Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Puri Excursions

Lying on the eastern coast of Orissa, Chilka Lake is one of the most sought after tourist attractions near the holy city of Puri. The source of the lake is the Mahanadi River, which drains into it. Chilika Lake is one of the largest lakes in not only India, but also Asia and stretches over an area of 1,100 sq km. More

Balighai Beach
Lying at a distance of 8 kms from Puri, the beach at Balighai serves as an excellent family picnic spot. Its tranquil waters, scenic locales and Casuarina fringes make it a must-visit destination. For the complete relaxation of mind, body and soul, this is just the perfect place. 

Satyabadi is a small town located at a distance of 20 kms from Puri. The town is known for being the venue of a shrine dedicated to Lord Sakshigopal. Since the shrine holds much religious significance for people, it is said that if you don't visit Satyabadi, your trip to Puri is incomplete.

Brahmagiri lies at a distance of 25 kms from the main city of Puri. The place is famous for the shrine of Alarnath. The temple witnesses a heavy rush of devotees, especially during Anabasara of Lord Jagannath. In its close proximity is situated the shrine of Baliharachandi. 

Raghurajpur, a very famous village of Orissa, is known for its superb Pattachitra and Talapattachitra paintings. It is also the hometown of the renowned Odissi dancer, Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. Even today, one can see young boys practicing the Gotipua dance here. This small village definitely deserves atleast one visit. 

Sakhigopal is a famous pilgrimage located at distance of 10 to 20 km from Puri. One of the major attractions of the place is the Sakhigopal Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Krishna. For those who are interested in getting an insight into the Hindu philosophies, Sakhigopal is the perfect place............

Chilka Lake

Lying on the eastern coast of Orissa, Chilka Lake is one of the most sought after tourist attractions near the holy city of Puri. The source of the lake is the Mahanadi River, which drains into it. Chilika Lake is one of the largest lakes in not only India, but also Asia and stretches over an area of 1,100 sq km. It is a very popular picnic spot and provides ample opportunities for boating, fishing and bird watching. If you just want to relax and soak the sunrays, this is the perfect place for you.

Dolphin at Chilka Lake

The lake is located far away from the hustle bustle of the city and serves as the perfect getaway from the daily tensions. During winters, Chilka Lake serves as a bird sanctuary, providing home to a wide variety of migratory birds that come here from different parts of the world. For people who want to keep away from the maddening rush of city, there can be no better option than to enjoy sitting by the side of the lake or going on a long walk along its extensive stretch or indulging in bird watching 

The dazzling view of the Chilika Lake, the melodious humming of birds and the rejuvenating calmness of the environs are bound to leave an ever-lasting impression in your mind. The scenic beauty of the lake has been a source of inspiration for numerous pets in the past. Going on a cruise is another one of the adventures you can undertake while visiting the Chilka Lake. So, pack your bags right now and get ready to lose yourself in this beautiful world............

How to Reach Puri

Bhubaneswar serves as the most convenient entry point for traveling to Puri by air. The capital city of Orissa is linked with all the major cities of India, such as Kolkata, Delhi and Hyderabad, by direct flights.

Puri has a good railway network also. Regular trains operate from the railway station in the city, connecting it with almost all the major cities of Orissa as well as the rest of the country. 

Puri has a good network of roads, connecting it with the major parts of India. For getting to Puri from some other city of Orissa, it is best to travel by road as it is a very convenient and inexpensive option. Government State Transport and Orissa Road Corporation buses regularly ply between Puri and Bhubaneswar, Kolkata, Chilka, Konarak, Chennai, Sambalpur and Visakhapatnam............

Ranikhet Excursions

Kausani is located approximately 60 km away from Ranikhet. This is a picturesque site, offering a 350-km long panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks like Trisul, Nanda Devi and Panchchuli. It lies amidst the dense pine trees, with commanding views of Someshwar valley on one side and Garur and Baijnath Katyuri valleys on the other. This place is called the 'Switzerland of India', due to similarity in landscape with the Swiss Alps. 

Binsar Mahadev

A beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, Binsar Mahadev Temple is only 15 km away from the main township of Ranikhet. It has enchanting surroundings, with a beautiful natural spring and lovely cedar forest nearby. Near the temple, there is also an ashram, dedicated to Binsar Mahadev. 

Sun Temple (Katarmal)

One of the ancient temples in Almora, the Sun temple at Katamal is approximately 800 year old. This temple is surrounded by 44 small shrines. The temple is known for its ancient exquisite architectural pattern and wonderful stone carvings, which adorn its wall. 25 km away from Ranikhet, this is a major excursion from the town. 


Approximately 8 km from Ranikhet, on the way to Ramnagar, there is a beautiful, verdant and exotic village called Tarikhet. This village has a mention in history, for its participation in India Freedom Struggle. The famous Gandhi Kutiya, where Mahatma Gandhi stayed during the freedom struggle, is a place worth visiting, to feel and understand the glorious history of India. 


Sitakhet is located approximately 25 km from Ranikhet. It is a scenic spot, with a panoramic view of the mystic Himalayan ranges. There is a dense forest in this area, abounding in wonderful fruit orchards and several medicinal herbs and shrubs. 


This is an ancient historical site located on the Ranikhet - Karnaprayag Road, is about 38 Km from Ranikhet. This place was once the capital of the Katyuri Kingdom. It is basically famous for being the location of ancient temples like Mrityunjaya, Dhwaj, Badnirath, Maniyan, and Kachri Devtas. Every year, in the month of April, a very interesting and famous fair, Syalde-Bikhauti, fair takes place here. 


Khoont, a small village known for being the ancestral village of the great freedom fighter - Govind Vallabh Pant, is approximately 30 km from Ranikhet............

How to Reach Ranikhet

The nearest airport from Ranikhet is Pantnagar Airport. It is situated approximately 120 km away from Ranikhet, making it the perfect strip for traveling to the place by air. From the airport, you can either hire private cabs or board taxis, to reach your destination. 

The nearest rail-head from Ranikhet is Kathgodam Railway station, which falls at a distance of approximately 80 km from the town. Regular bus and cab services are available from Kathgodam to Ranikhet. 

By road from Delhi, one has to take NH 24 to Rampur via Moradabad, from where NH 87 leads to Kathgodam via Rudrapur and Haldwani. From Kathgodam Ranikhet can be reached taking a state highway via Bhimtal, Bhowali and Khairna............

Nainital Excursions

Located 1, 706 m above sea level, Bhowali is approximately 11 kms away from Nainital. This is basically a highway intersection connecting each and every hill stations in close proximity to Nainital. This place is well-known for its picturesque splendor, the hill fruit market and its T.B. sanatorium established in 1912.
Sat Tal is located at around 23 kms from Nainital. It is by all accounts an unforgettable spot with its huge and ancient Oak trees amidst the group of lakes. It is often compared to the Westmoreland area of England.
Bhimtal is located about 22 kms from Nainital and 11 Kms. from Bhowali. One can see the 17th Century Bhimeshwar temple, the 40 ft high dam and the boat in the Bhimtal Lake.
Mukteshwar is beautiful place located at an altitude 2, 286 m and approximately 51 kms away from Nainital. It is surrounded by fruit orchards and thick coniferous forest and an excellent picnic spot.
Ranikhet is a peaceful hill station 60 kms away from Nainital. It is the headquarters of Kumaon Regimental Centre of Indian Army. Ranikhet has many times been mentioned in Hindi literature.
This place is famous for the Anashakti Ashram where Mahatma Gandhi stayed for a fortnight. He was so impressed that he wrote a commentary on Anashakti Yoga. Literary giant Sumitra Nandan Pant was also born here.
Naukuchiya Tal
Naukuchiya Tal is an appealing cavernous spotless lake situated 26 kms from Nainital. The dimensions of the lake are 983 m (length), 693 m (breadth) and 40.3 m (depth) providing sufficient possibilities for rowing, paddling or yachting............

How to Reach Nainital

Nainital city does not have an airport due to its rocky and hilly terrain. The nearest airport from the hill resort is the Pantnagar Airport, about 70 km or roughly 2 hours drive from the main city. You can get direct flights from Delhi to Pantnagar. However, only one airline (Jagson Airlines) flies there, about six times a week. 

The nearest railway station from Nainital is Kathgodam, situated about 33 km away from the main city. It is a ‘finishing point’ station of the North Eastern Railway and is well linked with New Delhi, Kolkata, Agra and Lucknow, through train services. From Delhi, one can take the overnight Ranikhet Express, which arrives at Kathgodam early in the morning or Uttaranchal Sampark Kranti Express, which arrives less conveniently at night. The second nearest station is Lalkuan, just about 60 km from Nainital. Lalkuan has rail links with Bareilly, Agra and Lucknow.

A person going to Nainital by road has abundant choices to choose from. One can take the National or the State Highways connecting various cities to Nainital. The distance between Delhi and Nainital is about 304 km, so it roughly takes around seven hours to reach there.

Kullu Excursions

Located at the altitude of 1463 meters above sea level and around twenty kilometers from the city of Kullu, Katrain is in center of the valley. The place is quite known for its apple orchards and trout hatcheries, which lend charm and prominence to the ambience.


Erstwhile capital of Kullu, Naggar is located on the left bank of the river Beas and commands an extensive view of the surrounding vistas. There are a large number of famous temples here, notably of Lord Vishnu, Tripura Sundari & Lord Krishna. Roerich art gallery, which houses the paintings of Nicholas Roerich as well as his sculptures, is less than a km from the here. Naggar is also a base for undertaking treks to Chanderkhani Pass and to remote valley of Malana.


Located on the bank of river Parvati, at the height of 1640 meters, Kasol is a perfect sojourn. Its location is extremely attractive. With wide and open environs, which slope down to the broad expanse of clear white sand at the Parvati River, the place is an excellent place for a peaceful picnic.


Situated at the altitude of 2652 meters and near the beautiful Chanderkhani Pass, Malana village is famous for the temple of Jamlu, apart from its distinct, social and cultural life. Malana has sustained its democratic setup and it is considered to be the oldest democracy in the world.


Situated at 957 meter above the sea level and in south of Kulu, at the distance of 34 kilometers, Larji is a small hamlet providing excellent spot for trout fishing. The PWD rest house is located in a stunning position between the foaming torrents of the river Sainj & Tirthan, before they join the Beas. Mostly anglers patronize the place.

Basheshwar Mahadev Mandir
Situated 200 meters above the sea level, the temple is a bit away from the village, in a plain between the main road and the Beas River. According to the sources, the local rulers built the temple in 8th century.


Located at the altitude of 1700 meters and at the distance of 45 kilometers from Kullu, Manikaran is famous for its hot springs. Thousands of pilgrims come here each year, to take a dip into the spring and feel heavenly. The water is so hot that dal, rice, etc. can also be cooked in it. Ramchandra and Shivaji temples and a Gurdwara for Sikhs are other major attractions at the place............

How to Reach Kullu

Kullu has an airport of its own, known as Bhunter airport, which is siatuted at a distance of approximately 10 kilometers distance from the main town. Indian Airlines and Jagson Airlines operate flights to places like Delhi and Shimla, round the year. It takes hardly 90 minutes to reach Kullu from Delhi, by air. From the airport, one can easily get taxis fo reaching the main town.

Joginder Nagar is the closest railhead from Kullu, situated at the distance of 125 km. Other than this, Pathankot at 285 km, Simla at 270 km, Chandigarh at 267 km, and Kalka are other major railheads near the place that offer excellent traveling facilities. There are regular buses from these places, making it very easy travelers to reach Kullu.

Kullu is well connected with major cities of the state, along with the nearby ones, like Delhi and Chandigarh. The distance from Delhi is 522 km approximately, with Ambala, Chandigarh, Ropar, Kiratpur, Bilaspur and Mandi as the main stations on the way. Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC) provides excellent transportation facility for travelers, along with some private transporters............
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