Weekend getaways from Allahabad
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Allahabad, a city in Uttar Pradesh, India is an important tourist destination. Enriched with a glorious history and being one of the oldest cities in the world, Allahabad has several historical monuments from different periods of Indian History, from the tomb of Khusro, in Khusro Bagh to All Saints Cathedral in Civil Lines to Alopi Devi Mandir in Alopibagh which is one of the oldest Hindu temples built during the ancient period. Allahabad is also famous worldwide for the Kumbh Mela, a holy religious gathering of Hindu pilgrims which also attracts a large number of tourists and has been taking place in the city from ancient times.
"Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together.” - Mark Twain. Ghats on the banks of River Ganga are perhaps one of the divine spots in Kashi.
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Bodh Gaya is a religious site and place of pilgrimage associated with the Mahabodhi Temple Complex in Gaya district in the Indian state of Bihar. It was here under a banyan tree, the Bodhi Tree, Gautama attained supreme knowledge to become Buddha
Looking to travel to a spot that touches the beliefs you hold dear, you should visit destinations that boast of ancient temples and famous spots that are associated with your religious beliefs. Gaya is one such hectic town that is a religious centre for Hindu, Jain and Buddha pilgrims. They believe that the temple offerings here relieve the recently departed from the cycle of birth and rebirth. If you are not the category that limits yourself to a particular religion but seek to admire the wonders of the world of the ancestors, Gaya could still be a great choice as the land has some of the best constructions that highlight the architectural brilliance of an era in the past.
Located on the banks of a tributary of the Ken River, these medieval monuments have put Khajuraho on the map of World Heritage Sites. Built between the 10th and 12th centuries by the Chandela Rajputs, the temples hidden amidst forests were not fully explored until the 19th century. The Chitragupta temple faced the rising sun and the Lakshmana temple basked in its glory. The Vaikunta image of Vishnu here was portrayed as a composite of three faces – those of a lion, boar and a man.
The city of Scindias, Gwalior is undoubtedly the cultural capital of Madhya Pradesh. Whether you’re travelling solo or with family, the city is ideal for a weekend getaway.
Orchha is a town in Tikamgarh district of Madhya Pradesh state, India. The town was established by Rudra Pratap Singh some time after 1501, as the seat of an eponymous former princely state of central India, in the Bundelkhand region. On a seasonal island on the bank of the Betwa River, which has been surrounded by a battlement wall, stands a huge palace-fort. The fort consists of several connected buildings erected at different times, the most noteworthy of which is the Raja Mahal. Numerous cenotaphs or chhatris dot the vicinity of the fort and the Betwa river. Elsewhere about the town there is an unusual variety of temples and tombs, including the Chaturbhuj temple, which is built on a vast platform of stone. The more unguarded and neglected of these buildings are popular hangouts for tropical bees, wasps, and other such excitable stinging creatures.
This ancient city in the heart of India, Madhya Pradesh is a paradise of aesthetic beauty largely due to the winding Narmada River flowing through its locales. Rich in history, varied in geography, and increasingly growing modern, Jabalpur is now also emerging as a popular family destination. Fast emerging as tourist favourite, Jabalpur is home to the meanderings of the Narmada river. Bhedaghat is an major tourist attraction 25 kms from here, famous for the Chausath Yogini Temple and the Dhuandhar Waterfalls.
Adventure junkies don't need to travel too far to jump off a plane now, as India's first skydiving base camp at Dhana, Madhya Pradesh. Dhana is a preferred destination amongst adventure enthusiasts who want to try sky diving in India. It is a small town located at a distance of 12 kms from Sagar in Madhya Pradesh and is renowned for skydiving. So come and visit Dhana this holiday to experience the thrill of skydiving!
Patna was the hotspot of political, religious and cultural activities during the ancient period. It was known by the name of Pataliputra in ancient times. Located on the bank of Ganges, Patna is among the oldest surviving cities of the world. Looking for a place with religion such as Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism and Islam under one roof then travel to Patna as part of a religious tour. Patna attracts tourists from all over the globe, though most are Buddhists from Japan and China. Ranging from Patna Museum to Buddha Smriti Park, Patna has a large number of tourist spots.
Rajgir just 15 kms from Nalanda is located the complex of temples and monasteries. Rajgir means the Abode of Gods or Home of Royalty or Royal Mountain etc. Being located in a valley, Rajgir is a very scenic place. The small hill grit town is covered with lush green forest which add to the beauty of the place. This place has been associated with Lord Buddha and Buddhism. Buddha not only spent many years in Rajgir but also delivered sermons here and proselytized emperor Bimbisar at the Gridhakuta hill. Today Rajgir has come up as one of the most important pilgrimage for the Buddhist. Rajgir also has some very beautiful Hindu and Jain temples which attracts Hindus and Jains also to the place. Not only as a place for worship, Rajgir has come up as health and winter resort with its warm water ponds. The added attraction of Rajgir is the Ropeway which takes you uphill to the Shanti Stupa and Monasteries built by the Japanese Devotees on top of the Ratnagiri hills.