<![CDATA[ZINNIA TRIP - Travel]]>Fri, 16 Apr 2021 10:14:48 +0530Weebly<![CDATA[Bihar India : What Not to Miss When Visiting Bihar!]]>Sat, 13 Feb 2021 16:47:26 GMThttp://zinniatrip.com/travel/bihar-india-what-not-to-miss-when-visiting-biharBihar is one of the most underrated states when it comes to tourism in India. Bihar has been a major cultural hub in the days of yore and thus has rich and diverse destinations to offer. It has been the place that gifted the world two of the most peaceful religions- Jainism and Buddhism. It has also been the seat of many great empires such as the Magadha empire and the Maurya dynasty. All these have given Bihar lots of attractive places loaded with a rich history, but it is not explored that much, it is true that Bihar witnesses lots of international tourists. However, they too are constricted to only a few of the most popular places. So, if you are planning a trip to Bihar, and want to know what’s the best way to travel; through this amazing state, then read on for some of the top places to visit in Bihar.
Patna

​Patna is the capital city of Bihar and also the largest city in terms of area. It is situated on the southern banks of river Ganga and is known by the name of Pataliputra from the olden days. Nowadays, Patna has become a big city and is trying to match the cosmopolitan environment available in places like Mumbai and Delhi. You will find busy streets, huge shopping mall complexes, and so on in Patna. It is very easy to reach Patna as t is well-connected by various means of transport. There are regular flights to and from Patna from all the major cities in India. The railway station also sees regular trains passing through it every day. Patna is well-connected to the rest of the state by various roadway and railway networks and will serve as an amazing starting point for your amazing tour through Bihar.

It is a very important place for Sikhs as Guro Gobind Singh, the last Sikh Guru, was born here. The city has flourished through the rein of different empires such as the Maurya dynasty, the Magadha empire, and all the way up to Gupta and Pala dynasties. There are tons of Gurudwara in Patna that can be visited while you are in the city such as Gurudwara Gobind Ghat, Gurudwara Pahila Bara, Gurudwara Bal Leela, and so on. Other notable places of interest in Patna are Kumhrar, Agam, Golghar, Kuan, and so on. You will find all kinds of food options available in Patna but do not forget to taste the most delightful street food in Bihar- litti chokha.

Gaya

Gaya is a glorious place to visit with well-preserved history from the ancient days. It is such a beautiful place that it finds mention even in Hiuen Tsang’s recollections. The city is situated along the Phalgu river and hosts a very important site for Hindu pilgrims. It is also frequented by Buddhist pilgrims as a transit point to Bodhgaya. It is said that it was in Gaya that Buddha sat under a peepal tree in Gaya and attained enlightenment.  

There are many beautiful monuments steeped with history and art in Gaya. Some of the most visited places in Gaya are the Mahabodhi Temple, Bodhgaya, Chinese Temple and Monastery, Thai Temple and monastery, Barabar Caves, and so on. It is very easy to reach Gaya as it is well connected by flights and railway to all the major Indian cities. The roadway connections are also very good for Gaya but it is preferable to travel by air or train routes.

Nalanda

Nalanda’s fame reaches every corner of the world as one of the oldest universities in the world. The Chinese explorer Huiuen Tsang, who traveled through India had a unique interest in Nalanda and had spent at least two years in this ancient university. Mahavir, who was the last Jain Thinker, and also the most famous one, is said to have spent fourteen monsoon seasons in this university while Buddha is known to have given his sermons near this university. Though the place now lies in ruins, it is a great experience to walk through such an amazing relic from the past.

Many places around Nalanda will give you an impressive idea about this place. The Nalanda Archaeological Museum and the Xuanzang Memorial Hall are two of the most visited places. If you are visiting Nalanda in October, do not fail to miss the Rajgir Dance Festival which is a unique and immersive experience. Nalanda is a popular place and is easy to go to. The nearest airport and railway station is in Gaya which is 95 km away from Nalanda and you can easily find cabs or buses from there to Nalanda.

Munger

Munger is another one of the popular places in the state of Bihar. It has grown recognition in recent years among many international tourists who are drawn to this place because of the Bihar School of Yoga. Munger is well-connected through roadways and railways, it traveling to Munger using railways is the wiser option. The nearest railway station to Munger is situated in Jamalpur which is just a small 9 km away from Munger.

Munger is quite an ancient city and dates back to the times of Aryans in India. Munger, nowadays, refers to the twin city Munger and Jamalpur. Mir Kasim had made Munger his capital before it was taken over by the British. Munger’s history is rich and the many artworks decorative. There are many grand monuments that you can easily go for a visit to Munger. Some of the most notable places to go to in Munger are the Shri Krishna Vatika, Sita Kund, Chandika Astahan, the Piparpanti Gurudwara, and Goenka Shivalaya. You will find scenic beauty in Kharagpur Lake while you can marvel at the grand architectural design of the Munger Fort.

Vaishali

If you are a history buff, then Vaishali is a place that you have to visit. It is an archaeological site and also quite an important one in that. it is the place of birth for Mahavir, the last Jain Tirthankar, who was born in the 6th century BC in the region of Kundalagram. It is also the place where Lord Buddha had given his last sermons in the year 483 BCE. This makes it a very important spot for both Buddhist and Jain pilgrims. Patna International Airport is the nearest airport to this ancient city and is situated 70 km away. the Muzaffarpur railway station is the nearest railway station to Vaishali at just a distance of 36 km. this makes Vaishali easy to access and you have to take a cab from either of two heads.

One of the most iconic things to look forward to when you are in Vaishali is the Ashokan Pillar. The Relic Stupa and Coronation Tank are also worth the mention when listing places to go to in Vaishali. This place also houses one of the finest Archaeological Survey of India museums in the country. The Bawan Pokhra Temple and the World Peace Pagoda are also places that are worth the visit. All the places in Vaishali are historically very significant and display splendid architectural works. In fact, this city is so richly loaded in history that the Chinese explorers Hiuen Tsang well as Fa Hein both mention it in their travel journals.

Navlakha Palace in Rajnagar

The Navlakha Palace in Rajnagar is situated nearby to the town of Madhubani in Bihar. This is the ruins of an architecturally significant monument and features amazing artwork. It is easy to reach Navlakha Palace if you are in Bihar through a network of roadways from the major cities.

The Navlakha Palace now lies in ruins but it was an excellent structure when it was built by Maharaja Rameshwar Singh. The palace received the main set of damages in an earthquake in 1934 and now only the ruins remain, but they too are worth witnessing. There are many gardens and pools within the palace complex and you will also find a temple within. When you are in Rajnagar, you will also find a unique assortment of Madhubani art styles, a native artwork of Bihar and you will find some pretty great deals!

Jalmandir in Pawapuri

Bihar is a collection of impressive cultural styles and is the place of confluence of many religions. It sees a high annual footfall from Jain as well as Buddhist pilgrims throughout the year. The Jalmandir in Pawapuri is of special significance to any Jain worshipper from around the world. It is easy to reach Pawapuri via a network of roadways if you are already in Bihar. There are nearby railway stations too that makes it easier to get to this place from far off locations.

Jalmandir in Pawapuri is said to be the place where Lord Mahavir, the last and the most famous of the Jain Tirthankaras, had breathed his last in the year 500 BCE. Jalmandir is officially held as the place Lord Mahavir was cremated after his death. Legend has it that the ashes of Lord Mahavir were sought out by a huge number of his followers. Due to this reason, a large volume of soil around this region was eroded. The place obtained was converted into a pool and the funeral pyre was set in the middle of it. Once the activity was performed, a temple crafted from white marble was put in place to commemorate the event and it has since then served as one of the most important places to Jains.

Rajgir

Rajgir is a beautiful place that gives you the true essence of this beautiful place in India. There are many important and scenic locations spread throughout Rajgir that is bound to leave you charmed and mesmerized. It is very easy to reach this place a sit is well connected from all sides owing to the large number of Buddhist pilgrims frequenting this place. The nearest airport is in Gaya and it is 68 km away from the city. The railway station in Rajgir is just a kilometer away from the city center and should be the preferred option to travel to Rajgir.

One of the most scenic locations in Bihar, the Griddhakuta Peak in Bihar is located in Rajgir. It is located just 400 m above sea level and is also known as the Vulture Peak. The name comes from the unique shape of this hill, not to mention that it is frequently visited by flocks of vultures. The religious importance of Griddhakita Peak is also significant since this is the place where the Mauryan ruler, King Bimbisar was converted to Buddhism after his famous Lotus Sutra. Buddha had also delivered some sermons here and it is said that the second wheel of law was started here. There are many caves around this place that increase the charm and mystic of this place.

Rajgir also houses one of the seven peace pagodas that were built throughout India. The Vishwa Shanti Stupa was built in the year of 1969 by Japanese Buddhists, this is a miraculous structure and attracts lots of tourist attention. The stupa has 4 statues that depict the four stages of the life of Siddhartha Gautama, which led to him becoming the Buddha. This Pagoda is one the finest relics of Japanese architectural sites found in India.

Vikramshila Ruins in Bhagalpur

Vikramshila is another university town like Nalanda that was built in Bihar. Though it now lies in ruins, its walls still speak of the great exchange of thoughts and ideas that used to take place here. The Vikramshila University was devised by King Dharmapala. This was because he felt that the quality of education in Nalanda was decreasing and thus there needed to be a better university or educational center. This led to the building of this new university town in Vikramshila. Though it is in ruins, it is a lovely site to visit if you are fond of history, culture, and archaeology. Nowadays, renovation work is being conducted in Vikramshila since many monasteries and stupas belonging to the Buddhists have been excavated here.

Kanwar Lake

The Kanwar Lake is a freshwater lake cut out of a river, an Oxbow lake. In fact, this is the largest Oxbow lake in India and attracts lots of tourists who are nature enthusiasts. There are no direct trains or flights to Kanwar Lake. You can get down at Patna International Airport and cover a distance of 173 km in readily available cabs or state buses. You can also get down at Begusarai Railway Station, as this lake is situated just 30 km away from the lake. If you are already traveling through Bihar, the latter option is the much more viable one.

The charm of Kanwar Lake lies in the fact that it is a resting spot for about 60 different species of migratory birds. Yes, Kanwar Lake is a bird watcher's delight, and if you love to immerse yourself in nature, this is a place that you have to visit. Though the condition of this wetland area has now been rapidly deteriorating due to various environmental issues, care is being taken to preserve the beauty and sanctity of this beautiful place.  
 
            Bihar is a terrific place to visit and you will fall in love with the place due to all that it has to offer. It is rich in history and culture and will strategically give you a brief history of ancient India covering some of the most important dynasties, religious beliefs, cultural growth, and so on. Many peculiar things are only found in Bihar and you just have to try. For example, Chhath Puja, a 6-day festival in the name of the Sun God is a very important time in Bihar and you have to see the celebrations at least once in your lifetime. You will also find many tribal and villagers who engage in Chhau dance, an energetic and athletic form of dance found in Bihar, parts of West Bengal, and Orissa. Since Bihar has always been artistically rich, you can also try the many handloom and handicraft shops spread throughout this place and you are sure to find some of the most amazing pieces of artwork for your home.
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<![CDATA[Uttar Pradesh India : Most Interesting Places to Visit]]>Sat, 06 Feb 2021 15:30:54 GMThttp://zinniatrip.com/travel/uttar-pradesh-india-most-interesting-places-to-visit#uttarpradesh #temples #pilgrimage #historical #buddhism
           
​Uttar Pradesh is definitely one of the most exotic places that India has to offer! The cultural diversity in Uttar Pradesh is worth witnessing and you will find the variance in cultural and religious influences through time throughout Uttar Pradesh. It is revered as one of the holiest places among Hindus because it is supposed to be the birthplace of the mythical Lord Ram from 
Ramayana and Lord Krishna from the Mahabharata. Gautam Buddha is also said to be born in the hilly terrains towards the north of Uttar Pradesh. The two magnanimous rivers, Ganga and Yamuna, both flow through the fertile plains of Uttar Pradesh. Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, the holy town of Varanasi- you randomly name an exotic spot in India, and it is very likely situated in Uttar Pradesh. So, if you are a traveler, a visit to this amazing state is a must, and here are 13 places in Uttar Pradesh that you have to go to!
Lucknow

“Muskuraiyen, kyunki aap Lucknow mein hai” (Smile, because you are n Lucknow), is what greets you when you enter this magnificent city. It is the capital city of Uttar Pradesh and also happens to be the largest city of the state. It is very easy to Lucknow as it is very well developed and has a cosmopolitan atmosphere. You can take a flight directly to Lucknow from all major cities in India. You may also get down at Lucknow railway station and enter the city from that angle. You may also opt for the roadways of you are traveling within the state or coming from nearby places like Delhi, but it is also easily connected to other big cities through interconnected highways.
Lucknow is the city of Nawabs and thus has a very rich cultural heritage that you can explore. Another thing Lucknow is known for is its kebabs, and you will find some of the most delicious street foods from India in Lucknow. You will also find that the people of Lucknow are very courteous and their “Pehle Aap" behavior is sure to leave a smile on your face. The Bara Imambara and Chota Imambara are significant places to visit while you are in Lucknow. Hazratganj is also a place that you should not miss while staying in Lucknow. You will find the streets of Lucknow lined with shops selling  Lucknowi Chikan, a very famed form of embroidery, and you will surely get some authentic deals over here.

Agra

If someone has heard of India, they have heard about Agra anywhere in the world since it is home to the famous Taj Mahal. It is one of the UNESCO heritage sites and also one of the seven wonders of the world. Perched along the banks of the Yamuna River, Agra is one of the most phenomenal places that you can visit. It is a dose of history and culture that you are not likely to forget. Another notable and UNESCO World Heritage Site in Agra is Fatehpur Sikri. It is also a popular tourist destination if you want to go through the Golden Triangle, comprising of Delhi, Agra, and Jodhpur, and is also a part of the Uttar Pradesh Heritage Arc.

Agra is very accessible by roadways from all sides and the best way to enter Agra would be from Delhi. It is just a few hours' drive and you will find yourself in the gripping beauty of Agra. There are so many man made monuments in Agra that you can go to and have a grand time. You will get the true taste of Mughal Architecture when roaming through the streets of Agra. While you are roaming through the streets, don't forget to try the delectable pethas which is a highly popular sweet dish from Agra. Some other places that you should visit in Agra are the Jama Masjid, Agra Fort, Mehtab Bagh, and so on.

Fatehpur Sikri


Situated just 40km away from Agra, if you are visiting Agra, then this is a place that you just cannot miss. Fatehpur Sikri is one of a kind! It is a fortified city made from gigantic red sandstone blocks and was constructed by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1571. This city has also served as the capital for almost 15 years in the time of Akbar. There are no incoming flights into Fatehpur Sikri and the best way to get in is through the road. It forms part of the tour in Agra and is a place that you just have to visit if you are fond of grand architecture or just crazy about a lesson in history.

Fatehpur Sikri is also one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and features a tremendous mixture of Indo-Islamic styles of architecture. History says that this monument was built by Akbar to serve as an accommodation for his 3 wives pertaining to different religious believes, namely. Hindu, Muslim, and Christian. There is also a mosque within the complex which is brilliantly built and is still used nowadays. Other notable places to look forward to when you are passing through Fatehpur Sikri would be Buland Darwaza and Salim Chisti’s tomb.

Varanasi


Varanasi, the spiritual capital of India, the city with the most number of temples, the city with the iconic Assi Ghat, is also a part of the grandeur of Uttar Pradesh. The Ganga has already calmed down before Varanasi, and sitting along the banks of the wide river and witnessing the elaborate Ganga Aarti ritual is seems like an experience from another world. It is a very popular city and attracts many Hindu pilgrims throughout the year because of so many temples in the city. It is a holy city and it is believed that dying here ensures that the individual will attain Moksha, that is, relief from the cycle of life and death. It is very easy to reach Varanasi via roadways as it is well connected through national highways. There is also a train station in Varanasi which is very convenient to use.

There are so many temples, big and small, spread throughout Varanasi, that it is very easy to lose count of it. At every turn that you take, you will find a temple, the remarkable Assi Ghat (80 ghats), along the banks of the river is a quiet and peaceful site from where you can watch the remarkable Ganga Aarti. The grandest and biggest temple of all in Varanasi is the Kashi Vishwanath Temple. If you are feeling tired and drained, don’t forget to refresh and energize yourself with a plate of hot chaat and a tall glass of freshly made, cool lassi.

Mathura


If you are trying to reach Mathura via air, then you have to get down at New Delhi airport and take a cab from there to this city. It is about 147 km away from Delhi and is well connected via roadways to all major cities such as Varanasi, Agra, Lucknow, and so on! The city also has a railway station and if you like traveling by train, this is the best way to enter the city.

The reason Mathura sees such a huge international footfall and what makes Mathura so special among the heart of Hindu devotees is that it is supposed to be the birthplace of Lord Krishna. Shri Krishna from the Mahabharata is a beloved God in most Hindu households, and it is this attraction that brings so many people to this place. It is the most popular site to visit in the time of Janmashtami as well as during Holi. One of the most popular spots to visit in Mathura is the Krishna Janmabhoomi, the very place where Lord Krishna is said to have been born. In fact, even the prison where the mythological Lord Krishna was supposedly born, is also open to being visited by tourists. The Dwarkadheesh Temple and the Gita Mandir are two temples in the city that you just have to visit! Mathura is situated on the banks of the river Yamuna, and much like the Ganga Aarti, Mathura witnesses a Yamuna Aarti in the evenings.  Kachori, poori, gulab jamun, etc. are some of the delectable street foods in Mathura that you just have totty, and believe me, they are so delicious, you may even eat off your fingers.​

Vrindavan

When you are visiting Mathura, you have to visit Vrindavan, situated about 10 km away from Mathura, Vrindavan is one of the oldest cities perched along the banks of Yamuna. Vrindavan and Mathura are so intricately related to one another mythologically, that they are often referred to as twin cities. While Mathura is the place where Lord Krishna was born, Vrindavan is the place where he grew up. All his mischievous childhood days and romantic adolescent years were spent in the streets of Vrindavan. This is the reason why you will find so many temples dedicated to Radha-Krishna, spread throughout Vrindavan.
Vrindavan in Sanskrit means basil grove (vrinda=basil, grove= van) and earns its name from the two small basil groves located in Nidhivan and Seva Kunj. The Yamuna River in Vrindavan is a beautiful sight to perceive. There is also a Govind Dev Temple and a Shahji Temple that you have to visit while in Vrindavan. Two places that you just cannot miss in Vrindavan are the ISCKON Temple and the Bankey Bihari Temple. It is also a very important pilgrimage destination for Hindu devotees.



Allahabad

Allahabad, formerly known as Prayagraj is an interesting and amazing place to visit and is loaded with stories and history. It is the point of confluence for three rivers- Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati- and had earned its older name, Prayagrah, from this. However, after the Mughal invasion, Akbar was mesmerized by this place and named it Ilahabas, the Abode of Gods. Shah Jahan later gave the name Allahabad to this beautiful place.

Allahabad is a widely popular city and witnesses one of the largest gatherings in the world. This is because of the Maha Kumbh Mela, which is organized every 12 years, and millions of pilgrims from all around the globe visit this place. Allahabad is also steeped with iconic monuments where you will find impressive architectural works. The Allahabad Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Allahabad Museum, Chandra Shekhar Azad Park, All Saints Cathedral are all significant places in Allahabad that you can visit.

Sarnath

Sarnath is a holy city situated about 10 km away from Varanasi. Uttar Pradesh shows a unique blend of cultures and Sarnath is another iconic addition to this. Sarnath happens to be the place where Gautam Buddha gave his first sermon and thus is a holy place for Buddhist pilgrims from all around the world. In fact, it is one of the holiest cities among four for Buddhist pilgrims and attracts them, throughout the year. It is a quiet and peaceful place and you will find a clear blend of Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain devotees flocking the streets. There are so many stupas and excavated sites in Sarnath loaded with the history of an ancient culture. The Ashoka Pillar and the Dharma Stupa, both built by King Ashoka are two of the most significant places to visit on Sarnath. It also has a deer park which is worth the visit. The Thai Temple in Sarnath is also an attractive and exciting site to go to.

Ayodhya


Every Indian knows Ayodhya from the bedtime stories that grandma used to tell to be the birthplace of Lord Ram, the epitome of a man and one of the avatars of Lord Vishnu. It is a very popular city and is loaded with tourists and pilgrims at all times. The nearest airport to Ayodhya is the Lucknow International Airport. However, it is well connected by roadways and thus you can get down at Gorakhpur, Varanasi, or Allahabad airports and take a cab or bus from there. It is also easily accessible by trains and you can either get down at Faizabad or at Ayodhya railway station.

Ayodhya is a very beautiful place to have a peaceful time at. The river Sarayu passes through Ayodhya and it is one of the seven holiest cities to the Hindus. Ayodhya also happens to be the birthplace of four out of the twenty-four Tirthankaras that Jains have and thus is an important city for Jain devotees too. It sees a steady stream of Jain pilgrims throughout the year along with Hindu pilgrims. Though it is a very controversial place nowadays, the serene beauty of Ayodhya is something that you should witness at least once in your lifetime.

Kushinagar


Kushinagar is another holy city and holds a special place in the hearts of Buddhist pilgrims. It is another one of the four holiest places for Buddhist pilgrims as Gautama Buddha attained Mahaparinirvana at this place. Thus it holds international significance and hosts pilgrims and tourists from all around the world. Gorakhpur railway station is just 50 km away from this peaceful place. You can also come to Gorakhpur via flight and then hit the roads to come to Kushinagar. There are regular bus and cab services to and from Kushinagar to different parts of Uttar Pradesh.

Kushinagar has lots of plain, green, grassy land and earns its name from there. The Sanskrit word Kush means grass and thus this place is called Kushinagar. An interesting thing you will notice in Kushinagar is this one road which has a series of temples lining it, all run by Buddhist nations. You can seek residence in these temples and enter a spiritual zone from within or a simple chat with a monk. Buddha Purnima is a very special time in Kushinagar, and a grand fair is organized during this time which attracts so many tourists and pilgrims.
 
            These are 10 amazing places in Uttar Pradesh that you should visit. However, remember that this list cannot hold all the glory that Uttar Pradesh has to offer. There are tons of other places such as Jhansi, Dhudwa National Park, Meerut, Kanpur, and so on that, you can go to and have a wonderful time. The food is different at different places in Uttar Pradesh and you should go through all the delicacies that you find. Extravagant monuments, scenic ghats, temples steeped with history, an amalgamation of tourists and pilgrims from all around the world- you will find it all in Uttar Pradesh.
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<![CDATA[Punjab India : Visit Land of Five Rivers]]>Sat, 06 Feb 2021 13:28:49 GMThttp://zinniatrip.com/travel/punjab-india-visit-land-of-five-rivers#punjab #punjabi #travel #fertile #rivers #five

​Punjab is one of the heartiest lands in all of land. This is the place which feeds India. This is the place where the staunch freedom fighter, Bhagat Singh was born. If you want to be at one with the essence of India, then Punjab is a place that you have to visit. It does not boast of adventurous trek routes or an endless coastline, but if you are looking for a unique blend of spirituality, hard work, rich culture, and innovative means of commercialisation, then Punjab is the place for you.

It is the land of five rivers and thus one of the most agriculturally rich lands in India. There is an array of geographical features which gives it a flavourful appeal. The following are some of the places where you can get a true essence of Punjabi lifestyle. Punjab is the place which will give you a wholesome experience and fill your heart with care and warmth.
Chandigarh

Chandigarh is the capital city of Punjab and has earned the right to be called a metropolitan city like Delhi, Mumbai or Kolkata in the last few years. This city has seen rampant growth and beautification in the last couple of years and you will be mesmerised to see a city so well planned. It is very easy to reach Chandigarh. If you are travelling by road it is well connected to all the places in Punjab and to Delhi and Himachal Pradesh. The airport is 12 km away from the main city while the railway station is 8 km. it is easy to get can and bus services easily from either place to enter the city and reach your destination.
The most impressive thing about Chandigarh in the unique blend of modernisation and antiquity that you will find over here. This city speaks of the old, forgotten times adorned in the garbs of modernisation. This city also happens to be one of the cleanest in India. The Rock Garden in Chandigarh, as well as the Pinjore Garden is a very notable site that you have to visit.  The Zakir Hussain Rose Garden is also a beautiful place that you can visit. Other places to visit in Chandigarh are the Sukhna Lake and the International Dolls Museum.

Amritsar

Amritsar is one of the most popular cities of Punjab. It has been a historical sight throughout different generations and thus attracts so much attention. It is also one of the most revered sites for Sikhs because the Golden Temple is situated over here. There is also an array of other monuments built in the Punjabi style laid down throughout Amritsar. Another place of great significance in Amritsar is the Jalianwala Bagh. This site played an important role in India’s struggle for independence and the bullet holes from the merciless massacre are still etched on to the walls of this garden. The Wagah Border is also very near to Amritsar and takes about 3 hours to reach. The gate closing ceremony every day in the evening is demonstrated by army officials from both sides and is an exciting sight to behold.
It is very easy to reach Amritsar since it is a very important city in Punjab. The airport is 10 km away from the main city and is connected by domestic flights from all major cities in India. The station is also very well connected such that you can enter Amritsar from any side. The bus services to Amritsar from Delhi or from Himachal Pradesh are also very cosy and does not take much time. If you are looking for souvenirs to take home with you, then the markets of Amritsar are a great place to go looking for them. The street food is delectable and you will keep on licking your fingers clean while in Amritsar.

Ludhiana

Ludhiana is an often heard of place from Punjab and a visit to it will show you the kind of warmth this place holds. It is very easy to reach Ludhiana by road if you are starting from Amritsar or Chandigarh or most other cities in Punjab. Ludhiana has an airport but the only problem is that it is only connected to Delhi via flight. The other nearby airports are in Amritsar and Chandigarh. Ludhuiana also has a train station which is connected to the rest of Punjab and a train from Delhi also goes to Ludhiana.
If you want a real taste of “mitti di khoosboo” (the earthy smell), then Ludhiana is the place you have to be in. in fact, once you go to Ludhiana you will understand why Punjab is so ahead of the rest of the country in agriculture. If you want to witness how the state of Punjab operates at the most basic level, then Ludhiana is a place that you have to visit. You will also be astounded by the warmth with which the people of Ludhiana will welcome you. If you want to further immerse yourself in the Punjabi culture, then you can also go to the Museum of Rural Life in Ludhiana.

Jalandhar

Jalandhat with its history and culture is place that is appealing to both Sikhs as well as Hindus. It is especially significant to Hindus because of the many Hindu temples available in this region. It is a truly ancient city filled with Punjab’s rich culture. This is a place that you have to visit if you like to indulge in the history of a land. Whether you are traveling alone or with your kids, you are going to have so much fun in Jalandhar.

The city is well connected and very easy to reach. If you are in Punjab then various roads connect Jalandhar to rest of Punjab. You can come to Jalandhar from Delhi via road and it takes only 7 hours to reach via NH1. A new airport has also been constructed at Adampur, Jalandhar, and it is about 25 km from the city. You can also go to Jalandhar via train and the train station is within the city. Regular buses and cabs from railway station and airport makes it easy for you to travel into the city.
Jalandhar has a nice Science City that is really going to thrill you and your kids. The Devi Talab Mandir in Jalandhar is a really attractive and calming place to visit at least once in your life. There is also a Wonderland in Jalandhar which is a great place to blow of some steam with your family.

Bhatinda

If you live and have grown up in India, then you have surely heard about Bhatinda. It is a beautiful and picturesque place to visit and will give you a major dose of history lessons. Bhatinda is easy to reach through roadways using the bus or cab service from cities like Delhi, Amritsar, and Chandigarh. It is 225 km away from Chandigarh and 320 km away from Delhi. Presently, an airport is also being constructed at Bhatinda for more conveniences. If you are traveling by train you will be happy to note that Bhatinda is one of the largest junction for railways in India. Trains from all major cities in India and in the state of Punjab are regularly available to and from Bhatinda.

Bhatinda is also called the city of lakes and boasts of many a beautiful lake. The simplicity of this amazing city is what will stick with you for a long time. One of the most significant landmarks of this city is AIIMS. Other important places that this city boasts of are a thermal power station and also the Central University of Punjab. This city has been a hotbed for wars and has witnessed the likes of Muhammad Ghori, Mehmud if Ghazini, and the legendary Prithvi Raj Chauhan. Quila Muarak and the Rose Garden are truly amazing sites to visit in Bhatinda.

Patiala

Patiala is a unique place to visit and should definitely be on your itinerary if you are visiting Punjab. being the fourth largest city in Punjab, it is very easy to reach Patiala. There are regular cab, bus, and train services to and from Patiala. If you are traveling within Punjab, then Patiala is very well connected to the cities in Punjab via roadways. The nearest airport to Patiala is in Chandigarh and this city is 63 km away from Chandigarh. The railway station is in the city only and there are transport services available from both the railway station and the airport.

If you are fond of history and like to immerse yourself in the astounding culture of Punjab, Patiala is a great place to visit. The architecture over here shows a unique blend of different styles. You will find touches of Mughal style of architecture, Rajput styles, and the Punjabi styles. There is a whole range of amazing places that you can visit in Patiala. Moti Bagh Palace, Bahadurgarh Fort etc. are some of the striking monuments to visit on Patiala. If you are looking for authentic Punjabi items that you can get as souvenirs, Patiala is the place to get them. The markets are loaded with parandas, juttis, and all kinds of other stuff that you can take home with you.

Kapurthala

Kapurthala is a lesser known getaway in Punjab and is a mesmerizing place to visit. If you are looking for a place where you can get away from the cacophony of everyday life and immerse yourself in down to earth Punjabi lifestyle, then Kapurthala is the place for you to be. There are no airports in Kapurthala. Thus, if you are planning a  trip by air, you have to get down at Amritsar, and Kapurthala is only 75 km away and well connected to Amritsar. The trains travelling in the Jalandhar-Ferozpur line travels through Kapurthala while you can easily enter Kapurthala by taking the Jalandhar-Ferozpur road.

Kapurthala is also known as the Paris f Punjab, not because of a romantic atmosphere but because of its architectural style. The buildings and monuments in Kapurthala are built with French styles of architecture carefully blended with the Indo-Saracen styles. The city also has mane legends and tales it boasts of and it will be an impressive deal to listen through all those stories as you walk through the city. If you want to witness the unique architecture of this place, there are many monuments that you can go to. Jagatjit Palace and Elysee Palace are truly beautiful places that you just have to visit. The Moorish Mosque is also picturesque while the Shalimar Gardens is there to calm you mind and soothe your senses.

Pathankot

Pathankot is a splendid location in Punjab and is situated in the border regions of Punjab. It shares its borders with Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh, both on the norther side. This gives Pathankot and enchanting beauty and you will get a first-hand glimpse of the Shivaliks from here. The city not only has a terrific landscape but is also rich in history. It is also an important point of contact between Punjab and Himachal ads this place serves as a railhead to many places in Himachal. Nurpur Fort and Shahpurkandi Fort are two of the forts in Pathankot that you have to visit. The Mukteshwar Temple is also a very attractive place to go to. The Ranjit Sagar Dam is calm, quite, and serene and is a great place to take your mind off things.

Pathankot is situated along the edges of Punjab and has a hilly terrain. There are no airports in Pathankot yet but it is very well connected via roadways. Whether you are travelling from Delhi or from Dalhousie in Himachal, it is very easy to find your way into Pathankot. The nearest airport is at Amritsar and you have to take a cab or a bus to travel the 119 km distance between the two places.

Nangal

The Bhakra-Nangal dam is one of the first hydroelectric power projects that was undertaken by India post-independence. Nangla is situated in Roopnagar district of Punjab and is one of those offbeat places to visit in Punjab. it is not very far away from Chandigarh and you can easily go to the place and return back in the span of a day. the gigantic dam structure is a breath-taking view and something that you will remember for a long time. It is a quaint, peaceful place wherein you can have a day of picnic. You can sit down along the edges of the huge dam and look out into the vast expanse of water. Satluj Park is situated nearby and you can even live through 500 years of Sikh history at the Virasat-e-Khalsa. The Nangal wetlands are also a very appreciable place and you will find many birds and different kinds of flora over there.

Ropar

If you have visited Jalandhar, then Ropar is a nearby place that you have to visit. It is a very ancient city in Punjab and still has the remains of the age old Harappan civilisation. Yes, the ruins of the Indus Valley civilization are still intact and you get to have a first-hand experience at witnessing them in Ropar. The historical glamour of this place makes it such an interesting place to visit.

Sirhind

The older name for Sirhind was Fatehgarh Sahib. It is a beautiful place loaded with history and is very well connected to major cities in Punjab such as Ludhiana, Amritsar, Chandigarh, etc. it is also easily accessible by road from Delhi. There is even a train station in Sirhind that sees regular trains. There are no airports but you can easily drop off at Chandigarh and Amritsar and complete the rest of the journey via bus or cab.

In the days of yore, Sirhind was a military outpost. It was developed by Prithvi Raj Chauhan to go on a revolt against the incoming invasion by Mohammad Ghori. In 1362, Sirhind became a part of the Ghauri Sultanate and was later founded again by the Tughlaq emperors. The rich cultural diversity that this place has witnessed throughout the ages is still etched into the monuments and buildings of the place. It is a worthwhile visit and it also happens to be a very popular pilgrimage site for the Sikhs.
 
            The earthiness of Punjab is what makes it such an impressive visit. After you travel through Punjab and interact with the people and culture of this place, you will feel a warmth within you. You will be heartily welcomed anywhere you go in Punjab, you can interact with some of the finest people in the world, and you will be surrounded by some of the most delectable food that you will ever find. Punjab should be on the list of every one who is fond of travelling as this place has so much to offer.
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<![CDATA[Manipur India : Places to Cover on a Trip Through Manipur]]>Sat, 23 Jan 2021 16:13:18 GMThttp://zinniatrip.com/travel/manipur-india-places-to-cover-on-a-trip-through-manipurThe seven sisters of the northeast hold some of the most pristine sights that you can behold in India. Of the seven states, Manipur is a particular attraction that will give you a grand experience. The name is derived from the Sanskrit words Mani and Pura and means the Jewelled Land. When you travel through Manipur you will find that it is indeed as much a jeweled land as the name boasts of. Manipur is situated along the easternmost fringes of India and is surrounded by Assam on the west, Mizoram to the south, and Nagaland to the north. On the eastern side, it shares an international border with Myanmar.

There are many wonderful places to visit in Manipur. If you are looking for a way to escape the cacophony of your daily life, Manipur is a quaint location located in the hills and very far away from everyday city life. This haven is peaceful and has a tranquil atmosphere and you should spend some time exploring through the many wonderful places that Manipur has to offer. Here are some of the most amazing places that you just have to check when you are traveling through Manipur.
Imphal

Imphal, the capital city of Manipur, could easily be one of the most impressive places that you can visit in Northeast India. Imphal is very easy to reach as it is well connected by road from Guwahati in Assam. Imphal also has an airport, the only one in the state, and the second-largest one in the Northeast. This makes Imphal very easily accessible from all around the Northeast. Laden among the mountains, Imphal is a place of great scenic beauty and has some amazing landmark sites such as the Manipur State Museum, a Polo Ground, and the Palace of Kangle. Another beautiful sight that welcomes you in Imphal is the vibrant waterfalls and lakes that are spread here and there.
The best time to visit Imphal would be during the months of September to April. This place also happens to be the site of many Manipuri festivals wherein you can easily delve into the culture of the people of Imphal. The Keibul Lamjao National Park and the Sirohi National Park are home to many exotic faunas in the region. Loktak Lake is pristine and attractive and is sure to leave a deep mark on your mind.

Senapati

You can easily reach this small hamlet in Manipur directly from Guwahati in Assam by road following the NH-2. If you are starting your travel through Manipur in Imphal, then Senapati would be just 68 km away from you via the same highway. This village is hidden away in the mountains under lush green forest vegetation that will immediately produce a calming effect on your nerves. Most of Senapati is covered in a forest filled with all kinds of flora and fauna that is difficult to find elsewhere in India.
If you are looking for a place to enrich your knowledge about the culture and heritage of Manipur, Senapati could be an excellent haven for that. it is a small place wherein you can spend your time directly interacting with the locals and the tribes. If you are lucky, they may even cook you some delectable Manipuri delicacy while giving you an account f everything Manipuri. There are many notable places in and around Senapati that you can go to such as Sadu Chiru Waterfalls, Dzukou Valley, Yangkhullen, Mao, and so on. The months between October and March is the best time to plan your trip to Senapati.

Andro

If you are planning your trip between late October to the month of March, Andro is a lovely place in Manipur to put on your list. This is a small place very close to Imphal wherein you can immerse yourself in the many artistic works that Manipur has to offer you. It is a unique place to visit solely because of the impressive pottery craftsmanship of Manipuri people which are on display over here. The place is especially significant for someone who has the spirit of an adventurer and loves to keep keepsakes from the places they visit.
If you go to Andro Gramshang, you can easily find a full display of the history of such artistic styles and how it has been passed down over generations. Walom, Yukhum, Ngangkha, and Pudong Makhong are some of the Manipuri styles of pottery that are on display in the museum. The Andro Santheli Nature Park is also a scenic spot to visit. There is no need to stay the night in Andro and you can easily visit the place while staying in Imphal or traveling to or from Imphal.

Ukhrul

If you are looking for peace and quiet, then the little village of Ukhrul is just the spot for you. It is easy to access from Imphal airport by traveling a distance of 105 km via road using the bus or cab services. Ukhrul is also accessible through Dimapur in Nagaland which is the nearest railway station to this place. You have to take the taxi services from the railway station and it will take about 9 to 10 hours to cover the 314 km stretch.
It is a very beautiful place and the calmness would edge you to meditate to your heart's content. The silence has an attractive mystique to it and you may end up extending your stay in this quaint place. An attractive feature of this place is that many trekking routes are emanating out of the place taking you through the wilderness of Manipur hills. The Nilai Tea Estate is beautiful while the Kachou Phung Lake preserves its pristine beauty. The Khangkhui Cave is also a must-visit site when you are staying in Ukhrul.

Chandel

The time of late October to March is the best time to get into different parts of Manipur and if you are visiting at such times, you just have to visit Chandel. This is the gateway into Myanmar from the Indian side on the Eastern fringes and grants you an excellent amalgamation of culture and heritage for you to seep in. the place being the entryway into Myanmar makes it such a brilliantly exotic location.
Like all other places in Manipur, Chandel too has some amazing forest cover. The Yangoupokpi-Lokchao Wildlife Sanctuary is worth the visit and you will come across all kinds of flora and fauna found especially in the northeast. Tengnoupal and Moreh are also notable sites to visit when you have come to Chandel. The place also has many trek routes through the forest and trekking your way through Chandel in the early morning is blissful.

Thoubal

If you are an adventurer, if you are someone who likes outdoor activities such as trekking and hiking, then Thoubal is a place that you have to visit. Thoubal is very near to Imphal airport at only a distance of 30 km by road from there. The nearest railway station is in Dimapur in Nagaland which is 230 km away. the NH 102 passes through Thoubal while it is connected to other regions in Manipur through NH 39 and NH 53.
If you want to have a full blast of all the things that Manipur has to offer you, then you have to come to visit Thoubal. The locals are very polite and hospitable and will welcome you with open arms. Banyan trees line the roads and you will find small patches of home-grown veggies in every house. The Thoubal Bazaar is a wonderful place to collect all kinds of souvenirs from your trip. You will find an exceptional blend of Manipuri culture interspersed with nature in Thoubal giving you an exceptional time. The People's Museum is a must-visit site when you are staying in Thoubal. The Khongjom War Memorial is also a must-visit site if you want to immerse yourself in the glorious past of Manipur.

Tamenglong

Manipur holds all kinds of places with all kinds of special attractions. Exotic flora and fauna thrive throughout the hills and valleys and if you are looking for a spot for birding, then Tamenglong is the place for you. It is also known as the Land of Hornbill as many hornbills and even other birds take refuge in the lush forests of this place. If you are to visit Tamenglong between October and April, you will find all kinds of local as well as migratory birds thriving in this place. It is easy to reach Tamenglong via riad by following the NH 53 through the Old Cachar Road.
Tamenglong is enchanting and with all its natural glory will cast a spell on you that is difficult to lift. The Zeilad Wildlife Sanctuary is a must-visit site and the variety in flora and fauna will make you want to go there again and again. That Tharon Cave is also an impressive visit as you stay in Tamenglong. Zeilad Lake is picturesque with its pristine water and offers a time of relaxation and calm!

Churachandpur

If you want to get a blast of the tribal culture in Manipur, then you have to take a trip down through Churachandpur. This place was founded by the tribes but it is in no way a small village. In fact, Churachandpur is the second largest town in Manipur and shows some real technological advancement. There are schools, dams, and even a museum in this place. Even communication is very easy over here as the people are very well versed in English, Hindi, and Manipuri.
This is a developed hilly town to give you a taste of development on your way to losing yourself in the wilderness. The best times to visit this unique and beautiful hilly town would be from October to March. The Tonglen Cave is a great site to visit. If you want to know about the tribal cultures in Manipur, you have to take a walk through the Tuibuong Tribal Museum!

Kakching

Kakching is an important place especially because of its commercial significance in Manipur. It is very well-connected on all sides. You can enter Kakching from Thoubal by following the AH1 road. The district is connected to Chandel by another inter-district road. The Indo-Burma-Sugnu State Highway connects Kakching to Myanmar in the south and Imphal in the north.
Kakching gives the traveler the best dose of Manipuri culture that one can ever ask for. If you especially visit this place during the Haraoba Festival you will be mesmerized to see the performances that the locals set up! They tell the stories of how the universe was created through a performance while being dressed as deities giving you an experience of a lifetime. There are gardens and parks and elaborate markets in this place from where you can shop for all kinds of things. The locals are welcoming and you will also find many cafes and restaurants that serve all kinds of Manipuri delicacies. The best time to go to Kakching would be between October and March.

Leimaram Waterfall

Manipur is a place that is laden with waterfalls and hilly lakes. Throughout your journey to and from different places you will come across innumerable waterfalls, streams, lakes, and so on. However, if you are looking for a waterfall as a special attraction, you have to take a trip to Leimaram waterfalls. The waterfalls are situated nearby Imphal and can be visited as you are staying in Imphal. This place deserves a special mention because of the picturesque location and the tranquil environment. The place welcomes you with 3 different waterfalls that simply looks enchanting.

Bishnupur

Bishnupur can be reached via road from the airport or the railway station. The nearest railway station would be the one on Dimapur in Nagaland and it is a huge distance away. If you want to travel less, you can easily get down at Imphal airport and take a cab or bus to the place which is only 27 km away.
Bishnupur is not the general hill station but is filled with architecture on all sides. It can be called off as a hub for all the temples that you can find. The temples were built long ago and are architecturally rich featuring grand designs that will leave you mesmerized. It is a pilgrim spot and attracts lots of tourists and pilgrims all year round. The best time to visit Bishnupur would be between October and March but you can come here at any time of the year. The Susunia Range passes through Bishnupur and is lined with temples such as a Vishnu Temple, the Jor Bangla Temple, the Panch Ratna, and so on!

                        The seven sisters in the northeast are heavenly places, with each of them having something impressive to offer. Manipur, with its lush forests, waterfalls, and exotic tribes as well as local villagers is a bountiful place with much to offer. It is calm, quiet, and home to all kinds of exotic flora and fauna that will certainly give you the feeling that you have been transported to an altogether different, fairy tale world. 
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<![CDATA[Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh India : Paradise on earth - Where to visit]]>Thu, 21 Jan 2021 20:53:30 GMThttp://zinniatrip.com/travel/jammu-kashmir-and-ladakh-india-paradise-on-earth-where-to-visit“Gar firdaus bar-rue zamin ast, Hamin ast-o, hamin ast-o, hamin ast” -J ahangir

It is rightly said about the valley of Kashmir that if there is paradise on earth, it is here, it is here! Kashmir is a valley of splendid beauty with its shapely meadows and lofty peaks. The dry, raw winters, as well as the blossom of spring and warmth of summer, are equally mesmerizing when one is traveling through Kashmir. Jammu and Kashmir have a visual appeal unmatched by any other place throughout India. Only if you have been to Jammu and Kashmir can you entirely grasp the amazing beauty that this place is!

The famous Amarnath Yatra begins at Kashmir while the pious Vaishno-Devi trek begins at Jammu. Both bring together loads of Hindu pilgrims along with lots of foreigners, the latter coming for the scenic pleasure while the former enjoys the best of both worlds. The terrific culture and delectable food are some of the other things that bring tourists to Kashmir. This is a place that you have to visit at least visit once in your lifetime and if you are planning a trip to Kashmir, here are certain places that you just have to visit.
Srinagar

Srinagar, the capital city of Jammu and Kashmir, is a fantastic place to start your journey into Paradise on Earth. The term Srinagar is derived from Sanskrit referring to a “city of wealth and abundance”. It is easy to reach and is well connected to all the places in Jammu and Kashmir. Srinagar is an important city and though it has no railway station, it still has its own international airport. The nearest railway station to Srinagar would be Jammu Tawi and you have to arrive here by road. The best time to come to this wonderful place is in the summer and monsoon seasons between April and October when the snow has melted. This time is perfect because all the flowers are in full bloom and in the later months see the beautiful chinar trees turn entirely golden. However, Srinagar has appreciable weather throughout the year and if you want time away from your daily life, you can easily hop on a flight to Srinagar any time of the year.

The Mughal Gardens were designed by the Mughals and give you picturesque artwork carved in a garden. Achar lake and Nagin Lake are attractive tourist destinations not to mention the ever-famous Dal Lake. You can enjoy Shikara rides in true Kashmiri style when you are on Dal Lake. There are even hotels built on Shikaras where you can spend the night on the lake. A walk through the old city will take you on a trance with all the ancient mosques and minarets available there.

Srinagar is famous for its Kashmiri Wazwan cuisine and Kawa tea. There are multiple kinds of kebabs and preparations from fish available in Srinagar. The market places are wonderful and you will find everything Kashmiri you can ask for at the best deals. Shawls, pashminas, rugs, walnut wood furniture, willow wood furniture, and all other things that Kashmiri is noted for is easily available in Srinagar and you will also find some of the best deals.

Gulmarg

Gulmarg translates to the "meadow of flowers" and this valley has a vibrant collection to offer that will leave you enchanted. The town is located among the Pir Pinjal range making it an attractive destination for adventure seekers. It is nestled at an altitude of 2,730 m and even has the highest golf course in the world. It is just a 2 to 3 hours’ drive from Srinagar being only 57 km away. the road to Gulmarg is also fascinating and is thus a route which is frequented by bikers. The Jammu Tawi railway station is 290 km away while the nearest airport is situated at Srinagar.

If you want to get a blast of fresh blossoms, then the months April to June is the best time to visit Gulmarg. However, if you are more into adventure sports such as skiing or you simply want to build a snowman, you should visit Gulmarg during the snow-covered winter months between October to February. Khilanmarg, about 6 km from the bus stop, bursts with colors in the summer months and is a great place to visit. The Strawberry Valley is a visually pleasing place and will enamor you with the sweet scent and taste of the freshest of strawberries.  Nilgiri Nallah is also an impressive place which is formed by the melting of Apharwat and Alpather glaciers and ultimately joins the Jhelum river. You will find everything that you can ask for in the Gulmarg mountains but you will surely get a better deal at the Srinagar markets.

Sonamarg

Traveling onwards from Gulmarg along a 126 km stretch will take you to another amazing valley- Sonamarg. There are no direct flight or train routes into Sonamarg and it is only connected by road. However, the popularity of this place ensures that Sonamarg is well connected to the rest of Jammu and Kashmir and can be easily reached from major cities like Jammu and Srinagar. The months of April to October when there is no snow is the best time for you to plan your trip to Sonamarg.

Sonamarg is a scenic place and you can click some of the best photographs in this place. However, Sonamarg holds a special place in the hearts of any adventure lover. There are so many trekking routes coming out of Sonamarg. You can plan your Amarnath trek starting from Sonamarg. Other notable trek routes coming out of Sonamarg are Sirbal Peak, Kolhoi Peak, and Machoi Peak. It should be noted that the average elevation of all these high altitude Himalayan treks is about 5000 m at the summit and thus you should be well-seasoned for such a climb. Zoji La, the pass connecting Kargil and Srinagar at an altitude of 11,000 feet is a beautiful place and a must-visit site for nature lovers. Different kinds of Kashmiri cuisine and Kashmiri artwork is available in Sonamarg for you to browse through.

Pahalgam

Pahalgam, known as Bail Gaon in the past, is situated in Jammu and Kashmir in the Anant Nag district. Though the place has a majorly Islamic populace, it brings together thousands of Hindu pilgrims. This is because Pahalgam is the starting point of the holy Amarnath Yatra and its older name, Bail Gaon, identifies it to be the place where Lord Shiva left his faithful companion, Nandi the Bull, before entering Amarnath Cave.

Sheikh-Ul-Alam Airport in Srinagar is the closes airport to Pahalgam and is located only 90 km away. you can also get down at Udhampur railway station and travel 217 km via cab or bus to reach Pahalgam. If you are in Srinagar or Jammu, you can easily reach Phalagam by road using cab services or bus routes. This beautiful pilgrim spot attracts tourists all year round. The summer and monsoon seasons witness pilgrims from all over India who have come to offer their prayers to Lord Shiva while the winter season welcomes the adventure enthusiasts. Many trekking routes are coming out of Pahalgam making it an ideal spot for adventure lovers. In the summer seasons, you can go for white river rafting on the wild tides of the mountainous Lidder river. The journey to Amarnath will take you through some amazing sites such as Chandanwari and Seshnag Lake. Other notable places that you can visit on Pahalgam are Tarsar Lake, Marsar Lake, and Kolahoi Glacier.

You will mainly find all kinds of Kashmiri delicacies available in Pahalgam. The market place is loaded with all kinds of shops selling carpets, wall hangings, shawls, Phirans, and so on. Be sure to visit the Zamindar-Home of Handicrafts to witness some of the most excellent and intricate artwork.

Vaishno Devi

Vaishno Devi is a holy site for Hindus and attracts thousands of Hindu pilgrims all year round. The temple standing on the Trikuta Hills in the kisser Himalayas holds three deities- Mahakali, Mahalakshmi, and Mahasaraswati. Vaishno Devi is easy to reach and is a spot instantly visible as a sparkling jewel around a mountain at night. You can reach the base to the shrine at Ban Ganga bridge from Katra railway station, which is just 20 km away. Jammu airport is 46.7 km away from the base on NH 144.

Once you have reached Ban Ganga, it is a 14 km trek on foot from the base to the top where the shrine is. A shrine is a mystical place, located in a cave with the three deities sitting together. The climb is quite steep but not that difficult and you can always take help from battery operated cars and ponies. Recently, even helicopter services have been made available to directly reach the top. Once you are done offering your prayers to the Mother Goddess at Vaishno Devo Temple you can even go further to visit the Ardhkuwari temple. Further up, you will find a peaceful spot with the enthralling Bhairo Temple which brings you to the end of this amazing spiritual journey.

Ladakh

Ladakh, located in between the Greater Himalayas and the Kunlun Range, is one of the highest places in India. In fact, Taglang La, one of the passes that lead into Ladakh is the highest motor-able road you will find in the world. Leh, now capital of Ladakh can be easily reached from Srinagar and there is also a connecting road from Manali. Both the roads are intensely picturesque and are frequented by all kinds of travellers. Bike and cab services are regularly available and bikers love to travel through these high altitude motor-able roads. The nearest airport is the Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport situated 3 km away from Leh. The nearest railway station is in Jammu and you have to hit the road to reach Leh from there.

The most striking feature of Ladakh is the arid beauty of the place interspersed with bright Tibetan prayer flags and an intricate weave of different cultures available. Since Ladakh is situated at an altitude of about 3000 m above sea level, the winters are very harsh and all roads are blocked. The summers in Ladakh between May to August brings out the best of the place. Pangong Tso is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Ladakh. The Zanskar river freezes in the early winters and gives way to the famous Chadar trek that can hold anybody in a trance. Ladakh also has Nubra Valley, a high altitude desert covered in white sand with the occasional two-humped camel giving way to the most wondrous starry night you will ever see. The sheer magnanimity of the vast universe is easily perceived in Ladakh with its huge expanses and open sky!

Much like the culture in Ladakh, the food is also intricate and unique. Cheese and meat form a majority of the diet and these are available in the forms of a delicious stew, delectable thukpas, and amazing steamed dumplings. Leh is filled with many shopping spots to get all kinds of souvenirs for yourself and your friends. You can find authentic pashminas, pearls, wonderful winter garments, Tibetan prayer paraphernalia, and much more!

Patnitop

One of the top tourist destinations in Jammu is Patnitop. A small hill station with breathtaking alpine vegetation and gentle slopes, Patnitop can be visited in both summers and winters. While the summer holds a warm, lush green beauty, winters in Patnitop is like the postcard winter wonderland. You can reach Patnitop from Jammu airport using cab or bus services and it is about 110 km away. you can also get down at Jammu Tawi station and take a cab to Patnitop. This place is easily connected to all the major roads as well as highways in Jammu and there are even bus services from Shimla and Chandigarh.

Bilo ki Powri si an attractive place to visit in Patnitop. You can also go for a peaceful day out away from everyday life at Kud Park. Patnitop is a very small hill station and you can easily cover the entire place on foot. You may want to go to Shiva Ghar and have to rent a cab for that as it is 11 km away. Madhatop, which is 5 km away from Patnitop is a great place if you like to go skiing or paragliding.

Sanasar

Shaped like a cup, the Sanasar valley is a picturesque valley and a must-visit site in Jammu. There is no airport or railway station as the valley is located in relatively higher altitudes where it is difficult to construct railways or airports. Both the nearest airport and railway station are in Jammu. It is 134 km away from the airport and 132 km away from the railway station via road.

The meadows are scattered with brightly colored flowers and give you a full view of the greater Himalayan ranges. It is a place where either individual adventurers or a family can equally have fin. The meadows give way too many trekking routes and there are different adventure sports like rappelling, rock climbing, and paragliding where one can participate. A family can have a quiet time camping around a bonfire along the banks of the Sanasar lake. Other notable places of interest over here are Suri Kund, Shank Pal Temple, and Nag Temple.

Doda

Doda is another picturesque meadow in Jammu which has a serene appeal and a calm, peaceful atmosphere. It is a priceless gem giving you exquisite views and has a religious appeal because of the many temples and an excellent mosque. Doda can be reached via road either from Jammu Airport or Srinagar International Airport. It is at a distance of 230 km from the latter and 170 km from the former. You can also hit the road from Jammu Tawi railway station. Recently, you can reach Doda using helicopter services that start at Jammu. The helicopter facility is started and run by Pawan Hans.

Doda has many temples that you can visit on your tour such as the Vasuki Nag Temple, Gupt Ganga Temple, Lakshmi Narayan Temple, and so on. The Jamia Masjid Bhaderwah is a fantastically built mosque with exceptional architectural constructions. Doda is also famous for the many adventure activities it offers such as skiing, mountain biking, camping, and paragliding.
           
If you have not visited Jammu and Kashmir, you are missing so much in life. This is a place worth the visit and you have to go there to know the kind of beauty this place boasts of. Kashmir valleys cannot simply be described in words and once you have visited this place, the mesmerizing beauty will forever be engraved in your mind. It is sure to captivate your soul and leave you enchanted. Thus, you should not wait any longer and plan your trip to Kashmir today only.
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<![CDATA[Sikkim India: Amazing places to explore]]>Sat, 09 Jan 2021 20:48:09 GMThttp://zinniatrip.com/travel/sikkim-india-amazing-places-to-exploreSikkim is a small, hilly state perched at the entryway to the exotic seven sisters, the untouched jewels of Northeast India. This place is surrounded by Nepal on the west, Tibet Autonomous Region and China to the north, and Bhutan to the east with the state of West Bengal to the south of it. The entire region is divided into four districts and the Himalayas pass through nearly the entirety of Sikkim. The hilly terrain and high elevation, interspersed with lush vegetation and exotic fauna make Sikkim such a beautiful and attractive place to visit. Presently, Sikkim has become all the more attractive because of the outright ban on the use of plastic and Styrofoam products making it one of the eco-friendliest and cleanest paces that you will ever visit.

Sikkim is a land filled with exceptional places and amazing people. The food, the culture, the mystic mountains, and so on combine to give you a magical experience that you are not likely to forget. There are different parts to travel through in Sikkim and you should take some time in hand before you go exploring this place of abundant beauty.
  • Gangtok
Gangtok is the capital city of Sikkim and could easily be the starting point for many a great adventure throughout different corners of the state. The best times to visit Gangtok would be around the spring and autumn months of March to April or October to November. You may also visit this beautiful place in the winter months but be sure to avoid the monsoon season. The only reason for this is that there are landslides and roadblocks which will hinder your adventure and the cloud cover will limit sight-seeing opportunities. However, if you happen to visit Gangtok around May, be sure to check out the International Flower Festival hosted every year which brings around an amazing display of orchids, seasonal flowers, roses, alpine creepers, and so on!
Airport and railway station are not in city. The nearest airport is Bagdogra or you could even get down at the railway stations at Siliguri or New Jalpaiguri. All these spots are in the northern fringes of West Bengal and you have to travel via road using bus or cab services which will take you about 3 to 5 hours to reach your destination.
The best thing about Gangtok is that it has a lot to offer in the form of adventure activities, cuisines, lush forests, the hustle of a hilly city, and so on. If you like to indulge in crowds, living close to the MG Marg road is a great idea. You get the entire Mall Road at your disposal with all kinds of shops selling all kinds of wares. However, if you are looking for peace, you will find accommodation away from the crowd. There are monasteries like Rumtek and Enchey near Gangtok that you can visit to get a slice of the Buddhist lifestyle.
  • Pelling
If you want to go around Gangtok and find yourself exactly in the laps of the Himalayas, then Pelling is the place for you. About 152 km from Bagdogra Airport and 160 km from New Jalpaiguri Station in Siliguri, the place can be reached via road using bus or cab services. Pelling, situated at a height of 7200 ft above sea level, is one of the most picturesque locations that you will find in Sikkim. You will be very near to the base of Kanchenjunga, the third-highest peak in the world, and this will give you one of the clearest, most mesmerizing views of the peak.
Pelling is surrounded by lush vegetation that also exhibits a variety of fauna. The clear blue skies, the waterfalls, and the overall pristine beauty of the place will cast a luxurious charm on you that you can never forget. Although you can visit Pelling all year round, the best time to visit the place would be the summer months of May to June. The winter months can surprise you with the occasional snowfall. Some of the oldest monasteries that were built in Sikkim such as the Pemayangtse Monastery are located in this place. Khacheopalri Lake and Kanchenjunga Falls are also excellent places that you have to go to when you are in Pelling. You can also find many offbeat trekking routes emanating out of Pelling for the adventurer in you.
  • Yuksom
Are you free-spirited with a longing for adventure? Do you like to go to places not much frequented and preserving some untouched exotic locations? If you checked right in either of the two boxes, then Yuksom is the place for you. This is the first capital of Sikkim and is also home to the oldest Buddhist Monastery, the Dudbi Monastery that was built way back in 1701 by Chogyal Namgyal. This village town is the perfect place to be if you want to delve into the history and culture of Sikkim.
Yuksom finds many young and adventurous travelers treading through the place. This is because the hilly area is filled with all kinds of trails and is also the perfect gateway into Mt. Kanchenjunga! The moderate altitude of Yuksom ensures that you can visit the place at any time, though the best time would be between March to June and September to October.
  • Yumthang Valley
Yumthang Valley is one of the most colorful, most vibrant locations that you will come across in Sikkim. The altitude of this place is 3500M above sea level.. What sets Yumthang Valley apart from the rest of Sikkim is the brilliant bloom of flowers just after the first monsoon showers. The flowers most commonly blooming in this picturesque valley are primroses, louseworts, cinquefoils, and cobra-lilies.
Yumthang Valley receives very heavy snowfall in the winter months and thus generally remains closed between December to March. The best time to visit the place would be between the end of April to mid-June to immerse yourself in the brightest of blooms. Even in these months, the valley can get very cold and thus it is recommended that you carry proper clothes. You will also need to be prepared since you need to get a permit to enter the valley which is very easy to obtain. This is because the valley is located very close to the international borders that India shares with China!
  • Tsomgo Lake
If you travel northwards from Gangtok towards the border regions, you will come across one of the highest and most beautiful high mountain lakes in India. The Tsomgo Lake or the Changu Lake, situated about 38 km from the capital, lies at a whopping altitude of 3753 m from mean sea level. Though the lake remains frozen in the winter months, it has a magical kind of appeal throughout the year. The best thing about the lake is that it shows different colors at different seasons throughout the year giving it the mystical appeal.
Since Tsomgo Lake is also very near to the border areas, you need to carry a permit that you could easily get from the tourism department in MG Marg. Though the lake is accessible to tourists even in winters, there is a chance of facing roadblocks for long hours due to heavy snowfall. This lake is considered to be a sacred spot by the locals so be sure to protect the sanctity of the place. You can hike along the banks, go on yak-back rides, and even skate through the frozen lake in the winter months. The Guro Poornima festival is hosted along the banks of the Tsomgo Lake every year and is a sight to behold! The lake could also be a special spot to bird watchers as native birds are seen in plenty in the lakes around October.
  • Lachung
To the northern regions of Sikkim lies the splendid land of Lachung at an elevation of 2624 m from the average sea level. This is a stunning place and a photographer’s paradise because of all the amazing views that you are likely to get here. The raised altitude means that Lachung is likely to receive heavy snowfall in winters and thus the roads often remain closed. The monsoons are a dreaded time to go to Lachung because of bad roadways, landslides, roadblocks, and so on. Though it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of Sikkim attracting tourists from all over the world, Lachung has a tremendous power to easily preserve the natural, raw beauty of the place from all the intruders. Whenever you go to Lachung, this quaint north Sikkimese village will always be welcoming you with freshness and striking beauty.
Lachung is a place to while away your time and serves as an escape from the cacophony of everyday life. Wild alpine forests and rivers are originating from glaciers in plenty all around Lachung. There are also many fruit orchards throughout Lachung which is maintained by the locals. Being a high altitude hilly terrain, you will also come across many waterfalls throughout Lachung.
  • Nathu La
Nathu La is a high mountain pass with the Tibetan word “La” literally meaning a pass. This pass connects Sikkim to Tibet and serves as a connection between India and China. The pass is located at the end of one of the highest motorable roads in India at an elevation of 4302 m. you can enter the pass from Gangtok, Lachung, Yumthang, and most other places in Sikkim. However, you will need to get a permit from the tourism department before you can make your way into the pass. If you are not an Indian citizen, then you will not be allowed entry into the pass.
Nathu La itself is a beautiful location and gets you an unhindered view of the Chumbi Valley in Tibet. The old and famed Silk Route, the road that connected eastern, southern, and western Asia and southern parts of Europe passes through Lachung and was used to connect the Bengal plains to Lhasa in Tibet. The drive to Lachung is a splendid one and you will be charmed by all the vistas and views that you will come across.
  • Old Silk Route
If you are looking for a destination that is not even frequented by travelers and tourists, then the Old Silk Road is the one for you. The route will take you through some of the most impressive and undiscovered places in Sikkim. Starting from Sillery Gaon, you will travel up to Padamchen, Morang, Zuluk, and all the way up to Nathu La from a different and untouched side of Sikkim.
The trip through the Old Silk Road is a breath-taking one with some of the most astounding views you will ever come across. Zuluk is a place that gets the most attention among all other places on this route because of the 32 hairpin bends that give you some of the most stunning views on and rides through the Himalayan ranges. The snaking road along with a panoramic view of the Kanchenjunga is what awaits you at the end of Zuluk at Thambi View Point. The Elephant Lake, shaped like an elephant is also an attractive sight to behold. You will also find yourself riding above the clouds with the setting sun to one of your sides as you travel through this amazing road.
This place is so unexplored that you will not find any hotels to stay here and homestays are the only options for you. The locals are amazing and make your time all the more enjoyable with their stories and food. The serenity and peaceful place offers the best scenic beauty that you could ever ask for. You should also take a driver with you especially because of the utterly bizarre zig-zag of roads that you will come across over this area.
  • Namchi
The Tibetan word Namchi means “top of the world” and you will see why once you step into this place. Located about 92 km away from the capital city of Gangtok, you can come to Namchi via road using the bus or cab services. The place is located in the southern Sikkim district and is also easily accessible from Bagdogra Airport or New Jalpaiguri railway station by road. Namchi is at a relatively lower altitude of only 1675 m but that does not prevent you from getting some of the best views from one of the most gorgeous cities in Sikkim.
In essence, Namchi is similar to Gangtok, being a big hilly city. However, the vies that Namchi has to offer are far superior to the ones you will find at Gangtok. Any time between the months of March to October is great to visit this stunning place. The monsoon season makes the place muddy and thus you have to be cautious while traveling during such time. The Namchi Monastery and Ralang Monastery are notable places to visit in Namchi. This place also boasts of a 118 feet tall statue of the holy saint Padmasambhava and attracts lots of Buddhist pilgrims all year round. The place also attracts Hindu pilgrims because of the 108 feet tall Shiva statue. The locals are interactive and approachable and will welcome you with open arms. There are lots of hotels and homestays to choose from and there are even decent markets to shop for souvenirs in Namchi! It is a good place to either start or ends your trip through Sikkim.
  • Gurudongmar Lake
This is one of the highest freshwater lake in the world. Set amidst the Himalayas, legend has it that the waters of this lake were blessed by the holy saint Padmasambhava and a part of this lake thus never freezes. Even if the temperature goes down to as low as -20 degrees, this part will never freeze. In fact, the waters are also said to have medicinal and magical properties, and drinking from the lake particularly aids women with fertility issues.
The spectacular lake is situated 5425 m above sea level. At such an incredible height the atmosphere is sparse and thus you should consult a doctor before going. Also, it is recommended that you do not smoke or drink before or whole going to the lake, as this can cause you to get fatally ill. The months of April and May are the best times to go to the lake as the weather remains bright and the flowers blossom giving you astounding views to immerse yourself in.
            The north-eastern states are beautiful and the best thing about them is that they are mostly untouched. The best thing about Sikkim is that it is very easily accessible unlike the other north-eastern states in India. You should make it a point to visit Sikkim at least once in your life because the kind of raw, mesmerizing Himalayan beauty that you will find at Sikkim is unparalleled. You have to come to this place to understand the charm that this place can cast on you! Welcoming locals and unique culture combined with stunning views are what sets Sikkim apart.
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<![CDATA[Meghalaya India - Best places to explore]]>Tue, 22 Dec 2020 19:11:25 GMThttp://zinniatrip.com/travel/meghalaya-india-best-places-to-explore#meghalaya #meghalayatour #northeast

Meghalaya is a beautiful north-eastern state of India soaked in natural beauty and aesthetics that would steal your heart. This state is full of attractive tourist spots and if you are in a mood to run away from the city life and to escape into an environment of authentic natural beauty, your visit to Meghalaya is a must.
Many elements of this state will make you fall in love with them. This state is rich in its natural aesthetic bounties and you will discover every bit of them as you start exploring this beautiful state. Meghalaya tourism is known to host its tourists from the bottom of its heart. Here are the top places to visit in Meghalaya with your family and friends:
Shillong: Shillong is the capital city of Meghalaya and is a beautiful tourist destination as well. You would love to visit this place if you are fond of cold weather and pine trees. This hill station is a gift of God to humans and its natural wonders are evidence of the same. You may visit Shillong any time of the year and you would experience the same amiable climate, loveable to one and all.
 
This place is also touted as the Scotland of The East. The tribal culture of Shillong, too, is worth exploring as the city is home to many tribes such as Maharam, Khyrim, Bhowal, Langrim, etc. You will spot a variety of waterfalls here in Shillong that would offer a breath-taking and picturesque views. If you are a music maniac, you must attend the amazing music festivals hosted by the city now and then. Some of the sought-after places to explore in Shillong include Shillong Golf Course, Don Bosco Centre, Chysalis Art Gallery, Shillong Baptist Church, Lewduh Market, etc.
 
You may reach here by flight. However, Shillong airport doesn’t have a lot of connectivity. The nearest important airport to Shillong is located in Guwahati. You may as well reach here by road via NH40.
 
Cherrapunji: Cherrapunji was considered the wettest place on the earth. Today, it has become one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in Meghalaya. The locals call this place Sohra. It is located at a distance of 50 kilometers from Shillong and is very famous for its flora and fauna. As a nature-lover, you are surely going to have a great time in Cherrapunji.
 
The most popular spot in this town is called the double-decker living root bridge. This spot is usually surrounded by all the tourists and visitors for its one-of-a-kind existence. There are many other natural attractions in Cherrapunji that would equally enthrall you. Some of these attractions include Mawsmai Caves, Krem Phyllut, Mawylyngnong, etc. You may experience-rich food and culture in this place of Cherrapunji. The beautiful Nohkalikai Waterfalls are other major tourist destinations of this place.
 
You may reach Cherrapunji easily from Shillong or Guwahati. This place is situated 150 kilometers away from Guwahati. A road-trip to Cherrapunji is highly recommended to witness some beautiful views.
 
Mawsynram: This beautiful village of Meghalaya is situated at a distance of 61 kilometers from Shillong and serves as an utmost delight to all nature lovers. You may call it a perfect weekend getaway and plan a small trip to explore the beautiful wonders of nature and culture that this place serves to you. This place has beat Cherrapunji to become the wettest place on the earth.
 
The Khasi hill area is worth exploring on your trip to Mawsynram. There is a gigantic formation of Stalagmite that has taken the shape of Shivling – another highlight of this village. You might not want to visit this place if you are not fond of rain. Having said that, this place is a true wonder of nature. Some of the most sought-after tourist spots in and around this village include Nohkalikai Waterfalls, Mawsmai Caves, unique rock formations, botanical gardens, Dwarksuid, etc. The nearest airport to Mawsynram is located in Shillong, 86 kilometers away.
 
Tura: This place is located on the western side of Meghalaya state and is considered an eco-tourist hub of the state. As you start exploring this small town, you will come across that it is laid back and still finds its roots in the native Garo tribe. The natural attractions and biodiversity of Tura make it a sought-after tourist destination. You will spot some of the most beautiful wonders of nature such as caves, waterfalls, and rivulets.
 
The Nokrek National Park happens to be the largest tourist attraction of this place. Being a wildlife enthusiast, you may enjoy catching the sight of animals such as wild buffalo, golden cat, leopard, pheasant, and many others. Another popular spot of this place includes the mesmerizing Rongbang Dar Falls. Apart from both these tourist attractions, you may explore places such as Siju Caves, Tura Peak, Pelgawari Falls, DC Park, as well as Gangdrakdare. Do not forget to taste the local rice beer. The nearest airport to Tura is located in Guwahati, 200 kilometers away.
 
Jowai: Jowai is located in the Meghalaya district of Jainita Hills, at a distance of 66 kilometers from the capital city. This beautiful place is famous for its many natural wonders. Some of them include its bucolic setting and breath-taking natural views, parks, gardens, scenic beauty, etc. This place is the right combination of natural wonders and heritage and being a connoisseur of both, you are surely going to have a gala time here.
 
Some of the top tourist attractions of Jowai include Lalong Park, Thadlaskein Lake, Syntu Ksiar, River Myntdu, etc. If you want to witness the cultural background of this place, you must plan to visit it during the festivities when this town hosts some of the most beautiful and colorful festivals like Chad Sukra, Behdeinkhlam, and Laho Dance. The food culture of Jowai is another highlight of this place. You would love the taste of the local cuisines served here. The nearby places to Jowai are also worth exploring, some of which include Nongpoh, Karimganj, Cherrapunji, etc.
 
Nongpoh: Another sought-after tourist destination for the tourists in Meghalaya is Nongpoh. This place is closer to both Assam and Guwahati and is easily reachable from both of them. You may term this place a petite town that is located slower to the beautiful Brahmaputra Plains. Apart from being a tourist attraction, this town serves as an administrative headquarter of Ri-Bhoi, a Meghalaya District.
 
The town is flanked with some beautiful lakes and rivers, picturesque views of natural beauties, plush green trees, etc. You will surely enjoy the climate of this place. Some of the most popular tourist spots that you may cover during your trip to Nongpoh include Umiam Lake, Thrills Fun Park, Lum Nehru Park, Church of Christ, Lum Sohpetbneng, The Road Side Market, etc. Shopping in Nongpoh for the beautiful local artifacts and handicrafts is a good idea.
 
Williamnagar: Williamnagar is one of the lowkey remote areas of Meghalaya state that is situated at a distance of 244 kilometers away from Shillong. This town has been formed around the old town of Simsanggre that is based on the gigantic plains of the famous Simsang River. Williamnagar is quite popular for its beautiful picturesque views as well as natural beauty. This place is flanked by the abundant composition of vegetation and water.
 
You may learn several tales about the formation and the history of this town, especially about its name that was given after Captain Williamson, the very first Chief Minister of Meghalaya. Folding the historical importance of this town would be an amazing thing to do for all the history lovers. The town had a great British influence and you would unveil it upon visiting the various nooks and corners as well as tourist spots located here. The major attractions of this town include Naka Chikong, Simsang River, Domre Falls, Siju Caves, Mrik Wari, etc. Witness the amazing Simsang Festival to learn and know about the culture of this place.
 
Baghmara: This beautiful town of Meghalaya is situated on the border of India and Bangladesh and is considered a popular tourist destination. You will uncover beautiful small rivers, lakes, as well as hills as you start exploring Baghmara. The location of this town will enchant you as it is surrounded by hills and rivers from all sides. Apart from being a major tourist destination, Baghmara also happens to be an important tourist hub with the neighboring country, Bangladesh.
 
The beautiful Balphakram National Park is the most popular tourist spot of this area and it is situated on the outskirts, 66 kilometers from the main city. Baghmara further hosts many other important tourist spots some of which include the beautiful Siju Caves, Baghmara Reserve Forest where you may spot langurs, elephants, and colorful birds. The limestone rock formation in this city is another major highlight of the place. Visit the Suji Bird Sanctuary if bird watching is your favorite hobby.
 
This place doesn’t have its own airport or railway station. Thus, visiting here could be all about changing taxis on your way. The nearest airport to Baghmara is located in Guwahati and so is its nearest railway station.
 
Mawlynnong: This small village rests at a distance of 90 kilometers from Shillong and you may extend your trip to Shillong to visit Mawlynnong. You may call this place as God’s own Garden. It had been declared as the cleanest village in Asia once upon a time and it still maintains its cleanliness by all means. The village could be termed as a community-based eco-tourism initiative. The community here makes collective efforts in maintaining the footfall as well as cleanliness throughout the village.
 
The picturesque views of the tourist spots, natural beauty, crystal clear waters, as well as lush green valleys are the major highlights of this village. You will spot beautiful orchids hanging from the tree and various colorful flowers upon exploring the village. Some of the most important tourist attractions in and around this village include Bophill Falls, Umngot, Umgrem Falls, Sky View, Mawlynnong Waterfall, Riwai Village, and Living Root Bridge.
 
You may hire a taxi or use a bus from Shillong to Dawki to visit this village. You may as well opt for a shared taxi to visit the village of Mawlynnong with utmost comfort and convenience.
 
Dawki: Dawki is known as a small border town that rests in the Jaintia Hills of the Meghalaya State. This place is flanked by the beautiful Umngot River and is a must-visit on your trip to the state. The location of Dawki is closer to Bangladesh. For this reason, Dawki is also termed as the trade center between the two countries. Apart from being a major trade hub of the state, this place is also famous for its tourism and many tourists visit here every year to have a sweet time.
 
The boat ride in the Umngot River is one of the most sought-after activities enjoyed by tourists as well as locals alike. The sights, as well as sounds of the nearby area too, make it an impressive tourist destination among the people. The spring months are the best time to visit Dawki as it hosts a boat riding competition. You may as well enjoy sightseeing around this town as you would get to capture the wonderful views and landscapes of Meghalaya.
 
You may opt for a taxi ride from Shillong to Dawki and may as well plan a day trip from the capital city. The nearest airport to Dawki is situated in Guwahati. The nearest railway station to this town is also located in Guwahati.
 
Whether it is exploring the beautiful picturesque views and the natural beauty of Meghalaya or knowing about the culture and practices of a multitude of tribes residing here – you may enjoy the best of both the worlds in Meghalaya and have the time of your life. You will never get to taste the delicious local cuisines anywhere else; they are worth dying for. The local markets will enchant you. Everything about Meghalaya state is beautiful and worth exploring. The hospitality sector of this state is developing each day and you may as well book your tickets to this beautiful wonderland and have a good time in the lap of nature. 
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<![CDATA[Arunachal Pradesh India - Visit the Beauty of Nature at Popular Destinations]]>Mon, 21 Dec 2020 21:27:06 GMThttp://zinniatrip.com/travel/arunachal-pradesh-india-visit-the-beauty-of-nature-at-popular-destinations#arunachl #pradesh #state #arunachlpradesh

If you want to escape to a place full of the wonders of nature, Arunachal Pradesh is the state to be in. This north-eastern state of India is also a part of the seven sisters and is considered a great holiday destination for all the nature-lovers. Arunachal Pradesh tourism invites you to indulge in the bounties of nature and explore its culture that the locals have preserved for years.
There are many things to do in Arunachal Pradesh and you must explore the beautiful holiday spots of this state to make the most of your vacation. Here are the top places that you must visit in Arunachal Pradesh for a wholesome experience:
Itanagar: Itanagar is the capital city of Arunachal Pradesh and is equally important and popular when it comes to tourism. The beautiful sight of the Himalayas towering over the city will catch your breath in the first place. This city is further flanked by the fertile river plains of the Brahmaputra on the south. The heritage and tribal culture of the city will impress anyone as you get to explore and unveil various things about Arunachal Pradesh culture in Itanagar.
 
Some of the most sought-after tourist destinations in Itanagar include the beautiful Ita-Fort that was built in the 15th century, Ganga Lake, Buddha Vihar, Namdhapa National Park, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Gompa Buddhist Temple, etc. You may plan a three-day itinerary to Itanagar and explore all these beautiful spots. The nearest airport to the capital city is located in Assam, at a distance of 67 kilometers. You may as well reach Itanagar by road as it is well-connected with NH 52A.

Tawang: This beautiful town is considered the most popular tourist destination of Arunachal Pradesh. Tawang rests at an altitude of 3048 meters from the land and is home to beautiful monasteries. It is also famous for being the birthplace of the 6th Dalai Lama. Hence, the place holds extreme importance for all the followers of Buddhism.
 
The picturesque locations and views of Tawang are worth exploring. This is the place where you can indulge in a rendezvous with nature and have a great time exploring the beautiful surprises. Apart from exploring Buddhist culture and monasteries, you may have the time of your life relishing the delicious local cuisine served here. Plan a three-day itinerary to Tawang and you will get to explore many beautiful spots of this town. Some of the top attractions of Tawang include The Tawang War Memorial, Tawang Monastery, Panganag Teng Tso Lake, Nuruanang Falls, etc. The nearest airport to Tawang is located in Tezpur, 143 kilometers away.
 
Ziro: For all the peace-seekers, Ziro is a paradise where you may indulge in the calmness of nature and the balmy weather that will enthrall you entirely. This old town of the Arunachal Pradesh state is also home to the Apa Tani tribe. It is most popular for its beautiful rice fields and pine hills. You may plan a two-day itinerary to explore Ziro at the best.
 
Some of the most sought-after attractions that you will come across while exploring Ziro include the Talley Valley wildlife sanctuary where you may spot many wild animals bamboo grooves, Tipi orchid research center, Tarin fish farm, etc. if you are in the mood to do some adventure, you may plan a trek to the Meghna Cave Temple and Kile Pakho for a thrilling experience. Jorhat Airport has the nearest connectivity to Ziro – 98 kilometers only.
 
Roing: This beautiful place is the best escapade for all those people who want to get lost in the beauty of nature. The highlights of this place include deep gorges, snowy mountains, rivers flowing down the hills, archaeological sites, and whatnot. Roing is one of the most attractive places to visit and have a good time in Arunachal Pradesh.
 
As you start exploring this town, you will realize that it will surprise you at every step. There are many beautiful locations and spots that can be explored here. The history-fanatics may visit the beautiful Bhismaknagar Fort, located only 30 kilometers away from this town. Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary and Mehao Lake are other popular spots in this town. You may even plan a trek to Hunli with your friends to bring in a dash of adventure on your trip. This place is full of beautiful spots and stunning wonders of nature.

Bomdila: Pleasant climate, cool breeze, and other bounties of nature are considered as the highlights of Bomdila, one of the most popular spots to visit in Arunachal Pradesh. You may spot many wonders of nature along with the places of cultural and religious importance in this town. The connoisseur of art and culture may as well have a great time here in Bomdila as there are many things to explore from the said perspective.  
 
Some of the most sought-after places that you must visit while touring around Bomdila include the Eagle Nest Wildlife Sanctuary, the beautifully constructed Hindu temples, Buddhist monasteries, etc. A one-day trip to this quaint town is enough to let you explore Bomdila to your heart’s content. Explore the local customs and know about the culture and traditions of this place as you get to engage in a dialogue with the locals here. The closest airport to Bomdila is located in Tezpur, 160 kilometers away.

Bhalukpong: You may term Bhalukpong as the paradise for any nature lover. This place will let you explore and experience wildlife and nature at the best. Thus, as a wildlife enthusiast, you must plan a trip to Bhalukpong for a wonderful experience. This place is a typical forest surrounding that is laden with a lot of greenery, high-rising trees, and many other natural elements. The Kameng River flows down this place, thereby making the entire setting look more attractive.
 
Visit the popular Pankhui Wildlife Sanctuary and explore the hidden treasures of wildlife here. You may as well participate in the early-morning safari hosted by the sanctuary itself. Other places to explore in Bhalukpong include the beautiful Bhalukpong Fort and the mesmerizing Orchid Reserves. You may as well make the most of the local market of this town that sells beautiful souvenirs and serves mouth-watering cuisines. Bhalukpong is situated at a distance of 52 kilometers from Tezpur airport. Hence, traveling to this town wouldn’t be a task.
 
Anini: This place is the meeting point of clouds and the land, the beautiful view that you would want to capture in your camera and cherish all your life. The misty air and the ethereal surroundings of this place make it one of the most popular tourist destinations to explore in Arunachal Pradesh. Anini is a low-key unexplored town and you must call yourself lucky if you have discovered this hidden gem and are planning to tour in.
 
The nearby Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary is considered a popular spot around Anini. Inside the town, you will find yourself surrounded by a plethora of natural wonders. You may relax your heart out and seek peace amidst the chaos of your life. The culture of this place is another highlight which is surely going to attract you. You may as well visit Hunli, located nearby Anini, and have a wonderful time unveiling its cultural tales. Traveling to Anini by road will make your journey more enjoyable.
 
Pasighat: Pasighat is home to the Brahmaputra River that falls from Tibet. If you love capturing beautiful landscapes, you are surely going to visit this place more than once. The picturesque views of Pasighat will make you fall in love with itself. This place is known as the gateway of Arunachal Pradesh and serves as a delight to all nature lovers.
 
The adventure enthusiasts may have the time of their life indulging in some of the most amazing adventure activities such as boating, river rafting, angling, fishing, and many others. This place is a unique combination of peace and adventure. Thus, both kinds of people are going to have equal fun here. Some of the most sought-after tourist attractions of this region include River Siang, lush green forests of Komsing and Yinkiong, Daying Ering Wildlife Sanctuary, Bodak, etc.
 
Aalo: Aalo was formerly referred to as Along. Today, it has become one of the most popular tourist attractions of Arunachal Pradesh. This town is situated at the meeting point of two rivers, namely, Yomgo and Sipu. If you are an offbeat traveler, you would certainly love visiting and exploring Aalo. Mechuka Valley is considered the most beautiful tourist attraction in this region. This is the place where you would enjoy taking a sight of the fresh blooming plants, trees, as well as orchards of oranges.
 
This place is a suited tourist spot for both peace lovers as well as adventure junkies. There are so many activities to perceive here. All the adventure enthusiasts may participate in the activities such as trekking, hiking, river rafting, etc. for a wonderful experience. Other highlights of this small town include the places such as Jersey Cross Breeding Farm, Ramakrishna Aashram, Hanging Bridge, Mithun, etc. The town doesn’t entertain any air or rail connectivity. In this case, the only appropriate medium to reach this peaceful town is via road.
 
Tirap: The beautiful gushing rivers, green surroundings, as well as vibrant orchids are the highlights of this place located in Arunachal Pradesh. Apart from being home to the beautiful wonders of nature, Tirap is also famous for its tribal culture and festivals that are worth knowing about. The artists of this place create some of the most intricate and beautiful artworks and you wouldn’t just leave the city without buying a few of them.
 
Tirap shares its borders with Assam, Nagaland, and Myanmar. Apart from being famous for its lush greenery as well as tribal culture, Tirap also happens to be popular for its adventurous activities that are organized now and then for all the adventure fiends. Thus, if you want to treat yourself to some thrilling experiences, you may take part in activities such as camping, trekking, hiking, and others. You can plan a two-three days itinerary to Tirap and explore all its major attractions. Take part in the festivals, watch the amazing sports tournaments, and have the time of your life. There are so many things that could be done in this Arunachal Pradesh district.
 
Daporijo: You will come across Daporijo on the way from Ziro to Aalo. This small town is all about lush greenery and scenic views – the bamboo trees are the most important highlight to acknowledge. This small town is located at an altitude of 600 meters above the level of the sea and offers some of the most beautiful and scenic views for all the nature lovers. Besides this, Daporijo is equally popular for its different ethnic cultures.
 
This place is home to various north-eastern tribes. Thus, as you start exploring this pretty place, you will taste an amazing cultural dose like never before. The local festivals and activities celebrated in Daporijo are worth participating in. Shop for the unique bamboo crafts as they are one-of-a-kind. Some of the most popular places for the tourists in this area include Kamala Reserve, River Subansiri, Meghana Caves, and the beautiful local markets of Daporijo.
 
Khonsa: Another treasure of nature that you would explore while touring in Arunachal Pradesh in Khonsa. The beautiful snowy hills, flushing streams, deep gorges, and lush green forests together define this place at the best. This place is situated at an altitude of 1,215 above the level of the sea and is touted as the most popular hill station of Arunachal Pradesh state. Apart from this, Khonsa is also considered an integral military area of the region.
 
The real beauty of this hill station lies in its natural views that would surely leave you awestruck. You may visit the Khonsa Museum to learn about the traditions, culture, and history of this place. The nearby villages, Laji and Kheti, too are considered popular spots around this area. Other important places in terms of tourism in Khonsa include the beautiful Namdapha National Park as well as Miao. Dibrugarh has the closest railway station to Khonsa – 215 kilometers away. You may as well reach here by local transport.
 
Changlang: Changlang is an Arunachal Pradesh district that shares its international border with Myanmar. This place is best popular for its biodiversity as well as scenic beauty. You may explore both these wonders as you start exploring this place. The unique culture of this small town also happens to be one of its highlights.
 
The exotic identity of Changlang makes this place different from all the other places and hill stations of Arunachal Pradesh. The lush green surroundings are where you can sit by with your partner and engage in the tryst of nature. The pleasant environments, as well as stunning scenery of this place, lets you feel as if you have escaped somewhere far away from the world and you wouldn’t want to go back. You may visit the Namdampa National Park and witness wildlife and nature at the best. The nearest airport to this town is located in Dibrugarh. You may as well reach here by road.
 
Anjaw: This small offbeat town is one of the most beautiful places in Arunachal Pradesh. You will find exotic greenery, stunning river streams, forests of pine, and other natural beautiful wonders as you start exploring Anjaw through nooks and corners. This is not a much-developed tourist spot; however, it doesn’t fail in retaining its charm and handsome impression among the tourists. The top places to explore in and around Anjaw include Tezu, Hawai, Kibithoo, Dong, Hayuliang, etc.
 
The natural surroundings and greenery of this place will charm you in the first place. You may as well come across people belonging to different tribes and ethnicities while exploring this place. Anjaw is a great place where you can carry out some amazing adventure sports activities. Thanks to the beautiful hiking trails, treks, and other favorite spots that let you adventure your heart out without any threat. You may reach Anjaw easily from Tezu as there are many helicopter services available from this spot.
 
Yingkiong: This place serves as the headquarter of the district of Upper Siang. It is also popular among the tourists considering its picturesque views, colorful ethnicity, as well as its celebration of different festivals. Yingkong is home to different tribes of the North-East. Hence, you may explore different cultures and may as well get in touch with the local tribes to know everything about them.
 
This place is also a paradise for all the adventure lovers. You may take part in some of the most thrilling adventure activities such as trekking, hiking, mountaineering, rafting, camping, fishing, and many others. As you start unfolding the cultural tales about this place, you will realize that this place is full of a lively atmosphere and colorful people. The dense forests of Yingkiong are its other highlight where you could spot some of the most unique and colorful birds and listen to their sweet melody. You may as well explore the nearby places to this town that include Dibru Saikhowa National Park, Anini, Roing, and others.
 
Arunachal Pradesh tourism is a combination of beautiful, exotic places and colorful culture. Apart from being the epicenter of the wonders of nature, this place will make you fall in love with its cultural atmosphere as well. The best thing about visiting this state is that exploring this part of the country is easy on your pockets. You may as well enjoy a unique stay experience with the best hospitality and friendly people around. Plan a trip to Arunachal Pradesh and explore all the above-listed wonders for a memorable time. 
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