Friday, 3 February 2012

Rawla Narlai



Rawla Narlai of Rajasthan is a retreat situated between Jodhpur and Udaipur. Built in the 17th century, it served as the hunting lodge of the royal family of Jodhpur. Put up underneath a 350 ft rock in the Aravalli range in southern Rajasthan, it has a beautiful patio resplendent with bougainvillea. Stained-glass windows, frescoes, carved pillars and covered porticos adorn the rooms of Rawla Narlai. One of the best features of Rawla Narlai is the peace and quiet that greets you once you reach inside its huge walls.


At present, the hunting lodge has been converted into a heritage hotel. The ambience of the 17th century mixed with 21st century comforts make Rawla Narlai Hotel of Rajasthan a fascinating destination. A member of the Jodhpur royal family owns the hotel. Quite a many rooms of the Rawla Narlai Heritage Hotel, near Jodhpur, have retained their original frescoes and stained glass windows. You may also go for sightseeing to the nearby Ranakpur Jain temples and Khumbhalgarh Fort while staying in this heritage hotel............

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Khimsar Fort Palace



Khimsar Fort Palace of Rajasthan is located at a distance of 90 km from Jodhpur. The initial construction of the fort dates back to the early 16th century. At that point of time, the main purpose behind building the fort was war and security. However, around mid 18th century, the royal family converted into their residence. It was then that the Zenana (ladies residence) was constructed. In the Zenana, exquisitely carved windows were built to serve as the veil for the ladies in waiting. The most recent addition to the Khimsar Fort Palace was carried out in the 1940's. This was when Thakur Onkar Singh, the present chief and the 17th direct descendant of Rao Karamsi built a regal wing for himself. 


Inspite of all the alterations and additions done to the fort from time to time, it displays an amazing heterogeneity. Presently, it has been converted into Khimsar Palace Heritage Hotel. Infact, it is counted amongst the premier Heritage Hotels of India. On one hand, Khimsar Palace Hotel of Rajasthan provides all the luxuries of a contemporary. While, on the other, its scarred walls and battlements remind you of it's rich and glorious past. Perched high on the edge of the Great Indian Thar Desert, it serves as a window to the rural life of India. The facilities provided by the Khimsar Palace Heritage Hotel, near Jodhpur include Indian, Continental and Rajasthani cuisines, a well-stocked Bar, swimming pool, health club, table tennis, etc............

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Fort Chanwa Luni



Fort Chanwa Luni of Rajasthan is situated in the Luni district near the city of Jodhpur. Kaviraj Muraridanji, a minister in the court of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, got the fort constructed. Built completely out of Jodhpur red sandstone, it is an epitome of grace and uniformity in Indian architecture. Exquisitely carved windows or jharokas and latticework friezes consist of some of the most magnificent features of the Chanwa Luni Fort. An architectural wonder, the fort has a web of accurately planned stairways, corridors, secret rooms, passages, towers, courtyards, stables, etc. The rooftops of the fort provide a fascinating view of the village below and the Thar beyond.


After remaining in neglect for sometime, Luni Fort was restored to its former glory by Maharaja Dalip Singhji, the youngest son of H.H. Maharaja Umaid Singhji. It has now been converted into a heritage hotel. Chanwa Luni Fort Heritage Hotel, near Jodhpur, offers an ambience full of romance and charm of the royal bygone era of the state. Each room of the hotel is distinct from the other, with no two being decorated the same way. The numerous courtyards, verandahs and gardens of the Fort Chanwa Luni Hotel of Rajasthan are sure to leave you mesmerized and spellbound............

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Jagram Durg

Jagram Durg of Nimaj, Rajasthan dates back to the year 1773. Situated in the Pali District of Marwar region, it was constructed by Thakur Jagram Singhji. It was recently converted into a heritage hotel in the year 1995. Jagram Durg Heritage Hotel, near Jodhpur, stands amidst picturesque surroundings, in the vicinity of the charming Chattar Sagar Lake. The hotel offers world-class comforts and graceful furnishings. Some of the options for you, while staying at Jagram Durg Hotel of Rajasthan, are to go for a Jeep Safari, Camel Safari, Angling, Bird Watching, Sight seeing at Chattar Sagar Dam, etc............

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How to Reach Jodhpur

Air 
The Jodhpur airport is located in the cantonment area of the Jodhpur City. It is well connected to the metro cities in India through direct flights. 

Rail 
Jodhpur is well connected by rail to other parts of Rajasthan and important cities and towns of India like Delhi, Mumbai and Jaipur

Road 
A well-developed network of roads connects Jodhpur with other towns and cities of Rajasthan and North India. State roadways and private operators run bus services between Jodhpur and other cities of Rajasthan and North India............

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Jaipur Excursions

Sanganer


Located 16 km from Jaipur, Sanganer is famous for its beautiful Jain temples. The most famous temple is the Shri Digambar Jain temple. This temple has a stone shrine with three pinnacles. There is an idol of Parshwanath with 7 serpent hoods in the center. However, the main idol of Adinathji is enshrined in the temple behind this. Sanganer is also famous for its crafts and hand-printed textiles. 

Bagru
Situated on the Ajmer road, Bagru is approximately 30 km from Jaipur. It is mainly known for its Bagru prints. In the Bagru prints, a wooden block is carved with the required design. This carved block is dipped in color and pressed on the cloth to transfer the design. Vegetable dyes are used for the purpose.

Samod



Jaipur excursion tour must include a visit to the Samod fort. It is located approximately 40 km from the city of Jaipur. The fort once housed the Nathawat family that served as the Prime Ministers of the Jaipur Royal Court. The road to the fort passes through a village, giving a peek into the rural life of Rajasthan. On the inside, the fort gives a reflection of medieval architecture. Exquisite marble work, antiques and colorful art adorn the inside of the fort. Samod Palace also has a Durbar hall embellished with glass and minakari work. 

Abhaneri



Approximately 95 km from Jaipur, on the Jaipur-Agra road, is the village of Abhaneri. The village is famous for its marvelous baoris (step wells) and Harshat Mata Temple. There is a legend associated with the village. It is believed that the village got its name from Goddess Harshat Mata. The Mata, depicted in a joyous mood, is believed to spread brightness or "abha" all around. Thus, the name Abhaneri (originally Abha Nagri).

Shekhawati





In the royal times, the wealthy merchants used to get huge mansions (havelis) constructed as their residence. Shekhawati is mainly known for its painted Havelis. The word Shekhawati means the garden of Shekha, named after its ruler Rao Shekha. Also called the 'open art gallery of Rajasthan', Shekhawati has Havelis rich in artistic tradition. The havelis are ornamented with various forms of fine art. Especially famous are their frescoes that depict mythological themes and themes of huge animals............

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How to Reach Dhanaulti

Road
It is well connected by road from major cities like Delhi (325km) and Dehradun (60km).


Rail
Nearest railhead is at Dehradun.


Air
Jolly Grant (82km) is the nearest airport............

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How to Reach Kanvashram

Road
Kanvashram is well connected by road with most of the important destinations of the region.

Rail
Nearest railhead is at Kotdwar which is 14 Km away.

Air
While the nearest airport is Jollygrant (Dehradun)............

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How to Reach Varanasi

Air
The new Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport, Babatpur, commonly known as Varanasi Airport is located about 22 km from the city centre and is well connected to ChennaiDelhiMumbai, KolkataKhajuraho, Bangkok, Bangalore, Colombo and Kathmandu.


Rail
The first railway line to Banares was opened from Kolkata in December 1862 and was built by the East Indian Railway Company. 

The double-decked Malviya Bridge takes both the railway and the Grand Trunk Road across the river Ganges near Rajghat. 

Varanasi Junction under the control of Northern Railways and Mughal Sarai Junction of East Central Railway are the two major railway stations within the city limit. Apart from these there are 16 other railway stations located within the city limits. 

Road
Previously, the city was connected by a single road from Taxila going through Pataliputra during the Maurya Empire. This road was later renovated and extended by Sher Shah Suri during the 16th century and later came to be known as the famous Grand Trunk Road. 

The NH 2 linking Delhi-Kolkata passes through the city and NH 7 which is the longest National Highway in India connects Varanasi with the cities of Jabalpur, Nagpur, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Salem, Madurai and Kanyakumari............

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How to Reach Jabalpur

Air
The Jabalpur Airport, also known as DUMNA Airport, is about 20 km from the city. Kingfisher Airlines and Indian Airlines operate daily flight service for New DelhiMumbai & Indore from Jabalpur airport.

Road
Jabalpur has direct bus service to Indore, Nagpur, Bhopal, Raipur, Bilaspur, Gondiya, Wardha, Durg, Bhilai, Amravati, Chandrapur, VaranasiAllahabad.

Rail
Jabalpur is the headquarters of West Central Railways and has direct rail connection to important cities like MumbaiNew DelhiChennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Nagpur, Surat, Pune, Patna, Ludhiana, JammuVasco-Da-Gama, CoimbatoreBhopalIndoreAgraJaipur, VaranasiKanpur, Vadodara, Bhubhaneshwar, Lucknow, Puri etc............

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Ooty Excursions

Ooty is situated in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. Many of the forested areas and water bodies are off-limits to most visitors to protect this fragile ecosystem. Some areas of the Biosphere Reserve have been earmarked for tourism development, and steps are being undertaken to open these areas to visitors whilst conserving the area. Much of Ooty has already been damaged by rampant commercialization as a result of tourism. Some of the most prominent tourist spots around Ooty are as follows:

Doddabetta Peak: It is the highest peak (2,623 m) in the Nilgiris, about 10 km from Ooty. It lies at the junction of the Western and Eastern Ghats and offers beautiful vistas of the Nilgiri Hill ranges. It is surrounded by dense sholas. One can have a panoramic view of the landscape through the TTDC telescope. TTDC restaurant caters the needs of tourists.




Tea plantations: Tea plantations are at a lower altitude and attract a large number of tourists by their picturesque nature.



Ketti Valley: This valley is referred to as the 'Switzerland of Southern India' due to the year-round pleasant climatic conditions. There is a view point called Valley View on the main Ooty to Coonoor road.


Pykara Lake Boat House and Pykara Falls: This is the most accessible of all the nearby lakes. A boathouse and picnic area has been developed to provide access to this area. Most of the remainder of the lake is within a reserved forest and off-limits to visitors.



Pine forest: Situated between Ooty and Thalakunda, this tourist destination was once featured in the Tamil movie song "Deena". It is a small downhill region where pine trees are arranged in an orderly fashion.



Wenlock Downs: This is a grassland area typical of the original bioscape of the Nilgiris. It has gently undulating hills and is often compared with areas in the British isles such as theYorkshire Dales. This is a popular film shooting area, particularly two areas situated approximately six and nine miles (14 km) out of Ooty on the main Ooty to Pykara road (also known as Mysore Road). These locations are accordingly named "Sixth Mile" and "Ninth Mile".



Kamraj Sagar Lake: This lake is situated on the way to Pykara lake.



Mudumalai National Park: Situated at a lower altitude and easily accessible, it borders the Bandipur National Park in Karnataka. It is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna.



Mukurthi National Park: A large protected area generally not accessible to visitors. It contains a lake and peak of the same name.



Needle hill viewpoint is situated between Gudalaur and Pykara.



Parsons Valley Reservoir: This is the primary water source for the town and is mainly in a reserved forest and is thus largely off-limits to visitors.



Emerald Lake: This lake is near the town of the same name. There is a viewpoint near the dam. The rest of the area is mainly in a reserved forest and is largely off-limits to visitors.



Avalanche Lake: Adjacent to Emerald Lake, this picturesque lake is mainly situated in a reserved forest and is largely off-limits to visitors



Porthimund Lake: This is mostly in a reserved forest and is largely off-limits to visitors. Shooting of the blockbuster Tamil movie Roja was here.



Upper Bhavani Lake: This lake is in the Mukurthi National Park and largely off-limits to visitors.


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How to Reach Ooty

Road
Ooty is well connected by good roads. It is 535 km from Chennai (via Salem,Erode), 105 km from Coimbatore, 18 km from Coonoor, 155 km from Mysore (via Gudalur), 187 km from Calicut, 290 km from Bangalore, 281 km from Kochi (via Coimbatore and Palakkad), 236 km from Kodaikanal (via Coimbatore and Palani).

Rail
Ooty is connected by a nightly connecting train service. Mettupalayam provides the interchange between 'The Nilgiri Passenger' NMR metre gauge service and the Nilgiri Express broad gauge service. The Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR) is one of the oldest mountain railways in India.

Air
Ooty does not have a civilian airport and is not connected by air. The nearest airport is Coimbatore.
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How to Reach Mysore

Air
Beginning in October 2010, the Mysore Airport (also known as the Mandakalli Airport due to its location) provides flights from Bangalore and Chennai through Kingfisher Airlines.

Rail
Mysore Railway Station has three railway lines that connect it to the cities of Bangalore, Hassan and Chamarajanagar. The first railway line established in the city was the Bangalore-Mysore Junction metre gauge line, which was commissioned in 1882.

Road
Mysore is connected by National Highway NH-212 to the state border town of Gundlupet which then forks into the states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu............

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How to Reach Ajmer

Road
High class comfortable low floor buses are available for inter city transpotation.

Rail
Ajmer is at an important railway junction with Broad gaugelines to Jaipur and Marwar, Ahmedabad and Mumbai onwards to Banglaore and a Metre gauge line subject to conversion under Project Unigauge to Udaipur. The railway complex includes a major workshop. The railway has helped the city to connect it with major Indian cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hydrabad, Bangalore, Ahemedabad, Indore, Bhopal, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Ujjain, Nagpur, Pune, Patna, Lucknow etc.

Air
Nearest airport is at Jaipur............

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How to Reach Gandhinagar

Air
Nearest Airport is situated at Ahmedabad

Rail
Nearest Railway Stations are Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad and are connected with all the major cities of India. 

Road
State Transport buses connect various cities of Gujarat............

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How to Reach Bharatpur

Air
Bharatpur does not have an airport of its own. Rather, the nearest international air link from the place is provided by New Delhi, which is approximately 184 km away. The airport has regular services to almost all the major domestic as well as international destinations. Apart from Delhi, the other airports that fall near Bharatpur are those of Jaipur (175 km) and Agra (55 km).

Rail
The city has a rail junction of its own, which is well connected to Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Agra and other key cities of India. In fact, from these cities, you will get direct trains that will take you to Bharatpur.

Road
Bharatpur bird sanctuary is located on the Agra-Jaipur highway and is two-hours by bus from Agra. From Jaipur as well as Delhi, it will take around 4 hours to reach the place by car............

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How to Reach Udaipur

Air
The Udaipur city has a domestic airport, which is connected to major Indian cities like Delhi, Jodhpur, Jaipur and Mumbai

Road
Udaipur is connected with major destinations of Rajasthan and neighboring states like Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra etc by extensive road network.

Rail
Udaipur City is the nearest Railway Station. Rail network connects Udaipur with cities like Delhi, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Chittorgarh............

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How to Reach Jaisalmer

Air
The nearest airport is the Jodhpur airport, 285 Km away from Jaisalmer. There is an airport at Jaisalmer also but that is managed by the Indian Air Force and is operational only from September to March. The Jodhpur airport, about 285 km from Jaisalmer is a good option.

Rail
Jaisalmer is well connected by rail network with Jodhpur as well as other major cities of India such as Jaipur, Agra, New Delhi and Mumbai

Road
Jaisalmer has a well-developed network of roads and is very well connected to other cities of Rajasthan such as Jaipur, Jodhpur and Bikaner and other cities of India............

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How to Reach Jaipur

Air
The nearest airport from Jaipur is the Sanganer Airport, situated around 14 km from the city. Domestic flights connect Jaipur with all the major cities in and around Rajasthan, like Delhi, Agra, Kolkata, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Jodhpur and Udaipur.

Rail
Jaipur is well connected by trains to all the major cities of Rajasthan as well as the neighboring states. For instance, there are regular and direct trains to Delhi (258 km) and Agra (243 km). Apart from that, you will also get train services to Chennai, Jodhpur, Mumbai, Udaipur, Bikaner and Ahmedabad. For instance, the city is connected to Delhi by Ajmer Shatabdi and Delhi-Jaipur Express, to Mumbai by the Bombay Central-Jaipur and Aravalli expresses, and to Kolkata by the Howrah-Jaipur Express

Road 
A well-developed network of road connects Jaipur to important tourist destinations in North India. There are private as well as government buses that connect the Pink City with all the major cities situated nearby, such as Delhi and Agra. For instance, RSRTC operates deluxe coaches from Bikaner House in Delhi, near Pandara Road, to Jaipur. Apart from that, you can also hire a taxi for the purpose............

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Mumbai Excursions

Alibag is a very picturesque town, situated along the west coast of India. It is a municipal council that falls under the Konkan region of Maharashtra and is counted amongst the popular weekend getaways from Mumbai.

Bassein Beach is situated in Bassein, which is somewhere around 50 to 60 km from the Mumbai city of Maharashtra. The splendid beach has, infact, become one of the major attractions of the town today.

Elephanta Caves are situated at the Elephanta Island, which lies at a distance of approximately 10 km from the Gateway of India. One of the major tourist attractions located near the 'Commercial Capital of India', these caves basically comprise of rock cut temples.

If you travel to the Khandala hill station of Maharashtra, one thing is for sure - you will fall in love with it at the very first sight. Situated at a distance of approximately 101 km from the Mumbai city of India, the hill station is visited by most of the tourists who visit the Dream City.

Lonavala hill resort lies nestled in the Sahayadri ranges of Maharashtra. It is perched at a height of approximately 625 m and is located at a distance of around 96 km from Mumbai and 62 km Pune.

Mahabaleshwar is a hill resort in Maharashtra that comes under its Satara district. Perched at an altitude of approximately 1372 m, the hill resort is situated amidst the Sahyadri Hills.

Malshej Ghat, that forms a part of the Western Ghats of India, falls under the Pune district of Maharashtra. Perched amongst the ghats, at an altitude of approximately 700 m above sea level, the tourist spot can be visited throughout the year.

Mandwa Beach and Kihim Beach are situated near Alibag, the beautiful hill station in Maharashtra. Both the beaches have been gifted with fabulous locales and extremely tranquil surroundings. This is what makes them a popular haunt, especially amongst the city dwellers.

Matheran, a hill station that falls under the Raigarh district of Maharashtra, is a preferred weekend getaway for the Mumbaikars. One of the few places in India that cannot be reached through road transport, it is accessible through a toy train.

Panchgani is a picturesque hill station of India, situated at a distance of approximately 18 km from Mahabaleshwar. It is one of the most preferred weekend destinations for the people living in Mumbai and Pune............

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