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A glance of paradise – Simhasth Kumbh Mela 2016


Ujjain! As soon as we hear the name, a sense of spirituality raises its head inside our mind. This city is reputed for the grandeur associated with the Kumbh Mela celebrated here after every 12 years. Ujjain is situated at the centre of India, on the banks of river Kshipra, where bathing for purification from sin takes places. Over the years Ujjain has witnessed this Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv. The next Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv is going to be held in 2016.

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Pilgrims Bathing In Sacred Shipra River, Kumbh Mela Ujjain

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Naga Sadhus Bathing In Sacred Shipra River, Kumbh Mela Ujjain

Kumbh fair is a gathering of Hindu mass celebrated at the river Kshipra. It is believed that all the sins of the peoples will be washed away if you take a holy dip in this holy river during the Kumbh Mela.

Kumbh mela is the most sacred of all the pilgrimage of Hindus. The most important event of the Kumbh mela is religious bathing in the river in which ever city it is being held. Naked saints or Sadhus can be seen during Kumbh mela other activities include religious gathering of holy men and women, religious discussion and devotional singing.

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Naga Sadhus – Simhasth Kumbh Mela, Ujjain

There are two types of Kumbh Mela celebrated in India, The Ardh (half) Kumbh and Purna (Complete) Kumbh. The Ardh Kumbh is celebrated every six years while Purna Kumbh is celebrated every twelve years. The Ardh Kumbh takes place in Haridwar and Allahabad where Purna Kumbh takes place in four places Haridwar, Allahabad, Ujjain and Nashik.

Naga Sadhus – Simhasth Kumbh Mela, Ujjain

Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv event is completely depends on planetary motion of planet Jupiter and the Sun. When Jupiter and the sun both fall in zodiac Scorpio the fair is held in Ujjain. Their auspicious dates for bathing in every Kumbh are calculated well before according to a special astrological combination of sun, moon and Jupiter.

In this year 2016 Ujjain is going to host the Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv. So do not miss the opportunity to purify your soul and remove all your sins.

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Yogi Babas during Ujjain Kumbh Mela

According to the history Kumbh mela is originated from the story of Samudra Manthan or Churning of ocean of Milk, between Gods and demons. During churning when Kumbh of nectar appeared, the flight between Gods and demons had begun in the sky for twelve days and twelve nights. During the battle, Lord Vishnu incarnates as Mohini-Murthi appeared and tooka way the Kumbh of nectar. While running away with the Kumbh of nectar pouring drops of amrita at four places Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain and Nasik. That show Kumbh mela is celebrated in four places.

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Sadhu performing Yoga during in Ujjain Kumbh Mela

Simhastha 2016 will begin on 22nd of April and will continue till 21st of May. People come from all over the world to join the Kumbh fair to see the rituals.

Ujjain (Simhastha) Mahakumbh 2016 Schedule

Mahakumbh ommence 22nd April 2016 (Friday)

Pancheshani Yatra during 01st to 05th May 2016

Vaishakh Krishna Amavasya 06th May 2016 (Friday)

Shukla Tritiya 09th May 2016 (Monday)

Shukla Panchami 11th May 2016 (Wednesday)

Mohini Ekadashi 17th May 2016 (Tuesday)

Pradosh 19th May 2016 (Thursday)

Poornima 21st May 2016 (Saturday)

So come and dipped your soul in the holy water of the river Shipra.

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A Journey to the Artistic Scene of Khajuraho…


Let me introduce to the 2nd most anomalous tourist’s inducement of India after Taj Mahal, Khajuraho temples. Hardly one year back, I heard this word ‘Khajuraho’ from one of my colleagues, Eric. As he is a big travel friend and whenever he takes a break, he usually goes for a trip to an unforeseen travel destination to collect some great memories. One day, Eric, suddenly offered me a proposal to go for India trip with him. It was quite uneasy for me after listening his words, as I had never been in India before or in any other country as well because traveling is not one of my favorite hobbies. As it was the first time for me, while Eric needed my accompany and in that tour itinerary in found the name, Khajuraho, so I could not ignore his proposal. I packed my luggage and taken off to the capital of India, Delhi with Eric.

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Agra was our first stoppage. After, watching its attractions we were eagerly waiting for the train named by “U P Sampak Kranti Express” to leave for Khajuraho, which was coming from Delhi. Within seven hours of night journey we reached our destination. As Eric, earlier has already visited this site so he had some superior ideas than me about staying and eating out options. If I never show my interest to spend the night at hotel, Eric would probably prefer to stay at a religious Ashram. As it is a temple city, so one can easily avail budget rooms in such Ashrams which are spreading across the town. In search of a premium facility of hotel we drove to the heart of the town where we found a good numbers of hotels and with the help of a hotel representative we become able to find out a comfortable room in the dark night.

Khajuraho Temples Art and Craft

The main attractions of Madhya Pradesh tourism are Khajuraho temples which pull greater numbers of tourist in every year. Next day morning, according to the Khajuraho travel guide, both of us approached to the most enchanting UNESCO World Heritage Site, Khajuraho group of temples. As we reached the temple area, I was very amazed after watching such a great numbers of holy shrines at a time. These captivating temples characterizes the perfect mingle of architectural and sculptural sheerness of medieval heritage. The temples exhibit sensual and aesthetic sculptures on its periphery which represents the creative and imaginative artistic sense. As it was one day excursion so we did not get so much time to move around each and every temple, but we never missed to pay our respect to some of its impressive temples like Vishwanath temple, Kandariya Mahadeo temple, Brahma temple, Chaturbhuj temple, etc.

We might have spent some more days at Khajuraho, but the very next day train was waiting for us to take us to Varanasi. Though it was my first trip in India, but if one asks me about my first experience, then I would simply like to say can I get another travel package to Khajuraho?


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Must Visit Destinations in Madhya Pradesh


The central part of Indian continent is the home of innumerable monuments, magnificent forts, exquisitely carved temples, stupas and a number of rivers, which collectively pronounce only one, name, i.e. Madhya Pradesh. The state witnesses countless numbers of tourist traffic in every year from every category whether they are domestic or international. It is the cultural importance and the spellbinding attractions of the state that magnetizes the tour enthusiasts to spend the best holiday in their life in this virgin landscape. The weather of the state is unbearably hot during summers. Therefore, tourist prefers to travel India especially Madhya Pradesh in winter, from October to March.

Tour destinations of the state which you should not miss out:

Khajuraho –

Khajuraho World Heritage Temples

World Heritage Temples, Khajuraho

Khajuraho, the World Heritage Site is also one of the seven wonders of India. The temple is located in the Chhatarpur district, which is very close to the Khajuraho domestic airport. The temples were built by Chandel Kings during medieval Hindu and Jain period. Among all Khajuraho temples Lalgun Mahadev, Lakshmana, Kandariya Mahadev, Chausath Yogini, Devi Jagadambi, etc. are famous. These sandstone temples are known for its erotic sculptures that are beautifully carved on the periphery of the temples. Holiday packages to Khajuraho covers all the major attractions of the city that travelers can choose from the mass. It also includes sightseeing of Jain Museum, Dhubela Museum and Ajaigarh Fort.

Gwalior –

Saas Bahu Temple Gwalior

Saas Bahu Temple, Gwalior

If you want to know the cultural heritage of Madhya Pradesh, then come to Gwalior city. Here, you can find numbers of forts, museum, palaces and temples, which never fails to entice the tourist towards it by its cultural significance.

The massive Gwalior Fort; situated on the top hills of the city, once was the battleground of many rulers, but now it has become a wonderful tourist attraction spot. Apart from that, there are also fascinating attractions such as Man Mandir Palace, Saas-Bahu Temple, Suraj Kund, etc. which are worth watching. This is the city where the great musician Tansen had taken birth. Presently, the Gwalior has become an important tourist destination due to its architectural and historical significance.

Orchha –

Orchha Fort

Orchha Fort

Orchha, a small town of Madhya Pradesh; is situated in the Tikamgarh district, which is very well connected to Jhansi. The city is boarded by Betwa River. The prime attraction of the town is the massive Orchha Fort; was built by Rudra Pratap Singh. The Fort complex has two famous buildings named as Jahagir Mahal and Raj Mandir, those once was the residency of Royal families. Here, you can also find some 16th and 17th century’s temple like Chatur Bhuj temple, Lakshmi Narayan Temple and the Raj Mandir, which have a great religious importance.

Bandhavgarh National Park –

Tiger, Bandhavgarh National Park

Tiger, Bandhavgarh National Park

Bandhavgarh National Park has two major tourist attractions, one is its wildlife and another one is Bandhavgarh Fort. The National Park is situated in the Umaria district, where tourist can discover highest numbers of tigers. The wide dense forest is the home of many endangered wildlife species like Indian bison, langurs, chital, tigers, nilgais, chinkara, chausingha, wild boars, Jakals, etc. Jeep Safari and Elephant Safari are some unique conveyance, which you can experience during your Bandhavgarh wildlife excursion. Bandhavgarh Fort is considered as the best place for bird watching, where you can find some rare species of birds.

Kanha National Park –

Royal Bengal Tiger, Kanha National Park

Royal Bengal Tiger, Kanha National Park

Kanha National Park is one another important attraction of the state; situated in the Mandla and Balaghat districts. This is the largest National Park in Central India, which has a significant population of leopards, sloth dear, wild dog, Barasingha and Royal Bengal Tiger. The dark green forest of Kanha National Park is the home of 1000 species of floral plants, which have a great significance.

Jabalpur –

Marble Jabalpur

Marble, Jabalpur

Jabalpur is situated on the bank of holy river Narmada. The city is loaded with unmatchable natural beauty, which has no comparison with any other cities. Jabalpur is surrounded by rocky hills of granite stones and its mountains are always covered by green grassland. There are numbers of sightseeing options around the city such as Bilhari, famous for ancient sculptors; Roopnath, popular for Shiva Lingam, placed in the cleft of a rock; and Ramnagar Fort which attracts tourists from all over world.

Omkareshwar –

Omkareshwar, Madhya Pradesh

Omkareshwar, Madhya Pradesh

Omkareshwar is a sacred temple city of Madhya Pradesh; situated on an island of Narmada River, which is called Shivpuri. Omkareshwar is one of the twelve jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. A continuous flow of Hindu devotees always can be seen in this heavenly place. Boating on the holy river Narmada always attracts tourist to pamper their valuable time. There are also a number of tourist attractions in Omkareshwar that are worth mentioning such as Siddhnath Temple, 24 Avtars, cluster of Jain and Hindu temple; and Kajal Rani Cave.

Mandu –

Jahaz Mahal, Mandu

Jahaz Mahal, Mandu

The ruined town Mandu tells a love story of a Muslim prince whose love story with a poor shepherd girl is still memorized. This historical town is renowned for its ancient history and rocky outcrop. The attractions of the place are Jahaz Mahal, which is situated between two artificial lakes and Baz Bahadur’s Palace, which is famous for its large courtyards encompassed by large halls and high terraces. People also consider Mandu as a perfect honeymoon destination as it is the city of love and delight.

Panna National Park –

Birds Species, Panna National Park

Birds Species, Panna National Park

Panna National Park is the habitat of a number of endangered animals such as tiger, chinkara, sambhar, chital and sloth bear and bird species like Bar-headed Goose, King Vulture, Honey Buzzard and Blossom-headed Parakeet. The park was declared Tiger Reserve in India in 1994 so as to eliminate poaching.

First time visitors to Panna can see the famous diamond mining industry, Rajgarh Palace and Pandav fall, which are some worth visiting attractions of the city.

Bhimbetka Caves –

Bhimbetka Caves

Bhimbetka Caves

Bhimbetka rock shelters once were the dwellings of human beings. An ideal observation on the walls of these caves will take you back to the late Stone Age period where you can find some fascinating paintings of Paleolithic times. It makes easy to differentiate the shape and size of animals of past in comparison to present. Bhimbetka Caves are an archeological heritage site located in Raisen district and are surrounded by the forests of Sal and teak.

Snachi Stupa –

Snachi Stupa Built By Ashoka

Snachi Stupa Built By Ashoka

The old city of Madhya Pradesh, Sanchi is very popular for its well-preserved stupas, which was built by Ashoka in so many years ago. In the large hemispherical domes of Sanchi Stupa, the relics of Lord Buddha are found. This 3rd Century’s Stupa is surrounded by a railing with four carved gateways facing all the four directions. In this city you tourist can also find some wonderful temples, monasteries and pillars, which boost up the beauty of Sanchi.

Maheshwar –

Narmada Ghats, Maheshwar

Narmada Ghats, Maheshwar

Maheshwar is a holy temple city situated on the bank of Narmada River that comes under Khargone District. Maheshwar is one another name of Lord Shiva as Hindu devotees suggest and it is the place where the Almighty inhabited. There are some popular Narmada Ghats, where saint’s worship can be watched early in the morning. Some popular destinations of the place are Rajarajeshwara Temple, Omkareshwar Temple and Ahilyeshwar Temple. Months from July to March is considered the best time to visit Maheshwar because the weather becomes ideal during this time.

Indore –

Rajwada Palace, Indore

Rajwada Palace, Indore

The beautiful city of MP shows a great amalgamation of religious sites, historical places and some enchanting gardens, which will never disappoint the tourists. During your sightseeing of the city you can visit Rajwada Palace. The palace is a perfect blend of French, Mughal and Maratha architectural style. Chhatri Bagh is one another popular tourist attractions due to its beautiful canopies. Tourist can also visit some religious places of Indore like Bada Ganpati, Seth Hukamchand Temple and Kanch Mandir which have a great religious importance. If you wish you can spend couple of times in the most popular zoological park, Kamala Nehru Park to watch some animals, amphibians, carnivores, omnivores and birds.

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