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Shillong – Beautiful Hill Stations, Landscapes, Caves, Waterfalls

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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George Thiruvilakalyil George is a blog writer. George is an expert on Local Business Citations, having created thousands of Local Citations for clients in USA, Australia, India, etc. George is also a web site designer with around 2 decades of experience. George started working on web related technologies from early 1996, immediately after internet access was introduced in 5 cities of India in August 1995.

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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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George Thiruvilakalayil George

Travel Related Blog Writer at touristinindia.com
George Thiruvilakalyil George is a blog writer. George is an expert on Local Business Citations, having created thousands of Local Citations for clients in USA, Australia, India, etc. George is also a web site designer with around 2 decades of experience. George started working on web related technologies from early 1996, immediately after internet access was introduced in 5 cities of India in August 1995.

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Dudhwa National Park, Dudhwa Tiger Reserve

George Thiruvilakalayil George

Travel Related Blog Writer at touristinindia.com
George Thiruvilakalyil George is a blog writer. George is an expert on Local Business Citations, having created thousands of Local Citations for clients in USA, Australia, India, etc. George is also a web site designer with around 2 decades of experience. George started working on web related technologies from early 1996, immediately after internet access was introduced in 5 cities of India in August 1995.

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Dudhwa National Park
Dudhwa National Park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dudhwa National Park and Dudhwa Tiger Reserve are in the Lakhimpur Kheri District of Utter Pradesh state in India, on the Indo-Nepal border. Dudhwa National Park offers extensive opportunities for those who are nature lovers, bird watchers, wildlife enthusiasts, etc.

Dudhwa National Par is part of the Terai ecosystem, which supports many endangered species of animals and is wetlands which are rich in flora .

This National Park is one among the Three Parks of Dudhwa Tiger Reserve, which consists of Two other National parks, namely Krishnapur Wildlife Sanctuary and Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary.

This National Park was established initially as a wildlife sanctuary in 1958, mainly for Swamp Deer. Later on, in the year 1977, it became a National park. In the late eighties, it was declared as a Tiger reverse and became part of ‘Project tiger’ project. The Tiger reserve is rich in bio-diversity and is of national and international importance in protecting our planet from Carbon emission.

Tigers and Swamp deer are the major tourist attractions in the park. Hispid Hare, a rare and endangered species, is found here. Indian Rhinos, Sambar dear, Hog deer, sloth bear, fishing cat, Jackal, jungle cat, leopard cat, etc, are some of the other species found in Dudhwa Wildlife sanctuary and National Park.

More than 450 species of birds, out of the total of 1300 bird species in the Indian sub-continent, are found in the National Park.

Barasinghas, with 12 antlers, have their half of the total world population found in Dudhwa National Park.

How do I Go to Dudhwa National Park and Dudhwa Tiger Reserve?

Shahjehanpur with station code SPN, is the most convenient and well connected railway station, which is at a distance of around 3 hours drive from Dudhwa. From New Delhi, the capital of India, it takes around 9 hours drive to reach the National Park. Lucknow, the capital of Utter Pradesh state, is at around 250 kilometers distance.

Park is open after Monsoon season. Director of the Park may be contacted on +91-05872-52106.

Santiniketan, Rabindranath Tagore’s Visva-Bharati University

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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George Thiruvilakalyil George is a blog writer. George is an expert on Local Business Citations, having created thousands of Local Citations for clients in USA, Australia, India, etc. George is also a web site designer with around 2 decades of experience. George started working on web related technologies from early 1996, immediately after internet access was introduced in 5 cities of India in August 1995.

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Santiniketan, Rabindranath Tagore’s Visva-Bharati University  is a world famous university at Birbhum district in the state of West Bengal, India.

Santiniketan, Rabindranath Tagore's Visva-Bharati University , Shilaidaha Kuthibari, the famous residence of Rabindranath Tagore
Shilaidaha Kuthibari, the famous residence of Rabindranath Tagore in Kushtia, is a popular tourist destination in Kushtia, Bangladesh.

Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s vision played a major role in shaping the policies of this great University which is now known as Visva-Bharati University.

Rabindranath Tagore’s house and the university attracts a lot of tourists. Many of his literary works were written sitting at this house here.

Santinikatan means abode of peace. The learning style here is in  natural environment sitting under trees, which makes learning more enjoyable and fun.

Santiniketan was started n 1901 as a school by Rabindranath Tagore. In 1913 Rabindranath Tagore was awarded Novel Prize in Literature. In 1921 the school was upgraded as a University and it became a central university in 1951.

Chancellor of the Visva-Bharati University is the Prime Minister of India. Santiniketan was earlier known as Bhubandanga.

Kala Bhavana, the art college in Shanti Niketan, Visva-Bharati University  is regarded as one of the best art colleges in the world. Vidya Bhavana is humanities college and  Shiksha Bhavana is the science institute. Sangit Bhavana is the Music, dance and drama college while Vinaya Bhavana; is the education division. There are many other divisions; Rabindra Bhavana the one which caters to  Tagore Studies and Research.

There are two campus; one at Santiniketan and the other at Sriniketan. Sriniketan campus is for the study of agriculture, adult education, handicrafts, cottage industries and village welfare.

Amartya Sen,  an Economics Nobel laureate of 1998 was born at Shantiniketan and studied at Shantiniketan. Indira Gandhi,  Former Indian Prime Minister and  Satyajit Ray, world renowned film director  are among the most  illustrious students of Shantiniketan.

Where is Santiniketan, Rabindranath Tagore’s Visva-Bharati University and How to reach Shantiniketen

Santiniketan is about 212 kilometers north of Kolkata.

Kolkata (Calcutta) is the nearest airport.

Bolpur is the railway station to Shantinikatan at 2 kilometers away.

Santiniketan is well connected by roads to all parts of the country.

Rajpuri Caves, Panchgani, Mahabaleswar

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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George Thiruvilakalyil George is a blog writer. George is an expert on Local Business Citations, having created thousands of Local Citations for clients in USA, Australia, India, etc. George is also a web site designer with around 2 decades of experience. George started working on web related technologies from early 1996, immediately after internet access was introduced in 5 cities of India in August 1995.

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Rajpuri Caves, Panchgani, Mahabaleswar, Panchgani Wai Temple

Panchgani Wai Temple (Photo credit: Nitin Pai)

Rajpuri Caves, Panchgani, Mahabaleswar is a religious tourist spot in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra state of India. It is believed that the Pandavas stayed here during their exile period.

You may be keen on India travel to Panchgani to know more about India. You can also select Goa tour packages to visit the near by state of Goa famous for its beaches and Churches and Convents of Goa which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Rajpuri Caves are a group of ancient caves, 7 km from Panchgani, surrounded by ponds which have medicinal (curing) properties. Devotees visiting the Rajpuri caves believe that taking a bath in the holy ponds cures them of all their evils and diseases. It is believed that holy rover Ganges runs through these ponds.

Rajpuri Caves consists of 4 caves; out of which 3 are interlinked and one is a separate cave.

Lord Karthikeya (son of Lord Shiva) temple, constructed out of the sands from the caves, is the main temple in the region. Local goddess of Ghatjal Devi’s temple around is also there.

Panchgani is beautiful hill station situated at 1330 m above sea level. Panchgani consists of five hills, surrounded by beautiful scenery. It is a non-polluted hill station. Panchgani is one of the most sought after fill station in Maharashtra state.

How to reach Rajpuri Caves, Panchgani, Mahabaleswar

The best mode of travel is Jeep or any other four wheel drive or other powerful vehicles. Motor bikes are available for hire at the hill station local sight seeing. Panchagni is well connected by road to all parts of the country by Pune – Mumbai expressway.

Pune railway station is at a distance of 118 km from Mahabaleshwar. Wathar railway station at 64 km away is the nearest railway station.

Mumbai is at around 250 km distance from Panchgani.

Hotels near Rajpuri Caves, Panchgani, Mahabaleswar

Hotel Millennium Park (millenniumpark panchgani.com – remove the space in between the words to look at the hotel) is a good hotel. Summer Plaza (summerplaza resort.com –  remove the space in between the words to look at the hotel) is another good hotel.

Honeymoon Destinations in India, Lonavala

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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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.