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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

12 Amazing Spiritual Abodes In India To Fulfill Your Wish

The most important temple of Lord Vishnu

Amazing and a must visit Lord Vishnu's Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu 

Do you want freedom from miseries of troublesome life?
A peace and relief from Anxiety and tension?
Do you desire to be happy?

Then you MUST visit these unexploited 12 spiritually powerful temples which constitute to the cultural heritage of India and offer your prayers to fulfill your wish.


  1. Powerful. Known for fulfilling wish
  2. World’s finest Architectural style, sculptures, and art
  3. Most built in stone, without any mortar
  4. Excellent Spiritual and tourist destination
  5. Peaceful and not overcrowded
  6. No commercial exploitation
  7. Easily approachable

Here they are

1. The Konark Sun Temple

The Konark Sun Temple

Location:  Puri District of Odisha
Konark Sun Temple is the Top 20 Most Beautiful Temples in India. It is one of the famous temple located in a small town of Konark is dedicated to Lord Sun. Narasimhadeva king constructed this beautiful temple. Its unique shape which is built in the shape of a Chariot having twelve wheels dragged by seven horses make it beautiful and charming.

2. Brihadeeswara Temple

Brihadeeswara Temple

Location: Thanjavur district, Tamil Nadu
Brihadeeswara Temple, built by Chola emperor Raja Raja Chola is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is an example of Tamil Architecture during Chola period. It is made entirely of granite stones. The main myth about this temple is that Shadow of the main structure does not fall on the ground… The statue of the Nandi at the entrance of this beautiful temple is carved out of a single stone.

3. Somnath Temple

Somnath Temple

Location: Gir Somnath district, Gujarat
Somnath Temple, one of the oldest Pilgrimage center in India, is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Somnath literally means “Protector of the Moon God”. Somnath Museum, Junagadh Gate are also there to amuse the Pilgrims. It has been revered as the first Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva.
Location: Gir Somnath district, Gujarat

4.  Ramanathaswamy (Rameshwaram) Temple

Ramanathaswamy (Rameshwaram) Temple

Location: Ramanathapuram district, Tamil Nadu
Rameshwaram temple is the Top 20 Most Beautiful Temples in India. It is one of the fourth holiest pilgrimage places in India which is popularly known as Char Dhams. There are two lingas inside the temple, one was built by Goddess Sita and the other was brought by Lord Hanuman. Agnitheertham, Gandamadana Parvatham, Dhanushkodi are the best places to visit in Rameshwaram
Location: Ramanathapuram district, Tamil Nadu

5. Siddhivinayak Temple

Siddhivinayak Temple

Location; Prabha Devi, Mumbai
Siddhivinayak Temple,the  most famous temple of Mumbai is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. On Tuesday, most of the devotees worship Ganesha for their progress of good luck. The inner roof of the temple is plated with Gold and the wooden doors are carved with the images of Ashtavinayaka.

6.  Gangotri Temple

 Gangotri Temple

Location: Uttarkashi district, Uttarakhand
Gangotri temple, located in Uttarkashi district of Uttrakhand is built by Gorkha Commander Amar Singh Thapa. It is the most prominent Tourist Attraction which is built from White Granite. Don’t forget to visit Harsil and Gaumukh Village and the origin of River Ganga…

7. Yamunotri Temple

Yamunotri Temple

Location: Uttarkashi district, Uttarakhand
Yamunotri Temple, Located in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand is dedicated to the holistic Yamuna River. Frozen lake of ice and beautiful Glaciers attracts people. It is the most crucial part of “Char Dham Yatra”. It is the heritage of ancient Sage Asit Muni.

8.  Kashi Vishwanath Temple

 Kashi Vishwanath Temple

Location: Varanasi(Uttar Pradesh)
Vishwanath Temple is  located in the holy city of Varanasi. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is believed you can attain  final salvation by visiting Lord Shiva Temple and taking bath in the Holy River Ganga

9.  Lord Jagannath Temple

Lord Jagannath Temple

Location: Puri (Orissa)
The temple is popularly known as Jagannath Puri is dedicated to Lord Krishna. You may see beautiful Idols of Lord Balabhadra, Goddess Subhadra and Lord Krishna inside this most beautiful temple.  People remove their sins by taking part in Jagannath Rath Yatra.
Location: Puri (Orissa)

10. Meenakshi Temple

Meenakshi Temple

Location: Kanchipuram (Tamil Nadu)
One of the unique architectural histories in the world of temples is Meenakshi Temple. It is located in Madurai (Tamil Nadu) is dedicated to Goddess Parvati and her husband Lord Shiva. Its design, beauty of pillars attracts many tourists every year. On Friday, on Special poojas, 25,000 devotees are seen who come to receive Deity’s Blessings.
Location: Madurai (Tamil Nadu)

11.  Lingaraja Temple

Lingaraja Temple

Location: Kanchipuram (Tamil Nadu)
Lingaraja Temple, located in the Orissa which is popularly known as “Temple City of India”. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Vishnu. It attracts many historians due to its architectural style and beauty. Shivratri is celebrated here with joy and happiness. Remember Non-Hindus are restricted to enter the premises.
Location: Khurda district, Orissa

12. Kanchipuram Temple

Kanchipuram Temple

Location: Kanchipuram (Tamil Nadu)
Kanchipuram temple, located in Tamil Nadu is one of the fascinating pieces of architecture is the best-sacred place in India. Famous temples of Kanchi are Kamakshi Amman temple, Ekambareswarar Temple, and Varandaraja Perumal Temple.

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Monday, November 28, 2016

11 top tourist cities of India With Lip-Smacking Local Food

Which are Indian tourist cities with best local cuisine?
Indian tourist places with best local cuisine

Not For You If Don't Like To Travel Exotic Cities And Hate Mouth Watering Local Food

Do You Love To Travel to Visit Tourist Places? Do You Love Mouth Watering Local Food As Well? If Your Answer Is "Yes" Then enjoy....

1. Goa

Delicious food places in Goa

  • Pousada on the Beach, Calangute
  • La Plage, Ashwem beach
  • Noronha’s Corner, Anjuna
  • Surya Beach Cafe, Galgibag beach
  • Fish thali (fish with curry and rice): Two in Mapusa are busy Kamlabai (+91 985 070 3343), which adds a pungent, salted-dried prawn kismor to theirs, and Balgo, around for 50 years (+91 982 216 7004), still has its owner in the kitchen; Sabina’s thali (behind South Palolem beach) has a lemony, peppery flavour; Hotel Satpurush (+91 976 381 8044) is the go-to when you’re Pernem side; and Panaji’s Ritz Classic (+91 832 242 6417) serves a monster, a huge quantity of seafood at an unbeatable price. 
  • For Veg Breakfast: Café Real, Panaji: For Stunning roadside food :  Ros omelet (ros is Konkani for gravy, in this case, chicken, coconut, and lime juice) is a local delicacy, served after 7pm. Sandeep Gaddo, by Singbal bookshop in Panaji, serves one of the best. Wedged between the Mapusa bread and flower markets, there’s a small, nameless corner full of hardy market women wolfing down Mirchi pakora (batter-fried green chili) and chai. For the late, late snack, Ajit tea stall, outside the Mapusa bus stand, serves up a famous clam xacuti (curry) from 4am to 6am. And also in Mapusa, there’s an unnamed shop near the Rashtroli temple (opposite the Amul Milk Shop) serving incredible beetroot samosas.

2. Delhi 

The capital city is also the food capital of India, a surplus of dishes, from Chole-Bature, Chaats, Butter Chicken to Rajma Chawal and Parathe,  makes Delhi an ideal destination for an outstanding  treat, with a mix of popular Punjabi dishes and street food. One should not miss the variety of delights at Chandni Chowk and Bengali market. Delhi has amazing food options, dhabas, restaurants and high-end cafés.

Must visit
Dilli Haat is an open-air food plaza and craft bazaar located in Delhi, run by Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC). Unlike the traditional weekly market, the village Haat, Dilli Haat is permanent. It is located in the commercial centers of South Delhi, opposite INA market.
Best Food stalls at Dilli Hat

3. Amritsar 

After the Golden Temple and the Wagah Border, Amritsar is significantly admired for its delicious delicacies. The restaurants and dhabas offer excellent Punjabi food that gratifies the taste buds of a large number of food lovers. Don’t be surprised if you come back a few kilos heavier from Amritsar.  From Kesar da Dhaba  to Amritsari kulchas, from saatpuda, the city is a foodie’s delight. Make sure you don’t miss the hot jalebis from Gurdas Ram or thick lassi with cream on top at Kesar.

Places: Guru Ka Langar, Bharawan Da Dhaba, Paya at Pal Da Dhaba, Chicken Tikka Tandoori, Beera Chicken Corner, Mutton Chaap, Adarsh Meat Shop at  C-Block Market Complex near Rose Garden,  Ahuja Lassi, Bheja Fry-Mame Da Dhaba,  Jalebi-Sharma Sweet Shop, Fruit cream and Kulfi-Hall Bazaar and Gajar Ka Halwa-Novelty Sweets 

4.  Kolkata 

If sweets like Rasgullas and Sandesh are what comes to your mind on hearing Bengal, Kolkata offers you a list of never ending culinary delights. The fiery Jhaalmuri, Puchkas will set your tongue on fire and the unforgettable taste of Hilsa will leave you entranced.  The must-try items include Hilsa and Hetki fish as well as any sweet made from date Palm jaggery

Places: Tiretta Bazaar, Sun Yat Sen Street China Bazar;  Kathi Roll at Zeeshan, Sarat Bose Road; Nahoum & Sons Jewish Bakery, New Market; Regent, Chowringhee Place;  Kewpies, Elgin Lane for an authentic Bengali Meal; Bhim Chandra Nag, Nirmal Chandra Street for sweets; Gangurams, Bow Bazaar; Bohemian, Old Ballygunge 1st Lane for non-veg exotic dishes and Peter Cat, Park Street for Chello Kebab-a platter of steamed rice with two types of kebabs, topped with a fried egg and a slab of butter melting on top. 

5. Lucknow 

Head to Lucknow, if you wish to eat like a king. People especially stopover in Lucknow to devour the Galouti kebabs, kormas, parathas and the sheer mal. Lucknow brings forth some legendary food options for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. Lucknow is a great city to explore for cheap, street food. Tunde ke kebab made with minced lamb is an authentic delicacy as is the typical biryani from the city.

Places:  Tundey Kebabi, Aminabad; Idris Dhaba, Chowk area; Rahim ki Nihari; Prakash Kulfi, Aminabad road; Lalla Biryani, Chaupatiyan Chowk; Sakhawat Restaurant,  Qaiser Bagh Avenue Oudh Gymkhana Clubto name few.   

6.  Mumbai

The average restaurant and street food is amazing and most popular in Mumbai.

Places:   Kheema Pav at Gulshan -e-Iran, Crawford Market; White Biryani at Noor Mohmaddi, Bhendi Bazaar; Bun Maska and Mava samosa of Mervan’s, Grant road; Samosa with Chola at Guru Kripa , Sion; Jai Jawan at Bandra west; Vodka panipuri , Pratap Da Dhaba at , Oshiwara, Andheri West; Sizzlers at Kobe’s , Girgaum and Khao Gali, Ghatkopar east for exotic Dosa varieties

7.  Ahmadabad

A haven for vegetarians, one gets a plethora of delightful vegetarian delicacies in Gujarat. From the tasty khandvi, Dabeli, khakhra, and Dhokla  to the rich, creamy Basundi, and an assortment of chaats , the list never ends.

Places: Indu Ben Na Khakhra, Navrangpura; Das Kaka’s Khaman Outlets, Navarangpura; Asharfi Ni Kulfi,  Gurukul Road; Roadside Ketli with a Maska-Bun for kettle tea  at road side; At Manek Chowk for Paani Puri, Sev-Puri, Masala Dabeli, Tikki-Chat-Pakodi, Pav Bhaji, Jalebi and other delights;  Shree Ambika Dalvada Centre for unique in the country  Dalvadas which are crispy Gujarati evening snack equivalent to Pakoras or fritters.

8.  Hyderabad

A non- vegetarian’s dream come true, spicy and full of flavor, most of the cuisines revolve around meat and rice: local biryani and the stew chaakna and the chili curry will not fail any spice- lover. The famous Hyderabadi dum biryani is served throughout the country. That’s why biryani is synonymous to Hyderabad.

Places: ***Barbeque Nation, Paradise Restaurant, Bawarchi, Chutneys, ***Dakshin, Minerva Coffee Shop, ***Gufaa, ***Kangan, ***Sahib Sindh Sultan 

9.  Indore

Indore is possibly the food capital of Madhya Pradesh. Originally a market of jewelers, Sarafa is now known as the foodie bazaar. Traditional ‘Chaat’ houses and sweet sellers sit with their huge assortments of freshly made gulab jamuns, rabdi, kalakand, and malpuas.  One can see people enjoying ‘Kachoris’, ‘Samosas’ and ‘Tikkis’ Bhutte ka kiss is another famous dish, this mouth-watering specialty of Indore is a must try.

Places:  Apna Sweets, Vijay Nagar; Vijay Chaat House, Sarafa Bazar; Joshi Dahi Bada House, Sarafa Bazar; Sam's Momos, New Palasia; Rolls Mania, New Palasia; Ravi lpahar, Old Palasia; Lal Balti Ki Kachori, Jail Road; Johny Hot Dog, Navlakha; Swadisht Samosa Corner, Sarafa Bazar; Thelewala at Treasure Island Mall, South Tukoganj; Sawariya Chaat House, Sarafa Bazar; *** Oye Pappe,  Bhawar Kuan to name few 

10.  Jaipur

Jaipur is a popular destination for tourists. However, what makes it even more singular is the Rajasthani cuisine that this city presents. While you’re here, you must try the Dal Baati Churma with plenty of ghee to savor the cuisine of the region. Jaipur’s most famous street offering is the hot and spicy pyaaz ki kachori. Make sure you taste yummy Kathi rolls and tandoori tikkas as well as creamy lassi and kulfis.

Places:  Chicken Tikka at Sethi’s at Raja Park;  Egg Dishes at Sanjay Omelette restaurant; PaniPuri At Chawla’s, Raja Park; Nand’s GolGappa’s Opp. Chawala's at Raja Park; Lassi at Lassiwala, MI Road; Jal Mahal Ice cream parlor MI Road; Pandit Pav-bhaji opposite Birla Mandir, JLN Marg; Pyaz Kachori at Rawat Mishthan Bhandar, Sindhi Camp near bus stand; *** "1135 AD"- Near Sheela Mata Temple, Amer Palace, Amer; **Anokhi Cafe, Tapri Central,  Prithviraj Road, C-Scheme; Brown Sugar-Aurum Apartment, Tilak Marg, C-Scheme    

11.  Chennai

Here’s the place that gave India its favorite breakfast menu: Dosa, Idly, Sambar. A variety of chutneys, Chennai’s authentic Rasam, and vegetarian dishes the way only Tamilians can make it. And not to miss the filter coffee, Chennai is a sure show stopper for the food lover.

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

9 Web Researched Travel Operators in India You Can Trust

Who are the best travel operators in India?

Who are the best travel operators in India?

The trustworthiness and the ranking of Travel Operators in India mentioned below is based on web reviews and my personal experience. Readers are requested to re-check credibility of these tour companies

1 | MakeMyTrip 

Corporate office – Gurgaon, Haryana | Establishment – 2000 |
Business – Online Travel Company | Website – has revolutionized the travel industry in India. It was founded in the year 2000. In my opinion,  MakeMyTrip is one of the best online travel company offering domestic and international travel services which comprises of flight, train and bus tickets, holiday packages, hotel reservations and other products and services. The refund policies are good, including bus travel (even in the case of state-run bus services)

2 | Yatra

Corporate office – Gurgaon, Haryana | Establishment – 2006 |
Business – Online Travel company | Website – is India’s trustworthy  tour operator offering all travel related services and products. It is one of the best travel companies in India providing all the information, availability, pricing details, and bookings of domestic and international hotels, packages, train, flights and car rentals across 336 cities.

3 | Cleartrip

Corporate office – Mumbai, Maharashtra | Establishment – 2006 |
Business – Online Travel Company | Website – is an established online travel company with good reputation, headquartered in Mumbai. Cleartrip provides online travel services which include and international holiday packages, reservations, rail tickets, flight tickets and bus tickets. Cleartrip is rated one of the reliable online travel companies in India.

4 | Travelguru

Corporate office – Mumbai, Maharashtra | Establishment – 2005 |
Business – A reputed online travel agency | Website –
Since 2005 has been facilitating its customers to make wise travel decisions and planning trips.

5 | SOTC

Corporate office – Mumbai, Maharashtra | Establishment – 1949 |
Business – Tourism | Website –
India’s leading online travel company SOTC is Kuoni India’s travel brand. SOTC is among the top 10 travel companies in India having expertise in Escorted Tours, and Domestic Holidays, Free Individual Travel, Corporate tours, Trade Fair Tours and Customized Holidays.

6. | Goibibo

Corporate office – Gurgaon, Haryana | Establishment – 2009 |
Business – Travel & hospitality | Website – an MIG Group company established in 2009 has overpowered its competitors to emerge as one among the best travel companies in India. The one-stop online travel company features various travel services and products which allow the user to explore the largest range of destinations and hotels with the world’s leading online travel company.

7 | Thomas Cook

Corporate office – London, UK | Establishment – 1881|
Business – Tourism | Website –
Thomas Cook (India) Ltd is one of the leading travel companies in India operating in more than 98 cities and the worldwide offices are located in Sri Lanka and Mauritius. Services offered by Thomas Cook includes MICE, Corporate Travel Management, Foreign Exchange, Insurance, Leisure Travel and E-Business. Thomas Cook has been awarded the Most Trusted Brand in travel services by The Brand Trust Report™ and has won many prestigious awards in the travel category.

8 | Cox & Kings

Corporate office – Mumbai, Maharashtra | Establishment – 1758|
Business – Travel Company | Website –
Found in the year 1758 Cox & Kings is the leader of the travel industry in India. Companies Indian headquarter is located in Mumbai. Cox & Kings has 12 offices in India and global offices are located in UK, Japan, USA, Russia, Dubai, and Singapore. The services offered by the company are Outbound Tourism, Destination Management, Domestic Holidays, Trade Fairs, Business Travel etc.

9 | Expedia

Corporate office – Bellevue, Washington, U.S.| Establishment – 1996 |
Business – Online Travel Company | Website India –
Expedia, Inc. enables travelers to buy air tickets, hotels and holiday packages in any part of the world all from one place. Unlike other travel companies in India Expedia offers more than 75000 hotels and over 3000-holiday packages with additional features wherein a user can check the map and weather forecasts of the destination.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Is Yercuad The Best Hill Station in South India?

Yercuad scenery
Yercuad scenery

Yercuad scenery
Yercuad scenery from top

Forget Foreigners, Even Majority Indians Don't Know Mesmerizing Hill Station of Yercuad in South

Why should you hit the road to Yercuad?

  1. When top hill stations of India like Mussoorie, Darjeeling, Shimla freeze in winter, Yercuad remains pleasantly cool
  2. When top tourist hill stations are overcrowded, expensive and with a half hazard development, Yercaud is quite, blessed, shy and less expensive.
  3. None of the top hill attractions in the North and North-East have a wild life. Yercuad has!a

On the Shevaroys range in the Eastern Ghats, Yercaud lies as a little hill station in Salem Region in Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Arranged at an elevation of 1515 meters (4970 ft) above sea level, Yercaud Hill range is additionally called "Shevaroy Hills". Known as the "Jewel of the South". Yercaud area is ordinarily arid, however temperature never shoots over 30c and dip below 13c and hence; the Hill station appreciates a mellow atmosphere throughout the year.

Nature and life

Nature and life in Yercuad
Nature and life in Yercuad

A road to peace and tranquility in Yercuad
A road to peace and tranquility in Yercuad
The Hill station is home to numerous natural life similar to buffalo, deer, insect eating animal, bunnies, rabbits, foxes, mongoose, partridges, bulbuls, snakes, kites, sparrows, swallows, squirrels and heaven flycatchers.

Places worth visiting 

Lady's Seat, the National Orchidarium and Botanical Garden Kiliyur Falls, Arthur's Seat, Pagoda Point, Kaveri Peak and the Shevaroyan temple are important attractions

Yercaud is acclaimed for its Coffee and citrus fruits, especially oranges, bananas, pears and jack fruits. The woodlands of Yercaud are rich with teak, sandalwood, and silver oaks where the hill station is amazingly captivating and striking.

The hill station offers innumerable numbers of cost-effective Resorts and Home stay for the visitors.

Top home stays in Yercaud

  • The Last Shola
  • Grange Resort
  • Thiruvensun cottage
  • Baleymund Home stay
  • Ajith's Home stay
  • Windermere 

Resorts and Hotels

  1. Regent Hill Side Resort
  2. GRT Nature Trails Hotel
  3. Grand Palace Hotel & Spa Yercaud
  4. Rock Perch
  5. Lake Forest Hotel
  6. Golden Nest Resorts
  7. Clifton Inn
  8. Grange Resort
  9. TGI Star Holidays
  10. Wellington Hill Resort 

And many more

Places to visit in Yercaud

Big Lake Yercuad
Big Lake Yercuad

Big Lake

Known as the man-made lake and Emerald Lake, the Yercaud Big Lake is a standout amongst the most traveler attractive goals. The lake is edged by hills and natural shoals along with a beautifully maintained garden. One can likewise see a floating fountain in the lake. The lake has boating facilities. The lake, likewise has an island park; The Anna Park and Japanese garden which are an amazing excursion spot in Yercaud. Then again; lies in the heart of the town in between the Yercaud Library and Sports Club and the Monfort School, Ornamental Lake is also famous and it's known as Small Lake.

Shevaroy Temple
Shevaroy temple

Shevaroy Temple

Situated on top of the flat-topped Shevaroys hills, the Shevaroy temple is dedicated to Lord Shevaroyan. The temple consists of a narrow and dark cave which is tightly packed and the idols of Lord Shevaroyan and Goddess Kaveri are placed inside it. Visited by the native tribal's the temple celebrates its annual festival in the premises of this temple during the month of May every year. On the other hand, Servarayan temple of Yercaud is overflowing with the God Lovers and Adventure Seekers, Sri Raja Rajeshwary temple, Sri Murugan temple, Arulmigo Salapparain Muniyappa and Murugan temple is also popular in Yercaud.

Botanical Garden 

The best places to discover the world of flora and fauna the Botanical Garden houses, the Orchidarium and the greenhouse is home to a large number of green scientific species. It is one of the perfect spots to pick up knowledge about diverse types of plants. Yercaud is known for Kurinji flowers where the specialty of this flower is that the tree blooms once in twelve years. Situated about 2 Km from the lake, the National Orchidarium is India's third biggest ranking garden after the Orchidarium of Calcutta and Shillong. The Yercaud's Orchidarium is one of the most flawlessly maintained natural enclosures where the garden is cherished by millions and millions of gardening enthusiasts. The garden is closed on weekends.

Rainbow at Pagoda point
Rainbow at Pagoda point

The Pagoda Point 

Found on the eastern piece of Yercaud Hill, Pagoda Point is otherwise called Pyramid Point. Named after the four heaps of stones that structure a pyramid shape where the point is accepted to be developed by the nearby tribes. The pagoda point has lovely vibe and the sublime lap of nature that enhance the beauty significantly more. From this Point, one can observe the wonderful scenic view of a small town Salem and a tiny village called Kakambadi. The cliff, the nature, the sunrise and sunsets are mesmerizingly wonderful. The hypnotizing destination of Pagoda Point is worth visiting. It is encouraged to visit in the morning or nighttime, as the weather is pleasant with an extremely peaceful ambiance.

How to reach Yercuad

The nearest Airports

  • Tiruchirapalli (163 km),
  • Bangalore (230 km) and
  • Coimbatore (190 km).
  • Chennai (Madras).
  • Tiruchirapalli is the closest connection to Colombo (Sri Lanka)

The nearest railway station is Salem Junction
(exactly 39 km from our resort)

There are good roads connecting Yercaud to various places in South via. Salem.
It is 358 km from Chennai (via. Tindivanam)
(A better way would be to take the Bangalore highway and after the third toll gate, take a left to take the road to with a signboard showing the direction to Yelagiri Hills then proceed via Tirupattur, Harur, Uthangarai till you reach the bamboo forest at Manjavadi Kanavai. From there about in about 15 kilometres is a village named Kuppanur. Take a right turn there to reach Yercaud in 30 kilometres).
222 km from Bangalore
(via. Hosur - Krishnagiri - Dharmapuri - Salem - Yercaud)
190 km from Coimbatore (via. Avinashi)
163 km from Trichy (via. Namakkal)
271 km from Madurai (via. Karur)
80 km from Mettur (via. Thoppur)
144 km from Hogenakkal (via. Dharmapuri)
176 km from Tiruvannamalai (via. Harur)

There are regular bus services between Yercaud and Salem, which is connected to Madras, Madurai, Tiruchirapalli, Tiruvannamalai, Coimbatore, Bangalore, Pondicherry and Tirupati among other places.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Heavenly Trek to Spiritual Tungnath to Fulfill Your Wish

Ancient temple Tungnath which fulfills your wish
Ancient temple (1000yrs old Tungnath which fulfills your wish

Which is the highest temple in the world?

Tungnath is the highest Shiva temple in the world and is one of the five and the highest Panch Kedar temples located in the mountain range of Tunganath in Rudraprayag district, in the Indian state of Uttarakhand.

There is a strong belief that if you pray here, all your wishes are fulfilled


At an altitude of 3,680 m (12,073 ft), and just below the peak of Chandrashila, Tungnath temple is the highest Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is believed to be 1000 years old and is the third (Tritiya Kedar) in the pecking order of the Panch Kedars. It has a rich legend linked to the Pandavas, heroes of the Mahabharata epic.

What's the legend behind Tungnath?

Pandavas in search of Lord Shiva in Himalayas

The Tunganath myth is indelibly linked to the origin of the Panch Kedar temples built by the Pandavas. The legend states that sage Vyas Rishi advised the Pandavas that since they were culpable of slaying their own relatives (Kauravas, their cousins) during the Mahabharata war or Kurukshetra war, their act could be pardoned only by Lord Shiva. Consequently, the Pandavas went in search of Shiva who was avoiding them since he was convinced of the guilt of Pandavas. In order to keep away from them, Shiva took the form of a bull and went into hiding in an underground safe haven at Guptakashi, where the Pandavas chased him. But later Shiva’s body in the form of bull’s body parts rematerialized at five different locations that represent the "Panch Kedar" where Pandavas built temples of Lord Shiva at each location, to worship and venerate, seeking his pardon and blessings.

The heavenly trek

Bugyals (pastures) en route Tungnath from Chopta in evening light
Bugyals (pastures) en route Tungnath from Chopta in evening light 

Amazing trek in winter to Tungnath
Amazing trek in winter to Tungnath

Other than being a religious destination, Tungnath is also a well known trekking destination. The 4 km (2.5 mi) trek starts from Chopta (9,600 ft (2,926 m)), the nearest place on the NH 58. Chopta is 63 km (39 mi) from Rudraprayag towards Karnaprayag and is reached from Rishikesh via Devprayag, Srinagar and Rudraprayag in the state of Uttarakhand.

Easy Trek Suitable even for kids, women and physically fit elderly

Approaching Tungnath on a winter morning
Approaching Tungnath on a winter morning

Devotees visiting Tungnath during summer
Devotees visiting Tungnath during summer

Of all the Panch Kedar trek routes, the route to Tungnath is the shortest

Only 4 km (2.5 mi) from Chopta (on the Ukhimath Gopeshwar road) that can be covered in approximately 3–4 hours (depending on the trekker's physical ability).
The trek is a moderate (and sometimes steep) climb (9,600–12,000 ft (2,926–3,658 m)), the trek path is a stone paved with benches provided en route at intervals to rest and enjoy the most incredible views of the Chowkhamba, Nanda Devi, Neelkanth and Kedarnath peaks.

For physically fit and spiritually oriented travelers

I strongly recommend Panch Kedar road cum trek package or plan your own itinerary, the Tungnath being a part of this route.

Road cum trek

This is covering all five temples over a 170 km (105.6 mi) route (road cum trek length) starting from Rishikesh in the order of: Kedarnath, Tungnath, Rudranath, Madhyamaheswar and Kalpeshwar. The few pilgrims undertake this trekking pilgrimage to the shrine do so during summer months (end April or early May to September/October).

The beautiful trek of Chopta-Tungnath during winter

The stunning trek in winter to the "Lord of the peaks" or "Kingdom of Lord Shiva" starts from Chopta in Uttarakhand. 

Tungnath trail in November
Tungnath trail in November

One can reach the nearest settlement Chopta on Ukhimath-Gopeshwar road. There is a GMVN Tourist Guest House Ukhimath. Chopta has small shops and rooms available for trekkers. Though the road is right upto Chopta, on an odd winter day snow may block the road to Chopta and you may have to stay at Dugglabitha where there are a couple of resorts and camping sites.
On a sunny day in winter, it may take few hours to trek to Chopta. This place offers stunning views of Himalayan peaks - Kedar and Chaukhambha peaks.
The trail to Tungnath is five km uphill and is accessible by foot only. The trek is heavenly in winter with incredible surrounding views and awesome snow covered path and peaks.

Some precautions for winter trekkers

  1. Carry packaged food and sufficient water.
  2. Take a pair of snow-boots (or lease it from Duggalbitha).
  3. Should wear sunscreen and shades.
  4. Consider starting earlier in the day.

Airport and Rail Head

The nearest airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun (258 km (160 mi)). The nearest railway station is at Rishikesh (241 km (150 mi))

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