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The capital city of India is a glorious concoction of the old and the new. Temples that are centuries old, archaic Musli...
Delhi, capital of India and one of the most happening cities in India. From the local street food and markets like CHANDNI CHOWK AND CHOR BAZAAR to one of the most expensive places in the world, Delhi is having every flavor of India. The city never sleeps and you will surely going to love it.
Back to the paralyzed lifestyle till I pack my bags again.Pics- www.instagram.com/throttletravel/
Our journey began from Indira Gandhi International airport Delhi- hailed as the world's best in the category of 25-40 million passengers two years running.(2014 and 2015) The flight took off at 5:15am and we reached in an hour, 25 minutes before its scheduled time.
We start our Journey from Delhi on Friday night via Train to Jhansi ... I think Train is the best and cheap because it hardly takes 6-7 hours to reach there and I think its pretty comfortable as well... After office, you can take the train and reach Jhansi on Saturday early morning...
After this we run to the Railway station because we have train to Delhi so that we can reach Monday morning and join our offices.. we take good rest in train and reach Delhi with lots of memories and added knowledge of History of our India... and yes we spend our weekend to gain knowledge about women empowerment which was in India from ancient time....
High-cost of accommodation in the capital city of the country often acts as a deterrent to the duration of a vacation in New Delhi. Here's where you can stay instead.
Our flight back home was from Cochin. We had an international flight connecting via Delhi. Flight was super comfortable and smooth. Food was better than the last time still it were small portions. Air India has a lot of leg space, and 2.5 hours just went by, and we were back to polluted Delhi that has awesome food!The trip was costly! we were two families, and air tickets, stay and food was a bit much. But the per person cost always comes down in a big group. We used LTC as my mother is a government employee and that got our tickets reimbursed.People also plan a week long trip, only to Kerala and they are able to cover up most of the best cities- Kovalam, Alleppey, Munnar, Kochi. Kerala really is the most beautiful city and people are just heart warming!
We started from different directions and met up at Delhi airport by 1pm.From Delhi we took the Satabdi Exp from New Delhi to Kalka which leaves at 5pm.We had CC coach, but the coach looked more like a 2S type (with AC).Anyway, the familiar and more than adequate food service in Satabdi and the express-speed managed to set the right mood for the start of our journey.
The adventure of the trip began in the starting of the journey itself. We were five people, who started their journey from Delhi and another one(Kishor), was to join us in Jaipur. But, in the hustle and bustle of the trip, we forgot the bag of Kishlay in the room itself. It was only when 5 minutes were left to train, when we realized that we had forgotten the bag, too late to get it. But, even in this situation of grave difficulty(how a person would spend 6 days in just one pair of clothes), we didn't lose our cool and volunteered with whatever extra clothes we had(obviously except private ones). We also, phoned to Kishor to pack up some extra t-shirts and trousers for Kislay. But, the problem was it would take atleast two Kishlays to fit into one dress of Kishor.It was a comfortable journey till Jaipur. Kishor joined us in Jaipur at around 10 o'clock in the night. We reached to Jodhpur at 7 in the next morning.
We took a train at 10.30 from New Delhi railway station and reached Varanasi next morning at 10am. Ola is readily available on request. Our cab dropped us at the zostel. Situated in a very narrow gali of Varanasi the zostel itself signifies the religion and the value of religion in this city. It has a big Shiva painting just on the entrance.
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India’s second largest city, Mumbai, previously known as Bombay, is home to a few hundred captivating contrasts and cr...
Gudi Padwa, Mumbai - March 2018The Marathi folks celebrate Gudi Padwa to mark the beginning of their New Year. Men and women dressed in their traditional attire. You'll see men and women beating huge drums, display of local culture and heroes is all over the place.
Mumbai is among the five places where you can try paramotoring with all the safety ensured. Though the city is sprawling with buildings, the place still gives you the opportunity to view the city from high above. With the Arabian sea on its coastline, the city looks mesmerizing from the top.OrganisersSome of the well-known centres for both training and joy rides are-Fly India Adventure, GurgaonContact- Mob. 09050407442, 09050547442Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com Web :WINGS AND FLIGHTSInstitute of Paragliding & Para motoring,PuneContact: 096899 31771The Golden Camp, Jodhpur Phone: +91-8290407000 or +91-9929437854Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgNot interested in paramotoring? Then read: A Beginner's Guide To Scuba Diving In The Andaman Islands
Day 18 --> Bharuch --> MumbaiA day which we looked forward the most (as we would be able to achieve our goal); at the same time a day which we dreaded the most (as our journey was coming to an end).Compared to the other days on return, we had planned this one in detail. Distance to be covered was about 320 kms only; so we took our time to get ready in the morning (we made sure to wear the same black tee’s which we had shopped in McLeod Ganj); got our group photo clicked by a hotel attendant before we crossed the 139 year old golden bridge over narmada river. We wanted to return the same way we had started; so Ansu took the Avenger, Anand the Thunderbird and me and Kuttan huddled in the car. There was to be no swapping; except me and Kuttan (Kuttan took the wheel first).As i played the DJ, the miles were swept off and within half an hour of breaking fast, we were across the borders into Maharashtra. As i took the wheel from Kuttan, the climate did a u-turn. It was shining bright when we left in the morning, but now the clouds had grown thick and dark and the downpour took us by surprise with it’s ferocity. The visibility reduced considerably and so did our speed; we didn’t feel like stopping though. The riders who initially enjoyed the respite from heat were getting completely drenched and even the car skidded a few times on the slush. We realized that not a day on the road could be taken for granted and continued our ride cautiously. Mother nature had a last trial for us to face and we were determined to win through.Home was within reach and our hearts quenched any hunger our stomachs had as we quit lunch for just tea and headed towards our destination. The riders went in first and were soon followed by the car for a warm reception by our family who had all arrived and waited for us to make landfall. Hugs, kisses and happy tears flowed from family; with Ansu’s pet dog Philie loudly welcoming him back with excited barks.Getting out of the car and standing together with my brothers, i felt a happiness which i’d never known and the smile didn’t move out of my face for the rest of the day. Ushering us into the apartment, the riders quickly changed into dry clothes and Ansu’s dad made sure everyone packed into the hall where he announced our grand return. Anand’s parents gave us a team trophy while Ansu’s parents along with our spouses presented us individual awards (shaped as bikes) and tee’s with the biker brotherhood logo to commemorate our successful ride.We gladly posed for the photos and the other 3 brothers got involved in picking up choice gossips of our trip and sharing it with family. Sheetal (my wife) and Ansu’s mom noticed that i was very calm and were curious about that. I told them that i was feeling an enhanced sense of peace at having completed the journey and everytime i closed my eyes for a moment, i was back at the mountains of Ladakh, a curving road by the gurgling river, a cool breeze flowing with prayer flags fluttering and the only other sound being the bike’s.Rounding up the celebration, I made a special mention of the support of our family, especially the spouses gave us whose good wishes ensured our journey ended on such a high note and also that it had strengthened the bond between the brothers. The family responded by saying that the trip also brought them together as they kept a close track on where we had reached every hour.Victory was to be celebrated, but the road goes on and new ventures await us brothers; as we strive to expand our brotherhood and go to places yet to be reached.I’d like to end this long write-up with my favorite poem from The Lord of the Rings..“Home is behindThe world aheadAnd there are many paths to treadThrough shadowTo the edge of nightUntil the stars are all alight”Let’s ride towards the stars…Epilogue:The brothers parted the next day after spending the night congratulating each other, reminiscing few more stories from the trip and discussing hazy ideas of some of our future trips (whereupon mine and Anand’s wives; Sheetal and Anuya jumped into saying that they’d be joining too).I had mentioned in the title that the trip was life altering for us. Elaborating on the same below.Anand promised that he’d go for more rides in Kerala with his friends and wife (now that he no longer had any inhibitions on riding). He was moving to a day job (after many years of doing night shifts) and with the thunderbird in hand and God’s own country at his disposal, looked set for a comfy ride ahead.Ansu planned to continue going for rides near Mumbai with his TAG and F.L.G groups and also shared his intention to start a biking group on his own; sending out invites and bringing the joy of the ride to more like-minded brothers and sisters. His lone ride on his bike may soon have a lady company too; as his parents continue to coax him for marriage.Kuttan shifted his focus to finding a job first (hopefully in India itself) and then investing on his bike. He targets to do masters in engineering (preferably automobile) from an international university and hopefully achieve his dream job (which he had shared during our ride)As for me, I had gone to the trip anxious, but determined to find my purpose; I came back relaxed and peaceful believing that life will take its own course just like the stream flowing from the mountain top into the valley. Professionally, i have started at a venture i believe in; while promising to invest more time in writing; which is my passion. For me, this travelogue is only a beginning.
As the designated writer amongst the brothers, i pondered over ways to write about our experience in a manner which would appeal to readers across ages and inspire atleast a few to take up a journey which could become life altering, if not enhancing. Through posts in FB, i have already shared few highlights from our trip, at times day wise and at times clubbing them. I wrote a detailed piece on our preparation as well. For the comprehensive travelogue though, i felt a need to convey few messages; which we brothers have discerned through our experience of being on road. Instead of only being a chronological detailing of events, this travelogue intends to touch upon few of our best memories (day wise) and how they left an ever-lasting impression on us; and may strike a chord with you too in your lives.Day 1 → Mumbai → RatlamWaking up before sunrise, all packed and thrilled, we said fond farewells to better halves, parents and siblings and were flagged off (rather photographed off) from the front gate. Our route was planned in advance and so was our formation. Ansu led on the Avenger (bike), Anand followed in his Thunderbird (bike) and i, Vinod took the wheel of Xcent (car) while Kuttan sat next to me.The sunrise was surreal and the beautiful orange light filled up not only the skies, but also our hearts. Catching up each other at the toll gates, our excitement at having started the trip boosted our speeds and before long we were riding up the Kasara ghat section (hilly roads). The misty hills were a welcome sight and (ironically) cleared any apprehensions we had in our hearts. Each one of us was smiling visibly, all the while focusing on riding / drively safely on the road. Both me and Ansu were familiar with the route till Nashik, as we had both ridden / driven across the stretch multiple times.The reason for the smiles became clearer when we stopped for breakfast. Ordering our 1st tea (chai) of hundreds to come ahead, we looked at each other and i exclaimed “So it begins. Finally we have started. Now, we know we’ll complete this no matter what happens”. Nods of ‘I feel you, bro! We’ll do it’ appeared instantly on the faces of all the other 3.Yes, Ansu had set the goal. “We’ll ride all the way to Ladakh and back”, he had said. We all had jumped in and attached ourselves to his vision. Throughout the preparation time, there were multiple hurdles including persuading family, funding and leave planning, but kudos to him to sticking to the basic goal. Multiple options were put up including flying or travelling via train (with or without our machines), renting bikes from delhi / manali, etc. But, he was adamant. We had to ride and come back all the way on our own machines, there was no other way, we were getting this done. And at that restaurant (which served excellent Chole Bhature, btw), we knew that we had started.In hindsight, i can of course take pride in the fact that we met our goal. But for that day to arrive, it was vital that we set a goal, didn’t compromise on it and got started. My proudest moment from the trip was there, at that restaurant coz it had begun. We had taken that first step (or wheelturn, if i may)
Starting from my college in Matunga, located in the heart of Mumbai, we started our journey to surprise our birthday boy!Since I love driving, road trip was the most preferred option! We started our road trip at 11 a.m. through the eastern expressway towards Nashik. We filled the gas and headed towards the famous Bhandardara Campsite facing a couple of tolls on the way. After taking a right turn from AH 47, the conditions of the roads worsened but were manageable and at sharp 3:00 p.m. we reached the campsite!
The journey started at 5 am in the morning and we were still confused regarding our final destination. Me along with 3 other college friends thought of letting public decide our destination. We made a video and uploaded it up and asked viewers to choose among Gokarna and Hampi. These two options were given as the routes parted after Pune and by the time we reached Pune, comments flooded and our destination was finally decided. Hampi it was!
I was in Mumbai, and had got some 5 hrs before my flight to Kochi. I decided to meet my friend at Lower Parel at her office. This turned out to be an interesting affair when seeing the camera in my hand, the guards suspected that I might have taken pictures of the building, and held me at the gate, inquiring about my whereabouts and the purpose for which I was there. It was only after Shikha arrived that they were convinced that I wasn't up to something fishy. Few hours later, I was in my flight to Kochi.
We left for Mumbai after having a late breakfast the next morning; driving along the same route and made a few stops along the way.Accommodation: MTDC Lakeview Cottages INR 2500-3500 per nightMeals: At MTDC or local restaurantsSula wine tasting: INR 375 for tour and exclusive tasting of 6 wines. To book a VIP tasting, you can contact Sula Vineyards through their websiteTravel: Drive from Mumbai to Bhandardara and onward to NasikHope this information is of help to you :) If you have any other suggested sights or experiences, do share them with me.
Dream a little dream of FUTURE. How smart our cities could be? Is a Blade runner kind of future awaits for us? How would you find an affordable place to spend a night in a hugely expensive city? Is a disruptive way of living approaching fast into our travelling lives? I was harboring all these thoughts while for the first time I heard about the POD hotel in India, that too in Mumbai.The IDEA and where to find themYou can experience these future proof living styles in developed, over populated cities like Tokyo, Kyoto, Moscow, London, Amsterdam, New York, Bangkok. The concept behind is secluded and minimized living for a hassle-free stay during a quick visit of these cities. Plus points of these pods are also its close proximity of main communication points like airports, railway stations and pocket friendliness. These make the pod type of hotels popular over a short span of time.No need of VISA to have a taste of PODThe idea sounds tempting, right? But could not plan for the trip right away? No worry. Mumbai now offers the coziest POD experience you could have. The new addition to the Maximum city's ever expanding offering is only 4 km away from Andheri Railway station and 5.5 km from Mumbai International Airport. A well connected spot in the busy city, URBAN POD is a perfect place for a night's stay. Or may be more than a day.The Place and amenitiesThe first thing that you would notice is a clutter free entrance. A traveler's dream is to find a place that is free of all the chaos(when staying the night is the concern) and this place would offer you just that. After you reach the first floor and have not yet reserved a POD you have to complete the necessary documentation. Please do carry an identity proof as it would come in handy for booking a room(POD). If you are carrying luggage, you need to hand them over to the stuff who would take care of it. Did I mention that your shoes are not allowed inside the pod? Okay, it is a shoe-less shrine of a traveler's soul. Besides it helps the place to stay more clean and hygienic.The timing for check in is 15:00 hours and check out timing is 11:00 hours. They would provide you break-fast at the cafeteria till 10:00 hours. Now what would you need for a good night sleep is taken care of the management in a pretty innovative way. A free WI-FI connection, a TV remote, a fresh towel, a water bottle would be offered to you to take possession of before finally catching a glimpse of the POD. The interior is very much in accordance with the minimalist approach of the idea of the seclusion. The pods are built as row houses inside of separate rooms and are very soothing sights.Once inside, you can actually feel that as a human being we really don't require much to go for a sleep. All we would ever need is a soft bed, a dim light(a reading light sometimes), some light fragrance and invitation of sleep.It offers just these in right proportions. End result will be a cherish-able experience for life. The future of smart travelling is here and this proves how.I forgot to mention the common washrooms which are quite spacious and inviting would offer you solace and are enough to calm your weary souls.Still planning to spend a lot for a night's stay in the City of dreams? Please check this place for a new experience with decent pricing which wont hurt your pocket. And remember future beckons, this could the part of a cyber-punk life you always wanted to experience.
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Bangalore or Bengaluru, also known as the Silicon valley of India, will greet you with dreamy weather, Carnatic fusion m...
The preparation for a Himalayan trek started in May. It was to be me, Anoop, Sourabha, and Harsha. For Sourabha and Harsha it was to be their 1st exposure to the Himalayas. But we were at loggerheads; Sourabha wanted to go to Rupin, Anoop had his heart set at Goecha La, me and Harsha were indifferent. After much deliberations it was to be Rupin Pass. Without much adieu we booked our slots in the trek by June end, and flight tickets were booked by July. Excited we!We got all our hiking gear from our friendly neighbourhood Decathlon store. The plan was to be like this:1. We travel to Delhi early morning on 30th Sept, roam all day.2. Travel to Dehradun on 30th Sept with Nanda Devi express, and reach early morning. From Dehradun we go to Rishikesh for adventure sports, and stay there on 30th Sept and 1st Oct.3. Bungee jumping on 1st Oct and roam around Rishikesh at night and4. Do river rafting of 24 Km stretch, return to Dehradun by evening, and rendezvous with the Indiahikes trekkers on 3rd Oct morn.We had an amazing time loitering around Delhi, doing bungy jumping and river rafting in Rishikesh (described in a separate blog post).Day 1: A Long, Twisty but Serene Ride We reached Dehradun railway station at around 6:30am. Anoop and all the other trekkers were already there (sans Mahendra, Jaggi, Hrishi, and Vishwa, who went on their own the previous day). Some nice lemon tea, a group pic and we were on our way to Dhaula. 3 vehicles were carrying 16 people.
From childhood it was my dream to see and explore the mighty Himalayas. And when I got a job at Bangalore and started finding time to explore India with my friend in bike, I still had that spark inside me for Himalayas. I some how managed my unconditional love for mountains by doing small small treks to western Ghats and the near by trekking spots around Bangalore. One fine day I decided to give life to my Himalayan dream when I saw an add accidentally on net about “India hikes” a very popular trekking community. I was not sure weather to give it a try or not. The landscape, weather & so many other factors which I have no clue how to handle and also the budget was also quite expensive. I always take decisions passionately here also I did the same. I choose a moderate to hard level trek in Uttarakhand called Brahmtal summit. For first timer it is a quite hard trek still I choose that because it was the only trek that was available that time which takes us close inside the Himalayan ranges and yes I was thrilled to experience the snow capped landscape this trek gonna offer. It was in the month of Feb which is winter season in Himalayas so not many treks were open also at that time.
And then we realized that we have to get back to our normal routine. We checked out post breakfast and headed back to Bangalore. And luckily we saw few wild elephants when we were crossing the forest.All together it was like a real good cup of tea with a little masala of adventure, sweetness of leisure and a slight ginger flavour of the musical nights.Bangalore to Vythri Village Resort : 300 Km via Mysore
The science of nightlife was earlier explained in case of Hyderabad, but Bengaluru is the ultimate boss of nighclubs in the entire South India. With 5-star nightclubs everywhere to huge international bands performing there day in and out, this city is one of the very best if you're a sucker for endless parties. When it comes to the list of India nightlife, Bengaluru is no. 4 on the list.Tripoto's top 3 of the city: No Limmits Lounge and Club, i-Bar, and High Ultra Lounge.Average expenditure for two: Rs. 3,000Read more about the city.
Day5:It was the last day of our sojourn and we were up around 6 a.m. to bid adieu to the other riders. With that out of the way, we resumed our ride towards Bangalore. Everyone wanted to reach Bangalore early, so we stopped only for tea and light snacks in between. We reached Bangalore at around 4 p.m. with everyone dispersing towards their respective homes
Our ride started from Skanda Motors in Rajaji Nagar, Bengaluru. The seven of us started the journey at 8 in the morning. To shrug off the sleepiness we all had a cup of coffee in the morning. Needless to say, we were all excited and geared up for the ride. Two of the riders started from Mumbai towards Goa and 4 other riders, on their Mahindra Mojo, joined us in Goa.
Nothing like a good trip over the weekend after a long boring energy sucking week!! Not until 6:00 PM did I have the faintest idea that I will be off to Kodaikanal for the weekend. It was just a usual hot summer evening in Bangalore. I get back to my room and jump into my bed to catch my sleep. But I toss and twirl trying to find that comfort position and then I fail. I lay awake staring at the ceiling letting my mind wander at will. All I remember next was browsing Redbus for tickets. And there it was: two tickets to Kodaikanal, like it was saved for me and someone I was sure will accompany me. I called up a friend who was no less crazy than me, and booked us both a trip to kodai. Kodaikanal is a hill station in Tamil Nadu, its name translated as "Gift of the Forest" and it is indeed. I have covered hill stations in South, but Kodaikanal has a raw charm that beats all the others with its less anglicized landscapes and mist covered forests. It is less commercialised and well preserved and oddly enough with no plastic leftovers in sight.Locally known as the Princess of Hill Stations, The city is accessible by road, train or by air. The cheapest being train(Of course depending upon where you are travelling from). The nearest airports are in Madurai, Coimbatore and Tiruchirapally. Nearest railway stations are Palani (the ride uphill from Palani is beyond gorgeous), Kodaikanal Road Station and Madurai Junction. Buses run uphill at intervals taking you to Kodaikanal.We decided to take the bus from Bangalore to avoid crossovers and bought our tickets for 850 Rs (you will get it for around 600 Rs if you book three weeks ahead). We also had our room booked on Tripadvisor to avoid the hassle of looking around for rooms.It was 7:30 PM when we were done booking our rooms and with all the uncertainity of catching our bus, waddling through Bangalore's infamous traffic,we packed our bags and left.We did make it to the bus, almost missing it. And as we settled in, we realised we were in seats with no leg space. Either the bus catered only to zero sized figurines or we had missed how much our thighs had grown horizontally over the lazy week days at work. Nevertheless, we were two happy souls on our way to Kodaikanal - the land of magic mushrooms.
Catched bus the same night towards bangalore for i had to attend a 3 day conference. Tried Oyo Rooms during my stay at bangalore for 800 per night and found it to be value for money! from amenities like laundry, water, food to cleanliness, from toiletries standards to AC rooms to cozy beds to furniture used and interiors, everything was beyond my expectations!
Kolkata, or Calcutta (also Cal), is a kaleidoscopic melting pot of cultures and ethnicities. There's quite possibly no ...
Kolkata is known as the "City of Joy". Why? Because of its colourful streets which sends waves of joy to your soul through your eye. Yes, noisy, yet vibrant and colourful in exhibiting the architectural masterpieces that it holds in its every nook and corner.If you ever think of visiting it for a photo-walk session or a day-tour all by yourself then you should follow this route-Fairlie Place Ghat> Millennium Park> Kolkata GPO> Walk straight to Raj Bhavan and Esplanade Mansion> Tipu Sultan Masjid> Walk straigh through Jawaharlal Nehru road through the markets of Esplanade> Indian Museum> Park street and Maidan> Eliot Park> Memorial Park> Birla Planetorium> St. Paul's Cathedral> Victoria Memorial> Prinsep Ghat
DAY 1 : Day 1 was all about getting to the destination. Took a flight to Kolkatta and reached by 3 pm. We booked Kanchankanya Express from Kolkatta to Hasimara. Our train was scheduled to depart at 8.30 pm. Considering we had a good amount of time, we decided to take a stroll at Kolkatta’s famous Park Street. We boarded the train and off we were on an adventure :)
By flight: Take a flight to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata
(Oct 7)With a stopover in Kolkata, I got the ILP (Inner line permit) done at the Nagaland house at Shakespeare Sarani Road and explored the maddening city, enjoying luscious street food and deluge of bengali sweets, before my evening bus to Siliguri.
Kolkata has long been synonymous with Howrah Bridge, Victoria Memorial, its rich culture, and of course, the delectable range of sweets and foods. However, for all those who live in the city or are visiting soon, we have a special addition to your list of places to-visit. Kolkata has recently witnessed the inauguration of its very first floating market. This is the first floating market of India, and we couldn't be more excited! Patuli Lake has been transformed into a floating market, making your daily grocery excursions much more exciting.
Day 11Anticipating the tough day ahead we started from Siliguri before sunrise. We covered a good distance early in the morning and rode non-stop for 175 kms till Purnea, the only problem so far being Miss Mallick falling asleep behind me due to the butter smooth road. Things started to get from bad to worse as the day progressed. By the time we reached Bhagalpur the weather had already become really hot and the super crowded roads of Bhagalpur added to our misery.Now we had managed to reach all the way to Gurudongmar, braved the landslides, stayed in very basic conditions but nothing deterred our spirit more than the ride from Bhagalpur to Dumka. We were told by Rahul that the road was bad just for 20 kilometres but the entire stretch from Bhagalpur to Dumka was worse than the NH 34. What made things worse was that we were crossing the most difficult stretch of the day with the sun right over our head and the super heavy backpack made things literally impossible for Miss Mallick.
I hope I get to travel the world; and I hope that I get to do that with you by my side. Most people in life have aspirations. While some want to get rich, others want to be successful and famous. My life's aspiration can be summed up by the phrase mentioned aboveIt has been about 5 years since I have been travelling the length and breadth of our magnificent country and the Gurudongmar Lake in North Sikkim is without a doubt my favourite destination. Every time I have reached anywhere close to it, the person who I have missed the most is my significant other, Miss Mallick. I cannot recollect exactly when, but I had decided since a long time that if there is one place where I will pop the question of taking our relationship to the next level, it will be at G-Top.After several failed attempts to make this trip happen, it was in the month of May-June that our stars were inclined correctly and we managed to get leaves, permissions, cash and a new and capable bike for this ride. I knew that the months of May and June would bring a deluge of rain but it was a risk we were willing to take. Needless to say, Miss Mallick had no idea whatsoever that she was about to be swept off her feet in a few days.
Reached Dubai and was left aghast at the sheer magnanimity of the airport! Boarded my flight to Mumbai and reached at 08:35 a.m. Serpentine queues in the immigration took a toll of my patience but I still had to board another flight and reach Kolkata and drive down to Haldia. Damn man, travelling on such tight schedules is not a good idea when the office timings are sacrosanct. Nonetheless, I decided to spend my time at the Aviserv lounge located in the arrival hall of the International terminal. It has a flexible pricing option depending on the facilities which one wants to use which include baggage storage, lounge, food, shower facilities and sleeping pods. I slept for a couple of hours and woke up for lunch. Post lunch I had a nice warm shower and felt refreshed after my marathon flights. Headed down to catch my flight to Kolkata and reached Kol at 8:35 p.m. Went home and was greeted with warm hugs from my ever smiling parents. Had some light dinner and rested for the night at home. Left home early next morning at 6:00 a.m to reach Haldia by 8:30 a.m and that marked the end of my much coveted Antarctica trip. Thanks to everyone for having made it possible and as they say, “God be with it”. Thanks everyone for reading. Please share so that this informative article reaches out to more people. Cheers and stay hooked for my next travels after 6 months ;)For the stunningly beautiful pictures of Antarctica, please visit my website http://devanshdhar.com/antarctica/antarctica-i/
Kolkata. I wanted to try the Metro. I did. It made me sweat badly. After some running around like a headless chicken at Esplanade, I found my way to Park street, and there it was- Subway. Thankfully nobody saw me eating that thing, or if they did I was too starved to be caring. I had pasta later at a good place close by. And then I proceeded on my journey back to Howrah Railway Station, clicking some interesting pictures in Bada Bazaar & on the Howrah Bridge. Boarded my train to Chhattisgarh. Next morning was office.
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Located off the coast of Bay of Bengal is Tamil Nadu’s capital and India’s fourth largest city. Formerly known as Ma...
A while ago, my friends and I were invited to attend a two-day wedding in Chennai. While the wedding was festive and quite enjoyable, we sneaked out early on day two to return home, for various reasons. I hitched a ride back with two of my friends since they were driving, and we decided to stop by the historic port town of Mahabalipuram.
The smooth East Coast Road (ECR) provides great view and a relaxed back. In an hour we were in Adyar. Jonathan had already spotted the Biryani place before I pointed it to him. He had his Biryani and went ahead to the airport in Ola, while I took another one to get to Nungambakkam to meet Anitha, my batchmate, and once colleague, who would help me buy Saree for my mom. We got done with the Saree shopping in an hour and Anitha hosted my sumptuous Chettinad dinner at Maplai. I bid goodbye to Anitha, and got an Uber to the airport.It was 9.30pm and my flight was at 6 am. Jonathan's flight was at 2 am. I called Jonathan but he didn't pick. I sat outside the airport for a while, and Jonathan called me back, he wasn't allowed to check in before 11, so he too was waiting outside at the International Terminal that happened to be 5oo metres away from the Domestic Terminal on the same pavillion. We walked towards eah others terminal and sat at the Domestic one for a bit as it was much less crowded than the International. In an hour, Jonathan checked in, and I entered the airport to make attempts to sleep before the check in began at 3.
Day zero: As this was a last minute plan, only My friend Vignesh (interested in photographing beautiful landscapes) and I (interested in wildlife photography) started this trip from Chennai. It was a long weekend (Jan 26, 27 & 28). We didn't plan the trip on these three days because we could not get tickets on 25th. So, we planned it differently like we start a day late, take a day off for office and comeback a day late. We boarded the train Kaveri Express at 9.15 pm.
So, the plan for this trip started way back in June 2017, when we decided to book a flight to Egypt(Always on top of our bucket list). As we are budget backpackers, we always want a cheap and convenient flight. For any trip plan, we decide the cities we wish to see and the number of days we have to take off from office. Finally we fixed the date Jan 26-31 ,2018 and the flight rate came to 26000 INR per head in July after Yatra Offers. So flight Ticket- Done!.After few months, The next big thing for the travel plan came to Hotel Accommodation,Visa and Forex. In December, we used Hostelworld to book accommodation in Cairo(Reserved) and Luxor(Reserved) for Visa Purposes. Our Egypt tourist Visa were processed by musafir.com. The Visa fees along with processing fees and tax came to 4350 INR per per head.Started our plan for itinerary in Jan first week, decided to stay 3 days in Cairo and 2 days in Luxor. Our Final plan looked like this:Day-126Jan 250AM chennai - 550AM Kuwait26Jan 10:00AM kuwait - 12:10Noon - cairo.. Take Metro to Rameses Station - Walk to New Palace Hostel - Check IN by 1pm..Take rest..Start at 3pm..visit Al-Azhar Mosque,Citadel of Salah El Din,Mosque of Md Ali and back to room by 8.Day-2 - Jan27Check Out - Leave Bags - Start by 7 and reach Pyramid Giza complex((khufu & Khafre) & Great Sphinx)..spend till 1pm. Reach Museum(Must visit rooms 3,4,9,35,46,56) by 2pm..spend till 5pm..back to hotel and take the bags..Get to Ramses Station by 8..get train ticket or board train 86 at 910PMDay-3 - Jan28Reach Luxor 610AM..Reach New Everest hotel at 8AM Check-In get settled and start at 9AM..Reach West Bank (All places 6AM-5PM). Ramesseum,Temples of NoblesValley of the Kings - KV62-tutakhamen,Temple of Medinat Habu,Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari. Return back to Hotel by 8Day-4 - Jan29Check Our and Leave the bags. Start by 8..visit Temple of Karnak 6AM-5PM and 4PM-9PM in the morning and Luxor Temple - 6AM-9PM - 60LE by noon..Back to Hotel by 8 and take the bags..Reach Luxor station and board train to cairo at 940PMDay-5 - Jan30Reach Cairo Rameses Station..Check In New Palace Hotel. Visit hanging church,coptic museum and saqqara pyramid, Khan el khaili if time permits in evening and return back to hotelDay-6 - Jan31Start at 8AM..visit Baron Empain Palace(must-see) Reach airport by 11AM and then back to Chennai on Feb 1, 1:30 AM.A week before our trip, we went to Maharaja Forex to get Egyptian pounds we needed. But due to limited stock and higher conversion rate(1LE=4INR) we exchanged 15000 INR to 250 USD, so that we can change it to EGP in Cairo Airport which eventually came to 4500 EGP. We also had our International credit cards covered.
So I started from Chennai on 21st night. Had booked KSRTC Rajahamsa Executive bus, which starts at 22:09. Those are quite good for ₹450. Reached CMBT by 9 on train and metro rail. Had some chana poori at the bus terminus. Found out my shoes got torn on my way, so bought a new pair of slippers from a shop inside the terminus, and dumped the old one.Bus started almost on time. Put my earphones on, for Leviathan Chronicles podcast. But have a long bike trip next day, so had to doze off early. Just to be clear though, I am not the one whose gonna drive.Day 1
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Kashid is a beach town on the shores of the Arabian Sea, in the North Konkan region of Maharashtra, India. It is located 30 km from Alibag and 135 km from Mumbai on the Alibag-Murud road.170 km from Pune.
The day we had to leave from Ooty, we decided to go flat out till Pune. Not a good decision though. On our way back, we crossed Mudumalai Tiger Reserve and Annamalai Tiger Reserve. The beauty and silence of those huge forests is immaculate. And finally next day early morning by 6 am we reached Pune after 1049kms drive flat out. And I was glad we made it. Thanks to the endurance and enthusiasm of my travel partners to support my plan. And last but not the least, our partner in crime our Mahindra XUV500. With its help we were able to complete this amazing and memorable road trip. These 11 days are pinned forever. And I hope these pictures will do the justice to the memories of this amazing road trip I am sure you all will still enjoy them. Cheers. ????the_unheard_storyteller (Rishab Bhan)
My first time in the city and I have fallen in love! I have lived in more than 10 states but never got so attached! Pune is that part of my life that I would never wanna leave.We left at early noon and had our brunch at the Food Park situated near the highway. We sang to melodious tunes and gossiped all the way while admiring the scenic beauty. On our way we also picked up munchies like corn cobs and salted soaked peanuts.
Day 14: September 30, 2015:I left Pune at 9 AM and began riding towards bangalore. The first leg of the return went peacefully as I reached the outskirts of Kolhapur. A small break for lime soda and I immediately continued riding towards Belgaum. As i crossed Belgaum it was about 2:30 PM.I knew that reaching bangalore by 10 or 11 PM was easy if I continued without a break. Just as I crossed Hubli an near Havery, traffic cops had blocked the highway and diverted traffic towards Ranebennur and from there I had to deviate towards Davanagere. When I reached Davanagere, it was almost 630PM, due to the road condition through the villages.I had a tea and continued towards Tumkur, It was almost 10 PM when I was a few kilometers before Tumkur town. What I hadn't seen in more than a week came back to haunt me. The rain gods came down heavily and the remaining 80 kms to reach home was spent well in getting drenched.When I finally entered bangalore, it was 1145 PM. I had travelled a total of 940 kms in a little less 15 hours. I was trembling and couldn't stand on my feet as the last day journey had taken a toll on me.Finally, I had completed a full 6200 odd kms in about 15 days, going through a lot of "hardship", meeting a few friends, visiting a few places and experiencing unknown roads of the country.It is time to end the blog with a note that everyone should travel to some unknown destination by their own at some point of time in their lives.
Source and Destination city for flight: Pune(PNQ) --> New Delhi(DEL) --> Siliguri(IXB)The price of prepaid taxi was fixed, I was charged 2200 INR for private taxi in December 2016.
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Rajasthan’s opulent capital is a magical land brimming with desert camps and lakeside palaces. Sitting on the edge of ...
We started at 10:30, my uncle and me after a scrumptious breakfast. We first took to the places where a traveller would go. The beautiful route had a cherry topping added to it with the stories my travel partner told me, he showed me the place where he camped in his school time and why the government banned the place.
a. On reaching Jaipur, immediately went to cover the places on my list. I covered Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Amber Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Jantar Mantar, Jaigarh Fort, Jal Mahal, Birla temple and Chand Baori. All along I commuted through Metro or local bus. On finishing the tour, I went to catch the train to Delhi and then to Nagpur.
#Jaipur, the pink city of beautiful state Rajasthan is a sign of magnificence and vividness. It is a first planned city of India and largest city of Rajasthan. However, state Rajasthan is a complete place for its visitors as the beauty and essence of rich traditional culture can be found in each and every corner of the state. But Jaipur established its recognition as a versatile tourist destination as it offers superb fortresses, serene temples, amazing havelis and royal palaces. If you are a lover of culture and architecture, like me then you would surely love this royal place. Jaipur is also well-known for its handicrafts and the amazing collection of jewelleries. This fabulous landscape is a perfect blend of palaces, art, culture, and rich Indian tradition. Jaipur is the right place for photographers to capture the beauty & culture of this historical city. If you really want to know about the roots of Indian culture and tradition, then you must visit this place.#How to reach Jaipur:Jaipur can be reached from anywhere in India due to its good connectivity. Jaipur is well connected to all the major cities of India; you can either go by train, by air or by airways.>>>Through Train:You can easily get various trains for Jaipur from Delhi, Agra, Lucknow, Patna, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Kota and many other popular cities of India. Jaipur has three railway stations, Jaipur Junction, Durgapura and Gandhinagar. Jaipur Junction is a main stoppage of all trains and few trains also stop at other two stations as well.>>>Through Airways:Jaipur airport, situated at Sanganer offers frequent flights to and from many major cities of India, including the national capital Delhi.>>>Through Road or Buses:Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation offers excellent bus services for Jaipur to Delhi. You can easily get many A/C and non A/C buses on every half an hour. Apart from Delhi, many express buses are also available to and from Jaipur. Jaipur has a good and well-connected highway so you can go by car or taxi as well.#Places to visit in Jaipur:I have visited this royal city before 2 months and really this was my most memorable experience of touring Jaipur. Jaipur city has beautiful historical palaces and forts which gives the glimpse of old Indian Architecture design. Here I have listed some of the most important charms of Jaipur, that can’t be missed if visit jaipur.>>>Amer Fort: Amer Fort is one of the prime attractions of Jaipur and located 11 kilometers from Jaipur. This fort is also called as Amber Fort; a beautiful fort is well-known for its majestic surroundings and spectacular palaces. If you like to experience the Hindu and Muslim architecture together, then you would surely love it. The red sandstone and white marble pavilions are the most delightful experience of this fort.>>>Jaigarh Fort: This beautiful creation of Maharaja Jai Singh is just located at around 900 meters from the Amber Fort. This spectacular fort is standing on the hilltop so you can explore the entire city of Jaipur from its top. The panoramic views of the pink city can be best seen from this fort. Jaigarh Fort is also called as Victory Fort.>>>Hawa Mahal: This is a most important attraction of Jaipur, located on the southern part of the city. This amazing five storied building contains a well designed museum, depicting the past and present of Jaipur. The stunning Hawa Mahal can be best visited at the morning time when the golden rays of sun touches to it. Hawa Mahal is also known as the Palace of Winds.>>>Nahargarh Fort: This glorious fort is located on the edge of Aravalli Hills. Nahargarh depicts the royal legacy of Rajasthan. If you are a wildlife lover, then you must visit this place while touring Jaipur. It is believed that this fort was considered as a hunting residence of the kings.>>>Jantar Mantar: This is one of the most beautiful places of Jaipur, crafted with marble and local stone. Jantar Mantar is declared as a national monument where you can explore a vast collection of astronomical devices that help to foresee eclipse, find earth orbits, track stars and much more.After exploring these magnificent places, don’t forget to visit other beautiful charms of the city like City Palace, Jal Mahal, Albert Hall, Govind Devji Temple, Raj Mandir Cinema, Laxmi Narayan Temple and so on.#Nearby Places to visit:>>Bagru: This is just around 28 km away from Jaipur, located at the southern part of Jaipur. This place is mainly known for its hand printed cloth industry.>>Sanganer: This is located at a distance of 15 kms from Jaipur. Sanganer is well-known for its traditional crafts. You should also visit a beautiful temple of Lord Parshwanath.>>Ramgarh Lake: This Lake is found at the 35 km north east of Jaipur. It is a good picnic spot for tourists.>>Samod: It is situated at the 40 km northwest of Jaipur. It is an old place where you can experience the great Rajput haveli architecture.Ranthambore and Sariska are the renowned wildlife sanctuaries situated near to Jaipur. All the nearby places can be easily reached from Jaipur either by bus or taxi.#Place to Stay in Jaipur:There are many option to stay in Jaipur, you can pick any of the option as per your budget. You can choose 5 star hotel, 4 star hotel, 3 star hotel, 2 star hotel, Budget hotel, Guesthouse, Apartment and so on. All the hotels are quite luxurious and provide all essential amenities, depending on their charges.The Raj Palace is a most luxurious 5 star hotel of Jaipur but quite expensive as well. If you can afford this, then you must stay over there to live royal life. Hotel Meghniwas, Clarks Amer, Hotel Bissau Palace, Dera Rawatsar, Saba Haveli, Hotel Om Tower, Hotel Mansingh, Mandawa Haveli, Jaipur Inn, and many more are the budgeted options to stay in Jaipur.My visit to Jaipur was amazing and I am sure you will also equally enjoy this place as I did. Make sure you don’t miss the must seen places of Jaipur. Shopping was the other most interesting part of my visit; in fact it was a real treat for me. There are many fabulous places that offer many high quality items. You can visit Anokhi, Kripal Kumbh, Art Chill, Gem Palace, and Hot Pink. These are the best places to shop. So, plan your trip to Jaipur and enjoy thoroughly. But yeah i would suggest you to stay at Zostel Jaipur. It's a nice and big property, beautiful location with everything just minutes away. The common room and everything are beautifully equipped and the best part is the kitchen and the coffee machine. Terrace is nice, but would have been nice if decorated like Rishikesh zostel.Zostel is India’s first chain of backpackers’ hostels. Hostels for travellers are a popular concept across Europe (not to be confused with school/college hostels). They are budget accommodations which are perfect for people travelling on a shoe-string budget. They go beyond accommodation and focus on travel as a lifestyle. Zostel is a facilitator that helps people gather new experiences and to #LiveItNow.PS: This is not an advertisement for Zostel. I just loved staying with them. Hence sharing the experience.
We boarded an overnight train from Bairagarh Raliway Station (near Bhopal) and reached Jaipur Railway Station by 9:30 am. The metro station is just nearby and we boarded the metro till Chandpole. We had a cup of tea just in front of the metro station and started searching for a room to freshen up. A cycle rickshaw driver took us to Simla Hotel which satisfied our needs as it was at a walkable distance from all the spots that we wanted to cover that day. We got two big rooms for quite reasonable price. After refreshing a bit, we entered into the sights of Jaipur.As soon as you will step into the streets of Jaipur, you will get to know why its called The Pink City. All the buildings across the street are painted in a terracotta “pink” colour which represents welcoming and hospitality. The paint was produced from a Calcium Oxide compound and is extremely durable in the arid conditions of Jaipur.
Inside Akshardham there are lot of cafe and eateries , so we had nice food and finally headed to metro station and huuh we were damn tired and slept off , as we had to start our next day trip of golden triangle .Next day destination was Jaipur.We started from the hotel by 6.30 am our journey to Jaipur.We reached hotel in Jaipur around 12pm .We checked into the hotel.This hotel was near Amber area. The hotel also had some look of palace and big enough .This had a pool as well so since it was pretyy hot we just jumped into the pool .After pool we quickly ordered our food in the hotel only and everyone got ready .Our plan was to visit Jalmahal [ outside view ], Hawamahal , City Palace , Jantar mantar if possible and some shopping .Jal mahal street view has many people with the authentic Rajasthani dress which they provide for rent [50rs] and take the photo .There were many colorful umbrellas , very cute ones which you can buy for a bargain for 150rs. Then we headed towrds the city Palace ,it is a beautiful place giving the pink city view and finally we could visit only Hawa Mahal as they have entry timings which will be closed by 4.30,Plan accordingly as per your priorities.Finally after enquiring we found out GT towers is good place for shopping , we had some yummy lassi and started towards the GT towers .
The Jaipur Literature Fest (JLF) is the world's biggest literature festival that has been held in Jaipur, Rajasthan since the year 2007. Authors and readers from all over the country and the world flock to JLF each winter, turning the entire week into a festival! From the venue of the fest, Diggi Palace, to the forts, theatres and streets of Jaipur, each corner of the city is decorated to welcome stories from every nook and corner of the world. If you are part of the very few people who haven't attended even a single JLF, you're missing out on something that might just change your life! Here are a few things that you cannot miss if you're at the JLF 2018 which will be held from January 25-29,2018.
A fascinating blend of the Hindu and Muslim cultures, every frame of Hyderabad - the joint capital of Andhra Pradesh and...
Our road trip starts from Hyderabad. It was a sudden plan and without taking a step back, we approached to our destination.We friends of 3+1(me), as usual started at devil hours i.e 3am as it was our first time(3am) we are excited. Taking the route through ORR and moving along the way feels to be excited.As we are moving ahead, sun began to rise it was a beautiful opening of the day.The wide 4lane road NH7 making our day more thrilling, as there was no such traffic which gave us to speed up at 160km/hr. I know it's not safe to drive fast but to reach and explore the place we have too.
The Pearl City down south, Hyderabad is renowned for its regal past, rich architecture, culture, and of course, its biryani that remains unmatched even today. Hyderabad has emerged as one of the most popular tourist destination in south India. Here's a poshtel where you can stay;
Note for Travelers:The Palace is located at Motigalli, very close to Charminar. It is well connected by public transport. The palace open from 10am to 5pm on all days except Fridays and National holiday. Entry charges are Rs.80. You need to pay Rs.50 extra for using still camera and Rs.200 for Video camera. There is ample parking space outside.To see the place and the surrounding area you will need 2-3 hrs of time. There are some trees and garden area where you can sit and relax. There is small refreshments store also inside.If antique or metal items interests, you can purchase some here.Photographer’s Note:The place interests photographers especially for its architecture. There is a lot of scope from big monuments to small intricate designs that you can shoot. As in many such monuments Tripods are not allowed.Suggested Equipment: A DSLR + Wide Angle Lens + A prime (optional)ONE LIFE FEW CLICKS | Photography Workshops & Photo Tours
Darbar Hall/Khilawat, was the seat of the Nizams and a place for holding darbar and other ceremonies. This place actually looks royal with its grand pillars and Takht-e-Nishan, a platform made of pure marble used as seating place of Nizam. The darbar hall is decorated with 19 Chandeliers of Belgian crystal, which has been reinstalled while recent renovation. All the chandeliers are of different designs.Darbar Hall is the best part of the palace to feel the grandeur and elegance of the palace.
The complex consists of two courtyards, the Dharbar Hall (the grand Khilwat), fountains and gardens.The Southern courtyard has four palaces - Afzal Mahal, Mahtab Mahal, Tahniyat Mahal and Aftab Mahal, built in the neo-classical style.The Northern courtyard has long corridor of rooms at one side called as Bara Imam. This space was for administrative wing at the time of Nizams. The other side of the courtyard are mirror images of the rooms which is called Shishe-Alat. These were used as guest rooms.
Chowmahalla Palace, as the name suggests the meaning ‘Char Mahal’ (Four Palaces). It was the residence of the Nizams of Hyderabad.The grand architecture, intricate designs on it and the decoration styles reflects how royal but elegant was the lives of Nizams in that era.The buildings had lost their charm with the passing time, and then the present heir of the Nizam started renovation. It took almost 5 year to complete. In January 2005 they decided to open this place for public.There are different galleries showcasing crockery, clothing, furniture, photographs and weapons of Nizam’s era. Vintage cars and buggee display is a major attraction for Car lovers.
Hyderabad is probably one of the most affordable metropolitan cities in India which makes it an ideal city for budget travellers. Home to grand old forts, palaces and monuments, there are various places to visit in Hyderabad that offer myriad cultural experiences for every kind of traveller. And practically at ZERO cost. Sharing a guide of the places which costs your pocket nothing and are absolutely Free of cost
It is quite a challenge for differently-abled people to roam around in public places specifically in our country because major sites doesn’t support the basic facilities required for a smooth transition by them. This has been an issue for a while with nothing much happening on this front. But a recent development announced by Telangana government does ignite a ray of hope and the initiative only sounds promisingThe government has announced the opening of a disabled-friendly park in Hyderabad, which has been designed keeping in mind all the basic amenities required by them to enjoy effortlessly in public spaces.
01st Aug 2017 :This August 2017 I was having a long weekend for 12,13,14,15 days and already informed my friends about a plan to Goa or Gokarna.As we were close to the D-Day and was finalizing the place to visit, one of my close buddy called up to invite for his marriage on 12th in Prodattur.Had to scrap off my Beaches plans and planned down to attend the marriage.So, started checking the places in and around Prodattur and found few interesting places. Had enough time over the weekend so planed my trip for 3 days to visit most of the places.Interesting Places on my List around my way:ProdaturAhobhilam - TempleGandikota – The Indian great CanyonKadapa ameenpur durgah - MasjidBelum cavesYaganti (unplanned visit) - TemplePushpagiri temple (unplanned visit) – TempleLets see wat I can cover……………………..Day 01 : (Hyderabad – Ahobilam - Proddatur)One of my friend and a Cousin Joined the trip, and we planned to start by 6am.Unfortunately, no one woke up early and at last we gathered at 10 am.Had our breakfast in Himayatnagar and Started our journey taking the PVR expressway towards Kurnool highway. In My Verna VGT.
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Earlier known as Cochin, this is now the gateway to Kerala and the most popular city in the state. The Western Ghats lie...
Day 10 ooty to kochi So it was time to leave ooty now. After all our morning duties we were on our bike ready to ride till kochi today. And we started our ride as usual. The climate was too good as well as the scenes as the roads passes through the tea plantations. Which made the ride too good. After enjoying the ride for sometime we decide to halt for a breakfast at a small hotel bang opposite to a tea field. Here we also clicked few pics before having our breakfast. I spotted a furry kitty which was too cute whose pic i have shared below. The cats here have more fur maybe due to the low temperature here. As we were at the hotel we met a kerala guy who was working here and was on his way to his home on his royal enfield. We had a small chat and asked us about the route for which we said we will go to kozhicode and then to kochi. He advised us to go directly to kochi as the other way would be too long and hectic as well. So we decide to go directly to kochi. After which that guys was with us for few kilometers and also took a video of me riding my bike from behind and gave it me. The route was too scenic as we were riding between the woods. After our lunch we started again and now google took us from all the way it could. As the roads were not in that good condition and we don’t remember how many turns we took or rather we couldn’t count how many turns we took. And it was as if we were taking either right or left every 1 or 2 kilometers. And we this for the next 150 odd kilometers. We were tired by now as we were riding on some interior road. Finally we hit the highway and till now we took some 4 hours to cover that 150km and now when we were on highway and some 100km left to reach kochi. We covered this 100km in 1.30hrs. We were that happy as we got a good highway. At a signal we heard a person inside the car saying to his wife look at the number plate, these guys are riding from maharashtra. We decided we will look for a hotel by the highway as it will be easy for us to start our ride next day. Just found a decent hotel and checked in and asked the guard to look after our bikes and he was talking to me in tamil and i also replied to him in tamil. He didn’t knew malayalam and he looked at me as i replied to him in tamil. He asked how do you know tamil. Then i explained to him that my mother tongue is tamil then i found out that his native and my native is hardly 20km apart. It was time for a good biriyani then followed by sleep. TO BE CONTINUED IN PART 2
I had taken an evening flight from Chennai to Kochi the day before I wanted to officially start touring. I must say that prices along this route are quite reasonable, especially when booked in advance. My AirBnB accommodation was near the historic Fort Kochi area, and it was at a walking distance from the Maritime Museum (the museum itself is okay for a quick visit). Old Kochi is very relaxed and beautiful, its numerous cafes, old-fashioned streets(Kashi Art Cafe and Princess Street being notable examples) and art galleries gives off a distinct European vibe. Kochi is a melting pot of various culturess-it was under the Dutch, Portuguese and British in addition to the Cochin Royal Family and Hyder Ali. I started my day with Mattancherry Palace-beautiful wall paintings-and then went crazy exploring the old synagogues, antique/perfume/garment shops in Jew Town. The Kochi-Muzhiris Biennale was going on at that time and the whole area was transformed into a lovely open museum. I also walked around a lot, to the churches and the Chinese Fishing Nets at the main beach. Kochi has numerous beaches and islands, and you can choose one to visit depending on the length of your itinerary. The highlight of the day was a Kathakali performance at the Kerala Kathakali Centre (tickets available from the Tourist office near Princess Street). TIP: Go in 1 hour before the actual performance starts to see the artists put on their elaborate makeup, and click pictures!
Excited and all pumped up, my husband and I finally reached Kochi. The airport was cosy and I thought it was the cutest airport I have ever been to. Our driver Aslam was waiting patiently for us. It took us almost an hour to reach our hotel. I loved every minute of the drive. The coconut trees combined with the perfect weather was very welcoming. We stayed at ‘The Dunes Continental’ in SRM road. Since it was only a day stay in Kochi we decided to make the most of it. We first visited the Jew town and took a stroll through the streets. It’s the perfect place to buy souvenirs for your loved ones. Stumbled upon a lovely cafe called the ‘Mocha Art Cafe’. The entrance looks likes an art gallery some of them which you can purchase too. Would not recommend you to have any vegetarian items as they were all bland. The jumbo prawns however were delicious! After a scrumptious meal, we headed towards the Kochi beach. I had high expectations but it was not like the normal beaches. A small beach like place where the locals come to take a stroll with tiny cafe’s around the corners. The waves however seemed to be very strong. The sun started to set and we planned on heading back to the hotel but Aslam convinced us to visit Kochi’s biggest mall, ‘Lulu Mall’. A crowded mall with not many options to choose from as compared to the malls in Delhi NCR. We decided to call it a night after a very disappointing North Indian dinner.Tips - Make sure you carry a bunch of toilet rolls. I know it might sound funny but Kerala does have a shortage of good toilet rolls. My tiny facial tissues came handy in public toilets and even in Lulu Mall. The washrooms in the mall does not have toilet rolls. The North Indian cuisines are tasteless and a waste of money. So better stick to the local dishes.
The day in Kochi was spent in the wedding and being my friend's side throughout the day. I hit the sack early as was completely tired and out and had a flight next morning back to Delhi via Mumbai, another 7 hours journey. What I carry with me through the trip is a growing dissatisfaction with not being able to spend more days in Kerala. I always knew four days aren't enough, but since I did not want to miss even this little opportunity, I jumped on it. But hey guys, I have a promise for myself to spend at least a fortnight in Kerala with family within a year. So, wait for my next blog on Kerala, in much detail, in about a year time. That's my promise to you.Below I have given a bit of idea for the beginners if you wish to travel Kerala without fears and without dears.Beginner's Guide To Kerala:Travel stories of fellow bloggers and twitter have been my "travel guides". Before I could take that step to tell my parents about any trips plan that I am craving for (Of course, not the first step out of the house, I need their permission first!), I go through a great research of the place and plan a rough itinerary.During my Kerala visit, I kept a line with a few must-haves as well as the basic knowledge of the city that will help the beginners when they plan to travel Kerala, sure it did wonders for me!
Day 1- Our first day started with reaching Cochin airport at 9:30 AM, in another 20 minutes, we were free to go out. It was time for our breakfast and we decided to go to Anna’s Cafe which is on your left when you take the exit from the airport. We ordered the Banana fry, Masala Dosa and Sambar Vada, everything was light and fresh as was expected and the price wise average. After that we had our tea at a food joint opposite to Anna’s cafe, name starts with Noor but I forgot the whole name, tea was nice, the way we wanted and only for Rs 10. We booked our cab from Earthy routes. I loved the service of Earthy routs, Mr Deepak from Earthy routes was waiting for us on airport along with the driver Mr Jithin since 9:30 AM. It was really nice that Mr Deepak came to receive us and explained us about our sightseeing itinerary.
I reached Cochin around 11am. After lunch we went to visit the huge Forane Church at Edappally . It is gigantic and i was surprised to see the magnitude of detail in it. It has a huge prayer hall which could sit hundreds. In the evening I visited the 'Marine Drive' where we rode a ferry which took us around the creek. We saw the sunset over there and also saw our INS - Vikramaditya.Next morning we visited the cherrai beach. It was nice with strong waves lashing on the beach and I wanted to go for a swim but I had not planned a swim for today. After a couple of hours in the beach , we came back to the city and I had plans to visit the Athirapally(bahubali) waterfalls. It is away from the city and it took us a couple of hours to reach the place. It was November and the water was less but looking at the rocks you could imagine the force of water during monsoons.
Available Excursions: 'Heritage trail of Cochin' - Take a walk through Fort Cochin, visit the oldest European church in India, the Santa Cruz Basilica; head to the Parade Ground, a large park historically used first by the Portuguese to store their armaments; visit Cochin's seafront to admire a powerful symbol of the centuries-old Chinese influence on this coast, the Chinese fishing nets.
Leave for Kochi early in the morning and experience city life. On the way, you can stop and relax at the Marari beach. It’s a clean beach which is not flocked by people. So it gives you a perfect opportunity to relax and unwind and also some amazing pictures.If you are visiting Kerala with children, you can head to Wonderla. It has got some of the most amazing rides in the country. No doubts, it remains badly crowded on most days. If you hate waiting in long queues, I would suggest you to refrain and instead head to Fort Kochi.
We woke up early around 6:30 AM & all of us were ready by 8, We left the hotel & quickly rushed to Ernakulum Junction Railway Station. After tiring 10 Hrs journey we reached Bangalore with memories of beautiful Munnar & Cochin.Actually I felt that this the place where you can have all 5 senses Feel, See, Touch, Hear & Taste.I could feel the cool breezing air, I could see the beautiful hills, I could touch the clouds, I could Hear the sound of water fall & Off course I had good Taste of Masala Tea.
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
Udaipur beckons tourists from all over the world with its romantic landscapes and ethereal monuments. Bordered by the cr...
There I got to know that Famous "Karni Mata Mandir" is in Udaipur which is also famous as a Rat Temple. I have heared the stories and have watched some videos. Got really excited to see the place and headed towards Udaipur.
UdaipurWe stayed in a hotel and decided to go and eat pani poori! There we met an auto rikshaw driver who was ready to take us through all the important points in a day and in a very cheap price! We called him the next day and headed to complete our udaipur journey.
While Udaipur is well-known for its lakes, there is more to its beauty than meets the eye. With its charming forts, intriguing culture, and a hostel just like home, Udaipur is everything Rajasthan is about. And if it is still not on your bucket list, have you even visited Rajasthan?
Day 8: End your trip at UdaipurEnjoy a hearty breakfast at the resort, after which you can make your way to Udaipur which is a little over 2 hours away. Situated on the banks of the pretty Pichola lake, Udaipur is named after Maharana Udai Singh II who founded this city in 1559. Its name translates to “city of dawn”, but curiously, it springs to life at dusk.
The royalty of Udaipur oozes out of its architecture and people, as they religiously follow commandment of "atithi devo bhava".
This part of the journey was a, de-stress therapy, on top of the world, infinity pool, relaxing, gazing at the city, it looked like the city is floating on water. The city is full of beautiful lakes, but the best one had to be Pichola, where you can sit by the side of lake, roll a joint, and enjoy the view.
After our 2 Nights stay in Jaisalmer now it was time for City of Lakes…. UdaipurUdaipur - 2NightsUdaipur is known for its picturesque surroundings and its royal past annd yeesss beautiful lakes :)We visited - Lake Pichola,City Palace of Udaipur,Bagore Ki Haveli, Lake Fatehsagar Udaipur
Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,October,November,December
For a dose of south Indian culture with a side of French flavours, travel to the city of Pondicherry (also known as Pudu...
The next day, we woke up with great excitement and a kick-ass Coffee by Guru Bhaiya, to explore the city. We hired bikes, my bad I don't know how to ride a bike, a pillion anyways, haha i know how to ride a cycle though.The morning was pretty awesome, we rode our bikes on the roads of Pondi, drove through the coastline again, it is a must have experience for everyone i suggest, who does not want to witness such a nature's beauty, but yeah it is a traveler kinda thing not so likely for tourists.Anyway, man!!! the blue color was everywhere, as far as I could see. Renting bikes is the best way to explore Pondi and nearby places, it isn't that costly either. You can have them in 150 INR only, the rate changes as per the vehicle.Though there is no scope of bargaining, yaaas because the locals are way too friiiiiendly there :D and yep verrrrry helping :D :D - Rage from last night i guess :D :D :D :D So we had a breakfast stoppage on our way, we ate delicious chicken curry, traditional ~ local South Indian chicken curry and no concept of Roti yes, so be aware all the chapati fans outta here!! you can get a Parotha only, anyways it was yumm.As usual die-hard non-vegetarians we are who cares for what day meal is it, murga kabhi bhi faad sakte hain ji, subeh ho ya sham!!Well, the City ~ Crowded, Chaos, Noisy and a lot of hustle, perfect small town. It was very hot though, almost burning temperature, I got a real tan dude!! unbreakable tan layer you must say :D or the darkest tint of Tan :D, anyways,So after few circles of the streets and some lost ways, we get our way straight out towards the main attraction of Pondicherry - The Rock Beach, French Colony & Serenity Beach.
Here are some of the must do things when here:1. Walk around the White town2. Have food at a cafe here - Visit Cafe DesArts for the decor and Cafe Xtasi for the pizza3. Walk along the Promenade early morning, may be catch the sunrise from here4. Spend time surfing or just chilling and swimming at one of the beaches5. Visit the Matrimandir in Auroville and on your way back, grab food at the famous Auroville bakery!
8) Puducherry: A 22 K.M drive From Cuddalore station takes you to the union territory of Puducherry or Pondy as fondly nicknamed by the visitors. Life moves at its own pace in Pondicherry. With beautiful little cafes scattered around white town, Pondy is the place where you can afford to go off-routine and let go a little. Tree lined streets, quiet beaches, backwaters, and a French connection that is visible in the architecture are some of the things that add charm to Pondicherry. Pondy is also known for its Doll-making, textiles and silk. Shopping here is easy on the pockets as there is low to no tax. Pondy is home to many boutique and designer brands. Travel and leisure wise, Pondicherry is a complete experience in itself. Do plan your journey in a way that you don’t end up here on a weekend. There are a LOT of people and if you do visit on a weekend, get your stay booked well in advance.What to see: Promenade beach, Aurovile, Lighthouse, Serenity beach, Paradise beach, Pichavaram mangroves.Where to stay: Sarvamangalam inn, Ramana Residency, Executive Inn, Bay View Hotel, Pondicherry guest house, Velvett Villa, Coramandal Residence, Raj residency, Auroville.Where to eat: Seagulls, Tantos, Rendezvous café, Surguru Restaurant (Classic lip-smacking local food) Sarvana Bhavan, La Villa, Umami Kitchen.Recommended number of days: 3n/4dPondicherry to Chennai train – 140/- (4 hours)Chennai to Hospet bus – 1200/- (12 hours)Stay: Rooms start at 1000/- per night.Food: 1200/- per day or less, depends where you choose to eat. (Breakfast-lunch-dinner; without alcohol)Total Cost: 7940/-
India is literally like a box full of treasures waiting to be explored. Pondicherry is a beautiful place and it’s considered as French capital of the nation. Be it historical sites, ancient monuments, location with natural beauty, right from Snow capped mountains to pristine beaches. India has it all! But Pondicherry is like no other City in India. This city is Unique in more than one ways and will take you back in time with its beautiful French colonies and establishments, which are preserved till date.You will have enormous fun in your small holiday trips to Pondicherry and make a fun filled excursion. When you are visiting Pondicherry then you need to see the best weather to visit this place. But before we begin, here’s what you need to know before you plan a trip to Pondicherry.
9) ENJOY THE NIGHTLIFE IN FRENCH STYLE!Housed in a beautiful French colonial building, Café de Flore organises lovely evening concerts. The grassy courtyard, delicious French food with the music in the background make for one magical evening.
Known for its French architecture and beautiful beaches, Pondicherry is also home to progressive people who mind their own business.
After taking a weather check, I started towards Pondicherry. It was a fresh and a nippy morning with spine freezing breeze blowing my senses away.
The next morning, I got up pretty early, boarded a bus from the main road, a few metres away from my stay for 10 bucks that took me to the Pondicherry town. I had a humble breakfast of Idli and Filter Coffee, and walked around the place clicking Instagrammable pictures of Pondicherry. I went to the Pondicherry museum which was fine and seemed to be promoting Arikamedu, an archaeological site in the Pondicherry territory. However, I had no desire to visit the ruins at the time, and went around the town itself. I had some cake at the Bakers’ Street and got myself some beer and wine from the wineshop across. I went to Aurobindo Ashram, but it was already 12, and I had to wait until 1.30 to get inside. I spent the time on the Street itself. Aurobindo Ashram happened to be a quiet place, with something funny happening around. All the people who entered were asked to keep mum and sit around meditating or praying, and it was visible from the faces of the people that everyone was confused at the begin, but then they were acting sure after a few minutes, having realized that they have to behave like everybody else. The ashram had a book store that sold books on Sri Aurobindo in over 25 languages. Walking back I had lunch at a aesthetic restaurant which failed to give me a decent Thai Curry, and it was the worst food that I had in a long time. Once again, I got a bus that drove me to Auroville beach for 6 bucks this time.
Also called Amdavad, this place happened to be the former capital of the state of Gujarat. The third largest of all the ...
Uttarayan, Ahmedabad - Jan 2018 Uttarayan is celebrated on the occasion of the first day of sun's transit into the Makara (Capricorn) and marking the end of the winters. The local folks of Gujarat celebrate this festival in every corner of the world. They fly kites in the afternoon, dance on the tunes of Garba in the evening and then fly hundreds of sky lanterns in night.
We friends were planning Diu trip for a long time and eventually, we did, we tried to be super casual, we booked only transportation, no stay whatsoever. Did some research on redbus.com and booked seats in a GSRTC bus which departs from Ahmedabad bus depot in the night around 10 PM.Day 1 of the trip
By Air - A flight from New Delhi to Ahmedabad or a direct flight from New Delhi to Bhuj Airport which run almost everyday.
Day 6:A long 8 hours journey awaited us today from Dwarka to Ahmedabad. We left at 9:30 AM and reached our hotel House of MG by 5:30 PM.House of MG is an excellent property and one of the best heritage hotel I have ever stayed in. The hotel is situated in the old part of the city and really provides an old-world charm. They have merged heritage with luxury to give a unique experience. It has 2 properties: Mangaldas ni haveli 1 and 2. We stayed in 1 where there much hyped Agashiye restaurant is present. The havelis have been beautifully restored. Though we had an idea that we chose the best property in Ahmedabad but once we reached here we were completely spellbound with its grandeur & awestruck interiors.They conduct short tours of 2 hours daily to nearby old city, jain temples, markets, havelis both at night and during the day. Ticket is Rs. 250. I really wanted to go for night tour but so couldn’t go for it since I was dead tired. They have a museum showcasing different fabrics, embroideries, handlooms and other textiles available across Gujarat and India. Hotel guests have free access to this museum. Then, there is a small shop inside the hotel premises called “Local Artisans” selling Gujarati traditional handicrafts, home décor things, clothes, souvenirs at over the top prices!
Day 1Our flight was at 2:30 PM. On reaching Ahmedabad we called our driver whose details had already been shared with us by Safari.com. We reached Hotel Nami Residency by 5 PM. A descent budget hotel with average rooms, service and food.We left for Law Garden weekend evening market in evening. It is a flea market which is famous for Gujarati traditional (predominantly Kutch) dresses, accessories, home décor and footwear. Small stalls with colorful display of clothes like Lehenga-choli, dupattas, stoles, etc. are lined along the road and are thronged by tourists and locals alike. Bargaining is at its peak here! Our driver specifically mentioned to shop for these traditional Kutch clothes at Bhuj or Runn of Kutch incase going there since it will be cheaper, more authentic offering more variety.Law market is also famous for its street food stalls. Lot of dhabas with all kind of cuisines operate in full swing as the sun sets. We had Kathiawadi Thali at one such dhaba and it was mouthwatering especially the tomato sev sabji and bajre ka rotla!
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It was an instant plan , next day was sunday and we decided to make a visit to lion safari park which was recently opened in DHARI.
If I mention beautiful Dargahs, quaint mosques, museums, lovely havelis and a market serving mouthwatering nihari, kulcha and tandoori chicken, you’ll think that I am talking about Delhi. But no, this is not the Capital of India but the capital of Gujarat, Ahmedabad. Recently declared the first Indian World Heritage City by UNESCO, Ahmedabad holds everything that hides in Delhi along with bustling night markets, culinary culture and scattered monuments in every corner of the city Ahmedabad has something that Delhi lacks and it is the safety that makes traveling here an extraordinary affair.
Left from Pune early morning, traveled through Mumbai and en route through Surat, Vadodara and reached Ahmedabad late night.The roads from Borivali Mumbai to Gujarat are as plain as butter. My vehicle manage to keep an average speed of 60+ Kms ... and believe me with Accent 2003 its very good. Also worth mentioning is that there are good options to stop and rest through the entire route.We managed to get correct directions from time to time from a sweet lady who was kind enough to tell us if we should go straight, or take third exit or if we were on fastest route. Sometimes I do feel i have secret crush on her.... oh Google Maps. Hate her family member though who keeps suggesting me what I want to search or auto completing me...Tried giving KFC (Khakra Fafra Chai) a try but this is not for me. Locals however love the dish
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One of the most colourful and indiscreet cities of India, Varanasi is one of the seven holiest cities for the Hindus. Al...
Varanasi, the most religious city of India, where life and death meet. Not really a touristy place but a city you need to visit once in your life. Evening aarti in Varanasi is a must visit. The holi cow, narrow roads, hustle and bustle of the city. The feel is straight out of a Hindi movie.How to reach:Kolkata to Varanasi is around 680Km. There are many trains between the two. It takes around 12 hour by train. There is no direct flight.
Our first destination was Sarnath. Situated 15kms away from the city, sarnath has many tourists for all 12 months. You have to take ticket for entering into the museum and the park. The cost for museum is INR5 for Indians. You have to deposit all your items including camera, cellphones, and any eatable outside the museum. They provide you with lockers where you can keep your important belongings. The museum has very old monuments of lord Shiva, and very old commodities which people used to have. I would recommend you to not hire a guide here. The famous Asoka chakra is visible here. A 10 mins walk in the museum will serve the purpose of visiting this place. The museum closes at 5, make sure you visit it before the closing time. There is a park close to museum. This park is huge and if you would like to work on your photography skills, you will find a lot of places to try your camera. With lots of monks praying to lot of tourists this place has its own history. You will encounter a lot of monks who will get clicked with you as well
Located in the sacred city of Varanasi and in parts of Uttarakhand, the Aghori sadhus are a terrifying sight, using their long matted hair and (frequently)nude bodies coated in ash.They indulge in shocking rituals such as eating human remains before or after they're cremated, and having sexual intercourse with corpses. A lot of people flock to obtain their blessings since it's thought they have therapeutic powers.Govardhan Puja:
Being the oldest continuously inhabited city of India, it is impossible to not be enchanted by the spiritual vibrance and order-in-chaos of Varanasi.
One of the most colorful and fascinating places on earth-Varanasi. Also known as Kashi/Benaras. Varanasi is popular pilgrimage point for the Hindus. One of the holiest place, city of Moksha for Hindus since centuries - an ultimate pilgrimage. Varanasi is the oldest city of the world. More than 3000 years old and is famous as the city of temples. Many Hindus believe that dying in Varanasi brings salvation. Apart from Kashi Biswanath Temple which is one of the major attraction point for offering Puja to Lord Shiva, ghats of Ganga is another major attraction where people watches the daily life of Varanasi. Sankat Mochan temple is also very popular for offering puja to Hanumanji. Within 3 days , how you will plan your schedule depends to you. There are certain people , who will only love to spend time beside river Ganga. I have spent more time on Ganga ghats. During first or second day, try to complete to offer puja to Kashi Biswanath temple, Sankat Mochan, Annapurna mandir and other temples where you want to.
I took Begumpura express and it will drop you in the holy city in the afternoon and you have a whole evening to be spent all by yourself by the ghats. Take a hotel/hostel near Assi Ghat (the most convenient way to start off your ghat walk)
2017 was a bit tough for me. I just wanted to disappear somewhere for some time. My plan had some barriers and they could have easily converted into excuses for the cancellation of the trip. Biggest barrier was budget. I didn't want to ask money from my parents. So,i finally managed to organise 4000rs which i had saved in the previous few months. But i was confused about destination and after searching for few days i decided to go varanasi.
Lucknow or the City of Nawabs sitting on the banks of the Gomti river, is regarded as North India’s cultural capital. ...
We started our journey from Lucknow To Naimisharanya around 8o'clock Morning. The distance between these two places are near about 91 KM so if you travel at the consistent speed of 50 KM per hour you can reach Naimisharanya in 2 hours and 12 minutes.How to Reach :There are all faciliies availabe like UP Govt Buses, Train but I like to say that you have to prefer Cab from Lucknow so you can go there in the morning and back to lucknow by the evening without any husstle.
From Agra, leave for the capital of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow. A foodie's paradise, Lucknow is known for the world-renowned tunday kebabs. But there's much more to explore in this underrated city. Buildings reminiscent of the British Raj, mausoleums, and a bhool bhulaiya (maze) to get lost in this city, make it a fun place to visit.
The journey from Bhairahawa to Lucknow marked the final leg of TON 2017. After crossing the border (which happened surprisingly quick), we traversed 360 km of Indian highways through Gorakhpur and Faizabad to arrive at Lucknow. There was celebratory ceremony marking the conclusion of this epic journey. Receiving certificates of completion made the riders ecstatic and emotional which was evident in farewell addresses by fellow mates and crew members.
The Nepal journey began from Lucknow at the Golden Tulip Hotel. It felt like déjà vu entering the hotel lobby, seeing the riders wait with their riding gear and luggage with curiousity and high hopes in their eyes. Some of the people from the Bhutan team were back again for this one and I could completely understand the excitement in their hearts as we caught up and discussed old episodes.The highlight of the team this time were the 4 female riders who had joined us from Bangalore and Aurangabad. They seemed confident, experienced and ready for the challenging ride with all their charm.Day zero was First aid training by Tarun (Rashtriya Life Saving Society) followed by tour brief by Shawn Dsouza and Rohan Pimpley (RE team) with a thorough Q&A session breaking the ice and setting the tone right for the team to kickstart the journey next day.
We started from Lucknow, aka The City of Nawabs & reached Gaya Junction, the nearest railway station to Bodhgaya after a twelve-hour journey by train. Without any delay, we took an auto-rickshaw to Bodhgaya that is around 17 km away. You can find a number of transport facilities to go Bodhgaya from Gaya Junction.Where to Stay –
Lucknow, also known as the city of Nawabs has developed over the years but hasn't lost its rich cultural heritage. The city is divided into two parts the old city and the new city . The old city primarily consists of the Imambaras (shrines), the monuments, the very famous tundey kababs. The new city has the malls and the parks. There is a startling difference between the two, the new city is cleaner , better roads and it's easier to get a mode of transportation, whereas the old city is dusty and the main mode of transportation is cycle rickshaw, electric rickshaw and shared autos, however, it has most of the places that are worth seeing.
Best time to visit - January,February,September,October,November,December
Popular, colourful and culturally rich, Jodhpur is one of Rajasthan's most beautiful cities. It is also known as the Sun...
The blue city, welcomed us with some delicious “Dal Bhati”, it just added to the Rajasthani feels, blue Jodhpur was blending with sky, when you see it from 150ft high zip line, like a king from the Mehrangarh fort. The fact that the city is blessed with some good food is so true; the food was amazing, so if in Jodhpur, no worries about food.
JodhpurJodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan. The city is known as the "Blue City" because most of its houses in the old city are painted in Blue.We visited - Mehrangarh Fort and Umaid Bhawan Palace in JodhpurAfter our visit to Umaid Bhavan we started to Jaisalmer by Tempo TravelerStay in Jodhpur - The Umed Jodhpur (Good stay with good ambiance)Distance - From Jodhpur Station to Hotel is 11min(4.2km)(You can rent an OLA from station to hotel)
As soon as I reached I rushed to cover the 3 major places on my list - Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace, and Jaswant Thada. I covered everything in a rush before hitting the train for Jaisalmer.
Day 2 : Jaipur to Jodhpur (350 Kms app)We started in the morning after having breakfast covered the ride in around 7 hours. In the evening we roam across the streets and had local flavours of Jodhpur. Love for Food keep us going.
Don’t forget to try Kachoris and Mirchi Vada in Jodhpur. You can get street food anywhere in the city especially outside the fort.
Day 7 - Jodhpur - the Blue CityAlthough a city, Jodhpur still breathes the royalty that once existed. Right from the grand Mehrangarh fort to Umaid Bhavan, this city has contained its culture and tradition. Visit one of the roof top restaurants surrounding the fort for a spectacular night view of the fort on one side and the iconic Clock Tower on the other. Go zip lining from the fort which takes an hour, have delightful pani puris and go street shopping. The blue houses are extremely difficult to find, start walking the lanes around the fort and if you are in luck, you might find one.Jaswant Thada, Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park, Pukhraj Durry Udhyog and Mandore Gardens are some places to visit. Circling back to the start, I headed to Udaipur in an overnight bus.
Best time to visit - January,February,March,November,December
Home to the grandiose Taj Mahal, Agra’s city echoes of its bygone Mughal era days. Located in Uttar Pradesh, tourists ...
Of course, there are stories about the architect being blinded or his hands being chopped. Yet, people forget about those pains as they see the captivating beauty of Taj Mahal. "Not a piece of architecture, as other buildings are, but the proud passion of an emperor's love wrought in living stones." ~ Sir Edwin Arnold
Well, my childhood dream came true. I visited the Taj Mahal. My sister booked a cab for our whole trip - to Delhi and Agra. So we got in the vehicle, took the National Highway, took some breaks in between, and along with some mild argument with a police officer, we are on our way again. (Miraculously, that Police Officer showed us the hotel where we can stay just next to the Taj Mahal). In the morning everybody dressed up, bought a ticket and went in. To tell the truth, that way the very first time I have found my dreams actually come true. From reading about the Taj in the textbooks to seeing it face to face is one of the most amazing moments of my life.
I thought, only I am excited to see the Agra fort, but saw dad walking fast to secure us entry passes. As soon as you enter the monumental doors of Agra fort, you are going have a war with local guides. Once you succeed in the negotiations, the journey inside begins.
The most popular weekend getaway from Delhi would have to be Agra. Within 200kms from Delhi, it takes less than 3 hours to reach Agra via Yamuna Expressway. While it may be famous for the Taj Mahal, it is also a great weekend destination away from the bustling city. If you are a history buff, this city will definitely catch your fancy.
It was 14th August , the day of the week when most of the people are hit with Monday Morning blues (sometimes I do too) and the next day being 15th August was holiday .As usual , I had nothing to do other than to lie on bed lazily the whole day . Suddenly it occured to me that I should visit Agra . I never have had any chance to visit Agra previously . Agra is just 230 kms from Gurgaon and around 4 hours drive . I geared up and quickly booked an Activa online for 2 days . I cost me 650/- INR excluding fuel . I left the office early and picked up my ride from Wheelstreet (online bike renting plattform) . I reached my place , took a quick shower , packed the necessary items for two days and started my solo - road trip to Agra . If you go on a bike , road trip do not forget your powerbank , face mask , driving gloves , and arm sleeves . One thing to note here that if you are going to Agra on a road trip on 2-wheelers , do not take the Yamuna Expressway . Instead opt for the Palwal highway which is pretty good .In my case , I did the same opted for the latter , which is comparatively safer . I left Gurgaon at 7.30 pm after having some evening snacks .Google Map was of great help and the connectivity throughout the journey was good.I had a pit stop at one of the dhabhas along the way . The food was yum and the price reasonable . I passed through the famous towns such Gokul , Vrindavan and Mathura . Even at around 12 o'clock at night , these towns were lively and jubiliant as the next day was Janmashmi . The celebrations of this festival was in full swing and most of the relevant shops were open . At around 1 AM , I was on my bed at my Hotel Room . I had not booked it earlier , so I had to pay a little extra which I regretted . After 4 hours drive , I needed rest and I dozed off as soon as I hit the bed .So friends please , book your rooms beforehand or be ready to make a good bargain .
Sharp a 2 hour journey and at 8, we got off at the Agra Cantt Railway Station and headed towards the hotel in our pre-booked vehicle.A quick check-in, we drop our luggage and move further to have the first WOW experience, it's the Agra fort. Beautiful architecture and amazing history, we see, click, listen, learn and come out full of stories and pictures.
If you have visited Taj Mahal a thousand times and have come to believe that that there's nothing more to discover, wait till you see Mehtab Bagh on a moonlit night. Tourist guides and popular travel books will rarely tell you about this hidden treasure of Agra, simply because it's difficult to locate among the winding by-lanes of the city. But once you find it, you get a chance to enjoy a panoramic view of Shah Jehan's beloved Taj Mahal.'Wah Taj!', you will say to yourself.
The trend of backpacker's hostels has finally come to India. And who's complaining. Zostels are like the travel hostels we have all seen in the movie Queen. Clean, cheap, centrally located and secure.In addition you get to meet loads of new people waiting to be your friends. Zostel is expanding rapidly by the day. Presently, there are around 20 Zostels in India and one in Nepal.Currently, Zostel is offering a volunteer Programme where you can be at their front desk. In return they offer you free accommodation. Cool, Isn't it.Volunteer to Travel :I have been a huge fan of long trips. I barely plan 2 day trips. Short trips are for tourists, vacations are for travelers. Don't get me wrong here. But how can you capture the essence of a place, visit the offbeat places, do what the locals do in 3 days. You barely have time to rush to all the touristy places. Isliye, I volunteer. This provides you a change to contribute in your own little way during traveling and gives you an immense sense of satisfaction.Here are few of my favorite volunteer organisations:
This is the capital of the state of Goa and is probably the smallest state capital. Panaji is also the headquarters of t...
As soon as we woke up on our bus ride, rain greeted us and the weather suddenly became humid, but the views we encountered on our way and the excitement of the journey ahead made us ignore the uncomfortable weather.
Finally the day came. Valentine's day, we woke up early in the morning and left to Panjim for the carnival. After 30-45 minutes we reached Panjim and joined the carnival. Many groups were performing at that carnival, it was something that I can't forget in my life. Well planned, well coordinated. Awesome performance was given by the groups and members who participated in that Carnival . We spent our whole day in that carnival and we enjoyed to the maximum.
We then headed towards panjim, the quaint capital city of this cute state of goa. I had made my list of places to go much before the trip started and hence was searching for a boutique shop called Barefoot. It is difficult to locate but worth your time. The shop has great collection of eclectic home decor products and also pretty everyday wear jewels. The shop is located at 31st Janeiro Road or as the locals say 31st January Road, just near the subway,in a bylane.
A day I was looking forward to, today I took the ride from North Goa to South Goa. I had one beach in mind, very less known, secluded and amazingly scenic. Hollant Beach is a secluded beach close to the airport and very less people know about it. The ride is also awesome, this is one good place to pack a lunch, chill and spend a day. The major attraction is that this beach offers one km of shore line with pool like water and nominal waves. This is the place to come and play a game of water polo with your friends.I had booked a flight next day early morning, this gave me 4 full days in Goa.
Best time to visit - August,September,October,November
Chandigarh is India's first planned city, quite distinct from the rest of the country and considerably better organized....
Day 4 → Chandigarh → McLeod GanjPunjab, the land of the big hearted turban wearing punjabi’s, a land of passion where people don’t hide any emotions, be it happiness (with a booming laugh) or be it anger (the loud voice becoming louder); was also a beautiful state to ride through. The highways were full of tractors and mini trucks carrying produce as well as people and green fields adorned the sides; reflecting the farming profession.Our bikes required abit of washing, greasing and tightening after the marathon runs and the sun was blazing atop our heads by the time we left Chandigarh (not before munching on pizza); we were bound to the hilly state of Himachal Pradesh and the distance was much lesser than what we covered in the past days. The first stretch through the highways was covered in quick time and after crossing the famous gurudwaras, we chose to stop at a bakery cum sweet shop for some chai and snacks.An aged uncle (of course with a turban) was sitting next to our table; he was on the slimmer side and was dressed little shabbily. When we got our tea, he addressed Kuttan and asked him something in punjabi (we assumed so, as he couldn’t make out any words); Kuttan naturally judged the person as someone pestering for money and avoided him. But, the uncle persisted with his statements. This continued for about 5 minutes; Kuttan was getting perturbed and by the time we were about to leave, i listened to the uncle carefully trying to use my little knowledge of his language (my wife is a punjabi), and realized that all he was asking was how much did the chai cost in that shop; poor guy was deciding whether to order a chai based on his budget. I answered his query and Kuttan, now all smiles, declared him as his ‘new best friend’.It was a lesson for us to not judge a person beforehand; prejudice blinded us initially before we realized our foolishness. Ahead in the day, we also met a solo rider (all the way from Kerala) on his way for 2.5 months long ride across India, Nepal and Bhutan. Our experience earlier may have helped us to talk to him. share another chai and listen to some of his adventures from his earlier trips to Spiti. During the rest of our sojourn, we met multiple strangers and never again felt an urge to judge beforehand. Our trip became much richer, thanks to this incident.
We boarded our train to Chandigarh on 9th June and then on 10th we took a taxi till Kasol. As we were on our way, we were already occupied with the ravishing view of the Parvati River. It felt as if we were not following the road instead we were running from our bustling lives to seek peace in the lapse of nature.
Manali, it was started like "fer ki dikkat h"(He (The conductor) referred it to the girl sitting nearby :D) when I asked for ticket to Manali from the conductor.Manali is a hill station nestled in the mountains of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh near the northern end of the Kullu Valley, at an altitude of 2,050 meters in the Beas River Valley. It is located in the Kullu district, about 270 km (168 mi) north of the state capital, Shimla. It is the beginning of an ancient trade route to Ladakh and from there over the Karakoram Pass on to Yarkand and Khotan in the Tarim Basin. It has become a tourist attraction in recent years.
We started our journey from Chandigarh.We rented a car for 3 days.We were total five friends.We began our journey around 11 pm from Chandigarh.We had our dinner in a restaurant near the highway.Then we covered around 300 Km till Manali and reached there in the morning.We had Tea and Snacks then we continued our journey to Prashar lake,Which is around 100 kms from Manali.
The first thought that strikes you about Spiti is that it is not for the average tourist. The land of surrealism promises amazing adventures -- but only for those who have an adventurous streak in them. After all, “the traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.”
Our night started off with dancing in the room and playing beer and wine pong. Yes, wine pong. Not a great idea indeed. For food we got some pizzas and pastas parcelled for our mini house party. Hyatt is a good property in general but with a not-so-good room service. We were locked out of one room for almost 2 hours and the staff didn’t bother helping us unless one of us went all the way down to the reception. Overall, it was a good refreshing start to the long journey we were on.
Reached chandigarh airport at 230 pm. Huge temperature transformation from cool to hot and humid!!!Had lunch at the airport canteen. It was a tiring day as we moved from 8 K ft to 0 ft || cool to hot-Humid. Chandigarh is a well-planned city , acting captial of both the states – Punjab and Haryana and an Union-Territory too!!Checked in, boarded at 6 pm for Mumbai. Reached Mumbai at 8:30 PM and finally the trip came to an end. Reached home at 1 AM.———-•———————————————•———Time to visit - Mid-May until OctoberApprox budget - ₹ 30K inclusive of airtravel If go by tour - it varies from ₹ 40K onwards
Best time to visit - April,May,June,July,August,September,October
Gar firdaus ruhe zamin ast, Hamin asto, hamin asto, hamin ast. “If there is a heaven on earth, it’s here, it’s h...
Next day we just roam around city with a visit to few gardens having sets of some Bollywood movies , though they were not that great during this time as it was not a bloom period but I was still convinced to see the view of river Jhelum and Dal lake from different angles, some major landmarks like Lal Chowk and of course lot of shopping from Koker bazaar...Paper Mache boxes, and Kashmir's embroidery attracted me due to my love for handicrafts . Though we were not sure whether they were actually handcrafted or not. But, I bought lot of them..after all we work hard so that we can shop harder. I still have an urge to see the city covered with colors of 'Chinar/Maple' trees. We were served Kashmir's delicacies during our stay in Srinagar, it is paradise for food lovers with the unique taste having perfect blend of all ingredients with an aroma of spices attracting food lover like me towards them. I still can feel that fragrance.Then we went to one of the most beautiful place Pahalgam. On our way, we were told about Kesar fields, Apple Valley but all I could do is visualize them during the months of July/August accessorized with leaves and fruits. Currently, I could just see the trees I used to make in my silhouette paintings, the views resembled lot like I have painted.
Gulmarg itself reminded me a lot of small Swiss mountain villages, a few wooden houses tucked along a curvy road, surrounded by a forest. In the center, there was not a market square nor houses, but a vast plain, where people were riding snowmobiles or tried standing on skis. I wonder if there once was a crystal-clear mountain lake?I did not find an answer to that but instead received all my snowboard equipment. The brothers drove me to their friend’s shop, to equip me with all necessities: snowboard, boots, ski dress, gloves, goggles, helmet, shovel and a beeper. Within a few minutes, I was ready to hit the slopes – or rather the uncombed backcountry, as I learned the next day. I was stunned by the efficiency and professionality of this little shop – and more than happy about the low price he made me, he gave me a substantial friendship discount.
These two were the most hospitable guys I have ever met; they treated me like their own brother. This is the pure opposite of how you would be treated in the Swiss mountains. What they lacked in clear communication (such as the reason why they could not pick me up inside the airport), they made up with friendliness. First, they brought me to the Dal Lake, where all the famous house-boats float silently. They picked a tour-boat for me and helped me negotiate a good price for a short, guided trip.
The dream trip of my life began from Srinagar. As soon as my Jet Airways flight from Kolkata landed in Srinagar, I was greeted by many smiling faces- faces of common people of Kashmir, faces of innocent people. My stay was booked in Houseboat in Dal Lake. On my way to Dal Lake, I was calmed by the cold breeze of the valley and the fragrance of pollution free air. The city was moving on its own rhythm. My Shikara was waiting at Ghat Number 13. The journey began.. It was my time to know the Heaven on Earth.
Day-3The last day of trip has came.We all were happy and satisfied with what we had done so far but one thing was left out and it was Skiing.We get our equipments on our selves and started skiing on the endless spreaded snow ground.It was difficult but very entertaining.All across the ground crowd was playing with snow and some like us were busy in skiing activities.We did for an hour and got very much tired so take off our equipment.Took numerous photographs of amazing landscapes.Continously wew were feeling satisfied and contentwith all activities.The sport activities made us realise what we had not done so far and so many things we have not tried yet.Finally we ended with skiing and took rest for sometime.We than proceeded to our favotite Bakshi Restaurant for lunch and had some coffee.We sat on the snow and memorised all the things done in past.Further we visited Maharaja Hari Singh Museum which was a place must to see if you are in Gulmarg. We also visited Maharani Temple on way back to our HotelSo this was my story of Gulmarg which was more than my expectation.Our bodies were tired but our Souls were refreshed.We did some shopping and ended my day with a Cigarette.Finally at night we packed the unpacked stuff and we were ready to come back to our practical life with rejuvenated mind and body.
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My journey started from Srinagar in the early morning around 6o’clock. I was very excited because it’s my dream to visit Leh. Between Kashmir to Leh Highway (NH1) you will find many Beautiful places which is famous.Srinagar -> Sonmarg -> Kargil -> Drass -> Leh Laddakh
Our final morning in Gulmarg was a clear one. And it didn’t snow that day. I took an early morning walk with a furry friend I made! We were also blessed with the company of a dozen monkeys. Thank god for my new friend, he led me home safely.
We reached Srinagar by 12:30 PM and headed straight to the fabled Dal Lake for a Shikara ride! I personally believed it to be over rated. I was so wrong. It’s a beautiful lake set against a backdrop of the mighty Himalayas, with the mountain tops covered in snow. The lake is lined up with a variety of very tall trees, all of them bare. I can only imagine the landscape when the trees flower, in their prime. The Shikara ride (interrupted a couple of times by souvenir selling shikaras and shikara snack shops) relaxes you as you cruise past an unending line of house boats with amusing names and the serene, panoramic views transport you to your happy place!
The morning sun brought a completely new sight, however. Our room had big windows and a balcony. The moment I opened my eyes, I could see the entire earth covered with tall coconut trees. I had only ever pictured a few coconut trees at the beaches, like in the paintings. This was so much different than what I had witnessed in Mumbai as well. It took me a minute to realize that the blue beyond green, was not just sky, but it was the ocean which was not visible in the dark sky last night.
During my flight, I read in the magazine that Kerala is basically a honeymoon destination, however, before I build an opinion, it was proven wrong as Kerala isn't for the newly wedded couples only. Kerala has been the most sought-after destination for the families, the backpackers, solo travelers as well as couples. My craving to crush the land of Kerala was surmounting as soon as I reached the Trivandrum International Airport.The Thiruvananthapuram airport reflects the mood and the nature of the city. Despite managing heavy traffic from the middle-east countries, the airport is compact and yet functional. From the window of my cab, even the city looked the same; knit and well-organized. However, the traffic situation is no different than any other part of India.Usually, Trivandrum is used as a launchpad by the most of travelers towards Kovalam and other cities for their pristine beaches, luxury or medial resorts, and abundance of nature. I had no different plans but I'm to stay at least for four hours in the city before I start my journey towards Kollam. I decided to spend a few more bucks on my cab driver and asked him to go round to the places that should be visited next time at leisure. In strict two hour ride, I covered many architectures that belong to British era and also touched the doorsteps of a few art galleries. I made a promise to myself to visit the Puthenmalika and Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in detail next time (Not really sure when).
After 45 hours of gruelling train journey, we, four wanderlusts came to the capital city of God's Own Country. Our hotel was clearly visible by it's large glowing billboard from the platform. Hotel Highland could make a headline for it's brilliant Restaurant. Their overall service was also decent.
Sightseeing- Zoo, Planetarium, Padmanabhaswamy Temple.Shopping City- Sarees, ChipsChecked in a hotel in eveningHotel Name- Jumayira Residency, Trivandrum. ( Rs.4000/- for 2 a.c. rooms.)Day 7 Kovalam
From Varkala, we took a bus to Trivandrum, our next destination. The capital of Kerala, its one the crowded cities in Kerala, situated on the west coast of India, and is bounded by Laccadive Sea to its west and the Western Ghats to its east. Like any other city, Trivandrum also has innumerable restaurants, which didn't fail to excite a foodie like me. Hotel Rehmaniya serves delicious beef, mutton and appam. Sneak into Hotel ZamZam for Malabari-style biriyani, and Hotel South Park for Onasadya, a typical Kerala recipe that will make your taste-buds go crazy!
Next morning we went to the main beech for breakfast and after strolling a bit on the beech we packed our bags for the next destination, Kolvalam. We reached Trivandrum by afternoon and checked in a hotel there. Then we headed to Kovalam which just 15 kms from there. Again quiet a descent beech by Indian standards but it was heavy crowded and we could not find any patch where we could just be alone. So we destined ourselves to enjoy the crowd. The sunset was quiet beautiful the best of all was yet to come.Day 7:- Trivandrum to Kanyakumari
On the D-day , we reached Trivandrum in the evening. The weather gods were happy and it was drizzling that time. We took a taxi from the airport itself and set course to Varkala. It took us almost 2 hrs to reach the place. Our guest house was located 5 minute off the main road. The location was perfect for a peaceful stay.It was a traditionally kerala house with a wide backyard, coconut trees, garden in front and so colorfully painted. I was just in love with the location of guest house and the ambience.The settings of the rooms were equally bright. One room with yellow ambience and other with blue.Equipped with mosquito nets and WiFi. Attached bathroom with hot water facility was also available.Pretty decent rooms. Ayurvedic consultation and treatment is also available.
Best time to visit - January,February,March,July,August,September,October,November
Once the seat of the Maharajas of Mysore for six centuries, Mysore is now the third most populous state of Karnataka. Bu...
The distance from Ooty to Mysore is 130 kms and the road from Ooty to Mysore passes through Madhumalai Wildlife Sanctuary and Bandipur Tiger Reserve. The road is really awesome and full of thrill as it passes through dense forests and there are many animals crossing points also. Because we had enough time thus we decided to take a safari in the dense forest of Madhumalai Wildlife Sanctuary. Madhumalai Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in Tamil Nadu while Bandipur Tiger Reserve is situated in Karnataka. Bandipur Tiger Reserve is also a good place for wildlife lovers. After that we continued our journey by heading towards Mysore and in the evening we reached Mysore. Tariff's for Hotel: Starting from ₹1000/- per room (Non AC) Starting from ₹1500/- per room (AC) Mysore is one of the most popular tourist destination in Karnataka. It is also known as "Palace City" of India. There we visited Mysore Palace, Lalitha Mahal Palace and Chamundi Hills. Mysore Palace is one of the best palaces in India. The Palace shows us the lifestyle of our kings that how they lived such a royal life. It is a must visit palace. Lalitha Mahal is also a royal palace with a good architecture. After visiting Chamundi Hills, we left Mysore and then started our journey towards Chennai. The distance from Mysore to Chennai is 480 kms. After a smooth drive of 8 hrs we reached Chennai in the late night.
The Mysore Palace is breathtaking and is en route to Madumalai National Park. Hence a stopover to see the palace is must. If anyone is interested...its the best place to buy silk saris.
As far as majestic history goes, there are not many places that can trump Mysore, often referred to as the 'City of Palaces'. The Mysore Palace built by the Wodeyar Kings is a place where perhaps one can locate how Mysore became as culturally rich as it is for the Wodeyar Kings were great patrons of art and culture, allowing various forms, crafts and styles to flourish and grow in a way that they still exist and temper the way the city is today. However, this is not all, Mysore is not just a place of cultural but also natural beauty. Located at the foot of the Chamundi Hills it has numerous lakes like Kukkarhalli and Karanji. The Chamundi Hills are also important because atop them is located the Chamundeshwari Temple, one of the most important religious sites in Mysore.
Mysore, formerly a Princely State, until the Independence of India in 1947 is filled with Royal beauty. It was once a region with flourishing art and culture under the royal and mighty kings. Also called as the "City of Palaces", Mysore's beauty can be seen through its rich architecture and its majestic palaces that stand tall today. Passed form the Vijayanagar Empire to the Wodeyar family (that lives here even today), Mysore has always been occupied by Royalty.
After the break, we reached Mysore recharged and our first stop had to be the street side dosa stalls serving up the famous south Indian dish ‘masala dosa’. With hot, freshly made dosas in our laps we sat on cold stone steps looking out on the magnificent 1927 Silver Jubilee Clock Tower now lit up by spotlights. The next morning we made our way to visit our first Catholic church in India, St. Philomena’s Cathedral. The cathedral has some beautiful stained-glassed windows and it was very interesting how inside the locals had Indianised the church. From the cathedral we caught a rickshaw and made our way towards the gate of the Maharaja’s Palace. Continuing through the palace the interior never ceased to amaze with huge hallways, massive swinging chandeliers and a kaleidoscope of mirrors, stained glass and sparkling walls that when reflected in the mirrors seemed to continue forever.
We won't be able to start riding from the outset, but will initially have to take a shuttle bus to battle the traffic on its own terms. Once we get to riding, the route for the day is overflowing with culture, which is quite expected for India! We ride past mango orchards, nurseries, paddy fields and temples and make the first stop at the Big Banyan Tree. This gigantic tree is about 400 years old and spreads itself over 3 acres. after a stop here, we move onto the small town of Channapatna, where toy-makers make handmade toys in their small factories. Before this, we stop for a typical Kannadiga cuisine at Kamat Lokaruchi. Channapatna owes its toy-making heritage to the King Tipu Sultan, who first introduced this otherwise Persian art. The small highway town is lined with bright shops showcasing horses, beads and sundry toys. We again use shuttle to reach the cultural capital of Karnataka, Mysore.
Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,May,June,July,August,September,October,November,December
Known as the gateway to Karnataka, the picturesque city of Mangalore is famous for its golden beaches, revered temples a...
After a quick stop in Murudeshwar, we start our way back and with respect to the weekend traffic and the Bad roads, our journey was too tiresome and late. we reached to Manipal around late evening. We dint want to waste our time roaming out in the late night. we sorted the the quickest way to reach Mangalore from manipal as it was 8 already the direct bus was not available, hence we catch the bus to Udipi, then udipi to mangalore as we were extremely tired with the trip, we head to our room in mangalore. not to miss this, 'Urban Retreat Homestay' - A very Beautiful Bungalow with good hospitality. loved it.!
A trip to Gokarna was a quick one with just saturday and sunday. As I live in Mumbai, to reach Gokarna in an easiest mode, I flew to Mangalore and landed in the early hours of Saturday. we had booked a car which unfortunately happened to be unlucky as we had to travel 63 km all the way to pick the car. not to waste any time we got into a City Bus to reach Manipal in 1 hour of time. Not to forget mentioning about the Bumpy Bus journey we had. Mind-blowing.! may be I had experienced the Bus Journey for the first time, though the roads were Horrible, the Driver was super fast literally we were Jumping, added to this the loud music and cold breeze. Great way to Kick start the Holidays i say.!After the amazing Bus journey we got into a restaurant for Breakfast in Udipi. Dont miss to eat in Udipi, best known for Food. Living in mumbai my taste buds are literally dead, not that the maharashtrian cuisine is bad, Being a Typical South Indian i can go heads over crazy for the authentic 'Idly vada pongal vada and sambar'. The taste still reminds me.! Totally Worth it.!
Mangalore, the coastal town is adorned with beautiful beaches and well-known temples. Penambur, Suratkal, Someshwar, Kaup, and Malpe are the list of beaches that you can certainly travel. If you have already soaked your self in the glazing sun while cozily lying down in one of these beaches, then let me get you introduced to the other side of nature that you can look up for, in your next visit.
Day 2:A good night's sleep and the excitement of exploring a new place, I was ready by 7am. I headed out to Sulthan Battery as it was the closest to my place.
When we think about beaches and vacations in India, Goa is the first place that comes to our mind and well why not it serves everything we dream of ;) Surprising this time me and my friend decided to discover something new, and so the next choice was Gokarna and Varkala. Fortunately or unfortunately we could not find any accommodation in Gokarna because of holiday season and that's how Mangalore happened. As they say, most good things happen when you expect them the least and I am glad it happened.Day 0:We took sleeper bus from Bangalore around 8:30 pm and reached Mangalore at 6:30 am. I would not say that journey was comfortable but it was worth it. Alternative and better option is via train but we could not get the tickets, last minute planners never get the privilege.
It was Saturday morning I told one of my friend about this trek near kudremukh I sent him some links of the blogs and photos. After seeing the pictures he was amazed and was ready to join me on this trek. We asked all our friends to join us. But only 4 people came up with yes . It was 11:00 in the morning, I went to bus stand to ask for bus timing to kudremukh ,The buses were at 1:00,2:20 and last bus was at 3:40 from state bank private bus stand of Mangalore . So we decided to catch 1:00 bus. I was packing my bag I got a call from one of my friend that he cannot come with us. It was very disappointing But we couldn’t miss that trek because of him. So we packed our bag and left home by the time I reached bus stop it was 1:15 and we had missed the bus,our next bus was at 2:20 and none of my friends had reached the bus stop yet . I was sitting in bus stop and scrolling my Instagram page at 1:30 remaining two of my friends showed up finally . The next bus was at 2:20 and we still had 1 hour , So we decided to go to Karkala first and then change the bus at Karkala to kudremukh we dint knew perfectly but we were trying our luck ,I was 70% sure that we may get bus from Karkala .We took Karkala bus- the journey time from mangalore to Karkala is 1 and half hour . If had not booked anything in kudremukh yet. But we had a phone number of a base camp(home stay ), He is very well known person in that area his name is ‘Raje Gowda’.
We woke up early the next day because we had to make it to the wedding. It was a muslim wedding and so it involved a lot of biryani and short wedding service. I met my childhood friend at the wedding venue and we had lunch together. I'm not a wedding person so we decided to leave quickly after lunch. I went back to the hotel and changed while two of my other friends went and got scooters for us to get around the city. Mangalore is humid since it's a coastal area. But, I never found it as humid as Chennai or Goa.
We left late in the afternoon and went by bus. After 350 km and hours of a slow drive, we reached late in the night and the drive had been extremely bumpy due to some road work going on in the ghat section of the western coast of south India. It was nearly midnight and I wanted a bed to sleep. We found our rooms, changed, and slept.
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
Amritsar has made a huge contribution to Indian history and is the holiest hub for Sikhs. The name of the city, which me...
Amritsar, a city having real essence of India. Filled with spirituality, the city provides you with real experience of being in India. Golden Temple, Punjabi food, Bhangra, and so on you will get all in one place. Not only this, visiting Wagha Border will fill you with the feeling of real patriotism.
Wagah Border, Punjab (India – Pakistan)Wagah border is a must visit for anyone who wants to witness Indian soldiers basking in glory and conducting ceremony every day before dusk. In the ceremony, the gates between the two countries open only for few minutes and soldiers from both the countries pay respect to each other. The border is located in the village of Wagah which 36km from the city of Amritsar.
After a month of cajoling, the college authorities finally gave in to our demands of organising a trip to Amritsar. It was our final year in the college, and so, the whole idea of visiting Amritsar with college friends seemed fascinating. We chalked out an interesting itinerary for the trip, got it approved from the authorities and were all geared up to enjoy the trip to the hilt.The most awaited day came and I, along with my friends, was standing at the platform desperately waiting for the train to arrive. The chaotic vicinity of Delhi's Railway station never failed to enthuse me. Scores of people moving back and forth, porters carrying heavy baggage and monkeys, jumping over the railway tracks were hilarious sights to watch. After a few minutes, our train stamped in, creating a lot of noise and Commotion. At its halt, we rushed to enter the compartment and started vouching for opportune seats to sit. Within a few minutes, the train started moving. The excitement in the train gradually built up. The journey was a joyous one as everyone was busy singing songs, dancing and gorging on home cooked delicacies. Eight hours elapsed and we reached Amritsar-the city synonymous with patriotism and spirituality. The narrow lanes of the city reminded me of Chandni Chowk in Delhi. We stepped out of the railway station and hopped in the buses to reach our hotels. We were asked to freshen up before visiting the pious Golden Temple. Traditional attire was preferable there and so we all were ready in our suits with dupattas tied on our head. Our bus stopped a kilometre away from the temple. We had to cover the distance on foot. There was a guide along with us who briefed us about the ins and outs of the temple.
On our Day 1 , I had planned to start my sightseeing with a Museum that is dedicated to the biggest & mightiest kings of Punjab, King Ranjit Singh.1) Ranjit Singh Museum
Day 4 - Reach AmritsarHence, next day morning we checked out of the hotel and decided to head towards Amritsar.There are few buses which directly go to Amritsar one was in morning around 6.30-7.00 am and another one at 9.40 am. We could not reach for the direct bus on time and hence the other option available to us was to travel to Pathankot from Dalhousie to Amritsar (If Pathankot buses are unavailable take a bus from Dalhousie to Banikhet to Pathankot to Amritsar or private cabs)We booked a cab from Dalhousie to Pathankot and from there we took a bus to AmritsarPAJABA NU SAVAGATA - WELCOME TO PUNJAB folks!!Once you step on the land of Punjab, particularly Amritsar you will get a feeling that you have entered a flashback zone in Modern India (stepped into 1947 Punjab)Amritsar is a holy city in the state of Punjab because of its beautiful and unique Gurudwara - Golden temple. It is the spiritual and cultural centre for Sikh religion. As much as Amritsar is well known for Golden Temple, you will be amazed by the variety of food dishes in each lane specially near Golden Temple
Getting to know from the locals and my hotel reception, i followed their advise and went to LADDI KULCHA shop (a small kulcha shop) for having a brunch before leaving for home. And i must say it was the tastiest kulcha that i had ever had .It was time , so i before checking out from the room , i went to the GOLDEN TEMPLE once again and checked out and headed straight to the bus stand for getting the bus back to JAMMU.OVERALL TRIP COST: RS 2500-2800TRAVEL COST: RS 800-900( total to Amritsar and back home , inside amritsar,wagah etc )MEALS COST: RS 500(6 FULL MEALS+ SNACKS +TEA ETC)SIGHTSEEING COST: RS 350-500ACCOMODATION COST: RS 1100
It took me about 5 hours to get there bcz there were multiple stops and toll booths in the way.Finally there (AMRITSAR), bus stand is not far away from town hall area(where GOLDEN temple, jallianwala bagh is)Tip: if u dont have much baggage, just walk to the Golden temple(10 mins) if u cannot or dont want to walk , take an e-rickshaw(pay Rs30 maximum).I reached my stay place at 5:30 pm (one can also stay at room at golden temple, but don't know about availability and price). Checked in and freshened up , moved out to have my lunch cum dinner(bcz i didn't have lunch while travel). BHARAWAN DA DHABHA(restaurant , near town hall on the way to GOLDEN TEMPLE COMPLEX) was my first spot to visit for food. ordered a THALI and the taste+quantity+service was superb for RS. 160. I kept golden temple on my list at the bottom for day 1(bcz the night view is BREATHE TAKING) ,i went to the GOBINDGARH FORT(by e - rickshaw RS 40 )to see the 2 museums ,7D show based on MAHARAJA RANJIT SINGH , WHISPERING WALLS light and sound show , walk around the fort ,live cultural performance ) all for a ticket of RS 250-300 per person. and i will never ever forget that amazing evening.
This post is about the foodie delights of Amritsar. Amritsar, apart from being the home of the revered Golden Temple, is also an absolute heaven when it comes to Punjabi cuisine. I recently had the good fortune of spending a day and a half here with my parents. While the primary aim of the trip was a visit to the Temple, the side attractions of various food outlets that we tried out were equally enticing!So here's a quick run-down of the places I tried out (too many on the list were left out due to paucity of time and inability of the system to handle so much food):Gian Chand Lassi Delicious lassi served in metal tumblers, topped off with butter and cream. People struggle to finish one serving, and once done, you are sorted hunger-wise for hours together. They also have something called "pede waali lassi" where they add bits of sweet pedas to the lassi! Located near the Temple in the narrow market lanes.Bharawan da DhabaThe place to have a vegetarian meal in Amritsar. While my parents raved over the dal and bharta and the crisp tandoori rotis, I went straight for the one thing I wanted here - the onion kulcha thali! The kulchas were hot, crisp, nicely stuffed and accompanied by some very delicious chholey. While most people head to the outlet near the Golden Temple, we went to the newer branch at Ranjit Avenue. Comfortable seating, good ambience, decent service. My dad still remembers this meal fondly!
Best time to visit - September to December
Gangtok is the capital city of the north Indian state of Sikkim. Built up as a Buddhist journey site in the 1840s, the c...
Do Drul Chorten, Gangtok This huge Buddhist complex is located near the research institute of Tibetology. This beautiful structure is Biggest Buddhist stupa in the North East India.
GangTok:In morning at Jalpaiguri we had booked a package with a travel agent located nearby to railway station.
Gangtok is bustling town and capital of Sikkim. It is one the cleanest cities you would come across in India. This place would give you a mix of city vibes and mountain innocence. Gives a perfect view of Himalayan range. There are many places nearby which you can explore as well like, Yumthang, Lachung, Baba Mandir, Zuluk, Tsomgo / Changu Lake and Rishikola.How to reach:Same as North Bengal. From Kolkata you have overnight trains to New Jalpaiguri .From Jalpaiguri you have options of taking shared cabs or book a personal cab to any of the above mentioned places.
When you head to Gangtok everyone tries out their momos and Thukpa. And of course visit the monasteries, view points, shop and chill.So here are a list of places worth adding to your list, which I discovered during my stay in Gangtok.PLACES TO VISIT:Tsuklakhang Palace:This monastery/ Palace is located at walking distance from the main city center. It houses a school along with the monastery and during festival season, like during Pang Lhabsol it even hosts the traditional masked dance.
Almost everyone comes to Sikkim to enjoy being in the midst of the mighty Kanchenjunga while visiting monasteries and eating momos. Of course, when compared to the lives we live in most cities breathing the polluted air this itself is refreshing but hidden away from the hustle bustle of the main city of Gangtok is a little heaven called Tinjure.
Drive from Lachen to Gangtok.Duration - 5 hours
New Jalpaiguri to GangtokStay at Gangtok for a day and enjoy the different things to see around. One of the best places to visit the Enchey Monastery and to party at Cafe Live n Loud.Duration (NJP to Gangtok) - 5 hours
Day 9The morning started with a disaster! I found that my phone was completely formatted and all my pictures, videos and data were lost. For convenience sake, I had clicked all the pictures and the videos of this ride on my phone but it was lost forever, including the proposal video. It was heart shattering news.We somehow managed to pull ourselves together and decided to seek some peace at the Rumtek monastery. Within a few minutes we were our cheery selves as there was nothing which we could do about the lost video. We consoled ourselves by saying that the video is sure to be in our hearts till the rest of our lives. Thanks to Facebook and WhatsApp we managed to at least salvage the pictures we had uploaded and shared.
Day 8There is a term in Bengali called "Lyadh-Khawa" which basically translates to lazing around. That is exactly what we did on this day and we deserved every bit of it. We woke up at noon, had brunch on our beds, shopped at the M.G. Marg in the evening, saw the whole city from the ropeway and went to a place called "Cafe Live and Loud" at night. Now I have visited the famous Someplace Else in Kolkata and the Hard Rock Cafe in Delhi but the whole feel of this cafe was different. The local band which was playing was extraordinarily good; the food was lip smacking and they best part was that they had got their LIITs right. We let our hair down and simply had a blast!
Best time to visit - January,February,October,November,December
Though it's a small city making its way towards commercialisation, Nagpur is a delight to discover. It also offers all i...
This short trip was memorable in many ways. I fulfilled my wish to do a summit trek, before I touched the sea in the same week. Going to Mumbai after a long gap was something really amazing. For me, its always - 'The mountains are calling', but this time the seas called as well, and am glad I answered..
My likeness for nature, wildlife and photography, and a curiosity to meet Shere Khan in his natural habitat, took me to the Mougli land, Pench national park.I took a train from Hyderabad till Nagpur, and then a taxi to Pench. I was planning to take the jungle safari from the Turia gate in Madhya Pradesh, so I stayed in one of the resorts close to the gate. There are two safaris per day from Turia, one in the morning from 6A.M. to 10A.M., and another in the evening from 3P.M to 6P.M. You can make online reservations for these from https://forest.mponline.gov.in (I will recommend making prior reservations, especially around the weekend). I stayed there for 2 days and did a total of 4 safaris, two in the morning and two in the evening, and I spotted a tiger in one of the morning safaris. Tiger sightings are more probable in the morning, and more the number of safaris you do, better the chances of sighting the big cats, so plan accordingly.Apart from the Bengal Tiger, the jungle is also home to many other species of animals and birds. Here is what I saw:Birds: Indian Roller, Peacock, Junglefowl, Pipit, Collared Scops Owl, Vulture, Crested Hawk Eagle, Kingfisher, Rufous Treepie, Racket Tailed Drongo, White-bellied Drongo, Parakeet, Grey Hornbill, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Woodpecker, Green Bee-eater, Stork, Red Wattled Lapwing, Brahminy Duck
By about 5 pm we had even entered the municipal limits of Nagpur and were at Vishnuji ki Rasoi, the drop off point. I collected my GIANT which had already arrived and decided to cycle back home and therefore made an arrangement with Sachin to pick up my luggage from his home in the evening.The sudden transition of environs – good roads laced with ample greenery and not much traffic to dug up and potholed roads with vehicular traffic in a persistent hurry, was tough to handle immediately. It was a huge adventure in itself having until now been in a different frame of mind. The laid back passive cycling engaged in on the Tour was now replaced with an adrenaline surging and “brake-full” ride to avoid potholes and rash motorcyclists.Like my friend and fellow biker Rohit said the evening before, indeed Satpura evoked just these words “Ye jungle kitna sundar hai”. And the Tour around this jungle had been a revelation in itself. Not a moment in the Tour did I find dull enough to warrant a complaint. The planning was meticulous, the route awe-inspiring and the support fantabulous. The bar of standards had been set very high by Cycle Safari considering that this was their first major tour. It would also be a sacrilege to miss out on mentioning the huge role the volunteers played in making the Tour de Satpura a success. Hats off to them!The memories Tour de Satpura has left behind are indelible and I intend to revel in them as long as I can. Thank you once again Cycle Safari!
#TripotoCyclesToGoaThe day of the Tour had dawned and I was up by 4 am. It had been a very bad night with poor sleep and I was a nervous wreck. I had lost all confidence in self and somehow had started doubting my cycling capabilities. I almost had a panic attack (if that is the correct word) and was on the verge of calling up Sachin to withdraw from the Tour. Tea and some contemplation calmed me and with a hesitant change of mind, I was back to getting ready for the Tour albeit a bit slower.Cycling gear on, I finally hailed an Uber to Ravi Bhawan - our gathering point for the start of the Tour. All along in the cab I had this weird feeling of dread and trepidation about my own self. Would I be able to cycle along the big shots and those on their road bikes since I was but a hybrid biker? Funnily enough, I don’t know why these self doubts had suddenly appeared. I had done a good number of brevets in the past and had never had such self-depreciating feelings ever, not even on my first Brevet!The cabbie, considerably chatty considering the time of the morning eased me a bit. He dropped me at Ravi Bhawan and as I made my way inside the premises, I realised that I hadn’t taken out my bag from the luggage compartment. A stream of expletives to self and I was back on the road running after the cab shouting for him to stop! Since he hadn’t gone much far, I was lucky and was soon making my way back to Ravi Bhawan with luggage in tow. Somehow the day was refusing to start on a sober note!
Post the bike handing over and the briefing, the plan for the night was to sleep early. However my packing was yet to be done and I ended up spending a sizable amount of the later part of the evening wrapping up my luggage. And from somewhere out of the sub-conscious a thought crept up - Had I taken the right decision by signing up for the tour? Would I, on my hybrid be able to stand up the distance and the average speeds the other riders on the road bikes would be notching up? Would my decision to sign up in the heat of the moment be justified or would I end up being swept up by the sweep vehicle every day?Sleep was therefore the casualty and it was a bad night to start with!This post has been originally published by me on my blog EnvironmentFootprints. But nevertheless I would be sharing my experience of the entire Tour here as well. Keep watching this space to know how the Tour De Satpura unfolded for me.
Soon enough the evening of 18th August dawned. It was time for the briefing and handing over of bikes prior to the tour. The briefing sailed through pretty fast and so did the handing over of bikes. I was pretty impressed with the make shift stands (designed from PVC pipes) the organizers had contrived for safely transporting the bikes in the trucks.
My home-town, place what I call 'Home'
Best time to visit - January,February,March,September,October,November,December
A major city and commercial hub in Tamil Nadu, Coimbatore offers not much in terms of touristic attractions unless you'r...
Day 4: Coimbatore (on the return back to Mysuru)Last day we planned to start early and cover Coimbatore on the way back home. I believe our PM's visit that brought lot of popularity for the large Shiva statue set up in Isha Foundation, Coimbatore.We had a mouth watering local food that includes - Ven pongal, Onion Uttappam, Ambode, Medu vada and onion dosa just before we take left in Coimbatore city to reach Isha foundation. Breakfast costed less than 200/- for 4 people
Love birds are you planning for a vacation ?? Do you want to get detached from the daily life schedule and get lost loving, caressing each other ❤, then Vattakanal is the best place to be.
We started from Coimbatore, it is just 53 Kilometres from Coimbatore and nice offbeat place to spend a weekendDhoni waterfalls is a small waterfalls near Palakkad in Kerala. We had a weekend exploration to the Dhoni and enjoyed the 4 kilometres long trek through dense forests in Wester ghats.
Known for its salubrious climate and proximity to the Nilgiris, Coimbatore is a bustling city in Kongunadu in western Tamil Nadu. Teeming with education institutions, engineering companies and textile mills, the city is also considered among the safest and fastest growing ones in the country. About 25 km from the city is the pristine region of Siruvani, through which the river by the same name flows gently. Located close to the foothills of the Western Ghats, this green belt is rife with waterfalls, rolling hills, fields and rivers; a few resorts have sprung up in the Siruvani region, offering visitors an opportunity to unwind, slow down and explore the forests in the vicinity. The newest, and perhaps the plushest, among them is VM Hospitality’s Dvara.
From everything we gathered on the internet and Couchsurfing, we figured that to reach Ooty, we'd have to take a flight to Coimbatore and then take a bus to Ooty. We found out that there are 2 terminals near the Airport. The internet suggested that there are direct buses from Gandhipuram, however we learnt that the bus services are limited and we should take a bus from Mettupalayam Road Terminus. So we took the 4:00 AM flight from Delhi to Coimbatore and took an Ola from the airport to Mettupalayam Road Terminus. We took the bus from Mettupalayam at around 10:30 and reached our hotel in Ooty by about 4. We had booked Fun City Resort through Goibibo. We had actually reached the place well before 4 but Google maps just refused to help us reach our hotel, and we ended up walking uphill in the wrong direction! Anyway, we somehow reached our hotel, and were famished! We planned on ordering something, only to find out that our hotel didn't provide room service. So, now after freshening up, we made a move to the mall road, which was about 5 km from our hotel. The bus stop was at a walk-able distance, so we took the bus going towards mall road. I remember asking people at the bus stop about the exact name of the place we should get down at, "Charring cross" is the name of the place if I remember it correctly. We took the bus and on a fellow Couchsurfer's suggestion checked out some good food joints. He also specially suggested us to go to Moddy's which is at the far end of the mall road. Ooty is famous for homemade chocolates, and we were told that this place is not only famous but has been there for some considerable number of years now. We got some homemade chocolates for home and also got some for my cousin and our host in Coorg. While heading back we saw a board which had details of cab rates for local sight seeing. As we stood there trying to figure out who to get in touch with, a cab stopped by us and asked if we were looking for some help. On getting a nod in affirmative from us, he gave us a visiting card of a travel agent. I gave him a call while getting some food packed for dinner. And in moments I had booked a cab for local sight seeing.
"Let's do that again!", the five of us vowed as we returned home to Coimbatore. Twenty-four hours earlier, we were upset that we had only one day of our semester holidays in common. Wanting to make the best use of that one day, I decided to give my friends a taste of Vattakanal. It is a small town a few kilometers form Kodaikanal. I had fallen in love with this place during my last visit, the previous year.So we left Coimbatore at 5 in the morning (one hour later than planned) in my Maruti Suzuki Swift ZDi. Construction work on Pollachi Road made making up for lost time impossible and gave us quite an off-roading experience. We had to tolerate bad roads till we reached Palani.(Tip 1: Consider the condition of the roads while planning your trip. This rule applies to any road trip.)
From Coimbatore, my place of interest to visit was ISHA yoga center and Adiyogi statue. I just enquired about buses & took a bus to Gandhipuram busstop, from where I got a bus to ISHA yoga center ie; Bus no. 14D which in turn passed through station from where I took bus to Gandhipuram...this is what happens when u r new to a place and don't know the local knowledge;)
Having finished the remainder of my assignment during the connecting Indigo flight, I was relieved. It was heartening to see the coconut plantations from the airplane window as we began our descent at Coimbatore. A little while later we were greeted by the tropical South-Indian weather as we made our way to the baggage claim. Since the Zoomcars request processing time is approximately three hours (we had booked the vehicle at 9am), we found ourselves with a little less than two hours to kill. My sister joined us in the meantime, and we had a short breakfast comprising of ready-to-eat noodles and ice-creams from the general store outside the airport. Little did we know about the adventures that lay ahead of us!After getting picked up by the Zoomcars representative, we headed to their nearest depot. Having completed all the formalities, we found ourselves driving to the Adiyogi Statue twenty minutes later. We had been looking forward to visiting since we saw the unveiling ceremony on TV, and our trip to Ooty was the best opportunity we could possibly think of. Google Maps had become our best friend, as the hour-long journey to the statue was really eventful - we found ourselves passing by fields of coconut trees, and small patches of land blooming with yellow and orange marigolds. A couple of bridges and a few narrow roads later, we found ourselves at the entrance of the parking lot.
Here it goes.. our road trip in the state of Tamil Nadu . This was my first core south trip so i was really excited to see the city ,people around and the culture . For few km we crossed various small towns and then ghat section started from Mettulapalam which was around 40kms from Ooty . I was enjoying the zig zag roads, lovely greenery and super fresh atmosphere .
Best time to visit - January,February,September,October,November,December
Popularly known as Baroda, Vadodara is great travel destination for history buffs and art enthusiasts. The town is known...
It takes around 2 hours by bus to reach Baroda. Vadodara has a vibrant history related to Art and Architecture. The Laxmi Vilas palace is one such marvel. The Baroda Museum & Picture Gallery in Vadodara was built in 1894 is along the lines of the Victoria & Albert Museum of London. The number of architceture of marvels in this city should be gone and seen. Not explained.
It was late in evening when we realized it was an hour journey back to Vadodara and we decided to head back.Day 4 was all about our return journey back to Pune. We managed to have a quick lunch along the way at Bhajandas dairy farms, Virar Mumbai.While on return journey, do visit the Schmitten factory outlet on Surat highwayDelight for chocolate lovers
Day 13: September 29, 2015:I started late at baroda and decided to enter karnataka by evening. The journey was going to be long. I left at 830 AM after breakfast and hit the highway.It took about 7 hours to reach the outskirts of Mumbai. I lost my way on the outskirts and began asking for directions. Finally, when i touched the road towards Panvel, it was about 5PM. I accidentally got onto the Express-Way and a cop was waiting to "mug" me off some money in the name of bribe.After an hours ordeal with the cop and having lost money, I found the road towards Pune and continued my journey.Almost 7 PM when I arrived on the outskirts of Pune. Time to check into a hotel.
We had a plan to halt again at Ahmedabad, but "We the Riders" aren't only riders, we are "Super Riders". We had started from Bhuj at 8 am. Our breaks were scheduled after every 100 kms, But the exciting part was that we were very close to Ahmedabad in the afternoon itself, we had covered almost 75% of the target destination....."Hmm that's exciting, we can cover 100 kms more, so that we would be close to Mumbai and the next day ride wouldn't be hectic"...Chalo let's cover 100kms more and halt at Vadodara, we decided while resting under a tree. In the evening, we had reached Vadodara to find there was heavy traffic in the city, we were dying to get a hotel. Finally we got one at the Airport....the name itself was Hotel Airport. The stay was luxurious and the comforts were much needed after this long ride. We had stayed there for a night.Day 7 - Vadodara to Mumbai
Important Information:1. Travel:Car Rental: My Choize cars: https://mychoize.comRent: Rs 2200 per day plus Fuel2. Stay:Day 1: Gopnath Bungalow : http://www.gujarattourism.com/hotel/details/340 (Recommended)Day 2: Hotel Anil FarmHouse: http://www.girjungleresort.com/ Day 3: Pride Biznotel Vadodara ( Check MakeMyTrip for options)
The false grave in the tomb chamber the real one is underground
Now it was time for us to head back to Mumbai. We started riding back and at Bhuj we got our bike serviced and by night we could reach Vadodara.Next day we again started early with a motive to reach Mumbai by night. We could reach Daman by evening and again it being a union territory we had some good beers to charge ourselves for the one final time for the trip.
Early morning, the next day we were headed back to Mumbai which is nearly 800 Kms away. We did a stop-over at Vadodara, for the night, where we enjoyed the street food, before proceeding to Mumbai. Having visited both the Legends, at Dandi, and the Lions, at Gir, we brought our road trip through Saurashtra to a successful end.
It took us a lifetime to plan, cancel, re-plan and then reschedule the most cliched yet epic journey to the mountains of the Ladakh range.12 long days of mesmerizing ever changing landscapes . Mountains left us awestruck. Enormous rivers followed us everywhere.It is one of those amazingly beautiful places I believe where even the simplest of the camera can give you a pro-level splendid nature photo.Sit back , relax and enjoy Ladakh through my lens.
Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,May,June,August,September,October,November,December
Meghalaya’s capital, Shillong is quaint hill-station flanked by pine forests and a few hundred waterfalls scattered ac...
Picture perfect overcast skies, dramatically green valleys and a hundred or so silvery waterfalls make Shillong a destination beyond definition. This one city will make you realise how you can find beauty at every corner! Whether it is the awe and wonder that captivates you as you enjoy the panoramic views of the city from Shillong hill, or the charm of isolation that draws you in the surrounding groves of tall, evergreen trees of Upper Shillong, every nook, every street, every lane here has a story that is waiting to be unraveled. But if there is one thing in Shillong that is even more attractive than its natural beauty, it is the eclectic mix of cafes and their unwavering bond with music. Is it any surprise, that while the world was enjoying the trance of parties in Goa, or the taste of Israeli food in Dharamshala, Shillong created a niche for itself amongst people looking for unique music and delicious food! Here's a list of the best cafes in town for some delectable bites and soaking in the local vibe.
Next morning we got up and got ready to head back up those 3000 steps. We started walking by 10 and made it to the top by 12. We then tried to find a taxi to take us to Mawlinlong but as it was a Sunday we soon realized none of the share taxis was running.So we went back to Shillong ( share taxis were available for this) and the next morning leave for the village. We made it to Shillong by 7 in the evening all tired and wet. Got into a restaurant, ate dinner after what felt like ages and then decided to start looking for a hotel.MAWLINGLONG VILLAGE
Start early the next morning as there are many attractions in Shillong that you'll not want to miss. First visit the Cathedral Catholic Church, which is built in Gothic architectural style and lies amidst expansive lush lawns. This cathedral was made a shrine in the year 1980. It was constructed atop an emerald-colored hill and has stunning stained glass installations and tall arches.Timing: 7:00 AM – 6:30 PM
Hotel Recommendation: Nalgre Guest House
Had we set alarms to wake up, we would have been late! The first light of dawn hit our room at 4:45 am in the morning and the view outside was enough to make us leap from our beds and get ready to begin an early first day of our trip.
ShillongShillong, called as 'Scotland of The East', the capital of Meghalaya, is the only hill station in the country that is accessible from all sides. With beautiful roads, crystal clear lakes, mesmerizing waterfalls and impressive mountains, there are several picturesque places to visit in Shillong.
After caving, we were dropped off at Police Bazaar, Shillong. We put up at a hotel for the night & caught some much needed R & R. The next day we visited the famed tourist spots of Shillong but nothing compared to the virgin beauty of the hamlet we had left behind. That very night, we had our train back home. In the evening, we hired a taxi that would drop us to Guwahati Jn from where we would get on the Kanchenjunga Exp. We had shopped from Police Bazaar earlier in the day and concluded our shopping at the souvenir shop in the station. With our bags heavy but our souls replenished, we caught our train back home.In hindsight, this is the trip that shaped my travel preferences & personality. Now, I identify myself as a backpacker hungry for experiences in places still unmapped as opposed to someone who'd spend exorbitantly for a resort stay-cation.
Dawki-Tamabil (India – Bangladesh)Looking for a place still left to be explored by many and an international border to visit? Then, Dawki is what you are looking for. Dawki is a village that connects India with Bangladesh and is also called Asia's one of the cleanest village. The Ungmot River, which falls on the Indo- Bangladesh border, separates the two countries and is known for its Emerald coloured water.
The "Scotland of the East" holds in it a priceless experience for any willing traveler.
Mawlynnong to Shillong via Dawki and Shnongpdeng (140 kilometers)There was not much to do at Mawlynnong so we started for the much anticipated Umngot river bed at Dawki. The road passed through narrow villages giving us a slice of life of the people of the Khasi hills. We reached Dawki by noon and were delighted to see the clear water of the river bed. We hired a boat and enjoyed the whole experiences. There were places where we could see the reflection of the boat all the way to the river bed and it seemed as though the boat is floating in thin air! At one place I saw a bamboo structure built for people to take a jump in the river. I couldn’t resist the temptation and thoroughly enjoyed my share of diving and jumping! After monkeying around for a couple of hours we continued to Shonongpdeng which was similar to Dawki except it had lots of options to camp beside the river and do a lot of adventure sports. We were tempted to stay for the night there but we realized we won’t do justice to the place by staying just one night so continued towards Shillong. We reached Shillong late in the evening and saw even more people at police bazaar probably because it was the Christmas week. Finding a hotel proved more difficult than last time and we had to go beyond our budget to spend the night. This was our last night in the land of the clouds and we were about to take the honeymoon ride to an international level the next day!
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Considered to be one of the greenest cities in the country, Bhopal, is a place that one cannot afford to leave off their...
Places to see in BhopalThe origin of this city dates back to the 11th century, when Raja Bhoja of the Parmara dynasty formed his capital Bhojapal, between two beautiful manmade lakes. As we drove from the airport to my friend's home on the Kolar Road, we popped our head out of the window multiple times, to gape at the heritage buildings and the beautiful upper and lower lakes that sped past us. “There is so much to see in Bhopal, you'll forget all the sulking in no time,” my friend quipped. I took comfort in her prophecy and soon found myself drawing out an itinerary for the next couple of days. As I write this piece, I feel mostly healed and the heart is pumping fit and has made its way to a speedy recovery, which makes me think that the Bhopal plan worked. So, here's where we went.
It was a cloudy beautiful sunday morning and a perfect weather for bike trip. I was at my balcony and taking my tea around 6:30 am. As i am travel freak these small things like at that time sun is about to rise and several birds chanting very calmly that encourage's me to think about my passion and took some time for bike trip. I was planning for my trip to mandav for the long time it took me on front to finally decided to go for a bike trip.
DAY-2 So called Poori Day
Then comes the poori day for me . All that I had throughout the day was Poori - Breakfast,lunch and dinner was poori sabji. Over the day, I met couple of guys who were traveling to Delhi for an interview, they are going there for the first time and I was showing off my Delhi skills and must see places to them. Then I told them about my reason for traveling and like every other friend of mine, they were also dumbstruck.By the end of the day the balance amount was Rs3850.
Here I am with a Movie on my Home Town - BHOPAL which is situated in the Heart of India 'Madhya Pradesh'.Exploring the city, i shot some cool Videos ( Including Timelapses ) and here they are !SOME OF THE PLACES IN THE VIDEO ARE :-▪1 TAJ - UL - MASJID ????Taj-ul-Masajid is a Mosque situated in Bhopal, India. It is one of the largest Mosques in India.▪2 TAJ - MAHAL - PALACETaj Mahal is a palace built by Sultan Shah Jahan, Begum of Bhopal. It is located beside the Taj-ul-Masajid in Bhopal, India.The Taj Mahal at Bhopal was built as the Begum's residence, at a cost of ₹ 3,000,000. Its construction spanned over a period of 13 years, from 1871 to 1884.It was one of the largest palaces of the world built at that time.▪3 UPPER LAKEUpper Lake is a large lake which lies on the western side of the capital city of Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal. It is a major source of drinking water for the residents of the city, serving around 40% of the residents with nearly 30 million imperial gallons (140,000 m3) of water per day. Bada talaab, along with the nearby Chhota Talaab, meaning small lake in Hindi, constitute Bhoj Wetland, which is now a Ramsar site.▪4 SHAURYA SMARAKShaurya Smarak is a war memorial situated at Bhopal, inaugurated by the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi on 14 October 2016.▪5 BOAT CLUB ( LOWER LAKE )The Lower Lake or Chhota Talaab is a lake in Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh state of India. Along with the Upper Lake, it forms the Bhoj Wetland.The lake was built by creating in 1794 to beautify the city. The construction was commissioned by Chote Khan, a minister of Nawab Hayat Muhammad Khan Bahadur.CHECK OUT THIS AMAZING VIDEO !PART 2 FOR THIS WILL BE COMING SOON.
Hey Folks, check out my Travel film -"WANDERING"This is Part 2, for first part, check out my channel's previous videos or here's the link for it -https://youtu.be/rPVIBfklKo8I Made this Film of some of my journeys I captured in my camera. This film is for all those who love to Wander.Please share your comments for this video !Thanks !
With the Most Mesmerising views in night, bhopal,Madhya Pradesh has to offer Great things to travelers !My Project STARS IN MOTIONis a Timelapse Movie of The beautiful Stars in Night and Their Movement Along with The Earth !The Presence of stars and The Milkyway Galaxy in The Night sky Makes it Look Deep and Wonderful along with it.As Bhopal being my Hometown, I've been exploring this place to a great extent !Bhopal-Indore Highway is the Place where I shot these stunning Stars and Milkyway as they are not exactly visible from the main city and you have to get out a bit to reduce the Light Pollution. (Just a couple of KMs or more)Enjoy the Movie 'STARS IN MOTION'
Honestly , while speaking a word ‘TRAVEL ‘ the first thought comes in my mind is ‘ LIFE IS A BOOK , AND THOSE WHO DO NOT TRAVEL READ ONLY ONE PAGE ’ i mean life is nothing without travelling and this is what i experienced in my journey . we explores several new places, discovers various tricks and tips of how interacts with different people of different places, learn various cultures and living stratagy life. Hence i can say that don’t judge any person by asking his/her education ,judge his/ her by how much he/she traveled.so guys ,now i come to my experience of my journey from BHOPAL to SOMNATH .That was a time of january , a climate was pretty awesome in those days. my exams were just going to end . i was reading newspaper in morning and there was a advertisement of gujarat tourism, that ad was proper organised and attractive that gave me a idea to plan for travel in gujarat. so i decided to travel somnath .after a day my exams were end and also my 2 friend wanted to join me in my trip ,so i was happy. Now the problem was that ,we need to took our journey as soon as possible, and we decided to take our journey from tomorrow. due to lack of time we could not arrange rail reservation so we decided to travel by bus .
Jehan Numa Palace Hotel's Italian restaurant La Kuchina serves delightful Italian food. Pay a visit to their bakery called Cafechino for some sinful desserts. Also, drive along the main lake on VIP road, go to Nadir Colony to spot beautiful age-old mansions, stroll around in Char Imli in the evenings and you'll have a wonderful time in this city.
Bavikonda Stupa –Visakhapatnam
Vizag or Visakhapatnam is largest city in Andhra Pradesh. Vizag is sorrounded by enchanting hills on one side and beautiful sea beaches on other. Thus you can conquer your love for sea beaches and mountains at the same time. You can visit Araku Valley which is 600-900m above sea level and is a hill station. Try taking the train for breathtaking views of waterfalls and mountain ranges.How to Reach:Kolkata to Vizag is around 880 Km You can either fly or take the over night train. It takes around 12-13 hours by train.
We reached vizag railway station as early as 4am in the morning. After 12 hours journey from Howrah we all are really tired but it is the cool sea breeze that keeps me refreshed so I decided to walk through the coastline of Rk Beach and believe me it was an amazing experience.The most interesting thing about the Beach road is that it remain closed for general vehicle UpTo 7am for the sefty of morning Walkers and that day there was a lot of activities going on the roads beacuse of Times of India's Happy street event . Hundreds of cute little children playing varieties of games at every corner of the road. For strating of a trip I can't imagine anything better than this. While returning I can't resist myself from taking a bath in the blue cold water so.... You know how it feels right 😄😄😄After lunch we hired a car and go for sight seeing ,1st we headed for Yarada Beach. In my opinion it is the best beach in Andhra Pradesh, yellow sand, blue water, fishing boats ,mountain meeting the sea makes it a photographer's paradise. Then we headed towards the famous lighthouse at the dolphin nose and believe me the spectacular view of the coastal city and port is something that you will remember your entire life.After that our next destination was Simhachalam temple which is considered to be one of the richest temples in India. Vishnu is in form of narasimha and to control his "ugra" roopam, the deity is covered with sandalwood paste for whole year except for a day in May when the real form is revealed to the devotees.the architecture,sculpture and overall environment is really Devine I really miss my camera inside the temple as they don't allow any electronic device inside temple premises. And this was a perfect end of our first day tour.
People often ask how travel has changed me. If I look back at who I was before I began travelling and compare that to who I am now, I would have to say that travel has made me a better and more well-rounded person. I think travel makes everybody a more awesome person. I truly, honestly believe if everyone travelled more we'd be in a much better place. People would be happier, we'd understand each other better, we'd be less materialistic and we'd learn to simply enjoy life. Love is contagious. I want to share my love & passion with everyone & hopefully inspire them to go out. Travel simply teaches you how to be happy and the world could use some happy people????
The way a Traveler can define what a place actually holds not even a resident who stays there from like an age can’t tell you.It was not so planned trip for me a rough itinerary on a piece of paper, unaware of the city the environment and most importantly the weather, I got one of the best tan of my life there Wanted to visit Vizag from long so one fine day I just thought to book my tickets applied leaves packed my bags and head towards the port city VIZAG. This city offered me much more than I expected, being a person that belong to hills as my hometown is Uttarakhand, beaches turn out to be my new love when I actually saw them for the very first time sometime back, the way u can sit on the loose sand can clutch it in your fist and gaze for like hours into the serenity and loneliness of the vast spread of water with alluring reflection of sun and the never ending journey of ships in front of your eyes.Vizag is quiet approachable from Hyderabad via flight/ trains/ buses, I choose it to be train there are multiple options for train you can check irctc for that, overnight journey and quiet early morning you can reach and start your travel, the best part I loved about the place as a traveler is train station/ airport/ bus stations are pretty much in the city and quiet near to the places you will actually stay in and travel while your trip so you won’t find yourself lost or will not have a hard time in finding transport to reach up places. I spend three days in Vizag and in order to cover most of it they are good, but for information to those people who want to visit Araku Valley via Vizag you need 2 days more in this itinerary. If we will talk about ideal situations the best time to visit is Nov – Jan but as I visited in August the weather is okay at nights but at day time it too humid and hot, be prepared for a good amount of tanning as a return gift but despite from all this you won’t regret it any way. City on its tropical arrangement has a valley sort of effect with short hills on one side and beach opposite. Areas along the shore line is surrounded via short hills entire green , while going little outskirts of the city via NH16 or the way it’s called beach road are curvy and moves along the entire shore line. This entire drive way will get you awestruck and you will get lost eventually in the moment of fisher boats and yachts along with the waves of the sea.I reached there at around 8 in the morning, as far as stay is concerned you can pre book it or you can land there and find one, stay is not at all a problem as there are lots of good and cheap inns available near railway station area within 3-4 kms or on the beach road that is hardly 4-5 kms. The best part about the beaches there is like its spread across a wide area so there are lots of special lone places on the beaches that you can find and explore the beach on your own way. If you love photography you can choose some place if you want to play in water or swim you can find your own side and also for people who are searching for solace can find their own part of the beach.Day 1:I started of my journey via RK Beach or Ramakrishna beach as you say it, it’s at the heart of the city and the best part about this beach being at the centre of the city is you can come and enjoy this one at any time of the day and spent a quality time here, being in the city its one of the most crowded beaches specially on weekends but still it won’t ruin the fun. On the beach itself there is INS Kursura Submarine museum that is nothing but actually the entire INS Kursura original there, after its dedicated and devoted service for the Indian Naval Services they have made this submarine a museum they take you inside and give you a tour of the whereabouts on how submarine works, at war time how to launch torpedoes, engines machineries how life is inside a submarine and lots more, this tour is worth taking. On the beach road itself you will find a fish aquarium called Matsyadarshini(check out fishes ) you must have seen a lots of aquarium but still I found it worth going as it actually have some of the unique fishes/ turtles/ underwater plants that you must not have seen generally. Next to that little ahead on the same road there is Visakha Museum this contains war time history and some of the original plans ruins and war stories of some our prestigious and amazing battles, it also tells the story of the rulers that actually owns Vishakhapatnam at its time and how the city became what it is today. My personal favorite and that actually took all my attention was a watchman statue that is on the second floor I have never been to Madam Tussauds so I don’t know how real they look but this statue I actually felt it’s an old man sitting and I was actually going to him to ask something, so If you see him please say a Hi . Then later by the evening I went to Teeneti Park it’s a very regular park the movement I entered I thought it not worth it but when you go a little ahead and reach at the edge and see the view of the RK Beach from there your opinion changes, you can see a lots of crabs coming along the waves to the shore there, people claim that you can see dolphins also from there in nice monsoons may be you will get lucky, big rocks along the shore to which water just come crushing through and the beautiful view just gets in to your head, winds are pretty heavy here and the huge waves will take away the sand under your feet leaving you feel taken away. If you are not pretty good with swimming don’t get too much into the water it can be little risky. Further in the day being already little tired I went straight to Rushikoda Beach that is like 10 Kms away from RK Beach via Beach road that runs along the sea shore. On this one you can find some of the beautiful sea shells stones and fishes along side, but almost all the shells I picked the water body is alive in it so if you really like it you have to take it out and let it go into water You can spend a good time sitting on this beach or taking pictures but try and avoid this one on weekends or evening I found the crowd to be too much there. After doing this much for an entire day I was dead tired and drenched due to the never running out humidity there just took a nice meal and slept really looking forward for the next day.Day 2:This day I planned to cover Dolphin’s nose and Yarada beach they are pretty close to each other and you can visit both of them in a go, these places are little far off from the city around 40 kms and you need to rent a vehicle in order to reach there, one thing to keep in mind before going there is the light house on Dolphin’s nose has a timing of 3-5 pm so plan accordingly, it’s one of the very few manually operational light houses present in the world and they let you go inside and have a look at the mechanics and the view from light house can’t be missed, after spending some time here on the dolphin’s nose that is actually a hill shaped as a dolphin that you can see far off from RK Beach head towards Yarada.The moment you enter the army residential area you see one way going towards Yarada and one towards the light house, after light house I moved towards Yarada you can see the beach covered around with lots of palm trees from far off and move down the valley towards it, after the plain road the way is little distorted bumpy road and then after some time a small lane in nowhere reaches towards a resort, the way to Yarada is via this resort you have to take a pass to go in. Then there it was after some sheds little resort huts you see lots of sand around everywhere in front of you, walk across it and then what you see next will blow your thoughts, the view of Yarada is the best and the most serene, this too much secluded beach with almost zero crowd and the blue not so calm sea will just enthrall you in the most promising way. Again the waves are pretty strong don’t go too much into deep if you don’t know swimming, just sit on the edge of a rock and the waves will turn out to be so huge that it will wet you entirely. Spend some quality time there it’s so secluded that you can enjoy every bit of it the way you like, the only restaurant at this place near the beach is pretty fine the menu has lots of stuffs and it tastes good to they don’t accept cards so carry cash as you will not find any other eating place at this area. After this long and tiring day I head back towards the city by the evening I was again at RK Beach spent some time there as the night unfolds.Day 3:As it’s the last day and I still have few places to cover, I started it with early morning visit to fishing harbor the frequency and the energy of this place at morning when boats come to the deck and unloads the fishes is quite a view, you will see lots of different sizes shapes pretty dead fishes If you want to experience this want to have a look at the fishy market visit there, all the export in to huge containers local market selling everything happens here, don’t visit this place after dark or at late nights it’s not safe. After having a good time here I went to Kailashgiri, there are two ways to reach there one is a cable car and the other is via road that is curvy along the valley and takes you all the way to top, my suggestion will be to cover both as both have their own charm, Kailashgiri doesn’t have much to enjoy in terms of some activitie but it’s a must go because there are certain points from which you can see the entire Vizag along with the its busy streets building seas shore the streets across the beaches hill tops valleys everything, the view is awe-inspiring and majestic. Don’t take the toy train ride on Kailashgiri as it’s not worth it more than that you can cover on foot only. By the evening back to the beach road visit VUDA park, again it’s just a normal park no fancy but one of its passage ways you towards a side of RK Beach that you will again find pretty secluded and extremely alluring in its view I spend some of indelible time there that I took back in my head when I left for my hotel that night.Vizag initially that was not so planned as a trip turns out to be one of the most travelled and calculated trips as I was right on schedule not must hustle great city great experience Note for a friend: Thanks for the idea of Vizag and help me to unfold this journey.
Naval dockyard, Akshaya Patra and a beautiful coastline? Want more reasons to visit beautiful Vizag?
We reached Vijayawada around 4am. Now we were thinking how to go to Vizag and suddenly we saw one SUV (driver was shouting – Who wants to go to Vizag) and finally we reached Visakhapatnam around 1pm. It was an awesome road trip from Vijayawada to Visakhapatnam (almost 8 hrs). Am back at home. I started almost 15 days before from this place. I love beaches and I will say Vizag beaches are to die for. It was so refreshing but very hot, I will say the hottest. We were in Vizag for 2 days and on 14th Day my friends left for Kolkata again. This was really a tough one to write because it’s been almost 5 years. I have tried my best to share my experience of Traveling through 3 different States in 13 days. It was a lifetime experience. Different language, culture, food, people, places- making this trip a memorable one. It wasn’t easy to plan. But we did. Any suggestions or Questions are always welcome. Please feel free to share your travel experience, if any. -Gautam
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A rapidly developing city in Madhya Pradesh, Indore is the perfect example of a small town packed with the right kind of...
After halted two nights we decided to return back to our home. we will never forget this trip as we learn lot of things and gained some mature advises. MANDAV is great place for 2 days or 3 days budget trip as we only spent 2000 rs per person in our whole trip.I really recommand all to visit once there to feel something different which will never felt anywhere else.thank you so much guys. holasee u guys soon with new adventures. bbyeBANJARA.
I decided to go for a trip so i contacted with my friends and at last we were 4 now. 2 for bhopal and 2 from indore. we packed our bags and started our journey at 8 am. As indore in 200 km from bhopal it took 4 and a half hour to reach there. we were at indore now at 12:30 pm. It was great state highway between bhopal and indore at lead as so fast.So now we halted for some time and approx 2 pm. we again started our journey from indore.
Enjoy Holi celebrations in Indore.Holi is not a one–day affair in Indore. After 5 days from Holi, the event of Rangapanchami is organised but it is not the usual Holi colours that paint the atmosphere around, rather it is the colour of music that fills the air. Even the local municipal corporation splashes colour mixed water on the roads of Indore. It is believed that the Maratha Holkars, who conquered the state, brought with them the Marathi tradition of Rangpanchami- where the colors are played on the fifth day.
Finally, at 06:25 PM, I was standing in my Paying Guest House's parking.I got just one word for the route - Serene. I didn't take any pictures in between apart from the images I posted. I was in a bit hurry, as well as I didn't want to ruin the experience. After travelling through the route, I promised myself (just like I did 3 months back that I will go to Jabalpur by road all by myself) that I will revisit this whole route, I will visit each and every natural, historical spot, and then I will capture the serene beauty in some mere images. I want to travel on the same route with people who always inspire me and are my co-riders and family - Mr Akash Vyas (I owe you for the spares and saddle bag), Mr Manish Phillips (he actually called me before the trip and gave me some last minute tips) and Mr Shivendra Shrivastava (man who taught me riding, but I turned out to be a bad student).
AFTER also visiting ahmedabad in very short term we arrived at INDORE next evening and than to BHOPAL.So that was our JOURNEY, it took seven days to complete a travel. Almost 3300 km had travelled by us.One thing i noticed that people from GUJARAT are very collaborative and helpful ,they guided us in every step where we need that. GUJARAT is really a great place and yet need to be explored .I on behalf of me (RAJAT JAISWAL ) and my 2 friends named ( ALOK GADEM & UPENDRA GAUTAM ) are very thankful for the people of GUJARAT. specially a Cab driver and Aunt met at BHUJ . I really admire for your precious help. AGAINTHANK YOU VERY MUCHyou can also question me for related to this gujarat tour. i will admire to guide u.email – firstname.lastname@example.org
A delightful town which has an all nighter - Sarafa Market to eat some awesome delicacies
Participants will get to see the city of Indore and the heritage of the fascinating Holkar Maratha rulers of the city juxtaposed with contemporary landscape of an emerging modern industrial town which will include the Heritage of trading cultures a visit to the Jain Glass temple.
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Jammu is one of the fastest developing cities in northern India. Its Vaishno Devi Temple, which is one of the holiest pl...
Indian Himalayas is full of epic and memorable road routes. From the world’s highest motorable roads for adventure junkies to some of the most serene — there’s something for everyone. Where some routes — particularly the Manali-Leh and the Buddha Circuit in Spiti Valley — have seen a dramatic increase in the number of tourists in the previous years, some are still pretty untapped. They are, in fact, so untapped and offbeat in their nature that hardly any tourist visit them throughout the year, despite having all the facilities a tourist may need — from Google defined roads to enough accommodation options on route. And one such route in the Jammu region in J&K lies in and around the Bhaderwah Valley.During my recent motorbiking trip in Himalayas with Jammu and Kashmir tourism, earlier in September, under the campaign of ‘Exploration of unseen places’ in J&K region, we did a 7 day road trip from Jammu to Killar, and back. The trail took us to some of the highlighted (yet unfrequented) valleys and the many unspoken towns.From passes over 10,000 feet above sea level and roads otherwise known as the world’s deadliest, this is the routemap for Jammu to Killar road-trip in J&K:
I have heard a lot of legendary stories about Full moon party from my friends, and I have been looking to go there and break free from a long time, till I made a plan with two of my best buddies. We have been planning it for a while but nothing was coming in place. So one day we were sitting over a coffee and started discussing about it on a conference call and bang that was the beginning of a fantastic trip. I am from Jammu and my other friends live in Delhi and Bangalore respectively. The best option for all of us was to meet in Kolkata as the flights were very cheap from Kolkata to Bangkok.
Our Journey Started from Jammu and our destination for day one was Basholi, a small quaint town situated in the middle of hills of Shiwaliks. The major attraction of this town are the famous Basholi Paintings, Basholi bridge that connects JnK with Himachal and the beautiful Ranjit Sagar Dam lake. Though I didnt know about the paintings, I googled about Basholi when I came back :P that's why it is always advised to do proper RnD before you go anywhere. The road from Jammu to Basholi is still under construction with good and bad patches. The best place to stay is a Gov. Guest House which has a nice view of lake and the Basholi bridge with access to the lake as well.
We reached Jammu and then from there we book a Innova for Pahalgam it’s around 280km from Jammu but its very long journey (around 9hrs)You can visit :
Day-11: Pahalgam- Anantnag – JammuOvernight at Jammu
Next morning we start sightseeing for Jammu for full day. After finish the sightseeing we get back to hotel and took our lugguage and go to railway station & board the train for Delhi. I want to tell you here that God sent some persons for helping us and that was the persons who help us alot. God bless them.So, thats my unforgettable journey to the heaven on earth. ;) :) Please tell me how much you like it?
Today, bid farewell to your 'Kashmir - Paradise on Earth - Summer' tour as you are transferred to the airport / railway station in Jammu for your onward journey.
Welcome to your 'Kashmir- Paradise on Earth - Summer' tour! On arrival at the airport / railway station in Jammu you will be met and transferred to Pahalgam where you will check- into your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure for independent activities. Overnight in Pahalgam. None (Meals on your own).Request A Call Back
Never forget the spiritual aspects of travellingNext short road trip was to a Holy place, a 14Km trek to the Temple of Vaishnodevi in Jammu. This was the final destination for my recovery journey, and I made sure that the higher power was involved in my ordeal for a healthier life. It seemed like a fitting “rite of passage”. There, I worshipped and thanked God for giving me a new life. I was grateful for a new reason to live in happiness, after being through some hardships.
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This seventh largest city of Kerala is popular for its houseboat cruises along the Kerala backwaters. Alappuzha is bed...
The next morning the back waters of allepey was waiting for us. One of my favourite destination . I went there few times in my college days so already was having fair idea what was lying ahead. we didnt opt for night stay in houseboat as the government dont allow the boat cruising after 6 o clock . Any way boat wil standstill at night and we dont have much activity to do. we planned to do 5 hours of backwater activity , after that we will head towards mararikulam beach ( dont miss this beach , its very clean and nice). Now lets put some pics .
I got back to my stay by 8 pm, and decided to look around for cheaper options for dinner. However, The Indian Coffee House that appeared on the map was shut down, and Cafe Catamaran just across my place was mobbed with travelers. Thus, I had my humble meal of ginger Chicken & Rice at Art House Cafe which too wasn't very far. By the time I got back, the property manager called up people for a bonfire at the beach. Siddharth was actively getting up people gathered and we lit fire and sat around it with music playing. I was pretty tired with the activities of the day and moved on to my room in some time, and fell asleep much before anyone else came back.I woke up early in the morning and got fresh, I had a walk across the beach and clicked some pictures. I figured out that there wasn't much left to do in Alleppey, so I decided to move on to my next destination. I went to have breakfast at Halais Restaurant who supposedly made good Kebabs and Shwarmas. However, they didn't have that on the breakfast menu and I ended up having Egg Curry and Appam, which was pretty good. I got into an auto for the Railway Station, and about a km later realised that I left my camera at the restaurant itself. We drove back to the place where I found my camera lying unattended at the same place I had left it. Arriving at the Railway Station, I got a ticket to Varkala Sivagiri for 50 bucks. The direct train to Varkala was a bit late, so I boarded the next train that took me to Kayankulam. From Kayankulam, I boarded the New Delhi- Kerala Express which had its only General Compartment at the front end of the train. By the time I could get to that compartment, the train had already started moving, and hence, I got into one of the Sleeper coaches. I waited for the TTE to come but that didn't happen, and in an hour I got down at Varkala.
My roommate Sidhharth had been traveling for about 6 weeks now of which he had been here for about 4. I just inquired him of the houseboat scene and he told me that there was a government ferry at 4.45 pm that gave you a round trip in about 3 hrs. I left for the Boat Ferry immediately, and reached there just in time, I got a 40 Rs ticket for the ride, and perched on the upper deck for a grander view. The ferry boat was basically a bus in the backwaters meant for transporting people. Young students got off to their homes which lay in the middle of the creeks. It was a pleasure to see the greenery and the luxurious houseboats floating around in the water. Fishermen in smaller boats created a beautiful sight. There were Shikaras that gave couples a nice alone time witnessing the pleasant landscape. My ride took 1.5 hours to reach the terminating point at Vembnad Lake which looked like an endless expanse of water. The ride back was quicker. In all I paid 80 bucks to and fro. This is a great deal for solo travelers as the shikaras or the houseboats charge much higher in the range of 2000 Rs, and spend more time in the water which may be a bit boring for someone who is restless.
Right at the Alleppey Railway station, I had a Rice-Fish Meal at the IRCTC Eatery. Having done that I got an auto to drop me at the Alleppey Beach. I walked towards Zostel Alleppey, which was almost a km away, or so I felt in the blazing heat at 3pm with the Sun reflected on my face from the white sand of the spectacular beach. However, the heat and the weight of my luggage kept me away from going closer to the shore. Zostel was right in front of the beach at a far North corner. I hadn't made an advanced booking, but they had a dorm bed empty for the day, and were happy to have me.
The biggest regret, if I want to count, I couldn't cruise the backwaters of Kerala enough except boat riding. Kollam to Alappuzha is about 80km through the backwater cruising, which takes around 6 to 7 hours journey at the expense of Rs 600(Not at all costly) Instead, due to time constraints, I had to choose a car. The road is no different than that of Trivandrum to Kollam. The same backwater channels; looking even more gorgeous through the thick layers of trees, green fields, and plantations. The only thing that changes is the places to visit. I did not miss Vembanad, Marari beach, Krishnapuram Palace, and few other places before extending my journey to Kochi the same day. (You forgot my friend's wedding? I did not)The distance between Alappuzha and Kochi isn't much, just about 50 km. Instead of spending a day in Alappuzha, I straightaway went to Kochi, where my friend was waiting for me. The reason being I was so allured to spending a day and a night with my friend in a houseboat that I did not worry about me being exhausted after two days of continuous journey and a little rest.
Day 6: Alleppey BackwatersAnother thing that I was excited about Kerala vacation was the HOUSEBOATS. We had taken a day cruise (better option) for Alleppey houseboat and I must say that the backwaters are truly a beauty. You can just get lost in your own world amongst backwaters and enjoy the serenity that it gives. We had a great time on the houseboat and happily ended the trip to beautiful state!Kerala has taught me to "Slow down and look at the beauty around!" It's so beautiful and serene out here that you will definitely come back with great memories and enthralled by its picturesque beauty!
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The destination of the World Heritage sites of Ajanta and Ellora caves where you find a new meaning of beauty, Aurangaba...
My friend and I decided to catch a bus on one long weekend and go to Aurangabad. All we knew was we wanted to visit the caves we had heard so much about.We reached Aurangabad by morning and as soon as we got off the bus we were swamped by Auto drivers. We asked one of them to take us to any good budget hotel and he took us around town, showed us a couple of hotel and finally we got a decent room near the railway station for 800/- night as we checked in.After the usual morning chores of freshening up we left, taking a share auto to reach the main bus stand. We got a bus going to Ajanta, hopped on and after almost 2 hours of slow, hot drive, we were there.AJANTA CAVES:
The next day, we made a taxi booking with Savaari Car Rentals and set off towards Aurangabad with our driver Nandu. The road from Shirdi to Aurangabad is filled with agricultural fields. On the way, we got to see vineyards, onion farms and acres and acres of cotton plants. The sight of hundreds of cotton plants from the road is simply magnificent. A little ahead, we stopped at Grishneshwar for a darshan of the Jyotirling there. The temple at Grishneshwar is a beautiful, ancient temple, and I recommend visiting it at least once in your lifetime. There was a tiny stall next to the temple where we stopped for some tea and onion pakoda. If you’re planning on making a stop in Grishneshwar, I highly recommend seeking out these tea stalls - they make the best onion chutney to go with the pakodas.After we left Grishneshwar, we visited the Bhadra Maruti Temple in Khuldabad which has a statue of Hanuman in a reclining pose. This is a very rare temple, and the statue is a wonder in itself. We soon reached Aurangabad and headed to Bibi-Ka-Maqbara, more popularly known as the Taj of the South. To us, this felt like the 8th wonder of the world, because this monument looks exactly like the real Taj Mahal in Agra. Until we came to Aurangabad, we had never even heard of this monument!
We reached Ajanta by 11 am,caves are little away from parking place where you get Government buses to go inside Ajanta caves area.We get into that bus and within next 10-15 minutes we were at caves base location ,we brought our camera and entry tickets and started exploring biggest man-made caves I seen ever.
Day 3 started with an early morning trip to Dadar railway station to catch the Tapovan express to Aurangabad. It takes around 7-8 hours and is pretty taxing if you are not used to day time train travels. We preferred this train to avoid complications in check-in time at the hotel etc. There are overnight trains to Aurangabad and also flights from Mumbai. Aurangabad is around 300+ kms away and zoom car is also an option (we did not explore it though).We reached Aurangabad around 1PM and checked into Hotel Keys Aures . After a quick refreshment, proceeded to see Panchakki and Bibi Ka Maqbara. Bibi Ka Maqbara is a must watch though its said to be a poor imitation of Taj Mahal.
The vehicle took off and we set on our way chatting and frolicking , recording videos of ourselves and of the beaut environs of Aurangabad in the pleasant drizzle AND… of course , reminiscing over our old and new one-sided loved ones . The next stop was at a Motel about forty kms before Ajanta caves. Half of us freshened ourselves up , the other half didn’t feel like it. Notsowhite tried to take a dump twice , but to no avail.After at least three of us had relieved ourselves, we took a light breakfast , grabbed a few cans and took off again amid fun , frolic and raunchy remarks and slanders. Theslut , who was a boy. Since we were all boys , spent the journey taking the piss out of Bro. The non-kafir was the quiet and probably the maturest one. I had packed along two books, one of which was ‘the Satanic Verses’ , and throughout the trip , I managed to read no more than five pages.Finally , we arrived at the bus stop of Ajanta from where a shuttle bus would take us to the caves. We bought a few statuettes of supposedly ‘antique-stone’ (as per the seller) and then after taking along a few packets of chips and snacks and clicking a few pictures of the wondrous hills encompassing us , boarded the shuttle bus . It was a short and wavy journey through the hills and forests and was really a spectacle to behold.
We got down at Aurangabad at 8:30 am which was late as the train got delayed by 90 mins. we had our breakfast, rather I would say it was a brunch as we planned to make it till the base village, Salher wadi, without any food breaks by 3 pm and start the trek.We got into the bus at 11:00 am till Malegaon and as per the bus driver we could have reached there by 1:30 but again there was a delay and we only managed to reach Malegaon by 3 pm. Traveling in bus we weren't sure on when would we reach the base village so we decided to take the shared taxi till Satana and continue to base village from there. Thanks to our taxi driver, he agreed to drop us till Salher wadi at very nominal cost. Finally we reached the base village by 6 pm.
Before exploring Bombay we were at our friend’s place at Aurangabad, Maharashtra spending quality time with family. We had a chance to visit Ajanta. It’s a 2 hour drive from Aurangabad. A must visit if you are around Ajanta. It is a thousand years old cave and took around 700 years to construct. I would suggest reading up about Ajanta and then visiting the place rather than hiring a guide, which I did not find reliable. But yes they’ll show some interesting paintings, 3D effects and illusions inside the cave. Total there are 30 caves, only 26 are accessible the other four don’t have a way to get inside. It’ll take you around 3 hours to see all the caves.
As they say that happiness is along the journey not at the end of it, we were actually experiencing it in this road trip of Maharashtra. It was day 3 and we had to cover two more Jyotirlings which were Nagnath in Aundha and Vaijnath in Parli.We had an amazing Maharashtrian breakfast before we left.
Aurangabad is a bustling town (The world-heritage Ajanta and Ellora caves are a little distance away) and I could comfortably find a decent hotel (Hotel Karthiki) near the main bus stop. The hotel was cheap and pretty good for the tariff (Rs. 600 per night). I freshened up and then headed out to the main bus stop to figure out how to get to Lonar. Turns out Lonar wasn’t very much frequented by tourists and was more or less an off-beat destination. I guess researchers and geologists were the ones enamored by the place. So here was the deal with buses. Private buses leave at around 2.30 am to a place called Sultanpur which is about 15km from Lonar. Sultanpur lay enroute to Pune so all buses heading towards Pune might as well stop there on request. There are state transport buses from Aurangabad to Lonar as well but their availability is meager compared to the private buses. One can also take a state transport bus from Aurangabad to Jalna and then head off to Lonar. Jalna is around 100 kms from Lonar and the availability of buses to Lonar from Jalna is more than in Aurangabad. I weighed my options and decided to take a private bus at 2.30am to Sultanpur. Sultanpur is 135km from Aurangabad. The bus promptly did turn up at 2.30 am. It was an uneventful ride to Sultanpur. Reached Sultanpur at about 5.30am. Sultanpur operates private autos to Lonar Village. I parked myself in one of these and amidst “Baazigar” reached Lonar at 6.30am.
Aurangabad is a good place to visit if u love street food.... WE had street sandwich which I think not a single hi fi restaurant can make... WE tasted almost everything there which was available on the streets. There are few historical places but govt is not maintaining them so no one visit them.
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Known all over the country for the sacred Sri Venkateswara Temple, Tirupati is located in the Chittoor District of Andhr...
Chennai to Tirupati Balaji
We reached next day early morning to Tirupathi and booked a hotel on spot. After took some rest for some hours and then started for darshan. It took us ~7hrs to complete our darshan and recommended book darshan ticket online. In evening, we started for Chennai and reached there in ~4hrs.
Thiruthani to ballari (431km) :The last day was a sore and boring one. Not many places to see. Just a long ride back home. The roads were some of the worst we've encountered. We reached tirupati temple town by 12pm and headed towards kadiri. After about 9hrs of riding. We finally reached ballari by 10.30pm! The odometer read 3050kms! This was the longest trip i have taken on bike!
The Amazing breath talking walk from Alipiri to Tirumala is best experience of both Tradition and Trekking
It’s a must visit place. It will take at least 5-6 hrs to come out, once you are inside the Temple. People from all over India come for the Darshan of Tirupati balaji. Now it’s time for our destination and my home town –“Visakhapatnam”. Till then we didn’t know how we would reach Vizag. No bookings, nothing. It was 8pm. Then we decide we will hop in Vijayawada and from there we will go to Vizag. We got a Volvo bus from Tirupati to Vijayawada around 9pm. We were really tired. It was damn hot. 12th night went in traveling to Vijayawada.
Kesaria Stupa, Champaran
I reached Patna around 1:00 pm and got down at the Mithapur bus stand. From there I took an auto to the railway station and from there another auto to Patna Sahib. By the way, if you want to know how I found out about the right autos and buses, I did what every clueless person would do; ASK. I asked my fellow bus travelers, auto drivers, locals as well as the supreme ‘Google’ and they were all happy to guide me.I had to rush as my train, although expected to be late, was set to arrive at 6:00 pm on the Patna Junction and I was yet to retrieve my suitcase from my friend’s house. It was simply a race against time. From Patna Sahib, one can either walk to the gurdwara or take another auto. The final road resembles any crowded old city such as Sadar bazar in my home town of Meerut or Chawri Bazaar in Delhi. There are all kind of shops and a great many tea stalls.Takht Shree Harmandir Sahib ji is one of the five holiest sites in Sikhism, as it is here that the tenth sikh guru Gobind Singh was born. It isn’t as majestic as Golden temple in Amritsar but is worth visiting once. It is undergoing a major makeover and once that is finished, it will be able to match upto the golden temple in its grandeur. Still, the white main building is beautifully constructed and the inside sanctum was open to devotees to pray.
The plan was to reach Patna on the afternoon of Dec 8 and attend my friend’s wedding on Dec 9. This was supposed to be followed by a one day exploration of Patna on Dec 10. After Patna, I had planned a tour of Buddhist towns of Bodhgaya, Rajgir and Nalanda till Dec 13, when I had to be back to catch the same notorious Magadh Express from Patna Junction in the evening. As happens in most travel journeys, not everything went according to the plan. I entered Patna not on the afternoon but on the midnight of Dec 8 and made my way to the venue where my friend was set to be married next day.Anyone’s first impressions of Patna are mostly similar. It is a crowded city, full of traffic jams and chaos. The city has no inner public transportation system and shared autos is the only medium to commute. While autos do a decent job of connecting different parts of the city, the autorickshaw pilots (sarcasm intended) cram as many humans as possible to make an extra buck. So, until and unless one is okay to squeeze himself/herself in a corner of a crowded open auto, it’s better to take a cab. I took the auto.Bihar, however, has a dignified resilience behind all the decadence and one can feel it while traveling around. The people are hospitable and can laugh away all their troubles with a nice sense of humor. I had a great time at my friend’s wedding and as she departed with her husband next morning, it seemed strange that my arrival in Patna should coincide with someone’s departure.I was too tired from the wedding to venture outside on the Dec 10, the day after wedding. The whole day was spent resting at my friend’s house and feasting on some delicious home cooked food.
My base camp for most part. Interestingly more chaotic that any other part of Bihar I'd been to
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An integration of historic monuments and modern skyscrapers, Surat is a quaint town located along the banks of river Tap...
Booking the trek was easy but then I started having so many questions. What to carry, where to buy, how to prepare to be fit, what to eat, what to drink etc etc. But the most important task was to convince my family that I can do this. Just the idea of living in a -30 degree temperature was driving them crazy. And I realized it all had just gotten real.
Chadar Trek is a winter trail following the Zanskar river in Leh Ladakh. The word "Chadar" literally means sheet. Due to extreme cold, the entire Zanskar river freezes and turns into a sheet of ice and hence it is called Chadar. The temperature in winters usually ranges from -12 degrees during the day to -30 degrees during the night and can go to as low as -35 sometimes. This river trail connects the villages in Zanskar valley with Chilling (base camp for the trek and around 60 km from Leh). The locals have been using this route for centuries as the mode of commute in winters there is no other link available due to heavy snowfall. Zanskar valley is actually situated some 450 odd km away from Leh by road. But what we do here is a shorter version of the river trail. It is about 8 days long trek covering roughly 80 km and usually follows the route Tilad Do- Gyalpo- Tibb Cave- Naerak.
Please be patient. THIS IS GOING TO BE LONG! :p :p
We were a group of 30 ranging from teenagers to some super inspiring senior citizens and started our journey from Surat, Gujarat. The cost mentioned here is Surat to Surat all including train tickets, bus/cab, stay, food, adventure activities and rafting, sight seeing at Hrishikesh.
Hello Everybody!!This little blog is for the one where I belong to...SURATIf you come to Surat you are not going to get many tourist attractions, as Surat is all about business; from Diamonds to Textiles. But still there are few places to visit. Among them two of them are Dumas Beach and Gavier Lake which I am going to talk about.
Day 5: Surat to Maliya, Ahmedabad 450 KmsAhmedabad was our next destination for stay before we reached Kutch. We stopped at Malliya for rest and the drive ahead to Kutch.Stay: GK Hotel, Maliya-Halvad Highway, Near Petrol Pump,, Malia, Gujarat 363670 Ph no: 7046009901/2/3
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Surrounded by the enchanting Aravali hills, Ajmer is a medieval city most popular for the shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chi...
That night I boarded a late train to kill the need to book a room and have early morning prayer at Dargah. On reaching Ajmer, I immediately took a bath in the Railway station and went to Dargah Sharif to offer prayers. After touching Allah, I went to Ana Sagar Lake. I decided to skip any other places and went to pay homage at Pushkar to the creator.
After memorable time in Udaipur, we headed to Ajmer. I always wanted to visit Ajmer Sharif Dargah and It was in my long pending wish list but was never fortunate enough to go here despite my couple of visits to Rajasthan. As old saying says, "You cannot plan a visit to a holy place, you need to be called" and finally I was summoned this year. Irrespective of what religion you belong to, you must visit this place at least once in your lifetime and seek blessings.
DAY 3 - Ajmer amidst Aravalli MountainsOvernight bus to Ajmer takes 5 hours to cover 270 kms. Since I reached at 4.00 am, I rented a room, slept for a couple of hours and headed out to explore the city. The cheapest way to commute within the city is to hire a rickshaw for half a day, which will cost you ~500 INR. Dargah Sharif, Ana Sagar Lake, Mayo College, Adhai-din-ka-Jhonpra, Akbars Palace are some places to visit. Taragarh; is ruins of a fort which is situated uphill, the entire city surrounded by the Aravalli mountains can be viewed from here.
Day-2 Godhra- Ajmer: Early Morning escape through the city kept us away from the public's attention heading towards our next destination Ajmer specially known for Darga Sharif. Refueling our machines at first petrol pump in Rajastan,we continued, the roads were pit hole free but full of cattle's which made the day a bit hectic. Evening we visited "Darga Sharif", & the day ended with Dinner with Rajastani touch.
Pushkar to Ajmer and DelhiMy Pushkar tour came to an end all with beautiful memories to take back. Pushkar is so beautiful and peaceful to visit once in the lifetime. Ok, some may find it a bit tedious during the tour, but the calmness of the place has a magic that will keep triggering you after your visit. So colorful, so religious and so close to the tradition, Pushkar is the best offbeat destination of Rajasthan to find the new way of exploring.What not to miss in PushkarThis was my first trip, so I missed out a lot of things.• The morning Ghat arti with the sunset view can make your day. I couldn’t experience, but what as per the experience of my co-travelers and tour compions, I got to know what I missed.• Get up early and run to see the hot air balloon flight. You can even have balloon ride. The big colourful hot air balloons are best to observe the entire Pushkar. That must be beautiful and I regretted it later because the tiring day couldn’t let me wake up early.• Cultural shows are the lifeline and luckily I attended one. The gracious Kalbelia dance, folk music, camel art, everything makes the Pushkar fair more amazing.• Be prepared to enjoy every ride, from camel to the Giant wheel. Adding fun and thrill is really important.Key points for a happy tour• • Don’t expect any nonvegetarian food or alcohol for the entire Pushkar tour. Being a holy place it’s better to be away from these eatables and drinks.• • You will be on target for all the children, beggars and pandits. They will ask you for money but better to avoid them.• • Bargain if you have a plan to shop. The prices will be high and your bargaining skills will help you a lot.• • Be polite, happy and yes friendly with the local people. People of Pushkar are lovable and exchanging few words with them will make you feel more comfortable and easy.• • Special attention to your attire. Be in loose comfortable and yes full clothes. If not because of the public, then for yourself. The sand, sun, and dust may leave you all tanned and mess up by the trip ends. So better be in cool loose fitted clothes with sneakers.• • For a good budget trip, get your hotels book in advance. Try dwelling at Pushkar to enjoy every program. Residing at a distant place, you have to leave early for safety issues.• • Be ready to click every moment as you never know what interesting you find at this Pushkar Camel Fair.
Next Morning , I check out from the hotel ,and headed towards Ajmer Sharif Dargah . The biggest mistake I did was to take my scooty there . I was caught in the crowd which was far more dense than a Mumbai local train . Somehow I navigated through the crowd and parked my scooty there . Unfortunately I could not take any pictures . It was hell of a crowd & there was not even a place to stand there . So if you go there , brace yourself and good luck !!Beside Ajmer Sharif Dargah , there is Adhai Din ka Jhopra built by Qutubbudin Aibek .
Visiting holy towns Ajmer & Pushkar was part of my Rajasthan trip. After spending two days in Jaipur with colors and culture it was time to be part of chaos, camels and two most sacred holy places for Hindu and Muslim religion. Ajmer is 150 km from Jaipur. My plan earlier was to go there by train but later I came to know that many tourist buses available for one day trip to Ajmer & Pushkar. I found it more convenient and hassle free. I woke up early, had heavy breakfast and then took auto from my hotel to reach bus stand. Bus timing was from 9 am and by the time I reach there, bus was almost ready to leave. It was mini bus and there were hardly 7-8 more traveller for Ajmer & Pushkar trip. I thought it would be nice and quiet. But to my surprise bus driver started taking daily commuter on the road and by the time we left Jaipur, bus was fully crowded. The drive there was only three hours from Jaipur and most of it on express highways. The journey therefore was not full of many sights, so spent most of time reading newspaper and listening songs. Reached Ajmer at around 12:30 pm and but instead of visiting Ajmer Sarif first, bus headed towards Pushkar, holy town in the desert in Rajasthan.
Vlog 8: When I visited Ajmer Sharif and Bhrama temple
Ajmer is surrounded by the Aravalli Mountains. It is a pilgrimage centre for the shrine of the Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti and is also the base for visiting Pushkar (11 km), an ancient Hindu pilgrimage city, famous for the temple of Brahma. Ajmer has been selected as one of the heritage cities for the HRIDAY - Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana scheme of Government of India.
The city was established by a Shakambhari Chahamana (Chauhan) ruler, either Ajayaraja I or Ajayaraja II, and served as the Chahamana capital until the 12th century CE. After the defeat of Prithviraja lll in 1192 CE, the city came under Muslim rule.
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The capital of Tripura doesn't serve much more than an en-route destination for those travelling to Bangladesh. But even...
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Thanjavur is more of a pilgrim centre than a tourist destination. It is also popularly known as the Rice Bowl of Tamil N...
Thanjavur is considered by many as the centre of art, architecture and religion of South India. It was the capital of the mighty Chola Empire for four centuries. It later fell under the Marathas and Nayaks. They too left a mark on its architecture that is regarded as the finest in South India.
On day four you stop at Thanjavur. Locally known as Thanjavur, this city is a prominent centre of South Indian religion, art and architecture. This is the centre of the most remarkable civilisation of Dravidian history, the Chola empire. After sightseeing in Thanjavur, we leave for Trichy. Trichy or locally known as Tiruchirappalli, is a city with a strong character and long history. It is pretty much the geographical centre of the state of Tamil Nadu. It's a huge city that mixes up culture, religion and business and one can only experience it by actually being there.Sights covered: Brihadeshwara Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Maratha Palace, Sri Rangam Temple in Trichy (India's largest temple complex dedicated to Lord Vishnu).Meals: Breakfast and dinner on board. Lunch at a riverside luxury resort enroute Trichy from Thanjavur.Timings: Brihadeshwara Temple at 10am, Maratha Palace at 11.30am, Sri Rangam Temple at 4pm.
Points to look out for: the grand structure, Gopuram, spatial organization, South Indian Dravida style of architecture, sculptures, intricate detailing, construction techniques.3. KhajurahoKhajuraho group of temples are a famous cluster of Hindu and Jain temples located in Indian district of Madhya Pradesh about 175 km south east from Jhansi. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is known for its grand temples, North Indian Nagada style architectural symbolism and erotic sculptures. Most of the temples are dated back to 950 -1050 A.D and were made by the Chandella dynasty.Important temples in the clusters are Kandariya Mahadeva temple, Lakshmana Temple, Chausath Yogini Temple among the Hinduism and Parshwanatha Temple, Adinath jain temple among Jainism. Vaishnav and Shaiva sect of Hinduism was predominant.
I had no prior travel arrangements, planned to use local transport for entire trip. My first destination was Tanjore. I started late night Wednesday night around 11 pm. Boarded bus to Salem, from there I might get bus to Tanjor. I reached Salem and found some SETC bus to Tanjore. But I was not interested so I boarded ordinary bus to Trichy, frequency is every min. From Trichy there are buses frequently to Tajore. I boarded a private bus and it cost 23rs. Just found BHEL and Sastra Univ are on the highways. I have reached Tanjore around 6 AM. It just stopped raining and climate was pleasantly cool.I haven't booked any accommodation in Tanjore. Found a stay for 300rs just behind the old bus stand. Just relaxed a bit and went to Tanjore Temple. One of the ancient temple of Chola's period. Spent almost three hours inside the temple exploring architecture and praying. It was quit interesting to see people from all over world visit the temple. After a small walk around the streets and vacated the room. I left for Trichy where I had booked my accommodation for the day.
The erstwhile capital of the great Chola dynasty, Thanjavur aka Tanjore is truly the embodiment of South Indian art, architecutre, culture and heritage. Located in the Cauvery basin of Tamil Nadu the town is also known as the "rice bowl" of the state. Synonomous with the world renowned Tanjore paintings, splendid temples with stunning Chola architecture and the Tanjore or Saraswati veena, Tanjore is a city where the rich legacy of the past is evident even today.
Brihadeeshwar temple of this place is very famous temple in south India also a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The one who is fond of history and admire the stone structures, for sure will love this temple.
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With an intriguing history, the oldest inhabited city in the world is a delight to discover. Visited by people from all ...
It was 12:30 in the middle of the day and I had just caught the bus to Rameswaram from Madurai. It was quite a hot day, and a big burly police officer took his seat next to me, almost squishing me to a pulp . I was hoping they’d start the bus soon.In the spirit of travel, I started talking to him. He introduced himself as Mr. Ganesan. He was the sub-inspector of Paramakudi, a small town near Rameswaram. Two minutes into the conversation, we were already talking about Dhanushkodi, and the remains of a place that once had a huge economical impact to make on our state.
I woke up in Madurai; got down the bus; thought for a while over waiting until the morning to visit the Meenakshi Temple, but then dropped the idea thinking that in those 3 hrs, I would reach Trichy. I walked across the State Bus Terminal to easily find a bus till Trichy.
Madurai's air, rail and bus connectivity makes it an ideal place to start Tamil Nadu backpacking trip. It is often referred to as 'the Athens of the East', it boasts some of the best Dravidian temples, an Indo-Saracenic palace and a Romanesque cathedral. And, it is the right place to explore the flavours of Chettinad cuisine.
Travelling in a toy train/Nilgiri mountain train has been on my list for a long time. I was in Madurai for some work along with two of my friends and we had a big weekend off. As I always wanted to go and explore Ooty also known as Udagamandalam sounds crazy isnt it ;), it took me a long time to say this name properly. This was the best time and opportunity to do it with my friends. Ooty was on my list because of its famous tea estates, sprawling grasslands and incredible weather in the south of India.
Madurai is known as the "Athens of the east" purely because of the major attraction of the city, the Meenakshi Temple, the entirety of the city can see its magnificence, just like the pantheon of Athens, hence the name. There is a ruling that no building above the height of nine metres be built around the area.
I am not exactly a big fan of temples but this one definitely took my breath away. The architecture that you can see here is pure bliss and the carvings will leave you spell bound. At the very entrance you will be able to see the tower welcoming you to Meenakshi Temple with a variety of idols carved in stone on the tower. It just makes you wonder, how much time, effort and money was spent to build this marvel. This marvel was built keeping in mind all architectural details. Initially it was designed in the form of a square and owing to this square shape, it has entry gates from all the four directions. There are 14 Gopurams inside the temple, the tallest one being 52 m in length.
But never mind that the beaches were pretty clean even if the water was not also there were small huts on the beach where one can sit and enjoy the view of great Indian ocean. The plan after Rameswaram was to visit the ghost town Dhanushkodi which was cancelled due to lack of time, so just after we were done with our town exploration and lunch we straight away headed towards the railway station from where we boarded a train towards Madurai. After reaching to Madurai we packed our stuff, had our dinner and boarded a bus to Auroville.
After getting into our room we got ready and went to explore Madurai at around 8 P.M., and everything around was so beautiful that one can easily fall in love with the city and the first thing you want to see is Meenakshi Temple. After which we had our dinner at A2B restaurant where one can taste different cuisines but I’ll say it is an average place to eat, there are better places in Madurai that one can find only if you are going to have your dinner before 10 P.M. because after that even the city likes to sleep a bit.
and then at around 1 P.M. we boarded our bus to Madurai. I was shivering when we left Kodaikanal but just after an hour or so I was sweating which was expected after leaving a hill station. After a journey of three hours we reached Madurai, an ancient city filled with wonderful ancient architecture that will make you think “Just how can they make something this huge with so much detailing and with a plethora of colours”, but after reaching there we first searched for a hotel and our search came to an end after almost looking in the hotels of that area for one hour and finally finding a hotel with good facilities and reasonable price “Hotel Padmam” from where one can have a direct view of Meenakshi Temple’s east gate and if you can get up early you can have a perfect view of sunrise as well from its roof top.
Early in the morning I boarded my flight to Raipur via Hyderabad, and reached to the destination at 9 am. I decided to w...
Early in the morning I boarded my flight to Raipur via Hyderabad, and reached to the destination at 9 am. I decided to watch a movie before I took a train to Korba. But the movie ended up pretty late, and I decided to shop in the mall. later took a bus that took me to Bilaspur in almost 3 hours, because, hardly any roads, and finally another bus to Korba that took 3.5 hrs for the 90 km journey, because no roads again. I slept to be ready for the office the next day.
Raipur - BilaspurTo reach Bilaspur, I took a flight to Raipur - the nearest airport. I waited at the airportarrivals as one by one my girl gang members arrived at the airport from different Indian cities. Raipur airport arrival section was clean and well organized. The food options here are very limited but you will find many options for shopping. The one that caught my eye was a government shop - Chhattisgarh herbal products.
Who wouldn't want to touch the nature from the closest. Chhattisgarh has abundance of nature just the way to reach the right spot is unknown or should I say not much advertised.Many of you would be unaware of this place, just a 100 km drive from raipur would take you to a whole new experience. Barnawapara wildlife sanctuary is spread in a small diameter of 30 km. We started off from raipur airport at 09:30 am and took NH 53 there is a left turn from patewa. As you drive for another 10 km you get to see lush green lands and lucky you may be to spot a few wildlife. As you drive straight you reach a forest dept. Check post which charges you 25 rs per person and 100 rs per vehicle. Don't throw away this reciept as this would be checked at many places. From the check post you can either continue to jungle safari or go nd rest your self in a hotel. Please make prior online or telephonic bookings or else you won't find a place to settle. There are a few resorts like muba's machan, Moira resort, dev Hills resort or you can choose the forest guest house or chhattisgarh tourism hotel. We went without booking but were lucky enough to find a place at muba's machan. Wonderful resort with tree houses to live on and a big ground to accommodate various sports, camp fire etc. They charge 4500 per couple including all meals, we were 4 in number so we paid 6700 for a single room, dont forget to ask for discount. Talking of the jungle safari it starts at 6am to 12 pm and 3 pm to 6 pm. You can either go in on your own vehicle or hire a gypsy for 1200 rs and 200 rs for guide. Gypsy is anytime preferred. You might not come across many wildlife animals as this place has got limited species like wild boar, deer, byson, monkeys, Peacock nd a few leopards, but the experience of such dense forest is amazing. If you are going in winters dont forget to bring along lots of winter wear as the night temperature is aroung 4-5 degrees. We did a evening safari and a morning safari. It is a wonderful destination for all age groups and families. Muba's machaan is recommended for the stay. People in raipur should atleast visit once and experience it themselves. Enjoy the trip people...
After I crossed Raipur, drive became interesting. Forests on both sides of the road provided views of natural beauty. Various water bodies in the forests provided picturesquare view. After about 3 hours of isolated driving
We set off to Chirtakote via New Raipur which is the newly developed town at the outskirts of Raipur city. As we were out of city limits, the landscape changed to green paddy fields with occasional villages / small towns on both sides of the road. We made a stop at Makri Dhaba at Kanker for lunch. We could not help but notice that unlike many places around India, the highway leading to Jagdalpur from Raipur , NH 43 is still not laden with lot of roadside eateries / dhabas. Makri Dhaba served decent food but most importantly it had a clean toilet. This still continues to be an issue while travelling in India.
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Kolhapur, in Maharashtra, is a land of temples and regal palaces. The most revered of them is the Mahalaxmi Temple, whic...
Jotiba Yatra, Kolhapur - March 2018 While backpacking in Maharashtra someone told me about a festival near Kolhapur where the entire temple complex is painted with dry colors of Gulal. The festival which sees people coming up with 50feet high Sasan Kathis and holding it on their shoulder or if you are more devout then on your head.
Grand Southindian Ride A ride that lasted for 30 Days 7500 wonderful kilometres 7 Indian States 1 Union territory. The best way to explore a new place is by a combination of bike and foot. That’s what i had done to create the memory which took just 30 days. This blog won’t have any poetic words or paragraph, it’s just an expression of my memory which i managed to collect it during the ride. First of all would like to tell you how this ride was planned. A year before i went on a solo ride mumbai to ladakh and back. After completion of this ride i planned at least one ride every year. So already been to north of india for the ladakh ride and finalized south for the current ride. Initially it requires a lot of planning regarding to route to take, places to visit, things to carry,etc. The plan was to create a V shape in the map covering the costal route from Mumbai-Goa-Karnataka-Kerala-Tamilnadu-Andrapradesh-Telangana-Mumbai. Then thought there are so many places in the south to be explored which till date i have heard from people or seen in television. And then the detailed exploration of the south was planned. The best time to visit south is immediately after monsoon. Also during monsoon it’s good, but it needs more precaution and attention while riding a bike. For the first time one of my friend Mr.Mateen wanted to join me for the ride which i still wonder how did that happen. Because most of my rides became solo not because it was planned such a way, it’s because most of my friends would turn down their decision for the ride at the end moment. So it was fixed 2 riders on a mission to explore the south on their machines South india needs no introduction for it’s beauty ,though my whole country is beautiful. So we were on a mission to explore this beauty for the coming 30 Days. After changes in dates twice,we fixed it as 1st of November. Servicing the bike and making it ready for the ride got it the schedule delayed by a day, also i had brought a 11inch laptop few months back so that i can copy all the sports cam video’s malfunctioned 2 weeks before ride and they informed that it will take a months time to service it. But luckily i got it on 1st November evening. So it was all set now. Day 1:- Mumbai to Kolhapur Initially it was NH17 which was decided. But the condition of the road was bad so we chose the kolhapur route. Time was scheduled as 7 am. But when i got the laptop from the service center yesterday forgot to take the charger from them. So had to wait till 10am for them to open the store. Everything was packed and neatly arranged. By the time my best friend Navin came to see me off. So we both picked the luggage and proceeded towards my machine also my mom and sis came down. Loaded all the luggage on my White tiger ( name of my himalayan). All the safety riding gears were on. Finally sat on my machine clicked few pics and said bye to all and left for the most epic and scenic ride. First task was to collect the charger from the service center and then proceed towards mateens house. Finally around 11am reached mateens house. His dad wanted to meet me as this was the first ride for mateen, so he was little concerned. I assured them everything will be fine and left around 11.30am. Both were super excited about the ride and coming days. Though it was a delayed start i knew the roads ahead were good. Mateen said that some of our friends were waiting at nerul to meet us. We met them at nerul clicked few pics and explained them about our ride. And you won’t believe the meeting went on till 1.30pm. We realized that we are super delayed and proceeded and took a lunch halt at lonavala. Once done with lunch we took the old pune route and then proceeded towards kolhapur. Within hours we hit the kolhapur road. It was too good for start smooth 6 lane highways with no potholes anywhere. Though we could have hit high speeds but restricted ourselves to 80kmph as we were on a ride not race. Now everything was coming into place after a delayed start. It was 5pm and we decided to halt for some snacks and tea. So we stopped at vittal kamath. Kolhapur was still too far from there and it already started becoming dark. We resumed our ride and took break occasionally. Around 8.30 we halted at a place