Also famously known as the Queen of Hills, Ooty is a beautiful town which is surrounded by the beautiful Nilgiri Hills. The place has a beautiful climate all round the year because of its perfect location.
Winters Are The Best Time!
The winters in Ooty are colder than the rest of South India. And this is what makes it more unique as a travel destination. The best time to visit this beautiful hill station is from October to June. In these months, the temperature remains somewhere around 25°C which offers pleasant weather. It is the best time for travelling and sightseeing. Find out why it would be the best trip ever.
Ooty Lake Is The Perfect Spot To Relax
One of the most important parts of every Ooty tour, Ooty lake is indeed a place to visit. It is an artificial lake that was built for fishing purposes actually. This lake is popular for boating. Tourists can be seen enjoying a refreshing ride on its serene waters. There is boating house located near the lake offering a wide array of boats on hire. Cycling by the side of the lake is also worth experiencing. There are also a few shops located around the lake, selling various local food items.
Deer Park For Kids
Located at a distance of 2 km from Ooty Lake, Deer Park is easily accessible by road. With its rich fauna along with varieties of deer such as Sambhar and the Chithal, Deer park makes up for an interesting visit, especially for wildlife enthusiasts or even kids. Equally rich is the variety of flora in this park. Spread across an area of 22 acres, this park was established in the year of 1986. It is one of the known wildlife sanctuaries of not only Tamil Nadu but of India presenting amazing opportunity to observe the wildlife and various animals from closer.
Another Lake To Chill- Emerald Lake
Located near the Emerald Village in the Nilgiri District, Emerald Lake lies in a place called Silent Valley. It is situated around 25 km away from Ooty. A beautiful lake offering an ideal place for a picnic where you can relax and spend some quality time with your loved one. Tea plantation surrounding adds on to the overall beauty of the lake. The view of sunrise and sunset from here is breathtaking and not to be missed.
Kalhatty Waterfalls Is Gorgeous
About 13 km away from Ooty, on the Ooty-Mysore Road, Kalhatty Waterfalls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls that you will see on an Ooty Tour. This waterfall can be reached via a trek of 2 miles from Kalahatti village. It is believed that great Hindu saint Agastya has once lived here. With its rich avian fauna, it is often visited by bird watchers as well. Its scenic beauty is sure to leave you spellbound.
St Stephen’s Church For Peace
Dating back to 19th century, St. Stephan’s Church is a place to visit in Ooty for its architectural beauty and religious importance. Although comparatively simpler, this church has beautiful interiors. The painted glass windows along with the painting of Last Supper is especially captivating.It is said that the timber used in the construction of this church was brought from Srinangapatna as well as from the Tipu Sultan Palace.
Tea Museum For Chai Lovers
Located on the highest peak of Nilgiri, Tea Museum offers you the delicious exhibition of different tea types. As Nilgiri Mountain boasts of being India’s second-largest hill station bounded by tea gardens, this is a heaven for tea-lovers. Owing to its splendid charm Dodabetta Tea Museum can rightfully be addressed as one of the best places to visit in Ooty.
Ooty Cottages Are Classy
Apart from the pleasant weather, the gorgeous lakes, and the beautiful gardens, the quaint cottages in Ooty for couples also make it a perfect destination for a honeymoon or a romantic getaway! The vintage interiors of these cottages wrapped with soothing views around, guarantee utmost privacy and comfort. So, if you too are planning to escape to the hills with your loved one, ditch the contemporary modern hotels and choose a cottage.
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Domestic Tours to soon be Government Funded
Travelling has always been a trend and is loved by children and adults equally. A lot of us admire and look forward to abroad travels. Running behind the sparkle of foreign tours, we often forget the cool locations that our country houses. Domestic tours are not just a way to relive the heritage of our country. It also makes us more proud of our own identity.
More and more visitors outside the country are getting attracted to tours in India. However, those in India have somehow prioritize abroad travels over domestic tours. Identifying, the need to promote domestic tours, the government has come up with an idea to reward domestic travellers. Those who set up for at least 15 domestic trips a year.
Domestic Tour Funding System
Thing you have to do to get all your trips funded:
- Visit at least 15 or more domestic tourist destinations.
- Make sure the destination is not in your home state.
- Get yourself clicked at the locations.
- submit your travel photographs at the designated government website.
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Once the conditions are fulfilled, reimbursement will be provided to the travelers making their travel fully funded.
Union Minister of Tourism Prahlad Singh Patel recently made an announcement about this. It happened at the concluding ceremony of the two-day National Tourism Conference. This conference was organised by Odisha government. This conference was organized in association with FICCI at Konark.
Getting fully funded domestic tours is not the only outcome of this initiative. Those who are successful in completing 15 domestic trips annually will be identifies as ‘Brand ambassadors of Indian Tourism‘
Apart from this, government will help all those wanting to get into Travel and Tourism as professionals. The government will offer certificate courses. These courses will enable one to become Certified Tour Guides and enter tourism sector professionally.
In addition, if you are looking for locations to visit for your Domestic tours check out some cool ones here.
34th Annual Handicrafts festival – Surajkund Mela
Cheer up, for the days of vivid joy for the annual mela of Surajkund are here. Yes! I’m talking about the much awaited international crafts fair, the Surajkund mela. The Surajkund mela is an annual festival, which is held in the first fortnight of February. The festival laid its foundation as early as 1987 and since then has been held every year by the Haryana Tourism Department in Surajkund. The Mela is hosted by the Surajkund Mela Authority along with the other union ministers of textiles, cultures, tourism, external affairs, etc.
Theme of Surajkund mela 2020
Himachal Pradesh has been chosen as the theme state for this mela. Every year one of the states is chosen for the theme, which was introduced in order to promote the crafts and cuisines of a particular state. This 34th annual mela would showcase all the culture and traditions of the state chosen. This is one of the largest craft fairs of the world and attracts a huge number of visitors from all over india and abroad.
Main attraction of the Surajkund Mela
The main attractions of this mela is the rich and diverse handicrafts, handlooms and cultural fabric of India. These are crafted by some of the best Craftsmen of the country. This fair is also known as the international crafts fair where started to help these craftspeople showcase their talents.
The evenings of this festive is also one of the key attractions of the festival. A large number of national and international folk artists could be seen in the evenings. As for fun, there are many of the adventure rides and amusement sports for the young and old. Moreover, you would get to eat the traditional mouth savouring cuisines of the various states here.
- The mela starts from 1st of february till 16th February
- The tickets ranges from Rs. 50 to Rs. 200. On weekdays the price of the ticket is Rs. 120/- while on weekends the price is Rs. 180/- per person.
- Key attractions of the Mela are – Exuberant handicrafts along with the crafts of different states while the Evening shows are a special charm to the mela
Top 8 LGBT-Friendly Holiday Destinations In The World!
The world has been extremely cruel to people with queer identities. However, there are nations that embrace such humans and support LGBT rights. People in love have often found it hard to convince the world around them, making them understand their love. Meanwhile, there are nations that have always celebrated love for the sake of love, and not discriminating it from “defined notions” of the same.
There are some exotic places on the face of the earth that’ll add to the wonder of your trip with your partner, whoever, they may be. Let’s thus get into naming these amazing places on the face of the earth that’ll be super-fun to be in!
1. The Canary islands
The Canary Islands are much known European destinations for the LGBT community. The place is a perfect escape for the people in love with the beaches, the scorching sun and an aesthetic landscape.
The islands across the Spanish archipelago are extremely liberal to sexuality, which means that you’ll be able to enjoy the LGBT beaches, bars and nightclubs without someone to interrupt you! Moreover, the annual Maspalomas Gay Pride event in Gran Canaria, attracts up to 100,000 attendees, includes a mammoth 10-day celebration that consists of LGBT parades, pool parties and organised boat trips.
Well, Berlin is the dynamic Gay Capital of Germany and is known for its rich cultural history. The partying atmosphere is way too happening. The bars, clubs and carnivals rather get you hooked in!
Berlin Pride, known as “Christopher Street Day”, is one of the biggest events on Berlin’s LGBT calendar and sees thousands march proudly through this great European city.
Zurich is one of Switzerland’s largest city. Moreover, it offers visitors a colorful sight of LGBT-friendly bars and nightclubs, further complimented by the snow-capped Alps in the backdrop. The “Zurich Pride Festival”, which takes place between June 15 to 17 this year, is a multi-day event that brings people from all nooks and corners, into the very heart of Zurich every year. Festival highlights include grand parades, concerts and pro-LGBT rights demonstrations.
In Spain’s Catalonia region, to the southwest of Barcelona, lies the coastal town of Sitges. Your go-to events in Sitges include the annual “Gay Pride Sitges” which includes a customised enticing, little village with places to eat, drink and party, right in front of the setting and the rising sun.
Israel is the only tolerant places in the Middle-East that are notoriously gay-friendly. Tel Aviv is the country’s second city, famous for the queer nightlife, and also for the fact that it hosts a grand Pride Celebration, that too, funded by the Government. Same-sex people can be seen doing all the normal things, enjoying the aesthetics, the beaches, and parties.
Sydney has its own queer, cultural history that keeps reiterating itself. Newton, the city’s primary area for queer women, is a true revelation. Moreover, The Mclver’s Ladies Bath are the only women-baths remaining in Australia, and a big hit with the Sapphic set. However, the main hub for LGBTQ+ activity is seen around Oxford Street in Darlinghurst, but shopping, bars, and venues for queer interests are found across in the inclusive city!
It’s the “hippy” city in the UK that welcomes each and everyone falling under the rainbow flag. The nightlife is super duper fun, along with the Pride festivities. Even Britney Spears seems to have made her appearance in the festivities, in one of the August parties.
Women seem to have migrated in this ancient city, and have rather served for the name, “Lesbos coming from Lesbian”. The annual Eressos International Women’s Festival is a two-week celebration embracing women in love with other women.
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