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Every time we plan to move to a new place, the first question that strikes our mind: Is this the right time to visit this particular place? Well, this is one of the very obvious questions because no one would love wasting their time and money on a not-so-worthy decision. So, here I am with a place where you can visit throughout the year except for monsoon. Manali is surely one of the most beautiful hill stations in Himachal Pradesh and the best time to visit Manali is either the busiest summer season or the snowy winters. This lover’s paradise has something for everyone, whether you’re on your honeymoon, on a solo trip, or you’re on your backpacking trip. Thus, depending on your convenience, budget, and interests, you can select the best season to visit Manali.

Best Season to Visit Manali

SeasonsMonthsTemperature
SummerMarch to June10ᵒ-25ᵒ C
Winter September to FebruaryBelow 0ᵒ
Monsoon July to August15ᵒ-25ᵒ C

Manali in summer (March to June)

Let’s get started with the best time to visit this charming hill station. Unlike any other part of the country, the climate in Manali remains quite pleasant, whereas the temperature keeps dancing between 10ᵒ-25ᵒC. Also, if don’t just want to spend time wandering around in the area, try out a few adventurous activities like rafting, paragliding, zorbing, trekking, and other mountainous activities. This is the season when the place looks bright, fresh, and the flowers are in a full bloom that makes it one of the ideal places to visit for all the nature enthusiasts.

Also read : Best time to visit Shimla

In fact, Manali in summers is in full festive swing that makes it must for you to attend the festival of Basantotsav that happens during the month of April. Since summers are approaching and there are possibilities that you might select this place for a small vacation. If yes, then ensure that you visit some of these places as well like Vashisht Baths, Hadimba Temple, The Beas Kund Trek, Hampta Pass Trek, and Van Vihar.

Manali in winter (September to February)

Any couples out there who are thinking of a perfect place for their honeymoon or maybe you just want to spend some quality time with your loved one, Manali can be taken into consideration. The season is the great time to witness snowfall and some mind-blowing vistas of snow-clad mountains. The bets time season to pick for visiting the place is between Decembers to January when the temperature usually hovers around subzero.

Also, this is the season when everyone is waiting for the most-awaited winter carnival where a lot of cultural groups and students from different colleges take participation. This 5-day festival is held at Manu Kela Kendra and besides this, you can even visit some breathtaking sites that includes Kullu, Nehru kund, Jogini waterfall, Chandratal Baralacha Lake, Rahala falls and much more.

Manali in monsoon (July to August)

Here comes the season that is usually not recommended to pay a visit to the place as it receives heavy rainfall throughout the season. From July till mid-week of September, the place becomes prone to frequent landslides that further blocks most of the roads that might affect your vacay mode as you need to stay in your hotel rooms for most of the time.

Talking about the temperature and weather during these months is quite unpredictable. Though it is advised to stay away from the place during monsoons, however, if you have no issues in taking a risk and want to enjoy a short budget trip, the season can be taken into consideration.

I am going to ask you a few things, raise your hands if you feel the same. Do you want to escape from the daily city blues? Any nature buff out there who are looking for a place to soak in nature? Looking for a getaway with your friends for a couple of days? Want to meet new people or maybe want to enhance your cross-cultural understanding? Also read:

Travel Guide To Kodaikanal

If you agree to any of these things, I have a perfect escape plan for you. Move to nature’s one of the best creations or I should say a happy place for a small and satisfying vacation. Kasol definitely has a solution to all your stress and daily hassle.

Kasol

 This small Himalayan village comes with a number of things to do that includes hiking, trekking, shopping and what not. Surely the fastest growing hub for backpackers, trekkers, and nature lovers, the place can take all your worries and let you feel that ‘this is the moment I was looking for’. Check out this perfect travel guide to Kasol, so that you already know a bit what are you going to take from this place.

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Things to do in Kasol

There are a number of things and activities you can try out when in Kasol according to the number of days you want to spend there. Check out the list of things to do in Kasol and enjoy your trip in the best way possible.

Hiking and Trekking

There’s nothing calm and serene than walking along the lush greenery. Kasol allows you to explore a number of things and places and the best one, which is also the frequently-visited one, is the KheerGanga Trek. Though this 9km and 4-6 hour trek is quite difficult due to the steep climbing through narrow and tricky trails still it is considered one of the easiest treks to do from Kasol. Tosh Village is the best camp out there and the breathtaking vistas of nature are totally able to leave you spellbound. However, there are a few other famous treks you should definitely try like Sar Pass Trek and Pin Parvati Trek to enhance your experience.

Hiking and Trekking

Before I jump to my next section, tell me.

Do you know? Why this place is often referred to as ‘Mini Israel”? Well, for those who don’t know, Kasol was just a bus stop till the early 90s. It evolved as a place for backpackers in 2014 when a huge number of travelers from all around the world came to traversed unexplored hills and found this beautiful hill station with low population and fantastic weather all around the year. This tiny mystical village gained its significance ever since Israeli natives started dominating the place. Now, here’s my next thing to do in Kasol.

Tempting Israeli Cuisine

Since the place is dominated by a big number of Israelis, it becomes a must-thing to try out their authentic and different cuisines at the restaurants out there. And as you walk miles and miles in order to explore this beautiful town, your stomach becomes more and more demanding. So, do not let your belly to wait anymore and just grab a bowl of Shakshuka, or mouth-watering Bureka or maybe a lemon cake. Not just this, you can even try on German, Italian, Indian, and Nepalese cuisines at the Moon Dance Café or German Bakery to please your taste buds with some luscious dishes.

Israeli Cuisine

Try out some Adventurous Activities

Make sure you save up some of your time for indulging yourself in a few adventurous activities in Kasol. Now, when you know that you have to trek to reach anywhere in and around Kasol, this is your first activity because trekking is no less than an adventure. Then you can enjoy camping and bonfire with your companion or group on the overhead villages. Try out fishing in the Naggar village and if you’re a true biker at heart, try out biking and mountaineering in Manali. Fly like a bird (paragliding) and witness some top-notch spectacular views. Just remember that traveling to a new place not only means seeing those picturesque hills and mountains, it about those adventures and small experiences that make your trip worth it.

Bike Adventure, Kasol

Places to Visit around Kasol

Check out the list below and explore more about some picture perfect places around Kasol.

Manikaran

I’ll be starting with my favorite destination, which is a sacred place for both Hindu and Sikhs. Well, the place is mere 4km away from Kasol where you can reach hiking or riding, according to your convenience. This sacred place of faith and God can surely cast spirituality over the mind and soul of all the tourists as well as the devotees. In addition to that, both Hindus and Sikhs have distinct beliefs when it comes to Manikaran Sahib. Hindus say that when the wife of Lord Shiva dropped an earring near the place that very incident led to the rise of hot spring in Manikaran. While Sikhs believe that when Guru Nanak Dev Ji came there with around 1500 disciples and in the urge of having something to eat, Guruji lifted a stone and the hot spring came out, where they cooked the food.

Manikaran

Challal

Here comes a small village near Kasol, a place where you can easily trek to or casually walk by in just 30 minutes. And if you’re the one interested in psychedelic parties, you cannot miss the place deep into the wood anyhow. Show your presence there during the music festivals and break a leg at the parties hosted by the top-class DJs. And that’s not it, the place is also famous for its hash. Get some for your after parties even in your home town.

Challal

Tosh

Push yourself a little more and get ready to try something challenging because we are heading towards Tosh trek. The trek is located at an altitude of 2400 ft and allows you to experience the best of the place on your way from Kasol to Tosh and back. You can try out a number of things until you reach this magnificent land. Also, the place is the heart for the people of the east and west who are on their way to connect with nature. Talking about the stay and accommodation, places are really easy to find and stay in. Though Maggie and tea are the souls of the place, there are number of cafe where you try out different cuisines. The best season to be a guest of Tosh is from April to October.

Tosh

Rasol

If you’re more of, “I want more peace and fewer people around me while traveling”, Rasol is the best option you can travel to. The place is situated at a height of 3048m, above the rushing sea, and of course, in the mountain range of the Great Himalayas. The journey to Rasol will take around 3-4 hours and you need to start it from Kasol only, then you can stop at Chalal to have some tempting food and then head towards Rasol to be amidst this little meditative land. March to October is the best time to visit this place and experience the most exciting trekking expeditions.

Rasol

Best time to Visit Kasol

This wonderful village, situated on the Parvati Valley has pleasant atmospheric conditions throughout the year, but the best time to drop by is during the months of October to June. The temperature generally switches between 15 to 22ᵒ C during these months when the climate remains amazingly cool.

How to reach Kasol

Reaching the place is really accessible. You can select the mode according to your convenience. Here’s how you can reach the place.

By Air: The nearest airport is the Bhuntar Airport that is situated near Kullu and is around 31km away from Kasol.

By Train: Joginder Nagar Railway Station is the nearest railway station to Kasol and is nearly 144km away from the village of Kasol. You can hire a cab or taxi from the station to reach your destination.

By Road: Well, booking tickets for a bus that takes you directly to Kasol is not possible. You need to change your bus or take a taxi from Bhuntar to get down at your destination.

So, this was all about your happy place. I just gave you a rough idea in order to build your excitement. Show your presence and feel the real fun and adventure out there.

The idea of writing travel guide came to my mind when I start getting DMs from a number of people and my friends asking how was the place, what other specialties I can see there, how should I reach the place, and related questions. So, I have been to Kodaikanal located in the state of Tamil Nadu and glad that I made this decision. The name of this city is often referred to as “The Gift of the Forest” and beyond any question, you can expect cloud-capped mountains, outstanding weather of Kodaikanal, mesmerizing lakes and valleys, and cliffs covered in mist. And I can totally assure you that your decision of heading towards this Princess of Hill Stations won’t let you down. So, are you ready to explore the contours of amazingly beautiful Kodaikanal?

Kodaikanal View

Brief History of Kodaikanal

Some untimely references about the city have been found in the Tamil Literature from the Sangam period that is said to be occupied by the tribal Paliyan people. Talking about today’s modern Kodaikanal, it was established by the British Bureaucrats and American Christian monasteries. It is also said that place was mainly used as a summer retreat by the British officials and some high-class Indians.

I know some of you might not be interested in knowing the past of a place. So, without talking much of your time, I’ll directly jump to my next section and we’ll see why the place is considered one of the most admired tourist places in the country.

Kodaikanal

Things to do in Kodai

Well, the city is a year-round destination, however, the best time to visit the hill station is between March to May.

The Kodai Lake

Let’s get started with the icon of this hill station, this star-shaped man-made Kodai Lake is spread across an area of 60 acres. Go and experience visiting the Kodaikanal Lake when the weather seems pleasing. Also, the place allows you to get indulge in a number of different activities that include boat riding, horse riding, cycling around the banks of the lake, and much more. If you’re visiting the place is summers, do not miss the boat parade and flower show organized there. Believe me, when the glittering sun rays fall on the clear blue water, you won’t be able to take your eyes off from this beautiful sight.

Kodai Lake

Coakers Walk

One of the best things you can try out in Kodaikanal is walking the Coakers Walk that takes you through some of the splendid spots in the city and is definitely the perfect place to enjoy some leisurely walks. The walk gets started from the place near the Van Allen Hospital and ends at the road above the St. Peter’s Church. Always be camera-ready to capture the pleasant beauty of the hills. Also, as you continue with the walk, you can experience a rare phenomenon at the hills called Brachem Spectre. Are you ready to see the shadow of the clouds with a beautiful rainbow halo around? And this happens when the sun is behind while the clouds and mist is in the front.

Coakers Walk

Pillar Rocks

Another exquisite tourist or I should picnic spot of Kodaikanal, the Pillar Rocks is located at a distance of 8km from the lake. The place is situated in the middle of lush green and three vertically placed boulders at an altitude of 400 ft. The thing that makes the place a must-visit is its hidden nooks and corners that make the place more fascinating. Also, do not miss visiting the Devil’s Kitchen, a mini garden that remains full of seasonal blooms and adds amazing colors to the place. You can also go on a trek to the Pillar Rocks that allows you to walk through the intense fog and thick woods.

Pillar Rocks, Kodaikanal

Sacred Heart Natural Science Museum

To all the nature buffs out there, get even closer to nature and learn all the concepts of natural biology. The place offers you almost everything and its wonderful taxidermy collection includes more than 500 species of birds, insects, and animals. You won’t be able to take your eyes when you witness the exotic living collection of over 300 orchid species. The museum also has artefacts of the ancient Palaiyar tribe’s native. All in all, once you visit the place you’ll get to learn some creepy yet useful information.

Sacred Heart Natural Science Museum

Shopping in Kodai

I always have this habit of bringing back some unique and special crafts of a particular place. But I didn’t know that Kodaikanal will provide me with such exciting materials. The place has to offer you brass jewelry, leather products, woolen shawls, and what not. One can even get their exotic species like clove, pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, white pepper etc. You may even come across some talented potters out there, but amazing pottery products and if you wish to, you can learn the art as well. Some of the famous shopping places in the city are Spices Corner, Corsack, Bazaar Road, Potter’s Shack to name a few.

How to Reach Kodaikanal

Reaching this wonderful hill station is really accessible as the place is connected to the other towns in Tamil Nadu.

The nearest airport to the hill station is present in the nearby cities of Trichy, Coimbatore, and Madurai, and reaching Kodai from any of the airports is quite approachable via road.

The nearest railway station is just 100km far from Kodai Road’s town but I would recommend you to first get down at Dindigul because you from here, you can find the transportation services quite easily.

One can reach the town via roads as well because frequent bus services from places like Madurai, Coimbatore, Chennai, and Trichy are easily available. B

The town is situated in such a location where the temperature stays cool and pleasing all round the year. If you visit the place during summers in the months of April to July, you’ll get relatively cool temperature juxtaposed to other low lying plains in Tamil Nadu and during the daytime, you’ll never get a temperature more than 22ᵒ. July and September are the monsoon months when the place receives maximum rainfall followed by the mildly chilly weather of winters when the temperature barely goes below 8ᵒ C.

Although the town can be visited throughout the year, the best time to be the guest of Kodaikanal is the summer season or should be visited from October when the city is at its best and looks refreshing.

What to pack while traveling to Kodai?

Now, when you have heard this lot of time that the temperature in the city remains quite cool and hardly go up. However, make sure you take the right amount of warm clothes even during summer time because you never know when the temperature drops down. So, it is recommended to wear a few layers of clothes so that you can take them off according to the weather. And you definitely need them during winters.

Also, make sure you are taking/wearing a hooded jacket all the time you’re wandering around the city because of the strong fog and mist in the area. Also, the parts of Kodai can be dry too, so take moisturizers and some creams along.

In a nutshell, traveling to Kodaikanal doesn’t need hardcore planning, just keep these few things in mind and enjoy your vacay time in the best way possible.

I am sure that growing up each one of us has heard about the stories of the very famous and talked-about Kumbh Mela, where hundreds and thousands of people come together at a great religious affair and families get separated on occasion. Well, that doesn’t happen in the modern world, now tourists and visitors are provided with top-notch securities and arrangements. But hey, do you actually know the importance and meaning of Kumbh Mela? I am sure very few of you must be familiar with the same.

This year also, the Ardh Kumbh Mela took place in Prayagraj, popularly known as Allahabad, held at the Triveni Sangam- the meeting points of the holy rivers, Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati. So, I have recently been to this marvelous festive fair and got to know a lot about the place thus, decided why not share this intellectual piece of knowledge, some main features, and highlights of the Kumbh will all you. If you are traveling to India there are other religious places too where you can visit and explore real India. So, come and let’s take a read through.

The History Behind this Largest Meet

Before we get started with the history of Kumbh Mela, let’s first understand what actually this word mean? Well, Kumbh means a vessel of Amrit or in other words, the nectar of eternal life. According to Hindu Mythology, it is believed that a Kumbh with Amrit was found by both Gods and Demons during Samudra Manthan. They both wanted to have it. During the fight, in order to take the Amrit from the demons, Garuda (vehicle of Lord Vishnu) took the pot and flew away. During this flight, the nectar of life spilled in 4 places: Haridwar, Ujjain, Prayag (Allahabad), and Nashik that ultimately made all these places and the rivers flowing in the respective cities holy. Since then the Kumbh Mela got started and is celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm.

History Of Kumbh

Did you know?

Well, there are no exact dates but the first historical records of this massive event can be discovered in the accounts of the famous Chinese Traveler, Hiuen Tsang, who came to our country during the ruling period of King Harshavardhan. He did not mention about the Kumbh Mela but talked about a ritual fair organized by King Harshavarshan where a huge number of devotees took a dip at the Sangam of two rivers in Prayaga.

When to visit Kumbh Mela?

The event never takes place at the same time of the year but on specific dates when the water of the holy rivers is believed to turn into nectar. The correct dates of Kumbh Mela are decided by taking the positions of Sun, Moon, and Jupiter into account. Usually, the month of Magh in Allahabad is considered for organizing the Kumbh Mela because the planets are in the right position. It is also believed that devotees who take a dip during this time help to clean their sins. This year, the best promising days were 14 and 27 January, 6, 15, 17, 21, and 25 February.

The Shahi Snaan

It is said that in the earlier days, Sadhus used to get involved in killings in order to protect their religion. Thus, they believed the only way to cleanse them of this sin would be taking a holy dip in the sacred rivers. Triveni Sangam at Prayagraj is the place where one can go and take a bath in the river. On the day of Shahi Snaan or Rajyogi Snaan, first holy men follow the rituals and take a dip in the river before any common man.

The Shahi Snaan

The Snaan is considered one of the important rituals of the Kumbh Mela that starts the early morning at 4:00 am. You’ll get stunned to see the will power of the devotees who are ready to bathe in the river during the early morning time and too that in the freezing weather. These millions of devotees happily go through the pain in the name of spiritual belief.

The Naga Sadhus

This is the best time of the year and surely the best place that allows you to see the Naga Sadhus, who have turned their backs on all materialistic things, luxuries and pleasures of life. These holy men definitely pain a lifelike picture at the Kumbh. They are the most faithful devotees of Lord Shiva who are often seen with coils of matted hair and naked bodies covered with the holy ash. Also, you’ll see them carrying a trident crowned with human skulls.

Naga Sadhu

Yeah, they look ferocious but actually, they are most the non-violent group of people who barely have human contact and are never seen in the public except in the Kumbh Mela. They too participate in the rituals to make their soul free from sins. If you wish or may be interested, you can discuss their views, philosophies, and ideologies and they’ll happily talk about the same.

Things to do in Kumbh Mela

The beginning of the massive festive event is marked by Peshvai and people from all over the world are greeted. On this day, big groups of saints arrived and a yatra is carried in the glory of this auspicious mela. Check out some of the fantastic events and thing you can do when in Kumbh Mela.

Cultural Events

There’s nothing better than watching and learning about the rich culture of our country. You can visit this very famous fair that includes 5 major pandals of series with different events. There, you’ll be witnessing some really amazing musical performance and traditional folk dances regularly from the day the mela get started. Also, those who wish to have a spiritual experience, they can visit the Pravachan Pandal.

Waterways

When in Kumbh, do not miss having a water boat or ferry experience because this is one such activity you can try to appease your mind and soul. Inland Waterways Authority of India does a fantastic job and allows you to take ferry ride close to the Sangam Ghat in the Yamuna River. The ferry ride starts from the Sujawan Ghat and then it moves towards the Boat Club Ghat and finally ends at the Kila Ghat. Well, indulging the serene water boat ride also allows you to watch many sites of the ghats.

Thematic Gates

The government has also installed thematic gates that not only allows you to roam around the fair comfortably but also makes the fair aesthetically appealing. If you visit the place, you’ll see that the gates are installed strategically and every gate has its own unique identity, thus make these cultural creations more amazing.

Laser Light Show

This year, the government has introduced a unique laser and sound theme at the site, in order to make the festive fair much better than the previous years and allow the visitors to experience something new. Having such kind of show at a religious event is something unexpected that ultimately makes it a must-have experience. Go ahead and try out this laser light show and if possible do your bookings in advance in order to avoid any hassle.

Tourist Walks

Make sure you participate in the tourist walks because the activity has a special significance and let you explore different parts of the including some famous temples and forts. Tourists who visit Allahabad have the opportunity to get into the Sangam Walk where they’ll be visiting the Bade Hanumanji Temple, Ram Ghat, Akshya Vat, and Patalpuri Mandir. Not just this, Prayaga Walk is another top attraction for the visitors where they’ll get a chance to visit Public Library, Swaraj Bhawan, and Allahabad Museum.

How to Reach Kumbh Mela?

By Air

Remember there’s no direct flight to your destination (Kumbh Mela). The Allahabad Domestic Airport is only workable for the domestic flights that connect to a few cities of the country. Whereas, Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport in Varanasi and Amausi International Airport in Lucknow is a much better option, connecting to main cities across the country. You need to take a cab from the airport to reach the Kumbh Mela.

By Train

For your information, there are 10 main railway stations that connect Allahabad to the major cities of the country. You can pick the best option for yourself that allows you to get into a smooth journey till Allahabad. Some of the railway options include Allahabad Junction, Prayag Junction, Allahabad Chheoki, and Naini Junction. The best part of taking the train as the mode of transportation is that some temporary railway stations are made accessible to help pilgrims reach the Mela with great convenience.

By Road

Allahabad city is the central point that connects to the major highways and national ones in order to reach Ujjain. There are a few routes you can opt for to reach your destination that includes NH2 running across the city, NH27 that leads to Mangawan in Madhya Pradesh. Whereas NH96 and NH28, connect you to two main cities of Allahabad and Ayodhya. If not this, one can even go for interstate or tourist buses.

So, this was all about the tremendous affair, Ardh Kumbh Mela. The city of Allahabad never sleeps during this massive festive fair and I am sure you’re going to have the best time here, thanks to those calm rivers, glittering ghats, and pleasant weather.  

While I was about to start writing about the Nehru Zoological Park, I remembered my childhood days. How did I use to insist my parents to took me there because there was nothing amazing than watching varieties of wildlife in one place?

Well, talking about Nehru Zoo Park, it is spread over an area of about 380 acres and has a massive number of species of birds, mammals, and reptiles. Do you know that this zoo is actually the first one that started keeping animals in zoological order? The place has always been a perfect weekend getaway for not just the natives but for outsiders as well. The best part about the zoo is that it will allow you to indulge in different activities and let you learn about the wildlife in fun yet educational way (be a part of their weekly educational events). There are more places in Hyderabad where you can enjoy your weekend with you loved ones.

DayTiming
MondayClosed / Holiday
Tuesday8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Nehru zoological park
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Timings and Entry Fee at Nehru Zoological Park

The opening timings of the Zoological Park are from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm and remain the same from April to June. But from July to March, it changes to 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. Remember, booking of tickets closes at 4:30 pm. The Zoological Park remains open on all the days except on Monday. You need to pay Rs.15 for the entry if you have any children below 12 years of age and Rs.30 is charged for the adults. You need to pay Rs.1500 if you want an entry for the trucks for shooting. Rs.20 is the amount you have to pay as a camera fee for still camera and Amateur video camera. While Rs.500 for professional still or video camera.

Things to do at Nehru Zoological Park

Zoological Park has taken care of entertainment very well by giving the visitors a number of things to do. The place is one of the most renowned picnic spots for both Hyderabad and Secunderabad. Look at the things you can do when in Nehru Zoological Park.

Tiger and Lion Safari: Let’s get started with the top attractions at the zoo i.e. the safaris. One needs to pay an amount for the safaris, Rs.40 for the adults and Rs.20 for the children below 12 years of age and enjoy whichever safari you love, be it Tiger Safari, Lion Safari, Bison Safari, or Bear Safari.

Toy Train: Toy train is actually famous among kids. One has to pay mere Rs.15 to enjoy the ride and Rs.5 if they are with their children aged below 12 years of age. Just remember, unlike Buggy ride, Toy Train won’t stop at any popular place and let you enjoy there.

Boating: Yet another top attraction at the Hyderabad Zoo is having a boat ride at Mir Alam Lake and the activity is organized by TSTDC. Not just this, you can even enjoy a speed boat ride too.

Butterfly Park: I assure you that you won’t witness such an eye-pleasing picture anywhere. This butterfly park was established in 1988 that allows you to watch a huge variety of butterflies. In fact, Nehru Zoological Park is the country’s first park that has dedicated one whole section to the butterflies only.

The Nocturnal House: This is another amazing part of the Zoological Park where the day and night cycle has been artificially reversed in order to make an environment for nocturnal animals like owls, cats, and bats so that they remain active during the visiting hours. You need to pay an entry fee of Rs. 5 if you have any kids aged below 12 years of age and Rs. 10 for adults.

Besides this, there are many more other activities to keep you entertained. Just make sure when you visit the place you can make the most of your trip.

How to reach Nehru Zoological Park?

Well, reaching the park is not at all a difficult task as it is located on the Zoo main road and is very well known by the locals. So, just in case, if you’re not able to find the place, any local can help you out in reaching there. If you’re taking public transport, the best option is to take the city bus or MMTS. If the railway is the mode you have selected, take the train to your nearest MMTS station i.e. Nampally Railway Station, which is around 5.4 away from your destination. After then you can hire a taxi or just take an auto to reach the zoo.

Remember we talked about Lumbini Park previously and if you remember properly, we took you on a boat ride at the Hussain Sagar Lake. NTR Gardens are adjacent to that lake only. NTR gardens are one of the famous and most visited entertainment spots for the locals and outsiders as well. The garden is dedicated to the late N T Rama Rao, former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh and is considered one of the most expensive properties in the country. Spread across in the area of 55 acres, built with a grand budget of 40cr. offers a number of recreation facilities that include toy train, fruit restaurant, roaring cascade, Japanese garden, care cafes, gopuram, a fountain, and a splendid entrance plaza with Nandi Bulls. All in all, whether you’re a native of the city or you have visited it, make sure you don’t miss to visit NTR Gardens.

DayTiming
Monday2:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Tuesday2:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Wednesday2:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Thursday2:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Friday2:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Saturday2:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Sunday12:30 pm – 8:30 pm
NTR Gardens Hyderabad

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NTR Gardens

Timings: The place remains open from 2:30 pm to 10:00 pm on all the days.

Entry: The gardens will ask you to pay a little amount for the entry. Rs. 20 for adults and Rs. 10 for children.

Photography: If you’re one of the avid photographers, remember you need to pay Rs.30 per camera and Rs.65 per camera for the video camera.

The best part about the gardens is that you can book the NTR Garden’s party zone on rent for parties. For that, you need to pay Rs. 21,000 per day plus service tax. Not to forget that you have to pay Rs. 5,000 separately in the name of security deposit. They are refundable.

Timings for the party: From 2:30 pm till midnight.

Things to do when in NTR Gardens

  • After you enter the garden, you’ll find a mini train on a single track that can make your visit more enjoyable as it takes you all around the garden.
  • Then you can visit the latest addition in the garden i.e. the Desert Garden, which has 150 different variety of plants mainly desert plants like cacti, succulents etc.
  • One thing you’ll definitely about being in NTR gardens is its natural surroundings and numerous entertainment activities. The superb food at various eateries, fruit restaurant, and car café also need a special mention. The special part about the restaurant is that they are surrounded by 3 petal-shaped ponds, in order to provide you with not just tempting food but a perfect ambiance to sit in.
  • Now, here comes another amazing attraction that is a multi-storeyed Machan Restaurant built on a tree shape. Make sure you also try out some local food like Mirchi Bhajji while witnessing the beauty of this garden.

If you’re too bored with going to your work regularly like any other sincere employee. We have a perfect escape plan for you to take a break from your workaholic life. Lumbini Park in the city is the right place where you can spend a joyous weekend with your partner or family because the place offers you with everything that can make your day worth spending and if you are in Hyderabad you can also visit Wonderla Amusement Park. Another reason that definitely makes the park the right choice to be there is its peaceful ambiance, musical fountain, adventurous rides, laser show, and the eye-catching views of the Hussain Sagar Lake. The opening timings of Lumbini Park are 9:00 am and it closes by 9:00 pm. If you really wish to be a guest of this relaxing place, check out the things you should know and definitely should not miss while visiting the place.

DayTiming
Monday9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Tuesday9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Wednesday9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Thursday9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Friday9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Lumbini park Hyderabad

Top attractions of the Lumbini Park

  • The very first thing you’ll get to witness at the entrance will be the giant clock that is designed using different kinds and colors of flowering plants. Not just the season flowering, there is a huge variety of rocks, cacti, and some other options to amuse you.
  • The musical fountain is the next amazing thing that should not be skipped. The unique part of this musical fountain is the water shooting up to the sky and making up a screen where you’ll be shown the history of Hyderabad. Isn’t that something a class by itself? Another thing about the laser show that is going to entertain you is that the show is performed in 3D. Mark that the timings for musical fountain are from 6:30 pm and 8:00 pm and 7:15 pm and 8:30 pm for the laser show. BE ON TIME.
  • Do you love boating? If yes, then let’s become a kid again and enjoy boat riding at the Hussain Sagar Lake and to the Buddha Statue that is present in the middle of the lake. You’ll be given two choices for boating. First, you can hire a speed boat and get a fantastic ride in the lake. Don’t worry, you will be given life-jackets for the safety purpose. Second, you can go for a ferry ride that allows you to take a closer look at the statue of Lord Buddha in the middle of the lake.

All in all, the Lumbini Park can be the best decision to spend some quality time with your loved ones and surely the best way to take a break from all those same shopping and movie breaks.

Basara temple is situated 200km from the Hyderabad city. The temple, also known as Sri Gnana Saraswathi temple is located on the banks of River Godavari. This is the only temple in South India that is dedicated to the Goddess of Learning, Saraswati. Here, people come and learn the importance of giving education to the boys in the Saraswati Temple. There are so many interesting facts about temples in South India. Children show their presence in the temple for the ceremony of the starting of their education and seek blessings from the Goddess of knowledge. In fact, a huge number of devotees from all over the country bath in the river Godavari and take blessings of the Goddess during Dassera Navratris, Vasantha Panchami, and Mahashivarathri. Yadagirigutta temple in Hyderabad is also one of the unique temples, you can visit Yadagirigutta temple, now let’s continue with this information.

DayTiming
Monday4:00 AM to 08:30 PM
Tuesday4:00 AM to 08:30 PM
Wednesday4:00 AM to 08:30 PM
Thursday4:00 AM to 08:30 PM
Friday4:00 AM to 08:30 PM
Saturday4:00 AM to 08:30 PM
Sunday4:00 AM to 08:30 PM
Basara Temple

Basara Temple Timings

  • Opening time of the temple is 4:00 am in the morning and from 4:00 am to 4:30 am you can get involved in the temple pooja, issuance of Abhishekam tickets.
  • From 4:30 am to 7:30 am, different activities take place that includes Abhishekam, Alankarana, Harathi, and Prasadam.
  • Then, from 7:30 am to 12:00 noon, Archana, Sarva Drashan, and other poojas are offered.
  • After then, you can be a part of Nivedana and Harathi that starts from 12:00 and continues till 12:13 pm only.
  • The temple remains closed from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm.
  • Again, archanas, sarva darshan, and other poojas are offered from 2:00 pm to 6:30 pm.
  • Devasthanam Pradosha pooja starts from 6:30 pm and continues up to 7:00 pm.
  • Devotes can now, go for Maha Harathi and Drashanam that starts from 7:00 pm and continues up to 8:30 pm.
  • 8:30 pm is the closing time of the temple.

Basara Temple Aksharabhyasam Timings

Aksharabhyasam is performed regularly at the temple and you don’t have to make an advance booking for the same. After reaching there, one can purchase the ticket over the counter for the event of the same day. Aksharabhyasam is performed from 7:30 am to 12:30 in the morning and from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the evening.

Normal charges are Rs.100 but you need to Rs.1000 for the special Akshara Sreekaram. The difference between both the charges is Rs.100 ticket Aksharabhyasam will be performed in the hall, whereas the 1000 one will be performed in front of Sri Gnana Saraswathi Ma. Make sure you carry 2 flowers garlands, 1 book, 1 pen, 4 slate, 2/3 slate pencil, 2 bowls rice, 1 coconut,  and 1 pack of pasupu and kumkuma each.

How to reach Basara Temple?

Reaching the temple is no pain if you know exactly how to reach the place.

By Air:

  • The nearest airport is Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad, which is 259km away from the temple.

By Train:

  • The nearest railway station is at Basara that is just 2km far from the temple and at Nizamabad, which is only 30km away.

By Road:

  • Frequent bus services are available from MGBS Hyderabad.

Today, we are going to talk about the ethereal beauty and one of the oldest temples of Hyderabad, Chilkur Balaji Temple is situated on the banks of Osman River and just 30km from the city. The temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateswara and this sacred place is visited by thousands of devotees every year. Well, there’s a story behind the establishment of the temple. It is said that Madhav Reddy, a committed devotee of Lord Venkateswara used to visit the very renowned Tirupati temple every year but after having some health issues he had to stop his regular habit of visiting the temple.

Lord Venkateswara got really impressed by his devotion, appeared to him and told him to get an idol of the deity, together with Bhoodevi and Sridevi and build a temple. Since then the place is visited by a large number of people and especially by those who cannot go to the Tirupati Temple. Let’s know more about Hyderabad temples timing.

DayTiming
Monday05:00 am – 8:00 pm
Tuesday05:00 am – 8:00 pm
Wednesday05:00 am – 8:00 pm
Thursday05:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday05:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday05:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday05:00 am – 8:00 pm
Chilkur Balaji Temple

Chilkur Balaji Temple Timings

The opening time of the temple is 6:00 am and people can involve in continuous darshan till 8:00 pm. This is the best thing about visiting the temple that a person doesn’t have to wait for the darshan of Lord Balaji and you can have darshan anytime during this time slot. Poojas and archanas are offered from 6:30 am in the morning and again from 6:30 pm in the evening. Aarti is done from 7:00 am in the morning and again from 7:00 pm in the evening. You’ll always see the deity dressed up in handloom clothes. Another best thing about the visit is that you don’t have to pay anything for the entry, it is absolutely free and devotes can perform archanas anything during the day. There are a number of people who do 11 or 108 pradhakshanas. In fact, the flower distribution and Prasad distribution is also performed by the volunteers who are actually the devotees visited the temple.

How to reach the temple?

Well, the temple is basically situated in the heart of the city and there’s a great network of communication through buses from Mehdipatnam. The Chilkur temple is located near Osman Sagar Lake in Hyderabad, Telangana. Frequent bus services from Mehdipatnam to Chilkur Balaji are available and it takes around 40 minutes to reach the temple.

Distance From:

Secunderabad Railway Station is 31.6km.

Mehdipatnam is 22km.

MGBS Hyderabad is 27km.

Did you know?

Hey, did you know the interesting fact about the Chilkur temple? Chilkur Balaji is also known as Visa God because a number of people hoping for their visas to go overseas are believed to visit the temple more with their interests. Also, the temple is one of the very few temples in the country without any donation box and is believed to preach only the devoutness in one’s nature.

Hyderabad’s Salar Jung Museum, which is the third largest museum in the country, was inaugurated by the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru in 1951. After then, the museum’s entire collection was shifted to its present place in 1968. The present building is located on the southern banks of Musi River, which is really close to Old Hyderabad’s famous historic monuments and if you are an antique and artifact lover you should visit ancient temples in Hyderabad. Once you visit the museum, you’ll get to witness some fantastic antiques and artifacts, which are mainly collected by Mir Yousuf Ali Khan (Salar Jung III), Nawab Turab Ali Khan (Salar Jung I) and his successors.

DayTiming
Monday10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday10:00 am – 5:00 pm
FridayClosed / Holiday
Saturday10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Salar Jung Museum

Salar Jung Museum Timings

Timings and Entry Fee

The museum remains open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on all day except Friday. Entry in the museum is done by buying a ticket, which is for Rs.20 for the general public and free for the students and children up to 18 years of age but you need to show the identity card. For foreigners, it is Rs.500. In fact, the museum keeps a Children’s week from 14th November to 20th November where students up to 18 years of age are allowed to come with their teachers for free. Also, there’s a Museum Week from 8th January to 14th January when the public is given concession on their entrance.

What you’ll get at the museum?

Well, the museum is counted as the 3rd largest museum in the country, which is for a right reason because the museum is spread over in 3 buildings i.e. The Central Block, Eastern Block also called the Mir Laiq Ali Khan Bhavan, and The Western Block also called the Mir Turab Ali Khan Bhavan on two floors. There are 27 galleries in the Central Block that mean 15 on the ground floor, and 12 on the first floor. You’ll also get to visit different sections in the museum like the Chemical Conservation Laboratory, Education Wing, Reception, Display Section, Photo Section, and a Sales Counter. In fact, the place has taken care of the public by giving them the facilities of restrooms, cloakrooms at all the main points and a cafeteria that is run by Telangana tourism.

Activities of the Salar Jung Museum

The best part about the museum is that they frequently organize workshops and some special exhibitions with the help of International Museums and Organizations. In fact, the museum provides the public with the facility of brochures, guide-books, books, and research journals on a few subjects published in English, Hindi, and Urdu. A number of workshops and seminars are held regularly and are organized on special occasions as well to celebrate the birthday of Salar Jung III, Children’s week, and Museum Week (as discussed above), as a part of the educational venture.

How to reach the museum?

The easiest way to reach the museum is to take either the road route or the rail route. The nearest railway stations, which are just 3 miles away from the museum, are Kachiguda and Nampally Stations. Also, there are frequent bus services everywhere from the city to Afzalgunj and then there’s a walking distance to the museum.