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7 places in India to Propose someone special

Propose to your love-one this season in India.

Propose to your love-one this season in India.

We have usually seen the couples deciding suitable destinations for honeymoon but¬†now the planning begins even before, destinations for proposing loved ones are¬†being decided too. Many couples have taken the saying ” Well begun is half done”¬†very seriously. Most of the couples decide to spend quality time abroad neglecting¬†the romantic locations of India. We present some suggestions for you all to initiate¬†your love life at some beautiful destinations. Proposing the love of your life at¬†a beautiful location adds cherry on the cake. Lets discuss the top 7 destinations¬†to propose in India.

1. Epitome of Love ~ Taj Mahal, Agra

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Epitome of love- Taj Mahal

Every action shall take place at an appropriate place and time, its consequences are always positive when both time and place are blend together. Taj Mahal is one of the seven wonders,¬†each one longs to visit and explore it. The perfect time of your life to visit Taj Mahal is the time when you are all set to express your feelings to your loved one, yes it is one of the¬†most appropriate place to propose your beloved. Taj Mahal is a mausoleum built by Shah Jahan¬†as a token of love in memory of his favourite wife ‘Mumtaz Mahal’. It not only serves as a monument but a monument of immeasurable beauty and love. It makes their love timeless and inspires the lovers to a large extent. A location echoing the fable of love with beautiful¬†surroundings of shimmering water,greenery and the purity of whiteness of Taj Mahal makes it the best place to spend time with loved ones. Purity and positivity flow in its surroundings¬†developing the bond of timeless love, its phenomenal beauty leaves everyone mesmerized.
Taj Mahal has inspired various artists especially love poets, who indulge in comparing unconditional love with that of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz.

2. Paradise on Earth ~ Kashmir

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Kashmir
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If there is paradise on earth, it is Kashmir, we all have been hearing this saying from elderly people and other sources.Have we ever wondered why is Kashmir called so ? Well the answer lies when you visit Kashmir. In the lap of Himalayas residing at a houseboat in Dal Lake, exploring the beauty in shikhara, each thing about Kashmir makes you feel closer to spiritual love.
Proposing your beloved in a shikara with colorful flowers surrounded by sparkling water and tranquility, it will make your beloved speechless. Moments of love are always better when spent near nature.Exploring the floating gardens feeling like a Mughal Emperor may make it easy for you to find the day of your love. Natural beauty and pleasant weather brings out the best in a person and Kashmir is the right place to initiate the bond of love.

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Dal Lake, Kashmir
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3. Scotland of India ~ Coorg

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Coorg
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If you love lush green surroundings,you will love Coorg.Vibrant coloured flowers,chirping birds,path covered by trees, sunrays finding their ways in between the leaves, such is the beauty of Coorg. This is one of the most beautiful hill-station in southern India, a place one must surely visit to obtain the essence of beauty. Beauty tastes best when with dear ones, proposing your beloved in the midst of brightness of the colors of leaves and flowers will surely bear positive results. Coorg is not disturbed by the rush of city life and over urbanization, it is a destination which ensures solitude and togetherness away from noise and pollution.

Taking a leisurely walk in hilly heavenly pathways can give rise to a subtle and beautiful relation in a beautiful manner.

4. Land of Royalty ~ Rajasthan

If you are fond of royal lifestyle and desire to be a part of it, Rajasthan is the place.
The land of royalty,bravery,love and colours, is an amazing destination for expressing love in a very different way. Rajasthan is one of the most colourful states of India and the colours turn even beautiful with perfect company. Splendid palaces, magnificent forts and havelis, add to the richness of the place.Proposing your beloved at ancient palaces can prove to be a gesture of lifetime togetherness.Royal splendours fascinate the couples, the luxurious heritage adds pleasure to the mood.Exotic sand dunes, exciting desert safari, camel rides are few activities to relax and cherish the moments. Sitting under the dark sky gazing sparkling moon and glittering stars bears the essence of sweetness in love.

5. Beach and Adventure ~ Goa

Are you a adventurous couple? How about proposing your beloved while jet skiing in Goa. Goa is one of the most thrilling places to visit. Relaxing at a beach with thirst quenchers to cool oneself.Dinner at beach side, celebrations on a cruise, what can be as romantic as a candle light dinner at the cruise. A perfect place to express what you feel, the ambience of Goa is playful as well romantic.

6. Snow-caped Mountains ~ Gulmarg

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Gulmarg
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Snow and love both are beautiful and when clubbed together gives perfect results.
Gulmarg literally means meadow of flowers. Its lush green surroundings,beautiful landscapes and serene lakes are symbols of purity,hope and positivity. Proposing your beloved in between the Himalayan ranges in so romantic and pleasing. This is one of those destinations in India one must not skip to visit. It also provides amazing winter sports that attracts most of its tourists.

 7. Andaman & Nicobar Island

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Havelock Island
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Visiting the island is a mesmerizing experience, surrounded by coconut palms gives a fairy-tale experience.Couples can spend excellent time by deciding to visit these islands.These islands are covered by dense forests and appear as sparking gems when seen from height. Love relations can easily blossom at such beautiful location.

Lovers shall take the advantage of the romantic atmosphere and give a meaning to their relationship, proposing here is an amazing idea. The scenic beauty creates infinite romantic impact and give a lifetime cherishing experience.

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Best Hills Stations this Indian Summer

So, you find solace in the arms of the hills? Or you simply need a get away to a better temperature?

Here with whatever reason you might have, for a trip to the hills in India. We have come up with four Hills stations from Different parts of India for your perusal. 

EASTERN INDIA – Shillong is the Best!

Shillong, also called the ‚ÄúScotland of the East‚ÄĚ, the town is surrounded by rolling hills. Shillong, the capital city¬†of Meghalaya is just 55 km from Mawsynram, the world’s wettest place.

Shillong boasts of no rail connection or a proper air connection, though it is well connected by roads with all major northeastern states. Private bus operators as well as state transport buses from other states ply to and from Shillong daily. Taxi service is also available to major destinations like Guwahati and Dimapur.

Places to look out for:

Falls, till you are overtly satisfied with water-

  • ¬†Elephant Falls: The mountain stream descends through two successive falls set in fern covered rocks.
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    Elephant Falls

  • Spread Eagle Falls
  • Sweet Falls: It is the most beautiful of all the waterfalls in Shillong.
  • ¬†Crinoline Falls

Panoramic View

  • Lady Hydari Park: The Park stretches over a kilometer and has an adjacent mini zoo.
  • Wards Lake: It‚Äôs an artificial lake with garden and boating facilities.
  • Shillong Golf Course: Shillong has one of the largest golf courses (the worlds wettest) in Asia. It enjoys¬†the rare distinction of being one of the few natural golf courses in Asia.
  • Shillong Peak: A picnic spot offers a panoramic view of the scenic countryside and is the highest point in¬†the state.
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Panoramic View of Shillong

РCapt. Williamson Sangma State Museum: For those interested in ethnic tribal culture and tradition this government museum offers insights to the lifestyle of the people.

SOUTHERN INDIA – Ooty is numero uno

It is a popular hill station located in the Nilgiri Hills, also called Udhagamandalam (sometimes Ootacamund). The town is well connected via rail and road, and it natural beauty attracts tourists.

There are a number of places one can look out for:

  • Government Rose Garden-The Government rose garden is the largest rose garden in India.
  • Ooty Botanical Gardens- The Botanical Garden is lush, green, and well-maintained. A flower show along with an¬†exhibition of rare plant species is held every May. The Garden has a number of species, both exotic and indigenous,of plants, shrubs, ferns, trees, herbal and bonsai plants.
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    Ooty Botanical Gardens

  • Ooty Lake- The Boat house established alongside the lake, which offers boating facilities to tourists, is a major¬†tourist attraction in Ooty
  • Wax World- A wax museum that houses life-size look-alike wax statues of personalities of Indian history, culture¬†and heritage housed in a 142-year-old bungalow.

 

  • Toda huts- There are a few Toda huts on the hills above Botanical Garden,¬†where Todas still dwell. There are other¬†Toda settlements in the area, notably Kandal Mund near Old Ooty.
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    Toda Huts

 

The Western India- Mahabaleshwar beats all

Mahabaleshwar strikes as a popular holiday and honeymoon spot, plus an important pilgrimage site for Hindus, as it adorns the Mahabaleshwar Temple. There are more than 14 points in Mahabaleshwar, which offers scenic beauty to the visitors.

Few of them are:

  • Kate’s point is located to the east of Mahabaleshwar and is famous for its view of two reservoirs, Balakwadi and¬†Dhom.
  • Needle Hole Point: One can see a natural rock formation with a hole in between, thus giving the name Needle-hole.Image
  • Wilson Point is the highest point in Mahabaleshwar at 1439 m, Wilson point is the only location in Mahabaleshwar¬†where both sunrise and sunset can be seen.
  • 3 Monkey Point: Named because of the natural sculpture of the stones which looks like 3 monkeys of Gandhiji.

And here comes the region which hosts a number of hill stations- the North. Handling many competitors and yet emerging as an unprecedented winner is Kashmir.

NORTHERN INDIA- Kashmir wins the Race!

In the seventeenth century, the Mughal emperor Jahangir set his eyes on the valley of Kashmir. He said that if paradise is anywhere on the earth, it is here. So check it out before the real heaven knocks the door.

By plane Mostly all flights operate to Jammu, Srinagar and Leh.

By train The last stop on the railway line north is Udhampur, where you can catch onward buses or higher taxi.

However it’s better to catch a taxi from Jammu as these are more readily available.

By bus: There are two ways to get in by land Рvia Jammu and up to Srinagar or via Manali in Himachal Pradesh and up to Leh.

Tourist attractions

  • Gulmarg: Gulmarg is surrounded by dense forest. This place is famous for its golf hikes and highland golf course.Image
  • Sonamarg: Also called the Meadow of the gold. This valley shows more amazing facet in Kashmir. It has Snow¬†Mountains as its backdrop against the sky.
  • Bahu Fort: This fort is facing the Tawi River and houses a temple of goddess kali in the fort.
  • Mubarak Mandi Palace was built with the touch of three different styles, Rajasthani, Mughal and Gothic. Most¬†famous part of this Palace is the Sheesh Mahal segment
  • Peer Baba: This is one of the holy places for Muslim saints. It is one of the best trekking destinations around the¬†world. In Winter, Zanskar river freezes up, and get converted into an amazing adventures trek called Chadar-The¬†Frozen River Trek.

And when one visits these, the only lines that might cross the mind is : “There is a green hill far away, Without a city wall, where you can sway”

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Kashmir Festival 2013 : Pack your Bags and GO

Agar Firdaus bar ru-e-zamin ast, Hami ast o Hami ast o

Kashmir is,¬†undoubtedly, heaven on earth and It attracts many nature loving¬†tourists¬†to its doorstep to enjoy the surreal and calm beauty. To promote the¬†tourism¬†in this heavenly state and the tourism-centric economy, Ministry of tourism has announced a two week (May 13- 29) celebration termed as¬†‘Kashmir Festival 2013’.

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An outer view of Welcom Heritage Gurkha Houseboat, Nagin Lake, Srinagar

Kashmiri Hospitality and tradition cuisine will be the backbone of this promotional event, which aims to promote tourism and to aware the prospective tourists to visit not only the popular destination like Leh (Ladhakh) or Hindu Shrines likes Amarnath and Jammu but to popularise the adventurous side of Kashmir too.

Locations like Yousmarg, Manasbal, Verinag, Kokernag, Daksum and Lolab Valley has been given parity and promotion as well as other popular destinations of valley such as Sonmarg, Gulmarg, Srinagar and Pehalgam.

Main events of the Festival include a Jehlum River Cruise, Shikara Race on the Dal Lake, Photography Exhibition, Painting Competition, Golf Championship at Kashmir Golf Course, Polo Match at Sonamarg, Horse Races, Adventure Activities ‚Äď Cycle Race, Roller Skating, Paragliding, Trekking Expeditions, Rafting Competition.

Local Hoteliers/ Shikara Owners(House Boat Owners) have also proposed lucrative 20-30% discount as special case for the forthcoming season. So, Now the travelers have choice and reason to visit this destination in this summers.

Happy travelling!

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