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Editor’s Choice are special features hand picked by the editorial team at IndiaVivid. It showcases interesting reads, facets and themes around India.

Jaitak Fort- A Beautiful Place with Historical importance

The Jaitak fort in Himachal Pradesh is truly a noteworthy place to visit owing to its location as well as the history behind its construction. Located in the Simour district and about 15 kilometers from Nahan, and an altitude of…

Puliyur kottam – the historical face of Chennai

We all know that the old name of Chennai is Madras or Madarasapatnam. But how was it called even before that? What was Chennai like before the advent of British? Well, this article is a time travel journey taking back…

Naggar Valley- An offbeat destination

For those who love the scenic view of rivers flowing and twisting in high mountains then Naggar valley is perfect for them. Located in Kullu district of the state of Himachal Pradesh, this small town lies at an altitude of…

Bananas of Tamil Nadu – Varieties unlimited

Banana is a fruit for all seasons.  There are more than 1000 varieties of this fruit available in the world and  Tamil Nadu is the Fifth largest Banana growing region.  With land conducive for growing, Bananas are cultivated in various…

Few must visit Libraries in India

Libraries are buildings filled with towers and rows of – books, manuscripts and periodicals. With the availability online resources, one must think that the Libraries are doomed.  But they still exist, adopting to current trends and surprisingly, collecting more Information and…

A place of sheer devotion- Jakhu Temple Near Mashobra

Preserving the presence of our God and Goddess, Jakhu Temple has scenic beauty that has hard to ignore. The word ‘Jakhu’ or ‘Jakhoo’ has been derived from an ancient Hindi language word ‘Yakhsa,’ which is used to show a connection…

Why Shoghi is a must visit place in Shimla?

If you have ever wished for heaven on the earth, then here is one such place that can give you the rich feeling of being on heaven. In this context, Indians are a bit luckier than the rest of the…

The Church of Scotland in Chamba

Did you love visiting the decent places around you which offers you the best possible feeling with a sense of peace? Then a district called Chamba, Himachal Pradesh, North India, has something really interesting to cheer up your mood. If…

Summer Hill in Shimla

The entire world knows, Shimla is completely made according to the British architecture which simply makes it look simply different from the rest of India in many ways. Right from the lavish buildings to well-planned market of Shimla, everything there…

Shop Till You Drop at Manali Maal Road

If you are in love with hilly stations and lovely weather, Himachal Pradesh is the place waiting to amaze you. The beauty of nature here is beyond explanation and can make you see the things that are hard to even…

The Ridge Road

If you have never been fascinated with the beauty of India, especially North India, then The Ridge Road is one of the best places to visit and witness the beauty of nature at its best. Here is all that you…

Let’s Explore the Majestic Village of Gulaba

If not your will then your passion for hilly regions, the beauty of nature or trekking can bring you here at Gulaba. And in case, you never got to visit this place ever before, then here is all you should…

Jumahar

Jumahar has a unique quality of blending with each and every weather and make the environment relishing for the travelers who pass a long journey to witness the surreal beauty of Jumahar. Those who are still unaware of Jumahar and…

Jahaghi- A village in Mehal tehsil in Chamba

Jahaghi is a name that is no less than a synonym to beauty, peace and the purest form of nature. People who belong to the queens of hills- Himachal Pradesh can better tell about the beauty and peaceful environment of…

Hatu Peak

Do you love witnessing the surreal beauty of huge hills when it’s snowing all around you? Then visiting this place called Hatu Peak should be in your bucket list for sure. And in case, you are not familiar with this…

Gandhi Gate

If you are in love with unraveling the hidden facts behind the historic monuments still present in India then here is something of great importance and interest waiting for your attention. Gandhi Gate- Saying an Untold Story Some people call…

Find Lost Peace at Dechen Choekhor Mahavihara

“We must first learn to be a good human being before we can be a good Dharma practitioner and benefit other.”- Drukpa Choegon Rinpoche. What is Dechen Choekhor Mahavihara? If you are one of those who is not familiar with…

Experience Nature at Bliss at Old Manali

If you want to witness how heaven does look like, visiting this place, Manali in Himachal Pradesh, is a must for you. This place is quite familiar with leaving you with some most beautiful and recognizable memories which are hard…

Enchanting Temple of Siyali Mahadev in Manali

For entire India or even for the rest of the world, Lord Mahadeva is no less than a blessing who has been safeguarding everyone’s life, giving us all the health and wealth that we deserve. This belief in Lord Shiva…

Bhuri Singh Museum

Those who are simply in love with discovering the hidden scenic beauty of nature, they must be familiar with this place for sure. And in case, you have recently ignited this passion of going to the hidden towns of India…

Famous structures of Chozha kings

Throughout history, south India was under the rule of Chera, Chozha and Pandya, who were considered to be one of the greatest rulers of India. They were almost undefeatable and powerful. However they fought within each other and conquered other’s…

Best libraries in Kolkata

Bengalis are often known as bookworms and even in this era of ebooks, the love for a hard copy has not gone away from this generation’s heart. And for that, there are ample libraries in the city where Kolkatans can…

Reasons why Tourists love Amer Fort

Rajasthan is a land of Rajas and Maharajas.  Though part of the state is a desert, its culture, traditions, monuments and people add myriad colors to its dull landscape.  Amer Fort is one such flamboyant part of the state’s heritage.…

Ujjain’s Very Own Simhasth Kumbh Mela

Kumbh Mela is the largest congregation of religious devotees in the world. It is an extraordinary event which is held only once in three years at one of the four sacred Maha Kumbh locations namely Haridwar, Prayag (Allahabad), Nashik and…

Chintaman Ganesh Temple, Ujjain

The Chintaman Ganesh Temple is one of the ancient temples in the spiritual town of Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. Its construction can be traced back to the 11th or 12th century and hence the temple is said to be more…

Langza- A paradisiacal destination in Himachal Pradesh

 A visit to the Spiti valley of Himachal Pradesh is incomplete without a trip to Langza village, one of the most beautiful parts of this region. This remote village is surrounded by scenic mountains all around and is just 16…

Harsiddhi Mata Temple In Ujjain

The spiritual city of Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh has a lot of famous temples and the Harsiddhi Maa Temple is one of them. The Harsiddhi Maa Temple was constructed by the Marathas and hence the structural design has a strong…

Shri Mahakaleswar Jyotirlinga Temple, Ujjain

The Lord Shiva Temple at the historical city of Ujjain in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh is one of the most revered pilgrimage sites for Hindus. It goes by the name Mahakaleswar Jyotirlinga and the temple is one…

Famous Churches in Kolkata-Part 2

Kolkata, or previously known as Calcutta, has quite a number of churches built all around to the city owing to the fact that it was the capital of the country during the British rule and a major trade center for…

A tale of two cities – Adichanallur and Keezhadi

Throughout the history of mankind, there had been discovery of hidden cities and monuments, which had re-defined popular beliefs and myth. Such discoveries and conclusions help us understand the transitions between various phases of human evolution. Two such discoveries were…

Sungudi sarees – Comfort and elegance Combined

Sungudi sarees – Comfort and elegance Combined Sungudi Sarees originate from a small village called Chinnalapatti in the State of Tamil Nadu.  They are also known as Madurai Saree and Chinnala Pattu.  More than 10,000 families in the area earn…

Winter Cuisine in India

It is winter in India as soon as Monsoons subside. The temperature slowly drops below zero degrees in northern regions and hovers around 10-15 degrees down south.  It is the time when the country is filled with aromas of Winter…

Simlipal Wildlife Sanctuary

We all know Odisha for its rich cultural architectural builds, temples such as Konark and Jagganath Mandir. But it also has several wildlife sanctuaries. Many are famous and draws people from all over the world. One of them is Simlipal…

Famous Churches in Kolkata

Featured Photo by offbit2010 Kolkata is a city which can surely boast of its rich architectural buildings scattered all around the city. A large number of Temples, mosques, Churches, and Synagogues stands today with its grandeur constantly reminding about the…

Amazing places to visit in Dimapur, Nagaland

Dimapur is the largest city of Nagaland.  In ancient times it was the capital of the powerful Kachari kingdom. In the name Dimapur, Di means water, ma means large and pur –City. Ultimately, its name in Damsi language means the…

Beautiful airports in India-Airport in Leh and Agatti

When man first built airplanes, more than anything else, the first priority was given in flying safety, updating of technology for more better and faster planes and airports were built for the purpose of plane landing and take-off. Later on.…

Tsuglagkhang Monastery-The Abode of Holyman Dalai Lama

Buddhist monasteries are always quite attractive in their architecture, structure, color, and brightness. The Tsuglagkhang monastery complex is not an exception in this matter. It does not matter whether one is religious or an atheist, this monastery is a must…

Taptapani, an Odisha experience you should have

Travel is a great way to expand your horizons. You get to see new places, meet new people and do interesting things. There is so much to see and do in our country. A memorable experience to have is take…

Ralong, one of the popular hot water springs in Sikkim

In an earlier post we discussed about the beauty of North East India. If striking views, sweeping valleys and lush forests are your thing, Sikkim is your next holiday destination. And Ralong in Sikkim should be right at the top!…

Rajgir, the sacred city for Buddhists and Jains

Are you a history buff? Do you love learning about our glorious and rich past? Visiting Rajgir may satisfy the historian, art lover and curious traveler in you. The place is packed with memories and has traces of the royal…

Atri, the perennial hot water springs in Odisha

They say life is an adventure. And it should be! If you want to spice up your life and break the monotony then try going on a trip. Do something extraordinary like visiting a hot water spring such as Atri…

A Tamil king’s palace – reference from Nedunalvadai

India is a vast mass of land with rich history. As several emperors and rulers have trodden upon this area, one can find a lot of forts, palaces and temples built by them. The south Indian state of Tamil Nadu…

Tattapani, the village with hot water springs

If you have seen the pictures of hot water springs, you know how they amazing they look. Placed in some of the coldest places on earth, there is a permanent hot water bath running! That is nothing short of a…

Bakreshwar, the ode to Lord Shiva and Goddess Sati

We have spoken about the beauty of North India many times. But there are other parts of India that are unexplored. Have you ever traveled to West Bengal? The state has ample amount of places to visit and view. For…

Beral- Beautiful village in Himachal Pradesh

There are some people who like to explore the world and such is their love for nature that they just pack a bag with the bare minimum and start the journey without much planning. For those people, Beral In Himachal…

Vajreshwari, the hot water springs in Maharashtra

India has many beautiful places that are worth visiting. Due to our fascination with foreign countries, we tend to ignore the beauty lying right next to us. Vajreshwari in Maharashtra is an offbeat destination known for the temple and hot…

Manikaran, the religious hot water spring for Hindus and Sikhs

Indians have several pilgrimage sites and tourist destinations they visit regularly. These destinations are beautiful, natural and worth planning your next trip to. If you are running short of ideas, maybe try going to Manikaran. Located in Himachal Pradesh, this…

Tapt Kund, the holy hot water spring in Badrinath

Nature will always continue to amaze us. It is possible to freeze in a desert, see different colors of waters mixing and even find hot water springs in freezing cold climates. How is that even possible right? Like many of…

Lepcha Jagat- A mountain Village in West Bengal

If mountains are your go-to destination for relaxation, then Lepcha Jagat will be nothing shorter than your dream destination. Often we forget and tend to neglect the beautiful havens we have in our country. Lepcha Jagat is unknown to many…

Places to visit in Mathura, the birthplace of Krishna

Mathura is the place where the Eight Avatar of Lord Vishnu, Lord Krishna is said to have born.  It is one of the oldest cities of India and has mention in both Ramayana and Mahabharata. It is a land filled…

St. Paul Cathedral- A Must Visit in Kolkata

Kolkata, or previously known as Calcutta, as we all know was the capital of India, during the British era, till 1911. This city of joy has a long list of fine architectural builds and is associated with so much enriching…

Padharo Nawalgarh, the vibrant city in Rajasthan

‘Padharo Sa Maare Desh’ says a very popular Rajasthani song. It is the epitome of being a gracious host and invites everyone to come see the wondrous state. If you love tasty food, marvelous architecture and vibrant artifacts, then you…

Panamik, the only hot water springs in Northern Himalayas

Leh and Ladakh remains one of the most exotic and serene destinations in India. Its terrain, climate and beauty is unmatched. If you are an avid traveler or an eager tourist or just a travel junkie, you have to visit…

Rampuria Haveli, the striking red Haveli in Bikaner!

We have been telling you about the amazing Havelis and Palaces of Rajasthan. If you are an art lover, curious traveler or just an explorer, next up on your travel list should be Bikaner! Top among things to see in…

Mandawa, the open art gallery of Rajasthan!

Rajasthan is a very popular tourist destination in India. Tourists and travelers from all over the world come to spend some time here. There are several wonderful cities and places to visit but Mandawa is a must see on any…

The Buddhist Pagoda in Eden Gardens

Most Indians and also most of the world are aware of Eden Gardens as it is a great Cricket Stadium and an infinite number of historical incidents are associated with this pitch. But apart from the stadium, Eden gardens also…

Visit Kumbh Mela 2019

Kumbh Mela is the biggest celebration of Hindu faith in the world and it is happening right now at Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh.

Pallavaram – the region of Pallavas

Pallavaram is one of the major residential locality of modern Chennai. It is also one of the ancient Tamil towns inhabited since 7th century or before. The name originated from its root name “Pallavar-puram” which means “region of Pallavas”. The…

All you need to know about Kerala Festivals in January

Kerala is a land of majestic hills, sparkling backwaters and enchanting forests.  It is also known for cultural and traditional Festivals.  The Kerala Festivals Calendar is spread across all the 12 months of the year.  Here is a list of…

Visit The Gharials At Ken Gharial Sanctuary, Madhya Pradesh

The Ken Gharial Sanctuary is a nature tourism site in the Panna national park area in Madhya Pradesh. The sanctuary is situated at the rendezvous point of the Rivers Ken and Khudar. It is nearly 24 km away from Khajuraho…

Salim Singh ki Haveli, Jaisalmer’s Pride and Glory

The Golden City of Jaisalmer has to be on your must see list in India. The iconic city in Rajasthan is full of architectural treasures. If you are an art lover, traveler or just plain curious there is so much…

Tribal museums of India – Part – I

Tribal Museums are an attempt to document, capture in film or retain some memorable artifacts of the 437 +tribes that exist in India. They  are sometimes called Adivasis,  or the earliest settlers of the land.  Each tribe has a separate…

Baghore ki Haveli, the picturesque palace in Udaipur

Baghore ki Haveli is an offbeat, cultural unmissable attraction in Udaipur that you should check out on your next trip.

Playing Hide and Seek and reliving your childhood!

What was the first game you remember playing? Any blurred memory from childhood jumping back at you? Mine was hide and seek, the thrilling game for all ages!! If you grew up in the 80s or 90s, you didnt have…

Krida Patram, the original Indian playing card game

Everybody knows Poker, a popular playing cards game. This is generally played in US and Europe but there are several Indian playing card games hidden from the world. The most ancient one and interesting one is called Krida Patram. India…

The singing game of our childhood, Poshampa!

‘If you carry your childhood with you, you never get older’ is a very popular saying. It reminds us to keep the child inside us alive and kicking. How do we do that? Let’s take a walk down memory lane…

Top tourist Destinations in Telangana

The state of Telengana was carved out of State of Andhra Pradesh in 2014.  Some of the important cities in the state are Hyderabad, Warangal, Nizamabad, Karimnagar and Khammam. It is a mountainous terrain with dense forests filled with amazing…

A ride along ECR

ECR, also known as East Coast Road is a Tamil Nadu state Highway (SH 49) connecting the capital city Chennai with India’s southernmost tip Kanyakumari. The road stretches for around 15 kilometers within the boundaries of Chennai itself, before passing…

Kancha, the popular Indian game of Marbles

What is your fondest memory as a child? Do you miss summer holidays when the entire family would get together and relax? Or is it the cool evenings playing with your friends you want to relive? Lagori, Kabaddi, Kho Kho,…

Kith Kith, the desi version of Hopscotch

Every child in the world knows Hopscotch. The game played by pretty much children everywhere is fun, simple and known as Kith Kith in India. The other names for this game are Stapu, Ekhat-Dukhat or Pandi Attam. Some games have…

Kho Kho, an intense game of ability and agility!

As a child, one of the favorite pastimes in India was playing sports. Popular sports include forms of tag such as Kabaddi, Pakda Pakdi, Lagori and Kho Kho. Playing sports such as Kho Kho ensures athletic ability and fosters team…

The Very Ancient Augastamuni Temple

Augusta Rishi was one of the seven direct disciples of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva is known as the Adi Yogi- the first yogi to figure out the workings of the universe and the place of human beings in it. This…

Laxmi Narayan Temple In Chamba

Chamba is one of the most gifted places in India- gifted with immense natural beauty and rich in arts and crafts. On the periphery of Shivalik hills and at the foothills of the Himalayan ranges, blessed with great weather and…

The Tipu Sultan Mosque In Kolkata

Tipu Sultan Mosque was built in memory of the Tipu Sultan, the famous ruler, and poet of Mysore. Prince Ghulam Mohammed built this mosque, who was the son of Tipu Sultan. The construction of this elegant mosque started in 1832…

Places To Visit In And Near Vishakapatnam

Vishakapatnam is one of the important cities in Andhra Pradesh.  It is located amidst the Eastern Ghats on the Coast of Bay of Bengal.  It is also the administrative headquarters of the Eastern Naval Command of our Navy. This city is…

Naulakha Palace, Gondal-an architectural marvel

Are you tired or feel odd one out from couple’s Christmas party? Well, plan for an off-beat destination located in Gujarat, Gondal. This tourist destination boasts of several tourist destinations including palaces, temples, and other places of historical significance. But…

Magen David Synagogue

Kolkata has been a place which has been home to different people of different origins at different times. These people have loved Kolkata as their own place and even many have gone away, they have left their significant marks in…

Places To Visit In Ankleshwar

Holidays are the best time to forge a new relationship. If you are single and are feeling blue about the holidays, you’re not alone. Thousands of people whether married or unmarried dread showing their face to Christmas and New Year…

Dumas Beach- The Most Haunted Beach Of Gujarat

If going to a beach entice you and makes you merry, then Dumas Beach is an appropriate place to visit. Counted among the haunted places in India, here in this beach you can indulge in various leisure activities like camel…

Monuments Of Chennai You Should Not Miss When You Visit This City

Chennai is one among the biggest metropolitan cities in India. Once a main center of British Raj, it is known for its historical and modern Buildings and landmarks. There are numerous Monuments of Chennai that should be visited to understand…

The Kali Gumti, Delhi

The Kali Gumti or ‘black dome-shaped building’ is one of the three tombs inside the Deer Park. This relatively smaller monument doesn’t have a very ornate structure and is believed to have been constructed in the pre-Lodhi era, probably belonging…

Unpopular Heritage Sites Of Kolkata-Part 2

A visit to certain heritage sites in Kolkata gives us a view of a totally different Kolata which we now get to see.  These places make us travel back, engulfs us with its beauty, simplicity and offers a lot of…

Unpopular Heritage Sites Of Kolkata -Part 1

There are ample places in Kolkata which often Kolkatans miss to visit. Even there are some heritage sites which often lacks the limelight it deserves. Two of them are the Town Hall and Robertson monument. Town Hall: This building was…

Shivpuri , The Ancient Town In Madhya Pradesh

Shivpuri is an ancient town situated very close to Gwalior in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. It was earlier known as Sipri. Legend says that Lord Shiva spent some time in this town and hence the name Shivpuri…

Chanderi, Madhya Pradesh – Tryst With History

Chanderi is a town of historic importance situated in the Ashoknagar district of the state of Madhya Pradesh. The town of Chanderi is located on the lush Vindhya hills at the borders of Bundelkhand and Malwa who have a history…

Dhar, Madhya Pradesh

Dhar is a small city located in the Malwas region of Madhya Pradesh. It is situated 559m above sea level and its location is extremely relevant and adds to the picturesque beauty of the place. This captivating city used to…

Mandu, Madhya Pradesh – Forgotten Ruins That Speak Of An Elegant Past

Mandu or Mandavgad is an ancient city located in the Malwa region of western Madhya Pradesh. Mandu was earlier known as ‘Shadiabad’ (City of Joy). Situated on top of a plateau in the Malwa region, Mandu has seen glory under…

Burhanpur, Madhya Pradesh – City Of Historic Monuments

Burhanpur is a historical town on the north bank of the Tapti River in Madhya Pradesh. It is close to the Maharashtra border. Its strategic location earned it the name ‘Dakkan Darwaza’ or Gateway to the South. Burhanpur is named…

Lallubhai Havelli- A Havelli With A Difference

The holidays can prove to be a depressing time for the individuals, especially during the winters. But this doesn’t mean that you have to sit on the couch and feel sorry about what has happened in the past. Sometimes, the…

What To See In Nagaland During Your Holidays

Nagaland is a land of wildlife, Tribal heritage, local festivals, handicrafts, trekking, scenic spots and delectable food.  So, if you are seeking unexplored places full of fresh air, abundant flora and fauna, absent crowds and ancient cultures, this North Eastern…

The Orchard Palace, Gondal- A Must Visit Destination

With the Christmas vacations around the corner, we all are planning for a much-needed holiday from our hectic schedule. Well, nothing can beat Gujarat. This scenic destination hosts some of the popular places which are famous for its history, culture,…

Bhuvneshwari Temple- A Place To Connect With The God

The holiday season is here again and as the Indian pack their bags, there are few trends that are worth noticing for-today more and more people are getting attracted to an offbeat destination. What is more encouraging is people are…

Indian Temples Dedicated To Lord Krishna

Lord Krishna is said to be the maker of the universe. He is the one who loves all the members of the universe unconditionally and this is the reason why devotees leave no stone unturned to celebrate the occasion of…

Joyrambati – Abode Of Maa Sarada

Joyrambati is quite famous in West Bengal as a pilgrimage site. It is the birthplace of Maa Saradamoni, the wife of Saint Ramakrishna, a great Devotee of Goddess Kali. Situated in the Bankura district of West Bengal, Joyrambati is a…

Sumbuk- Offbeat Destination In Sikkim

Sumbuk is another offbeat destination which you may visit to enjoy some peace and quiet in the lap of mountains. Still untouched, Sumbuk lies in the south district of Sikkim and is about 112 km from Siliguri. The village Sumbuk has…

Royal Garages, Gondal- A Place For Vintage Car Lovers

Gujarat is an eminent place that is filled with Indian history. Today, we will be talking about a place that deserves a special mention here- The Royal Garages,Gondal. If you are a vintage car lover, then visiting this place would be…

Poompuhar Handicrafts – Arts And Crafts Corner Of Chennai

The Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation Limited is popularly called Poompuhar Handicrafts. It was established in 1973.  It is still ceaselessly working to preserve and promote the rich cultural and traditional history of Tamil Nadu. This corporation offers handicrafts that…

Madhyamaheswar- Pilgrimage Site In Uttarakhand

Madhyamaheswar (also called Madmaheswar) is one of the five or Panch Kedars which are to be visited to complete the Kedar pilgrimage tour. Generally, it is visited after the Kedarnath, Tughnath temple and Rudranath visitation are complete. Like the other…

India’s Longest Rail-Cum-Road Bridge, Bogibeel Is Now Open

India is making long strides in terms of connectivity, transport and travel. The common man has some very basic necessities such as shelter, food and travel. The Government is ensuring they provide those. The recent inauguration of the Bogibeel Bridge…

Mawphlang Forest- The Most Sacred Forest In Shillong

India is a country which is renowned in the world for its age-old rich culture, traditions, and hospitability. And what a  culmination of various religions, communities, and their heritage is our country is. It is said that there are thousands…

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