Sunday, 26 May 2019

Char Dham Yatra Badrinath Dham


Char Dham Yatra- Badrinath Dham- 

Heavenly Place 
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Shri Badrinath Main Temple

Char Dham Yatra is not just pilgrimage, Char Dham Yatra is not just visiting any other temple or holy place, Char Dham Yatra is actually an experience, a Heavenly experience, where you will be in proximity to nature, proximity to God and proximity to mother earth.

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On the Way to Shri Badrivishal..
When we think about Char Dham Yatra, the first thing that strikes our mind is that it might be very difficult to reach there, and the roads might not be in a perfect condition, and some might even think that only our elders should go to such holy places.
But let me tell you all these perceptions are just a myth. It is not at all difficult to reach there, road condition is perfectly fine and moreover anyone can go there and they will be definitely mesmerized with the heavenly charm of the places they will visit in the Char Dham Yatra.
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Nature at its best
Today we are going to discuss with you one of the Dham out of the Char Dham which include- 
Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamnotri.

Char Dham Yatra- Badrinath Dham:

Out of the Char Dhams, the Badrinath Dham is one of the important holy place according to Hindu Mythology. Badrinath Dham belongs to Lord Vishnu- who is said to be the creator of Universe.

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Location of Badrinath Dham

Badrinath Dham is located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, the main temple is located between two mountains which are named as Nar and Narayan, this is because as per Hindu Mythology Lord Vishnu is said to be the incarnation of sages Nar and Narayan. 
The river Alakhnanda (which later merge with Bhagirathi to form the mighty Ganga river), flows with full force near the temple, which is beautiful to see.
Very near to the main temple is a natural hot- sulphur water kund, known as tapt kund and it is said to be very sacred to take a dip in this kund before entering the main temple.

Some interesting stories about Badrinath temple

There are many stories about Char Dham Yatra especially Badrinath Dham, one story about this temple also reveals that the image of Lord Vishnu at the Badrinath Temple was first found near the Tapt kund and later on the than King of Uttarakhand established Lord Vishnu’s Image at the main Badrinath Temple.\
One another very famous story in Uttarakhand region is that, Lord Vishnu is holding a small needle in his hand and this small needle has separated both the mountains- Nar and Narayan, and this needle is getting small with every passing day, and after some hundreds of years, this needle will get broken and finally fall from the hands of Lord Badrinarayan and that day the gap between Nar and Narayan parvat will disappear and the way to reach Badrinath Dham will get closed. After that people will devote their prayers to Shri Adi- Badrinath Dham, which is located near Joshimath, which is the winter resting place of Lord Badrinarayan.
We don’t know how true these stories are but going to such divine place and hearing such stories from locals is a very amazing experience.

Shri Badrinath ji Temple Distant view

Perfect time to visit Badrinath Temple or any of the Char Dhams

Char Dham Yatra generally begins in the month of May, close to Akshay Tritiya and gets over in October close to Vijaydashmi.
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Badrinath Yatra starts when Lord Badrinarayan is bought to the main temple after resting in Joshimath, which is the winter home of Lord Vishnu, a very grand procession brings Lord to the main temple generally in the month of May close to Akshay Tritiya, and temple gets closed on the day of Vijaydashmi, when winter starts and Lord is taken to Joshimath.

Generally Yamunotri and Gangotri are the first to get opened for Yatra and Badrinath Dham is the last one to get closed for Yatra, this is because as per Hindu Mythology the Char Dham Yatra should start in clockwise direction starting from Yamunotri, proceeding to Gangotri, than Kedarnath Dham and finally concluding at Badrinath Dham.
Best time to visit Badrinath temple or any of the Char Dhams is in the month of May till mid- June, and than in months of September-October. July- August generally is a rainy season with lots of rainfall, snowfall and landslides. So, its better to visit before or after the rainy season.

How to reach Badrinath Dham??
The best means to reach Badrinath Dham is by road, the road condition is excellent except from 1 or 2 patches after Joshimath, the view is very scenic and every village is beautiful. You can take a bus from Rishikesh or Haridwar or can book your own cab.
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Generally, if you come from Haridwar or Rishikesh, the tour operators will provide you a cab with a 3 days package for Badrinath. The cost will depend upon the vehicle you will choose and it will range between 10K-15K.
If you have less time you can also opt for a helicopter ride which you have to prebook and the cost will be definitely on a higher side.
But we would definitely suggest you a road trip, since the views are breathtaking and the road condition is excellent, thanks to BRO.
Places nearby Badrinath Dham

There are many places near and on the way of Badrinath Dham, which makes the journey very beautiful and perfect for people of any age, religion, opinions and interests.
https://www.travelntweet.com/The journey generally starts from Rishikesh which is an amazing place for pilgrims, adventure lovers and different niche groups. Proceeding forward you will find various beautiful places especially hill stations on the way likes Srinagar, Pauri, Landsdowne, Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Joshimath and Auli. All these places are very scenic and worth a visit. 2kms ahead of Badrinath Dham you will find Mana Village, which is the last village of India and this villages is famous for its numerous evidences of Mahabharta period. 
It is said that Pandavas came here before there final journey for heaven, besides this the place is actually very beautiful and should not be missed if you come to Badrinath.
Finally concluding:
We have shared everything about Badrinath Dham, one of the Char Dhams. We are very hopeful that the information shared will be useful to you while planning your Char Dham Yatra especially yatra to Badrinath Dham.

This year the Badrinath Dham temple has been opened on 10th May and Char Dham Yatra is going on. You have lots of time till October to plan a trip to the Heavenly Char Dham Yatra.
So, do plan your trip and for any assistance either visit us at https://www.travelntweet.com/
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Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Amazing Reflections of Some Dream Destinations


Hello guys..!! Recently our team - Travelntweet visited some of the dream destinations and captured the beauty of the places. This video is simply a trailer having some reflections of the wonderful places Singapore & Goa. We will bring you the next videos on both of these destinations separately. Till then please do watch this video and we would like to get your views / suggestions regarding this.
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Sunday, 12 May 2019

Goa-Fun-filled Holiday Destination


Goa, the place of fun, the place of thrill, the place of adventure, the place of masti, the place of culture, the place of religion, and the place of everything in the World. What more can we say about Goa, there is nothing in the World that Goa does not offer.
Beautiful to Ride along Panjim-The Capital of Goa 
From the beautiful sandy beaches, to the amazing party places, from the noisy waterfalls to the soothing river side, from water sports to the famous pub-crawls, from wonderful Churches to the most amazing temples, Goa has it all.
On one hand it has freedom and the hip-vibe, on the other hand it has its unique culture and religious practices. Goa offers something for everyone. This place never disappoints anyone.
In this blog we will discuss in detail about how to reach Goa and what all activities you can do there in a limited time and budget.
Sunrise on the Beach
How to reach Goa??
Now the million dollar question is how to reach this beautiful place? Goa is very well connected by roads, water and air which means you can come by bus or car, or you can come enjoying your cruise or you can opt for the fastest means of reaching Goa by flights.

By Road: You can rent a car or take your own 4-wheeler, or take a bus from Mumbai which will take you to Goa in 11hrs 30min approx. Goa is 553 kms from Mumbai and the road is very scenic, Especially if you visit during the rainy season.
By Train: Train is actually the cheapest option to reach Goa from Mumbai. Again the view is very scenic as you pass through the hills and valleys. If you are on the budget trip than you should definitely opt for a train journey.
By Flights: It is the most fastest and convenient way to reach Goa, however it could slightly hit your pocket if you are on a budget trip. The nearest airport is Dabolim Airport, which is a 65 min drive away from the city centre.

Adventure sports & other activities to do:

Goa is a heaven for adventure sports specially water-sports, don’t even dare to miss these activities, when in Goa. The all time favorites are:
·     Para-sailing: The most done water sports activity in Goa is Para-sailing, when you are in the air hanging with a parachute and being dragged through a motor-boat, ohh what a view it is when you see enormous water beneath you and beautiful beaches from such a great height. There are 2 variants of Para-sailing:- One is “With Dip” and other is “Without Dip”. We strongly recommend to go for – Parasailing with Dip, try it, you will definitely enjoy.

·       Jet-Ski ride: Another popular water sport is to ride on the water, splashing on the waves on a jet-ski. The thrill you feel on a jet-ski ride is unbeatable. If you are a beginner, then don’t worry at all, it is completely safe as it is mostly driven by the experts and you just have to sit and enjoy the ride.

      Banana-Boat ride: It is also a very thrilling adventure activity which could be done by a group of 4-5 people. You have to hold your banana boat really tight as it will be dragged by a very high speed motor- boat. It goes to such a speed that you could even fall in the mid of the sea, but don’t worry you are in safe hands as there is a guard in the boat who will pull you back again.
·         Bumper-Boat ride: It is somewhat like banana boat ride; the only difference is that it could be done by 2 people at a time.

·         Sail-Boat ride: It is the latest addition in the water activities at Goa, these are actually sail boats without any motor, which will take you for a tour of 2Kms in the mid-sea, their movement depend on the direction of winds. It is actually a great experience, you just have to sit on the net bed of boat or you can even lie-down, you fill feel as if you are yourself a fish swimming in this huge sea. So, if in Goa, give it a try.
·         Flyboarding: Who doesn’t want to fly?? Everyone in this planet has an inner desire to fly and this latest addition in water-sports is catering this inner desire of ours. In this adventure sport water is pushed beneath pair of boots worn by you, by this water pressure the rider flies in the air upto a certain height an when pressure is released, again drops in the water. It looks a bit scary and we didn’t had the guts to try it. But please do let us know, I anyone of you goes there and try this sport and let us know your experience. We are eagerly looking forward for your personal experiences, so that we could gather courage to try it out someday.

5 in 1 Water Sports Package In North Goa
Other Activities:
Apart of adventure sports there are numerous other activities to do in Goa, some of them are as follows:

·       Dolphin Spotting: Spotting the manoeuvres of the amazing creature Dolphin in its natural habitat is really an awesome experience. There are many boat companies that will take you for a ride in the mid-sea to spot there amazing creatures of God. You will find them in the Deltin area which is very near to Fort Aguada.

Dolphin Spotting Tour

·     Clubbing: Goa is a hub of clubs, pubs and discos. Many of the top- notch clubs of India are found here. So, if you are a party person, then don’t miss to visit Titos Lane, which is the hub of nightlife in Goa. Tito’s and Mambo’s are said to be the best to enjoy Goan nightlife. Good news for all the ladies, your entry is totally free there, however men have to pay the entry tickets. You will get the best discos, DJs, alcohol and food there.
·         Gambling: Goa has some of the best casinos on its waters. Ya thats right the casinos are huge and beautiful ships floating on the water. You will be charmed by the beauty of these huge ships, especially when they light-up at night. These are mostly loca
ted on Mandovi river-side in the Panjim area. It has all the major casino brands like Casino Royale, Big-Daddy casino, Casino Pride, Deltin Royale Casino, etc.
On interesting fact about this casino area is that, this place looks so beautifully amazing in the evening and night that it attracts the attention of many film directors to capture their shots at this place. We have ourselves witnessed shooting of a Marathi movie there. You never know when and what you find in Goa.
·         Fishing:  If you like fishing, than you are at the right place, there are many areas where you can take your fishing device and sit with a beautiful view and wait for the fish to get caught. In our opinion the best place will be Dona Paula.
·         Snorkling: This is another great activity you can do here. Watching the sea creatures in their natural habitat is really a next level experience. So, you can definitely opt for this activity when in Goa.

Places to Visit:
There are numerous places to visit in Goa, some of the handpicked places are as follows:

·         Beaches: Goa has some of the best beaches of the country. Many people come to Goa just to see these beautiful sandy beaches. There are approx 22 beaches in Goa, and most of them are inter-connected with each other. If you visit beaches at North Goa they are a bit crowded but are best for adventure sports and nightlife. But if you want peace and privacy than you have to visit beaches at South Goa. In our opinion, one should visit some important beaches of both North and South Goa, if you don’t have the time to visit all the 22 beaches. Remember one thing, every beach is different, the sand is different, the landscape is different, the waves are different, and overall experience is different at each beach, so don’t be in a notion that every beach will be the same, so why visit many beaches. Some of our favourites are Baga beach(Adventure and party), Calangute beach (Adventure and party), Candolim beach (highly recommended for beautiful waves), Sinquerim Beach (Amazing views), Anjuna Beach(Amazing views), Arambol Beach(Peaceful), Miramar Beach(Mumbai Style Chowpati area), Dona Paula(Must visit, beautiful and scenic), Colva Beach(white sandy beautiful beach). These should not be missed if you don’t have the time to visit all the beaches.
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     Churches:  Goa is the home to the most beautiful churches. Actually Goan architecture is greatly influenced by Portugese architecture, which is also reflected in its Churches. You will find the most beautiful churches in Old Goa, Velha and Panjim area. The Asia’s largest and UNESCO world heritage Church- Basilica of Bom Jesus is located in the beautiful Old Goa, another beautiful Church, which you might have spotted is some movies as well is Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, located in Panjim. Other important Churches in Goa are Church of St. Francis of Assisi (Velha, Goa), Se Cathedral (Velha, Goa), St. Alex Church (Calangute, Goa), and Church of St. Cajetan (Velha, Goa).

Basilica of Bom Jesus

·         Temples: Goa has a good population of Hindu worshippers and some of the most beautiful temples are located here. Their unique worshipping practices and great architectural designs will leave you amazed and spell- bound. Some of the important and most visited temples of Goa are Shri Mangesh Devasthan (Ponda, Goa), Shantadurga Temple (Ponda, Goa), Mahalaxmi Temple (Ponda, Goa), Shri Nagueshi Temple (Ponda, Goa) and Navdurga Temple (Borim, Goa).
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      Forts: There are two important forts which should not be missed during your Goa visit, these are Fort Aguada and Fort Chapora. Both the forts give you stunning views and glimpses of the beautiful Goa.

Fort Aguada is located in a hilly area with its lighthouse and jail which is well preserved from 17th century. It is a best example of Potugese architecture and overlooks the Sinquerim beach, it also marks the confluence of Mandovi river and Arabian Sea. If you like photography and want to capture scenic views than this place is definitely heaven for you.The visit timings of the fort are from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM.

Fort Chapora is also a very important fort to visit, it is located across Chapora river in Bardez, Goa. It should be visited in the morning to witness the beautiful sunrise and also to                                 hike a bit avoiding the scorching heat during the day. The fort is located at such a prominent place that commands views in all directions, which was strategically built to cater the defence requirements of the than army. But today it is a prominent tourist spot and gives stunning and scenic views of the place.

·       Waterfalls: Yes Goa offers one of the longest waterfalls of the country i.e. Dudhsagar Falls which is located in the Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollen National Park, over the Mandovi river. It actually marks the border between Karnataka and Goa. These are very beautiful and scenic especially during the rainy season.




This was all we have to tell you about Goa trip, if you have a limited time and budget, which is from our personal experience, for any other queries kindly visit us at https://www.travelntweet.com/ or email us at chasingdreamzz1131@gmail.com

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