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Fried Food, Cold Drinks Now Banned during Amarnath Yatra

Amarnath Yatris won’t get halwa, puri, burger, pizza or other stuffed parantha from this year.
Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) has banned all sorts of cold drinks, fast food and fried food in both the routes to Amarnath (Baltal and Pahalham). In a conversation with the Deputy Chief Executive, he said that the ban has been imposed following recommendations by an expert committee which also comprised of eminent doctors. 

The decision to ban the fried food as well as cold drinks has been taken primarily because these food items lead to acclimatization problems and since the route lies at an elevation of about 13500 feet. Oily food results in respiratory problems in regions where the temperature dips down to sub-zero at night.

This committee was called following the concerns of Supreme Court for the large number of pilgrims’ death in 2012. During the 39-day Yatra as much as 130 pilgrims had died in 2012. The following years, the deaths however came to a fall but there still were 40 casualties in 2014.

SASB has prepared a special menu to tackle the problem. The menu has been prepared for food-stalls, langar, organizations, shops, dhabas and other such establishment on the route. The menu includes pulses, cereals, green potato, vegetables, soya chunks, plain dal, besan curry, green salad, fruits and sprouts. Other items in the menu are zeera rice, plain rice, khichri and nutrela rice, dal roti, roti, missi roti, makki ki roti (without oil or butter), Kashmiri nan, bread jam,  tandoori roti, samber, idli, uttampam, poha, bread kulcha, steamed dumplings, herbal tea, low fat curd, sharbat,  coffee lemon squash/water, low fat milk, fruits juice, mineral water, glucose, roasted papad,  vegetable soup khakra, til ka ladoo, dry petha, dhokla, and amla/fruit murabba.

On the other hand, strictly banned items are- non-vegetarian food, Tobacco/gutka, alcohol, pan masala and other intoxicants, bathura, burger, puri , pizza, heavy pullav/fried rice, halwa, ladoo, khoya burfi, gulab jamun, jalebi and other halwaii items, pickle, cream-based food-items, stuffed parantha. Also crunchy snacks like namkeen, kurkure, lays, mathi and dried dry-fruits and not permitted to be sold or consumed along the way.

People not adhering to the guidelines will be penalized. District Magistrates of Anantnag and Ganderbal are asked to issue special orders under the Ranbir Penal Code provisions for the people violating the rules.
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25 Best Beaches in Kerala

Kerala is world-renowned for its backwaters, Ayurvedic therapies and plantation of spices and tea. There is probably nothing uncaught by the God’s Own Country (another deserved name of the state). Even some of India’s most beautiful beaches are located in Kerala. Some of these beaches overlook the confluence of three water bodies- River, sea and backwaters. Some of the Kerala beaches are popular for the thrilling-adventure activities available. Some are famous picnic spots of Kerala. And most importantly some are just secrets. These secrets beaches are, needless to say, pristine and calm. We present you a list of twenty five beaches of Kerala, each of which is surely going to give you an experience unforgettable. Just go through the list and choose the best for you yourself. 

1. Alleppey Beach

Alleppey Beach in Kerala
Located in a popular backwater destination of Kerala, Alleppey (Alappuzha) Beach has been referred to as the Venice of East by Lord Curzon. A lot of movies and short-films have featured this magnificent beach which also happens to be home to a tremendous amount of birds and animals.

2. Varkala Beach

Varkala - a beautiful destination in Kerala

Varkala Beach is nowhere behind when it comes to amenities and laid-back ambience. Just below the long stretch of craggy cliffs fringed with shops and shacks, Varkala Beach looks incredibly romantic.

3. Bekal Beach

Bekal Fort Beach in Kerala

Bekal Beach is a popular beach of Kerala, located in Kasagod. In spite of being so popular it has managed to sneak out of the hands of heavy crowd. This, a quieter beach, is popular for the rugged Bekal Fort on the shore. Just a short walk away to the north is an estuary where the Backwaters of Kerala join the Arabian Sea. Even if you want to spend time with family or alone, Bekal Beach is a great choice to make.

4. Cherai Beach

Cherai Beach in Kerala

Cherai Beach is known for its parti-colored sea shells and is often flocked with tourists. Other main attraction of the beach is the point where the backwaters of Kerala meet the sea. This is an ideal spot for swimming owing to its low tides.

5. Kannur Beach

Kannur Beach in Kozhikhode District is also known as Kizhuna Ezhara Beach. Not many tourists know about Kannur and hence it stays free from crowd and unspoiled. Coves protect the beach and make it look beautiful. No wonder this is a perfect spot for relaxation.

6. Marari Beach

Marari Beach in Kerala

For utter serenity, Marari Beach is your ideal beach, which is not too far from Alleppey a popular backwater destination of Kerala. This means you have both the sea and cruising on the backwaters as options for rejuvenation. Marari Beach Resort is a major attraction here as it makes your leisure time unforgettable with a touch of luxury and comfort. In the resort you can indulge in some of Kerala’s best services of Ayurveda treatments, massages and Yoga classes.

7. Kappad Beach

Kappad Beach in Kerala

Popular for the legends of Vasco Da Gama, Kappad Beach is located in Calicut. The explorer first landed here on may 20th 1498 while on his tour to India. To commemorate this event a monument is built near the shore. In a very short distance from the beach is a historic temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha, known as  Mahaganpathi Temple.

8. Kolavi Palam Beach

A remote beach of Kerala with almost null chaos is what Kolavi Palam Beach is all about. It is located in Kozhikode District and is home to Olive Ridley turtles.

9. Kozhikode Beach

Renowned for the beautiful view of sunset and sunrise, this very beach is an iconic yet peaceful spot to chill at. The lighthouse, piers in the middle of the sea, Lions Park and Marine Water Aquarium are few attractions in and around Kozhikode Beach.

10. Fort Cochin beach

Fort Cochin beach in Kerala

Fort Cochin Beach is one of South India’s most popular beaches, especially renowned for its Chinese Fishing Nets. The beach also happens to be the venue of much awaited Cochin Carnival which is organized every New Year’s Eve.

11. Payyambalam Beach

A great spot for family picnic and holiday, Payyambalam Beach is just a short distance away from Kannur. Major highlights of the beach are the sculpture of mother and child and the garden by the sea that’s beautiful and serene undoubtedly.

12. Lighthouse Beach

Lighthouse Beach in Kerala

One of Kerala’s most popular beaches, Lighthouse Beach as its name suggests is marked by a 35-meter-tall lighthouse erected on Kurumkal Hill on the shore. Visitors can choose to climb this lighthouse in order to behold an unforgettable view of the surroundings.

13. Beypore Beach

Beypore Beach in Kerala

Beypore Beach is the former international trade center and is often called Beypore Port for the same reason. Another reason for its popularity is the shipbuilding industry in close proximity, from where you can buy small ships as souvenir.

14. Poovar Beach

While on one side playful waves of the sea would greet you, the other side of wilderness will captivate you. The beach is surrounded by banana and coconut groves and spice plantation. Poovar Beach is nothing less than a paradise for those longing for some peaceful moments, alone or with their loved ones.

15. Kollam Beach

Kollam Beach in Kerala

Kollam Beach or Mahatma Gandhi Beach is one of the few beaches in Kerala with lifeguard outposts. The beach is rather filled with fun activities to try, especially for kids. Colorful swings are installed here to make it a full-fledged family picnic spot. The Marine Aquarium near the beach was the first one constructed in India. This is a single storey aquarium with forty large tanks.

16. Thirumullavaram beach

The beach has been shortlisted as one of ten most beautiful beaches by Discovery Channel. It is located in close proximity with Kollam City. Owing to its lazy waves, this is an ideal place to try your hands on swimming. Another attraction of the beach is the Mahavishnu Temple nearby.

17. Hawa Beach

Hawa Beach in Kerala

Hawa Beach is located opposite to the Lighthouse Beach and is also known as Eve’s Beach. When you are done sunbathing and relaxing treat yourself with lip-smacking food from nearby hotels and restaurants.

18. Shanghumukham Beach

One of Thiruvananthapuram’s major attractions, Shanghumukham Beach attracts with its azure waves and fantastic sand sculptures. This also is venue for the annual festival of the dead, Bali Tarpanam. the Aaraat of Padmanabhaswamy Temple is concluded here every year with zeal and enthusiasm.

19. Padinjarekkara Beach

Padinjarekkara Beach in Kerala

Padinjarekkara Beach is where the Tirur Puzha, Bharatpuzha and Arabian Sea meet, which is truly a beautiful view to behold. Other than this, tourists can indulge in water-scooter rides, bird watching, speed boat-ride or munching snacks on floating coffee shops.

20. Kappil Beach

Kappil Beach is not merely seashore, this also happens to be the confluence of river, sea and backwaters. The beach is perfect for those looking for some serene moments alone or with loved ones. You can spend time boating too by hiring boats from Priyadarshini Boat Club. Gradually the beach is getting popular, so try and visit this spot before it gets into the eyes of the crowd.

21. Muzhappilangad Beach

Muzhappilangad Beach In Kerala

There aren’t too many beaches you can drive in, and Muzhappilangad Beach is one of those few. And since this is a long stretch of seashore, your drive actually becomes fun. It is located near Kannur and Thalassery where you can enjoy paragliding, power boating, microlite flights, parasailing and catamaran ride.

22. Somatheeram Beach

This is a beach that’s one-of-its-kind. Somatheeram Beach is mainly an Ayurvedic Resort with peaceful ambience. It looks like a lush garden with waves of the sea hitting by. To make the most of your visit, just don’t miss soothing spa sessions nearby. 

23. Thangassery Beach

Thangassery Beach in Kerala

Undoubtedly Thangassery Beach is an ideal place for relaxing. There is a small port and a lighthouse which catch the eye. Former name of the beach is Dutch Quilon, when it used to be a British hub.

24. Samudra Beach

The beach with its jutting rocks looks extremely beautiful and calming. The Samudra Beach of Kovalam can be reached by a taking a detour past the Kovalam Junction.

25. Kizhunna Ezhara Beach

Kizhunna Ezhara Beach in Kerala

A rather secret beach of Kozhikhode Destrict, Kizhunna Ezhara Beach is undeniably one among the most beautiful beaches of Kerala. Since it is a secluded spot, come here with a relaxed mind, without any impatience.

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Top 10 Places to Travel in India Where Your Favorite Movie were Filmed

Have you ever wondered where your favorite Bollywood movie was shot? Did you always wanted to visit the place? Those beautiful locations are not too far from you and are set right in your incredible country, India. India proudly boasts of being home to beautiful beaches, deserts, hill stations, historical monuments and temples, which have featured in different Bollywood movies. These attractions are set in different corners of the country and have played a key role in the success of Bollywood super hits.

Bollywood has an audience spread all around the globe. A number of movies are showcased on the silver screen throughout the year. Bollywood plays an important role in connecting the audiences with the real beauty of India which lies in its beautiful destinations. Seeing those enthralling destinations over the silver screen, it is hard to resist yourself from visiting them. To make it easier for you, we have listed some popular locations where blockbuster Bollywood movies were shot:

Manali

‘Ye Ishq Haaye, Jannat Dikhaye’ actually speak of the scenic beauty of Manali

We can’t forget that mesmerizing song ‘Ye Ishq Haaye’ from Jab We Met where Kareena Kapoor treads amid those snow capped peaks. This popular song features roads covered with a blanket of snow, beautiful cottages and valleys of Manali. The very lyrics of the song ‘Ye Ishq Haaye, Jannat Dikhaye’ actually speak of the scenic beauty of Manali. 

The pleasing weather, numerous tourist attractions and inviting ambiance act as bonus for this destination. And, we thought that Manali was just another hill station! Set in the lap of the Himalayas, Manali allures tourists from all over and promises with a vacation filled with natural beauty, tranquility and excitement. Also known as the “Queen of Valleys”, Manali is truly blessed with natural beauty which leaves every visitor mesmerized.

Other movies shot in Manali:
  • Bang bang
  • Highway
  • Krish
  • Mary Kom

Goa

Welcome to Goa, Singham!. Prakash Raj shows his power to Ajay Devgan?

‘Welcome to Goa, Singham!’ Remember that scene where Prakash Raj rushes into the police station to show his power to Ajay Devgan? That was just a scene from the movie. Singham is a popular Bollywood movie that has been entirely shot in Goa. Goa, the party capital of India, is also a popular Bollywood movie location. Though the movie does not feature all the alluring beaches of Goa, we all know that Goa is immensely popular for its beaches and churches.

The destination is a bundle of surprises which allures tourists from all across the globe. There is much to explore in this happening destination of India. Delicious sea food, rich Portuguese history, inviting ambiance, Goa has every reason to be counted one among the best destinations of India.

Other movies shot in Goa:
  • Dil chahta hai
  • Josh
  • Golmaal series
  • Guzaarish
  • Go goa gone
  • Kabhi haan kabhi naa

Ladakh 

Undoubtedly, Ladakh is one of the most captured destinations in India. That spiritual ambiance, clear blue water and snow capped mountains make Ladakh a favorite location for Bollywood Movies. Fugly is the latest one shot in Ladakh. Yes, it was the Leh highway where you saw Kiara Advani, lead actress of the movie, riding a bullet. Who can resist a ride on the bullet through those beautiful mountain passes? And when you see those college friends travelling care-free through those rugged terrains and sparkling lakes of Ladakh, we bet your desire to travel to the destination intensifies.  

Kiara Advani riding a bullet with college friends, travelling care-free through rugged terrains and sparkling lakes of Ladakh

Set amid the alluring Himalayan and Karakoram ranges, Ladakh is a beautiful destination which is home to a number of Buddhist monasteries, mountain passes, lakes and historic structures. The destination truly represents the meaning of scenic beauty with its spiritual ambiance and tranquility.

Other movies shot in Ladakh:
  • 3 Idiots
  • Jab tak hai jaan
  • Bhaag milkha bhaag
  • Haqeqat
  • Tashan

Gulmarg    

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani shot in Kashmir

Kashmir has been an important part of Bollywood movies since the sixties. We can never forget those times when the lead actor and actress romanced in the beautiful Mughal gardens, enjoyed a Shikara ride on the Dal Lake and sang through the snow covered roads. And it was not only in those times, super hit movies of these days like Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani have also been shot in the beautiful valleys of Kashmir. The famous trek trip of the movie has been shot in Gulmarg. No doubt, the serenity and natural beauty of the Gulmarg valley adds an amazing charm to the movie.

Gulmarg is one destination which offers a unique blend of natural beauty and adventure to every tourist. While on one hand, the beautiful meadows and snow covered mountain peaks leave you mesmerized, attractions like Gulmarg Gondola and ski resorts awaken the adventure enthusiast in you.

Other movies shot in Gulmarg:
  • Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani
  • Jab tak hai jaan
  • Saat khoon maaf
  • Rockstar
  • Bobby

Delhi


Our favorite Bollywood actors, right from Aamir Khan to Abhishek Bachhan have played a character from Delhi city in a number of movies. This is why, the city is considered an integral part of Bollywood. Bollywood movies have not only used Delhi as a mere location, but they have managed to capture the authentic ambiance of Delhi which is all about fun, adventure and excitement. Be it the rebel attitude of Delhiites in Rang De Basanti or the setting of a normal household in Do Dooni Chaar, all the movies have successfully displayed the feel of Delhi to the viewers.

The capital city, Delhi is undoubtedly one of most interesting cities in the world. This city featuring varied cultures has safely preserved its glorious history. Delhi is dotted with some of the best British and Mughal buildings, amusement parks, shopping malls, restaurants and party clubs.

Other movies shot in Delhi:
  • Oye lucky lucky oye
  • Fukrey
  • Delhi belly
  • Dil Dosti
  • Dev D
  • Khosla ka ghosla


Pahalgam    



One of the most popular attractions of Pahalgam, Betaab valley gets its name from Sunny Deol- Amrita Singh starrer hit Bollywood movie Betaab. Key scenes of the movie have been shot in this beautiful valley and they feature snow capped mountain peaks, sparkling river and thick pine forests. As soon as the movie took over the silver screen, Betaab Valley became a popular picnic spot and people from all over visited to look at this valley which swayed away their hearts at once. Post hit movie Betaab, a number of movies were shot in the valley. Many sequences of Ranbir Kapoor’s hit movie Rockstar have been shot in the valley.

Other movies shot in Pahalgam:
  • Jab tak hai jaan
  • Haider
  • Kashmir ki kali
  • Kabhi kabhi
  • Silsila
  • Satte pe satta
Srinagar


Though it is too tough to capture the enthralling beauty of Kashmir on camera, some Bollywood movies like Haider have done it successfully. Major scenes of the movie starring Shahid Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor were shot at famous locations of Srinagar like Dal Lake, Nishat Bagh and Kashmir University.

Also known as ‘Paradise on Earth’, Srinagar is set in the beautiful valley of Kashmir. Srinagar is best known for its Mughal Gardens and structures. Mughal Gardens like Nishat Bagh, Shalimar Bagh, Chashme Shahi allures tourists from all across the world with their Mughal ambiance. Other attractions of the destination include Dal Lake, Dachigam Wildlife Sanctuary, Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden, Hazratbal Mosque and Shankaracharya Temple. 

The natural beauty of Srinagar makes it a popular destination for nature lovers. The backdrop of the mighty Himalayas adds to the beauty of Srinagar. The house boats and Shikaras also are popular attractions of Srinagar.

Other movies shot in Srinagar:
  • Kashmir ki Kali
  • Agent Vinod
  • Rockstar
  • Yahaan
  • Mission Kashmir
  • Bunty aur Babli
  • Waqt

Jaipur    

A still from the movie Bol Bachchan.

Jaipur is best known for housing some of the most palatial palaces and historic structures. One of the recent Bollywood hits, Bol Bachhan was majorly shot in Jaipur. The movie features some of the most famous attractions of Jaipur including Chomu Palace, Chowki Dhani, Amber Fort and Narain Niwas Palace.

Also known as the ‘Pink City’, Jaipur is the most beautiful city of Rajasthan. The city is dotted with a number of palaces, forts and havelis which give it a grand look. The rich culture and heritage of the place makes it more attractive and allures tourists from around the world. Also, the city is a haven for adventure enthusiasts as it has much to offer in the name of adventure sports. Paragliding, hot air ballooning and rock climbing are some popular adventure sports that can be enjoyed Jaipur.

Other movies shot in Jaipur:
  • Paheli
  • Jodha Akbar
  • Bhool Bhulaiya
  • Eklavya
  • Koyla
  • Gulaal

Darjeeling    

The Heartwarming Story of Barfi

It is too tough to forget the heartwarming story of Barfi, starring Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra. Majorly shot in Darjeeling, Barfi features some of the most scenic views of the hill station.
Darjeeling is an alluring hill town in West Bengal which is well-known for its tea plantations. Home to varied cultures, Darjeeling is sprinkled with lots of greenery and peace. The place boasts of being home to Darjeeling Himalayan Railway which is recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site. The destination offers spectacular views of the beautiful Himalayas. 

Other movies shot in Darjeeling:
  • Parineeta
  • Aradhana
  • Via Darjeeling

Ooty    

Ooty - The Queen of Hill Stations

Ooty is another famous destination which is immensely popular with film makers of Bollywood. Also known as the Queen of Hill Stations, Ooty is a serene hill station which is located amid sprawling green fields, beautiful lakes. Set at an elevation of 2240 meter, Ooty is well known for its tea plantations. This popular destination attracts tourists from all around the world. The beautiful destination became more popular when the popular track ‘Chaiya Chaiya’ from the movie ‘Dil Se’ was shot in Ooty. Many more Bollywood movies were shot in Ooty with the beautiful tea gardens in the background.

Ooty offers a bunch of great tourist attractions to all the travelers. Some popular tourist attractions of Ooty include Emerald Lake, Botanical Gardens, Upper Bhawani Lake, Echo Rock and Annamalai Temple.

Other movies shot in Ooty:
  • Dil Hai Ke Maanta Nahi
  • Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
  • Hum
  • Barfi
  • Aashqui
  • Roja
  • Karz
  • Creature 3D

Athirapally    

Athirapally Falls - a famous tourist attraction from the South

A small village of Thrissur district in Kerala, Athirapally is a popular shooting location of Bollywood film makers. A number of hit tracks from Bollywood have been shot at the popular attraction of Athirapally - Athirapally waterfalls. The famous track from the movie ‘Guru’ starring Abhishek Bachhan and Aishwarya Rai was shot at this attraction.

Also known as the Niagara Falls of India, Athirapally waterfalls is a spectacular attraction which is set amid palm and coconut trees. The soft breeze flowing through the location is so mesmerizing that it makes you come back again and again. If you are a nature lover, you can’t miss visiting this beautiful attraction. People from all over visit the place to enjoy the gushing sounds of these falls and relax in its soothing ambiance.

Other movies shot in Athirapally:
•    Raavan
•    Dil se
•    Pukaar
•    Madras Café

Chail     

Chail - A paradise for adventure enthusiasts

It was Chail Palace where major scenes of Bollywood super hit movie, ‘3 Idiots’ were shot. Yes! The palatial house of Ranchoddas Chanchad was the Chail Palace. A heritage hotel, Chail palace set amid the thick Deodar forests and snow capped peaks. Chail is a popular destination of Himachal Pradesh. Home to the world’s highest polo and cricket ground, Chail is a beautiful hill station which offers a serene ambiance to relax and rejuvenate. 

This destination, set very close to nature is a perfect escape from the maddening crowds of the city. Chail is home to a number of palatial buildings which speak loud of its royal heritage. Chail is a paradise for adventure enthusiasts like trekkers and hikers as it offers a number of trails set amid those beautiful valleys and thick forests.

Other movies shot in Chail:
•    Chori Chori

Amritsar   

Amritsar - Home of historical Gurudwaras
 
We all love that colorful tradition, festivals and culture of Punjab. And we love it more when we get to see it through Bollywood movies. One of the most beautiful destinations of Punjab, Amritsar has featured in a number of movies. It was the famous Khalsa College of Amritsar where Shah Rukh Khan and his co-star Anushka Sharma were seen taking dance classes in their movie ‘Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi’.

Amritsar offers much as a tourist destination. From Wagah Border to Golden Temple and Jallianwala Bagh, every attraction of the city promises to offer a soul stirring experience.

The city is home to a number of historical Gurudwaras, the most revered among them is Harmandir Sahib, which is commonly known as the Golden Temple. Amritsar is not only a major pilgrimage centre but it has also witnessed some of the most important incidents of India’s freedom struggle like the Jallianwala Bagh massacre of 1919.

Other movies shot in Amritsar:
  • Veer Zaara
  • Rang De Basanti
  • Gadar: Ek Prem Katha

Udaipur    

Udaipur - Venice of the East India

Often referred to as ‘Venice of the East’, Udaipur is destination featuring a unique charm of the glorious Rajput Era. Popular for its rich cultural heritage, beautiful lakes, palatial structures and historical monuments, Udaipur is a favorite shooting destination for Bollywood film makers. Recently, Bollywood super hit movie, Ram Leela was shot in the city. The movie features luxury hotel, Oberoi Udaivilas and Bagore Ki Haveli.

Udaipur is best known for its grand palaces which have now been converted into heritage hotels. Some famous heritage hotels include Lake Palace, Shiv Niwas Palace, Rampratap Palace, Jagat Niwas Palace, and City Palace.

Udaipur takes every traveler to the bygone era with its beautiful museums and galleries. These attractions not only feature architectural style of those times but also preserve articles from that era. These articles are associated with royal families of the past eras. Some popular attractions are The City Palace Museum, Crystal Gallery, and Ahar Archaeological Museum. The city is also dotted with some relay beautiful gardens and structures like Bada Mahal, Saheliyon Ki Bari, Gulab Bagh and Maharana Pratap Memorial.

Other movies shot in Udaipur:
  • Yaadein
  • Khuda Gawah
  • Eklavya

Rajasthan    

Rajasthan - A Land of Legends

Rajasthan is one state where a number of Bollywood movies are shot. The state gives never-ending reasons for being a favorite location for Bollywood directors. Rich history, mesmerizing sand dunes, beautiful historic structures, colorful heritage and varied culture, Rajasthan features all this and more.
If you were confused regarding Aamir Khan’s latest hit movie PK, we must tell you that it was the lesser known region of Rajasthan where we saw him standing on a deserted rail track. Not only PK, but many more hit Bollywood movies have been shot in different regions of Rajasthan. The alluring palaces and forts, panoramic landscape and scenic beauty of Rajasthan are a key reason behind the success of many great Hindi movies. This is really why all directors choose different cities like Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur and Pushkar as shooting location for their movies.

Other movies shot in Rajasthan:
  • Bol bachhan (Jaipur)
  • Yeh jawani hai deewani (Udaipur)
  • Bade miyan chote miyan (Jaipur)
  • Rang de basanti (Jaipur)
  • Shuddh desi romance (Jaipur)
  • Veer (Jodhpur)

Kerala 

Kerala - Gods Own Country

Recent Bollywood hit, Chennai Express, starring Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone was filmed in the enthralling locations of Kerala. Popular songs of the movie like ‘Titli’ and ‘Kashmir Tu Mai Kanyakumari’ were shot at destinations like Idukki and Munnar.

Destinations like Munnar, Idukki, Alleppey, Wayanad, Thekkady and Kovalam, make Kerala one of the most traveled destinations in India. Featuring beautiful waterfalls, serene backwaters, ancient temples and golden sandy beaches, Kerala allures tourists from all across the globe. Each and every nook of the destination is blessed with the gifts of nature, which is why Kerala is well-known as God’s Own Country.

Kerala has a destination for every type of traveler. Be it a adventure enthusiast, nature lover, photographer or wildlife enthusiast, no traveler can go disappointed from Kerala.

Other movies shot in Kerala:
  • Guru
  • Dil Se
  • Raavan
  • Pukar
  • Madras Café

Agra

Taj Mahal - The Symbol of Love

One of the Seven Wonders of the World, Taj Mahal has been immortalized in a number of Bollywood Movies. Recently, ‘Mere Brother Ki Dulhan’ starring Imran Khan and Katrina Kaif was filmed near Taj Mahal. The famous song of the movie, ‘Kaisa Ye Ishq Hai’ was shot at a location from where the spectacular Taj Mahal was visible. However, Agra has much to offer beyond the World Heritage Site, Taj Mahal. A part of the Golden Triangle, which consists of Agra, Jaipur and Delhi, Agra city is one of the major attractions of Uttar Pradesh. The city houses a number of historic monuments and buildings like Agra Fort, Diwan-i-Aam, Chini Ka Rauza, Itmad-ud-Daulah Tomb and Diwan-I-Khas. Ruled by both Hindu and Muslim rulers, Agra features diverse cultures which have been weaved together to make Agra, what it is today.

Other movies shot in Agra:
  • Jeans
  • Mughal-e-Azam
  • Jodha Akbar
  • Youngistaan
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First Ever International Yoga Day to be observed on June 21, 2015

Sanctioned by United Nations, the first International day of Yoga will take place on 21st June 2015. The day will celebrate Yoga, which is a 6000 year old mental and spiritual practice that aims to transform the body and mind of an individual.

On 27th December 2014, the Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi, while addressing the UN General Assembly said, "Yoga is an invaluable gift of India's ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.”

International Yoga Day
Yoga teaches us to cure what cannot be endured and endure what cannot be cured
While suggesting the date June 21 as the International Day of Yoga, Mr. Narendra Modi said that it is the longest day in the Northern Hemisphere and it holds special significance in different parts of the world.

Later, India’s permanent representative introduced the draft resolution to UNGA. UN General Assembly adopted this India-led resolution and declared June 21 as 'International Day of Yoga', recognizing that "Yoga provides a holistic approach to health and well-being.”

After the idea of 'International Day of Yoga' was proposed to UNGA, 175 nations joined as co-sponsors. This was the highest number for any General Assembly resolution. Also, it was the first time that an initiative like this was proposed and implemented in the UN body in less than 90 days. The resolution was adopted under the agenda of 'Global Health and Foreign Policy’.

With this decision, Government of India is planning to celebrate International Day of Yoga 2015 all around the world. Also, Embassy of India is planning to organize a number of events to celebrate International Day of Yoga on June 21, 2015.

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6 Must Visit Natural World Heritage Sites in India

India is blessed with enormous natural bounties and beauties. Home to over 88+ national parks, 70% of the great Himalayas that runs along its north and northeastern border and the Western Ghats that stretches all the way from North to South along the Western edge of the country from, India houses some of the most vibrant biodiversity hotspots.  To be inscribed by UNESCO as World Heritage Site is no mean feat and the natural sites that we will talk about are the 6 Must Visit Natural World Heritage Sites in India. So read on and hopefully visit them as soon as you can!

Valley of Flower

Valley of flowers - A National Park in the Indian Himalayas
Valley of flowers - A National Park in the Indian Himalayas
An Indian National Park, which encompasses a unique natural zone between the Great Himalayas and Zanskar, Valley of Flower is something about which you hear only in a fairy tale. Like a giant colorful carpet covering the mountains, the flower valley sprawls over an expanse of around 87 km sq km . Since 2004, the park has been a UNESCO world-heritage site. Well, these were some facts of this unique valley in the state of Uttarakhand.

Speaking of its immense beauty, one just cannot be tired of speaking about it the whole day.  Representing western Himalayan meadows and ecoregion, the valley of flowers with its alpine vegetation has gained great importance. It has permanent species of flowers like the colorful Lillies, Daisies and Poppy. Also, the valley boasts of flowers of tremendous medicinal values. If you are a trekker, florist, botanist or just an admirer of nature’s beauty, a trip to this myriad region of flowers is a must.
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However, you need to take care of certain things before planning a trip. As it is a reserved natural area,  permission from the authorities is required. Plus, the timing of the visit is very important. The best months to see the whole valley turn into a playground of multi colors are July and August.

The valley of flowers also offers an opportunity to watch some of the rarest and endangered species of animals in their natural habitat. A total of 13 species of mammals that include Asiatic black bear, red fox, blue sheep and musk deer can be seen, while walking along the flowery trails in the valley.

Sundarbans National Park

Sundarbans National Park - UNESCO world heritage site

A National park, wildlife sanctuary, tiger reserve, biosphere reserve and a UNESCO world heritage site. These are some of the titles, the region of Sunderbans is accolade with. Just as one reaches the southern tip of West Bengal, where the land meets sea, you would be welcomed by the marshy Sundarbans.

These marshylands provide natural homes to a variety of animals, underlining the royal Bengal tiger as its pride. Being situated at the biggest delta in the world, Ganga-Brahmaputra doab, the geography of Sunderbans is all about mangrove forests, with a variety of flora and a unique ecosystem to support the life form.

You would have seen numerous Bollywood movies on Sundarbans like the recent flick ‘Roar’, where the Royal Bengal tiger turns haywire on visitors and rule the land like his den. Well in reality, the land is still ruled by the tigers, but with little aggression.

Sundarbans National Park - Natural World Heritage Sites in India

Around 400 tigers walk over the damp lands of Sunderbans and can be watched from a manageable distance by the visitors. Tigers in this area are prone to swimming in the saline waters of the delta, although water has been the territory of any form of cat. Nevertheless,  don’t panic if you see any tiger swimming near your house boat.

Besides the black striped yellow cat, wildlife lovers can always fancy saltwater crocodile and Ganges River Dolphin in the waterbodies of Sunderbans. You can even have a great time watching beautiful migratory birds in the vicinity. Prime ones are Openbill storks, Waterhens, Pheasant Tailed Jacanas, Gray Herons and Paradise-Flycatchers. Watch out for venomous snakes as they are in abundance at Sunderbans.

Keoladeo National Park

Keoladeo National Park - World Heritage Sites in India

Escaping the boulevards of the mainstream Rajasthan, Keoladeo National Park seems like the best option any bird lover can have to wind up. Especially during winters, when its geography turns into a big fat nest of migratory birds.

You would be wondering what is so unique about this man-made wetland that lures thousands of foreign birds towards itself. Well, the answer lies in its strategic location. Being located enroute the Central Asian migratory flyway and the presence of a waterbody, the breeding birds do not seek a no, but make a stoppage at this address.

This trend of migration has been in continuation since the historic times, when the National Park was used as a hunting ground by the early rulers of the state. Now the hunting is over, so the visitors can get to see a humongous range of exotic birds. With over 370 species being recorded in the park till date, you just simply cannot ignore its variety.

Amongst the major attractions, Keoladeo National Park finds its biggest pride in the range of migratory waterfowls that visit the ecology during winters. Herons, Comorants, Common Sandpiper, Sarus Crane, Siberian Crane and Storks add to the glory of the park.

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Kaziranga National Park

Kaziranga National Park in World Heritage Sites in India

Home to the Great Indian One Horned Rhinoceros, Kaziranga National Park runs all along the Brahmaputra river in Assam. Ironically, this undisturbed area of wilderness, is also one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. To the delight of wildlife enthusiasts, the national park is not only in the limelight for its enormous population of one-horned rhinos, but it has tigers as well to boast upon.

Looking at the high density of tigers in Kaziranga, the national park was also declared a tiger reserve almost a decade back. Kaziranga, being a source of inspiration for several books, documentaries and songs, is altogether a different world in its own. The serenity and unique biodiversity Kaziranga in terms of its flora and fauna make it perfectly suited for wildlife safaris that include Elephant safari and Jeep safari.  

A tour in the wilderness of Kaziranga comprises moving through the vast expanse of marshland and dense tropical broadleaf forests. Being on an elephant back or a jeep, the safari will take you deep in the wild. Imagine clicking a wild and strong rhino mom  peacefully grazing on the grasslands of Kaziranga with her cub, just like the Discovery people use to do.

The mere thought of it is enthralling, wonder what the reality would feel like. Similarly, you can capture beautiful pictures of Indian tigers, Asiatic water buffaloes, Sambar deer, Gaur and exotic bird species like Blyth’s Kingfisher, Black-necked stork, Ferruginous duck, White-bellied Heron and Gray-headed fish eagle in the all dense Kaziranga National Park.

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Nilgiri Hills


Nilgiri Hills

Famed as the ‘Blue mountains’ of India, Nilgiri hills are one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. As you climb different altitudes of the Nilgiris, you would be coming across hill stations like Kotagiri, Coonoor and Ooty. Being in existence since a very long time, like the Aravallis, the region has encapsulated within itself pristine valleys, waterfalls and small hills.

Blessed by such a topography, the Nilgiris demand to be explored best on foot. If you are fond of trekking, then the hills in this region are just your cup of tea. The region consists of forests of Teak and Rhododendron which brilliantly depict its  geographical diversity. There is also a wildlife sanctuary with the name Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary in the vicinity.

Being a part of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, the sanctuary serves as an excellent delight for wildlife lovers. Animals like Tigers, Leopards, Chital, Sambar, Sloth Bear, Macaque and elephants are the prime attractions of Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary. Besides trekking through the lush green cover of the hills, one can have a quaint time fishing and angling.

If you are at the Nilgiris, do not forget to take away tea bags of the world renowned ‘Nilgiri Tea’. There is also one ‘Tea and Tourism Festival’ held in the starting months of the year. Therefore, a pocket full of reasons for everyone to travel to Nilgiri Hills, atleast once in their life time.

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Great Himalayan National Park  

Great Himalayan National Park
Wild Goat in Great Himalayan National Park
Himalayas in the north of India hold such a massive repository of diversity, the regions of which not only pushes the limits of adventure lovers, but they preserve the natural heritage of the country as well. This somewhat describes the jewel of the Himalayan region, the Great Himalayan National Park, which today enjoys the privileges of a UNESCO world heritage site.

An ideal Himalayan retreat, highlighting emerald meadows, coniferous forests, snowy peaks and glaciers, the high altitude national park is like no other in India. Its rugged topography and not so easy accessibility, offer the primates of the park a safe and diverse ecological system.

If you are planning to visit the Great Himalayan National Park, make sure you do it in the summers, so that your access in the different regions of the park does not go limited. Some of the most rare species that you can check out in the national park are Himalayan Tahr, Bharal or commonly known as Blue Sheep and Musk Deer. Well, these are the animals you would easily spot in the national park. But, for true wildlife experts and lovers, the wait to watch your favorite animal can stretch from days to weeks.

Waterfall Inside Great Himalayan National Park
Waterfall Inside Great Himalayan National Park
Under this, Snow Leopards are hard to spot. These shy cats are not fond of staying in groups and prefer to stay hidden at the daytime, leaving the nights for an ambush. Thus, a good amount of patience and observation is required to click these beautiful carnivores. Apart from this, the rich diversity of the park also provides a natural habitat to spectacular birds like Monal Pheasant, Western Tragopan, Himalayan Griffon, Golden Eagle and the Great Himalayan Barbet. 

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