Today it lies in the Indian state of Uttarakhand and is known for the temple. The town lies on the banks of the Alanknanda River in the Garhwal Himalayas at a height of 10,170 feet which means that there is snow during the winters. The temple itself has a beautiful colorful façade reminiscent of Buddhist monasteries. The views from the town are breathtaking as you can also view the imposing Neelkanth Peak.
There is also another Char Dham yatra called the Chota Char Dham which includes the holy destinations of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. All these are situated in the state of Uttarakhand and located in the lap of the Himalayas. The picturesque location of these temples also means that they are difficult to access and at times have to be reached on foot by trekking! Uttarakhand is a state with a bounty of natural beauty and after a visit to all the char dhams you can put up your feet in Dehradun to enjoy the luxuries of a laid back vacation or get more adventurous and indulge in white water rafting and bungee jumping in Rishikesh!
The town is today located in Tamil Nadu away from the mainland on the Pamban Island separated by the Pamban Channel connected by the amazing engineering marvel the Pamban bridge, which is 2km long. The famed Ram Sethu or the bridge between Sri Lanka and India is a mass of limestone shoals which was known to be at sea level and able to traverse by foot until upto the 15th century.
Dhanushkodi is a famous ghost town at the very edge of the Pamban Island; it serves a reminder of the cyclones that ravage the entire coast of Bay of Bengal. On a trip to Rameshwaram, you can cover the other famous temple town of Madurai as well which is the abode of goddess Meenakshi and an architectural marvel. Else, the sun and sea awaits, you can relax on the several beaches dotting the bay right upto Pondicherry!
The ancient temple of Dwarkadish, is situated in the state of Gujarat in the Gulf of Kutch. A hot arid destination throughout the year, this town comes alive during August and September at the time of Janmashtami, the festival of celebrating birth of Lord Krishna. It is celebrated with great gusto with religious rituals as well as fun activities like the Matki Tod where young boys create a human pyramid and break an earthen pot filled with yoghurt.
Lions, the only place where they can be found are the Gir National Park located about 300 km from Dwarka. It is a must place visit for a safari if you are in Gujarat and catch a glimpse of the king of the forest! You can also visit Ahmedabad and gorge on the famous Gujarati cuisine.
Puri is popular for its Rath Yatra which is a day of celebration and gaiety for Oriya people, usually conducted in June or July. On this day all the three deities of the Jagannatha Temple are carried out in chariots in a large procession.
Odisha is full of attractions for the traveler, after a visit to the temple in Puri one can head to the UNESCO World Heritage site at the Sun Temple at Konark. The temple is an architectural wonder and tourists come to visit from far and wide to see this beautiful stone marvel. You can relax at one of the beach resorts and eat some yummy sea food!