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AJMER
Location : State –Rajasthan ( North India ) Ajmer
Ajmer situated in the foothills of `Ajaya Meru' the unconquerable hill, this green paradise was founded in 1100 AD by Aijpal Chauhan. The city was founded by Raja Ajay Pal Chauhan in the 7th Century A.D. and continued to be a major center of the Chauhan power till 1193 A.D. It is a holy place for both Hindus and Muslims. The city is embellished with the monolith of a Sufi saint, Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, whose blessings are anxiously received by devotees, The dargha known as the ‘Dargah Sharif’.
Prime Attractions
 
  The Dargah : It is India’s most significant shrine for Muslims and thousands of devotees of all religions visit the holy place through the year. Legend has it that the Mughal emperor, Akbar visited the saint in the 16th century in pursuit of a boon for a child, the saint obliged the Emperor. He used to make a pilgrimage to the Dargah from Agra once a year. The shrine is next only to Mecca or Median for the Muslims of south Asia.  
     
  Adhai-din-ka-jhonpra : An unprecedented structure, this is a masterpiece of Indo-Islamic architecture located just beyond the Dargah. In 1193 A.D. Mohhamed Ghauri conquered Ajmer and transfigured the building into a mosque by constructing a seven arched wall in front of the pillared hall in just two-and-half days (adhai-din).  
     
  How To Get There  
  By Air : Nearest Airport is Jaipur-145kms.  
  By Railways: The city is well connected by rail to Agra, Delhi, Jaipur and other major cities  
  By Roads: Ajmer is well connected by road with Agra (370 km), Bharatpur (312 km),Delhi (444 km), Jaipur (145 km), Jaisalmer (458 km), Jodhpur (205 km), Mount Abu (371 km) and Udaipur (269 km).  
     
     
 
Allahabad
Location : State- Uttar Pradesh (North India) Allahabad
This is the place where the Hindus prefer to flow the dead remains for the journey to the ethereal abode. The place is considered to be one of the most pious one which takes the soul of the ancestors away from the eternal cycle of birth and rebirth.
One of the oldest cities in the world is situated at the bank of river Ganga, Yamuna & mythical Saraswati rives meet among each other. At the span of Every Twelve year city host Maha Kumbh Mela ( a largest religious gathering) and Ardh Kumbh Mela every six year.
 
 
  Prime Attractions  
  Sangam : At the point at which the brown Ganges meets the Greenish Yamuna, pandas (priests) perch on small platforms to perform puja and assist the devout in their ritual ablutions in the shallow waters. Beaches and ghats are littered with the shorn hair of pilgrims who come to offer pind for their deceased parents.  
  The sacred Sangam is the confluence of three of the holiest rivers in the Hindu mythology – Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati. At the Sangam, the waters of the Ganges and the Yamuna can be distinctly seen merging into one. It is during the Kumbh / Ardh Kumbh that the Sangam truly comes alive, attracting the devout from all across the country.  
     
  Anand Bhawan : The museum for today's generation but was the ancestral house of Jawahar Lal Nehru (first Prime Minister of India). The building was built by Moti Lal Nehru and Indira Gandhi (Prime Minister of India) also spent her childhood here.  
     
  How To Get There  
  By Air : There is Indian airlines flight from Delhi. Other nearest airport is Varanasi (120Kms)   
  By Railways : Allahabad is well connected by trains to most of the other important Indian cities.   
  By Roads: A good roadway network connects the different parts of the city of Allahabad. Varanasi 120Kms, Lucknow 210Kms, Kanpur 200Kms.  
     
     
 
AMRITSAR
Location : State – Punjab ( North India ) Amritsar
Amritsar - Having derived its name from the Amrit Sarovar that surrounds the famous Golden Temple, the city of Amritsar is located in the northwestern side of India in Punjab. Some of the prominent attractions of this one of the loveliest tourist destinations in India are the several architecturally brilliant Gurudwaras and temples.
 
Prime Attractions
Golden Temple: Also called Sri Harmandir Sahib, the Golden Temple was laid by Guru Ram Das in the 14th century. It is acclaimed as one of the holiest sites of the Sikhs. Reflecting influences of both Hindu and Muslim styles of architecture, the temple standing in the middle of a tank.
 
     
  Jalianwala Bagh: Sited near the Golden Temple, it bears testimony to the disaster called Jallianwala Bagh Massacre at the time of the rule of the British Raj. A congregation, attended by several Punjabis on the occasion of Baisakhi (New Year) celebrations on 13 April 1919 was set on fire by General Dyer.  
     
  Wagah Border: Another prominent tourist attraction in Amritsar is not a monument but a daily event. A little away from Amritsar at the India shares international frontier with Pakistan. Every evening, the change of guard among either national security forces, a handshaking distance apart, is a fantastic spectacle.  
     
  How To Get There  
  By Air : The city has an airport, which has recently been upgraded to an international one.  
  By Railway : Well connected by excellent rail routes, reaching Amritsar is very easy.  
  By Road : A good roadway set-up links the different corners of the city of Amritsar.  
     
     
 
Bodhgaya
Location : State – Bihar (North India) Bodhgaya
The tourist attractions in Bodhgaya are associated with the life of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism.Bodhgaya is in Central Bihar is one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage centers in the world.
The small town of Bodhgaya came into prominence in the 6th century with Buddha's enlightenment or Nirvana under a Bodhi tree in Bodhgaya.
 
Prime Attractions
Mahabodhi Tree : The Mahabodi temple is in the east to the Bodhi tree. The architectural effect of the temple is excellent. The high pyramidal spire dominates the landscape. Inside the temple, in the main sanctum, there is a
 
  colossal image of the Buddha in sitting posture touching the earth by his right hand. In this posture the Buddha accomplished the supreme enlightenment. The statue is of black stone but it has been guilder by the devotees.  
     
  Bodhi Tree : Bodhi tree is the place under which Lord Buddha meditated before getting enlightenment.  
     
  Chankramana : Chankramana is the sacred spot of the Buddha's meditative perambulations during the third week after pious enlightenment. It is believed that wherever the Buddha put his feet lotus sprang up.  
     
  How To Get There  
  By Air : Although Bodhgaya has no airport of its own, there is an airport in Gaya, which is 17 kms away from Bodhgaya. Most airlines from the important cities of India touch Patna, which is 135 kms from Bodhgaya.  
  By Rail : The nearest railway station is also Gaya.Trains from all major cities of India stop at Gaya.  
  By Road : Bodhgaya is the main bus stop and is located near Sujata Bridge on the Falgu River on the northeastern edge of the town. The nearest transport hub is Gaya, a major point on historical Grand Trunk Road  
     
     
 
HARIDWAR
Location : State – Uttrakhand (North India) Haridwar
Situated along the Ganges, the city of Haridwar in Uttarakhand exudes tremendous mythological and historical value. Occupying over 12.302 sq. km, Haridwar, is the doorway to the three other major pilgrimages of India - Rishikesh, Badrinath, and Kedarnath. A major center of attention as it has been from the times of Buddha and down through the British rule and further still in the contemporary times, Haridwar offers some of the greatest tourist attractions like huge temples, busy market streets, ancient palaces, and forts.
 
Prime Attractions
Hari-ki-Pairi (or Har-ki-Pairi) - Hari-ki-Pairi is taken as the city’s central point, where devotees come for a holy dip in the River Ganges. According to the legend this is actually where a drop of nectar fell as a result of the samudra manthan (churning of the oceans) – Mythically it signifies the start of the world.
 
     
  Mansa Devi Temple : Mansa Devi Mandir, situated on top of a hill towards the center of Haridwar is reached either by cable car or by a road that runs up to the hill, starting from the Railway Road. The scenic landscape around the temple is the main attraction here.  
     
  Excursion  
  Rishikesh, around 28 km off Haridwar, is at the base of the Himalayas and it is where the Ganges comes down to the plains from the hills.  
     
  How To get There  
  By Air : The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant in Dehradun.(52Kms)  
  By Rail : Haridwar is well connected by trains to almost all the major cities in India.  
  By Road : Haridwar is well connected to the major cities in India. The National Highway no.45 crosses the city of Haridwar and links it with Delhi, which assures a comfortable travel to Haridwar.  
     
     
 
PUSHKAR
Location : State –Rajasthan ( North India) Pushkar
Pushkar is a small and tranquil holy town in Rajasthan, located just 12 km from Ajmer and 135 km from Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. Pushkar is famous for its 400 temples and other picturesque tourist attractions. The Pushkar Lake, in the middle of the town, is considered sacred to Hindus, as it houses the only Brahma Temple in India.
According to the legend, this beautiful lake was formed where Lord Brahma, the lord of creation, dropped a lotus on the day of the full moon. Thousands of devotees throng to the sacred Pushkar Lake to take a sacred dip on the auspicious occasion of Karthik Purnima, which generally falls in the months of October-November. According to beliefs, a dip in the holy lake is very auspicious at this time.
 
     
  Prime Attraction :  
  Pushkar Lake: One of the most sacred sites for Hindus, Pushkar Lake is the most famous tourist attraction in the holy town of Pushkar. It's a beautiful semi-circular lake with 52 lovely ghats surrounding it. According to beliefs, a dip in the Pushkar Lake on the auspicious occasion of Karthik Poornima brings salvation to devotees.  
     
  Brahma Temple: It's the only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma, the creator of the universe according to Hindu mythology, in all over India. The beautiful marble temple is famous for its four-headed idol of lord Brahma. It's decorated with silver coins and a silver turtle on its black and white chequered floor.  
     
  Pushkar Fair : Pushkar Fair takes place in the month of November. It is a fair of colors, cloths, camels and cattle’s. Besides marketing of horses, camels, cows and bulls, there are exhilarating camel-cart races and cultural events. The camels are adorned with jewelry and exuding colors. The race is cherished by thousands of visitors coming from all over the world.  
     
  How To Get There  
  By Air: Jaipur (135 km) is the nearest airport from Pushkar.  
  By Rail: Ajmer (12 km) is the nearest railhead from Pushkar, connecting it to many cities and towns of Rajasthan and north India by rail.  
  By Road: Pushkar has a good network of roads and the town is well connected to major cities of India by road. Delhi (403 km), Jaipur (135 km), Udaipur (289 km) and Jodhpur (214 km).  
     
     
 
RISHIKESH
Location : State – Uttrakhand (North India) Rishikesh
A travel to Rishikesh would take you to the holy land where the sages and saints of ancient India would choose to do penance. Since times immemorial Rishikesh has known to be the land of the gods. Rishikesh offers you the peace of mind and soul. The majestic Himalayas, the mighty Ganges flowing down peacefully, green-carpeted valleys would bring in solace to your weary soul as you travel to Rishikesh.
 
Prime Attractions
Laxman Jhula : This is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Rishikesh. Now a suspended iron bridge, built in 1939 exists here. Another suspended bridge between Shivanand Ashram and Sawarg Ashram is called Ram Jhula.
 
     
  Bharat Mandir: Adiguru Shankra Chrya, the Hindu saint built this temple in 12th century. The oldest temple of Rishikesh, it is located on the bank of river Ganges in the old town and enshrines the idol of Lord Vishnu, carved out of a single 'Saligram'.  
     
  Excursion  
  Haridwar - The holy town of Haridwar is a short excursion away on the bank of river Ganges. Literally meaning the Gateway to the Gods, the land is one of the biggest attractions in Rishikesh. Every evening, the Ganga aarti at Har-Ki-Pauri attracts hundreds of devotees.  
     
  How To Get There  
  By Air : The nearest airport at Jolly Grant in Dehradun (35Kms)  
  By Rail : The nearest railhead from Rishikesh is Haridwar.(18Kms)  
  By Road : An extensive network of roads connects Rishikesh to the other cities in Uttarakhand (Uttaranchal) and India.  
     
     
 
Tirupati
Location : State - Andhra Pradesh (South India) Tirupati
Tirupati is a far-familiar temple town situated in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. Tirupati is also known as Tirumala that is far-famed for the Sri Venkateshwara Temple, purely consecrated to Lord Vishnu. The almighty Lord Vishnu is called as Balaji by the North Indians whereas as the South Indians call as Govinda. The mandir is situated in the hill top of Tirumala, where the town is situated in the foothills.
Pilgrims visiting the place can make their dharshan to visit the Lord Vishnu, either by availing special Sevas or free dharma dharshan. The seva time will start from 3 am morning and it finishes around 12 pm night. Generally, it takes around 4 to 5 hours of queue waiting to get the dharshan of Lord Vishnu! Either the Free dharshan or
 
  Paid dharshan, disciples must have to wait in a long queue. TTD method of approach by using the computerized issuing of tokens is being dispatched to the pilgrims. This method has greatly reduced the waiting time in a queue. Pilgrims can enjoy visiting the place and buy the prasadhams being sold there. As well-known, Tirupati is popularly known for Laddu – the most familiar known prasadha.  
     
  How To Get There  
  By Air : Tirupati airport is located at Renigunta, which is about 15 km away from the city. Regular flights are available from Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore to Tirupati.  
  By Train : Tirupati Railway Station is connected by trains from Bangalore, Chennai, Visakhapatnam, Madurai and Mumbai. A major railhead nearby is Renigunta, which is 15 km away  
  By Road : Tirupati is well connected by road to other major cities.  
     
     
 
Vaishno Devi Shrine
Location : State – Jammu & Kashmir ( North india)  
Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine is one of the oldest shrine of India, located at a height of 5300 feet on the holy Trikuta Hills of the Shivalik Hill Range. The Holy cave is 13 Kms from the Base Camp Katra. The Town Katra is 50 Kms away from Jammu and 35 Kms from District HQ Udhampur and is linked by road. The Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine is one of the most popular Shrines of India.
The Goddess Mata Vaishno Devi's abode is in 100 feet long cave with a narrow opening. The holy cold and crystal clear water washes the lotus feet of the Mata's "Pindian". There are three natural pindies representing Maha Sarswati, Maha Lakshmi, Maha Kali, which represent creative, preservative, and destructive aspects of the Super Power. It is an ancient shrine whose reference is found in the Vedas and ancient scriptures.
 
     
  Yatra : The 13 Kms hilly track between Katra and Bhawan contains number of ancient temples and view-points for rest and enjoy natural beauty. The first stop is at Banganga, 1 Km away from Katra where one can have holy bath in the Banganga and have a Langer/Parshad (free food) run by famous T-series Industries.The second stop Charanpadhuka is about 2.5 Kms away from Banganga. It is believed that Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Ji took rest while moving towards the Trikuta Hills. The third stop Adkuwari is about 3 Kms from Charanpadhuka. Here one can stay for night as half of the journey is over. At Adkuwari the devotees can have Darshan of Adkuwari Temple and Gerbhjoon (an ancient Cave of about 20 feet). It is believed that Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Ji hide herself from Bairon Nath in this cave for 9 months.  
     
  After a steep height of about 4 Kms from Adkuwari the fourth and last stop is Sanjichat. The Sanjichat is the highest place in the track. One can enjoy the aerial view of Katra, Udhampur, Reasi and Jammu.  
     
  From Sanjichat about 2.5 Kms downhill track led to Bhawan the holy Shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi. About 0.5 Kms from Bhawan on the Bahawan-Sanjichat track an about 2 Kms link track lead to the Bairon Nath temple. The track is further linked with Sanjichat though dense forest containing different species of wild life such as Langoor, Monkeys and other wild birds.  
     
  How to Get There  
  Air : Jammu is the nearest airport.  
  Rail : Jammu is the nearest railhead, which lies on the other side of the Tawi River. Jammu is very well connected with all major destinations in India.  
  Road : Vaishno Devi Temple can be reached after making a steep 13-km trek from the road head at Katra, the town at the foot of the Trikuta hills. Several porters and ponies are available at Katra on hire.  
     
     
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