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Haunting & Daunting Rajasthan

If you had ever wondered, Rajasthan is only the place rich in its royal culture, magnificent mountains, palpable cuisines and ethnic attires, than this aspect of region, would force you to break onset traditional image of the historical place. The region holds numerous haunted places which could give you nightmare at a glance.

In this article we will show you glimpse of such locations, and tell you about the stories may or may not be true, which you could encounter while you visit to Rajasthan.

  • Kuldhara Village

A small ghost town, situated in Rajasthan is one of the most haunted places in India according to ASI.  It has all the ingredients of a classic horror tale. As per the folklore, long time ago in around 1800s, it was home of a community, who overnight left the village deserted and cursed it, to eventually stop a minister from forcibly marrying a beautiful girl of the village. After that the place never witnessed any inhabitant and turned into ruins. The village was later checked by paranormal society and found some evidence of ghost and spirits here.

  • Bhangarh Fort

Often said to be the most haunted place in India. The fort was built on a hillside by King Madho Singh. It is believed that once a wizard fell in love with the princess Ratnavati and conspired to trap and marry her. Soon princess got to know the reality which resulted in the death of the wizard. Before dying, he cursed the village following which it soon deserted.Bhangarh Fort Rajasthan

  • Brij Raj Bhavan

 The Brij bhavan is located in Kota is now a heritage hotel which is said to be haunted by a British major. During the mutiny of 1857, Indian Sepoy killed Major Charles and his family, who was the employee of East India Company. It is believed that the harmless spirit is still present in the place.

  • Jagatpura

This is a weird residential place in Rajasthan. The stories float on the streets that once there was a king who was very greedy and inefficient. Many villagers died to starvation here and cursed the place. It is believed that people could see witches roaming in the night, who ask help from the tourist. These witches look the same as shown in Bollywood films with white dress, open hairs.

  • NH-79 Dudu village

It is famed as the ‘road that asks blood’. The portion of road situated on NH-79 near Dudu village. It is believed that many years ago when child marriage was prevalent in India, a 5-year girl was forced to marry a 3-year boy. The mother of the girl was reluctant to marriage and she ran away towards highway to seek help. Apparently, she was struck by a tourist vehicle that killed her and her child.

These are the few haunted places which you could visit in your Rajasthan tour packages. The spooky stories related to every place, may or may not be true, but it is surely an anecdote.

My Top 15 Tips For Kerala

Kerala is no doubt a popular tourist destination that draws visitors from across the world. Given the multitude of scenic locations in “God’s Own Country”, you’ll are bound to be spoilt for choice. Kerala Tour Packages offered by several travel companies and tour operators make it easier for you to explore this part of the country, especially if on a maiden visit.

hill-station-kerala

Here’s a quick run through of few tips to make your journey comfortable and memorable.

  • Climatic conditions in Kerala are moderate however it can hot and humid, wet or cool depending on the season or location. Hill-stations such Wayanad, Thekkady or Munnar definitely get chilly, while the beaches in summer are definitely warm! Do be prepared for weather changes.
  • Cotton clothes are a must. Make sure you carry sunscreens, sunglasses, hats, flip-flops and enough drinking water when planning a trip to the beach. If you are not acclimatized to the cool climes of hilly terrain, carry adequate warm clothing and sneakers to make your time outdoors more enjoyable. Mosquito / bug repellents do prove useful, especially during the monsoons. Leech socks protect the feet on trekking trips.
  • Limit the bling you wear or choose to carry. Possession of gold or jewellery can risk your safety. There are no limits on the hard currency you choose to hold, but carrying debit or credit cards always prove a better option as most commercial establishments accept cards. Should you need cash; the banks here function well past noon during the week except for Saturdays where service stops at noon.
  • Try to honour local customs and traditions. Avoid public display of affection and follow a decent dress code when not on the beaches to escape any undue attention. Smoking or drinking in public is taboo as well.
  • Kerala is home to several famous temples that not only draw worshippers but also visitors interested in the intricate architecture of these structures and sculptures they hold. Make sure to find out the dress code specifications if any and follow them to gain entry into the premises. Footwear should be left outside the temple at a specified spot. A token is usually issued. Once you are out from the temple, return the token, make the payment and retrieve your footwear. Do note that access to some of these temples is restricted to Hindus only, while few may allow non-Hindus to enter the premises and not the inner-sanctum. Photography or videos may be prohibited.

Kerala famous temples

  • Beach lovers, especially first-timers must heed warning signs and announcements from the local life-guards and security personnel. While is quite safe to enjoy a swim or surf, not all beaches have a sandy bed. Hidden rocks underwater, sudden currents or deep pits could prove fatal.
  • Make to tip the service provider, be it porters, taxi drivers, tour guides, or staff at the cafe, restaurant or your hotel. A decent 10% tip is bound to suffice.
  • Avoid night travel, especially do not attempt to travel to remote locations during the odd hours. Stop over at a resort or safe hotel and resume your journey at daybreak. Availing the services of a trusted tour guide can make a difference. Kerala tour packages also include guided tours to all tourist destinations here.
  • Being a tourist destination that enjoys an eternal appeal, Kerala has a steady influx of tourists throughout the year, but the best time to visit is during the monsoons. Christmas holidays followed by the New Year witness the maximum footfall, while summer months are off-season. There are quite a few tourists who make the most of the off-season Kerala tour packages at discounted rates. Plan well ahead to get the best deals in a location of your preference.
  • Known for its wide range of spices, Kerala caters to all palates but the best of local seafood could prove a tad spicy for foreigners. The elaborate vegetarian fare has its fair share of spices as well. Do enquire about the menu and ingredients before ordering food. Carry medications to tackle indigestion should the food play truant.
  • While opting for Kerala tour packages, play it safe by selecting one with just breakfast. This way you can avoid paying upfront for lunch and dinner, especially if the food doesn’t suit your preference.
  • Ayurvedic massages and treatments are the highlight of Kerala tours. Make sure that your service provider is authentic by ascertaining that they have the approval of Tourism Department of Kerala. They must be classified as an Olive or Green Leaf Ayurvedic Centre.

Ayurvedic Centre Kerala

  • Once on the road, especially in remote areas landline phones become a luxury. Remember to carry a reliable smartphone (plus charger and powerbank) to stay in touch with the world. Travel apps, maps and emergency numbers are all bound to come in handy.
  • Ignore beggars and drifters as you will not able to escape them whether at the beach or at the temples.
  • Stay alert when moving through the holiday crowds, better still avoid crowded beaches and other touristy spots where people deliberately hangout to assault tourists, who are often caught unawares.

Check out the different Kerala tour packages and pick one that calls out to you, but only after a thorough research. Do plan and prepare yourself for an enjoyable trip to this beautiful part of India.

Visit Hyderabad to Unwrap The Greatest Joys of Life, A Leisure Tour

Who says Hyderabad is all about Charminar or Mecca Masjid? There is a lot more to do and visit in Hyderabad, the City of Nizams. So, this time visit Hyderabad for some of the amazing places dotted here, apart from the two popular mosques of the city.

Mumbai to Hyderabad by flight is a common pick of a tourist and everyday there are flights to and from these cities. Even flights from the capital city, Delhi are quite ubiquitous. Choose the mode which best suits your travel journey and make haste this vacation, to unravel the charm of the beautiful city of Hyderabad. It will take you aback.

Here are the places you should visit in Hyderabad, to make your memories as fresh as ever.

  1. Shilparamam: The market is a must visit for all kinds of souls. A day trotting in this market will let you bask in the greatest of the joys and happiness. Family or friends, with whoever you visit it, it is bound to bring you brimming entertainment. Shopping in this market is the first thing one comes for, here. A plethora of traditional items like paper mache of Kashmir, Rajasthan’s Bandhani work, brassware of Moradabad and what not, you can experience here, a touch of every state. There are henna tattoo makers, portrait skechers, music and dance performers, and craftsmen, to present you with a number of options to elate your hearts with. You can even ride a bullock cart all by yourself, far from the traffic of the roads. Also get the name of your beloved, written on a grain of rice, and bring it back home as a souvenir.
  2. Hussain Sagar Lake: An epitome of serenity, this lake is a must visit, especially in the twilight hours, when it jazzes up with enchanting lights. You can pacify your hearts boating here, and view the famous Buddha Statue, erected in the center of the lake. A number of restaurants are nestled along the fringe of the lake, which serve the best dishes to savour upon.
  3. Nehru Zoological Park: This park is a paradise for nature lovers and solace seekers. Sprawling on a vast land of 300 acres, it houses an immense variety of flora and fauna. If you are a shutterbug, then it ought to pep your interest. Wander around in the park, amidst the thicket of nature and soak in tranquility and joy. The major attractions of the park are the Lion Safari Park, National History Museum and the Children’s Train. The park remains closed on Monday, so plan your itinerary accordingly.
  4. Lamakaan: Falling under the most happening list of places to visit in Hyderabad, Lamakaan is an open cultural space in Hyderabad, where the greatest of the intellects and artists come up and brainstorm their ideas on important issues. This open area drowned in the evergreen forests, is open to all. One can conduct their startup meetings and other important discussions. There are facilities of hot tea and water. The place also conducts various exhibitions and other events; so a very lively place to visit and chill yourself. If not this, grab your favourite book and read here.

Villages Around Mysore City, The Perfect Offbeat Attractions of the City

Mysore, the “cultural capital of Karnataka” and the second biggest city in the state, is an acclaimed holiday destination in South India known for its lavish and imperial vibe. The old world appeal of the city alongside its all around well-developed gardens, legacy palaces, and shady parkways leaves an everlasting memory in the souls of the tourists. According to the Union Urban Development Authority they conducted a study in the year 2010, and Mysore was proclaimed the “second cleanest city” in India and first in Karnataka.

Tourists visiting Mysore in general have their tour itinerary related to the city only. While on an exploration of Mysore tourism, their tour plan usually includes a visit to the most prominent tourist attractions, cultural centres, eating at the finest local restaurants, etc. What the majority of the visitors miss in their Mysore visit is the towns and villages, where dwells the genuine essence of Mysore. So this vacation on your trip to Mysore, leave the general traveler bubble, attempt the off beaten way and checkout these villages in Mysore district, your outing will be absolutely fun as well as a new experience.

mysore-palaceHalli Mysore

Halli Mysore is a village falling in Holenarsipur Taluk in the Hassan District of Karnataka State, India. It has a place with Mysore Division. It is situated about 48 KM towards South from the district headquarters of Hassan, 16 KM from Holenarsipur and about 174 KM from State capital Bangalore. Additionally, the village is encompassed by Arkalgud Taluk towards west, on north is Channarayapatna Taluk, towards east is Krishnarajpet Taluk, and towards south is Krishnarajanagara Taluk. Additionally Hassan, Sakleshpur, and Shrirangapattana are the close-by cities to Halli apart from Mysore.

Tagadur

Tagadur is a village falling in Nanjangud Taluk in the Mysore District of Karnataka State. It has a place with Mysore Division. The village is situated about 35 KM towards South from District head quarters, 16 KM from Nanjangud, and about 151 KM from Bangalore. Kavalande Rail Way Station and Badanahalu Rail Way Station are the nearest railway stations to the village. However Mysore Junction Railway Station is major railway station, 34 KM away from Tagadur, with more number of trains to serve it.

adhiyamankottamBelavadi

Belavadi is a little town/village in Mysore Taluk in the Mysore District of Karnataka. It goes under Belavadi Panchayath. It has a place with Mysore Division. It is quite close to the city; to be precise, 1 KM towards South from District head quarters of Mysore. Additionally, it is 148 KM from Bangalore. Mysore Jn Rail Way Station and Chamarajapuram Rail Way Station are the nearest railway stations.

A basic life that is by all accounts negligibly touched by modernity, lovely local people who are glad to welcome the visitors and offer an authentic hospitality, and their hundreds of years old traditions and culture, all contribute to making these villages just irresistible. Life is entirely moderate in these towns and immaculate to unwind and revive. Tag along with the locals and be a part of their discussion, even though you know nothing about what they are discussing, but try to listen. This is a great way to understand the culture of any place. Although not counted amongst the most popular places to visit in Mysore, they are certainly worth visiting. They are the offbeat attractions that present tourists with a different aspect of Mysore.

Gorgeous Sikkim and its Splendours

Small, yet charismatic; located in a corner, yet referred as one of the travel hubs of the country, Sikkim is one of the most beautiful and pleasant states in India. Located in the North-Eastern corner of the country, the true grace and charm of this magical destination can hardly be expressed in words; one should visit Sikkim and witness its enchanting beauty!

sikkim tours

Cradled in the lap of the mighty Himalayas, Sikkim boasts of being a tourism hub of the country. Whether you are planning a family trip, looking out for some fun with friends, yearning for your honeymoon or simply yearning for a solo trip, this is the place for you! Also, whether you seek for pleasant moments, thrill and adventure or wish to delve deep into culture and traditions, Sikkim tourism will offer you thousands of reasons to fall in love with the state.

sikkim tourism

For the leisure seeker in you, Sikkim tourism offers a wide range of choices! You can either opt for the scenic places to visit or indulge into some of the wonderful and pleasant things to do while in this gorgeous state. Among the many different places to visit, most of the Sikkim tour packages include Gangtok which is the capital of the state and is also known for its pictorial beauty, Yuksom which is also known as the ‘Meeting Place of Three Lamas’, Nathula Pass that is one of the highest motorable pass in the entire world, Pellingthat offers the most astounding views of the Kanchenjunga Peak, Tsomgo Lake which is one of the important names in Sikkim tourism, Ravangla and Lachung that are known for their scenic beauty.

sikkim tour packages

If you are among the thrill and adventure seekers, the various Sikkim tour packages will also keep you enchanted with their breath taking offerings. Jotted with numerous hills and lofty peaks, trekking is indeed an integral Sikkim tourism; whether you are a beginner or an expert trekker, trekking in Sikkim will always keep you immersed in unlimited fun and excitement.

River rafting is also one of the enthralling offerings of the various Sikkim tour packages. Most of the rafting expeditions are conducted in the gurgling Teesta and Rangit rivers. You can also participate in paragliding in Chakung and enjoy the aerial beauty of Sikkim and its evergreen outlook! And for the biker in you, Sikkim tourism offers mountain biking options to places like Rumtek, Tema, Sirwani, Melli and others.

Reasons Why Kashmir Tourism Is the Best in India

 

Does not matter what the season is; the reason or occasion also does not matter a lot when it comes to visiting the paradise called Jammu and Kashmir. Whether you want to escape the scorching heat of the summer or treat yourself in the best possible ways by embracing the chilling winters, Kashmir, with all its charm and grace will keep you enchanted for sure!

Located at a height of 5,753 metres above the sea level, this jewel in India’s crown is in fact one of the most sought after destinations in the entire world.  Cossetted by the mighty Himalayas and separated from the rest of the country by the PirPanjal Range, it shares national borders with Himachal Pradesh and Punjab. Thus, it also makes an important tourist destination from any part of the country.

Kashmir Tourism

When it comes to Jammu and Kashmir tourism, one can find ample of options that will add pleasant and memorable moment in their tour itinerary. Starting from the scenic beauty to natural marvels, enthralling options to cultural sights, Jammu and Kashmir tour packages offers plenitude of options to know more about the enchanting beauty and the roots of the region.

Mainly divided into valleys like Tawi, Kashmir, Chenab, Lidder, Poonch, Sind and others, the entire of the state showcases the best and untouched form of Mother Nature. Adding more to the opulent and evergreen beauty of these valleys, there are also the fascinating Zanskar Valley, Leh, Ladakh and several other places that plays important attraction points for Jammu and Kashmir tourism.

Kashmir Tours

When it comes to visiting this heaven on earth or even planning a trip, one need not to worry much and avail any of the Jammu and Kashmir tour packages. Most of these packages include visiting and sightseeing across all the major tourist spots, participate in the most popular activities around the region and other tourism options.

Also, the opulent and gorgeousness of Jammu and Kashmir makes it a favourite destination for all the types of travellers; be it the family members, corporate groups or friends travelling together. While for the nature lovers, it is not less than a treasure trove, the leisure seekers can find ample of opportunities to laze around its bucolic beauty. Jammu and Kashmir tourism also offers several enthralling options to the thrill and fun seekers; games and activities like heli-skiing, river rafting, trekking, mountaineering, biking expeditions and other similar are popular amidst the craggy terrains, towering mountains and the tricky passes of Jammu and Kashmir.