Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Is Yercuad The Best Hill Station in South India?

Yercuad scenery
Yercuad scenery

Yercuad scenery
Yercuad scenery from top

Forget Foreigners, Even Majority Indians Don't Know Mesmerizing Hill Station of Yercuad in South

Why should you hit the road to Yercuad?

  1. When top hill stations of India like Mussoorie, Darjeeling, Shimla freeze in winter, Yercuad remains pleasantly cool
  2. When top tourist hill stations are overcrowded, expensive and with a half hazard development, Yercaud is quite, blessed, shy and less expensive.
  3. None of the top hill attractions in the North and North-East have a wild life. Yercuad has!a

On the Shevaroys range in the Eastern Ghats, Yercaud lies as a little hill station in Salem Region in Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Arranged at an elevation of 1515 meters (4970 ft) above sea level, Yercaud Hill range is additionally called "Shevaroy Hills". Known as the "Jewel of the South". Yercaud area is ordinarily arid, however temperature never shoots over 30c and dip below 13c and hence; the Hill station appreciates a mellow atmosphere throughout the year.

Nature and life

Nature and life in Yercuad
Nature and life in Yercuad

A road to peace and tranquility in Yercuad
A road to peace and tranquility in Yercuad
The Hill station is home to numerous natural life similar to buffalo, deer, insect eating animal, bunnies, rabbits, foxes, mongoose, partridges, bulbuls, snakes, kites, sparrows, swallows, squirrels and heaven flycatchers.

Places worth visiting 

Lady's Seat, the National Orchidarium and Botanical Garden Kiliyur Falls, Arthur's Seat, Pagoda Point, Kaveri Peak and the Shevaroyan temple are important attractions

Yercaud is acclaimed for its Coffee and citrus fruits, especially oranges, bananas, pears and jack fruits. The woodlands of Yercaud are rich with teak, sandalwood, and silver oaks where the hill station is amazingly captivating and striking.

The hill station offers innumerable numbers of cost-effective Resorts and Home stay for the visitors.

Top home stays in Yercaud

  • The Last Shola
  • Grange Resort
  • Thiruvensun cottage
  • Baleymund Home stay
  • Ajith's Home stay
  • Windermere 

Resorts and Hotels

  1. Regent Hill Side Resort
  2. GRT Nature Trails Hotel
  3. Grand Palace Hotel & Spa Yercaud
  4. Rock Perch
  5. Lake Forest Hotel
  6. Golden Nest Resorts
  7. Clifton Inn
  8. Grange Resort
  9. TGI Star Holidays
  10. Wellington Hill Resort 

And many more

Places to visit in Yercaud

Big Lake Yercuad
Big Lake Yercuad

Big Lake

Known as the man-made lake and Emerald Lake, the Yercaud Big Lake is a standout amongst the most traveler attractive goals. The lake is edged by hills and natural shoals along with a beautifully maintained garden. One can likewise see a floating fountain in the lake. The lake has boating facilities. The lake, likewise has an island park; The Anna Park and Japanese garden which are an amazing excursion spot in Yercaud. Then again; lies in the heart of the town in between the Yercaud Library and Sports Club and the Monfort School, Ornamental Lake is also famous and it's known as Small Lake.

Shevaroy Temple
Shevaroy temple

Shevaroy Temple

Situated on top of the flat-topped Shevaroys hills, the Shevaroy temple is dedicated to Lord Shevaroyan. The temple consists of a narrow and dark cave which is tightly packed and the idols of Lord Shevaroyan and Goddess Kaveri are placed inside it. Visited by the native tribal's the temple celebrates its annual festival in the premises of this temple during the month of May every year. On the other hand, Servarayan temple of Yercaud is overflowing with the God Lovers and Adventure Seekers, Sri Raja Rajeshwary temple, Sri Murugan temple, Arulmigo Salapparain Muniyappa and Murugan temple is also popular in Yercaud.

Botanical Garden 

The best places to discover the world of flora and fauna the Botanical Garden houses, the Orchidarium and the greenhouse is home to a large number of green scientific species. It is one of the perfect spots to pick up knowledge about diverse types of plants. Yercaud is known for Kurinji flowers where the specialty of this flower is that the tree blooms once in twelve years. Situated about 2 Km from the lake, the National Orchidarium is India's third biggest ranking garden after the Orchidarium of Calcutta and Shillong. The Yercaud's Orchidarium is one of the most flawlessly maintained natural enclosures where the garden is cherished by millions and millions of gardening enthusiasts. The garden is closed on weekends.

Rainbow at Pagoda point
Rainbow at Pagoda point

The Pagoda Point 

Found on the eastern piece of Yercaud Hill, Pagoda Point is otherwise called Pyramid Point. Named after the four heaps of stones that structure a pyramid shape where the point is accepted to be developed by the nearby tribes. The pagoda point has lovely vibe and the sublime lap of nature that enhance the beauty significantly more. From this Point, one can observe the wonderful scenic view of a small town Salem and a tiny village called Kakambadi. The cliff, the nature, the sunrise and sunsets are mesmerizingly wonderful. The hypnotizing destination of Pagoda Point is worth visiting. It is encouraged to visit in the morning or nighttime, as the weather is pleasant with an extremely peaceful ambiance.

How to reach Yercuad

The nearest Airports

  • Tiruchirapalli (163 km),
  • Bangalore (230 km) and
  • Coimbatore (190 km).
  • Chennai (Madras).
  • Tiruchirapalli is the closest connection to Colombo (Sri Lanka)

The nearest railway station is Salem Junction
(exactly 39 km from our resort)

There are good roads connecting Yercaud to various places in South via. Salem.
It is 358 km from Chennai (via. Tindivanam)
(A better way would be to take the Bangalore highway and after the third toll gate, take a left to take the road to with a signboard showing the direction to Yelagiri Hills then proceed via Tirupattur, Harur, Uthangarai till you reach the bamboo forest at Manjavadi Kanavai. From there about in about 15 kilometres is a village named Kuppanur. Take a right turn there to reach Yercaud in 30 kilometres).
222 km from Bangalore
(via. Hosur - Krishnagiri - Dharmapuri - Salem - Yercaud)
190 km from Coimbatore (via. Avinashi)
163 km from Trichy (via. Namakkal)
271 km from Madurai (via. Karur)
80 km from Mettur (via. Thoppur)
144 km from Hogenakkal (via. Dharmapuri)
176 km from Tiruvannamalai (via. Harur)

There are regular bus services between Yercaud and Salem, which is connected to Madras, Madurai, Tiruchirapalli, Tiruvannamalai, Coimbatore, Bangalore, Pondicherry and Tirupati among other places.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Heavenly Trek to Spiritual Tungnath to Fulfill Your Wish

Ancient temple Tungnath which fulfills your wish
Ancient temple (1000yrs old Tungnath which fulfills your wish

Which is the highest temple in the world?

Tungnath is the highest Shiva temple in the world and is one of the five and the highest Panch Kedar temples located in the mountain range of Tunganath in Rudraprayag district, in the Indian state of Uttarakhand.

There is a strong belief that if you pray here, all your wishes are fulfilled


At an altitude of 3,680 m (12,073 ft), and just below the peak of Chandrashila, Tungnath temple is the highest Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is believed to be 1000 years old and is the third (Tritiya Kedar) in the pecking order of the Panch Kedars. It has a rich legend linked to the Pandavas, heroes of the Mahabharata epic.

What's the legend behind Tungnath?

Pandavas in search of Lord Shiva in Himalayas

The Tunganath myth is indelibly linked to the origin of the Panch Kedar temples built by the Pandavas. The legend states that sage Vyas Rishi advised the Pandavas that since they were culpable of slaying their own relatives (Kauravas, their cousins) during the Mahabharata war or Kurukshetra war, their act could be pardoned only by Lord Shiva. Consequently, the Pandavas went in search of Shiva who was avoiding them since he was convinced of the guilt of Pandavas. In order to keep away from them, Shiva took the form of a bull and went into hiding in an underground safe haven at Guptakashi, where the Pandavas chased him. But later Shiva’s body in the form of bull’s body parts rematerialized at five different locations that represent the "Panch Kedar" where Pandavas built temples of Lord Shiva at each location, to worship and venerate, seeking his pardon and blessings.

The heavenly trek

Bugyals (pastures) en route Tungnath from Chopta in evening light
Bugyals (pastures) en route Tungnath from Chopta in evening light 

Amazing trek in winter to Tungnath
Amazing trek in winter to Tungnath

Other than being a religious destination, Tungnath is also a well known trekking destination. The 4 km (2.5 mi) trek starts from Chopta (9,600 ft (2,926 m)), the nearest place on the NH 58. Chopta is 63 km (39 mi) from Rudraprayag towards Karnaprayag and is reached from Rishikesh via Devprayag, Srinagar and Rudraprayag in the state of Uttarakhand.

Easy Trek Suitable even for kids, women and physically fit elderly

Approaching Tungnath on a winter morning
Approaching Tungnath on a winter morning

Devotees visiting Tungnath during summer
Devotees visiting Tungnath during summer

Of all the Panch Kedar trek routes, the route to Tungnath is the shortest

Only 4 km (2.5 mi) from Chopta (on the Ukhimath Gopeshwar road) that can be covered in approximately 3–4 hours (depending on the trekker's physical ability).
The trek is a moderate (and sometimes steep) climb (9,600–12,000 ft (2,926–3,658 m)), the trek path is a stone paved with benches provided en route at intervals to rest and enjoy the most incredible views of the Chowkhamba, Nanda Devi, Neelkanth and Kedarnath peaks.

For physically fit and spiritually oriented travelers

I strongly recommend Panch Kedar road cum trek package or plan your own itinerary, the Tungnath being a part of this route.

Road cum trek

This is covering all five temples over a 170 km (105.6 mi) route (road cum trek length) starting from Rishikesh in the order of: Kedarnath, Tungnath, Rudranath, Madhyamaheswar and Kalpeshwar. The few pilgrims undertake this trekking pilgrimage to the shrine do so during summer months (end April or early May to September/October).

The beautiful trek of Chopta-Tungnath during winter

The stunning trek in winter to the "Lord of the peaks" or "Kingdom of Lord Shiva" starts from Chopta in Uttarakhand. 

Tungnath trail in November
Tungnath trail in November

One can reach the nearest settlement Chopta on Ukhimath-Gopeshwar road. There is a GMVN Tourist Guest House Ukhimath. Chopta has small shops and rooms available for trekkers. Though the road is right upto Chopta, on an odd winter day snow may block the road to Chopta and you may have to stay at Dugglabitha where there are a couple of resorts and camping sites.
On a sunny day in winter, it may take few hours to trek to Chopta. This place offers stunning views of Himalayan peaks - Kedar and Chaukhambha peaks.
The trail to Tungnath is five km uphill and is accessible by foot only. The trek is heavenly in winter with incredible surrounding views and awesome snow covered path and peaks.

Some precautions for winter trekkers

  1. Carry packaged food and sufficient water.
  2. Take a pair of snow-boots (or lease it from Duggalbitha).
  3. Should wear sunscreen and shades.
  4. Consider starting earlier in the day.

Airport and Rail Head

The nearest airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun (258 km (160 mi)). The nearest railway station is at Rishikesh (241 km (150 mi))

Monday, November 30, 2015

Today and When Tribal Fair was a Hotspot for Casual Sex

Beautiful and exotic Rabari girls
Beautiful and exotic Rabari girls

A beautiful Rabari girl
Another Rabari tribe girl: She is beautiful, and almost has a regal sort of feeling.

When Gujarat's Tarnetar Fair was a Sex Hotspot 

This is my personal experience in 2006-7 of a whirlwind of colors, vibrant tribal beauty, romance and music, dances and oozing sex, where prostitutes were roaming on the way and in the fair. Perhaps, now the scene has changed to an incredible zest and extravaganza, but still you can observe raw tribal beauty and feel sex in the air which lingers on.

You don’t believe. Isn’t it?

Well, here is a report appeared in one of the most trusted newspaper “The Times of India” at that time. It collaborates what I experienced.

Summary: TARNETAR: It is not just villagers and tourists, who flock to Gujarat's famous Tarnetar fair in Surendranagar district. Sex workers too made a beeline for the fair, keeping in mind that thousands of people visit the fair and stay overnight for the entire duration. Local residents too have been noticing that areas near the fair grounds are becoming a hotspot for casual sex. They point out to used condoms, which litter the approach roads to Tarnetar. However, this is also taken as a positive sign of them, as it suggests that safe sex is being practiced here! Arun Dave, who runs an AIDS awareness NGO said, "Stalls for AIDS awareness are put up here every year and free samples have been distributed. On an average, about 25,000 free samples were given in the fair."……….
Read complete story

Today, Tarnetar Fair is an out of this world experience!

Tarnetar Fair, Gujarat
The Tarnetar Fair today

If you think you are prepared to walk out of your mundane experience and free-fall into a whirlwind of colors, romance and music, then head for the Tarnetar Fair.

Pre engagement celebrations
Pre engagement celebrations

This is one of the most important fairs of Gujarat. The fair is attended by colorful men and beautiful women of various tribes. All these tribes mingle together to enjoy and celebrate the legendary marriage of Draupadi with Arjuna in the popular epic Mahabharata. 

India’s Biggest Engagement FairColorful Brides and Grooms

Dances in Tarnetar fair, Gujarat
Dances before engagement ceremony in Tarnetar fair, Gujarat

A tattooed sexy tribal girl. Upto what?
A sexy tribal girl. Upto what?

A celebration of ethnic Gujarat’s folk-dance, music, costumes and the arts, centered around young tribal men and women seeking marriage partners.
But even for those not interested in finding a spouse, the romance and excitement in the air are captivating, and every year the fair seems only to grow in popularity, attracting visitors and tourists from Gujarat, elsewhere in India, and even abroad.

There is a tradition of sexy tribal girls getting their tattoos done at the fair on their neck, before engagement, probably to look sexier? But in this picture, it's already done, then what? I was curious, but dared not to probe further

Innocent tribal beauty

Innocent tribal beauty 2

Before getting ready to select a groom
1. Innocence 2. A bit shy before engagement/ 3. An exotic tribal beauty

Here the many colorful costumes, glittering ornaments and free-spirited movements of folk dances, all combine to create a memorable scene. As the dancers surge in waves of circular movement, the incessant throbbing of the drums keeps them moving in unison, and the drum beats continue throughout the day even as the dancers change from one group to the next.

A divine smile
My goodness! How she is looking and smiling at?

This was my 2nd visit after 2006-7. I was stunned at the transformation of the past to an exotic and a romantically thrilling scene of passion and grandeur at the fair, where tribal rugged beauties look at you and giggle or smile!

Beautiful Rabari women of nearby Zalawad perform the famous circular folk dance called "Rahado". Their marital status is indicated clearly by their costumes; a black Zimi (skirt) means she is married. But if a woman is wearing a red Zimi, it means she has not yet tied the knot, probably seeking a husband. The potential husbands seeking brides are elegantly dressed in colorful dhotis, artistically designed waistcoats and a head-cloth twisted at an angle, moving about the fairground at Tarnetar with striking umbrellas, advertising the bachelorhood they are keen to relinquish.

Looking for a fun? 

Then dress as above and enjoy once in a lifetime experience

Don’t miss the special packages and tented accommodations offered by the office of Gujarat tourism.

When is the fair?

The Tarnetar fair is held every around August-September for three days.


The Tarnetar Fair is held 8 km from the town of Thangadh, in Surendranagar District. This is the nearest railway station, on the Ahmedabad-Hapa broad gauge line. The nearest town with road transportation to other places is Chotila, 25 km from Thangadh, which is connected by ST buses from Rajkot (75 km), Jamnagar (162 km), Ahmedabad (196 km) or Porbandar (252 km.) From Bhavnagar, Chotila can be reached either via Rajkot, a trip of 264 km, or via Botad, a short journey of 190 km. Chotila, Thangadh and Tarnetar are well connected by ST buses and other mode of transportation. The nearest airport is Rajkot, 75 km away.
Private bus companies serving Tarnetar Fair can be found at Tarnetar.com

An Interesting Fact

Exquisitely  embroidered Umbrellas
Exquisitely  embroidered Umbrella

The tribals Kolis of Saurashtra initiated the custom of embroidering umbrellas, which are exquisitely elaborate in terms of embellishments. The embroidery of each is unique and rises from the edges all the way to the top, with beadwork and patchwork in the design as well. Small colorful handkerchiefs are attached all around the edge, to attract further attention. These men spend over a year embroidering their umbrellas.
Their intention is to entice the girls with their art, cloths and head gear and impress them, so that they can propose them for marriage. 

It is not surprising that, before the fair is over, they usually meet the lady of their choice.
And you may also find one if desire so!

Event calendar for the next two years

Year       Date

2016       05-09-2016 to 07-09-2016
2017       25-08-2017 to 27-08-2017

You are requested to check the exact dates with Gujarat Tourism office before finalizing your travel plans for this festival.

Must do activities

If you are planning to visit the Tarnetar fair you must do following three things:
  • Watch the spectacular dances performed by men and women that resembles how rams butt their heads and lock horns during rutting season.
  • Ride a camel or horse or a bullock cart to get the feel of the Tarnetar fair.
  • This region is famous for the production of peanuts, spices and herbs. So try some of the local foods made with these ingredients.
Visit source:
Gujarat Tourism-Tarnetar fair

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