Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Pattaya ( Thailand )

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Pattaya (พัทยา) is a seaside resort on the Eastern Gulf Coast of Thailand, about 150 km southeast of Bangkok. Pattaya is mostly famous for its go-go and beer bars, but local authorities have made some efforts to provide more family-friendly attractions and activities. Although the sex industry is still going strong and sex tourism remains the key money earner for Pattaya, the resort also attracts local families and holidaymakers from around the world. If you are going to be offended by the sight of fat old men hand in hand with young Thai women, then Pattaya is probably not the place for you.

Efforts by local authorities over the past few years have improved the quality of the beaches, but they are still lacklustre by Thailand's standards, and over-development has long since destroyed some of the natural charms the area once had. However, the plethora of hotels and guest houses, and easy access from the capital and airport, make it a popular weekend getaway. Catering for over five million annual visitors, Pattaya is also able to offer an excellent range of eating options and a wide variety of things to do. Its population is a colourful mix of nationalities and ethnicities from near and far.
Pattaya occupies most of the coastline of Bang Lamung District (one of the eleven districts that comprise Chonburi Province). This article only deals with Pattaya proper, which spans the areas to the east of Naklua Beach and Pattaya Beach, plus the Buddha Hill headland (which is immediately south of Pattaya Beach). Jomtien is covered in a separate article, and contains Jomtien Beach and the areas east of it, including Dongtan Beach. The beaches of Jomtien are much broader and generally in a better shape, and the atmosphere locally is more sedate and family-oriented than at Pattaya Beach.

Monday, 28 April 2014

Phuket City

Usually referred to as “Phuket Town”, Phuket City is well worth taking time out from the beach for its shops and markets, its Sino-Portuguese buildings, its temples and its many restaurants.
Most visitors to Phuket head straight for the beach and rightly so, but if you want to take a break from the sand and catch a peek of a more ‘real’ side of the island, then Phuket Town has much to offer. The town is about 30 mins away from Patong by car and is easily reached by songthaew (beach-bus) or tuk tuk if you don’t have your own transportation.

Phuket’s administrative centre was only recently given city status and is still commonly referred to as Phuket Town, even on road signs around the island. As a living, breathing Thai city it is not as touristy as other areas of the island. However, if you are willing to make the effort there are some delightful ways to spend your time shopping and sightseeing.
You can get a glimpse of the island’s history by taking a walk along Dibuk, Krabi and Thalang roads in the ‘Old Town‘. Here you can see many of the beautiful colonial mansions built in the Sino-Portuguese style by the Chinese tin barons (see Phuket history) over a century ago. In this area there are also plenty of ornate shop houses that are built in the same style as those found in coastal towns all along the Malay Peninsula. These old buildings were in danger of being torn down but their historical value has now been recognised and many have been restored. While you are in this area, visit a few of the town’s Chinese shrines, such as Put Jaw and Jui Tui which are just off Ranong Road (near the fresh market).
For a great view of the city, jungle and sea, go to the top of Khao Rang, a hill on the northwest edge of the city. There you will find a couple of good restaurants where you can enjoy the view with a pleasant meal, as well as a bronze statue of Phraya Ratsada Nupradit (also known as Ratsada Korsimbi Na Ranong), a famous governor of Phuket.

Panhala Fort

Panhala Fort Panhala Fort
Panhala or Panhalgarh, about 19kms north-west of Kolhapur, is possibly the largest and most important fort of the Deccan.  Roughly triangular in shape, the hill fort stands at a height of about 850 metres and has a circumference of approximately 7.25kms.  Half of its length is protected by a natural scarp reinforced by a parapet wall and the remaining half is surrounded by a strong stone wall strengthened with bastions.  The fort had three magnificent double walled gates, out of which two have survived.  The Teen Darwaza  to the west is an imposing and powerful structure.  There are a number of ruined monuments in the fort.  The most impressive among them are the three huge granaries.  The largest among them, the Ganga Kothi, cover nearly 950 sq m space and 10.7 metres high.  In the north-east corner there is a double story building, called Sajja Kothi, where Shivaji had imprisoned his errant son, Sambhaji.
Panhala was the capital of the Shilahara king Bhoja II during 1178-1209 Ad.  It was successively held by the Yadava and Bahamani Kings.  In 1489 AD, the fort and the territory was taken over by the Adil Shahi dynasty of Bijapur.  Shivaji seized the fort in 1659 AD.  It was from here that Shivaji, when encircled by the forces of Siddi Johar, escaped one rainy night to Vishalgarh.  Later, the fort remained with the Marathas, except for a short period in between, when it went to the Mughals.  The fort remained with the Kolhapur State till India achieved independence.
The famous Marathi poet Moropanta (1729-94Ad) was bron and brought up at Panhala.  There is also the Samadhi of Ramachandra Amatya, the author of Ajnapatra, an important work on statecraft, including for construction.  Today, Panhala is a sort of hill station and provides all the necessary facilities for tourists.
Panhala Fort Panhala Fort
Pictures: The Teen Darwaza gateway from outside (above, left), and Shringara or Andhara Bova (Step well) in the fort (above, right).  One of the granaries in the fort (below, left) and the Sajja (below, right).

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Bandhavgarh Forts

The oldest fort in India, considered to be more than 2500 years. One-hour trek upto the fort is worth the effort. The charm of this trek lies in discovering these monuments in the jungle, unspoiled and unexplored. Some of the statues lie off the main path and so it is best to take a guide.

Apart from the avatars, well worth seeing are three small temples of around the 12th century. These temples are deserted but the fort is still used as a place of worship. Kabir Das, the celebrated 16th century saint, once lived and preached here.

The natural ramparts of the fort give breathtaking view of the surrounding countryside. Vultures wheel around the precipice which also attracts blue rock thrushes and crag martins.

The fort still belongs to the Maharaja of Rewa and permission is required to visit it. However permission is available locally and no trip to Bandhavgarh is complete without making an effort to climb up the fort.

The staff of the resort carries your lunch while you are busy negotiating the trek upto the fort. Supplement charged.
Bandhavgarh Forts
Yes Bandhavgarh is a strange land, a new park with a very old history --- Bandhavgarh has been a center of human activity and settlement for over 2000 years, and there are references to it in the ancient books, the Narad-Panch Ratra and the Shiva Purana. Legend has it that Lord Rama, hero of the Hindu epic, the Ramayana, stopped at Bandhavgarh on his way back to his homeland after defeating the demon King Ravana of Lanka.

Two monkey architects, who had engineered a bridge between the isle of Lanka and the mainland, are said to have built Bandhavgarh's fort. Later Rama handed it over to his brother Lakshmana who became known as Bandhavdhish -The Lord of the Fort. Lakshmana is the particular God of the fort and is regularly worshipped in a temple there.

Friday, 25 April 2014

Khandala Lonavala and Karla

The twin hill resorts of Khandala and Lonavala have a special attraction for the Mumbai crowd seeking a convenient weekend holiday in the hills.
A mere 3 hours by road from Mumbai, beautifully landscaped Lonavala and Khandala are famous for their seemingly innumerable varieties of chikki.  But they also offer many sites worth visiting.  Trekking is a good way to get around, but having a vehicle (even a bicycle) is still better, as some points of interest are quite some distance from the main towns.
Other attractions: Bhushi Dam, Valvan Dam, Kaivalyadhama Yoga Hospital, Duke’s Nose, Ryewood Park, Tiger’s Leap
Sights :

Duke’s Nose
This cliff resembles the nose of the Duke of Wellington, which explains its intriguing name.  It is a popular viewpoint as it offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains, valleys and forests.
Korigad Fort
The hill fort of Korigad in Amby Valley is located roughly 3050 ft. above sea level.  To get there, you travel from Lonavla to the village of Shahpur using any available means of transport, and thence proceed by foot to the fort through rugged hills and forests.
Tiger’s Leap
When viewing the valley from a certain point at this location, one has the illusion of a tiger leaping across the valley, hence the name.  The echoes caused by dropping rocks into the crevasse is another attraction.
Lohgad attracts visitors with its wide, refreshing waterfalls, an ancient fort, and, of course, those famous caves – atop a steep flight of steps.
Karla & Bhaja Caves
Nestling in the hills of Lonavala, these rock-cut caves rank amongst the oldest finest examples of Early Buddhist temple art in India.  The Karla Cave, the largest Early Buddhist shrine in India, imitates the look of more familiar wooden architecture.  Completed in 80 BC, the impressive structure includes a representation of the Buddha, and an aisle made up of 37 pillars and carved elephant heads, which once had real ivory tusks.  The Bhaja Cave complex comprises 18 caves and 14 stupas.  Dating from around 200 BC, these architectural curiosities lie amidst thick greenery in a setting that’s so calm, it’s almost mystical.  Just outside Karla Caves.  Ekvira Temple is visited by thousands of devotees, mainly fisher folk.

Khandala and Lonavala lie 5 km, apart, on the western slopes of the Sahyadris, straddling the Mumbai-Pune highway at an altitude of 625 m. Karla is 8 km. from Lonavala.
Languages spoken
Marathi, Hindi and English.
Climate and clothing
Temperatures vary from 12° C in winter to around 36° C at the height of summer.  The annual rainfall averages 450 cms.
Best time to visit
October to May
 Getting There

The nearest airport is Pune, 66 km. away..
The convenient railhead is Lonavala, on the Mumbai-Pune line (118 km from Mumbai). Pune-Lonavala: 64 km.
Mumbai -Lonavala, 104 km. Pune-Lonavala,  66 km..

Besides a number of luxury and budget hotels in both Khandala and Lonavala, the MTDC runs a resort at Karla and another at Rye Woods, Lonavala
Where To Stay

MTDC Holiday Resort
It is just off the Mumba - Pune road.  It offers a bar and a restaurant, a water park and boating on a private lake, 2/3/4/6/-bedded A/C and non-A/C self-contained rooms are available, but advance bookings is advisable

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Tour to Chandigarh

Chandigarh is the Union Territory in the North India. It is the capital of the Indian states of Punjab and Haryana. It is the best-planned city in India, with architecture which is world-renowned,and a quality of life, which is unparalleled. It is a prestigious city. The face of modern India, Chandigarh, is the manifestation of a dream that Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru envisaged and Le Corbusier executed.
The name was coined from an ancient temple called Chandi Mandir, devoted to the Hindu Goddess Chandi, present in the city's vicinity. Chandigarh Capital Region including Mohali, Panchkula and Zirakpur.

Serenity and a city are two diametrically opposite concepts,which however,get belied in the 'City Beautiful'. Chandigarh is a rare epitome of modernization co-existing withnature's preservation. It is here that the trees and plants are as much a part of the construction plans as the buildings and the roads. India's first planned city, is a rich, prosperous,spic and span, green city rightly called "THE CITY BEAUTIFUL". Chandigarh is the best-planned city in India, with architecture which is world-renowned, and a quality of life, which is unparalleled. As the capital of the states of Punjab and Haryana, and the Union Territory of Chandigarh it is a prestigious city. The face of modern India, Chandigarh, is the manifestation of a dream that Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru envisaged and Le Corbusier executed.
Serenity and a city are two diametrically opposite concepts, which however, get belied in the 'City Beautiful'. Chandigarh is a rare epitome of modernization co-existing with nature's preservation. It is here that the trees and plants are as much a part of the construction plans as the buildings and the roads. India’s first planned city, is a rich, prosperous, spic and span, green city rightly called “ THE CITY BEAUTIFUL ”.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Lucknow City

place of interest

Rumi Darwaza

The 60 feet high Rumi Gate was constructed under Nawab Asafl-us-Daula in 1786. It is said to be identical in design to an ancient portal at Constantinople. Its uppermost part consists of an eight faceted chhatri, approachable by a staircase.

Asafi Imambara (Bara Imambara)

Also known as the Bara Imambara, it was built by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula in 1784 and is one of the architectural wonders of that era. Its central hall is said to be the largest vaulted chamber in the world. Except for the galleries in the interior, there is no woodwork in the entire structure. It has large underground passages which have been blocked up. A staircase from outside leads to a series of labyrinths known as Bhool-Bhulaiyan which is a complicated entanglement of zig-zag pass. Visitors are advised to visit only with authorized guides. Within the compound of the Imambara is the grand Asafi Mosque. Shahi Baoli is another attraction here.
Timing : Sunrise to Sunset
Entry fee : Rs. 25.00 (Indian)
Rs. 300.00 (Foreigner) (inclusive of Bara Imambara, Chhota Imambara, Picture Gallery, Shahi Hamam)

Chhota Imambara

Though Popularly called as the Chhota Imambara, the Hussainabad Imambara stands to the west of Bara Imambara. Built by Nawab Mohammad Ali Shah (1837-42), it is more ornate in design with exquisite chandeliers, gilt-edged mirrors, silver mimbar and colourful stuccos which adorn the interiors. A golden dome and fine calligraphy on the exterior of the building makes it a truly exceptional monument of Mughal architecture (open : 0600 hrs to 1700 hrs.).

Jama Masjid

The construction of Jama Masjid, to the north-west of Hussainabad Imambara, was started in 1832 AD during the reign of Mohammad Ali Shah but was completed after his death by his begum, Nawab Malika Janah. It is entirely free from the pseudo-Italian art then in vogue in Lucknow and reflects the Mughal style of architecture.

Clock Tower & Picture Gallery Near Rumi Darwaza, this 221 ft. high Clock Tower was built in 1887 to mark the arrival of Sir George Couper, the first Lieutenant Governor of the United Province of Awadh.

Hussainabad Picture Gallery Nawab Mohammad Ali Shah built it as a 'Baradari' - literally meaning 'having 12 doorways.' It is now used as a gallery for display of life size portraits of the Nawabs of Avadh (Open : 0800 hrs to 1700 hrs.).
Near the Clock Tower, housed in an imposing building, is a picture gallery which has a fine collection of portraits of the rules of Awadh.

Shahnajaf Imambara

This white domed mausoleum owes its existence to Ghazi-ud-din Haider, who on the bank of the Gomti near Sikanderbagh reproduced a copy of Hazrat Ali's burial at Najaf in Iraq. Ghazi-ud-din Haider, and later his three wives, were buried here. The silver tomb of Ghazi-ud-din Haider lies in the centre of this building and is flanked by the more imposing silver and gold tomb of Mubarak Mahal on one side.


Built for the British Resident during 1780-1800, it was originally a large complex of many buildings. It was the scene of dramatic events during the first war of independence in 1857. The main building overlooks the river Gomti and is surrounded by terraced lawns and gardens. Today, only the scarred ruins bear witness to the turmoil of 1857. SOUND & LIGHT SHOW is an added attraction here. Entry fee : Rs. 5.00 (Indian), Rs. 100.00 (Foreigner). Tel. 2328220.

Kaiserbagh Palace Complex
The construction of the Kaiserbagh palace complex was started in 1848 by Nawab Wajid Ali Shah and was completed in 1850. The buildings on three sides of the Kaiserbagh quadrangle, once provided quarters for the ladies of Wajid Ali Shah's harem. In the centre stands the white Baradari, a grand white stone edifice which was earlier paved with silver.

Tombs of Saadat Ali Khan & Khurshid Zadi

The imposing twin tombs of Nawab Saadat Ali Khan and his wife Khurshid Zadi, stand near the historical Begum Hazrat Mahal Park.

Shaheed Smarak (Martyrs' Memorial)

On the bank of the river Gomti, stands in a beautiful park, this white marble memorial, dedicated to the martyrs who laid down their lives during the Freedom Movement of India.


Dilkusha Kothi set amidst lush green, was built in the Gothic style. The Kothi and its adjoining magnificent garden were created by Nawab Saadat Ali Khan. It is almost an exact replica of an English country house called Seation Delavel, built in 1721.

Lord Hanuman Temples of Aliganj

There are two highly revered Lord Hanuman temples in Aliganj locality, one built in 1783 and the other built in 1798 by Chhatar Kunwar, the queen mother of nawab Saadat Ali Khan. "Bara Mangal" fair (May -June) is held here on a grand Scale.

Charbagh Rrailway Station

Overpowering in dimensions yet aesthetically designed, Charbagh railway station built in 1914 incorporates the best of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. It gives an ideal traditional warm welcome to every visitor.

Vidhan Sabha Bhawan (The Council House)

Its foundation was laid in 1922 by Sir Harcourt Butler and the construction was completed in six years. Its octagonal shaped chamber has a domed roof decorated with peacocks in fully plumed splendor.

Gurudwara At Yahiyaganj This Gurudwara is associated with the memories of Guru Teg Bahadurji and Guru Govind Singhji who had stayed here in 1671 and 1672, respectively. An art gallery depicting various events of Sikh Panth has been established here.

National Botanical Research Institute

Located at Sikanderbagh, where a pitched battle was fought during the first war of independence in 1857. The botanical garden is open to public from 9.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. Closed on Saturday and Sunday. Tel : 2205831

La Martiniere

The Finest and the largest example of European funerary monument in the subcontinent, La Martiniere is associated with its rather strange and romantic past. Built and designed by French soldier turned architect-Claude Martin, It incorporates the features of Italian architecture, fusing them with native architectural attributes of Hindu and Mughal architecture. Today it houses one of the leading educational instructions of the city.


Christ Church, All Saints Church, St. Joseph's Cathedral Church, Assembly of God's Church, Lalbagh Church, Isabella Thoburn Church, St. Agnes Church.

Jain & Buddha Temples

There are several Jain temples in the city. Prominent among them are the Lord Shantinath and Lord Padma Prabhu Temple in Churivali Gali locality, the Lord Parshwanath Temple in Sondhitola, Lord Sambhawnath Temple in Phulwali gali (Chowk), five temple in Dadabari premises at Thakurganj and the Jain temple in Daliganj-Besides Jain temples, Buddha temples on Gautam Buddha Road and at Risaldar Park are worth visiting.

Indira Gandhi Planetarium

Situated at Suraj kund Park, it is a novel attraction of the city. The Saturn shaped building of the planetarium is unique of its kind. This completely air-conditioned planetarium has a state of art projection system, which gives special effects while projecting. Art projecting system, digital sound and lift-ramp for handicapped persons are the other worth mentioning facilities available here. Show timings (40 minute duration-based on title "Our world & beyond") : 01.00 pm to 1.40 pm- reserved for school bookings. 2.00 p.m. (in English), 3.00 p.m., 4.00 p.m., 5.00 p.m., 6.00 p.m. (all in Hindu). Closed on Mondays. Entry fee : Rs. 25.00 (for public), Rs. 15.00 (for students if they come through the schools in a group of 100 or more). No entry fee for handicapped. Tel: 2629176, 2627416

Other places of interest include Maharaja Bijli Pasi Quila, Nadan Mahal, Chhatar Manzil, Moti Mahal, Alambagh Palace, Bari Kaliji Temple, Kalibari, Koneshwar Temple, Siddhanath Temple, Chhachhi Kuan Temple, Tikait Rai Talab, Buddha Park, Neebu Park, Hathi Park, Globe Park, Begum Hazrat Mahal Park, Surya Kund, Buddheshwar Temple, Mankameshwar Temple, Baba Bhutnath Temple, Ram Krishna Math, Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Smritika, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Park, Chandrika Devi Temple, etc.

Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Park

Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Park is constructed by LDA in Gomtinagar, Lucknow. This park is devoted to Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia who was a great Socialist and Philosopher. This park is designed and constructed by Lucknow Development Authority and is spread over Eighty acres of land.
An artificial lake is developed in the area of 15,000 Sq. Meters of land having one attractive tower in the park. The park is constructed under the norms and guidelines of ecology accordingly trees are planted all over in the garden.
Entrance Fee: Rs. 5/- per head (Fee unto 12 years children)
Parking Fee: Rs. 10/- Car, Rs. 5/- Scooter, Rs. 2/- Cycle
Park Timing: 6:00 am to 10:00 pm

Sikandar Bagh

Derives its name from one of the begums of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah, Sikandar Mahal. It was 120 square yards in area surrounded by a high wall, with a summer house in its centre. The place had also been associated with the war of independence activities. The National Botanical Garden has been set up here after independence.

Chhatar Manzil

The "Umbrella Palace" stands near the present Hanuman Setu. It derives its name from the guilt dome with a covering umbrella, which gives a special magnificence to the complex, constructed by Nawab Ghazi-ud-din Haider and completed by his son Nasir-ud-din Haider. Today it houses the Central Drug Research Institute (C.D.R.I.).

Kukrail Reserve Forest

On the outskirts of Lucknow, it has been developed by the Forest Department. Kukrail houses a deer park and one of the nurseries of the endangered species of Crocodiles in India. One of the favorite picnic spots in Lucknow, it boasts of a Children's Park, Cafeteria and Rest House. A variety of birds and Black Bucks can also be seen in their natural habitats.

Museum and Galleries

State Museum / Zoo

On the outskirts of Lucknow, it has been developed by the Forest Department. Kukrail houses a deer park and one of the nurseries of the endangered species of Crocodiles in India. One of the favorite picnic spots in Lucknow, it boasts of a Children's Park, Cafeteria and Rest House. A variety of birds and Black Bucks can also be seen in their natural habitats.

Motilal Nehru Children Museum, Charbagh

A multipurpose museum for children between the age group of four to fourteen years. Visiting hours: 10.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Closed on Monday. Tel: 2636133

Lokkala Sangrahalaya

Established by the Department of Culture, U.P. Govt., it preserves a rare collection of 1600 artifacts which includes numerous photographs. It also houses a rich library. It is now situated in its new building next to the state Museum. Timing: 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Closed on Monday. Tel. No. 2274638

Gandhi Museum

Situated near Residency, the Gandhi Museum gives an insight into the different aspects of Mahatma Gandhi's life. There is a rich library in the same premises having a collection of some 18,000 books. Timing: 10.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Closed on Sunday. Tel: 2625396

Regional Science City

Regional science centre, set up in 1989, by the National Council f Science Museum on as sprawling 10 acre land at sector 'E' (Ekta Vihar, Aliganj Ext.), has now been upgraded to a Regional Science City. An aesthetically designed new sing has been built in the midst of the lush green surroundings of the science park. Three large exciting galleries on the themes 'UNDERWATER EXPLORATION BIOTECHNOLOGICAL REVOLUTION' and 'BEING HUMAN' have been set up in the new wing along with the state of art facilities like a large format Scimax Theatre and a 3-D Science Show. TEL./FAX: 2321804

Kalagaon (Arts Village), Anora

Kalagaon's goal is to gift awareness to the people for village tourism, country life, folk tradition, folk art & craft, culture, music, and the festivals of the country life. The guests are also served with traditional meals (Jeyee-Leyee), sitting on the 'patas'- on the ground, so that they enjoy the traditional Indian village life. It is situated at Anora, Faizabad Road, Lucknow.

Friday, 18 April 2014

River Rafting


India is enriched with large network of rivers, is the place to be if you wish to enjoy the thrills of rafting. In brief, the rivers in India exude every bit of their natural character and challenge you to overshadow them. Also, they put to test your courage, skill and strength, this is all about the thrill and adventure of rafting sports. The challenge of controlling and balancing amidst of rapid water is what river rafting is all about. The rivers in the greater Himalayas are ultimate option in the world for river rafting with many staircase rapids challenging your skills. Originating from the great heights of the mountains, these rivers speed down in a way that makes you feel, their sprit and hurry to reach the plains and enjoy a nature of freedom. Enroute they froth, whirl, foam and crash over rocky boulders and gorges. Seasons and climate keeps on changing and so does the nature and colour of these glacier-fed rivers. The water, full of life and bursting enthusiasm reflects the adventure and thrill of rating sports. The popular water rafting destinations are Ladakh, Garhwal Himalayas, the four rivers of Himachal region and the Teesta River in Sikkim.
Ganges River in Uttaranchal known is a mystery for explorers and full of surprises for the river rafters. Ganga near Rishikesh is a most sought-after place for white water rafting. The whitewater Ganga river rafting stretch from Kaudiyala to Rishikesh with amazing 12 major rapids over 36-Kilometers long distance, most of which are easily feasible and some of them require expertise.
The river rafting destinations in India are considered the best in the world. Like trekking, rafting is offered with different options for professionals and amateurs. There are also good trainer and quick courses for freshers.

Thursday, 17 April 2014


Agra is worldly famous as being home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World-the Taj Mahal, the symbol of love., Taj Mahal is the Crown of the Agra City, the elegy in white marble, the poem of dedicated love, Mughal Emperor Shahjahan had built Taj Mahal in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz, the most magnificent monument in the world for her as the mausoleum. Mumtaz passed away, during the birth to Shah Jahan's child and the love was enduring, still Taj expresses the true love of the legendary couples. Built serenely on a raised marble platform on the shores of River Yamuna, 20 years time had been spent to complete the great monument and the skillful workers and artisans were brought from all over the world, mostly from Central Asia. It is said that about 20,000 workers had been devoted their hard work and skills to built Taj, the key person to behind the architecture of Taj was Isa Khan, he was originally from Shiraz in Iran
Agra is quite famous for its superb inlay work on marble and soapstone by craftsmen who are successor of those who worked under the Mughals arts. The city is also known for its carpets, gold thread embroidery and leather shoes. Besides the Taj Mahal the other tourist attractions are Agra Fort, Sikandra, Ram Bagh and Itmad-Ud-Daulah, Fatehpur Sikri 40 kms from Agra, once upon the capital of Mughal Emperor Akbar for some time. It is said that Agra city name was derived from Agrabanad, a forest that finds mention in the epic Mahabharata.

Climate: (deg C)-Summer- Max.45, Min.21.9; Winter- Max.31.7, Min.4.2.,Rainfall: 66 cms (June to September), Best Season: October to March.

Places Of Interest:
Agra Fort,Taj Mahal, Moti Masjid , Itmad-ud-Daula's Tomb.

Fatehpur Sikri – 37kms, Mathura - 56kms.

Reach -
By Air: Agra is well connected with Khajuraho ,Delhi, and Varanasi.
By Rail: Agra is connected by rail with major cities.
By Road: Agra is connected to Delhi- 204 kms, Jaipur- 237 kms, Khajuraho- 395 kms, Mathura- 56 kms, Gwalior- 110 kms, Bharatpur- 54 kms, Lucknow- 257 kms.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Dubai Package ( 03 Nights & 04 Days )

Welcome to the delightful city of Dubai - a land of surprises surrounded by mysterious Deserts and sand dunes, a complete destination in itself. Upon arrival, meet our representative outside the airport, who shall guide you to your coach. Enjoy a comfortable drive to your hotel. After checking-in, spend a comfortable overnight stay at the hotel.

Welcome to the delightful city of Dubai - a land of surprises surrounded by mysterious Deserts and sand dunes, a complete destination in itself. Upon arrival, meet our representative outside the airport, who shall guide you to your coach. Enjoy a comfortable drive to your hotel. After checking-in, spend a comfortable overnight stay at the hotel.

After enjoying breakfast, set out to explore Dubai and experience both its modern and the ancient sectors. Places to visit include the magnificent Jumeirah Mosque, World Trade Centre, palaces, the fascinating Dubai Museum and many more. In the evening, experience the essence of Dubai on a Desert Safari. Enjoy a camel ride or Heena Painting & belly dancing show. Mark an end to a fun-filled day with a scrumptious dinner and a comfortable overnight stay at the hotel.


Enjoy a delectable breakfast at the hotel and spend the day at leisure, or enjoy shopping in the swanky malls. In the evening, enjoy dinner on the Dhow Cruise and experience the "City of Lights", making it an evening that you'll cherish for years to come. Thereafter, return to the hotel for a comfortable overnight stay.


Good times mostly end leaving behind a trail of golden memories to cherish. After breakfast today, spend some time at leisure or enjoy some last minute shopping as per your flight schedule. Check-out from the hotel, take a transfer to the airport to board a return flight.

Include / Excludes
Package Include :

3 Nights Accommodation in 3* hotel.
Daily Breakfast
Two way Airport transfer
Desert safari with BBQ Dinner
Dhow dinner Cruise
Half Day city tours.

Package Exclude:

Any airfare.
Expenses of personal nature such as drinks, telephone, and laundry bills etc.
Any additional expenses incurred due to any flight delay or cancellation, weather
conditions, political closures, technical faults etc.
Any other service/s not specified above
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Tuesday, 15 April 2014


Just off the coast of Kerala are a widely scattered group of coral islands – 36 of them – collectively known as Lakshadweep. They form part of the Union of India and are one of the country’s newest tourist destinations. Ten of the islands are inhabited by simple, peace-loving folk whose language is close to that spoken in Kerala. The islanders have lifestyles and occupations that revolve around coconut cultivation, coir matting and fishing. Even today, nothing is actually produced in the islands themselves, and everything comes from the ’mainland’, as India is somewhat quaintly referred to there. Tourism’s major focus is on water sports, as each of the islands are surrounded by a coral reef providing large areas of crystal clear water for everything from snorkeling to wind surfing. The five islands which are open to tourists have simple accommodation in the shape of beach cottages. Permits to visit Lakshadweep can be obtained from the Lakshadweep tourist office in Cochin. Regular flights operate from Cochin to one of the islands, as well as modestly priced ship cruises which stop at all the islands open to tourism. These cruises begin and end at Cochin.

While equipment for water sports is available at the islands themselves, not much in the way of shopping and entertainment is possible as yet. Lakshadweep is the perfect holiday for those who want to get away from the artifices of the world and enjoy a few days in simple yet stunningly beautiful surroundings.

Monday, 14 April 2014


Grown from mangrove swamps, Calcutta is the largest metropolis in India. Calcutta's role in the national economy is of crucial importance as the Gateway to Eastern India. Ships were the beginning of Calcutta's history & the river Hoogly was the key to the city's fortunes. Vishnupur is famous for the exquisite 17th & 18th century terracotta temples, Seat of classical music. The Stylized, "Bankura horse" symbolic of excellence in rural handicrafts is native to this district. Belur Math is a modern temple within the grounds of the Ramakrishna Mission. Dakshineshwar Temple, dedicated to Kali is built in the architectural style of Bengal.

Area: 187 sq. kms. Altitude: 5.8 meters. Climate (deg c): Summer- Max. 41.7, Min. 38.1. Winter- Max. 29.3, Min. 9.6. Rainfall: 158 cms June to Mid September. Clothing: Tropical. Languages Spoken: Bengali, English, Hindi. Season: Throughout the year.

Places Of Interest:
Belur Math, Botanical Garden, Dakshineshwar Temple, Howarh Bridge, Jain Temple, Kali Temple, Marble Palace, Nakhoda Mosque, National Library, Rabindra Sarobar, Raj Bhavan, Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Sahid Minar (Ochterlony Monument), St.Paul's Cathedral, Victoria Memorial, Zoological Gardens.

Museums an Art Galleries:
Academy of Fine Arts, Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Birla Industrial & Technological Museum, Birla Planetarium, Gurusaday Museum, Nehru Children's Museum, Rabindra Bharati Museum, State Archaeological Gallery, Victoria Memorial Hall Museum. 

Digha Beach- 185 kms, Santiniketan- 213 kms, Bakkhali Beach- 132 kms, Chandannagar- 39 kms, Diamond Harbour- 51 kms, Sundarban- 131 kms, Tribani- 48 kms, Gangasagar- 140 kms, Malda- 340 kms, Kalna- 82 kms, Navadweep- 110 kms, Mayapur- 134 kms, Murshidabad- 221 kms, Vishnupur- 152 kms, Belur Math- 16 kms, Dakshineshwar Temple- 20 kms, Botanical Gardens- 8 kms, Murshidabad- 221 kms, Shantiniketan- 167 kms. 

Reach -
By Air: Well Connected with the major cities.
By Rail: Howrah and Sealdah are the main railway stations in Calcutta. Calcutta is well Connected with the major cities.
By Road: Well Connected with the major cities.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Fair and Festivals In India

Fairs And Festivals India, All About India Fairs India is worldly known as a land vibrant celebration; one can see the culture and life of India during the celebrations of various fair and festivals, celebrated with high sprit in each and every town in India. By and large the flow of festivals continues through out the year in India.  There are noble cause and meaningful identity behind each fair and festival, based upon rituals, traditions, legends, monsoon, history, while many express devotion to the deities of different religions. There are religious fair, historical fair, long life marriage based festivals, animal worship fair, cattle fairs, monsoon fair, changing season fair, all festivals denote vivacity, colour, high sprit, dedications, ebullience, peace, power, humanity messages, appetizing food, sports activities, artistic performance, prayers and rituals. Obviously, when it comes to tourism, fair and festivals are on the priority among the tourists to coincide the trip to witness amazing festivals of India. 
Indian Festivals Info, All About Fair And Festivals Of IndiaThe major Celebration in India include Holi, Id, Christmas,  Diwali, Pushkar Mela, Ganapati, Navaratri, Kumbh Mela,  Republic day, Pongal, Onam, Surajkund Mela, Goa Carnival, Snake Boat Race, Desert Festival many more, and these fair and festivals reveals  diverse  regions, religions and communities. During these celebrations of the fair and festivals, each of them reflects the life style and vigour of the people. Most of the celebrations are based on rituals of prayers, exchanging goodwill, decorating houses, wearing new clothes, Jewellery, music, singing, and dance and feasting. .
All Indian fair and festivals have lots of diversity according to the culture, life style, language, religion of each states and region, like Durga Puja (Navaratri) is major festivals of West Bengal, Ganapati in Maharashtra, also in the western and eastern parts of India, Pongal in Tamilnadu, Onam in Kerala, Goa Carnival, Christmas and New Year in Goa, car Festival of Puri, Pushkar fair in Rajasthan,  Snake boat fair in Kerala, Holi in North India,  Kumbh Mela in Haridwar and Varanasi,  republic day in Delhi, Diwali is the festivals which is celebrated with almost same sprit all over India.
If someone wants to see the deep roots of the culture, belief, life style, living, food, art, traditions of India, the fair and festivals are the window to view the true colour of India.

Water Skiing, Wind Surfing, Yachting, Para Sailing, Scuba Diving

India's wonderful coastal region and states like Maharasthra, Gujarat, Kerala, Tamil Nadu Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Goa and Orissa comprise some of the best beaches in the world. Beaches in Goa offer facilities for water sports like wind surfing, water skiing, yachting, and para sailing. Ahmedpur Mandvi in Gujarat, Gopalpur-on-Sea in Orissa, Chorwad, are excellent for water sports destinations, which are quiet. Lakshadweep is one of the isolated and wonderful islands for snorkeling, wind surfing, and scuba-diving in the crystal clear waters with amazing picturesque beauty of virgin beaches. In Lakshadweep, there are full fledges water sports institute with accommodation at Bangaram, Kadmat Island and Kavaratti Island resorts. You will be provided training and facilities for various water sports such as Scuba Diving, Yachting, Surfing. There are also numerous beach resorts and water sports clubs in Goa and other costal areas that offer training in wind surfing and water skiing.

Friday, 11 April 2014


Bhopal is the capital of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. Bhopal is also known as the Lake City for its various natural as well as artificial lakes and is one of the greenest cities in India. Modern Bhopal is a place where one can see the richness of tradition is intertwined with the modern life. The remnants of the glorious past live on in the havelis, grand mosques and the museums. A cradle of arts and culture, Bhopal provides numerous centers of contemporary and performing arts. Bhopal is a hub of the folk and tribal arts that give a feel of village life in the state. Besides all these, Bhopal is acclaimed for the famous cave paintings, which are not only valuable for their artistic values but also for their ethnicity.
Bhopal is an important economic, industrial, educational and political center of the State as well as Central India and houses various

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Bhopal, capital of Madhya Pradesh combines scenic beauty, historicity and modern urban planning. It is situated on the site of an 11th century city, Bhojapal, founded by Raja Bhoj. Bhopal today presents a multi-faceted profile; the old city with its teeming market places and fine old mosques and palaces still bear the aristocratic imprint of its former rulers; among them the succession of powerful Begums who ruled Bhopal from 1819 to 1926. Equally impressive is the new city with its verdant, exquisitely laid out parks and gardens, broad avenues and streamlined modern edifices.

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The founder of the existing city was Afghan soldier Dost Mohammad (1708-1740). Fleeing from Delhi in the chaotic period that followed Aurangzeb's death, Dost Mohammad met the Gond queen Kamlapati, who sought his aid after the murder of her consort. A charming legend relates how the queen would recline in a lotus barge that, on moonlit nights, would drift across the lake. The two lakes of Bhopal still dominate the city, and are indeed its nucleus. Bordered along their shores stand silent sentinels that testify to the growth of a city.

Avila is a must-see for travelers who enjoy visiting churches and cathedrals. Known as “The City of Stone,” Avila is reported to have more Gothic and Romanesque churches per capita than any other city in Spain. Overlooking a river, it is the highest provincial capital in Spain. Visitors may want to take a break from touring churches to walk on an intact city wall that was constructed starting back in the 11th century. The church to visit here is the Cathedral of Avila, which is part of the city wall and contains both Romanesque and Gothic features. - See more at:
Avila is a must-see for travelers who enjoy visiting churches and cathedrals. Known as “The City of Stone,” Avila is reported to have more Gothic and Romanesque churches per capita than any other city in Spain. Overlooking a river, it is the highest provincial capital in Spain. Visitors may want to take a break from touring churches to walk on an intact city wall that was constructed starting back in the 11th century. The church to visit here is the Cathedral of Avila, which is part of the city wall and contains both Romanesque and Gothic features. - See more at:
Avila is a must-see for travelers who enjoy visiting churches and cathedrals. Known as “The City of Stone,” Avila is reported to have more Gothic and Romanesque churches per capita than any other city in Spain. Overlooking a river, it is the highest provincial capital in Spain. Visitors may want to take a break from touring churches to walk on an intact city wall that was constructed starting back in the 11th century. The church to visit here is the Cathedral of Avila, which is part of the city wall and contains both Romanesque and Gothic features. - See more at:

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Andaman & Nicobar

A bird's eye view shows this cluster of 350 small and large islands as small, green speaks staggered on the vast blue waters. The lovely beaches and coral beds of Andaman Islands are a traveler's delight. At Port Blair, the capital of Andaman, the Cellular Jail and Anthropological Museum merit a visit. Excursions can be taken to the beautiful islands of Wandoor and Jolly Buoy and to the bird sanctuary at Chiriyatapoo. The Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands consisting of about 293 islands (39 of which are inhabited) is situated in the Bay of Bengal. The white sandy beaches have a back drop of luxuriant greenery & in the clear blue waters of the lagoons enclosed by coral reefs is an underwater world full of fish of every possible variety. Situated midway between India and Burma, in the Bay of Bengal, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands were at one time inhabited by various tribes which strongly resisted any efforts at civilization. Some of these tribes are perhaps among the oldest tribal communities in the world.
Area: 8248 sq. kms. (Andaman- 6408 sq. kms, Nicobar- 1841 sq. kms.)
Altitude: Varies from sea-level to 732 meters. (Highest Point- Saddle Peak).
Mean minimum 23 deg C, Mean maximum 30 deg C.
Rainfall: 3000 mms (May to Mid-September and November to January).
Relative Humidity:
70% to 90%.
Forest cover:
Best Season:
October to April.
Cottons throughout the year.
Languages Spoken: Nicobari, Bengali, Tamil, Telegu, Malayalam, Hindi, English.

Places of Interest: Cellular Jail, Anthropological Museum, Marine Museum, Cottage Industries Museum, Mini Zoo, Chatham Saw Mill, Corbyn's Cove Beach, Marine Park, Viper Island, Sippighat water Sports Complex.

Excursions: Sippighat Farm- 14 kms, Chiriya Tapu- 30 kms, Wandoor Beach- 30 kms, Havelock Island- 54 kms, Jolly Buoy, Cinque & Red Skin Islands.

Reach -
By Air: Connected with Madras, Calcutta and Car Nicobar. 

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Singapore 04N & 05D

Day : 01
Arrive at Changi International Airport. On arrival you will be met and transferred to the hotel. Later in the evening proceed for Night safari tour take a tour of the Jungle with complete safety and comfort of 40 mins tram journey of wild animals through the east and west loop. On completion of the tram ride, your guide will take you on a walking trail where you will be able to get a chance to come close with lions, tigers, tapirs, deer etc. Stay overnight at the hotel in Singapore.

Day: 02
After breakfast, proceed for the city tour of Singapore. Explore the city by driving round the Civic district, passing by the Padang, Cricket Club, Parliament house, Supreme Court and the City Hall. Also stop at the Merlion Park and enjoy the impressive views of the Marina Bay. Also do not miss the picture taking opportunity with the Merlion a mythological creature. Visit the Thian Hock Keng Temple, one of the Oldest Buddhist temple. Proceed to the National Orchid Gardens, located within Singapore Botanic Gardens. Then stop at the Little India where you can buy spices, joss and jasmine. Later in the afternoon proceed for Afternoon till sunset at Sentosa. Enjoy the scenic cable car ride, Underwater world, Dolphin Lagoon Show, Images of Singapore, Sentosa Cine Blast & Songs of the sea. Stay overnight at the hotel in Singapore.

Day: 03
After breakfast, proceed for the tour of Jurong Bird Park - Jurong Bird Park is a home of 600 species. Stay overnight at the hotel in Singapore.

Day: 04
After breakfast, proceed for universal Studio and enjoy the Cylon world tallest roll coaster, Far Far Away castle. Also enjoy the amazing Shrek 4D adventure attraction. Rest of the day on your own. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day: 05
After breakfast spend time at leisure. Later proceed to the airport to board your flight back to home bound.

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Monday, 7 April 2014

Daman & Diu Tour

Daman Daman earlier called 'Damao', is situated on the west coast of India, bordered by the Arabian Sea. It is surrounded by the Kolak River on the north, Gujarat on the east, Kalai River on the south and Gulf of Cambay on the west. The clean and picturesque beached of Daman are very inviting to all the tourists especially the ever tensed and tired urbanites.
The amusement park on the Devka beach and Nani Daman rejuvenates and recreates the tourists. The illumination on festive days is a treat to the eyes.
The Jampore beach offers a very silent and serene atmosphere, an ideal place for 'solitude-hunters'. Other tourist places in Daman are Nani Daman Jetty Garden, old churches, forts, lighthouse and a summerhouse.

Altitude : 12 meters, Climate : (deg C)- Summer- Max 36, Min 20; Winter- Max 26, Min 20, Best Season : October to May.

Places Of Interest:
Fort, Moti Daman,Fort, Nani Daman; Light House (in Moti Daman Fort), Bom Jesus Church and Our Lady of Rosary Chapel (inside fort, Moti Daman fort) Our lady of Sea Church (inside Nani Daman fort), Hilsa Aquarium, Kachigam Water Tank, Nani Daman; Hathi Park, Moti Daman; Bridge Side Garden, Nani/Moti Daman; Municipal Children Park, Nani Daman.

Devika Beach- 4 km, Near Devka Colony, Nani Daman, Jampore Beach-6 km, Near Jampore Village, Moti Daman.

Reach -
By Air: Nearest airport is Bombay– 193 kms.
By Rail: Nearest railhead is Vapi– 12kms.
By Road: Bombay- 93 kms, Ahmedabad- 67 kms, Diu- 763 kms, Panaji via Bombay- 87 kms.
Pandavas during their fourteen years of exile are believed to have passed a few days at a place known as Mani Nagar (DIU) which was under the Yadavas led by Krishna Vasudeva during Mahabharata period. According to mythology, Diu was ruled by the great king Jallandhar who was a daitya (Demon) and was killed by Lord Vishnu with his Sudarshan Chakra. The temple of Jallandhar still exists in Diu.
A palm-fringed, largely deserted and secluded beach, Nagoa is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful beaches in India. The unique shoe-shape of the beach makes it all the more beautiful.
The island of Diu, an erstwhile Portuguese colony, is situated off the Saurashtra coast of Gujarat bordering Junagadh district. The other equally beautiful beaches are Ahmedpur, Mandvi,Chakratirath, Jallandhar, and Gomtimata all having their own charm and thrill.The word 'Diu' is derived from the Sanskrit word 'Dweep'. During the period from the 14th to 16th century Diu was one of the best Sea Ports and a Naval base.

Area: 38.5, Altitude : 29 meters, Climate : (deg C)- Summer- Min 20, Max 38; Winter- Min 20, Max 25, Rainfall: 70cms, Best Season : October to May.

Places Of Interest:
Diu Fort, Forte do Mar, Gupta Prayag at Delwada , Gangeshwar Temple , Nagao Beach , Shaking Tower at Delwada.

Girnar Hill, Junagadh-185 kms, Palitana-195 kms, Somnath Temple- 72 kms, Sasangir-128 kms, Tulsi Shyam- 45 kms, , Chorwad- 97 kms, Ahmedpur Mandvi-130 kms.

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By Air: Well connected to Bombay and Ahmedabad.
By Rail: Nearest railhead is Delwada-9 kms.
By Road: Una- 30 kms, Ahmedabad- 495 kms, Bhavnagar- 225 kms, Bombay- 930 kms, Daman- 763 kms, Sasangir-128 kms, Rajkot- 261 kms, Somnath- 87 kms, Veraval- 77 kms.                                                                                                                                                                          For More Details Contact: