Bharmaur – Dalhousie Tourists Attraction

Dalhousie is a stunninghill station in Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. Name of the city is derived from the named of British Governor General Lord Dalhousie in 19thcentury. Dalhousie is popular for its natural beauty and has variety of old architecture buildings. Vegetation includes pines, deodars, oaks and flowering rhododendrons in Dalhousie. There are many more magnificent views of Dalhousie which are very popular in tourists. One of the famous places in Dalhousie is Bharmaur.

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Bharmaur means the land of legendary Gaddies is about 65 km from Chamba. In 6th century it was known as Brahmour.  Bharmaur is famous for some very old history temples. All these temples stands on a level area call as Chaurasi after the 84 Siddhas who are believed to have meditated in Bharmaur 1000 years ago. These Siddhas call from Kurukshetra and visited Manimahesh. Lakshna Devi and Ganesh are the oldest temples in Bharmaur. With gable roof and rubble masonry these temples are made in hill style.  The outer and inner façade, circum ambulatory path of this sanctum are beautifully carved. Manimahesh is the tallest temple in this area which is built in Shikhara style architecture. Brass bull stands in front of temple is a major attraction.

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Nar Singh is another temple in Shikhara style. It contains brass image is Narsingh.  As per legend Lord Vishnu in his Nar Singh avtar has been cast vividly. In the corner of temple there is a small water source called Ardh Ganda. Many people come here to take a bath in this water so that all their crimes are vanishes.Its creation by Rani Tribhuvana – rekha is mentioned in a copper plate writing of Yugakara, son of Sahilla and may, therefore be placed in the 10th or 11th century. Country around the Bharmaur is regarded as belonging to Shiva and is also called Shiv-Bhumi. There is a Bharmani Devi temple just about 4 km above Chaurasi temples.

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Best time to visit this Bharmau is between July to September. This place is also famous for delicious apples and local blankets. This beautiful tourist destination in Dalhousie increases the demand for best star category and budget ‘Hotels in Dalhousie near Gandhi Chowk’.

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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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Sikkim Culture

Today Sikkim is rapidly evolving society. Gangtok is the capital city of Sikkim, Namchi, Jorethang are the major cities of Sikkim. The people of Sikkim are very pleasant and friendly. Even small festivals are celebrated here with equal love and devotion. In local festival of Sikkim one of the important things is traditional music and dance form. Various community people live together in Sikkim and maintaining a unique identity of their tradition religion. Apart from Hindi and English other traditional Sikkimese language are also spoken here.

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The first known people of Sikkim were Lepchas. Before the Bhutias and Nepalis the Lepchas were the original people of Sikkim. Originally citizen of Sikkim these people mostly live on agriculture of oranges and cardamom. The earliest Lepcha settlers believed and honored spirits of mountains, forests and rivers, later they adopted Buddhism and Christianity. In order to preserve their tribe and their tradition the government also has a reserved area for the Lepchas at Dzongu that has been declared restricted area. Lepchas huts are made up of bamboo and are about five feet above the ground on stilts.

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The Bhutias invaded Sikkim in 15th Century which is purely of Tibetan origin that migrated to Sikkim from Tibet. A predominant Bhutia population inhabits north Sikkim in villages of Lachung and Lachen. These people constitute about 10% of the total population of Sikkim and they still retain their age to old villages administrative system called Dzumas with an elected village chief called Pipen. As compared to Lepchas villages of Bhutia are very large. Bakku are their traditional garments while women sport their Bakku, Hanju with the married one donning a colorful Pangdin and heavy pure gold jewellery too.

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The third type of people in Sikkim is Nepalis who migrated from Nepal from the mid-nineteenth century form dominant population. They were allowed to settle down in hill tracts belonging to British India. In Sikkim the Chogyal had granted a lease to some Nepalese traders sometime in 1860. These early Nepalese settlers introduced terraced farming in the region and also brought the cardamom along with them which became a prized cash crop. They speak Nepali language written in the Devanagri script. Today more than 80% of total population of Sikkim is covered by Nepalis. The Nepalese are mostly Hindus though we can also find Buddhists and Christians among them.

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Apart from these three ethenic groups Sikkim also has a growing population of other races like Tibetans, the Marwaris, the Biharis, Muslims, and Bengalis. Such a traditional culture of Sikkim plays an important role in increasing the demand of best ‘Sikkim Holiday Packages’.

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Where to Eat In Kashmir

Whenever you have any of the ‘Kashmir Holiday Packages’, the first question comes in your mind is about where to eat in Kashmir, so here I am sharing few information about the eatables in this state.

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Kashmir valley, being a popular destination of India, there are various types of eating outs and restaurants available, by considering all the tourist destinations. The numerous restaurants in the valley are ranging from garden cafes to the serving Chinese cuisine. They are mainly located in Boulevard, Shervani Road, Lal Chowk and Lambert Lane. Almost all the major hotels in Kashmir have restaurants which serve cuisines ranging from Indian to Kashmiri to Continental. You can select any of the following options for corresponding eatables.

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For Chinese Cuisine

  • J&K TDC Nun-Kun Restaurant near Nehru Park
  • Alka Salka on Shervani Road
  • Lhasa at Boulevard

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For Kashmiri Cuisine
Kashmiri cuisine is mainly based on the ancient tradition i.e meat eating of this region. Kashmiris are heavy meat eaters from the ancient times, and the same habit also persists in today’s Kashmir. The most notable ingredient of Kashmiri cuisine is mutton, which is of more than 30 varieties. Other notable ingredient is Balti Curries which is more popular in United kingdom.

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  • Mughal Durbar on Shervani Road
  • Ahdoos on Shervani Road
  • Ruby in Lambert Lane
  • Juniper at Lal Chowk

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For Garden Cafes

  • Solace on Shervani Road
  • Tao Cafe on Shervani Road
  • Shamyana at Boulevard

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For Bakeries

  • Dalgate
  • Shervani Road

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For Inexpensive Restaurants

  • Amira Kadal
  • Dalgate

Some of the famous eatables in Kashmir are:

Wazwan

It is a multi-course meal of Kashmiri Muslim’s, which is treated with great respect. All the dishes of it are meat-based like lamb, chicken, and fish. The traditional number of courses for Wazwan is 36. Wazwan is regarded as a core element of their culture and identity by the Kashmiri Muslims.

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Kashmiri beverages (Noon Chai or Sheer Chai)

Kashmiri people are heavy tea drinkers, and their most popular drink is “noon chai”, which is a pinkish colored salted tea. In Kashmiri language, the word “noon” means Salt. Noon Chai is made up of green tea, milk, salt and bicarbonate of soda. It is also referred as “Sheer Chai” by the Kashmiri Pandits.

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Kahwah

Kahwah is a type of green tea, which is made up of saffron, spices and almonds. It is compulsorily served at marriage feasts, or at any other festivals and religious places.

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Mankhim In Sikkim

Mankhim is one of the popular hilltop, adjacent to Aritar, in the village of Dalapchand under Rongli Sub-Division of East Sikkim.  This hilltop offers a panoramic view of mountain Kanchenjungha and the “boot-shaped” Lampokhri Lake. There is a small temple on the top of Mankhim hilltop. Along with this few homestays and a monastery is also there, just a walk away. With complete isolation from the city’s din, if you want to spend some days with fabulous views of Kanchanjungha, then Mankhim is a great choice for you. Mankhim hilltop not only offers best views of Kanchanjungha, but also offers bird watching, nature walking and paddle boating.

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In your trip to Mankhim, along with this hilltop you can also cover Reshikhola, Sillery Gaon, Pedong or Kalimpong areas in Sikkim. Here you can also take a trip to Kupup lake, Zuluk and the world’s highest golf course.

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Few places of interest in Mankhim:

Mankhim is famous for its Lampokhari Lake, which is flanked by emerald green forest of fir and Pine. It is an ideal lake to enjoy paddle boating. Along with this, there is also cafeteria and Lodge. The Changey waterfall boasting, which is at a height of 50 meters, is also located near Mankhim.

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In the nearby areas of Mankhim, there is an Aritar Monastery to visit, which houses some unforgettable painted murals, unique manuscripts and Buddhist artifacts too. An age-old British bungalow, popularly known as Ari-Bangla (The Dak Bungalow), was built under the supervision of James Claude White in 1895.

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The little temple on the top of Mankhim, belongs to the Rai culture of Hindu origin, is at Maity Village of Sikkim and it overlooks the Lampokhri lake and the Kanchenjungha mountain. The famous and beautiful viewpoints near the temple offer a panoramic view of Aritar town, the mighty Kanchenjungha and its allies, rolling hills and the silk route up to Zuluk. The Ever Green Nursery and Ram Gauri Sangrhalaya, displaying nice collection of drift wood, some exotic and botanical varieties of flowers.

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Due to all such features of Mankhim and its nearby areas, it must be included in each of the best ‘Sikkim Holiday Packages’ selected by the travellers.

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Important Facts About Kashmir

  • Playing ice hockey in the Indian Himalayas

Ladakh is a home of India’s ice hockey tournament. It also gave birth to many international players and fans to enjoy the thrill of ice hockey matches played outside, and against the stunning backdrop of the Himalayas. Jakob Horstmann is the first ever international player of ice hockey, belonging to eastern Kashmir.

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  • Time to revisit Kashmir?

Once upon a time, Foreign Office lifted an advice against travelling at Jammu and Kashmir. As per them, the people who have visited Kashmir at least once, must be willing to revisit the same place number of times.

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  • Kashmir is back on the tourist map in pictures 

After advising tourists about travelling to the cities of Jammu and Kashmir for nearly 20 years, the Foreign Office has lifted there guidelines after a fall down in violence. So, the Dal Lake and part of the Valley of Kashmir (one of India’s most beautiful regions), are once again made open to the visitors.

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  • The call of Kashmir

Initially Kashmir used to be called as ‘the most dangerous place in the world’, but today it is earning a very different reputation of being the perfect place for a ski holiday. Due to such a feature there is increasing demand for best ‘Kashmir Holiday Packages’.

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  • Ultimate travel experiences of trekking in the Himalayas

Climbing high on the Himalayas in flip-flops is a real test of faith. Millions of travellers in India, can take this wonderful experience of trekking only at Himalaya in J & K state.

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Some of the other recent facts about Kashmir are:

  1. Muslims and Pundits come together to save the land of Kashmir’s temple.
  2. Group of Pro-Kashmir Hackers started supporting Anna Hazare.
  3. US senator McCain arrives in Kashmir in this August.
  4. Hundreds of Indian websites of Kashmir Holidays were hacked in last September.
  5. Germany lifts bar of travellers to Kashmir.
  6. Bollywood returns to Kashmir, which is its real home.
  7. The Government of Kashmir has abandoned 740 crore of World Bank.
  8. Kashmir Valley has welcomed record break 7.25 lakh tourists in this year.
  9. In last December, there was snow, snow and snow everywhere in Kashmir.

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Such a famous beauty of Kashmir, attracts lot number of tourists, from all over the world.

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