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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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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Bandhavgarh, Kanha National Park….. Driving directions and route map to Bandhavgarh National Park and Kanha National Park from Jabalpur, MP, India

Bandhavgarh, Kanha National Park….. Driving directions and route map to Bandhavgarh National Park and Kanha National Park from Jabalpur, MP, India
Bandhavgarh, Kanha National Park

These are the most beautiful reserve forests situated in India.  Bandhavgarh  National Park is famous for tigers.  Elephant Safari facility is available here.  Kanha Park is the stage for many researches and preservation programs.  Many endangered species are also being preserved here.

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Driving directions and route map to Kanha National Park from Jabalpur, MP, India:

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