Collection of WordPress Book

WordPress is simplest CMS. Small kid can understand and use this CMS, But sometimes we need guideline for better understanding and  use. I know  ninety-nine percent techies already know WordPress.  WordPress is not only good blogging platform, it is very easy to customize as per our need.  For customization there are plugins, theme, and widgets.

So for you guys who need a reference i have listed out best collection of WordPress books . Hope these books will help you to learn WordPress CMS.
Digging Into WordPress

Digging into WordPress is a beautiful book, every page of the book is printed with stunning digital-color precision on gloss-finish paper, with each of its 12 chapters color-coded to provide quick and easy navigation. With its large, clear typography, each page is easy on the eyes and easy to read.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WordPress In Dummies

WordPress In Depth written by Bud Smith and Michael McCallister.  This book is aimed at beginners but near the end, provides ample opportunity to explain themes and plugins a little more in-depth providing a stepping stone to not only more advanced topics, but advanced books as well.

Kindle Price: $13.19
Price $15.21

 

 

 

 

Teach Yourself WordPress in 10 Minutes

 

Teach Yourself  WordPress in 10 Minutes gives you straightforward, practical answers when you need fast results. By working through its 10-minute lessons, you’ll learn everything you need to build great blogs with WordPress and WordPress.org. Coverage includes quickly building blogs for free using  WordPress.com, managing blogs from the Dashboard, customizing blogs to fit your message, creating more powerful text and media content, attracting visitors via search engine optimization, moderating comments and building communities. Setting up RSS feeds, hosting your own blog with WordPress.org software, earning ad revenue, using analytics to measure blog performance. Integrating with Twitter and social networking sites, delivering content via iPhone and BlackBerry, streamlining publishing with third-partytools, and much more.

Kindle Price: $5.40
Price: $11.69

A Step by Step WordPress Tutorial for Beginners

A Step by Step WordPress Tutorial for Beginners is written by Mati H Fuller, for people who want to create a blog with as little technical mumbo jumbo as possible.

In this book explain What, Why and How to do it in WordPress, in a thorough, step by step tutorial. A Step by Step WordPress Tutorial for Beginners is written in simple English, So easy to read.  Through this book you learn how to create a self- hosting blog.  How to install WordPress with just a few clicks of your mouse. With help of this book you personalize the your blog and change the theme.

In your Final result will be a set-up blog site that people will be able to find post after you write your first post.

Kindle Price: $ 19.95
Price: $ 17.58

Building a WordPress Blog People Want to Read

 Building a WordPress Blog People Want to Read is written by Scott McNulty.  In this book you learn Install WordPress and get your WordPress site running.  You can set up your site to ensure it can easily grow with you and your readers. You can manage your site with WordPress Dashboard and extend its capabilities with plugins.  You able to work with pages, templates and links and publish your posts.

In final you manage your blog site with hepl of this book.

Kindle Price:$10.61
Price: $20.61

 

 

WordPress for Business Bloggers


WordPress for Business Bloggers will take you beyond the basics of WordPress. This book is witten by Paul Thewlis. You learn from this book is build a custom theme. You examine different type of business blogs.  From second chapter of book you learn  case study blog and go through the process of developing strategic goals and your blog plan. In third chapter of book is the basics of blog design and work through a brief introduction to HTML and CSS. You will see how easy it is to create your own custom design using the Sandbox theme.  In last from this book you learn your basic blog into a more advanced and professional blog as quickly and painlessly as possible.

Kindle Price: $14.39
Price: $34.00

 

How To Be a Rockstar WordPress Designer

 How To Be a Rockstar WordPress Designer covers pretty much everything to do with theming, with three main examples: a blog, a portfolio and a general purpose site. There’s lots of general knowledge, ideas for how to manipulate WordPress in other ways and the book comes with all three themes to use and dissect.  This book will teach you how to make theme like a professional themer with a solid understanding of HTML/CSS. You don’t need to know PHP, you don’t need to have ever even touched WordPress before. The examples begin from scratch and build on each other, while basic PHP principles that are used are explained in an easy to understand manner.

Price: $29.00

 

 

WordPress 3 Site Blueprints


WordPress 3 Site Blueprints  is written by Heather R. Wallace.  This book isn’t designed for beginners, those with even an intermediate knowledge of WordPress will be able to get these sites up and running in no time. Each chapter is devoted to the design of a different site, there’s no need to read the book in any particular order. Instead, you can pick and choose the blueprints that are of the most interest to you and dive right in.  While some experience with WordPress is required to get the most from this book, if you can install themes and plugins, you should be able to follow these easy-to-understand WordPress blueprints. Some knowledge of CSS and HTML will be beneficial, but experience with PHP is not required.

Kindle Price $14.39
Price $34.35

 

Professional WordPress Plugin Development

This comprehensive book shows you how plugins work, reviews the tools and APIs available in WordPress, and demonstrates how to extend the functionality of WordPress with plugins. In this book authors provides a practical, solutions-based approach along with a collection of timely examples and plenty of code, all aimed at clearly explaining how to create a plugin file, work with users, integrate widgets, add menus and submenus, secure your plugins, and more. You will quickly come to understand how to develop custom plugins so that you can take WordPress to the next corporate and enterprise level.  In last with help of this book  you can easily develop custom WordPress plugin.

Kindle: $17.39
Price $24.35

 

WordPress Plugin Development (Beginner’s Guide) 

WordPress Plugin Development (Beginner’s Guide) is Written by Vladimir Prelovac . This book  cover some of the best plugins available on WordPress to generate unique and dynamic content.  This book Walk through the development of six complete, feature-rich, real-world plug-ins that are being used by thousands of WP users. Book describe step-by-step instructions with an emphasis on experimentation and tweaking code.

Kindle: $14.39
Price $34.37

 

 

WordPress 3 Plugin Development Essentials


WordPress 3 Plugin Development Essentials covers everything you need to know to develop your own plugins for WordPress. How develop your own  plugins and release your plugins to the WordPress community. Avoid common mistakes made by most plugin developers by learning more advanced development patterns. Integrate with third-party APIs and web services. To learn this book  you customize WordPress Dashboard with menus and administration panels for your plugin. in last with help of this book, you can develop your own plugin and released on WordPress community.

Kindle Price: $18.29
Price $34.35

 

 

WordPress 3 Ultimate Security

  WordPress 3 Ultimate Security is written by Olly Connelly.   which aims to help you make sure your WordPress installs are as protected as you can make them. Security is often one of the most intimidating pieces of running your own site.  This book help to aims to help you harden your WordPress installs, resulting in a more stable, longer lasting website powered by WordPress.

Kindle Price: $22.79
Price: $49.99

 

 

 

 

Indian Books For Kids

Now-a-day many more online books are available. child to the fascinating world of stories and fairy tales .Here is different collection of children’s stories books including popular legends, myths, fables and fairy tales. Introduce your children to the world-famous Indian festival and book like the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.

Ganesha And The Moon (830)

The Moon faced Ganesha’s wrath for laughing at him, when the elephant-headed god fell off the mouse he rode. When Ravana obtained the Atmalinga from Shiva, the gods were perturbed and turned to Ganesha for a solution.Kind-hearted, benign and always ready to help, Ganesha can also display anger at injustice and foolishness.This Amar Chitra Katha features stories that revolve around one of the most popular and endearing figures in Indian mythology.

How Ganesh Got His Elephant Head

 The Goddess Gauri  while bathing, created Ganesha as a pure white being out of the mud of Her Body and placed Him at the entrance of the house. She told Him not to allow anyone to enter while she went inside for a bath. Lord Shiva Himself was returning home quite thirsty and was stopped by Ganesha at the gate. Shiva became angry and cut off Ganesha’s head as He thought Ganesha was an outsider.

When Gauri came to know of this she was really mad. To console her grief, Shiva ordered His servants to cut off and bring to Him the head of any creature that might be sleeping with its head facing north. The servants went on their mission and found only an elephant in that position. The sacrifice was thus made and the elephant’s head was brought before Shiva. The Lord then joined the elephant’s head onto the body of Ganesha.

The Magic Drum And Other Favourite Stories


The Magic Drum And Other Favourite Stories by Sudha Murthy. In this book ,A princess who thinks she was a bird, a coconut that cost a thousand rupees, and a shepherd with a bag of words . . . Kings and misers, princes and paupers, wise men and foolish boys, the funniest and oddest men and women come alive in this sparkling new collection
of stories. The clever princess will only marry the man who can ask her a question she cannot answer; the orphan boy outwits his greedy uncles with a bag of ash; and an old couple in distress is saved by a magic drum. Sudha Murty’s grandparents told her some of these stories when she was a child; others she heard from her friends from around the world.

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth written by Jeff Kinney . Summery is like, It has been four weeks since Greg Heffley had a big fight with his ex-best-friend, Rowley Jefferson.  Then he finds out that Rowley’s parents found a replacement best friend: a hired role-model from a company called “Cool Brian”. Now struggling without a best friend, Greg’s attempts to become popular in various aspects, most of which are immediately backfired. Another struggle that arises, is that Greg has to attend his uncle’s fourth wedding, and when his wedding comes, Greg will have “The talk” with his great-grandmother Gammie, a polite but sly and clever old woman.

Devdutt Pattanaik Combo

  Devdutt Pattanaik Combo is set of 3 Books a) An Identity Card For Krishna  b) Gauri And The Talking Cow

c) Indra Finds Happiness  written by Dr Devdutt Pattanaik.

The summery of  An Identity Card For Krishna is One day, when Krishna wanted to board an aeroplane, he was not allowed to! All because he did not have an identity card. Then his friends Garuda and Sesha took him to meet Lata-kumari in Guwahati, who told him the story of Anasuya and the Ashwini twins, and why Rishi Chavan made a rule that all gods should carry a dhvaja—a flag with each god’s very own symbol.
The summery of Gauri And The Talking Cow is  Little girl Gauri thinks milk comes from packets, till she meets Sweety the talking cow. Sweety tells Gauri about the first cow on earth, Surabhi, and how she provided so many useful things to man—fuel, manure, medicine and shelter. Sweety narrates stories about a king who found good luck because he gifted cows to many people, and how another king was turned into a lizard because he was not careful about who he gave his cows to! Sweety also tells Gauri how Krishna the cowherd looked after his beloved animals, and why Kali decided to comb her hair.
And the summery of  Indra Finds Happiness is Little Harsha was sad, so a cloud flew him up to Indra’s palace, just to show Harsha that the king of gods was sadder than him! There, with his new friends Indra and Airavata, the six-tusked white elephant, Harsha sees so many amazing things—a wish- fulfilling tree, a pot of never- ending gold, and a potion that keeps him healthy. Then Indra thinks of a naughty plan—to steal Vasishta’s cow! When he catches Indra, a very angry Vasishta tells him the secret to being happy.

Akbar And Birbal 

Akbar And Birbal  written by  Amita Sarin. Every one know the friendship between Emperor Akbar and his minister Birbal created history and some delightful stories. This book brings together a selection of stories, along with fascinating historical details about the Mughal court, the emperor and his witty courtier. From the time that a chance meeting in the forest brought Akbar and Birbal face-to-face, the emperor and his minister together faced dilemmas that ranged from the ethical to the personal, from debates on the true nature of justice to the problems of hen-pecked husbands. An old widow is robbed of her bag of gold and Birbal nails the culprit. A thief runs away with the emperor’s royal seal but gives Akbar a surprise later. Birbal manages a miraculous escape when envious courtiers conspire to have him killed. The king asks his ministers how many crows there are in the city, and only Birbal has the answer. With well-researched introductions to each aspect of Mughal life, Amita Sarin recreates Akbar’s court in all its grandeur and vitality. The stories in this collection are both amusing and thought-provoking, both historical and timeless.

Malgudi Days

  Malgudi Days is among Narayan’s collection of short stories. The stories written with Narayan’s simple style and characteristic gentle irony portray the variety and colour of Indian life. Narayan, in his introduction says: “I have named this volume Malgudi Days in order to give it a plausibly geographical status. I am often asked, ‘Where is Malgudi?’ All I can say is that it is imaginary and not to be found on any map…If I explain that Malgudi is a small town in South India I shall only be expressing a half-truth, for the characteristics of Malgudi seem to me universal”.

The Blue Umbrella
The blue Umbrella written by Ruskin Bond. Summery of this story is As soon as Binya saw the beautiful blue silk umbrella, she wanted it. She wanted it so badly that she was willing to give her lucky leopard’s claw pendant in exchange. No-one in the village had such a fine umbrella, and everywhere Binya went the umbrella went too. Gradually it faded to a pale blue, and was patched in several places, but there was still many who envied Binya her treasured possession. And the most envious of them all was old Ram Bharosa, the shopkeeper, who decided that by some means he must own the blue umbrella.

Pinocchio

Pinocchio written by Carlo Collodi. Pinocchio is a collection of a series of classical fairytales for children to read and enjoy. It lets children join the fantasy characters in their adventurous and enjoy the enchanting world of fairy tales.

June’s New Shoes 

June’s New Shoes written by  Disney Enterprises. Summery of June’s New Shoes is Little Einsteins takes pre-schoolers on thrilling learning trips around the globe, with a cast of four enthusiastic adventurers and a transforming rocket!

From the Amazonian Rainforest to the Great Pyramids to under the sea and into outer space, Leo, Quincy, Annie and June invite preschoolers to join them as they work to complete important missions in exciting locations.

With stunning real-life images, famous works of art and classical music as storytelling devices, children discover the arts while work ing as a team to explore, problem solve and complete the mission of the day. And if children are engaged, you can bet their parents are too! After all, who wouldn’t want to spend a half hour zooming around the globe with Rocket, solving fun and interactive missions? And when the mission is accomplished, everyone joins in the celebration.

 Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark (Book – 1)

Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark  written by Mary Pope Osborne. Summery of  Dinosaurs Before Dark is Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House! Where did the tree house come from? Before Jack and Annie can find out,  the mysterious the mysterious tree house whisks them to the prehistoric past. Now they have to figure out how to get home.Can they do it before dark or will they become a dinosaur’s dinner?

Elephant Dance: A Journey to India

Elephant Dance written by Theresa Heine and Sheila Moxley. The story of Elephant Dance is  Ravi listens to the captivating stories his grandfather tells about India, where the sun is like a ferocious tiger and monsoon rains cascade like waterfalls. Notes after the story include facts about India’s animals, food, culture and religion, and a simple elephant dance music score.


 

 

The Story of Divaali

Discover the powerful and captivating story of how Divaali, the Indian festival of lights, was born. This rendition of the age-old Indian epic The Ramayana is brimming with action and adventure, drama and triumph.

The Tiger Child: A Folk Tale from India

  The Tiger Child: A Folk Tale from India written by Joanna Troughton. In this book ‘ The Tiger Child’ explains why tigers eat their food uncooked and why  cats live with people. The tiger child is sent to fetch some more fire from the village, but on the way he gets distracted by his friends. By the time he gets to  the village, he has forgotten what he has been sent to fetch.

 

 

The Grandmother’s Tale And Selected Stories

The Grandmother’s Tale And Selected Stories written by  R. K Narayan. The summery of this book is Bala, the central character, was married at the early age of seven to Viswa a boy of ten. One day, he just left bidding her good-bye, joining a group of pilgrims going to Pandaripur. Years go by and there is no trace of him. Bala, now a young woman finds life extremely difficult with the entire agraharam gossipping about her husband’s fate. She leaves home, determined to find him. The arduous journey she undertakes to Poona, her success in locating Viswa and persuading him to return to the South and their long, happy life in Kumbakonam, where five children are born to them, Bala’s death and eventually Viswa’s death due to poisoning by his cook form rest of the narrative. The delineation of Bala from an innocent school-girl to a firm, determined, aggressive young woman and finally to a quite, docile, orthodox Hindu wife is fascinating!

List of Testing Tool for Website

Here i have gathered some best collection of Testing Tool for Website with little description, which is useful for Tester. In Website testing everything includes which is related to wab like Website  speed, page load time, traffic analysis  and many more, these are the important meaning in website testing. This list has great collection of tools for websites testing, where you can test the speed of your website, analysis of traffic on your site, browser compatibility, server testing,etc.

Validator Checker

HTML Validator

This validator checks the markup validity of Web documents in HTML, XHTML, SMIL, MathML, etc. If you wish to validate specific content such as RSS/Atom feeds or CSS stylesheets, MobileOK content, or to find broken links, there are other validators and tools available.

 CSS Validator

The CSS Validator – validates CSS stylesheets or documents using CSS stylesheets.

Links Validator

The Link Checker analyzes anchors (hyperlinks) in a HTML/XHTML document. Useful to find broken links.

Rss Feed Validator

This service tests the validity of a Really Simple Syndication feed, checking to see that it follows the rules of the RSS specification. Enter the URL

Free Site Validator

This service scans your entire site for validation errors and dead links and generates report status in real time. The service uses W3C validation service at the backend & enables you to scan multiple websites.

Accessibility Checkers

Wave

WAVE is a free web accessibility evaluation tool provided by WebAIM. It is used to aid humans in the web accessibility evaluation process. Rather than providing a complex technical report, WAVE shows the original web page with embedded icons and indicators that reveal the accessibility of that page.

UITEST  

A series of tools to check the accessibility of your web site, validation of your code plus many other tests.

Web Accessibility Toolbar

The Web Accessibility Toolbar has been developed to aid manual examination of web pages for a variety of aspects of accessibility.

HERA 

HERA is a tool to check the accessibility of Web pages accoridng to the specification Web Content Accessibility Guidelines(WCAG 1.0). HERA performs a preliminary set of tests on the page and identifies any automatically detectable errors or checkpoints met, and which checkpoints need further manual verification.

A-Prompt 

A-Prompt (Accessibility Prompt) is a downloadable software tool for Windows 98/98SE/2000/Me/XP. It first evaluates the Web page to identify barriers to accessibility, and then provides assistance in making the necessary repairs. You can check one page or focus on a particular element in a page.

AChecker

This online Web Accessibility Checker from the University of Toronto’s Adaptive Technology Resource Centre allows you to test your page against a specific guideline/priority level, and provides a detailed report listing potential problems. For each item identified, it also summarizes the process used to test your page.

 

Cynthia  

Cynthia is a web content accessibility validation solution, it is designed to identify errors in design related to Section 508 standards and the WCAG guidelines. The main purpose of this portal is to educate web site developers in the development Web Based content that is accessible to all. This online test only validates one page at a time.

Miscellaneous tools

Check my Color 

It is a tool for checking foreground and background color combinations of all DOM elements and determining if they provide sufficient contrast when viewed by someone having color deficits.

Load time check

Optimizing your web page loading time is essential for keeping your visitors. If your pages load time is too long due to un-optimized images, people simply leave your site before it is loaded! This way, you might miss out many sales. Pingdom tools is also good tool for load time testing of a Web Page.

Readability Test

This service analyses the readability of all rendered content. Unfortunately, this will include navigation items, and other short items of content that do not make up the part of the page that is intended to be the subject of the readability test. These items are likely to skew the results.

Semantics extractor

This tool, geared by an XSLT stylesheet, tries to extract some information from a HTML semantic rich document. It only uses information available through a good usage of the semantics defined in HTML.

Screen size simulator

Test website usability with different screen resolutions. This tool provides the ability to test your website with different screen resolutions.

Font tester 

Font Tester is a free online font comparison tool. It allows you to visually compare fonts side by side with different CSS font styles applied.

 Cross Browser testing tool

Browsershots

Browsershots allow you to test website in all browser . This is widely used cross browser testing tool because of its features and available customizations. This is a great free tool for glimpsing multiple browsers.

IE Tester 

IETester is a free (both for personal and professional usage) WebBrowser that allows you to have the rendering and javascript engines of IE10 preview,IE9, IE8, IE7 IE 6 and IE5.5 on Windows 7, Vista and XP, as well as the installed IE in the same process.

Spoon Browser Sandbox

The Spoon Browser Sandbox allows you to use almost all web browsers without installing on your machine. You can run all popular browsers including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Opera on your machine directly from the web. (Note: Currently Internet Explorer is removed temporary from the list of this sandbox). It is free tool.

Now we should clear ideas of many free testing tools are available.  These all tools are free and useful. I mansion here all free cross browser testing tools.  Obviously selection of a good testing tool depends on your requirements.Each testing tools are  comes with its own advantages and disadvantages.

Few Testing Tips For New Testers

Testing is an investigation conducted to provide stakeholders with information about the quality of the product or service under test. During testing the websites the following scenarios should be considered.

Functionality, Usability and Security.

In Functionality testing we test :

  • Links
  • Internal links
  • External links
  • Mail links
  • Broken links
  • Forms
  • Field validation
  • Functional chart
  • Error message for wrong input
  • Optional and mandatory fields
  • Database
  • Testing will be done on the database integrity.
  • Cookies
  • Testing will be done on the client system side, on the temporary internet files.

In Usability testing we test :

  • Ease of learning
  • Navigation
  • Subjective user satisfaction
  • General appearance

In Security testing we test :

  • Network Scanning
  • Vulnerability Scanning
  • Password Cracking
  • Log Review
  • Integrity Checkers
  • Virus Detection

Here are the few Tips to success your testing.

Make a Plan
Make a list of the most important topics to be covered and use that as a guide when you study. Circle items that you know will require extra time. Be sure to plan extra time to study the most challenging topics.

Think positive
Start testing the application by intend of finding bugs/errors. Don’t think beforehand that there will not be any bugs in the application. If you test the application by intention of finding bugs you will definitely succeed.

Understand the application
You need to understand application modules in depth before starting the testing process.

 Write test cases
Write test cases for both conditions valid and for invalid conditions for requirement during analysis and design phase itself before starting the testing.

Write test plane
Start test planning and preparation the day that you start the project.

Create test data
Create a sufficient test data before tests, this data set include the test case conditions and also the database records if you are going to test DB related application.

Note the Concepts
Note down the new terms, concepts you learn while testing.

Bug Reporting
Note down the all bugs.  It shows testing progress.  These notes are used in observations while preparing final test release report.

Test a little
Build a little, then test a little. Don’t wait until last moment to thoroughly test.

Test multiple times
keep testing you project multiple times, till it goes live.. and then test again after it is live.

Clear the Confusion
Increase your conversation with developers to know more about the product where you are confused.

Test in different Browsers
If you are testing a web application then remember to test in Chrome, Firefox Mozilla and in IE (7,8,9)  Browsers.

Write clear Bug  Report
Write clear, descriptive, unambiguous bug report. Do not only provide the bug symptoms but also provide the effect of the bug and all possible solutions. If possible along with screenshot.

Don’t forget testing is all about creative destruction.  It depends on your skill and experience, how you handle this challenge. Please share your own testing experience, tips or testing secrets  in comments below which proved helpful to you!!

 

11 WordPress Words Which May Confuse You

In WordPress I found some words that were confusing to me . I have defined them here for me.

Slug

Slug is individual title. Slug of WordPress URL is a special string of characters that represents each post in a URL-friendly way. The slug that WordPress will auto-generate for your post will look like  ’50-useful-wordpress-widgets’.

Slugs

Slugs are basically the nice name for a post that are used in the urls.  The bunch of slug is called slugs. Slugs are things that are used in urls to make it search engine freindly. example : http://nisha.in/big-list-of-hill-stations-in-india-for-summer-holidaysbig-list-of-hill-stations-in-india-for-summer-holidays‘ is slug. Slugs are the unique portion of the permalink. To get the slug you would do echo get_queried_object()->slug;for WordPress 3.1.

Archive

Archive page that display post in one particular day, month, year, category,tag,or author.  like this :

Archives

Archives page template that includes search form,category list, and monthly archives (require page using it). Like this: 

Widgets

Widgets is like a plugin, but designed to provide a simple way to arrange the various elements of your sidebar content (known as “widgets”) without having to change any code. The Widgets SubPanel explains how to use the various Widgets that come delivered with WordPress, and the Widgets page at Automatic explains how to ‘widgetize’ themes and plugins.

Plugins

Plugins can extend WordPress to do almost anything you can imagine. In the directory you can find, download, rate, and comment on all the best plugins the WordPress community has to offer.

Theme Frameworks

Framework is designed to speed up the process of designing and coding a WordPress theme by minimizing your time, and balancing your patience, on WordPress’ back-end code that is repeated within every theme.

Disabling

Disabling a once -active plugin prevent it from functioning, but does not physically remove the plugin from your plugins from your plugins directory. You could have a thousand disabled plugins doing nothing except for taking up space in your plugin folder.

Uninstalling

Uninstalling a plugin, you remove all files associated with it, and if possible also reverse any change that the plugin might have made to the database.

Page

Page are commonly used for ‘static’ style content. Page cannot categorize or tag.They exist outside the chronological flow of posts, and they don’t appear in RSS feed like posts do. Theme template used to display pages is generally different then that used to display posts. For example It may lack the functionality to display things such as dates, auther name,and comments.

Post

Post displaying categorization and other ‘meta’information about the post, as well as the functionality required for displaying the comment area and comment form

Big List Of Hill Stations In India For Summer Holidays

When the heat starts getting on your nerves and even mundane activities become a burden, then that is the time for you to listen to your body clock, pack and head towards Indian hill stations that are personification of leisure, pleasure, natural beauty, value for money and adventure-all rolled into one.

Interestingly most of the states of India have hill stations, of which some are extremely exotic and are extremely popular tourist destinations, while others are smaller and quieter places with less hubbub and limited tourist infrastructure. But all in all most offer an exceptional experience.

Most of the hill stations in India are in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir in the Himalayas. Some of the hill stations in India are listed below by state:
Andhra Pradesh

Ananthagiri Hills

Located 60kms away from Vizag. It is an ideal retreat for nature lovers and honeymooning couples. Ananthagiri Hills is known for its beauty and natural splendor. Driving through picturesque coffee plantations the road to Anantagiri is enveloped with mango groves, waterfalls. Train travel is also an exhilarating experience as lush landscapes of forest afford a memorable spectacle.

big list of hill station in India Araku Valley

Araku Valley near Hyderabad is an amazing valley, coated with lush green forests and always reverberating with the musical notes of waterfalls. The pleasant climate of Araku Valley makes it a dreamland. The Araku Valley, is located at a height of 1,300 meters above sea level and around 112 kilometer away from Visakhapatnam. On your way you can see the Borra caves (90 kilometers), known for their stalactites and stalagmites.

big list of hill station in India

Horsley Hills

Located 144km away from Tirupathi. It is situated at an altitude of 1,265 m, which makes this place delightfully cool, with a max summer temperature of 32°C, and minimum of 20°C. the shady slopes found in this are wooded with luxurious vegetation. It is located at an altitude of 1,265 meters from the sea level.

big list of hill station in India

Arunachal Pradesh

Bomdila

Bomdila is a beautiful small town situated at a height of about 8000 ft. above the sea level from where one can see the brilliant landscape and snow-clad mountains of the Himalayan Range. The Buddhist monastery of Bomdila is the repository of culture and is among primary attractions of the area. Bomdila is the headquarters of West Kameng district in the state of Arunachal Pradesh in India. Tourist attractions of Bomdila include Buddhist temples, craft centres, the district museum, a sports complex, trekking, hiking and the Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary.

big list of hill station in India

Itanagar

Itanagar has been the capital of Arunachal Pradesh from April 20, 1974. Itanagar is situated at the foot. The town is located 350 meters above sea level. Is administratively Papumpare district. The Nishi tribe is or ends in the large area of Itanagar. However, Itanagar can be called as mini India, people all over the country, live here in harmony. As capital city of Itanagar is well connected with the rest of the country by road and air communications. Pawan Hansprovides helicopter service between Guwahati and Naharlagun (Itanagar). The attractions of Itanagar, Itafort ,Buddhist Temple, Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Museum and Ganga Lake . Itanagar derives its name from this historic fort.

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Tawang

180-km From Bomdila, Arunachal Pradesh. Tawang is located in a remote part of India amongst the lofty Himalayan ranges. The land of Monpas, Tawang is a district of Arunachal Pradesh situated at a height of 10,000 ft from the sea level. Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh is a major kernel of Buddhist learning and is particularly well-known for its 400 year old monastery (Tawang Monastery), one of the best known and largest in India. The name Tawang was derived from this monastery. It is also believed that, the name Tawang was given by Mera Lama in the 17th century.

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Ziro Hill Station

Ziro hills are located about 150 kilometers away from Itanagar, capital city of Arunachal Pradesh. This place is also well-known as Apatani Plateau. Local people of this place are called as Apatani tribal. It is a small town which is surrounded with valleys from all sides. It is a beautiful hill station covered with Pine and bamboo groves. This place is famous for rice cultivation in India.

There is the heights point on the Ziro hills where a fish farm is popular for its whispering pine and handicraft centre. This place is covered with huge trees all over the area. People who are in search of fresh air and pleasing environment come here for relaxing and enjoy their holiday with their friends and family.

There are some stunning views of the sunrise and sunset from the hilltop of Ziro. As the shades of the color change, changing the color of the environment and making the place feel like ‘heaven on the earth’. People after viewing all this fall in love with this place.

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Along

Located 125km away from Pasighat. Set in a wide open valley where the Sipu river merges with Siyom against the backdrop of hills covered with snow during winters, it presents a panoramic view tot he delight of visitors. Along by night with hundreds of electric lights flickering and glowing over the broad valley looks like a wonderland from the top of the hills.  Hanging bridge on the Siang river is another thing to see at Along.

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Pasighat

It is at a height of about 155meters above sea level. This place is situated in the center of the great Himalayas, huge dense forest and other valleys.Pasighat hills is not actually situated in mountains, it is a small town on the foothills of the Arunachal Pradesh. Therefore the weather over here is always pleasant and cool during winter as well as in summers.

This place has some of the stunning views of the snow-clapped Himalayas, the great valleys, waterfalls and other hill surrounding the Pasighat hills. It is said that the sun first rises here in the country so people visiting here will get to see the incredible view of the sunrise raising between the hills.

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Assam

Haflong

Located 84km away from North of Silchar, Assam. It is the name of variety of orchids, one of them being the rare Blue Vanda. Haflong Lake, situated in the heart of the hill station is a picturesque area. The Jatinga village unravel the mystery of the flocks of little migratory birds crashing to death on still dark nights.

big list of hill station in IndiaUmrongso/ Umrongshu

It is located at the borders of Assam and Meghalaya, 112-km away from Haflong. This hill station is blessed with the natural backdrop of North Cacher Hills region. For the sake of enjoying this alluring journey, one should travel from Haflong Hill to Umrangshu and from their via Jowai to Shillong hill. Near Umrangsu, there is a hot water spring (Garampani) which is believed to possess medicinal properties.

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Himachal Pradesh

Chamba

Situated at the height of 996m. above sea level on the south bank of the Ravi River. The valley is noted for the magnificence of it’s scenery-touching the fringe of the Shivaliks and having three well-defined snowy ranges, the Dauladhar, constituting the outer Himalayas, the Pir Panjal or the mid Himalayas, and the Zanskar range or the inner Himalayas.

big list of hill station in IndiaKullu

Located at an altitude of 1220m. and by the banks of the shining river Beas. The ‘Silver Valley’ has nature’s treasures that lie carelessly scattered as flowers on the high meadows. The town of Kullu has long been a centre of faith.

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Manali

Situated at an altitude of 2,050m. The Kullu valley has an ancient town in its lap called Manali. Surrounded by towering peaks at an arm length, Manali’s major asset is its proximity to the snowline. It is a flourishing orchard industry, a popular honeymoon destination and trailhead for numerous treks as well as a great countryside ideal for adventure sport lovers.

big list of hill station in IndiaShimla

Situated at an altitude of 2,159m. Dwelling on a panoramic location, the hilly town is surrounded by green pastures and snow-capped peaks. The spectacular cool hills accompanied by the structures made during the colonial era create an aura, which is very different from other hill stations.

big list of hill station in IndiaDharamsala

Dharamsala over looks the plains and is surrounded by dense pine trees and Deodar forests. A nearby snowline with numerous streams and cool healthy atmosphere makes the surroundings very attractive. The colourful temple and Gompas, which reflect the culture of Tibet, adds attraction for the visitor. The Kangra museum gives an overview of the rich past of the region and on the other hand there are institutes that have been established to preserve the Tibetan art, cultures and traditions.

Chamunda Devi Temple and Nurpur Fort near to it.

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Dalhousie

This hill station spreads over five low-level hills at the western edge of the Dhauladhar range, just east of the Ravi River. The pine-covered slopes around it are intersected with paths and treks, which are ideal for short undemanding walks.

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Jammu & Kashmir

Gulmarg

Gulmarg, a beautiful hill station that lies at a distance of 56 kilometers from Srinagar, Kashmir, is among the most favorite holiday destinations. The word “Gul” means flowers, and hence the name Gulmarg stands for “a meadow of flowers”. In winter, the stunning Gulmarg turns into a skiing resort. Khilanmarg is an important skiing center. The valley itself is about 3-km long and up to a km wide. All around are snow-capped mountains, and on a clear day one can see all the way to Nanga Parbat is one direction and Srinagar is another.

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Pahalgam

Pahalgam is located in the high Himalayas in the Lidder valley. Pahalgam is an ideal destination for hiking, trekking and fishing. Pahalgam is the starting point of the holy Amarnath Yatra that takes place every year. about 2,130 metres above sea level. Pahalgam is 95 kilometres from Srinagar Jammu and Kashmir. The river Lidder flows near Pahalgam and there are many scenic spots around the river that can be visited. Saffron plants in the area present beautiful views. One can see the saffron plant in full bloom in November.

big list of hill station in IndiaPatnitop

With all its beauty at a hill station, it is a charming plateau at 2,024m. Picturesquely situated at a high altitude, there are good bridle paths passing through wooded lanes and fascinating scenery. There are three ice-cold freshwater springs in the area, which are said to have medicinal properties.

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Srinagar

The capital of Jammu and Kashmir and the largest city in the state, Srinagar (1,730m) is famous for its canals, houseboats and Mughal gardens.  houseboats and Mughal gardens. The city itself is quite unlike most other large Indian cities for here you are much more in Central Asia than on the sub continent.

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Leh

district, is a fascinating hill station. It is one of the favorite tourist destinations located in the northernmost parts of the country. Lying amidst the snow-capped hills of Himalayas with many monasteries and colorful markets, it is also the Buddhist capital of North India. At a height of 11,000 feet, there are many strikingly beautiful and majestic mountains here, which slowly merge into an oasis of green fields.

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Karnataka

Biligiriranga Betta

120 kms from Mysore and 247 kms from Bangalore, the Biligirirangana range of hills is picturesquely situated between the Cauvery and the Tungabhadra rivers. At a height of 5,091 ft above sea level, this hill stretches from north to south for about 16 kms. Surrounded by deciduous trees, the forests are teeming with wildlife. And let the cool breeze blow your cares away. As the day slips quietly into night, watch the stars come out, one by one. The moon casts a silver light. And somewhere in the distance you hear a tiger roar. One can feel the proximity with the nature.

big list of hill station in IndiaKudremukh

5kms south-west of Chikmaglur town is the Kudremukh (Horse Face) range. Overlooking the Arabian Sea, the broad hills are chained to one another with deep valleys and steep precipices. As yet ‘undiscovered’ by tourists, Kudremukh is a secluded hill station, which retains much of its pristine, natural beauty.

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Nandi Hills

60 kms north of Bangalore is the summer resort called Nandi Hills. Also known as Nandidurga, it was one of the summer retreats of Tipu Sultan. The 1478-m high Nandi Hills is the originating point of many rivers. And the forests surrounding the hills, abound with wild animals. Around the Nandi Hills are several smaller hills, which can be visited on foot.

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Coorg

It is about 100 km from Mysore. Makikeri is famous for its coffee and oranges. It is famous as birthplace of the most famous river of Karnataka Cauvery.This place is famous for its scenic beauty.The fabulous paddy fields,coffee bushes and the morning mist form a sketch of some unforgettable memories for the tourists.The word Coorg essentially means ‘dense forest on steep hill’.

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Agumbe

Agumbe, a small village at a height of 826 meters in the Shimoga district, offers the visitor a wonderful sunset view and trekking paths. An ideal setting for R.K Narayan’s Malgudi Days, The hill station of Agumbe in Karnataka attracts tourists for its serenity and enchanting scenic beauty. It has verdant valleys; picturesque mountain terrains, sparkling streams and a rustic charm that draws tourists to it, almost throughout the year.

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Horanadu

Horanadu the holy city of Chickmagalur district of Karnataka, is famous for the Annapoorneshwari Temple. It is believed that one who visits the temple and takes the blessing of the Deity one shall never go hungry in their life. Horanadu lies amidst the scenic beauty of the Western Ghats, in the Malnad area. The nature’s bounty and green spread reflects on the Goddess’s resplendent glory.

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Kemmangundi
55 kms north from Chickmagalur town on the Baba Budan range is the scenic hill station of Kemmannugundi called K.R hills, after the Wodeyar king Krishnaraja Wodeyar – IV who made it his favorite summer camp. Situated at a height of 1434 meters and surrounded by thick green forests. K.R Hills makes and ideal health resort.

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Mullayanagiri

Mullayanagiri is the highest peak in Karnataka, India. It is located in the Baba Budan Giri Range. With a height of 1930 m (6317 ft.), it is the hightest peak between the Himalayas and the Nilgiris. Mullayanagiri is located in the Chikkamagalur district of Karanataka.

 

Kerala

Devikulam

Located 16 kms from Munnar, this gorgeous hill station symbolizes nature in her pristine glory. The crisp and cool mountain air heavily laden with the fragrance of wild flowers and rare herbs is any nature lover’s paradise.

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Topstation

The idyllic hill station is located 32 kms from Munnar, on the Munnar-Kodaikanal Road. Perched at an altitude of 1700 m above sea level, it is the highest point on Munnar-Kodaikanal Road. The rare Neelakurinji (Strobilanthus), the flower that blooms once in 12 years, belongs to this region.

big list of hill station in IndiaMunnar

Munnar hills is siatuated at an altitude of 5000 to 8000 Ft above sea level. and is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams – Mudrapuzha, Nallathani & Kundala.  This beautiful hill station was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. Sprawling Tea plantations, picture book towns, winding lanes, and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India.

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Nelliyampathy

A forest range 75 kms ( travel time: 2 ½ hours) from Palghat, the Nelliyampathy hillls comprise a chain of ridges cut off from one another by valleys of dense evergreen forests and orange plantations. The height of the hills ranges from 467 metres to the tallest peak Padagiri loomig at 1572 metres. Accessing Nelliyampathy from Palght is a sensation on its own, as you negotiate over a dozen haipin curves of the ghat road passilng through the fascinating jungles of the Sahya Ranges.

big list of hill station in IndiaPakshipatalam

Pakshipathalam, located 7 kms north east of Thirunelli Temple in Brahma Giri Hills is a challenging tourist spot. A trekkers’ paradise, this place is accessibe only by trekking. Located at an altitude of 1740 m above sea level, this hill station offers great opportunities for bird watching. One has to trek 17 kms through the wild forests, to reach ‘Pakshipathalam’.

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Ponmudi

The salubrious hill station of Ponmudi is at a distance of 61kms from Trivandrum. Perched at an altitude of over 100 m above sea level on the Western Ghats, the picturesque view of Ponmudi is afford a memorable spectacle and trekking is a passion to the visitors.

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Vagamon

Lying at an altitude of 1100 m above the sea level, the Vagamon Hill station provides unlimited holidaying facilities all year except for a little while during monsoons. At a distance of 100 km from Cochin and 60 km from Kottayam, this serene and stunningly beautiful place is a true haven on earth. Grass covered hills, velvety lawns and cool mountain place make Vagamon a must see destination in Tours to Kerala Hill Stations.

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Peermade

Situated 915 m above sea level, Peermade is on the way to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. this pleasant hill station was once the summer retreat of the Maharajas of Travancore. Peermade is indeed a cool hill resort in Kerala. Here you will find sprawling tea, coffee, cardamom, rubber and eucalyptus plantations side by side with natural grasslands and pine forests. Here you will find sprawling tea, coffee, cardamom, rubber and eucalyptus plantations side by side with natural grasslands and pine forests.

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Rajasthan

Mount Abu

Amid the sands of romantic Rajasthan lies a small hill station at a distance of 185 km from Udaipur, which goes by the name of Mount Abu. Spread over an area of 25 sq. km and located at an altitude of 1219 meters above sea level, the hill station is famous for its many temples the most noteworthy being the Delwara Temples of Jain origin.

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Sikkim

Gangtok

Gangtok, the “Lofty Hill” or the “Hill made flat to build the Gangtok monastery in 1716”. Gangtok is a city, which, till one sees it, one would believe exists only in picture-story books.

An air of enchantment hangs over the city, indeed the whole valley; the mysticism, the stupas, the monasteries reach out as soon as one has crossed the border. While across the hills and valleys comes the sounding of the long trumpets by robed lamas.

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Tamilnadu

Coonoor

Situated on the eastern side of the southern extremity of the Doddabetta range, at an altitude of 1,858m above the sea level. It is the second largest hill station in the Nilgiris and is located just 19kms away from Ooty. Coonoor is essentially a small tea garden town where the weather remains pleasantly cool throughout the year. The town is physically divided into upper and lower Coonoor.

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Ketti

Ketti is famous for having the highest railway station in the country, situated at a height of 7,000 ft, in the Nilgiri Mountains of South India. The weather of Ketti valley is salubrious. Ketti is a wealth of natural beauty reposing in the Wenlock Downs, the Municipal Gardens and Doddabetta Peak, at 2,623 m the highest in the Nilgiris.

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Kodaikanal

It is located amidst the folds of the verdant Pali hills. With her wooded slopes, mighty rocks, enhancing waterfalls and a beautiful lake, Kodaikanal is a charming hill station which mesmerises any visitor. Kodai is situated at an altitude of about 2,133-m high and covers an area of 21.45sq.km. The pride of Kodaikanal is the ‘Kurinji-flower’, which blossoms once in 12 years. The hill-plantain fruits and plums are known for their freshness and taste.

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Kotagiri

Kotagiri is located 16-km away from Ooty and it is the oldest hill station of the Nilgiris. Kotagiri is situated at an altitude of 1950m, which was once a British hill resort, that dates back to 1819 and is quieter than Ooty. Elk Falls, Kodanad Viewpoint and Catherine Falls are a few places to visit.

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Udhagamandalam (Ooty)

Udhagamandalam (Ooty), the capital of Nilgiri district, is popularly known as the “Queen of hill stations’ among the tourist circuits. It is situated at a distance of 105 km away from Coimbatore. The height of the hills in the Nilgiri range varies between 2280 and 2290 metres, the highest peak being Doddabetta at a height of 2623 metres.

big list of hill station in IndiaYercaud

Yercaud is a lesser-known hill station when compared to Ooty and Kodaikanal. Yercaud is situated at an altitude of 1,500 meters (4,920 feet), on the Shevaroy hills of the Eastern Ghats. The lofty hills are of extraordinary scenic beauty endowed with a salubrious climate. Yercaud is also called “Ooty of the Poor ” and is known for Coffee Plantations and Orange Groves.

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Javadi Hills

The Javadi Hills are a range of hills, one of the largest in the Eastern Ghats, in Vellore District, in the northern part of the state of Tamil Nadu in southeastern India. About 50 miles (80 km) wide and 20 miles (32 km) long, they are bisected into eastern and western sections by the Cheyyar and Agaram rivers, tributaries of the Palar. They consist of bluish gray granites, with peaks averaging 3,600–3,800 feet (1,100–1,150 m).

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Sirumalai hill

Sirumalai is a small hill station 20 Km away from Dindigul on the Natham Road. The place has a lot of birds and animals and the youngsters can go for trekking and mountaineering here. The place is mentioned in the ancient Ayurvedic books as a place abundant with many medicinal plants. The Siddha form of healing has been developed on these hills by the sages a thousand years back. The hill has a cool climate. he place is cheap and convenient compared to other hill stations. It is 1,200 metres high and spreads over 60,000 acres.

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Uttar Pradesh

Mussoorie

It is located at a height of 2,500m in the green Himalayan range. Due to its location and beauty it is considered as the best hill station in the northern region. The name is derived from plants of ‘Mussoorie’ which were found in abundance here. The modern bungalows, malls and well laid gardens around the area are enough to attract any tourist.

big list of hill station in IndiaNainital

A small town in the hills of Kumaon, Nainital is a lovely hill station surrounded by mountains on three sides. Once this area had many lakes and it was called the City of 60 lakes or ‘Chakta’. Most of the lakes in the region have disappeared and whatever remains is just a glimpse of what they might have been in the past. Today the life of Nainital revolves around the lake of Naini.

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Pithoragarh

The Mini Kashmir The easternmost hill district of Uttar Pradesh, Pithoragarh is often referred to as Miniature Kashmir.Nestling in a small valley, barely 5 km long and 2 km wide, the town also known as Sore Valley was an important landmark of the Chand Rajas of Kumaon. It is situated at an altitude of 1, 650 m above sea level. It is the districtheadquarter and it’s government buildings are housed in the Hill fort of Pithoragarh at a distance of 7 km from the main town. It’s population size is 22, 000. It is on pilgrim road to Mt Kailash and Mansarovar Lake.

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UttaraKhand

Binsar

Binsar is situated at a height of about 2412 meters above sea level. Binsar is the most attractive hill station in the Uttaranchal state. It is the favorite place for people who are fond of adventures and natural lovers. It is best for winter holidays.

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Almora

Almora is one of the most popular hill stations of Uttaranchal and is in a shape of a horseshoe. It is one of the five districts in the newly carved state of theUttaranchal and is situated at the height of 1,638 meters. It is also known, as the cultural capital of Kumaon. It is surrounded by four hill ranges, each having temples on top of its peak. These temples are of goddesses Banari Devi, Kasar Devi, Sayahi Devi and the temple of Sun god.

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Bageshwar

Bhowali in Uttaranchal nestled amidst the green and beautiful Himalayas is one of the beautiful mountain resorts. A few kilometers from Nainital, Bhowali is famous for its beautiful fruit market which offers to the tourists, rich variety of fruits. This hill fruit mart is not just famous for its scenic beauty but it also has a Sanotorium here which was built during the British period for people suffering from tuberculosis and lung problems. Bhowali located at a distance from Nainital is the perfect destination to spend your idyllic retreat amidst serenity and peace. It is situated at the height of 4329meters.

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West Bengal

Darjeeling

Darjeeling , the queen of all hill stations,famous for its natural beauty, clean fresh air,year round plesent weather and above all, the ever smiling and welcoming local people.The 3rd highest pick in the world,mount Kanchenjunga is very close to this lpece and also gives the clearest view.Darjeeling is widely known as visitors paradise because every day it offers something new to everyone ,may be the first time visitoe and may be the regular one.The morning bell comes to the vewers when the firts ray of sun touchesthe mountaina pick. It is situated at an altitude of 2134 m above sea level.

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Mirik

It is 52kms from Siliguri and 55kms from the nearest Airfield of Bagdogra. Mirik is being developed as a new hill station in the mountains. Mirik is surrounded by tea estates, orange orchards and cardamom plantations with all the facilities to fulfill the needs of a tourist. This place is 5,800 feet above the sea level and has very thin population of 10,000 people. Mirik has not yet acquired the hustle and bustle of the a regular hill station and is from pollution. Thus the little time spend here is enough to refresh you.

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Kurseong

Half way between Siliguri and Darjeeling is the quiet hill-station of Kurseong. You can get there by the heritage Himalayan Railway. Kurseong is as picturesque as a storybook – it is surrounded by the misty mountains, green valleys with wild orchids in bloom, and rolling slopes of tea plantations. There is also a pretty lake. You can do some easy treks from here to Mirik (8 hours) and Ghoom (5 hours), both in Darjeeling.

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Kalimpong

This is a favourite summer destination for Bengali tourists and has the ambience of a quaint British hill-station, mixed with a Tibetan and Bhotiya touch. It was on the ancient trade route to Tibet, and still has a lively market selling all kinds of curious products. Kalimpong is dotted with old British cottages and hotels, as well as Tibetan monasteries and temples. If you want to avoid the tourist crowds of Darjeeling, visit Kalimpong. It is just 51 km away. You can have a laid back holiday here with pleasant walks and picnics on the hill-side. You can also go to Bhutan from here at the Phuentsholing border.

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WordPress Widgets are also known as “sidebar accessories”. First launched WordPress Widgets (WPW) in February 2006, and the response was great. Widgets are an easy way for you to arrange and rearrange your sidebar to your  content without touching a line of code. Many WordPress Plugins now come with a Widget version to allow easy addition to the sidebar. Below is a list of 50 most popular widgets for WordPress.

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Twitter Signatures Widget

With twitHut Twitter Signatures WordPress widget, you can select from more than 120+ different types of cool Twitter signature image, Twitter counter and button to be displayed on your WordPress website. It will display your latest twit message, followers and your friends. On the other side, it is a good way to increase popularity to your website & Twitter profile with TwitHut’s Hall of Fame & Top Member Feature section.

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WP Social Blogroll

WP Social Blogroll adds a social blogroll to your blog. It will follow and display all updates of the sites in your blogroll. See the plugin page or the author’s page for more details.

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WP-Stats-Dashboard

Display your blog’s stats graph plus your blog traffic, social engagement and social influence directly in your dashboard. See how you’re ranking on Alexa, check out your Technorati authority, monitor your ranking across multiple sites and much more. Once you install this plugin you’ll wonder how you ever managed to track your social media worth without it.

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Pronamic Google Maps

With this plugin a user can easily add location (latitude, longitude) meta data to a page, post or a custom post type. This plugin adds a meta box with an Google Map to the post editor. Users can easily drag and drop a marker on the map to save location meta data for a post.

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Cf Shopping Cart

Cf Shopping Cart is simple shopping cart plugin. This plugin work together such as Custom Field and more plugins. Thereby website can have flexible design.

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AVH Extended Categories Widgets

The AVH Extended Categories Widgets gives you three widgets for displaying categories.

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WP-Table Reloaded

WP-Table Reloaded enables you to create and manage tables in your WP’s admin area. No HTML knowledge is needed. A comfortable backend allows to easily edit table data. Tables can contain any type of data and additional JavaScript libraries can be used to extend it with features like sorting, pagination, filtering, and more. You can include the tables into your posts, on your pages or in text widgets by using a shortcode or a template tag function.

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xili-language

xili-language provides for a bilingual (or multilingual) website an automatic selection of language (.mo) in theme according to the language of current post(s) or page. Theme’s behaviour can be fully personalized through hooks and api. Ready for CMS developers and designers.

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Content Slider by SlideDeck

The SlideDeck WordPress slider plugin allows you to easily create a content slider widget or slideshow on your WordPress blog without having to write any code. Just create a new slider with the SlideDeck control panel tool and insert the widget into your post via the WYSIWYG editor with the TinyMCE plugin SlideDeck picker.

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Stout Google Calendar

The Stout Google Calendar plugin allows you to easily add and customize embedded Google Calendars to your WordPress site. You can even change color settings that are not normally modifiable, allowing you to seamlessly integrate Google Calendars into the look of your site. No more ugly Google Calendars!

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Sidebar Login

Sidebar-Login has both a widget and a template tag to allow you to have a login form in the sidebar of your wordpress powered blog.It lets users login, and then redirects them back to the page they logged in from rather than the backend, it also shows error messages.You can configure the plugin in Admin > Appearance > Sidebar Login after installing it.

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Google Analytics Dashboard

Google Analytics Dashboard gives you the ability to view your Google Analytics data in your WordPress dashboard. You can also alow other users to see the same dashboard information when they are logged in or embed parts of the data into posts or as part of your theme.

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NextGEN Gallery

NextGEN Gallery is a full integrated Image Gallery plugin for WordPress with a slideshow option. Before I started writing the plugin I studied all the existing image and gallery plugins for WordPress. Some of them are really good and well designed, but the gap I filled was a simple administration system at the back end which can also handle multiple galleries.

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Simple Tags

Add some tools for taxonomies : Terms suggestion, Mass Edit Terms, Auto link Terms, Ajax Autocompletion, Click Terms, Auto terms, Advanced manage term.

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Contact Form 7

Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup. The form supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and so on.

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GTranslate

This module uses Google Translate automatic translation service to translate your web page with Google power. With 58 available languages your site will be available to more than 98% of internet users.

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WP Super Cache

This plugin generates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog. After a html file is generated your webserver will serve that file instead of processing the comparatively heavier and more expensive WordPress PHP scripts. 99% of your visitors will be served static html files. Those users who don’t see the static files will still benefit because they will see different cached files that aren’t quite as efficient but still better than uncached. This plugin will help your server cope with a front page appearance on digg.com or other social networking site.

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WP-PageNavi

Adds a more advanced paging navigation to your WordPress site.

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SexyBookmarks

Though the name may be a little “edgy” for some, SexyBookmarks has proven time and time again to be an extremely useful and successful tool in getting your readers to actually submit your articles to numerous social bookmarking sites.

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Formidable Forms

Quickly and easily build forms with a simple drag-and-drop interface and in-place editing. There are dozens of form-building plugins out there to create forms, but most are confusing and overly complicated. With Formidable, it is easy to create forms within a simple drag-and-drop interface. You can construct custom forms or generate them from a template.

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Quick Post Widget

This plugin provides a widget to post directly from the frontpanel of your site without going into the backend.
The widget also offers visual editing in a popup window while posting from the frontpanel, with a bunch of features (media uploading, spellchecking, preview,….)!
Guest posting can be enabled with optional captcha security.
You can easily add images or video-clips to your posts without using the backend of your site.

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YouTube Embed

YouTube Embed is a powerful, but simple to use, method of embedding YouTube videos in your WordPress theme. It works with all the current YouTube API parameters, including HD video, and produces XHTML valid output. It also, unlike many other similar plugins, works with videos with certain characters within their ID (e.g. double dashes).

 

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Flash Gallery

Flash Gallery is a Photo Gallery with slideshow function, many skins and powerfull admin to manage your image gallery without any program skills. It provides a comprehensive interface for managing photos and images through a set of admin pages, and it displays image gallery in a way that makes your web site look very nice.

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WordPress Popular Posts

WordPress Popular Posts is a highly customizable sidebar widget that displays the most popular posts on your blog. You can use it as a template tag.

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Most Popular Tags

Most Popular Tags is a WordPress plugin that allows you to display your blog’s most popular tags or categories as a sidebar widget. The plugin takes advantage of the new Widget API introduced in WordPress 2.8, allowing multiple instances of the same widget, each with it’s own unique configuration.

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Adwit Banner Manager

You just drag and drop to indicate where you want to place ads on your blog. There is nothing to modify, no HTML knowledge required, no template to edit, nothing to integrate. Everything is done in a minute! It’s that easy. Adwit Banner Manager will place your favorite advertising programs in the right location, without placement errors (wrong ad size, wrong display zone, special template…).

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Like-Button-Plugin-For-Wordpress

This plugin adds a Like-Button wherever you want on your blog. Before or after the content as well as a sidebar-widget.

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Post video players, slideshow albums, photo galleries and music / podcast playlist

Post your videos, photo galleries/flash slideshows easily and in seconds.

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WP-Polls

WP-Polls is extremely customizable via templates and css styles and there are tons of options for you to choose to ensure that WP-Polls runs the way you wanted. It now supports multiple selection of answers.

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podPress

podPress adds a lot of features designed to make WordPress the ideal platform for hosting a podcast.podPress 8.8.9.2 includes new functions and several bug fixes. Read more about this version in the Changelog and the Upgrade section.

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45 Awesome Paper-craft Sculptures

Papercraft are models constructed mainly from sheets of heavy paper, paperboard, or card stock. It generally involves working with sheets of paper and a scalpel and cutting the component pieces to fit the final drawing and assembling the low relief artwork under studio lighting. When the sculpture is complete the lighting is adjusted to bring out the subtle form and texture.

Fine art

Jeff’s paper sculpting career has spanned 28 years, and his commercial portfolio includes clients such as Bloomingdale’s, Visa, Penn State University, Paramount Pictures, Harvard Medical School, Random House. When you see his creations, it’s hard to believe that they’re made out of paper. They appear to be finely chiseled marble, or even molded plaster, but they’re all paper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Calvin has been creating his paper sculptures since 1986 from his studio north of Toronto Ontario, Canada. Working with sheets of paper and a scalpel. His work has been used by numerous international corporations and has has appeared in galleries throughout North America.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allen and Patty Eckman have developed a special process for creating sculptures out of castpaper. The creations are stunningly beautiful and highly detailed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jen Stark: “It started when I was attending Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and decided to study a semester abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France. I could only bring two suitcases with me for five months so I decided to only bring necessities and purchase art supplies when I got there. The Euro was high and when I went into the store to look for supplies I decided to get something inexpensive, but with potential. I saw a stack of construction paper and loved all the colors and how the layers stacked so I got this. I began experimenting and stumbled upon the paper sculptures.

 

 

 

 

 

101 Awesome Valentine Wallpapers

Saint Valentine’s Day, commonly shortened to Valentine’s Day, is an annual commemoration held on February 14 celebrating love and affection between intimate companions.

It is traditionally a day on which lovers express their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines“). The day first became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.

Modern Valentine’s Day symbols include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid.

Valentine day 2011 is near and you may want the best Valentine Wallpaper to set the romantic mood on your desktop too.  Among the thousands of widely available Valentine wallpapers, here are 101 wallpapers that i think are among the best and free that i gathered from around the web.