Dehradun is the gateway to the famous hill station of Mussoorie and the pilgrimage spots of Haridwar and Rishikesh. This city is famous for its weather, Dehradun climate remains salubrious throughout the year. Dehradun City is one of the oldest cities of India, bejeweled-like a glittering jewel in the lower Himalayan mountain ranges. The city is perched at an elevation of 435 meters and is currently enjoying its stature as the capital of Uttarakhand.
FRI or Forest Research Institute in Dehradun is a primary institution in the field of forest research in India. The campust is cradled in the arms of Dehra. Forest Research Institute is one of the oldest and biggest forest-based training institutes in India. The institute is well-known for its research work. Its marvellous architecture that dates to British Raj attracts many visitors.
Sahastradhara, which is a small tourist attraction for caves and waterfalls, is a hub for travelers from all over India. Sahastradhara, literal meaning thousand fold of spring, is a large collection of water pools, where water drips from limestone stalactites, turning it to sulfur springs. Taking a bath in Sahastradhara is considered as auspicious as the water contains some medicinal properties, which can heal anyone suffering from ailments like muscle ache, poor blood circulation, acne and even arthritis.
One of the popular destinations in Dehradun, Tapkeshwar Temple is one of the most visited temples in the region. This destination is thronged by young travellers as an unlikely but ideal picnic spot as well. After taking a short trek through the forest, you are confronted by the simple yet inspiring edifice of the Tapkeshwar Temple. Cool sulphur water springs here are available for pilgrims to take a bath in before they enter the main temple.
Rishikesh has spectacular view of jungle-clad hills. Rishikesh has also confluence of River Ganges and Chandrabhaga. The glorious attraction of Rishikesh is none other than the great river Ganges herself, running rapidly throughout the city. In the ancient time and still so many yogis, rishis, sages and sannyasis attracted to Rishikesh to practice yoga in this peaceful location. Since then, Rishikesh has known as an abode of sages. Rishikesh is a holy town with so many Ashrams and it is famous for the yoga world wide. Rishikesh is now world famous as a Yoga Capital of the world. Every year during the March month one week long International yoga festival is hosted by Rishikesh.
There are many adventure activities that will appeal to the adventure seekers. Some activities tourists can try at Rishikesh are bungee jumping, Rafting, Flying Fox, Cliff Jumping, Body Surfing, kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing, rappelling, and zip lining.
Triveni Ghat is the biggest ghat in Rishikesh. 'Maha Aarti' happens every evening at Triveni Ghat. Triveni Ghat plays an essential role in Hindu Mythology and is also mentioned in the epics Ramayan and Mahabharat. The Triveni Ghat is also where the chattri of Lord Krishna was constructed. In fact, the ghat is considered to be the cremation ground for the great Lord Krishna.
The Lakshman Jhula is a famous hanging bridge across the river Ganga that connects two villages, Tapovan in the Tehri Garhwal district and Jonk in the Pauri Garhwal district. The Lakshman Jhula is extremely well known amongst tourists because of the rich mythological associations that are connected with the bridge. It is widely believed that Lord Lakshman, the younger brother of Lord Rama, had crossed the river Ganga at this same site, where the bridge now majestically stands for all to see.
Corbett National Park, set amidst the foothills of Himalayas, houses a variety of flora and fauna including rare ones such as tigers and is a treat for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers. The first national park in India, Jim Corbett National Park was established in 1936 as Hailey National Park and is home to the critically endangered species of the Royal Bengal Tiger. It was the first place where Project Tiger was launched in 1973. Located in Uttarakhand and along the banks of Ramaganga River, it is home to around more than 480 species of flora and fauna. Spread over an area of more than 500 sq km covering riverine belts, hills, marshy depressions, lakes, streams and grasslands. The Park is divided into 5 zones: Bijrani, Dhikala, Jhirna, Domunda and Sonanandi and all of them have different gates. A visit to Corbett National Park is incomplete without a jungle safari, so make sure you go for a safari. There are many resorts inside the national park for a perfect getaway.
Jim Corbett National Park, part of the enormous and all-inclusive Corbett Tiger Reserve. The coexistence of the resident animals, birds and reptiles with the vast ecosphere combining the ravines and ridges of the lesser Himalayas with the subtropical and deciduous forests and minor streams makes it worth spending a good chunk of the day traversing the area. The only permissible way to do so is to avail the safari services offered at the park. There are five safari zones in the Corbett National park: the Bijrani zone, the Jhirna zone, the Durgadevi zone, the Dhela zone, and the Dhikala zone.
Dedicated to Goddess Parvati, Garjia Devi temple perched atop a huge rock in the midst of Kosi River is also home to the deities of Baba Bhairon, Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesha and Goddess Saraswati. A large fair is conducted in the temple on Karthik Poornima..
Goa is known for its striking landscape, famous beaches in India, astounding monuments and churches and bustling Goa nightlife. Goa is one of the most visited tourist places in India, especially on weekends, as it is not very far from Mumbai and having Panaji as its capital and Vasco da Gama as the largest city. It attracts a large number of tourists from all over the world, round the year. There are several places to visit & tourist attraction points in Goa, making the Goa travel information and tourism guide incredibly rich with Goa Map & Images. In this amazing beach town, you find a number of options for cheap Goa hotel packages, budget rates for Goa resorts & luxury accommodation with a large range of Goa hotels and resorts. Also there are several affordable tours & packages available for Goa tour.
Calangute beach in Goa is also known as the Queen of Beaches. The period from November to February is the most pleasant to visit here. It's 15km from the capital city Panjim. The beach itself isn't anything special, with steeply shelving sand, however it's capacity is large enough to accommodate the huge number of high-season visitors. The Calangute beach is usually crowded and the small resorts thrive in business during the holiday season. It is one of the most popular beach in Goa with a host of facilities to cater to visitors, including golden sand along the beach and water sports.
Famous throughout the Roman Catholic world, the imposing Basilica de Bom Jesus contains the tomb and mortal remains of St Francis Xavier, the so-called Apostle of the Indies. Prominent in the design of the facade is the intricately carved central rectangular pediment, embellished with the Jesuit emblem ‘IHS', an abbreviation of the Latin ‘Iesus Hominum Salvator’ (Jesus, Saviour of Men). This is the only church in Old Goa not plastered on the outside, the lime plaster having been stripped off by a zealous Portuguese conservationist in 1950. Apparently his notion was that exposed to the elements, the laterite stone of which the basilica is built would become more durable and thus the building would be strengthened.
Standing on the crumbling ramparts of what was once the most formidable and impregnable of the Portuguese forts in India, one looks out at a panoramic ocean vista, witnessing the confluence of the Mandovi River and Arabian Sea, over which the fort has kept watch for more than four hundred years. This is so majestic a sight that it is easy to picture a Portuguese galleon or carrack on the horizon, on the last leg of its arduous voyage from far off Portugal around the Cape of Good Hope, finally able to make safe harbour and replenish its supplies.
Chopta is a picturesque hamlet which is still unexplored by travelers, is also famous as "Mini Switzerland of Uttarakhand". Wake up with cool salubrious breeze and chirping of birds in Chopta which is a far cry from the blaring horns of the cities and other hill stations, morning view from Chopta is invigorating when the crimson rays of sun kisses the snow-laden Himalayas. This hushed abode is enclosed by the dwindling pines, deodars, rhododendrons and other conifers that can be found in this region, which makes Chopta rich in flora and fauna.
Tungnath Temple, among the highest erected shrines of Lord Shiva, nestled at an altitude of 3,680 m. It has been magnetizing millions of Hindu pilgrims from the last five years because of its majestic setting and religious significance. A mild aroma of marigold and sandalwood, a gentle puff of air, vistas of snow clad mountains and scenic exquisiteness bestow one an exceptional sort of feeling and never let him/her have a sense of fatigue or exhaustion.
Deoria Tal Chandrashila trek is inviting you to revel in the utmost beauty held by one of the beautiful lakes in the Himalayas as well as the mighty peaks protecting the valleys and villages. The exciting trek starts after you reach Haridwar from where you will be going to Sari passing by the views of the Ganga and Alakananda Rivers and the pilgrim centres of Rishikesh, Devprayag and Rudraprayag will surely let you feel holy. The Mandakini valley you come across before reaching Kund would have many surprises prior to you settling down near the river at the campsite at Sari.
The Kanchula Korak Deer Musk Sanctuary houses the famous Musk Deer and more importantly, and abundance of lush green vegetation, a lot of varieties of which are claimed by locals to have not even been scientifically classified yet. Sprawled over an area of 5 sq. km, you can spend a larger bit of your day here, lazing around with a pair of binoculars to explore the place
Shimla is the capital and the largest city of Himachal Pradesh in India. Set amidst beautiful hills and mystical woods, Shimla has been a very popular hill-station among Indian families and honeymooners since the last 50 years. British loved this city so much that they made Shimla their summer capital in 1864 and used to rule the sub-continent from here whenever the temperature rose in the nearby plains. Shimla still retains its old world charm with beautiful colonial architecture, pedestrian-friendly Mall Road and beautiful churches. The weather is pleasant for most of the months with tourists flocking especially during the summer months. The winters are cold with some days of snow from mid-December till February end. Tourists flock to the centrally located Mall Road and the Ridge, a walking only area which is lined up with multiple shops, cafes and restaurants.
At the center of the town is The Shimla Ridge, which offers spectacular views of the mountain peaks of the land. The Ridge is a spacious open space that runs from east to west along the Mall, which is yet another famous tourist destination. It connects to the Scandal point on the west. If you love the view of mountains, this is your dream destination. The marvelous view of snow-clad mountain ranges spellbinds you.
The Mall is the main street of the hill station. Running parallel but lower to The Ridge, this shopping arcade is dotted with modern day showrooms, departmental stores and hip restaurants. The front side of Gaiety Theater and Town Hall buildings are on this street. Himachal Emporium at the west end of the arcade sells locally made handicrafts and handloom products. Scandal Point, the place where The Ridge and The Mall converge, is a good place to catch up with the day’s news and gossip.
The Kalka to Shimla route is best travelled by way of the toy train that runs on a narrow-gauge track and is known for its dramatic views of the hills and surrounding villages. The historic Kalka Shimla Toy train is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List and takes individuals on a ride amongst vast green hills and deodar and pine forests. The journey was carved through the abundance of nature in Himachal Pradesh during the British rule due to which the Kalka Shimla Toy toy train is bound to take you back to a completely different era in history and through one of the most scenic railway journeys in India.