Happy Valley Tea Estate
This is a tea estate in Darjeeling and rolling meadows of emerald green tea plantations. It is a bliss watching the women plucking carefully the tea leaves. There is also a factory where you can see the making of tea and fermentation processes. It is both an entertaining as well as educational trip
Tropical Spice Plantation
On Friday, we went to Tropical Spice Plantation at Ponda. The cabbie charged us 3K, and we went about 20 minutes across Panjim. The plantation entrance itself is very grand with a wooden bridge amongst foliage that reminds you of soothing Eastern gardens. The 300 year old spice plantation has been changing hands and generations for 3 centuries now and is definitely a must visit. The ticket cost of 400 also includes a welcome drink, lunch, a tour and a sample of Feni. At the end of the tour, they poured a cup of water with aroma oils, down each visitor’s spine, which was very relaxing.On Saturday, we went to the beach and did para gliding. The locals charged us 600 per person and there were 5 of us. Each flight lasted about 8-10 minutes and it was a really nice experience. After that, we strolled about and went back to Prison in the evening.
Sahakari Spice Farm
Between 45 minutes or an hour out of Calangute, crossing the Mandovi River at Panaji (the capitol of Goa) we had a delightful visit at the Sahakari Spice Farm at Ponda. There was the aroma of vanilla orchid spice, ginger, cloves, cinnamon and many, many more spices coming from the trees and plants grown at the farm. The most exciting part of the day is yet to come as we made our way to a nearby lake to mingle with the kings of this jungle – Goan elephants! Marvel at the wonders of nature as you watch these elephants bathe in the peaceful lake. Feed them or, better yet, join them on a refreshing swim in the lake. This is one experience not to be missed!
National Research Centre on Camel
Off the Jodhpur Bypass region is located the famous research center on camels. This is also Asias only camel research center in Rajasthan and the tour of this place puts light on a lot of unknown things. Especially for animals lovers this place is a must visit. Apart from getting to know about a lot of facts and information about camels we can also relish the lassi and ice creams made out of camel milk which is known to be a bit salty unlike other varieties of milk.
The Khardung La Pass at 18,380 feet, is the highest motorable road in the world, and a gateway to the Nubra Valley. The beauty of the Nubra valley is that it allows you to look over the Indus valley in the south and the mountain ridges of the Zanskar. You will get to see some rare and interesting plantations, quaint hamlets and high altitude desert landscapes. You will find the Siachen Glacier to the north of the valley and the Sasser Pass to the northwest of the valley.
This is a holiday resort in the Jhajjar region of Haryana and the best possible place if you want to experience the rustic atmosphere and traditional lifestyles of the Haryanvi people. This is a village themed resort with mud huts as rooms and authentic dining spaces. The rooms are extremely clean and you are sure to have a great experience in spite of them being made with mud. In the dining space, they will serve you with all the tasty Haryana food which is full of flavours and spices. You will not get the tables and chairs you usually sit on but you will have to sit on earthen low tools and eat on low desk like furniture. The ambience is awesome and colourful and you can expect to make a lot of new friends here.