Beautiful Lakes in North East India

A trip to Sikim would be incomplete without a trip to Gangtok, a town which on a fresh morning meets you all bathed and combed, ready to go to school, its eyes sparkling and a hint of dimples on its hill-child cheeks. Impeccably dressed women go off to work, monks hurry down to the bazaar, young men in shiny jackets amble along and tourists try out momos! In autumn, the tall mountain goddess peak of Kangchendzonga can be seen from hotel windows, restaurants and roads! The town spreads down the hillside with its prettily painted roofs and up on a hill, at Enchey Monastery, young monks cross paths with the crowds as they rush on a path ablaze with coloured flags! On the ridge, people would be meeting, orchids being nurtured and an archery competition may be held somewhere. Down in the market, sit on the sunny terrace of a restaurant munching cakes and coffee and plan your trip to Nathu La!

The Ridge is a walk up the bazaar with a delightful stretch of flat road lined with trees where everyone comes for a stroll, enclosing the White Hall and a beautifully designed palace gate. Near the White Hall, there is a Flower Exhibition Centre where you can see a beautiful display of a stunning variety of orchids. The Enchey Monastery, meaning the `high strong place’  speaks of enchanting mornings here listening to the hypnotic chants of the monks during morning prayers!  The Namgyal Institute of Tibetology would have the heritage lovers overwhelmed by ancient statues and artefacts while the more contemporary-minded would be charmed by the beauty, grace and silence of the building. It has a museum that exhibits a rare collection of ancient manuscripts, statues, ritual objects and thangkas.  The exhibition is dominated by a majestic silver image of Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of knowledge, that was brought from Tibet! The Himalayan Zoological Park  or   the Gangtok Zoo has a lavish hillside haven of wild flowers and misty views. Near the Ganesh Tok Viewpoint, this open zoo sprawls across the mountainous terrain and is a place for long walks and spotting some rare animals. The enclosures are large spaces harbouring a snow leopard, Tibetan wolves, some adorable red pandas, Himalayan palm civets, leopard cats and different kinds of colourful Himalayan pheasants, which are the main attractions on the Beautiful Hilly Vacation Package 

Around Gangtok, the large Rumtek Monastery is located on a picturesque road across the Rangeet river and houses a school, an aviary and a special section for monks to meditate. You could also stop by at the orchid centre at Wayside Gardens and Nurseries. A pleasant drive to the mature beauty of a wet temperate forest with slopes laden with oaks, pines and ash is the pathway leading to the serene Tsomgo Lake, though midway you could stop at Kyongnosla for tea, which is a picture postcard alpine village beside the Rongchu stream, where unprepared travellers can buy gloves and woollen socks, due to the presence of the mountains nearby which give way to the glacial frozen streams defining the solid shining white trajectories down these slopes. Once you reach the Lake, it looks like pure glass, capable of reflecting the divine, depicting the gap between this world and another. There are yaks wearing knitted decorations on their horns.  As you return from this frozen sight, you could thaw out, gobbling steaming masala Maggi and black tea or hot masala tea!

Meghalaya is a treasure trove of nature, with its rich variation of dense endemic and cultivated flora, where charm in its plenteous abundance, had blessed  this place with a unique array of plantation, and turned it into a  happy hunting ground for the zoologists to keep them interested in the rare and diverse fauna wealth.  It is also abound with a rich wealth of  mammal genera, which is enough to captivate the tourists!
Contemporary Shillong is a small town, inhabited by a church-going, guitar-and-piano-playing population, glorifying  its restaurants and tourist infrastructure, Indian heritage manors, waterfalls, golfing, and Shillong peaks and museums. The Umiam Khwan or Barapani, near Shillong,  offers water sports facilities including sailing, water skiing, water scooter.  The Orchid Lake Resort and the adjacent Lum Nehru Park is an ideal quiet holiday spot.  The Botanical Garden is a secluded but captivating area with a plethora of indigenous and exotic plants and is located just below another notable site, the Ward’s Lake.

Places to Visit in North East India

Close by is located a beautiful labyrinth of underground passages beneath age-old caves and this is a must visit place for amateur and experienced explorers where Khasi monoliths (stones in memory of their ancestors) lie scattered around.
There are a series of memorable views, and one can see as far as Bangladesh. Orchids blooming a few feet away from a belt lacking of vegetation, as the  place exhibits  dense woods interspersed by rocky, cliffs broken by erosion. An amazing variety of rare orchids, ferns, and moss convert each sector into a botanist’s paradise as this place also produces the best quality of oranges as well as pineapples. In fact, Cherrapunji oranges are the forefathers of the famous Nagpuri oranges in the Central India.

The trekking opportunity in Meghalaya is outstanding for the fact that the terrain is very challenging in the Himalayan areas but with the advantage of not being snow-wrapped. An added attraction is the possibility of intimating with many rare species of flora and fauna, impossible to find elsewhere. You can hire guides to walk through the most alluring and confusing terrains of the Meghalaya, which is characterised by flowing rivers, rolling hills and towering waterfalls.

Meghalaya is a treasure trove of nature, with its rich variation of dense endemic and cultivated flora, where charm in its plenteous abundance, had blessed  this place with a unique array of plantation, and turned it into a  happy hunting ground for the zoologists to keep them interested in the rare and diverse fauna wealth.  It is also abound with a rich wealth of mammal genera, which is enough to captivate the tourists!

Agartala, as the capital of Tripura, has a bit of India tucked into Bangladeshi territory, with the Bengali population living in the plains and the Mizos living in the hills. The city is green and bamboo-rich; embracing magnificent tiled floors, carved wooden ceilings and striking doors. The Kamalasagar pond is a pilgrimage and a tourist spot. En route to Aizawl, in Mizoram, the road winds through gentle, pine-laden slopes and then along a spectacular ridge that falls away into the Bangladeshi plains. A jewel of a destination, this tourist spot has unexceptional modern churches in every neighbourhood. Chanmari, in this area celebrates the spirit of the young who are seen toting guitars, ready to jam!

Mizoram in India has abundant deep valleys veiled with rich and luxuriant surroundings filled with a vast variety of flora and fauna. Relish the landscape of the plenty with wild flowers, splendid scenery, local people, dancing people, while you trek through them. There are routes, which ascend steeply, and go around local villages, passing through forests of rhododendron and orchids. It is this very charisma that attracts the spiritual joy that trekkers have found in this land. Mizoram offers excellent and exciting scope for mountaineering and the peaks offer much scope to visitors who are fond of adventure sports like climbing and mountaineering.

Kohima, the busy capital of Nagaland, is hugged by hills and is an enigmatic city. It has a fantastic red-roofed Catholic Cathedral and an everbusy Super Market, as well as the State Museum. The Dzuko Valley is full of lilies and rhododendrons in season and acclaims an enduring trek range. Tuophema is an eco-tourist village whereas Mokokchung is a pretty town with the villages of Ungma and Longkhum offering interesting excursions.

Go to Summer Holidays in Ajmer With Family

Ajmer, is famed for being a significant religious site, as faith and history, both have proclaimed it as the final resting place of, the Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, with his preachings, `Be generous like a river, affectionate like the Sun, and hospitable like the Earth’, whose disciples included the Mughal Emperors. Hence secular tourists from around the globe, visit the Dargah Sharif, to seek blessings in the name of `Maula’ and to pray for the fulfilment of their desires. The air around the area is thick with roses, incense and the fervour of prayer. Also known as Garib Nawaz, or the helper of the poor, this Saint was a giant figure on the Sufi map of the sub-continent. The Ajmer Dargah, is a complex full of many structures and encloses the Akbari Masjid and the Buland Darwaza. You may walk down a congested alley to the left of the dargah entrance to have a look at the exquisitely carved Adhai-Din-ka-Jhonpra. There are some charming picnic spots and artificial lakes in Ajmer such as Ana Sagar, Ajaipal, Foy Sagar. Around Ajmer, tourists could visit Kishangarh , the centre of fine artistic tradition creating the most endeared miniatures, the popular paintings being called `Bani Thani Radha’. Another area closeby is the Badnor which has a Jai Mahal, a lakeside retreat that offers bewildering views of the surrounding hills. The Rathore Thakurs of this area, have their venetian glass collection on display here, and the Badnor Fort makes for a historical trip, on the Beautiful Hilly Vacation Package!

It’s time to swing into a different direction! Coorg, specifically is known for its aromatic spices and captivating waters that make it as refreshing as the coffee it grows. Also known as Kodagu, in the south-western Karnataka, the hill station has its undulated topography carpeted in green, often covered with thin white fog. Bamboo, rosewood forests, sandalwood, streams, rivulets line up the entire area along with children of the river Cauvery wending their way through land. Waterfalls, deep ravines, paddy fields, grassy downs, coffee bushes with red berries, pepper, cardamom, oranges, nutmeg, turmeric, lemon grass together spell it as a land fecund beyond belief! The highlanders comprise of a martial race of men and women who compel a second glance with their chiselled profiles, stately bearing dress, and ofcourse, the crisp air-conditioned weather! A definition beyond countless definitions …….. sounds exciting, doesn’t it?

Madkeri or Mekara is the main town of Coorg famous for viewing sunrises and sunsets and encloses the Abbi Falls and the remarkable Omkareshwara Temple in a mosque like style! The town is a trekker`s paradise up and down the hills, through coffee and pepper plantations. Bhagamandala is another temple town at the confluence of the Cauvery with the Kannike and the invisible Sujyothi rivers. The Wildlife Society here is based in Madikeri and promotes wildlife and environmental conservation and also organizes treks to Pushpagiri and Brahmagiri Sanctuary. The Dubare Reserve Forest is famous for the Elephant Training Camp where the tourists can watch the elephants in various states of eating, bathing, and being themselves and to go on wildlife safaris. Kakkabe lies at the base of the Western Ghats in the southern side and the heavy rainforest cover means a rich bounty of rare orchids, plants and birds. Scenic treks take you to Mallamma Betta, Soma Male and Kabbe Pass form where you can espy clouds caressing Kerala’s hills. The prize catch is Thadiyendamol, the highest peak in Coorg! The Nilakandi Waterfalls, the Igguthappa Temple, and the Nalnad Palace, are places of interest and historical significance in this area. The Siddapur’s lush forests have been transformed into sprawling coffee estates, as earlier this place was considered `the place of the divine’, which perhaps has lent its hand to bless Siddapur with optimal rainfall and a gently undulating terrain, inculcating the correct balance! You could take a stroll through Ammathi twisting and turning past coffee estates, Pollibetta which is home to a beautiful ninehole golf course, the thickly forested Titimati, and to the trading town of Gonikoppal, on this Beautiful Hilly Vacation Package!

Beautiful Hill Station India Vacation Package

It may be a most challenging task for any tourist to choose a perfect hill station in India for touring.   Choose a sparkling hill resort in India for touring, outing, honeymoon or enjoying adventure activities. However, there are numbers of top famous cool destinations across India for an escapade during any season, either summer or winter, recognized and standing tall with their honour and charm, in the Beautiful Hilly Vacation Package!

From the desert  area of Rajasthan, you could take a short break to Mount Abu, a cool paradise which does justice to the mystique of a mesmerising landscape, and it takes something to be special to be a lush hill station in a desert state, as there is a long history of Hindu mythology attached to the lakes, caves, temples and ashrams tucked away in these hills. Further there are dense forests and trekking trails vanishing into them,  and the Delwara Jain temples  where marble becomes rain, dew, fire, silk……..leaving all but tourist guides speechless! You could visit the Achalgarh Fort and the Guru Shikhar Peak. The Nakki Lake is the centre for most activities in Abu, and  there is pleasurable boating on the lake, as there are motorboats and rowboats as well, some of them shaped like swans. Apt for  a holiday amongst your family, children and the crowds, the area is closely interspersed with forests, lakes and a rocky terrain. If  you go for paddle boating at sunrise and sunset with a sound oarsman, who after the mandatory rounds and view of Toad’s rock, can  then point out to you different birds by the shoreline. The Sunset Point has fabulous panoramic views, and also has an amusement park for children, a perfect family outing! You could visit other temples such as Vimal Vasahi Temple, Luna Vasahi Temple, the Pittahara Temple, the Chaumukha Temple and the Mahavira Temple. Mount Abu also has a wildlife sanctuary lined with champas, jasmine, mango and khajur trees that  give the animals shade and cover and are weighed down with blooms and fruit. It is a birdwatcher’s paradise, with many species of birds. The leopard, chinkara, sloth bear, wild boar and hundreds of langurs are also seen here. The Achalgarh Fort , comprises of  ruins  which preside over two temples, the Neelkanth Mahadev Temple which lays claim to a toe impression of Lord Shiva, and the Kantinath Jain temple, which emulate Delwara in the quantity of marble and sculpting.

Take a short break at Udaipur, located in Southern Rajasthan, hugging Lake Pichola is atmospherically picturesque, as the town boasts of lakes, lake palaces, mansions and gardens. The old city spreads in a maze of lanes, called the backyard , since it sits to the back of the City Palace, and is the centre of imagination of Udaipur as palaces and hills embrace its contours, havelis, houses and hotels, finding sustenance in its waters. You can spend some time in the City Palace, by the lakeside, laze in a rooftop restaurant and watch palaces afloat on the lake, wander in the lanes and alleys and  look at caparisoned elephants painted on houses. The City Palace is a huge conglomeration of palaces and the whole structure has maintained a graceful uniformity and  is full of paintings of the Krishna deities of Mewa, and has the series of mahals and chowks displayed prominently as directions marked when you proceed to a world of luxury and indulgence within the entire complex. A Sound and Light Show is absolutely astounding!

The Crystal Gallery is really an extravagant and profligate display of wealth, possessing even crystal chairs, beds, sofas, glasses, dinner sets and also a bejewelled carpet.  A launch ride on the Lake Pichola  would take you to the Jagmandir Palace Island, , where you get a crisp view of the valley  and the surrounding hills making the boat trip more than worthwhile. After that splendid view and a unique experience on Lake Pichola, leave for Ajmer on the Beautiful Hilly Vacation Package!


Kuala Lumpur City Centre

The Lake Gardens are a manicured expanse near the Malaysian Parliament building, which was once home to a British colonial official. The park includes a Butterfly Park, Deer Park, Orchid Garden, Hibiscus Garden and the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park, Southeast Asia’s largest bird park…….enough to make children skip and hop around these shining species, playing with them, running after them and trying to catch those colourful butterflies!

Other parks in the city include the ASEAN Sculpture Garden, KLCC Park, Titiwangsa Lake Gardens, Metropolitan Lake Gardens in Kepong, Forest Research Institue, Malaysia Taman Tasik Permaisuri or the Queen’s Lake Gardens, Bukit Kiara Botanical Gardens, Equestrian Park, West Valley Park and Bukit Jalil International Park…….again a special treat for your children……..exploring the vast land with their innocent vision and minds, and a mind-teaser for the teenagers!

Genting Shopping Destinations

The entertainment hub of the city is mainly centred in the Golden Triangle encompassing Jalan P. Ramlee, Jalan Sultan Ismail and Ampang Road. Trendy nightclubs, bars and lounges, such as the Beach Club, Espanda, the Hakka Republic Wine Bar and Restaurant, Hard Rock Cafe, the Luna Bar, Nuovo, Rum Jungle, the Thai Club, Zouk,and many others are located here.  You could leave your children behind with some care-taker and indulge yourselves with your spouse or other elders, simply to get a taste of the other tempting side of life!  Resistance is yours!!!!

Suria KLCC is one of Malaysia’s premier shopping destinations due to its location beneath the Petronas Twin Towers. Apart from this, the Bukit Bintang district has the highest concentration of shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur. It houses various cafes, alfresco dining outlets and retail malls. The Bangsar district also has a few shopping complexes, including Bangsar Village, Bangsar Shopping Centre, Mid Valley Megamall and The Gardens. The Damansara subdivision north-west of Kuala Lumpur, though not in the city-proper, is the home of the only IKEA outlet in the country, and a cluster of locally operated malls such as Cathay Multi Screen Cinemas, The Curve, Power Centre and One Utama. Apart from shopping complexes, KL has designated numerous zones in the city to market locally manufactured products such as textiles, fabrics and handicrafts and the Chinatown, commonly known as Petaling Street is one of them featuring many pre-independence buildings with Straits Chinese and colonial architectural influences.  KL’s Central Market (Pasar Seni), which was once the city’s wet market, offers an assortment of arts and craft merchandise, varying from antiques and paintings to souvenirs and clothing. Of course, most of the malls and shopping arcades are full of electronic toys, games, i-pods, digital diaries, sound equipment, clothes and accessories for children and teenagers!

Malaysia Shopping Destinations

The cuisine here reflects the versatility in restaurants, malls and street-side hawkers’ stalls; in KL, food is served in buildings which are known for housing cafes, restaurants, fast food outlets and street hawkers, offering a delectable gourmet adventure with a blend of Indian, Continental, Chinese, Malay and Japanese food fare.  The most popular Malay food is such as Char kwey tiaw, asam laksa, rojak and nasi goring, and this is something which the adults and the young would relish together……..exploring their adventurous taste buds!

A short distance away from KL, lies the `Las Vegas’ of Malaysia, called the Genting Highlands,  a magnetic charm for visitors all over the world, especially children and teenagers.  The adults could flavour some pleasure as it is the only legal resort for gambling! The Highlands introduces itself to you with all its proud buildings connected to a continuous chain of linkways, underground tunnels and escalators, with direction signboards to lead you to your required destination in that  huge stretch with strong concrete structures and glitzy theme parks,set in a forested highland…… and definitely eclatic!  It would be enthralling for your children to get mesmerised with The Chin Swee Caves Temple, a Taoist temple, and a picturesque monument set within Genting Highlands, possessing a majestic ornate roof. Within the Temple is seated a black statue of the Reverend Master Chin Swee considered a deity in the Fujian Province for his supernatural abilities to summon rain and drive away evil spirits, as the exterior wall carries many inscriptions that depict his life. A myth that would be wondrous for the children and teenagers! Behind the statue is a natural rock in a stream providing clear cool mineral water, called the `Dragon Mineral Water’. The Genting Skyway located at the Kuala Kubu Bharu, the Selangor side of Genting, is a monocable gondola lift serving the resort, determining its illuminative impact on everyone with a rollicking ride!

Srinagar Holiday Houseboats

The other major monuments of Srinagar are a short and walkable circuit. A good place to start is the Shrine of Dastgir Sahi, wherein the interior ornamentation of painted and carved wood in the mosque is remarkable, after which the couples may visit the Rozabal Shrine which has acquired an unwarranted reputation as the tomb of Jesus. A visit to Srinagar’s central mosque Jama Masjid is another wonder with the gorgeous building having a pagoda-like spire mounted on a cube of timber on the stone plinth of an earlier temple. There is also the Pathar Masjid, built of limestone, with a pleasing garden. A dazzlingly white structure on the far bank of the Dal, the Hazratbal Mosque is a famous shrine because it houses a relic that is believed to be Prophet Mohammed’s hair.

Gulmarg Journey

It would be worthwhile to go fishing in any of the lakes in Srinagar. The resort of “Aharbal” offers excellent fishing opportunities: there’s a great waterfall too. “Daksum” is very famous for its scenic mountain beauty and clear, sparkling streams with bountiful of catch. The Kashmir valley is also known for for its sericulture and cold-water fisheries.

“Badamvaer”in Kashmiri for “The garden of almond blossoms” lies on the foot end of the Hari Parbat Fort. This fort, also called “Koh-i-Maran” or “Faseel-e-Akbari” which has now been restored and although today it is just a part of what used to be “Bagh-e-Wariskhan” earlier, nevertheless is a sight that is unmistakably an enigmatic panorama!

Srinagar is popular for its houseboats, which do not float free around the lake, but are anchored off-shore. It is a great and unique way to enjoy your stay in the city, as they offer all the facilities of a lodge or a guest house, with fully-furnished bedrooms and associated amenities!


Kheer Bhawani is a temple dedicated to the Goddess Kheer Bhawani (originally just Bhawani) constructed over a sacred spring. The worship is universal among the Hindu of Kashmir. The temple is situated at a distance of 14 miles east of Srinagar near the village of Tula Mula. The term kheer refers to rice pudding that is offered in the spring to propitiate the Goddess, which became a part of the name of the temple.

Gulmarg or ‘the meadow of flowers’. is a perennial favourite and a hot destination on the outskirts of Kashmir. The slopes of the Apharwat hills (of the Himalayas) here are one of the highest ski slopes in Asia, as due to its’ unique geographical location, this place gets some of the heaviest snowfall in the Himalayan region. A huge meadow ringed by fir trees and snowy peaks, wide open spaces, mountain-fresh air nature walks, birdwatching, skiing on winter, pony rides The meadow’s cup-like shape means that from any one point you can see the rest of the expanse with its softly undulating slopes. There’s a walk, called the Inner Ring Road, that you can wander along on foot, if not riding on a pony, or another walk called the Outer Ring Road which takes you through stands of pine. The Gondola Cable Car, which boasts as the highest lift -accessible ski terrain in the world, is a big attraction for skiers and non-skiiers because of the great views and goes all the way to the Apharwat peak which is rather popular for a trek as high up in the massif lies a seldom-visited mountain lake, half frozen even in summer. One distinctive rooftop in Gulmarg is the Maharani Temple and closeby is the St. Mary’s Church. For meals, there are hotels and a rash of dhabas in the market, with a choice of delectable cuisine. You can have a game of golf at the highest golf course here, using hired clubs.

Amarnath a Famous Hindu Temple in India

“Pahalgam” or the village of Shepherds is a very popular resort ninety kilometers south of Srinagar. It has some magnificent plains (like Baisaran) where horse-riding can be indulged in. Again, there are some fantastic angler opportunities as well and a lot of trekking routes, including the one that goes to Amarnath, a Hindu pilgrimage shrine deep in the Himalayas The Shaivite Mamleshwar Temple is another historical shrine and the ruins of the Martand Sun Temple, are an interesting archaeological site.

Jammu Kashmir Tourism & Travel Guide

A brief synopsis of Jammu is mentioned here as it would be bewitching to discover many historic monuments including Amar Mahal Palace Museum, the popular Raghunath and Ranbireshwar temples , Dargah of Peer Budhan Ali Shah, Peer Kho Cave temple, Bahu Fort and Bagh-e-Bahu in the winter capital.. Pretty Patnitop en route to Srinagar, is the highest point in the highway and offers camping sites and paragliding. The Raghunath Temple, a large complex has a rich collection of ancient manuscripts. Other important temples are Ranbireshwar, Peer Khoh and Panjbakhtar. The Amar Mahal Palace is a fine castle-like building, overlooking the Tawi River and part of the palace is a Museum with royal memorabilia, Pahari paintings and works of some famous artists like M F Hussain, Ram Kumar and J Swaminathan. The Mubarak Mandir Palace in the old bazaar is now a decrepit complex, but worth a look from the outside! A fort-cum-temple, Bahu Fort, is perhaps the oldest edifice and hosts the temple of Bawey Wali Mata. The Akhnoor Fort stands on a riverside cliff and the excavations within have yielded remains from the time of the Indus Valley Civilisation. Riasi, another town close to Jammu, has the Bhimgarh Fort and a hill top temple of Mahakali!

Jammu Kashmir Tourism

It would be wonderful to undertake a journey to the holy cave of Mata Vaishno Devi, located in the folds of three mountains called Trikuta Hills, which attracts devotees from all over India and abroad, as the belief in the Goddess ascertains that She fulfills all the longings of human life……dharma, artha, kama and moksha. The uphill footpath is well paved and winds through hills of great natural beauty, which may be covered on a horseback, `kandis’ or a trek! The path goes through a narrow cave and at the end of the cave or corridor is the raised marble platform on which the Goddess reveals herself in a natural rock formation. There are no statues, pictures or idols inside!

After a hectic trip from Vaishno Devi, it would be advisable to take a short break at Patni Top en route to Srinagar.Situated on top of a hill, this hill station offers an excellent vantage point to enjoy the superb vistas of the Chenab Gorge and the beauty of its pine trees. The Skating Garden, Chinar Garden and Picnic Spot complete with swings and slides to woo the tourists who may also spend some time on their own with a book and sandwich, to hear the wind sighing through the trees and then returning back to their romantic enigma! Idyllic to spend a day or two here in an absolutely tranquil environment.

Jammu Kashmir Lake

Ladakh, or “Little Tibet”, comprising of Leh and Kargil, also encompasses spectacular scenery. Though there are alpine steppes here, it is enchanting even in its barrenness. The world’s highest cold desert is in Leh, which is about 3,500-m above sea level, with many coloured rocks, but a visit to Ladakh would need acclimatisation to the climate as there is less oxygen here. Buddhism lies at the heart of this region and there are several quaint monasteries with many Tibetan monks dotting the area. Trekking and mountain-climbing in its Karakoram ranges are popular with tourists, though there is river-rafting also in the Zanskar River, but trained rafters should take professional guidance. Jeep safaris are popular. Lake Tsomoriri and Pangong Lake are sought after for their beauty, and so is the Nubra or Ldumra Valley, the valley of flowers at 10,000 ft above the sea.

Srinagar is a resort for the tourist who can experience, at first hand, the peculiar beauty of the valley that has attracted the Chinese, the Mughals and the British to it. Its waterways with their own quaint lifestyle, the unique houseboat, the blossoming gardens, water sports. activities, shopping for lovingly hand-crafted souvenirs and the nearby resorts make it a cherished spot among those looking for a memorable holiday!

Waterfall Cameron Highland

During the colonial era, the “Camerons” was a haven for the home sick.  At present, it is a stopover for those many who want to escape from the heat of the lowlands. It is endearing to visit the outpost’s Cameron Highlands Church and Bala’s Holiday Chalet which is an inn and one of the oldest buildings at the Highlands. 

There is a network of jungle trails, waterfalls and mountains, and less-taxing points of interest, including colourful temples, raised gardens and tea plantations where visitors along with their children, are welcome to try the local brew.  What an epitome of leisure!

Boh Sungai Palas Tea Estate

The Boh Sungai Palas Tea Estate, in the hills north of Brinchang, has the roads lead past a Hindu temple, and the tea pickers are predominantly Indian. There is also a gift shop selling every version of Boh tea that one can imagine and a pleasant cafe where you can sip tea while looking out over the evergreen dense plantations below, and chatting with the inhabitants!  The Titiwangsa Tours cover the the local nurseries, organic farms and orchards and the entrance fees and dinner are included. The Fathers Guest House has a resident licensed guide who leads informative nature tours of the Highlands, which of course would benefit your children, including a visit to the Orang Asli village.

The Cameron Highlands Golf Club began with a nine-hole golf course a century ago when it was common to find tiger paw prints in the bunkers!  Apart from its improved facilities, it has also undergone a change in name and is presently known as the Kelab Golf Sultan Ahmad Shah (SAS) Cameron Highlands.

Now known as The Lakehouse, this establishment was previously owned by the late Colonel Stanley J.Foster, and is colonial in its ambience as the unit sits atop a hill overlooking the Sultan Abu Bakar Lake.   The interior is reminiscent of an English country house with open fireplaces and wood-panelled walls.  Outside, the landscape would pass for an authentic English garden with a lush forest reserve serving as its backdrop. Wouldn’t you like to get a taste of this and perhaps sit with your children over some snack or beverage, only to breathe in the essence of this arena! 

Tringkap is close to Brinchang and a short distance from the tea estates. Kuala Terla also nearby from Tringkap and has most of its residents as farmers. Kampung Raja is the first town after departing the Simpang Pulai interchange and by and large, a residential area. The best place to pick up local produce is the Multicrops Central Market, which sells teas, fruits, strawberry, jam, honey, potted plants and numerous other things. Yung Seng Souvenir Shop has a good, if rather expensive, selection of Orang Asli, woodcarvings, as well as affordable artwork from across Asia. Very popular with travellers, foreign and domestic, the Rosedale’s menu spans several cuisines, Chinese, Malay, European, Indian, and is complemented by good coffee and free wi-fi. This bright highland also serves a range of simple Indian fare, including tandoori chicken, set meals, fish-head curry and vegetarian dishes.

Protected by the Titiwangsa Mountains in the east and Indonesia’s Sumatra Island in the west, Kuala Lumpur has a tropical rainforest climate which is warm and sunny, along with abundant rainfall, especially during the northeast monsoon season from October to March. Temperatures tend to remain constant, although the summer months are comparatively dry and sunny.

The weather is cool and pleasant throughout the year in Genting Highlands, and there is rain and thunderstorm around the end of the year, when along with the warmth and merry-making that the crowds bring along, they should also make sure to carry some thick clothing if they are susceptible to cold at night and also light woollens may be required.

Waterfall Cameron Highland

The weather in Cameron Highlands is temperate and cool all year round.  Rain is common throughout the year although the monsoon season is from November to February.  The dry season is from February to April.In the recent years, the temperature has been rising and it can get really hot in the day. The coldest time of the year is between Decembers to February!

All the above destinations are recommended for a visit throughout the year, as only occasional showers could block your outdoor activities for a while, even though there is enough to keep you occupied and interested indoors, along with your children! Advisable to keep a record of the weather conditions before travel, during the monsoon season!

Cameron Highlands Travel & Tour Guide

The First World Plaza is a shopping centre which is located below the First World Hotel, the biggest hotel in the Genting Highlands and comprises  of shops, restaurants, an indoor theme park, a cineplex, a Watersplash Pool, an indoor water theme park for children to wet themselves and dash and splash with the water,, Genting Sky Venture ,a sky diving simulator, a Starworld casino, bowling center, Genting International Convention Center, the Pavilion for daily night performance show, where perhaps you could leave your children under some temporary custody, the Haunted Adventure and a Ripley’s Believe It Or Not  Museum, both of them for your happy-go-lucky teenagers and children!  Entertainment-related performances such as dances, acrobatic shows and magical shows are held in an area called time-square. The highlighted Genting Outdoor Theme Park  features numerous rides, typical of an amusement park, mostly suitable for families and children, and the pass for this also includes the Flying Coaster ride…….most adults and children are left bewildered after this experience!

Cameron Highlands Tourist Attraction

Out of the little stalls mushrooming along the walkways, there are shops dedicated to providing clothing, accessories, handicrafts and souvenirs at theme parks and resorts.  Food in Genting is  made of  Western, Continental, Chinese and fast food outlets selling pastas, pizzas, burgers, sandwiches,steaks, shawarmas, noodles, soups……..the gastronomic fare which children enjoy and love and  most restaurants are prepared to cater `halal mutton’ for the large number of Muslim visitors.

Protected by the Titiwangsa Mountains in the east and Indonesia’s Sumatra Island in the west, the city has a tropical rainforest climate which is warm and sunny, along with abundant rainfall, especially during the northeast monsoon season from October to March. Otherwise, temperatures tend to remain constant throughout the year, with the winter season being.

Continue to the Cameron Highlands one of Malaysia’s most extensive hill stations which has its boundary touching that of Kelantan in the north and shares part of its border with Perak to the west.

The three townships of Cameron are Ringlet, Tanah Rata and Brinchang. Ringlet is the first town after the turn off at the Tapah Interchange and is one of the agricultural hubs of the region. Tanah Rata is the administrative centre of the Cameron Highlands and the general hospital, police station and post office are located at this municipality. Brinchang is the biggest town of the retreat.

Cameron Highlands Tourist Attraction

Hence, The Cameron Highlands is a vast area of rolling green hills, tea plantations and forests stretching along the road from the town of Ringlet, then through the main towns of Tanah Rata, Brinchang and beyond, and as you move along, your knowledge gets enriched…… path after path! Get introduced to this domain…..

The five settlements in the area are the Bertam Valley, Kea Farm, Tringkap, Kuala Terla and Kampung Raja.  All are separated from one another by a considerable distance. Bertam Valley   is involved with the growing of flowers and vegetables.Kea Farm is the highest village in peninsular Malaysia. ROSE CENTRE Kea Farms in Cameron Highland is located in the Rose Valley Village. Spread over ten levels of terraces, due to it’s cool climate, this place is the biggest attraction for Cameron Highland’s visitors.

The Centre contains over hundred varieties of roses in every imaginable color including black and green and, besides roses, there are thousands of species of flowers as well as dozens of varieties of orchids. Some flowers even have their names derived from the unique shapes, like ‘butterfly’ and ‘ladies shoes’. Visitors and children can venture through an exhilarating journey of various cultural murals, stone sculptures, which blend well with the landscaping, as every part of this highland, exposes them to something new and adds to their treasure box of learning and wisdom!  Souvenirs, fresh roses, potted plants are on sale. The Cameron Highlands Butterfly Farm is home to a fluttering collection of tropical butterflies, including the majestic Raja Brooke.

Much of the Cameron Highlands is under cultivation engulfing hectares of forestland.  Jungle trails lead visitors to scenic spots, waterfalls and aboriginal villages and most of the tracks here begin at Tanah Rata. Apart from its walks, the sanctuary here is also known for its tea plantations, vegetable farms, orchards, nurseries, insect life, soaring peaks, nature spots, temperate plants, deep ravines, mossy forest, wild animals, serene lakes, golf links, meandering streams, jungle-clad hills, rest houses, places of worship, waterfalls, rolling greens, reptiles, colonial mansions, Land Rover’s migratory birds, animal traps and last but not the least, its native population.  The natives or aborigines are basically jungle dwellers and on the surface, their lifestyle has always been made out to be backward, though this has changed over the years. This would be a wonderful opportunity for you to mingle with the natives, along with your children, learning about their life style, and thus discover the humble and earthy side of a mega urbania!   While many have left to take up residence in the nearby towns, there are still some who prefer to treat the jungle as their home. It would be encouraging to know that the buildings at the Cameron Highlands were similar to those of Shimla the “Queen of British hill resorts” in India, and were an electrifying mixture from “railway Gothic of the most overpowering kind to publican’s Tudor”.

Enchanting Sonamarg Tour And Travel Information

Located 84 kilometers from the state capital Srinagar and situated at an altitude of 9567 feet, Sonamarg lies in the valley carved by the river Sindh, surrounded by towering snow-capped mountains. Sonamarg literally means the “Meadow Of Gold”. With the Thajiwas Glacier and the upper reaches of the Sonamarg valley covered with snow practically all through the year, skiers can thrill themselves for a longer period in this region. This place has a certain “raw” unspoiled beauty about it as the mountains look tall and haughty and the vista whichever way looked at consists of meadows, imposing mountains and streams. Sonamarg is the gateway to Ladakh ,so if a trip is planned to that region by road, you would be enthralled by its’ charms.

Kashmir Sightseeing City Tour Package

Historically, Kashmir became known worldwide when Cashmere wool was exported to other regions and nations. The artisans are well adept at knitting and making Pashmina shawls, a skill that was introduced by a sufi saint from Persia through the silk trade route. Rugs, silk carpets, kurtas, pottery and saffron too, is grown in Kashmir and exports are encouraged. Products such as fruits, vegetables as organic foods, handicrafts in papier mache and oak wood, silver work, woollen, silk and cotton `firans’, wood used to make high-quality cricket bats, popularly known as Kashmir Willow, woven silk fabric, bed and table linen in Kashmiri embroidery, are bought generously and originate a handsome amount of revenue for the State.

Agricultural exports from Jammu and Kashmir include apples, barley, cherries, corn, millet, oranges, rice, peaches, pears, saffron, sorghum, vegetables, and wheat, while manufactured exports include handicrafts, rugs, and shawls.

Sonamarg Holiday Tour Package

Rich and redolent with the flavour of cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and saffron, Kashmiri food is suitable for all palates. Predominantly non-vegetarian, “Wazwaan” as it is called is the royal cuisine of Kashmir. It’s a preparation of a number of spicy meat dishes served with traditional rice by professional chefs called “Wazas”. It also has some interesting vegetarian options like dum-aloo and ‘chaman’ (cooked cheese). Among the popular non-vegetarian delicacies are curd (yogurt) based Gushtaba, chilli-flavoured Rishta and Roganjosh. , hakh (a spinach-like leaf) and danival korma. Another popular local delicacy called Seekh-tuji consists of marinated meat pieces which are freshly barbecued and eaten with chutney. There are a number of restaurants and cafes in Srinagar and most of the good ones are located in Lal Chowk or on Boulevard Road, along the banks of the Dal Lake serving Kashmiri, Indian, Mughlai and ‘Indianized’ Chinese dishes, along with the famous, popular and unique `kahva’ or kashmiri chai. Some pure vegetarian restaurants are also located along the Boulevard Road, amongst which the ‘Krishna Dhaba’ is the most popular for its Rajma-and-Kheer. Gulmarg and Pahalgam are parallel in being completely equipped to meet the culinary desires!

Kahwah is a traditional green tea recipe from Kashmir made from green tea leaves with saffron strands, cinnamon bark and cardamom pods.Some varieties are made as a herbal infusion only, without the green tea leaves. Generally, it is served with sugar or honey, and crushed nuts, usually almonds or walnuts. There is another form of tea that is quite famous amongst the locals, and is called ‘Namkeen Chai’ or ‘Nun Chai’. It is pink in color and is also called Pink Tea, made from black tea, cardamom, various spices, salt and bicarbonate of soda. Also people like nune toath and dum toath which are very famous among sufis. Nunetoath is nunechai without milk and Dumtoath is a strong form of Kahwa.