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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Kasol

January 29, 2020 0

 KASOL 


 ABOUT 

Kasol is a small town in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. It is situated on the bank of Parvati river in Parvati Valley. Kasol is located on the way between Bhuntar and Manikaran. Kasol is popular destination among the tourist and backpackers and also acts as a base for trekkers to Malana, Kheerganga, Sar pass and Pin Parvati pass.

Walk along Parvati River in Kasol


 WHY TO VISIT 

Kasol is a small town which is not yet urbanized and one of the best place to enjoy the nature. That's why many tourist visit Kasol to sit back and relax. The place has a scenic view of snow capped mountains, surrounded by pine and oak trees and the gurgling sound of Parvati river. There are so many things to do in Kasol which include
  1. Kheerganga Trek
  2. Parvati River
  3. Pin Parvati Pass
  4. Tosh
  5. Malana
  6. Sar Pass
  7. Manikaran
  8. Cafes 
  9. Camping

Kheerganga Trek

Kheerganga has a panoramic view of lush green meadows. It is one of the best places to visit in Kasol. Kheerganga is holy place with a small temple of Shiva, geothermal springs and a bath tank.
   
Bath tank at Kheerganga

Kheerganga is a 11 km  trek from Barshaini which takes around 5 hours to climb on narrow trails. Its one of the easiest trek with beautiful views. Kheerganga provides cheap accommodation including guest houses and camps. Most tourists prefer to stay in camps because of the natural beauty of the place. There are any dhabas on the top but one must bring essentials for the way. 

Parvati River

Parvati river originates from Man Talai Glacier and flows through Parvati valley and finally merge in Beas river. Flow of the Parvati river is too dangerous for any activity but one can sit on a nearby rock and enjoy its view. The lake is situated at an elevation of 4100 meters.

Parvati River

Pin Parvati Pass

Pin Parvati Pass is situated at an altitude of 5319 meters. It is one of the most scenic trail passing through lush green forest, wide open meadows, many waterfalls, lakes and Parvati glacier. It is one of the few treks where one gets to walk on glacier. The Pin Parvati Pass connects the Parvati Valley of Kullu to Pin Valley of Spiti.


Pin Parvati trek

The Pin Parvati Pass is a difficult trail full of adventures and give trekkers a thrilling experience. Trek starts from Barsheni Village and ends at Manali in 11 days. The best season for this trek is in the months of June to September. Pin Parvati Trek is a challenging trek that requires great trekking skills and much stamina, hence it is not recommended for beginners.

Tosh is a small village located at the far end of the Parvati Valley. It is famous for cannabis. Tosh is a tranquil village which is untouched by urbanization and modernization. Kasol to Tosh trek is 22 km long trail full of scenic view. The village is popular for its lush green meadows and view of snow peaked mountains. 


Tosh Village
                                                                                     

View from Tosh Village
This place is famous among backpackers who want to escape from chaotic life and want to spend some time at quiet place. People also come here for yoga practices, meditation and for mental peace. The village has a smell of marijuana. There are many visitors from other countries as well, you can meet them and enjoy their culture and their amazing food as well.


Malana

Malana is an ancient Indian village, a side valley of Parvati Valley in North-East of Kullu Valley. It is situated at an altitude of 2652 meters on a remote plateau by the side of Malana river. If you are visiting Kasol and looking up for some sightseeing, adventure and want to see local tradition, Malana is blessing in disguise. The village administration is democratic and they believe to be world's oldest democracy.
Malana is 21 km drive from Kasol and by the end of this drive you also need to trek for 2 km to reach this village. While traveling to Malana you will see extreme beautiful views that will blow you mind.
 
Malana Village


  

Sar Pass

Sar Pass is located in Parvati Valley of Kullu district. It is perfect trek for beginners. The trek passes through lush green meadows, thick forest, small villages and snow capped mountains.
Tourist from all around the globe come to trek here. Also you can get all kinds of accommodation starting from budget hotels to high end hotels. 
Sar in local language means lake. While trekking you will have to pass by a small frozen lake and hence it got its name Sar Pass. The main fun of this trek is 100 feet long snow slide.


Sar Pass Trek

Manikaran

Manikaran is situated on the bank of Parvati river in Pin Parvati Valley to the north-east of Bhuntar in Kullu valley. It is located at an altitude of 1760 meters and at a distance of 4 km from Kasol and 35 km from Kullu.
Manikaran is famous pilgrimage for for both Hindus and Sikhs. Hindus believe that Manu recreated human life at Manikaran making this place sacred. There are temples of Rama, Krishana and Vishnu. 


According to Hindu belief Lord Shiva along with his wife Parvati were walking in the valley, when Parvati dropped her earings. The jewel was seized by Sheshanaga, and disappeared in earth. Shiva performed Tandav and Sheshanaga surrendered the jewel.

Gurudwara Sahib Manikaran

Sikhs believe that during third Udasi, Guru Nanak came to this place in 1574 along with his disciple Bhai Mardana. Mardana was hungry as there was no food. Guru Nanak send him to collect some food for langar. People gave flour but there was no fire to cook. Guru Nanak asked Mardana to collect stones and assemble them and a hot spring appeared. Guru Nanak asked him to put the chapatis in the spring and the chapatis sank in the water. Guru Nanak asked Mardana to pray to God to float all the chapatis and he will donate one chapati in the name of God, and all chapatis came back. Guru Nanak said that if anyone who donate in the name of God their items will float back. 


Cafe

Kasol has great cafes and restaurants and eating here is a ritual. These cafes offer you mouth watering food. You will get Israeli, Chinese, Indian,  Mexican, and multi cuisine. But eating here itself with the view of mountains is amazing experience. 

Cafe in Kasol

Camping

Camping is considered to be one of the most adventurous activity of Kasol. You can get an affordable camp in the Parvati Valley. Parvati Valley is known for its beautiful and scenic views of the Himalayas. It would be one of those few experiences which you will not easily forget. You will get to camp near the river and the soothing sound of the river will definitely will make this experience a memorable one. Kasol is also known for stargazing. 


 CLIMATE 

Kasol has good weather throughout the year. October to June is the best months to visit here. If you want to experience chilly weather, October to February is the best time. The average temperature during this time can range from  3 to 10 degree Celsius. You can also experience snowfall late in December to February. From March to May the average temperature is 15 to 22 degree Celsius and the weather is very pleasant. July to September is the monsoon season and Kasol experiences 1590 mm of rainfall yearly. The temperature ranges between 22 to 32 degree Celsius. It is better to skip the months from July to September because land slides, cloudbursts, road blockage and slippery roads are very common. Hotel prices fall to a huge extent during this time. However it is not wise to take that risk.

 TRASNPORT  

By air: Bhuntar is the nearest airport to Kasol. It is 30 km away from Kasol and an hour long drive. There are buses and cab services available from Bhuntar to Kasol. Bus service is available hourly from 8 A.M. to 6 P.M. and cabs are available at anytime. 
Bhuntar is connected to major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore and Chandigarh.

By train: Chandigarh is the nearest broad gauge railway station which 286 km from Kasol. Chandigarh is well connected to all the major cities. You can easily get a bus to Bhuntar and get down at Jari. From Jari you can easily get bus to Kasol. Cab service is all time available from Chandigarh to Kasol.
Kalka is also one station if you are looking to reach Kasol. Kalka is 260 km from Kasol. 

By bus: There are direct buses available from Delhi to Kasol. These are frequent. In case you don't get direct bus to Kasol you can take a bus to Bhuntar which is 30 km from Kasol. 


Friday, January 24, 2020

Ajmer

January 24, 2020 0

 AJMER 


 ABOUT 

Ajmer is situated in the heart of Rajasthan. It is one of the oldest cities and have seen many dynasties and is very rich in history. It is surrounded by Aravali mountain ranges on lower slopes of Taragarh Hill . Originally Ajmer was known as 'Ajayameru'.


 CLIMATE 

Ajmer has a hot climate and the temperature remains high through out the year. The average temperature during summer is around 30 degree Celsius i.e. in the months of April to July. During monsoon there is heavy rain followed by thunderstorms and receives about 22 centimeters of rainfall every year. During winter the average temperature ranges from 15 to 20 degree Celsius. 

 PLACES TO VISIT 

1. Ajmer Sharif Dargah
2. Adhai din ka Jhonpra
3. Taragarh Fort
4. Abkari Fort and Museum
5. Anasagar Lake
6. Pushkar

Ajmer Sharif Dargah

Ajmer Sharif Dargah is a famous Sufi shrine. It is the most holy and popular tourist place in Rajasthan. It is believed that those who pray here with pure heart their wishes come true.
Dargah is made by marble with a gold plated vault. 


Ajmer Sharif Dargah
Khwaja Moin-Ud-Din Chisti was a pious Sufi saint from Sanjar (present day Iran) who traveled all South Asia and finally reached and settled in Ajmer in 1192 and died in 1236. He was well known for his secular preaching. Grave of the saint is stitched by silver railing and a marble screen. In 1232 Mohommad Bin Tughlaq constructed a dargah which subsequently expanded by many rulers and saints over time. Many local and national rulers came to pray here. It is said Akbar along his wife came on foot to pray here every year.


Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra

Adhai din ka jhonpra means 'shed of two and a half day'. It was built by Qutub-Ud-Din Aibak on the orders of Mohammad Ghori in 1192 CE. 

Adhai din ka jhonpra

Adhai din ka jhonpara was originally a Sanskrit collage commissioned by Vigraharaja IV, a king of Shakambhari Chahmana (Chauhan) dynasty. The building was originally squared shaped. Lord Saraswati temple was located inside it. 
Qutub-Ud-Din Aibak partially destroyed it on the orders of Mohammad Ghori in 1192 and reconstructed it into a Mosque all within 60 hours (2 and -a-half days). It was completed in 1199 and later Iltutmish beautified it in 1213 CE.
 There is Sanskrit inscription on the gate which reminds of the origin of this monument. Adhai din ka jhonpra is a symbol of Indo-Islamic culture.


Taragarh Fort

Taragarh Fort was constructed on slopes of Taragarh hills in 1113 AD and it was built under  Ajaypal Chauhan. Its an amazing example of Rajasthani culture. During its peak time Taragarh Fort renowned for its tunnels crisscrossing the hills. Presently these tunnels are inaccessible. During Mughal rule Taragarh Fort was used as important center for military activity. During British rule it was used as sanatorium.  

Taragarh Fort


Abkari Fort and Museum

After the second battle of Panipath, Akbar defeated Hemu and Ajmer came under Mughal Sultanate. He constructed this fort for his son Shahjada Salim in 1570.
It is believed that after the victory over Chittorgarh in 1568, Akbar came to Ajmer from Chittaur to pray at Dargah. Akbar came in contact with Shiek Salim Chisti, who was a disciple of Moin-Ud-Din Chisti. With the bliessing of Salim Chisti Akbar had a son in 1569 name as Shahjada Salim who was later known as Jahangir. Akbar became so grateful that he visited Ajmer Sharif Dargah on foot from Agra for the next 12 years.

 
Akbari Fort And Museum

In 1908, a portion of the fort was converted into museum. The museum showcases numerous aspects of Mughal and Rajput lifestyle such as sculptures, paintings, and artifacts. The main attraction of the museum is a large statue of Goddess Kali situated in the palace.



Anasagar Lake

Anasagar lake is a artificial lake constructed by Arnoraja, who was the grandfather of Prithviraj Chauhan. It was built to help the local people. It is spread in 13 km.


Ansagar lake

Sunset at Anasagar Lake

Anasagar lake is beautiful and a great tourist attraction. The sunset is amazing. This lake dries in summer season every year. 


Pushkar

Pushkar is one of the oldest cities of India and is located 10 km in northwest of Ajmer. It has numerous ghats and temples which has great historical and religious tradition of Hinduism. Pushkar is also mentioned in Ramayana, Mahabharata, and Puranas, suggesting the importance of Hindu tradition. 
Most of the temples were destroyed by Muslim conquest. The temples and ghats which are present today are rebuilt in 18th century or later.

Pushkar

Pushkar Lake is the main attraction of the town and its water is considered as secret. It is believed that lotus fell from the hands of Brahma and Pushkar lake was born. It is considered to be the most secret sarovar among the Panch Sarovar. It has 52 bathing ghats and taking a dip in water is considers to nullify all sins and heal from skin diseases.

There are so many temples and the whole town remains enchantingly mystic. Some of the most famous temples are Varaha Temple, Old Rangji Temple, Apteshwar Temple, Ragunath Temple, Gayatri Temple, Mahadev Temple, Savitri Mata Temple and many more.

Pushkar Fair (mela) is held every year on Kartik Purnima during the months of November/December. It is the busiest time and biggest  cattle fare in the country. There animals include camels, cows and horses. 


Camel race in Pushkar
These animals are washed and decorated before trading. There are camel races during this time and one can not afford to miss this amazing fare.


 TRANSPORT 


Ajmer is situated at 137 km from its state capital Jaipur and 405 km from Delhi. It is well connected by road from major cities.

By Air: Located at a distance of 140 km, Jaipur Sanganer Airport is the nearest airport to Ajmer. Cabs and bus services are available. It will further take about 2 hours to reach. Cabs can cost somewhere around 1500 to 2000 rupees.

By Train: Ajmer is well connected to major cities like Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai, Pune, Jummu, Lucknow, Kolkata and Chandigarh. Most popular train that runs daily is Ajmer Shabdi which connects Delhi to Ajmer.

By Bus: Ajmer is well connected through Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation to major cities like Delhi, Jaipur, Udaipur. 


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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Manali

January 15, 2020 0

 MANALI 

Rohtang Pass Manali








 ABOUT

Manali is in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh, India and is situated at an altitude of 2050 m. It is on the bank of Beas river. It is 270 km from its capital city Shimla and 540 km from Delhi. Manali is popular destination among tourists and serves as a gateway for Leh and Spiti



 WHY TO VISIT 


Manali is a beautiful place which is famous among tourists for snow fall and fun activities like river raftingcamping and paragliding in Solang. Manali is also known fro its apple orchids. There are many things one can enjoy in Manali. There are many monasteries, temples, treks and many more within an hour distance from the city.





  • Hidimba TempleIt is the most famous temple of Manali and it is dedicated to Hidimba, wife of Bhima. Its local name is Dhungari Temple.Hidimba temple was made in 1553 AD by Maharaja Bahadur Singh. The temple is around the cave where Hidimba devi performed meditation.

    Opening hours: 8 am - 6 pm







Models in Museum of Himachal Culture And Folk Art
  • Museum Of Himachal Culture And Folk Art: The museum has collections of folk art, unknown and rare antiques. including religious relics, household objects, weapons, instruments, and scale models, among many other things.
    Antiques in the Museum










    Opening hours: 8 am - 8 pm

  • Tibetan Monasteries:   Manali has respectable number of Tibetan population. If one visits here don't miss this beautiful monasteries here. These monasteries include Himalayan Nyingmapa Gompa and Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa.

  • Opening Hours: 7 am - 7 pm
  • Manu Temple: 
  • Manu Temple
    This magnificent temple is dedicated to sage Manu, who is considered as the creator of this world and the writer of Manusmriti. It is in Old Manali nearly 3 km from Mall road. Manali and is believed to be the same place where sage Manu meditated after stepping on earth. This place is frequently visited by religious tourist and foreigners
  • Opening Hours: 7 am - 9 pm.

  • Vashisht Hot Water Springs
  • Vashisht temple from outside



    Vashisht Temple is famous for its sulphurous hot water spring. The water is said to have medicinal properties which can cure many skin diseases. This temple is pyramid shaped. Vashisht temple is famous amoung tourists and is 3 km from Manali.
    Hot water spring
    Hot water pool inside Vashisht temple



    Opening Hours: 7 am -  1 pm and 2 pm - 10 pm
  • Jogini FallsIt is situated 4 km beyond Vashisht temple in Vashisht village  and 7.5 km from Manali bus stand. Jogini is a beautiful waterfall surrounded by amazing views. The height of this waterfall is about 150 feet through different levels. The water will merge is the main stream of Beas river later. There is a small pool at the base and tourist can enjoy in water and spent some time. There is a trek of 3 hours from Vashisht temple to reach this place. The whole trek is very beautiful and scenic and passes through small villages and valleys of Himalaya.
    Jogini waterfall
    jogini waterfall


  • Maa Sharvari Temple: Located in the out skirts of Manali, Maa Sharvari devi is the manifestation of Goddess Durga and also the idol of Kullu King. This prime time to visit Maa Sharvari Temple is during the festival of Dussehra because at this time the idol is beautifully decorated and taken to the temple Ragunath ji.
    Maa Sharvari Temple


  • Nehru Kund: Named after the first Prime Minister of India, Jawahar Lal Nehru who used to drink water from this spring during his stay in Mnali. Nehru Kund is a cold water spring and a must visit tourist attraction near Manali. Located at a distance of 5 km from Manali on Leh-Manali Highway. It is believed that the water of the spring comes down from the Bhrigu lake which is situated at an elevation of about 4,300 meters  and is one of the best part of sightseeing in Manali.
    Snow on Nehru Kund peak and the cold lake


  • .Solang Valley:

    Snow activities are available in Solang Valley

      Solang Valley is also known as 'snow valley'. Its famous for its sports activities such as paragliding, mountaineering, skiing and parachuting.
    Mesmerizing Solang Valley

     This is famous for trekkers and also a hotspot for tourists. It lies 15 km from Manali. 
    The winter skiing festival is also organized in Solang every year and the activities like Zorbing, Horse riding & Snow Motor Bikes riding are offered for the entertainment of tourists.
  • Kothi: Kothi is a small village near the foothills of Rohtang Pass.
    Mountain view from Kothi
     Its is 12 km from Manali at an altitude of 2500 m from sea level. From the gorge, tourists can avail the views of the deep gorge, and the River Beas rushing through it.
    Snow at Kothi
















  • Rahala Waterfalls: Cascading from 8500 ft Rahala waterfall is one of the most stunning place. It is located on the way to Rohtang pass. Tourist who visit Rohtang take a halt to enjoy this mesmerizing beauty of this place. One can trek to the cliff of this water fall and enjoy the melting ice. The water of this waterfall is extremely cold as it is coming from the melting ice. The waterfall is in between dense Deodar, brich and pine trees making this place stunning for photography.
    Rahala Waterfall



      
  • Chandrakhani Pass: Chandrakhani Pass is the most beautiful trek passing through lush green Kullu Valley in Himachal Pradesh. It offers great view of Deo Tibba and Pin Parvati peaks of mountain ranges. Chandrakhani trek starts from Rumsu village which is an ancient village near Naggar. 
  • Snow at Chandrakhani Pass
    The route passes through beautiful Rumsu village and is covered with huge Deodar trees. These trees are believed to be secret and holy in the village. Chandrakhani Pass is located at an elevation of around 3,660m, and it makes an astounding trek experience in the Kullu Valley of Himachal Pradesh.


     
  • Scenic view of the route Chandrakhani Pass





    Old Manali:

    Old Manali is totally different from new Manali. Tourist visit this place to avoid the rush from Manali. It has cheap hotels and charming cafes. Old Manali is located 3 km from the Mall Road.
                                                                                                                                                                                  
    Scenic view of Old Manali village
    Old Manali cottage


  • Mall Road: Mall Road is the heart of Manali and is the busiest place in the hill city. This places has many shops, hotels, restaurants, food stalls and local shops. 
    Main market in Mall Road of Manali


      
  • Manali Sanctuary: Manali sanctuary is located at a distance of 2 km from main town. The admirable beauty and wild mountain animals made Manali Sanctuary one of the must see destinations of Manali. 
  • Information center of Manali wild life Sanctuary
  • It is spread over 3120 hectares of land and established in 1954. Animals include are Manali Wildlife Sanctuary includes animals like the Himalayan Black Bear, Musk Deer, Flying Fox, Stripped Hyena, Himalayan Tahr, Indian Hare, Barking Deer, Palm Civet, Serows, Himalayan Yellow Throated Martens, and Kashmir Flying Squirrels. Endangered animals like leopards, Brown Bears, and Goral can also be seen here. The rich forest of this Manali sanctuary is covered with trees like Deodar, Horse Chestnut, Kail, Maple, and Walnut. 



    Deodar trees is the Manali Sanctuary
      Beautiful water stream in Manali Sanctuary

  • Rohtang Pass: Rohtang Pass is located at 51 km from Manali. Rohtang is the gateway which connects Leh and Lahaul Spiti to Manali. More than 25 lakh tourist visit Rohtang every year. However this route is closed in winters and opens up in May. Tourist enjoy many snow activities like skiing, paragliding, snow scooter etc. 
    Rohtang la top
    Rohtang Pass is at an altitude of 3980 m above sea level and is considered as worlds deadliest roads. Rohtang means 'pile of dead' as many people have died crossing this difficult mountain range. Driving on this road after sunset can be very scary. There are hotels at Rohtang Pass so one needs to carry own tent.

    To visit Rohtang Pass Permit is required and one can not return on same day if they cross the Rohtang checkpoint. To collect your permit visit Rohtang Pass Permit


    View from rohtang

     Great Himalayan National Park: Great Himalayan National Park is the newest Park in the list of Indias National Parks. It covers an area of 754 sq. km. The Great Himalayan National Park is a habitat to numerous flora and more than 375 fauna species, including approximately 31 mammals, 181 birds, 3 reptiles, 9 amphibians, 11 annelids, 17 mollusks and 127 insects. They are protected under the strict guidelines of the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972; hence any sort of hunting is not permitted. 




 HOW TO REACH 

By Air: Bhuntar airport is the nearest airport in Kullu and is 10 km away from Manali. Flights operate on daily basis and connects to the major cities of India.
By Train: Jogindernagar railway station  is the nearest railway station to Manali. However one can reach Chandigarh or Ambala and from there taxi and bus services are available. 

By Road: Manali is well connected through buses and these buses run from different places 
including Delhi (540km), Chandigarh (305km), Dehradun (227km) and Ambala (370km). . The Himachal Pradesh state bus service is  frequent and these buses run at reasonable cost. The best and most cost effective way to reach Manali is by road. There are several private buses as well that connect the hill station with different part of the state.


 CLIMATE 

Manali is popularly known for its cool climate. Tourist mainly visit Manali during summers as this place is pleasantly cool even in summers. Winters are very chilly and snowfall takes place from November.

Spring (March to April)
During this time the ice starts to melt and the valley is very colorful from the growth of new leaves and flowers.

Summer (May to June)
The weather during this time is very pleasant and the average high is 25 to 28 degree Celsius while average low is 8 to 13 degree Celsius. This is the perfect time to visit for tourists. Rohtang Pass also opens during this time as road to Rohtang closes during winter season.
Summer is the perfect time for adventurous tourists to indulge in thrilling pursuits such as paragliding, zorbing, river rafting, rock climbing and trekking.

Monsoon (July to September)
Manali recieves 200 mm of monthly average railfall. However occasionally it receives heavy rainfall and landslides can occur. Travelling during monsoon to a mountain is dangerous as there is always a chance of land slide. The average high during monsoon is 25 degree Celsius while average low is 15 degree Celsius.


Winter (October to February)
Winters are very cold and the temperature falls to -2 degree Celsius. December and January are coldest months of the year and Manali receives heavy snowfall. Tourist come this time to enjoy winter activities like skiing, ice skating and ice carting. Manali hosts Carnival festivals during January month every year.
However Vashisht village and Old Manali which are popular tourist destinations remain closed during winter.

 


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