Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Discover 'mini-Switzerland' in India near Nanda Devi

Tourists visiting the Indian state, Uttarakhand, would be awestruck to find vast expanses of unspoilt natural beauty in a simple village called Chopta. It is also a base for trekking expeditions, which usually lead many people to Tungnath, one of the highest temples of Lord Shiva in the world. Popularly called 'mini Switzerland', this region attracts several tourists who come from distant places to explore its beautiful surroundings.

Nanda Devi Mountains

At an elevation of more than 2600 metres above sea level, Chopta has a very pleasant climate and is covered with lush green meadows during summers. Monsoon arrives in this region during the month of July and lasts till October. Snowfall can be witnessed during the period between November and March. It offers trekkers an opportunity to enjoy snow-treks in this region. There are different types of Nanda Devi accommodations available for tourists, and choosing any of them would be of great convenience in getting to Chopta and other popular places nearby.   

Jolly Grant Airport provides convenient access for air travellers to Chopta. The railway station nearest to this region is Rishikesh. Road travellers can get to this place in Uttarakhand from major towns of the state with the help of buses and taxis.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Tourists of Bageshwar Experience Spirituality in Badrinath

Bageshwar is an important Hindu pilgrimage centre and one of the beautiful towns in the Indian state, Uttaranchal. Located at a distance of about 90 kilometres from Almora town, it attracts plenty of leisure tourists and adventure lovers coming from distant places every year. One of the largest fairs in Kumaon region of Uttaranchal, known as 'Uttarayani Mela', is organized in this town during the month of January. There are many interesting places in and around Bageshwar that are worth visiting for the tourists. Among them is Badrinath, a holy town located in the Chamoli district.

attractions in Uttarakhand
Badrinath Temple, Uttarakhand
It is situated at an altitude of 3,100 metres in the Garhwal Himalayas. Adi Shankaracharya, one of the most revered Hindu theologians and philosophers, had established this region as a major centre of pilgrimage. Main attraction of this town is Badrinath Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. This temple and a village that surrounds it are accessible by road, which offers great convenience to the tourists and pilgrims in getting to it. The enormous mountains around Badrinath have been mentioned in the legendary Hindu epic, Mahabharata. Best time to visit this part of the world is between the months of June and September. Accommodation in one of the best resorts in Bageshwar would make it easier for tourists in reaching Badrinath and visiting all its well-known attractions.

Those who want to buy some gifts or souvenirs can find several shops selling idols of gods and goddesses. Woolen clothes, wall paintings, and stone carvings can also be purchased from the local shops of this region. Air travellers can get to Badrinath from Jolly Grant Airport near Dehradun. For those travelling by trains, the nearest railway stations are Kotdwara and Rishikesh. Road travellers can reach Badrinath from Rishikesh with the help of regular buses operating from Rishikesh Bus Station.