5 Heritage Eateries in Chandigarh

By Saniya Pasricha

Chandigarh, India’s first planned city has more to it than planned roads and lush green environs. The culinary scene in the city has gained momentum in recent times. From the elite top-notch restaurants that offer extravagant meals to the luscious roadside kiosks that will leave you asking for more, you will find everything here. From breakfast to dinner, let us take you through all the options that you can avail while in the city.

Sindhi Sweets

Sindhi Sweets: Located in Sector 17 Market, Sindhi Sweets have been ruling the hearts of the Chandigarhiyans for a long time now. Kick start your day with the Punjabi dose of mouth-watering hot Chana Bhaturas along with a glass of chilled sweet Lassi that is served in a traditional Matka (earthen pot) which is sure to give you the Punjabi feel. Apart from this, it is also famous for its traditional sweet dishes, Bundi ke Ladoos, being the top favourite. These dark orange Ladoos are so soft that they just melt in your mouth leaving you with a sense of completeness.

Nik Baker's

Nik Baker’s: Now, if you want to not have anything “Punjabi”, Nik Baker’s is the place for you. For almost a decade this European style bakery-cum-cafe is a favourite go to place for the locals in the city. With outlets at multiple locations including Sector 9 and 35, its high quality gourmet and fine taste is other worldly. It is indeed a baker’s paradise due to its wide varieties of quiches, tarts, pastries and cakes. But the real show-stopper here is their pasta. White, red or pink – order any and experience an everlasting indulgence in the creamy, tangy flavours that are perfect for your quick luncheon. The Mutton Cheese Burger is another speciality of this place. Nik Baker’s is also extremely famous for its heavenly shakes and drinks. Their Fruit Punch is a must taste, it is loaded with fresh seasonal fruits, cream and sugar syrup!

Pal Dhaba

Pal Dhaba: Located in Sector 28 this is one of the oldest and the most sought after eateries in the city. Not one of those traditional Dhabas with Khattiyas around, you’ll find chairs and tables in the space. But what is so extraordinary about this place is the unique zest this place has to offer. You might have feasted on butter chicken all your life, but after eating here you’ll realise what authentic Punjabi food is really like. Don’t forget to glance through their hall of fame; you’ll quickly learn that this place is overly loved by the celebs too. Apart from the chicken, their Dal Makhani, Kadhai Paneer, Aaloo Parantha (that comes with loads of butter dripping) is equally appetizing.

Sethi Dhaba

Sethi Dhaba: When talking about authentic Punjabi food, how can one miss mentioning Sethi Dhaba. For the nocturnal souls who get extremely famished as soon as the clock strikes 12 and there’s no other option for good North Indian food, this dhaba on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway (near Zirakpur) is definitely a saviour. Just 20 minutes drive from the main city; this is a typical Dhaba where you’ll find manjis or khattiyas all over the place and a daffali for the menu that evidently leaves you with a true Punjabi feel. This exceedingly colourful place has a million photographs of Gurdas Mann (a Punjabi singer), since the owner is a diehard fan of the latter. Sarson ka Saag and Makki ki Roti is the speciality of this place. With Punjabi folk music playing in the background, one can enjoy hot Elaichi vali Chai (cardamom flavoured tea) along with the piquant Missi Rotis.

Monica's

Monica’s: Don’t go by the looks! This awfully cute bakery located in the buzzing uptown market of Sector 8, might not be extravagant when it comes to size but the cakes and pastries here can alone give you a certain kind of high where you’ll forget about the exteriors of this place. In order to calm your sweet tooth cravings a quick nibble at Monica’s is what you need. One of the oldest in the town, their red velvet cake is adored by everyone. The chocolate cakes at Monica’s are a must try as well. So soft and moist, topped with rich chocolate ganache, it is certainly something you can’t miss!

 

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Why getting wetter is better in India?

Travelling in monsoon can be difficult but you can make it adventurous too! It is the best time to enjoy every bit of nature’s glory. After months of hot and sultry summer, the sky opens up to soak you in its downpour. The heavy rains clean the earth, the cool breeze brings the clouds closer to you and unveil the amazing side of India.

Monsoon not only brings down the temperature; but lowers the hotel rates too, turning India into the best off-season destination. Spend a vacation near the sea and watch the monsoon approach the ocean. The sky and the sea turn in different hues of blue and grey, and if you want mountains and hills to go on your list, watch the black clouds hovering over the valleys.

 Here is a list of some monsoon escapes.

Wander from Jungles to Jungles

Jungle to Jungle: The best time to explore the beauty of jungles is the monsoon. You can spend time in a tree house watching birds or go on a trek through the rainforest.

Drain out all impurities and relax

Ayurveda Treatments: The rainy season aids in bringing back the balance to the body. So go for a massage in the Ayurveda centres of Kerala to let the herbs and oils detoxify your cells.

Go explore waterfalls

Explore the waterfalls: Rain brings the sparkling waterfalls alive from the mountains. From Jog Falls and Shivasamudra Falls to Chitrakoot falls, all dazzle during this time of the year.

Hop on a train

Hop on a train: Bored of ridiculous traffic? Book a train ticket and hop on. The real beauty of India is best seen while travelling in a train. A train journey will definitely give you a fantastic monsoon experience.

Go tea-tour in Monsoon

Go on a tea tourThe hills look green and fresh in monsoon. It is also the cropping time in most of the tea estates in India. You can plan a tea-tasting tour and experience how the taste differs from hill to hill.

You just have to endure getting a tiny bit wet. Make sure you study the weather forecast before planning :-)

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Top Monsoon attractions of North Bengal

By Chaitali Das

When we think of North Bengal, the first thing that comes to mind is “summer holiday”. In fact, almost everyone from Kolkata and nearby areas migrate to Darjeeling and Sikkim during the summer. However, when it comes to monsoon, no one thinks about coming here. True, travelling to hills during this season can be a problem with frequent landslides and closed road; but if you do visit the place during monsoon, you can’t help but fall in love with the region all over again! Truly, you have not seen the true North Bengal, unless you visit her in monsoon. Now let’s see how you can enjoy your monsoon holiday in North Bengal.

Coronation Bridge

Coronation bridge: One of the must-visit points on your monsoon trip to North Bengal, this British-made bridge over Teesta river is a sight to behold. The river Teesta will be in its full glory; and though there are roads to go to the river bank near the bridge, it is never advisable to do so during the monsoons. The river is at its full strength during monsoon and the currents will be strong even in places that look deceptively shallow. So, admire its beauty from the equally beautiful Coronation bridge. There is a famous Sevakeshwari temple nearby; so visit it if you are in for a spiritual tour.

Gajol Doba

Gajoldoba: Head to Gajoldoba, situated near Teesta barrage. The barrage which diverts the water of Teesta (before she enters Bangladesh) is another beautiful spot to visit during the monsoon. The drive to the canal is also very good; lying on the other side of canal is forest area and if you are lucky, you may have glimpse of some wild animals too. The barrage is also at its full capacity during this time and quite beautiful to behold.

Sunteylakhola

Samsing/Suntaleykhola: Apart from these places, there are some great places to visit in the hills. The view you get from the hills, as the rains lash the lands below, is breathtakingly beautiful. But before you head to Samsing or Suntaleykhola always ask the locals about road condition and keep a day in hand between getting down from the hills and catching your train (due to chances of heavy showers). A visit to these hill destinations during the monsoons is filled with great rewards and an experience of a lifetime. The rains in hills are so different than in the plains; you can see the clouds raining in one place while you stay dry or see your surroundings get covered in cloud as they drift upwards.

Dudhia

Dudhia: A little further, but worth visiting is Dudhia on the way to Darjeeling via Mirik-Darjeeling road. This army firing range is situated beside Balason River and if it is not in use, there is no restriction on entering the ground. The river is milky white in colour as it bounces and gushes over stones and boulders; and the currents are very strong during monsoon. So, take the photo of the mountain (at the source of the river) and sit on the boulders on the banks; but refrain from getting down to the river. There is Gokul Wayside Inn, run by GTA, for having a nice cup of tea. They also make fantastic Pakoras and while munching these delicacies sit on the terrace and enjoy the rains.

How to Reach?

Teesta river

By Train: Nearest railhead is at New Jalpaiguri. One can hire taxis or shared cabs to reach the destination.

TRAINS TO NEW JALPAIGURI

So visit the beautiful North Bengal at least once during monsoon. You will never think of coming here any time else!

 

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Hurray! Ordering food on train is super easy now

Ordering food online? – Will I even get my food?
This is the most common question when it comes to ordering food online. We understand that from our past experiences, it is a general perception that ordering food online is always a pain . And especially when you are hungry, placing an order online seems to be a very daunting task. This happens because of few reasons:
• Too many options
• Online Payment fears
• Food unavailability
• Delivery Time
• Confusing Process

Bharose wala meal with RailYatri!
RailYatri has come to your rescue which prevents you from compromising with your food onboard.
With its focus on ‘Quality food, Hygienic packaging, Curated menu, Seamless payments, Assured delivery and Simplified ordering experience, it promises you to give the best meal experience ever. The distance between you and your meal is just a few taps away, way too simplified and fun-filled.
Let us take on one by one step to order your ‘Bharose wala Meal’

Steps to book a meal with RailYatri

Download the RailYatri app from the Google Play store: http://www.railyatri.in//app

• Click on the menu that is tucked on the right side corner of the home page. Amongst all options, click on ‘Booking’. Now select ‘Book A Meal’ from the sub-category options.
• Enter your PNR number and click on ‘Book Online’. It will show you the restaurants that are ready to serve you.
• Select your meal from Veg and Non- Veg category and add it to your cart.
• Go to your cart (on the top left side) and click on ‘Continue’.
• Enter your details (Name, Contact, e-mail and Coach/seat no) and ‘Confirm’ your order.

What if I don’t have a PNR number ?
Under Book, a Meal option on the right side of the homepage, just enter your Train number along with your date of travel. All other steps to order are same.

Want to know about your restaurant?
When you are planning your meal, there is a – About – section. This section has a detailed brief about your restaurant, which adds to your levels of assurance and reliability about the food you are ordering from a restaurant.
This is how we at RailYatri are offering an ease of ordering your choicest meals to you. With hand-picked of around 120 restaurants at about 300 stations in the country, we are determined to provide you the best of food experience you’ve ever had.

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5 Wine tourism destinations of India you must visit

By Nimisha Shirodkar

If you thought the best wine always came from France, think again. India-your very own country is slowly making a mark in the wine scene. The country’s grape growing regions such as Kashmir and Punjab in the North, Goa and Maharashtra in the West and Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu in the South are already producing fine wine for all. The tale of Indian wine does not stop here, Indian wine is presently being exported to over 22 countries. With the Indian Wine Industry doing a swell job, wine tourism is a growing trend in the country. The scenic vineyards of Bangalore and Nashik, are the prime wine tourism destinations.

Wine they say, is a drink that is tasted later but first caressed with all the senses, the nose playing the most important role. The concept of wine tours and wine tasting is relatively new in India, however, this is gaining massive popularity. With new wineries coming up, the wine tourism scene looks immensely promising. Events like the Sula Fest are not just drawing huge crowds but also ensuring people have a great time. So, which are the prime Wine Tourism destinations in India? Let us look through the best of them.

Best wine tourism destinations

Wine tours in Nashik

Nashik, Maharastra: Nashik is better known as the ‘ Wine Capital of India’. Home to over 30 wineries, Nashik produces best quality Indian wines. The vineyards here have taken tourism seriously and there are many vineyard resorts. The joy of waking up on a bright misty morning amidst a vineyard , overlooking the mighty Sahaydri ranges is an experience that one would not want to miss. Vineyards like Soma Vine Village, Sula Vineyards, Moet & Chandon and York Vineyards encourage people to take a tour of the vineyard and wineries. All these vineyards are equipped with wine tasting rooms, restaurants and some of them also have facilities for accommodation.

Wine tourism in Igatpuri

Igatpuri, Maharastra: Located about 48 km away from the Wine Capital, Igatpuri is another popular wine destination. Vallonne Vineyards is a boutique winery that produces French style wines. The breathtaking view and the beautiful location makes it a sought-after weekend getaway. Vallonne Vineyards also have vineyard hotel and a lake facing South East Asian cuisine serving restaurant to go along with the delectable wines they make.

Wine tourism in Baramati

Baramati, Maharastra: The Four Seasons Winery at Roti, Baramati is an absolute treat to the eyes and the soul. Located about 100 km from Pune, this winery is located atop a hill and has a French styled chateau to accommodate guests.

Wine tourism in Akluj

Akluj, Maharastra: Akluj in Solapur district of Maharashtra is known for its large expanse of vineyards belonging to Fratelli Vineyards. Well known for its Italian style of wines, Fratelli has made a name for itself and etched its memory in the minds of many tourists.

Wine tourism in Nandi Hills

Nandi Hills, Karnataka: Snugly nestled amidst the cozy Nandi hills, Grover Vineyards is a destination that is on everybody’s mind. One of the most sought after names in the wine industry in Karantaka, this place is an instant hit with everyone who visits it. Known for its French variety of wines, their wines have won many accolades in and outside India.

While these are just a few names, there are many more vineyards and wineries that are coming up and are equally beautiful. The growing trend and improved facilities and amenities mean that people from far away cities are also taking out time to visit these wine destinations.

Travellers Tip: Most of these places are situated on the city outskirts, so there might bring a hindrance in the mobile connectivity. Kindly carry your medications as one might not find a pharmacy close by.

 

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Why Valley of Flowers is a MUST visit this Monsoon

The high-altitude meadows of tall wildflowers are a glorious sight on a sunny day, rippling in the breeze and framed by mighty mountains and snow-decorating peaks! Sounds like a wonderland fantasy to you? Then dream not, just visit the Valley of Flowers National Park (in Uttarakhand, bordered by Nepal and Tibet), as it comes alive in all its glory during the monsoon season.

Check out why this UNESCO World Heritage site is not to be missed this monsoon

Valley of Flowers
Explore India’s most beautiful National Park
Located at an elevation of around 3, 858 metres above the sea level, the Valley of Flowers is a UNESCO World Heritage site. This enchanting landscape blooms into a youthful beauty as the snow melts with the onset of monsoon in India. The Valley of Flowers stands in a transition zone between the Eastern and Western Himalayan flora. A part of Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, the trek from Ghangria towards Valley of Flowers is lined with perfumed wild flowers, wild rose bushes and wild strawberries.

Discover an abundance of bio-diversity
Discover an abundance of bio-diversity
With over 300 species of flora and numerous species of endangered flowers and medicinal plants, the valley is a myriad patch of vivid colours under the eyes of might snow-capped Himalayas. A couple of endangered animals such as Asiatic black bear, red fox and blue sheep can be seen around the trails.

Valley of Flowers trek
Walk along a picturesque Himalayan trek
The experience of getting to the valley is mildly strenuous but the sight of the valley guarantees a major adrenaline rush. A trek of 4-5 days is required to explore this route. Starting from Haridwar/ Rishikesh, its base camp is located at Govindghat, from where there is a trek to Valley of Flowers via Ghangaria, which is its main camping ground.

Nature at its best

Where nature is at its best!
A step inside in this reserve is enough to bewitch you. Sights of cobbled paths, boulders, pebbles, small streams, cascading waterfalls and  Great Himalayan and Zanskar ranges that stand might and tall as if guarding the valley against both sides, will leave you awe-struck.

A paradise for shutterbugs

A paradise for shutterbugs
This picture-perfect destination is dotted with so many colours that any time spent here will not be enough for you to frame pictures.

Valley of Flowers - Hemkund Sahib

Soak into the divinity of Hemkund Sahib –
The Trek route to Valley of Flowers is also the route for Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara. Just spare a day and visit this divine place that remains closed for 6 months in a year. Valley of Flowers trek is said to be incomplete if you leave without visiting this Hemkund Sahib and experience the divinity in the surroundings.

It was in 1931 that British mountaineers lost their way and saw the gorgeous valley brimming with incredible varieties of flora. Three years after the flash floods ravaged Uttarakhand, the route for this beautiful place has yet again been opened. The valley will be in all its blooms and glory from July onwards, so just don-t give it a miss!

Travel Tips:
1. The monsoon season, i.e. July to September is the best time to visit Valley of Flowers.

2. Base Camp: Govindghat on Badrinath highway, Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun,

Nearest Railway Station: Haridwar Junction Railway Station

TRAINS TO HARIDWAR

3. Getting to the Base Camp – Distance: 294 km, Route: Haridwar – Rishikesh – Devprayag – Rudraprayag – Karnprayag – Chamoli – Joshimath – Govindghat

4. To Valley of Flowers – From Govindghat onwards, there is a trek of 23 km to Valley of Flowers via Ghangaria, which will be a camping ground for your trek.

Best Train Journeys in the Lesser Himalayas

By Yashpal Sharma

Mountain Railways of India is one of precious gifts by the British, which continues to give us much joy of travelling in the hills. As a matter of fact, out of total 20 narrow gauge mountain railways in the world, which are still operational, India claims to have six of them. Mountain railways in lesser Himalayas; Himachal Pradesh and West Bengal, are known for the refreshing journeys that let you witness the scenic Himalayan beauty at every curve. Let us take a closer look at the best mountain railways that one can enjoy in the lesser Himalayan region.

Kalka-Shimla Railway

Shimla-Kalka Railway
Operational since 1881, along with Darjeeling Himalayan Railway and Nilgiri Mountain Railway, Kalka-Shimla Railway was included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2007. It should have been a tough task to built 107 tunnels (out of which only 103 are functional) and 864 bridges over small and long flights. The railway track includes over 900 curves, out of which 48 are believed to be sharpest in the world. The track came into existence specially because of love affair Britishers had with Shimla, when it was known as ‘Mini England’ owing to its climatic conditions that matched with England.

Kalka-Shimla Railway journey offers thrilling experience through pine and deodar forests as the toy train passes many hills and tunnels, hooting at intervals. Even the echoing hooter of the train has a charming effect on those traveling in it. All the major stations en route have accommodation facilities for travelers. Trains as well as accommodations can be booked prior to arrival or on first come first serve basis.

Kangra Valley Railway

Kangra Valley

Located in the sub-Himalayan region of Kangra Valley, this network scales a distance of 164 kilometers from Pathankot in Punjab to Jogindernagar in Himachal Pradesh. It was established in 1926 and became operational in 1929. Unique in itself, this line features only two tunnels and instead of the dizzy curves, engineers opted for a straightened path while avoiding awkward corners.

While travelling on this track, travelers get a chance to gaze at the marvelous panorama of snow-clad ranges and the green fields. The grandeur of the majestic Banganga river gorge and the Dee Kangra chasm offer magnificent views. As the track approaches Palampur, snowy chain of peaks in the backdrop appears to be nearing. Thereafter, the train runs parallel and very near to the Dhauladhar ranges. It won’t be wrong to say that Kangra Valley Railway can take you as close to eternal snows as it is possible in India.

Darjeeling Himalayan Railways

Darjeeling Railways

Built between 1879 and 81, this railway system is listed as an UNESCO World Heritage site. This slow moving journey that starts from New Jalpaiguri takes a gentle climb up the hills and reaches Darjeeling Bazaar (which is in the heart of Darjeeling town). In order to combat the steepness of the climb, there were loops created at different points of the journey, where the train could either move forward or in reverse direction. There are three such important loops still existing, of which the Batasia loop is most popular. While you climb up the hills, the train will make a halt at the highest railway station in India aka Ghoom. Apart from ascending along the line of tall trees, picturesque huts, flowering plants and smell of momos, the tourists can have a preview of life in the hills and its beauty. One’s who have taken a ride on this heritage toy train will not prefer the faster modes of travel up the hill.

Generally, passengers on a train want to reach their destinations at the earliest, but these picturesque railway routes will make you crave for delays!

 

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Midnight Cycling Saga in Mumbai

By Swarna Bhattacharjee

Want to see the unexplored side of Mumbai? Want to have the thrill of riding through the Marine Lines and the by-lanes of South Mumbai and letting the cool sea breeze play with your hair? Then, you must get ready for an absolute thrill of joyride – The Midnight Cycling Saga in Mumbai.

Date with history

There are two types of cycling tours: begin your exploration and start unravelling the streets of Mumbai as you start from Marine Drive and end your ride at Colaba (which is a Coastal ride). The Heritage ride covers Gateway of India, Nariman Point, Haji Ali et al. Mumbai’s Nightriders as we call them are an enthusiastic bunch of people of different age groups and communities who come together to enjoy the experience to its manifold.

Mumbai night riders

Midnight cycling

The ride usually begins at 11:30 PM and goes on until the wee hours of next morning. It encourages the global cycling phenomenon and attracts tourists from around the world, thus promoting a proactive cultural diversity. Although Mumbai does not have specific cycling tracks for this cause, midnight cycling has become a passion for Mumbaikars. Not just this, the trend has picked up to even address noble social causes such as addressing the effect of drought in Maharashtra, the rising levels of pollution et al.

There are many groups that organise the Midnight Cycling extravaganza every day, and the cost ranges from Rs1, 000 – 2,500 depending on the cycle and the type of ride you want to be a part of. However, with such excitement comes its array of challenges. The participants tend to get tired soon as they are subjected to rigorous physical activity. The ride stretches about 25 km both ways.

The instructors recommend medication, sturdy sports shoes, energizers and water as the most important accompaniments. There is also a very important catch to this ride: once it starts the participants cannot back out. It is seemingly laborious but one gets to see the beauty of the various wonders of Mumbai come to life at late night. Can we not endure a little struggle and fun to see Mumbai in its perfect glory?

 

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Chaurasi Temples of scenic Bharmour

By Yashapal Sharma

Bharmour, a small hamlet in Himachal Pradesh is slowly making its mark in the tourism map of Himachal Pradesh. Located between the Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar range with Ravi and Chanab rivers flowing on both sides, Bharmour is as beautiful as neighbouring Chamba if not more. In addition to abundant alpine pastures, lovely orchards and terraced farmsteads, Bharmour is known for its ancient temples. A cluster of 84 temples are collectively called ‘Chaurasi’, and this is a huge pull among locals and tourists. According to local folklore, Bharmour is supposed to belong to Lord Shiva, which is why Bharmour is sometimes also referred to as the Shiva Bhoomi – abode of Lord Shiva and its residents as ‘Kailash Vasi’ – people of Kailash (mythological home of Lord Shiva).

Attractions of Chaurasi Temple

 

Chaurasi temple complex comprises 84 big and small Shivlinga-style temples. The temple complex is said to have been built approximately in the 7th century, although minor repairs have been made to most temple over the years. The temple offers a scenic view of valleys and flowing streams.

Manimahesh Temple

Manimahesh Temple: Shikhara-style temple of Lord Manimahesh enshrined with a huge Shiva linga is located in the center of the Chaurasi temple complex. The legend has it that a group of 84 Siddhas who were traveling from Kurukshetra to Manimahesh (lake in the Pir Panjal range at Bharmour) halted here (at Chaurasi temple complex). The Siddhas fell in love with the solitude, calmness and beauty of Bharmour and reconciled here in meditation.

Ganpati Temple: It is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. The temple is placed at the entrance of the temple complex. It is believed that during Kira invasion of Bharmour, the Ganpati temple was set on fire and the legs of the idol were mutilated. Today, the Ganpati temple is enshrined with a bronze, life-size idol of Ganesha that has both legs missing.

Lakshana Devi Temple

Lakshana Devi Temple: Believed to be the oldest of all 84 temples in the complex, the temple is enshrined with four armed Mahishasuramardini form of Goddess Durga. The temple is beautifully made and has an immaculately carved entrance.

Narsingh Temple: This temple has an awe-inspiring bronze idol of Narasimha, the half man half lion incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

Dharmaraj temple

Dharamraj Temple: Situated on the northern corner of Chaurasi temple complex, the temple is dedicated to Dharmeshvar mahadev. The temple of ‘God of final justice’ Dharmaraj is called as Dhai-podi (two and a half steps) by the locals. There is a belief among the locals that each departing soul has to stand here in front of this temple and seek Dharamraj’s final permission to travel through the temple and dwell in the Shiva loka (Shiva’s own country) after death.

Quick excursions

Bharmani Mata Temple

Bharmani Mata Temple: It is located at 8000 ft and is about 4 km from Bharmour town. A day at the temple is a peaceful experience you must savor.

Manimahesh Lake

Manimahesh Lake: If you have a couple of days at hand, a trek to Manimahesh Lake is something you must not miss out on. A two day trek from Hadsar (13 km from Bharmour) to Manimahesh Lake is tough, but worth the effort.

How to Reach Bharmour?

Nearest Railhead: Pathankot Cantonment railway (180 km away)

TRAINS TO PATHANKOT CANTONMENT

So, when are you visiting this beautiful Himalayan hamlet?

 

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Nationwide train delays in India drop by 30% over the last 6 months

Special Report suggests Train Delay Index remains still high at 35 mins

Based on a comprehensive analysis done over the last 6 months across more than 2500 important train stations in India, RailYatri.in reports that the nationwide Train Delay Average has fallen by nearly 30% since the start of the year 2016. However, the same analysis also reveals that the average National Train Delay Index still remains high at 35.03 minutes at the end of June 2016.

What is the Train Delay Index?

Our study considered more than one million trains’ running status data points each month, collected from train travelers boarding trains at various stations across the country. Our definition of Train Delay Index is based on the amount of time a traveller has to wait at a station for the arrival of the train beyond its scheduled arrival time.

It is important to point out here that the worldwide operating definition of Train Delay Index across the world, including Indian Railways, only considers the delay at its final terminating station. This means that if a train manages to reach its terminating station on time, despite being late at all other intermediate stoppages, the entire run is considered on-time. This explains why trains are given extra buffer time, either just before or close to their last stoppage, so as to help them complete an on-time run.

However, our study has considered delays at all intermediate stoppages where passengers board the train as we believe that considering delays at all the stoppages is a more realistic measure and reflects the train traveler’s view about the delay on their train journey.

Change in the Right Direction

We would like to congratulate the new ministry for putting the spotlight on the perennial train delays which travelers in India have always complained about! The improvement is significant and it seems like the efforts are showing results. However, it is a continuous improvement cycle and we are sure that Indian Railways would continue to control and bring the delays to an even more respectable level. Our study has highlighted areas which are chronic under-performers, and we suggest a bottoms-up approach which focuses specifically where severity of the problem is highest.

Key Train Delay Statistics

A. Top 5 States where average train delays are least (as of June 2016)

  • Gujarat (14 mins)
  • Tamil Nadu (19 mins)
  • West Bengal (23 mins)
  • Jharkhand (24 mins)
  • Karnataka (26 mins)

B. Top 5 States where average train delays are maximum (as of June 2016)

  • Bihar (61 mins)
  • Uttar Pradesh (55 mins)
  • Punjab (50 mins)
  • Goa (50 mins)
  • Telangana (38 mins)

C. Give the officials a pat for showing significant improvement over 6 months

  • Karnataka (56% reduction)
  • Haryana (52% reduction)
  • Delhi (45% reduction)
  • Punjab (38% reduction)
  • Uttar Pradesh (36% reduction)

D. Course correction needed – delays are increasing in these states

  • Tamil Nadu (12% increase)
  • Chhattisgarh (7% increase)
  • Orissa (5% increase)
  • Kerala (1% increase)