Saturday, 23 July 2011

How to Reach Lucknow

The Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport, Amausi serves as the city's main airport and is located about 20 km from the city center. Lucknow is directly connected by air with New Delhi, Patna, Kolkata, Mumbai and Hyderabad.

Lucknow is a major junction with links to all major cities of the state and country such as New DelhiMumbaiKolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Pune, Indore, BhopalGwalior, JabalpurJaipur and many more.

One of Lucknow's major bus terminals is Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar bus station at Alambagh. It has very modern facilities and is the main inter- and intrastate terminal in Lucknow. Another important bus station is at Qaiserbagh. Earlier, another bus terminal operated at Charbagh, directly in front of the main railway station, but this has now been reestablished as a City bus depot. The cities outside Uttar Pradesh that are covered by bus service are Jaipur, New Delhi, Gwalior, Bharatpur, Singrauli, Faridabad, Gurgaon and Dausa............

Kolkata/Calcutta, West Bengal

Kolkata, the capital city of West Bengal, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. People not only from India, but also from other foreign countries come to visit this city of joy. The city of Kolkata offers its tourists, lots of avenues, in terms of natural beauty, marvelously erected monuments and fun activities. At the same time, it provides them a deep insight view of a tremendously rich and intellectual culture. Motherland of noted scholars, this city is also famous for its education as well as trading sector. Thousands of people come here every year, to explore the beauty of this attractive place.

Apart from the natural beauty in and around Calcutta, present in the form of beaches, lakes and other such spots, the city also has magnificent architecture to flaunt. In fact, owing due to its outstanding palaces, the city is often called the 'City of Palaces'. There are also several religious places in the city. With modernization of the city, places like Birla Planetarium and Science City and amusement parks like Nicco Park and Aquatica, have also become major attractions of the city.

Kolkata is also a shopper's paradise. Hogg's Market, AC Market, College Street, Dakshinapan Shopping Complex, Central Cottage Industries Emporium at Chowringee, Shreeram Arcade, City Centre, Treasure Island and Forum Multiplex are a few places where you can get to explore all the famous items of Kolkata, right from junks to exquisite crafts. While in Kolkata, don't forget to buy ethnic wear for yourself. Do relish a lot on the local delicious sweets of the city. For roaming around these places, make use of local transport, in the form of state buses, private carriers, cabs, metered auto & taxis, trams and metro.

Places to See:

Howrah Bridge

Howrah Bridge was built over river Hooghly in 1943. It is one of the largest cantilever bridges in the world and the largest cantilever bridge in India. It was constructed to replace the famous Floating Pontoon Bridge, support the military transportation between Howrah and Kolkata during the World War II. This British engineering marvel is now referred to as Rabindra Setu.


Esplanade is a beautiful tourist spot located in the heart of Kolkata. Though it is literally not an esplanade, because it is not exactly located besides a water body, the place is surely one of the most vibrant places in Kolkata. It houses several important enterprises, institutes, government offices, hotels, banks and shopping malls of the Kolkata city.


Kalighat is one of the most visited tourist spots of Kolkata, renowned for its historical as well as religious significance. It is even said that the city was named after this famous place only. Situated on the southern block of the city, near the bank of river Bhagirathi, the place is famous for the ancient Kalighat temple, Rabindra Sarovar and Birla Museum. More


Rajbari, the palace in Shobha Bazar of Kolkata, is basically famous for the grand celebration of Durga Pooja, held here since 1757. The grandeur of this pooja is incomparable to anywhere else in the city. Celebrated in the heritage palace of the royal family of King Nabo Krishna Deb, the celebrations are attended by people from far-flung area of the city.

Manik Tala

Manik Tala developed during the British colonialism. At that time, it was the occupied by the aristocratic families of British India. Though the area has become old and crowded now, its genuine aura attracts crowd till date. The appearance of this area is still very much like a British colony, which makes it an interesting venue. It also houses Swami Vivekananda’s birth place.

Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City, better known as Bidhan Nagar, is one of the first planned centers in Kolkata. It has been named after Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy, the first Chief Minister of West Bengal. Established in 1962, it is a namesake of Salt Lake City of US, due to the similarity in its origin with the latter. The place is surrounded by water from three sides and is visited by several exotic migratory birds.

Raj Bhavan

Kolkata is full of wonderful architectural structures of British era. One of them is Raj Bhawan, built in 1803, as the residential accommodation of the Governor-General of India. The architecture of this three-storied building has been inspired by the famous Kedleston Hall of Derbyshire. Presently, it serves as the residence of the Governor of West Bengal.

Kolkata Race Course

Race Course is a familiar name amongst the elites of Kolkata. Located in the heart of the city, near Victoria Memorial, it was established in 1820, by the British. Till now, it is maintained by the Royal Calcutta Turf Club. Here, the races are held basically from the month of July to September and November to March. The major racing events are Queen Elizabeth Cup & Calcutta Derby.

Maidan and Fort William

Maidan is one of the most famous locations of Kolkata. It is an open ground, stretching in for about 3 km in length and 1 km in width. It encloses the famous cricketing ground Eden Gardens and Kolkata Race Course. The place also has the famous Fort William in its vicinity. This famous fort was built under the control of Robert Clive, from 1757-1781.

National Library

The National Library of Kolkata is the largest library in India and the second largest in Asia. It currently houses 2 million books and approximately half a million documents. It was opened to the general public on 1st February 1953. Since then, it has been running under Department of Culture, Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Government of India.

Shaheed Minar

Saheed Minar is a wonderful architectural masterpiece, built by Sir David Ochterlony, It is also known as Octerloney Monument, after its founder. Located near Esplanade, this outstanding Egyptian-style minar is very similar to the famous Qutub Minar of Delhi. It is estimated to be about 158 ft. high and has balconies at the top.

Marble Palace

Marble Palace is a wonderful palatial mansion in Kolkata that dates back to the 19th century. This brilliant architectural structure, just as its name suggests, has been constructed from 90 different varieties of marbles. Built for residential purposes of Raja Rajendra Mullick, in 1835, this palace is now used as a tourist spot, on special permission.

Vidyasagar Setu

Vidyasagar Setu is one of the sister bridges of Rabindra Setu, a.k.a. Howrah Bridge. Situated over River Hooghly, it is one the largest cable bridges in the country and also one of the largest bridges in Asia. It was opened for public on 10th October, 1992. Named after the great Indian reformist Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, it links Howrah to the twin city of Kolkata.

Eden Garden 

Eden Garden is one of the most well equipped cricket stadiums in India. This stadium has a sitting capacity of about 90,000, which is one of the largest in India. Also Known as the Lord's of Asia, this stadium has witnessed several historical first class matches since 1917-18. It is the second biggest cricket stadium in the world, behind the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Park Street

Park Street is one of the most happening places in Kolkata. Recently, it was renamed as Mother Teresa Sarani, after the great Mother Teresa of ‘Missionaries of Charity’. Since 1950's, this place has been a major center for shopping and recreation. Even today, all the popular restaurants of the city, including Sourav Ganguly restaurant Sourav's, is located in this area.

Nalban Lake

Nalban Lake is a 400-acre lake, located in Bidhan Nagar, about 12 km from the heart of Kolkata city. It is a very popular spot for picnic and family outings. The entire area around the lake is full of beautiful forest. Situated amidst silent outskirts and serene atmosphere, this place is a real delight for those who want an escape from the overcrowded parts of Kolkata.

Rabindra Sarobar

The city of Kolkata has many places that worth visiting, one of the best amongst which is the Rabindra Sarobar. An artificial lake located in South Kolkata, it is about 30 km away from Dum Dum airport and 12 km from the Howrah railway station. Earlier known as Dhakuria Lake, it was later named Rabindra Sarovar in honor of the great noble laureate Rabindra Nath Tagore.

Rabindra Sadan

Kolkata is famous for its cultural expeditions. In fact, it is world-renowned for its rich cultural lineage. There are several cultural centers in the city, of which the most famous is Rabindra Sadan. Located at the junction of A.J.C. Bose Road and Cathedral Road, Rabindra Sadan is a paradise for art lovers.


Kolkata Excursions

Sunderban National Park

Once you have entered West Bengal, the opportunity for several kinds of expeditions opens in front of you. If you are bored of cities, sky-scrapers and malls and looking for something very natural and rustic, the vast tract of forests and salt water swamp of Sundarbans would be the perfect destination. It is actually a swampy forest area, forming the lower part of the Ganges Delta.


Santiniketan is a small town located in the Birbhum district of West Bengal. The place should be included in your must-visit list of the excursions around Kolkata. Apart from being known for its soothing atmosphere, the place is also renwoned for the Visva-Bharati University, which was established by the great noble laureate Rabindra Nath Tagore. More

Frazerganj Beach

Frazerganj beach is well known for its whitish silver sand. This place is loved by all those people who are looking for a serene getaway from Kolkata. s this place is not much exploited, it is pristine and holds the charms of an unspoilt arena of joy and daintiness.

Ajodhya Hills

Ajodhya Hills are a part of the Dolma Hill Range, siatuted near Kolkata. They are basically raw forests that are meant for nature lovers and young mountaineers. The entire place is covered with dense forests. The guggling waterfalls of the place make it a natural delight.


Bankura is a wonderful destination for all those who are looking for a trip to explore the archaeology, history, culture and crafts of West Bengal. The places for where you can plan a trip in Bankura are Susunia Hills, Biharinath Hill and Jhilimili. Bankura is extremely famous for its terracotta horses as well.

Diamond Harbor

Diamond harbor is located about 50 km from the city of Kolkata. It is a wonderful place, if you are planning for a picnic trip or a single day outing away from the city life. The tranquil atmosphere of the harbor, along with the enchanting beauty of the place, will surely woo your heart.

Digha Beach

Digha, located about 187 kms from the city of Kolkata, is the most popular sea resort of West Bengal. It is a typical eastern coastal beach, which makes a wonderful vantage point for sunrise and sunset views. It is a hard beach, where one can drive during low tide.

Sagar Island

Sagar Island, popularly known as Gangasagar, is a wonderful island located on the holy confluence point of river Ganga and the Bay of Bengal. It is a beautiful, serene island, loved by all the people who want to have a peaceful holiday. It is also considered a sanctified site meant for pilgrims and religious souls.


About 40 km from Rajmahal, on the western bank of Ganges, lays Gaur. It is a city of ruins, sitauted in the Malda district of West Bengal. The city, though now merely reduced to ruins, has some ancient architecture that is still worth a visit. Once a city of glory and the capital of Muslim dynasty, Gaur is now visited only for the historical remains of those glorious days............

How to Reach Kolkata

Kolkata is well connected by airways, to all the major countries in the world as well as to the key Indian cities. There are regular flights from all the major cities of India, like Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai, to the place.

The rail connectivity of Calcutta is also very good. Trains connect the city with all the major cities of India. Super fast trains like Rajdhani and Shatabdi Express ply between Kolkata and Delhi and other nearby places.

The road connectivity of Kolkata to adjoining areas is also wisely planned. The Esplanade Terminus is the main bus terminal that lies in the heart of the city............

Dibrugarh, Assam

Dibrugarh is a major gateway of Upper Assam and is an important commercial centre of the state. It serves as the headquarters of the Dibrugarh district, Assam and is very often referred to as the 'Tea City of India', as it accounts for a major share of the total tea production of the country. The city derives its name from Dibarumukh, which means from the 'mouth (mukh) of the river Dibaru or Dibru'. Dibrugarh was a very famous encampment of the Ahom Dynasty during the Ahom Chutia war. After the war ended, it became the headquarters of the Lakhimpur district of Assam. Later on, in 1971, the sub- division separated from Lakhimpur and became an independent district, with its headquarters in Dibrugarh town itself.

Dibrugarh is situated on the banks of the vast river Brahmaputra and is bounded on the north by Dhemaji district, on the east by Tinsukia district, on the southeast by Arunachal Pradesh and on the north and southwest by Sibsagar district. The city is mainly formed by the Brahmaputra and its major tributary, the Burhi Dihing, and has an altitude ranging between 99 and 474 meters. The entire region can be divided into three zones - the active floodplains and charland, the middle plains and the southern foothills. The foothills consist of isolated hills, which are composed mainly of lateritic soils. This is particularly suitable for the cultivation of tea and hence, the entire area can be seen dotted by tea gardens and dense forests.

A major event in the history of the region was the vicious earthquake in 1950, which claimed the lives of thousands of people in the city. The earthquake measured an overwhelming 8.5 on the Richter scale and changed the entire course of the river Brahmaputra, leading to the destruction of a major portion of the city. Although the city was rebuilt after the devastating earthquake, its impressions can still be seen in certain areas of the city. With such an exquisite landscape, the city has much to offer in terms of attractions or tourists spots for travelers and nature lovers.

The major places to visit in and around Brahmaputra are Koli Aai Thaan, Barbarua Maidam, Bogibil Bridge, Dibru Saikhowa Park and the Sarumechow-Bormechow Maidam. Apart from this, there are a number of Satras around the region, depicting a strong influence of the Vaishnav culture and customs. Modern Dibrugarh has progressed rapidly economically and also educationally. It is often regarded as the education hub of Upper Assam. Dibrugarh University and a number of other such reputed institutions have been established in the city, with the idea of promoting better and enhanced education to the masses.

Places to See:

Koli Aai Thaan

Koi Aai Thaan is a very famous tourist spot of Dibrugarh, which is dedicated to Koli Aai, the daughter of the head priest of the Dibaru Satra of Assam. It is said that due to the lack of male heir, the satra started disappearing. However, Koli Aai kept the Satra alive by preaching its ideals and principles. It is believed that Koli Aai was bestowed with divine powers and she vanished from the site one day, leaving behind a strong religious hold in the minds of the people.

Barbarua Maidam

At a distance of 14 km to the south of Dibrugarh, just adjacent to the NH37, there are two ancient graveyards that were raised to honor two officials of the Ahom Dynasty. Historian Sarbananda Rajkumar believes that these two maidams or graveyards were erected for Bura Dihinigia Barbarua and Deka Dihingia Barbarua. Apart from these, there are several other smaller maidams at the same site, which were constructed to honor other soldiers of the same regime.

Sarumechlow and Bormechow Maidam

These two maidams are found in the Lengeri mouza locality of Dibrugarh city and are said to be the graveyards of Sarumechlow and Bormechow, who were the queens of King Sukhampha Khura (1552 – 1611) of the Ahom regime.

Lekai Chetia Maidam

This maidam is dedicated to Lekai Chetia, an officer of the Ahom Kingdom, during the term of Swargadeo Pratapsingha. Located in the Sessa area, near Mankata road of the Dibrugarh district, the maidam has now become a revered spot in Assam. 

Bahikhowa Maidam

The Bahikhowa Maidam is found in the Khowang Tea Estate area of Dibrugarh. This graveyard is dedicated to Bahikhowa Dasarath Dowerah. He was the Chief of the Army staff of Ahoms, during the reign of Swargodeo Rajeswar Singha. Apart from this huge maidam, there are several other smaller maidams located in the nearby places, but all of them are in ruins now.

Dehing Satra

The ruins that are seen on the banks of the Dehing River under Larua mouza in present Dibrugarh, was a very famous satra during the rule of the Ahom king Rajeswar Singha. During the famous Moamoria revolution, the satra received royal support from Rajeswar Singha and also from a number of other kings like Lakhi Singha and Gaurinath Singha.


Dibrugarh Excursions

Namphake Village

At a distance of about 37 km from the township of Dibrugarh, on the banks of the river Burhidihing, is the Namphake village of Assam. A very beautiful Buddhist monastery is located in this area. This monastery is regarded as a meditation center, due to its unique natural settings and serene atmosphere.

Naharkatia Town

Naharkatia is a town situated in the Dibrugarh district of Assam, which is renowned for its petroleum and gas reserves. The place is especially famous for its tea gardens and is considered to be an important commercial hub of the state. At a short distance from the town lie the historic Jaypur, Tipam and Namrup. Besides this, the oldest oil pool in the state is also located here.

Dehing Namti Satra

Around 8 miles from the town of Naharkatia, on the banks of river Disang (under Sasoni mouza), is the age old Dehing Namti Satra of Assam. The satra was established by Binandashyam Gohain and was initially situated between the roads of Hologuri and Sariyahtoli, in Dibrugarh. The current location of one of the chief wings of the satra is at Namti, in Nazira.

Dinjoy Satra

This satra was first established by a prime devotee of Gopal Atadev, Srimanta Aniruddha Dev, in a village of North Lakhimpur. It was later shifted to Khutiaputa, arund the time when the Moamoria rebellion took place.

Moderkhat Satra

Moderkhat Satra is actually an extension of the Dinjoy Satra and was established in the Moderkhat area of the Dibrugarh district. Chandrakantadev was the founder of this monastery. He was the brother of Sidanandadeb Dinjoy, who was the head priest of the Dinjoy Satra of Assam.

Garpara Satra

Garpara satra is older than the Dinjoy Satra itself and is situated in Rohmoria mouza, Assam. The head priest of this satra was Narimaider. In recent times, there has been a proposal of shifting the satra to a new safer location, because of soil erosion at the present site.

Raidangia Dol

Raidangia Dol is found in the Kalakhuwa area of Laruah mauza, under the Barbaruah Dev Block of Assam. Established in 700 AD, by Swargodeo Pramatta Singha, the place was originally dedicated to the worship of Lord Vishn. Later on, it became famous as Shiva Col. The dol contains relics of the powerful Ahom Kingdom.

Dibru Saikhowa Park

Dibru Saikhowa National Park is situated in the Tinsukia district of Assam, only a few kilometers away from Dibrugarh. The park is the abode of a number of rare and endangered species of the animal kingdom. This includes the Royal Bengal Tiger, Clouded Leopard, Gangetic Dolphin, Barking Deer and the Asiatic Water Buffalo. The major avi fauna of the park includes Greater Adjutant Stork, Lesser Adjutant Stork, Indian Shag, Grey Heron and the White Winged Duck............

How to Reach Dibrugarh

Mohanbari Airport connects Dibrugarh to all the major airports in India, like Guwahati, Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore.

The railway station in Dibrugarh has trains for the purpose of both interstate and intercity transport.

The city of Dibrugarh is at a distance of 440 km from Guwahati and 240 km from the famous wildlife sanctuary, Kaziranga............

Kadapa Excursions


On the banks of Pennar River, Pushpagiri is a picturesque place known for its primeval temples. This group of temples is known as the Pushpagiri Temples. Chennakesava Temple, being the largest one, attracts tourists from far-off places, due to its artistic magnificence. Built during the Vijayanagara period, these temples are amongst the oldest temples of the country. 


About 7 km from Vempalli in Pulivendula Taluka, Gandi Temple is renowned for housing a huge statue of Sri Anjaneya Swamy. This shrine was established hundreds of years back............

Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh

Kadapa, formerly spelt as Cuddapah, is a city of historical significance in Andhra Pradesh. It has derived its name from Telugu word 'Gadapa', which means 'threshold'. Since the city acts like a gateway from the north to the blessed hill of Shri Venkateshwara, it was named as Kadapa. Cuddapah forms a major part of the state's tourism. Bordered on three sides by the Nallamala and Palakonda hills, the lovely city is located about 8 km to the south of Penna River. 

The chronological events affirm that Kadapa had been ruled by the Cholas and the Kakatiyas from the 11th to 14th century. Later, it was swayed by the kings of Vijayanagar Empire and subsequently, by the Muslims of Golkonda. In 1800, the British had power over Cuddapah. Though it is an ancient town, it was essentially extended by the Nawabs. The city still houses the ruins and remnants of the erstwhile royalty. 

The ancient city has many primordial temples and mosques to boast of. Exotic variety of flora and fauna revitalizes the lackluster monuments. Cuddapah also has the distinction of embracing Maghdoom-e-Ilahi, which is one amongst the biggest shrines in the Rayalaseema region. To put succinctly, Kadapa is one of the place to explore the relics of the times of yore.

Places to See:

Brahmamgari Matam Temple

In Andhra Pradesh, Brahmamgari was a famous person who envisaged many events of the Dark Age (Kaliyuga). In fact, what all he predicted has really happened. Brahmamgari Matam Temple is dedicated to the legend. People still believe that Brahmamgari will appear as Veerabhoga Vasantha Rayalu in Kaliyuga, to demolish the evil forces and restore the values. 

Sri Venkateswara Temple

Considered the door step for Lord Venkateshwara, Sri Venkateswara Temple is visited by thousands of devotees. It is said that one should visit this temple before going to Tirupati, in order to accomplish their pilgrimage. The unique feature about this shrine is that here, Lord Anjaneya's idol is placed right behind the idol of Sri Venkateswara. 

Sri Kodanda Ramaswamy Temple

Sri Kodanda Ramaswamy temple is dedicated to Sri Kodanda, one of the most worshipped deities in Andhra Pradesh. The temple is located in Vontimitta town and is about 25 km away from Kadapa. The majestic gateway and magnificent architecture of the temple allures its tourists. 

Veerabhadra Swamy Temple

One of the famous temples of the region, Veerabhadra Swamy Temple is to be found on the Mydukur-Proddutur Road. Situated on the banks of Kundu River, the temple attracts people in large number. The festival of Maha Shivratri is observed here with grand celebrations. 

Tallapaka Temples

Tallapaka, a small village located in the Rajampet mandal of Kadapa district, is abode to a number of temples that attract the tourists due to their architectural magnificence. Apart from the temples, the village gains prominence, because it is the birth place of Saint Annamacharya, the composer of some of the popular devotional songs dedicated to Lord Venkateswara. 

Pushpagiri Temples

One of the pilgrimage destinations of Kadapa district, Pushpagiri is house to a group of temples, popularly referred to as 'Pushpagiri Temples'. Built on the banks of River Pennar during the Vijayanagara period, Pushpagiri Temples are located 16 kms away from the city of Kadapa. Famous for its numerous temples, Pushpagiri holds significance for being the only holy place for both Shaivas and Vaishnavas. 

Bhagavan Mahavir Government Museum

Bhagavan Mahavir Government Museum has been established by the Government to conserve the important artifacts of the primeval age. It has a collection of valued bronze icons, antediluvian stone sculptures and primitive inscriptions. The priceless artifacts peep into the ancient civilization. 


Ontimitta is a small town, renowned for Kodanda Rama Swami Temple. The aesthetic splendor of this temple has been mentioned in the travelogues of Tavernier, a French traveler who visited the place in 1652. Its colossal size and artistic beauty attracts people from far and wide. 

Devuni Kadapa

Near Kadapa city, Devuni Kadapa is a place that is believed to be the doorstep of Tirupati. Before proceeding towards Tirumala Tirupati, the pilgrims stop at this place to pay their homage to the presiding deity. 

Ankalamma Gudur

Abode of Ankalamma Swamy, Ankalamma Gudur is the famous place sited on Pulivenlda-Simhadripuram Road. Ankalamma Swamy Temple is visited by hundreds of people on Thursdays and Sundays. 

Gandikota Fort

Situated on the right banks of River Pennar, Gandikota village is renowned for its Fort. Gandikota Fort is beautified with the picturesque beauty of nature and wild forest, thereby making it one of the tourist attractions of Kadapa. The history of the Fort dates back to 112 A.D. Historical records suggests that the Fort was prominent during Kakatiya, Vijayanagara and Qutub Shahi periods. 

Ameen Peer Dargah

Kadapa district is a much visited destination by Muslims as well, because the well known Ameen Peer Dargah is located there. The 325 year of Dargah is visited by thousands of pilgrims every year. One can witness flock of devotees especially on Thursdays and Fridays, because they visit the Dargah to seek blessings of Saint Peerullah Hussaini and Saint Arifullah Hussaini, who were buried here. 

Lankamala Sanctuary

Lankamala Sanctuary, one of the major tourist attractions of Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh, is spread over 464.42 sq km of area. It is about 15km away from the city of Cuddapah. The sanctuary is characterized by steep slopes and deep gorges. Waterfalls in its premises add to its picturesque beauty. It is home to a number of endemic species, while its forest consists of dry deciduous and dry evergreen shrubs. 

Located in Rajampet, Sri Venkateswara Wild Life Sanctuary is a very popular national park. It is home to rare and slender Lories. Plant species like Sandalwood, Thumbergiana, Shorea and Redsandars can be found in the sanctuary. 

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