Monday, 31 December 2018

Shri Ambika Niketan Temple Surat

Ambika Niketan Mandir Surat
Shri Ambika Niketan Temple Surat
Shri Ambika Niketan Temple Surat is the famous temple of Hindu Goddess Maa Durga. It is popularly known as Ambe Ji, Ambe Maa temple and Ambaji Mandir in Surat. Ambika is the name of the Goddess Shakti or Adi Sakti. Goddess Ambika has eight arms which hold multiple things and weapons. You can see the very beautiful statue of Maa Ambika in the temple.

Ambika Niketan Surat Photo
New Bike at Ambaji Mandir Surat for Blessing of Ambika Maa
Shri Ambika Niketan Mandir is situated at the banks of Tapti River. You can see also the Tapti River from the temple of Ambe Ji. During the Navratri, Ambe Ji Mandir is very crowded and a long queue to the darshan of Maa Ambika. Surat's local people come to Ambaji temple when they purchase new vehicles such as bike, scooty, car, etc and want to get blessed with Maa Ambika blessing with him. Temple is neat & cleaned and well maintained.

Ambika Niketan Temple Surat History

Shri Ambika Niketan Mandir Surat is almost 50 years old and was built by the Maa Ambika's devotee Late Smt Bharti Maiya. You can see the statue of Smt Bharti Maiya in the ground floor of the temple. Ambika Niketan Temple is two-storey building. At the first floor, you can see the statue of Goddess Ambika and other Gods statue such as Lord Shiva, Laxmi Narayan, etc.

Best Time to Visit Ambika Niketan Surat

Best time to visit Shri Ambika Niketan Mandir Surat is during the Navratri in October or November. You can also go there in February or March. During the rainy and summer season temple is less crowded. As per my opinion for any temple, the best time to go there is morning time. But you can go Ambika Niketan Mandir in the evening time also from 04:00 pm to 06:00 pm.

Ambika Niketan Temple Timing

Shri Ambika Niketan Temple opens daily in the morning at 6.00 am to 12.00 pm, and in the afternoon from 12.00 pm to 3.00pm closed and again opens at 3.00pm to 08:00 pm. So you can go there any day. During Hindu festivals, temple opening and closing timing little bit changed as per requirement.

Facilities at Ambika Niketan Temple

Ambeji Mandir Surat
Prasad and other shops at Ambaji Mata Mandir Surat Gujarat
  • Two and four wheeler parking facility is there.
  • There are various types of shops including sweets and Prasad shops.
  • Drinking water facility.
  • Fooding and lodging facility at cheap rates also available for devotees.
Shri Ambika Niketan Trust

Shri Ambika Niketan temple is run and maintained by the Shri Ambika Niketan Trust. Shri Ambika Niketan Trust also runs an old age home for old peoples. It is a charitable trust.

How to Reach Shri Ambika Niketan Temple Surat

Ambe Maa Temple Surat Gujarat
Shri Ambika Niketan Temple Entry Gate On Road
Surat is a very famous city in Gujarat so reaching to Surat is very convenient from anyway. You can go by Bus, Train or by Air. The railway is the most preferred way of transport for the nearby cities peoples to reach Surat. The frequency of trains between Mumbai to Surat is very good.

Shri Ambika Niketan Temple is situated in the main Surat at Dumas road near Parle Point and very popular among the local people. So reaching the temple is not a big task. Distance from Surat center to Ambaji temple is only approximately 7 km. Ambeji temple is 8 km from the Surat railway station.

You can get easily the city bus, Vikram or Auto for Ambika Niketan Temple. They will drop you at the entry gate of the temple. The main temple is approximately half km far away from the entry gate of the temple.

Address of Shri Ambika Niketan Temple Surat

If you ask as Shri Ambika Niketan temple then maybe anyone not tells you the temple address but if you asked as Ambaji Mandir or Ambaji temple then you definitely get the exact address by anyone. For more convenience, I mention the address of the temple here.

Shri Ambika Niketan
Dumas Rd, Parle Point, 
Athwalines, Athwa, 
Surat, 395007
Gujarat
Phone: 0261 222 6600

TouristBug’s Recommendations 
  • On Sunday the temple is crowded so if you don't like the crowd you can avoid going on Sunday.
  • At Shri Ambika Niketan Mandir parking facility is there but the capacity is low. So during any Hindu festival or Navratri parking of two or four wheelers is difficult in the temple parking area.
  • You can also visit the Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul in Surat. It is also a nice place to visit once if you are in Surat.

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Shree Sankat Mochan Hanuman Mandir Bishrampur

Shree Sankat Mochan Dakshin Mukhee Hanumaan Mandir Bishrampur

Shree Sankat Mochan Dakshin Mukhee Hanumaan Mandir Bisrampur
India's most famous Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple is situated in Varanasi. Lord Hanuman is famous in various names in their devotees such as Anjaneya, Kesari Nandan, Maruti, Bajrang Bali, Sankata Mochan, etc.  Sankat Mochan means the Lord who remove all dangers from his devotee. Among the various famous Hindu temples of the Bishrampur, Shree Sankat Mochan Hanuman Mandir is the famous Lord Hanuman temple. It is also famous as Shree Sankat Mochan Dakshin Mukhee Hanumaan Mandir. It is situated on the main road near the city bus stand of the Bisrampur. This temple is more than 26 years old. It is famous among the Lord Hanuman temples in Surajpur district.

Facilities at Shree Sankat Mochan Hanuman Mandir Bishrampur

Shree Sankat Mochan Hanuman Mandir Bishrampur
Shivling of Lord Shiva in Shree Sankat Mochan Hanuman Mandir Bishrampur
Shree Sankat Mochan Hanuman temple has many facilities for the devotees.
  • There are other god’s temples such as Lord Shiva's Shivling, Lord Ram, Laxman and Sita statues for worship.
  • Temple has lots of space for many religious activities.
  • Drinking water available inside the temple and also outside of the temple.
Shree Sankat Mochan Dakshin Mukhee Hanumaan Mandir Samiti Bisrampur

Shree Sankat Mochan Dakshin Mukhi Hanuman Mandir is run and maintained by the Shree Sankat Mochan Dakshin Mukhi Hanuman Mandir Samiti Bishrampur. Various activities in the Hanuman Mandir is organized by the temple Samiti like organizing temple establishing anniversary, Hanuman Jayanti, Bhandara (feast), Hindus new year celebration and celebration of other festivals.

Shree Sankat Mochan Hanuman Mandir Bishrampur Timing

Hanuman Temple in Bishrampur
Lord Hanuman Statue in Hanuman Temple Bishrampur
Shree Sankat Mochan Hanuman Mandir opens in the morning and evening. During the daytime in the afternoon, the temple remains closed. Temple will be crowded in the morning time but you can easily be worshiped the Lord Hanuman. Many Lord Hanuman's devotees come to visit the temple in the early morning before starting their routine work.

Prasad Shops for Shree Sankat Mochan Hanuman Mandir

There is no particular Prasad shop available near the temple. But in front of a temple, there is a sweets shop who keep Prasad for offering to the Lord Hanuman in the temple. So you can purchase sweets or Prasad and other worship items from there.

How to Reach Shree Hanuman Mandir Bishrampur

Shree Sankat Mochan Dakshin Mukhee Hanumaan Mandir Bisrampur
Shri Ram Laxman and Sita Ji Statue in Hanuman Mandir Bisrampur
Hanuman temple in Bishrampur is situated on the National highway 42 main road of the Bishrampur near the bus stand. If you asked anyone then anyone guides you very easily. Transport, intercity, tourist and city buses stop at this stand. So everyone easily reaches to Shree Sankat Mochan Hanuman Mandir. Shree Sankat Mochan Dakshin Mukhi Hanuman Mandir is approximately 2 km from the Bisrampur railway station.

TouristBug’s Recommendations

I visited this temple many times. My relatives are lived in Bishrampur so when I go there I visit the popular temples of the Bishrampur. I will recommend that if you are there then you can go to Ayyappa Shaneshwar Mandir and Shree Sankat Mochan Hanuman Mandir. Both temples are good for meditation and mental peace. You can spend some time there. I will not recommend that you will go Bishrampur, especially for those temples. Instead, if you have the time or you are from the nearby city then you can go there.

Monday, 10 December 2018

Gandhar Pale Buddhist Caves Mahad

Gandhar Pale Buddhist Caves Mahad
Gandhar Pale Buddhist Caves Mahad
Gandhar Pale Buddhist Caves is popularly known as in Mahad as Leni or Pandavleni. If you are going from Mumbai to Goa then on the national highway on the National Highway -17 then you can see it near Mahad city. Buddhist Caves can be seen clearly by the main road. But there is no signboard or marking mention for this place. It is a one-time visiting place if you are there.

If you have seen the Ajanta and Ellora caves then you found a similarity between them and in the Mahad Leni. These all are related to Gautam Buddha. These caves have similar architecture and designs to Buddhist culture. Caves are clean and spacious. There is no guide to give information about this place.

Gandharpale Caves History

Mahad Leni
Buddha Stupa with sculpture images
As per historians, these caves were built during the reign of Prince Vishnupalita in the year 150 to 300 AD. This place is good for history students who work on the history or project on Buddhist Caves. There are more than 30 caves in which you can see cave number 1,8,15 and 21. In these caves, you can see the sculpture images related to Buddhism. It's named Pandavleni because as per saying Pandav's used these caves.

Gandharpale Caves Information

Mahad Leni
A very beautiful look of Mahad from Gandhar Pale Buddist Caves
From the main road, there is a path of stairs which go to the Buddhist Caves. These stone stairs are newly formed. There are only a few 2-3 temporary shops on the main road which offers a few snacks and cold drinks and water. This place is not so popular. So there is no crowded. Only there were a few nearby cities tourists, who know about this place. There are small or big 30 caves and marked with numbers. All caves are built in a single large hill. There are three layers of caves like three-storied building.

Timing of Leni Mahad

There is no opening and closing time of this place. So you can go there any time in the day.

Best Time to Visit Buddha Leni Mahad

This place is easily visited within 1-2 hours completely. You can go there any time to visit this place except for the rainy season. The best time will be in the morning time to visit this place. I have visited this place in the morning.

TouristBug’s Recommendations for Pandavleni Mahad Caves
  • Since there are no basic facilities so you have to go there with proper planning and ready for every condition.
  • If you plan to go there by public transport then it is best to take a bus from Mahad. It is the nearest bus stand.
  • I will not recommend that you come here especially visit this place. Instead, if you are passing from here then you can visit this place. If you are living nearby then you can go there.
  • Walk at this place very carefully there are many places where you can slip and fell down.
Facilities at Gandharpale Caves Mahad

If you are planning to visit Buddha Leni or Pandavleni Mahad I recommend some tips you keep remember before visiting this place.
  • Drinking water facility not there.
  • There are no facilities for taking food or lunch.
  • There is not a washroom at this place and nearby area.
  • You should carry some snacks, food and drinking water with you. Then so after reaching there, you can take after visiting this place during relaxing there.
How to Reach Mahad Buddha Leni

You can reach this place very easily by Mahad Bus Stand. The buses go towards Panvel can drop you at this place. You can also get a taxi or Vikram but not very frequently. There is not any stoppage near this place for buses. Mahad Leni is approximately 5 km far away from the Mahad ST bus stand and it will take around 15 - 20 minutes to reach there. The nearest railway station is Veer railway station which is not good for going there. You will not get any transport for Leni Mahad. You have to book privately a taxi or Vikram for it.

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul Surat

Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul Temple in Surat
Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul Ved Road Surat
Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul is situated in India’s Diamond city, Surat. It is an educational and religious organization. Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul’s headquarter is situated in Rajkot. Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul is a popular place in the Surat. Local and nearby city tourists frequently visit this place. It includes the Swaminarayan temple, Fun Park, Nature Park, science exhibition, and religious programs.

Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul building is like a palace which has school and temple both. We can divide this nice place into two parts broadly. One part is the school which provides the traditional and modern education to the students and another part is the big temple of Shree Swaminarayan which gives religious education to everyone. Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul is like a unique Diamond in Surat which spreading light of education and religion in the Surat city.

Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul History

Lord Swaminarayan Mandir in Surat
A view of Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul
For nourishing and spreading the principles of Lord Shree Swaminarayan, in the year 1948 H.H. Gurudev Shastriji Maharaj Shri Dharmajivandasji Swami established the Shri Swaminarayan Gurukul in Rajkot, Gujarat. Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul participates actively in many activities such as social, environmental, spiritual, moral & cultural, medical, and relief work. Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul Organization has ten branches in all over India. It has international branches also in the United States and other countries.

Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul Objectives

The main goal of this organization is to spread good and true education given by Shree Swaminarayan which they called as ''Sadvidya''. The other objectives of Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul are listed below.
  • Teaching to everyone about secular harmony so they can respect each other.
  • Developing a good character in students by providing real education.
  • Balancing between spirituality and modernity education.
  • Develop students as the best Patriots of the nation.
  • Develop students to perform best in each field.
Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul Vidyalaya

Best School in Surat
Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul Vidyalaya 
Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul Vidyalaya is the English Medium School, affiliated with CBSE board. The other school is affiliated with the GSEB or state board of Gujarat. In this school, the study is provided in the Gujarati language. School offers various extraordinary courses in art, science, and commerce. The school has KG to12th classes in English and Gujarati medium.

The school offers hostel facility for students in class 8th to 12th, who study here from other cities. Teaching faculty is very good, they provide quality education to students. The school environment is very good and very supporting staff is there who help students very carefully. Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul is founded in the year 1992 to provide quality education in Indian culture and manner.

It is a good school with all the necessary facilities for kids. There is a big playground, a nature park, a garden, toilets, food court, drinking water, parking facility, library, computer lab, and many more things. In Surat city, it is among the best schools with hostel facilities but for boys only.

Shree Swaminarayan Temple in Gurukul

Shree Swaminarayan Temple in Surat
Shree Swaminarayan Temple at Gurukul
Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul campus having a very big temple of Shree Swaminarayan. Shree Swaminarayan temple has a very beautiful statue of Lord Shree Swaminarayan. There is also a small statue of Lord Swaminarayan sitting on the Palaki. Devotees come to swing the Palaki of Lord Swaminarayan. Shree Swaminarayan Temple is the temple of truth, kindness, silence, and compassion. You can feel here the true spirituality and spend some quality time of your life in this temple. You can see lots of devotees sit in the temple hall and praying.

Info City - Science Modal Exhibition

For the visitors and tourist, there is a very interesting science exhibition where you can see lots of science working models and projects. There are 64 scientific projects displayed for the audience to explain the scientific principles of light, sound, heat, magnetism, etc. You can learn many scientific concepts with easily understandable models. This exhibition is good for those peoples who not belong to science background. There is a mirror room, in which you can feel like you are in a crowded place. You can enjoy lots of fun here.

Religious Cultural Exhibition- Pradarshani

Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul is also famous for its religious-cultural exhibition called ''Pradarshani''. It is the best place for religious peoples who want to see this type of exhibitions. There are lots of statues of various Hindu Gods mentioned in the holy books of Ramayan and Mahabharat. You can see some working statues of Gods and characters showing the stories of the Hindu religion. There are almost 4000 statues related to Hindu religion showing different scenes. The main interesting show of this exhibition is a mechanical statue telling a story related to Lord Vishnu. You can also see lots of statues telling the stories of Lord Swaminarayan life.

Nature Park at Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul

Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul Surat
Top view of Nature Park of Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul
The nature park of the Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul also very good and designed very interestingly for visitors and kids to enjoy lots of with fun. You can see rabbits, some birds and other small animals in cages. There are some small and large statues of animals and some Gods for making the park beautiful. There is also a fountain and some games for enjoying kids.

Gaushala at Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul

Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul Temple Surat
Gaushala at Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul
There is a small Gaushala in the Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul campus where you can see many cows. These cows are well cared for by the Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul management. Caring for the cow in the Hindu religion is a very important part. In the Hindu religion, Cow is considered as the form of a mother. Gaushala is the main feature of the Hindu tradition’s Gurukul system. On many occasion such as on Sankrant, Gau-Poosan is organized in the Gurukul.

Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul Surat Ticket Price

Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul Vidyalaya Surat
Entry Gate of Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul Surat
For visiting this place there is an entry ticket. The entry fees for kids up to year 10 is Rs. 30/- per kid and for adults Rs. 50/- per person. After taking the ticket you can see science modal exhibition and religious cultural exhibition. You can also enjoy in Nature Park at Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul. Entry in Shree Swaminarayan temple is free there is no charge. You can also enjoy the playground of the school where lots of playing equipment such as swings, slides, see-saws, playground climbers, spring, riders, merry-go-rounds and many more.

Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul Timing

Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul opens for visitors after the school timing. When the school is close, the campus opens for the local visitors and tourist at 03:00 pm. Visitors and tourist can enjoy here from 03:00 pm to 08:00 pm. You can see this place in almost 2-3 hours very easily and enjoy each place in the Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul campus. Entry in school is not allowed for visitors.

Facilities at Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul

Lord Swaminarayan Temple in Surat
Restaurant and food shops at Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul
  • For visitors, there is a free slipper or shoes keeping service where you can keep your slippers or shoes.
  • Available Restaurant and food shops for kids and visitors also.
  • Nature Park with some animals like rabbits.
  • Garden for kids and local public.
  • Washrooms and toilets
  • Very big playground
  • Free parking facility
  • Drinking water
TouristBug's Recommendations
  • Photography and camera are not allowed inside the Science and Religious Cultural Exhibition.
  • Photography and camera are allowed outside the Science and Religious Cultural Exhibition.
  • Shoes and slippers not allowed inside the Science and Religious Cultural Exhibition.
  • Don't carry or take edible items inside the Science and Religious Cultural Exhibition.
  • Keep kids with you. They can go here and there.
How to Reach to Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul Surat

Surat is a very famous city in Gujarat. You can reach at Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul very easily it is very famous in Surat. The railway station and bus stand in Surat is nearby to each other. You can get a city bus and tempo and Vikram for Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul. You can also book a cab or taxi for better convenience. I was visited this place by booking a taxi. Till date, I visited this place two times and enjoy each time a lot.

Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul Surat Address

Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul
Address: Ved Rd, Narayan Munidev Society, Katargam, Surat, Gujarat 395004

Website: http://gurukulsurat.org/

Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul Video



Thursday, 29 November 2018

Robber’s Cave (Gucchu Pani) Dehradun, Uttarakhand

Robber’s Cave Dehradun, Uttarakhand
Dehradun has lots of tourist places to visit. During summer for one time visiting Robber's cave or Guchu Pani is the best option where you can enjoy a lot. Dehradun local people go there for celebrating the picnic during the summer season. But for outsider tourists, it is the one-time tourist destination. I visited this place only two times during the summers. Robber's cave is actually a river cave where you can see the small waterfalls also.

Robbers Cave Dehradun History

Dehra plateau has many conglomerate limestone areas in Dehradun. You can see similar caves in Sahastradhara also. Robber's Cave is a good example of the narrow gorge formation in conglomerate- limestone due to the flow of rivulet. This natural cave worked as Robbers Refuge. As per saying, very famous Dacoit Sultana and his gang used this cave to hide.

As per saying during the late 1800s, this cave is used by robbers to hide them from Britishers. Due to the natural and local location of this cave, it is best for robbers to hide them here. There were many reasons why robbers used this cave to hide. There are lots of space inside the cave, freshwater available, a natural corral for keeping their horses, etc.

Robbers Cave Dehradun History
Broken fort in Robbers cave Dehradun
It is believed there was a small fort which is used by robbers to stay there but now it is broken due to water and natural reasons and only some parts are available to see. If you go there you can see it better and understand what the real condition was during that time. For many decades it is used by robbers to stay here so this place becomes popular with the name of Robbers Cave. But now it is also popular with another name as Gucchu Pani.

Source of Gucchu Paani water

Gorge formation in conglomerate limestone
Gucchu Pani Starting Point
If you travel till the end of the Robbers cave you will find the starting point of this rivulet water. The way is not easy to reach and you have to go upwards in direction. In the end, you will find a small river whose water flowing in the Gucchu Pani. This flowing water made this beautiful cave. At the end of Robbers Cave, only a few tourists go there to see the origin of this beautiful cave. The water level of this river will be low during summer but increased during the rainy season heavily.

Gucchu Pani Timings

Gucchu Pani everyday open in the morning from 7 am to evening 6 pm. The maximum time required to visit Robber's Cave will be 2-3 hours only but you can enjoy the full day picnic here with your friends or family members. Since the cave remains darker during the evening and morning so try to visit it during the daytime.

Best time to visit Gucchu Pani

The best time to visit this place will start at 10:00 am and end at 04:00 pm. Gucchu Pani will be best to visit during the summer season. You can go there from March to June but avoid the rainy season. During the winter season, the environment of Dehradun gets chilled and water also becomes colder. During rainy and monsoon season water level will be increased and becomes muddy. In the rainy season, the water level can be suddenly increased and you may be in trouble.

Robbers Cave Dehradun Entry Fees

Gucchu Pani Ticket Price
Entry Gate of  Robbers Cave or Gucchu Pani
Initially, Robbers caves entry was totally free, there were no entry tickets for anyone. But later on, when the government starting Gucchu Pani renovation and developing it as a tourist place they started the entry fee for everyone except kids. The Robbers Cave entry ticket when I visited this place was Rs. 25/- per person. Initially, the ticket price was Rs. 20/- per person.

Robbers Cave as a Picnic Spot

Gucchu Pani has a shallow water level. Maximum water will touch your knee. There is no fear to drown in the water. Here small kids and women can enjoy fearlessly. Water is clear and transparent so anyone can see them if anyone by mistake falls in the water.

Robbers cave is more than half kilometer long and full of natural beautiful scenarios. There is a small ten-meter long waterfall also where you can take bath also. Where you can enjoy snacks Maggie etc. You can take photos with loved ones or selfies at various places in Robbers cave for sharing on the social network.

Picnic Spots in Dehradun
Top View of Robber's Cave Narrow Gorge
You will find here many tourists from other cities and states. More than thousands of tourists come daily at Gucchu Pani daily during summer. Many tourists come to Robbers Cave for trekking and camping. Tourists can experience adventurous trekking by climbing on the cave. The cave is full of natural beauty.

TouristBug’s Recommendations
  • If you plan to bath there you can carry an extra set of clothes.
  • Try to wear rubber slippers because you have to walk in running water.
  • I will recommend you don't plan to travel at Gucchu Pani during the rainy season.
  • Keep your electronic items safely with you if it fell down it may be damaged by water.
  • As per my experience, I would suggest some points to keep you when you plan to go there.
  • Robbers cave is too narrow at some places and dark. So you can plan to go there in a clean and shiny day.
  • You will get snacks there like Maggie and momos but if you want some healthy and hygienic foods you can carry with you. You have to carry a water bottle also.
  • If you have a good camera such as DSLR at home, you must carry it with you. There are lots of amazing locations for photography.
  • If you have small kids with you, keep kid's hands with you. The way of Robbers Cave has small stones, pieces of glass and sharp things. If kids fell down they can get damaged.
  • The water level of Robbers Cave not equal everywhere. So move slowly in water because you don't know the exact depth of water.
Facilities at Robbers Cave or Gucchu Pani
  • Locker facility for keeping goods.
  • There is a clock room for keeping luggage.
  • There is a parking facility for two and four-wheelers.
  • There are many shops of snacks, food, tea, and coffee.
  • There is a changing room facility for changing clothes.
  • Slippers are available for rent at Rs.10/- only, for walking in Gucchu Pani.
  • There are also paid swimming pools for those who want to enjoy swimming there.
How to Reach Gucchu Pani or Robbers Cave Dehradun

Gucchu Pani is approximately 9 km far from the Dehradun railway station, 14 km from the ISBT Dehradun and 8 km from the Ghanta Ghar (clock tower). You will easily get the city bus and Vikram for going to Gucchu Pani. If you want to go by city bus then you have to go Parade ground near Ghanta Ghar. The bus fare was at that time Rs. 10/- only for per person. The distance between Dehradun's Jolly Grant Airport and Gucchu Pani is approximately 33 km. From here you can take a cab or a private taxi.

The nearest city bus stoppage is at Anarwala. But both drop you at their stoppage and you have to go Gucchu Pani by foot approx. half km.  The entrance gate of Gucchu Pani comes after crossing a small village from the bus stoppage. So it's better to book a cab or taxi which will drop you at the entrance gate of the Gucchu Pani.

Guchu Pani Address

Gucchu Pani is very famous in Dehradun so if you asked anybody they will tell you the address of the Gucchu Pani very easily. For your convenience, I mention here the address of the Gucchu Pani so you can go there easily.

Gucchupani, Malsi, 
Near Vijepur, Gopiwala, 
Anarwala, Dehradun, 
Uttarakhand, 
India 248003.

Robber’s Cave (Gucchu Pani) Dehradun video


Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Kempty Falls Ram Gaon Mussoorie Uttarakhand

Kempty Falls Dehradun
Kempty Falls Ram Gaon Mussoorie Uttarakhand
For nature lovers, Dehradun and Mussoorie is a good place. One of the famous tourist destinations of the Mussoorie is Kempty fall. Kempty fall is one of the popular waterfall situated near the Mussoorie. Kempty Waterfall is situated at an altitude of 4500 feet above sea level. Kempty waterfall, falling from a mountain about 40 feet high, is the largest of the five springs flowing in the valley of Mussoorie. This waterfall, 15 km from the destination site at the distance of Yamunotri is located on the road.

Kempty Falls History

Mussoorie is full of captivating surroundings and panoramic views. Due to the waterfall, this place looks so beautiful. Britishers enjoyed here their Tea-Parties during their ruling period on India. This place was developed as a tourist destination by the Britisher John Mekinan in year1935. Word 'Kempty' was developed from the 'Camp-Tea'.

Kempty Falls Height

Approximately it is 1364 meters from the sea level. Kempty Falls is situated in high altitude mountains. Between the mountains, Kempty falls looks so nice. The height of Kempty waterfall from where it starts falling is 40 feet.

Kempty falls water source

If you go upwards in Kempty Falls from the road you can see there are 4-5 water streams comes from the hills and make a big stream of the waterfall which goes down finally. I personally saw some of the water streams which make the waterfall.

Waterfalls in Dehradun
Peoples Enjoying in Kempty Falls
If you go upwards from the main road you will found that peoples are also enjoying there, from where water comes to down. That place looks like Sahastradhara and peoples are enjoying in the flowing-water small ponds. Here all the facilities are similar to Sahastradhara.

Kempty Falls Entry Fees

There is no entry fee for the Kempty Fall for visiting the place. There are some Water Parks which charges some entry fees. There is also a Ropeway which charges for the going upwards and downwards.

Kempty Fall Timings

There is no opening and closing time for traveling the Kempty Fall. You can come early morning and can go in the late night. But it is best to come in the afternoon so you can take a bath in this waterfall and enjoy maximum facilities available here. You will be easily traveled to this place within 3-4 hours from Mussoorie.

Facilities at Kempty Fall

Similarly like Sahastradhara, you will get the same facilities here. But unlike Sahastradhara it is a congested area which will be over-crowded during the summer season.
  • Lockers
  • Washrooms
  • Changing rooms
  • Food and Snack shops
  • Hotels and restaurants 
  • Parking facility
  • Swimsuits and bathing clothes
  • Ropeway
  • Waterpark
Kempty Fall Best Time to Visit

I live in Dehradun for many years, so aware of the environment of Dehradun and nearby cities. That's why I planned to travel the Kempty Fall in the month of May. The best time to visit the Kempty Fall starts from March and end in June. From March the summer starts and from June rainy season starts. Between these two seasons, you can plan to travel the Mussoorie and nearby areas.

Kempty Falls Ropeway Ticket Price

When I visited Kempty Fall, the charge of Ropeway was Rs. 100/- for one way. There was a long line of waiting peoples for their turn in Ropeway. The way to go to Kempty Fall from the main road is similar to Laxman Jhula way in Rishikesh.

How to Reach Kempty Fall

If you want to go Kempty Fall you have to go Mussoorie and for reaching to Mussoorie you have to come to Dehradun first. The Kempty Fall is approximately 16 km away from Mussoorie and about 46 km from the Dehradun.

You can get the easily private cab or taxi from the Dehradun and Mussoorie. There are government buses also near Dehradun railway station. You will reach by Mussoorie by government bus then thereafter you have to take the private bus for Kempty Fall. We first went Mussoorie by government bus then went to Kempty Fall by private bus.

My personal views on Kempty Fall

Panoramic view of Kempty Fall Dehradun
Panoramic view of Kempty Fall
Kempty waterfall is over commercialized and congested. It will be best for one time visit during traveling the Mussoorie. I don't think it is a good idea for going especially to Kempty Fall for travel. If you are living in Dehradun or in Mussoorie you can go there easily but if you come from outside or nearby cities then you can avoid it and can go for other tourist places in Dehradun.

Sunday, 29 July 2018

Sahastradhara Waterfall Dehradun

Sahastradhara Dehradun
Sahastradhara Waterfall Dehradun
Sahastradhara is a very popular waterfall in the Dehradun. During summer it would be fully filled with tourists and local natural beauty lovers. Sahastradhara is not a single waterfall. Sahastradhara means a collection of thousands of waterfalls. ‘Sahastra’ means thousand and ‘Dhara’ means waterfall. It is a naturally beautiful place to spend time with family or friends. Sahastradhara is famous for Sulphur water where tourists come for taking a bath in the waterfall.

Sahastradhara- Bunch of Springs

Sahastradhara Dehradun
Waterfalls at Sahastradhara Dehradun
As per name Sahastradhara, it is the collection of thousands of waterfalls. There are lots of small waterfalls in the hilly area. All springs collectively join and making a big waterfall. These waterfalls are Sulphur water containing. You can see lots of small waterfall there who join in the Sahastradhara. You will not found anywhere such a big waterfall easily in Dehradun. Tourists come here to take a water bath. They feel refreshed after the bathing in Sahastradhara water. Men, women, kids and the elderly person also come here to enjoy the natural water pool.

Sahastradhara Water Benefits

The water of Sahastradhara popular for its therapeutic and medicinal value since ancient times in India. Sulfates are easily dissolved into water. Hills of Sahastradhara area has sulfur-rich rocks. Waterfalls on limestone rocks converted the water into sulfur waterfalls. Sahastradhara is Sulphur containing waterfall which is beneficial for curing skin diseases such as psoriasis, eczema, and arthritis. Other than skin diseases it is also beneficial for the nervous system, insomnia problems.

Sahastradhara Dehradun
Sulfur water spring at Sahastradhara Dehradun
There is a signboard also at the entrance of Sahastradhara mentioned that peoples suffering from skin diseases can be cured by taking a bath in Sahastradhara water. Sulfur water is good for the bath only. Sahastradhara water is not good for drinking purpose. So avoid to drink it. Especially for small kids, sulfur water can cause diarrhea.

Sahastradhara- A Picnic Spot of Dehradun

Sahastradhara is the best place for the picnic spot in Dehradun. Tourists enjoy the whole day here in the lap of nature with the beauty of the waterfall. The water level is not so deep so kids and adults can easily take water bath. There are rubber tubes also available for those who don't know swimming. You will find here many types of food and drinking items for enjoying the moment. So you don't worry about anything here all facilities are available here.

Sahastradhara Water Amusement Park- Joyland

Sahastradhara water park
Sahastradhara Water Amusement Park- Joyland
At Sahastradhara there is also an artificial water amusement park named Joyland. This man-made water park enhances the beauty of Sahastradhara area and provides more options for tourists to enjoy the place. So it becomes a good picnic spot. Sahastradhara Amusement Park is good for kids and also for youngsters. Swings and waterslides of the water parks giving us the extra fun of bath. Joyland is not free in charge so there is some Sahastradhara water park entry fee which changes time to time.

Sahastradhara Ropeway

Sahastradhara Ropeway
Ropeway at Sahastradhara Dehradun
The ropeway is very common in hilly areas so you will see ropeway also in Sahastradhara. For seeing the panoramic view of the Sahastradhara from the top of hills you can go for the ropeway. At the top of the ropeway, you can enjoy the picnic. There are also various types of shops such as snacks, food, and wooden item shop. Here you can spend 1-2 hours. Sahastradhara ropeway charges were Rs. 150/- per person for going up and down. Ropeways provide us airy trips which very exciting for many tourists. There are lots of fun and enjoyment facilities available at the ropeway Manideep. Such as Children park, Discotheque, games parlor, adventurous sports, restaurants, etc.

Sahastradhara Prachin Shiv Mandir

Guru Dronacharya was Lord Shiva devotee. So at Sahastradhara, you can also see Mahabharat time’s ancient Lord Shiv temple. This Prachin Shiv Mandir is situated in the Dronacharya cave. You can go there and worship of Lord Shiva and get blessed. There is another very famous Lord Shiv temple in Dehradun which is also related to Guru Dronacharya. It is the Tapkeshwar temple which is too ancient than Mahabharata era.

Guru Dronacharya Temple at Sahastradhara

Sahastradhara waterfall
Guru Dronacharya Temple at Sahastradhara
Dehradun is also popular as Dron Nagari. There is Guru Dronacharya temple near the entering gate of Sahastradhara. Temple is small and situated at height. There are few stairs for reaching to temple. You have to remove your slippers before entering the temple. There are few shops near to the temple where you can purchase Prasad to offer in Guru Dronacharya temple.

Sahastradhara Study topic for Geology Students

Sahastradhara is not only the tourist destination of Dehradun. It is also a study topic for Geology Students. Students from Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Dehradun and other institutes come here to study various aspects such as Paleoclimatic, Sedimentological, Geomicrobiological and Paleomonsoonal of Sahastradhara caves. There are seven small and big caves which are the main attraction of Sahastradhara for tourists and Geology students.

Sahastradhara Falls in Baldi River

Sahastradhara is situated near the bank of Baldi River and Sahastradhara spring waterfalls into the Baldi River. Baldi River enhances the natural beauty of the Sahastradhara area. Baldi River is one of the rivers of the Song River basin.

Facilities at Sahastradhara

Sahastradhara waterfall Dehradun
Shops at Sahastradhara Dehradun
Sahastradhara is the perfect place for full enjoyment. There is every type of facilities available for all age group peoples. The list of facilities available facilities listed below.
  • Lockers
  • Washrooms
  • Changing rooms
  • Wooden items shops
  • Food and Snack shops
  • Hotels and restaurants 
  • Various types of game stalls and shops.
  • Parking facility for two and four wheelers.
  • Swimsuits and bathing cloths available on rent for everyone.
Things to be Note before going to Sahastradhara
  • Camera allowed.
  • Use of plastic bags is prohibited.
  • Pets are not allowed. So keep it in mind.
  • There are no Sahastradhara entry charges.
  • Drinking of alcoholic drinks is fully prohibited at Sahastradhara.
  • Footwear’s are not allowed inside the temples, waterfall and in the river.
Sahastradhara Best Time to Visit

Sahastradhara is popular due to the water bath in the waterfall. So tourists come here during summer season mainly. So from March to June is the best time to travel Sahastradhara. July to August is the rainy season so avoid to come to Sahastradhara during this time. You can also visit Sahastradhara after rainy season but environment and water also chilled.

Sahastradhara Timings

Sahastradhara waterfall Dehradun
Entrance of Sahastradhara
There is no entrance gate which will be closed or open for tourists. So you can go anytime there. You can go there in the early morning and return in the evening. So the timing will be for summers at 07:00 am to 07:00 pm. The total time of visiting this place depends on you how much time you will want to spend here. Minimum you have to spend 2-3 hours to see all the major attractions of Sahastratdhara.

How to Reach Sahastradhara 

Sahastradhara waterfall Dehradun
Bus stand of Sahastradhara Dehradun
Sahastradhara has situated approximately 12 km far away from the Ghanta Ghar. From the Dehradun ISBT Bus stand, it will be 15 km and from the railway station, it will be 16 km. There is a local city bus facility available for Sahastradhara. You will get the Dehradun to Sahastradhara bus from Parade ground near the Ghanta Ghar. The bus fare is only Rs. 17/- per person for Sahastradhara. The bus will reach at Sahastradhara within 20 minutes.

From the railway station, you have to take a private taxi or cab. You can also go to the Parade ground and take Sahastradhara city bus.

From bus stand ISBT there is no direct bus for Sahastradhara. So you can go by booking a private taxi or cab. There is Vikram from ISBT to Ghanta Ghar and Parade ground so you can also go there by using it.

From the Jolly Grant Dehradun Airport, Sahastradhara is approximately 28 km far away so you have to book a taxi or cab.

Sahastradhara Waterfall Dehradun Video