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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Chamatkarik Hanumanji of Jam Sawli, Travel destinations Chindwara, Madhya Pradesh, India

This gigantic Hanumanji is in sleeping position, resting under a tree, the idol (Chamatkarik or Magical Hanumanji near Nagpur) has self-emerged from the ground and the beauty or magnificence of the idol is amazing.

I visited the Chamatkarik Hanuman Mandir Jam Sawli that is 25km from my relatives place.
Hanumanji of Jam Sawli has the magical powers to call his devotee to bless him with his bountiful. It is believed that no one can visit the place unless he is called there. It was an amazing experience and the total travel time was around 3 hours both ways. While travelling you can see people selling Jujube & Gauva on the road side which makes travelling experience awesome.
Once inside the sanctum sanctorum, there are different gates for both men and women. Hanumanji is a Bal Bramhachari(the god who never married and considered all women as his mother), hence to maintain the sanctity, men are allowed a little close to the idol and the women have to contend looking at the idol from a distance. Shraddha however is the same.
Hanumanji of Jam Sawli grants boons aplenty and he senses your troubles and relieves you of all pain.
This is one of the Great Holy place!! I must recommend you to visit at-least one time to this great place! You can easily get a transport from Nagpur/Chindwara to go there and meet Shree Hanuman!!

Travel Destination Calangute Beach , Goa

The 'queen of beaches', Calangute one of the most visited travel destinations, nine miles from the Goan Capital Panaji, the beach is spread four miles along the Arabian sea. On the north is hamlet of Baga and to the south is Candolim village.

The name Calangute according to locals is a distortion of the local vernacular word 'Koli-gutti', which means land of fishermen. Others say it has derived from Kalyangutti meaning the village of art, and still others say it came from the earlier name Konvallo -ghott because the village is full of coconut trees.

Tan yourself spreading on beach or go swimming. Calangute is a reasonably safe place to swim though one should keep at least three hundred meters away from the mouth of the river.

Take a fifteen minute walk from the main beach front area and you will come in a hawker free zone. Sights of rows of wooden boats and teams of village fishermen hauling nets in a high tide can be seen here. Together the sun, sand and sea set the mood for that perfect holiday. And while at beach you will not miss hundreds of stalls of sea food. Gorge on the prawns or the lobsters.

Calangute is one of the few beaches where water sports are available. There are more than a dozen of water sport operators along the beach. You can go for para sailing, water surfing, water skiing or banana and bump rides depending upon which you find more thrilling.

Church of St. Alex celebrated its fourth centenary in 1996. This parish church is a must see in Calangute. It has a two towers and a magnificent white dome and ornate altars.

Calangute Beach , Goa

Location : 16 km From Panjim, North Goa
What To See : Church of St. Alex, Baga Beach
What To Do : Snorkelling, Kayaking, Water-skiing, Sailing, Wind-surfing and Fishing
Best Time To Visit : December To February

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Bullet Baba Temple, Travel Destination Rajasthan. Pali (Rajasthan)

Travel Destination Rajasthan. Pali (Rajasthan), The unlikely shrine near Chotila village, around 20 km away from Pali en route to Jodhpur on the highway, has a Royal Enfield 350 cc motorbike, called a Bullet, as its deity. It's a shrine dedicated to the Motorbike Devta, also called Bullet Baba. The deity is indeed a motorcycle and such is faith that hundreds of devotees turn up every day to pray for a safe journey.

It's hard to miss the din of pilgrims here. Every day nearby villagers and travelers stop and pray to the bike and its late owner Om Singh. The temple beside the Enfield motorbike has a big picture of Singh, fondly known as Om Bana.

It is said that a person who does not stop to pray at the shrine is in for a dangerous journey.

The story goes that about 21 years ago, on a fateful summer night, Om Bana was returning from Pali to his native Chotila on his bike when it skidded and hit a tree, killing him on the spot.

The tree stands over the battered vehicle till date. Villagers say after Om Bana's death, the motorbike was taken to a local police station. But next day morning, it was found at the accident spot.

Police initially thought it was a prank and after emptying the fuel tank they brought the bike back to the station. However, the motorcycle was again at the accident spot the next day.

"As soon as the story spread, people in the nearby village built a platform on the spot where the death occurred and started offering prayers," said Chotu Singh, a resident of the nearby village.

The temple has a priest who manages daily affairs. Many shops offering incense sticks, flowers, coconut and red thread meant for offering prayers have sprung up near the shrine.

Local people sing folk songs in the name of Om Bana who owned the Royal Enfield.

Travelers, especially drivers of vehicles that pass by, offer prayers at the site, which is almost in the middle of the road.

Some drivers also offer a small bottle of country liquor at the site, praying for a safe journey. "Whenever I pass this area, I never forget to light incense sticks, offer liquor and lie prostrate in reverence," said Jagdish Singh, a taxi driver.

Devotees also apply the 'tilak' mark and tie a red thread on the motorbike.

"Villagers here believe Bana's spirit still hovers around the place and they can hear the Royal Enfield rev up at night," said Hem Singh Rajput, the resident of a nearby village.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Pachmarhi - A beautiful travel destination in India

Pachmarhi is a hill station of Madhya Pradesh situated on a large plateau Mahadeo hills of Satpura ranges. It is widely known as “Queen of Satpura”. Mostly it is visited by domestic tourists from all over the India especially from Maharashtra, Gujarat, and West Bengal. A land with a long and deep historical past, India is a favorite choice of many Indian travelers.

Every part of this hill station is an attraction in itself and you need not go looking for places that are a treat to the eyes.

Travel Destinations in Pachmadi


Situated just 10 km from the town, this is an important cave shrine for Hindus. This shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Reaching here is a bit strenuous as the only way is through deep Sal forests and sharp curves.

Priyadarshini Point

Priyadarshini point is definitely the best places that gives you the chance to get a clear view of the entire hill station and the nearby areas. This is the spot from where this magnificent hill station was discovered by Captain James Forsyth in the year 1857. The point was originally named after him as Forsyth Point but was later named as Priyadarshini Point. If possible, you should visit this point during the late evenings to witness the magnificent sunset from this point.

Satpura National Park

Satpura National Park adds an extras edge to the already picturesque locations in Pachmarhi. The park was established in the year 1981 and covers an area of 524 sq. km. The park is rich with a wide variety of flora and fauna. The forest area is full evergreen Sal trees, teak and bamboo trees. The wildlife of the park has animals like Tigers, Leopards, Bisons, blue bull and many more. Also find a large variety of birds, both migratory and resident, flocking in the park. Jeep safari is the best way to explore the many fascinations of the park. It will take around 3 days to complete the 200 km route. There are good staying options as well in and around Satpura National Park.

Chouragarh – Chouragarh is 1316Mts.above mean sea level .It is nearly 3 Km from Bada Mahadeo.To reach the top of the hill one has to climb around 1,250 steps. As an offering to lord Shiva thousands of of Trishuls (Tridents_ are put by the devotees on the top, some of which weigh around 3 to 4 quintals.Chouragarh presents beautiful scenes of dense forest, valleys, hills & distant tribal villages in lap of Satpuras.

Sun Set Point

There are many hotels and resorts in Pachmadi to stay. One of the best resorts I've stayed in is Taj resort. Taj Resort is a budget hotel with all modern facilities.  4 Wheel drive vehicles are available to pick you up from your resort to the destination. They also have some packaged destinations on per day basis that needs to be negotiated with the driver. Mr. Khader, the driver of the 4 wheel drive I hired was hospitable and took us to all the spots that were visited by most of the visitors. He was friendly enough to take our snaps and also helpd us find a good restaurant to have food in between the sight seeing tour.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Jillelguda Venkateshvara Temple - Hyderabad, AP- India

This temple has the history of 500 years,having amazing statues, now this temple is maintaing by Arkala BhupalReddy as chairman.

When I visited this Jillelguda Venkateshvara Temple, I saw that there was a tele-serial's shooting going on and all the junior artists were getting ready for the shoot in this age old temple.

There is also a chariot (old enough) that is used for God's procession all over the locality to have his blessings to the people who live in the vicinity of this location (Jillalguda, Meerpet, Bandlaguda, Almasguda etc..)

The history of this temple is unknown to people living here. I'd request the readers to know more about this temple and post as a comment. I'll post your valuable comments as a blog post with your name against it.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Honeymoon Attraction in Munnar, Kerla , India

Munnar, where nature's pristine beauty is still unsullied by holiday hordes. Travel destinations Munnar is a picturesque scope of the lofty Western Ghats. The town of Munnar stands at the confluence of three mountain streams. Come to Munnar. Go trekking. Go boating. Go riding. Go angling. Or just laze about and fill your soul with peace in Munnar.
Honeymoon in Munnar where your eyes will be flooded with absolute greenery, where you can smell the sweet fragrance coming from the tea gardens, where you can climb the highest peak of Kerala, Anaimudi and where you will find the rare Neelakurunji flower that blooms once in 12 years and the next flowering time is in 2018.

Tea estates of Munnar

Munnar is essentially a tea town. Miles and miles of unending tea plantations are there to welcome you. Popularly known as the tea town of Kerala, Munnar is home to some of the highest tea estates in the world. Munnar was developed to cultivate tea plants during the British rule of India. The territory of Munnar is almost entirely occupied by the sprawling tea estates and thick forest cover. The spice plantation in Munnar and the tea estates are prime attractions of this picturesque land. The sprawling plantations of tea and spices make Munnar a place worth visiting while on a tour to Kerala.

Places to be visited in Munnar are Eravikulam, Mattupetty, Rajamalai etc. are very close to Munnar.


A sanctuary for the endangered mountain goat of South India, the Nilgiri Tahr ( Hemitragus hylocrious), the Eravikulam National Park stands out for the stark beauty of its rolling grasslands and sholas, spread over 97 sq km in the Rajamalai hills


Mattupetty is situated at a height of 1700 m above sea level. Mattupetty Lake and Dam is a beautiful picnic spot with the panoramic view of the tea plantations and the lake. Boating facilities are available in the reservoir. Mattupetty is also well known for its highly specialized dairy moonar hills, munnar farm - the Indo-Swisss Live Stock project.  The Shola forests in and around Mattupetty are ideal for trekking and are habitat to a variety of birds. Rivulets and cascades crisscross the terrain here, which again adds more attraction to the place.


Rajamala is the natural habitat of Nilgiri Tahr. Half the world population of this rare mountain goat is found here, which is fast becoming extinct.

Hotels In Munnar

Royal Retreat
Kannan Devan Hills, Munnar, Kerala, India.

Tea County Hill Station Resort
KTDC Hill Resort, Munnar, Kerala , India
Hotel HillView
Aluva-Munnar Road, Munnar, Kerala, India.

The Siena Village
Chinnakanal P.O., Munnar, Kerala, India.
C7 hotels
Munnar Munnar, Kerala, India.

Olive Brook
Pothamedu, Munnar, Idukki ,Kerala

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Land Of Naga's-Nagaland, India

travel_destinations_nahgalandNagaland, one of the eight sister states of North east India and a beautiful travel destination  is famous for its exquisitely picturesque landscapes, the vibrantly colorful sunrise and sunset, lush and verdant flora and many more…A home to as many as sixteen tribes, the state has much to discover. The capital of Nagaland is Kohima and the largest city of the state is Dimapur. In this beautiful state people of almost 20 different dialects dwell happily together. Kohima is the home to the beautiful rocky Naga Hills. It has one of the most magnificent panoramic views. The travelers should make it a point to visit this capital city. Nagaland is a paradise for the lovers of nature. The adventurous land of Nagaland offers plentiful trekking opportunities.

One must visit the Khonoma the capital of Nagaland to see the village lifestyle of the people of Nagaland. This village has historical importance and its ecological propriety is also very rich. One can hear various fascinating stories of folklore here from the villagers. The Kohima village of Nagaland is considered one of the largest in Asia and the visitors of the village are greeted by a large gate at the entrance. In the Kohima village of Nagaland, the stones of different sizes and shapes can be seen, which are implanted within the compound or skulls of buffaloes and mithuns adorning the portico. From this, the glory of the great ancestors of them can be imagined.

Though the state capital of Nagaland is Kohima, the main hub of all the economic activities is Dimarpur. It possesses many markets and shopping hubs like the Hong Kong Market, which sell the most recent fashionable garments and that too at an affordable price. It is connected to major city centres of the north-east by a series of highways and road networks.


Situated at an altitude of 195 meters above sea-level is the gateway of Nagaland. This flourishing town is also the commercial centre of the State. Dimapur is the main rail-head in Nagaland. Dimapur is the only airport in Nagaland. Indian Airlines operates Boeing services from both Calcutta and Delhi on every alternate day.

Places Of Interest:
The Ruins of Medieval Kachari Kingdom, Ruzaphema- 5 kms, Intangki Wildlife Sanctuary- 37 kms, Sales Emporium.

Nagaland – Cuisine

Most of the Nagas are meat eaters and they enjoy dousing the meat with red chilly. Nagas preserve the meat by hanging up a slab in their house and letting the fire from the hearth. On the other hand, Tribal cuisine somehow vary from the common Naga cuisine. In truth, tribal cuisine is not always everyone’s cup of tea and it can be prepared only by tribes. Tribal eat steamed hornets, curried locusts and squirrel dish with sticky rice and washed down with rice beer. Take a drive from Dimapur to Kohima on National Highway 39 which is lined with Naga food stalls featuring local delicacies and mouth-watering pineapples.

Nagaland – Wildlife

travel_destinations_nagaland+_toursNagaland is home to only Itanki Wildlife Sanctuary but it is a wonderful treasure-trove of exotic wildlife. Itanki Wildlife Sanctuary is located 111 km away from Kohima and 37 km from Dimapur. In this sanctuary, you will see the Hoolock Baboon, the only gibbon found in India. Apart from gibbon, the sanctuary also has a sizeable population of elephant, tiger, mithun, sambhar, wild dog, sloth bear, barking deer, goral, flying squirrel, khaleej, hornbill, black stork etc. Sprawling over an area of 56 sq. kms, this wildlife sanctuary houses a forest resthouse and offers transport on hire.

Hotels In Nagaland

Most of the hotels in Nagaland are budget category ones. You may not find the glitz of city hotels. But tiny hotels with warm hospitality in close proximity to nature would complement for the lack of urban gloss and would offer you an otherworldly experience.

Hotel Japfu
Post Box No. 140, P.R. Hill,

Kohima    Hotel Pine

Hotel Capital
Near NST. Complex

Hotel Sharon
New Market