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A Pious Trip to North Indian Sikh Shrines with Shikhar Travels

India is a melting pot of a host of cultures and religions, and Sikhism is one of the most notable of them all. North Indian regions of Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, among others are dotted with loads of popular Sikh Shrines, popularly known as Gurudwaras. These are popular worldwide for their philanthropic and harmonical virtues, and absorbing “Shabad Kirtans” that will take you to the worlds of enormous tranquillity.

Shikhar Travels, in its Gurudwara Darshan tour package, takes you to all the renowned Gurudwaras of the North India. Gurudwaras covered in our package are:

1. Hemkund Sahib: Regarded as the World’s Highest Gurudwara, Hemkund Sahib is perched on the banks of the glacial lake Hemkund. This highly revered shrine marks the place where the 10th and the last Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji, unified with God after prolonged meditation. This scenic shrine is encircled by seven snow-capped peaks and their associated glaciers. Streams from Sapt Rishi peaks and Haathi Parvat feeds the Hemkund lake and a small stream Himganga flows out of this.

2. Ponta Sahib: Situated at the banks of river Yamuna, Ponta Sahib is also related to the 10th Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji, who lived here. It is said that he achieved a great victory over 2 hill country-kingdom at Bhangani, a place 23 kms away from the Gurudwara.

3. Anandpur Sahib: Ranked as one of the important places in Sikh religion, Gurudwara Anandpur Sahib was founded by the ninth Sikh Guru, Guru Teg Bahadur Ji, back in the year 1664. It was the place where the Khalsa sect was born under the leadership of Guru Gobind Singh Ji. Gurudwara Sri Sis Ganj, the place where severed head of Gurur Teg Bahadur was cremated, and Gurudwara Kesgarh Sahib, where five brave followers of Guru Gobind Singh Ji offered their heads – are the places that would interest you.

4. Amritsar: Home to the immensely popular Golden Temple, Amritsar is the most important city for the Sikh community. The city stands as an emblem for the economic prosperity and widespread felicity in Punjab. Also known as Harmandir Sahib, the temple is built at the center of a “holy sarovar”.

5. Nanakmatta: A place of extreme religious interests for Sikhs, Nanakmatta is situated on the Khatima-Tanakpur Road. It is believed that the founder of Sikhism and the first Guru, Guru Nanak Dev Ji, visited this place during his visit to Kailash Parvat in 1515 A.D.

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A Trip to Ravishing Rajasthan

Rajasthan is the land of imperial living, opulent cultural heritage, commendable hospitality, picturesque sand dunes, and delectable recipes. It’s the largest state of India popular worldwide for its vivid tourist attractions and cultural sites. It ranks amongst the league of those places where you can actually bask in the lives that the kings and priced used to have in earlier times. The state is studded with a variety of eye-catching tourist spots, which include sumptuous forts and palaces,highly-revered temples, national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, mountain ranges, just to name a few.

Be it the tranquility of the Thar Desert, or magnificent lakes of Udaipur, or invincible forts of Jaipur, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur, everything about Rajasthan is incredible. It won’t be an exaggeration to say that your trip to India would be incomplete if you wouldn’t visit Rajasthan. Well, let’s take you through some of the must-visit places of this remarkable north-western state of India.

Jaipur: Popularly named as the Pink City of India, Jaipur has a host of scenic buildings and cultural spots to dish out to you. Among all its forts and castles, Amber Fort is arguably the grandest of all. Its rugged forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds its ultimate refinement. Other attractions of Jaipur include the princely Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, the City Palace, and the list goes on and on.

Udaipur: The jewel in the crown of this City of Lakes is its majestic City Palace. The magnificent palace started by Maharana Udai Singh II and completed in a long time lag is the largest palace complex of Rajasthan. Built in glittering granite and marble it majestically towers high on the Pichola Lake. Another notable tourist spot in Udaipur is Fatehsagar Lake. This artificial lake was built in 1678 by Maharana Jai Singh. After heavy rains destroyed it the reconstruction took place under the guidance of Maharana Fateh Singh.

Ranthambore Wildlife Sanctuary: Nestled in the district of Sawai Madhopur, Ranthambore Wildlife Sanctuary is famous for tigers. Perhaps, this is one of those few places across the globe where you can see the big cats playing in the wild. This is one of the finest tiger reserves in the country Park’s abandoned fortress,lakes and above all it’s `friendly’ tigers have made it one of the most filmed wildlife reserves in the world.

Rajasthan is unarguably the vacationer’s paradise. If you’re planning a visit to this wonderful place then just pack your bag and leave the travel related concerns to us. With all the expertise and proficiency in destination management and tourism, we’ll make your sojourn at Rajathan an unforgettable one.

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Wildlife Safari in Central India — An Experience worth your Diary Entry

Just imagine yourself attired in Khaki clothing, wearing pith helmets and belted bush jackets, sitting in an open Gypsy cruising through a rugged lane formed in a dense forest? A forest where you have the opportunity to click a tiger in camouflage waiting to pounce on its unwary target. Or a beautiful lake surrounded by lavish green forests where animals of all kinds, from elephants and rhino, to small birds and swift deer’s, come to quench their thirst. A mere imagination of such a situation has the potential to fill your nerves with immense thrill and adventure. And all this can be turned into a tangible reality with a wildlife safari in Central.

One of the widely cherished wildlife spots in Central India that registers substantial footfall every year is Bandhavgarh National Park. Situated in the Sahdol district of Madhya Pradesh, Bandhavgarh is known for a dense population of big cats, especially the Royal Bengal Tiger and leopards. Nestled in Vindhyan Mountains, this scenic park is covered with reeds and marshes. In addition to tiger, in Bandhavgarh you’ll also come across several other intriguing wild animals, like Chital, Dhole, Nilgai, Sloth Bear, Hyena, Langur, Rhesus, Monkey, Chinkara, Porcupine, just to name a few.

Another gem in the crown of Indian wildlife is Kanha National Park. Situated along the borders of Balaghat and Mandla districts of Madhya Pradesh, Kanha is hailed as the most natural habitat for wild beings. Lush sal and bamboo forest, picturesque ravines, flanked with green meadows served as an inspiration to Rudyard Kipling’s epic literary work ‘Jungle Book’. The Park is popular for the Royal Bengal Tiger and Swamp Deer. Some strict conservation policies and concerted efforts have made the place rank amongst the most well-maintained parks in Asia.

Both these places treasure incredibly large varieties of the world’s rarest species of flora and fauna, making them the perfect destinations for an outing with family and friends. Exploring these parks wouldn’t take even an effort more than letting us know about your touring plans. So get set for a adventurous wildlife safari with Shikhar Travels. Cheers……….

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South India Temple excursion – an enchanting experience for lifetime

Owing to the spellbinding natural beauty and picturesque architectural and cultural marvels, the peninsular region of South India has been grabbing eyeballs of tourists since ages. Bordered by seas and ocean on three sides, South India is home to some of the most scenic beaches in the world. Aromas of spices and coffee plantation, exhilarating wildlife sanctuaries, pristine backwater beauty, are unarguably the hallmarks of the majestic South Indian peninsular region. But, above them all, the entities that distinguish the region from the rest of the world are its splendid temples and sumptuous cultural sites. For those who have religiously oriented and have an eagerness to explore traditional Indian architectural styles and culture, Temple Tour of South India has lot to offer to them.

Southern region of the country is dotted with myriad of exquisite temples which are popular world-over for their architectural grandeur and festivities. Whether it’s in terms of reverence, or architectural glory, temples of South India ranks among the best across the globe. While the hallowed land is filled with plethora of temples and shrines, there are some that should be enlisted in your itineraries to South India. These must-visit temples include:

Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram: Overlooking the Bay of Bengal, Shore Temple has been the prime attraction for tourists. Listed in the UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, it’s a structural splendour built way back in 8th century. The temple includes an assortment of three shrines, two dedicated to Lord Shiva and one to Lord Vishnu.

The Five Rathas in Mahabalipuram: The Five Rathas is actually a collection of five monolithic temples, each built in a distinct style. It’s also knows as Panch Pandavas Rathas – and four out of the five temples are supposed to have been carved out of the same rock.

Meenakshi Temple in Madurai: Erected almost around 2000 years ago, Meenakshi Temple epitomizes the Dravidian architecture and art. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, who is known as Sundareswara or Beautiful Lord, and to his consort, Parvathi, also known as Meenakshi. It contains as many as 14 wonderful Gopurams, or towers, including two Gopurams for the main deities.

Kapleshwar Temple in Chennai: Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Kapleshwar Temple stands among the masterpieces of Dravidian architectural style. It also houses sixty three Saivite saint idols impeccably carved in Bronze. Constructed way back in the 8th century, it attracts thousands of pilgrimages and sannadhis every year.

Sri Parthsarthy Temple in Chennai: Located at Triplicane, Chennai, Sri Parthsarthy Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. In fact, it is one among the 108 divyadesams, or holy abodes of Lord Vishnu. Built by the Pallavan king Narasimhvarman I in the 8th century, the temple houses idols of four of Lord Vishnu’s ten avatars.

Brihadeeshwar Temple: Situated at Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, Brihadeeshwar Temple is the world’s first complete granite temple. Listed in the UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites as a part of “Great Living Chola Temples”, it exemplifies the great heights achieved by Cholas in architectural skills and capabilities. It stands as the one of the India’s most-prized historical site.

The temples of South India has long been venerated by architecture mavens as well as devotees around the world. They portray the most prosperous period of Hindu Dynasties and religion. Shikhar Travels offers you the opportunity to be vis-a-vis with these magnificent temples and experience the Indian culture to its best.

 

Discover the Indian Cultural Heritage with Shikhar Travels Museum Tour

Indian civilization stands in the league of the oldest and the most venerated civilizations across the world. Various architectural sites, sumptuous palaces and forts, highly revered religious places, among others stand testimony to India’s opulent and grand culture. Along with these architectural and artistic grandeurs, Indian museums are the ones that spell out the captivating story of evolution of Indian civilization throughout these ages.

Although these museums are scattered in different cities of the country, Delhi museums are arguably the richest of them all. These could be a good option for those who’ve been looking for spending some quality time with their near and dear ones. If you think this could be a hassle in any way, then just leave it on us. We’ll make it an effortless and memorable journey for you. During the course of this touring you’ll visit following museums:

National Museum : Regarded as the country’s most prominent treasure house, it portrays India’s glorious past in its full gleam. It boasts of valuable collectibles from various ages of the Indian civilization. Its gilded collections contain 5000-year old relics of the Indus Valley civilization, exotic paintings and artworks, old manuscripts and mural paintings from Buddhist shrines in Central Asia. Established on August 15, 1949, the museum showcases antiques and historical memorabilia ranging from sculpture, carvings, paintings, jewelry, manuscripts, arts and crafts.

Rail Museum : Spread in the expanse of around 10 acres of land, this museum depicts the splendid 150-year old history of Indian Railways. There are various models of train, engines and coaches that are unique in the world, unmatched in splendor. It is also home to the model of India’s very first train, a steam engine that made its journey from Mumbai to Thane in 1853. Kids would love the ride of the toy train around this museum.

Doll Museum : It ranks amongst one of the most visited museums in India. Its assortment comprises of a whopping 6,000 types of dolls collected from 85 countries across the world. Each doll is resplendently dressed in costumes that represent the country or the region they come from.

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Experience Galore with North India Cultural Expedition

Are you yearning for an excursion that can offer you the rare blend of lush greenery and cultural heritage sightseeing? If so, then just pack your bags and get geared to explore the culturally and ecologically opulent land of North India. It has all the ingredients to sweep you off your feet, and add great memorable moments to your souvenirs. While the entire region is simply filled with a number of imposing tourist attractions, there are some that shouldn’t be missed when you’re touring this wonderful part of the world. These are:

Ladakh: Popularly dubbed as ‘Little Tibet’ because of its close proximity to the scenic Tibet region, Ladakh ranks in India’s least populated regions. Nestled in the Himalayan ranges, the land has glistening lofty snow-capped peaks and plunging green valleys as its hallmarks. The stark mountain landscape, with its rocky ridges, glassy lakes, is studded with vivid gompas (Buddhist monasteries), palaces, villages, and seasonal plantations.

Agra: Agra is renowned world over for the Taj Mahal – the epitome of love. Thousands of tourists from all across the world flock in Agra every year to have a feel of classic Indian architecture and arts. It’s not just the Taj Mahal, but the city has several other historical places, such as Red Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, among other architectural landmarks that would spellbind you.

Delhi: The capital city of India, Delhi, can be labeled as cultural melting pot where diverse Indian cultures dwell together. It presents a perfect combination of modern and traditional lifestyles. You’ll find a slew of wonderful spots here, ranging from cultural sites like India Gate, Jama Masjid, and Red Fort, to towering malls and other contemporary architectural wonders.

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Shikhar Travels Winter Bonanza – Time for a Memorable Sojourn in India

Planning for an ecstatic touring with friends this fall? How about a trip to Taj, and that too without burning a hole in your wallet? Yes…Shikhar Travels is all set to spice up your winter vacations with a bouquet of exciting offers and touring packages and the foremost of them all is a free trip to the majestic Taj Mahal for Facebook fans.

Shikhar Travels has decided to recognize and reward its Facebook fans with some fascinating tour packages and premium offers. There are hefty discounts, cool promotional offers, early bird discounts, for all those who actively engage with us on our Facebook fan page. Just participate in several exciting games and quiz contests on our Facebook page, and you could stand a chance to win huge discounts of up to 25 percent on domestic tours listed on our website http://www.thedelhitours.com. An enticing offer for all those who have been seeking to explore Indian cities in their full swing, isn’t it?

Not only this, you can also jazz up your New Year’s Eve at our A Village Retreat Resort at Wazirpur Village, Gurgoan . Our Facebook friends can avail heavy discounts of up to 25 percent on group bookings At A Village Retreat Resort around New Years.

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Enthralling Royal Train Tours in India

India ranks among some of those few nations where railways were introduced in as early as second half of the nineteenth century. India’s first passenger train ran between Bombay and Thane way back in 1853. History of Indian Railways has been phenomenal since then, and it is unarguably a Jewel in the nation’s crown. Of its wide array of services, Royal Train Tours have been grabbing backpackers’ attention the most. These train tours are simply captivating, and above all, they dish up the glimpse of diverse Indian culture in a very distinct way. The joy of Royal Train Tours gets multiplied when you have a credible touring partner in the guise of Shikhar Travels. Let us run you down through some of the most fascinating royal train tours in India:

Palace on Wheels and The Royal Orient – These two incredible train services take you through the majestic expanse of Rajasthan, Land of Sand dunes, Forts, Palaces, and Rich Art and Culture. Touted as one of the best luxury trains in the world, these trains are furnished with all the necessary things, from charming furniture to regal ambience, that would give you the royal feel. The seven day trip in these trains would give you the chance to explore royal forts, palaces, deserts, cuisines, and everything the soil of Rajasthan has to offer.
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Fairy Queen – For those who find it difficult to take out one whole week for train touring, a weekend tour on Fairy Queen could be the apt choice. Dubbed as the world’s oldest working locomotive across the world, this vintage train would take you to Sariska National Park. This would provide you a magnificent opportunity to experience the royal treatment as you travel through the royal land of Rajasthan.
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Deccan Odyssey – True to its name, this majestic train takes you through various exotic destinations in Maharashtra, including Mumbai, Ratnagiri, Ganpatipule, Pune, Sindhudurg, Goa, and Ajanta and Ellora. It’s a wonderful luxury train that helps you explore multitude of bewitching places covering the vast expanse of Maharashtra.
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There are a couple of what can be called as Toy Trains that run through the hilly regions of India, mainly to transport people from plains to the laps of Himalayas. These trains run in various regions across India, including Northeast, Shivalik in the Northwest, and the western Ghats and Nilgiri in the South. Of all these trains, Darjeeling Himalayan Railway gauge is the most notable one. It has already been included in the UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites list.
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These imposing train tours have been among the most noteworthy part of Indian Tourism business so far. Tourists from all parts of the world come to India to enjoy these royal and adventurous rail rides. Don’t be left out on it, and savor the royal train sojourn with Shikhar Travels.