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India beckons and how!


The seventh largest country in the world,
it is home to diversity thats truly incredible!
And who better than Indian Railways to take you on a Bharat Yatra thats peerless.
Hop on to Himsagar Express from Kanniyakumari - the tip of South India to Jammu Tawi in the
North - a beautiful pilgrim city. In its 72-hour run, this train covers a distance of 3751 km. or take the
Okha-Guwahati Express from Okha, the westernmost tip of India to Guwahati in the East. In its 67-hour run,
this train covers a distance of 3219 km. If this is a way of travelling end-to-end, you have superfast
Rajdhani Express Trains connecting state capitals to the national capital, Shatabdi and Jan Shatabdi Express Trains
between major cities, Sampark Kranti Express Trains, Garib Rath Express Trains and innumerable Super fast,
Express, Passenger and Special Trains for comfortable and affordable travel all over India.
For foreign travellers and rail enthusiasts, Indian Railways offers luxury travel on prestigious Trains like
Palace on Wheels, Deccan Odyssey, Fairy Queen and the unique Hill Railways.
As one of the worlds largest rail networks, it transports over 18.3 million passengers everyday through
8,520 passenger trains and moves over 794 million tonnes of freight every year.
Spread over 63,000 km. this massive rail network is served by nearly 7,000 railway stations.
The following pages provide a sneak preview of
the places of tourist interest. Take your pick and take
a train to that dream destination.
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Hawa Mahal
JAIPUR
The capital city of Rajasthan - the land of the Rajputs, Jaipur has
a distinct medieval feel. Its history comes alive in its magnifcent
forts, palaces and Havelis. Traditionally dressed Rajput men in bright
coloured turbans and graceful women in swirling skirts fascinate
tourists. The bustling bazaars are famous for Rajasthani jewellery,
fabrics and shoes.
Places of Interest : Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal, City Palace,
Amber Fort.
How to get there : The capital city of Rajasthan, Jaipur is
well-connected to major cities.
Travel Tip : New Delhi is the ideal base to cover the Golden Triangle.
You could camp at Jaipur to soak in the unique Rajasthani culture.
Evening at Agra
Let the voyage of discovery begin with this celebrated tourist circuit. New Delhi - the national capital
with a rich history and contemporary excellence. Agra - the land of the monument of love, the
wonderful Taj Mahal. Jaipur - the vibrant capital of Rajasthan, also called the Pink City,
because of the colour of its buildings.
The Golden Triangle
NEW DELHI
The nerve-centre of India, New Delhi has a history dating back
to 3,000 years! Indraprastha, the capital of the Pandavas which
featured in the epic Mahabharatha was approximately located on the
site of the present day New Delhi. The metropolis today is one of the
countrys busiest overseas air hubs and the centre-point of the North
Indian travel network. Ancient ruins, grand fortresses, palaces and
River Yamuna - the lifeline, all together make for an exciting travel
experience.
Places of Interest : India Gate, Red Fort, Rashtrapati Bhavan,
Parliament House, National Museum, Lakshmi Narayan Temple,
Rajghat, Jama Masjid, Teen Murti Bhavan, Qutub Minar, Purana
Quila, Jantar Mantar.
How to get there : New Delhi is the focal point on the Indian Railways
Golden Quadrilateral. Rajdhani and Sampark Kranti Express trains
link the national capital with major state capitals.
AGRA
Welcome to Agra to see the Taj Mahal standing tall and breathtakingly
beautiful. Having taken 22 years to complete, this sheer poetry in
marble is one of the wonders of the world.
Places of Interest : Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri and
Sikandra.
How to get there : Agra can be visited with New Delhi as the base.
It is also well-connected to major Indian cities by rail.
India Gate
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Desert Scene, Rajasthan
JODHPUR
The second largest city of Rajasthan, the imperial city of Jodhpur
brings to mind amazing legends of romance and heroism. It is located
on the edge of the Great Thar Desert and houses majestic palaces,
forts and havelis.
Places of Interest : Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, Umaid
Bhawan Palace.
How to get there : Jodhpur is connected by rail to important
destinations.
JAISALMER
Called the Golden City because of the honey colour imparted to its
stone ramparts by the setting sun, Jaisalmer is fantasy turned into reality.
This exotic little desert town is centred around the massive Jaisalmer
Fort, 250 feet high, on the Trikuta Hill.
Places of Interest : The Fort, Havelis, Gadsisar Lake, Sam, Luderwa.
How to get there : Jaisalmer is linked by a convenient train to Jodhpur
and New Delhi.
Golden sands, wind caressed sand dunes, majestic camels welcome to the Great Thar desert.
Explore the forts and havelis, camp in the desert and experience a sand storm. Take back wonderful
memories of your desert odyssey. The Desert Triangle - Jodhpur, Bikaner and Jaisalmer are
linked by rail connections.
BIKANER
This fortifed city lies at the northern tip of the Desert Triangle.
It houses forts, palaces and temples in red and yellow sandstone.
It is famous for the best riding camels in the world. A spectacular
Camel Fair is held in January every year.
Places of Interest : Junagarh Fort, Lalgarh Palace, Bandeswari Jain
Temples, Camel Research Farm.
How to get there : Bikaner is linked by convenient trains.
Travel Tip : Jodhpur is the ideal base to cover the Desert Triangle.
Ajmer Dargah
Romance of the Desert
UDAIPUR
Udaipur - the Lake City with its beautiful lakes and fairy-tale palaces
is perhaps the loveliest city of Rajasthan. The Lake Palace is the star
attraction of Udaipur.
Places of Interest : Pichola Lake, Jag Nivas, Jag Mandir, City Palace
and Museum, Lake Fateh Sagar, Jagadish Temple, Pratap Smarak.
Around Udaipur : Eklingji (21 km.), Nathdwara (48 km.), Kumbhalgarh
Fort (84 km.), Ranakpur (90 km.)
How to get there : Udaipur has rail services to Ajmer, Jaipur, New
Delhi and Ahmedabad.
Lake Palace Hotel,
Udaipur
AJMER
A town on the edge of the desert, Ajmer draws pilgrims from far
and wide.
Places of Interest: The Dargah of Khwaja Moin-ud-din Chisti,
Taragarh Fort. Pushkar, (11 km) has the only temple in the world
dedicated to Lord Brahma. Savitri Devi Temple, Pushkar Lake and
Nariyan Temple are the attractions.
How to get there: Ajmer is connected by rail with New Delhi, Mumbai
and Bangalore.
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SHIMLA
Set amidst a cool hilly terrain, Shimla is the capital of Himachal
Pradesh. With stunning views of the Himalayas, Shimlas frst snows
usually begin in January.
Places of Interest : The Mall, the Old Viceregal Lodge, Museum,
Jakhu Temple, The Glen, Summer Hill, Prospect Hill, Tara Devi and
Sankat Mochan, Mashobra, Kufri, Naldehra, Fagu.
How to get there : Nearest railhead is Kalka and a Narrow Gauge
Train connects Shimla with Kalka.
Travel Tip : Kalka has numerous train connections. Take the
enchanting Toy Train from Kalka to Shimla for a 4-hour scenic journey
through the hills.
The Beas River,
Kullu Valley
KULLU
Charming and picturesque, Kullu is known as the Valley of Apples.
It holds a colourful Dussehra Festival when decorated palanquins
convey Gods and Goddesses from temples all over the valley to Kullu,
to pay homage to the reigning deity - Raghunathji.
Places of Interest : Raison, Bijli Mahadev Temple, Manikaran,
Katrain, Naggar.
How to get there : Chandigarh and Jogindernagar are convenient
rail heads.
The Himalayan Backdrop.
Himachal Pradesh.
Dilwara Temples,
Mt. Abu
MOUNT ABU
Located on a plateau 1200 m above sea level, Mount Abu is the only
hill station in Rajasthan. It hosts the Summer Festival (1st to 3rd June)
which is dedicated to the classical and folk music of Rajasthan.
Places of Interest : Dilwara Temples, Guru Shikhar, Nakki Lake,
Naumukh Temple.
How to get there : The nearest railhead is Abu Road (29 km.)
Taxis and buses ply from Abu Road to Mount Abu.
Hills and valleys. Greenery and fresh air. Snow clad peaks and sparkling rivers. Nestling in the mighty
Himalayas, the state of Himachal Pradesh offers a wide range of holiday options. Be it a honeymoon or
a quiet holiday or adventure sports like mountaineering, trekking or fshing or river rafting.
Himalayan Magic
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AMRITSAR
Amritsar, meaning the pool of nectar - is named after the sacred
tank near the holiest of Sikh shrines, the Golden Temple - founded in
1577 by the fourth Sikh Guru, Ram Das.
Places of Interest : Golden Temple, Durgiana Mandir, Jallianwala
Bagh, Ram Bagh, Goindwal Sahib, Hari-ke-Pattan.
How to get there : Amritsar is well-connected by rail to major
centres.
JALANDHAR
Jalandhar is a modern industrial city noted for being the centre of the
sports goods industry.
LUDHIANA
Known as the main centre of the woolen textile industry in India.
KAPURTHALA
Once a princely state, Kapurthala is located 18 km. from Jalandhar.
Golden Temple,
Amritsar
Sking at Monali
MANALI
One of the most popular adventure sports destinations in India, Manali
is situated at the northern end of the Kullu Valley and offers spectacular
views of snow-capped peaks and wooded slopes. Manali, with its
Mountaineering Institute, offers opportunities for mountaineering, skiing,
trekking, paragliding, white water rafting, river crossing and mountain
biking.
Places of Interest : Hadimba Devi Temple, Vashist Springs, Jagatsukh,
Rohtang Pass.
How to get there : Pathankot and Chandigarh are convenient
railheads.
Buddhist Monastery,
Dharamsala
DHARAMSALA
Set amidst the Dhauladhar hill range, this town commands awesome
views with dramatic peaks surrounding the town.
Places of Interest : Macleodganj, St. John in the Wilderness.
Around Dharamsala: Bhagsunath (2 km.), Dal Lake (13 km.),
Dharamkot (10 km.), Triund (8 km.)
How to get there : Nearest Railway station is Chakki Bank at
Pathankot. Train enthusiasts can choose the Kangra Valley Railway
to Kangra.
Travel Tip : Be an eco-friendly traveller when you visit the Himalayan
attractions.
Punjab - the land of fve rivers, located in the North-West is the centre of the Sikh faith. Well-known for its
agricultural wealth and warm, hospitable and energetic people, the state is steeped in history with heroic
legends in every village and town.
The land of Bhangra
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INDO-PAK BORDER, WAGAH
This road crossing between India and Pakistan hosts Border Displays
by the respective armies about 30 minutes before sunrise and
sunset. Around 5,000 people gather to witness a perfect display
marked by grandeur & patriotic fervour. Wagah is a one-hour drive
from Amritsar.
How to get there : Amritsar is the nearest railhead.
Travel Tip : Amritsar is the ideal base to cover these places
The immaculate display of
military exercise at the
Wagah Border.
JAMMU TAWI
Located in the foothills of the Himalayas, Jammu is also known
as City of Temples. Its many temples and shrines, with glittering
shikhars dot the citys skyline, creating the ambience of a holy and
peaceful city. Home to Vaishno Devi - one of the most popular Hindu
shrines makes Jammu one of the most famous pilgrimage tourism
destinations in India.
Places of Interest : Raghunath Temple, Ranbireshwar Temple, Bahu
Fort, Amar Mahal Palace, Dogra Art Gallery, Vaishno Devi Temple.
How to get there : Jammu Tawi is well-connected by rail.
A Sikh religious
procession in Patiala
ANANDPUR SAHIB
Located on the banks of the River Sutlej, is Anandpur Sahib, an
important place of pilgrimage. It was here that Guru Gobind Singh
baptised the frst fve members of the Sikh faith known as the Panch
Pyaras. Anandpur Sahib comes to life every year on the occasion of
Hola Mohalla - the Sikh name for the festival of Holi.
How to get there : All these places are served by the New Delhi-
Amritsar main line.
Consisting of the western Himalayas and lofty mountain ranges, the state of Jammu & Kashmir abounds
in rivers, lakes, passes, glaciers, plateaus and plains. It is also noted for its unsurpassed scenery, exquisite
handicrafts and the stark Ladakh Plateau, with its Buddhist monasteries.
On Cloud Nine
Vaishno Devi Temple
PATIALA
Patiala, also capital of a princely Sikh state, has fne gardens
and palaces.
Places of Interest : The Motibagh Palace, the Beer Moti Bagh
Sanctuary.
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Shikaras on Dal Lake
LEH
The capital of Ladakh, Leh is the northern-most district of Kashmir.
Located in the rain shadow of the Himalayan ranges it is blessed with a
pristine environment. It houses spectacular Buddhist monasteries.
Places of Interest: Alchi Gompa, Hemis Gompa, Thikse Monastery,
Shey Palace, Leh Palace, Stok Palace.
How to get there: Jammu is the nearest railhead.
Travel Tip: Jammu is the ideal base to cover these places.
Mussoorie
Shanti Stupa, Leh
NAINITAL
Blessed with scenic natural splendour, Nainital is an ideal summer
retreat and a good base for treks and rock climbing.
Places of Interest: The Naini Lake, the State Astronomical Observatory,
the Hanumangarh Temple.
How to get there : The nearest railhead is at Kathgodam (35 km.)
Travel Tip : Dehradun is the ideal base to cover these famous hill
stations.
Places of Interest : The Forestry Research Institute, Sahastradhara,
Tapovan, Guchchu Pani, Rajaji National Park.
How to get there : Dehradun is well-connected by rail to major
centres.
Nainital Lake
MUSSOORIE
Situated in Garhwal Himalaya at an altitude of 2,001 metres, it offers
stunning views of the Doon Valley and Shivalik mountain ranges.
Located on a horseshoe shaped ridge, Mussoorie is known as the
Queen of Hill Stations.
Places of Interest : The Mall, Camels Back Road, Gun Hill, Lal Tibba,
Jharipani Falls and Kempty Falls.
How to get there : Dehradun is the nearest railhead (22 km.)
SRINAGAR
The City of Lakes, Srinagar lies on the banks of River Jhelum. The city
is famous for its lakes and houseboats. It is also known for traditional
Kashmiri handicrafts and dry fruits.
Places of Interest : Dal Lake, Shalimar Bagh, Adi Shankaracharyas
Temple, Nishat Bagh & Chasma Shahi, Hazratbal Mosque & Hari
Parbat Fort.
How to get there : Udhampur is the nearest railhead.
DEHRADUN
Nestled in the mountain ranges of the Himalayas, Dehradun is the
capital of Uttaranchal. Noted for the number of prestigious institutions
and residential schools, Dehra Dun is the entry point to Mussoorie
and to places of pilgrimage like Badrinath and Kedarnath.
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Gangotri - the origin
of River Ganges
A holy dip in the Ganga.
Bathing Ghats at Varanasi.
ALLAHABAD
Also called Prayag, it is located at the Sangam or the confuence of
the sacred rivers, Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati. The
Kumbh Mela is held every twelve years.
Places of Interest : Sangam, the Fort, Anand Bhavan, Allahabad
Museum.
How to get there : Allahabad is situated on the New Delhi-Howrah
route.
The 2,510 km. long River Ganga or River Ganges is a major river in the Indian subcontinent. Revered by
the masses, it has many sacred towns on its banks. These temple towns are the ultimate desire of the
pious Hindu. Survival of ancient customs, rituals and patterns of life make them interesting tourist
Along the Ganga
- the cradle of civilisation
RISHIKESH
Rishikesh, as its name implies, the locks of the Rishis - the sages
and monks who live in the ashrams along the banks of River Ganga.
This is the base for pilgrimages to places like Badrinath, Kedarnath,
Yamunotri (source of River Yamuna) and Gangotri (Source of River
Ganga). Ideal base for exciting treks to the beautiful Valley of Flowers,
ancient glaciers and for white water rafting.
Places of Interest : Lakshman Temple, the Bharat, Shatrugna and
Venkateswara Temples, Lakshman Jhula.
How to get there : Haridwar is the nearest railhead.
HARIDWAR
Haridwar is a sacred place of pilgrimage for the Hindus. The Kumbh
Mela takes place once in 12 years. Ganga Aarti (River Worship) is a
sight to behold.
Places of Interest : Har-ki-Pauri (The Footstep of God), Daksh Mahadev
Temple, Sapt Rishi Ashram, Parmath Ashram, Mansa Devi Temple.
How to get there : Haridwar is well-connected by trains.
VARANASI
One of the oldest living cities of the world, Varanasi, the holy city, is
also known as Kashi or Benaras.
Located on the banks of River Ganga, it is one of the seven holiest
cities. Kashi - the city of Moksha (liberation) for Hindus since centuries,
is known for its fne-quality silks, Paan and Benares Hindu University.
The temples and river ghats make the holy city a unique place.
Places of Interest : The Ghats, Tulsi Manas, Durga and Bharatmata
Temples, Vishwanath Temple, Ram Nagar Fort, Benares Hindu
University.
How to get there : Varanasi is connected to all major stations of
Indian Railways.
Travel Tip : Dehradun is the ideal base to cover Rishikesh and Haridwar.
Varanasi is the ideal base to visit surrounding spots and Allahabad.
Haridwar
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Sarnath Temple
SARNATH
Here is the tranquil Deer Park, where Lord Buddha preached his
frst sermon. In later times, Emperor Ashoka erected magnifcent
stupas and buildings at Sarnath, making it an important place of
pilgrimage.
Places of Interest : Dhamukh Stupa, Ashoka Pillar, Chowkhandi
Stupa, Mulagandha Kuti Vihar.
How to get there : Varanasi (10 km.) is the nearest railhead.
Two thousand fve hundred years ago, Lord Buddha, abandoning his royal heritage, came to Bodhgaya,
where he attained enlightenment. Follow the path of this great Teacher and revive his gentle philosophy.
BODHGAYA
Near the holy city of Gaya, Lord Buddha attained enlightenment or
Bodhi. The tree that had sheltered him came to be known as the
Bodhi Tree and the place - Bodhgaya. There are a number of
monasteries here.
Places of Interest : The Bodhi Tree, Mahabodhi Temple, Monasteries.
How to get there : Gaya (16 km.) is a major junction on the Howrah
- New Delhi line.
RAJGIR
19 km. from Nalanda is Rajgir, the ancient capital of the Magadha
Empire. Lord Buddha often visited the monastery here to meditate
and to preach. Rajgir is also a place sacred to the Jains, since Lord
Mahavira spent many years here.
Places of Interest : Gridhakuta Hill, the Vishwa Shanti Stupa.
How to get there : The nearest railhead is Gaya, a major junction on
the Howrah - New Delhi line.
In the footsteps of Lord Buddha
Buddhist Temple Complex,
Rajgir
NALANDA
A great centre of Buddhist learning, Nalanda came into being around
the 5th century BC and was a fourishing university town with over
10,000 scholars and an extensive library.
Places of Interest : Sariputra Stupa, Nalanda Archaelogical
Museum.
How to get there : The nearest railhead is Gaya, a major junction on
the Howrah - Delhi line.
Monastery at Bodhgaya
KUSHINAGAR
Kushinagar is where Lord Buddha breathed his last and achieved
Mahaparinirvana.
Places of Interest : Nirvana Temple, Rambhar Stupa, Matha Kaur
Shrine.
How to get there : Gorakhpur (55 km.), the headquarters of North
Eastern Railway is the nearest railhead.
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PURI
One of Indias holiest cities, Puri is famous for the magnifcent
Jagannath Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu or Jagannath - the Lord
of the Universe. Puri is famous for its annual Ratha Yatra, or Festival
of Chariots, typically in the month of July every year.
Places of Interest : Jagannath Temple, Gundicha Mandir,
Puri Beach.
How to get there : Puri is a major rail junction and has good
connectivity.
Great Stupa, Sanchi
VAISHALI
Vaishali was one of the earliest republics in the world (6th century
BC). It was here that Buddha preached his last sermon. Vaishali,
birthplace of Lord Mahavira, is also sacred to the Jains.
Places of Interest : Ashoka Pillar, Stupas, Coronation Tank, Bawan
Pokhar Temple, Chaumukhi Mahadeva.
How to get there : The nearest railheads are Muzzaffarpur (36 km.)
and Hajipur (35 km.)
Lingaraja Temple
Situated on the coast along the Bay of Bengal, Orissa, the ancient land of the Kalingas is dotted with
exquisite temples and historic monuments. This wonderful land of boasts of colourful festivals and offers
unique handicrafts and artefacts.
An Orissan Odyssey
Jagannath Temple
Rath Yatra, Puri
BHUBANESWAR
Bhubaneswar, the capital of Orissa, is also popularly known as the
Temple City. An ancient city with a history that goes back 2200
years, it is an important Hindu pilgrimage centre. Bhubaneswar is the
place where temple building activities of Orissan style fowered.
Places of Interest : Lingaraja Temple, Parasurameswara Temple,
Mukteswara Temple, Raja Rani Temple, Brahmeswar Temple.
Around Bhubaneswar: Dhauli Edicts (8 km.), Khandagiri & Udayagiri
Caves (5 km.)
How to get there : Bhubaneswar is located on the Chennai-
Howrah route.
SANCHI SANCHI
Located in the heart of India is Sanchi has some of the fnest examples
of Buddhist architecture in the country.
Places of Interest : The Great Stupa, the Ashoka Pillar, the Gupta
Temple.
How to get there : The nearest railhead is Vidisha (10 km.) Bhopal,
a Division on West Central Railway is 68 km. away.
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MUMBAI
The fnancial capital of India, Mumbai is a major port and entry point - a
dynamic city that is also the centre of arts and the flm industry.
Places of Interest : Gateway of India, Elephanta Island, Prince of
Wales Museum, Jehangir Art Gallery, Hanging Gardens, Kamala Nehru
Park, Beaches at Juhu, Chowpatty, Gorai, Marve, Manori and Madh,
Mahalakshmi Temple, the tomb of Haji Ali and Kanheri Caves.
How to get there : The headquarters of Central & Western Railways,
Mumbai is a focal point on the Indian Railways Golden Quadrilateral.
PUNE
Pune is a historic town on the Deccan Plateau, in what was once the
territory of Shivaji, the great Maratha ruler, whose hill forts dot the
surrounding countryside.
Sun Temple, Konark
Gateway of India,
Mumbai
MAHABALESHWAR
Mahabaleshwar is a very popular hill station located at an altitude of
1372 metres. A number of vantage points, excellent views, pretty
waterfalls and a lake with boating and fshing facilities are some of its
many attractions.
Places of Interest : Viewing points such as Elphinstone Point, Babington
Point, Bombay Point, Kates Point and waterfalls like Chinamans Falls
and Dhobi Falls are pleasant. Other interesting spots are: Venna Lake,
Panchganga Temple Around Mahabaleshwar : Pratapgarh Fort (24 km.)
& Panchgani.
How to get there : Pune (120 km.) is the nearest railhead.
Pratapgarh Fort,
Mahabaleshwar
Places of Interest : Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum, Shanwarwada
Palace, Pataleshwar Temple, Parvati Temple, Saras Baug. Around
Pune : Sinhagad (15 km.), Shivneri (95 km.), Raigad (126 km.),
Lonavala (70 km.) and Khandala.
How to get there : Pune is connected to major cities in India, by rail.
KONARK
The majestic Sun Temple rises dramatically out of the sand dunes on
the beach at Konark. This amazing edifce built in the 13th century
AD was conceived as a vehicle for Lord Surya, the Sun God, for his
celestial journey across the sky.
How to get there : The nearest railhead is Puri (31 km.)
Travel Tip : Bhubaneswar and Puri are ideal bases to cover these places.
Maharashtra - a state thats both gigantic and diverse. Located on the Deccan Plateau, it is the land where
the valiant Marathas and their heroic leader Shivaji once ruled. The dynamic twin cities of Mumbai and
Pune, the rock-cut caves of Ajanta and Ellora, hill stations like Mahabaleshwar and Matheran are sure to
mesmerize the tourists.
Western Wonders
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AHMEDABAD
Located on the banks of River Sabarmati, Ahmedabad is one of
Indias major industrial cities. Home of Gandhijis ashram, it hosts
the International Kite Festival every year during January (Makara
Sankranti).
Places of Interest : Sabarmati Ashram, Calico Museum of Textiles,
Teen Darwaza, many Mosques and Museums. Around Ahmedabad :
Adalej Vav (19 km.), Sarkej (8 km.) Around Ahmedabad are the remains
of the 4500 year old port at Lothal (80 km.); the fne Sun Temple at
Modhera (106 km.) and Patan (120 km.), a centre for Patola silk saris,
which is noted for its fne Jain temples.
How to get there : Ahmedabad is connected by rail to Mumbai and
New Delhi.
Sabarmati Ashram,
Ahmedabad
VADODARA
Once the capital of a princely state, Vadodara is noted as a centre for
the arts and has interesting museums and art galleries.
Places of Interest : Sayaji Bagh & Baroda Museum, Maharaja Fateh
Singh Museum.
How to get there : Vadodara is a Division on Western Railway.
Hathee Singh Temple,
Ahmedabad
Ajanta Ellora Caves
GOA
With almost 40 beaches dotting its 131 km-long coastline, Goa is
a delight for swimmers, anglers, water sport enthusiasts and sun
bathers. Its old-fashioned towns with fairy-tale cottages, streets and
evocative Portuguese names, feet-tapping music and fresh sea-food
make for a truly unforgettable holiday.
How to get there : Madgaon and Vasco-da-Gama are convenient
railheads.
Gujarat - the home state of Mahatma Gandhi - Father of the Nation is a tourists paradise. A variety of
interesting destinations await the tourist. Lothal, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Palitana and the Gir National Park
- the last retreat of the Asiatic lion. Azure seas, verdant greenery, exotic wildlife, marble temples and a
tradition of hospitality are what make Gujarat unique.
A Kaleidoscope of Colour
AJANTA & ELLORA CAVES
Masterpieces of rock-cut architecture, Ajanta and Ellora Caves are
World Heritage Sites.
How to get there : Aurangabad is the nearest railhead.
Travel Tip : Mumbai and Pune are good bases to cover these places.
PALITANA
863 Jain Temples built with translucent white marble are located
on Shatrunjay Hill. Palitana is an important place of pilgrimage for
Jains.
How to get there : The nearest railhead is Ahmedabad (215 km.)
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AHMEDPUR MANDVI
The Samudra Beach Resort here has recreated an environment that is
famboyantly ethnic, with thatched huts and quaint swings. An ideal spot
for water sports, Ahmedpur Mandvi is close to the island of Diu.
How to get there : Ahmedabad and Vadodara are the nearest
railheads.
The historic town of Junagarh; the Sasan Gir National Park, the last
bastion of the Asiatic lions, the magnifcent Somnath Temple, near
Veraval and Lord Krishnas Dwarka are the other places worth visiting.
Travel Tip : Ahmedabad is the ideal base to cover all these places.
Located on the Deccan Plateau, the state of Andhra Pradesh, a Rice Bowl of India, is a state with a rich
cultural heritage. Its many edifces, monuments and architectural ruins reverberate with the legacy of
dynasties as old as 300 B.C.
Distinctly Deccan
Palitana Temples
Charminar, Hyderabad
HYDERABAD
Hyderabad, the capital of Andhra Pradesh is a city that is over 400
years old. The twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad are
noted for their artistic and cultural heritage, delicious cuisine and
shopping.
Places of Interest : Charminar, Birla Mandir, Mecca Masjid,
Archaelogical Museum, Zoological Gardens, Hussain Sagar Lake and
Golconda Fort.
How to get there : Hyderabad is well-connected by rail to all major
cities in India.
WARANGAL
Once the heartland of Telugu culture, Warangal was the capital of
the Kakatiya Kingdom. Today it contains some of the best forms of
architecture, especially temples. The 1000-pillar temple and the
Ramappa temple in the district are glowing examples of the exquisite
architecture patronized by the Kakatiyas.
Places of Interest : 12th Century Thousand Pillar Temple, Ramappa
Temple, Warangal Fort.
How to get there : Warangal is well-connected by rail.
TIRUPATI
This is the abode of Lord Venkateshwara - the Lord of Seven Hills.
An important pilgrimage centre, it draws lakhs of pilgrims everyday.
No wonder it is the second richest temple in the world!
How to get there : Tirupati is major station on South Central
Railway.
The Golden Gopura of
the Tirupati Temple
Warangal Fort
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NAGARJUNASAGAR
Nagarjunasagar Dam and Nagarjunakonda are the sites of an ancient
Buddhist University Town (3 AD). Around Nagarjunasagar: Within easy
reach of Nagarjunasagar are the picturesque Ethipothala Falls and
the thick forests of the Srisailam Wildlife Sanctuary. This sanctuary is
part of Project Tiger and supports a variety of fora and fauna.
How to get there : Macherla (22 km.) is the nearest railhead.
Travel Tip : Hyderabad is the ideal base to cover all these places.
Buddha Statue,
Nagarjunakonda
The North East refers to the easternmost region of India consisting of the enticing Seven Sister States and
Sikkim. Located in the Himalayan and sub-Himalayan ranges they offer superb natural scenery, colourful
cultures and exceptional terrain for adventure sports.
Eastern Vistas
Kali Temple
One-horned Rhino at
Kaziranga National Park
KOLKATA
Starting as a small British settlement on River Hooghly about 300
years ago, Kolkata grew to become a commercial centre of the east.
Places of Interest: Botanical Gardens, Howrah Bridge, Indian
Museum, Victoria Memorial, National Library, Birla Planetarium,
Marble House.
Around Kolkata: Belur Math (16 km.), Dakshineshwar Temple
(20 km.), Shantiniketan (167 km.), Vishnupur (201 km.)
How to get there: The headquarters of Eastern Railway, Kolkata is
a focal point on the Indian Railways Golden Quadrilateral.
SHILLONG
The capital of the state of Meghalaya, Shillong is a pretty hill town with
lakes, grassy downs, pine scented hillsides and English cottages.
Places of Interest: Ward Lake, Raj Bhavan, Botanical Gardens, Lady
Hydari Park, Bishop and Beadon Falls, Elephant Falls, Cherrapunji,
Mawphlang.
How to get there: Nearest railhead is Guwahati (100 km.)
GUWAHATI
Guwahati is the capital of Assam, home of the rare one-horned
rhinoceros.
Places of Interest: Kamakhya, Umananda, Navagraha and Janardhan
Temples
Around Guwahati: Vashisht Ashram (12 km.), Kaziranga National
Park (233 km.)
How to get there: Guwahati is connected toNew Delhi, Howrah,
Chennai, Mumbai, Thiruvananthapuram, etc. by rail.
Travel Tip: Guwahati is the gateway to North-east India.
Tea Estate
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Tamil Nadu - an enchanting land has a history that dates back several thousand years.
A land where traditions and culture blend in harmony, Tamil Nadu is sure to leave you spellbound with
classic tourist attractions.
Southern Splendour
Kapaleeswarar Temple,
Chennai
CHENNAI
Chennai, the largest city in southern India, has a relaxed ambience
and an active interest in classical music and dance. One of the earliest
cities set up by the British, Chennai is the gateway to South India.
Places of Interest : Anna Salai, Marina Beach, Valluvar Kottam,
Kalakshetra, Cholamandalam, MGR Film City, St. Thomas Mount,
San Thome Cathedral, Kapaleeswarar Temple, Parthasarathy Temple,
Vadapalani Temple, National Art Gallery.
How to get there : The headquarters of Southern Railway, Chennai
is a focal point on the Indian Railways Golden Quadrilateral.
MAMALLAPURAM
South of Chennai is Mamallapuram. This little town is a perfect gem
of Pallava art (6 AD - 8 AD). A beautiful beach with its casuarina trees
and fne hotels makes this an idyllic spot for a holiday.
Places of Interest : Cave Temples, Rathas, Arjunas Penance, Shore
Temple.
How to get there : Chennai is the nearest railhead.
Shore Temple,
Mamallapuram
Access: New Jalpaiguri (85 km.) is the nearest railhead. The Darjeeling-
Himalayan railway draws steam enthusiasts from the world over.
Darjeeling Toy Train
SIKKIM
Sikkim, with its spectacular scenery, exotic orchids, Buddhist
monasteries and mountain trails, is a fabulous holiday destination.
Gangtok, its capital, offers superb views of the Kanchenjunga range.
Places of Interest: Tsuk-La-Khang, Institute of Tibetology, Orchid
Sanctuary, Enchey Monastery.
Access: The nearest railheads are Siliguri (111 km.) or New Jalpaiguri
(126 km.)
DARJEELING
A popular hill station, picturesquely located on a ridge 2123 m high,
Darjeeling is noted for its fne tea. It offers magnifcent views of the
snow-capped Himalayas and of the Kanchenjunga peak.
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PONDICHERRY
Further down the coast is the Union Territory of Pondicherry - once
an enclave of the French.
The French infuence is still to be seen in the marvellous white
buildings in the old section of this coastal town.
Places of Interest : Beautiful sea-front, Aurobindo Ashram, Auroville
Township.
How to get there : Pondicherry is a BG railhead.
Travel Tip : Chennai is the ideal base to cover all these places.
Gandhi Statue,
Pondicherry
Rock Fort, Trichy
MADURAI
Madurai, another of Tamil Nadus ancient cities, was the great
capital of the Pandyan kings. Today, it is a lively, bustling city and a
commercial centre.
Places of Interest : Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar and Palani
Temples, Tirumalai Nayak Palace, Vandiyur Mariamman Tank.
How to get there : Madurai is connected to Chennai, Rameswaram,
Thiruvananthapuram, Tiruchchirappalli, Coimbatore, etc. by rail.
TIRUCHCHIRAPPALLI (TRICHY)
A Chola citadel in 2 BC, the present town and fort were built in later
times by the Nayak kings of Madurai.
Places of Interest : Rock Fort, Srirangam, Tiruvanaikkaval,
Samayapuram and a number of imposing churches and mosques.
How to get there : Tiruchchirappalli is well-connected to Chennai
and other prominent cities by rail.
THANJAVUR
Thanjavur was once the great capital of the Cholas. The most
spectacular of the Thanjavur temples is the Brahadeeswarar Temple
(Big Temple).
Around Thanjavur : Little temple towns like Thirukandiyur, Tiruvarur
and Thiruvaiyaru (associated with Saint Thyagaraja) are not far from
Thanjavur.
How to get there : Thanjavur is linked to Chennai and
Tiruchchirappalli.
Big Temple, Thanjavur
Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar
Temple, Madurai
KANCHEEPURAM
Kancheepuram is one of Indias seven sacred cities and one of its
loveliest temple towns. It is also noted for its handloom silks.
Places of Interest : Kailasanathar Temple, Vaikuntaperumal
Temple, Ekambareshwarar Temple, Varadarajaperumal Temple,
Kamakshiamma Temple, Sakiswarar Temple.
How to get there : Kancheepuram is on the BG rail network.
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VELANKANNI
The Church of Mother Mary at Velankanni, near Nagapattinam, has a
statue of the Holy Mother, draped in a saree, holding the infant Jesus in
her arms. For centuries, the Church has been famous for the miracles
experienced by devotees and seekers who come from far and wide.
How to get there: Nagapattinam is the nearest railhead.
Velankanni Church
RAMESWARAM
Renowned as the Varanasi of the South, Rameswaram, a conch
shaped island is connected to the mainland at Mandapam by rail
through one of Indias greatest engineering marvels - the Pambam
Bridge.
Places of Interest : Ramanathaswamy Temple, Kothandaramaswamy
Temple, Gandamadana Parvatham, Dhanushkodi.
How to get there : Rameswaram is connected to Chennai and
Tiruchchirappalli by rail.
Travel Tip : Madurai is a convenient base to cover all these places.
Ramanathaswamy Temple,
Rameswaram
Places of Interest : Kumari Amman Temple, Vivekananda Rock
Memorial, Vattakottai, Suchindram, Courtallam Falls.
How to get there : Kanniyakumari is well-connected to all parts of
the country. Indias longest train journey spanning 3751 km. in the
Himsagar Express, from Kanniyakumari in the south to Jammu in the
north, it lasts 72 hours!
Karnataka - an ancient land with a history of over 1,500 years. A land of breathtaking beauty, diversity and
rich heritage. The land of sandalwood, silk and coffee, Karnataka is home to grand temples, gracious cities
and wildlife sanctuaries
A fascinating world
Vidhana Soudha,
Bangalore
BANGALORE
One of Indias most happening and futuristic cities, Bangalore the
capital of Karnataka is the trendsetter in I.T. and global outsourcing
services. A pleasant city, it is known for its cosmopolitan culture and
friendly people.
Places of Interest : Vidhana Soudha, Attara Kacheri, Cubbon Park,
Lal Bagh, Bull Temple, Visveswaraya Museum, Ulsoor Lake, ISKCON,
Big Banyan Tree.
Around Bangalore : Bannerghatta National Park (22 km.),
Hessarghatta (25 km.), Janapada Loka
(53 km.), Nandi Hills (60 km.)
How to get there : Bangalore is well-connected to all major cities
by rail.
KANNIYAKUMARI
The Lands End of the subcontinent, Kanniyakumari is the southern-
most tip of the Indian peninsula. This is the spot where the Indian
Ocean, the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea meet. It is noted for its
marvellous beaches and spectacular sunrises and sunsets.
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BELUR & HALEBID
These were the capitals of the Hoysala kings. Belur is noted for
the superb Chennakeshava Temple and Halebid is famous for the
Hoysaleswara Temple.
MYSORE
Mysore - the Royal City is a city of stately palaces and gardens.
Dasara - the State festival is celebrated with pomp and gaiety during
October/November.
Places of Interest : Mysore Palace, Lalitha Mahal Palace, Mysore Zoo,
Brindavan Gardens, Chamundi Hills. Around Mysore: Srirangapatna
(14 km.), Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary (18 km.), Somnathpur (35
km.), Bandipur National Park (80 km.), Nagarhole National Park (96
km.), Madikeri (124 km.) Nanjangud (26 km.)
How to get there : Mysore is 139 km. away from Bangalore and is
well-connected by rail.
SHRAVANABELAGOLA
The 17 m high statue of Jain Saint Gomateswara is the largest
monolithic statue in the world. The Mahamastakabisheka is held once
in 12 years.
Lord Ugranarasimha
Hampi
Gol Gumbaz
HAMPI
A world-heritage site, Hampi is located on the banks of River
Tungabhadra. Capital of the Vijayanagara kings, its splendid
monuments include the Vittala Temple, Virupaksha Temple, Hazara
Rama Temple, Ugra Narasimha Statue, Lotus Mahal, musical pillars,
stone chariot and the Purandaradasa Mandapa.
How to get there : Hospet is the nearest railhead.
Travel Tip : All these places are well-connected to Bangalore.
BIJAPUR
Bijapur is home of the Gol Gumbaz - the second largest dome in the
world. It is well-known for its whispering gallery - where the sound
echoes 11 times.
Around Bijapur : Aihole and Badami have magnifcent rock-cut
temples. Pattadakal, a world-heritage site has many beautiful
temples.
How to get there : Bijapur is connected by rail to Bangalore.
Mysore Palace
Chennakeshava Temple
Halebid
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An enchantingly beautiful land fanked by the Western Ghats on one side, the Arabian Sea on the other,
Kerala offers Nature on a platter. With a tradition thats inimitable and remarkable.
Gods own Country
Sri Anantha Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Thiruvananthapuram
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM
Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of the state of Kerala is a beautiful
seaside city.
Places of Interest : Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Napier Museum,
Sri Chitra Art Gallery, Botanical Gardens.
How to get there : Thiruvananthapuram is connected to major cities
by rail.
ALAPPUZHA (ALLEPPEY)
This is the centre of the coir trade. Some lovely stretches of backwater
connect Alappuzha to Kollam and Kottayam. Idyllic cruises into the
unspoilt interiors of Kerala are possible over the waterways. Alappuzha
is famous for the boat races held annually in August/September.
How to get there : Alleppey is a major station on Southern Railway.
KOTTAYAM
One can travel by road or by boat to Kottayam over the lagoons and
waterways. A centre of the Syrian Christian community, Kottayam has
some fne churches.
Around Kottayam : Kumarakom, Shiva Temple at Ettumanur, Periyar
Wildlife Sanctuary.
How to get there: Kottayam is well-connected by rail.
Boat racing on the
backwaters
SABARIMALA
Dedicated to Lord Ayyappa, this is one of the most important Hindu
temples of Kerala. The Sabarimala pilgrimage draws people from all
walks of life, making it an unmatched example of religious tolerance and
harmony. The makara villakku event is a highlight of the pilgrimage.
How to get there : Chengannur (28 km.), Tiruvalla (30 km.) on the
Kottayam-Kayankulam section are the nearest railheads
KOCHI (COCHIN)
The major seaport in this part of the country, Kochi or Ernakulam is an
attractive town, built around the scenic backwaters. It is the commercial
and industrial capital of Kerala.
Places of Interest : Jewish Synagogue, Dutch Palace, St. Francis
Church.
Around Kochi : Kalady (45 km.), Thrissur (80 km.), Guruvayur (109
km.), Munnar Hills (130 km.)
How to get there : Kochi is well-connected to major locations through
Southern Railway and Konkan Railway.
Chinese Fishing Nets
Kochi
Lord Ayyappa Temple
Sabarimala

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