Best places to visit and things to do in India and South-East Asia
The ancient Girnar hill stands tall at 3672 feet. The hill is covered with 866 Hindu and Jain temples making it important pilgrimage for both the Jains and the Hindus. It has five main peaks Ambaji, Gorakhnath, Dattatreya, Oghad Anasuya and Kalka. Goraknath is the highest with the height of 1117.4 meters and the lowest is at 197.5 meters. Climbing up the Girnar hill in the early morning light is enthralling and blissful experience that stays with tourist as a memory throughout life. The trail begins 4km east of the city at Girnar Taleti. Places that one will come across on a trek to Girnar Hill are Domdar Kund, Bhavnath Temple where one can see naked sadhus that come to celebrate Shivratri, Kalika, where one can see Aghora sadhus covered from head to toe with the funeral ashes, and various other temples along with the panoramic view of the hill. People who are looking for a little adventure can visit for the breath-taking view of the scenery and the architecture of the temples, along with trek over the mountains older than the Himalayas!
The Sela Pass (more appropriately called Se La) is the world’s highest motorable high-altitude mountain pass located in Tawang District of Arunachal Pradesh, India. This place is snowed in most of the year and offers excellent and heavenly views all year round. This part of the Eastern Himalayan range is pretty special for the Buddhists as it is believed that about 101 lakes exist in and around Sela pass.
The Tura Hill is a magnificent hill at a height of 2860 feet, towards the east of Tura. The Hill provides a beautiful view of the Tura town it overlooks, and is a major attraction for the tourists visiting Meghalaya. The Hill is declared as a reserve forest, housing its own observatory, Cinchona plantations, and a bungalow for tourists to stay in. The Peak of the Hill offers singularly spectacular view of the Brahmaputra valley, and the great golden plains of Bangladesh. A foot-track serves as the route for the tourists to reach the Tura Peak, which was built by the British during the colonial rule. Incidentally, it is widely believed that prior to British occupancy, the Hill was known as ‘Dura’, but due to British mispronunciation of local dialect, they named the hill as Tura, a name which continues to this day. The Tura Hill is also revered by many locals, as they believe that the Hill provides a sacred shelter to the Gods.
With a height of 1,930 metres (6,330 ft), Famous as the highest peak in Karnataka the Mullayanagiri Peak stands above the Western Ghats with grandeur. The hill is a scenic beauty appealing to the eyes. You can revel yourself in the attractiveness of the surroundings. The trip is best taken after the monsoon season, an ideal weekend getaway for families. The peak has been attracting tourists for a long time to quench their thirst for adventure. It is a must visit location if you are on a trip to Chikmagalur. This trip is sure to rejuvenate the soul and refresh the mind. Trekkers, backpackers, nature lovers and occasional travellers prefer the Mullayanagiri peak for a quick trip. The hill promises visitors an adventurous trekking trail, calm ambience, good times and lush jungles.
Located in God’s Own Country is the lofty and majestic Meesapulimala peak. It is the second highest peak in the sub continent with an incredible view of the picture perfect town of Munnar. The peak is a spectacular sight for all nature buffs to take in. It gives you a chance to experience heaven on Earth. It gets its name from the shape of the hill looking like a tiger with a moustache – meesapulimala. A trek to the top of the peak gives you a breathtaking view of the cloud and mist covered green peaks basking in the beauty of the valleys. It is an exciting and must visit location for all avid travellers. It is sure to provide some nice and quiet for the tired soul.
A slow, snow covered trek. It go through a forest, hiring a guide and trekking shoes will ease your journey. The sunrise view is magnificent over the hill.
Zero Point Yumesamdong
Zero point is the last outpost of civilization. The road ends here. Peaceful valley and is quite windy – there was not much to hear but just stay here for some time to enjoy the beauty. With the majestic mountains and ice around – it was like being the only people in the world. Calm, quiet and a sense of insignificance – time seems to stand still here…. like nothing ever changes.
One of the most attracted place to visit in Gwalior district is the gopachal parvat. This is wonderfully decorated place in the Gwalior. Gopachal Parvat otherwise called “Yek Paththar ki Bawri” is a decent place to visit in the Gwalior There are number of towering forcing statues of Jain Tirthankaras. They are 26 in number. These statues pass on message of peacefulness to the world and lecture Hindus to avoid making penances in their venerating. Among every one of the statues, that of Parshwanath situated in lotus blossom is considered to be one of the loftiest statues globally measuring to be 47 feet in stature and 30 feet expansiveness. Nearness of these finely cut statues makes this place one of the noticeable explorer habitats for Jain adherents and came to be famously known as Jain Garh. The nearness of this wonderfully icon of the tirthankars makes this place a prayagraj for the Jain religion people groups.
An exquisite picnic spot with a beautiful garden is the majestic Pillar Rocks standing in grandeur at the edge of the hanging cliff. Tourists get to see granite boulders standing shoulder to shoulder, a stunning sight. It is a popular cliffside destination, attracting nature admirers and fun lovers. A treat for the eyes is a view of the Gupta Caves nearby. They are made of three massive granite rocks which offer a spectacular bird’s eye view of the alluring vistas around. The space between the two boulders is known as the Devil’s Kitchen – an enigmatic chamber giving a creepy ambience. You can find many nooks and corners which are a mystery delighting all adventurers. You will also come across a well tended to garden, giving out a vibrant glow in this eerie landscape. Be engulfed in this dark and tranquil destination.
Residing in the eastern Pir Panjal range of the Himalayan mountains, Rohtang pass connects the Kullu valley to the twin valleys of Lahaul and Spiti. Rohtang pass remains open from May to November. It lies in the watershed between the basins of Chenab and Beas and provides dazzling views of the snow capped Himalayan mountains. Rohtang Pass permit needs to be applied for in order to take vehicles across the pass. It remains closed on Tuesdays for the purpose of maintenance. The tourist attraction becomes a hub for adventure snow sport such as skiing, snow scootering and mountain biking during the months of May and June. Marhi lies 16 km before Rohtang on the way from Manali to Rohtang. Its slightly more offbeat than Rohtang and is also cleaner, whiter and much heavier snow.
It is second phase of Gondola ride and at 14000ft height. The snow-covered slopes are ideal for indulging in skiing. The Line of Control (LOC) is barely a few kilometres away from here.
A mix of devotion and scenic beauty is the Talakaveri in Coorg, implying the birthplace of the river Cauvery, one of the most sacred rivers where a small spring of water originates. The water is said to have good healing powers for the mind and body. Apart from being a pilgrimage center, Talakaveri has vast natural beauty for your eyes to take in. The best time to visit is during the auspicious month of October when the Tulasankaramma festival is celebrated with great pomp and splendor. After watching this, you can go up to the Brahmagiri Hills, where nature is presented on a platter. It houses two temples dedicated Lord Shiva and Lord Ganesha. Experience a dip in the holy river for relief from physical illness. This is a wonderful chance to get rid of all your physical miseries when in Coorg.
One of the popular and highest peak of the Sahyadri Ranges is Mt. Kalsubai. The view of this majestic mountain is an amazing sight in Bhandardara. It is also known as the Everest of Maharashtra, as it is the highest peak in the state. Mt. Kalsubai has a peak height of about 5400 ft. Kalsubai Harishchandragad Wildlife Sanctuary which propagates from Kalasubai to Harischandragad of which Kalsubai Peak is part. Kalsubai Peak is a dream trek of every passionate trekker in Maharashtra to climb it at least once. The trek is a very tricky one and usually the experienced trekkers find their way to the top with some difficulty. There are now man-made stairs to reach the peak if you don’t wish to trek. However, the hills near the Kalsubai peak are relatively easier to scale. In rainy season Mt. Kalsubai Peak offers view of astonishing lush green valleys, walk through clouds, bellowing winds, Series of waterfalls it’s all packed into one which makes it one of the most enjoyable trek. Kalsubai is a small temple situated on Kalsubai Peak top. Ratangad, AMK (Alang-Madan-Kulang), Harishchandragad, Ahivant, Saptashrungigad, Markindya, Dhodap, etc. can be spotted from the Kalsubai Peak.
Ganji Pahari, Dalhousie
Ganji means bald and pahadi means hill. As the name suggests, this hilltop picnic spot located in Barkota Hills, is a bald hill with absolutely no vegetation and trees. Surrounded by snow clad peaks of the mighty Himalayas, the cool and fresh breeze gives a relaxing experience. It is an ideal locale for spending time with your folks. Ganji Pahadi is also considered as one of the noted nature walks in Dalhousie which starts from Panchpula. The total journey, which is a one hour journey from the town centre , showcases the panoramic landscapes of the region. This place can be visited throughout the year and for snow lovers the best time to visit is during winters.
The highest hill point at Yelagiri is the Swamimalai Hills, a towering peak, the view from which will leave you mesmerized. The hilltop gives a dazzling view of the entire valley below. The trek to the summit of the hills is a fantastic and enthralling experience by itself. The trek takes you through dense forests and lush vegetation of the hills. This is the ideal destination for all those interested in admiring the bounty of nature. It helps you to find the lost soul and perfect for those seeking a peaceful atmosphere. You can take a visit to this place to enjoy trekking and mountain climbing. This trek to the Swamimalai Hills gives a splendid view of the numerous settlements amidst the dense vegetation.
Deolo Hill is one of the two hills that the town of Kalimpong stands between. Kalimpong is situated on a ridge connecting the two hills, Durpin and Deolo. The hill is 1,704 m (5,590 ft) above msl and is the highest point of Kalimpong town. The town of Kalimpong, the surrounding villages of Relli valley, Teesta River and its valleys all can be viewed from this point. On a clear day, the snow-clad mountains of West Sikkim are also visible from this hill. At the summit of this hill, there is a park built for recreation purposes which feature exotic flowers. The park is a popular picnic spot for tourists as well as locals.
Reiek is a mountain and tourist spot 29 km from Aizawl, Mizoram, India. It rests at an elevation of 1548 metres overlooking Aizawl and offers a view of the surrounding valleys and hills. On a clear day the plains of Bangladesh can be seen from the top of the hill. Reiek Hill is surrounded by thick lush green temperate trees and bushes.
Solang Valley resides between Solang village and Beas Kund, surrounded by deodars and mountains. It offers a beautiful view of glaciers and snow capped mountains. It constitutes of giant slopes which makes it a popular a ski resort. The trek to Solang Nala starts from old Manali, passing through the villages of Goshal, Shanag and Burua and then finally ends by following a rocky trail to reach the spreading fields. When the snow starts melting, skiing is replaced by parachuting, zorbing, quad biking paragliding and horse riding. Ropeway, also known as the Gondola ride, is an alternative way of reaching the top. In winters, the valley becomes a skiing paradise with people of all ages slipping and sliding over the fresh white snow.
For the lovers of trekking, Maenam hill is one of the most important attractions of the visitors of Ravangla. Situated at an altitude of 10300 ft, the scenic beauty of the hill is magnified by the view of the majestic Himalayas; the rich, verdant forests, and the wide and gigantic Bengal plains, visible between the Darjeeling and Kalimpong hills. Because of the calm and serene habitat of the Maenam Hill, it serves as a meditating site for many monks, as well as sustaining magnificent flora and fauna. The vegetation of the neighbouring forests include the trees of Chestnut, Oak, Rhododendron, and Magnolia, whereas the Animalia include the Red Pandas, the Himalayan Black Bears, various species of deer, among others. But the most outstanding memory of the Maenam hill which will probably be etched in your mind, forever, is the view of the rising Sun, over the snow-clad, Himalayas.
Panorama Point, also reckoned as the Sun Rise Point is an admired outlook near Matheran. This Point is commended as the greatest capacious space on anymount peak near Matheran. This point is an idyllic picnic spot because of the tranquility of the place and is profoundly cherished as the perfect point to view the sunrise. People gather up at the Panorama Point before the break of day to capture the majestic play of colors which offers a 360 degree view of the stunning surroundings. It is a heaven for nature lovers, adventure seekers and photo enthusiasts and is among the top tourist attractions in Matheran. Also, the sight of the majestic Western Ghats and nearby towns and villages is completely breathtaking. Enjoy fabulous views of the sunrise and sunset or spend some time relaxing with the stunning atmosphere of this point.
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