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Cool – Cool Summer: Hill Stations in Maharashtra

Matheran


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 This small hill station is situated at about 94 km from the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai. This hill station is a most adored weekend getaway for Mumbai people. Secluded from the vehicle pollution, this hill station gets crowded during weekends.
Matheran is declared Eco-Sensitive hill station. Motored vehicles are not allowed within 10/20 km circuit. Even if you go by your own vehicle you will have to park your car at Neral and from Neral a Toy Train takes you to the hill top. Make prior reservation for the train. You can decide to walk along the railway track by enjoying the scenic beauty around.
Situated at about 800 meters above the sea level, the hill station provides many viewpoints. You can even watch Bombay city from one point. MTDC self contained rooms are available here. There are private hotels also. Restaurants provide thali (plate) meals.
This place is for complete relaxation. Enjoy vehicle free zone, go for early morning walks to refresh yourself and you would be ready for a new week.

Malshej Ghat
Malshej Ghat is famous for Flamingos, and it is near the Shivaneri Fort. Shivaneri Fort is the birth place of Shivaji, the great warrior. This hill station also houses Buddhist caves dating back to 3rd century.
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You can approach this place via Mumbai or Pune. The hill station is located near Thane and Ahmednagar borders. But you can reach the destination by road only.
MTDC Flamingo Hill resort is the best option for staying overnight. Best time to visit is Monsoon season when the Flamingos start migrating to Malshej Ghat. Not only Flamingos migratory birds of other kinds also come here during monsoon.

You can visit Harischandraghad and Shivaneri fort along with Malshej Ghat.  

Weekend Surf

When we used to travel some years back with our parents, relatives and family friends do you remember there used to be lots of discussions and planning of dates that who is free on which dates and then the destination and dates of travelling had been fixed. This all used to be mostly for long vacations here in India like Diwali holidays or summer holidays where children have holidays and elders can tag along taking the leaves from offices. Before some years a concept came of weekend traveling, why one should wait for Diwali or summer holidays to pack your bags and be ready for roll, why not travel on weekends also to the places nearby our town. These days Airfares have been affordable for common man and cheers to that! Due to affordable airfares one can actually travel a bit away from the city you are living in and go to outstations. Getaways from the main city are small vacations which can be utilized as the stress boosters.

We work all the week and wait for weekend, some may use it to sit and relax at homes and then there are hardcore travelers who do the same thing of relaxing going to outstations. These days’ getaway vacations are popular since they are short and sweet. It needs not to be planned months back and can work out perfectly. 
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October has arrived which is the best time to travel in India since the Monsoon rains have eased up, climate is pleasant and flavor of festival is in the air. So which places should we go to on weekends this year?? Well there are many options available around the corner but lets discuss few of them.
  • Goa
The favorite destination of every Indian, beaches, feni, seafood, water sports, beautiful hotels and resorts at your service if you are looking for spas, beautiful churches party place which can never fade in any season. One can reach there by air if your city is far from the place but if it’s nearby like Mumbai, Pune, Kolhapur, and Bengluru etc one can enjoy the rods for its scenic beauty but as we are talking about weekend plans its better to invest less time in reaching the destination. Park Hayatt and Taj exotica have very beautiful sea views and accommodations.
One can rent a car for whole weekend and roam around in Goa.
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  • Puducherry
Puducherry is also known as the Pondicherry is one of the best getaway destinations in Tamilnadu. The town has two parts French sector and Indian sector. It was designed on the French grid pattern. Many roads still have the French names,. French typos buildings or villas are a common sight here.
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One can visit Aurobindo Ashram while their stay in puducherry. Many foreigners are seen here for yoga and meditation.
The beauty of beach is but of course unavoidable. Lie back in beach side shack, relax and enjoy your cuisine and coconut water.


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It is a coastal town in Maharashtra in Riagad district. It is one the Mumbai-goa highway. A quiet place to stay and enjoy your weekend in your own way. Alibag beach, varsoli beach and Nagaon beach are the main beaches here. Unlike other crowded beaches in India beaches here are clean with fresh air and neat sandy ambience. Even though it is a famous place beaches are pollution free. The perfect getaway for Mumbaikars and punekars.
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October is the best time to travel to these places and many others too. Pack your bags, get ready with our family and move for your customized small tour.
Bon voyage!!!!  

Let’s Hit the Offbeat Road

When it comes to vacations, usually a lot of time is spent on planning and preparations. Generally once we decide the place it is explored according to the gathered information, experiences of others (family friends, relatives etc.) and famous tourists’ spots that we read about on internet. Usually we don’t opt for offbeat destinations.
We can enjoy the perks of visiting these offbeat destinations.
  • The “hatke” vacation- all the famous places are in list of everybody, very few have the mindset and wish to explore the different place which is not so famous but worth being experienced. “Kuchh hatke” factor is covered here.
  • Crowd free- since it’s an offbeat place it will not be crowded with large number of tourists and guides running behind you to hire them.
  • Mastermind of own vacation- as we will be planning on our own the whole tour one can plan impeccably about accommodation and transportations.
  • Relaxed ambience- because we will be going to such a places which are planned according to our convenience one can stay there as much as they need to relax and unwind themselves as there wont be hurry to miss any famous spot.
These are the benefits of going to offbeat destinations. Now these can differ one to one, some of us may like quiet beach to be at or some of us may like hilly areas. Since we are talking about our own country lets take a look at some of the offbeat destinations in India.
  • Bhedaghat

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We have seen sizzling kareena kapoor dancing here in “Raat ka Nasha “in movie Asoka, this is bhedaghat. The main attractions are marble mountains as we can see in the pictures. Narmada River makes its way through these marble rocks making the amazing view. Especially the boat ride here in moonlight in enchanting. While you are riding in a boat a point comes which is known as “Bandar Kodini”. 


At this point mountains come so close that monkeys can jump across them easily and hence the name of a point is Bandar kodini. The other point that we shouldn’t miss is dhunvadhar waterfalls. The meaning of dhunvadhar is “dhunva” meaning smoke and “dhar” means the flow of water and it truly stands by its name. The roar if this waterfall is heard from far distance.
Bhedaghat is in Jabalpur district of MP. We can hire a cab once we reach Jabalpur and reach Bhedaghat. For accommodations there are plenty of hotels and MPTDC guest’s house available.

  • Bhangarh
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This is a place in Alwar district of Rajasthan. It is on the way from Jaipur to Alwar. It is a prehistoric site. This is included in our list because it is the only legally haunted place in India acclaimed by Indian Govt. Every heritage site has an Archeological office in India but this is the only place where ASI office in not present but quiet a far from the place. The ASI has put the board around the site saying that the entry is prohibited from sunset to sunrise. The fort was built in 1613 and the town was established by King Madho. There are many stories behind this town being haunted but the travelers who have been there claim that the place makes you feel restless and hyper, may be the mindset becomes so due to the tales and ASI boards. Rajasthan is known for heritage palaces and their beauty, so while you have plans to travel in Rajasthan one should definitely visit this strange place, of course during the day.
  • Malana
Malana is a town situated in valley called Parvati in Himachal Pradesh. It is also known as the little Greece in Himachal Pradesh.
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It is an ancient village 3029 meters above from the sea level. We all know the mesmerizing beauty of Himalaya Mountains and hence the famous destinations in HP such as Shimla, Manali then why Malana? It is isolated from the outer world. The citizens of this town consider themselves the descendants of the Alexander’s Army. Every city has its own tale and cultures but this town seem to have many stories. When Alexander came in Asia to his quest of conquering the whole world he was defeated here and while going back, some of his army found solace in Malana and stayed back. These people consider the outsiders inferior to them, so when you travel here you should not leave prescribed path and follow their rules strictly. They have kind of strange concepts which they follow till the date as in even if unintentionally if you touch any person there you have to pay the fine. This goes for any walls, houses and people there. Malana had the one of the oldest democracy in the world. It is a quiet yet strange place because of its customs and their beliefs to visit. Treat for nature lovers to go and relax. It is also infamous for the Malana cream which has the large amount of demand internationally. This is considered to be one of the finest Hashish in the world and that’s why drug mafias and some foreigners seeking for malana cream come here and stay. Indian govt. had to interfere here to control the acts which have not been proven successful so far. People being isolated from the other part of the country had the main occupation of growing the cannabis plants. Gradually things will change here that is what we hope for and the hydro electric power plant is raised here by the govt. which serves as one of the effort for the employment option for the localities here. Exclude the cannabis plantations here from the picture and this is one of the beautiful places to visit when we go to HP.
There are many more places in India to consider as offbeat destinations. The best way to reach all these places is reach to the main city near by from these places by any mode of transport which is favorable for you as in by train or air or travel buses and then hires a cab for your journey. The benefit here is it is convenient as well as safe since the hired cab will be at your service all the time. For an ex. CCR Clear Car Rental where we can book our cabs online in advance, can book our ride, I mean the car that we want since they have many options for cars too and plan accordingly. They also have the different packages, as in pick and drop services or destination packages by which we can book it right from picking us up from the airport or railway station and then taking us to the desired destination and drop us back to the stations from where they picked us.
Lest pack our bags for some of the offbeat destinations this year and “hatke” tours but safe and sound. What are offbeat destinations in your list? Reply for this post with the names of the places that you have in mind.
Ciao.


Nainital a famous hill station



Situated at the altitude of 1938 m, Nainital is a famous hill station in the state of Uttara Khand, India. It is the head town of district of the same name Nainital district. It is also known as the Lake District of India. Nainital is located in a valley which has beautiful pear-shaped lake. The lake is two mile long in circumference. Nestled with fascinating mountains and beautiful natural surroundings, Nainital has become a popular tourist spot in the state. It has pleasant weather throughout the year and can be visited any time of the year.

Places of interest

Nainital is gifted with many places of tourist attraction in and around it. Naini Lake is the main place of interest in the town. The lake is situated in the center of the town and because of this lake Nainital has earned fame as hot tourist spot.

Bhimtal Lak :

Bhimtal Lake is another lake located just 22km away from Nainital. It is the largest lake of Nainital.

Nauchia Lake :

Nauchia Lake is yet another beautiful lake to be seen in Nainital. All these lakes have beautiful surrounding nature and also offer  facility of boating which one can take to explore beautiful surrounding nature.

Naini Devi temple :

Naini Devi temple is prominent place of worship for the Hindus. It is situated on northern bank of Naini Lake and according to mythology it is believed to be the place where one part of the body (assumingly the eyes) of goddess Sati had fallen when the lord Shiva was carrying her body.   

Governor’s House :

Governor’s House is another place of interest in Nainital. It is built in 1899 and is one of remnant monuments of British era in India. It is built in Victorian Gatholic style of architecture and presently is the guest house of governor of Uttara Khand. Prior permission is necessary to visit this monument.

Snow view point :

Snow view point is another must visit place in Nainital. It is perched at the height of 2260 m and offers tourists picturesque views of surrounding snow-covered peaks and other beautiful sights.
 Being of the highest peak of Nainital, Naini Peak presents the tourists the most fascinating views of the hill station. The peak is located just 6 km from the center of the town.
 Tiffin Top, Land’s End, Pangot and Eco Caves Garden are some of other many places to be seen in and around the hill station of Nainital.

How to get there:

 If you are travelling by train, Kathgodam railway station is the place where you can get down. It is just 35km from Nainital and well connected to it by state run buses or you can hire a car, taxi from other cities to reach Nainital. Kathgodam is furthermore well linked by many trains to Lucknow, Agra, Barely and other cities and towns of the state and the country. Pantnagar Airport is located about 71 km from Nainital and serves as the nearest airbase to it. The air port is well linked by several flights to Delhi.

Pahalgam - a picturesque tourist destination

Pahalgam is a town situated in the state of Jammu & Kashmir, India. It is located in Anantnag district of the state and is populalr tourist spot. It is situated at the altitude of 2130 m and is nestled with lush green valleys. Pahalgam is just 96 km away from Sri Nagar, the capital city of the state. Pahalgam serves the base to the pilgrims of Anantnag. Pahalgam valley offers picturesque views of majestic Himalayan Mountains.
There are many places of interest in and around Pahalgam which attract many tourists.
Aru valley :
Aru valley is small village and offers beautiful views of surrounding nature. The valley also offers tourists trekking trails.






Betaab Valley :
Betaab Valley is another valley one can visit.  It is situated on the way to Chandandwari near Pahalgam. The valley got its name from the Hindi film named Betab as the major portion of the film was screened here. Earlier it was known by the name of Hajan Valley.



Tulian Lake :
Tulian Lake is another place of attraction near Pahalgam. The lake is perched at the altitude of 4000 m and one can get there by 2 day long trek which one can take from Aru. Ponies are also available on rent to reach the lake. Most time of the year the lake remains in frozen condition.

Mamleshwar Temple :
Mamleshwar Temple is the temple of Lord Shiva and is situated near Pahalgam. The temple was built in 12th century and is entirely made of stones. Many devotes visit the place throughout the year.




Panchtarni :
Panchtarni is another place of attraction near Pahalgam. Five streams meet there and offer a beautiful look to the visitors. One can also enjoy the sport of golf. Pahalgam has golf club equipped with all facilities of the sport. There is a golf course perched at the altitude of 2400m near Pahalgam.
Chandanwari :
Chandanwari is another scenic spot situated at juts 16km away from Pahalgam. You should not miss this spot as it leaves the visitors spellbound by its beauty. Snow covered mountains and large glaciers nearby mesmerize the tourists.

How to reach :
Sri Nagar is the nearest railway head to Pahalgam and is well linked to other cities and towns of the state and the country. Many state run buses and other private vehicles like cars and luxury buses are available from Sri Nagar and other cities and towns of the state. Sri Nagar also serves as the nearest airbase to Pahalgam. The airport is well connected by several flights to other major cities of India.

Tourist places in Darjeeling


Darjeeling, the world famous tourist destination, is a city of Indian state of West Bengal. It is well known for its tea industry and Eco-tourism. During the colonial time the British developed it as a major hill station and tea- growing area. Subsequently extensive tea plantation was done in the region. Now the Darjeeling tea is internationally renowned tea and ranks among most popular black teas. Darjeeling has pleasant weather throughout the year.  Average temperature of the region ranges from 25c in summer to 10c in winter.

Places of interest:

Darjeeling is famous for its beautiful natural sights and pleasant weather.

Kanchenjunga Mountain :

Kanchenjunga Mountain
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Standing at the altitude of about 8580m, Kanchenjunga Mountain is third Highest Mountain in the world. Located just 11 km from Darjeeling, Tiger Hills offer its tourists wonderful views of Kanchenjunga Mountain. The Tiger Hills is elevated at the altitude of about 2550m. Mount Everest which is about 225 km from Tiger Hill can also be seen from the Tiger Hill. It also provides amazing sight of Sun rising. But one has to get up early at 4.am to be able to witness the event of Sun rising.

Observatory Hills :

Observatory Hill, Darjeeling
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Another place of interest in Darjeeling is Observatory Hills. The place has religious importance attached to it. It is important for both Hindus and Buddhist. Temple of Mahakal is situated on this hill. Mahakal is considered to be one of the incarnations of Lord Shiva.

Mountaineering Museum :

Mountaineering Museum in Darjeeling has the collection of historical mountaineering equipment, specimens of Himalayan Flora and fauna and relief model of Himalaya.

Everest museum :

Everest museum is another museum to be seen here.

Snow Leopard Breeding Center :

Darjeeling also houses Snow Leopard Breeding Center which is devoted to snow leopard breeding program. Snow leopard is one of the endangered species and efforts are being taken breed these species in captivity. Snow leopards are kept in large enclosures and visitors are allowed to watch them.  Complete silence is maintained in the center.
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway also known as Troy train is UNESCO recognized World Heritage.  Journey of the troy train starts from Siliguri and offers excellent views. Other places of interest   in Darjeeling include Aloobari Gompa,Bhutai Busty Gompa, Ghoom Monastery  and Badamtam Tea Estate.

How to reach:

By road:

 Darjeeling is well connected by rail and road to other parts of the state and the country. Many state run buses and private luxury buses are available from other cities of the state and the country.

By train:


 The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri. It is well connected to many other cities of India. Darjeeling can also be reached from Siliguri by the famous Troy Train.

By airport:

 Nearest airport is Bagdogra near Siliguri. You can hire a taxi or cab from there to reach your desire destination.

Other details: 

The diverse ethnic populace of the town celebrates several local festivals in the town. The Darjeeling Carnival is celebrated over ten days every year in the winter. The carnival is initiated by civic society movement known as Darjeeling Initiative.

Kashid Beach,Alibag

 

Kashid is a small beach town in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is situated in Konkan region of the state and is just 30 km away from Alibag and 135 km from Mumbai. Adorned with lush-green Mountain, white sand of beautiful beaches and blue sea, Kashid is popular tourist destination in the state of Maharashtra. Konkani and Marathi are widely spoken languages in the region. October to June is the best time to visit Kashid.
Places of interest: Kashid houses many places of attraction in and around it.
 The prime attraction of Kashid is its beach. Its white sand, majestic view of Arabian Sea makes it beautiful place to spend evening. Blue water, beautiful mountains, lush greenery makes it a must visit place.

Phansad Bird Sanctuary :
Phansad Bird Sanctuary is one of them. It is spread over an area of about 52 sq km and is home to large number of amphibians, mammals, insects etc. it is an ideal place for nature lovers.

Data Mandir :
Data Mandir is important place of worship in Kashid. This red –domed temple is located on a hill top. The temple also offers wonderful views of Murud-Janjira and the fascinating costal area surrounding it.

Revdanda Beach fort :
Revdanda Beach fort is one of remnant legacy of Portuguese in India. It is in ruined conditioned now. Still it is very fascinating place to visit.

Other details: 
Prakruti Resort and Kashid Beach resort provide the accommodation facility to visitors. Apart from these luxury resorts local people also gives their make shift shacks and room on rent to tourists.
Festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with much pomp and show. It is celebrated for ten days and during the festival many social, cultural and religious programs are organized.

How to reach: Several state run buses and other private vehicles like cars and luxury buses connect it to Mumbai, Alibag, Pune and many other cities and towns of the state. Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport at Mumbai is closest one to Kashid. The airport is well linked by several domestic and international flights to other major cities of India and other countries. Roha railway station is nearest to Kashid. It is about 122 km away and well connected to other cities and towns of the state.

Tourist Places in Yelagiri

Yelagiri is beautiful hill town situated in Vellore district of the state of Tamil Nadu, India. The hill station is perched at the altitude of 1410 m and is adorned with exquisite lush green valleys, orchards and rose gardens. The hill town and surrounding region is mainly inhabited by tribal people whose main occupation includes agriculture and other allied business. Yelagiri hill station is major tourist place in the state and fascinates visitors by its serene environs, pleasant climate, exquisite natural surroundings and other places of attraction in and around it.  
Jalagamparai waterfall :-
Jalagamparai waterfall is major tourist attraction in Yelagiri. Gurgling water falling down from a good height is quite fascinating. The waterfall is best seen during October to February when it has full load of water gushing down and presenting a mesmerizing experience to the visitors.
Swamimalai Hill :-
Swami Malai Hill is another place of interest you can visit in Yelagiri. This cake like hill has strong base with its peak touching to the sky.  Top of the peak offer the tourists amazing views of surrounding nature. This is the highest peak (4338 m) in Yelagiri.  Javadi Hill, Palamathi hill are other majestic hills nearby the town of Yelagiri.
Punganoor Lake :-
Punganoor Lake is yet another interesting place in Yelagiri. It is artificial lake and offers a perfect picnic spot to the visitors. A garden situated near the lake adds the beauty to the place.





Velavan Temple and Jalagandeeswarar Temple are some of the many places of worship you can visit near Yelagiri hill station.  Yelagiri also presents the adventurous tourists several trekking trails. YMCA Camp Center is a nonprofit organization which provides the visitors accommodation, trekking and camp facilities.
Yelagiri experiences moderate temperature most time of the year. Its temperature varies from 18 to 34 degree Celsius in summer while it remains 11 to 25 degree Celsius in winter.  November to March is the best time to visit Yelagiri hill station.
How to reach:-
Many state run buses and other private vehicles are available to reach Yelagiri from  Bangalore Thruoather, Chennai and other cities and towns of Tamil Nadu and other nearby states. Jollarpettai is the closest rail head to Yelagiri and is well connected to other many cities and towns of the state and country. Jollarpettai is just 21 km away from Yelagiri. You can also fly to Bangalore and then move to Yelagiri by car or luxury bus. The airport of Bangalore is well linked by many flights to other major cities of the country.

Red Hills


   Red Hills is an ecological fragile region in Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. It is in the state of Tamil Nadu and is just 28 km away from Ooty. The place is rich in beauty of nature surrounding it. It has calm and cool ambience.  It is abundant with lush green landscapes and forest. The environment is unexploited yet and therefore it offers eco- friendly tourism. Red Hills offers tourists fascinating views of nearby Nilgiri (blue hills). One can also see   beautiful views of vast area of under tea plantation.   
   Red Hills houses many lakes in and around it. These lakes are main tourist attraction of the region. There are about eight lakes around Red Hills and each one of them has its own special features which mesmerize the onlookers. Avalanche, Emerald, Porthimund, Upper Bhavani and Parson’s Valley Lake are some of them. Here you can also enjoy the activity of fishing. Numerous species of bird are seen flying over the lakes. These lakes offer ideal places of picnic spot and many tourists frequently visit the place to explore the beautiful nature. Govind Ballabh Pant Zoo is another place of attraction you can visit. It is located near the Red Hills and houses various animals like elephants, Bengal tigers, monkeys etc.
   The region has pleasant climate during summer and winter. Monsoon season is also good for scenic beauty of its lakes. September to May is the best time to visit the place.

How to reach:Many state run bases are available to reach Red Hills from Chennai, Ooty, Bangalore and other parts of the state and the country. Mettupalayam serves as the nearest railway head to Red Hills. The railway station is just 40 km away from it and is well linked to Coimbatore, Chennai and other parts of state and the country. Coimbatore Airport is the closest airbase to Red Hills is about 100 km from it. The airport is connected to by several flights to other major cities of the country.
    

Tourist Places in Gokarna

Gokarna is a popular pilgrimage and tourist spot as well in India. It is a small town situated in district of Uttara Kannada in the state of Karnataka. Number of beautiful beaches attracts the tourists from far and wide. Kannada is the main language while Konkani and Marathi are also spoken widely.

Places of interest:
There are many places of  tourist attraction in and around Gokarna.

Gokarna Beach :Gokarna Beach is a beautiful beach situated between western ghats and Arabian Sea.






Kudle beach:
A twenty minute walk from Gokarna. It's offers tourists fascinating views of panoramic sea shores, sea gulls,beautiful scenery.






Half Moon Beach :Moon Beach is another beautiful beach of Gokarna. The beach also offers its tourist many sports activities like Canoes, Volleyball, Paintball, Cabins, Paddleboats and Camping.


 
Paradise Beach :   
Paradise Beach is equally beautiful beach of Gokarna. The beach is also Known as Full Moon Beach.






How to get there:
Rail and road link the town to other parts of the Karnataka state and the country. Several state run buses and other private vehicles are available from other cities and towns of the state. Many trains connect Gokarna to other cities and towns of the state and the country. Nearest airport is located at Dabolim at Goa. The airport is well linked to other major cities of the country.
        

Tourist Places in Chakrata, Uttarakhand

About the city:
Chakrata is hill station in the district of Dehradun of Indian state of Uttarakhand. Elevated at the height of 7000 ft it is one of the major tourist destinations of the state. It was mainly developed as a hill station by the British during colonial rule. Now it houses a cantonment area. Gifted with dense forest and lusting greeneries, it is one of most popular tourist spot to spend vacation. Weather of Chakrata remains pleasant most of the times of the year. The hill station was formerly known as Jaunsar Bawar, as it was inhabited mainly by Jaunsari tribe.   
What to see:
   Chakrata houses many places of interest in and around it. Adorned with lush green lands and dense forests.

Chilmiri Neck :
Chilmiri Neck is very fascinating place to visit. The place offers its tourists many wonderful sights of down valley. Cool and pleasant weather make it must visit place. The place also houses many different species of bird.




Ram Tal Horticultural Garden :Ram Tal Horticultural Garden is another place of attraction. The garden is abundant with many varieties of climbers, fems, lichen, conifers, flowering plants and woody trees. The place also offers tourist different kinds of bird to watch. Black headed Jay, Oriental turtle doves and Grey Treepai are found here on large scale. This horticulture garden also houses a natural pond and apple garden which add to the beauty of the nature.

Tiger fall :
Tiger fall is an amazing water fall and therefore it is a major tourist spot in Chakrata. Being one of the highest water falls in India, it is very breathtaking experience to watch the water fall situated at the altitude of 2200m Deoband is a place from where tourists can watch the fascinating and wonderful views of Himalayan range. Deoband is nestled with dense forest and is beautiful place to explore the nature. It also houses many varieties of animals and birds in the surrounding areas.   




 How to get there:
Chakrata is well linked by road to other parts of the state and the country. Many state run buses and private luxury buses are available from  Dehradun and other cities of the state and the country. Nearest railway station is Dehradun railway station which is about 92km away from the chakrata.  Dehradun railway station is connected to many cities and town of the state and the country.  Nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, about 116m away from Chakrata. The airport is well connected by many fights to major cities of the country.

Tourist Places in Shrivardhan

Shrivardhan is a tahsil town in the state of Maharashtra, India. It comes under the Raigad district of the state. Shrivardhan is a growing seaside resort as it has some beautiful beaches and other panoramic natural sites in and around it. It is the birth place of Balaji Vishwanath, the first Peshava of Maratha kingdom appointed by Chhatrapati Shahu (grandson of Chhatrapati Shivaji). Shrivardhan is believed to be visited by Pandava in their pilgrimage tour. The town is historical significant as it was visited by many traders of the past.
Kondivali Beach :
Kondivali Beach, situated just 4 km of Shrivardhana, fulfills the dream of water sport lovers by offering them a perfect spot for water sport. Long stretched white sand of the beach fascinates the tourists.



Harihareshwar Beach :
Harihareshwar Beach is another attractive beach near Shrivardhan. It is an ideal place to spend holidays. Its clean, cool and unspoiled environs attract many tourists. Sri Harihar hill located there adds to the beauty of the beach.  The temple of Kalbhairav is located near the beach. it is the temple of lord Shiva and is visited by many devotees on the occasion of Maha Shivratri. You can also visit Yogeshwari temple. It is  situated in the premises of Kalbhairav temple.
Ganesh Gully :
Ganesh Gully is yet another place of attraction near Shrivardhan. It is a narrow ditch of 3 feet between the two Rocky Mountains. it is said that at the end of that long narrow channel is the idol of Lord Ganesha.






Bagmanadala :
Bagmanadala is another interesting place near Shrivardhan. It is a small village where Peshwas of Maratha Empire spent many years. Peshwa Smarak and ancient fort named as Bankort fort are interesting   places to be seen here.

State run buses and other private vehicles connect Shrivardhan to Pune, Mangaon, Mumbai and other cities and towns of the state. Mangaon which is about 65 km away from Shrivardhan serves as the nearest rail head to it and is well connected to Mumbai, Pune and other parts of the state. Pune Airport serves as the closest air base to it. The air port is well linked to other major cities of the country.

Tourist Places in Khandala



Khandala is a popular hill station located in Western Ghat of the state of Maharashtra, India. It is situated at the altitude of 625 m and is gifted with beautiful nature, fascinating lakes, cascades, lush green surroundings etc. Marathi is widely spoken language of the region. Its temperature remains pleasant throughout the year and hence it can be visited during any time of the year.
Places of interest: Khandala is popular tourist destination in the state. Its proximity to Mumbai and Pune make it a perfect holiday spot. It has many places of attraction to offer to its tourists.

Rajmachi Park :

Rajmachi Park
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Rajmachi Park is a beautiful garden situated near Khandala. The garden offers tourists many views of beautiful surroundings. Rajmachi Fort can also be seen from here. It also houses Children Park and a temple nearby.

Ryewood :

Ryewood park
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Ryewood is another beautiful garden near Khandala. The garden is abundant with majestic long trees. There is a temple of Mahadeo located near. The garden gets its name from a British officer Mr. Rey who stayed here for long time. It is also believed to be come from the Marathi word Rai which means thick forest.

Duke’s Nose :

Duke's Nose
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Duke’s Nose is another place of interest near Khandala. This cliff resembles the pointed nose of Duke Wellington after whom the place is named. It is also called as Nagphani as it looks like the hood of Nag.

Shivaji Park :

Shivaji Park is another beautiful place to visit. It was a play ground earlier then it was turned into the garden in 1956. It houses a statue of Shivaji Maharaja.
Lohgad Darshan is small beautiful park with many toys for children’s amusement. There is a statue of Vir Savarkar, a great freedom fighter.

Kune falls :

Kune falls
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Kune falls is fascinating experience of watching water falling down from the height of about 100feet. Tiger’s leap, Sakur Plateau, Monkey hill and Reversing Station are other places of attraction to be seen here.

How to reach : 

By road: 


Khandala is situated on Pune-Mumbai express way and therefore well connected to the other parts of the state. Many state run buses and other private vehicles like rental cars and luxury buses link it Pune, Mumbai and other cities and towns of the state. It is located at the distance of just 68km from Pune and 81 km from Mumbai.

By train:

If you are traveling by train, you can get down at Lonavala which is just 4 km away from Khandala. Lonavala is well linked by trains to Pune, Mumbai and other cities and towns of the state.

By air:

Closest airport to Khandala is Pune Airport. It is well connected by several domestic flights to major cities of India.

Other details :  

If you visit this beautiful hill station and plan to spend more than a day then there are many hotel and resorts in Khandala to accommodate you.

Tourist Places in Malshej Ghat

Malshej Ghat is a hill station in the state of Maharashtra, India. It is situated in Pune district of the state. Malshej Ghat is one of many hill stations of located in western Ghat of India. It is a popular tourist destination and one can experience all the season of the year in a single day here as its climate is quite flexible and keeps changing rapidly. However it offers the tourists a perfect spot to spend holidays. Malshej Ghat is adorned with many fascinating waterfalls, beautiful landscapes, lakes, majestic mountains and many tall trees. Malshej Ghat is a place to explore beautiful natural surroundings. It is the ideal place for honeymoon couple.

Harishchandragad :
Harishchandragad is a fort located near Malshej Ghat and is one of the major attractions of the tourists. The fort is elevated at the height of 1400m and offers many trekking trails to adventurous tourists.



Harishchandragad peak :Harishchandragad peak is another place of interest situated near the fort. Temple of Lord Vishnu is also located in the fort. The fort also houses many beautiful idols and carvings. There are Buddhist cave also in the fort premises. There are many waterfalls in this hill station. Waterfalls offer fascinating experience to tourists who enjoy drenching themselves under  the water falling from a good height.

Pimpalgaon Joga Dam :
Pimpalgaon Joga Dam is another place worth visiting neat Malshej Ghat. Malshej Ghat has many trekking tracks which gives thrilling experience to adventurous tourists.




Malshej Ghat is well connected by roads to other parts of the state. Many state run buses and other private vehicles are available from Mumbai and other cities and towns of the state. Kalyan railway station serves the nearest railway head to Malshej Ghat. The station is well linked to many other cities and towns of the state and the country. Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport of Mumbai is closest airport to it. It is just 150 km away and well connected to other major cities of the state and the countries.
Marathi is widely spoken language here and Hindi is also spoken by few. There are many hotels and resorts to accommodate tourists. It is better to book your rooms in advance as most of the hotels remain full.

Tourist Places in Panchgani


 Panchgani, the place of five hills as it literally means, is a popular hill station in the state of Maharashtra, India. It is situated in Satara district of the state. It was the summer resort of the British. They also planted there western plants like Poinsettia and silver oak. Now we can see these trees there in large number. Panchgani is located at the altitude of 1334 m and is popular tourist spot in India. The air in the region is believed to contain more oxygen compared to other  region.  Many people see it as rejuvenating place for both mind and body. September to May is the best time to visit Panchgani.

Places to see: 

There are many place of tourist attraction in and around Panchgani.

Rajpuri Caves :

Rajpuri Caves is one of them. Caves are of religious significance and have many ponds in its surrounding. It is believed by pilgrims that taking a dip in the ponds one gets cured of almost all diseases.  Temple of Lord Kartikeya is the prominent attraction near the caves. The temple is made of the sand of the caves.

 

Parsi Point :

Parsi Point is famous picnic spot in Panchgani. It is situated on the way to Mahabaleshwar. One can see from the picturesque views of nearby Krishna valley and Dhom Dam.



Sydney point :

Sydney point is another tourist spot near Parsi Point. These points in Panchgani are famous for its beautiful surrounding nature. The place has calm and cool ambience and is an ideal one to spend some time.






Serbaug :

 Serbaug is another interesting place you can visit in Panchgani. It is a beautifully carved garden offering tourist to have a quality time with their families. It has children’s park and beautiful rose garden. One can also see many species of birds there.



You can also visit Tableland in Panchgani. It is the second longest mountain plateau in Asia. You can see the amazing views of Panchgani hill station itself and other places like Rajpuri Caves and Devil’s Kitchen.
Wai is small town near Panchgani and on the way to it there are seven majestic Ghats. Many temples are located on these Ghats. It has also many lakes and beautiful natural surroundings. Panchgani also offers many places for adventure activities like Paragliding

How to get there:
By Train:
Pune railway station is the nearest rail head to Panchgani. Railway station is about 100 km from it and is well connected to many cities and towns of the Maharashtra state.

By Air: 
Pune also serves as closest airbase to Panchgani and is well linked to other major cities of the country.

By Road:
Buses and private luxury buses are available from other cities and towns of the state. You can also hire a car or taxi to reach here.

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