Aandaman Tour

11 Aug

I Visited Aandaman group of Islands during 18th May 2011 to 25th May 2011 with my family & three other family of friends .We started in a Pvt. sleeping bus on 15th May 2011 at 23.30 Hrs. from Amreli .We have planned our tour previously & booked tickets for whole route except Ahmedabad Chennai .We are total 11 members comprising 4 families . We booked tickets on tatkal reservation scheme but all tickets are on waiting .One ticket comprising 5 members confirmed before we board on bus .So I take a breath of relief .In early morning on 16th May 2011 at 5.30 we reach Ahmedabad & meet Mr. L.M.Joshi on station as talked to him yesterday & paid him tour package charges & requested him to send Mr.Hidayatbhai to Chaennai Railway station to receive us in time. Also I myself talked to Mr.Hidayatbhai on mobile & inform him. Sarvodaya Express was in time we start at 6.30 from Ahmedabad. We have 3 seats in one compartment & 1 in another & 1 in another, so we departed accordingly .Sojitrabhai & Balubhai went to 1 seat each & Makawanabhai & my family remain in 3 seat compartment. In our compartment we have a south Indian family of very good nature as our copassanger so our trip is a pleasure due to their cooperation,in our way we share our food ,seat etc. with each other & enjoying our trip we reach chennai on 17th May 2011 at 16.00 Hrs. Mr. Hidayatbhai came at Chennai
Chennai Railway Station
with station wagon & drop us at Hotel GMT Tower at Memorial Hall Street, Opp.Post office, Chennai-3. We departed after deciding to meet in early morning tomorrow before we leave for airport & finalize our programme for visit of south India on arriving from Aandaman on 25th May 2011. In early morning Hidayatbhai came with Vehicle for Airport & a program for tour of South India on arrival from Aandaman in a A.C. Station Wagon for about Rs.40000/- including all & we finalized the same & after taking tea with him we started for Airport on our way to airport we see Chennai city. After completion of check in procedure in Airport started for Portblair in Kingfisher flight at about 9.30 I talked to Rameshbhai, brother of L.M. who manages our package programs etc. & informed him about our arrival so that he may receive us at Veer Savarkar Airport ,Portblair for further arrangements . Seeing beautiful aerial view of Andaman islands we reach Portblair at 11.30 after completing check out procedures & collecting our luggage we meet Mr.Rameshbhai & reach our hotel i.e. Hotel Island Pride, Opp.Govt. Polytechnic, Portblair in 2 Maruti Omnis & one Rixa .

Hotel Island Pride, Port Blair

We have been alloted A.C. rooms one for each family .After taking bath & fresh ourselves we went for lunch at Hotel Holiday Inn & after lunch we take a little rest  there & on arrival of our vehicles we started for local site seeing & visited Anthropology Museum & Cellular Jail.

  • Anthropological Museum : This Museum is situated in Port Blair near Directorate of Tourism it depicts the life & civilization of the Islanders .It also displays the houses & the models of the original natives & their tools, ornaments, utensils etc. so that we can have some idea of their life .This Museum closed on Thursday & Holidays.
  • The Cellular Jail : Cellular Jail, located at Port Blair, stood mute witeness to the tortures meted out to the freedom fighters, who were incarcerated in this Jail. The Jail completed in the year 1906 acquired the name ‘cellular’ because it is 
The Cellular Jail, Port Blair
entirely made up of individual cells for the solitary confinement of the prisoners. It originally was a seven pronged, puce-coloured building with central tower acting as its fulcrum and a massive structure comprising honey comb like corridors. The building was subsequently damaged and presently three out of seven prongs are intact. The Jail, now a place of pilgrimage for all freedom loving people, has been declared a National Memorial.
              The penal settlement established in Andamans by Bristish after the First War of Independence in 1857 was the beginning of the agonizing story of freedom fighters in the massive and awful Jails at Viper Island followed by the Cellular Jail. The patriots who raised their voice against the British Raj were sent to this Jail, where many perished. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose hoisted the tri-coloured flag to proclaim Independence on 30th December 1943 at a place near this Jail. Also there is aMuseum, an art gallery, and a photo gallery, which are open on all days except Monday from 9.00 A.M. to 12.00 Noon & 2.00 P.M. to 5.00 P.M. Entry Fee: Rs.5/-, camera-photo Rs.10/-, Video-Rs.50/-.
Sound & Light show :-
                      The saga of the heroic freedom struggle is brought alive in a moving sound & light show daily inside the Cellular Jail compound at 18.00 Hrs. in Hindi & 19.15 Hrs. in English at an Entry Fee of Rs.20/- for adult & Rs.10/- for Child.

  • The Samudrka (Naval Marine Museum) : The Samudrika (Naval Marine 

Museum) is situated opposite to Andaman Teal House, Delanipur this museum is mean to create awareness on various aspects of oceanic environment. A good collection of shells, corals and a few species of colourful fishes found in these islands

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Posted by on August 11, 2011 in Uncategorized


One response to “Aandaman Tour

  1. surekha

    October 31, 2011 at 10:30 am



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