Saturday 31 October 2015


Dodhani is situated very close to Panvel city at Navi Mumbai. It is at the foothills of the famous Matheran Hill station. This is the place from where the trekking starts for Matheran. It is totally a small village, where the only activity is farming. There is dam nearby from where you can watch the nature’s beauty at 360 degree. In monsoon season, there are waterfalls from the Matheran Hills. It can be watched from the village. It later forms the shape of a small river. So, for those who like to watch virgin natural beauty it really an ideal place to visit. From Nere to Dodhani, much development has not yet reached though it is very close to Mumbai. Many birds are also humming around the area. State bus service is available from Panvel ST Depot and the last stop is Dhodhani Village. After Nere, there is no modern facilities available. There is a tiny shop available at the Dhodhani Village where bare minimum items like water bottle etc.are available. So it is better to keep some eatables with us.  

Only road transport is available from Panvel to Dodhani which is about 22 kms and may take about 50 minutes. Part of the Matheran road is highway, but after the Dam, the road is narrow till the village.


Thursday 22 October 2015


Kanchipuram or Kanchi is a town about 72-75 kms from Chennai in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Sriperumbudur, where the memorial of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi is located comes in between Chennai and Kanchi. In Hindu religion, Kanchi is considered as one of the holy towns in the country. It lies on the bank of the River Pallar. The city is also sacred for Buddhists and Jains too. Though it is believed that the ancient town of Kanchi had about 1000 temples, now only a little over one hundred of them are found. Even then the number is larger than many other places. Because of this, there would be a festival throughout the year in one or the other temple in the town.

Apart from the temples of the town, silk Industry has also deep rooted in this area for over hundreds of years and the name Kanchipuram saree is famous for its hand woven Silk Saree. The entire households of the town are involved in this trade in a way.

Apart from religion, for the general tourists, the temples in Kanchipuram are impressed with the architectural and artistic skills exhibited in it. The temples also stand as a proof of the dominance of South Indian heritage and the city’s glorious past, which was ruled by kings who were not only powerful but loved and patronized arts and crafts.

The notable temples are, Kamakshi Amman Temple,  Ekambareswar Temple, Kailasanathar Temple and Devarajaswami Temple among the many.

Kanchipuram is connected by road and rail. Chennai International Airport is the nearest airport about 70kms away.


Temple at Kanchipuram

Wednesday 21 October 2015

Alibaug (Kolaba) Fort, a historical monument in the sea, Maharashtra, India Tourism

Alibaug/Kolaba Fort is situated on a rock island near Alibag town surrounded by Arabian sea, about 1 km from the mainland. When it is low tide, the fort can be reached by walk.  The main gate of the fort faces the town.  Inside the fort there is fresh water tank,  well and temples. One of the temple is still well maintained. In the parapet of the fort, some old time canons are placed facing the open sea.  There are also some other gates open to the high seas. This fort was Shivaji’s last construction and was the main base of the Maratha navy in the area.

There are some hotels and resorts available in the mainland. There are frequent boat services from the mainland to the fort. By foot it can be reached through the water during low tide only.
Two photographs are attached below:


Thursday 15 October 2015

Swami Vivekananda memorial, Thiruvalluvar Statue at Kanyakumari, India.

Swami Vivekananda memorial has been built on a rock situated at the meeting point of three seas,  about half a  kilometer away from the mainland Kanyakumari. The memorial is approachable by boat which provides a pleasurable time in the sea.

Swami Vivekananda came down to Kanyakumari in 1892. He sat on meditation on this rock and became powerful spiritual leader and philosopher. The Memorial consists of two main structures namely Vivekananda Mandapam and Sri Pada Mandapam.

Near to this there is another rock where a Statue of Thiruvalluvar  with a height of 133 feet tall stone sculpture in memory of the Tamil poet and philosopher Tiruvalluvar is also installed.

This is a most sought after tourist and religious place. Though there is no accommodation available for stay at the rock memorial, lot of Boarding and lodging facilities are available in the mainland Kanyakumari. Boat is the only mode of transport to reach the memorial from the mainland Kanyakumari.

View of the 2 memorials from mainland Kanyakumari


Sunday 11 October 2015


Srinagar, the summer capital of the State of Jammu and Kashmir is also called a city of lakes and Mughal gardens.

Srinagar city which is also called the heart of the Kashmir Valley is located on the sides of Jhelum River. There are several lakes in and around the city of which the Dal Lake is noteworthy and famous. It is full of house boats including a Floating Post Office.

The city is surrounded by the Himalayan ranges on all sides and hence always a cool place. Winters are too cool temperature going below the freezing point with moderate to heavy snowfall. Summer season is warm. Hence during this period, Srinagar is the capital of the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir and named as the second capital of the State.

Srinagar has many gardens including some Mughal gardens of which famous are Shalimar, Chashme Shahi, Nishat, etc. Nishat garden is located on the banks of the Dal Lake. Other gardens are Botanical garden, Tulip garden etc. But Tulip Garden in seasonal in the sense, tulip flowers are blooming mainly in the month of April.

There are plenty of Hotels including House Boats available in Srinagar with rates ranging from the lowest to the highest. There are Air and Road services from Delhi-Jammu to and fro Srinagar. From Jammu to Srinagar, there is no railway service. From Srinagar, other tourist destinations of Kashmir like Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Sonmarg, etc. can be reached.

The Dal Lake is the largest lake in the city. It is famous for its houseboats and shikaras. Shikaras are mainly used to reach the houseboats. However, many of the houseboats are stationed at the shore and approachable from the land. It is also used for pleasure rides and shopping. There is also a floating houseboat used as a Post Office.

Another notable lake is Nigeen (Nagin) Lake. It is a beautiful lake and located very near to Dal Lake. It is also famous for its houseboats and shikaras.

Nishat Garden

Nishat Bagh Garden though smaller than Shalimar, is more beautiful. It lies almost in between the Shalimar and Chashma Shahi Garden and on the shore of the Dal Lake. The credit for laying this garden goes to the brother of empress Nur Jahan.

Chashma Shahi

Shah Jehan is accredited with the laying of Chashme Shahi garden. This is well designed as three tier terrace and a natural spring which waters the whole area from which the garden got its name. From the top of the garden, we can have a long view of the lake below and the surrounding Himalayan ranges.

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Shalimar Garden

Shalimar Garden is the queen of Srinagar's many gardens and parks. This beautiful was laid by emperor Jehangir for his beloved wife Nur Jahan. There are fountains laid through the middle of the garden which enhance the beauty of the garden. In the Mughal period, a part of this garden was reserved for the ladies of the royal family. With the picturesque background of the Himalayan ranges, it is worth visiting.


Saturday 10 October 2015


Kolhapur is a historic Maratha city and also known as the land of magnificent temples. The district also derives its name from this city. Kolhapur is world famous for its Kolhapuri Chappals (foot wear) made of pure leather.

Mahalakshmi temple is the main attraction of all others. From the architecture style, it is believed that it existed form the period of Chalukya dynasty of the South Central part of India. But there are also people who believe that it was in existence even before that.

Not so far away from the Mahalaxmi Temple, lays the Rankala Lake or Talao. The surrounding area of the lake is converted into a picnic spot or a Chowpatti. Adjoining to the lake is the Shalini Palace. In the vicinity there is also a beautiful garden. The lake is full of fish and watching them itself would give enjoyment.

New Palace Museum is also a main tourist attraction like the Mahalaxmi Temple. It is still the residence of the royal family. However, a part of it is converted into a Museum and is open to public. Surrounding it there are garden, zoo and a lake.

About 20 kms away from the town is Panhala fort on top of a not so high hill, is also a tourist attraction. It is here the Ambabai Temple where Shivaji used go to seek blessings. The panoramic view from top of the hill is enchanting and refreshing.

It is also a milk producing district, with major diaries like Warna at Waranagar. It is a well developed township.

Kolhapur is well connected with Rail and Road Transport.

Mahalaxmi Temple

Thursday 8 October 2015

NANDED, District of MAHARASHTRA and a Sikh Pilgrim Centre

Nanded is in Marathwada region of Maharashtra State. It is bordering with Telangana State. It is situated on the bank of Godavari River.  In the past, Nandas ruled over Nanded for many generations. In 1708, Guru Gobind Singh the tenth spiritual leader of the Sikhs came over to Nanded. A monument has been constructed at the place where he breathed his last. A Gurudwara has also been constructed there and is known as Shri Huzur Abchalnagar Sachkhand Gurudwara. It is a very important Sikh Pilgrim centre next only to the Golden Temple of Punjab. Now Nanded is famous because of this Pilgrim centre.

In the later on, it became a part of the Hyderabad of Nizam in 1725 and continued to be so till 1947. With India getting freedom and soon thereafter, it became part of the Bombay State. Afterwards, when the state of Maharashtra was formed, it became part of the state of Maharashtra.

Another famous tourist centre Aurangabad (Ajantha & Ellora) is also in the close proximity of Nanded. 

Nanded is well connected with the rail and road transport. There are 4 super fast trains running between Nanded and Punjab where other major Gurudwaras are situated.