Shillong – Beautiful Hill Stations, Landscapes, Caves, Waterfalls

Shillong - Beautiful Hill Stations, Landscapes, Caves, Waterfalls-"Umiam Lake, Meghalaya"
“Umiam Lake, Meghalaya”

Shilling is the capital city of the state of Meghalaya, India. Shillong – Beautiful Hill Stations, Landscapes, Caves, Waterfalls – is a famous tourist center which lies in between Assam state of India and its neighboring country Bangladesh. National Park of Kaziranga in Assam is where single horned rhinos can be found.

To know about more about how to travel to the north eastern states, ask your travel agent.

Shillong is one of the most beautiful and scenic places in India with many hill stations in and around Shillong. Nature has showered its pristine beauty on Shillong.

Elephant falls is a major beautiful waterfall in East Khasi Hills District near to the highest peak of Shillong, Shillong Peak.  Elephant falls is just a few minutes from the Shillong peak.  You can go near to the Elephant falls and park the vehicle in the parking space. Then you can go very close to the fall by going down some steep steps. Elephant falls is at a distance of 12 kilometers from Shillong town center. Elephant falls is a three tiered fall. 

Umiam lake and Ward’s lake are other tourist attractions in Shillong. There many many caves numbering around eight hundred; many of which are still unexplored.

Lady Hydari Park and Zoo is another place worth visiting especially for kids. There is a special play area for the kids.  The roses and flower beds in the park are well maintained and is a real pleasure for the eyes. Good place to chat for lovers and couples too!

What is the Ideal Time to Visit Shillong?

The ideal time to visit Shillong is after the Monsoons, starting from around September to April.  There are many Hotels in Shillong at affordable rates.

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Bhangarh – The Haunted Historical City

Gopinath Temple at Bhangar
Gopinath Temple at Bhangarh

Bhangarh, The Haunted Historical City, an old city with haunted houses and palaces is in the Alwar district of Rajasthan state in India.

Bhangarh, the Haunted Historical City,  is famous for its historical ruined buildings and haunted houses. It has a population of around 1300 people, as per last available data. The city was established in 1573 by Raja Bhagwant Das. The city was abandoned due to mysterious reasons. Bhangarh is said to be having the maximum of Indian haunted houses, haunted because of cursing as believed by a section of historians.

If you plan to travel to India and know about India, and is in search of  the haunted houses in the world, Bhangarh is one among the such place in India.

There are a few majestic temples, mosques, shops and a palace among the ruins. Several havelis (historical private mansions) also exists here. City’s town planning, market system, castle hierarchy, etc, are noteworthy.

Bhangarh entry is allowed only during day time. Entry in between sunset and sunrise is prohibited by law. It is believed that those who go there in night, will never see the light of the day. Local villagers claim that whenever a house is built there, its roof collapses.  Bhangarh is a mysterious haunted city! You can play scary games and tell ghost stories to your friends and colleges after a tour of these haunted houses. Are you felling scary now?

Ramparts with 5 gates separates the town from the plains. There are two theories that revolve around this town.

One version goes like this.  Bhangarh is cursed by Guru Balu Nath, the person who sanctioned the construction of the town. He set a condition. If the shadows of the palaces touch me, the city shall be no more. Once a princess extended the height and thus the city was devastated.

There is a second story which goes like this. A tantrik called Singhia (Magician specialized in black magic) who fell in love with the beautiful Princess of Ratnavati of Bhangarh. He came to know that the princess is showered with marriage offers.Knowing that it is becoming impossible to marry the princess, he tried his black magic on the oil, that the princess’ maid purchased from the market. The plan was that the princess would surrender herself to him after touching the oil. Princess Ratnavati somehow realized the plan. She spoiled the plan of the tantrik by pouring the oil in the ground. The oil while touching the ground had transformed into a boulder and killed the tantrik. Dying tantrik had cursed that whoever dwelt in the palace will not stay alive.

How Do I Go to Bhangarh, The Haunted Historical City?

Bhangarh is in between Jaipur and New Delhi in Alwar district of Rajasthan, at around 75 kilometers away from Jaipur.

Where Do I Stay in Bhangarh, The Haunted Historical City?

There are many hotels offering online booking systems at Sariska, at 36 kilometers distance from the haunted houses of Bhangarh. It is better to stay a little away from haunted houses! Isn’t it?

Sariska is famous for the Sariska Tiger Reserve.

Sariska Palace hotel is a luxury business class hotel costing INR 8400 onwards. Sariska Tiger Heaven costs a maximum of INR 6500. Gulmohar Sariska is a good economical resort which costs from INR 2800 to 4400.

Darjeeling Hill Station

Darjeeling Hill Station is in the State of West Bengal in India and is part of the Lesser Himalayas at an average elevation of more than 2000 meters.

Darjeeling Hill Station
Toy Train, Darjeeling, India

If you are planning to travel in India as a tourist, Darjeeling Hill Station is an ideal destination.

This Hill Station was developed by the British during the 19th century, which was part of Sikkim and Nepal those days.

Darjeeling Hill Station is famous for the Geo Patented black tea called ‘Darjeeling Tea‘. There were many tea estates those days. Some innovative tea planters tried different fermentation techniques which resulted in a special black tea called Darjeeling Tea.

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway along with Nilgiri Mountain Railway NMR and Kalka Shimla Railway is called the “Mountain Railways of India”. These 3 railways networks together forms a single UNESCO World Heritage Site spread across 3 different regions of India. The railway system uses 60 cm wide narrow gauge tracks and this line were opened on 4th April, 1881. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway has some of the steepest tracks in the world. It climbs from 400 feet at Silguri to 7,407 feet (or 2258 m) at Ghum or Ghoom, which is India’s highest railway station.
From Ghum,  Darjeeling Himalayan Railway descends about 182.9 meters or about 1,000 feet on its way to Darjeeling. Ghum is at a distance of 6 kilometers from Darjeeling.

Ghum Monastery, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery , was established in Ghum 1875.

The Hill Station is rich in flora and fauna, being part of Himalayan mountain ranges.

Hot to go to Darjeeling Hill Station

‘New Jalpaiguri’ railway station connects the down town with the hill station, by the Darjeeling mountain railway.

Darjeeling Hill Station is accessible by National Highway No. 55 from Silguri which is 50 plus kilometers away.

During Monsoon season, Road and Railway services may get disrupted due to heavy landslides.

Bagdogra Airport is the nearest one at 90 kilometers away. Kolkata international airport is at around 700 kilometers away while Patna Airport is at 500 kilmeters away.

There is also a rope way connecting the hill station with the bottom town.

Honeymoon Destinations in India, Lonavala

Lonavala  Hill Station is a beautiful  hill station near to  Pune city in the state of Maharashtra in India. Lonaval is one among the best India honeymoon destinations in India.

Honeymoon Destinations in India, Lonavala
The Mumbai-Pune Expressway near Lonavala

Lonavla Hill Station is most beautiful during rainy season starting June when the whole area becomes green with its magnificent falls and lakes.

Lonavla Hill Station and nearby Khandala hill station are adjacent twin hill stations in the Sahyadri ranges of Western Ghats. Many Indian travel agents have honeymoon packages to these romantic getaways hill stations. They have become a place for weekend getaways for Mumbai and Pune residents.

There are many tourist places in and around the twin hill stations of Lonavla and Khandala. There are 3 caves namely Karli caves or Karla caves, Bhaja caves and Bedsa caves. Lonavla Hill Station has two fortresses, Lohagad and Visapur. Tungi fort is another tourist spot.

Rajmachi Point is a major tourist attraction at 6.5 kilometres from Lonavla.  Shivaji’s famous fort, Rajmachi can be viewed from this point. Ryewood Park & Shivaji Udyan is major park with lof of trees and playground for children. Valvan Dam, 2 kilometers down Lonavla,  is a dam which supply water to the power generating turbines at Khopoli power station. Lonavla Lake is another attraction at 1.5 kilometers away which dries in winter. Duke’s Nose at 12 kilometers is a cliff on the way to Lonavla.

How do I Go to the Honeymoon Destination, Lonavala?

Lonavla,Honeymoon Destination and a Hill Station is on the Mumbai – Pune express way.

Lonavla is a major railway station where all trains stop on the Mumbai – Pune railway line. The trains coming from Mumbai will stop at Karjat, the station before Lonavla, and a second  engine is added to pull the train through the steep western ghats to reach Lonavala where the extra engine is removed and train continues its journey from here with the regular single engine.

The nearest Airport is Pune International Airport at 64 kilometers away. Mumbai Chatrapaji Sivaji International airport is at 104 kilometers away. The near by city of Aamby Valley has its own private airport.

hotels in Lonavala

There are many Lonavala hotels ranging from Business class hotels to cheap hotels.