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Tashiding, West Sikkim – 132 kms from Siliguri...

Nestled amidst the scenic Eastern Himalayas is the tranquil hamlet of Tashiding. The small idyllic village, which derives its name from the deity – Tashiding is most famous for its monastery founded in 1641 AD, which is held in high reverence by people of the Buddhist faith. Legend has it that even a casual glimpse of this monastery can cleanse a person of all his sins and shortcomings. The annual Bumchu festival is celebrated here with people coming from all parts of the world. Tashiding is a place where travellers longing for a spiritual connection would feel at home. A trek to the placid lake of Pokhri Dara or the Sinon Monastery and the surrounding caves give an outstanding experience of silence, nature and the mighty Himalayas. BOOKING DETAILS OF TASHIDING For more photos of Tashiding click here   Places to see in Tashiding West Sikkim: Tashiding monastery is undoubtedly the biggest tourist draw in the region. Venerated for being the spiritual centre of the region, the monastery is situated at a height of 1465 meters. Being the epicenter of Tibetan Buddhism in North East India, the Tashiding monastery is surrounded by the Eastern Himalayas. The approach from the market to Tashiding monastery is dotted with several prayer wheels, where devotees can offer prayers. The consecrated Chorten area comprises 41 chortens. They are categorized under “Chortens of Enlightenment”, “Chortens of Great Miracle” and “Chortens of Reconciliation”. The faithful can spend time in prayer and meditation here. Amongst the most sacrosanct chortens native to the monastery is the ‘Thong-Wa-rang-Dol’, which is said to bring about an instant catharsis of the soul for anyone who beholds it. Other nearby monasteries are Hungree, Dubdi and Sinon. To reach Hungree and Dubdi Monastery, you have to take a short trek through the jungles but you would be rewarded with magnificent views of snow capped peaks of the Eastern Himalayas. However, the 18th century monastery of Sinon guarded by the Siniolchu Mountains can be reached by car. Nearby Attractions of Tashiding West Sikkim: You can visit Pokhri Dara to discover a sacred lake guarded by a Manghim and a natural cave. Tashiding is steeped in religiosity and has four divine caves, where saintly Buddhist monks are believed to have meditated. The caves are located in all four cardinal directions of Tashiding and include Lhari Nyingphug in the north, Khandozhangphu in the south, Sharchog Bephug in the east and Dechenpug in the west. The major touristic areas near Tashiding are Pelling, Yuksom and Rinchenpong. After visiting these touristic regions of West Sikkim, if you want to spend some days in tranquility, then keep Tashiding in your itinerary. Things to do in Tashiding West Sikkim: The whole region of Tashiding is covered in forests and short treks around this region would lead you to numerous caves, monasteries, waterfalls and natural wonders like huge beehives tucked in rock faces. If you are fond of collecting authentic Tibetan trinkets, handicrafts, paintings and other artisan products then visit the Sinek market, situated aloft the ridge overlooking the Rangeet and Rathong Chu rivers. Tashiding is surrounded by monasteries tucked within the forests perched on hilltops so most tourists in Tashiding like to take up Monastery Treks. The trails of these treks pass through forests filled with flora and fauna, rarely found in other parts of India. These forests are often termed as “birdwatcher’s paradise.” Another interesting activity would be participating in the annual Bhumchu festival, which is held on the...
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Krishnanagar, Nadia – 100 kms from Kolkata...

Krishnanagar is a historical city located at the southern banks of Jalangi River in Nadia district of West Bengal. It is mostly renowned for its founder and ruler, Raja Krishna Chandra Rai who was a prominent zamindar of Bengal. During the reign of Raja Krishnachandra, Krishnanagar city flourished as a center of art and culture which the Raja propagated immensely due to his personal artistic and aesthetic bent of mind. The Rajbari thus, stands as a striking example of the Rajas exquisite artistic outlook. The Krishnanagar Rajbari (palace) is the main attraction of this illustrious town that attracts most tourists and visitors. During festivals, the Rajbari including the whole Krishnanagar city is brightly illuminated with various colorful lights that is simply gorgeous to watch. BOOKING DETAILS OF KRISHNANAGAR Culture and tradition have always thrived in the Krishnanagar city with many prominent Bengali literary figures like Bharat Chandra, Dwijendralal Ray and Narayan Sanyal originating from this place. The place was also famous in history for its ‘Jatra Dal’, which is a popular form of local Bengali folk drama. For more photos of Krishnanagar click here Places to see in Krishnanagar: Krishna nagar is a historical city with many prominent historical structures. If you are at Krishnanagar then the following places are a must visit for experiencing the rich cultural heritage of this place: The Krishnanagar Rajbari – Also known as the Krishnanagar Palace is the palace of the famed Raja Krishnachandra of Bengal who was a noted zamindar of this area. The palace is most noted for its Durga Temple where many festivals are celebrated all year with much grandeur. Many people visit this place from far and wide to take part in the holy occasions here. Ranaghat – It is a very popular town located in the Nadia district of West Bengal. It is mainly prominent for its sweets, handloom industry and flower trade. It is located about 70 kilometers from Kolkata city. The town finds many mentions in the pages of history during the colonial era. The ‘ratha-yatra’ and ‘Durga puja’ festivals of the famous Deychowdhury family are much admired in Ranaghat. Roman Catholic Church – Krishnanagar also served as an important seat of Christian Missionary movement in Bengal. The Roman Catholic Church located here is the ideal example of this event. The church is a grand architecture that has many prized paintings of Jesus Christ on canvases and wooden frescos painted by renowned Italian artists. Other places of interests include the Protestant Church, College Bhavan, the Public Library, Anandamoyi Tola Kali Bari, Krishna Nagar Academy and Company Bagan (which is a horticultural garden run by the state government). Things to do in Krishnanagar: If you are in Krishnanagar, don’t miss the famous Jhulan mela that is celebrated at the Rajbari (Krishnanagar Palace) every year in the month of July/August. Dol Purnima is also another much celebrated festival here. Other prominent festivals are the Jagaddhatri Puja, which is celebrated with much magnificence and splendor at Krishnanagar. The lighting are special eye-treats for everyone that is specially brought from the nearby town of Chandannagar to dazzle the town. And finally, don’t forget to gorge on the famed sweets of Krishna Nagar, which is the pride of this town. ‘Sarbhaja’ and ‘Sarpuria’ are among the famous sweets invented right at this town by the halwaikars or moyras (who prepare sweets) of Krishnanagar. The shop of “Adhar Chandra Das” finds special mention here for the famous invention of the above-mentioned sweet...
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Nabadwip, Nadia – 116 kms from Kolkata...

Nabadwip is a holy town situated at the picturesque confluence of the Bhagirathi and Jalangi Rivers in the Nadia district of West Bengal. The ancient temple town is spread across an area of 11.66 Sq. Km. Nabadwip was historically the erstwhile capital of Bengal during 12th century B.C., which was under the sovereign-ship of Lakshman Sen, the last Hindu Sovereign of Bengal. The town is most legendarily noted for the birthplace of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu who started the famed Gaudiya Vaishnavism movement at this place. Presently, the ancient movement has culminated in the form of the beautiful ISCKON movement and temple that predominates this place now. BOOKING DETAILS OF NABADWIP Nabadwip is basically an archipelago of 9 islands that constitutes together under the name of “Nabadwip” which literally means ‘nine islands’ in Bengali language. The islands are named Antardwip, Simantadwip, Rudradwip, Madhyadwip, Godrumdwip, Ritudwip, Jahnudwip, Modadrumdwip, and Koladwip. The names of the nine islands uniquely describe the nine forms of devotional services to the Lord which are complete surrender, patient hearing, chanting the holy name, perfect remembering, service at the lotus feet of the Lord, ideal worshiping, unconditional praying, serving and eternal friendship with the Lord. For more photos of Nabadwip click here The Chaitanya era is considered to be the most luminous epoch of Nabadwip’s history. It was during this time that the ‘Bhakti Movement” originated here and spread far and wide marking a transitional phase of Hinduism in history. As Brindaban Das, the celebrated biographer of Sri Chaitanya has rightly stated, “No place is equal to Nabadwip on earth because Chaitanya was there incarnated.” Sri Chaitanya was not only a divine incarnation but he was also a social reformer and a great philanthropist of his time. Nabadwip has always been renowned for its rich cultural and educational past. It was and still is a very sacrosanct and reputed seat of learning, which has produced many notable scholars and pundits since time immemorial in the fields of law, literature, astronomy, poetry, grammar and theology respectively. Places to see in Nabadwip: Nabadwip is a land of temples. The town is dotted with numerous assortments of temples that vividly portray the incidents of “Bhagavath Leela” that took place here centuries back. There are practically more than 150 temples built in this archipelago. Some of the prominent ones are as follows:   Shonar Gauranga Temple – This temple is the star attraction of Nabadwip that has enshrined in it the golden statue of Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. The temple is centrally located at Yogapitha, which was the holy birthplace of Sri Chaitanya Lord. It was here that Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu spent most of his transcendental past-times on Earth. Radharani Temple – The temple is dedicated to the divine consort of Lord Krishna – “Radharani”. The idol of Radharani here is beautifully divine with many embellishments of jewels and flowers. The temple surrounding reverberates all through year with holy chants of Lord Krishna along with beautiful devotional songs in praise of the Lord. Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math – This holy monastery was established in 1941 in honor of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu by Srila Sridhar Maharaja also known as Om Vishnupad Sri Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Maharaj. He was the direct disciple of Sri Chitanya Mahaprabhu. The math works towards the implementation of spiritual, devotional and social services towards the Supreme Lord and all his devotees. Sri Devananda Gaudiya Math – This sacred monastery is situated at Koladwip which is one of the...
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Sribadam, West Sikkim – 82 kms from Gangtok...

Sribadam, the beautiful forest village is famous for the meditation center and the healing of sick people in the monastery. Sri Badam is considered by people as ultimate destination for inner peace and meditation. It is also well known for the Phurpa Thordo Puja and authentic Cham Dance at the monastery. Located at an altitude of 2100 meters above the sea level and 82 kilometers away from Gangtok lies in the valley this small remote village of Sribadam (Sreebadam). It is basically a small, but a well maintained forest village comprising of around 300 families, with population of Bhutia, Subba and Gurung. The village overlooks Samduptse (Namchi) on the opposite hill with river Reshi flowing through the gorge below. The place is highly significant for its natural, cultural and religious aspects. The word Sribadam was actually Siribatam meaning open space or flat land in the Limboo (tribe) language. The cultural and tradition of the Sikkimese can be seen and felt at Sribadam. BOOKING DETAILS OF SRIBADAM Places to see in Sri Badam: The nearby Phuntsok Choeling Monastery famous for its meditation center all over Sikkim and its neighboring state as well as in countries like Nepal and Bhutan. The monastery is also well known for healing people from any kind of sickness which is cured by religious ritual and practices. The Nyingmapa Palyul Dechen Gawelling Monastery known for its famous Phurpa Tordo Puja and Cham Dance (Mask Dance) that is performed during the month of December every year. There are three natural lakes and one artificial lake at Sribadam. Lakes like Bhaishi Pokhori, Jhor pokhori are well known. Bhaishi Pokhori is in a sacred location in the forest of Sri Badam. The Bhaishi Pokhri has numerous amount of fishes and is forbidden from fishing. There is a road built by the British for their horses in the middle of Sribadam forest and Ganesh Tok. Images of Sribadam For more photos of Sribadam click here You can also visit the Woodwork Industry where designs are carved on the wood plank and tables known as Thockchi, Holy seat for Rimpoches [ABOOT] are made. If you are adventure loving then trekking around the Wildlife Sanctuary at Sribadam will be a different experience. There are two waterfalls near Sri Badam. The Ramay Dham dara known for its varieties of flowers and is a place where Rishi (sadhus) perform pujas of various kinds.  The famous 10 Buddhist praying wheel that is powered by water current is also nearby. The temple of Om Nandha (God Angel) is also famous for its meditation center. The unique 17 stairs leading to Jhandi Dara in the middle of Sribadam forest which was built during the British period is also a place to visit when you are at Sribadam. Nearby attraction of Sribadam: You can visit the Rishum monastery, which is around 20 minutes by car from Sri Badam. A trek route leads to the famous Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary. You can visit the hot spring at Legship and also the famous Daramdin Sai Temple. From Sribadam you can visit Solophok and Samdputse at Namchi. The Singshore Bridge at Uttarey and even Khecheopalri Lake can be visited during a half day sightseeing. The Shrijanga Temple is just 13 kms from Sribadam. The Vhir Dara Tourist Point, well known for great views of Mount Kanchenjuga and sunrise can be visited from Sri Badam easily. You can even visit Rabindranath Tagore’s Gitanjali (home at Rinchenpong). People visiting Sribadam during the month of...
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Konark Sun Temple – 35 kms from Puri...

At Konark, you can truly enjoy the roar of the waves and the splendid view of the 800 year old Sun Temple. Picturesquely situated on the shores of Bay of Bengal, Konark is admired with the exquisitely carved stone temple offering majestic charm.  Most tourists visit Konark from Puri or Bhubaneswhar in a daytrip without staying overnight and they miss all the charms of this little temple town and its glorious Sun temple. The sight of the Sun God glowing with the first rays of the rising sun and the ruins of the majestic temple with the roar of the sea is an experience of a lifetime. The pristine beach admiring the temple town enhances the appeal of the location to the tourists. The temple reflecting the essence of Oriya art and architecture is a short stroll from the sea beach. Staying at Konark and visiting the beautiful crescent shaped Chandrabhaga Beach and Chandipur, the handicraft town of Pipli and the nearby temple towns of Puri and Bhubaneshwar would complete one of the most incredible itineraries of Orissa. BOOKING DETAILS OF KONARK Places to see in Konark: The chief attraction of Konark is the Konark Sun Temple, which is also the most popular tourist spot in Orissa. It has been declared as World Heritage Site since 1984. The temple has been structured in the form of a giant chariot, featuring 12 pairs of wheels. The wheels are 10 feet in diameter, each signifying a single month. The chariot is pulled by seven horses. Two stone curved lions have been built near the entrance of the temple. You need to ascend a flight of steps to approach the main entrance. The temple features a three-tiered pyramidal roof admired by a nice looking spire. The temple is renowned for some exquisite stone carvings that admire the entire structure. For more photos of Konark click here The Chandrabhaga Sea Beach, located 3 km east of the Konark Sun temple is a hot spot for tourists visiting Konark. There is also a lighthouse near Chandrabhaga, which enhances the splendor of the place.  View from the top of the lighthouse will make you feel out of the world. The latest addition is a natural deer park, which boosts the tourist potential of Chandrabhaga. The sight is aesthetically appealing. Pay a visit to the Archaeological Museum near the temple complex, which displays sculptures and carvings from the remnants of the Sun Temple. Nearby attractions of Konarak: If you want to explore further afield in Konarak, you will not be disappointed. Along the Puri Road, the unexplored and serene Konarak Beach is a major attraction of tourists, where you can watch the local fishing fleet at work. The spectacular sunrise at this beach offer visual ecstasy. The Ramachandi Temple is picturesquely located on the confluence of River Khusabhadra, 8 km from Konark. The temple is a popular place of worship and a sought-after picnic spot. If you move further, you can locate an image of Bhddha seated in Bhumisparsa Mudra along with the image of Heruka, at Kuruma. The village of Pipli famous for its handicrafts is located at a distance of 23 km from Konark. The village is famous for a wide range of distinctive selection of handicrafts and appliqué work products. There is also the temple of Goddess Barahi at Chaurasi, 35 km from Konarak, which can be traced back to the 9th century AD. You can also make a trip to Prachi valley,...
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Deoghar, Jharkhand – 373 kms from Kolkata...

This weekend if you are looking ahead to some soul searching then make a trip to Deoghar, one of the most revered religious centers in India. It’s the best place for understanding religion and culture in its simplest forms. Deoghar literally means “the abode of gods” but it is not only temples, ashrams, gods and immortality here, Deoghar is one of the most naturally beautiful destinations endowed with hills, rivulets, serene lakes, forests and colonial buildings of Zamindars and Seths. Though a popular destination to tourists from Kolkata and nearby cities, Deoghar still holds a unique ‘old world charm’ once prevalent in small towns. BOOKING DETAILS OF DEOGHAR Places to see in Deoghar: There are a number of sights of religious importance in this holy town of Deoghar. One of the most remarkable tourist interests is the age-old temple of Baidyanath Dham, named after Lord Shiva. Tousands of pilgrims visit this temple, especially in the month of ‘Shrawan,’ particularly on ‘Mondays.’ The earliest educational institution of Ramakrishna Mission, known as Ramakrishna Mission Vidyapith, established in 1922 is also located in Deoghar. Moreover, you will truly admire the enchanting beauty of the Nandan Pahar, also known as the Nandan Hill Park, edging the town of Deoghar. The hill also hosts the famous Nandi Temple and flanked by a beautiful lake attracting tourists. The beautiful Navlakha Temple housing the deity of Radha-Krishna and boasting its sheer architecture is a worth visit for all tourists. Satsang ashram in Deoghar is one of the most sacred sites as Thakur Anukul Chandra, spent the last 25 years of his active life here. Nearby attractions of Deoghar: Deoghar is also admired by a number of nearby attractions. Tapovan located 10 km from Deoghar houses a temple of Shiva, called Taponath Mahadeva, which is the prime attraction of the place. The internationally famed Rikhia Yogashram established by Swami Satyananda Saraswati is nestled at a serene hamlet called Rikhia in Deoghar District. The ashram is mainly visited by the tourists during the annual fair held in the months of November or December. Just 43 km from Deoghar, there is a beautiful temple of Shiva at Basukinath, where holy water is offered by the visitors to Lord Shiva. Trips are also made by pilgrims to Trikut, located 24 km west of Deoghar. This hill temple is made of huge boulders. You can also visit the temple of Kundeshwari, located one kilometer away from Chandi Hill. Idols of Mother Parvati and Lord Shiva, Lakshmi and Ganesh have been preserved here. The Ashram of Pagla Baba located 8 km from Tower Chowk is also worth visiting. Idols of Radha-Krishna made of eight metals are installed in this ashram. In the east of Deoghar you will find a small hillock called Hathipahar or Mahadevatari. The hillock is called Hatipahar because from a distance it appears like an elephant. Nearby the hillock, there is a small stream, the water of which is believed to contain medicinal values. A tour to the Devasangha Math, located 2 km from Deoghar railway station is also quite refreshing. The Nava Durga Temple at Devsangha Math houses a deity of Goddess Durga in the Bengali style. Bulk of devotees visits the place mainly during the Durga Puja celebration. Those who want to explore further afield can make trips to Dumka (65 km), Massanjore Dam (98 km) and Giridih (112km). Things to do in Deoghar: Sightseeing to various temples and ashrams is a major activity of the people...
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Giridih, Jharkhand – 326 kms from Kolkata...

Giridih, a very old and pristine small town nestled in the central part of Jharkhand attracts lots of visitors, particularly from West Bengal. In Giridi there are age-old temples, meandering rivers and quaint tribal villages. It is one of the most popular Jain pilgrimages and if you are an adventure seeker then Giridih offers opportunities like rock-climbing, kayaking, parasailing and boating. The beautiful lake of Khandoli is visited by migratory birds and the nearby Parasnath Hill – the highest hill in Jharkhand helps to savor the magnificent panoramic views of the rock strewn plateaus and lush jungles. Cradled amidst hills and hillocks, Giridi would surely make you fall under its charming spell. BOOKING DETAILS OF GIRIDIH Places to see in Giridih: Giridih admired with a number of exotic locations is a delight to explore. You can visit the village of Madhuban, housing a famous temple of 200 years old, the Samosharan temple, Bhomiyaji sthan and a Jain Museum. You can savor a clear sight of Parasnath Temple from the balcony of the museum using a telescope. You should also make a visit to Baidadih for its large well whose water contains vital minerals having medicinal values. A huge fair is geld here during the celebration of Lakshmi Puja. Visit the quaint village of Dalgando, known for hosting a huge fair during Shivaratri.   Nearby attractions of Giridih: The majestic view of the towering Parasnath Hill, the highest hill in Jharkhand, boasting an altitude of 4480 feet truly offers a visual splendor. The Parasnath Temple is considered one of the most sacred destinations of the Jains. A trip to Harihar Dham located around 60 km South-west of Giridih is worth visiting as the temple houses the largest Shiva Linga across India. Amidst the ranges of the famous Parasnath Hills, the Ushri River streams down from a steep gorge. The spot is located about 14 km from east of the Giridih town. Around 8 km Northeast of Giridih headquarters there is the Khandoli water reservoir, which is one of the best sites for bird watching and water related adventures. The place features a hillock of 600 feet and a watch tower, offering a pleasant view of Khandoli site. The Langta Baba Samadhi Sthal is another notable nearby location, where chadars are offered to the Samadhi of Langta Baba by pilgrims seeking his blessings. While returning from Langta Baba Samadhi, stop at the Surya Temple mirzaganj, which is a nice temple built in the pattern of a lotus flower, nestled in the middle of a lake. You can also make a trip to Deoghar, a notable pilgrimage centre, located 112 km from Girdih. Things to do in Giridih: Make a trip to Khandoli to enjoy some water related sport activities. The camel and elephant safari is truly enjoyable there. You can also try rock-climbing, kayaking, parasailing and boating at the location. The place is also a heaven for avid bird watchers. Explore the jungle near the Parasnath temple and you can also trek the Christian hill. Visit the Beniadih coal mines and enjoy a trek from Bengabaad to Pachamba through the forests. The site of the Ushri Fall is an ideal location for picnic. How to reach Giridih: Madhupur located 294 km from Kolkata has a branch line to Giridih. There is a single passenger train running five times a day through this line and it takes about an hour to reach Giridih. Parasnath railway station is located 48 km from Giridih....
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Martam, East Sikkim – 158 kms from Siliguri...

If you are a true nature lover and nurture an appetite for adventure, then this pristine village of Martam in East Sikkim is your ideal holiday destination. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Martam Village offers a calm and quite refuge to the tourists. Martam is known for its breathtaking views of the mountains and valleys and exotic array of flora and fauna. BOOKING DETAILS OF MARTAM Places to see in Martam: Martam is known for its lush vegetation, majestic views of the Mountains, quaint villages, nature walks and forests harbouring thousands of birds, butterflies and orchids. Martam and its surrounding areas are excellent locations to view birds and butterflies. The place truly offers visual splendor to the naturalists. Nearby attractions of Martam: The most popular destinations near Martam are the Rumtek and Sang monasteries. You can visit the Rumtek Monastery, located around 6 km from Martam. There is also the Nehru Botanical Park, near the monastery. Then you can also visit the Sang Monastery, located in a village town called Sang, 6 km away from the resort. Gangtok is also nearby and you can make a day trip to this capital city for enjoying its colourful culture. Gangtok is admired by a number of sightseeing attractions, including Chorten Monastery, Ropeway, Mahatma Gandhi Marg, Tashi View Point, Enchey Monastery, Ganesh Tok and others. A day tour to Temi Tea garden is also admired by the tourists to Martam. Drive for around two hours from the resort towards south Sikkim, to locate the sole tea garden of Sikkim, Temi Tea Garden. A tour of the Temi tea factory is also worth enough, where you can watch the processing of tea leaves into tea. You can also take a day trip to the Tibet Border – Changu Lake and Nathula Pass You can also enjoy a day-trek into the Fambong Lo Wild Life Sanctuary along the forest area of the village featuring varieties of trees and vegetation. While trekking, you can savor the sight of some beautiful birds, butterflies and some wildlife, which include monkeys, barking deer, caveats, pheasants, mountain goats, wild rabbits, porcupine and more. There is also a lake and a viewing tower on the hilltop offering a majestic view of the Kanchenjunga range. After leaving the forest, you can walk along the Bhutia villages and visit the local monastery. Things to do in Martam: Enjoy a nature walk along the picturesque scenic landscape of the Martam village. You can also hire a local guide who will acquaint you to different herbs and plants used by the village folks in their daily lives. Observe the farming technique and the animal husbandry practice of the villagers. You can also spend some time trying your hand in angling at the rivers or streams with bamboo fishing rods. You can also organize picnic by the riverside. There are also arrangements of mountain cycles to move around the village. The serene surrounding of the village resort is ideal for conducting meditation, retreat or religious courses. You can also invite the Buddhist teachers to your place to offer you an introduction into Buddhism. How to reach Martam: The quaint village of Martam located in East Sikkim is 34 km from Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. You can reach Martam from Rangpo via Ranipul and Rumtek Best time to visit Martam: Tourists are welcomed at Martam throughout the year. Lodging and dining facilities in Martam: Martam Village Resort offers excellent accommodation at...
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Rinchenpong, West Sikkim – 130 kms from Siliguri...

Rinchenpong is one of the newest additions in the list of attractions in Sikkim. The panoramic view of Mt. Kanchenjungha is breathtaking from here. However, Rinchenpong has been famous in history for some other reason. When the British sent an expeditionary force to Sikkim in 1860, the Lepchas who were the natives of Sikkim poisoned the water of a pond which was the main source of water in the area by using herbs, thus killing almost half of the army. This act forced the army to retreat. Since then, the pond is named as Poison Pokhri. Located at an altitude of 5576 feet, Rinchenpong is famous for the spectacular views of the Mt. Kanchenjunga range, some ancient monasteries and a house where the Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore spent sometime. The whole area is covered in lush green forests which is home to a very healthy bird and butterfly population. BOOKING DETAILS OF RINCHENPONG Places to see at Rinchenpong: A very famous place to look out in Rinchenpong is the pond – Poison Pokhri. Opposite to it are stone staircases that lead to a forest trail that takes you to the Rinchenpong Monastery that was built in 1717 and has a very unique idol of Ati Buddha in Yub-Yum position. The trail further leads you to Reesum Monastery. Then again, if you keep on following the steps, you will find the traditional Lepcha house, that is built in the old Lepcha style. Some other places to look for include the Maggi Dara, a new monastery and a marble plaque with verses from Rabindranath Tagore’s Gitanjali. This is known as Rabindra Smriti Van and Rabindranath Tagore stayed here for some days. There is also a 100 year old British Bungalow covered in forests in the upper regions of Rinchenpong. Built with wood and stone, spending a night in the bungalow would be a great experience. For more photos of Rinchenpong click here   Nearby attractions from Rinchenpong: The world’s largest prayer wheel powered by water at Hee Water Garden is only 6 kms fom Rinchenpong. The famous Chaaya Taal Lake is also nearby and so is the Dentam Valley, Singshore Bridge (India’s highest hanging bridge) and Uttarey Valley. All these destinations can be covered in day trips from Rinchenpong. The Srijunga Temple, located some 8 km from Rinchenpong, is a very popular picnic spot as well. Besides, there are other places of attractions near Rinchenpong like the Reesum Monastery, the Barsey Rhododendron sanctuary, Temi Tea Garden, Bermiok and Van Jhakhri waterfalls. If you are fond of local treks and Sikkimese culture, then a visit to nearby Sribadam village could be very rewarding. Short nature walks through forests originating from Sribadam would take you to some breathtaking jungle lakes, waterfalls and view points. Things to do in Rinchenpong: Apart from watching sunrise over the magnificent Mt. Kachenjungha, taking village walks and birdwatching are the other favourite activities of tourists visiting Rinchenpong. You can go for village walks taking the stone-paved trails that pass through Lepcha traditional houses and old British forest bungalows to ancient monasteries. All these activities can be done during the morning time, but in the evening, you can go out for some exploration of the local bazaar or chat with your hosts and other fellow travellers beside a campfire. How to reach Rinchenpong: If you are coming by train, then the nearest Railway Station is New Jalpaiguri in West Bengal. Pick-ups from the hotels in Rinchenpong are arranged from...
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Namchi, South Sikkim – 88 kms from Siliguri...

The capital of South Sikkim, Namchi is located at an altitude of 1675 m above sea level and is 78 km from Gangtok. Namchi means ‘sky high’ in Bhutia and this township is slowly emerging as a very important tourist destination. With its prime attraction of the 135 feet statue of Guru Padmasambhava in Samdruptse monastery, majestic views of Mt. Kanchenjungha and upcoming Chaar Dhaam point, Namchi is soon to become one of the most popular tourist destinations of Sikkim.  According to historical records, Namchi was the place where the princess Pende Ongmoo poisoned one of the Chogyals of Sikkim, but was later caught and killed. It is believed that her spirit still looms large over the horizon. BOOKING DETAILS OF NAMCHI Places to see at Namchi: Perhaps, the most striking piece of attraction of Namchi is the 135 ft high statue of Guru Padmasambhava on Samdruptse Monastery located on top of a rising hill. Ngadak Monastery, another piece of attraction is one of the oldest in Sikkim and belongs to Nyingmapa Buddhist sect. Other attractions include Solophok, which is still under construction and is expected to house the replicas of the ‘Chaar Dhaams’, the pilgrimage sites of Hindus. Then there is also the Kanchanjunga Handicrafts Center, Salleybong Bul Cave, Tirikhola Dancing Falls, Temi Tea Garden, Rayong Sunrise View Point and the Tendong State biodiversity Park among others. Nearby attractions from Namchi: Some 5 km from Namchi is Assangthang, a small and unique village that can offer you some really exclusive experiences. There are some 75 huts, brick paved paths in between farmlands, solar lighting system and extremely affectionate villagers who will make your trip wonderful. Things to do in Namchi: Sightseeing is the most important thing that you can do while in Namchi. The town offers quite a lot of places of attraction to look out for. Besides, you can also go out for trekking and discover the most exquisite beauty of nature. How to reach Namchi: Namchi is located some 90 km from New Jalpaiguri, so the nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri Station. But if you go by plane, then the nearest airport is Bagdogra which is about 96 km from Namchi. Best time to visit Namchi: You can visit Namchi anytime of the year. However, if you want to see the annual flower show that displays a wide variety of rare orchids organized by Namchi garden, then you must visit during the month of February. Lodging and dining facilities at Namchi: There are numerous private hotels of different budgets in Namchi. Dining facilities are available in most of the hotels. You would also find roadside eateries selling local dishes in Namchi. BOOKING DETAILS OF...
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Rajgir, Bihar – 490 kms from Kolkata

Surrounded by hills and drenched in history and myth Rajgir is a 3000 year-old city still holding strong to its roots. Here, Lord Buddha stayed and preached and even initiated the mighty king Bimbisara whereas Lord Mahavira spent fourteen years of his life preaching in Rajgir. World travellers like Hiuen Tsang (650 BC) and Fa-Hein (400 BC) visited Rajgir and meticulously recorded its daily life and people. Rajgir is even older than history – still today believers visit a dilapidated wrestling ring where the Pandava prince Bheema, is said to have fought and killed Jarasandha. Strange marks on the rock are believed to be the chariot wheel marks of Lord Krishna and an un-deciphered script on a rock face is said to contain the code to open the store of gold of a mythical king. Lakes hidden within hills, ropeways leading to peace pagodas located on hill tops, hot springs and horse cart rides make Rajgir a mixed bag of surprises. BOOKING DETAILS OF RAJGIR Places to see at Rajgir: The caves of Gridhakuta was home to Lord Buddha for three months of the year and from this hilltop he preached some of the most precious sermons to his disciples. The Venuvan garden marks the site which King Bimbisara offered Lord Buddha to reside. A ropeway leads to the Vishwa Shanti Stupa, built by the Japanese on a hilltop to spread Buddha’s message of peace. The Ghora Katora lake just 7 kms on the outskirts of Rajgir within the hills and forests is another great place to do some boating and wind up. Rajgir finds a very important place in the life of Lord Buddha and Mahavira. Here, you can still locate the dispensary of the royal physician Jivak where Lord Buddha was once brought to have his wounds treated. Then, there is the Jarasandh Ka Akhara where it is said that the Pandava prince fought against Jarasandh. The sulphur hot springs of Bramhakund, the mythical chariot wheel marks of Lord Krishna and the 40 kilometer long pre Mauryan Cyclopean Wall whose remains in few areas can still be traced supposed to have encircled ancient Rajgir. Various caves, temples and remains of ancient jails and fort walls dot Rajgir. For more photos of Rajgir click here Nearby attractions from Rajgir: The most popular nearby destinations of Rajgir are Nalanda, Pawapuri and Bodhgaya.   Ruins of Nalanda University: The remains of the 2500 year old university where Xuanzang (Hiuen Tsang) and others stayed as a student and perfected his knowledge on Buddhism can still be seen today. At its height, this residential university attracted 2000 teachers and 10000 students from Persia, Tibet, Greece, China and other countries. However, everything came to an end, when the invader Bakhtiyar Khilji beheaded thousands of monks and burnt the royal library for six months in 1193 AD. Today, you can take a tour of the ruins of this massive university complex and view the remains of the granaries, students’ quarters, classrooms, monasteries, teachers’ quarters, gardens, libraries and stupas. The newly built Xuanzang Memorial Hall is a beautiful building where   Holy town of Pawapuri: Just 38 kilometers from Rajgir is Pawapuri – the holy site for Jains where Lord Mahavira, the last of the 24 Tirthankaras was cremated. It is said that the frenzy to collect his ashes by his followers resulted in the removal of so much soil that a lake was created. Presently, a beautiful Jalmandir (water temple) built in white marble...
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Bodhgaya, Bihar – 470 kms from Kolkata

Very different from the rest of the temple towns in India, Bodh gaya is very clean, hassle free, safe and beautiful. Waking up to the early calls of the Buddhist prayers, visiting the 2200 year-old Mahabodi Temple beside the Bodhi tree and watching the thousands of Butter lamps flickering in the wind can be the best stress-buster of your life. Being one of the most important places of pilgrimage for Buddhists throughout the world, this little town buzzes with believers of peace and harmony. Bodhgaya is the site where supreme Enlightenment was attained by Gautama Buddha under the Mahabodhi tree and you can still feel the place where one of the greatest human beings to ever walk on the face of the earth attained enlightenment. Located beside the Phalgu River and near to another very-different pilgrimage town – Gaya (famous for the Vishnupada Temple) Bodhgaya is easily reached in an overnight journey from Kolkata. BOOKING DETAILS OF BODHGAYA Places to see at Bodhgaya: The Mahabodhi Temple and the Mahabodhi tree are the main attractions of Bodhgaya. In 2002, the temple was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is believed that the original Mahabodhi temple was founded by Emperor Ashoka. Various stupas and remains of earlier temples are spread throughout the temple complex. The temple with its ‘Chhatravali’ and an elongated spire crowned by a miniature stupa has a very different appearance. Buddha images are contained in the moldings on the spire, in niches. With the decline of Buddhism in India, the temple almost got lost amidst soil and sand. In late 19th century, it was excavated and restored by Sir Alexander Cunningham, who tried to restore it to its former glory. For more photos of Bodhgaya click here The temple also houses the holy Bodhi tree and the Diamond Throne. The present Bodhi tree is possibly the fifth succession of the original Bodhi tree, under which Buddha attained enlightenment. The stone platform below the Bodhi tree is known as Vajrasana and is supposedly the seat of meditation of Buddha. A small structure just beside the entrance of the main temple marks the point of ‘Animesh Lochan Chaitya,’ which is the place where Buddha supposedly spent one week looking towards the Bodhi tree. Another sacred area is the walkway called ‘Chankramana’ which is believed to be the place where lotus flowers sprang up, wherever Buddha placed his feet. The Mahabodhi temple Complex also houses the Muchalinda Sarovar (tank) where the snake king saved Buddha during a thunderstorm. Other sacred sites within the temple complex are Ajapala Nigrodha Tree, Ratanaghara and Rajayatna Tree. Bodhgaya is also home to various other monasteries representing different countries like Burma, China, Japan, Thailand and Bhutan. There is also an Archaeological Museum and an 80 feet high statue of Buddha. Nearby attractions of Bodhgaya: You can visit a number of places from Bodhgaya like the Vishnupad Temple located on the banks of Falgu River in Gaya, just 12 kilometers away comprising a 30 meter high octagonal tower. The ‘Pind Daan Pretshila’ Hill houses the Brahma Kund and the Ahilya Bai Temple. The Barabar Caves is considered an important archaeological site and the rocks are engraved with details of Buddha’s life. You can also opt for excursions to nearby places like: Rajgir (75 kms from Bodhgaya): Surrounded by hills on all sides, Rajgir is closely associated with the lives of Buddha and Mahavira. The erstwhile capital of the kingdom of Magadha (5th Century BC), Buddha...
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Puri, Orissa – 540 kms from Kolkata

Puri is considered one of the major Char Dham pilgrimages, which if not visited, means your pilgrimage tour of India is not complete. Located on the eastern coast of Bay of Bengal in Orissa, Puri is home to the Lord of the Universe, Lord Jagannath. So spend this weekend amidst the splendor of the golden beaches and the religious sites in Puri. On your way to Puri, you can also see the appliqué handicraft work at Pipili village. Overall, to spend an exciting weekend, you should decide on going eastward. BOOKING DETAILS OF PURI Places to see in Puri: The major attraction here is the Jagannath Temple. Built in 11th century, this temple is considered one of the 4 major dhams of pilgrimage for Hindus. This temple only allows Hindus to enter and offer puja. You can offer pujas, in the Jagannath Temple and the Shani Temple, and enjoy the prasad and bhog of this place. Other places to see are Shankaracharya’s Gobardhan Pitha, which is a Hindu math. The cremation site of Swargadwar, means the Gateway to Heaven, Sunara Gaurang Temple, Chakra Tirtha Temple, Bedi Hanuman Temple, Mausima Temple, Shree Gundicha Temple, where Rath Yatra ends and Shree Lokenath Temple, where the half submerged Linga of Lord Shiva is present, signifying his hiding from Shani are the places you can visit. The golden beach is another attraction that drives people to come to this place again and again. For more photos of Puri click here. Nearby attractions of Puri: There are many places to visit that are close – like the Chilka Lake, Sun Temple of Konarak, Alarnath Temple, Chandrabhaga Sea Beach, Satapada Dolphin Sanctuary, Raghurajpur that is known for Patta Chitra and Pipili renowned for appliqué work. Other places of interest are Lingaraja Temple and Bhubaneshwar’s other temples, caves of Khandagiri and Udayagiri, Ashoka’s Dhauli rock edicts, Atri sulphur spring, Chandaka elephant reserve, Balihar Chandi Temple, Yogini shrine of Hirapur and Nandankanan sanctuary. Things to do in Puri: The main thing to be done in Puri is sightseeing. The place has a wide range of touring spots, which invites people to spend an eventful weekend. The golden beach of Puri is an ideal spot for swimming and surfing. You can even choose to relax on the Puri beach, which is also a popular choice among travelers. The Ramchandi Temple is a popular picnic spot for tourists as well. You can also take a long drive on the Puri Konark Marine Drive that goes through many isolated beaches. How to reach Puri: Puri can be reached via roadways by covering a distance of 540 km from Kolkata through Bhubaneshwar. From Kolkata Bhubaneshwar can be reached by taking on the National Highway No.5 and from there taking the State Highway No. 8 you can reach Puri. It takes 2 hours to reach Puri from Bhubaneshwar on car. You can also ride any of the fast and super fast trains that connect Kolkata to Puri, like the Howrah-Puri Sri Jagannath Express or the Howrah- Puri Express and others. Both the trains cover a distance of 502 km and takes about 9 hours. You can also reach Bhubaneshwar by air. The airport of the State capital at Bhubaneshwar is something 60 km from Puri and is connected by regular flights. Best time to visit Puri: Tourists can visit the place all throughout the year, as the temperature remains moderate in this coastal region. There is a huge festival of Rath Yatra...
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Routpara, Hooghly – 82 kms from Kolkata...

It happens that a weekend tour to a less famed destination often turns out to be an extremely exciting trip, with loads of fun and frolic. The quaint village of Routpara located in the Arambagh subdivision of Hooghly district is such a destination, which can offer you with some interesting experience. BOOKING DETAILS OF ROUTPARA Places to see in Routpara: Rotupara, better to term as a temple city of Bengal, upholds the blend of the two architectural style of temples in Bengal – Ratna (pinnacle) and Chala (sloping roof). The region is famous for housing five temples, three of which have already turned into ruins. You can visit the Mangal Chandi Temple admired with 13 pinnacles, though none of the pinnacles are in decent condition. The sites of the ruins of the other two speaks about the lost glory of the exquisite architecture of the temples. The fourth temple is a small shrine of Lord Shiva, which was probably built afterwards. However, do not miss the prime attraction of the region, the Durga Mandir, the architectural grandeur of which is not much affected by time. It is also probably the biggest terracotta panel across the Indian State of West Bengal.  This grand temple is maintained by the West Bengal archaeology Department. You will be amazed to see the exquisite and intricate terracotta carvings on the three entrances of the temple. The large terracotta panel of Devi Durga on the entrance is truly admirable. This panel is bordered by small sized panels of Ganesh and Lakshmi on the left and Kartik and Saraswati on the right. If you want to explore further, step to the main road to locate another notable octagonal structure of Rashmancha. Though the structure has been renovated, but the modernized version does not hold its past elegance. You can also locate ruins of another Rashmancha, while walking towards Arambagh. Move a little further to view the arched gateways of the Shiva Kutir, a deserted structure, now covered with foliage. Nearby attractions around Routpara: Tarakeshwar temple is a very popular attraction nearby. Things to do in Routpara: You can visit the temples and the ruined temple sites of the location, which are of major historical importance for their architectural style. Explore the region to locate some other historic terracotta structures. How to reach Routpara: In order to reach the destination, you need to board the Tarakeswar Local from the Howrah station. Get off at the Tarakeswar station, from where buses are available to Bali Dewanganj. Drop down at Haldapara, from where you can locate a meandering road leading to Routpara.  It takes around an hour and 45 minutes to reach the destination. Map of Routpara [mqMap key=”mJRj” width=”500″ height=”490″ src=”http://www.mapquest.com/embed?icid=mqdist_mb_wp&maptype=map&zoom=11&center=22.850847109741103,88.04394889316129&projection=sm&showScale=0″/]   Best time to visit Routpara: You can visit the destination any time of the year. Lodging and dining facilities in Routpara: Tourists usually do not stay at Routpara, and there are no such lodging facilities available. So, it is better to find accommodation at Arambagh, from where Routpara is easily accessible. Decent dining facilities are also offered in the hotels and lodges of Arambagh. Moreover, there are also many eateries. BOOKING DETAILS OF...
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Hazaribagh, Jharkhand – 340 kms from Kolkata...

The term Hazaribagh literally means a place admired with thousands gardens. The district is situated on the Chota Nagpur plateau of Jharkhand. You will be amazed by viewing the scenic natural beauty of the destination, nestled amidst lush green dense forest, enriched with exotic flora and fauna. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO HAZARIBAGH Places to see in Hazaribag: Popularly known as a health resort, Hazaribag is dotted with a number of tourist attractions. The Hazaribagh Wildlife Sanctuary, nestled in the low hilly region is worth visiting. The site spans an area of over 184 sq. km. of plains, steep hills and nullahs, covered with lush green grass meadows and tropical forest. The sanctuary is refuge to a number of wild animals like Nilgai, wild bear, Chital, Sambhar, tigers and panthers. The sanctuary features several watchtowers to facilitate a close encounter with the wild. Another popular attraction is the Hazaribagh Lake, which is also a sought after picnic spot and a popular site for water sports. You can also pay a visit to the Canary Hill, lying adjacent to the town, which is admired with a nice park and three small lakes and a watchtower. You can enjoy the spectacular view of the town from the top of the hill. Nearby attractions around Hajaribagh: The breathtaking view of Parasnath (90 km.), the highest hill in Bihar admiring the eastern margin of the Hajaribag plateau, is truly mesmerizing. The hill located in the Giridih district is also home to the Parasnath Temple, frequented by the Jain pilgrims. You can also visit the temple of Rajrappa, renowned for housing the idol of Ma Chhina Mastika. The site is also famous as the confluence of rivers Damodar and Bhera. The Tilaiya Dam, located 52 km from Hajaribagh is another spot of tourist attraction, which was built by the Damodar Valley Corporation across the River Barakar, mainly for controlling floods. Tourists are really enthralled by viewing the extensive reservoir and the spectacular hillocks. You can also drive along the GT road to Hari Har Dham, located at Bagodhar, renowned for housing a Shiv Ling measuring 52 ft. Hundreds of tourists also visit Surajkund, 65 km from Hazaribagh, famous for hot water spring. Conducted tours are also organized by the Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation. Things to do in Hazaribagh: The Tourist Complex built few kilometers away from the Tilaiya Dam, is a perfect place for the sport enthusiasts, where they can enjoy several water sports and boating as well. The Hazaribagh Lake is also a popular place for water sports. You can also enjoy a nature walk, savoring the spectacular view of the town. How to reach Hazaribagh: There are a number of options to reach Hazaribagh. You can avail buses from Ranchi and Patna heading to Hazaribagh. Luxury coach services are also operated by Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation via Hazaribagh. Kodarma is the nearest railway station from the destination. If you want to avail flight, the nearest airport is Ranchi. Best time to visit Hazaribagh: The best time to visit Hazaribagh is between October and April. Lodging and dining facilities in Hazaribagh: You can spot a number of private hotels at Hazaribagh. Dining facilities are also offered by most of the hotels. If you are a street food lover, you can try out snacks like bada, aloo chop, samosas, tikki chat, matka kulfi or steaming maal pua. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...