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This is a very well preserved fort which was built in the 17th Century by the Portuguese. The fort was made as the most important building of the Portuguese colonials and they always wanted to save it against the Dutch and the Maratha rulers. It is in the Candolin area on the Sinquerim Beach. The location of the fort on the banks of the Mandovi River makes it look even more beautiful. The fort covers a large area and almost covers the whole tip land of the Bardez Peninsula. At present there is also a holiday resort built here by the tatas and is a beautiful place to stay for a peaceful vacation. It is also close to the Candolim Beach and the shopping and eating areas around. This was at one time the most important port where most of the ferries and boats landed and left from and thus the name Aguada meaning 'water'.
Located in Bardez, his fort rises above the Chapora River. This was a red laterite fort built by the Portuguese in place of an earlier Muslim structure in the 1th Century. It was then captured and again lost by a number of Hindu rulers before the Portuguese finally abandoned it in the year 1892. The main enemies of this fort were the Bahmani Sultans who were successful in capturing it and again later it was captured by the Marathas in the beginning of the 18th Cdentury. It was recaptured by the Portuguese to be taken back again by the Marathas. This battle went on for a long time after which the fort was absolutely deserted. At present, what we can see here are simply ruins of the fort and the heads of two tunnels. Regular buses from Anjuna and Mapusa can bring and take you back from here.
Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, this complex is made up of one large and two small temples. These were built during the the 8th Century AD during the time of King Narasimhavarmana II. This place during that time was an important port and a center for trade and business activities. This is known as the Shore Temple Complex as this is very close to the sea and a part of the coastal area on the banks of the Bay of Bengal. People who visit this place make sure to take a dip in the sea before worshipping here.
This fort is situated on a rocky island known as Kurte barely a kilometer from Malvan. This fort was built by Chhatrapati Shivaji Mahraj in the 17th Century when all his trials to win the Janjira Fortress proved to be useless. The main building material was sand that too was brought down from Gujarat. The main strength of this well- preserved fort are the thousands of kilograms of iron used here. The architect under whom the construction took place was known as Hiroji Indulkar and the king also took the advice of hundreds of Portugese experts whom he had invited to his court. A number of people were put to work round the clock for three long years to build this fort. The most attractive feature of this monument is the stretch of zig- zag walls and the pillars and bastions. Inside the fort still live twenty- thirty hereditary Hindu- Muslim families and there are also a number of temples inside. The most important out of all these is the temple where you will find the painting of Chhatrapati Shivaji Mahraj without a moustache. This painting is unique and is not found anywhere else in the world. Nearby this fort, you will also see the Padamgad Fort which is now in ruins.
Badami Cave Temples
Badami is a small town on the north of Karnataka and was built by Pulakesin I of the Chalukyan Empire. This town is mainly known for the cave temples here. These caves were carved out of soft sandstone and bear the remains of Hindu and Dravidian styles of architecture. A major attraction in these caves is the 18 armed statue of Lord Shiva. Cave 1 is probably the oldest of all the caves and is made of red snadstone. The whole cave is adorned with the murals of Hindu deities. The life size statue of Lord Shiva with his consort and the snake is beautiful. Over here you will also be able to find also the statues of dancing Nataraja in 81 different poses. Caves 2 and 3 are dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Cave 4 is a Jain Temple.
Ellora Caves were created along an amount of about 600 years beween the 5th and the 11th centuries. They are today preserved as Artistic History monuments which keeps surprising people on the generations. These caves unlike the Ajanta were never discovered and are the exact same people that have been in historical days known as Verul Caves. The caves certainly are a several kilometeres northwards of Aurangabad and extend along 34 caves such as Buddhist Chaityas or shrines and Hindu and Jain Temples. The Earliest excavation that you will discover here is the Dhumar Lena in Cave 29. The absolute most attractive is however the large Kailasa Brow in Cave 16 which will be also known as the largest monolithic framework in the whole world. From the very historical days, the Ellora temples and caves have attracted tourists and devotees the exact same way as ever. Residing at Aurangabad Major is the best selection through your trip as typical Ellora Visits are structured from here.
The Bidar Fort, along with other Islamic monuments, was built in 1427, when Sultan Alla-Ud Din Bahman shifted his capital from Gulbarga to Bidar. The striking architecture of the fort, including its royal baths, audience halls and pavilions reflect greatly upon the the glorious past of the town.The fort may not be on the list of famous monuments in India, but it has been a favourite among movie directors as a potential filming location. Anant Nag-starrer Bara, Duniya Vijay-starrer Jarasandha and a song sequence from Vidya Balan-starrer The Dirty Picture was shot here.
This is one of the largest forts of Maharashtra and was the capital of chhatrapati shivaji for more than 26 years. The erection of this dates back to almost 2000 years and it was initially ruled by the Adilshahis then the Nizamshahis and then the Marathas. It has a tristar shape and a central Hall in the middle. There are machis on each end of the fort. This fort was renovated with the wealth of the treasure found in the adjacent Torna Fort. The main parts of this fort are the Padmavati Machi which has the Padmavati Temple, Sanjivani Machi, Suvela Machi and the Bale Killa.
Presently the Mehrauli- Badarpur Road, it is a ruined fort that was once a dream of Emperor Ghiyas-ud-din- Tughlaq. He was the founder of the Tughlaq Dynasty and is known to have been a dictator by nature. It was his dream to set up a magnificent fort for himself but fate had something else in store. The fort was made for sure but the emperor could not enjoy his stay there. An old story says that when the fort was being made, the emperor had ordered all masons and workers to work only on this project and nowhere else. This forceful attitude was not liked by Nizamuddin Auliya, a Sufi saint of that time. He cursed the emperor that either the fort will remain unbuilt or will be inhabited by Gujjars. This is absolutely what happened as the Gujjars later took ownership of the fort and started living in that area. Another curse that is said to be the reason of death of the Emperor was when the saint said Dilli Bohut Door. At this time Tughlaq was elsewhere and while returning, his son conspired a murder of his father. The mausoleum of the Emperor is also built here now.
Earlier known as the Vijayanarayana Temple, this is the prime attraction of th Belur Region of Karnataka. The temple is stuated on the banks of the Yagachi River and was once the capital of the Hoysala Empire Empire. There are also other temples in Belur and the neighbouring Halebid is a popular tourist attraction. The maning of the word Chennakesava is 'Handsome Krishna'. One of the most attractive temples, this temple is decorated inside out. Light greenish colour soapstone is mainly used to make the Chennakesava being carried on a Garida and the entrance with the Golden Lion makes the temple look even better. There are also other smaller shrines and temples inside this huge temple complex.
Around 3 kms from Pelling and couple of minutes walk further down from Pemayangtse Monastery are the Rabdentse ruins the second capital of Sikkim, established in the year 1670. The spot has stunning perspectives inundated with history all around. All around secured remains with clear signs of the rooms and other areas. These remnants are accessed by a short wooden walk which is extremely wonderful. The stroll from the sanctuary to the remnants will simply make your day. But these remnants have a story to tell. Its a half kilometer stroll from the main street perhaps a little more. In any case, once there, your effort is justified. Everywhere in this place you will see what remains. Not a large territory to cover so it's manageable by walking and on the off chance that you stroll up here from Pelling, you may have a decent half day trip. This spot is genuine amazement, regardless of the possibility that somebody is not excited to watch historical ruins, he can still visit for stunning perspectives.
Chitradurga Fort or as the British called it Chitaldoorg, is a fortification that straddles several hills and a peak overlooking a flat valley in the Chitradurga District, Karnataka, India. The fort's name Chitrakaldurga, which means 'picturesque fort' in Kannada, is the namesake of the town Chitradurga and its administrative district.The fort was built in stages between the 17th and 18th centuries by the dynastic rulers of the region, including the Rashtrakutas, Chalukyas and Hoysalas as well as the Nayakas of Chitradurga, feudal lords in the Vijayanagar Empire. The Nayakas of Chitradurga, or Palegar Nayakas, were most responsible for the expansion of the fort between the 15th and 18th centuries. They were defeated by Hyder Ali at Chitradurga in 1779. Later the fort was expanded and strengthened by Hyder Ali and his son Tippu Sultan,who succeeded Madakari Nayaka V, the last ruler of the Nayaka clan. The fort is built in a series of seven concentric fortification walls with various passages, a citadel, masjid, warehouses for grains and oil, water reservoirs and ancient temples. There are 18 temples in the upper fort and one huge temple in the lower fort. Among these temples the oldest and most interesting is the Hidimbeshwara temple. The masjid was an addition during Hyder Ali’s rule. The fort's many interconnecting tanks were used to harvest rainwater, and the fort was said to never suffer from a water shortage.Distance: 209km
Lonar - The world’s largest and the only hyper velocity impact crater in basalt rock is to be found nowhere else but in Incredible India.Lonar lake is a rare tourist attraction in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. This lake which is both saline and alkaline in nature is named after the demon, Lonasura. Locals claim that the crater was the demon’s den and the lake’s murky water (whose density is actually 7times more than the sea water) results from its spilled blood. Studies suggest that the crater was formed 52,000 + 6,000 years ago, when a meteor crashed into the earth at an estimated speed of 90,000kmph, weighing 2million tonnes creating a hole that was 2km wide and 150m deep. The periphery of the lake is about 7km which is surrounded by a lush jungle. The forest itself is a treat for birdwatchers with a lot of migratory and local birds such as shelduck, black- winged stils, wood peckers, parakeets, robins, peacocks & peahens coming in the month of December. One doesn’t have to go to Khajuraho temples to witness the erotic sculptures on temple walls. The forest has plenty of such temples which were built back in the days of Chalukya’s Dynasty between the 6th and the 12th centuries. You can also sight hyenas, chinkaras, barking deers, langoors, mongoose, monitor lizards, snakes, weird but brilliantly colored insects if you’re a wildlife lover. There are a lot of precious stones on offer around the lake and the temples. At certain parts at the bank of the lake you can smell the H2S gas and at others your magnetic compass just wouldn’t work. With so much on offer it was on The Herbal Monks bucket list and we weren’t disappointed a bit. Lonar has a lot on offer to explore and yet remains the road less travelled. How do you get to Lonar? The Herbal Monks started their journey from Mumbai to Lonar at midnight on a Friday night and we chose to drive down. It is safe to say that it is easily a 10hour drive from Mumbai including a meal and a few tea halts. From Andheri take the Western express high way. Then via JVLR catch the NH3 up to Nashik. Just before Nasik turn right from pillar number 18 under the bridge and catch the Nagpur – Aurangabad Highway. You can also go via Devlali. We would suggest to use Google maps after Aurangabad as the road is confusing and Google maps are very accurate. However, if you’re going by road the last 60 – 80km the surface of the road is not very good. We reached Lonar by 11am and were driving a Wagon R, the point being you don’t really need a SUV. By flight the closet airport is Aurangabad which is about 160km away from the lake. You can hire a cab from there to reach the lake. By rail the closet station is Jalna which is about 90km from the lake. You can hire a cab from the station or bus service to reach the lake. Where to stay in Lonar? There is only one hotel in Lonar which is the MTDC. We personally were supposed to camp at the lake but when we saw the pug marks of hyenas at the lake we decided to put our camp someplace else. MTDC was quite generous in allowing us to camp on their ground for free. A lot of campers actually do the same. The accommodation looks pretty decent for a family holiday. But the food isn’t really great throughout Lonar unless you’re planning to eat at a local’s place. Although there is a restaurant named Gulmarg near the MTDC where you get edible stuff.How many days are enough to explore Lonar? Lonar is a perfect place to be explored over the weekend. We would suggest you leave on a Friday evening or night and touch Lonar by 10-11ish in the morning. You can leave your car and belongings at the MTDC, have an early lunch and start exploring the crater by 12 which is barely a km away. Please take a guide for going around the area. It will take you 5-6 hours to explore the forest thoroughly. Just before dusk we suggest you leave the forest and had back to the MTDC. If you’re a wild life enthusiast post dinner you can venture out around the lake but do so in your car and not on foot. Next day early morning you can visit another very small crater nearby which was created by the piece of the same meteor and the few temples in the village. Post that you can have your breakfast and be on your way home after spending a truly informative weekend.What is the Sorrowful part about Lonar? Even after being the home to the world largest and only hyper velocity impact crater in basalt rock it’s occasionally visited only by a few trekkers and explorers and a few religious people who visit the temples from nearby towns and villages. Although majority of them are educated but they don’t possess the basic civic sense to not to litter around or write the names of their loved ones on temple walls and thereby maintain the beauty of this nationally important destination.Important Note: You can book your guide from the MTDC. Please ask for a guide named RAMESH RATHODE. He has very good knowledge of the region. He will charge roughly Rs.500/- for 3persons which is quite less considering his knowledge. You can take our word that if you decide to explore the place on your own you will neither understand nor enjoy the place. The best time to visit Lonar would be between December to February. Hope you have safe, green and clean travels in the future. (Please do not litter)Best Wishes,The herbal monks
Situated in the sangla Valley, this place is famous for the ancient fort built here in pagoda style. The fort houses beautiful idols of Lord Buddha and Kamakshi Devi, a form of Goddess Sati or Dhakti. The idols are placed in the thrid floor of the fort and this has made the place a famous pilgrimage spot too. The idol of Kamakshi Devi is said to have been brought down from Gwahati. There is also a temple of Badrinath here which dates back to the 15th century. A fair is held every three years in honor of the goddess who is taken to the gangotri to get washed.
Where: Situated in the Tumkur District, the trek to Madhugiri Fort begins from the town. To reach Madhugiri, take a bus ride from Bangalore.Route: The Madhugiri Fort trek begins from the foothills and has stairs till half the way. After that it's an easy but steep climb to the top, where the fort is perched. Spend time at the fort and head down from the same route. You are not allowed to camp at the fort. Since the trek is only two hours long, it can also make a great weekend getaway from Bangalore.Duration: 2-3 hoursShare a story from the time you went trekking without a guide. Was it fun, exciting or a massive failure? Write reviews, share pictures and create your own travel blog on Tripoto.
Chandragiri Fort is situated very close to Kasaragod. Lying on the banks of the Chandragiri river, it is much smaller to the Bekal fort, but is one of the main forts of the Vijayanagar empire. You can see the ruins of what was once the Capital of the Vijayanagar empire. Built in the 17th century, this fort is well known for its architecture and well preserved artifacts that highlight the lives of the past rulers. There is also a beautiful beach just 4 kms away and boating options are available on the Chandragiri River.
The birthplace of Tansen who happened to be one of the nine gems or navaratnas in Baburs Court, Gwalior is a place that has seen the rule of the Rajputs and as well as the British and the Scindia Clan. Ibn Batuta in the 14th century termed this place as a fine town of white stone, and the British Governor General Warren Hastings called it the key to Indostan in the year 1780. There are many sights to pay a visit to in Gwalior and one is sure to be mesmerized by the beauty of this place. The old city of Gwalior is best explored on foot and one should go through the bylanes to experience what life was like in the years gone by.
The cave temples of Mahabalipuram are a prime attraction here and is also a UNESCO Heritage Site. This is a group of cave temples which were built many years ago and now fall under the category of historic monuments. The Krishna Mandapam is one among these and also the largest of all. This is dedicated to Lord Krishna who is extremely revered by the local people and also is the hero of the most of the legends popular here. As you enter the temple you wilk still find it beautifully decorated with the carvings of the various incidents of Krishna's life. The strong adulthood of Lord Krishna is what is focussed on more. The most attractive incident carved is when the Lord lifted the whole Govardhana Mountain to save the people from heavy rains.
This is the last building built by the Mughals. It was started by Emperor Akhbar Shah II and was finished by the last Mughal emperor, Bahadur Shah Zafar, who also gave it the present name of Zafar Mahal. The building was in the memory of the sufi saint Bhaktiyar Kaki, a descendent of the famous Saint Moinuddin Chisti. Apart from the Zafar Mahal, a number of other monuments were built in the honor of Khwaja Bhaktiyar kaki. This building was earlier known as Rang Mahal and was a single storey structure. The Hathi Gate, Moti Masjid and Chhattri were later added to renovate and beautify the structure and give it some height. The famous festival or the annual procession known as Phulon ki Sair also starts from here and is a festival that had long ago been started by the Khawja himself as a protest of the British festivals. The naubat Khana and graves of the royal family are also put up in a beautiful manner here.
Satpula or the Seven Arches Dam is otherwise unnoticed by all passersby and tourists till you inquire about a nearby water body here. The beautiful area is often mistaken as a bridge or simply a lake. The main thing that pleases everyone here is the surrounding greenery due to the bushes around. The place is perfect for some quite time away from the bustling city. The view from the top is wonderful and you will have to jump above the small gates to reach the actual area. The Seven arches bridge was built by Emperor Muhammad-bin- Tughlaq and the arches are still clearly visible. The walls and structures of the dam and gates are much in ruins due to time and natural forces but it still manages to portray a clear picture of calmness, serenity and tranquility.