November 18, 2012

Kamaraj Memorial House - Chennai

Site Name: Kamaraj Memorial House
Site Type: Memorial
Location:  T. Nagar, Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights: One of the popular memorials of Indian leaders in Chennai
Nearest Railway Station: Chennai
Nearest Airport: Chennai
How to reach: Well connected by road, rail and air
Hotel: A lot of options across the city
Restaurants: All sorts of restaurants are present in the city

Chennai city, which is considered as the gateway to South India, has a lot of tourist sites including memorial houses for the political leaders. The memorial house of Kamaraj is one such important memorial located in the city.

Popularly known as Kamaraj Illam, the memorial is located in T Nagar area, the heart of Chennai. It is dedicated to the late Indian leader K.Kamaraj. He was a patriot and freedom  fighter. He served as the party leader of Congress party and was considered as the king maker. He also served as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu state. His rule is still remembered for good governance.

The memorial is a small two storey building. Some important photographs depicting the important events of the leader are displayed. Some articles used by the late leader are also displayed in this museum.

The statue of Kamaraj stands in front of this important landmark of the city.

Visit the memorial and pay homage to the great leader.

Happy travelling.

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November 4, 2012

Shantinath Jain Temple, Chennai

Site Name: Shantinath Jain Temple
Site Type: Jain temple
Location:  T. Nagar, Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights: The most important Jain temple of Chennai city
Nearest Railway Station: Chennai
Nearest Airport: Chennai
How to reach: Well connected by road, rail and air
Hotel: A lot of options across the city
Restaurants: All sorts of restaurants are present in the city

Shantinath Jain temple, popularly called as T Nagar Jain temple, is the most important Jain temple in Chennai city. The strikingly beautiful marble temple has Shantinath as the main deity.

The ceiling is full of small sculptures of musicians, dancers and various Jain deities. The main idol has the idols of Sunvrath and Shreyansanath on either sides. Mahavir and Goutham are also found near the entrance of the main shrine. 

The prakara (corridor) surrounding the main shrine has two more shrine. The first shrine is dedicated to Padmavathy. The second shrine has six idols - Adinath, Anthariksha Parswanath, Jirawala Parswanath, Padmaprabhu, Sheetalnath and Neminath.

The white colored temple is locally popular for its beautiful modern day Jain temple architecture.

Happy travelling.

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November 3, 2012

Shimla - the Queen of Hills

Site Name: Shimla
Site Type: Hill station
Location:  Around 350 kms from New Delhi, the capital of India
Highlights: The most important hill station in India
Nearest Railway Station: Shimla (the major station is Kalka - 90 kms)
Nearest Airport: Domestic airport at Jubbarhatti - 22 kms from Shimla
How to reach: Well connected by road 
Hotel: A lot of options across the city
Restaurants: All sorts of restaurants are present in the city


Shimla aka Simla is the most popular hill station in India. It is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh state of India. This charming hill station of Himalayas was one of the most favorite sites of Britishers. They loved the city too much that they made it as the summer capital of India in 1864 CE. Discovered by the British in 1819 CE, the city retains its colonial heritage.

Although Shimla can be reached by road, if you want to enjoy the beauty of the region thoroughly, it is advisable to take the toy train from Kalka at the foothills. The 90 kms train journey is one of the must haves in your Shimla travel experience.

The city has pleasant climate throughout the year and extremely cold during the winter. However, if you want to enjoy snow you should visit Kufri, 16 kms from here, at a height of 8600 feet. Kufri is popular for winter sports. A picturesque zoo is also located on top of the hill. You can take a breathtaking view of Himalayas in Chharabra valley located en route.

The Mall is the main attraction of the city. It has a lot of eateries, restaurants and shops. The Ridge and Scandal Point are two important meeting points of the Mall. Some of the important British period buildings including the Christ Church are located here.

The city named after the Hindu Goddess Shyamla Devi has many important Hindu temples. It is a different experience to get spiritual in this romantic hill station. The prospect hill has a temple of Kamna Devi at an altitude of 2155 m. Situated at an altitude of 1975 m, the Sankat Mochan temple of Hanuman commands an excellent view of the city. There is a temple dedicated to Tara Devi nearby.

The Indian Institute of Advanced Studies is an elegant building which is worth visiting. The mansion is also called as Rashtrapati Niwas.

The city has many more attractions in and around. It is definitely an important place in India for those who love hills and cool climate.

Happy travelling.





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