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.

Most interesting tourist places of Maldives – the world most low lying country | Travel tips for Indian tourists to visit Maldives

Most interesting tourist places of Maldives – the world most low lying country | Travel tips for Indian tourists to visit Maldives

Capital city of Maldives is Male.  It is spread over an area of nearly 3kms length and 2 ½ kms width.  Total population of Maldives is 3 lakhs.  Maldives are a best example of living near the sea.  All these island look like a chain in Indian Ocean.  So these are called Maldives.  Though there are nearly 1190 islands, people live in only 201 islands.  These are called Coral islands.  Only passport is needed to visit Male.  There is no necessity to have a visa.

As there was no place available to construct an airport in Male, it was constructed in another island which is nearby.  Maldives has five more airports but the air port near Male is the international airport.  Time of Maldives is half an hour behind Indian Standard time. Motor boats are available from Airport Island to Male.

Maldives are at a height of 1 ½ kms from the sea level.  If there are any natural calamities like Tsunami these would be the first to disappear.  People of Maldives should be praised for the way they made this place such a comfortable place to live.  Watching Shopping malls, small streets, foot paths, citizens who strictly follow the traffic rules is pleasurable.  Male Island that has one lakh population has thousand of motor cycles and cars.  Language of people of Male is Dhivehi.  Dhivehi sounds like a combination of Tamil, Malayalam and Sinhala languages.  Tourism is the main means of lively hood for Maldivians.  All the people here can swim.  Currency of Maldives is Rufiyaa.

South Indian food is available here.  All the ingredients needed for south Indian cooking are available at some Malayali shops here.  But the prices are a bit high.  Fishes are available in abundance here.  No item is made without using fish.  Drum stick trees, Mango trees and song of cuckoos remind the visitors of Andhra Pradesh.

Special feature of these coral islands are the coral debris around the islands.  These act as a natural barrier against sea.  They protect the island from erosion due to waves.  Maldives has been divided into group of 26 islands.  These are called Atolls.  Each atoll consist 30 – 40 islands.

One of the Atolls in Maldives is ‘Baa’.  An island by name Kuda funafaru has island hotels that offer packages to tourists.  Model of transport in Male is boats.  Ocean looks as a mixture of green and blue colours up to a distance of 1 km into the sea.  After that distance, sea appears in dark blue colour.

Maldivian air taxis are available to travel from one island to another.  These are very small.  Only 20 persons can travel in these air taxis.  Air taxis takeoff and land on water only.  There are many resorts in these islands.  Ferries are used to reach the resorts.  The resort at Kuda funafaru is called ‘Zithali’.  Employees of these resorts receive the guests very well.  These resorts look like a wonderful world with sweet coconut water, green trees, white sands and blue and green sea water.  Tourists are taken to the water bungalows from the reception in Buggies, small motor vehicles.  Water bungalows are constructed on the sea water.  Tourists can enjoy to their hearts content in these islands.  But the food available here is sea food and European cuisine.  Vegetarians will have to satisfy their hunger pangs with fruit juices, bread and cornflakes.

As Maldives are situated at the equator, sun rays fall straight and bright on these islands.  During day time, we cannot directly look at the sand.  Foreign tourists enjoy the sun tanning here.  Many small islands around Male like Hulhumale, Villingili are also can be visited.

Another important island in Maldives is Sun Island.  Foreign tourists visit this island in large numbers.  This is a good picnic spot.  Scuba diving, water skiing facilities are available here.  Thousand of varieties of fish can be seen here.

Sting ray fishes

Stingray point in Sun Island bustles with activity at 9.00pm every day.  Stingray fishes look like lotus leaves.  They have poison at their tail part.  All these fishes reach stingray point in large numbers every day at 9.00pm.  Resort staff feed these fishes with small fishes and meat pieces.  Many other species of fishes also come here.

Another view point on Sun Island is Whale sharks point. Whale sharks appear in groups near Thai restaurant.  Each whale shark is 4 – 6 feet long.  Mouth of these fishes look like shark and the body resembles whale.  Many tourists gather at these view points to watch the fishes.  Whale sharks look  ferocious.

Village tours in Hodka, Gujarath | Beautiful Guest House accommodation and cost at Hodka | Road (Route) map to Hodka from Bhuj

Village tours in Hodka, Gujarath | Beautiful Guest House accommodation and cost at Hodka | Road (Route) map to Hodka from Bhuj

There are a number of tourist places in our country as we all know well about it. But have you heard of the tourism that is showering the love and affection…? Then one has to know about the tourist project that is been conducted by the Hodka people of Gujarat voluntarily. The details are as follows…

Hodka is a small village which is 60 km far away from the Bhuj. The people of this area had started a tourist project with the help of the Hunnar Shala Foundation Trust which is a voluntary organization. According to the project, they built a small guest houses with round walls which is covered with the grass and leaves.

The atmosphere itself is very excited and makes the people to feel as if they are in their own house and have been taken to some different world which is pleasant and cool. The specialty of the place is even the floor is been decorated in such a way that they carved designs on the floor which looks beautiful. In the same way, the surroundings are been covered with the greenery which gives pleasant mood and happiness as soon as we enter the area.

The crafting inside the rooms makes the people to become mesmerized and amazed and the village people themselves are the designers for these architectures. They got the help from the specialized architectures. The pleasant atmosphere in the evening makes the mind pleasant and on the other hand the yummy and delicious food makes the people to become mesmerized of the beauty and atmosphere.

The tourists can consult the village people and can know the details regarding the customs and traditions of the village people and so on. It is very interesting that the project which is started by the village people had the help and co-operation of the Kuch Ladies Vikas Sanghatan, Hunnar Shala foundation, UNDP, the district collector and so on.

The tourists can stay in this wonderful and pleasant place and guest houses only from the month of October to March. There is a facility of staying only 28 people at a time and the rent for a person is Rs.1800 and it is Rs.3200 for two person to stay in these guest houses.

Road (Route) map to Hodka from Bhuj

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Most interesting tourist places of Maldives – the world most low lying country | Travel tips for Indian tourists to visit Maldives

Most interesting tourist places of Maldives – the world most low lying country | Travel tips for Indian tourists to visit Maldives

Capital city of Maldives is Male.  It is spread over an area of nearly 3kms length and 2 ½ kms width.  Total population of Maldives is 3 lakhs.  Maldives are a best example of living near the sea.  All these island look like a chain in Indian Ocean.  So these are called Maldives.  Though there are nearly 1190 islands, people live in only 201 islands.  These are called Coral islands.  Only passport is needed to visit Male.  There is no necessity to have a visa.

As there was no place available to construct an airport in Male, it was constructed in another island which is nearby.  Maldives has five more airports but the air port near Male is the international airport.  Time of Maldives is half an hour behind Indian Standard time. Motor boats are available from Airport Island to Male.

Maldives are at a height of 1 ½ kms from the sea level.  If there are any natural calamities like Tsunami these would be the first to disappear.  People of Maldives should be praised for the way they made this place such a comfortable place to live.  Watching Shopping malls, small streets, foot paths, citizens who strictly follow the traffic rules is pleasurable.  Male Island that has one lakh population has thousand of motor cycles and cars.  Language of people of Male is Dhivehi.  Dhivehi sounds like a combination of Tamil, Malayalam and Sinhala languages.  Tourism is the main means of lively hood for Maldivians.  All the people here can swim.  Currency of Maldives is Rufiyaa.

South Indian food is available here.  All the ingredients needed for south Indian cooking are available at some Malayali shops here.  But the prices are a bit high.  Fishes are available in abundance here.  No item is made without using fish.  Drum stick trees, Mango trees and song of cuckoos remind the visitors of Andhra Pradesh.

Special feature of these coral islands are the coral debris around the islands.  These act as a natural barrier against sea.  They protect the island from erosion due to waves.  Maldives has been divided into group of 26 islands.  These are called Atolls.  Each atoll consist 30 – 40 islands.

One of the Atolls in Maldives is ‘Baa’.  An island by name Kuda funafaru has island hotels that offer packages to tourists.  Model of transport in Male is boats.  Ocean looks as a mixture of green and blue colours up to a distance of 1 km into the sea.  After that distance, sea appears in dark blue colour.

Maldivian air taxis are available to travel from one island to another.  These are very small.  Only 20 persons can travel in these air taxis.  Air taxis takeoff and land on water only.  There are many resorts in these islands.  Ferries are used to reach the resorts.  The resort at Kuda funafaru is called ‘Zithali’.  Employees of these resorts receive the guests very well.  These resorts look like a wonderful world with sweet coconut water, green trees, white sands and blue and green sea water.  Tourists are taken to the water bungalows from the reception in Buggies, small motor vehicles.  Water bungalows are constructed on the sea water.  Tourists can enjoy to their hearts content in these islands.  But the food available here is sea food and European cuisine.  Vegetarians will have to satisfy their hunger pangs with fruit juices, bread and cornflakes.

As Maldives are situated at the equator, sun rays fall straight and bright on these islands.  During day time, we cannot directly look at the sand.  Foreign tourists enjoy the sun tanning here.  Many small islands around Male like Hulhumale, Villingili are also can be visited.

Another important island in Maldives is Sun Island.  Foreign tourists visit this island in large numbers.  This is a good picnic spot.  Scuba diving, water skiing facilities are available here.  Thousand of varieties of fish can be seen here.

Sting ray fishes

Stingray point in Sun Island bustles with activity at 9.00pm every day.  Stingray fishes look like lotus leaves.  They have poison at their tail part.  All these fishes reach stingray point in large numbers every day at 9.00pm.  Resort staff feed these fishes with small fishes and meat pieces.  Many other species of fishes also come here.

Another view point on Sun Island is Whale sharks point. Whale sharks appear in groups near Thai restaurant.  Each whale shark is 4 – 6 feet long.  Mouth of these fishes look like shark and the body resembles whale.  Many tourists gather at these view points to watch the fishes.  Whale sharks look  ferocious.

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

Handi valley near Pachmarhi | Road map with driving direction from Bhopal to Pachmarhi

Handi valley near Pachmarhi | Road map with diving direction from Bhopal to Pachmarhi

Handi valley near Pachmarhi

Handi valley is another must visit tourist spot. The valley is a hundreds of feet depth with the hills on either sides.  A fencing is laid with iron bars.    30 -40 view points provide beautiful view of the nature in the surrounding of Pachmarhi.  Chess fall, big fall, little fall water falls are famous.  This water falls fall from a height of 100 – 125 meters.

The best time to visit Pachmarhi is between October and June when the weather is convenient. To visit all the places of Pachmarhi a stay of at least one week is required.

Road map with diving direction from Bhopal to Pachmarhi :

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