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Best places in Rajasthan for honeymoon

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If you’ve always dreamed of a royal honeymoon, then Rajasthan will be a perfect honeymoon destination for you. Rajasthan offers a magnificent rusty beauty that will make your honeymoon a lifelong memorable moment of life for you and your partner. Honeymoon vacation is a special time of your life when you get to know each other and begin a new life. So, your honeymoon destination should be special and happening. Rajasthan assures you to fall in love with each other and even deeper as you continue to explore the streets of Rajasthan. Moreover, you can go on a majestic camel safari to the desert and spend a night in a tent. You can also go on a hot air balloon ride with your loved one and enjoy the view. Here are some of the best places in Rajasthan for honeymoon helping you plan a better honeymoon together at ease and without andy difficulty.

1. Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer, also known as the golden city of Rajasthan. A beautiful place that is definitely going to give a different kind of romantic experience to all the honeymoon couples in Rajasthan. Jaisalmer has a lot for couples, where they can explore the Thar on the camel’s back, enjoying the Rajasthani Cuisines, spend a night in a tent, and the last but not the least watching out the wonderful folk dance, and music. Jaisalmer is a perfect combination of desert camp, folk dance and camel safari that reminds you of Dubai and get a top position in the list of best Rajasthan honeymoon places.

Romantic Spots in Jaisalmer: Jaisalmer Fort, Gadsisar Lake, Bada Bagh, the massive five-storied Patwon-Ki-Haveli, Desert Nation Park.

Romantic things to do in Jaisalmer:

  • Enjoy a Camel Ride
  • Walk on the warm desert and feel the smooth sinking feeling
  • Go for a comfortable camp stay in the desert for a night or two to dance with folk dancers
  • Camping with your beloved under the open sky.
  • Enjoy the delicious Rajasthani cuisine. 
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2. Jodhpur

The blue city of Rajasthan. Jodhpur is also one of the best destinations in India for honeymoon. This beautiful city has a lot of romantic things to offer a newlywed couple. The rustic villages, heritage monuments, magnificent places, and scenic beauty of this town make it one of the most romantic Honeymoon places in Rajasthan. You can go on a village safari with your beloved and interact with the local people that will give you a real feel of the village life.

Romantic Places in Jodhpur for couples: Umaid Bhavan Palace museum; Umaid garden; Udai Mandir, Mandore Gardens

Romantic things to do in Jodhpur:

  • Takhat Sagar Lake to spend a beautiful evening
  • A romantic dinner at Mehran Terrace Restaurant
  • Explore Blue Houses
  • A romantic walk through Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park
  • Witness the beautiful sunset at Kailana Lake
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3. Udaipur

 

The lakes city Udaipur is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in Rajasthan. This gorgeous city has everything to offer you a royal honeymoon experience and this is something that we cannot miss in the list of romantic destinations of Rajasthan. Dotted with marble palaces and forts, with their stunning architecture, and the royal resorts of Udaipur offer the most romantic environment for the couples. The pebbled streets of the old city and the serene environs around its lakes makes Udaipur the best honeymoon destination in India.

Places for Couple in Udaipur: City Palace, Lake Palace, Monsoon Palace.

Romantic things to do in Udaipur:

  • Take A Romantic Boat Ride at Lake Pichola 
  • Enjoy an evening stroll at the Gulab Bagh
  • Spend some time with your partner at the Jaisamand Lake
  • Spend A Beautiful Night With Your Sweetheart at Ambrai Ghat 
  • Camel Safari – Spend A Quality Time Amidst The Desert
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4. Jaipur

Jaipur that is also known to be the pink city recognised as one of the best honeymoon destinations in India. It would be a lovely destination for all those couples who are planning for a royal honeymoon.  Jaipur has each and everything that a couple would ask for, say for example beautiful palaces, magnificent Forts, lavish hotels, the ancient Havelis that attract honeymooner not only from India but from all over the world. Jaipur has been one of the famous and the best honeymoon places in Rajasthan for more than a decade.

Romantic Places in Jaipur: Sisodia Rani Garden, Nahargarh Fort, Sagar (Amer), Central Park, Chokhi Dhani.

Best things to do in Jaipur for couples:

  • Watch a Bollywood film with your love at Raj Mandir
  • Visit Fairmont Jaipur for a romantic date night
  • Fly high in Jaipur sky in a hot air balloon
  • Try yummy street-food in the main market and delicious non-veg at MI Road
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5. Ajmer

Surrounded by Aravalli Hills in Rajasthan, Ajmer is the paradise for all those couples who love Sufi era, and then visiting the Dargah Sharif is something that cannot be missed. With all of this, the rich heritage, luxury resorts and various other experiences which are quite incredible for enriching honeymoon in Rajasthan. The city is tranquil and provides one with total solace. It is a destination where one can enjoy some quality time with their partner.

Places to visit in Ajmer for couples: Khawaja Gharib Nawaz, Ana Sagar Lake, Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra, Taragarh Fort, Akbari Fort & Museum.

Romantic things to do in Ajmer:

  • Seek the blessings of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti
  •  Enjoy a Peaceful walk at Daulat Bagh
  • Shop for Rajasthani handicrafts
  • Enjoy a candlelight dinner with your partner
The Ajmer Dargah on Milad-un-Nabi.

6. Pushkar

This scenic and peaceful city has always been the most popular honeymoon destination in Rajasthan. Usually, Pushkar is known as a sacred city of the Hindus but is also great for the couples who are looking for a budget honeymoon destinations in India. The town surrounded by tall and green trees on all the sides of the shiny desert. Pushkar also claims of some of the most beautiful resorts for honeymoon couples.

Beautiful places to visit in Pushkar for couples: Pushkar lake, Sunset Cafe Hotel, Varaha Ghat, Thar Desert

Romantic things to do in Pushkar:

  • Go for Sawan ke Jule or a fun camel ride
  • Pushkar is a small town, hire a bike and go on a long romantic
  • Hike from Ratnagiri Hill to Savitri Temple with your loved one
  • Do absolutely nothing and see the setting sun from your hotel terrace
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Best Places to Visit in India During Winter

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Are you planning for your winter holidays? still confused about how to choose the best winter holiday destination. So, don’t worry we are here for your help. By the way, there are various destinations to visit during the winter season. But if you really want to enjoy your winter holiday. Then, you should plan your winter holiday in India. During the winter, you can enjoy some famous events like Christmas and New Year eve. There is something special about this month, the cool breeze, the lovely environment, the romance in the air, and the period of celebration and vacation.

 

Visiting these exciting places in India during winter that can turn your regular trip into a memorable one like the one you have been waiting for a long time. The best time to visit in India to enjoy the winter is from December to February, which is regarded as the winter season and seen by many as the best time to visit India. During this time the temperature is cool and dry, making the ideal conditions to take in the highlights and hidden gems of India. You should take some heavy woolen clothes with you during winter vacation in India because some places on the list receive heavy snowfall and winter.

Here is a list of Top 10 places to visit in India during winter.

1. Auli, Uttarakhand

Auli is the kind of place that can be visited during the whole year. But if you want to enjoy a spot of skiing in Auli, the winter season is the time to head to this picturesque town. The ideal time to visit Auli is from November to February, to enjoying snowfall, and skiing. If you are going particularly for skiing, then January-March is the best time to go – that’s when there are skiing festivals and championships all across the town.

Tourist attractions of Auli : Skiing, trekking, snowboarding, and chair car ride.

Tip: Don’t miss the longest cable car of Asia and skiing experience at Auli.

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2. Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Jaisalmer, also known as the golden city of Rajasthan. One of the best place to witness the charm of the desert especially during the winter season. where you can enjoy sightseeing and various outdoor activities like camel ride, the desert safari, campaigning and Jaisalmer desert festival which are organized in the month of January every year. The best time to visit Jaisalmer is December and January because that time as the maximum temperature does not go beyond 24 degree celsius. During this time the evenings are cooler and at night, the temperature further falls down to 7-8  degree celsius in the desert area, especially in the months of December and January.

Tourist attractions of Jaisalmer: Jaisalmer Fort, Bada Bagh, Gadisar Lake, Patwon ki Haveli, Folklore Museum, and Sam Sand Dunes.

Tip: Enjoy a camel safari to the dunes, which you can only enjoy at Jaisalmer.

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3. Patnitop, Jammu, and Kashmir

Patnitop is a famous hill station in Jammu and Kashmir is known for its parks, views and nature walk. It is surrounded by beautiful forests and snow-covered mountains of the Pir Panjal range. December to March is the perfect time to visit Patnitop to enjoy some of the adventure activities like Paragliding, Skiing, and trekking. You can also enjoy a leisure walk in the Pine forest to experience nature’s beauty. The best thing is this season Patnitop does not face road blockages so that you can head out to places like Naag Mandir, Shiva Garh, and Billo Ki Powri for a great time.

Tourist attractions Patnitop: naag mandir, nathatop, shiva garh, & shiva garh.

Tip: Visit Nathatop, Sanasar lake, Not to miss this place if you are in Patnitop.

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4. Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Another winter destination where you can enjoy some quality time with your loved ones or friends. Winter is the best time to travel to Manali because during winter you can indulge yourself in several activities like Skiing, Skating, Snow Fight, and snowboarding, etc. Also, you can go to Kullu. Tourists love Kullu for its picturesque landscapes, lots of adventure activities, and a lovely atmosphere. Kullu offers various adventure activities like Trekking, mountaineering, river rafting, paragliding and hiking over the Himalayan hills.

Tourist attractions Manali: Solang Valley and Rohtang Pass, Old Manali,  Manikaran, Naggar Castle.

Tip: Stay in Tourist Tents in Manali

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5. Pondicherry, Chennai

Pondicherry is known for its serenity and scenic charm. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in south India, famous for its mixed cultures, different traditions, ultimate spirituality, an assortment of cuisines and beautiful beaches. The best time to plan a vacation to Pondicherry is from November till March, or the winter season. During the winter season when the climate is comparatively cooler and also perfect for sightseeing, beach fun and water sports.

Tourist attractions of Pondicherry: Pondicherry Beach, Botanical Garden, Paradise Beach, Aurobindo Ashram 

Tip: Enjoy the amazing sunrises at Pondicherry Beach.

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6. Goa

The best time to visit Goa is Mid-November to Mid-February. It is an ideal time to visit Goa since the weather is pleasantly cold and comfortable. During these three months, most of the tourists visit Goa to witness one of the most popular festivals, Sunburn, besides extensive Christmas and New Year celebrations. Apart from this, there are various things to do in Goa during winter, which makes it a perfect winter holiday destination.

Tourist attractions of Goa: Dudh Sagar falls, Aguada fort, Calangute beach, Baga beach, etc.

Tip: enjoy water sports activities, Christmas and new year celebrations, seafood, sunburn festival, beaches.

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7. Leh and Ladakh

Traveling to Leh-Ladakh in the winter season is the dream of every traveler. Winter is the best time to visit Leh and Ladakh when you can experience the best and authentic Ladakh. It is the time when you can go on one of the most adventurous treks of the world “Chadar Trek.” Apart from this, you will enjoy various festivals like Ladakhi Losar, Stok Monastery Festival, Matho Monastery festival and Dosmoche during the winter season. Here you can see some of the species only in the season of winter like Blue sheep and Mountain wolf etc.

Tourist attractions of Leh and Ladakh: Visit Sham Valley, Monasteries, Festivals, Photography in winter, Adventurous treks.

Tip: Go for an adventure bike ride.

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8. Jaipur, Rajasthan

Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan, is a beautiful region where the rich culture and traditions seem to be the most vibrant and visible. Jaipur attracts thousands of tourists every year and has been one of the most popular holiday destinations which spread with forts, palaces, temples and so on. The best time to visit Jaipur is the winter season, which lasts from October to march. It is a great time to explore the Pink City, whether you are going for sightseeing or an adventure trip.

Tourist attractions of Jaipur: Amber Palace, Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Jantar Mantar, etc.

Tip: Enjoy elephant ride at Amber fort.

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9. Rann of Kutch, Gujarat

Kutch is a district of Gujarat state in western India. It covers an area of 45,674 km², and it is the largest district in India. Kutch District is surrounded by the Gulf of Kutch and the Arabian Sea in the south and west, while the seasonal wetlands of Kutch surround northern and eastern parts. It is a centre of celebration, festivity, arts, and culture in December as it hosts its grand Rann Mahotsav. Visit this moon-like desert of India in December for an extraordinary experience. The tourist season in Kutch runs from late October till March. The best time to visit this region is the month of December when the Rann Utsav is in full swing. The festival is celebrated on the grandest scale on the full moon night in December. Scores of luxury tents are set up in Dorado along with food stalls and arcades for handicrafts and cultural performances. Dance, music, festivities and cultural celebrations of the region are performed all over the district.

Tourist attractions of Kutch: Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary, Kutch Museum, Dholavira, etc.

Tip: Enjoy full moon safari ride in the vast salt desert of the Rann of Kutch.

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10. Munnar, Kerala

Surrounded by the Anamalai mountain range, the lovely hill station of Munnar is a sight to behold in the chilly winter season with mountain slopes covered in 80,000 miles of green tea farms surrounded by misty valleys and low flying clouds.

 

Visiting Munnar in the winter season is an experience in itself, that time you can enjoy the misty cold weather that can plunge right down to five degrees Celsius. There are various things which you can enjoy theirs during the winter season as you can warm yourself with a hot cup of tea at the TATA tea museum, watch the stunning waterfalls cascade down. There are also trekking routes, tea factories and little bungalows in Munnar that will give you an old colonial feel.

Tourist attractions of Munnar:  TATA Tea Museum, Kundala Lake, Eravikulam National Park,  Mattupetty Dam, Marayur , Lockhart Gap, Meesapulimala.

Tips:  Visit Echo Point for trekking and nature walks.

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Adventure Activities in Jaipur

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The average Rajasthan traveler spends a great deal of time in Jaipur city which is the capital city of this royal state.

Adventure Activities in Jaipur

The average Rajasthan traveler spends a great deal of time in Jaipur city which is the capital city of this royal state. Jaipur has a lot to offer in terms of tourism opportunities such as sightseeing, shopping, and various travel activities. However, in an effort to bring to your notice the fact that there is, even more, to enjoy in the pink city. Here we are introducing you with some of the top adventure activities of Jaipur.

 

1. Nahargarh Cycling Expedition

Bicycle trip to the Nahargarh fort through the forest roads would be a very challenging excursion for you. A majestic fort which is at the height of above 700 meters from the sea level provides a panoramic view of the city and the Aravalli forests. It could be the best adventure activity for you if you are a nature lover and adventure seeker birding enthusiasts and fitness junkies.

Nahargarh Cycling Expedition

 

2. Amber Fort Elephant Ride

Elephant ride at amber fort one of the best thing to do in Jaipur, which you should not miss during your Jaipur trip. Every year hundreds of tourists flock towards the amber fort just for this grand ride. The beauty of these animals decorated in royal colors would definitely ensorcell you. These enthralling animals also showcase a great amalgam of painted colors which reflect beautifully. This delight ride takes you to the entrance of the amber fort, up the steep slope. You would really enjoy this ride.

Amber Fort Elephant Ride

 

3. Jhalana Safari Park – for an Incredible Wildlife Safari Tour

Jhalana safari park is a wildlife area in Jaipur, which famously known for here’s leopards. It could be the best adventurous activity for you in Jaipur. Drive deep into the safari park, spot leopards, striped hyenas, golden jackals, desert foxes, chitals, and many more species of animals. Also, if you are a birdwatching lover, then you can witness a few birds like indian pitta, dusky eagle, owl, spotted owl, etc.

Jhalana Safari Park

 

4. Sambhar Lake – for the Thrills of a Bike Trip

One of the best outdoor activities in Jaipur is a bike ride to sambhar lake. Sāmbhar is the largest inland saltwater lake in India located about 100 kilometers from the pink city Jaipur. Where you not only enjoy the rich culture of the town but also experience the fresh air of the passing towns like Sawarda. You will also pass through a small village dedicated to the religious guru of the Sikh community and seek blessing at Gurudwara.

Sambhar Lake – For The Thrills Of A Bike Trip

 

5. Tree House Resort – for the Best Glamping Experience

Glamping has now become one of the most popular adventures in Jaipur. It is possible to go glamping at the tree house resort where the state-of-the-art amenities, iron wrought beds, and leathered chairs greet you. You will get to stay in the ‘nests’ on the keekar tree that are named after birds in the area. This is a true luxury at its best with ATV rides, jungle safaris, camel rides, tennis courts, bird watching, and outdoor movies to enjoy. It is undoubtedly an experience that one cannot afford to miss on their trip to Jaipur.

Tree House Jaipur

 

6. Kukas – for a Surreal Hot-air Balloon Ride

The hot air balloon ride is one of the most popular things to do at the adventure places in Jaipur. It is mostly held a few hours before sunrise and sunset, with 8 people accommodate for each ride. Where you can drift over the pink city in a hot air balloon and experience the mesmerizing views of the forts and palaces nestled among the Aravalli ranges with sky waltz balloon safari in Kukas. Enjoy the plethora of colors and sounds of this city from up above.

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7. Village Jeep Safari in Nearby Villages of Jaipur

One of the best chance to learn about the Rajasthani village’s culture and tradition. Explore the houses made of clay, cow dung and hay, making a termite-free facade in the countryside. Meet the farmers and know about their day to day life and discuss agriculture and watch the hardworking ladies busy with their day to day life. The kids who are busy playing their village traditional games like, gulli-danda, sitoliya, and kho kho, etc. Also, witness the view of the mountains near the villages. In the evening taste one of the best masala tea while exploring the region.

Jaipur village jeep safari

 

8. Camping in Jaipur

Campaigning in Jaipur will be one of the best adventure activities in Jaipur. It offers an affordable camping activity to explore the joy of staying in desert camps. You can find many camps in Jaipur with luxury tents, deluxe tents, and swiss tents. Enjoy the Rajasthani finger-licking foods especially it’s dal bati churma. Camps in Jaipur are more about losing yourself in its adventure activities such as camel safari, desert safari, and jeep safari.

Jaipur camping

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Char Dham Yatra

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India is the land of Devis (Goddesses) and Devatas (Gods). The number is 330 million and no less. This country is replete with holy shrines and temples.

India is the land of Devis (Goddesses) and Devatas (Gods). The number is 330 million and no less. This country is replete with holy shrines and temples. With the remains of rich Hindu mythology here, there are groups of pilgrims spread across vast borders in India. Of these, the Char Dham Yatra holds a significant spot. Char Dham is known as the four holiest pilgrimage sites in India that are widely revered by Hindus. These holy sites are Badrinath, Dwarka, Puri, and Rameswaram located in four different directions of India. The Adi Shankaracharya defined Char Dham consists of three Vaishnavite and one Shaivite pilgrimage centers. The Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath of Uttarakhand were known as Chota Char Dham to differentiate them from the bigger circuit of Char Dham sites. But after the mid-20th century, they were also known as Char Dham. Among four blest sites, Kedarnath is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Badrinath is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. On the other side, Yamunotri and Gangotri are dedicated to Goddess Ganga and Yamuna  (two holy rivers). It is believed highly sacred by Hindus to visit Char Dham during one’s lifetime. These four ancient temples also mark the spiritual source of four sacred rivers – Ganga(Gangotri), Yamuna (Yamunotri), Mandakini (Kedarnath) and Alaknanda (Badrinath).

 

In simple words, the Char Dham Yatra refers to the four holiest pilgrimage sites in India, viz. Badrinath (Uttarakhand in North), Rameswaram (Tamil Nadu in South), Dwarka (Gujarat in West), and Puri (Odisha in East). However, we are often confused with the 4 sacred destinations of Uttarakhand – the Devbhoomi. These Char Dhams – Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri – are, in fact, a part of the small circuit of four seats or the Chota Char Dham Yatra.

 

1. Badrinath

Temple of: Lord Vishnu

District: Chamoli

State: Uttarakhand

Altitude: 3133 meters

Badrinath is a sacred town at Chamoli district in the state of Uttarakhand, India. The most important in the four sites in India’s Char Dham pilgrimage, and gets its name after the temple of Badrinath.

The main god here is the Lord Vishnu, worshipped in his form of Badrinarayan. This place is the only one that is a part of both the original Char Dham and the Chota Char Dham circuits.

Legend: According to the Hindu epic Mahabharata, it is the place where Nar & Narayana – the dual forms of Lord Vishnu – meditated. Badrinath has also been mentioned as a destination that the Pandavas crossed en route heaven. Another popular legend tells that the Maharshi Veda Vyasa authored Mahabharata at a cave in Mana, a destination approximately 4 km from Badrinath.

Places to visit:

Badrinath Temple: Shankaracharya who discovered a black Saligram stone image of Lord Vishnu in the form of Lord Badrinarayan. He established the same in a cave near Tapt Kund hot springs. Whom the 16th century, the king of Garhwal moved the stone idol into the present day temple.

Neelkanth Mahadev Temple – The temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Nilkanth, a form of Shiva. It is situated at a height of 1330 meters and is located about 32 km from Rishikesh in the Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand, India. Is the first place to receive the sun’s light in the region.

Tapt Kund: It is a group of natural sulfur springs situated on the bank of River Alaknanda beside the Badrinarayan Temple. According to Hindu mythology consider that when Lord Vishnu was happy with Agni Dev’s (Fire God’s) penance, he granted a boon to eternally reside him in the form of this kind here. The normal water temperature is 55°c but rises gradually as the day progresses. So, when in Badrinath, do perform the ‘Agni Teerth’ that is believed to wash away all your sins.

Vasudhara Falls: Vasudhara Falls 400 feet high waterfalls are located 4 km from Badrinath in the Mana Village. It is said that the water of the falls will turn away from the visitors who are not pure at heart.

 

2. Kedarnath

The seat of- Lord Shiva

District- Rudraprayag

State- Uttarakhand

Altitude- 3553 meters

The Kedarnath Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is situated Garhwal Himalayan range near the Mandakini river in Kedarnath, Uttarakhand in India. Due to the extreme weather conditions is open only between the end of April (Akshaya Tritiya) to November (Kartik Purnima – the autumn full moon), the temple During the winters.  Kedarnath temple is brought to Ukhimath and worshipped there for six months. Lord Shiva is worshipped as Kedarnath here, that the ‘Lord of Kedar Khand’. the historical name of the region.

Legend: It is said that Nar & Narayana (two incarnations of Lord Vishnu) prayed in front of a Shivalingam in Badrikashram of Bharat Khand. blessed by their devotion, Lord Shiva granted them a boon. They requested Shiva to take up a permanent seat as a Jyotirlinga at Kedarnath so as to free the devotees of Lord Shiva from all their miseries.

Places to visit:

Kedarnath Temple – This temple was Built in the 8th century by the Hindu philosopher Adi Shankaracharya. The Temple is known to be built in the same vicinity where the ancient temple built by the Pandavas. Inside the temple, a conical rock formation is worshipped by the devotees as Sadashiva, a form of Lord Shiva.

Shankaracharya Samadhi –  The place situated nearby the Kedarnath Temple, the place is believed to be the place where Adi Shankaracharya took Samadhi.

Bhairon Temple – Bhairon Temple is approx located 1 km from the Kedarnath Temple, This temple is believed to be the home to the protector of the Kedarnath Temple and valley.

Gandhi Sarovar – The lake is believed that place from where Yudhishthir – the eldest Pandava – departed to heaven.

 

3. Gangotri

The seat of- Goddess Ganga

District- Uttarkashi

State- Uttarakhand

Altitude- 3048 meters

Gangotri – the origin of the River Ganges, It is one of the four sites in the Chota Char Dham pilgrimage circuit. The main Gangotri Temple was built by the Nepalese general Amar Singh Thapa. The river is also called Bhagirathi and acquires the name Ganga (the Ganges) from Devprayag onwards where it meets the Alaknanda river. The origin of the holy river is at Gaumukh, set in the Gangotri Glacier, and that is 19 km trek from Gangotri.

Legend: According to a popular legend, Goddess Ganga took the form of the river to cleanse the ashes(Ancestors’ bones) and liberate the souls of King Bhagiratha’s ancestors. when Bhagiratha meditated to please the goddess. for minimizing the impact of her fall, Lord Shiva placed her in his matted locks. At the point of impact, the goddess also known as Bhagirathi.

Another legend talks that Ganga as a beautiful woman born out from Lord Brahma’s Kamandal (water vessel). It is believed that Lord Brahma washed Lord Vishnu’s feet after the latter killed the demon Bali of his reincarnated form of Vaman. Lord Brahma, later on, collected this water in his Kamandal. and it is considered that Goddess Ganga was born out of it.

Places to visit:

Gangotri Temple: Built in the 18th century built by the Nepalese general Amar Singh Thapa, It is the home to the shrine of Gangotri.

Opening hours: 6:30 am – 2 pm, 3 pm – 9:30 pm; and the first week of May – Diwali

Submerged Shivling: The Shivling is submerged in the waters of River Bhagirathi at Gangotri. According to legend, it is that place their Lord Shiva sat to receive Goddess Ganga in his locks.

Bhagirath Shila: The holy rock where King Bhagirath prayed to Lord Shiva.

Pandava Gufa: it is approx 1.5 km from Gangotri takes you to the Pandava Gufa where the Pandavas are believed to have meditated and rested en route Kailash.

4. Yamunotri

The seat of- Goddess Yamuna

District- Uttarkashi

State- Uttarakhand

Altitude- 3291 meters

Yamunotri is the origin of the Yamuna River. The source and glacier are situated at an altitude of 4421 meters above the sea level, approx 1 km further up. But it is not easily accessible. This is the reason that the shrine has been located at the Yamunotri Temple at the foot of the hill. Pilgrims are prayers at the temple itself.

Legend: According to popular Hindu legend, sage Asit Muni – who had lived in a hermitage here – bathed daily in both Ganga and Yamuna. when he was old, due to his old age, he could no longer go to Gangotri, then a stream of River Ganga appeared opposite Yamunotri for him to bathe.

Places to visit:

Yamunotri Temple: This holy temple is located in the Garhwal hills at an altitude of 3291 meters above the sea level, who was built in the 19th century by Maharani Gularia of Jaipur. Goddess Yamuna is a presence here in the form of a silver idol.

Opening hours – 6 am to 8 pm and the first week of May – Diwali

Aarti time: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Divya Shila – Divya Shila is a powerful rock pillar nearby the Surya Kund at Yamunotri. The pilgrims offer prayers to this pillar before entering Yamunotri.

Surya Kund – One of many thermal springs in the region. The Goddess Yamuna is recognized to be the daughter of Surya (the Sun god) and Sangya. that’s the reason its name is Surya Kund.

Saptarishi Kund – The glacier is the actual source of Yamuna River and is located at an altitude of 4421 meters above the sea level. The strenuous trek to Saptarishi Kund involves a day for acclimatization at the temple.

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Popular Holiday Destinations in Himachal Pradesh

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Himachal Pradesh is situated in the western Himalayas, is bordered by states of Jammu and Kashmir on the north, Punjab on the west, Haryana on the southwest, Uttarakhand on the southeast.

Himachal Pradesh is situated in the western Himalayas, is bordered by states of Jammu and Kashmir on the north, Punjab on the west, Haryana on the southwest, Uttarakhand on the southeast, and Tibet on the east. It is the northern state of India. The Sanskrit meaning of this state name is – him means ‘snow’ and achal means ‘land’ or ‘abode’. The state is surrounded by majestic mountains, out of which some still challenge mankind to conquer them, the beauty of the land is beyond imagination. Shimla, one of the most captivating hill stations of India, is also the capital of the state. Not only Shimla Himachal Pradesh has several hill stations which are the most perfect destination to find respite from the scorching summer heat.

 

1.Shimla

Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh, the summer capital of British India. This hill station offers spectacular views of the snow-capped Himalayan ranges with lakes and rich greenery around. This hill will be consecrated stunning landscape and fresh climate all through the year for you. If you not will be distressed the ‘below zero’ temperature in winter.

Best time to visit: May to July, and November to January for snowfall.

Things to do: Jakhu hill and a visit to lord hanuman’s temple, enjoy shopping at the mall road,  viceregal lodge.

Nearby famous places: Tattapani, Solan, Mashobra.

Shimla Himachal Pradesh

 

2. Kullu Manali

Kullu and Manali are also one of the best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh. The best destination for those people who are on a lookout for fresh air and green mountains amidst the snow-covered ranges then Kullu Manali indeed should be on the top of your list.

Best time to visit: May to July, November to January for snowfall.

Things to do: indulge in adventure sports at Solang valley, Manali bird sanctuary, go for trekking, camping, angling & river rafting in Kullu, visit the old temples.

Nearby famous places: Solang, Rohtang Pass, Manikaran, Malana, Khirganga.

Manali Himachal Pradesh

 

3. Dharamsala – the Residence of the Dalai Lama

Dharamshala is a scenic city in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It is also known as the residence of the Dalai Lama. The city is famous for its climate but also you get to see how multicultural Indian community lives in harmony with the Indo Tibetan community. Tourists visit here from all over the world to get a glimpse of Tibet and support the refugees.

Best time to visit: April to July, November to January for snowfall.

Things to do: boat rides at Dal Lake, Kangra Fort, Bhagsunath Temple, Bhagsu Falls, visit the various monasteries, the Kangra art museum, the Dalai Lama temple complex and see the magnificent tea plantation on the foothills of Kangra Valley.

Nearby famous places: Khajjiar, Bir Billing, Palampur.

Dharamshala Himachal Pradesh

 

4. Dalhousie – the Mini Switzerland of India

Dalhousie a beautiful town of Himachal Pradesh, which is spread across 5 hills near the Dhauladhar mountain ranges.  It is a home of colonial-era buildings, included st. Francis and St. John’s churches. Some are fabulous places here, a trek up to dainkund peak leads to Pholani Devi Temple. And in the north, Subhash Baoli is a peaceful area with pine trees and panoramic views. Away from the noise of the city life, sit back and enjoy nature in Dalhousie.

Best time to visit: April to July.

Things to do: experience the magnificence of nature in the valley of Khajjiar which is called the Switzerland of India. Enjoy a charming walk or a trek in the beautiful terrain in the Dainkund Walk, Ganji Pahadi Walk, and Bakrota Walk. See the St. John’s church, the oldest church of the town carries the vast historical implication.

Nearby famous places: Dharamshala, Khajjiar, Kalatop.

Dalhousie Himachal Pradesh

 

5. Kasauli – the Gateway to Himachal Pradesh

Kasauli is a small town in the south-west area of Himachal Pradesh. It is situated at an altitude of 1927 meters and like a few other places in Himachal Pradesh, reflects the influence of colonial rule. The town offers a spectacular view and this is also a well-known health resort which makes it a marvelous holiday place. It is recommended to stay here for a day to explore the place properly.

Best time to go visit: November to March, and December to January for snowfall.

Things to do: visit the Anglican church which was built during the British era. Visit the monkey point Sanjeevni Hanuman Temple, which is in the shape of a lord hanuman’s foot. Sanjeevni hanuman temple. Must visit the sunrise and the sunset point where you can witness the most beautiful sky. If you are fond of walking and exploring nature then do take the Gilbert trail.

Nearby famous places: Parwanoo, Solan.

Kasauli Himachal Pradesh

 

6. Bir Billing – Peaceful Paradise

Bir is a hamlet located at the west of Joginder Nagar valley in the state of Himachal Pradesh, India. It is a noted center for ecotourism, spiritual studies, and meditation. And is also home to a Tibetan refugee settlement with several Buddhist monasteries and a large stupa. But if you are an adventure seeker. Then bir can be a good destination for you. This place is especially known for adventure sports and it has to be on your list of places to visit in Himachal Pradesh.

Best time to visit: May to July.

Things to do: experience some adrenaline rush as you paraglide in the beautiful Himalayan valleys and camp amazing weather and safe surroundings. Sightseeing the gorgeous Buddhism monasteries in bhattu, Coggan and chauntra bhattu colony located in the center of the forest. Just around 10 km from bir billing is the beautifully carved 13th-century vaidyanath devoted to Lord Shiva. Enjoy a visit for the Palampur tea cooperative where you can attend a free tour to see the tea making process.

Nearby famous place: Dharamshala.

Bir Billing Himachal Pradesh

 

7. Malana –  Feel High

Malana is a pristine Indian village in the state of Himachal Pradesh. This solitude village in the Malana Nala, a side valley of the Parvati valley to the north-east of Kullu valley, is isolated from the rest of the world. The peaks of chanderkhani and deo tibba shadow this beautiful village. The village provides spellbinding views of the deo tiba and chandrakhani crests.

Best destination for trekkers, solo travelers and anyone who wants to disconnect from the world for some time.

Best time to visit: The best time to go is May to August.

Things to do: be the witness some stimulating weather in this gorgeous village which is also called the little Greece of India. Enjoy panoramic scenes of the snow-clad Himalayas from the Chanderkhani pass and capture the mesmerizing beauty of kheer Ganga valley. Enjoy tracking through spectacular forests and across alpine pastures with tremendous views. Go for the pilgrim center Manikaran which has a hot water spring. Be a part of regional festivals in Malana village, with its idiosyncratic culture and customs.

Nearby famous places: Kasol, Manikaran, Tosh.

Himachal pradesh

 

8. Kasol – Trek for the Happiness of Your Heart

Kasol is beautiful hill station at the district Kullu, northern India state Himachal Pradesh. Which is situated in Parvati valley, on the banks of the Parvati river, on the way between bhuntar and manikaran. Its located 30 km from bhuntar and 3.5 km from manikaran. This beautiful hill station is also called the little Israel of India. The place is just on the way to the holy town of manikaran.

Best time to visit: May and June.

Things to do: the best place for hiking in the jungle – follow the trails along the Parvati river. Go for tracking to Kheer-Ganga is mesmerizing where you can experience the hot water spring. Visit Parvati valley is an ideal trail for trekking also known as the ‘Stoner’s Paradise’.

Nearby famous places: Malana, Manikaran, Tosh, Khirganga.

Kasol Himchal pradesh

 

9. Khajjiar – Heaven for Nature Lovers

Khajjiar is also one of the best hill stations in Himachal Pradesh. It is famous for Kahjji Nag Temple, built in the 12th century, is dedicated to serpent god. Besides, the high-altitude Khajjiar lake is surrounded by cedar forest. In the west, there is a Kalatop wildlife sanctuary, which is home of many animals including deer and bears. At some distance to the west, Dalhousie is a hill station with mountain views, dotted with temples and 19th-century British churches. It can be a good holiday destination with friends and family.

Best time to visit: May to June.

Things to do: go for the Khajjiar lake and ground via the Bakrota hills from Dalhousie. Pay to visit the tribute to the Khajji Nag Temple which is one of the most ancient temples. Experience the serenity of local villages known for its apple orchards. Enjoy the mercerizing views of Mount Kailash which is believed to be the home to Lord Shiva.

Nearby famous places: Chamba, Kalatop, Dalhousie.

Himachal Pradesh

Top 10 Places to Visit in Rajasthan 5

Top 10 Places to Visit in Rajasthan

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Rajasthan the land of Maharajas (The Land of Kings). The largest state of India, which covers a zone of 342,239 sq kilometres, and is 10.4% of India. it is a northwestern state of India.

Top 10 Places to Visit in Rajasthan

Rajasthan the land of Maharajas (The Land of Kings). The largest state of India, which covers a zone of 342,239 sq kilometers, and is 10.4% of India. it is a northwestern state of India. It is also Home of three famous national tiger reserves, including the Ranthambore National Park in Sawai Madhopur, Sariska Tiger Reserve in Alwar and Mukundra Hill Tiger Reserve in Kota. it is the best favorite destination for every tourist. Rajasthan has tenth highest in terms of domestic visitors and fifth highest in foreign tourists because here they enjoy the royal cultural heritage, Luxurious hotels, camel safaris, pristine lakes and magnificent forts, delectable food, exclusive handicrafts, and palaces.

 

1. Jaipur- The Pink City

Jaipur the pink city of Rajasthan, is known for here’s vibrant culture, Palaces, Forts, gardens, different kinds of handicrafts, jewelry, fabrics and even carpets here. It was founded in 1727 by Jai Singh II, the Raja of Amer who ruled from 1699 to 1743. It is a major tourist destination in India which is believed one of the best places to visit in Asia.

Best time to visit: All through the year, please avoid summers for the days are extremely hot.

Major attractions in Jaipur: Amber Fort, Jal Mahal, City Palace of Jaipur, Jantar Mantar – Jaipur, Hawa Mahal – Palace of Wind, Nahargarh Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Albert Hall Museum, Jaipur Wax Museum.

Jaipur Rajasthan

 

2. Jodhpur – The Blue City

Jodhpur the Sun city of Rajasthan, It was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha, a Rajput chief of the Rathore clan. if you are coming to Rajasthan tour, then you ought to visit this beautiful and ancient city. In this magnificent royal city, you can get to enjoy the grand palaces, forts, temples, museums and beautiful gardens, etc. Jodhpur also is known as the blue city. A city situated between the Desert, where the houses have been painted blue to keep the house cool. So why not be a majestical tour in this royal style in this vacation.

Best time to visit: All through the year

Major attractions in Jodhpur: Mehrangarh Fort, the Umaid Bhavan Palace, the Mandore Gardens, the Jaswant Thada, the Kalyana Lake and Garden, the Ghanta Ghar, Sardar Samand Lake, and Masuria Hills.

Jodhpur Rajasthan

 

3. Udaipur – The City of Lakes

The lakes city of Rajasthan, and also known as the capital of Mewar Kingdom. Udaipur was founded in 1558 by Maharana Udai Singh II of the Sisodia clan of Rajput. The lakes city is famous for its natural beauty. The morning view of Fateh Sagar lake and the night view of Ambrai ghat is the best one. the Sajjan Garh fort is the best place for sunset view. city palace is also famous for its infrastructure. So Udaipur also could the best holiday destination for you and your family.

Best time to visit: November to March

Major attractions in Udaipur: City Palace of Udaipur, Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar Lake, Jag Mandir, Udai Sagar Lake, Jagdish Temple, Monsoon Palace, Swaroop Sagar, Kumbhalgarh fort.

Udaipur Rajasthan

 

4. Jaisalmer – The Golden City

It is known as the Golden city is about 600 kilometers far from Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan. Jaisalmer was founded in 1156 AD by Maharawal Jaisal Sing. The name of this city named after him. Jaisalmer is famous for its beautiful sun-soaked sand dunes, exuberant forts, and rich culture, traditions, forts, palaces, and temples. This city lies in the heart of the Thar Desert (the Great Indian Desert). Jaisalmer hosts the annual Desert Festival in January-February and attracts travelers from across the globe to witness the magic of Rajasthani art forms.

Best time to visit Jaisalmer: September to November and  January to April.

Major attractions in Jaisalmer: Jaisalmer Fort, Kothari’s Patwaon-Ki-Haveli, Sam sand dunes, Gadisagar Lake, Tanot Mata Temple, Desert National Park.

Jaisalmer Rajasthan

 

5. Bikaner

Bikaner is situated in the northern region of Rajasthan, India. It was founded by Rao Bika in 1488. The city celebrates its foundation day on Akshaya Tritiya by flying kites and eating special Rajasthani food that includes Bajre Ka Khichda and Imli ka Paani (Tamarind Water) among other snacks. It is famous for temples, forts, and palaces, and the city is also known for its Camel festival usually held in January-February. Two other most important features of the city are Usta and Chadwa artforms of floral and geometric patterns.

Best time to visit: January-February

Major attractions in Bikaner: Junagarh Fort, Lalgarh Palace, Karni Mata Temple, Laxmi Niwas Palace, Lalgarh Palace and Museum, Laxmi Nath Temple, Bikaner Camel Festival.

Bikaner Rajasthan

 

6. Pushkar – Hosts the largest camel fair in India

Pushkar, the holy city of Rajasthan, has been known all over the world for its annual Camel Fair. One of the most best ancient cities of India, Pushkar is famous for the rare Brahma Temple. The temple is dedicated to the god of creation of the worlds. Besides, Pushkar Lake a sacred Hindu site with 52 ghats (stone staircases) where pilgrims bathe. If you like to click the photographs, you can not miss visiting Pushkar for there are endless emotions of rural India in its most original form.

Best time to visit Pushkar: October-November for the world-famous Pushkar Camel Fair

Major attractions in Pushkar: Pushkar Lake, Brahma Temple, The world famous camel fair, and Meerabai Temple.

Pushkar Rajasthan

 

7. Ajmer – The City of Multi-culture & Traditions

The city was established by Raja Ajay Pal Chauhan in the 7th Century. It is known for pilgrimage centers, quaint lakes, forts, and museums. Ajmer is Popular around the world for the Dargah Sharif — the shrine of Sufi saint Moinuddin Chishti, It is a regular destination for several celebrities who come here to seek blessings. The city is surrounded by the Aravalli range and the Naag Pathar range, which protects it from the Thar desert. It is also the 5th largest city of Rajasthan.

Best time to visit: All through the year

Major attractions in Ajmer: Dargah Sharif, Ana Sagar Lake, Adhai-din ka Jhonpra Mosque, Naag Pathar ranges.

Ajmer Rajasthan

 

8. Alwar – Home to the most haunted place in India

Alwar was formerly known as Ulwar, It was founded by the Rajput ruler Pratap Singh in 1770. It is said that Alwar was the first city. among the other cities, that signed a treaty with the East India company. It is also known for the ‘haunted’ fort of Bhangarh. With abundant flora and fauna, this place is the perfect example of a balanced ecology.alwar is known for its major cities which are mostly known for their royal architectures and so as Alwar which is also known for its royal forts and palaces and also for the nice gardens and some exquisite temples.

Best time to visit: October to March

Major attractions in Alwar: Bhangarh fort, Sariska Tiger reserve, Pandupol, Karni Mata temple

Alwar Rajasthan

 

9. Ranthambhore National Park – Sawai Madhopur

Ranthambore National Park was Founded by Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh in 1763, situated at Sawai Madhopur district, It is also one of the best tourist places in Rajasthan. It is known as the best home of tigers. The best tourist attraction here is The Ranthambhore Palace, which has been declared a UNESCO heritage as it imbibes a vast cultural history of the several clans, kings, and architectures.

Best time to visit Ranthambhore: November to February for it is easy to spot tigers at the national park.

Major attractions in Sawai Madhopur: The tigers at Ranthambhore National Park, and 10th century Ranthambore palace.

Rajasthan National Park

 

10. Kota

Kota, The beautiful city of Rajasthan, Situated on the banks of the Chambal River. which offers you history, culture, cuisine, nature, and heritage. Kota is mostly known as the educational hub of India. The stunning location of Rajasthan hosts numerous colleges and industries along with the forts and attractive havelis. Kota city was once used to be part of the Rajput kingdom of Bundi. But it became a separate princely state in the 17th century. besides the several monuments that reflect the glory of this town, Kota is also known for its palaces and gardens. The city reflects the wonderful construction style of Rajputs along with its impressive culture and interesting traditions. Which can be a good destination for holidays.

Best time to visit: November to February

Major attractions in Kota: Kishore Sagar, Chambal Gardens,  Jag Mandir, Garh Palace, Kota Zoological Park, Abheda Mahal.

Kota Rajasthan