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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Kashmir reminds of apples, Himalayas, boat houses and beautiful people | Dal Lake in Kashmir is like a town on water with houses, markets and lotus gardens

Kashmir reminds of apples, Himalayas, boat houses and beautiful people | Dal Lake in Kashmir is like a town on water with houses, markets and lotus gardens

Kashmir looks like a beautiful painting created by God.  Kashmir flourishes with Himalaya mountains, green hills and flat stretch of land.  There are many apple, pine, chinar and Deodar trees.  Jhelum, Tawi and Chenab rivers flow in Kashmir.

Vaishnodevi temple is situated in Himalaya Mountains.  Tourists have to obtain a permission letter from security forces to visit the temple.  Leather and electronic goods are not allowed.  Travelling on horse backs on the steep hills is a scary experience.  Devotees even walk on foot shouting ‘Jai matadi’.  Dry fruits are sold everywhere. Journey to the temple will be a pleasant journey.

Security checking is conducted all through the journey.  Pilgrimage to Vaishnodevi is not complete without Visiting Bhairavanath temple.  Devotees can reach Bhairavanath temple travelling on the horse back.  There are deep valleys beside the roads and tourists who are new to this journey will get scared when the horses run on the hill steps.

Journey to Kashmir can begin from Katra.  Patny Top is situated at a distance from Katra.  River Tawi flows in the valleys near Patny Top.  Baglihar dam is built on River Chenab at Badaat.  Nehru tunnel is also situated on this route which is 2,577 mtrs.  Crossing Nehru tunnel means entering Kashmir.  Two and half hours journey in the tunnel is a memorable experience.

Roads of Kashmir are full of Military vehicles.  Military camps can be seen on the hills around.  Soldiers guard Kashmir with alertness.  Vehicles of tourists are also checked.

Pilgrimage to Amarnath starts from Shiva Temple at Pahalgaon.  This is said to be the place where Lord Shiva left his Nandi while going to Amarnath caves.    This place was called Bhairavagaon earlier and became Pahalgaon now.  Beauty of nature cannot be described in words.

Dal lake

Pampore is famous for saffron flowers.  Tourists can reach Srinagar via Pampore.  Dal Lake can be seen while travelling to Srinagar.  There will be many boat houses in Dal lake ready to welcome the tourists.  Nishanth and Shalimar gardens are other interesting places.

Jahangir hotel is a famous hotel at Srinagar.  This hotel is built in wood.  Curtains, blankets used in the hotel are an example of the hand work of Kashmiris.  Chinar leaves designs can be seen on almost everything.  Chinar trees are the providers of oxygen to these people.  So they do not spare the persons who pluck even a single leaf of Chinar.

Nishanth gardens are another interesting tourist place in Srinagar.  It has Himalayan Mountains in the back ground and is located in the middle of Dal Lake.  Shalimar gardens were built by Jahangir for his wife Noorjahan.  This garden is built in   storey and has rock fountains from this end to that end.  Small rest rooms are built here and there.  A palace is also built at the end of the garden.  This palace was used as a summer retreat.

Boats used on Dal Lake are made with Pine wood.  The wood is soaked in water for 7 – 8 years and boats are made with that wood.  Each boat cost above Rs.3 crores. Therefore the rents of these boats are also high.  These boats have hall, bed room, kitchen and garden.  Foreign tourists mostly stay in these boat houses.  This lake looks like a town on water.  Markets, houses, hospitals and lotus gardens can be seen in the lake.  Every boat house will have small boats tied in the front of them.  A fort is seen on a hill from Dal Lake.  That fort belongs to King Harisingh, last ruler of Kashmir.  Presently this fort is called Akbar Fort.

Sankaracharya temple is built on a hill near the lake at a height of 1000 feet.  This temple was believed to be built by Pandavas and was renovated by Sankaracharya.  There is a 3 to 4 feet shivalingam in the temple.

Gulmarg is situated in Baramullah district and is at a height of 9,000kms from sea level.  Apple gardens, mountains and streams can be seen all through the journey.  After travelling for three hours, a vast grass land can be seen having Himalayas as its back ground.  This ground changes into scating ground in winter and in other seasons it is used as a polo ground.

Small yellow colour flowers can be seen in large numbers.  Fruit bushes bearing yellow colour fruits are available here and it is said that bears eat the dry fruits of these flowers and go into hibernations during winter.  Twenty years back Kashmir was different with cinema shooting and national and international tourists.  Local people say that Pakisthan wants the pine trees grown in this area and pakisthan’s fight is not for Kashmiris but for the Pine tree because they are very expensive.  Terrorists used to come to the people of this area at mid night asking for dinner.  Security forces used to punish those who provide food to terrorists.  Presently situation in Kashmir is under control as the Indian government could able to control terrorism and tourists are visiting Kashmir though in small numbers.  People of Kashmir depend mostly on tourists for their livelihood.

There are also some people in Kashmir who support Pakisthan.  Kashmir is like a rose flower surrounded by thorns called terrorism.

Tourists can visit Punjab after Kashmir.  As every Indian is aware, Jallianwala bagh in Amritsar is a painful incident in Indian history.  Marks of cartridges on the walls remind one of the cruelty of General Dyer.  Golden temple, Wagha border are a must visit places in Punjab.

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Saraswathi Temples in India for Aksharabyasam | Vasantha Pnachami is a festival of Godess Saraswati

Saraswathi Temples in India for Aksharabyasam | Vasantha Pnachami is a festival of Godess Saraswati

The Goddess Saraswathi is been worshipped by all the people in a very sacred way. Her very appearance with the White Sari, Silver Veena in her hands, aksharamala in another hand, the peacock as her throne all these make her look beautiful and sacred. Many historical monuments say that she is the symbol of Non Violence and good education and so on. People used to believe that, by worshipping Goddess Saraswathi on the Vasantha Pnachami one gets knowledge and brain power and good education. There is also a belief that if children are done Aksharabhyasam on that day they get good education and reaches high position in their life. So on that day Special prayers and offerings are been done in all the Saraswathi temples where many devotees visit the temple and offer their prayers to the Goddess. Among those temples the famous are the Basara, Wargal, Kaleswaram in our country, Srungeri in Karnataka, Kutanuru in Tamilnadu and some of the temples in Kashmir.

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Basara

The Basara is one of the famous temple of Goddess Saraswathi in our country. The devotees used to worship the Goddess Saraswathi in the form of Gnana Saraswathi. According to the Hindu mythology, when Vyasa is writing the sacred Bramhanda Puranam he was unable to write about the Shakthi. Thinking how to write about it he sat in the meditation but of no use. Searching for the correct place he reached this place and sat at the shore of the River Godavari and started meditation. Then there appeared the Goddess Saraswathi for a few seconds and knowing that it is the Goddess with his sixth sense. He used to feel that as the sin on the earth is very high the Goddess did not appear in the full form and for that after completing the meditation he used to bring a handful of sand and placed it on the ground daily. After some days that sand turned into the idols of the Goddess Laxmi, Kali and Saraswathi. In order to give life to those idols Goddess Saraswathi appeared before the Vyasa and had preached him the necessary mantras and now she is getting the prayers in the form of Gnana Saraswathi.

There is the temple of Goddess Saraswathi in the area of the Kaleswara temple in Kaleswaram. The devotees worship the Goddess in the form of Maha Saraswathi. In this stream there comes another temple called the Prouda Saraswathi in Kashmir. The Goddess used to appear before the Sandilya who is the son of Matanga Maha Muni in the place called Saradavanam of West Kashmir. There the Goddess Saraswathi is in the form of Hamsa Vahini. In the recent days another temple which is built in our country is in Wargal of Medak District. The construction of this temple completed in the year 1980 and from then onwards the Goddess is been worshipped in the form of Vidya Saraswathi.

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Karnataka Tamilnadu…

Next comes the Srungeri Vidya Peeth which is very famous for the Goddess Saraswathi next to our country and it is in the Karnataka district. The great personality Adi Shankaracharya used to see the wonder that a snake is been giving shelter to the frog which is suffering from the labor pains. Then he became very anxious and decided to construct a Peetham in that place. That is called as the Srungeri Peetham. There the Goddess Saraswathi is been made with the sandal wood and later on the idol is changed to the gold by the next predecessor Vidyaranyulu. Besides Andhra and Karnataka there is also another temple in Tamilnadu called Kotunuru. The devotees believe that the Goddess is in the different forms of Aadi Parashakti in Calcutta, Sree Mahalaxmi in Maharashtra and Saraswathi in this place. The goddess is been seated on a white lotus flower and had a symbol in one hand and the remaining three hands consists of the Aksharamala, Talapatra Grandham, Amruta Kalasam. It is a well known habit that those who wish to learn music place the instruments before the Goddess and start their learning. Special prayers are been done every year on the eve of Vijayadasami.

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6 Famous Saraswati Temples in India – Basara, Wargal, Kaleswaram in Andhra Pradesh, Srungeri in Karnataka, Kuthanur in Tamilnadu and in Kashmir(POK)

6 Famous Saraswati Temples in India -Basara, Wargal, Kaleswaram in Andhra Pradesh, Srungeri in Karnataka, Kuthanur in Tamilnadu and in Kashmir(POK)

The Goddess Saraswathi is been worshipped by all the people in a very sacred way. Goddess Saraswathi very appearance with the White Sari, Silver Veena in her hands, Aksharamala in another hand, the peacock as her throne all these make her look beautiful and sacred. Many historical monuments say that she is the symbol of Non Violence and good education and so on. People used to believe that, by worshipping Goddess Saraswathi on the Vasantha Pnachami one gets knowledge and brain power and good education. There is also a belief that if children are done Aksharabhyasam on that day they get good education and reaches high position in their life. So on that day Special prayers and offerings are been done in all the Saraswathi temples where many devotees visit the temple and offer their prayers to the Goddess. Among those temples the famous are the Basara, Wargal, Kaleswaram in Andhra Pradesh, Srungeri in Karnataka, Kuthanur in Tamilnadu and in Kashmir(POK).

Gnana Saraswathi in Basara

Gnana Saraswathi in Basara

The Basara is one of the famous temple of Goddess Saraswathi in our country. The devotees used to worship the Goddess Saraswathi in the form of Gnana Saraswathi. According to the Hindu mythology, when Vyasa is writing the sacred Bramhanda Puranam he was unable to write about the Shakthi. Thinking how to write about it he sat in the meditation but of no use. Searching for the correct place he reached this place and sat at the shore of the River Godavari and started meditation. Then there appeared the Goddess Saraswathi for a few seconds and knowing that it is the Goddess with his sixth sense. He used to feel that as the sin on the earth is very high the Goddess did not appear in the full form and for that after completing the meditation he used to bring a handful of sand and placed it on the ground daily. After some days that sand turned into the idols of the Goddess Laxmi, Kali and Saraswathi. In order to give life to those idols Goddess Saraswathi appeared before the Vyasa and had preached him the necessary mantras and now she is getting the prayers in the form of Gnana Saraswathi.
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Maha Saraswathi in Kaleswaram: There is the temple of Goddess Saraswathi in the area of the Kaleswara temple in Kaleswaram. The devotees worship the Goddess in the form of Maha Saraswathi.

Prouda Saraswathi in Kashmir (POK): In this stream there comes another temple called the Prouda Saraswathi in Kashmir. The Goddess used to appear before the Shandilya who is the son of Matanga Maha Muni in the place called Saradavanam of West Kashmir.

Vidya Saraswathi in Wargal: There the Goddess Saraswathi is in the form of Hamsa Vahini. In the recent days another temple which is built in our country is in Wargal of Medak District. The construction of this temple completed in the year 1980 and from then onwards the Goddess is been worshipped in the form of Vidya Saraswathi.

Sarada Devi in Sringeri: Next comes the Sringeri Vidya Peeth which is very famous for the Goddess Saraswathi and it is in the Karnataka district. The great personality Adi Shankaracharya used to see the wonder that a snake is been giving shelter to the frog which is suffering from the labor pains. Then he became very anxious and decided to construct a Peetham in that place. That is called as the Srungeri Peetham. There the Goddess Saraswathi is been made with the sandal wood and later on the idol is changed to the gold by the next predecessor Vidyaranyulu.

Saraswati in Kuthanur: Besides Andhra and Karnataka there is also another temple in Tamilnadu called Kuthanur. The devotees believe that the Goddess the incarnations of Aadi Parashakti in Calcutta, is formed as Sree Mahalaxmi in Maharashtra and as Saraswathi in this place. The goddess is been seated on a white lotus flower and had a symbol in one hand and the remaining three hands consists of the Aksharamala, Talapatra Grandham, Amruta Kalasam. It is a well known habit that those who wish to learn music place the instruments before the Goddess and start their learning. Special prayers are been done every year on the eve of Vijayadasami.

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