Tal Chhapar Wildlife Sanctuary

p>Black Buck Antilope cervicapra at Tal Chhapar Wildlife Sanctuary
Black Buck Antilope cervicapra at Tal Chhapar Wildlife Sanctuary

Tal Chhapar Wildlife Sanctuary is in Churu district of Rajasthan State in India at a distance of around 210 kilometers from Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan state, on the Ratangarh – Sujangarh Highway.

If you are thinking of visiting Rajasthan, a trip to Chhapar is worth considering to know more about India and its Dessert Wildlife and migratory birds.

You can find a large number of Black Buck in Tal Chhapar Wildlife Park.

Tal Chhapar Sanctuary is on the border area of the Great Indian Desert. Tal means plain areas. Chhapar is the village name which is part of the sanctuary. Tal Chhapar Wildlife Sanctuary is made up of open grasslands with Prosopis and Acacia trees, making the park a tropical forest.

There are very few trees in the park. Many migratory birds pass through this park in September. Harriers is the major migratory bird among them which flies in distinct groups of male, female and immature.

‘Mothiya’, with sweet seeds, is a type of grass seen in this part of the park. Mothiya is the food for black bucks and migratory birds. Local people also eat this seed.

How Do I Go to Tal Chhapar Wildlife Sanctuary

Tal Chhapar Wildlife Sanctuary- a pair of blackbuck at tal chhapar
A pair of blackbuck at tal chhapar

85 kilometers from the district headquarters of Churu, lies the Tal Chhapar Wildlife Park, on the Nokha to Sujangarh state Highway. Bikaner in Rajasthan is at 132 kilometers distance from the Wildlife Park .

‘Chappar’ is the nearest railway station on the Degana – Churu – Rewari railway line. It is a meter gauge railway line. ‘Sekhawat’ railway station on the broad gauge railway line also serves as a link to Chhapar Park (Tourist Train ‘Palace on wheels‘ stops here). Pink city of Jaipur has the nearest airport to Tal Chhapar Wild life Park.

India’s capital city of New Delhi is at around 350 kilometers from the Chhapar Park.

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.

Ajanta Ellora Caves – UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Ajanta Ellora Caves are situated in Aurangabad district of Maharastra, India. Ajanta Caves and Ellora Caves have been declared as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Ajanta Ellora Caves
The rock-cut Buddhist viharas and chaityas of Ajanta Caves

If you are looking for a heritage tour package, Ajanta & Ellora Caves is the answer for that. The paintings at Ajanta and Ellora caves are of unfathomable heritage value. In spite of its old age dating back to 2nd century BC, the paintings inside the caves looks fresh. The sculptures are also excellent in its artistic value.

About Ajanta Caves

Ajanta caves were cut into the side of a cliff that is situated on the south side of a U shaped gorge on the small river Waghora or Wagura. There are a number of water falls on the gorge, sound of which can be heard inside the caves, when the river is high.

Ajantha caves were previously forest areas. Once the caves were not used, it was covered by think forests. They were rediscovered by a British officer, John Smith, in early eighteenth century, while going on a hunting.

30 Buddhist cave monuments which dates back to the second B.C. century are seen in Ajantha caves. Ajantha caves include painting and sculptures which are believed to be of the best surviving examples of Indian art, especially masterpiece of Buddhist religious art.

About Ellora Caves

Around 100 Kilometers away from Ajantha caves, you can find the ‘Ellora Caves’.  Ellora Caves are the epitome of Indian rock-cut architecture. Majority of them (17 out of total of 34 Ellora caves) are Hindu religious art unlike Ajantha caves which are Buddhist religious art.

You can find many Buddhist, Hindu and Jain temples at both these caves. Cave numbers 1 to 12 in Ellora are Buddhist caves (12 in total), cave numbers 13 to 29 are Hindu caves (17 in total) and cave numbers 30 to 34 are Jain caves (5 caves in total). These shows the religious harmony prevalent in that time.

Ellorea Kailasanatha temple
Ellorea Kailasanatha temple

Cave 16 has the beautiful Kailasha temple or Kailasanatha temple.  Kailasanatha temple is dedicated to LOrd Shiva and is considered as one of the most remarkable cave temple in India for its architecture, size and sculptural value.

How Do I Go to Ajanta Ellora Caves?

Ajanta Caves are situated at about 60 kilometers from ‘Jalgaon’ railway station on the Mumbai – New Delhi railway line and is at a distance of 104 kilometers from the historic city of Aurangabad.

Ellora Caves are at a distance of 29 kilometers North-West of the city of Aurangabad.