One of the most beautiful hill stations of India, Shimla is situated in the Kullu Valley of Himachal Pradesh. The city is in the northern ends of the beautiful Kullu Valley. There are a number of attractions to see in and around this place. Some of the most popular places are the Gulaba Camp known for its scenic beauty, the Nehru Kund is a clear water spring which has been named after the Late Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. This is on the very famous Keylong Road. The Vashishth Village is then a very popular place especially for hot water springs. The Arjun Gufa, Kothi, Jagatsukh Temple, Rohtang Pass and Old Manali are other attractions to visit around.
Raj Mandir Cinema
Raj Mandir is located on the MI Road and is the right place in Jaipur if you want to catch up with a latest Hindi movie. The entire place is pink in colour and looks quite magnificent when seen from outside and nothing like a typical movie hall. The auditorium is also huge in size and the best part is that an advance booking of the tickets can be made 7 days prior to the show. This gives you a good time to plan your itinerary when in Jaipur. The interiors are lavish and quite a spectacular watch as compared to the exteriors.
What goes best with beer? Sports! Smaaash is one of the biggest "sports bars" in Delhi/NCR, and it's smashing indeed with a wide variety of food drinks. From bowling alleys, virtual reality, trampoline park, to a lot of simulation games, it has something for everyone. What better way to welcome the new year than playing games with your family and friends.Entry: Rs. 1,000 onwards for oneWhere: Cyber Hub, DLF Cyber City, GurgaonPhone: +91 8588883165Book here.
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute
They say that "All things are difficult before they are easy" . And it was time to experience this at The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute Darjeeling where I had gone to get the Basic Mountaineering Training.Imagine yourself climbing a Himalayan peak, all roped up, walking with a bagpack and an ice-axe with the crampons and snow boots training to climb rock-walls and snow slopes for a month. If this is what you want to experience then Basic Mountaineering Course offered by HMI should be your next destination.
The banks of Upper Lake are home to an entertainment complex called Sair Sapata. This place has a musical fountain, a toy train that one can ride on, a childrens play pen area that is huge and a suspension bridge that connects Prempura and Sewania. This suspension bridge is the star attraction here. If you wish to boat, Sair Sapata has this facility on offer as well. You will be happy to have come and spent a day filled with fun activity. There are a number of stalls tat rustle up delicious food here.
Did interact with the Owner out of curiosity & it was worth an interaction. Versatile personality, an engineering professional, a painter & restaurant owner. Having professionally worked on various engineering assignments in Italy, Japan, London & USA ( In case I am able to recall correctly), he has brought flavour of all these exotic destination to his park restaurant.
This is the most important temple of the city of Madurai and also the most popular attraction. This temple complex shares space with the Sundereshwarar Temple and it is said that the life of Madurai revolves around these two temples. The original name of this temple is the Meenakshi Amman Kovil and the temple dates around 2000 years back. There are about 12 big and small shrines inside this temple complex and the Golden Lake is also situated inside the temple complex. The name golden lake was because the very rare, rather supernatural golden lotus grew in the pond here with which the first puja of Goddess Indira was done. The rulers who have ruled this place in the early years have all contributed hugely for the betterment and expansion of this great temple.
Track II Go Karting
If you are an adrenaline junkie and love fast driving, then Karting is one thing not to be missed. Goa has two Karting tracks. One is in Arpora, North Goa and the other is in Nuvem-Salcette, South Goa. The track in Arpora is around 340 meters in length and it has a lot of U shaped turns and narrow stretches. This track is open from Tuesday To Sunday From 04:00 PM To 10:00 PM. Located very close to Verna, the track in Nuvem is situated at the top of the hill which couples the adrenaline rush from this adventure with a splendid panoramic view of Goan hillside nature. The length of the track is around 550 meters approximately. This track has enough curves to provide the adrenaline rush to the racing enthusiasts. The JK Tyre National Go-Karting Championship is also held in this track. The best part is that the cost for 10 laps is between 120 Rs to 200 Rs which makes it very easy on the budget.
Nandan West Bengal Film Centre
If Mumbai is the commercial cinema capital of india, Kolkata is the place for art- films. Ace film makers such as Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen, Ritwick Ghatak were the people who are the heroes in the Cinema Revolution of Bengal. The later makers such as Rituporno Ghosh, Aparna Sen, Suman ghosh, Srijit Mukerji and others have carried on the legacy like none better. Now, Nandan in Kolkata is a modern cinema complex managed and supervised by the State Governement. It shares its boundaries with the Rabindra Sadan and was inaugrated by the legendary Satyajit Ray, who also designed the logo here. Not only is this a place for watching movies but it is also a famous hangout spot for all ages. The Annual Bengali Film Festival also takes place in the Nandan Complex. Regular cultural shows and movie premieres are also organized here.
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park
The Darjeeling Zoo is also known as the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park to honor the ex- governor of West Bengal, Padmaja Naidu. This is a beautiful zoo where you can find some of the high altitutde animals as well as some endangered species of animals too. The zoo is in the Birch Hill area which is presently known as the Jawahar Parvat. Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had dedicated the zoo in the honor of Padmaja Naidu who was also a poet and the daughter of the famous freedom fighter Sarojini Naidu. This is one of the best zoos in the world and is the first recipient of the International award of "The Earth Heroes 2014". This is an award given away by the Royal Bank of Scotland. The reason this zoo was chosen among more than 300 zoos all over the world is that it has successfully conserved and looked after Himalayan Animals and also those which are of the Alpine Region. You will find the endangered species such as Red Panda, Snow leopard and Tibetian Wolf here among many others. There are also a number of Siberian Togers and Yaks here. Very old herbs, shrubs, climbers, medicinal plants and orchids cover most of the zoo and you will also find trees such as birch and aldar here. There is a huge aviary too where very bautiful birds find home. The birds conserved here include Rose ringed Parakeets, Ring Necked Pheasants, Himalayan Mynahs, Blue- Gold Mackaws and others. There are steps on many sides inside the zoo and these are for the ones in search of extra adventures. Beyond these steps are the area which are home to H8imalayan bears, Sambhar deer, Blue Sheep. tahr, barking deer, goral and Musk Deer. They roam about openly ball around and thus a trained guide is a must when you opt for these places. The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute is also closeby.
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur
Jantar Mantar is a renowned name and an attraction is Jaipur which is famous around the globe. It is adjacent to the other highlight of the city, City Palace. Maharaja Jai Singh started this observatory in the year 1728. The structure of Jantar Matar looks more like a bizzare of sculptures. Yanta Mantr a Sanskrit word is behind the name of the monument which in English means an instrument used for calculation. The place has another added point to its credit in the form of UNESCO World Heritage Site tag. Scholars were sent to foreign countries by the Maharaja before he planned to construct this observatory.
Happy Valley Tea Estate
This is a tea estate in Darjeeling and rolling meadows of emerald green tea plantations. It is a bliss watching the women plucking carefully the tea leaves. There is also a factory where you can see the making of tea and fermentation processes. It is both an entertaining as well as educational trip
Namgyal Institute of Tibetology
A lot of Tibetans have made Sikkim their home. I think I encountered more Tibetan refugees than locals here. And, therefore you can find traces of the Tibetan culture here. If say all of it is accumulated in one place, it is here the Institute of Tibetology. The main attraction is of course the museum, that explains the history and the practice of Tibetan Buddhism perfectly to someone who knows nothing about it.
Tropical Spice Plantation
On Friday, we went to Tropical Spice Plantation at Ponda. The cabbie charged us 3K, and we went about 20 minutes across Panjim. The plantation entrance itself is very grand with a wooden bridge amongst foliage that reminds you of soothing Eastern gardens. The 300 year old spice plantation has been changing hands and generations for 3 centuries now and is definitely a must visit. The ticket cost of 400 also includes a welcome drink, lunch, a tour and a sample of Feni. At the end of the tour, they poured a cup of water with aroma oils, down each visitor’s spine, which was very relaxing.On Saturday, we went to the beach and did para gliding. The locals charged us 600 per person and there were 5 of us. Each flight lasted about 8-10 minutes and it was a really nice experience. After that, we strolled about and went back to Prison in the evening.
Forest Research Institute
Visiting the Forest Research Institute (FRI) may sound too mainstream, but trust me there's no way you should miss the experience of walking through this campus. FRI was constructed by the Britishers and is Dehradun's precious jewel. Away from the noisy bazaar roads and the sound of car horns, you can peacefully have a slow-paced walk enjoying nature, and listening to the Cicadas call out in the jungle! FRI is located on the Hill Road in Dehradun, and shares its boundary with the prestigious Indian Military Academy, which you can only see from outside its main gates.6) Thano Village walk
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium
The Grub Fest, by now, has become an absolute favourite with Delhi foodies. Founded by four young entrepreneurs, this festival is back with its fourth edition. Some new entries in the upcoming edition in Delhi are Wow! Momo, House of Candy, Fork N Spoon and many others.
Tushita Meditation Centre
One can locate this place in McLeodganj and was established in 1972 to cater to a surge in demand by westerners who wish to learn more about the Buddhism. Collaboration between Zopa Lama and Yeshe Lama and some western students led to the birth of this centre at a house in Dharamkot. It was first known as the Tushita Retreat Centre and then as the Tushita Meditation Centre. Since the establishment of the institute there had been no looking back and true to what the name means, its a place of joy and learning about the tenets of Buddhism.
National Research Centre on Camel
Off the Jodhpur Bypass region is located the famous research center on camels. This is also Asias only camel research center in Rajasthan and the tour of this place puts light on a lot of unknown things. Especially for animals lovers this place is a must visit. Apart from getting to know about a lot of facts and information about camels we can also relish the lassi and ice creams made out of camel milk which is known to be a bit salty unlike other varieties of milk.
The Khardung La Pass at 18,380 feet, is the highest motorable road in the world, and a gateway to the Nubra Valley. The beauty of the Nubra valley is that it allows you to look over the Indus valley in the south and the mountain ridges of the Zanskar. You will get to see some rare and interesting plantations, quaint hamlets and high altitude desert landscapes. You will find the Siachen Glacier to the north of the valley and the Sasser Pass to the northwest of the valley.
Sahakari Spice Farm
Between 45 minutes or an hour out of Calangute, crossing the Mandovi River at Panaji (the capitol of Goa) we had a delightful visit at the Sahakari Spice Farm at Ponda. There was the aroma of vanilla orchid spice, ginger, cloves, cinnamon and many, many more spices coming from the trees and plants grown at the farm. The most exciting part of the day is yet to come as we made our way to a nearby lake to mingle with the kings of this jungle – Goan elephants! Marvel at the wonders of nature as you watch these elephants bathe in the peaceful lake. Feed them or, better yet, join them on a refreshing swim in the lake. This is one experience not to be missed!
Art of Living International Center
Sri Sri Ravi Shanker's The Art Of Living International Centre, BengaluruThe Path: A breathing technique—Sudarshan Kriya forms the basis of all exercises at The Art of Living.The Starting Point: Sudarshan Kriya, the happiness programme are what you start with. Learning and experiencing the difference it makes when you learn to breathe correctly. There are programmes for children, too. The centre is spread over 65 acres under the Panchagiri HIlls. Like most such centres, it has an impressive meditation hall called the Vishalakshi Mantap. Most programmes are designed for stressed souls, so when you arrive here, the day begins with basic yoga and meditation. Followed by breakfast and seva—volunteer work around the campus. The centre serves Satvik meals, with many ingredients grown in the gardens here. The Art of Living has a very advanced network of followers who organise satsangs across the country and the world. Making it easy for you to keep up the practice and stay connected to the philosophies.The Destination: To use breath to achieve inner balance, focus; inner ease as well as ease with the world outside us... to live with a natural rhythm.J Krishnamurti’s Foundation, ChennaiThe Path: To understand J Krishnamurti’s writings and speeches through study and discussions.The Starting Point: You can book your visit in the first week of every month. Only 20 people can attend the workshops at a time. There’s no strict structure, but the centre spread over 6.5 acres of lush green land and the quiet atmosphere enables you to understand the philosopher’s concepts. He believed that we are slaves to our past. “Our action is based on knowledge and therefore time, so man is always a slave to the past.Thought is ever-limited and so we live in constant conflict and struggle. There is no psychological evolution. When man becomes aware of the movement of his own thoughts, he will see the division between the thinker and thought, the observer and the observed, the experience and the experiencer. He will discover that this division is an illusion. Then only is there pure observation which is insight without any shadow of the past or of time. This timeless insight brings about a deep radical mutation in the mind,” he once wrote.The Destination: He’s rarely paraphrased, and is best explained in his own words. “When there is negation of all those things that thought has brought about psychologically, only then is there love, which is compassion and intelligence.”
This park was built by Maharaja Sayaji Rao III in the year 1879 and it was named after him. The local people also call this park the Kamati Baug and it is just on the banks of the river but also in the middle of the town. The location is such that you can reach this place from any part of the town. This park has soft green grasses, fountains, 2 museums, a flower clock and also an operational toy train. You need at least an hour and a half to finish exploring each and every part in detail and then can enjoy the light and sound shows in the evening.
This is a holiday resort in the Jhajjar region of Haryana and the best possible place if you want to experience the rustic atmosphere and traditional lifestyles of the Haryanvi people. This is a village themed resort with mud huts as rooms and authentic dining spaces. The rooms are extremely clean and you are sure to have a great experience in spite of them being made with mud. In the dining space, they will serve you with all the tasty Haryana food which is full of flavours and spices. You will not get the tables and chairs you usually sit on but you will have to sit on earthen low tools and eat on low desk like furniture. The ambience is awesome and colourful and you can expect to make a lot of new friends here.
La Martiniere College
This is a very old college in the city of Lucknow which was established by the British during the British Ra in India. This is till now an extremely notable educational institution and a pride for the modern society parents. They have successfully maintained the glamour and grandeur of this college which is now divided into schools and boasts of have trained many a prominent personalities. You are allowed to enter the school boundaries for the tours but whatever the guide tells you is all true even i some things sound exaggerated about this school. They also have horse riding and other such activities as a part of school activities which is not much seen in Indian schools.
Tibetan Institute Of Performing Arts
Founded by Tenzing Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama after he came back from exile in Tibet in 1959, this is an ideal place to know more about Tibetian Culture. This was set up as the Dance, Drama and Music Society whose aim was to preserve and conserve the rich culture of the Tibetans. The Opera Shows in this place are a great attraction for all tourists apart from all other Tibetan exhibits showcased here.
Kerala Kathakali Centre
3. Get a taste of culture at the Kerala Kathakali CentreVisit the Kerala Kathakali Centre, located near the Santa Cruz Basilica, in Kochi to see some traditional Kathakali performances by graduates of the Kerala Kalamandalam University. Performances start at 6pm. To visit the renowned theatre for soul-stirring kathakali, music, martial arts performances and other dance forms would be an exceptional addition to your list of things to do in Kerala.
Mahalakshmi Race Course
This is an old racecourse in Central Mumbai just beside the Mahalaxmi Railway Station. This is the most beautiful racecourse of Maharashtra given the lush greenery and oval shape of it. The main activity that is carried on here is horse racing but the locales and visitors also have free access inside during mornings and evenings. This is also the reason for which this is an ideal place for walks and early morning workouts for people who like to exercise in the open early in the morning.
Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, Mysore Zoo
This beautiful zoo was established in the year 1892 by Raja Chamarajendra Wodeyar who is also said to be one of the main architects of the Mysore City. The original name of this zoo was thus Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens. The zoo covers a large area and the animals are protected in a way that they have ample amount of space to roam about freely and feel close to nature. The Karanji Lake inside the zoo at present was taken over by the zoo authorities to increase the charm of this zoo as well as provide visitors with a little more. The Karanji Lake is thus a perfect place for boating and bird watching. Early hours of the day are when you will enjoy the most here with the beautiful views of gorgeous animals and also a peaceful experience with very less crowds. Regular programs and educational events such as insect exhibitions are organized here and a tour to this zoo is not only entertaining but also educative.