Weekend getaways from Vadodara
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Vadodara, Gujarat's third largest city, is considered the state's cultural capital. Home to some of the most exemplary displays of architecture, Vadodara is a fitting memorial to Maratha leader Sayajirao Gaekwad III who had envisioned a dream to make this Big City an educational, industrial and commercial centre. Pavagadh Hill, graced with a combination of Hindu and Jain shrines, towers over Champaner, the 15th c. pre-Mughal Islamic fort. Together they represent the diversity of religious influences that have pervaded Gujarat. Vadodara has some interesting city sights, but the main reason for coming here is the stunning Unesco World Heritage Site of Champaner & Pavagadh nearby. With a prominent part of it being occupied by the Gujaratis, this place is the most sought after during the nine days of the Navratri festival. No city in India celebrates the festival of Navratri with as much zeal and exuberance as Vadodara does. It houses one of the premier universities of India- the Maharaja Sayajirao University, one of the most lavish palaces in India- the Lakshmi Vilas Palace and plenty more legendary monuments.
The elevated hills and the beautiful lakes make a picture-perfect backdrop to the Udaipur city. Udaipur is regarded as one of the most romantic cities of the World and subsequently, also known as the 'Kashmir of Rajasthan'. The lakes acting as oasis under the scorching sun propels a sense of calm along with reminding you at once of the city of Venice. The festivals, altogether colourful and lively, with their frenzies and huge scope cast a spell worthy enough to keep you too in spirit for days to come whereas the serene gardens.
#2Mount Abu -
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.
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.
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. It has a lot of things like camels, horses, small local transport and many other things that are very attractive and fun. Daman has a humid subtropical climate according to the Köppen climate classification. Temperature ranges from 23-42 in summer, 19-36 in monsoon, 15-30 in spring and autumn and 10-24 in winter. It has heavy monsoons with lots of rain. The place is best to visit in winter. Indian Coast Guard Air Station, Daman is the premier air station of the Coast Guard and with all the airfield facilities, air traffic control and other allied air traffic services.
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.
Kamshet is a small township located off the old Mumbai at about 2200 ft above sea level. Kamshet is surrounded by immense scenic beauty, and is home to small villages that are built in the traditional style (with mud, thatch and reeds). With luscious green cover, placid lakes and undulating hilly terrains make it a perfect travel destination. The hills around are dotted with ancient cave temples of the Buddhist monks, medieval hill fortresses of the brave warriors and colonial hill stations that often double up as flying sites. The world-class paragliding facilities attract a large number of flying sport aficionados to Kamshet. Apart from paragliding, you can also visit the Kondeshwar Temple, Bhairi Caves and Bhandar Dongar.
Bhandardara is a small hill station village on the western ghat of India. At 185 kilometers from Mumbai, Bhandardara is located to the north of Ahmednagar district and is considered a trekker’s paradise. Overwhelmed with landscape of a roaring waterfall, gushing waters from a dam, towering hills in the background and greenery all around may seems to be in movies only. Not really! All this comes true at Bhandardara where green paddy fields create a colourful symphony with the bright blue skies and the waterfall provides a musical rhythm while you soak in the beauty of nature at its best. The Bhandardara Lake, Randha falls and the Wilson Dam are the most popular tourist attractions here. The famous Mount Kalsubai, the highest peak in Maharashtra, is a delight among all trekkers. 200 year old Ratangad Fort is also famous as is the trek to 6th century Harishchandragad Fort.
A pristine natural environment with hills, waterfalls and forests, a wildlife sanctuary and an ancient temple! Bhimashankar offers the ideal setting to find spirituality. Nestled in dense forests, the Shiva temple in Bhimashankar is the sixth jyotirlinga of the twelve Holy Jyotirlinga shrines found in India and one of the most popular places for the worship of Lord Shiva. The exterior walls of the present temple sanctum (garbhagriha) are adorned with scenes from the Ramayana, Krishna Leela, Shiv Leela and Dasavataras. Bhimashankar is also famous among adventure enthusiasts. The mountain in and around Bhimashankar is popular for trekking, hiking and rock climbing. Lots of adventure enthusiasts head to the jungles especially during monsoon to have their rush of adrenaline. Monsoon is a good season to enjoy the region’s stunning natural beauty. Apart from everything this is the place where you can find the shekru the giant flying squirrel which is also the state animal of Maharashtra.