Best travel destinations in India - Part II
Mysore is called city of palaces. Mysore is also known for sandalwood products and the Dasar festival celebrated every year.Mysore has a moderate climate. Mysore lies 140 kms from Bangalore. Mysore is situated 800m above sea level, and has a warm and cool climate throughout the year. Mysore has associations with Mahabharata and king Ashoka of 3rd century B.C.Mysore is the second largest city of Karnataka. Mysore is a vibrant city teeming with tourists and visitors. Mysore is full of palaces, majestic temples and gardens which leave an ever-lasting impression on the visitors.
Nainital is the hill station which attracts innumerable tourists during summer. The gorgeous green and majestic mountains add to the beauty of the hill resort. The small town Nainital is situated in Uttaranchal and is dotted with cottages, villas and bungalows. It is situated at a height of 1950 m above sea level. There is a temple to the goddess Naina from whose name Nainital derived. Naini Lake in Nainital lends its name to the hill resort. The lake is also known as Tririshi Lake. You can even enjoy yachting in the lake.The lake and natural beauty made Nainital one of my favourite travel destinations. The places to visit in Nainital are Cheena peak (also called Naina peak), Hanumangarh temple, St.John church, which is one of the oldest buildings of Nainital. You can further visit: 1) Sat, which is a cluster of seven lakes. 2) Bhim Tal, which offeres opportunities to water sports and 3) Naukuchiva Tal., which got its name from the nine corners of the lake. There are several shopping items like; handloom products, woolens and shaped candles, which are available in different colours and designs.
Ooty is called ‘Queen of hill stations’. It has another name ‘Udhagamandalam’. It is a land of picturesque picnic spots. It is located at a distance of 100km from Coimbatore. It is situated at an altitude of 2,250m above the sea level. Ooty has a mountain train journey on a rachet and pinion track which commences from kallar. The train wends its way through many curves and fearful tunnels and chugs along tea gardens. The establishment of numerous tea estates made ooty famous. In Ooty, you will find Lofty mountains, dense forest, sprawling grasslands and miles and miles of tea gardens. Annual tea festival is celebrated in Ooty, which attracts huge crowd.The places to visit are: Botanical gardens, Dobabetta peak, Cross shine, mini garden and rose garden, Mudumalai wildlife sanctuary and National park.
Shimla & Srinagar
Shimla is a tourist destination and capital of Himachal Pradesh, with its population around 1.6 lacs. Shimla is also famous for its natural beauty, architectural buildings, wooden crafts and apples. Shimla has been blessed with all the natural bounties, one can think of. Shimla is draped in forest of pine and oak, and one can experience pleasant summers and cold, snowy winters. The places to visit in Shimla are:Local hangouts like the mall road and ridge are in the heart of the city. The viceregal lodge which houses the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, and Wildflower hall which is now a luxury hotel.
Srinagar is the summer capital of Jammu & Kashmir and is the largest city in Kashmir. Pleasant sounds of rolling water, sunny afternoons and serene evenings are some of the beautiful moments. It is a land with vast expanse of legendary lakes that are woven with an intricate network of canals. Srinagar is dotted with natural landscapes, mountain valleys and comfortable houseboats. You can have a pleasant boating in Dal Lake. The places to visit are: Dal Lake, Gulmarg, Pari Mahal, Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden, Yosmarg, Wular Lake.