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Explore Historical Forts of Jaipur in Innova Taxi hire

Posted by innovahire1 on October 15, 2020

 
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Jaipur is a vibrant City of the olds and the news. Also Known as the Pink City, the capital of the royal state Rajasthan, was ruled by the Rajputanas for many centuries and developed as a Tourism city Later on. Along with Delhi and Agra, Jaipur makes a Golden Triangle and hails as one of the most famous tourist circuit of India.

Making a trip to jaipur in Rental Innova car is never be a bad decision. As this city reminds of India’s past history, about Rulers and Wars happened between them.

Some majestic buildings, tales of battles, Remarkable forts and palaces, and multi-faceted characters, Pink city jaipur is one of the brightest hub of cultural jewels of past history of India. With people known for their hospitality, Jaipur offers a good tourist location for travellers.

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Golden Triangle Tour 3 days

Posted by Chaman Duggal on September 19, 2020

 
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Golden triangle tour comprises visit to three popular cities of North India. These cities are Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. There are many visitor sites at these places. Most of the attractions of these places are ancient in nature. So, plan a trip to golden triangle to feel the majesty of golden tour of India.To visit and discover the popular attraction of these places you can select one of the suitable Golden Triangle tour 3 days package. This is one of the most suitable tour packages in India. People frequently select this package to discover the popular attractions of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.

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Jim Corbett is open now !!!

Posted by Atulya_Hospitality on September 12, 2020

 
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Due to Covid Pandemic Corbett National Park was closed from March 2020. But now Corbett Tiger Reserve is going to open its gates for Tourist. Jim Corbett Safari Booking for Bijrani Zone has been startred & it is going to open as usual on 15 Oct. 

But Uttarakhand govt. has announced some guidelines for interstate travelling like if you are coming from another state than you should have to carry your covid 19 negative report or you have to stay for -7 days. Also in safari covid test is mendatory.

Its high time to book your Jim Corbett Package & would suggest to book any of Riverside Resorts in Jim Corbett because swimming pool will remain closed as per govt. guideline.

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Golden Triangle Tour 3 days

Posted by Chaman Duggal on September 11, 2020

 
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Golden Triangle Tour 3 Days is the most better and exciting tour of North India.Most travelers start their India trip with Delhi, so for this purpose it is assumed that you too are going to start your journey from national capital.You will be provide a nice ride during your whole trip and traveling among exclusive cities.This package classifies cultural theme of India which gives in all of three destinations.It is a accurate gateway that gives you best of the finest architecture and ancient sites of the nation.  

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Camping in Rishikesh: The Popular Adventure in Uttarakhand

Posted by Deependra Dobriyal on August 29, 2020

 
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Rishikesh holds the title of the adventure capital of India. It offers multiple breathtaking adventures such as River Rafting, kayaking, paragliding, zipline, bungee jumping, cliff jumping, hot-air-ballooning and many others. But, do you know what is most sought after adventure in Rishikesh? It's Rishikesh camping. Attracts thousands of tourists from all over India, camping in Rishikesh is now becoming a fad in India.

Situated in the lap of the Himalayas along with River Ganga on its side, Rishikesh is a serene place for camping having the natural surroundings. Camping in Rishikesh includes staying in camps, having buffet meals, enjoying a bonfire, dancing on music and sharing tales with friends.

You can either choose to stay in deluxe or swiss camps or swiss cottages. 

Best Camps to stay in Rishikesh:

While Rishikesh has more than 250 campsites but only a few are worth staying. Below is the list of 10 popular campsites in Rishikesh:

  1. Nature Valley - The jungle camp
  2. Paddler Zone, Shivpuri
  3. Camp Crossfire - Have a view of Gange's
  4. Aspen Camps - If Luxury Camping is what you need
  5. Panchvati Cottages - Stay in Ethnic Cottages
  6. Aqua Forest Camps - Riverside camp stay
  7. Camp Wildex Rishikesh - The most affordable camp
  8. Camp Feel Factor - With Multiple Activities
  9. Shivasheesh Camps - The Forest Camp
  10. Moonlight Camps - Near to Waterfall 

Want more, here is the fulls list of top camps in Rishikesh!

Best Timings For Camping in Rishikesh:

Camping in Rishikesh is operational round the year except in the rainy season(August & September). But the time to enjoy camping activity is different for different seasons.

For Summer, the best time is from February - June

For Winters, the best time is from October - December

Types of Camping in Rishikesh:

Camping in Rishikesh has many categories, you'll witness a range of camping options:

  1. Jungle Camping in Rishikesh
  2. Riverside Camping 
  3. Beachside Camping
  4. Luxury Camping
  5. Adventure Camping
  6. Camping in Rishikesh with Rafting

Cost of Camping in Rishikesh:

The price of camping ranges as per the types and facilities at campsites:

Camping In:  Price
Deluxe Camps ₹ 990 - 1490
Swiss Camps ₹ 1390 - 2099
Luxury Camps ₹ 1800 - 3200
Cottages ₹ 1600 - 4000

Tips For Camping in Rishikesh:

Camping in Rishikesh is a widely popular activity, so here are some tips from local of Rishikesh to help you plan your Rishikesh camping trip smoothly.

  1. It is better to book your camping trip some days in advance to remain hassle-free.
  2. Carry a sweatshirt as temperature goes down at night.
  3. Always follow the instructions of guide in Rafting session.
  4. Carry Sunglasses, sunscreen and small first aid box.
  5. Do not indulge in Rafting adventure while in the influence of alcohol.

How To Reach Rishikesh:

By air: Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the closest airport to Rishikesh at a distance of 35 km. Book a cab from the airport to Rishikesh. Also, you can opt for the Uttarakhand Roadways buses that ply from the bus stand close to the railway station.

By train: Haridwar Railway Station is the nearest railhead to Rishikesh at a distance of 25 km. There are a number of buses and taxis running from Haridwar to Rishikesh.

By bus: Rishikesh is well connected with the nearby places which include Delhi. The 6-7 hour journey is connected by NH 58 and makes for an excellent driving path.

 

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Mountains, Rivers and Lakes

Posted by Susan Sharma on May 13, 2020

 
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Mountains, Rivers and Lakes

There are some things which words can never explain fully, but visuals can.  The relationship of rivers and lakes and mountains is one such.  

 

Kedarnath Mountains in the Himalayas-where the River Mandakini originates

https://youtu.be/zZs9PhNRV_E

 

Rudra Prayag-Three mighty Rivers in Uttarakhand, India

https://youtu.be/AprBAPa8xE8

 

Kinnaur and Kalpa in Himachal Pradesh, India-A visit made in 2003

https://youtu.be/T8VbNblCRx8

 

Along the Banks of Sutlej to Sangla Valley in Himachal Pradesh

https://youtu.be/ssDRQ7fu5ts

 

A Shikara ride in Kashmir on the Dal Lake

https://youtu.be/SH2OLBT-dJU

 

Life on a Lake-Dal Lake, Srinagar, Kashmir

https://youtu.be/2I_0Nfo-C_c

 

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The State of Sikkim and Buddhism

Posted by Susan Sharma on May 08, 2020

 
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The State of Sikkim and Buddhism

 

Ruins of Rabdentse, Ancient capital of Sikkim

 
Rabdentse was the second capital of the former Kingdom of Sikkim from 1670 to 1814. The capital city was destroyed by the invading Gurkha army and only the ruins of the palace and the chortens are seen here now. The ruins of this city are seen close to Pelling and in West Sikkim district. Pemayangtse Monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim which is close to the ruins. From the vantage point of this former capital, superb views of the Khanchendzonga ranges can be witnessed. This monument has been declared as of national importance by the Archaeological Survey of India. It was first established in 1670 by Tensung Namgyal Namgyal by shifting from the first capital of Yuksom that was consecrated in 1642.
 
The Rabdentse ruins are part of Buddhist religious pilgrimage circuit starting with the first monastery at Yuksom known as the Dubdi Monastery, followed by Norbugang Chorten, Tashiding Monastery, the Pemayangtse Monastery, the Sanga Choeling Monastery, and the Khecheopalri Lake.
 
The Three Chortens where the Royal family of Sikkim used to offer prayers to their deities at Rabdentse palace are clearly visible among the ruins.  The ruins seen now in Rabdentse consist mainly of "chunky wall stubs" whose heritage value is accentuated by its location on a ridge, near upper Pelling.  The approach to this location is from an ornamental yellow gate near the Pelling–Geyshing road, from where it is a walking distance through forested hills.  
 
Along the trek path from the gate, an avenue of chestnut trees with sodden moss leads to a stone throne comprising three standing stones called as "Namphogang", which was the pulpit of the judges from where judgments were pronounced during the active days of the king's reign from Rabdentse. Further ahead, the 'Taphap Chorten' is seen in semi ruined condition. This was the entry point to the Palace and people seeking access to the palace had to dismount from their horses and remove their hat as a mark of respect to the King here. The palace ruins are at the centre of the fourth courtyard.
 
Ancient carved stones with the images of Buddhist deities at a religious shrine among the ruins of Rabdentse Palace
 
Team IndianWildlifeClub visited the ruins of Rabdentse in February, 2020.  
 
As you enter Rabdentse, the 'Bird Park' attracts visitors.  In fact more visitors are found at the bird park than at the ruins(which involves a climb!) The bird park has many exotic pheasants in cages.
 

Yuksom, Sikkim - First Capital of Sikkim

 
Yuksom was Sikkim’s first capital. Until 1975, when Sikkim became the 22nd Indian state, it was a kingdom ruled by a long line of chogyals or religious kings. It was in Yuksom that this monarchy was born.
 
Phuntsog Namgyal became the first “fountain head of secular and religious power”, giving rise to a monarchy that lasted over 300 years. His domain was much larger than the Sikkim known today, and included Darjeeling, parts of Nepal and Bhutan. He set up his capital at Yuksom and established Tibetan Buddhism as the state region.
 
Geographically, Sikkim is wedged between Tibet to the north, Nepal to the west, and Bhutan to the east. Prone to attacks from many directions, the capital moved several times as a result of invasions or to avoid them. Phuntsog Namgyal’s son Tensung Namgyal first shifted the capital from Yuksom to Rabdentse in 1670. In the late 18th century, it shifted to Tumlong, and finally to present-day capital, Gangtok, in 1894.
 
42 kms from Pelling town, the Norbugang coronation site still exists today. Strung with prayer flags, the complex houses a prayer hall, a large prayer wheel, a white stupa, and the coronation throne. Made of stacked stones, the rough-hewn throne sits under a large pine tree, with four seats, one for each of the three  patron saints or Lamas
 
Beliefs swirl around the complex: the chorten (stupa) contains soil and water from across Sikkim; The gifts bestowed on the first king are all buried in the stupa; water from the nearby Kathok pond was sprinkled upon Phuntsog Namgyal during the consecration, and so on. 
 
A holy lake known as Kuthok Lake, a serene lake, is also linked to the history of the place. During winter one can see migratory birds using the clean lake as a transitory site.
Yuksum (Yuksom) lies on the southern fringes of the Kanchenjunga National Park. The word 'Yuksum' means meeting point of the three lamas. Yuksum is also the starting point for the popular Dzongri Goecha La trek along with being a gateway to the Kanchenjunga Biosphere Reserve, making it a year-round stopover for tourists, scientists, photographers, conservationists and naturalists from the world over.
 
The Norbugang Chorten and the Norbugang throne are visited as part of Buddhist religious pilgrimage circuit involving the Dubdi Monastery, Pemayangtse Monastery, the Rabdentse ruins, the Sanga Choeling Monastery, the Khecheopalri Lake, and the Tashiding Monastery
 
 

Buddhism- A journey Ravangla in Sikkim to Sonada in West Bengal

 
Team IndianWildlifeClub on a journey from Ravangla to Sonada.   Ravangla or Rawangla or Ravongla is a small tourist town situated at an elevation of 8000 ft in South Sikkim. It lies between Pelling and Gangtok, about 65 km from Gangtok.  Sonada is in West Bengal.
 
Buddha Park of Ravangla, is also referred to as Tathagata Tsal.  Constructed between 2006 and 2013, the Park features a 130-foot (40 m) high statue of the Buddha.  THE park was built to mark the 2550th birth anniversary of Gautama Buddha.  
The statue was consecrated in 2013 by the 14th Dalai Lama, and became a stop on the ‘Himalayan Buddhist Circuit’. 
The beautiful statue of Sakyamuni Buddha (Buddha belonged to the Shakya clan of Kshtriyas)with half closed eyes and hands in the Dharmachakra mudra attracts lots of tourists to this spot. There are about 100 steps that one needs to climb to reach the base of the statue. 
Dharmachakra in Sanskrit means the ‘Wheel of Dharma’. It symbolises the occasion when Buddha delivered a sermon to his disciples for the first time after attaining enlightenment, in the Deer Park in Sarnath.  In this mudra the thumb and index finger of both hands touch at their tips to form a circle or the Wheel of Dharma symbolising the union of wisdom and method. The three remaining fingers of the two hands remain extended. The three extended fingers of the right hand represent the three vehicles of the Buddha’s teachings-  the middle finger represents the ‘hearers’ of the teachings – the ring finger represents the ‘solitary realizers’ – the little finger represents the Mahayana or ‘Great Vehicle’ The three extended fingers of the left hand symbolize the Three Jewels of Buddhism, namely, the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha. The hands are held in front of the heart, symbolizing that these teachings are straight from the Buddha’s heart.
 
The entire stretch of the outer wall comprises of beautiful Buddhist prayer wheels.
 
The eco-garden at the Park was also built in 2006,  to commemorate the birth anniversary of Buddha. This would also be a landmark in Sikkim’s unique effort to promote pilgrimage tourism.
The photographs of the main Mudras of Buddhism were taken at Sonada, in Darjeeling, West Bengal.  
Sonada Monastery lies between Ghoom and Kurseong.  
Elevated at an altitude of 6143ft Sonada houses a magnificent monastery Samdrup Darjay Choling Monastery where the body of His Eminence the Venerable Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche has been preserved as a Kardung making Sonada a scared place for the Buddhist pilgrim.
 
 

Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim - Vajrayana Buddhism

 
Team IndianWildlifeClub visited the Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim in February,2020.   The Rumtek Monastery is one of the largest and most significant monasteries in Sikkim.  it is perched on top of a hill 23 km from Gangtok.    
It is also called as the Dharmachakra Centre.
The glorious Rumtek Monastery houses a beautiful shrine temple and a monastery for the monks which were established with the aim of spreading the Buddhist teachings around the world. 
Verdant green mountains surround the monastery and thus serves as a visual treat besides being a focal point for spiritual solace. If you climb on top to the Rumtek Monastery, you can have a breathtaking view of the whole Gangtok town situated right opposite the hill. Besides this, the architecture of the striking monastery is one of the finest in the world.
The monastery belongs to the Kargyu sect of Buddhists who originated in Tibet in the 12th century. The Karma Kagyu school belongs to the Vajrayana branch of Mahayana Buddhism.
 
The gompa, an epitome of Tibetan architecture, was designed by the 16th Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje himself based on his memories of the Tsurphu Monastery of Tibet, the original headquarter of the Black Hat order. Tsurphu was completely destroyed by Chinese authorities in 1966.
Built in the 1960s, the monastery is the main seat of the Karma Kagyu, a sect within the Nyingma school of Buddhism that originated around the 12th century in Tibet.
 
Vajrayana Buddhism has many rituals.  
 
Between February to March, which is the end of lunar year’s 12th month, there is an organization of 10day rituals for Mahakala protector. This is followed by the sacred tradition dance of the Mahakala. Monks dress up in the colorful attires and wear to dance with the traditional instruments. You will be surprised to find that how they go into some kind of trance with the beats. Since this is one of the ritual dances, they only have well-trained dancers.
 
Theravada Buddhism and Mahayana Buddhism and the two main branches of Buddhism. I requested Mohit, research assistant in Buddhism studies at IGNCA, New Delhi to explain in brief the progression of Buddhism as it spread out from India.  I have included a talk by him to put the visuals in perspective.  
 
In view of the  COVID-19 linked locked down,  Mohit recorded the talk and sent the audio to be added.
 
The empowerment of the prayer music in the dance comes from compassion, concentration and mindfulness.  Buddhism asks all of us to turn the wheel of Dharma for all sentient beings(human and non human alike) 
 
 
 

Here is a video to give a perspective of Buddhism as a religion in India
2500 Years Ago Buddhism Originated in India

 
Worshiping nature or wild animals is part of many tribal and localized religions.  However 2500 years ago a visionary religion called Buddhism originated  in India which based itself not in worship but in compassion for all living creatures including man.
 
Buddhism is a spiritual practice born out of nature and all living beings. It originated in India nearly 2500 years ago. A belief system based on compassion, Gautama Buddha preached under a tree where the jungle animals also heard him.
 
 Antelopes, elephants, lions, monkeys and a stag are seen among the audience
 
Documenting Buddhism nearly 1000 years later in the Ajanta caves, Buddhist art peaked telling Jataka tales. These were tales of compassion told through Bodhisatwas(earlier incarnations of Buddha as various animals). The Jataka tales treated humans and animals as one universe (Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam) capable of communicating with each other.  The sculptures at Ajanta caves depict Buddha in meditating poses.
 
The Viharas discovered alongside provided spaces for Buddhist monks to lead a sparatn life of meditation. From the vantage point of the caves they could also exhort the common people to follow the Buddhist principles of "Buddham, Sangham Gachami" (I go to Buddham or higher consciousness for refuge;  I go to Sangham -community-for refuge).  By the time the caves were unearthed from a jungle by a British man in 1819,  the practice of Buddhism had all but vanished from India.  But Buddhism was firmly established as a major religion in many other countries.
 
Why did Buddhism decline in the nation where it was born?  A researcher in IGNCA (Indira Gandhi national Centre for Art)  had some explanations as given in the video.   
 

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Sikkim Travels - Meeting a self -made Entrepreneur

Posted by Susan Sharma on May 07, 2020

 
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Sikkim Travels -  Meeting a self -made Entrepreneur
During our tour of Sikkim in February 2020, we came across many interesting 
individuals and Shri D.K Rai was one of them.  13 kms from Ravngla where the Buddhha Park is located, Mr.Rai's tree house situated on the national highway  beckons travelers to enjoy a good cup of coffee/tea with snacks.  
 
A Self styled Entrepreneur D.K Rai, interacted with team IndianWildlifeclub sharing how he created the tree house out of his imagination and experience using natural  materials. 
 

 

 

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Sikkim travel-Lachung

Posted by Susan Sharma on May 06, 2020

 
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Lachung

The coldest and most beautiful place we visited in Sikkim had to be Lachung. 
Lachung is a mountain town in northeast Sikkim, at an elevation of about 9,600 feet (2,900 m).  Lachung lies at the confluence of the Lachen and Lachung Rivers, both tributaries of the River Teesta. The word Lachung means "small pass". The town is approximately 125 kilometres from the capital Gangtok.
Tourists come from all over the world to visit the town between October and May, mostly on their way to the Yumthang Valley and the Lachung Monastery. Most of Lachung's inhabitants are of Lepcha and Tibetan descent. 
 
Later I recorded a video on Usha Lachungpa, who served in the Sikkim Forest Department for many years.  Her take on the forests and wildlife of Sikkim, throgh the medium of a casual conversation with my husband gives us a rounded perspective of Sikkim as a State.
 

 

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Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim - Vajrayana Buddhism

Posted by Susan Sharma on May 05, 2020

 
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Buddhist Monastery

 

 

 

We did visit many monasteries in Sikkim.  I am including a write-up on the one which impressed me most, a monastery easily accesible from Gangtok.

The Rumtek Monastery is one of the largest and most significant monasteries in Sikkim.  it is perched on top of a hill 23 km from Gangtok. It is also called as the Dharmachakra Centre.

The Monastery houses a beautiful shrine temple and a monastery for the monks which were established with the aim of spreading the Buddhist teachings around the world. Verdant green mountains surround the monastery and thus serves as a visual treat besides being a focal point for spiritual solace. If you climb on top to the Rumtek Monastery, you can have a breathtaking view of the whole Gangtok town situated right opposite the hill. Besides this, the architecture of the striking monastery is one of the finest in the world.

The monastery belongs to the Kargyu sect of Buddhists who originated in Tibet in the 12th century. The Karma Kagyu school belongs to the Vajrayana branch of Mahayana Buddhism.

 

The gompa, an epitome of Tibetan architecture, was designed by the 16th Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje himself based on his memories of the Tsurphu Monastery of Tibet, the original headquarter of the Black Hat order. Tsurphu was completely destroyed by Chinese authorities in 1966.

Built in the 1960s, the monastery is the main seat of the Karma Kagyu, a sect within the Nyingma school of Buddhism that originated around the 12th century in Tibet.

 

Vajrayana Buddhism has many rituals.  

 

Between February to March, which is the end of lunar year’s 12th month, there is an organization of 10day rituals for Mahakala protector. This is followed by the sacred tradition dance of the Mahakala. Monks dress up in the colorful attires and wear to dance with the traditional instruments. You will be surprised to find that how they go into some kind of trance with the beats. Since this is one of the ritual dances, they only have well-trained dancers.  The empowerment of the prayer music in the dance comes from compassion, concentration and mindfulness.  Buddhism asks all of us to turn the wheel of Dharma for all sentient beings(human and non human alike) 

 

Enjoy this video shot in the monastery

 

 

Theravada Buddhism and Mahayana Buddhism and the two main branches of Buddhism. I requested Mohit, research assistant in Buddhism studies at IGNCA, New Delhi to explain in brief the progression of Buddhism as it spread out from India.  I have included a talk by him to put the visuals in perspective. 

 

In view of the  COVID-19 linked locked down,  Mohit recorded the talk and sent the audio to be added.

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