Sunday, July 31, 2011

Malshej Ghat : Hills Station near to Mumbai & Pune, Tourism, Introduction, Beauty, Location, Major Attraction in & around, Shivneri fort.

Introduction :

Malshejghat is in Pune, Maharashtra. This hill station is known for its special attraction for trekkers, hikers, adventurers, and nature lovers. Malshejghat is at an altitude of 700m above the sea level. Malshejghat is a beautiful hill station with wooded countryside and colourful bird and animal, rugged mountains, historic forts, high-plateau forest houses, resorts and sanctuaries and venerated rivers all around.
The best time to visit is between August and September. At this time of the year, the hills are clothed in a soothing shade of mint green and the weather is cool due to the monsoons. Known for its misty tops and ice cold cascades at this time of the year, the site is a very popular weekend getaway for most of the city's residents at that time of the year. It has got number of waterfalls and the greenery is just awesome during the monsoons
The site is home to hundreds of different kinds of flora and fauna especially the avian population such as quails, rails, crakes, flamingos and cuckoos.

Malshej ghat is situated in Pune district near the borders of Thane and Ahmednagar districts. It is at a distance of 154 km from south Mumbai towards northeast and 130 km north of Pune. The nearest railhead is Kalyan near Mumbai. To go to Malshej ghat by road from Mumbai, take NH3 to Bhiwandi and turn towards Murbad or take state highway via Kalyan, Murbad, Saralgaon and Vaishakhare to reach the ghat. To go to Malshej ghat from Pune, take NH50 (Pune-Nasik highway), turn left at Narayangaon and pass through Junar. State Transport buses are cheaper and available from Kalyan, Karjat and Pune at regular intervals.

Malshej Ghat is also home to hundreds of different flora and fauna. Be there during the months of July- September and you will find yourself surrounded by thousands of pink flamingoes doing their mating dance at the Pimpalgaon Joga Dam, a long bund located 4 km from the Flamingo Hill resort and 2-3 km from Khireshwar. Drive a bit further from Khireshwar village and you will find yourself at the base of the 4,671 ft Harishchandragad Mountain. Trek uphill (if you are brave enough) for a wonderful view of the Harishchandra, Rohidas and Taramati peaks and the majestic horseshoe shaped Konkan Kada valley. Also on the top is the Harishchandragad Fort, a huge plateau and the 11th century Harishchandreshwar Mandir dedicated to Shiva, Vithoba, Rakhumani and Ganesh. When at the top find and follow the nearby Mangalganaga Stream and you will come across the Kedareshwar Cave where you can pay your respects to a huge shivling surrounded by a pool of icy cold water.

Shivneri fort, where Shivaji was born, is 40 km from Malshej ghat.
Not far from the fort is Nane Ghat that offers lovely views of the Konkan Plateau and the Jivdhan Fort which is famous for trekking.
A few kilometers from Malshej Ghat are the Asthavinayak temples of Ozar and Lenyadri (35 km) and Bhimashankar - an ancient pilgrim center famous for the Jyotirlinga of Shiva.
Note: Landslides are frequent during the monsoons so be careful while driving. Otur, 36 km and Murbad 50 km away are the nearest towns where one can get some medical aid and public telephones.

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Covelong Beach, Near Chennai : Introduction, Location, Interesting Facts, History, Major Attractions Nearby, Five Star hotels.

The charming spot of Covelong is at a distance of forty kilometers from the capital city of Tamil Nadu namely Chennai. The tourists and the travelers throng the quiet village.

The sea and the surf here are gentle.The tourists and the travelers throng the quiet village. The vivacious village of Covelong is renowned for its fishing activities. In the fishing village the swaying palms and the beautiful beach entice people from across the globe. The environs, ambience, peace, tranquility and the infrastructure at the Covelong beach come together to make it one of the most popular beach resorts on the Coromandel Coast. In the yester years Covelong was the renowned port of the Nawabs of the Carnatic. On digging the past it is revealed that Saadat Ali, Nawab of Carnatic, built the ancient port of Covelong. In the year 1746 Covelong was taken over by the troops of the French General Laboudonnais and in 1752 destroyed by Clive.

Language Tamil & English
Best time to visit November to Feburary
STD Code 044

Covelong (Kovalam or Cobelon)is a fishing village in India, 40 kilometres south of Chennai, on the East Coast Road en route to Mahabalipuram. Covelong was a port town developed by the Nawab of Carnatic, Saadat Ali. It was taken over by the French in 1746, and destroyed by the British in 1752.
The Dutch built a fort in Covelong during the colonial times, which today has been made the Taj Fisherman's Cove, a private luxury beach resort.

For adventure seekers the beautiful beach of Covelong, offers a variety of water sports like windsurfing, swimming, and sailing.

Close to Covelong is the exquisite Mahabalipuram, nineteen kilometers to be precise. While visiting Mahabalipuram it is simply impossible to miss out on the unique 7th century shore temples. Then there is the Crocodile farm, which is a large, and successful reptile breeding venture that invites you to view the crocodiles from close quarters.

Le Royal Meridien
(5 Star Deluxe Hotel)
Address: 1, GST Road, St. Thomas Mount , Chennai

Taj Coromandel
(5 Star Deluxe Hotel)
Address: 17, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Nungambakkam , Chennai
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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Patal Pani Water Falls, Near Indore : Tourism, Location, Beauty, Video of Mishap of 5 people washed on 17th July, 2011

Patal Pani is a beautiful water falls, a famous picnic spot. The water falls height is approximate 300 feet. The depth of water kund (pit) formed at the bottom of the falls remains unknown. According to folklore, it goes as deep as the underground world (patal). The spot is also famous for trekking. The fall goes almost dry in the summer season, and the stream is reduced to a trickle! However, the sight is majestic soon after the rainy season (usually after July).

Situation: It is situated on Indore - Khandwa train route; The nearest train stoppage is Patalpani itself. Even one can walk down from Mhow station also with is 6 kM but the walk is also enjoyable. All goods and passenger trains stops are Tantiya Bhil chattri at patalpani station (Aug-sep good ), which is a technical stoppage before entering ghat section.

By train : catch a train (meter gauge) at indore towards Khandwa. On the way you will cross a station called Mhow and after a brief half the train stops at a small station called patalpani. if you want a walk 3-4 km you can get down at Mhow itself. else from patalpani station it is a walkable distance. In addition to waterfalls just adj to station or nearby you will see the river flowing . very beautiful place. but the train services are irregular ( I did not say late). so take a note of train timings and be back at the station by that time.

By road : From Mhow one can travel by road to patalpani, but train journey is recommend for full enjoyment.

Caution: Unfortunately, every year this spot witnesses at least a number of deaths, arising out of careless picnic goers, so do not venture to into the valley but you can enjoy from the surroundings. Majority of casualties are from very educated people, no villager has lost his life here till date.

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Kanha National park, located in Banjar and Halon valleys in the Mandla / Balaghat in Madya Pradesh : Tourism, Wildlife, Major Attraction

Kanha National park is located in Banjar and Halon valleys in the Mandla / Balaghat districts of the state of Madhya Pradesh. Kanha National Park is one of the India’s finest tiger reserves. It is spread more than 940 sq km in a horse shoe shaped valley bound by the spurs of the Mekal range the park presents a varies topography.

Kanha national park is more famous for its wildlife, the natural beauty of its landscape is just as fascinating. One of the best locations to enjoy that bounty is Bammi Dadar, also known as the sunset point..

The park has a significant population of Royal Bengal Tiger, leopards, the sloth bear, Barasingha and Indian wild dog. The lush sal and bamboo forests, grassy meadows and ravines of Kanha provided inspiration to Rudyard Kipling for his famous novel "Jungle Book "

Area: (core) 940 km²
Terrain: sal and bamboo forests, plateaus, meadows and meandering streams
Best Season: February to June
Morning Visiting Hours: 6:30 am to 12:00 noon
Evening Visiting Hours: 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Closed: 1 July to 15 October

Kanha boasts of about 22 species of mammals. Some of the inhabitants of this park are the gaur, the largest of the world's cattle; the sambar, the largest Indian deer; and the chausingha, the only four-horned antelope in the world. Other frequent visitors include the Nilgai antelope, the sloth bear, the dhole, or Indian wild dog, and an occasional panther. List of mammals one can spot at kanha national park

Rhesus Macaque Wolf
Sloth Bear
Small Indian Civet
Striped Hyaena
Indian Muntjac
Sambar Gaur
Indian Palm Squirrel
Hanuman Langur Bengal Fox
Smooth-coated Otter
Four-horned Antelope Indian Hare
Indian Grey Mongoose
Jungle Cat
Indian Spotted Chevrotain
Indian Porcupine
Golden Jackal
Leopard Wild Boar
Swamp Deer

Bamni Dadar:
It is also known as the sunset point is quite popular among tourists. Most tourists visit Bamni Dadar to get the wonderful view of the setting sun and this is also one of the beautiful area in the park, Animals that can be sighted around this pont are typical of the mixed forest zone: sambar, barking deer, gaur and the four-horned antelope etc

Kanha Museum:
Kanha Museum inside the park is another interesting place to visit. The museum is the right place to understand the topography and other interesting aspects of the park.

Kawardha Palace:
Only three hours drive for the Resort, The Palace Kawardha was designed and built by Maharaja Dharamraj Singh in the period 1936-39. This inspiring monument was created using Italian marble and stone, and is set in eleven acres of private lush gardens.

Bandhavgarh National Park:
This is a small National Park, compact yet full of game. Owing to its small size, the density of tigers is the highest. Apart from Tigers there are around 22 species of mammals and another 250 species of birds are present.

Near Kanha National Park is Bamni Dadar visited by every tourist who comes to the national park. This place is also known as the sunset point. The Kanha National Park is at it scenic best at this point. The sunset from this spot is mesmerizing.

Nagpur :
The city of Nagpur is located at a distance of 260 kilometres from Kanha National Park. Famous for its oranges, Nagpur is nicknamed as the orange city. The present day Nagpur city was founded by the Gond King of Deogad, Bakht Buland Shah in the year 1702. The city completed its 300 years in the year 2002

Jabalpur makes another important excursion point from Kanha National Park. Located at a distance of 145 kilometres via Mandla, Jabalpur is also an important base point to visit a number of important places in the region. Inside Jabalpur the Madan Mahal Fort built in AD 1116 and the Rani Durgavati Museum that houses a number of fine archaeological findings and sculptures of a bygone era are the two landmarks to visit.

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Ladakh Torusm : Introduction, How To Reach, History, Main Attraction, Entry Fees, Beauty, Pictures

Ladakh is a land like no other. Bounded by two of the world's mightiest mountain ranges, the Great Himalaya and the Karakoram, it lies athwart two other, the Ladakh range and the Zanskar range.

It's slightly smaller than Scotland, the settled population live between 2700 m and 4500 m, and nomadic encampments even higher, and it's the largest and the least populated region of Jammu and Kashmir. The people are a mixture of Buddhist and Muslim 50% of each. Buddhists are the majority in the east close to the Chinese border and a slight majority overall while Muslims have the majority in the north and west.

Every Foreign Tourist needs to pay Rs. 400 per person while entering Ladakh at Leh airport, Upshi and Khaltsey.

From the middle of the 10th Century, Ladakh was an independent kingdom, its dynasties descending from the Kings of Old Tibet. Its Political fortunes ebbed and flowed over the centuries, and the kingdom, was at its greatest in the early 17th century under the famous king Sengge Namgyal, whose rule extended across Spiti and Western Tibet up to the Mayumla Beyond the sacred sites of Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar. It recognized as the best trade route between the Punjab and Central Asia, for centuries it was traversed by caravans carrying textiles and spices, raw silk and carpets, dyestuffs and narcotics. Heedless of the land's rugged terrain and apparent remoteness , merchants entrusted their goods to relays of pony transporters who took about two months to carry them from Amritsar to the Central Asian towns of Yarkand and Khotan. On this long route, Leh was the half way house, and developed into a bustling entrepot, its bazaars thronged with marchants from far countries.

Laddakh together with the neighboring province of Baltistan, was incorporated into the newly created state of Jammu & Kashmir, just over a century later, this union was disturbed by the partition of India , Baltistan becoming part of Pakistan, while ladakh remained in India as part of the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

By bus
Ladakhi buses run from Leh to the surrounding villages. They are often overcrowded and generally disorganised and poorly run. Daily buses or mini buses run to Alchi, Basgo, Dha-Hanu, Likir, Nimmu, and Saspul; twice daily to Chemray, Hemis, Matho, Stok, and Tak Tok; hourly or more often to Choglamsar, Phyang, Shey, Spituk, Stakna, Thiksay.

By taxi
You will find in Leh a number of local taxis, that will take you to the surrounding monasteries much faster and more comfortably than Public transport. Rates are fairly steep compared to elsewhere in India.

By truck
Trucks often stop for hitchhikers, who are usually expected to pay half the bus fare, bargaining may be necessary. They are slower than the buses and sometimes stop for long periods to unload cargo.

The main tourist sites relate to Tibetan Buddhism, and to the stunning landscape.
Ladakh is not only home to some of the most beautiful and serene monasteries you'll ever see, but it also a land of rich natural beauty - and it's this natural beauty that hits you so hard, because it's a barren beauty. Many travelers find themselves at loss to understand how something so barren can yet be so beautiful. Be respectful, these are holy places and active monks in most of them.
Must-see sites include "Moon-land-view" (the area around Lamayuru) on the Leh-Kargil highway;
Many places in Ladakh need an inner line permit which is available for free in DC's office in Ladakh. A travel agent can also arrange the permit for Rs 100 per person within an hour on any working day.
There are some regular tourist circuits which entail driving 200-400 km roundtrip out of Ladakh.

1.) Leh-Karu-Chang La-Tangtse-Pangong Tso & Back: This is a pouplar trip to Pangong Tso Lake and can be done by taxi/bike. Most people do it as a day trip starting early in the morning and come back by the evening. However, there are arrangements for stay near the lake in Lukung & Spangmik and one can stay overnight to enjoy this place at a slower pace. Camping is also possible.
2.) Leh-Khardung La-Nubra Valley(Valley of Flowers): This is another popular trip but difficult to do in one day. Nubra Valley may not be as beautiful as is touted to be, and is second favourite to tourists as a trip out of Leh. Some people return from Khardung La (18380 ft), which is claimed to be the highest motorable pass in the world. It provides excellent views of Ladakh Range as well as Karakoram Range on the other side. Accommodation is available along the way and in Nubra Valley at various places.
3.) Leh-Upshi-Tso Kar-Tso Moriri: This is another trip which covers two smaller lakes Tso Kar and Tso Moriri. There is accommodation available in Korzok(Tso Moriri) but camping near the lake is not allowed.
4.) Leh-Lamayuru-Leh: This is an easier drive along Indus river towards Kargil and one can also see the confluence of Indus and Zanskar on the way. Lamayuru is a beautiful place and is home to the oldest monastery and one of the most important in Ladakh. One can stay in the monastery or in the surrounding village.
5.) Various monasteries-around Leh: There are 4-5 big monasteries around Leh and can be covered in one day. Most important of them are Thiksey, Hemis, Spituk, Stok and Shey.
One needs to acclimatize to the attitude in leh (3500 m) before heading out as AMS (acute mountain sickness or altitude sickness) can ruin the entire trip.

The Hemis Monastery:

This is the largest monastery of Ladakh. Tourists can found at least 150 lamas living in the monastery, at any point of time throughout the year. Hemis is famous for a huge painting of Buddha, which is bring to the public or displayed to the public only once in 11 years of time period.

Padum Valley:

Padum is located at an altitude of 3505 m from the sea level. It is the capital of the ancient Zanskar and presently administrative headquarter of the Zanskar region. Padum has population of around 1500-1600. Padum is a very scarcely inhabited valley in the Zanskar. Padum is one of the famous trekking destinations for trekking lovers, Zanskar.

Zanskar Valley:

Zanskar is one of the remotest regions of the Ladakh. Zanskar is spread in around 300 km of area, which is only accessible through high passes. This valley is higher than any other valley in Ladakh region and located in the inner Himalaya. Here rain fall is very less and the climates is very harsh.

Parang La Trek:

Parang La Trek is one of the most challenging and adventures trekking trail. This trek is located on an isolated route far into the mountains with many rivers to be crossed.
Kang Yatse This trek is located to the south east part of the Leh, in the Markha valley. This valley is a dream for every trekker and everyone wish to trek the Markha Valley for at least once.

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Monday, July 11, 2011

There are enough luxury and boutique hotels making it big in India, but if you're looking for a more historic, and royal, holiday experience, we've put together a list of some of the most luxurious palace hotel suites.

Nestled in the Aravali Range, Devi Garh in Udaipur is an 18th century fort palace which overlooks the rustic village of Delwara. A stay at the 1200 sq ft Devi Garh Suite will entitle you to a private sun deck and Jacuzzi, private lounging space, and dining by the pool. If it's a big crowd you're holidaying with, you could try the Devi Garh Complex which is the Devi Garh suite and the Palace suite together, which entitles the guest to a common black marble swimming pool.

Built in1464, Neemrana Fort-Palace belonged to Prithviraj Chauhan III. If you have a liking for historic furniture, try the Deva Mahal suite which comes with a lacquered 200-yr-old bed from Malabar; a large round turret room with antique Shiva heads, and a grand bed in the centre; a dining/kitchenette; a vast salon with two antique diwans and another foyer with a queen size bed.

Fernhills Palace dates back to 1844. The super luxury suite at Fernhills Palace, once the residence of the Maharaja of Mysore, boasts of high ceilings. Moreover, they also have elaborate settings designed in teak wood panelling comprising a large lounge with bay windows and a luxuriant bathroom with a private Jacuzzi. Victorian furniture and its colonial furnishings exude an old world charm. The interiors, though, are an attractive blend of gothic and neo-classical renaissance.

Built in 1727, Jaipur's Raj Palace Hotel reflects the palace's original majesty and charm. The hotel's Maharajah's Pavilion, a four floor apartment, is spread across 16,000 sq ft and is one of the biggest suites in Asia. The first floor has gold-leaf walls, stucco and mirror work. The furniture is in gold and silver. This suite is a private museum displaying the old throne and bolsters of the palace's erstwhile royal inhabitants. A library, dining room, a private roof top terrace, Jacuzzi, swimming pool, a home theatre and a private spa are spread across the other floors. The bedroom is laid with ivory and gold furniture and has two luxurious bathrooms.

A luxury award-winning Oberoi hotel, and once home to Lord Kitchener during the British rule, the Wildflower Hall is located amidst acres of dense pine and cedar woods. And since you're here why not pick The Kitchener Suite that features a separate living room and two bedrooms with dormer roofs that protrude form the existing sloping roofs. This grand suite has a four-poster bed in the master bedroom and the living room has a fireplace, with flooring and panelling in Burmese teak. You also have access to an outdoor Jacuzzi and the heated swimming pool.

Built in the 17th century, Deogarh Mahal is located in Rajasthan. The Maharana Suite here comprises a bedroom, a large sitting room with diwans, a sheesh mahal (mirrored room) and a vast bathroom with a Jacuzzi bath. The views look out over the courtyard, and since the suite is located at the top of the palace, it offers a very exclusive space. English actor John Standing has stayed here, along with historian and travel writer William Dalrymple and English author and occasional political commentator Frederick Forsyth.
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Sunday, July 10, 2011

The gold treasure found in the ancient Kerala Temple – Sree Padmanabhaswamy Kshetra sums to Rs. 90000 Crore on 2nd July 2011, Saturday.

Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple Treasure thumbnail

The 7 member panel appointed by the Supreme Court of India following a petition by advocate T. P. Sundararajan were started a week back and day by day the value of treasure found in the temple is increasing enormously. After the 6 days valuation of assets Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple has become the richest temple in India. Previously Tirupati Tirumala Venkateswara Temple in Andhra Pradesh, Amritsar Golden Temple in Punjab, and Shirdi Sai Baba shrine in Maharashtra were regarded as the richest religious sites in India.

Interesting assets unearthed from Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple on Saturday include a one foot golden idol of Lord Vishnu studded with precious stones which is believed to be used as the ‘utsava vigraham’ in the temple in ancient days. The statue of Lord Mahavishnu studded with more than 1000 rare stones is valued around Rs. 500 crore. A 30 kg golden ‘anki’ used to decorate the idol was also found in Cellar A Nilavara. A 5 kg weighing Lord Krishna idol was also found in the cellars.

Other interesting assets found in the temple on Saturday include golden coins dating backing to 16th Century AD during the reign on Krishnadeva Rayar, golden bangles, golden rope, numerous golden human figurine weighing 1 kg, a golden coconut shells studded with rare antique stones including emeralds and rubies.

The team will continue the assessment . Cellar B, which is believed to be opened around 100 years back, will be inventoried on the coming days.

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Konark Sun Temple, Orissa : Tourism, Location, How To Reach, Introduction, History, Main Attractions Near By Konark

Location : The Konark Sun Temple is the most popular tourist destination in Orissa and has been a World Heritage Site since 1984. It is located in the village of Konark, which is 35km north of Puri on the coast of the Bay of Bengal.

Konarak Sun Temple entrance

There are regular buses and Jeeps to Konark from Puri, which is 33km down the coast. The journey takes about an hour and the last bus back to Puri leaves at 6:30pm.

Alternatively, you can take an auto-rickshaw for Rs250-300 round trip, including waiting time.

Official guided tours leave from the Panthaniwas in Bhubaneswar (Tuesday-Sun 6:30-6:30, Rs130) and also visit Dhauli.

Introduction & History : Konark is one of the well known tourist attractions of Orissa. Konark, Konark houses a colossal temple dedicated to the Sun God. Even in its ruined state it is a magnificient temple reflecting the genius of the architects that envisioned and built it. Bhubaneshwar, Konark and Puri constitute the Golden triangle of Orissa, visited in large numbers by pilgrims and tourists.
Wheel at Konark Temple

Konark is also known as Konaditya. The name Konark is derived form the words Kona - Corner and Arka - Sun; it is situated on the north eastern corner of Puri or the Chakrakshetra. Konark is also known as Arkakshetra.
This temple built in 1278 CE by the Ganga King Narasimha Deva is one of the grandest temples of India and was referred to as the Black Pagoda. The ruins of this temple were excavated in late 19th century. The tower over the Garbagriha is missing, however the Jagmohana is intact, and even in this state, it is awe inspiring.

The temple comprised a sanctum with a lofty (presumably over 68 m. high) sikhara, a jagamohana (30. m. square and 30. m. high) and a detached nata-mandira (hall of dance) in the same axis, besides numerous subsidiary shrines. The sanctum and the nata-mandira have lost their roof. The nata-mandira exhibits a more balanced architectural design than that of other Orissan temples. The sanctum displays superb images of the Sun-god in the three projections which are treated as miniature shrines.

Konark Beach in Orissa
Balighai Beach, Konark
Konark Museum – Archaeological Museum
Goddess Ramachandi Temple, Konark
Lord Vishnu Temple at Konark
Konark Matha Monastery

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Saturday, July 9, 2011

India Tourism : Best Places to visit in India during Monsoon, Kumarakom, Jog Falls, Cherrapunjee, Goa, Shillong, Leh & Ladakh

The main monsoon season in India runs from June to September and the question on everyone’s lips is always, “What's it really like and is travel still possible?” This is very understandable as the thought of rain and floods is enough put a dampener any holiday. However, the good news is that you don’t have to let the monsoon ruin your travel plans, and travel can even be advantageous during this time.

Though most part of India receives rain during these months there are few remote destinations in India where you can travel even during monsoons. The following are some of the best monsoon travel destinations in India:

Kumarakom is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is a noted bird sanctuary where many species of migratory birds visit. The Vembanad Lake, the largest backwater in Kerala, is habitat for many marine and freshwater fish species and it teems with Karimeen (Pearl spot), shrimp (chemmeen in the local language) and prawns.

India’s tallest waterfall is best seen in the monsoon. Fog and rains play with the views of the waterfall, making it disappear and re-appear every few minutes. The waterfall is reduced to a trickle for most of the year, but if there are some good rains, return to its glory in the monsoons.

It was once the place that held the world record for highest annual precipitation. The record was taken away by another place not far away, but the charm remains.

The state of Goa in India has much more to offer than just the beaches! This place is especially beautiful during the monsoon season (June to September) as it is during this time that nature flourishes here. The rain brings refreshment and romance in Goa and you can taste a traditional flavor of this state.

You can visit the Mollem National Park and Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary in Goa. The Dudhsagar Falls and the acclaimed spice plantation in Savoi are the best during the monsoons. Take an evening boat cruise up the Mandovi River from Panaji and enjoy Goa’s historic character-filled buildings while you are in Goa.3

Popularly referred to as the ‘Scotland of East’, Shillong is a fitting evocation of a unique natural beauty. Located in the rippling pine covered hills, Shillong enjoys milder climatic condition all through the year. During monsoons, wind whispers through luxurious forests here and the land is rhythmical of music and full of life. The blues and cascading waterfalls will completely enthrall your senses. Due to all these reasons Shillong is a famous monsoon destination in India.

Leh & ladakh lies near the Indus valley, at the far flung corner of Northern India. Situated at 3505 meters above sea level these destinations are some of the most beautiful places in India.
When you visit this area you will notice that it is bounded by two of the world’s largest mountain ranges and is surrounded by alpine forest. Some of the oldest and historic Buddhist monasteries are also present here like the Shanti Stupa. You can also visit the 800 year old Kali Mandir that houses a fascinating collection of masks. You can stop on your way there to spin a huge prayer wheel. The Leh Palace, which was built in traditional Tibetan style, offers a great view of the town so make sure to visit this place. Also take a trip to Thiksey Monastery to see amazing sunset views.
The best time to visit Leh & Ladakh is between the months of May and September. The weather is warm during this time as these places do not experience rain like elsewhere in India.

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