Wednesday, December 26, 2007

leh Ladakh

The region of Ladakh bears snowcapped mountains of the Great Himalayas and the Karakoram with quaint little hamlets and crumbling old monasteries hide in the rocky cliffs. The Buddhists monasteries are the most distinguishing feature of Ladakh in which the Hemis monastery is the largest monastery of Ladakh with an exquisite painting of Lord Buddha. Some other monasteries of Ladakh are Alchi, Lamayuru, Likir, Spituk, Thikse, Stakana, Sankar etc. which attracted the tourist from all over the world. Leh is the most significant town in the region along with some other Leh-Ladakh region like Leh palace, Shey Palace, Stok Palace, monasteries of Phiyang, Hemis, Thiksey, Likir, Spituk, Alchi, Lakes of Pangong and Tso-moriri etc.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Srinagar Travel Guide

Srinagar, a brilliant hill resort located in the Kashmir Valley is the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir. The tourist attractions of Srinagar are mainly related to natural beauty like lakes, gardens, etc. Other than that, there are some shrines that form the tourist attractions of Srinagar. Some of the famous tourist attractions of Srinagar are as under:

Mughal Gardens
The popular Mughal gardens which attracted the tourists from all over the world were developed by the medieval rulers of the Mughal dynasty to make it more lucrative for the tourist to admire India. However, the Mughal gardens consist of the following three gardens: Chashmashahi Garden, Nishat Garden and Shalimar Garden.

Dal Lake
Without Dal Lake the sightseeing of Srinagar loses its meaning which is surrounded by the backdrop of mountains on three sides. This Dal Lake is one of the most splendid lakes with the major attractions of houseboats that stand lining its edges.

Nagin Lake
Nagin Lake is another popular tourist attraction of Srinagar surrounded with manicured flowerbeds and groves of chinar, poplar and willow.

Shankaracharya Temple
Shankaracharya Temple is perched on the Takht-e-Suleiman hill and is dedicated to Lord Shiva which is supposed to be the oldest shrine of the Kashmir valley.

Hazratbal Shrine Hazratbal Shrine is situated just opposite the Nishat Bagh on the banks of Dal Lake which houses the Moi-e-Muqqadus (preserved sacred hair) of Prophet Mohammad। It is one of the most popular shrines in Srinagar, revered by Hindus as well as Muslims.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Nilgiri Mountain Railway

The Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR), the only rack railway in India and uses Abt system, connects the town of Mettupalayam with the hill station of Udagamandalam, in the Nilgiri Hills of southern India. Both towns are in the state of Tamil Nadu. Snaking through 16 tunnels and tall girder bridges, the climb offers breathtaking vistas of plantation and fir-clad hills.