|Badami-North Karnataka's Historic Magic
The capital of the Early Chalukyas, Badami (also
known as Vatapi) situated in North Karnataka, is picturesquely situated at the mouth of a
ravine between two rocky hills. Rock-cut cave temples, gateways, forts, inscriptions,
sculptures that seem to come alive under your eyes. Badami has to be seen to be believed.
Saputara-A perfect hill station in
Gujarat in the Dang District
Saputara is located in the Dangs
district in Gujarat. The land of the fascinating forests and the fantastic mountains. Romance spills
unlimited from every tree that inhabits this blessed land, from every stream that flows
across its many valleys. It is said that mighty British, in all their glory and military
might be able to never subjugate the natives of this place, the spirits of its mountains.
Civilisation, a force much greater than the British, has not made many inroads either,
preserving this land in its pristine, unpolluted glory, where smogs are unknown and the
people are simple. At night the stars reach down to the mountains and become one in an
eternal dance of creation.
Varkala-A famous beach in Kerala
This is another good beach 50 Km from Trivandrum in
Kerala. The Papanasan beach here is not as crowded as the one in Kovalam. The Janarathama
temple here is believed to be over 2000 years old. Red laterite cliffs that border the
beach jut dramatically into the sea. The sweet mineral springs that gush out from these
cliffs is famed for their medicinal properties.
Char Dham-The Sacred Trail
the misty heights of the majestic Garhwal Himalayas that adorn the magnificent state of
Uttar Pradesh, awaits a rejuvenating spiritual experience for the devout. Nestling in the
lofty peaks are the four most holy pilgrimages of India-Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and
Badrinath, collectively referred to as the Char Dham (or four pilgrimage centres) of
Traditionally, the yatra (or journey)
is done from the west to the east - starting from Yamunotri, then proceeding to Gangotri
and finally to Kedarnath and Badrinath. Although Char Dham are highly accessible through
network of motorable roads, arduous trails remain in the ancient sanctuaries of faith for
a fulfilling experience.