Kohima War Cemetery

Kohima War Cemetery

Kohima War Cemetery is situated at Kohima, the capital city of Nagaland state of India. War Cemetery at Kohima is dedicated to the 10000 odd soldiers who lost their lives in protecting their country from the invading Japanese during the World War II, in the Battle of Kohima in 1944.

Kohima War Cemetery
Kohima War Cemetery. (Photo credit: deepgoswami)

This Battle of Kohima had lasted for nearly three months, during which a small group of soldiers had bravely blocked a large number of advancing Japanese troops at the border, from invading India. The Indian troops were the 50th Indian Parachute Brigade under Brigadier Maxwell Hope-Thompson, at Sangshak.  It is often referred to as the Stalingrad of the East. The Kohima War Cemetery, which used to be  known as Garrison Hill, lies on the slopes of Garrison Hill, in what was once the Deputy Commissioner’s tennis court, which was the scene of the Battle of Kohima

The War Cemetery at Kohima is designed as a series of terraces, stone steps leading through the cemetery. Theie are a total of 18 plots in the cemetery. The  Cemetery is beautifully maintained with green grass and roses. There are two crosses at the highest and the lowest points in the tranquility of the cemetery.

Around 17,000 soldiers, both Indian and British, were killed / missing / wounded. Before leaving India in 1947, the British had this memorial erected in memory of the brave soldiers.

The War Cemetery is engraved with a very apt and a moving epitaph which reads:

When you go home, tell them of us, and say: ‘For your tomorrow, we gave our today”.

This verse is attributed to John Maxwell Edmonds (1875–1958).

The War Cemetery at Kohima is maintained by Commonwealth War Graves Commission. There is a sense of grave tranquility and stillness in the beautiful surroundings , which makes ones heart to go out to those brave soldiers who gave up their lives in saving their country. Kohima War Cemetery is one of the famous epitaphs in the world.

How Do I Fo to Kohima War Cemetery?

Dimapur Airport is the nearest airport to Kohima War Cemetery, at around 70 kilometers distance. Dimapur Airport is connected to Kolkotta International airport, Guwahati airport, Imphal airport, etc. Imphal is at around 145 kilometers from Kohima city. Guwahati is at around 250 kilometers distance from Kohima.

Nagaland State Road Transport Corporation buses connects Kohima to other Northern state capitals and major nearby cites. Dimapur railway station is the nearest railway station to Kohima city.

Taj Mahal, Agra – One of the Wonders of the World

Taj Mahal is one of the seven wonders of the World and is one among top tourist sites in India. Taj Mahal is situated at Agra in Utter Pradesh state, India.

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Taj Mahal, Agra, India – Photo By – George T. George (Self).

Taj Mahal at Agra is a World UNESCO Heritage Site and the ultimate sign of expression of Love on earth. TajMahal was built by the Great Moughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, around 450 years back, in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Taj Mahal is considered as the best of Moughal Architecture and is a white marble mausoleum, on the banks of the holy river, Yamuna. The tomb is the main attraction of the Taj. Tajmahal is a UNESCO world heritage site.

There is a beautiful garden in Charbagh style  in front of Taj. Charbagh  is a quadrilateral garden based on the four gardens of Paradise, as described in Quran.

Ustad Ahmad Lahori, a Persian architect, is believed to be the chief architect of the Taj Mahal. It is said that Shah Jahan chopped off his hands to avoid him designing another monument like this!

Emperor Shah Jahan was dethroned, stripped of his regalia and imprisoned by his third son, Emperor Aurangzeb (reigned from 1658 till his death in 1707) , after along drawn power struggle, including battles between himself and three of his brothers. Shah Jahan had to confine to the walls of Agra Fort on the banks of the holy river, Yamuna (close to Taj Mahal). Shaj Jahan spent rest of his lifetime at the Agra Fort, overlooking the Taj!

Seeing Taj Mahal on a full moon day is a splendid sight, which you will cherish for a long time and can never be expressed in words.

You can take photographs in the front side entrance near the garden, so that the snap looks like you are touching the top of the tomb! There are people who takes you the snaps for a small charge like Rs 30 or so on your camera. There are also professionals who takes snaps for a minor charge like Rs 300-400 or so for 2 or 3 snaps and get the physical photos delivered to you in 20 minutes or so. They will tell the land mark and ask you to wait there.  These rates may vary person to person and client to client. Please check the rates before going in for the photo shoot.

TajMahal was recommended for ‘New Seven Wonders of the World‘ in 2000 as part of a Millennium Project and was declared as a winner in 2007.

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Taj Mahal Timings & Fee

Taj opens at 6 am and closes on 7 pm except Fridays. Taj is closed on Fridays . On Fridays, Muslims can pray here at Taj Mosque; from 12 noon to 2 pm.

Taj is open on nights during the full moon day and two preceding and two subsequent nights. Thus it is open on 5 nights in a month for tourists. Taj is closed at night during the month of Ramadan.

Indians need to buy entry tickets costing Rs. 40/- and foreigners need to pay Rs. 1000/-. Those who book online ticket for Taj Mahal will get discount of Rs.5/- per Indian ticket & Rs. 50/- per Foreigner ticket.

From January 2018 on-wards, there is a proposal to limit the number of Indian tourists at 40,000 per day. Once this number (40K per day) is crossed, Indian tourists needs to pay Rs. 1000/- as entry fee  to visit Taj. On Deepavali and some other festival days, the number of Indian tourists exceed this number. It is reported that 1.5 lack Indians visited Taj, on a Deepavali day.

How Do I Go to Taj Mahal, Agra?

Agra, in Utter Pradesh state of India, is well connected by roads, trains and flights to the rest of India. It is around 2 hours drive from Delhi, India. Many National highways passes through Agra. Delhi-Agra Yamuna Expressway is the best one, connecting Agra with India’s Capital, New Delhi. Traveling by this route normally takes around two hours time.

NH 2 also connects these two cities; but takes more time than the other paid expressway, mentioned earlier. NH 91 connects Aligarh with Agra. NH 11 connects Agra with Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan state. NH 3 connects Agra to Mumbai, the commercial capital of India. NH 2 connects Agra with Lucknow, the capital of Utter Pradesh state.

Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi is the closest major international airport to Taj Mahal at Agra.

Agra Cantonment railway station is the nearest major station to Taj Mahal which connects Agra with Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, etc. Agra Fort railway station is another railway station near to Taj Mahal, which connects Agra with East Indian Cities like Kolkata (Calcutta) and other cities of Central India.

Hotels Near Taj Mahal, Agra

There are many hotels in Agra catering to the needs of the tourists.

Conclusion

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Athirappilly Waterfalls

Visit the Niagara of India – Aathirapally Falls

Athirapally Waterfalls, on Chalakudy River, is one of the beautiful water falls in India. It is situated in Kerala state. This falls is situated in Thrissur District of Kerala ans is known as “The Niagara of India”.

Niagara of India, AthirapallyAathirapally Falls.

Chalakudy river originates in Anamudi mountains, highest peak in south India, situated in Idukki district. Anamudi is part of the Western Ghats, which is declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Athirapally falls, Water surges around massive rocks near the falls and then cascades down as three. The fall looks like Niagara falls.

Tourists can reach the top as well as the bottom of the Indian Niagara falls through the thick bamboo forests. Monsoon season, i.e. June to September, is the ideal time to visit the Niagara of India. You can find more information on Kerala Tourism website

Another major waterfall on the same Chalakudy river, Vazhachal waterfalls, is at a distance of 5 kilometers away from Athirapally water falls.

How Do I Go to the Niagara of India, Athirapally Falls?

Athirapally, Indian Niagara falls, is well connected by road, train and air or even by ship. Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport at 55 kilometers away. Chalakudi railway station on Palakkad – Ernakulam route is the nearest railway station at around 30 Kilometers away.

Taxi and bus services are also available from Chalakudy town. You need to buy entry tickets at the ticket counter, near the falls. Ticket counter opens at 8 am.

Cochin, the nearest shipyard, is around 55 kilometers away.

Is Accommodation Available Near to Athirapally Falls?

Staying facilities are available at nearby town of Chalakkudi (a small town), or at Thrissur alias Trichur (nearby city), or at Ernakulam alias Kochi (the largest city in the state of Kerala).

‘Plantation Valley” is a farm resort situated 32 kilometers east of Chalakudy (near to Vazhachal falls also) from ‘The Plantation Corporation of Kerala Ltd’, a Plantation company established by the Government of Kerala. ‘Rainforest’ and ‘Riverok Villas’ are some of the Athirapally resorts near to the Athirapally falls in private sector.

Indian Niagara falls in God’s Own Country, Kerala beacons you! Are you going to this falls?

Jewel of the South – Yercaud Hill Station near Salem

Jewel of the South Yercaud near SalemA quiet road in Yercaud (Photo credit: Wikimedia)

Yercaud, The Jewel of the South is a beautiful hill station situated near to Salem town in Tamilnadu state, India. The hill station is around half an hour’s drive up the hills from ‘Five Roads Junction’ in Salem town. Yercaud has got moderate temperatures ranging from 13 degree Centigrade to 29 Degree Centigrade. The hill station is part of the Eastern Ghats, and is located on the ‘Shevaroys range’ of hills. It is at a height of around 1623 meter or 4970 feet above sea level.

Late night view of Salem city from Yercaud.Late night view of Salem city from Yercaud. (Photo credit: Wikimedia)

What are the Yercaud places to visit?

There are many places to visit in this small hill station. Emerald Lake or Yercaud Lake, on the hill top, offers boating facilities from Tamilnadu tourism development corporation. There is a telescopic house near by. Servarayan temple, the highest point, attracts lot of visitors. Annamalaiyar Temple is another tourist spot  frequented by tourists. National Orchidarium and a Botanical garden are two other tourist destinations at this hill station.

Anna Park, a beautiful garden, is there near to the lake. Ladies Seat and Pagoda point are two vantage points overlooking the valley.  Pagoda Point or Pyramid point offers magnificent view of the Salem city. offers magnificent view of the Salem city.

Yercaud LakeYercaud Lake (Photo credit: Wikimedia)

Other than Tourism, agriculture is another important source of income for the people. Coffee Plantations exists in plenty. Oranges, Jack fruit, guava and many spices like black pepper and cardamom are cultivated here.

These hills are rich in fauna and flora, which resembles the Western Ghats.

It is much more cheaper than other nearby hill stations like Kodaikanal or Ooty and is less polluted.

Where Can I Stay in the Jewel of the South, Yercaud?

Tamilnadu Tourism Development Corporation, T.T.D.C, has its own hotel catering to the tourists. There are many Yercaud hotels and Yercaud resorts. Sterling resorts has a property on the way to up-hills at a vantage point. You may also go downhill and stay in Salem town, as the Salem is very near by to the Yercaud hill station. The Regent Hill side Resort is an excellent Yercaud resort with 3 luxury rooms and a villa on the Hospital Road.

Courtallam Falls

Kutralam WaterFalls in Tamilnadu

Courtallam Waterfalls is in Tirunelveli district, off Tenkasi – Shenkottai Road. Courtalam falls are part of the Western Ghats, which are part of UNESCO World Heritage site. Courtallam Falls and surrounding hills are also part of Agasthiyamalai or Ashambu hills which is the extreme south portion of Western ghats. Over 2000 species of plants with medicinal values are found in the Agasthiyamalai ranges. These hills are named after the age old Saint Asasthiya, regarded as the founder of Siddhar, which is a form of yoga.

Courtallam Falls in Tamilnadu
Courtallam falls in Tamil Nadu, India

Many rivers originate from the nearby areas.  June to September is the best time to visit the falls. Kutralam is gifted with South West Monsoon  that has the cold breeze with mild temperatures. October to December may experiences heavy rainfall which prevents visitors from visiting the falls.

Old Courtallam falls is the best one, which is around 3 Kilometers away from the main road, (immediate left after the Hotel Tamilnadu of TTDC), when coming from Tenkasi.  Five falls and Tiger falls are near to the main Shenkottai-Tenkasi road. There are a few more falls at Courtallam. Banatheertham falls is a nearby fall, at around 60 kilometers distance. Come and visit the Incredible India.

How Do I Go to Courtallam Waterfalls or Kutralam falls?

Courtallam Waterfalls is on the Shenkottai – Tenkasi road, which is well connected to other parts of Tamilnadu and neighboring Kerala and to the rest of India by road. Tenkasi  railway station is the nearest one to Kutralam Falls. Tuticorin or Tuttukidi airport, at around 90 kilometers distance, is the nearest airport to Courtalam falls.

TTDC Hotel Tamil Nadu Near Kutralam Waterfalls or Courtallam falls?

TTDC Hotel Tamilnadu, owned by the Tamilnadu state government tourism department, is one of the best Kutralam hotels. TTDC Hotel Tamil Nadu is situated close to the old falls, on the main road. Beware of  hundreds of monkeys on the Banyan tree at the hotel premises; uninvited guests on the staircases, passage to rooms, etc. It may step into your room, if the door or windows are kept open. If one is alone, this may lead to frightful moments.

There are many other hotels at Shenkottai and Thenkasi, two nearby towns to Kutralam falls.