Weekend getaways from Vadodara
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Vadodara, the third largest city of Gujarat stands as a memorial of its history and late ruler Sayaji Rao Gaekwad III who dreamt of making this city an educational and commercial hub. The progress that had begun with the Maratha era is now clearly reflected in this highly advanced and ever progressing city. Vadodara is known for its rich culture and ancient architectural monuments which stand till today. MS University campus which holds a prominent place in the top educational institutes depicts the rich architecture of the ancient time. The city is full of life and hosts various major events in the state. Amazing food, cultured people, and enthusiasm for garba make Vadodara a place that must be visited when you are in Gujarat.
Udaipur often referred to as the "Venice of the east" has a romance of setting unmatched in Rajasthan and all over India. The city is also known for its profusion of zinc and copper mines. Fantastical palaces, temples, havelis , timeless streets, lakes add the human counterpart to the city's natural charm. Udaipur is tagged as the most romantic spot in India. For tourists, the city offers exciting places, lakes, palaces, tranquility of boat rides, bustle and color of bazars, endless tempting hotels and what not. Udaipur is home to the largest artificial lake in Asia called Jaisamand Lake. The city has some great museums with the first car museum in India. The solar observatory in Udaipur is known as one of the best in Asia. Udaipur is also renowned for its miniature paintings.
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Oasis in the deserted land of Rajasthan and posses the honor of being the only hill-station in Rajasthan as well as north-west India, The world famous tourist destination is known for its Delwara Jain temples and natural beauty world over, situated amidst lush green forested hills on the highest peak in the Aravali range is also the summer capital for the Indian state of Rajasthan, home to lakes, waterfalls and green forests, the hill retreat, has a very cool and soothing climate thanks to its rich flora covering the entire hillside that includes coniferous trees and flowering shrubs. Be mindful that if you arrive during Diwali (October or November), or the following two weeks, prices soar and the place is packed. Mt Abu also gets pretty busy from mid-May to mid-June, before the monsoon.
Globally famous tourist destination because of its proximity to the Ajanta and Ellora caves, Aurangabad. As a city, Aurangabad fascinates with its culture and lifestyle, offering discerning tourists a wide gamut of hospitality. Recently declared the ‘Tourism Capital of Maharashtra’, Aurangabad is an important hub in the state’s tourism sector with its close connection to such significant tourist destinations as caves of Ajanta and Ellora which have been declared ‘World Heritage Sites’ by UNESCO as well as the famous Mughal monument Bibi ka Maqbara and Panchakki. Aurangabad, is also said to be a City of Gates and the strong presence of these can be felt as one drives through the city. Apart from Ajanta and Ellora other popular places to visit are Grishneshwar, Jayakwadi Dam, Naukhanda Palace, Khuldabad etc.
Besides Africa, Gir National Park in Gujarat is the only place in the world where you can spot lions roaming free in the wild. ir is the only natural habitat of world popular Asiatic Lions. Gir Interpretation Zone, Devaliya: Devaliya Safari Park is the enclosed area of the Sanctuary that offers a good opportunity for visitors to experience a rustic beauty and wilderness of the area. The safari tour is conducted in a mini bus that takes visitors to another cross section of the Gir.
Junagadh, the “old city” in Gujarat is an amalgamation of architecture and vibrant street life. Once, the capital of Nawab of Junagadh, this place is famous for its tourism and pilgrims. Towering over the city is Mt. Girnar, a holy site for Jains and Hindu that is climbed by a 9999-step staircase along peaks studded by temples that reach for the sky and look out across the plains. If you love art then this place is a must visit for you. Here you can find inscriptions, statues, caves, shrines, castles, stepwells, tanks and canons dating back to 2nd century AD. A mixture of Buddhist monuments, mosques, Hindu temples, pretty mansions; the city depicts its glorious past. The town still has its old world charm A tour to Junagadh will allow one to capture the different facets and true essence of Gujarat.
Kutch, India’s wild west, is a geographic phenomenon. The flat, tortoise-shaped land (kachbo means tortoise in Gujarati), edged by the Gulf of Kachchh and Great and Little Ranns, is a seasonal island. Only on scattered ‘islands’ above the salt level is coarse grass which provides fodder for the region’s wildlife. With its notable mud architecture, a medley of craft traditions and exquisite apparel, this eminently colorful and culturally rich land has a wonderful handcrafted feel.
Diu was under the control of the Portuguese for a period of 450 years. The massive forts, magnificent cathedrals, and other impressive monuments of Diu exude the subtle old world charm of its colonial era. Diu is renowned for its natural splendour. The white sandy secluded beaches are quite inviting and offer many opportunities for water sports. Owing to its favorable climate, scenic location and serene surroundings, Diu is the most popular weekend gateway for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts.
Daman is a very cool place for tourists and is very beautiful. Daman is a beautiful little city with its neighbor as Arabian Sea and it lie at the mouth of the Daman Ganga River. Daman has cool beaches, greenery and scenic natural beauty. Daman is a popular destination among youths and even as a getaway place for those in neighboring state. Daman is a place which has a rich culture and history where the present is tinted in colors of enjoyment, simplicity, and festivity. Beaches of the area let it stand out as a center of natural beauty together with loads of fun like Jampore beach. The addition on to the tourist experience here is the shopping scene which ranges from leather products, exquisite brands of liquor to handcrafted items which has become one of major attractions.
Matheran is a beautiful hill station which is untouched by the busy city life surrounding it. It has pleasant weather throughout the year, though this place is most beautiful during the monsoon season. The major attraction places in Matheran are 28 points, 2 lakes, 2 parks, 4 major worship places and beautiful old British-style architecture. Matheran has been declared as an Eco-sensitive region by the government and automobiles are barred entry in the town. It is therefore a very placid place with no buzzing of vehicles. Various attractions of Matheran are toy train, horses, nature, medicinal herbs and plants and number of monkeys. The best thing to do in Matheran is to enjoy your stay with the most picturesque view of the place and rest your eyes and soul.
Saputara is reckoned as an affluent resort hill station because of the innumerable opportunities like sightseeing, trekking and boating that it offers. It is a perfect getaway for eco lovers, wildlife enthusiasts and people who love adventure sports. The meaning of Saputara is the habitat of snakes and the tribal of this region worship snakes, especially during Holi. It is a beautiful hilly region enriched with enormous greenery offering magnificent panorama, tribal culture of a different sort and great trekking opportunities. As the river of light bathes the streams over undulating mountains and the drifting birds, stroll up to the Gandhi Shikhar at the spill of dawn, in winter. Breathe in the rolling hills of Saputara, echoing green hues, lush with flowers, and watch the meditating rain drops, in rains. Walk carefree on the expanse of the Governor’s hill and see the sun dip into the Saputara Lake, in summer.
Palanpur city is circled by hillocks in the close vicinity of Aravali Mountains. It derives its name from Palani Chauhans who inhabited the city in 14th century. Ambaji is an important temple town with millions of devotees visiting the Ambaji temple every year in banaskantha district. There is a Kirti Stambh and a Rajmahal, the old palace of the Nawab, now used for govt. offices. Outside Mira Gate, there are two Dargahs, one of the poet Anwar Kazi and the other of Saint Murshid, worshipped by Muslims. An ancient stepwell `Mithi Vav' is the best-preserved architectural monument with seven galleries on the wall on either side. The most amazing and adventurous thing to do if u visit palanpur is Sky Diving. It not in palanpur it is in Deesa around 25 kms from palanpur.
Karjat is just a stone’s throw away from Mumbai located at a distance of 68km.This one and a half hour ride to Karjat via Mumbai will take you to a mesmerizing place filled with lush green forests, waterfalls, gushing rivers and ancient rock cut temples. This mini hill station is a popular destination for rock climbing, hiking and trekking spot near Mumbai. If you are ready to take challenges then brace yourself to participate in various adventure activities which includes white water rafting on the Ulhas river and rappelling on the Bhivpuri waterfalls. The rock cut Kondana caves and Kothaligard (Peth fort) are famous for its trekking trails which makes this trip even more exhilarating as one can get in touch with our glorious past as well as indulge in an adventurous activity.
Mandu or Mandavgad is a ruined city in Madhya Pradesh, India. Perched along the Vindhya ranges at an altitude of 2,000 feet, Mandu, with its natural defenses, was originally the fort capital of the Parmar rulers of Malwa. A complete nature paradise, surrounded with historical impact. Each of Mandu's structures is an architectural gem some are outstanding like the massive Jami Masjid and Hoshang Shah's tomb, which provided inspiration to the master builders of the Taj Mahal centuries later. The area is littered with UNESCO World Heritage Site declared palaces, tombs, monuments and mosques.
Experience a perfect blend of tradition and serene beauty in Kamshet which has a cold semi-arid climate throughout the year. Paragliding at Kamshet is one of the major attractions as world-class paragliding facilities are available here. Kamshet has luscious green cover, placid lakes and undulating hilly terrains as major attractions. In Kamshet, world-class paragliding facilities attract a large number of flying-sport aficionados. Soaring over the Pawna Lake and gliding over the beautiful countryside, provides once-in- a-lifetime experience. One can also enjoy watching enthusiasts, trek up the Tower Hill, Shelar or Kondeshwar Cliff. Other places of attraction in Kamshet are the Kondeshwar Temple, Bhairi Caves and Bhandar Dongar.
Ujjain is located at the banks of Kshipra river, in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the most spectacular cities having one of the Lord Shiva jyotirlinga, ‘Mahakaal’. According to religious beliefs, this city is from pre-mahabharata era and lot of mythological legends are associated with it and at that time, Ujjain was called ‘Ujjayini’, the capital of Avanti Kingdom. Ujjain is a part of Sapta puris- the seven sacred holy pilgrimage centres in India believed to grant ‘Moksha’. It hosts one of the most religious fairs- The Kumbh Mela- which is only held in four cities of India and is known as “The city of Temples”. There are thousands of temples in Ujjain but there are specifically 84 historic Lord Shiva Temples, which are visited by many Hindu pilgrims.
Bhandara district is a district around central India. The district headquarters are located at Bhandara. It is lovingly called as the 'District of Lakes’. Bhandara town is also known as 'Brass City' owing to the presence of a large brass products industry. The entire region is surrounded by the hills, rivers and dams, and other natural resources. Tourism in Bhandara district comprises visiting a number of places of both religious significance as well as leisure activities. There are ancient sites, such as the Ambagad fort built in 1700 AD or the village of Brahmi or one can travel to Andhalgaon, famous for the weaving industry here especially the Kosa cloth. When looking for rest and relaxation, the places that Bhandara has to offer its tourists are places like Rawanwadi, Koka etc. which are full of scenic beauty.
Junnar has been reckoned as “Sanitarium of India” since British period for its strength of curing breathing problems. It boasts of 3000 years of prosperous history, beginning from the empires of the Maharashtrian kings, right from the first king Satvahan Raja. With ancient cave temples and agritourism is defined surroundings of Junnar are very rich. Junnar along the ranges of Sahyadri has adventurous geography, with; Asia’s largest telescope GMRT; scenic beauty; healthy & fresh air; ancient religious places; ancient ghats, like Naneghat – a center for global trade – Junnar has it all. Junnar region also has adventurous malshej ghat; Daryaghat, Shivneri Fort & 6 other forts; 5 beautiful water reservoirs and a unique culture.
Bhimashankar is nestled in between the lush green hills of Pune. An abode to waterfalls, forests, a wildlife sanctuary and ancient temples offers a combination of both adventure and spiritualism. Bhimashankar as the name suggests is a holy place where devotees throng to get their wishes fulfilled. It is famous among the 12 Jyotirlings located in India. For people who long for adventure and thrill, Bhimashankar with its trekking destinations and panoramic view is the perfect choice. Moreover, filled with exotic wildlife this place is a treat to the eye for all nature lovers. The Bhimashankar wildlife sanctuary is where you can get to see “shekru”, the giant flying squirrel and a variety of other animals. Also, the Hanuman lake is a must add to your travel diary as this a perfect picnic spot where you can spend a quiet moment with your family.
Kumbhalgarh, known for its second longest wall in the world, is a citadel on the foot of Aravalli hills. This place is accredited to be the birthplace of Maharana Pratap. Kumbhalgarh is a marvel of Rajputa Architecture and truly represents, its Mewar culture. Journey to fort leads to zigzag ride, which add fun when doing a roadtrip. Kumbhalgarh also has a wildlife sanctuary which is home of some of endangered species. Wildlife of sanctuary includes lion, leopards, panthers, sloth bear, hyena, jackal and chinkara etc.
Igatpuri comes alive in monsoon with hundreds of waterfalls about the area, which gets a lot misty and therefore visited especially by those who want to enjoy rain. Soaring mountains of Igatpuri welcome hordes of weekend travelers from Mumbai and Pune. Situated in the Nashik district of Maharashtra, Igatpuri is picturesquely nestled in the Sahyadri mountain ranges. A historical place of strategic significance, the hill station-town lies amid ruins of the regal Tringalwadi and Ratangad forts, among several glorious places to visit in Igatpuri.
Places to visit near Vadodara
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