This city in Tamil Nadu does not provide much to see unless your sightseeing interests include religious dwellings. In that case Trichy can keep you busy throughout the day with a plethora of temples to visit, such as Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Brahmapureeswarar Temple, Jambukeswarar Temple and the Rock Fort Temple. There is also a majestic Gallo-Catholic church, St. Lourdes, which interestingly lies at the conjunction of a temple and a mosque, an attribute to secularism and diversity. The city is also home to a planetarium, located at the Anna Science Centre, which is worth a visit. Sangeetha, Hotel Kannappa Mannarpuram and Saba are good restaurants for vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Flights to Trichy operate from all around the country, and there are also bus and train services to this city.
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Indira Gandhi’s house
From there we move to Indira Gandhi’s house – No.1, Safdarjung. A huge house surrounded by beautiful gardens, this is where Indira Gandhi used to live and this has been converted to a museum or memorial of sorts. There are many paper clippings and photos depicting the various phases of her life and significant events during her tenure as the Prime Minister. Her last clothes have been preserved in a glass casing. Various rooms like her study and bedroom have been preserved and we see them stacked full with bookshelves. ImageThen we walk to the part of the house where Rajiv Gandhi lived. The structure is pretty similar – paper clipping along a timeline, his last clothes (there were just some remains of a blasted pyjama, torn socks and shoes) and many photos of the family clicked by Rajiv Gandhi. Then we move outside the house to the beautiful gardens and reach the spot where Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her own guards. The last steps are covered by crystal to symbolize an ever flowing river and the spot where she fell is covered by a plain glass.
Originally known as Tiruchirapally and Tiruchi, this is the district headquarters of the Tiruchirapally District. This is also the geographical center of the state of Tamil Nadu and is crammed up with temples, offices, buildings and a number of other old monuments. This place was once the capital of the Cholas and then moved on to the hands of other dynasties. The rock cut temple is a premiere attraction here. The city has a very good network of transport and other educational systems too. There are a number of restaurants and hotels too in this city.
Next day my destination was Sri Rangam. Sri Rangam is one of the biggest working Hindu temple in India. Morning darshan timing of the main temple is 9.30 AM to 12.30 AM. and different timings in afternoon and evening. Again its just 4 km to Sri Rangam from my hotel. Buses are so frequent. Just got completely lost inside the temple premises. One should have at least one complete day to get blessing of all the Darshan. And the queue to main temple , it took me three hours to compete Darshan. I have spend almost 4 hrs and just finished very few Darshan. I had to vacate my room by 12.30 PM. So I left back to room in middle could not able visit all the temple in the premises.