Mechuka, West Siang, Arunachal Pradesh, India


Mechuka, West Siang, Arunachal Pradesh, India

Mechuka, West Siang, Arunachal Pradesh, India (Picture : amitnj)

* Its a small town nestled 6,000 feet (1,829 m) above sea level in the Mechuka Valley in West Siang District of Arunachal Pradesh, India.

* Mechuka Valley is home to the people of the Memba tribe.

* These are mostly the believers of the Buddhism and speak Memba, Adi, Hindi and English.

* This place of Arunachal Pradesh is known for both its religious and historical significance.

* The major tourist attraction here is a 400-year-old Buddhist Monastery, which is located at a hilltop in the western most part of Mechuka.

* Numerous ancient statues can also be found here. Accommodations are available at Circuit House and Inspection Bungalow.

* Mechuka is 215 KM northwest of Along and is only 29 KM away from Indo-China border.

* Mechuka is gradually becoming a popular tourist destination in Arunachal Pradesh due to its Scenic beauty and exotic tribes.

* High hills, snow-capped mountains and River Siyom are the major attractions.

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Uthirakosamangai, Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu, India

Sunday February 19th, 2012 in Festivals, India, Places to Visit | Be the first to Comment »


Uthirakosamangai, Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu, India

Uthirakosamangai, Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu, India (Picture : baskr@Flickr)

* It is a sacred place, situated 16 km south-west of Ramanathapuram and 72 km from Rameshwaram, in Tamil Nadu.

* The place is famous for an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.

* The deity here is carved in Emerald. Goddess Mangalesvari is also worshiped here.

* The temple has been glorified by the hymns of Manickavasagar.

* The temple is considered sacred along the lines of Ramanathapuram, Sethu Madhava Theertham and Lakshmana Theertham.

* The temple is located 32 km East from Paramakkudi and 10 km west from Ramanathapuram.

* A large number of devotees visit Uthirakosamangai to worship Lord Shiva and celebrate Arudhra Festival, which is held in the month of December attracts a large number of tourists.
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Sanchi Stupa, Raisen, Madhya Pradesh, India

Wednesday February 15th, 2012 in Festivals, India | 1 Comment »


Sanchi Stupa, Raisen, Madhya Pradesh, India


* The Stupa at Sanchi is one the most wonderful structures of ancient India.

* It has been included by the UNESCO as one of the heritage sites of the world.

* The Sanchi Stupa is a fine example of the development of the Buddhist architecture and sculpture beginning from the 3rd century B.C. to the 12th century A.D.

* Stupas are large hemispherical domes, containing a central chamber, in which the relics of the Buddha were placed.

* Emperor Asoka (273-236 B.C.) built stupas in Buddha’s honour at many places in India.

* The site of Sanchi was discovered in the year 1818 by General Taylor and an archaeological museum was established in 1919 by Sir John Marshall.

* The Sanchi Stupa is one of the best preserved early stupas in central India.

* The Sanchi Stupa is surrounded by a railing with four carved gateways facing all the four directions.

* Another interesting characteristic about the Sanchi Stupa is that Lord Buddha has been symbolically represented by footprints, wheels, thrones etc rather than by his own image.

* The gateways of Sanchi stupas contain ornamented depiction of incidents from the life of the Buddha and his previous incarnations as Bodhisattvas described in the Jataka tales.

* The Buddha has been shown symbolically in the form of tree or through other inanimate figures.

Chardham Opening Dates Announced

Sunday February 27th, 2011 in India, Travel News | 1 Comment »

The pilgrimage of the four most revered Hindu destinations of Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath is known as the Chardham Yatra. For centuries, saints and pilgrims, in their search for the divine, have walked these mystical vales known in ancient Hindu scriptures as ‘Kedarkhand’. A journey to these four destinations is considered to be of great spiritual significance, according to traditional Hindu belief.

Every year tens of thousands of devotees visit the Chardham temples. Visiting all the four temples is considered as Char Dham Yatra. Devotees start bookingtickets 3-4 months in advance for Chardham Yatra. Usually Chardham Yatra closing dates occur during Diwali and Bhai Dooj.

The best season to visit Yamunotri, Gangotri, Badrinath, and Kedarnath temples is – May to June and September to October.

Gangotri, Yamunotri opens on 6th May 2011, Badrinath opens on 9th May 2011, Kedarnath – Not decided yet.