Kalimpong- West Bengal
|Languages||Bengali, Nepali, Hindi |
|Best Time to Visit||April, June|
Kalimpong is one among the many popular hill stations in India that has managed to keep its natural beauty even though it is a popular summer retreat for many people. The hill station not only boasts of many tourist attractions but is also known for the exotic orchids that cover entire hillsides. Hill Resorts in India offers attractive tour packages to this heavenly hill resort, so you can simply book a tour today and spend a great vacation in Kalimpong.
Kalimpong is in the northeast of India. To be more precise, it actually is situated on the northern part of West Bengal. It is at a height of 1,250 meters above sea level, on the foothills of the eastern Himalayas and is about 50kms east of Darjeeling and 80kms from Gangtok (Sikkim).
Till 18th Century Kalimpong was under the rule of Sikkimese rulers. Then it came under the command of the Bhutanese. Finally, in the 19th Century, the British took over Kalimpong and merged it with West Bengal.
Kalimpong-Sites to Visit
While on your tour of Kalimpong, you may visit the Thongsa Gompa, also known as the Bhutanese Monastery. It is the oldest monastery in Kalimpong and was founded in the year 1692. Though the old structure was destroyed by the Gorkhas, it was rebuilt on the same site.
You can also visit the Zong Dog Palri Fo-Brang Gompa, which is on the Durpin hill and is famous for the Tibetan wall paintings, which attract a lot of tourists. It also has a religious debating society along with a school of Tibetan medicine.
There is also the Tharpa Choeling Monastery that was founded in 1937 and belongs to the Gelugpa (yellow hat) sect of Tibetan monastery. This Monastery houses many old scriptures and literary works.
Dr, Graham's Home is 4kms from the town center. It takes about an hour of walking to get there. The mission school was founded by Scottish missionary Dr. John Anderson Graham in 1900. The purpose of the school was to educate children of the tea garden workers and poor laborers.
While in Kalimpong, you can also take a tour to the Sericulture Research Institute, which breeds silk worms and produces high quality silk. There are also other various herbs and plants at the institute. If you like many others, feel the need for protecting the environment and global warming worries you, then head to the Nature Interpretation Center. There you can take a look at the dioramas that depict the ill effects of Man's disregard for Nature. If you are really fond of flowers, orchids in particular, then you can visit numerous nurseries in Kalimpong.
Kalimpong is very famous for its flower production and apparently it produces 80 percent of the total gladioli that is produced in India.
Kalimpong-Sites Near by
You can take a tour to Lava, which is about 32 kms away from kalimpong and is famous for the spectacular view it offers of rechi La and jelep la passes.
Another place is Pedong monastery, which is 26 kms from Kalimpong. It is an old Buddhist monastery, which was established in 1837. If you are an early riser, then you can catch the beautiful sunrise at the Lolay Gaon, which is 56kms from town and offers a great view of the Khangchendzonga.
If you want to shop, head to the Main road, the 10th Mile Market or the Raja dorje Market. You can buy handicrafts, souvenirs, jewelry, and woodwork. At the kalimpong Arts and Crafts center, you can get authentic Lepcha and Bhutanese embroidered work on clothing and purses. You can also get some fresh ginger and honey for yourself, but before you leave do not forget to try the famous Cheese in Kalimpong.
If you really love adventure sports, then this is the perfect place to come for your holidays. You can enjoy white river rafting on Teesta River. Trekking is another outdoor activity you can enjoy. Te place is so beautiful that it is a very good way of seeing wonderful places around the hill station.
Kalimpong- Reaching there
The closest airport to kalimpong is at Bagdogra, which is about 75 kms away. The nearest railhead is at Siliguri, which is 68kms away.
If you rather go by road, then you can opt for a bus, a taxi or hire a jeep from Siliguri or New Jalpaiguri.
Kalimpong-Best time to stay
Best time to take a tour to Kalimpong is between March and mid-June or from September to December.
Kalimpong-Fairs and Festivals
In October, Kalimpong hosts an annual flower festival, which is definitely worth a look.
Make Hill Resorts in India, your travel partner and enjoy your dream vacation at one of the best hill resorts in India.
Mirik- West Bengal
Mirik - Introduction
The Hill resorts India offers online booking of hotels as well as tour packages to Mirik, a pristine hill resort which is far away from the hustle and bustle of the city and is nestled in the forest hills. The tranquility of this delightful spot attracts many tourists and it is claimed that no one ever leaves this hill resort unsatisfied.
The natural beauty of this beautiful hill resort has a rejuvenating effect on the tired urban soul. All the wild flowers, enchanting lakes and flourishing forests of Cryptomaria Japanica trees make Mirik a paradise on earth, and the Kachunjanga as a backdrop adds immense beauty to the whole scenery.
Mirik - Location
Hill resort of Mirik lies between Siliguri and Darjeeling, in the state of West Bengal. It takes a two hours road journey from Siliguri to get to Mirik. The hill resort stands at an altitude of 1,768m in the forested hills of eastern Himalayas.
Mirik - Sites to Visit
The most prominent of tourist spots in Mirik is the Sumendu Lake. It is a man made lake enveloped in a forested ridge, and surrounding it is a flower garden and there is also a floating fountain in its center. Though not for swimming, Sumendu is considered ideal for boating and Fishing.
The temple of Singha Devi or the Devi Sthan is on the west bank of the river and you have to take the bridge over the lake to get there, not only is it frequented by the pious but also the nature lovers. Other temples dedicated to Hanuman, Shiva and Kali Mata can also be visited there. Bokar Gompa is another place of religious importance.
A holiday package usually also includes a tour to the Rameetay Dara, which is ideal for watching the spectacular sunset and the sunrise. Deosi Dara is yet another vantage point in Mirik. One can also take a tour to Rai Dhap, which has a small lake that is the source of potable water in Mirik and is also an ideal picnic spot.
The hill station of Mirik is also quite famous for its oranges, you can move through orange orchards either on foot or hired ponies. One can also take a tour to the cardamom and tea plantations, which add even more to the beauty of the hill resort. The tea plantations can also be visited and many conducted tours to the factories are organized from time to time.
Mirik - Near By Sites
A treat for the nature lover Mirik provides many picnic spots.
Dudia being one of the most famous ones. Treks from Mirik to Sandakphu, Phalut, Kurseong via Balasan River and Namsu are also an option for those willing to try something more adventurous.
Mirik - How to Reach
Mirik is very accessible. Nearest airport to Mirik, Bagdogra is 55 km away. The broad gauge railroad at New Jalpiaguri provides the majority of the traffic to Mirik. It is merely 60 km away. Excellent road network links Mirik with places like Bagdogra, Siliguri, Darjeeling and Kurseong.
Mirik - Best Time To Visit
Mirik is pretty much pleasant through out the year. The temperatures in Mirik usually fluctuate between 13 and 30 degree Celsius. Light tropical woolen garments suffice for the summer and winter garments for the cool winter would keep you comfortable.
Mirik - Where to stay
Swiss Cottages called motels locally are available for accommodation along with other options like tourist lodge, hostels and many hotels.
Hill resorts India offers online booking of rooms at various hotels in Mirik along with tour packages to this great hill resort. If you want to spend your next holiday surrounded by natural beauty and verdant hills then come to Mirik an make Hill resorts India your travel partner.
Darjeeling - West Bengal
|Area||10.57 sq km|
|Altitude||2,134 m above sea level|
|Languages||Bengali, Nepali, Hindi, and English|
|Religion||Hindus (77.95%), Buddhist |
(11.95%), Others (10.1%)
|Annual Mean Rainfall||3,200 mm|
Affectionately called the "Queen of Hill Stations", Darjeeling with its verdant hills, majestic mountains, inviting scenic beauty is one of the most seductive spots in India. Its rich past is evident across the hills resort. Its mesmerizing strategic location and valuable tea trade has made this hill resort in India a much sought-after destination.
It was thanks to the efforts of Lloyd and Grant, two British officers that the Darjeeling came into being as a summer retreat for the employees of the Raj to escape from the heat and dusts of Calcutta now called Kolkata. The two officers who visited the area in 1829 were very much captivated by the beauty of the place and decided to set up a sanitarium for employees of the British Raj.
Darjeeling Sites to Visit
The hill resort of Darjeeling caters to visitors looking for a tranquil setting. Dotted with several places of tourist interest, Darjeeling attracts visitors in greater magnitude.
One of the major attractions for the tourists in the hill resort of Darjeeling, the Yiga Choeling Monastery of Ghoom is dedicated to the Maitreya Buddha, the future Buddha. The monastery also entices those having a penchant for the past. The palm leaf and paper manuscripts found in the monastery is of special significance to the historians.
Another major tourist attraction in Darjeeling is the Natural History Museum, which is a treasure trove of Himalayan mammals, reptiles, birds, insects and butterflies of the region.
Darjeeling is a Mecca for the botanists, animal lover and nature lovers. The hill resort is home to the Lloyd Botanical Garden, which was fine collection of several species of alpines and orchids. The garden is named after William Lloyd who donated the site in 1878. The Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park in Darjeeling has the distinction of being the only center in India where the rare snow leopard is bred. The zoo is also the habitat of the Ussurian tigers, Himalayan black bears, Red Pandas and the Llama of the Andes.
At a distance of 1 km is the famous attraction of the Darjeeling-Rangit Valley ropeway, which offers the incredible view of the Kanchunjungha Peak and bird's eye view of the Darjeeling. This is the longest ropeway in Asia.
Tea plantation is the main livelihood of the people of Darjeeling. No visit to Darjeeling is complete without making a trip to these tea gardens. Added to this, feel the superb ambience of an evening at the Mall in the center of Darjeeling.
Located below the railway station is the Dhirdham Temple, a replica of the famous Pashupatinath Temple of Kathmandu. Some of the other places of interest in Darjeeling are the Observatory hill, Aloobaari Monastery, Bhutia Bustee Monastery and the Ava Art Gallery.
Darjeeling Site Near By
Though Darjeeling is full of many incredible tourist attractions, but within a short trip from this hill resort there are many other outstanding places well worth a visit.
Situated at an altitude of 2,590 meters and 11 kilometers from Darjeeling lies the famous spot of Tiger Hill, which offers the most exotic view of the Kanchenjunga peaks. You can also view other peaks of the Eastern Himalayas such as Mt. Everest, Jannu and Kabru
Set in the lap of Dedo and Durbindra Hills across the Teesta River at a height of 1,250 meters, the dream destination of Kalimpong is noted for its spectacular scenery breathtaking underwater scenery as well as beautiful flower nurseries, monasteries and the handicrafts industry.
Situated at an altitude of 1,458 meters, Kurseong is another hill resort, which is frequented by the visitor while on their way to Siliguri from Darjeeling. The picturesque resort of Mirik lies mid-way between Siliguri and Darjeeling. Located at an altitude of 1,767, Mirik is known famous for its lake, boating facilities and sprawling plantations of pine, cardamom, and oranges.
For the thrill seekers a trip to Phalut, situated at an altitude of 3,600 meters, is a must. The trekkers can have a soul, stirring views of the Himalayas from Phalut.
Darjeeling What to Buy
There is not a shadow of doubt that Darjeeling is a shoppers' paradise. The hill resort is home to Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center the pace where you can purchase gift items and souvenirs.
Darjeeling Adventure Sports
There's a wide choice of Darjeeling holidays for people seeking adventure and action. Darjeeling has the distinction of being the first hill station where was organized trekking by Dr. Hooker in the 1840s. The spectacular panoramic views of Everest and Kanchenjunga peaks have been tempting adventure seekers from different parts of the world.
Darjeeling How to Reach
Bagdogra is the nearest airport as well as the railway station to the hill resort of Darjeeling. Bus service connects Darjeeling with Siliguri. There is an excellent network of roads linking Darjeeling to Kalimpong and Bagdogra. The nearest bus station to Darjeeling is at Siliguri.
Darjeeling Best Time to Visit
The months of March-May or September-November are the best time to visit Darjeeling.
Darjeeling Where to Stay
An extensive range of accommodations awaits the visitor in Darjeeling from the exclusive luxury hotels with all the modern comforts, to budget hotels and intimate inns.
Darjeeling offers good and hygienic food at affordable price. The hill station is home to a large number of restaurants and eateries that suits to requirements of the tourists.
Darjeeling Fairs and Festivals
The Teesta Tea and Tourism Festival is an annual festival that is celebrated with much fanfare in Darjeeling during the months of December-January.
Chamba- Himachal Pradesh
|Annual Mean Rainfall||785.84 mm|
|Best time to visit||March-June|
The town of temples
Located in the picturesque valley, Chamba is a beautiful town in Himachal Pradesh. Chamba is a town of temples and scenic locations. The architecture of the temples at Chamba is marvellous and tells the story of the erstwhile Chamba rulers.
Chamba is one of the beautiful hill resorts in India and can be toured between March and June.
Chamba was once ruled by the Rajput rulers in the 6th century AD and made Chamba city as the capital. Later Raja Shail Verman founded the town and named it Chamba after his daughter Champavati. Chamba was also ruled by the Mughals. Later the town came under the Sikh kingdom.
Places to visit
Chamba is home to a number of temples and they make a wonderful tourist attraction. The Laxmi Narayan Temple Complex is a must visit place in Chamba. The architecture of the temples is wonderful and reflect the beautiful art of that era when the temples were built in the 10th century. The other temples that one can visit include Hari Rai Temple, Champavati, Vajreshwari, Sui Mata and Chamunda Devi.
Rangmahal is the old palace that one can visit. The other palace that one can visit is Akhand Chandi Palace. This palace is named after Bhuri Singh of Chamba. Chamba also has an old church-St. Andrew's Church.
There are a number of beautiful tourist spots around Chamba that one can visit that include Dalhousie, Khajjiar and Bharmaur. One can visit Dalhousie, which is a beautiful hill station 43 kilometres from Chamba. Khajjiar and Bharmaur are other two beautiful stations around Chamba that one can visit.
Fairs and festivals
The Chamaba Valley comes alive during the festive season. The Sui Mata festival is one of most important festivals that take place in the month of March/April. The festival is an ideal time to visit Chamba if you want to get a feel of the valley. The festival is celebrated for four days. The Minjar festival is other festival that is celebrated in July/August.
Handicrafts and brass antiques are two wonderful items that you can shop for in Chamba on your tour to Chamba.
How to reach
Chamba is about 580 kilometres from Delhi. The closest railhead to Chamba is Pathankot, which is 118 kilometres from Chamba. The nearest airport is in Kangra.
Places to eat
Chmaba has quiet few eating joints that serve sumptuous local delicacies. You can try Chuk-Chilli Sauce, which is a mixture of green and red peppers, lime juice, mustard oil and salt.
Dalhousie- Himachal Pradesh
An enchanting hill resort in the Himalayan state of Himachal Pradesh, Dalhousie is a destination straight out of a dream. The first thing visitors to Dalhousie appreciate is its spectacular scenic grandeur. As tranquility rule the roost in this superb hill resort.
A popular summer retreat among the holidaymakers, Dalhousie is a paradise of unspoilt nature.
Located in the Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas, Dalhousie offers mesmerizing views of the majestic mountains and the rice fields.
Credit for discovering Dalhousie goes to the British governor-general Lord Dalhousie, who found this hill station in 1854. Dalhousie is the gateway to the Chamba Valley. It soon developed the summer retreat of the British who were attracted by its enchanting beauty.
Dalhousie Sites to Visit
The hill resort of Dalhousie is spread across the five hills of Portreyn, Tehra, Kathlog, Bakrota and Balun. Figure of Eight of Portreyn, Subhash Chowk, Gandhi Chowk, the vintage point of Kalatope, Kalatope and Panchpulla or the Five Bridges, Satdhara, Dainkund are the places of interest in Dalhousie India.
Dalhousie Sites Near By
Apart from being a place of major tourist attractions, Dalhousie is also a stating point for visiting a number of superb nearby places well worth a visit.
Khajjiar is situated at a distance of 7 kilometers from Dalhousie and a paradise for the nature lovers and the adventure seekers. Chamba, Palampur, Baijnath, Bir, Billing McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala and Triund are other nearby attractions of Dalhousie India.
There is not a shadow of doubt that Dalhousie is a shoppers' paradise. Specialties of the hill resort include shawls, chappals, cane baskets, woolens and dolls.
Dalhousie How to Reach
The nearest railhead is at Pathankot at a distance of 80 km from the hill resort of Dalhousie. Regular buses and taxis connect Pathankot with Dalhousie India.
Dalhousie Where to Stay
Dalhousie offers a superb selection of accommodation with incredible picturesque locations. You can stay where you can enjoy sightseeing and luxury at its best. The accommodation options in the hill resort are varied and cater to the all budgets. The food in Dalhousie is delicious and very reasonably priced.
|Area||11.9 sq km|
|Best Time to Visit||April-June and September-November|
Almora - Location
Almora is one of the most popular hill stations of Uttaranchal. It is one of the five districts in the newly carved state of the Uttaranchal. It is also known as the cultural capital of Kumaon. Almora is on a three-mile long horse-saddle shaped ridge and is surrounded by hill ranges on all four sides by hill ranges. All the four ranges have the temples on the top of their peak. These temples are of goddesses Banari Devi, Kasar Devi, Sayahi Devi and the temple of Sun god.
Almora - Weather
Almora is situated at an altitude of 1,638 meters. The climate in Almora can be described as moderate. The summers are warm in the morning and pleasant in the evenings. The winters are cold and sunny during the daytime while the nights are very cold with snowfall a couple of time during the season.
Almora - Origin
Almora was the seat of power of the Chand Dynasty who ruled the land of Kumaon for almost one thousand years. An interesting fact about the discovery of Almora is that unlike other hill stations, it was not discovered and developed by the British. The Katyuri Dynasty ruled the region around Almora from the 9th century AD. Raja Balo Kalyan Chand made Almora as his new capital in 1568 AD, when he transferred his capital from Champawat to Almora. The Chands occupied Almora till the 19th century AD. The rivers Kosi and Suyal flow through Almora providing a natural barrier. There is an interesting local legend about the discovery of Almora. Raja Kalyan Chand, the ruler of the Chand Dynasty was riding on the horseshoe shaped spur in the pursuit of a prey. The hunted quarry protected its life by taking refuge behind the thick bushes of Kilgore, a local wild bush and revealed the place to the king. The story might not be corroborated by any literary or archaeological evidences but continues to be told by the locals. The Gorkhas captured Almora in 1798 AD and finally British took it over from the Gorkhas after the Gorkha wars of 1814-1815.
Almora - To See
Almora is surrounded by the mighty Himalayas, known as the king of the mountains and the abode of the gods. It is a very famous hill station. Almora is a good place to enjoy the spectacular view of the snow-capped mountains of the central Himalayas. There are some beautiful and interesting places to visit in and around Almora. The temple of Nanda Devi is 1000-year old temple and is one of the main attractions of Almora. a festival is held every year where youth from different region come to participate in this dance festival. The Chitai temple is 8 km away from the main city. The people of Kumaon have strong faith in the local god Golu. The temple of Chitai is dedicated to him. It is visited by thousands of Kumaonis living in Kumaon or outside. People write letters to the god to fulfill their desires and in return they hang bells in the temple. You can see several thousand bells hanging all around the temple. The 800-year old Sun Temple at Katarmal is 7 km from Almora. It is exceptional for its architecture and intricate carvings. It is one of the few sun temples of Uttaranchal and probably the biggest group in Uttaranchal. Jageshwar is 34 km away from Almora. There is a group of almost 125 temples dating back to 7th to 11th century AD. The majority of the temples are dedicated to Lord Shiva and a few to various goddesses. The group of temples is situated amidst a dense Deodar forest. Jageshwar is considered as one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Shiva.
Almora - Getaway
Almora has attracted many people including famous personalities and dignitaries. Swami Vivekananda visited Almora at the turn of this century. The famous lectures 'From Almora To Colombo' quotes that he was spellbound by the beauty of the mountains here as much as by the ocean at Kanyakumari. The headquarters of the Ramakrishna Mission was earlier located at Mayawati Ashram then in Almora. Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore came here to spend his summers to forget the personal loss of a beloved child and found the environs of the hill station salubrious. The internationally acclaimed dance choreographer Udaya Shankar fell in love with this place and set up a cultural center here. Sitar player Ravi Shankar, artist Zohra Sehgal, the film star Guru Dutt, painter Brewster, mystic Lama Govinda and scientist Boshi Sen have stayed and enjoyed the natural beauty of Almora. Jawaharlal Nehru served a term of imprisonment in the Jail at Almora during the British rule. He had left behind an elaborate account of the pleasures of solitude and the varied moods of nature in his various letters written from this place to his daughter.
There are quite a few hill stations to visit near Almora. Binsar is situated 30 km from Almora. You can have an unobstructed view of the important mountain peaks of Uttaranchal from here. Binsar has been made a sanctuary. The entire area is various species of exotic flora and fauna. Ranikhet is almost 35 km from Almora. It was one's the British cantonment and you will find buildings of the British period even today. There are several places to visit at Ranikhet. Bageshwar is 90 km from Almora and is a newly made district. There is an ancient and famous temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and is situated on the banks of the confluence of two rivers Gomati and Saryu. Baijnath is a small town famous for a group of temples. It is a small distance away from Bageshwar. Kausani is a small hill station mid way between Almora and Bageshwar. Mahatma Gandhi spent three weeks in the Anakshakti Ashram in this small hill station and described it as the Switzerland of India. The view of the snowline is spectacular from here. Sitalakhet is a small hill resort, which is yet unexplored. There is the temple of Sayahi Devi on the top of a mountain peak.
By Air - The nearest airport is at Pant Nagar, district Udham Singh Nagar. Regular flights operate during the summer. By Rail - The nearest railhead for Almora is Kathgodam. By Road - Almora is well connected by road with all the important cities.
Almora - Accommodation
There are Hotels, Inspection Bungalows, Private Cottages available to suit all types of budgets.
Tawang- Arunachal Pradesh
Tawang - LocationTawang is located at an altitude of 3500 m above the sea level in Arunachal Pradesh. It covers the area of 2085 sq km and is surrounded by Tibet in the north, Bhutan in the southwest, Kameng in the east and is separated from the west by Sela ranges.
Tawang - Origin
Tawang was at part of the Kingdom of Tibet during the medieval times. It was ruled by the local tribal rulers from time to time. It was declared as the off-limits area in 1873 AD. The area around Tawang was the reason of disagreement between India and China after the Independence of India in 1947. Tawang was invaded by the Chinese army in 1962 but they later withdrew.
Tawang is called by several names like the Beautiful Land of Monpas, the Hidden Paradise and land of Dawn-lit Mountains. The name Tawang probably has some bearing with the local surroundings. The local people believe that Merak Lama gave the name Tawang to this hill resort in the 17th century AD.
Tawang - To See
Tawang has landscapes, history, religion and architecture to offer to its tourists. Tawang has countless monasteries and nunneries; up teem lakes, several waterfalls and hot water springs. The place is perfect for religious as well as adventure tourism amidst unexplored scenic beauty. Tawang Ganden Namgyal Lhaste, popularly known as the Tawang or Gompa Monastery, is a 400 years old Mahayana Sect Buddhist Monastery. It was built during the 17th century AD by Mera Lama, a contemporary of the 5th Lama. It is situated at a height of 3500 m near the Buddhist border. It is a place worth paying a visit because of the collection of huge scriptures, books, gold lettered Buddhist scriptures, images and tapestries. The Parkhang Hall of the monastery has the library with the rare hand-written and block-painted thankas or manuscripts of revered books like Tangun, Kangyur and Sungbhum. The 108 gold-embossed manuscripts of the 'Teaching of Lord Buddha' and 225 volumes of the explanations of Buddha's teachings covered with specially designed moth - proof silk adorned with paintings are the other rare works of Buddhist literature. The18 ft high gilded statue of the Buddha in the monastery complex is also worth watching. The festival of Torgya is held in the 11th Monpa month called the Dawa Chukchipah in the Tawang Monastery. A Craft Center here produces fine woolen carpets in various colorful designs.
Urqelling Monastery is the birthplace of the 6th Dalai Lama who is the only Indian to have risen to such a high position in Gelupka Sect of Buddhism so far. These monasteries along with several other monasteries and nunneries are visited by several tourist from all over the world all the year round. Tawang is popular haunt for several adventure sports. The rivers Tawang-Chu and Namjang-Chu are ideal for river-rafting activities. There is also an option for rock-climbing, paragliding, skating and other winter sport activities.
Tawang - Getting There
By Air: The nearest airport to Tawang is at Tezpur, Assam. There are daily flights of Indian Airlines, jet Airways and Sahara Airlines up to Guwahati.
By Rail: The nearest railhead to Tawang is at Rangapara, Assam.
By Road: The nearest bus station is at Bomdila. It is well connected with other towns by buses.
Tawang - Accommodation
There are several hotels and tourists lodge around Tawang, which are according to the budgets of the tourists. You can try and savor authentic Tibetan food at Tawang Arunachal Pradesh.
Hill Resorts in India offers online booking of hotel rooms and holiday packages to Panhala. Come to this beautiful hill station in Maharashtra and enjoy a perfect break from the noise and pollution of the city. Leave behind the fast-paced life of urban centers and enjoy a stress free holiday in Panhala with Hill Resorts in India.
Panhala lies on the Sahyadri Mountain Range and is situated in the Kolhapur district of Maharashtra. It is about 22 km to the northwest of Kolhapur on the Kolhapur-Ratnagiri road and is at an altitude of 3177 feet above sea level.
Panhala-Sites to Visit
Almost all the holiday packages to Panhala include a tour to Ambarkhana. The Ambarkhana was built by the Marathas and it houses the palace, the administrative division and the granary. The granaries were necessary since grain needed to be stored in case of famines and other calamities. You can also take a look at the Teen Darwaja, which are three gates that provide access to the fort.
If you are on a tour to Panhala, you can check out Sajja Kothi, which was built by the Mohammedans in 1008 AD. There is a very interesting story related to this fort. Many say that when Siddi Johar, who was a Bijapur general, attacked the fort, Shivaji escaped from the window while Shiva Kashid, in the disguise of Shivaji fought bravely with Siddi Johar.
Another place one can visit is the Ambabai temple, where you can pay respect to the Goddess. Sambhaji temple is another place you can visit, which was built in the memory of Sambhaji, as the name itself suggests.
There is also the Someshwar tank and Andhar Bav. Do not forget to visit the Nayakini Sajja, at Panhala, It is a great thing to see, to understand the warfare strategy used by the Marathas to deceive their foes. It was located next to one of the corners of the fort to hide the ravine or moat. When the enemies tried to climb over the particular corner, they would fall into the ravine. There are also other places in Panhala that you could visit besides all these wonderful places.
Panhala-How to Reach
The airport nearest to Panhala, is the Kolhapur airport, which is at a distance of 35km from the hill station.
If you wish to travel by road, there are frequent buses between Kolhapur and Panhala. As for the railway station, the Kolhapur railway station is only 26 km from Panhala.
Panhala-Best time to visit
The weather of Panhala is great, especially for people with ailments. The perfect time to visit Panhala is from October to December. The temperature usually ranges from 25-32 degree Celsius to 20-24 degree Celsius during the rainy season.
Panhala-Where to stay
Though there are many hotels, three good options are Hotel Hill Top, Hotel Valley View and the MTDC Station at Panhala.
Hill Resorts in India offers online booking for hotels in Panhala and also several tour or holiday packages to the hill station. Spend your holiday in a beautiful hill resort in Maharashtra and enjoy a holiday experience that you would never want to forget.