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Shantivan in Delhi


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'Shantivan' which means 'Forest of Peace', a peaceful area surrounded by plants and shady trees and lush green lawns is a memorial site dedicated to 'Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru' [first and longest serving prime minister of India]. 'Shanti van' is the place where Pandit Nehru's last rites were performed on 27th May 1964.  Shanti van is located north of Raj Ghat [The samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi] in the banks of River Yamuna, Delhi.  

'Jawaharlal Nehru' was born on November 14th, 1889 in Allahabad in British India. He is known as a man of vision who envisioned modern India and played a key role in prosperous India. fought and took a part in long struggle for freedom of India from the British rulers.

Pandit Nehru's birthday [14th November] is celebrated in India as 'Children Day' [Bal Diwas] in recognition for his love, affection and respect towards children. He came to be known as 'Chacha Nehru' for the children of the country because of his  special love towards children.

If you are in Delhi then must visit this place where you can spend quality time. It is open on all days of the week, from 5:00 AM - 7:30 PM and there is no entry fee to visit this site.

You can reach Shantivan by cab, taxi or metro as it is located near southeast of Red Fort, near Rajghat.

Places you can visit near Shanti Van :

  • Shakti sthal
  • Vir Bhumi 
  • Vijay Ghat
  • Delhi gate 
  • Raj Ghat Kisan Ghat 
  • Khas mahal
  • National Gandhi museum and library 
  • Shahi burj 
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World famous 'Kumbhalgarh Fort of Mewar'


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  This mammoth fort, located at the height of 1100 meters above sea level is situated on the hills of Aravali in the Rajsamand district of Rajasthan and 128 km away from Udaipur, Kumbhalgarh fort, which was built in the 15th century by Maharana Rana Kumbha under the expert supervision of the famed architect Mandan,  is one of the famous and important fort of Rajasthan and is still very proudly present and celebrate the glory of that century. During 2013, this fort has got UNESCO World Heritage Site status.

Kumbhalgarh is also the birthplace of Maharana Pratap Singh - who was a emperor of Mewar and a great warrior. From Maharana Kumbh to the time of Maharana Raj Singh, the royals were in this fort at the time of the attacks on Mewar.
The wall of this fort is known as the second largest wall after the wall of China which is 36 kilometers long and 15 feet wide. There are seven gates for entry inside the fort, in which Ram Darwaza, Pag Door, Hanuman Dwar etc. There are 360 ​​temples inside the perimeter of the long wall of Kumbhalgarh fort, out of which 300 are of Jain religion and the rest of Hindu religion.

However most of the Indian fort is surrounded by a high observation site in the hill or forest but both of these facilities are available in the fort of Kublalgarh. You can also take a glimpse of the amazing beauty of 366 luxurious and good buildings, temples and green gardens. As you head towards 'Badal Mahal' you can also see the beautiful surroundings.

There are seven gates for entry inside the fort, in which Ram Darwaza, Pag Door, Hanuman Dwar etc are famous. Every evening at 6:45pm there is a light and sound show at the fort which narrate the secret history hidden behind the stone facade of this majestic fort.




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Mysterious Rocks Hill - Kawadia Pahaad, Madhya Pradesh




   The result of an ancient volcanic  eruption, these are perfectly straight rocks looking blankly at the sky. Countless stone formations having differnt shapes and size of almost 20-40 feet in height  and mainly hexagonal in shape spreads arcoss the forest of Udaipura-Baagli in (Dewas) -Indore.


 Kawadiya Mountain is one-of-its-kind site that charms you with the breathtaking view of countless pillar-like stones. Piled up in a certain array, they form a trail of one kilometre. The stones produce sound when you beat on them stone or small metal and each stone makes a different metalic sound. The local people claim to hear soft, ringing sounds from stones on certain nights.

 Much similar to rocks seen in Ireland or in China these are the similar rocks which appeared out of Geological movements or some Volcanic eruption.
A wonderful & nature crafted destination for ecofreak  who look for short visits , relax your nerves amidst untapped and unexplored beauty.
The location may be difficult to find on the map but these rocks are considered among oldest rock sample ,that is been explored and which might attract Geologist in near future.

 According to locals Pandav- Bheem wished to marry river goddess Narmada, she chided him to stop her flow by the next dawn using his valor. Only then she would submit to his wishes. Bheem procured these stones but failed to reach the river. Great imagination! There are other two versions of the story as well.
 The formation is awesome and gives an impression that it is man made. This site is unexplored yet in Madhya Pradesh .

How to reach:

Kawadiya is 75 kms from Indore. It can be accessed by hiring a cab or private vehicle. No direct conveyance is available. The nearest Railway Station is Dewas (MP).

Where to stay:

No accommodation facilities are available in Kawadiya or nearby. Ride back to Dewas or Indore for overnight stay.
Still far from commercialization ,there are no local shops for food and water .It is advisable to carry  food and water along during visit.
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