Akiane Kramarik

Source : Google photo of Akiane Kramarik

We have heard of child prodigies in many countries who can do extraordinary things like singing, playing musical instruments, do complicated mathematics or painting. They are the gifted children who show their extraordinary talent at an age when most children play with their toys and babble incoherent words or may draw some crude sketches with their crayons that their parents show around with great pride.

Rarely such children amount to anything more than ordinary no matter what their parents think of them. They are not born with the gift that the prodigies have that sets them apart from others. Some children given the opportunity to learn to sing, play instruments or paint or do other things through tutoring, special schools in their late teen age period may show some promise but they are not called the prodigies.

But the prodigies are rare. They manifest their talents at an early age that takes the world by surprise like the child called Akiane Kramarik in this blog that I was compelled to write as if she was demanding to be noticed. She did no such thing but a gifted child like her could never remain anonymous and unnoticed no matter where and under what circumstances she was born. At first such children are like rare uncut diamonds that people do not recognize but their brilliance bursts into the cognizance as if the unseen hand of a diamond polisher brings it out in all its radiance and glory.

Their parents play the initial crucial role as mentor to the child who give her all the help she needs and encourage the prodigy to grow into his or her full potential. If they are poor then they try the best they can to provide such help like in the case of Akiane by making great sacrifices to do so.

Akiane was born poor in a family of other siblings in Illinois where her parents struggled to feed them, clothe them and provide the basic necessities for them because they were jobless most of the time and could barely keep their heads above water. The constant persecution by neighbors who called them atheist did not help them either but they struggled on and kept helping their gifted child Akiane  no matter what difficulties they endured.

Akiane and her siblings wore shabby clothes, had no toys to play with so they made their own, slept huddled together to ward  off cold weather and suffered all the deprivations the poor people suffer anywhere in the world but the harsh cold weather of Illinois made it worse. They did not complain and formed strong bonds with their struggling parents and siblings and got some lessons through home schooling.

At first people who saw the paintings of Akiane displayed in some local art galleries did not believe that it was done by a child because no one believed that a child could produce such art in such dazzling colors and in such a professional way that the professional artists take years to learn in expensive art schools.

But Akiane was an extraordinary child who knew by her instinct what colors to choose and how to mix them and apply to them to bring out most amazing results on canvas or paper. She would often paint for 20 hours without eating, sleeping or resting to the chagrin of her parents but they left her alone to do what she loved best. She said that she often had visions of her subject or saw them in the clouds or in the nature that she started to put on canvas. No one had ever taught her about color, the composition and the skill of sketching. She was born with this miraculous gift.

Once she had a vision that she must paint a portrait of Jesus but did not know what he could have looked like so she wished with all her heart to give her a model. The very next day a tall and bearded handsome fellow knocked on her door and said that he was a carpenter who was looking for work.

The child by instinct knew that her prayers were answered so she painted her first oil painting of the carpenter as Jesus and presented it to an agent to place it in an art gallery. The agent realizing the value and the sheer beauty of the painting promptly disappeared with it greatly shocking the child but she kept on painting and at the young age of 12 became the sole bread earner for her family. By this time the copies of her paintings were sold for thousands of dollar in various art galleries that brought her to the attention of Oprah Winfrey who literally introduced her to the world in her show. Later other TV channels invited her as well so her name and fame spread worldwide.

These are three videos on her that you should watch.

Source : U tube video on Akiane and her impossible painting
Source : U tube video of Akiane on Oprah Winfrey show
Source : U tube video on Akiane as she is now

Her parents became her full time managers and saved most of her original paintings although a few of the originals were sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Here is just one painting done by her that won her great acclaim but I have included her most famous artwork in the power point that you will enjoy watching below.

Source : Google photo of the painting by Akiane Kramarik

Source : Google photo of Akiane painting Jesus

Here is the power point link I made to highlight her most precious art work.

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Abuse of native children

Source : Google photo of an abused Native Australian child

Synopsis : It is sad that the so called religious people who demand respect are the ones who abuse the children and women in need. There is a worldwide condemnation of the clergy , priests and nuns who have mistreated and continue to mistreat the poor, the young and the vulnerable in the name of helping them. This story should shock you if you are a decent person and have compassion for the abused people anywhere.

The native population of many countries has suffered in the hands of the white people for centuries because of racism and discrimination based on racism. There was a time when the entire country of the United States was occupied by numerous tribes of Native Americans who are still wrongly called Indians. They had lived for thousands of years and developed a strong and very rich culture of their own that was unique and beautiful.

Most of the tribes lived as nomads depending on hunting and gathering wild fruits and grains so they constantly moved from place to place to find game and other things for their sustenance. They were not settled farmers although there were some tribes that stayed put and grew crops to feed themselves.

Then came the scourge of white people who forcibly took over the land and killed off or chased away the Native Americans thus denying them hunting so they started dying off not only from hunger but also due to the diseases introduced by the white immigrants like small pox and sexual diseases to which the Natives had no immunity.

Later the natives were given barren places to live on called Indian reservations where they still live and try to survive selling the handicraft and jewelries they make for the tourists but alcoholism and drug abuse remains a problem.  The domestic violence and suicide rate remains a major concern because once proud Native Americans who feel neglected and marginalized seek a way out of their poverty and hopeless life.

Source : U Tube video on the abuse of Native American children in America

The worst affected were the children who have suffered in the hands of whites who were taken away from their loved ones to dismal schools and convents where they were mistreated , sexually violated and beaten into submission to make them “ civilized “ They were forced to learn English and wear clothes alien to them. They were punished for speaking in their own language and practice their culture so these unhappy children grew up under pitiful conditions and many tried to escape but were caught and brought back to their prisons.

Source : U tube video on the stolen generation of Native Australian children

In Australia the Native Australian children were so maltreated and traumatized to be separated from their parents and their communities that it scarred them for life.

When you forcibly separate the children from the communities where they were born into strange places called reformatories, they lose all touch with their homes and their language and culture and with it all the knowledge they could have acquired from their parents and others to survive.

They were taken away by the whites who wanted these children to be “civilized” by teaching them to wear western clothes and speaking only English. Imagine the pain the parents suffered from this treatment because they never understood what was wrong with their culture, their language and their food or clothes. They had lived this way for thousands of years until the white colonialists arrived to set up their penal colonies for the convicts they brought in from England.

With the convicts came the missionaries who saw it as their duty to bring some religion to the convicts and civilize the Native Australians using harsh methods by making them good Christians in the process.

The true horror of these reform schools run by the missionaries trickled out slowly over the years to expose the brutality these children suffered in the hands of their keepers. They were sexually violated, beaten and even starved to force them into submission so these innocent children suffered.

The worst story recently came out of Canada where hundreds of remains of children of Native Americans were found. They were the victims of serious abuse over a long period of time but it has only come to light now that has shocked the world. How many more such horror stories are waiting to be told is anyone’s guess.

Canada mourns 215 children after remains found at indigenous school

Source : Google photo of Canada’s national flag flies at half-mast after the remains of 215 children were discovered in a mass grave at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School site (Reuters photo)

Canada flew its flags at half-mast Sunday in mourning for 215 children whose remains were discovered on the grounds of a former boarding school set up more than a century ago to assimilate indigenous peoples.

Source : U tube video of Native American children abused in Canada

“To honor the 215 children whose lives were taken at the former Kamloops residential school and all Indigenous children who never made it home, the survivors, and their families, I have asked that the Peace Tower flag (in Ottawa) and flags on all federal buildings be flown at half-mast,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Twitter. Several municipalities, including the economic metropolis Toronto, announced they would also lower their flags.

The discovery of the children’s remains, some as young as three, sparked strong emotions throughout Canada, particularly in the indigenous communities.

A specialist used ground-penetrating radar to confirm the remains of the students who attended the school near Kamloops, British Columbia, the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc tribe said in a statement late Thursday.

The Kamloops Indian Residential School was the largest of 139 boarding schools set up in the late 19th century, with up to 500 students registered and attending at any one time.

It was operated by the Catholic church on behalf of the Canadian government from 1890 to 1969. Some 150,000 Indian, Inuit and Metis youngsters in total were forcibly enrolled in these schools, where students were physically and sexually abused by headmasters and teachers who stripped them of their culture and language.

Today those experiences are blamed for a high incidence of poverty, alcoholism and domestic violence, as well as high suicide rates, in their communities.

Ottawa formally apologized in 2008 for what the commission later termed a “cultural genocide” as part of a Can$1.9 billion (US$1.6 billion) settlement with former students.

“I’ve said before that the residential schools was a genocide of our people. Here’s just another glowing example of that genocide in practice: undocumented deaths of children,” the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Perry Bellegarde, said Sunday on the news channel CTV.

Bellegarde noted there was still much work to be done to identify the remains, find their families and examine the sites of other residential schools.

He said the federal government “does have a responsibility to make sure that these resources are in place to get the answers.”
Ceremonies to honor the young victims took place or were to take place throughout the country. About 100 people gathered Sunday in the Mohawk community of Kahnawake, near Montreal. Participants placed children’s shoes and toys on the steps of the Saint Francis Xavier church as a tribute to the victims.  ( Wikipedia )

Source : U Tube video on mass murder of children in Tuam , Ireland

You have perhaps also heard of the hundreds of children who died and were secretly buried in a place called Tuam run by the Catholic nuns in Ireland. The nuns ran a place where unwed mothers were given shelter but their illegitimate children were treated as garbage so they died of malnutrition, hunger and disease. It is not known if the nuns killed them but surely they helped them die young because of their conviction that they were the product of sin.

Mass grave of babies and children found at Tuam care home in Ireland.

Excavations at site of home for unmarried mothers and their children, where it is alleged up to 800 children died, uncover human remains.

Source : Wikipedia-  Human remains have been discovered in underground chambers at the site in Tuam, Galway. Ireland

A mass grave containing the remains of babies and children has been discovered at a former Catholic care home in Ireland where it has been alleged up to 800 died, government-appointed investigators said on Friday.

Excavations at the site of the former Bon Secours Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, County Galway, have uncovered an underground structure divided into 20 chambers containing “significant quantities of human remains”, the judge-led mother and baby homes commission said.

The commission said analysis of selected remains revealed ages of the deceased ranged from 35 weeks to three years old. It found that the dead had been mostly buried in the 1950s, when the facility was one of more than a dozen in Ireland offering shelter to orphans, unmarried mothers and their children. The Tuam home closed in 1961.

The home, run by the Bon Secours Sisters, a Catholic religious order of nuns, received unmarried pregnant women to give birth. The women were separated from their children, who remained elsewhere in the home, raised by nuns, until they could be adopted.

The shrine erected in memory of the up to 800 children allegedly buried at the site of the former home. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

The discovery confirms decades of suspicions that the vast majority of children who died at the home were interred on the site in unmarked graves, a common practice at such Catholic-run facilities amid high child mortality rates in early 20th-century Ireland.

The Irish government in 2014 formed the commission following the work of a local Tuam historian, Catherine Corless, who found death certificates for nearly 800 children who were residents at the facility but burial records for only two.

Source : U Tube video on the abuse of children in Tuam, Ireland that church ignored because the illegitimate children were treated as garbage.

“Everything pointed to this area being a mass grave,” Corless previously told the Guardian. She recalled how boys playing in the field had reported seeing a pile of bones in a hidden underground chamber there in the mid-1970s.

The government’s commissioner for children, Katherine Zappone, said the findings were “sad and disturbing” and promised that the children’s families would be consulted on providing proper burials and other memorials.

“We will honour their memory and make sure that we take the right actions now to treat their remains appropriately,” Zappone said.

Source : Photo of Catherine Corless. Patrick Bolger Photogrraphy

Under the Freedom of Information Act, Corless requested Galway county council’s records on the home from 1925 to 1961. She was refused.

But she was given documents from the 1970s, including an official map of the present-day estate the council built on the site. “They obviously didn’t see the importance,” said Corless. “There is an area across the map marked ‘burial ground’,” she says. “First, the houses were built, around that area. Finally a playground was built on part of the burial ground itself.”

It is a fact that the Catholic Church in many countries ran the schools, reformatories and places of incarceration for the unfortunate women and children who suffered there without any recourse to justice. The nuns who ran these places had no compassion for them so they treated them brutally in the name of paving their way to purgatory but what was the sin committed by the innocent children?

There are numerous stories of abuse done to the underage and children by the Catholic priests in many countries that has only lately been recognized by the Vatican that has now promulgated laws to stop such abuses but they still do not talk about punishing the guilty and restitution to those abused. Many such abusers are still a part of the church pretending that nothing has happened. The Protestant churches are not blameless either.

The sad part is that the Vatican until now has not allowed its clergy to be brought to any civil court to face trial so protects the guilty. But aren’t the governments in many countries guilty of not doing enough to protect the children and all those who have suffered? Saying sorry is never enough. The guilty people must be punished for the crimes they have committed and the victims if still alive must be compensated and given a fair chance of living in peace somewhere. ( Read my blog called Challenges facing Vatican here)

But I would like to know how a victim who has been thus abused and traumatized can live in peace anywhere ! Can such scars be healed by money and an apology? Can the souls of all those children who died of abuse and neglect be appeased? Can anyone have faith and respect for those who have abused their power this way? I would definitely like to know.

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Faith as business

Source : Google photo of faith and business

Synopsis : The business of faith has never been so lucrative as it is now. The blog looks at how some people accumulate vast riches by making people believe that they have an obligation to donate.

We all believe in something or someone. It is called faith. It may be of religious in nature or non-religious but it surely plays a role in everyone’s life that has a strong influence on how he or she lives.

Faith is the bread and butter of all organized religions and they do not tire of reminding the faithful how important it is to have faith in the religions they follow and how it can transform their daily lives.

You will notice that the Christians particularly are obsessed with this insistence on repeating the mantra every day that you must have faith, you must declare your obedience to their dogma and must profess your faith in their doctrine in a very visible manner.

You must kneel down and accept the Holy bread at the end of their ritual and must show obedience as Christians. This sort of insistence is common to all religions because they do not like anyone to question their doctrine. They see it as a threat to their religion if people start questioning the validity of their Holy book and all that it entails.

What in essence they are asking you to do is to have blind faith that should not be questioned and analyzed. Their entire system of promulgating their religion is based on this premise that one must not question what they tell you and accept it as the truth and only truth so help me  … etc.

It worked well for a very long time and still does to a great extent so all religions flourish and get new followers every day to swell their ranks. In the process the purveyors of their religions accumulate vast wealth and properties and continue to do so. They collect money at the end of their service in churches, mosques, temples etc. and they constantly ask for more but they never mention where the money goes and for what purpose it is spent.

There is a temple in Andhra Pradesh, India in the hills that is called Tirupati temple. We have been there. It is a vast complex of temple and other buildings visited by millions of Hindus who donate money to the temple that collects millions of Rupees of it. There we saw a huge canvas bag on a tripod with a big open mouth where the pilgrims keep on pouring money like rain so the huge sac gets filled up and is upended to a special room where scores of people count all the money and make bundles to deposit in their bank. This process never stops so you can imagine how rich the Tirupati temple really is although no one really knows because there is a secrecy that surrounds them.

Then there are numerous other massive temples all over India where the devotees go to pray and some of them donate money as well. But we were warned by our guide not to give our name and address to them because the priests will inevitably ask for it and once they get it, they will hound you with their nonstop demand for money.

One of the richest temples in the entire world is in Kerala that has billions of dollars’ worth of gold, silver, precious gems and coins accumulated over many centuries. It is kept in six secret vaults but the sad part is the fact that this vast accumulated wealth is not really put to any good use to help the poor or the orphans.

It is called the Padmanavaswamy temple in Trivandrum that is called the richest temple of all. They have found over 22 billion dollars’ worth of treasure in five vaults that were opened and catalogued but the last vault has never been opened because people believe that there is a curse on it so whoever opens or even tries to open it will die. The door of this vault has snakes on it that protect the wealth inside.

Source : Google photo of the 6th vault of Padmanavaswamy temple in Kerala that contains untold treasure but believed to be cursed.

It is same story of Vatican that keeps accumulating vast amount of wealth that is shrouded in secrecy so no one really knows how much they have and how much of it they spend on relief to poor and destitute.

So the business of faith is a very lucrative business after all and it is all tax free to boot. It is also a favorite scam of some Indians who pretend to be sadhus or spiritual people who garbed in their saffron clothes and long lice infested matted hairs sit under a three with a donation box that has a padlock but a slit on top to collect money from the gullible.

These ubiquitous donation boxes with padlock and a slit are a hallmark of these people who collect a lot of money but for what purpose? No one really knows. They say that you must have blind faith and support them to show them that you have unshakable faith.

Source : Google photo of Sripuram golden temple in Vellore that is entirely covered in gold worth millions of dollars.

You will not believe your eyes if you visit the great temple of Sripuram in Vellore in South India where the entire temple complex is covered in gold so it is a great tourist attraction. Naturally there are security cameras to keep an eye on the visitors who may have some bad ideas  but what is impressive is the fact that this much gold was accumulated just from the devotees over the centuries  just to show you how generous they can be to donate so much gold due to their faith.

Source : Google photo of the Golden temple in Amritsar covered in gold

Similarly the most important Sikh temple in Amritsar is called The Golden temple for a reason because the entire temple is covered in gold plates that will blind you with the sun reflecting on it. It is the holiest shrine of the Sikhs where their holy book Granthasahib is kept. The temple feeds thousands of people daily where anyone of any faith or no faith can get a free meal any day throughout the year. This way the temple uses its considerable wealth that makes the Sikhs unique.

So we come back to the eternal question.  What is faith and why some people have so much of it that they give everything they have to these temples or churches or support them so generously?

The faith they demand from their followers is not something people have instantly but it is cultivated and nurtured over their life time and constantly re invigorated through constant sermons and exultations from the pulpits to make you feel guilty if you do not donate because they say that it is your religious duty to do so. The cash cow can give a lot of milk if fed well so they try hard to feed you with words so that you start feeling generous. A lot of people at a certain age start feeling anxious about their place in the netherworld so they start reserving a good place there for themselves which is done through cash donations.

Another way a faith is developed is through a constant pressure from the parents and siblings under the guidance of a parish priest so that a child starts believing them and learns to cross himself automatically.

He is asked to join the catechism classes where the stories of the Bible are repeated so that the kid knows all the stories and starts believing them. Later as an adult he is well trained to fall in step with others and will not be a rebel and question the padres although there are some who come to different conclusions and stay away from the mainstream. So the faith is definitely taught, cultured and watered over a long period until it takes roots and grows into a lifelong belief.

In Islam it is very important for the mullahs to imprint the dictates of Koran on very small children who are often beaten to submission until they rebel no more and become fanatics to cause havoc somewhere as adults. They are taught to hate the infidels in their childhood that becomes their firm belief in their adulthood.

So faith can be used as a tool by the manipulators for their own purpose whatever they may be so we see a proliferation worldwide of faith to serve the purpose of the manipulators of faith. The purpose may be to accumulate enormous wealth that is tax free or to cause bloodshed in the name of their brand of religion. We see this in every continent where the terrorists use religion and their faith in it as the basis for their terror attack on innocent people.

I heard this story somewhere that is worth telling here. The Mormons who felt that they must move west to establish themselves in the United States started their long journey. On the road they met with people who were famished and very thirsty who begged for food and water from them but this help came at a price. The Mormons insisted that they must become Mormons first before they would be given even a drop of water and a morsel of food. These poor people who were desperate and helpless agreed so this way the Mormons grew in numbers.

The same technique was used by the so called saint Mother Theresa in India who converted dying and poor Indians into Christianity and only then she gave them some help like food and water just like the Mormons in the United States. Every Mormon must donate to their church a portion of their annual income, keep a store of food to last a long time and send their children for a mandatory assignment to preach their religion to non-believers.

Almost all the organized religions use faith to accumulate wealth to serve their ulterior motives whatever they may be but others who are not religious in nature do the same.

There are numerous NGOs like Red Cross, Red Crescent and hundreds of others who appeal to people to donate to them because they claim to help the needy with the money. No doubt there are organizations like World Food Program of the UN that feed and shelter millions of poor people who need their help. The UN does a commendable work in many countries to help the poor, the refugees, to save the children from trafficking and numerous other such work but their work is limited by the funds they can raise. They always need more money to do their job and help more people.

But other NGOs like Red Cross are not transparent and do not disclose how their funds are used and where and exactly how many people benefit from their help. To be fair, there are many charitable organizations that help feed the poor, run orphanages and old age homes to look after them. They raise money by appealing to you and me so that we can support their humanitarian work. They are the first to appear with food and blankets when people suffer from famine, flood or earthquakes. They run charitable health clinics to take care of sick and other needy people.

The flying doctors operate free of charge on people needing specialized eye care while other doctors risk their own lives working with Ebola patients. Many such brave doctors and nurses have died with covid infections and still others continued to serve. They are the heroes. All the humanitarian work they do worldwide is not based on their religious faith but their belief in helping others when they need it.

But the blog is about the religious faith and its abuse by some preachers, padres and mullahs who accumulate wealth in the name of religion and try to make the faithful guilty if they do not donate.

We all need to believe in something so we join religious groups, non-religious groups, groups that cater to the needs of particular people, groups that preach violence and racism like the KKK in the United States, etc. The caveat they all have in common is that there is a cost of joining any group. They ask for membership fee, donations for special projects and make many other demands. They are really no different from various political groups who do the same thing.

But to accumulate vast riches in the name of faith and locking it up in underground vaults over centuries like in the temple vault shown in the photo above is greed because this wealth just sits there and does nothing for the devotees and the poor people anywhere.

The business of making money through faith is reprehensible to say the least but who feeds their greed if not you and I?

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Bloody history of Rajasthan

Source : Google photo of Chittorgarh fort in Rajasthan

Synopsis : When people value their honor and self respect more than anything else, they are ready to shed their blood to preserve it. This has been the hallmark of the brave men and women of Rajasthan who sacrificed themselves for the sake of their honor. It made the sands of Rajasthan soaked with their blood. Such is their tragic history.

There is a state in India called Rajasthan that means a place of kings. It was a feudal state where there were numerous kingdoms vying for supremacy over their neighboring kingdoms so they lived in almost constant state of warfare and fear of attack . So they built over 100 forts to protect themselves and their subject . Some of these forts are so massive that will impress you until you are told of their bloody history. That will send a shiver down your spine and you will have goose bumps.

Chittorgarh fort

Source : Google photo of Chittorgarh fort of Rajasthan with its water tank.

Take the massive fort of Chittorgarh as an example where lived a beautiful queen called Padmini who burned herself along with more than a thousand of her female companions by jumping into a massive fire instead of surrendering to the invading sultan of Delhi in the 12th century. It is the most massive fort in India that is named a UNESCO World Heritage site. People will tell you that even today one can hear the shrieks of burning women in the pit during a moonless nights and can hear the jingling of their ankle ornaments going to their painful death. Please read my blog on Queen Padmini here(A legend called Padmini)

There are numerous forts like this with similar horrible stories all over Rajasthan. Most of the forts were built on hill tops from where the sentries could spot the approaching enemies long before their arrival so they developed an ingenious system of flashing a polished metal disc in a rapid fire Morse code that could be read by another fort that would be then aware of the impending danger.

These forts could withstand a long siege by the enemy because they stored food and water for the population sheltering inside. They collected rainwater into a reservoir and had massive granaries and other facilities that could sustain life for months at a time. When they fell, there were tragic consequences. Women committed mass suicide and men fought until the last man fell.

This is the bloody history of Rajasthan called the land of kings. It was a land where people lived the life of uncertain future because they never knew when a war will break out and their sons will be forcibly conscripted to fight it and die. Their women who were pretty lived in fear of being abducted and sold to harems or into slavery that led to prostitution so they preferred to die than to surrender. Young widows who lost their husbands in war self- immolated on the burning pyre of their husbands and left their palm print on the walls of forts .

Some of their palm prints are still visible if you visit these forts but what will surprise you is the size of these palm prints that can only mean one thing. Some of these brave women were very very young and even children.

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Source : Google photo of hand prints of women before they self-immolated. The prints are now carved into stone on the walls of the fort.

There is a popular story in Rajasthan somewhere that is so tragic that it is unbelievable. There was a king who went to fight his enemy and took two pigeons with him. If he lost the war he would release the black pigeon and if he won the war, the white pigeon would be released. These pigeons then would fly back to the fort as harbinger of good news or bad news so people inside would act accordingly. It so happened that the king won the war but the black pigeon was accidentally released. Realizing the disaster, the king returned hastily to his fort but only to find the huge burning pyre where hundreds of women had jumped into.

Jaigarh fort cannon

Source : Google photo of massive cannon in Jaigarh fort near Jaipur

In many such forts you will still find the armory and other weapons like massive cannons. They display the swords, guns, armor plated vests , bows and arrows, javelins and numerous weapons. There are numerous types of daggers, knives , spikes, cannon balls filled with explosives in the museums there. There are uniforms the king and the soldiers wore, helmet and foot ware for them all will show you what a warrior people they were. There are beautiful clothes on display that royals and the common women wore in those days. There are museums full of jewelries and potteries to show you.

Some of these forts have buried treasures that people speak of but no one knows where it is buried. The fort of Jaigarh near Jaipur is one such fort where according to the common folklore a huge treasure was buried by the King Man Singh who brought it from Afghanistan after defeating the kings there. No one knew where inside the fort it was buried but Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi sent a team to look for the buried treasure.

The Indian army cordoned off the entire fort and started some serious digging everywhere. No one was allowed near the fort for a long time but one night lots of Army trucks left the fort for Delhi and closed the highway for the public for several hours so people speculate what the trucks may have been carrying. No one knows even today what they found and where it was taken to.

Jaigarh fort water tank

Source : Google photo of the empty water tank in Jaigarh fort that has stairs going three floors deep.

When we visited the Jaigarh fort near Jaipur a few years ago, we were shown a square shaped huge cement water tank in the courtyard of the fort that had no water. A guide then showed us a small opening at the base of the raised cement pond that showed stairs going down in the darkness. The guide said it was three story deep and that is probably where the treasure was kept in sealed vaults that the army people found and transferred the treasure to some other equally secret location. It is possible that the treasure rooms are connected by secret tunnels from inside the fort but no one is allowed in.

Needless to say that the long history of Rajasthan is filled with epic tales of sacrifice by women and men who still value honor and self dignity above everything else. They are the descendants of their fierce warrior forefathers and proudly join the Indian army to fight for the country. Their bravery in battle is legendary in the military history of India. The British were wary of these fighting people who had no word for surrender in their vocabulary so fought to death.

Rajasthani women

Source : Google photo of colorful Rajasthan women 

The Rajasthan women are pretty and wear very colorful dresses that are different from what women wear in other parts of the country. You will still see them in their very colorful long skirts and wearing a lot silver jewelries. Rajasthan is a dry state so you will see many deep wells called Baoris or step wells built long ago by the kings and queens but now there is a massive canal over 600 kms long that brings water to the dry part of the state that helps farmers grow many crops there. The road network is being expanded and water and electricity is being brought to villages and cities all over the state.

Stairwells of rajasthan

Source : Google photo of a very deep stairwell in Rajasthan

People now live in peace and are proud to show you their rich heritage of their forts, palaces and havelis everywhere although it hides a bloody past.

 

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Moral corruption of soul

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Synopsis : I see a widespread decline in moral values everywhere that used to be the guiding principle to live a decent life and be useful to others without any recompense. But the world is in the grip of the tsunami of a decadent culture and values that is dragging us down and away from our humane roots. The blog looks at some of the reasons and asks many questions.

The collective soul of individuals makes the soul of a nation so when the individual souls are morally corrupt, it makes the soul of a nation corrupt. This leads to the downfall of that nation. Nations, empires, kingdoms rose and fell in the past due to the corruption of the soul that starts as a rot that eventually engulfs the whole nation.

The religion or faith in morals guides the people to stay on the virtuous path so the Ten Commandments become a guiding principle to people but these commandments are not unique to the Christians. Almost all religions have them in one form or the other and form the basis of their society.

But we see that in many countries, people have walked away from these principles or pay less attention to in their daily lives so a moral corruption seeps in. Such people see nothing wrong in taking bribes to do their job, taking advantage of a weak and vulnerable person for their personal gain, lying, cheating others, deceitful behavior, letting people down and not keeping promises made in good faith, borrowing money but not repaying, arrogance of money or social position, discriminating people based on skin color, ethnicity or gender, intolerance of others and their religion, racism and a belief in self-superiority etc. The list is long that corrupts the souls of people in any country.

This collective decay of moral values is the rot that brings down a country so that nation becomes a pariah in the League of Nations. No one trusts them, wants to settle there or have any dealings with them through trade, commerce and cultural exchange. There are many examples of such nations that have become pariahs because they have lost their moral guiding principles that give directions in their life. At the top of the list are countries ruled by a despot dictator like in North Korea where people are enslaved and have no freedom that other nations enjoy. They live in fear of one man who decides how they should live. It is really no different from brutal kings or queens of the past who ruled their subject with an iron fist and punished those who wanted to live freely.

The French , British and the Spanish kings constantly waged wars with their neighbors or sent huge armies to regain Jerusalem so they needed huge amount of money that they forcibly collected from the poor and the rich people alike or borrowed from the Templars. People lived in fear and abject poverty but their sons were forced to join the armies to fight in crusades and die somewhere. When the Templars wanted the king of France to repay them the money borrowed, he invited them to a meeting where all were massacred. This was the moral decay of the kingdom that affected everyone.

When people live in fear, they start mistrusting people because they become suspicious of others. They are always afraid that someone will report them to the dictator who will put them in prison, torture or kill them because a dictator becomes extremely paranoid who does not trust anyone. To live in such a country is to live in a nightmare so people become desperate and try to escape. Hundreds of people were killed while trying to escape East Germany if you recall. Millions of people have left their country of birth because of war and the brutal government that is rotten to the core and spreads the rot to the people.

This moral rot of a regime that subjugates its people leads to revolution that encourages the common people to come out and join the rebels like in Cuba, Romania, Haiti and many other countries where people overthrew their dictators at a tremendous loss of innocent lives. In the past the revolution in France and Russia was the outcome of the repressive regimes there.

Those of you who travel all over the world for tourism have stories to tell about how you were treated by the airport authorities and the people. In spite of having a valid visa, they will look at you with suspicion, will demand to see if you have money on you, will want to know how long you will stay, where you will stay, what places you intend to visit etc. They will do this in an impolite way to make you feel uncomfortable and unwelcome.

When you step out of the airport or the port of entry, you will be assailed by con men trying to make a quick buck out of you or the taxi man who will say that his meter does not work so he may charge you much more than the regular fare. You have to fight them off and get away as fast as you can.

Then you will go to a hotel where you will be surprised to find that the manager gives you a dirty room for a high price but you have no choice because it is late in the evening or night when it is hard to find a hotel you like. These hotels are run by con men who advertise in the Internet with fancy photos but in reality they are thieves and con men who take advantage of an innocent person like you and me because you have no choice.

On the streets a stern and impolite policeman may accost you and ask for your papers making you literally afraid and start to wonder if you made a mistake coming to such a country. The touts, the trinket sellers, the guides, the taxi men, the bell boys are all motivated by their greed for your money as soon as they spot you and decide that you are vulnerable. Some will openly ask for tips. This is the moral rot of a country that I write about today.

There is no denying the fact that the increased tourism in many parts of the world has fueled this greed in the local people who forget all decency of life and pound on you when they get a chance. It gives you a bad taste in your mouth because you are a decent person who expects courtesy and decency in other countries.

In some Eastern European countries, they will tell you at the airports that you must spend so many dollars per day of your stay and you must stay at the tourist designated hotels where they can spy on you and all your movements. You must be accompanied by a government approved guide who reports to them where you went, whom you met and all the petty details making you very uncomfortable because you may not be able to travel around freely. You may face great difficulties and harassment if you overstay and want to extend your visa just by a few days.

Then there are countries where they give preferential treatment depending on the passport you carry. Some passport holders are treated with hostility and thorough body and luggage search while others may pass freely because they hold a passport that gives them preferential treatment. The skin color, ethnicity and even the quality of your luggage may play a role in how you are treated.

In India, the tourists are often piled into buses that are marked as Tourist in big bold letters that attracts the con men and cheaters like flies who will try to take advantage. It is shocking to see it and experience such moral degradation in people that puts a dark shadow on the whole country although there are plenty of good people whom you may never meet.

Then there is naked racism in many countries where they may deny you a hotel room just because you have a dark skin or wear clothes they do not approve or have turban or beard or other physical attributes that raise alarm bells in them. In Algeria one hotel manager thought that I was a Touareg from the desert so would not give me a hotel room. When I showed my passport, only then he was convinced and let me stay there.

In Delhi a hotel manager said there was a room but when my wife showed up, the fellow changed his mind thinking that I had eloped with a foreign woman. This vulgarity and open suspicion should have no place in a civilized society but we unfortunately live in an imperfect world where anything goes.

One German gentleman told me that he was somewhere in the United States while reading a Time magazine when a policeman showed up and roughly asked him why he was tearing up some pages of the magazine. This surprised the German fellow because he did not know that tearing up a page or two of a discarded magazine was unlawful.

It wasn’t but the arrogant policeman treated him harshly just the same while keeping his hand on the holster of his loaded gun. This is the absolute rot I am writing about. It affects everyone. People call the police just because they are paranoid and suspicious of someone because the way he looks, his skin color or his beard or turban.

You may not notice them but there are thousands of cameras mounted on poles or buildings that follow every citizen and send their images in real time to a central computer somewhere that analyzes these images and tries to identify them using facial recognition software. This is spying on people on a massive scale that goes on 24/7 that boggles the mind of anyone.

In the airports they will take your photo, finger print you like a criminal and scan your luggage before you are allowed out. The paranoia is everywhere. The cameras will follow you in malls where you are planning to buy something. The cameras will follow you if you go to certain consulates or embassies. Even unpaid traffic tickets get registered in their computer and may cause you some problem in the future.

They scan the license plate number of your car to see if your car is stolen or not and may stop you just to make sure. The policeman may shout at you and ask to see your papers while keeping his hand on his gun. May be it is the loaded gun that gives them the courage to behave this way. I wonder if they would behave more genially if they carried only a baton like in some countries and even save many lives. The trigger happy policemen have killed people of color just because of a busted tail light in their car in the United States.

So ask this question – Where is the basic courtesy? What happened to civilized behavior in people? What happened to the humanity that shows aggression at the slightest chance?

Why is it so? I know the answer. It is because of moral rot that is spreading through their society that makes them behave this way. When the whole country starts to behave in a degrading and suspicious way then it means only one thing. This moral rot of their soul has spread far and wide and affects the whole nation. No one is spared.

Neighbors do not talk to neighbors, office workers are paranoid about their officemates, office manager treats his employees in a degrading and humiliating way, the government offices where one seeks their services are filled with rude people who will answer you in impolite way when you ask them simple questions, the store owner who cheats you and shortchanges you are the experiences many of us have.

The suspicion and the fear of others who are not like them fuels this paranoia that you notice in many communities. The pressure of economic needs to survive makes people lose their humanity so they start to behave badly. The credit card culture in many countries exacerbates this problem. When you live on credit and have very little reserve to tide you over the hard times, you tend to become more aggressive and impolite to others.

The credit card culture makes people live on edge all the time and it shows in their behavior. You will always worry about how to pay back the debt to the bank, to the car dealer, to the hospital, to the school or college. You will worry about how to pay for the things you need to survive all because you took too much credit so now the Shylock wants his pound of flesh plus interest so it leaves you sleepless.

The phenomenal rise in the number of people who are looking for quick money from commission that you must pay them if you have the misfortune to deal with them is a sign of rot of moral values. A gentleman helps someone out with something because he has moral values that dictate his actions. He is not looking for a commission and believes that he has a moral obligation to help someone who needs his help in some way.

We were very surprised when some missionaries in Haiti asked us why we helped an American woman who had a car accident. Did we know her? We answered that it was the right thing to do.

When Rome was past its glory and on its way to oblivion because people had become so rotten and decadent, so perverse and without humanity, there was an example that justified its end.

There was a very greedy man who had several fire chariots so people ran to him to seek his help when their homes were on fire. He then started to make extraordinary demands before he would agree to put the fire out. He wanted a lot of money upfront. So many homes burnt down because they could not come up with money soon while his fire chariots sat full of water.

The corruption and greed of this man was well known even in distant parts of the Roman Empire so when the Caesar tired of this man sent him away to a distant province, people quickly caught him there and poured liquid gold down his throat that he loved so much.

What is a country without its soul intact? What are the people who make up their country who have lost their moral values and have become inhuman? Some people may not believe that there is such a thing as soul so let us call it their conscience. What is a man without conscience? What is a nation without conscience that values greed for money and material goods over good deeds to help their fellow beings?

When a simple chat with a black man could have saved his life, the policeman knocked him down and suffocated him to death while people watched in horror. Have we become so inhuman for this to happen today? What will be our future without our moral courage to do what is right?

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Looters and pilferers

Source:  Google photo of the British and his servants

Synopsis : The world history is replete with invasion of rich and beautiful countries by those who sought to expand their rule over them in order to enrich themselves . The whole idea of colonialism was based on it but the British took it to the next level when they invaded India and carted away over 45 trillion dollars worth in loot and leaving behind their bloody legacy of massacres, rapes and ruthless tyranny that left scars that fail to heal.

Once India was called the golden bird because she was immensely rich. It accounted for over 25 % of the global trade at some point exporting silk, spices and numerous manufactured goods. The story of its vast riches reached far and wide that got the attention of the looters and pilferers in every continent who then made a very determined effort to loot and pilfer the riches of India.

The loot of India started long before the Mughals or the British arrived. The looters came from Afghanistan through the Khybar pass bringing with them often a huge army with the promise of sharing the loot with them so there was no shortage of greedy people to pillage the country. Among them were rabid fundamentalist Moslems who thought that it was their duty to bring Islam to the heathens by any means so they chose the most violent means being most expedient. To them it was a worthy cause so they came to shed blood and brought back the loot and the slaves to Afghanistan. They destroyed beautiful Hindu temples to build mosques all over India. These Moslem invaders not only looted the riches of the temple, they desecrated the idols in the temple and totally destroyed them turning into rubbles .They killed a large number of innocent people and forced Islam on the rest.

In 1024, during the reign of Bhima I, the prominent Turkic Muslim ruler Mahmud of Ghazni raided Gujarat, plundering the Somnath temple and breaking its jyotirlinga. He took away a booty of 20 million gold dinars.  They later boasted that Mahmud had killed 50,000 devotees who tried to defend the temple. The temple has been rebuilt after the independence. It would have been remarkable if they had done so only once but it is hard to believe that they looted it 17 times over as many years because of a rabid fundamentalism in Islam that forbade female deities that were found in the temple. (Wikipedia )

Source : Google photo of the ruins of Somnath temple in India

Another invader called Bakhtiar Khilji also came to India in the 12th century to loot and massacre a very large number of Hindus and Buddhists but his worst crime was the burning to ashes the one and only University of Nalanda that had a vast library of over 9 million books and manuscripts that took them over six months to burn all the library contained. They slayed all the teachers and students who meant no harm to anyone. Now you can visit the ruins of what was once a great university 800 years ago and wonder at the horrific cruelty of the Afghans.

Source : Google photo of the ruins of the Nalanda university

The Indian history is replete with invasions, mass slaughter of its peaceful people and mass forced conversion of Hindus to Islam using threats of death.

But the Mughals excelled in warfare to impose their will on India so Babur came to try his luck in the 15th century when he easily defeated the Sultan of Delhi in the battle of Panipat north of Delhi and established the Mughal Empire. It would last until 1857 when the last Mughal king was ousted by the British and sent to Burma to die there.

Before Babur, there were numerous invaders from Afghanistan who came to loot and massacre Indians at will and some of them stayed to rule as Sultans in Delhi. Others returned to Herat or Ghazni with their loot. What is sad is the fact after all the loot they got from India, Afghanistan today remains mired in poverty and warfare because the looters only enriched themselves but spent very little to improve the lives of common people of Afghanistan while England used the loot to develop its country. They became an industrial country with the raw materials they got from India and sold their manufactured goods all over the world to become richer.  Spain and France did the same by exploiting the raw materials they got from their colonies to develop their own textile and rubber industries.

But when it came to loot the country systematically and subjugate its people, the British proved to be the most efficient. They brought with them modern weapons like rifles and gun powder, canons and military people who then went on to create and train a vast army of Indians that they needed to win  numerous battles they fought and won. This army was loyal to them and killed Indians at their behest like in Jalianwala Bagh in Amritsar where they shot dead in cold blood 1600 innocent men , women and even children who had peacefully gathered to protest the occupation of India in 1919. I have visited the park where the scars of bullets on the walls are still visible.

All tyrants need an army and the police force to rule so the British took over the entire country stretching from Afghanistan to Burma and ruled it with an iron fist first in the name of the East India trading company and later in the name of Queen Victoria after the first insurrection for freedom in 1857 that they crushed using the Indian soldiers to shoot and hang thousands of freedom fighters.

How the foreigners looted India to make their own country rich so that India became a destitute country where people starved and lived in extreme poverty is well documented. This was a shameful descent of a once proud and rich country into poverty and hopelessness because they were not united to put up a fight to win back their freedom. A hero called Bose would be born later to do just that. I have written about the national hero Bose and his struggle for the independence in my earlier blogs that you may like to read in this context.

There is a story that is commonly told in Britain that the colonization of India – as horrible as it may have been – was not of any major economic benefit to Britain itself. If anything, the administration of India was a cost to Britain. So the fact that the empire was sustained for so long – the story goes – was a gesture of Britain’s benevolence.

New research by the renowned economist Utsa Patnaik – just published by Columbia University Press – deals a crushing blow to this narrative. Drawing on nearly two centuries of detailed data on tax and trade, Patnaik calculated that Britain drained a total of nearly $45 trillion from India during the period 1765 to 1938. It’s a staggering sum. For perspective, $45 trillion is 17 times more than the total annual gross domestic product of the United Kingdom today.

How did this come about?

It happened through the trade system. Prior to the colonial period, Britain bought goods like textiles and rice from Indian producers and paid for them in the normal way – mostly with silver – as they did with any other country. But something changed in 1765, shortly after the East India Company took control of the subcontinent and established a monopoly over Indian trade.

Here’s how it worked. The East India Company began collecting taxes in India, and then cleverly used a portion of those revenues (about a third)to fund the purchase of Indian goods for British use. In other words, instead of paying for Indian goods out of their own pocket, British traders acquired them for free, “buying” from peasants and weavers using money that had just been taken from them.

It was a scam – theft on a grand scale. Yet most Indians were unaware of what was going on because the agent who collected the taxes was not the same as the one who showed up to buy their goods. Had it been the same person, they surely would have smelled a rat.

Some of the stolen goods were consumed in Britain, and the rest were re-exported elsewhere. The re-export system allowed Britain to finance a flow of imports from Europe, including strategic materials like iron, tar and timber, which were essential to Britain’s industrialisation. Indeed, the Industrial Revolution depended in large part on this systematic theft from India.

On top of this, the British were able to sell the stolen goods to other countries for much more than they “bought” them for in the first place, pocketing not only 100 percent of the original value of the goods but also the markup.

After the British Raj took over in 1858, colonisers added a special new twist to the tax-and-buy system. As the East India Company’s monopoly broke down, Indian producers were allowed to export their goods directly to other countries. But Britain made sure that the payments for those goods nonetheless ended up in London. 

How did this work? Basically, anyone who wanted to buy goods from India would do so using special Council Bills – a unique paper currency issued only by the British Crown. And the only way to get those bills was to buy them from London with gold or silver. So traders would pay London in gold to get the bills, and then use the bills to pay Indian producers. When Indians cashed the bills in at the local colonial office, they were “paid” in rupees out of tax revenues – money that had just been collected from them. So, once again, they were not in fact paid at all; they were defrauded.

Meanwhile, London ended up with all of the gold and silver that should have gone directly to the Indians in exchange for their exports.

This corrupt system meant that even while India was running an impressive trade surplus with the rest of the world – a surplus that lasted for three decades in the early 20th century – it showed up as a deficit in the national accounts because the real income from India’s exports wasappropriatedin its entirety by Britain. 

Some point to this fictional “deficit” as evidence that India was a liability to Britain. But exactly the opposite is true. Britain intercepted enormous quantities of income that rightly belonged to Indian producers. India was the goose that laid the golden egg. Meanwhile, the “deficit” meant that India had no option but to borrow from Britain to finance its imports. So the entire Indian population was forced into completely unnecessary debt to their colonial overlords, further cementing British control. 

Britain used the windfall from this fraudulent system to fuel the engines of imperial violence – funding the invasion of China in the 1840s and the suppression of the Indian Rebellion in 1857. And this was on top of what the Crown took directly from Indian taxpayers to pay for its wars. As Patnaik points out, “the cost of all Britain’s wars of conquest outside Indian borders were charged always wholly or mainly to Indian revenues.” 

And that’s not all. Britain used this flow of tribute from India to finance the expansion of capitalism in Europe and regions of European settlement, like Canada and Australia. So not only the industrialisation of Britain but also the industrialisation of much of the Western world was facilitated by extraction from the colonies.

Patnaik identifies four distinct economic periods in colonial India from 1765 to 1938, calculates the extraction for each, and then compounds at a modest rate of interest (about 5 percent, which is lower than the market rate) from the middle of each period to the present. Adding it all up, she finds that the total drain amounts to $44.6 trillion. This figure is conservative, she says, and does not include the debts that Britain imposed on India during the Raj.

These are eye-watering sums. But the true costs of this drain cannot be calculated. If India had been able to invest its own tax revenues and foreign exchange earnings in development – as Japan did – there’s no telling how history might have turned out differently. India could very well have become an economic powerhouse. Centuries of poverty and suffering could have been prevented.

All of this is a sobering antidote to the rosy narrative promoted by certain powerful voices in Britain. The conservative historian Niall Ferguson has claimed that British rule helped “develop” India. While he was prime minister, David Cameron asserted that British rule was a net help to India.

This narrative has found considerable traction in the popular imagination: according to a 2014 YouGov poll, 50 percent of people in Britain believe that colonialism was beneficial to the colonies.

Yet during the entire 200-year history of British rule in India, there was almost no increase in per capita income. In fact, during the last half of the 19th century – the heyday of British intervention – income in India collapsed by half. The average life expectancy of Indians dropped by a fifth from 1870 to 1920. Tens of millions died needlessly of policy-induced famine.

Britain didn’t develop India. Quite the contrary – as Patnaik’s work makes clear – India developed Britain.

What does this require of Britain today? An apology? Absolutely. Reparations? Perhaps – although there is not enough money in all of Britain to cover the sums that Patnaik identifies. In the meantime, we can start by setting the story straight. We need to recognize that Britain retained control of India not out of benevolence but for the sake of plunder and that Britain’s industrial rise didn’t emerge sui generis from the steam engine and strong institutions, as our schoolbooks would have it, but depended on violent theft from other lands and other peoples. ( source : article by Utsa Patnaik , economist )

The horrible famines of 1770 and 1943 in Bengal :

Source : Life photo of the 1943 Bengal famine

The Bengal famine of 1943 was the only one in modern Indian history not to occur as a result of serious drought, according to a study that provides scientific backing for arguments that Churchill-era British policies were a significant factor contributing to the catastrophe. This famine was largely attributed to the harsh taxation by the British, poor rainfall and hoarding of rice by the black marketers but the shipment of food from Australia that arrived at the Kolkata port was diverted to England by the order of Churchill who said that the Indians breed like rabbits. Let them starve. Some three million people did so and died. The famine of 1770 had taken over 10 million lives that could have been avoided by the British but they failed to do so just like in the famine of 1943.

If you closely look at the interior walls of Taj Mahal in Agra, you will notice that the jewels decorating the inlay art work on the marble are all fake because the British took out the real gems and put glass beads instead. The real gems of diamonds, rubies and sapphires etc.  were used originally to decorate the art work that glowed in the candle light but even the mighty Mughal kings and queens could not protect their mausoleums from the British. The loot did not stop there.

They took away the legacy of a great nation when they carted away thousands of statues from temples, museums and royal palaces to fill their museums in England. This loot was so systematic that it boggles our mind. Gold, silver, bronze and other precious artifacts ended up in English museums because there was no one to stop them. The queen Elizabeth II shamelessly wears the crown that is studded with stolen diamonds from India.

They brought railway lines to do it. They laid a vast network of railway lines, built bridges and cut tunnels through mountains so that they could carry away to England , train loads of cotton, grains and minerals to run their factories . They made saris out of cotton from India in Birmingham mills and sold them back to India. In the process they destroyed whatever textile industry India had and were very upset when Mohandas Gandhi started to encourage the weaving and making of Khadi cotton clothes in villages throughout the country.

The French were also very good at looting so you will find their museums filled with statuaries from Egypt and precious jewelries of gold and silver. I have seen them at the Louvre in Paris and wondered at their audacity of looting the heritage of a country so brazenly and so shamelessly just like the British in India. Napoleon Bonaparte brought back to France shiploads of statues and even obelisks from Egypt while the Egyptians looked helplessly and cowered before the looting army of the king of France.

The Spanish invaders of Mexico and other Latin countries carried back to Spain numerous shiploads of gold , silver and other precious things using their brute military force to subjugate and kill the Mexicans and left behind the country in total ruin and chaos. The rabble priests who always accompanied the conquistadores forced Christianity on the hapless people and their soldiers killed those who refused so it was the same thing the Moslems did in India.

The British, French and the Portuguese all brought ruthless padres to spread their brand of Christianity among the Indians as if they all needed to be saved being the pagans. This was their mentality that the Indians were unbelievers so they must be made to believe in the imported religion in order to save them from purgatory.

St Xavier in Goa left a bloody legacy of forceful conversion of the locals there but is called a saint just the same. Many Portuguese, Spanish and the French saints were specially trained by the Inquisition to do so. The French went a step further when they brought with them the infamous guillotine to chop off the heads of unbelievers in the new world they had conquered.

The British developed a very efficient tax collection system throughout the Indian subcontinent and placed well trained tax collectors in every district for this purpose. They trained many young and bright Indians in England to become ICS officers (Imperial Civil Service) who would return to India to work for the British as tax collectors, judges, administrative officers, accountants etc. They ran the Empire under close supervision of their British masters. The British established law schools, universities, medical colleges and other such institutions to educate and train Indians to serve their needs because they could not bring all such people from England. The same way they created the British army by recruiting and training Indians to do their dirty jobs. Only the officers were British.

The police officers were always British but the policemen of lower ranks were recruited and trained by the British. They were loyal to their masters and played a major role in subjugating their own countrymen using very harsh methods. If you remember the scene from the movie Gandhi, you will see how the policemen beat the peaceful protesters the whole day to fracture their skulls and kill many because that was the order of the British.

The British were more sophisticated so they brought with them the modern technology of warfare and a system to administer the whole country in order to exploit its wealth. The apologists in England still claim that the British Raaj was good for India because they meaning the British brought new technologies and an efficient administrative system but they still do not admit that it was all done to serve the British interest and not the Indians.

The Indians remained mired in poverty and a constant state of subjugation and humiliation because the colonialists were so ruthless. They put up signboards outside their clubs saying Indians and dogs not allowed here. No Indian could ride a train in the first class section anywhere and no Indian could ever be the head of an office. The British took to sexually molest Indian women at will thus creating the Anglo Indians who still dream of migrating to England they call home.  

Source : U tube video

Source : U tube video

Source : U tube video

I have put together a few videos that will explain to you in graphic details the rape and loot of India that will open your eyes to what really happened and who were responsible for it. The world knows so little about this dark side of the British because they wrote the history to make them look good. British children are not taught what really happened in the British Empire in which the crown jewel was India. Their paid historians only wrote what pleased their masters.

But India is now a free country and rising fast to become a developed country with great military power. The people born after the Independence in 1947 do not know much about the British Raaj because practically nothing remains of the British presence in India now. The physical signs are long gone but what still remains is the scar they left behind that does not heal. The glass beads of Taj Mahal or the millions of Anglo Indians will remind you who were the British and what they did to India.

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Why traditions fade away?

Source : Google photo of Mylapore Kolam Festival. A lady is drawing floral patterns or Kolam as part of the Mylapore Festival held each year in Chennai, South India.A Kolam is a drawing made using rice flour in every house in the mornings and it is considered auspicious. This tradition is fading away in many parts.

Synopsis : The fading traditions due to social and demographic changes come at a cost of greater isolation of people from each other and loneliness. The traditions connected us to our past in a joyful way that has now given way to what some people call practicality. The blog looks at the reasons and the consequences of living a modern life devoid of traditions that used to help people come together in the past.

No matter where we come from, we always talk of some traditions that we follow while rejecting quite a few others as the time passes. We say that we value certain traditions and wish to continue them while the next generation shows less veneration and gives up what some consider their cherished traditions. The society as a whole is undergoing changes brought about by the pressure of new technology, new priorities and new age of looking at traditions with a critical eye and questioning their validity today.

I see many traditions I grew up with vanishing because people do not consider them worth continuing. It brings back the nostalgia that the old traditions still evoke in me but the next generation does not seem to care because it is not their priority any more.

I used to greatly enjoy the Diwali festival when many houses were decorated with oil lamps and the Goddess of wealth Lakhsmi was worshipped in Hindu homes to seek her blessings for prosperity and a happy home. Usually Diwali is celebrated in November to celebrate the triumphant return of Lord Ram from Lanka where he fought the King Ravana to rescue Sita so people lit his way with oil lamps all the way from Lanka to Ayodhya so a delightful tradition was born that people all over the country carried on for thousands of years. Diwali is the time when most Hindus whitewash or paint their homes to give it a fresh look.

Source : Google photo of joyful Diwali celebration by lighting clay lamps in Hindu homes

At this time it was my job to look for the clay lamps, cotton for making the wicks and the castor oil while my brothers looked for fire crackers to liven up the spirit. We sat around making cotton wicks to put in clay lamps that we filled with castor oil, placed them on window tops and other places. We kept the lamps going by refilling them with oil. Our home glowed and looked so beautiful with all the lamps while our elder sister made decorative designs on the floor with rice paste that she mixed with different colors to signify that Goddess Lakhsmi was coming to bless our  home.

Source : Google photo of clay lamps and pottery making for Diwali is also vanishing.

Our ma celebrated the worship of Lakhsmi with elaborate rituals, sweets and ceremony that we all joined in. This tradition was a joyous occasion for us all when we were young.

Many years later when I was home again, I saw my sister putting up tiny candles and trying to light them one by one but they soon went out. She said with a sad face that no one cared to light the clay lamps the way we used to so she bought the tiny candles to continue the tradition in a halfhearted way. Our sweet mom also died so the celebration of the worship of Lakhsmi has also stopped. Our elder sister is now dead so no one made the decorative designs on the floor with colored rice flour any more.

The joy of Diwali had gone out because people have given up the tradition of celebrating it the way we used to. Now the market is filled with cheap imported Chinese lights that some people put up for a day or two because they can’t be bothered to look for the clay lamps, cotton for wicks and the oil anymore. They have given up traditions in the name of practicality now so the old traditions are slowly vanishing.

Another tradition was the celebration of Holi which is a color festival when we used to spray colored water on others while they did the same. We got really dirty when someone smeared black or red paint on our faces while others threw red or vermillion powder on each other to make the festival very colorful.

Source : Google photo of Holi celebration

At this time Ma made a lot of sweets at home. Holi was a time for joy and festivity. In the evening people hugged each other and put sweets in your mouth while the kids made a pile of wood in the square to make a huge bonfire that signified burning away evil and usher in the new era of peace and prosperity. Everything had a religious connotation since the festivals were usually related to some important religious event in the past meaning thousands of years ago.

Source : Google photo of pickle making at home

There are many things that people now have given up that were a part of our life when we were growing up. Our Ma always made pickles of mango, tamarind and other things for which I was asked to peel the green mangoes, grate them on a sharp grater or picked the seeds out of the tamarind to get them ready for Ma to make pickles. I had to go to the market for all the spices and mustard oil needed to make the pickles. She then filled up huge ceramic jars with delicious pickles and put them on the roof when the sun did the job.

Now people do not make pickles at home because women do not care to make them. They buy the commercial pickles because it is easier and more practical. This word keeps popping up now because people discard the traditions in the name of practicality but there are many other socio economic reasons as well that I will explore some more later in the blog.

Source : Google photo of Bari making at home that too is fading away.

Another tradition that has disappeared today is the making of Bari at home. Bari is the paste of a certain type of pulse called dal in India that is soaked overnight and then made into a paste. My Ma would get up early in the morning, bathe and put on fresh sari and perform a worship of some Deities before she would start making Bari. The bari would dry up in the sun and would be kept for the whole year in the pantry so our pantry was full of bari, pickles and whole grains of wheat, rice and dal.

Now women just buy the bari and can’t be bothered to make them at home because it is more practical to just buy them. The point is that these things were available in the market when we were growing up but our Ma still made them at home at a much lower cost and of better quality. She did not mind the work that was required to do so.

A whole generation has grown up that knows nothing about making pickles and bari at home or making sweets during the festival time. My dad always made the paste of besan ( chick pea flour) and put it through a sieve into hot oil to fry it to crispy golden color and then put it in the sugar syrup. This was a delight we enjoyed greatly during the annual Pooja festival. Not anymore.

Source : Google photo of the modern trend of catering during Indian marriages.

One tradition that I miss is the marriage feast when we served our guests with food,  sweets etc. and urged them to eat more. We knew all the guests so we called them uncle or aunt out of politeness. Everyone enjoyed the food together while some people cracked jokes when someone competed to see who could eat a large number of sweets. It made the marriage feast a very joyful occasion.

Now a morose caterer supplies the food laid out on tables so the guests take what they want, eat silently and leave the envelop to someone for the bride and the groom and leave. They do not enter the house because the caterer sets up the tent outside the house. They do not meet with the bride or the groom or the parents who are taking part in the rituals of marriage inside the house. The priest decides the time of marriage which may be at 1 am so very few people remain to see the act of marriage. The marriage was no longer a joyful occasion but rather a boring event people were anxious to get over with. It seems that the parent’s generation kept going the delightful traditions that the next generation has totally discarded in the name of practicality.

One thing that has drastically changed now is the size of a family. We were eight brothers and sisters not counting a few who did not survive their first year so a large family was the norm. Now you will find only one or two kids per family. This has come about due to the tremendous economic pressure that has forced the middle class to limit the number of children they produce. If the first child is a girl, they may not have a second child due to the fear that they may have two daughters in a row. The cost of raising two daughters and to save money for their dowry later is so high that the middle class can’t afford.

It is also true that women today do not stay home like their grandmothers did so they get education and jobs that has made them more independent. They have no time for making things at home the way our Ma did so they opt for fast food or eating at the cafeteria their employers offer. Most working women now are lousy cooks because they spent so little time in the kitchen learning from their elders while growing up. This focus on earning money after some education has made people give up many traditions that I mentioned earlier. It is an ongoing process during which many more traditions will be lost that will have a huge impact on the society as a whole and on the individual families.

In the past ,the traditions were followed that brought people in the community together to celebrate festivals together and visit each other but that has changed now due to the individualistic culture that has developed. Now the kids stay home playing with their play stations or Galaxy pads to play games but they know very few kids in their community. They are lonely and reclusive not by choice but due to the changing society.

So far I have written about the changing traditions in the cities and among the middleclass that seems to power the engine of development in any country but not all people live in urban areas. There are millions of people who still live in the rural areas where many traditions I mentioned in this blog still thrive to a great extent but they are not totally immune from the winds of change either.

The rural population in many countries is under pressure due to the physical and demographic changes that have come about. Now the rural parts of India are increasingly being connected with roads, electricity, Internet connections, schools and other facilities that make the pressure to change great.

They may still have large number of children but the kids now go to school and many go to college who later move to cities to find jobs. The small farmers find it harder to feed their family so many sell their land to move to cities to find jobs. They cannot compete with large or very large mechanized farms that are taking over the task of farming like what has happened in the United States and other countries.

What has changed in the rural areas is that more women have come forward who have shaken off their traditional roles of home and hearth. For the first time they feel that they are equal to anyone so they must get education, training and seek opportunities that come their way.

Source : Google photo of girls wrestling boys and beating them too in India

I was delighted to see young girls wrestling with boys and beating them in village wrestling matches watched by thousands. This is a fundamental change from the way women were treated a generation ago. Now girls join the army, navy and air force to become officers who command over men. They join the police force where many become officers. Some compete to join the Indian administrative service where they achieve high ranks. They had to give up many traditions like home and hearth to achieve what many have achieved so there is no going back for them. This is a positive change that is sweeping the country now.

This new generation of urban and rural women who are more educated than their parents is making a big impact on the society as a whole but it has come at a price. Their priorities are very different from their parents whom they consider as traditional because they still value old traditions.

The infrastructure development all over the country like India is also changing the society and the behavior of people often in a negative way because they have discarded what was once enjoyable that brought people together in their great rush to re prioritize their wants and needs. It is therefore inevitable that old traditions are given up because to them they are no longer practical. It is no longer practical to get to know others and say hello. It is no longer practical for the kids to play with other kids so they stay home and morosely watch inane TV programs or play with their toys.

It is no longer practical to observe and participate in joyous festivals because people in big cities live in small apartments in high rise monolithic and ugly tenements that have no parks nearby. It is no longer practical for women or girls to learn to cook and learn about home making because of fast food available on line and delivered to your doorsteps anytime.

So we have lost a great deal of what was beautiful and what people enjoyed together in the name of practicality. When people lose their social bonding, they become lonely and die alone in their homes while others go about their business until the stench of a rotting corpse assails their nostrils. Those who can afford go to fancy old age homes.

Therefore I reject the notion of practicality to discard the traditions that used to bring people closer. We have not learned what the modern living has done to people in other countries so we tend to imitate them. I think our parents were wiser and enjoyed life more than the present generation. It is not the flat screen TV or the car that makes your life better but the human interaction that came through traditions.  

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101 Most beautiful places in India

Source : Google photo of Holi celebration in India

India is a land of contrast. Its rich cultural heritage, scenic beauty, flora and fauna, its diverse people, their ancient culture and traditions, its desert and lofty snow clad mountains in the north, its arts and crafts, its diverse wildlife , its culinary delights , its architecture, palaces and forts, its colorful people and their colorful festivals all make India a coveted destination.

Its beauty surprises visitors . Its food delights them. Its colorful festivals mesmerize them. India in short is like no other country in the world. Now you will see a country on its way to become a developed country with its vast network or roads, railways, modern airports, modern everything that is improving the lives of its people with unprecedented speed . The whole country has gone digital where almost all services of the government are available on line  but the following 101 places will show you India in a way that will stay in your heart forever.  I wish you a wonderful experience in India that I call home.

Travel while you’re still young. Lose yourself to find your own self. Live like there’s no tomorrow. And whatever you’ll explore today will last a lifetime with you. So, here’s a list of 101 amazing tourist places in India you must visit before you turn 30. These are not just destinations but fun places that will offer you some crazy experiences of a lifetime. What are you waiting for? It’s time to pack your bags and set on a journey to scratch off a few destinations from your bucket list. It’s time to visit these best tourist places in India to explore yourself on a journey.

Here is a list of 101 most beautiful places in India .These places in India are known for their magnificence and overall beauty. They are the gems of India you can visit and be enthralled. It will leave on you a deep impression

  1. Goa: The Official Party Hub
  2. Mcleodganj: Heaven Amidst The Hills
  3. Srinagar: The Gem Of Kashmir
  4. Andaman: The Beach Haven
  5. Leh-Ladakh: The Biker’s Paradise
  6. Binsar: Explore The Realms Of Wildlife
  7. Coorg: Walk Amidst The Coffee Plantations
  8. Kerala: The Magical God’s Own Country
  9. Kanatal: For The Best Camping Experiences
  10. Kasol: The Trekker’s Paradise
  11. Kutch: The Most Beautiful Stretch Of White Desert
  12. Bir Billing: The Paragliding Hub Of India
  13. Assam: Home Of One-Horned Rhinos
  14. Rishikesh: The Adventure Capital Of India
  15. Shimla: The Queen Of Northern Hills
  16. Tirthan Valley: The Adventure Hub Of Himachal
  17. Jim Corbett: An Adventurous Jungle Adventure
  18. Manali: The Snowy Paradise
  19. Udaipur: The Romantic City Of Lakes
  20. Auli: A Perfect Place For Ski Lovers
  21. Mysore: Of Silk, Sandalwood, And Sweets
  22. Valley of Flowers: Rich In Flora And Fauna
  23. Jaisalmer: For The Best Desert Safari Ever
  24. Jodhpur: Bleed Blue In The Royal City
  25. Parashar Lake: For An Offbeat Experience
  26. Mukteshwar: The Lesser Known Gem Of Uttarakhand
  27. Dhanaulti: Explore The Most Beautiful Alpine Forests
  28. Varanasi: The Spiritual Capital Of India
  29. Mumbai: The City That Never Sleeps
  30. Kolkata: A City Of Charm, Culture, And Creative Minds
  31. Delhi: A Place That Everyone Calls Home
  32. Meghalaya: An Abode Of Clouds
  33. Sikkim: Home Of Ancient Buddhist Monasteries
  34. Agra: The Land Of Taj
  35. Cherrapunji: The Land Of Living Root Bridges
  36. Dalhousie: Witness The Victorian Architecture
  37. Hampi: Where The Ancient Ruins Come Alive
  38. Jabalpur: Watch The Mighty Dhuandhar Falls Cascading
  39. Mathura: The Birth Place Of Lord Krishna
  40. Hyderabad: Relish The Real Taste Of The Nizam’s Culture
  41. Amritsar: A Blend Of Culture, Food, & Religious Sites
  42. Orissa: The Land Of Temples
  43. Mahabalipuram: An Epitome Of Art & Architecture
  44. Visakhapatnam: Revisit One Of The Best Beaches In India
  45. Ooty: Meet The Queen Of The Nilgiri Mountains
  46. Kodaikanal: The Princess Of Southern Hill Stations
  47. Pondicherry: The Quaint Little French Beach Town
  48. Mahabaleshwar: Relish The Best Of Western Ghats
  49. Darjeeling: Home Of The Thrilling Himalayan Railway
  50. Ziro: An Escape For The Peace Seekers
  51. Khajjiar: India’s Mini Switzerland
  52. Mount Abu: Rajasthan’s Only Hill station
  53. Nainital: The City Of Lakes
  54. Lakshadweep: A Tropical Island
  55. Chopta: A Small Green Paradise
  56. Spiti: A Desert Hill Station
  57. Sonamarg: Blooming Valleys
  58. Almora: Horse-Shoe Shaped Town
  59. Orchha: Hub Of Temples
  60. Gwalior: A Majestic Fort City
  61. Gokarna: A Peaceful Goa
  62. Pahalgam: Saffron Fields And More
  63. Landsdowne: Heavenly Place
  64. Joshimath: Place Of Worship
  65. Tawang: Backpacking Trip
  66. Manikaran: Hot Springs Favourite
  67. Shimoga: Karnataka’s Hidden Gem
  68. Madikeri: Scenic Beauty
  69. Ranikhet: The Queen’s Meadow
  70. Kausani: Perfect Getaway For Couples
  71. Agumbe: Scenic Beauty
  72. Munnar: Immerse In The Greenery
  73. Gangtok: Explore The Gateway To Sikkim
  74. New Delhi: Enjoy A Day At India’s Capital
  75. Kanha National Park: Amidst The Wildlife
  76. Mussoorie: Tour To The Queen Of Hills
  77. Tirupati: Glimpse Of Magnificent Temples
  78. Vaishno Devi: Take A Religious Tour
  79. Alleppey: Enjoy The Houseboat Ride
  80. Bangalore: Take A Tour Silicon Valley
  81. Jaipur: Experience The Royalty
  82. Chandigarh: India’s First Well-Planned City
  83. Lonavala: Most Popular Weekend Getaway
  84. Coonoor: A Refreshing Escape
  85. Ajmer: Mystic Abode Of Khwaja Garib Nawaz
  86. Varkala: The Latent Treasure Of Kerala
  87. Poovar: Explore The Ancient Town
  88. Khajuraho: Visit The Archaic Temples
  89. Pushkar: Ancient City With Sacred Sites
  90. Wayanad: Nature’s Heaven
  91. Gulmarg: Paradise For Winter Lovers
  92. Shirdi: Place Of Sai Baba
  93. Madurai: The City Of Temples
  94. Bodh Gaya: Land Of Nirvana
  95. Ranchi: Place Of Waterfalls
  96. Bokaro Steel City: The Most Well-Planned City
  97. Deoghar: Explore Jharkhand’s Spiritual Side
  98. Bankura: The Hilly Paradise
  99. Nalanda: Explore The Rustic Temples
  100. Hazaribagh: Bewitching Land of Lakes

1. Goa – The Official Party Hub

New Year party in the Tito’s lane is a confetti of joys and memories

Source : Google photo

Unarguably, Goa has to be amongst the first few famous places in India in your twenties. Young and energetic! Amazing nightlife, a variety of booze, beach shacks, and dirt cheap prices – Goa is one of the best holiday destinations in India that makes your trip memorable. If you are thinking about the best things to do in Goa, you can take a cruise from Mumbai to Goa to enjoy your trip in its best way.

Best time to visit: November to February
How to reach

  • By air: Dabolim International Airport is the major airport in Goa.
  • By rail: Madgaon Railway Station and Thivim Railway Station are the main railway heads of Goa.
  • By road: Margao Bus Terminal, Kadamba Bus Terminal, and Mapusa Bus Terminal are the best-connected bus terminals in Goa. However, many people prefer taking a car/bike ride from Mumbai and Pune.
  • By Sea: You can also opt for ferry services which is an excellent way of commuting. You can take a ferry from Mumbai to Panaji and easily reach Goa.

Attractions: Beaches like Vagator, Calangute, Anjuna, Colva, & Benaulim, Fort Aguada, Church of Mae De Deus, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Temple of Bodgeshwar, Dudhsagar Waterfalls, St Xavier’s Church, Grand Island (for watersports), Deltin Royale Casino and clubs like Cafe Mambos, Titos, LPK (Love Passion Karma), SinQ, & Club Cubana.

Things To Do In Goa: Take the famous cruise from Mumbai to Goa.
Events: Sunburn Festival in December
Water Sports At Baga and Calangute Beaches: Kneeboarding, Kayaking, Wakeboarding, Windsurfing, Scuba Diving, White Water Rafting
Famous Markets: Anjuna Flea Market, Panjim Market, Mackie’s Night Bazaar, Saturday Market
Best Resorts Near Baga Beach: Estrela Do Mar Beach Resort, Resort Rio

2. Mcleodganj – Heaven Amidst The Hills

Trek to Triund in Mcleodganj for an incredible experience

Source : Google photo

The majestic mountains can call tourists to experience the best of what nature has to offer at Mcleodganj – one of the most beautiful places to visit in India. Triund offers a spectacular view of the Dhauladhar ranges. Experience bliss while camping under billions of stars with your friends in Triund. This is among the loveliest Indian destinations for camping, regardless of which season you’re coming in. No wonder it’s among the top 10 famous places in India.

Best time to visit: September to June
How to reach

  • By air: Gaggal Airport (18 km away) is the nearest airport.
  • By rail: The nearest railhead is Pathankot Railway Station (89 km away)
  • By road: Numerous state government & private buses ply between Mcleodganj and various cities of north India like Delhi, Chandigarh, Dharamshala, etc. on a regular basis. Passengers can take a bus to the Mcleodganj bus stand and then hire a taxi.

Attractions: Kangra Fort, Bhagsunath Temple, Bhagsu Falls, Namgyal Monastery, Dalai Lama Temple complex, HPCA Stadium, tea plantations of Kangra valley, and Triund trek

Must-Visit Restaurants: Nick’s Italian Kitchen, Lung-Ta Japanese Restaurant

3. Srinagar – The Gem Of Kashmir

Beautiful valleys of Kashmir

Source : Google photo

If you’re in your twenties, it’s time to add Kashmir to your list of beautiful places in India to visit. If there is heaven on earth, this it is! Experience its charismatic charm before the natural hits and turmoil spoil it all. And when would be a better time to explore flood-hit, terror-stricken heaven on earth if not now?! Explore the restaurants in Srinagar if you are a real foodie.

Best time to visit: April to October
How to reach

  • By air: Srinagar has its own airport.
  • By rail: The Srinagar Railway Station is under construction. Till then, passengers can take a train to Udhampur Railway Station(229 km from Srinagar)
  • By road: Unless you are travelling from the city of Jammu & Kashmir, the road is not a preferred way to reach Srinagar.

Attractions: Dal Lake (boating in shikaras & night stays in houseboats), Nishat Bagh, Shalimar Bagh, Tomb of Zin-ul-Abidin, Jama Masjid, Hazratbal Mosque, and Shankaracharya Hill, Pari mahal, Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden
Restaurants In Srinagar: Mughal Darbar, Cafe De Linz

Famous Lakes In Srinagar: Nagin lake, Dal lake

4. Andaman – The Beach Haven

Andaman has to be on your list of places to visit in India

Source : Google photo

Scared of water? Never swam? Maybe it’s time to beat the fear out of you and dive into the deep sea and overcome the fear of water and depths, ZNMD Style. Trust us, you’d be delighted at the sites underwater and it will keep you coming back for more. For aqua lovers, these best tourist places in India which feel no less than a paradise!

Best time to visit: November to mid-May
How to reach

  • By air: Vir Savarkar Airport in Port Blair is the archipelago’s major airport.
  • By sea: Ships ply between Haddo Wharf Port in Port Blair and cities of Chennai, Kolkata and Visakhapatnam.

Attractions: Cellular Jail National Memorial, Radhanagar Beach, Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex in Port Blair, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Chidiya Tapu, and watersports like scuba diving, snorkeling, & parasailing

Water activities: Banana boat rides, snorkeling, parasailing, jet-skiing, undersea walking, speed boating, scuba diving, and sport fishing

Andaman Cruises: You can board a cruise to Andaman from Chennai, Vizag and Kolkata

Average Temperature: 24 degrees Celsius (Min.) and 37 degrees (Max.)

Beaches of Andaman: famous beaches include, Radhanagar beach, Corbyn’s Cove, Wandoor Beach and Merk Bay Beach

5. Leh-Ladakh – The Biker’s Paradise

Camp under the open sky in Ladakh

Source : Google photo

Undoubtedly, Leh – Ladakh is on every travel enthusiast’s list of famous tourist places to visit in India before they turn 30. Ride on the crazy winding roads, get stuck in the middle of nowhere, sleep with the locals, go trekking in Ladakh, and learn to be independent on the desert mountains as you undertake this adventurous journey in one of the best places in India.

Best time to visit: April to mid-May and mid-September to mid-October
How to reach

  • By air: Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport in Leh is the airport connecting the region to other places by air.
  • By rail: Jammu Tawi Railway Station (700 km from Ladakh) is the nearest railhead. From here, one can hire a cab or board a JKSRTC bus to Ladakh.
  • By road: The most popular means of reach Ladakh remains to be the road. Travelers can go on a bike/jeep ride to the destination. Bike trips from Delhi, Chandigarh, and Manali are the most popular.

Attractions: Zanskar Valley, Pangong Tso Lake, Khardung-La Pass, Spituk Gompa, and Hemis National Park

Rental bikes: You can rent a bike in Ladakh and it costs upto INR 2000 per day

Average temperature: 15 degree celsius (Min.) and 28 degree celsius (Max.)

Nearest Fuel stations: Nagbal, Ganderbal, Kargil and Khalsi are four fuel stations on the route of Srinagar Leh.

Accommodation: Stok Palace Heritage hotel and Shakti Himalaya are some of the accommodations you can stay at in Ladakh

Attractions: Nubra Valley, Khardung La, Shanti Stupa, Magnetic Hill, Pangong lake and leh palace are a must visit.

6. Binsar – Explore The Realms Of Wildlife

Trek in the jungle trails and spot the myriad wildlife of Binsar

Source : Google photo

Peace. Jungles. Heights. Chills. Wildlife. All you wildlife enthusiasts out there head to Binsar – one of the rising tourist destinations in India located in the heart of Kumaoni region of Almora for an incredible trip of your lifetime.

Best time to visit: October to November
How to reach

  • By air: There’s a domestic airport in Pantnagar, 152 km from Binsar.
  • By rail: Kathgodam Railway Station, 119 km from Binsar, is the nearest railway head.
  • By road: Buses connect the town with all major neighbouring areas.

Attractions: Zero Point, Pariyadeva Pashan, Mary Budden Estate, Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, Bineshwar Mahadev Temple, and more.

Wildlife: Barking deer, Himalayan bear, leopard, flying squirrel, chital and porcupine are some of the species of animals found here

Average Temperature: 19.8 degree celsius (Max.) and 6.5-degree celsius (Min.)

Places to eat: Baba cake and Dolma Restaurant are some of the places you can dine at in Binsar

Camping: there are many camping sites available in this area and you are required to book in advance as they’re full during peak seasons like the month of June and January

Jeep safari: There are many companies offering jeep safaris of Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary that you can book in advance and surely worth trying

7. Coorg – Walk Amidst The Coffee Plantations

Coorg is amongst the best places to visit in India

Source : Google photo

Coorg simply cannot be skipped from the list of best and safe places to visit in India. A quick getaway for many from Bangalore, this mesmerizing hill station in Karnataka is breathtakingly beautiful. It’s one of the top 10 places to visit in India and a visit here sure would heal you and energize you!

Best time to visit: October to March
How to reach

  • By air: The nearest domestic airport is in Mangalore, 156 km away. The nearest international airport is the Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru, 285 kilometres away.
  • By rail: Mysore Junction, 106 km away, is the nearest railhead.
  • By road: The 238 km long road trip from Bangalore (Bengaluru) takes 5 hours 30 minutes.

Attractions: Abbey Falls, Nalknad Palace, Barapole River, Brahmagiri Peak, Iruppu Falls, Namdroling Monastery, Nagarhole National Park, Microlight flight at Chelavara, ziplining, and angling in River Kaveri

Average Temperature: 29-degree celsius

Restaurants: Coorg cuisine, Raintree restaurant

8. Kerala – God’s Own Country

Allepey, Kerala, India

To all the nature lovers out there. A trip to God’s own country is a must in your twenties for its enchanting wilderness. Luscious green trees, pristine water, crazy wildlife experience – visit Kerala for more such wonderful delights.

Best time to visit: November to January and June to August
How to reach

  • By air: Kerala has three main airports – Calicut International Airport, Cochin International Airport, and Trivandrum International Airport. These airports connect Kerala with different cities across the world, such as Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Muscat, and Dubai.
  • By rail: Thiruvananthapuram Central railway station, Ernakulam Junction railway station, and Kollam Junction railway station are three major railheads of Kerala. These stations connect the state with cities and towns across India.

Attractions

  • Alappuzha Beach, Krishnapuram Palace, Kumarakom bird sanctuaryMarari Beach, Revi Karunakaran Museum, Punnamada Lake, Pathiramanal, and Sri Krishna Temple in Ambalappuzha
  • TATA Tea Museum, Meesapulimala, Blossom Park, Pothamedu ViewPoint, Attukal Waterfalls, Cheeyappara Waterfalls, Kundala Lake, Mattupetty Dam, Anamudi, and Eravikulam National Park
  • Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Kumarakom Backwaters, Aruvikkuzhi waterfall, Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple, Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom Beach, and Pathiramanal Island
  • Meenmutty Waterfalls, Chembra Peak, 9 Hairpin Curves, Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, Ekkadal Caves, Bathery Jain Temple, Neelimala View Point, and Pookot Lake
  • Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Mangla Devi Temple, Abraham’s Spice Garden, Murikkady, Kadathanadan Kalari Centre, Chellarkovil, Kumily, and Deepa World Spice & Ayurvedic Garden
  • Lighthouse Beach, Samudra Beach, Thiruvallam Parasurama Temple, Vizhinjam Marine Aquarium, Halcyon Castle, Akkulam Lake, Jama Masjid, Vellayani Lake, Karamana River, and Rock Cut Caves
  • Bekal Fort, Ananthapura Temple, Valiyaparamba Backwaters, Bekal Beach, Mallikarjuna Temple, Chandragiri Fort, Kappil Beach, Nileswaram, Bekal Hole Aqua Park, and Pallikere Beach
  • Mananchira, Conolly Canal, Hilite Mall, Kallayi, Tali Temple, Kappad Beach, Kozhikode Beach, Thusharagiri Waterfalls, Sargaalaya, Payyoli Beach, Kozhippara Falls, and Matri Dei Cathedral
  • Varkala Beach, Janardhan Temple, Sivagiri Muth, Kappil Lake, Papanasam Beach, Janardan Swami Temple, Vishnu Temple, Anjengo Fort, Sarkara Devi Temple, Varkala Tunnel, and Kaduvayil Thangal Dargah

Average Temperature: 28-degree celsius

Restaurants: The Riceboat, Paragon restaurant

9. Kanatal – For The Best Camping Experiences

Kanatal

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With this rising adventure spot that offers endless opportunities to enjoy thrilling activities clubbed with one of the best camping experiences, weekends will no more be boring at escapes like Kanatal. Considered to be one of the best holiday destinations in India for all travellers, camping in Kanatal is one experience that no one should miss out on.

Best time to visit: April to June
How to reach

  • By air: Located at a distance of 92 km, Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airstrip to Kanatal.
  • By rail: Located at a distance of 75 km, Rishikesh railway station is the nearest railhead to Kanatal.

Attractions: Kodia Jungle, Tehri Lake, Surkanda Devi temple, New Tehri Dam, and more.

Average Temperature: 25-degree celsius

Restaurants: Brothers cafe and restaurant, Chacha Sip & Dine

10. Kasol – The Trekker’s Paradise

Solo traveler in Kasol

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Here’s why every man should travel solo at least once in his life – Not only will you discover a new you and find a direction for yourself, but you’d return with experiences of a lifetime. And there’s no better place than Kasol, one of the most beautiful places in India.

Best time to visit: October to June
How to reach

  • By air: Bhuntar Domestic Airport (31 km away) is the nearest flight connection.
  • By rail: Pathankot (296 km away) is the nearest railhead.
  • By road: HRTC (Himachal Road Transport Corporation) runs regular buses from Delhi, Haryana, & Punjab and other Himachal cities like Pathankot, Shimla, Kangra, Solan, & Dharamsala.

Attractions: Kheerganga peak, Malana village, Parvati River, Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara, Jari, Bhuntar, and more.

Average Temperature: 16.8-degree celsius

Restaurants: The Evergreen, Moon Dance Cafe

11. Kutch – The Most Beautiful Stretch Of White Desert

Kite festival at Rann of Kutch

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Kutch is a must-visit place in India before you turn 30. Travel to the no man’s land, the seasonal salt marsh amidst the famous Thar Desert during the kite festival where the sky comes alive with vibrant and oversized kites at one of the top 25 tourist places in India.

Best time to visit: November to February
How to reach

  • By air: Bhuj Airport, 69 km away, is the nearest air connection.
  • By rail: Bhuj Railway Station is 50 km away from Kutch.

Attractions: Prag Mahal, Kalo Dungar, Kutch Museum, Archaeological Museum, Mandvi Beach, White Desert, Aina Mahal, and more.

Average Temperature: 26.3-degree celsius

Restaurants: Noorani restaurant, Annapurna restaurant

12. Bir Billing – The Paragliding Hub Of India

Places to visit in India before you turn 30

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Rising to fame post hosting the first-ever paragliding world cup, Bir Billing soon caught the attention of adventure enthusiasts across the country. Comprising of more than ten paragliding spots, Bir Billing is one of those top 10 places to visit in India that has truly lived up to its name of paragliding capital of India.

Best time to visit: April to June
How to reach

  • By air: Kangra airport in Gaggal happens to be the nearest airport located at a distance of about 67 kilometers from Bir.
  • By rail: Pathankot is the nearest railway station to Bir Billing located at a distance of about 140 kilometres.
  • By road: Located in the heart of Himachal, Bir Billing is accessible by road as many state-run and private buses run from the nearby cities of Delhi, Chandigarh, Manali, Shimla, and more.

Attractions: Baijnath Shiv Temple, Billing Valley, Chamunda Devi Temple, Shiva Shrine, Ahju Fort, and more.

Average Temperature: 16.8-degree celsius

Restaurants: Zenwich restaurant, Glider’s Pizzeria

13. Assam – Home Of One-Horned Rhinos

Dibru Saikhuwa National Park

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Stay set to be overwhelmed by the sceneries, flora, and fauna of the Dibru Saikhowa National Park. And this wildlife expedition is not the same as any jeep safari. Instead, activities like jungle walks and boat rides are conducted during the months of November to April. Cruise along the Brahmaputra river to witness the animals in their most natural habitats. The surreal surroundings of this place make Assam one of the best tourist places in India.

Best time to visit: October to April
How to reach

  • By air: Mohanbari in Dibrugarh, 40 km away, is the nearest domestic airport. Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport at Guwahati is 510 km away.
  • By rail: New Tinsukia Railway Station is 12 km away.

Attractions: Kaziranga National Park, Manas National Park, Kamakhya Temple, Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra, Assam State Museum, and more.

Average Temperature: 23.2-degree celsius

Restaurants: Khorikaa, Paradise restaurant

14. Rishikesh – The Adventure Capital Of India

White water rafting in Rishikesh

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With bursting energy and enthusiasm, the twenties is the best time to enjoy thrill and adventure, especially with your friends. Travel to the adventure capital of India, Rishikesh, and ride on the mystical but fierce fast-flowing waters of Ganges. Rishikesh is a must-visit place in India if you haven’t yet crossed the age bar.

Best time to visit: September to November and February to June
How to reach

  • By air: Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, 20 km from Rishikesh, is the nearest air connection.
  • By rail: Haridwar Junction, 21 km from Rishikesh, is the nearest railhead.
  • By road: It is well-connected by road to major cities, including Haridwar (21 km away) and Delhi (229 km away).

Attractions: Rajaji National Park, Lakshman Jhula, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Parmarth Niketan, Ram Jhula, Shivpuri River Rafting Point, and more.

Average Temperature: 20-degree celsius

Restaurants: Bistro Nirvana, The Sitting Elephant

15. Shimla – The Queen Of Northern Hills

Colorful toy train making its way through the verdant valleys in Shimla

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Revisit childhood by hopping on the colourful toy train from Kalka to Shimla as it makes way through the pine forests and verdant valleys. Experiencing this exceptionally elating toy train experience is a must for everyone on their trip to this best tourist place in India at least once in a lifetime.

Best time to visit: March to June
How to reach

  • By air: Located at a distance of 25 km, Jubbarhatti is the nearest airport from Shimla.
  • By rail: The toy train from Kalka to Shimla is the most convenient railway line that connects Shimla to other nearby towns.
  • By road: Many state-run and private buses run from the nearby cities of Delhi, Chandigarh, Manali, and Kullu that are well connected to Shimla via road.

Attractions: Kufri, Mall Road, Chadwick Falls, Jakhu Temple, Annandale, Christ Church, Scandal Point, and more.

Average Temperature: 22-degree celsius

Restaurants: Cafe Sol, 45 The Central

16. Tirthan Valley – The Adventure Hub Of Himachal

Tirthan Valley

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Striking a perfect balance between peace and adventure, Tirthan Valley is one tourist place in India that has off-lately gained much popularity among travellers across the world. Located in the district of Kullu, Tirthan has something to offer to everyone.

Best time to visit: March to June and October to November
How to reach

  • By air: Bhuntar airport is the nearest airport to Tirthan Valley at a distance of about 48 km.
  • By rail: Ambala railway station happens to be the nearest railway station to Tirthan Valley at a distance of about 188 km.
  • By road: One can easily embark on a scenic road trip from the nearby states of Delhi, Punjab and Haryana till Tirthan Valley via a car or a bus.

Attractions: Great Himalayan National Park, Jalori Pass, Raghupur Fort, Saryolsar, Gushaini, Sojha, and more.

Average Temperature: 25-degree celsius

Restaurants: Sunshine Himalayan camp, Kaith Mud

17. Jim Corbett – An Adventurous Jungle Adventure

Bring on the adventure at Jim Corbett

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One of the best national parks in India, Jim Corbett is famous for Indian tiger sightings. The wilderness here becomes hospitable with the luxurious jungle resorts that allow you to stay closer to nature while enjoying the best of comfort. If you’re a photography-enthusiast, Corbett will never leave you disappointed.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit Jim Corbett and experiencing the safari at its best depends on the kind of experience you’re looking for. Summer is considered the best time for tiger sighting. However, November to February is the best time to visit Jim Corbett.

How to reach:

  • By air: Pantnagar Airport is the nearest airport to Jim Corbett National Park
  • By rail: Ramnagar Railway station is located merely 12 km away from the national park
  • By road: The national park is well connected by roads to various destinations like Delhi and Dehradun.

Attractions: Garjiya Devi Temple, Jim Corbett Museum, Corbett Falls, Corbett Tiger Reserve, Ramganga Dam, and more.

Average Temperature: 27-degree celsius

Restaurants: Safari Cafe & Homestay, Doaba’s Punjabi Dhaba

18. Manali – The Snowy Paradise

Manali

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The most famous resort town nestled amidst the snow-capped mountains, Manali is the popular gem in the heart of Himachal Pradesh. A mesmerizing combination of nature, peace, and adventure, Manali is one of the best holiday destinations in India for all travellers.

Best time to visit: October to February
How to reach

  • By air: Located at a distance of about 52 km, Kullu-Manali airport is the nearest airport to Manali.
  • By rail: Joginder Nagar is the nearest railway station to Manali located at a distance of about 160 km.
  • By road: Manali can be easily reached by road via private cabs, cars, and state-run or private buses from the nearby cities of New Delhi, Chandigarh, Pathankot, Ambala, and so on.

Attractions: Bhrigu Lake, Rohtang Pass, Solang Valley, Hidimba Devi Temple, Manu Temple, Great Himalayan National Park, Jogini Falls, and Tibetan Monastery.

Average Temperature: 15.1-degree celsius

Restaurants in Manali: Johnson’s cafe and hotel, Chopsticks restaurant

19. Udaipur – The Romantic City Of Lakes

Udaipur honeymoon

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Udaipur is called the Venice of the East, but the different Rajasthani hues of the city surely make it stand out. The City of Lakes has to be on your list of best places to travel in India. Even though Udaipur boasts of having some of the most gracious luxury heritage hotels, it will embrace you with all the warmth even if you’re looking for budget stays. Boating, trekking, sightseeing are just some activities you may indulge during your visit to the city.

Best time to visit: September to March
How to reach:

  • By air: Udaipur has its own airport, which indeed is well connected to different parts of the country.
  • By rail: The city’s railway station is actually among the most well-connected railheads in the city
  • By road: One can easily find buses for reaching the city by road, from cities like Jaisalmer, Jaipur and Delhi.

Attractions: Lake Pichola, Jagdish Temple, City Palace, Jag Mandir, Gangaur Ghat, and Bagore ki Haweli

Average Temperature: 30-degree celsius

Restaurants in Udaipur: Khamma Ghani restaurant, Raaj Bagh restaurant

20. Auli – A Perfect Place For Ski Lovers

People usually visit Auli for skiing during winters

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The Skiing Capital of India, Auli is one of the most beautiful places to travel in India even if you’re not into skiing. This is the land of beautiful sunsets, and captivating views of the Himalayas, which you will never have enough of! If you’re not visiting Auli in winters for skiing, step foot here any time during the year, and you’ll witness the charm of every season at its best at one of the best places in India.

Best time to visit: Auli Uttarakhand is best visited anytime during the year. However, since this destination is well-known for skiing, then it’s suggested you don’t miss Auli during the winter season (December to February).

How to reach:

  • By air: Jolly Grant Airport of Dehradun is the nearest airport from Jolly Grant Airport.
  • By rail: If you are planning to visit Auli by train, then deboard at Haridwar railway station which is the nearest railway head from Auli.
  • By road: For travellers coming via road, you can take buses heading towards Joshimath, as this place is well connected to many towns and cities of Uttarakhand. From here, you can easily get a taxi or bus for Auli.

Attractions: Kuari Pass Trek, Vishnuprayag, Kalpeshwar, Sri Hemkunt Sahib, Gorson Bugyal, Pangarchulla Peak, and more.

Average Temperature: 4.3-degree celsius

Restaurants: Indra lodge and Inderlok, Saradeswari restaurant

21. Mysore – Of Silk, Sandalwood, And Sweets

Mysore

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Comprising a bit of the old and new, Mysore has risen from the status of a royal city (which it still is) to be a hardcore IT hub. Renowned across the world for its gorgeous silk sarees, do not forget to treat your sweet tooth to some mouthwatering Mysore Pak on your next trip.

Best time to visit: Throughout the year. However, October to March is the most pleasant to explore the city of Mysore.

How to reach

  • By air: Mysore city has its own domestic airport that is well connected to the metropolitan cities of New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, and Kolkata.
  • By rail: Travelers can deboard at the Mysore Railway Station which is located in the city centre.
  • By road: Mysore has very good road connectivity with the nearby cities of Bangalore, Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, and so on.

Attractions: Mysore Palace, Somnathpur, Brindavan Gardens, Mysore Zoo, Chamundeshwari Temple, Karanji Lake, St. Philomena’s Church, and GRS Fantasy Park.

Average Temperature: 25-degree celsius

Restaurants: Gufha restaurant, Oyster Bay

22. Valley Of Flowers – Rich In Flora And Fauna

Mist floats over the Valley of Flowers

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Flowers in Uttarakhand is carpeted with over 300 flower species, making it among paradisiacal places to travel in India. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located at an altitude of 3,858 meters above sea level. Today, this heavenly hideout is on the bucket list of avid travellers, and trekkers too; owing to its treacherous yet fascinating route. The Valley of Flowers trek is taken by both beginners and professionals and is awaited through the year.

Best time to visit: July to September
How to reach:

  • By air: Nearest Airport to Valley of Flowers is Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun This airport is connected to major cities like Delhi.
  • By rail: Haridwar Junction Railway Station is the nearest railway station from Valley of Flowers
  • By road: The Valley of Flowers if majorly accessed via roads and trekking routes. Govindghat on Badrinath Highway serves as a base camp for trekkers coming here.

Attractions: Govindghat, the National Park, Hemkund Sahib, Nanda Devi National Park, and Pushpawati River.

Average Temperature: 16 to 18 degree celsius

Restaurants: Bhavishay Kedar, Ghangaria, Hemkund Sahib

23. Jaisalmer – For The Best Desert Safari Ever

Another name among the tourist places in jaisalmer is Patwon ki haveli

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The Golden City of Rajasthan, Jaisalmer is surely one of the best cities to visit in India. This part of Rajasthan lies in the Thar Desert region, exhibiting the magic of velvet sand dunes meshed with the ever-colourful culture of the state. Jaisalmer is where you can spend your time indulging in exciting activities such as dune bashing, camel safari, and desert camping. Yes! Desert camping in Jaisalmer makes for an experiential stay, with all the luxury you could wish for.

Best time to visit: October to February
How to reach:

  • By air: Jodhpur Airport is the nearest airport from Jaisalmer. Cities like Delhi, Mumbai, and Udaipur are connected to this airport.
  • By rail: Jaisalmer has its own railway station which is indeed connected widely across North India, with cities like Jaipur and Delhi.
  • By road: One can easily reach Jaisalmer by road via buses or cabs.

Attractions: Jaisalmer Fort, Bada Bagh, Folklore Museum, Sam Sand Dunes, and Desert Cultural Centre.

Average Temperature: 30-degree celsius

Restaurants in Jaisalmer:  Restaurant Romany, Milan restaurant, Cafe the Kaku

24. Jodhpur – Bleed Blue In The Royal City

Sunrise at Mehrangarh Fort

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Jodhpur, or the Blue City of Rajasthan, will lure you with its massive hill fort called the Mehrangarh Fort. Right from this point, you get to behold the city’s landscape washed in blue. The interiors will transfer you back to the olden era. The cobbled pavements of this city exhibit the essence of Rajasthan in all its glory.

Best time to visit: October to February
How to reach:

  • By air: The city has its own domestic airport, which is connected to major cities like Udaipur, Delhi, Jaipur and Mumbai.
  • By rail: Jodhpur Railway Station indeed is among widely connection railheads in Rajasthan.
  • By road: Similar to airways and railways, roadways to are smooth and easily accessible in this city

Attractions: Umaid Bhavan Palace, Jaswant Thada, Mehrangarh Fort, Mandore Garden, and Balsamand Lake.

Average Temperature: 25-degree celsius

Restaurants in Jodhpur: Indique restaurant, Kalinga restaurant

25. Prashar Lake – For An Offbeat Experience

Prashar Lake

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Located at a distance of about 49 kilometers towards the north of Mandi district, Prashar Lake is one of the rising trekking hotspots in Himachal Pradesh. Offering scintillating views of the Dhauladhar range, it is indeed one of the beautiful places in India.

Best time to visit: April to July and September to November
How to reach

  • By air: Kullu Manali airport is the nearest airstrip which is 73 km away from Mandi which further happens to be the closest city to Prashar Lake located at a distance of about 49 km.
  • By rail: Joginder Nagar is the nearest railway station to Mandi which is set at a distance of about 50 kilometers, and then one can take a cab from there and trek to Prashar Lake.

Attractions: Mandi, Prashar Lake Trek, Three-tiered temple, Bhutnath Temple, and Barot.

Average Temperature: 20 to 25-degree celsius

Restaurants: Wazir Thakur restaurant

26. Mukteshwar – The Lesser Known Gem Of Uttarakhand

Mukteshwar

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A quaint little town in the state of Uttarakhand, Mukteshwar is one of the famous tourist places in India that is a must-visit destination for all. Other than the lush meadows and dense forests, Mukteshwar is quite popular among adventure enthusiasts for outdoor sports such as rappelling, rock climbing, and more, making it one of the best places in India for adventure seekers. Also, this is one of the new tourist places in India.

Best time to visit: October to June
How to reach

  • By air: Dehradun airport is the nearest airstrip located at a distance of 183 km from Mukteshwar.
  • By rail: Kathgodam railway station is the nearest railhead located at a distance of just 70 km away.
  • By road: One can also reach the Mukteshwar easily by road from the neighboring cities of Delhi, Chandigarh, Shimla, and Manali.

Attractions: Mukteshwar Temple, Sitla, Chauthi Jaali, Admire Nanda Devi, and Mukteshwar Inspection Bungalow.

Average Temperature: 16-degree celsius

Restaurants: Alankar restaurant, Chirping tales cafe

27. Dhanaulti – Explore The Most Beautiful Alpine Forests

Dhanaulti

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Located at an elevation of about 2200 meters with Mussourie and Chamba as its bordering cities, Dhanaulti has off-lately emerged as one of the most offbeat destinations in India. For those who like to experience life at their own pace be it fast or slow, this is the perfect place to be.

Best time to visit: September to June
How to reach

  • By air: Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the nearest airstrip to Dhanaulti located just 82 km away.
  • By rail: The Dehradun railway station is the nearest railhead located just 25 kms away from Dhanaulti.
  • By road: One can also reach the town of Dhanaulti easily via road from the nearby cities of Shimla, Delhi, Shimla, Chandigarh, and Manali.

Attractions: The Eco Park, Thangdhar Camp, Surkanda Devi Temple, and Potato Farm.

Average Temperature: 20-degree celsius

Restaurants: Hill view restaurant, Snowlake restaurant

28. Varanasi – The Spiritual Capital Of India

Explore the ghats of river Ganga in Banaras

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Varanasi may not be on the list of places to visit in India before you turn 30, but the beautiful ghats, the aartis, and prayers, a boat ride along the calm banks could change this picture forever.

Best time to visit: October to February
How to reach

  • By air: Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport of Varanasi is well-connected to Delhi and Mumbai.
  • By rail: Kashi Railway Station and Varanasi Junction are the two major railheads of the city.
  • By road: State-run and private buses regularly ply between Varanasi and the nearby cities.

Attractions: Assi Ghat, Dashashwamedh Ghat, Manmandir Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, Kashi Vishwanath Temple, and Durga Temple

Average Temperature: 30-degree celsius

Restaurants in Varanasi: Canton Royale Restaurant, Varanasi cafe & restaurant

29. Mumbai – The City That Never Sleeps

Stay overnight at Marina Drive in Mumbai

The city that lets you live a carefree life and the one that never sleeps. Mumbai is about its people, the spirit of enjoying the nightclubs and of course Bollywood. Live like a Mumbaikar, bite into the vada pav and sip a chai on your way to the locals.

Best time to visit: November to February
How to reach

  • By air: Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport lies 30 km north of the city. Santa Cruz Domestic Airport lies 26 km north of the city.
  • By rail: Trains from Central, East, and West India arrive at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (erstwhile VT). Trains from the North arrive at Bombay Central Station.
  • By road: Most of the inter-Maharashtra buses arrive at Mumbai Central Bus Station. But the ones from Pune and Nasik arrive at the ASIAD bus stand near Dadar railway station.

Attractions: Gateway of India, Haji Ali Dargah, Elephanta Caves & island, Siddhivinayak Temple, Essel World, Kanheri Caves, Rajabai Clock Tower, Kamala Nehru Park, Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Nehru Planetarium, Worli Fort, and Marine Drive

Average Temperature: 25-degree celsius

Restaurants: The table, Khyber restaurant, Yauatcha restaurant

30. Kolkata – A City Of Charm, Culture & Creative Minds

Color yourself red in Kolkata

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The only time when the entire city gathers together to celebrate the much-lauded and divine festival of Durga Puja is the time when one gets to experience the culture of Bengal in its true form. Enjoy the festival with sweets, Bengali delicacies, themed pandal hoppings, and grand aartis.

Best time to visit: November to February
How to reach

  • By air: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport is situated at Dumdum, 15 km from the main city.
  • By rail: Howrah and Sealdah are the two main railway junctions in Kolkata that connect the city to several major cities in the country.

Attractions: Victoria Memorial, Howrah Bridge, Indian Museum, Dakshineswar Kali Temple, Eden Gardens Cricket Stadium, Kalighat Kali Temple, Birla Industrial & Technological Museum, Birla Planetarium, and St. Paul’s Cathedral

Average Temperature: 25-degree celsius

Restaurants: India restaurant, Arsalan restaurant

31. Delhi – A Place That Everyone Calls Home

Live qawwali session at Hazrat Nizamuddin’s Dargah

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Enjoy your gateway to the city of Ghalib, Dilli. While you’re still young, explore the cultures of your magnificent country in the heart of its capital. From the architectural marvels from the time of Mughal Dynasty, to the iconic Rashtrapati Bhavan which is the seat of President of India, Delhi is filled with some of the most beautiful places in India. A stop at Hazrat Nizamuddin’s Dargah for a live Qawwali session will leave you mesmerized.

Best time to visit: October to March
How to reach

  • By air: Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport is very well connected to cities across India and the world.
  • By rail: Delhi has an extensive railway network with major railway stations like New Delhi Railway Station, Old Delhi Railway Station, Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station, Sarai Rohila, and Old Sabzi Mandi
  • By road: Delhi is well connected by bus to cities like Jaipur, Agra, Alwar, Chandigarh, Amritsar, Shimla, Manali, Dharamsala, Dehradun, and even Kathmandu. Commuters can get buses from Interstate Bus Terminals at Kashmiri Gate, Anand Vihar, & Sarai Kale Khan, and other spots like Majnu ka Tila & Bikaner House.

Attractions: The Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Jama Masjid, Lotus Temple, Akshardham, Rashtrapati Bhavan, and Humayun’s Tomb.

Average Temperature: 25 to 34-degree celsius

32. Meghalaya – An Abode Of Clouds

Tourists exploring cave in Meghalaya

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Much famed as the Scotland of the East, Meghalaya is one of the refreshing holiday destinations in India. Comprising reviving greens and mighty mountains, Meghalaya is a must to be explored once in a lifetime. Also, if you aren’t afraid of heights, insects, darkness and tight spaces, caving would prove to be a great adventure in Meghalaya for you! And if you are, what a better time to beat your fears in the deepest and longest caves of entire South Asia? What if you return as the next Bruce Wayne, err?

Best time to visit: March to July
How to reach

  • By air: Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport at Guwahati in Assam (118 km from Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya) is the nearest international airport. Umroi Airport at Umroi, 30 km from Shillong, is the nearest domestic airport.
  • By rail: Mendipathar railway station is located in Resubelpara Municipal Board Jurisdiction of Meghalaya at a distance of 225 km from Shillong. However, the Guwahati Junction in Assam is the nearest railhead with good connectivity to other cities of India.

Attractions: Umiam Lake, Nohkalikai Falls, Elephant Falls, Seven Sisters Falls, Shillong View Point, Spread Eagle Falls, Wah Umngot River, Nohwet Living Root Bridge, Kynrem falls, Khasi Hills, Khoh Ramhah or Motrop (Giant conical rock), and Garo Hills

Average Temperature: 17.1-degree celsius

33. Sikkim – Home Of Ancient Buddhist Monasteries

Volunteer with the monks in Sikkim

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Life is not all about exploring the world. Feel the mystical essence of Buddhism around you, visit places in Sikkim and its host of monasteries. And if you happen to like them, maybe, volunteer with the monks and master the art of giving at one of the best places in India!

Best time to visit: March to June and September to December
How to reach

  • By air: Bagdogra Airport in West Bengal (124 km from Gangtok) is the nearest airport. A 20 minutes’ helicopter ride from Bagdogra will take you further on to Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim.
  • By rail: New Jalpaiguri Railway Station in Siliguri (148 km from Gangtok) is the nearest railhead.
  • By road: The cities of Sikkim are well-connected to Darjeeling (West Bengal) by good quality roads.

Attractions: Nathu La, Hanuman Tok, Rumtek Monastery, Khecheopalri Lake, Tsomgo Lake, Phodong Monastery, & Teesta River in Gangtok, Yumthang Valley, Buddha Park of Ravangla, Kanchenjunga Falls, Lingdum Monastery, and Singshore Bridge

Average Temperature: 18-degree celsius

34. Taj Mahal in Agra

Symbol of Love - Taj Mahal in Agra

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Tourists across the world visit India just to witness the spectacular symbol of love. The majestic monument has to be on your bucket list for it’s the cultural epitome of India.

Best time to visit: April to October
How to reach

  • By air: Kheria airport, 13 km away from Agra, is a seasonal commercial airport and is connected only by Air India flights from New Delhi.
  • By rail: Agra Cantt Station (the main station), Agra Fort Railway Station, Raja ki Mandi, Agra City, and Idgah Railway Station are well-connected by a network of trains to cities like Delhi, Jaipur, Gwalior, Jhansi, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Chennai.
  • By road: Agra has two major interstate bus terminals called Idgah Bus Stand and ISBT that connect it to cities like Delhi, Jaipur, Gwalior, Lucknow, & Kanpur.

Attractions: Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Tomb of I’timād-ud-Daulah, Mehtab Bagh, Jama Masjid, Guru ka Tal, Tomb of Akbar the Great, Chini Ka Rauza, Moti Masjid, Fatehpur Sikri, Dilli Gate, Great gate (Darwaza i rauza), Amar Singh Gate, Kaanch Mahal, and Sikandra

Average Temperature: 24 to 34-degree celsius

35. Cherrapunji – The Land Of Living Root Bridges

Root bridges in Cherrapunji

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Cherrapunji is a great sight for those who want to experience something surreal and out of the blue. Much famed for being the land of many waterfalls, the living root bridges are something that will leave you awestruck for sure.

Best time to visit: November to May
How to reach

  • By air: Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati (163 km away) is the nearest air connect.
  • By rail: Guwahati is the nearest railhead to Cherrapunji.

Attractions: Nohkalikai Falls, Daiñthlen Falls, Thangkharang Park, Kynrem Falls, Mawsmai Cave, Seven Sisters Falls, and more.

Average Temperature: 17 to 24-degree celsius

36. Dalhousie – Witness The Victorian Architecture

Dalhousie

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Other than the refreshing greens, magnificent views of the mountains, gushing rivers, and the mesmerizing beauty of the nature, Dalhousie is also considered to be famous for its Victorian architecture. Once a summer capital of the British, Dalhousie is also one of the best holiday destinations in India.

Best time to visit: March to June
How to reach

  • By air: Pathankot is the nearest airport to Dalhousie which is just 85 km away.
  • By rail: Pathankot also happens to be the nearest railhead to Dalhousie which again is just 85 km away.
  • By road: Dalhousie is well-connected to the neighbouring cities via road and many state-run and private buses and cabs have good connectivity to this hill station.

Attractions: Panch Pulla, Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary, Satdhara Falls, Daikund Peak, Subhash Baoli, St. John’s Church, and Chamunda Devi Temple.

Average Temperature: 15-degree celsius

37. Hampi – Where The Ancient Ruins Come Alive

Travel to Hampi for the majestic architectural grandeur

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Hampi’s world heritage site is amongst the must-visit tourist places in India. Known for its old monumental and architectural beauty, Hampi place will dispose of you to a world of aesthetics. PS: Don’t plan a trip to Hampi in summers.

Best time to visit: October to February
How to reach

  • By air: Hubli Airport (144 km away) and Belgaum Airport (215 km away) are two major domestic airports near Hampi.
  • By rail: Hospet Junction, the nearest railway station to Hampi, is about 13 km away.
  • By road: Hampi is one of the weekend getaways from Bangalore and is well connected to Hospet, Hassan, Mysore, and other nearby cities by road.

Attractions: Virupaksha Temple, Vijaya Vittala Temple, Matanga Hill, Hemakuta Hill Temple, Hazara Rama Temple, and Achyutaraya Temple.

Average Temperature: 27.3-degree celsius

38. Jabalpur – Watch The Mighty Dhuandhar Falls Cascading

Witness the frothing white Dhuandhar Falls in Jabalpur

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Jabalpur may not be on your list of best tourist places to see in India before you turn 30, but a trip to these stunning white waterfalls which emanate a mist of smoke will leave you spellbound.

Best time to visit: August to March
How to reach

  • By air: Dumna domestic airport in Jabalpur is the nearest airport.
  • By rail: Jabalpur Junction is the nearest railway head.

Attractions: Dhuandhar Falls, Marble Rocks, Rani Durgavati Museum, Madan Mahal, Dumna Nature Reserve Park, and Bhawartal Garden.

Average Temperature: 23 to 31-degree celsius

39. Mathura – The Birth Place Of Lord Krishna

Holi Celebrations in Vrindavan

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Allow your spirit to soak in the raas-leela of Vrindavan. The place that celebrates Krishna’s living philosophy. The festival is ecstatic, to say the least and celebration of colours here would the best you’d experience ever in your life.

Best time to visit: November to March
How to reach

  • By air: Kheria airport in Agra, located at a distance of 49 km from Mathura, is the nearest air connect.
  • By rail: Mathura has its own railway station.
  • By road: Mathura is well-connected to Agra (49 km away), Delhi (182 km away), Vrindavan (14 km away), and other cities of North India.

Attractions: Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi, Prem Mandir Vrindavan, Government Museum, Krishna Balaram Mandir, Vishram Ghat, Kans Quila, and Jama Mosque.

Average Temperature34.7 degree celsius

40. Hyderabad – Relish The Real Taste Of The Nizam’s Culture

Hyderabad

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Hyderabad is to India what New York is to USA. Owing much of its popularity to the royal culture of Nizams, fast-paced lifestyle, buzzing cafes, and growing population, Hyderabad is one of the best places to visit where travellers can look forward to having a great time.

Best time to visit: September to March
How to reach

  • By air: Hyderabad has its own Rajiv Gandhi International Airport which is located at a distance of 22 kms from the city centre.
  • By rail: The city of Nizams also has a well-connected railway network which connected Hyderabad to all the major cities in the country.
  • By road: Many state-run and private buses run from nearby cities like Mumbai, Bangalore, and Chennai to Hyderabad on daily basis.

Attractions: Charminar, Golconda, Ramoji Film City, Chowmahalla Palace, Salar Jung Museum, Makkah Masjid, and Purani Haveli.

Average Temperature: 22 to 31 degree celsius

41. Amritsar – A Blend Of Culture, Food, & Religious Sites

Golden Temple in Amritsar

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Before you turn 30, it is a must-visit this spiritual and historical getaway that promises the nourishment of the soul. Spend some time revisiting the significant history of Amritsar while making sure that you do not miss out on visiting the famous Golden Temple as well. The experience is simply worth it.

Best time to visit: November to February
How to reach

  • By air: Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport in Amritsar is well-connected to other cities.
  • By rail: Amritsar Junction Railway Station has an extensive network of trains.

Attractions: Golden Temple, Jallianwala Bagh, Durgiana Temple, Akal Takht, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum, Partition Museum, and Central Sikh Museum.
Average Temperature: 23.3-degree celsius

42. Orissa – The Land Of Temples

Konark Temple in Orissa

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Travel to the historical land which serves as a home to many age-old Hindu temples. Situated by the sea, Konark Temple in Orissa is one of the famous temples that tells you many interesting stories about the origin of human sexuality. Also, for those who have enough time, beautiful highways in Orissa lead to some exceptionally picturesque attractions that are yet to be explored.

Best time to visit: September to March
How to reach

  • By air: Bhubaneswar airport, 62 km from Konark, is connected by frequent flights to numerous major cities India including Chennai, Kolkata, Delhi, and Hyderabad.
  • By rail: Puri Railway Station, 36 km away, is connected to all major cities.

Attractions: Konark Sun Temple, Chilika Lake, Nandankanan Zoological Park, Puri Beach, Simlipal National Park, and Lingaraja Temple.

Average Temperature: 27.4-degree celsius

43. Mahabalipuram – An Epitome Of Art & Architecture

Mahabalipuram

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A quaint little town that lies on a stretch of land between the Great Salt Lake, and the Bay of Bengal, Mahabalipuram is also much famed as Mamallapuram by the locals. Famous for the monuments and temples that date back to the 7th century, Mahabalipuram is a living witness to the great works of the Pallava dynasty.

Best time to visit: November to February
How to reach

  • By air: Chennai airport is the nearest airport to Mahabalipuram at a distance of about 40 km.
  • By rail: Egmore railway station is the nearest railhead to Mahabalipuram at a distance of just 55 km.
  • By road: Mahabalipuram is well connected to the nearby cities of Chennai, Bangalore, Coimbatore, Trichy, and Madurai via roadways.

Attractions: Mahabalipuram Beach, Shore Temple, Five Rathas, Arjuna’s Penance, Alamparai Fort, Tiger’s Caves, Sadras, and the Crocodile Bank.
Average Temperature: 28.4-degree celsius

44. Visakhapatnam – Revisit One Of The Best Beaches In India

Visakhapatnam

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From the famous beaches like that of Ramakrishna, Rushikonda, and Yarada beach to the thrilling cable car ride that takes the travelers atop the picturesque Kailasagiri Hill, there’s a lot more to the hidden gem of Visakhapatnam than what meets the eyes. Exhibiting a range of attractions like that of pristine beaches, hill stations, conserved submarine, temples, museums, caves, and wildlife sanctuaries, Visakhapatnam is undoubtedly one beautiful places in India to watch out for in future.

Best time to visit: September to March
How to reach

  • By air: The city has its own Visakhapatnam International Airport that is well connected to major cities in India.
  • By rail: Visakhapatnam is well connected to the cities of Hyderabad, New Delhi, Chennai, and Kolkata by a good network of railway.
  • One can board regular buses that run from the neighbouring cities of Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Tirupati, Chennai, and Bhubaneswar.

Attractions: Kailasagiri Hill Park, INS Kursura in Submarine Museum, Indira Gandhi Zoological Park, Visakha Museum, Ramakrishna Mission Beach, Rushikonda Beach, Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Yarada Beach, Tenneti Park, Ross Hill, and Lawsons Bay Beach Park.
Average Temperature: 27.8 degree celsius

45. Ooty – Meet The Queen Of The Nilgiri Mountains

Ooty

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Much famed as Udhagamandalam amongst the locals, Ooty is one of the most popular and frequented holiday destinations in India. Home to mighty rock mountains, the thrilling Nilgiri Mountain Railway, refreshing gardens, and dangerous hair-pin bends, Ooty never fails to charm the travelers with its magic.

Best time to visit: March to June
How to reach

  • By air: Coimbatore International Airport is the nearest airport to Ooty located at a distance of just 88 km.
  • By rail: Coimbatore Junction is also the nearest railhead to Coimbatore at a distance of just 88 km.
  • By road: Ooty has regular bus services from the nearby cities and towns of Coonoor, Mettupalayam, Coimbatore, Trichy, and Chennai.

Attractions: Ooty Botanical Garden, Rose Garden, Ooty Lake, Ride the toy train, Doddabetta Peak, Dolphin’s Nose, Thread Garden, Kalhatti Falls, Emerald Lake, and Kamaraj Sagar Dam.
Average Temperature: 14.4-degree celsius

46. Kodaikanal – The Princess Of Southern Hill Stations

Kodaikanal

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Literally translating into “the gift of the forests”, Kodaikanal is one of the richest blessings of nature that the state of Tamil Nadu has received. Lush forests encircled by the hills, and filled with cascading waterfalls and pillar formations, Kodaikanal is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in India before you die.

Best time to visit: September to May
How to reach

  • By air: Located at a distance of about 120 km, Madurai airport is the nearest airstrip to Kodaikanal.
  • By rail: The railway station of Kodai Road is the nearest railhead to Kodaikanal at a distance of 100 km.
  • By road: Kodaikanal has frequent bus services from the nearby cities Ooty, Coimbatore, Madurai, Trichy, Bangalore, Chennai, and Kochi.

Attractions: Pillars Rocks, Kodai Lake, Coakers Walk, Green Valley View, Bear Shola Falls, Devil’s Kitchen, Dolphin’s Nose, Bryant Park, and Berijam Lake.
Average Temperature: 16.3-degree celsius

47. Pondicherry – The Quaint Little French Beach Town

Pondicherry

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Much famed to be the French Riviera of the East, Pondicherry or Puducherry happens to be one of the famous tourist places in India for those who are looking forward to a laid-back beach vacation. Witness the beautiful culture of this quaint little French town and savouring the delicious seafood is a must when in Pondy.

Best time to visit: October to March
How to reach

  • By air: Chennai airport is the nearest airport to Pondicherry which is located at a distance of 125 km when travelled via the East Coast Road (ECR).
  • By rail: Villupuram Railway Junction is the closest railhead to Pondicherry located at a distance of just 37 km.
  • By road: Pondicherry is the most accessible via the ECR road from the neighbouring cities of Chennai, Coimbatore, Bangalore, Madurai, Trichy, and Egmore.

Attractions: The Seaside Promenade, Paradise Beach, Auroville Ashram, Chunnambar Boat House, Basilica of Sacred Heart of Jesus, and Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple.
Average Temperature: 28.3-degree celsius

48. Mahabaleshwar – Relish The Best Of Western Ghats

Mahabaleshwar

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Considered to be one of the most picturesque tourist destinations in India, Mahabaleshwar is one of the refreshing retreats that Western Ghats has to offer to the travellers. From the cascading waterfalls to the lush green ghats, your visit to Mahabaleshwar will be wrapped in mist and guided by the clouds.

Best time to visit: October to June
How to reach

  • By air: New Pune International Airport is the nearest airport to Mahabaleshwar located at a distance of just 136 km.
  • By rail: Wathar is the nearest railway station located to Mahabaleshwar at a distance of about 60 km.
  • By road: There are regular buses that run from the common places in Mumbai like that of Vashi, Dadar East, and Sion till Mahabaleshwar.

Attractions: Elephant’s Head Point, Chinaman’s Fall, Dhobi Waterfalls, Arthur’s seat, Panchgani, Venna Lake, Mahabaleshwar Temple, and Wilson Point.
Average Temperature: 24.4-degree celsius

49. Darjeeling – Home Of The Thrilling Himalayan Railway

Darjeeling

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Considered to be the most frequented tourist destinations in India, Darjeeling is a common name in the houses of those who love chai more than anything else. Renowned across the world for its varieties of tea, Darjeeling effortlessly charms everyone with its refreshing greens and soothing blues.

Best time to visit: February to March and September to December
How to reach

  • By air: Bagdogra Airport is the nearest airport to Darjeeling which is 38 km away.
  • By rail: New Jalpaiguri is the nearest railhead to Darjeeling at a distance of just 62 km.
  • By road: One can board one of the regular buses that run from Siliguri to Darjeeling on daily basis. However, there are many buses that frequently travel to Darjeeling from nearby cities of Kurseong, Kalimpong, and more.

Attractions: Tiger Hill, Batasia Loop, Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, The Japanese Peace Pagoda, the Rock Garden, Nightingale Park, and Sandakphu Peak.
Average Temperature: 17.8-degree celsius.

50. Ziro – An Escape For The Peace Seekers

Ziro Valley

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Silent, serene, and splendid is what Ziro is synonymous with. Though this picturesque town is popular across the world for its famous Ziro Festival, most of the destination still remains unexplored to a large extent. From the rice fields to the misty mountains, Ziro is indeed one of the must-visit Indian tourist places.

Best time to visit: Throughout the year.

How to reach

  • By air: Jorhat Airport is the nearest airport to Ziro which is located at a distance of about 98 km.
  • By rail: Naharlagun is the nearest railway station to Ziro which is located at a distance of about 100 km.
  • By road: The best option by road is to hire a cab or taxi from Jorhat or Guwahati. The journey takes about 7 hours to reach Ziro from there. However, one can also board the state-run buses from the capital city of Itanagar.

Attractions: Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Kile Pakho, Tarin Fish Farm, Shiv Linga, Pine Grove, Meghna Cave Temple, and Dolo Mando.
Average Temperature: 16.8-degree celsius

51. Khajjiar – India’s Mini Switzerland

Khajjiar Valley

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Khajjiar is a small hill town in Himachal Pradesh which is blessed with an abundance of scenic beauty. Situated at an altitude of 6,500 feet, this place features vast dense forests, lakes and wide pasture lands. The town is known for the picturesque Khajjiar Lake, which is surrounded by forests of cedar trees. Another popular pilgrimage and tourist spot in Khajjiar is the Khajji Nag Temple, a 12th-century shrine that worships a serpent deity. There are some really interesting adventure activities including paragliding, zorbing and horse-riding that you can enjoy in Khajjiar.

Best time to visit: Throughout the year, especially summer (April-June). January and February may see heavy rainfall and snowfall.
How to reach

  • By air: The nearest airport is Gaggal airport (120 km) in Dharamshala
  • By rail: Pathankot (118 km) is the nearest railway station and can be reached via trains from Delhi, Chandigarh and Bhatinda. Taxis are available from the station to Khajjiar.
  • By road: Khajjiar is easily accessible by road, from the major towns of Himachal Pradesh

Attractions: Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary, Lord Shiva Statue, Golden Devi Temple, HP State Handicrafts Center
Average Temperature: 15.3-degree celsius

52. Mount Abu – Rajasthan’s Only Hill station

Mount Abu lake

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Mount Abu is the only hill station in Rajasthan. This climate here is cool due to its location on the Aravali Range. In fact, the highest peak of the Aravallis fall within Mount Abu. The hill station rests on a plateau surrounded by lush green forest and offers great views of the plains below. There are many specific viewpoints including Honeymoon Point and Sunset Point, to enjoy these picturesque sights. Nakki Lake is a popular spot to enjoy boating in Mount Abu.

Best time to visit: July – February
How to reach

  • By air: The nearest airport is in Udaipur (185 km) and but the Ahmedabad airport (221 km) has higher connectivity.
  • By rail: The nearest railway station is Abu Road, which is well connected to major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur and Ahmedabad
  • By road:The nearest NH to Mount Abu is NH14 and is well connected with major cities of India.

Attractions: Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, Nakki Lake, Dilwara Temple, Toad Rock, Guru Shikhar, Achalgarh Village, Guru Shikhar
Average Temperature: 20.9-degree celsius

53. Nainital – The City Of Lakes

Naini Lake

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Located at an elevation of 2,000m, Nainital is a resort town in the Kumaon Hills of Uttarakhand. The place gets its name from a lake called ‘Naini Lake’ around which the whole town is established. The lake is popular for boating scenes and has an ancient Devi Hindu Temple on its northern shore. Nainital has a pleasant climate throughout the year. Surrounded by many snow-capped hills and having a number of lakes in its boundary, there are a plethora of beautiful sights that you can enjoy here.

Best time to visit: March to June
How to reach

  • By air: Pantnagar Airport (72 km) is the nearest airport to Nainital.
  • By rail: The nearest railway station is Kathgodham Railway Station (34 km), connecting Nainital to Delhi, Dehradun, Lucknow, Kolkata and Agra. You can hire a taxi from the station.
  • By road:Nainital is well connected to several big and small cities through road and overnight bus services are available

Attractions: Naina Peak, Tiffin Top, Snow View Point, Sariyatal Lake, Bhimtal Lake, Khurpatal Lake, Eco Cave Gardens, The Mall Road
Average Temperature: 13.0 degree Celsius.

54. Lakshadweep – A Tropical Island

Lakshadweep island

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The Indian islands, Lakshadweep is an archipelago (group) of 36 islands which consists of 12 atolls, 3 reefs and 5 submerged banks. This is one of the most popular tropical island destinations and the smallest Union Territory in India. Only some islands of this archipelago are inhabited and just a few are open to the visitors. But the pristine beaches, azure waters, beach resorts and water adventure sports make Lakshadweep a travel-must. Kavaratti is one of the most developed islands and is popular for beautifully decorated mosques.

Best time to visit: September to May
How to reach

  • By air: The Cochin International Airport connects Lakshadweep to the mainland
  • By sea: There are 7 passenger-ship services available from Cochin to Lakshadweep

Attractions: Minicoy Island, Agatti Islands, Bangaram Island, Kalpeni Islands
Average Temperature: 22 degrees to 33-degree celsius.

55. Chopta – A Small Green Paradise

Chopta Valley

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Chopta is a small but significant region in Uttarakhand. The place is covered with alpine and grassy meadows and forests making this a peaceful getaway into the laps of nature. The Chopta Valley is surrounded by many mighty mountain peaks that create a breathtaking backdrop. A part of the Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary, Chopta is also a base for trekking to Tungnath, one of the Panch Kedar. The best way to explore this place is through trekking and visiting the local tourist spots on the way.

Best time to visit: March to June
How to reach

  • By air: Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun (97 km) is the nearest airport
  • By rail: Rishikesh railway station (100 km) is the nearest railway head. From there you can take a minibus or cab to Chopta
  • By road: Chopta can be reached by taking the NH58

Attractions: Tungnath Temple, Deori Tal, Kanchula Korak Musk Deer Sanctuary, Ukhimath
Average Temperature: Night temperature will go around 3 degree celsius and the day temperature is around 15 degrees

56. Spiti – A Desert Hill Station

Spiti Valley

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Located at an altitude of 12,500 feet above the sea level, Spiti Valley is one of the most sought after travel destinations in Himachal Pradesh. ‘Spiti’ means ‘the middle land’. The region is characterized by winding roads, wide valleys, arid deserts and snow-capped mountains. The clear and open sky in Spiti will leave you spellbound while you stargaze in the night. The valley has some of the oldest monasteries that you that add to the charm of this mystic region. Spiti is also a trekking hotspot popular among the adventure enthusiasts.

Best time to visit: Mid May to Mid October
How to reach

  • By air: The nearest airport to Spiti Valley is in Bhuntar (245 km) near Kullu.
  • By rail: The nearest broad gauge railway station with good connectivity is in Chandigarh.
  • By road: There are direct buses available from Chandigarh, Shimla, Kullu Manali and few other parts of North India.

Attractions: Chandratal Lake, Key Monastery, Kunzum Pass, Pin Valley National Park, Suraj Tal Lake, Dhankar Monastery, Tabo Monastery
Average Temperature: The range is between 10 degrees to 30-degree celsius.

57. Sonamarg – Blooming Valleys

Sonamarg Velley

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Sonamarg is a serene hill town in Ganderbal district of Jammu and Kashmir. The sight of snow-capped mountains, blooming-fields lush green valleys and pristine lakes is simply mesmerizing. The term ‘Sonamarg’ means ‘the land of gold’. Sonamark features a number of beautiful mountain lakes, including Gangabal and Satsar. Krishnasar is one of the most popular lakes and a hotspot for fishing. Sonmarg is also a historically significant places as it was a gateway to the ancient Silk Route.

Best time to visit: May to October
How to reach

  • By air: The nearest airport is in Srinagar (70 km)
  • By rail: The nearest railway station is Jammu Tawi Railway Station in Jammu
  • By road: You can either drive or board one of the regular buses that run from Jammu and Srinagar to Sonamarg

Attractions: Thajiwas Glacier, Zoji-La Pass, Vishansar Lake, Nilagrad River, Baltal Valley, Krishnasar Lake.
Average Temperature: 6.5 degree celsius

58. Almora – Horse-Shoe Shaped Town

Almora hill station

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Almora is a hill town in Uttarakhand, shaped like a horse-shoe. The mighty Himalayan ranges and rare wildlife make this place every nature lovers dream destination. The two major rivers, Koshi and Suyal, flowing through this town add to the beauty of this place. In fact, the beauty and the pleasant climate of Almora had won the heart of Mahatma Gandhi too, who compared Almora with Europe. Rich in cultural heritage, the town is also famous for handicrafts and traditional cuisines.

Best time to visit: Throughout the year
How to reach

  • By air: Pantnagar (115 km) is the nearest airport.
  • By rail: Kathgodam is the nearest railway station
  • By road: Almora is well connected with major North Indian cities by road

Attractions: Zero Point, Jageshwar, Katarmal Sun Temple, Kasar Devi Temple, Chitai Temple, Deer Park, Dunagiri, Jalna, Bright End Corner.
Average Temperature: 23.5 degree celsius

59. Orchha – Hub Of Temples

Orchha Fort

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Located in the Tikamgarh district of Madhya Pradesh, Orchha is a town known for its grand historical structures including palaces, temples and forts. Set on the banks of Betwa river, the medieval architectural heritage of this place attracts tourists from around the world. Orchha is also popular for its frescos and classical murals paintings. There are many beautiful temples in this town. Chaturbhuj Temple is one of the most popular temple which was built by the queen of Orchha, Ganeshi Bai.

Best time to visit: July to March
How to reach

  • By air: Gwalior Airport (140 km) is the nearest airport
  • By rail: Jhansi railway station (18 km) is the nearest railway station.
  • By road: Jhansi (16 km) is the nearest bus stop. There is no direct connectivity by road to Orchha.

Attractions: Jahangir Mahal, Raja Mahal, Orchha Fort, Ram Raja Temple, Chattris, Chaturbhuj Temple, Phool Baag.
Average Temperature: 26.3-degree celsius

60. Gwalior – A Majestic Fort City

Gwalior Fort

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Gwalior is a historic city in Madhya Pradesh founded by Surajesan. It is known for its grand forts, palaces, rock temples and statues that reflect the heritage of the city. The spectacular Gwalior Fort, built in the 8th century is a major attraction and gives a panoramic view of the entire city. Being the birthplace of the great Indian musician, Tansen, Gwalior also hosts a 4-day Tansen Musical Fest to celebrate various forms of classical music.

Best time to visit: July to March
How to reach

  • By air: Gwalior airport is a major airport in the region
  • By rail: Gwalior is well connected to major parts of the country through railways
  • By road: NH3, NH75 and NH92 are the national highways that connect Gwalior with other major cities of India.

Attractions: Gwalior Fort, Jai Vilas Palace, Gujari Mahal, Man Mandir Palace, Tomb of Tansen, Teli Ka Mandir, Saas Bahu Temple, Scindia Museum.
Average Temperature: 25.7-degree celcius

61. Gokarna – A Peaceful Goa

Gokarna Om Beach

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Gokarna is a town on the Arabian Sea, located in Karnataka. It is a Hindu pilgrimage destination, with a number of sacred sites including the Mahabaleshwara Temple and Koti Teertha. Gokarna is often metaphorized as a ‘crowd-less Goa’. The places has many amazing beaches where you can spend some time relaxing in peace.

Best time to visit: Throughout the year
How to reach

  • By air: The nearest airport is Dabolim in Goa, from where you can take a taxi or train to Gokarna
  • By rail: The nearest railway station is the Gokarna Road (8 km from the main city)
  • By road: Gokarna is well-connected by road to other major cities of India.

Attractions: Om Beach, Mahabaleshwara Temple, Kudle Beach, Gokarna Beach, Yaana, Half Moon Beach, Koti Tirtha, Paradise Beach.
Average Temperature: 27.1-degree celsius

62. Pahalgam – Saffron Fields And More

Pahalgam golf course

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A hill station in Jammu And Kashmir, Pahalgam is a nature’s paradise. Small houses, saffron farms, green fields, and lush valleys with the mighty Himalayan ranges forming the backdrop, Pahalgam is one of the most picturesque destinations of North India. The Overa Aru Wildlife Sanctuary located here is a habitat for many Himalayan species of fauna and flora including the musk deer and brown bears. There are many fast-flowing rivers in Pahalgam which makes it a perfect river rafting site too.

Best time to visit: Throughout the year
How to reach

  • By air: Nearest airport is Srinagar Airport (91.1 km)
  • By rail: You can reach Pahalgam by road through regular bus services, taxi or cab
  • By road: N/A

Attractions: Aru Valley, Betaab Valley, Lidder River, Kolahoi Glacier, Chandanwari, Mamleshwar Temple, Lolab Valley.
Average Temperature: Average high temperature is 20-degree Celsius and average low temperature is 10-degree celsius

63. Landsdowne – Heavenly Place

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Lansdowne, the quaint hillside of Uttarakhand is gradually becoming a popular tourist attraction, especially because of its old-world charm and lush green mountainscape decorated with deodar and pine groves. Dating back to 1895, St. Mary Church still flaunts that old world charm in its every corner and is considered one of the best places to visit in Lansdowne.

Best time to visit: April to June

How to reach

  • By air: Nearest airport from Lansdowne is Jolly Grant, located 150 km away. The airport is connected to Delhi via frequent flights.
  • By rail: For those wanting to reach Lansdowne by train, the nearest railway station from Lansdowne is Kotdwar, at a distance of 40 km. Kotdwar Station is well-connected to various cities and towns of North India.
  • By road: You can board a bus for Kotdwar or Dugadda from Kashmiri Gate.

Attractions: Tip N Top, Bhulla Lake, War Memorial, Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple, Darwan Singh Museum.
Average Temperature: 15.6-degree celsius

64. Joshimath – Place Of Worship

Joshimath

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Joshimath, in northern the tip of the Indian subcontinent on the Himalayas, is one of the major tourist attractions in Northern India. Joshimath is one of the most beautiful tourist attractions in the state of Uttarakhand, which attracts tourists who are always in pursuit of a peaceful vacation. While one can visit the hills throughout the year, the best time to visit Joshimath is during summers, as it offers excellent relief from the sizzling summer heat.

Best time to visit: April to June

How to reach

  • By air: Jolly Grant Airport lies at 270 km from Joshimath.
  • By rail: Rishikesh, which is the closest railway station, is around 250 km from Joshimath.
  • By road: If you are starting from Delhi, you should reach Rishikesh first. Rishikesh is also well connected via road to different parts of the nation.

Attractions: Ghangaria, Auli ropeway, Nanda Devi National Park, Tapovan, Narsingh Temple, Vishnuprayag river, Govindghat.
Average Temperature: 14.5-degree celsius

65. Tawang – Backpacking Trip

Things to do in Tawang

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Tawang’s landscape is adorned with massive rocky yet green mountains, group of Buddhist monasteries, and ethnicity of Monpa hamlets. Its iconic 17th-century monastery has always been a boss at stealing hearts. The warm hospitality and pleasant weather are two primary reasons Tawang is counted among one of the best places to visit in India before you turn 30.

Best time to visit: April to June, September to October

How to reach

  • By air: The nearest airport from Tawang is Salonibari Airport, at a distance of 315 km.
  • By rail: The nearest railhead is Tezpur Railway Station, 385 km away.
  • By road: Tawang is 1404 km away from Kolkata, a nearest major city from Tawang. Make sure you make sufficient stops enroute.

Attractions: Tawang Monastery, Nuranang Waterfall, Tawang War Memorial
Average Temperature: 10.0 degree  celsius

66. Manikaran – Hot Springs Favourite

entrance to manikaran

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A pilgrimage centre for Hindus and Sikhs, Manikaran is most popular for its hot springs. With religious tourists pouring-in in large numbers, it has become quite crowded. Manikaran is located 90 km from Manali. Descend on this area of worship and seek the blessings of Gods. It is considered one of the best places to visit in India before you turn 30.

Best time to visit: April to June

How to reach

  • By air: Bhuntar airport is 24 km away from Manikaran.
  • By rail: The nearest railhead is Summer Hill Railway Station, 106 km away.
  • By road: The best way to reach Manikaran from Pathankot is to go on a bus to Bhuntar and then take a local bus.

Attractions: Grahan Street, Chalal Trek Trail, Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib.
Average Temperature: 28.6-degree celsius

67. Shimoga – Karnataka’s Hidden Gem

The top view of valley in Agumbe in Shimoga

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An offbeat and picturesque hill station, Shimoga is the true gem of Karnataka. Bestowed with verdant hills, valleys, thick forests, and wildlife, Shimoga speaks of nothing but surreal and scenic beauty. With a pleasant climate and mesmerizing sceneries, you will have the time of your life here. It is considered as one of the most offbeat places to visit in India before you turn 30.

Best time to visit: March to June

How to reach

  • By air: The nearest International Airport is Mangalore Airport, Mangalore, roughly 195 kms from Shimoga.
  • By rail: Shimoga has its own Railway Station named as Shimoga Nagar Railway station.
  • By road: Shimoga is well-connected to Bhadravathi, Kadur, Banavara, Tumkur, Bangalore and Goa. You can take the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation buses.

Attractions: Jog falls, Kodachadri, Dabbe falls, Agumbe, Gudavi bird sanctuary
Average Temperature:

68. Madikeri – Scenic Beauty

A beautiful shot of the Abbey waterfalls in Madikeri

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Madikeri is one of the most visited hill stations in Karnataka. Encircled by the Western Ghats, it is known for its scenic beauty, misty hills, wildlife, local cuisines, and coffee plantations. Staying in the lap of nature is nothing less than stepping into heaven. You will have a blast here. We suggest you take this trip solo. You can also take this trip with friends or family, however.

Best time to visit: July to September

How to reach

  • By air: The town of Madikeri doesn’t have an airport of its own. The airport in Mangalore can be used to reach Madikeri.
  • By rail: The nearest railhead is Kannur, which is 113 km from Madikeri.
  • By road: To reach Madikeri from Mysore, you can take any government or private bus.

Attractions: Raja’s Seat, Madikeri Fort, Raja’s Tomb, Sree Kanchi Kamakshi Temple
Average Temperature: 23.0-degree celsius

69. Ranikhet – The Queen’s Meadow

Terrace farming in Ranikhet

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A lovely cantonment hill-town in Uttarakhand, Ranikhet is also known as Queen’s Meadow. It is believed to be the resident of Queen Padmini of Kumaon. Revered shrines, a 9-hole golf course, rich orchards, and breathtaking nature in Ranikhet are the reasons why it is one of the best summer tourist places in India. It is considered as one of the most offbeat places to visit in India before you turn 30.

Best time to visit: September to February

How to reach

  • By air: The nearest airport from Ranikhet is Pantnagar Airport, at a distance of 110 km.
  • By rail: Kathgodam Railway Station is the nearest major railhead near Ranikhet. Both are located 75 km away from each other.
  • By road: Nearest major city from Ranikhet is Delhi, 355 km away from each other.

Attractions: Jhula Devi Temple, Mankameshwar Temple, Bhalu Dam
Average Temperature: 14. 8 degree celsius

70. Kausani – Perfect Getaway For Couples

Empty Road in Kausani Uttrakhand

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Located in the Bageshwar district of Uttarakhand, Kausani is a perfect getaway away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Kausani is famous for its 300 km wide scenic views of some of the tallest peaks of the Himalayas like Nanda Devi and Panchachuli. Kausani weather is mild and hovers around 9 to 26 degrees. It is considered as one of the best places to visit in India before you turn 30.

Best time to visit: April to June
How to reach

  • By air: The nearest airport to Kausani is Pantnagar (177 km).
  • By rail: One can take a train from anywhere in India to Kathgodam near Nainital, and further take a short bus ride of 4 hours (136km) to reach Kausani.
  • By road: You can hire a cab from New Delhi or your drive your own car to cover the 401 km distance which will take up to 10 hours.

Attractions: Gandhi Ashram, Rudradhari Falls and Caves, Baijnath Temple
Average Temperature:

71. Agumbe – Scenic Beauty

waterfall in agumbe

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Known for its scenic beauty and biodiversity, Agumbe is a settlement situated in Karnataka. The lush rainforest also has many popular waterfalls such as Bakarna, Onake Abbi, and Jogi Gundi falls. There is a sunset viewpoint as well where you can enjoy the evening. If you are a wildlife enthusiast, you will be excited to know that there are some wild species that you can spot here like leopards and tigers.

Best time to visit: October to February

How to reach

By air: The nearest airport is Mangaluru Airport located about 95 km away from Agumbe village.
By rail: The closest railway stations is Udupi Railway Station (about 50 km away).
By road: You can directly take a bus from Bangalore going to Thirthahalli and then another bus from there to Agumbe.
Attractions: Enchanting waterfalls, sunset viewpoint, Sri Venugopala Krishna Swamy Temple
Average Temperature: 23.5 degree Celsius

72. Munnar: Immerse In The Greenery

Munnar honeymoon places

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Munnar is a place which is known for its beautiful tea gardens, lakes and pretty hill stations. Located at the Western Ghats, this is one of the best places to visit in India with friends and family. This beautiful hill station is the commercial centre for some of the biggest tea estates of the world. In addition to this the hill station is considered to be one of the most protected areas where some of the endemic and endangered species live.

Best Time To Visit: September To November, January To March

How To Reach

By Air: The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport located 125 kms away
By Rail: The nearest railway station is Kochi and Ernakulam
By Road: One can take a cab or bus from Kochi, Aluva or Ernakulam

Attractions: Eravikulam National Park, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Tea Plantations

Average Temperature: 19.4 degree celsius

Restaurants: Copper Castle, SN Restaurant, Sree Mahaveer Bhojanalaya Restaurant

73. Gangtok: Explore The Gateway To Sikkim

Gangtok Honeymoon

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With the spectacular view of the Mt. Kanchenjunga in the backdrop and the alluring clouds covering the peaks, Gangtok appears to be an intact painted picture. This beautiful hill station is located amidst the mountains and clouds. And alongside that it is also a base for many trekkers who hike up to the Himalayan ranges. It is one of the most beautiful hill stations which has a blend of traditions and urbanisation.

Best Time To Visit: Late September to November and March to June

How To Reach

By Air: The nearest airport is Bagdogra, West Bengal which is 124 kilometres away
By Train: The nearest rail head is New Jalpaiguri which is 148 kilometres away
By Road: Take a car

Attractions: Nathu La Pass, Rumtek Monastery, MG Road

Average Temperature: 22 degree celsius

Restaurants in Gangtok: OSM Restro & Lounge, Taste Of Tibet

74. New Delhi – Enjoy A Day At India’s Capital

Monument in Lodhi Garden, Delhi

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The capital of India, Delhi brims with all the hustle bustle for the entire day. This metropolitan city reflects a beautiful blend of history and modernity with its monuments and fancy shopping places. Alongside that, the place is also famous for its incredible Delhi University which is renowned worldwide. There is a beautiful blend of culture and traditions which makes this city one of the top 25 tourist places in India.

Best Time To Visit: October To March
How To Reach
By Air: The nearest airport is Indira Gandhi International Airport
By Train: There are 4 major railway junctions – Puraani Dilli, New Delhi, Hazrat Nizamuddin and Anand Vihar
By Road: The major bus terminals in Delhi are Kashmere Gate ISBT, Sarai Kale Khan ISBT, Anand Vihar ISBT, Mandi House and Majnu Ka Tila

Attractions: Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar, Red Fort, Akshardham Temple
Average Temperature: 7 Degree Celsius
Restaurants: Smokehouse Grill, Bikanervala Angan, Paranthe Wali Gali, All American Diner

75. Kanha National Park – Amidst The Wildlife

Tourists taking a safari ride in Kanha National Park

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Situated at the central region of Madhya Pradesh, the Kanha National Park is quite a famous place to visit. This is known as one of the best parks in Asia which shelters around 22 species of large mammals. Alongside that this place is also one of the well-known tiger reserves. Established in 1955, people visit this park to enjoy an exciting wildlife safari.

Best Time To Visit: Mid-October to June
How To Reach
By Air: There is no direct flight connectivity, The nearest is the Jabalpur airport which is located around 120 km away from Kanha National Park.
By Train: There is no direct train connectivity. Jabalpur Railway Station is the closest which is around 130 kms away from the national park.
By Road: Buses are available at short intervals from the nearest city Mandla.
Average Temperature: 14 Degree Celsius
Restaurants: Mogli Resorts, Kanha Resort, Kanha Jungle Lodge

76. Mussoorie – Tour To The Queen Of Hills

Mussoorie

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Mussoorie is considered to be one of the best places to visit in India with friends in Uttarakhand. Resting at the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayan ranges, this place is also known as the “Queen of Hills”. Located at a height of 7000 feet above sea level, this place has so much to offer beyond the pleasant climate and natural beauty of the hills.

Best Time To Visit: September To June
How To Reach
By Air: The nearest airport from Mussoorie is the Jolly Grant Airport which is located 30 kms away
By Road: The hill station is well-connected with the major cities by the roadways and one can also hire a taxi from Dehradun or New Delhi to Mussoorie.
Attractions: Lal Tibba, Kempty Falls, Gun Hill
Average Temperature: 4 Degree Celsius
Restaurants in Mussoorie: Tavern, Neelam, Casa Mia Bakery, Emily’s, Tip Top Tea Shop

77. Tirupati – Glimpse Of Magnificent Temples

visit temple

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Located at the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, Tirupati is famous for its majestic Venkateshwara Temple which is one of the most famous pilgrimage centres in India. Tirupati is believed to be one of the oldest cities which is mentioned in the ancient scriptures. And alongside that, people can see devotees rushing to the temple to take one glimpse of the 8-feet tall idol of Lord Venkateshwara.

Best Time To Visit: September To February
How To Reach
By Air: The nearest airport is the Tirupati airport which is located at a distance of 15 kms from the main city.
By Train: There are 3 railway stations to reach Tirupati which includes Tirupati Main, Renigunta and Anantharajupet.
By Road: There are regular buses which run from nearby cities like Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu
Attractions: Sri Venkateswara Temple, Swami Pushkarini Lake, City Shopping, Vedadri Narasimha Swamy Temple
Average Temperature: 20 Degree Celsius
Restaurants: Rainbow At Fortune Select Grand Ridge, Maurya, Andhra Spice, Hyderabad House

78. Vaishno Devi – Take A Religious Tour

Vaishno Devi

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Vaishno Devi is a holy cave that holds major importance in India and every year experience a vast number of devotees coming there. This place is located close

to the Trikuta Hills, which is 13 kms away from Katra. This Holy Shrine was incepted in 1986 and since then the devotees come to this place to seek the blessings. This is one of the most famous places in India which must be visited at least once in a lifetime.

Best Time To Visit: March To October
How To Reach
By Air: The nearest airport from Katra is Jammu Airport or Sarwari Airport
By Train: The nearest railhead is Katra and connects the major cities
By Road: Buses run from Delhi, Amritsar, Jammu Tawi at affordable prices
Attractions: Ardh Kuwari Cave, Bhairavnath Temple, Dera Baba Banda, Katra
Average Temperature: 11 Degree Celsius
Restaurants: Sagar Ratna Restaurant, Mahduban, Prem Vaishno Dhaba

79. Alleppey – Enjoy The Houseboat Ride

Places to visit near Alleppey

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Also called Alappuzha, Alleppey is a beautiful city located in the South Indian State of Kerala and surrounded by the Laccadive Sea. Enclosed by the green paddy fields and the surreal avifauna, Alleppey is a place which is worth visiting. Counted as one of the dream places to visit in India, Alleppey is a home to backwaters, beaches and beautiful lagoons.

Best Time To Visit: October and February
How To Reach
By Air: There are no direct flights from Alleppey. To reach the place the nearest airport is Kochi which is located at a distance of 60kms.
By Train: Alappuzha railway station is the nearest station to reach Alleppey.
By Road: Buses run at very short intervals from places like Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and many other neighbouring places.
Attractions: Alappuzha Beach, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Vembanad Lake, Nehru Trophy Boat Race
Average Temperature: 30 Degree Celsius
Restaurants: Vembanad Restaurant, Harbour Restaurant, Mushroom

80. Bangalore – Take A Tour Silicon Valley

Bangalore travel tips

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Popularly called the Silicon Valley of India, Bangalore is one of the finest cities which is also considered to be one of the safe places to visit in India. Known for its amazing weather and majestic architectures surrounded by lush-green parks. The city has modern malls fancy cafes and restaurants and also Botanical gardens which is perfect to take a stroll.

Best Time To Visit: November – February
How To Reach
By Air: KempeGowda International Airport is the only airport which connects with 10 domestic and 21 international airlines.
By Train: There are 2 rail terminals in Bangalore – Bangalore City and Yeshwantpur Junction
By Road: Government and Private buses run from Mumbai, Goa, Chennai and Hyderabad
Attractions: Bangalore Palace, Cubbon Park, MG Road, Lal Bagh and UB City Mall
Average Temperature: 27 Degree Celsius
Restaurants in Bangalore: Only Place, Olive Beach, Fava, Sue’s Food Place

81. Jaipur – Experience The Royalty

Beauty of Jaipur

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Jaipur is the capital city of Rajasthan which is also called the Pink City. This place is known for its rich culture and heritage which is formed since many centuries. Jaipur city comes under the Golden Triangle and makes one of the most famous places in India to visit. From the magnificent palaces to the vibrant markets, there is a lot to explore.

Best Time To Visit: November-March
How To Reach
By Air: The nearest airport is the Sanganer airport which is well connected with all the major cities
By Train: Shatabdi Express connects Jaipur to all the major cities
By Road: There are buses by RSRTC which runs on frequent intervals and connects to major cities
Attractions: Amer Fort, City Palace, Nahargarh Fort, Hawa Mahal
Average Temperature: 20 Degree Celsius
Restaurants in Jaipur: Choki Dhani, Four Seasons, Copper Chimney OM Revolving Restaurant

82. Chandigarh – India’s First Planned Cities

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Chandigarh is one of the famous places to visit in India. It is India’s first planned cities and is one of the famous weekend road trip destinations. Some of the prominent attractions which attracts tourists to Chandigarh are Sukhna Lake, Rock Garde, Rose Garden, the Lesiure Valley and Capitol Complex.

Best Time To Visit: August-March
How To Reach
By Air: Chandigarh airport is well connected with all the major cities
By Train: Chandigarh railway station has frequent trains plying from New Delhi
By Road: Excellent road connectivity with other neighbouring cities
Attractions: Rose Garden, Rock Garden, Sukhna Lake
Average Temperature: 29 Degree Celsius
Restaurants in Chandigarh: Barbecue Nation, Pirates of Grill, Swagath Restaurant and Bar

83. Lonavala – Most Popular Weekend Getaway

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Another popular tourist places to visit in India is Lonavala. It is the most visited hill station in Maharashtra and is a popular destination for camping, trekking and other thrilling sports. It allures tourists with its beauty. Surrounding by gorgeous waterfalls and forests, it is a must-visit place for all nature lovers.

Best Time To Visit: Throughout the year
How To Reach
By Air: Lohegaon airport is the nearest airport which is well connected with all the major cities
By Train: Lonavala has its own railway station and trains to and fro are available on a regular basis
By Road: Regular state and private buses operate regularly to Lonavala
Attractions: Tiger’s Leap, Imagica, Karla Caves
Average Temperature: 24 Degree Celsius
Restaurants in Chandigarh: Cafe 24, Lonavala Foods, Della Villa Bistro

84. Coonoor – A Refreshing Escape

Coonoor

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Coonoor is a serene hill station located in Tamil Nadu that is known for its tea estates. Being surrounded by Nilgiri Hills, the place attracts nature lovers from across the country. Roses, eucalyptus trees, and rhododendrons are in abundance, especially at Sim’s Park. The steam Nilgiri Mountain Railway passes through Coonoor and offers the spellbinding views of lush green Nilgiri Hills. Things To Do: Go for sightseeing, visit tea estates, indulge in shopping as the place offer a variety of tea and coffee Best Time To Visit: October to February Nearest Airport: Coimbatore International Airport How To Reach

  • By Flight: The Coimbatore International Airport is situated in Coimbatore which is about 110kms from the city.
  • By Road: Government and private buses both are accessible to & from major cities.
  • By Train: The Mettupalayam Railway Station is the major rail head which is nearly 45 km from coonoor. You can board a bus or taxi from there to reach Coonoor

Average Temperature: 17-degree Celsius

85. Ajmer – Mystic Abode Of Khwaja Garib Nawaz

Ajmer

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Ajmer, the mystic home to Dargah Ajmer Sharif, attracts visitors from across the globe. The dargah was the place where Muslim Sufi Saint Khwaja Garib Nawaz resided and imparted his teachings. The site is truly unique as you will see travelers and pilgrims of different religions bowing under the same roof with the same respect. The place also hosts yearly Sufi music festivals where Qalams by popular Sufi saints are performed. Ajmer also features prominent historical sites that were commissioned by Mughals and exhibits Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. Things To Do: Take a sightseeing tour, attend Sufi festivals, enjoy local food esp. For non-vegetarians Best Time To Visit: September to June Nearest Airport: Jaipur International Airport How To Reach:

  • By Flight: the Jaipur International Airport in Jaipur is the closest Airport which is nearly 132 km. From there you can hire a cab and reach Ajmer.
  • By Road: There are numerous buses running between Delhi and Jaipur and most of them halts at Ajmer
  • By Train: Ajmer Junction is a popular railway station and welcomes trains from the major cities

Average Temperature: 24.7-degree Celsius

86. Varkala – The Latent Treasure Of Kerala

Varkala

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Varkala is the hidden treasure of Kerala which is known for the unique 15m high Northern Cliff that is associated with the Arabian Sea. The hippie culture here is world-known, the cliffs serve amazing seafood & play global music. The place is also known for Janardhana Swami Temple, also known as Dakshin Kashi. Things To Do: enjoy the beaches, visit the Janardhana Swami temple Best Time To Visit: October to February Nearest Airport: Thiruvananthapuram How To Reach:

  • By Flight: there is no direct flight connected to Varkala, so the nearest airport is Thiruvananthapuram around 40km away from the same.
  • By Road: constant bus services ply to and fro from the city of Varkala. They operate on a regular basis from Kochi, Alappuzha, Thiruvananthapuram, etc.
  • By Train: Varkala is connected to the rest of the country by railways, through its Varkala Sivagiri Railway Station.

Average Temperature: 27-degree Celsius

87. Poovar – Explore The Ancient Town

Poovar

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A small rustic town located 27 km from Thiruvananthapuram with the least explored golden sand beaches and beautiful backwaters of Kerala. Also popular as a fishing village, Poovar Island is found between the Neyyar River and the Arabian Sea. When here hire a boat ( specifically during the sunset) and it will give you a backwater tour of the mangrove forest which is a must-visit activity. Things To Do: see the Vizhinjam harbor, explore the Neyyar dam & Neyyar wildlife sanctuary. Best Time To Visit: November – February Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport How To Reach:

  • By Airport: Nearest airport to Poovar is the Trivandrum International Airport, which is 38km away and has regular flights from the major cities in the country. Taxis & local state transport buses are easily available.
  • By Road: To reach Poovar by road you have to first reach Thiruvananthapuram by bus. From there you can only approach the town by water. Boats & houseboats are available from Trivandrum.
  • By Train: the closest railway station to Poovar is Parassala Railway Station which is located at a distance of 11 km. From the station, you can hire a boat to reach Poovar.

Average Temperature: 26-degree Celsius

88. Kanyakumari – Touch The Southernmost Tip

Kanyakumari

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The southernmost tip of the Indian Peninsula, environed by the three seas- Indian, Arabian, and the Bay of Bengal. Kanyakumari was earlier known as Cape Comorin. The place is a mountainous terrain amid three seas, with tall & bold coconut trees, hills & dotted with paddy fields. Apart from this, Kanyakumari is also the only place in the country where you can observe the sunrise and sunset at the same beach Things To Do: Vivekananda rock memorial, visit Triveni Sangam, explore Vattakottara fort. Best Time To Visit: October to February Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International How To Reach:

  • By Flight: the closest airport to Kanyakumari is Trivandrum International Airport, which is located 67kms away from Kanyakumari. From here you can take buses or cabs to reach Kanyakumari.
  • By Road: Kanyakumari is well associated with the major South Indian cities by road. If you are commuting from any of the South Indian places you can opt for self-drive.
  • By Train: Kanyakumari has its own railway station which is well associated with most of the Indian cities.

Average Temperature: 31-degree Celsius

89. Khajuraho – Visit The Archaic Temples

Khajuraho

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A UNESCO World Heritage Site situated in Madhya Pradesh. The site is popular across the world for its marvelous temples adorned with sensuous & attractive carvings. The architecture of this place aims to depict the erotic forms of love, the illustrations on the wall portray passion in the most aesthetic & appealing ways. Built during 950 to 1050 AD the carvings show a paradox with the conventional Indian ideals that leave the visitors spellbound. Things To Do: tour the temples, visit the nature & Panna national park Best Time To Visit: October to February Nearest Airport: Khajuraho Airport How To Reach:

  • By Flight: The nearest airport is the Khajuraho Airport that connects Khajuraho to the rest of the country’s major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bhopal, etc.
  • By Road: daily bus services ply to and from here. Majorly from Delhi, Bhopal, Indore the buses are easily available.

Average Temperature: 25.8-degree Celsius

90. Pushkar – Ancient City With Sacred Sites

Pushkar

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Pushkar, a lively town bordering the Thar Desert is a prominent religious site and being a proud home to the world-famous Pushkar Mela, welcomes tourists from across the world during the festival. The town is nestled along the Pushkar Lake which comprises 52 ghats (stone staircase) where pilgrims perform rituals and take holy dips. There are over hundreds of temples at Pushkar, however, Jagatpita Brahma Mandir is the most popular amongst them. The temple was constructed in the 14th century and exhibits exclusive architecture. Things To Do: Visit temples, attend festivals, spend time at Pushkar Lake Best Time To Visit: September to April Nearest Airport: Sanganer Airport How To Reach:

  • By Flights: Sanganer Airport in Jaipur is nearly 140 km from Pushkar and you can board a bus or hire a taxi to reach
  • By Road: You can hire a taxi or board a state transport bus from any nearby city
  • By Train: Pushkar railway station is well-connected and has connectivity with major cities of Rajasthan

Average Temperature: 24.8-degree Celsius

91. Wayanad – Nature’s Heaven

Wayanad

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Known as Nature’s Abode, Wayanad houses archaic historical caves, welcoming resorts, magical waterfalls & amazing homestays. The place is also famous for its spice plantations and wildlife. When here tour the spice plantations and trek at the prehistoric caves. Things To Do: Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Kuruva Island, Edakkal caves Best Time To Visit: throughout the year Nearest Airport: How To Reach:

  • By Flight: the nearest airport to Wayanad is Calicut International Airport which is 93 km away from Wayanad. From here, you can either hire a cab or take a bus to Wayanad.
  • By Road: Wayanad is well associated with the nearby South Indian cities such as Bangalore, Coimbatore, Kozhikode. You can catch a public bus or hire your own cab to Wayanad.
  • By Train: the nearest railway station to Wayanad is Nilambur railway station in Kerala. It is situated at a ditay of 90 km from Wayanad. From here you can take a bus or hire a cab to Wayanad.

Average Temperature: 25.6-degree Celsius

92. Gulmarg – Paradise For Winter Lovers

Gulmarg

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If you are fond of winters & love to play with snow then Gulmarg should definitely be on your list of must visit places in India before you turn 31. Situated at an altitude of 2730 m above sea level, the place is a famous skiing destination in Pir Panjal Range of Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir. Dotted by snow-covered lofty Himalayas, lush green valleys, bloomed flowers, and deep ravined, Gulmarg possesses the world’s second-highest Gondola ride. Things To Do: Go skiing, play with the snow, go snowboarding Best Time To Visit: March to June Nearest Airport: Srinagar International Airport How To Reach:

  • By Flight: the closest airport to Gulmarg is Srinagar Airport which is well-connected to all the major airports of the country.
  • By Road: direct buses are available from Delhi to Gulmarg. Both government and private deluxe buses run on the common route.
  • By Train: the closest railway station to Gulmarg is 290 km away from Gulmarg. You can catch a bus from Jammy or hire a taxi directly to Gulmarg.

Average Temperature: 7.6-degree Celsius

93. Shirdi – Place Of Sai Baba

Shirdi

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Called the Land of Sai Baba, Shirdi is a religious site close to Nasik with multiple temples & few historical places. Situated in Ahmednagar district the place holds strong significance as holy and pilgrim place for the devotees of Sai Baba. This small town is brimming with religious spots & things which will soothe the tourist in India. The aura is fresh and carries chants lingering with spirituality. Things To Do: Explore the temples, Sai Teerth Theme Park, Sai Heritage Village Best Time To Visit: June to February Nearest Airport: Aurangabad Airport How To Reach:

  • By Flights: the Aurangabad airport is the nearest to Shirdi. Post arriving at the airport you can take a bus to Shirdi.
  • By road: interstate and intrastate regularly operate here. Bus journeys are easier & convenient.
  • By Train: the nearest railway station to Shirdi is Sainagar Shirdi Railway Station which is well connected to most major cities in the country.

Average Temperature: 25.7-degree Celsius

94. Madurai – The City Of Temples

Madurai

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The cultural capital of Tamil Nadu, this is the oldest continuously-inhabited most beautiful city of India. Built-in the shape of a lotus, thus known as ‘The Lotus City’. Visit the place and explore the Meenakshi Amman temple with your family

here, and seek some positivity. Things To Do: Meenakshi temple, Saint Mary’s Cathedral, Abodes of Lord Murugan Best Time To Visit: October to March Nearest Airport: Madurai Airport How To Reach:

  • By Flight: flights are very convenient as the airport is just 10 I’m from the main city.
  • By Road: there are bus services from most of the major cities in South India. Bus journeys are also a feasible & convenient option to reach Madurai.
  • By Train: there are many train services that run across the year. But, advance booking is recommended.

Average Temperature: 28.8-degree Celsius

95. Bodh Gaya – Land Of Nirvana

Bodh Gaya

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Now the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bodh Gaya is famous for the Mahabodhi Temple. It was here under the Bodhi tree that Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment. Thus the place is also known as the Land of Nirvana. Things To Do: Bodhi tree temple, Great Buddha Statue, Dungeswari Hills Best Time To Visit: October to March Nearest Airport: Bodh Gaya How To Reach:

  • By Train: the closest airport is 17 km from Gaya, but it is suggested to travel via Patna Airport which is 135 km away. You can hire a taxi from the destination and drive to Bodh Gaya.
  • By Road: you can take a cab from Patna to Bodh Gaya however the roads are narrow & it’s quite dangerous. It takes about 3 hours to travel from Patna to Gaya.
  • By Train: the Gaya Railway Station is located at a distance of 16km from Bodh Gaya. One can take a cab from the railway station.

Average Temperature: 26.5-degree Celsius

96. Ranchi – Place Of Waterfalls

Ranchi

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For all those who love waterfalls, the city is surrounded with dense forests, beautiful river Subarnekha and houses the most beautiful waterfalls. There are hardly any sightseeing spots in Ranchi, but because of better flight connectivity the natural surroundings of Ranchi have become quite famous among the holidaymakers. Things To Do: Johna Falls, Picnic at Tagore hills, tour the Birsa Zoological Park Best Time To Visit: November to February Nearest Airport: Birsa Munda Airport How To Reach:

  • By Flight: The closest airport is Birsa Munda Airport, it connects Patna, Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata via regular flights.
  • By Road: located between NH23 and NH32, Ranchi is directly connected to nearby cities like Kolkata, Patna via buses.
  • By Train: the Ranchi Junction connects Ranchi to various cities in the country via railways.

Average Temperature: 23.7-degree Celsius

97. Bokaro Steel City – The Most Well-Planned City

Bokaro Steel City

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Explore the city of beautiful parks, lush greenery and beautiful makes with your best people. The place is perfect for all those looking to relax & enjoy a peaceful time with their loved ones. Apart from being the nucleus of India’s Industrial revolution back in 1960s and 70s Bokaro has gained recognition for itself as one of the most well-planned cities in the country. Things To Do: See the Garga Dam, Jagannath Temple, City park Best Time To Visit: September to February Nearest Airport: Birsa Munda Airport How To Reach:

  • By Flight: the nearest airport to Bokaro is 120 kms away, at Ranchi. One can easily hire a cab from the airport and reach Bokaro.
  • By Road: situated right at the meeting point of NH32 and NH23, it connects it to cities like Ranchi and Jamshedpur.
  • By Train: Rajdhani Express connected it to New Delhi while Ranchi and Kolkata are connected by Shatabdi. The train journey is easier & hassle free.

Average Temperature: 26.2-degree Celsius

98. Deoghar – Explore Jharkhand’s Spiritual Side

Deoghar

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Many tourists visit this place to perform the holy ritual of Rudrabhishek (the holy bath) in the holy month. While exploring the places to visit in India before you turn 30 you can visit this place if you wish to seek some spiritual vibes & positivity. Things To Do: Nandan Pahar, Baba Baidyanath temple Best Time To Visit: October until March Nearest Airport: Bodh Gaya – 175 kms from Deoghar How To Reach:

  • By Flight: there is no direct connectivity via flight to Deoghar.
  • By Road: regular buses ply to and fro this city. They operate on a daily basis, through a well-connected roadways network.
  • By Train: the place is well connected to the other parts of India via railways. Regular trains operate for passengers.

Average Temperature: 25.4-degree Celsius

99. Bankura – The Hilly Paradise

Bankura

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With much historical significance, Bankura is a town known for its hills and quaint temples. The place is great for adventure enthusiasts especially those who love hiking and trekking. Apart from that, Bankura holds a significant history and is a temple city. The terracotta temples attract most of the tourists from all over the world. Things To Do: Joypur Jungle, Susunia Hill, Siddhesvara Temple Best Time To Visit: October to March Nearest Airport: How To Reach:

  • By Flight: the nearest Airport to Bankura is in Kolkata. From there, you can take a bus to Bankura.
  • By Road: regular buses are available from nearby cities and towns.
  • By Train: Bankura has its own railway station which is connected to the city of Bhubaneswar. From there you can take a bus or can to Bankura.

Average Temperature: 26-degree Celsius

100. Nalanda – Explore The Rustic Temples

Nalanda

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Wrapped in the spiritual aura, Nalanda is a significant Buddhist seat of academic excellence. It is also a well established pilgrim centre. Other than that, the place continues to be an equally soothing destination. It offers a beautiful fusion of spirituality, history, beauty, culture & tourism. Things To Do: Jal Mandir, Stupa of Sariputra, Black Buddha Temple Best Time To Visit: October to March Nearest Airport: Patna Airport How To Reach:

  • By Flight: the closest airport is Lok Nayak Jayaprakash International Airport in Patna which is 75km away. From there you can take a cab and reach your destination.
  • By Road: Nalanda is well associated with the nearby cities like Bodhgaya, Patna etc and has a good road network. You can move easily to and from from these cities.
  • By Train: the nearest railway station is Nalanda Railway Station which is well-connected with the major cities of India.

Average Temperature: 26.3-degree Celsius

101. Hazaribagh – Bewitching Land of Lakes

Hazaribagh
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Situated in the Chhota Nagpur, Hazaribagh is a stunning place with dense forests and natural formations. The dense forests in Hazaribagh are the least explored and are in the purest form all loaded with greenery. Visit this stunning place & have a soothing holiday touring the beautiful lakes with your dearies. Things To Do: Hazaribagh National Park, Canary Hills, Hazaribagh Jheel Best Time To Visit: November to February Nearest Airport: Birsa Munda Airport How To Reach:

  • By Flight: the nearest domestic airport is Birsa Munda Airport which is 96.5 km away from Hazaribagh.
  • By Road: the roads are all connected to Ranchi, Patna, and other cities of Bengal. The nearest city is Ranchi which is at a distance of 96 km.
  • By Train: the nearest railway station is Kodarma which is 50 km away. You can board a bus or hire a cab here.

Average Temperature: 23.7-degree Celsius

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Imprinting

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Synopsis : Imprinting a child with positive or negative thoughts can make all the difference between a good person and a bad person later when he grows up. The blog looks at the reasons why people tend to imprint a child negatively and how it impacts the child and the society in general later sometimes in tragic ways.

We often hear the word imprinting without really understanding what it means. The experts will say one thing while the common people may say that it perhaps means it has something to do with printing and may use the word incorrectly.

What it really means is that some ideas are imprinted on to the brain of a child when his brain is like a blank slate where the adults imprint their own belief system so that the kid grows up believing in them. This is done by most adults who think that they know what is best for their kids and only they should decide what the kid gets to learn and what he should not.

They do it in many ways. One way is to repeat a lie over and over again until it imprints and later turns into truth as the adult sees it. This imprint once firmly registered in the brain makes the people believe in it and nothing can convince them otherwise. The politicians know very well how it works in their favor when they repeat a lie over and over again to their constituents who then start believing it and will follow the politician no matter what others say.

We have seen this pernicious effect on the gullible people who went to ransack the US capitol and put many people in harm’s way by attacking the policemen and others believing that the election was stolen so they have a right to protest even violently. They have been told that the earth is flat, the vaccines are not necessary and it may make them impotent, that all Mexicans who come to the country are rapists and criminals, that Asians and other minorities are inferior people who steal their jobs , that black lives do not really matter, that the policemen are just doing their jobs when they step on the neck of a man who is gasping for breath and dies etc.

But to make people believe in something, they must get started with the kids who are innocent and absorb anything told to them as the Gospel truth because they trust their adults who are supposed to know better. Kids are extremely vulnerable to this imprinting process but adults are not immune either. Most of the voters in America believe what the preachers and politicians tell them even if the common sense tells them otherwise.

This is the bread and butter of the fundamentalists who imprint their sadistic and horrible belief system on the young and the old through their mullahs in numerous mosques and through the Internet site they operate so we saw thousands and young men and women who joined their ranks by running away from their homes to go to Syria and fight their Jihad against all the infidels. They thought they were doing God’s work so what could be so wrong in that! They were not children but were vulnerable just the same who later found out how the terrorists had imprinted on them a falsehood that meant to kill and torture people in the name of their belief.

Some were horny women who were promised glorious sex and a chance to meet horny bearded young men with sinister looks on their face but found themselves becoming sex slaves who were shared by everyone like candies, beaten when they refused submission and even killed because they were disillusioned to see the horror in person and wanted to run away.

In some Moslem countries they run Koranic schools called madarsas where the kids are taught hate for the non-believers so that they could be trained as Talibans later on to go on Jihad and kill their enemies. They are told that it is a holy cause for which they should be prepared to die so that they will go to heaven where 72 horny women called Huris will take care of them forever.

So numerous terrorist groups have sprouted all over the world some home grown and others who have been influenced through the propaganda using the Internet. The children thus imprinted are the most difficult to reform later so in all religions, the adults work the hardest on the kids because their brains are like soft clay where ideas can be easily imprinted that later hardens into strong belief.

We have all heard the horrible cult followers of one sinister man who asked them to commit suicide in Jonestown in Guyana one day so they all took poison and forced it down on their children as well so there was a mass murder in the name of belief. Such persuasive power of one man over thousands has meant disaster because nothing good comes out of it. Just take the example of Nazi Germany where Hitler imprinted his ideas on people so negatively that it led to the world war.

Goebbels was not called the propaganda master of Hitler for nothing. He made killers out of ordinary people of Germany who joined the SS because Goebbels made them believe that they were doing their patriotic duty to kill the Jews and the gypsies.

This process of imprinting is practiced by many adults worldwide who try to make their kids in their own image or like them. Some succeed as was the case of one of my classmates in college who was an extreme example but not all adults succeed in imprinting to the extent they wish.

A kid who grows up developing a strong personality begins to question what he is taught at a certain age and may not follow all he has learned so he may take a different course in his life. I know of a Hindu woman who is reading the Koran in the Internet and learning what she can learn from it. It is not clear what she will end up doing eventually but her mother worries.

In the animal kingdom, all animals try to teach their young ones what they must learn in order to survive in the wilderness. The song birds for example teach their chicks how to sing. The chicks that have lost their mother cannot sing because they learn by imitation. Sometimes they imitate other birds or even humans like the parrots, mynahs, and cockatoos etc. who are natural mimics. The young seal cubs who hate to swim are practically forced by the mother seal into water to teach them how to swim.

Young cheetah and leopard cubs are taught to hunt by their mothers because it does not come naturally to them. If you get them very young then they will follow you around like a puppy and will not learn to hunt and live in the wilderness by themselves.

But we think that we are smarter than the animals and birds because we get some education, training and develop our own individual personalities that defines who we are. This identity is often tainted by the belief system imprinted on our brain since childhood by the religion our parents belong to.

Only those people who do not practice any religion and profess to be atheists can escape the imprinting but they suffer a great degree of ostracism, persecution and marginalization by those who are the religionists and who consider the atheists as a threat to their system.

There is a famous song of John Lennon called “Imagine” where he sings how wonderful the world could be if there was no religion anywhere but unfortunately the fundamentalists in America burned his posters, his LP records and one person took it upon himself to kill him one day.

The animals imprint on their young ones because they try to make them learn the fundamentals to survive on their own when they grow up. But we do it not for our survival but to propagate our faith whatever they may be.

This impulse to propagate our faith through any means brought mass slaughter of innocent people during the Inquisition in Europe and Latin America and persecution of those who were of different faith and different culture. Many such persecuted people found a safe haven in America but it continues even today in many parts of the world.

I would like to see a child imprinted with knowledge that will help him become a smart and decent person in the future who can teach the next generation what he has learned so that the whole society benefits. A smart computer expert father who teaches his children mathematics, computer knowledge or programming early can make future Steve Jobs or Bill Gates. They were not born geniuses but learned along the way what they needed to learn to become genius. Kids with high IQ learn anything faster than those kids who are not so smart but they too can learn given half a chance.

Some parents encourage their sons and daughter to learn about aviation so later they can become pilots in the air force. Some teach their children the love for biology and chemistry or other sciences that can produce in them Nobel laureates later in their life. The love for education that Malala’s parents taught her made her a proponent of education for all girls and boys later and the Nobel prize that she received was very well deserved by such a young girl.

I would like to see a child imprinted with love and compassion for others who are not like him so that he can treat everybody equally without discrimination, hate and blind beliefs. Apathy, racism, discrimination, ill treatment of women , sexual abuse of young and vulnerable people , jealousy, greed, bullying others, cheating, thieving, taking advantage of others for personal gain, deceit, double standard etc. are very nasty things kids learn from their adults at a certain age through this process of imprinting.

A child who learns vulgar and hateful language at home will talk like them. If his parents teach him all the bad things I mentioned above, it will profoundly affect the kid and he may even go out and shoot some poor Asian women like in Atlanta because he was taught to hate the Asians.

So the negative imprinting will have a negative effect and the positive imprinting will have a positive effect on the kid. This is where we humans are different from the animals. The animals and birds never teach their offspring negative things. They only teach them what they need to learn in order to survive. Animals do not hate other animals naturally and are known to show extreme compassion for other animals in trouble and try to save them. We could learn a lot from the animals because we do not show compassion to our own kind .

Now we are entering the era of artificial intelligence that worries me. Soon they will develop computer based algorithms that will be able to study the brain pattern in humans and translate into thoughts that can be read by the computers. This means that we will never be able to be private anymore.

Our privacy must be guarded from the prying eyes and computer algorithms because it is our last bastion that we value and want to preserve but it may soon come under attack. It may also negatively impact the very young ones by interfering with their brain and the thought process and may make negative imprinting easier creating monsters in the process.

Imagine if the military schools or the ROTC people could program the brain of a cadet and tell him to go and kill someone in another country, it will be the same as creating a robot army that does not think but can be manipulated from a distance through electronic means. They will be no different from the mullahs teaching young kid hate of infidels and the love of jihad to become Talibans of the future.

Some birds learned to talk trash in a zoo somewhere that embarrassed the visitors so the zoo keeper transferred the trash talking birds to an isolated area but birds do not know the difference between what is trash and what is not so they can’t be blamed. We as humans should know the difference and should be responsible for how we talk and how we behave with others.

Sadly I see many trash talking men and women here who are so toxic that it boggles the mind. What imprinting they had when a child?

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How to fight evil

Source : Google photo of evil man

Synopsis: Our world is full of evil people who do harm to others in order to gain riches and power. Such people start modestly in their early life but gain notoriety progressively as they become more evil and become more powerful. They are a scourge that infects the humanity that destroys many lives and puts pressure on the governments to deal with them effectively.

There was a prosecutor in Palermo, Sicily who took upon himself the massive task of bringing the mafia people to justice and gathered evidences against them that would hold up in any court of law. He succeeded in putting in jail more than 300 criminals who had committed serious crimes of murder, rape, extortion, kidnaping people for ransom, illegal occupation of private and government properties, reign of terror in rural and urban areas, bribing politicians and justice people to overlook their crimes and numerous other evil acts. The brave prosecutor was threatened by the mafia who were hell bent to kill him so the Italian government gave the brave man and his family 24 hour protection because one way the mafia could get to their victim was through his family whom they could kidnap and torture.

The criminals jeered and cursed him from behind the bars of their jail and said that he will soon die and they will all go scott free to resume their criminal life. The press avidly followed the progress of the case because no one had ever even tried to prosecute so many mafia men at one time and succeeded so people hoped that this time the courageous prosecutor will succeed where others had failed. He had the full support of the police and the judiciary to bring to justice all these criminals so that the country could eliminate the scourge of mafia once and for all.

But one day the mafia men put a bullet into his head while killing his body guards so the case stopped in its track and all the criminals were released, the evidences against them disappeared and the reign of terror resumed with full vigor.

When the mafia tags a victim, there is no way he or she can escape. The most audacious method is to send a killer on a motorbike that stops beside the car of the victim when there is a red light, shoots the person and rapidly escapes. The dead man slumps on his steering wheel that triggers the horn alerting the traffic police but the killer is long gone.

In many countries the mafia people operate with complete impunity because they protect themselves by bribing the police and the judiciary just like what you have seen in the movie The godfather that highlights how the mafia got started in the rural villages of Sicily and how it spread to the United States and other countries.

Not all mafia people are Italians. There are numerous mafia gangs in many countries involved in drug trafficking, people trafficking, slavery, prostitution, diamond and gold smuggling, land grabbing, extortion etc. Most of these criminals are home grown while others may have international connections. Their main objective is to make money as fast as possible using any means including murder. They invest their black money in businesses that act as a front, acquire illegal properties through threats and intimidation and numerous other ways like setting up shell companies to hide the source of their illegal money.

Now for the first time a chief minister of the most populous state in India has taken up the task of eliminating the mafia in Uttar Pradesh. The mafia had never even dreamed of such a nemesis and are learning that here is a very determined man who wants to end their rule forever.

The chief minister has warned all criminals to surrender to the police or leave the state so to persuade them, he sends the bulldozers to demolish their illegal buildings .So far hundreds of mafia buildings have been demolished and many prominent criminals are in jail awaiting trials. Others are shaking in their boots because they know that the bull dozers are coming for them so it is just a matter of time. The government of India freezes their bank accounts, destroys their illegal properties, returns the freed land to its legal owners, prosecutes the criminals and their musclemen and makes life very hard for them to survive.

For the first time the mafia men are now living in fear and some of them have surrendered to the police voluntarily to spare their lives but to eliminate them completely is a gargantuan task that requires constant vigilance and prompt action. Now many other states that are encouraged by the progress made in Uttar Pradesh are initiating the same process in their areas because mafia exists everywhere. There is coal mafia that steals coal from the mines, sand mafia that steals sand ,wildlife poaching mafia, human trafficking mafia , the drug mafia ,prostitution mafia and many more. Some of these mafia people have foreign connections with the terrorists in neighboring countries who want to destabilize the country.

The politicians of some states protect these criminals because they receive hefty donations from them to their personal accounts and to their party coffers so the criminals flourish everywhere. The politicians also use their own gangs to extort “Protection money “from businessmen and shop owners just like the mafia. Their goons intimidate the voters to get their bosses reelected but that too is coming to an end because the common people are tired of rigged elections, fake voters, fear of violence against them, intimidation and are now demanding the election of an honest candidate.

But this is easier said than done. Who is an honest politician and what is the guarantee that he or she once elected will not do the same meaning patronizing the criminals to get rich? It is easy to get corrupted when there is a temptation and easy to get rich method offered by the mafia. Those who dare to stop them end up with a bullet to their head because a very determined killer will always find a gap in the security of any politicians.

Remember the assassins of John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert? No one has until now found the real culprits. There was a case recently in a village near Kanpur, India where a big time criminal lived in a massive villa with high walls and security cameras. One night the policemen surrounded his villa late at night to arrest this man but found the main access road blocked by a bulldozer and all the lights turned off so they proceeded by foot in the dark. They were in for a tragic surprise when they were met by a hail of bullets from all sides so more than 8 policemen were killed and many more injured while the criminals all escaped through the back door.

The main culprit who had ordered the murder of the policemen escaped to the neighboring state but was caught later and was being brought to Kanpur but the vehicle overturned somewhere and the criminal tried to escape. He was then shot dead. Most of his goons who had killed the policemen are also dead.

It was later found that he was informed by a policeman in his pay that a raid to arrest him was underway so he set up his gunmen on the roof to ambush the raiding party. This is how the mafia people work. They pay the police to inform them when a raid is coming to arrest them.

Once I was stopped by a friend to put money in the juke box of a place to listen to some music. She told me that the mafia places these juke boxes through intimidation and collects the money every night. They also operate Laundromat and car wash facilities etc. as front to show that they are legitimate businessmen but continue their crimes.

In Mexico, Colombia and other countries of the region, thousands of innocent people have been killed by the drug cartel because they opposed them and their goons. One cartel leader has been arrested and is serving jail time in the US but hundreds of them still operate freely putting immense pressure on the law and order situation in many countries.

There are evil people everywhere. One transport officer in India collected thousands of Rupees from truck drivers illegally every day until one day a magistrate passing by saw a long row of trucks at a crossing. He became curious for this traffic jam and soon learned that a policeman without tag was extorting money from the drivers. When questioned, he confessed that he was doing so by the order of the transport officer and has been doing so for many years. He also spilled the name and the address of the fellow.

When the residence of the transport officer was raided, the police found millions of Rupees filled sacs everywhere. They also found lots of documents of ownership of numerous buildings, apartments, malls, hotels, farm lands and a large number of luxury cars and buses in his compound. He was promptly arrested and all his properties confiscated by the government. He is waiting for the court proceedings to complete before sentencing but he is just one of many such corrupt people.

There is a saying in India that when the police went to a village to get the scammer, the whole village was emptied meaning that the evil people are everywhere. While some are being caught and punished, others go about their evil ways freely.

The crime investigative branch of the Indian Police routinely raids the premises of businessmen , movie stars and others who are suspected of hoarding illegal cash, jewelries and precious things to avoid paying tax and find millions of Rupees , gold and silver hidden in often ingenious ways. They meaning the raiding teams take great pleasure in trashing the house of such people who can only watch but do nothing. Many have been sent to jails. Indian jails are nothing to brag about where the new inmates are thrown in the company of rapists, murderers, homosexuals and the likes.

So far I have written about the big time criminals who run the mafia everywhere but there are others who are petty thieves and fraudsters who specialize in scams of all kind. Their victims are innocent people like you and me who are vulnerable. The dishonest vendors give you less by weight for what you buy from them, they sell you adulterated food and over charge you. Some will not give back proper change.

Once a man gave me less money than what I expected when I changed dollars into Rupees at an airport bank. I counted and recounted my money and found it less than the correct amount so finally he was forced to pay me the correct amount. This is evil. Another con man tried to do the same in Manila but I refused and walked away but many innocent people are so victimized.  

The problem is how to avoid the evil people? They come in many shapes and sizes and pretend to be honest when they are not. Who will protect us from such people? Do we always have to be on guard? Why people become evil so easily?  They adulterate milk, they sell inferior quality meat and vegetables and they cheat you when you buy anything from them, they pressure you to buy fake products and they laugh behind your back because they make a fool out of you. They are also evil even if not in the same league as the mafia men.

Then there are people who try to borrow money from you but have no intention of paying it back so they too are evil. How many of us have been so victimized? I am sure many of you have such sad stories to tell. What I find absolutely horrible is that some of the evil men and women are known to you and some of them may even be your relatives whom you cannot avoid.

In conclusion I can only say that as long as the humanity exists, there will always be evil people no matter how hard the police try to curb them and put them behind bars. If one is put away, a thousand take their place so the utopia we dream of will always remain a dream and not become a reality.

So we have to teach our children honesty, selfless service, good values and morals and most of all humility so that they grow up as good persons. Only the good people can fight the evil in this world like that chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. I wish there were more such people of courage who put their own lives at risk to serve the people and bring justice to those who were harmed.  

 Source : Google photo of Einstein with his quote

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