New Delhi Travel Guide

New Delhi Travel Guide

This is where it all begins. And this is where it ends. For centuries, this is the place that has given hope to dreamers.

The Mughal invasions, the British conquest, a free India – Delhi has been the hub of it all. This is not a poet’s paradise – no nightingales singing on full moon nights – but a place crowded with the dreams of pioneers. Here, even a poet will sing of power.

Situated about 160 km south of the Himalayas, Delhi, the capital of India, stands on the west bank of the Yamuna River, a tributary of the Ganges. It is bounded on the east by the state of Uttar Pradesh and on the north, west, and south by Haryana. The Red Fort, Rashtapati Bhawan, Qutub Minar and India Gate occupy pride of place here. Other prominent historical monuments include Jama Masjid, Safdarjung Museum, Diwan-i-am, Diwan-i- khas, Jantar Mantar and Lotus temple. No visit to Delhi, is complete without a stopover at Connaught Place, the commercial centre and just the place for a quick bite or to pick up a souvenir.

Climate
The summer season lasts from mid-March to the end of June, with average maximum and minimum temperatures of 36º C and 25º C. The monsoon season, following the hot summer, continues until the end of September, with an average rainfall of about 26 inches. The winter season extends from late November to mid-February. The coldest month is January, when both the mean maximum temperature and the mean minimum temperature are at their lowest–21º C and 7º C, respectively. Best time to visit: October to March.

Festivals
Republic Day (26th January) is a big affair with marchpast, colorful parades and floats from various states. The Beating Retreat which marks the end of celebrations on 29th January, is a moving ceremony with military bands playing at Vijay Chowk. The Surajkund Crafts Fair, near Delhi, in January, is another must-visit. The Garden Festival, a spectacular flower show is held in February. In June, is the International Mango Festival. Other festivals celebrated are Holi, Diwali, Baisakhi, Id, Good Friday, Christmas, Mahavir Jayanti and others.

Baisakhi The solar new year’s day is observed on this day throughout northern India, which is also the new year’s day of Tamil Nadu. For Hindus, it is significant of the days of the descent of the Ganges to the earth, and people take holy dips in rivers. The Sikhs attach religious significance to day, as it is day of the formation of the Singh, who converted the Sikhs into a martial race. It is also the harvest festival of the Punjab and is celebrated with dances and gaiety.

Places to See
Old Delhi Kashmir Gate, Mutiny Memorial, Ashoka Pillar The Kashmir Gate, at the northern end of the walled city was the scene of desperate fighting when the British retook Delhi during the Mutiny. West of here near Sabzi Mandi, is the Mutiny Memorial erected by the British to the soldiers who lost their lives during the uprising. Near the monument is Ashoka Pillar, and like the one in Feroz Shah Kotla it was brought here by Feroz Shah Tughalaq.


The red sandstone walls of Lal Qila the Red Fort extend for two km and vary in height from 18 m from the river side to 33m on the city side. Shah Jahan started construction of the massive fort in 1638 and it was completed in 1648. The Red Fort dates from the very peak of the Mughal Power. When the emperor rode out on elephant- back into the streets of Old Delhi. It was a display of pomp and power at its most magnificent. Today the fort is typically Indian with would be guides leaping forth to offer their services as soon as you enter. The Yamuna river used to flow right by the eastern edge of the fort and filled the 10 cm deep moat.Now the river is about 1 km to the cast and the moat is empty.

Chandni Chowk
Jain Temple, Sunehri Masjid, Fatehpuri Mosque. The main street of Old Delhi is the colorful shopping Bazaar known as Chandni Chawk. At the east end of Chandni Chowk, there is a Digmbara Temple with a small marble courtyard surrounded by a colonnade. There is an interesting Bird Hospital here run by the Jains. Next to the Kotwali (old Police Station) is the Sunehri Masjid. In 1739, Nadir Shah, the Persian Invader, who carried off the Peacock throne when he sacked Delhi, stood on the roof of this mosque and watched while his soldiers conducted a bloody massacre of Delhi’s inhabitants. The west end of Chandni Chawk is marked by the Fatehpur Mosque, which was erected in 1650 by one of Shah Jahan’s wives.

Khirki Masjid & Jahanpanah
This interesting mosque with its four open courts dates from 1380. The nearby village of Khirki also takes its name from the mosque. Close to the mosque are remains of the fourth city of Delhi Jahanpanah including the high Bijai Mandal platform and the Begumpur Mosque with IRS multiplicity of domes.

India Gate
This 42 km stone arch of the triumph stands at the eastern end of Rajpath. It bears the names of 85,000 Indian army soldiers who died in the campaigns of WWI the North west Frontier operations of the same time and the 1919 Afghan fiasco.

Secretariat Buildings
The north and south Secretariat Buildings lie on either side of Rajpath on Rajasthan Hill. These imposing buildings topped with chattries (small domes) now house the ministries of finance and External Affairs respectively

Lahore Gate
The main gate to the fort takes its name from the fact that it faces towards Lahore now, in Pakistan. During the struggle of independence, one of the nationalist’s declarations was that they would see the Indian flag flying over the Red Fort in Delhi. You enter the fort here and immediately find yourself in a vaulted arcade, the Chatta Chowk.

Rang Mahal
or the Palace of Color further south of Diwan-i-Khas ,took its name from the painted interior which is now gone.On the floor in the center is a beautifully carved marble lotus and the water flowing along the channel from the Shahi Burj used to end up here.

Mumtaz Mahal
There is a small museum of archeology in Mumtaz Mahal still further south along the eastern wall.

Jama Masjid
The great mosque of Old Delhi is both the largest in India and the final architectural extravagance of Shah Jahan. It has three great gateways, four angle towers and two minarets standing 40 km high and constructed of alternating vertical strips of red sandstone and white marble. The eastern gateway was originally opened for the emperor and is now only open on Fridays and Muslim festival days. The courtyard of the mosque can hold 25,000 people. It is possible to climb the southern minaret. The views in all directions are superb, Old Delhi, the Red Fort and the Polluting factories beyond it across the river and New Delhi to south.

Shahi Burj
This modest three storeyed octagonal tower at the north eastern edge of the fort was once shah Japans private working area.From here water used to flow south through the Royal Baths the Diwan-a -Khas, the Khas Mahal and the Rang Mahal.

Khas Mahal, south of the Diwan-I-Khas, was the Emperor’s private palace, divided into rooms for worship, sleeping, and living.

Moti Masjid
Built in 1659 by Aurangzeb for his own personal use the small and totally enclosed Pearl Mosque made of marble is next to the Baths. One curious feature of the mosque is that its outer walls are oriented exactly to be in symmetry with the rest of the fort while the inner walls are slightly askew so that the mosque has the correct orientation with Mecca.

Coronation Durbar Site
This is a must for incurable Raj fans looking for their fix of nostalgia. It’s north of Old Delhi and is best reached by an auto rickshaw. In a desolate field stands a lone obelisk and this is where in 1877 and 1903 the durbars were enacted. It was also here in1911 that King George V was declared emperor of India. If you look closely you can still see the old boy, a statue of him rises ghost-like out of the bushes nearby where it was unceremoniously dumped after being removed from the canopy midway along the Rajpath between India Gate and Rashtrapati Bhavan. Further inspection reveals other imperial dignitaries languishing in the scrub. These days this historic bit of spare ground is used for backyard cricket matches.

Feroz Shah Kotla
Erected by Feroz Shah Tughlaq in 1354 the ruins of Ferozabad the fifth city of Delhi can be found at Feroz Shah Kotla, just off Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg between and New Delhi. In the fortress-palace is a 13 m high sandstone Ashoka Pillar inscribed with Ashoka’s edicts. The remains of an old mosque and a fine wall can also be seen in the area, but most of the ruins of Ferozabad were used for the constriction of later cities.

Lodi Tombs
About 3 km to the west of Humayuns’s tomb and adjoining the India International Center are the Lodi Gardens. In these well-kept gardens are the Tombs of the Sayid and Lodi rulers.

Safdarjang Tomb
Beside the small Safdarjang airport, this tomb was built in 1753-54 by the Nawab of Avadh for his father, Safdarjang and is one of the last examples of Mughal architecture before the final remnants of the great empire collapsed. The tomb stands on a high terrace in an extensive garden.

Hauz Khas
Situated midway between Safdarjang and the Qutab Minar, this area was once the reservoir for the second city of Delhi, Siri which lies slightly to the east. Interesting sights here include Feroz Shah’s Tomb and the remains of an ancient college. It was around this area that Tamerlane defeated the forces of Muhammad Shah Tughlaq in 1398 .

Bahai House of Worship
Lying to the east of Siri is this building shaped like a lotus flower. Completed in 1986, it is set amongst pools and gardens and adherents of any faith are free to visit the temple and pray or meditate silently according to their religion.

Rashtrapati Bhavan
The official residence of the president of India stands at the opposite end of the Rajpath from India gate. Completed in 1929, the palace-like building is an interesting blend of Mughal and western architectural styles, the most obvious Indian feature being the huge copper dome. To the west of the building is a Mughal garden which occupies 130 hectors.

 

 

Sansad Bhavan
Although another large and imposing building, Sansad Bhavan, the Indian Parliament building, stands almost hidden and virtually unnoticed at the end of Sansad Marg, or Parliament St, just north of Rajpath.The building is a circular colonnaded structure 171m in diameter. Permits to visit the Parliament and sit in the public gallery are available from the reception office on Raising Road, but you will need a letter of introduction from your embassy.

Connaught Place
Located at the northern end of New Delhi, Connaught Place is the Business and tourist centre. It is a vast traffic island with an architecturally uniform series of colonnaded buildings around the edge mainly devoted to shops, banks, restaurants and airline offices.

Jantar Mantar
A short stroll down Sansad Marg from Connaught Place, this red structure is one of the oberservatories built by Maharaja Jaising II. This was built in 1725 and there is a huge sundial known as the Prince of Dials.This is an interesting place to visit.

Laxmi Narayan Temple
Situated due west of Connaught Place this garish modern temple was erected by the Industrialist BD Birla in 1938. It’s dedicated to Lakshmi the goddess of prosperity and good fortune and is commonly known as Birla Mandir.

Rajpath
The kingsway is another focus of Lutyen’s New Delhi. It is immensely broad and is flanked on either side by ornamental ponds. The Republic Day Parade is held here on every 26th January.

Raj Ghat
North-West of Firoz Shah Kotla, on the banks of the Yamuna, a simple square platform of black marble marks the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated following his assassination in 1948. A commemorative ceremony takes place each Friday, the day he was killed. Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Indian Prime minister was cremated just to the north at Shanti Vana (Forest of Peace) in 1964. His daughter Indira Gandhi who was killed in 1984 and grandsons Sanjay (1980) and Rajiv Gandhi (1991) were also cremated in this vicinity. The Raj Ghat area is now a beautiful park. The Gandhi Memorial Museum here is well worth a visit; a macabre relic is the pistol with which Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated.

Qutab Minar Complex
The buildings in this complex, 15 km south of Delhi gate from the onset of Muslim rule in India, are fine examples of early Afghan architecture. Qutab Minar is nearly 73m high and tapers from a 15 m diameter base to just 2.5 m at the top. The tower has five distinct storeys each marked by a protecting balcony. The first three storeys are made of red sandstone, the fourth and fifth of marble and sandstone. Although Qutab-ud-din began construction of the tower, but he could complete the first storey only. His successors completed it and in 1368, Firoz Shah Tughlaq rebuilt the top storeys and added a cupola. The earthquake brought the cupola down in 1803, an English man replaced it with another in 1829.

Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque
At the foot of Qutab Minar stands the first mosque to be built in India, the Might Quwwat of Islam Mosque. The original mosque was built on the foundations of a Hindu temple and an inscription over the east gate states that it was built with materials obtained from demolishing “27 idolatrous temples”.

Alai Minar
When Ala-ud-din made his additions to the mosque, he also conceived a far more ambitious construction programme. He would build a second tower of victory, exactly like the Qutab Minar, except it would be twice as high! When he died the tower had reached 27m and no-one was willing to continue his over ambitious project. The uncompleted tower stands to the north of the Qutab Minar and the mosque.

This 07 metre high pillar stands in the courtyard of the mosque and has been there since long before the mosque’s construction. A six line Sanskrit line indicates that it was initially erected outside a Vishnu Temple, possibly in Bihar. It was raised in memory of the Gupta King Chandragupta Vikramaditya who ruled from 375 to 413.

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India Trip

India Trip has something to provide for everyone, with regards to tourism and travel. Hill stations, deserts and temples, cultural heritage of Rajasthan in North IRajasthan-travelndia, Gujarat, and Maharashtra temples and holy places throughout the nation representing civilizations, and you will find the world’s biggest peninsula’s sea beaches. Aside from all of these there’s also another side of traveling within the country, it’s the discovery of the incredible India. It is present in the individuals, their divergent civilizations, social lives, many dense woods throughout the nation, and in less explored Kerala, the city of Gods, and Odisha, the city of Lord Jagannath, the favorite destination of tens of thousands of devotees from Western nations.

Irrespective of age group, ethnic background, location and belief, India Vacations offers something for everybody. Hill Stations in South India, though fewer in number provide no place to go for them, while hill stations in North India is the destination of countless inland and international tourists and travelers. For individuals there are other choices which are off the beaten trail and provides new avenues of amusement and experience. Some sorts of travels that are distinctive in nature that tourist or a traveler could undertake in India would be India luxury tours and India Trip that are amazing.

There’s also the golden triangle excursionTraditional Kerala Travels of Delhi, Jaipur And Agra. Travel to Shimla the queen of hill stations in Shivalik Express. Travel to Darjeeling along with other hill stations in North East area. These are just a few and there are several others which may be taken up as luxury tours within the country. A few of the India amazing tours include the tiger safari and lion safaris in the woods of Kajiranga, Gir and also Ranthambhore or trekking in the hilly terrains in North Indian Gaharwal regions. It can also be sailing on the house boats in the extreme north in Dal lakes of Kashmir or in the extreme south in the backwaters in Kochi in Kerala. It could even be looking for the large quantity of flora and fauna in less explored areas within the country which has a lot of things to provide for research scholars and historians.

Traditional Rajasthan Travels

Vaishno Devi Yatra

I am working for a hotel in Delhi and after so much of hectic schedule I was able get some time to travel myself. After discussing with my family we decided to visit Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine in Jammu. The month for travelling was chosen October. The reason for choosing the October month was, because its not too hot and not too cold which makes travelling with kids comfortable. This time we decided not to go by an AC train, my wife had an idea of travelling with a sleeper class, so that we can enjoy the interaction with other travellers and also to enjoy the local tea and other eatables available through local vendors in a moving train. When I decided to book the tickets, I was surprised to see that seats were not available for coming back. So I booked for going, but surprisingly when I was booking the online tickets through IRCTC online, if found that few seats are available in Jammu Mail. I booked it immediately. As we lived in Delhi, so it was not difficult for us to reach to old delhi railway station in time, we took and auto rickshaw and reached in time, as it is a night train, we decided to pack our dinner so that we can have it in the train. We packed some poorie and dry aaloo & some pickles etc. Once we occupied our seats.

Till Panipat we were not able get our birth completely as there were many people travel daily from Delhi to Panipat for doing jobs and businesses and they were occupying and sharing our births. Finally after Panipat we got our births and we opened them and went for sleep, it is advisable to tie your luggage with chain and keep an eye on it, especially when you are travelling in sleeper class.

Agra Travel Guide

Agra Travel Guide

About Agra Travel Guide
Agra Travel Guide – Agra hosts some of the world famous landmarks that are epitome of love and beauty. In terms of ambience, it is still associated with its memorable Mughal period. As visitors walk down the narrow bustling streets, they can’t help but wonder if the man contentedly smoking a hookah is a direct descendent of some bygone Mughal. Even the most modern areas of the town, such as the cantonment, date back over a hundred years.

The Taj Mahal, which is essentially one man’s monumental testimony to love, has become synonymous not only with this city but with India as a whole. Agra, with its laid-back lifestyle and wealth of architecture, handicrafts and jewellry, is amongst the most remarkable cities of the world.

While approaching Agra from Delhi, one passes through the religious cities of Mathura and Vrindavan, celebrated in Indian lore and legends. The road from Agra to Jaipur includes Bharatpur and Deeg in its circuit, while the one heading east offers Gwalior and the exquisite temples of Khajuraho as places of tourist attraction.

Agra city livens up during the festive time of the Taj Mahotsav which is organised during February. Its a 10 day extravaganza which is held in the Shilpgram which is close to Taj Murals.It brings out the arts, crafts and culture of India. It has classical dance and song performances by well known artists in India. Apart from this ghazal programmes are also organised and not to miss out on Camel and Elephant rides and Games which are a pass time for Children and elders also. Agra is best known for its Id Melas and the colourful Tazias taken out on Muharram.

Best Season
Summers are very hot and winters chilling cold. The temperature difference between the summers and winters is very high. The monsoon although provides some respite from the heat but the rains leaves the city very dirty. It is better to plan your Agra trip between the months of March and October.

Places to see

The Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal is one of the wonders of the world and is the epitome of love, beauty and sacrifice. It was built by Shah Jahan in the memory of his queen, Mumtaz Mahal. The construction of this masterpiece is believed to have taken 22 years to complete with over 20,000 craftsmen working round the clock. Even as the world is caught in the skirmishes of War & peace, Nuclear and Non-Nuclear; Taj has stood as the epitome of love. This extravagant monument of love is one of the most visited and most photographed places in the world.

Taj Mahal which was built by Shah Jahan to express his eternal love for his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal was the culmination point of Indo-Persian architecture. The Mughal Emperors were always fond of constructing monuments. Perhaps they knew that they would be gone but these structures will remind the world of their grandeur. Shah Jahan was particularly fond of constructing extravagant monuments. He built the city of Shah Jahanabad which today is called the old Delhi. He loved construction but more than that, he loved his wife. He compared Mumtaz Mahal’s beauty with the light of heaven. She died while giving birth to her fourteenth child. Shah Jahan was so shocked by her death that his hair turned grey overnight.

Itmad-ud-Duala
Situated opposite the Taj Mahal, on the other side of the River Yamuna, Itmad-ud-Duala houses a magnificent mausoleum of Ghias Beg, father of Noor Jehan. This tomb belongs to the father of Nur Jahan, Ghias-ud-Din Beg. He was the Wajir or the Chief Minister of Emperor Jehangir. This white marble tomb was built by Nur Jahan between 1622 and 1628. The tomb may not be as mammoth as the Taj but the inlay designs and carvings are no less than Taj if not more. The delicate marble latticework in the passages allows the light to enter the interiors. A similar tomb was built by Nur Jahan for Jehangir in Lahore. This tomb was the first complete marble Moghul structure.

Jehangirs Palace
This was built by Akbar for his favorite son Jehangir to provide him with the comfort and luxury inside the fort. This palace displays an excellent combination of Hindu and Muslim architecture.

Dayal Bagh
Dayal Bagh is the birthplace of the Radhaswami sect which was founded by a banker of Agra, Swami Shiv Dayal, in 1861. It is a place of pilgrimage for members of this sect and a temple is being built here in honour of their fourth Guru.

Agra Fort
Agra Fort on the banks of the River Yamuna, is situated in the center of the town. Built principally as a military establishment by Akbar in 1565, the red sandstone Agra fort was partially converted into a palace during Shah Jahan’s time. Though the principle structure was built by Akbar many more additions were made by his grandsons.

Jama Masjid
Built by Shah Jahan in 1648, the main gate of this mosque has inscription written on it that it was built by Jahanara Begum. She was the favorite daughter of Shah Jahan and was imprisoned with him. The absence of minarets and the shape of the dome gives it a distinguished character.

Chini-Ka-Rauza
A tomb of glazed tiles is a memorial dedicated to poet-scholar and later the Prime Minister of Shah Jahan, Allama Afzel Khal Mullah Shukrullah of Shiraz. The China Tomb is 1 km north of the Itimad-ud-daulah. The squat, square Tomb surmounted by a single huge dome was constructed by Afzal Khan. The exterior was covered in brightly coloured enameled tiles and the whole building clearly displayed its persian influence.

Sikandra
Situated across the Yamuna, about 4 km away, it houses the tomb of Emperor Akbar. An interesting feature here is that one cannot see all the four minarets situated here from one point – one of them is always behind the other in the viewer’s line of vision.

Van Vihar Wildlife Sanctuary
It is situated 50 km from Agra and spreads over an area of 52 square km. It harbors many species of animals and birds. It can be approached from Agra by taxi or bus or by train upto Dholpur. Accommodation is available in Forest Department rest houses within the sanctuary itself.

Mariyam Tomb
This tomb is dedicated to the wife of Akbar. The red sand stone tomb was built in 1611 and is on the Delhi- Agra highway. The carvings on the tomb of Mariyam-us-Zamani are worth giving a closer look.

Ram Bagh
When Babur came to India he laid the first Mughal gardens 500 m North of the Chini Ka Rauza. These well laid gardens are not even a fraction of what they used to be. It will need lots of imagination to picture how these gardens must have looked in 1558.

Fatehpur Sikri
37 kms from Agra is built a city predominantly in Red Sandstone called Fatehpur Sikri. This town was built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar. He had planned this city as his capital but shortage of water compelled him to abandon the city and within 20 years the capital of Mughals was shifted to Lahore. Fatehpur Sikri was built during 1571 and 1585.

Firozabad
44 km away from Agra, it is an important handicraft and industrial center famous for glassware, especially glass bangles and cut-glass items.

Delhi Jaipur Agra Tourism

Delhi Jaipur Agra Tourism

Delhi Jaipur Agra Tourism is also called Golden Triangle Tour in India. This is one of the most popular tour in India. Agra is famous because the one of the seven wonders called Taj Mahal is situated here. Jaipur is also called the pink city. If your are on a visiting India on a business trip or leisure trip, you must visit Delhi Agra Jaipur tours India

Our Taj Mahal travel packages include all the facets of touring like accommodation, transportation etc. with professional arrangement. The travel to Taj Mahal becomes more pleasurable with the assistance of our experienced guides. Hence, if you are planning for Agra Taj Mahal travel, don’t forget to avail our services.

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Kashmir Travel Guide

Kashmir Travel Guide
Set like a jewelled crown on the map of India, Kashmir is a multi-faceted diamond, changing its hues with the seasons – always extravagantly beautiful. Two major Himalayan ranges, the Great Himalayan Range and the Pir Panjal, surround the landscape from the north and south respectively. They are the source of great rivers, which flow down into the valleys, forested with orchards and decorated by lily-laden lakes.

Kashmir Travel Guide

The Mughals aptly called Kashmir ‘Paradise on Earth’ where they journeyed across the hot plains of India, to the valley’s cool environs in summer. Here they laid, with great love and care, Srinagar’s many formal, waterfront gardens, now collectively known as the Mughal Gardens. Anecdotes of four and five centuries ago describe their love for these gardens, and the rivalries that centred around their ownership. They also patronized the development of art & craft among the people of Kashmir, leaving behind a heritage of exquisite artisanship among thes people and making the handicrafts of the land prized gifts all over the world.

Kashmir Travel Guide

Kashmir is a land where myriad holiday ideas are realised. In winter, when snow carpets the mountains, there is skiing, tobogganing, sledge-riding, etc. along the gentle slopes. In spring and summer, the honey-dewed orchards, rippling lakes and blue skies beckon every soul to sample the many delights the mountains and valleys have to offer. Golfing at 2,700 m above the sea, water-skiing in the lakes and angling for prized rainbow trout, or simply drifting down the willow fringed alleys of lakes in shikaras and living in gorgeous houseboats are some of the most favorite  activities.

Season
In summer, daisies carpet parks and gardens all over Kashmir

Kashmir has four distinct seasons, each with its own peculiar character and distinctive charm. These are spring, summer, autumn and winter.

Spring, which extends roughly from March to early May, is when a million blossoms carpet the ground. The weather during this time can be gloriously pleasant at 23oC or chilly and windy at 6oC. This is the season when Srinagar experiences rains, but the showers are brief.

Summer extends from May until the end of August. You may require light woollens to wear out of Srinagar. In higher altitudes night temperatures drop slightly. Srinagar at this time experiences day temperatures of between 25oC and 35oC. At this time, the whole valley is a mosaic of varying shades of green – rice fields, meadows, trees, etc. Srinagar with its lakes and waterways is a heaven after the scorching heat of the Indian plains.

Shalimar Gardens in autumn
The onset of autumn, perhaps Kashmir’s loveliest season, is towards September, when green turns to gold and then to russet and red. The highest day temperatures in September are around 23 C and night temperatures dip to 10 C by October, and further drop by November, when heavy woolens are essential.

Kashmir Valley in winter
Through December, to the beginning of March is winter time, which presents Srinagar in yet another mood. Bare, snow-covered landscapes being watched from beside the warmth of a fire is a joy that cannot be described to anyone who has not experienced it. Some houseboats and hotels remain open in winter-these are either centrally heated or heated with ‘bukharis’, a typically Kashmiri stove kept alight with embers of wood, quite effective in the winter.

Kerala Travel Guide

Kerala Travel Guide

Kerala Travel Guide

Kerala is situated in the tropical Malabar Coast of Southern India. The state has distinction of having the highest literacy rate in comparison to the other state of India. Kerala- God’s own country is the tagline adopted for the promotion of tourism in the state by the Government. Kerala has emerged as one of the top tourist spots in India. The green strip that is Kerala is known for its panoramic natural beauty, art and culture and bio- diversity.

The state of Kerala is spread over the area of 38,863 sq. km. it is divided into 14 districts. Thiruvananthapuram is the capital city of Kerala. Hinduism, Christianity and Islam are the main religion of the state with Malayalam being its official language. The climate of the state is very pleasant as it is situated at the costal area of India. Temperature rarely deeps below 18° C in the winter season and exceeds 33° C in the summer. Kerala Travel Services offers Kerala Travel Guide to offer you the complete information on Kerala

How to get there?
Kerala is accessible with all mode of transport like airways, railways and roadways to its major cities.

Major Cities
Alleppey : Often referred as Venice of the East, this place is famous for its fascinating beaches.

Ernakulam : Also known as Kochi, it is the famous port of India. This is also highly industrialized region of Kerala. Bolghatty Palace, Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue etc. are some of the famous places in the city.

Kannur : This is the sea coast town in the northern Malabar area. Aaralam Wildlife Sanctuary, Dharmadam Island, Moppila Bay etc. are some of the prime destinations in this city.

Kottayam : Located in the southern part of Kerala is an important commercial center of Kerala. Bharananganam, Valiyapalli Church, Cheryapalli etc. are worth seeing here.

Munnar : Munnar is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams namely Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. Kuthumkal Waterfalls and Observatory Hills are the sites one should not miss.

Kozhikode (Calicut) : Historically important, Vasco da Gama first landed in India, at Kappad near Kozhikode in 1498 AD. Pookot Lake, Ettumanoor Temple, Pazhassi Raja Museum are some of the famous tourist destinations of this place.

Thiruvananthapuram : This is the capital city of Kerala. Aaranmula Boat Race, Varkala Beach, Aaranmula, Aarattu, Agastyarkoodam are some of the tourist attractions of this city.