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Travelling is one of the most exciting hobbies that a person can possibly have. This is a kind of hobby that demands fitness of the body and a quest for adventure of the mind. Hence some of the most beautiful yet adventurous road trips of India must be done within the age of thirty, when the body of the individual permits the hectic tour.

In the current discussion we shall be taking a look at the ten most beautiful and the most exciting road trips of India that must be undertaken by the time the body would be permitting the hectic nature of the adventure.of the River Beas that meanders along with this road trip. This is a road trip that can help you to e enjoy the Himachal to its fullest.

1. Manali to Leh: 

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The first road trip that must be mentioned in this perspective is that from Manali to Leh Highway. This is one of the most picturesque road trips of India that also happens to be highly strenuous. This stretch of the road is open mostly during the summers and mainly for about five months a year. It is a 479 km stretch and requires a time of two days to get completed.

2. Mumbai to Goa:

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The reckless years of your youth is probably never complete without undertaking the beautiful trip from Mumbai to Goa. This is a drive that requires no introduction at all and this national Highway 17 is one of the most pleasurable rides of the nation. This is a distance of 605 kilometers that can be covered within a time span of ten hours. Chiplun is one of the most appropriate places where one can take a break from the journey.

3. Jaipur to Ranthambore:

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The next road trip that should be on your bucket list is from Jaipur to Ranthambore. This trip from the pink city to the land of the roaring tiger is one that will be filled with a large number of adventures. One can spot a large cat – tiger on the way, making the trip one of the super adventure trips of your life.

4. Pune to Lonavala:

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An easy and breezy weekend trip is the best get away from the entire week’s fatigue and hard work. This is what can be attained from the road trip to Lonavala. Lonavala is known for its lush green picturesque landscape and the delicious chikki that are available in and around the place. It is a stretch of 93 kilometers and can be considered to be one of the best road trips of the nation.

5. Vizag to Araku Valley:

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Vishakhapatnam is though known as the steel city, yet it is one of the most beautiful parts of the country. This is the city where one can see the union of the Bay of Bengal romancing the Western Ghats. The road trip from Vizag to Araku valley is one that is marked with pristine beauty. The road spans over a stretch of 116 kilometers and one can come across beautiful places like the Borra caves and the Tatipudi Reservoir. This stretch must be visited within the span of October and March. This is one of the most popular road trips of the country.

6. Shimla to Manali:

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If one is looking for a road trip across the mountains of the nation, then the road trip from Shimla to Manali via Mandi happens to be one of the most inviting options. This is a 250 kilometre road stretch that is based across the hilly terrain of the nation. Travelling across this road strip can be one of the most exciting experiences. The scenic beauty of the trip gets accentuated by the presence of the River Beas that meanders along with this road trip. This is a road trip that can help you to e enjoy the Himachal to its fullest.

7. Chennai to Pondicherry:

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Straight from the north we now move to the south. The road trip from Chennai to Pondicherry undertaken along the east coast is one of the road trips that must be undertaken. It is one of the most beautiful road trips that should be taken at least once in your lifetime. The sea on one side of the road creates a beautiful and picturesque effect so that the traveler can be deported to a new land of beauty and attraction. This is a 160 kilometers that can be covered within a span of three hours.

8. Guwahati to Tawang:

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From the south of the nation one can now move to the northeast of the country. The road trip from Guwahati to Tawang is one of the most challenging and also beautiful road trips that can be undertaken in the northeast. These two ends are placed on two extremes of the beautiful terrain. This road is a distance of 520 kilometers and this stretch could be covered within a span of ten hours.

9. Puri to Konark:

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We can now move to the eastern frontier of the nation. The land of Orissa is known as a land of pristine and holistic beauty. The road trip from Puri to that of Konark is one that can be considered to be one of the most mesmerizing and beautiful stretches of the nation. This highway is one of the picturesque stretches of the nation. This is a stretch that can offer great photographic goals for a person.

10. Chalakkudy to Pollachi:

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The last road trip destination that must be included in your bucket list is that of Chalakkudy and Pollachi. This is one of the most beautiful road trips that can be seen in the Western Ghats forests of the country. The national Highway NH47 is one of the most suitable road stretches that must be taken to cover this road trip. The road is a highly picturesque one that can offer a beautiful stretch drive that will be filled with beautiful scenic beauty. One can also get amenities like a petrol pump on the road so that you can travel in a safe and a sound manner.

Road trips are exciting propositions that has a feel of adventure and excitement to them. One embarking on these trips must be prepared with the basic amenities. This will ensure that you will be having a safe, secure and a highly enjoyable road trip. What’s more? Gear up your Harley Davidson or Royal Enfield and fly like a bird on Indian roads.

We all know that summer is around the corner when a lot of students stop playing cricket and start studying for the exams, besides the heat of the Sun. It would also mean that in another few weeks a lot of school children will get to enjoy their summer vacation, and it gives a great excuse for the parents to take a break from their strenuous work schedules.

When we talk about summer vacations, especially in Tamil Nadu, we are generally referring to the summer hotspots like Ooty and Kodaikanal. There is more to summer than these two places that have been made famous by a lot of movies. There are a lot of places that are still untouched by the commercial elements and offer a very peaceful and serene vacation.

Masinagudi:

Perched somewhere at the end of the Nilgiris, Masinagudi is literally eclipsed by Ooty! People who would like to break away from their strenuous schedules and enjoy a vacation that is in Commune with nature opt for Masinagudi as one of the primary choices. What makes Masinagudi even more awesome is that it is a great place for you to set up a cab on the flat hilltops over a few things that give you a Direct Access to the star-studded Sky, the chiller climate and the Grand display of nature garnished with the symphony of the birds that sing in the morning.

Masinagudi

If you have got a vehicle of your own, then Masinagudi should figure out in the list of places that you would like to visit for a summer vacation.

Valparai:

Deep within the Anamalai mountains, this little town of Valparai provides a perfect escapade for someone who is on the Lookout for a perfect summer vacation in Tamil Nadu. With lush greenery, Pristine waterfalls, winding roads, vast expanses of tea Gardens, and only a few options for a stay, including the government Cottage, Valparai presents itself as one of the most ideal locations for someone who does not want to stay away only from the heat, but also from the crowd.

Valparai

Valparai is quite accessible from Pollachi, which again is quite accessible from Coimbatore, by air and rail as well.

Megamalai:

Just a little off the fabled town of Theni, which is quite famous for its grape plantations and lush Green Fields, lies this quaint town of Megamalai. This place, although has not many sightseeing options to offer comma is a great place for a group of friends who would love to chill out for the summer or a couple who are on the Lookout for a romantic vacation where they get to spend time with themselves than in visiting locations.

Meghamalai

Megamalai has only one Government guest house and is quite accessible by bus and train from Theni and by air from Madurai.

A quiet walk in the crude footpaths between the tea plantation in the Twilight is definitely and experience worth treasuring.

Let us not keep ourselves confined to the classics, for travel is not about exploring the famous places, but is more about making the places famous, because our explorations matter as well.

Today, we celebrate the International Women’s Day! This is yearly observance that has become more of a fad than a day to celebrate the joy and awesomeness of womanhood. However, even in all this had come up there massive elements of genuinity, revolution, and women taking a whole new stance and position with respect to what they can do in the world!

It is true that there is no field that women have not excelled in. There have been inventors, sports persons, executive, national leaders, social activists and even revolutionaries from the feminine gender who have made an evergreen, or probably an ever-pink mark on the society. The field of traveling and Exploration is not an exception to the list of fields that women are taking over by storm. Today, let us look at a few women who have made a massive mark in the field of travel and expiration.

Bachendri Pal:

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We, as Indians, would surely have expected this name to be on the top of the list. How can it not be when we can take so much pride in what this woman has achieved?  Bachendri Pal is the first woman to have conquered the 8848m high peak of Mount Everest. To those who might question the difference in the time between Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary doing it, versus Bachendri Pal’s scaling of the peak, it is to be considered that Bachendri Pal had not to conquer only the altitude of the Mount Everest but also the patriarchal and chauvinistic attitude of the Indian men who only thought that women should be confined to the kitchen and should not go out to explore the mountains!

Freya Stark:

Freya Stark is what happens when you combine Tony Stark, Lawrence of Arabia and The Godfather into a woman. Freya Stark was an Italian by birth, but there is no territory in the Middle East that was left and explode by her. Her deployment as a Voluntary Health Aid during the First World War gave her the courage and the platform to explore all what is in the Middle East, ranging right from Lebanon to Afghanistan. The interesting facts here is that she was inspired the travel to the Middle East by the stories written in Arabian Nights. You never know what a book could inspire you to be! When you cannot travel physically, books are the best way to travel wherever you want. Keeping this in mind, Freya Stark has authored too many books that give you a great clips of what the Middle East and the Afghanistan regions are all about.

Octavie Coudreau:

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You could not get any points for getting her nationality. As her name implies, she is French. She was born in the year 1870, and she lived on this planet for just 40 years. in this short span of her life, she has carved a Legacy for herself that will not be surpassed.More than an Explorer, she is considered a geographer of much of South America’s Amazon Basin. If today, the Amazonian rainforest fascinate you, and if it has inspired the stories of Indiana Jones and Anaconda, it can all be attributed to the bravery and daring nature of this woman. Her exploration of Amazon was not just for the sake of exploring but rather for finding good water resources for the local farmers. She even lost her husband in this Endeavour, but she never give up her hope and passion to explore. We are looking at a living, breathing example of a strong and independent woman,  with just a tag that she lived more than 100 years ago. The fact that she held the role of the official Explorer for the Government of France is a resounding testimony to the awesomeness that she excludes, and for your information, this role was always reserved for men!

Ann Bancroft:

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An exploration is not always about finding uncharted roots, but also about challenging the chartered routes that have been defined as very difficult to encounter. This is precisely what Ann Bancroft accomplished. Ann Bancroft became the first woman to reach the North Pole And the South Pole. Despite being diagnosed with dyslexia, she graduated in physical education from the University of Oregon, and later went on to ditch her career in physical education to take up a responsibility of a gym wilderness instructor. Ann Bancroft is almost like the female version of Roald Amundsen. She have numerous records to her credit including but not limited to being the first woman to reach the north pole by foot, being the first woman to reach both the north pole and South Pole, the leader of the first all women’s team to reach the north pole, and the first female to ski across Greenland. To this day, she inspire a lot of women into following their passion even if it means opposing the entire world for it.

Laura Dekker:

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Let’s not confine ourselves to the women of the past when it comes to exploration. The women of today are in no way inferior to their thirst and passion to explore. A fine example of this statement is Laura Dekker. She became the youngest person to sail Around The World single-handedly. Braving the Rough Seas And The Monster waves does take a lot of courage, and it seems that Laura Dekker has more than enough of it. She started to sail when she was just 15, and she sailed for a whopping 518 days before she landed at Saint Martins. The sad part here is, even in the year 2009, she had to face a lot of challenges before she embarked on this history-making Voyage of her!

Let us all admit it! That  is a lot that has changed in this world when it comes to women achieving things. Nobody knits there eyelashes to see a woman go the distance and Conquer everything that was one confined to just being a privilege of men. It is to be understood that women innately have a desire to explore, and the exploration only becomes better if she is given the freedom to do whatever she wants in her life. If she were to be provided with the essential support and guidance, there is no limit to what a woman can achieve in the field of travel and Exploration!

The month of March might remind people about different things like examinations and taxation, but when it comes to Celebration, the month of March can’t remind us of anything better than the colorful festival of Holi. This festival is celebrated with great pomp and show In many parts of North India and also in a few places in the South. Although this festival has a Universal appeal with regards to colors, there are a few places that stand out in the list of places where Holi is celebrated with a greater intensity of celebration!

Here are a few places where Holi is celebrated in the most amazing fashion:

Hampi –  the Holi of South India:

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We have always thought of Holi to be a North Indian festival. While it is true to a considerable extent, it is not fair to totally Quarantine South India from this celebration.  the former capital of the Vijayanagara Kingdom is also a hot seat for the celebration of Holi in South India. Maybe, the driving force behind Holi being such a great celebration in Hampi is because of the overwhelming number of Travellers from the west who throng in huge numbers to see this  UNESCO World Heritage site. In all this, it has to be acknowledged that Hampi is a great place to celebrate Holi where the entire town dons a very festive mood with a lot of colors, drums, and celebrations overall.

Dharavi Slum in Mumbai:

The very image that hits our head when we hear the word ‘slum’ is that of a depressing, downtrodden and a chaotic agglomeration of cottages and kutcha houses. However, during the time of holy, this place sports a totally different flavor altogether. People who are familiar with the evergreen Tamil film Nayagan would be aware of the festivity of Holi aptly portrayed in the song ‘Andhi Mazhai Megham.’ there are specialized tour and travel packages that cater to providing you the experience of playing Holi with the children in the slums of Dharavi, where the happiness of Holi is totally unattenuated and cute to say the least.

Anandpur Sahib in Punjab:

We have always been full as a festival of colors and not as anything else. However, in this place called Anandpur Sahib in Punjab, Holi takes a Sikh avatar. Conceptualized by the tenth Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh, this festival is called as Hola Mohalla. Instead of people playing with colors, you can see a lot of games and activities that showcase the strength and the sportiveness of the people around. The events include wrestling, Sword fighting, martial arts and even Turban tying. This is not just a festival, but more of a tradition. The practice of Hola Mohalla dates back to the year 1701.

Cultural Holi at Shantiniketan:

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The very name Shantiniketan would be giving away for who started this culture. Yes, it is none other than India’s very own Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. This festival is a fine example of how Bengal mergers the core aspects of its culture along with the cultural signatures of India. The festival is observed as Basanta Utsav, literally translate into spring festival. People who gather for this festival get dressed up in the colors of spring and dance around the campus of the sprawling Visva Bharati University. This, however, ends with the sprinkling of colors which makes the festival Indian as much as the festival is Bengali.

The Royal Holi at Udaipur:

It can’t be helped that anything that has got to do with Rajasthan, and especially the cities of Udaipur, Bikaner, and Jaisalmer has a touch of ‘Royal’ in it. The Holi celebration at Udaipur is not an exception to this Golden rule. One of the signatures of the Holi celebration in the Mewar district is insanely huge Bonfire that is it on the night before the Holi. The Holi celebration at Udaipur would not be complete without the magnificent procession of the Royal Family of Mewar.

We have always looked at India to be a melange of cultures. Nothing from pets this fact as loud and clear as the celebration of Holi. You can see a riot of colors in every Street that you visit, and you can see Smiles and happiness on the faces of people that are even greater than the vividness of the colors. There is still a festival that has to match up with the awesomeness and magnificence of Holi!

Thailand is a place that is so known for its party, it’s beaches and a whole lot of a vivid spectrum of things that it offers. Wildest cliches make Thailand a great tourist destination, there are a lot of other attractions that make Thailand worth visiting even beyond these little things.

Here are a few destinations in Thailand that are so offbeat, that you might not have even thought about visiting them.

The Siriraj Medical Museum:

This Hospital is the equivalent of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences for Thailand. the Royal family of Thailand gets their medical treatments from this Institute. It’s more than a century old and boasts of a royal lineage that a few other institutes can even think about! However, the museum of this institute has a very easy connotation. Housing some weird artifacts like bones, preserved organs, pathological fetuses, parasitic worms, and The Skeleton of the founder of this Institute, this Museum presents itself as a weird centre of attraction.

Siriraj

The Amulet Market :

As the name implies, there is an entire corridor filled with thousands of Sacred trinkets that are permitted to offer protection against all kinds of Evil. This amulet market is frequented by locals and international tourists. There are different kinds of amulets that range from chunks of wood to even real human body parts like hair. These amulet are said to carry some divine or secret magical power that could be in the form of parts of temples from far away like incense sticks, or pieces of metal or medals blessed by monks, or even some are millets that have engraved images of Buddha.

Amulet

One thing that makes the amulet market special, whether you call it good or bad, is that there are no guides. You have to identify your kind of amulet all by yourself. This makes the visit to this place even more interesting, just to watch other people pick their amulets.

The Haunted Skyscraper :

From the early to the mid-nineties, Thailand was a booming economy. However, during the 1997 Asian financial crisis, the economy of Thailand cell considerable and it contract it to as low as 10%. This is left a lot of projects in progress hanging Midway.

One of these unfortunate projects is a 49 story skyscraper that was known as the Sathorn Unique. Bringing together both residential and commercial elements, this skyscraper was all set to be the face of Thailand economic growth but the economic depression thought otherwise. This has left the building in a very easy state giving it quite a haunted appearance. Adding to this is the mystery in abandoned rooms, lifelike mannequins, and a picture of the King.

This building was closed for commercial exploitation in June 2016. However for those who have some pumping adrenaline and a thirst for adventure this building is not totally of the limits. As responsible travel promoters, we would recommend you to exercise at most care to avoid injuries from deformed ceilings and damaged metal sheets.

The Bangkok Aeroplane Graveyard :

Those who are familiar with the concept of flight graveyards might know the Davis-Monthan air force base in Arizona. This south-east Asia answer to Arizona albeit in a flavor of being commercial and touristy. Dubious thanks to a flight crash that happened in the late 90s, the Boeing MD 82 was considered a bad omen. One of the Planes that was disengaged from the workforce became a dwelling place for one couple in the outskirts of Bangkok. In 2015, another Boeing 787 was added to this site to serve as an additional point of attraction. These two together, so as living spaces and centers of revenue for the people who live here.

Graveyard

The family that lives here has very aesthetically defaced the plane. They have removed the seats, the paneling, the television sets, and the oxygen masks. Adding to this they have ever done the interiors to make it real home-like and well decorated. The steps to these homes are made of discarded aircraft tyres. Just like any other Thai attraction and just like any other Royal citizen of Thailand, the interiors of this plane also has a photograph of the king of Thailand.

If this one has finished your curiosity and you have decided to visit this plane homes, make sure that you remember that this is a private property and not a public place. The respect for privacy and everything that is in there is to be regarded at highest intensity point

The Museum of Counterfeit Goods :

If there is a point at which China exerts a lot of pressure over Thailand, it has to be in the form of counterfeiting a lot of branded products. The law and order officials of Thailand have taken a very weird yet effective step to counter these. They have created a museum exclusively for counterfeit goods.

Sitting on the 26 floor of the law and order headquarters of Bangkok, this is a rather weird place to display counterfeit goods. However, the utility value is of utmost importance. You have a guided tour by a law and order executive who is well was in pointing out counterfeit goods, and they will tell you in detail how to spot counterfeit goods and how to stay away from getting fleeced.

Counterfeit

This place has a collection of over 3500 counterfeit products including but not limited to clothing brands like Gucci Armani and a lot more, toys and even Automobile parts. It is no surprise that the allegation by the officials is that 95% of these counterfeited goods come from China. The intensity of counterfeiting is so much that only 500 products out of the 3500 can be put on display.

If you are interested in doing some intense shopping in Thailand, this is one place that you should definitely visit, not for knowing what to buy but for knowing what not to buy!

The Giant Swing :

Why Led Zeppelins have given us the eternal Joy of Stairway to Heaven, the people of Thailand have stepped out a little out of the box and have given a swing to heaven. Made of teak wood that is over 20 meters tall and a couple of centuries old, this swing is thought to be the good luck charm for the men of Thailand.

Swing

Until 1935, this swing used to be a part of a famous ceremony where men climb onto it and swing the full distance to Grab a bag full of coins which was supposed to bring them a lot of good luck in everything that they did. However due to the overwhelming number of deaths that happen because of the ceremony, this swing was shut down in 1935. Today this swing serves as a grim testimony to some of the weird ceremony is that Thailand used to have.

The Queen’s Institute :

Talk about Southeast Asia to any nature-aficionado, and they cannot imagine a Southeast Asia without venomous Snakes and insects. This mandated that Thailand had to have some extremely good command over the medical procedures regarding snake bites and insect harms. This is the very reason why the Queen’s Institute exists today.

This Institute was started with a motive to create and research on vaccines and medicines for rabies and smallpox. When the instances of snake bites started to increase in Thailand, the institute shifted its focus in research on Venom and extraction of anti-venom.

Today, this Institute houses several species of venomous snakes, their antivenom, and even has a show which displays how to extract the Venom from the snake for the purpose of creating the anti-venom.

As Offbeat as Thailand can be :

It is high Time We moved out of the confines of beaches and parties when we think the toilet. Thailand has a lot of attractions and is a very Wholesome tourist destination, but sadly has been pushed to be in a party Paradise.

Let this serve as a guide for you to explore all the other options that Thailand offers comma and enjoy this beautiful place. Because sometimes, Thailand is a lot more than just the items that are offered even in the best tour packages to Thailand!

Today, without much fanfare, there was a celebration that went on, that a lot of people would not have even bothered recognizing! Today is the International men’s day.

Men's Day

At this moment is day without so much Hue and cry, let us remember a man who lived just for 55 years and made history by being the undisputed first person to reach both the north pole and the South Pole. He is none other than the Norwegian Explorer Roald Amundsen!

Amundsen

Being born into a family of sailors and ship captain, the concept of exploration was not new to Roald Amundsen as a child. However, he decided to push the limits beyond what others would have not imagined to even in their wildest dreams! To give you an example of how this genius of an Explorer was loyal to both his mother and his passion, he was a student of medicine until 21, until his mother died, and after that, he quit his University studies to explore his passion in the seas.

Roald Amundsen was a part of the great Belgian Antarctic expedition where he joined as the first meet. All the things that he learned during this expedition came in as valuable life lessons. This includes lessons on how to treat Scurvy in the times when the supply of Vitamin C is really rare.

Not contented with the way Canada was being reached on those days, through the United States or through the ports in the south-east, Roald Amundsen set out on an expedition to find what we call today as the Northeast passage to Canada. Just to give you a scale of how difficult the expedition would have been, the ship that he used to sail to explore the straits, was officially brought back to Norway only in the year 1972.

And all his test for this adventure and expeditions, he made sure that he was loyal to his king and his country. After Norway got freedom from Sweden, he sent a message to the king stating that the discovery of the Northeast Passage to Canada will be a great feather in the glory of Norway, and he signed it off with the words your loyal servant!

Little did Roald Amundsen know that the discovery of the Northeast passage was only a beginning for all what he was going to explore in the oncoming years. The time that he spent in North Canada along with the tribals called the Inuit, he was able to learn a lot of lessons that would prove to be of great value to him in all the future years of his adventurous Travels.

Amundsen Dogs

He was able to outdo his competitor Robert Scott only because adopted a lot of techniques that were really practical. He deployed sled Dogs for transportation as opposed to horses. He used animal skin for protection against cold as opposed to woolen Parkas which do not offer any protection if they get wet.

What made the name Roald Amundsen and Immortal one in the history of exploration was his Discovery, or rather the reaching of the south pole in Antarctica. Once considered inaccessible because of the extreme conditions, this hero proved to the entire world otherwise. He took his ship from Norway to the Ross ice shelf on a 6-month long voice that started from June 1910 to January 1911. Using all the techniques that he had learned in North Canada, like using dogs legs and for or animal skin quotes, Roald Amundsen was able to get a leading edge, a little ahead of all the other competing explorers.

South Pole

On the 14th of December 1911, Roald Amundsen team reached the South Pole. They got rid of about 30 to 34 Days Ahead Of the team of Robert Scott. With great difficulty, they returned to the earth shift camp on the 25th of January with just 11 dogs surviving point on the 7th of March 1912, Roald Amundsen made his success known to the entire world.

It is said that it is very difficult to satisfy people with passion. This Roald Amundsen was one among that rare breed of men. He embarked on an expedition to reach the north pole. While he faced a lot of challenges like a damaged flight, cleaning 600 pounds of snow on the address for the flight to take off only by consuming 400 grams of food in a day, and defying all the possibilities of failure, Roald Amundsen return to Norway as a triumphant Explorer with a distinction of having reached both the poles!

North Pole

The Legacy of this great Explorer lives in a lot of places that bear his name on the coast of Antarctica.

Not only his life was something insanely awesome, but his death was something worthy to be treasured as a great memory. Roald Amundsen disappeared into the Barents sea while he was on a rescue mission in The Arctic. The combined forces of France and Norway could not retrieve the bodies of the people who had dedicated their lives to rescue the lives of others in distress.

This is what an episode of manliness looks like. Roald Amundsen was a person who dedicated his life to pursue his passion. He was not blinded by any win or fancy. He dedicated his life to learn what would make him better in the pursuit of his passion, no matter where the lessons came from. He was a loyal servant to his Kingdom, and to his country. He has left a ledger see that will be remembered in all the years to come, for as long as humanity survives.

We, as travel facilitators, are bound to respect the immense contributions of this man, and his commitment to travel as a passion.

5 Aquatic Adventures To Indulge In Singapore

    Aquatic sports is one of the greatest attractions for tourist, whether International or national. Singapore is a city that has a large number of water sports attractions. These attractions are for people of all age groups. If the attraction area is equipped with proper apparatus and functions under good guidance, then they are a hassle and danger-free entertainment option.

Stand Up Paddling

    If surfing sounds to be an adventurous choice for you, then you can go for another better option – stand up paddling. This is a much easier alternative. This is a sport that can be tried by anybody above the age of seven. You can do this in positions of kneeling or while standing on the surfboard. You can move ahead by using a row. However, it is imperative that you are a good swimmer. Once you are comfortable with the style you can try pilates and yoga for more fun. You can get instructor support and advice for better safety.

Stand-Up-Paddling

    You can get training for Stand Up Paddling at SUP School. It is open even for kids above seven years. Once you master Stand Up Paddling, you can try yourself by adding  Pilates and Yoga to the sport. The training cost would be between S$60-S$100.

Venue: Tanjong Beach, Sentosa

Outrigger Canoeing

Outrigger-Canoeing

   The outrigger canoe is water sport that is filled with excitement and adventure. There are instructing boards and experts who can give you important tips on the techniques that should be followed for better safety and support. These training sessions are often ninety minutes long where you can get to know about the positions to main while you are in the canoe, paddling patterns and the postures to be maintained. You can include kids over the age of 12. Singapore Paddle Club offers excellent training at a reasonable cost (i.e.) S$50 for three sessions.

Venue: Silosa Beach Walk, Sentosa

Sailing

Sailing

     Dinghy sailing is yet again another popular water sport that can be tried while you are in Singapore. However, prior to trying this please ensure that you have a good affinity for the sea. You can get training sessions where you will be taken to the northeastern coast of the city and will be trained throughout the day. You can learn tricks of tying sailing knots, get to know the various terms used by seamen. You can get to know the various trick of sailing. Kids above the age of 14 can try the sport. The cost of learning Sailing Proficiency Course is S$160.50 per session and the Level 1 Course is S$535 for four sessions.

Venue: 32, Netheravon Road

Adventure Water Rides

Adventure-Water-Rides

    Wild Wild Wet is one of the most popular water sports parks in Singapore where you can get a large number of adventure rides. The rapid speed and the adventure ride are super exciting and fun. Children must be accompanied by elders for guidance and better safety. There are rides where the age specifications are maintained which must be adhered to. You must abide by the rules of the park so that you can enjoy to the fullest.

Venue: Wild Wild Wet, Pasir Ris Close

Jet blending

Jet-blending

    The jet packs are yet again one of the most popular water sports that is done at the Ola beach club. This is one of the best attractions in Singapore that attracts tourist who has indulged from the various parts of the world. Prior to the experience, you will be given a good training on the various safety aspects and the ways the apparatus is to be used and secured. This will help you to be secure and enjoy to the fullest.

Venue: Ola Beach Club, Sentosa

           These water sports are for one and all. With good training and security apparatus, you can enjoy some best moments.

Best Waterfalls around Tamil Nadu

Waterfalls are one of the best of nature’s creation. When a river falls into a plunge pool followed by a vertical drop it creates a huge waterfall. The spectacular view of waterfall leaves everyone astonished and symbolizes the diversity of nature. There are so many incredible most famous waterfalls in Tamilnadu, India especially in the South region. Here are the lists of most popular waterfalls in the state of Tamilnadu to visit this monsoon.

Hogenakkal Falls:

Distance(from Dharmapuri): 46Km

Best Time to Visit:  October and March

On Kaveri River Hogenakkal Waterfall is one of the spectacular waterfalls in Tamilnadu, India. This waterfall is located on Dharmapuri District in Tamil Nadu. This place is 46 km from Dharmapuri and 180 km from Bangalore. In this waterfall, Carbonatite rocks are found which are considered to be the oldest in the world. A huge number of tourists gather here to view the splendid beauty of nature. This falls is splendid and popular, which is commonly called as the Niagra Falls of India.

Hogenakkal-Falls

The Govt. of Tamil Nadu has decided to undertake a project named Hogenakkal Integrated Drinking Water Project to convert the waterfall into a source of drinking water for the urban and rural people to get safe drinking water.

The word ‘Hogenakkal’ came from two Kannada words ‘hoge’ and ‘kal’ which means smoke and rock respectively. When the water falls on the rock, it looks like smoke is emanating from the top of the rocks. Thus the name Hogenakkal stands here. This waterfall is considered as a famous tourist destination not only for the magnificent waterfall, but tourists gather here for medicinal baths.

Best time to visit this place is just after the monsoon, but few prefer off seasons to skip the crowd. You can plan a trip between the months of October and March. The weather will be pleasant and enjoyable. It takes about 5 hours to reach Hogenakkal from Chennai.

The distance between Chennai and Hogenakkal is 285 km. If you are planning to go by bus, there is a direct bus from Chennai. Some people consider taking flight. In such case, you need to reach Bangalore by taking Indigo and then hire taxi to reach Hogenakkal from Bangalore. Hogenakkal is close from Bangalore.

Monkey Falls:

Distance(from Coimbatore): 65Km

Best Time to Visit:  October and March

The location of the monkey waterfall falls on the connecting Uphill Ghat road from Pollachi to Valparai. This natural and wonderful waterfalls is located about 6 km from Azhymer Dam. This excellent waterfall is located 65 km from Coimbatore. This place is one of the major tourist attractions in Tamil Nadu. Monkey fall is the ideal place for the children and adult to take a safe bath.

Monkey-falls

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To get to the fall an interesting trek route is available there, which is guided by local guides during the approachable seasons. If you want to visit monkey falls you need to take permission from the Tamil Nadu Forest Department before a fortnight.

While visiting Monkey falls beware of the monkeys as it would take and snatch things from hand, and also be very careful at your steps so that you don’t get slipped off the slippery rocks near the fall. The ticket fee is just Rs. 20 to enter this wonderful waterfall in Tamil Nadu.

It is best to visit Monkey waterfalls between October and March. We recommend you to avoid visiting during weekend because the place remains highly crowded. It is each to reach Monkey waterfalls from Pollachi through bus or taxi.

Catherine Falls:

Distance(from Coonoor): 20Km

Best Time to Visit:  October and March

Located at Kotagiri, The Nilgiri District in Tamil Nadu, Catherine waterfall is a double-cascaded waterfall. This fall has been named after the wife of Montague Dundas Cockburn a coffee planter and also a district collector of Salem in Tamil Nadu. This waterfall is considered to be the highest waterfall of Nilgiri Mountain.

kotagiri-falls

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Geddhehaada Halla is the native name of this waterfall which means ‘Foothills Dale River’. The whole Catherine waterfall can be clearly seen from the top of another spot called Dolphins view. The Catherine Falls is the second largest waterfalls in the Nilgiris. The height of this waterfall is about 250 feet. It is best to reach by trekking. There are numerous trekking spots available. As it is located close by Ooty, you can visit Catherine Falls from Ooty, situated 30kms from Ooty. You need to trek for about 2-3 kms to reach the peak of the falls.

Suruli falls:

Distance(from Theni): 56Km

Best Time to Visit:  June to October

Located in Theni district of Tamil Nadu, Suruli waterfall is 10 km from Cumbum and is 56 km from Theni main town. This spectacular waterfall has been originated from Meghamalai mountain range. The total height of this cascade waterfall is about 190 feet having two consecutive drops. The first drop is about 150 feet and falls into the plunge pool, then flows for a short distance and again plunges down for 40 feet. The water of this waterfall is said to be medicinal as it has been using for curing diseases and for the similar purposes.

suruli-falls

This waterfall is one of the wonderful tourist locations as near Suruli waterfall there are 5 ancient caves which represent the architecture of Indian rock-cut from the earlier 11th century. There is a frequent bus service available for the tourists to reach to Suruli falls from Cumbum on the way to Peyier National park.

Best time to visit this waterfall during the monsoon period from June to October. This tourist friendly waterfall allows a safe shower to the children and adult both. A summer festival takes place every year in the Suruli falls by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Department.

Thalaiyar Falls:

Distance(from Kodaikanal): 58Km

Best Time to Visit:  June to October

Situated at the Palani Hills of Dindigul District, Tamil Nadu Thalaiyar Falls is a 975 feet waterfall and is considered the highest waterfall of Tamil Nadu, the 6th highest waterfall in India and is the 26th highest waterfall in the world. This excellent waterfall is also known as Rat Tail falls and can be clearly viewed from the famous Dumdum Rock View Point located on the Batalugundu-Kodaikanal Ghat Road.

rat-tail-falls

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The waterfall looks like a long thin stripe that has appeared across the valley. The top edges of the waterfall structuring a low concrete wall on both the sides make it look like s tail of a rat. If one wishes to reach the center of the waterfall need to walk along the edges. There is no sound of the waterfall at Thalaiyar fall, mostly silent. Only a smooth sound of water pushing the stone walls rises up.

The river from which this waterfall has been originated completes a journey of 9 km through Perumal Malai village. This downstream water flow is seemingly polluted thus the tourists are advised to not to drink the water.

Thalaiyar Falls is not a spot for general tourists as there is no simple road or way to reach the waterfall. The top of the waterfall is a challenging trekking destination but trekkers must be cautious as in 2006 two western hikers were dead as they fell down from the top of the waterfall.

Kumbakkarai Falls:

Distance(from Kodaikanal): 75Km

Best Time to Visit:  June to October

Located at the foothills of Kodaikanal Hills in Dindigul District, Tamil Nadu, Kumbakkarai Falls is lesser known falls to the tourists located nest to suruli falls. This waterfall has been originated from Pambar River having two stages. At the first stage, the water collects in a number of rock recesses which are called after the name of wild animals such as elephant, snake, tiger and so on. Then the river flows about 5km and then comes the 2nd stage and after the second stage, the water falls as the main waterfall.

Kumbakkarai-Falls

Originated from the Kodaikanal hill the water flows along the rocks and finally reaches its destination foothills. This place is called Kumbakkarai here tourists gather to take the fun of bathing in the clear water of the falls. A continuous water flow is seen in Kumbakkarai waterfall but in the rainy season, the water level rises a little though bathing is possible.

To reach here tourists can avail bus services from Periyakulam with a ticket price Rs 5. If you are accompanied by women, children elderly person, you need to be very careful. You can stay or block rooms in Madurai, Periyakulam or Theni. If you prefer to stay in 5-star hotel, you can book hotels in Madurai. There is no accommodation in Kumbakkarai.

Ayyanar Falls:

Distance(from Rajapalayam): 10Km

Best Time to Visit:  February And December

Stationed at the west of Rajapalayam city in Virudhunagar district in Tamil Nadu Ayyanar falls is one of the major tourist attraction of all time. This waterfall is 10 Km from Rajapalayam city located on the Western Ghat. This immensely spectacular waterfall gains its water source from the North East monsoon rain.

Ayyanar-Falls

The water of this fall is mainly used for drinking purpose for the native people in Rajapalayam. Tourists not only from the east part of Virudhunagar come here but travelers across the India come here to explore this magnificent waterfall. There is dam stationed on the way to Ayyanar falls that serves water to the whole city.

Ayyanar waterfall is highly popular among the wildlife photographers who are seeking for capturing the breathtaking frames of biodiversity of the Western Ghats. This places also gives a wonderful opportunity to experience the Woodland Mountain Climbing. This splendid waterfall also provides water and food to the wilds animals such as deer, elephants, monkeys, and Buffalo.

There is significant story behind the name Ayyanar as there is a small forest temple named Neer Katha Ayyanar Temple beside the waterfall. This waterfall has been named after that forest temple. This temple is more than 500 years old. Devotees from different locations come to Ayyanar temple they perform Abhishek and look for the solutions of various problems in their family and in their working place. Few devotees feed the poor and donate money to the temple.

Coutrallam Falls:

Distance(from Tirunelveli): 80Km

Best Time to Visit:  July to December

Situated on the Coutrallam in Tirunelveli district Tamil Nadu, Coutrallam Falls is considered as ‘medical Spa’ because of the medical smell on the water. According to Hindu mythology, sage Agasthya has got the grace of Lord Shiva and set this place as his home and create this medicinal falls to cure his headache.  This splendid waterfall is located on the Western Ghat on the Chittar river.

Courtallam-Falls

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Coutrallam waterfall is one of the most prominent waterfalls all over India as this place always remains a bit crowded by the devotees of Papasanathar temple and Sabarimala. During the monsoon season from July to September the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC) organizes boats to be operated during the heavy monsoon season. This wonderful waterfall in Tamil Nadu is highly famous among the travelers as well as among the devotees.

Agaya Gangai:

Distance(from Namakkal): 54Km

Best Time to Visit:  November to January

Agaya-Gangai

This waterfall is stationed on the Kolli Hills of the Eastern Ghat in Namakkal District. It is a 300 feet waterfall cascading down as Agaya Gangai. This waterfall has been originated from a  jungle stream named Panchanathi which is later known as Agaya Gangai. The main water source of this waterfall is mainly from the Aiyaru River located near Arapaleeswarar temple. There are caves of Korakka Siddhar and Kalaanginatha Siddhar stationed near the Agaya Gangai waterfall inside the forest region.

Tirparappu Waterfall:

Distance(from Kanyakumari): 55Km

Best Time to Visit:  Winters Season

Situated at the Kanyakumari District, Tirparappu Waterfall is one of the spectacular waterfalls in Tamil Nadu. This very place is 13km from Pechiparai Dam. Tirparappu waterfall is near about 50 feet in height and the rocky river bed is 300 feet in length. There is a continuous water flow for 7 months a year in this river bed which is a complete rocky mass having an extension of 250 meters.

Thirparappu-Waterfall

A Tirparappu weir has been constructed on the river bed for supplying necessary water to crop fields. In between the weir and the waterfall on the left bank of the river, there is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva which is believed to be very sacred temple from the ancient time.

Law’s waterfall:

Distance(from Coonoor): 10Km

Best Time to Visit:  October and March

Located at 10 km from Coonoor and near about 27 km from Ooty Law’s Waterfall falls on the way to Mettupalayam. This magnificent waterfall is situated inside the Coonoor forest range surrounding by the diversity of nature. This place is one of the most demanding places among tourists decorated by unspoiled and undisturbed nature.

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The tourists who are the worshiper of nature would surely fall in love with the beauty and with the surroundings of this waterfall. The name Law’s waterfall remains significant as this is named after Col. Law who had constructed the Coonoor Ghat. Though the waterfall is small in respective of size and water flow it attracts a number of tourists across India.

Bear Shola Waterfalls:

Distance(from Kodaikanal): 3Km

Best Time to Visit: March to October

Stationed at a distance of 2 km from Kodaikanal Lake, Bear Shola Waterfalls is another waterfall highly appreciated by the tourists. In the earlier days, wild bears used to come to this waterfall to drink water, owing to this fact waterfall are known as Bear Shola waterfall.

Bear-Shola-Waterfalls

Bear Shola waterfall is a purely seasonal waterfall. It gets a healthy flow of water during the rainy seasons. This peaceful place is a complete heaven to those who are a nature lover by heart. This waterfall can be accessed very easily as this place is just 3 km from Kodaikanal bus stop. A visit to this place would bring the tourists close to so much various and rare species of wild plants and animals. Tourists and nature lovers are advised not to miss the heavenly beauty of this waterfall with a dense forest having a picturesque backdrop.

Hope, you have gained sufficient knowledge about the Waterfalls in Tamil Nadu. If you are residing or touring around the South region, ensure to visit some of the above waterfalls.

Feel the presence of Mahadev: Kashi

Kashi is a small city in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. It is a small holy city blessed with mother Ganga in the northern part of India. This place is on the priority list of every devout Hindus in India. According to them a pilgrimage to Kashi is equivalent to witness God’s glory. There is a belief that only those who have done fewer misdeeds in their lives are allowed by Biswanath or Lord Shiva to make a pilgrimage up to Kashi.

Kashi Yatra – A Divine Trip

The helicopter view of Kashi reflects a little India – it is said that Kashi portrays India of various traditions, many religions, and with thirty-three crore deities and gods. The major highlight of Kashi is The Ganga, and the pilgrims are the heartbeat of this place. They come here to take a bath in the sacred water of Ganga and perform funeral rites. Tourists coming to Kashi feel a divine spirituality spread in the air of Kashi.

Words of Sadhguru:sadhguru kashi

This city has a supernatural power to attract the visitors from all over the world. One must visit this heavenly place to observe the purity of Kashi. In this regard, the viewpoint of Sadhguru (the founder of Isha Foundation) on Kashi Yatra can be highlighted.

When Sadhguru was asked by his followers that why he is doing Kashi Yatra as he is getting old, his answer left everyone speechless.

Sadhguru gracefully states that to him Kashi is like an instrument which brings a union between the micro and macro. He believes that anything that is created in the world is cosmogenic. To explain everything is pre-planned in this universe, nothing is a random happening.

Forming a city like Kashi needs a massive effort, or almost impossible. It was made thousands of years ago.  He considers Kashi as a larger vast body. The whole procedure acts as a display of a mega human body to make contact with a larger vast body.

One can be easily connected to the vast body by visiting Kashi. He concludes his answer with a question to his followers as for why would the pilgrims leave Kashi when they get connected to the universal nature, why would they go anywhere else? This was it.

The story behind the scene: Kashithe story behind kashi

There is a beautiful story behind this city. Lord Shiva lived in the higher region of greater Himalaya. But when he got married to Parvati, comprise had to be made. Being a gentleman, he decided to move to the plains. He preferred Kashi as Kashi was the most beautifully built city at that time.

Gods were bit tensed regarding Kashi. They thought the place might lose its esteem as there was no king to rule the region. They asked Divodasa to become the king.

Shiva had to leave Kashi for a political reason as Divodasa asked Shiva to exit the place before he starts ruling. Divodasa was afraid that if Shiva stays in Kashi, no one would listen to him or respect him. Lord Shiva along with Parvati left Kashi. Then after so many ups and downs, a time came when Divodasa was tempted to liberation and left the place. Lord Shiva came back to Kashi.

Rituals: The Lifeline of Kashirituals the lifeline of kashi

The primary purpose of visiting Kashi is to appease one’s forefathers by some systematically performed Vedic rituals. In all over India Kashi is the most popular place to do the Vedic rites for their ancestors. So Kashi experiences massive crowd all over the year. Each ritual performed in Kashi is very significant and takes about half a day.

The Kashi Yatra mainly covers Kashi, Allahabad, and Gaya.

Rituals at Allahabad: Triveni Sangam

  1. Anugnai
  2. Vigneshwara Puja: Prayer to Ganesha, Ganesh Vandana.
  3. Prayashchitta Sankalpam: Reparation of sins committed, consciously or unconsciously.
  4. Veni Danam: in this ritual married proffer their hair to Ma Ganga and pray for the long life of their husbands. Then the husband plaits his wife’s hair, decorate it with flowers around, cuts off the tip and offer it to the river. There is a strange fact that almost all the married women visiting Kashi proffer their hair in the water. In Sangam, it immediately sinks to the river water, and no trace of hair would be found, whereas in general hair usually floats on the water.
  5. Triveni Sangam Snanam: In this rite husband and wife bathe together holding hands at the confluence of three rivers; Yamuna, Ganga and mythical Saraswati.
  6. Hiranya Srardham
  7. Pinda pradanam, Kshetra pindam, Tarpanam

 

To complete the rituals at Kashi, it takes around two days. In the first day Manikarnika Shrardham and on the second day, Pancha Teertha Shrardham famous. The devotees go to complete the rituals at Gaya and return to Kashi for Ganga Puja and finally visit the temples in Kashi.

 

Rituals at Kashi

  1. 1. Anugnai

 

  • Vigneshwara Puja Prayer to Ganesha, Ganesh Vandana.
  • Poorvanga Godaanam
  • Poorvanga Dasa Danaam
  • Nandhi Shrardham
  • Vaishnava Shrardham
  • Punya Vajanam: A ritual to purify
  • Maha Sankalpam
  • Pryashchitta Sankalpam: Reparation of sins committed, consciously or unconsciously.
  • Pala Daanam
  • Uttaranga Godaanam
  • Manikarnika Teertha Shrardham: Anna Rupam/ Hiranya Rupam
  • Pancha Teertha: One need to go the five Ghats mentioned below and performs the rituals:
  • Assi Ghat (Haridwar Teertham): This is where Assi river mingles with Ganga. It is the southernmost Ghat of Varanasi.
  • Dashashwamedha Ghat (Rudra Sarovara Teertham): According to the Puranas, this is the place where Brahma performed ten Ashwamedha Yagnas. From then this place is considered as a sacred place to perform rites.
  • Trilochana Ghat: Vishnu Paada Udaka Teertham
  • Panchaganga Ghat: It is the place where five blessed rivers converge to form a spectacle and overwhelming beauty of holiness. The rivers are Ganga, Yamuna, Saraswati, Dhupapapa, and Kirana.
  • Manikarnika Ghat: Manikarnika Teertham, Chakra Pushkarni Teertham.
  • Ganga Puja: This is a kind of tradition in which small secured containers full of Ganga water are meant to distribute among the family member of the devotees.
  • Dampati Puja: In this ritual, devotion is offered to an aged married couple invoking them as Vishwanath and Annapurna.

 

All these rituals are done every day by thousands of pilgrims in Kashi with strong belief and devotion. The entire circle of this rites and rituals Many on well-built faith and dedication of devotees towards Lord Shiva. And thus it is firmly stated that Kashi is a place where Mahadev exists; he exists in the heart of many disciples.

Evoke your spirituality: Ganga Aratiganga aarti kashi yatra

Gange Arati or Ganga Vandana is performed every single evening at the Bank of Ma Ganga in Varanasi.  It is one of the most spectacular events in the night that one must not miss. In this Arati, a group of priests makes a commitment to Lord Shiva, Ma Ganga, Surya, Agni andtothe whole universe made by Mahadev.

The great process of Gange Arati makes everyone full of spiritual thoughts. The big brass lamps with spirited flames accompanied by the mantra chant by each priest move every devotee to tears.

All the priests who are meant to perform the arati dresses up in the same attire. They wear white dhoti and kurta. Before the Arati, they prepare the stage with a multi-tiered oil lamp, five elevated planks, an idol of Ma Ganga, conch shells, incense sticks, and a large and weighty brass lamp. Before the arati starts, some boats filled with devotees come and gather around the Ghat to experience the significant Sandhya Arati. Some devotees record a live video or take snaps of the Sandhya Arati or Gange Arati.

An announcement takes place around 7 PM, indicating the Ganga Arati to begin. The priests who are involved stand up and start chanting the mantra. They start the Arati in a well-organized manner with a lighting lamp of fire in hand and rhythmic chant in their voice. The priests blow the conch shells between the mantra loudly. The devotees get emotional and get automatically involved in the Arati and start clapping with the rhythm of mantra. After the mantra, the priests do Arati with the multi-tiered brass lamps having camphor. The event would end up with a final arati and leave the surrounding silent. This whole event takes up to 45 minutes to complete.

This glorious event is performed by the pupils of Vedas and Upanishads which would be guided by the senior priest of the Gangotri Seva Samiti. Ganga Arati takes place at sharp 6:45 PM in the evening immediately after the sunset. To experience the Arati, devotees must arrive at the Ghat at least an hour before.

Kashi Vishwanath Templekashi vishwanath temple

Standing on the western bank of Ganga Kashi Viswanath Temple is considered as the heart of Varanasi as well as of religious India. This temple is governed by Government of Uttar Pradesh since 1983.

This temple is known as one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, the holiest temple dedicated to Mahadev. During Shivratri, it is only the chief priest who can enter the temple premises.  No other person is allowed to enter till he completes his religion function. According to Hindu mythology, Mahadev married Parvati on the inauspicious duration of Mahashivratri and performed on Rangbhari Ekadashi. Devotees grandly celebrate this ceremony. Followed by the tradition the devotees carry the idols of Mahadev and Parvati in a Palki to the Kashi Viswanath Temple. And while going, they blow conch and play damru and other musical instruments.

These temple premises consists of a sequence of tiny sanctums, stationed in an alley which is known as Viswasanatha Galli. The main idol of the linga is 60 cm tall and 90 cm in circumference positioned in a silver altar.  There is a small well in the temple ground which has a historical background. It is believed that the Jyotirlinga was concealed in it during the time of the invasion, as it is told that the chief priest jumped into the well in order to protect the Shiva Linga from the invaders.

A number of renowned saints have visited this holy place including Swami Vivekananda, Satya Sai Baba, Guru Nanak. Swami Dayananda Saraswati and so on. Hindus of India believe that a visit to the temple and taking a bath in the holy water of Ganga is the only way to achieve mukti after death. A pilgrimage to Kashi Viswanath Temple is most desirable journey among the Hindus all over the world.

Types of Kashi Yatras

  • Navagraha Yatra
  • Durga Devi Yatra
  • Panchkrosi Yatra
  • Shivayatan Yatra
  • Jal Tirth Yatra
  • Ekadasha Maha Rudra Yatra
  • Gauri Yatra
  • Antargrihi Yatra

 

The Temple Circuit

There are many more important temples in Kashi worth visiting. The Vishwanath Temple and The Annapurna Temple are the major shrines in Kashi. But except these two temples, there are few more holy places which also carry significance.    

  • The Dhundi Ganapati Temple:

Visiting the temple circuit should be started with The Dhundi Ganapati Temple. This temple stands on the way to the Vishwanath Temple. It’s a small Temple with higher significance.

  • The Visalakhi Temple:

This temple comes in the second in the visits of the temple circuit. It is a small temple but the idol of the deity looks very beautiful.

  • The Kala Bhairav temple:

Kala Bhairav is known as the protector deity of Kashi. He is designated as a guard with a dog. He is also known as another form of Mahadev.

  • The Bindu Madhava Temple:

The Bindu Madhava Temple must be on the list of places to visit in Kashi. This Temple is best approached from the Panchaganga Ghat.

After completing the visit to temple circuit one may pay attention to the other nearby temples around Varanasi. There are so many famous ancient holy places in Varanasi that are worth visiting.

Ancient temples in Kashi:

A list of Temples is given below which are quite famous among the devotees and the devotees as well.

  • Sarnath Temple:
    This Temple stationed in Rishpattan Road, Varanasi. Nature lovers would surely get attracted to this Temple.

    sarnath temple kashi

  • Sankat Mochan Temple:

    This temple is located in Sankat Mochon Road, Saket Nagar, Varanasi.Sankat Mochan Temple in kashi

  • Nepali Temple:

    locating in the Lalita Ghat, this temple is undoubtedly a god lover’s place.nepali temple kashi

  • Bharat Mata Temple:

    This temple is located at Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth Campus. It is a historical spot.bharath matha temple kashi

  • Tulsi Manas Temple: Stationed in Kandva village, Bari Bazaar is a Mandir in Varanasi.tulsi manas temple in kashi

A city of Saints: Kashikashi saints

Kashi is basically known as the city of saints. Saints from many around the world come to visit Kashi, few of them return and rest stay in Kashi.

  • Saint Tulsidas

The eminent saint Tulsidas has an intense relation with Kashi. This is the place where he was blessed by Hanuman and had a vision of Shri Ram.  The place where Tulsidas was blessed by Hanuman is now known as Sankat Mochon Hanuman Temple.

  • Kabir

There is a lake in the center of Varanasi named Laher Talav. It is said that famous saint Kabir was found on a lotus in this place. Now a big assembly room has been built there by some of his followers. And it is used for religious purposes.

Best time to visit Kashi:

If you are planning to visit Kashi then go through an overview of weather in Varanasi. The temperature ranges from 32 to 46 degree Celsius from April to June. Monsoon season is from July to September. Kashi experiences heavy rainfall during these months. Winter starts from November to March and these months are considered as the best time to visit Kashi.

Languages:

As we know that India is a country of diverse religion, culture, and language. And being a part of India Varanasi is no exception. People of various languages resides in Varanasi. Among them, Hindi is the focused language in Varanasi.

Tourist Attractions:

From the above discussion, it is understood that Kashi is the city of culture, religion, rituals, and temples. There is a vast popularity of Kashi among the devotees. The Vishwanatha Temple, Annapurna Temple, Ramnagar Fort, Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum, Causatthi Ghat, Lalita Ghat, Rana Mahal Ghat, Scindia Ghat and Gange arati are some of the major attractions which magnetize the tourists towards Kashi.

Kashi Vishwanatha Temple: tourist attractions-kashi vishwanath temple

This grand temple was reconstructed and reinstated by Rani Ahilya Bai Holkar- Queen of Indore. She took the responsibility to restore and also offered funds for the construction of the temple. Kashi Vishwanatha Temple is considered as one among the twelve Jyotirlingas of Shiva. It is visited by devotees and travelers from various parts of the world. The temple can be visited at any time of the year. People who are finding hard to visit can book their token and receive Prasad by post. The temple authorities ensure to do Pooja on your name and deliver Prasad to your residence by post.

Annapurna Temple: annapurna temple kashi

It is located close to Kashi Vishwanatha Temple. This temple is devoted to Annapurna Mata or Annapurna who is the Goddess of Nourishment or Goddess of Food. When you visit the temple, you can see a magnificent golden statue of Annapurna Mata. Annapurna temple is open from 4.00 AM to 11.00 PM.

Ramnagar Fort: ramnagar fort kashi

It was constructed in the 17th century. This fort is located on the other side of river away from the Asi Ghat. The beauty and charm of the palace remain alive till date. You can see pictures of Tiger shoots, ornamental swords and stays by the Queen and King of Belgium adorned on the wall. Ramnagar Fort’s Hall- The Durbar Hall is changed into a museum and various objects like elephant howdahs and palanquins are displayed.   

Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum: Benaras Hindu University is situated south of Viswanath Temple. It was started by Madan Mohan Malviya, a famous Sanskrit scholar. Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum is situated within the University campus. It is famous for its excellent assortment of Indian paintings. Some major attraction of this museum includes the Gandhara sculpture, Vishnu’s 11th-century statue, statue of Paravati and Shiva, and the Mughal miniatures.

Betla National Park: It is located at a distance of 290 kilometers from Varanasi. It houses an immense range of flora and fauna. This park was initially referred as Palamau Wildlife Sanctuary. The park resides few hot springs, tribal villages and two 16th century castles insides its premises. Betla National Park is home to animals like tigers, leopards and elephants and also several sorts of birds.

 

Allahabad: Allahabad is a most important sacred place located near Varanasi. It is situated at a meeting point of three rivers- mythical Saraswati River, Yamuna, and Ganga. The confluence has earned Allahabad a great name for 3000 years. There are several places in Allahabad that attracts tourists from various corners of the world.  Some of the main highlights of Allahabad include the Kumbh Mela, All Saint’s Cathedral, Allahabad Museum, Anand Bhavan, Allahabad fort and the Khusro Bagh.

How to reach Varanasi:

There are a number of options available for those who want to visit this holy place.

By Air: Varanasi Airport is well-connected to some major cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, and Chennai. People can board their flight direct to Varanasi from there. International tourists can book tickets in connecting flights from Mumbai or Delhi airport as these cities are well connected to other cities of the world.

By Rail: There are trains on regular basis to Varanasi from different junction stations in India. Railway stations: Shibpur (SOP), Varanasi Junction (BSB), Manduadih (MUV), Varanasi City (BCY). You can hire a cab or taxi from railway station to roam in and around the city.

By Bus: Buses from different location conduct journey to Varanasi. Bus stop: Varanasi Bus Stop. You can also take private buses from nearby cities that drop you in Varanasi.

By Road: The roadways of Varanasi is well connected to important towns of Uttar Pradesh. If possible, you can take a cab or drive to Varanasi from nearest cities like Alipur, Allahabad, and Kanpur.

Where to stay:

As Varanasi is a major tourist place, there are numerous hotels and accommodation options available for visitors. You do not have to search for hotels or stay in another city. A list of satisfactory hotels are given below for your help:

5-star Hotels in Varanasi

  1. Nadesar Palace
  2. The Gateway Hotel Ganges Varanasi
  3. Gautam Hotel
  4. Hotel Ashok
  5. Radisson Hotel

3-star Hotels in Varanasi

  1. Palace on the Ganges
  2. The Westinn
  3. Sarweshwary Hotel
  4. Hotel Zeeras
  5. Varanasi Palace

2-star Hotels in Varanasi

  1. Hotel Park Palace Varanasi
  2. MM Continental
  3. Hotel Dwarika
  4. Hotel Pragya International
  5. Hotel Palace on Steps

Hope all the needful information for visiting Kashi has been explained. You can easily rely on the above information and make a plan to visit Varanasi – a place of Bholanath.

20 must-visit Hindu Temples in Singapore

When you think about traveling to Singapore, apart from food and shopping, there is one place that you cannot miss – temple. With over fifty percent of Tamil speaking population, Singapore is exceptional with regards to multi-tradition and culture. Lots of Hindu temples built in Singapore have an amazing architecture with Hindu tradition that leaves the travelers in faith and surprise. If you are traveling to Singapore, check out the exclusive list of Hindu temples listed below –

  • Sri Mariamman Templemariamman-temple-visiit-packages

Being the oldest and the biggest temple built in the Dravidian style, you will be wonder looking at its architectural significance and beauty. Embellished with six layers of Hindu deities’ sculptures, the temple features a gopuram rising over the main entrance along the South Bridge Road.

Other highlights of the temple include a spectacular roof and beautifully drawn paintings on the ceiling. Located at the South Bridge Road, this famous temple has been built in 1827 and has been declared a National Monument. If you visit in October, you can witness the annual fire walking festival in this temple.

Special Occasion: Theemithi (Fire walking ceremony), Navaratri.

Timings: Open from 7 am till noon and 6 pm to 9 pm

  • Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Templesenpaga vinayagar temple singapore packages

It is the second oldest Hindu temple in Singapore. It was declared sacred after an idol of Lord Ganesha was discovered under the shade of a Senpaga tree near a pond. Located in the Ceylon Road, this Ganesha temple has a five-tiered, sixty-eight feet golden tower in the entrance and boasts of amazing architectural design.

You can find the beautiful interior with its roof in gold and thirty-two granite sculptures in the prayer hall. You will find peaceful ambiance, ornate architecture and an aura filled with spirituality making it another must-see temple in Singapore.

Special Occasion: Vinayagar Chathurthi, Deepavali

Timings: 6.30 am until noon and 6.30 pm to 9 pm

  • Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple

This temple is one of the key attractions in Singapore’s famous Little India. Built in 1881, this temple dedicated to Goddess Kali has the architectural style of South Indian style temples.

Located in Serangoon Road of Little India, you will find a spectacular view of the gopuram, which is carved Hindu mythological figures. You can find beautiful ceiling paintings and sculptures of Indian Gods. As photography is allowed inside the temple, you can enjoy capturing the amazing architecture and beautiful moments.

Special Occasion: Maha Brahmotsavam

Timings: 6 am to 12 pm and 5 pm to 9 pm

  • Sri Ramar Templeramar temple singapore packages visiit

Dedicated to Lord Rama, it is one of the most popular Vasihnavite temples in Singapore located in Changi Village Road on the East Coast of Singapore. Travelers can find numerous annual activities like Rama Navami, Hanuman Jayanthi, Navarathiri Festival, Thiruvilakku pooja and Chandi homams. This temple is a union of Sri Manmatha Karunnaya Eswarar temple, Sri Muthu Mariamman Temple, and Sri Palani Aandavar Shrine.

Special Occasion: Rama Navami, Hanuman Jayanthi, Navaratri, Thiruvilakku Pooja, and Chandi Homam.

Timings: 6 am to 12 pm and 5.30 pm to 9 pm, Monday to Sunday

  • Sri Srinivasa Perumal Templesrinivas perumal temple singapore visiit

It is yet another oldest temple located on the Serangoon Road of Little India. Dedicated to Lord Perumal, the temple was built in 1855. Travelers are attracted by an astounding view of the five-tiered twenty meters tall gopuram. Beautiful carvings and sculptures of Lord Vishnu in different forms can be found in the temple. Visit this temple to experience unusual Hindu customs and traditions during the festival season. You can also find the Tulasi plant, which is Hindu’s symbolic holy plant.

Special Occasion: Annual Thaipusam Festival

Timings: 6.30 am until noon and 5.30 pm to 9 pm

  • Sri Thendayuthapani Templesri thendayudhapani temple singapore

Founded by Nattukkottai Chettiars’ community in 1859, this temple has an incredible architecture of South Indian style. It’s seventy-five feet tall five-layered gopuram is a major attraction for travelers. This is one of the oldest Murugan temples in Singapore built amidst a picturesque and tranquil location near the river valley on the Tank Road. You will be amazed by its interior and exterior supported by pillars carved with ancient mythological figures.

Special Occasion: Annual Thaipusam Festival

Timings: 5.30 am until noon and 4.30 pm to 8.30 pm

  • Sri Layan Sithi Vinayagar Templesri layan siddhi singapore packages

It is one of the most significant temples built in 1925 dedicated to Lord Ganesh. Located on the Keong Saik Road in Chinatown, this temple will amaze you with its beautiful architecture inside the temple with a special mention of its magnificent gopuram.

Inside the temple, you will find the main idol of Lord Vinayagar along with Vel (Holy Spear) that symbolizes his brother Lord Murugan. You will also find the deities of Moolavar, Sri Rama, Nagar (Snake) and Urchavar in this temple.

Special Occasion: Annual Thaipusam Festival

Timings: 6.30 am till noon and 4 pm to 8.30 pm

  • Sri Sivan Templesivan temple singapore packages

With a spectacular octagonal design, this temple is famous for its architectural beauty. Located in Geylang East Avenue, this temple was originally present in Potong Pasir and later it was moved to its present location.

If you visit this temple during its annual festival glowing with lights, you will have an unforgettable experience with spiritual moments. Photography is allowed during the festival and many cultural programs are also held all night with countless devotees of Singapore.

Special Occasion: Maha Shivaratri, Navaratri, Guru Peyarchi and Skanthi Shasti.

Timings: 6 am until noon and 6 pm to 9 pm

  • Sri Maha Mariamman TempleSri Maha Mariamman Temple singapore

You will be stunned visiting this temple as it has a distinctive golden roof with three towers and sixteen manifestations of the Goddess. You will have a visual delight looking around the sculptures, statues and beautiful carvings throughout the temple.

Apart from the main idol of Sri Maha Mariamman, you will also find Lord Ganesha, Sri Saneeswarar and Nabagraha inside the temple.

Special Occasion: Aadipoora Maha Brahmotsavam, Sri Durga Sumangali Pooja, Aadiperukku, Navaratri Festival and Pournami Pooja

Timings: 6 am until noon and 5.30 pm to 9 pm

  • Holy Tree Sri Balasubramaniar Temple

Located in the Yishun Industrial Park, this temple was constructed by P. Karupiah, a worker in the British Royal Navy dockyard, who dreamt of Lord Murugan with a majestic golden cobra. The temple was later officially registered in 1964 and the first Kumba abhisheka (holy ceremony) was held.

Apart from Murugan Idol, you will also find the deities of Hanuman, Krishna, Naga Rajar, Ganesh, Durga, Bairavar, Navagraha, Muneeswarar, Mariamman, Shiva, and Lakshmi.

Special Occasion: Annual festival of Panguni Uthiram

Timings: 6 am until noon and 6 pm to 9 pm

  • Srisri balasubramaniar Templesri balasubramaniar singapore visiit

Being one of the oldest Hindu temples in Little India, this temple has significant attraction during the Deepavali festival. If you visit during the festival, you will find the temple decorated with thousands of lights that glitter in the temple, which provides a spectacular visual treat to the travelers and local devotees.

The temple also consists of several other deities such as Ganesha, Murugan, Sri Rama, Lord Hanuman, Dakshinamoorthi, Muneeswarar, and Nageswar Amman.

Special Occasion: Deepavali, Thiru Karthigai Deepam, Thai Pongal, Thaipusam, Maha Sivarathiri, etc.

Timings: 6 am until noon and 6 pm to 9 pm

  • Sri Krishnan Templesri krishna temple singapore visiit tours

Guarded by two impressive statues of Lord Hanuman and Garuda, the temple has had astounding South Indian architecture with ten different incarnations of Lord Vishnu. If you visit Waterloo Street, you can never miss this spectacular temple.

Although this temple belongs to Hindu religion, it has attracted various tourists and religions making it unique. Photography lovers can enjoy capturing wonderful moments during the temple visit.

Special Occasion: Ugadi, Matsya Jayanthi, Rama Navami, Hanuman Jayanthi, Kurmaa Jayanthi, Akshaya Tritiya, etc.

Timings: 6 am to 2.30 pm and 5.30 pm to 9 pm

  • Sri Murugan Hill Templemurugan hill singapore tours visiit

With colorful and spectacular architecture, this temple is a significant landmark in the Upper Bukit Timah Road. As the temple is located on the top of the hill, it adds a scenic fascination to the location and attracts several Singaporeans and travelers.

The temple also has other deities like Lord Shiva, Ganesh, Sai Baba, Hanuman, Durga, Annapoorni, Rahu Ketu, Viravar, Idumbar, etc.

Special Occasion: Panguni Uthiram, Thirukalyanam, Skandashasti festival, Navaratri, Thiruvilakku Pooja, Kaarthigai, Maha Sivaratri, etc

Timings: 5.30 am till noon and 6 pm to 9 pm

  • Sri Arulmigu Velmurugan Gnana Muneeswarar Templearulmigu velmurugan temple singapore trip visiit

Located in Sengkang, it is one of the recent temples built in 2006, which has gained popularity and attraction in Singapore. You can find that architecture that has a distinct blend of modern design and traditional South Indian touch.

The temple interior is adorned with beautiful carvings on the pillar, ceiling, and walls, which provides a visual delight for the visitors. If you love to visit great architecture, this temple should be on your top list. You can find other important deities like Aiyappan, Lord Shiva, Vinayagar, Dakshinamoorthy, etc.

Special Occasion: Navaratri, Thaipoosam, Aani Uthiram, Aadi Perukku Pooja, etc.

Timings: 6.30 am until noon and 5.30 pm to 9.30 pm

  • Sri Vairavimada Kaliamman Temple

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It is one of the oldest temples in Singapore that has a stunning four-layered gopuram where the Goddess Kali statue is placed. Located in Toa Payoh, the temple is built in the Dravidian style architecture and you will witness its ancient beauty when you visit this holy temple.

You will also find other deities such as Vinayagar, Murugan, Viswanathar Visalatchi, Ayyappan, Guruvayurappan, Durgai Amman, Madurai Veeran, Navagraha, etc.

Special Occasion: Chitra Pournami, Brahmotsavam, Makara Vilakku, Santhanakudam Abhishegam, etc

Timings: 6.30 am to 11.30 and 6 pm to 9 pm

  • Sri Siva Durga Templesiva durga temple singapore packages

Located in Potong Pasir Avenue 2, this temple is built in Dravidian style architecture. The temple is devoted to Lord Shiva and Goddess Durga and devotees can perform prayers, poojas, homams, and experience tranquillity in this temple.

With the beautiful architectural design of interiors and temple gopuram, you can find other deities such as Lord Ganesh, Murugan, Kal Bhairava, Dakshinamoorthy, and Navagraha. Lots of devotees offer Rahu Kalam Durga Puja to Goddes Durga on auspicious days like Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday.

Special Occasion: Navaratri, Shivaratri, Tamil New Year celebration, etc

Timings: 6.30 am to 9 pm

  • Shree Laxminarayan Templelaxminarayan temple singapore visiit

Built in 1969, the temple holds spiritual values and culture of Vedic Hindu tradition. It is one of the significant temples that is built for worship and has become an important focal point for community meetings as well.

If you like to worship several other deities, you will not be disappointed. Deities of Shri Shankar Parvati, Lord Brahma, Shri Hanuman, Lord Ganesha, Shiva Lingam, Goddess Amba and Saraswati can be found in this temple.

Special Occasion: Deepavali, Holi, Hanuman Jayanthi, Raksha Bandhan, Ram Navami, Krishna Janmashtami, etc.

Timings: 6.00 am till noon and 4 pm to 9.30 pm

  • Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Templeshri-shirdi-sai-baba-singapor-tour-packages-visiit

The uniqueness of this temple is that devotees from any religion can worship Shirdi Sai Baba. The temple aims to spread Baba’s spiritual teachings to humanity irrespective of religion. Located in Serangoon Road, the temple performs daily aarti to the God at 7 am-noon, 6.30 pm, and 8.30 pm.

If you like to experience silence, this is one of the best temples that can provide you with this experience. The temple management is run by volunteers and you are free to take up any activity.

Special Occasion: Rama Navami, Guru Poornima, Deepavali, and Sai Mahasamadhi on the last day of Dussehra.

Timings: 7 am until noon and 5.30 pm to 9 pm

  • Sri Siva Krishna Templesiva krishna singapore visiit

Built in 1962, this temple meets spiritual as well as social needs of Hindus in Singapore. The temple has a unique layout with Sri Nandi on one side and Sri Anjaneyar on the other side of the entrance.

Besides the breathtaking statues, the ceilings have statues depicting Puranas and numerous other statues sculpted on the walls. Other deities of the temple include Vinayagar, Murugan, Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswati, Iyyappan, Dakshinamurthy, Bairavar, etc.

Special Occasion: Brahmotsavam, Vijayadasami, Deepavali, etc

Timings: 6 am until noon and 6 pm to 9 pm

  • Sri Ruthra Kaliamman Temple

Located at 100 Depot Road in Singapore, the temple’s primary deity is Goddess Kali. Devotees visit the temple to seek protection from evil, salvation and liberation. This temple was initially built as a small wooden building at Alexandra Brickworks at Pasir Panjang Road as a place of worship and later moved to its present location. 

You will also find other deities such as Sri Vinayagar, Muneeswarar, and Kaleeswarar in this temple. It is a temple that has a colorful architecture which attracts the public and travelers.

Special Occasion: Astrological services, Mahotsavam

Timings: 6 am to 12.30 pm and 5.30 pm to 9 pm

Explore numerous temples in Singapore

The list of Hindu temples to visit in Singapore is more and has become one of the travel attractions in the recent years. As temples provide a peaceful experience for the people around, more temples have been built considering Indian population in Singapore. If you like to visit Hindu temples, make sure that you explore temples on your own rather than following a common list. Enjoy attending special festivals of various temples, get involved in prayers and immerse yourself in tranquility.

If you like to visit Hindu temples, make sure that you explore temples on your own rather than following a common list. Enjoy attending special festivals of various temples, get involved in prayers and immerse yourself in tranquility.

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