Pulicat is one of the oldest lakes and this is a place to watch the migratory birds | Shar center and Pelican Parade can also be visited

Pulicat is one of the oldest lakes and this is a place to watch the migratory birds | Shar center and Pelican Parade can also be visited

Pulicat Lake

A natural salt water lake with naturally formed islands, a waterfall which has not lost its natural charm, an abode for migrated birds, temples of Chengalamma and Kesava.  Visit all these at Pralaya Kaveri.

Shar Center:  The permission of PRO has to be taken to visit Shar Center.  Visitors are not allowed in to some special zones.  The zones in which the tourists are allowed are also very important.  This tour is beneficial for the college education age group but is not much helpful to kids.

Pulicat Lake: Boating facilities are available at this Lake.  Chilka Lake in Orissa is the biggest lake in India and Pulicat occupies the second place.  The water in Pulicat lake are salty as water from Bay of Bengal enters this lake.  But they are not exactly like sea water.  This is a brackish water lake.  In normal days the area of the lake is 250 sqm, while in rainy season it expands to 460sqkm.  Earlier this was called Pralaya Kaveri Lake.  Local people still call this as Pralaya Kaveri.  Part of this lake is in Tamilnadu.

Pelican Parade: Migratory birds which come here every year are the main cause for the popularity of this lake.  Pelican birds come here from Australia to lay eggs.  Flamingoes, spotted ducks, bill birds, white cranes etc roam in this lake.  The legs and nose of these Flamingoes are pink in colour.  May be legs and beaks of these birds are created like this so that they do not drown in water when they go deep in to water to catch fishes with their beaks.  Celebrations are held in the months of February and March which is the peak season in which the birds come here.  Collectors and higher authorities attend this festival.

Even when birds are not there, the beauty of the lake, the skillful fishermen, historic constructions of Portugese etc can be enjoyed all through the year.

Observing the life style of the fishermen closely will be a sweet memory.  Fishermen put all the fishes they catch in a basket and they go singing songs.  Wives of fishermen wait for them with a basket, a bag, oil bottle and a bowl carrying food for their husbands. Bag and oil bottle are for purchasing groceries from the money they get by selling fishes.  They bring  Ragi Ambali for their husbands.

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Train Timings and schedules, Train Ticket Fare, Distance, Fastest train from Kolkata to Delhi

Train Timings and schedules, Train Ticket Fare, Distance from Kolkata to Delhi| Fastest train from Kolkata to Delhi.

Indian railways is running 15 trains between Kolkata Sealdah/SDAH  and New Delhi/NDLS.
2259 is a train number also for Sealdah New Delhi Duronto. It travels a distance of 1454 kms in the duration of 16 h 20 min. It goes off the Kolkata Sealdah/SDAH  at 18:40 and reaches the destination of New Delhi/NDLS  by 11:00 +1 night. 2259 starts at Kolkata Sealdah/SDAH  on  Sunday, Thursday,.Tickets costs as follows: Rs.1390 for 3A class, Rs.1880 for 2A class, Rs.3295 for 1A class.It is the fastest train from Kolkata to Delhi.

2301 number corresponds to the Kolkata Rajdhani Express train. Kolkata Howrah Junction/HWH is the starting point for this train and New Delhi/NDLS  is the destination point. It leaves at 16:55 and reaches at 09:55 +1 night. 1447 kms of distance is travelled in 17 h 0 min. It travels daily except for Sunday.Fare for travelling in this train is Rs.1520 for 3A class, Rs.2010 for 2A class, Rs.3365 for 1A class.

Howrah New Delhi Duronto is indicated by 2273 train number. It consumes 17 h 5 min of time for covering a distance of 1446 kms.  The departure timing at Kolkata Howrah Junction/HWH is 13:00 and arrival at New Delhi/NDLS is 06:05 +1 night. It starts from boarding point on  Monday, Friday,. Fare of this train is Rs.580 for SL class, Rs.1520 for 3A class, Rs.1995 for 2A class, Rs.3215 for 1A class.

2313 number corresponds to the Sealdah Rajdhani Express train. Kolkata Sealdah/SDAH  is the starting point for this train and New Delhi/NDLS  is the destination point. It leaves at 16:50 and reaches at 10:20 +1 night. 1454  kms of distance is travelled in 17 h 30 min. It has daily departures and daily arrivals.They charge Rs.1535 for 3A class, Rs.2030 for 2A class, Rs.3395 for 1A class.

2249 train number also indicates Howrah New Delhi Yuva Express. It leaves Kolkata Howrah Junction/HWH  at 17:10 and reaches New Delhi/NDLS  at 10:50 +1 night within duration of 17 h 40 min travelling a distance of 1446 kms.This train is scheduled only on Thursdays.Prices as below are applicable:  Rs.560 for  AC Chair section.

Name of 2305 train number is Kolkata Rajdhani Express. It starts at Kolkata Howrah Junction/HWH  at 14:05 and reaches New Delhi/NDLS  at 09:55 +1 night. It covers a distance of 1530 km in 19 h 50 min.This train is scheduled only on Sundays.Ticket expenses for this train is Rs.1575 for 1A class, Rs.2080 for 2A class, Rs.3490 for 1A class, Rs.2080 for 2A class, Rs.1575 for 3A class.

2323 train number also indicates New Delhi Express. It leaves Kolkata Howrah Junction/HWH  at 18:45 and reaches New Delhi/NDLS at 17:00 +1 night within duration of 22 h 15 min travelling a distance of 1447 kms. This train leaves on  Tuesday, Friday,.Fare for the travel is Rs.219 for general class, Rs.426 for SL class, Rs.1143 for 3A class, Rs.1561 for 2A class.

2379 number corresponds to the Sealdah Amritsar Express train. Kolkata Sealdah/SDAH  is the starting point for this train and Old Delhi/DLI  is the destination point. It leaves at 13:15 and reaches at 11:55 +1 night. 1448 kms of distance is travelled in 22 h 40 min.This train is scheduled only on Fridays.It costs Rs.219 for general class, Rs.426 for SL class, Rs.1143 for 3A class, Rs.1561 for 2A class.

West Bengal Sampark Kranti Express train has number of number of 2329. It starts at 13:15 in Kolkata Sealdah/SDAH  and reaches Old Delhi/DLI  at 11:55 +1 night. Within 22 h 40 min it travels a distance of 1448 kms.It travels only on Tuesdays.Rs.219 for general class, Rs.426 for SL class, Rs.1143 for 3A class, Rs.1561 for 2A class,  are charged.

Poorva Express train has number of number of 2381. It starts at 08:20 in Kolkata Howrah Junction/HWH  and reaches New Delhi/NDLS at 07:20 +1 night. Within 23 h 0 min it travels a distance of 1446 kms. It starts from boarding point on  Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday,.  Rs.219 for general class, Rs.426 for SL class, Rs.1143 for 3A class, Rs.1561 for 2A class, Rs.2637 for 1A class,  is charged.

2303 number corresponds to the Poorva Express train. Kolkata Howrah Junction/HWH is the starting point for this train and New Delhi/NDLS  is the destination point. It leaves at 08:05 and reaches at 07:20 +1 night. 1530 kms of distance is travelled in 23 h 15 min. The departure days of 2303 is on  Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday.  Rs.229 for general class, Rs.442 for SL class, Rs.1187 for 3A class, Rs.1623 for 2A class, Rs.2743 for 1A class,  is charged.

2311 train number makes up for the Kalka Mail. It makes it departure at 19:40 in Kolkata Howrah Junction/HWH  and makes it to reach the destination at 20:45 +1 night in Old Delhi/DLI . It takes 25 h 5 min to pass the distance of 1441 kms. It has daily trips.Ticket expenses for this train is Rs.426 for SL class, Rs.1143 for 3A class, Rs.1561 for 2A class, Rs.2637 for 1A class.

0845 represents Howrah New Delhi Special. This train departs at Kolkata Howrah Junction/HWH at 15:45 and reports an arrival at 21:40 +1 night at New Delhi/NDLS . 29 h 55 min are required for it to travel 1619 kms of distance.This train is scheduled only on Saturdays.Tickets costs as follows: Rs.237 for general class.

3111 number corresponds to the Lal Quila Express train. Kolkata/KOAA  is the starting point for this train and Old Delhi/DLI  is the destination point. It leaves at 20:15 and reaches at 03:10 +2 nights. 1528  kms of distance is travelled in 30 h 55 min. It runs regularly.It costs Rs.229 for general class, Rs.422 for SL class, Rs.1157 for 3A class.

Name of 3007 train number is Udyan Abha Toofan Express. It starts at Kolkata Howrah Junction/HWH  at 09:45 and reaches New Delhi/NDLS  at 19:40 +1 night. It covers a distance of 1554 km in 33 h 55 min. It runs regularly.Fare for the travel is Rs.426 for SL class, Rs.1167 for 3A class, .
Indian railways have given a chance to its customers to know advance reservations, train ticket bookings, berths / seats availability, PNR status sitting at home by visiting their official website www. indianrail.gov.in.

Significance of Jwalamukhi and the nine forms of Goddess Aadisakthi near to it | Where is the temple of Jwalamukhi situated and its touristic importance

Significance of Jwalamukhi and the nine forms of Goddess Aadisakthi near to it | Where is the temple of Jwalamukhi situated and its touristic importance

Jwalamukhi saktipeetams

Jwalamukhi is one of the saktipeetams mentioned in the sloka about Ashtadasa saktipeetams. This is situated in Himachal Pradesh.  But according to the belief of the people here, Goddess Aadisakthi appeared in nine places in nine forms, in and around Himachal Pradesh.  These nine forms of the Goddess are called Navadurgas. These are Manasadevi near Chandigarh,  Kalkadevi in Kalka which is located on the route of Chandigarh and Shimla, Nainadevi situated near Bhakra-nangal dam which is between the borders of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, Chinthapurni, in the  north direction from there, Jwalamukhi situated at a distance of 50 kms in the northeast direction from Chintapurni.  Kangadadevi temple is at a distance of 40 kms in the north direction, Chanda situated at a distance of 40 kms from Kangadadevi and Vaishno Devi which is situated far from Himachal Pradesh and very near to Jammu.

Sakambari devi temple is situated in the northwest corner of Himachal Pradesh between Paonta Saheb and Dehradun.  Kaangdadevi is also called Wadreswari and Goddess Jwalamukhi is also referred to as Vaishnodevi.   That is why there is a word in the Astadashpeetas  sloka ‘Jwalaayam Vaishnavi’.

There is a special thing about the temples of this area.  No temple in this area has the deities who are in the form of human beings.  A stone of 1 to 1 1/2 feet, which looks like an over turned coconut shell is worshipped here.  This form is called ‘pindi’ here.  All these pilgrim centers have lodges and good hotels.  Rates are affordable by a common man.

Places of interests near LEH are Kargil, Pugtal, Rangdum etc | Route map and driving directions to LEH fronm Srinagar, J&K, India

Places of interests near LEH are Kargil, Pugtal, Rangdum etc | Route map and driving directions to LEH from Srinagar, J&K, India

leh valley

Highest mountain ranges, covered with white blanket of snow, vast green Nature, beautiful blue rivers, lakes and deep valleys. Leh is in between them.  This beautiful town is a heavenly abode for the foreign tourists.  It is a great destination for home tourists also.  This village attracts the customers with its beauty.

Leh is at an altitude of 11,500 kms , and is located in Jammu & Kashmir near the Indian border. This is a district head quarter.  Not only that, this is the largest district in India.  Half of the area of Jammu & Kashmir is in this district.  When British ruled India, they were very much interested in visiting Leh.  Nearly 18,000 national and international tourists visit Leh annually.  Tourists are also attracted to the Buddhist culture.

The Buddhist memorials in Leh are a treat to the eyes.  Many tourists visit the Shanti Stupa which is outside the town.  In the middle of the town there is a Kali mandir which is 800 years old, on a hill which mesmerizes the tourists.  Tourists can also visit Leh palace belonging to 17th century and is built in the Tibetan architecture tradition.  Most valuable and most ancient of all the places, is the Hemis gompa monastery.

Mountaineering

Many foreign tourists come to Leh to climb the mountain Nanukun, which is in the Himalayan mountain range.  Availability of transport facility is one of the main reasons for the tourists to visit this place.  Para Gliding facility is also arranged for the adventurous tourists. July and August months are suitable for swimming and rafting in the rivers Indus, Zanskar and Shyok (in Nubra valley).  Camel riding is available at Nubra region.   This place is suitable for trekking as the surroundings are pleasant.

River Indus

It is not an exaggeration to say that there are no words to describe the beauty of river Indus.  This river originates in Tibet and flows through Kashmir, Pakistan and discharges into the Arabian ocean.  A festival with the name ‘Sindu Darshan’ is organized by the government of India every year in May and June months.  The journey of this river starts from the holy Manasarovar in Tibet.  So devotees consider this river a sacred one.  Many devotees throng to this place during the festival.  Devotees from various parts of India bring water from their nearest rivers and mix the water in Indus during the festival .

Nearby places

Drass is another place of interest which is at a distance of 60kms from Leh.  This is the second most coldest place on earth. Winter snow fall can be enjoyed here.  In winter – 40o temperature is also recorded here.  Kargil,  Phugtal,  Rangdum, Sani and Suru valley are the other interesting places.

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Chowmahalla palace in belonging to Nizam is renovated | Clothes, article, artifacts, swords etc of Nizam are exhibited in Chowmahalla palace

Chowmahalla palace in belonging to Nizam is renovated | Clothes, article, artifacts, swords etc of Nizam are exhibited in Chowmahalla palace

Chowmahalla palace, the palace belonging to Nizam is renovated to match the grandeur of Nizam. The palace exhibits artistry in every inch, the charm of this palace has not diminished a bit even after so many generations.  Historical items and pleasant atmosphere are the things that Chowmahalla palace offers to the visitors.  Clothes, swords, articles, artifacts used belonging to Nizam is exhibited in this palace.  Meeting hall, and the construction of the palace are a challenge to to days engineering technology. People who love history should visit this place to their hearts content.

Bhimbetka Rock paintings at Bhimbetka caves (rock shelters) | Driving directions and route map of Bhimbetka rock shelters from Bhopal, MP, India

Bhimbetka Rock paintings at Bhimbetka caves (rock shelters) | Driving directions and route map of Bhimbetka rock shelters from Bhopal, MP, India

Bhimbetka Rock paintings at Bhimbetka caves Bhimbetka Rock paintings at Bhimbetka caves

Bhimbetka caves are situated at a distance of 40kms from Bhopal, the capital city of Madhya Pradesh. The sculptures carved between 8000 BC and 5000 BC can be seen in these caves.  Life style of common man and the method of hunting etc in ancient times can be found out from these painting.

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