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    India is blessed with a number of temples, forts and monuments. However, one of the most intriguing attractions for foreign and domestic tourists is experiences that define royalty in the country.

    Rich in history, some of the palaces in the country offer tourists an interesting insight into the royal culture. Out of the many states in India, Rajasthan is the first name that comes to mind when you talk about palaces. The beautiful golden sands of the state welcome you and take you on a journey into history with its spectacular forts and palaces.

    These erstwhile royal abodes are still reminiscent of the glorious era that has passed by. A walk through the corridors of these forts and palaces is magical. Although their occupants have long gone, you can still feel their presence in walls, pictures, artefacts and paintings. As beautiful as they are, they also provide valuable information regarding the heritage and erstwhile royalty of India. With some of the Royal India tour packages, you can experience opulence and royalty at its best.

    Before Indian Independence, there were as many as 565 kingdoms. The richest and grandest among all these kingdoms were that of Rajputs who occupied the state of Rajasthan. Similarly, the Nizams of Hyderabad had opulent palaces. During the British Raj, a large number of summer houses were also built in almost all the hill stations of the country.

    After independence, most of these summer houses were acquired by the royal crowd and converted into palaces. As a part of royal India tour packages, you can catch a glimpse of the regal era that once thrived in India.

    The royal heritage of our country is as intriguing as it is interesting. It is for this reason that hundreds and thousands of tourists from foreign countries flock to India to witness these marvelous creations.

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    The land of the Rajputs is one of the favourite places of every architecture and Indian heritage lover. Beautiful palaces; lovely golden sand dunes, camels, colourful outfits of the people, traditional song and dance -- everything about Rajasthan is a traveller’s delight. From Dal Baati Churma to camel rides, Rajasthan is a true delight.

    The scorching summer heat may get to you but the beautiful land compensates you with cool and breezy nights. Shop to your heart’s content in the local markets and pick yourself an antique or a traditional craft work. A journey to India is incomplete without visiting mystical Rajasthan.

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    The palaces of Rajasthan are magical. They take you on a transcendental journey to the time when the land was ruled by Rajput kings. Proud, chivalrous and brave, the Rajputs are hailed till today as the bravest warriors this country has seen. The magnificent palaces of Rajputs are the only remnants of their heritage.

    There are several palaces in Rajasthan. From Jaisalmer to Jodhpur, you can find a number of palaces which are not just remnants of the glorious past but also great specimens of architectural excellence. The experience is absolutely incredible and it is probably for this reason that Rajasthan forms an integral part of any of the Royal India tour packages.

    1. Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur

    The Jai Mahal Palace was built in 1745 and is a fine specimen of the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. Once the residence of the Prime Minister of Jaipur, this palace has now been restored and is operated by the Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces. It became India’s first palace hotel when it opened its doors to guests in 1955. The hotel today has about 100 rooms and six suites. The interiors will take you back to the colonial age.

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    Each room is beautifully furnished and fully equipped with all modern amenities. The deluxe rooms of the hotel are decked up in the traditional Rajasthani decor. Original paintings by renowned artists adorn the walls of the room.

    Extreme care has been taken to provide a comfortable and luxurious ambience to the guests. The luxury rooms of the hotel are a treat to the eyes. Swathed in a beautiful turquoise and red scheme, the decor of the rooms is a beautiful blend of traditional and contemporary styles.

    The hotel also has luxury rooms with sit outs and boasts of plush decor and all modern amenities. Each deluxe suite has a distinct theme and layout which reflect the Rajasthani culture and heritage.

    The Deluxe Premium Suites are rich and lavish and reflect the opulence of the royalty. The Jai Mahal Palace also offers recreational activities that are fit for a king. The activities include horse riding, golf and sightseeing in Ramgarh.

    2. The Rambagh Palace, Jaipur

    The Rambagh Palace is often referred to as the ‘Pride of Jaipur’. This palace too has been acquired by the Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces and is one of the most magnificent and opulent palaces of Jaipur. Today, it stands as one of the most important palace hotels of the country. Nestled amidst 47 acres of gardens, the Rambagh Palace was the venue for Katy Perry’s wedding with Russell Brand.

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    The beautiful Rambagh Palace offers luxury and palace rooms, historical suites, royal suites, grand royal suites and grand presidential suites. The hotel arranges various recreational activities for its guests. The activities include Landmark Spotting, local shopping, vintage car rides, sports and other activities.

    3. The Raj Palace, Jaipur

    The Raj Palace is one of the world’s leading heritage hotels and the oldest mansions of Jaipur. The hotel has been awarded the title of the ‘World’s Leading Heritage Hotel’ by the World Travel Awards four times in a row from 1997 to 2001. The hotel was also awarded the Best Heritage Hotel Award by the Indian Department of Tourism.

    The hotel is a boutique hotel with only suites and has a multi-cuisine restaurant, an antique crockery museum, spa and Ayurvedic rejuvenation centre.

    The most interesting fact about the hotel is that the gorgeous and exquisitely opulent Durbar Mahal suite of the palace which won the award for being ‘Asia’s Leading Suite’ in the World Travel Awards 2008, was used by the Maharaja himself. This beautiful palace is located to the north of the old city, near the Amber Fort.

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    The hotel arranges for royal safari trips to nearby palaces such as Jai Mahal and Amber Fort. Being situated in Jaipur, the Raj Palace is situated near several popular tourist destinations such as the Hawa Mahal, the Jantar Mantar, the City Palace, the Rambagh Palace, the Jai Mahal and the Albert Hall Museum. Guests can also enjoy camel and elephant safaris organised by the hotel.

    Apart from these hotels, there are several other luxury and heritage hotels in Rajasthan which can give you a glimpse of the beautiful history of Rajasthan and the lives of the royalty who lived in these palaces earlier. Some of the other popular palace hotels in Rajasthan include The Raj Mahal Hotel, the Hari Mahal Hotel, the Samode Palace, etc.

    For those looking for more economical accommodations but do not want to miss out anything on the history and heritage of the hotels, there are places such as the Alsisar Haveli, the Naila Bagh Palace and Hotel Umaid Bhawan.

    4. City Palace Complex, Jaipur

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    The City Palace Complex comprises of the Chandra Mahal and the Mubarak Mahal and is situated in Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan. The palace had served as the seat of the Maharaja of Jaipur and was built in between 1729 and 1732. The Chandra Mahal now has a museum in it but a major portion of it still serves as the royal residence.

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    The Mubarak Mahal exhibits a unique architectural style which is a fusion of the Mughal, Rajput and European architectural styles. It was built in the late 19th century by Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II. Besides the Chandra Mahal and the Mubarak Mahal, the complex consists of the Diwan-I-Khas, the Diwan-I-Aam, the Maharani Palace, the Bhaggi Khana, the Govind Ji Temple etc.

    5. Bagore Ki Haveli, Udaipur

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    For those interested in history and architecture, Bagore ki Haveli in Udaipur is a fine specimen. The haveli was built in the 18th century by the Prime Minister of Mewar, Chand Badwa. The palace has more than hundred rooms with exquisite glass work and mirror work decorations on the wall. It also has a collection of invaluable Mewar paintings.

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    Initially, the Western Zone Cultural Centre had planned to renovate the haveli and make it a museum that preserved the cultures of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and Rajasthan. However, the architectural splendour of the haveli was later retained and the museum now showcases the aristocratic culture of Mewar.

    Besides 138 rooms, the Bagore ki Haveli has numerous balconies, courtyards, corridors and terraces. The interiors of the haveli are embellished with attractive glass work and fine frescoes of the Mewari style.

    6. Lake Pichola and Fateh Sagar Lake, Udaipur

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    Lake Pichola is an artificial fresh water lake situated in the city of Udaipur. The lake was created in 1362 AD and is one of the many contiguous lakes that have been created or developed around Udaipur.

    These lakes were primarily created to meet the irrigations and domestic use needs of the people of the city. There are two islands called the Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir located in the Pichola Lake. There are two palaces on these islands-The Lake Palace on Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir on the island with the same name.

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    The Fateh Sagar Lake is another major attraction of the city of Udaipur. Udaipur is called the City of Lakes and the Fateh Sagar lake is believed to be the pride of the city.

    The Fateh Sagar Lake too is an artificial lake which was created in 1678 by Maharana to the north of the Pichola Lake. Apart from tourism, the lake is also of much religious significance. Every year in the month of Shravan, a festival called the Hariyali Amavasya Mela is held on the banks of the lake.

    7. Monsoon Palace, Udaipur

    The Monsoon Palace is another one of the major attractions of the city of Udaipur. Formerly known as the Sajjan Garh Palace, the palace overlooks the Fateh Sagar Lake. The palace was named after Maharana Sajjan Singh of the Mewar Dynasty and was built in 1884.

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    Due to its ideal location, the palace enables its visitors to enjoy a panoramic view of the beautiful lakes and the surrounding countryside. It is believed that the Maharana built the palace at the present location so as to get a view of his ancestral home in Chittorgarh. The palace served as the shooting location for the 1983 James Bond movie Octopussy.

    8. Udai Bagh, Udaipur

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    The Udai Bagh hotel in Udaipur is one of the most beautiful heritage hotels in the country. In fact, the heritage hotel is a unit of the Hotel Udaikothi. Situated at a distance of just 10 minutes from Hotel Udaikothi, the Udai Bagh hotel offers the best in comfort and luxury. Located in the midst of the Aravalli mountains, the Udai Bagh hotel in Udaipur has a beautiful garden and designer tents. Each tent is furnished with antique furniture and luxurious furnishings.

    9. Jhalamand Garh, Jodhpur

    The Jhalamand Garh castle is situated on the outskirts of Jodhpur in Rajasthan. It was constructed in the 18th century and is surrounded by the village Jhalamand Garh. The palace belongs to the Sisodia clan of Mewar and was shifted to Marwar. For his services rendered to Jodhpur state, the Jagir of Jhalamand was gifted to Thakur Gambhir Singhji Sahib.

    10. Kesar Bagh, Jojawar

    The Kesar Bagh property was built after the Rawla Jojawar. It represents the true tradition of Rajput hospitality. The word ‘bagh’ denotes a large estate like property. Situated in the foothills of the Aravalli Hills, the building was recreated by the present Rao Sahib of Jojawar. Enjoy vintage car rides, service with uniformed butlers and strolls in luxurious fruit orchards at the Kesar Bagh.

    11. Khandwa Haveli, Jaipur

    The Khandwa Haveli is the oldest heritage hotel in the city of Jaipur. The haveli was an old bungalow which has now been converted into a hotel. Apart from offering comfortable accommodation, the haveli showcases artifacts and hand painted frescoes and miniature paintings. The beautiful collection of artefacts and art items also draws art lovers to the haveli throughout the year.

    12. Rohet Garh, Jaipur

    The Rohet Garh fort was built in 1622 AD. The fort was bestowed upon Thakur Dalpit Singh I for his exemplary service to the Rathores of Rajasthan. The Rohet Garh Fort holds its place in history and is considered as one of the most important fiefdoms belonging to the state of Marwar.

    13. Fort Pachewar Garh, Pachewar

    The Pachewar Garh was built about 300 years ago. The fort at present has been converted to a family run heritage hotel. The massive ramparts imposing gates and spacious apartments highlight its beauty. The Pachewar Garh is known for its natural beauty and presents a live  sign of rural tourism.

    14. The Jaipur House, Mount Abu

    Situated in Mt. Abu the Jaipur House was built by Maharaja Ram Singh. The present Maharaja of Jaipur, Brigadier Sawai Bhawani Singh, and her highness Maharani Padmini Devi converted the palace into a luxurious heritage hotel.

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    It provides facilities of international standards with the refined milieu of the interiors carried throughout the rooms.   The Jaipur House offers its guests the finest of facilities in a royal way.

    15. Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

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    Located at Jodhpur in Rajasthan, the Umaid Bhawan palace is one of the world’s largest private residencies. It is managed by the Taj Hotels and is a popular destination in any of the royal India tour packages. The palace is named after Maharaja Umaid Singh. The palace serves as the principal residence of the royal family of Jodhpur. It has more than 347 rooms . It was previously known as Chittar palace.


    16. Kuthira Malika,Thiruvananthapuram

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    Puthen Malika palace also known as the Kuthira Malika is located on the south-eastern side of the famous Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram. It was built by Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma.

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    The name of this palace is derived from the 122 horses that are carved into the wooden walls of the palace. It was built in 1840 and forms a part of royal buildings near the Padmanabhaswamy temple.

    17. Matancherry Palace, Kochi

    The Matanchery palace was built by the Portugese in the mid 16th century. The palace was in turn gifted to the local Rajah as compensation for a temple that was destroyed by the Dutch. It was also called the Dutch palace. It is a two storied building and has a small temple located in the central courtyard. The building contains the weapons and clothes from the Rajahs of Kochi.    

    Jammu and Kashmir

    18. Amar Mahal Palace, Chak Rakwalan


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    The Amar Mahal palace is located in Jammu and Kashmir was built in the nineteenth century for Raja Amar Singh by a French Chateau. It was later converted into a museum after it was donated to the Hari-Tara charitable trust by Dr Karan Singh.

    The golden throne weighing 120kg is one of the chief exhibits of this museum. It has library with 25,000 antique books and many rare art collections. Situated in the right bank of river Tawri, the palace was the last official residence of the Dogra Rajas.

    19. Leh Palace

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    The Leh palace is situated in South Leh and was once the world’s highest building. It was modelled after the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. It was built in the 17th century by King Sengge Namgyal but was abandoned after the Dogra forces took control of Ladakh. The Leh Palace is a nine storey building.

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    The palace is being restored by the Archaeological survey of India. The palace is open to the public and provides views of Leh and its surrounding areas.

    Andhra Pradesh

    20. Hill Fort Palace, Hyderabad

    The Hill Fort Palace is located near the Naubat Pahad in the Nampally district, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. Its spreads over 6.5 acres of land and is the home of Prince Muazzam Jah. It was built in 1915 by Sir Nizamat Jung. It now functions as the Ritz Hotel.


    21. Shaniwar Wada, Pune

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    The Shaniwar Wada is located in the city of Pune in Maharashtra and was built in 1746. It belonged to the Peshwa rulers of the Maratha Empire until 1818. The fort was almost destroyed in an fire explained in 1828. The palace became the centre of Indian politics in 18th century.

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    22. Maharaja Palace, Vadodara

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    The Maharaja Palace was constructed when the Gaekwad family started ruling the state of Vadodara. It refers to a bevy of palaces in Vadodara. The Sakar Wada was the first building to be constructed. The Lakshmi Vilas palace built by Maharaja Sayajirao in 1890 is one of the most decorated places with a rich collection of antiques namely armoury and sculptures in bronze, marble and terracotta.     

    Tamil Nadu

    23. Padmanabhapuram Palace, Kanyakumari

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    The Padmanabhapuram Palace is located in Thuckalay, situated in Kanya Kumari District, Tamil nadu. It is about 20 km from Nagercoil, and about 50 kilometers from Thiruvanathapuram, Kerala. Located at the foot of Veli Hills, the palace was constructed in 1601 AD by Ravi Varma Kulasekhara Perumal who ruled Venad between 1592 and 1609. The palace consists of several structures like the Mannarasala, the kottaram. King’s council chamber is the most beautiful part of the palace.

    Mysore, Karnataka

    Another destination in the country which is known for its palaces and royal grandeur is Mysore. Mysore is the third largest city in the state of Karnataka. This beautiful city is situated on the foothills of the Chamundi Hills, Mysore is situated at a distance of 146 km from Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka.

    The princely kingdom of Mysore was under the reign of the Wodeyar dynasty, except in the late 18th century when Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan emerged as illustrious leaders of the region.

    24. The Mysore Palace

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    The Palace of Mysore also known as the Amba Vilas Palace served as the official residence of the Wodeyars, who had ruled the princely state for more than seven centuries and are a must visit in most royal India tour packages.

    The first palace was built by the Wodeyar kings in the 14th century; however it was demolished and reconstructed several times. The present structure was completed in 1912 and further modifications were made to it in 1940.

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    The Mysore Palace is second only to the Taj Mahal in terms of tourist interest. The Mysore Palace is a stunning specimen of the Indo-Saracenic architecture and has been prepared by blending Gothic, Rajput, Hindu and Muslim styles of architecture. The palace has a central dome and is three-storied. One of the towers of the palace has about 145 stories.

    The palace was built using grey granite with deep pink marble domes. A British architect, Henry Irwin, was roped in by the then Maharani Vani Vilas Sannidhana to complete the work of the palace.

    The palace is surrounded by an expansive and extremely beautiful garden. Above the central arch of the palace, an exquisite statue of the goddess of wealth and prosperity Goddess Gajalakshmi is carved.

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    The Mysore Palace serves as the venue for the famous Mysore Dasara festival every year. The festival is the most extravagant celebration in the city and is held in the months of September and October every year. The festival has been celebrated in the city by the Wodeyars since 1610 and even after all these years there has been no change in the gaiety and fervour during the festival.

    The Mysore Palace has some very interesting rooms such as the Amba Vilas, which was used by the king for a private audience. The Gombe Thottil or Doll’s Pavilion has a gallery of dolls dressed in traditional attire from the 19th century and early twentieth century.

    The Kalyana Mandapam is a grand marriage hall with stained glass panels and peacock motifs. The palace complex has about 12 temples within its premises.

    25. Jaganmohan Palace


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    The Jaganmohan Palace is another architectural masterpiece built under the patronage of the Wodeyar dynasty. The palace has served as the residence of the royal family when the Mysore Palace was under construction.

    The Jaganmohan Palace has been renovated and is now being used as an art gallery and function hall. The palace was constructed in 1861 by King Krishnaraja Wodeyar II to house the royal family, after the Mysore Palace was destroyed in a fire.

    The coronation of King Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar was also held in the Jaganmohan Palace. In 1915, the palace was converted to an art gallery and was renamed as Shri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery. The palace has also been used as a function hall.

    The early convocation ceremonies of the Mysore University were held in this hall and the first session of the Legislative Council of the Mysore State was also held here in 1907.

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    The beautiful palace has been built in the traditional Hindu architecture style. The interiors of the palace have been adorned with spectacular murals.

    These murals were prepared using vegetable dyes and are the earliest known specimens of the Mysore style of painting. The murals depict scenes of Dasara. The family tree of the Wodeyars is also painted on one of the walls.

    The present day art gallery houses the largest collection of artefacts in South India. The gallery has about 2000 paintings, many of which are works of Raja Ravi Varma.

    The others are from different schools of paintings such as Mughal, Shantiniketan and Mysore. Apart from paintings, other items such as brassware, sculptures, antique coins, musical instruments and weapons of war have been put on display in the gallery.

    26. Jayalakshmi Vilas

    The Jayalakshmi Vilasa isn’t a palace, but is one of the most important buildings in Mysore. The mansion was built by the King Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV for Princess Jayalakshmi Ammani, who was the eldest daughter of the Maharaja Chama raja Wodeyar. The Princess was later married to Sirdar M Kantharaj who became the Dewan of Mysore.

    The mansion was built to commensurate the status of the Princess and the Dewan. The mansion is located amidst the lush green surroundings of the Manasagangothri and is located on a hillock on the western bank of the Kukkarahalli Kere or Lake. Presently, the mansion serves as a gallery for huge collection of priceless artefacts and has been declared as a heritage building by the Karnataka government.

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    The mansion, which was built in 1905, was originally called the First Princess Mansion. The Dewan of Mysore had a house in the Fort of the Palace, which was known as the Gunamba House.

    The Jayalakshmi Vilasam was later on acquired by the University of Mysore and large scale renovations were done which incurred expenses to the tune of Rs 1.17 crores. The renovation work, which spread over a period of four years, was also funded by the Infosys Foundation.

    The Jayalakshmi Vilasam is primarily made of brick and mortar, timber and iron. The renovated building has as many as 287 beautifully carved doors, 300 windows and 125 rooms.

    27. Lalitha Mahal

    The Lalitha Mahal is another one of the architectural masterpieces bestowed by the Wodeyar dynasty. It is the second largest palace in Mysore and is strikingly distinct in terms of colour scheme and architectural style. The palace was built on the orders of King Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV for an exclusive stay of the then Viceroy of India.

    The palace is modelled on the lines of the St. Paul’s Cathedral in London and is, undoubtedly, one of the finest structures in Mysore. It was converted into a heritage hotel in 1974 and is currently being operated by the Ashoka Group of the India Tourism Development Corporation. However, the group has retained the original ambience of the palace in order to provide a royal experience to its guests.

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    The Lalitha Mahal is of particular interest due to its interesting architectural style. Modelled on the lines of the St. Paul’s Church in London, the palace was planned by an architect from Bombay, EW Fritchley, and built by B Munivekatappa.

    The palace uses architectural styles of the English manor houses and Italian palazzos. The palace has two stories and the supporting structure of the palace is a double Ionic column.

    A breathtaking view of the Chamundi Hills and the Mysore city can be enjoyed from the Lalitha Mahal. The interiors of the palace have been adorned with full length portraits of Wodeyar Kings, Belgian crystal chandeliers, Italian marble floors, cut glass lamps, mosaic tiles, heavy furniture and exotic Persian carpets.

    28. Rajendra Vilas

    The Rajendra Vilasa is another architectural masterpiece bestowed upon the state by the Wodeyar dynasty. The stunning architectural style, craftsmanship and fine detailing make the Rajendra Vilasa palace a must-visit.

    The palace is situated on top of the Chamundi Hills at an elevation of about 1,000 feet. It is believed that there was another building in place of the Rajendra Vilasa around 1822, which served as a summer retreat for the Wodeyar royal family.

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    According to popular belief, this building was the place where King Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV received lessons in philosophy and English. However, this building was brought down and the King conceptualised the plan for the Rajendra Vilasa in the early 1920s.

    The palace was commissioned by the king in 1938 -1939. Although, many elaborate plans were made regarding the construction of the palace, several ideas had to be dropped and the construction has to be downscaled due to paucity of funds.

    29. Royal Horse Safaris

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    To complete your experience of regality especially in Mysore, an integral part of any royal india tour packages is a royal horse safari. You must experience the Royal Horse Safaris hosted by Maharaj Kumari Meenakshi Devi and her son.

    You get to choose from the finest thoroughbred and half-bred horses from the stable of the Maharajkumari. The horses are of Indian bred Marwari and Kathiawari lineage and were once used in races. Although they have retired from the races, these horses still offer an excellent riding experience.

    The best time to enjoy this ride is between the months of October and March. During this time, the city of Mysore experiences the best weather and the terrain is much more navigable.

    The horses have grooms who check on the horses in every 10 to 15 km and take care of them through grooming, saddling, unsaddling, feeding, brushing etc.

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    In Rajasthan too, Royal horse safaris are usually conducted in regions with desert wildlife, rural areas of the state or in hilly regions. Guests are asked to dress in the conventional Jodhpuri breeches, hats and boots for the ride.

    The best part about this particular package is that you get to ride the best of horses and experience royalty in its finest. The Royal Horse Safari is an exhilarating experience. You can view a large number of important landmarks ranging from the Jain Temples of Ranakpur to the Cloud Palace.

    This exciting ride through the beautiful countryside of Rajasthan will enable you to experience Rajasthan, its royal heritage and local culture like never before. For long safari rides, it is advisable that only experienced people or those who know horse-riding undertake the activity.

    The safaris usually last for at least 4 to 5 hours. Furthermore, it is advisable to take some time and get acquainted with the horse and train yourself for the ride. The Royal Horse Safari covers the Mehrangarh Fort, Desert tracts, Wildlife and Bishnoi village, secluded palaces, lush green countryside and hilly tracts of Kumbalgarh sanctuaries.

    30. Royal Desert Safaris

    Enjoy an evening in the desert like the royalty once did. It is believed that the Mughal Emperor Jahangir initiated the trend of desert safaris. During a trip to Kashmir for summer retreat, the Emperor halted in the desert and set up his camp.

    The camp had all the facilities that the Emperor needed. This trend was then carried on by the Rajput rulers who set up camps in the desert and arranged for food, drinks and entertainment during hunting trips, outdoor evenings, marriage parties and royal gatherings.

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    From being just an accommodation for the night, desert safaris became a reason for celebration. You too can enjoy a night on the beautiful golden sands of the desert, under the starlit sky.

    There are several packages available that offer accommodation, food and entertainment. Furthermore, you can go on excursions led by experienced guides to some really beautiful offbeat destinations in the desert.

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    You can choose from long and short excursions. The short excursions are in places near the campsite. There will not be a landmark or monument to admire, but the wonderful way of life of the people of the desert will instill awe and admiration in you.

    The longer trips lead to Khichan, which is home to a large number of migratory birds from October to March. As many as 8,000 to 10,000 birds can be seen in the region during the winter season.

    31. Royal India Train Journeys

    For those who are interested in visiting historical buildings during a trip to Rajasthan, the Royal Rajasthan on Wheels is a must-have experience. The Palace on Wheels is an experience that you will never forget. The interiors of the train reflect the richness and opulence of the Rajputs.

    Exquisitely furnished interiors, spacious lounge, comfortable bar cum lounge and restaurant cars that dish out lip smacking Rajasthani, Continental and Chinese dishes are the epitome of luxury and lavishness in this train which is also called the ‘Golden Chariot’.

    The Palace on Wheels train starts from the Safdarjung Railway Station and traverses into the beautiful state of Rajasthan every Wednesday night. Turbaned Khidmatgars await your orders and serve you in a manner that makes you feel no less than a king.

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    The Royal Rajasthan on Wheels through Rajasthan is a delight. The beautiful culture, traditions and heritage unfold before your eyes as you delve deeper and deeper into the secrets of the state. The beautiful palaces and forts of Rajasthan are reminiscent of the glory of the Rajputs and the grandeur of the era that has passed.

    Another such wonderful journey is offered by the Indian Maharaja or the Deccan Odyssey. The train offers a weeklong journey that covers important tourist destinations in Maharashtra and North India.

    The Deccan Odyssey or the Indian Maharaja is a train that is run in joint venture by the Ministry of Railways and the Maharashtra Tourist Development Corporation.

    The train is the epitome of luxury and comfort. It has about 21 coaches and two Presidential suites. The most attractive feature of the train is that it has a Spa Car to add to the luxury of the passengers.

    Train journeys for tourists are a popular offering in India. Apart from these major trains, some of the other tourist trains in India include the toy trains of Shimla and Darjeeling.

    For tourists who love the old world charm, the Shimla toy train and the Darjeeling toy train are the best options. Other trains that play an important role in connecting the tourist circuit in the country include the Rajdhani Express, Shatabdi Express and other luxury trains of India that must be included in any royal India tour packages.



Pangong Lake

Rather, the most sought after tourist destination is Pangong Tso in Ladakh region. It is the highest among the high altitude lakes in India which is filled with saline water but provides some awe-struck moments to the visitors with the unbelievable phenomenon of changing colours quite a number of times a day.

The reflections of the towering Himalayan peaks in the water add more charm to the lake. Currently, Pangong Tso is the favorite location for tourists as the banks of the lake give soothing bed to relax and the nearby places are enhanced by the beauty of this particular lake. The quiet lake is 134 km in length and 5 km in width is situated at an altitude of 14270 meters. But the major share of the lake lies in the area of China. Now, its recognition is spread everywhere in the world because it is termed as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention.

The highly saline water does not accommodate any water species not even micro-organisms. But the banks of the lake give space for several birds and animals very rarely seen in the other parts of India. It is an important breeding ground for many migratory birds as well.

Height: The lake is located at an altitude of 4250 meters above the sea level.

Location: Pangong Tso is easily accessible as it can be reached after a five hour drive from Leh and the travel would be on a rough and dramatic mountain road. You will cross the villages of Shey and Gya during the tour and go through Chang La as well.

Best time to visit: The months from May to September are the ideal time to visit the lake as the other seasons may cause challenges due to the heavy snowfall.


Nubra Valley

Something divine makes Nubra Valley close to heart and it is not an exaggeration but a fact that experienced and shared by the countless tourists visited the paradisiacal location in Jammu and Kashmir. Without touching the spectacular roads of Nubra Valley, a Ladakh tour will not be complete. The tri-armed valley has Diskit Village as its capital. Ldumra, a magnificent name is the original name of the valley as the local scholars insist. Ldumra means Valley of Flowers. The large valley is formed after the merging of Shyok River with Nubra or Siachen River causing the separation of the Ladakh and the Karakoram Ranges. The valley is located 10000 feet that is 3048 meters above mean sea level and those who cross the Khardung La Pass can easily come to Nubra Valley from Leh.

Except for the river beds, every other place in the valley shows scant vegetation and low precipitation levels. Most of the villages in the valley are occupied by Nubra skat speakers and in the villages, one can find lush greenery and farming which happen through the regular irrigation. Diskit is the place where native people are seen in abundance and Diskit Monastery is the centre of attraction as well. The Shyok River flowing on one side of Diskit has a captivating effect on the visitors. Nubra Valley unwinds a lot of surprising sights when you visit it and an unbelievable fact is that the valley was open to the public till Hunder until 2010. Beyond Hunder, it was the greener region in the lower altitude where the Turtuk village exists. Till 2010, the Government did not allow tourists to mesmerize themselves in the magnificent beauty of Turtuk where numerous apricot trees and other vegetation along with the tribal community were preserved as a virgin.

Height: 3048 meters above the sea level

Location: The paradisiacal Nubra Valley is located at a distance of 140 km from Leh and the main road access to the valley is through Khardung La pass where you have to show the photocopies of your travel permit to the soldiers camping.

Best time to visit: The months from June to September is the perfect period to visit Nubra Valley

To see the pure, rugged face of nature, One must visit Ladakh once in their lifetime.


Khardung La

Controversies regarding the proclamation that Khardung La is the highest motorable pass in the world is not yet diminished but Ladakh travelers still believe that it is the highest and most adventurous pass in the world. Despite the controversies, Khardung La keeps on attracting hundreds of adventure seekers every year, be it bikers, trekkers or visitors. Nestled amidst the most reverberating surrounding, the ‘Pass of Lower Castle’ is located at an altitude of 17582 feet. Near to the pass, the collection of awesome valleys will lure you and along with the natural extravaganzas, the Tibetan prayer flags are an additional charm.

The pass was constructed in the year of 1976 and later in 1988, it was opened to public and from then on, the pass was inviting uncountable bikers, trekkers and tourists. It is maintained by the Border roads Organization as the pass is highly significant and important to India because it was once used to carry supplies to the Siachen Glacier. Recently, Khardung La became the hot potato of the town with a happy news that a ten member team of visually impaired people is going to conquer the pass through cycling in 2017.

Height: Khardung La is located at an altitude of 5359 meters. But there is an incorrect proclamation on the signboards appear here saying that the height of the pass is 18379 feet.

Location: The highest motorable pass in Ladakh is lying about 39 kms away from Leh. By road, one can reach the pass. The first 24 kms of the road are paved and from there to the North Pullu check post, the 15 kms of the road are filled with loose rock, dirt and occasional rivulets formed after the melting of snow.

Best time to visit: The season between May to October is the best time to visit Khardung La.


Tso Moriri Lake

It won’t be exceeding at all how much you describe the beauty of Tso Moriri in Ladakh, a highly protected lake in Changthang Region and a significant portion of Tso Moriri Wetland Conservation Reserve.  It is the largest of all high altitude lakes in India especially in Ladakh and is located at an altitude of 4522 meters above the sea level. The length comes to 26 km north to south and 3 to 5 km is the width and the water is wholly brackish. 

The water to feed the lake comes from the springs and melted snow from the nearby mountains. There are two major stream systems to lead the water to the lake. One in the north part of the lake and the other comes in the southwest part. Huge, extensive marshes are seen at both the entrances of the lake. Rupshu Valley, a breathtaking area is the guardian of Tso Moriri along with an array of the lofty Himalayan Mountains in the surrounding.

The number of people come to witness the beauty of this splendid lake is lesser when compared to that of Pangong Lake. It is because of the secluded location of the lake. Hence, it is a favorite home town for many migratory birds. They come to breed here especially birds like great- crested grebe, the brown-headed gull and the Brahmin duck. The rare Himalayan hares are also abundantly seen near the lake. Thus, the declaration of the lake as a reserved area is a right option to protect these species from extinction. Less human interference would keep their lives strong.

Height: The lake is situated at an altitude of 4522 meters.

Location: You can reach Tso Moriri via road from Leh. It is 150 kms away from Leh Airport. Kalka Railway station is the nearest one to the lake. You will get buses and taxis from the station as well.

Best time to visit: May, June, July and August are the peak season when tourists come to Tso Moriri in large numbers and other months will be filled with snow and have extreme cold conditions.


Shanti Stupa

The white dome of Shanti Stupa is clearly visible from a far distance when you are on a tour of Leh. Peace Pagoda got its name like that because of many reasons mainly the silence persists in and around the pagoda always. This Buddhist prayer center is the most beloved attraction in Jammu and Kashmir. At a height of 4267 meters, the two storied stupa stands holding its head high and overlooks the bustling Leh town. The uneven mountain terrains in the surrounding gives the pagoda a remarkable shining. It is at a location which is 5 km away from Leh town and one who visits the stupa has to climb five hundred steps. The exotic view of the Himalayan peaks turns the beauty of the stupa also, a peace lover would dedicate his life to have such overjoying moments.


The stupa was constructed by both Japanese and Ladakh Buddhists. The construction was started in 1983, many Buddhists and Indian Government officials have supervised the procedures throughout.

Structure of the stupa

Among the two structures of the pagoda, the first level depicts the central relief of Dharmachakra which has deer on each side and the turning wheel of Dharma also has a golden image of Buddha at the center. The second level displays images which show the birth of Budhha and the death as well. In addition, both the level have smaller images of Buddha meditating. The stupa came into existence in order to spread the word of peace and harmony among people and it came into establishment as a commemoration of the valuable 2500 years of Buddhism.

Location: Any one can reach the stupa via road from Leh, only 5 kms from the town, a walk of fifteen minutes would require.

Timings: 05:00 am to 09:00 pm

Highlights: The sunset and sunrise views from the stupa are inevitably beautiful


Magnetic Hill

Magnetic Hill is still a mystery yet a famed attraction that pulls the adventure lovers on a large scale toward it. A mystifying phenomenon which stunts the science and fiction together and exists as a magic to the normal people visiting here. Magnetic Hill is a trump card of every Ladakh tour because of the awe-struck moments it would promise the travelers. There is a sign board placed which says that the hill defies gravity completely and inviting everyone to experience the magical phenomenon.

 If you keep your vehicle in neutral at a position marked on the road and wait, you will be surprised to see the vehicle starts moving uphill at 10-20 km per hour. And this is the unexplainable feature of Magnetic Hill that confuses the world of science. It is located on Leh-Kargil-Baltic Highway and on the east, the beautiful Sindhu River is flowing calmly. Near the hill there is a Sikh Gurudwara maintained by the Indian Army. Due to the natural attraction as well as the human architectural brilliance, the hill has gained popularity in a short term. 

Not just the vehicles hitting the road but the aircrafts and helicopters crossing the radius which Magnetic Hill comes in would feel the same magnetic effect. If the aircrafts are going on a slow pace, then it starts jerking while they are in the circumference of the hill. So the only solution to escape from the clutches of this phenomenon is that the crafts should move at a greater speed.

Height: Magnetic Hill is located at an elevation of 14000 feet above the sea level.

Location: To reach the hill, you can hit the Leh-Kargil-Baltic National Highway and it is situated at a distance of just 30 kms from Leh town.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit the Magnetic Hill is from June to October.


Havelock Island

Being one of the topnotch attractions in Andaman is the sublime Havelock Island brimming with silky beaches and exuberant greenery. A lot of tourist locations, resorts, hotels, attractions and much more are creating the perfect background to Havelock Island to host as many tourists as possible. This is the largest of all the islands in Andaman and comprises of a lot of small islands. The administration in Havelock promotes eco-tourism on a large scale.

The lighthouse established in 2005 at the northern part of the island gives additional recognition for the island. The accommodation options on Havelock will let you be surprised. Ranging from high-end, luxurious resorts to camps with basic amenities, the stay arrangements done by the administrative people here are unbelievable.

Highlights: The long stretches of different types of beaches are the main highlight to be pointed out. Declared the best beaches in the world, almost all of them are blissfully located on Havelock Island, connected to closely to the main boat jetty on the island.  

Elephant Beach, Radhanagar Beach, Vijaynagar Beach, Kalapathar Beach which are known in numbers also are proclaimed to have the highest number of tourists every year as there are many beautiful hotels in Andaman, to provide the ultimate relaxation in holidays. The green fringed shorelines, the clear sea water, the colourful marine animals, the long coral reefs, the wild fauna and flora bring forth the astounding picture of Havelock incomparably beautiful.

Activities: Snorkeling and diving are the favourite activities done on the islands though other major water based activities like boating and kayaking are frequently done.

Distance from Port Blair: Havelock Island is lying 42 kms northeast of the capital city, Port Blair. There are regular boat services by the Directorate of Shipping Services which connect Phoenix Bay jetty in Port Blair to Havelock daily.



Chidiya Tapu

As the name suggests, Chidiya Tapu is the perfect haven for unseen migratory birds and common native birds found in the Andaman Islands. Recognized as the most enchanting beach in Andaman and tourists arrive here on a large scale as the beach extends the best ever sights for them including the eye catching sunrise and sunset views. This is a silent yet crowded beach encircled by evergreen forests on one side and the short hills on the other side. 

As it is considered to be the presenter of the most finishing touch of sunset and sunrise views, it is the main hub in Andaman Islands. The beach is filled with 46 varieties of endangered species of birds, and white spotted deer. There are a lot of seasonal orchids and other varieties of plants.

Highlights: The major attractions of Chidiya Tapu are the Chidiya Tapu Biological Park, the Sylvan Sands, the Munda Pahar Beaches etc. You will be able to stay at a forest guesthouse located nearby atop a hillock and from there, the panoramic view of Chidiya Tapu in detail.

Activities: Apart from sunset and sunrise views, plenty of people come for an Andaman and Nicobar trip to see this beach, to identify the rare species appear in multiple colours and size. Even though many of the birds are commonly found on the beach, you would find it as a unique and unnatural scene to find the colourful gathering of them. Boating is an attractive activity done here as well as snorkeling and swimming are also a part of the adventure activities usually experienced by those who visit here.

Distance from Port Blair: It is located about 25 kms from Port Blair.


Neil Island

A tiny island located to the south of Andaman is Neil Island, brimming with less explore marine diversity, coral reefs, long beaches and bewitching greenery. Being one of the tourist destinations in Andaman, Neil is so happy to become the host with revealing all what it has. A romantically silent island unlike the hustle of Havelock Island, Neil Island is termed as the vegetable bowl of Andaman. A perfect place to simply relax and chill is the beaches here and the deserted shores are favourite to those who love to relax in utmost peace.

In two hours, one can explore the island by walking around. It got the name Neil after the British Brigadier General James Neill who stubbornly dealt with the rebels during the 1857 Mutiny. The rich cultivation of paddy is found in Neil Island that belongs to the Ritchies’ Arhcipelago between Havelock Island and Rose Island. One should add this Island to their itinerary if they planning a trip to Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Highlights: One of the major highlights of Neil Island is Neil Kendra, a beautiful curving bay full of white sand and holding the major jetty of the island made attracting by disarraying numerous colourful wooden fishing boats. Known to be the heart of the island, Neil Kendra has Bharatpur Beach on its left and Laxmanpur Beach on the right. The richest collection of marine lives and coral reefs have given Neil Island the peculiarity of being one of the most thrilling scuba diving sites on the island. In addition to diving, Neil Island is home to those who love snorkeling, swimming, birding, cycling etc.

Activities: Glass bottom ride and snorkelling are the major activities available on Neil Island though there are enough opportunities to do diving and other prime adventure activities.

Distance from Port Blair: The island belongs to the South Andaman district is located about 36 km northeast from Port Blair.


Radhanagar Beach

Radhanagar Beach in Andaman has ranked 8th among the top ten beautiful beaches in the world based on travellers reviews and rating available on multiple sources and Radhanagar Beach deserves it for many reasons. One of the most ravishing beauty in Andaman with a lot of tourists visiting it every year, Radhanagar Beach is the gem of Havelock Island. 500 meters away from the beach, one can see only the expansive blue water and the lush green tropical forests but when you reach the beach, the sights are apparently awe-inspiring.

 Radhanagar is commonly called as Beach No.7 and this is one of the closest beach located near to Havelock Island ferry tier. The silky beach is kids friendly as well so that families are found in plenty on the beach to spend their vacation or a short holiday. There is nothing to be worried as the coast guards are roaming around always and the number of people here will be a pleasant sight to see. Andaman honeymoon packages itinerary always includes Havelock Island.

Activities: Snorkeling, swimming, scuba diving, boating, parasailing etc are some of the most commonly seen activities on the beach and among them Scuba Diving is the best as it offers the clear interaction with the wide range of marine animals and coral reefs around living in harmony. 

The turquoise water gives a rejuvenating experience while you swim across or do snorkelling and since the number of tourists are relatively higher, the Government opens more opportunities for them to spend an ample time on the beach. As it is a superb place adventure lovers also would covet, the fame it has achieved international importance in no time. You must book a Andaman tour including snorkelling, to make your holiday much more special.

Distance from Port Blair: From Port Blair it will take more than three hours to reach Radhanagar Beach as it is located about 72 kms away from the capital city.


Baratang Island

One of the aboriginal tribes of Andaman lives in Baratang Island, a highly blessed region with years-old wilderness. Earlier, the tribes did not let outside people to enter their community but presently, Baratang Island is a vibrant tourist destination as people love to spend time amidst the huge forests, limestone caves, mangrove ranges and the mud volcanoes.

Baratang is a part of the Great Andaman Chain with an area of 243 sq.kilometers and that marks it as the main island of the group. Middle Andaman is lying to the north and South Andaman in the south of Baratang Island. And it belongs to Rangat Taluk. 

Highlights: The active mud volcanoes are the highlights of Baratang Island along with the abundant mangrove forests and evergreen rainforests and the limestone caves located beyond the forests. So adventure lovers find Baratang as a wise choice to indulge in mind blowing trekking and nature walk. Among the multiple number of mud volcanoes, jalki, as the locals call it, is the famous one.

Activity: Nature walk through the wild forests and the extensive mangrove forests is one of the prime activities done on Baratang Island. Boating, trekking, hiking etc are some of the other, identified activities available on the island. For a comforting stay after a day full of activities, you must check the resorts in Andaman.

Distance from Port Blair: The island is located about 150 kms north of Port Blair and one can reach the island by ferry services only.


Elephant Beach

Settled on the sands of Havelock Island, Elephant Beach is a reveling beauty well presented by the long coral reefs and the shining shoreline. A peaceful beach with pure serenity and silent ambience will offer the visitors a soothing melody and that would be the perfect time to relax, to walk around with your love or just to do sunbathing. 

Among the different beach on Havelock Island, Elephant Beach has a special significance because of its friendly atmosphere and not so crowded shoreline. In addition to the adventurous activities such as snorkeling and scuba diving, tourists find time to do boating and similar activities on the beach. 

The clear water, the calm waves, the cool breeze and the magnificent sights on the shore have their own impacts on the number of people visiting the beach. You must check other islands of Andaman consisting of great beaches and make your tour marvellous by visiting them.

Highlights: The long array of private boats, fishing boats and buoys extend a riveting beauty to the beach. Moreover, it is a kid friendly beach as well so that families are found here aplenty. The huge shoreline is the key factor behind the countless visitors appear on the beach every day. 

During monsoon also, tourists would love to come to Elephant Beach. People have reported that at times, the wild elephants from the nearby forests come to the beach and stroll along the white sandy bed.

Activities: An ideal place for snorkeling and scuba diving is Elephant Beach though boating and other fun, water based activities are also done by the visitors often. Tourists have experienced the best sea walking as well on Elephant Beach.

Distance from Port Blair: Elephant Beach is located on the famous Havelock Island. It is lying about 69 kms away from the capital city of Andaman, Port Blair. One can reach the beach via boat from Havelock jetty after reaching there from Port Blair by road or by boat.



A marvelous town in the north part of Andaman Islands is Diglipur, an amicable tiny town with a lot of good people around. For eco- friendly tourists, this town is an inevitable choice. Though the marine life is the prominent feature of this town but the cultivation of orange and rice has enormous importance in the economy of Diglipur.

Highlights: Lamiya Bay Beach is a highlight of the town, it is located a few kilometers away from Kalipur Beach. The beach is lying in the foothills of Saddle peak, the highest one in Andaman. Around 20 kms from Diglipur is the green Shyamnagar covered by thick jungles and why Shyamnagar is a priority for tourists is because of the presence of mud volcanoes here. Kalipur Beach and Ramangar Beach are the other famous beaches at Diglipur and they are famous for turtle nesting. Moreover, visitors are quite eager to visit Alfred Caves as well where a huge collections of limestone structures are found.

Activities: Since there are plenty of beaches, caves, greenery etc, Diglipur offers the visitors a huge number of activities ranging from refreshing trekking through the jungles to the water based activities like island hopping, snorkeling, boating, fishing etc. Near to Diglipur there are famous spots to do multiple activities.

Distance from Port Blair: Lying 290 kms away from Port Blair, the small town of Diglipur that can be connected by boat from both Port Blair and Mayabunder. The boat services from Port Blair are available twice a week. But one can reach the town by road via ATR from Port Blair.


Vijaynagar Beach

Known as Beach No.5 is Vijaynagar Beach in the north east part of Havelock Island. Very remote from the crowded locations on Havelock Island, Vijaynagar Beach is close to heart for those who love to spend time in utmost calmness. The regular touch of the sapphire blue water on the pearl like sandy beach makes no noise and it is one of the reasons why tourists chosen it as the perfect space for romantic couples and families. Don't forget to check the resorts for couples in Andaman.

The beauty of the beach has been praised so much by those who visited it. It is always better to come here freely, just to roam around, or to float on the shallow water, or to read under the large shade given by the huge trees on the shore or to do sunbathing. The collection of Mahua trees and palms is the significant ornament making the beach a splendid place to sit back and relax as much as time one wants to. This is one of the magnificent attractions in Andaman.

Highlights: A photographer's paradise is Vijaynagar Beach; especially the sunrise views from the beach is incomparably magnificent. When the sun’s fresh rays spread all over the wide sea, the entire atmosphere starts blushing in all possible colours and there is no better sight from the beach would satiate a photographic mind. The native birds appear during the fresh mornings add effective colours to the sunrise pictures.

Activity: The beach is recognized for relaxed swimming and sunbathing. Adventure activities are not yet a fashion on this inevitable part of Havelock Island.

Distance from Port Blair: Vijaynagar Beach is located at a distance of about 38 kms from Port Blair but from Havelock jetty the beach is lying 9 kms away only.

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Chadar Trek

For some years, adventure seekers all around the world have been talking about Chadar Trek in the Zanskar Region. Until this year, hundreds of people have experienced the thrill hidden and the mind blowing sights around Chadar frozen river. In fact, Chadar Trek is the most sought after and one of the breathtaking treks in the Himalayas. The winter trek is so special for those who are ready to have adventure at the maximum level. 

The river trek starts from Chilling where the river begins to freeze and mostly, travelers choose February as the best time to cross the frozen river as the ice sheets will be comparatively stable. The precarious snow-flakes would pose severe threats during the trek but in some other time, the challenges would be kind to the trekker. The surrounding of the river are completely vertical cliffs tall up to 600 meters. The Zanskar River is a tributary of the Indus and is 5 meters long. 

A trekker would have to cover 16 kms per day to complete the Chadar Trek. Usually, people opt for 10-15 days of trek depending on the climatic conditions persisting here. The temperature at Chadar will come to the lowest at -35 degree Celsius during winter and thus Chadar Trek becomes more intimidating. Approximate trekking distance one would have to cover in total is 75 kms.

Maximum altitude: 11123 feet is the height at which Chadar Trek would lead you to.

Location: To take part in Chadar Trek, one should arrive in Leh and from Leh, the journey starts and goes to Chilling, the beginning of the Zanskar River in the frozen state. From Leh it would take about 65-70 kms to reach Tilad via Chilling, the base camp of the trek.

Best time to visit: January end to February is the best time suitable for trekking in the frozen river of Chadar. Quality and safe trekking gears and highly warm clothes are required.


Hemis Monastery

The biggest monastery in the North India is Hemis Monastery, one of the must visit attractions in Ladakh region. Set on the foothills of Indus, Hemis Monastery has 200 branches and over 1000 monks are staying there. It belongs to the red sect Brokpa of Buddhist order. Here the young Lamas are trained for the royal monasteries at Leh, Shey and Basgo.


Hemis Gompa came into existence 17th century and it was built by Chapgon Gyalshas and from then on the gompa was getting the royal patronage of Ladakh till now. But there is a saying that the monastery was founded by the first incarnation of Stangsang Raspa Nawang Gyatso. After the missing of the head Lama in 1956, a young 12 year old boy from Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh has been recognized as the head Lama of the gompa.

Structure of the monastery

The biggest monastery in the region has a surprising architecture and the building is quite appreciable. There are a lot of big statues and stupas decorated with stones and also the splendid collection of thankas. The collection of thankas is believed to be the largest and it would be shown to the public once in 11 years.

Location: Hemis Village is located 43 km south of Leh town and it is very easy to reach the monastery by bus or jeep.

Timing: 08:00 am to 01:00 pm and 02:00 pm to 06:00 pm

Entry fee: INR 100

Highlight: Hemis Festival is the prime attraction at the monastery which celebrates the birth anniversary of Guru Rinpoche. The tenth day of the Tibetan lunar month every 12th year is the date of festival.

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