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Awesome Places to Visit Near Bhubaneswar, Odisha

  

  Bhubaneswar is known as 'City of Temples' and is surrounded by many beautiful tourist places from forts, sanctuaries, waterfalls to beaches. Billions of tourist from the globe come here to witness the city's glory and exquisite attractions. If you are planning to visit the town then here is a quick guide and list for You where you can spend your weekend and make it enjoyable.


Puri :

 


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 As many of us know that Puri is famous sacred place known for Shri Lord Jagannath's temple and devotees from the globe throng here to participate in annually held 'Rath Yatra'. Beside this Puri is also famous for many other temples, beautiful sandy beaches such as Puri beach, Swargadwar beach, Balighai beach, Beleswar beach, and Golden beach. You can plan your visit to Puri throughout the year as the climate of the town is quite pleasant. 


Reaching to Puri is easy by air, road and railway. Biju Patnaik airport is the nearest airport located at Bhubaneswar whereas nearest railway station is Puri.


Udaygiri: 


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 These are 26 rock-cut caves located at 7.2 km from Bhubneswar and one of the amazing tourist place to be visited. Out of 26 caves one cave is dedicated to Jainism and rest to Hinduism. They are the only site that can be verifiable associated with a Gupta period monarch from its inscriptions.


Konark:

Sun Temple, Konark

 

  A beautiful place for its architectural design of temples. It is located around 66 km from Bhubneswar. Konark is famous for Sun Temple constructed in 13th century and it is now a world heritage site.

Sun temple is dedicated to the God Sun/Surya and it is said that the Sun Temple was built in such a way that the first rays of the sun fall directly on the place of worship and the idol of God. This temple rests on 24 wheels which are beautifully carved. It has 12 wheels on each side. Four of these wheels are still used as solarium to tell the time. 

The temple of Konark is unique in itself, but similar chariot temples are built in places like Hampi and Mahabalipuram. Thousands of people visit the Sun Temple of Konark every year. The Konark Festival, celebrated here every year, has great cultural significance.


Gopalpur: 

One of the busiest beach in Gopalpur
image by Jagadhatri, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons


It is a coastal town located in Odisha. Being a coastal town it is famous for sea tourism and water sports like wind surfing, scuba diving, rowing, water scooter and more. Best time to visit the Gopalpur is October to March. 

Bhubaneswar airport is the nearest airport to reach Gopalpur. If you are planning to reach here by train then Berhampur is the nearest railway station. 


Keonjhar : 

Gundichaghagi Waterfall at Keonjhar, Odisha


It is one of the largest districts in Orissa and blessed with many splendid tourist attractions. This place is complete package for travel enthusiast. Here are few of most beautiful places where you can spend your vacation. 

Sanghagara waterfalls, Kandadhar waterfalls and Bada Ghagara waterfalls these are famous waterfalls near Bhubaneswar as wel Temple at Ghatagaon, Gonasika, Gundichaghai, Bhimkund, etc are also places to visit.

You can reach Keonjhar easy by air, road and railway. Biju Pattanaik airport in Bhubaneswar is the nearest airport to Kendujhargarh rail-head is the nearest railway station if you are visiting through rail. So let's plan and explore the destination with a safe and secure cab ride in pocket friendly way.  



Ratnagiri: 


Entrance to Monastery, Ratnagiri
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 Ratnagiri is approximately 100 km away from the Bhubaneswar. It is an ancient Buddhist monastery and a part of the Orissa Buddhist Circuit. The site is very close to Udaygiri and it was  discovered after an excavation 1960. The site has beautiful carved doorway, spacious open courtyard, cells and verandah facing the courtyard.  

Nearest airport to reach Ratnagiri is Bhubaneswar where as Jaipur road and Bhubaneswar railway station are the nearest rail-head. You can easily plan your trip with a comfortable cab or taxi from Bhubaneswar or Kolkata




AERO India - One Of The Largest Air Show in The World


                                                 AERO India 2021                                                 

Yelahanka air base,  Bengaluru

Date : February 3 to 5


      Asia's largest air show and aviation exhibition, AERO celebrating its 13th edition with pride this year in Bengaluru since its inception. This biannual show lasts around three days and invites various companies aircraft manufacturers, national and international exhibitors over 400.  Since its inception in 1996, this air show has emerged as on of the vital event in aviation exhibitions.

 

The show is hosted by Ministry of Defence’s Defence Exhibition Organization. It's great business opportunities for manufacturers from aerospace and aviation industry to demonstrate their product. Citizens can visit the show and this year amidst the Covid19 pandemic situation all visitors have to follow few safety precautionary protocol along with carrying negative COVID-19 negative report taken 72 hours prior exhibition day. Before kindly confirm the show timings on Aero India's official website.

 

Ticket price for Aero India :

The tickets will be availble in two category(Business & ADVA) and it will be issued on limited first come first serve basis.

Business category: Price will be Rs.5000 for Indian nationals and $150 for foreign national for full day and for half day it will be Rs. 2500 and $75 for Indians and foreign nationals respectively.


ADVA: For other visitors visiting price will be Rs 1,000 for Indians and $40 for foreign nationals and for hafd day it will be Rs 500 and $20 for Indians and foreign nationals respectively.



If you are planning to visit the air show, reserve a cab online for a hassle free pick up and drop to the venue from your location. 

 


  








Go To Jail ! Famous Yerwada Jail is open for tourist

 




Many of you might have visited the sandy beautiful beaches, national forests and parks, wildlife sanctuaries, historical forts and many more tourist destinations and now might be planning and searching for new places to visit which are unique? Then you might like the idea of “jail tourism” Yes, you read it right because from 26th, January 2021 Maharashtra government started jail tourism in Pune's Yerawada jail. Many of us are curious and wondered about what prisoner's life in a  jail is like, right? Well, if you are interested in prison or jail tourism then now you can do so without committing a crime!  It’s something unique, isn’t it ?

The initiative has been launched by the Maharashtra state government with an aim to help students, all history enthusiasts and citizens to experience and be aware of our history at a nominal fee. 


Entry Fee for Yerwada Jail Tourism :


Fee for School student : Rs. 5
Fee for collegians : Rs. 10
Fee for general tourist : Rs. 50


Yerwada jail, built by British in between 1865 to 1871 is considered as one of the largest prisons in south Asia which is spread across 500 acres. Only certain parts in the jail where freedom fighters stayed will be open for tourists to visit. 

This jail has significant historical value in the Indian Independence movement like “Pune Pact” that took place in jail premises between 'Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar' and 'Mahatma Gandhi' on September 24, 1932 and many freedom fighters including Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Nehru, Lokmanya Tilak, Vallabhbhai Sardar Patel, Sarojini Naidu and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose had been imprisoned in this jail under the british rule, also in 1899, the Chapekar brothers were hanged in Yerwada Jail.


How to Book Jail Tourism :


For now due to the pandemic situation only 50 visitors will be allowed daily. Those tourists who are interested to visit will be required to submit an application form to the Superintendent of Yerwada Jail on email or in person at the jail seven days before their visit. 


Definitely, It will be an experience to remember. So let’s plan your visit and go ahead and explore the historical Indian monuments.


If you have some more time in hand to explore the city then there are plenty of options in and around Pune like Shaniwar wada, Parvati hills, Shreemant Dagadusheth Halwai Ganpati Mandir, Aga Khan palace, Singhad fort, Rajiv Gandi Zoological park and many more.

How to reach Pune :


Reaching to Pune is not hassle because it has well air, road and rail connectivity. Tourist can avail local city bus or book online a comfortable and reliable Pune local cab outside their arrival place.



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Kaziranga National Park, Assam

 



 Located in the heart of Aasam and a World Heritage site is popular for the two-thirds of the world’s great one-horned rhinoceroses as well as Elephants, tigers,  panthers and various types of bird species. Kaziranga National park,

This park It is a favourite destination for nature and wildlife fanatics. 

There are many beliefs about the origin of the place name, it was renamed the "Kaziranga Wildlife Sanctuary" in 1950 by P. D. Stracey, the forest conservationist. Kaziranga park has been declared as a world heritage site in 1985 by UNESCO for its unique natural environment. The park is circumscribed by the Brahmaputra river and the park extends over a geographical area of 430 sq km.  

The park is divided into the four tourism ranges or zones, Western Range (Bagori), Central Range (Kohora), Burapahar Range, Eastern Range(Agaratoli)  

Elephant safaris and Jeep safari is the only way to explore and unfold the vigor and splendor of Kaziranga. Hiking is not allowed in the area to avoid unexpected encounter with large, dangerous wild animals.

Aside from the home to many spices, Kaziranga also has a varied ecosystem and mountains. Taking a wildlife safari will give ample opportunity to take glimpse of some of big animals.


Best time to visit :

The park is crowded between November to April of every year. Now it has reopened for tourist from 21st Oct. after COVID-19 lockdown.

 

Getting to Kaziranga :

By Air : 

Jorhat Airport is nearest airports which is 105 kms away. It is connected to Kolkata by good number of daily flights. At the airport you can hire a cab prior to your arrival to visit Kaziranga national park or can reach to bus stand which is approx. 23 km from there. 

By Railway : 

Furkating is the nearest railway station to Kaziranga park. It is well connected to major town such as Guwahati, Kolkata, Delhi. 

 By Road: 

NH37 will lead you to Kaziranga park. It has good connectivity with Guwahati, Tezpur, Jorhat, Nagaon, Golaghat, Dimapur, Tinisukia and Sivasagar. Either you can take a taxi from these cities or local transport services to reach park.

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Witness the Stunning Cherry Blossom Festival in Shillong, Meghalaya






You must have heard or seen Cherry blossom festival being celebrated in other countries but did you know that this type of festival is also celebrated in India!  Yes, you read it right as the capital city of the state of Meghalaya 'Shillong' is hosting the kind of festival since last three year. 

 This year Shillong will host 4th edition of this 'Cherry Blossom festival' from 13th Nov to 16th Nov. 2019. The festival is being conducted by the Meghalaya tourism which is celebrate unique autumn blooming of Himalayan pink cherry tree blossoms.





 Thousands of visitors flock every year to Shillong to admire the beautiful pin blossoms and nature's wonder.  The festival is also a great opportunity to enjoy and experience several unique events of music and dance shows, beauty pageant, region's cuisines stalls, an amateur golf tournament [you can participate in it]. If you are going to this fest then this time you will get to see several Korean events such as Korean Barbeque, art stalls and K-pop music concert.

Few signature events in the Cherry Blossom Festival 2019  :


Day DateEvent
113-NovFashion Show | Unplugged Music | Nostalgia Music (Elvis and Beatles)
214-NovColours of North East | DJ Music (DJ Daffy) | LG XBOOM Karaoke Contest
315-NovCosplay | Miss Cherry Blossom | Mrs Shillong | Rock Show 
416-NovFootball | Korean Films | K-Pop (Jang Han-byul) -former vocalist of LEDApple 

[Schedule courtesy: India International Cherry Blossom Festival]


How to reach Shillong:



By Air:  Airport in Umroi is nearest airport to Shillong. It's about 25 km from Shillong. You can take a bus or taxi from Umroi to Shillong prior to your pick up or at arrival.


By Rail:  Guwahati railway station is nearest airport to Shillong. Buses and rental cabs are available from Guwahati railway station to Shillong.


By Road : Guwahati is well connected to Shillong by NH40. From here one can easily take a state's transport buses or private taxi or cab rental services to reach Shillong and various destinations in Meghalaya.


So let's pack your bag and plan to create priceless travel memories with Family or friends at Meghalaya.  






World's Largest Camel Fair at Pushkar Mela, Rajasthan


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  'Pushkar', a small town located about 20 km from Ajmer in Rajasthan, is one of the famous pilgrimage destination in India. The place is primary famous for two things, first is temple of 'Lord Brahma' and second is 'Camel fair'.

Lord Brahma's Only Temple in The World 


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 Contrary to the legends and various version of  “Why there is no Temple of Lord Brahma”, the temple in Pushkar, Rajasthan remains the most famous “Brahma” temple in the world. This temple is built with marble and  is decorated with silver coins and there is a silver turtle on the floor of the temple. 

 It is a Hindu Temple located near Pushkar lake having 52 Ghats in Rajasthan (India). On Kartik Poornima, a festival dedicated to Lord Brahma is held when large number of pilgrims visit the temple, after bathing in the sacred lake. 

World's Largest Camel Fair 


The place becomes tourist attraction for one more famous reason i.e “Pushkar Camel Fair- the largest Camel trade fair in the world” during this time. This colorful celebration in the golden sand of Thar , is the real mesmerizing experience for the tourist. Apart from trading in the livestock the fair also organizes various other competitions like bridal makeup contest, big mustaches contest and matka phode contest, a unique cricket match between the local team of Pushkar's residents and a foreign team.

There are around 500 Temples and various monuments in and around “Pushkar”. Tourist from various parts of the world gather here, to witness vivid colors of Rajasthan and splendid monuments. Every aspect of this experience would make you feel special.

A perfect & refreshing country side experience with large fairgrounds, mega crowd and herds of cattle all around, is the epic scene you witness when you are at the “Pushkar Camel Fair”.
An ancient tradition where around 30,000 Camel owners participate to show-off their camel's valour. One of the high rated travel experience where around 4,00,000 people mark their presence in this small town of  “Pushkar”.

Image courtesy: wikipedia

Though the first 2 days are considered auspicious for bathing in sacred lake, for the rest of the days various shows and contests are organized by Rajasthan Tourism. The major highlights of the events are Camel races, Dance, Folk and Fusion music concerts, spiritual and heritage walks, and local Arts an Crafts Bazaar.. but expect the rate to inflate because local vendors see this as an opportunity to gain windfall profit.Negotiate hard,if planning for local shopping.


Dates of Pushkar Camel Fair:

This year Pushkar fair schedule from 4th November to 12th November 2019. See more fair event schedule.

How to reach Pushkar- 


By Train: 

If you are planning to travel by train then to reach here Ajmer is the neartes railway station to Pushkar. From there a local connectivity is Ajmer-Pushkar Passenger which  departs Ajmer between  9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and arrives in Pushkar at 10.30 a.m. 

By Road:

From Ajmer you may also plan for a road journey which is 30 minutes drive. You can rent a chauffeur driven cab from around 300+ Indian cities to plan a road trip to Pushkar. 

By Air:

The air connectivity provided to “Pushkar” is through 2 places, one is Kishangarh which is 40 km from Ajmer and the second is Jaipur 146.5 km i.e around 3 hours journey.

Where to Stay

Due to great flow of people visiting during this period, the demand for accommodations  increase accordingly. The rates would be comparatively high therefore plan in advance and book guesthouses. If willing to shell out extra bugs go for luxury tented camps set up in the desert especially for the festival, heritage hotels, and farm stays.

So pack your bags and get ready to explore the vivid colors of Rajasthan in your next vacations!


If you have not seen Mysore Dussehra, what have you seen?



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Dussehra is one of the biggest festival in India and celebrated with great pomp throughout the country, and Mysore's Dussehra is quite special in itself as it has rich history of more than 400 years. The celebration of Mysore Dussehra is believed to have been started in 1610 during the Vijayanagara empire and has played major role in the history.

  Myusuru is the second largest city in the state of Karnataka which is around 140 km away from Bangalore. The festival starts from the very first day of Navratri and lasts from about 10 days till the day of Vijayadashmi and attracts millions of tourists around the globe.

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 During the festival of Navratri, Mysore palace is decorated with about one lakh lamps and remain opened to the common people. If you want to see the royal Dussehra and the glamour of palace closely, then be a part of this festival. The popular part of the festival procession is the Jumbo Savari which is held every year on the day of Vijayadashmi. On the day The idol of Goddess Chamundeshwari first worshiped by the Royal couple of Mysore and then a procession is taken out of it. Jumbo savari starts from Mysore palace and ends at Banimandap. The procession is accompanied by music bands, dance groups, armored forces, elephants, horses and camels. The main attraction of this procession on the this day is the idol of Goddess Chamundeshwari which is placed on the 750 kg golden howdah placed on a decorated elephant. The idol worshiped by the royal family and is a principal deity of Mysore.

There are also various events like sports, food festivals, film festivals held at palace area.

How to reach Mysuru:

Mysore is easily accessible from all major cities by plane, road and train. If you do not get a direct flight, you can reach Bangalore and cab from Bangalore to Mysuru. The distance from Mysore to Bengaluru is about 145 km.

So whats your plan this Navratri? Let's pack up your bags and go with us on the tour to Mysore in a comfortable cab. 

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