Sunday, 12 January 2020

Haridwar

For centuries, Haridwar is a place that preserves the Hindu religion and mysticism. Haridwar literally means "Gateway of God", located on the banks of the Ganges River, this small town is undoubtedly one of the holiest Hindu places in the world. This discreet city, chaotic and unforgiving, witnesses millions of pilgrims every year. The place is also a gateway to Char Dham or four religious centers: Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri, which promise sacred, adventure and cultural experiences for travelers.
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Religiously, Haridwar is more important than the Rishikesh neighborhood, with a clamorous crowd in Har-ki-Pauri at night time, aarti, impressive temples, ashrams and in general an aura of religious fervor, making it a religious potpourri. It goes without saying that, being a religious city, it hosts several religious festivals throughout the year. Some of the renowned festivals are Kumbh Mela, Kavad Mela, Somvati Amavasya Mela and Ganga Dussehra.

Sights & Activities:
Har-ki-Pauri – This is the signature attraction of Haridwar, which literally means the ‘Footsteps of God’. According to legend, Lord Vishnu dropped some heavenly nectar and left behind his footsteps here. Despite of fast current of Ganges, pilgrims take a dip holding chains fixed with the bar of ghats and donate money to the priests and shrines. Every evening an illustrious Ganga aarti (river worship ceremony) is staged here. This is best thing one can watch in Haridwar. The best times to visit the place are early in the morning and just before nightfall.



Mansa Devi & Chandi Devi Temples – Mansa Devi temple is situated on the hilltop and can be reached through a cable car. The path is lined with stalls selling Prasad (food offering in religious ceremonies). Travelers can also walk down 1.5 km path, but monkeys are atrocious here. Another temple Chandi Devi temple is located on Neel Hills, 4 km southeast of Haridwar. Many pilgrims combine these two temples in a same cable car, or one can walk through 4 km and reach there.



Haridwar Ashram Stay – Many travellers, especially foreigners make a beeline for Rishikesh to learn yoga and Hindu spiritual practice. However, no one can deny a few but serious ashrams in Haridwar run by learned masters and less commercial pursuit. Two most notable ashrams are: Sri Prem Nagar Ashram and Mohyal Ashram

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Rajaji National Park - This unspoilt park is located almost 13 km from Haridwar, covering 820 sq.km in the forested foothills a home to number of elephants, a few tigers, deers, leopards, a handful of sloth beers and some 300 species of birds.  Unlike other national parks where elephant safari is predominant, this national park offers only jeep safari, accommodating a maximum of 8 people. If anyone wants to stay overnight in the forest, there are three historic but rudimentary rest houses in the park. Staying in one of the rest houses will make the entry fee valid for three days. There is no food available in the rest houses, so one need to arrange food from Chilla. The comfortable stay is in Chilla GMVN rest house outside the park.

Pic Courtesy by: rajajinationalpark.co.in

Bara Bazar - Located on the railroad road, Bara Bazar is a popular shopping place in Haridwar. As Haridwar is a religious city, all you can expect here are the elements that are required in a Pooja (Adoration). However, in Bara Bazar you are also likely to find  handicraft items. Rudraksha seeds, Churan (digestive powders) and a variety of Methai (Sweets) made with mawa & milk can also be brought from Bara Bazar. Ayurvedic medicines are also a fairly popular purchase in the market.

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ShantiKunj - It is the headquarters of one of the most famous spiritual and social organizations, the All World Gayatri Parivar in India. Located on the banks of the Ganges River and at a distance of about 5 km from the Haridwar train station, a large number of people approach Shantikunj in search of spiritual guidance, as it adds to your spiritual journey in the city. Shantikunj key features are social reforms, psychosocial engineering, self-sufficient development of rural India, comprehensive training programs, resurgence of Vedic culture, reinvestigation of Vedic literature and methods of Sadhana, sixteen sanskar (sacramental rites), Worshiping the deity of human life through the triple path of Upasana, Sadhana and Aradhana, and Ascent and Empowerment of Women and Transformation of Youth: Shiksha and Vidya (Education, knowledge and just intellect).
Pic Courtesy by: hindi.awgp.org


Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Charre-Marre Waterfall

After writing about the famous waterfall of India, The Mandwa Waterfall Waterfall, let's come towards the most Unexplored place of Chhattisgarh which is Charre-Marre Waterfall.


Charre-Marre Waterfall is located in Kanker district which is sixteen meter high zig-zag waterfall on the Jogidhara river. In the dense forest of Pinjadin valley, at the small stream of Nirgud, Chare Mare waterfall comes into existence.
The Charre-Marre Waterfall in Kanker District of Chhattisgarh State is Approx 17 Kms away from Antagarh City, on the way to Gaon Aamabera, there is a place or gaon called Charre Marre. The deep valley is horse-shoe shaped or resembles the English letter ‘U’ and comprises of green and dark black granite rocks, through which the serene Antagarh river flows ( local people refer it as Jogi river). Every year thousands of tourists from all over the world and from all across India visit this beautiful and picturesque waterfall. The waterfall is definitely a feast for your eyes.

One of the unique feature of this waterfall is that this is the only fall in Bastar division, which can be enjoyed as one complete view, otherwise in other waterfalls like Tirathgarh. Chitrakote e.t.c, you have to come down to the fall depth to enjoy in its extreme. So, Charre-marre is not provided by any watch tower or gallery, in fact, it is beautiful from any view. On one side of its upper view, there lie two idols of Lord Hanuman. One of which is ruined and kept exposed outside, while the other one is still in better condition, and kept inside a house shaped temple, built by the local bodies. Mostly people used to offer nearby stones or pebbles to Lord Hanuman's Idols. as the local people believe that clapping and then offering stones (during prayers) will render them blessing when the stone will be accepted.

Source: www.indianholiday.com

Connectivity :

Located approx 10 kilometers away from Antagarh City of District Kanker, Chhattisgarh and approx 85 kilometers away from Chitrakoot. It is only reached by road lines.

The nearest airport to reach Charre-Marre Waterfall is in Raipur, the capital city of Chhattisgarh. The airport stands name as Swami Vivekananda Airport situated between Mana and Raipur City at a distance of Approx 128 KM from Kanker City and can be reached in approximately 3-4 hours taking a hired taxi or by Bus facilities.

The Raipur Jn Railway Station is the nearest railway station to Charre-Marre Waterfall. Travellers can fly to Raipur and take a Taxi, shared taxis or by bus can be hired to reach Charre-Marre waterfall from Raipur City.

One more alternate is there, you can reach Kondagaon City (comes between NH-30, 75 kms from Jagdalpur) and follow the state highway to Antagarh via Narayanpur.

Kanker is a famous city of Chhattisgarh and is very well connected with the rest of the state.
Source: www.csidc.in

Best Time to Visit :
Obviously rainy season is the best time to enjoy any waterfall whereas October to January remains the best time for photographers and nature lovers who wish to see the waterfall.


Accommodation :
For accommodation here, There is no any such type of resorts or huts available in Charre-Marre to stay you have to reach to nearby city Antagarh or Narayanpur.
Regarding lodging and boarding, rest houses are available in Narayanpur and Antagarh and as Narayanpur is the District Head Quarter, you can easily get necessary materials required for your tour. 


Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Mandwa Waterfall

After writing about the famous waterfall of India, The Tamra Ghoomar Waterfall, let's come towards the most Unexplored place of Chhattisgarh which is Mandwa Waterfall another most amazing waterfall and beautiful natural beauties place near to Jagdalpur City of District Bastar. It's so beautiful, so fresh, so unseen site that properly promoted, it can be one of the most promising tourist paradises of Bastar.

Let's Unexplored Mandwa Waterfalls
A view of Waterfall, Pic Courtesy by: nativeplanet.com
Mandwa is just like a mystic beauty, a combination of a small short remote untrodden valley, a series of cascades, greenery on the both sides of valley isn't it a big thing in a small package!! Just before this waterfall, there is a mountainous stream which has been bound by a nala bund, which has its origin 20 kilometers away to the southwest from the mountains near Katenaar, Gumadpal, Pakhnaar, this stream(nala) is called Mungabahar nala, as there is one village called Munga, near the origin of this stream.



On the flat top of this waterfall, there are some rock statues of Shivling and Nandi. Recently a small temple has also been made there in order to protect this idols and statues. Nearby there is one tree where there are a big oval shaped rock, people used to worship it as Shiv-ling, so you can also observe a half dozen of Nandi idols near this so called Shivling. Yes, of course, people and their faith, even I too bowed down my head here. There is a local belief that if any newly married couple or any childless couple comes here and pickup this shiv-ling shaped rock, then they will be bestowed by a baby. Hence, this belief makes this place more worthy, spiritual and divine also.

Connectivity :
Located approx 27 kilometers away from Jagdalpur City District Bastar Chhattisgarh and approx 8-10 kilometers away from Chitrakoot. It is only reached by road lines.

Mandwa waterfall is locatedin a place called Mandwa at Dornapal Village which is 4-5 KM from Mavlibhata, a village located on Jagdalpur-Geedam Road, which is around 30 KM away from Jagdalpur, but you have to park your vehicle 3km before to reach this waterfall. 

Map Courtesy by: www.mapofindia.com

The nearest airport to reach Mandwa Waterfall is in Raipur, the capital city of Chhattisgarh. The airport stands name as Swami Vivekananda Airport situated between Mana and Raipur City at a distance of Approx 300km from Jagdalpur and can be reached in approximately 5-6 hours taking a hired taxi or by Bus facilities.



The Jagdalpur Railway Station on the Kirandul - Vishakhapattnam Line is the nearest railway station to Mandwa Falls. Travellers can fly to Visakhapatnam and take a train to Jagdalpur from Visakhapatnam. Shared taxis can be hired to reach Mandwa waterfall from Jagdalpur railway station.

Jagdalpur is a famous city of Chhattisgarh and is very well connected with the rest of the state.


Best Time to Visit:

The best time to visit this Mandwa Waterfall is in raining seasons. from July to October when the water is in its full force.

October to February remains the best time for photographers and nature lovers who wish to see the waterfall.


Accommodation :
For accommodation here, There is no any such type of resorts or huts available in Mandwa to stay you have to reach to Jagdalpur City.
For lodging and boarding, there are many good resorts and hotels in Jagdalpur. Some of the hotels provide exciting tour packages also. For the ease of tourist and visitors, Govt. of Chhattisgarh has made some good rest house and guest houses in Divisional  Head quarter, Jagdalpur.



Saturday, 8 June 2019

Tamra Ghoomar Waterfalls

After writing about the famous waterfall of India, The Chitrakoot Waterfall known as The Niagara Falls of India let's come towards the most Unexplored place of Chhattisgarh which is Tamra Ghoomar Waterfalls another most amazing waterfall and beautiful natural beauties place near Chitrakoot.
Let's Unexplored Tamra Ghoomar Waterfalls
Img: A View of Tamra Ghoomar Waterfall


Tamra Ghoomar Falls is located at around 45 km from Jagdalpur. It is very close to the Chitrakoot Falls. This is a recently discovered waterfall with a height of more than 100 feet and is generally formed in the rainy season. There are green fields on either side of this waterfall. Just like Chitrakoot and Teerathgarh waterfalls, the stunningly beautiful Tamra Ghoomar Falls is another natural wonder and a scenic spot near Chitrakoot.

People from all over the country and the world come here to see their beautiful scenery and the spellbinding white water. This is definitely one of the best waterfalls in Chhattisgarh.
Img: A View of downside green beauties (Img Credit: Atul Kumar Sao)

The natural beauty of the area featuring lush-forested lands, deep valleys and magnificent hills attracts tourists towards it. Even though the waterfalls lies in a secluded location, numerous tourists make it a point to come here for picnicking and to enjoy the natural wonders with their families and friends. It is indeed one of the best ecotourism destinations in Chhattisgarh. The area surrounding the falls is rich in natural attractions and the best way to explore this place is to trek or take a scenic drive.


Img: A View of green beauties (Img Credit: Atul Kumar Sao)
Connectivity :

Located approx 45-46 kilometers away from Jagdalpur City District Bastar Chhattisgarh and approx 8-10 kilometers away from Chitrakoot. It is only reached by road lines.

The nearest airport to Chitrakoot Falls is in Raipur, the capital city of Chhattisgarh. The airport stands name as Swami Vivekananda Airport situated between Mana and Raipur City at a distance of 280km from Chitrakoot and can be reached in approximately 5-6 hours taking a hired taxi or by Bus facilities.

The Jagdalpur Railway Station on the Kirandul - Vishakhapattnam Line is the nearest railway station to Chitrakoot Falls. Travellers can fly to Visakhapatnam and take a train to Jagdalpur from Visakhapatnam. Shared taxis can be hired to reach Chitrakoot waterfall from Jagdalpur railway station.

Jagdalpur is a famous city of Chhattisgarh and is very well connected with the rest of the state.



Best Time to Visit:
The best time to visit this Tamar Ghoomar Waterfall is in raining seasons. from July to October when the water is in its full force.

August to November remains the best time for photographers and nature lovers who wish to see the waterfall.

By the point of Tracking:
If you like tracking then Tamar Ghoomar is the place for you. There is a track that goes to bottom of the fall, but it takes around 1:30 to 2 Hours to go there by walking, the track goes right through the forest and has some awesome views. For this one should be here in the morning so that the time of evening you should visit place and back to the home.


Accommodation :
For accommodation here, There is no any such type of resorts or huts available in Tamar Ghoomar to stay you have to reach to Chitrakoot where Chhattisgarh Tourism Board has made a beautiful resorts in Chitrakoot having 16 double bed cottage and 13 tents that are equipped with essential requisites, or at the camps near the banks of river.


Hope you enjoy reading blog i will try to provide more information on Unexplred India believe me it is one of the most amazing or beautiful places to visit in India, so do keep reading and provide your valuable feedback or comments this will help me to keep motivated.

Saturday, 1 June 2019

Chitrakoot Waterfall - The Niagara Falls of India.

The Chitrakoot Waterfall (Hindi Name: चित्रकोट जलप्रपात) is a natural waterfall located to the west of Jagdalpur City, Bastar District in State of Chhattisgarh on the river Indravati. The height of the falls is about 29 Metres (95 ft). It is the widest fall in India, because of its Width and Wide spread during the Monsoon Season.

Because of its horseshoe shaped waterfall, It is often called The Niagara Falls of India.
Chitrakoot Waterfall - The Niagara Falls of India. (Img by the courtesy of www.bastar.gov.in)
The wideness of the waterfall depends on the water level in the river Indravati. Season to season it varies drastically, as in summer the span of the Chitrakoot waterfall is minimum, but during monsoon, the water level of the river Indrabati touches the both banks and the waterfall also formed the widest, nearly 150 m in wide and the waterfalls look like wild in nature.
Img: A view of Chitrakoot Waterfall during Raining Season
Img: A view of Chitrakoot Waterfall during Summer Season
Connectivity :
Located just 39 kilometers away from Jagdalpur City District Bastar Chhattisgarh. It is only reached by road lines.

The nearest airport to Chitrakoot Falls is in Raipur, the capital city of Chhattisgarh. The airport stands name as Swami Vivekananda Airport situated between Mana and Raipur City at a distance of 280km from Chitrakoot and can be reached in approximately 5-6 hours taking a hired taxi or by Bus facilities.

The Jagdalpur Railway Station on the Kirandul - Vishakhapattnam Line is the nearest railway station to Chitrakoot Falls. Travellers can fly to Visakhapatnam and take a train to Jagdalpur from Visakhapatnam. Shared taxis can be hired to reach Chitrakoot waterfall from Jagdalpur railway station.

Jagdalpur is a famous city of Chhattisgarh and is very well connected with the rest of the state.


Best Time to Visit :
The best time to visit this majestic waterfall in the heart of the wilderness of Chattisgarh is from July to October when the Indravati River unleashes its full force. The water carries a massive amount of silt but it's still a spectacle for visitors.

October to February remains the best time for photographers and nature lovers who wish to see a clearer and white waterfall.
Img: View of waterfall from river (Img Credit: Prerana Bharadwaj)
Accommodation :
For accommodation here, Chhattisgarh Tourism Board has made a beautiful resorts in Chitrakoot having 16 double bed cottage and 13 tents that are equipped with essential requisites, or at the camps near the banks of river.
Img: Chhattisgarh Tourism Cottage View (Img by the courtesy of www.yatra.com)
About Indravati River:
Indravati River This river is a stream of the river Godavari. Its starting point is found to be the Ghats of Dandakaranya range from a hilltop village Mardiguda of Thuamula Rampur Block in the Kalahandi district of the state of Odisha due to the amalgamation of three streams, The River follows a westerly path and enters Jagadalpur in the state of Chhattisgarh. The river moves from here in a southern route, before eventually uniting with the Godavari at the borders of three states. They are the state of Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Telangana.
Img: View of Indravati River

Careness & Happiness :
One should be careful while walking on the rocks as they are very slippery near the waterfalls. A visitor to this place would carry his happiest moment all along and would conclude that 'A thing of beauty is joy forever'.

Saturday, 25 May 2019

Danteshwari Temple - The Pilgrim of Goddess

Today, I starting my blog writing by praying to Maa Danteshwari Mai and my first blog post is all about Maa Danteshwari Temple.

Connectivity :
The holy temple of Goddess Maa Danteshwari is situated in the district of Dantewada State Chhattisgarh. Which is nearly 12 KM away from Geedam a small town of Dantewada District and around 87 KM away from District Head Quarter Jagdalpur of District Bastar. Dantewada city is connected through Roadline distance of 334 KM via Narayanpur City.
Pic: Dantewada District (Image Courtesy: www.mapofindia.com)

Lodging and Boarding :
Chhattisgarh Tourism Board has made a beautiful rest houses at midway from geedam to dantewada. As it is nearby from Jagdalpur any tourist also take lodging at Jagdalpur. For tourism many hotels in Jagdalpur are also available with transport facilities like Hotel Akanksha, Hotel Rainbow, Hotel Atithi and many more.

Mythology :
Mythology tells us that when Lord Shiva performed his Tandav that destroyed most of the Universe, a part of 52 pieces of Maa Durga - Tooth (Daanth) fell at the confluence of rivers Shankini & Dankini. Hence, this place got the status of a Shakti Peeth, whereat Maa Danteshwari is worshipped. It is a beautiful Temple divided into four parts - Sabha Mandap, Maha Mandap, Mukhya Mandap and Sanctum Sanctorum. Males can enter the Mukhya Mandap only after wearing a Dhoti (provided free by the Temple). 

One more mythological reason adding to its importance is... in the 14th century, after conquering the region of Nagawanshi rulers by the grace of Goddess Danteshwari, Annam Dev reached upto Madhota Tarla(later called as Dantewara), Goddess took a promise from him, that he will never see back until his conquest was over. He too promised her, until he will continue to hear her ornaments sound. On the bank of confluence of River Shankini and Dankini, due to dense sand, her legs got into it, and the continuous sound of her ornaments stopped. Suddenly the king, Annam Dev moved behind in order to see her, But the moment, she disappeared and with all he was left, was the footprints of the Goddess, after which he led the foundation of the temple. 
Temple View of Danteshwari Temple (by the courtesy of www.cpreecenvis.nic.in)

Art and Sculpture :
The art and sculpture of this temple is as spectacular as its simplicity. To the very front, lies the Main Gate called the Mukhya Dwar, following the hundred meter path, which goes to the front of the temple. In the front of the temple, lies the Garud Stambh. It is believed that if a person can able to join his hands across the pillar, he will be considered as a noble soul and find place in paradise.
Image: Main Gate of temple
Image: Garud Stambh
Image : Idols of Baba Bhairam Dev inside Temple (Img Courtesy by: www.dantewada.nic.in)
Image : Way to Garbh Grihya of Maa Danteshwari (Img Courtesy by: www.dantewada.nic.in)
Image : A view of Maa Danteshwari Garbh Grihya (Img Courtesy by: www.dantewada.nic.in)

Other Important Monuments :
on the adjacent right side of goddess danteshwari Temple lies the holy temple of Mavli Mata, who is also known as one of the sister of goddess Maa Danteshwari

On the backside of the temple there is a beautiful garden, which is also known as Mataji ki Bagiya
Image : A view of beautiful garden (Mataji ki Bagiya)

On the back side of the temple and garden (Mataji ki Bagiya) we can also see footprint of the goddess.
Image: A view of footprint of Goddess (Img Courtesy by www.alamy.com)

Approx half kilometre backside to the temple there is a temple of Baba Bhairam Dev.
Image : Temple of Baba Bhairam Dev, (Photography by Jitendra Nakka)



















Saturday, 18 May 2019

Unexplored India!!!

Unexplored India!!! – Tourism cum Guide
Unexplored India is a travel startup based on social entrepreneurship model. It is focused on sustainable tourism through a community-based approach. Some year back, I think to explore our India throughout the world so that tourist(s) of other counties get details of Tourist Place of Unexplored India. I started to work in tourist place across India for the tourism promotion in India and involving local tribal community in the tourism sector and since then Unexplored India has been working tirelessly along with endorsing the various natural as well as historical sites present in India and its endowed tribal culture to the populous in Indian subcontinent and outside.

While many travel startups are focusing on technological advancements, Unexplored India’s objective is to augment travel experience at India. In future, they plan on scaling their venture forward with promoting other remote areas in just simple clicks.
1. Reliving Adventure – It offers adventure sports in Unexplored India, like flying fox, river crossing, zorbing, trekking, climbing, hiking, camping etc.
2. Experiencing Tribal Culture – As India is the soil of tribal communities and hence Unexplored India showcases the tribal culture – their festivals, fairs, handicrafts, Rituals (Devgudis & Matagudis) and their lifestyle (tribal home stays and tribal food) to visitors.
3. Appreciating Nature – Since India is blessed with large and dense forests, the tourists get to sensitize natural elements. Moreover, they customise the tour as per the likings of the visitors and offer trained tribal guides who have the expertise in the respective areas to enhance their travel experience.