Often referred to as the ‘The Gateway of Rajasthan’, Alwar is a picturesque city with its hills, lakes and temples contributing to its beautiful landscape. In fact, the city is very near the surrounding states of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. Referred to as ‘Ulwar’ during the British Raj, the city was a part of the princely state of Alwar. It has a rich mix of ethnicities such as Rajputs, Gujjars, Meena, Meo (Mewati Muslims) and Ahirs.
Places to Stay
Being a city, Alwar has a good variety and range of budget hotels among which Natraj Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500), Ankur Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500), and the Maharaja Palace Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 650) are worth exploring.
The official language of the city is Hindi. Being close to Haryana, Haryanvi is also understood.
The important festivals celebrated are Holi, Hanuman Jayanthi, Dussehra, Diwali and the two Eid(s)
Places of Interest
There are several places of interest in Alwar among which the ‘haunted’ fort of Bhangarh has booked the city a place in the international list of spooky places. Authorities ensure the restriction of people from being on the fort premises after sunset till sunrise. Other places of interest are the Jagannath Mandir, Sariska Tiger Reserve, Siliserh, Alwar Fort and others.
How to Get There
The closest airport to the city is the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) in Delhi at a distance of 163 km.
The city has its own railway station which connects it to some of the major cities in India such as Delhi and Mumbai as well as regional cities like Jodhpur.
Mostly buses run by the state-run RSRTC serve the city and connect it to other cities. Private services are also in the race with currently Shree Krishna Travels having services from the city to Delhi. When you book online bus tickets from Ticketgoose.com, look out for its discounts and other offers.
Known to be the important port city of east coast of India was formerly part of French India, Karaikal is one of the regions of the union territory of Puducherry. It is about 300 kms away from the south of Chennai and 140 kms away from Pondicherry. The place is surrounded by other districts which include Nagappattinam and Thiruvarur Districts. Karaikal sandy beach is considered to be the best natural beaches of the country.
Budget Hotels in Karaikkal
There are good budget hotels in Vijayawada . Some of them are Hotel Sai Siddartha (Tariff – Rs.550), Quality Hotel D V Manor (Tariff – Rs.990) and Lotus Green Park (Tariff – Rs.1000).
The official language of Karaikal is Tamil . The other languages spoken include English and French.
Events in Karaikkal
Deccan festival is one of the famous festivals in Vijayawada. It is celebrated for five days in the month of February.
Places to See in Karaikkal
There are several places of tourist attraction in Karaikal. Some of the places include Karaikal Ammaiyar Temple(15kms from Karaikal), Lord Saturn (Saneeswaran) (5 kms from Karaikal), THe Dharga of Masthan Sahib Valiullah ( 8kms from Karaikal) Karaikal Beach ( 2kms from the city) and The Church of Our Lady of Angels (7 kms from Karaikal).
How to Get There
Karaikal Airport is constructed in Karaikal. The airport would be constructed by 2014. The nearest Airport to Karaikal is the Puducherry Airport. It situated at at Lawspet in Puducherry.
The distance between Karaikal and Nagore railway station is about 15 kms.
Many buses from different districts and cities ply to this town. There are several long distances buses operate from this town. To get discounted bus tickets you will have to book your tickets in advance.