INDIA TRAVEL - A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO TRAVELING IN DELHI



Delhi, the capital of India is a large city, having grown exponentially over the last few years. It is spread non uniformally in different directions and is densely populated. Traveling in and around the city is quiet confusing unless you are aware of different modes of transport, available to move from one point to other. I have tried to squeeze in as much information as possible here to make it easy for a newcomer to travel in and around the city. Let's start with the Airports.

 Delhi has two airports. One is domestic and the other is international. Palam airport is the domestic airport and Indira Gandhi International Airport(IGIA) is for the international flights. Flights from almost all the major international destinations land at and take off from IGIA.


IGI Airport
IGI AIRPORT

CONNECTING WITH THE CITY - When you come out of the airport, you have the choice of different modes to move into the city.

Taxi and Autorickshaw - Pre paid taxi and auto stands are available, where you can hire taxi or auto to any location in the city, by paying a pre fixed fare at the counter and getting a receipt in lieu and get into taxi or autorickshaw. You need to handover the fare receipt to the driver once you reach your destination.
Metro Rail - Delhi metro runs trains from IGIA to New Delhi Railway station (called Airport Metro), passing through a location near domestic airport. An interchange station is coming up shortly en route at Dhaula Kuan, where one can change to other metro line for moving to a different location in the city.
 Bus - Delhi Transport Corporation runs AC buses from both IGIA and domestic airport for different locations in the city.


Railway Stations - Delhi has five major railway stations for interstate travel. They are Delhi Junction(popularly called Old Delhi Railway Station), New Delhi Railway Station, Hazrat Nizamuddin, Sarai Rohilla and Anand Vihar Terminal.
Delhi Junction - This station majorly handles trains going towards North and East India. It is the oldest railway station of Delhi. It was built about a century back. It's building highlights the Indian architecture. Pre paid taxi and auto stands are available outside the station, where you can hire them by paying a pre determined fare to any location within the city. It is also connected to Delhi metro rail's yellow line. Delhi transport corporation operates buses to different locations from here.

Delhi Junction Station
OLD DELHI RAILWAY STATION

 New Delhi Railway Station - Located in central Delhi, this station majorly handles railway traffic to parts of West, South and East India. It is very near to heart of Delhi, Connaught Place. It is directly connected to Delhi airport by Delhi Metro's Airport line and another metro service on yellow line passes through this station. Pre paid taxi and auto stands are available here also. Delhi Transport Corporation also has a bus terminus here. It has two exits. One is called Paharganj side and the other is Ajmeri Gate side.Bus terminal is on the Paharganj side.


Hazrat Nizamuddin - This station is located in south central Delhi and mainly caters to traffic bound for parts of South and West India. This is a smaller station compared to other two stations described earlier. It again has pre paid taxi and auto stands and a Delhi Transport Corporation bus terminal. It also has two entry and exit points, namely Sarai Kale khan and Ashram sides. Bus terminus is on the Ashram side. It doesn't have a direct metro link, but a metro station is coming up on the Sarai Kale Khan side very shortly. The nearest metro station as of now is Jungpura on the violet line, which is about 2 kms away.


Sarai Rohilla - Situated in north central Delhi, this is mainly a terminal and it handles rail traffic to parts of Central and West India. It is not very well connected by local transport or metro and you have to rely on taxis or auto rickshaws to ferry you to and from this station. The nearest metro station is at Jhandewalan on the blue line, which is again about 2.5 kms from here.

Anand Vihar Terminal - As the name itself suggests, this is again a terminal which handles traffic majorly to North and East India. This is located in East Delhi and is well connected with local transport. There is a metro station on the blue line of Delhi Metro and there is a Delhi Transport Corporation bus terminal also located in the vicinity. Again, pre paid taxi and auto stands are there.

 Delhi Metro Rail Corporation(DMRC) - Delhi Metro is the lifeline of the city. Presently, it operates seven lines on different routes and is in the process of starting another line this year. Let's have a look at the different lines and there area of operation.

DMRC Train
DELHI METRO

Red Line - This is the oldest line of DMRC. It connects Rithala in the North West corner of the city with Dilshad Garded in the East, bordering Uttar Pradesh. It covers areas of east, north and north west Delhi. There is one interchange station on this line which is Kashmere Gate, from where you can change to Violet and Yellow line.

Blue Line - This is one of the busiest lines of DMRC. It connects Dwarka in the Soth West corner to Vaishali and Noida in Ghaziabad, satellite towns in Uttar Pradesh, bordering east Delhi. It passes through major commercial hubs like Connaught place, Karol Bagh etc. It has four interchange stations. At Dwarka sector-21 station, you can change to Airport metro for airport. At Kirti Nagar station it connects with Green line. At Rajiv chowk, it connects with Yellow line and at Mandi House station, it connects with Violet line. At Yamuna Bank station, it bifurcates into two different lines, one going to Vaishali and the other to Noida.

Yellow Line - Another busy line, it connects Samaipur Badli in North Delhi with Gurugram, a satellite town on the southern end in Haryana. This line connects almost all the alighting points of Delhi. It passes through New Delhi and Old Delhi railway stations as well as Kashmere Gate Inter State bus terminus. It also connects to major points like Connaught Place, Delhi University. It has three interchange stations. Central Secretariat for Violet line, Rajiv Chowk for Blue line and Kahmere gate for Red and Violet lines.

Violet Line - This line connects Kashmere Gate in north Delhi with Faridabad, another satellite town on the southern end in Haryana. It passes through commercial hubs like Nehru Place and some landmarks like Kalkaji Temple and Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium. It has four interchange station. Kalkaji Mandir for Magenta Line. Central Secretariat for Yellow Line, Mandi House for Blue Line and Kahmere Gate for Red and Yellow Lines.

Green Line - This line connects Kirti Nagar in west central Delhi with Mundka in western corner of the city, bordering Bahadurgarh in Haryana. It has one interchange station at Kirti Nagar, where you can change for Blue line.

Airport Line - This line connects New Delhi Railway Staion with IGI Airport. It is a luxury line and has higher fares compared to other lines. It has one interchange station at New Delhi Railway Station, where you can change for Yellow Line. Another interchange station is coming up at Dhaula Kuan.

Magenta Line - This line connects Janakpuri in West Delhi with Botanical Garden in Noida. Currently this line is operating only partially between Kalkaji Mandir and Botanical Garden. Rest of the line is expected to be open shortly. So far it has two interchange stations namely Kalkaji Mandir for Violet Line and Botanical Garden for Blue Line.

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Buses - Delhi has three major Inter State bus terminals.

Kahmere Gate - This is the oldest, biggest and the swankiest bus terminal in North Delhi. It caters to bus services operating majorly towards North Indian cities. It is well connected with metro with three metro lines passing through or terminating here. They are Red Line, Yellow Line and Violet line. It also has pre paid taxi and auto rickshaw booths.

Sarai Kale Khan - It handles inter state bus traffic going towards North and Central Indian cities. Located in South Central Delhi, it is adjacent to Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Staion. A metro station is also coming up shortly at this place.

Anand Vihar - A very busy bus terminus, it handles interstate buses moving towards North India, majorly Uttar Pradesh. It is well connected to metro with station on Blue Line being in it's vicinity only. Anand Vihar Railway Station is also at a walking distance.

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 I hope this information will be very helpful for anyone, new to the city. Please leave your comments on the information provided in this post.

INDIA TRAVEL - MALVAN, A PLACE WITH ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BEACHES OF INDIA

MALVAN - There are a number of factors which play a part when deciding on what would be our next travel destination. I believe that of all the factors, what plays a very important part is our own preferences. Usually in India, people like to go to well known places, about which they have heard a lot and have sufficient word of mouth information too. Particularly if it is a family vacation.



However, if we do a little research, we will find that there are so many places which are still largely unexplored but equally or even more amazing than the regular places we visit. I, for one, love to explore such places.Would you like to travel to such offbeat destinations?

One of such places, I have found absolutely enchanting is Malvan in Maharashtra, India. It is a town in Sindhudurg district of the state of Maharashtra. Situated on coast of western India, it has some really beautiful beaches and a rich cultural life. Malvan is located about 505 kms(314 mi) from Mumbai and 140 kms(87 mi) from Ratnagiri. It boasts of historically important Sindhudurg fort which, when translated literally means Ocean Fort.



Sindhudurg Fort at Malvan
SINDHUDURG FORT
Another side of Sindhudurg Fort
ANOTHER VIEW OF SINDHUDURG FORT

  Sindhudurg is a sea fort, surrounded by water from all sides and can be reached only by boat.Built by Maratha warrior Shivaji in 1664 on Kurte island, it was completed in 2.5 years. It contains three sweet water wells.

Malvan is a small town with a population of just about 20000. People are mainly occupied in fishing, but it produces Alphanso mangoes also. But the main attraction here is the number of beautiful beaches, unspoiled by tourist invasion

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Beach at Malvan
TARKARLI BEACH

ATTRACTIONS IN MAVLAN - Apart from Sindhdurg fort, there are a number of tourist attractions here.

Tarkarli Beach - This is situated 8 kms from Malvan town. It boasts of serene surroundings. It has sand particles which are devoid of any red tinge and sky reflecting waters. If you go further north for about 6-7 kms, you will see Tarkarli creek and a lovely estuary. A great way of spending time here is a boat ride to creek.

Rock Garden - Located on the rocky shore of Malvan, it is situated near Arase Mahal.
Jai Ganesh Mandir
Tendavali Beach - It is located 19 kms north of Malvan.
Achra Beach - It is located 22 kms north of Malvan.
Devbaug Beach - It is located 12 kms south of Malvan.
Chivla Beach
Rameshwar Temple - It is 23 kms north of Malvan
Vetal Mandir - It is 4 kms north of Malvan.
Sai Bollywood City - It is located in Dikwal village in Malvan and is approved by Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation.

THINGS TO DO IN MALVAN - 
Apart from visiting Sindhudurg fort and relaxing on clean beaches, there are many more things you can do here.

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Marine Wildlife Sanctuary - As Malvan is surrounded by sea, this is a marine wildlife sanctuary. Due to it's rocky terrain, it is ideal for marine life. It was established in 1987. Here main attractions are black headed gulls, turns, plovers, water fowl, ducks and egrets.

Scuba diving and snorkeling - There are very few places in India, which provide scuba diving facilities. As sea water is relatively clean here, it becomes a perfect spot for scuba diving and snorkeling. You will also find live corals and colorful marine life near the outer walls of Sindhudurg fort.


Scuba Diving at Malvan Beach
CLEAN WATER AT MALVAN BEACH


Water Sports - You can indulge in water sports in Malvan. There are many options available here. You can visit Tsunami Island(nothing to do with Tsunami waves though). It is a small island near Devbaug beach. You can enjoy boat ride here in the back waters of Tarkarli river. You can also do Jet sking, banana boat ride, bumper boat ride and kayaking etc. here.

HOW TO REACH MALVAN - 
By Air - The nearest airport is at Dabolim in Goa which is 145 kms ( 92 mi) away. From here Malvan is well connected by road.

By Rail - Nearest railway station is Kudal which is 28 kms (18 mi) from here. Daily trains are available from Mumbai to Kudal. From there it is again well connected by road and you can get buses or cabs.

By Road - M.S.R.T.C. runs daily buses from Pune to Malvan (400 kms/250 mi). Also, Kolhapur is the central bus junction, which is 100 kms (65 mi) from Malvan.


CLIMATE - Climate here usually remains same throughout the year. It is warm and moderately humid, with temperatures ranging from 16 to 33 degree Celsius.

FOOD - People here have a staple diet of rice and fish curry. It has a famous sweet Malvani Khaja. Apart from this, other sea food is also available here.

WHEN TO VISIT - The best time to visit Malvan is October to May.

WHERE TO STAY - There are lot of guest houses and hotels of all budget available in Malvan. Just checkout FABHOTELS for best hotel deals.

So if you love clean beaches, water sports and adventure, pack your bags and head straight to Malvan.









INDIA TRAVEL - HUES OF HIMACHAL PRADESH - MASHOBRA, SHIMLA



Hello everyone! It has been my endeavor to bring the most exotic but less explored places of my country, India to you. Travel to and in a vast country like India can take a lifetime but still you could yearn for more.

There are many famous tourist spots in the state of Himachal Pradesh and the most well known is it's capital Shimla. However, there is a little known place, just about 15 kms from Shimla, which is full of amazing natural splendor. It goes by the name of MASHOBRA.

Situated at a height of around 2200 meters (app. 7000 ft.), it is hardly 40 minutes drive from Shimla. This place is connected to Shimla by Hindustan Tibet road, which has it's own historical value. This road was built in the year 1850 by Lord Dalhousie. This small town has picturesque surroundings and you can find plenty of spots to stop and admire. You get a magnificent view of mighty Himalayas. It is a very quiet hill station, away from the hustle bustle of the Shimla city.

                           
My Hotel at Mashobra
VIEW OF MASHOBRA FROM MY HOTEL ROOM
Beautiful Mashobra
SERENITY OF MASHOBRA



   If you are looking for a peaceful vacation in the lap of nature, then this is the place. Even if you are looking for some adventure, Mashobra offers you camping sites also.
Mashobra boasts of natural vegetation like Pine, Oak, Cedar or Himalayan Deodar. It has fairly good wildlife consisting of Monkeys, Langurs, Jackals, Barking Deer and if you are lucky, you can spot a leopard too. For bird watchers, you can see species like Himalayan Eagels, Pheasants, Chikor, Partridges etc.


WHO SHOULD VISIT MASHOBRA - This place is most suited for people looking for a peaceful vacation and Nature Lovers. Mashobra is very good for family vacation also and if you are looking for camping sites, you will find that too.




Resort at Mashobra
VIEW FROM RESORT AT MASHOBRA

WEATHER IN MASHOBRA - Weather is generally good here. During summers(April to June), days are pleasant but you need light woolens during night. July to September are monsoon months so avoid visiting during this period. October onwards, winter starts and it becomes very cold and chilly. During December to February, hills are covered in white snow.You will need lot of woolens if you plan to visit during this period.

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HOW TO REACH - 

By Air - The nearest domestic airport is Shimla which is about 30 kms (19 mi) from Mashobra and it takes about 90 minutes to cover the distance.Other nearest airport is Chandigarh, which is about 135 kms (85 mi) from Mashobra and it takes about 4 hrs to cover the distance. You can hire a cab from these airports.

By Rail - The nearest railway station is Kalka, which is well connected to all the major Indian cities by rail. It is about 100 kms ( 63 mi) from Mashobra. You can hire a cab from there. If you are a little adventurous type, then you can travel by Kalka-Shimla toy train on narrow gauge, which will take 4-4.5 hrs to reach Shimla and from there you can hire a cab.

Koti Resort
KOTI RESORT MASHOBRA

By Road - Mashobra is about 355 kms (205 mi) from Delhi. Roads are good. You can either go by Volvo buses upto Shimla and from there hire a cab from Delhi.

Mashobra in Himalayas
Beauty of Mashobra
WHAT TO DO IN MASHOBRA - The most interesting part of vacation in Mashobra is that you can have best of both the worlds. It is at a motorable distance from all the major tourist attraction in and around Shimla. You can go to Kufri, The Mall , Jakhu Hills, Christchurch etc. during the day if you want to enjoy the places and crowd and return in the evening to the peaceful surroundings of Mashobra. You can go trekking also.


WHERE TO STAY - There are quite a few good hotels in Mashobra in different price range and you can choose as per your budget. There is a resort also, which has many cottages for families.


So don't wait. If you are looking for that serene atmosphere and a full dose of nature, head straight to Mashobra.

I will be back soon with my next post. Till then HAPPY TRAVELING!! CHEERSSSSSS.....


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.

Let me know how did you like this post.


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
CHEERSSSSSSSSSSSS




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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