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.
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.
Few places offer you the chance to probe the earth and the heavens, the human and the wild, as Junagadh does. 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. Walking up these stairs in pilgrimage is a unique experience of striving towards the heavens. Back at the base of the mountain, however, deep in the heart of the oldest quarter of the city, you can walk down into the depths of the earth in a pair of ancient stepwells that were not built, but hewn out of solid rock
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 a historical city of India, located on the banks of Shipra river in Madhya Pradesh. It is the only city in the world which houses one of the Lord Shiva jyotirlingas , is among the Sapta Puris (Seven Sacred Hindus Cities which grants Moksha) and is one of four cities where Kumbh Mela is held every 12 years. According to Hindu scriptures, it was originally called Avantika. It is also called city of temples and lot of mythological as well as historical legends are associated with it. There are thousands of Lord Shiva Temples in Ujjain but there are 84 specific ancient temples of Lord Shiva whose yatra is done specifically in Hindu month of Shravan. Tropic of Cancer passes through Ujjain and it is called Greenwich of India.
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.
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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