+ HISTORIC LAND
India is first and foremost a land of ancient and rich history. Throughout it's origin India has contributed concepts such as Yoga, spiritual meditation, vegetarianism and peace and love to the world. India is home to ancient kingdoms thousands of years old that have withstood the test of time and have become lavish and opulent 5 star deluxe hotels today attracting millions from all over the world to marvel at thier unbelievable engineering, hospitaltiy, splendor and immense size.
India provides everything from: trekking the Himilayan mountain range in the cold rugged climate of the North, enjoying a tranquil sunset in many Desert Oasis found in the East, to exploring the moist, lush and green rainforests, rice and tea plantations, jungles, and beaches of the South. India is also known for harboring some of the world's most well-known International business hubs such as Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad and Bangalore. Inda has the world's third largest economy and is world renowned for it's Engineering, Medical, IT, Steel, Textile and Tourism Industries. Exploring the vastly diverse States of India takes much time and it is recommended to enjoy and explore certain regions of the Country at a time, as each one has something unique to offer that it is known for. Whether it is historical monuments, exotic wildlife, luxury hotels and traveling, luxury and sightseeing, houseboat cruising, wilderness/trekking/backpacking, white water rafting, bungee jumping, skydiving, zip-lining or enjoying a spiritual retreat, India offers it all. Whatever your interests are, your expectations will be exceeded and Crossways will work hard to tailor them to any budget!
+ VISIT KERELA
There are three airports in the state-at Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, and Kozhikode. Thiruvananthapuram is also an international airport, connecting the state to many places in the Middle East.
There are around 200 railway stations in Kerala connecting most of the places in the state to places in the other parts of the country and inside the state. Long-distance express trains connect important places in the state to places outside the state like Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, and Calcutta.
An extensive network of metalled roads connects most of the places in the state. National highways 47, 17, and 49 connect the state with other parts of the country.
Inland water navigation systems are available in many districts. Boats are extensively used to connect many places within the state. The state has major airports at Kochi and Vizhinjam. The minor ports in the state are Neendakara, Azheekkala and Beypore.
+ VISIT VARANASI
The nearest airport to reach Varanasi is the city air terminal. Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport is located 25 kilometers northwest of the city center. Regular domestic flights are catered in the airport. Flights from Kathmandu and Thailand are also accessible. Every domestic air carrier caters frequent flight options. From the air terminal; buses, auto and cabs are easily accessible to the city.
Varanasi Railway Station enjoys regular connectivity of trains from all over India. Mughal Sarai Railway station, 10 kilometers from the city also offers train options to numerous destinations in India. Long-haul trains as well as daily ferries are available. The railway station lies close to the city. Autos and cabs take you to any destination in the city.
Located in the plains of India, the road network to reach Varanasi is wonderful. By road the city is connected to major cities of Uttar Pradesh and neighboring states by state-run buses. Private air-conditioned buses are available from nearby cities. Private air-conditioned and non-air conditioned cabs ply on the route.
+ VISIT RAJASTHAN
Rajasthan is well connected by air with almost all the major cities of India. A number of airlines both, government as well as private have regular flights connecting the state with rest of the country. The five airports of the state are, Sanganer, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Udaipur and Kota.
Rajasthan is well connected by a good network of rail. It connects the state with almost all the places of interest in the country. But comparing to the railway option, the roadways are more preferable, as well as, recommended as the railway tracks are mostly meter gauge and hence time consuming.
The best way to visit Rajasthan is by road. A good number of Government and private buses ply to the state connecting it with its nearby places of interest. Moreover, taxis and other vehicles are also available on hire from many places to the state.
+ VISIT SHIMLA
The nearest airport to reach Shimla is the Jabarhatti Airport. The nearest domestic airport is located 23 kilometers from the capital city of Himachal Pradesh. The nearest international airport is Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi at distance of 344 kilometers. From the air terminal hire a cab, private taxi or take a bus to reach the scenic hill station.
Shimla Railway Station is the nearest railhead, 1 kilometer from the city center. The railway station receives train of narrow gauge only. The broad head railway is in Kalka, 76 kilometers away. Another well connected option is the Chandigarh railway station, 110 kilometers away. Avail cabs, taxis or state owned buses to get to the hill retreat.
Shimla being the capital of Himachal Pradesh is well connected via road. The highway connects it to the other places of the state. Get options from cities, railway station and the airport. AC, non AC and HPTDC buses are the frequent option. Overnight buses are the best option to travel from Delhi. Chandigarh and Kalka are the other important centers to reach the hill station.
• The hub of Shimla is the Mall, which runs along the Ridge and is crowded with tourists. It is the city's most famous shopping center, with shops selling all items, from clothes to junk food. The Ridge is a large open space in the heart of the town and presents excellent views of the mountain ranges. Most of Shimla's landmarks are located here. The Mall further joins the Ridge at the 'Scandal Point' of Kipling's Shimla, where a statue of the nationalist leader Lala Lajpat Rai has been erected.
• The six-storeyed Vice-Regal Lodge or Rashtrapati Niwas, about 4.5 km from Scandal Point, attracts many visitors. It was built in 1888 and was formerly the residence of Lord Dufferin, the British Viceroy. The style of architecture is English Renaissance, the masonry of the walling is light blue limestone and the wrought stonework is done in sandstone in a beautiful light gray tint. It has magnificent lawns and houses the Indian Institute of Advanced Study. Nearby is the Himalayan aviary that has a good collection of birds, including the Monal pheasant, Himachal's state bird.
• About 2.5 km from Scandal Point is the State Museum, which has a good collection of statues, miniatures, coins and photos from in and around Himachal Pradesh. It was built in 1974.
• Another of Shimla's major landmarks is the Christ Church and St. Michael's Cathedral. It is the second oldest church in Northern India built between 1846 and 1857. It is located just off the Mall, below the District Center and is known for its stained glass windows.
• Jhaku temple, dedicated to Hanumanji, the attendant of Lord Rama, is to the east of the town center, near the highest point of the Shimla Ridge. It is at a height of 8048 feet above sea level and offers a panoramic view of the city.
• The temple just below the Grand Hotel is the temple dedicated to Shyamala Devi, an incarnation of Goddess Kali.
• Southeast from Jhaku is the long spur of Chotta Shimla, with Barnes Court. Once the residence of the Governor General of Punjab, it is now the official residence of the Governor of Himachal Pradesh.
• About 4 km from the Ridge, a sprightly stream flows through the Glen forests at an altitude of 1830 meters. It is a secluded picnic spot.
• Beyond the Glen is Annandale, another picnic spot. It is covered with deodar forests and was once the playgrounds of Shimla, where racing, polo and cricket entertained the Britishers.
• Elysium Hill, on the road leading through Lakkar Bazaar, houses the famous Auckland House, the former residence of Viceroy Lord Auckland. It is a well-known girls' school now. Nearby is the Stirling Castle, now an orphanage for the Tibetan children and a center for the Tibetan exiles who have settled locally.
• About six miles from the Shimla Church, in Koti, lay the village of Mashobra, at a height of 2149 m. A place of unique beauty, Mashobra is an ideal interlude beneath the oaks and the pines. Featuring beautiful gardens spattered with the daffodils, hyacinths, asphodels and celandines, it is a popular weekend resort, dotted with delightful villas and innumerable picnic spots. From here, a track leads down to Sipur, which is an exquisite glade shaded by ancient deodar trees. A fair is held here every April/May. About 3 km from Mashobra is the lovely resort of Craignano.
• At a distance of 5 km from Shimla is Summer Hill, a quiet suburb with peaceful environs ideal for secluded walks. About 2 km from Summer Hill are the Chadwick Falls, a silent gorge frequently visited by picnickers.
• Four kilometers from Shimla is Bihargaon, a village known for its splendid Himachali architecture.
• At a distance of 6 km from Shimla is the Prospect Hill. At 2125 m and crowned by a temple dedicated to Kamna Devi, the hill offers breathtaking views of the area. Another temple dedicated to Tara Devi is located at a distance of 3 km from Shimla.
• About 12 km from Shimla, on the Kalka Road is Kasauli.
• Kufri, at distance of 16 km from Shimla and at an altitude of 2510 m above sea level, is a site offering some famous hikes and wonderful snow for skiing. An enjoyable walk leads up to the Mahasu Peak. The Himalayan Nature Park here has a good collection of animals and birds found in the region.
• Narkanda, 64 km from Shimla, offers wonderful slopes for skiing. At an elevation of 2708 m, it has dense pine forests. Hatu peak, 8 km from Narkanda, provides a striking panorama of the plains below.
• Chail, 43 km from Shimla, is a lush green setting and was the former capital of the Patiala State. It has the world's highest cricket ground at a height of 2250 m, built in 1893. It is also a hiker's paradise and there is a wildlife sanctuary at a distance of 3 km from here.
• Sarahan is a small village worth visiting. It provides a spectacular view of Shrikhand Mahadev and hiking opportunities to the nearby villages such as Ranwin and Bashal Peak. The Bhimakali temple, dedicated to Goddess Durga, is the finest example of Himachali architecture.
• Naldehra, at an altitude of 2050 m and 23 km from Shimla, houses the oldest and the highest golf course in India. In the middle of the course is a temple, Mahunag Mandir. It was a favorite pastime spot of Lord Curzon.
• Tattapani, 51 km from Shimla, is a spot well known for hot sulfurous springs.
+ VISIT MUMBAI
- By AIR
Mumbai has an international airport, Chattrapati Shivaji International Airport, formerly known as Sahar International Airport. This airport is located at a distance of 30 km from the city center, Nariman and 4 km from the domestic terminal in Santa Cruz. Regular flights connect this airport to important cities of India and World. Both the terminals are 5 km away from each other. Regular shuttle bus service is available between the two. Private cabs are available from outside the airport.
- By RAIL
Mumbai contains the headquarters of both Western and Central Railways and thus the city is very well-connected to the country through rails. Super-fast trains as well as passenger trains are available to important Indian cities such as Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Bangalore. The city has two railway stations Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), earlier known Victoria Terminus, and Bombay Central Station. Central railways have trains for southern and eastern parts, while western railways have trains for north region from Church gate and other central stations.
- By ROAD
An excellent network of road connects Mumbai to the remaining parts of the country. State-run buses connect Mumbai to other cities of the state like Pune (163 km), Aurangabad (392 km), Nashik (184 km) and Mahabaleshwar (239 km) as well as to the destinations of the neighboring states including Panaji (597 km) in Goa, Ahmadabad (545 km) and Vadodara (432 km) in Gujarat, and Andhra Pradesh. You can also rent a private cab.
+ VISIT RISHIKESH
The nearest airport is Dehradun, 35 km from Haridwar.
Rishikesh is connected by rail via Haridwar (24 km) to Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi, Lucknow, Varanasi, Dehradun and other cities.
Rishikesh is connected by road via Haridwar with Agra, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Kullu, Manali, and Shimla. It is also linked to Mussourie (77 km), Badrinath (301 km), Kedarnath (228 km), Gangotri (258 km), Yamunotri (288 km), Srinagar (105 km), and Joshimath (252 km). We would provide you all India tourist permit vehicles for the local transportations and also for the intercity drives too.
- Oberoi Hotels
- Taj Hotels Ananda in the Himalayas
- Imperial Resorts
- Aman Resorts
- Umaidbhavan Palace
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