Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Dharamsala Honeymoon
                        Dharamsala has everything for a perfect holiday for the honeymoon goers because of its magnificent dense deodar and pine forests, tea gardens, beautiful hills, numerous streams of cool healthy air, attractive surroundings and the nearby snowline. That’s also the reason its called ‘lahsa in India'. This place is full of life and yet offers peace away from the noisy world. And, of course, the headquarters of His Holiness the Dalai Lama is here only. It is s busy bazaar town which has established itself as the travelers’ base camp, who mostly come here to explore the nearby mountains. There are various colorful temples reflecting the culture of Tibet and at the same time adding attraction for the visitors from all walks of life.

Places of Interest in Dharamsala:
                               When it comes to places of interest in Dharamshala, it is full of choices and choices. Kangra Art Museum, is a treasure trove of the Kangra valley's arts, crafts, and rich past, displays artifacts. St. John's Church, is one of the most poignant memories of the British Raj and is charmingly dressed stone church. McLeodganj, is often called the 'Little Lhasa, is the residence of the Dalai Lama. It has a host of Tibetan handicrafts and garments available on sale and every Sunday. Bhagsunath, is close to fresh water springs, and is a popular picnic spot. Dharmkot, situated on the crest of a hill offers an attractive picnic spot with a panoramic view of the Kangra valley and the Dhauladhar ranges. Kunal Pathri, is a rock temple which is just a 3 km level walk from the Kotwali Bazaar and last but not the least Triund, is a place from where the snowline is just starts 5 km away and is a popular picnic spot and trek-route offering magnificent view of the mountains and valleys.

Nearby Attractions from Dharamsala:
                                        Tilokpur (41 km from Dharamsala) on the highway to Pathankot, there is a cave temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Sujanpur (80 km from Dharamsala) a historic town is famous for its wall paintings, temples and fort. Masrur, 15 richly carved monolithic rock temples molded in the splendid style of the Kailash temple at Ellora are a must watch. Triund (17-kms from Dharamsala) is a popular picnic spot situated on the foothills of Dhauladhar range and moreover the breathtaking views of the mountains and the valleys makes Triund an ideal picnic spot and trekking spot.

How To Get There:
                             Dharamsala can be easily accessed by air from Delhi. The nearest airport Gaggla (13 km) and the nearest railway station Pathankot (85 km) makes the journey very convenient. For road travel, taxis are a good option which are available at both places; from Pathankot (3 hours drive) and from Delhi (around 8 hours, 526 km) via Chandigarh, Kiratpur and Bilaspur. Even luxury buses also ply from the nearby places.

Adventure Activities and Sports:
                                           Between May and October, the Dhauladhar ranges offer an enormous variety of trekking and rock climbing. Himachal's Mountaineering Institute has a branch at Dharamsala. The 20 km stretch of the river Beas between Nadaun and the Pong Dam offers ample opportunities in angling for fishing. For the shopping lovers, there is abundance of shops selling local handicrafts at Kotwali Bazar, Tibetan handicrafts and carpets at McLeodganj. One can even enjoy trekking here. So all you honeymoon couples, pack your bags and explore this beautiful place enjoying the company of each other.   

                                      Goa:, the king (or queen- whichever way you see it) of all tourism places in India, still remains the most popular choice for all newly weds to spend some quality time together. The place offers pristine and clean beaches, excellent night life for initiated ones and excellent bars, restaurants and pubs for having a gala time together. Gifted by god for its lovely and virgin beaches, scenic beauty and great co existence of old and new culture, Goa is the ideal place for coming back again and again together. Tourism is so prominent at Goa that the number of tourists almost equals the number of state population.

How to reach: 
                             The place is well connected with all the major cities and places. Air, Road and Train services are ever busy bringing tourists together to this place at all time. Goa's international airport is 29 km from Panjim at Dabolim. Regular flights also link Goa with Delhi, Pune, Cochin, Bangalore and Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata. All the airlines have their dedicated services for this sector. Train services are also in demand and the Konkan train route running through lush greens is a good option. Goa has two main stations at Margao and Vasco da Gama. Inter state bus services running from Mumbai (16 hrs), Mangalore, Bangalore, Pune is also another option and finally hiring a taxi or taking your own vehicles having the luxury of only each other’s company is something that you may try to have a wonderful time.

What to Do in Goa: 
                   Goa is geographically divided into North and South Goa. North Goa consist of places of interest such as capital Panaji, Mapusa, old Goa etc. Churches, beaches colonial architecture structures are the main tourist attractions. Visits to the churches should include The Church of St Francis, the Se Cathedral and the Basilica of Bom Jesus, which houses the mortal remains and the tomb of St. Francis Xavier. Goa is world famous for its pristine beaches. The beaches of Miramar and Dona Paula, Candolim, Calangute,Baga, Anjuna, Vagator and Arambol, Colva are most famous. Don’t forget to visit Anjuna Beach famous for its Wednesday foreigners market. If you are lucky, you can get excellent stuff sold at throw away prices.

Where to Stay: 
                      Goa offers choice to every body. From super luxurious star hotels to modest guest houses, there are enough number of choices available to all to enjoy the place. Don’t forget to do an advanced booking during seasons which starts in mid October and lasts till February. One good option available to you is the resorts of Goa Tourist Development Corporation (GTDC) which have most of their resorts right on the beaches.

How to roam around: 
                      Taxies are available but generally expensive. A unique experience available to you is to hire a bike/scooter and drive together enjoying the company of each other. So do not forget to take your driving license with you. Services are available near most of the resorts.

Where to eat: 
                        For all sea food lovers, Goa is paradise. However being a cosmopolitan place, the city has every thing for all. Eateries, pubs, restaurants, joints are in plenty. So pack you bags and take your camera and handy cams to bring back the memories of this beautiful place with you.
                      Itanagar has everything for a perfect holiday for honeymooners because of its magnificent yet unexplored and virgin dense forests having exotic flora and fauna, beautiful rivers and rivulets having clean and pristine water, cool breeze so very different and away from the pollution and dust of cities and metros and natural beauty at its very best. The place with its cool healthy air, attractive and peaceful surroundings offers ideal treat for those seeking adventure and fair amount of love in the fresh air. So start on the journey to this place with love and mist beckoning you in its ever lasting charm. Amen

How to reach Itanagar:
                                  Itanagar is connected to the major cities of India through rail, air and road network. The nearest airport is in Lilabari Assam, 67 km from Itanagar. Indian Airlines provides regular flights from Calcutta to this place. Taxi and bus services can be taken from there for Itanagar. No train network is there in Arunachal Pradesh and the nearest railhead is North Lakhimpur in Assam, which is only 60 km from Itanagar Itanagar is connected with other major towns in the region such as Agartala, Aizawl, Kohima, Guwahati, Imphal, and Shillong. Regular bus services are there between Itanagar and places such as Banderdewa, North Lakhimpur(Asssam), Tezpur(Asssam) and Guwahati(Asssam).

Places of Interests:
                             The town has a definite Buddhist influence and a number of traditions and cultural practices draw inspiration from Buddhist way of life. The Buddhist Temple, a beautiful temple expostulating Buddhists way of life is an important tourist spot and a must see in the place. Declared and blessed by the Holy Dalai Lama, the Buddhist temple, a beautiful yellow roofed shrine reflects the extensive Tibetan influence and provides good views of Itanagar and its surroundings. Ganga Sekhi Lake and Pachin River offer beautiful view and with a crystal clear water, you would be mesmerized by the most beautiful sight of unpolluted and fresh holy water. Sengkhi Hydel Project is another tourist spot, Polo Park and Zoo are also frequently visited by all tourists and honey mooners. Ita fort is a beautiful place offering panoramic view of the mountains, the city and all its surroundings. A must see for one and all. Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Museum houses some of the best artifacts, wood carvings, musical instruments, textiles, handicrafts and archeological finds mementos and historically rich memorables. Indira Gandhi Park contains various flowers and natural beauty and you will simply love this beautiful place.

Other important places of interest around Itanagar is Donyi-Polo Vidya Bhawan a Premier Publics School, North-Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology(Nirjuli) - a engineering insitute providing innovative way of education, Arunachal University (Doimukh) and Government Piggery and Poultry Farm (Nirjuli)

Climate and weather:
                               The place with its beautiful climate can be visited round the year though the best time to visit is between the months of October and march with light winter and cool breeze mesmerizing you in all its grandeur.

Specialties of Itanagar:
                          Itanagar, also as known as 'the Land of the Dawnlit Mountains' offers a lovely climate. Ruins of a old palace and other such monuments embraces within themselves the city's ancient history. The place with its rich traditions and customs and cultural extravaganza offers a wonderful escape from the daily drill of the city life and is an ideal honey moon and tourist location which thankfully is still virgin and relatively unexplored.  

               So after months and months of preparation for a memorable wedding are over and you are over a moon, it is time to give a ROYAL treat to both of you. Make your honeymoon a time to remember all your life. And what a better way to do it by being treated like a Maharaja and a Maharani in the royal city of Jaipur, also known as pink city of India. The city is a wonderful experience giving a magnificent view of majestic and gigantic forts, lavish and expansive royal palaces and enchanting and aromatic gardens. Jaipur is also endowed with its ever busy bazaars, world famous for Rajasthani ornaments, fabrics and artifacts, folklore items, traditional wear and other cultural items. The city is surrounded on all sides by hills, mountains and war scarred walls which takes you back to the era of maharajas and royals.

Major Attractions of Jaipur:
                             Hawa Mahal also called as a wind palace is the most famous monument of the pink city. Hawa Mahal is an unprecedented structure that overlooks one of the leading avenues and also offers some panoramic views of Jaipur City. Jantar Mantar (Observatory)- built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in the 18th century this gives you an idea about the complex astronomical instruments and concepts. The major attraction of the observatory is the gigantic sundial that still gives an accurate time. Sisodia Palace and Garden, a well maintained garden originally constructed for the royals has some remarkable structures- fountains, lakes and stone sculptures. City palace/ Museum- perhaps the most famous historic structure contains impressive gateways, temples, brilliant buildings and palaces. A visit to Mubarak Mahal with its erotic decoration and lavishly designed dresses of the royal family is the ideal place for all honeymooners. Jalmahal, an exquisite palace located in the center of Man Sagar Lake is extremely popular spot for its architectural grandeur. The out of the world experience of looking at 4 floors submerged in the lake water and only the top floor above is worth cherishing. Nahargarh Fort offers breath taking panoramic view of the city.

Places Nearby:
                      A visit to Jaipur also facilitates excursions to Bharatpur-174km housing one of the finest bird sanctuaries of Asia, Ranthambore-180 km famous for its tiger population, and Pushkar world famous as a holy city and for its fair. Jaipur is a Shopping paradise for tourists The most popular shopping areas are located just across Jauhari Bazaar, Badi Chaupar and M.I. Road, selling traditional artifacts, precious and semi-precious stones, traditional ethnic wear , leather items, traditional footwear. Sardar Market is famous for hand block printed textiles, traditional pottery items and dye works.

How to reach here:
                          Jaipur is very well connected with most of cities. Domestic airlines connect Jaipur with all-important cities of India- Delhi, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Mumbai, Varanasi and Ahmedabad. Train network is also very well spread out and Delhi facilitates many trains like Shatabdi Express and The Pink City Express while the Super Fast Express links Jaipur with Mumbai. The trains like 'Palace on Wheels' and 'The Royal Orient' offer excellent luxurious treat for those looking for finer things in life. Road network is also very well developed to reach Deluxe and semi deluxe air-conditioned fleet runs from Delhi, to all cities of Rajasthan. The main bus terminal, Sindhi Camp, is located in the center of the city. Some of the important distances are- Agra- 235 kms from Jaipur and from Delhi- 258 kms. Tourist taxis and RTDC buses also run from Delhi.

Special attractions:
                         Jaipur is the city of romance and love. Visit it anytime of the year to engage yourself in everlasting relationship with its romantic settings and environment and make it an experience to remember.
Jodhpur Honeymoon;

               It is the city bustling with majestic forts, palaces and shopping hubs. A 10-km strong wall having 8 entrances surrounds the entire old and new Jodhpur City. The best time to visit the city would be from October to March. The charming palaces, forts, havelis and beautiful gardens are the major tourist attractions. It's the historical culture, its people, festivity and the folks of Jodhpur really fascinate the visitors.
Major Attractions of City:
                The main attractions include Mehrangarh Fort, located on a hilltop, is the considered to be among the biggest forts in India. Umaid Bhavan Palace, is quite famous for its unique architectural splendor, the only one of its kind in whole India. This palace is lately transformed into a deluxe hotel however, some parts have been preserved as a museum. Jaswat Thada, is a imperial monument constructed in white marble. It showcases some unique painting of the rulers of Jodhpur. Sadar Market and the Old clock Tower, re-establish the old hut culture and is a major attraction of the Jodhpur City. Moreover, the old city Clock Tower is also a conspicuous artifact.
Excursions from the City:
                        Ossian (65 km) is one of the ancient cities in Rajasthan, famous for its age old Jain temples. Mandore (8 km) is the ancient capital of Marwar, famous for its 16 huge figures chiseled out of a single rock also called as a Hall Of Heroes and the shrine of 33 million gods. Balsamand Lake and Palace (7 km) is a scenic sight with the wonderful blue lake which is surrounded by summer palaces all around it.
Mode of Transport:
                                 The city, because of having its own airport at just 5km from the main city, is very well connected through direct flights from all the major places viz. Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur and Udaipur. Jodhpur is also well connected by direct rail lines to many important places like Delhi, Ahmedabad, Mumbai and Varanasi, Gujarat and Utter Pradesh. Palace on Wheels tour conducted by Rajasthan tourism is perhaps the best way of exploring the desert. By road also, regular buses connects the entire city to all the major cities in India. One can enjoy the comforts of air-conditioned buses plied by state and private operators.
Other Attractions:
                             Marwar Festivals comes in the month of September-October during full moon. The celebration goes on for two days. The city is crowded by visitors from all over the world during Marwar Festival to relish it up to full magnitude. Shopping Jodhpur's specialty lies in its antiques, carpets, puppets and classic silver jewelry.  



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