War Memorial, Bhopal Shaurya Samarak, Underground Veterans Memorial

War memorial called Shaurya Samarak at Bhopal is India’s first underground war memorial. This veterans memorial in Madhya Pradesh state was inaugurated on 14th October 2016, by the honorable Prime Minter of India, Narendra Modi.

War memorial, Shaurya Samarak at Bhopal. War memorial, Shaurya Samarak at Bhopal. Image Courtesy- JobsFundaz

This military memorial or war memorial is spread over an area of 12 acres. The memorial pillar has the names of 280 soldiers who have laid down their lives for the India from the state of Madhya Pradesh. There is a light and sound show. There is a beautiful garden above the underground war memorial.

There is an art gallery inside the war memorial. There are medals, memorials, paintings, etc. Aircraft and weapons are also on display. There is a souvenir shop inside this Museum Gallery.

The national war museum or national war memorial is divided into four zones: Jeevan, Yudh ka Rangmanch, Mrityu and Mrityu par Vijay. Each of this depicts the four stages of life. Yudh ka Rangmanch is a spider’s web like circular structure depicting wars made using rough stones. Mrityu is designed as in such a way that an earthen lamp amidst the darkness will make the visitor feel the silence of death. Mrityu par Vijay zone has lights representing souls of soldiers, coming out of a water floor.

The beautiful garden above the underground war memorial has an amphitheater and a holographic flame. The red structure at the entrance looks like ‘Namaskar’ . There is also a drop of blood from the exit; to mark the sacrifice of soldiers.

The war memorial at Bopal is one of its kind in India and is a must see war monuments in India. Visitors can light lamps here to pay their respects to those who have scarified their life for their mother country.

How Do I Go to Bhopal War Memorial, Shaurya Samarak?

Shaurya Samarak at Bhopal, the National war memorial, is situated close to the State Secretariat. Bhopal is well connected by all modes of transport to other parts of the country. There is an airport and railway station at Bhopal.

Kedarnath Temple, Chota Char Dham Pilgrimage, Jyotirlingas

Kedarnath Temple is a Lord Shiva Temple in the Garhwal Himalayan ranges in Kedarnath, Uttarakhand state, India. This temple is open only during Akshaya Tritriya day in April to Kartik Purnima (full moon day, usually November, due to the weather conditions. Kedarnath, the main deity here is worshiped as the ‘Lord of Kedar Khand’, the region’s historical name. The deities from this temple are taken to Ukhimath in Rudraprayag district (41 kilometers from Rudraprayag) and worshiped there during winter.

Kedarnath Temple
Kedarnath Temple.

Ukhimath where Kedarnath Temple’s deities are taken during winter, is a centrally located destination to visit Madhmaheshwar which is known as the second kedar, Tungnath ji which is the third kedar and the natural fresh water lake called Deoria Tal. There are many other picturesque places worth visiting near Ukhimath.

Kedarnath Temple is situated on the banks of Mandakini river, a tributary of the holy river Ganga at an altitude of 3,583 meters or 11,755 feet. This temple was built by Pandavas. Adi Sankaracharya visited and revived the temple. It is one among the 12 Jyotirlingas.

Kedarnath Mandir (mandir means temple in Hindi language) is one among the four temples of
Chota Char Dham pilgrimage package tour.

How Do I Go to Kedarnath Temple?

Kedarnath Temple is at a distance of 223 kilometers from Rishikesh. You need to trek uphill for around 14 kilometers from Gaurikund. Pony rides are also available.

Nagarjunsagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve, Royal Bengal Tigers, Nagarjuna Sagar Dam, Fort Ruins

Nagarjunsagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve is The Largest Tiger Reserve in India spread across 5 districts of Andhra Pradesh and Telungana states. The last count in 1989, puts the number of Tigers inside the Nagarjunsagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve as 94.

Nagarjuna Sagar Dam inside Nagarjunsagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve
Nagarjuna Sagar Dam inside Nagarjunsagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve.

Nagarjunsagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve is spread across 3,568 square kilometers in the following 5 districts; Nalgonda, Mahbubnagar, Kurnool, Prakasam and Guntur. National Tiger Conservation Authority has declared the Nagarjunsagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve as a ‘Project Tiger Reserve’ in 1983, a project to save Indian’s National animal, the Royal Bengal Tigers. The Tiger reserve was renamed as ‘Rajiv Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary‘ in 1992.

Nagarjunsagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve or Nagarjuna tiger reserve as it is called locally, has many historic places. Ruins of the ancient Nagarjuna Viswa Vidyalayam, started by the great Buddhist scholar, Nagarjunacharya of 2nd century, is found inside the Tiger reserve. Fort ruins of Ikshwaku Chandragupta, a third century ruler is also found inside the Tiger reserve. Fort ruins of king Pratap Rudra and other rulers are found on the banks of River Krishna, inside this tiger reserve. Ruins of the wall with a length of 169 kilometers, built during the Kakateeyas is seen here. There are many cave temples and rock shelters in the tiger reserve.

Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple, one among the 12 Jyotirlinga temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, is situated at Srisailam, on the banks of the River Krishna. Nagarjuna Sagar Dam and Reservoir is situated inside the Nagarjunsagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve, at a distance of 150 kilometers from Hyderabad in the border areas of Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh state and Nalgonda district of Telungana state. Nagarjuna Sagar Reservoir is the second biggest water reservoir in India.

How Do I Go To Nagarjunsagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve?

Srisailam is at a distance of around 210 kilometers from Hyderabad, the capital of Telungana state. Srisailam is at a distance of around 180 kilometers from Kurnool Town in Andhra Pradesh state.

Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary ,Bheemeshwari River Rafting, Fishing

Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in Chamarajanagar , Mandya and Ramanagar districts of Karnataka state, India. Cauvery River passes through this Wildlife sanctuary, which is spread over an area of 1,027.53 square kilometers.

Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary
Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary

Highly Endangered Species like Malabar giant squirrel and Grizzled giant squirrel are found in Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary. 280 species of birds are found here.

Water rafting, fishing, trekking, bird watching, etc, are popular in the wildlife sanctuary. Bheemeshwari river rafting is a popular activity in the Bheemeshwari Adventure & Nature Camp Center, situated inside this wildlife sanctuary. Bheemeshwari fishing camp day trips are also popular with tourists. Muthathi Anjaneya temple is a famous temple inside the sanctuary.

Hogenakal Falls on the Cauvery river, which forms the interstate boundary between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu states, is situated in the nearby Dharmapuri district in Tamilnadu. Cauvery river flows for a distance of 101 kilometers through this Sanctuary.

How Do I Go To Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary?

Ramanagar, railway station is the nearest railway station at 25 kilometers distance from the Kaveri Wildlife Sanctuary. Bheemeshwar, famous for water rafting and fishing, is at around 100 kilometers from Bangalore. Muthathi near Malavalli is another the access point to the wildlife sanctuary, which is well connected by buses to Bangalore, the capital of the state of Karnataka.

Naval Aviation Museum, Navy Aircraft

Naval Aviation Museum is a military museum showcasing the evolution of Indian Naval Air Arm. Indian Naval Air Arm is the division of the Indian Navy which provides navy aircraft carrier based support to the Navy.

Decommissioned air-crafts at the Naval Aviation Museum, Goa.
Decommissioned navy aircraft at the Naval Aviation Museum, Goa.

The Museum is one among the two Military Aviation Museums in India. This national naval aviation museum is the only of its kind in Asia.

This national aviation museum consists of the Outdoor exhibit and a an indoor gallery. Navy aviation museum’s out door exhibit has 13 decommissioned navy aircraft on display. Indoor Gallery has separate sections on armament, attire, etc. There are a lot of information on Indian Air Force and Navy and the battles they participated.

Massive INS Vikrant and INS Viraat replicas are also found here. An array of bombs, cannons, torpedoes and sensors are also on display here.

How Do I Go To Naval Aviation Museum?

Naval museum is located next to Goa International Airport on Bogmalo Road off National Highway 17, at Bogmalo. It is at a distance of 6 kilometers from Vasco da Gama, Goa. The Naval air museum is well connected by roads to all parts of the city. There is a railway station at Goa, which is well connected to the rest of the country.

What are the Timings of Naval Aviation Museum?

Naval air museum hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, except Mondays. There is an entry fee of INR 20.

Jaisalmer Fort, Thar Desert, Silk Road, Indo Pak War 1971

Jaisalmer Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan state, India. Jaisalmer Fort was built by the Rajput ruler, Rawal Jaisal in 1156 AD. This fort is a fully preserved fort and is one among the largest such forts in the World.

Evening View of Jaisalmer Fort
Evening View of Jaisalmer Fort.

Situated on Trikuta Hills, this magnificent fort has the Great Thar Desert as its backdrop. The Silk road or Silk Route, an ancient trade route between East and the West, passes through this fortified city. In olden days, Caravans and travelers of Silk route, used the ramparts of the fort as their way-station.

The fort has 3 layers of walls. the outer layer is made of solid stone. The second and third walls were used by the Rajput to trap enemies and pour boiled water or to throw massive rock blocks on them! There are 99 bastions for the fort.

The Fort covers a length of 1,500 feet or 460 meters. It has a width of 750 feet or 230 meters. The yellow sandstone walls of this massive fort turns yellowish (golden color) in the evenings. Hence the fort is also known as Sonar Quila or Golden Fort. Jaisalmer fort has 4 entrances to the city.

The fort was controlled mainly by Rajputs in the first four centuries after in was built, except for 9 years in the 13th century, when Ala-ud-din Khilji took control of the fort. Mughals took control of the fort in the 15th century. In 1762, Maharawal Mulraj took control of the fort from the Mughals. He signed a treaty with the British which allowed him to control the Jaisalmer Fort and also provided protection from invasion. Jaisalmer has lost its prominence after India got its Independence and the silk route was closed.

The fort faces threat from increasing population pressure, mainly the descendants of the workforce of the rulers of Jaisalmer, who were given permission to stay inside the fort city. Some of the structures like Queen’s Palace and walls were collapsed as a result of this.

During the Indo Pak War 1971, the fort was home to the entire population of Jaisalmer town, due to the strategic advantage of the fort to protect it from enemies.

How Do I Go To Jaisalmer Fort?

Jaisalmer town is well connected by roads to all parts of the country. Jaisalmer is at a distance of 575 kilometers to the west of Jaipur, the capital city. Jaisalmer railway station is the nearest railway station to Jaisalmer Fort. Jaisalmer Airport is located at around 17 kilometers distance from the fort city of Jaisalmer.