India is a land of unity in diversity, it is a vast country with a variety of languages, cultures, topography ranging from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and Gujarat to Arunachal Pradesh, not to forget the three water bodies that surround the country. As a result, the tourism business is flourishing in the country. Though even a lifetime would not be enough to cover all the places in this country, there are a couple of places which cannot be given a miss.
Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh
This is the only hill station in Madhya Pradesh, Pachmarhi is also referred to as the queen of the Satpura ranges. It is skirted on all sides by the stupendous and dotted with beautiful 10,000 years old man-made cave shelters, dense sal forests and bamboo thickets. It is situated at an altitude of 1100m. The calm and the scenic hill station is a masterpiece with ancient caves of the Buddhist era residing in consonance with tranquil waterfalls.
Pachmarhi is linked to the epic of Mahabharata and gets its name from the words ‘pach’ meaning five and ‘marhi’ meaning caves. The Pandavas, visited this area during their years in exile. They carved out five caves for living in them, thus the name.
This city was discovered in the modern times by Captain James Forsyth of the British Army, this city houses enchanting churches built in colonial style architecture. You would not want to miss the monsoons here.
Places to visit
- Jata Shankar Caves
- Dhoop Garh
- Bee Falls
- Pandava Caves
- Satpura National Park
- Handi Khoh
- Mahadeo Hills
- Bison Lodge Museum
- Chaura Garh Temple
Rameswaram is a town in the Ramanathapuram district in the South Indian state of Tamilnadu. Pilgrims flock to this temple to seek blessings and repent for sins by bathing in the water of the 22 sacred wells of the temple. It is one of the four major pilgrimage sites of Hindus.
Rameswaram is linked to the epic of Ramayana and the name is coined from Ram-Eshwar which means ‘the place where Eshwar was worshipped by Ram”. Eshwar is referred here as Lord Shiva. Goddess Sita made the Shivalingam of sand (Ramalingam)and together Lord Ram and Goddess Sita worshipped the Shivalingam. The temple also has the Visvakingam that Hanuman brought from the Kailash. This temple is also recognized as being the southernmost ‘jyotirlinga’ of India among the 12 jyotirlingas of India.
The temple comprises of small shrines, dedicated to other deities. There is an enormous image of Nandi (Lord Shiva’s Bull) which is 12 feet in length and 9 feet in height. The temple has the longest corridor amid the temples in India.
The sea life off the shore of Rameswaram is one of the richest in India. Coral reefs are popular which makes it a great spot for scuba diving, snorkeling and several other water activities
Places to visit
- Ramanathaswamy Temple
- Former President A.P.J Abdul Kalam House
- Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi
- Dhanushkodi Beach
- Ram Setu (Adam’s Bridge)
- Paambam Rail/Road bridge across the Palk Strait
20th March 2018