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Shani Shingnapur - a major pilgrimage place of Lord Shanidev



Shani Shingnapur is a popular village located in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra state. The village lies in Nevasa tahsil and is famous for its Shani Temple. The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Shanidev, the embodiment of a planet Shani (Saturn).  Shani Shingnapur is famous across the world for an interesting fact that no house in the village has doors. Despite that there is no case of theft in the village. People here believe that Lord Shanidev punishes those people who make an attempt of theft in the village. And therefore no report of theft could be found in the village so far.  In 2011 United Commercial Bank opened its ‘lockless branch’ in Shani Shingnapur. The bank branch is one of its kinds in India. It is different thing that bank administration has now started to take some safety measures after the local police claimed that the bank is breaching the code of safety measures prescribed by the Central Government of India for all banks in the country.   
Five and half feet high black rock symbolizing the god of Shani (Saturn) serves to be the main deity of the temple here. A Trisul (trident) is placed near the deity. An image of Nandi (bull) is also placed there. Small images of lord Shiva and Hanuman could be located there. Shani Shingnapur has become a major pilgrimage centre for Hindus. Every day the village witnesses thousands of devotees thronging the place to seek the blessing of Lord Shanidev. The number of devotees runs into the hundreds of thousand on the day of Amavasya (new moon day). The day of Amavasya is believed to be an auspicious one to appease Lord Shanidev.  The day of Shani Amavasya (the new moon day falling on Saturday) assumes utmost importance here. On the occasion of Shani Amavasya Shani Shingnapur hosts a large fair and witnesses a sea of people coming from different parts of the country.  Samadhi (tomb) of Sant Shri Udasi Baba and Shri Dattatray temple are other religious places situated in Shani Shingnapur.
How to reach:
Shani Shingnapur is just 35 km away from Ahmednagar city, while it is just 84 km away from Aurangabad which serves as the nearest airport to the village. Ghodegaon which is located on Aurangabad- Ahmednagar national highway is just 5 km away from Shani Shingnapur. If you are coming from Nasik by road or railway get down at Rahuri which is 32 km away from Shani Shingnapur. Ahmednagar, Shrirampur, and Belapur are other nearby railway stations to the village. There are services of buses, jeeps, taxis to Shani Shingnapur. Shirdi which is another prominent pilgrimage place is just 65 km away from the village of Shani Shingnapur.
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Srikalahasti

 

  Srikalahasti is a town situated near Tirupati in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. It is a temple town and mainly known for its numerous temples. Devotees visiting Tirupati, a famous pilgrimage center, also halt at Srikalahasti. It is located on the banks of Swarnamukhi. It is also famous for the temple of Shiva located there. It is believed that the name Srikalahasti is made up of three words Sri, Kala and Hasti which mean Spider, Serpent and elephant respectively.  Some Legendary tales are associated with it and they narrate how these three animals got redemption with their great devotion to lord Shiva. 
  There are many temples in and around the town of Srikalahasti. Srikalahastiva temple in Srikalahasti is known as Kailash of the South. This ancient temple is devoted to lord Shiva.
Durgambika temple :
Durgambika temple is another place of worship in Srikalahasti. This ancient temple is devoted to Goddess Durgambika and is surrounded by beautiful nature. The temple is visited by both devotees and tourists.
Bharadwaja Theertham :
Bharadwaja Theertham is another place of religious and tourist attraction near Srikalahasti. It is situated near the beautiful stream of water. It houses a beautiful idol of Vinayaka. Bhakt Kannapa temple and Chaturmukeshwara temple are some of many other temples to be seen in and around the Srikalahasti.
Temperature of Srikalahasti varies from 30 to 43 degree Celsius in summer while it remains 21 to 32 degree Celsius in winter. October to march is the best time to visit the place.
How to reach :
Srikalahasti is well connected by rail and road to other parts and the state and the country. Srikalahasti railway station is well connected to other major cities of south India. Many state run buses and other private vehicle are available from many cities and towns of the state. Tirupati is just 60km away from Srikalahasti and serves as nearest airbase to it. Tirupati is well connected by many flights to other major cities of the state and the country.
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Tarakeshwar a pilgrimage center in West Bengal


  Tarakeshwar, a renowned pilgrimage center, is a town in the state of West Bengal, India. It is located in Hooghaly district of the state. The town is mainly known for its Tarakeshwar temple. It is believed to be built in 1729 AD by Raja Bharamalla. The temple has ‘atchala’ building structure and Natmandir in front. You can also visit here the shrines of Kali and Lakshami-Narayan which are situated in the temple’s premises.  It is visited by pilgrims throughout the year. On the occasion of Maha Shivratri and Gajan devotees throng there in large number. In the period of Sravan (mid July to mid August) a celebration is held there on every Monday and many devotees visit the temple on that occasion. Visit Dudhpurak tank situated to the north of Tarakeshwar temple. The tank is supposed to be auspicious one and many devotees are seen taking a dip there.
Surrounding towns of Tarakeshwar like Gopadnga, Chautara, Balgarh and Magra provide comfort and accommodation facilities to the pilgrims.
How to reach :-
Kolkata is just about 45 km away from Tarakeshwar. Kolkata airport serves it as the nearest airbase and is well linked to other major cities of India. Tarakeshwar is well connected by rail to Howrah and other cities and towns of the state and the country. It is also connected by many state run buses and other private vehicles like cars and luxury buses to Howrah, Kolkata and other parts of the state.
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Tourist Places in Tirupati


Tirupati, the seventh biggest city of Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, is a major pilgrimage city.  The city lies in the Chittoor district of the State. Famous for its many Temples in and around it, the city is also known for economic and educational hub in the southern parts of the state. Temperature of the city ranges from 40 to 45 in summer and in winter it is between 15 to 22. Apart from Telugu, native language of the city, Tamil is also spoken widely as many people from Tamil Nadu reside there.   
Places of interest:
The city of Tirupati takes pride in housing many places of religious importance in and around the city. The famous Venketeshwara Swami temple, located at just 10km of north-west of Trupati in the Tirumala Hills, attracts thousands of pilgrims from other parts of the state and the country. It is one the most of important temples of India and is dedicated to Lord Venketeshwara.
Koadanda Rama Swami temple :
Koadanda Rama Swami temple is another important temple of Tirupati and it lies in the center of city. Lord Rama, Sita and Lakshmana are main deities of the temple.
ISKON Lord Krishna temple :
Colored in gold and white ISKON Lord Krishna temple is yet another main religious place of the city.
Shree Venketeshawr zoological park :
Shree Venketeshawr zoological park is another place of attraction of Tirupati. The park is second of its kind in Andhra Pradesh and its houses many different kinds of animals including tigers. The city also has Regional Science Center with planetarium and attracts a good crowd.
Lord Mahadehva temple at Yogimallavaram and Hanuman temple at Tirumala are some of the many other temples to be seen here. Other temples, within 40 km of the city, include Avanakshamma temple, Shree Venugopala Swamy temple, Shree Prasanna Venketeshwara Swami temple and Parashurameshwara temple.
How to reach there:
The city of Tirupati is well connected to other parts of the state and country by rail, road and air. It is connected by rail to other cities like Chennai, Bangalore Hyderabad etc. it is also connected by Chennai sub-urban railway. State run buses connect the city to other towns and cities of the state. There are private luxury buses available from other parts the country to visit the city. Tirupati domestic airport, located 15 km from the center of the city, has many flights from cities like Chennai, Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad etc.
Other details:
Bramvhostava festival in Tirupati is celebrated over the nine days.  The festival comes in the month of October every year   and is one of the most auspicious events in Tirupati and it draws many people from other parts of the state and the country.
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Jatwada Jain Temple , Aurangabad


Jatwada is a small village in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra. It is at a distance of about 18 km from the city of Aurangabad. It is on the way to Ajanta caves from Aurangabad.
Jatwada is known for a Jain temple it hosts. This Jain temple is dedicated to the 23rd Tirthankara of Jaina tradition. The 23rd Tirthankara is known as Parsvanatha who lived around 8th and 7th century BC. He was the last but one Tirthankara, and Mahavir Jain happens to be the 24th Tirthankara.
Parsvanatha belonged to a Royal clan from Varanasi (son of King Ashvasena and Queen Vama).  He took up the Path of Jaina ascetic tradition after completing 30 years as a nobleman. Legends say that he was very kind and was an adored man of many.
There are many temples of Parsvanatha (with at least 108 different images) in India. The Jatwada Jain temple (Aurangabad) is one among them. The image of Parsvanatha in Jatwada is known as Kalikund Digambar Chintamani.
The devotees who wish to have a pilgrimage around Jain temples near Aurangabad can visit temples situated at these spots: Ellora, Jatwada, Kachner, and Paithan. Ellora is 21 km away from Aurangabad; Aurangabad to Ellora takes 18 km drive; from Jatwada you can go to Kachner (48 km); and from Kachner you can go to Paithan (33 km).
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Rameshwaram - Varanasi of south India



Rameshwaram is a Hindu holy pilgrim city in Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu state in India. It is placed on the Pamban Island which is not directly connected to the Indian mainland, Pamban channel separates the two land masses. There is a long Pamban bridge connecting both the lands. Rameshwaram is about 50 Kms from Mannar Island, Sri Lanka. Rameshwaram is one among the twelve Jotirlingas in India and is one amongst the Char Dhams of Hindu pilgrimage. The other three being Dwarka, Badrinath and Jagganath Puri. There for Rameshwaram is a very important pilgrim center for Hindu Devotees. According to religious scriptures Lord Rama built a bridge Ram Setu on the Sea from Rameshwaram to Lanka to facilitate his army to cross the ocean to fight with Ravan and bring back his abducted wife Sita. The bridge was built from Dhanushkodi the southern tip of the Island. Ex president of India Dr. A.P.J.Kalam belongs to this fishing settlement of Dhanushkodi. Rameshwaram is a conch shaped Island only 61 Sq. Kms in Area.  The Ramnathswamy temple occupies the major area of Rameshwaram. The beach at Rameshwaram has no waves at all in it. It is said that it was Lord Rama’s pray to the Sea God to give a path to Lanka, the God of the sea to allow  smooth passage to Lanka, made his waves calm here, thus the bridge building was made easy. The weather in Rameshwaram is Dry Tropical type, temperature in the town being between 17° to 37° throughout the year.
According to the religious scriptures (Puranas) Lord Rama was advised by the rishis to install and worship Shivalinga to absolve him of the sin of Killing a Brahman (Ravana). Hanumanji were sent to mount Kailash to bring a Shivalinga. As Hanumanji were getting  late on return, Sita mata meanwhile made a linga of sand for worship. To Please Hanumanji,  linga brought by him was also installed beside the sand linga and lord Rama asked to ever worship Hanumanji’s linga first and the sand linga later. The Ramanatha Swamy temple has the biggest temple corridor (about 1220 meters total length) amongst other Indian Temples. There are 22 wells in the temple premises the water of each well is different from other.

How to reach :
Rameshwaram can be reached by road from all the towns of the state and outside. There are direct trains from Madurai, Chennai and Kanyakumari from the terminal town of Rameshwaram. One direct weekly train runs from Rameshwaran Dham to Dwarka Dham on a 72 hours journey thereby connecting two of the Char Dhams of Hindu importance.    

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Kumbh Mela - The largest religious gathering on earth

Kumbh Mela
Kumbha Mela is a religious fair held every twelve years at four different holy riverside sites by rotation. According to an account in the scriptures, during the churning of the ksheera Sagar (the holy ocean of milk) when the pot of Amrit (Elxir) was obtained from the ocean, a quarrel broke between the Devtas and the Asuras. Lord Vishnu fled with the Kumbh (Urn of Amrit) some drops of elixir fell in four places: Haridwar, Nasik, Allahabad and Ujjain. Therefore Kumbh Mela is held at Allahabad (Prayag), Nasik (Trimbkeshwar), Haridwar and Ujjain. Half or Ardh kumbh is held after six years. And a Maha Kumbh is held at Prayag (Allahabad) after twelve Purna kumbh or 144 years. The last Ardha Kumbh was held for 45 days starting in January at Allahabad in the year 2007. It attracted about 7 Crore (70 Million) people. The last Maha Kumbh was held at Allahabad in the year 2001; it was attended by at least 60 million people at that time which by any count was recorded as the largest single gathering of human beings anywhere in the world. People generally take an auspicious bath on the days prescribed in the Shastras; other rituals are also performed at the place of Kumbh Melas.
In the year 2013 Mahakumbh mela is held at Allahabad from 27th. January to 10th March. 

Kumbha Mela 2013 Dates
- 14th January 2013 (Monday) Makar Sankranti
- 27th January 2013(Sunday)   Paush Purnima
- 10th February 2013(Sunday) Mauni Amavasya Snan (Main Bathing Day)
- 15th February 2013(Friday) Basant Panchami Snan
- 25th February 2013 (Monday) Maghi Purnima Snan
- 10th March 2013(Sunday) Maha Shivratri

Upcoming Kumbh Mela Venues:
2015 Nashik Kumbh Mela
2016 Ujjain (Simhastha) Kumbh Mela
2016 Haridwar Ardh Kumb Mela
2019 Allahabad (Prayag) Ardha Kumbh Mela

  Next Kumbh Mela to be held in Nasik in the year 2015 between August 14th to September 25th. August 14th to September 25th are regarded to be the peak of the festival days of the Kumbh Mela 2015.  Millions of pilgrims are expected to take part in the royal procession and holy baths in the holy water of the sacred rivers so to help you better plan and safety travel there is a best way to hire a car to reach to this Kumbh Mela comfortably.

Schedule of events for the Nasik Kumbh Mela 2015:















Ujjain Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv 2016:

 Now next Kumbh Mela is going to held in Ujjain from April 24th to May 21st 2016. Kumbh Mela at Ujjain is called as 'Simhasth'.

An auspicious dates of Ujjain Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv 2016 : 


DATEDATEEVENT 
22nd April 2016FridayShahi Snaan
3rd May 2016TuedayVratparv Varuthini
6th May 2016FridayFirst Pramukh Snaan
9th May 2016MondaySecond Pramukh Snaan on Akshaya Tritiya
11th May 2016WednesdayShankaracharya Jayanti
15th May 2016SundayVrishabh Sankranti
17th May 2016TuesdayMohini Ekadashi
19th May 2016ThursdayPradosh
20th May 2016FridayNursigh Jayanti
21th May 2016SaturdayPramukh Shahi Snaan
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Pandharpur - a pilgrimage site in Maharashtra, India

 
Pandharpur
Pandharpur, Maharashtra

Pandharpur is a major pilgrimage city in the state of Maharashtra, India.  It is located in Solapur district of the state. On occasion of Ashadhi Ekadashi it attracts more than half a million pilgrims from across the state and other parts of the country. Pandharpur is also known as Pandhari. The temple of Vithoba is the most prominent temple in Pandharpur. It is located on the bank of the Bhima river. The river is also called as 'Chandrabhaga' river. Vitthal, Pandurang and Pandharinath are other names of the deity of the temple. He is believed to be a form of Lord Krishna who himself was the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. There are idols of Vitthal and his wife Rukhmini also known as Rakhumai. Pandharpur temple has 11th century scripture. The temple is spread over a wide area and has 6 gates with eastern gate named Namdev gate.    
  
  There are other places of religious significance in and around it. Temple of Goddess Tuljabhavani at Tuljapur is one of them. Pandharpur to Tuljapur distance by road is approx. 111 km. Shri Shetra Akkalkot and temple of lord Dattatray at Gagapur are other place of religious importance near Pandharpur.

How to reach:


By road: 


Pandharpur is well connected by road to other parts of the state and the country. Many state run buses and other private vehicles are available from Solapur, Pune, Mumbai and other cities and towns of the state.

By train:

The city of Solapur is just 74 km away from it while it is about 210 km away from Pune. Kuruwadi serves as the nearest railway head to Pandharpur is just 52 km away from it. Solapur is also the major rail head and is well linked by many trains to other cities and towns of the state.  Considering of heavy rush on the occasion, every year railway department start special train for Pandharpur from almost every major city in the state like Amravati to pandharur, Khamgaon to Pandharpur, Mumbai to Pandharpur, Nagpur to Pandharpur 


By air: 

Pune airport at the distance of 204 kms away from Pandharpur is the nearest airbase. There are many of direct flights from other major cities of India. There are many of taxi and private buses available to reach Pandharpur but booking a taxi or cab in advance will save your time and money.

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Toruist Places in Trimbakeshwar


   Trimbakeshwar is a famous ancient pilgrimage center in India. It is situated in Nasik district of the state of Maharashtra. Trimbakeshwar is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas (most sacred places devoted to Lord Shiva). The Linga in the temple has three faced structured containing the faces of Tridev Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. Trimbakeshwar town is situated on the banks of Godavari River. Pilgrims visiting Trimbakeshwar also take bath in the river. It is believed by the Hindus that visiting Trimbakeshwar one gets salvation.       Trimbakeshwar is regarded as one of most sacred places in India. It is regarded as the birth place of Lord Ganesha. Thousands of pilgrims from far and wide throng here on the occasion of Maha Shivratri.
Trimbakeshwar town is nestled with beautiful nature. It is located at the foothill of fascinating Brahmagiri Mountain. Lush green trees and beautiful environment surround the holy town of Trimbakeshwar. Serene environ and pleasant climate makes it hot tourist spot along with pilgrimage center.
    Ram Lakshaman Tirth, Neel Parbat, Brahmagiri Mountain and Kedareshwar temple are other places of worship in Trimbakeshwar. Temperature of the of the region reaches up to 44 degree Celsius in summer, while it remains between 7 to 30 degree Celsius in winter.

How to reach :
Nasik is just 28 km from Trimbakeshwar and serves as the nearest railhead to it. Many state run buses and other private vehicles are available from Nasik and other cities and towns of the state. Nasik railway station is well connected to Mumbai, Aurangabad and other cities and towns of the state. Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is the closest airbase to Trimbakeshwar. The airport is well linked to other major cities of the country.
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Tourist Places in Kedarnath, Uttarakhand

 One of the holiest places of Pilgrimage, Kedarnath is located in Indian state of Uttarakhand.  It is in Rudraprayg district of the state and one of the Chota Char Dham pilgrimage sites (important Hindu religious places). Nestled with majestic snow covered mountain of Himalaya, Kedarnath is home to one of the holiest temple of Hindu, Kedarnath temple. Thousands of devotees from across the world visit this place during char dham yatra.

Place to visit in Kedarnath :

Kedarnath is popularly known for its many Hindu temples of religious importance.

Kedarnath temple :

Kedarnath temple is the most prominent temple in Kedarnath. It is believed that it was built by Sankaracharya. The temple is one the twelve Jyotirlingas and according to myth it is the place where Lord Shiva hid himself in the form of a bull.  Lord Shiva hid himself here because he was not willing to forgive Pandavas who were begging pardon and redemption after the war of Kurushetra against there in and kith. This place, where Lord Shiva have hidden himself is known as Guptkash


Sankaracharya Samadhi :

Sankaracharya Samadhi is another religious place in Kedarnath. He was a famous Hindu philosopher. It is believed that it was he who renovated the shrine of Kedarnath.


Agastya muni:

Agastya muni is yet another place where thousands of devotes gathers to pay homage to the great sage, Agastya who is believed to have spend his some time of his life meditating here. On the occasion of Baisakhi thousands of pilgrims throng there.
Apart from the religious place Kedarnath also house other places of interest in and around it.


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Chandrashila :

Chandrashila trek is famous place for trekkers. It offers impressive beauty of incredible Himalayan range. It is situated at the altitude of  3680 m and offers many trekking sites to adventurers. It also offers tourist various beautiful natural sights.

Chopta, Sonprayag and Vasuki Tal are some of many other places of attraction to be seen near Kedarnath.


Best time to visit:

The best month for travel is May and June and from September and October.

 How to get there: 

By rail : 

If you are travelling by train Rishikesh is the place you can get down at. This railway station is the closest one to Kedarnath (221km). From Rishikesh to Kedarnath there are many vehicles available like private cars and buses.

By road :

Many state and private vehicles make daily trips to Kedarnath from most of the major nearby cities of Uttarakhandand state and the country.

By air:

Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun is 270 km away from Kedarnath and closest one to it. The airport is well connected to other major cities of the country.

Other details: 

Kedarnath is a major pilgrimage center and thousands of pilgrims visit this holy town. It houses many hotels which provide accommodation facilities to visitors. During the time of May to November most of the hotels are booked. Because this is the period of the year when most of the devotees and tourists come here. So if you plan to make a visit this holy town of Kedarnath, do not forget to book your rooms in advance.

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Tourist Places in Srisailam

Srisailam, known for its many ancient temples, is a town in Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is situated on the banks of Krishna River. The town comes under Kurnool district of the state.

The temple of Bhramaramba Mallikarjuna :
The temple of Bhramaramba Mallikarjuna is the most important temple in the region. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas (most sacred places devoted lord Shiva).

Bhramaramba Devi Temple :
Bhramaramba Devi Temple is another famous temple in Srisailam. The temple is situated on Nallamala hill and is dedicated to the Goddess of Parvati, consort of Lord Shiva. The Hathakesvara Temple, Sakshi Ganpati temple and ShiKareshawara temple are some of many other temples to be seen in Srisailam.
Apart from the temples Srisailam also house other places of interest to be seen in and around it.  

Srisailam Sanctuary :
Visit Srisailam Sanctuary to watch various animals in their natural habitat and experience breathtaking wildlife. The sanctuary is famous for tiger as it is one of the largest tiger reserves in India. Sloth dear, leopard, jungle cat, hyena, deer, pangolin and palm civet are other animals you can see here. The Reserve was renamed as Rajiv Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary in 1992.

Srisailam Dam :
Take some time out to visit the Srisailam Dam. This 512 m long dam is constructed on the river of Krishna. The dam is situated amid the picturesque nature.

Akkamahadevi Cave :
Akkamahadevi Cave is another place you can visit in Srisailam.

Reach Srisailam by state run bus or other private vehicles like car and luxury bus from Hyderabad and other cities and town of the state. Markapur serves as the closest railhead to Srisailam and is well connected to other parts of the state. Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is nearest airbase to Srisailam. It about 232 km away and is well linked to other major cities of India and other countries.

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Tourist places Udvada, Gujarat

Udvada is famous holy town for Parsis in India. It is situated between Daman and Valsad in the state of Gujarat. The town of Udvada is renowned for its Atash Behram, the ritual fire of the Zoroastrians. Zoroastrians in India is called as Parsis. The Udvada Atasha Behram is the most revered Zoroastrian fire temple in India. It is oldest continuously burning fire-temple in the world. Atash Behram in Udvada is one of the nine Atash Behram worldwide eight of which are located only in India (especially in western India) and remaining one is in Yazd, Iran.

Udvada is a seaside village and is mostly inhabited by Parsis. It is distant from other cities of Gujarat with many old style Parsis buildings found there. Pleasant breeze, lush green surrounding and cool and calm ambience in Udvada attracts many tourists along with Parsi pilgrims. Here in Udvada you will find many Faredome cottages. These are old Parsi buildings which have stood the time and are still intact. These monumental Parsi structures attract many historians and archeologists. Efforts are being made to protect Faredome Cottages and get the status of world heritage site for them.

Udvada seashore has now been turned into a beautiful beach. The beach has muddy brown sand and rocky terrain. Here you can get the glimpses of lives, cultures and customs of fishermen community of Udvada.

How to reach

By Train:

Udvada railway station which is 11 km away from the center of Udvada town is well linked to Mumbai and thereby other cities of India.

By Road:

Maharashtra and Gujarat state run buses connect Udvada to Mumbai and other cities and towns of those states.

By Air:

Mumbai which is 205 km away from Udvada serves as closest airbase to it. Mumbai Airport is well connected to other major cities of India and other countries.
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Tourist places in Nellore,Andhra Pradesh

Nellore is a city in Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is the headquarter of Potti Sri Ramulu Nellore district. The district earlier was known as Nellore. The city of Nellore was known in ancient times as Vikrama Simhapuri. It is situated on the banks of Penna River. It is also famous for its mica and lemon production.    The city gets its name from the Tamil word ‘’Nell’’ which means Paddy. The cultivations of paddy are done here on large scale.  Nellore is also one of the fastest emerging economy in the state of Andhra Pradesh.  The region was under many dynasties like Kharavela of Chedi, Mouraya dynasty, Pallavas, Satvahan, Cholas dynasty etc.

Places to visit:-

Temple of Sri Talpagiri Ranaganatha swami :
It is located just 5 km away from Nellore. The temple is built 6000 years ago and is located on the banks of Penner River. The temple has seven beautiful gold Kalisams. Brmhostavam, a grand festival is celebrated here every year during the month of March-April.  

 The temple of Mallikarjuna Swami Kamakshi Tai :
It is another place of worship in Jonnwada near Nellore. The temple is situated just 12 km from Nellore. The deity of the temple is believed to fulfill the wishes of devotees and hence it is visited by many people throughout the year.

Vedagiri Lakshmimarasimha Swami Devastanam :
It is another religious place you can visit. It is believed to be built in 9th century and inscription found on the rock proves that the temple was founded by Narasimha Varma, a Pallava King. 
   


Penchalakona :
 
It is yet another sacred ancient place. According to mythology it is said that lord Narasimha bathed here in Penchalakona after he killed a demon named Hiranya Kashyap and took his original form of Lord Vishnu.

The temple of Sri Gayathri Devi Vishwakarma :  
It is another religious place to be seen near Nellore. It is situated in Virat Nagar and believed to be one of the largest Gayatri Devi temples in entire state of Andhra Pradesh.
Nellore is well connected by road and rail to other parts of state and the country. Nellore railway station is well linked by many trains to Hyderabad, Chennai and other cities and towns of the state and the country. Many state run buses and other private vehicles are available form other cities and towns of the state. Chennai serves as the nearest airbase to Nellore. Chennai is about 174 km away and is well linked by many flights to other major cities of the country.
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Jagannath Temple, Puri, Rath Yatra


Significance of Rath Yatra


Rath Yatra is big event and festival celebrated at Puri in the state of Orissa, India. The festival is related with the Lord Jagannath. It celebrates the occasion of the journey of three siblings namely Lord Jagannath, lord Balaram and Subhdra to their aunt’s temple, Gudicha temple for nine days after then the return journey of the deities to the main temple is known as the 'Bahuda Yatra'.

  To commemorate the incidence people organize the Rath Yatra event in which three large beautifully decorated chariots resembling three temples are drawn by the huge number of devotees. The chariot / Ratha of Lord Jagannath known as 'Nandighosha', chariot of Goddess Subhadra named Darpadalana and the Ratha of Lord Balabhadra named Taladhwaja Rath Yatra is organized in the months of June- July at the temple of lord Jagannath in Puri.
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The festival of Rath Yatra draws thousands of devotees from all parts of the India and even from abroad to witness the majestic event of Raths (chariots) being drawn by thousands of devotees.  Devotees come here with their holy wish of pulling the chariots as the act is supposed to be pious one. The procession starts from the Jagannath temple with drums, trumpets, tambourines etc. These 40 to 50 feet high chariots pulled by thousands of devotes is a really magnificent view witnessed by the millions of people gathered there on the occasion.



Three chariots pulled in the procession are built a new every year. These chariots are made of woods of particular trees like Dhausa, Phassi etc. The event of Rath Yatra is so huge that some Indian and foreign T V channels are lured to telecast the event. However witnessing the holy Rath Yatra in person gives you the divine satisfaction which is difficult to find elsewhere.

Jagannath Rath Yatra date 2019 :

One of the most awaited and much-celebrated festivals in Orissa will be start on 4th July, 2019. 

How to reach :


By Air:

Puri does not have an airport. Bhubaneshwar's Biju Patnaik airport is the nearest airport to Puri which is at a distance of 63.9 kms.
You pre book a taxi or cab from airport to Puri.

By Rail:

Puri has a terminus train station which is consider as one of the busy railway station in the India. It has fast and super-fast train connections with many major towns in the country such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Okha, Ahmedabad, Jodhpur, Tirupati.

By Road:

It has good road connectivity with Bhuwaneshwar and other towns.You can choose state government's tourist buses or hire a convenient taxis or cabs to reach here.

If you to witness this magnificent festival then plan now. And if you need help deciding and customize your ideal trip, just make a inquiry here Quick Inquiry for package.


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Sanchi Stupa, Madhya Pradesh


 

The great Sanchi Stupa is the oldest stone structure of India. It is a part of the large complex of Buddhist structures mostly Stupas located at a small village called Sanchi. Sanchi lies just about 50 km north east of Bhopal city, the capital place of Madhya Pradesh state. This world famous religious and equally historic place has been recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Built by the emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century BC, Sanchi Stupa still stands there intact presenting us the great Buddhist architectural style of ancient India. Along with this great Stupa no 1, Sanchi hosts many other Buddhist Stupas and structures with much historic and religious significance.

Home to the great Stupa and other Buddhist structures, Sanchi in Madhya Pradesh is major tourist and pilgrimage spot in India. Sanchi witnesses thousands of tourists and devotees visiting the place throughout the year.  The Sanchi Stupa was built over the relics of Lord Buddha. The place also housed a pillar edict of Ashoka. The top part of the pillar, which featured four lions, has been placed in a museum of Department of Archeology.  Sanchi Stupa was just hemispherical brick structures containing the relics of Lord Buddha. Addition of the new Stupas, carvings, architectural works continued for next few hundred years under several dynasties.

The state of Madhya Pradesh takes pride in having the place like Sanchi which owing to its several Buddhist Stupas (mainly the great Stupa no1) has earned itself the status of a world heritage site from UNESCO. The great Stupa is the key attraction of Sanchi.  Paved way around the great Stupa has turned into a smooth one due to the visit of number devotees over the years. The Stupa is also known for its four exquisitely carved gateways. These four gateways are located in four directions around the Stupa. The gateways are mainly known for their rich carvings which depict several incidences from the life of Lord Buddha.
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Khajuraho Temple

                                                           
                                                         
                            Khajuraho Temple
          Khajuraho temple is a World Heritage site in Khajuraho, Mahdya Pradesh.The temples of Khajuraho were built by the rulers of the Chandella dynasty between the 10th and the 12th centuries.The temples serve as fine examples of Indian architectural styles that have gained popularity due to their explicit depiction of sexual life during medieval times and reminders of India's glorious past.
         The carvings do not contain only erotic art however few depict the everyday life of the common Indian at that time.Now at the Khajuraho temple professional light and sound show held every evening which is depict the history, Philosophy.
Tourist Attractions ::
The Khajuraho Dance Festival also held every year in February /March.
Now  Jhansi to Khajuraho distance is 175 km.and the road from Jhansi to Khajuraho has improved.
Khajuraho has been grouped into three divisions where the major groups of Western Eastern and Southern.

1)Western ::
- Vishvanatha, Lakshmana, Kandariya Mahadeva, Devi Jagadambi
2)Estern ::
- Parshvanath, Shantinath
3)Sothern ::
- Duladeo, Chaturbhuja











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Hampi

Hampi
Hampi is a village in the state of Karnataka, India. Hampi is famous for group of monuments listed in the UNESCO world heritage site. Hampi is situated on the banks of river Tungabhadra River. It is located at about 353 km from Bangalore, about 74 km away from Bellary and Hosapete about 13 km away. The area is rich in mineral deposits and has been used for Iron- ore and manganese mining
Hampi is famous for various notable Hindu temples one of them is Virupaksha Temple. Apart from this other tourist attractions are Vitthala temple with musical pillars, Achyutaraya Temple / Tiruvengalanatha Temple, Akka Tangi Gudda, Anegondi, Anjeyanadri Hill, Aqueducts and Canals, Archaeological Museum at Kamalapura, Badava Linga, Chandramauleshwar Temple, The Kings' balance, The Underground Temple, Tungabhadra River, Uddana Veerabhadra temple, Madhavan Palace with more than 1,000,000 pillars, Lotus temple, Daroji Bear Sanctuary and lots more. The best time to visit Hampi is between October and March. Hampi is easily accessible as it is connected by roads from Bangalore which is about 350 km and government buses run regularly from Bangalore. The nearest rail head is at Hospet which is about 13 km away. The nearest airport is at Bangalore which is at 353 km away but nearest airstrip is at Tornagallu in Sandur Taluk which is 32 km from Hospet where the private charter runs for sightseeing.


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Sonari Mahal



Soneri Mahal is located within Dr.Babasaheb Amebedkar Marathwada University Campus at Aurangabad and is on the way to Aurangabad caves.
Soneri Mahal built in the 17th century by Pahadsing a Orchha Chieftainis.At the entrance we arrive at a lush green lawn divided by an rectangular water reservoir that leads us to the golden building of palace.

The paintings in the Mahal were once painted of gold and so the name Sunheri Mahal.Now this historic monument is converted into museum.

Every year Ellora-Ajanta festival is held here since 2002 and it is organized by the Divisional Commissioner Aurangabad in association with MTDC.The festival has been graced by the most illustrated Indian international artists.
Bibi-Ka-Maqbara replica of Taj Mahal is situated near Soneri mahal.
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Ashtavinayak

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Ashtavinayak  Tour Program



Day 1:-- 
Drive to Morgaon in the morning, after darshan leave for Theur. On arrival take darshan and then halt for lunch. After lunch leave for Siddhatek and then drive back to Pune.

Day 2:-- 
Drive to Ranjangoan in the morning. After darshan leave for Ozhar on arrival take darshan and halt for lunch. Then drive to Lenyandri.After the climb of 307 steps drive back to Pune

Day 3:-- 
Drive to Pali in the morning. After darshan leave for Mahad. On arrival visit temple and halt for lunch. After lunch drive back to pune. 

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