Tirupati is a city in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. Tirupati is considered one of the holiest Hindu pilgrimage sites because of the famous Venkateswara Temple, besides other historical temples, and is referred to as the “Spiritual Capital of Andhra Pradesh”.
Visit From Bangalore
Bangalore Tirumala Multi Axle AC Volvo Incl. Breakfast & Lunch (Duration: 2 DAYS)
Tour Cost (SunMonTueWedThu): ADULT: Rs.2050/- & CHILD: Rs.1750/-
Tour Cost (FriSat): ADULT: Rs.2470/- & CHILD: Rs.2170/-
Probably no other state in the Himalaya is more suited to ecotourism development as is Sikkim the land of the mystique! It’s not easy to find Sikkim on the map unless one is specifically looking for it. With its unique location bordering the Kingdom of Bhutan, Nepal, Tibet and West Bengal, what Sikkim lacks in size is made up in the grandeur of its Himalayan Scenery, the melting snow from the peaks cascades down mountain sides to form numerous waterfalls, rivers and valleys! The true grandeur of Sikkim however is to be discovered in the variety of its Himalayan Flora & scenery. With its elements of nature based tourism highlighting unique natural, floral, faunal & cultural diversity, the IHCAE has now decided to market its unique rural areas to responsible tourists thus improving the welfare of its local communities through active participation in the ecotourism process.
Sikkim homestays offer an excellent opportunity to observe and understand the life style and customs of local communities and provide an unique opportunity to stay with the local people in their homes. Travelers can witness the everyday life of local communities at close quarters by participating in the day-to-day activities of the host family. Besides, they indicate a spirit of entrepreneurship amongst local communities, ushering a new and sustainable channel for economic benefits.
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Bishnupur presents an opportunity of heritage tourism to the tourists all over the world. Belonging to the Bankura district of West Bengal it has a glorious history and some of the best preserved terracotta temples of historical significance can be found in Bishnupur. Only 130 kilometers from the capital city of Kolkata, it is a lovely getaway from the din and bustle of busy metro life and be lost in the charm of the historical marvels.
Acharya Jogesh Chandra Purakriti Bhawan
The museum that relate to art and archeology where you can find tools from Mesolithic and Paleolithic era, metal ornaments, terracotta sculptures, etc. This Museum accounts for the coins and artifacts from the very ancient days of rulers in Bishnupur, starting from the Gupta kings to the Pal kingdom. Also, there are contemporary art and paintings, manuscripts and rare photographs. A section of the Purakriti Bhawan is dedicated to the musical culture of Bishnupur Gharana and has many instruments and photographs displayed. It remains open on Saturdays and Sundays and a must see for archeology and history lovers.
Its parallel has not been found elsewhere in India and it may be considered as the pride of Bishnupur for its unique shape. Unique Architectural manifestions built by the Malla Kings & other rulers and some of the significant masterpiece are maintained by the ASI, providing lighting facilities and conserving the flimsy terracotta craftsmanship that is etched on each and every deliberate brick and wall of them. Some of the temples stands on a raised square laterite plinth with a pyramidal structure, some are decorated with circular galleries, some of them are hut-like structures with separate angled roofs held together by a tower at the crown with innumerable terracotta artwork on both exterior and interior walls. Must visit for all travellers. Some of the renowned structures are Rashmancha, Shyam Rai, Kesto Rai, Kalachand, Jorbangla, Madanmohan, Lalji, Radheshyam, Radhabinod, Nandalal, Sridhar etc.
Historical Structures & Antiques
The mysterious Gum Ghar was responsible for the disappearance of the evil doers. As the name suggests the structure was possibly used for punishing the offenders and guilty persons. Pathar Darwaja is the double storied gate accommodated troops and narrow slits allowed the archers and the gunmen to fire their shots. There is a small two storied chariot made of laterite stone. It was possibly built in seventeenth century. The lower portion of this structure is similar to Rasmancha, the upper part is similar to other Ekratna temples. Garh Darwaja or Chota Patthar Darwaja is a terracotta gateway, a destination famous for its terracotta masonry. At a short distance from this gateway lies another gateway which is larger in size and is known as the Bara Patthar Darwaja or Main Gateway of Bishnupur. Dalmadal is a canon which represents the sacrifice and struggle of the people of this region. The cannon named as dal madol was built by the malla kings to fight the maratha invasion. This canon was made with iron and have not any type of rust on this canon though it is exposed to rain and sun since 18th century.
Amazing Crafts of Bishnupur
Terracotta is characteristic of Bishnupur. Apart from the temples, terracotta pottery, artifacts and even jewellery made in this very traditional material is famous. The potters here derive their inspiration from the glorious history of kings, soldiers and wars. Bishnupur is also known for its silk (tussar), particularly the Baluchari Sarees. Woven on unusual punch-card looms, these sarees have episodes from the Mahabharata woven into the border and pallu. Bell Metal Craftware, conch-shell jewellery is also available here. Bankura Horse – Now the symbol of Indian handicrafts – available both in the terracotta and wood versions. You will find the famous “Bankura Horse” and different terracotta tiles, each of them telling a different story. Baluchari Saris – another famous Bishnupur product. Traditional woven with Ramayana and Mahabharata symbols but modern versions are also available. Bell Metal Craft, Conch Shell Craft, Metal Sheet Lantern Craft and the Majestic Dashabatar Taash (Type of playing card) will certainly touch your mind.
Interesting Rikshaw Ride
You can explore the temple town “Bishnupur” through walking but one of the most thrilling ways is by a “Ricksha”. Enjoy the memorable ricksha ride through the lanes and historic neighborhoods, on this easily-customizable 1, 2 or 3 hour tour offering several different areas. Sit back and relax as your local driver peddles you past some of the town’s iconic sites, lovely monuments, and historic spots as you go. The ride is very smooth and calm and you can enjoy the best view. The ride may be one of the most amazing experiences ever.
The virgin stretching beaches, lush green mangroves, migrating birds and turtles, the menacing estuarine crocodiles, meandering water courses, tranquil surrounding intercepted by the chirping of birds and the ever embracing nature, enthralls visitors from near and far off places to flock these unique places of tourist importance.
You have to fill up a form and take permit from the forest department. Entry fee for an adult is Rs.40 & we have been charged Rs.50 for a single Still Camera. Entry fee per adult will be Rs.25 if group strength is greater than 10. Video Camera charge is Rs.500 / unit.
Mangroves are salt tolerant, complex & dynamic eco-systems that occur in tropical and subtropical inter – tidal regions. Bhitarkanika is one such location of rich, lush green vibrant ecosystem lying in the estuarine region of Brahmani – Baitarani in the North – Eastern corner of Kendrapara district of Odisha. The area is intersected by a network of creeks with Bay of Bengal on the East. The alley between the meandering creeks and rivers, houses the second largest viable mangrove eco-system of India. Its 672 km² of mangrove forest & wetland, provides home to well over 215 species of birds including winter migrants from central – Asia and Europe. Giant salt water crocodiles and a variety of other wildlife inhabit this eco-system which is one of Asia’s most spectacular wildlife sanctuaries.
Bhitarkanika is named as per two odia words “Bhitar” meaning interior and “Kanika” meaning that which is extraordinaryily beautiful. The Gahirmatha (Marine) Wildlife Sanctuary, which bounds the Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary to the east, was created in September 1997 and encompasses Gahirmatha beach and an adjacent portion of the Bay of Bengal. An area of 145 sq km.,the core area of Bhitarkanika Wild life Sanctuary, was declared as Bhitarkanika National Park in September 1998. Bhitarkanika comprises of Bhitarkanika National Park and Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary.It is one of the most famous wildlife sanctuaries, which are located in Odisha. It spreads over a far-flung area of a 650 square kilometer in Kendrapara district.
The 6 KM trail within the Bird Island was excellent. Scientists, scholars, nature lovers and tourists have abundant opportunity for thought and exploration. Avenues for water sport, cottages, marine voyages, nature`s trails etc are the major attractions of this place. In Odisha, the estuarine or Salt water crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) is restricted to the mangrove swamps of the Brahmani – Baitarani Delta of North – Eastern portion of the State which comes within the Bhitarkanika National Park. The area has been proposed to be included in the list of World Heritage Sites.
The park is home to the Saltwater Crocodile, White Crocodile, Indian Python, Black Ibis, Wild Pigs, Rhesus Monkeys, Chitals, Darters, Cobra, Water Monitor Lizard . Olive ridley sea-turtles nest on Gahirmatha & other nearby beaches. Bhitarkanika has one of the largest populations of endangered saltwater crocodile in India and is globally unique in that 10 percent of the adults exceed 6 m length. Nearly 1671 saltwater crocodiles inhabit the rivers and creeks.
Bhitarkanika National Park authorities imposed a three-month ban on entry of tourists into the park as it is the mating and nesting season of the salt-water crocodiles. The ban is effective from May 1 and will continue till July 31. Tourists will be restricted from entering crocodile-infested areas in Bhitarkanika, Dangamala and Ragadapati forest blocks under Bhitarkanika, Swain said. He said the sound of mechanized boats ferrying tourists and forest officials disturbs the crocodiles and makes people vulnerable to crocodile attacks. The female reptiles lay eggs in the mangrove forests near the park’s water bodies and guard them till the hatchlings emerge. Forest guards have been instructed to closely monitor the process as the eggs often fall prey to wild animals such as snakes, wild boars and fishing cats. Many local forest dwellers illegally enter forest areas to collect honey and wood. – TheTimesOfIndia (TOI)
After the safari (river cruise) we came back to Dangmal. We visited Nature Interpritation Centre. It was very interesting. We saw deers roaming here-n-there (Heard the number is more than 5000 – from a forest guard). As per the 2014 survey of mammals, first of its kind to be undertaken in the forest and wetland sites of the park; 1,872 spotted deers, 1,213 numbers of wild boars have made the forest areas their home. The census breakup of other mammals is monkeys – 1,522, jackals – 305, common langur – 39, otter – 38, sambar deer – 17, jungle cat – 11, fox – 10, Mongoose – 7, wolf- 7, fishing cats – 3, hyena – 12, according to the survey data.
The boat ride from Khola to Dangmal or vice versa is highly recommended. Khola is one of the gateways into the park. This is along an artificial creek and it passes through dense mangrove forest providing a glimpse into the estuarine ecosystem and its wealth of fauna. The best time to travel through this creek is early morning or before sunset.
Bhitarkanika has a very rich historical and cultural past. It used to be the hunting grounds of the erstwhile King of Kanika . The hunting towers and artificial watering holes can be seen at many places including Bhitarkanika trail and at Dangmal. It is also the home of medieval Hindu temples which can be found dotted throughout the sanctuary. But the major attraction remains the wildlife wealth.
There are 2-3 Ecoresorts there. Packaged tours can also be arranged with personal guide.
Do you know anything about Krishna’s Butterball ??
The original name, Vaan Irai Kal, according to the Atlas Obscura, translates from Tamil as “Stone of Sky God”. It is a gigantic boulder [6 Mtr. X 5 Mtr.] resting on a short incline in the historical town of South India. The 250 ton rock stands on a slope, and is said to have been at the same place for 1200 years. Local people says Lord Krishna often stole butter from his mother’s butter handi – (Stated over at Hindu mythology) which may have a reason for the name of the boulder.
A part of the boulder has eroded away, making it look like a half-spherical rock. It is said that the Indian Tamil king Raja Raja Chola was inspired by the balance of this massive stone boulder and it led to the creation of never falling mud dolls called Tanjavur Bommai, which having a half-spherical base tends to come back to its original position every time one tries to make it fall.