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Top 10 Reasons To Visit Agra

Situated in the state of Uttar Pradesh, in the Delhi-NCR region, Agra is one of the biggest tourist attractions in India. The picturesque architectural beauty, by the banks of Yamuna, is reason enough to gather admirers from all around the world. However, Agra is more than just the Mughal buildings and heritage sites. A city with a history of Mahabharata times, Agra is a complete package for every tourist who visits this place.

Here is given a list of top 10 reasons, one must visit Agra:

The Taj Mahal:No matter where on earth one is, it’s unrealistic if he/she hasn’t heard of Taj Mahal. One of the seven wonders of the world , the Taj Mahal is the biggest attraction of Agra. This breathtaking site of white marble palace is something you must experience once in this life, especially during the sunset.

The UNESCO Heritage Sites: Apart from Taj Mahal, the city is also home to a numerous number of architectural giants. Fatehpur Sikri and Agra Fort are two of those majestic buildings which are also UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The red sandstone structure of Agra Fort has been standing for centuries and is one of the most visited forts in the world. Whereas the Fatehpur Sikri Palace has one of the largest mosques in India, Jama Masjid. The Buland Darwaza, of Jama Masjid, is the highest gateway in the world. The sightseeing is incomplete without visiting these brilliant Mughal structures.

The ‘Baghs’ of Agra: So, after hopping the entire day from one site to another, if one wants to spend some time relaxing in the lap of nature, he/she won’t find it difficult to do that in Agra. The Baghs or gardens are plenty in Agra to quench your scenic thirst. One such garden is Mehtabh Bagh where you can stroll around and take pictures of the panoramic view of the Taj Mahal.

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Light and Sound at Agra Fort: Standing since the time of Akbar, Agra Fort has been a witness of multiple historical events till today. To be part of that century-old phenomenon, one must go for the Light and Sound Show at the fort. Timings of the show vary each day, so enquire about it before getting tickets. The show is available both in Hindi and English.

The Art and Craft: Being in the capital of India, Agra has incorporated multiple cultures in it. The arts and crafts are a proof of that rich cultural heritage. Shilpgram is one such a place in Agra , where one can experience distinctive lifestyles of people living in India. It’s the best place to find beautiful handicrafts, artworks and to dance and sing as you walk through the place.

The Water World: One may wonder, why would someone waste their time at a waterpark while staying in Agra. Well, after getting done with all the running around in the buzzing city, if one wants to freshen up, relax and spend time with family and friends, a water theme park is what they need.

Nature’s Walk: To explore the least visited sides of Agra, take a Nature’s walk. Get to know the city from its very roots. Embrace the view of Yamuna river while you are standing on viewpoints. The trails there will lead you to, butterflies, birds, animals, basically the flora and fauna of the place.

The Mughal Food: Any visit is incomplete without stimulating the taste buds with local food. The cuisine in Agra is highly influenced by the Mughal history. It’s a paradise for non-vegetarians. One can get an ample amount of Parathas, tandooris, kababs, tikkas, shawarmas and what not. For the sweet tooth holders out there, Agra has a special sweet called ‘Petha’. Made with ash gourd and sugar, it’s necessary to compel to your sugary cravings.

Shopping: The entire visit is not justified if not for shopping. Agra or Delhi as a whole is home to some of the biggest markets in India. Kinali Bazaar is one such market in Agra near Jama Masjid where one can find exquisite jewellery, dress materials, carpets and even marble works. Sadar Bazaar is another such market where you can get your hands on handicrafts with mosaic and mirror work.

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Walk around a Bit: The city is much more than the architecture in it. Walk around a bit in the city. Talk to the locals. Click pictures of the daily life of the city. Observe your surroundings. Remember, not everything can be grasped through android.

So, these were the top 10  reasons, one should visit Agra. As mentioned multiple times, this century-old city is much more than ten reasons. Get there. Explore. Find your own reasons to visit Agra .

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5 BEST WATERFALLS IN NORTH EAST INDIA

North East India is a sight for any travel enthusiast. This place has much scenic beauty and the waterfalls of North East India. Throughout the year, it attracts travelers from all over the world.
The most magnificent City is Guwahati, which is in Assam. The entire domain is 101,228 sq mi, with the number of occupants in 45,772,188. There are around 51 sorts of forests are there. These 51 sorts of boondocks are organized into six massive kinds are Tropical soaked deciduous timberlands, tropical semi-evergreen boondocks, tropical wet evergreen backwoods, subtropical woods, quiet woods, and high forests.

Top 5 delightful cascades in North East India

1. Vantawng Falls

We should visit Mizoram if we need to see the magnificent and great Waterfalls that are Vantawng Falls. It is about 3.1 mi south of Thenzawl in Mizoram. From Aizawl, it takes around 95 km. The all-out stature of this cascade is 230 m, and the longest drop is 200 ft. These Vantawng falls have another name that is Vantawng Khawhthla. These cascades are the most noteworthy cascade in the state and thirteenth most noteworthy cascade in the nation. If you are a cascade sweetheart, at that point, don’t miss this when you visit Mizoram.

Vantawng Falls

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2. Kynrem Falls

We can find this incredible cascade from 12 km from Cherrapunji, Meghalaya. One couldn’t want anything more than to visit this spot with his family and can go through hours here. This cascade is arranged inside Thangkharang Park. This water will tumble from 305 meters in stature. The waterfalls that are depicted as the three-level cascades. This cascade is one of the greatest and enormous cascades in Meghalaya, and these Kynrem falls are the seventh most noteworthy falls in India. Sightseers will appreciate this cascade.

Kynrem falls
Kynrem falls

3. Triple Falls

Dimapur is the City you should visit on the off chance that you need to see this massive and astounding Waterfalls. The Tripe falls situated in Nagaland. This cascade is arranged for the most part in Seithekima Village. In these cascades, the water will tumble from 85.4 meters in tallness. This spot is so much magnificence, and it is ideal for trekking, this is so bold and gives heaps of rush. This is a stunning spot where one can invigorate and unwind.

Triple Falls
Triple Falls

4. Kangchenjunga Falls

Truly outstanding and delightful cascades we can find in Sikkim is Kangchenjunga Waterfall. It takes around 30 min from the Pelling. It is said that this Kanchenjunga cascade is covered up till the 90s, later a neighborhood visit administrator coincidentally found it. This spot is so much magnificence, and the vacationer will appreciate this cascade. If you are a cascade sweetheart, at that point, don’t miss this when you visit Sikkim.

Kangchenjunga Falls
Kangchenjunga Falls

5. Nuranang Falls

Nuranang Waterfalls are genuinely outstanding and grand cascades in North East India. These cascades are otherwise called Bong Falls. We can find these delightful cascades for around 30 km from Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh. These cascades are ideal for the Photoshoot. The all-out stature of this cascade is 100 meters, and there is a crossover power plant that is additionally settled in the close-by zone. This is a brilliant spot to appreciate and encounter the magnificence of nature. One couldn’t imagine anything better than to visit this spot with his family and can go through hours here.

Nuranang Falls
Nuranang Falls

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What Are The Best Places Of Interest Things In The Andaman?

Andaman and Nicobar Islands floating across the Bay of Bengal is an exotic tropical destination in India. It can be a romantic getaway for couples, or an idyllic family holiday. But no matter how you travel, solo or in a group, there are some best places of interest things in Andaman that can’t be missed.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Cellular Jail National Memorial

Cellular Jail National Memorial was once a British prison but is now a national memorial of all the brave forefathers who fought for freedom. Even though most of the parts of the jail was destroyed during the Earthquake and Japanese Invasion, it is still a shrine to all the patriots. The visiting hours are between 9:00 am to 5:00 Pm and there is also a Light and Sound show. It takes place from 5:30 Pm to 6:30 Pm in Hindi & from 6:45 Pm to 7:45 Pm in English.

Havelock Island

Havelock Island and Port Blair are the two prime destinations on the islands. And Havelock Island is the best place to do scuba diving and snorkeling. There are many places where you can scuba dive, but if you are an enthusiast then you should probably head to Barefoot Scuba Resort. Travelling during monsoon isn’t suitable for water sports, so November to April is the best time to visit the Andaman island.

Havelock Island

Radhanagar Beach

According to Trip Advisor, Radhanagar Beach is the best beach in Asia. And it also won the title of ‘Asia’s Best Beach’ by TIME magazine. It has been a decade since the beach won the title yet Radhanagar beach is still famous for the colorful sunset over the turquoise Blue waters. It is also one of the cleanest beaches in the country. The beach is located in Havelock Island and is the best destination to Andaman City.

Radhanagar Beach

Mount Harriet and Madhuban

Other than the white sandy beaches and coconut trees, there is so much more to Andaman. Mount Harriet is one such place. The trek from Mount Harriet to Madhuban is popular among trekkers from all over India. It is a 16 km long trek, along which you witness the diverse flora and fauna of the island. If you aren’t much of a trekker you can also take an elephant safari in Andaman Tour.

Rajiv Gandhi Water sports complex

If you are traveling to Andaman for water sports then Rajiv Gandhi Water sports complex should be your first stop. After you reach Port Blair you should head straight here. You can try your hand at Banana rides, parasailing, jet skiing, rowboat paddling, speed boat rides. The instructors are experienced and take full care of your safety.

Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park

This park isn’t a tiny bit of land you can cover in an hour or two. It sprawls across 280 sq km and includes 15 islands. The flora and fauna in the Marine National Park is rich and diverse. It boasts of Mangrove creeks, tropical rain forest and 50 types of coral reefs. If you want to witness the beauty up close you can also do snorkeling here or take glass boat rides.

Museum Circuit

If you are a history buff, then you should probably visit all the hot museums in the area. A museum tour will enrich your knowledge of history and culture. And Andaman is full of history. You can visit the Anthropological Museum and learn about the indigenous tribes of the islands. And then visit the Samudrika Naval Marine Museum in Port Blair that teaches about the marine life of the islands.

Museum Circuit

Ross Island

The name Ross Island comes from the British who ruled India. They also fondly called it the “Paris of the East”. But after the earthquake of 1940 and the Japanese Invasion the beauty of the island was destroyed. There are still remnants of the British time in the old English architecture and machine guns. You can have a great time here by reliving the past.

Ross Island

Elephant Beach

Elephant Beach got its name from Elephants which were imported through the main dock here. Now Elephant Beach is a must visit spot for all the travellers. This beach is a great place for water babies who can enjoy water sports like snorkeling, swimming and motor biking here. It is one of the few places in the islands where you can sea walk.

Elephant Beach

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Neil Island

Neil Island is a quiet place, not much visited by tourists. Because it isn’t given much priority. That’s why it is the perfect place to beat the crowd. You can find the best spot for snorkeling and explore the vibrant marine life. Along with it, you can also go for scuba diving. If you are doing island hopping across Andaman then do not forget Neil Island.

Andaman covers a vast area of natural beauty. And it’s impossible to cover up such a large area in just 6 days tour. But above mentioned are some places that capture the exotic beauty of the islands and must be visited.

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TOP TOURIST ACTIVITIES IN KARNATAKA

Karnataka has different types of land forms and has a lot to offer to its tourists. Top things to do in Karnataka are a mixture of beach activities, spiritual sightseeing, nature and a lot more.
Here are the top activities that you should enjoy in Karnataka.

Bangalore

a) Visit luxury malls and shopping centres in Bangalore
b) Sightseeing at Vidana Soudha, Bangalore Palace, Tippu Sultan Palace and Gandhi Bhavan.
c) Visit to nature based attractions like Lalbagh botanical garden and Cubbon Park. A visit to aquarium in Cubbon Park is a must-do activity.
d) Boating and swimming in Ulsoor Lake. If you are looking for romantic activity, choose sunset time for boating.
e) If you are visiting with children, do not miss Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium and Crazy Waters amusement park.
f) Top temples to visit in Bangalore are ISKCON temple, Bull temple of 16th century, Someshwara temple, Banashankari temple and 1200 years old Nagantheshwara temple.
g) Top churches to visit are Mary’s cathedral, St. Mary’s Basilica and Infant Jesus Church. On September 8th, every year, a car procession is conducted in St. Mary’s Basilica.
h) Jumma Masjid is an important 18th century mosque in Bangalore
i) For spiritual attractions, visit Bangalore Art of Living Ashram and Brindavan Sri Satya Saibaba Ashram.

A little away from Bangalore, you can find Chitradurga Fort of 15th century with secret entrances, invisible passages, watchtowers, temples and others.

Hampi

Hampi is known for its collection of 14th century ruins scattered over10 miles. There are more than 500 monuments in Hampi and most of them are in ruins. The best activities here are sightseeing, exploration and photography. Other attractions near Hampi are
a) Visiting heritage site of Badami, Pattadakal and Aihole – 4th to 8th century monuments, stone temples and others.
b) Rock cut temples of Pattadakal
c) Exploring caves of Badami

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Gokarna

Gokarna is a remote place near Goa. It is located in the coastal border of Karnataka. Top activities to enjoy here are
a) Sightseeing at Mahabaleshwar temple and Ganpati temple
b) Beach activities like hiking, trekking, picnicking and others
c) Visit to Ayurvedic centre in Om Beach
d) Enjoying nightlife in beach

Mysore

You can find many interesting activities here.
a) Trekking in Chamundi hills
b) Visit to artisan village to learn how silk sarees and wood inlays are made
c) Sightseeing at Mysore palace and forgotten museum
d) Shopping at Devaraja market
e) Must buys – sandal wood soap and oil.

Coorg

Coorg is a famous hill station in Karnataka. Top activities to do in Coorg are
a) Strolling in coffee plantation, sandalwood forests and watching the process of coffee making
b) Enjoying picnic in waterfalls like Abbey falls and Irupu falls. You can find a lot of butterflies in Irupu falls
c) Trekking in Nagarhole
d) Visiting Nagarhole national park
e) Trekking in Thadiyandamol, Brahmagiri range and others. The most popular trekking range is Pushagiri forest range
f) Spending a day at Dubare elephant camp riding, bathing, feeding and playing with elephants.
g) There is a Tibetan monastery near the elephant camp which is a picturesque spot
h) Sightseeing at Raja’s Seat

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Chikmagalur

This is a trekking and picnic spot. You can find wildlife sanctuaries, temples and waterfalls here. The best activities include trekking, sightseeing, picnicking and water based activities at waterfalls.
Miscellaneous activities
a) Boating and temple visit in Belur
b) Sightseeing in Shravanabelagola
c) Temple visit and second largest Shiva statue of the world at Murudeshwar
d) Taking Golden Chariot luxury train travel.

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When Should I Visit Golden Triangle Of India?

Golden Triangle Tour

Golden Triangle

Golden Triangle is one the finest and the most popular tourist route in all over India, which connects to the circuits of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. The name Golden Triangle is occurred due to the triangular shape formed by the points of these three places on the map. The distance covered by one place to another is up to 200-250 km.

The trip to the Golden Triangle is one of the awesome experiences with lots of new traditions, different cultures, with historic monuments makes you freak out.

Starting the trip from Delhi is the right choice for tourist. Places like Jama Masjid, Red Fort, Delhi Gate, Parliament House and the Presidents House are the main attractions in Delhi. Next to the Agra which is having the world’s most famous and the great Mughal architecture, Taj Mahal.

It is considered as one of the seven wonders of the world. And last to the Jaipur which is known as Pink city, having great forts, which are so huge and well-constructed. Forts like Amber Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Hawa Mahal, and Jaigarh Fort are some of the popular forts in Jaipur.

Weather Conditions


Summer

In the month’s end of April and May, the temperature reaches up to 45 c. These regions are so dry heat, which may cause sunstroke. Most of the tourist visit here in the mornings and evenings which is having some more better conditions than afternoon. In Jaipur the weather condition is extremely hot in summer due to the most of the region is covered with the desert of Thar, when compared with the regions of Delhi and Agra. April month is a good time to visit but May month is an extremely worse time for visiting the Golden Triangle.

Monsoon

In the season of Monsoon, the weather conditions are cloudy. The temperature falls to the 23 c which is so comfortable for the trip. During this season floods may be expected if it becomes so severe. Jaipur is the right place for the trip in the season of Monsoon because the actual temperature is very high due to the desert of Thar. Taj Mahal is not at its best scenery when it’s raining.

Winter

In the months of winter from October to February is the right place to visit the Golden Triangle. The minimum temperature levels up to 22-23 c which is really at good atmosphere. In the winter season, the atmosphere at mornings in Delhi was fully covered with snow which is a really good time to take a walk through the streets. You will see the fog on the road of Delhi at the time of 11 am. Taj Mahal is the unique place to visit in the afternoons of winter which is considered as a beautiful view of the monument.

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Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit the Golden Triangle is the winter season from October to February, where the temperature falls to 22 c. December and January are the freezing months which leads you to experience the most beautiful scenery of Taj Mahal in Agra and forts in Delhi and Jaipur. The sands of desert, Thar heats up fast in the mornings but is very cool at night to its freezing temperatures.

October and November are the festival time of Diwali, which is the most delightful festival of lights is the right and best time to visit the Golden Triangle of India.

Never miss the trip to the Golden Triangle of India which is the most visiting and the commercial route trip that you never experienced before. Make sure to plan the trip in winter.

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The Best Destinations in India to Celebrate the New Year

Although India never fails to please tourists with its breathtaking landscapes, it is important to make a list of some of the best places, since India is a huge country. We have selected these places so you can create memories on the occasion of the New Year along with your loved ones.


Take a look at the destinations listed below and start planning a trip to India.

Goa

Affectionately known as the festival capital of India, Goa is one of the best places to celebrate New Year’s Eve in India. It is also a perfect place to enjoy the heat of the sun during the winter season. Goa offers a lot of options to enjoy, such as Ayurveda resorts, Portuguese-style churches, nightlife, parties and many more. Although Goa remains alive and busy throughout the year, the occasion of the New Year is a long-awaited opportunity to enjoy the soft sands under the starry sky. During the New Year, parties are organized almost everywhere, be it a hotel, a beach, a restaurant, a resort or anything else. One can enjoy celebrations full of music and dance.

Main tourist attractions

  • Anjuna Beach
  • Cavelossim Beach
  • Calangute Beach
  • Basilica of Bom Jesus
  • Candolim Beach

Puducherry – French Riviera

Another famous beach destination in India is Puducherry. Full of beaches, the territory of the Union of Pondicherry is one of the best places in India to celebrate New Year’s Eve. The festivities in Puducherry continue until dawn at the time of the New Year. One can join the beach parties to welcome the New Year in French style. In addition, one can visit Ashrams and meditation centers in the city to seek peace and relaxation.

Main tourist attractions

  • Paradise Beach
  • Aurobindo ashram
  • Serenity Beach
  • Promenade
  • Auro beach

Gokarna: Pacific Version of Goa

Although Gokarna in Karnataka is generally perceived as a spiritual place, it is much more than that. It is endowed with pristine beaches and breathtaking landscapes. It is famous for beaches and temples. One can head towards Gokarna to celebrate New Year’s Eve in a quiet environment. During the New Year, several parties are organized in Gokarna. Tourists can enjoy the bar or they can laze on the glittering beaches in the company of their loved ones. If you are planning to visit Goa, you can also take the Golden Chariot luxury train which offers World-class amenities onboard the train.

Main tourist attractions

  • Om Beach
  • Mahabaleshwar Temple
  • Kudle Beach
  • Gokarna Beach
  • Paradise Beach
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Bangalore – India Technology Center

Bangalore is known for its pleasant climate, stunning cityscapes and lush vegetation. One can have the most memorable holidays in Bangalore, since the city is a perfect destination to admire the natural beauty, go shopping and get to know the history of the region. One can have fun on New Year’s Eve in different bars and restaurants in Bangalore. The city also has multiple gardens, which will surely delight a nature lover. Therefore, Bangalore is one of the best destinations to celebrate New Year’s Eve in India.

Main tourist attractions

  • Cubbon Park
  • MG Street
  • Lal Bagh
  • Bangalore Palace
  • Freedom Park

Kodaikanal – Princess of the hill stations

Located in the state of Tamil Nadu, in southern India, Kodaikanal is the famous mountain station. It is quite popular among honeymooners, adventure fans and nature lovers. It is full of lakes, valleys, hills, waterfalls, mountains, etc. Tourists visiting India on the occasion of the New Year can enjoy different activities in Kodaikanal, such as having a hot coffee while admiring the surroundings trying to go hiking, etc. If you wish to greet the New Year rejoicing in the lap of nature, head towards Kodaikanal and create memories for a lifetime.

Main tourist attractions

  • Waterfalls of Bear Shola
  • View of the Green Valley
  • Pilar Rocks
  • Dolphin Valley
  • Silver Cascades

Auli: Snowy Destination

If you want to welcome the New Year in the middle of the snowy mountains, then Auli is the perfect destination to celebrate the New Year in India. It is among the best hill stations in northern India and is quite popular among tourists. The picturesque city is blessed with the best of nature in the form of deodorants, old oaks, pines, apple trees, etc. Although the destination is most famous for skiing, tourists can also participate in other adventure activities such as hiking, cable car ride, camping, etc. Travelers can also visit temples, hot springs and haunted places.

Main tourist attractions

  • Chenab Lake
  • Gurso Bugyal
  • Trishul Peak
  • Rudraprayag
  • Points of view

McLeodganj – Lhasa Small

Counted among the famous Himachal Pradesh mountain stations, McLeodganj is located near Dharamshala. The picturesque city is often identified as Little Lhasa, as it is home to the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. Tourists from around the world cram the city to admire the spectacular views of the surroundings and enjoy activities such as hiking, camping, etc. On the occasion of New Year’s Eve, music can be heard everywhere. In general, the city becomes very lively at the time of the New Year.

Main tourist attractions

  • Bhagsu Falls
  • Triund Walk
  • Namgyal Monastery
  • Tibetan Museum

New Delhi – City of Cities

A trip to India is incomplete without a visit to the capital of the country. With the attractive nightlife and numerous clubs, bars, lounges and nightclubs, Delhi is one of the best destinations to start the New Year with a bang. Delhi has a lot of options for tourists. Travelers can choose according to their preferences. Several parties are organized in different parts of the city on the occasion of the New Year. Therefore, Delhi is a suitable place for party lovers. If you want to greet the New Year with a lot of music and dancing, you should not delay planning a tour to Delhi.

Main tourist attractions

  • Qutub Minar
  • Lodi Gardens
  • Connaught Place
  • Red Fort
  • Hauz Khas

Udaipur – City of the Lakes

Being an important city of the royal state of India, Udaipur is known for its impressive natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. It is in this city that tourists can enjoy the New Year in a real style. Udaipur is full of historical influences in the form of fortresses, palaces, temples, museums, etc. On the other hand, nature lovers can seek delight amidst the panoramic surroundings of hills, mountains and lakes. Udaipur is also known for a variety of crafts. Although night parties are not a tradition in the city, one can enjoy parties organized by high-end resorts and palaces.

Main tourist attractions

  • City Palace
  • Pichola Lake
  • Fateh Sagar Lake
  • Jaisamand Lake
  • Shilpgram

Jaisalmer – Golden City of Rajasthan

If you want to start the New Year exceptionally, Jaisalmer must be your choice as a destination for the New Year in India. Although there are many tourist attractions in the golden city of rajasthan, the most spectacular is the Thar desert. You can enjoy camping in the sand dunes, riding a camel and exploring the rural lifestyle of the locals. You can also enjoy the experience of having a moonlight dinner under the starry sky. In all, Jaisalmer is the best destination for an unusual experience of Vacation in India.

Main tourist attractions

  • Jaisalmer Fort
  • Thar desert
  • Folklore Museum
  • Adventure activities
  • Gadisar Lake

Now that you have met some of the best destinations to spend New Year’s Eve in India, do not delay and plan a trip to India as soon as possible. Also, know more about the Golden chariot train fare for the upcoming season. Welcome the New Year by visiting any of the destinations in India. It will surely be a memorable experience for you and your loved ones. In addition, you can learn about the culture of India.

Top 5 Hill Stations To Visit Near Mumbai In Summer

Hills come with a specific charisma. Hill stations near Mumbai are not only destinations but they also offer something more than scenic beauty to look forward. They are an ideal destination for people of all age groups to enjoy.

You can have a look at the oldest hill station of Mumbai named Panchgani, eat mouth-watering Parsi food at Mahabaleshwar or ride a horse at Matheran. So here is a list of the top 5 hill stations near Mumbai that you must check out.

Lonavala

This hill station is situated in the western part of Maharashtra, popular for its alluring landscapes, temples, forts as well as caves. It is a picturesque hill station that draws tourists from all around India. It is a wonderful location in the Sahyadri ranges that offers an ideal scope to adventure fanatics to try various activities such as trekking, rock climbing and many more. Lonavala can be reached both by road and railways. It is at a distance of 95 Km from Mumbai. The daily bus along with train services can be availed from Mumbai. But a road trip on a private car is most recommended. Its main attractions are Rajmachi point, Lonavala lake, Wax museum, Valvan dam, Lohagarh fort, Reywoood park, Loin point, Buddhist caves, waterfalls, forts, trekking other than enjoying the scenic beauty and pleasant weather or going for nature walks. The best time to visit Lonavala is from October-June.

Matheran

It is the smallest hill station present in India. However, it is a perfect weekend gateway from Mumbai. Matheran is known to be an eco-sensitive region and thus it is one of those few hill stations where no vehicle is allowed. Thus it remains pollution-free and contains fresh air. This hill station can be reached by enjoying a toy train ride from Neral station in Mumbai. You will enjoy this fun ride while it will take you via a zigzag route of 21 Km with pleasing and refreshing beauty. A booking of a toy train is necessary in advance mostly during the peak time of holidays. You can also reach Matheran through a road journey as it is situated at 110 Km from Mumbai. You can get lost in the natural beauty and wildlife of this hill station. It is the most preferred hill station for nature lovers, budding photographers, and adventure enthusiasts because it has many trekking trails and offers panoramic views of this area from the various views points present here. Celia Point, Alexander Point, Porcupine Point, Olympia race course and Charlotte Lake must be visited once you are in Matheran. You can visit Matheran and enjoy the full day tour anytime but the best time is from November-June.

Mahabaleshwar

Mahabaleshwar is one of the most famous hill stations located near Mumbai popular for its awesome views with a huge variety of flora and fauna as well as natural beauty such as quaint waterfalls and abundant green hills. It is a one-stop destination for nature lovers, adventurers as well as wildlife addict. Mahabaleshwar is located at 270 Km from Mumbai if you go via the expressway. To reach this hill station, Wathar is the nearest railway station but Pune is also a convenient one. One can enjoy nature walks, waterfalls, and boating here. The major attractions of this hill station are Kate’s Point, Elephant’s Point, Wilson Point, Connaught peak, Venna Lake, Arthur’s seat and Needle Hole rock. You must take a boat ride on Venna Lake, hike through Pratapgad Fort for enjoying the mesmerizing views and get soaked in the sunset by enjoying a great view from Connaught peak. Also, remember to halt at the Mapro Garden for tasting the freshly picked strawberries. October-June is the ideal time for visiting Mahabaleshwar.

Panchgani

It is one of the oldest hill stations near Mumbai. It is surrounded by wonderful lakes and five rolling small hills. Panchgani is considered to be the best hill station if you wish to enjoy your weekend with your loved ones near Mumbai. It is at a distance of 250 Km from Mumbai through the expressway. You can avail bus services from Mumbai or take a cab or car. Trekking along with hiking is very rewarding here as the routes pass via hills, forests as well as lush valleys. You can also give a try at rock climbing, parasailing, and rappelling. If you are a nature lover and especially love flowers, then visit this hill station any time between August-October and move to the nearby Kass Plateau which is a heritage site of UNESCO that owns huge flower beds that will come to life during this time. Sydney point, Devil’s kitchen, Table land, and Parsi point are the most famous attractions of Panchgani. The best time for visiting this hill station is from September-May but its charming and attractive beauty along with pleasant weather and vegetation engages a huge number of visitors all along the year.

Lavasa

It is the newest hill station that is present near Mumbai. The mountain passes of Lavasa have made it a very renowned spot for motorcyclists across India. It is a great weekend destination for residents of Mumbai and Pune because of its greenery and lakes with the surrounding of green hills. It is 185 Km away from Mumbai. You reach Pune from Mumbai via train and then reach Lavasa in an hour from there by taking a cab or private car. It is a perfect place for adventure as well as leisure activities. You can take part in different adventure as well as water sports and enjoy its alluring beauty and welcoming weather by strolling around and getting immersed in the beauty. You can also visit the game arcade as well as a spa or explore some gardens and nursery. The main attractions of Lavasa are Varasgaon Dam, Temghar Dam, the musical fountain as well as the laser animation show. It is a perfect weekend destination and can be visited at any time of the year.

We have tried the best to provide you with the best information about the top 5 hill stations nearby Mumbai. So plan a trip to the city of dreams and step forward for an exotic escapade by including these fantastic hill stations in your bucket list.

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