What to see in and around Aurangabad | Road (Route) map to Aurangabad from Shirdi

What to see in and around Aurangabad | Road (Route) map to Aurangabad from Shirdi

Aurangabad is the city which is formed based on the name of the king Aurangzeb who is the last of the Mughal Emperors. There are no special places to be visited in this place but the Aurangabad is the way to reach the famous tourist spots, Ajanta and Ellora caves. The Ellora caves are 32km away from Aurangabad. The Daulatabad fort is at the route of Ellora. The Ghrushneshwar temple which is one among the Dwadasa Jyotirlingas is at the second side of the Ellora caves. The Ajanta caves are 105km away from the East of the Aurangabad. There is the construction of Bibika- Macbara which is at one end of the Aurangabad, which is built by the son of Aurangzeb in the memorial of the wife of Aurangzeb. It appears same like that of the Taj Mahal which is in Agra but it is not as big as of the original Taj and also not as beautiful as Taj.

The Panchakki place is on the other end of Aurangabad. There is a story that one orphan old man had made a permanent living in this place by taking care of the orphan children and used to take care of them. As the children cannot do the heavy works he used to place the small utensils which are useful in cooking like grinding stones of flour mill and other heavy utensils which are useful in the process of cooking. He also made arrangements to get the water from the pipes from the water project which is near to the Aurangabad. He used the force of that water to work as the power supplier for those five utensils and made use of those utensils. By this arrangement, the children used to cook the food very easily without any hard work. The place where those five utensils are there is called as Panchakki. The tomb of that old orphan is in that surrounding only. Just one km away Aurangabad, there are Ellora like caves but the complete area has become like a forest and it is not possible to reach that place.

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Khandala near Lonavalaa is one f the best summer tourist place in Maharashtra | Driving Directions and Route map from PUNE to KHANDALA

Khandala near Lonavalaa is one f the best summer tourist place in Maharashtra | Driving Directions and Route map from PUNE to KHANDALA

Khandala

 

Many people go to Mother Nature’s lap to escape from the heat of the Sun in summer.  They return after enjoying the beauty and love of mother earth.  Such tours should be a memorable experience.  They should introduce new beauty to the mind.  One such place is Khandala.

Khandala is situated at a distance of 101kms from Mumbai. Khandala is full of natural beauty with lush greenery and high mountains.  This is in the Sahyadri mountain range in Maharashtra towards the west direction.  This is at an altitude of 625mtrs.  Tourists want to visit this place again and again because of its captivating landscapes.  Khandala is being recognized as a wonderful and beautiful hill station even though it is small.  One cannot see anything else but greenery from this place.  Adventurous people love to go for trekking here.

Just 5kms from Khandala, there is another tourist spot Lonavala.  This is bigger than Khandala.  Tourist should compulsorily visit this place.  Khandala and Lonavala compete with each other in beauty.  There are many lakes around Khandala.  These also attract the tourists.  Deep valleys on one side, high mountains on other side give a special feeling to the tourists. Atmosphere here is cool till May.  There are many historical forts, waterfalls and lakes on the route of Mumbai – Khandala.

Rajmachipark: While going to Lonavala from Mumbai, one can see a beautiful garden and Rajmachi fort.  There is a big valley also here.  A restaurant and a temple are also situated here.  A park is also situated for children.

Kune waterfalls: Water falls from a height of 100 feet.  These waterfalls are situated in the middle of Khandala and Lonavala.  Tourists take bath under these waterfalls.  Karla, Bhaja caves which belong to 2 B.C are also located nearby.  Many interesting places like Tiger’s Leap, Monkey hill, Lohagad, Shivaji Park and Duke’s nose can be visited.  Khandala is well connected with rail and roadways.

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Ooty is one of the best hill stations with tea plantations in India| Road map and Driving directions to Ooty from Coimbatore

Ooty is one of the best hill stations with tea plantations in India| Road map and Driving directions to Ooty from Coimbatore

ooty

Ooty is a famous summer retreat down in South India.  Ooty is full of forests and hills.  So the temperature is less in summers when compared to other places.  The name of the hills there is Nilgiri hills. Ooty is located in the southwest direction. Earlier there used to be rains for more than six months.  So the hills were covered with dense forest.  And so the temperature was also less.  But now, not only in Ooty but on all the hills around, trees are chopped off, and only T-plantations are seen everywhere.  The natural beauty of the Ooty is nowhere to see.  Only the name remains.

But the atmosphere on any hill station is pleasant.  There are no snow mountains in Ooty.  So the temperatures do not fall to minus degrees.  Anybody who can withstand moderate cold can visit Ooty in the winter season.  Because, the natural scenic beauty of Ooty can be enjoyed in winter season only.  So December, January and February are the most suitable months to visit Ooty.  In summer we can only see dried up trees and hills.  In addition to that there is a lot of dust and the rush is also heavy in summer.

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Why should we visit Coorg during March – April? What are the best places for sightseeing in Coorg? | Road (Route) map to Coorg from Mysore

Why should we visit Coorg during March – April? What are the best places for sightseeing in Coorg? | Road (Route) map to Coorg  from Mysore.

If one has to list out the places which are liked by the lovers of nature, then it has a place called Coorg which is there in Karnataka district. This place is situated 3000 Feet above the sea level which has a lot of  beautiful places which one has to see.

Coorg is a very beautiful place (district) in Karnataka.  Its original name is Kodagu which is a Hill place.  The river Kaveri starts its flow from above the Kodagu called Talakaveri and passes through Kodagu. The highest rainfall will be recorded during the months of July and August in this place. One has to see the beauty of River kaveri and other waterfalls during that time which is an excellent experience and view to the eyes of the nature lovers.  During summer the maximum recorded temperature is 28 degrees.   Here the nature will gives a lot of enjoyment to the tourists.  The people who are having busy schedule in their life have to visit this place at least once they will be habituated for visiting this place whenever they wish. One more important specialty of this place is that the composition of oxygen which is available is abundant.

One says that the care of address for Coffee plant is Coorg which produces half of the total cultivation in the state of Karnataka.  During the month of March and April the smell of Coffee crop welcomes and attracts the tourists to visit Coorg.  Coorg is surrounded with a lot of beautiful places and there is no count as per as resorts are concerned.  One temple which every one has to visit is Bhagamandla which explains the Construction style of Kerala.    Another important temple is Omkareshwara temple which has around 200 years of history which is in the Islamic and Gothic construction style.

This is a very attractive mountain place to the people who climbs the mountains with the height of 1745 meters.  This is available at a distance of 8 Kilometers from Kakkabe.  In this place there is a rest house which is constructed in the year 1972 by Dodha Veera Rajendra on the name of Nalknad Palace which is currently under the maintenance of Karnataka state tourism department.  An attractive scene from this palace is that one can see the Arabian Ocean which is far-off from this palace.  There is a temple called Padi Igutappa which is few kilometers away from this palace.  The people who belong to Coorg will visit this temple mostly.  There are another two mountains called Brahmachari and Pushpagiri which attracts the Mountain Rangers.  The tourists can see the buildings constructed by British which are nearby Coorg.  British people enjoyed a lot of beauty in this place. The reasons which most of the tourists are getting attracted to this place is due to the   Excellent Nature, Beautiful Waterfalls, Thick Coffee estates and lot many temples.

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Rainy season and other seasons at Cherrapunji

Rainy season and other seasons at Cherrapunji

Rainy season and other seasons at Cherrapunji

March to October is the rainy season in Cherrapunji.  June and July receive the highest rainfall.  Half of the annual average rain is receiving in these two months.  On 16th June, 1995 Cherrapunji received a rainfall of 1563mm.  Chirrpunji receives 12,000 mm rain annually but in 1974, the average rain fall recorded was 24,555 mm.  No place in the world received so much rainfall in all these years.

April and May receive rain with thunders.  But this rain does not continue for the whole day.  But because of the selfishness and business mind of the human beings the rainfall has been decreasing year by year.  Nearby Mawsynram now holds the highest rainfall receiving record.  But the local people do not agree with this.  Because, rain is part of their life.  Raincoats, shoes were daily necessities for them till some years ago.  Till 10 years back, daily rain was received in the rainy season.  But now Cherrapunji do not receive rain for 5, 6 days in rainy season.  Local people are very proud of the hills, valleys, caves, plateaus, waterfall and Orchids and do not like to be compared with a remote area like Mawsynram.

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Lonavala and Khandala are the two famous hill stations near Mumbai | Karla caves, Tiger point, Rye wood park, Dukes nose are the interesting sites in Lonavala

Lonavala and Khandala are the two famous hill stations near Mumbai | Karla caves, Tiger point, Rye wood park, Dukes nose are the interesting sites in Lonavala

Lonavala is a combination of two words ‘Len’ and ‘Avali’. Len means place of rest and avail means series.  This famous hill station is bustles with activity not only in summer but all through the year.  Tourists throng this place for two reasons – one is that this hill station is very near to Mumbai city and the second and important reason is the picturesque nature is very pleasant.  Journey to Lonavala takes one and half hour from Mumbai by car.  Distance between Mumbai and Lonavala is 90 kames.  From Pune, Lonavala is about 64 kames distance and take only one hour.  There is no air plane facility to Lonavala.  Road way is the most convenient to reach this place.  Since it is a high way journey will be very smooth.  Roads resemble the roads in America.  There are 4 caves in the middle of the route.  Lonavala looks like a small village from a distance.  Temperature is very low at Lonavala since this is situated at a height of 600mtrs above sea level.  Hills around look like as if they are touching the skies.  Nature around is so beautiful that it looks a beautiful poem from an imaginative poet.  There are many resorts here.  There would be no problem for food.  Restaurants here offer many dishes from various countries and many fruits can also be tasted here.

Many interesting facts

Lonovala was in the kingdom of Yadavas before.  It then came under Mughals.  War heroes of Lonavala played an important role in the ruling of Peshwas of Martha.  Lonavala and Khandala were first found out by Lord Elphinstone in 1871.  He was the Governor of Bombay Residency.

Rajmanchi Park: This is the first place tourists prefer to visit.  There is a big valley beside this park.  Rajamachi fort can be seen in the east of this park.  Visitors eagerly wait for the sunset.   Sun sets scattering colourful lights around.   Another interesting place is the tiger point.  This place looks like a leaping tiger and hence the name for this place.  Bushi dam can be seen from this point.  Aamby valley city, INN and Shivaji are the other important places.

Carl caves are situated very near to Lonovala.  These are 2,300 years old and were built by Buddhists.  Many statues welcome the tourists into this cave.  All the stone pillars have sculptures on them.  There is spacious hall in the caves.  This was used as a meeting hall by Buddhist monks.  Atmosphere in the caves is very cool. Ekavira Devi temple is also situated here.  Tourists will have to climb 150 steps to reach the temple.  Nature from this place looks breathtakingly beautiful.

Rye wood is a beautiful park situated very near to Lonavala.  Park is beautiful with green blanket of grass.  An ancient temple dedicated to Lord Mahadeva can be visited in this park.  Mister Rye a British stayed in this park for sometime earlier.  He liked this place very much.  The park was named after him.  ‘Rai’ in Marathi means dense forest.  These are the two reasons for naming this park Rye wood.

There is another place in the valleys in this region which is named after another British Dukes Willington. That place is Duke’s nose.  Duke first saw the place in the valley which looks like a nose.  This is also a must visit place.

‘Kune’ waterfall is situated on the way to Khandala from Lonavala.  Water falls down from a height of 100kms.

Khandala

Khandala is situated very near to Lonovala.  A big valley separates the two places.  Tourists who come to Lonavala compulsorily visit Khandala.  This is also a good hill station.  This is at a height of 622 kms above sea level.  Tourists from all over the country visit this place.  Khandala is also a beautiful place with deep valleys hills and green forests.  Main attraction of Khandala is the Shooting Point.  Tourists can view nature from here to their heart’s content.  Khandala is always busy with film shootings.  Few famous actors of Bollywood and industrialists from Mumbai have their own guest houses here.  They come here on every weekend.  So on Saturdays and Sundays traffic increases and roads become crowded with cars.  Many people shift their stay to this place in the two months of summer.

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