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Today’s article aims to ruin yet another thing people like- travelling. Who doesn’t love vacations We get to take a break from our daily monotonous lives and experience different cultures, see the beautiful local architecture, eat local food etc. Not only is it relaxing for the tourist, but also beneficial for the locals. Many countries around the world depend on tourism. It brings in money and supports local economies. In 2019, about 4.2 crore jobs were created by the tourism sector alone in India, which accounts for 8.1 % of the total employment in the country. However, there are two sides to every coin, and the other side is unknown to many.

Let’s start with travelling. Getting to your destination requires some sort of travelling by planes, trains, cars etc. The main problem with the aviation industry is of noise and air pollution. In 2010, the aviation industry carried 2.4 billion passengers and that number is predicted to increase to 16 billion by 2050. It also produces 2% of all human-induced carbon dioxide emissions globally. Choosing to avoid flying and taking a cruise instead? Good luck with that. A week’s worth of travel on a cruise is responsible for depositing about 210,000 gallons of human sewage into the ocean. It is also accompanied by many other problems like air pollution and destruction of coral reefs. If that isn’t enough, they also mistreat their workers. Cruise ship workers suffer many problems like long work hours, terrible pay, and inadequate healthcare.

Now, assuming that you’ve reached your destination, the troubles don’t end there. Often the locals have to go through hell, just so that the tourists can live luxuriously. Although it cannot be denied that the employment bought in by this industry is necessary, people fail to look at the kind of jobs being created. The main kind of employment created is low wage and seasonal, with no hopes of any promotion in them. Tourism is also expensive, and prices tend to be higher in tourist destinations. This means that the locals have to pay exorbitantly high prices for daily products like petrol, vegetables, fruits etc. The governments sadly pay more attention and give more importance to the tourists rather than their people.

Even animals cannot escape the adverse effects of tourism. Wildlife tourism is a multimillion-dollar industry and causes great harm to animals in their natural habitats. Endangered animals are drugged just so people can take photos with them, to flaunt their lifestyles on social media. Scuba diving is an activity enjoyed by many on vacations. Yet, its impact on marine life cannot be ignored. Breakage of coral colonies and tissue damage from direct contact such as walking, touching, kicking, standing, or gear contact and water pollution is common in tourist destinations.

There are many problems with this industry which are overlooked. However, we simply cannot shut all forms of tourism as many countries are dependent on it. The COVID 19 pandemic has shown us how some countries can be negatively impacted if tourism is stopped. So, reform in our methods of travelling is crucial. Some ways by which we can achieve this are:

  1. Minimise waste generation 
  2. Support family-owned and local businesses by buying merchandise and souvenirs from them
  3. Try to find out ways to minimise your impact on wildlife 
  4. Do not travel by cruises. Try trains instead 
  5. If no travel alternatives are available to airplanes, then choose direct flights

Sources : https://www.atag.org/facts-figures.html

https://www.businessinsider.in/transportation/working-on-a-cruise-ship-can-be-brutal-but-two-lawyers-who-rep-cruise-line-workers-explain-why-even-terrible-cruise-ship-jobs-can-be-attractive/articleshow/66797307.cms

Four famous pilgrims of India

Char Dhaam Yatra – India

There are four holy shrines in Uttarakhand dedicated to Hindu Gods and holy rivers of India. The four shrines are situated within the Garhwal Region. These are collectively referred as “Char Dhaam of Uttarakhand” . Pilgrims from all over India and abroad visit the shrines as “Char Dhaam Yatra”. In Hindu religion, Char Dhaam Yatra holds has great importance and sanctity. It is believed that every Hindu should undertake Char Dhaam Yatra at least once in a life time to avail the blessings of gods adorning the shrines.

Haridwar is the traditional point to start Char Dhaam Yatra of Uttarakhand. Haridwar is in the plains and easily accessible by Road & Train from other locations of India, including New Delhi. It is also accessible by Road from Dehradun, which has Airport. So, Piligrims can fly to Dehradun from Delhi & other locations in India and then proceed to Haridwar by Road travel.

Haridwar is famous for Ganga Aarthi which takes place in evening daily and through out the year.

From Haridwar, Piligrims can travel by Road to the next stop in Char Dham yatra ie Rishikesh, which is also in plains. Ganga Aarthi takes place in Rishikesh also in the evening daily.

From Rishikesh, Piligrims can travel to Four places of Chaar Dhaam yatra i.e, Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. Details are given below.

Yamunotri Dham

The Shrine of Yamunotri at the source of river Yamuna. Atop is a flank of Bandar Poonch peak (3615 meters). The actual source, a frozen lake of ice and glacier (Champasar Glacier) located on the Kalind Mountain at the height of 4421 m above sea level is about 1 km further up is not easily accessible. Hence the shrine has been located on the foot of the hill. The Temple of divine mother Yamuna was built by Maharaja Pratap Shah of Tehri Garhwal. The tiny Yamuna has icy cold water and its absolute innocence and the infantile purity heightens that deep feeling of reverence, which Yamunotri has for the devout. According to the legend ancient sage Asit Muni had his hermitage here. The trek to Yamunotri is truly spectacular, dominated by a panorama of rugged peaks and dense forests.

The deity or Goddess Yamuna is made of black marble. The temple is dedicated to the river Yamuna, who is represented in the form of a silver idol, bedecked with garlands.

Close to the temple are hot water springs gushing out from the mountain cavities. Suryakund is the most important Kund. Near the Suryakund there is a shila called Divya Shila, which is worshipped before puja is offered to the deity. Pilgrims prepare rice and potatoes to offer at the shrine by dipping them in these hot water springs, tied in muslin cloth. Rice so cooked is taken back home as prasadam.

The pujaris and priests who perform in Yamunotri temple come from the village of Kharsali near Jankichatti.

Gangotri Dham

The Gangotri temple was built by the Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa, in the 18th century and is situated on the left bank of Bhagirathi river. The temple is nested amidst the beautiful surroundings of deodars and pine trees. It lies close to the holy rock or the Bhagirath Shila where King Bhagirath had worshiped Lord Shiva. The Gangotri temple is dedicated to Goddess Ganga.

The Pujaris and Priests who perform in the temple belong to the village of Mukhwa. The water from Gangotri is carried to offer to Lord Shiva. It is believed that this water has nectar in it and will soothe the throat of Shiva who gulps the poison.

Shree Kedarnath Dham

Kedarnath temple is one of the sacred pilgrimage centre in Northern India, located on the bank of Mandakini river at an altitude of 3584 meters above sea level. The historical name of this region is “Kedar Khand”. Kedarnath temple is a part of Char Dhams and Panch Kedar in Uttarakhand and one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva in India. 

There are more than 200 shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand itself, the most important one is Kedarnath. According to legend, the Pandavas after having won over the Kauravas in the Kurukshetra war, felt guilty of having killed their own Kith and Kin and sought blessings of Lord Shiva for redemption. He eluded them repeatedly and while fleeing took refuge at Kedarnath in the form of a bafellow.

On being followed, the Lord dived into the ground, leaving his hump on the surface at Kedarnath. The remaining portions of Lord Shiva appeared at four other places and are worshipped there as his manifestations. The arms of the Lord appeared at Tungnath, the face at Rudranath, the belly at Madmaheshwar and his locks (hair) with head at Kalpeshwar. The Kedarnath and four above mentioned shrines are treated as Panch Kedar (Panch means Five in Sanskrit).

The Temple at Kedarnath presents an imposing sight, standing in middle of a wide plateau surrounded by lofty snow covered peaks. The temple was originally built in 8th century A.D. by Jagad Guru Adi Shankaracharya and stands adjacent to site of an even earlier temple built by the Pandavas. The inner walls of the assembly hall are decorated with figures of various deities and scenes from mythology. Outside the temple door a large statue of the Nandi Bafellow stands as guard.

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Kedarnath temple has exquisite architecture Built of extremely large, heavy and evenly cut grey slabs of stones, it evokes wonder as to how these heavy slabs were moved and handled in the earlier centuries. The temple has a Garbha Griha for worship and a Mandap, apt for assemblies of pilgrims and visitors. A conical rock formation inside the temple is worshipped as Lord Shiva in his Sadashiva form.

Shree Badrinath Dham

The main entrance gate of Badarinath temple is colourful and imposing popularly known as Singhdwar. The temple is approximately 50 feet tall with a small cupola on top, covered with a gold gilt roof. The Badarinath temple is divided into three parts (a) The Garbha Griha or the sanctum sanctorum (b) The Darshan Mandap where rituals are conducted and (c) The Sabha Mandap where pilgrims assemble.

At the Badarinath Mandir Gate, directly opposite the main Idol of Lord himself, is seated idol of Bird Garud, vehicle / carrier of Lord Badarinarayan. Garud os seen is sitting position and in prayer with his hands folded. The walls and pillars of the mandapa are covered with intricate carvings.

The Garbha Griha portion has its canopy covered with a sheet of gold and houses Lord Badari Narayan, Kuber (God of wealth), Narad rishi, Udhava, Nar and Narayan. The complex has 15 idols. Especially attractive is the one-metre high image of lord Badarinath, finely sculpted in black stone. According to legend Shankara discovered a black stone image of Lord Badarinarayan made of Saligram stone in the Alaknanda River. He originally enshrined it in a cave near the Tapt Kund hot springs. In the sixteenth century, the King of Garhwal moved the murti to the present loction of the temple. It represents Lord Vishnu seated in a meditative pose called Padmasan.

Darshan Mandap: Lord Badari Narayan is armed with Conch and Chakra in two arms in a lifted posture and two arms rested in Yogic Pose. Badarinarayan is seen under the Badari tree, flanked by Kuber and Garuda, Narad, Narayan and Nar. As you look, standing to the right side of Badarinarayana is Uddhava. To the far right side are Nara and Narayana. Narada Muni is kneeling in front on the right side and is difficult to see. On the left side are Kubera-the god of wealth, and a silver Ganesh. Garuda is kneeling in front, to the left of Badarinarayana.

India tourism:growth and classification

Tourism is an important socio-economic activity. It provides enormous scope for economic development of a particular area.

According to Ziffer (1989), “Tourism involves travelling to relatively undisturbed or uncontaminated natural areas with the specific object of studying, admiring and enjoying the scenery and its wild plants and animals, as well as any existing cultural aspects (both past and present) found in these areas.”

In India, temple towns, historical monuments and sea beaches were traditionally sought out as tourist attractions. But now the fabric of tourism is changing rapidly as nature, heritage, and recreational destinations are gaining more importance. In this background, eco-tourism has of late become a top attraction for the tourists.

Tourism growth in India

For a country that is surrounded by the Himalayas to the north, the Indian Ocean to the south, The Bay of Bengal to the east, and the Arabian Sea to the west, India quite hasn’t tapped into the full potential of tourism. Even the tourism industry is the largest service sector in India, the tourism growth in India is something that is still a work in progress.

With 37 UNESCO heritage sites and a land blessed with rich heritage and cultural diversity, each region in India has a unique story to tell. People have different expectations for tourism. Some prefer beaches, while others may like forests, some other people may be into deserts, etc. No matter what the preference, India has different regions to cater to everyone’s expectations. 

As per the WTTC (World Travel and Tourism Council), about 9.2 percentage of India’s GDP in the year 2018 came from Tourism. From just over 2 million tourists in 2000 to over 42 million jobs in the Indian travel and tourism industry in 2018, and 10 million foreign tourists visiting the country in the same year, the growth of tourism in India has been steady. Despite these good tourism growth statistics, India has a long way to go to fully exploit this domain.

Tourism Development in India

The growth of tourism in India, although steady, is quite not up to the expectation. For a country with a population of 1.25 billion people, that is a minimum of 1.25 billion tourist visits. India, as a result, is doing great when it comes to domestic tourism with over 1.6 billion tourist visits to other states. However, when it comes to international tourists, this isn’t the case. The FTAs ( Foreign Tourist Arrival) in India is way below other developed countries. With an FTA of just over 10 million, it is almost one-eighth of what France has. Granted that this could be due to the free travel between Schengen countries, but there are several non-Schengen European countries, as well as other nations, such as Mexico, Turkey, Russia, etc that have FTAs more than twice that of India. One of the main reasons for this is the stringent immigration rules in India. Apart from this, other reasons that restricted a full flow of tourism in India were underdeveloped travel infrastructure, poor sanitation, as well as concerns about safety. These are aspects that every tourist look for while visiting a country. 

Areas of apprehension

Medical tourism: Indian has been the origin of Ayurvedic therapy, and even after centuries, the country is successful in sustaining its remedial inventions. Over the years, several specialised hospitals are incorporated in India, which are served by many skilled doctors. In addition, the presence of well-equipped medical facilities has also taken the standard of medical dealing of the country to a new feat of success across the globe. The government should understand the need of medical tourism in India and excel on various tourism policies targeting the medical tourism destinations like Kerala, Chennai and Mumbai. Accordingly, various infrastructural initiatives can be put into practice to promote medical tourism in India.

Medical tourism

Pilgrimage tourismHarmony in diversity; this can best be experienced when in India. The country is laid out with plenty of religious destinations creating immense exposure for pilgrimage tourism. It is observed that most of the popular religious Indian sites are visited by thousands of pilgrims on regular basis. In addition, there are certain places as well which are believed to be quite religious but due to lack of promotion and government intrusion, these destinations are out of limelight. Hence, the respective state tourism authority should step forward in promoting pilgrimage tourism in India.

Pilgrimage tourism in India

Eco tourism: It is something new in Indian tourism sector, which invites tourist to visit and explore various locations without impacting its fragile ecosystem. Eco tourism in India basically aims to create environment awareness amongst the visitors and service provider. Starting from wildlife reserves to naturally blessed regions, there are plenty of enticing spots in India that are idyllic for eco tourism. Through eco tourism, the rich variety of flora and fauna in the country can be preserved for tourists. Therefore, by bringing in various initiatives pertaining to energy efficiency, water reuse and recycling of waste products, the concept of eco tourism can be made more impactful in the country. And most importantly, the revenue generated from eco tourism can further be utilised for funding various conservation projects and training programs.

Eco tourism in India

Youth tourism: This kind of tourism is specifically targeted for the youth travellers, who not only enjoy exploring new places but very adventure enthusiasts as well. Youth travel and tourism can also be included in the academic excursion wherein, the institute will arrange effective tourism program for the youth students. Besides, the craze of biking and many other rousing activities can equally be encouraged under such tourism schema. Today, youth visitors are considered as the most candid travellers all over the globe. Keeping in mind the volume of youth travellers, youth tourism market can further be segregated into independent youth travel and youth group travel. Independent youth travel may include an individual traveller or a group of independent travellers. On the other hand, independent youth travel includes a group of 6 or more youth (school/non-school group).  Under Youth Tourism, government should execute more enticing and academic execution program for the students.

Youth tourism in India

Cultural tourism: One should visit India to witness its cultural diversity. India is full of fiestas and traditional practices all round the calendar making the country one of the worth visiting destinations across the globe. Apart from religious variety, one can also get influenced by the diverse range of cuisines, languages, music tastes and architectures in the country. Considering the cultural affluences in the country, government and tourism authority should join hand in developing awareness program on cultural tourism.

Cultural tourism in India

Heritage tourism: The scope of heritage tourism in India is immense. Over the periods, it has been emerged as a major segment in tourism industry and an important source of revenue. Stepping in India will portray you its flourishing history that can still be witnessed in various majestic monuments, imperial fortress, holy shrines and other historic destinations. Indian government should come along various private enterprises in developing and preserving the significance of heritage tourism in India. Based upon the wide scope of heritage tourism in the country, this segment can further be grouped into various segments like industrial heritage, majestic heritage, religious tourism, ethnicity and urban renewal.

Heritage tourism in India

Agricultural tourism: Agricultural tourism or agritourism is a rapid growing sector today, which invites travelers to visit and explore various agricultural properties, farms, wineries and ranches. Under agritourism program, traveller can visit the working farms, involve into various activities and buy different agricultural products. In a country like India where majority of the populace is involved in farming and cultivation, agritourism should be promoted at higher level. Government should utilise its farming land by accommodating small gardens, activity areas, relaxation zone where traveller can come and spread its utility to enhance the scope of agricultural tourism in India.

Agricultural tourism in India

Dear Diary

It’s been for a while now, hasn’t it? I have not penned anything all this while. But no worries, I have got something interesting to share with you. I am going to tell you about the weekend, I spent with my friends.

Well! It’s blessing to have good friends in our life. And for a fact I am blessed with good friends. It’s worth it spending time with friends, talking to them and just enjoying. It’s all worth it man. That feeling is amazing, being surrounded with people who care about you and you care about them. Amid this covid pandemic everything has come to a stand still. Specifically we students have been caged in our homes. We are just left with good memories of the past school days. We have been missing those evening meet up and hanging out. Everyone craved for the meet up once again when the situation were getting back to normal days. We couldn’t stop ourselves enjoying with friends once again.

We five friends planned to meet in the evening at a place. The craziest part of the meeting was that everyone agreed for a short trip outside the city. Go on the outskirts of the city, sit by the river side and just enjoy the sunset. I am not able to put into words that feeling of meeting together after a long period of time. We had three bikesand everyone managed to sit comfortably and the trip started. The wind was so soothing ansd everyone sensed a sense of pleasure.. On the way we bought some samosas, chips and cold drink. In a while we were 10 km away from the city. We headed into the woods and there were villagers there. The population was very sparse. One of the villager showed us the way to a river. We stopped at the river point and fixed the spot for the enjoyment. It was an hour late before the sunset and the sun was just above the horizon. The sky was red and chirping birds were returning to their homes. It was such an amazing vibe there. This vibe is only seen outside the city. Everyone was silent and just enjoying the moment of silence. The river water was fresh and cold. We sat by the river side and served ourselves with the snacks that we had got on the way. It was amazing time spent there. The surrounding was clean and we too assured the surrounding to be clean so we put the packages of chips in our bag. We talked, laughed and just engrossed in the moment of pleasure and happiness. Now it was getting dark, so we decided to return. And on this note our weekend ended. “Be grateful for what you have in your life”.

Travel: Build life experiences

If you remain in your home town or country for your whole life, it is hard to fully comprehend the world. You will never get to experience other countries’ struggles, celebrations, and traditions.

You can argue that the media does show you these things. However, the media often portrays the negatives of a country, while the positive stories go unreported. Think about the war in Syria and how your current perceptions of the people and the country are. The media enables us to build walls and barriers to understanding. The only way to overcome this is to explore and see things for ourselves in the real world.

Every country can be vastly different from another. The dialects, food, music, religion, and traditions differ. Being exposed to these unique cultures allows us to become open-minded and understand that even though we appear to be different, we also have many similarities as humans. In spite of looking different, we share the same hopes and dreams. All cultures love their children, are proud of their culture, and work to improve living conditions for their families. These similarities are what bring us together. Traveling allows us to celebrate differences while encouraging ourselves to be more tolerant of each other.

Traveling gives us a better understanding of the world

If you remain in your home town or country for your whole life, it is hard to fully comprehend the world. You will never get to experience other countries’ struggles, celebrations, and traditions.

You can argue that the media does show you these things. However, the media often portrays the negatives of a country, while the positive stories go unreported. Think about the war in Syria and how your current perceptions of the people and the country are. The media enables us to build walls and barriers to understanding. The only way to overcome this is to explore and see things for ourselves in the real world.

Every country can be vastly different from another. The dialects, food, music, religion, and traditions differ. Being exposed to these unique cultures allows us to become open-minded and understand that even though we appear to be different, we also have many similarities as humans. In spite of looking different, we share the same hopes and dreams. All cultures love their children, are proud of their culture, and work to improve living conditions for their families. These similarities are what bring us together. Traveling allows us to celebrate differences while encouraging ourselves to be more tolerant of each other.

How to Move From NYC to Chicago?

NYC is the best place to live because here, you can get everything you need. Unfortunately, NYC is the most expensive city to live so you might want to move to Chicago due to this reason. But the good news is Chicago will also not disappoint you. Many moving companies can help you make your move from NYC to Chicago stress-free. 

Moving to Chicago is a good decision, and you won’t regret it. This city offers many large amenities so you can enjoy a better life quality. So, without wasting any time, let’s explore how to move from NYC to Chicago. 

Tips for Moving From NYC to Chicago

The distance between NYC and Chicago is about 899 miles. So, when you decide to move, start your packing. When you start early, you can do the task quickly. 

  1. Declutter, Organize, and Pack

Moving from NYC to Chicago is a big decision, and you’ll have to reduce your belongings to get the move done cheaply. So, how can you make your move cheap? First of all, get rid of all the items that are no longer in use. You can sell them or donate them to get some money. You can declutter furniture or unwanted clothes by selling them online. 

Now, you’ll be left with only the essential items. So, now you need to organize items room-wise. Purchase the moving supplies, including boxes, bubble wrap, and padding or foam. Don’t forget to get one or two ziplock bags to secure cables. 

Start packing room-wise and label boxes according to the number of rooms. Firstly, pack those items that you don’t need in your existing home. Pack the daily needed items at the end. Pack delicate items carefully and secure them to avoid damage. The more time you spend on packing, the safer your items will be. 

  1. Hire Movers

Long-distance moves are not easy, so we would never suggest doing it yourself. They’ll pack items and then perform the loading and unloading tasks. Moreover, they’re professionally trained, so they know how to deal with heavy and delicate items. 

You need to get quotes from multiple companies to find the best one. For a long-distance move, the best option is to hire full-service movers. It will save you from injuries. Finally, ensure that the company will be at your door on a moving day right on time. Finally, ensure that the company is insured so that you get your money if something gets damaged. 

  1. Book Your Movers Early

When you decide to move, start meeting with moving companies. Ask them to visit your home to provide you cost estimates. Ask all the questions that you have in mind. If you want to make your move cheap, avoid moving during holidays. Move during the off-season to make your move cheap. 

Find a company that offers affordable rates for long-distance moves. On the other hand, if you want to do everything yourself, ensure that you arrange the workforce and moving truck early. When you do it last minute, it will lead you to wrong decisions. 

  1. Utilities

When you want to relocate:

  • Let your landlord know at least one month before the moving date. 
  • Disconnect your all the utilities and change your postal address so that you can get your mails on the new address. 
  • Get booking for utilities at a new location. 

It will make things easier for you. 

  1. Get Back to Routine

After reaching your new home, it will take time to adjust and get back to routine. So, be patient and let your kids and pets get used to the new conditions, neighborhood, schools, and parks. Take your kids on a drive to familiarize them with the streets. Enjoy your time in Chicago. 

Benefits of Moving to Chicago from NYC

  • Chicago has a lower cost of living as compared to NYC. 
  • Public transport is smooth and cheap in Chicago, and residents can move through all regions of the city. 
  • The job market in Chicago is strong, and you can get multiple job opportunities in shipping, warehousing, and Railroad. 
  • Chicago has awe-inspiring and worth-watching scenery. The city has an excellent skyline, beautiful green space, and open-air views. 
  • It is a good place for higher education. So, you’ll not have to worry about the education of your kids. 
  • There are unlimited entertainment opportunities. So, when you get back from work, you can find opportunities according to your interest. 

Final Words

Moving from NYC to Chicago is a big decision, but thankfully you wouldn’t regret it. There are plenty of benefits of moving from NYC to Chicago, and some are listed above. Finally, follow the tips mentioned above and make your move from NYC to Chicago cheap and worthy. 

Bikaner – Rajasthan’s hidden jewel to discover!

A lesser-known cultural paradise and traveler’s haven, Bikaner a city that will hold you captivating in its forts, mesmerize you with its scenic beauty, and astound you with its glorious past. With extremely captivating places to visit in Bikaner, the city will take you back to the time of the earlier ruling dynasty. Planning a family excursion to the city by choosing the best Bikaner Cabsfrom any part of Rajasthan or India can make your journey happening. The city is easily accessible by air, rail, or road, and this makes it easier to plan a trip.

When you should plan a holiday in Bikaner?

Being a part of a desert state, Bikaner deals with the scorching heat of summers which are somewhat unbearable for travelers. Thus, it is recommended to visit Bikaner during the months of October to March when the winter season brings a pleasant climate to the city. Bikaner’s annual Camel Festival held in the month of January is another important attraction for travelers.

Places to see in Bikaner –

Traveling to the camel country of India, Bikaner gives you an insight into the grandeur of the city’s early kingdom and its architectural excellence. Here are listed a few of the best places to visit in Bikaner Sightseeing for enjoying the most of your journey.

Junagarh Fort –

An unconquered fortress that still stands tall with pride and narrates interesting tales of glorifying past, Junagarh Fort is one of the charming places of attraction in the city. The unique blend of Mughal and Gujarati style of architecture makes this fort one of its kind. Its pleasing beauty and picturesque surroundings offer photographers a great option to capture in cameras. Inside the fort, you can visit Royal Chapel, Public Hall, Anup Mahal, Chandra Mahal, and Fort Museum.

Lalgarh Palace –

Impressive edifice with beautiful red sandstone structure is Lalgarh palace in Bikaner that highlights the blend of Rajput, Mughal, and European architectural style. This place has the true spirit of Rajasthan’s royal lifestyle. It was commissioned by Maharaja Ganga Singh in the memory of his father Maharaja Lal Singh between 1902 & 1926 and later converted as Lalgarh Palace Hotel. Places of attraction here are Sadul Museum, Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum, and Lalgarh Palace Hotel.

Laxmi Niwas Palace –

A former residence of Maharaja Ganga Singh of Bikaner, Laxmi Niwas Palace created this marvelous architecture during 1898 & 1902. The palace is comprised of an Indo Saracenic style by the British architect Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob. Its graceful red sandstone structure makes it the most attractive place in Bikaner. It is now converted into a hotel where you can book a stay for relaxing Bikaner Tours.

Rampuria Haveli –

Bikaner is widely famous for its magnanimous Havelis and grand houses that have been made with intricate carvings and jharokhas. It gives you a reminiscence of palaces themselves. Rampuria Havelis were designed by the rich Bikaner merchants. Taking a stroll in the lanes of this Haveli will teleport you to hundreds of years back.

Gajner Palace & Wildlife Reserve –

Settled on the banks of Gajner Lake, Gajner Palace is truly an architectural marvel for visitors. The impressive red sandstone structure is situated in dense forest areas and one can spot many migratory birds around the area. The stunning architectural design is among the most amazing places to visit in Bikaner for a wonderful weekend getaway.

Ganga Singh Museum –

Amongst the most famous tourist place to visit in Bikaner, Ganga Singh Museum is famous for holding the belongings of the Indus Civilization and the Gupta Dynasty. It is a paradise for Archaeological and historic buffs. Besides, there are some amazing works of pottery, painting, terracotta artwork that will give a peak to the rich Indian heritage and culture on Bikaner Tour Packages.

Prachina Museum –

Around 2000 years back, Prachina Museum came into existence and was built by the daughter of Maharaja Narendra Singhji – Siddhi Kumari. The museum displays a great collection of royal apparel, perfumes, textiles, artwork, accessories, and unique artefacts to include the portraits of Maharajas. This museum gives a sneak peek into the rich lifestyle and age-old culture of the city.

Moreover, if you have extra time to explore more, then visit top religious places. Some of the best holy shrines to visit in Bikaner are Jain Temple Bhandasar, Shri Laxminath Temple, Karni Mata Temple, Kodamdesar Temple, Ratan Bihari Temple, and Shiv Bari Temple. These would surely upgrade your overall travel experience in the city. 

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About the Author – Kiran Deep Sandhu is the author of “Bikaner – Rajasthan’s hidden jewel to discover”. I am content writer having a major interest in traveling around. I have written many articles for different places and now here’s with this special blog of my favorite place Bikaner in Rajasthan. I hope you like it!

10 Best Places To Visit In Mcleodganj 😍

10 Best Places To Visit In Mcleodganj

Famous amongst wanderers as ‘Little Lhasa’, Mcleodganj is one of the few places in India where one can witness the perfect blend of Indian and Tibetan cultures living in harmony with each other. This hill town boasts of alluring bounties such as picturesque trekking trails, soothing weather conditions, idyllic landscapes, and vibrant culture. It’s the perfect place to witness the beauty of Himachal by exploring these 23 best places to visit in Mcleodganj during your next trip to this Himalayan wonderland.1. Triund – Crown Jewel Of DharamshalaKnown as the crown jewel of Dharamshala, Triund is one of the most popular Mcleodganj tourist places. The trek from Mcleodganj to Triund takes you through scenic landscapes and rocky terrains. Night Camping at the hilltop under the starlit sky is a visual treat that travelers can enjoy during their Triund trek.Location: Himachal Pradesh 176219Timings: AnytimeBest time to visit: May and JuneFamous For: TrekkingEntry Fee: FreeHow to reach: You will first have to reach the Gullu Temple from where you can start your trek to Triund which is around 6 kms away.2. Bhagsu Falls – Paradisiacal SceneryBhagsu Falls, the most popular Mcleodganj waterfall, is known for its lush green surroundings, and paradisiacal scenery. Located in the quaint village of Bhagsu, it is one of the best places to visit in Mcleodganj where travelers can take a dip in the freezing water, click pictures, and savor lip-smacking food at nearby cafes.Location: Trail to Shri Gunna Devi Mandir, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh 176219Timings: Open 24 hoursBest time to visit: March to JuneFamous For: SightseeingEntry Fee: FreeHow to reach: The falls are located at a distance of only 2 kilometers from the main market so one can easily walk to these waterfalls.3.Nechung Monastery – Awe Inspiring ViewDedicated to the Goddess Kali, Guna Devi Temple is one of the most popular places to visit near Mcleodganj. Surrounded by lush green Oak, and Deodar trees, this temple does not only have a mystical significance but also allows travelers to cherish the mesmerizing views of the Kangra valley.Location: Naddi Village, DharamsalaBest time to visit: October to DecemberFamous For: SightseeinHow to reach: The temple is located at a distance of 4 kilometers from Naddi. You can take a cab to reach half way and from there you will have to opt for a trek.4.Sunset Point – Cherish Enthralling ViewsAs the name suggests, Sunset Point provides enthralling views of the setting sun that slowly dips down behind the majestic Dhauladhar ranges. It is one of the best places to visit in Mcleodganj Himachal Pradesh for photographers, and nature enthusiasts, where they can relish an exhilarating view of the Naddi Village.Location: Naddi Village, DharamsalaTimings: SunsetBest time to visit: October to FebruaryFamous For: Mesmerizing viewsEntry Fee: FreeHow to reach: Take a cab from Mcleodganj and reach the sunset point. On the way, you will also get to see Dal Lake where you can take a pit stop.5.St. John’s Church – Known For Rock Solid ArchitectureDepicting authentic neo-Gothic architecture, St. John’s church is among the top Mcleodganj tourist attractions. Dedicated to John – the Baptist, this church is embedded in the forest area of Forsyth Ganj, and is known for its rock-solid architecture, wild surroundings, and pacifying vibes.Location: Naddi Village to Mcleodganj RoadTimings: 7 am to 7 pmBest time to visit: October to FebruaryFamous For: SightseeingEntry Fee: FreeHow to reach: The best way to reach this church is by taking a cab ride from Mcleodganj.5. InrPas – An Offbeat Placenown for its venturesome trekking trail, Indrahar pass is one of the best places to visit in Mcleodganj for travelers who wish to explore offbeat places. Situated at an altitude of 4,342 meters, the Indrahar pass offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan ranges and an extensive floral diversity of the surrounding hills.Location: Dhar Alangari, Himachal Pradesh 176219Best time to visit: May and JuneFamous For: TrekkingHow to reach: The most appropriate3 way to reach Indrahar pass from Mcleodganj is by road or railways.6. Vipassana Meditation Centre – Find Peace Of MindNestled by the Dhauladhar ranges, Vipassana Meditation Centre in Dharamkot is an oasis of peace, and tranquility. It is one of the best attractions in Mcleodganj where travelers can find peace of mind amidst the soothing Himalayan mountains, far from the hustle and bustle of the cities.Location: Kangra, McLeodganj, DharamsalaTimings: 9:30 to 11:30am, 12:30 to 4pm (Closed on Sunday)Best time to visit: October to FebruaryFamous For: Tranquil environsHow to reach: The center is located at a distance of 8 kms which can be covered with a cab ride.7.Maharana Pratap Sagar Lake – Bird WatchingAlso known as Pong Dam Lake, Maharana Pratap Sagar is an artificial lake arising from the reservoir built across the Beas river. It is one of the best places to visit in Mcleodganj where tourists can indulge in activities such as boating, fishing, and bird watching amidst a picturesque landscape of alluring mountains.Location: Kangra district, Himachal PradeshBest time to visit: October to FebruaryFamous For: SightseeingHow to reach: The lake is sitauated at a distance of 100 kms which can be covered via a cab ride.8. Dharamkot – A Quaint TownDharamkot is a less known but beautiful hippie village situated very close to Mcleodganj in Dharamshala. Also known as the Yoga Village, this quaint town makes up for one of the most excellent places of interest in Mcleodganj owing to its untouched and untampered beauty and no crowd of tourists.If you’re looking for nothing more than relaxation, peace and quiet, as well as stunning views of the mighty Dhauladhar ranges to greet you every morning, then this tiny hamlet is the perfect place for you to head to! It’s also home to the Dhamma Sikhara Vipassana Meditation Centre and Tushita Buddhist Meditation Centre where you can have a peaceful and refreshing yoga retreat amidst the goodness of nature and a blissful weather!Location: Himachal PradeshTimings: AnytimeBest time to visit: September to JuneFamous for: Beautiful sceneriesEntry Fee: NilHow to reach: You can just take a bus or auto rickshaw from anywhere in Mcleodganj to get Dharamkot, which is just 2 km away from Mcleodganj.9. Kareri Lake – Admire The Natural BeautyKareri Dal Lake in Dharamshala exuding serenity and tranquilityLocated in a high altitude area, Kareri Lake is one of the famous tourist places in Mcleodganj. This freshwater lake is frequently visited by tourists to capture the scenic beauties. The lake starts from Mcleodganj and leads up to the Karen village. Not only the lake is a great place to admire the natural beauty but also an excellent place for photography and trekking. Snow, being the main water source, the lake water is crystal clear.Location: Dharamshala, Kangra DistrictTimings: AnytimeBest time to visit: May to July and September to NovemberFamous For: Trekking and photographyHow to reach: To reach the lake you will have to opt for a trek.10.Kangra Fort – A Royal PalaceAnother popular Mcleodganj tourist places, Kangra Fort is a royal palace built by the royal Katoch dynasty. It is amongst the oldest architecture in India. A witness to numerous evolution, wars and invasions, it is a perfect place for historians and photographers who are looking to dig up India’s past. Enjoy the magnificent view of the Manjhi and Banganga rivers from the Kangra Fort.This majestic sample of architecture, without a doubt is one of the best places to see in Mcleodganj.Location: Old Kangra, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh 176001Timings: 9 am to 5:30 pmEntry fee: INR 100 per personBest time to visit: September to NovemberFamous For: Majestic architectureHow to reach: The fort is located at a distance of 28 kms which can be reached by a simple taxi ride.

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उत्तराखण्ड (पूर्व नाम उत्तरांचल), उत्तर भारत में स्थित एक राज्य है जिसका निर्माण ९ नवम्बर २००० को कई वर्षों के आन्दोलन के पश्चात भारत गणराज्य के सत्ताइसवें राज्य के रूप में किया गया था। सन २००० से २००६ तक यह उत्तरांचल के नाम से जाना जाता था। जनवरी २००७ में स्थानीय लोगों की भावनाओं को ध्यान में रखते हुए राज्य का आधिकारिक नाम बदलकर उत्तराखण्ड कर दिया गया। राज्य की सीमाएँ उत्तर में तिब्बत और पूर्व में नेपाल से लगी हैं। पश्चिम में हिमाचल प्रदेश और दक्षिण में उत्तर प्रदेश इसकी सीमा से लगे राज्य हैं। सन २००० में अपने गठन से पूर्व यह उत्तर प्रदेश का एक भाग था। पारम्परिक हिन्दू ग्रन्थों और प्राचीन साहित्य में इस क्षेत्र का उल्लेख उत्तराखण्ड के रूप में किया गया है। हिन्दी और संस्कृत में उत्तराखण्ड का अर्थ उत्तरी क्षेत्र या भाग होता है। राज्य में हिन्दू धर्म की पवित्रतम और भारत की सबसे बड़ी नदियों गंगा और यमुना के उद्गम स्थल क्रमशः गंगोत्री और यमुनोत्री तथा इनके तटों पर बसे वैदिक संस्कृति के कई महत्त्वपूर्ण तीर्थस्थान हैं।देहरादून, उत्तराखण्ड की अन्तरिम राजधानी होने के साथ इस राज्य का सबसे बड़ा नगर है। गैरसैण नामक एक छोटे से कस्बे को इसकी भौगोलिक स्थिति को देखते हुए भविष्य की राजधानी के रूप में प्रस्तावित किया गया है किन्तु विवादों और संसाधनों के अभाव के चलते अभी भी देहरादून अस्थाई राजधानी बना हुआ है।राज्य का उच्च न्यायालय नैनीताल में है।राज्य सरकार ने हाल ही में हस्तशिल्प और हथकरघा उद्योगों को बढ़ावा देने के लिये कुछ पहल की हैं। साथ ही बढ़ते पर्यटन व्यापार तथा उच्च तकनीकी वाले उद्योगों को प्रोत्साहन देने के लिए आकर्षक कर योजनायें प्रस्तुत की हैं। राज्य में कुछ विवादास्पद किन्तु वृहत बाँध परियोजनाएँ भी हैं जिनकी पूरे देश में कई बार आलोचनाएँ भी की जाती रही हैं, जिनमें विशेष है भागीरथी-भीलांगना नदियों पर बनने वाली टिहरी बाँध परियोजना। इस परियोजना की कल्पना १९५३ मे की गई थी और यह अन्ततः २००७ में बनकर तैयार हुआ। उत्तराखण्ड, चिपको आन्दोलन के जन्मस्थान के नाम से भी जाना जाता है।फुरसती, साहसिक और धार्मिक पर्यटन उत्तराखण्ड की अर्थव्यस्था में महत्वपूर्ण भूमिका निभाते हैं, जैसे जिम कॉर्बेट राष्ट्रीय उद्यान और बाघ संरक्षण-क्षेत्र और नैनीताल, अल्मोड़ा, कसौनी, भीमताल, रानीखेत और मसूरी जैसे निकट के पहाड़ी पर्यटन स्थल जो भारत के सर्वाधिक पधारे जाने वाले पर्यटन स्थलों में हैं। पर्वतारोहियों के लिए राज्य में कई चोटियाँ हैं, जिनमें से नंदा देवी, सबसे ऊँची चोटी है और १९८२ से अबाध्य है। अन्य राष्टीय आश्चर्य हैं फूलों की घाटी, जो नंदा देवी के साथ मिलकर यूनेस्को विश्व धरोहर स्थल है।उत्तराखण्ड में, जिसे “देवभूमि” भी कहा जाता है, हिन्दू धर्म के कुछ सबसे पवित्र तीर्थस्थान है और हज़ार वर्षों से भी अधिक समय से तीर्थयात्री मोक्ष और पाप शुद्धिकरण की खोज में यहाँ आ रहे हैं। गंगोत्री और यमुनोत्री, को क्रमशः गंगा और यमुना नदियों के उदग्म स्थल हैं, केदारनाथ (भगवान शिव को समर्पित) और बद्रीनाथ (भगवान विष्णु को समर्पित) के साथ मिलकर उत्तराखण्ड के छोटा चार धाम बनाते हैं, जो हिन्दू धर्म के पवित्रतम परिपथ में से एक है। हरिद्वार के निकट स्थित ऋषिकेश भारत में योग क एक प्रमुख स्थल है और जो हरिद्वार के साथ मिलकर एक पवित्र हिन्दू तीर्थ स्थल है।हरिद्वार में संध्या आरती के समय हर की पौड़ी का एक दृश्य।हरिद्वार में प्रति बारह वर्षों में कुम्भ मेले का आयोजन किया जाता है जिसमें देश-विदेश से आए करोड़ो श्रद्धालू भाग लेते हैं। राज्य में मंदिरों और तीर्थस्थानों की बहुतायत है, जो स्थानीय देवताओं या शिवजी या दुर्गाजी के अवतारों को समर्पित हैं और जिनका सन्दर्भ हिन्दू धर्मग्रन्थों और गाथाओं में मिलता है। इन मन्दिरों का वास्तुशिल्प स्थानीय प्रतीकात्मक है और शेष भारत से थोड़ा भिन्न है। जागेश्वर में स्थित प्राचीन मन्दिर (देवदार वृक्षों से घिरा हुआ १२४ मन्दिरों का प्राणंग) एतिहासिक रूप से अपनी वास्तुशिल्प विशिष्टता के कारण सर्वाधिक महत्वपूर्ण हैं। तथापि, उत्तराखण्ड केवल हिन्दुओं के लिए ही तीर्थाटन स्थल नहीं है। हिमालय की गोद में स्थित हेमकुण्ड साहिब, सिखों का तीर्थ स्थल है। मिंद्रोलिंग मठ और उसके बौद्ध स्तूप से यहाँ तिब्बती बौद्ध धर्म की भी उपस्थिति है।पर्यटन स्थलउत्तराखण्ड में बहुत से पर्यटन स्थल है जहाँ पर भारत ही नहीं बल्कि पूरी दुनिया से पर्यटक आते हैं, जैसे नैनीताल और मसूरी। राज्य के प्रमुख पर्यटन स्थल हैं:केदारनाथ नैनीताल गंगोत्री यमुनोत्री बद्रीनाथ अल्मोड़ा ऋषिकेश हेमकुण्ड साहिब नानकमत्ताफूलों की घाटी मसूरी देहरादून हरिद्वारऔलीचक राता रानीखेत बागेश्वर भीमताल कौसानीलैंसडाउनरहन-सहनउत्तराखण्ड एक पहाड़ी प्रदेश है। यहाँ ठण्ड बहुत होती है इसलिए यहाँ लोगों के मकान पक्के होते हैं। दीवारें पत्थरों की होती है। पुराने घरों के ऊपर से पत्थर बिछाए जाते हैं। वर्तमान में लोग सीमेण्ट का उपयोग करने लग गए है। अधिकतर घरों में रात को रोटी तथा दिन में भात (चावल) खाने का प्रचलन है। लगभग हर महीने कोई न कोई त्योहार मनाया जाता है। त्योहार के बहाने अधिकतर घरों में समय-समय पर पकवान बनते हैं। स्थानीय स्तर पर उगाई जाने वाली गहत, रैंस, भट्ट आदि दालों का प्रयोग होता है। प्राचीन समय में मण्डुवा व झुंगोरा स्थानीय मोटा अनाज होता था। अब इनका उत्पादन बहुत कम होता है। अब लोग बाजार से गेहूं व चावल खरीदते हैं। कृषि के साथ पशुपालन लगभग सभी घरों में होता है। घर में उत्पादित अनाज कुछ ही महीनों के लिए पर्याप्त होता है। कस्बों के समीप के लोग दूध का व्यवसाय भी करते हैं। पहाड़ के लोग बहुत परिश्रमी होते है। पहाड़ों को काट-काटकर सीढ़ीदार खेत बनाने का काम इनके परिश्रम को प्रदर्शित भी करता है। पहाड़ में अधिकतर श्रमिक भी पढ़े-लिखे है, चाहे कम ही पढ़े हों। इस कारण इस राज्य की साक्षरता दर भी राष्ट्रीय औसत से कहीं अधिक है।त्यौहारशेष भारत के समान ही उत्तराखण्ड में पूरे वर्षभर उत्सव मनाए जाते हैं। भारत के प्रमुख उत्सवों जैसे दीपावली, होली, दशहरा इत्यादि के अतिरिक्त यहाँ के कुछ स्थानीय त्योहार हैं।देवीधुरा मेला (देवीधुरा, चम्पावत)पूर्णागिरी मेला (टनकपुर, चम्पावत)नन्दा देवी मेला (अल्मोड़ा)गौचर मेला (गौचर, चमोली)वैशाखी (उत्तरकाशी)माघ मेला (उत्तरकाशी)उत्तरायणी मेला (बागेश्वर)विशु मेला (जौनसार बावर)हरेला (कुमाऊँ)गंगा दशहरानन्दा देवी राजजात यात्रा जो हर बारहवें वर्ष होती हैखानपानइन्हें भी देखें: पहाड़ी खाना एवं भारतीय खानाउत्तराखण्डी खानपान का अर्थ राज्य के दोनों मण्डलों, कुमाऊँ और गढ़वाल, के खानपान से है। पारम्परिक उत्तराखण्डी खानपान बहुत पौष्टिक और बनाने में सरल होता है। प्रयुक्त होने वाली सामग्री सुगमता से किसी भी स्थानीय भारतीय किराना दुकान में मिल जाती है।यहाँ के कुछ विशिष्ट खानपान हैआलू टमाटर का झोलचैंसूझोईकापिलूमंण्डुए की रोटीपीनालू की सब्जीबथुए का पराँठाबाल मिठाईसिसौंण का सागगौहोत की दालवेशभूषापारम्परिक रूप से उत्तराखण्ड की महिलायें घाघरा तथा आँगड़ी, तथा पुरूष चूड़ीदार पजामा व कुर्ता पहनते थे। अब इनका स्थान पेटीकोट, ब्लाउज व साड़ी ने ले लिया है। जाड़ों (सर्दियों) में ऊनी कपड़ों का उपयोग होता है। विवाह आदि शुभ कार्यो के अवसर पर कई क्षेत्रों में अभी भी सनील का घाघरा पहनने की परम्परा है। गले में गलोबन्द, चर्‌यो, जै माला, नाक में नथ, कानों में कर्णफूल, कुण्डल पहनने की परम्परा है। सिर में शीषफूल, हाथों में सोने या चाँदी के पौंजी तथा पैरों में बिछुए, पायजेब, पौंटा पहने जाते हैं। घर परिवार के समारोहों में ही आभूषण पहनने की परम्परा है। विवाहित औरत की पहचान गले में चरेऊ पहनने से होती है। विवाह इत्यादि शुभ अवसरों पर पिछौड़ा पहनने का भी यहाँ चलन आम है।लोक कलाएँलोक कला की दृष्टि से उत्तराखण्ड बहुत समृद्ध है। घर की सजावट में ही लोक कला सबसे पहले देखने को मिलती है। दशहरा, दीपावली, नामकरण, जनेऊ आदि शुभ अवसरों पर महिलाएँ घर में ऐंपण (अल्पना) बनाती है। इसके लिए घर, ऑंगन या सीढ़ियों को गेरू से लीपा जाता है। चावल को भिगोकर उसे पीसा जाता है। उसके लेप से आकर्षक चित्र बनाए जाते हैं। विभिन्न अवसरों पर नामकरण चौकी, सूर्य चौकी, स्नान चौकी, जन्मदिन चौकी, यज्ञोपवीत चौकी, विवाह चौकी, धूमिलअर्ध्य चौकी, वर चौकी, आचार्य चौकी, अष्टदल कमल, स्वास्तिक पीठ, विष्णु पीठ, शिव पीठ, शिव शक्ति पीठ, सरस्वती पीठ आदि परम्परागत रूप से गाँव की महिलाएँ स्वयं बनाती है। इनका कहीं प्रशिक्षण नहीं दिया जाता है। हरेले आदि पर्वों पर मिट्टी के डिकारे बनाए जाते है। ये डिकारे भगवान के प्रतीक माने जाते है। इनकी पूजा की जाती है। कुछ लोग मिट्टी की अच्छी-अच्छी मूर्तियाँ (डिकारे) बना लेते हैं। यहाँ के घरों को बनाते समय भी लोक कला प्रदर्षित होती है। पुराने समय के घरों के दरवाजों व खिड़कियों को लकड़ी की सजावट के साथ बनाया जाता रहा है। दरवाजों के चौखट पर देवी-देवताओं, हाथी, शेर, मोर आदि के चित्र नक्काशी करके बनाए जाते है। पुराने समय के बने घरों की छत पर चिड़ियों के घोंसलें बनाने के लिए भी स्थान छोड़ा जाता था। नक्काशी व चित्रकारी पारम्परिक रूप से आज भी होती है। इसमें समय काफी लगता है। वैश्वीकरण के दौर में आधुनिकता ने पुरानी कला को अलविदा कहना प्रारम्भ कर दिया। अल्मोड़ा सहित कई स्थानों में आज भी काष्ठ कला देखने को मिलती है। उत्तराखण्ड के प्राचीन मन्दिरों, नौलों में पत्थरों को तराश कर (काटकर) विभिन्न देवी-देवताओं के चित्र बनाए गए है। प्राचीन गुफाओं तथा उड्यारों में भी शैल चित्र देखने को मिलते हैं।उत्तराखण्ड की लोक धुनें भी अन्य प्रदेशों से भिन्न है। यहाँ के बाद्य यन्त्रों में नगाड़ा, ढोल, दमुआ, रणसिंग, भेरी, हुड़का, बीन, डौंरा, कुरूली, अलगाजा प्रमुख है। ढोल-दमुआ तथा बीन बाजा विशिष्ट वाद्ययन्त्र हैं जिनका प्रयोग आमतौर पर हर आयोजन में किया जाता है। यहाँ के लोक गीतों में न्योली, जोड़, झोड़ा, छपेली, बैर व फाग प्रमुख होते हैं। इन गीतों की रचना आम जनता द्वारा की जाती है। इसलिए इनका कोई एक लेखक नहीं होता है। यहां प्रचलित लोक कथाएँ भी स्थानीय परिवेश पर आधारित है। लोक कथाओं में लोक विश्वासों का चित्रण, लोक जीवन के दुःख दर्द का समावेश होता है। भारतीय साहित्य में लोक साहित्य सर्वमान्य है। लोक साहित्य मौखिक साहित्य होता है। इस प्रकार का मौखिक साहित्य उत्तराखण्ड में लोक गाथा के रूप में काफी है। प्राचीन समय में मनोरंजन के साधन नहीं थे। लोकगायक रात भर ग्रामवासियों को लोक गाथाएं सुनाते थे। इसमें मालसाई, रमैल, जागर आदि प्रचलित है। अभी गाँवों में रात्रि में लगने वाले जागर में लोक गाथाएं सुनने को मिलती है। यहां के लोक साहित्य में लोकोक्तियाँ, मुहावरे तथा पहेलियाँ (आंण) आज भी प्रचलन में है। उत्तराखण्ड का छोलिया नृत्य काफी प्रसिद्ध है। इस नृत्य में नृतक लबी-लम्बी तलवारें व गेण्डे की खाल से बनी ढाल लिए युद्ध करते है। यह युद्ध नगाड़े की चोट व रणसिंह के साथ होता है। इससे लगता है यह राजाओं के ऐतिहासिक युद्ध का प्रतीक है। कुछ क्षेत्रों में छोलिया नृत्य ढोल के साथ शृंगारिक रूप से होता है। छोलिया नृत्य में पुरूष भागीदारी होती है। कुमाऊँ तथा गढ़वाल में झुमैला तथा झोड़ा नृत्य होता है। झौड़ा नृत्य में महिलाएँ व पुरूष बहुत बड़े समूह में गोल घेरे में हाथ पकड़कर गाते हुए नृत्य करते है। विभिन्न अंचलों में झोड़ें में लय व ताल में अन्तर देखने को मिलता है। नृत्यों में सर्प नृत्य, पाण्डव नृत्य, जौनसारी, चाँचरी भी प्रमुख है।उत्तराखंड एक् विविधता का दर्शन देता हैं|उत्तराखंड साहि मैं भारत की सही अनुभुती हैं|

GOA

Reimagining  Goa was an experience that was soulful. Goa was like food for the soul. So quiet in contrast to the hip and happening place shown on any travelogue or advertisement. I never assumed that it would be such an enjoyable turnout. The lush green scenery was a feast for the eyes. Although it was a problem that we couldn’t get a driver given to the situation prevailing in South Goa due to the Taxi Unions which were very strong and did not allow Uber or Ola to ply. But that paved the way for my father to drive the car!  It felt good to drive alongside greenery and beautiful pristine waters and streams. I was at first perplexed to see the weird houses with roofs slanting and jutted out, but then I started to realize and recognize the beauty behind it. The colorful and energetic colors of the houses complimented the cheerful nature of the people there. The first day was a little troublesome as we had lost our way of trying to reach the sterling. Finally, when we did make it to our destination, it was worth the trouble. Starting from the view to the helpful staff, all of this made me feel like Goa was meant to be like a  home away from home. The first tour to the beach made a lasting impression as it was very soothing as well as peaceful. The white sands of the beach had a warm glow to it. Overall it was a very relaxing trip to the Varca beach. We ended our day by having an appetizing meal as well as a sound sleep.

For our second day in Goa we decided that wandering around the beach would be the safest bet for us as there were not many places we were familiar with. The second beach in Panjim was just like we had imagined, with the warm wind blowing lightly but strong enough to blow your sunhats away, we had a delightful time exploring every nook and crane. After sometimes as our appetites came back even after the large breakfast we had which included chole puri, cornflakes, and tea, we went to a nearby shack to satiate our hunger. All of us were amazed at the sheer size of the prawn and crabs that were being served to us and we couldn’t control our amazement even gasping at the sight of them. After a hearty meal, we decided to visit the famous Don Bosco shrine in Panjim Goa. Many would recognize it as the most sought after place for Bollywood movie shooting to take place. After relaxing in the afternoon, we got to hear that there was a small party to be held in the sterling resort that day, so we gathered on the lawn and started mingling with the crowds. The whole theme was giving a proper Goan vibe and we could feel ourselves enjoying to the fullest. The food was also delicious enough and had a variety of dishes. After the day came to an end, we retired to our respective rooms and had a goodnight’s sleep.