Taj Group converts Falaknuma Palace into a luxurious hotel | Interesting facts of Falaknuma palace

Taj Group converts Falaknuma Palace into a luxurious hotel | Interesting facts of Falaknuma palace

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Falaknuma means the ‘star of heaven’. This construction is really a star.  This shines on a small hill 5 kilometers from Charminar in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.  This looks like a scorpion when watched from aero planes or helicopters and this was built by Vikar-ul-Umra Bahadur.  Construction was started in 1898 and continued for 9 years.  Total area of this building is 9.39lakh square meters.  This building was used as a guest house by sixth Nizam Mehaboob Alikhan.  As the Nizam was fascinated by this building Vilar-ul-Umar Bahadur gifted this palace to him.  Sixth Nizam died in the year 1911 and since then the palace is lying vacant.  Falaknuma palace became the personal asset of Nizam heirs.  This palace has 220 luxurious rooms and 22 spacious halls.  Taj Group which converted many palaces in to hotels in Rajasthan showed interest in Falaknuma Palace.  The palace was taken on lease from the Nizams.

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Taj group has worked hard for 10 years to convert it into a hotel.  Main parts of the Palace were untouched but the rooms are converted in to palaces.  Tourists from India and foreign countries can stay at this palace to taste the culture and traditions of Hyderabad Nawabs.  This palace is in between a beautiful garden which spreads in an area of 32 acres.  There are a total of 60 suits in this palace.  Private Chambers of Nizams are converted in to suites.  Outdoor pools, spa two restaurants are also opened.  Rare artifacts and painting of the palace were renovated.  Heir of Nizam Prince Mukarram Jha, Ratan Tata and many other business and political persons are going to attend the opening ceremony of this palace.

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Interesting facts of Falaknuma palace
Mir Mahaboob Alikhan used the famous RS.450crore ‘Jacob Diamond’ as a paper weight in this palace.  Old furniture and other books are arranged in this study room. Tourists will be enjoying the tutor rooms of Nizam, bed room of wife of sixth Nizam, special bath tubs that gives out fragrance, dressing hall and special rooms used for guests, Nizam Durbar hall, steps made with beautiful marble statues, musical room and billiards room.  There is a dining hall in which 101 guests can have their meals at a same time.

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Kumararam is one of the Pancharamas in Andhra Pradesh

Kumararam is one of the Pancharamas in Andhra Pradesh | Road (Route) map to Kumararam (Kotipalli) from Draksharamam

Kumararamam or Kotipalli near Rajahmundry is one of the Pancharamas in Andhra Pradesh.  River Godavari meets the sea at this place. Lord Shiva is worshipped as Triambakeshwar at Nasik, the birth place of River Godavari in Maharashtra.  River Godavari is considered as the gift of nature.  So it is worshipped along with the sea.  Much importance is thus given to taking bath in the River Godavari. Lord Shiva is worshipped as Someshwara and Goddess Parvathi as Rajarajeshwari at Kotipalli.

According to Puranas, Moon has lost his brilliance due to the curse of Daksha.  He prayed to Lord Shiva to get relieved of his curse in Kotipalli.  Sthalapuranam of this place explains that taking bath in River Godavari here is considered a new beginning in life.  God excuses all sins of devotees if they take bath here, it is believed.  Another story is that sage Gautham brought River Godavari from Trimbakeshwar to this place.

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Importance of Mookambika Temple in Kollur | Rooute map and driving direction to Mookambika temple in Kollr fro Udipi, Karnataka

Importance of Mookambika Temple in Kollur | Rooute map and driving direction to Mookambika temple in Kollr fro Udipi, Karnataka

Mookambika Temple in Kollur

Mookambikadevi temple is one of the ancient temple located at Kollur.  Kollur is beside the 17th national high way in the Kundapur taluq, Udipi district, Karnataka.  Temple of Goddess Mookambika is located on the banks of Souparnika at the bottom of the hill Kodachadri in Western Ghats.  It is said that an eagle named penance on the banks of this river to attain salvation and so this river is called Souparnika.  Devotees believe that the water of the river has medicinal values and taking bath in this river cures many diseases.

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

Train Timings and schedules, Train Ticket Fare, Distance from Pune to Delhi | Fastest train from Pune to Delhi
Passengers can choose from 8 trains to travel from Pune Junction/PUNE  to Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM.
Pune Nizamuddin Duronto has the train number of 2263. It arrives the destination point of Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM  at 07:10 +1 night by leaving the departure point of Pune Junction/PUNE  at 11:10. It travels a distance of 1520 kms within 20 h 0 min. It starts from boarding point on  Tuesday, Thursday. Prices are Rs.1405 for Chair car sectionRs.1455 for 3A class, Rs.1985 for 2A class, Rs.3425 for 1A class.It is the fastest train from Pune to Delhi.

Swarna Jayanti Express is indicated by 2781 train number. It consumes 24 h 50 min of time for covering a distance of 1588 kms.  The departure timing at Pune Junction/PUNE  is 16:10 and arrival at Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM  is 17:00 +1 night.The train is exclusively available only on Saturday.Fare of this train is Rs.234 for general class, Rs.450 for SL class, Rs.1208 for 3A class, Rs.1654 for 2A class.

2147 number corresponds to the Nizamuddin Express train. Pune Junction/PUNE  is the starting point for this train and Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM  is the destination point. It leaves at 16:10 and reaches at 17:00 +1 night. 1588 kms of distance is travelled in 24 h 50 min.This train is scheduled only on Tuesdays.Prices are Rs.234 for general class, Rs.450 for SL class, Rs.1208 for 3A class, Rs.1654 for 2A class.

2629 is a train number also for Karnataka Sampark Kranti Express. It travels a distance of 1588 kms in the duration of 25 h 30 min. It goes off the Pune Junction/PUNE  at 07:55 and reaches the destination of Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM by 09:25 +1 night. This train leaves on  Wednesday, Friday,.They charge Rs.234 for general class, Rs.450 for SL class, Rs.1208 for 3A class, Rs.1654 for 2A class, Rs. 2795 for 1A class.

Name of 2779 train number is Goa Express. It starts at 04:15 in Pune Junction/PUNE  and reaches the destination of Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM  at 06:10 +1 night. It covers a distance of 1588 kms within 25 h 55 min. It runs regularly.Ticket expenses for this train is Rs.234 for general class, Rs.450 for SL class, Rs.1208 for 3A class, Rs.1654 for 2A class.

7305 relates to Link Express which starts at 04:15 in Pune Junction/PUNE  and reaches the destination point of Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM  at 06:10 +1 night. It takes 25 h 55 min to complete the travelling of 1589 kms. This is available for daily departure and daily arrival.Fare for the travel is Rs.234 for general class, Rs.450 for SL class, Rs.1654 for 2A class.

0477 specifies Pune Nizamuddin Summer Special. It starts at 14:10 at Pune Junction/PUNE  and reaches Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM  at 16:40 +1 night. It consumes 26 h 30 min of time for travelling a distance of 1589 kms.Only on Fridays, this train is available.Ticket expenses for this train is Rs.234 for general class, Rs.450 for SL class, Rs.1208 for 3A class, Rs.1654 for 2A class, Rs.2795 for 1A class.

Jhelum Express is indicated by 1077 train number. It consumes 27 h 25 min of time for covering a distance of 1596 kms.  The departure timing at Pune Junction/PUNE  is 17:20 and arrival at New Delhi/NDLS  is 20:45 +1 night. It has daily departures and daily arrivals.Cost of the tickets is Rs.234 for general class, Rs.430 for SL class, Rs.1178 for 3A class, Rs.1624 for 2A class, .
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Places to visit at Shirdi, that have close association with Sai Baba

Places to visit at Shirdi,  that have close association with Sai Baba

Important places to be visited

Baba left this world physically on 15th October 1918.  The temple is the place Samaadhi of Baba.  People from the four corners of the world come here to have a darshan of Baba.  Daily rituals like puja, abhishekam and Aarthi for four times are performed here.  Baba’s paadukalu are place in the south of this temple.  Apart from the temple there are many places to be visited.

Gurusthaanam

Gurusthaanam is the place devotees long to visit after the famous  Samaadhi Temple and Dwarakamai.  Baba was seen first time in Shirdi as a small Muslim boy of 16 years under this Neem tree.  Baba used to meditate under this tree.  He used to call this place as ‘Gurusthaanam’.   Baba used to say that he did penance in the house which is under the neem tree along with his Guru.

Dwarakamai

This is the mosque where Baba lived for 60 years in Shirdi.  This is very near to the temple.  Dhuni which was lit by Baba is still burning at Dwarakamai.  Ash from this Dhuni is given to the devotees.

Chavadi

Baba used to sleep in this chavadi every alternate day for the last ten years of his life.  The practice of performing Kakada Aarthi and Shej Aarthi has started here.  Afternoon Aarthi and Dhoop Aarthi were sung at Dwarakamai.  Every Thursday Baba’s photo, Satkaa and Paadukalu are kept in a palanquin and taken to Chavadi from Dwarakamai.  Even today women are not allowed in to  this Chavadi where Baba used to sleep.

Lendi Vanam

This is the garden where Baba used to go for a walk.  Once upon a time this was a big garden.  Lendi stream was passing near the garden.  So this got the name Lendi Bagh.  There are many trees here which were grown by Baba.  Baba used to water these plants personally.  Flowers from these garden are used for Baba’s daily rituals and for decorating the temple.  The peepal tree, the Nanda deepam under this tree, the samaadhi of Baba’s favorite horse, Budkhi baawi , the temple of Dattatreya and many more which are mentioned in the book Guru Charithra can be seen at Lendi Vanam.

Sai Museum

Hand mill used by Baba, Satka, Huqqa pipes, paadukalu, stone on which Baba used to sit, his clothes, blanket, a copper container Baba used to take bath , gifts he received, a throne gifted by devotees and a chariot (Baba never used these two) and many more belongings of Baba are displayed here.  Must visit for all the devotees.

Khandoba temple

A devotee Mahalsapathi has called Baba,  ‘Sai’ for the first time.  He used to worship God Khandoba.  Baba used to give most of the gifts and money he received for the maintenance of this temple.  Even now the successors of Mahalsapathi perform rituals in this temple.

Apart from these places the Maruthi temple which Baba used to visit daily, Sathewada, Cottage of a Muslim devotee who used to read Quran sitting at the feet of Baba, House of Taatyaa who used to call Baba as uncle, Samaadhi of Lakshmibai shinde who received nine coins from Baba are some important places.  The samaadhi of Baahukumbhaar who used to give earthern pots to Baba to water the plants at Lendi Vanam, the house of Mahalsapathi are some more important places. Devotees say that every inch of Shirdi is worth seeing.

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

Train Timings and schedules, Train Ticket Fare, Distance from Mumbai to New Delhi | Fastest train from Mumbai to New Delhi

Passengers can choose from 24 trains to travel from Mumbai Central/BCT  to New Delhi/NDLS.
Name of 2951 train number is Mumbai Rajdhani Express. It starts at Mumbai Central/BCT  at 15 h 50 min and reaches New Delhi/NDLS  at 08:30 +1 night. It covers a distance of 1384 km in 15 h 50 min. It has daily departures and daily arrivals.Rs.1495 for 3A class, Rs.1975 for 2A class, Rs.3305 for 1A class,  are charged.It is the fastest train from Mumbai to New Delhi.

2953 number corresponds to the Mumbai August Kranti Rajdhani train. Mumbai Central/BCT  is the starting point for this train and Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM  is the destination point. It leaves at 17:40 and reaches at 11:00 +1 night. 1377 kms of distance is travelled in 17 h 20 min. It runs regularly.Fare of this train is Rs.1495 for 3A class, Rs.1975 for 2A class, Rs.3305 for 1A class.

2247 number corresponds to the Bandra Nizamuddin Yuva Express train. Mumbai Bandra Terminus/BDTS  is the starting point for this train and Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM is the destination point. It leaves at 16:55 and reaches at 09:55 +1 night. 1366 kms of distance is travelled in 17 h 0 min.Except Friday the train won’t schedules.Fare for the travel is Rs.552 for Chair car section.

Name of 2909 train number is Bandra Garib Rath Express. It starts at 16:55 in Mumbai Bandra Terminus/BDTS  and reaches the destination of Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM at 10:00 +1 night. It covers a distance of 1366 kms within 17 h 5 min. The operation of 2909 starts on  Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday. Fare for the travel is Rs.552 for Chair car sectionRs. 667 for 3A class.

Name of Trivandrum Rajdhani Express train number is 2431. It starts at Panvel/PNVL  at 18:10 and reaches Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM  at 12:40 +1 night. It covers a distance of 1397 km in 18 h 30 min. The departure days of Trivandrum Rajdhani Express is on  Wednesday, Friday, Saturday. Rs.1540 for 3A class, Rs.2020 for 2A class, Rs.3370 for 1A class,  are charged.

2471 train number corresponds to Swaraj Express. It departs at 07:55 at the Mumbai Bandra Terminus/BDTS and arrives the destination at New Delhi/NDLS  at 04:30 +1 night. Distance travelled by this train is 1373 kms and it reaches its destination in 20 h 35 min. 2471 starts at Mumbai Bandra Terminus/BDTS on  Sunday, Monday, Thursday, Friday,.Prices as below are applicable:  Rs.213 for general class, Rs.414 for SL class, Rs.1109 for 3A class, Rs.1515 for 2A class.

2903 train number corresponds to Golden Temple Mail. It departs at 21:25 at the Mumbai Central/BCT  and arrives the destination at Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM at 18:30 +1 night. Distance travelled by this train is 1377  kms and it reaches its destination in 21 h 5 min. It runs regularly.Tickets costs as follows: Rs.215 for general class, Rs.418 for SL class, Rs.1120 for 3A class, Rs.1532 for 2A class, Rs.2586 for 1A class.

2907 is a train number also for Maharashtra Sampark Kranti Express. It travels a distance of 1366 kms in the duration of 20 h 55 min. It goes off the Mumbai Bandra Terminus/BDTS  at 16:50 and reaches the destination of Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM  by 13:45 +1 night. The departure days of 2907 is on  Sunday, Wednesday,. It costs Rs.213 for general class, Rs.414 for SL class, Rs.1109 for 3A class, Rs.1515 for 2A class.

0905 specifies Bandra Jammu Tawi Summer Special. It starts at 16:55 at Mumbai Bandra Terminus/BDTS and reaches Delhi Safdarjang/DSJ at 13:55 +1 night. It consumes 21 h 0 min of time for travelling a distance of 1370 kms.Only on Mondays, this train is available.Tickets costs as follows: Rs.213 for general class, Rs.1109 for 3A class, Rs.1515 for 2A class, Rs. 2559 for 1A class.

Name of 0479 train number is Madgaon Nizamuddin Special. It starts at 22:50 in Panvel/PNVL and reaches the destination of Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM at 19:30 +1 night. It covers a distance of 1397 kms within 20 h 40 min. The departure days of 0479 is on  Monday, Friday,. Cost of the tickets is Rs.215 for general class, Rs.418 for SL class, Rs.1120 for 3A class, Rs.1532 for 2A class.

Goa Sampark Kranti Express has the train number of 2449. It arrives the destination point of Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM  at 16:50 +1 night by leaving the departure point of Panvel/PNVL at 19:38. It travels a distance of 1397 kms within 21 h 12 min. It starts from boarding point on  Tuesday, Wednesday,. Fare for travelling in this train is Rs.215 for general class, Rs.418 for SL class, Rs.1120 for 3A class, Rs.1532 for 2A class, Rs.2586 for 1A class.

2925 represents Paschim Express. This train departs at Mumbai Bandra Terminus/BDTS  at 11:35 and reports an arrival at 10:55 +1 night at New Delhi/NDLS . 23 h 20 min are required for it to travel 1373 kms of distance. It has daily departures and daily arrivals.Fare of this train is Rs.213 for general class, Rs.414 for SL class, Rs.1109 for 3A class, Rs.1515 for 2A class, Rs.2559 for 1A class.

Paschim Express Slip train number corresponds to 2925-Slip. It departs at 11:35 at the Mumbai Bandra Terminus/BDTS and arrives the destination at New Delhi/NDLS  at 10:55 +1 night. Distance travelled by this train is 1373 kms and it reaches its destination in 23 h 20 min. It has daily departures and daily arrivals.Tickets costs as follows: Rs.213 for general class, Rs.414 for SL class, Rs.1109 for 3A class, Rs.1515 for 2A class, Rs.2559 for 1A class.

Name of 2216A train number is Bandra Delhi Sarai Rohilla GaribRath Special. It starts at Mumbai Bandra Terminus/BDTS  at 12:55 and reaches Delhi Sarai Rohilla/DEE at 12:10 +1 night. It covers a distance of 1431 km in 23 h 15 min.Only on Wednesdays, this train is available.Fare for travelling in this train is Rs.219 for general class, Rs.560 for Chair car sectionRs.670 for 3A class.

Name of 2216 train number is Bandra Delhi Sarai Rohilla Garib Rath. It starts at Mumbai Bandra Terminus/BDTS  at 12:55 and reaches Delhi Sarai Rohilla/DEE at 12:10 +1 night. It covers a distance of 1431 km in 23 h 15 min. It has departures on  Sunday, Tuesday, Friday,.Prices as below are applicable:  Rs.560 for Chair car sectionRs.670 for 3A class.

2287 specifies Dehradun Express. It starts at 11:00 at Panvel/PNVL  and reaches Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM at 10:40 +1 night. It consumes 23 h 40 min of time for travelling a distance of 1397 kms.Except Saturday the train won’t schedules.Cost of the tickets is Rs.215 for general class, Rs.418 for SL class, Rs.1120 for 3A class .

2483 specifies Kochuveli Amritsar Express. It starts at 11:00 at Panvel/PNVL and reaches New Delhi/NDLS  at 11:05 +1 night. It consumes 24 h 5 min of time for travelling a distance of 1404 kms. The departure days of 2483 is on  Thursday,. Tickets costs as follows: Rs.218 for general class, Rs.422 for SL class, Rs.1131 for 3A class, Rs.1547 for 2A class.

2217,2653 train number also indicates Kerala Sampark Kranti Express. It leaves Panvel/PNVL  at 11:00 and reaches New Delhi/NDLS  at 11:05 +1 night within duration of 24 h 5 min travelling a distance of 1404 kms.Except Sunday the train won’t schedules.Prices are Rs.218 for general class, Rs.422 for SL class, Rs.1131 for 3A class, Rs.1547 for 2A class, Rs.2611 for 1A class.

Name of 2617 train number is Mangala Lakshadweep Express. It starts at Panvel/PNVL  at 13:00 and reaches Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM  at 13:10 +1 night. It covers a distance of 1520 km in 24 h 10 min. It has daily departures and daily arrivals.Prices as below are applicable:  Rs.227 for general class, Rs.438 for SL class, Rs.1175 for 3A class, Rs.1607 for 2A class.

Punjab Mail train has number of number of 2137. It starts at 19:40 in Mumbai CST/CSTM  and reaches New Delhi/NDLS  at 21:15 +1 night. Within 25 h 35 min it travels a distance of 1544 kms. It runs regularly.Tickets costs as follows: 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.

1057 relates to Amritsar Express which starts at New Delhi/NDLS  in Mumbai Dadar Central/DR  and reaches the destination point of New Delhi/NDLS  at 23:45. It takes 28 h 25 min to complete the travelling of 04:10 +2 nights kms. It runs seven days a week. Cost of the tickets is Rs.229 for general class, Rs.422 for SL class, Rs.1157 for 3A class, Rs.1593 for 2A class.

9023 train number makes up for the Firozpur Janata Express. It makes it departure at 07:25 in Mumbai Central/BCT  and makes it to reach the destination at 12:45 +1 night in New Delhi/NDLS . It takes 29 h 20 min to pass the distance of 1384 kms. It runs regularly.Fare for travelling in this train is Rs.215 for general class, Rs.398 for SL class.

0113 represents Mumbai Haridwar Summer Special. This train departs at Mumbai Lokmanya Tilak Terminus/LTT at 28 h 40 min and reports an arrival at 12:35 +1 night at Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM . 28 h 40 min are required for it to travel 1521 kms of distance.Only on Tuesdays, this train is available.They charge Rs.227 for general class, Rs.418 for SL class, Rs.1145 for 3A class, Rs.1577 for 2A class.

Dehradun Express is indicated by 9019 train number. It consumes 29 h 40 min of time for covering a distance of 1366 kms.  The departure timing at Mumbai Bandra Terminus/BDTS  is 23:35 and arrival at Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM is 05:15 +2 nights. This is available for daily departure and daily arrival.Prices are Rs.213 for general class, Rs.373 for SL class, .
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