Needs and importance of Registration at YRC

Unlike other major pilgrim places, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi temple is located deep in the mountains. So it is not easy for everyone to reach there. But still due to lot of development, many facilities are made available for the senior citizens and handicapped people too. Though all the facilities has been made available all along the way from Katra to Bhawan, but the Holy Mountain has its own limitations and saturation levels regarding its capacity to hold and sustain large crowds. Along with this, the resources made available to provide various services and facilities to the Devotees are also limited, because, due to the absence of a road, the most basic and essential items also have to be carried either on ponies or by humans, so it increases the rush.

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Due to such a heavy rush, it becomes easily possible for the terrorists to attack on this holy spot, and hence there is a requirement of Yatra Slip Counters, to permit registered people to enter into the temple. With the help of these counters, we restrict heavy rush of people to enter this shrine at a same time.

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Once the devotees get registered at YRC, it becomes easy to maintain the record of number of visitors, and also to control the rush and keep the attackers away from this Shrine. After the registration at YRC, devotees can automatically and compulsorily get insured against any accidental causality which is a rare possibility, on their way to the Holy Shrine. This registration is completely free to all those who undertake this holy pilgrimage. The maximum limit of this insurance is Rs.1,00,000/- for majors and Rs 25,000/- for minors which is valid only in case of accidental deaths. It is not applicable for cases of natural deaths like heart attacks.

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Due to all such advantages, all the devotees prefer to stay at ‘Hotels near Yatra Slip counters’, so that they can get easily registered, and also get necessary information within time.

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As the Holy Pindies are situated in a narrow Cave, group visits of large number of devotees are not possible. Hence, the system of Darshans is made through a continuously moving queue, round the clock. So only a limited number of pilgrims can get Darshans every day.

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How to Make Your Trip to Shimla Seem Like A Cakewalk?

Shimla is located in the north region of India which is surrounded by the mighty Himalayas. Though it is surrounded by beautiful mountain ranges, still the place is well linked with the rest of the country by almost all possible means of transport. In this post we are trying to find answer for the question “how to reach Shimla”, by getting information about all the queries regarding reaching Shimla and getting in to Shimla. Here you can get all the required information regarding transportation in Shimla, so that your traveling to Shimla will seem like a cakewalk. The transportation mediums available to reach Shimla are:

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By Air
Shimla can be easily reached via air. Shimla has its own airport at Jubbarhatti, which is located 23 kilometers away from the city center. Flights flying from New Delhi, Kullu (another hill station near Shimla) and Chandigarh are operated on a daily basis. Jagson Airlines is one of the private airline which flies flight from these places on a regular basis.

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By Rail
The nearest railway station which connects Shimla with neighboring states is at Kalka. This Kalka is located at a distance of 96 kilometers from Shimla. It takes around 6 hours to reach at Shimla from Kalka. The frequency of trains plying from Kalka to Shimla is pretty awesome, as at least 4 trains are plying daily between Shimla and Kalka. With an overnight journey, you can reach Kalka early in morning from Delhi. Then from Kalka you can select any of the special trains available only at Kalka, especially during day time. The complete route from Kalka to Shimla is filled with beautiful scenery, which makes your journey more memorable. Numerous tunnels are also there en route with the longest being 1.2 kilometers long. Initially 107 tunnels were built on Kalka – Shimla Railway Track, but in 1930 four of them were discarded, so only 103 were left. Then in 2006 tunnel number 46 was dismantled so now only 102 are left, but still tunnel number 103 (the last tunnel in Shimla), is named as tunnel number 103, because it is one of the famous landmarks of the town.

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By Road
Neighboring places like New Delhi and Chandigarh are well linked with Shimla through national highways. The journey from Delhi to Shimla by road requires around 8 hours. The national highways connecting to Shimla are well maintained by the authorities and it is a pleasure to drive on them. Many tourist buses are also there plying from neighboring places to this beautiful hill station Shimla.

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To make your journey seem like a cakewalk, it is must to select a beat mode of transportation to reach to destination. For Shimla holidays, the best route is via trains, because here you can enjoy throughout the journey with numerous beautiful scenery, and is easily affordable too. Being a best mode of transportation, most of the tourists prefer to stay at ‘Hotels near Shimla Railway Station’.

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How and Where to donate at Vaishno Devi?

Whenever the visitors come for darshan of Vaishno devi, the question may arise in their mind that, how and where to donate? To solve this question, here we are going to discuss about Shrine Board, where visitors need to donate something. We are also going to discuss the need and ways of donations.

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The central shrine boards are run by the Vaishnao Devi Community, to accept the donations of pilgrims, and also to carry out their development programs. For the development of temple, and its surrounding, pilgrims are requested to donate generously. Donations made at this Shrine Board are exempted from the income tax, under the section 80 – G of Indian Income Tax Act.

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The donations can either be done directly in the donation boxes kept at various locations within the premises of temple, or the same can also be done at specific donation counters along with proper receipt.

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A Jewellery box is also placed at the sanctum sanctorum, in which the gold and silver jewellery offered by the pilgrims is accepted. The community or board also accepts the donation made by cheques of demand drafts payable to ‘Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board’ at Katra or at Jammu. Foe sending the cheques and demand drafts by post, the address of this office is given below:

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Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Boar,

Central Office, SMVDSB

Katra – 182 301

Phone – 01991 – 32025

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Various counters are set up by this shrine Board, to facilitate the pilgrims for donations. These various counters are available at Bhawan, Adkuwari, Sanjichhat, reservation and enquiry counter at Niharika and also at the centrally located office of Shrine Board at Katra. As the complete process of donation is done on the computerized system, it is manned by the trained staff of Shrine Board only.

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Online Donation:

For the convenience of devotees residing either in India or in abroad, an online system of receiving donations has also been started by Shrine Board. Online donations are accepted only through their website.

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There are number of star category and budget ‘Hotels near Shrine Board’, for comfortable staying. Due to all such facilities, there is no issue for any of the visitors about Where to stay? How to donate? How to take darshan? And many such questions.

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Prime Attractions in Ratnagiri

Ratnagiri is a port city, situated on the coast of Arabian Sea in Ratnagiri District, which comes in the southwestern part of Maharashtra. This city is a part of Kokan, which is bordered by Sahyandri Mountains on the east. It is one of the reasons behind heavy rainfall in the coastal region, which results in highly eroded landscapes. This heavy rainfall is advantageous too for the production of rice, cashew nuts, coconuts, fruits, and “Hāpus” (Alphonso) mangoes, which is the unique identifying fruit of Ratnagiri District. Along with production of all this, fishing is also one prime industry in Ratnagiri district.

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He was a prime leader of nation’s freedom movement in British Raj. Along with them, this emerging land gave birth to many popular persons like Maharshi Dhondo Keshav karve, (a social reformer and educationist) and Raghunath Purushottam Paranjpe (a mathematician and educationist).

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Some of the featuristic things in Ratnagiri are Amitav Ghish’s novel, The Glass Palace and The Jaitapur Nuclear Power Project. Along with this, some of the prime attractions in this district are:

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  • Pir Babarshekh Urus at Hatis
  • Rajapur Ganga
  • Marleshwar
  • Thiba Palace.
  • Mandavi Beach
  • Bhatye Beach
  • Mirkarwada Beach
  • Mālgund
  • Jaigad
  • Pawas
  • Atulit Bal Dham
  • Velneshwar
  • Ratna Durg
  • Ganpatipule
  • Nivali Waterfall
  • Caves in Chiplun, Dabhol, Khed, Sangameshwar, Vade Padel and Gauhani Velgaum.

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To enjoy these numbers of prime attractions in Ratnagiri, you must visit this place at least once. You may go to Ratnagiri by any of the following three modes of transportation:

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  • Ratnagiri airport is the nearest airport.
  • Ratnagiri has a main rail network.
  • The place is connected by road transport medium with many important towns such as Mumbai, Pune, Kolhapur, etc.

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Due to number of tourist destinations at one place, and its close proximity to big cities Pune as well as Mumbai, make it one of the major tourist sites. So, this place is visited by a large number of tourists every year for its tranquil beauty, and it ultimately increases the demand of ‘Ratnagiri Hotels’ for best and comfortable staying.

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Hope this information will definitely help you to make your journey more memorable and exciting too.

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IT Enabled Services at Hinjewadi, Pune

Pune is an economical hub located in the western Indian state ‘Maharashtra’. This city has a well-developed industrial infrastructure, which contributes largely to the growth of city, from being a II tier city into a major software centre. The Pune city is now ranking among one of the best infrastructures in India. It is selected as a prominent centre for the development of IT industry, by the ‘Indian Government’, due to a huge industrial growth in and around the City, its international standard and best educational facilities.

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The new policies of IT and ITES (IT Enabled Services) were designed by the Maharashtra Government in 2003. It helps in attracting many national as well as international software companies. Due to such an immense interest of international IT companies to grow in India, Hinjewadi suburb of Pune was selected as a logical choice to set up IT Park in Maharashtra, as it offers an huge spacious area to accommodate large number of IT companies. Hinjewadi is the north – western suburb of Pune, within the commuting distance from the heart of city, and at a close proximity to city airport. IT Park of Hinjewadi, is also at a short distance from Mumbai – Pune Express Highway. Whereas ‘Mumbai International Airport’ is at a drive of 3 to 3.5 hours from Hinjewadi.

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The big IT Park set up at Hijewadi is known as Rajiv Gandhi IT Park, which hosts many reputed software companies. Few of them are Infosys, TCS, Wipro, Geometric, Cognizant, IBM, AztecSoft and so on. The construction and development work of Rajiv Gandhi IT Park is undertaken by MIDC, to promote the IT sector in Pune. This park is spread over a land of 2800 acres, and is categorised into four phases, the first three of which are already completed and remaining one is under development.

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Along with IT companies, some of the other popular and planned amenities at the integral part of Hinjewadi IT Park are:

  • Business Resort
  • Golf Course
  • 3 Star Hotels
  • Garden, Landscaping and recreation centre
  • Tree Plantation at open spaces
  • Underground drainage system
  • Residential zones including schools

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All these features, attracts large number of domestic and international investors to improve hospitality through good and comfortable ‘Hinjewadi Hotels’, and many other businesses too. All this tends to improve the importance of Hinjewadi area in Pune.

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Sikkim Travel Information

Being a most popular tourist destination in India, there is great demand for best ‘Sikkim Holiday Packages’. All the travellers going for Sikkim holidays must be aware about following details.

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HOW TO REACH 
Travelling to Sikkim is quite easy, as it is well linked to almost all major cities in India via rail, road and air.

Air : 

Bagdogra is the nearest airport which is just 124 kms (at a drive of 5 hours) away from Gangtok. There are daily flight to this airport, flying from Calcutta, Delhi and other North Eastern parts of India. Helicopter to Gangtok are also available at Bagdogra.

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Rail : 

Siliguri and New Jalpaiguri are the two closest railway stations, which are at a distance of 114 kms (at a drive of 4 hours) and 125 kms (at a drive of 5 hours) from Gangtok respectively.

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Road : 

By main roads, Gangtok is well connected to Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Siliguri and many other important centers in India. While coming to Gangtok, you will get a great experience of road driving, with the dense forest above and mighty Tista river below.

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When to visit?
You can visit this state in any of the seasons, but still the ideal season to visit Sikkim is between March and May. Also the October to mid of December, are well suited for travelling, because during this time you can clearly view the skies and color of Himalaya. It also offers you the best time for trekking. In this duration the rhododendrons and other flora are also in full bloom.

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What to wear?
What to wear? Is the first and foremost question comes in mind, while going for holidays. In Sikkim you can wear any informal dress, except during special occasions. Women’s in Sikkim avoid wearing shorts and skimpy tops; whereas men’s prefer to wear trousers and shirts at monasteries. You must bring a warm sweater or jacket for cold in mornings and evenings throughout the winter and early springs. An umbrella also offers the best protection from monsoon rains in Sikkim.

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Kashmir Travel Information

The beautiful Kashmir valley is a paradise on earth; everyone will fall in love with it at the first sight itself. If you are going to visit this place, with one of the best ‘Kashmir Holiday Packages’, then you should be aware about the following information, which is most important from the travelers point of view.

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How to Reach?

Reaching to Kashmir is quite easy, as the valley is well connected to all other parts of India, with a well-developed network of rail, road, and air.

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By Air
There are daily flights to Srinagar, from Delhi, Mumbai and Jammu.

By Rail
Jammu Tawi is the nearest railhead for Srinagar. At this station only, the trains from Delhi, Calcutta, Pune, Mumbai and other cities arrive.

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By Road
NH 1-A is the main highway connecting Srinagar with Jammu. Various private Super deluxe, A-class and B-class busses operate to and from this state.

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Where to leave?

Being a popular destination on the tourist map of India, number of options for accommodations is available there. All types of accommodation facilities are there at every location, with number of hotels, houseboats and guesthouses.

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What to Wear?

Clothing in Kashmir, is depends upon the season in which you are visiting. In summer, you can wear cotton clothes, in spring and autumn season, you can wear light woolens, whereas in winters you can wear heavy woolens.

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Money Exchange in Kashmir?

The currency of the Kashmir valley is the standard Indian rupee, which is available in the denomination of Rs. 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1,000. Among them Rs. 1000, 500, 100, 50, and 20 are available in currency notes only, whereas, Rs. 1, 2 , 5 and 10 are available both in notes and coins. Several money exchangers in Srinagar, Jammu and Leh towns of Kashmir valley are:

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  • State Bank of India, Residency Road
  • Jammu & Kashmir Bank Ltd., Residency Road.
  • Canara Bank
  • The Bund. Bank of Baroda, Residency Road

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Languages Spoken in Kashmir?

Kashmiri, is the most dominant of all languages in Kashmir. Other common languages spoken here are Urdu, Hindi and English.

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Transportation in Kashmir?

The main modes of transport in Kashmir are Mini buses and Taxis. Along with them, some other ways of commuting available in Kashmir are auto rickshaws and coaches.

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When to visit?

You can visit this beautiful valley in any season, but still the ideal time to visit Kashmir is between March and October. As this period covers three of the four seasons in Kashmir like spring (between March to start of May), summer (between May to end of August) and autumn (between September to end of October) and also gives best weather conditions, it is suitable to every visitor.

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Kashmir Weather?

Weather of Kashmir is quite erratic, and is divided into four season’s viz. spring, summer, autumn and winter.

Spring:

Duration- From March to the start of May

Temperature- ranges from 23° C to 6° C

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Summer:

Duration- From May to the end of August

Temperature- ranges from 25° C to 35° C

Autumn:

Duration- From September to the end of November

Temperature- ranges from 23° C to 10° C

Winter:

Duration- From December to the start of March

Temperature- ranges from 1° C to 6° C

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