October – March is Best time to watch Nelapattu bird sanctuary is | Road map to Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary fro Tirupati via Srikalahasti

October – March is Best time to watch Nelapattu bird sanctuary is | Road map to Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary fro Tirupati via Srikalahasti

Nelapattu bird sanctuaryNelapattu bird sanctuary: Pulicat is a picnic spot for the migratory birds and Nelapattu is the abode for them.  This is at a distance of 20kms from Pulicat and 4 kms from Doravarisatram Mandal.  Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary is one of the biggest bird preservation centers in Asian countries.  Pelicans can be seen here.  Attigunta, Neredugunta lakes are very big.  They are spread at a distance of 202 acres.  Innumerable trees are there on the banks of the lakes.  Pelicans have large pouched bills.  They catch the fishes and store them in the pouch to eat them leisurely.  Nearly 1500 birds come here to lay eggs.  When the little birds grow wings, they go back to their places.  There is also a dense forest here.  Various deers, tortoises, foxes and snakes can be seen here.  Environmental Education center is also situated here.  There is a library, museum, auditorium, audio visual equipment etc.  October to March is the perfect time to watch migratory birds.  This is also a good place to spend summer holidays.

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Chowmahalla palace belonging to Nizams received UNESCO Asia Pacific Award | Road / Location map of Chowmahalla Palace in Hyderabad

Chowmahalla palace belonging to Nizams received UNESCO Asia Pacific Award | Road / Location map of Chowmahalla Palace in Hyderabad
Chowmahalla palace
Chowmahalla palace, the 270 year old historical monument near Charminar has proved its architectural brilliance once again to the world by bagging the ‘UNESCO Asia Pacific Merit Award’. This palace was built in the Persian style of construction in the year 1750 by Salabath Jung.  Asafjahi rulers used this building as the political consultations.  The palace had an open area of 60 acres but now only 12 acres remain.  The palace is a replica of Sha Iran Bungalow in Tehran.  This palace actually is a group of buildings.  Aftab Mahal, Tahniyat Mahal, Afzal Mahal, Mehtab Mahal, Roshan bungalow and Khilawat are some of the important buildings.  A marble throne used by the Nizam rulers can be seen in the palace.  This palace was in use till 1948.  In 2005, this palace was open for the visitors. In 2000 Princess Asra, wife of   Prince Mukarram Jah Bahadur started renovation works of the palace.  The renovation work was successfully done by Rahul Malhotra Association. They brought back the past glory to the palace.

Barrister Senior Counsel of Prince Mukarrm Jah said that steps have been taken to convert Chowmahalla palace in to a museum which will house various things belonging to the Nizams.  The artifacts of the Purani Haveli Nizam Museum will also be displayed here.  The Shiya Aalam the rare religious relics housed in one portion of the palace will also be opened for the public.

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Temples including Madurai Meenakshi are major attractions of Madurai and the accommodation facilities | Road map from Chennai to Madurai with driving directions

Temples including Madurai Meenakshi are major attractions of Madurai and the accommodation facilities | Road map from Chennai to Madurai with driving directions

Madurai Meenakshi 1 Madurai Meenakshi 2

Madurai is the second biggest city in Tamilnadu state after Chennai.  Railway station of Madurai is at the center of the city.  Bus stand is at a distance of 3kms from the city.  A big main road can be seen next to the Railway station.  On the other end of the road which is opposite to the station there is a choultry  ‘Rani Mangammal’.  This road leads to Meenakshi temple. Opposite to the railway station there are many hotels which provide accommodation to the devotees. The distance between the station and the temple is about three fourth of a kilometer.  One and a half kilometer towards south from the temple, one can see the ‘Nayakar Mahal’.   Auto riskshaw are available to visit this place.  Thiruparankundram, which has the temple of Lord Subrahmanyam is towards south from Madurai.  One can reach this place by buses and auto rikshaws.   Meenakshi temple and Thiruparankundram temple are closed by 12:00O clock in the afternoon and are opened at 04:00 pm.  There is a light and sound show at Nayakar Mahal.  This show can be seen in  Tamil at 06:00 in the evening and in English at 07:00 pm daily.  On one side of Madurai a temple tank ‘Teppakulam’ is situated.  On the middle of the tank there is a temple dedicated to Goddess ‘Adisakti’.  Boating can be done in the tank.  City buses are run to this place.  ‘Alwar Temple’, a temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu is situated at the bottom of hills towards west at a distance of 11kms.  This is the most ancient temple and is very sacred for the people of Madurai.

On top of the hills at a distance of 3kms and in the midst of the forest there is a place ‘Palamudir Solai’ where there is a temple for the third form of Lord Subrahmanyam.  This is a very pleasant place.   Mini bus services are run from station to the temple.

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Gwalior Fort at Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh | Location Map of Gwalior Fort

Gwalior Fort at Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh | Location Map of Gwalior Fort

Gwalior Fort

Another place which is a must visit is the fort of Gwalior.  This is on a hill.  Strong wall are built around the hill.  These are 2 miles long and 35 feet height and are intact even now.  The statues of Jain Teerdhankrs can be seen on the walls while going to the fort.  A local king carved them on the walls as he was interested in the Jain religion.  He destroyed some of them at the order of Mughals.  This fort went in to the hands of British rulers at a later stage.  This fort is so strong that Babur complimented that this is the best fort in the country.  When this fort was under Mughals. Aurangazeb had imprisoned his brother Murad in this fort.  He was hanged later.   51 subordinate kings were imprisoned here along with Hargobind Singh.  Queen Nurjahan ordered to release Hargobind Singh.  But Hargobind singh wanted all the kings to be released along with him. Then the Nawab laid a condition.  He said he will release all the kings who can come out holding the shirt of Hargobind singhHargobind singh’s shirt was torn in to pieces and made like a rope.  All kings came out holding that rope.

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Karni mata temple, famous as rat temple is located in Bikaner, Rajasthan

Karni mata temple, famous as rat temple is located in Bikaner, Rajasthan | Spotting a white rat in Rat temple, Bikaner is believed to be auspicious
Karni mata temple
Bikaner is a desert district in Rajasthan and the history of it is very interesting.  This was a prominent international business center in the ancient days.  People who go to western countries from Asia used to travel via Bikaner.  Some people say that ‘Bika’ means selling and ‘Neer’ means water.  Another interesting place in the Bikaner – Jodhpur route is the Rat temple.

Bikaner kings Goddess Durga as ‘Karni maata’.  Local people believe that ‘Rao Boka’ the first king of Bikaner had the blessings of Goddess Durga.  All the kings who rules Bikaner were the devotees of Durga.  The rulers believed that Goddess Durga protects the people from dreadful diseases like Cholera and plague.  Many thousands of small and big rats freely roam in the temple of ‘Karni maata’.

Devotees believe that these rats are the soldiers of ‘Karni maata’.  Devotees feed the rats with milk and sweets.  Many rats literally live on the food devotees provide to them.

White rat darshanam

Rats of many colours appear in the ‘Karni maata’ temple.  White rat is seen very rarely.  Devotees believe that spotting a white rat is auspicious.  Priests in the temple warn the devotees not to tread on the rats.

Train Timings and schedules, Train Ticket Fare, Distance, Fastest train from Secunderabad to Pune

Train Timings and schedules, Train Ticket Fare, Distance from Secunderabad to Pune | Fastest train from Secunderabad to Pune.

9 trains between Secunderabad Junction/SC and Pune Junction/PUNE improve the transport.
0164 represents Secunderabad Pune Shatabdi Special. This train departs at Secunderabad Junction/SC at 15:20 and reports an arrival at 23:55  at Pune Junction/PUNE . 8 h 35 min are required for it to travel 597 kms of distance. It has departures on  Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday.Prices are Rs.780 for Chair car section.It is the fastest train from Secunderabad to Pune.

2749 train number makes up for the Vishakhapatnam LTT SF Express. It makes it departure at 21:10 in Secunderabad Junction/SC  and makes it to reach the destination at 07:50 +1 night in Pune Junction/PUNE. It takes 10 h 40 min to pass the distance of 596 kms. 2749 starts at Secunderabad Junction/SC  on  Wednesday, Saturday.They charge Rs.124 for general class, Rs.266 for SL class, Rs.695 for 3A class, Rs.940 for 2A class.

2702 specifies Hussain Sagar Express. It starts at 14:45 at Hyderabad Deccan Nampally/HYB  and reaches Pune Junction/PUNE  at 01:10 +1 night. It consumes 10 h 25 min of time for travelling a distance of 598  kms. It runs regularly.Rs.124 for general class, Rs.266 for SL class, Rs.695 for 3A class, Rs.940 for 2A class,  are charged.

Name of 7204 train number is Kakinada Bhavnagar Express. It starts at 14:50 in Secunderabad Junction/SC  and reaches the destination of Pune Junction/PUNE at 02:05 +1 night. It covers a distance of 597 kms within 11 h 15 min.This train is scheduled only on Thursdays.It costs Rs.124 for general class, Rs.246 for SL class, Rs.665 for 3A class, Rs.910 for 2A class.

7018 represents Rajkot Express. This train departs at Secunderabad Junction/SC  at 14:50 and reports an arrival at 02:05 +1 night at Pune Junction/PUNE. 11 h 15 min are required for it to travel 597 kms of distance. 7018 starts at Secunderabad Junction/SC  on  Monday, Tuesday, Saturday.Fare for travelling in this train is Rs.124 for general class, Rs.246 for SL class, Rs.665 for 3A class, Rs.910 for 2A class.

1020 specifies Konark Express. It starts at 11:45 at Secunderabad Junction/SC and reaches Pune Junction/PUNE at 23:45 . It consumes 12 h 0 min of time for travelling a distance of 597 kms. It runs seven days a week.  Rs.124 for general class, Rs.246 for SL class, Rs.665 for 3A class, Rs.910 for 2A class,  is charged.

Mumbai Express has the train number of 7032. It arrives the destination point of Pune Junction/PUNE  at 09:05 +1 night by leaving the departure point of Hyderabad Deccan Nampally/HYB at 20:40. It travels a distance of 598 kms within 12 h 25 min. It runs regularly.It costs Rs.124 for general class, Rs.246 for SL class, Rs.665 for 3A class, Rs.910 for 2A class, Rs.1518 for 1A class.

0732 train number also indicates Hyderabad Dadar Summer Special. It leaves Hyderabad Deccan Nampally/HYB at 22:00 and reaches Pune Junction/PUNE  at 11:20 +1 night within duration of 13 h 20 min travelling a distance of 598 kms.It travels only on Saturdays.It costs Rs.124 for general class, Rs.246 for SL class, Rs.665 for 3A class, Rs.910 for 2A class.

7014 number corresponds to the Hyderabad Pune Express train. Hyderabad Deccan Nampally/HYB  is the starting point for this train and Pune Junction/PUNE is the destination point. It leaves at 22:45 and reaches at 13:15 +1 night. 649 kms of distance is travelled in 14 h 30 min. It starts from boarding point on  Sunday, Tuesday, Friday,. Fare of this train is Rs.131 for general class, Rs.259 for SL class, Rs.700 for 3A class, Rs.959 for 2A class.
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