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HEAVEN IN GOD’S OWN COUNTRY

Munnar, nestled in the mighty Western Ghats, is a tropical hill station in God’s own country, Kerala. This pristine place is home to rolling hills, winding trails and meandering roads, evergreen tea and spice gardens, that are bound to leave you spell-bound. 

Munnar  falls in the Idukki district of Kerala. The name ‘Munnar’ is believed to mean ‘three rivers’. The name has been given because Munnar is situated at the confluence of the rivers Kundala, Mudhirapuhza and Nallathanni and is often referred to as the ‘Kashmir of South India’. The town is interspersed with hills and mountains, rivers and waterfalls, plantations and wildlife protected areas, offering a wholesome diversity in terms of topography.

ONE OF THE 7 WONDERS

A wonder unheard of for years is now one of the archaeological masterpieces of the world. You can’t come to South America and not go to Machu Picchu, the ancient Incan city in Peru built in the 15th century on top of a mountain. The lost city was rediscovered in 1911 covered by the Andean forest, hence the name “Lost City of the Incas”.

PACHMARHI: THE VERDANT JEWEL OF SATPURAS

Pachmarhi, popularly known as ‘Satpura ki Rani’ is a pristine hill station nestled in the Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh. It sits beautifully, bedecked by nature and history, amidst the Satpura Range. The most popular and only hill station of the state, situated at an altitude of 1067 meters,it is a treasure trove with ancient caves of the Buddhist era residing in harmony with serene waterfalls. Also called the ‘Verdant Jewel of the Hills’, its all-pervading beauty strikes every eye- tranquil emerald pools, different hues of green dominating the landscape, and lush green, dense forests that dominate the region.

The name ‘Pachmarhi’ is believed to have been derived from the Hindi words ‘panch’ and ‘marhi’ which mean five and caves respectively. Legend says that five caves were built by the Pandava brothers from the epic Mahabharata during their exile period of 13 years. These caves exist till date and are situated on a hilltop. 

TWO HOLY TOWNS OF HIMACHAL PRADESH

MANALI

Manali, situated in Himachal Pradesh, India is one of the most popular destinations among tourists. Located in the Kullu district, it also connects the citizens to Ladakh and acts as a gateway to Lahaul and Spiti. December, January and February are the coldest months in the region, with sights of heavy snowfall. The nearest airport is Bhuntar Airport, about 50km south of the town. The following airport is also known as Kullu-Manali Airport. No railway station is close enough to the village making the best way to reach Manali via road, for the journey provides one with beautiful sights and a calm atmosphere. 

The legend says Manali is called after the sage Manu, the one responsible for the conception of the Human race when the world dried after being submerged. The Hidimba temple in Manali is said to be associated with the Pandavas. The tale narrates that Bhimsen killed a cruel demon Hidimba and married his sister. Another Mahabharata association is at Vyas Kund, along the Rohtang pass in Manali, where Rishi Vyasa is believed to have performed tapa. Manali is also said to be home to the Saptarishis (seven celestial sages). This place holds a spiritual vibe to itself but at the same time offers you adventure and much more.

MANIKARAN

A town in Parvati Valley, Himachal Pradesh, India is located 45kms from Kullu. It is one of the busiest sights in Himachal Pradesh, because of the Gurudwara that stands tall validating the various Sikhs and Hindu beliefs. The Sikhs hold for themselves that during the third Udasi, Guru Nanak the founder of Sikhism visited this place with one of his disciples. He asked Mardana, his disciple to collect food for Langar from those who resided nearby and they did donate. However, Guru Nanak and Mardana soon realized that there was no fire to cook the food. Following the orders of Nanak, Mardana then lifted a stone, making way for a hot spring. But while trying to cook food, it kept sinking and so Nanak asked his disciple to offer prayers to God and their astonishment, the food started floating and was then easily cooked. Guru Nanak Sahib Ji said that anyone who donates his life in the name of God, All his (or her) drowned items will float.

Sikhs to this day use those hot springs, which exist close to flowing cold water independent of any scientific explanations, for cooking food to serving langar. One can also see huge bags of rice and dal in those hot water springs left for cooking. These hot springs are also called curing water for they are believed to cure skin diseases and swelling pain. 

The Hindu belief tells a tale of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati spending eleven hundred years in a lush green area where Goddess Parvati lost her precious stones in a stream. Unable to locate it anywhere, she requested Lord Shiva to find those and he opened his third eye. An inauspicious event for the world for it faced a lot of disturbance. Due to which to pacify Shiva, Sheshnaag gave rise to the boiling water, making Goddess Parvati find her stones as well as pacifying Lord Shiva. Accordingly, the water is still there, hot and extremely auspicious.

Close to the Gurudwara are Tibetan Markets selling innumerable holy books and symbols of Sikhism. A close walk from the same leads to one of the many Hindu temples in the area. 

Manikaran is a Holy place that holds for Sikhs and Hindus and sees a lot of devotees every year. The common ones to visit the place arrive from Manali, by crossing Kasol, another town that lays between Manali and Manikaran gurudwara. 

Source: http://www.discoversikhism.com/sikh_gurdwaras/gurdwara_manikaran_sahib.html 

Shillong: The Scotland of the East

“Nature teaches more than she preaches.”

Meghalaya meaning, ‘the abode of clouds’ provides the scenic beauty and a gateway to the northeast unexplored. Deep within the dense tropical forest of Meghalaya, endures a number of the astounding manually created and natural wonders shrouded amidst cloud and rain for much of the year. The Khasi matrilineal society unique in its practices and beliefs and well balanced in its gender roles provides just the ideal model of nature preaching men to carve the best out of it and to pave a way out into the adventurous journey of life.

FROM THE SMALLEST TO THE LARGEST RIVERINE ISLAND OF THE WORLD

Welcome to the state of Assam. 

A rich treasury of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and the charm of the untold. Assam is the consummation point for a traveler who has the utmost zeal to explore the undressed nature of human civilization. Assam is the home to World Heritage Sites such as Kaziranga National Park and Manas National Park. Here lies the majestic Brahmaputra River, which serves as the lifeline for the entire state of Assam and the nearby states of northeast India.

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway- Are we being too casual about our tangible heritage?

We often say that our understanding of human civilization and its progress comes from the perceptual study and analysis of the cultural heritage and the historical benchmarking of what has been created and the ideas that have been inherited through  generations. Every aspect of our thoughts, needs and wishes have embedded itself to our daily lives in such a way that it scripts a tale of our evolution as a community. And that is why we believe that giving recognition to and upholding those elements of culture will pertain to our sense of belonging and will entrust us with the responsibility of protecting our own rich heritage. But, are we really doing what we should? Are our efforts upto the mark?

PACHMARHI: THE VERDANT JEWEL OF SATPURAS

Pachmarhi, popularly known as ‘Satpura ki Rani’ is a pristine hill station nestled in the Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh. It sits beautifully, bedecked by nature and history, amidst the Satpura Range. The most popular and only hill station of the state, situated at an altitude of 1067 meters,it is a treasure trove with ancient caves of the Buddhist era residing in harmony with serene waterfalls. Also called the ‘Verdant Jewel of the Hills’, its all-pervading beauty strikes every eye- tranquil emerald pools, different hues of green dominating the landscape, and lush green, dense forests that dominate the region.

WELCOME TO ROME

A combination of gorgeous sights, inspiring art and exciting street life, Italy’s capital is among the most romantic and charming cities in the world. With a population of about 28 lakhs, Rome is the most populous city in the country!

HEAVEN IN GOD’S OWN COUNTRY

Munnar, nestled in the mighty Western Ghats, is a tropical hill station in God’s own country, Kerala. This pristine place is home to rolling hills, winding trails and meandering roads, evergreen tea and spice gardens, that are bound to leave you spell-bound.

Goa: India’s most popular tourist destination

Goa is a coastal region located in the western part of India famous as most popular tourist destination. It is surrounded by Arabian Sea on one side and land on the other sides, this region comprises of more than thirty beaches. It is the smallest region of the country and fourth smallest regions in term of population. As in the past it was ruled by Portuguese, this region is famous for fusion of Indian and European culture and beauty. The western Ghats makes this region looks lush for not only wildlife but also for flora.

AMSTERDAM: VENICE OF THE NORTH

Amsterdam is the world-famous 17th century capital of the Netherlands. It is the most populous city of the Netherlands with a population of about 872,680. Amsterdam is one of the greatest small cities. Its canals and famous museums make it one of the most romantic and beautiful cities in Europe.

Leh Ladakh-India’s Own Moonland

Ladakh is heaven on Earth with plenty of attractions to go to, fabulous landscapes, amazing people, and culture. It is one beautiful beauty that is on every traveler’s bucket list. Ladakh is exquisite in all the fields it covers whether it is nature, geography, sceneries, or the cultures that it raises. It is surrounded by the world’s greatest mountain ranges, the Great Himalaya and the Karakoram. Leh has a cold desert climate having long, cold winters from late November to early March. The city gets occasional snowfall during winter. 

Pocket-Friendly Trips in India

There can be many cheap places in India that are on a low budget and have affordable accommodation options. If you are a college student or want to cover several destinations in little money, there are many places in India to head to from hill stations to beaches, deserts and happening cities.

JAISALMER: THE GOLDEN CITY

We have often heard people talking about visiting places out of India i.e. visiting other countries but in India itself there are a lot many places which are too beautiful and peaceful to visit. And one of those places is; Jaisalmer.

Jaisalmer is  popularly known as the “Golden City.” It is one of the most famous destinations in the state of Rajasthan. The city is known for its ethical beauty and tradition. The town is also known for its location  which is right in the middle of the Thar Desert.

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