Explore 4 Ancient Monasteries with Sikkim Tour Packages

Bounded by Tibet in the northeast, Bhutan in the southeast, greater Himalayas in the north and Nepal in the west, Sikkim is a landlocked state of India. With its dramatic contours of rugged mountain ranges, dense forests, deep valleys, raging rivers and beautiful lakes and waterfalls, this state is an ideal destination for a pleasant getaway. Dotted all across by fluttering prayer flags, stupas and caves, the undimmed influence of Buddhism can be felt in almost every corner of the state. With nearly 200 monasteries, this state is an important centre for learning Buddhism. Travellers with their Sikkim tour packages can visit some of the most popular monasteries of the place.

Pemayangtse

Perched on a hilltop, it is the premier monastery of the state with all the Nyingma monasteries subordinate to it. Built in 16th century, this structure houses exquisite religious artworks, including statues and thangkas. The annual religious masked dance or locally called as Chaam, is held in every 12th month of the Tibetan calendar or correspondingly the month of February.

Tashiding

Tashiding Monastery

Tashiding Monastery

Built in 1716, this monastery is the holiest of all in the state as it was built at the place consecrated by Guru Rinpoche. Located between the rivers Rangeet and Ratong, this place is famous for its chorten – Thongwa Rangdol, which is believed to cleanse all sins of a lifetime. During their visit to this monastery on their Sikkim tour, travellers can also join the grand occasion of Bumchu Festival, which is organised here.

Rumtek

Rebuilt by the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa after being damaged in an earthquake, this monastery is the largest in Sikkim. This monastery is an important seat of the Kargyupa sect of Buddhism, and hence is recognised as a world renowned centre for Kagyu teachings. To witness one of the best Tibetan architectures, this place is worth visiting with Sikkim tourism packages.

Tolung

If travellers wish for something adventurous during their tour to this state, then Tolung Monastery offers this chance to them as this building can be reached only after trekking through dense forests and steep ranges. Located in Dzongu area of North Sikkim, this structure possesses a rich collection of valuable scriptures and precious objects, which are taken out for a public display. A horde of devotees pay their visit to this monastery during their Sikkim tour.

Apart from being noted for these 4 ancient sites, this state is also known to have some of the finest treks in the Himalayan Ranges. With Sikkim tour packages, travellers can also enjoy some of the best trekking experiences. Travellers who wish enjoy the ethereal beauties of the nature – great mountain views, pristine forests, descending glaciers and floral spectacles, at a single destination, can avail Sikkim tourism packages.

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Taking a Kaziranga Tour to Understand 5 Aspects of the National Park

Over the years, the one-horned rhinos have been hunted mercilessly for their valuable keratin horns. These have been used for ages in traditional Chinese medicine, and they are also utilised to make decorative handles for knives and daggers. Most of these animals are now found in the Indian state of Assam, where they are now protected by the government. Tourists can see and learn about them by going on a Kaziranga tour. The national park is located in the districts of Nagaon and Golaghat in the north-central part of the state. Below are overviews of 5 important aspects of the national park that will come in handy while exploring it.

History, Terrain and Climate

It was founded originally as a reserve forest by the British in 1908, and in 1916, it was given the status of a wildlife sanctuary. The Indian Government made it a national park in 1974, and in 2006, it became a tiger reserve. When travellers explore the protected territory during Kaziranga tours, they will see dense forests, interspersed with grasslands and marshes. The topography of the area is not rugged, and the elevation here ranges from about 130 feet to approximately 260 feet. Kaziranga National Park is spread across the northern and southern banks of the Brahmaputra River.

The climate in the region is classified as Humid Subtropical, making the summers warm and humid. A high amount of rainfall is experienced here during the monsoon season, making it among the wettest regions on earth. The ideal time to embark on a Kaziranga tour is in the cool and dry winter season, between November and April.

Vegetation and Wildlife  

Savannah grasslands, moist deciduous forests and evergreen forests are found in this roughly 868 sq km protected territory. The savannah vegetation in the region comprises a variety of grasses, bamboos and reeds. Cotton, gooseberry and slow match tree are some deciduous species found here. Pithraj, magnolia, elephant apple, fig, cinnamon, grape-myrtle, temple plant and tropical chestnuts are few of the evergreen plants of the tiger reserve. During their Kaziranga tours, wildlife enthusiasts will be able to see several large animals other than rhinos as well.

The largest animals here are buffaloes and elephants, followed by leopards and tigers. Several species of deer, including the endemic eastern swamp deer, may also be seen here. Some other animals of the park are boars, mongooses, hares, badgers, langurs, macaques, gibbons, gaur, squirrels and dolphins. Birdwatchers also like coming here as the territory provides home to over 470 species of migratory and resident winged creatures. Many kinds of boa constrictors, venomous snakes, tortoises and turtles also live in the region.

On a Kaziranga tour, visitors will be accompanied by guides, who will teach them in detail about these 5 aspects of the national park.

5 Historical Places to Explore with Hyderabad Tour Packages

Hyderabad covers an area of about 625 sq km, and it has an altitude of 505 metres. The place serves as the joint capital of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh states. Its name is taken from a Persian word, which means the city of the lion. The city has over 400 years of history, and it shows a rich blending of tradition and modernism. For ages the city has been an important contributor to the production of ornamental pearls in the world. Tourists can avail Hyderabad tour packages to observe its rich cultural heritage, arts, monuments, lakes and parks. Some of the most famous places of interest here are Golkonda Fort, Qutb Shahi Tombs, Chowmahalla Palace, Paigah Tombs and Mecca Masjid.

Golkonda Fort

The Fort is located at a distance of approximately 11 km from the city. It reportedly had a vault, where famous gemstones like the Koh-i-Noor diamond were kept. The name of the region, where the fort has historically been placed, has been taken from a Telugu phrase Golla Konda, meaning Shepherd Hill. This magnificent fortress stands atop a 400-feet high granite hill. Travellers, coming here with their Hyderabad city tour packages, can observe the fine acoustics, which is a result of its architectural mastery.

Qutub Shahi Tombs

These tombs were built by the emperors of the Qutub Shahi dynasty during the 16th and 17th centuries. They are built on a large garden, called Ibrahim Bagh, which is near Golkonda Fort. A blending of Indian and Persian architectural styles can clearly be seen here. The grave sites are surrounded by serene and picturesque landscaped gardens, and the remnants of decorative stonework on their walls can be seen. Ibrahim Bagh has small and large structures: the former ones consist of a single storey, while the latter ones have two. All mausoleums are topped by bulbous domes, which are characteristic features of Persian architecture. Travellers can visit the tombs of seven Qutb Shahi rulers, and also of some of their family members and important courtiers by opting for Hyderabad city tour packages.

Chowmahalla Palace

The palace, built around 200 years ago, used to be the house of the Nizams of the city. It is renowned for the architectural elegance of its exterior, which is not often seen in lavish palaces. While exploring the property as part of their Hyderabad tour packages, travellers can visit the Clock Tower, Council Hall and Roshan Bangla. The palace was the official centre for ceremonies and accessions during the time of the Nizams. People can also book it for their personal parties and ceremonies, and lately it has become a popular spot for weddings.

Paigah Tombs

The Paigah Tombs are of members of the Shums-ul-Umrahi, who were a significant aristocratic family. Built by Nawab Taig Jung Bahadur in 1778, these structures are known for the intricate stone carvings that adorn their exterior and interior walls. Amir e Kabir I, the son of the nawab, later expanded and modified the graveyard. The geometric designs on the mausoleums are beautiful, and they are a testament to the fine craftsmanship of those times. Tourists can explore the mesmerising stucco work here, which has been a feature of Persian, Greek and Mughal styles of architecture.

Mecca Masjid

Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, the founder of the city, commissioned the construction of this grand place of worship. After years of construction, it was finally inaugurated in 1694 by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. More than 8000 labourers toiled away to bring this 67-metre long, 54-metre wide and 23-metre high holy house of god to life. The main prayer hall of the mosque can be used by almost 10,000 worshippers at once. Travellers can visit the mosque by choosing Hyderabad tour packages to bring a religious and cultural dimension to their vacations in the region.

A visit to these 5 historical buildings can be a great experience while on a tour of this place.

6 Must-visit Waterfalls during Munnar Tour

Munnar is a hill station, located in the Idukki district of Kerala. The literal meaning of the word Munnar is three rivers that refer to its location at the confluence of Nallathanni, Muthirapuzha and Kundala. It is known for the wild orchids – Neelakurinji, which bloom only once in every 12 years. This beautiful hill station is bounded by the tea gardens and travellers can enjoy amazing views of haze peaks and moving clouds from terraces of their hotels during the Munnar tour. The pleasant weather and peaceful ambience make the travel trip even more enjoyable. This stunning hill station has many attractions like vast tea plantation, hills, mountains, wildlife sanctuaries and amazing waterfalls that can be explored by tourists by booking Munnar tour packages.

Plantation and tea factory visits, paragliding, boating, cycling, tour to the wildlife sanctuaries and many other activities can be enjoyed by tourists during their visit to this beautiful place. In addition to these, Munnar also houses a number mesmerising waterfalls that can be visited by tourists during their Munnar tour.

Attukal

Attukal Waterfalls Munnar

Attukal Waterfalls Munnar

This destination, located about 9 km from the town, is an idyllic tourist attraction surrounded by hills. This cascade usually presents a panoramic view of hazy mountains. In addition to this, mesmerising valleys of this place provide many trekking routes, which make this location famous among trekkers. The real beauty of this place can be seen after the monsoon, when everything looks greener and fresher. Tourists usually visit this place for its charming sceneries, rolling hills and glittering waterfalls.

Kuthumkal

This charming cascade is located near Rajakkad in Idukki district, at a distance of 24 km from the town. Its picturesque views attract thousands of travellers every year. The water falling on rocks creates a water mist, making it a beautiful backdrop for family and group pictures. This is a perfect picnic spot to spend some quality time amidst nature.

Valara

Valara Waterfalls Munnar

Valara Waterfalls Munnar

It is located in between Adimali and Neriamangalam, at a distance of around 42 km from the town. The sound of the chilled water falling from a height of approximately 1000 metres appeals to visitors. In addition to this, they can get a chance to see rare species of birds and animals in the dense forest, surrounding this place. Its scenic beauty, misty landscape and pleasant climate attract nature lovers from all across the country.

Nyayamakad

This destination is located at a distance of 10 km from the town, on the way to Rajamala hills. It is an idyllic place for both nature and adventure lovers. Travellers can enjoy the beautiful surroundings, take a peaceful mountain walk or opt for trekking in the lush green valleys of this place. It also attracts photography lovers, who come here to capture the beauty of water falling from a height of around 1600 metres and its lush green surroundings.

Power House

It is located at a distance of around 18 km from the town. The perfect landscape, featuring the mesmerising western mountain ranges and water falling on the rocks at the height of about 2000 metres, make it an ideal destination for picnic and group outings. It is believed that the water of this waterfall has curative powers.

Cheeyappara

Located at the distance of 38 km from the town, Cheeyappara is situated at an elevation of around 1000 feet above sea level. It is one of the most beautiful cascades of Kerala, and is an important part of Munnar tour packages. The beauty of this place is at its zenith during and after monsoons. Nestled between Neriamangalam and Adimali towns, it is one of the most visited tourist spots in Kerala.

All these beautiful cascades with their picturesque surroundings are worth a visit during a Munnar tour.

Enjoy Strawberry Festival with a Mahabaleshwar Package

Located in the Satara district of Maharashtra, Mahabaleshwar is a huge plateau, which is surrounded by lush valleys. Being home to the five most revered and popular rivers – Savitri, Gayatri, Koyna, Krishna and Venna, this hill station is known for its mesmerising, scenic beauty. One of the most exotic and largest hill stations located on the Western Ghats, the city is recognised for its spiritual and religious sites as well. The place is famous both among domestic and international tourists, who come here round the year. With a Mahabaleshwar package, travellers can visit this place and explore its prominent attractions.

This city celebrates its festivals and events with great fervour. Here a number of festivals are held, such as Ganesh Chaturthi, Gudi Padawa and Thaipooyam. The concept of sculpting idols and worshipping them is one of the most common practices done here during every festival. The way of celebrating every occasion with various cultural activities like group dances and music performances makes this city an ideal place for tourists to witness the culture of the region. Another event that is much-awaited both by locals and travellers in the city is the Strawberry Festival, which is organised in March-April, every year. Tourists can come here with a Mahabaleshwar package to enjoy these festivities as well as explore the beautiful attractions of this picturesque hill station.

Strawberry Festival

Mahabaleshwar in India

Mahabaleshwar in India

This four-day event is carried out to promote tourism and increase the consumption of fruits in the entire state, especially in the twin hill stations of Panchagani and Mahabaleshwar. This event exhibits a range of raw strawberries and other products, such as pizza, bhel, sandwiches, which contain the same fruit as an ingredient. People can enjoy a free visit to Mapro Food Park, where they can also participate in various entertainment and cultural activities. Travellers should opt for such Mahabaleshwar tour packages, which include a visit to the Mapro Garden, during this event.

Mapro Garden

Being the most standard host of this popular festival since last four years, Mapro Garden is a must visit for people who are holidaying in this hill station. It is famous for its large number of strawberry produce and buzzes with hordes of people during March-April, when the festival is organised. Thus, attracting a number of nature enthusiasts from across the country as well as abroad.

Route

People can reach Mapro Garden from Mahabaleshwar via Panchagani Road, which lies from the destination at distance of 12 km; it takes approximately 20 minutes to reach from there.

Facts

It is believed that approximately 300 hundred local farmers of the state get involved in this festival to showcase their products. Cities like Pune, Nasik, Nagpur, Mumbai and Aurangabad directly indulge in marketing of these home made products, which are one of the main reasons behind the great success of the event. Even restaurants and cafés start serving sumptuous strawberry items to their guests as a part of their regular menu, as long as the event continues.

One of the major reasons behind celebrating this festival is that Maharashtra produces approximately 30 thousand tonnes of strawberries every year, and it is estimated that the state also earns almost 100 crores as revenue. According to researchers, it is said that this state produces almost 80 per cent of the total production of strawberries in the whole country. Not only this, the quality and texture of this fruit produce are supposed to be best in the city.

Travellers who are visiting Maharashtra for the first time should try to visit Mahabaleshwar, especially witness the famous strawberry festival. The event is considered to be the main attraction with many Mahabaleshwar tour packages.

3 Must-see Attractions during Rajasthan Tours

Rajasthan, lying in the north-western part of India is home to several majestic forts, magnificent palaces and placid lakes. It used to be the land of the royal Rajputs and its glorious past and charm is can still be clearly seen at historical monuments. The lavish interiors and ingenious design of these structures are admired by art lovers all across the globe. From perennial Indus River to barren Thar Desert and lofty Aravalli Ranges to sacred lakes, the state is home to diverse geographical entities. Apart from its vibrant culture, glorious history and majestic palaces, this place is also known for its enchanting temples like Birla Mandir, Dilwara Jain Temple or Brahma Mandir. Great artisans and skilful craftsmen contributed to make this state famous for handicrafts and fine architecture. Here is a list of few attractions that should not be missed people visiting this region for the first time, during their Rajasthan tours.

Hawa Mahal

This historical palace located in Jaipur, is one of the most visited tourist places in Rajasthan. Also termed as the Palace of Winds, this monument showcases a perfect blend of Mughal and Rajput styles of architecture. It was constructed by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh – a valiant Rajput ruler – in the 18th century. Like other structures in the city of Jaipur, Hawa Mahal was also showcases an extraordinary work of architecture and has been built by using pink stones. The construction of this place comprising jharokhas all across the building, gives it a beehive or a honeycomb womb look. This structure features around 953 jharokhas, which were built for the women of royal families. They used to enjoy the picturesque views and vibrancy of bustling city life from these windows.

Dilwara Jain Temple

Dilwara-Jai-Temples

Dilwara-Jai-Temples

Famous for its magnificent architecture, Dilwara Jain Temple, located in Mount Abu is an integral part of Rajasthan tours. It is a cluster of temples, and was built between 11th and 13th century AD. Fine carvings on the walls of this building display the richness of craftsmanship in the state. One of the most visited tourist places in Rajasthan, this cluster is surrounded by lush greenery of lofty hills. It is often visited by spirituality seekers, especially the followers of Jain religion. The majestic beauty of minutely designed ceilings and pillars on the upper section of the building can keep travellers spellbind. It is said that huge blocks of marbles were transported from different parts of the country to Mount Abu, with the help of elephants, to build this temple. There are a number of other revered shrines in the surrounding that are dedicated to various Jain Tirthankaras.

Lake Pichola

Situated in the centre of Udaipur, Lake Pichola is one of the most picturesque and beautiful lakes of India. It is believed to be the oldest and the largest man-made lake, which was built during the reign of Maharana Lakha, by a skilful tribal – Pichhu Banjara. The depth of this lake is more than 30 feet and it stretches in three miles, approximately. Lush green surroundings, elevated hills, bathing ghats, revered temples and enchanting palaces altogether makes this place a must visit for all nature lovers.

Home to a number of majestic temples, scenic spots, forts and palaces, Rajasthan is loved by all types of tourists. Travellers can explore the glorious and heroic past of India, perfectly amalgamated with culture, during their Rajasthan tours.

Spending Time at 4 Popular Beaches with Goa Tour Packages

Goa, located in the western part of India and flanked by the vast Arabian Sea, is visited by hordes of domestic and international tourists round the year. One of the major reasons behind the success of tourism in this state is its well-developed and vibrant beaches. It is probably the only state in India, where both commercial and secluded beaches are equally popular. Travellers who wish to spend some quality time amidst natural beauty can opt for Goa tour packages that include visits to sun-kissed, peaceful waterfronts, especially the ones in the southern part of the state.

Vagator

Vagator-Beach-Goa

Vagator-Beach-Goa

Vagator is located in the northern-most part of the state situated opposite to Charpora River. Surrounded by magnificent red cliffs, this beach is a popular destination for globetrotters with Goa holiday packages. It is divided into two parts; the northern part being the larger one. It is more popular among the youth for its vibrant water activities. On the other hand, its southern part is commonly called Orzon, famous for its serenity and scenic views. Vagator is also home to a number of restaurants and cafés, where seafood delicacies can be enjoyed.

Arambol

Situated at a distance of approximately 50 kilometres from the capital city of Panaji, Arambol is one of the most secluded and serene beaches in the country. Enveloped by rocky hills, it is famous for fresh water lagoons and hot springs. Its coastline stretches for about 16 km approximately, giving tourists a chance to boat ride and paraglide. People can also enjoy dolphin watching and swimming in the aqua blue water of the Arabian Sea here. A leisure walk along the seashore can be a splendid experience. Food lovers will never be disappointed here as they can enjoy delicious food at different popular restaurants near the beach.

Anjuna

Many Goa tour packages include a visit to the famous Anjuna Beach, which is probably the most vibrant beaches of the state. Surrounded by lush greenery of swaying palm trees, rocky hills and white sands, Anjuna is visited by a majority of international tourists. Energetic and lively parties at this place are the major attraction for youth. It is located near to the majestic Charpora Fort, which is often visited by people from Anjuna for sightseeing as the fort looks spectacular on moonlit nights. People can also stay at the luxurious hotels and resorts, which are located nearby. Apart from this, the destination also provides visitors the chance of relishing sumptuous cuisines at famous restaurants of the region.

Candolim

Located in the northern region of the capital city, Candolim Beach extends from Fort Aguada to Chapora Beach, which is situated on the coastline of the great Arabian Sea. It is probably the only beach in which special excursions are held for tourists, where they are taken into the sea. Travellers may find an interesting combination of revered churches and majestic forts, located on the coastline. For an extravagant stay, travellers can choose for luxurious resorts located in Candolim. The place is also well-connected by a number of public transportation options so that travellers may not find it difficult to visit this beach with any Goa tour packages.

Probably, the most visited place in western part of India, this state is an ultimate destination to enjoy some quality time amidst nature. From vibrant parties to magnificent churches, Goa draws travellers from all across the world. It is a must visit destination for people who are travelling to the country for the first time and to add to that the excursion to the top 4 beaches of this place can be a great experience.