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Guide to Leh Ladak Roadtrip


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Leh Ladakh Road Trip ranks amongst the top in the list of top coveted road trips that one can take in India.Adventure of a lifetime as you drive your way through the mesmerizing landscape of North India from Manali to the Himalayas at a height of more than 18000 feet above. The journey weaves it way through a diverse terrain of villages,picturesque countryside and extraordinary roads to heights where the adrenalin rush is high but oxygen levels low. The journey tests your abilities and fitness but rewards you with unimagined sights that only a few have seen and experienced.

Two different routes that reach us to Leh -
One from Srinagar and the other one from Manali. Manali is the preferred route for a trip to Leh Ladakh as it is just a day drive from Manali city and is also provides a very thrilling ride, along the highest motorable passes in the world. Complete road trip to Leh Ladakh following the route Srinagar – Leh – Manali is a once in a lifetime experience.


Manali to Leh road trip is around 476 kms.

Srinagar to Leh road trip is around 434 kms.



Manali to Leh




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 Overing a distance of 476 km, be treated to an unforgettable experience on the Leh Ladakh road trip. On the way to Leh by road trip, you will traverse through high mountain passes, narrow passes, hairpin bends and scenic valleys where you can click panoramic photographs.

You will tour villages and witness the quiet and lifestyle of people living in such divine settings. Fantastic  monasteries, villages, ancient trade routes and mother nature views are the highlights of this trip.



Total Distance:approx  476 Kms.



Best Time to Visit: June to September


Route Map: 

Manali – Rohtang – Gramphu – Kokhsar – Keylong – Jispa – Darcha – Zingzingbar – Baralacha La – Bharatpur – Sarchu – Gata Loops – Nakee La – Lachulung La – Pang - Tanglang La – Gya - Upshi - Karu – Leh


Srinagar to Leh

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On this beautiful route, you will see beautiful villages, war memorials, Himalayan valleys, Gurudwara, monasteries. This is a trip that exposes you to the various facets of Ladakh.

In this exciting Leh road trip, you visit Grate locations.the green fields of Sonamarg and happy villages on the banks of the Sindh River, fill your eyes with the sights of Ladakh. Covering a distance of 434 km.

 

Total Distance: 434 Kms

 

Best Time to Visit: May to late October (Depends on the weather)


Route Map:


Srinagar – Sonmarg – Zozi La – Drass – Kargil – Mulbekh – Lamayuru – Saspol – Leh.

Here are some of the famous points across the Manali – Leh route road trip



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  1. Manali (2050 mts): Tourist destination, view of Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges
  2. Rohtang La (3980 mts) – 53 kms: Pass in Pir Panjal range. Connecting point for Kullu, Lahaul and Spiti Valleys
  3. Keylong (3348 mts) – 117 kms: Kardang Monastery
  4. Jispa (3142 mts) – 140 kms:Bhaga river
  5. Darcha (3400 mts) – 147 kms: Village
  6. Patsio (3820 mts) – 161 kms: Campsite
  7. Baralacha La (4892 mts) – 192 kms: Pass. Connects Lahaul to Ladakh
  8. Sarchu (4253 mts) – 224 kms: Campsite. Halt point for tourists
  9. Lachang La (5065 mts) – 277 kms: Pass. Close to Pangong lake
  10. Pang (4630 mts) – 301 kms: Campsite
  11. Taglang La (5360 mts) – 365 kms: Pass. Highest point in the trip
  12. Rumsey (4325 mts) – 397 kms: Monastery
  13. Gya (4100 mts) – 403 kms: Historical place
  14. Hemis (3518 mts) – 426 kms: Monastery
  15. Thiksey (3370 mts) – 455 kms: Monastery
  16. Shey (3365mts) – 460 kms: Palace/Monastery
  17. Leh (3348 mts) – 475 kms: Your final destination


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Starting from Srinagar, here is list of some important places along the route



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  1.     Sonamarg (2743 mts) – 84 kms
  2.     Zojila Pass – 127 kms: Pass
  3.     Drass (3033 mts) – 147 kms: Valley
  4.     Kargil (2650 mts) – 204 kms: War Memorial
  5.     Mulbek – 259 kms: Rock Engraves
  6.     Fotu La (4108 mts) – 299 kms: Pass
  7.     Lamayuru (3440 mts) – 309 kms: Hanging Monastery
  8.     Ridzong (2985 mts) – 361 kms: Nunnery
  9.     Uleytokpo (2985 mts) – 362 kms: Village / Campsite
  10.     Alchi (3345 mts) – 367 kms: Ancient Monastery
  11.     Likir (3265 mts) – 374 kms: Ancient Monastery
  12.     Basgo (3343 mts) – 394 kms: Palace/Monastery
  13.     Phyang (3490 mts) – 417 kms: Monastery
  14.     Spituk (3380 mts) – 422 kms: Ancient Monastery
  15.     Leh (3348 mts) – 434 kms: Your final destination

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So are you planning a road trip ? 

Then you can opt a cab/taxi services to this locations and make your trip memorable in affordable prices.

Important Places Associated with Indian Independence Movement

Independence Day falling on a Monday this year so it's long weekend time again! and this is the perfect time and opportunity for all those who wish to take a walk down memory lane and visit multiple patriotic places across the country.

So here we are giving a list of some of places in India that make you feel patriotic.

1] Red Fort:  

Red Fort, Delhi
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The majestic Red Fort located in old Delhi and it is visited by thousands of visitors each day. It has been important part of Indian freedom strugle. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru's who had become the first Prime gave first Independence speech on 15th August 1947 at Red Fort. There are many attractions like monuments and museum that represent a glimpse of major phases of India's struggle for freedom.

2] Wagah Border, Punjab 

Wagah border
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It is border post located on the Grand Trunk road and approximately 30 km away from Amritsar.
The place is must visit for to witness the popular ceremony of lowering of the flags of India and Pakistan.

3] Sabarmati Ashram, Gujarat

Sabarmati Ashram
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Situated on the bank of Sabarmati river and about 5 km from the center of Ahmedabad has historical importance. It was the place from where Mahatma Gandhi started his padayatra (foot march) in 1930 from Sabarmati Ashram to Dandi for the Salt Satyagraha. The ashram also know as Satyagraha Ashram.

4] Cellular jail, Andaman Islands

 
Cellular jail
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The Cellular Jail has been a mute witness to the long and glorious struggle of our revolutionary freedom movement. Vir Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, a famous freedom fighter of India, was imprisoned here for 11 years.
Port blair is well connected to the main land by regular passage of ships and scheduled flights from KolKata and chennai.

5] Jallianwala Bagh,Punjab

 
Jallianwala Bagh
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Jallianwala Bagh is a public garden in Amritsar and has an important place in the Indian history. It is the place where on 13th April, 1919, on the occasion of Baisakhi(Punjab's largetst festival) British soldiers opened fire against thousands of unarmed innocent men, women, and children without warning. 

6] Azad Park, Uttar Pradesh

Azad Park, Allahabad
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One of the biggest public park located in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh is associated with  Chandra Shekhar Azad, a revolutionary's fight in the freedom struggle of the country.
The park was earlier known as Alfred park but later it was renamed as Azad Park after freedom fighter Chandra Shekhar Azad, who sacrificed his life here.


7] India Gate

India gate
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India Gate is the monument which has very important historical significance. It was built in honor of  the 90,000 soldiers of the British Indian Army who died during the World War I and the Afghan Wars (1919).
'Amar Jawan Jyoti' is another must visit place near India Gate. a site for Indian Army soldiers who lost their lives in 1971 war with Pakistan.

8] Netaji Bhawan, Kolkata

Netaji Bhawan
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It is a ancestral home of Subash Chandra Bose, a patriot and freedom figher of India. It was built in 1909 by Subash Chandra Bose's father and Subash Chandra Bose spend his childhood till he escape to Berlin in 1941.

So what are you waiting for? make the most of your weekend and holidays in this August with this awesome car rental offers and head out to any of these places.

Lesser-known Facts about the Heritage city Aurangabad

Known:
The heritage city Aurangabad (Maharashtra) is best known for the Ajanta and Ellora caves. The city serves as a base destination for reaching the historical sites mentioned above and attracts tourists from all across the globe. This city was a Mughal Territory in the reign of Aurangazeb and is named after the emperor. The city houses the mausoleum of Aurangzeb’s wife which is known as the Taj of Deccan.
Aurangabad’s proximity to Ellora, Ajanta, Daulatabad and Shirdi has earned the city a prominent place in the tourism industry of India. The city has geared up to cater both national and international tourists by providing good accommodation and transportation facilities. The city is served by a well connected airport and a railway station. MTDC (Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation) provides special tourist packages for seeing Ajanta and Ellora Caves. You can also ask for private transport services or hire a car to reach here.
Lesser-known:

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 The city is, so far, known by its historical significance and industrial growth. But, not many know about the internal cultural activities that go unnoticed by the visitors. The city keeps hosting classical music and dance concerts frequently for the connoisseurs. Up until recently, there used to be Ellora Festival every year by inviting international level singers and dancers. The Ellora festival has been temporarily halted.
However, another cultural event hosted by MAHAGAMI (Mahatma Gandhi Mission Sangeet Academy) is making news. It is called the Sharangadev Samaroh. This unique music and dance festival has been initiated by the director of MAHAGAMI, Parwati Datta. Parwati Datta, being a versatile Kathak and Odissi dancer, has been motivating the art lovers of Aurangabad since the establishment of the institution and is coordinating noted artists of the nation to enlighten the younger generation on the path of Indian music and dance heritage. 
 
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Sharangdev Samaroh is one such step taken by MAHAGAMI. This cultural event celebrates the rich heritage of classical music and dance that exists in various forms all across India. This event is especially dedicated to the 13th century musicologist Sharangadev, who is said to have lived in the court of Devagiri Yadava rulers. Devagiri is the present day Daulatabad which is at about 17 km from the city.

Sangeeta Ratnakara, the book written by Sharangadev is an important text for the seekers of both Hindustani and Carnatic music tradition. This 13th century text documents almost all the prevalent dance and music traditions of that time and gives descriptions about technical details of dance movements, music, and rhythm. So, to commemorate the contribution made by the author, the Sharangadev Samaroh will be held in the land where the author created such a treatise.
The cultural event comprises of a three day workshop followed by evening concerts. Eminent artists belonging to various music and dance traditions such as Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, Kathakali, Kathak, Odissi, Mohiniattam and Manipuri will present their pieces. Noted artists like Birju Maharaj, Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam, Padma Bhushan Swapna Sundari, Sadanam Balakrishnan and many other scholars have graced the event so far.
Dear tourist…

If you are planning to visit Aurangabad, please make a note of this event. Normally, the event will be held in January or February for three days and nights. Visitors can make use of this opportunity if they are in the city during that time. Try something different when you are in Aurangabad next time. Experience the lesser- known treasures of Aurangabad.

On the unruffled shore of Ganapatipule …

Life in a city sucks sometimes. It appears as though we are struck inside a fixed frame, lost in the mundane activities, and feel like coming out of the congestion. Congestion created by work related stress, family oriented pressures….After all we are poor human beings who need a break to re-charge our energy. We need a peaceful place that keeps you away from all worries, makes you forget the world and helps you to rejuvenate yourself. If you are in need of such a retreat, then, you must visit Ganaptipule.
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Ganapatipule is a small village in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra, India. The region of Ratnagiri lies in the Konkan Maharashtra along the western coastline. Ganapatipule provides a serene sea shore of a recreational kind. The village is also known for an ancient Ganapati Temple that lies near the seashore. It is located at 30 km away from Ratnagiri city.
It was in the last summer that we had planned for a weekend trip to Ganapatipule. We had planned to reach the place via Kolhapur. Kolhapur (140 km) is the nearest transport hub to reach Ratnagiri and Ganapatipule. Ratnagiri is connected by Konkan rail to Mumbai. We had hired a taxi from Kolhapur to Ganapatipule.
You can’t call Ganapatipule a town. Due to increased number tourists this remote Konkan village is expanding. Most interesting part of the village is the MTDC beach resort facing the calm and quiet sea shore. It is a huge campus comprising rooms and cottages facing the shore. Book the room in advance during peak seasons. You may get private hotels also, but, MTDC rooms provide direct sea view.
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We had booked a sea view cottage. Our aim was to spend leisurely hours on the sea shore just like that idly. We had gone there to drench ourselves in the lap of nature. The beach was less crowded and it is one of the most untouched beaches of Maharashtra, one can say. We were blessed to have refreshing morning and evening walks on the shore. In fact, we were left to have our own time in the sea. I should say, I am enamoured by the profound serenity of the place, would love to go there again.
The MTDC resort has a restaurant that provides good meals. There are restaurants outside the MTDC compound if you want to try out. Remember to taste the ‘Sol-khadi’ a local drink. It tastes like flavoured buttermilk that is made up of Kokam fruits.
What to do:
The place is less modernised and it is solely for leisure trips. The beach is the main attraction, but it is not a commercialised beach. We enjoyed drenching ourselves in the unruffled seas reflecting the clear blue sky in the noon. We just sat there for hours together watching the playful waves. We gazed at the vast sea that turned crimson as the sun made his way for another evening. It was heavenly sight!
After the sunset, we visited the Ganapati temple which was situated on the other end of the same seashore. During high tide, the sea waves touch the entrance of the temple it seems. It’s a beautiful temple in a beautiful location providing a pious ambience to the place.
If you have time, you can take a round of nearby locations. There is an open air museum in Ganapatipule displaying the local Konkani lifestyle. There is a small shop inside the museum if you want to buy local products like Kokum, honey, pickles and snacks.
We visited Malgund, the hometown of Keshavsut - the much revered poet of Maharashtra. Malgund is just 10 minutes journey from Ganapatipule. Poet Keshavsut’s residence has been converted into a memorial now.
In brief:
Ganapatipule provides best recreation for those who love tranquillity. MTDC is the best available resort there. Autos are available for sightseeing. Main attraction is the beach. Best for a weekend getaway from Mumbai, Pune and Aurangabad. Good for all seasons except Monsoon. December is the peak season, so book rooms three months before if you are planning for December. Kolhapur is the nearest transportation hub. Ratnagiri is the nearest railhead.

Mumbai- 326 km, Pune-308 km , Kolhapur -140 km, Ratnagiri -30 km  

World Heritage sites in Maharashtra


World Heritage sites are managed by UNESCO. The International World Heritage Programme recognizes sites of cultural importance such as forests, mountains, islands, deserts, monument, building, complex or a city as Heritage Sites for the preservation of cultural heritage. These sites will be maintained under the supervision of UNESCO. The criteria for selecting a site as Heritage site is that it should represent outstanding universal significance in terms of cultural contributions. The sites will be listed by each country and then, the International committee decides after examination of the prominence of such sites.
India has many World Heritage sites. Let us focus upon Maharashtra state. Four sites have been listed under the World Heritage Sites program in Maharashtra.
Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus: This is a railway terminus located in Mumbai. This is a colonial structure named after the Queen Victoria. This railway terminus was renamed in 1996. The terminus was built was completed in 1880 during the British era. The monument is still active and is a major railway terminus in India.
It is popularly known as CST, which was under terrorist attack. The railway terminus is built in the Victorian Gothic style comprising beautiful carvings. It became a World Heritage Monument in 2004.
Ajanta: Situated about 100 km from the city of Aurangabad in Maharashtra these rock cut caves are well known for paintings. These caves were discovered by British officers in the 19th century. These caves date back to 100 B.C. All are Buddhist Caves.

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 Ajanta caves are one of the prestigious monuments of India. One would marvel at the skill of Indian artisans. Details of the life style belonging to that period are displayed through paintings.
Ajanta caves can be approached by road. Hire taxis or take the MTDC tourist buses to reach Ajanta from Aurangabad city. Ajanta caves are protected by Eco-Conservation program. So, public vehicles are not allowed inside the premises. Public or private vehicles would drop you at the T-point and from there the tourists will be taken in an Eco-friendly bus. It takes about 5 minute to reach the cave site from the T-point.
Ellora: Ellora rock cut caves are situated at about 27 km from Aurangabad city. There are 34 caves in total belonging to Hindu, Buddhist and Jain traditions. They were built in various periods spanning from 5th to 11th centuries. Kailas Nath Temple, which is known for its magnificence is a single rock cut temple.

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Ellora can be reached by road. Aurangabad is the nearest destination for accommodation and transportation. You can visit the Daulatabad Fort on the way.
Elephanta Caves: These 7th century caves are located on an island in the Arabian Sea near Mumbai Coast. Elephanta caves are located at about 9 nautical miles from the Gateway of India. You can reach the site by ferries. Regular ferries are available near the Gateway of India.

Tripura: Land of Oranges

It was a princely state in the colonial times. The state at present, is just gearing up for the contemporary trends in tourism. Tripura, best known for rich natural landscape, is quiet region compared to its sister states in the North Eastern India.
Agartala, the capital city of Tripura is the most visited city. Accommodation with wide range of hotels and resorts and connectivity make Agartala a possible tourist junction in Tripura.
People of Tripura feel proud if you mention the name of Indian legendary music composer late S.D. Burman. S.D. Burman, possessing a royal inheritance in Tripura, was born and brought up in present day Bangladesh. But, he is considered an icon of Tripura till today. Another legendary personality, the poet Rabindranath Tagore also is respected highly in this state. He seems to have great affinity with the Manikya rulers of Tripura. So, you would win the hearts of Tripura people by mentioning these two famous personalities!
Total 19 tribes live in the state. The Kokborok speaking community is the main dominant tribe among all. At present the state houses mixed culture. Influence of Bengali culture on food and festivities is apparently visible.
Agriculture is the main activity here. Tripura borders Myanmar in the east and Bangladesh in the west.
How to reach: Agartala is well connected by road, rail and airways. Flights are available from Agartala to Delhi, Kolkata, Imphal, Silichar and Guwahati. You would get connecting flights to other cities. Agartala is connected to Assam, Dhaka and Comilla by train. The state is connected by only one National Highway and that is not in good condition.
What to buy: Buy Bamboo and Cane products and Tripuri traditional dress. Tripuri traditional dress consists of three parts out of which only two parts are worn nowadays. The pattern will be somewhat like wrap around and a top, but it is known as Rignai (wrap around) and Risa (top).
What to see: Most visited city in Trpura is Agartala. Other parts of the state could be reached by buses and taxis. Interiors of the state can offer government guest houses and low budget hotels.
  • Agartala

    The city boasts of having a rich historical connection with the Manikya rulers. The city was the capital of the Princely State that ruled over the region. Ujjayanta Palace, Museum, Sukanta Academy, and Purbasa Emporium are the main attractions in the city.

  • Unakoti

    It is at about 178 km from Agartala, is a place of attraction from archeological point of view. This place is known for stone carvings on a hill belonging to 7th/8th centuries. These rock carvings of Shiva and other gods are situated randomly on a hill. Imagine a hill comprising carvings on its huge rocks everywhere! Also visit Debtamura and Pilak sites.
  • Tripura Sundari Temple:

     it is considered one of the Shakti Peethas in India. The place is located about 55 km from Agartala.
  • Gomuti Bird sanctuary

    This is located at about 40 km from Agartala and is a good place for bird lovers.
  • Jampui Hill

    This is at about 250 km from the capital. This is a beautiful hill station comprising orange gardens. Visit during winter months to see orange trees bearing orange fruits. 
    Jampui Hill
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Explore North East India-Nagaland


Nagaland
Nagaland, the land of 16 indigenous tribes and their unique traditions, is located between Assam, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Myanmar. Kohima is the capital city. The city of Dimapur bordering Assam is the main city inside the state having good connection with other parts of the country by road, rail and Airways. It takes about one and half hour to reach Kohima from Dimapur by road.
Culture of Nagaland comprises of indigenous tribes following the traditions of their forefathers, but, most of them have been Christianized during the Colonial rule. One can expect modernized cities and people over there. However, the native culture is preserved through community festivals and local rituals. The Great Indian Hornbill festival is one such cultural gathering of all tribal people.
It is the home for Hornbills, Tragopan (State Bird of Nagaland), and Mithun (domesticated Gaur species. The geographical terrain contains hill ranges. The region experiences cool weather throughout the year. It is one of the most hospitable destinations in North East India.
Nagaland is served by one airport located at Dimapur. Connecting flights and direct flights are available to Guwahati and Kolkata. Dimapur is the well connected railway head in the state. Buses and rental taxis are available to travel around the state.
You can stay either in Dimapur or Kohima. However, do not miss to experience village stays. Bamboo huts built in the model of the tribal huts provide you a different experience. Do not worry about the amenities. The huts and guest houses at the villages provide western facilities.
Indian tourists are required to get Inner Lane Permit and foreign tourists no longer require the Restricted Area Permit (barring tourists from Bangladesh, China and Pakistan).
Destinations to visit:
  • Dimapur: This is an ancient city known for Ahom rule and the Kachari Dimasa rulers. It is said that the region in which the present day Dimpaur is located was the place of Hidimba (wife of Bhima) from the Mahabharata. At present the city is the gateway to Nagaland. Ruins of old Kachari tribe are preserved in the city.
  • Kohima: This city witnessed the famous battle between the Japanese and the British forces during the Second World War. Visit the war memorial and the Kisama Heritage Village here. Make a trip during the first week of December; you would get to participate in the famous Hornbill Festival.
  • Mokokchung: This district is the home of Ao tribe. Visit the Mopungchuket village.
    Mokokchung  (image credit:stylesatlife.com)

  • Mon: It is the home for the Konyak tribe. You can find the tribal people appearing in traditional tribal dress. This district borders Myanmar. The district hosts Aoleong Monyu Festival in April.
  • Wokha: This is the home for Lotha tribe. This is best known for landscape, and fresh farm products.

Meghalay: Land of clouds!


 Meghalay, as the name suggests, is the land of clouds. The state is the home for highest rainfall belt comprising Chirapunji. The state shares its borders with Assam and Bangladesh. Shillong is the capital city. It is a state that is adorned by green hills all over and is thus, districts of the state are divided on the basis of hill regions. So, you see Khasi Hills district, Jaintia Hills district etc.
The state is a rich source of coal, limestone, dolomite and quartz. Timber, bamboo, reed, cane, lemon-grass, thatch grass and medicinal herbs are grown all across. The state experiences highest rainfall in the country.
Khasi culture is one of the indigenous cultures of the region. The community follows matrilineal kinship tradition. Khasi is one of the spoken languages of Meghalaya.
Let us explore tourist destination in Meghalaya. Destinations are divided according to the hill districts in which they are situated. Exotic landscape, waterfalls and caves are the main attractions in the state. You would be interested to visit deep rock caves wading through waterways! Meghalaya houses such ones.
  • Khasi Hills Region:

    Khasi Hills region
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Shillong is the most popular city located in the Khasi Region. The capital city is the gateway to enter Meghalaya. You can visit the city all through the year. It is a well connected to Assam. Shillong is a hill resort comprising waterfalls, green valleys, river brooks and gardens. The city entertains wide range of guests. It would be an ideal place to hold business conferences.
This region is the home for heavy rainfall areas including Cherrapunji. Smit, Mawaphlang, Sohra (Cherrapunjee), Laitkynsew, Mawsynram, Nongkhum Island, Ranikor river valley and Mawlynnong Villages to experience exotic landscape.
  • Jaintia Hills Region:

This is located towards the border of Bangladesh. Dawki, is the gateway to enter Bangladesh. It is a border city where lots of border crossing activities go on. It is a route for international trade between India and Bangladesh. The Umngot River is the natural boundary between the two countries.
Tyrshi Falls, Lalong Park, Krang Suri Falls, Umlawan Cave (this is considered to be the deepest and the longest cave in the sub-continent), Thadlaskein lake -these are some important sites to visit.
Thlumuwi Waterfalls
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Get in

There is a small airport in Shillong about 35 km from the city. It is called Umroi Airport. Flights to Kolkata are available. Best way is to reach via Guwahati, which is just 2-3 hours journey by road. Helicopter service is available from Guwahati to Tura and Tura to shilling.


What to buy: 

You would get bamboo artifacts. Buy Naga and Manipuri shawls that you get in Meghalaya. You would get Manipuri wrap-around skirts and lungis too. Khasi Scrub, a natural handmade scrub you would get on the streets. 

Mizoram


Mizoram is one of the less travelled states in North Eastern region. It could be termed as a state of hills; cities are built up on the hill slops in almost all districts of the state. The state is best known for close-knit community sense. The Mizo people are less conscious about class distinctions, it is said.
Mizoram is located on the southern tip of North East India hosting indigenous ethnic communities. However, culture of Mizo people has undergone transformation due to Christian Missionaries in the early 18th and 19th centuries. Almost all communities are Christianized, it is doubtful yet, how distinct are they now, in real terms.
The state of Mizoram is surrounded by Myanmar and Bangladesh, two foreign countries. Assam, Manipur and Tripura are the Indian states bordering Mizoram. Aizawal is the state capital.
How to reach:
The Lengpui Airport situated at about 35 km from Aizawal, the state capital is connected to Guwahati and Kolkata. Silichar in Assam (180 km from Aizawal) is the nearest railhead. Buses and private vehicles are available from Silichar to Aizawal.
One needs to obtain Inner Lane Permit. Carry your photo ID and copies of your photographs. Entry formalities can be done at these cities: Kolkata, Guwahati, Shillong, Delhi and Silichar.
Main occupation in Mizoram is agriculture. Up until recently Mizo people used to practice the age-old ‘Jhum’ (slash and burn) cultivation. Now the government has introduced new methods of farming. People are uniquely distinct and show strong community sense.
MIzo people are best known by their Bamboo pole dance which is called Cheraw Dance. They celebrate the festival of Thalfavang Kut Festival every year in the month of November. This is a harvest festival. Cultural games and dances will be showcased during then. 
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 Mizoram offers cloud filled hills, emerald valleys, meandering streams, and unique tribal culture. Weather would be pleasant all through the year. September to May would be the best time to visit. Buy handicrafts, hand woven fabrics and bamboo crafts.
Tourist destinations in Mizoram:
  • Aizawal: This hill town is closer to many important tourist destinations in Mizoram like Reiek village on a mountain top, Durtang Hills, Hmuifang, Berawtang, Solomon’s Temple, and Khuangchera Puk Cave. Don’t miss to visit the World’s Largest Family in Baktawang Village. Aizawal has good many hotels and resorts with modern amenities. Make the city your base destination. Rejoice your shopping in the traffic free Bara Bazar.
  • What else would be more interesting than to explore exotic forests, steep hills, waterfalls in Mizoram?! Visit Phawngpui Blue Mountain which is located near Myanmar border. It is at about 230 km from Aizawal. You would be enthralled by rare kind of orchids and rhododendrons flowers. 
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  • Sibuta Lung Stone Architecture at Tachhip Village (20 km from Aizawal), Memorial of Chhingpui, Pangzawal Village, Lung Memorial Stone, Tualchang Stone slabs , Tomb of Vanhimailian, Vantawang Falls are some other tourist sites near Aizawal. Aizawal city is the main tourist point in Mizoram.

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