. It was called Poona, meaning Punya vishaya. Semi arid climate prevail all over the city with hot summers, cold winters and heavy rainfall.

-HISTORY- From 8th century this city exists. It was ruled by the Rashtraka dynasty then by Ahmadnagar sultanates, followed by Maratha era, Jahangir era, then by Peshwas, Muslims and finally by Britishers.

-CULTURE- Maharashtra, culture prevail all over the city where Marathi is widely spoke. People of Pune are warm hearted and very cultural with traditions. Ganesha Chathurthi, Diwali, dussehra, Shaniwarwada dance festival, Sawai Gandharva music festival are grandly celebrated.

-REACHING- By air- There are direct flights, to Pune from all over India. By Train-Pune junction is well connected. By Bus/Road-There are direct buses while highways are well laid.

TO DO- SEEING- Parvati hill, Sinhagad, Agakhan palace, Mulshi dam, mahatma Phule Museum, Peshwa musuem, chaturshringi temple, Kamala Nehru Park, pataleshwar caves, Osho garden, ramdara temple, shanivarwada are places to see.

-PLACES AROUND- Mulshi dam, Lonavla, Matheran, Mumbai, Alibaug, Mahabhaleshwar, kashid, panchagani, Lavasa, Panvel are places around.

-EATING- Marathi cuisine is very popular all over Pune.  Besides the above, Goan, Konkani, cuisine are popular. Vada Pav, chicken biryani, mango Mastani, chicken shawarma, panipuri, aloo paratha, kheema Pav are popular to taste.

-SHOPPING- Bags, accessories, artefacts, handicrafts, souveniers, are popularly shopped. F.C. Road, Deccan, Laxmi Road, June bazaar, tulsi baug are famous shopping markets.

-OTHER THINGS TO DO- An active nightlife, is seen all over Pune with pubs, bars to dance and enjoy music. Trekking, hiking, kayaking, rafting, climbing, are popular sports to enjoy. There are spas, and resorts to relax and rejuvenate. Being a cultural city there are religious, historical centres to visit.

-TRIP PACKAGES- October to March is the best time to visit Pune. There are holiday, picnic, family, weekend, pilgrimage, one day trips organised to Pune from all over Maharashtra.

A beautiful city, filled with abundant nature, cool climate, blended with tradition and modernity, a lovely place to visit without fail.

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Famous beaches to see in India-part 3

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KOVALAM BEACH- Situated 13km away from Trivandrum this beach is famous for gentle breeze, crystal, clean water and fanatic views. This beach is called paradise of the south. Light house, the German Bakery, karmana river, halcyon castle, vizhenjam village are popular point of interest to see. Fishes, chicken, lobsters, prawns, along with dosas, Vada are popular yummy food to taste. Statues made our of teakwood, rosewood, handicrafts, many variety beach wears are popularly sold. Kovalam is a small coastal town on the south of Trivandrum it is a popular tourist spot. Surfing, motor boat ride and wooden boat ride are popular adventure sports in this beach. November to February is the best time to visit.

MARINA BEACH- Situated in chennai, it is 13km long and the second largest beach in India. It is very popular for beautiful parks, tree lined cobbled streets and Indo saracenic buildings. Gandhi statue, sri parathasarathy fort are some popular point of interest to visit. This beach is famous for variety, seashells and beautiful Knick knack things. Murruku, Sundal, bhajjis, sea food are some mouth watering food one should taste. Chennai is called the gateway to South India. Boating, scuba diving, are famous adventure sports in Marina beach. Best time to visit-November to February.

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Beautiful fishes jumping captured on DSLR Camera

Taking a curve on the ghat section and just at the tip of Germany-switzerland border, we could see the gush of fresh water falling. This place was surrounded by lush vegetation and greenery all over. From a distance spot it was a picturesque view. There was a boat ride from one end to the falls. It was a long que, we had fo veg tickets, and return on time. The ride fo the falls was by a motor boat, who stops near the falls. Then there are fleet of steps to climb up the hill and get a full view of the whole place. These stars are built in the centre of the lake, which gives you a full view. I would start from the road where we travelled then the green water, white rushing falls, fresh greenery all over and above all the beautiful fishes that jump up and down.

The steps are very steep and narrow. It is used for climbing and descending. It gives view of one side of the falls, which we can’t see from the distance-we were waiting for the boat to pick us up back when a beautiful sight caught my eye. There as a pattern cycle, on how fishes jump and play amidst the fresh water. Two or four fishes or more took turns to jump and fall in the water, where the falls descend. It was beautiful to watch, and my husband captured what we saw, which I am posting today.

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HISTORICAL SPOTS

Maharashtra being the cultural hub of India, has, lot of history and cultural places to see. Being a nature bound state, there are lot of family and picnic spots to visit too. It is a place for history lovers and a place to have relaxing family time.

AJANTHA CAVES- Located 326km away from Pune, and 442km away from Mumbai, ajantha caves are ancient Buddhist caves near Ajantha village. It is a UNESCO world heritage site, which was carved during 2nd century BC and 6th century AD. They are popular for beautiful paintings and sculptures, which depict the Jataka tales. June to February is the best time to visit.

DAULABAD FORT-Located a a 16km distance from Mumbai, it is a fort built by Yadava king Bhillama then it was captured by Marathas, Peshwas, Mughals and finally by Hyderabad Nizams. This fort is open from 9am to 6pm. From Aurangabad there are buses to this fort. Besides visiting it is also a place for trekkers and walkers.

ELEPHANTA CAVES- Located 17km away from Mumbai, it is a sculpted cave, which is listed in UNESCO world heritage site, that was carved by chalukyas and Rashtrakutas then it was ruled by Gujarat sultanates and finally by the Britishers. It is located in the elephant island. There is a boat ride for a toy an hour from Gateway of India. The cave is open from 9am to 2pm. Elephanta festival is grandly celebrated here in the month of February.

PRATAPGARD FORT- Located 20km away from Mahabhaleshwar it is a hill fort in the Satara district of Maharashtra. There are two portions to see in the fort. It is open from 10am to 6pm.

PANDAVLENE CAVES- Located 8km away in Nashik it is a group of 24caves,which is carved between 3rd-2nd century. It represents Buddhism. There are steps that take you up the hill or Trekkers fan trek. It is open from 8am to 6pm.

IRSHALGAD- Located 115km away from Pune, it is a twin fort. Trekking is very popular here.

SINNAR- 30km away from Nashik, famous sri Gondeahwar temple and Gargoti Museum that represents Hemadpanti style of architecture is popular. It is open from 10am to 10pm.

JUNNAR CAVES- 96km away from Pune, they are the largest and longest excavations of India, during Hinayana phase from 3BC-3AD. They are open from 9am to 5pm.

GATEWAY OF INDIA- An iconic monument and landmark of India, built by 1924, which has the inscriptions. It is built to commemorate the landing in India of their imperial majestica king George V and queen Mary on the second of December MCMXI. This gate overlooks the beautiful Arabian Sea.

VASAI- Located 48km away from Mumbai, this fort was the seat of northern court, and it was also the Portuguese possessions Captial. There are popular beaches to see and temples like Vajreshwari, Tungareshwar to see.

SHANIVARWADA- It was built in 1746, Which was the residencies for the Peshwa. There is a foundation in the shape of petals, which has light and sound show in the evenings. A lovely hisfroical place in Pune, that shows the legacy of Peshwas and Shivaji rule.

Besides the above, places, Ellora Caves, Bibika Maqbara, Agakhan palace, Sitabuldi fort, Maharaja palace, Aurangabad caves, kanheri caves are popular to see. Historical spots in India have stamps of legacy and wonderful talent of many craftsmen. They not only have the best nature, around, but the peaceful presence of many dynasties rulers, kingdoms who have lived and ruled.

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Famous beaches to see in India-part 2

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MANDVI- Situated in Gujarath, 1666km long it is a beach filled with sun kissed sands and warm topical waters. Bird watching is very popular in this beach. Vijaya villas palace, Jain temple, Mazda-e-Noorani mosque and Rukumavathi Bridge, light house are popular point of interest. Gujarathi thali street food, Bandhihui textiles are famous all through mandvi. Mandvi on the Kutch District, is a major port and summer retreat of Kutch state. Best time to visit-January to August. Surfing, skiing, parasailing are the famous adventure sports at Mandvi beach.

AGONDA BEACH- Located in south goa, it is 9.2km long and an hour drive from margao. This beach is popular for fringed palms, quiet moments and cool breeze. Chandranath temple, Mallikarjun temple, condo island and cabo de Roma are some popular point of interest a traveller shouldn’t miss. Fresh lobsters, variety fishes, veggies are popular food to taste in the beach. There are many bazaars and markets around Agonda beach that sells famous seashells, antiques. Agonda is a large village in canacona which is famous for nesting ground for Olive Ridley, sea turtles. Rafting, kayaking are popular adventure sprots in this beach. Best time to visit-November to March.

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