Khandala, Buddhist Caves, Bhaja Caves, Karla Caves, Hike

Khandala is a hill station is near Lonavala hill station in Maharashtra state, India.

Khandala Valley
Khandala Valley

Khandala hill station is located on the Bhor Ghat, which lies in between the Konkan plains and the Deccan Plateau.

This hill station is famous for hiking to Duke’s Nose, which offers excellent view of Khandala and Bhor Ghats. Tiger’s Leap is a tourist spot which appear as a tiger leaping into the valley. Amrutanjan Point, Karla caves and Bhaja caves (Rock-cut Buddhist Caves) at 16 kilometers distance, Bhushi Lake, etc, are some of the other prominent tourist attractions here.

There is an Ancient Jail at this hill station, which was built in 1896.

How Do I Go to Khandala Hill Station?

Khandala Hill Station is at around 3 kilometers from Lonavala, a famous hill station on the Western Ghats. Mumbai – Pune Expressway connects this hill station to Mumbai and Pune cities. Karjat is at around 7 kilometers away from this hill station.

Khandala railway station (next station to Lonavla station) is the nearest railway station. there are suburban trains between Lonavala and Pune stations. Pune International airport is the nearest airport.

Lucknow, Clock Tower, 1857 Revolt, Cannon Shot, Historic City

Lucknow is the capital city of the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. The historic city is famous for its heritage buildings, haunted structures, etc. The city was the seat of power of Nawabs during 18th and 19th centuries.

Ruins of the British Residency Complex at Lucknow
Ruins of the British Residency Complex at Lucknow, the residence for the British Resident General and site of the 1857 Revolt against the British.

Lucknow city is situated on the north-western side of Gomti River. From 1350, this historic city was under the control of Nawabs of the Delhi Sultanate. From 1394 to 1478, Sharqi Sultanate of Jaunpur captured this city. Mughals made it part of their sultanate in around 1555. Later on, it came under the control of Nawabs of Awadh.

In 1856, the city was taken over by the British East India Company and transferred to British administration in the following year. Lucknow was a major city during the 1857 revolt against the British.

After Lucknow was made the capital by Nawabs of Awadh, the Nawabs came to be known as Nawabs of Lucknow. Nawabs were semi-autonomous Muslim rulers for the princely states under the Mughal Emperors.

Bara Imambara is a massive imambargah (hall for Muslim Shia commemoration ceremonies), built in 1784 by the Nawab of Awadh. This historic building is the grandest buildings and main tourist attraction in the city. Chota Imambara is another tourist attraction here, build by the same Nawab, Muhammad Ali Shah in 1838, as the mausoleum for himself and his mother.

The Remains of Residency Complex or the Residency or the British Residency, at Lucknow is another tourist attraction. It was the site of the 1857 Revolt against the British by the Indians. Located near the High Court Building, this historic place witnessed “Siege of Lucknow”, a Revolution called Indian Revolution of 1857 by Indians against the British. Cannon shots on the building walls can still be seen.

Husainabad Clock Tower, a replica of BIGBEN clock tower of London and the tallest clock tower in India, is situated at this city. It was constructed by Nawab Nasir-ud-din in 1881.

Hazratganj is the main shopping area in the city. Its also a tourist destination. There are many other historic buildings in the city.

There are many haunted structures at Lucknow, OEL House, Sikandar Bagh, Railway Quarters, Balrampur Hospital, Nirala Nagar, etc, are some among these.

How Do I Go to Lucknow?

Lucknow is well connected by roads to other parts of the country. There are 14 railway stations in the city. Lucknow Railway Station at Charbagh and neighboring Lucknow Junction railway station are the two major stations here. There is also an international airport at the city.

Annamanada Mahadeva Temple, Chola Temple, Lord Shiva Temple

Annamanada Mahadeva Temple is a 1800 year old Lord Shiva Temple in Annamanada, Thrissur District, Kerala.

Annamanada Mahadeva Temple in near Thrissur, Kerala
Annamanada Mahadeva Temple in near Thrissur, Kerala.

Annamanada Mahadeva Temple is believed to be built by the Cholas. Made of rocks, this temple is rectangular in shape. The temple is built in traditional Kerala Architectural style. Beautiful scenes from the Hindu Epics are carved in the temple. This temple is one among the 74 Lord Shiva temple constructed during the Chola regime.

Annamanada Mahadeva Temple is under the Cochin Devaswom Board administration.

The Lord Shiva idol is around four feet in height. The idol is depicted in the form of ‘Kiratamoorthy’ (God Shiva as a hunter) in a pleasing mood. Unlike other temples, ‘Darshan’ (the viewing of deity) is from the southern side.

Hymns and stories from epics are written in Tamil Language, at the back side of this ancient temple. “Dhara” is the main offertory here in this historic temple.

How Do I Go to Annamanada Mahadeva Temple?

Chalakudy town, 30 kilometers south of Thrissur town, on the National Highway 47, is at around 10 kilometers from the temple. Annamanada Mahadeva Temple is at around 8 kilometers distance from Mala, a small town in Thrissur district. Chalakudy railway station is the nearest railway station. Cochin International airport at Nedumbrassery is the nearest airport to this ancient temple at Annamanada.

Pauri, Paragliding, Trekking, Nature Lovers Paradise

Pauri is a hill station town situated at an altitude of around 1,814 meters in Pauri Garhwal district, Uttarakhand state, India. The town offers excellent view of the snow-covered Himalayan mountains.

View of the pauri situated at Garhwal Himalayas
View of the pauri situated at Garhwal Himalayas

Himalayan mountain peaks like Nanda Devi, Trisul, Gangotri, Kedarnath, Kharcha Kund, Chaukhamba, etc, can be seen from here. You can trek to nearby Deodar or pine forests and hear the chirping of birds.

This city and surrounding areas offers much to paragliding, trekking and adventure sports. Chaukhamba View Point is at around 5 kilometers from Pauri. Tara Kund, the highest tourist spot in Pauri, is at an altitude of 2250 meters.

Kandoliya Temple,Hanuman Mandir, Nag Dev Mandir, Kyunkaleshwar Temple,Laxmi Narayan Temple, Sita Mata Temple, etc, are some of the temples here. More than 100 year old Methodist Church is there at Chopra. Catholic Church is there at Gadoli.

How Do I Go to Pauri?

Pauri town is connected to other parts of the country by NH 119. Buses are available to other cities of the state. There are regular buses from New Delhi to Kotdwar and Pauri.

Kotdwar railway station at around 100 kilometers distance is the nearest major railway station, which is well connected with other major cities of the country. Jolly Grant airport at Dehradun is the nearest airport at 155 kilometers distance.

Keoladeo National Park, Bird Sanctuary, World Heritage Sites, Breeding

Keoladeo National Park is a wetland national park situated in in Bharatpur, Rajasthan state, India. This national park is spread over an area of 29 square kilometers.

An Indian Sarus Crane at Keoladeo National Park
An Indian Sarus Crane at Keoladeo National Park.

This man-made-managed national park was created around 250 years back, by Maharaja Suraj Mal, King of the princely state of Bharatpur,

Construction of Ajan Bund by the King, at the confluence of river Gambhir and river Banganga, made the area flooded and this become a wetland. The park was declared as a bird sanctuary in 1976 and a national park in 1982. This Park was declared as a World Heritage Site under the world Heritage Convention in 1985.

The reserve forests are locally known as Ghana (means thicket) and hence the park is also known as Keoladeo Ghana National Park. This park was previously known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.

This National park cum bird sanctuary is among the richest bird areas in the world. Migratory waterfowls are seen here during winter season for breeding. Courtship dance by Indian Sarus, a species of crane bird, can be seen here.

This national park is rich in flora and fauna. There are 379 floral species, 366 species of birds, 50 fish specie, 13 snakes species, 5 lizards species, 7 species of amphibians and turtles.

26 sites from India finds its place in the Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Sites), as decided at the Ramsar Convention. Keoladeo National Park is one among them.

A Nilgai or blue bull at Keoladeo National Park
A Nilgai or blue bull (the largest Asian antelope) at Keoladeo National Park.

Grazing is banned in this national park, a reserve forest under the state forest act.

How Do I Go to Keoladeo National Park or Keoladeo Ghana National Park, previously known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary?

Keoladeo National Park alias Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is well connected by roads to other parts of the country. Keoladeo Ghana National Park is situated at around 5 kilometers distance from Bharatpur Junction railway station.

Delhi, and Jaipur are the nearest airports at around 180 kilometers distance from Keoladeo National Park .

Kashipur, Army Public School, Settlement Ruins, Seed Plants

Kashipur is a historic city dating back to the emperor Harshavardhana’s period who reigned during 606-647 AD. It is situated at Udham Singh Nagar district ,Uttarakhand state, India.

Ruins of Panchayatan temple at Kashipur
Ruins of Panchayatan temple at Kashipur.

This historic city was known as Govishan, during the preiod of emperor Harshavardhana or Harsha. The Great Chinese Traveler, Monk, scholar, and translator, Yuan-Chwang, on his seventeen year long visit to India, visited this place. The ruins of the buildings and other structures of those days are still to be seen near to this historic city. Ruins of the ancient 6th century Panchayatan temple can be seen at Kashipur.

The city is named after Kashinath Adhikari. He was the governor of the region under the Kumaon Dynasty and is the founder of the current township which was laid in the 16th century.

Kashipur is now an important industrial township. HCL Technologies, Flexituff International Ltd, Videocon Pasupati Arcylon Limited, IGL, etc, are located here. Many Paper and sugar mills are also located here. The city is now famous for its seed plants, supplying High quality seeds to the country.

Army public school is situated at Hempur, Kashipur, at around 15 kilometers distance from the town.

How Do I Go To Kashipur?

Kashipur is well connected by roads. NH 74 and NH 121 passes through the city. The city is connected to all major nearby cities like major cities Bajpur, Bareilly, Delhi, Gadarpur, Haldwani, Jaspur, Moradabad, Nainital, Ramnagar, Rudrapur, etc, by roads.

Kashipur Junction railway station connects the city with the rest of the country by rail network. Pantnagar Airport is the nearest airport at around 72 kilometers away. New Delhi International airport is at around 215 kilometers distance from this town.