You get that sacred feeling as soon as you step into this ancient city, Ayodhya, where a series of temples, ghats, and mahals stand along the side of River Sarayu. It is reputed to be one of the best places to visit in India, especially for the devotees of the Lord Rama. Every year, many pilgrims visit Ayodhya of its famous temples such as Ram Janmabhoomi Temple, Hanuman Garhi, Treta Ke Thakur and Kanak Bhawan. However, Ayodhya is not confined to Hindu pilgrimage only, there are also Buddhist and Jain shrines as well as a museum.How to Reach Ayodhya has no commercial airport, however it has a railway station and is connected by Lucknow and other places around India. By road, you can opt for state bus service that ply on a regular basis or if you plan to take your private car, stick to national highway 27, you are likely to arrive your destination in approximately 3 hours.Where to Stay You can find comfortable rooms at the cost of your choice in Ayodhya. This place has accommodations that range from budget to moderate.
Say hello to the spiritual part of your life while on a trip to Varanasi. This simple hub is a blissful as it is surrounded by ghats, temples and forts. A place where many lost souls engage in spiritual conversation and witness the hair-raising aartis in the ghats. With mighty Ganges flowing with elegance, you can take a boat tour to see the lighted candles floating on the river and get a panoramic view of the Ganga Aarti. Varanasi has many ghats to keep one occupied like Assi Ghat, Man Mandir Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, Dashashwamedh Ghat, Tulsi Ghat, Bhonsale Ghat. Apart from that, Ramnagar Fort and Chunar Fort are also a must visit attractions in Varanasi.How to Reach Varanasi has an international airport and a railway junction that is well connected from Lucknow. If you plan to take a road trip to Varanasi, stick to national highway 31, you may reach your destination in 6 ½ hours. You can also opt for state bus services that ply daily from Lucknow to Varanasi.Where to Stay Varanasi has all sorts of staying options, you will not need to hassle, however, it depends upon how comfortable you are. You get 5-star hotels to budget and even ashrams and hostels for backpackers.
The Dudhwa National Park, better known as the Garden of Eden, is a home to more than 38 species of mammals, 90 species of fish, 400 species of birds and 16 species of reptiles. The green world of denizens was set up in the year 1958 as a wildlife sanctuary, especially with the goal of preserving swamp deer; however in January 1977, the sanctuary was rehabilitated into a national park. Presently, the park is a part of the ‘Project Tiger’ to conserve tigers. In the year 1987, the park was turned into a Tiger Reserve. To guide visitors through one of the thickest forests in the country, here are some of the essential tips mentioned below.
Spread over 490 square kilometres, the Dudhwa National Park has a treasure of wildlife for its visitors, but there are certain species which deserve a spot on visitors’ must watch list. On the open stretches of grasslands, move the eye-balls in all possible directions to catch a sight of a Tiger, Rhinoceros, Barasingha (Swamp Deer), Crocodile and Bengal Florican. These make up the big five of the national park.
The national park is also inhabited by rattling diversity of birds, including Swamp Francolin, Bengal Florican and Great Slaty Woodpecker. Also, one can get to see sarus cranes, cormorants, heron, minivets, kingfishers, orioles, and bulbuls.
The Dudhwa National Park, on the border shared between India and Nepal in the district of Lakhimpur-Kheri, Uttar Pradesh, is one of the three national parks of the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve. The other two are the Kishanpur Wildlife Sanctuary and the Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary.
How to Reach
The Dudhwa National Park can be reached by road, train or plane. The Dudhwa Railway Station is situated in proximity, at a distance of about 4 km, while the nearest Airport is that of Lucknow. From the airport or the railway station, one can hire a taxi to get to the national park.
If one is travelling to the national park from Delhi, it will take about 8-9 hours drive or one can avail the train to Shahjehanpur and then take a 3-hour drive. Also, one can go to Lucknow first and then head towards Dudhwa, which is around 245 km away from Lucknow.
You can’t help but notice a change of heart as soon as you arrive to this humble abode called Nainital. Adorned with lush green hills with spiked pine trees everywhere and that shimmering Naini Lake… we bet, you will never feel like leaving from this popular weekend holiday destination. Nainital’s charm is such that, you will feel the need to re-visit, and why is that? Well, because its old temples, heritage buildings, narrow lanes, roadside shops and boating experience are so inviting and rejuvenating. In Nainital, you have to visit awe-inspiring sites like Snow-View Point, Tiffin Top, Mall Road, Nainital Zoo, Raj Bhawan, Eco Cave Gardens and also Bhimtal Lake (although it is a few kilometres, it is worth a visit).How to Reach Nainital does not have an airport, however, the closest railway station is in Kathgodam/Haldwani, you can either hire cabs or take buses from these two places. You can also visit Nainital by road from Lucknow via national highway, it may take approximately 8 hours or less.Where to Stay Nainital has a few hostels located on the outskirts of the city, but there are also guest houses and reasonable hotels in the city. Luxury hotels and cottages are also available in Nainital.