Wednesday, November 1, 2017

pattadakal virupaksha temple

pattadakal virupaksha temple

pattadakal virupaksha temple, History, Temples List

Virupaksha Temple

From the inscriptions, it is known that this temple was built during 7th and 8th Century AD. This temple was built by the Queen Lokamahadevi to commemorate the success of her husband, Vikramaditya II over the Kanchi rulers, Pallavas.

Mallikarjuna Temple

This temple was built by the Queen Trilokya Mahadevi, Second wife of  Vikramaditya II during 7th and 8th Century AD. This temple was built to mark Chalukyas victory over Pallavas.

Papanatha Temple

This temple was built during 7th and 8th  century AD. Temple was built in Nagara style which later modified to Dravidian style. Scenes from Ramayana and Mahabarath were carved on the walls of the temple.

Jambulinga Temple

This temple was built in Nagara style. Temple design reflects Hucchimalli Guddi Temple at Aihole

Kashi Visweshwara Temple

Galaganath Temple

From the inscription, it is known that this temple was built at the beginning of 8th Century AD. This temple was built in the lines of Viswa Brahma Temple at Alampur. Temple architecture reflects Nagara Style.

pattadakal virupaksha temple

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Valley of Flowers Uttarakhand

Valley of Flowers Uttarakhand

Valley of Flowers Uttarakhand Timings, Opening Dates

Area: 87.5 Sq. Km
Altitude: 3658 mt above the Sea level.


1931Discovered by 3 British Mountaineers who lost their path.
1939Joan Margaret Legge, A Botanist did research on the flowers.
Opening Dates: 1st Jun - 4th Oct.
Best Time to Visit: Jul to Sep.
Opening Timings: 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Distance from Govindghat to Valley of Flowers: 11 Km (Approx)

Valley of Flowers Route Planning

From Transportation ModesDistanceTime
JoshimathGovindghatBy Bus20 Km 
GovindghatPulnaBy Sumo3.5 Km 
PulnaGhanghariaBy Walk or By Mule12 Km 
GovindghatGhanghariaBy Helicopter  
(Accommodation available)
Valley Of flowersBy Walk6 Km for Uphill and 6 km for DownHill3 hours for Uphill
2 hours 30 mins for downhill
Govindghat Altitude: 5500 feet above the sea level
Ghangaria Altitude: 10200 feet above the sea level
The ticket has to be purchased from Ghangharia Ticket Counter by 6:30 am.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Grishneshwar Temple

Grishneshwar Temple History

Grishneshwar Temple Timings, Darshan, Pooja details

As per the Legend, Sudharma second wife Dhushma was an ardent devotee of Lord Siva. She used to prepare 101 Siva Lingas daily with the sand nearby the Lake and discharge Lingas after her Pooja. Lord Siva pleased with her devotion and blessed Dhushma with a baby boy. Sudeha, Sudharma's first wife, and Dhushma's Elder Sister got jealous and killed Dhushma's Son and threw him in the lake. Dhushma's despite her sorrow continued with her worship. Impressed Lord Siva revived her son's life and appeared before her. Dhushma pleaded Lord Siva to excuse her Sister's mistakes and requested Lord to remain here. On her request, Lord Siva self-manifested as one of the Jyotirlinga.
This temple was renovated during the reign of Goutamibal followed by Ahilya Devi Holkar during the 18th Century.
Grishneshwar Temple

Monday, August 28, 2017

Kamakhya Temple Guwahati

Kamakhya Temple Guwahati

Kamakhya Temple Guwahati Timings, History, Route information

As per the folklore, Sati Devi daughter of Daksha Prajapati married Lord Siva against her father's wish. Daksha Prajapati decided to perform Yagna in a grand inviting all Devas ignoring Lord Siva. Daksha invited all his family members excluding his dearest daughter Sati Devi. Sati who got the news about this Yagna reached her paternal home. She advised her father not to go against his Son-in-law. Daksha insulted Sati Devi before the invited guests. Angered Sati Devi immolated herself in the Yogagni. Lord Siva who came to know about Sati Devi's death, raised high and ordered Kala Bhairav to destroy the Yagna and Kill Daksha. Kala Bhairav along with Kali and other Deva Ganas destroyed Yagna Place and Killed Daksha. Lord Siva performed Pralaya Thandav (Dane of Destruction) after collecting Sati Devi's corpse. In order to protect the universe, Lord Vishnu sent his Discus and destroyed Sati Devi's corpse into pieces. The broken pieces fell across Indian Subcontinent which later became holy places for worship. These places are called by Sakthi Peetas. The Yoni part of Sati Devi fallen here.

Kamakhya Temple Guwahati

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Ranthambore Safari

Ranthambore Safari

Ranthambore Safari Timings, Cost, Online Booking

Ranthambore Safari Booking
MonthMorning SafariEvening Safari
1 Oct – 31 Oct7:00 am to 10:30 am2:30 pm to 6:00 pm
1 Nov to 31 Jan7:00 am to 10:30 am2:00 pm to 5:30 pm
1 Feb to 31 Mar6:30 am to 10:00 am2:30 pm to 6:00 pm
1 Apr to 15 May6:00 am to 9:30 am3:00 pm to 6:30 pm
15 May to 30 Jun6:00 am to 9:30 am3:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Peak Season: Oct - Mar
Best Time to Visit: 1st October to 30th June. Most of the Zones remains closed on other days.

Safari Vehicles

  1. Canter - 20 seater
  2. Gypsy - 6 seater

Ranthambore Safari Tariff

Total 10 Zones are listed in this national park. Tourists mostly prefer Gypsys over Canter. Gypsy is 6 seater and is good for a family.
ZonesVehicles Allowed
Zone 1 – 6Gypsy and Canter
Zone 7 – 10Gypsy

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Bandipur Tiger Reserve

Bandipur Tiger Reserve

Bandipur Tiger Reserve Timings, Ticket cost, Safari details

Best Time to Visit: Oct - Feb. After winter monsoons.
Bandipur is part of the Nilgiri biosphere reserve. This Nilgiri biosphere spread across Karnataka, TamilNadu and Kerala states. It has recorded highest tiger population in the world. It is estimated that 100 - 105 tigers estimated to live in this national park. Bandipur stretches over an area of 874 Sq. Km. It is estimated that 40,000 Spotted Deers live in this park. This national park is inhabited with Tigers, Leopards, Elephants, Spotted Deer, Sambar, Gaur, Mangoes, Jackals, Wild dogs, Sloth bear, Peacocks etc
It is estimated that 2 Lakh visitors visit Bandipur each year. This area used to be the private hunting area for Mysore Maharajas in 1930's. In 1941, this area was declared as Venugopala wildlife sanctuary. In 1973, this area was declared as the Tiger Reserve forest.
Bandipur Tiger Reserve

Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary

Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary

Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary Timings, Ticket Cost

Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary
Best Time: Oct to Mar months.
During these months, birds from Siberia, Australia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka reach this place for nesting and breeding. This sanctuary spreads over an area of 30 ha and is located in Kancheepuram district. This sanctuary is inhabited with Cormorants, Egrets, Grey Heron, Open-billed stork, Darter, Spoonbill, White Ibis, Night Herons, Grebes, Grey Pelican, Garganey Teals, Shovellers, Pintails, Stilts, Sandpipers, are Coots and Moorhen.
Viewpoint is available in the sanctuary for the bird watchers.
TicketTicket Cost
Child ( 3- 12 years)Rs.2
Video CameraRs.150
Still CameraRs.25