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All you need to know about National War Memorial, Delhi

 

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“Quartered in snow, silent to remain. When the bugle calls, they shall rise and march again.” – The scroll of honour at the Siachen base camp.

Nation salutes to Indian Army for their unwavering commitment and bravery in the battle field since time immemorial. Among 29 Largest standing army in the world topped by China, India hold second position with an enviable reputation for having a well-trained and powerful army, which is really a remarkable achievement.
The story of their bravery and legendary sacrifices are still hold high by every single citizen of India.

 In order to Honour their efforts, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, on 25th February inaugurated India’s first National War Memorial in Delhi not very far from the another  popular tourism  attraction in Delhi ,India Gate.

 “National War Memorial will be akin to a pilgrimage to a holy place” as quoted by our PM Shri. Narendra Modi, depicts his true reverence for the Indian Army.  A true respect to the  sacrifices of men who laid down their lives for the sake of their country, so that we could live so that the country could be safe & secure, paving the way for development."
Though the proposal for the same was presented long back but it finally got approved in 2015. National War Memorial was built at the cost of Rs 176 crore which is spread in  40 acres. 
Built in the vicinity of India Gate, the National War Memorial pays homage to the soldier who sacrificed their lives during various war. The memorial honors 25,942 martyr soldiers.

Build with perfect architect, the four concentric circles of National War Memorial represents the entire journey of soldier, from entry to martyrdom and finally merge with eternal flame represented by obelisk which is at the center of the circles.

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The four concentric circle or  4 chakras around the obelisk are 'Amar Chakra' , 'Veerta Chakra', 'Tyag Chakra' and 'Rakshak Chakra'. The outmost chakra Rakshak Chakra represents spirit of security.
Moving towards inner circle the second chakra Tyag Chakra represents sacrifice of soldiers. The third chakra represents  courage and bravery of the Indian soldiers and the inner most chakra near obelisk is Amar Chakra representing eternity of the soul.

To make it a green zone around 700 trees were planted and the area is well manicured to make it as popular tourist attraction in Delhi.
WeBe design lab of chennai is the winner of the design selected for Memorial.Beautifully designed in a form of Chakravyuh the architect is unique in itself.The walls are made up of granite brick .It also has Brick with Name of each soldier, his ID, regiment, and rank. Going a step further and making things easier for the visitors an app is available on google play store  by which one can type the name of the solider and find the location of the brick. It also hold statue of 21 Param Vir Chakra Awardees at Param Yoddha Sthal.

How to Reach National War Museum : - 

Delhi is well connected with all the major capital of all the states, through Air ,Train and Road network. 
National War Memorial can be easily reached from all corners of Delhi though Public or Private Transport. You can also book a Cab for local site seeing. There is no entry fee for visiting the National War Memorial in Delhi.

Best Time to Visit The National War Memorial : -

Like other tourist attractions in Delhi, It is also open on all days of the week. However, the entry to the National War memorial is restricted on certain days. 
The official timings for the War Memorial Delhi is from 9 am to 6:30 pm till March and From April, the timings would be 9 am to 7:30 pm.

Other Places to Visit Around Delhi : -

India Gate :
 Formally known as Kingsway. The India Gate is a war memorial located astride the Rajpath. This was built in the memory of 70,000 soldiers both Indian and British who  lost lives in World War – 1

Rashtraparti Bhavan :
 Rashtraparti Bhavan is yet another amazing place to visit. Occupying 330 acres it has 190 acres of garden area.It has 340 room build over four floors. The legendary Mughal Gardens has an Persian style architect which cover an area of 15 acres and have 159 celebrated varieties of roses, varieties of bougainvillea. The walls are covered with creepers like Jasmine, Rhynchospermum, and  China Orange trees. From Feb to March every year  The Mughal Gardens opens for general public i.e  during Udyanotsav.

Swaminarayan Akshardham :
 Awarded with the Guinness World Record as the World’s Largest Comprehensive Hindu Temple Akshardham epitomizes thousand years of history of Indian Culture, India’s ancient architecture, and the essence of spirituality which flows in every Hindu.

Apart from this Delhi tourism covers places like Red Fort, Rajpath, Humayun Tomb, Agrasen Ki Baoli, Lotus Temple, Birla Mandi, Dilli Haat, Garden of Five Senses, Shantivan, Iskcon Temple, Jama Masjid, Jantar Mantar, Lodi Tomb, Qutab Minar and many more.

So log on to Clear Car Rental  to check out yet more Near by Tourist attractions in Delhi and add few more cherishing memories in your travel diary .

Biosphere Odyssey - Pachmarhi Biosphere Reserve

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 India is the only country where all kinds of climatic and biogeographic conditions can be found.  From the cold mountain snow regions of Ladakh trek to the plains of Gangetic and Brahmaputra and  Rajasthan's Thar Desert, each place has its own meaning in terms of flora and fauna. 
Natural Biosphere simply put, these are places where special ecosystems are preserved ; ecosystems and specialized environments where for various reasons, including the threat of extinction, flora and fauna need to be nurtured and preserved. 

Nilgiri Biosphere in Tamil NaduGulf of Mannar Biosphere in Tamil Nadu, Sundarban Biosphere (West Bengal ), Nanda Devi Biosphere are some of the world famous Biosphere in India where natural beauty is in abundance.
Because of Natural and man made threat to the biodiversity Indian government had developed  strict guidelines to preserve several biosphere reserves in India. 

 One among these biosphere is Pachmarhi which is eleventh biosphere, in Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh. Truely adventurous and blessed with abundant beauty, Panchmarhi is the queen of Satpura. Do plan a trip to Panchamarhi and visit with a chauffeur driven cab from your convenient location.

 A hidden plateau with incredible wealth, full of mystical experiences, has been partially explored so far, but will surely be one of the most preferred places for all those who wish to break with Urban Monotonous life 
Narrow Bridged paths leading to peaceful natural beauty of wild bamboo groves, religious shrines and a multitude of wildlife species and dense sal forests make Pachmarhi a true treasure for tourists. A touch of pure and virginal atmosphere, these days not a very common phenomenon. 
Sharing its natural boundaries with Hoshangabad ,Betul and Chhindwara the must visiting highest  peak in Pachmarhi is Dhoopgarh,also famous for its sunset.

The Pachmarhi Biosphere Reserve has three wildlife conservation units – the Bori Sanctuary, the Satpura National Park, and the Pachmarhi Sanctuary. 

Blessed with the prominent source of Tawa Reservoir Pachmarhi Biosphere has several water bodies.

The type of forest here is deciduous with the forest dominated by teak trees and salt trees. In and around the Pachmarhi Biosphere Reserve, more than 511 villages can be found.Apart from human habitant  it is home to some of India’s major wildlife species like Skinks, Geckos, Cobra, Pythons ,Malabar Pied hornbill , Malabar Whistling Thrush and even the Crested Serpent Eagle Large mammal species include Tiger, Leopard, wild Boar, Gaur (Bos gaurus), Chital Deer (Axis axis), Muntjac Deer, Sambar Deer (Cervus unicolor), and Rhesus macaques can be spotted unlike anywhere else in the country.
Cave paintings in Pandava Caves and a presence of Buddhisum in its architect with a dense reserve of teak forest, Pachmarhi is virgin beauty in itself.

Other Places to Visit- 


Chauragarh- hundreds of Steps to reach temple and experience panoramic view.Perfect for trek lovers. 
Pandav Caves, Dhupgarh (Famous for most beautiful sunset), Guptmahadev, Apsara Vihar.

Reaching Pachmarhi


Well connected with road. Train and air route Pachmarhi may be reached by

Air Route – Nearest Airport Bhopal (210) , Jabalpur (240 ) & Nagpur (250 )

RailRoute - Nearest Station Pipariya but may be reached through Bhopal, Itarasi, Jabalpur located on central line.

RoadRoute -  – Number of Cab Service providers are available serving tourist on daily basis. Cab hire Bhopal , Book Cab Jabalpur ,Car on rent Nagpur are some of the services which provide hassel free services.

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. 

To visit and explore these places you will need a well travel plan and for this either you can go by railway or can think of hiring a cab because that would be a insightful travel experience for you as it will pick up you from your location and drives you to each site which offers unique and fascinating experience.

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: 

Image credit: Christian Haugen

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.



Western Ghats :




In 2012 UNESCO gave world heritage site status to 39 sites of the western ghat. The mountains cover an area of about 160,000 sq km (61,776 sq miles) stretching from the country's southern tip to Gujarat in the north to a place near Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu. Western Ghats forests are home to at least 325 globally threatened flora, fauna, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish species.
Wester ghat is recognised as one of the world's eight "hottest biological diversity hotspots"

Some of popular tourist places to visit in western ghat: 
Mahabaleshwar[Maharashtra],  Thekkady[Kerala], Mollem[Goa],  Chorla Ghat [Goa], 
Mollem, Agumbe [Karnataka], Coonoor[Tamil Nadu], Dandeli [Karnataka], Kalpatta Wayanad [Kerala], Valparai [Tamil Nadu], Madikeri, Coorg [Karnataka].


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