Saturday, May 31, 2014

9 Best Train Journeys in the World

In a modern world where traveling between destinations is viewed as a waste of time and resources, it is hard to actually comprehend the beauty of some of the most spectacular rides on the planet. Far less comfortable, yet far more beautiful and interesting, the time spent between two destinations is equally captivating and offers many sights and sounds.
While we are very much in a century where we have ‘no time to stand and stare’, there are still some awesome train rides across the globe where the trip itself turns into a destination. So how about hopping on these 10 grand train journeys?
Glacier Express
Arguably the slowest ‘express’ on the planet, the 180 mile ride on this delightful route takes a good 8 hours. Not that we are complaining about the pace as this offers you loads of time to catch a glimpse of the magical panorama that lies on its path, which links the two mountain resorts of St. Moritz and Zermatt in the Swiss Alps. 291 bridges, 91 tunnels and an altitude of 6,670 feet make this train ride similar to an expedition through fairyland.
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Spectacular, stunning and picture perfect, this is a trip that the shutter bugs will really love!
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
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Linking some of the best cities of Europe including London, Venice, Rome, Budapest or Prague, the Orient Express is the most charming way to travel on tracks. With scores of movies, novels and romantic Hollywood scenes captured on this luxurious trip, this is one for those with deep pockets. The three day trip past the beautiful countryside of France, Switzerland and Austria will cost well over 2,000 Euros for the old-age charm of the Orient Express.
Pride of Africa
The Pride of Africa is a train journey that no nature lover should ever miss if they wish to explore the beauty, majesty and the hidden grandeur of the spectacular Dark Continent at a leisurely pace. Apart from the impeccable comfort it has to offer, the once in a year trip planned on the ‘Pride of Africa’ will take you on a 14-day epic expedition through Cape Town, Dar Es Salaam, Kimberley, Pretoria, the Kruger National Park, Beit Bridge, Bulawayo, Victoria Falls, Lusaka and through Tanzania to Dar Es Salaam.
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Billed as the most luxurious train in the world, you’d better not lose the opportunity if you’re planning a romantic vacation through the heart of Southern Africa.
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While not many will really be happy with the fact that you get to spend plenty of time in the Eurostar under the sea, it sure offers a great mix of comfort and class. Apart from getting you to your chosen destination in a pretty short time, it is a much better option compared to choosing the flight between London and Paris. Innovative …
Flam Railway
Remember the awesome Norwegian Fjords? Well, here is a train ride through the world’s longest fjord Sognefjord, where on a 20 kilometer trip you’ll get to see an amazing descent from an altitude of almost 3,000 feet into the fjords of Flam. The ride looks both enthralling and hair-raising with its narrow passage way and the unforgettable sights.
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A popular tourist attraction in Norway, this is all about exploring unadulterated beauty of nature at a leisurely pace.
Palace on Wheels
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Step on the Palace on Wheels and you will find exactly what you have been promised with the name. The train that starts from Delhi in India and ends up in the royal state of Rajasthan, offers complete luxury on tracks, much like the pampering enjoyed by royal kings in the days long gone. Just to roll back time, a steam engine is used to pull the train initially out of Delhi, adding further to the experience. An elephant welcome in Jaipur, lunch at the Lake Palace in Udaipur, a camel safari near Jaisalmer and an afternoon at the Taj Mahal; the Palace on Wheels is the most comfortable way to explore India.
Eastern & Oriental Express
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Stretching between the ultra-modern Singapore and Bangkok, and traveling through lush green tropical forests, the Eastern and Oriental Express is modern, stylish and comfortable.
Apart from all the delights it offers in terms of cuisine and hospitality, the train journey presents a perfect window into South-East Asia, its changing topography and the contrast between its urban present and its naturally-endowed past.
Royal Scotsman
If you are getting on board the Royal Scotsman, then you must have really deep pockets – it’s the most expensive train ride on the planet. Just consider the fact that a 4-day trip on the Royal Scotsman costs more than an entire 19-day first-class trip on the Trans-Siberian, and you will get the idea. The observation car accommodates 36 passengers (yes, only 36 passengers allowed) in comfortable armchairs along with cabins specially designed for dining and other purposes.
The train pulls over at night when you need to sleep and while the trip offers a great passage through little known waterfalls, mountains and valleys, it is obviously not for everyone.
Trans-Siberian Railway
There is hardly any doubt that a 6000 mile ride across the vastness of Russia that carries you over a distance of one-third the planet is the grand daddy of them all. The Trans-Siberian train ride is a journey that has already achieved a mythical status for the vastness it encompasses and the magnitude of brilliance that it has in store.
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From Vladivostok across Siberia to Moscow and then to St. Petersburg, the 19-day ride offers more than you could ever find on any other train. Carriages once used by the Politburo are fitted with two bedrooms, a bathroom and a sitting/dining-room, complete with private chef. Carrying you in comfort across seven time zones, this is the ultimate experience on tracks.
It is a unique feeling to carry home when your whole journey becomes your destination as there is never a dull moment on your trip. Instead of waiting for fun and good times to start rolling as you sit in your airline seat, the great train journeys turn every moment into a memory you can cherish for a lifetime.
Have you checked our follow-up article about 9 more amazing journeys on tracks?

Golden Triangle Trip -


Day 01: Arrival– Delhi
Arrival at Delhi Airport by our representative (Holding Guest Name Play Card) meet & greet, later transfer to hotel. Then city tour of New Delhi & Old Delhi covering Birla Temple, India gate, PM House, Humayun's Tomb, Red fort, Qutab Minar, Gandhi memorial, Jama Masjid and chandni chowk (by walk or Cycle Riksha)-one of the main oldest market of the delhi. Overnight stay at hotel. Day 02: Delh-Sikandra-Agra 205 km / 5 hrs
After breakfast proceed to Agra, on the way visit Sikandra, - the Mausoleum of great Mughal Emperor Akbar. On arrival Agra check into hotel, later city tour of agra Visit Taj Mahal-The symbol of Love, Agra Fort. Overnight stay at hotel. After breakfast proceed to agra, on the way visit sikandra, on arrival agra check in at hotel, later city tour of agra visit taj mahal and agra fort. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 03 :Agra-Fatehpur Sikri-Jaipur- 235 Km/5 hrs
after breakfast proceed for Jaipur, on the way visit Fatehpur sikri- Akbar Old Capital, buland darwaza (world largest Entrance gate) and Shrine of Sheik Salim Chisti. On arrival Jaipur check-into hotel. Evening visit (optionally) chokhi-dhani (ethnic resort) enjoy rajasthani food, cultural program, folk dance & etc. overnight stay at hotel. Day 04: Jaipur
After breakfast proceed for excursion to amber fort in the outskirts of jaipur, Elephant ride (Optionally) ascent to the fort. Amber Fort- is the classic romantic rajasthan fort palace. Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592. later visit water palace, City Palace-Museum, Jantar Mantar-Observatory, hawa mahal, albert hall and birla temple. overnight at the hotel.

Day 05: Jaipur Or Delhi- Tour Completed
Breakfast at hotel and in time transfer to Jaipur Or Delhi airport for your flight to your own destination tour completed with sweet memories.

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Hans Plaza
The Uppal
Bhoomi Residensy
Mansingh Palace
Grand Imperial
Nahargarh Haveli
Sarovar Portico

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Wonderful Marvels of India Golden Triangle Tour Packages

India is one of the most preferred lands of the world, which is gifted a number of attractive attractions such as historical monuments, Forts, Havelis, backwaters, Hill stations, hotels, wildlife parks, national parks and many more. The diverse geography of India and the climatic condition of the country makes India rich in natural beauty. The most beautiful and charming country of India is a vast country which one cannot visit completelyin one time or one tour package.  So, tourists like to choose the tour options as per their interest and desire. If you want to explore the natural beauty. is one of hot selling in packages available in India to explore rich cultural, historical and heritage attractions of India. Most tour operators and travel agents promote this tour package at great level. It is highly recommended package especially for first time tourists in India. Golden triangle is one of the most sought after tourist circuits in northern India that covers three historic and historical cities of India.

This tour starts of in Delhi and the proceeds to the other 2 cities. However, this is but a taste of what India's rich culture and heritage is all about. It leaves you wanting more. Therefore there are numerous additional packages that can allow you to see more of this beautiful country.

                As well as monumental splendor of India, choose the most preferred tour package of India, which is golden triangle tour package. It covers the three major tourist destinations of India such as Delhi, Agra and Jaipur that's why it is named golden triangle tour. Thus, you will facilitate an access to history of India in Delhi like the Red fort and India Gate, while the culture of India can be lived in Agra for which the TajMahal stands as a symbol, and the diversity of India can be felt in Jaipur once you make your visit to the forts there, and due to which it is popularly known as the 'pink city' of the incredible India. offers affordable Golden Triangle Tour the website helps you to select best tourist destination in India. If You want to cover whole India and taste the culture its better to select GoldenTriangle Tour Of India

There are several golden triangle tour packages available on the Web, which will lure you to plan a tour to the three cities without any pause. Prefer the one that suits your requirements and move on to a tour.


If you wish to experience the unique traditions and culture of India in a completely unique style then go for Golden Triangle India. Plan Best Golden Triangle Tour now and avail great offers on Golden Triangle Tour Package offered by Tour Golden, a subsidiary of Tour my India to explore best attractions of incredible India. Read More :-

Monday, August 12, 2013

Why you should travel in group tours to see Pushkar, Jaisalmer and Udaipur?

Rajasthan is one of the largest state & most amazing states of India. is among the most visited tourist destinations in India. It has been the living place for kings; hence, visitors come here from overseas to have a glimpse at the majestic forts and mahals of kings. Centers of attraction in Rajasthan include Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Udaipur, Chittorgarh, and Jaisalmer; hence, these cities are the part of Rajasthan tour.  The state possesses historical forts, majestic palaces, magnificent monuments, beautiful lakes and gardens. The Rajasthan tour packages provide a fascinating experience which is to be cherished forever.
Jaipur, the Pink city is the capital of Rajasthan and close to Delhi; hence, most of the tourists come here through Delhi.  Rajasthan - the place is renowned as a princely state whose states have been ruled by various Maharajas and Kings. The historical monuments depict the story of the regal era. Each and every fort and palace has its own story to say. The Rajasthan tour packages offered by various tour and travel agencies offer an exquisite visit to blissful destinations of this magical state.  it has been the state of kings, living style, food habits, etc. is totally different here making people to arrange special Rajasthan tour packages to explore the royal living here. People of Rajasthan wear colorful dresses and their food is really attractive for taste buds. For those who want to insight the architecture of forts and palaces, that cannot be seen anywhere else in this world, must select the Rajasthan tour packages offering visit to all cities of this Royal place.

Rajasthan is famous for rich heritage, colorful culture, exciting desert safaris, heritage properties, wild-life, fair & festivals, adventure sports, tribal life, music & dance, architecture, cuisine, peoples, religion, handicrafts and luxury train "Palace on wheel". In Rajasthan a tour package covers all the tourist destinations. Rajasthan has immense tourism opportunities and Rajasthan tourism offers various tour packages with lots of variation. The palaces of Jaipur, lakes of Udaipur, and desert forts of Jodhpur, Bikaner & Jaisalmer are the major tourist destination of Rajasthan. In Rajasthan various old and abandoned palaces and forts have been transformed into heritage hotels and play an important role to boost the economy of the state.
Camel Safari Tours, Cultural Tours & Travels, Golden Triangle Tours, Desert Expedition, Rural tourism, Adventure tourism, etc are some other popular packages for Rajasthan tourism. So choose a package that fits and your needs & budget and make your trip to this vibrant and colorful land memorable

Enjoy your India Travel Package with us. Many of historical places and monuments are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites due to their cultural significance. A visit to historical places of this country will take you a wonderful tip in time to ancient India. The architectural grandeur of magnificent monuments and terrific temples will never fail to stun you. For more information

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Top 10 Hill Stations of India

Top 10 hill Stations of India


Manali (alt. 1,950 m or 6,398 ft), in the Beas River valley, is an important hill station in the mountains of
Himachal Pradesh, India, near the northern end of the Kullu Valley. It is located about 250 kilometres (155 mi) north of
state capital, Shimla.Manali is administratively a part of the Kullu district, with population of approx. 30,000.
The small town was the beginning of an ancient trade route to Ladakh and, from there, over the Karakoram Pass on to Yarkand
and Khotan in the Tarim Basin.Manali and the surrounding area is of great significance to Indian culture and heritage as
it is said to be the home of the Saptarshi, or Seven Sages.

Manali is a cosmopolitan town. People from different parts of India have settled here.The climate in Manali is predominantly
cold during winters, and moderately cool during summers. The temperatures range from 4 °C (39 °F) to 30 °C (86 °F) over
the year. The average temperature during summer is between 14 °C (57 °F) and 20 °C (68 °F), and between -7 °C (19.4 °F)
and 10 °C (50 °F) in the winter.

Main Places:
Naggar Fort:South of Manali is a reminder from the Pala Empire. Made from rocks, stones, and elaborate wood carvings,
it is an ensemble of the rich and elegant art works of Himachal. The castle was later converted to a hotel and is
currently under Himachal Tourism.

Hidimba Devi Temple:Erected in 1553, is dedicated to the local deity Hadimba, wife of the Pandava prince, Bhim.
The temple is noted for its four-store pagoda and exquisite wooden carvings.

Rahla waterfalls: lie some 27 km (17 mi) from Manali at the start of the climb to the Rohtang Pass, are the beautiful
Rahla Falls at an altitude of 2,501 m (8,205 ft).

Solang valley:Popularly known as Snow Point, is 13 km northwest of Manali.

Manikaran: located about 45 km. from kullu on the way to Manali is known for its hot spring near the river Parvati.


Shimla formerly known as Simla, is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh. In 1864, Shimla was declared the summer capital
of the British Raj in India. A popular tourist destination, Shimla is often referred to as the “Queen of Hills,” a term
coined by the British. Located in the north-west Himalayas at an average altitude of 2,205 metres (7,234 ft), the
city of Shimla, draped in forests of pine, rhododendron, and oak, experiences pleasant summers and cold, snowy winters.
The city is famous for its buildings styled in tudorbethan and neo-gothic architecture dating from the colonial era.
Shimla is connected to the city of Kalka by one of the longest narrow gauge railway routes still operating in India,
the Kalka-Shimla Railway. Shimla is approximately 115 km (71.4 miles) from Chandigarh, the nearest major city, and 365 km
(226.8 miles) from New Delhi, the national capital. The city is named after the goddess Shyamala Devi, an incarnation of
the Hindu Goddess Kali.

Main Places:

The Mall: The Mall is the main shopping street of Shimla. It also has many restaurants, clubs, banks, bars, Post Offices
and tourist offices. The Gaiety Theatre is also situated there. People walk up and down the Mall slowly, stopping to gossip,
as it is the main meeting place for everyone. The Ridge and Scandal point are the two main meeting points at the Mall.
The mall is dotted with many eating places .The most famous among them is Trishul bakery which is known for its pastries.

Christ Church: Situated on the Ridge, Christ Church is the second oldest church in Northern India. It has a very majestic
appearance and inside there are stained glass windows which represent faith, hope, charity, fortitude, patience and humility.
Christ Church is a place all visitors should spend some time in.

Jakhu Hill: 2 km from Shimla, at a height of 8000 ft, Jakhu Hill is the highest peak and offers a beautiful view of the
town and of the snow-covered Himalayas. At the top of the Hill, is an old temple of Lord Hanuman, which is also the home of
countless playful monkeys waiting to be fed by all visitors.

Shimla State Museum: The Museum, which was opened in 1974, has tried to protect hill-out and the cultural wealth of the
state. There is a collection of miniature Pahari paintings, sculptures, bronzes wood-carvings and also costumes, textiles.


Gulmarg is a town, a hill station and a notified area committee in Baramula district in the Indian area of
Jammu and Kashmir.Gulmarg is located 52 km from Srinagar.Gulmarg can be accessed from Srinagar (the capital of Kashmir)
in about 2 hours by car or bus. The buses will reach Tangmarg in about 1 hour. From Tangmarg, for the 13 km hill road,
jeeps can be hired for reaching Gulmarg hilltop in about 30 minutes. Some searches and identity checks may take place
about 5 km before Gulmarg. The last jeep down from Gulmarg is available at sunset.

Gulmarg has around 40 hotels of all grades. The peak season starts with the snow fall in December and lasts until June.
The charges for one night stay in off season range between Rs500 – Rs5000+. The off-season rates may have a discount of
about 60% in some of the hotels only.

According to CNN, Gulmarg is the “heartland of winter sports in India.” As such, The Gulmarg Health Resort has been rated
by CNN International as Asia’s seventh best ski destination.This resort is famous because of its “Gulmarg Gondola,”
the highest cable car in the world, reaching 3,979 metres.


Srinagar is the capital of the northernmost Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is situated in Kashmir Valley and
lies on the banks of the Jhelum River, a tributary of the Indus. While not the largest, it is one of the biggest cities
in India without a Hindu majority.[4] The city is famous for its lakes and houseboats. It is also known for traditional
Kashmiri handicrafts and dry fruits. It is also the headquarters of Srinagar district.

The city is located on both the sides of the Jhelum River, which is called Vyath in Kashmir. The river passes through
the city and meanders through the valley, moving onward and deepening in the Wular Lake. The city is famous for its nine
old bridges, connecting the two parts of the city.

Tourism is the most significant segment of the city’s economy. The city of Srinagar is a gateway to some of the most
scenic and beautiful places of the Indian subcontinent. The hill station and skiing resort Gulmarg is 50 km from the city.
For decades, tourism has been contributing massively to the economy of the city, but it has been adversely affected on
account of insurgent activities by certain elements.The areas on the outskirts of Srinagar are also famous for their natural
beauty. Also in this area lies the Muzaffarabad Cantonement, which is the main cantonement of the Indian Army in Srinagar
District(the name of the Cantt. is often confused with Muzaffarabad city which is a separate city in Pakistan Occupied
Kashmir.Srinagar is well known for its lakes. Dal Lake is known for its houseboats. Nagin Lake is another famous lake
in the city.

Srinagar has several gardens which are part of the several such gardens laid by the Mughal emperors across the Indian
subcontinent, and which are known as Mughal gardens.The Tulip Gardens have been recently opened to public by Mrs Sonia
Gandhi. The gardens has rows of Tulips of different colurs and shades.


Dalhousie is a Municipal Town and popular tourist spot in Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh State, India.Dalhousie
experiences winter-like cold climate throughout the year. Heavy rain with thunder showers are experienced during the
period from June to September. In May–July it is usually warm in the morning and afternoon but gets cold early in the
evening and quite cold at night. The weather becomes very cold during winter and if it rains. Dalhousie also experiences
snow during the peak of winter period in December and January. Being a hill station, Dalhousie is famous for its salubrious

As a hill station, Dalhousie accommodates many Boarding Schools. Children from Punjab and Haryana are the majority of
students in the schools.

Dalhousie has many places to visit. A favorite spot for tourists is the area near Alla. It is a potato field and it
offers mesmerizing scenic landscape. Another popular spot is the area of Karelanu. It is famous for its precious water
which healed a great leader, Subhash Chandra Bose. He was suffering from tuberculosis and he regularly drank the water
from the natural spring there and he was healed.

Important Areas:

.Gandhi Chowk
.Bakrota Hills
.Dalhousie Cantonment
.Sadar Bazar
.Tibetan Market

Rohtang Pass

Rohtang Pass is a high mountain pass on the eastern Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas some 51 km (32 mi) from Manali.
It connects the Kullu Valley with the Lahaul and Spiti Valleys of Himachal Pradesh, India.

The pass provides a natural divide between the sub-humid/humid Kullu Valley with a primarily Hindu culture (in the south),
and the arid/semi-arid high-altitude Lahaul and Spiti valleys with a Buddhist culture (in the north). The pass lies on the
watershed between the Chenab and Beas Basins. On the southern side of this pass, the Beas River emerges from underground
and flows southward and on its northern side, the Chandra River, a source stream of the river Chenab, flows westward.

The pass is open from May to November. It is not particularly high or difficult to cross on foot by Himalayan standards,
but it has a well-deserved reputation for being dangerous because of unpredictable snowstorms and blizzards.

This pass is an ancient trade route between the people on either side of Pir Panjal. The local name for this pass is a
generic name of pass. There are many other passes in Lahaul and Spiti which have specific names . This is suggestive of
the fact that this must have been the oldest and most frequented pass in the region, or the fact that it is the main pass
leading from one cultural region (Indian) to another, quite different one, to the north.

Lahaul and Spiti

The district of Lahaul-Spiti in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh consists of the two formerly separate districts of
Lahaul and Spiti. The present administrative centre is Keylong in Lahaul. Before the two districts were merged, Kardang was
the capital of Lahaul, and Dhankar the capital of Spiti.

The two valleys are quite different in character. Spiti is more barren and difficult to cross, with an average elevation
of the valley floor of 4,270 m (14,009 ft). It is enclosed between lofty ranges, with the Spiti river rushing out of a
gorge in the southeast to meet the Sutlej River. It is a typical mountain desert area with an average annual rainfall of
only 170 mm (6.7 inches).

The natural scenery and Buddhist monasteries, such as Ki, Dhankar, Shashur, Guru Ghantal and Tayul Gompas, are the main
tourist attractions of the region.One of the most interesting places is the Tabo Monastery, located 45 km from Kaza,
Himachal Pradesh, the capital of the Spiti region. This monastery rose to prominence when it celebrated its thousandth
year of existence in 1996. It houses a collection of Buddhist scriptures, Buddhist statues and Thangkas. The ancient gompa
is finished with mud plaster, and contains several scriptures and documents. Lama Dzangpo heads the gompa here. There is a
modern guest house with a dining hall and all facilities are available.

Spiti is one of the important centers of Buddhism in Himachal Pradesh. It is popularly known as the ‘land of lamas’.
The valley is dotted by numerous Buddhist Monasteries or Gompas that are famous throughout the world and are a favorite
of Dalai Lama.

Skiing is the popular adventure sports in Spiti and is popular in India from the past few years. The amazing snow
clad mountains with the added advantage of inspiring heights are enough to allure the adventure spirits of the avid skier,
providing all the thrill and fun attracted to the sport. People from all around the globe come to experience this
enthralling adventure activity.


Leh was the capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh, now the Leh District in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India.
Leh, with an area of 45,110 km2, is the second largest district in the country (after Kutch, Gujarat) in terms of area.
The town is still dominated by the now ruined Leh Palace, former mansion of the royal family of Ladakh, built in the same
style and about the same time as the Potala Palace. Leh is at an altitude of 3524 meters (11,562 ft). National Highway 1D
connects it to Srinagar in the northwest.

Leh has a cold desert climate with long, harsh winters from October to early March, with minimum temperatures well
below freezing for most of the winter. The city gets occasional snowfall during winter. The weather in the remaining
months is generally fine and warm during the day.

Leh is connected to the rest of India by two high-altitude roads both of which are subject to landslides and neither
of which are passable in winter when covered by deep snows. The National Highway 1D from Srinagar via Kargilis generally
open longer. The Leh-Manali Highway can be troublesome due to very high passes and plateaus , and the lower but
landslide-prone Rohtang Pass near Manali.

Leh’s Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport has flights to Delhi at least daily on Kingfisher, Jet Airways and/or Indian
Airlines which also provides twice weekly services to Jammu and a weekly flight to Srinagar. Connect in Delhi for other


Khandala is a hill station in the Western Ghats in the state of Maharashtra, India, about three kilometres from Lonavala
and seven kilometers from Karjat.Khandala is located at one (top) end the Bhor Ghat, a major ghat (meaning valley in Marathi)
on the road link between the Deccan Plateau and the Konkan plain. The ghat carries an extensive amount of road and rail
traffic. The Mumbai-Pune Expressway, the main link between the major cities of Mumbai and Pune, passes through Khandala.

Due to the ease of accessibility from nearby cities, Khandala is a common area for hiking. One destination is the nearby
peak of Duke’s Nose, which offers a panaromic view of Khandala and the Bhor Ghat.

The town was mentioned in a popular song from the Hindi film Ghulam named “Aati kya Khandala?” (“Will you come to Khandala?”).
Ashok Kumar’s character in the 1975 classic Chhoti Si Baat is a retired army Colonel that lives in Khandala.


Nainital is a town in the Indian state of Uttarakhand and headquarters of Nainital district in the Kumaon foothills
of the outer Himalayas. Situated at an altitude of 1,938 metres (6,358 feet) above sea level, Nainital is set in a
valley containing a pear-shaped lake, approximately two miles in circumference, and surrounded by mountains, of which
the highest are Naina (2,615 m (8,579 ft)) on the north, Deopatha (2,438 m (7,999 ft)) on the west, and Ayarpatha
(2,278 m (7,474 ft)) on the south. From the tops of the higher peaks, “magnificent views can be obtained of the vast
plain to the south, or of the mass of tangled ridges lying north, bounded by the great snowy range which forms the
central axis of the Himalayas.

Nainital has temperate summers, maximum temperature 27 °C ,minimum temperature 7 °C , during which its population increases
more than fivefold with an annual influx of tourists predominantly from the plains of Northern India.In the winter,
Nainital receives snowfall between December and February with the temperatures varying between a maximum of
15 °C and a minimum of -3 °C .

It is believed that Nainital figures in some ancient myths of India. In the Manas Khand of the Skand Puranas, Nainital
Lake is called Tri-Rishi-Sarovar.

In Nainital, the Naina Devi Temple was destroyed by the landslip of 1880 and later rebuilt. It is located on the northern shore of
Naini Lake. The presiding deity of the temple is Maa Naina Devi represented by two Netras or eyes. Flanking Naina Devi
are the deities of Mata Kali and Lord Ganesha.

Bhimtal Lake is named after the second Pandava brother Bhima in the Mahabharata who was known for his prodigious strength.
The lake, which is larger than Naini Lake, is approximately 22 km (14 mi) from Nainital at an altitude of 1,370 m (4,495 ft).
There is an island in the lake with a popular restaurant on it. There is also a 17th century temple complex, the Bhimeshwar,
alongside a 40 ft (12 m) high dam at one end of the lake.

Mount Abu Tour of Rajasthan

Nakki Lake
Green Lake

Mount Abu Road

Mount Abu View

Dilwara Temple

Ambaji Temple, Mount Abu

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Top 25 Train Routes in India

1. The Kashmir Railway (Jammu – Udhampur)

The Kashmir Railway is one of the most challenging engineering projects in India. The extremes of cold and heat along with the unfavorable terrain and political scenarios make this route one of the most thrilling of all Indian train routes. This route has 20 major tunnels and 158 bridges which offer awe inspiring views of the rivers and valleys around the beautiful Shivalik Mountain Ranges.

2. The Snow Sojourn (Qazigund-Srinagar-Baramulla)

This is a part of the Kashmir Railway, but currently work is going on the section between Jammu and Qazigund, thus making this another separate leg of the journey. When complete, this will be a part of the greater Kashmir railway which will connect Jammu to Baramulla, or rather the plains to the Valley.
The journey promises a refreshing ride through the Kashmir Valley, weaving through the snow capped peaks at a distance and the Chinar trees all around. The best part of taking this journey is during the winters when the surroundings are filled with snow.
There is only the option of an unreserved DEMU train currently on this route.

3. The Kangra Valley Odyssey ( Pathankot – Kangra-Palampur-Jogindernagar)

The Kangra Valley Railway belongs to the sub-Himalayan region in Himachal Pradesh. Starting from Pathankot in Punjab, it covers 164 kms to Jogindernagar in Himachal Pradesh, meandering through numerous passes, rivers and valleys. Even though it’s a laid back option of traveling across the Kangra valley, yet the views it offers compensates the speed. The sight of the snow capped Dhauladhar hills at a distance after Palampur rewards the tired soul exuberantly.
The journey of 165 km from Pathankot to Jogindernagar takes almost a whopping 10 hours.
The unreserved Kangra Valley Passenger is the only train on this route currently.

4. The Konkan Railway(Ratnagiri-Madgaon-Honnavar-Mangalore)

Amazing greeneries, plethora of water bodies, stunning curves and the magnificent Sahyadris join hands to make this one of the most sought after train travel experience for any railway enthusiast in India.
The Konkan Railway is also an example of the high spirits of the engineers of this country, who constructed this marvel battling against a hostile loose terrain with frequent landslide tendencies.

5. The Goan Experience ( Vasco Da Gama – Londa Jn)

Goa might be known for its pristine beaches and emerald waters, but there is another side of Goa which cannot be missed. The lush green villages, thick jungles and the abundant waterfalls constitute a charming world of Goan Rails. A train ride from Vasco takes you from the serene beaches to the precarious curves of Western Ghat Mountains offering a breathtaking sight of the Dudhsagar Waterfalls, one of India’s highest and most exquisite falls.
This stretch is a part of the earlier mentioned Konkan Railway, but has enough of its own charm, to demand a separate mention.

6. Nilgiri Mountain Railway(Mettupalayam-Udhagamandalam)

When the blue and cream colored coaches chug up the blue mountains, even the crudest of all hearts will skip a beat. The Nilgiri Mountain Railway, running for over a 110 years is another train journey, you simply cannot miss.
The steam engine covers the 46 km to Ooty in four and a half hours, twisting and turning through the rocky terrain, before slowly meandering into the sprawling tea estates. The familiar chuffing sound of the steam locomotive casts an old world charm and reminds of the legacies of the British Raj.

7. Himalayan Queen(Kalka – Shimla)

Being the only mountain railway in India, to be used by regular commuters, the heritage railway between Kalka and Shimla features in the Guinness Book of World Records for offering the steepest rise in altitude in the space of 96 kilometers
Built in 1903, it passes through 102 tunnels and 864 bridges, flanked by the picturesque Shivalik Hills on both sides. The train guzzles along the track, built over viaducts which resemble the arch galleries of ancient roman architecture. A morning ride on this stretch, wrapping the fresh air, whistling past the oak, pine and maple trees has all the ingredients to make it a journey of a lifetime.

8. The Toy Train-Darjeeling Himalayan Railway( New Jalpaiguri – Darjeeling)

The oldest of all mountain railways in India, the Toy Train is also a World Heritage Site, declared by UNESCO in 1999.Loops are a special feature of this railway to give it a natural ascent. The most popular being the ‘Batasia Loop’ which offers stunning views of Darjeeling town and the snow capped Mt Kanchenjunga on a clear day.
On its ascent from Sukna, the train crosses a few settlements and towns weaving through the tea gardens, tea factories and small forests of maple, chestnut, pear and cherry. One can also sneak a peek into the hustle bustle of the Gorkha settlements on the way. Gorkhas are an ethnic group of this region with Mongolian features known for their valor and bravery.
The train chugs alongside the busy highway and often intrigues the traveler with its slow, yet effective pace.

9. Matheran Hill Railway (Neral-Matheran)

Matheran, nestled in the Western Ghats, is one of the favorite weekend destinations for busy Mumbaikars. It still holds its charm, thanks to no vehicles being allowed in the town. One has to take a pony ride or walk on the dusty and muddy roads to go around Matheran.
 The Matheran Hill Railway is the only heritage railway in Maharashtra. This narrow gauge rail link between Neral and Matheran was built by Abdul Hussein Adamjee Peerbhoy between 1901 and 1907 at the cost of Rs.1600000. The route, through large swathes of forest territory, covers a distance of 20 kilometers in about one and half hours, is full of panoramic views .Any lone visitor will surely enjoy the tranquility this ride offers.

10. Dooars Voyage (Siliguri - New Mal - Hasimara –Alipurduar)

A vast expanse of dense forests brimming with wildlife, murmur of streams trotting down from the hills of Sikkim and Bhutan, interwoven by tea gardens and dissected by the gorging Teesta River make Dooars a unique palette of nature.
The train route recently converted to broad gauge has minimum traffic but passes through notable wildlife sanctuaries abound in a fascinating diversity of flora and fauna. It crosses Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary, Chapramari Forest, Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary and Buxa Tiger Reserve along with numerous stream crossings. You can get down at Chalsa, Hasimara or Rajabhatkhawa to get drenched in the Dooars experience.

11. Flavors of Assam (Guwahati-Lumding-Silchar)

The aroma of Assam runs into your senses as the train inches into the lush greenery of the adjoining valleys of Haflong, before joining the banks of River Jatinga and meandering along with it. A few hours later catch the flavor of the tea gardens of Barak valley, before running into the plains. This track now goes south and connects Agartala (the second largest city of North East India) to rest of the country.

12. Desert Queen ( Jaipur-Jaisalmer)

Jaisalmer is the gateway to all the camel safaris in the Thar Desert of Rajasthan. A train journey from Jaipur to Jaisalmer can be a great experience of viewing the barren stretches of the Thar Desert. The vibrant settlements of colorful mud huts and stray camels grazing in the flat desert against the rising sun can be a sight to cherish forever in life.

13. Arakku Valley Railway ( Vizag – Arakku)

Arakku Valley is a popular hotspot for nature enthusiasts, boasting of thick forests and coffee plantations. Vishakhapatnam, an important port city of East India has a rail link to Arakku, which lies on the Kothavalasa and Kirandul (KK) Line. This is one of rare broad gauge hill railways of India, which was built to transport iron ore from the mines of Chattisgarh to the port city of Vizag, presently known as Vishakhapatnam.
The rail route is one of the better ways to travel to Arakku Valley, crossing quite a few caves and waterfalls on the way.

14. Malnad Magic (Hassan – Mangalore)

The picturesque green paddy fields and Areca nut palm trees of the Malnad region encompasses this route. The best stretch is the one between Sakleshpur and Subramanya stations, where the train chugs through 57 tunnels offering a stunning view of the misty mountains and the sparkling waterfalls all around.

15. The Sea Bridge Ride( Mandapam- Pambam- Rameswaram)

The bridge that connects Mandapam in TamilNadu to the Pambam island is the second longest sea bridge in India and even if you are not a pilgrim to the Varanasi of south, you will fall in love with this train ride crossing the Gulf of Mannar.

16. The Western Ghat Saunter( Karjat - Lonavala)

As the train passes Karjat in Maharashtra, it enters the hinterland of the Western Ghats, not the mightiest in terms of height but extremely rich in biodiversity. During monsoons, this journey comes alive with numerous streams and cascading waterfalls on its way. The dense foliage with the backdrop of the hills will make you move out of your seat and enjoy the scenery at the door.
 The train passes through the village settlements of Thakurwadi before hiking up Monkey Hill, then crossing the romantic Khandala reaches Lonavala.

17. Chambal Express (Agra to Gwalior)

The infamous Chambal region has been in the news for decades, thanks to the dacoits who might have created a record for the maximum number of extortions, robberies and murders in the region. But there is something about the ravines of Chambal that impresses the eye. The terrain has been supporting the sons of her soil since ages, with its unique diversity of undulations that makes it easier for the villains to rob and escape. A train ride through the Chambal ravines can bring a rush of adrenaline to the adventurous and a sense of curiosity to the landscape lover.

18. The Kerala Anubhavam (Ernakulam-Kollam-Trivandrum)

There isn’t a better way to experience the magic of Kerala, than by taking a train ride from Ernakulam(Cochin) to Trivandrum via Kollam (Quilon).It is like a holiday package which offers you all in one. The enchanting backwaters, the pristine lakes, the coconut palms fencing the water channels and a peek into the rural life of Kerala living in islands formed out of the backwaters.

19. The Travancore Railway (Kollam-Punalur-Sengottai)

The erstwhile Maharaja of Travancore had flagged off the first train on this route, way back in 1907.The section from Punalur to Sengottai crossing the beautiful Cardamom Hills is the best part of this journey in terms of the lushness of nature and the architectural marvels. The famous 13 arched bridge is a sight to remember on this route.
This section is currently closed for gauge conversion. Once complete this will connect Trivandrum to Chennai in the fastest way. Expected to complete by 2013.Currently one can take a ride up to Punalur only.

20. Unknown Andhra (Guntakal – Guntur)

The section between Dhone and Cumbum on the Guntakal – Guntur boasts of a scenic journey through the Eastern Ghats. Most of the express trains pass this stretch at night, but there are a few passenger trains that can be taken to experience the scenic beauty of this unexplored part of Andhra Pradesh. One can also alight at Cumbum station to see the Cumbum Lake, the oldest manmade lake of Asia.

21. Tribal Orissa Odyssey( Koraput – Rayagada)

Popularly known as the KR line, the Koraput-Rayagada line is an off shoot from the Kirandul- Kothavalasa (KK) line. Koraput is about 800 meters above sea level and the journey till Rayagada at 200 meters is an enchanting downhill experience. The dense forests and horse shoe curves add a charm to this unknown ride.

22. Lake View Chilika (Bhubaneswar- Brahmapur )

Take a morning ride from Bhubaneswar to Brahmapur in Orissa to experience the grandeur of the Chilika Lake on your left and the Eastern Ghats on your right. Chilika is the second largest lagoon on earth and a haven for migratory birds. If you are into bird watching, make sure you sit on the train window with a binocular.

23. Aravalli Adventure(Himmatnagar – Udaipur/Mavli – Marwar)

The Aravalli range runs across the state of Rajasthan from north to south. These old mountains consist of steep rocky ridges, formed due to erosion of an ancient folded mountain. They are rich in the history of Rajasthan which unfolds when a journey is taken to the interiors meeting the locals, listening to the folklores.
A train journey from Ahmedabad to Udaipur passes through a section of the hills and is a nice experience.To travel into the interiors of Aravalli, the meter gauge line from Mavli to Marwar is ideal. Mavli is 43 kms from Udaipur City and is waiting for a gauge conversion to be sanctioned between Mavli and Marwar.

24. Gir Safari (Junagarh-Delvada)

The Metre gauge railway from Junagadh to Delvada in Gujarat is an interesting journey through the wooded hills of Gir National Park. It is an extremely slow journey but for the laid back traveler planning for a stopover at Gir and looking to soak in the culture of Saurashtra (western region of Gujarat), this is a journey to look for. The train stops at Sasan Gir station, which leads to start of the National Park. One can also head to Diu using this train passing through the coastline of western Gujarat.

25. Shindavane and Ambale (Pune-Satara)

The ghats of Shindavane are known for the barren and lofty Sahyadri Mountains. The railway cuts deep through the mountains and passes through loose rocks on all sides. This lies in the Pune-Satara section of the Central Railways.