Kashmir “The Paradise on Earth”

If you are dreaming of visiting Kashmir. Kashmir is the best place for tourist people enjoy the trip. It is known all over the world as” The Paradise on Earth” and it’s popular for all tourist and all ages throughout the year. In Kashmir there are four district seasons, these are summer, winter, autumn and spring.

Spring season start from March to early May. In the summer season the weather of Kashmir is pleasant at 230 C  and windy at 6o C . this is the season when experience rains and showers are brief. Summer, this season extend from May and end of the August. In this season, higher altitude night temperatures drop slightly. The day temperature of between 25o C and 35oC. At this time, the whole vale is of varying shades of green rice field, meadows, tress, etc.

Autumn, is Kashmir’s loveliest season, towards September when green turns to gold and then to red. The day temperatures are around 23OC and night temperatures dip to 10oC by October and drop further drop by November when heavy woolens are necessary. Winter season is from December to March. The snow covered landscape being watch from beside the heat of the fire is a joy that cannot be described to anyone who has not experienced it.

Srinagar: Nature at its Best!


Srinagar is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Kashmir as well as in India. You can enjoy here, trekking, boating, bird watching to water skiing. The best time to visit here is June to October to see the beauty of nature and greenery and if you want to enjoy snowfall then you can visit here in December to January. Srinagar has a humid climate, much cold weather found in rest of India. Srinagar surrounds by full of Himalayan on all sides. Winters are cool with average temperature 2.5c. In winter there is a heavy snowfall that disconnects Srinagar with the rest of the India. The culture of Srinagar has a distinctive mixture of heritage. Around the entire city, there is a historical cultural and religious diversity of the city as well Kashmir valley.

Gulmarg- The Kashmir Meadow of Flower

gulmarg Kashmir
Gulmarg, Kashmir

 It is a beauty and prime location to Srinagar naturally makes one of the premier hill resorts in the country. Originally called “Gaurimarg”. It is the best haunt Emperor who collected 21 varieties of flowers from here. It is not only the mountain beauty but it also highest green golf at an altitude of 2,650 meters. Famously known as the “Meadow of flowers”. 56kms from Srinagar 2690mts above the sea Level this place is a delicacy to eyes with its spread of flowers against snow capped mountains as background. The best time to visit here, June to October and for snow December and January.

Sonmarg- The Kashmir Meadow of God 

Sonmarg is situated 1.87km from Srinagar, Sonmarg ‘Meadow of God ’intersects on Ladakh-Srinagar highway and is also known for Thajiwas Glacier. The people climb up the glacier from the highway and return back in 5 hours. People can also ride or hire a taxi and walk from halfway; some Bollywood movies shoot in this place. The Sonmarg climate is very cold, but rainfall is not that much heavy, expect for two-three days in a span of July and August. The major attraction of Sonmarg enveloped by alpine trees. Sonmarg is a camp of Amarnath Yatra organizes during the July-August every year. The most beautiful aspect of this place is the river water is pure red in color and is said that to have healing power for skin ailments. People take a bath in this water.


Pahalgam has located 95 km from Srinagar at a height of 7200 ft. It is known as the ‘Valley of Shepherds’. It is a famous hill station in Jammu and Kashmir where many films shoot takes place. Pahalgam surrounds with thickly wooded pine forests, breathtaking of meadows and the snow-clad Himalayan Mountains. Pahalgam in Jammu and Kashmir is known as the gateway for a popular tour called Amar yatra. Summer season is the best to visit Pahalgam. The temperature is very pleasant in summer.

Find this tour interesting? Devika Kelkar Travels Srinagar Group Tour is from 20th May to 26th May for 6 Night 7 Days. It is a Pune to Pune tour inclusive of everything. Contact urgently on kelkar.devika@gmail.com OR send a WhatsApp on 9763239892

Solapur Enjoying Harmony in Diversity

Solapur city which delighted tourists by its cultural confluence. It’s existence as a textile hub and connecting center for pilgrimages. Marathi, Kannada, Telugu and Urdu cultures assimilated in this beautiful city of South Maharashtra. Linguistic transmission is very smooth. Nobody quarrels over language. All cultural groups knew very well how to communicate each other.  They merrily participate and enrich literary events of each culture. Many Marathi people knew Kannada very well. You can speak in any language here.  Marathi language spoken here has various flavors. It’s a very sweet experience to listen Marathi from Telugu or Kannada neighbor.

Special Food in Solapur City

 Like languages cuisines of various cultural groups are simply mouth -watering. Solapur is world famous for its jowarBhakari and shengdana (groundnut) chatni. It is also known for its Idali houses. Idalis are cheaper in this city than other places. Even non-veg dishes with stiffened BajariBhakaris are always in demand from tourists. If you are interested in Telugu dishes, you can have it in plenty at the east side of Solapur. Hurda parties are enjoying during harvesting season in Solapur City and its adjacent areas. Here Kannada, Telugu, and Marathi festivals are celebrated with traditional cuisines. A child brought up in Solapur becomes global in food tests. If you are fond of foods, you can visit various dhabas around a city. You eat here a variety of food items ranging from continental to local. JowarBhakaris are important in all that items.

Solapur is also a textile hub, well known for its chaddar, towels and handloom items. Solapur’s chaddar has consumers from all over Maharashtra.  Each and every Marathi household likes to possess this item. It retains its magic value for generations. It’s a favorite gift item as well. It is in much demand at marriage ceremonies, took place in rural Maharashtra. Padmashali community from Andhra Pradesh controls textile business of Solapur for generations. The business has export value. It has increased Solapur’s fame all over the country. Textile items attract tourists in all seasons.

Famous Place in Solapur City

There are many tourist sites in the city. SidheshvarMandir is a marvelous place So, It is a famous pilgrimage for Lingayat community. Sidheshvaryatra, the annual fair is held for fourteen days around Sankranti. Lakhs of devotees come for this yatra from Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Maharashtra.  Entire Solapur city is in a festive mood during yatra days. This yatra entertains as well as provides business opportunities to the rural folk. It generates revenue for Solapur Mahapalika.  Landlocked fort, kambar, and  Lotus Lake is another historical place in the city. Thermal power station becomes a new attraction for tourists.

Tharmal power plant
Thermal power plant Solapur

Solapur is a connecting center for various pilgrimages. From Solapur, you can easily arrange a tour for Pandharpur, Tulajapur, and Akkalkot, three important pilgrimages for Marathi people.  All these famous places are one and half hours away from Solapur. You can return within a day after visiting them. Naldurg fort is also near from the city. You can arrange a tour to this fort during the rainy season. Solapur city is also the connecting center for visiting Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

Naldurg-fort Solapur
Naldurg-fort Solapur

Solapur has its intrinsic beauty which one must experience. Unfortunately, it has got negative publicity. The character show in Marathi film Tu Tithe Me transfers to Solapur.After listening to this news, he becomes panic. But, this is not the case at all. This is the unique city in the country which was put under the Martial law by British rulers.Freedom fighters of Solapur declared independence much before 15 August 1947. because they had sacrificed their lives for this patriotic act in 1930.  One must visit Solapur to understand its glorious past and beautiful present.

Sanjay Dongare

Enjoy 3 Days of Amrotsav in Konkan!

How about a tour from Pune to Konkan on the occasion of Amrotsav in Konkan? During the tour, you can visit different places in Konkan like Guhagar, Velneshwar, Hedvi and Parshuram. Here, People enjoy this Amrotsav and eat delicious mangoes with their friends and family. (Armas in Marathi means Mango juice, so this tour is for you to enjoy pure mango juice in the vicinity of sea and mango trees)



Guhagar is the city in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. It is the place famous for Alphonso (Haapus) mangoes, coconuts, and betel nuts. The railhead Chiplun is about 44KM away from Guhagar. This place is featured several films, recent example is Marathi film, Killa. This place is between the river Vaisishthi and the Jaygad creek. It is the perfect getaway destination with a beautiful beach.


Velneshwar village is to the north of Shastri River in Maharashtra. It is ideal water spot where you can enjoy the beauty of nature. It is the best place to visit anytime. This beach is becoming a very popular tourist spot and the magic and charm of this place. The entry of this place is Velneshwar temple which is Lord Shiva temple. It is the place where fresh green coconut trees and rock less sea water makes the place so beautiful and seem so pleasant and refreshing. Amrotsav celebrates here also.


Hedvi is the small village situated near the town of Guhagar in Konkan region of Maharashtra. The Hedvi beach is also popular for its peaceful features and very big black monolith which called the Bahman Ghal. The beach is 3KM from Ganesh Temple.  This temple is from the Peshwas regime, and gorgeous Dashbuja Marble idol is from Kashmir.


In this village, there is a famous temple of Parshuram, (the name of the village is due to this temple). The temple is an excellent example of ancient statues. Peaceful and beautiful nature and idol of Parshuram made up of black stone. The temple also has an excellent architecture. On the occasion of Parshuram Jayanti, there is the grand ceremony, and many devotees come on that occasion.

Konkan Alphonso Mangoes

About Amrotsav in Konkan Trips this summer:

Amrotsav in Konkan trip starts from20th April for two night and three days. People stay in the proper Wadi in AC Rooms and travel through AC vehicle and discover Konkan. Contact Devika Kelkar Travels to book your seats! Please Drop Your Enquiry at kelkar.devika@gmail.com Or WhatsApp 9763239892

Olive Ridley Turtle Festival at Vayangani in Konkan, Maharashtra

A small town in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra is home to the yearly Olive Ridley Turtle Festival. The Olive Ridley turtles thrive in warm tropical waters of Indian and Pacific Ocean. India is a ground for their reproduction.

Yearly Festival

Every year, around December to March, adult female Olive Ridley Turtles come to the beach of Vayangani and some other beaches in Konkan part of Maharashtra to lay their eggs.  These turtles visit in large groups for nesting called Arribadas.  Olive Ridley turtles are rare because they only lay their eggs at selected beaches. Why on selected beach?

The female note down the beach they were born at and return when they are at parenthood and lay their eggs at the beach, no matter where they are in the world.  Poachers have destroyed Olive Ridley Turtle eggs, and also jackals and pigs eat them. The eggs start hatching in 55 to 60 days. The turtle starts arriving in Maharashtra for breeding as soon as the temperature starts rising. They have decided to hold the turtle festival in four different beaches of the Konkan region.

Konkan Turtle Festival is celebrated each year in the form of a unique discussion program, which reflects the facts that Olive Turtles are on the border of extinction. The main objective to arrange this festival is to educate people to a maximum extent regarding the great work of taking care of various turtles in the best possible manner. This festival celebration happens in a small town of Vayangani village of Maharashtra in the month of March and April.

Reasons for Konkan Olive Ridley Turtle Festival

After successful hatching, baby turtles get left in the open waters of the Arabian Sea. The main concern for the environment is that the population of these turtles has decreased significantly because of broadly increased pollution levels in the recent times. In Maharashtra the festival spare over 30 villages. They ensure that the turtle gets hatch with maximum egg.

We Indians celebrate many festivals throughout the year, and some are very rear. 22nd April is world environment day and this opportunity is just around that time. In Maharashtra, the festival is organised  for turtle  Olive Ridley Turtles have a behavior of forming Arribadas, which are mass gatherings of female turtles to lay eggs on the shore.

The turtle mating season is November to March. After mating the female turtle comes to the sea shore during the night during a high tide line, dig holes up to 18 inches deep and fill them with about 100-150 eggs and then they go back to the sea.

Steps to Protect the Olive Ridley Turtle

For some years, most of these eggs were stolen/sold by people. A few years ago, Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra NGO in Maharashtra, came to provide protection to turtle in the Konkan coast. Turtle festival started in small villages like Vayangani in Ratnagiri district. The place were villagers with tourists from India come together to discharge the turtle hatching into the sea. There are specific environmentalists and forest department officials who support this activity each year.

During these festivals, many visitors watch baby turtle and collect onto the sea. Hatchlings come out of their nests on the seashore and crawling towards the sea. From last five years, hundreds of baby turtle go to the sea safely.

Want to watch the rare Olive Ridley Baby Turtles this Month? Visit Devika Kelkar Travels website. They have got you this Opportunity. Join the Turtle Fair (Kasav Jatra) from 14th April to 16th April 2017. Call them and enjoy the Turtle Festival!

Shegaon Tour in Maharashtra for Peace of Mind

Shegaon, a religious and beautiful place in Buldhana district in Vidarbha region is famous for the Samadhi of Shri Gajanan Maharaj. Shegaon town has a population of about 60000. Shri Gajana Maharaja Sansthan, established in 1908 was two years before his Samadhi. The mission of Sansthan’s is “Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinaha” that means well-being of humanity. Presently Sansthan successfully manages 42 public utility services including education, health, and social welfare, culture and spiritual activities. Shegaon is the best-managed trusts in the country and largest trust in Vidarbha. On an average 35000 people visit the temple every day and 10 million pilgrims annually.

Shegaon Temple

Shegaon has acquired fame as pilgrimage center because Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj lived here. Hindu considers Gajanan Maharaj Saint had amazing powers. The origin of Gajanan Maharaj in history is untraceable. Sant Gajanan Maharaj Sansthan is the biggest temple in Vidarbha region and is also known as Pandharpur of Vidarbha. This place attracts all pilgrims from all over Maharashtra and other nearby states also.


Anand Vihar Bhakta Niwas

It is the newest and best accommodation available here. It is only 1Km from Anand Sagar. Bhakt Niwas owned and operated by Sansthan. It is no lesser than a luxurious holiday resort at a reasonable cost. A room with six beds in just Rs 900 per day. Rooms are neat and clean with attach washrooms. There are beautiful sculptures everywhere with landscaping and gardening. There is tea coffee machine installed in every building on ground floor. Free bus service is available to commute to Sansthan from Anand Vihar.

anand sagar
anand sagar

Anand Sagar

Gajanan Maharaj Sansthan has developed Anand Sagar taking into consideration the increasing number of devotees coming at Shegaon Mandir for Darshan as there was no place nearby Shegaon to spend time. Sansthan has decided to develop a place which should be spiritual as well as an entertainment center for devotees. Anand Sagar has its spread in 350 acres area. The work of project began on 8th April 1999. Around 500 labor and 200 expert sculptors from Rajasthan worked here to create the main entrance and marble temple. Hon. Shree Bhairavshinghji Shekhawat devotes to the country on 12th December 2002.

Anand Sagar is a huge with adevotesake, children playing area, a fish aquarium. There is an open theater where you can see a fountain show and toy train encircling the entire place. When you reach Anand Sagar, you can see Big Ganeshji created with the help of many small coppers Lota’s on the main gate. Once entered into gate there is a huge fountain, and in between, there was a statue of sitting Saint. Inside the Anand Sagar, there were big green lawns. Anand Sagar is also an enjoyment place for children.

An artificial island of 300*60*40 size is at the center which is same as Swami Vivekanand center at Kanyakumari. In which there is “Dhyan Kendra”[Meditation center] and the statue of Swami Vivekanand. There is the best facility for dining water at reasonable rates. Also, you get a variety of tasty snacks inside the Anand Sagar. There are many facilities for devotees including free wheelchairs, baby prams, and Umbrellas. To cover all spot in Anand Sagar, it will take 8 to 10 Hours.


Shegaon is the place which is visited by lacs of people every year. The place receives a huge donation from them, but they have done well to return it back to them in the form of service and facilities. It is a place where donations get utilized well, and it gives a sense of satisfaction for donors.

(Blog Post by Rajashree G)

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