Hey people! welcome to the wealthiest state of India and also the most wealthiest state of India. Chalcolithic sites belonging to the Jorwe culture have been found here. Maharastra was ruled by the Maurya empire; 3rd and 4th centuries BCE. After this, Maharastra was ruled by Satavahnas after 400 years. Ajanta and Ellora temples were developed by the Satvahnas and were declared a UNESCO world heritage site. They are Buddhist, Jain and Hindu. The British governed Maharastra as part of the Bombay Presidency. Flora of Maharastra is heterogeneous in composition. The state has three game reserves located in an area of 9,133 sq km. Wildlife sanctuaries in the state include BhimaShankar wildlife sanctuary, Koyna wildlife sanctuary and Chandoli National Park. The most wildlife sanctuaries in the state are leopards, sloth, sambhar, blue bull, lizards, cobra and kraits. It also possesses a variety of plant species like jamun, shisham, acacia, etc.
Places to visit
AJANTA AND Ellora
One of the prized possessions of Maharastra, located in Aurangabad. Monsoon is the perfect time to visit when the everglade caves become lush green and you see the ancient and Medieval caves which will enchant you. Ajanta are rock cut Buddhist caves dedicated to Buddhism built for reflection and meditation for monks in the 1st and 2nd century B.C. They were carved out of a 25 wall of rock from the Deccan Trap. Vivid colours and murals decorate them like lapis lazuli a material procured from Afghanisatan. They were discovered by John Smith a British official on a hunting trip in 1820 when one of the locals informed him of this as he saw the painting in Cave number 10. The paintings speak of Buddha’s childhood, and mythology on Buddhism from the Jataka caves.
They are mentioned by the Chinese travellers like Hsuan Sang and Fa Hien on their visit to India. They are located close to the river Waghur and and are 30 in number.
They were built in the 6th to 10th centuries and are famous for their intricate carvings of Sanathan Dharma, Jainism and Buddhism. They have the world’s largest monolithic structure, the Kailashnath temple. They are 34 in number. Each cave represent deities and mythologies of the period. They were also monasteries and a rest stop for pilgrims. These caves were also a commercial entereprot for trade. The Hindu caves and Jains were built by the Rastrakuta dynasty. Buddhist caves were built by the Chalukyas. The Buddhist caves were viharas were sleeping quarters, dining halls and assembly halls were built. These were gigantic buildings could house many monks at a time. Others are monasteries with idols,mandals carved into walls and angelic figurines adorning the walls. Viswakarma hall was the major Buddhist prayer hall. The Jain caves speak an altogether different story of places where Tirthankaras used to preach in huge halls called Samavasara. Ellora figurines were damaged by sweeping medieval hordes of Arabs as an attempt to destroy iconoclasm.
Hey people! Welcome to a new state in the blog; Gujarat. I will take you on a journey of the land of Dhokla and Garba. Gujarat was one of the main centres of Indus valley civilization where the world’s first port was discovered.
For mainly 300 years starting from 8th century B.C, the Saka era started in Gujarat. The Junagadh fort gives us a glimpse into the dynasty to issue coins. Gujarat is home to the Asiatic lion in the Gir forest, the wild ass in the Rann of Kutch, vibrant art, craft and ancient Jain temples. Come and explore this magnificent state of garba.
Ahmadabad built by Ahmad Shah Abdali in 1411 ;the largest city of Gujarat and the fifth most populous city. It is one of the cities of the Smart city Scheme under Prime Minister Modi. It has been declared as the first city of UNESCO. The area around Ahmabad first acquired prominence since the Solanki rulers who ruled over it in the 11th century when it was known as Ashaval.
By the mid 15th century, it was fortified by Ahmad Shah Abadali’s grandson Muhammad Begada and was called Champaner Pavagarh.
During the Mughals, it became a thriving centre of textiles. Later, they lost it to Marathas in 1758.
In the independence movement, it became the centre of attention as Gandhi built two ashrams in Ahmadabad, Kohrab and Satyagraha later renamed Sabarmati.
Places to visit
The second largest lake of Ahmadabad known as Hauz – e – Qutub, it was built in the 15th century. It lights up in the evening with the sunset for company, it is the perfect setting for water rides , archery and rides. It also hosts a cultural fest once a year.
It is an UNESCO world heritage site with forts, ramparts , chalcolithic sites and mosques, tombs and temples in this 16th century edifice as if the entire place welcomes you to pre-modern to medieval history. This site is built on the Pavagargh hill inhabited since the chalcolithic period. The Baroda heritage has rebuilt the entire expanse . This sit eis considered to be one of the oldest rock formations in the area.
Rani ki Vav
This is a baoli( step well) of medieval period built in Patan ( Gujarat). It is located on the banks of Saraswati river.
It is built in Maru Gurjara style. It is seven stairs and 500 sculptures in a stepwell, it has received the honour of the cleanest stepwell. Most of the sculptures in the stepwell are in devotion to Vishnu. In the medieval period,it had several plants to give this place an aquamarine and cooling effect as one walks through the stepwell.
Hey people! welcome to a new post on blog; the state of Madhya Pradesh. Inhabited by the Pleistocene era and historically important since the modern period. Sanchi became a centre of Buddhism with many stupas. This state is rich in diamonds and copper. It consists one of the cleanest cities of India, Indore. Rich in wildlife and handicrafts =; it is the perfect state to visit in summer and winter. Come and revel in the following places of Madya Pradesh-
Places to visit in Madhya PRADESH
Sanchi is a Buddhist complex famous for its stupas given patronage by Ashoka. It is one of the very popular UNESCO sites. Sanchi was the venue of Ashoka and Devi’s wedding.
Hey people! welcome to a new state on the blog; the state of the Ramayan which is Uttar Pradesh where you can see a lot of diversity, history and culture and a blend of epic history with the present. It is one of the populous states of Rajasthan. It was created in 1937 and renamed as Uttar Pradesh in 1950. Hindi is the most spoken language and the official language of the state. It has many tourist destinations such as Sarnath, Agra, Lucknow and Agra.
Uttar Pradesh is known for its extensive wildlife and forests. Common birds found in the state include peafowl, jungefowl, black partridges, house sparrows, blue jays, etc.
It is a city on the banks of the river Yamuna and is in Northern Uttar Pradesh. It is a major tourist destination because it was the seat of the Mughal capital. It is included on the Golden Triangle circuit. It has world heritage sites like the Taj, Agra Fort and Fathehpur Sikri. It is first mentioned in the epic Mahabharata as Agravena. Agra is birthplace of the Radha Swami faith and the philosophy of the Din-i-ilahi.
PLACES TO VISIT
It is one of the most famous buildings of the world, it is part of the seven wonders of the world. It took 21 years to complete,it was completed in 1653; for Shah Jahan’s favourite wife Mumtaz Mahal; Mehrun Nissa. It is the tomb of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal. It was built in pietra dura style and charbagh pattern due to the Muslim belief in afterlife.
Built as a second capital in 1571. Buland Darwaza; the world’s biggest gateway was built here after victory of Gujarat. It has Salim Chisti ‘s Khanqah and is a UNESCO world heritage site. It is built in Saracenic style and built in Rajput style.
This white marble tomb was constructed by Jahnagir in 1605-1613. This is Akbar’s final resting place. It has four large gates with chattris depicting royal homage. It is a four tiered pyramidal structure with a garden. is mainly a red sandstone structure with a marble touch. You can also see langurs as visitors to the garden.
Agra fort was the main residence of emperors of Mughal dynasty. It is also a military foundry for weapons and soldiers. Humayun was also crowned at this fort in 1530. This place was earlier called Badalgarh and was remodeled and rebuilt by Akbar in the 16th century. Shah Jahan rebuilt some structures into white marble inside this fort. He was imprisoned here by Aurangzeb in Musamman Burj.
It had five hundred buildings of Bengal and Gujarat built inside this fort.
Hey people! welcome to a new state on this blog; Land of the backwaters where spices and coffee welcome you to its new aroma. It was the first prominent kingdom in Kerala. The spice trade of Kerala attracted Portuguese traders in the Medieval period. In the Ancient period; there were two princely states in Kerala; Travancore and Cochin. It has the highest literacy rate and the lowest population rate. In the prehistoric period, many places of Kerala were found under the sea. Marine fossils have been found at Channgancherry.
Sources point to a relationship with the Harrapan civlilization. Kerala’s spice trade attracted the civilizations of Egyptians, Phonecians and Assyrians. Let’s explore the land of Kerala together.
It is a town and hill station located in the Idukki district of South Western Kerala. It is situated at 1,600 m above sea level in the Western Ghats mountain range. It is located close to three rivers of Kerala; MudhiraPuzha, Nalathani and Kundaly rivers.
Places to visit in Munnar
We can watch the misty clouds and tea gardens in Munnar from this hilly point. You can also enjoy maggi here while looking at flowers as the clouds bring in a foggy feel.
Tea Valley hotel
This hotel is pitched amidst the green tea estates of Munnar with flowers and many adventurous activities welcoming you like rock climbing and sipping hot tea with plantations. What are you waiting for, come and be with nature’s green magic in this resort.
Tea planatations in Munnar with the visit of the Museum
Munnar is an attractive destination with the world’s best tea estates.50 estates exist in Munnar. Some of the important tea estates include Harrison Malayalam, Michael Tea and others.
Zero point in Munnar
Do swirling clouds make your heart leap in joy or your heart shudder with fear, hold tight as I take you on a journey to one of the highest points in Munnar, I went with a heart beating fast, I walked few steps with my Dad and my sister and I wanted to stop, come and explore if you dare.
Hey people! welcome to a new state, the state of Himachal Pradesh. The name from Sanskrit; literally means “Land of snow”Himachal Pradesh is known for its natural environment;temples, hill stations. Many perennial rivers flow in this state. History of this state goes back to Harrapan times. Tribes like Hali, Dagi,etc. inhabited the region from prehistoric times. During the Vedic period; this year was divided into Janapadas later it was conquered by the Gupta empire after which in the medieval period, Kangra was conquered by Mahmud Ghazni.
The Kingdom of Gurkhas conquered Nepala and areas in Himachal Pradesh. Himachal is one of the richest biodiversity states of India.
This was one of our first family visits in the state of Himachal Pradesh; I was watching Vacancy on the way to Chail and I puked due to hill sickness or the movie; ha ha. Anyway lets start with the visit, Chail is a remote town nestled in the backdrop of Himalayas with a star studded sky.
Places to visit in Chail
It is set in 75 acres of land was built in 1891; it is also known as Maharaja of Bhupinder’s Patiala palace. It gives you a bird’s eye view of Shimla. It has tennis and badminton courts, dainty cottages and a park. It is a perfect spot for trekking.
Nature’s Magic in Chail
Hey! people welcome to the Land of gods;the state of Uttaranchal. Uttarakand is known for the natural environment of the Himalayas, Bhabhar and the Teri. The state is divided into Garhwal and Kumaon; with a total of 13 districts. Among the major dynasties of Kumaon were the Kunindas in the 2nd century BCE. The High court of the state was located in Nainital. During the medieval period; the Himalayan kingdom was consolidated under Kumaon and Garhwal.
Ancient rock paintings, rock shelters and paleolithic stone tools and megaliths provide evidence that these mountains were inhabited by prehistoric shelters. The Paurvas, Kushanas,Kunindas, Guptas and British have ruled Uttarakhand since centuries.
CORBETT TIGER RESERVE
It is a part of Uttaranchal state. The National park was established in the year 1936. It is located in the Nainital district of Uttaranchal. It was established as the Haley national park to protect the Project Tiger. It has a sub- Himalayan belt and geological and ecological characteristics. It has a variety of Flora and Fauna. Corbett has been a hunt for tourists and wildlife lovers from across the globe. 70,000 visitors have visited this park. It comprises 520.8 km hills, riverine belts, marshes, grasslands and a large lake.
Most deciduous forests consists of trees like sal, haldi, peepal and mango trees. It houses around 110 tree species, 50 species of mammals,580 bird species and 25 bird species. Some areas of the park comprised the princely state of Garhwal; the Tehri Garhwal region.
It is one of the thirteen protected areas as a part of the World wildlife fund.
Hey people ! welcome to the state of Bhangra, lip smacking food and jutiya!. I recently went to Punjab with my family and it was a great experience of gorging on food, lassi and amazing sightseeing of Golden temple,Jallianwala Bagh and Partition museum. Years of yearning finally quenched itself. Visit Punjab to see the state of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.
The Punjab region was home to the Indus Valley civilization;https://youtu.be/jA7NhLxv29g Punjab is the second largest state comprising 22 districts. Punjab was conquered by Alexander the Great and the Mauryas. It was conquered by the Mughals and the Delhi Sultanate in the medieval period. In the 15th century; Sikhism emerged in the Punjab with Guru Gobind Singh and Khalsa; a military group of five K’s.
In the modern period around 18th century; it was occupied by Maharaja Ranjit Singh.
Amristar: The city of Maharaja Ranjit Singh and Golden Temple
Amritsar is one of the largest cities of India in which Beas flows making it rich and fertile for cultivation of many crops like rice. The city ‘s origin lies in the village of Turng and was named after the lake founded by Guru Ram Das in 1574. It was narrow and planned walled streets developed in the 17th and 18th centuries called Katras. They provided unique defence systems in case of attacks in the city.
Places to visit
This is a very sad place in the history of Punjab; it represents the sad saga of our freedom struggle; as soon as you enter the place;a memorial with freedom fighters stands before the gate called the Tear wall memorial. Even the walls are still marked with bullet marks of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre on 13th April 1919 when 25o rounds of point blank range was fired on an unarmed crowd in this park by General Dyer. After the massacre; they were paraded and beaten mercilessly. Martial law was declared throughout Punjab. Rabindra Nath Tagore gave up his knighthood in the protest against this ghastly deed. Udham Singh went to London and killed General Dyer and two other officers responsible for this massacre. He was hanged to death. This place though sad represents give you patriotic feelings as you leave this place, you cant help but feel teary eyed.
This place also has a matryrs well where people jumped into to save themselves but they all died in the well; later many bodies were taken out of the depth of the well.
Sri Harmandar Sahib; is people, the name of the golden temple which is one of the most revered sites of Sikhism. A Sufi Saint called Harzan Mia Mir laid the foundations of the Golden temple in 1645. It was renovated by Maharaja Ranjit Singh and subsequent Sikh gurus with 750 gms of gold with auspicious holy pool in the centre of the Golden temple. It houses the Guru Granth Sahib.
Golden Temple’s architecture is distinctive with many elements like Rajput and Safavid. The floral designs on the marble panels of the walls are arabesque. The frescoes include natural motifs and the arches reflect the verses of Gurumukhi. The stair walls have murals with Guru Gobind Singh on a horse.
The clock tower now standing in the inner courtyard was originally built in the British period.It was built with three Ber trees in the centre.
The murals cover paintings from the Sikh period; it also has an arms gallery and a place which was a prison in the past.
This is also a great place to visit close to the Golden temple contains photographs and paintings from the Partition museum. It is maintained by the Arts and Culture heritage trust also gives you audio guides for a complete walk through.
Food of this amazing state
Hey people! you cant just leave without having sumptuous array of food from the heart of Punjab!
Here I take you to the ghalis myself.
There is nothing worth in this restaurant but we had a lot of fun as we clicked photographs of the place close to the Wagah border.
The best Dhaba of Amritsar hands down with sweet lassi and lot other dishes to sample; this is close to the Town hall.
Hey guys; welcome to a new state in this travel journey. I welcome you all to the state of coconuts. It has a history pertaining to the stone age. Besides contacts extended from the Harrapan civilization to the Ancient state of Karnatka. In the third century, most of Karnataka was a part of the Nanda state. Later Kadambas and Western Gangas formed the first native kingdoms in Karnataka. The first kingdoms to use Kannada in administration. Later, in the 10th century; Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas and Cholas gained power and gave a new impetus to architecture.
At the turn of the 12th century; Hoysalas gained power and gave new wings to Kannnada literature and architecture. They gave patronage to Saivite and Jain temples.
Bannerghata National Park
The Bannerghata Biological Park is a part of the Bannerghata National Park and emerged as an independent establishment in the year 2002. It is 22 km south of Bangalore city. It has different units such as Zoo, Safari, Butterfly Park and Rescue centre which is a unit for captive animals.
We visited Bangalore and other areas of Karnataka in 2009 when I was in Gargi. Our entire family came on this visit even Mom. This trip represents our most fond and funny trips as a family. This is one of the coolest cities of Karnataka with moderate weather throughout along with the foothills as a backdrop.
It began as a mud fort in 1538. Kempe Gowda; a vassal of the Vijaynagar empire in 1538. Haider Ali; the ruler of Mysore. In the capture of Tipu Sultan; the fort was captured during the siege of Bangalore in 1791.
Rajasthan’s history begins in the ancient period with Rakhigarhi and continues in the medieval period. Rajasthan’s journey begins with Harrapan period and the ritual at Mount Abu which gave birth to the Rajput warriors who laid down their lives for their motherland and of course the dances of Rajasthan. Rajasthan is also the Desert state with two deserts that define its territory. It is also surrounded by two hill ranges; Aravalli and Vindayachal which provided a refuge in case of attacks by enemies.
Rajasthan’s history starts from the Indus Valley civilization and the Vedic period. The Matsya Kingdom extended from the city of Jaipur, this kingdom started from Viratnagar.
It has also been ruled by Gurjara Prathiharas in the 7th century A.D, at the start of the medieval period. Rajasthan has been ruled by triibes like Meena, Gurjaras, Satraps and Rajputs contributing their flavour in building the best cities of Rajasthan.
I have visited all these cities of Rajasthan like Chittorgarh, Kumbalgarh, Alwar, Jaipur, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur and Udaipur and Ajmer. Now, I will take you on a journey of Rajasthan filled with top destinations to visit with your family in the winters and also how one should make your trip and plan it. Let’s start with Chittaur.
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