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Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Taj Mahal - Myths or Facts ?

Taj Mahal is considered  the most amazing piece of architecture I have seen in my life. And it’s rare that the average teenager appreciates something like architecture, so it really must have been something special. If anyone has the opportunity to see it, it’s a definite must. I don’t think anyone can disagree; the pictures of the building look amazing- it only gets more spectacular in real life, as you can’t see the fine attention to detail through mere pictures. Its the all time travel destinations for people in love....

Introduction to The Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal is arguably one of the most incredible manmade constructions in the world. It’s located in Agra, which is in the north central part of Indian, on the right part of the Humana River. Known for its symmetry, the Taj Mahal sits on a raised platform surrounded by four minarets. Inside are delicate mosaic works and marble walls decorated with intricate patterns of inlaid precious stones. The Taj seems to glow in the light of the full moon. On a foggy morning, the visitors experience the Taj as if suspended when viewed from across the Jamuna river.

Taj Mahal Facts

The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum (a large tomb). It was commissioned by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his favourite wife Empress Mumtaz Mahal, who died in 1631. So great was the Shah Jahan’s love for his wife Mumtaz, that he ordered the building of the most beautiful mausoleum on Earth for her, The Taj Mahal.

Emperor Shah Jahan                                                                                       Empress Mumtaz Mahal

* The construction documents show that its master architect was Ustad ‘Isa, the renowned Islamic architect of his time.

* The Taj stands on a raised, square platform (186 x 186 feet) with its four corners truncated, forming an unequal octagon. The architectural design uses the interlocking arabesque concept, in which each element stands on its own and perfectly integrates with the main structure.

* The tomb stands on its own marble base, which rests on a red sandstone platform. Four tall pillars, 138 ft each, rise up from the corners of the white marble base are topped with eight windowed cupolas. This has been made to replicate throne of God in paradise. Directly below the dome rests Mumtaz Mahal’s tomb, which is centrally lined with the main entrance. Besides Mumtaz Mahal’s tomb is the tomb of Shahjahan. The tomb of Shahjahan was not actually intended to be there but Aurangzeb placed it there, consequently breaking the symmetry.

  •  The Taj Mahal is generally considered the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements of Persian, Turkish, Indian, and Islamic architectural styles.

  • Construction of the tomb started in 1632, and was completed in 1648. It took 22 years to complete the tomb, and an extra 5 years for the garden, with the help of 20,000 workers. Sculptors, masons, craftsmen, and calligraphers were called from Persia, Ottoman Empire and Europe to work on construction of the Taj.
  • The Taj Mahal is built from precious white marbel with dedlicate masiac, with inlaid precious stones. Almost every surface of the entire building has been decorated, and every detail is symmetrical. The mosaic designs are based on three decorative elements- calligrapyh, abtract geonetric and vegetative motifs. The exterior decorations of the Taj Mahal are among the finest to be found in Mughal architecture of any period.

Inside the dome


  • The Taj Mahal cost 32million rupees to build, which is roughly $1,000,000.
  •  The tomb initially called “Rauza”. Later, after Mumtaz Mahal passed away, the mausoleum would be called the Taj Mahal, a derivative of the name Mumtaz Mahal.
  • The architectural complex of the Taj Mahal comprises of five main elements: the Darwaza or main gateway, the Bageecha or garden, the Masjid or mosque, the Naqqar Khana or rest house, and the Rauza or the Taj Mahal mausoleum.
  •  The name Taj Mahal when translated means “Crown Palace” or “Crown of the Palace.”
  • The Taj Mahal is one of the eight wonders of the world.

Taj Mahal Myths

The Taj Mahal comes attached with many myths and legends; whilst many are strongly believed, others are laughed at. There is evidence to suggest that these rumours are based on truth, but nothing is set in stone.
  • Many people believe, Shah Jehan had planned to build another Taj Mahal in black marble, which was to be his own tomb on the opposite bank of the River Yamuna and connect the two by a bridge. However, the construction never got started due to conflict with this son’s, which took up most of his time.
  •  Shah Jehan deemed that no one else should ever copy the masterpice, so he had the master craftsmans hands cut off.

Some European scholars held the view that the Taj was designed by an Italian – Geronimo Veroneo. This was first suggested by Father Manrique, an Augustinian Friar, who came to Agra in 1640 A.D. to secure the release of Father Antony who had been imprisoned by the Mughals.
  • In the early years after the Taj Mahal was built, a long series of cracks in the underground vaults started to emerge. Those cracks were quickly seen to, and patched up. Cracking has been observed at different times since construction; testing in the early 19th Century showed the base of the mausoleum on the northern side of the structure is lower than on the south by 3.5 centimetres. There is some evidence the Taj Mahal is gradually sinking into the Yamuna River.

Taj Mahal Front View

Taj Mahal Birdseye View

Taj Mahal Dome Exterior

Location: On the banks of river Yamuna in Agra, India.
Year of Construction: 1631-1653
Built By: Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan
Built For: In memory of the Emperor’s dead wife
Spread Over: 42 acres
Significance: One of the Seven Wonders of the World

    Thursday, January 28, 2010

    Eternal Beauty -Taj Mahal, Agra, India

    The construction of Taj Mahal is credited to the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan who erected this mausoleum in memory of his beloved wife, Arjumarid Bano Begum; popularly known as Mumtaz Mahal, who died in A.H. 1040 (A.D. 1630).

    In 1983, The Taj Mahal was given recognition as a UNESCO World heritage site and hence was universally acknowledged as one of the best heritage sites throughout the world. Although there have been several listings for Seven Wonders of the World, or Recommended travel destinations.

    Taj Mahal is a mausoleum located in Agra, India that was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, the grandson of Emperor Akbar, in the memory of his deceased queen Arjumand Bano Begum, who was more popularly known as Mumtaz Mahal who was also the niece of empress Nur Jahan.

    Mumtaz Mahal last wish to her husband was "to build a tomb in her memory such as the world had never seen before". Thus emperor Shah Jahan set about building this fairy tale like marvel.

    Taj Mahal was designed by Ustad Ahmad Lahauri. The material was brought in from allover India and central Asia and it took a fleet of 1000 elephants to transport it to the site. The central dome is 187 ft. high at the centre.

    The white marble was brought from the quarries of Makrana, in distt. Nagaur, Rajasthan. Copies of orders (farmans) issued to Raja Jai Singh, for the purpose by Shah Jahan, can be seen in the Taj Museum.

    If you want to visit the Taj Mahal with your loved one, I recommend you visit it on a full moon night when it is opened for night viewing. The beauty of the serene white structure bathed in the magical moon light, will be a memory that you will cherish forever, but don’t get me wrong, the Taj will sweep you off your feet any time you visit it. The Taj Mahal will entice you with its gold finials and intricate carvings on pristine marble, it will overwhelm you with the surrounding beauty of flowers and greenery but most of all it will take you into the depths of a historical journey, it will be an experience that you will carry in your heart, forever…

    Look out for more on Taj Mahal in my later post.............

    Taj Mahal Agra —› Taj Mahal Location —› Taj Mahal Story —› History of Taj Mahal —› Taj Mahal Architecture —› Garden of Taj Mahal —› Mumtaz Mahal —› Building of Taj Mahal —› Actual Tomb of Taj Mahal —› Excursions of Taj Mahal —› How to Reach Taj Mahal —› Mosque of Taj Mahal —› Inside The Taj Mahal —› Pictures of Taj Mahal

    Monday, January 25, 2010

    Rajasthan, India - A Colorful Experience..

    travelrainbow-rajastan-travel.jpgRajasthan, better known as the land of the kings in India is the most colorful state of India with its majestic forts and palaces, will dazzle every tourist with whimsical charm, golden deserts. There are plenty of historic cities, incredible fortresses, breathtaking palaces that's attracts visitors from all parts of the world. Rajasthan is one of India's prime tourist destinations. This diverse state is the home to rajputs who ruled this part of India for over 1000 years.

    Rajasthan is a perfect travel destination and tourism opportunities in Rajasthan are immense.There are many places in Rajasthan that attracts travelers form far and wide, such as pushkar fair (biggest cattle fair india) and the desert city of jaisalmer. Jaipur (also known as 'pink city') is most popular city in Rajasthan and can dazzle a tourist with forts and places like hawa mahal, city palace, nahargarh fort. Rajasthan is a very rich state in history and monumental splendor.
    The capital Jaipur, with its many imposing buildings made of rosy sandstone, is called Pink City. The City Palace complex and Hawa Mahal are examples of Rajasthani-Mughal architecture.Whether it is sand dunes, wild life tours, Desert safari, forts and palaces, the colorful tribal life or the fairs and festivals of Rajasthan, travelers to Rajasthan are assured of a truly regal experience.

    Udaipur has many lakes, lakeside palaces, and the largest palace complex (City Palace) in Rajasthan. Jaisalmer fort is made of yellow sandstone such that it's called the Golden Fort.
    Jaisalmer : Jaisalmer, an important ancient trading centre because of its strategic location on the camel trade routes, is often described as the 'golden city'.

    Ajmer: Ajmer is venerated as a holy place for both Hindus and Muslims and revered pilgrimage destination for more than one community. One side of Ajmer is flanked by the beautiful Ana Sagar lake while on the other side are the barren Aravalli ranges. It has the mausoleum of the Sufi saint, Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, whose blessings are eagerly sought by pilgrims to his dargah.

    Rajasthan is known for its traditional and colorful art. Rajasthani art and crafts, with its staggering variety, beauty and color has contributed the most to the crafts collage of India. Rajasthan has also given the world famous phad paintings, pichwais, and exquisite miniature paintings that are the pride of serious collectors the world over. As far as paintings are concerned, the Rajasthani miniature paintings can be found in palaces of Rajasthan.

    Rajasthan often called as the Shoppers Paradise. Rajasthan is famous for textile, semi-precious stones and Handicraft. Know Arts and Crafts of Rajasthan


    Puppets or "Kathputtlis" as they are referred to in the local parlance are an integral part of Rajasthan's folk entertainment. The puppets of Rajasthan are gorgeously designed and through puppet shows, historical legends and mythologies to modern day issues like education for the girl child and child labour are highlighted during festivals and village fairs.

    List of luxurious hotels in rajasthan to stay in..

    Hotel Taj Lake Palace : Post Box No. 5 , Udaipur , Rajasthan - 313 001 - India

    Hotel Heritage Inn : 4, Hotel Complex Sam Road, Post Box 43 , Jaisalmer , Rajasthan - 345001 - India

    Hotel Shahpura House : D-257, Devi Marg, Bani Park , Jaipur , Rajasthan - 302016 - India

    Hotel Samode Haveli
    : Gangapole Jaipur , Jaipur , Rajasthan - 302002 - India

    Friday, January 22, 2010

    Ajanta, Ellora Caves Aurangabad India

    Let me give you all a flavour of my travel to Aurangabad,India at Ajanta & Ellora Caves.

    If you wish to experience the flavor of ancient Indian culture you must visit Ajanta Ellora. For this you better opt for Ajanta Ellora tour package in India. The amazing & yet charming pictures and crafts of those days will make you creazy.

    Ajantravelrainbow-elloracaves-Aurangabad-Indiata and Ellora Caves:

    The Ajanta caves depict the story of Buddhism, spanning a period from 200 BC to 650 AD. The Ellora caves, 34 in number, are carved into the sides of a basaltic hill, 30 kms from Aurangabad. The finest specimens of cave - temple architecture, they house elaborate facades and exquisitely adorned interiors. These structures representing the three faiths of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism, were carved during the 350 AD to 700 AD period.

    They are completely Buddhist, exceptional in that they mingle three forms of Art - architecture, sculpture and painting. You can consider it as a heritage tour India. The fabulous frescoes and paintings describe episodes from the Jataka stories and the life of Lord Buddha. So, in Ajanta Ellora adventure tour you get taste of both the history and cultural of ancient India. Thus you have a learning experience from this particular India culture tourism package i.e. Ajanta Ellora cultural tourism package.

    Ajantha Caves

    The 30 caves here have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Set in a horseshoe formation the ancient caves are located on a high ridge above the gorge of the Waghora River. It was in 1819 that an officer of the Madras Cavalry John Smith, who was out hunting, saw the top of Cave 10 peeping over the thick undergrowth that had hidden them over time.

    The caves were home to monks, craftsmen and artists over this period, and also served as shrines during the rainy season. They featured the prayer hall (chaitya) and monasteries (viharas) wherein are large-scale Buddhas and smaller Buddha images.

    Cave 1 (one of the seven Hinayana caves dating from the 5th century) : The most well known for its evocative murals including that of Padamapani the Bodhisattva of Compassion, Avalokilesvara, scenes from the Mahjanaka Jataka and the Miracle of Sravasti. The great mandala painted in the ceiling over the primary shrine.

    Cave 2 is of particular interest. The vihar cave also features many Jataka tale panels linked to the birth of Lord Buddha.

    In Cave 9, another Hinayana chaitya cave, the large Buddha images were added in the 5th century.
    Cave 10 (whose chaitya griba dates to the 2nd century BC) is believed to be the oldest of Ajanta's caves.

    In Cave 17, a vihar, is the largest number of paintings in a single cave at Ajanta. An bejewelled dark-skinned apsara is revealed in the midst of her make-up routine. Of particular interest is the minute detailing of the apsara standing in adoration of Buddha.
    Cave 19, is a chaitya from where you can see the river might have been the original entrance to the cave complex.

    In Cave 26 visitors encounter the most exuberant elements of the sculptural art of Ajanta. Of particular note here is the massive 23ft long reclining Parinirvana Buddha surrounded by mourning disciples.

    After a look around at the caves, we headed for lunch at the MTDC Restaurant. It was time to get back to Aurangabad.

    The guitravelrainbow-GrishneshwarTemple-Aurangabad-Indiaded tour to Ellora also included a visit to the Grishneshwar Temple, Daulatabad Fort, Bibi Ka Maqbara, and Panchaki. The first stop was the Grishneshwar Temple. It is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Shiva in India.

    The Daulatabad Fort is a majestic fortress built atop a rocky hillock. The fortress dates back to the 9th century when it was called Devgiri. It was Muhammad Bin Tughlaq who gave it the present name – Daulatabad, the “City of Wealth”. Tughlaq even shifted his capital from Delhi to Daulatabad for a short period of time.travelrainbow-DaulatabadFort-Aurangabad-India

    Our next stop was the Ellora Caves, which are a group of 34 caves built in Buddhist, Hindu and Jain styles, demonstrating the religious harmony that existed in India even in those days.

    Caves 1-12 are the Buddhist style caves and consist of Viharas and Chaitya Gruhas.

    The most popular Buddhist cave is Cave 10, also known as the “Vishwakarma Cave”. It has a multi-storeyed entry and a central stupa. A huge statue of Buddha in the teaching pose is seated below the stupa. The roof of the cave is carved in such a way that it looks like it’s made of wooden beams.
    Caves 13-29 are the Hindu Caves and the most popular of these is Cave 16, travelrainbow-ajantacaves-aurangabad-Indiaalso known as the “Kailashnath Temple”. This temple is the masterpiece at Ellora. It is a huge structure, consisting of a multi storeyed temple with a huge courtyard, which houses 2 gigantic “Dhwajastambhas”. There is also a massive Nandi in the courtyard. There are numerous other pillars, prayer halls and images of deities all around the complex. And all this has been carved out of a single rock. It took around a century to complete this temple complex.

    Caves 30-34 are the Jain Caves and depict the Jain philosophy and tradition. These caves have exceptionally detailed carvings. The carvings of Mahavira are very aesthetic. The Jain Caves were the last ones that we visited and here ended our Ellora tour.
    The next stop on the way back was Bibi-Ka-Maqbara or the 'Mini Taj'. It is a miniature version of the Taj Mahal, but isn’t built entirely of marble. Only the first couple of layers are marble while the rest is white plaster. But nonetheless, it is impressive. This wound up our visit to Aurangabad and we made arrangements to board the evening train to Hyderabad.

    Tuesday, January 19, 2010

    Hindu Temples in Pakistan-Hinglaj Mandir

    Hinglaj Mandir or Nani Mandir, Hingol National Park, Baluchistan

    Hinglaj is one of the Hindu Temple and an important Hindu pilgrimage place in Balochistan, Pakistan and Kuldevi of Kshatriya Bhavsar Community.

    A trip to the Terath (Pilgramage) of past gods. This sacred place of pilgrimage for Hindus specially the devotees of Aadh Shakti Devi Maata is situated in the mountain cave "HINGLAJ" on the river bank of "HINGHOL" at the tail of Kheerthar mountains called Kanraj in tehsil Lyari of Balochistan province of Pakistan. It is considered one of the famous and largest TEERATHS Pilgramage of Subcontinent

    Hinglaj is situated in the Balotravelrainbow-Hinglaj-shaktipeeth, hindu templechistan province of Pakistan. It is near the peak of one of the mountains of the Makran range. It is approximately 120 km from the Indus River Delta and 20 km from the Arabian Sea. The area is extremely arid and the pilgrimage also called 'Nani ki Haj' by local Muslims takes place before summer. The pilgrimage starts at a place near the Hao river which is 10 km from Karachi.

    Hinglaj has survived and is in fact revered by local Muslims who call it 'Nani ki Mandir'. Muslims offer red or saffron clothes, incense, candles and a sweet preparation called 'Sirini' to the deity[citation needed]. The Muslims protected sites like Hinglaj which are the last vestiges of the Hindu society which once straddled the area.

    An important Shakti Peeth of Goddess Sati, Hinglaj Mandir or Nani Mandir is situated in Hingol National Park in Baluchistan province of Pakistan.

    It came into existence when Lord Vishnu cut up Sati's dead body into 52 pieces so that Lord Shiva would calm down and stop his Tandava. These pieces got scattered all over the Indian subcontinent whilst Sati's head fell at Hingula or Hinglaj.

    According to ancient scriptures, Lord Rama had also meditated at Hinglaj to atone for his sin of 'Brahmhatya' - killing of Ravana who was a Brahmin and a great devotee of Lord Shiva and Goddess Durga.

    Hindu Temples in Pakistan :

    * Katas Raj Temples, Chakwal, near Lahore, Punjab
    * Hindu Temple, Rohtas Fort, near Islamabad, Punjab
    * Hindu Temple, Mari-Indus, near Kalabagh, Punjab
    * Hindu Temple, Rawalpindi, Punjab
    * Hinglaj Mandir or Nani Mandir, Hingol National Par...
    * Hindu Temple, Umerkot, Sindh
    * Hindu Temple, Sialkot, Punjab
    * Kalka Cave Temple, Arore, near Rohri, Sindh
    * Hindu Temples, Tilla Jogian, Punjab
    * Hindu Temple, Anarkali Bazaar, Lahore, Punjab
    * Hindu Temple, behind Juma Mosque, Rawalpindi, Punj...
    * Sri Varun Dev Temple, Manora Cantt, Karachi, Sindh...
    * Hindu Temple, Taxila, Punjab
    * Hindu Temple, Taxila, Punjab
    * Sadhu Bela Temple, Sindh
    * Hindu Temple, near Luddon, Vehari, Punjab
    * Hindu Temple, Thar
    * Hindu Temple, Thar
    * Hindu Temple, Nagar Parkar, Sindh
    * Toomri Temple, Ghakkhar Mandi, Gujranwala, Punjab
    * Hindu Temples, Malot, Punjab
    * Sri Badoki Temple, Gujranwala, Punjab
    * Hindu Temple, Lahore, Punjab
    * Sharda Devi Temple, POK
    * Hindu Temple, Chiniot, Punjab
    * Hindu Temple, Thar
    * Hindu Temple, Saidpur village, Islamabad, Punjab

    Friday, January 15, 2010

    "Yatra" To Pandharpur, Maharashtra, India

    In my last posts you have got to know about travel destinations of Maharashtra, now just have a look at the holy place "Pandharpur" (Temple Of Lord Vithoba & Rukumai).

    Pandharpur is a small town in the district of Sholapur. It is situated on the banks of the Bhima River, which is also known as Chandrabhaga. Pandharpur, also called as the spiritual capital of the state of Maharashtra and is the site of the sacred shrine of Vithoba, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The temple was built in 13th century and is a main pilgrimage centre for the Varakaris (members of one of the state’s most popular religious sects).

    This quaint little habitat is all set to allure the devotees with the legendary story of Lord Vitthal and his beloved devotee Pundalik. The popular belief is that the God had visited this place to see Pundalik and he had to wait outside Pundalik’s residence for quiet sometime since the latter was busy serving his aged parents. Later Pundalik came before the lord and seek his pardon. Pleased by his devotion towards his parents the lord decided to stay with Pundalik forever and ever since the lord stays there in the village.

    Every year Goan Hindus go on a pilgrimage to Shri Vithal temple at Pandharpur on Ashadi Ekadashi. This tradition is deeply rooted in history for more than 600 years. It is believed that Vataba Dulba Rane Morlekar from Morle-Sattari and other devotees used to visit Shri Vithal temple of Pandharpur on the occasion of Ashadhi and Kartiki Ekadashi.

    Pandharpur hosts four annual pilgrimages of Hindu devotees. Among them, the pilgrimage in the month of Āshādh in the Hindu Shāliwāhan Shak calendar attracts the large number of pilgrims. The pilgrimage in the month of Kārtik attracts the next largest number of pilgrims.travelrainbow_pandharpu_vithorukumai

    There are some other important holy places around Pandharpur as Goddess TuljaBhavani (Goddess of family - KulDevata of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj)at TuljaPur, Saint Shri Swami Samarth (God Form of Dattatraya) at ShriKshetra Akkalkot, Lord Dattatraya at Ganagapur etc. All are located in / near to Solapur District. Devotees from all over Maharashtra and surrounding states visit all these places at least once per year.

    Some of the accommodations for your stay at the holy place Pandharpur

    Lakshminarayan Lodge : Station Road, Damodar Market, Pandharpur, Maharashtra, India.

    Sri Datta Lodge
    : Near Sarvarkar Statue, Opp: S.T.Stand,Pandharpur, Dist. Solapur, Maharashtra, India.

    Shamiana Hotel
    : Station Road, PANDHARPUR, Maharashtra -413304, India.

    Tuesday, January 12, 2010

    Travel Srinagar, Kashmir India

    Travel Srinagar is called as paradise on earth. Srinagar is famous for its beautiful lakes, sprawling Mughal gardens and historical sites. Situated on the banks of the Jhelum River, a tributary of the famous Indus River, the city of Srinagar is a heavenly abode on earth with numerous lakes and large expanses of green valleys spread throughout. The Jhelum River runs through the city and the valley, emptying in the Wular Lake. The city at 876 km north of Delhi is famous for its nine ancient bridges, linking ttravelrainbow_travel_srinagarhe two parts of the city.

    This extremely beautiful place tells the story of the love of the Mughal emperors. It possess deep green rice fields and river bridges, gardens in bloom, lakes rimmed by houseboats, a business center and holiday resort.
    Srinagar has the distinction of having multifaceted and unique cultural blend, making it exclusive from the rest of the country, not only from the different cultural forms and heritage, but from geographical, demographically, ethical, social entities, which forms a distinct spectrum of diversity.

    A spell on a houseboat on Dal Lake has always been one of India's real treats and Kashmir also offers some delightful trekking opportunities and unsurpassed scenery. Set in the womb of the Himalayas and gifted with beautiful and inspiring natural scenery,

    Major Tourist Attractions in Srinagar

    Sightseeing in Srinagar means visiting Hindu and Muslim holy places, scenic sites like the Mughal Gardens and the very much liked and popular Dal Lake.

    Cheshma Shai or Royal Spring as it is called is one of the important tourist destinations in Srinagar.

    Nishat Garden is another beautiful tourist place that is a must visit on your luxury Srinagar travel.

    Another beautiful garden in Srinagar is Shalimar Garden, which is located about 15 kilometres from the city. Mughal emperor Jehangir built the garden for his wife Nur Jahan.

    The Dal Lake is a must visit tourist spot in Srinagar on your luxury Srinagar travel. A ride on the house boat against the backdrop of snow laden mountains is a wonderful experience. The Dal Lake is perhaps the finest place to while away your time in Srinagar.

    List of hotels and houseboats to stay in Srinagar :

    Centaur Lakeview Hotel
    : Post Box No 221, G P O, Chasmeshahi, Srinagar 190001.travelrainbow_hotels_srinagar

    Hotel Broadway : Maulana Azad Road, Srinagar 190001

    California Group of Houseboats
    : Dal Lake Srinagar, India, 190001

    Hotel Sadaf
    : 45 Exchange Road Srinagar, India, 190001

    Meena Group Houseboats
    : Srinagar 190 001 (Kashmir) INDIA

    Saturday, January 9, 2010

    Darjeeling India - An Experience...


    Darjeeling, India
    is a beautiful place lying on the east of West Bengal. Its scenic beauty has absolutely no comparison. It is famous for the splendid mountains of Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, and Makalu. People come from all over the globe to feast their eyes on the beautiful locations here in.

    Darjeeling is world famous for its Tea, Darjeeling Tea is known as the ' Champagne of Tea' and is the finest in the world. Darjeeling along with its natural beauty spreads away its majestic landscape giving ample opportunities for Adventure Sports. This world famous hill station at the foothills of the Himalayas is a paradise for plant and animal lovers.
    Darjeeling Travel Destination is incomplete without a visit to Ghoom which is 6 km away from the main town. The hillock is dominated by the famous Yiga Choeling Monastery which has 15 images of the Maitreya Buddha. Belonging to the yellow hat sect, the monastery contains many ancient palm leaf and paper manuscripts in Tibetan script.

    The Museum of Natural History is where one can see a fine collection of Himalayan animals, reptiles, birds and insects. If flora is what one enjoys, then Llyod Botanic Garden is the place of interest. It has a marvelous collection of alpine flora and orchids.

    The Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park is a must visit place for all the animal lovers. It preserves some of the rich and rare species of the region namely Siberian Tigers, Red Panda, Tibetan Wolf and varicolored birds.

    Darjeeling Tavel Destinations:

    Yiga Choeling Monastery, Museum of Natural History, Observatory hill, Dhirdam Temple, Aloobaari Monastery, Bhutia Bustee Monastery and the Ava Art Gallery.

    Apart from being the best travel destination Darjeeling is also renowned for its food and wine especially momos and tongbas respectively.Darjeeling momos are exceptionally mouth watering and the locals say that no one can have just one, but more and more. Tongba or local beer is not only popular among the locals but tourists as well. These local beers are not readily available everywhere, but in special restaurants as Hot Stimulating Cafe near Shrubbery Park.

    Darjeeling is home to abundant hotels and resorts, that caters to all your accommodation needs, here are the hotel list :
    Hotel Viceroy : 17, Gandhi Road, Darjeeling, West Bengal, India-734101

    Hotel Seven Seventeen
    : H.D. Lama Road, Darjeeling, West Bengal, India -734101

    The Elgin Hotel Darjeeling
    : 18 H. D. Lama Road, Darjeeling, West Bengal, India-734101

    Sterling Resorts Darjeeling
    : P.O # 6 Ghoom Monastery Road,Darjeeling, West Bengal, India-734102

    Dekeling Hotel
    : 51 Gandhi Road, Darjeeling, 734101, India

    Thursday, January 7, 2010

    Shimla Travel Destination India


    Shimla Travel Destination is a gorgeous hill station in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Located at an average height of 2,200 meter, Shimla is unique with its unparalleled glittering beauty. Set in the midst of impressive hills and dense jungles Shimla is dribbled with an air of imposing charm. Its elegant streets, downs, plummeting torrents and the most salubrious climate make it a thriving hotspot for honeymooners. Shimla is also the kick off point for the rest of Himachal, with well-knit roads.

    In Autumn, Shimla looks gorgeously beautiful and when the days are balmy and dazzling and the night’s crunchy and chilly. A typical hilly terrain with a picturesque countryside, wonderful climate and viable social standards, it is quite natural that this hill station has been acquired the status of a preferred and much loved picnic spot in India.

    Travelling in Shimla is an unforgettable experience, One of the most railway lines in the world, the Kalka-Shimla toy train carries travellers up to Shimla.

    Travel Destinations in Shimla :

    State Museum : This building displays artifacts characteristic of Himachal Pradesh's rich heritage including woodcarvings, paintings and sculptures.

    The Ridge
    : This large open space in the centre of Shimla town offers sweeping views of the Himalayas.
    Lakkar Bazaar : Popular for its wooden handicraft items and souvenirs, this is just ahead of the Ridge.

    Kufri : Located 16 km away at an altitude of 2501 m, this place is famous for its panoramic views and ski slopes. A scenic walk leads up to the Mahasu Peak.

    Potter Hill : Situated at a distance of 1 Km from Summer Hill is very beautiful Picnic spot with all the natural beauty. Ecological Park is situated here.

    Dharamsala : Dharamsala, popularly known as the ‘Queen of the Hills’, is divided into ltravelrainbow-dharmasala-shimlaower and upper towns with a difference of 457m(1500ft.) between them. Dharamsala is known for its scenic beauty, calmness and serenity. It has high pine trees, tea gardens and timber yielding trees.

    The climate in Shimla is very pleasant in summer but can be quite chilly in winter when warm woollen clothing should be worn.

    Shimla list of luxurious hotels for local and foreign tourist, here are some of travelrainbow-shimla-hotelsthem :

    Quality Inn River Country Rsrt : N H 21 Rangri, District Kullu ,Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 333048, India

    SPRINGFIELDS (SHIMLA) : Opp. Tibetan School, Chhota Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India.

    KUFRI HOLIDAY RESORT, SHIMLA : Ski Slopes Kufri, Shimla (Himachal Pradesh), India.

    HOTEL AMBER, SHIMLA : Opp. UCO Bank, Ram Bazar Shimla (Himachal Pradesh), India.

    GULMARG HOTEL, SHIMLA : The Mall Shimla (Himachal Pradesh), India.

    Sunday, January 3, 2010

    Travel Mahabaleswar India


    One of the most beautiful hill stations in India is Mahabaleshwar, located in the sloppy mountain ranges of the western ghats of Maharashtra. This hill station offers a clean, calm and refreshing environment,ideal for vacations.The area has strong historical connections with Shivaji, the heroic Maratha warrior king.

    Mahabaleshwar was discovered by the Britishers, who were always in search of places that provided them relief from the heat of the plains. Thus, the city still retains some of the old world charm, making it an perfect holiday destination.

    Mahabaleshwar is a popular holiday spot in India. It is one of the most popular honeymoon spots in Maharashtra. Reason why most of the newly married couples come here to travelrainbow_mahabaleswar_locationsspend their time amidst these natural beauties.Today the hill station serves as a holiday resort and also a famous honeymoon spot.The hill station is very famous due to its beautiful lakes, hills and waterfalls.In addition to its scenic beauty the hill station is also popular for its temples, amazing viewpoints and places of historical significance.

    Travel Mahabaleswar and One thing I find unusual about this place is that irrespective of number of people who go there, the peace and calmness is never disturbed.

    Another thing you just cant miss here is strawberry and ice cream, its just out of this world.My suggesttravelrainbow_mahabaleswar_strawberryicecreamion to all the tourist is to keep the place clean every place you visit.

    Venna Lake : It is the first and major attraction within Mahabaleshwar. one can spend the whole day at this lake and enjoy boating.

    Mount Malcolm : Mount Malcolm used to be the most famous building in the olden days. It was built in 1829 with superb architectural skills. Unfortunately, today it has lost a lot of its old charm.

    Catholic Church : A visit to the old Roman Catholic Holy cross church is worth a detour. Although the church is practically falling apart, its stained-glass windows are still a sight to behold.

    Panchgani : Tucked away in Satara district, just 19 kms east of Mahabaleshwar, Panchgani is also amongst the most frequented hill resorts in India. The name is derived from the fact that it is located at the centre of five hills ("Panch" means five, "Gani" means hills). The place is well known for trekking and other adventure activities.travelrainbow_hotels-mahabaleshwar

    Some of the famous hotels in Mahabaleshwar are :

    Brightland Holiday Village
    : Kates Point Road, Mahabaleshwar : 412 806, Maharashtra.

    Lake View
    : Satara Road,Mahabaleshwar : 412 806, Maharashtra.

    Hotel Pratap Heritage : Valley View Road , Mahabaleshwar Valley

    Resort : Valley View Road, Near Market, Mahabaleshwar : 412 806, Maharashtra.

    Fountain Hotel
    : Opp. Koyna Valley,Satara, Mahabaleshwar : 412 806, Maharashtra.