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Sherabling Monastery,Palpung Monastery,Thangka paintings

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Sherabling Monastery alias Palpung Monastery, is Buddhist Monastery situated near Bir in Himachal Pradesh state of India. Palpung Monastery was founded by the 8th Kenting Tai Situpa, Chokyi Jugne, in 1727.

Image taken during the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Sherabling Monastery
Image taken during the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Sherabling Monastery in March 2015. Image Courtesy – Central Tibetan Administration website.

Palpung Monastery is the seat of study for Buddhists and a place for practice of monk-hood. Surrounded by pine forests, the monastery gives any visitor an unparalleled sense of peace.

The lineage of the Kenting Tai situpas, the heads of Sherabling Monastery, is traced to Bodhisattva Maitreya, main disciple of Goutama Buddha. The Monastery is currently headed by the twelfth Kenting Tai Situpa, Pema Donyo Nyingche Wangpo.

The Sherabling Monastery has one of India’s largest indoor Maitreya Buddha statue, having a height of 42 feet or 12.8 meters. The entrance of the Monastery has some of the best Thangka paintings, a form of Buddhist paintings on cotton or silk.

The Monastery is also called Palpung Monastery, as it was originally established in 1727 at Palpung, a city in Tibet. The Monastery was established at its current site in 1975. Sherabling Monastery is located not far from Baijnath Temple, one of the Twelve Jyotirlingas.

How Do I Go to Sherabling Monastery?

Sherabling Monastery is accessible from Bir city, famous for paragliding. There are bus services from major cites of Himachal Pradesh and Also from New Delhi to Baijnath, a town at around 30 kilometers distance from Bir town.

Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary, Bhimashankar temple & Jyotirlinga temple

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Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary mainly to protect Indian Giant flying Squirrels, the state animal of Maharashtra, in Pune District, Maharashtra state, India.

Bhimashankar forests of the wildlife sancutuary is spread over an area of 131 square kilometers and is part of the Western Ghats, a UNESCO world heritage site. The wildlife sanctuary has 14 sacred groves or Devrais which are known for its gene pools. There are hills, waterfalls, forests, etc, in the wildlife sanctuary. The sanctuary has the ancient Bhimashankar temple.

Indian Giant flying Squirrels, a threatened Species in Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary
Indian Giant flying Squirrels, a threatened rodent Species in Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary.

Indian giant flying squirrel is a Critically threatened or Vulnerable rodent Species. They are found in to India, Sri Lanka, China, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, Taiwan and Thailand.

Chas Kaman Dam across the Bhima river is one of the picturesque dams in India. Backwaters around the dam is ideal for your monsoon retreat.

Innumerable forts like Kothaligad, Shivneri, Siddhagad, Padargad, etc, which lies around Bhimashankar wildlife sanctuary,which are ideal for trekking. Malshej ghat is known for its scenic beauty. Junnar caves are another historic place worth visiting.

There is also the famous jyotirlinga temple here, believed to be originally built in 12th century CE.

How Do I Go to Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary?

Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary is at a distance of 130 kilometers from Pune, the nearest city with railway station and International airport.

Buxa Tiger Reserve, Buxa National Park, Trekking, Jeep Safari

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Buxa Tiger Reserve is a ‘Project tiger’ reserve inside the Buxa National Park in Alipurduar district of West Bengal state in India along the international border with Bhutan.

Buxa Tiger Reserve
Buxa Tiger Reserve

Tiger, Elephant, Indian Boar, Gaur (Indian bison), Civet, Red jungle fowl, etc, are found in large numbers at Buxa National Park, spread over an area of 760 square kilometers.

Jeep Safari and Car Safari is allowed inside the Buxa National Park. You need to get permission from the Forest Office situated at Rajabhatkhawa or Jayanti. Trekking of 3.9 kilometers is allowed inside the Tiger reserve and National Park from Santhalbari. Trekking tour takes around one hour and fifteen minutes. There is another trekking tour route covering 13 kilometers to Jayanti via Mahakal Cave through dense forests. There are few other trekking tour routes also. The most popular trekking tour route is ‘Pagsamkha Path Trekking‘ from Buxa Fort to Raimatung, via Aadma.

The Buxa Tiger Reserve and National park is rich in flora and Fauna. Birds species numbering around 284 are found here. 76 Snake species, 5 amphibians species, 73 mammal species, 450 species of trees, 400 species of herbs, 100 species of grass ,150 species of orchids, 130 species of aquatic flora and 250 species of shrubs are found in Buxa National Park and Tiger reserve.

Buxa Fort is associated with the Indian freedom struggle. Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga temple is situated inside the Buxa Tiger Reserve.

Endangered Species in Buxa Tiger Reserve

Indian tiger (Bengal Tiger), Bengal florican, Asian elephant, leopard cat, regal python, Chinese pangolin, hispid hare, Hog deer, lesser adjutant (Leptoptilos javanicus), chestnut breasted partridge (Arborophila mandellii), great hornbill, white rumped vulture (Gyps bengalensis), slender billed vulture (Gyps tenuirostris), rufous necked hornbill (Aceros nipalensis), Ferruginous pochard (Aythya nyroca), etc, are some the Endangered species found in Buxa Tiger Reserve.

How Do I Go to Buxa Tiger Reserve or Buxa National Park ?

Alipurduar is the nearest town to Buxa National Park at around 35 kilometers away. NH 31 is at a distance of 25 kilometers distance from the Tiger reserve. Alipurduar town and Rajabhatkhawa town are at 20 kilometers away. Nearest Airport is at the one at Bagdogra, at around 195 kilometers away. Nearest Railway Station is Alipurduar Junction alias New Alipurduar at 37 kilometers away. NH 31 C runs along the southern boundary of the Tiger reserve.

Is Accommodation Available Inside Buxa Tiger Reserve?

There are many hotels and resorts near the Buxa Tiger Reserve. Buxa Tiger Reserve has forest department’s Inspection Bungalows, which sometimes allows visitors to stay there. They are not interested in Tourism activities as it harms the beasts of the Jungle.

Siddhesvara Dhaam at Solophok Hills

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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Siddhesvara Dhaam at Solophok Hills is a beautiful pilgrimage center situated at an altitude of around 5500 feet (1675 meters) above sea level in Sikkim state of India. Siddhesvara Dhaam pilgrimage center at Solophok Hills was opened in November 2011.

Siddhesvara Dhaam at Solophok Hills
Statue of 87 feet high Lord Shiva, situated in the main temple inside ‘Siddhesvara Dhaam’ at Solophok Hills.

Siddhesvara Dhaam at Solophok Hills is unique in many ways with its temples, Char Dham and Jyotirlingas. Lord Kirateshwar statue, having a height of 16.5 feet is there in the pilgrim center at Solophok Hills. Shirdi Sai Baba temple is also there in the Siddhesvara Dhaam pilgrimage center at Solophok Hills.

The main temple at the pilgrimage center in Solophok Hills is 108 feet in height and is having a statue of Lord Shiva, which is 87 feet high, in sitting posture.

There is a replica of Chardham at pilgrim center. 12 Jyotirlingas are also replicated here for the convenience of Shiva devotees.

Char Dham is the four holy temples situated at Badrinath, Jaganath, Dwarka and Rameswaram. It is believed that visiting these four temples helps one to attain “Moksha”. The first 3 temples are dedicated to Lord Vishu; while the last temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Twelve Jyotirlingas are also replicated here for the convenience of Shiva devotees. The twelve Jyotirlingas , which are originally situated in different parts of India; Somnath in Gujarat, Mallikarjuna Swami in Srisailam, Mahakaleshwar in Ujjain, Omkareshwar in Madhya Pradesh, Kedarnathin Utterkhand,Bhimashankar in Maharastra, Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Utter Pradesh, Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple in Maharastra, Vaidyanath Temple at Deogarh, Aundha Nagnath Temple in Maharastra, Rameshwar temple in Tamilnadu and Ghushmeshwar in Maharastra; are replicated here.

How do I go to Siddhesvara Dhaam at Solophok Hills?

Siddhesvara Dhaam at Solophok Hills is at a distance of 5 kilometers from Namchi town, the capital of South Sikkim district. There are motorable roads to the pilgrim center.

The capital city of Gangtok is at around 78 kilometers from Namchi town. Siliguri Junction railway station in West Bengal state, is the nearest railway station to Namchi town, at around 100 kilometers distance. There are regular bus services to Gangtok, Siliguri, etc. There is a helipad at around 5 kilometers distance from Namchi town, which offers helicopter services for tourists.

Entry timings, Entry requirements for Foreigners

Siddhesvara Dhaam opens at 8 am and closes at 6 pm. Those who are not citizens of India need to obtain a 30 day Inner Line Permit (which can be extended if required), to visit the state of Sikkim, which is issued by Indian Missions abroad and also by Sikkim tourism department offices at New Delhi and Kolkotta, apart from Darjeeling, Siliguri and Rangpo District Magistrates .

Is accommodation facilities available at the Siddhesvara Dhaam Pilgrim Center at Solophok Hills?

Yes; The Siddhesvara Dhaam pilgrim center at Solophok Hills offers accommodation.

There is a 96 bedded “Yatri Niwas”. There are normal rooms and VIP guest house. There are separate rooms for drivers also.

What are the Nearby Tourist Places to Siddhesvara Dhaam at Solophok Hills?

Namchi Monastery, Ralong monastery, Samdruptse Monastery on Samdruptse hill, Ngadak Monastery, Tendong Hill, etc, are nearby Buddhist tourist centers. One of World’s tallest statues of Buddhist Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rinpoche, with a height of 36 meters or 120 feet, is situated at Samdruptse hill, close to Namchi town. The Rock Garden on the way to Samdruptse hill (where the above mentioned statue is situated) offers one of the best and magnificent views of Mount Kangchenjunga, world’s third highest mountain peak, at an altitude of 8,586 meters or 28,169 feet above sea level.

Tendong hills can be reached only by trekking from Damthang. Damthang is at 13 kilometers distance from Ravangla. Once you reach the Tendong hill top, you can view the entire Eastern Himalayas from the three storied watch tower. You need to trek through the forest for around 6 kilometers to reach the Tendong hill top.

Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple

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Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas, the most sacred abodes of Lord Shiva. Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple is situated at Srisailam, in Andhra Pradesh state, India.

Mallikarjuna Swamy TempleMallikarjuna Swamy Temple Tower.

When Lord Shiva and Parvati decided to find brides for their sons, their sons Ganesha and Kartikeya had an argument as to who is to get married first. Lord Shiva ordered that the one who goes round the world in Pradakshinam could get married first. It is Lord Ganesha who was successful in this test by going around his parents 7 times. (Going in pradakshinam round one’s parents is considered as going once round the world). Lord Karthikeya went around the world and it took longer time. Lord Kartikeya, on completion of his Pradakshinam was enraged and went away to stay alone on Mount Kravunja in the name of Kumarabrahmachari. On seeing his father Lord Shiva, coming over to pacify him, Kartikeya tried to move to another place; but Devas requested him to stay nearby. Shrishailam is the place where Lord Siva and Parvati stayed when they visited Kartikeya. It is believed that Lord Siva visits Lord Kartikeya on Amavasya day and Goddess Parvati visits her son Kartikeya on Poornima day.

“Mahashivratri” is the main festival of the Mallikarjuna Swamy temple, Srisailam. There is a huge idol of Nadikeshwara in the center of the Mandapam in this temple.

How Do I Go to Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple?

Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple is at a distance of around 230 kilometers from Hyderabad city. Chennai and Bangalore alias Bangalooru are at a distance of 360 and 370 kilometers distance respectively from Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple at Srisailam.

Omkareshwar Temple

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Omkareshwar Temple is one among the 12 most revered Jyotirlinga shrines of Lord Shiva. Omkareshwar Temple situated in an ॐ shaped island (a sacred Hindu religious sign), off holy river Narmada. Mandhata island, where the Omkareshwar Mahadev Temple is situated, is in the Khandwa district of Madhya Pradesh state, India.

Omkareshwar TempleOmkareshwar Mahadev Temple.Omkareshwar Mahadev Temple

Close to the Omkareshwar Temple, on the southern banks of holy river Narmada, is the Mamleswar Mandir, dedicated to Amaraeshwar (Lord of the Immortals). This temple is also a very old temple known for its ancient temple architecture with excellent stone work. Rao’s Palace alias Omkareshwar palace is another attraction here in the island.

List of 12 jyotirlinga Shrines

Other than the Omkareshwar Temple, the other 11 Jyotirlinga shrines are the Kedarnath Temple in Uttarakhand, Dwaraka temple in Gujarat, Somnath Temple in Gujarat, Kasi Viswanath Temple at Varanasi, Rameswaram temple in Tamilnadu, Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple at Srisailam in Andhra Pradesh, Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga at Ujjain in Mahya Pradesh, Bhimashankar Temple near Pune in Maharashtra, Trimbakeshwar Temple in Maharashtra, Baidyanath Jyotirlinga temple at Deoghar in Jharkhand, Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga near Aurangabad close to Ellora Caves.

How Do I Go to Omkareshwar Temple?

The 4 X 2 kilometers (length X breadth) Mandhata island is connected to the mainland by two brides. There is also regular ferry services connecting the island and mainland.

“Omkareshwar Road” Railway station , with station code “OM”, on the Ratlam-Khandwa section, is the nearest railway station to Shri Omkareshwar Jyotirling. “Indore Junction” railway station, with station code “INDB”, is at around 75 kilometers distance from the Omkareshwar Temple, which is well-connected to other major stations in India.

Indore city has the nearest airport to Omkareshwar Mahadev Temple.

Ujjain, another Jyotirlinga shrine among the 12 such sacred shrines in India, is at 130 kilometers distance and is well connected by buses. Khandwa Railway station is at around 60 kilometers distance and takes around two and a half hours travel by local bus.