Sunday, 22 January 2012

Almora Excursions

Ranikhet


Around fifty Kms from Almora the quiet and beautiful cantonment township of Ranikhet, is famous for it's salubrious climate, balmy breeze captivating and panoramic Himalayan View and soothing and pollution free greenery of pines and oaks. It is also famous as the regimental center of the Kumaun Regiment of Indian Army- one of the most prestigious and the most decorated of all. The Kumaun Regimental museum and amicably maintained grassy and green golf course are memorable experiences even for the most experienced tourists.


From Ranikhet four Kms sojourn takes you to the Chaubatiya gardens famous for it's sprawling orchards of delicious apples, plums, peaches and apricots. It is result of the pioneering efforts of a British settler 150 years ago. In and around Ranikhet there are some famous temples of the Hindus for religious minded like Jhoola Devi Mandir, Ram Mandir, Herakhan Mandir, Kalika Temple and Binsar Mahadeva.



Kausani, situated around 52 KMs from Almora is famous for it's breathtakingly close view of the Himalayan Peaks and it's solitudes and greenery. The wide expanse of the famous Katyur Valley lies in front of it as you wake up to experience the Kausani sunrise. Kausani's beauty arrested the feet of even Mahatama Gandhi, who stayed for some time at this place. The memory that brief stay of that great man lingers behind in the Anasakti Ashrama.




Another great man of India the famous Hindi poet Sumitra Nandan Pant was born here. There is small museum to earmark that sacred spot. The famous folk singer Gopidas was also inspired by the beauty of Kausani. Pinnath (10KMs), Bura Pinnath (5KMs) and Bhakot are the highest points near Kausani.



Situated only 30 KMs away from the township of Almora lies Binsar nestled amongst thick forests of Oak and Rhodendron and yet offering surprisingly close views of the Himalayan peaks. The entire region is now a wildlife sanctuary and has a host of wildlife like Panther and Barking Deer. The temple of Binsar lies nearby. One of the many legends concerning Binsar states that 'Should anyone take away anything belonging to the God or his worshippers and avenging spirit and compels him conscience stricken to restore it twenty fold. Even the faithless and the dishonest are said to be reformed by a visit to Binsar.'

Bageshwar


Situated around 90 KMs from Almora, Bageshwar is now a new district headquarter and the centre of administration for the entire region called Danpur. The place is significant from both religious and tourist point of view. Situated at the confluence of the rivers Saryu and Gomti,  Bageshwar  is the seat of the famous Uttaraini fair which is held every year in January. The famous and ancient temple of Bagnath from which the township gets it's name has been attracting thousands of devout Hindus year after year since the birth of history. It is believed that Markandey sage has lived at the place and that Lord Shiva, one of the most important gods of Hindus had wandered about as a tiger. Even for the adventurous tourist  Bageshwar is a necessary destination since in order to reach the glaciers of Sunderdunga, Kafni and Pindari one has to necessarily cross  Bageshwar.

Shitla Khet


Situated between Ranikhet and Almora this picturesque place not only affords a wide view of the Himalayan peaks but is also full of fruit orchards. Scouting camps are frequently held here and there is a beautiful temple of Syahi Devi around 3 KMs away on a lovely mountainous trail. The birth place of the first chief minister of the province of Uttar Pradesh, Pandit Govind Ballabh Pant is a place called Khunt situated nearby. Some years back a centenary memorial has been built at this place to commemorate the memory of this great son of the soil.

Jalana

Situated 35 KMs away from Almora in picturesque surroundings Jalna offers a wide panoramic view of Himalayas. There are a number of orchards which produce a number of variety of fruits such as apricots, peaches, peers, plums and apples.

Baijnath


Lying in the Katyuri valley, 19 KMs away from Kausani is the small but ancient town of Baijnath. It was once upon a time the capital of the Katyuri dynasty of kings and the place was then called Kartikyapura.




The remnants of those glorious days lies at the bank of the Gomti river in the form of a group of temples.




The temple is famous for it's ancient and magnificent stone idol of the Hindu goddess Parvati.




Around 8 KMs from Baijnath on the Gwaldam road is lies the famous Kotkimai temple. One can also visit Pandusthal which lies nearby.

Dwarahat


Situated in a wide valley of the river Ramganga, Dwarahat lies around 32 KMs from Ranikhet. And is a very important town from both historical and archeological point of view and may also have been the capital of some branches of Katyuri kings. Around 10 KMs from Dwarahat lies the famous Doonagiri temple atop a hillock which is famous in legends for containing the herb drug Sanjivini. The temple dedicated to the goddess Durga is situated in the midst of beautiful and dense forest and a tea estate. Some distance from Dwarahat lies the temple of Naithan Devi.

Manila


Manila literally means enchanting. The famous temple of Manila Devi , the family goddess of Katyuri kings lies around 85 KMs from Ranikhet. The surrounding forests and the Himalayan views from this hill ridge are worth remembering. 

Katarmal




Situated around 17 KMs Northwest of Almora, Katarmal is famous for 800 years temple dedicated to the Sun God. The only temple in India dedicated to Sun is the Konark temple in Puri at Orissa.

Patal Bhuvaneshwar


Fastly emerging on the international tourism map, Patal Bhuvaneshwar is a unique wonder of the nature.




Situated about 110 kms. from Almora towards Gangolihat, in Pithoragarh district the underground cave of Patal Bhubneshwar has a vertical tunnel shaped 40 meters path for getting inside into it from the ground.




After reaching at the bottom, the main passage opens into several small horizontal caves, out of which the longest accessible cave is 120 meters horizontal in length. The most important thing is to notice is the mystery of natural carving of many animals, Gods and Goddesses in such a fine way that all it seems real. The cave temple of Patal Bhubneshwar is traditionally believed to be the abode of thirty three crore deities. These marvelous creature of the nature can evoke weird romantic fancies and images in the religiously inclined person.

Jogeshwer


Situated around 35 KMs from Almora, Jogeshwer one of the most important religious places of Hindus in Kumaun and is believed to be the abode of the one of the twelve 'Jyotirlingas'. It is even mentioned in the great epic of 'Mahabharata'. The great temple complex is situated in a narrow and beautiful valley covered with Cedar trees. Two streams Nandini and Surabhi flow down the hills and meet near the sacred spot. Dense grove of Cedar trees, perpetual verdure, and sweet murmur of the riverlets give a peculiar charm and sanctity to this place.




Their are 124 temples and hundreds of magnificent statues of exquisite craftsmanship. The oldest shrine is of the 'Mrityunjaya' and the biggest shrine is of the 'Dindeshwara'............
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How to Reach Almora

Air
The nearest airport to Almora is at Pantnagar, the seat of a famous agricultural university, about 127 KMs from Almora.


Rail
The nearest railway station is at Kathgodam situated around 90 KMs away. Kathgodam is connected by rail directly with Delhi, the capital of India, Lucknow, the capital of the state of Uttar PradeshDehradun the capital of the state of Uttarakhand and Calcutta.


Road
From Kathgodam local transport, private taxies as well as buses run by private operators, and buses run by the state government are available at all hours. By road Almora is connected conveniently and is merely 380 KMs away from Delhi, 466 KMs from Lucknow and 415 KMs from Dehradun............
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Mount Abu Excursions

Trevor's Tank


Trevor's tank is situated approximately 5 km from Mount Abu. It is named after the British engineer who got it constructed. The main attractions of the tank are the pigeons, peacocks and partridges that can be easily seen by the birdwatchers in the densely wooded hills nearby. 



Located approximately 8 km from Mt. Abu is the Achalgarh Fort. Rana Kumbha got the fort constructed in the 14th century. It is mainly famous for some beautiful Jain temples enclosed inside it. Among all the temples, the significant ones include Achaleswar Mahadev temple (built in 1412 A.D.) and Kantinath Jain Temple (built in 1513 A.D.). 

Guru Shikhar


15 km from Mount Abu is Guru Shikhar, the highest peak on the mount. It is approximately 1722 m above the sea level. The peak provides an amazing view of the environs of Mt. Abu. Other attractions of the peak include a small shrine and a temple of Dattatreya. 

Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary
Mount Abu Wildlife sanctuary comprises of Aravalli, the oldest mountain range. Declared as a Wildlife Sanctuary in 1960, it has numerous places for sightseeing. The floral biodiversity of the sanctuary is quite rich starting with xenomorphic subtropical thorn forest at the foothills to subtropical evergreen forest along watercourses and valleys at higher altitudes. 112 plant families with 449 genera and 820 species fill up the sanctuary. Some of the 3 species of wild roses and 16 species of feras seen here are quite rare. In the southwest area, the sanctuary abounds in bamboo forests............
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How to Reach Mount Abu

Air
Udaipur is the nearest airport, which is 185 km away from Mount Abu. There are regular and direct flights to Delhi, Mumbai and Jaipur from Udaipur. You can take taxis/buses from Udaipur to reach Mount Abu.

Rail
Abu Road, 28 km away, is the nearest railway station. The Mount Abu road railway station is well connected to Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Jaipur and Jodhpur

Road
Mount Abu is well connected by road with major cities of Rajasthan and India such as Delhi, Ajmer, Bundi and Udaipur. State roadways and private buses/taxis operate between Mount Abu and other cities/towns of Rajasthan and the neighboring areas............
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Chennai Excursions


Mahabalipuram
Tirupati
Chennai tourism offers some good excursion options. There are ancient temple towns like Mahabalipuram and Tirupati (in Andhra Pradesh), traditional townships and villages that specialize in crafts like Kanchipuram, and golden beaches like Covelong............
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How to Reach Tirupati

Road
A number of buses are operated by the government and private operators connecting Tirupati to other major cities and towns such as Chennai, Hyderabad, Vizag and Bangalore.


Rail
Tirupati has a major railway station which is well equipped and has ten platforms but only five are used; and presently undergoing modernization, including three escalators.Renigunta junction which lies on the busy Chennai and Mumbai rail route, is just 10 minutes drive from Tirupati town. There are many trains travelling across the country with Tirupati as the starting point. Tirupati is well connected to major cities across India, esp. Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad.


Air
Tirupati Airport is a domestic airport that has flights to Hyderabad, Vizag, Chennai, New Delhi via Hyderabad and Bangalore. The airport is located 15 km from the city centre. Closest international airport is located in Chennai, (Chennai International Airport) which is 130 km from Tirupati............
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How to Reach Chennai

Air
Chennai serves as a major gateway to southern India, and the Chennai International Airport, comprising the Anna international terminal and the Kamaraj domestic terminal. The city is connected to major hubs across Asia, Europe, and North America through more than 30 national and international carriers.

Sea
The city is served by two major ports, Chennai Port, one of the largest artificial ports, and Ennore Port. The Chennai port is the largest in Bay of Bengal with an annual cargo tonnage of 61.46 million (2010-2011) and is India's second busiest container hub with an annual container volume of 1.523 million TEUs (2010-2011), handling automobiles, motorcycles and general industrial cargo.

Rail
Chennai is the headquarters of the Southern Railway. The city has two main railway terminals. Chennai Central station, the city's largest, provides access to other major cities as well as many other smaller towns across India. Chennai Egmore is a terminus for trains to destinations primarily within Tamil Nadu; it also handles a few inter-state trains.

Road
Chennai is well connected to other parts of India by road. Five major national highways link Chennai to Mumbai (via Bangalore), Kolkata, Kochi , Tiruchirappalli (Trichy) and Tirupati and onwards to the rest of the national highway system. Numerous state highways link the city to Puducherry and other towns and cities in Tamil Nadu and neighbouring states............
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Bhopal Excursions




The invaluable Indian treasures, in the form of Bhimbetka Caves, are surrounded by the craggy terrains of the Vindhya mountainous ranges. Located 46 km south of Bhopal, these Neolithic caves preserve prehistoric paintings and murals that are almost 12,000 years old. These ancient cave paintings vividly portray the lives and everyday activities of primitive cave dwellers and also exhibit their narrative skills. More than 200 caves form a part of this cave-sanctuary and enchant many visitors with their prehistoric significance.



Sanchi is perched on a secluded hill, 46 km from Bhopal. Its clusters of stupas, chaityas and monasteries make it one of the most significant visitations of tourists from all corner of the globe. These stupas, constructed within 3rd century BC and 12th century AD, bequeath the place with a lot of historical and religious importance. On Buddha Purnima, Buddhists congregate here to celebrate the triple anniversary of Gautama Buddha's birth, enlightenment and parinirvana.



Snuggled atop the Satpura Hills at 1,067 meters, the hill station of Pachmarhi is located about 195 km from Bhopal. Its serene backcloth, with emerald forest glades, jamun groves, cascading waterfalls, deep ravines and coppices of sal and bamboo, make it an ideal sanctuary for communing with the beauty of nature. The cave shelters in the Mahadeo Hills that house ancient rock paintings increase its popularity amongst tourists. A mountain ride to Pachmarhi is must, while you go for recreational trips around Bhopal.


13 km from Sanchi and 5 km from Videsha is Udaigiri, famous for its rock-cut cave sanctuaries. There are many Hindu and Jain caves that run in succession here and impart the place its charm. You can find delicately carved images of Lord Vishnu here. It is believed that Buddhist monks used these caves as their abodes in 2 B.C. Built mainly during the reign of Chandragupta II, a visit to these ancient caverns, along with the Gupta temple perched on the summit of this hill, will help you understand the aesthetic dimensions of Gupta art and architecture.

Bhojpur


Bhojpur lies 28 km southeast of Bhopal and merits a visit. A brilliant example of Hindu temple architecture, the ancient 'Bhojeshwar Temple' was constructed in the later part of the 11th century and heightens the popularity of the place. A venerated shrine, the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is referred to as the 'Somnath of the East'. It enshrines a massive 'lingam', about 2.3 m high and 5.3 m in circumference. This time-defying monument stands in an incomplete state, but poses an inspiring sight, with its titanic pillars and unfinished dome............
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Udaigiri Caves



The spurts of creative outpourings of the Guptas were legendary and served as the hallmark of the dynasty. If you want to have a rich glimpse of architectural legerdemain of the Guptas, just check out the Udaigiri Caves of Madhya Pradesh. 13 km from the stupa-crowned hillock of Sanchi and 4 km from the town of Vidisha, are a group of 20 rock-cut Gupta cave shrines believed to be the abodes of Buddhist monks in 2nd century BC. Sculpted into a sandstone hill, they truly beautify the landscape of the place.

According to an inscription etched on one of these caves, they trace their origin to the imperial rule of Chandragupta II (382-401 AD). If we go by this fact, we can predict their existence to 4th -5th century AD. These cave sanctuaries comprises of both Hindu and Jain caves that run in sequence, one after the other. Two of these are Jain caves and the rest are all Hindu caves. They evoke pictures of Gupta regime and possess all the archetypal characteristics that gave Gupta art its unique vitality and fervor.


The aesthetic way of expressing art and enlivening monuments with inventive designs by the Guptas, deeply resonate in these structures. Skillfully molded capitals and the inimitable treatment of inter-columniation define the traits of their artistic manifestation. Moreover, the beautifully adorned entranceway and richly carved facades and doorways of the caverns are one of the best representations of art in India. The caves are also assigned numbers, probably listing the sequence in which they were excavated.

Cave 1, the Rani Gumpha or 'Queen's Cave', is around the corner. The pillars, arches and the rear of the courtyard, on the lower level, exhibit beautiful sculptures. On the back wall of the upper story, one can also see a decorative frieze that shows animals and other communal scenes. Caves 3 and 4 are double-storied and contain sculptures of a lion ensnaring a prey, elephants with snakes swathed around them and pillars emblazoned with many mythical-looking winged animals.


Apart from these festooning, one can also notice impressive carvings of Lord Vishnu here. These strictures invest the place with spirituality. Cave 5 has an elaborate image of Vishnu in his boar incarnation, with a frieze of Gods decked above. Cave 20 has Jain carvings and Cave 9 has pillars in its hall. Besides, the ruins of the 6th century Gupta temple, perched atop the summit of a hill, highlight the antiquity of the place............
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Panchmarhi



A place blessed with red-sandstone cliffs and emerald-green coppices, Panchmarhi is a magnificent work of art. It stands tall as being the only hill resort in the entire state of Madhya Pradesh. A summer retreat during the days of the British regime, the place today embraces tourists from every alcove of India. With its jutting peaks, lush glades, cascading falls and unfathomable ravines, the splendor of this hill resort remains enviable. In fact, the beauty of Pachmarhi has played a pivotal role in augmenting travel and tourism in the state.


This little oasis of warmth, placidity and beauty is set against the jagged backdrop of the Satpura mountain ranges and is elevated at a height of 3,350 ft. As far as mythological legends are concerned, Pachmarhi is believed to have borrowed its name from the Panch Marha (five caves) in the region. These caves are said to have served as the abode of the five Pandava brothers during their period of exile and form an important tourist draw of the place. Even in the cave sanctuaries of Mahadeo hills of Panchmarhi, antique rock paintings remain treasured. All these make the place a rich archaeological treasure trove.

Complementing the luxuriant showers of nature and archaeological wonders; ancient monuments, dating back to the colonial era, also lace the landscape of Panchmarhi. The place owes its discovery to Captain James Forsyth of the Bengal Lancers, whose pioneering work made it a health sanatorium and a summer retreat of the Central province in British India. The legacies of British, in the form of churches & cemeteries, magnify the otherwise quintessential beauty of the place. From newly wed honeymooners to elderly couples, the place today awes and hypnotizes all who saunters to its lap.

With a landscape that dishes out so many wonders, the beauty of Pachmarhi today is equated with the hill stations of the Himalayas. Nevertheless, what makes this paradisiacal place unique is its virginal air that has still eluded commercialism. One can indulge in the true mountain spirit, without getting assaulted with the cacophony of a city life. Its winding tracks that cut across thickets of sal, bamboo and teak trees provide travelers with adventurous trekking opportunities. Scaling its mountains and dipping in its sparkling ponds are a few activities...........
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Sanchi



Sanchi, crowned with clusters of stupas and monasteries, is one of the most significant visitations of Buddhists from all corner of the globe. Tucked away at an elevation of 1423 ft, it is actually a small town in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The serene vistas of Sanchi, bedecked with architectural remnants belonging from 3rd century BC to 12th century BC, make the place a historical benchmark for exploring Indian Buddhism. In 1989, these ancient relics of the place were incorporated in the World Heritage enlistment.


The serenity of Sanchi, underlined by its well-preserved monuments in the form of stupas, chaityas, monasteries, temples and gateways, is in consonance with the teachings of Hinayana Buddhist Philosophy. This predominance of Buddhism, in the form of its artwork, makes the place an important religious site of the Buddhists. Apart from being a major pilgrimage destination, Sanchi also unearths the various facts associated with the genesis, efflorescence and culmination of Buddhist art and architecture, covering a span of 1500 years.


Though a place that conjoins the various dimensions of the Buddhist religion; ironically Sanchi was never visited by Buddha during his lifetime. It was in reality the place where King Ashoka gave expression to his newly acquired fervor and reverence for the religion. This religious zeal of Ashoka led to the outcropping of a large number of Buddhist monuments in the place, which still resound with spiritual messages. Though not hallowed by any significant phase of Buddha's life, the mystical contemplation of the place cannot be denied.
Its religious, architectural and archaeological connotations make Sanchi a popular tourist corner, for delving into the true realms of the Buddhist religion. The overpowering sense of calm felt in the place is increased manifold by its panoramic landscape. The well-entrenched lookout points, scattered amidst the hilltops, are ideal for soaking the bucolic tranquility of the place. The Buddhist ambience of the place, coupled with breathtaking beauty, elevates one to the higher planes of spiritual rejuvenation and exaltation. For people willing to experience succoring beauty while in a vacation; Sanchi remains unrivaled............
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Bhimbetka caves



Bhimbetka caves of Madhya Pradesh, located 46 km south of Bhopal, is a valuable repository that acts like a sentinel to the prehistoric art and architecture of India. Infact, these caves claim a distinction as the largest treasure house of prehistoric art in the country. Dr V. S. Wakankar, one of the most renowned of Indian archeologists, discovered these caves. It was by a fluke of luck that he noticed these caves dotting distant hills, while on his way to Nagpur, in 1958. The word 'Bhimbetka', derived from 'Bhim Baitka', has mythological connotation. These caves are named after 'Bhima', one of the five Pandavas of Mahabharata.

The discovery of Bhimbetka caves has indeed opened the floodgate of the immense popularity of the region of Bhimbetka. The entire region peppers with caves, more than 600 in number. Shaded in a thicket of teak and sal, amidst rock-strewn cliffs, they find enlistment as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Some of these caves also preserve paintings that traverse various eras. There are enchanting rock paintings that dates back to the Paleolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic periods adorning these caves.

Infact, these cave paintings are the prime attractions of Bhimbetka and show striking similarity to the aboriginal rock paintings of the Savanna regions of Australia, the paintings done by pygmies of the Kalahari Desert and the Paleolithic Lascaux cave paintings of France. Since these caves actually formed dwellings for primitive people belonging to various ages, the paintings here demonstrate their lifestyle and mundane everyday activities. Inventive designs & deft handling of colors have brought to life the remote activities of our ancestors.

Various community activities, like birth, burial, dancing, religious rites, hunting scenes, animal fighting and merrymaking, find a place in these paintings. Pictures of animals like rhinoceros, tigers, wild buffalo, bears, antelopes, boars, lions, elephants, lizards etc also find intense depiction. It is quite a marvel that the colors of the paintings at Bhimbetka have skillfully avoided the vagaries of time. Natural red and white pigments are common colors used in these paintings. Often green and yellow are also used.

The colors are a combination of manganese, hematite, wooden coal, soft red stone, plant leaves and animal fats. These chemicals have, over the time, reacted with the rocks and contributed in preserving these precious artworks of Bhimbetka. Scrupulous observation shows differences in patterns, which are archetypal of various periods. Huge linear figures of animals are the trademark of Paleolithic paintings. With the passage of time, paintings became smaller, precise and more delicate.

Slowly, religious images were interspersed, which delineates the change in psychological make-up of the people. The oldest of all the paintings dates back to around 12,000 yrs back, while the most recent is around 1000 yrs old. Out of the many caves in Bhimbetka, only 12 caves are open for visitors. These caves are like the colorful shards of a broken mirror that unite to provide a rich glimpse to the lives of our predecessors............
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How to Reach Bhopal

Air
One can easily reach Bhopal by air, as it has an international airport of its own. Bhopal airport, also known as the 'Raja Bhoj Airport' is located 15 km southeast of the main city center. Regular Alliance Air flights link Bhopal to cities like Mumbai, Indore, Delhi and Gwalior. Flights of Sahara Airlines connect Bhopal with Delhi, Guwahati, Goa, Indore and Lucknow. International flights, operated by Air India, are available for reaching from places like Sharjah and Dubai.

Rail
Bhopal Railway Station, near Hamidia Road, connects it to different parts of the country. Bhopal is one of the two major Delhi-Mumbai railway lines and is the main railway junction of the West Central Railways. It is also the terminus of the Shatabdi Express, which daily shuttles between Delhi and Bhopal. Various express trains ply between Bhopal and cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Agra, Gwalior, Indore, Gujarat, Jhansi and Ujjain and facilitate railway travel to the place.

Road
The roadways that lead to Bhopal are well maintained and motorable. The bus station is near the railway junction in Old Bhopal. Extensive bus services (state/ private) are available for getting to various places in and around Madhya Pradesh. Daily buses are available for places like Sanchi (46 km), Vidisha (56 km), Indore (186 km), Ujjain (188 km) Pachmarhi (195 km) and Jabalpur (295 km). Interstate bus services are also availabl, which makes commuting to distant places from Bhopal possible by road............
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Indore Excursions




Kasturba Gram: Situated about 8 kms. from Indore on the Khandwa Road, the Kasturba Gandhi National Memorial Trust was founded by Mahatma Gandhi. The headquarters of this trust were shifted from Wardha to Indore in 1950.


Mhow: 22 kms. from Indore, you will find the old military ambience at picturesque Mhow. Now a small city , it was an old British Cantonment and Military Hearquarters.


Mandu: (99 kms. from Indore) Perched along the Vindhyan ranges, at an altitude of 2000 feet, Mandu, with its natural defences, was originally the fort capital of the Paramara rulers of Malwa. Later towards the end of the 13th century, it came under the Sultans of Malwa, one of whom renamed it as Shadiabad - the city of joy.


Some of the structures worth seeing in the fort complex are the tomb of Hoshang Shah, Jami Masjid, Ashrafi Mahal, Jahaz Mahal, Roopmati's Pavilion, Baz Bahadur's Palace and Hindola Mahal.


Omkareshwar: (78 kms. from Indore) Situated at the confluence of the Narmada and Kaveri are temples built in the medieval Brahmanic style. Omkareshwar has one of the 12 Jyotirlingas enshrined at the temple of Shri Onkar Mandhata, set in picturesque surroundings.


Patal Pani: Another scenic spot towards Mhow, Patal Pani is famous for its waterfalls. The water falls from a height of 150 ft. into a kund whose depth, till date, remains unfathomable. Hence the name Patal Pani.


Dhar: Dhar is 47 kms. away from Indore and it used to be the capital of the former Paramara kings. Famous among them is Raja Bhoj. Earlier, Dhar boasted of an exquisite image of Goddess Saraswati at the Bhojsala temple. The same image is now displayed in the British Museum, London.


Bawangaja: About 175 kms. away from Indore, you can see a 72 foot high statue hewn from one rock, at Bawangaja. It is also an important Jain pilgrimage centre belonging to the 15th century............
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