Tourist attractions in Madhya Pradesh | Route (road) maps to Khajuraho, Bhimbetka, Bandhavgarh National Park and Kanha National Parks, Gwalior Fort, Amarkantak

Tourist attractions in Madhya Pradesh | Route (road) maps to Khajuraho, Bhimbetka, Bandhavgarh National Park and Kanha National Parks, Gwalior Fort, Amarkantak

Khajuraho, Bhimbetka, Bandhavgarh National Park and Kanha National Parks, Gwalior Fort, AmarkantakMadhya Pradesh is between five states which surround it like flower petals.  It is flourishing with dense forests and looks like a birth place of Mother Nature.  Innocent tribals are another ornament for this state. Highest forest land in India is located in this state.  Naturally, this beautiful state is attracting many tourists.

Madhya Pradesh is often called the heart of India. Many beautiful, historic places, animal reserve forests, rivers, lakes and mountains captivate the tourists.  Each of these are unique by themselves.

Khajuraho

Bhimbetka

Bandhavgarh National Park and Kanha National Parks

Gwalior Fort

Amarkantak

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Gwalior offers many places of historical importance to the tourists (From temples to palaces and Museums) | Road map and driving directions from Agra to Gwalior

Gwalior offers many places of historical importance to the tourists (From temples to palaces and Museums) | Road map and driving directions from Agra to Gwalior

Man mandir Palace

People who want to visit some different places other than temples, pilgrim centres should visit Gwalior once.  Some of the palaces in Gwalior are the evidences for history of Gwalior. The wealth of queens, love story of Mrignayani, Brutality of Aurangazeb, sweet notes of Tansen and the grandeur of Rajputs are some of the notable features of Gwalior.  The most interesting places of in and around Gwalior are

  1. Gwalior Fort
  2. Gujari Mahal
  3. Man Mandir Palace
  4. Jai Vilas Palace
  5. Surajkund lake

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Interesting tourist attractions in Pondicherry (Puducherry) | How to reach Pondicherry

Interesting tourist attractions in Pondicherry (Puducherry) | How to reach Pondicherry

Pondicherry
Puducherry is a Union Territory which has links with the origins of three states.  National and International tourists visit this place throughout the year. This place was under French rule for a long time.  So the structures and culture has the flavor of French.  Of all the places, the Ashram established by Aurobinbo Ghosh has much importance.  Tourists visit this place compulsorily.  Other attractions are the beautiful beaches, French architecture and the nearby Tiruvannamalai. Generally the weather is very hot here. Tourists get the feeling that they are on a foreign land.  People from 35 countries can be seen here.  Peaceful life style of the people is fascinating.

Aurobindo Ashram
This was established in the year 1920.  Aurobindo Ghosh was a great poet and a philosopher.  This is a perfect center for meditation.  This Ashram has 1200 members including 400 students.  The Ashram is running various small scale industries for the benefit of these members.  The surroundings of the Ashram are pleasant and peaceful.  Visitors are allowed in to the Ashram at fixed times daily.  Every year International Yoga Festival is held here.  People who follow Aurobindo Ghosh participate in this festival in more numbers.

Ancient treasure
Another important building in Puducherry is Pondicherry Museum.  Many ancient valuable things can be seen here.  There is special French division in this museum.  This helps the visitors to know about the French culture.  Many things used by the French rulers are preserved here.  Many snail shells are also been exhibited in this museum.

Beautiful sea shore
Promenade beach is situated in the north side of Puducherry.  One and a half kilometer length sea shore is very convenient for the visitors to enjoy.  This is the most famous beach in India.  Bike riding facilities are provided here.  Tourists can also see the statue of Mahatma Gandhi and other beautiful constructions.

Auroville
Aroville town is situated at a distance of 10kms from Puducherry.  Total number of people in this town is 2170 till the end of April, 2010.  Speciality about this town is that all the residents here are foreigners.  They belong to 35 different countries.  This town is specially designed for foreigners.  This was formulated by Mataji Mirra Alfasa in 1930 and was designed by Roger Anger.  This proposal was sent to the Government by Sri Aurobindo Society and they approved it. Then it was sent to the UNESCO General Assembly.  The proposal got the approval from them also.  This town was built to accommodate 50,000 foreigners.  This was built as a symbol for the unity of people of the world.  ‘Matri Mandir’, a prayer hall is built in the middle of the town.  The shape of this prayer hall is unique.

How to reach Pondicherry from Chennai
Chennai city is at a distance of 135kms from here.  Buses are available from Chennai to Puducherry.  While going by train one has to get down at Villupuram station.

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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.

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Puducherry is the house for foreigners from 35 countries

Puducherry is the house for foreigners from 35 countries | Beaches, churches and French architecture greets the visitors at Puducherry
Puducherry
Puducherry is a union territory that has its route connected to three states.  National as well as international tourists visit Puducherry in large numbers all through the year.  This place was under French rule for a long time and so their influence can be seen in the constructions and traditions of people of Puducherry.

An Ashram established by Arabindo Ghosh is a very important place in Puducherry.  Tourists visit this ashram compulsorily.  French architecture, beautiful beaches and the nearby Tiruvannamalai attract the tourists.  Generally the climate here is hot.

Arabindo Ashram

Arabindo Ghosh established this ashram in 1920.  He was a great poet and a philosopher. This is a good place for meditation.  There are 400 students and 1200 members in this ashram.  Ashram is conducting many cottage industries for the benefit of these members.  Surroundings of Ashram are very peaceful and pleasant.  Every day visitors are allowed into the ashram at fixed times.  Every year International Yoga Festival is celebrated here in every January.  Followers and devotees of Arabindo Ghosh participate in this festival in large numbers.

Puducherry Museum

Another important place in Puducherry is the museum.  Many ancient artifacts can be seen in this museum.  There is a French division in this museum that helps in knowing the French culture.   Many articles used by the French rulers are kept here.  This museum also houses rare shells.

Beautiful Promanade beach

Promanade beach is in the north side of the town.  One a half kilometer sea shore is very convenient for the tourists for bike riding etc.  There is a statue of Gandhi and many beautiful constructions can also be seen.

Auroville town

Most important tourist spot in Puducherry is the Auroville town situated at a distance of 10 kms from Puducherry.  Population of Auroville town is 2170.  The special feature of this town is that all the citizens of Auroville town are foreigners.  They belong to 35 countries.  This town is specially constructed for foreigners.  This was designed in the year 1930.  Sri Aurobindo Society had sent proposals to central government about this town and it was okayed by the central government and was sent to UNESCO general Assembly.  It was approved there also and the town was built for the foreigners.  Auroville is designed to accommodate at least 50,000 foreigners.

Matri Mandir is located in the center of the town for meditation.  The shape of this construction is very unique.

Places of interest in Puducherry

There is a temple dedicated to Lord Ganesh which has a golden gopuram. 40 different forms of Lord Ganesh can be seen on the walls of this temple.  A church built in 1865 is also a must visit place.  This is very special in the way it was constructed.  Mosque in Mulla street is also very famous.

Travelling for 3 hours from Puducherry takes the visitors to Tiruvannamalai.  Lord Arunachaleshwar is the deity here.  A temple of Murugan is situated at a distance of 50kms from Puducherry.  This temple is located on a hill.  Devotees throng this temple in large numbers during March and April for the Panguni Uthiram festival.

Another temple dedicated to Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva which is built by Mahendra Verma – 1,  a pallava king is situated at Mandagupattu.  The construction style and architecture of this temple is very beautiful and it should be visited at least once.  Chidambaram town is at a distance of 112kms from Puducherry.  Visiting Chidambaram will make the trip a memorable one.

Chennai is situated at a distance of 135kms from Puducherry.  Buses are available from Chennai to Puducherry for every few minutes.  While travelling by train, tourists have to get down at Villupuram station.

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Tourist places in and around of Mysore | Mysore offers many interesting tourists spots to visitors

Tourist places in and around of Mysore | Mysore offers many interesting tourists spots to visitors

Mysore

To visit all the important places in Mysore, tourists must stay at Mysore for at least 2 days.  There are many interesting tourist attractions in and around Mysore.

Famous Chamundeswari temple is located at a distance of 6kms from railway station or bus stand. It is situated on a hill in the out skirts of the town.  Brindavan gardens are at a distance of 28kms.  Capital of Tipu Sultan and historically famous place is at a distance of 18kms from Srirangam.  City buses are available from bus stand or railway station to these places from Mysore.  Maharaja palace and museum are situated in the middle of the town.  City buses are available to these places also.

Chamundeswari temple is situated on a small hill called Chamundi.  There is a fort and a big Nandi statue on the hill. This Nandi occupies third place in the list of biggest Nandi statues in India.  Distance between Chamundeswari temple and the Nandi statue is about 1km.

A building that belongs to Tipu Sultan is situated in a garden in Srirangapatnam. There is also a fort which is in ruins now.  Chennakesawa swamy temple is situated here.

Palace of Mysore kings is situated in the middle of the town.  On the other side there is a museum at a distance of 2 kms. This looks like Salarjung museum at Hyderabad.  But is smaller than Salarjung museum.  There are many interesting things in the museum.  This museum houses many artifacts collected from various countries.  Ivory articles are the special attractions.  Maharaja palace is spread over an area of nearly 200acres.  A circular hall which can accommodate more than 1,000 audiences has to be mentioned specially.

Mysore, designed and developed in the lines of famous cities in foreign countries is an interesting tourist spot. And Mysore offers many tourist attractions to visitors.

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