INDIA TRAVEL - A JOURNEY THROUGH RURAL PUNJAB - AN EXHILARATING EXPERIENCE

I have always been fascinated by state of Punjab in India. It's culture, traditions, people, language and most of all it's rural areas hold a special attraction for me and I really wanted to travel there. Though a Punjabi myself, I haven't had a chance to live or work in any area of Punjab. So when I got a chance to go for some personal work to Punjab, I jumped at the opportunity. What was supposed to be a hectic one day visit, turned out to be a adventurous and memorable experience with travel to one of the most stunning and scenic spots. 


Initially my visit was planned for Chandigarh only, the capital city of Punjab but then suddenly something urgent came up which required me to visit Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Power Plant in Rupnagar District. I didn't have the faintest idea about the location or place and was quite apprehensive about getting there. I didn't have a clue about how to reach there. So I asked my hotel guy and he informed me that this falls in a rural area and there is one local train in the morning which starts from Ambala and goes upto Nangal Dam station, that can take me to that place or I could take a bus. I found out that this place was about 38 kms(23 mi) from , so I had the option of hiring a taxi also. However, something in me pushed me to be adventurous and board the local train in the morning.


 REACHING RUPNAGARNext morning I left my hotel wondering whether the local train would be overcrowded or I would be lucky to get a seat and how much time this train would take to reach Rupnagar. When the train arrived, my first surprise was that there were only a few people in the train. I asked a local man the reason. He told me that most of the people traveling on this train are daily passengers, who travel from Ambala and surroundings to Chandigarh for work so the train gets empty at Chandigarh. I took a window seat. The seat was quite comfortable and I sat leisurely. The train started and I fixed my sight out of the window to look at the scene outside. It was 9 in the morning and there was usual hustle bustle of office and college goers. Once the train got past outskirts of Chandigarh, I started getting glimpses of rural Punjab. Though what I was seeing outside was true to my expectations (lush green fields and farmers working in them) but what I encountered on reaching my destination was incredible and beyond my imagination. After travelling for about 105 minutes, we finally reached Rupnagar station. Luckily I asked one of my fellow passengers about the how to reach the Thermal power plant from the station. He told me that to reach the plant I needed to go further to Ghanauli village station, which was the next station, and get down there. So I waited for about 10 more minutes and finally reached Ghanauli village station.


Places to see in Punjab
TRAIN PASSING THROUGH LUSH GREEN FIELDS OF PUNJAB

It is a very small station, an old fashioned one. On one side of it is the National Highway and on the other is the Ghanauli village. The atmosphere was so calm and peaceful that I could clearly hear the chirping of birds. I could see the part of the village from the station itself and it looked so beautiful and serene.

Rupnagar Field
A FIELD IN RUPNAGAR

As came out of the station and asked a passerby about how to reach the power station. I was told that there was no local transport available and I had to either ask for lift from someone or walk for about two kms. I decided on the second option as I wanted to enjoy the natural beauty.

 I never imagined that on my way, I would be passing by an extremely wonderful spot, which would hold me to itself. After walking for about a km, I came across a canal which left me spellbound (I later came to know that it is called Sirhind Canal). This canal has transparent clean blue water and flows quietly. It's sheer beauty gave me goosebumps.It is surrounded by lush green fields and beautiful landscapes, unspoiled by the city crowd. It is a great picnic spot.

Sirhind Canal at Rupnagar
BEAUTIFUL VIEW OF SIRHIND CANAL

Sirhind canal is a large irrigation canal which carries water from Sutlej river. One of the oldest irrigation works, which was inaugurated way back in 1882, it is also the biggest one in the Indus river system. It begins at Rupnagar and heads to Doraha. Thanks to this canal network, this once arid area has become extremely fertile.It irrigates more than 5200 sq.kms. This canal was constructed by the then government, with help from erstwhile states of Patiala,Nabha and Jind. At Doraha, it splits into three branches.One goes west and southwest and rejoins Sutlej river near Pakistan border. Second flows to Rajasthan border via Bhatinda and third branch goes to Patiala. Sirhind canal and it's branches network is spread over a length of 321.5 kms.

 It's banks have been developed magnificently. On one side, a smooth road rolls along while other side is full of green cover. Sheer view of the canal gives a thrill, which is hard to match. I could see locals swimming in the canal. I spent considerable time admiring the beauty.

Sirhind Canal at Ghanauli Village
PANORAMIC VIEW OF SIRHIND CANAL

 It was another kind of experience at Ghanauli railway station as I waited for my return train. As I said, it is a small station. Only one person manages this station and even ticket distribution is manual. No computers here. The man punches the ticket in the punching machine.
While sitting on the bench, I could see the locals in their traditional attires, passing by. Since I could understand Punjabi, it was exhilarating to here their conversations and observe them. I could sense how closely knit that society was, unlike towns where people generally are confined to themselves. Another noteworthy aspect was the clean water. I could drink water directly from the tap. It was as if I had been transported to another era.
 As I boarded my return train, I decided to come back the next day to absorb some more of the scene. And sure enough, I went back the next day again. Sirhind canal is one place which is least explored and one of the most beautiful.
I still treasure my memories of that mesmerizing beauty.


HAPPY TRAVELING IN 2018!!

INDIA TRAVEL - LESSER KNOWN WONDERS OF INDIA - Part 5 - CHITRAKOOT FALLS

Welcome back! I think each one of us known about the Niagara Falls, described as one of the most beautiful sights in the world. What if I told you that India had it's own Niagara Falls? Right in the heart of the country. And it provides as majestic a sight as Niagara Falls. Would you not like to travel this place?

Curious? And what if I tell you that it is the widest fall of India which measures 300 mtrs(app. 950 ft.) during monsoon season. Though it is much less than Niagara Falls, but it's visual splendour matches that of Niagara Falls and that's why it is named the "Niagara Falls of India".

I am talking about Chitrakoot Falls(also known as Chitrakote or Chitrakot Falls).


Chitrakut Falls in full glory
CHITRAKOOT FALLS

Located in Bastar district of Chattisgarh state in central India, it is a natural fall on the Indravati river. It is located about 38 kms(24 mi) west of Jagdalpur city. Indravati river originates from Odisha state, falls at Chitrakoot and then merges with Godavari river in Andhra Pradesh. The height of falls is around 30 mtrs(app. 95 ft.). In normal season, it forms a horseshoe shaped gorge but during monsoon season, it covers the entire stretch of horseshoe. The sheer length of drop (95 ft) makes for a magnificent spectacle.


Picnic at Chitrakut Falls
PEOPLE ENJOYING AT CHITRAKOOT FALLS
Local boatmen operate boats below the falls and under an early morning sun, the view of falls is reflected in sunlight with a blue hue. However, the best time to enjoy the view is during the sunset.
There is a rock ledge on the left bank of the falls and when we climb down the cliff, it leads to a naturally formed niche. It has stone slabs carved with images of dieties.
Those adventurously inclined, can use boats in the stormy part of the pond. And religiously minded can take dip in the calmer part.. During the non monsoon season, peddle boats are used to go to pools formed in the upstream part. And swimming is permitted in the pools below. Under the spray below the falls, local boatmen can peddle their boats.

WHEN TO VISIT - Best time to visit is July to October which is the monsoon season and Indravati river is flooded. However, if you are a nature lover or are looking for some great clicks with your camera or wish to see cleaner and calmer falls, the time to visit is October to February.

Chitrakut Falls boating
BOATING AT CHITRAKOOT FALLS





Bathing in spray at Chitrakut Falls
CLOSE VIEW OF SPRAY












HOW TO REACH - 
1. By Road : It is well connected by road to Raipur, the capital of Chattisgarh, which is at a distance of 276 kms(170 mi) and takes around 5 hrs to reach. The nearest city is Jagdalpur which is 30 kms(24 mi) fro here, from where you can get taxis. From New Delhi, it is about 1450 kms(app. 900 mi) and will take around 20 hrs to reach.


2. By Rail : It is located on the Vishakhapatnam - Kirandul rail line and nearest rail station is Jagdalpur, from where you can take shred taxis.

3. By Air : Nearest airport is Raipur and from there it is around 5 hrs drive.

WHERE TO STAY - 
1. There is a govt. run hotel Dandami Luxury Resort at the top of the falls. Some of the rooms give a direct view of the falls.
2. Chitrakote Log Huts have also been built here, some of which provide good view of the falls.

ACTIVITIES YOU CAN DO - 
1. Walk around the falls and get breathtaking view of the rainbows being formed. Best time to take a stroll is just before noon and try and get as close as possible to the falls. You will get the stunning beauty at it's best.

2. Go for boating and swimming at the pool.You can take paddle boat ride or swim in the pool in the upstream of the falls. And you can even go all the way to the spray below the falls with the help of local boatmen.

3. Visit wonderful Tirathgarh Falls in the Kanger Valley National Park. It is around 36 kms(app. 25 mi)
Stream at Chitrakut Falls
ANOTHER STREAM OF CHITRAKOOT FALLS

from Jagdalpur in the opposite direction of Chitrakoot. To reach the falls you have to drive through the Kanger Valley National and this 6 kms drive is a treat for any nature lover.

4.  Kutumsar Caves - These 1327 mtrs (app. 4000 ft) long caves are located in the Kanger Valley National Park and can be explored enroute Tirathgarh falls or back. These caves have been discovered only about 20 years back.


Kutumsar Caves at Chitrakut Falls
KUTUMSAR CAVES

Another one of Kutumsar Caves
ANOTHER CAVE













 These caves are supposed to be the largest caves in Asia and 7th largest in the world. You can't visit these caves from June to August as these are filled with water during this time.

5. Kailash Gufa Guided Tour - Another caving site awaits you inside the Kanger Valley National Park. This goes by the name of Kailash Gufa. It is located on a hillock inside the park and is 100 mtrs(300 ft) long. There is a formation in the shape of Shivalinga at the deep end of the cave and locals hold it in deep religious importance.


View of Kailash Gufa
KAILASH GUFA

So pack your bags and enjoy this holiday season in awesome surroundings at Chitrakoot Falls.

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INDIA TRAVEL - LESSER KNOWN WONDERS OF INDIA - PART 4 - VIZAG-TIRUPATI



Hi Guys! I am back with my new post.

Today I am going to describe one of my best road trips. A road trip covered with scenic beauty and amazing locales. I have done several road trips but none had such mesmerizing effect as this one.

I am talking about my travel from Vizag (Vishakhapatnam) to temple town of Tirupati by road on National Highway 16. Both are situated in Andhra Pradesh state of India. Tirupati is located around 750 kms ( app. 465 mi) from Vizag.
I have traveled on so many highways but never encountered such beauty and serenity as on this highway.


VIZAG TIRUPATI HIGHWAY
BEAUTY OF NH16

Tirupati
GOING TOWARDS TIRUPATI


 We started from Vizag at around 4 in the afternoon and soon entered National Highway 16. As we kept moving forward, i was mesmerized by the sheer magic of the scenery outside. Lush green roadsides and deviders adorned by beautiful flowers made for awesome sight.. And the icing on the cake were the green hills in the backdrop.



Flora on Vizag Tirupati highway
FLORA ON VIZAG TIRUPATI HIGHWAY

And the best part was that there was no mad rush of traffic on this highway. Road was very smoothly carpeted. Every spot was asking to be captured on lens. Unfortunately, I could capture only a few. There was so much of calmness in the surroundings.

This is a partial toll road and is being planned to be converted into 6 lane from existing 4 lane structure. 

There are a number of eateries on the roadside, where you can stop for a bite and capture the serene atmosphere along with some really good pictures..


Beautiful sunset on Vizag Tirupati highway
VIEW OF SUNSET ON NH16

It takes around 13 - 14 hrs to cover the distance but since we had started late in the afternoon, it soon started getting dark so I had no option but to let go of this enchanting sight. But still it was a memorable drive which I captured on my lens, and even now whenever I look at these pictures, they give me such calmness.

Please comment how did you like this post.
I will be back soon with another lesser known wonder.
Till then......
HAPPY TRAVELLING
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INDIA TRAVEL - LESSER KNOWN WONDERS OF INDIA PART 3 - MARAVANTHE BEACH ROAD



Hi! I am back with next part of my series on lesser known wonders of India.
Let me ask you something. Have you ever seen Sea and a River flowing parallel to it and a Highway separating them? Can you visualize the scenery? Have you ever traveled to such place?

Maravanthe Beach Road - Today I am going to take you to a journey of one such wonderful and unique place. I am talking about Maravanthe Beach Road in the state of Karnataka. It is a National Highway. On one side of it is the Maravanthe Beach and on the other flows the River Suparnika. This presents a scenery, which is only one of it's kind in India.


Suparnika River and Marvanthe Beach
RIVER SUPARNIKA ON RIGHT

UDIPI IN KARNATAKA
ROAD BETWEEN SEA AND RIVER


Located at a distance of 55 kms(34 mi) from Udipi, this place presents a spectacular sight. Imagine, you can not only enjoy at the beach but at the same time can view the free flowing river too. And the most wonderful thing about this place is that River Suparnika almost touches the Arabian Sea here, but does not join it. In fact, it makes a U-turn here and travels more than 10 kms more before joining the sea. Kodachadri hills form the backdrop of river Suparninka, providing a beautiful view.


White sand shore at Marvanthe Beach
WHITE SAND SHORE


 Beach has white sand shores. Along with clear blue sky and swaying palm trees, it provides a visual treat. For the lovers of water sports, you can go scuba diving and snorkeling. For spiritually inclined, you can go beach walking, meditate or do yoga.

You can enjoy a boat cruise in the river Suparnika or if you want you can take a dip in it.

Blue water at Marvanthe Beach
CLEAN BLUE WATER

Serenity at Marvanthe Beach
VIEW OF THE BEACH


 Maravanthe beach has many specialties. Spicy sea food is a major one of them. For vegetarians, Indian and South Indian dishes are available.

There are temples on the bank of river Suparnika. The major one being Maraswamy temple. It is also called Varaswamy temple. It has three Garbh Grihas where three deities are worshiped.

Beautiful Maraswamy Temple
MARASWAMY TEMPLE
Maraswamy Temple Architecture
ARCHITECTURE AT MARASWAMY TEMPLE


 HOW TO REACH - Nearest airport from Maravanthe is Mangalore which is about 110 kms(69 mi) away. You can hire a taxi or a bus to reach Maravanthe. Nearesr Railway station is Kundapur which is about 18 kms(11 mi) from here.
It is well connected with major cities like Bangalore (450 kms), Gokarna (130 kms), Goa (275 kms).

BEST TIME TO VISIT - SEPTEMBER TO MARCH

WHERE TO STAY - At Udipi, you can find hotels to suit all budgets.

Marvanthe wildlife
BIRDS
Boating options at Tarkarli
BOATING AT THE BEACH

 Hope you enjoyed reading this. Please leave your valuable suggestions in the comments box. I will be back shortly with my next post.

Till then .....  HAPPY TRAVELING
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INDIA TRAVEL - LITTLE KNOWN WONDERS OF INDIA PART 2 - HIRAKUD DAM



Hi Friends! I am back with the second part of my series on the Little known wonders of India. Today I will talk about one of the largest dams in the word. It is HIRAKUD DAM. It is located in Sambalpur district of the sate of Odisha (formerly Orrisa).

View of Hirakud Dam
HIRAKUD DAM
Mahanadi River
HIRAKUD DAM ON MAHANADI RIVER





















Hirakud Dam is built across Mahanadi River, about 15 kms from Sambalpur and is 25.79 kms long. It was built and formally inaugurated by the then Prime Minister of India in January 1957. People say it is the best mix of Nature and Science to serve mankind. 

 During winters, you can see migratory birds which come here from Siberia.One of the natural wonders of Hirakud Dam is Cattle Island, which is located at one end of the dam. It is very famous for the wild cattle, which are found here. It is located at a distance of 90 kms from main Sambalpur city.


 The cattle found in Cattle Island are quiet big as compared to normal cattle and they are more wild than the cattle who live among humans. You can reach this island by Yacht.
The Dam also has a wild life sanctuary by the name of Debrigarh Wild Life Sanctuary.

Do visit this place for a beautiful view of nature and marvel of science. It is a very nice place for picnic.

I will be back shortly with next little known wonder of India.

Till then, Happy Traveling and take care!!








INDIA TRAVEL - LESSER KNOWN WONDERS OF INDIA - DUDHSAGAR FALLS


I am going to run a series on some of the lesser known wonder places of India. So fasten your seat belts and be prepared to travel with me to some of the most beautiful and less explored locations across India.

I am going to start with DUDHSAGAR FALLS in Goa.

DUDHSAGAR FALLS, Goa :

One of the most wonderful sights, Dudhsagar water falls is one of India's tallest waterfalls with a height of 1017 ft (310 meters) and an average width of 30 mts.. It is located on river Mandovi on the border of Goa and Karnataka states in Goa. It is 60 kms from Panaji, the capital of Goa and 46 kms from Madgaon in Goa. It is about 80 kms from Belgaum in Karnataka.



Dudhsagar Falls in Goa
DUDHSAGAR FALLS
Dudhsagar Falls Stream
A STREAM AT DUDHSAGAR FALLS



The streams of white water jetting out from the falls give an illusion of milk, and that is where it draws it's name from. Dudhsagar in Hindi means 'Sea of Milk'. It is a part of Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary.

The waterfall provides a wonderful sight as it splits into three streams while it falls over an almost vertical cliff. The area around falls is forested and is home to various wild animals and birds. If you are a wildlife lover and are lucky, you may even spot some of them.


Mandovi River

A STREAM ON MANDOVI RIVER FALLING FROM HILLS
Train to Dudhsagar falls
A TRAIN PASSING IN FRONT OF DUDHSAGAR FALLS



Dudhsagar falls has a legend attached to it. It is believed that King of the Ghats had a daughter. This princess was very beautiful yet very modest. She believed that purity of heart, body and soul was very essential. She used to take bath daily in a lake near castle. After bath, she would be surrounded by her handmaidens and would drink a jug of milk. One day, while she was having the milk, a young and handsome prince happened to pass by. He got attracted on hearing the chatter and laughter of the ladies and started looking on. The princess was scantily clad in her bathing attire and was much embarrassed. Her handmaidens immediately poured milk in front of her to form a kind of curtain, so that she could wear her cloths. That curtain of milk is namesake of Dudhsagar.

HOW TO REACH : To reach Dudhsagar falls, one must go by foot or by rail, although there is a bumpy road too, where you can go by jeep. Even then, you will have to trek for about one km.



Stream of Dudhsagar falls
A WILD STREAM OF DUDHSAGAR FALLS
Bathing at Dudhsagar falls
BATHING IN THE STREAM OF DUDHSAGAR FALLS


 MORE WONDERS IN MY NEXT POST.

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INDIA TRAVEL - TWO MOST EXCITING BUT LEAST EXPLORED PLACES OF UTTARAKHAND



Hi friends! Today I take you to a journey of two of the most enchanting, beautiful and yet largely unexplored places in Uttarakhand, India. Situated in the lap of the nature and whether you are adventurous or spiritual kind, you would love to travel to these places. For wildlife lovers, this is paradise. Situated in most beautiful surroundings, you can do trekking, bird watching, wildlife spotting or indulge in some spirituality.

I am talking about Jhilmil Jheel Conservation Reserve and Kanvashram near Haridwar in Uttarakhand.

1. JHILMIL JHEEL CONSERVATION RESERVE - A TREAT FOR WILD LIFE LOVERS

Located near the holy city of Haridwar, between Haridwar Nazibabad highway and the left bank of holy river Ganges, this is a unique 155 hectares ( 383 acres) site. It is very close to Rajaji National Park.
A very well situated watchtower provides a panoramic view.

Jhilmil Jheel Conservation Reserve
WATCHTOWER AT JHILMIL JHEEL CONSERVATION RESERVE
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The area provides stunning scenery with short and long grasslands. It is a corridor for transfer of wildlife from Rajaji National Park. It's rich wildlife variety includes five species of Dear ( Chetal, Sambar, Barking Dear, Hog Dear and Swamp Dear). Elephants, Nolgai, Common Leopard and sometimes Tigers can also be sighted.

Jhilmeel Jheel wildlife
WILDLIFE AT JHILMIL JHEEL
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Also, a large number of resident and winter migratory birds can be seen here.

Birds at Jhilmil Jheel
A MIGRATORY BIRD AT JHILMIL JHEEL
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Ample space in the midst of dense forest is available for camping tents, along with two suites. You can checkout togedr.com for outdoor activities like camping and trekking. It also boast of an interpretation center cum hall for meetings, workshops etc. Apart from this, area near suites has large space for outdoor activities, where you can indulge in adventure and outdoor activities.
You will find breathtaking view and peaceful time in nature's lap.

Forest at Jhilmil Jheel
THE DENSE FOREST
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HOW TO REACH

Air - Nearest airport is Jolly Grant at Dehradun, which is about 35 km(22 mi) from Haridwar. Regular direct flights from Delhi and Mumbai and indirect flights from other major cities are available for Dehradun. From here you can hire a taxi to reach Haridwar.

Train - The nearest railway station to Jhilmil Jheel CR is Haridwar, whici is very well connected to all the other major cities of the country. Depending on the type of train, it takes 4-6 hrs to reach Haridwar from Delhi. The fastest train connecting Delhi and Haridwar is the Shatabdi express.

Road - Haridwar is well connected by a good road network to all parts of the country. You can take state run buses or private luxury coaches from Delhi to reach Haridwar which is at a distance of around 225 km(141 mi). Private taxis are also available from Delhi to reach Haridwar.

Jhilmil Jheel Conservation Reserve is about 20 kms(12.5 mi) from Haridwar at Najibabad road. A 4x4 power vehicle is required to visit the jungle.
There is no time limit to explore it but usually a 3 days/2 nights tour is fine. 

WHERE TO STAY - You can stay at Rasiyabad Forest rest house or nearby Chidiyapur Forest Rest house, by taking permission from DFO, Haridwar forest Division. There are dharamshalas and all kind of hotels in Haridwar. You can get best deals for hotels with FABHOTELS


ACTIVITIES - You can do the following activities at Jhilmil Jheel CR :
1. Jungle safari on Gypsy
2. Bird Watching : River Ganges has wide span in which a lot of migratory birds, along with pied kingfishers, crested kingfishers etc., provide perfect scenery.
3. Visit Crocodile point
4. Visit the leopard tree in the jungle to spot a leopard.

Animals at Jhilmil Jheel
A LEOPARD TAKING REST
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5. Staying at FRH, you can witness a lot of wild animals like spotted dears, swamp dears, Monkeys, wild Boars Foxes etc. These animals roam freely around the campus and spotting them is surprisingly easy.

2. KANVASHRAM - FOR SPIRITUALLY INCLINED/ SOLITUDE LOVING/ADVENTUROUS


Situated at a distance of 14 kms from Kotdwar, on the banks of river Malini, Kanvasram has serene forest surroundings. It has a legend attached to it.
It is believed that sage Vishwamitra used to meditate at this place. The king of sub Gods, Indra, feared Vishwamitra's intense meditation and so wanted to disturb him. He sent a very beautiful heavenly damsel Menka for this purpose.
Menka succeeded in distracting Vishwamitra and a daughter was born as a result of their union. She was named Shakuntala. Her parents left her in this ashram in the care of Rishi Kanva, who also meditated there. Shakuntala, later on married King Dushyant of Hastinapur. She gave birth to a son, who was named Bharat. By virtue of this name, India came to be known as Bharatvarsh or Bharat.

Kanvashram at Jhilmil Jheel
KANVASHRAM
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Kanvashram offers different things to different people. For those, spiritually inclined or seeking solitude, it provides a relaxing atmosphere amidst serene and forested surroundings.
For adventurous kinds, it provides a nymber of short and long trekking routes. And you can reach Sahastradhara falls after one hour trek from here.
And for not so adventurous, a simple walk to Malini barrage will surely be a great experience.

Beauty of Kanvashram
BEAUTIFUL VIEW OF KANVASHRAM
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Kanvashram Gurukul
GURUKUL AT KANVASHRAM
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You can visit Gurukul also. Gurukul is atraditional school for boys. It conducts yoga classes and a lot of Ayurvedic medicines are also available here.
For boarding and lodging, confortable facilities are available here. You can even stay at Gurukul also. Or you can stay at GMVN rest house.


HOW TO REACH - Kanvashram is 14 kms from Kotdwar and is well connected by road. Nearest rail station is Kotdwar and the nearesr airport is Jolly Grant in Dehradun, which is about 86 kms away. Kotdwar is well connected by road with other parts of the country. State run and private buses as well as taxis are available from Delhi to reach Kotdwar. Distance between Delhi and Kotdwar is around 225 km(141mi)