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Chota Char Dham literally means the small four seats or abodes. Basically it refers to the small circuits of four seats and so called as Char Dham. It is considered as the most revered Hindu pilgrimage circuit. Situated in Garwhal section of northern state of Uttarakhand, the Char Dham is comprised of four abodes namely Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. It’s pertinent to mention that Chota Char Dham is different from longer Char Dham which is comprised of Badrinath, Dwarka, Puri and Rameswaram. Badrinath is the only common destination between the two formats of Dhams. With the passage of time, people have started to term Chota Char Dham as the Char Dham.
Chota Char Dham yatra has observed great surge in popularity in recent years. The importance of this dham has remained same as ever before. However the other aspects of this Dham have also emerged. Uttarakhand has become pioneer in “religious tourism” as people across the world throng this place adding to revenues of the state. Char Dham is important destination for Hindus throughout South Asia, including Bengalis, Marathas, Gujaratis and people from Bihar and UP.
The number of people arriving these circuits has already crossed thousands. The peak season is generally from April until Diwali that is normally till November. Only time to avoid Char dham is rainy season as the risks of landsliding and road blocking are higher. Travelling gets tough in case of rain.
The Char Dham Yatra Pilgrimages:
Sri Yamunotri Dham: It is source of the Yamuna River. While arriving here, you get to visit Rishikesh, Haridwar or Dehradun.
Sri Gangotri Dham: It is source of the Ganga river. The aarti ceremony performed in Sri Gangotri Dham is especially memorable, as is the temple. In fact it can better described as a stately affair that sits on the banks of Ganga. Adventure pilgrims can make on overnight travel of 17 km on foot to Gaumukh.
Sri Kedarnath Dham: It is dedicated to Lord Shiva is one of the 12 jyotirlinga. It is also known as Samadhi place of Adi guru Shankaracharya. Located in the most remote place as compared to others, Sri Kedarnath Dham is flanked by mesmerising snow-capped peaks.
Sri Badrinath Dham: It is dedicated to Badrinarayan. It is one of the most crowded destinations in Char Dhams. The temple of Badrinath is very beautiful and inscribed with paintings. The design of temple resembles Buddhist monasteries.
There are loads of things about Char Dham which cannot be explained in words but only experienced after visiting that place!
India is known for its oldest religious culture. The country is known for its mysterious saints and their practices in hidden Himalayan caves. It’s also famous for Hinduism and its pilgrimage. And when we look at the ancient time then we find a long history of Hindu’s and their faith and devotion towards god and goddess. The famous Hindu pilgrimage [ places] in India are Haridwar, Yamunotri, Uttarkashi, Gangotri, Rudraprayag, Guptkashi, Gaurikund, Kedarnath, Joshimath, Badrinath, Devprayag, Rishikesh etc.
There are some famous and religious pilgrimages in north India. From India or from the world people visit these pilgrimages to seek peace and salvation. These pilgrimages are known for their buildings, art and culture. Saint, spiritual gurus and other religious guru’s can be seen at these places. These are called Dhams in Hinduism. These are following -:
Ek Dham Yatra- It is the beginning tour of Char Dham. And it is also called the door of moksha [salvation] in Hinduism. It is about four day’s tour. It covers many religious places like Haridwar, Rishikesh, Sri Badrinath, Pipalkoti etc. these all pilgrimage are very oldest and religious.
Do Dham Yatra- This tour is for two oldest Hindu religious pilgrimages Sri Gangotri Dham and Sri Yamunotri Dham. Gangotri is known for its long religious history. Today it is called Ganga River which was brought by king Bhagirath. The Ganaga starts its flow from Gangotri whereas Yamuna starts from Yamunotri. Both pilgrimages are located in Uttarakhand.
Char Dham Yatra- It can be called CharDham tour. In Hindu mythology It is believed that these Dham’s[pilgrimage] tour can wash human’s faults and sins. Therefore millions of pilgrim visit at these places across the world and get peace and inner satisfaction. This tour may be for 12 days and 13 nights. It includes many more religious pilgrimages some are these -Haridwar, Mussoorie, Yamunotri, Kedarnath, Gopeshwar, Srinagar, Badrinath, Rishikesh, Devprayag, Aarti Darshan etc.
All above pilgrimages are the way of getting peace and inner satisfaction for humankind. Many people tour to these pilgrimages. There are many ways to visit at these spiritual places. We can visit at there by train, by bus or by air as well. By bus it’s good but by train it may be somewhat hectic as well lengthy. The easiest and luxurious way to visit these places can be called by air. And it is known Char Dham Helicopter tour.
It takes 8 to 10 days. We can visit all Dhams through this tour. All Dhams can be toured whereas you can see the pilgrimage from the sky. It looks cool and enjoyable to them who are seeking peace and relief from their hectic life. Char Dham with Valley tour is remarkable tour where we see the Valley of flowers. Through this tour we can visit all Dhams. We visit Kedarnath, Badrinath, Yamunotri, Gangotri and many more pilgrimage.
Uttarkashi is an unfathomable beautiful and well known district of Uttrakhand’s Grahwal region. It located on the bank of holy river Bhagirathi and homeland of many ashrams, temple and famous Nehru institute of mountaineering. It’s an important stop of Chardham Pilgrim route. The main tourist attractions of Uttarkashi are Kandar devta Mandir, Joshimath, Vishwanath Temple, Ujeli (constellation of sages), Tiloth dam, Maneri Bhali Dam, Nachiketa Tal etc. It also known for river rafting, adventure trekking tracks and mountaineering.
hotels in Uttarkashi are comfortable and illuminate with ultra modern facilities, the accommodation of hotels are figurative, fully furnished with large airy rooms, attach bath and luscious cuisine with many varieties like Gujrati , chineez , South Indian etc. Some nice hotels of Uttarkashi are –
Hotel Bhandari- Hotel Bhandari in Uttrakashi is a budget hotel with nice facilities like attach bath, Television, clean and comfortable beds etc.
Hotel Divine Palace – A deluxe hotel that provides you deluxe and standard two bedded rooms in suitable price with best facilities like Doctor on call, taxi service, 24 hour room service , Television , attach bath.
Hotel Everest – It’s a comfortable and budget hotel with number of existing facilities like ample parking space, cable Television, and trekking and other tourist activities help, Doctor on call, local guide, tourist information, and well furnished room.
Hotel Ganga Putra – Located in main road on Gangotari highway. It provides you non A/c rooms with attach clean bath, 24 hour room service, Doctor on call, Taxi service and woollen bedded, extra beds facility also available.
Hotel Himanshu- It provides you 2, 3, 4 beds rooms with many nice facilities like, in house restaurant, Doctor on call, Taxi facility, and laundry service in nice charges.
Hotel Jhanvi – A very beautifully built and nicely architected hotel give you hygienic accommodation with many current facilities like Doctor on call, Taxi facility, 24 hour room service , ample of parking.
Hotel Shiv Anand – Located on Gangotari highway. It offers you deluxe and standard two beds clean room with attach bath, cable Television.
Hotel Shivlinga – It is situated at the bank of river Bhagirathi, a deluxe hotel. It provides you 45 deluxe rooms with all current facilities like attach bath, satellite Television etc. Shivlinga also provides standard rooms for low budget.
Char Dham are considered the sacred pilgrimages that every Hindu should visit at least once in a lifetime. Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri are the four places that form Char Dham. Apart from the religious importance, these sites offer wonderful insight into nature’s beauty. The places attract tourist from all over the world, defying the boundaries of religion and culture.
Sri Badrinath Dham
Badrinath, the town that lies in the shadow of Nilkantha peak is one of the four sites that come under the Char Dham is located 301 km north of Rishikesh. From Gaurikund (near Kedarnath) to Badrinath by road is 233 km.
Sri Badrinath Dham is the most important of the four sites of Char Dham. It is in the Garhwal hills, on the banks of the Alaknanda River. With the splendid Neelkanth Mountains as the backdrop, Badrinath becomes even more wonderful place to visit.
The Vimana and the Gopurams are the distinctive characteristics of the Southern style. The present temple was built about two centuries ago by Garhwal Kings. It is a conical structure, 15 meters tall and has small cupola of a gilt bull and spire. There are 15 idols in the temple complex, each sculpted in black stone.
Besides the main temple of Badrinath there are four other smaller badri temples. These are collectively called the panch badris or five badris. The other temples Yogadhyan Badri, Bhavishya Badri, Bridha Badri and Adi Badri, however, have few visitors. Devotees take a holy dip in the natural thermal springs of Tapt Kund on the banks of the river Alaknanda, before entering the Badrinath Temple. The water of the kund is believed to have medicinal properties.
Apart from the temples, the place offers several other mesmerizing sites that are a feast to the eyes. Hemkund Lake lies 43 kilometers from the valley. An important pilgrimage of the Sikhs and Hindus, the lake has a beautiful temple on its banks.
Reaching Badrinath easy with the Rishikesh railway station situated 300 kms from here and Kotdwar station at 327 kilometers from the pilgrim. One can also reach Badrinath by road as it is well connected with Rishikesh, Haridwar, Dehradun, Kotdwar and other hill stations of Garhwal and Kumaon region.
Sri Gangotri Dham
Gangotri, the origin of the River Ganges and seat of the goddess Ganga, is another of the four sites in the Char Dham pilgrimage circuit. The origin of the holy river at Gaumukh is 18 km trek from Sri Gangotri Dham. Gangotri can be reached in a day from Rishikesh, Haridwar or Dehradun. Gangotri is also accessible directly by road. For a large number of tourists, Gangotri town serves as the starting point of the Gangotri-Gaumukh-Tapovan and Gangotri-Kedartal trekking routes.
Sri Yamunotri Dham
The seat of Goddess Yamuna in Hindu mythology, Sri Yamnotri Dham is situated in Garhwal hills, approximately 30 kilometers North of Uttarkashi in Uttarakhand. The chief attraction at Yamunotri is the temple devoted to the Goddess Yamuna and the holy thermal springs at Janki Chatti. The actual source, a frozen lake of ice and glacier (Champasar Glacier) located on the Kalind Mountain at a height of 4,421 metres above sea level, rarely has visitors. Its inaccessibility forced the shrine to be located on the foot of the hill.
The temple of Yamuna, on the left bank of the Yamuna has a beautiful black marble idol of the deity. Close to the temple are hot water springs gushing out from the mountain cavities. The springs add to the scenic beauty of the temple. Jolly Grant is the nearest airport from here. One can also reach Yamunotri by road from the Rishikesh-Gangotri road that turns towards Yamunotri at Dharasu.
Kedarnath is a place that can be visited in the summers. Out of the four locations of Char Dham, the Uttarakhand town is the most remote site. Hindus from across the globe come to visit the place but the place has much to offer for the non-religious too.
One can reach Kedarnath either on foot or by helicopter. The path for coming on foot is 14 kilometers trek from Gaurikund, where one can also find palanquins and horses for hiring. Gaurkund is well connected with Rishikesh, Haridwar, Dehradun and other known hill stations of Garhwal and Kumaon regions by road. The helicopter services are available at Rudra Prayag.
The temple of Kedaarnath opens on Akshya Tritiya (April end or first week of May) and closes on Bhai Duj (October end or 1st week of November) due to heavy snowfall and extreme cold weather during winter.
The Garhwal region of Uttarakhand prosperous with few of the most important and divine of Hindu pilgrimage called chardham (Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri, yamunotri). chardham means four places of god where’s journey gives salvation and fulfillment of every physical and spiritual desire.
Stair places of Char Dham are also blessed with natural beauty, temples, and rich culture and it have also their own importance. Hotels in those places are really refreshable, peaceful with nice modern facilities.
So if you are planning to visit chardham then must be visit these nice places around chardham and also enjoy the grand hospitality of these nice hotels.
Hotels In Guptkashi – It’s a holy place located in district Rudraprayag, an important stop on the rout of Shri Kedarnath Dham. There’s main attractions are ancient Vishwanath Temple, Ardhnareshwar Temple, Manikarnika Kund etc.
Hotels in Guptkashi are nice comfortable, peaceful, having nice accommodation and food facilities with suitable charges.
Hotel Himalayan –It provides you well clean rooms with hygienic bedding and attach bath, television and many more facilities.
Hotel Madhuban – Nice traditional looking hotel offers you nice basic modern facilities like big hygienic rooms, attach bath with hot and cold water facilities, television, telephone etc.
Hotel Subham – One of the best hotels of Guptkashi. It located in kedarnath highway, hotel provides nice clean room, attach bath and modern facilities beside it you can enjoy beautiful views of Himalaya and outermost scene of Kedarnath and Badrinath from the hotel. The best thing is gaurikund is only 14 km away from hotel by trekking and 32km by driving.
Hotel Tridev – Situated in Kedarnath highway. It provides you two bedded and four bedded nicely clean room and attach bath with hot and cold water facilities in budget.
Rawat Tourist Lodge – Hotel placed in main market so you can also easily visit local market. It provides you double bedded and four bedded and attach bath nicely clean room with homely surrounding.
Viswanath Tourist Lodge- One of the nice tourist lodge located in Kedarnath highway and placed in main market. Rooms are very hygienic with attach and clean bath and they also provides woolen and extra bedding.
Hotels In Rampur – It’s a beautiful town of Pauri district, located on bank of river Mandakini and nearest town is Kedarnath.
Hotels of Rampur have all nice accommodation facilities like airy and large room with attach bath, peaceful surrounding, nice organic foods etc.
Hotel Panchwati – It’s a budget hotel having comfortable rooms and many nice basic facilities like cable TV, attach bath with hot and cold water supply facilities, 24 hour room service.
Hotels Rudraprayag – It’s a beautiful district of Uttarakhand, located at the meeting place of two holy rivers Mandakini and Alaknanda. The entire place is blessed with natural beauty, lakes, glaciers and places of religious importance. The main tourist attractions of the place are Panch Kedar, Tungnath, madhyamaheshwar etc.
Hotels In Rudraprayag are nicely built and architected and gives you ultra modern facilities like big rooms , hot and cold water supply , electricity backup and television ,phone, travel desk ,laundry etc.
Hotel Shangrila – it provides you nice clean airy big rooms with attach bath and facilities like cable television, travel desk, laundry desk, shoe shine and parking .there are four types of rooms available in hotel, double bed, four bedded and dormitory.
Hotel Tulsi – Situated in Badrinath highway, rooms are very clean, nicely array double bedded with attach bath and geyser facilities and prices are very suitable.
So everything is fine, perfect and beautiful around chardham so enjoy these places and make your vacation more pleasurable.
Chardham situated in the garhwal region of uttrakhand . They are four divine home of almighty and according to hindu religion it’s a best way to get salvation and chance to say thanks to divinity for his love and blessings.
Places around chardham are beautiful ,peaceful with eye-catching surrounding with many tourist attraction .there you can refresh yourself for your life time opportunity “meeting with god” means chardham yatra or you can only enjoy the beauty of these beautiful and amazing places.
Hotel around chardham provides you all basic and modern facilities like spacious room, nice and hygienic vegetarian, Indian, continental, south Indian etc. food, purified water, homely treatment and very friendly hotel staff .
Hotels In Phata- it’s a clownish region in Rudurprayag district of uttrakhand .the place is very beautiful and fully blessed by mother nature . Main attraction of the place are kalimath, raun ,rasi ,triyuginarayan .Hotels of phata are clean, nice and provides all basic and modern facilities .
Hotel Ayush- its one of the best hotel of phata .it provides you attach hot bath , hot water running entire day, nice service and helpful and nice behavior staff. the best thing is helicopter head for Kedarnath is just one km away from the hotel.
Hotels In Pipalkoti– located in district chamoli of uttrakhand .its only 81 km from Badrinath Tour on rishikesh –badrinath route. it’s a town guarded by green mountain and delightful view of snow clad mountain and main nearby attraction are kalpeshwar, urgam, nandprayag. its lies throughout the valley of flowers trekking rout. Hotels in pipalkot are well managed and offer you all modern facilities like bathtub and shower .cable tv , hygienic continental and Indian cuisine service and many more
Hotel Heritage Inn- a standard and deluxe rooms hotel situated in Badrinath highway . it provides all modern equipment, attach bath, hot&cold water running, electricity backup, cable tv, telephone etc.
Hotel Shivlok– Nicely architectural hotel to furnish you really clean .beautiful and comfortable rooms with own balcony, tv and separate sitting area. the entire hotel is clean and hygienic and provides very tasty food vegetarian food.
Hotel Uday Palace– its really provides you facilities like palace executive room, deluxe room, fully carpeted, beautiful lobby, 24 hour room service, doctor on call, huge parking, nice food, outdoor catering and many more.
Hotels In Joshimath– located in chamoli district . one of the four cardinal pithas founded by Adi shankaracharya is situated there . it’s a base station for travelers going to guru gobind ghat and flower valley .Hotels of joshimath are stylish, comfortable, well furnish and other nice facilities like attach bath, hot and cold water supply, nice vegetarian Gujrati, Marwari, south indian food etc.
Hotel Dronagiri– situated only 42 km away from sri Badrinath temple .it provides you well furnished deluxe and super deluxe room with private balcony, tv, telephone, doctor on call, car on rentel, nice green surrounding views and many more.
Hotel Mount View- Nice and impressive hotel offers you electricity back- up, cable tv, telephone and many other facilities. located in 42 km before sri Badrinath temple .
Shailja Guest House- Delicate and budgeted guest house situated near the taxi stand . Offering facilities are clean room ,hot bath and 24 hour room service .
Vijay Laxmi Guest House– beautifully build hotel provides you clean and attach bath, 2 bedded room, electricity back up and friendly staff etc
Nice hotels and nice places around chardham gives you a refreshment, rest and prepare you for darshans long queue. so may god bless you and fulfill your all desires.
India or Incredible India is very well known as a land of spirituality and high religious values. Hinduism is one of the most ancient regions in the world and is the only religion in the world to survive so many ages and attacks of other cultures. Be it Islamic invasion or advent of Britishers, Hinduism still remains major religion in this mystique land. Hinduism is known for its Gods and Goddesses. Entire India is loaded with numerous destinations that are revered as holy places. Chardham yatra is the most adored and loved pilgrim journey in the country. Chardham simply means abode to four holy shrines namely Gangotri, Yamunotri Dham, Badrinath and Kedarnath. Not many have privileges to go on chardham yatra so many satisfy with do dham yatra. Do Dham yatra simply means yatra to two shrines. But let us tell you do dham yatra has same high religious values and people in huge numbers arrive two these shrines namely Badrinath and Kedarnath.
These both dhams are located in high mountains of Himalayas. There was a time when these two destinations were very hard to access. Thanks to modern technology and government efforts, it has become very easy to access them. Do dham yatra mainly begins in the months of April and ends in November normally. These two places are in Himalayan ranges so its very chilly in winters. The roads are blanketed by snow and risks of landslides increase.
Badrinath is devoted to Lord Vishnu. As per legend, Adi Sankaracharya established the main temple in 8th century. Many believe that this temple was built by Garhwal king. There are plenty of myths related to this place. However one thing common among them is the utmost spirituality in this place. The three main attractions of this fantastic places are Garbha Grih, Darsham Mandap and Sabha Mandap. The statue of lord Badrinath (Vishnu) is composed of black stone and looks fabulous. You can very well experience immense religious feelings here mainly due to the utmost serenity available here. Devotees throng this temple to offer obeisance to almighty and attain peace of mind.
Another gem in Do Dham Yatra is Kedarnath. This place is rated among the 12 Jyotirling of Lord Shiva. Kedarnath temple is complimented by the lofty snow capped peaks of Himalayna Mountains. The view from this temple is simply amazing. The main attractions of this temple are Grih and Mandap. The conical rock set up in the premises of the temple is also must watch. The rock is worshiped as its Sadashiva form.
Apart from these tour destinations, you will come across many fabulous places namely Sonprayag, Gaurikund, Guptkashi, Gandhi Sarovar, Valley of Flowers, Joshimath and Vasuki Tal. Apart from offering your prayers tto the God, you can come here to cherish scenic beauty and panoramic views
Chardham Packages is out and it is already described as massive hit. Chardham Packages 2011 is simply amazing and includes some completely new travel packages. And of course prices are very genuine and tempting. The luxury has been increased, while a special emphasis on “comfort” has been given.
Not finding this year’s Chardham tour Packages good enough? Desperately waiting for next year to get new packages? Well, Chardham Yatra Packages is out and it is already described as massive hit. Chardham Packages 2011 is simply amazing and includes some completely new travel packages. And of course prices are very genuine and tempting. The luxury has been increased, while a special emphasis on “comfort” has been given. As aforesaid, there is a high zeal in market about the new packages. Xper Travels, which is the first travel agent in the industry to launch the package, has revealed that the package is receiving an amazing response from the market.
Xper Travels management said that the reason to launch the new package relatively earlier was to provide best services as soon as possible to the customers. According to this prominent travel company, there has been more emphasis on quality along with comfort. The company believes that in the last year packages, tourists could have received higher quality and better transportation facilities. And that’s why, packages of the 2011 are better.
Here are some information on Chardham Packages 2011 on Xper Travel website:
You have heard about the high religious values of Char Dham Yatra. How the yatra can bring peace of mind and help you attain utmost serenity! Similarly, Ek Dham Yatra has same high religious values and it is said that journey to Badrinath is tour to salvation, tour to devotion. This article is must for you if you are not very aware about Badrinath and why it has an elite place on the map.
Badrinath was established by Adi Shankara in ninth century as a major shrine. Shankaracharya is considered as the guru who brought renaissance for Hinduism in that era, which was then dominated by Buddhism. His arrival at Badrinath brought a revolution and restores people’s trust in Hinduism. With the passage of time, Badrinath has seen significant surge in its popularity with an estimated 600,000 pilgrims visiting in the year of 2006. This is way more than 90,676 in 1961. The most of the tourists and devotees come here to visit Badrinath temple. The temple is a sacred pilgrimage site for Vaishnavites.
The Badrinath temple can also be described as the main attraction of the town. As per legends Adi guru Shankara found a black stone image of Lord Badrinarayan in Alaknanda River. The stone was made of Saligram stone. Initially he enshrined the stone image in a cave that was located in proximity of the Tapt Kund (hot springs). Later in 16 century, the King of Garhwal changed the murti to the present place.
Since then the temple has seen various renovations. Wear and tear forced several modifications and altercations in designs. Kings of Garhwal expanded the temple area by 17 century. In the great 1803 Himalayan earthquake, the temple suffered a lot of damage. But king of Jaipur then rebuilt it.
Badrinath temple is about 50feet tall with a small cupola on top. The roof is covered with gold gilt. The facade is made up of stone and has arched windows. There is a broad stairway, which guides you to a tall arched gateway. This gateway is the main entry gate. The interior design resembles Buddhist vihara. With intricate carvings on the walls and pillars, the ambiance in the temple is very great.
Badrinath Yatra Dham or Badrinath tour is the nest of tempting destinations such as ar-ki-Pauri, Ganga Aarti, Deoprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnprayag and various Kunds such as Tapt Kund, Narad Kund and etc. Badrinath tour will provide you utmost satisfaction and a great peace of mind. To go on Badrinath yatra or tour, you simply need to hire a good travel and tour operator. Badrinath tour begins from Delhi and then moves towards Haridwar, Joshimath, Badrinath, Rudraprayag and finally a return to Delhi.
Hotels in Sitapur are very appealing and filled with contemporary amenities. In the range with whole hotels or in the list of historical hotels, these hotels have never less importance. If we make emphases on the wild life beauty, flora and fauna, natural attractiveness and so more, Sitapur called the Home of Nature [Prakrati]. In the phase of religious and spiritual beauty, Sitapur is the important point of the Chardham or Chardham Tour and although, there are lot of [Indian and foreigner] visitors so we saw here a glimpse of mixed culture.
In the eye of ancient era, Sitapur was of good reputation by the royal leader Vikarmaditya after the name of Lord Rama s wife Sita Mata. Sitapur vicinity in Chardham destination is affirmed with historic, medieval and modern narration.
Hotels in Sitapur-
Sitapur hotels are the highly fashionable hotels in the lap of Chardham hotels. In the line of Chardham hotels, hotels in Sitapur attempt all endeavor to make pioneer in the midst of all hotels in the state of Chardham. The accommodations in Sitapur hotels are a lot inspiring that every person can impress. The most appealing and relaxable smooth and attached bathroom using hot and cold water supply facility are accessible here.
Accommodations in Sitapur Hotels-
Hotel J P G Palace of Sitapur is the most famous and listed hotel among Chardham hotels, which facilitate visitors modest facilities. Rooms are standard sized filled with current services. The Cuisine qualities served these hotels are mostly vegetarian. The hotels services are also give rooms among Satellite T.V. in advance, modern facility accessible by Sitapur hotels are Indian and continental cuisine.