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4 Off-Beat Places You Must Visit Before The Monsoons End!

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4 Off-Beat Places You Must Visit Before The Monsoons End!

The fresh showers bring old memories, the rains mean different things to different people. And what else can you do during the splendid monsoons but go on a vacation or even a short trip! While some people prefer lazing at home and cuddling up in a blanket, some others would rather visit some place new and just enjoy the beautiful weather.

Here are some of the unique places you must visit in India before the monsoons end!

 

1. Ranikhet, Uttarakhand

Ranikhet is beautiful destination located in Uttarakhand. It’s a place that offers jaw-dropping views of the Himalayas, spectacular, lush landscapes and an amazing climate. It’s a lesser explored destination for a do nothing vacation.

2. Orccha, Madhya Pradesh

The architecture of Orccha is something to die for. Not many know about the rich history of this serene destination in Madhya Pradesh. Since not a lot of tourists visit this destinations, it is definitely a place you must visit for its breathtaking architectural and historic influence.

3. Kutch, Gujarat

Kutch is home to the mind blowing Rann of Kutch which is one of the most gorgeous destinations in India. The white desert is home to a unique culture and is often visited by bikers from across the country.

4. Pushkar, Rajasthan

Though for a lot of people, Pushkar is merely a pit stop, it’s a gorgeous place to visit, especially for those who prefer enjoying their peace and quiet. The great part of about Pushkar is that you can visit if you’re not too big on the rains and would rather spend it at some place where the rains won’t prevent you from exploring the place.

                    

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Chopta Valley - The Unexplored Destination

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Chopta Valley - The Unexplored Destination

The relatively unexplored and untouched Chopta Valley in north east Sikkim is very popular among trekkers as well as people of several faiths. Chopta is famous for its monuments of historical and religious importance — from Chandrashila to the Tungnath Temple and more.  

The valley, at 13,200 feet, is a preferred destination for hiking, angling and water sports and the trek from Chopta Valley to Muguthang Valley is considered one of the best. It lies in the Greater Himalayas at 15,500 ft. Trekkers are assured of scenic landscapes with snow-covered mountain peaks on one side and green pine forests and meandering rivers on the other.

PLACES TO VISIT IN CHOPTA VALLEY

Tungnath Temple - Situated at a height of 3680 meters, the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.  The temple is one of the Panch Kedar and Lord Shiva’s arm is worshipped here. According to mythology, Ravana performed penance to please Lord Shiva at this site.

Chandrashila - It is the highest point on which Tungnath temple and Chopta are located. It is situated at a height of 4090 meters. From Chandrashila, one gets to see 360 degree panoramic views of the Himalayas. Chandrashila is summit of the Tungnath . It literally means “Moon Rock”. 

Thangu Valley - The Thangu valley is the most scenic of all in Chopta valley and even in North Sikkim. The alpine trees scattered around some wooden houses, the vegetation and the rare seen species of flowers are the major attraction of Thangu valley. High altitude flowers like orchids are also found in this valley.

THINGS TO DO IN CHOPTA VALLEY

Trekking in Chopta valley - The Chopta valley is considered as a paradise for the nature lovers. The Chopta valley is about 2680 meters high above the sea level. This valley offers a great trek trails to the trekkers and adventure lovers. The trekking trail passes through the dense forest of rhododendron, pine and deodar. 

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Best time to visit Chopta Valley

Best time to to travel to Chopta is in Summers (April – June) and Winters (Oct – Dec). Travellers interested in snow fall or want to experience snow trekking in Chopta then Jan to March are the best months.

                    

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6 Most Historical Caves In India

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6 Most Historical Caves In India

The earliest civilized man is said to have made the caves his home, and though we have come a long way from the Stone and stick Age our fascination for caves and the myths associated with them has not subsided a bit. India, being the land of mysteries and spirituality, has a countless number of caves with fascinating legends and historical significance associated with them.

Some of the significant historical caves in India that you should definitely check out are:

 

1. Ajanta & Ellora Caves 

Hardly needing any introduction, the famous Ajanta and Ellora Caves signify the pinnacle of Indian craftsmanship. The oldest caves in Ajanta date back to the 2nd century B.C. and most in Ellora were formed between 5th and 10th century A.D. The artwork here is a mix of Hindu, Jain and Buddhist cultures.

2. Khandagiri and Udayagiri Caves 

The Khandagiri and Udayagiri caves are famous with tourists and visitors because of their religious and historical significance. Jain monks are believed to have stayed here in the past and one can find many sculptures and artwork to validate this belief. These ancient caves are a short distance away from the capital of Orissa, thus being easily accessible for visitors.

3. Badami Cave

The 6th century Badami Caves are exceptionally famous and a popular tourist destination in Karnataka. The caves are set in a picturesque location, right at the mouth of a green ravine, and the Hindu and Jain temples built inside are a perfect combination of North and South Indian styles of architecture.

4. Bhimbetka Rock Shelters

Possibly the oldest caves in the Indian subcontinent, The Bhimbetka Rock Shelters are a group of almost 700 caves dating back to anywhere between 100,000 to 30,000 years ago. The name translates to "sitting place of Bhima" as it is believed the Pandavas rested here for a while. The paintings here depict the life events of humans in the early Stone Age.

5. Elephanta Caves

One of the most popular caves in India, the Elephanta Cave is located on an island and can be approached by a ferry. There are seven caves here dedicated to Hindu and Buddhist religions. These caves have wonderful carvings and sculptures cut out from a single rock dating back to the 5th century A.D.

6. Belum Caves

Said to be the second longest cave in India, the Belum Caves extend to almost 4 kilometers in length and are made up of Black Limestone. Currently, only around 1.5 kilometer of the cave is open to tourists but is sufficient for viewing and comprehending the splendor of the cave.

                    

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Delving Into The Forbidden – The Nelang Valley

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Delving Into The Forbidden – The Nelang Valley

Hidden away on the remote border district of Uttarkashi, this beautiful valley at the historically famous Indo-China border stands at a height of over 11,000 feet above the sea level. It gives rise to one of the largest tributaries of the Bhagirathi River, the Jadh Ganga. The Jadh Ganga is also a point of dispute for India and China; the valley being claimed by China and controlled by India.

The original name of Jadh Ganga was Jahanvi. Legend goes that the Sage Jahnu was very furious because the River Ganga kept flooding the place and damaging his hermitage. In his anger, he drank the whole river in a single gulp. Later, when he had calmed down, he released the river, which theoretically became his daughter. Hence, the river came to be known as Jahanvi.

The valley lies to the north-east of the rushing waters of the Jadh Ganga. Nelang (or Nilang) traditionally means the ‘place of blue stones’. It housed the Jadh people that gave the valley its name.

This is the same region that Heinrich Harrer had used during his dramatic escape from being a war prisoner of the British India, in 1944. It is also the same valley where the legendary British explorer JB Auden ended up while exploring the tributaries of Bhagirathi.

The 1962 conflict made sure that no more exploration of the area is possible. But when something is forbidden, what follows next are adventure, exploration and discovery. Since then, there have been numerous attempts by civilians to explore the valley.

The valley is open during the day for a few restricted hours. Only six vehicles are allowed to enter the area with just six tourists each. You can take a safari jeep from Bhairavghati which is about 25 km away, but make sure the jeep is registered with the forest department.

So, pack your bags and get to this unknown land and explore this delightful place that is the Nelang Valley.

                    

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Amazing Natural Wonders Of The World: Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

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Amazing Natural Wonders Of The World: Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Nature is full of amazing  wonders, from sky high mountains, deep rivers,  blue oceans, unique caves, breathtaking islands, rich forest and so much more that it’s impossible not to be in awe of everything our world is filled with. The Halong Bay in Vietnam is definitely going to give you itchy feet!

There are over 1600 islands dotting the Ha Long Bay and the legend behind it is pretty out-of-the-world! Here's the look to it :

 

From the Lonar Lake, the Yoho National Park, and the Victoria Falls, to the Mount Everest, Thor’s Well or the Grand Canyon, we’ve tried to share some of the most interesting facts and awe-inspiring photographs of natural wonders around the world. The Halong Bay in Vietnam is definitely going to give you itchy feet!

The Ha Long Bay is located on the Quảng Ninh Province in Vietnam. The name of the bay roughly translates to descending dragon in Vietnamese

Legend has it that, when the Vietnamese were protecting their territory from invaders, they offered prayers to their gods who then sent dragons as the protectors of the place. When the invaders were approaching via sea, the dragons spat out jewels creating islands that lined the bay and obstructed the ships and boats of the invaders.

It is also believed that the bay has been inhabited by humans for at least a thousand years, making it one of the oldest inhabited regions in Vietnam. In fact, Nguyen Tai, a Vietnamese poet described the island as a rock wonder in the sky over five centuries ago.

These little islets are made of limestone and are of various sizes and shapes and a lot of them have quirky names based on their shape, like the kissing islands, elephant island and many more.

The town is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country and is visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists each year. You can opt for a cruise, that will take you as close to a lot of these islets. Whether you’re a luxury traveler or a budget backpacker, there are various options for you to feel just as disconnected from the world as you please to!

                    

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