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183 Kms from Agra
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
The capital city of India is a glorious concoction of the old and the new. Temples that are centuries old, archaic Musli...
2 of my friends had to get back to Bangalore & Hyderabad respectively, had flights early in the morning, so they left early itself. Rest of them had flight at 11.15 from Jaipur to Pune via Delhi. Since, we slept late in the previous night, we woke up late and with all the hurry, we packed up, checked out from the hotel & reached airport by 10.15am. Airport looked so empty and the security checkin was also done for our flight and they had called for boarding too. We were the last one to board the flight. It took off at 11 am itself, before time.We landed at Delhi by 11.35 am which was one hour before than the scheduled arrival time, as Jaipur Delhi was a short distance, and the flight was also too small. It was an ATR aircraft carrying around 70 passengers. Now, our next flight was at 5.15pm from Delhi to Pune. We had to kill the time till then as our baggage will be in transit and we were not able to access them. Instead of sitting idle in airport, we thought of visiting Qutub Minar, which was around 13km from airport.
You can also take the 'NANDA DEVI EXPRESS' as it sticks to its schedule avoiding any delays. I have had some really bad experiences with other night trains.My JourneyDay 1I opted for this train from New Delhi Nizamuddin Railway Station - The Madurai Dehradun Express (Big Mistake). The schedule departure time was 9.10 PM but the train did not reach the platform till late 10.30 PM. I boarded the train expecting to get some rest before the hike. But it did not happen due to the pilgrims traveling from South to Haridwar. All night I heard moms shouting, kids crying, men talking about politics and know what. Finally, after multiple stops, we reached Dehradun. Around 7.45 AM.
After visiting the local market in Kullu and having dinner, capturing a lot of memories we left back for Kullu to board our return bus to Delhi scheduled at 8 PM.For more pictures and my travel diaries, please follow my instagram handle @_tushar.gupta_
When we landed in Delhi, we were really hungry, so headed out to an eatery just a few minutes away from the airport called Venkatesh, which stayed open very late. After some tasty food, we headed back to the airport where I managed to rest for about two hours, with the help of a sleep mask and some earplugs!At 5:30 am, we flew on from Delhi to Amritsar, landing pretty early in the morning. We had already pre-booked an Innova car to take us from the airport to Dalhousie, which is about a 4.5 hour drive. The car cost us Rs. 26,000 and we were really glad to have had it already arranged when we landed in the airport!Seeing Himachal
Day 1 - We started from Delhi at 6 pm in the evening and reached Gt Karnal road by 8.30pm as there was a huge traffic on the way. We had good dinner at Sukhdev Dhaba and after half an hour we started towards our journey. We haven’t slept the whole night thinking our chauffeur might feel sleepy on seeing everyone one sleeping and kept our conversations on with him.
Delhi is also a food hub. If you are foody you will require days to explore food options also along with city. It is some what difficult to wander after sunset for solo traveller or women. ut every city has pros and cons which has come along with the evolution of society. If I look towards Delhi it is a beautiful with beautiful punjabi culture with tadka of mughal urdu. This is a city which has been looted and the again it was reborn with the remains of lost empires after every other century. So it holds remains of every culture which has been followed y every empire. Today it is one of the most populated cities in the world and best city to describe the world what India is about. Give this place a visit and you will know the answer why is this place the best one to represent India culturally ? Be a part of time travel and experience this lovable city.
Our journey started from the Coimbatore airport, with a pit stop in Delhi before heading to Manali. Once in Delhi, we went to visit an old friend of Amar's and have lunch with him before our bus ride, at 6 PM from Majnu Ka Tila! As every good journey has to begin and end with a beer, ours did too. Our sweet cab driver from the airport let us have a pint each during the ride to see Amar's friend. Once the formalities were done, and our stomachs filled, we were on our way to catch the bus to Manali where we met the most humble host Mr. Lovely Singh, our caretaker during the 15 hour bus ride.
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.
Day 10, 04th Oct, An auto at the cost of Rs. 150/- helped us reach our hotel. Our trip had come to an end and that evening we again arrived at New Delhi junction from where it originated. Really it’s a shattering feeling to say goodbye to your better half. But with times, we learnt to remain strong in awful phases like these. Whenever we get an opportunity, we do en-cash it by exploring new places. As our train kept moving in their respective directions, I was busy in casting my mind back in the moments of togetherness.Some important fine facts of our tour are as follows (for information only; not to be considered as promotion or recommendation of any kind):• In New Delhi:Hotel Smyle Inn. Address: 916, Gali Chandi Wali, main bazaar, Paharganj.Contact: 01123589107/ 9999276591Website: www.smyleinn.comemail id: email@example.com• In Palampur :Holiday Home Palampur, (Room No. 302)Contact: 01894233522/ 9816197412Website: www.holidayhomepalampur.comemail id: firstname.lastname@example.orgCab Driver: Sh. Aswini, M: - 9805735578, Pilot for Paragliding at Bir: Sh. Gopal, M: 8628808984• In Mcleodganj :Hotel Sidharth House, [Room No. 108; however the room just above us (2nd floor) have better view.]Address: Jogiwara Road, below Yongling School, McleodganjContact: 9805310685/9622880284/9858364461Website: www.siddharth-house.comEmail id: email@example.com• In Khajjiar:From Dharamshala to Dalhousie the HRTC bus fare was Rs. 342- for 2 adults.Hotel Devdaar, Khajjiar (Room No. 102)Website: www.hptdc.nic.in/ohrs/PublicPages/PubHome.aspx & www.hptdc.inCab driver: Sh. Raju. M: 9736839696 andDalhousie Taxi Operators union (relatively overpriced): 01899-242786/ 9459901001Website: www.dalhousietaxiassociation.comemail id: firstname.lastname@example.org• In Dalhousie: Hotel Rudra Inn (Room No. 210), at Garam Sadak, near Mall at Gandhi Chowk.Contact: 9816358585, 9736540000,Website: www.hotelrudrainn.comemail id: email@example.comFrom Dalhousie to Pathankot the Punjab Roadways bus fare was Rs. 210- for 2 adults.
Day 2, 26th SepI was right there at the platform no. 16 at New Delhi junction to receive my wife. Train was late by 15 mins only. We then, proceed to our hotel Smyle Inn in the main bazaar area, Paharganj side. Our request of early check-in was honoured duly by the Manager and he accommodated us in a family room available with him at that moment. The room was overall fine and importantly air conditioned. Our plan was to rest throughout the day and leave for Pathankot in the evening by 14033 Jammu Mail.The main bazaar area, where this hotel is located is very crowded but has ample options around; in terms of stay-in and shopping. We, although, dropped the plan to rove in the market considering the terrible heat outside and the extensive upcoming journey.Jammu Mail departs at 20:10 hrs from Old Delhi railway station. I expected that checking out early by 6 PM would be sufficient. But friends, when we reached there it was about to be 8 PM and the courtesy must be given to the infamous traffic of New Delhi. Here, I appreciate my ever genius wife for preferring Toto (battery operated three wheeler) over Auto and salute that Toto driver who never surrendered and ran through all the possible as well as impossible lanes of Chandni Chowk market area just for us. I, at heart, already started feeling the tempo of the adventure we were going to have, following that thrilling ride.Jammu Mail, on that day, departed almost 45 minutes late. That train did not have any pantry on board so we opted for e-catering and the service was okay.
248 Kms from Agra
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
Rajasthan’s opulent capital is a magical land brimming with desert camps and lakeside palaces. Sitting on the edge of ...
This day was planned for a Jaipur local sight seeing. So we hired a cab from Rajput tours and travels, they gave us a well maintained Innova car for us for the whole day. Our hotel was located near to airport, we had to come city side for all tourist places.
One of the most colourful cities in the country, Jaipur offers an insight into the royal era along with providing all the advantages of a metropolis. Despite being the capital of the state, the city offer peace and relaxation to locals as well as tourists. Founded in 1727, Jaipur is also called the ‘Pink City’ for its trademark building colour. One of the three corners of the Golden Triangle that include Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, the bustling city is a perfect weekend getaway.
Day 1: Gurugram to Jaipur drive. We left around noon and drove through NH 48. We On our way we stopped at a road-side dhaba to much on some tasty ‘aloo-paratha’ with home-made white butter and ‘chaach’ (buttermilk). The drive was smooth through small towns like Bawal, Behror, Kotputli; large industrial areas near Neemrana; the infamous Hero MotoCorp plant at Dharuhera; and the semi-arid topology. We reached by evening and checked-in to our hotel. It was located on M.I. Road, close to Jayanti market and Raj Mandir Cinema, and bustled with tourists till night. We walked the areas nearby, collected a map and Jaipur city guide to plan our itinerary, gorged on authentic Rajasthani cuisine and called the day-off.
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.
After exploring Pushkar enough, we took a train to the city of Forts, Jaipur. Again it was my second time in Jaipur but this time managed to explore more places which made me nostalgic all over again. That beauty of Hawa Mahal in the evening, magical Jantar mantar and range of forts made us wonder on how they created all these miracles.
325 Kms from Agra
Lucknow or the City of Nawabs sitting on the banks of the Gomti river, is regarded as North India’s cultural capital. ...
Lucknow, The city of Nawabs...A place for history Lover as well as Foodaholic...There are so many places vistit in the city or near by city Like : Imambara(Bhulbhulaiya), Namisharanya, Chandrika Devi, Kukrail, Ambedkar Park, Janeshwar Mishra Park etc.But there are more place to eat then places to visit.. So before going to Lucknow check out the list and make a note wha you want to try and eat and one more thing dont eat before going to anywhere otherwise you will miss yummilicious food... Choose wisely and eat heavily
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.
295 Kms from Agra
Best time to visit - February,March,April,May,June,October,November
Located in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, Nainital is one of the most beautiful hill stations in Northern India. The ...
On the banks of a mango shaped lake lies a town which was once the winter capital of The Raj, and is now favorite of millions of Indians.
Day 2 we had plans of visiting the zoo only to be interrupted by when my brother's friend saw a para-glider gliding in the sky.
It was nearly five years ago that we made our presence in the place. There were four of us who went on the trip- my brother, my mother, my brother's friend and me.
During 2012, it was an October evening when I got a call from my friend who was then posted in Rohtak, a small town of Haryana asking about my plans for the coming weekend. I had none, so he expressed that he would be getting bored at his house so I suggested him to come down to my place in Delhi which he felt as a usual boring stuff and proposed me his new plan to explore a new destination.We hunted on internet for some hours and then mutually locked an Uttarakhand based hill station in Kumaon foothills of Outer Himalayas i.e. Nainital. Within no time we booked train tickets on internet from Old Delhi to Kathgodam as it was the closest destination to reach Nainital since there were no trains till Nainital. Also during those days there were no such options to book hotels via apps or online methods so basically we had no plans after reaching the last station.
We boarded the train from Old Delhi railway station which is easily accessible from Chandni Chowk Metro Station by around 09:30 p.m. and reached Kathgodam railway station by around 05:00 a.m. the very next morning. Since it was the arrival of winters so the sky was covered with darkness and streets brightening with road lights but the station was full with private vehicles and passengers going to Nainital. Almost all of the cars and taxis were filled with couples. Since they wanted privacy so we had to back off but there was one car in which the couple was local to that place and they had to get midway so we got a chance to board it.After dropping our co-passengers, the driver was inquisitive to know our plans about Nainital i.e. stay and travel so as we had no strategic plans so he suggested us with one. For the first time we didn’t book any hotel as the hired car acted so where we relaxed until reaching the starting point of our main journey and also changed our attire.Within the next 4 hours we covered the below points starting and ending our journey with the beautiful Naini Lake and adjacent to it the Naina Devi Temple (one of the 52 ShaktiPeeth) via Mall Road :-• Naini Peak• Tiffin Top• Snow View Point• Gurney House• Cave GardenWe could not cover “Pt. G.B. Pant High Altitude Zoo” due to lack of time.Few beautiful places near to Nainital are Saat Tal, Bhim Tal, Nauchuchiya Tal, and Mukteshwar which may need some more days to be explored in detail.After completing our trip we were dropped to Mall road where we explored the shopping area which were narrow and hyped street markets and also had our breakfast and lunch as there were a lot of food joints so we tasted a variety of them in Mall Road itself. In the afternoon we boarded a bus to “Haldwani”, one of the nearest towns to Nainital from where we to took another bus to Delhi by around 05:00 p.m. So by this way we completed our trip within one day without reserving a hotel.Nainital Itinerary :-Day 1 – If you arrive early morning, you can plan outing for complete day and cover the above mentioned points after taking a few hours rest. You can head off to the picturesque locations in Nainital, whether Snow Top or Tiffin Top, which is connected to the main town by cable cars. In the evening, you can drop in at Tibetan Market or Mall Road to acquire some shopping experience.Day 2 – Start with the holy blessings from Naina Devi, a Shakti Peeth which is on Mall Road and barely 1.8 km. from the main town of Nainital. Then, you can visit the Naini Zoo which sports a rich collection of flora and fauna. You can also enjoy the Naini lake boat ride as well. If you're a boating freak, the best time to visit Naini Lake is from 16:00 onwards.Day 3 – You can try on some trekking and other adventure sports as well.Do carry warm clothes and gloves irrespective of whichever season you are planning to visit.View of Himalayan Range is mystic so don’t miss out on that !!!
While this city has a lot to offer in food, culture and fashion, repeating the same things over and over again can become really tiresome, really fast. I was starting to feel stagnated, spending much of my free time at home, away from the city’s stimuli I was oh-so-familiar with. I needed to get out of the house, see some things I hadn’t seen before, and shake off my inertia.So without thinking too much, I planned a quick getaway to Nainital, a perfect getaway that was far away from the city chaos and close to the solace found in the nature. So get out your cameras, book a bus and head here right away.
NAINITALOur Mahindra Bolero reached Tallital KMVN Tourist Rest House (TRH), Nainital at around 5.30 in the evening. We got off the car and were instantly greeted by shivering cold. Standing on the edge of the vast green pristine Naini Lake, I forgot about clicking any photo what so over.We headed straight to Tallital KMVN TRH reception and then to our rooms - which we managed to pre-book four months in advance ,from KMVN Tourist office, Kolkata. After checking in, I spontaneously reached out for my camera (my 4 year old friend, a Nikon Coolpix P510) and went on to explore the view from the balcony.
2. The multi-cuisinesBeing the major tourist destination, Nainital is the perfect spot for food. Get the taste of authentic Pahadi food, the exotic Italian and Chinese cuisines too. Momos and Thukpas come under the famous food in Nainital, that you can get from any eatery. But don’t forget to taste the traditional sweet, the Bal Meethai. The soft and chocolaty sweet is famous in the entire Kumaun region. Don't forget to visit the Maggie point.
163 Kms from Agra
Best time to visit - January,February,October,November,December
Situated close to the vibrant city of Jaipur, Alwar is a perfect weekend getaway. Home to the wonderful Sariska Tiger Re...
From Delhi to Alwar
Alwar City:I was surprised to discover that Alwar has so much to offer to the discerning traveler. There is so much to see in Alwar which is just half an hour away from Alwar Bagh. Be it Moosi Maharani ki Chatri or pristine Siliserh lake or the many cenotaphs that dot the landscape, Alwar stunned me with its understated beauty.
3. Alwar, Rajasthan : One of the oldest kingdoms of Rajasthan, Alwar is a relatively lesser known gem of the state. It is home to a plethora of palaces and forts that are nothing less than architectural marvels. Alwar is a wonderful little town to live in if in case you are looking to get away from chaos. Bhangarh Fort with its haunted stories is a good 90 kilometres away.
107 Kms from Agra
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
If history, art and architecture spell a perfect holiday for you, Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh is definitely a must visit! ...
Dominated by its majestic hilltop fort, Gwalior is a perfect starting point for the exploration of Madhya Pradesh. Where Gwalior Fort defines the city's skyline, the elaborate Jai Vilas Palace defines the growing importance of the city after independence. The towering Jain sculptures and humble archaeological museum are places of great interest.What to see1. Start your day by visiting Gwalior fort. Known as the pearl of Indian fortresses, this fort is majestic and exquisite. There are two entries to the fort: the eastern side is an uphill trek, which gives you a formidable view of the fortress while you can take the car up the western side, all the way to the Urvai Gate. You can stop and see towering Jain sculptures en-route the western gate entry. Entry fees for adults is ₹75 and for children is ₹40. The fees for foreigners is ₹250. The visiting hours are from 8am to 6pm.2. Visit the state archeological museum next. Housed in the 15th-century Gujari Mahal palace, the museum's entrance is flanked by extraordinary 14th-century sardulas (mythological man-lion creatures) and inside are large collections of Hindu, Jain and Buddhist sculptures. Entry fees is ₹10 for Indians and ₹100 for foreign nationals. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, between 10am to 5pm.3. End the day with a fascinating sound and light show at the Gwalior Fort. It is an excellent way to make your kids learn about the proud history of this culturally-rich city. There are two shows, 6.30pm to 7.30pm in Hindi and 7.30pm to 8.30pm in English. The cost is ₹75 per person.
The best time to travel in Madhya Pradesh is during the winter season. Like most of the states in Central India, MP suffers with extreme summers and traveling during May and June is walking through burning fire. So I took a train for Gwalior at 10:00 PM in the night and in six hours I was standing at Gwalior station surrounded by autowalas.Batesar is 35 kilometres away from Gwalior. The name Batesar is not of a village but actually the valley where these temples were found. The name derives from the biggest temple of the lot, The Bhuteshwar temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This region also lies in the heart of the Chambal region that was once ruled by the dacoits. Time has passed by, some of them still wander in this region and if you hire a local vehicle from Gwalior, your driver will end up telling you some interesting stories.
Gurudwara Data Bandi Chhor is one of the most important gurudwara in India. It is situated near Manmandir Palace and Sas bahu temple in Gwalior fort.This documentary was made for a college assignment.
City at a glance Half a day had already passed in a six hour super-fast train journey from Delhi to Gwalior. Should I fill my stomach in Gwalior and then go places or do the other way around? The dilemma hovered around my head for quite sometime, but was solved when I soon found myself amidst the bustling streets of Naya Bazaar, the oldest market in town. Following the incessant cramming of people on the way, it was hard to stop for a meal. Luckily, a hygenic restaurant Vyanjan Family restaurant, caught my eyes. It stood enroute to Jai Vilas Palace - a palace that depicts the royalty of Scindia family in the most incredible manner, stretching across with the big lawn and a stunning variation in interior decor over the generations.
Travel Itinerary :Left to Jhansi from Orchaa by share auto - 30-40 minsJhansi to Gwalior by train - 4 hrsExpenses :Auto to Jhansi - Rs 50Train ticket to Gwalior from Jhansi - rs 110Food - Close to Rs 100 per meal. Fortunately, ate at a friends place in Gwalior
58 Kms from Agra
Best time to visit - January,February,September,October,November,December
The more one hears about Vrindavan, the more beautiful and alluring the small town becomes. The birth place of Lord Kris...
Vridavan is another accessible weekend getaway from Delhi within 200 km. The city is widely regarded as the transcendental home of Lord Krishna. The ancient and modern temples will give you a dose of an incredible culture that resides in the mesmerizing corners of India. Hindu mythology says Lord Krishna resides eternally in Vrindavan and never leaves the abode and pilgrims from across the world reach Vrindavan throughout the year. If you want to go temple hopping, make sure you visit Madan-Mohan, Radha Vallabh as well as Banke-Bihari and Shahji.
The Banke Bihari temple at Vrindavan celebrates Phoolon wali Holi on the ekadashi before Holi. The temple gates are opened at around 4 pm and the priests throw flowers at the devotees. Holi here is played with flowers and gulal, made using organic substances like flowers and kesar. Priests sprinkle colors on everyone using buckets, water guns, etc. The whole atmosphere is made even more lively with music (bhajans) in the background and people dance to the tunes while enjoying the colors.
As my watch struck past 12, the date changed but i kept on searching for a room to stay for the night. As i was told there, we should atleast book a room in 5 - 10 days advance during that time of the year as people from all over come to witness the holi in Vrindavan. Holi is played for 5 days of different types such as laath maar holi, phoolon ki holi, rangon ki holi etc. I kept on searching for rooms but my efforts were fruitless. My phone was running out of charge, so i went to a toy shop and requested him to charge my phone, as he kept my phone on charge, he was clearing out all the toys as he was about to close the shop. I helped him a little along with his family though he was insisting not to, we had a little conversation and later he tried to ask another person to try to accomodate my stay but that wasn't possible as well. I thanked him and we bid good night to eachother and i continued to roam around the city looking for a place. As the time passed and when it was around 1:40 am, everyone started clearing out of the roads and the entire inner city was as silent as a graveyard. All i could see were monkeys(a lot) and all i can hear were dogs barking. As i couldn't find any place to stay, i went to the river ghat and thought of spending the night there with no alternative left. I reached the ghat and as it was beginning of the march, it was a little cold and i tried to sleep for sometime in a very uncomfortable position. After 40 minutes around 2:40 pm i woke up and couldn't sleep again. So i set out for the city's main road and as i reached there, i saw few people with a bike and a scooty. I approached them and there were three people who also came from delhi, they couldn't find a room as well. So we sat together, and for sometime we sang songs as one of the guys played a guitar. Me after all the walking and they after their straining long ride were feeling very tired and drowsy but stayed up till 5 am in the morning. They set out to look for a room and asked me to join, we all went looking for rooms and finally we found a dormitory after searching for 40 min. I slept till 8:30 am and woke up and got ready to go into the city to experience the grand holi. In the dormitory, i met another photographer from Nagpur and we all set out together for the Banke-Bihari temple. It was the best part of city during holi hands down. After spending some time there talking as many pictures as i could, i went to other parts of the city. As an amateur photographer, the most difficult part was to cover the camera to avoid colours getting into it. Finally after experiencing one of the wildest holis in India, i bid adieu to all the amazing people i met and as well as to the city. I got into a goods truck and reached delhi. Thats how my first, wildest and adventurous trip ended giving me a lot of stories to remember and to tell.
"Ye bhagvan ki nagri hai" (This is city of God) I heard this line somewhere from the back when one priest guide was coming out from Banke Bihari temple with his tourist bhakts.. "aur ache se hogae na darshan bhagvan ke... agar aap yahan na aate to bhagvan ke darshan kaise hote bataiye" (If you hadn't come here you wouldn't have had the opportunity of getting this auspicious sight of him) a second voice came.
Vrindavan in September is perfect for those people who do not like to be pushed around by the crowds. The temples are open and have few to no tourists at this off-season time. You can very easily explore the Vrindavan Iskon temple, which is considered as one of most beautiful temples in the country. Vrindavan is the city of temples, and also has rich culture. The Pagal Baba temple is also very beautiful, and you must visit it on your trip to Vrindavan. This off-season place to visit in India, will make you spiritual when you leave.Vrinadavan has its own railway station and the nearest airport is in Delhi, from there you can take a taxi direct to Vrindavan (185 km).Off-Season In October
Vrindavan: Celebrate the festival of colors, Holi, in the city of India that boasts of being the playground of Krishna himself. Located in the district of Mathura, Vrindavan and its surrounding towns make for one of the best heritage tours in India.Vrindavan does not have an airport. The nearest railhead is Mathura Cantt and frequent taxis and buses are available to Vrindavan.Read More: On the streets of Vrindavan by Deepti Asthana.
Holi at VrindavanIf you are a fan of the festival of colours, Vrindavan, where Lord Krishna spent his childhood, is just perfect for you. People from all over the world throng the streets of Vrindavan during Holi just to be embraced by the colours and the mood of the festival.
So, my love for ancient places and monuments took me to Mathura. It's just a few hours drive away from the capital (read: Delhi) and serves as one of the best weekend getaways. But my trip was more of an excursion. I took the NH2 and started at around 10 in the morning. Two and a half hours, and I reached. I realised that this place has so much to offer with its ancient havelis and hefty monuments. The culture is still very much influenced my the ancient Brij rituals. The temples and tales of this city are as old as Ramayan itself. The famous places are mostly, religious ones but if are not so much into religion and rituals, you can still enjoy the peace that the city of Mathura offers. With Vrindavan being in close proximity, the place is a bequest of old traditions and colours. I would suggest you go to the following places on your visit: Lohwan Mata Mandir Shri Ratneshwar Mahadev Gopinath Maharaj Mandir Keshav Dev Temple (Shri Krishna Janma Bhoomi) Vishram Ghat (Bank of River Yamuna) Shri Jagannath Temple Bhuteshwar Mathura Prem Mandir, Vrindavan Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir, Vrindavan Mathura Museum Birla Mandir Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi Naam yog Sadhna Mandir (Baba Jai Gurudev Temple) Banke Bihari Temple Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi Iskcon Temple Baldeo temple bhuteshwar temple The Udasin Kashni Ashram (Ramanrati) near Gokul (Mahaven) And if you are just an incorrigible lover of prehistoric places, then you can just stroll around in the streets and click pictures.