Hill stations around Bangalore-B1

BR HILLS- INTRO- called Biligiriranga hills, located on south east, Karnataka, it is a popular hill station, for lovely nature, wildlife sanctuary and variety flora. Subtropical cold climate, prevail all off the hills. Western ghats run all over the hills, while Cauvery flows all over the hills. 

HISTORY/CULTURE- Male Mahadeshwara ranges, connect to Biligirirangan hills, soliga tribe are the first inhabitants of the hills. These hills are called, white cliff. Vaisakh festival and Ratha fetatival are popularly celebrated. Karnataka culture prevail all over these hills. 

TO DO- Brt wildlife sanctuary, Dodda sampige Mara, Biligiri Ramaswamy temple, are places to see. Karnataka cuisine is popular all over, BR hills go eat, while, herbs, honey, artefacts, handicrafts, souvenirs are popular to shop. Water, adventure, nature sprouts, camping, outdoor, extreme sports are popular. There are exotic hotels and restrunants to eat exotic food, while there are spas, resorts to enjoy, relax and rejuvenate. 

Being a hill station, popular adventure spot, there are weekend, one day, hoheymoon, tourist packages offered to BR hills from all over South India and Karnataka. November-March is the best time to vist. 

REACHING- There are flights till Bangalore, there are trains from Bangalore to chamarajanagar station, and there are direct buses to BR hills from Bangalore and highways are well laid. 

Situated in chamdajanagar district, being a link between western and eastern ghats, famous for coffee estates, it is a beautiful place to visit without fail, as it is 179km far from Bangalore. 

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Jammu and Kashmir-2

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GULMARG- INTRO- Located in the Baramula district, popularly called, “Heartland of winter sports”, it is a popular hill station, filled with meadows and alpine mountains. This town has the second largest cable car Gondola. Pirpanjal ranges cover this whole hill station. Jhelum River, Indus River, Chenab river flow all over Gulmarg.

HISTORY/CULTURE- This town was called Gaurimarg, which was named after Lord shivas wife. It was initially ruled by Maharaja Hari Singh, then by Muslims and finally by Britishers. Kashmiri culture prevail all through the town. People of Gulmarg are traditional, rich customs followers and ritualistic. Snow festival, winter festival, Lohri, Diwali, Dussehra are popularly celebrated. Rouf, Hafiza Dance, Bacha Nagma, Wuegi Nachun are Dance forms, while Rabab, ladishah are popular music forms.

REACHING- By air- Srinagar is the nearest airport. By Train- Jammu railway station is the nearest. By Bus/Road- There are direct buses and highways are well laid. Local commutation- There are local buses, cabs, autos to commute within the city.

TO DO- SEEING- Maharani temple, Alpathar lake, Seven springs, st.Marys Church, shrine of Baba Reshi, strawberry valley, Avantiswamy temple, Ningle Nallah, Tangmarg, Lienmarg are places to see.

-EATING- Kashmiri cuisine prevail all over Gulmarg, besides Wazawan cuisine, Punjabi, Tibetan cuisine are popular. Yakhni, Dum aloo, Modular pulav, Sheekh kebab, Rogan josh, sheer chai, kehwah are popular to eat and drink.

SHOPPING- Pashima Shawls, souvenirs, handicrafts, artefacts, are popularly shopped. Gulmarg market, Main market are popular shopping areas.

OTHER THINGS TO DO- Golfing, Skiing, paragliding, snow cycling are popular adventure sports done here. There are restrunants and hotels that serve authentic Kashmiri food. There are religious, cultural, pilgrimage and historical centres to see. There are spas to rejuvenate and resorts to relax. Ther are Malls, supermarkets, shopping areas to shop.

TRIP PACKAGES- There are weekend, one day, short trip, packages offered from all over Jammu and Kashmir. While holiday, tourist, family, summer, winter, honeymoon packages offered from all over India and world to Gulmarg.

With summer, winter, and Monsoon season prevailing all through Gulmarg, the BEST TIME TO VISIT is for October-June. Gulmarg is a popular spot, to experience the Gondola ride and if is the what place to feel the snow, see bountiful, beautiful nature and enjoy adventure sports. 

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Seven hours in Genting Highlands

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Genting highlands are hill resorts at an average elevation of 1,740m on the border of states Pahang and Selangor. Late Tan Sri Lim Goh Tang during a business trip visited this highlands and built a beautiful paradise filled with fun. Now it is called Indoor and outdoor theme park, fun af the peak and city of Entertainment. One morning at 8.30am after breakfast we took a bus to Genting Highlands. It was an hour drive from the city to the hills.

To reach Genting Highlands we choose to ride on a CABLE CAR. After initial swoosh our cable car rode high on the steep cable, then it dipped, again it raised, like this for 45mts we kept riding. The nature, the view beyond the jungle, the fresh cool air, shows a different nature than what one could see. Once we reached Genting straight we went to the GAME CENTER. There are lot of electronic games, to play. To play tickets or cards have to be purchased. In one ticked at least 5 games could be played. About an hour we spent at the game centre.

For refreshment we spotted STAR BUCKS COFFEE SHOP, where beans are selected, roasted, and blended in front of you. With every coffee purchase, free wifi can be aviaries. Amidst feh chillness, coffee boosts our energy to go further exploring in Genting. We spent about half an hour at the shop.

CASINO at the Genting Highlands are licensed gambling spot in Malaysia on land. Table games like Baccarat, Roulette, Black jack, and Tai Sai are played. 21 years old and above are allowed inside the casino. The jazzy colour light display,blaring music, welcomes you to the biggest attraction at Genting. An hour we whiled at casino.

THEME PARK has many games for all age groups to play. Starting from giant wheel, Tora tora ride, dashing cRs, train ride, magic shows, scary houses above all a small designer boat that takes you around the whole place. The place is filled with soothing music, to which a band of dancers give their best performances. Three hours we spent at fun park.

The lasg fun for the day was SNOW WORLD. A whole new attraction that fantasies and wonders on a fairyland high af a peak. To beat the heat of Malaysia, this place has to be visited. A huge place filled with snow, snow flakes, snowman welcomes you. The unique lighting system that makes you experience day and night is awesome. Then staris up take you to another castle. We were given a time limit of half an hour. When you come out ALICE IN WONDERLAND characters welcome you to post a pic with them.

When we looked back we realised 7 hours we spent at a paradise. Whoosing down via cable car, taking a Genting Bus, we got back to city life. Travellers don’t miss Genting Highlands.

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Bangalore-1

INTRO- Called Bengaluru, capital city of Karnataka, located on Deccan plateau, it is called the Silicon Valley of India, Bengaluru means-Bengaval-uru-City of guards. This city is covered by Nandi Hills, and Kaveri river flows all through the city. Tropical savanna climate prevail all through the city. Summers are hot, winners are chill and rains are heavy.

HOW TO REACH- By air- Kempa Gowda International Airport is well connected. By Train- Bangalore junction is very easy to connect. By Bus/Road- There are direct buses and highways are well laid. Local commutation- There are local buses, autos, metros,cabs to commute.

WHAT TO SEE- Bangalore palace, cubbon park, Lalbagh, vidhana Soudha, Devanahalli fort, iskcon temple, Gandhi bhavan, Bangalore fort, Nandi temple, Hulimavucace temple, male mahadeshwara Hills, Halasuru someshwara temple, Indira Gandhi musical fountain park, Turahalli forest, Bellandur lake, Kodandarama temple, arkavati are places to see.

PLACES AROUND- Mysore, kanipakam,Shravana Belagola, srirangapatna, somnathpur, kalavar Durga, Avani,Kolar,Hemavathi,channapatna,devarayanadurga, machugiri, Nrityagram, Bheemeshwari, Makali durgaand anthargangi, are some popular places around to visit.

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Jammu and Kashmir-1

INTRODUCTION- Located on the north side of India, bordered by Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, China, it is called the princely state of India. There are 3 regions Jammu, Kashmir Valley and Ladakh. There are five valleys that cover this state-Sind valley, Poonch Valley, Lidder Valley, Kashmir Valley and Chenab Valley. Himalayas and pirpanjal ranges run all over the state. Jhelum River runs all through the state, besides, Indus, Tawi and Ravi. Varied climate is seen all over Jammu and Kashmir, with summers hot, winters too cold and rainfall heavy. October month is the hottest in this state.

HISTORY/CULTURE- Rajatarangini from sangrama Deva region, found this state. From 3102BCE Jammu and Kashmir has its history recorded. Followed by Jonaraja, then by rajavalipataka,then by Muslims and finally Britishers this state was ruled. Dards,ladakhis and punjabi culture is seen all over the state. People of this state are very traditional, religious and customs followers. Their main occupation is agriculture, and tourism. Lohri, baisakhi, urs, Hemis, Diwali, Dussehra festivals are popularly celebrated. Every festival is colourful celebrated with music and dance. Ruf, dandaras, Chakri, gwatri, Benthe, Bakhan, sufiana music are popular here.

REACHING- By air- Srinagar airport is well connected. By Train-There are many trains that are linked to Jammu Tawi. By Bus/Road- There are direct buses and highways are well laid. Local commutation- There are local buses, taxis, autos, cabs to commute around.

POPULAR CITIES- Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh, Leh, Srinagar, zanskar, Kashmir Valley, Gulmarg, samba, Ramban, Khardong, Saboo, Pahalgam, baramulla, Pangong Tso, Akhnoor, Anantnag, Udhampur, Doda, Sopore, punch, bijibiara are some popular cities in this state.

TO DO- SIGHTSEEING- Raghunath temple, dal and Nageen lake, hazratbal shrine, Shankaracharya temple, Zorawar fort, Stok palace, manamaya temple, Bahu fort, Dehra ki gali, rama temple, apparwath peak, frozen lake, moungri cave shrine, pingla Mata, jasroto fort, ainch mountain, nilnag lake, Suru Valley, nagberan, Aru Valley, tulian lake, Nangali sabheb gurudwara, uri, manasabal lake, Hemis national park, pangong lake are some popular places to see.

EATING- Rice is the staple food of Jammu and Kashmir. Wazwan cuisine, Kashmir cuisine, Muslim Kashmiri Cuisine prevail all over the state. Both vegetarian and non vegetarian all famous. Food is fresh, hot and very traditionally prepared, serving is a part of their culture. Some prominent food to taste- Yakhin, Dumolav, muji gaad, Kashmiri pulav, goshtaba, modur pulav, Momos, Thukpa, paba, thenthuk, butter tea, sheer chai, kahwah are beverages to drink and eat in Jammu and Kashmir. Gulgule, kachalu, chicken kanti, Sewai, shufter are some street food and sweets to taste.

SHOPPING- Pashmina shawls, carpets, tea powders,handicrafts, artefacts, souvenirs, jewellery, Thukpa paintings, spices are popularly shopped.

OTHER THINGS TO DO- Being a temple town, there are very few pubs and bars seen. There are night markets, movie theatres, fast food corners, cafes, malls, shopping streets, hotels and restrunants, plenty to enjoy. For adventure lovers- A very ideal state for winter, extreme and snow sports. Skiing, mountaineering are famous besides, hiking and rafting. There are inneumerable temples and places of worship to see, while there are cultural, historical and religious spots to visit. Besides the above there are spas to rejuvenate and resorts to relax.

TRIP PACKAGES- There are weekend, one day, week, pilgrimage, adventure trip packages offered from all Jammu Kashmir, while family, tourist, honeymoon, summer, winter packages are offered from all over India and world to Jammu and Kashmir.

With all three weathers prevailing, september- April is the best time to visit Jammu and Kashmir.

SPECIALITY OF THIS STATE-  Trekking, and skiing are so special here that it gives a very special memory. For bird lovers, it is an ideal spot for watching different breed of birds. Food, is fresh and very tasty, garnished and spiced a life time memory, an ideal place for campers, taking road trips, gives you an advantage to feel and view the beautiful nature. A popular place for photographers and monastery viewers. On the whole Jammu and Kashmir is a famous tourist sport to be planned and visited once in lifetime.

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What to eat in Goa

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Located in west India, popularly called coastal town of India, with Panaji as this capital, Goa is popularly called Gorapuri, Aparnatha, sindapur. Goa is a popular tourist destination in India, which has tourist all around the year. Goa is surrounded by cool beaches, cool air, pristine white shades, lush greenery, awesome landscapes which are soulfilling.

Goa has best cuisine, yummy, mouth watering food to eat. Some info on GOA CUISINE- Seafood plays a major part in Goa cuisine. Food is prepared fresh and serving is a part of their culture. Gravies are cooked with chilli pepper, spices and garnished with nuts and spices. Rice also plays a major part of the cuisine.

TYPES OF CUISINE- Seafood, Goan cuisine, Konkani, Marathi cuisine prevail all over goa.

FOOD TO EAT- I will start with,

BREAKFAST- A blend of western and Indian breakfast is seen in Goa. Croissants, pastries, pork vindaloo, chicken catreal, smoothies, cuppa, omelettes, sausages, puris, bhajjis, tofu burgers are popular with yoghurt, fresh fruits, coffees and teas.

LUNCH/DINNER- With fish as their staple food, kingfish is the most common delicacy, besides gravies, rice. Some dishes go eat-Humanna(a dish served with rice and fish curry), kismura(a dish made out of dried fish), varavana(a vegetarian dish made with all spices), Fish udid methi(a dish made out fo spinach and fish), Feijoada(a stew), sanna(a variety of idly), tondai(a dish made out of cashew), solachi kadi(a dig out of kusum curry), vindaloo(a curry made out of fish) potatoe(a simple dhal variety) are popular.

STREET FOOD TO BITE- Vada Pav, egg chops, tandoori chicken, chat times, chicken shawarma, Ras omelettes bhajjis, bondas, are popular to bite.

BEVERAGES- Kokum juice, lassi, sugarcane juice, uraak, armada are popular.

Panjim is the capital town of Goa. Fort Aguada, Dudhsagar falls, wax museum, chapora fort, Salim Ali bird sanctuary, Goa is popular for its beaches and churches foo. A popular town for tourism, whereby travellers flock all round the year. Years back from Pune, we took a road trip to Goa stayed for 2 days, and moved further to Bangalore. We stayed at the club Mahindra resort which had a sea view. A beautiful place with yummy food to bite and relish.

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PILGRIMAGE SPOTS IN TAMILNADU

Being a cultural hub of India, there are many pilgrimage places to visit in Tamilnadu and feel the peace within.

CHIDAMBARAM- Situated 43km away from Cuddalore, Nataraja temple, pichavaram ade popular pilgrimage spots to see. The very name Chidambaram means THILLAI where Lord shiva cosmic dance by Lord Natarajar was done.

KUMBAKONAM- Located 35km away from Mayiladuthurai this town was called Thirukudamookku, kudanthai and puli corner by Britishers. Mahamaham tank, sarangapani temple, uppiliappan temple, Thirunageswaram are popular to see.

-TENKASI- Located 56km away from Thirunelveli, the world Tenkasi means Kai’s of south India Kasi Vishwanathan temple, ayikudi Balasubramanya temple, kutralanathar temple, thirumalapuram temple, are famous to see.

THIRUTTANI- Located 13km away from Arakonam it is a temple town famous for Lord Muruga. It is one of the Arupadai Veedu of Lord Muruga.

SWAMIMALAI- Located 9km away from Kumbakonam, it is also one of the Arupadai Veedu of Lord Muruga. This temple existed from 2nd BC.

VELANKANNI- Located very near to town Karaikal, it so a town very popular for The Basicilia of our Lady Good Health. This church exist from 16th century.

Besides the above there are many more pilgrimage spots to visit and see in Tamilnadu.

Tamilnadu, my hometown, is very close to my heart and mind. Living and still living in Tamilnadu, always gave me a feeling, I am yet to travel and know more about this state. There is lots to see in Tamilnadu and take back as many memories as you can.

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So far this blog posted on TAMILNADU. Now I move on to BANGALORE. Thank you viewers, readers, followers and WordPress. See you all in my next blog.

RADHIKA K NARASIMHAN

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TOKYO- INTRO- It is called Tokyo Metropolis, the capital town of japan. It is located in Kanti region, on the izu and ogaswara islands, Tokyo is called the metropolitian prefecture of japan. This town was called Edo, meaning estuary. Mount Fuji, covers this whole town, while Sumida river and Tama river flows all through the town.

-HISTORY/CULTURE- It was ruled by sengoku clan, then by Kamakura period, then by Edo, then by Meiji, and by the emperors of Japan. Japanese culture prevail all through the town. People of Tokyo are modern warm hearted and still traditional at heart. Shinto, shrine festival, sanno festival, Sanyo festival, kappa matsuri, kanda matsuri, sunrise festival, Black night festival, fireman’s parade are popularly celebrated. Traditional music and dance prevail all over the city.

REACHING- By air- Narito airport is well connected. By Train-Tokyo is the major subway of japan which has lines for many parts of japan. By Bus/Road- There are direct buses to Tokyo and roads are very well laid. Local commutation- There are local buses, cabs, trains, metros to commute within the city.

TO DO- SIGHTSEEING- Disney land, Disney Sea, sensoji, Imperial palace, ueno zoo, Meiji shrine, Mount takao, Hamarikyu gardens, ghibli museum, rainbow bridge, yasukun shrine, Hieshrine, shiba park, zojoji are places to see.

EATING- Japanese cuisine prevail all over Tokyo. Besides Chinese cuisine is popular. Onigiri, Tonkotsu Ramen, sushi, Ramen, uoriki kalsen sushi, Tokyo coffee, sukiyaki, yakitori, are popular to eat and drink.

SHOPPING- Electronic goods, souvenirs, Japanese silk, designer wears, accessories, artefacts, handicrafts are popularly shopped. Shibuya, Giza, ikebukuro, odaiba, solsmachi, Sugamo are some shopping places.

OTHER THINGS TO DO- Nightlife is very popular with music,and dance all over. For adventure lovers, water sports, mountain sports, outdoor sports, extreme sports are popularly done. Besides the above, there are many shrines and temples to see, religious, historical, cultural places to visit. There are exotic bars, pubs to enjoy, spas to rejuvenate and hotels and restrunants to taste exotic Japanese cuisine.

TRIP PACKAGES- There are weekend, one day, short trip, holiday, family, tourist packages offered from all over japan and world.

With summer, winter, spring and rainy season prevailing all over Tokyo, March-ocfober is the eat time to visit Tokyo. A beautiful place, a must see for every traveller to japan.

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Hello everybody, so far this blog posted, JAPAN-an island nation, with cities, imperial palaces, mountains, shrines, bountiful nature to see and enjoy. My journey to japan, through this blog, showed me the loveliness of the city, the rich culture and history the beautiful places, to see and the mouth watering food to eat and places to shop. Hereon this blog will post- JAMMU AND KASHMIR called the princely state of India, located on the northern part of India. Please join me in Backpacking. 

Thank you WordPress, viewers, readers and followers.

RADHIKA K NARASIMHAN.

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BEST HONEYMOON PLACES IN INDIA-1

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-UDAIPUR- Situated in Rajasthan it is know as city of lakes and Venice of the East India. There are flights connected to Udaipur airport. Mewar express, Chetak express and annannya express arrives directly at Udaipur. Boat rides, white marble palaces, make Udaipur a perfect place for honeymoon couples.

TARKALI- Situated 546kms away from Mumbai it is a confluence of Karli river, and Arabian Sea. Goa airport is the nearest airport. From there 2hours drive takes one to Tarkali. Konkan express and mandovi express takes one to Tarkali. The beautiful beaches along with snorkeling and scuba diving makes this place romantic and adventurous for honeymoon couples.

RANTHAMBORE- Situated 130km from Jaipur, Rajasthan it is famous for renowned national park of North India. Sanganer airport is the nearest airport, whereby 180km by Road one can reach Ranthambore. Sawai Madhopur is the nearest railway station. From here 10km away is Ranthambore. Besides national park, surwal lake and Ranthambore forts make it a perfect place for honeymoon couples.

KANYAKUMARI- Situated in Tamilnadu this place is famous for confluence of Indian Ocean. Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea. Trivandrum airport is the nearest airport from there by Road in about 67kms one can reach Kanyakumari. There are regular buses and trains from Kanyakumari junction. Padmanabhapuram palace, Vivekananda rock memorial, suthavilai beach, tiraparappu waterfalls, udayagiri fort and Kanyakumari temple make it a perfect romantic spot for honeymoon couples.

DALHOUSIE- Situated at Himachal Pradesh, surrounded by 5 hills this place is very famous for snow capped peaks. Gaggal airport is the nearest airport. Madhopur is the nearest station, from where by Road it takes 44kms to reach Dalhousie. Dainkund peak, Chamera lake, sach pass, bara Pathar temple makes this place a great place for honeymoon couples.

TAWANG- Situated at Arunachal Pradesh it is an historical place which is known as “chosen by horse”. Tezpur is the nearest airport and the nearest railway station from where many take buses and taxis go reach Tawang. Tawang monestry, gorichen peak, nuranang waterfalls, bumla pass, make this place romantic and perfect for many honeymoon couples.

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CULTURE AND FESTIVALS CELEBRATED IN TAMILNADU

CULTURE- Tamil culture prevail all through the state. 2000 years old culture prevail. People of Tamilnadu are friendly, warm hearted and they are rich tradition followers. Ceremonies, rituals play a major part of Tamilnadu.

FESTIVALS/CULTURE- Every festival in Tamilnadu is celebrated colourfully, grandly and is spiritually awakening too. Pongal, Tamil new year, Chithirai thiruvizha, mahamagam, Adi perukku, Navarathri, velankanni festival are popularly celebrated. Saral Vishal, summer festival, tourist fairs, natyanjali festival are popularly celebrated.

DANCE AND MUSIC FORM- Rich art and history prevail all through the state. Iyal, isai, Nadagam are the three forms of entertainment modes in Tamilnadu. Bommalattam, silambattam, karagattam, Kummi, mayilattam, oyilattam, poikal kuthirai, Theru koothu, villupattu, Bharatanatyam, carnatic music are the music and dance form of Tamilnadu.

HISTORY- Chera, Chozha, Pandiya origins ruled Tamilnadu. It was first ruled by Mauryas, then by satarahana dynasty, then by chozhas, cheras, Pandyas, then by Vijayanagara, Marathas, then by Muslims and finally by Britishers.

CULTURE SPOTS- Madurai, thanjavur, Gangai Konda Cholapuram, srirangam, Tenkasi, vellore, have popular cultural spots that Show the full culture of Tamilnadu.

HISTORICAL SPOTS- Meenakshi Amman temple-Madurai, Rama Setu-Rameshwaram, Valluvar Kottam- Chennai, Varaha cave temple-Mahabalipuram, Manora fort- Thanjavur, Vivekananda rock memorial-Kanyakumari, Tiruchirapalli rock fort-Tiruchy, are some spots to visit for history lovers.

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