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My Essential guide to Kaas Plateau

My Essential guide to Kaas Plateau

Kaas plateau, locally known as Kaas Patthar is located in the Satara district of Maharashtra.  It is a hotspot of the Western Ghats. Kaas plateau is known as the valley of flowers of Maharashtra and has wide varieties of flora. It is estimated that 70% of Maharashtra’s flower are found here. It is stated as world’s heritage site by the UNESCO. Kaas plateau is the home for many endemic species. The bright colourful flowers among the lush green grasses look horribly beautiful. The dry, nude trees too look so green in the valley. The beautiful, unique butterflies and other insects are very adorable. The caterpillars too look colourful and pretty.

How to travel to Kaas plateau?

It is advised to go to Kaas plateau in a private car or group of travel buses. There are local buses, but the frequencies of those buses are slow and hence, it would be better if you would go by vehicles arranged by yourself. Suppose you start your journey from Satara then the auto-rickshaws are available. One can reach Kaas plateau easily by an auto.

When is the best time to visit Kaas plateau?

Kaas plateau will be officially opened for the public to visit and enjoy the beauty usually from the month of August. There are specific times for the public to visit the place. In order to protect the flora, from this year onwards i.e. from 2016 only 3000 people will be allowed to visit Kaas plateau. Kaas plateau looks different at different times. You will experience different faces of the valley during the beginning, in the middle and at the end of the season. There are some flowers which bloom once in few years. So it would be difficult to visit at that particular time. Therefore, you need to research and plan when to visit the place. People who wish to see purple flowers all over the place can plan their trip anytime in between the months of August and September.

Where to stay?

There are only very few hotels and resorts to stay. So it is recommended to book the rooms well in advance. There are hotels in Satara which requires you to travel for 45 minutes. Some of the resorts and hotels are Kaa pathar village resort and hotel, Nature Plateau Paradise, Hotel Kaas Pathar Lake View, Hotel Sahyadri Pushpa and Kaas Holiday resort.

Food available:

The hotels near Kaas plateau provide dishes like mutton biriyani, Bharli Vangi, and many other local dishes. You can view the lake, sit there and have your food. It gives a different experience. In the plateau, you will not find any restaurants but if you get down the parking place, you will find few local hotels and restaurant.

Few more basic tips:

Carry a lot of water bottles with you. The plateau is isolated and does not have any shops nearby. Also, you will be prone to get tired very soon. Therefore, carry lots of water when to visit the valley of flowers of Maharashtra.

Do as much of research on the place before you plan for the visit. Get to know about different varieties of flowers. Try to identify the flowers and their differentiating characteristics. This will add on beautiful memories. Going with someone who knows a lot of flora and fauna would be good. Otherwise, it is recommended to buy a book at the ticket counter.

Do online bookings as fast as possible as there are only limited number of people to enter into the plateau. The entrance fee is Rs. 100 on the weekends and government holidays. It is Rs. 50 on the working days.

It is advised to carry an umbrella or a raincoat since Kaas plateau will be opened for public to visit in the monsoon. Rain is very common in the plateau and also takes waterproof covers for your mobile phones and camera. Also, make sure you don’t wear expensive clothes and shoes. They might get dirty and become useless after the trip.

There are various charges if you want to visit Kaas plateau. So you better carry money along with you. There are entry fees. The fees differ according to the age. Then, you need to pay for parking the vehicles and carrying cameras. Even you need to pay for the guide who takes you and introduces to each and every flower in the plateau.

To conclude, visiting Kaas plateau is like visiting a magic world. The plateau has infinite varieties of flowers which will add colour to the eyes. One should always book his tickets before in hand; carry water bottles, umbrella, camera, and other necessary things. Also, dress accordingly as the plateau will be open for public during the monsoon seasons. It the best time to visit, travel and have memories.


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Great places to visit in North East India

Great places to visit in North East India

North East India is known for its mesmerizing beauty. This part of India can expose one to adventurous activities. There are many amazing places that one can never see in any part of the world. Here are 15 great places in North East India that can make you astonish.

(1) Kaziranga National Park

The home of one-horned rhino, Kaziranga National Park is listed as UNESCO heritage site. This national park located in Assam attracts people from all over the world. The Kaziranga national park has 35 species of mammals and many species of migratory birds that visit this place during its migratory phase.

(2) Nathu La Pass

Nathu La pass means listening ears pass where Nathu means ‘listening ears’ while la means ‘pass’. Trekking in the Nathu Laa pass gives you a different experience as the views of the pass are extremely beautiful. You can have lifetime memories if you trek in this pass. There are eye-catching lakes as you walk on the road. Visitors need to be very careful as one can experience hostile conditions due to lack of sufficient oxygen.

(3) Rafting in Siang River

Siang Lake is a tributary of Brahmaputra River. It is a life savior for the Adi tribes of Arunachal Pradesh. The lake attracts many people for an adventurous rafting experience. The tides are not violent in the months of October and early November.

(4) Nuranang Falls

Nuranang Falls is 100 meters falls and is popularly known as Bong Bong Falls. The waterfalls and its unique beauty will make your soul rejoice. You can have a nice time by heading to the foot of the falls.

(5) Gorichen Peak

The Gorichen peak is near Tawang and is a climbable peak. It is located at a height of 6500 meters above the sea level. You will be exposed to the alluring beauty of many scenes as you climb the peak.

(6) Ziro Valley

Ziro valley is located in Arunachal Pradesh. It is rich in rice fields, Apa Tani tribals, and Pine Hills. Ziro valley can visit any time in a year as the climate here is mild throughout the year. Some of the places that one can visit in Ziro valley are Talley Valley wildlife sanctuary, Meghna Cave temple, Kile Pakho, Ziro Puto, Hapoli, Dolo Mando, Dilopolyang Maniipolyang and Tarin Fish Farm.

(7) Jaintia Hills

Jaintia hills are located in Meghalaya and are very rich in deposits of limestone. Tourists can enjoy a lot here as it has numerous caves. One cave leads to another and people can have adventurous activities. Jaintia hills have very shallow as well as long caves.

(8) Sandakphu Peaks

Sandakphu peaks are located on the border of Sikkim-West Bengal region at a height of 11,000 feet away from the sea level. It is best to visit during April, May, and November. You can view the unmatched peaks of the Himalayan range.

(9) Tawang Monastery

Tawang Monastery is situated in Arunachal Pradesh. It is the largest monastery in India and is located at a height of 10,000 feet. One must visit the monastery during a full moon day to see the most beautiful celestial view. Also, you can see 850 different sculptures in the monastery.

(10) Majuli Islands

Majuli islands, the biggest river island in the world are situated in the Brahmaputra and serve many tribal people. This place is famous for navigation through the fields and sees varieties of birds. November is the best time to visit Majuli islands.

(11) Cherrapunji

Cherrapunji is located in the states of Meghalaya and is very popular for the living root bridges. Cherrapunji receives the maximum rainfall in the world. You can come across various species of flora and fauna. Camping can be done under the root bridges.

(12) Talatal Ghar

Talatal Ghar means royal palace and was built in 18th century by Swargadeo Singha. The palace is popular for its simplicity and unusual architecture. It is seven storied and is very simple and makes you delight.

(13) Phodong Monastery

The Phodong Monastery belongs to the 18th century. It is famous for ancient murals and is the oldest monastery. It is situated in Sikkim. This monastery is the home for 260 Buddhist monks. These monks perform Chaam dance in their annual festival and one should visit the festival during their visit to this place.

(14) Dampa Tiger Reserve

Dampa tiger reserves have species of sparse tigers which are found very rare. The reserve has 10 species of animals and birds. The royal looks of the tiger will amaze the visitors.

(15) Madhuri Lake

The lake was called by the name Shungaster before it was renamed as Madhuri. An army cafeteria sells hot momos near the lake. It tastes delicious when one eats it sitting near the lake in a cold weather. To experience, this little joy many people visit this lake.


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Can You Be the Next Traveller to Sikkim?

Can You Be the Next Traveller to Sikkim?

Sikkim is a traveller’s joy. Even though the entire Northeast India stretches your imagination to a new height with its captivating natural beauty, Sikkim stands tall and offers its own individual quirky traits to dip your heart in its sublime exquisiteness. This northeast state shares a rare boundary network with Nepal on the east, Tibet on the north and walls of West Bengal in the south. It is a collection of gems twinkling in the Mighty Himalayan Ranges.

Ravangla – Ravangla is a pitch perfect place for someone who is a nature devotee. Run by a thick cover of forests, the place provides multipletrekking and hiking escapades. Sipping a tea or a coffee on a sober morningwhile witnessing the pristine white Himalayas from the crunched wooden benches of Ravangla can refresh you from the core. At the same time, be ready to get enchanted by the migratory and endangered birds flying around the cold gloomy skies of Ravangla.

Rumtek Monastery – Introduce yourself into the world of peace and quietude at Rumtek Monastery. The colourful architectural structure of this oldest monastery of Sikkim manipulates your senses into seeking life-long realisations. The place is a limerick to the divine attributes of Buddhism and its correlation with theoneness of the body makes it the “Dharma Chakra Centre”.  Say hello to your spiritual insights with the place that marks an eternal opulence of Buddhist teachings.

Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden – Its high time that you take a break from man-made superstructures and lay in the warmth of nature at Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden. Located just beside Rumtek Monastery, the garden is a gorgeous place to spend time with your loved ones. On a physical measure, the area is a never-ending expanse of hugging trees, soft cuddling grass, and rarest species of flowers.If you are here, then you will be inhaling some of theworld’s most purest air!

Zuluk – Zuluk stands at an altitude of 10,000 feet and is the least discovered places of the entire north-east. Take a vehicle or be on foot but make sure to cover the lengths and breadths of the 32 hair-pin bends of its road. Historically, Zuluk saw many travellers being the silk route of the middle-ages. Don’t be surprised if you involuntarily leave the present moment and wonder into the history of this vintage place. Just to add to the magnificence of this place, look above and you will find the blue sky hiding behind the mists and look ahead to gawk the Mount Kanchenjunga Ranges.

Gurudongmar Lake – You might never reach to the Lake of Tears where the Kung Fu emerged (Some Kung Fu Panda fanatics) but you can surely feel and worship this sacred lake in Sikkim situated at a height of 17,800 feet. It is surrounded by low altitude perennial snow-capped mountains giving you a gist of what heaven could look like. According to the legends, there is a small portion of this lake which never freezes even in the harsh winters as it was blessed by Guru Padmasambhava and thus, is a holy place.

Tsomgo Lake – Situated just 40 km from the capital city of Gangtok, the setting of Tsomgo Lake will rush your blood to the head. It locks itself in winters only to showcase its panoramic reflection of the surrounding peaks and the open skies. The view seems magical and makes you want to live forever. As you reach the turquoise waters of Tsomgo Lake, make sure to encircle a walk around it. The sunshine across the lake, areflection of your physical attributes and the entire atmosphere will make you feel genuinely happy that you are alive no matter what your life situation is.

Teesta River – The best time to visit Teesta River is during the spring season. It will remind you of the poem “The Brook” (even boys love that poem) which took you on a journey of a little stream of water running through villages, troughs, barrens, farmlands and ultimately to the ocean. Adventurousactivities such as river rafting and kayaking are high priorities here. The adjacent flora and fauna serve as the impeccable supporting role for an overall mesmerisation of your mental as well as physical body.

Sikkim should always be in your bucket list of places. Flabbergasted by its beauty, many travellers speak highly about the place. Whether you are a newbie wanderer or an expert traveller, you will be hit hard by the hallucinating splendour of Sikkim.


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15 Things Not To Miss In Thailand

15 Things Not To Miss In Thailand

Thailand is a South East Asian country. It is well known for the tropical beaches, opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins and ornate temples displaying figures of Buddha. Thailand has a lot to offer to all the types of travelers and budgets.
Here’s a list of top 15 places one mustn’t miss in Thailand.

1. Bangkok’s Grand Palace: This dazzling spectacular landmark was built in 1782 and has been the house of the Thai king for 150 years. The beautiful architecture and intricate details is a salute to the craftsmanship of Thai people.

2. Damnoen Sadauk floating market: This is a world famous floating market and the bustling scene is a timeless snapshot of the exotic Thailand. You will be taken in traditional long-tailed boats and be allowed to trade with the locals. A once in lifetime experience indeed!

3. Golden Triangle: This area is full of beautiful natural scenery and ancient temples. This is a whole new feeling unlike those of beaches and waterfalls.

4. Elephant Nature Park: This is an ethical and sustainable eco-tourism project. It is located in the Northern Thailand. The elephants are protected and are provided with good health, loved and respected and not overworked or abused. Visit this place to see whole new perspective of elephant rearing.

5. White temple of Chiang Rai: Wat Rong Khun is better known as “The White Temple” is one of the most recognizable temples in Thailand. This was built to be the center of learning and meditation for people to gain from the Buddhist teachings.

6. Khao Yai National Park: It’s located at 3 hours from Bangkok. This UNESCO world heritage site which is rich in biodiversity, lush mountainous landscape, fertile valleys and waterfalls is blissful and magical.

7. Boat tour in Phang Nga Bay: Located in the north of Phuket is Phang Nga. A boat ride to the hundreds of limestone cliffs rising over the sea and witnessing the sea gypsies’ way of life will leave you stunned.

8. Ayutthya Historical Park: Ayutthya was strategically located on an island surrounded by the rivers connecting the city on the sea. Once an important center of global diplomacy and commerce, it is now an archeological ruin, characterized by the remains of tall prang and Buddhist monasteries which flaunts the splendor of its architecture.

9. Kohlanta Island: This Island is a serene, happy, soulful place. It is known for its diving and long white beaches. The calm, real and culturally rich remains cater to the tastes and budgets of everyone alike.

10. Monkey temples of Lopburi: Monkeys are the cynosure at Lopburi. Keep your eyes open for monkeys on the sidewalks, on the cars, or on the wires above. Enjoy your playful outing with these monkeys just outside the monkey temple.

11. Bo sang Umbrella village: This is a must-see place for those who are fond of art and handicrafts. The artists in this village meticulously hand paint all the decorations onto the umbrellas and on any item that you hand over to them. Watch in awe as these artisans make the beautiful umbrellas that you can take back home as a mark of remembrance.

12. Sunday Night Walking Street, Chiang Mai: This market also called as the waling street or Sunday market is located in the center of Chiang Mai. You can visit market on Sundays between 4PM till and midnight. Tourist and locals are found to be engrossed in trading their goods. This market comes to life when all the street entertainers perform. This street will surely give you a festive feel amidst the lot of hustle-bustle.

13. Old Sukhothai Historical Park: This Park is located in the beautiful setting of lawns, lakes and trees in Northern Thailand. The whole park is divided into five zones. North, west, east, south and central. The central zone is the royal part of the city. The lotus covered ponds, canals, tress and other greenery are sure you leave their image in your mind forever.

14. Tiger Kingdom: You get to play with tigers here under the supervision of the trainers. You get to interact with the young ones and the adults too. A must visit for cat lovers.

15. Long Neck Hill tribe Villages: Visiting one of the numerous Karen long neck villages in Thailand is one of the most exotic experiences on this planet. The Karen women wear heavy brass rings around their necks, forearms and shins. These tribes live a rugged, tedious and simple lifestyle, but the fruits of their labor are colorful and very lively.

If you want to get lost in the mesmerizing beauty that Thailand has to offer, it’s right thing to do because the beauty will rejuvenate you and recharge you batteries.


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Everything To Know About Manipur

Everything To Know About Manipur

The jewelled land of Manipur stores thousands of jewels for a traveller to see. One, among the seven sister state, Manipur welcomes you into the abode of oval shape valley surrounded by blue hills. Enclosed, Manipur has beautiful neighbours; Nagaland to the north, Mizoram to the south, Assam to the west, Burma to its east. It introduces you to the rich culture and variety of life. Manipur, once a princely state holds a recognition to polo and Manipuri classical dance.

Say hello to jagoi: One thing that makes Manipur stand out is Manipuri classical dance. The harkate and murkiya in the minutely depicting life of Radha and Krishna make you fall in love. This form of dance is slow pace and the costume is ergonomically designed with beautiful mirrors and zari work. Music comprises of traditional instruments which are soul-seizing, emulating emotions out of a hit. The repertoire embodies graceful movements, beautiful dresses, and light rhythmic music adorns the dancer in you. The divine dance of eternal love forays into the refinement and mysticism form of expression.

Festivities are a bliss: Starting from Lai-Haraoba, yaoshang, rathyatra, Cheiraoba ,NingolChakouba and KwakJatra all the festivals celebrated are a product of contributing efforts of the people. Festivals are dedicated to celebrate local deity Moirang, Radha Krishna, Lord Jagganath. Manipur brings out the vibe that traverses you to a different world of creation of Manipur. The fiestas are always comprised of dance and music galloping the highlights of the event. Every event in Manipur is organized with the collection of donations by every individual, symbolizing that everyone is a part of the community.

Wonder at sight: This beautiful state speaks simplicity. You will find here temples to rejoice the love of Radha and Krishna, Manipur has figurines of historic importance. The war memorial will remind you of the ugly fight that took place between British and this princely state. Khonjom, a place where warriors substantiated their combat makes you feel proud in your veins. Museums depict the cultural heritage of different tribes. Manipur has parks, lakes, deities and handcraft which creates an impression to absorb and appreciate.

Flora and wildlife wonders: Almost 67% of the beautiful landscape is covered with forest makes it a destination shack for nature lovers. From pine trees in the undulating range to shrubs on the mainland, this hill range valley gives you the platter of florets. With more than 500 multifariousness of orchids, this place is a blessing. ‘Siroi Lily’, which is the only lily grown here illustrates a face of raw beauty. Manipur is fascinated with animal species. Sangai the dancing deer, is one of the endangered species, finds itself in the folklore of Manipur culture.

Handcrafted art: Bamboo weaving is solitary in its own root. Baskets, dolls, bags, chappals, pots, chairs and lampsare set up here. Pottery culture in Manipur will leave you spellbound to the hard work done by the locals. The whole process takes hours of labour dedicated to bring out the aesthetics from cane. Handloom shares the largest cotton industry in Manipur which carries the mark of women empowerment. Yes, only women are the weavers. The exquisiteness of colour combination is fresh, powerful and yet simple. Colours will lighten up your home decor immediately the way it is portrayed. Undoubted spirit of the locals to make something elegant, soft and emblematic does pour out Manipur values.

Knockouts: You will feel gratified that the game of polo was discovered here. The exciting skill that a polo player and his horse has, makes the audience jump in their seats. One can feel the enthusiasm of air when you see live action of boat racing. For strong gamers, wrestling produces the raunchy act of submission and play. It depicts strength from the motherland and assures you that your body has the best.

The state of Manipur emancipates the traveller in you to reconnoitre the life in the simplest way. Come here with open arms and embrace the tillage of alliance. One can get a glimpse of therichness of this princely state in its small tit-bits of assessment. Go there as a traveller who welcomes the folklore of India.


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5 Kinds Of Indian Weddings, Must To Attend, Once In A Lifetime

Indian weddings are filled with rituals and celebrations that go on for few days. The wedding is attended by many people. The idea behind Indian weddings is to celebrate and share the happiness of joining together and blessing the couples who are on the verge to start a new life. The tradition Indian weddings deal with bringing together two families socially and emotionally. India is a land of diversity. From north to south and east to west there are thousands of rituals and customs to be followed. Indian weddings always give the chance to know about different customs and traditions and finding happiness in accepting those.

There are many different types of weddings in India. The most popular Indian weddings are Hindu weddings, Parsi weddings, Islamic weddings, Gujarati weddings, Punjabi and Sikh weddings, South Indian weddings, Maharashtrian weddings, Oriya and Bihari weddings, and Christian weddings. Here are 5 kinds of Indian weddings that you must attend once in your lifetime.

(1) South Indian Weddings    

In India, marriage is not just a union of two individual but two families as a whole. South Indian weddings are celebrated in such a way that the couples have to share strong social bonding and lifelong commitment to each other. South Indian weddings start by tying full-grown plantain trees at the gate posts, garlands of mango leaves tied everywhere, decoration of flowers, rangoli designs, and the notes of nadaswaram spreading everywhere in the wedding place. The smell of fragrance sticks and the holy fire adds, even more, beauty to the place. The bride is well dressed with saree, flowers, and garland. The groom also wears white or cream dhoti and peta on the head. Tying mangal sutra is the most common and valuable rituals of all Hindu marriages. Overall, the wedding scene is so beautiful that you will feel you have visited heaven.

(2) Punjabi and Sikh weddings

The Punjabi and Sikh weddings are filled with positive energy, cheerfulness and excitement. The weddings take place during the night and people dance and enjoy the whole night. These weddings are a source of delight for the whole community. The Punjabi and Sikh weddings rituals include Roka, Mehendi, Varmala/Jaimala and milni. The wedding starts with a pooja carried out by the priest to the groom in the late evening. Then, the bride is escorted to the wedding place and another pooja is carried on by the priest, the couple and the families. This is followed by a custom known as kanyadhan where the father hands over his daughter to the groom. Then the couple encircles the holy fire seven times and the wedding comes to an end where all the elders bless the couple.

(3) Oriya and Bihari weddings

The Oriya Bihari marriages are very simple and do not believe in showy weddings. The pre-wedding rituals begin by inviting the near and dear ones. The groom arrives at the wedding place with a procession called as Barajatri. On the other side of the wedding, the bride takes a ceremonial bath known as Baadua Pani Gadhua custom. After this the kanyadhan ritual takes place and the couple goes to the groom’s house. On the eighth day of the marriage, the couple visits the bride’s house and here ends the marriage rituals and customs.

(4) Maharashtrian weddings

The Maharashtrian weddings are the simplest and least luxurious in the whole country. In this type of wedding, most of the rituals are done in the early morning. The wedding rituals begin right from the matching of the horoscope of the boy and the girl. Sakhar Puda is the first ritual of Maharashtrian weddings where the bride is gifted with saree and sweets by the groom’s family. Then, the Kelvan ceremony and the Haldi ceremony are performed. This is followed by Grihapravesh where the groom’s mother welcomes the couple to the house by washing their feet with milk.

(5) Parsi weddings

Parsi weddings take place in Goa which is quite different from the Hindu marriages. There is a lot of zeal and enthusiasm in this wedding. The rituals performed are simple. The Parsi weddings start by performing a ritual known as Achumichu where the bride’s mother encircles a tray of raw egg, rice, supari, coconut and dates seven times and throws it on the ground. On the other side of the ground, she throws the water. Then a grand reception is organised where people bless, eat delicious food, dance and enjoy.

Indian weddings have similarities even though there is a lot of uncommon rituals and customs. The North Indian weddings, north-east Indian weddings and Western Indian weddings are also very beautiful. You will see the beauty of common in uncommon practices. If possible never miss out any Indian weddings as they are unique in their own ways.


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5 Reasons Why Thanjavur should be Next in Your Bucket List

5 Reasons Why Thanjavur should be Next in Your Bucket List

Thanjavur is the best place in India if you want to pensive into some of the remarkable periods of Chola Dynasty. The city which resonates an ochre theme to galvanize the Dravidian history is the reminder of how it started to spread Hinduism outside India. If you have a soul that enjoys a dizzying Indian history and wants to jump into its eternal legacy, than Thanjavore must be there on your list. The modern city itself is weaved from its overwhelming past. Understanding culture is a highly intellectual thing to do, unlike the popular beliefs. It is your chance now to enrich your travel diaries with the beaming historical anecdotes of Thanjavur.

Royal Palace – The Royal Palace is a mixture of two scintillating dynasties of India, the Nayaks who took over Thanjavur in middle of 16th century and the brave Maratha Dynasty which ruled here from 1676 to 1855. Thus, its unique history makes it a palace made from the relics, restorations, art and royal gears. The Mahratta Darbar Hall of the Marathas will leave you with awe as it is hard to imagine grandeur the audience used to enjoy consisting of colourful murals, kings’ portraits, and a larger than life scale of the central stage.The Nayak Palace Courtyard is also not far behind to behold your attention with Chola remains such as bronze and stone carvings. You can enjoy the Art Gallery to immerse your artistic side into medieval India’s best art form.

Brihadeeswarar Temple – You cannot embrace the beauty of this majestic temple with just one view. Its architecture, colourusage and skillset makes it appear different at different sun positions and to be honest, the real visual beauty of this temple lies in how its individual charismatics interact with the sun’s.The morning white sunshine sees itself get overpowered with the dominance of the ochre granite outer material while in the evenings, this Chola temple is crowned by the duskiness of the sunset bathing it in different shades of red. The temple is symbolic of every phase of Lord Shiv’s life and its central shrine of 4-metre high Shiva Lingam below the 61-metre high Vimana(tower) is a shot of excellence of the Hindu ancestors.

Gangaikonda Cholapuram – This temple is an architectural gem considering how effortlessly it was made 850 years ago. Gangaikonda Cholapuram is a temple which can be attributed as a terrific fusion of devotion, architecture, sculpture, skill, and determination. Make sure to be present during the sunset to capture the best visual moments of this art piece of a temple. One amazing fact about the knowledge and application of our ancestors is that the temple is made such that it never cast its shadows on the ground.Whether it has something to do with respect to the sun or is just an art form, even after almost a millennium there is no alternative to such pristine construction.

Punnainallur MariammanKoil – It won’t hurt the traveller inside you if once in a while you set yourself up for prayers and devotions. There is a rare peace in it especially when you come to the divine Goddess Mariumm’s temple. The entire ambiance of the temple will instill you with positive vibration and feelings you only connect with some chosen songs. The Vimana of this temple is in many ways the picture-perfect with its use of light and bright colours. Try to become one of the locals of the city by standing in a long queue with others to take the blessing of the Goddess as only then you will feel the complete spiritual intent of this place.

Unlock the mesmerizing local land – Give yourself a break from the overwhelming elements of India’s finest temples. Visit Shivganga Gardens to enjoy a peaceful time with the rare species of birds there. On an easy stroll in the evenings, keep some change to buy the street Thanjavur dolls, paintings and art plates. Write at the top of your itinerary to gulp a plate of delicious dosas and idly on a banana leaf. Do go to the Banam Pub to imprint the devotional teachings which you would have gathered in the day’s travelling time with some madhira.

The temples and the way architecture have presented themselves to you in Thanjavur will become your biggest lesson of planning and execution with keeping the essence intact. In the entire observable past of India, there are only a few times that outsiders had no influence on the life and times of the people. And Thanjavur is the celebration of ingenious talent and dedication.