Bajrangarh Fort

Bajrangarh Fort is an old fort situated at Guna District of Madhya Pradesh state in India. Bajrangarh Fort is also known as Jharkon and is in ruins.

Bajrangarh Fort photo

Situated at an altitude of around 303 feet, Bajrangarh Fort was constructed during the 16th and 17th centuries by Khichi (Chauhan) rulers of Gagron state, which later became part of Raghogarh state. The fort was attacked in 1816 A.D. during Raja Jai Singh’s reign. After he was defeated, the fort was destroyed.

The Bajrangarh fort had four gates in four directions. Moti Mahal, Ram Mandir, Rangmahal and Bajrang Mandir are still intact inside the fort.

Near the Gunnery inside the fort premises, there is a step well which was used for storing drinking water for the horses. There is also an ancient temple inside the fort, which is believed to have been built in 1775 by the Maratha rulers .

How do I go to Bajrangarh Fort?

Bajrangarh Fort is at around 10 kilometres south-West of Guna Town, on the Guna – Aron road.

Guna is well connected by roads to other parts of India. Guna railway station is the nearest railway station to the ruined Bajrangarh Fort. The nearest airport is the one at Bhopal, at around 188 kilometers from Guna city.

Gokak Falls

Gokak Falls is beautiful waterfall on Ghataprabha River in Belagavi district of Karnataka state, India.

Gokak Falls

Gokak Falls resembles Niagara Falls, on a smaller scale. The falls at Gokak takes a leap of 171 ft, over a sandstone cliff. During the monsoon season, the roar of the falls can be heard from a long distance. There is a hanging bridge across the river. with a length of about 659 ft, at a height of 46 ft above rock bed.

On either banks of the rocky gorge near the Gokak Falls, you can see monuments from the Chalukya era. A very old river-front temple dedicated to Lord Mahalingeshwara, is another nearby tourist attraction, There is an electricity generation station, which was started in the 18th and is abandoned now.

How do i go to Gokak falls?

Gokak falls is at around 6 kilo-meters from the Gokak town.

State government buses are available from Gokak and Belgaum towns to the Gokak Falls.

‘Miraj junction’ railway station on Central Railway is the nearest major station and is well connected to major cities of India.

Gokak-Road’ Railway station, where only passenger trains stops, is the nearest railway station at around 9 kilo-meters from Gokak city. ‘Ghataprabha’ railway station, where express trains stops, is at around 15 kilo meters from Gokak city. Both these stations are on the Miraj-Belgaum-Hubli railway route. Belgaum, is another major railway station, at around 70 kilo-meters from Gokak city.

Which is the ideal time to visit Gokak Falls?

July – October are the ideal months to visit the Gokak Falls.

Jatayupara Nature Park

Jatayupara is a large rock block at Chadayamangalam in Kollam district, Kerala state. Jatayupara got its name from Jatayu, the mythical bird in the great epic of Ramayana. Jatayu is believed to have collapsed on this rock after failing in its attempts to thwart Sita’s kidnapping by Ravana. Ravana is believed to have slit Jadayu’s wing(s) and escaped with Sita to Lanka .

The above image and some the given information is from – jatayunaturepark.com

Jatayupara Nature Park is one of its kind in the world. Jatayu Nature Park situated here at Jatayupara is ready with the world’s largest Bird sculpture, which will be opened to public in early 2016. The massive sculpture is 200 feet in length, 150 feet in width and 70 feet in height. There is 15,000 square feet of usable floor area under the sculpture. India’s first State of the art Rope way project is getting ready for the tourists here. This rope way will be the biggest rope-way in South India, which can carry 400 tourists per hour. The 500 meter long rope-way / cable car takes you to the 600 feet high Jatayu hill top.

Paint ball, Laser tag, bouldering, zip line, rock climbing, mountain biking,archery, rifle shooting, kids recreation with trampoline, rappelling, ATVs, etc, are some the adventure sports coming up here at the Adventure Park, spread across 20 acres of land, at an altitude of around 1000 feet, on a three kilo meter radial distance of Jatayu statue.. There is a Museum and a 6D theater inside the Jatayu sculpture complex. Statue of Lord Shri Rama Chandra, having a height of 18 feet, is also there at Jatayupara.

How do I go to Jatayupara?

Jatayupara is situated at Chadayamangalam on Main Central Road (MC Road) or State Highway 1, in Kerala state. Chadayamangalam is in between Kilimanoor and Kottarakara towns, if you are traveling by MC Road. Kilimanoor town is at around 14 kilo meters distance and Kottarakara town at around 21 kilo meters from Chadayamangalam.

Kottarakara is THE NEAREST railway station to Jatayupara Nature Park, on the Kollam – Punalur railway line. (The erstwhile Kollam -Sengottai meter gauge line, is now being converted into a broad gauge line. Kollam – Punalur line is part of this line.)

Kollam alias Quilon, is around 33 kilo meters distance from Chadayamangalam and has the nearest MAJOR railway station on Thiruvanathapuram – Palakkad main line.

Nearest airport to Jatayupara is the one at Thiruvanathapuram, which is at around 51 Kilo meters from Chadayamangalam.

Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary

Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary is a famous wild life sanctuary in Bilaspur district, Chhattisgarh state, India.

Achanakmar Wildlife SanctuaryAchanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary.

Established in 1975, Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary is home to many endangered species of animals like Bengal Tigers, Leopards and wild Bison. Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary is a declared Tiger Reserve from 2009. November to June are the ideal months to visit the Achanakmar Wild Life Sanctuary.

Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary offers mesmerizing experience for any tourist. Sal and bamboo forests are a specialty of this wild life sanctuary. The wildlife sanctuary at Achanakmar is rich in flora and fauna.

Ratanpur, a nearby town, has the famous Mahamaya Devi, an 11th century temple. Pali is another town close to Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary, famous for the beautifully carved 9th century Mahadev Temple. Kabir Chabutra, where saint Kabir attained salvation, is just 5 kilo meters from the wild life sanctuary, on your way to Bilaspur.

How do I go to Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary?

Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary is at around 55 kilo meters from Bilaspur town.

Bilaspur railway station with station code BSP is the nearest major railway station, on the Bombay – Howrah main railway line; even though Belgahna railway station with station code BIG is the nearest railway station to the Achanakmar Tiger Reserve. Pendra Road alias Gaurella is also a nearby station to Wild Life Sanctuary at Achanakmar.

Raipur airport is the nearest airport to Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary.

Nandi Hills

Nandi Hills alias Nandidurg is a famous hill station situated in Chikkaballapur district of Karnataka state, India.

Nandi HillsSign to Nandi Hills.

Nandi hills is located close to the Nandi town. Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple in Nandi town is a very ancient temple, construction of which was started in the 9th century by the “Banas” and completed during the “Cholas” in 11th century. “Hoysalas” constructed the marriage hall in the 13th century. Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple is a two-complex temple, with the first complex having the three deities. and the second complex has the huge and majestic “Kalyani pond”. Vijayanagar kings build the walls of the second temple complex. This temple is famous for its stone carvings.

Nandi Hills is famous among trekkers and bikers and is situated at an altitude of 4,851 feet or 1,479 meters above sea level. ‘Tipu’s Drop’ is a famous tourist place on the hills of Nandi, from where condemned prisoners were thrown to death by “Tipu Sultan”, the erstwhile ruler of Kingdom of Mysore. Tipu’s Summer Palace and Fort is another historic place on the hills; but its not open to public. ‘Secret Escape Route or passages’ are another places of tourist interest, which were believed to be used by kings to escape during unforeseen attacks. ‘Amruth Sarovar’ is beautiful lake, which interests the tourists to Nandi hills.

Palar and Arkavati rivers originate from Nandi hills.

How do I go to Nandi Hills?

NH 7, the longest National highway in India with a length of 2369 kilo meters, which runs from Varanasi to Kanyakumari, is the major road connecting Nandi Hiils with the rest of India. Devanahalli Town on NH 7 is at a distance of 20 kilo meters from the Nandi Hills.

Nandi Hills is at a distance of 10 kilo-meters from Chickballapur town. Bengaluru, the capital city of Karnataka state, is at a distance of approximately 60 km from Nandi Hills.