Mandawa is a small town situated in Jhunjhun district of Rajasthan, 170 KM from Jaipur. Mandawa is well known for its forts and havelis. This place stand out for its Open Art Gallery. The architecture of marvelous havelis and Mansions dots it as an important tourist destination in Rajasthan. 


Best to Visit: 
The best time to visit Mandawa is October to March in winter times. 
the temperature here remains from 7 degree to 20 degree. The town looks best at this point of time. 

How to Reach: 
The nearest airport to Mandawa is Jaipur. Jaipur is the is the nearest domestic airport from Mandawa and New Delhi is the nearest international airport. From here you can avail bus or taxi to reach Mandawa. 

Nearest railway station is Jhunjhunu well connected from Jaipur, Delhi and Bikaner. 

By road Mandawa is well connected from all over the country. 

Tourist Attraction: 
  • Mandawa attracts its visitors for the historical architecture and vibrant culture. Mandawa fort ,is the main reason to visit Mandawa. It allures it visitors with the vibrant arch gateways and wall paintings of Lord Krishna and cows. 

  • Goenka Double Haveli has images of horses and elephants and Rajasthani women’s. 

  • Murmuria Haveli is known for its paintings of Nehru, cars, Venice, trains and Goerge V. 

The other attractions in Mandawa consists of 
  • Binsidhar Newatia Haveli
  • Goenka Chattri
  • Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli 
  • Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli 
  • Jhunjhunwala Haveli 
  • Thakurji Temple


Where to Stay: 

  • Mandawa Haveli 
  • Hotel Holiday Haveli 
  • Castle Mandawa Hotel 
  • Desert Resort 
  • Hotel Shekhawati 
  • Paanawana Haveli
  • Hotel Heritage Mandawa 
  • Hotel Desert and Dunes Mandawa 

Lot more options can be explored.


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If you are tired of the Monotony of the crowded Hill stations in around Delhi. Then Prashar Lake in Mandi District is the Best way to go in the laps of Nature. 


The Deep Prashar Lake is situated in the Mandi District of Himachal Pradesh in a saucer shaped valley surrounded by the snow caped mountains touching the sky above them. This place is named after the famous Hindu sage Rishi Prashar at a height of 2730 meters above the sea Level. The three storied Pagoda shaped temple dedicated to the Rishi Prashar and a small revolving island in between the lake could also be seen which changes its position on the regular intervals. 

The Lake offers a amazing natural beauty surrounded by the dense forest of Deodar trees to feel and relax in the quite nature.  

How to Reach Prashar Lake 

From Mandi you can easily reach Prashar Lake. The distance from Mandi is only 50 Km approx. You can take Mandi – Kullu route via Kataula crossing Runjh,Katindi, Kamand, Kataula, Shagli and Baggi villages. 
Kataula is the main village in this valley and Baggi is the last village to enter the on the road leading to the Prashar Lake.from here the destination is only 11 Km away but the road from here is really rough and passes through the dense Deodar forest which will keep you excitted and energetic all the way to the lake. The nature would surprise you all ove the way with water falls and the deep lush green valley down at points of time. 

Taxi could be hired from Mandi or Kullu if travelling by bus. the Buses run between Mandi and Prashar lake on daily basis. The time table could be checked from the local HRTC Bus office. 

Accommodation

It would be a great idea to stay here for a couple of days – to explore the serenity around.
There is a PWD guest house and a Forest department guest house at a walking distance of about 300 -400 mtrs from the lake. The view from the guest houses is magnificent.
Both of the guest houses has caretakers to provide basic facilities along with cooking.
The PWD Guest House having 5 suites can be booked at:
  • EE Padhar Tel: 01905-222151 (ee-mandiv1-hp@nic.in)
The Forest Guest House can be booked at:
  • DFO office Mandi Tel: 01905 – 235360
  • RFO Kataula, Tel : 01905 – 269469
Apart from that, you can also stay at the temple authorities dormitory-type-rooms with very basic facilities.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit the place is April to July and October to November. when the weather conditions are good. In winters and rainy season the roads are not good so the destination should be avoided as there are the chances of Landslide and slippery road due to snow and some times with the heavy snowfall the roads are even closed. 

Tips:
  • Book the guest houses on prior basis from the above mentioned numbers as the room might not be available due to many visitors or peak season (Apr – Aug approx).
  • The road to the Prashar lake is not an easy one. It’s very important to hire a good car and an experienced hilly driver. Click here to see the taxi services from Mandi.
  • As the temple is east facing, best time to visit the temple is before 8 am when the sun is just rising above the mountains in front of the temple.
  • Due to snowfall in winters be prepared to trek the last 5-6 km stretch to the lake.
  • In winters there might be scarcity of water due to broken water pipes owing to freezing temperature, so carry some potable water bottles along with you.
  • Fill your fuel tanks with enough petrol @ Mandi or Kullu, as there is no petrol pump in the hilly region.
  • You might enjoy local festival in June.
  • While visiting the hilly areas, please pack warm clothes & carry the first aid kit.
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Udaipur from Different Angles – Udaipur City, Ranakpur, Kumbhalgarh Fort 


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While scrolling down to the net came across one of the unknown UNESCO World Heritage site in Madhey Pradesh – Bhimbetka Caves. this situated on the Bhopal – Hoshangabad Highway, 45 km away from Bhopal. These are the ancient caves with extraordinary paintings earlier than the prehistoric times.

These are the most earliest forms of cave system exhibiting the earliest traces of mankind.  You can find the rock paintings and art on the walls and roof of the caves and shelters. A trip to Bhimbetka is a adventurous journey into the past.   

Both the images are taken from the google image gallery, shared by heritage walk.com

How to Reach Bhimbetka

 

By Air


Bhopal (about 46 Km.from Bhimbetka) is the nearest airport connected with Mumbai, Delhi, Indore and Gwalior.

By Rail

Bhopal, on the Delhi-Chennai and Delhi-Mumbai mainline is the more convenient rail head.

By Bus

Bhimbetka, situated on the Bhopal-Hoshangabad National Highway No. 69, is well connected by bus.


Best Season

July to March. (According to Archaeological Department of India)
I have read at places that the place is close in the monsoon season therefore request you to please check before you visit the place. 
Its open on all the days except Mondays. 

Accommodation Facilities

Accommodation is not an issue even if this site is located in the jungles as nearby Bhopal is a well maintained city with a repertoire of hotels, guesthouses, heritage hotels and home stays. One can always pick an accommodation according to his or her budget, taste and convenience. Most of them offer standard facilities such as room service, clean and comfortable rooms, travel desk and many more additional services. 



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Amritsar – Wagah Border Retreat Ceremony 


Girls running with the Indian Flag in the Hand before the Ceremony Starts……

One should reach the Wagah Border as early as possible to see the entire ceremony held at the gates properly. The stand on the Left hand side are the best to see the Retreat Ceremony. Generally local people reach there at around 3 pm, almost 2 to 3 hours before the starting of the ceremony. 
You love to hear the patriotic songs and the people running with the Indian Flag in the Hands….
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24th October, 2015
I was on my Business tour from 24th to 28th September, 2015. It was a time when entire Pune and Maharashtra was celebrating the Ganpati Festival. every corner of the city was decorated with the pandals and Ganpati Idols.My first three days where all routine work.The city comes lively in all the evenings, people enjoying the festival and cultural plays in the pandals. People gather around the pandals and just stand to watch them. 

One of my best experience of been in the city for the first time. I was staying in the center of the city on J M road, Deccan Gymkhana. Although the hotel was not up to the mark as I booked the hotel for the first time from OYO Rooms. The Experience was really terrible for staying in this brand name hotel. One thing was on great side was the location of the hotel. The last day for the Ganpati Festival on 27th September, 2015, when Ganpati Visarjan takes place was a amazing day to see. 

Its not as crowed as Mumbai. But you enjoy more and more as the time passes. All the major Ganpati comes to the Deccan area for the visarjan. You tend to see the the most amazing decoration of the vehicles on which the Ganpati comes to the ghat. This is the best time that one can come and enjoy the festivity in Pune. 





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3rd October, 2015 

More Attractions to Explore in Udaipur. 

  1. Pratap Smark. 
  2. Gulab Bagh and Zoo. 
  3. Solar Observatory. 
  4. Fateh Sagar and Nehru Park. 
  5. Sahelion- ki- Bari
  6. Karni Mata  Mandir while you go to rope way.
Udaipur City Map. 
Hotels in Udaipur 

Recommended Heritage Hotels in Udaipur –
  1. Jaiwana Havelie.
  2. Jagat Niwas Palace Hotel. 
  3. Hotel Aashiya Havelie. 
  4. Kotra Havelie. 
  5. Hotel Swaroop Villas. 
  6. Amar Kothi.
  7. Fateh Garh.
  8. Amet Havelie.
  9. Mewar Havelie. 
  10. Kankarwa Havelie
  11. Shree Jagdish Mahal.
  12. Hotel Mandiram Palace. 
Budget Hotels – 
  1. Ashish Palace.
  2. Baba Palace. 
  3. Padmini Palace 
  4. Poonam Havelie. 
  5. Kajri RTDC Hotel. 
  6. Govindam Palace. 
Luxury Hotels In Udaipur –
  1. The Trident Udaipur. 
  2. The Taj Lake Palace. 
  3. Leela Palace Kempinki. 
  4. The Oberoi Udaivilas 
  5. The Lalit Laxmi Vilas Palace. 
  6. Ramada Udaipur Resort and Spa. 

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