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World Heritage Site :- Nanda Devi & Valley of Flowers

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The Nanda Devi National Park is one of the most spectacular wilderness areas in the Himalayas. It is dominated by the peak of Nanda Devi, which rises to over 7,800 m. No people live in the park, which has remained more or less intact because of its inaccessibility. It is the habitat of several endangered mammals, especially the snow leopard, Himalayan musk deer and bharal.
The park lies in Chamoli district, within the Garhwal Himalaya. It comprises the catchment area of the Rishi Ganga, an eastern tributary of Dhauli Ganga which flows into the Alaknanda River at Joshimath. The area is a vast glacial basin, divided by a series of parallel, north-south oriented ridges. These rise up to the encircling mountain rim along which are about a dozen peaks, the better known including Dunagiri, Changbang and Nanda Devi East.

World Heritage Site - Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya

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The magnificent Mahabodhi Temple Complex in Bodh Gaya is situated in the central part of the state of Bihar. The temple is about 96 km away from Patna, the capital city of Bihar. The first temple was constructed by King Ashoka in the 3rd century B.C. while the present temple complex is estimated to be erected somewhere between the 6th or 5th century B.C. The entire temple has been built only by using bricks, which is a sculptural masterpiece. The temple helps the devotees to get an insight about the life and teachings of Lord Buddha.
The sacred Bodhi tree under which Siddhartha Gautama meditated and attained spiritual knowledge is situated on the west side of the temple. There are plenty of towers in the temple and the longest one is believed to be 55 meters tall. The gold painted idol of Lord Buddha sitting in the 'Bhumisparsa Mudra' (Earth touching posture) captivates the attention of the visitors. The devotees can also visit seven other places located inside the temple complex where Lord Buddha used to meditate after getting enlightenment. The premises of the temple include several smaller stupas and Buddha statues. Some of the idols are believed to hundred years old.

Shaniwarwada a Great Heritage Palace in Pune

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Shaniwar wada is one of the historical fort in the Pune. It is situated near the Mula-Mutha River in KasbaPeth. The construction of the fort was started in 1730, by the rulers of Maratha empire, Peshwas. It was the seat of them. Peshwas were the rulers of Maratha Empire, until, they surrender themselves to British that is till 1818. It was named Shaniwar Wada from the Marathi words, Shanivar means Saturday and Wada is a general huge residence complex. It was completely built by Teak and Stone. All the teak and stones were brought from the jungles of junnar(village in pune) and the nearby quarries of chinchwad, which is a town in Pune. The construction was completed in 1732. Later on,Peshwas made several additions including the fortification walls with bastions and gates court halls and other buildings, fountains and reservoirs. Currently,fortification wall has five gateways and nine bastion towers, enclosing a garden complex with the foundations of the original buildings.
It is said that full moon nights are very much haunted in Shaniwarwada. There is a story behind this, according to an old story this fort is haunted by a prince.He was assassinated brutally, when he was 13 by the order of one of his relative. His assassins chased him all across the fort, the boy started yelling again and again, “Kaka, mala vachva!”(Marathi Waord means – Uncle, save me!) and even today locals say that they hear his cries for help at midnight on every new moon day. The fort was largely destroyed itself in fire in 1828, but, the survived structure are now maintained as a tourist site.

Tourist Attractions in Australia

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Australia is among the most visited travel destinations in the world. The country is famous for its natural wonders, wide open spaces, pristine beaches and deserts. For adventure seekers, Australia provides an incredible array of choices right from the breath-taking natural beauty of Uluru, to the outback, pristine white sand beaches, rain forests, and the famous Great Barrier Reef. No wonder, the country is a major backpacking, camping and driving destination.

1. Sydney
Sydney
It is the largest city in Australia and is famous for its picturesque harbour. The city abounds with lots of tourist locations, including the famous Sydney opera house. Besides, some other tourist attractions are the Harbour Highlights cruises, Hunter Valley Wineries, Jenolan Caves, the marine aquarium located at Darling Harbour and many more. As well for short stay accommodation in Sydney, you can browse Sydney Vacation Accommodation here.

2. Melbourne
Melbourne
It is the second largest city of Australia and is the most European style city. The city is also the sporting, cultural and shopping capital of the country.

3. Perth
Perth
It is the most remote continental city on Earth. The city provides some excellent attractions that include sight-seeing, aquatic fun, wildlife and Aboriginal culture and dance. Some noted tourist destinations are the Perth Zoo, Stirling Gardens, the Art Gallery of Western Australia, the Perth Mint, Lake Monger, Western Australian Museum, Convert Hall, His Majesty’s Theatre, and the Cultural Centre.

4. Adelaide
Adelaide
It is one of the best planned cities to be seen in the world. The city abounds with many attractions, including some interesting nightlife. The Adelaide Hills with national parks and reserves are nearby.

5. Tasmania
Tasmania
It is the right place to take a break from the fast urban life. The place has a rich history and culture, some pristine beaches, majestic mountains and lagoons. The place is well-known for its wild life and natural beauty.

6. Fraser Island
Fraser Island
It is the largest sand island of the world and is considered as a hidden natural treasure island. One can come across many endangered species like wild dogs, Dingos and numerous fishes that are unique to Australia.

7. Kakadu National Park
Kakadu National Park
It is a World Heritage site that has a rich wild life and native plants and is the living place of about 500 aborigines. The park stretches for over 20 km south from the coast and 100 km from east to west.

8. Uluru
Uluru
It is the largest monolith rock of the world and is among the largest natural wonders to be found. The place takes on a range of colors across red rock at sunrise and sunset, with changing patterns.

9. Port Douglas
Port Douglas
It is the place where one can find two world Heritage sites, the Great Barrier Reef and the rainforest of Cape Tribulation and Daintree. Port Douglas is famous for its beautiful white sand beach and a holiday hub that has a relaxed atmosphere to it, though with every comfort of a big city in this small town. One can reach Port Douglas from Cairns through a spectacular coastal road that passes through forest and the Coral Sea.
The sheer indulgence of being pampered in the lavish surroundings attracts visitors to Port Douglas resort and accommodation. The Port Douglas Resorts come with a range of accommodation that meets every taste and budget.

10. Great Barrier Reef
Great Barrier Reef
It is the largest coral reef to be found in the world that stretches across 80 million acres along the North East Australian Coast. The main entry point is Cairns. One can see some rarest sea organisms of the world here.

11. Kangaroo Island
Kangaroo Island
The place has a serene ambiance to it and is home to wallabies, koalas, kangaroos, goannas, echidnas, sea lions, dolphins, penguins, eagles, whales, fur seals, ospreys, etc.

12. Jamison Valley
Jamison Valley
Visitors come here to ride the wonderful cable car. Its picturesque landscape attracts local and foreign tourists every year.

LAKSHADWEEP

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One of world's most spectacular tropical island systems, Lakshadweep is tucked away at 220-440Kms off the Kerala Coast. The islands offer a precious heritage of ecology and culture. The unique feature of the Islands is its coral reef, making it a pristine leisure spot to come back to. 4200 sq. kms. of lagoon, rich in marine wealth, is spread over 36 islands in an area of 32 sq. kms. The underwater view at Lakshadweep is kaleidoscopic and breathtaking. The lagoon offers excellent potential for water sports like swimming, wind-surfing, diving, snorkeling and kayaking. No wonder, Lakshadweep is fast becoming India's one of its kind “Adventure sport - Nature Tourism” location. Each island is fringed by snow white coral sands.
LAKSHADWEEP
The crystal clear water and the abundant marine life enhance the beauty of these islands. Against the vast expanse of the blue sea, the island look like emeralds. The huge shallow calm lagoon on one side with wall like reef made of marine live coral boulders blocks the incoming swells of the outer sea. The islands are linked to the mainland by: - ship, helicopter, Indian Airlines, Kingfisher Airlines and mechanized sailing wooden vessels. In all the islands, elaborate infrastructure is in place to meet the needs of tourists.

Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga

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Omkareshwar is a Hindu Temple dedicate to God Shiva. It is one of the 12 revered Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva. Omkareshwar is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. This sacred island, shaped like the holiest of Hindu symbols 'Om', is about 2 km long and 1 km wide.

Omkareshwar Temple is situated on the mountain Mandhata by the banks of Narmada River in Malva, Madhya Pradesh which is 77km away from Indore. The temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva which are spread throughout India and is closely linked with the Mamleshwar Temple which is situated on the southern end of the Narmada River. It is said that both Omkareshwar and Mamleshwar are two halves of the same ancient Linga that Lord Shiva had himself created and then divided into two. Here, at the banks of Narmada, devouts gather to kneel before the Jyotirlinga at the temple of Shri Omkar Mandhata. And here, as in so many of Hindu shrines, the works of nature complement those of man to provide a setting that is awe-inspiring and magnificent. The shrine follows a North Indian style of stone-architecture and is embellished with beautiful carvings in the support structure.

PUTTINGAL DEVI TEMPLE, PARAVUR

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Puttingal Temple is Hindu temple in the coastal town of Paravur, India. The temple was founded after the presence of the goddess was experienced on an ant hill; "Puttu" being the Malyalam word for ant Hill. The present structure is about 200 years old. A Small temple was constructed when the presence of Godess herself was experience on an ant hill. later on, the temple was reconstructed a couple of centuries back.
PUTTINGAL DEVI TEMPLE, PARAVUR
The festival of this temple is on "Bharani" star of Malayalam month Meenam, Fireworks and other events associated with the festival (Aswathi, vilakku, Kathakali, Kampadikali, Marameduppu) take place along with other cultural events. Verious poojas are performed and offerings are made daily for the fulfillment of desires and redressal of various grievances of devotees. "Thottampattu", the most important offering in this temple, starts on the 21st day of Vrishikam and lasts till the principal festival of the goddess. Every year in April month massive fire work here. The fireworks of Puttingal temple is very famous.
There are lot of temples in and around paravur. On the day of the festival of each temple, the evening procession come to Puttingal temple before it ends. People believe that if we pray Puttingal Devi deeply, their sufferings will be solved by the Amma. Lots of people witness this. 

GETTING THE TEMPLE : 
By train : Paravur is the first main railway station from Kollam to Trivandrum. Get down at Paravur Railway station and go the west side. It will take 15 mnts to walk and on auto it is a minimum charge trip. 
By bus : From Kollam in KSRTC Fast Passenger: get down at Chathannoor and catch another bus from there. It takes15 minutes to reach Paravur Bus stand From Trivandrum, by bus: get down at Paripally ( 1 hr from Trivandrum) and catch Paravur Bus. It is around 10Kms from Paripally to Paravur bus stand From Paravur Busstand , it is only 10 minutes walking distance to the Temple.