A Mahabaleshwar Tour for Attractive Getaways

Mahabaleshwar is a hill resort located amidst Sahyadri Hills in the Satara district of the state of Maharashtra. The place was named after Lord Mahadev, the deity most-revered in this region. The name Mahabaleshwar has a mythological past associated with it, and it means god of great power in Sanskrit. This place once served as a summer getaway for the British during prior to Indian independence. It is among the best holiday destinations in the state because of its pleasant climate and scenic beauty. This destination also provides various opportunities for adventure sports given to its diverse topography ranging from waterfalls, high peaks, exotic valleys, serene lakes, dense forestry and sightseeing points providing a panoramic view of the hilly area. Therefore, this place provides several options for adventure activities like trekking, horse riding, boating and fishing. Travellers who are planning a Mahabaleshwar tour can visit its attractions like Mount Malcolm, Pratapgad Fort, Morarji Castle, Panchganga Temple, Tapola and Holy Cross Church.

Highlights of the Hill Resort

Sir John Malcolm, British Governor

Sir John Malcolm, British Governor

This hill station is also known for its other highlights such as the town bazaar, Malcolm Peth named after a British Governor, Sir John Malcolm. This market is lined with many restaurants, hotels, shops, government offices and outlying bungalows. Known for the strawberry fields at Panchgani and housing the Swayambhu Lingam of Lord Mahadev, this plateau region is also famous for the birthplace of the Krishna River. This river flows across Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, originating from a cow-head carved in stone in the temple of Mahadev at Old Mahabaleshwar. Within the hill resort lie a variety of attractions including religious shrines, forts, viewpoints, streams, falls, heritage bungalows and farms of strawberries, blueberries, turmeric and honey.

Attractive Getaways

Pratapgad Fort

Pratapgad Fort

The pride of Marathas, Pratapgad Fort was built by Shivaji, a Maratha warrior. This mountain fort complex has chambers, long walkways and ponds for sightseeing along with other points of interest like Afzal Khan Tomb and the Bhavani Temple. Venna Lake is a popular honeymoon spot where tourists can either take a boat ride in the lake or can enjoy horse riding on  the lake shore. The cascading Lingmala and Dhobi Falls are favourite picnic spots in this region. The famous Mahabaleshwar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and this shrine is thronged by pilgrims throughout the year. The area provides beautiful viewpoints for viewing sunrise and sunset such as Wilson, Babington, Carnac, Elphinstone, Bombay, Lodwick, Falkland and Kate Points.

The Panchganga Temple

The Panchganga Temple

The Panchganga Temple, as its name suggests, is the convergence point of five various rivers – Krishna, Venna, Koyna, Gayatri and Savitri originating from a stone-carved in the shape of the mouth of a cow. Dedicated to Lord Krishna, this temple was constructed by Raja Singhandeo, the king of Devgiri Yadavs. According to legends, the Lords – Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu flow here in the form of three rivers, Venna, Koyna and Krishna because of a curse by Savitri. Tourists who wish to enjoy holidays in India can come to this land of mythological references.

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Unearth the History of Pondicherry with Holiday Package in India

Pondicherry is a union territory in India, and it is also referred as Puducherry. This place was ruled by different dynasties in the past, such as Cholas and Pallavas, after which came the colonial rule of the British. Once a French settlement, this beach town is a treasure trove of colonial structures along with temples, churches, French boulevards and statues. Due to the location of fishing villages along the coastline, fish hunting remains the backbone of the rural economy. It is also an important centre of attraction for tourists from all over the world.  Travelers can indulge in sightseeing over here if they opt for a holiday package in India.

Auroville

Auroville

Some prominent places of interest in this town are Auroville, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Promenade and Paradise Beaches, French War Memorial, Romain Rolland Library, Arikamedu as well as the 19th Century Light House.

Light House, Pondicherry

Light House, Pondicherry

The spiritual lifestyle, serene backwaters and virgin beaches add up to the mystic aura of this place. Though this town is itself a heritage as it is a meeting point of different cultural influences including the French connection, it houses several ancient artefacts and remains of the past with its museums preserving various historical symbols.

Museums

The Puducherry Museum has a priceless collection of stone sculptures and bronzes belonging to Chola and Pallava dynasties as well as artefacts obtained from Arikamedu. The major attraction over here include three unique transport mechanisms – palanquin, coach, pousse-pousse (an old version of rickshaw), which had two attendants to steer and push it. Its bronze gallery has a collection of images of gods and temple lamps. It also showcases French furniture, church relics, coins and handicrafts. The Ananda Ranga Pillai Museum  provides a range of information on French India of the 18th century. So travellers who want to see these historical discoveries obtained from excavations over a period of time can select from various Pondicherry tour packages.

Try the Seafood-rich Gourmet Cuisine by Opting for Goa Packages

Goa is referred as the Pearl of the Orient, and it was conferred statehood in the year 1987, with its capital being Panaji. The major towns of this state are Vasco, Mapusa, Ponda and Margao. It is connected to many important cities around the world due to the presence of an international airport at Dabolim. It is well accessible from many nearby cities as it has an efficient bus network. Therefore, tourists can easily tour this state opting for Goa packages during vacations.

Five different rivers criss-cross the landscape of this state, which finally end into the Arabian Sea. Along its coastline, there are wide stretches of sand beaches, ranging from those with ultra-modern comforts to ones, which are devoid of human habitation. The structural wonders of this area comprising forts, churches, museums, heritage houses and seminaries stand as legacies of the Portuguese colonisation. Its history is marked by mythological interpretations, reign of Hindu dynasties, Muslim invasions, Portuguese conquests, freedom struggle, liberation and conferring of statehood. Today, its lifestyle has been greatly influenced by the overlapping of several cultural influences.

Once a colony of the Portuguese, this place has emerged as a significant tourist destination in recent times. This region has various tourist attractions in the backdrop of its pristine white beaches.

Fort Aguada

Fort Aguada

Some of its tourist hotspots are Fort Aguada, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Saptakoteshwar Temple, Namazgah, Pilar Seminary and Dudhsagar Waterfalls. Along with sightseeing in this place, travellers can also experience the Goan hospitality and lifestyle, which is a blend of multiple cultures. Its multi-cultural origin has also affected the eating habits of this state, known for its seafood.

Dudhsagar Waterfalls

Dudhsagar Waterfalls

Cuisine

There is a myth associated with this place that its food and drink options are restricted to the staple diet of rice, fish, curry and feni. On the contrary, the area is a treasure trove of many vegetarian and non-vegetarian gastronomical delights as its original style of cooking was influenced by the Hindu and Muslim rulers, other than that of the Portuguese. Goan cuisine is a lot about seafood with a dash of spices, but the influence of Portuguese can only be found in the food cooked by the Christian population residing here. The local dishes cooked in this state still retain a smoky flavour of the traditional cooking style, which is cooking in clay pots on firewood. Some of its local dishes are khatkatem, fish and kokam curry, ambot-tik as well as the prawn kismur or dried mackerel.

Khatkatem

Khatkatem

The Goan food can be described as hot, spicy and chilly, with the extensive use of items such as fish, rice and coconut. It is a paradise for gourmet appetites with a variety, which ranges from chicken to beef, prawns to sausages and not to forget, the vegetarian dishes. Tourists who want to satisfy their taste buds and relish lip-smacking meals can come to the picturesque state of Goa, one of the best holiday destinations in India.

Explore the Mystic Havelock Island on an Andaman Tour

Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Centuries ago, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, were inaccessible for people. Even now some of these islands are out-of-bound for the outsiders. Therefore, these islands with palm-fringed white beaches were a mystery for the mainland inhabitants. This region is a group of many big and small islands, both inhabited and uninhabited, along with islets in the Bay of Bengal.

Great Andamanese

Great Andamanese

This region is covered with thick forests and is home to several varieties of birds and flowers. It is also home to tribal groups, who are particularly vulnerable such as the Great Andamanese, Onges, Sentineleses, Jarawas and Shompens.

Onges

Onges

Sentineleses

Sentineleses

Those travelers who wish to gain more knowledge about these tribes residing in the region and do some sightseeing can take an Andaman tour during their vacations.

These islands have a maritime significance according to history. During colonial times, the political leaders who proved a threat to the British Raj were imprisoned in the Cellular Jail, located on the Atlanta Point sea coast of Port Blair. Therefore, these islands came to be known as Kala Pani or Black Water Prison.

Cellular Jail

Cellular Jail

There are several attractions in these islands, like Natural Mangrove Forest of Yerrata, Havelock Island and Karmatang Beach that are flocked by tourists from across the country and abroad, as well.

Havelock Island

The Havelock Island is known for its sandy beaches, including Vijaynagar, Radhanagar and Elephant Beach, which are dotted with rain-fed forests. Travelers visiting this place can trek through these forests or indulge into adventures of Island Camping organised by the Tourism Department on Radhanagar Beach during the tourist season. Other than that, the Vijaynagar Beach is perfect for coastal walks.

Havelock Island

Havelock Island

Other adventurous activities available on this island are water based like scuba diving and snorkeling. Another ideal place for snorkeling can be the Elephant Beach, which is rich in coral reef and underwater marine life. Travelers who want to indulge in adventurous activities at this place can opt for best holiday packages to Andamans for a perfect vacation experience. This island is easily accessible to tourists as it is directly connected to Port Blair by everyday speed boat services and domestic flights.

Houseboat Cruising in the Kerala Honeymoon Packages

The state of Kerala is located in the southwestern part of the country of India. It is divided into 14 districts with its major cities being Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Kollam, Kozhikode and Thrissur. The state has its administrative capital at Thiruvananthapura, which is also known as Trivandrum. Malayalam and English are the widely spoken languages over here, with it having a population of Hindus, Christians and Muslims. This place is also known for varied art forms like the ancient martial art form of Kalarippayattu and the famous classical dance form of Kathakali, which blends facets of opera, ballet, pantomime and masque while explicating ideas from Indian epics. The area is bestowed with a tropical climate, which makes it a delightful place for sightseeing. This destination can be an ideal romantic getaway for honeymoon couples. For an enjoyable experience in the countryside, newlyweds can opt for various Kerala honeymoon packages offered by different travel portals.

 

The region has a diverse topography with numerous rivers, deep valleys, tall mountains, extensive coastline and beautiful backwaters. Tourists on a honeymoon vacation can indulge in various activities in this state, which is in itself a whole package of restorative Ayurveda treatment, spicy cuisine, comfortable houseboats, serene backwaters, exotic beaches, lush hills and sparkling waterfalls. The sea inlets and estuaries of lakes, rivers, natural canals connected to coastal towns form the famous backwaters in the region, making it a home for aquatic life. Even its village life, untouched by the industrialization, provides an unmatched experience. Therefore, couples on their honeymoon can enjoy a stay in a beach, backwater or wildlife resort and indulge in sunset or houseboat cruising.

 

Houseboats

houseboat, kerala

Houseboats are slow moving and huge barges used for trips at leisure. These kinds of boats are the remodelled versions of the ancient kettuvallams, which were used for carrying rice and spices. A kettuvallam is joined together by coir knots, and a remarkable thing to notice about this ancient boat-type is that it is constructed without the use of any nail. The boat is made up of jack-wood planks held together with coir. Subsequently, they are coated with resin, which is caustic black in colour and made up of boiled cashew kernels. If maintained carefully, a kettuvallam can last for several generations. A separate portion of this boat is covered with coir and bamboo to erect a kitchen and rest room for crew members.

 

When this mode of transport was replaced with modern trucks, these boats came to be used for cruising to keep them in demand in the market. To increase their popularity and prevent these 100 year old boats from near extinction, special rooms were constructed on them for the cruise travelers. In their construction, these boats use bamboo mats, sticks for roofing; wooden planks and coir mats for flooring, coir and coconut wood for beds as well as solar panels for lighting. Tourists who are looking forward to an enjoyable cruising experience on these houseboats, can plan a Kerala trip, the best of India holidays.

Leh Ladakh Tour: One of the Most Enchanting Travel Experiences

Leh Ladakh tour is one of the most fascinating trips for travelers coming to the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Often described as the roof of the world, this mountain abode became accessible to tourists only in the last decade. The snow-capped mountains go beyond the eye-sight on bright sunny mornings and peek amidst the dense white clouds. This beautiful region is surrounded by the Kunlun Mountain ranges and the gigantic Himalayas. Adventure travelers who wish for an incredible experience in the upcoming vacation must plan a tour to this picturesque place, which is located in the lap of nature.

Secluded from the World

 

The best and most fascinating thing about a trip to this place is that it lies at a jaw-dropping altitude, ranging from 9000 feet to over 25000 feet. It is completely isolated from the hustle-bustle of the urban world, and tourists can find aesthetic peace out here. It is a place where the heavenly forces united to impart an unrealistic landscape, comprising crystal-clear blue waters to deserts and bright sunlight to frosty winds. Leh, the summer capital of Ladakh, is the most popular tourist spot in Ladakh. This region tops in most lists of India holidays. Though visited by tourists almost round the year, the best time to come here is from April to October.

Belonging to a completely rain-shadow region due to the majestic Himalayas and other mountain ranges, this place has an appearance of a desert. Due to heavy snowfall, the region remains severed from all connections from the rest of the surroundings during winters. Mainly Tibetan Buddhists and followers of Islam occupy this part of the world. If you are planning for an adventure trip with your friends, then a Ladakh tour can be one of the most enchanting trips of your life.