Dharamshala consists of two distinct parts – Lower Dharamsala and Upper Dharamshala. Lower Dharamsala is a bustling civil and commercial centre whereas Upper Dharamshala retains a colonial lifestyle with its British – modeled suburbs of McLeodganj and Forsythganj.
HolidayIQ Traveller Dhruv Madaan from New Delhi shares, “Good place to be in. Awesome experience and a must visit place. Had a lot of fun. Places of sightseeing are good and sunrise and sunset views are great. It’s a bit chilly but you will enjoy the weather.”
Attracting tourists from around the world, Fort Kochi, Bolgatty Palace and the backwaters are major highlights of the city. The city also has a strong inclination towards the arts and tourists visiting Kochi can visit places like the Kerala Folklore Theatre where people can watch plays or even spend time at the museum. Also known for its Ayurvedic centres, tourists can also indulge in some treatments at the many Ayurvedic spas.
Rani Shah from Mumbai shares, “Kochi is a beautiful place. From there you can head to paradise, Kerala on a boat. You will find a lot of fishing activities here. You can ideally rent out a house boat and live in it for couple days or an overnight and experience living on river. The boats are not the cleanest but it’s an experience”
Tawang Monastery, popularly known as Galden Namgey Lhatse, literally means celestial paradise. Before the construction of this monastery, Tawang was inhabited by the Monpa tribe. At that time, the Monpa tribe was under the rule of the Mon kingdom, which had their kingdom stretching from Tawang up to Sikkim. However, later the entire kingdom went under the control of Tibet and Bhutan.
HolidayIQ Traveller Pappu Sumon from Golaghat shares, “Money spend was justified after visiting Tawang the landscape design by God himself. Very heavenly with charming people protecting and preserving the highland with pristine beauty and gorgeous look. Would highly recommend the visitors around the globe to plan a tour to this wonderful land of nature.”
The park hosts about two-thirds of the world’s Great One-horned Rhinoceroses and also holds the record for protecting the highest density of tigers in the world. The park was declared a Tiger Reserve in 2006. Kaziranga is a home to large breeding population of elephants, wild water buffalo and swamp deer. The location of the park makes it diverse as it is lined by the Eastern Himalaya biodiversity hotspot.
HolidayIQ Traveller Suman Singh from Gurgaon shares, “After having thought of for many years without any success, our NE trip happened in a jiffy. I think God has his own way (and time) of fulfilling our wishes (legitimate and reasonable. All we humans can do is have faith.”
The heritage city of Pondicherry, which is a living monument of the French culture, is a conglomerate of different cultural influences. The French part of Pondicherry still exhibits the streetscapes and the architectural style of the colonial era and the Tamil part is typical of the Tamil architectural style. Bordered by Bay of Bengal on the East and South Arcot District of Tamilnadu on the other sides, Pondicherry is a popular destination of tourists in the South.
HolidayIQ Traveller Soumyajit Kundu from Bangalore shares, “Though the weather is hot throughout the year, given its position near to the sea, but the place has a different charm with the beautiful French colonies, clean and well maintained roads, does not feel we are in India. Rishi Sri Aurobindo rightly preached in this place and many throng to visit the Aurobindo Ashram, Auroville. The beach within the city is not like a regular beach with white sand, its more with boulders used to prevent damage from sea waves. If you want to enjoy beach you can go further towards Auroville and get some guest houses which give more of a sea beach feel.”
This symbol of eternal love is the quintessence of Mughal architecture. Besides, it also combines elements from Persian, Turkish and Indian architectural styles. The tomb, which is a white marble structure, stands in the centre of a complex.
HolidayIQ Traveller Kapil Goyal from Delhi shares, “I went to Taj Mahal with my friends and it was an awesome experience. The view was so beautiful that’s why it is one of the wonder in the world. I would recommend this place for all. It’s the beauty of India.”
The distinct feature of Pushkar is presence of Brahma Temple here, which is a very rare finding and is very few in India. The Pushkar Lake here has 52 ghats and attracts many pilgrims who descend here to bathe in the sacred water. The Pushkar Camel fair is another popular event that attracts many visitors in increasing count every year from throughtout the world.
HolidayIQ Traveller Rutavi Mehta from Mumbai shares, “Out of all the places, I have been solo – my fav is Pushkar. I have stayed there during Pushkar festival and enjoyed my each moment here.”
Apart from this, there are 9 rectangular city sectors on either side of the main bazaar or market. In olden times, there was a palace complex where the main palace Hawa Mahal was constructed. This is known to be home of the queens and the King, Maharaja Sawai Jai Sing II. Numerous gardens were built in the centre of the city.
HolidayIQ Traveller Deepak Singh from Jaipur shares, “Jaipur is a place full of historical places. That was a wonderful experience residing there with my friend. We saw many places there like nahargarh, hawamahal, city palace and jaipur zoo. However the temp is so warm but you must visit this city once as u will get experience of seeing rich history and a camel ride too. I will surely like to visit again this place, with my full family and on honeymoon too.”
Varanasi has always attracted thousands of visitors not only because of its religious significance, but also for it historic heritage. Jantar Mantar is an observatory which was built along with those of Jaipur, Delhi, Ujjain and Mathura. It was built in the year 1737 by Maharaja Jai Singh of Jaipur, who was a great patron of science and technology and he was very passionate about astronomy.
HolidayIQ Traveller Raj Kumar shares, “It is one of the lord shiva dwadasha Jyothirlinga. On earth, varanasi is lord mahadev’s favourite place. It gives a peace, devotion, moksha, knowledge(gnanam), lord mahadevs ashirvadh to our soul. Here all of them see how people pray to ganga. If you see this, you will never destroy the ganga water. Here smashanam (buring people) is also good. In India, all of them fear about smashanam. But here you can feel god. It is believed that people who die here reach lord Shiva.”
HolidayIQ Traveller Sanchit Aggarwal from New Delhi shares, “Great place, just felt awesome. After visiting the place, felt as I am king of the world, such a divine place, full of serene and beauty, got my heart and soul pacified.”
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Ladakh is famous for its dramatic landscape and Buddhist heritage. Ladakhi, Purig, Tibetan, Hindi and English are spoken in the region. There are many picturesque hamlets in Ladakh situated on the banks of the Indus River. All these villages have Buddhist monasteries or gompas, which are located atop hillocks in their vicinity.
HolidayIQ Traveller Shubham from Bangalore shares, “The overall trip was Awesome!!! never had such a wonderful trip in life. I visited Leh city, Shanti Stupa, Leh palace, Tso Moriri Wetlands, Pangong Lake, Nubra valley, Changla, khardungla Passes & magnetic Hill, Shyok river. Really Mighty Ladakh as they says. A must see place!!!”
Commonly known as the Golden Temple, it is the holiest pilgrim centre of the Sikh community. The gurudwara is considered as an architectural wonder which showcases a magnificent blend of Hindu and Muslim styles of architecture.
HolidayIQ Traveller Krishna Rajesh from Noida shares, “The power of the temple is apparent from the fact that it is perennially crowded. We went on a weekday and it took us about 2 hours to gain entry into the sanctum sanctorum. The temple is clean and there are many volunteers there who will help you in whatever manner they can.”
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Situated in Jaipur, this monument is one of the five astronomical observatories present in India. The other four astronomical observatories are located at Delhi, Varanasi, Mathura and Ujjain. Placed adjacent to the city palace, this monument has been awarded as the largest stone observatory in the world. Jantar Mantar also includes about 15 astronomical instruments of various geometrical shapes and sizes. These instruments are used for measuring time, accurately determining the celestial altitude and predicting the occurrence of eclipses.
HolidayIQ Traveller Saurabh Agarwal from Jaipur shares, “I got shocked the way people thought in those days. Specially a clock in that time can be measured by a simple calculation with help of sunlight and many more, can’t explain in words.”
The temple complex extends over an area of 6 hectares and dates back to 2500 AD. The temple is known for its beautiful architecture and has 12 gateways (Gopurams), which are 45 to 50 metres in height. The tallest Gopuram of the temple is the southern Gopuram. This gateway is as high as nine storeys, with images of numerous gods and goddesses.
HolidayIQ Traveller Noreen Rao shares, “It’s the world famous temple. It has the highest number of idols fixed to the towers of the temple entrance. It’s might look and 1000 pillar block within the temple are places to see. There a pond within the temple for people to get ready before worship.”
The temples at Khajuraho are made up of sandstones and are world famous for their erotic sculptures. What is interesting is the fact that these erotic sculptures are only on the periphery of the temple and are not present inside the temples or near the deities. It is believed that this fact implies that to meet god one must leave worldly pleasures behind. The temples have numerous other sculptures depicting the life of a common man in that era.
HolidayIQ Traveller Nikhil Kashyap form Mumbai, “The drive to Khajuraho from Bhopal was painful with no proper sign boards. However, we were kicked about being in the land where the temples are famous for their erotic sculptures and their historic importance. Being at this World Heritage site we realized how each person visiting Khajuraho has a different perspective towards these medieval Hindu and Jain temples. As we walked the stairs of the first Eastern wing temple we saw a flock of people. One of the ladies in the group was appalled by the erotic sculptures and since she couldn’t go back in time and raise objection to these structures, she choose to vent her disgust on the local guide.”
Kalimpong town is a religious centre of Buddhism. The Buddhist monastery Zang Dhok Palri Phodang is home to many monks who take their religious teachings to the people searching for divinity and peace. Horticulture is also important to Kalimpong. It has a flower market famous for orchids. The destination is home to many nurseries, which export Himalayan grown flower bulbs, tubers and rhizomes.
HolidayIQ Traveller Susobhan Baidya from Kolkata shares, “It was a divine experience in my life. We went there in the month of number. I should suggest to stay at Morgan house. It was a beautiful experience to visit there. In front of “Morgan house” people can have an evening walk towards the “Golf ground”. A cool breeze will follow. You will enjoy fullest if you stay with “Kanchanmala” (Kanchenjunga) in full moon. Local foods momo, thukpa are awesome, which are readily available to any restaurant. In day you can visit Delo park, Grahams home, “Durpindara” view point, “Tinchulley”, “Lava -Neora ” valley forest. In evening you can move around for shopping in any local shop for souvenir or gift. The finest time which you can realize from your balcony of your guest house when you see the houses are blinking downwards and all the stars of the sky’s are kissing towards that houses, It was a awesome experience. Local people are very much cordial with tourist. When you walk at evening you will see local boys and girls are playing guitar and singing Nepali song.”
Chikmagalur has several historical monuments and places of interest like the Kodandarama Temple, which is a synthesis of the Hoysala and Dravidian styles of architecture, the Jamie Mosque and the new St.Joseph’s Cathedral which has a shell shaped portico. The Ishwara Temple at Hiremagalur, which is now part of Chikmagalur town, is well-known for the 1.22 metre high figure of Jademuni. Chikmagalur is surrounded by unending high hills, waterfalls and rivers like the Bhadra, Hemavathi, Tunga, Netravathi and Vedavathi and wild life. Being a hill station at an altitude of 3,400 ft in the Sahyadri Mountains of the Western Ghats it has a pleasant climate.
HolidayIQ Traveller Ashwathi Kaimal from Mumbai shares, Chikmagalur is one of my favourite destinations. Friendly people, good climate, loads of places to see and good food. One can visit around the whole place in just two days. One can also extend the stay and go to nearby places such as belur, halebidu and shringeri mutt. The architecture and temple would add to the collection of photographs and should not forget to buy coffee from the land of coffee.”
The Archaeological Survey of India and other researchers also take deep interest in the place due to its historical and architectural significance. The region of Hampi is full of large stones, out of which the statues of Hindu gods and goddesses have been crafted. The town is also an important mining site due to the presence of several mineral deposits in this region.
HolidayIQ Traveller Kevin Standage shares, “I’ve visited India over 15 times and spent a few days exploring Hampi a couple of years ago. The place is simply stunning, you need about 4 days to cover just the main sights, and there’s much more to see on the periphery that hardly anyone ever explores. One of the things I did do whilst there was scout out what I believe is the perfect spot to see the sunset for photography. Forget “sunset view”, there’s better to be had!”
At Palolem, tourists can head towards places like Cortigao Wildlife Park and the Spice Farms, which are also among the major attractions. In addition, travellers can also visit the Dudhsagar Falls, which is listed in the top 100 highest falls in the world.
HolidayIQ Traveller Abhinav Sharma from Bangalore shares, “If you do not like the hustle bustle and want a peaceful beach vacation, Palolem and Agonda are the places to be. They have the right amount of crowd so that you don’t feel alone and not too much so that you feel crowded.”
It is often referred to as the ‘Scotland of the East’ because it is believed that, in the past the European settlers were reminded of Scotland by the waterfalls and hills surrounding the town. The headquarters of the East Khasi Hills district is located at this place.
HolidayIQ Traveller Bichitra Panda from Dibrugarh shares, “The experience is like such a wonderful moments of life I can never forget in my life. I can’t express the experience in words. I want to travel these areas again and again. Such a wonderful moment of my life. I felt like wondering in the sky. Playing with the clouds in hands. You can touch the clouds. Just felt like playing with the clouds in the sky.”
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