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8 Best Summer Tourist Destinations in India

India is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. You can find travel destinations for every season such as summer, rainy season winter. Summer season is already here and people have started planning for their vacations. Coolest places/ destinations for the summer holiday in India are the famous choices of all.

Here are 8 great vacation spot in India that you can select from to make your vacation unforgettable. Most of these places are popular and most famous for summer tourists.

1. Sikkim

Sikkim, situated in the lap of the world’s third highest mountain, Khangchendzonga is one of the most beautiful and green states of India. Exceptional natural resources, green lustre, beautiful waterfalls, trimmed trees, wonderful landscapes, scenic beauty, Hilltop monasteries peep from the rugged terrains and multicolored prayer flags wave in the mountain breeze all these defines this  state.

Sikkim

Located in the Eastern India, it is wedged between the Kingdoms of Nepal in the west and Bhutan in the east. Due to variance in the topography, the climatic conditions also vary from tropical to the alpine. Mid June to September is generally considered as summer/monsoon, the winter extends from December to February, October and November is mainly the time of the autumn season with clear blue skies and lush green hillsides after a long monsoon.

2. Kanatal

Kanatal is a small village located in Tehri Garhwal, Uttarakhand, it’s a great summer vacation spot for tourists in India. The lush green environment, snow-covered mountains, rivers and forests are best point for tourist attractions. Surkanda Devi temple located here is the main attraction. This place is also known by the name of Shakti Peeth, some believe that when Lord Shiva were carrying Sati’s body on Mount Kailas, the head of the Goddess was dropped at this place.

3. Wayanad

Wayanad

Fondly known as “Green heaven”, Wayanad is an extremely serene and quiet hill town in Kerala. The foggy Kerala hills add to its attraction and it makes for a peaceful summer vacation destination. The Wayanad bird sanctuary is a major attraction here and it is one of the most famous bird watching places.

4. Nahan

Nahan

Shimla is the most favorite place of tourists; it is the reason why that the reason why it is always crowded may it is any season. This time you should go to Nahan instead of Shimla. Nahan is a small but captivating place located on the Shivalik Hills. The temples, gardens and Ranital are the most favorite places for tourists to hang out. Renuka Lake is 45 km from Nahan, which you must visit in the last days of your tour. Direct bus service is available from Ambala and Chandigarh.

5. Rishikesh

Rishikesh

This place is famous worldwide for yoga. People come here for meditation and yoga. It is a religious and adventure places & one of the best tourist place in North India. There are many temples for a visit, Rishikesh is also known as the Gateway to Chardham Yatra of Uttarakhand. The adventure activities are many such as forest trekking, mountain biking, water rafting, rock climbing and bungee jumping. Go here from Haridwar station, public transportation in the form of buses easily available.

6. Mount Abu

Mount Abu

The only hill station in Rajasthan, Mount Abu is a great vacation spot during the summer in India. The Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary is a famous attraction amongst tourists. Mount Abu is the most important holy places for Jains and Hindus owing to the many temples. The Jain temples at Dilwara are worth visiting for their beautiful carvings and architectural attractiveness.

7. Munnar

Munnar

Munnar is an exotic destination for tourists from all over the world and is breathtakingly admirable – a port of harmony and tranquility in God’s own country Kerala in South India. Munnar is the abode you would adulation to appointment afresh and afresh – it’s the abode you would ambition never to leave. Unending amplitude of tea plantations – indigenous valleys and mountains – alien breed of flora and fauna in its wildlife sanctuaries and forests – balm of aroma ambrosial air-conditioned air – Munnar absolutely is a paradise on earth.

8- Nainital

Nainital

 The hill station of Nainital seems brimming with magnificence once you arrive here. It was a well known summer retreat for the Britishers during the British raj period. It includes the tranquil, emerald-hued Naini Lake and The Mall which is the core site for all tourist activities, lined with eateries, shops, lodgings, and markets. The town is really comprised of two zones – Mallital and Tallital. These zones are on either end of the lake, encompassed by mountains and well accessible from The Mall.

Nainital is easily accessible from nearby areas and you can take a Kathgodam to Nainital taxi, a popular way to arrive in this hill station. Or you can book a cab from Delhi to Nainital, another place from where tourists flock to this place. Nainital is the ideal spot to come in and it is basically a place to appreciate nature and enjoy an uninterrupted time in recreation, which you would discover in plenitude there.

Top 10 snow Treks in India

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Top 10 snow Treks in India- Trekking trails for both novice and experienced Trekkers

Mountain trails in the Himalayas witness inanimate beauty during the winter months. Passing through the snow-capped mountain peaks, frozen streams, and the wintry grasses is an experience that can never be expressed in words. Winter is the time when nature showcases its playful side and you get to see the colorful side of nature in the spring season. If walking on the snow walls is something you are looking for this upcoming winter then here is a detailed rundown of the top 10 snow treks in Indian Himalayas that are the complete package of adventure, excitement, and wonderful memories.

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Kedar Kantha Trek                       

Nothing less than a fairyland for an adventurer, Kedar Kantha Trek is one of the most favorite winter treks in the Himalayas blessed with nature’s unkempt secrets. This thrilling trek commences from Sankri and takes you through Juda ka Talab, a glimmering lake nestled amidst thick dense forests of maple and alpine trees. On reaching this lake site, the trekkers spend some relaxing moments for the day and start trekking towards Kedar Kantha Peak on the next day. While descending the hill, you get to visit an apple garden at Hargaon Pass.

Weather– The temperature of the region drops down to sub-zero level and reaches up to -15 degrees Celsius in the winter months.

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Kuari Pass Winter Trek

Also known as the Lord Curzon trail, Kuari Pass Winter Trek happens to be one of the most exhilarating trails amidst the Himalayas. The trek commences from Joshimath, the winter abode of Lord Badrinath, and then takes you through the lesser-known passes and eventually to Kuari Pass, the highest point of the trek. On reaching the top of this trekking trail, the trekkers are awarded with mesmerizing views of the surrounding peaks including Hathi- Ghodi Parvat, Chaukhamba, Nanda Devi, etc.

While walking on the downward hill, adventure lovers can visit Auli, another impressive winter destination in Uttarakhand. This amazing skiing destination in India is flocked by thousands of trekkers every year.

Weather– The temperature of the region ranges between -2 and -8 Degree Celsius hence, the region gets entirely covered with thick sheets of snow.

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Dayara Bugyal Trek

If you have never done trekking so far and want to enjoy this adventure activity for the very first time then you shall plan an adventure trip to Dayara Bugyal Trek. It happens to be one of the easiest trekking sites in India. Being established at a great height, the region receives huge snowfall during the winter months. This snow trek nestled amidst the Himalayas sprawls over a huge area of almost 28 sq. km. and is believed to be a perfect ski slope during the winter months.

Weather– One needs to be both physically and mentally ready to bear the bone-tearing cold weather as the temperature of the region ranges between -4 and -10 Degree Celsius.

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Dodital Winter Trek

Another perfect choice for those who are trekking for the very first time, Dodital Winter Trek is however an easy trail but it becomes pretty challenging during the winter months when gets covered with snow blankets. Commencing from Sangamchatti, the Dodital trek takes you through a thick forest area where you can spot several Himalayan birds. While walking upwards the hill, stop at the Agoda Village from where you can capture the awe-inspiring views of the summits of the Eastern and Western Himalayas.

Weather– Like other winter destinations, Dodital also receives huge snowfall, and the temperature ranges around the sub-zero level.

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Chopta Chandrashila Winter Trek

One of the most astonishing and the easiest winter treks in India, Chopta Chandrashila Trek passes through the remote villages, the highest Shiva Temple, and the pristine lake. The trekking trail commences from Ukhimath and then takes you through Deoria Tal via Sari Village. On reaching a certain altitude of this trekking trail, visit the magnificent Shiva Temple and seek the blessings of Lord Shiva, the supreme deity of Hindus.

After visiting the Shiva shrine, proceed towards Chandrashila, the summit of moon rock at 4000 meters above sea level. Enjoy capturing the soul-soothing views of the surrounding mountain areas including Trishul, Chaukhamba, and Nanda Devi.

Weather– The temperature of the region ranges between zero and -10 degrees Celsius and this is why one needs to carry heavy woolens to stay fit and fine.

6- Sham Valley Winter Trek

Established beautifully in the Ladakh region, Sham Valley Trek is nationwide famous for its plantation of apricot flowers. During the winter months, the entire valley gets adorned with apricot flowers. Popularly called ‘Baby Trek’, this destination is a perfect place for those who are trekking for the first time and have no prior experience. One can explore a multitude of travel attractions such as Likir Monastery, Indus Valley, and the primordial Sham Kingdom.

Weather– This hugely elevated destination receives a huge amount of snowfall during the winter months and the temperature ranges between -5 and -15 degrees Celsius.

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Chadar Trek

One of the most exciting and enthralling trekking trails in India, Chadar Trek is all about strength, survival, and persistence. The adventures covering this difficult trekking train get an opportunity to learn about surviving in the harsh regions at sub-zero temperature levels. This frozen river trek is established in one of the most inhabitable regions in the world where you don’t find any hotel or resort to stay. Despite being so challenging, covering the Chadar trek is a lifetime experience of the trekkers and they consider it as a ‘Do before you die’ activity.

Weather– One of the coldest trekking trails in India witnessing an extreme temperature level that reaches -35 degrees Celsius during the winter months.

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Auli Gorson Winter Trek

Commencing from Rishikesh and then passing through Joshimath, Auli, and Gurson Bugyal, the Auli Gorson Winter Trek is considered the first step towards trekking for a novice trekker. Apart from enjoying the challenges of the trekking trail, the mesmerizing beauty of the thick dense forests of alpine trees and the eye-catching views of the surrounding peaks are like icing on the cake. Do not forget to enjoy skiing at this world-known skiing destination.

Weather– The temperature of Auli hardly comes up to zero level during the winter months.

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Har Ki Dun Trek

One of the oldest trekking trails in the country, the Har Ki Dun winter trek is believed to be the most alluring trek of the Winter Himalayas. Commencing from Dehradun, the trekking trail leads you towards Sankri, Taluka Village, Gangar Village, and other exciting places en-route. This easy-level snow trek is a heaven for adventure lovers and draws a huge footfall of trekkers from all around the country.

Weather– Unlike other destinations mentioned above, Har Ki Dun doesn’t witness such extreme climatic conditions.

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Brahmatal Trek

A moderate-level trekking trail in Uttarakhand, Brahmatal offers you an opportunity to witness the surreal beauty of nature as the trek passes through the thick dense forests of rhododendrons and oak trees. The soul-soothing views of the magnificent mountains falling en-route and the visible glimpses of the Roopkund trek seem like icing on the cake. The trek to this snowy destination is also reckoned for its beautiful campsites near the Brahmatal and the Bekaltal.

Weather– One needs to pack heavy woolens and other essentials in their bags as the region witnesses extreme temperature during the winter months.

8 Must-Visit Offbeat Destinations in Rajasthan for Unique Experiences

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Rajasthan is vast, charming and all shades wonderful. The best places to visit in Rajasthan are counted among the best of India. But, beyond these touristy trails lay the real heart of Rajasthan. The offbeat destinations in Rajasthan are worth exploring as here you come across the real glorious Rajputana. The fascinating history, the incredible architecture, the legends, traditions, and culture make you yearn for the glorious grandeur of the past.

If you want to explore the offbeat gems on your Rajasthan tour, here’s where you can go:

Bundi

A picture-perfect town with its unconquerable fortress, Bundi is one of the amazing lesser-known destinations in Rajasthan. The rustic charm of Bundi is what captures the hearts. It is interesting to note that Bundi’s houses have a bluish-hue like other places in Rajasthan to stay cool during the hot summer.

Offbeat Bundi
Bundi Taragarh Fort
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Coming to the attractions of Bundi, The Taragarh Fort is a must-visit for its charm of medieval grandeur. The Sukh Mahal and the Garh Palace have a fairy tale quality about it. Visit the step-wells, the baoris for incredible architecture, and ornate craftsmanship. Glassy lakes in Bundi add to its charm as do the vibrant markets.

Tourist Attractions in Bundi

  • Taragarh Fort
  • Raniji Ki Baori
  • Sukh Mahal
  • Garh Palace
  • Jait Sagar Lake

Mandawa

A scenic town in the Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan, Mandawa is one of the offbeat treasures of the land and a perfect place for City break. Located in the heart of the Shekhawati region, a part of the Open Art Gallery of Rajasthan, Mandawa is dotted with forts, palaces and splendid mansions (Havelis). Mandawa is one of the oldest cities in the region that surprises visitors at every turn.

The charming palaces, Havelis, and forts are a treasure of colourful frescoes and painted masterpieces inspired by Hindu Mythology. If you would like to appreciate art, handicraft, and a royal stay; then the Mandawa Castle is worth a stay during your trip to Rajasthan and also an amazing weekend getaway near Delhi. The royal heritage hotel with antique furniture and classic art gives you a chance to experience royal life.

Castle Mandawa, a fortress, now converted into a luxurious heritage hotel, located in the heart of the city of Mandawa, Jhunjhunu District, Rajasthan.
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Tourist Attractions

  • Snehi Ram Ladia Haveli
  • Harlalka Well
  • Seth Dayaram Dedraj Goenka Haveli

Kota

Painting quite a different picture from the quintessential Rajasthani image of the desert, Kota is a lush green town. Nestled by the River Chambal, the town is dotted with history, heritage, vibrant culture, and incredible experiences.

Garh Palace Kota
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Sightseeing here includes the Kota Garh, or City Palace, the Maharao Madho Singh Museum, the 18th-century Jagmandir Palace amid Kishore Sagar Lake, tranquil Chambal Garden and more.

Tourist Attractions in Kota

  • Kotah Garh
  • Kishore Sagar
  • Jag Mandir
  • Maharao Madho Singh Museum

Bikaner

The ‘Camel Country’, Bikaner is one of the best places to visit in Rajasthan. Surrounded by the golden sand dunes of the Thar Desert, the historic town has much to offer. The 16th-century Junagarh Fort is the star attraction. Of note is the Prachina Museum that displays traditional textiles and royal portraits.

The other tourist places in Bikaner include Lalgarh Palace, Gajner Palace, Gajner Lake, etc. Nearby, the Karni Mata temple, the temple of rats is a visit for the ones who are not faint-hearted. An evening on the sand dunes of Bikaner is a cherished experience as is dining on the mouthwatering Rajasthan dishes.

Offbeat camel in Bikaner Rajasthan
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Tourist Attractions in Bikaner

  • Junagarh Fort
  • Jain Temple
  • National Research Centre on Camel
  • Lalgarh Palace and Museum
  • Rampuria Havelis

 Alwar

Counted among the best places to visit in Rajasthan, Alwar is a city of many charms. Nestled at the lush foothills of the Aravallis, the town is one of the ancient kingdoms of the Rajputana. It is a treasure of history, heritage, culture, adventure, wildlife, and many more.

Offbeat Neemrana Fort Palace
BEAUTIFUL NEEMRANA FORT PALACE
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The Neemrana Fort is a major tourist attraction of the city as is the City Palace, the SiliSerh Lake, and the Siliserh Lake Palace. Wildlife safari at the Sariska Nature Reserve is also a must-try. Alwar is among the best places to visit in Jaipur. The haunted Bhangarh Fort is for the brave hearts and another famous place situated nearby Alwar and Jaipur. 

 Tourist Attractions in Alwar
  • Sariska Tiger Reserve
  • City Palace
  • Bhangarh Fort
  • Siliserh Lake
  • Bala Quila

Deogarh

A picture-perfect royal kingdom with its own Palace, Deogarh is a charming destination to visit during the Rajasthan tour. An estate of Chundawat Rajputs, the Deogarh Mahal in the town is the most prized tourist attraction. For some serene royal vacation, this is the ideal getaway in the royal state. 

Deogarh is a popular place to visit around Jodhpur. This town is situated on the eastern side of the Aravalli ranges atop a small hill. The famous attractions of this quaint little town are Kunjbihari Temple, Charbhuja Temple, and Anjaneshwar Mahadev Temple which is renowned for its Shivalinga which formed naturally as a result of rainwater dissolving calcium in the rocks.

Tourist Attractions in Deogarh

Offbeat temple in Basuki Deogarh
Basuki Nath Temple at Basuki Bihari North
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  • Basukinath
  • Naulakha Mandir
  • Jain Tirthankar Shantinath Temple
  • Trikut

Dungarpur

Known as ‘The City of Hills’, Dungarpur is an exotic beauty snuggled in the lush foothills of the Aravallis, nourished by the rivers. One of Rajasthan’s best kept secrets, the town is dotted with the beautiful architecture of embellished ‘jharokhas’ (windows). You can marvel at the ornate window structures at Udai Bilas Palace, Juna Mahal, and Badal Mahal. This is one of the best offbeat destinations in Rajasthan and a perfect place to adore the architectural beauty of the bygone era.

Dev Somnath Temple, Dungapur
Dev Somnath Temple, Dungarpur by Hritik Sharma Hritiksharma

Besides enjoying the sights, enjoy the serenity of Baneshwar Temple, Nagfanji, Deo Somnath, Kshetrapal, and Shrinathji, which lies on the bank of the pristine Gaib Sagar Lake. For some memorable moments of bliss, Dungarpur is a beautiful travel getaway.

Tourist Attractions in Dungarpur

  • Badal Mahal
  • Juna Mahal
  • Shrinathji Mandir
  • Gap Sagar Lake

Churu

Known as the gateway to the Thar Desert of Rajasthan, Churu is a beautiful less-known tourist destination of Rajasthan. Snuggled on the edge of the Thar Desert and located amid the golden dunes, Churu is famous for the 400-year old fort. Typical villages, shifting golden sand dunes, grand Havelis, fresco paintings, and unique architecture make it a worthwhile vacation getaway.

Offbeat species of Grey Francolin in Churu, Rajasthan
The species Grey Francolin has been photographed at Tal Chappar, Churu, Rajasthan, India on 14th February 2013 during the bird photography tour.
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Tourist Attractions in Churu
  • Churu Fort
  • Babosa Dham
  • Surana Haveli

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A soul bred in the mountains, Akansha Negi doles out travel inspiration from solo wandering, exploring heritage and culture, tasting local cuisine, adventures, and experiences of her travels. As a travel enthusiast, she loves to travel in India as this country is a sumptuous amalgam of traditions, spiritual beliefs, and magnificent landscapes. She keeps penning down and capturing her travel experiences and loves to share them with all. She wishes to travel across the globe in the years to come. [/author]

Tips on how to Travel Safely to Uttarakhand During and After COVID 19

COVID 19 had put the whole world to a sudden stop with an uncertain future. It came as a piece of heartbreaking news, especially for the travellers. However with people adopting various measures, practising social distancing norms, and diligently wearing a mask everywhere the pandemic is slowly and steadily coming under control.

Some places in India have reopened for tourist visits with a set of rules that are compulsory to follow when you are in Uttarakhand and these sets of rules are established by the government for the safety of the people there.

Devbhoomi Uttarakhand has tackled the situation very well and with a brave face on. They had already permitted inter-district travel for the locals with the help of an e-pass. However, as the situation seems to be coming under control on a daily basis Uttarakhand has now opened its doors to travellers and pilgrims from everywhere.

Devbhoomi Uttarakhand
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Here is how you can safely travel in and around Uttarakhand during and after COVID

Mandatory COVID 19 Test Report

The pandemic has effected and largely changed the normal state of functioning. While travelling from one place to another it has been absolutely mandatory not only to Uttarakhand but also to various different parts of India by road.

Make sure to get yourself tested for COVID and once the reports come out to be negative be sure to carry the genuine/authentic test reports with you anywhere you travel. You will be asked at various polls and checkpoints to show the COVID negative test report as the government of Uttarakhand is very particular about only allowing people who are not a threat to their locals.

Travel In Your Private Vehicle

Do not be extremely ambitious regarding your travel plans. Be realistic and plan your trip practically to suit these uncertain times. It is not wise to be depended heavily on local transportation as nobody knows for sure the sanitization procedure the buses or shared cabs has undergone and it is better to be safe than sorry.

Travelling in your own vehicle will guarantee that you keep it sanitized, clean, and in good condition. You will also be able to get back safely to your home in case there is some dire situation suddenly.

Prepare For Lengthy Stay

Staycations or lengthy vacations have quickly become one of the most talked-about trends among travel enthusiasts. As of now, home quarantine is being levied on everyone arriving from out of the state of Uttarakhand. You should book your stay for at least 10-14 days. This is one of the most important precautionary measures that every traveller should take.

There are hotels and cottages available for longer stays that you can book by contacting a trusted travel and tours company. Apart from that as per the instructions of the tourism minister of Uttarakhand, you must present the 7 days booking of the place that you will be staying in case the authorities ask for it.

Follow All the Protocols As Mentioned By the State Government

All the states in India have come up with a list of strict rules and regulations to be followed by all tourists and travellers coming in from different parts of India to minimize the probable outbreak of the pandemic.

The rules mentioned above are some of the vital points to follow while travelling within Devbhoomi. There are restrictions on public movement as well from 10 pm to 5 am. All these rules have been created in the light of unlocking 2.0 and to provide the safest experience for both locals and tourists.

Note: Be sure to ask beforehand at the accommodation you shall be staying regarding the sanitization conditions and the date of the last person staying there.

Miscellaneous Travel Tips for a Safe Experience

  • Always keep a good stock of hand sanitizer with you and if possible a sanitizer spray to clean all your small items like wallet, keys, rings, Jewellery, etc.
  • Carry multiple disposable masks and N95 masks as well. N95 masks are the best choice for travel as advised by ICMR.
  • Always carry disposable paper soaps as soap water is the best defence against the COVID virus, it has also been mentioned in the Who guidelines.
  • Always keep yourself covered well i.e. with the help of stoles or caps keep your hair covered in order to maximize protection.
  • Follow all the social distancing norms and stay at least 3-6 feet away from everyone outside as you may never know who the carrier is.
  • Never touch your face, mouth, nose, eyes, or ears. But if you feel itchy then you can use a sanitizer and then touch your face.

Conclusion

In conclusion, you can travel safely in Uttarakhand if only you follow protocol and make sure that you are safe in order to ensure the safety of everyone around you as well. Check out the list of guidelines and rules of the state government so that you don’t end up following all the regulations to the t. Always remember prevention is always better than the cure.

We believe these points are surely to help you in taking a break from your regular life along with fighting against COVID-19 to make it one of your Best Uttarakhand Tours where you could gather some really amazing moments.

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A Guide for Your Chardham Yatra by Helicopter Trip

Chardham Yatra

The Chardham Yatra is a sacred pilgrimage to the four holy shrines in ‘Dev Bhoomi’ Uttarakhand. Believed to be the holiest journey, the Yatra cleanses all sins and grants salvation to the pilgrims who complete this journey. Chardham Yatra by helicopter is an easy and hassle-free way to complete the journey to the divine shrines of Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath. Chardham Yatra by helicopter starts in the beautiful city of Dehradun, the capital city of Uttarakhand.

The Yatra is planned in a clockwise direction in Uttarakhand. It takes around 10-12 days to complete the whole journey by road as the shrines are nestled high up in the Himalayas of Uttarakhand. But for a Chardham Yatra by helicopter, it takes only 4 to 5 days. Therefore pilgrims prefer Yatra by helicopter as it saves time as well as energy.

So, if you’re planning a Chardham Yatra by helicopter then here is all you need to know including the day-wise itinerary.

Where to Book Chardham Yatra by Helicopter Package?

Tourism-of-India provides multiple options for Chardham Yatra tour packages for the devotees. They also have a pre-planned Chardham Yatra by helicopter packages with cost or you can customize for a better travel experience.

Detailed Information about Char Dhams:

Yamunotri Dham

Yamunotri is the holy shrine of the River Goddess Yamuna, the sister of Lord Yama “The God of Death”. The black idol of the Goddess is visited by pilgrims from far ends of the world. A visit to Yamunotri Dham is said to cleanse all sins of a lifetime and allows pilgrims a boon of preventing an untimely death.

The helicopter journey takes almost 40 minutes and you will land at the Kharsali Helipad to get to Yamunotri. The holy Chardham destination is at a distance of a 5 km trek. You can choose to walk or get a palki or pony to get to the temple.

Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the mountains and feel blessed by the divine temple. Two hot springs near the temple are also visited by pilgrims. Pray at the revered temple and after your darshan.

Gangotri Dham

Gangotri is the revered shrine of the River Goddess Ganga. According to a legend from Hinduism, the river was brought on earth after great penance. It is believed that bathing in the holy waters of Ganga cleanses one of the sins of life and grants salvation. The white-marble temple, built in the 19th century is a sacred shrine.

The Gangotri temple can be reached in a short walk from the hotel. Pray to the Goddess and get blessings. The divine ambiance of the temple blesses pilgrims with serenity and bliss.

Kedarnath Dham

Kedarnath is one of the 12 holy Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. According to a Hindu legend, Lord Shiva in his form of the bull was hiding from the Pandavas of Mahabharata. On getting discovered the lord divided his bull form into various regions of India and Nepal. The hump became the revered lingam of Kedarnath Dham. The holy temple is set in the middle of the Garhwal Himalayan range with a backdrop of snow-covered mountains and near the Mandakini River. It is blessed with an ambiance of spirituality and the breathtaking beauty of the mountains. It is easily one of the most beautiful temples in India.

Badrinath Dham

Badrinath Dham is one of the holiest pilgrimage sites in India, which is both a part of the Chardham Yatra in Uttarakhand and the other Chardham circuit in India. The holy shrine prays to the Badri form of Lord Vishnu.

Get a helicopter ride to Badrinath helipad. The journey of the land of Narayan is a scenic one. Enjoy the pictorial views of the mountains in its snow-draped glory.


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Interesting and Must-Know Facts about Char Dham Yatra

We all are very well aware of what is Char Dham Yatra and why it is said that why it is essential to attain Char Dham Yatra for every Hindu citizen. Most of the devotees have already been on their Char Dham yatra by now while some are planning to go, but very few know the real significance and the obscure facts related to these heavenly places. The facts that are buried inside these holy shrines.

The name Char Dham is given to the four holy shrines of Uttarakhand, India. And these four places holds a very significant role in ancient history. So if you are planning to go for a Char Dham yatra, this article will help you to know the facts behind those places.

Facts about Char Dham Yatra

Char Dham Yatra by Helicopter:- 

Leisure India Holiday offers the best and most convenient way of doing your Char Dham yatra, i.e., Chardham Yatra by helicopter. Generally, where the other means take around 10-12 days to complete the whole journey, Chardham yatra by helicopter takes only four days to do the same. And that is the reason why it is most liked by tourists nowadays. So, book your Chardham yatra by Helicopter for 5 days 4 Night from lih and spend your holidays in this tranquil journey.

Facts about Char Dham Yatra:-

1. Char Dham Parikrama:-

Facts about Char Dham Yatra

The circumambulation of these divine sites is known as Parikrama. The journey is generally taken from left to right according to the Hindu mythology. It begins from Yamunotri, which is the westernmost Dham of Uttarakhand, followed by Gangotri temple and after that to the Kedarnath temple ( also known as one of the 12 jyotirlingas) and the ends in at the city of Narayan, Badrinath.

2. The original Lord Badrinath’s Shrine:-

Facts about Char Dham Yatra

According to the Hindu writings, it is said that the original position of the shrine of Lord Badrinath was somewhere else but not where it is right now. Adi Shankaracharya discovered the Badrinath Idol in the Alaknanda river. Shankaracharya built the idol in the Garud Caves. The caves are in the close vicinity of the hot springs of Tapt Kund. After many centuries, the Garhwal king moved the idol to where it is now present.

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3. Jalamagna Shivalinga- Which can be seen only in winters:-

Facts about Char Dham Yatra

Located in the vicinity of Gangotri Dham, a natural rock Shivlinga popularly known as Jalamagna Shivlinga, it is believed that the Shivlinga can only be seen only in winters. As in winter, the water level goes down. This place is believed to be the place where Lord Shiva held Ganga in his dreadlocks.

4. Surya Kund:-

Surya Kund

Located in the neighborhood of Yamunotri, Surya Kund is the holy hot water spring. This place holds a significant and religious role for Hindus. It is said that Surya Kund is the father of the Yamuna river. Though the kund is surrounded by snow-covered glaciers, after that to the temperature of Surya, Kund remains 88 degrees. 

This fact makes us believe in the magic God, and that is why the prasad is prepared in the holy water of Surya Kund.

5.The Real Story of Kedarnath Temple:-

Kedarnath temple

The Kedarnath temple, which is standing still for thousands of years in the vast mountains of the Garhwal region, has a very significant story. According to the facts, the first temple which now stands near the present temple was made by the five Pandavas brothers.

           When the Pandavas won the battle of Mahabharat, the five brothers felt guilty for killing their own brother and loved ones, and they began to search Lord Shiva. But Lord Shiva kept running away from the Pandavas. When Bheem, the eldest of the Pandava brothers, recognized that Lord Shiva is hiding being from them disguised as a bull. After that, Lord Shiva immersed in the earth. And when he did that, he left his hind part on the earth.

After that day till present, we worship the hind part of Lord Shiva in the Kedarnath temple.

6. The Story behind Gauri Kund:-

Gauri Kund

Located at the height of 6,500 feet above sea level, Gauri Kund is a base camp for the devotees heading towards Kedarnath temple. It is located near  Rudraprayag. And it is believed according to Hindu mythology that this is the same place where Goddess Parvati meditated for Lord Shiva to be her husband for hundreds of years. The Kund is the same place where Lord Shiva beheaded Ganesha, and after realizing his mistake brought back Ganesha back to life. 

       The story in which, when Goddess Parvati asked Ganesha to guard the door for her when she was taking a bath in the Kund. And when Lord Shiva tried to go inside, and Ganesha stopped him for doing so. This is when the exasperated Shiva beheaded Ganesha with his wrath. When Lord Shiva learned that Ganesha was obeying her mother’s orders, Shiva placed the head of an elephant on Ganesha’s body and revived him.

   And that’s how Ganesha brought back to life by his father. And Lord Shiva gave him a gift he will be worshipped as the God of prosperity and happiness after that day.

7. Conch is prohibited in Badrinath Dham:-

Badrinath Dham

The most surprising fact is that the conch, which is considered to be one of the most significant instruments of Lord Vishnu, is prohibited in his temple. According to ancient history, when Agasthya was killing the demons of Kedarnath, namely Vatapi and Atapi, they escaped from the place. Atapi took shelter in the Mandakini river and Vatapi to save his life, hid inside the conch. After that day, no one is allowed to blow the conch in the temple, because it is said that if a person even does so then Vatapi will come out from that conch. And that is the reason why it is not allowed to blow conch in Badrinath.

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Another reason is that the temple is situated in the middle of the snow-covered mountains from the three sides. The conch sound will create echo- which can cause a change in the ecological environment that can lead to an ice storm in the place.

8. The future place: Bhavishya Badrinath:-

Bhavishya Badrinath

According to the facts, it is said that when the arm of Narshing’s idol, which is currently in Joshimath, will fall off. And the two enormous mountains Jay and Vijay near Vishnuprayag will unite as one to big form even a big mountain. At that moment, the route to the two temples Kedarnath and Badrinath will get unapproachable. If that happens someday, then the pooja of Lord Vishnu will proceed through Bhavishya Badri near Joshimath.

Since today, the idol of Narshinga is like thin hair. That means that we have plenty of time to see Bhavishya Badri as new Badrinath. 

Explore Greater Rann of Kutch

Reckoned as the largest districts of India, Kutch is encircled by panoramic landscapes and is pretty popular among domestic as well as international tourists for the celebration of Rann Utsav. The great Rann of Kutch is a hugely sprawled marshy salt land and is renowned as one of the star attractions of the region. Every year in the month of November or December the destination organizes the grand celebration of Rann Utsav. During the monsoon season in India, the destination looks more gorgeous and astonishing when this vibrant land of sand gets submerged underwater and gives is a pictorial background. Let’s talk about some of the most popular and astonishing places to explore nearby Kutch and also the activities to enthral your mood and make it one of your most memorable travel experiences.

Location

This vibrant and magical marshy land of Gujarat is nestled at the northern end of tropic of Cancer and is conveniently approached via Bhuj. Dhordo is considered to be the gateway of Kutch and this site is located at an hour and a half north of Bhuj.

Best Time to visit

After the monsoon months conclude, the marshy land of Great Rann of Kutch starts getting dried up. AS stated above that in the month of November or December Rann Utsav is celebrated which continues for more than a month and this makes it one of the most recommended time to explore great Rann of Kutch. If you are also thinking of visiting Kutch then do the advance bookings so that you don’t find an obstacle and also if you don’t want to experience huge crowd then plan your visit during the last few weeks of March. However, if you want you can also cover this site in the months of April and May but yes you will not be getting any basic facilities like food, accommodation, and even toilets.

Also, if you want to avoid the blinding sight then either move to the destination early morning or evening.

How to Reach Kutch?

As mentioned in the above paragraph that accessing this place via Bhuj is the most convenient way so one needs to reach Bhuj first and then take the transport for your further journey. The below-mentioned guideline is surely going to relieve you from this accessibility issue.

By Train

If you are coming by train then board the train to Bhuj railway station from your city and once you reach the railhead you can find taxis and autos that will take you to your desired destination.

By Air

Bhuj also houses its domestic airport so if you are coming by flight then take Air India flights. Getting transport from the airport is very easy so need to worry about that.

By Road

The roads in Gujarat are well-maintained and the cities of this state are well-connected with each other by road transport.

If this is your first trip to Kutch then engaging a reputed travel agency is a good idea if you want to make it a hassle-free journey. You can also browse the well-curated Kutch tour packages that offer you some of the best facilities required to make it a lifelong memorable journey.

Note: being located on the border of India and Pakistan one needs to seek permission before entering the region. There is a proper permit centre established near the region where you can pay some bucks to take the permit.

How Rann Utsav makes this place an iconic attraction of your Gujarat tour?

The Great White Rann of Kutch

Commencing in the month of November, Rann Utsav continues till February. Every year thousands of tourists participate in this grand occasion. Tent stay at Rann of Kutch is the key element to make it an amazing journey as accommodating yourself in a tent lets you interact with new people and to learn new cultures. You also get to witness the charm of this festive season at any point in time if you stay near the site and participating in different group games is the additional charm. During this festival, you can learn the vivid cultures of Gujarat people and tribes through the folk dances, folk songs, and other folk performances shown by the groups.


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