Parashurama Kunda

Parshuram Kund is in the lower reaches of the Lohit River on the Brahmaputra plateau, in Lohit district, Arunachal Pradesh, India. Dedicated to Lord Parshuram (the sixth avatar of Lord Mahavishnu), the popular Hindu pilgrimage place attracts pilgrims from India and Nepal.

Parshuram Kund (image courtesy – Economictimes

Thousands and thousands of devotees and sadhus take holy dip this holy place, in January each year, on the occasion of Makar Sankranti. It is believed that e Parashuram washed away the sins of killing kshatriyas in the waters of Brahma kund (The reason for the killings is that kshatriyas killed prashuram’s father and waged a war against Brahmins) .

The site of the Parashuram Kund as established by the great sadhu Parashuram was in existence till 1950. The old site was completely damaged by the great earthquake that shook the whole of North-Eastern states of India. The Parashuram kund was completely covered. A very strong current is now flowing over the original site of the kund and another kund is now in place of the old one.

How do I go to Parshuram Kund?

The nearest railway station to Parshuram Kund is at Tinsukia, at a distance of around 120 kilo meters. Buses ply from Tinsukia to Parshuram Kund via Namsai. Buses are available from Sadia also.

The nearest airports to Parshuram Kund are located Tezu (21 kilo meters away) and Dibrugarh in the state of Assam.

Bylakuppe

Bylakuppe is an area / town in Karnataka which is home to several Tibetan settlements, established by Lugsum Samdupling in 1961 and Dickyi Larsoe in 1969, near to Koorg, located to the west of Mysore district, Karnataka, India.


Bylakuppe – Namdroling Monastery
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Tibetans accounted for majority of the population here. An estimated 70,000 Tibetans lives here today; on land leased by the state government to those who came to resettle in India after 1959.

There are a number of monasteries and temples at Bylakuppe. There are Buddhist universities at Bylakuppe for advanced Buddhist practices.

If you are not a citizen of India, you need to get a PAP (Protected Area Permit) to stay overnight, (Obtaining this permit may take weeks to months.)

Some of the places of Interest at Bylakuppe are Namdroling Monastery’s Golden Temple and
Ingalakere lake.

How do I go to Bylakuppe?

Bylakuppe is at a distance of around 80 kilo-meters from Mysore city.

Palamau Tiger Reserve

Palamau Tiger Reserve is the lone tiger reserve in the state of Jharkhand and is one among the nine original tiger reserves in India.

Palamau Tiger Reserve is spread over an area of 1,129.93 square kilometres (436 sq miles) in Latehar District and was declared as a Tiger reserve in 1974. Core area of the Tiger reserve is spread over 414.93 square kilo meters and the buffer area consists of 650 square kilo meters. Palamau Tiger Reserve is part of the Famous Betla National Park.

Apart from Tigers, Palamau Tiger Reserve has Elephants, Leopards, Sambars, Gaurs and Wild Dogs.

One male Tiger and five female Tiger are there in Palamau Tiger Reserve, as per the 2012 counting (undertaken using DNA to prevent over-counting). As per the 1974 count, there were 50 Tigers in the Tiger Reserve. As per 2007 count, there were 17 Tigers. As per Forest department, the core area of the Tiger reserve is inaccessible due to difficult terrain and the Naxalite presence and hence an accurate count is not possible.

North Koel River, a sub-tributary of Ganga River, runs through the Palamau Tiger Reserve. Over 140 species of birds are sighted in the Palamau reserve forests. Two white vultures were spotted in the Tiger reserve at Palamau in 2013, after a gap of nearly 10 years.

Chikmagalur Hill Station

Chikmagalur Hill station is a beautiful hill station situated at an altitude of around 3,580 feet above mean sea level, in Chikkamagaluru district of Karnataka state, India.

Chikmagalur Hills view from Chikmagalur.

Chikmagalur means ‘younger daughter’s town’ in local language, Kannada. Mullayanagiri is the highest peak in the state of Karnataka and is located at just 12 kilo meters distance from Chikmagalur. The spectacular view of the Sunset from the Mullayanagiri peak is a must-see for any tourist.

There is a small temple (tomb) at the summit, dedicated to a Tapasvi “Mulappa swamy”, who is believed to have meditated at the caves a couple of feet below the summit. The caves which was open to the public till a few years ago and has direct access to the tomb of the temple, is now blocked by the temple.

Hanuman Gundi Falls.

Chikmagalur offers lot of places for any tourists to visit; Kudremukh Peak, Hanuman Gundi Falls, Sringeri Mutt and Trekking up Mullayanagiri mountains are just a few among them. The Yagachi River and many other rivers originates from the surrounding hills of Chikmagalur.

How do I go to Chikmagalur Hill station?

Chikmagalur Hill station is located near to Chikkamagalur Town, which is well connected to other party of the country.

Kadur railway station is at 40 kilo meters distance and is the is nearest station to the Chikkamagalur hills. ‘Birur Junction’ railway station with station code ‘RRB’, is at around 48 kilo ketres distance from Chikkamagalur.

Chikmagalur is at a distance of around 62 kilometers from Hassan, 148 kilometers from Mangalore, 178 kilometers from Mysore. Bangaluru, the capital city of the state of Karnataka, is located at around 250 kilo meters from the Chikkamagalur town and is connected by National Highway 173.

Kiliyur Falls

Kiliyur Falls is a beautiful waterfall in Yercaud, near Salem, Tamilnadu state, India. Kiliyur Falls is part of the Shervaroyan hill ranges of Eastern Ghats.

 Kiliyur FallsKiliyur Falls.

Kiliyur Falls is formed by the overflowing waters of the Yercaud Lake, situated on top of the Yercaud hill station. The water from the falls fall into Kiliyur Valley and thus got its name “Kiliyur Falls”. Kiliyur Falls is having a height of 299 feet (91 meters) .

Kiliyur Falls offers breathtaking sight to the tourists, especially during and immediately after the monsoon season, when water levels reach the maximum.

How do I go to Kiliyur Falls?

Kiliyur Falls is at a distance of around 2.5 kilo meters from the Yercaud lake, near Salem town in Tamilnadu, India.

Salem is well connected by roads to other part of the country. “Salem Junction” railway station is the nearest railway station to the falls and it takes around 35 to 40 minutes to reach the falls from the city/railway station.

Even though there is a small airport at Salem with IATA code SXV and ICAO code VOSM, there isn’t any commercial flights from the airport.