Monthly Archives: March 2010
With cascading waterfalls and quaint ponds the verdant vistas creating appropriate backdrop, the time of rainy season in Lonavala is ideal for a visit to the region. In Lonavala one must visit Reyewood Park & Shivaji Udyan and the pristine Lonavala Lake.
The area is a favourite picnic place for residents of Pune and is dotted with numerous gorgeous sightseeing attractions making it an ideal retreat for enjoying weekend breaks around Pune. The highlights of Panchgani includes the hilltop overlooking Krishna River valley- Sydney Point, the large expanse of laterite rock- Table Land and a beauteous spot overlooking azure waters of Dhom Dam- Parsi Point and more.
One can choose from a number of pristine beaches of Alibag including Alibag beach, Varsoli beach, Akshi beach, Nagaon beach, Kihim-Navgaon Beach, Kashid Beach and more. Those eager to see something more than just the beaches can explore other highlights of the region including the famous temples such as Kanakeshwar temple, Birla temple, Uma Maheswhar temple and Balaji temple. Also visit Kolaba fort, Murud-Janjira fort and Magnetic observatory while in the vicinity.
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Velneshwar: This small and dreamy village around 170 kms away from Ratnagiri is the place to be for water sports – thanks to its beautiful clean beach and rock – free sea. Also an old Shiva temple near Velneshwar if Frequented by pilgrims and tourists. The whole place is a mystic aura around in the presence of the master mystic, Lord Shiva.
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Local Festivals: All the festivals are celebrated with great enthusiasm and a spirit of togetherness. Gauri Ganapati and Magh Chaturthi are the most important events in the entire Konkan region. Holi, Gudi Padva and Diwali are well celebrated here, too.
What to eat: Since Ganapatipule is a pilgrimage destination, non – vegetarian food is a little rare. But on the outskirts of Ganapatipule fish curry, rice and kokam kadhi are available. Vegetable curries are also very tasty, prepared with a coconut base. “Modak” the favorite sweet meat of Lord Ganesh is also available.
Where to Stay: The MTDC resort lies on the slope of a green hillock, facing the sea. Alphonso mango trees and coconut palms dot the 45 acre grounds. Sea view cottages. tents and Konkani houses are also available (The latter two are not rented out during the monsoons).
Mumbai – Ganapatipule is 375 Kms.
The city of Delhi was plundered several times, but never did it surrendered to malevolence on the contrary it evolved each time from its own ashes like the bird, Phoenix. Delhi, under its share of history pages tells the saga of the opulent of the empires who ruled the city and thus even today it is flanked with numerous political and historical monuments.
Delhi has retained its character and is thus the current national capital city of India which is frequented by travellers for recreation, business and educational purposes. With the construction of new infrastructures, Delhi is now well-connected to various neighbouring regions ideal for weekend Getawayss. These destinations are mostly 0-500 km away from Delhi and thus make for ideal weekend Getaways around Delhi.
These destinations are well appointed with good roads and variety of decent hotels and other entities of tourist needs.
Encompassing 290 kilometres of distance from the capital city travellers reach this serene forest which is well known for having geographical and ecological features of sub- Himalayan belt. Housing 488 species of flora and fauna, Jim Corbett National Park is a favourite spot for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts.
Vrindavan – Situated in Mathura, Vrindavan is the holy site where Lord Krishna is believed to have spent his childhood days. The holy town dotted with numerous temples is dedicated to Lord Krishna and his beloved Radha. Vrindavan is known worldwide for housing a large population of widows abandoned by their own families. Out of all Banke Bihari Temple, Radha Vallabh Temple, Sri Radha Raman Mandir and Govind Deo Temple are some of the must visit sites.
Jaipur – The renowned ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur is situated at a distance of 266 kilometres from Delhi. Most of the edifices in the city built with red stucco are now left with pink shades giving Jaipur its sobriquet- Pink City.
The ancient city of Maharajas, Jaipur is decked with various palaces and stunning edifices such as Amber Fort, City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jaigarh Fort, Jantar Mantar and Jal Mahal. Thus a popular tourist destination in North India, Jaipur is decked with numerous decent hotel property offering great value services thereby making Jaipur one of the best bets for weekend breaks around Delhi.
Bharatpur – Located at a distance of 205 km from the national capital- Delhi, Bharatpur was once a well fortified city. The city is considered as an ideal weekend Getaways for it houses a UNESCO World Heritage Site- Bharatpur National Park. A natural home to more than 364 species of birds the park is visited by beauteous migratory birds each year. Siberian Cranes are one of the highlights of the park.
Agra – Easily commutable in about five hours from Delhi, Agra is the famous city of Taj Mahal. Situated on the banks of River Yamuna, Agra is where one of the World Wonders- Taj resides. The city housing three of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites namely- Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri and Agra Fort has kept the regal splendour of Mughal era alive. Thus an ideal Weekend Getaways around Delhi, Agra is added in all the tour itineraries around Delhi.
Weekend getaways around Kolkata are found in aplenty and are ideal for a quick retreat to the caresses of Mother Nature. Away from the chaotic city life, these weekend getaways around the city of Kolkata are well connected with the main city and are great escapes. Their relaxed ambiance and serene scenery are captivating sights providing great opportunity to enjoy a vacation away from the melancholy of city life.
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The capital city of Indian state Karnataka, Bangalore is one of the fastest growing cities of India. Home to numerous praiseworthy educational institutes, heavy industries, software companies, telecommunications and defence organisations, Bangalore is popularly known as the Silicon Valley of India.
A diverse list of travellers thus visits the city, not just for business purposes, but also to explore its beauteous botanical gardens and awe inspiring temples. Not just the city, but also the regions around it are worth a watch.While in the vicinity one must take time out to explore one of these renowned Weekend Getaways Around Bangalore. These weekend packages include astonishing wildlife destinations, sites of religious relevance and beauteous hill stations.
Some of the destinations popular amongst travellers for enjoying weekend breaks around Bangalore are:
It is believed that the temple has a self-manifested idol of Lord Vishnu and thus the temple is counted amongst one of the holiest shrines of the lord. The temple provides ample opportunities to observe Indian culture and Hinduism and therefore a tour to Tirupati must not be skipped from your weekend getaways plan.
One can spot herds of Gaur, Chital, endangered species of Indian elephants and Bengal Tigers along with Leopards and other predators roaming freely in their natural habitat here. The park is densely forested with three main types of foliage including tropical moist deciduous, southern tropical dry thorn and tropical dry deciduous plantations together creating spectacular scenery.
An erstwhile hunting reserve of former rulers of Mysore, the park is now a wildlife reserve covered with beauteous streams, verdant valleys and gorgeous waterfalls. Travellers choosing Nagarhole National Park as their Weekend Getaways Around Bangalore can spot furious wild creatures such as elephants, tigers, leopards, wild dogs, sloth bears also Nilgiri tahrs and lion tailed macaques here.