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Balaji Temple Chilkur
August 182017

Interesting facts Balaji Temple Chilkur:

  • Pilgrims around 75,000 to 1,000,000 will come to this temple in a week.
  • The temple is one of the oldest in Telengana, having been built during the times of Akkanna and Madanna.
  • The unique feature of goddess idol is that the lotus flowers are held in three hands and the fourth hand is in such a position towards the lotus feet which means the doctrine of Saranagathi.

Location:

Chanda Nagar Village, Hyderabad, Telangana, India, PIN- 501504.

Chilkur Balaji Temple Timings:

The temple will be opened in all days of the week from 5:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

Balaji Temple Chilkur Entry Fee:

There is NO ENTRY FEE in enter the temple

About Balaji Temple Chilkur:

The Balaji temple is located in Chilkur in the district of Hyderabad. It is 33 km from Mehedipatnam. Pilgrims around 75,000 to 1,000,000 will come to this temple in a week. Generally, the temple rushes hard on Friday and Sunday.

The temple of Chilkur is managed by the hereditary trustee Sri C.S. Gopala Krishna and Sri M. V. Soundara Rajan. The whole family of the archaka, including women, devote themselves to serving God.

Balaji Temple Chilkur History:

Twenty-five kilometers from Hyderabad off the road to Vikarabad and on the shores of Osmansagar is the picturesque village of Chilkur with its temple dedicated to Sri Balaji Venkateshwara. Of the style, structure and appearance, it can be deduced that the temple was built half a millennium ago. Located in a sylvan environment, the temple attracts thousands of pilgrims every year and is an ideal place for secluded retreat and meditation. He enjoyed in the past, fine days of pomp and glory.

The temple is one of the oldest in Telengana, having been built during the times of Akkanna and Madanna, the relatives (uncle) of Bhakta Ramdas. According to tradition, a devotee who visited Tirupati every year could not do so on one occasion due to a serious illness. Lord Venkateshwara appeared in his dream and told him, “I’m right here in the jungle nearby, you do not have to worry.” The devotee immediately moves to the place indicated by the Lord in the dream and saw a hillock which he determined. By accident, the axe hit Lord Balaji’s idol covered by the mole below the chin and on the chest, and surprisingly the blood began to flow from the “wounds,” on to the ground and making it scarlet. The devotee could not believe his eyes when he saw this. Suddenly he wondered what was happening then he heard a message saying, “Inflict the mole-hill with cow’s milk.” When the devotee followed the message, a Swayambhu idol of Lord Balaji accompanied by Sridevi and Bhoodevi (A rare Combination) was found, and this idol was installed with due rites and a temple built for it.

Sri Balaji venkateshwara, Pratyaksha Daiva in Kaliyuga, is therefore available in Chilkur to bless his devotees who for some reason can not go to Tirupati. Many fervent worshipers flock to the temple, receive the blessings of the Lord and his consorts all around the year, especially during the Brahmothsavams, Annakota and Poolangi.

With the sincere desire to revive the ancient glory and importance of the temple, the Ammavaru idol was installed in 1963 the year after the Chinese war, and when the aggression was unilaterally deactivated, Ammavaru received The name of Rajya Lakshmi, meaning this welcome an event. The unique feature of this idol is that the lotus flowers are held in three hands and the fourth hand is in such a position towards the lotus feet which means the doctrine of Saranagathi.

The temple was visited from time to time by the great Acharyas. A visit to the temple is a must for Sri Ahobila Mutt Jeer whenever he visits the Hyderabd, and in the temple is installed the idol of the 1st Jeer. The Tilakayaths of Sri Vallabhacharya Sampradaya regularly visited the sanctuary. Jagadguru Sri Sankaracharya of Sringeri Mutt and his disciple honored the efforts of the trustees to improve the temple.

Remedies

Vishnu Sahasranama was first composed and recited by Bhishma, when he was laid on his deathbed. Lord Krishna went to see Bhishma because he was about to take is last breath. When Bhishma had the darshan of Lord Krishna, he began reciting immediately Vishnu Sahasranama. The Vishnu Sahasranama is a collection of thousand names of Lord Vishnu.

He began to recite Vishnu Sahasranama in the order in which he saw the form of the Lord continuously and successively.

Vishnu Sahasranama were found in epic Mahabharata, the great epic of India.

If it confers all worldly transcendental benefits to the person who sings it. There are so many Sahasranamas of Vishnu, but among these, it is the most cardinal and the most important because of Sankaracharyalu there are so many Sages and Saints who have recited and commented in their own way. Even today, it is recited with fervor and gaiety in all the temples of Lord Vishnu.

The Chanting of the following names of Lord Vishnu, helps us enormously to overcome the obstacles in our daily life.

  1. For Success in Business :”Om Vashatkaaraaya Namaha” .
  2. For Success in Studies: “Om Aksharaaya Namaha” .
  3. For Good Health :”Om Bhuthabhavanaya Namaha” .
  4. For Self Confidence :”Om Paramaathmane Namaha” .

How To Reach Balaji Temple Chilkur:

You have plenty of bus services available to reach this temple. You can also visit this place by cab or by your vehicle.

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Taramati Baradari
August 172017

Interesting facts Taramati Baradari:

  • Taramati Gana Mandir and Premathi Nritya Mandir are the places where the two legendary sisters Taramathi and Premamathi lived.
  • Taramati was the favorite dancer of Abdullah Qutub Shah. This is why he created Taramati Baradari with a surprisingly fine acoustics so that his voice reaches him at the fort of Golconda, which is less than 3 km.
  • The acoustics of Taramati Baradari is as high as it is often compared to that of Bala Hisar of Afghanistan.

Location:

Near PBEL City, Ibrahim Bagh, Hyderabad, Telangana, India, PIN- 500031.

Taramati Baradari Timings:

You can visit this place any day in the week from 11:00 AM to 6:00 Pm.

Taramati Baradari Entry Fee:

There is no entry fee to visit Taramati Baradari.

About Taramati Baradari:

Taramati Gana Mandir and Premathi Nritya Mandir are the places where the two legendary sisters Taramathi and Premamathi lived. The two sisters behaved in two distinct pavilions that are circular canopies on top of a two-storey structure. The two baradars are located at a distance of a few kilometers from each other.

Taramati Baradari is a historical sarai as part of Ibrahim Bagh, which is a Persian-style garden built during the reign of Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah, the fourth sultan of Golconda. Located in Ibrahimbagh on Gandipet Road and just outside the fort of Golconda, Taramati Baradari is one of the popular monuments of Hyderabad. Taramati Baradari consists of a music room with 12 entrances. An auditorium was used. Taramati was located on the top of the hill, which was done in order to avoid any disturbance of the sound of the population of the surrounding area. Its room is spacious. This enormous structure is in the form of a half-arch; It opens in an art gallery.

Taramati Baradari History:

Taramati Baradari story has many theories. According to accounts, Taramati and Premamati, the two dancers and courtesans of Abdullah Qutub Shah, the seventh Sultan of Golconda, often danced on a rope tied between the sultan’s balcony and their palace. However, similar to his grandfather, who had the courtesan Bhagmati as his favorite; Taramati was the favorite dancer of Abdullah Qutub Shah. This is why he created Taramati Baradari with a surprisingly fine acoustics so that his voice reaches him at the fort of Golconda, which is less than 3 km. The acoustics of Taramati Baradari is as high as it is often compared to that of Bala Hisar of Afghanistan.

Great acoustics were present in this place and because of its association with Taramati, who has devoted his whole life to dance and music, it is now used for performances on classical music and other forms of folk art .

Best time to visit:

This place is a perfect weekend gateway and you can visit this place any time in the year.

Things to do at Taramati Baradari:

You can visit Taramati Baradari throughout the week. The visiting hours of Taramati Baradari are from 11 am to 6 pm. Entry to the complex is free of charge. In addition to the fort of Golconda, other nearby tourist destinations are the Qutub Shahi tombs. You can visit Osman Sagar Gandipet nearby.

Currently, it is a cultural complex managed by TSTDC where various events, concerts, shows and exhibitions take place. The complex consists of a large open-air theater, as well as a conference room and a business center. The open theater has a capacity of 1,600 people, while the other theater can accommodate about 500 spectators.

The restaurant offers local and international cuisine. If you are interested, you can also stay at the Taramati Baradari Hotel present here. Haritha Resort is equipped with all kinds of modern amenities, offers a luxurious stay. Spend the day exploring the architectural beauty of one of Hyderabad’s popular landmarks, dine at the restaurant, relax at the bar and unwind at the pool or gym if you are a fitness enthusiast. Apart from that, the place has a pool table and a souvenir shop.

Where To Stay at Taramati Baradari:

Taramati Baradari is an attractive destination in Hyderabad. It is also an ideal way to spend an evening. Haritha Resort run by Telangana Tourism here has all the amenities, which can give you a new energy for a pleasant stay.

The rooms of the resort are spacious and convivial. The resort has an open-air auditorium, ideal for corporate gatherings and private events. It also has a theater and an air-conditioned banqueting room that are perfect for exhibitions, conferences and special events. It comes with an adjoining pantry, a multi-cuisine restaurant and a bar to spend quality time.

The resort also has a gift shop and a swimming pool with a modern health club with better facilities for fitness and recreation. There are A / C suites and A / C rooms that can be an ideal way to enjoy luxury close to an eminent monument. Spending a time near a heritage destination with the best accommodation and quality food, with all the trappings of a resort has never been so wonderful!

How To Reach:

This place is near to Hyderabad city and is easily accessible by Bus, Cab, Own vehicle.

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Gandipet Lake
August 162017

Interesting facts of Gandipet Lake:

  • The Osman Sagar is about 46 Sq. km, and the reservoir measures about 29 Sq. km, with a total level of 1,790 feet and a capacity of around 3.9 tmc.
  • Osman Sagar was built the Musi River in 1920 to provide an additional source of drinking water to Hyderabad and to protect the city after the Great Flood Musi of 1908.

Location:

Gandipet Lake or Osman Sagar, Hyderabad, Telangana, India, 500075.

Gandipet Lake Timings:

The Osman Sagar or Gandipet lake will be opened all days in the week from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

Entry Fee:

The entry fee is just Rs. 5 per person.

About Gandipet Lake:

Osman Sagar, known as Gandipet Lake, is a reservoir in the Indian city of Hyderabad. The lake is about 46 Sq. km, and the reservoir measures about 29 Sq. km, with a total level of 1,790 feet and a capacity of around 3.9 tmc.

It is not only forts and palaces that make up tourist attractions in Hyderabad. Gardens, waterfalls and lakes such as Lake Gandipet offer a beautiful touch of nature around the city of Hyderabad.

At the same time, the lake offers an excellent tourism option. The sunset and the sunrise at the lake are simply mesmerizing. Osman Sagar, Gandipet, is often visited by families and those seeking a peaceful moment away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The lawn towards the inferior side of the lake offers a picturesque atmosphere, dotted with lush greenery at the edge of a vast lake body. It offers an ideal setting for family outings. This is one of the popular picnic spots of a day in Hyderabad, where friends and families can spend time and relax enjoy the beautiful atmosphere. Many visitors bring their own food and some games to play in this wonderful environment. For others, there is also a cafeteria.

For those looking for excitement and thrill, and especially for those traveling with children, the place has various leisure parks nearby. The theme parks like Ocean Park Hyderabad and Treasure Island are located close to Gandipet Lake near Hyderabad. The temple of Shirdi Sai Baba is located at the north end of the resort and attracts hordes of religious tourists each year. It is very close to the famous Chilkur Balaji temple.

History of Gandipet Lake:

Osman Sagar was built the Musi River in 1920 to provide an additional source of drinking water to Hyderabad and to protect the city after the Great Flood Musi of 1908. It was constructed under the reign of the last Nizam of Hyderabad , Osman Ali Khan, hence his name.

A princely guesthouse called Sagar Mahal, is now a heritage building, was built as a seaside resort of the last Nizam. Its location on the shores of the lake offers a magnificent view. Telangana Tourism Department operates a station in the building. The lake breeze is very pleasant and has been popular with locals since the time of Nizam.

Best time to visit:

Go by boat on the lake and experience the calm water and the surroundings. The best time to visit the lake is during the months of October to March, when the climate is much cooler to sit and enjoy the soothing environment.

Things to do:

The location of Osman Sagar is about 20 km from Secunderabad. Visitors can either take a bus or go in their own vehicles. The Gandipet road offers a pleasant driving experience. Many people visit the lake early in the morning, because not only is the sunrise fascinating, but even the ride until there is a total refreshment. Sunset at Gandipet also attracts many visitors.

There are also options for staying overnight. The guest house named Sagar Mahal by Andhra Pradesh Tourism offers decent staying options by the serene lake shore and a soothing atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle of city life. This guest house, Sagar Mahal in Gandipet was once the seaside resort of Nizams. Part of this mahal has been opened to the public; There are about 10 double rooms for accommodation. It offers its guests not only a pleasant atmosphere and a breathtaking scenery of the lake, and also delightful delicacies to pamper their taste buds.

How To Reach Gandipet Lake:

As mentioned earlier Osman sagar or Gandipet Lake is just 20KM from Hyderabad. People may feel bit difficult to travel in public transport, but you can go there by Cab, own vehicle.

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Jalavihar water park
August 152017

Interesting facts Jalavihar water park:

  • Jalavihar water park was built by R. J. Rao, a non-resident Indian, and a group of people funded ₹ 220 million (US $ 3.4 million) in a public-private partnership model with the local tourism service.
  • The jalavihar water park has 18,000 square foot (1,700 m2) water pool, the largest in the country, can accommodate approximately 1,000 people at a time.

Location:

22/9, Necklace Road, Hussain Sagar lake , Hyderabad, Telangana, India, 500063.

Timings:

Jalavihar is opened in all days of the week from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

Jalavihar Hyderabad  Entry Fee:

Entry Fee for Adults  and childeren Jalavihar Hyderabad (with all water games):

Rs.150/- Per Person – Below 3 Feet Height

Rs.250/- Per Person – 3 Feet or Above 3 Feet Height

Dry Rides Cost at Jalvihar

Rs.50 – Bungee Jump

Rs.30 – Scary House

Rs.30 -Cricket

Rs.30 – Bouncy Castle

Rs.50 – Water garbing

Rs.50 – Bull Ride

Rs.50 – Bumper Car

About Jalavihar water park:

Jalavihar Hyderabad is a popular amusement park, Jalavihar Hyderabad is situated near to the necklace road that sits in the heart of the twin cities-Hyderabad and Secunderabad. It is very close to the IMAX multiplex and Sanjeevaiah Park, which is also on Collier Road. It is a family entertainment park with various interesting options for adults and children.

An entertaining place to be with the family, Jalavihar Water Park in Hyderabad, presents an incalculable number of rides to its guests. There is a wide range of water games as well as rides that are offered here for adults and children. Games such as family slides, mini water trailers, reclining bucket, mushroom umbrella, floating float and pendulum are just some of the choices that will keep you happy throughout your day in Jalavihar.

If you want to relax, you can spend your time at the wave pool. Rain Dance is another place to go if you want to try something different from the slides. Make dancing to the card hunters while the water is sprayed on you from all sides is enjoyed by children and adults. It is a great place to visit with children. There are many rides specially designed for children.

For safety, the park also formed guarantees. For lunch and light snacks, visitors can go to the dining court and enjoy various specialties served in the restaurants. Jalavihar also offers the ease of Party Zone which is perfect to accommodate all kinds of functions ranging from gathering family to birthday parties to corporate parties. There is an amphitheater with open lawns that can accommodate nearly 2,000 people, while the Vedhika can accommodate nearly 300 people.

History of Jalavihar water park:

R.J. Rao, a non-resident Indian, and a group of people funded ₹ 220 million (US $ 3.4 million) in a public-private partnership model with the local tourism service. The department has sanctioned 12.5 acres (5.1 ha) of land on Collier Road, which bypasses Lake Hussain Sagar for this project.

Although the land was allocated by the chief minister  N. Chandrababu Naidu in the year 2000, the work was blocked due to problems of encroachment and land ownership. In addition, a survey was initiated by the local government on the method of project allocation. The Apex Court of India agreed on the project in mid 2006 on the basis of the sanction of the local pollution control board and the regional high court.

Due to the cost-effectiveness of the public-private partnership model such as this one, local government proposed to continue the trend in 2010.

The 18,000 square foot (1,700 m2) water pool, the largest in the country, can accommodate approximately 1,000 people at a time. The built area accounted for only 10% of the total area of ​​the park. A suitable fence was provided along the park to avoid waste around Lake Hussain Sagar. The park consists of two main areas: entertainment and party. The entertainment area includes water sports, waves, rides, mini-trains and cooking courts. The party area contains where 2,000 people can participate.

Best time to visit:

This place can be visited anytime in the year.

Things to do:

Not only water slides, Jalavihar also has a variety of rides. Although visitors must pay extra fees for each of the rides, try one or two of the rides worth the money. Some of the more interesting options that will be found here are: Mini-trains, Mini-trains, Super-Jet, Batteries, Mini-Rainbow, Mini-Joker, Battery bikes, Air hockey, Bungee Trampoline and many others. For the amateurs of video games, there are also facilities.

How To Reach Jalavihar water park:

Located right in the middle of the city, it enjoys a good location easily accessible by cars and buses – one of the main reasons why it is an ideal weekend choice for families, but also for Groups of friends. Visitors can not only enjoy the games and rides here in Jalvihar, but one can also go to Hussain Sagar Lake to relax or admire the captivating sunset at the lake. The delays of Jalavihar are also very practical; Adding to this, Jalavihar entry fees are quite affordable for everyone. Therefore, without worrying about getting out of budget, you can plan your day for a fun and fun outing in the water park.

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KBR National park
August 142017

Interesting facts of KBR National park:

  • The entire park was declared a national park by the State Government of Andhra Pradesh after obtaining the approval of the central government in 1998.
  • KBR National park has about 600 species of trees and plants in the park

Location:

Near to LV Prasad Eye Hospital, Opposite TDP Office, Road Number 2, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, India, 500034.

Timings of KBR National park:

Summer (morning) from 5:00 to 9.30.

Summer (evening) from 16:00 to 18:30

Winter and rainy (morning) from 5:00 to 9:30.

Winter and rainy (evening) from 16:00 to 18:00.

KBR park entry fee:

Annual fee: Rs. 1500

Annual fee for the elderly: Rs.1000

KBR park monthly pass: Rs. 400

Daily: Rs. 20

Daily for children: Rs.10

How To Reach:

Located on the Road No. 2, Banjara Hills, this park is located near the LV Prasad Eye Hospital, which is also an important landmark of the city. One of the park entrance is located in front of TDP party office, near the Jubilee Hills checkpost. Reaching KBR Park is easy as it is right in the middle of the city amidst many important landmarks.

About KBR National park:

Kasu Brahmananda Reddy National Park is well known as Chiran Fort Palce, which is located at Jubilee Hills in Hyderabad, India. The park has an area of around ​​390 acres (1.6 km2). The entire park was declared a national park by the State Government of Andhra Pradesh after obtaining the approval of the central government in 1998. It is located in the center of Jubilee Hills and is described as a jungle in the middle of The concrete jungle. He has peacocks and other animals.

KBR National Park is a vast expanse of lush greenery and rich fauna that is located in the middle of the city of Hyderabad – Jubilee Hills. Named by former Chief Minister Kasu Brahmananda Reddy, this park promises a rejuvenating nature amidst concrete buildings and trafficking in city life. A popular place to visit in Hyderabad, this park, as well as its picturesque beauty and flora and fauna, are also historically significant. Chiran Palace of the ancient Nizam of Hyderabad is a place to visit. It was created in 1994 with the aim of preserving the nature of this area. One of the most popular tourist places, KBR national Park is a must visit place in Hyderabad tour.

History of KBR National park:

The National Park KBR boasts a rich flora and fauna accompanied by a refreshing environment ideal for relaxing. There are about 600 species of trees and plants in the park. The park has an equally rich fauna. It has about 140 species of bird fauna as well as 20 species of reptiles and 20 species of mammals. There are also about 15 different species of butterflies.

This area was declared a national park in 1998 by the state government, after central government approved by it. It was then declared as Kasu Brahmananda Reddy National Park in memory of Kasu Brahmananda Reddy, who was the late Chief Minister, who was one of the popular leaders of the state.

One of the significant palaces like Chiran Palace were built in this park in 1940. The entire palace complex spans an area of ​​360 acres and was handed over to Prince Mukarram Jah on his crowning by his father, Prince Azam Jah in the year 1967.

The complex has the palace and, in addition, the other property includes the Gol Bungalow, bungalow Mor (paved) on a butte; cattle, horses and Stables for elephants, the khana engine that housed a fleet of exquisite old cars, several basements, a heavy machinery workshop, two wells and an equal number of water tanks,gasoline pump.

Other facilities:

WATCH TOWER:

Zone Unit (2) Watch Towers in the park, ie Mor House and also the Watch Tower near the palace. Look at the unit of the tower area located at points of view of where the complete space of the park is located. A watch tower is for guests Watch Tower with a height of thirty feet is a construction in 2012, wherever we will have a bird’s eye on the park. An additional climbing tower exists near Chiran Palace, built in 1999 and a height of twenty feet.

ELECTRONIC PORTS:

In 2015, the grid of the associated integrated bio-metric system of associated degree is placed at the main door and the ordinal door to prevent the entrance of anti-social rooms in the park and to secure the guests, Flora and Fauna in the park.

CC CAMERAS TV:

The park includes telephone affiliation. All employees in the park received a wireless network and a mobile phone. The wireless network has been very useful in protecting and managing the park. In 2014, thirty two CCTV cameras were installed in the parks, distinguishing the main strategic and vulnerable points where there is a risk of causing a threat to life and therefore guests in the way of their hikers. The dominant goal is uninterrupted in the rooms of the Divisional Forestry Officer. The footage and therefore the videos can be discovered from the Divisional Forestry Officers’ Chamber with a backup for three to four months.

NATURE CAMP SHED:

Character camps are also organized on Sundays for the good on the plus. Tourists density is more on Sundays. In these natural camps, the measurement of the places of the customers is given with the opinion on the life, the conviviality and the way to stop the pollution and to minimize the plastics in the daily life. As part | A region | A district | A neighborhood| A section | A square measure | A locality | A neighborhood of natural camps The snake shows are organized by the management of the KBR National Park for the good on the guests Who come to the park in the morning and evening.

WALKING TRACK:

KBR park walking track distance 5.00 Kms. In the traveler’s area. Water splashes are created through the tracks at regular intervals to interrupt the flow of rain and to drain water into adjacent trenches and water harvesting wells. The square measurement of the tracks was repaired as necessary and when necessary and the square measurement uninterrupted in the correct form. Cross-over evacuation was carried out where streams crossed roads to confirm the free flow of water and avoid road damage. It is suggested that the water barrier pathways and therefore the structure of the squares of the cross-drain structure have been maintained throughout the year. It is suggested jointly to provide water sprinklers along the track method to the associated nursing interval of twenty-five meters in length.

Best time to visit KBR National park:

You can visit this park anytime in the year.

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Qutub Shahi Tombs
August 132017

Interesting facts about Qutub Shahi Tombs:

  • These tombs were planned and built by Qutub Shahis. These were modified by Salar Jung III, Mir Yousuf Ali Khan in the nineteenth century.
  • The tomb of Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah, who was the 5th king of the Qutub Shahi dynasty, is the largest among all Qutub Shahi tombs. It is about forty two meters high and has twenty eight open arches with a huge dome.

Location of Qutub Shahi Tombs:

Fort Road, Toli Chowki, Hyderabad, Telangana, PIN 500008, India

Qutub Shahi Tombs Timings:

The Qutub Shahi Tomb will be opened from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM in all days in the week (except on Friday).

The place will be closed on Friday.

Entry Fee:

Adult – Rs. 10

Child – Rs. 5

Still Camera – Rs. 20

About Qutub Shahi Tombs:

The Qutub Shahi Tombs are located in the Ibrahim Bagh (garden compound), near the famous Golkonda Fort in Hyderabad, Telangana, India. They contain the mosques and tombs built by the various kings of the Qutub Shahi dynasty. The galleries of the small graves are of a single floor while the larger ones are two-storey. In the center of each tomb is a sarcophagus that covers the actual funerary vault in a crypt below. The domes were originally covered with green and blue tiles, of which only a some pieces remain.

The graves form a large cluster and stand on a raised platform. The tombs are dome-shaped structures built on a square base surrounded by pointed arches, a distinctive style that blends the Persian, Pashtun and Hindu forms. The tombs are structures with totally carved stones and are surrounded by landscaped gardens.

The tombs were once provided with velvet canopies, chandeliers and carpets on silver poles. Some Copies of the quran were also kept on pedestals and readers recited verses from the sacred book at regular intervals. Arrows of gold have been placed on the tombs of the sultans to distinguish their tombs from those of other members of the royal family.

History of Qutub Shahi Tombs:

During the Qutub Shahi period, these tombs took place in great way. But after their reign finished, the tombs were neglected until Sir Salar Jung III ordered their restoration in the early nineteenth century. A park was laid out and a compound wall was built. Again, the Qutub Shahi family tomb garden has become a place of serene beauty.

Located at a distance of about 850 meters from the Banjara Darwaza of Golconda Fort, the tombs of Qutub Shahi consist of tombs of seven Qutub Shahi leaders. Considered to be some of the oldest monuments in Hyderabad, these tombs captivate their visitors with architectural excellence presenting a beautiful blend of Persian and Indian architectural styles. You can see the influences of Deccan, Pathan, Hindu as well as Persian styles in the structure of the tombs.

These tombs are now the venue of the Deccan festival which is led by the state government. These tombs are surrounded by the ‘Ibrahim Bagh’ garden which is a well known picnic spot. There are many other famous tourist attractions located near the tombs. Salar Jung Museum, Raymond Tomb and Paigah Tombs are just some of the attractions to be found nearby.

Architecture of Qutub Shahi Tombs

The entrance and corridors of the tombs have an indo-sarcastic style of architecture, while minarets and ornamental parapets showcase Islamic architecture. Two-level terraces, central pillars and false ceilings, which form an essential part of the structures, have also been decorated in complex ways.

These tombs were planned and built by Qutub Shahis. These were modified by Salar Jung III, Mir Yousuf Ali Khan in the nineteenth century. Built on a raised platform, these tombs are made of gray granite. These are structured in dome and have a quadrangular shape. Each grave is surrounded by pointed arches and has a height of 9 to 15 meters from the platform. These pointed arches also add to the beauty of these structures. Each tomb is also decorated with a beautiful decoration. However, with the passage of time, these ornamentations lost their visibility.

These seven Qutub Shahi tombs are of different sizes. The smaller graves have a floor while the larger tombs have 2 floors. The tomb of Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah, who was the 5th king of the Qutub Shahi dynasty, is the largest among all Qutub Shahi tombs. It is about forty two meters high and has twenty eight open arches with a huge dome. There are minarets present at its corners.

However, the most important is the most modest tomb is considered to be the sultan Quli Qutub-ul-Mulk, who founded the Qutub Shahi dynasty. He built his tomb himself and also considered the longest supervisor of this magnificent architectural project. It was also his decision to build tombs on members of the royal non-governing family, such as nephews, nieces and sisters.

The tombs of Qutub Shahi, like the tombs of Paigah, are devoted to the royal family and the leaders of Qutub Shahis. The structural beauty of these tombs always attracts admirers from all over the world.

Best time to visit:

This place can be visited all around the year.

Things to do:

These tombs are surrounded by the ‘Ibrahim Bagh’ garden which is a well known picnic spot. There are many other famous tourist attractions located near the tombs. Salar Jung Museum, Raymond Tomb and Paigah Tombs are just some of the attractions to be found nearby.

How To Reach Qutub Shahi Tombs:

It is located just 12 KM from Hyderabad city. So it is easily accessible by Bus, Cab or own vehicle.

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NTR Gardens
August 122017

Interesting facts of NTR Gardens:

  • NTR Gardens Hyderabad was built in the memory of Shri N T Rama Rao, former and one of the well known chief ministers of Andhra Pradesh.
  • One of the latest additions to the NTR garden is the Desert Garden, a brian child of Mr. Nitish Roy, who did designing for the project.
  • Another attraction is the restaurant ‘Machan’ which is a multi-storey restaurant that was built on a tree shape. The trunk was constructed using solid concrete boards while the

Location of NTR Gardens:

NTR Marg, Near Secretariat, Hussainsager Lake, Hyderabad, Telangana, PIN- 500004, India

Timings:

The Gardens remains open for all days in the week from 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Entry Fee:

Adults – Rs. 15

Children – Rs. 10

Still Camera – Rs. 30

Video Camera – Rs. 60

About NTR Gardens:

NTR Gardens Hyderabad was built in the memory of Shri N T Rama Rao, former and one of the well known chief ministers of Andhra Pradesh, the NTR Memorial Gardens is in the list of Hyderabad’s famous tourist attractions. Spread over an area of ​​36 acres, NTR Gardens offers a soothing atmosphere and a refreshing setting for spending time. The garden was built with an approximate cost of Rs. 40 crore. It was in 2002, when the Hyderabad NTR garden was opened to the public.

The garden also offers various types of recreational options. Some of them are by boat, a fountain, Roaring Cascade, Japanese garden, etc. There is a children’s playground which keeps the children entertained. The massive entry point with Nandi Bulls is also very captivating.

It is close to the famous Hussain Sagar lake, which makes the visit to the park even more enjoyable. You can visit the 9 o’clock in the evening as the NTR Garden schedules are from 12:30 to 21:00. The entrance fee for NTR Garden is affordable for everyone. It is just Rs. 15 per person for adults while Rs.10 per person for children. If you want to click on some photos, you have to pay a fee of rs.30 per camera. For the video camera, the price is Rs. 65 per video camera.

History of NTR Gardens:

NTR Gardens is a small 36-acre public park (0.15 km2; 0.056 sq mi) adjacent to the Hussain Sagar Lake in Hyderabad, Telangana. built in several phases since 1999, the area which is mainly a park is geographically located in the center of the city and is close to other tourist attractions such as Lumbini Park, Necklace Road and Birla Mandir. It is maintained by the project authority of Buddha Purnima who operates according to the directives of the Telangana government.

In 1999, a 5-acre (20,000 m2) plot of 55 acres (220,000 m2) was used to erect a memorial for NT Rama Rao, who was the former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, without border. It was inaugurated by Chandrababu Naidu. It was planned to further develop this area, which was designated as NTR Gardens, by building a museum on N. T. Rama Rao. This memorial was part of the Buddha Purnima Project, which was handled by the Hyderabad Urban Development Authority (HUDA) for the beautification and development of Lake Hussain Sagar and its surroundings as a major tourist attraction.

In 2000, the Andhra Pradesh government expressed its intention to develop this area with several projects such as the NTR Gardens themselves, a rock garden and an IMAX theater. A few days later, a government official first stated that the rock garden would be taken over by the NRI-based Dubai at a cost of Rs. 27 crores. Secondly, the IMAX theater project, which would have cost Rs. 52 crore was awarded to a private company. These two projects were to be executed in the same 55-acre (220,000 m2) plot of land that housed the memorial.

Best time to visit:

This place welcomes you anytime in the year.

Things to do at NTR Gardens:

A mini-train on one track allows visitors to the garden to make your stay even more enjoyable. With the toy train, there is a wide range of recreational facilities at the NTR Garden. One of the recent updates to the NTR garden is the Desert Garden, a brian child of Mr. Nitish Roy, who did designing for the project. It consists of about 150 plant varieties, mostly of these plans which are commonly called desert plants such as succulents, cacti, etc. The plants, which also boast of medical importance and are used for various herbal remedies, have been brought to Hyderabad from different parts of the country such as Shirdi, Kolkata, etc.

The garden was created in such a way that it offers a breathtaking natural setting with many entertaining activities. Facilities for food are also provided to the garden. Several restaurants, cafes and restaurants, a 2000 sq m restaurant bypassed by three petal-shaped ponds, offer not only mouth-watering dishes, but also a magnificent setting to savor the same. The cafés are mainly cafes with a capacity of six seats and mobile. This gives visitors a unique experience on cafes.

Another attraction is the restaurant ‘Machan’ which is a multi-storey restaurant that was built on a tree shape. The trunk was constructed using solid concrete boards while the branches are created with fiberglass and painted in green color, which gives it the appearance of a real tree. Also test local food products from different stands such as mirchi bajji while relaxing in the midst of the beauty of this garden.

How To Reach NTR Gardens:

Hussain sagar lake is situated very near to Hussain sagar lake, Birla Mandir, Lumbini Park, Necklace Road and many other attractions of Hyderabad. As the Lake is located in the center of the city it is well connected by both public and private transportations like Bus, Cab, MMTS etc.

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Hussain Sagar Lake
August 112017

Interesting facts about Hussain Sagar Lake:

  • On the shores of this lake Hussain Sagar, the treaty between Mughals and Golconda was signed.
  • The largest artificial lake in Asia, Lake Hussain Sagar was dug in 1562 AD during the reign of Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah.
  • In the middle of the lake you will find an enormous statue of Lord Buddha which is 16 m high and weighs nearly 350 tons.
  • Hussain Sagar, a heritage site in India, was named “Heart of the World” by World Tourism Organization on 27 September 2012.

Location of Hussain Sagar Lake:

Tank Bund Road, Hyderabad, Telangana, 500004, India

Hussain Sagar Timings:

The lake will be opened from 8:00 AM till 10:00 PM (All days in the week).

Entry Fee:

The entry fee for the lake is free but you need to pay money for Boating. There are plenty of options in the boating as listed below.

  • Mechanised Boat- Rs. 55 per Adult
  • Mechanised Boat- Rs. 35 per Adult
  • Jet Ski Boat -Rs. 250 per Person
  • Jet Ski Boat- Rs. 300 per Couple
  • Rajahamsa Boat (min 5 persons)- Rs. 100 per Person
  • Para Sailing- Rs. 400 per Person

About Hussain Sagar Lake:

Hussain Sagar Lake in Hyderabad is Located just 2 km from the h city center, Hussain Sagar is one of the well known tourist spots in Hyderabad. The lake connects 2 sections of the city (Secunderabad and Hyderabad) to each other. The largest artificial lake in Asia, Lake Hussain Sagar was dug in 1562 AD during the reign of Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah. Built on the tributary of the Musi River, the lake was named after Hussain Shah Wali. Lake Hussain Sagar was originally set up to meet the irrigation needs and other water needs of the city. Until the year 1930, it was used for the same purpose.

Having been bordered by Indira Park to the east, Sanjeevaiah Park to the north and Lumbini Park to the south, the lake presents an unusual setting to be found in the middle of any city. There is also a gates on its banks, which was constructed to control the flow of water. This artificial lake embellishes the city with elegance. Not only for beauty, but also for its historical connection. On the shores of this lake Hussain Sagar, the treaty between Mughals and Golconda was signed.

In the middle of the lake you will find an enormous statue of Lord Buddha which is 16 m high and weighs nearly 350 tons. Composed of white granite, the statue is on the “rock of Gibraltar”. The laser show at the statue is something worth watching. At the same time, there are also about 30 statues of famous personalities around the lake.

A popular recreational area, Lake Hussain Sagar attracts visitors of all age groups. Whether it is a family picnic or an outing with friends or your partner, this lake is visited by all Hyderabadi. Boating at the lake is quite pleasant. There are various boating options at Lake Hussain Sagar, such as motor boats, boats, etc. Another major attraction of the lake is the 48-seat launch which also offers guests dinner as well as private sessions if necessary. You can also parasailing at Lake Hussain Sagar or water skiing, although the schedules and availability of these activities vary from time to time. The cruise to the lake makes the visit more and more enjoyable.

You can visit the lake throughout the week; It is open every day. The schedules of Lake Hussain Sagar are from 8 am to 10 am. Even a simple long drive on the roads next to the lake is also quite refreshing.

History of Hussain Sagar Lake:

Hussain Sagar is a heart-shaped lake in Hyderabad built by Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah, during the rule of Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah. It is spread over an area of ​​5.7 sq km and is filled by River Musi. A large monolithic statue of Gautama Buddha, was built in 1992, on Gibraltar Rock in the ceter of the lake. It also separates twin cities Hyderabad and Secunderabad. The max depth of the lake is 32 feet.

Hussain Sagar was built on a tributary of the Musi River in 1562 by Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah. The lake had named as Hussain Shah Wali, who guided the design of the lake. It is an artificial lake that contains water fed by canals from the Musi River. Hussain Sagar was Hyderabad’s main source of water before Himayat Sagar and Osman Sagar were built on the Musi River.

Hussain Sagar, a heritage site in India, was named “Heart of the World” by World Tourism Organization on 27 September 2012 to be the largest heart-shaped brand.

Best time to visit:

You can visit Hussain Sagar Lake anytime in the year.

Things to do at Hussain Sagar Lake:

Boating is the most common thing every tourist likes to here. Apart from that you can also do Para Sailing.

you can also explore other tourist places in Hyderabad. NTR Garden, Birla Mandir are located nearby. If you are interested, you can visit Hussain Sagar with the Jalavihar water park, combining the excitement of water games and the soothing of the lake for a perfect day.

How To Reach:

Lake Hussain Sagar also benefits from a good location. It is easily reachable from the rest of the city and is well served by local trains as well as buses, taxis and cars.

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Salar Jung Museum
August 102017

Interesting facts of Salar Jung Museum:

  • The oldest book in the library is the general history of the Turks by Richard Knolles, 1631 A.D.
  • It should be noted that there are only two miniature manuscripts of copies of the Holy Ouran in the world, and while one of them is in Iran, the other is in the Salar Jung Museum and its size is 2.4 cms. The museum also has a large Ouran which measures 60×30 cms.
  • The Salar Jung Museum is one of India’s national museums and has an excellent library with a rare collection of 8,000 manuscripts and 60,000 printed books
  • During Museum Week (January 8 to 14), visitors are allowed on a 50% concession on admission fees.
  • The museum authorities also maintains a “Mobile Exhibition Van” organizing exhibitions on different themes on the museum’s collections

Location of Salar Jung Museum:

The current building of the museum was built on the south bank of the Musi river, which is close to the important monuments of the old city of Hyderabad, such as the historic Charminar, chowmahalla palace, Mecca Masjid and so on. The museum and library collections were transferred from Dewan Deodi to the new building in 1968 and two more buildings were added in 2000.

Salar Jung Museum Timings:

The museum remains opened from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM everyday. The museum remains closed on Friday.

Entry Fee:

For Child (Indian citizen) – Rs. 5

For Adult (Indian citizen) – Rs. 10

For Foreign Citizens – Rs. 150

For Still camera – Rs. 50.

Things to do at Salar Jung Museum:

The Museum regularly organizes special exhibitions and workshops in collaboration with museums and international organizations. The museum publishes guides, books, brochures, research journals and books on subjects selected in the English, Hindi and Urdu languages. Seminars and workshops are organized on special occasions such as Salar Jung III’s birthday celebrations, Museum Week, Children’s Week, etc., as part of its  events. As a museum of national importance in India, the Salar Jung Museum is intended to serve as a cultural center through its exhibitions, research projects and planned activities as an educational center and as an instrument National integration.

Best time to visit Salar Jung Museum:

Seminars and workshops are organized on special occasions such as Salar Jung III’s birthday parties, Museum Week, Children’s Week, etc. as part of its events.

During Museum Week (January 8 to 14), visitors are allowed on a 50% concession on admission fees. The Rangoli competition for women of different age groups takes place every year to maintain traditional culture.

During Children’s Week (November 14-20), students and children are allowed to enter the museum free of charge. Competitions are also conducted on different aspects among students of different age groups, such as elocution, drafting, drawing, etc. In English, Hindi, Telugu and Urdu.

How to reach:

Salarjung museum is located within the city of Hyderabad and it is very near to Charminar and chowmahalla Palace. It can be reached by TSRTC Bus, Cab, Own Vehicle.

History and evolution of the Salar Jung Museum:

The Salar Jung Museum in Hyderabad is a repository of the artistic achievements of various European, Asian and extraterrestrial countries of the world. Much of this collection was acquired by Nawab Mir Yousuf Ali Khan, who was well known as Salar Jung III. The zeal for the acquisition of art objects continued as a family tradition for three generations of Salar Jungs. In 1914, Salar Jung III, after having abandoned the position of Prime Minister in HEH, Nizam VII, Nawab Mir Osman Ali Khan, devoted his entire stay to collecting and enriching the treasures of art and Literature to his life. The rare and precious objects of art collected by him for more than forty years, are located in the portals of the Salar Jung Museum, as rare as the rare art objects.

After the disappearance of Salar Jung-III, the vast collection of precious objects of art and its library housed in “Dewan-Deodi”, the ancestral palace of the Salar Jungs, the opportunity to organize a museum outside The collection of Nawab took place fairly early And Sri MK Velodi, then civil administrator in chief of the state of Hyderabad, addressed a famous art critic, DrJames Cousins, to organize the various works of art And curiosities that were dispersed in different palaces of Salar Jung III to form a museum.

In order to perpetuate the name of Salar Jung as a world-renowned art connoisseur, the Salar Jung Museum was established and was opened to the public by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the Prime Minister of India, on December 16 1951.

However, the administration of the Museum continued to be entrusted to the Salar Jung Estate Committee until 1958. Subsequently, the heirs of Salar Jung Bahadur graciously agreed to donate the entire collection to the Government of India By a compromise act based on a decree of the High Court on December 26, 1958. The Museum continued to be administered directly by the Government of India until 1961. By an Act of Parliament (Act of 26 of 1961), The Museum with its Library was declared Institution of National Importance. The administration has been entrusted to an autonomous board of directors with the governor of Andhra Pradesh as ex-official president and ten other members representing the government of India, Andhra Pradesh State, Of Osmania and a member of the Salar Jungs family.

Nawab Mir Yousuf Ali Khan Bahadur Salar Jung – III

The family of Salar Jung has a glorious past with great state-of-mind qualities for generations and rich family contributions to the vast collection of works of art, manuscripts and printed books, which now find A place in the museum.

It is evident that the treasures that the last Salar Jung inherited only added to the vast acquisitions made by Salar Jung III, also with the zeal of a true collector. This continued for forty years until his death on March 2, 1949. The military governor of the time declared a holiday as a mark of respect for this great man. The Hyderabad Art Society convened a meeting and adopted a resolution of condolence. The Society resolved that a museum be opened associated with its name.

Salar Jung Museum Collections:

The museum has a magnificent collection of works of art and antiques not only of Indian origin, but also of Western countries, an important collection from the origins of the Middle East and the Far East. Apart from that, there is a children’s section, which contains a large collection of rare manuscripts, reference books, and so on. So this museum has became popular, not just as a museum, but also as an educational institution.

Among the many rare objects, one of the important and interesting objects collected by Salar Jung was the “Vellied Rebecca” a statue of enchanting marble that was acquired to him by Rome in 1876 during his visit to Italy. The western collection comes from Germany, Ireland, France, England, Belgium, Italy. A set of ivory chairs that would have been presented by Louis XVI of France to Tippu Sultan of Mysore would deserve a special attraction. A jade book “Rehal” which was named ‘Shamsuddin Altamish’, an archer ring inscribed with Sahib-e-Quran-e-Sani, which was the title of Shahjahan, the Mughal emperor are masterpieces . A dagger and a jade fruit knife adorned with precious stones belong to Jehangir and Noorjehan respectively. Lots of Indian miniature paintings in the ancient Indian style of the 14th and 15th centuries representing the themes of Krishna Leela are also part of the museum’s collection. There are a good number of Arabic and Persian manuscripts dating from the 19th century and Shah-nama by Furadausi are also part of the museum’s precious collection. A rare manuscript entitled “Lilawati” on mathematics and an ancient medical encyclopedia transcribed in India is included in the collection. Water and Oil paintings form an significant part of the European collections.

Library at Salar Jung Museum

The Salar Jung Museum is one of India’s national museums and has an excellent library with a rare collection of 60,000 printed books and 8,000 manuscripts. Among them 40,000 books were collected by Salar Jung III, Mir Yousuf Ali Khan and his ancestors. Salar Jung III was a bibliophile and a great connoisseur, a passion that persisted with him until the last. This museum and the Salar Jung Library are a living testimony to his life of interest and dedication.

Salar Jung Museum Library opened to the public in 1961 by an Act of Parliament. The collection of manuscripts in the library, which has unique specimens, is one of the richest in the world in terms of quality. It contains many precious gems of calligraphic art and ornate embellishment; Objects with a magnificent decoration and an artistic mixture of colors with a profuse use of gold, mineral colors that generously used as Zabarjad for the green, shangraf for red, pearl for white and lazuli for blue. Calligraphers, artists and book binders did their best to show their respective arts and thus paid their tributes to the written word.

Collection of manuscripts

The collection of manuscripts includes various media such as textile, stone, palm leaf, paper, parchment, wood and glass, different languages ​​such as Hindi, Persian, Dakhni, Urdu, Arabic, some Turks, Pushtu, Sanskrit, Telugu and Oriya and addresses more than 84 subjects. The collection includes more than 1500 calligraphic panels and albums of miniature paintings from different schools.

The range of topics is diversified and includes Medicine, Syntax, Science, Dictionaries,  Logic, Agriculture, Sufism,Calligraphy, Lexicography, Mathematics, Physics, Astronomy, Games, Art, Music, History, Poetry, Voyages, Biography, Theanical Sciences,  Rhetoric, Philosophy, Etymology , Divinations, Theology, Law, Magic and Archery, etc.

The manuscripts are linked to a variety of Indian religions, including Hinduism, Islam, Zoroastrianism, Christianity, and so on. These manuscripts are in various forms, sizes and shapes. It should be noted that there are only two miniature manuscripts of copies of the Holy Ouran in the world, and while one of them is in Iran, the other is in the Salar Jung Museum and the size of that Quran is 2.4 cms. The museum also has a large Quran which measures 60×30 cms. Some calligraphic panels are embedded on glass, and the museum has manuscripts with magnificent nail work. The other calligraphic works are in many scripts, such as Tughra, Kufi, Riqa, Thulth, Diwani, Naskh, Raihan,Ta’liq, Nasta’aliq, Gubar, Shikasta, Bahar, Ma’akus and in different styles of Audacious and archaic at the minute.

ARABIC MANUSCRIPTS

The library has a collection of more than 2,500 manuscripts in Arabic, which highlights that the rare work on mathematics titled Sharhu Mukhtasar al Mukhtasar on Algebra (847 AD) In ​​astronomy, the first work on preparation and use Of the globe (16th century). In the field of medicine, the library boasts of Kilabul Qanun manuscripts by Avicenna (Ibn Sina). In natural history, the works noted are Hayatul Haiwan. In the field of philosophy, an encyclopaedic work in the library is Rasiallkhwanus Safa (16th century). AI Tajrid Wire Mantiq is a well-known work on logic written by Nasiruddin Tusi (1628 AD) and Ala Sharhil Malali’s manuscripts are a copy of Imperial Library of Emperor Jahangir. Manuscripts on Islamic theology dealing with Adiyah (prayers) of the Shiites and Sunnis, jurisprudence and Sufism are also part of the collections. T’aruf Ii Madhabit tasawuf is a precious work on the introduction to the principles of Sufism (Delhi-1675 A.D). The first codex of the lexicon is Sahah by Abu Nasr (1218 A.D). Jaiul Qawayed is a very precious codex in the subject of syntax (1576 A.D) and on the etymology a notes on As Shafia written during the period of Nizam II in one of the library’s precious possessions.

MANUSCRITS PERSA

There are about 4,700 manuscripts in the Persian language. The most notable is Rauzatul Muhibbin, which includes 20 illustrations belonging to the Bukhara tradition and was transcribed by the famous calligrapher Mir Ali Harvi. The earliest manuscript on the Sunnite commentary is A’I Basair Wujuh wan Nazir, wrote in 1207 A.D, in Arabic Naskh. On Tasawwuf (Sufism), the most useful and useful treatise is attributed to Bayazid Bustami, who converted it in 1588 AD. There are manuscripts on archery, divination, science, astrology, art and magic. There is a codex on agriculture and a number of codices on semi-precious stones and precious gems. On the art of calligraphy, the Museum has a number of manuscripts, in the kitchen there are two manuscripts entitled Dastur-e-Pukhtan-el Atamaah written for Shahjahan. There is also a Codex on the preparation of perfumes.

In medicine, the oldest Arabic translation in Persian is Tarjuma-e-Minhajul Mayan written for Shahjahan by Muhammad ar-Radi. The museum includes the collection of the oldest medical encyclopedia transcribed in India. In veterinary sciences, the Mualaja-e-Janwaran codex is the first available manuscript on the treatment of animals and is dedicated to Firuz Shah (1281 A.D)

URDU, TURKISH, PUSHTU, HINDI AND ORIYA MANUSCRITS

The Library of Salar Jung Museum has more than 1,200 Urdu manuscripts on various subjects including Diwan-e-Quli Qutb Shah of King Muhammad Quli and Nurus of Ibrahim Adil Shah and a rare manuscript entitled “Lilawati, on Mathematics and More Of 25 manuscripts in Turkish and Hindi manuscripts are in Persian script and some folios by Jaina Kalpasutra and some palm leaf manuscripts in Oriya, Sanskrit and Telugu on the subject of history, medicine, tantra and poetry Are also present.

PRINTEB BOOK COLLECTION

ENGLISH SECTION

The English section includes nearly 40,000 books and also has rare collections of books. It covers a variety of subjects of history, biography, engineering, literature, biology and philosophy. The oldest book in the library is the general history of the Turks by Richard Knolles, 1631 A.D. There are some autographed titles in the collection. One among them is a book presented to Sir Salar Jung I by Queen Victoria entitled Sheets of the Journal of Our Lives in the Highlands from 1848 to 1861. The library also has a life history of Guru Nanak Janam Sakhi. The collection also includes the translations of important literary works. “The Ocean of Stories” is an example for English translation of Katha Sarit Sagara. The library has an extensive collection of books on the history of the world.

EASTERN SECTION

This section contains approximately 19,000 printed books. About 13,000 are in Urdu, 3,500 in Persian, 2,500 in Arabic and 160 in Turkish. It covers a wide range of books on topics such as history, Islam, medicine, literature from different countries such as India, Iran, Pakistan, Syria, Iraq, etc. others books are available on the history of Deccan. The literary works of the classical poets of Urdu are available in the library in this section.

RESEARCH AND PUBLICATION

The Salar Jung Museum has published 19 descriptive catalogs of manuscript details, each with title, author, illustrations, autographs, seals and chronology. The Museum also published a rare copy of the Holy Qur’an, which includes only 30 folios with each line beginning with the first alphabet of Arabic, alif. Parchment research is also conducted by the Manuscripts section of the museum.

The collections of the Salar Jung Museum are the mirrors of the past human environment, going from the 2nd century BC. And in the early 20th century AD from different cultures such as Hindu, Greek, Islamic, Roman, Jain, Christian and Buddhist from various countries and various materials.

The museum’s collection can be divided into European art, Children’s Section, Far Eastern art, Middle Eastern art, and Indian art. Apart from this, a gallery is dedicated to the illustrious Salar Jung family, who was primarily responsible for the acquisition of the collection.

Indian art objects Include metals, stone sculptures, painted textiles (Kalamkari), bronze images, manuscripts, wood carvings, jade sculptures, weapons and armor, etc.

The Middle East is represented by its artistic objects of Egypt, Syria and Persia covering various media such as lacquer paper (manuscripts), carpets, ceramics, glass, metals, furniture etc.

The Salar Jung Museum is one of the few Indian museums boasting an extensive collection of Far East art fairies, including bronze, inlays, varnish, Embroideries, paintings, Japanese crafts of porcelain, wood and enamel.

European collection featuring works of art ranging from resplendent and excellent examples of oil paintings, aesthetically attractive glass objects to majestic furniture, splendid examples of ivory, enamel and clocks.

The objects exhibited in the children’s section of the museum testify to the wide range of interest and the diverse nature of Salar Jung III in the collection of objects. Objects located in the section provide informal education to children in addition to making them happy.

The Salar Jung Museum is an institutional member of various historical and museological organizations, such as ICOM-INC, the Museums Association of India, etc. The museum organizes periodic exhibitions on various themes and efforts are made to make them more aesthetic, educational and informative. It also maintains a “Mobile Exhibition Van” organizing exhibitions on different themes on the museum’s collections and the cultural heritage of India to present the museum at the doors of schools, villages and other public places within the framework of Museum education.

The museum publishes guides, books, brochures, research journals and books on subjects selected in the English, Hindi and Urdu languages.

The Salar Jung Museum also has a huge library of nearly sixty thousand books, manuscripts, magazines etc., and it is a monument to the learning love of the Salar Jung family.

As part of the reorganization of the museum, two huge buildings were built on each side of the main building. Plans are under way to organize the galleries on a wide range, like all objects belonging to the European countries, which will be housed in the West Block and all the objects of the countries of the East and the Far- East must be housed in the East Block. Oriental and Indian objects will be housed in the current main building.

As it is one of the museums of national importance in India, the Salar Jung Museum is intended to serve as a cultural center through its exhibitions, research projects and planned activities.

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Birla Mandir Hyderabad
August 92017

Interesting facts about Birla Mandir Hyderabad:

  • Birla Mandir Hyderabad was built by industrialists Birlas and are therefore known as Birla Mandir.
  • An enormous amount of white marble, nearly 2,000 tons, was brought from Rajasthan for the construction of this temple.
  • It took ten years of dedicated and hard work of sculptors and craftsmen to complete the construction of this temple.
  • Birla Mandir in Hyderabad has no bells.
  • The idol of Lord Venkateshwara is about eleven feet tall with a lotus roof carved above, adding to the fascinating beauty of the deity.

Birla Mandir Hyderabad Address:

Hill Fort Rd, Ambedkar Colony, Khairatabad, Hyderabad, Telangana 500004, India.

Birla Mandir Hyderabad Timings:

The temple can de visited in the morning from 9:00 AM to 12 PM and again opens at 3 PM to 9 PM.

Entry Fee:

There is No fee to enter Birla Mandir temple. So the entry is free for Birla Mandir Hyderabad.

About Birla Mandir Hyderabad:

Birla Mandir in Hyderabad, dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara of the Tirumala temple Tirupati, said that an enormous amount of white marble, nearly 2,000 tons, was brought from Rajasthan for the construction of this temple. Located at the top of a 280-foot hill, also known as Naubat Pahad, the Birla temple stretches magnificently, drawing admiring looks from all passers-by. Birla mandir one of the top 10 tourist places to visit in Hyderabad. There are various Birla Mandir that have been built all over the country. These were built by industrialists Birlas and are therefore known as Birla Mandir.

Architecture of Birla Mandir, Hyderabad

The architectural style of the Birla temple is a mixture of styles of North Indian and South Indian temple architecture. The tower of the temple or the “Gopuram” presents the salient features of the temples of the south of India. The Jagadananda Vimanam built at the top of sanctum sanctorum resembles the Oriya style of temple architecture. It took ten years of dedicated and hard work of sculptors and craftsmen to complete the construction of this temple.

The Birla Mandir Pavilion, 42 feet high, is made of brass. The scenes from the epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata are engraved on the walls and ceilings of the temple. The statues of the divinities belonging to Hindu mythology are from the entrance to the sanctum sanctorum of the temple.

Birla Mandir History:

The idol of the main deity, Lord Venkateshwara, Looks exactly like Tirupati Balaji. The idol of Lord Venkateshwara is about eleven feet tall with a lotus roof carved above, adding to the fascinating beauty of the deity. The statue was carved out of granite stone. The idol of Lord Venkateshwara is crulpted in Oriya Style. It is said that this temple is sanctified in 1976 by Swami Ranganathananda of Ramakrishna Ashram. Swami Ranganathananda has considered this temple as a place that can also be suitable for meditation. Because of his wishes, Birla Mandir in Hyderabad has no bells. There are also sanctuaries of other Hindu divinities such as Andal and Padmavati. A temple of lord Buddha is also present inside the temple complex, which has been adorned with paintings depicting his life and works. It also has sanctuaries for other Hindu gods and goddesses like Sai Baba, Shiva, Saraswati, Hanuman, Brahma, Shakti, Lakshmi and Ganesh. There is an engraving on the walls showing Gurbani and various teachings of the revered saints.

As the Birla Mandir is located on the top of the hill, which at one time was one of the highest places in the city, be prepared for some climbing. The sight of the city from the temple is worth every effort. Visitors can see the waters of Lake Hussain Sagar, offering scenic views of the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. There is a free locker facility available at the temple. It is best to drop all your belongings there before embarking your march towards this captivating white temple of Lord Venkateshwara.

You can visit the temple at any time. In the morning, the cool breeze, the quiet environment and the song of the birds greet you by seeking the blessing of the gods. During the night, it lights up, creating a site that is worth to be appreciated. You can visit temple from 9 am to 12 pm and in the evening from 3 pm to 9 pm.

There are also other tourist attractions nearby. The Birla Planetarium, the Observatory and the Birla Science Museum are located nearby. The temple can be easily reached from the city of Hyderabad as it is only 1 km from Hyderabad Railway Station, 6 km from Hyderabad Bus Station and 7 km from Begumpet Airport.

Best time to visit:

You can visit the temple any time throughout the year.

Things to do:

Temple:

Visitors can worship the lord in a peaceful environment especially morning time is really good time to visit the temple.

Birla Planetarium:

This planetarium has grabbed attention of tourists and also standed among modern planetarium of India. This is the must visit place if you visit Birla Mandir with children.

Birla Science Museum:

The effective way of explaining things is the speciality of this museum. This is another must visit place nearby Birla Mandir.  

Where To Stay:

There many famous hotels nearby Birla Mandir. Visitors have plenty of option to choose their right place to stay according to their budget.

How To Reach:

Birla Mandir is located in the center of the city and is easily accessible by road (TSRTC bus, Cab, Own vehicle) and MMTS. The nearest MMTS station is at Lakdi-Ka-Pul, which is just one kilometer from Birla Mandir.

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Chowmahalla Palace
August 72017

Interesting facts of Chowmahalla Palace:

  • Chowmahalla Palace had about 7000 attendants each day.
  • The Chowmahalla palace remains the property of Barkat Ali Khan Mukarram Jah, heir to the Nizams.
  • The prestigious UNESCO Merit Prize for Asia and the Pacific for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage was presented at the Chowmahalla Palace on 15 March 2010.
  • The construction of the palace was initiated in 1750 by Nizam Salabhat Jung but it was Nizam Afzar-ud-Dawla Bahadur who saw that the palace was completed between 1857 and 1869.

Location Chowmahalla Palace:

chowmahalla palace is just 2 km from Charminar. It is a must visit place if you come to charminar or Hyderabad.

Chowmahalla palace Timings:

  • The palace remains open from 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM (except Friday)
  • On Friday every week the palace remains closed.

Chowmahalla palace Entry Fee:

The entry fee varies according to nationality and age.

Indian citizens – Rs.80 per person

Children below 12 years (Indians) – Rs. 10 per Child

Foreign Citizens – Rs. 200 per person

Still Camera – Rs. 50

Video Camera – Rs. 200

About Chowmahalla Palace:

Chowmahalla Palace or Chowmahallatuu (4 Palaces), is a palace of the Nizams of the State of Hyderabad. It was the main place of the Asaf Jahi dynasty and was the official residence of the Nizams of Hyderabad as they governed their state. The palace remains the property of Barkat Ali Khan Mukarram Jah, who was heir to the Nizams.

In Urdu, Hindi Chari means four, and even in Persian Chahar means four and Urdu and Hindi Mahal means palace, hence the name Chowmahalla / four palaces.

The palace is located in the old town of Hyderabad near the Charminar

All ceremonial functions, including Nizam membership and receptions to the Governor General, took place in this palace.

The prestigious UNESCO Merit Prize for Asia and the Pacific for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage was presented at the Chowmahalla Palace on 15 March 2010. The UNESCO representative, Takahiko Makino, officially handed the plaque and certificate to the Princess Esra, former wife and holder of the GPA of Prince Mukarram Jah Bahadur.

History of Chowmahalla Palace:

The history of Hyderabad is so appealing that it would seem like reading a wonderful story and its glorious past and the most interesting part of this history is the rule of the Nizams, which fills the pages of history with legendary contributions of architecture, art and science.

A testimony to this aspect is seen in the form of many exquisite monuments scattered throughout the city. Such a monument which, in its sumptuous sumptuousness, still shows the power of time immemorial, is the castle of Chowmahalla. The name Chowmahalla refers to four palaces. The Palace construction was started in 1750 by Nizam Salabhat Jung but it was Nizam Afzar-ud-Dawla Bahadur who saw that the palace was completed between 1857 and 1869. Originally the palace covered 45 acres of Laad Bazaar On the north to Aspan Chowk Road which lies to the south. The Chowmohalla Complex is a replica of the Shah Palace in Tehran, Iran. Currently, the palace includes two courtyards with graceful palaces, the great Durbar Hall or the Khilwat. Gardens and fountains add to elegance

Southern Courtyard is the oldest part of the complex. It has 4 graceful palaces Tahniyat Mahal, Aftab Mahal, Afzal Mahal and Mahtab Mahal. The Northern Court has been restored and open to the visitors. The key attraction of this area is the Bara Imam, is a long corridor. It has rooms on the east wing, which has already served as an administrative wing. Another amazing construction is the clock tower. It houses the Khilwat Clock which always works perfectly.

Chowmahalla Palace Architecture

The Chowmahalla Palace consists of two courtyards that are divided into the northern courtyard and the southern courtyard. The courtyard of the palace of the south has four palaces: Aftab Mahal, Tahniyat Mahal, Afzal Mahal and Mahtab Mahal. The Aftab Mahal is a two-storey building and is the largest of the four. The northern court which has been opened to the public, houses Bara Imam, a long corridor with many rooms on the east side, formerly the administrative wing. Another significant feature of this courtyard is the Shishe-Alat. This was used to welcome guests and public figures.

The Chowmahalla Palace features the Clock Tower, the Board Room and the Roshan Bungalow inside. The Roshan bungalow was named after Roshan Begum who was the mother of the sixth Nizam. The clock of Khilwat, famous for making tic since the construction of the palace, is seen inside the tower of the clock. At Hall Council, various manuscripts and rare books, personal collections of the Nizam, have been preserved.

The heart of the palace is called Khilwat Mubarak. This large hall of Durbar is undeniably the best part of the palace. The Mughal domes, imposing arches and the complex Persian workforce create a masterpiece. Inside the Durbar Hall, there is a platform made of marble. It is on this platform where the royal throne, Takht-e-Nishan was laid.

It is said that Chowmahalla Palace had about 7000 attendants each day. For its grandeur and charm, it has often been compared to the Enchanted Gardens of the Arab Nights for its greatness.

Best time to visit:

Chowmahalla palace can be visited anytime in the year.

Itinerary:

Time taken to cover entire palace is 3-4 hours.

Things to do Chowmahalla Palace:

Exploring with ease –

Throughout the palace complex, many benches in the shade of trees have been built for visitors to relax. There is also a canteen that offers snacks and basic drinks in the palace complex. Therefore, you can admire the architectural excellence of Chowmahalla Palace and explore its various galleries without exhausting you.

Photography and photo-walks –

With its complex sculptures, impressive structure and well-appointed gardens, this palace is nothing but a paradise for photographers.

Shopping-

The gift shop at the palace is ideal for shopping freks. It features a wide range of collections including carved decorative objects, colorful coins with traditional designs, and jewelery ranging from bracelets, pearl necklaces to ear rings, and more. The price range of these items is slightly high, but the collection and the exquisite of these will seduce buy more than one. For example, a small sculpted metal elephant will cost you around Rs.500 while carved brass plates or camels cost about Rs.1000 and more.

How To Reach Chowmahalla Palace:

Reaching Chowmahalla Palace is not a difficult task. It is quite close to another popular tourist attraction of Hyderabad – Charminar.

For those traveling by public transport, the MMTS station of Nampally / Hyderabad is nearby. From the station you can hire a cab or auto to the palace. There are also many buses that go to Palace at regular intervals.

 

 

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Golconda Fort
August 52017

Golconda Fort

Secrets of Golconda Fort:

  • Golconda Fort was known as Mankal in ancient times.
  • The name Golconda arrived from the word Golla konda which means shepherd hill.
  • Golconda Fort built on a hill in the year 1143. It was built using muddy soil under the reign of Rajah of Warangal.
  • Golconda was fortified between the fourteenth and seventeenth centuries by the Sultans Bahmani and then the Qutub Shahi dynasty.
  • Golconda was the capital city for Qutub Shahi kings.
  • World famous diamonds like The Daria-i-Noor, The Koh-i-Noor were present in this place.
  • Applauding at a certain point near the entrance to the dome is clearly reflected in the pavilion of the hill, almost a kilometer away.

Location:

Golconda fort is just 11 Km from Hyderabad city.

Golconda Fort Timings:

The Golconda Fort Remains opened from 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM.

Golconda Fort Entry Fee:

The entry fee for India citizens is Rs.10

The entry fee for foreign citizens is Rs. 100.

About Golconda Fort:

Golconda Fort is located in the western part of the city of Hyderabad and about 9 km from Lake Hussain Sagar. The exterior fort extends to an area of ​​three square kilometers, or 4.8 kilometers in length.

It was originally known as Mankal, and built on a hill in the year 1143. It was originally a muddy soil under the reign of Rajah of Warangal. Later, it was fortified between the fourteenth and seventeenth centuries by the Sultans Bahmani and then the Qutub Shahi dynasty. Golconda served as the capital city for Qutub Shahi kings. The inner fort contains palace ruins, mosques and a high hill pavilion, which rises about 130 meters high and gives an aerial view over other buildings.

The fort of Golconda is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful fortress complexes in India. The history of Fort Golconda dates back to the early 13th century, when it was controlled by the Kakatiya followed by the kings of Qutub Shahi, who ruled the area in the 16th and 17th century. The fortress rests on a 120-meter-high granite hill, while huge crenellated ramparts surround the structure.

It was initially Shepherd’s Hill, that is to say Golla Konda in Telugu, according to legend, on this rocky hill a shepherd had met an idol and the information was transmitted to King Kakatiya at that time. The king built a mud fort around this sacred place and after 200 years, the Bahamani leaders took possession of the place. Later, the Qutub Shahi kings transformed it into a massive granite structure extending 5 km in circumference. The fort is seen as a mute witness of historical events. The Qutub Shahis reigned in Golconda ended in 1687 when it was arrested by the emperor Mughal Aurangzeb, who intentionally abandoned it in ruins

Golconda still boasts of mounted guns, four bridges, eight bridges and majestic rooms, magazines, stables, and so on. The outermost enclosure is called Fateh Darwaza, which means the Victory Gate, after Aurangzeb’s army crossed this gate. At Fateh Darwaza, one can witness fantastic acoustic effects, which is one of the many famous engineering wonders in Golconda. Applauding at a certain point near the entrance to the dome is clearly reflected in the pavilion of the hill, almost a kilometer away. This served as a warning note to the residents of the fort from any imminent danger, of course, that now entertains visitors. The fort gains an impressive place among the architectural wonders and heritage structures of India and testifies to the glorious past of Hyderabad.

Diamonds found at Golconda Fort

The Daria-i-Noor

The Hope Diamond

The Koh-i-Noor

The Golconda fort had an arch where once the famous diamonds of Koh-i-Noor and Hope were stored with other diamonds.

Golconda is famous for diamonds found south-east of the Kollur mine near Atkur, Guntur district, Paritala and Kollur in Krishna district and were cut in the city during the reign of Kakatiya. At that time, India had the only known diamond mines in the world. The Golconda mines yielded many diamonds. Golconda was the trading town of the diamond trade, and the gems sold came from a number of mines. The fortress-city was famous for the diamond trade. However, Europeans believed that diamonds were only found in the fabulous Golconda mines. Beautiful diamonds were taken from the mines in the area around Golconda, including the Daria-i-Noor or Sea of ​​Light, 185 carats (37.0 g), the largest and finest Diamond jewelry from the Crown in Iran.

Its name has taken on a generic meaning and has been associated with great wealth. The gemlogists use this classification to designate a diamond with a complete (or almost complete) lack of nitrogen; The material “Golconda” is also called “2A”.

It is believed that many famous diamonds have been dug in the Golconda mines, for example:

Daria-i-Noor

Noor-ul-Ain

Koh-i-Noor

Hope Diamond

Princess Diamond

Regent Diamond

Wittelsbach-Graff Diamond

In the 1880s, name of “Golconda” was used generically by anglophones to refer to a particularly rich mine and later to any source of wealth.

During the Renaissance and early modern times, the name “Golconda” acquired a legendary aura and became synonymous with vast wealth. The mines brought wealth to the Qutb Shahis of Hyderabad State, who ruled Golconda until 1687, and then to the Nizam of Hyderabad, which ruled after the independence of the Mughal Empire in 1724, To 1948, when the Indian integration of Hyderabad occurred.

Qutub Shahi Tombs

The tombs of the Qutub Shahi sultans are located about one kilometer north of the outer wall of Golconda. These structures are made of beautifully sculpted stones and surrounded by gardens. They are open to the public to view and enjoy.

History of Golconda Fort:

Golconda was originally known as Mankal. Golconda Fort was built for the first time by the Kakatiya dynasty as part of its western defenses, in the direction of Fort Kondapalli. The city and fortress were built on a 120-meter (480-foot) granite hill, surrounded by massive massifs. The fort was rebuilt and reinforced by Rani Rudrama Devi and his successor Prataparudra. Later, the fort was under the control of Musunuri Nayaks, who conqured from the Tughlaqi army occupying Warangal. Musunuri Kapaya Nayak ceded to the Sultanate Bahmani in the framework of a treaty in 1364.

Under the sultanate of Bahmani, Golconda gradually moved to prominence. Sultan Quli Qutb-ul-Mulk (circa 1487-1543), sent as governor of Telangana, established him as the seat of his government around 1501. The Bahmani rule lost control during this period and the Sultan Quli officially became independent in 1538 and founded the Qutb Shahi dynasty based in Golconda. Over a period of 62 years, the soil of the mud was enlarged by the first three sultans Qutb Shahi in the present structure, a huge fortification of granite extending around 5 km in circumference. It seved as the capital of the Qutb Shahi dynasty until 1590 then the capital was transferred to Hyderabad. The Qutb Shahi dynasty then expanded the fort, whose 7-kilometer (4.3-mi) outer wall was surrounded by the city.

The fort finally fell into ruin in 1687, after a harassment of a year leading to its fall at the hands of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb

Best time to visit Golconda Fort:

You can visit Golconda any time throughout the year. Evening times could be best time to visit the fort. Generally temperature really goes high in summer season(march to may), so people who do not go out in hot weather can choose other timing in year.

Itinerary:

Golconda is a historic fort visitors have lot of things to see inside the fort. Generally it takes 4-5 hours to see the fort completely.

How To Reach:

Arrive to this impressive structure is fairly simple thanks to Hyderabad’s excellent transport system. One can easily hire a taxi, a bus or own vehicle.

Tips:

  1. Carry water and food with you by visiting the fort.
  2. Do not throw wastage around the place. Use the dust bins located nearby to throw away the garbage.
  3. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes as there will be a lot of walking.
  4. The luminous laser show is the highlight of the fort, do not miss if time permits.
  5. It is advisable to take a guide to understand the uniqueness of this remarkable historical structure.
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Anathagiri Hills
August 42017

Interesting facts About Ananthagiri Hills:

  • The another name of river Musi is Muchukunda River, was originated in Ananthagiri Hills which was 90 kilometers to the west of Hyderabad and flowed towards east for almost all of its journey.
  • The water flows from Ananthagiri hills to Himayathsagar and Osmansagar as well.

Location:

Ananthagiri Hills is situated at Vikarabad, Ranga Reddy district, Telangana, India.

Places To Visit at Anathagiri Hills:

Anathagiri is usually combined with a visit to the Araku Valley and for most tourists, both are one. The hills and valley have a certain appeal, but they are coupled with other places that, at the same time, inspire the devotion of a saint and the desire to sin. High deities overlooking simple mortals and the grand entrance of the temples amid the rich sceneries feel welcoming.

Ananthagiri Temple:

Also known as Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple, this temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu who is called as the protector in hindu religion. This temple is one of the best examples of religious harmony in India, the temple was built by Nawab of Hyderabad around 400 years ago. Many legends are associated with the place and the temple to learn about Anathagiri’s tourism.

Musi River:

These hills near Vikarabad are credited with the birth of this river which is also a lifeline to the city of Hyderabad. Also called Muchukunda River on the name of a sage, it is a tributary of the most powerful Krishna River.

The Borra Hills and the Caves:

Another wonder of nature are these deepest and largest caves in India with a temple of Lord Shiva outside. While at an altitude of 1400 m, the caves have a depth of about 80 m. Maintained properly by the government, these caves were found in 1807 by William King George of Geological Survey of India.

Coffee plantation at Anathagiri Hills:

High-rise trees supporting pepper vines and the shade of coffee shrubs loaded with shrubs are something that some tourists would never have had a chance to watch. What option can be better than during the holidays in Ananthagiri.

Katiki waterfalls or Katki:

The water creek from 50 feet high near the caves of Borra must be enjoyed with 2 km of trekking.

Tyda Park:

For a gentler introduction with wilderness, this place is great for beginners. Birds and animals roam freely here for tourists and visitors to see. In addition, some fun activities make camping more enjoyable.

Bhavanasi Lake:

Considered as holy and as Southern Badrinath, the lake comes from Nallamala Hills and believes to strengthen faith on God by holy immersion.

Dolphin’s Nose:

A large rock about 357 m high, as if a dolphin’s nose had the name to mark this resemblance. A lighthouse on the rock is also among the attractions that tourists come to.

Viewpoint of Galikondalu:

The valley has it’s best view from here. The view from 3800 feet must be breathtaking.

Nagasamudram Lake:

The another name nagasamudram lake is Kotipally reservoir which is just 20 km from the hills of Anathagiri, is to be seen absolutely, especially during the monsoon when its grace increases the collectors.

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Tribal Museum:

In Araku, this educational tour can introduce tourists to the other facts of the place and sells items made there, which can be bought as souvenirs. Tribal style shooting could be tried for joy.

About And History:

Ananthagiri Hills is located in Vikarabad, Ranga Reddy District, Telangana, India. Water flows from these hills to Osmansagar and Himayathsagar.

This is one of the dense forests of Telangana, Ananthagiri Temple is located in this wooded area. It is the birthplace of the Musi River, which crosses Hyderabad. It is 5 km from Vikarabad. This is one of the habitat areas of the playlist. The ancient caves, the structures of the medieval fort and the temple show the antiquity of this region.

Ananthagiri Hills is about 90 kilometers from Hyderabad and 6 kilometers from Vikarabad. It is a forest area in the district of Rangareddy and the starting point of the river Musi. The lush greenery in the hills is captivating and attracts many visitors who want to escape the city life. Ananthagiri is also home to a temple of Vishnu called the temple Anantha Padmanabha Swamy. During the weekends, devotees crowd in the temple.

Best time to visit Ananthagiri Hills:

Ananthagiri is a destination of all time, as it offers many weather conditions around the year. However, the best time to visit Anantagiri Hills is during the monsoon season. It is when this hilly resort comes alive with lush greenery and waterfalls that add more charm.

 Things to do at Anathagiri Hills:

For the feeling of a cool morning and a cooler night out of the comfortable room is enough, but not the only thing you want to do during the holidays. Doing business days can make them exciting and therefore memorable. Camping and trekking are the most common activities that can be taken care of. Exploring orchards and coffee plantations is a great way to get the most out of time.

Where To Stay:

A look of the window and a healthy climate of the hills of Ananthagiri wish a “Good day”. Begin the day with the organic coffee from the neighboring plantation, this is one of the ways that tourists can think of starting their holiday in this mountain resort. The visit season is mainly from October to February and not to say that the accommodations are very less are not readily available during these periods, so prior booking is a norm for the holiday to be comfortably spent in this mountain resort .

 How To Reach Anathagiri Hills:

Air: The nearest airport is Hyderabad connected to major cities such as Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, etc., from where a cab can be rented to cover the remaining 100 km to Anantgiri.

Train: The railway runs through the sparkling Eastern Ghats, one of the broadest tracks in the world, which is from Srikakulam to Ananthagiri.

Road: Hyderabad bikers often take these roads to have fun of different kinds and stop where the heart tells them. People on a family vacation can take the bus or taxi according to the needs of the size of the group

Climate

The place is most commonly opted for a weekend getaway just 100 km from Hyderabad, the main reason being a fine weather at about 18 degrees centigrade maintained throughout the year. No specific year climate gave preference to the other.

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Perantalapalli
August 42017

Perantalapalli Interesting facts:

  • The perantalapalli temple has no official priest only the devotees worship the god here.
  • The meeting point of sabari river with Godavari river can be clearly seen from this place.
  • Eating non-vegetarian and consuming alcohol are completely prohibited in this place.
  • The idol of Shiva under the shadow of snake was worshipped in Munivaatam.

Location of Perantalapalli:

Perantalapalli, khammam, telangana.

About Perantalapalli:

Perantalapalli, also known as the chain of cloudy hills, is located on the way to Papi Kondalu of Kunavaram. The meeting point of the Sabari River and the Godavari River can be seen from this location.

Perantalapalli is sure to give you the ultimate experience with its picturesque scenery. Its beauty can be measured by the fact that it is called a range of cloudy hills. It is located between Kunavaram and Rajahmundry. This tribal village on the hill offers a view of the meeting point of the Sabari and Godavari rivers. View of Papi Hills and Munivaatam Falls are breathtaking.

It is a remote tribal village of Velerupadu mandal from the Khammam district. This village is located on the Kunavaram-Rajahmundry lane. A “Sri Krishna Munivaatam” was built in this village by Balananda Swamiji in 1927. Now Munivatam is maintained by a tribal Konda Reddys sect and the daily pooja are executed by them. Beautiful landscapes of Papi Hills and waterfalls in Munivaatam and the peaceful atmosphere of this tribal village will give visitors a pleasant look and peace. The idol of Shiva under the shadow of snake was installed in Munivaatam

History of perantalapali:

History shows that one day Balananda Swamy (in 1926) had reached the village of Perantalapalli by traveling from Rajahmundry to Bhadrachalam on the Godavari River in a boat and stayed that night. He was delighted with the pleasant atmosphere and the scenery inside and around the place where he stayed whole night and he came out of the launch on the sand bed on the shore. Then a lady appeared to him and asked him to follow her and disappeared after reaching a spot on the bank covered with shrubs and streams. He spent that night there and surprised after seeing the idol of Shiva under the snake shadow in the early morning and decided to build a mantapam there. That Mantapam is called Sri Krishna Munivaatam. No priest would come and perform pooja there. The devotees themselves pray to the god and execute the pooja after plunging into the Godavari River. It is strictly forbidden to eat non- vegetarian food and animal hunting. All devotees must remain silent while they spend time there and also play in the munivaatam. Balananda Swamy after seeing the backwardness of the Konda Koyas tribe (Hill Reddys) decided to reform them and embarked on an online project by bringing them to the cultivated society. Later in 1969, a David Adam, a young and a resident of England, became a disciple of Swamiji and spent in this munivaatam until recently. Now, this munivatam is maintained by the tribes themselves.

Special Occasions / Best time to visit Perantalapalli:

This place can be visited any time throughout the year. But as it is part of papikondalu trip monsoon season could be the best time to visit perentalapalli.

Things to do:

You can visit the temple in a peaceful environment and also buy small articrafts made by local tribal people along with them you can also enjoy a small waterfall in this place.

How To Reach Perantalapalli:

The only way to reach perentalapalli is by boat or cruise. In the trip of Papikondalu.

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Papikondalu
July 312017

Interesting facts about Papikondalu:

  • Around 50,000 people visit Papikondalu everyday.
  • Many attractions of Papikondalu may extinguish after completion of polavaram project.
  • There are two myths present on the orgin of the name Papikondalu or Papi hills.
  • One of the myth is when ‘saptha rishis’ pleaded the king ‘papi’ to give the way to river he left small gap between mountains. So these hills are called as ‘Papi hills.’
  • The another myth is top view of these mountains look like hair line (Papidi) of women. So these mountains are called as Papikondalu.

Itinerary Papikondalu:

By Andhra Pradesh government:

Andhra Pradesh Tourism (APTDC) offers cruise rides from Papikondalu to Rajahmundry. APTDC has both one day or two-day boat trip You can choose any one of them.

Pattiseema to Papikondalu Package Tour

6:30 AM : Departure from Rajamundry by a Non A/c bus

to polavaram

8:00 AM : Arrive at polavaram

8:15 AM : Departure to Perantalapalli by cruise

8:45 AM : Breakfast will be provided on cruise

9:30 AM : Visit nearby Gandipochamma temple

9:45 AM : Departure to Perantalapalli

1:30 PM to 2:30 PM : Arrival at Perantalapalli( Shivalayam, Rama Krishna parama hamsa asramam, water fall)

2:30 PM : Departure to polavaram by cruise

6:30 PM : Arrival at polavaram

7:00 PM : Leave to Rajamundry

8:00 PM : Arrive at Rajamundry.

Fare: For Adult Rs. 655/- , For Child it is Rs. 550/-

About Papikondalu:

Papi Kondalu “or” Papi Hills “are a series of mountain ranges located in Rajahmundry and West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. The Papikondalu mountain range extends along the Godavari River, one of The most lively and living rivers of India The powerful river shrinks and crosses.

The Papikondalu summit extends over a vast area, covering about three districts of West Godavari, East Godavari and Khammam Districts. There are small motor boats with a capacity of five, including the cruise or River Streamers carrying about fifty to sixty people The journey takes about 8 hours and the adventure begins the moment you walk the boat, the ups and downs of the river water, the drift sand, the fresh breeze, the small fish Which can be spotted in the clean water and fresh air of the Papikondalu Hills, this is one of the best experiences to travel. Come any season, except summer, these mountain ranges offer one of the best places to visit in AP in terms of scenic beauty, pets, species of birds, which are found here. The River (especially during the rainy season – July to September) gives you an exciting experience to travel. Sometimes the rising water level in the river makes the boat trip precarious. It is the skill and experience of local sailors, which makes your trip the most memorable.

There are several views that fall in your journey like Pattiseema and Perantalapalli which are unavoidable. Several tribal communities have made their homes on these hills whose main occupation is fishing, agriculture or crafts. If you are a true adventure lover with a group of over five years and not with aged citizens.

One of the fascinating things you can do is camping by the river at night. You can carry your tents, fishing and edible rods, trekking on the hill until dusk and spend time at the river. You can then start the next trip the next day. This would be one of the exciting, thrilling and best adventures you can, but at your own risk. On the same road, there is another small but interesting place called “Pattisam”. It is a small island famous for the temple of Lord Veerabhadra, a warrior of Lord Shiva’s army. It is said that the village is called “Pattisam” after one of Lord Shiva’s weapons.

History of Papikondalu:

Papikondalu is also known as the Papi Hills which are located in the holy Godavari River in Andhra Pradesh. As everyone knows that the godavari River was born in Nasik (Gomukh, Maharastra), from there it crosses many states. Finally, it ends in Andhra Pradesh. Before entering Andhra Pradesh, we can see 3 mountains that seem to win by trying to restrict Godavari.

Nature lovers really like this place According to our ancestors sayings, the name Papikondalu is the word derived from a telugu word called (papidikondlu), because when we view the sight of this divine Godavari river from the top of this papikondlu, Would look like a hair Line (thala lo papidi) of a woman. But according to our history (puranam) when the great saptharuhees bought pathala ganga to earth, the king of an evil kingdom named (papi) stopped the flow of ganga, and then again, the saptha rushees asked the king “Papi” to give the way to which he gave A small space to continue the flow of water is the reason why papikondalu is so close to each other.

Papikokndalu is the well known tourist attraction in andhra pradesh which will “extinguish” in the short term, due to a famous dam, namely “Polvaram project” which is under construction. After the construction of the dam, there are about 250 small villages that will be drowned.

There are still villages that do not have electricity, roads, water or any other communication. These places are also covered by the papi kondalu tour, these papikondalu are three in number, located like a wall in the middle of the holy river Godavari, it is about 100 km from Rajahmundry. On this trip we start from Polavaram and cover so many famous places like the temple of Gandi Pochamma, Perantapalli, Ramakrishna muni vatika (Ashramam) and Veereswara Swamy Temple.

Papi kondalu gives you lots of refreshment and satisfaction, it’s not just a fun tour, but also a devotional tour that covers the famous temples mentioned above, the temples covered in our tour are very well known and famous. Starting from these natural beauties, we have a lot of entertainment like dances with professional dancers, games, songs, etc. In our boat journey in papikondalu. The seaside resort Bambo Hut is an attractive thing in the tour. Our papikondalu tour includes these night resorts to enjoy all the movements of the tour. These papikondalu are present in excellent conditions of nature, the climate is very great. All the tourists visited papikondalu on the luxury cruise enjoyed the scenic beauty. I hope you enjoy the best.

Best time to visit Papikondalu:

  • As the journey takes place in cruise. So the best time to go depends on the water levels of the river Godavari.
  • The monsoon season (rainy season) is the best time to visit papikondalu (i.e, july-october).

Things to do:

  • Visitors can stay whole night in bamboo stick huts in an island.
  • There is an option doing trekking but it is at your own risk.
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About Nagasamudram Lake

Nagasamudram Lake is the most important place of the ananthagiri hills. Naga samudram is well known for its nautical and nautical experiences. In this context, we propose accusations, how to plan, do what, bring things to Naga samudram and also important instructions to follow in Nagasamudram.

CHARGES – Rs 600 per head

While swimming is not strictly necessary, it would be a good idea for swimmers to join as we are near a large body of water.

How to RSVP:

Join the waiting list and make the payment. By receiving the payment, you will be transferred to the confirmed list

How To Plan Nagasamudram Lake Vikarabad:

A team of 15 members that interest me!

10:00 AM – Leave Hyderabad by mini bus from Ghac’s office.

12 pm: Join Haritha Resort and have lunch

13:00 – 15:00 – boating, kayaking, swimming and maybe fishing at Nagasamudram lake.

5 pm – Pack the boats and go back

Back in Hyderabad before 8 pm

It’s just a average speculation and we’re going to do things on the trip.

Note: Water levels may be low. I’ll promise you a lot of fun though. So keep this in mind when you RSVP.

How are we going and what are we going to bring?

Minibus from the ghac office, and we offer equipment that will include:

  1. 3 boats plus 2 kayaks
  2. 15 lifejackets (PFD)

Things you must carry to Nagasamudram Lake:

  • Torch
  • Plastic packs
  • Shorts, tracks, etc., floats for the side of the lake
  • An extra pair of clothes and a cold jacket.
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Camera
  • Some snacks to nibble on the way.
  • Fishing rods, hooks and line if you have them.

Cost:

600 / -. If it’s something more than that, we can talk about it after the accounts are balanced

Lunch and transport included:

There may be some expenses that arise on the way and sometimes required during a trek. Play to such an extent that we go.

Important Instructions to be followed at nagasamudram lake:

1) ABSOLUTELY DO NOT SMOKE AND NO ALCOHOL

2) No waste, no pollution of water

3) This is not a luxury trip, but all care has been taken to make your trip comfortable

4) Most food will be vegetarian

5) We provide basic first aid and, if you need something, you can ask the organizers

6) If you feel bad, inform the organizers immediately.

7) Make sure to wear on long pants (jeans or tracks) and shoes only during the hiking phase

Trek Notes:

Level of difficulty – Easy

It’s more of a water-based boat trip than a hardcore hike, if it’s not to your taste or you think you can not get involved, I’d appreciate if you could Leave the RSVP slot for someone else.

 

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Gottam Gutta
July 272017

Gottam Gutta

People looking for adventure and Nature lovers can relax at the picturesque Gottam Gutta located on the Telangana-Karnataka border.Surrounded by forests and eddies of the Chandrampally reservoir on the Bhima River in Karnataka, the ecotourism project will favor tourists. The government of Karnataka built the project in the village of Chandrampally in Chincholi Taluk of the district of Gulbarga.

Gottam Gutta is about 135 km from Hyderabad and it would take about two and a half hours to reach the place. A paradise for trekking and camping, you can reach Zaheerabad, the nearest town with basic amenities. Without public transport available, visitors have to reach the place in their own four wheels or hire private vehicles.

About Gottam Gutta

Thanks to the sincere efforts of the Government of Karnataka, we have an incredible destination to visit in Gottam Gutta or GottamGota. Located at a distance of 25 km from Zaheerabad and 7 km from Chandrapalli, it is a beautiful destination. It is not too crowded by tourists. Perfectly placed on the Chandrampally reservoir on River Bhima, it is a pearl for travelers. Gottam Gutta is 135 km from Hyederabad and is the ideal place for a weekend getaway. It is a beautiful wooded area where everyone would love to camp and enjoy a night of adventure with all your friends. It’s as if Mother Nature is there to meet your demands for excitement and she smiles at you positively when she makes you happy. The tourist location is set amidst thick green trees and the natural beauty makes it an ideal place for hikers and adventurers. The forests are a privileged destination for tourists, who are looking to spend a little more time in nature. There are historical temples nearby.

Best time to visit Gottam Gutta

The monsoon is the best season to visit the place with family and tourists will not regret having chosen the destination, which has not yet been favorable with travelers. The lush green cover is obliged to make the tourists enjoy every minute of their visit.Thanks to the initiative of the Karnataka government for plantations, parks, watchtowers, water tanks and fences at the required places have been created. In addition to laying internal connectivity routes, small water vessels have also been established to meet the requirements of forest animals. The Karnataka Tourism Corporation is supposed to build a guest house so that visitors can spend the night.Ironically, about 25 percent of the forest area under Gottam Gutta is within the boundaries of Telangana State, but the lack of facilities on this side has made it an unknown destination.

Where to stay at Gottam Gutta

Nevertheless, tourists can always arrange on the city of Zaheerabad, which enjoys modest accommodation at Milan, Athidhi Inn, besides Minerva. But a trip to Gottam Gutta was worth remembering if travelers stop at Café Ethnic, managed by Deccan Development Society (DDS) in this city, which offers delicious recipes of Telangana.

Gottam Gutta is a luxurious emerald and the enormous body of water always lights up. It is as if the sun and the moon had a sort of pattern to make the surface shine perpetually. All you need is a book to read and a heart to drop other thoughts. The time never passes faster and if you want to explore, you are very lucky. This place has a beautiful waterfall and beautiful temples. There are beautiful parks and adequate water facilities that have been wonderfully extended to animals. So basically everyone is happy and it shows that there is something magical about the place, even if you really try not to do it . Guttam Gutta is around 135 km from Hyderabad

How to reach Gottam Gutta:

• Zaheerabad is well connected to Hyderabad. Many buses travel to / via Zaheerabad from Hyderabad.The frequency is every 40 min.

• You can also reach Zaheerabad through the trains. You have to get off at Zaheerabd and arrange a private transport from Zaheerabad.

• Those wishing to visit the place should travel by Kukatpally, cross BHEL, Sangareddy crossroads before reaching Zaheerabad. From there a little further, turn left at Chinna Hyderabad and drive about 25 km through Chinnambatti and Nandunraka tanda to reach the forest area.

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About ChandraPrabha Wildlife Sanctuary

The ChandraPrab ha Wildlife Sanctuary (also known as Chandraprabha) is located in the eastern region of Uttar Pradesh. It is very popular with beautiful picnic spots, dense forests and picturesque waterfalls like Rajdari and Devdari that attract tourists every year nearby. The ChandraPrabha Wildlife Sanctuary is located about 70 kilometers from the basking town of Varanasi.

A variety of wildlife can be seen in Chandraprabha WLS. These include blackbucks, chital, Indian gazelle, sambhar, nilgai, porcupine, wild boar, etc. Reptilian species include gharial and python.

Location of Chandraprabha Wildlife Sanctuary

The sanctuary is located in the district of Chandauli, in the south-east of U.P., between Chakia and Naugarh.

Best Time to Visit Chandraprabha Wildlife Sanctuary

The best time to visit ChandraPrabha Wildlife Sanctuary is from July to February, but the sanctuary is at its best during and after the rainy season.

Opening hours:

From 6 am to 5 pm, open every day

Activities:

Nature and wildlife

Admission fees

Rs. 30 for Indian citizens, Rs. 350 for foreigners, Vehicle Parking @ Rs. 10 for two wheeler, Rs. 50 for four wheeler, Rs 100 for heavy vehicles, Movie-camera charges – Rs. 7000 for foreigners.

How to reach

It is accessible by road and you can easily reach by bus / taxi from city Varanasi, which is 70 km via Varanasi-Mughalsarai-Chakia-Naugarh and 70 km via the Varanasi-Pandav-Ramnagar-Mughalsarai-Chakia-Naugarh road. Varanasi Railway Station is 70 kms away and Mughalsarai Station is 55 kms away while Babatpur Airport, Varanasi is 90 kms away.

Interesting Facts About Chandraprabha Wildlife Sanctuary

ChandraPrabha Wildlife Sanctuary, once a habitat of Asian lions, has all the natural ingredients to become a beautiful tourist / picnic spot. It has beautiful picnic lifestyles, dense forests and picturesque waterfalls like Raj Dari & Dev Dari and a dam near the ChandraPrabha dam. The wildlife sanctuary was established in 1957 and covers an area of 9,600 hectares. The central area of the Sanctuary covers more than 2,686 hectares, while the buffer zone covers 66,000 hectares, including the Kashi Wildlife Division. It was the habitat of the Asian Lion from 1957 to 1970, but after the lions disappeared from here. In the past, the naxal problem was not there, people used to move here and enjoy wildlife, forest and natural beauty during the winter season, and also during the rainy season when Waterfalls have added a greater attraction to the lush green environment of the sanctuary. It serves as a natural and ideal habitat with its meadows, numerous caves in the Vindhyan area and waterfalls for a host of animals and plants (medicinal) and has great potential to develop Jungle Tourism in the sanctuary where people Can enjoy the natural beauty and bio-diversity. The animals found here are Leopard, Chausingha, Black Buck, Chital, Sambhar, Rabbit, Nilgai (Blue Bull), Wild Boar, Porcupine, Wild Fox Indian Gazelle, Monkey, Chinkara, Hyena, Wild Cat, Jackal and others. Besides this, there is a wide variety of colorful birds and crawling animals (toxic and non-toxic) in the sanctuary. The rivers ChandraPrabha and Karmnasha, which cross the sanctuary, have a variety of fish. A remarkable growth of the population of some beasts like Leopards & Boars was observed.

Places of interest in the sanctuary

Raj Dari

Surrounded by the forest area, this waterfall is the main attraction for tourists. A picnic spot has been developed by the forest department near the waterfall, from where people can enjoy the natural beauty of autumn.

Deo Dari

It is about 500 mts in the lower stream to the Raj Dari waterfall.

ChandraPrabha Dam

This tourist attraction is located upstream on the ChandraPrabha River near the sanctuary and is the source of water for both waterfalls. The dam called ChandraPrabha was built by the Department of Irrigation.

A Nature Interpretation Center, showing the names of different species, a library and resource center, a small canteen and a guest house office ( Ramnagar) with 7 suites available at Rs. 100- 300, are located inside the sanctuary, near the Raj Dari waterfall.

Measures To Protect ChandraPrabha Wildlife Sanctuary

The wildlife sanctuary of ChandraPrabha is located in the Chandauli district of Uttar Pradesh and is part of the Kashi Wild Life division. In order to combat organic and human pressure on wildlife, in the form of human encroachment and industrial expansion, combined with an increase in population. In 1957, a total area of 9600 hectares was allocated as a forest area and developed as a sanctuary of wildlife Chandra Prabha. An additional buffer zone of 66,000 hectares was also reserved as forest land under the central area of the Kashi Forest Division. This buffer zone guarantees the central area as well as the area of the Wild Sanctuary ChandraPrabha from the pressure of human encroachment and industrial expansion.

ChandraPrabha The Sanctuary of Wildlife is a model sanctuary, natural-accustomed to wildlife found locally or migratory in the area. A number of grassy lands, caves and waterfalls in the Vindhyachal range punctuate the landscape. The sanctuary was found to mitigate the constantly decreasing population of the Asian Lion and to give a boost to the conservation of the Lion, a male lion named Raja and two women, namely Rani and Jayshree, were brought here from the Gir Wild Life Sanctuary, Gujarat in 1957. Although the lions actively roamed the area until 1970, but due to the high biotic pressure, the efforts failed.

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Vivekananda Rock Memorial

  • When was it constructed: 1970
  • Time taken: six years
  • Where is it situated: 500 meters east of the sub-continent of Vavathurai, Kanyakumari, India
  • Why was it constructed: as a memorial to Swami Vivekananda
  • Architectural style of memorial: blend of classical and modern architectural styles of India
  • Visiting hours: daily, from 7 am till 5 pm.
  • The entrance fee is Rs. 10 / –

How to reach Vivekananda Rock Memorial:

Kanyakumari is connected by bus with the main cities of South India and by train with several Indian cities, while the nearest airport is in Trivandrum (67 Km). The Kanyakumari ferry service can be used to reach Vivekananda Rock.

The colossal and imposing “Vivekananda Rock Memorial” is located off 500 m east of the mainland of Vavathurai, Kanyakumari, in the southern tip of India. It sits on one of the two adjacent rocks that emerge from the Indian Sea and consists of two major structures, the Vivekananda Mandapam and the Shripada Mandapam. This impressive memorial was built in honor of the great spiritual leader and Hindu monk of India, Swami Vivekananda, who would had achieved enlightenment here after meditating for two days before his famous trip to Chicago. This rock is also considered sacred because local legends say that the goddess kanya Kumari has given blessings to the rock to make it divine. The memorial today is a masterpiece of architecture with different styles of architecture from India and attracts thousands of visitors throughout the year. A boat cruise to the place, the only means of transportation, makes the trip more enjoyable to visitors.

Creation of ‘Vivekananda Rock Memorial

Swami Vivekananda visited Kanyakumari on December 24, 1892, before his trip to Chicago where he participated in the “World Religious Conference” of 1893. He said that his meditation on rock for two days has made him to reach enlightenment. He was one of the prominent disciples of Ramakrishna, yogi and an Indian mystic  of the 19th century, and then played a important role in the introduction of the Indian philosophies of Yoga and Vedanta in Western countries. In January 1962, on remembrance of Swamiji’s birth, the “Kanyakumari Committee” was set up by a group of people who aimed to establish a Swamiji memorial on the rock.

The “Ramakrishna Mission” in Madras also designed such a memorial during this period. However, the concept has encountered some obstacles with local Catholic people who show aversion and set up a large cross on rock and, on the other hand, the Hindus were protesting against this movement of the Catholic population. As things got worse, the rock was marked as a forbidden place and armed guards were stationed to protect it. On January 17, 1963, as permitted by the government, a tablet was placed on the rock that mentioned its association with Swami Vivekananda.

Eknath Ramkrishna Ranade & the memorial

Eknath Ramkrishna Ranade, a prominent Indian social and spiritual reformer and he was also former “Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh” (RSS) mandate that was profoundly influenced by Swamiji’s teachings, played a key role in the establishment of the memorial. He started the “Vivekananda Rock Memorial Organizing Committee” which quickly opened several branches in India to obtain support and raise funds in the continuation of the memorial. As political obstacles rose, including the rejection of the concept by Humayun Kabir, Minister of Education and Culture, and Madras State Minister Minjur Bhaktavatsalam, Ranade, Gathered signatures of 323 parliament members(MP’s) in support of the memorial Following which Smt. Indira Gandhi who was Prime Minister of India at that time has approved the project. The Vivekananda Rock Memorial was built in a short period of 6 years in 1970, which involved about 650 workers. It was inaugurated and dedicated to the nation that year.

A Glance at Vivekananda Rock Memorial

A blend of traditional and modern architectural styles from India, particularly a blend of style of architecture from Tamil Nadu and West Bengal, is palpable from the design of the memorial. While the commemorative Mandapam resembles Sri Ramakrishna’s temple in Belur, West Bengal, the design of its entrance features architectural styles of Ajanta and Ellora. It houses a bright bronze statue of Swami Vivekananda in his famous position ‘Parivarjak’ made by the famous sculptor Sitaram S. Arte. The Rock on which memorial was constructed is also called “Sripada Parai” because it is believed that the goddess Kanya Kumari blessed the place with the touch of her healthy feet. In reality, rock has a projection of brownish color and looks like a human footprint. This projection is considered and called Sri Padam and a sanctuary called “Sri Padaparai Mandapam” was built on site.

One of the two main structures of the memorial is the main sanctorum, the “Shripada Mandapam”, which is located on an outer platform. This room, in square form, also includes a ‘Garbha Graham’, an ‘outer Prakaram’ and an ‘inner Prakaram’. The other significant structure is the “Vivekananda Mandapam” built in honor of Swamiji. The sections included in this structure are the “Mukha Mandapam”, “Dhyana Mandapam”, Namashtubhyam to the son of jagadamba and “Sabha Mandapam”. The design of the ‘Dhyana Mandapam’ or meditation room features the integration of various styles of temple architecture from India. The mandapam which allows visitors to sit, relax and meditate in a quiet and peaceful atmosphere has six adjoining rooms. The “Sabha Mandapam” which means the Hall of the Assembly which consists of a statue section entitled “Pralima Mandapam”, a corridor and an outer courtyard surrounding the hall. The statue of Swamiji is positioned in such a way that its vision falls directly on the Shripadam.

Creation of ‘Vivekananda Kendra’

On January 7, 1972, Ranade founded the spiritual organization called “Vivekananda Kendra” next to the memorial. The organization based on the principles preached by Swami Vivekananda has spread its wings in more than 18 states of India which include 600 branch centers and more than 200 full-time dedicated workers. The activities of the organization include the implementation of rural development activities, seminars and yoga classes.

A Trip to Vivekananda Rock Memorial

This sacred memorial symbolizing purity and unity preached by Swami Vivekananda emerged as one of the most revered monuments of India and one of the destinations to visit Kanyakumari. The rock also offers a striking view of the confluence of the Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal. It can be visited any day of the year from 7:00 to 17:00. The entrance fee is Rs. 10 / -, the camera is still Rs. 10 / – and the video camera is Rs. 50 / -.

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Minicoy Island
July 182017

Interesting Facts About Minicoy Island

  • The most interesting feature of the island is its dominant female society that stands out from the normal Indian society.
  • The social customs of the islands have their influence of matrilineal Muslims where the groom must live with his wife in the house of his in-laws.
  • Because of strong female influence on society, the island is sometimes referred as the “female island”.
  • Minicoy was earlier part of the group of Maldives Islands until it was acquired by the Republic of India.
  • Minicoy Island is the southernmost and second largest island of Lakshadweep

Minicoy Island Overview

One of the 36 small islands among the group of islands Lakshadweep, Minicoy, also known as Maliku in the local language, is one of India’s best kept secrets. It is located in the middle of the vast expanse of the Arabian Sea, only 398 km or 215 nautical miles from Cochin. The small island with the total area of 4.801 km2 and is exclusively known for its dynamic coral reefs, its white sand beaches and the infinite fresh water of the ocean.

Minicoy Island is the second largest island of Lakshadweep and is one of the few inhabited islands of the group. It is best known for its luxury resorts which are an ideal destination for travelers in search of tranquility. It is also a romantic getaway for spending quality time with your loved ones amid clean beaches and the stunning ocean.

A trip to Minicoy Island does not concern tourist places; It is a matter of seeking the beauty of nature in its purest and most tranquil form, for which the island has not yet been marred by commercialization. For the best experience, stay in the luxurious seaside resorts and enjoy the view looking at the white pearl beaches and the turquoise blue sea.

How to reach Minicoy Island

The island is 398 km from Cochin. From Cochin you can take a ferry to the island. The airport is well connected to the Lakshadweep with the mainland.

Location:

Minicoy Island is the southernmost island of Lakshadweep, 398 km (215 nautical miles) south-west of Kochi between latitude 8 ° 15 ‘and latitude 8 ° 20’ N and 73 ° 01 ‘and 73 ° ° OS ‘E longitude, having an area of 4.80 km2. The island is located near chain 9 0, which is one of the busiest shipping routes and is about 130 km from the northernmost island of the Maldives.

History and culture of Minicoy Island

One of 36 scattered islands in Lakshadweep, Minicoy Island stands out for its unique culture and diversity. Minicoy was earlier part of the group of Maldives Islands until it was acquired by the Republic of India. As part of the Maldives, much of the culture resembles the Maldives. Eating habits, people, traditions and festivals have a significant influence on their country of origin.

The islands also show a little Buddhist influence. Many ancient relics, some 800 years old, have been found by the archaeological survey of India. However, the most interesting feature of the island is its dominant female society that stands out from the normal Indian society. The social customs of the islands have their influence of matrilineal Muslims where the groom must live with his wife in the house of his in-laws. Each village on the island is also run by a male and female sarcasm. For such a strong female influence on society, the island is sometimes referred as the “female island”.

Places to visit on Minicoy Island

The shimmering white sandy beaches associated with the blue and clear waters of the Arabian Sea are the most distinctive feature of the Minicoy Islands. The whole island is loaded with palm trees and coconut palms that add to the natural beauty of this place. The old lighthouse is a beautiful sight seeing place of the island which was built by the British in 1885 and offers the view of the splendid and the majestic sea.

Juma Masjid is another attraction of the island which is an ancient mosque built in medieval times and home to the rich ancient sculptors who were found on the island. You can also enjoy a variety of adventurous sports here. Kayaking on traditional boats, exploring dynamic coral reefs while scuba diving and snorkeling are some of the best experiences to have on the islands.

Travel tips

  1. The island of Minicoy is an ideal destination for a relaxed holiday.
  2. There are not many recreational activities to do, better for tourism and water sports.

Climate of Minicoy Island

The climate of Minicoy is almost similar to the climatic conditions of Kerala. March to May is the hottest period of the year. The temperature varies from 250C to 350C and moisture varies from 70 to 76 per cent for most of the year. The average precipitation received is 1600 mm per year. The monsoon prevails here from 15 May to 15 September. The monsoon period increases the temperature at the mercury level between 27 and 30 degrees. During the monsoon season, boats are not allowed outside the lagoon due to the violent sea. The presence of the reef remains calm in the lagoon

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Loktak lake
July 182017

Overview of Loktak Lake and Sendra Island

Loktak Lake and Sendra Island are one of the most beautiful attractions of the state. Located about 50 km from Imphal, Loktak Lake is situated in the Imphal Valley and is home to all rivers and streams in the state of Manipur.

Loktak Lake and Sendra Island present a combination of beauty unmatched elsewhere in the country. One is the largest freshwater lake of the country, while the other is a floating island made up of organic waste on the same lake, home to the only tourist house in the region. The lake itself includes many other floating islands that support the fishing villages and also consist of organic waste. The virgin water, the labyrinth of boat routes, the surrounding greenery and the fascinating crackling sunset, provide a fascinating site. Loktak Lake and Sendra Island are treasures of a dynamic ecosystem and require protection and preservation

Interesting facts about Loktak lake

  • The Loktak lake: the largest freshwater lake (soft) in north-eastern part India.
  • Loktak lake also called the only floating lake in the world because of the floating phumdis (heterogeneous mass of vegetation, soil and organic materials Different stages of decomposition).
  • The etymology of Loktak is Lok = “stream” and tak = “the end”.
  • This place has Keibul Lamjao National Park, which is the last natural refuge of the endangered deer or Sangai Manipur (Cervus eldi eldi), one of three subspecies of Deer Eld, covering an area of 40 km2 ( 15 square miles), is located In the southeastern shores of this lake and is the largest of all Phumdis in the lake.

History of Loktak Lake

This ancient lake plays an important role in the economy of Manipur. It serves as a source of water for drinking water supply, irrigation and electricity production. The lake is also a source of livelihoods for rural fishermen who live in the surrounding areas and Phumdis, also called “phumshongs”. Human activity has resulted in heavy pressure on the lake ecosystem. 55 rural and urban places around the lake have a population of about 100,000 people. Given the ecological status and its biodiversity values, the lake was originally designated as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention on 23 March 1990.  It was also recorded under The Montreux Record on 16 June 1993, “a dossier on Ramsar sites where changes in ecological character have occurred or are likely to occur”.

Biodiversity

A rich biodiversity with a heterogeneous habitat was recorded during a scientific survey conducted between January 2000 and December 2002 in various habitat areas of the lake. The rich biodiversity of the lake includes 233 species of aquatic macrophytes of floating emergent, floating, rooted types, and submergent. But in the downward trend of vegetation, the important flora registered is as low.

Vegetation at Loktak lake

The important vegetation is registered Oryza sativa, phumdis Eichhornia crassipes Phragmites karka, Carex spp, Zizania latifolia, Erianthus ravennae, Cynodon spp Limnophila spp, Erianthus pucerus, Sagittaria spp Saccharum latifolium, Leersia hexandra….; Pharmerites karka is considered the dominant species. In the housing park with floating plants rooted vegetation includes a) Nymphoides indica, b) Nymphaea alba, c) Euryale ferox, d) Trapa natans e) nouchali N., N. Stellata and f) Nelumbo nucifera.

Wildlife

57 species of waterbirds and 14 species of birds associated with wetlands were noted in the lake, including 28 species of migratory birds (most migrate to different parts of the northern hemisphere beyond the Himalayas). There were also 425 species of animals: 249 vertebrates and 176 invertebrates). The list includes rare animals such as Indian python, deer and sambhar. The Keibul Lamjao National Park is the natural habitat of the most endangered deer, Cervin eldi eldi, which has already been extinguished, which was declared as a national park to preserve and conserve this species of Deer of Eld.

Aqua fauna

The fish yield of the lake is about 1,500 tons (6,600,000 lbs.) Each year. The State Fisheries Department has introduced millions of Indian and exotic major carp fry. The natural catch fishery without the requirement of a lease or license was also in vogue in the lake. Lake fishing is now a mixture of capture and cropping systems. Nine mini-hatcheries opened by the state government have the capacity to produce one million fishes in one day. Fifty percent of the fishes were grown in Loktak Lake and the balance was distributed to the recipient fisheries committees. The new varieties of fish introduced into the lake were the silver carp, grass carp and old varieties of local fish such pangba, Channa punctatus (ngamu), tharak Ngashap Anabas testudineus (ukabi) and Anguilla (ngaril) and declared to be serious decline.

Best Time To Visit Sendra Island and Loktak Lake

The climate of Manipur is largely tropical and occurs around the pleasant temperature range of 25 to 35 degrees, which means that one can visit the breathtaking lake at any time of the year. Since Manipur is a hilly area, you need winter wear during the evening to protect yourself from the cold.

How to reach Lake Loktak and Sendra Island

Air:

The nearest airport is at Imphal which is only 48 km from Lake Loktak and can be reached by taxi.

Train:

The nearest railway is Dimapur, which is 215 km from Imphal and can be reached by taxi or public bus.

Road:

Lake Loktak is at Moirang which is connected by Imphal via NH 53. You can take a taxi from Imphal or take public buses to Moirang.

Where to stay

The area has only a few places where the accommodation is located, among which is the tourist residence of Sendra Island. Alternatively, you can search for accommodation in Imphal which has more options for all budget sizes.

Places to Visit Lake Loktak and Sendra Island

Besides the lake and islands, Keibul Lamjao National Park is an attraction almost next to the area and should be explored for its wild and marine life.

Attractions in Loktak Lake and Sendra Island

Photography and Boating are the most enjoyable experiences here.

Experience at Loktak Lake and Sendra Island

Being at Lake Loktak and Sendra Island, you witness the life and livelihoods of local fishermen and their survival under such special conditions.

Loktak Lake and Sendra Island’s Cuisine

The place has a diverse fish life, widely fished by the fishing communities here, offering the opportunity to taste fresh and sweet lake fish like Major Carp and Grass Carp.

Route

Visit the lake and the island for a day trip from Imphal via Moirang. One can follow it with the national park Keibul Lamjao, nearby, the next day.

Advice

Lake Loktak and the surrounding area are ecologically sensitive and, therefore, make sure you leave behind a minimal carbon footprint.

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Quick Facts about Darjeeling Himalayan Railway:

Total track length of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway: 88 kms.

Number of stations along the route: 12

Number of curves: 873

Sharpest curve: 12 degrees

The highest gradient (slope): 1 of 18

Rolling gradient: 1 in 22.5

Number of decks: 554

Number of loops: 3

Number of reverse z: 6

Overview of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway:

A visit to the city of Darjeeling is incomplete without a joyride at the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway toy train. Moving at a snail’s pace on rough terrain, this is an experience that nobody wants to miss.

A small steam engine pulling the mini-coaches winding through the steep mountains that cross breathtaking panoramic views is the joy of driving the incredible Himalayan Darjeeling train. Also known as ‘Toy Train’, he overcomes several turns and curves impossible on his path presenting brilliant engineering skills. More than once, there will be many children from school who move on and off the train.

It is a two-hour trip around Darjeeling to Ghum, then covering about 14 km. During your journey you can also see the War Memorial built in honor of the Gorkha soldiers who sacrificed their lives. The epic tour on DHR Toy Train offers unparalleled views of the city of Darjeeling and the snow-capped peaks of Kanchenjunga.

Interesting Facts about Darjeeling Himalayan Railway:

  1. Darjeeling Himalayan Railways was declared one of the world heritage sites by UNESCO in 1999.
  2. This train takes four trips during the day, two in the middle of the morning while others two in the afternoon.
  3. The train stops for 10 minutes in Batasia by looping around a beautifully maintained garden.
  4. There is a DHR museum where visitors visit for 30 minutes. Here, the main feature is the oldest toy train engine – The Baby Sivok.

How to reach Darjeeling Himalayan Railway:

You can easily get around the city if Darjeeling with a good mode of transportation. The best option to reach your destination is hiring a taxi (usually on sharing), or a Jeep (ten passengers).

History of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway:

The Darjeeling Himalayan Railroad traced its history until 1879 when its construction began. Mr. Franklin Prestage gave the proposal for the installation of a steam tramway between Siliguri and Darjeeling. The first section was opened in 1880 from Siliguri to Kurseong; However, the line was officially opened from 4 July 1881. The line still serves humanity with its headquarters in Kurseong.

The DHR Toy Train

The original track distance was 83kms. Later, the track was extended from Siliguri to New Jalpaiguri for about 5 km. For the end-to-end race between New Jalpaiguri in Darjeeling, steam locomotives have now been replaced by diesel locomotives for better speed and efficiency. The first trains of steam towed toys took nearly 10 hours to complete the journey. Discover Toy Train Route for a full description of the DHR route and experience the journey as you descend from the lower plains to the greatness of the Himalayas.

On March 4, 1881, the Indian Viceroy Lord Lytton inaugurated the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway by traveling the first leg of the journey from Siliguri to Tindharia. Lord Lytton was accompanied by his wife Lady Lytton who was known to wear a fashionable hat.

The Franklin Prestage, the agent of the East Bengal Railways, who proposed the proposal to the government. If you visit the Cathedral of the Convent School in Loreto Darjeeling, you will see a plate with an inscription that puts it in memory as “founder of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Company …”. This plate was laid by his widow wife and his children when he died on October 18, 1897 near Simla.

The Engineering excellence behind DHR Toy Train

Arriving at the ingenious engineering in the laying of the tracks of the Darjeeling Himalayan along the steep mountains. Several innovative engineering models have been used. However, three ideas of this kind are distinguished from the rest.

One of the major problems was the steep gradients at several places where trains could not simply negotiate. A great engineering technique was to create a double loop at Chunbhatti and a unique loop at ‘Agony Point’ to gain ease. The same design was then extended to create the famous Batasia Loop to negotiate a steep descent.

The second excellent idea occurred during the encounter of unrivaled gradients where even the loops were not possible. The frustrated entrepreneur Herbert Rumsey who posed the railways shared the problem with his wife. And she replied innocently: “If you can not go ahead, why do not you go back”, that means that a reversal is allowed in a ball if one stops in a corner. This simple idea led to the creation of Z Reversals or Zigzags. The train passes several meters backwards, then takes a run on a different track to get an elevation.

There is another romantic version to the above idea. In response to a letter from a husband who was a construction engineer at the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, the woman wrote, “If you can not go ahead, come back …”. She meant that if he could not go ahead with his work, it would be better if he went back to England. Many say that this letter lead foundation for zigzags

The third unbelievable fact was that no tunnel was created in the mountains. Although after the earthquake of 1934 a small tunnel was to be created near Chunbhatti, which was also abandoned after the landslides of 1968.

In 1944, the Darjeeling Himalayan (DHR) Railway had 39 steam-powered locomotives and a workforce of more than 2000. The DHR workshop at Tindharia had 17 towers and many other machines that could Manage all types of technical problems and maintenance of engines and coaches. However, much of this is now gone. In fact, on those days, the DHR had an excellent football team known as TREFA which was then dissolved.

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (Toy Train)

After the independence of India, it was known that the curtain had to fall on the private property of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. On 20 October 1948, DHR was bought and controlled by the Government of India. James Shaw served as the last English general manager of the DHR. Although most English working in the DHR were offered jobs at one third of their previous wages, none took the offers. On January 15, 1958, the DHR was awarded to Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR). On 2 December 1999, UNESCO granted World Heritage Site status to DHR, which became the second railway in the world to receive this status.

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Joyride time table

Train number: 52546, departure: 8:00 AM, return trip: 10:00 AM, diesel engine

Train number: 52548, Departure: 10h40, return: 12h40, steam engine

Train number: 52549, Start: 1:20 PM, Return trip: 3:20 PM, Steam engine

Train number: 52547, departure: 4:05 PM, return: 6:05 PM, steam engine

Tip

  1. Make sure to book your tickets in advance, especially during peak season.
  2. Try to book your tickets before joining Darjeeling just to be sure.
  3. Tickets can be purchased online at the India Railway site irctc.co.in

 

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Porbandar
July 182017

Interesting facts about Porbandar:

Porbandar is located on the southwest coast of the state of Gujarat. It is best known throughout the country for its various tourist attractions.

  • Mahatama Gandhi, the father of the nation was born in Porbandar.
  • This place is also considered the birthplace of Sudama, who was a devotee and close friend of Lord Krishna. This place was part of the opulent states during the British rule in India.
  • The remains of ancient seawalls and harbors along Porbandar Creek certify that the city was earlier a center of maritime activities.

Porbandar was earlier a thriving trading center for centuries and marketed with Arab, Persian and East African countries under the rule of the Marathas, Mughals and British. And today there are many chemical and cement factories located on the outskirts of the city. The history of this place is linked to many outstanding personalities.

Travel explorers can do tourist activities because there are many monuments and temples of popular historical importance such as Kirti Mandir, a memorial to the Father of the nation and also Porbandar beach.

Tourist Attractions in Porbandar

Porbandar calls for a visit to discover all its fascinating attractions that completely delight the spirit. Whether it’s shopping, sightseeing, festivals or viewing nature and wildlife at the Barda Hills Wildlife Sanctuary, everything you get to make your vacation unforgettable. Its breathtaking locations and picturesque views will simply allow you to pass into the world of fantasy.

Here is the list of major attractions of Porbandar:

Sightseeing Porbandar

The best way to discover in and around the Porbandar is by foot. There are a lot of tourist spots that captivate everyone. Some of the most popular are:

Kirti Mandir

Also named as “Temple of Fame,” this place is one of the main attractions of Porbandar which has become a museum. You will find a prayer room, a spinning room and a library at this place.

Tara Mandir

It is also known as Nehru Planetarium, where stars planets and other natural objects are designed visually in a theatre. Regular shows are organized here to for the visitors to know in detail.

The coastline of Porbandar – Also known as Chowpatty, is the place famous for tourists and locals. This place is well known for walking because you can see pink flamingos, picturesque beauties and other coastal birds all around.

Temple of Krishna Sudama

It is the temple dedicated to the friendship between Lord Krishna and Sudama, which presents symbols, images and sculptures representing Indian culture and religion. Located in the center of Porbandar, it was built under the name of Sudama, who was the devotee and friend of Lord Krishna’s child.

Porbandar Bird Sanctuary

It is a popular attraction which was declared as a bird sanctuary in 1988. The body of water in the sanctuary captivates many birds, namely ducks, spoon-bills, geese, Ibis, pelicans and many more. For ornithologists, it is a place impossible to circumvent where you can discover the birds all around.

Sartanji Choro

It is a historical and architectural attraction of Porbandar, popular as the Fort of Darbargadh. This palace was built in Rajput style by Rana Sartanji.

Other tourist attractions

Kamla Nehru Park, Rana Bapu Mahal and Nehru Planetarium. Apart from this, there are also other interesting places located near Porbandar that should be visited once on vacation in this city. Tourist areas such as Dwarka, Junagadh,the Barda Hills Wildlife Sanctuary, Girnar,  Gir National Park, etc., are full of travel addicts from around the world.

Shopping in Porbandar

Shopping in this beautiful city is another leisure activity since Porbandar is known for his works “Bandhani”. You will find a wide variety of clothes, accessories, shoes, watches, etc. You can get local crafts and textile from MG Road which offers a full range of outlets. Other accessories such as mirror work, terracotta figurines, clay / brass and iron items and silver jewelry are some items that you can also buy at the markets located on Sudama Road and Kedareshwar Road.

Eating in Porbandar

The best food to taste in Porbandar is Gujarati specialties like dhokla, Khandvi, etc. There are many restaurants that serve genuine cuisine in Gujarati and without a doubt you will get some seafood here. Fast food restaurants and restaurants located near MG Road offer Punjabi, South Indian and Continental dishes at reasonable prices.

 Festivals and events in Porbandar

There are many festivals like Dussehra, Navaratri, and Holi which are celebrated with great brilliance and a spectacle. You can enjoy the largest fair and event that begin from August to September each year.

Where to stay

There are many options to accommodate hotels ranging from middle class to star hotels. You can find many hotels that are crowded near the train station, which are within budget and offer good facilities too. Although there are mid-range hotels located near the Cross Road and MG Road, which are also good in terms of service and comfort. For gracious luxury and hospitality, you can look for reputed hotels that offer luxurious facilities.

How to reach Porbandar

By plane

The nearest airport is in Mumbai to reach Porbandar.

By train

Porbandar is well connected with cities such as Allahabad, Delhi, Surat, Lucknow, Rajkot, Kolkata Ahmedabad, Agra, Jaipur, Jamnagar, Gaya, Mumbai. The nearest railways are Okha, Bhanwad, Mumbai (via Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Surat) and Rajkot (via Jamnagar).

By road

NH8 is well connected to major cities like Rajkot and Ahmedabad. State Highway 6 (extension NH 8E) is well connected to Jamnagar and Dwarka to the north and Veraval & Bhavnagar to the south. Apart from that, regular bus services are available from Veraval, Dwarka, Vadodara, Rajkot, Junagadh, Ahmedabad, Jamnagar, Surat and Mumbai to reach the destination. Therefore, all the major cities of Gujarat are connected to Porbandar by the state’s transport buses.

Best time to visit Porbandar:

From October to March is the best time to visit Porbandar

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Dal Lake
July 182017

Location:  Srinagar, Kashmir. The Dal lake is the main attraction of Srinagar

Attractions:  Islands, floating houses and floating gardens

Best time to visit:  From June to August

Unknown facts about Dal lake:

  • Dal lake was second largest lake in Jammu and Srinagar.
  • Dal lake was titled as “The jewel in the crown of Kashmir” or “The Jewel of Srinagar”.
  • The shore line of the lake, is about 15.5 km (9.6 mi), is surrounded by a boulevard lined with Mughal era gardens, hotels, houseboats and parks.
  • During the winter season, temperatures sometimes reach -11 ° C (12 ° F), at that time lake will be in complete frozen state.
  • The Dal lake has been ruled by the Mughal, Afghan, Sikh rulers.

About Dal Lake

Dal is a lake of Srinagar ( In word Dal in kashmiri language represents Lake.), which is capital of Jammu and Kashmir in summer. The urban lake, which is the second largest in the state, is an integral part of tourism and leisure in Kashmir and is named “The jewel in the crown of Kashmir” or “The Jewel of Srinagar”. The lake is an important source of commercial operations in fishing and harvesting water plants.

The shore line of the lake, is about 15.5 km (9.6 mi), is surrounded by a boulevard lined with Mughal era gardens, hotels, houseboats and parks. Scenic views of the lake can be seen from the Mughal gardens such as Shalimar Bagh and Nishat Bagh, built under the reign of Emperor Mughal Jahangir and motor boats crossing the lake in colorful shikaras. During the winter season, temperatures sometimes reach -11 ° C (12 ° F), at that time lake will be in complete frozen state.

The lake covers an area of 18 square kilometers and is part of a natural wetland that covers 21.1 square kilometers, including its floating gardens. The floating gardens, also known as “Rad” in Kashmiri, bloom with lotus flowers in July and August. The wetland is divided by pavements into four basins; Bod Dal, Lokut Dal, Gagribal and Nagin (although Nagin can be considered an independent lake). Bod-dal and Lokut-dal each have an island in the center, well known as Sona Lank and Rup Lank (or Char Chinari), respectively.

At present, the gardens of Dal and Mughal, Shalimar Bagh and Nishat Bagh on its outskirts are undergoing intensive restoration measures to fully resolve the serious eutrophication problems encountered by the lake. Massive investments of approximately 275 million dollars (11 billion euros) are made by the government of India to restore the lake to its original splendor.

Dal is mentioned as Mahasarit in ancient texts in Sanskrit. Historical antecedents mention that a village named Isabar east of Dal was the residence of the goddess Durga. This place was known as Sureshwari at the shore of the lake, which came from a spring called Satadhara.

History of Dal lake

During the Mughal period, the Mughal leaders of India designated Kashmir, especially Srinagar, as a summer holiday resort. They have developed the Dal enclosure in Srinagar with gardens and Mughal-type pavilions, as resorts, to enjoy the healthy and fresh climate. After the death of Aurangzeb in 1707, which resulted in the disintegration of the Mughal Empire, the Pashtun tribes in the area around the lake and the city rose, and the Durrani Afghan Empire dominated the city for several decades. In 1814, an important part of the Kashmir Valley along with Srinagar, was ruled by Raja Ranjit Singh to the kingdom of Afghans, and the Sikhs had an influence in the region for 27 years.

During the Dogra Raj, Srinagar became the capital of the Dogra dynasty, fascinated by the cool climate of the Kashmir Valley, in the middle of the fall of the majestic Himalayas covered with snow. The lakes’ chambers have temperatures of 1 to 11 ° C (34-52 ° F) during the winter and 12 to 30 ° C (54-86 ° F) during the summer season. In winter season the lake freezes when temperatures drop to about -11 ° C (12 ° F). Although the Dogra Maharaja of Kashmir has restricted the construction of houses in the valley, the British have bypassed this rule by ordering dark houses to build on Dal. Motor boats were called “each of them, a small piece of England afloat on Dal”.

After the independence of India, the inhabitants of Kashmiri Hanji built, owned and maintained these Houseboat, growing floating gardens and producing products for the market, making them the center of their livelihoods. The Houseboats, closely related to Dal, also provide accommodation in Srinagar. Following the Mughal, Afghan, Sikh domination, the place won the epithet: “Jewel in the crown of Kashmir”.

Floating houses at Dal Lake

The largest group of houseboats is located along the western edge of the lake near Lake Boulevard, towards Dal. They are bordered by looped lines and around small islands. Several hotels can also be found on the flat islands of the lake. Beyond the barges to the northwest are the floating gardens.

Attractions around Dal Lake

There are three islands in the lake; Three real islands anyway, there are other types of islands connected by roadways. Around the lake are many interesting sights of Srinagar, especially the pleasant gardens of Mughal. It is also flanked by hills, especially along its eastern shore. The hill of Shankaracharya offers a beautiful view of the lake.

Floating Gardens

The lake is probably the most beautiful when the lotus flowers bloom in July and August. The floating gardens are well known as “Rad” in Kashmiri, are one of the foreign aspects of Dal Lake. They are composed of coiled vegetation and soil, which are far from the bottom of the lake and towed to an ideal place where they are moored. Tomatoes, cucumbers and melons thrive greatly in these gardens, if you look under one you can see that they literally float on the lake. One can also reach the floating gardens by the road; The boulevard covers the eastern edge of the lake offering beautiful views though out journey.

It will often be seen that the weeds have come out of the lake – it has a dual purpose. The streams of the lake remain clear and the weeds are rotten until they form an excellent compost for the gardens. The superficiality of the lake and its strong growth of water grasses are probably the main reason why there are very few motorized boats on the water. Dal Lake would nowhere as enjoyable if there were motor boats rushing on a quiet surface.

Shikaras

There are many tours around the lake, but by the best way to see all places it is to take a Shikara for a day and make a tour of the Mughal Gardens. At a reasonable price, there is practically no other way more lazy and more enjoyable to enter the swing of Srinagar.

WHERE TO STAY

There are plenty of accommodation options in Srinagar ranging from economical hotels, from mid-range hotels to luxury hotels. Houseboats on Dal Lake is a popular accommodation option. With breathtaking views of Dal Lake and the mountains surrounded, they also offer a pleasant experience. Most houseboats are run by families living in Dal Lake. Floating homes are also available in budget varying from mid-range to luxury.

WHERE TO EAT

Srinagar has delicious receipes. Countless street stalls, cafes and restaurants serve delicious food. The most popular places to dine in Srinagar are located near Khayam Road, Lal Chowk and the area near Dal Lake. The Kashmiri and Moghlai kitchens are extremely popular and serve in almost every restaurant. Srinagar is famous for its non-vegetarian specialties such as gosgan rogan, gushtaba, rishta, tabakmaaz, kanti, etc. There are some restaurants that provide a tasty vegetarian meal along the road near Dal Lake. Seekh Tuji is a popular delicacy found in the street stalls of Khayam Road.

BEST DAY TIME DAL LAKE

May to November is the best time to visit Dal Lake as the climate is pleasant. In winter it is extremely cold.

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Amer Fort
July 182017

Interesting facts about Amer Fort

  • Amer fort or Amber fort is located a few steps from the main city of Jaipur. It is an significant tourist destination in this city.
  • Amer fort was built in the 16th century, built by a trusted General of Akbar, Maan Singh.
  • Later, Maan began to dominate the area surrounding the fort that was called the Amer state. The fort is now called Fort Amer and the city is called Jaipur.

Timing

The fort is located 11 km from the city of Jaipur. The fort is open for visits from 8 am until 6 pm. For more details on visiting hours, contact, 0141-2530293.

The tour of the elephant is available from the morning of 7:30 to the afternoon 12:30. The Hindi light show begins at 8 pm and the English light show begins at 7:30 pm in the evening.

Admission and entry fees at Amer Fort

Foreign – INR 550 per person

Foreign students – 100 INR per person

Indians – INR 25 per person

Indian students – 10 INR per person

Light Show in English – 200 INR per person

Light Show in Hindi – 100 INR per person

Elephant Ride – INR 1100 Single or torque

Architecture of Amer Fort

Fort Amer was built with red sandstone and white sandstone. The fort remains a great example of ancient Indian architecture. It is known for its mixture of Rajput and the Hindu style of architecture and the mix of Hindu and Muslim style of ornament. The sculptures on the ceiling and walls are extraordinary features of this fort. There are many paintings from ancient hunting styles, portraits of important Rajput leaders and others. There is a series of doors in the fort and each has a unique structure and an architectural element to enjoy. You can find some buildings inside the fort, including Sheesh Mahal, Diwan-e-Aam, SukhMandir and others. We will see all the details.

1 Hall Of Public Audience

Hall of Public Audience or Diwan-e-Aam is a great hall that resides in supporting two rows of pillars. Each pillar is adorned. The room is open on three sides. The kings used to sit in the hall and listened to the questions of the common men. This room is known for its mosaic glass work. Kings also met with important ministers and guests in this room.

2 Sukh Mandir

SukhMandir or SukhNiwaas is a room made of sandalwood and ivory. It is located right across from the Hall of Public Hearing. There is a small canal running through it, which carries cold water. This is an ancient method of keeping the place fresh. Although the term “Mandir” is used in the name, it is not a temple. It is a room where kings and queens relax. The name can be translated as a pleasure residence.

3 Sheesh Mahal

Mirror Palace or Sheesh Mahal is the most beautiful part of this fort. This palace has been shown in many local films. The walls and ceilings of this palace are carved with beautiful flowers and other paintings made of glass. A queen of the fort used to sleep under the stars. It is said that the ancient custom of the land did not allow women to sleep in the open air. King called the best architects in the region to solve the problem. Thus, the palace of mirrors was built. It is said that if two candles are lit in the palace, it would resemble thousands of stars that shine in the ceiling.

4 Kesar Kyaari

The gardens of Mughal have a beauty that can not be counted by simple gardens that you see across the country. This part is located on Lake Maota. This garden is located opposite the fort. The garden is formed in shape of a star. Saffron flowers are said to have been planted in the garden. Now, climatic conditions do not allow the saffron plant to prosper in Jaipur. You can find beautiful flowering plants in the garden now.

5 Light Show

The light show takes place every night. The show focuses on the history of Jaipur and the fort. It shows the ancient anecdotes of the place, the sovereigns and others. The show lasts 50 minutes and runs in English and Hindi.

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Itinerary Inside Amer fort

No matter which mode of transport you choose, you must enter the fort through the Suraj Pol, Sun Gate. You would start by entering the main courtyard called Jaleb Chowk. Ticketing for tickets and other tickets will be located in the courtyard. Some roads will lead you to Moon Gate, Chand Pol which is right in front of the gate of the Sun. You can also rent an audio guide or guide in the counter.

From the door you will find a staircase that will take you to the main palace. There is a small staircase to the right which will take you to the temple of Siladevi. Visit the temple before visiting the main palace. The temple doors made of silver are famous for relief work.

The main staircase would take you to the publicity room. From the hall you can find the apartments of the kings. Beyond that, you will see the Ganesh gate. Entering the door, you enter the Hall of Victory, famous for multi-mirror ceilings, marble relief and others. Opposite the lobby is the Hall of Pleasure, Sukh Niwas. You can also take a breathtaking view of Lake Maota from the Hall of Victory or Jai Mandir. In the fourth courtyard you will find the apartments of the queens which include the famous Mirror Palace.

Things to do in Amer Fort

  • The tour of the elephant around the fort is a very important activity. The tour of the elephant ends in the afternoon. So plan to reach there in morning times.
  • You can also opt for a four-wheel drive tour, which includes an hour’s wait of one hour. It costs about 300 rupees.
  • Luminous Night Show
  • Watch the fort illuminated from the bottom of the hill at night
  • Visit of the museum and the garden inside the fort
  • Panoramic view of the garden Char. You can see the whole city from here.
  • Classical dance program which takes place in the evening in Sukh Mahal. Tickets will be available at the counter.
  • Enjoying a meal at Surabhi Restaurant in the Fort which serves various cuisines
  • Enjoying traditional puppet shows and songs. These are available during dinner time.
  • The Turban Museum is free to enter the fort. You can find a large collection of turbans here.
  • Besides the temple of Siladevi, you can find many temples in the palace with old havelies.
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Bhalukpong
July 182017

About Bhalukpong

Bhalukpong lies on the banks of the mighty Kameng River and borders the dense forests that form the periphery of the Pakhui Game Sanctuary. Bhalukpong is a gateway to popular destinations like Tawang and Bomdila, but it has its own special charm. It is a favorite picnic spot and people from neighboring areas of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh gather annually in groups to enjoy the picnics. Fishing and rafting are other major tourist activities in Bhalukpong. Bhalukpong's tourist attractions include Pakhui Game Sanctuary and Tipi Orchidariurm, home to more than 2,600 orchids grown from 80 different species.

Bhalukpong is a small town located along the southern Himalayas in West Kameng District, Arunachal Pradesh, India. The city is located 213 m above sea level, 5 km from Tipi, 100 km from Bomdila and 52 km from Tezpur. It is located along the Kameng River and is the headquarters of the Bhalukpong Circle. A road leads to Bomdila via Tipi Orchidariurm, and the control station of the inner line is located in Bhalukpong.

History of Bhalukpong

The history of Bhalukpong fort lues back to the tenth century and, although it is in ruins, it represents the tradition and historical glory of the Bhalukpong. It was built by King Bhaluka on the shores of the Bharali River. Besides the stays of the fort, the necessary stays of Bana, grandson of King Bhaluka are also preserved here. The remains of the fort located on the banks of the Bharali River, have a few blocks of stone and bricks on the slope of the hillock. A brick well and a pond are also found here. Historical identities of Bana, the grandson of King Bhaluka and the heroic character of Mahabharata are also present here.The annual Nyethidow festival of the Aka tribe is celebrated in January in Bhalukpong, Thrizino. Bhalukpong is inhabited by members of the Aka tribes.

Positives of Bhalukpong

It has dense green lush forests and has immense picturesque beauty. People come here for rafting and fishing. The residents of Bhalukpong are very friendly natured and know how to speak English and Hindi.

Negatives of Bhalukpong

It is difficult to reach Bhalukpong. There are no direct trains or flights to Bhalukpong. Food and water can also be a problem for some people.

Who should visit Bhalukpong?

Bhalukpong is a very nice place. It can be an ideal destination for families. Business people and workers can come here for excursions and for adventurous activities such as rafting, fishing and treking. It is also an ideal place for artists as they can work here peacefully and be influenced by rich and beautiful culture. It is an ideal destination for all those who want to discover the unexplored Arunachal Pradesh.

What To Do In Bhalukpong?

Bhalukpong can be revealed in 1-2 days. On the first day you can leave early in the morning for Bomdila which is 100 km from Bhalukpong. Spend all day in Bomdila and soak in its beauty. Do not forget to visit the artisanal bamboo center in Bomdila. You will need a full day for Bomdila. On the second day you can start by visiting the Pankhui Wildlife Sanctuary. Go early so you do not miss the safari early in the morning. It is 23 km from the city. On the way back, you can visit the orchid reserves and the Bhalukpong fort. In the evening do not forget to visit the local market and try local cuisine.

Places To Visit Near Bhalukpong

Bomdila is located north of Bhalukpong and the tourists to this destination are amazed by the magnificent monasteries here. The weather in and around the monasteries is quite different which gives varied experiences to tourists. Apple orchids are another attraction of the place that one can easily see in wide variety. Adventure enthusiasts at this location have a wonderful chance to challenge their minds by treking. Rafting and Fishing are other major tourist activities in Bhalukpong. Bhalukpong is inhabited by members of the Aka tribes. The Nyethidow annual festival of the Aka tribe is celebrated in March in Bhalukpong, Thrizino.

Local Food And Restaurants In Bhalukpong

Bhalukpong is one of the few cities in Arunachal that can offer you countless options for food, through popular cuisines. From Indian to Chinese to Tibetan and continental cusine, Bhalukpon. menu has everything in its menu. The local cuisine of the place is essentially Tibetan. We should try the Momos (meatballs filled with vegetables or boiled pork or meat) Thukpa (a soup made of vegetables, minced meat and noodles), Zan (a millet dish and with vegetables or meat And fermented cheese) as well as the taste of Khura (a type of pancakes) and Gyapa Khazi (a kind of rice pulao with fermented cheese, shrimp or dried fish and other spices).

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Ashvem Beach
July 172017

About Ashvem Beach

Ashvem Beach (known as Ashwem Beach) is located north of Goa on the stretch of beach which begins on the shore of the Chapora in the south and continues almost to the beach of Querim on the shore of the Terekhol River in the north. Ashvem Beach Located north of the capital of Panaji, this beach offers delightful ocean views bordered by the green fronds of coconut trees that spice up the shoreline. Almost all tourists who have already visited this incredible place sincerely recommend this resort as the best place in north Goa for an economic vacation spent together with children of all ages.

The main advantage of Ashvem Beach is its less crowd. There are not too many hotels, resorts and other lodging properties in Ashvem. The place is popular especially among European senior tourists and families with children who prefer to spend their holidays in places far from busy beaches as well as roads and highways.

Ashvem beach is wide and desolate. The fine white sand is surrounded by large pines and palms. The sea here is superficial and during the season, which lasts from October to April, it reaches the temperature of about 30 ° C. In the northern part of the beach there is a small river, and sometimes you can even see rocks of Volcanos here. The atmosphere of the Ashvem Beach is one of Goa’s most relaxed and laid-back beaches, and it is never crowded.

The place has a good selection of resorts to stay and have a quick bite. Accommodation units are mainly represented by beach huts and shacks, but there are even more beach resorts and hotels in Ashvem. Few shacks even count against each other to be called the most suitable accommodation units in the place. All resorts to stay have restaurants and bars where tourists are suggested to try incredibly tasty dishes of Indian and European cuisine. However, you should not expect that you are allowed to use the chaise lounge for free: it is very likely that you will have to pay extra for them.
In addition, high quality massages and Ayurvedic procedures are recommended to be tried.

Where to go

Ashwem Beach, in the north of Goa, stretches from the northern shores of the Chapora River to Querim Beach near the Terekol River. The beach is about 30 km from the capital of Panaji and about 19 km from Calangute, one of the most popular tourist attractions in North Goa.
Best time to visit Ashvem Beach
The tourist season in Goa is from October to March and is at its peak from December to February, where the maximum number of visitors come to the beaches to enjoy the pleasant, sunny and calm seas, perfect for swimming, Other nautical activities. During the summer months of March to June, the beaches are still frequented with visitors although the weather is extremely hot. The rainy season (June to September) is the least popular due to rough seas and dangerous undercurrents as well as bad weather.

What to see at Ashwem Beach

The long and pristine stretch of sand that is Ashvem Beach is hidden away from the crowd and is an ideal place for tourists who want a quiet holiday while taking in the sun, sand and surf. The seas around Ashwem Beach are perfect for swimming, and the nearby river provides a safe place for young people unable to handle the waves of the ocean.
You can relax even more before you pamper yourself during a spa day at one of the nearby resorts of a relaxing Ayurvedic massage. Ayurvedic massages in this area are known to be of very high quality and technique. There are a number of beach huts and resorts that line the banks of the Ashwem and are perfect for a midday meal or a stay in the area. The huts are usually made of coconut and bamboo and are known for their excellent and fresh seafood, as well as their delicious Goan specialties. They also serve continental cuisine for those who prefer softer flavors.
Ashwem Beach is known for its beauty and loneliness and is not a center of activities like the others, the most frequented beaches like Baga and Calangute. Although there are no water sports and other adventure activities available here, if you are looking for a peaceful day at the beach, surrounded by picturesque beauty, Ashwem is the place Ideal for you.

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About Long Island

Long Island, just 47 nautical miles from Port Blair, with an area of ​​about 18 square kilometers, is a modern village with a population of about 2000 with many additional points and facilities usually not available in other villages of Bay Islands. It has its own feeding center, a well-equipped boatbuilding garden, a high school, a bank, wireless facilities, a hospital, a range forestry office and even a police outpost. Long Island is a colony of dreams without a road network.

LONG ISLAND ATTRACTIONS

Wide marine richness and exclusive beaches, comfortable caves, verdant hills and magnificent mangroves – a perfect package for adventure tourism.
The immaculate beauty of Long Island and adjacent islands in the form of lush tropical forests, pristine beaches coupled with a unique marine ecosystem attracts tourists from different parts of India and overseas.
The islands have tropical forests of all types ranging from Evergreen forests to swamp forests.
It has beautiful pristine and silvery beaches along its coasts at Lalaji Bay and Merk Bay of North Passage Island next to Long Island.
Cruising through Yerrata Creek and the Long Island Sunset view can attract any nature lovers to these places. Long Island is also a paradise for bird watching.

How To Reach Long Island?

By Boat:
There are regular boats from Port Blair to Long Island three times a week with stops at Neil Island and Havelock. Check the link for government boat/ helicopter schedule.
http://www.andaman.gov.in/web/guest/helicopter-schedule.

BY BUS
You should take an early bus from Port Blair to get to Rangat early enough to catch the 4 hour boat from Yeratta (near Rangat) to Long Island. There are buses later until 11 am, but the journey takes 6 hours, so you may stay overnight in Rangat and get the 9-hour boat to Long Island.

Climate:

As in the rest of the Andaman Islands, the climate is fairly stable 27-32C throughout the year, with good torrential rains between May and September. The main tourist season begins in October and takes place in March / April. Long Island is sheltered on the west side by other islands and the village has not been too affected by the tsunami. The Bay of Lalaji is more exposed.

Landscape

The village is spread out on the west side of the island at a good walking distance from the jetty of the boat, and you have to walk: there are no cars or rickshaws, only narrow concrete roads if you Are lucky. Much of the island is wooded and unexplored, and even not mapped: even the police does not have an exact map of the island!
Forest rest homes, Vanshri and Tapovan, are available from the Forestry Department, which could be reserved by sending an application to the Divisional Forestry Officer, Middle Andaman, Rangat (telephone: 03192-274210). There are also two private accommodations. Visitors must book well in advance for a confirmed reservation.

What to do?

First, relax and give yourself time to adapt to the rhythm of life on this beautiful island.
A varied and rewarding journey exists through the regenerated forest, plantations, main village, fields and primary rainforest on Long Island for travelers who wish to explore. It is a 6 km trail from the pier and ends at Lalaji bay. Another small trail runs north of Lalaji Bay, leading to a secluded cove with calm water, regenerating corals and a white sandy beach. This is perfect for those who want to snorkel or sunbathe in privacy.
Snorkeling and Scuba Diving: The Andaman Islands are a world class scuba diving destination, and the area around Long Island boasts some of the best dive sites in the Andamans.

Day trips:

You can take a boat trip to Lalaji and / or Merk Bay, on North Passage Island, the most charming and secluded beach, where you can see dolphins too!
You can venture further into the exotic Button Islands: the north button, the southern button and the middle button are accessible from Long Island.

Day trips:

You can go to Rangat in North Andaman for a day trip: it is a beautiful boat ride through the mangrove streams, and you can shop in the main bazaar of Rangat and / or Visit the beach of Amkunj.
Tourist Information Center: Directorate of Tourism, Administration Andaman & Nicobar Port Blair.
Phone: 03192: 232694/232747 (E)

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Charminar
July 72017

Interesting facts about Charminar :

  • Charminar was built in 1591 AD by Muhammed Quli Qutb Shah who was the 5th Sultan, of Qutub Shahi Dynasty
  • it was built to commemorate the eradication of the plague.
  • It was built in Islamic Architectural Style and the Materials used were Lime-mortar  and Granite.
  • The charminar was constructed with a sqare base of 20 m in width. The Four arches on each side are 20 m in height  and 11m wide. The four minarets stand are at a height of 56m from the ground.
  • On the shift of Mughal Governor between Qutb Shahi and Asaf Jahi rule, the South-Western minaret of Charminar “fell into pieces”, after being struck by lightning and was repaired at a cost of 60,000 rupees. In 1824, the monument was restored at a cost of Rs. 1 lakh.

About Charminar:

The Charminar (“four Minarets”), built in 1591, is a monument and a mosque in Hyderabad, Telangana, India. The cue point became a global icon of Hyderabad, ranked among the most recognized structures of the India. It is located on the shore East of the river Musi. Laad Bazaar is located to the west of it and Southwest is richly ornamented granite Mecca Masjid. It was also listed as an archaeological and architectural treasure on the official ‘list Monuments’ prepared by the Archaeological Survey of India.

The English name is a combination and translation of the words Urdu Chār and Minar or meenar, translation of “four pillars”; the eponymous towers are adorned minarets set and supported by four large arches.

Some of the popular myths that are registered in accordance with the architectural look of the monument are as follows:

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), the current keeper of the structure, noted in there records that, “there are different theories regarding the reason behind building Chaiminar. However, it is majorly accepted that charminar was built in the center of the city, to commemorate the eradication of plague”, which was a deadly disease that was widespread in this time.as Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah had prayed for the end of the plague that ravaged the city and committed to build a mosque at the same place where he prayed.

According to Jean de Thévenot, a traveller of the French of the 17th century, whose narrative was complemented by Persian texts available, the Charminar was built in the year 1591 it to commemorate the beginning of the second year of the Islamic Millennium (1000 AH). The event was celebrated all over the Islamic world, so Qutb Shah founded the city of Hyderabad to celebrate and commemorate the construction of this building.

Historian Masud Hussain Khan says that the construction of the Charminar was completed in the year 1592, and it’s the city of Hyderabad, which was actually founded in the year of the book 1591.According ‘Days of the beloved’, Qutb shah had built the Charminar in the year 1589, on the very spot where he has glimpsed his future Queen Bhagmati first, and after her conversion to Islam , Qutb Shah has renamed the city as “Hyderabad”. Although the story was rejected by historians and scholars, he became a popular folklore among the inhabitants.

Qutb Shah was also among the first poets Dakhani Urdu, laying a foundation for the Charminar performed prayers in couplets Dakkhini, which are counted as follows:

Fill in this city of mine with people like,The you filled river with fish Oh Lord.On the shift of Mughal Governor between Qutb Shahi and Asaf Jahi rule, the South-Western minaret of Charminar “fell into pieces”, after being struck by lightning and was repaired at a cost of 60,000 rupees. In 1824, the monument was restored at a cost of Rs. 1 lakh.

History of Charminar

The fifth ruler of the Qutb Shahi Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah dynasty built Charminar in 1591. After moving his capital to Hyderabad from Golkonda, he built a large structure of Charminar. Because of Charminar became landmark, later this monument is a global icon of Hyderabad.

It was built at the intersection of the historic trade route linking markets with the city of Machilipatnam port of Golkonda. The old city of Hyderabad has been designed with Charminar as its centerpiece. The city has been discounted around the Charminar in four different quadrants and chambers, seggregated according to the established settlement.

To the North of Charminar the Kaman tank, either four gateways, built in the cardinal directions. Other prominent architects of Persia were asked to develop the plan of the city. The structure itself was designed to serve as a mosque and Madraasa. It is made of Indo-Islamic architecture style, incorporating elements of architectural Persian.

Architecture of Charminar:

The Charminar Mosque is a square structure with each side 20 metres (66 feet) long, with four large arches each faced a point fundamental that open into four blocks. At each corner is a minaret of exquisite shape, 56 meters (184 feet) high, with a double balcony.

Each minaret is crowned with a bulbous dome with delicate drawings of petaloid base. In contrast to the Taj Mahal, four fluted minarets of Charminar are built into the main structure. There are 149 winding provisions to reach the top floor. The structure is also known for its profusion of stucco decorations and the disposal of its balustrades and balconies.

The structure is made of granite, stone, lime, mortar and pulverized marble and it weighs about 14000 tones. Originally the monument with its four arches was therefore proportionately planned when the fort was opened one could catch a glimpse of the busy city of Hyderabad, as these arches of Charminar in the face of the most active royal ancestral streets.

There is also a underground tunnel connecting the fort of Golconda to Charminar, although he does not know the location of the tunnel may be designed as a loophole for the leaders of Qutb Shahi in the case of a seat.

A mosque is located at the western end of the roof open; remaining part of the roof served a court at the time of Qutb Shahi. The actual mosque is on the top floor of the four-storey structure. An arch that stands inside like a dome takes in charge two galleries within the Charminar, one above the other and especially those a terrace that serves as a roof, bordered by a stone balcony. The main gallery has 45 places of prayer, covered with a large space open at the front to accommodate more people for Friday prayers.

The clock on the four cardinal points has been added in 1889. There is a vazu (tank) in the Middle, with a small fountain for ablutions before prayer in the Charminar mosque.

The vicinity of Charminar are also known under the same name. The monument overlooks another large mosque called the mosque of Mecca. Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, the 5th ruler of the Qutb Shahi dynasty, ordered bricks from the land of Mecca, the most sacred of Islam and site used in the construction of the central mosque arcade, hence the masjid is named as mecca masjid.

There is a thriving around Charminar market: Laad Baazar is known for its jewelry, particularly exquisite bracelets and the Pather Gatti, who is famous for its pearls. At its peak, market had some 14 000 shops.

Influences

In 2007, Hyderabadi Muslim living in Pakistan built an almost replica to the small scale of the Charminar at the main intersection of the Bahadurabad in Karachi neighborhood.

Lindt chocolate Adelbert Butcher has created a scale model of the Charminar out of 50 kilograms of chocolate. The model, which required the work of three days, has been exposed to The Westin, Hyderabad, India, on 25 and 26 September 2010.

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Warangal fort
July 72017

Warangal Fort is another tourist attraction in Warangal a must visiting place is the Warangal Fort. Built on a hillock Ekashila in the 13th century, this fort is one of the architectural masterpieces of the Kakatiya dynasty. Built by King Ganapatideva and later by his daughter Rani Rudrama, Warangal Fort is symbolic of the historic opulence of the region under the rule of the Kakatiya Kingdom.

Located next to the southeast of the city of Warangal, is an important landmark of the State of Telangana, presenting a perfect example of excellence in architecture and rich history. Built in three layers of fortification ensuring absolute safety, the Warangal Fort impresses every visitor with its imposing structure. Although now in ruins, the remains of the fort still present an overview of the hypnotic know-how and breathtaking art that can be seen in the grounds, stone work, sculptures, etc. Fort of Warangal witnessed many battles; some of the fort parts have been destroyed by various invaders too.

A visit to the fort of Warangal is sure to leave you fascinated with the grace of its architecture and brilliance which is view of the ruins now. The remains of the fort have been recognized as a monument of national importance by the Archaeological survey of India.

History of Warangal Fort

Initially, Warangal was ruled by Yadava kings in the eighth century later in the 12th century the Kakatiya dynasty was established in the region. Although the precise construction dating and further improvements is uncertain, archaeologists and historians agree that stone was replaced with brick in construction by King Ganapatideva, who died in 1262, and he was replaced by his daughter Rudrama Devi, who ruled until 1289, then her grandson Prataparudra II, whose reign was well known as a ‘golden age ‘. Twenty years later, his Kingdom was conquered by the Delhi Sultans.

All three rulers Ganapatideva, Rudramadevi and Prataparudra II all added to height of the fort, build bridges, square and other strongholds circular earthen walls. This places the construction towards the end of the Kakatiya period.

In 1309, Malik Kafur, the general of Alauddin Khilji, attacked the fort with a large force of 100,000 men and surrounded. Prataparudra II, and his family protected themselves within formidable fort and fought bravely for several months with the invading army. After fighting for six months, Prataparudra II negotiates a truce to Kafur, then he surrendered all the wealth he has earned. This wealth also includes the famous Koh-i-Noor diamond. This seat has been chronicled by Amir Khusrow, which describes how the fortifications consisted of a structure of strong outdoor hardened mud with a deep ditch at the front which was to be filled with Earth until the army could overcome it. The inner fortress was built out of stones and surrounded by a ditch that was crossed by swimming by the Muslim soldiers. The fort described by Khusrow corresponds to the two inner circles of fortifications that exist today. When Kafur finally left the fort in March 1310, he took the bounty on 2 000 camels with him. The conditions to forge peace with the Sultanate of Delhi included a clause that Pratapa Rudra would pay an annual tribute and would bow every day to Delhi as a tributary King indicating its status as subordinate to the Sultan of Delhi. After the departure of Kafur, Pratapa Rudra started acting again and during this time, that some of his surrendered kings had said they were independent rulers of their kingdom. But in 1311 Pratapa Rudra was to support the Sultan to invade the Tamil country of the Pandyas to Kanchipuram, which he did, and he also managed to get the region under his control.

Yet once in 1318 as Pratapa Rudra had ignored voluntarily to pay the annual tribute to the Sultans of Delhi, Warangal Fort was attacked and occupied. Military power superior of the army of the Sultan again forced Pratapa Rudra to sue for peace. The invaders had even set up a ramp of Earth 450 feet (140 m) through the moats that enabled them to breach in the walls of the fort and capture him. He has once again huge tribute to the Sultan in the form of a contingent of horses and elephants, which became an annual fee to pay for the Delhi Sultanate. After that he continued for peace, the Sultan gave him a “Club, a decorated dress (furgu) and an umbrella. And once again it has had to bow to the Imperial capital of Delhi as a mark of his vassal status.

When in 1320 Pratapa Rudra failed again in its annual payment to the sultans of Delhi, Delhi leader who had replaced Khilji, Sultan Ghiyath al – Din Tughluq, sent his son Ulugh Khan to collect contributions. For a third and final time, the fort was attacked by Sultan Muhammad bin Tughluq (r.1325-51), who was in the seat on the fort. Because of internal divisions, Ulugh Khan was retreating to Devagiri. After a temporary respite, Ulugh Khan in 1323 came with 65 000 soldiers mounted archery, attacked the fort and looted and destroyed the capital. In keeping with this tradition, the Muslim general Ulugh Khan ordered the destruction of the great Svayambhusiva Temple where the deity of the State had been deified. All that is now visible of the temple are remains scattered around the fort. Then the Tughluqan built a huge mosque on one side of the fort, which has since been demolished. Pratapa Rudra, who had surrendered and was sent to Delhi, died on the way at the edge of the river Godavari. It is said that he committed suicide in 1323. The capital of Warangal was renamed then Sultanpur, and from 1324 to 1332 Imperial coins were minted there. The Delhi Sultanate managed to hold Sultanpur until 1335, when the Nayakas local (72 heads) formed a Union and took control.

The fort then came under the control of the dynasty of the Qutb Shahi of Golconda and later under the rule of the Nizam of Hyderabad.

Subsequent changes to the fort were made between the 15th and 17th centuries, mainly with the addition of slit at the four gates in the wall of stone and the creation of doors in the wall in the ground.

Remains of the structure can be seen today near the city of Warangal, which was the capital of Kakatiya.

Warangal Fort Architecture

No discussion on the Warangal fort is complete without mention of its structural beauty. Warangal Fort has a glorious architecture. The fort consists of approximately 45 pillars/towers  that are built on an area of about 19 km. The most attracting part of this fort is the ‘Gateway of glory”. It is one of most often covered image regarding Warangal fort. This main gateway consists of four remarkably carved massive pillars that have been built with the same rock. Standing strong these pillars are about 30 feet high and present complex cuttings should be noticing. These gateways are majestic and they also known under the name of the Kirti Toranas, represent South Indian architectural style.

In the middle of the fortress, there is a temple dedicated to the mother land called as Swayambhudevi Alayam. It is said that this temple was built by Qutub Shahi Kings. Its magnificent sculptures attract every visitor. Another temple of prominence here is the Temple of Shambhulingeshwara. Located in front of the open-air museum, this temple is dedicated to Shiva. The open-air museum is located in the center of the fort.

Warangal fort has three layers of enrichment. The fort had three circular walls, which created a strong defense. The first wall of the Warangal fort was built during the reign of Rudrama Devi. It’s a wall in the ground with a diameter of 2.4 km around this wall, there is a gap about 150 feet wide, who served at the outer edge of the fort.

The second speaker, after the wall of mud and the ditch was a wall of stone of 1.21 km in diameter. This wall was built with stone of massive granite which were closely fitted together. This was done without mortar, featuring another sign of architectural masterpiece. This inner wall stone was fortified to protect the central part, called fort. This wall was built by the King Ganapatideva, but its height was increased during the reign of Rani Rudrama Devi. This 29-foot long wall had 45 massive rectangular towers. There are 18 steps on the inner side of the wall in the ground. These steps composed of stone, provided access to various locations in the fort.

The third ring of the wall is a wall of mud of 12.5 km in diameter. It encircles the city of Warangal.

Remains of the fortress of Warangal fort

Fort of Warangal has many ruins, especially its central part, which has been recognized as an archaeological area. Most of the Warangal fort pictures presents an overview of this section. There are ruins of the Temple of Shiva. You can also see entrance pillars, ceiling panels, slabs of wall, relic of the mihrab, many small shrines, etc. The main deity of the temple, Linga with four faces of Lord Shiva has been preserved in a shrine to the South of the fort complex. Regular prayers are offered to the Lord in the sanctuary again. In the fort complex, there are also ponds and various small temples. These remains provide a glimpse into the fort and the era of Kakatiya structure. Inscriptions on the pillars and walls also speak of the period of the reign of Kakatiya Kings.

Warangal Fort Timings and right of entry

The Warangal Fort opening hours are from 10:00 to 19:00. It is open every day of the week.

Warangal for admission is Rs.15 per person for those who have Indian nationality. For foreign tourists, entry fees are Rs.200 per person. The video camera is Rs.25.

How to reach Warangal Fort

Fort of Warangal is located towards the South-East part of the city. The fort is just 5 km from the Warangal station. Tourists can hire a rickshaw and reach the fort. There are also many city runs at regular intervals which go through the fort. Tourists can also travel via a rented taxi and reach the fort without hassle.

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Pakhal Lake
July 72017

Pakhal Lake

The Pakhal lake Wildlife Sanctuary is a beautiful and attracting tourist spot located in Warangal District, Telangana. This Sanctuary is located around the shores of Lake Pakhal, it was established in 1213AD by the Kakatiya dynasty. In the 13th century Pakhal lake was claimed and named after the man who discovered it.

The vast grounds of this seductive sanctuary are covered by an area of ​​860 square kilometers. It has a beautiful landscape with a fascinating range of low hills where wild animals have the opportunity to nest in the plateau with a safe atmosphere. The environment of the sanctuary and Lake Pakhal offers the untouched beauty of nature. It offers a wide variety of flora and fauna gives a beautiful background. This biological diversity is a important feature that has earned a name for this sanctuary attracting many local and international tourists.

History of Pakhal Lake

From the history of Warangal or Orugallu, in the thirteenth century AD, the region was governed by the great kakatiya’s. It is confirmed that the lake was built around 1213 A.D, by the Kakatiyan rule, named Ganapathideva (He is the father of Queen Kakatiya Rani Rudrama Devi). It has been spread over an area of ​​30 km2, Lake Pakhal offers a magnificent site and has the best view of the lake in Warangal District tourism. One of the best spot of Parkal lake is the shores of this lake. We can find Pakhal WildLife Sanctuary with a rounded area of ​​839 km2, which is the best area of ​​vision ever known. Not only Pakhal, Ganapathi Deva has also built lakes such as Lake Ramappa (located in Palampet), Lake Luknavaram and so on.

Weather conditions of Pakhal Lake

The Pakhal lake enjoys a tropical climate throughout the year. The minimum and maximum temperature varies from 15 degrees Celsius to 45 degrees Celsius throughout the year. Most inhabitants can be seen in their natural habitat during the winter months. Average precipitation is 1225 mm.

Best time to visit Pakhal Lake

The months between November and June are suitable to visit this sanctuary. Although the temperature begins to rise from the month of April to 45 degrees in June, the climate remains fresh and pleasant due to the lake and mountains all around.

Wildlife at the Pakhal Wildlife sanctuary

Flora

Teak, Bamboo trees, dried and deciduous plants are scattered throughout the region, interspersed with spots of evergreen trees and shrubs. Some of the valuable species found here are: Bridelia retusa, Bombax ceiba, Adina cordifolia. Among the evergreen vegetation, the species include Aegle marmelos, Mallotus philippensis.

Wildlife or Fauna

The forest is the dwelling place for animals such as the bear, sambhar, Chital, antelope with four horns, Nilgai, Blackbuck, Mountain Gazelle, jackal, wild boar, porcupine , panther, hyena, wild dog, Languor. If you’re lucky, you can spot a tiger or a leopard or a herd of spotted deer left in the wild. The presence of Pakhal Lake attracts a number of migratory birds during the winter.

Reptiles – cobra, Python, crocodiles, monitor lizard and common krait are usually reptiles.

Distance from neighboring and main cities

Hyderabad – 200 kilometers

Warangal – 55 kilometers

The nearest airport – Hyderabad International Airport about 240 km away is the nearest airport.

The closest railway station – the Warangal railway junction, at a distance of about 60 kilometers, is the nearest station to reach this location. Visitors can take the Narsampet Warangal division 50 kilometers from Warangal.

Road Accessibility – It is well connected to important cities such as Secunderabad, Hyderabad, Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam and via public or private buses. Leased cars and Jeeps are the best ways to reach the sanctuary by road.

Accommodation facilities at Pakhal Lake

The PWD Rest House in Sulurpet is the best place for accommodation where you can indulge in various activities such as nature walk, Jeep Safari and bird watching. A number of tour packages are available to explore the jungle. The Haritha Hotel in Warangal City manages the tourist flow to the heritage city of Warangal and other nearby tourist attractions.

Admission fees for Pakhal lake

The entrance is free. For any help, you can contact: Divisional Forest Officer, (Wildlife management, Subedari, Warangal)

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Laknavaram Lake
July 72017

Why you should visit Laknavaram Lake?

 “The place is attracting tourists in droves, thanks to the initiatives taken by the Tourism Department. Laknavaram lake is one of the engineering marvels of the Kakatiya kings which was built at an excellent geographical location.”

-By The Hindu newspaper

The air-conditioned wooden cabins at Laknavaram Lake resorts in the Warangal district pocketed the most innovative product of the M / s Travel and Tourism Fair. Fairfest Media Private Limited was held in Kolkata from 8 to 10 July 2016.

Khammam District Tourism Officer Suman Chakravarthy received the award from Fairfest Media President and CEO Sanjiv Agarwal, a statement said. The state government tourism department and the Telangana State Tourism Development Corporation jointly set up a stand at the fair which was inaugurated by West Bengal Minister of Tourism Goutam Deb. He also visited the stall. Fairfest Media will also be organizing a similar fair from 15-17 July at Hi-Tex. More than 200 exhibitors from 20 states and five countries will participate.

About Laknavaram Lake

Laknavaram Lake stands one of best sightseeing places of Warangal with its fascinating scenic beauty. This lake occupies 10,000 hectares of land consisting of many beautiful sceneries. This place is among top tourist attractions of Warangal because of its peaceful environment as it far from pollution of cities and chaos.

The Laknavaram Lake was an artificial lake which is built by Ganapathi Deva, a Minister of the Kakatiya dynasty. Surrounded by lush forests and captivating mounds, this lake is sure to leave you enchanted. The winding road, with forests on both sides and the Lake is still makes the trip memorable. The suspension bridge and the small islands that are scattered around to add further to its haunting scenic beauty. Not only the beauty, this lake is historically significant as well. An example of excellence in engineering during Kakateiya reign, Laknavaram Lake is a nice mix of history with nature.

What makes this Lake even more beautiful is the mini-islands that are located all around it. A total of about 13 small pieces of land can be seen surrounded by the water of the Lake, especially during the monsoon months. The view in the morning at the Sunrise, when the water of the Lake sparkle as the rays pass through the trees is absolutely fantastic.

At a distance of 75 km from Riyadh Laknavaram Lake is located in the village of Laknavaram, Govindaraopet (Mandal). Hyderabad it is located about 150 km away. As it is located very near Ramappa Temple, which is just 29 km, both these places can be visited on the same day.

Although this lake is ideal for Touring throughout the year, the best time to visit the Lake is during the monsoon and winter. In recent months, many tourists in Warangal Trip plan visit this Lake. As in the rainy season, the Lake is filled with water and the region sees more freshly grown flora.

History of the Laknavaram Lake

Laknavaram Lake history dates back to Kakatiya reign. This lake is also known as Laknavaram Cheruvu, and was discovered by the Kakatiya leaders. They found a beautiful Lake located in the middle of flourishing hills which surrounded it. It was then the leaders of Kakatiya reign built a small valve that finally turned it into a vast lake that currently serve as water tank. Laknavaram Lake is still used as a source of irrigational water for an area of approximately 3,500 acres of land and to six villages that are located nearby. He has the ability to hold around 2,135 tmc ft. water.

Things to do in Laknavaram Lake

Laknavaram Lake near Warangal with its incomparable beauty is ideal for a wide range of activities as well. The most popular activity is in the East of the boating lake. Boat on the Laknavaram Lake is something that every visitor interest, regardless of their age. Those seeking a bit of emotion, there is the option of speed along with motor boats boating.

However, if you want to relax, you can just sit around the Lake and enjoy a peaceful setting. There is also housing here, that are provided by the State Telangana Tourism Development Corporation (TSTDC). The hotel offers Laknavaram Haritha luxury with all the basic amenities. A restaurant, offering a wide variety of delights is also located here. So for a relaxed ride, you can even plan a stay in the Lake and revel in its picturesque charm.

Suspension bridge with a length of 160 meters is another interesting feature of this Lake. This suspension bridge starts from the entrance to the island, offering an experience worth remembering.

Hours and admission of Laknavaram Lake

The entrance is to the East of the Lake, timings from 8: 00 to 17:30. The ticket price for entrance into the Lake is Rs. 10 for adult and Rs. 5 for children.

The costs of boating at the Lake

The boating costs for the fresh water Laknavaram Lake is Rs. 50 for adults and Rs. 30 for children. Fees for speed boats speed Rs. 300 for a maximum of 4 people.

How to get to the Laknavaram Lake

 Laknavaram Warangal, Lake is located about 6 km from Govindaraopet Mandal which is around 75 km from Warangal. If you come from Warangal, you are called to lead on NH 202 in the direction of Mulugu. After that you need to drive straight until you cross  Mulug and Jangalapalli, then you need to take a right turn and continue for 7 km to reach the Lake. This 7 to 8 km of road across the expanse of refreshing greenery gives a perfect start for your relax at the Lake.

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Bhadrakali temple, Warangal

Bhadrakali temple, Warangal

Bhadrakali TempleWarangal

July 52017

Bhadrakali temple Location:

The Bhadrakali temple in Warangal, telangana is known to be one of the oldest temples of the goddess Bhadrakali in India. This temple is located on the shores of Lake Bhadrakali, a picturesque location between Hanamkonda and Warangal about 1.5 km from the Government Polytechnic School.

Unknown Facts about Bhadrakali temple, Warangal

  • As by the writings on the wall of the temple this temple is built by King Pulakesi II, Chalukya dynasty around 625 A.D. to commemorate his victory over the Andhra Desham Vengi region.
  • City of Warangal have adopted as their “Goddess Bhadrakali Kula Devatha” give it preference over other gods.
  • The Lake was an artificial lake which is built by Ganapathi Deva, a Minister of the Kakatiya dynasty.
  • The temple lost its importance during Bahamani Golkonda Sultans and leaders.
  • In 1950, Sri Ganapathi Sastri a Brahmin and devotee of the goddess Kali took interest in the renovation of the temple.

Timings: All days

5 30 AM to 1 PM

3 PM to 8 PM

History of Bhadrakali temple

Bhadrakali Temple

As by the writings on the wall of the temple this temple is built by King Pulakesi II, Chalukya dynasty around 625 A.D. to commemorate his victory over the Andhra Desham Vengi region. This can be seen from the square pillars used in the structure of the temple that were different from the circular pillars used in the temples built by Kakatiyas.

The French common Kakatiya Kings “empire” which is the current city of Warangal have adopted as their “Goddess Bhadrakali Kula Devatha” give it preference over other gods. The Lake was built later by Ganapathi Deva, a Minister of the Kakatiya dynasty. The road leading to the temple was also added during this period.

Because of the fall of the Kakatiya dynasty to the Muslim ruler of Delhi Ala – ud – din Khilji, his general Malik Kafur and later Ghias-ud-Din Tughlak, and during the reign of Bahamani Golkonda Sultans and leaders, the temple lost its importance during the period and the place has deteriorated.

Sri Ganapathi Sastri (aka B. S. Ganesh Rao) a Brahmin and devi upasaka (devotee of the goddess Kali) of Karnataka has migrated to warangal in 1940. He noticed the former temple of Bhadrakali and took interest in the renovation of the temple. He built a small house next to the temple and began to live in this isolated spot. It with Sri Ramanujacharya Mudumbai has asked the help of Sri Maganlal Sameja (a local merchant) and other rich people and renovated the old temple in 1950. Many people like Radhakrishnamurthy Brahmasri Sri Hari, Adluri Seetharama Shastry, Vangala Guravaiah Narsaiah Thandra Venkata Rama Mahatapaswini Mangalambika Tankasala and Narasimha Rao lent their hands in renovations of the temple.

Until the temple was renovated in 1950, there was some animal sacrifices to the temple (an old custom to Kali temples in India). This practice was stopped in 1950 after the renovation of the temple. During the renovation, Chandi yantra has been installed in the Holy temple and Amrutha Castle (beejaksharas shlokas) have been written about the hanging of the deity of the language and change the deity to the fierce eyes and tongue for a pleasant stay in the face. Since then, every day, Sharannavaratras poojas, Vasantha navarathras are performed on a regular basis, according to Vedic rites.

Sri Ganapathi Sastri, the temple Trust Foundation is currently more than 105 years. It is still actively in the Affairs of the temple. Over the past years, he took, of an ancient Shiva temple near temple of Bhadrakali and began to renovate it. The inhabitants of the town of Warangal and Sri Ganapathi Sastri supporters celebrated his 100th birthday a few years ago. Today his son Sri B. Seshagiri Rao took over the Affairs of the temple as a priest.

Sri Ganapathi Sastri, at the age of 113 a died on Friday November 11, 2011 here in warangal. He has two sons and three daughters. He was still the fiduciary Bhadrakali temple at the time of his death. The temple along with the people of Warangal has lost a great man who has developed the temple by with his great efforts.

About Bhadrakali temple

The main hall of the temple of goddess Bhadrakali deity is performed in an image 2.7 × 2.7 meters stone square facing West, with beautiful eyes to the holding of weapons in his eight hands with lord Shiva under her feet. “ Utsava Vigrahas” and “Sree Chakram” of Goddess are placed in front of the main deity.

A statue of a Lion which is called as the vahana of Godess Bhadrakali. The Godess rides on her vahana which is placed in front of the sanctum. The temple also has a Balipeetham and Dhwaja Sthambam.

some of the important oldest deities in the Maha Mantapam with Goddess Bhadrakali are Uma Maheshwara(Lord Shiva) images on stone Shiva Linga, Subramanya Swamy, Navagrahas and Hanuman statue all carved in stone.

A new road was built in 1966 from the temple to the Kazipet-Warangal Highway beside the Government Polytechnic. The temple was expanded in 2000 with the addition of Mantapam Maha, Alaya Shikaram. Temple of Sri Vallabha Ganapathi and parikrama temple was added to the main temple.

The temple is also executing a Veda Pathasala (School of Vedas) near the temple.

There are 12 small and 8 large temples in the mountains surrounding the Bhadrakali Temple including the Sri Shirdi Sai Baba, Padmakshi, Temple of Sri Pothuluri Veerabrahmendra Swamy and Sri Narasimha swamy temple.

Bhadrakali Temple became one of the major tourist attarctions and people from many parts of the India visit this temple.

Which is the best time to visit Bhadrakali temple ?

The temple can be visited during the festival season is in “Sravana masa” for the month of August and September. In this period of festivals and Yagnams take place in the temple.

Among the festivals celebrated in the temple are

  • Sharannavaratri in Ashwayuja masa
  • Vasanta Navaratri in Chaitra masa
  • Shakambari Utsavam in Ashada masa

Vasantha Navaratri is a festival performed in 9days. In this days  nine forms of goddess Bhadrakali can be seen to devotees. This festival will take place in Chaitra masa, which is the beginning of the spring season (Vasantha Ruthu).

The Goddess Bhadrakali during the Shakambari Utsavam is beautifully decorated with various vegetables.

Sharannavarathi is also called Maha Navaratri and is celebrated in Ruthu Sharad (winter) in September-October of each year at Ashwayuja masa. The festival comes to an end with Durga Ashtami. During this festival researchers vedic scholars will recite vedas, make Homams.

Bathukamma Festival is celebrated on Durga Ashtami and is famous for large gatherings (in lakhs) of women and young girls dressed in bright colors, who visit the Bhadrakali Lake with pots decorated with colorful flowers and perform poojas at the Lake. Bathukamma  songs are sung, when they perform poojas. Later, these flowers are placed on the water. This will be a show colorful to see so many lakhs of flowers floating on the Lake.

People of Hanamkonda and Warangal believe in goddess Bhadrakali and visit her for all the opportunities like newborns, weddings etc. and offer her bracelets, elsewhere and garlands and pray for blessings.

People with desires come to the temple and submitted a Mudupu  (coconut inside a red piece blouse) will be tied to a tree after pooja. Once there desire is fulfilled they come back again to detach the and perform the poojas and offer sari to the divinity.

Architecture of Bhadrakali temple:

The temple is square with an idol in stone of the Goddess (2.7 x 2.7 meters). The idol sits with a fierce look in her eyes and face. The goddess wearing a Crown and has 8 hands holding various astras (weapons). There is an artificial lake with a radius of two and a half km is situated near to the temple. Formations of Rocks naturally bring charm of the temple and are the dominant feature of the temple. These rocks are said to exercise spiritual powers also. The temple is around 250 years. The idol turns into a rare form called Tripura Sundari with the help of mantras, which also includes the form of Kali. This form of goddess is considered the supreme Prakriti – female power event a vital energy of the universe. The literal meaning is the beauty of the three worlds.

Festivals:

Festivals will be held in the month of Sravana (August-September). The deity is decorated beautifully. There are eight large and twelve temples in the mountains surrounding the Bhadrakali Temple.

Major attractions of Bhadrakali temple

The highest point of the temple of Bhadrakali is the Lake adjacent to the temple. The Lake has a capacity of 160 million feet cubes (mcft). Previous rains were the only source of water for this Lake and during the dry(summer) season, the Lake is dried completely. About 20 years ago, pipelines were laid from the Kakatiya canal that brings water to the Manair dam in Karimnagar district and now the Lake is full everytime. The Bhadrakali Lake is now used as a source of drinking water for the cities of Hanamkonda and Warangal. The Telangana Tourism introduced boats in the Lake and we can enjoy a good boat ride in the Lake.

A number of natural rock formations in the area add to the spiritual charm of the temple and we can relax during a visit to the temple in the evening with a beautiful sunset over the hills.

Transport

Warangal is about 150 km from Hyderabad and is easily accessible by road or by train. It has two terminals of bus to Hanamkonda and Warangal and connected to many cities of Andhra Pradesh. Warangal and Kazipet Junction stations are between Vijayawada and Hyderabad. Kazipet is a junction for trains heading south and the North of the India from Hyderabad.

Hyderabad and Vijayawada, there a lot of trains daily. Kazipet and Warangal railway stations, push-chips are available to go to the temple of Bhadrakali.

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