Posts by :Array (  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 24 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2016-04-18 10:46:49 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-04-18 10:46:49 [post_content] => Travel was once an option, then it became a passion and now an obsession!! It was indeed this common passion for travelling, start-ups and technology that brought three people working in different domains together. JustWravel was a brain child of our “caretaker” (as he would like to call himself :P) and worked upon by the team to give it a proper shape and meaning. But, every start-up has its own Eureka moment and we too had one. Read about it to know how it all happened:). We all can relate to a life where we wake up tired in the mornings and then work tirelessly till dawn before settling into the slumber past midnight. We too were battling with the blatant rat race and giving in everything to win it. We realized it was September end and along with a few friends we decided to hit the road in the upcoming extended weekend to drift away from the stress. Then came the big question…where to?? And as expected the suggestions were too predictable, with Rishikesh and Shimla being the top ones on the list. Followed by the denial phase, where half of the group was willing to go somewhere off the radar. It was the night before our trip and we were still struggling to identify the location. Endless discussions and fights and to us this trip seemed to be a distant reality. But we did not give up. After a few faintly aloof discussions about the state, the budget, distance…we identified a beautiful village, set in the Kumaon region in Uttarakhand. It was 2 am in the morning and finally we all agreed for it and packed our bags. By 6 am we were out and ready to witness one of the most peaceful and mesmerizing places in Uttarakhand. We travelled, we ate, we laughed and most importantly we slept in utter peace and tranquility. While coming back and reminiscing about how it all unfolded we realized how difficult it was to plan the entire trip considering all the facets. This was the Eureka moment for our Mr. Caretaker. He discovered a very common problem of planning a trip and having no resource to get the problem sorted. He shared the idea with the team and soon we started brainstorming on how to improve the idea and take it to market. The idea evolved and we were able to create an abstract product which dealt with the most common problem of planning a trip considering the distance, budget, participants and of course the type. Soon, Just Wravel was established. Now you might be wondering what’s the fuss about Wravel…What is Wravel? Well, Wravel comes from our very own dictionary which says: Wander+ Travel= Wravel (move slowly away from a fixed point or place)+ (make a journey, typically of some length)= Wravel We loved how beautifully the two words merged and brought out the real motto…to not be stagnant and RIDE OUT whenever you can, wherever you can. Soon, the model was built and our team started working on the idea. We realized that India is a country replete with unique and unidentified places but miss out due to the popularity of a select few. Some more market research and we were ready to take things forward. If you believe in something…go for it. You never know what you have in store. Embrace the uncertainty and Just Wravel. [post_title] => JUST WRAVEL: THE EUREKA MOMENT [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => just-wravel-the-eureka-moment [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-11-03 07:15:45 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-11-03 07:15:45 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://justwravel.com/blog/?p=24 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 48 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2016-05-16 09:21:46 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-05-16 09:21:46 [post_content] =>
Kasauli was set up as a cantonment city by the colonial in 1842, and since then its fauji legacy has continued. It’s a refuge for retired army men and also the home of the famous boarding school of Sanawar. Somehow Kasauli has managed to hold on to its calm & peace and evaded the clutches of commercialization (for now) and is pristine in many ways.The road to Kasauli itself is quite an adventure, amazing six-lane roads of NH 22 promises a smooth ride, with many interesting stopovers in between – the highway extends all the way up to Timber Trail which has a cable car from which you can go across to the other mountain top, frightening but exciting, and to get over your fright there is a restaurant on the other end with food to help you calm your nerves. Further up is Dharampur, from where is the turn off for Kasauli, it has a lot of eating joints including the famous "Gyani Ka Dhaba" ( personally feel its overrated ). You also have to pass through a small town called Garkhal on your way to Kasauli which hosts a lot of music festivals. Baikunth Resorts is quite popular among those travelling to Garkhal. Kasauli town is a popular destination for bikers and almost every Sunday biker gangs, riding Harleys and RoyalEnfields, coming from Chandigarh or Ambala, make camp in Kasauli. It is situated on steep mountains. Very steep. So walking around might be quite an exercise. Nevertheless this place has something in store for everyone. If you were to visit the Old Kasauli Club (where the movie Koi Mil Gaya was shot) you will be transported back to the previous century. The architecture and the culture of colonial times has been preserved well. In the main market market, the Narinder sweet house, decades old, has the best Bun samosas and is famous for his fresh jalebis and gulab jamuns, everyday at around 4 o clock . It has good reviews on TripAdvisor and Zomato too. You can discover lots of other little interesting cafes as well. If you befriend the locals, they can tell you interesting stories about the old ancestral houses of Kasauli and many an interesting anecdotes about the ghosts of Kasauli town! The botanical garden with swings and slides is popular among large family groups. If you keep walking further ahead down slope you see a tiny hut set up with the view of the mountains right in front. There are a lot of picnic spots around town as well so you can pack a lunch and spend the day there, taking in the views of the mountains. The town is high enough in altitude that in the evenings, you are literally walking amidst clouds ! Kasauli is known for it's fruit wines of different flavors – apple, kiwi, apricot, peach, grapes,etc, and a little ahead, in Solan, they have a beer brewery that you can visit. Chail and Kufri (closer to Shimla) are two places around that you can drive up to from here for their scenic beauty and a beautiful drive by itself. Catering to the youngsters, they also have good night clubs and certain places have ladies night as well! Go Ladies! There is then the Sanawar Nature Camp, you can stay in tents and have the ultimate camping experience. Kasauli has something for everyone in your family and is guaranteed to become a favourite holiday destination that you would want to go to again and again. Contributed By: Monil Singh [post_title] => Beat the Heat "Kasauli- A colonial Legacy" [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => beat-the-heat-kasauli-a-colonial-legacy [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-05-17 12:31:29 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-05-17 12:31:29 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://justwravel.com/blog/?p=48 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 1 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 59 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2016-05-17 12:30:32 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-05-17 12:30:32 [post_content] => Hello! Ola! Namaste! To all those people who have found a calling and soul in the mountains and those who wait with utmost patience for those long weekends. Running to the mountains is in our blood now. Our calling. Some actually understand the mountains and have a great trip (diversified meaning to be assumed here) and then there are those who still go to the mountains and hear Bieber and Singh. We all have heard about the Parvati valley and have at least once become hippies to travel up there. Well, if you want to be a bit more adventurous and probably do a trek, then Kheerganga it is! The point of this article is to get you to stay with the best hosts and places serving some great warmth, love and care, and amazing food. And make you travel at minimal cost yet with comfort. The best time to do the trek is when the Parvati valley is at its peak, i.e., from May onwards till setting in of winters. HOW TO DO IT? DAY 0, 8:30 PM After all the hassle and waiting and infinite glances on your office watch, take a HRTC Roadways bus at 8:30 PM from Kashmiri Gate ISBT. The bus is a non-ac semi-sleeper. Though you have to compromise on the luxuries of a Volvo or Mercedes, you will have a comfortable semi-sleeper bus. The bus ride is safe and smooth. The added advantage of this bus is that it doesn’t take in passengers from the major junctions it crosses and thus saves time. The cost of the ticket is Rs 671 only! Hurry up and book a seat on the right hand side of the bus to wake up to a rising sun across Beas River. It will steal your heart away!
View on the way to Bhuntar from SundernagarDAY 1 The bus drops, between 7am-8am, right at the pick-up point of the local busses that travel from Bhuntar to Barshaini or Manikaran. One needs to specifically ask the conductor or the driver if the bus is up to Manikaran or Barshaini. The ticket to Barshaini is for Rs. 100. Pick a seat on the left hand side of the bus for some mind blowing and insane views.
Manikaran Bus StopIn case you have to get down at Manikaran, then climb up to the road above the bus stand from where you can get either a shared cab for Rs 80/head (bargain people bargain!) or pay the bus ticket of 50Rs. The seats to be occupied are on the right hand side to see the dizzying drops from the road and Parvati flowing at its full pace.
` Prem Café, BarshainiOnce at Barshaini, DO NOT RUSH TO TOSH for stay! Start by having an amazing breakfast at Prem’s Café. The tea is too good to be missed and the host Meena Khatri is too awesome and sweet to have a conversation with!
View from Barshaini and Kalga
After some good breakfast, take some efforts and do a small 20-minute climb after crossing over the dam to village Kalga. Kalga is quiet and mostly, occupied by foreigners, to introspect and enjoy the vast nature.Look for Moon Light Guest House and Shiva Café in Kalga. This family of five is an amazing host and their services are beyond one’s gratitude and smiles. The charges during the peak season are between Rs. 400-600/room. A single room can accommodate up to two to three people. You can have anything cooked from chicken to mutton, daal, paneer, mix veg, tea, tawa rotis, and sandwiches! And the best part is that it all tastes like home. DAY 2, Be all geared up to depart from Kalga by 9:30am for your trek to Kheerganga. It is advisable to have a light yet energy supplying breakfast like bread, tea, eggs to keep up with the challenges of the trek. Carry at least a bottle of water and lemon water to keep yourself hydrated and fresh during the trek.
Starting of the Kheerganga trek from the damThere are two ways, one through the jungle starting from Kalga which I wouldn’t recommend as it’s a path less taken by hikers. So get to the dam (second way) and take the stairs going down. Once that’s done, take the route through Nakthan village to Rudranag and then to Kheerganga. Take a short break at Nakthan in the first café to meet a funny old man. The trek from Barshaini to Nakthan is anything between one to two hours depending on your speed.
Nakthan VillagePost Nakthan, take a short break at Rudranag and then at the first café to Kheerganga from Rudranag. The trek from Nakthan to Kheerganga takes about three to four hours. If you leave Barshaini by 10:00 am you should hit Kheerganga by 4:00pm involving sufficient rest and breaks on the way to admire some breath taking views and to realize where you are. The trek would surely steal your heart away.
View of the trekOnce in Kheerganga, stay either at Ice and Fire guest house or Lotus guest house. Their cafés are amazing to relax and chill with friends. The cost for shack rooms is between Rs 300-500/room for a night accommodating 2 people. In Ice and Fire guest house, you can find two proper rooms with attached bathrooms that can act as your personal space.
KheergangaMost of the cafes here either play trance or psychedelic music. So with the right permutation and combination you can have a good time tripping. Fooding, eatables and drinks (no alcohol) are expensive. On a strict budget, you can, with utmost comfort, spend up to Rs 900/head inclusive of everything. The check-out time for the room in Kheerganga is at 11:00am. And yes, once you reach Kheerganga, dip yourself into the hot water spring near the Mandir to relax your muscles and be rejuvenated for the long party night ahead! DAY 3 Get up a bit early, have breakfast and sit out in the sun and chill! Push off from Kheerganga by 12:00 pm to reach Barshaini well in time before the sunset. The climb down shall not take you more than 4 to 5 hours with sufficient rest. Once back in Kalga, celebrate the success of the trek in your own high-ways and for non-drinkers and smokers, settle down with juice or coke. DAY 4 Be up and ready by 12:00pm with a brunch and a hangover of the previous night’s party. Check out by 12:30pm and catch the 2’o clock bus from Barshaini to either Bhuntar or Kullu to take the HRTC bus from which you came. Remember, this bus has no service on Sundays. If you push off from Barshaini by 2:00pm you should be at Kullu bus stand by 6:15pm to catch the HRTC bus scheduled at 6:30pm. You can also board the bus from the fruit market in Bhuntar around 7:15 or 7:30pm; though the bus can be a delayed affair. DAY 5 Morning and you will be in Delhi by 7:00 AM at Kashmiri gate ISBT to mark the end of your trip! Summing up the expenditure of budget travelling in approximate apart from expenditure on alcohol and other items
|3||Room in Barshaini for three days||450-600|
|4||Room in Kheerganga for one night||200-250|
|7||Fooding (Rs 300/day)||1200|
Contributed By: Sheerin Naz
For travel related queries,outstation cab booking,bike rentals, Hotel bookings or Group Tours ; Kindly contact us at http://justwravel.com/contact or call +91-9205725727[post_title] => Seaching for a location to RideOut; JustWravel. Road Trip to Lansdowne [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => seaching-for-a-location-to-rideout-justwravel-road-trip-to-lansdowne [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-11-16 13:05:26 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-11-16 13:05:26 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://justwravel.com/blog/?p=96 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 99 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2016-05-31 12:05:58 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-05-31 12:05:58 [post_content] =>
If you are searching for some solace from the chaos of your everyday life then maybe all you need is a vacation. I once read somewhere that when one is doubt, they should vacation. I find this thought very true after all vacations have a way of refreshing and instilling a new sense of energy within us which in turn clears the unnecessary chaos and doubts in our minds and help us develop an altogether new outlook towards life.
When we visit a place, we not only leave our foot prints their but also bring back a part of that place which shall always be a part of our most profound memories.One such unexplored place is the Hills of Morni located in Haryana.
This hill station might sound a little alien to you but, offbeat locations like these have a charm of its own. Not many know about this beautiful place so the calm and serenity this place offers remain unmatched. The trip from Delhi to Morni Hills is of around 282kms and takes approximately 5 hrs, 10 minutes to reach there by road.
Moreover it should also be kept in mind that the best time to visit Morni Hills is in the month of November-December when the climate is cool and bike rides would be a great experience midst the cool breeze. From Delhi, one needs to start the journey by heading southeast on Deen Dayal Upadhaya Marg and move towards Ahilya Bai Marg.
After following the required road directions, the last stoppage is the major district road 118 from NH73 which takes you to the extravagant Morni Hills. Once in the land of Morni hills, there are plenty of places where you can spend quality time with friends and family.
1. The Adventure Park: A lot of adventure activities are available here where you can indulge and satisfy the adventure freak within yourself. One can enjoy rope climbing here. Also, the labyrinth (popularly known as bhul bhuliaya) serves as a great adventure activity. Apart from this the scary room and the tree house are great hangout places for kids where they can enjoy to the fullest. Furthermore, you must carry some food with you while coming here because the park has very little to offer when it comes to food.
2. Tikkar Taal: It is a beautiful lake situated in the mesmerizing and breath taking location of Shivalik Hills. The most exciting part about Tikkar Taal is that it isn’t a natural lake but, a man made lake. It has been divided into three areas which are Tikkar Taal, Bada Tikkar and Chotta Tikkar. The lake lies in the realms of hilly background which adds to its beauty and picturesque landscape. The wooden walk away above the lake gives one chance to admire the serenity of the place. Apart from this, there are boating facilities available which helps one explore the unexplored territories of Morni Hills.
3. Fort Morni: Located at a height of 1200 metres on the top of Morni hills, it is a beautiful fort which has been well preserved and helps he tourist witness the rich heritage of Morni. Once you are done with all the adventure and sightseeing, you can stay at the Mountain Quail resort run by the Haryana government. Since the roads and lighting at night are not that well maintained on the way back to Delhi, it is advisable to stay overnight and enjoy your little vacation to the core.
Contributed By: Sheerin Naz[post_title] => When in Doubt, Rideout. Roadtrip to Morni Hills [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => when-in-doubt-rideout-roadtrip-to-morni-hills [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-05-31 12:05:58 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-05-31 12:05:58 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://justwravel.com/blog/?p=99 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 103 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2016-06-01 07:27:22 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-06-01 07:27:22 [post_content] => Hey Wravelers, we hope all of you are reading the articles and are pretty excited for your another adventure. Just to make sure all of you have a safe and wonderful journey while you Ride Out, we have prepared a check-list of essential items one should carry or pack while touring on your bike. List of Important Things while Riding Out Travel Light:
- Pack only 2 sets of clothing.
- Don’t fuss over slippers; you can do without them.
- Keep in mind to pack a travel charger for your phone.
- With the trend of smartphones, you don’t require a laptop while biking.
- Always wear a good quality ISI standards helmet while riding.
- Wear a protective riding jacket.
- Wear proper riding shoes.
- Use good quality riding gloves for riding.
- If possible, get a USB charging port installed on your bike.
- If you own a Superbike, then get its electronic stabilizer checked before going on a tour.
- Keep a portable LED torch with yourself while biking.
- Carry a portable tyre repair kit with a portable air pump.
- Keep an extra 5-liter fuel tank for emergencies.
- You do not need a Camera if you use a smartphone because your phone comes loaded with good quality camera.
- If you love photography, you can always carry your professional camera with yourself.
- Ensure that your phone has navigation and a proper internet plan to check the travel route.
- Check the Engine oil level of the bike and top up if required.
- If the bike is equipped with a Radiator make sure to check the oil/water level of the radiator.
- Get all the dials and digital cluster checked up.
- Make sure the tires are in good condition and tyre tread is sufficient.
- Get the driving chain cleaned and properly lubricated, also get the slack of chain checked.
- Get the air filter cleaned.
- Get the indicators checked and ensure that the Headlights and Tail-light of your bike is in proper working condition.
We reached Manali at around 9 o’clock in the morning at Manali bus station from there we hired an Innova to reach our hotel. Our hotel was not too far from the market . The climate was cold so we quickly took our sweaters out. On our way to hotel, our driver informed us that there is a possibility of snowfall in a day or two. We were extremely happy to hear this as we had never seen the snow before and were very excited.
After reaching our hotel we rested the entire afternoon and planned to visit Hadimba temple which not so far from our hotel in evening around 4.
It is around 1.5 Km away from the main market also called as Mall road.An old wooden temple located in the middle of dense forest; the dense forest adds more beauty to the temple. The temple is small but serene. One can see imprint of the feet of Goddess Hadimba in the temple. The temple has a history of Pandavas (Bhima) who wanted to marry Hadimba. The climate was getting colder and so we were adorned with as many warm clothes as possible.There was a huge pile of snow behind the temple where small kids were playing. We also joined them in making snow man and throwing snow on each other. We took many beautiful pictures at this site. After visiting to the temple we went to the club house for relaxing and to have evening snacks. To our surprise it suddenly started raining on our way to the club house and eventually the rain got transformed in snowfall. We were awestruck by this and moved out of car to enjoy the snowfall however within no time we were cold and immediately rushed for a shelter. It was a life time experience for all us and pleasure to sip a hot cup of coffee while watching snowfall. We took endless photos and videos. Next day we planned for river rafting in Beas River. The water was crystal clear and extremely cold. Since there was a snowfall the earlier day we were informed that the flow of water is little less and we may not be able to experience large rapids. We were given helmets, life jackets and oar for rowing purpose. We were given instructions and practice about what needs to be done in case of extreme conditions. We were taught various commands like “up”, “down” etc. The rafting experience was full of twist and turns in which we enjoyed rapids. It was thrilling experience as one could see only nature all around. It took around one hour to complete the entire rafting exercise. After Rafting we did a vast photo session covering mountains, trees, river etc. We were very tired after rafting so preferred to go back to hotel after lunch and rest till the evening. Mall road for shopping in the evening is the best place to be. We bought some show pieces and key chains for friends and relatives and also the famous pashmina shawls. There are various restaurants at mall road and hence we planned to have our dinner there. Last day at Manali was planned for Solang Valley. The road to Solang Valley is picturesque and exceptionally beautiful. Because of snowfall one could see heaps of snow all around Manali and the temperature had also dropped drastically make it impossible to travel in car without a heater. We halted at a ground full of snow to spend some quality time there. We hired snow suits and gum boats to specially play in the ground. We hired an instructor for skiing. Falling while skiing was a fun filled experience, we played for more than two hours in the ground, made snow man, threw snow balls on each other, did photo sessions etc the kid in us was out and we were laughing giggling and having an amazing family time. There were many stalls near the ground offering hot instant noodles, momos, tea, coffee etc. We were too tired as well as hungry after playing so much therefore we rested at one of the stalls and enjoyed some hot snacks. We reached Solang valley quite late due to heavy traffic and narrow roads. Solang Valley was like a heaven on earth one could see only snow clad mountains and trees all around the snow complex. Solang valley is a snow sports complex offering various activities to the visitors like snow bike ride, Paragliding, zorbing, some adventure snow slides, skiing etc. One can also sit on a yak and click photographs. There is an ATM centre also in the complex to facilitate visitors with cash withdrawals. There are ‘n’ number of food stalls in the snow complex offering variety of snacks like cheese pakodas, Hot corn, instant noodles, moms, Chinese, beverages etc. No doubt we spent maximum time at the Solang Valley enjoying to our last bit. Solang Valley was one of the most beautiful and mesmerizing destination of the trip. In evening we took bus to Delhi as we had our train for Mumbai from Delhi. Indeed the trip to Manali was the most amazing trip that offered a life time experience to all of us. Manali is a must visit place for anyone looking out for a perfect combination of adventure and leisure. Contributed By: Prachi Shah [post_title] => Delightful Delhi and mesmerizing Manali. A trip of four nights and five days! [post_excerpt] => Delightful Delhi and mesmerizing Manali. A trip of four nights and five days! [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => delightful-delhi-and-mesmerizing-manali-a-trip-of-four-nights-and-five-days [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-06-03 12:20:38 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-06-03 12:20:38 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://justwravel.com/blog/?p=110 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 1 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 125 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2016-06-04 19:32:15 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-06-04 19:32:15 [post_content] => Contributed By: Aparupa Roy [post_title] => Explore Places. Rideout! [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => explore-places-rideout [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-04-21 10:22:56 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-04-21 04:52:56 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://justwravel.com/blog/?p=125 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 133 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2016-06-05 11:20:59 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-06-05 11:20:59 [post_content] => [post_title] => Tourist VS Wraveler! Which one are you? [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => tourist-vs-wraveler-which-one-are-you [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-06-05 11:22:02 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-06-05 11:22:02 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://justwravel.com/blog/?p=133 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 1 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 150 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2016-06-08 05:53:43 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-06-08 05:53:43 [post_content] => Travelling is exploring more about life. That is what I realized from my last jaunt to a place brimming with the splendid beauty of nature, a perfect break from the messed up, hectic daily schedule. Shivpuri in Rishikesh, a place under the deep covers of famous tourist destinations, but one of the most wonderful places you can experience being at. It was post September when we began our stupendous journey. We started this journey in a train en routed to Rishikesh. It began with arriving in the daylight of 26th September in Rishikesh. Then came the first step of our trip, Rafting! Heading down through the twisty roads over the mountains in our car, we watched the water move closer as we advanced down the path. “When I say rest: stop paddling, when I say forward: start paddling and when I say stop” The instructor instructed every one of us. ‘HURRAAYY’ we were set for the ride on our raft in complete excitement, as it was going to be an 18 kilometer long ride. Cutting through big water, cheering every moment of our ride, we felt the thrust and energy of the stream that rejuvenated us each time it hit us in our faces. After travelling around 15 out of 18 kilometers, we all jumped in the mighty Ganga (body surfing) , being surrounded by cool water gave a feeling, which retrieved us from the daily stress we were habitual of. Everything was beautified in the moment and about the water around us. This made our trip worth experiencing and rafting marked an exciting start to our trip. Also, having pani-puri just after rafting was a different experience, that doesn’t happen every day ;) Afterwards we rode towards our camping site, by the time we arrived it was already dark and the party had just started. The night of 26th September that was coming forth. We moved in, our camps had a really wonderful location, beside a fine, clear river, so close that we could hear the sound of flowing water. Then there started the real party. With music, bonfire ,we danced along, carefree; around the bonfire, feeling the heat in the chilled surroundings, the moment was to enjoy like never before. In the midnight, we sat by the river, having deep conversations, our feet immersed in the smooth running water, spent time by the water stream, feeling the moment, with the scenario around us. The next morning, was like none other, with the reward of waking up in the pleasing surrounding. It was 27th September we woke up in the morning to the aroma of fresh air, untouched by the intrication of life and the light that came chasing us between the mountains, made another day worth! It was a place, so beautiful, so calm, that you would want to live there forever. Between the mountains, that was the place so delightful that we can never ever forget! Contributed By: Ankisha Mathur [post_title] => Rishikesh. A place so delightful you will never forget. 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Kurukshetra is one of the holy place in India. It was here that the great war of Mahabharata took place. My friends had listened a lot about Mahabharata and wanted to see Kurukshetra, so on one of the weekends, we decided to a short trip.
We started at around 9:00 am from Greater Noida in a taxi. It was April but luckily the weather that day was pleasant, windy and cloudy. After around an hour and half, we finally crossed New Delhi and were on our way to Kurukshetra. There were a lot of dhabas in Murthal, which are quite famous. Most of the people going to airport stop there only for food. Even we were famished, so we stopped and ate. The best road trip is when you have your friends with you, the weather is superb, the music and fun with friends. Road trip was an amazing fun and it took us almost 4 hours to reach.
Temple is one of the 52 Shakti Peethas. You must have heard story of Lord Shiva and Sati. This temple is believed to have her ankle.
It is said that all your wishes come true here. It was Saturday when we went there and it was very crowded. On Saturday, people whose wishes are answered, they come there and gift a horse. It can be of sand, silver, gold, anything depending upon person.
This ritual was started when Lord Krishna once gave his horse here. There was long queue of people, we somehow got to enter it and it was very beautiful. We really loved the whole experience and learning about the existence of this temple.
This is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva,i t belongs to ancient period. It was here that Pandavas along with Lord Krishna prayed to Lord Shiva and received his blessings for Mahabharata.
It is said that water of the tanks adjoining the temple are holy and can even cure King Ban of leprosy in few drops. It was very peaceful when we reached there. We prayed to Lord Shiva and also saw bats in a nearby tree.
It is supposed to be largest man-made pond. On the day of solar eclipse and Amavasya, lakhs of people come here to take bath in holy sarovar which according to them frees them from all the sins and cycles of birth-death.
On the occasion of Geeta Jayanti, a very big craft fair takes place which is in December and gathering itself makes it a memorable experience.There is a chariot in Purushotam Bagh of Brahma Sarovar which is the world’s largest bronze chariot.
There, we went to see the famous tree under which Bhagavad Gita is supposed to be delivered to Arjuna. It is a banyan tree.
An old Shiva Temple is also there. A marble chariot is there indicating Lord Krishna giving sermon of Bhagavad Gita.
Sheikh Chilli Ka Maqbara
This tomb belongs to Sufi Abd-ur-Rahim Abdul-Karim Abd-ur-Razak, popularly known by the name of Sheikh Chilli. He is believed to be master of Mughal Prince Dara Shikoh. The architectural plan of the tomb is very beautiful and is on second number in North India, first being Taj Mahal.
The gardens in the Maqbara are alluring. The carvings all over the walls and ceiling were truly amazing. There was archaeological museum also which is run by archaeological survey of India. This monument was declared and protected as of National importance.
Contributed By: Tunisha Singal[post_title] => Kurukshetra, A journey to Dharmakshetra [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => kurukshetra-a-journey-to-dharmakshetra [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-06-08 10:40:50 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-06-08 10:40:50 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://justwravel.com/blog/?p=154 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 190 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2016-06-13 06:30:38 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-06-13 06:30:38 [post_content] => Since the people of Uttarakhand belong to diverse ethnic, cultural and religious background, the festivals celebrated here are also distinct and have a blend of all the beautiful cultures. People here belong to the hills and mountains and are lovingly referred as “pahaari”. This is one of the major reasons that their festivals reflect their deep roots in folk arts, culture as well as traditions and mainly belong to land and soil. Festivals like Ganga Dussehra, Basant Panchami, Harela, Bhitauli, Kumaon Holi, Makar sankranti, Phool die, Khatarua, Kandali, Chhipla jaat are celebrated by the people of Uttarakhand with love, joy and enthusiasm. These festivals help promote the bonding between the people and keep love and warmth midst the people intact. Talking about some festivals like Kandali and Chhipla jaat, it would be interesting to know the importance these festivals hold for the people of Uttarakhand. Kandali is a festival where people celebrate the blooming of the beautiful kandali plant. The special significance of this festival lies in the fact that it is celebrated once in every twelve years because the kandali plant flowers once in very twelve years mostly in the month of August or October. Another festival, Chhipla jaat is more like a spiritual journey where people walk barefoot to Chhipla kedar in search of solace, peace and faith. It is basically a five day journey which is taken once in every three years. Apart from these festivals, some of the other festivals from the rich heritage of Uttrakhand have been described below. Let’s dive into the spirituality of these festivals and have a look on these celebrations.
- Basant Panchami – The name of the festival itself says it all. The arrival of Basant which means the season of spring marks the celebration of Basant panchami. It is a festival of flowers which comes along with this beautiful season of spring.
- Harela – People of Uttarakhand love to welcome every season with a festival. People of Kumaoni tribe of Uttarakhand are no different and welcome the rainy season by celebrating the Kumaoni festival called Harela.
- Ganga Dussehara - The Ganga dussehra is celebrated with lots of zeal in Uttarakhand. This festival mark its beginning according to the Hindu calendar on the tenth day of Jaishtha which basically falls in the month of May June.
- Makar Sankranti – This festival is celebrated throughout India with equal zeal and passion and people of Uttarakhand also make sure to celebrate it with enthusiasm. This is the time when the people of mountains who have deep roots in land and soil celebrate with Mother Nature the festival of harvest.
- Phool die – This festival also marks the dawn of the spring season where young girls of the locality go to various houses with coconut, jaggery, and flowers and convey the family with blessings of prosperity. In return, these girls are also given blessings and gifts. The melodious songs of spring can also be heard singing by the local people during this festival.
Vagary : A wandering Journey
Wayfarer : A person who travels on foot
Resfeber : The restless race of wraveler's heart before the journey begins.
Fernweh: A longing for far off places
Coddiwomple: To travel in a purposeful manner towards a vague destination
Peregrinate: travel or wander from place to place
Sturmfrei: freedom of being alone and having ability to do what one wants
Onism: Awareness of how little of the world we'll experience.
Solivagant: A lone Wanderer
Drapetomani: An overwhelming urge to run away from everything.Also check 12 essentials for backpacking to ease your packing list. #rideout. [post_title] => Few Travel words to express those feelings better! [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => few-travel-words-to-express-those-feelings-better [to_ping] => [pinged] => http://justwravel.com/blog/tourist-vs-wraveler-which-one-are-you/ http://justwravel.com/blog/12-essentials-for-backpacking/ [post_modified] => 2016-06-15 07:21:21 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-06-15 07:21:21 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://justwravel.com/blog/?p=211 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 226 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2016-06-16 06:13:22 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-06-16 06:13:22 [post_content] => Road trips are like flirting with life; the sudden adrenaline rush, the urge to feel the gushing wind on your face, a quick escape for the wanderlust soul. The best part you don’t need much of an arrangement and prior bookings – it’s a trip you can decide overnight. As we all know the first things to strike us on thinking about a road trip are the Elysian valleys and exquisite roads of Leh and Ladakh. The best route for this expedition is the Manali-Leh road; as the winding roads with twisted turn across 5 high mountain passes are the perfect cliche for adventure and beholding enthralling scenic beauty. Just to boost your feel good quotient the 474 kms trail is one of the highest roads in the world, with ‘Khardung-La’ being the world’s highest pass at 18,380 feet above sea level that’s accessible via automobiles. You cannot savour all that a Leh and Ladakh trip have to offer unless you’re travelling by road the entire length, I’d insist bike ride though if you can manage. The distance can be divided into two days’ drive with options for overnight halt at Keylong, Sarchu or Pang. Opt for homestay to experience the local culture and indulge in staple cuisine. Besides the picturesque landscapes and serene white valleys, the view of the Tsemo Monastery in the solitude of grayscale surrounding will take your breath away. Ladakh is home to the eminent Pangong Lake; the stark blue water so clear against a background of sandy brown mountains seems like the canvas of a painter expressing his love for nature. Needless to mention the serenity this fragile yet evoking eco-system brings about! Plus, the fruit orchards on and off the way will welcome you to a frame of bygone time; perhaps the best soul searching grounds for people like us trapped in the rat race inside the cage of technology. Further the snow clad mountains are certainly among top choices for hiking enthusiasts and trekkers - Beas Kund path and Lahaul-Spiti being the most popular ones you can try as an amateur. Trust me it’s worth a lifetime and after commuting the tour I must say the scenic beauty of this place is definitely underrated even after so much of hyped up tourism promotions. Lastly, the secret to enjoy the raw flavour of a vacation on wheels - don’t ponder over much just get your backpack on and get going. Also read: Biking essentials for a road trip Contributed By: Shatadal Gia Sen [post_title] => Soul searching ride to Leh - An unforgettable Leh road trip [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => soul-searching-ride-leh-unforgettable-leh-road-trip [to_ping] => [pinged] => http://justwravel.com/blog/biking-essentials-a-safe-trip-is-a-trip-worth-taking/ [post_modified] => 2017-05-20 22:05:35 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-05-20 16:35:35 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://justwravel.com/blog/?p=226 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 35 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 235 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2016-06-17 13:20:17 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-06-17 13:20:17 [post_content] =>
Thrill, pleasure, exploration and peace. These words have the ability to drive one crazy. People travel in search of desired exposure. Travel can give you such experiences you have never encountered before. Travelers know what is it like to meet new people at new place completely away from the comfort of home. Life is about experience and exploring about it.There are a lot of splendid destinations you can enjoy and appreciate. There are things that will make you feel like heaven, places that have a magical ability to addict you to its beauty and air. Shimla is one such place, actually more delightful than all. I have been to Shimla, a while back and even now I cherish the moments I spent there. The charm of the place is still fresh in my mind. Our family trip started haphazardly. We had to board a train from old Delhi railway station, the place where finding a platform when you are in a hurry is a herculean task, after being stuck in traffic for over an hour. But we were destined to Shimla and we just boarded a running train. Excitement proliferated. Next day with a refreshing sight at 6 in the morning at Kalka station, our day started. The station had immensely beautiful lawns, the toy trains parked on the rails looked cute in the ideal weather. With our toy train tickets in our hands, the best ride of our lives started. The scene down there was spell bounding. We spent whole journey sitting at the door of train. We could feel the vigour in the thrust of air and visible pine trees indicated progress of our journey. On the way we encountered tiny beautiful stations like we have never seen before. One station was way too lovely that I still have faint memory, beautiful lawns, narrow paths and thatched roofs, and the essence of ‘cutlets’ rolled in our taste buds. We advanced over beautiful valleys, coniferous trees and clustered houses. Finally when we reached our destination. After walking for 2 3 kms, we reached where a lot of hotels were located, though it was hard to find a hotel at that time, we got a suitable suite. The hotel was a lovely place in itself, with hanging garden restaurant and terrace garden. The very first day, we visited to Naldehra and the night was spent walking and exploring the quiet roads, and having coffee at CCD. Which I could call a start to my addiction towards that place. We hired a car next day and begin towards our next destination, Kufri. By the time we reached, it was dark and we were the last visitors, but it had it's own different experience. We witnessed the place, guide showed us movie shooting sites, and briefed us with a little history and facts about the place. After returning we strolled across streets of mall road, which is a major attraction of Shimla, all kind of shops are situated there. There are even lower bazaar and Lakkar bazaar for shopping freaks. This was our last day but the most splendid one. The centre of mall road with stunning with colourful fountains caught our attention, the benches surrounded the fountains with a view of never ending mountains. The place was spectacular to be defined. After strolling the roads, we moved ahead towards the shops, the array of handicraft shops looked beautiful. We walked down the path towards holy church and other elegant buildings. The roads were narrow and every road was inclined either up or down, only a hotel floor can be found leveled on Shimla. We passed the hotels and shops towards an open stage where some sort of festival shows were going on. This town got me insane coz of its beauty and peace. I cherish walking on its roads and all the fun we had there. You can call it a paradise, for it is an amazing beauty. Contributed By: Ankisha Mathur [post_title] => A family trip to Shimla [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => a-family-trip-to-shimla [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-07-12 06:12:02 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-07-12 06:12:02 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://justwravel.com/blog/?p=235 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 1 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 241 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2016-06-21 12:07:20 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-06-21 12:07:20 [post_content] => India is often termed as land of historical monuments due to the existence of numerous monuments in the country. These monuments communicate the cultural diversity and rich history of the country in a fascinating and magnificent way. These sites introduce tourists with varied civilizations and art. The experience of exploring the country’s ancient temples as well as architectural ruins rising over teeming cities, streets and roads leaves one awestruck. India is a land of a huge contrast, it’s a perfect mélange of traditions and modernity that together offers mind-boggling memories that will retain forever. Here’s the list of Top 10 heritage monuments worth visiting in India.
Taj Mahal tops the list, one of the Seven Wonders of the World is a must visit site. It was built by Shah Jahan for his beloved wife and queen of Mughal Empire ’Mumtaz Mahal’. The palace is exceptionally beautiful; it is difficult to compare its beauty with any other monument or place. The Yamuna River that flows near it adds more charm to the palace. It is believed that it took around 22 years and nearly 2000 workers to construct this magnificent palace in Agra, UttarPradesh. The intricate detailing and carvings engraved on the walls attracts tourists from across the globe. The complex geometrical patterns incorporated for designing this colossal Palace attracts the attention of historians and archeologists. The main central dome is large and four more domes surround the main dome. There are four tall minarets in the four corners. General Information Location: Located in Agra, U.P. approx 200 kilometers (125 miles) from Delhi. Entry Fee: Foreigners: 750 INR, SAARC Citizens: 510 INR, Indian: 20 INR No entry fee for children up to 15 years
One of the classic examples of quintessential Mughal architecture is Delhi’s Humayun Tomb. It is one of the most popular heritage destinations of India. Humayun was son of the first Mughal Emperor of India. Haji Begum, Humayun’s wife personally looked after the construction of the tomb, which began in 1569. The tomb stands in the centre of a square garden, the causeways separates this Mughal Tomb into four main gardens (charbagh). There are also water-channels in the centre. The carving resembles both mogul and Persian decorative elements, the carved stone screens add more beauty to the Humayun Tomb. General Information Location: Opp. Dargah Nizamuddin Metro Station: JLN Stadium Open: Daily
Ajanta Ellora Caves
The mesmerizing Ajanta Ellora Caves are located in Aurangabad, Maharashtra located in Shayadri hills. The cave was created by skilled artisans back in 2nd century BC. It is one of the ancient heritage sites of the country. The caves are classic example of exquisite ancient Indian architecture. The 34 caves at Ellora were built during the 350 AD to 700 AD period showcasing three religions – Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. The 29 caves at Ajanta were carved during a period from 200 BC to 650 AD and depict the story of Buddhism. General Information Visiting Hours: From 9 am to 5.30 pm. Photography is not allowed inside the caves Entry Fee: Ajanta Caves Foreigner: 10US$, Indians: 10INR No entry fee for children up to 15 years Ellora Caves: Free Entry
The group of monuments at Hampi, Karnataka satiates ones desire of exploring ancient architecture and relics by exploring them. The several Dravidian temples and palaces in Hampi were constructed during the 14th and 16th centuries and are of vital importance for historians as well as architects. This site was included in World Heritage Site List in the year 1986. The visit to Hampi is heavenly and spectacular as tourists gets to witness larger than life size statues of god along with numerous temples. Other wonderful spots of the place are Hazara Rama Temple, Vithala Temple, Singaradu Hebbagilu, Queen’s Bath, Virupaksha Temple, Lotus Mahal, Ugra Narasimha and the ruins of Achuta Raya Temple. General Information Entry Fee: Indians: 10 INR , Foreigners: 250 INR No entry fee for children up to 15 years
Konark Sun Temple
Konark represents sun god Surya’s chariot it is situated on the bank of the Bay of Bengal, embracing the rays of the gleaming sun. the temple at. Chariot’s 24 wheels are adorned with beautiful design and intricate carving and it is headed by six horses. The temple was constructed in 13th century; It is one of India’s most famous Brahman sanctuaries and depicts the joy and the rhythm of Kalinga life. Explore this beautiful Indian heritage spot in Orissa. The small pattern with marvelous precision in bas relief forms amuses everyone. General Information Entry Fee: Indian: 10 INR for citizens, Foreigner: US $ 5 No entry fee for children up to 15 years
The temples of Khajuraho were constructed during the Chandella Dynasty. The sheer beauty and architecture of these monuments, made them being included in UNESCO world heritage site. The sandstone of various colors are the main element of construction. All the monuments have entrance and hall, fresh air and sun light can enter from huge windows of the temples.The temple is famous for its Kamasutra carving embracing Khajuraho’s three groups of temples. There are 3 regions of Kahajurao western, eastern and southern. In the western part, one finds Kandariya Mahadeo, Matangeshwara Temple, Chitragupta Temple, Vishwanath Temple, and Lakshamana Temple. On the eastern part of Khajuraho, spectacular temples like Brahma temple, Adinatha Temple, Ghantai Temple, Vamana temple and Parsavanatha Temple can be spotted. In the southern part, one can explore the Chaturbhuj Temple. General Information Entry Fee: Indian: 10 INR for citizens, Foreigner: US $ 5
No entry fee for children up to 15 years
Sanchi is well known for Buddhist monuments honoring Madhya Pradesh. One can explore this oldest Buddhist sanctuary, which was a major Buddhist hub in 12th A.D. The holy centre comprises several complex structures of Buddhist legends. There are several monolithic pillars, monasteries, temples, palaces built in1st and 2nd centuries A.D . Amongst this plethora of monuments, a world renowned monument the beautiful and massive dome is the great Stupa constructed by Emperor Asoka is highlighted. General Information Entry Fee: Indian: 10 INR for citizens, Foreigner: US $ 5 No entry fee for children up to 15 years
Pattadakal is small town in Karnataka famous for ancient temples. It was the second largest city of the chalukyas. The temples are constructed in Chalukyan style and reflect the unique form of architecture. It is also included in World Heritage Site List. Some of the temples famous are Sangamesvara, Malikarjuna, Kailasanatha, Galaganatha temple etc. The last temple built at Pattadakal was during the reign of Rashtrakuta (9th century A.D.). General Information Entry Fee: Indian: 10 INR for citizens, Foreigner: 250INR
No entry fee for children up to 15 years
Mahabalipuram is renowned for rock carvings and monolithic sculptures worldwide. It is included in UNESCO World Heritage site. Mahabalipuram was a port of Pallava Empire in 7th century. The monuments showcases sculptures and carvings that depicts artisan’s craftsmanship and creativity The sculptures are categorized as follows
- Rock-cut caves
- Monolithic temples
- Bas-reliefs in open air
- Structural temples
No entry fee for children up to 15 years
This magnificent structure was constructed in 1720 by Maharaja Jai Singh II. The Jantar Mantar houses various architectural and astrological instruments attracting interests of astronomers, historians and architects round the globe. The astronomical observatory in Jaipur has 14 major geometric devices that help in identifying constellations,detecting time, and for analyzing the orbits around the sun. Famous buildings inside the Jantar Mantar are the ‘Samrat Yantra’ which is world’s largest sundial, the ‘Hindu Chhatri’, the ‘Jaiprakash Yantra’ and other geometric structures & astronomical devices. General Information Entry Fee: Indian Tourist: 40 INR, Indian Students: 15 INR Foreign Tourist: 200 INR, Foreign Students: 100 INR Visiting Hours: All days of the week 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Contributed By: Prachi Shah
For travel related queries,outstation cab booking,bike rentals, Hotel bookings or Group Tours ; Kindly contact us at http://justwravel.com/contact or call +91-9205725725[post_title] => 10 Heritage Monuments Worth Visiting [post_excerpt] => India is often termed as land of historical monuments due to the existence of numerous monuments in the country. These monuments communicate the cultural diversity and rich history of the country in a fascinating and magnificent way. These sites introduce tourists with varied civilizations and art. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => 10-heritage-monuments-worth-visiting [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-08-30 13:09:05 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-08-30 13:09:05 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://justwravel.com/blog/?p=241 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 1 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 261 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2016-07-05 06:06:17 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-07-05 06:06:17 [post_content] => Finally Friday had arrived, a much awaited weekend. It had been a tiring week for me, working daily and all the hustles of living in Gurgaon. I had planned a nice weekend which included sleeping, eating and chilling at home. It was almost 10 pm when my phone rang. It was a call from my old friend asking me whether I would like to accompany him for a weekend rideout. I was not pretty sure about it because of my plans but when he mentioned it’s going to be a biking trip, my eyes lost all the sleep and without thinking I said, “Yes, count me in”. It had been a while since I had taken the bike for a ride. As per my friend we were to leave at 1 that very night, so I took out my backpack and started packing for the journey. http://justwravel.com/blog/12-essentials-for-backpacking/ All the weariness had gone away at the mention of biking trip. I packed the essentials which were less than 5 kg in weight and went outside to the garage. My bike had been sitting there covered in dust for more than a fortnight now. I cleaned all the dust from the bike and then started it. The engine came to life, roaring after a long time. I warmed up the engine and then just waited outside for the time to come when I was supposed to leave. Right around 1 am my friend came and we greeted each other with a few punches and puns as it had been long since we met. We were going to Shimla which was approximately 450 km from Gurgaon and the ride was around 8 hours. We both jumped on our bikes and headed out for the much awaited journey. Around 2 am we had crossed the Delhi border which comes after Karnal by Pass. The traffic majorly included logistics trucks and taxis. We both knew it would lead us getting behind on our schedule, so we tried increasing the speed of our bikes and we were weaving in and out of traffic. This went on for a few minutes and suddenly we were asked to pull over by the Traffic police,cops just wanted to inquire whether it was just the two of us or there was a group following us, to which we replied it was just us . After that we were back on our way to Shimla, which by the way is the capital of Himachal Pradesh. We had a long journey laid ahead of us and it was already close to 3am. The night was dark and with construction work being carried out on the NH-1 we could not speed much. Around 4 am we had reached the famous Dhaba city “Murthal” and planned a stop at Sukhdev for our usual sutta break. After the small break we went on again and this time we were doing somewhere around 130 km/hr. on our bikes. We had to cover a distance of 300 km in around 5 hours. We had decided we won’t take any breaks except for fuel until we reach Zirakhpur which is on the outskirts of Chandigarh. With morning sun ascending on the horizon and the surrounding green fields offered a pleasant ride for both of us. Around 7 am we had reached our second stop or as we were joking second ‘Pit-Stop”. I was having some trouble with the Drive chain of my bike so I was desperate to find a mechanic shop which would be open such early in the morning and after some scouting we came across one. The chain needed lubrication and in 15 minutes we were riding on the Great Himalayan Expressway which connected Chandigarh to Shimla. We had another 90 km left to go and this was another adventure, especially for me because I have never ridden my bike on hilly roads. So I knew it was going to be a challenge for me. I was scared about riding my bike or for that matter any bike on the mountain roads. I have been to Shimla many times but never felt this kind of anxiety before. As me and my friend rode on to our destination the weather became a bit warm and we were already feeling a little uncomfortable in our riding gear and helmet. I knew all this will be gone once the mountain breeze hits us and then we will be begging for some warmth. As soon as I had thought about it, a sudden chill went up my body and it felt kind of good while riding. Our spirits were lifted and I also found myself increasing the speed of the bike and pushing on. I wasn’t scared anymore; the change in weather and air quality has taken away my fears. I opened the visor of the helmet and let the chilly wind to gush onto my face. It felt so good, to feel the cold air, great scenery and a curvy mountain road to ride on, I mean what else does a rider need, it’s all there. I couldn’t have asked for anything else for a weekend getaway. It was a very good decision to take the bike out for the weekend, I am glad this douche bag of a friend called me to go out with him otherwise I would have gone mad. The mountain roads were a blessing, with it being an early morning and lack of traffic on the curves made the journey a very pleasant one. I wanted to take a stop for taking in the great view and to click some memories of this beautiful trip. We stopped on the outskirts of the Solan city which is almost 40 kms from Shimla. We clicked a few pics and then took off again towards our destination. It was 9:30 am on this beautiful morning and our destination was only 1 hour away from us. We were now both hungry and a little tired from the ride and my plan was to get to a rest house quickly because no matter how much you love riding it still takes a toll on your body when you are riding out for a journey like this. Yes I will admit it does get tiring riding for over 300 kilometers but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth it. The pleasure of riding out will always be joyful and something which I call my personal Nirvana. With the mile stone telling us we were just 8 kms from our destination we took on a small race for the last few kilometers. We were both ecstatic and as we removed our helmets and riding gear, our gaze fell upon the sunlight falling on the valley below us and I just could not hold it inside me and I screamed onto the top of my voice. I thought he would slap the hell out of me for making such a noise and foolish act but astonishingly he joined me. And as we screamed, I think we both felt the joy of completing another journey which was both comforting and a bonding time for us. That’s the main problem these days, people forget about such things in the hustles of daily life. Everyone should find time for a refreshing journey once in a while. Yeah I know they are very big words, but ask a rider what’s it’s like to take a break and going out and you will get your answer. I can only describe a little of what I felt in this Ride Out but it’s one thing you have to experience yourself to get what I feel. To all the riders out there, keep riding. Contributed By: Karan Lamba [post_title] => Weekend RideOut to Shimla [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => weekend-rideout-to-shimla [to_ping] => [pinged] => http://justwravel.com/blog/12-essentials-for-backpacking/ [post_modified] => 2016-07-05 06:08:39 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-07-05 06:08:39 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://justwravel.com/blog/?p=261 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 264 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2016-07-06 05:28:50 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-07-06 05:28:50 [post_content] => Jagannath Rath Yatra is one of the largest and most celebrated festivals of India. It is an eight day long festival that happens at the renowned Jagannatha Temple in Puri, Odisha. It is celebrated on Ashad Shukla Dwitiya. It is the oldest, grandest and most visited Rath Yatra taking place in the World. This festival is also known as the Festival of Chariot, Dashavatar Yatra, Car Festival, Ghosa Jatra, Navadina Yatra, and Gundicha Jatra. It dates back to 10-11 century and its description can be found in Padma Purana, Brahma Purana, and Skanda Purana and Kapila Samhita. It is fully devoted to Hindu God, Lord Jagannath. This time, it will begin on Wednesday, 6th July. This is the only time of the year when devotees who are not allowed in the temple premises such as Foreigners and all Non-Hindus, get a chance of taking a glimpse of the deities. During this time, people from all over the world visit Puri with an earnest desire to pull the chariots as it is believed that all their sins are washed away by doing this. Many devotional songs with drums, trumpets and tambourines are played by the huge processions accompanying the chariots. It is celebrated all over India but was originated in Jagannath Puri. This festival is not only celebrated by Hindus, but also by Muslims, Buddhists and many other communities. This festival commemorates Jagannath’s annual visit to Gundicha Temple via Mausi Maa Temple near Balagandi Chaka, Puri. The return journey of Jagannath Rath Yatra is known as Bahuda Jatra which is on 15th July, this year. The celebration of this festival is started earlier with the construction and decoration of Raths by various devotees and volunteers. The Raths are pulled by ropes during entire Yatra. The chariots are decorated by artists of Puri with designs and colours. Lord Jagannath’s chariot is made 45 feet high, and with 16 wheels. It is known as Nandighosa. Balabhadra’s chariot, Taladhwaja, is made 44 feet high with 14 wheels, while Subhadra’s chariot, Dwarpadalana, is made 43 feet high with 12 wheels. They are built every year only from a particular type of tree. They are distinguished by a fixed set of colours. During the festival, three deities, Jagannath, Balabhadra and their sister Subhadra, are worshipped in Jagannath Temple and then their chariots are taken to the streets of Puri. The festival commences when Chariots of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra are brought out on the Main Street of Puri known as Bada Danda. The chariots are taken to the Shri Gundicha Temple to their aunt’s house. The Gundicha Temple is around 3 km from Puri. It is believed that they visit Shri Gundicha Tempe and stay there, to honour the devotion of Queen Gundicha, wife of the legendary King Indradyumna who built the Puri Jagannath Temple. Lord Balabhadra’s chariot is pulled first, followed by Goddess Subhadra’s and then finally of Lord Jagannath’s. The festival has a popular ritual attached with it, known as Chhera pahara. In this ritual, Gajapati King (descendent of the Royal Family of Odisha) sweeps all around the deities and chariots. He decorates the floor of the chariot with flowers. He cleans the road with a golden-handled broom and also sprinkles sandalwood water and powder. This ritual is performed to highlight the fact that all people are equal in Lord Jagannath’s eyes, be it a king or a commoner. It is performed twice; one when they go their aunt’s home and one when they return back. Other rituals include Snana Yatra, Pahandi Vijay, and Gundicha Marjana. Snana Yatra is the ritual in which they are offered ceremonial Vedic bath which is around 18 days before Rath Yatra. After the bath, the deities are kept in isolation till the Rath Yatra and are considered to be ill. Pahandi Vijay is the ritual to take them from Sanctum of Jagannath temple to the Chariot. Gundicha Marjana is the cleaning of Gundicha Temple by devotees, a day before Rath Yatra. The fourth day of the Rath Yatra is celebrated as Hera Panchami when Goddess Lakshmi visits Gundicha Temple in search of Lord Jagannath. Deities stay at Gundicha Temple for a period of nine days where they are served with sweet pancakes. They have fun at their aunt’s house. While returning, they halt at Mausi Maa (their maternal aunt’s home) Temple where they are offered Poda Pitha, a sweet meant for poor sections, which is believed to be favourite of Lord Jagannath. They stay there for seven days. The complete Jagannath Rath Yatra takes place for 18 days. Puri is coloured in the most vivid hues of sheer joy and excitement during the Yatra. The Rath Yatra is now an international event occurring in over 100 cities of the world including Venice, Kuala Lumpur, Suva, Toronto, Singapore, New York, Paris, Melbourne, London, Birmingham, etc. It happened though ISKCON Hare Krishna movement. Reaching Puri By air- Biju Pattanaik Airport at Bhubaneshwar is the nearest Airport which is around 60 km from Puri. You can go there and then take a bus or cab to Puri. Many state government buses, mini buses, tourist buses run on this path. They take around 2 hours to reach Puri. By road- Puri is linked to Bhubaneshwar by state highway no. 8 and Bhubaneshwar is situated along NH 5. You can also come by bus to Bhubaneshwar and from there, go to Puri. By train- Puri has a railway station which is linked to all the important cities in India. The railway station is easily accessible from the main town area. The code of Puri Railway Station is PURI. Contributed By: Tunisha Singhal [post_title] => Jagannath Rath Yatra [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => jagannath-rath-yatra [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-07-06 05:28:50 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-07-06 05:28:50 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://justwravel.com/blog/?p=264 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 2 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 268 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2016-07-07 05:31:25 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-07-07 05:31:25 [post_content] => Eid-al-Fitr (also known as Eid al-Fitr, Eid ul-Fitr, Id-Ul-Fitr, Eid, Ramzan Id) is the religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide. It is the most religious and holy festival for Muslim community which occurs on the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal, i.e. the tenth month of the Hijra calendar which marks the end of Ramadan. Ramadan is the month of prayer and fasting, Eid denotes the end of a whole month of spiritual cleansing that Muslims have gone through. Eil-al-Fitr literally means festival of breaking of fast. In some countries, it is celebrated for three days such as Jordan and United Arab Emirates. It is celebrated to commemorate an Islamic prophet Muhammad and his attainments by God. According to the traditions and culture in Islam, it is believed that Eid was first started in Madinah when he had migrated there from Mecca. During Ramadan, Muslims keep a strict fast and take part in pious activities such as charitable giving and peace-making. They are forbidden from bad practices. It is observed as a time of intense spiritual renewal for those who observe it. So, Eid is like a joyous celebration for them after a month of fasting. After prayers, Muslims visit to graves of their loved ones, clean the grave site and pray to Allah that their loved-one’s souls rest in peace. On Eid, Muslims wake up early (before sunrise), offer Salatul Fajir (pre-sunrise prayer), brush their teeth , take shower before prayers, wear new clothes, and apply perfume. It is forbidden to fast on Eid. They have a small sweet breakfast before attending Salaat (special Eid Prayer). They do charity as much as possible before prayer & money and food is given to poor and needy. Takbirat is read by them in an open field. The prayers are performed either at a mosque or an open field. They go there on foot. After Eid Prayer, they listen to sermon, known as khutba, and then they ask for Allah’s forgiveness, peace, mercy and blessings for all living beings. Sermon is not compulsory; it instructs Muslim to follow the rituals of Eid such as Zakat. Zakat is distributed in form of food such as barley, dates, wheat flour, raisins, etc. and new clothes. Those who did not give it during Ramadan, give it on Eid. They decorate their homes, give gifts known as Eidi to children or immediate relatives, and prepare and share the feast with friends and relatives. Feast includes a special dish, Lachchal or sivayyani. Eidi is specially given to children in form of a small amount of money and gifts. On this day, they are allowed to use their Eidi as they want. According to them, Eid is celebrated to praise and thank God. The significance of Eid is interpreted as a good time to bring people together in gratitude and harmony. The festival was originated by the Islamic prophet Muhammad. Communal meals are also conducted. Islam uses a lunar calendar, i.e. each month’s beginning is marked with the sighting of the new moon. Similarly, the date of Eid is changed according to the sighting of the moon by local religious authorities, but generally it is celebrated on the same day as Saudi Arabia. Muslims believe that they are commanded by Allah, as mentioned in Quran, to continue their fast until the last day of Ramadan and pay the fitra and Zakat before offering the Eid Prayers. Greetings during Eid are ‘Eid Mubarak’, an Arabic greeting, but some countries have their own greetings. Muslims are encouraged to forgive and forget any differences or animosities with others on this day. They also greet each other with a hug. The night before Eid is called Chaand Raat, meaning Night of the Moon. Muslims visit bazaar and shopping mall for Eid shopping. Girls apply Mehendi and wear colourful bangles. On this occasion, people go to popular places such as Jama Masjid in New Delhi, Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad, Aishbagh Idgah in Lucknow, Red Road in Kolkata, etc. to celebrate it. The festival is celebrated across the world with great enthusiasm following different methods, but the principle idea behind it remains the same, paying tribute to God. 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Located in the realms of Uttar Pradesh, The fort of Unchagaon can just be the right place that you have been searching for spending some quality time with your friends or family. Being in Delhi and adjusting in the hustle bustle of the daily busy lives, the never ending traffics (not to forget the pollution level) often takes toll on our personal life as we get stuck somewhere in the trap of monotonous routine that life has to offer. In situations like these, one should try breaking this monotonous routine and relax in a place that could offer some solace and happiness too.
You do not need to worry if you do not have much time to plan a trip; Unchagaon is just 101 kms away from Delhi and can be an amazing getaway for bringing back the fun in your life. So stop thinking and start packing. It would be good if you prefer to book cabs and taxis for the trip or if you happen to be the one who loves enjoying the journey as well, you might think about planning a bike trip to Unchagaon with your partners in crime (friends, you know!) The road from Delhi to Unchagaon is well connected and you can reach there in almost 3 hours. Once in Unchagaon, there are plenty of attractions that can make your short stay there an experience of a lifetime. Let us have a look on some of the beautiful attractions that Unchagaon has to offer.The fort of Unchagaon: This fort has been transformed in a heritage hotel which is famous for its splendid mix of astounding hospitality and contemporary services that it offers to its guests. The fort consists of a total 23 rooms which is designed in a way that can provide you world class facilities. Apart from this, you can also engulf the happiness that activities like horse riding, bullock cart riding provided which shall help you reminiscence your good old days and also you can make some pretty new more here. Furthermore, the place offers cultural and folk dance performances which depict the rich Indian heritage. Apart from this, you can also enjoy an evening walk with friends around the village haat, indulge yourself in the picturesque beauty of the fort Unchagoan while boat riding. Moreover, while enjoying the beauty of the place, one can also indulge in mouth watering delicacies that Armory and Garden cafe has to offer. One can also beat the summer heat here by spending some time in the fort’s swimming pool Garhmukteshwar: This is the place where you can indulge in some divinity and induce positivity within yourself. Visiting Ganga temple, the Mukteshwar Mahadev temple and Nakka kaun can instill a sense of peace in you. The Ganga fair held here in the month of Kartik is very popular where lakhs of devotees take a holy dip in the sacred river of Ganga. The view of the dolphins: One can also enjoy the view of beautiful dolphins on the banks of the river Ganga. Nature looks its best here. The solace that this place offers is such that one can sit here for hours and enjoy the serenity and beauty of nature. Contributed By: Sheerin Naz [post_title] => Road Trip : New Delhi to Unchagaon [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => road-trip-new-delhi-to-unchagaon [to_ping] => [pinged] => http://justwravel.com/blog/12-essentials-for-backpacking/ [post_modified] => 2017-07-21 12:39:43 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-07-21 07:09:43 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://justwravel.com/blog/?p=273 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 3 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 277 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2016-07-19 06:11:43 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-07-19 06:11:43 [post_content] => Guru Purnima is a national festival which is dedicated to all the Gurus. It is celebrated all over India. It is the time to remember all the Gurus that helped you to achieve what you wanted. Guru means the one who removes darkness. Gurus are worshiped next to God. Guru Purnima is celebrated on the full moon day in the month of Ashadh, it is also known as Vyasa Purnima. Guru holds a very important place in everyone’s life. It is Guru only, who makes us learn about new things, and generates the understanding of things which are right. This time, it is on 19 July. [caption id="attachment_278" align="aligncenter" width="297"] source: mapsofindia.com[/caption] The greatest thing about this festival is that it celebrated by almost all the religious communities like Jains, Sikhs, Buddhists, and Hindus. This festival is celebrated to respect academic as well as spiritual gurus. We all know that Gurus have the most important place in one’s life. It is because of them that we have become what we are. Buddhists celebrate this festival to pay respect to Lord Buddha who is believed to have given his first sermon at Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh on this day. Jains celebrate it as it is the believed that on this day, Mahavira made Gautam, his first disciple, and became a Guru. This festival celebrates the sacred bond of Guru and their students. Vyas Purnima or Guru Purnima is dedicated to Guru Ved Vyas, according to Hinduism, he is considered as the most knowledgeable and greatest Guru of all times. It is celebrated as his birthday. He taught us to differentiate between right and wrong. Mahabharat, written by him, is a live example. He compiled the 4 Vedas and 18 Puranas. He also wrote ‘Srimad Bhagwat Geeta’. The teachings we get from these texts are still prevalent in today’s time, and are the biggest offering to the mankind. He is known as the original Guru of Hindu Dharma. [caption id="attachment_279" align="aligncenter" width="237"] source: gurupurnima.in[/caption] It is said that, ‘The true Guru is a transmitting medium, a transporting agent, and transparent embodiment of the divine grace and compassion, the focal point of the timeless eternity and finite time’. He not only tells the direction to the goal, but also helps the dedicated ones to reach till there. A guru is not only people clad in white or saffron, but it can be anyone like a small child, an incident, any aspect of nature, or a book. The incident or person who removes the darkness is a Guru. Guru acts as a link between god and the human soul. He guides a person on the way of knowledge and peace. On the occasion of Guru Purnima, special pujas and rituals are held. Scholars and speakers speak about Ved Vyasa and his contribution to Santana Dharma. He is also worshipped on this day. Satsangs and meetings are also held to honor Gurus. People of all the caste, offer their prayers to their Gurus and also thank them to provide knowledge. Special prayers are held where learners tell about nobleness and greatness of their Gurus. In school and colleges, special events are organized to celebrate this day. Some people even fast for the whole day, till they meet their Guru. On this festival, teachers are worshiped, and their students show love and gratitude towards them. Bhajans are sang for Gurus, and they are offered with sweets and gifts. Some disciples start their day by washing the feet of their Guru. This festival is also important to farmers as this day marks the beginning of rains in most parts of the country. It is also celebrated in Nepal, apart from India. According to Hindu mythology, birth of First Guru (Adi Guru) took place on this day. Spirituals are believed to strengthen their spiritual sadhana from this day. In earlier time, wandering spiritual gurus and their followers used to settle down on this day at one place and study Brahma Sutras which were composed by Ved Vyasa. They also used to do Vedantic debates. India has a large number of spiritual Gurus present. On this day, special programs are held for spiritual Gurus and their followers go there. Several performances are done for them. They are thanked for all the things that they did. They are given gifts in form of money, flowers, sweets, ornaments, etc. Do not waste this day and express your gratitude towards every single person and thing that has ever provided you knowledge. Contributed By: Tunisha Singal [post_title] => Guru Purnima: Travel is the best teacher. [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => guru-purnima-travel-is-the-best-teacher [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-07-19 06:11:43 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-07-19 06:11:43 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://justwravel.com/blog/?p=277 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 284 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2016-07-20 09:29:21 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-07-20 09:29:21 [post_content] => If travelling is something you love and the traveler within you is eager to take on new journeys to distant places where you can carve your very own travel stories then Punjab Uttarakhand road trip is one exciting journey you cannot afford to miss. Journeys are beautiful and if it happens to be a road trip with your crazy friends, it can be nothing short of pure awesomeness. So, if the travel bug has bitten you hard and you are all set to pack your bags and began this trip, let me update you about the places you must visit midst your Punjab to Uttarakhand road trip. The very first thing that you need to keep in mind is the timing. Yes, when on a road trip, timing is the most important thing. Everything should be properly planned and executed for a hindrance free and smooth journey. Punjab Uttarakhand trip is one trip that one should enjoy slowly at its own pace so when planning a trip here, make sure you have plenty of days in your hand. It takes around a week to cover up the whole road trip if you want to enjoy and engulf the experience of a lifetime. Let’s have a quick look on how to kick start this road trip preferably on bikes because nothing can beat the excitement that a bike ride offers.
- Amritsar- Wagah border: So, this is where the journey commences from. One should reach Amritsar early morning and once your group has met up, you can head towards the divine Golden temple to seek the blessings and instil within yourself the positivity and serenity that the temple has to offer. Apart from this, you cannot afford to miss the glory of Wagah border if you happen to be in Amritsar. Give yourself a taste of patriotism and witness the flag off ceremony at Wagah border. Plan to stay overnight and spend some quality time with friends.
- Amritsar – Chandigarh: The next day the destination is Chandigarh. One of the cleanest and of course beautiful city of India, plan a visit to Sukhna Lake and Rock garden. It would serve as an amazing stress buster that the bike rides at times give. Stay during the night and relax.
- Chandigarh- Dehradun- Rishikesh: From Chandigarh, proceed to the breath taking beauty of Dehradun. This is the best place for some sightseeing. Dehradun finds its way towards Rishikesh.
- Rishikesh-Haridwar-Jim Corbett: Find the adventure freak within yourself and indulge in some bungee jumping and river rafting within the magnificent hills of Rishikesh. The dense forest of Jim Corbett also offers plenty of activities to do and one can take pleasure in the Corbett safari and enjoy the nature at its best. Furthermore, a quick stop at Haridwar for Ganga darshan can make you feel really peaceful.
- Corbett- Nainital: Nainital is just a short ride away from Corbett. Enjoy the snow fall their and indulge in some snow fights too after all what friend are for! In addition, you can also go on a shopping spree in Nainital and give yourself the luxury of shopping at reasonable prices.
- Corbett- Delhi: This is the last destination of this trip where 4-5 hours of bike ride from the highway will lead to Delhi. Once in Delhi, you can visit various historical places and end your journey on a good note.
For travel related queries,outstation cab booking,bike rentals, Hotel bookings or Group Tours ; Kindly contact us at http://justwravel.com/contact or call +91-9205725725[post_title] => Punjab to Uttarakhand: A Road Trip [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => punjab-to-uttarakhand-a-road-trip [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-08-30 13:04:45 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-08-30 13:04:45 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://justwravel.com/blog/?p=284 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 1 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 287 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2016-07-22 11:36:55 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-07-22 11:36:55 [post_content] =>
For travel related queries,outstation cab booking,bike rentals, Hotel bookings or Group Tours ; Kindly contact us at http://justwravel.com/contact or call +91-9205725725[post_title] => RideOut but Ride Safe: Few things to avoid [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => rideout-but-ride-safe-few-things-to-avoid [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-08-30 12:52:07 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-08-30 12:52:07 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://justwravel.com/blog/?p=287 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 319 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2016-07-29 08:06:00 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-07-29 08:06:00 [post_content] => Upon reading the heart-rending news of the catastrophic earthquake last spring in Nepal, nothing but grief and sadness gripped me. But like a soft morning after a dark rainy night, it also brought back the sweet memories of my memorable road trip to Kathmandu. The details of which lie as fresh in my mind as a mountain spring. Returning after a long melancholic day in office to our guest house in Hajipur, situated 25 Kms off Patna, capital of Bihar, in the autumn of 2013, we were all pondering over destinations to explore for the forthcoming Durga Puja holidays starting off day after. After an hour long search in Google Maps and a round of tea, came the golden suggestion: “Let’s rideout to Nepal”. Everybody’s eyes shined with unanimous acceptance. A quick check on Google estimated the destination to be around 500 Kms away. Immediately few phone calls were made and after some negotiations an Innova was booked and scheduled for departure next morning at 5. With happiness in the heart and restlessness in the gut we went to sleep, but the eyes refused to shut with excitement that night. Alarms are so annoying, but when you set it up for a cross border road trip even my ragged Nokia’s alarm tone seemed like a Pink Floyd song. Poop, brush, bath, dress, pack, have a Maggi, all checked and we were ready to roll. Although the cab arrived half an hour late but we were glad that it was relatively new and in perfect condition. So, 6 young guys and a younger driver with both his hands on the wheel and his heart on the leap, started their journey to the magical mountain nation.When you have a smart-phone equipped with all the latest technologies invented by the smartest geeks of the world, you tend to underestimate the utter randomness of life, you feel in control and all your plans seem perfect. And our perfect plan was to take Hajipur-Sahebganj-Sagauli-Raxaul-Birganj-Hetauda-Naubise-Kathmandu route. The shortest and the sweetest. Convinced by our novice driver who boasted of multiple trips to Nepal, we soon drowned ourselves in music, laughter and a short nap. But only three hours into the journey we found out, the driver had taken a wrong turn adding at least an hour to our journey. After stopping at a non-descriptive dhaba near Motihari, which was not initially on our road map, for a quick tea and snacks, we continued towards Sagauli for the India-Nepal border at Raxaul. Now, checking out the highway on the phone is one thing but plying on it along a bullock cart with the same pace is entirely different. Nobody in the group, not even our ‘experienced’ driver was aware that the highway from Motihari to Raxaul via Sagauli was only for namesake and it was actually just a combination of large and small potholes on a casually leveled ground. We were slowly beginning to admire the randomness of nature but we came in complete awe of it only upon reaching the railway crossing at Raxaul. Always remember Murphy’s law when you are out on a road trip: Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. And that noon, the good driver of a goods train decided to practice his engine shunting skills or some other skill on that very crossing. That involved moving the engine back and forth continuously for 2 complete hours, to the dismay and disbelief of every soul stuck there. He could have done it on any day, at any point of time in his life but he chose that particular moment. You see, great laws of nature at work. After coming out of that “Ripleys’s Believe it or Not” moment we found ourselves at the international border. Being there, you would definitely want to applaud our government for maintaining such cordial relationship with Nepal. Its so cordial as if you would feel entering just another state of India, but still there are some tiny, weeny formalities to be completed. It is mandatory that everybody must get the entries of their vehicles registered and pay a small fee depending upon the period of stay. Having completed those with the help of a tout, whom one can easily avoid and are in abundance, who also guided us the path through Birganj towards Kathmandu, we entered Nepal and soon found ourselves in the cold, cozy and beautiful lap of the mighty Himalayas. There was something about this small country that differentiated it from India although both do not have much geographical or cultural differences (if you consider some particular states of India). There was a different vibe that you could only feel if you were there. You could see those faces and feel the happiness in the air. Nobody seemed to be in a rush. The smiles were genuine and calm just like the Himalayas. The mountain country had undergone much turmoil in recent times and had been in news for all wrong reasons. But the citizens define a nation, and the citizens of Nepal seemed not to hold onto their past and had moved themselves to a happier and calmer state, both in psychological and geographical contexts. Even the old lady with a small shack who served us amazing noodles with egg seemed so happy for whatever she had achieved in her life. The mother-daughter duo shyly conversed with us only in broken Hindi and Nepali but ensured that our tummies were full and our faces happy. One can only but wonder at such instances if we have truly forgotten the secret to be happy. To be content. Is life about achieving something big or being happy and content? What defines happiness? Our insatiable dreams to reach higher or our content soul? With that and several more thoughts that erupt in your mind when you are staring out of the window into nothing, catalyzed by the slow mountain breeze, we reached Hetuada and decided to take the smaller, less traveled route (Tribhuvan Highway) as originally planned that connects directly to Naubise, which is just about an hour short of Kathmandu. By the time we started ascending up the winding roads from Hetauda, the Sun was descending below the hills. Few hours later we found ourselves to be the lone travelers on the highway which was wide enough to allow traffic from one side only. Along the roadway were only scarcely populated and candle lit villages whose occupants knew no Hindi or English. Wondering if were lost and logically defending that we mustn’t be as it was the sole road in the region, we soon hit up a military check-post where we were interrogated about our reason of visit and all our documents were checked and returned. But the best part was that they informed we were on the right path and Kathmandu was just a few hours away. Plying lonely and solely in darkness with all eyes glued to the windscreen we suddenly came to a halt on the side of a curve. The driver had stopped the car and came out of it. Being curious individuals we too disembarked, relieved ourselves and started checking tyres and other car components to ascertain the reason of our delay. Soon we found out the driver in the back seat of the car, thinking to ourselves he must be checking on some tools. But only a few moments later we were aghast when reality revealed itself. The driver had not slept well before commencing the journey and his owner forced him to undertake ours. So he informed us that he couldn’t keep himself awake any longer and must sleep for an hour or two before resuming driving. So, at around 9 O’clock in an unknown country, enveloped in absolute darkness with no sight of another soul nearby, we were standing in a previously Maoist inflicted region, wondering if this was really happening to us. After voting against the motion to wait for the driver to wake up, we decided to hand over the wheels to the only guy who could drive even though he had no earlier experience of driving in mountainous terrains. It was decided to advance slowly but steadily towards Kathmandu otherwise we may not be able to get a hotel in Kathmandu and could strand ourselves for the whole night. So keeping our fears aside but still clutching the handlebar in front, we again started to move . Reaching Naubise was such a relief. Now we were just an hour short of Kathmandu and also converged to the main Prithvi Highway which had wider roads and continuous traffic. Smile again emerged on our tired faces when we noticed the signs on the boards on shops along highway had started using Kathmandu in their address. A quick enquiry with a couple of people hanging along the roadside assured us that we had indeed reached our destination. Those words brought such peace to our weary souls that can never be expressed. It also brought with itself renewed anxiety and excitement that comes towards the end of any journey. We also decided to wake up our driver who had been dozing off for more than 2 hours now as we were entering the city and were at the potential risk of being stopped by traffic police. We again trusted the map on our phones to guide us to the point of rendezvous, Thamel, located at the centre of Kathmandu and heart to all buzzing activities. It was nearly 11 while we were accelerating on the empty roads of Kathmandu and most of the city was fast asleep. We didn’t know what to expect from Thamel but we certainly did grossly underestimate it. Upon reaching Thamel, we were awestruck. The commotion, the people, the shops, the cafes, the hotel, the music, everything was so amazingly live and awesomely different. There were hordes of people everywhere. You name any country and you can find a guy from that country walking beside you. For half an hour we were so much in awe of the place that we completely forgot we had to find a hotel to spend the night. We split in two groups and started searching frantically for a place to stay and in another 30 minutes we found ourselves checking in into hotel Access Nepal. Immediately after checking in, we did what any sensible person would do after a 16 hour long road trip. We went to a club. After all that is what life is all about, that never ending fire, that insatiable thirst to never stop, never surrender and dance your way through this tiresome life. The road is always full of lessons, you just need to pick them up. Events in life contrast even the best plans. Being in control is merely an illusion and time and again nature chooses to free us from our delusional selves. But, the trick is not to be disheartened, for success and happiness can only be delayed, not devoid. Tranquility always follows chaos. The serene calmness of the over-looking Himalayas subsided all the stress of the chaotic, dusty roads of Bihar. It resurfaced all the endless zeal in our souls to achieve what we were determined for. The smiling faces of waving children, stunning beautiful women and the gorgeous landscape turned our frowns upside down. Smiling lips and wandering eyes are the true reflections of a happy soul for whom the journey is the true destination. Happiness knows no bounds.It is unconstrained, unrestricted, omnipresent. So, travel, travel and travel till you find yourself and drown your soul in peace and happiness.
Contributed by: Siddharth
Travelling is a great experience. It is all about experiencing the unexplored, getting to learn new things, and gaining different perspective about people and life. All people travel, some love to travel and others have to travel. We often meet different kind of travellers in our journey. So, here are ten types of travellers that are often found in India
They decide all the expenses in advance and do not even take a drink which is not in the budget. They start planning and saving money for a vacation, many months in advance. They leave some elements unplanned so as to enjoy free or inexpensive activities available at that place. They find the best available free things to do in a region. They choose the cheapest places to stay and modes of transport. They can be relied upon to find the best deals. They are known to have exceptional willpower. Normally all of us are in some way similar to them.
They travel for cultural enrichment. Every place has its well-preserved history; cultural traveller finds that history with current local culture. They normally hire a local host so that they can explore that place more easily. They go to the restaurants and apartment rentals where they find other tourists. They connect with the local people and may learn the language of that place. They have the purpose to fully know the area. They visit all the famous places of that area including museums, monuments, churches, temples. They try to immerse themselves in the settings of the place.
They cannot imagine their life without extreme sports, are more interested in unique experiences rather than historical sites. They tend to find places having more physical participation and normally go on a trip to natural environment or remote location. They are normally people who are ready to step out of their comfort zone and take a lot of risk of physical danger. Adventure activities include trekking, mountaineering, mountain biking, rafting, rock climbing, bungee jumping, etc. Jungle tourism is also becoming famous. These kind of travellers have everything planned so that they do not waste a single day and try all the adventurous things available in that place. You will find them only at dinner as rest of the day; they are busy taking up different adventures.
Social Media Freak
They will click several pictures of every place, rather than being in the moment. All the things done by them are for bragging. Their objective of travel is to have a huge Facebook album gallery. They update every small detail of their trip on social media. Hashtags, Instagram/ Facebook pictures, and check-ins are the signs of a social media freak. Their Facebook timeline will make you wonder if they really enjoyed on the trip or just clicked the pictures. Their aim is to get maximum likes. Every one of us has a friend who is a social media freak.
They visit places of religious importance, mostly found in India; their trips are only to shrines. They normally plan out the whole day so that they do not miss any place. Their trips are of longer duration. India has many tours for them such as Chaar Dhaam, Haji Ali, Vaishno Devi, Mathura- Vrindavan etc. There are people who follow some guru. They travel at places related to their gurus like the ones having their events, etc.
Hard to Please
They are the ones who complain for everything, want everything to be exactly same as present at their home. They normally visit places which have similar culture as their own. They would have a problem with food, language, transportation, hotel, locales, weather; almost everything. They are the people who do not like travelling but are forced to travel. They will find some or the other defect in everything. Sometime, it is advantageous also as you will provide the best quality things because of them.
Visits Friends and Family traveller
Visiting friends and family is the primary reason of travelling for 20% of travellers in Asia, and 43% of travellers in India. Some people normally travel to go to houses of their relatives. They travel for functions, events etc. It also includes people who go on a trip to some hotel with their relatives. They like to enjoy their time with family members and friends. Their vacations are generally of longer duration. They prefer staying at house of friends and family members or in hotels.
They work hard all year and their purpose of vacation is to unwind. They search for relaxation and simplicity. They do not go out much and spend their day relaxing under sunshine. These kind of travellers go on vacations to escape from all the feelings like conflict, failure, fear, guilt, worry, tension etc. They would spend most of their time staying indoors than outdoors, trips are often for a short duration and with family. They normally go to places having nice environment. Places that they visit include hill stations and beaches.
They normally go to places having best restaurants and clubs. They relax in the mornings and wake up late. You will find them partying every night in some club. They are social and make new friends wherever they go. They feel the culture through music, personal company of locals, and food. They are great entertainer if you are in the mood and most irritating ones at times when you do not have the mood. They wake up, drink; eat, drink. Basically, they drink all the time.
They are the ones who rarely travel alone. They go to tours where they can have maximum interaction with other travellers. They enjoy the social aspects of travelling. They generally look for bond on the trips. They do not understand why anyone would want to travel alone. They relish the noise and general chaos that comes with group travel.
Contributed by: Tunisha Singhal
When I told my girlfriend that I was going on a bike trip to a place known neither to her nor to me at that time, she thought I had gone mad. That was the time when I had not heard of a term called off-roading, neither I had driven any bike more than 50 kms at a stretch on a straight road, let alone driving in one of the most challenging conditions. I didn’t even know where the place was. The plan had been stirring in the minds on Sanjay, Shreshth and their group for quite a time. They were five guys but only Sanjay had some experience in riding the bike. It was Shreshth who had asked me to come along on the trip and I had said yes without much thought. There is a fine line between stupidity and bravery and I didn’t know which side I was on.
Lahaul-Spiti valley is located in the eastern part of Himachal Pradesh and is one of the most remote district of the state. The more popular route to the valley is through Rohtang pass but in February rohtang is covered with snow. Another route goes though eastern side via Shimla and Kinnaur districts. We rented 1 pulsar 150, 1 pulsar 180 and an avenger from Rishikesh. The combined rent of bikes was less than 2000 per day (Good old days). We were carrying our own sleeping bags, tents and rucksack.
Normally people go to Shimla via Chandigarh but since our starting point was Rishikesh we planned to take a shorter and more adventurous route.
Due to some hiccups (including a brake fail), we only managed to reach Chakrata on our first day. Originally a British cantonment, it is a small town lying in the northern part of Dehradun district. We had our tents which we had to put up in a garage for there was no camping site nearby and it was getting dark to search for one. To make up for delays we headed out early next day. We encountered icy roads early on but it was harmless ice stacked on the sides. The terrain was rugged with hardly any proper roads to reach high speeds. Rohan’s bike slipped twice on slippery mud and first aid kits came into use early on. We reached Rohru in the afternoon where we refreshed ourselves with a bath (in the river) and lunch (in the local dhaba) before heading for Jeori.[caption id="attachment_353" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Snowy Roads[/caption] [caption id="attachment_354" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Riverside- Rohru[/caption]
Jeori is a small and quiet village lying in the northern Shimla on NH-22. If you see Google maps, you won’t see any road connecting Rohru and Jeori but if you are in the mood for off-roading, there is a route connecting Rohru to NH-22. This two-hour ride will shake you to your bones and pump enough adrenaline to last for the whole trip. After the adventurous ride, when your tires touch the smooth asphalt of NH-22, you feel ecstatic. NH-22 runs in level with Sutlej and at any point you feel like stopping for a while, you can sit on the banks and marvel the beauty of river. Crossing Rampur, NH-22 takes you to Jeori. After dinner, we anchored our tents on a terrace farm of a local who quite humbly allowed us to spend the night.
Next day was Holi, and as we headed for Puh, it started drizzling. Now we were moving towards Kinnaur district which is easternmost region in Himachal. As we were going, there was a gradual change in demographics, local ways and mannerisms. People of highly commercialized places like Shimla district were more devious and crafty as compared to those of Kinnaur who had less exposure to the world. The journey became quite colorful as we met people celebrating Holi with full zeal and color. Locals halted us at many places and colored our faces with colors, which got us into the festive mood. Bhang and chillam are quite common in Himachal especially on festivals like Holi. Due to several hydroelectric projects on Sutlej, the roads were muddy and more so during the rains. The road to Puh is beautifully carved out of rocks due to which the mountains make a roof like structure on the top. Puh is also an army cantonment.[caption id="attachment_355" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Camp in Jeori[/caption] [caption id="attachment_356" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Tea Shop in Kinnaur[/caption]
Puh made us shiver hard for as we reached, it started pouring. It was chilly rain, nothing like I had experienced before. For the first time on the trip, we rested our tents and booked a hotel and, after a good meal, got comfy in our quilts. The evening passed in the discussion whether to move further or not, in the wake of weather conditions. Four of us, including me were definitely in the mood for adventure. In the morning, nature looked as though it had taken a bath. The green mountain tops had turned too white. The bright sunshine gave us hope to continue our journey and despite locals advising against it, we moved forward.
It took 4 days to reach Spiti on a trip, which we thought was going to finish in 5 days. It tells you how insignificant your plans can turn out in front of forces of nature. Moving towards Spiti the culture gradually transforms to Tibetan flavor, which can be seen in the villages of Chango and Nako. Before Nako there is a pass and the roadsides are covered with snow. Out of the blue, my bike slipped on what appeared like water. In the mornings, the water on the road freezes to form a very thin layer of ice, which appears like water. The fall was sudden and severe but no damage was done, thanks to the layers of clothing we were wrapped in. A few meters ahead thick slippery ice formed a patch of 10 meters. These treacherous roads took us to Nako, a beautiful village adorned by a lake surrounded by willow and popular trees. Four Buddhist temples situated near the place gave it a divine touch. The lake was completely frozen during that season.[caption id="attachment_357" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Bike Slip on Icy road[/caption] [caption id="attachment_358" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Nako Lake[/caption] [caption id="attachment_359" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Nako Village[/caption]
For lunch we stopped at a small shop at Chango and ordered some Thukpa which is a Tibetan noodle soup containing vegetables or meat. I never spent 20 bucks in a better way for it was the most delicious soup I had ever had and I am yet to taste something better. It was evening until we reached Tabo, a thousand years old monastery situated on the banks of Spiti river. His holiness, Dalai Lama has claimed Tabo monastery to be the holiest one and has expressed his desire to retire to Tabo. When we reached Tabo it felt like an alien world to us, the city , people. At six in the evening there was complete silence which was broken only by chilly breeze and gushing river. It was too windy to light a match or a lighter. The only restaurant near the monastery had closed so we grabbed some chips and biscuit from nearby grocery. It was run by a lady having two kids and a dog. In a place so remote to find a shop like this made us wonder that how far distribution channels of modern age have spread. That’s not all that amazed us. The elder son who was about 7 years old, spoke perfect English and was well versed in history and mathematics. Maybe it was our prejudice, but we didn’t expect such a good level of education in a rural and remote part of India.[caption id="attachment_360" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Old remains of Tabo Monastery[/caption] [caption id="attachment_361" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Newly constructed Monastery[/caption]
We asked some monks to let us stay in the monastery for the night. They gave us a little space in what seemed like a storage room. The mercury dropped to sub-zero in the night but we had our sleeping bags to keep us warm. After having some food and chatter, we fell asleep in that 1000-year-old monastery.
The Journey back
Initially we had planned to go till Chandratal Lake in Kaza. It is a beautiful lake, which shines like a pearl amidst the white snow in the moonlight. But we were short of time so we had to return because of time shortage. Village kids were playing cricket in a small ground where our bikes were parked. Bidding them adieu, we got on our way to Puh. Little did we know about the treacherous plans nature had in store for us.
Before moving on, I must mention something about the folks in this part of the world. Here we observed, the time moved slow, there was no hurry. In that setting, we were the queer ones. People here were fond of an unadventurous, bucolic and simple life unaware of the devious ways of the outside world. Content and happy with their farms and small shops, some were playing cards, leaving their shops wide open in the daytime. So when our bike got punctured near Chango, we had to wander for 2 hours before we could find the mechanic, smoking and gambling in an apple orchard. All this time we had forgotten our backpacks lying on the side of the road. It was not luck that we found them lying at the same spot.
The daylight was lost so there was no point in moving forward. The tranquility of the place had slowed us down too as we sat chatting with the local people in a small teashop. We were out of network area for past three days, completely cut-off from the world we came from, but this new world enchanted us so much that we forgot what day it was. A guy joined us in the tea shop, telling us about his experiences. He owned some apple farms and in summer, he worked as a tourist guide for foreign travelers. Wintertime was off-season in these areas so they spent most of time relaxing, drinking local booze and playing cards. It reminded me of life of Hobbits in the Shire. The owner of the teashop gave us some locally brewed wine and a room to stay. We insisted on paying but he would not take money. Was there something wrong with these people -helping us selflessly in this cutthroat world? It was just that they had not been corrupted by endless desire of man.
Next morning we resumed on our journey and within half hour we found ourselves in midst of snowfall. With no place to hide our heads, we kept moving on. Slippery and treacherous roads dwindling around the barren mountains poised a great challenge. That combined with freezing cold weather made us pray for our lives. Several times, we took shelter of some rocks and warmed our hands from the heat of bike’s silencer. But that wasn’t enough for the warmth was getting drained out of our bodies just as we reached a small shop. What a lifesaver, we thought while warming our feet besides the burning coal and eating parathas. That small dhaba gave more happiness to me than any fancy restaurant ever can give. Driving slowly in that mad weather, we could only reach Puh where we again spent the night, at a small teashop, snuggled in our sleeping bags. At night, I overheard some theological discussions over the drinks, between the shop owner, a truck driver and some of my friends.
It took us two days more to reach Rishikesh after taking a longer route than the one we had come from. From Jeori we reached Shimla passing through Narkanda on seventh day. Making our way through Solan, Nahan and Paonta Saheb we finally reached Rishikesh at dawn of ninth day after driving whole night. Our eyes were drooping due to sleep but our spirits were awake. After eight days of exposure to sun, snow and dust, our faces had completely transformed. It took a few days to reverse the physical damage but there had been a more severe transformation. One that of my soul and one which was irreversible. I had brought back in my heart a piece of Spiti – a place I will always remember for its unprocessed beauty and the simplicity of its people.
Contributed By: Vishant Goel
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- When The Road Beckons – Ravi Manoram (INR 145)
- Born Again on the Mountain : A Story of Losing Everything and Finding It Back – Arunima Sinha (INR 176)
- Bucket List of a Traveloholic – Sarika Pandit (INR 163)
- Worth Every Gasp : A Lone Woman’s Journey in the Himalayas – Anamika Mukherjee (INR 81)
When the Road Beckons – Ravi ManoramWhen the Road Beckons by Ravi Manoram is a travelogue of a man who takes the epic journey from Delhi to Ladakh on his Royal Enfield Thunderbird covering places like Srinagar, Kargil, Leh, Nubra Valley, Pang, Pangang Tso lake, Manali and the 5 passes Zoji La, Khardung La, Chang La, Rohtang La and Barcha La Passes. While the book, appears to be the story of a man riding his bike on the difficult roads of the Himalayas, it is also an exploration of true meaning of one’s life. Ravi’s journey to the difficult terrains of the Himalayas tested his nerves and made him fight with his deepest fears. This, in turn, helped him to find out not only his inner strength, but also transformed his personality. His innermost fears slowly but surely vanished, and he became a person who is capable of controlling his own destiny. Some way or another, the author has managed to write different stages of his journey to the region of Ladakh without creating a monotonous tone. He has the power of observation, certain elegance and a captivating style in his writing. All of these add up to the narrative and make this book a compelling read and kind of an addictive one, as there is the curiosity at the end of the chapter about what will happen next. There are certain moments in the book that will take your breath away. The description of places has been done in such a way that you feel like you are actually travelling to these places. You imagine those places in your mind while taking a break from reading and clung to those imaginations for a long time. This book is a jewel for anyone who has been to Leh before, as it is sure to get all those cherished memories back again. Reference
Born Again on the Mountain – Arunima Sinha
Arunima Sinha became the first amputee from India and the first female amputee from the world to climb the highest peak in the world, the Mount Everest when she achieved this feat in 2013. Back in 2011, she was a National Level Volleyball player from Indian who was pushed out of a running train by a gang of thieves when she resisted them. She fell motionless on the track when another train passed over her leg resulting in amputation below the knee. This book basically describes her unforgettable story of courage, hope and resilience. The accident from the running train has cost her, her left leg and also her sporting career, but these never deterred her in achieving other goals in life. In this book, she explains how the sudden change in events have changed her perspective of life and stabilized her. She recalls the memories when she had no job to support her family and how she hurried her way to Delhi for the job and then the sour incident happened. She also says, "Before that incident, I was only a National Player doing quite fine with my game. But after that everything has changed forever. Everyone who previously looked upon me with pride as a player, started sympathizing me. I could not bear that. Then, I started to search for something else to achieve despite my weakness. The day I have conquered Everest, showers of blessing started pouring in. That moment, I felt as if I had been born again-Born Again on the Mountain. " She also writes in the book regarding the hardships she faced during the rough period, how her goals, dreams and ambitions changed in a split second, the courage she had to gather to move on, the inspiration she created among others, and how she decided to start an academy for differently abled like her to provide a path for them etc. With her determination and courage, she made the Everest to bow down before the first female Amputee ever to scale Everest. The story of Arunima – Born again on the mountain – make us to believe that if we have set our mind to achieve something, we should pursue it. Nothing is impossible for a truly determined person. I must accept, reading this book has created a sense of hope that anyone can achieve anything in life, you have the guts to dream of the impossible and put in all you have got to achieve it. Also this book enlightens you philosophically about how life can change in just a moment and how everything which seemed in place right a moment before was not possible later. This is a book I think everyone must read, so that they can understand their gifted abilities when compared to the disabled and use them to achieve their ambitions. Reference
Bucket List of a Traveloholic – Sarika Pandit
This is a must read book for all you who have been bitten by the travel bug and want to get out of your closet and go explore the world on your terms. The cover of the book itself is so appealing that it leaves you intrigued regarding the authors journey. Here is something from the prologue that I loved a lot – “When I reached home that night, I woefully pulled out my passport and started flipping through its dog-eared pages. Somewhere midway I recalled the moments that were woven together with each stamp and, slowly, self-doubt made way for satisfaction. It came with the realization that while I still had not saved up for a house, a fancy four wheeler, the latest iGadget or any of those milestones that is somehow supposed to define the lives of most people, each one of my travels had been a saving towards wider horizons and enduring memories of people, places and personal encounters; and I would not have traded them for absolutely anything in the world”. And reading this I knew, I am in for a treat….and I was not wrong. The author achieved the goal of traveling to 20 countries before she reached the age of 30, and this book chronicles a few interesting incidents she encountered during her travels. The book is actually a travel diary of the author, Sarika Pandit – her visit to various countries, her varied experiences in each one of them and ticking off items from her bucket list. Along with her experiences in the foreign lands, she has also written about how she managed all the travelling in spite of having a full time job. She juggled her leaves, money, itinerary, companions and the like in a very efficient manner. And after each chapter I was tempted to pack up and hit the road immediately! And after I was finished with the book, I was full of envy for this lady called Sarika Pandit. What she had said randomly once during her MBA days – “…….by the time I hit thirty, I shall have all the pages of my passport stamped” – was turned into reality by her, turning all odds in her favour. Reference
Worth Every Gasp – Anamika Mukherjee
Anamika Mukherjee, while on a trek in Markha Valley in Ladakh with her husband and friends, suffered from pulmonary oedema, and had to abort the trek mid-way. She returned to Leh for rest and recuperation. Ok, that's just the beginning of the story. What happened after that is the real thing. While her husband returned home having completed the trek, Anamika stayed back. And, after she had recovered enough, set her sights on completing the trek that she had left unfinished! This journey is what the book “Worth Every Gasp – A Lone Woman's Journey in the Himalayas” is all about. Anamika was joined by an acquaintance Ballu, who had in the past accompanied them as a guide on a few treks in Uttaranchal. Yes – you read that right. A lone woman, trekking in the Himalayas with a man who is not her husband! Anamika spent a few months trekking in the Himalayas. She started in and around the “lower altitude” Manali. This was to get a feel for her readiness for the higher altitude treks in Ladakh. Once she was reasonably sure she could pull through, she got back to Ladakh, where she completed, among others, the Markha valley trek which had been her nemesis last time round. That accomplished, she also spent a few weeks back in Himachal Pradesh, rounding off her adventures with the trek to Hampta Pass with a group coming from Calcutta (from the company Ballu was employed in), and then one final visit to the Valley of Flowers in Uttaranchal. All in all, if you are a travel enthusiast, a trekker, a nature lover or a Ladakh-addict, then this book is for you. I guarantee you – you will not be disappointed. Reference
For travel related queries or outstation bookings, Kindly contact us at http://justwravel.com/contact or call +91-9205725725Contributed By: Arnav Mathur
About the Author Arnav, is a civil engineer by profession and a hardcore foodie and a travel aficionado at heart. Being an ARMY brat by birth, traveling and socializing is in his DNA. His belief is: “Go to a new place every month or two to explore, relax and live life to the fullest.” Read more about his travel escapades at Eat, Travel, Live and REPEAT.
[post_title] => 4 books by Indian Authors inspiring Adventure and Wanderlust [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => 4-books-by-indian-authors-inspiring-adventure-and-wanderlust [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-09-19 12:08:38 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-09-19 12:08:38 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://justwravel.com/blog/?p=414 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 1 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 422 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2016-09-21 12:08:59 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-09-21 12:08:59 [post_content] => Solo travel is a very poetic idea in itself. There has always been a hint of mysticism shrouding it, propagated by accounts of numerous people who claim to encounter life-changing incidents whilst on their journeys. Driven by curiosity and stimulated by the recent, yet intense feeling of being lost and clueless about my life, I too decided to venture on a trip by myself to seek out answers, if there were any. But, with only three nights and a measly saving from the scholarship at my disposal, choices were indeed very limited. Utilizing the most powerful tool of our times, the Internet, I came across a website about a quaint little village in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh, India, called Thachi. The description of the valley seemed tailored for me, almost bringing a smile on my face. It fit my temporal and financial constraints like a perfect glove. The prompt and friendly replies from the contact mentioned in the website only added to my ecstasy. Come Friday night, and I found myself at Inter State Bus Terminus of Chandigarh,Punjab, located in Sector-43, which acts as a base for buses destined to Himachal Pradesh. Buying tickets for buses enroute Manali from the counter on weekends is a nightmare for any person with even shades of introverted personality. The concept of a queue is yet alien, alienating those who refrain themselves from intense physical contact which sometimes even may result in an unintentional jab or two. I encircled twice the swarm of people hovering the counter and then waited in silence at a distance in an exaggerated hope of a queue or a deserted counter. But it did not take me long to realize that either I have to fight it or lose it. So hesitantly, I too dived in the swarm to emerged triumphantly with a ticket for Mandi and some change barely clutched between my fingers. It takes about five hours for buses to reach Mandi, which lies approximately 190 Kms from Chandigarh. Upon reaching Mandi in the early morning, as planned, witnessing the first daylight of the morning twilight, I immediately found a bus for Manali which would take me to Aut. Aut is a little town after a long, dark tunnel on the Manali Highway at a distance of 40 Kms from Mandi and takes a trifle more than an hour to reach. The picturesque road slithered along the river Beas which showed mighty signs of a bountiful monsoon, this season, in the Himalayas. I had seen many mornings but none so unusual. The sky seemed to paint everything in a monotone of the brightest orange. The dark green trees, the white boulders, the roaring river beneath, none were spared. It was an absolute visual delight for every awake soul. The bus soon dropped me into the main street of the town which was slowly waking up from its sleep into a beautiful morning. Alighting the bus, I immediately dialed my contact for Thachi as he had told me. A few miscalls later, skeptically, I boarded the first bus to leave for Thachi, thinking he might answer the call while I am on the way. The bus started, carrying only two passengers inside and soon strayed off the main highway into a narrow road that kept ascending continuously all the way. The surrounding landscape was a sight to behold; of which a vast expanse was covered by apple trees falling under the weight of luscious apples that were just beginning to ripen. There were a few country houses, wooden, with stoned roofs, dotted in between that appeared to have been taken straight out of an illustrated children’s story book. The soft rain added to the beauty as innocence to a child. But soon, the temperature started to drop steeply as the bus ascended further up in the mountains and the downpour started getting heavy. Just then it struck me that I had forgotten to pack my thermal fleece that I had bought specifically for this trip. All the while I also kept calling my contact while the network playfully kept appearing and disappearing at every alternate curve. But sadly, all my calls always gradually evolved into missed calls. The journey which had just started to seem longer than expected came to a sudden halt with the conductor informing that we were in Thachi. I got down the bus, took shelter from the heavy mountain rain in a tiny fruit shop just in front of me and started chatting with the owner. Soon, I came to know there were hardly any possible accommodations in the tiny village. So, after a confirmation of the same by a tea shop owner over a cup of warm yet very sweet tea, and realizing that I am devoid of any rain protective gear and choices, owing to the disappearance of my seemingly faithful contact, I decided to get back to Aut by the same bus with which I came and extend my journey further to Parvati Valley. It was almost noon by the time I reached Kasol, a beautiful backpacker’s hub in Parvati Valley but sadly getting over-saturated with tourists in the recent times. Seeking solitude, I decided to hike to a nearby village called Chalal which is about 2 Kms and takes around 30 minutes to reach. It is a short yet beautiful hike with river Parvati flowing furiously alongside. There are huge boulders in between, along the riverside, on which people lounge, laugh and love sometimes too. The village is dotted with numerous cafes that provide lodging at throwaway prices but have expensive food. Being tired and hungry, I settled down at the very first cafe I inquired in; which seemed juxtaposed between the simple old village architecture with small doors and wooden floors, and the modern EDM music blasting from the speakers. After spending most of the evening staring up at a tree in the front yard whose leaves seemed to dance rhythmically to the slow breeze, and questioning myself about what I was doing there, I decided to have a early dinner which was surprisingly delicious and call it a day. In the solitude of my room, under the pale light of a candle and inside a blanket of eerie silence I tried to think about my life. But the peace was overwhelming, as if my mind was fortified against any thought. I sat there on the bed, smiling to myself for reasons unknown but with a long forgotten warm feeling, seemingly, happiness. Perhaps it were not answers that I was seeking, but happiness. With an empty mind and happy heart, as soon as I closed my eyes, I felt as if I was sinking into a pile of feathery soft cotton like a lover’s cosy embrace. I woke up early next morning to the tune of my alarm and a cloudy, cold sky. While chatting with the cafe owner the day before, I had found out that there is a small village called Rasol which is a popular hiking destination and takes around 3 hours to reach. As I had woken up feeling extremely refreshed, I immediately decided to hike up to Rasol before it starts raining. So, within 30 minutes of waking up, and after settling my bills I was on my way to Rasol. The hike isn’t difficult but is a constant ascend for most of the part. With only one stopover for a ‘glass’ of tea while chatting with a local guy and save for the few encounters with barren of mules whom everyone has to give way to, it took me a little more than two and a half hours to reach Rasol. The morning breeze definitely helped in making the beautiful hike all the more pleasant. Probing the village for places to stay, I had my first encounter with racism (I think); briefly shook hands with it. As all the cafes looked empty, I thought to stay in the one that appeared to be better than the rest, Dola Cafe, but was promptly denied entry on the premise that there were no single rooms vacant. I further implored him if I could pay for the charge of the double room and stay, he still denied stating there were no rooms unoccupied at the moment. So dejected, I went to one of the cafes nearby, Bhajan Cafe, which was completely empty at the moment and got myself a room. When I returned to Dola Cafe later in the afternoon for some tea, I found the owner gladly accepting single guests of foreign nationalities. The sweet, sweet taste of racism. Like selecting only the chicken with black feathers to kill. Watching me sitting alone, a group of guys took the initiative, thankfully, to talk to me and invited me to join them. Soon I found out they were to be lawyers from Lucknow and had drove all the way from Delhi themselves. A tiring journey pacified by restlessness of young souls.Our conversation started with an thin stream of introduction and by the late night, when the owner had to tell us to to be quiet (to our dismay), and we had to return to our dark and cold quarters, it had flourished into an sea that encompassed every range of topic and emotions that our minds could fathom. Waking up to an empty mind is a great feeling, its like feeling content with nothing. But soon thoughts seeped in like waves on a deserted shore. Soft blue water, brittle white oysters and dead black seaweed , that lies at the bottom but is occasionally brought to the surface to remind you that it exists. Familiar places & faces begin to feel stranger when you have made up your mind to leave. With a dog as my companion, who had to bear my conversations, I walked, walked and walked, back to where I had begun, Kasol. On the bus back to Chandigarh, watching those passing trees, the deep gorge, the gushing river, the happy children, the over-enthusiastic ‘tourists’, the intelligent city folk who enjoy nature from their closed boxes, called cars, the old lady who carries weight twice her own, untiringly, and the ubiquitous mountain that overlooks it all; it seemed everything was coming back in place. Maybe it was not about finding answers but finding myself. To find my fear, my weakness, my strength, my spirit. There were times when I could have done better, like confront the cafe owner for not letting me in or stop the lecherous middle aged man in Kasol who took pictures of women without their permission, but then I am not perfect, I never could be. I won’t repeat the same mistakes again, but I may, rather will, knowingly, unknowingly, commit new ones. Life is not about being perfect, its about committing mistakes and learning from them. Contributed By: Siddharth Kumar [post_title] => Embracing Silence in Parvati Valley- Solo Traveler [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => embracing-silence-in-parvati-valley-solo-traveler [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-09-21 12:08:59 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-09-21 12:08:59 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://justwravel.com/blog/?p=422 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 431 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2016-09-27 07:56:28 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-09-27 07:56:28 [post_content] => Just the way every horror story has a thrilling charm to it and most of us don’t really mind listening to one on a rainy night or perhaps when having a sleepover with friends. Likewise paying a visit to some infamous spooky places won’t be a bad idea either, at least for some of us to spice up the weekend. Luckily there are a few places in and around Delhi with the “haunted” tag that can give you fair shares of adrenaline rush without much risk; indeed it’s an adventure of a lifetime beyond the regular routine of any road trip. However leave out the spoilers - who are really scared of ghosts or even the thought of their existence. Most importantly make sure you start way before the twilight sprawls, preferably soon after midnight to feel the creepiness of deserted roads submerged into an eerie darkness. Our was an unplanned one – after a tiresome week me along with few of my friends decided to cool-off over some drinks on a Friday night in the serenity of home. That’s when the usual conversation switched to supernatural genre and as the night passed the plans for sleepover changed to an urge of taking a spooky ride to Bhangarh; Asia’s most infamous ghost town. The clock struck 1:30 and we finally decided to go for the spooky ride; en route to Bhangarh. It was during the receding winters and the air around was still cold, felt rather much colder for reasons unknown; maybe it was the alcohol or the heightened anticipation to catch a glimpse of the supernatural, perhaps the dead of the night. We purposely didn’t play any song to let the quaint eeriness grasp in. Even the busiest streets of Gurgaon were deserted and beyond the city limits the world seemed to subside in a gloomy creepiness, and meanwhile our eyes searched the rushing frames for the slightest hint of something unworldly. As the wheels kept rolling everyone was feeling bit drowsy, hence the discussion of supernatural was resumed again. Off Delhi-Jaipur national highway the ride got bumpier in the final stretch of 70 km, also it was the darkest hour before dawn; trust me the road seemed to be customized to add to the horror of the haunting with the awful jerking and no civilization to be seen as far as out sight could stretch. The occasional deserted houses were playing the perfect props to scare us even more. Light has already flooded the scene by the time we reached the entrance gate. But neither the pristine light of dawn nor the blazing daylight can possibly undo the eeriness the carcass of the fortress palace of Bhangarh and its nearby area of ruins express. The walk throughout brings on a gloomy feel as if the stones have witnessed ages of misdeeds and are waiting to unfold them to who so ever defy to break the silence. Now that Justwravel could help you with this spookiness reloaded unique itinerary; for the later part I suggest the thrill enthusiasts to take a midnight road trip to Bhangarh to savor an experience beyond the wonted aspects of excursion.
Contributed By : Shatadal Gia Sen
For travel related queries,outstation cab booking,bike rentals, Hotel bookings or Group Tours ; Kindly contact us at http://justwravel.com/contact or call +91-9205725727[post_title] => A Spooky ride to Bhangarh : Spine chilling thrill on a road trip [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => a-spooky-ride-to-bhangarh-spine-chilling-thrill-on-a-road-trip [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-09-27 07:56:28 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-09-27 07:56:28 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://justwravel.com/blog/?p=431 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 442 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2016-10-04 10:31:54 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-10-04 10:31:54 [post_content] => While we all know celebrations of Durga Puja is one of a kind, especially in Kolkata it’s a treat to the eye and the soul. What most of us don’t know is that the flavour of Durga puja is stretched well beyond; the deity empowers the better nature in all of us over the festivity. Besides the states of West Bengal, Bihar, Orissa and Assam, other places across the stretch of Indian subcontinent revels Ashvin Navratras as the welcoming of winter solstice with the defeat of all forms of evil powers that corrupts and disdain the peaceful sprawl of life. However, as exceptions, a few places have their own style of celebrating the triumph of this Goddess of Shakti over the buffalo-demon or the defeat of Rashash King Ravana by Lord Rama; perhaps a mix-of both with a further detailing that narrates the tradition, beliefs and practices of the land. Though I insist one must lend an ear to all the stories these places tell; for these tales are not just interesting but also has the ability to boost the mood for the grand Celebration. Being said so here is a list of 5 awesome destinations other than the obvious “City of Joy” where one can have a piece of piety gala time of Durga-aashthami. [caption id="attachment_443" align="aligncenter" width="597"] Image Courtesy[/caption] New Delhi – Concord in miscellany speak volume, with Durga Puja and Dussehra being celebrated with same emphasis in here, Delhi meet both ends. This is the place where you can grab some of the flavour of Kolkata’s very own authentic Durga Puja in more customized way from Mahalaya onwards with loads of food, family, friends, dhunuchi dance and Mahaaahthami Sandhya-aarti amidst the euphoric Dhak music. But additional advantage is that one can have the chance to witness burning of huge Ravan’s effigy for Dusshera at the famous Ram Lila Maidan. [caption id="attachment_444" align="aligncenter" width="563"] Image Courtesy[/caption] Ahmedabad – Music and dance is a part of any celebration, live the rhythm of Dandiya over Navratri in Gujarat. Besides having an elaborate ritualistic part to the praying of the deity, the Dandiya Rass is the unique inclusion in the festivity. People in colourful traditional dress dance and knock their dandiya sticks together in unison to rejoice at the occasion of overriding the evil; you can either watch the crowd groove or simply pick up a pair and join them. [caption id="attachment_445" align="aligncenter" width="465"] Image Courtesy[/caption] Varanasi – The Maha Ganga Aarti on Durga-ashthmi is simply enchanting and certainly worth the experience; though it’s a common sight in Banaras but the power-packed aura of this special occasion where divinity of strength and divinity of purge are worshipped together is definitely double the rumble. The hymns chorused out loud, the flickering yet fierce flames from the large Pishuls at the sacred Ghat makes one feel the omnipresence of god and goodness. [caption id="attachment_446" align="aligncenter" width="579"] Image Courtesy[/caption] Bastar & Jagdalpur – This tribal area of Chattisgarh has a very unique way of celebrating the Navratri and is ideal for people who love to have the out of the box experience. The festivity lasts for a striking 75 days, when the hordes worship Devi Maoli. Holi possession on chariot with indigenous tribal dance, trumpet blasts, ecstatic tribal rituals and awe-stuck acrobatic stunts is quite a contrasting gaiety to that of the well-known picture of a Durga Puja. [caption id="attachment_447" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Image Courtesy[/caption] Himachal Pradesh – The celebration in Himachal Pradesh is bit different than that of any other place. Instead of themed mandaps it’s the temples that host this exquisite occasion, gleamed in lights and floral decorations. The five Shakti Peets of Chintpurni Temple, Chamunda Temple, Brijeshwari Temple, Jwalaji Temple and Naina Devi Temple is also a pilgrimage that fills it visitors with the purity in heart and strength in character to boldly fight the odds that life bring upon. [caption id="attachment_448" align="aligncenter" width="660"] Image Courtesy[/caption]
The variety this land offers is indeed the festivity redefined by diversity!
Contributed By: Shatadal Gia Sen
For travel related queries,outstation cab booking,bike rentals, Hotel bookings or Group Tours ; Kindly contact us at http://justwravel.com/contact or call +91-9205725727[post_title] => 5 places that offer the best and distinct Durga Puja Celebration [post_excerpt] => few places have their own style of celebrating the triumph of this Goddess of Shakti over the buffalo-demon or the defeat of Rashash King Ravana by Lord Rama; perhaps a mix-of both with a further detailing that narrates the tradition, beliefs and practices of the land. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => 5-places-that-offer-the-best-and-distinct-durga-puja-celebration [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-10-04 10:32:32 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-10-04 10:32:32 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://justwravel.com/blog/?p=442 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 453 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2016-10-07 08:57:41 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-10-07 08:57:41 [post_content] => Durga Puja, also known as Durgotsava or Sharadotsav is a Hindu Festival in South Asia that celebrated the Worship of Hindu Goddess Durga. It includes 6 days of celebration; Mahalaya, Shasthi, Saptami, Mahaa-Ashtami, Mahaa-nabami, and Dashmi (Vijayadashmi). This festival marks the great victory of Goddess Durga over the Buffalo demon named Mahishasura. Thus, it epitomes the victory of Good over Evil. It is celebrated in Indian states of West Bengal, Meghalaya, Tripura, Odhisa, Manipur, Jharkhand, Bihar, Nepal, Mithila, and Assam. In Tripura and West Bengal because of presence of majority of Bengali Hindus, it is the biggest Festival of the Year, also in Assam. Apart from being a religious festival, it is also an occasion for reunion and rejuvenation, and a celebration of traditional culture and customs. [caption id="attachment_454" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image Source[/caption] During Durga Puja, God in the form of Divine Mother is worshipped through nine types of plant known as Kala Bou, including a plantain tree, which represent nine divine forms of Goddess Durga. On the first three nights of the festival, Durga is worshipped, followed by Lakshmi for the next three nights, and lastly Saraswati Devi on the last three nights. Then the last day, tenth day, is called Vijayadasami. Vijay means victory, and victory over one own’s mind can only come when these three goddesses, Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswati are worshipped. Durga Puja starts with Mahalaya, the first phase of the waxing moon in Aswin. On this day, thousands of people offer prayers to their ancestors at the city’s river banks, and this ritual is known as Tarpan. On the Mahashasthi, the inauguration of the Goddess idol starts. The next three days are the main days for Puja. Puja Rituals are very long, detailed and complicated. An expert priest is needed for all the mantras, shlokas, aarti and offerings, because of which it has mostly emerged as a community festival. On the last day, a tearful farewell is offered to Goddess. The images are carried in processions around locality and finally is immersed in a nearby river or lake. Earlier, it was considered to be the most expensive festival and only the rich and powerful like feudal lords, rajas and big businessmen were said to perform the Puja, but now it is not like that as everyone performs it. Earlier, age-old conch shells and drums were used whereas now films songs are used, even sometimes the goddess id modelled in a popular film actress. Animal sacrifices were considered a must earlier, but now it has been dispensed with at many places and shrines. Now, Durga is not worshipped alone but with family constituting Ganesha, Kartikeya, Saraswati, and Lakshmi who are considered to be children of Goddess. The most authentic form of Durga is that of a ten handed goddess modelled out of clay astride a lion. Each of those hands carry a separate weapon in them except the two, which holds the spear which has been struck into the chest of the demon. [caption id="attachment_455" align="aligncenter" width="667"] Image Source[/caption] Modern traditions associated with the festival includes display of decorated pandals, artistically depicted sculptures (murti) of Durga, exchange of Vijaya greetings, and publication of Puja Annuals. People dancing on the beats if drum, and evening surrounded by divine tunes of aarti of Goddess Durga are some of the unforgettable features of Durga Puja celebration. Moreover, having a portion of delicious bhog, artistic view of pandals, colourful fireworks, and mouth-watering food delights at various food corners held at every nook and corner marks the celebrations. Singing, dancing, sweets and gaiety are an integral part of the Durga Puja Festival. People also send Durga Puja Gifts to dear ones and express their good wishes.
Contributed By: Tunisha Singal
- A comfortable Volvo bus journey to and fro from Delhi to Mcleodganj for INR 1500 per head.
- A 2 night stay in Hotel Hill Town for approx. INR 1400 at INR 700 per night (Cost was around INR 950 but applied the discount code on GOIBIBO and paid part by GoCash).
- 3 meals a day for 2 days and 2 for the third day in approx. INR 100-150 per meal per head.
- Total Cost = 1500+1400+1000=INR 3900.
- A night’s stay cost can be reduced by 40% by staying in a backpackers hostel for anywhere between INR 250-450 per night.
- Instead of going out for a breakfast, look out for hotels offering complimentary breakfast (OYO provides complimentary breakfast).
- Try the local cuisine instead of traditional Indian meal as the local meals are cheaper and plenty in quantity, and trust me the taste will not disappoint you.
Contributed by : Arnav Mathur
About the Author Arnav, is a civil engineer by profession and a hardcore foodie and a travel aficionado at heart. Being an ARMY brat by birth, traveling and socializing is in his DNA. His belief is: “Go to a new place every month or two to explore, relax and live life to the fullest.” Read more about his travel escapades at Eat, Travel, Live and REPEAT.
[post_title] => Weekend trip to Mcleodganj in under 4000 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => weekend-trip-to-mcleodganj-in-under-4000 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-10-14 11:04:43 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-10-14 11:04:43 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://justwravel.com/blog/?p=460 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 25 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 511 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2016-10-21 11:28:17 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-10-21 11:28:17 [post_content] => Jibhi is a secluded gem in the Tirthan/ Banjar Valley of the Great Himalayan National Park, about 40 kms from Aut. A serene picturesque location in Himachal Pradesh which usually goes unnoticed because of the newly constructed tunnel which guides people to Kullu and Manali. Making Jibhi a perfect weekend or extended weekend getaway for Wravelers looking to stay away from hustle bustle of overcrowded tourist destinations. The mountains surrounding Jibhi are lush with pine and cedar forests and it is also just one hour away from the highway connecting Manali and Chandigarh. A short drive from picturesque Jalori Pass, Jibhi is a good base for hiking, birding, relaxing, and enjoying the outdoors Wake up in the mountains. Jibhi is 496 kms from New Delhi. Reaching Jibhi from New Delhi takes around 14 hrs. There are several homestays and hotels in Jibhi. After lunch, we spend some leisure time by the river side. Evenings will be cold, bonfire is arranged by the hotel staff which makes it even more memorable, so get back to the hotel by Sunset. Bonfire with veg snacks in the evening. View from Hotel room. After breakfast, we move towards Jalori pass which is at an altitude of 3120 mts. Trekking in The Great Himalayan National park is a must activity. Leisure walks is also recommended. Trek to Sirolsar Lake which starts from Jalori Pass through a thickly narrow path. One can get an occasional view of meadows beyond the thick curtain of the forests. It is a moderate trek which will be covered in snow during that time. Day trip and hike to Chaini Fort and Sharingi Bagi Temple. Sharingi Rishi temple, built in Pagoda cum Pahari style is having four roofs and elaborate woodwork.
For travel related queries,outstation cab booking,bike rentals, Hotel bookings or Group Tours ; Kindly contact us at https://justwravel.com/contact or call +91-9205725727[post_title] => Road trip to Jibhi, The Great Himalayan National Park. A photo blog [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => road-trip-to-jibhi-the-great-himalayan-national-park-a-photo-blog [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-11-22 11:59:23 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-11-22 11:59:23 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://justwravel.com/blog/?p=511 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 4 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 528 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2016-10-24 06:05:24 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-10-24 06:05:24 [post_content] => Lying in the realms of East Khasi hills at a distance of 50km from Shillong, Cherrapunji is believed to be one of the wettest places on the earth which receives rains throughout the year and a road trip to this fascinating place is all that you need to refresh and explore new dimensions of your life. The months from November to February are the perfect time for this road trip. One needs to cover a distance of around 179 km by road to reach Cherrapunji from Guwahati. A bike ride of 3 hours and 30 minutes is enough to take you to the beautiful land of this exotic place. However, keep your rain coats handy if you wish to have a hassle free bike ride to Cherrapunji because rains in this region are very unpredictable and uncertain. Places to explore in Cherrapunji.
- Seven sisters falls: It is also known as Nohsngithiang falls and is the fourth highest waterfall in India. It is one of the major tourist attractions of this place. Located at a distance of 1km south of the village Misaim in east khaki hills, the Seven sisters falls has a seven segmented waterfall which cascade from the cliffs of Khasi hills. The scenic beauty of the falls is mesmerising and the sun rays falling on it make it a delight for eyes.
Contributed By : Sheerin Naz
Contibuted By : Tunisha Singhal[post_title] => Diwali [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => diwali [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-10-30 07:14:36 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-10-30 07:14:36 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://justwravel.com/blog/?p=537 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 546 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2016-11-08 07:36:11 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-11-08 07:36:11 [post_content] => A weekend get-away to Nainital is a priceless stress buster any time round the year; but this travel destination being an awesome and super renowned place to escape usually has a tourist influx always, hence do not really offer the quaint calmness that is much needed by the people looking for a break from the cacophony and chaos of everyday life. If vacationing is your reason then Naukuchiatal is the place to pick. Famously known as the town of the 'Nine Cornered Lake', Naukuchiatal is well linked to Delhi by both road and train. We choose the obvious 6 hrs ride-out via NH 24 on an autumn’s Saturday. [caption id="attachment_547" align="aligncenter" width="682"] Source[/caption] As the road started winding up from Rudrapur onward; it was time to get amused by the wonderful sights of raw nature’s beauty getting unfolded in front of our eyes along the battered low-height hills , away from the carcass of skyscrapers and stench of automobile pollution. Remember not to miss out on the chai-pakori, Aloo parathe or omelette the road-side stalls of this route offers; pricing less than 500 INR for all 4 of us – the feeling of the moment priceless. We only took a halt to stretch our legs and catch some breakfast but ended up having a bunch with delicious desi food and kadak chai while the greeny natural backdrop with rumbling sound of water from afar filled our hearts with glee and mind with peace. Way better than the branded hotcakes and smoking Coffee that we’re used to. Some stretches of the road are excellent with dual paths and proper partitioning between the two lanes, however most patches are somewhat worn out and lack the excellence of bump-free smooth ride. We reached resort by late noon, the scenic views of the lake from the Gazibo rooftop with oak and pine forest around were overwhelming, spent the rest of the time munching from the exquisite fruit preserves and relaxing amidst the lavish ambience. [caption id="attachment_549" align="aligncenter" width="578"] Source[/caption] The whole of Sunday was supposed to be the without routine; lay lazy all day and rejuvenate types. Though we took a boat ride of the lake and enjoyed the chirruping birds for about a couple of hours before noon. Later took the skinny dip in the lake splashing water on each-other, and capturing the frames to preserve as tangible memories. Ordered Kumaoni food for lunch it was seriously foodgasmic; the spicy phaanu, yummilicious gahat ke paranthe, thatwani, raita and the famous bhang ki chutney, plus arsa and singodi as deserts to end the feast with. [caption id="attachment_550" align="aligncenter" width="570"] Source[/caption] Immediately after, took a stroll in the well maintained resort area to lighten up the load. Till evening read a couple of pages from Eat Pray Love and later dozed off for a long afternoon nap. Evening greeted us with a bon fire at the terrace garden where we enjoyed the calm after dark hours with drinks, hookah and gossips. Meanwhile had a re-check on next day’s plan as we were to camp at Sattal; a total adventure landscape only 16 km away with activities like rock-climbing, paragliding, rappelling, mountain-biking, river-crossing in kayaking and return home the day after. This entire search of peace outing with a bang of an adventure day is only worth 5-6 grands per head except for the resort stay which depends on the star rating you choose to accommodate in. [caption id="attachment_551" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source[/caption] So if you want a place as charmingly garnished by nature itself as Nainital but without the mayhem of the crowd, I insist you pull-up just 25 kms before and discover the silent beauty of Naukuchiatal.
Contibuted By : Shatadal Sen
- Deposit them at the bank or post office from November 10 to December 30
- Exchange them from a bank or post office till 24 November. The limit for exchange is Rs.4000
- Take Aadhaar card and PAN Card when you go to exchange notes
- After December 30, these can be deposited at the Reserve Bank with a declaration
- Tourists can change the notes at airports
- Petrol Pumps and government hospitals
- Railway, airline, government bus ticket booking counters
- Consumer co-operative stores run by state or central government
- Milk booths authorized by state governments
- Crematoriums and burial grounds
- Travel Cards - Load a travel card with Indian Rupees and use that for all transactions in hotels, restaurants, malls etc.Card payments are accepted in almost all of Indian cities at majority of places.
- Get your local currency exchanged to INR at the currency exchange kiosks in your country or in India.Opt for notes with lower denominations of INR 500 and INR 100.You can exchange amount (existing notes) upto INR 5000 into foreign currency at the airports upto 11 Nov 2016.
- As the ATM withdrawal limit has been capped to INR 2000 per day till Nov 18 and will be raised to INR 4000 per day Nov 19 onward (as per current information), opt for values not a multiple of 500 while withdrawing.This way you will get some notes of INR 100 as well which will prove to be very helpful for the daily local transactions.
Contributed By: Arnav Mathur
About the Author Arnav, is a civil engineer by profession and a hardcore foodie and a travel aficionado at heart. Being an ARMY brat by birth, traveling and socializing is in his DNA. His belief is: “Go to a new place every month or two to explore, relax and live life to the fullest.” Read more about his travel escapades at Eat, Travel, Live and REPEAT. [post_title] => Tips for travellers to deal with the banning of INR 500 and 1000 notes in India [post_excerpt] => Tips for travellers to deal with the banning of INR 500 and 1000 notes in India [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => tips-for-travellers-to-deal-with-the-banning-of-inr-500-and-1000-notes-in-india [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-11-10 06:50:26 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-11-10 06:50:26 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://justwravel.com/blog/?p=553 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 560 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2016-11-15 07:11:47 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-11-15 07:11:47 [post_content] => Bhimbetka, a few kms south of Bhopal is a quite less Googled UNESCO world heritage site and one of the most remarkable assets of Indian Tourism. Neither was I fully aware of such a place of archaeological abundance other than the famous Ajanta & Elora, nor did I plan any itinerary for the trip to Bhimbetka rock shelters. It happens to be a sheer amount of good luck that after attending a wedding invite in Bhopal we could witness the reminiscence of civilization that thrived there hundreds of years back. Nevertheless, one can also access this place from Gwalior or Jhansi by road. So this exquisite expedition was suggested by an elderly relative over an evening tea discussion at the event. He was a man of full information and elaborated that Bhimbetka’s rock shelters exhibits habitation of paleolithic period onward, to the early Medieval Ages in India. This archaeological hot-spot was first identified in sometime between 1957- 58 by Dr. Vishnu Wakankar, who was a renowned archaeologist from Vikram University of Ujjain. Excavation continued over the years to follow and in due course yielded more than 700 rock shelters, of which 400 are antique artwork. [caption id="attachment_561" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Source[/caption] Being avid travel enthusiasts, among all the briefings and mythological linkage what stuck our attention was the fact that this site was only about an hour’s drive from the wedding venue. I hastily decided that the illustration of the earliest human lifestyle in India must not be left out unexplored, especially now that we’re already so close to it. Sooner the said than done; as soon as I proposed what was swirling in my mind ever since I heard of this place, friends approved of it in unison and we were to drive to rock shelters the next day noon. We’ll return by sunset anyway and the reception party will start later in the evening, so a quick escape for few hours can be managed, perhaps our absence will not even be noticed during the busy pre-nuptials. As decided around 11:00 we hopped on and were en route to Bhimbetka city. The location is lovely, as the brown terrain of Satpura range’s craggy cliff become visible from within the dense cascade of Teak and Sal trees that contributed to the greenery on the canvas. As the rocks standing tall on either side pass through it pumps up our expectation of having yet another escapade, needless to mention the ride becomes more bumpy to add to the adventure effect. Oh! None of us had the time to have a look at the pictures on internet; I doubt if we would have ventured, it wouldn’t have felt so captivated by what we behold that day. [caption id="attachment_562" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Source[/caption] We were simply awestruck! The gimps into the Stone Age through pictographs carved beautifully on the walls of the cave seemed no less than a Nat-Geo programme on ancient civilizations. Spread over 10 km in length, these rock carvings are the second in line among the oldest cave artwork livelihoods from around the world. [caption id="attachment_563" align="aligncenter" width="275"] Source[/caption] This leap to 9000 years back in time, and it just cost 10 bucks a person; ride and stay will cost another 1.5 to 2 grands maybe; but the time spent among one of the planet's very first livelihood in a primitive environment of rock carved cave is one of the best experiences that little money can buy. So anytime soon you pay a visit to the cities in close vicinity to Bhimbetka, you must see the rock shelter; it is our glorious past that paved way to the immediate world as we know it today.
Contributed by : Shatadal Gia Sen
- Procedure for getting permission to visit Lakshadweep.
- Best time to visit.
The climate of Lakshadweep is usually humid throughout the year. Summers from March to May witness a temperature of around 35.C. The best time to visit Lakshadweep in summer is in the month of March. The mild sun, the natural surroundings can be your perfect companion at sea shores and beaches, giving you an experience of a lifetime. Monsoon arrives in June and continues till August along with unexpected showers every now and then. So, a visit during monsoon is not advisable as the sudden showers can ruin your plans. Winters commencing in December are relatively colder with temperature of 20.C to 30.C which lasts till the end of February and can also be the perfect time to stroll through the caressing winter breeze of Lakshadweep.
The people of Lakshadweep mainly belong to the communities of Melacheris, Koyas, Malmis and Aminidivis. The religion of the majority of people here is that of Islam. However, few other ethnic groups are also a part of this attractive island. The first of the people who came to Lakshadweep for inhabitation are believed to be Aminidivis. The community of Koyas are usually land owners and the Malmis are the one working under them. Melachiris belong to the community of labours who collect nuts from the coconut trees for earning their livelihood.
- Places to stay.
Lakshadweep consists of three resorts which offer full services to its customers including foreigners. Let’s have a look at them.
- Agatti Island Beach resort: It is a privately owned resort with around 20 cottages and the diving facility here is the best.
- Bangaram Island Resort: It is quite an expensive resort with basic huts which was the first island to be opened for the tourists. It is the only place at Lakshadweep which serves alcohol so alcohol lovers might love to stay here.
- Kadmat Island Resort: This resort is famous for its scuba facility and consists of luxury huts, executive huts as well as family huts.
- Places to visit.
- Kadmat Island: A very popular tourist island, Kadmat is known for its picturesque white beaches and is perfect for spending a relaxed day, soaking the happiness by taking a sun bath at the beach. Around the west side of the beach, lies the grand lagoon midst the coral reefs which is an absolute treat for the eyes.
- Kavrattri Island: This Island is best known for its beautiful mosques and has immense greenery all around. It is no less than a paradise for the nature lovers where one can spend quality time with friends and family at coral sand beaches.
- Kalpeni: Famous for its rich marine and coral life, Kalpeni consists of three small islands named Cherriyam, Pitti and Tilakkam. These islands are very beautiful and scenic.
- Bangaram: Lying at a distance of 8km from Agatti Island, Bangaram is known for its beautifully carved palm groves by nature. The smooth sands accompanied with the mesmerising sea waves are something that leaves the tourists awe struck.
- Agatti Island: Lying at a distance of 459 kms from Cochin, the beaches of this island are considered the best for swimming, scuba diving and snorkelling. Adventure and sports freak can indulge into deep sea fishing, water skiing, kayaking, sailing and boat rides.
Contibuted By : Sheerin Naz
For travel related queries,packages , outstation cab booking,bike rentals, Hotel bookings or Group Tours ; Kindly contact us at http://justwravel.com/contact or call +91-9205725727[post_title] => Lakshadweep – A traveller’s paradise [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => lakshadweep-a-travellers-paradise [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-11-17 12:09:27 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-11-17 12:09:27 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?p=575 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 1 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 633 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2016-12-02 10:14:02 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-12-02 10:14:02 [post_content] => In the past few years, the travel and tourism industry has been on an exponential rise in India and abroad, primarily because of the vast knowledge sharing happening via social media like Facebook, twitter. A lot of other factors like better transport connectivity, a rise in luxury budget hotels have also supported the growth of the travel and tourism industry. A lot of Startups have come up and are offering various perks and discounts to the customer in the form of promotional e cash, flight miles, voucher coupons if the customer books through their website. This all provides a win-win situation for both the company and the customer, and the customer slowly gets bitten by the travel bug. Once the customer comes out of his shell and starts travelling, he starts exploring the unexplored beauty of different places, becomes an extrovert and starts socializing with the localities and fellow travelers. This unleashes a wide range of possibilities to travel and explore without creating a hole in the pocket. However, this rise of the travel industry has also resulted in the deterioration of certain places which were quaint and beautiful at one point of time but now are flooded with tourists and the natural beauty has degraded. Locations in Himachal Pradesh like McLoedganj, Triund, Kasol, Kheerganga, Manali have become flooded with tourists as these places are located just a couple of hours journey from Punjab, Haryana and Delhi. The tourists which come in a flock usually leave the place dirty and messy with their litter and ruin the natural beauty of the destination. Hence Eco Tourism is the need of the hour. But what is Eco Tourism? Fundamentally, eco-tourism means making as little environmental impact as possible and helping to sustain the indigenous populace, thereby encouraging the preservation of wildlife and habitats when visiting a place. This is responsible form of tourism and tourism development, which encourages going back to natural products in every aspect of life. It is also the key to sustainable ecological development. The International Eco-tourism Society defines eco-tourism as "responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people." Its high time one needs to be conscious towards the environment and make sure that his leisure activities don’t harm the natural beauty of the place. A responsible Wraveler shall keep the following Do’s and Don’ts in mind on their next trip. Do’s
- Carry back all non-degradable litter such as empty bottles, tins, plastic bags etc. These must not litter the environment or be buried. They must be disposed in municipal dustbins only.
- Observe the sanctity of holy sites, temples and local cultures.
- Cut noise pollution. Do not blare aloud radios, tape recorders or other electronic entertainment equipment in nature resorts, sanctuaries and wildlife parks.
- In case temporary toilets are set-up near campsites, after defecation, cover with mud or sand. Make sure that the spot is at least 30 meters away from the water source.
- Do not take away flora and fauna in the forms of cuttings, seeds or roots. It is illegal, especially in the Himalayas. The environment is really delicate in this region and the bio-diversity of the region has to be protected at all costs.
- Do not use pollutants such as detergent, in streams or springs while washing and bathing.
- Do not use wood as fuel to cook food at the campsite.
- Do not leave cigarettes butts or make open fires in the forests.
- Do not consume aerated drinks, alcohol, drugs or any other intoxicant and throw bottles in the wild.
- Polythene and plastics are non-biodegradable and unhealthy for the environment and must not be used and littered.
Contributed By: Arnav Mathur
About the Author Arnav, is a civil engineer by profession and a hardcore foodie and a travel aficionado at heart. Being an ARMY brat by birth, traveling and socializing is in his DNA. His belief is: “Go to a new place every month or two to explore, relax and live life to the fullest.” Read more about his travel escapades at Eat, Travel, Live and REPEAT. [post_title] => Importance of Eco Tourism in India [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => importance-of-eco-tourism-in-india [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-12-02 10:14:02 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-12-02 10:14:02 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?p=633 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 1 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 638 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2016-12-07 13:35:47 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-12-07 13:35:47 [post_content] => Golden are the days in which you travel. As charming, as precious. Same is with the three spectacular destinations of India which form the Golden Triangle Tour of the country. It is the most popular in route in India. This magical tour can offer you magnificent experiences and walk you through diverse cultures, traditions and lifestyles. Ranging from historical sites, crowded shopping markets, wonders of the world and party places. Although you can start from any of these destinations, best would be to begin with Delhi! Most of trips do. In the capital: Delhi Delhi gives you numerous choices to explore in its own. But if you have limited time only, there are some places you should definitely count in. You can start with heritage sites, India gate or Qutab minar. Have a stroll at the pulsating streets of connaught place in the evening and shop from the very famous Palika Bazaar and Sarojini of the city. And if you are in this city, shopping is must! You will probably find everything you wanna wear or carry. But it dosen’t over here, other than shopping, another thing you must do is taste the flavours of Delhi, the famous Paranthas and all the street food will get you crazy with their mouth watering taste. [caption id="attachment_639" align="aligncenter" width="674"] Hauz-khas village : Image Source[/caption] If you are in search of peace, beautiful Lotus temple will give you a lively experience and Akshardham, with it’s vibrant structure and shows may capture your heart in here. For party freaks, Delhi is a paradise! Hauz Khas village glooms every night, unfurling the air with celebration and dynamic music. If you still have some time left, do visit Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. In the evening, you can head back to Red Fort to see the popular Light and Sound Show. [caption id="attachment_640" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Connaught place: Image source[/caption] Then take a 3 hour drive to Agra City of wonders: Agra This city may be small but it has a lot to offer you! You can cover the major destinations of this city in a day. Also you can spend a week exploring this city throughout. One obvious destination to cover is taj mahal, it definitely needs no words to describe its beauty and uniqueness. [caption id="attachment_641" align="aligncenter" width="674"] Taj Mahal : Image Source[/caption] PS: If you visit Taj in November, the Hot air balloon festival at Taj will add up to the scenic beauty. Also if lucky enough, you may get a chance of winning a free hot air balloon ride! Agra is full of massive heritage places. The Agra fort which is also a world UNESCO site and Fatehpur Sikri are the 2 other major visiting sites after Taj Mahal. Also you can have a visit to Akbar’s tomb and Itmad-Ud-Daulah. And if you love exploring, you can also take a city tour to the roads and markets in Agra. You may also shop you unique kind of clothes such as saree made of banana peel and many more. Shopping here is also a different experience. [caption id="attachment_642" align="alignnone" width="885"] Agra Fort: Image Source[/caption] [caption id="attachment_643" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Fatehpur Sikri: Image Source[/caption] Next is a 5 hour drive to Jaipur! Royal Wonderland in India: Jaipur Jaipur is also known as pink city of India. This whole pink city is dotted with ancient forts and havelis. Some of the major attractions of this place are City palace, Hawa mahal, Amer fort, Jantar Mantar and every place has a story to tell you. Every place has a unique history attached to it. Also you can take some native products from here, such as jewelry, craft, furniture, etc. and many more shopping options are available. Here, you may also visit Shri Jagatshironmani Temple which is the only temple where you will see a depiction of Krishna with Mira Bai rather than Radha. [caption id="attachment_644" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Hawa Mahal: Image Source[/caption] This tour lets you into the pyramid of 3 golden cities of India, where you can experience diversity and culture. It also has a convenient route and all of these places have a good tourism, so you are gonna have a comfortable tour and a successful one too. And in another 5 hour drive from Jaipur to Delhi you are back to your place!
Contributed By: Ankisha Mathur
For travel related queries,packages , outstation cab booking,bike rentals, Hotel bookings or Group Tours ; Kindly contact us at http://justwravel.com/contact or call +91-9205725727[post_title] => Golden Triangle Tour in India : Delhi-Agra-Jaipur [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => golden-triangle-tour-in-india-delhi-agra-jaipur [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-12-07 13:35:47 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-12-07 13:35:47 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?p=638 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 648 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2016-12-22 12:15:55 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-12-22 12:15:55 [post_content] => As we all know India has a vast seaboard; running on both west and east coast, tapering gradually southwards to meet at the tip of KanyaKumari. Overshadowed by the fame of Goa, Lakshadweep, Andaman & Nicobar Islands there are many majestic lesser known beaches that can actually be a better option this season. Destinations on western coastline 1) Dumas Beach Dumas is a metropolitan seashore along the Arabian Sea situated 21 kilometres off South- West from Surat in Gujrat. It is a well-known tourist location with the speciality of black sandy stretch unlike any other famous beach in India, but less visited due the spooky infamousness. You’ll find enough lodging and food facilities nearby, as well as a few more places for an exciting sightseeing. [caption id="attachment_649" align="aligncenter" width="969"] Source[/caption] 2.Ranpar Seashore Ranpar in Maharashtra is far from the maddening crowd and shrieking vendors typical to Indian ocean-front hot spots. Just 8 hours away from Mumbai, Just plonk down on the sand, fragrance the sea air and relax around. Among the best secret beaches in India this sea shore can make short-term seclusion pretty lavish. [caption id="attachment_650" align="aligncenter" width="729"] Source[/caption] 3. Mary’s Isle, St. Mary's Isles are also known as the Coconut Isle, are a set of four little islands in the Arabian Sea off the shore of Malpe in Udupi, Karnataka. The area needs to be accessed by boat mostly, which somehow adds to the fun. Further the rich coral relics down the shoreline makes this lesser known beach a unique expedition. [caption id="attachment_651" align="aligncenter" width="674"] Source[/caption] The seashores of east 4) Mandarmoni Mandarmoni is one of the biggest and fast developing seaside resort town in the state of West Bengal. It’s the most preferred weekend run-away from Kolkata, but not much known to other parts of the Country. One can easily find most of the water-sports and adventure activities at Mandarmoni. Ideal for people who want to enjoy the thrills of Goa on a low budget, except for cheap beers though! [caption id="attachment_652" align="aligncenter" width="660"] Source[/caption] 5) Bakkhali-Frazergunj This is double the Sea fest; it is actually a combination of a quiet serene shoreline of Bakkhali and the small rural fishing shore of Frazergunj. Take a dip in the Bay of Bengal and indulge in the mouth-watering treat with variety of fresh sea food. With a glimpse of the wilderness of trees in the backdrop is just the place where one can enjoy solace or cosy escape. Want some freaky eye-candy? Do not miss out visiting the Crocodile project just a couple of kms from Bakkhali duo. [caption id="attachment_653" align="aligncenter" width="517"] Source[/caption] 6) Chandipur Beach Chandipur is located in Baleswar District, Odisha and is easily accessible from Balasore. The beach differs from the others as the water recedes up to 5 km during the ebb tide, well known among the populace of Odisha and neighbouring states as a place where the blue alluring sea vanishes post mid-day. But for the rest of the world the Chandipur shore is anonymous, hiding the nature’s wonderful phenomenon along with. A sight worth a lifetime! [caption id="attachment_654" align="aligncenter" width="745"] Source[/caption] 7) Kalingapatnam Seashore Two and a half hours from the city along the NH5 towards Kolkata is the beautiful Kalingapatnam beach of Andhra Pradesh. Drive through the quaint, adjacent town and you’ll see folk-style temples, vividly painted bungalows and flowering trees arching into a green canopy. The water here reflects the blue above and the sea shore is peaceful, seems like a lucid dream away from the cacophony of bustling beaches. However make sure you go well-stocked with food and water. [caption id="attachment_655" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Source[/caption] The lesser known Peninsular Beaches 8) Karaikkal Coastline The best organic seashore in Pondicherry; It is one of the famous tourist attractions situated on the bank of Arasalar River. It has the perfect identify for those seeking enjoyment, relaxed atmosphere, isolation and piousness. The sound of water splashing and rumbling on boulder-bed is quite a soul-reviving. [caption id="attachment_656" align="aligncenter" width="730"] Source[/caption] 9) Ezhimala Shore Set in the footsteps of mountains Ezhimala beach is situated at North Kerala at Kannur region. An obvious closeness to nature can be felt here which is enchanting and calming. But due to the shortage of tourist accommodations and lack of other activities, it should be preferred for day-time recreation, perhaps a great picnic spot. [caption id="attachment_657" align="aligncenter" width="650"] Source[/caption] 10) Bekal Fort Beach The splendid expand of the thin shoreline near the Bekal fort in Kerela offers a fine imperial stay by the seashore. This place has been designed as a unique oceanfront location by the Bekal Resorts Development Corporation (BRDC) but is yet to acclaim fame. Further the Valiaparamba backwaters is just an hour drive which makes this place even more Tourist-tempting. [caption id="attachment_658" align="aligncenter" width="619"] Source[/caption]
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For travel related queries,packages , outstation cab booking,bike rentals, Hotel bookings or Group Tours ; Kindly contact us at http://justwravel.com/contact or call +91-9205725727[post_title] => 10 lesser known beaches in India waiting to be explored this season [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => 10-lesser-known-beaches-in-india-waiting-to-be-explored-this-season [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-07-21 12:49:26 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-07-21 07:19:26 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?p=648 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 1 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 666 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2016-12-27 13:35:05 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-12-27 13:35:05 [post_content] => The first experience of anything in life is always wonderful, and if it is a travel experience then it gives you an unforgettable & a lifetime experience and an opportunity to encounter & learn many new things from nature. NagTibba was our first trekking trip and we did it by bunking our college. NagTibba is a highest mountain peak situated in the lesser Himalayan ranges of Uttarakhand. The name NagTibba is based on the “Nag Devta” or “Snake God”. There is also a temple called Nag Devta temple situated just 250 meters below the summit. The trek is easy and is recommended for beginners. The best thing about this trek that it is the nearest one to Delhi and it is accessible in all the seasons. Day 0: We started our first trekking trip from Delhi. Boarded a bus to Mussoorie from Kashmere Gate ISBT at 9 PM. The weather was cool. The bus driver drove the bus rashly due to which we reached Mussoorie before time. Day 1: The bus dropped us at Mussoorie Library Chowk. The weather was fairly cold there. We were literally shivering. To take some rest and to find a shelter, we took a room in a hotel for 6 hours near the chowk. It costed for 150/- only. The room was quiet good at this economical price. After taking some rest, we went out and explored the market and asked the timings for the bus to Nainbagh. Then we did had breakfast of Aloo Paranthas and started waiting for the bus. The bus arrived at 1:30 PM and as expected, the bus was full and we did not get a single seat in our whole journey. The bus journey started from the chowk and we drove through Kempty Falls, Yamuna Bridge, some tiny villages and we reached Nainbagh at around 3:15 PM. Then from there, we took a shared taxi to reach Panthwari. After about 1 hour journey, we reached there and booked a room in a guest house. The whole journey made us tired. So we took rest for some time and then explored the village and discovered some information about the trek. As this was our first trek, we didn’t want to leave any stone unturned so we hired a trek guide. After having dinner, we went for sleep. Day 2: We were fully prepared for the very first trek of our life. We called up our guide and started our trek at around 7 AM. Our initial trek was through an uneven surface, which was filled of stones. After walking for 1 hour, we took our 1st break and had some energy supplements. We walked on the spur of a mountain and then got into a dense forest of pine and rhododendron,after which, we reached an open meadow. The walk was no more tiring on that path, after walking for another 1.5 hours, we reached Nag Devta Temple. We also found some patches of snow there. After taking rest for couple of minutes, we visited the temple and then had our lunch.We continued our trek to Nag Tibba summit and walking for 10 minutes, we looked above on the summit and there were dense black clouds approaching towards us. The guide told us that this is not a good sign. So we decided to back off from there and started descending to the village, Panthwari. We were feeling little low because of not reaching the summit, but at the same time we were thrilled due to the weather situation. In about 3 hours, we reached the village and got into our room. Just after reaching, we witnessed our very first hailstorm. We thanked god and the guide and were happy and satisfied because we took the right decision. Later, we had our dinner and slept. Day 3: Woke up at 8 AM and after having breakfast, took a jeep to Mussoorie. After a journey of 2.5 hours, we had our lunch at Mussoorie and left for Delhi. At that time, there was no bus available for Delhi, so we boarded a bus to Dehradun and then took an overnight bus to Delhi. Next day in the morning we reached Delhi. Tip: Always keep your travel plan flexible, especially on hills. Weather is highly unpredictable on mountains due to which transport and accommodation can also be affected. Whatever happens with you just think positive and take it as an adventure.
Contributed By: Manu Khandelwal
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About the Author Arnav, is a civil engineer by profession and a hardcore foodie and a travel aficionado at heart. Being an ARMY brat by birth, traveling and socializing is in his DNA. His belief is: “Go to a new place every month or two to explore, relax and live life to the fullest.” Read more about his travel escapades at Eat, Travel, Live and REPEAT. [post_title] => How to Trek to Triund [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => how-to-trek-to-triund [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-01-05 17:01:00 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-01-05 11:31:00 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?p=694 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 714 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2017-01-09 17:48:41 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-01-09 12:18:41 [post_content] => SHIMLA Shimla also known as ‘The Summer Capital of British India’ is the capital and largest city of the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It is a district which is bounded by Mandi and Kullu in the north, Kinnaur in the east, the state of Uttarakhand in the south-east.It is unarguably one of the most popular hill stations, buzzing with Indian vacationers all year long Traffic is banned from the central part of town, so walking is pleasant – even when huffing and puffing uphill. The long, winding main street, the Mall, runs east and west just below the spine of the hill. South of it, the maze-like alleys of the bustling bazaar cascade steeply down to traffic-infested Cart Rd. From mid-July to mid-September, Shimla is frequently wreathed in cloud, and in the winters it gets engulfed in a white blanket of snow. It is also home to a number of buildings that are styled in the Tudorbethan and neo-Gothic architectures dating from the colonial era which attract a lot of tourists all through the year. [caption id="attachment_715" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Source [/caption] McLEODGANJ McLeodganj is a very popular travel destination in Dharamshala. Being just 250 km (5 hours) journey from Chandigarh and around 475 km (9-10 hours) journey from Delhi, McLeodganj has become a hotspot for weekend trips and is frequented by travellers but usually jam-packed with tourists specially on long weekends. McLeodganj has a lot to offer to all kinds of travellers alike. Triund trek – a 9 km trek from McLeodganj main square; and it is a foodie’s haven with all kinds of foods and cuisines available in the many cafes spread all over the town. McLeodganj is best explored on foot and to enjoy the city it is recommended to park your vehicle in the parking lot near the bus stop for the duration of the stay. Join us (JustWravel) as we head out to McLeodganj to witness snowfall and also do a snow trek to Triund from 25th Jan 2017 – 29th Jan 2017.Check out the trip itinerary at https://www.justwravel.com/package/Road_trip_to_McleodGanj [caption id="attachment_716" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Source[/caption] MANALI Manali is a valley city nestled in the mountains of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh near Kullu Valley. The small yet important hamlet acts as a gateway to Leh, Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir and Lahul and Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh. Surrounded by high peaks in the beautiful green Beas valley, with mountain adventures beckoning from all directions, Manali is a year-round magnet. Backpackers come to hang out in the hippie villages around the main town; adventurers come for trekking, climbing, rafting and skiing; Indian families and honeymooners come for the mountain air and a taste of snow on the 3978m Rohtang La pass. Manali also acts as the base point for a number of High Altitude treks like Beas Kund trek, Hampta Pass trek, Bhrigu Lake trek etc. [caption id="attachment_717" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Source[/caption] DHANAULTI Dhanaulti is s hill station located 24 KM from the popular hill town of Mussoorie in the state of Uttarakhand, India. It is situated at an altitude of 2286m, and is known for its quiet environs amidst the alpine forests of Deodar, Rhododendron and Oak. Dhanaulti is unlike other hill stations as it is set in a quiet and a quaint place away from the boisterous places. The pleasant weather, wooded slopes, invigorating views of the snowcapped peaks of the Himalayas make a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere for the tourists. Nag Tibba also known as the Serpent’s peak located near Mussorie and Dhanaulti, at an altitude of 3,302 m (9915 ft), is the highest peak in the Nag Tibba range of the Garhwal Himalayas, and is also a popular weekend trekking destination. Join us (JustWravel) as we head out to Mussoorie and Dhanaulti to witness snowfall and also do a snow trek to Nag Tibba from 25th Jan 2017 – 29th Jan 2017.Check out the trip itinerary here at https://www.justwravel.com/package/Trek_to_NagTibba [caption id="attachment_718" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Source[/caption] KHEERGANGA
Kheerganga is a must do trek when in Kasol or Manali, India. Kasol, located in the state of Himachal Pradesh is the hippie paradise with the weed growing freely everywhere. Malana, the magical valley producing the best hash in the world is a half day trek from Kasol. The base point of the trek is from Barshani which is 20 km from Kasol and one can reach Barshani via private cabs or via local buses.
The highest point of this trek is 13,025 feet. Kheerganga is also the first halt if you are going for the Pin Parvati Trek. It’s a 12-14 km trek one way and it is mostly acclivity for the majority of the part. The trail passes through villages, apple orchards and finally through a mountain trail. There are a lot of cafes en route to grab a quick bite and refresh.
Generally the trek is an easy one but during snowfall it becomes a bit challenging as it is all slushy slushy and slippery. The reward of trekking for 4-5 hours over a distance of 12-14 km is taking a relaxing dip in the hot water springs which are the highlight of the trek.
The springs are sure to relax your muscles and shoo away the tiredness and it is said that the water has some therapeutic properties.[caption id="attachment_719" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Source[/caption]
Contributed By: Arnav Mathur
About the Author Arnav, is a civil engineer by profession and a hardcore foodie and a travel aficionado at heart. Being an ARMY brat by birth, traveling and socializing is in his DNA. His belief is: “Go to a new place every month or two to explore, relax and live life to the fullest.” Read more about his travel escapades at Eat, Travel, Live and REPEAT. [post_title] => 5 places near Delhi to satisfy your Snow-Lust [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => 5-places-near-delhi-to-satisfy-your-snow-lust [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-01-09 17:58:06 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-01-09 12:28:06 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?p=714 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 1 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 724 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2017-01-11 19:28:37 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-01-11 13:58:37 [post_content] => With winters already having arrived and Christmas bells still ringing all the way, getting out of your comfort zone and chilling out at some of the coolest yet beautiful places in India is something that you must try. What better way to celebrate this winter than visiting a chilly place with snowfalls, beautiful ambience where you can indulge in some snow fights with your friends and even show your creativity by building a snowman. Sounds fun, doesn't it? So, gear up with your travel bags and get ready to head up to some of the exquisite chilly places that are the best winter destinations one can ever visit. Wondering where to find such chilly places? Brace yourself! Its right here, right now. Here you go with the list! 1) Sonamarg, Kashmir It is literally a paradise carved with snow and is an absolute treat for the eyes when you witness the grandeur and beauty of snow laden roads, frozen lakes and magnificent glaciers. The best time to visit this place is during peak winters when the whole valley is delicately covered with snow sheets. This is the best place to visit in winters where you can enjoy adventurous activities like river rafting and trekking too. Also, a walk down the snowfall midst the profoundly beautiful mountains and glaciers is something that shall be warmly etched in your memories forever. [caption id="attachment_725" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Source[/caption] 2) North Sikkim Places like Nathula, Tsomgo Lake and Yumthang in North Sikkim are famous for its evergreen snowfalls. Especially Yumthang is famous for its snowfall that occurs all around the year. Though the winter conditions are extremely cold here but, the scenic beauty of snow covered places is worth all the efforts put in. A trip to this place in the chilling winter is nothing short of an adventurous and mesmerizing journey. However, at times heavy snowfalls leads to road blockages so it is advised to keep yourself updated about such condition prior planning a trip to this place. [caption id="attachment_726" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Source[/caption] 3) Munsiyari, Uttarakhand A small town located in the Himalayan base, Munsiyari is famously known as the Little Kashmir of Uttarakhand because of its enchanting ambience and beautifully carved natural surroundings. It has places like Thamari Kund, Darkot and Madkot where tourists can enjoy the natural beauty of the mountains and snowfalls. The hot water springs of Madkot are an absolute bliss in the freezing winters of Munsiyari. [caption id="attachment_727" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Source[/caption] 4) Sandakphu, West Bengal Trekking in the snow laden Sandakphu in winters is an experience that is worth cherishing. Sandakphu is the tallest peak of West Bengal and is the perfect place to get the magnificent view of some of the tallest peaks. The trek in Sandakphu is one of its kinds which are done along with the border of India and Nepal. This trek is every mountain lover's favorite with the majestic views of great Himalayan trails that serve as the ultimate companions of mountaineers during the adventurous trekking. [caption id="attachment_728" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Source[/caption] 5) Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh Located at a distance of 26 km from Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh, Khajjiar is popularly known as the Switzerland of India because of its stifling similarity. The giant Himalayan peaks covered with snow, lying peacefully midst the green meadows and dense forests are a sight to behold forever. The beauty of Khajjiar is enhanced by the presence of the serene Khajjiar and Chamera Lake. The snow laden Khajjiar can be best explored through trekking. [caption id="attachment_729" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Source[/caption] 6) Chopta, Uttrakhand Located at an altitude of 2700m, this beautiful hill station lies in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. It is a perfect getaway for snow trekking during winters with amazing, picturesque view of the Himalayan region. One can witness nature at its best here with a variety of flora and fauna including Rhododendron and deodar trees enhancing its beauty. 7) Ravangla, Sikkim Located in the Southern part of Sikkim, this hill station is the perfect escape to a serene and profound place. It is home to variety of Himalayan migratory birds which is an absolute treat for eyes during the winters which brings along the serendipity of snow laden mountains. The hot springs of Ravangla is also a beautiful experience in chilling winters. [caption id="attachment_731" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Source[/caption] So, this winter, unravel the tourist within yourself, explore these cool destinations and make enormous warm memories.
Contributed By: Sheerin Naz
Contributed By: Arnav Mathur
About the Author Arnav, is a civil engineer by profession and a hardcore foodie and a travel aficionado at heart. Being an ARMY brat by birth, traveling and socializing is in his DNA. His belief is: “Go to a new place every month or two to explore, relax and live life to the fullest.” Read more about his travel escapades at Eat, Travel, Live and REPEAT. [post_title] => What to eat in 24 Hrs in Mcleodganj : Food Trail [post_excerpt] => Mcleodganj is a foodie’s haven with all kinds of foods and cuisines available in the many cafes spread all over the town. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => what-to-eat-in-24-hrs-in-mcleodganj-food-trail [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-02-14 22:56:29 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-02-14 17:26:29 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?p=741 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 755 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2017-01-17 18:29:01 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-01-17 12:59:01 [post_content] => College years are the best years of anyone’s life. The phase when you are about to become an adult yet have the innocence and charm of a teenager. When you get the taste of the new found freedom which seemed a distant dream during school. This is the time when life can be experienced at its best. Midst studies, assignments, lectures, exams and career goals, college life does bring its share of responsibility and the pressure to excel. However, with friends around the corner, everything seems sorted out. From occasional bunks to proxies, from the gossips to heartfelt conversations, from wasting time in the canteen to strolling in the campus aimlessly, life seems a roller coaster ride. The friends and memories that one makes in college lasts a lifetime. So, before college ends and life actually happens to you, make the most of your college life. Hang out with your bff squad, go on trips, capture memories and witness life in a profound way. Trust me when I say that nothing can beat the happiness that travelling with friends brings. So, pick up your bags and of course your friends too and get set for a journey whose warm memories shall linger in your heart always. Now, let me help you pick out the 10 best places that you can explore during your college time. Let's get a little offbeat this time. Here we go! 1) Explore your wild streak in Bandipur forests: The Bandipur forests lies midst the foothills of Nilgiri in the Gundlupet taluq of Chamarajanagar district in Karnataka. It is home to densely populated jungles. Bring out your wild streak and explore the wildlife of this forest with your friends like never before. Endangered species of Asiatic wild elephants, jungle monkeys and wildcats can give you company here. Just don’t break the rules of jungle in excitement! [caption id="attachment_756" align="aligncenter" width="985"] Source[/caption] 2) Explore Bhangarh (not for the faint hearted though.): If you and your squad are too much into everything spooky and supernatural, then this is the place for you, the ruins of Bhangarh. This place is located in Alwar, Rajasthan and is believed to be haunted which can give you some major adrenaline rush if you stay there after sunset. So roll up your sleeves and get ready for a spooky ride at the Bhangarh. [caption id="attachment_757" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Source[/caption] 3) Witness nature at its best at Rishikesh: From the beautiful flower valleys and the splendid beaches where one can indulge in beach camping to river rafting that would satisfy the adventurer within you, Rishikesh, located in Uttarakhand is a destination you can’t miss out. Dive within the deep waters and get lost in exploring nature like never before. 4) Create memories at Coorg: You might second my thoughts when I say too much of semesters and assignments make life very tiring and boring. So, a fun and relaxing trip to Coorg in Karnataka can be the best way to let the stress go midst the evergreen surroundings. Also, the delicious local tea of Coorg can give your taste buds the much needed change and instil you with the energy to get back to life with zeal and enthusiasm. [caption id="attachment_758" align="aligncenter" width="771"] Source[/caption] 5) See mountains at Spiti Valley: This desert mountain valley located between Tibet and India is home to picturesque and giant snow laded mountains. The magnificent monasteries like Dhankar and Lalung are also a delight to explore. So, if your squad loves mountains and wildlife, this is the place for you. Go on because, mountains are calling you! 6) Witness the beauty of Kolad: A small yet beautiful village, Kolad lies in the realms of the banks of Kundalika River in Raigad district of Maharashtra. The awe struck beauty of this picturesque village has made it very popular midst tourists and is every adventure freak as well as nature lover’s favourite place. [caption id="attachment_761" align="aligncenter" width="881"] Source[/caption] 7) Do adventure at Kamshet: Accompany your friends to Kamshet which lies at a distance of 45 km from Pune and 110 km from Mumbai and explore the lush green forests, amazing hilly terrains and mesmerizing waterfalls. The scenic beauty of this place makes it perfect for sightseeing where you can indulge in some profound talks with your friends or just reflect upon the beauty of life. Apart from this, Kamshet has cliffs like Shelar and Khandeshwar where you can get some adventure during nerve wracking trekking. [caption id="attachment_762" align="aligncenter" width="728"] Source[/caption] 8) Ride out to Rajmachi: A perfect weekend getaway with friends can be Rajmachi. Lying at a height of 2710 ft near Lonavala, this place is loved by adventure freaks and provides the best of trekking experiences. Also, the twin forts Manaranjan and Shrivardhan give the best view of the region from the top. So, climb it up and scream your lungs out with friends because crazy stuffs like these are best enjoyed in the company of best friends. [caption id="attachment_764" align="aligncenter" width="896"] Source[/caption] 9) Adore the beauty of Aleppy: Aleppy is a hill station in Kerela that welcomes you with the profoundness of its breath taking mountains, picturesque waterfalls and beautiful lakes. You can create lots of memories here with your friends by clicking photographs midst awe inspiring backgrounds. [caption id="attachment_765" align="aligncenter" width="750"] Source[/caption] 10) Enjoy your best of the college days at Mcleodganj: The moments once gone, never come back. So, a trip to Mcleodganj in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh can be a great way of making your college days memorable. The cool breeze, the beautifully carved hills, valleys and the pleasant weather is enough to make you fall in love with this place. This hill station is famous for its monasteries and temples and can be a perfect place for sightseeing. Also, trekking at Triund accompanied with camping out can help you create the profoundest of memories with your friends. This time, this moment, this college life shall never come back so make the most of it. Travel with friends and explore new dimensions of life so that one fine day, when you shall look back and have a walk down the memory lane, you shall smile at the memories you made with your friends.
Contributed By: Sheerin Naz
Avoid hastily snapped picturesHoping that the image enhance app would do the needful we often end up clicking randomly, but it doesn’t make the outcome from amateur to incredible. There are more to travel pictures than selfies, status updates on Facebook or instant share on Instagram; those are memories of a wonderful experience, a doorway to leap back in time momentarily. So, try give it a little more time before you click. Tip: Use an old-school snout camera. It will probably help you take better pictures, as one usually take time in adjusting the lenses and focus. Training you to have an eye and patience for the candid creation.
Travel light and responsiblySpare your energy and fitness for fun activities instead of dragging your over-weighed luggage with ‘I’ll manage’ attitude. Also, all the concern for green globe wane off in a flurry when you pick up the disposable bottle. Make light travel and eco-friendly travelling habit a priority this year and stick to it. Tip: Not what you’ll need but focus on what you can do without when packing for travel. To begin with quit disposables dependencies, take along a sipper with a cup cap.
Simply UnplugThe impulse to use gadgets is almost impossible to abstain from, but I strongly recommend the undisturbed connection with just the environment when venturing into the realms of nature’s precious preserves. Unplug technology and rewire the brain for the ecstasy of solivagant wandering; for only travel can be the ultimate antidote to modern day melancholy. Tip: learn to simply get rid of your ear plugs, switch off your smartphones and take along paperbacks on a trip. Rediscover collecting postcards and write a travel journal instead of tags and updates on social media.
Step out of comfort zone and relish adrenaline rushShake up your reluctance, grab the high tide and ride your fears! Indulge in adventure activities, for there will never be an ideal time to try it if you keep pushing it for tomorrow. It’s all up in the head, that makes caution spoil up the seasoned adventure. Say “yes” more often. Tip: Mix up your travel style, switching frequently between planned endeavour and reckless plunge
Taste the local culture and authentic flavoursThere is more to travel than sightseeing, that only engaging with the locals can uncover. “Explore” is not just confined to a new land, but the culture, the local food, the handicrafts and every single thing that is intertwined with the aboriginal identity of the place. There are no specific tips to prepare you for a meaningful encounter. All I can say is, “brush up your language skills” to grab some local companions or look up thoroughly on internet for available cultural gatherings.
Contributed By: Shatadal Gia Sen
For travel related queries,outstation cab booking,bike rentals, Hotel bookings or Group Tours ; Kindly contact us at https://justwravel.com/contact or call +91-9205725727[post_title] => Travel resolutions for 2017 and how to stick to them [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => travel-resolutions-for-2017-and-how-to-stick-to-them [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-01-31 19:39:27 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-01-31 14:09:27 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?p=844 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 856 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2017-02-06 14:10:39 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-02-06 08:40:39 [post_content] => If you are a wine lover, Sula Vineyard is the place for you and if you aren’t into wines and all, do not worry, it can still be a perfect weekend getaway for you. Serene, beautiful place cuddled in the profoundness of nature, Sula Vineyard has everything that can make your trip a memorable one. [caption id="attachment_857" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Source[/caption] Residing at a distance of 230 kms from Mumbai, this vineyard is one of its kind and is known to be the first commercial vineyard located in Nashik, Maharashtra. Once you reach there and witness the grandeur of the wine grapes spread over the acres of land accompanied with amazing wine factory and wine tasting, you will know what exactly beauty is. So, a day trip to Sula is the only thing you need to unwind from the hustle bustle of the monotonous chaos of city and enjoy life to the fullest. [caption id="attachment_858" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Source[/caption] You can reach Sula in around 3 to 3.5 hours from Chembur, Mumbai. Leaving Mumbai early morning in a taxi is advised so that you reach Sula by 11 to 11:30 am and have ample time to explore the vineyards of Sula as the vineyard is open from 11:30 am to 6 pm only. Sula also has guest houses where you can relax for a while. Once you are midst the beautiful Sula Vineyard, you will surely get mesmerized with its awe-inspiring environment. [caption id="attachment_859" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Source[/caption] Sula is home to a variety of award winning wines which are made exclusively from premium grapes harvested within the local farms. It offers a wide range of exotic wines including special editions, premium as well as reserves. The wines at Sula Vineyards are imported from Sula selections who are one of the leading importers of exclusive wines in India including international brands like Remy Cointreau and Asahi. [caption id="attachment_860" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Source[/caption] Spread beautifully in a whopping 30 acres of land, the ambience at Sula is nothing short of a magical experience. Surrounded by the beauty of nature, the vineyard has hillocks covered with green shrubs and the barns fenced beautifully with trees. The entry road is covered with wine grape fields from the both side which makes way for the vineyard’s wine tasting unit as well as wine factory. The touring and tasting wines can be done after paying a minimal entry fee which is Rs 150 per person which includes touring and tasting 4 wines. Rs 250 per person is charged for touring and tasting 6 wines and if you are just here for the tour, the charges shall be Rs 100 per person. The tickets for wine tasting is available at the reception of the Sula Vineyard present at the first floor. The first floor also has a beautiful rooftop restaurant where you can enjoy the mesmerising view of the vineyard while giving your taste buds a treat of your favourite exotic wine. Furthermore, the ground floor of the vineyard is home to the wine tasting unit and consists of a souvenir shop too. The shop has everything ranging from wines, coffee mugs, t-shirts and a plenty of wine accessories that will keep the memories of the Sula vineyard fresh even after you go back to your routine life. Once the tour starts, a guide throws light on the history of the wine making and explains the stepwise procedure which goes in the making of exotic vines, tank maturing, barrel maturing and finally bottling the wines. The whole process is carried out in the factory located behind the Sula vineyard’s main building. Further, the guide leads the visitors to a bar carved with wooden barrels which has a tinge of vintage effect in it. This is the place where all the tasting is done when it comes to wines. Apart from this, the guide also briefs the visitors about various types of wines. Once the tasting session is completed, you can relax and eat some delicious Italic and Indian cuisines at the Little Italy and Soma restaurant. [caption id="attachment_861" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Source[/caption] Sula vineyard is known for its wine tasting but, it has a lot more to offer. The Sulafest held here in the month of February is a fun filled exotic event consisting of awesome food, great wines, music as well as fashion. In addition, the amphitheater and landscape gardening at Sula vineyard can serve as a perfect picnic spot if you are not into wines and just wish to unwind and relax for a while. [caption id="attachment_862" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Source[/caption] So, come and explore the exotic beauty of Sula vineyard and make your weekend a roller coaster ride.
Contributed By: Sheerin Naz
For travel related queries,outstation cab booking,bike rentals, Hotel bookings or Group Tours ; Kindly contact us at https://justwravel.com/contact or call +91-9205725727[post_title] => Trip to Sula Vineyard : A Perfect weekend getaway [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => trip-to-sula-vineyard-a-perfect-weekend-getaway [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-02-06 14:10:39 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-02-06 08:40:39 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?p=856 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 865 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2017-02-06 15:28:53 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-02-06 09:58:53 [post_content] => With Valentine’s day around the corner, everyone out there might be having great plans of celebrating the day of love with their respective partners. Singles might be getting ready to mingle or some of them would be happy being single and sorted in life. So, whatever our perception about love and relationship is, there is no denying the fact that we look forward to 14th February every year to celebrate love, happiness, friendship and smiles. Though, love doesn’t necessarily need a day to be celebrated but, the vibes that comes with Valentine’s day is something magical. This is the day when love is in the air indeed! And, this day can be transformed into a lifelong beautiful memory if you plan it perfectly. So, if you are planning to enjoy the best moments of your life this Valentine’s, ditch everything cliche and go unique and TRAVEL! Yes, you heard it right, traveling is one of the coolest as well as the most romantic thing you can ever do with your partner. Gone are those days when cliche ideas of candle light dinners, bouquets, cakes, chocolates etc was considered the perfect Valentine date. Yes, these gestures are still cute and sweet but, isn’t it something you can do any day? A spontaneous, extra ordinary trip to a distant beautiful place is something that will make your Valentine’s day a perfect romantic date which you would wish lasts forever and ever. Nothing brings people closer like traveling does. Wondering how? Come and unveil the profoundness of relationships that accompanies traveling. Here we go!
- Exploring new dimensions of each other: Traveling lets you understand your partner a little more closely as it bring the best and worst out of a person. Also, it makes you understand their highs, lows, fears and apprehensions which ultimately paves avenues for a strong and long lasting bond. The bumpy rides, the cultural differences, exploring new places, interacting with new people gives you a clear picture of your partner’s nature and serves as a great way strengthening your relationship. Imagine hiking, bungee jumping, river rafting with your partner. The excitement and thrill it brings will be something that you both will cherish forever and would be a lot more fun than a typical candle light dinner or a romantic gift. Am I right or am I right?
- Profound conversations: Midst the chaos of job pressure, long working hours, the hustle bustle of the monotonous life, we seldom get ample time to have a heart to heart conversation with our partner. So, while you are traveling with your partner, you have all the time in universe to get induced in profound conversations with your love and share all your emotions, thoughts, worries and dreams with each other. In short, you can bare your soul out in front of your partner and have a greater understanding of each other with every road you cross and every destination you reach.
- Dream together: Traveling to a place that you always dreamt of is nothing short of a magical experience. The tinge of emotions that tug you at heart when you see the dreams you saw together turning into a beautiful reality is a memory to be kept forever. All our lives we keep planning about the things we wish to do, places we wish to travel. However, midst the ups and downs of life, our bucket list often is left stranded in the corner of a drawer. Wouldn’t it be amazing to bring that bucket list out again, dream of doing it and then finally jet, set, go this Valentine’s? Think about it.
- Unplug and connect: The social media has taken over us in such a way that we can’t do without it even a single day and somewhere between Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat, relationships have actually lost its meaning. Technology has left us with a little “me” time. So, traveling is something where you can unplug from your technology induced world and relish with your partner in solitude. When there would be no Whatsapp pings and newsfeeds around you, the profoundness of your relationship will grow with the horizons of your journey.
- Bonding like besties: Traveling can bring out the crazy side of you and your partner where you can bond like the best of friends and make some insane memories. Traveling comes with lots of dimensions from exploring new places to tasting unique foods to learning new languages and befriending new people. These instances will give you enough of crazy memories to laugh your heart out with your companion cum soulmate cum bestie.
- Share memories: When you reach the top of a cliff and have your partner beside you holding your hands firmly to never let you go, you realise the importance of sharing moments and memories with the one you love. The idea of your companion being a part of your most profound memories is enough to motivate you to go on that beautiful trip that you always craved for. Travel plans are on their way, aren’t they?
Contributed By: Sheerin Naz
Day 0We assembled at Akshardham Metro Station at around 8:30PM on the 28th Dec 2016 but were delayed as our Tempo Traveler was stuck in a major traffic snarl and only managed to reach by 10 PM. Luckily there was Haldirams in the Akshardham metro station building which acted as our basecamp for 2 hours with a huge pile of rucksacks stacked just near the entrance. While we waited for our Tempo Traveler (bus) all wravelers got to introduce themselves to other fellow wravelers while sitting in Haldirams. Once our bus reached, we loaded our luggage and without causing any more delay, started our journey out of Delhi. We were lucky as we sailed through Delhi at a good pace and managed to reach Murthal in an hour and a half by 11:30 PM. Instead of stopping at the all-time crowded Amrik Sukhdev Dhaba, we stopped at Panchkuti Dhaba, a secluded one right adjacent to Sukhdev Dhaba. It felt good as our big group of 23 were the only people at that time and got a big joint table to eat together wraveler style. Post ordering, in a matter of 15-20 minutes we were served with hot paranthas with a spoonful of white butter on top of them accompanied with some onions and mint sauce. Some wravelers when went forward and ordered tea/lassi/buttermilk to accompany the big parathas. Post dinner, this was where we got our first ever group photo with all wravelers in it. [caption id="attachment_872" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Our first pit stop[/caption] [caption id="attachment_873" align="aligncenter" width="640"] “People don’t take trips, trips take people.” – John Steinbeck[/caption]
Day 1The yummy parathas induced some deep sleep for all wravelers which was broken early morning at 6 AM when the driver informed us of the punctured tyre. Thanks to this every wraveler was out of the bus and enjoyed witnessing the sunrise along with a cup of hot tea. As this unexpected puncture delayed our schedule we took a pit stop near Bilaspur where everyone freshened up and had a cup of hot tea. There was a primary school assembly prayer going on in the backyard of the hotel, which got all the wravelers in nostalgic mode as everyone started remembering their school prayers. We managed to reach our hotel in Jibhi – Hotel Cedar View by 1 PM and were delighted to see the big spacious rooms where we were to stay for the next 3 days. The table was set with hot food by 2:30PM which was ransacked by our hungry wravelers, and in a matter of minutes all the food had vanished. Am sure Govind Ji and other hotel people might not have expected such a hungry crowd as there were a lot of reserving’s of the delicious food for lunch. After seeing the quantity of food consumed by our wravelers, Govind ji got a good idea about the quantity and managed top notch service for the rest of our meals in the course of 3 days. By 4 PM we headed down to the river flowing in the valley which was just 5 minutes walk from our hotel. Our wravelers sure knew how to break the ice and have some fun in the beautiful setup which is pretty evident by seeing the photos below. [caption id="attachment_875" align="aligncenter" width="640"] “Traveling tends to magnify all human emotions.” — Peter Hoeg[/caption] [caption id="attachment_876" align="aligncenter" width="640"] “Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” – Seneca[/caption] Our first night was spent playing antakshari sitting around the bonfire which saw songs in hindi, punjabi and even bhojpuri. It was definitely one of the things which saw wraverlers relax and come out of their shell and strengthen the bond with others. We called it an early night after feasting on some yummy daal, subzi, chawal and chicken, as we had to head out to Jalori pass the next day.
Day 2Day 2 began with a hot cup of tea and some yummy paratha subzi which energized all wravelers for the upcoming trek. Govind ji ensured that all wravelers get some tasty parathas as packed lunch which proved out to be a very good decision. We managed to reach Jalori pass by 11:20 PM and in another 15 minutes we started trekking towards our destination – Serlosar Lake. The 5 Km trail took us through forests with oak, pine and cedar trees. At places we walked through a meadow where it was sunny and as soon as we resumed the trail into the forests, it again became a bit cold. The trail is well marked and is a mixture of both mud path and rocky steps and at places progresses as a sine wave but for most of the part is at a single level only. 2 hours of trekking and we reached our destination – Serlosar Lake. But before even anyone could catch a glimpse by going a few steps ahead, we all ordered some Maggi and Tea from one of the two stalls as nothing can beat the joy of having a bowlful of hot maggi especially on the mountains. My first glance of the lake made me stand there frozen for a moment as it was the first time I saw a lake half frozen. On one end, I could see the reflections of the mountains and on the other, it was a thick sheet of ice. We relaxed for some time enjoying the calmness of the place atop a cliff before heading out to even a bigger one where some of our wravelers had already started playing a game of Bluff. It always feels so nice at the bottom of the heart when you see someone enjoying on a trip partially planned by you. [caption id="attachment_880" align="aligncenter" width="640"] “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller[/caption] It was here where everyone filled up their tummies with the packed lunch of parathas and mixed pickle. We spent a good an hour and a half by the lake before we decided to head back to reach back to Jalori Pass before it became dark. Out of the group of 23, 10 of us wravelers, who wanted to walk fast, led by me paced by and reached back in sharp 1 hour and got to witness one of the most serene looking sunsets. [caption id="attachment_883" align="aligncenter" width="640"] “Investment in travel is an investment in yourself.” ~ Matthew Karsten[/caption] [caption id="attachment_884" align="aligncenter" width="640"] “A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.” – Moslih Eddin Saadi[/caption] In another half an hour all remaining wravelers also reached our finishing point and boarded the bus to head back to our hotel which was a good 15 KM away from Jalori Pass. [caption id="attachment_885" align="aligncenter" width="640"] “A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill[/caption] The 10 KM trek turned out to be a bit hard for some of our wravelers who decided to relax in the rooms before dinner where as the rest of us got cosy encircling the bonfire and the night even got better when one by one, everyone started sharing some ghost stories which they had heard previously. The whole session was so intriguing that did not even realise that it was already 10:30PM and the dinner was getting cold. Post dinner we all gathered up in the reception area and continued with our ghost story session and this time were joined all the wravelers. We managed to wind up our session way past midnight before calling it a night for good, as everyone needed some well-deserved sleep.
** End of Part One **
Contributed By: Arnav Mathur
About the Author Arnav, is a civil engineer by profession and a hardcore foodie and a travel aficionado at heart. Being an ARMY brat by birth, traveling and socializing is in his DNA. His belief is: “Go to a new place every month or two to explore, relax and live life to the fullest.” Read more about his travel escapades at Eat, Travel, Live and REPEAT. [post_title] => New Year Getaway to Jibhi [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => new-year-getaway-to-jibhi [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-02-07 16:42:05 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-02-07 11:12:05 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?p=871 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 892 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2017-02-09 12:14:52 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-02-09 06:44:52 [post_content] => Each trek has its own features and attractions and if it is a snow trek then its beauty can amuse trekkers coz of white blanket of snow. Snowfall while trekking is like icing on cake. In India, there are very less treks that remain accessible throughout the year. Almost all the winter treks are done in Uttarakhand. These treks are Dayara Bugyal, Kedarkantha, Panwali Kantha, Dodital, Deoriatal-Chandrashila & Nag Tibba. Out of all, Nag Tibba is considered one of the best winter treks in India that can give an amazing experience of snow, also it is considered the best suited trek for novice trekkers/hikers and is nearest trek to Delhi. Alike other trekkers, I am also fond of snow trek. So I planned for Nag Tibba trek this winter in the month of January during Republic day long weekend. Since I made the plan, I was continuously checking the weather at Nag Tibba. I was already excited for this trek and the weather forecast gave me a big surprise. It was showing 95% chances of snowfall during that weekend. So I planned and prepared accordingly. Day 1: Then the D-day arrived. I reported at Akshardham metro station as per the schedule and there I met my trek mates. We were a group of 9 including Me, Rohan, Raj, Manish, Karan, Anmol, Akash, Saurav and Anchit. We departed at 2130 hrs with our pre-booked tempo traveller. Amidst the way, we had our dinner at a dhaba and then continued our journey. While we were travelling, it started raining like cats and dogs. The driver could hardly see the road. Due to heavy rain, even the wipers were not working properly, so we decided to pause and wait for rain to stop or slow. After sometime, we resumed our journey to Pantwari as it wasn’t raining anymore, but there were lightning and thunderstorm. We could hear sound of cloud burst and thundering and giving us a real thrill. I was awake throughout the journey and was playing songs so that the driver doesn’t feel sleepy. Day 2: We reached Mussoorie at 5 AM, did a small photo session at Library Chowk and then continued our journey to Pantwari. The road to Pantwari passes through Kempty falls, Yamuna bridge and Nainbagh. There was only our vehicle on that road at that time. We reached Pantwari at around 7 AM, freshened up and did our breakfast of Poori Sabji. The breakfast was yummy and post that , we started our trek to Nag Tibba base camp. The basecamp is about 5.5 kms from the starting point. As I was the most experienced trekker in the whole group so I gave a small learning session to all about how to ascend and descend on a trek. It took us around 4 hours to reach the base camp. The trail throughout the trek was easy except the last two stretches that I found it tiring. After reaching the basecamp, we took a rest for couple of minutes and then ate piping hot Maggi cooked by pahadi folks. Later in the evening, we enjoyed the bonfire with our fun-filled discussion. The weather was chilling and we could see snow on the top of mountains from the basecamp. We all were wishing for snowfall and a good amount of snow on the trail further to Nag Tibba Mandir and Summit. After having dinner, we played a game called “Bluff” with playing cards and then we all went for sleep. In the night, the weather turned bad and with storm rain started. We were scared and thrilled at the same time and somehow managed to sleep. Day 3: We woke up at around 0600 hrs and found what we were wishing for. Yes, the weather gifted us with a fresh morning snowfall. We started shouting and waking up everyone. Everyone at basecamp got surprised with the weather. Then we quickly had breakfast of Aloo Parantha and got ready to trek further. We put on our Ponchos (some calling it Penchos :p) and started our trek. Now we were trekking in snowfall with snow all around. Initially the trail was looking like that it had white showers and then soon it became all white. Everything turned white except us be it trail, trees, etc. The trees and bushes were looking beautiful with the white blanket of snow on them. It took around 2 hours and we reached Nag Tibba temple. The view there was way better than what we had expected. We spent around 2 hours there. We did a long photo session, made a snow man, did a snow fight and what not. Then we started getting ready for the trek to summit and unfortunately we had to drop this idea due to heavy snow. But we all were satisfied with this decision. Later we started descending back to Nag Tibba base camp. While coming back from the Nag Mandir, the trail got too slippery due to melting of snow and wet mud. Some of us got slipped several times but it was also the part of the fun. We reached Nag Tibba base camp at around 1400 hrs and had lunch. After having lunch, we started our downhill trek to Pantwari and reached there at around 1700 hrs in the evening, had our dinner in the night and then went for sleep. Day 4: Woke up to a sunny morning at around 0800 hrs, got ready and had our breakfast. After having breakfast, we departed for Delhi. Reached Delhi at 2000 hrs. Overall the trip was amazing, as it was a combination of amazing weather and like-minded group. We had a great fun throughout the trip and made it a memorable one for all the Wravelers.
Contributed By: Manu Khandelwal
Contributed by : Siddharth
INFORMATIONHOW TO REACH: The park is located near the town of Ramnagar, some 250 kilometres from New Delhi. Book an overnight train journey on the Ranikhet Express from Delhi to reach Ramnagar. Alternatively, you can drive down through the meandering Kumaon hills in a taxi/car for the road journey (6-7 hrs). SAFARI BOOKINGS Gypsy (jeep) safaris need to be booked online or through an agent. Make sure to book at least 2 months in advance, bookings fill up fast. You may contact us for bookings. Fees: One gypsy safari costs approximately INR 4500–6500 (Foreign Nationals), depending on whether you opt for accommodation at the Forest Rest House or not. Two-hour elephant safaris can be booked on the spot or online for around INR 500 per person, seating four people at a time. These rates may vary as per Forest Department rules. Timings: Morning safaris start around 6:00 am and last till about 10 a.m. Evening safaris start at around 2:00 p.m. and go on till about 6:00 p.m. The timings may slightly vary depending on season. WHERE TO STAY The Forest Department runs forest rest houses inside the forest (recommended locations: Dhikala zone and Bijrani zone). Basic, clean accommodation and food is available. You can also opt for comfortable resorts outside the entry gates. Camp River Wild is a good facility with log hutments and delicious food.
Contributed By: Rhucha Kulkarni
Contributed By: Saem Hashmi
- Company excursions improve inter-personal connections
- Off-road trips and camping encourage teamwork
- Adventure activities boost cooperative excellence
- Corporate tours help in retaining employees
- Corporate off-sites are good way to identify leadership qualities
Contributed By : Shataldal Gia SenScuba Diving is one of those adventure sports which is on the bucket list of a lot of people, but is not a priority when planning an adventure themed vacation. With a 7500 km coast line, India has some really good dive spots, recommended by PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) which should definitely be on the radar for any Scuba Diving enthusiast. The joy of taking the first breath underwater, coupled with admiring an array of fishes and corals in their bright vibrant colors is enough to get anyone hooked on to Scuba Diving for life. It doesn’t matter if you are a certified diver or an aspiring one, these locations in India should be checked out. And you know what the best part is, the cost of doing professional courses by PADI, in these locations is dirt cheap compared to other popular dive destinations. Goa
- Jetty, Grand Island, Goa – Situated near the old jetty of the island, this accessible dive site ranges from around 2 meters/6 feet to 6 meters/20 feet in depth. It is a great spot to see nudibranch due to the sounding environment as well as various coral and fish species.
- Aravind's Wall, Pondicherry – Aravind's Wall is a popular drift diving site, covering a large area and where visibility can reach up to 40 meters, with a year round average of about 15 meters. The dive sites along the wall are also popular due to the marine life that can be spotted, especially groupers, barracuda and a few friendly sea kraits. Lots of diverse macro life such as nudibranch can be found be here, along with a great range of corals including stunning gorgonian fan corals.
- Manta Point, Bangaram, Lakshadweep – This colorful reef is often visited by manta rays, especially in September through December. Other pelagics also visit, including an occasional whale shark, along with other rays and turtles. Starting shallow and sloping down to 20 metres/70 feet, this site is beautiful even when no big fish show up
- The Wall, Havelock Island, Andaman – This wall drops from 10 metres/35 feet down deep to the sand channel between Havelock and Peel Island. The tidal currents bring in a large number of Napoleon wrasse, Snapper and Trevally. Drift by purple soft coral that cling to the wall and look for Scorpionfish, Stonefish and Nudibranchs.
- Dixon's Pinnacle, Andaman – Giant rock pinnacles emerge from the shadowy bottom, covered in colorful coral and large barrel sponges. Barracuda hover in mid-water, sometimes joined by batfish and trevally. Stingrays and Napoleon wrasse cruise along the bottom amidst schools of snapper. The top pinnacles are cleaning stations, buzzing with constant activity. Turtles, moray eels, manta rays and white-tip reef sharks visit the site to avail of the cleaning service.
Contributed by : Arnav Mathur
For travel related queries, group tours,road trips, trekking trips, outstation cab booking,bike rentals, Hotel bookings ; Kindly contact us at http://justwravel.com/contact or call +91-9205725727
About the Author Arnav, is a civil engineer by profession and a hardcore foodie and a travel aficionado at heart. Being an ARMY brat by birth, traveling and socializing is in his DNA. His belief is: “Go to a new place every month or two to explore, relax and live life to the fullest.” Read more about his travel escapades at Eat, Travel, Live and REPEAT. [post_title] => Top 5 Scuba diving spots in India [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => top-5-scuba-diving-spots-in-india [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-07-21 12:51:49 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-07-21 07:21:49 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?p=933 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 963 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2017-04-06 19:12:30 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-04-06 13:42:30 [post_content] => Surrounded by waters in three directions, the peninsular India stands to enrapture the imagination of nature enthusiasts. The following list of 5 beaches should be there on every Wravelers bucket list.
Bangaram Island, Lakshwadeep Islands[caption id="attachment_964" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source[/caption] A turquoise-hued world of clear, warm seas and silver sand, the Bangaram Island Beach in Lakshwadeep is widely regarded as one of the top ten secret beaches in the world, where tourists are flown in by helicopters during the monsoon season. It’s a teardrop shaped island and one of the most beautiful island in India. When you’re about to visit this place prepare yourself to witness a post-card perfect landscape, calm blue waters of the ocean and striking white sands. The activities such as angling, snorkeling, diving and other water sports are must do things here. The traveling enthusiasts would develop goose bumps seeing the popular attractions like swaying coconut palms, coral reefs and turquoise blue lagoons, all in one place.
Kala Pathar Beach, Andaman Islands[caption id="attachment_965" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source[/caption]
Kala Pathar beach is a quaint beach in Havelock Island which is a part of the Andaman Islands. The quintessential sight of Kala Pathar beach is aqua green waters hitting the silvery shores bringing in dead corals with them. It is not an ideal beach to snorkel or swim but it is without a doubt one of the most beautiful beaches in India.
Palolem Beach, Goa[caption id="attachment_966" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source[/caption]
Enclosed by a thick forest of coconut palms in south Goa, Palolem Beach, known for its dolphin-spotting tours, is arguably the state’s most idyllic beach. It is one of the top beaches in India and is famous for the Silent Noise-Party for which a huge crowd gathers from all across the globe. This beautiful beach spot offers different atmospheres to diverse tourists- It has the most serene and pristine north stretch for quieter and laid back people, crowded and action-packed beach center for families and backpackers, and party filled south zone for hippies and party goers.
Auroville Beach, Pondicherry[caption id="attachment_967" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source[/caption]
Located in the Auroville region of Pondicherry, the Auroville beach is one of the coolest beaches in South India. Frequented both by tourists and locals, the beach normally remains crowded, however, it’s a popular hangout spot among youth.
Marari Beach, Kerala[caption id="attachment_968" align="aligncenter" width="685"] Source[/caption]
Lying in the arm of God’s Own Country ‘Kerala’, Marari Beach is the perfect destination for people who want to explore the backwaters of Kerala while enjoying the serenity of the beach. Located at a short distance from Alleppey and around 60 kms from Kochi, Marari Beach offers a calm and scenic atmosphere to tourists to relax and unwind.
Kerala receives rain almost throughout the year, making places like Marari filled with rich vegetation. It also opens several getaway options for the travellers such as Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, traditional coir-making units, and Kerala backwater canals for the travellers to explore. To plan a perfect holiday trip to Kerala, you all must consider visiting this delightful beach destination once in your life.
Contributed by : Arnav Mathur
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Ziro Festival of Arunachal Pradesh, India is one of the grandest outdoor music festivals of India. Back in 2012, Bobby Hano and Menwhopause guitarist Anup Kutty conceived the idea. The magnificence of the festival lasts for 4 days at Ziro Valley, 5500 feet above sea level. The picturesque view of mountains around it make the event all the more alluring for Indians as well as foreign tourists.
When is Ziro Festival?
21st To 24th September 2017
Inception of the Festival
Apatani tribe inhabits Ziro valley and they are among the friendliest people with a flair for music. They are mainly involved with agriculture industry. Ziro Festival has managed to attract numerous music enthusiasts every year since 2012. Music lovers look forward to participate in the pomp celebrations of the festival.
What makes the festival so unique?
Music lovers have a great opportunity to witness talented musicians like Steve Shelley, Lee Ranaldo, Indus Creed, Peter Cat Recording Company, Barmer Boys, Menwhopause, Louw Majaw, Sha’air and Func, Guru Rewben Mashangwa, Mumbai-based Madboy, Skrat from Chennai, and Soulmate, the famous blues rock band from Shillong and International acts like Italian alt-rock band GramLines and Pakistani folk-jazz artist Natasha Humera Ejaz.
What adds to the melodious treat is the beautiful backdrop of North East India. Moreover, you can meet the Apatani tribe and experience their hospitality.
Around the Venue
You can go on biking and cycling expeditions, river rafting in the Kamle River, observe fish farming and visit the paddy rice fields nearby. Some tourists even go for bird watching and nature trekking.
Reaching the Venue
- By Road
There are direct buses from Guwahati and North Lakhimpur in Assam or Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh .
- By Flight
The nearest airport to Ziro is at Tezpur, Assam. It is advisable that you choose to fly to Guwahati instead, as flights to Tezpur get canceled without any reason. Frequent flights to all major cities are available from Guwahati.
- By Train
North Lakhimpur is the nearest railway station to Ziro. Arunachal Express runs from New Bongaigaon (180 kilometers from Guwahati) to Ziro.
Documents Required to Visit Ziro
Indian tourists will require the Inner Line Permit to visit the destination. You should apply for the permit in Resident Tourism Office, Arunachal Bhawan at Delhi, Assam Paryatan building in Guwahati, Guwahati International Airport, Naharlagun railway station or at the Arunachal Bhawan at Kolkata.
A valid ID proof, its photocopy and 2 passport size photographs are needed to get the permit. Cost will be Rs. 200.
Foreigners will have to write an email to email@example.com before the predetermined deadline and attach a scanned copy of passport and visa. Cost will be USD 70 and if you are opting for wire transfers, specify it in the email.
JustWravel’s Special Offer
JustWravel is here to make your trip even more exciting. If you are a music lover, nature lover, or both, plan a trip to Ziro right away and be a part of the stunning music festival that will surely win your heart.
It’s our promise that you will return with some long lasting and enviable memories to cherish with your friends or family.
Contributed By : Disha Bhatt
For any travel related query to Ziro , contact Justwravel at 92057 25727 or you can also mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org[post_title] => Experience the glory of music at Ziro Festival Arunachal Pradesh [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => experience-the-glory-of-music-at-ziro-festival-arunachal-pradesh [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-04-10 16:58:11 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-04-10 11:28:11 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?p=976 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1022 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2017-04-10 19:01:56 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-04-10 13:31:56 [post_content] => After a grueling week in the hustle and bustle, heat and dust, noise and crowd of the busy city, it is natural for you to feel the need for a break. Fortunately, Kolkata has an interesting mix of offbeat destinations that can serve as ideal weekend getaways for your fatigued soul. Here we sum up the top 10 weekend getaways from Kolkata for you:
- Sunderbans–If you are of the adventurous kind, then you will love Sunderbans. Home to the largest mangrove forest in the world and the Royal Bengal Tiger, this vast delta of islands, tidal-ways and creeks make for exciting river cruises. Sunderban is 57 kms away from Kolkata and can be reached via Canning.
- Shantiniketan –An abode of peace, learning and culture, Shantiniketan was found by Nobel LaureateRabindranath Tagore. Here you may explore the colourful festivals of Poush Mela and Basanta Utsav and enjoy folk songs of the Bauls. It is a scenic drive, 160 kms away from Kolkata.
- Bishnupur –A spiritual sojourn along the temples of Bishnupur can be an ideal stress buster. These historic terracotta temples were built by Malla rulers and now pass of as brilliant pieces of architecture. It is 140 kms away from Kolkata and can be accessed through bus or train.
- Darjeeling –If the sweltering heat seems too much, you can escape to the hills of Darjeeling. A majestic view of Kanchenjunga, a joyous ride on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway and a refreshing cup of Darjeeling tea awaits you here. Darjeeling can be reached by road via Siliguri, by train via Jalpaiguri and by air via Bagdogra.
- Tajpur –Far from the crowds of Digha and Mandarmani is this idyllic beach where red crabs crawl over golden sands while magical waves roll away day and night. It is a haven for various water sports like kayaking, parasailing, coastal biking and others. Tajpur is 187 kms away from Kolkata and is good for a road trip.
- Murshidabad –The former capital of Bengal, this historical town is teeming with heritage. Be it the Hazarduari Palace (Palace of a Thousand Doors) or the Nizamat Imambara, the largest in India, the Islamic architecture are a must see in Murshidabad. It is 207 kms away from Kolkata and is well connected through buses and trains.
- Alipurduar –Situated at the Himalayan foothills covered by dense forests with a wide diversity of wildlife, Ailpurduar is perfect for a brush with the wild. It is home to the Buxa Reserve and a gateway to Bhutan and North East India. Various buses ply to Alipurduar from Kolkata and trains reach there via Jalpaiguri.
- Hooghly –Often termed as Little Europe, this was very well the centre of British East India Company in the 1700s. You can behold the past glory now of Portuguese influence in Bandel, Dutch in Chinsurah, French in Chandannagar and Danish in Serampore. Hooghly is 60 kms away from Kolkata and can be accessed through buses and trains.
- Cooch Behar –For a royal getaway,you can travel to the erstwhile princely town of Cooch Behar. The Cooch Behar Rajbari stands in all its glory and is one of the prominent tourist attractions. Cooch Behar is 700 kms away from Kolkata. The nearest airport is Bagdogra and the nearest railway station is Jalpaiguri.
- Kalimpong –For a quiet rendezvous with the hills, you can head over to Kalimpong. Overlooking the Teesta River, Kalimpong has a unique flavour with its monasteries, nurseries and splendid views of the Himalayas. Kalimpong is located 645 kms away from Kolkata and can be accessed by road via Siliguri, by train via Jalpaiguri and by flight via Bagdogra.
Contributed by : Suhotra Roy Choudhury
For travel related queries, group tours,road trips, trekking trips, outstation cab booking,bike rentals, Hotel bookings ; Kindly contact us at https://justwravel.com/contact or call +91-9205725727[post_title] => 10 Weekend Getaways from Kolkata [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => 10-weekend-getaways-from-kolkata [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-04-12 13:04:15 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-04-12 07:34:15 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?p=1022 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1097 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2017-04-18 19:22:23 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-04-18 13:52:23 [post_content] => How many times has this happened. All planned up for the next trip and once we reach the destination and start unpacking we find a list of items missing. Normal trips things can be managed, but on treks sometimes the situation gets bad. Just helping out fellow wravelers with the list of items we deem necessary for any altitude trek. Feel free to add anything item you think we missed out on. For Summer Treks
- 1 Down Jacket (Main jacket)
- 1 Raincoat/ Poncho
- 1 Inner Layer
- 1 Waterproof Track pants
- Extra pair of Socks
- Trekking/ Hiking Shoes (Forclaz 100 and above)
- Woolen Cap
- Rucksack (At least 40L)
- Mufflers/ Neck Warmer
- Extra pair of Clothes
- Power Bank
- Water Bottle
- Tissue Roll
- Wet Tissue
- Hand Sanitizer
- Personal Toiletries
- First Aid Kit
- Match Box
- 1 Down Jacket (Main jacket)
- 2 Thermal Layers
- 1 Raincoat/ Poncho
- 1 Sweater/ Hoodie
- 1 Waterproof Track pants
- 1 Pair of Gaiters( For Snow Trek)
- 1 leg Thermal
- Woolen Socks (Multiple pair)
- Trekking/ Hiking Shoes (Forclaz 100 and above) should be high ankle and waterproof
- Woolen Cap
- Rucksack (At least 40L)
- Mufflers/ Neck Warmer
- Waterproof Gloves
- Extra pair of Clothes
- Power Bank
- Water Bottle
- Hiking Pole
- Tissue Roll
- Wet Tissue
- Hand Sanitizer
- Personal Toiletries
- First Aid Kit
- Match Box
Contributed by : Siddharth Kumar
For travel related queries, group tours,road trips, trekking trips, outstation cab booking,bike rentals, Hotel bookings ; Kindly contact us at https://www.justwravel.com/contact or call +91-9205725727[post_title] => Pushkar : A quaint town in Rajasthan [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => pushkar-a-quaint-town-in-rajasthan [to_ping] => [pinged] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/biking-essentials-a-safe-trip-is-a-trip-worth-taking/ [post_modified] => 2017-07-04 17:16:49 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-07-04 11:46:49 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?p=1108 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1125 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2017-05-04 18:09:23 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-05-04 12:39:23 [post_content] => Kolkata almost inherently recalls images of Victoria Memorial, Howrah Bridge or yellow taxis. However, there is so much more to the quintessential Kolkata experience than the usual stereotypes. Here, we list 10 of the most enchanting experiences that the cultural capital of India has in store for you:
- Take a morning walk at Rabindra Sarobar – You can start your day with a morning walk along Rabindra Sarobar, Kolkata’s lakeside promenade. You would inevitably find half of the city’s population here walking, cycling, rowing, swimming, playing football or just taking in a breath full of fresh air. This is where Kolkata gears up for the day and where you can too.
- Eat breakfast at Tiretta – Heading over to the only China Town in India, Tiretta is a place where you can have a unique Chinese breakfast prepared by the local inhabitants. Reach there as early as 6 am as the fare gets over by 8 am.
- Take a spiritual tour of Dakshineswar Kali Temple and Belur Math – Visit the nine-spired Dakshineswar Kali Temple built by Rani Rashmoni and feel the sacred rhythms of faith reverberating in your heart. On the other side of the Hooghly River, a ferry ride away, is the Belur Math, home to the Ramakrishna Mission, founded by Swami Vivekananda, a disciple of Ramakrishna Paramhamsa.
- Brush up your history at the Indian Museum – The largest and oldest museum in India houses some of the rarest and antique relics of scientific importance. You can gape at the exhibits of the Egyptian human mummy, Buddha’s ashes, the huge elephant skeleton or the fossils of prehistoric animals.
- Go shopping at New Market – A bright red Victorian Gothic structure, also known as Hogg Market, New Market has everything that you may want to buy, and all of that at dirt cheap prices. Snaking through the labyrinthine stalls and haggling to get the best deals may be an ordeal for some but if you can master that, then New Market is the place for you. From clothes to confection, flowers to shoes, electronic to cheese, New Market has it all.
- Take a tram ride – Your Kolkata experience will be incomplete without a ride on the oldest operating trams in Asia and the only ones in India. A part of the city’s unique heritage, boarding one of these whirring and creaking vehicles is nothing shorter than a joy ride that will eventually transport you back in time.
- Go on a river cruise at Prinsep Ghat – Kolkata offers a host of interesting transports – yellow taxis, trams, mini buses and of course boats. You can avail the last one on an iconic cruise across the Hooghly River at Prinsep Ghat. Predominated by couples young and old, these bobbing boats give you a spectacular view of sunset with the majestic Hooghly Bridge spanning the golden skies. This surreal experience is sure to make you fall in love all over again with Kolkata.
- Browse books at College Street and have coffee at the Indian Coffee House – Kolkata’s Boi Para (Book Neighbourhood) can be a dream place for any book lover with an array of in numerous book shops lining both sides of the street for 1.5 kilometres. The largest second hand book market in the world and largest book market in India, there is undoubtedly any title you would not find here. Keep your bargaining skills handy though. After you are done, drop in for a cup of coffee at the Indian Coffee House, a nostalgic hub of heated debates, intellectual conversations and the cultural nerve centre of Kolkata.
- Visit Jorasanko Thakur Bari, home to Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore – Although you have heard his songs play at every single traffic signal, a visit to his birthplace should be on your list. The ancestral house of Tagore family holds relics of the Nobel Laureate poet and hosts special programmes commemorating his birth and death anniversary.
- Watch a film at Nandan – The best way to end your day is to watch a film. And where better to do it than at Nandan! The hub for movie buffs and culture lovers, Nandan is almost an icon for Bengalis. Be sure to always find a crowd at Nandan, which once used to host the Kolkata International Film Festival.
Contributed by : Suhotra Roy Choudhury
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It was one of those Sunday afternoons when I was on my bed and was thinking how to celebrate the birthday of fellow wraveler Harman. And then I was enlightened by this idea of why not do something which is loved the most by us? TRAVEL AND EXPLORE! So I discussed the same with him, and he was more than happy to hear it. He had his birthday on 18th of April. So, I and seven other wravelers left for a road trip to Bir-Billing on 16th April. We had planned to do paragliding in Bir-Billing which is paragliding capital of India and then visit a remote village called Lohardi in Barot Valley Day 1: We hired a taxi and started our road trip to Bir-Billing. Bir is around 200 km from Jalandhar. We headed towards Hoshiarpur and then towards Mata Chintapurni. In between, we had our first stop on a very famous place called Bombay Picnic Spot, had our breakfast and got refreshed for the journey ahead. Few of the wravelers including me utilized this time to have some fun rides and swings. [caption id="attachment_1138" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Six of the eight wravelers posing for a photograph in Bombay Picnic Spot[/caption] We resumed our journey towards Kangra district, and the beautiful Dhauladhar ranges followed us everywhere. When we reached Kangra, we could see those beautiful snow-capped mountains of Dhauladhar ranges right in front of us. Few of the wravelers were trying to locate the Triund Hill. Mesmerized by the beauty of nature everyone got into a good mood that soon everyone started murmuring the song that was being played on the stereo. And later everyone started singing loudly, enjoying the lovely view that kept following us. We reached Baijnath, a small town in Kangra district and is home to world famous Shiv temple. It was built 5000 years ago in a single night, as told by the locals. Interestingly, a day lasted for six months and so did the night, when it was built. [caption id="attachment_1139" align="aligncenter" width="640"] View from Baijnath temple[/caption] We continued our road trip to Bir-Billing and took a left turn to reach Bir; it is around 14 km from Baijnath. While we were on this road, we could see many gliders in the sky, and it gave that amazing and a little anxious feeling to everyone. On reaching our destination, we had lunch, and everyone went to relax in the rooms and freshened up for the trek. After around 40 minutes, everyone was geared up for the trek. We had taken the important things required for trek such as torches, water bottles. We were running out of time to complete 10 km trek from Bir to Billing, so the guide asked us to cover a little distance by car and then hike so that we could reach Billing by sunset. [caption id="attachment_1140" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Wravelers ready to trek.[/caption] Distance from Bir to Billing by road is around 16 km. But if you trek from Bir to Billing it is cut short to 10 km. As advised by the guide we covered the initial few km by car and then we got down near a small gate, which marked the beginning of our trek. Trekking distance from there was around 3-4 km. It was already 5:30 pm, everyone clicked photos and started their trek towards Billing. [caption id="attachment_1141" align="aligncenter" width="576"] Gate where we began our trek.[/caption] The initial path of the trek was all covered with dry leaves which made the way look breath-taking. The trail was steep and rocky. Wravelers kept relaxing after every 20-30 mins and never missed a chance of clicking photographs at every beautiful view. According to me, the more altitude you are at more is the probability of finding those breath-taking views. It was already dusk, and we still had to cover a lot of distance to reach Billing. Many gliders were seen paragliding from Billing to Bir around sunset time. I am sure that is time best time to take the flight. Soon we had to use our torches to keep walking as the sunlight slowly faded away. Everyone was trying to capture the terrific scenes in their cameras, but I preferred capturing the same in my memory. It was completely dark by then. We kept walking ahead slowly. I could hear those melodious voices which were a feast for our ears. It started getting cold there. It was then I realized that this is the place I belong. I like everything about that environment. I was very thankful to God who gave me a chance to be here and somehow saved me from scorching conditions down there in Punjab. Soon we reached Billing. To fill our hungry stomach, we found a small tea shop which also served Maggi, omelet and other necessary items. Everyone ordered for Maggi and omelet. While Maggi was getting prepared, all the wravelers wore their warmers. I started staring at the galaxy of stars which looked way too beautiful. I was kind of jealous of the locals who saw it daily. Soon the Maggi and omelet were served to everyone, and without a doubt, it was delicious. We all headed towards our tents. We put our bags in the tents and then came out to sit around the bonfire arranged by the guides. Every wraveler had a great time during the bonfire. We met with another group from Delhi. Everyone introduced themselves and then had some good laugh together. As few of them were also Punjabi, we couldn’t have missed this opportunity, and soon everyone started doing Bhangra. There was no light, no water there in Billing. It was that kind of evening which I have always dreamt of. There were hardly any networks there, so I switched off my phone so that I could enjoy this evening to the fullest. After some time we were called for dinner. Well, I never expected to be served with chicken at an altitude of around 8000 ft. We were served with rajma chawal and dal. The food was delicious, and then we walked around the area for a while. We called the night early as we had long schedule the following day. Everyone went into their dome tents and had some good sleep dreaming about their first paragliding experience the next day. Day 2: Billing is the take-off site and is located at an altitude of 2430 m (almost 8000 ft). There is only one village ahead of Billing. Locals also told us that many treks start from that village. We all woke up early and had a little walk around the hill. All the wravelers got freshened up and sat together for tea. Having meals in hills is always fun when you’re on such location. An average food also tastes so good. Well, that was the best tea I ever had. How would it feel sipping the hot tea with spectacular views of Himalayas right in front of you, with your favorite music playing in your ears? We were served with Maggi. Guide over there told that light food is necessary before taking the flight. After having Maggi, me and few other wravelers saw guides packing the dome tents. We were keen to know as to how to pack and set those tents. So we spent next half an hour doing the same. All the people were polite and helpful. Wravelers then started walking towards the take-off site in Bir-Billing from the camping site. We took few photographs on the way. After we were there, we keenly watched the gliders. I was a bit nervous initially, but I knew I could do it because everyone else was already doing it. Well, that was just a way to console me. But it takes a lot of guts to jump from 8000 ft, although it’s quite safe. Soon the pilots arrived, and all the wravelers got ready for paragliding at Billing, but we all were a little nervous. I then met Rajiv bhaiya, the one who was to accompany me as a pilot during my paragliding flight. He assured me that I would do well so I should stop worrying. He guided me with the necessary information and soon there I was positioned to take off. The glider caught the right winds, and I could feel it over my head, and then Rajiv asked me to run. I tried hard and took two steps and jumped. I had put my feet in the air and then had no idea as to what happened for next two minutes. The next moment I found myself flying around the mountains like a bird. I was flying around the Dhauladhar ranges, and I could see those snow-capped mountains so close to me. Rajiv then asked me if I was okay? Although I had a fast heart beat and was bit nervous but I didn’t want him to know that because as I wanted to fly anyhow. I didn’t want him to reduce the time of my flight. He then performed a stunt called ‘Acrobatic,' in which the landing time is reduced rapidly. In this act, the glider gets tilted and starts rotating in a circular motion in a downward direction. While all this I wanted to speak, but I couldn’t. I could only feel my heart rate increasing. Finally, we landed safely. I felt so relieved when I was on the ground. I spent next 15 minutes wondering as to what exactly I witnessed. It was one hell of an experience.
Contributed by: Guneet Singh Manktala
For travel related queries, group tours, road trips, trekking tours, outstation cab booking, bike rentals, Hotel reservations; Kindly contact us at https://justwravel.com/contact or call +91-92057 25727[post_title] => Road Trip to Bir Billing [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => road-trip-to-bir-billing [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-06-07 11:10:42 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-06-07 05:40:42 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?p=1137 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 12 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1159 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2017-05-12 18:48:28 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-05-12 13:18:28 [post_content] => Leh, the main town in the district of Ladakh, in Jammu and Kashmir, India is without a doubt one of the most beautiful places in India. Set in a high altitude, the access remains restricted throughout the year, with roads being blocked for as long as six months. The roads usually open up in the month of May till Sept – October, and June – August have become the peak season especially after the popularization of the region in the movie three idiots, Jab Tak Hai Jaan. With the Leh – Ladakh season around the corner, I created a sample 7 – day Leh – Ladakh Itinerary which covers almost all the major attractions and can be used as a reference for anyone planning a trip to Leh – Ladakh.
Day 1Start your journey to Leh – Ladakh by landing at Leh Airport during the morning hours. Without spending too much time, head out to your hotel, make yourself comfortable and stay put for the day in your room. This acclimatization is critical for your body and for you to enjoy the rest of your trip. You may be tempted to step out and explore the city, but all you have to do is control your excitement for the day and relax in the room.
Day 2After a hearty breakfast head out to Sanchi Stupa to enjoy a panoramic view of Leh. Your next destination should be Tsemo Fort, which is practically visible from all over Leh. [caption id="attachment_1163" align="aligncenter" width="787"] Source[/caption] Built in the 16th century is Tsemo (Victory) Fort, is just a 15-minute climb opposite Chenrezi Lakhang with its ruins. This structure is visible from everywhere in Leh. This fort seems like a crown on the head of the Palace ridge. This small but ruined palace contains a number of worship flags. Directly underneath it is Tsemo gompa that is Tsemo monastery that consists of two temple buildings built in the 15th century, an eight-meter tall gold-faced statue of Maitreya Buddha. [caption id="attachment_1164" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Source[/caption] Enjoy a good serving of typical Ladakhi food at one of the popular restaurants in the market, before heading out to Leh Palace, which is a replica of Lhasa’s Potala Palace. A nine storey structure in dun color, the Leh Palace rises against the backdrop of the lofty Himalayas, looking more like a painter’s muse. Built mostly of mud, rocks, and wood, it is grand in its simplicity. The palace also houses a rich collection of traditional dresses and crowns, thangka paintings and some impressive traditional ornaments. The best part about Leh Palace is its terrace for you can pore over Leh, Stok Kangri and the Zanskar range from it. [caption id="attachment_1165" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Source[/caption] Spend the later part of the day at the Hall of Fame, which is a museum constructed and maintained by the Indian Army in the memories of the soldiers who lost their lives during the Indo – Pak wars. One of the most interesting sections is the one dedicated to a soldier’s life in Siachen Glacier. [caption id="attachment_1166" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Source[/caption] Do some city shopping if time permits and your body doesn’t give in to the tiredness/fatigue.
Day 3One of the major highlights of any trip to Leh – Ladakh is crossing the Khardung La Pass, the highest motorable pass built by the brave men of 201 Engineer Regiment, Indian Army. The road was opened to vehicular traffic on 27 August 1973. At an altitude of 18,380 feet, Khardung La Pass is the gateway to Shyok and Nubra Valleys. [caption id="attachment_1167" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Source[/caption] Khardung La is 39 km by road from Leh. The first 24 km, as far as the South Pullu check point, are paved. From there to the North Pullu checkpoint about 15 km beyond the pass the roadway is primarily loose rock, dirt, and occasional rivulets of snowmelt. From North Pullu into the Nubra Valley, the road is very well maintained (except in a few places where washouts or falling rock occur). While at Khardung La, don’t forget to have a cup of hot tea and a plate of hot Maggi at the Highest Cafeteria in the World. It is recommended that the maximum stopping time at the top should not be more than 30 minutes, so once you are done with clicking pictures and having some food, head out to the souvenir shop. The shop also maintained by the Indian Army sells all kinds of souvenirs like coffee mugs, beer mugs, decorative plates, tee shirts, and caps, etc. I have all of them with me. [caption id="attachment_1168" align="aligncenter" width="778"] Source[/caption] Cross Khardung La Pass and make your way towards Nubra Valley, Diskit Monastery, and Panamik. Panamik is famous for its hot water springs, and it’s also the last place up to which civilians are allowed on the road towards Siachen. Everyone has seen a camel at some point of time, but you should be privileged if you get to see a double humped camel. Head out to the Hunder sand dunes and catch a sight of the Double Humped Camels, which are an endangered species and the only place in India to see them is here at Hunder Sand dunes. This will remain a highlight of your trip to Leh – Ladakh. Stay for the night at Hunder/Nubra valley.
Day 4Start your return trip to Leh – Ladakh after a hearty breakfast, cross Khardung La top, enter Leh and head out to Thiksey Monastery, after having a good Tibetan lunch. The USP of this monastery is the 15 m high statue of Maitreya or Tara Devi. Covering almost two storeys, this is the largest such statue in Ladakh. [caption id="attachment_1169" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Source[/caption] Just a couple minutes away from Thiksey Monastery is a quaint little spot named as Indus Viewpoint or Sindhu Darshan. Go there to enjoy the calm atmosphere and feel the fresh breeze kiss your face. A charming place like that demands some time where you only feel the breeze and hear the sound of water gushing by. [caption id="attachment_1170" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Source[/caption] Get some rest after the tiring yet fruitful day, only to wake up to a fresh new adventure the next day.
Day 5After having an early breakfast, head out of Leh – Ladakh, towards Chang La Pass. When you are at the top of the third highest pass, make sure to click some pictures and have a hot cup of tea and some Maggi. Trust me, the tea and Maggi might not have tasted that heavenly ever before. [caption id="attachment_1171" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Source[/caption] Cross Chang La Pass and head out towards Pangong Tso Lake which is 140 Km from Leh. Situated at the height of 4350 m and almost 130 Km long, Pangong Tso is one-third in India and the remaining in Tibet. The first glimpse of the tranquil, azure blue waters and shaky lakeshore remains etched in the memory of tourists. On a bright sunny day, one can see as many as five different shades of blue along the length of the lake as you drive on the side of it. [caption id="attachment_1172" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Source[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1173" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Source[/caption] Stay for the night either at one of the camps or one of the homestay options in the nearby villages of Spangmik and TangTse.
Day 6Start early and take your return trip to Leh – Ladakh, and on your way back, stop by at the Hemis Monastery. Hemis Monastery or Hemis Gompa is one of the richest monasteries as it was protected by foreign invasions because of its remote location and hard to access route. [caption id="attachment_1174" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Source[/caption] On your way back from Hemis, get your adrenaline rush at an all-time high by trying out White Water Rafting on the mighty Indus or Zanskar.
Day 7Head out to Pathar Sahib Gurudwara and attend the lungar prepared by the Sikh soldiers of the Indian Army. Do try to help them in whatever way you can and then head to the point where you can witness the confluence of Indus and Zanskar. One can easily differentiate between both of the rivers, as one is muddy and the other one is a bit of the bluish-green tinge. While you are in the area, don’t forget to get amused by the weird happenings at Magnetic Hill where, your car goes uphill on its own, when put into neutral gear.
Day 8With loads of memories amidst mesmerizing landscapes, it’s time to say goodbye to Leh and fly back to your respective places, bringing your trip to Leh – Ladakh, to a great end.
- Leh is full of tourists all over the globe, so make sure to try out different cuisines like Ladakhi, Israeli, Tibetan, and Russian, etc.
- Things to Shop in Leh
- Tibetan Inspired Crockery
- Souvenirs from Khardung La and Pangong Tso Lake.
- Home Decorative items ( Tankha, paintings, giant fans)
- Miniature prayer wheel
- Tibetan prayer flags.
- Leh – Ladakh Souvenir T-Shirts.
- Sea Buckthorn Juice (A kind of berry grown in Leh – Ladakh)
Add-OnsThose who want to extend their trip to enjoy the beauty of Leh – Ladakh for a few more days can try out various trekking options in the Zanskar Valley. There are plenty of tour operators offering competitive prices for these short and long treks. For the biking enthusiasts, the option of renting a bike and riding all the way to Khardung La and beyond is always open. Due to the huge demand, you will be able to find a lot of garages offering Royal Enfield’s on a rental basis.
SummaryDay 1 – Arrive in Leh and rest for the day. Day 2 – In and around Leh city, cover Sanchi Stupa, Tsemo Fort, Leh Palace and Hall of Fame. Day 3 – Cross Khardung La Pass and head out to Nubra Valley, visit Diskit Monastery and witness Double Humped Camels at Hunder. Hot springs at Panamik. Day 4 – Return to Leh, and head out to Thicksey Monastery and Sindhu Darshan. Day 5 – Cross Chang La Pass and be spellbound when you get a glance of Pangong Tso Lake. Day 6 – Return to Leh via Hemis Monastery. Optional River Rafting near Karu Day 7 – Cover Magnetic Hill, Pathar Sahib Gurudwara, and Indus – Zanskar Confluence. Day 8 – With loads of happy memories, say bye bye to Leh and board your flight. Trip to Leh – Ladakh Ends. Book Leh Ladakh Package
Contributed By: Arnav Mathur
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A civil engineer by qualification, but a traveler by passion. Being an ARMY brat by birth, traveling and socializing is in his DNA. His belief is: “Go to a new place every month or two to explore, relax and live life to the fullest.” or basically to 'Eat Travel Live' and then Repeating the cycle over and over again. Read more about his travel escapades at theETLRblog.com. Check him out on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @TheETLRblog [post_title] => 7 Day Itinerary for an Ideal Ladakh Trip [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => 7-day-itinerary-ideal-ladakh-trip [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-05-13 02:40:18 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-05-12 21:10:18 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?p=1159 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1193 [post_author] => 56 [post_date] => 2017-05-15 14:52:11 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-05-15 09:22:11 [post_content] => Jaisalmer About this sound pronunciation, nicknamed "The Golden city", is a city in the Indian state of Rajasthan, located 575 kilometres west of the state capital Jaipur. Once known as Jaisalmer state it is a World Heritage Site. The town stands on a ridge of yellowish sandstone, crowned by a fort, which contains the palace and several ornate Jain temples. Jaisalmer is popularly called as the 'Golden City of India' because the yellow sand and the yellow sandstone used in the architecture of the city which provides a golden glow to the city. Jaisalmer is named after Maharawal Jaisal Singh, a Rajput king who founded the city in 1156 AD. The ruling dynasty is believed to have descended from the Yadava Prince Lord Krishna. The best time to visit Jaisalmer is from October to February while the peak season is from December to February. Summers are hot & dry and monsoon & winter offer pleasant weather to enjoy the golden city. Jaisalmer Fort Jaisalmer Fort is one of the largest fully preserved fortified cities in the world. It is situated in the city of Jaisalmer, in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is a World Heritage Site. It was built in 1156 AD by the Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal, from whom it derives its name. The fort stands amidst the sandy expanse of the great Thar Desert, on Trikuta Hill. Before the days of the British Raj, the fortress city served as a refuge and way-station for caravans and travelers along the Silk Road. Its ramparts served as the backdrop for many battles in past centuries when the Silk Road still served as one of the main trade routes between East and West. It is one of the best places to visit in Jaisalmer. Patwon Ki Haveli Jaisalmer Railway Station, Patwon-ki-Haveli is situated in a narrow lane near the Patwa Complex in Jaisalmer. It is the first haveli to have been erected in Jaisalmer and also one of the top places to visit in Jaisalmer. The Patwon ki Haveli is considered to be the one of the largest as well as the finest haveli of Rajasthan. Gadisar Lake Gadisar Lake or Gadsisar Lake is an artificial reservoir in Jaisalmer. It was the only source of water for the Jaisalmer city in the olden days and also one of the best Jaisalmer sightseeing places. The Gadisar Lake was constructed by Raja Rawal Jaisal, the first ruler of Jaisalmer and later reconstructed by Maharawal Gadsi Singh in the year 1367 AD. It is said this rain water lake once provided water to the entire town. Salim Sing Ki Haveli Salim Singh ki Haveli is an old edifice located at the heart of Jaisalmer city near Jaisalmer Fort. This beautiful architectural building is one of the major tourist places in Jaisalmer. Salim Singh ki Haveli was built in 1815 CE by Salim Singh, the then Prime Minister of the kingdom when Jaisalmer was the capital. It is said that once the Haveli of Salim Singh had two additional wooden storeys in an attempt to make it as high as the maharaja's palace but the Maharaja did not take this attempt in good spirit. Currently it has only five stories as the upper two tiers were demolished as per the order of the king. Desert Cultural Centre Desert Cultural Centre & Museum is located on the Gadisagar Road in Jaisalmer. It is one of the popular tourist attractions in Jaisalmer. Various musical instruments and folk dance related costumes can be found in this museum. Costumes of the erstwhile maharajas and maharanis can also found in the museum. Tazia Tower Tazia Tower is located in the Badal Palace complex near Amar Sagar Gate inside Jaisalmer Fort. The intricate designs, minarets and architectural fusion of this tower make it one of the top Jaisalmer tourist places. Tazia Tower was constructed in the form of Tazia that are usually part of Muslim religious festivities. It was constructed in 1886 AD by Muslim carvers who presented it as a gift to the imperial Hindu king, Maharawal Berisal Singh. Jain Temples - Jaisalmer Fort Jaisalmer has been enriched by its Jain community, which has adorned the city with beautiful temples, notably the temples dedicated to the 16th Tirthankara, Shantinath, and 23rd Tirthankara, Parshvanath. There are seven Jain temples in total which are situated within the Jaisalmer fort built during 12th and 15th centuries. Among these temples, the biggest one is the The Paraswanath Temple and is most attractive; others being Chandraprabhu temple, Rishabdev temple, Shitalnath Temple, Kunthunath Temple, and Shantinath Temple. Known for their exquisite work of art and architecture that was predominant in the medieval era the temples are built out of yellow sandstone and have intricate engravings on them. Jaisalmer boasts some of the oldest libraries of India which contain rarest of the manuscripts and artefacts of Jain tradition. There are many pilgrimage centres around Jaisalmer such as Lodhruva(Lodarva), Amarsagar, Brahmsar and Pokharan. Bada Bagh Bada Bagh, also called Barabagh is a garden complex about 6 km north of Jaisalmer on way to Ramgarh, and halfway between Jaisalmer and Lodhruva in the state of Rajasthan in India. It contains a set of royal cenotaphs, or chhatris of Maharajas of Jaisalmer state, starting with Jai Singh II Lodurva Lodrawa is a village in Jaisalmer district, Rajasthan, India. It is 15 km to the north-west of Jaisalmer. Lodrawa was the ancient capital of the Bhatti dynasty till 1156 AD, when Rawal Jaisal founded the Jaisalmer state and shifted the capital to Jaisalmer. Today, it is a popular tourist destination, known for its architectural ruins and surrounding sand dunes. Apart from that Ludrawa is also famous for the Jain temple dedicated to 23rd Tirthankara, Parshvnath destroyed in 1152 AD when Muhammad Ghori sacked the city but was reconstructed in 1615 by Seth Tharu Shah and further additions were commissioned in 1675 and 1687. The temples were rebuilt in the late 1970s, are reminders of the city's former glory. Rishabhanath Temple and Shambhavanath Temple are also major attraction. Other places are Hinglaj mata temple, Chamunda mata temple, and old temple of Shiva. Kuldhara Kuldhara is an abandoned village in the Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan, India. Established around 13th century, it was once a prosperous village inhabited by Paliwal Brahmins. It was abandoned by the early 19th century for unknown reasons, possibly because of dwindling water supply, or as a local legend claims, because of persecution by the Jaisalmer State's minister Salim Singh. Gradually, it acquired reputation as a haunted site, and the Rajasthan State Government decided to develop it as a tourist spot. It is also one of the best tourist places to visit in Jaisalmer. [post_title] => 10 Top Places to Visit in Jaisalmer [post_excerpt] => Jaisalmer About this sound pronunciation, nicknamed "The Golden city", is a city in the Indian state of Rajasthan, located 575 kilometres west of the state capital Jaipur. Once known as Jaisalmer state it is a World Heritage Site. 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Spiti Valley can be rightly referred to as ‘the world within a world’; trust me when I say this. Once you reach Lahaul – Spiti in Himachal Pradesh, you are certainly going to be besotted by the completely different picturesque reality. It’s like the calm and poised heart of the great peacekeeper, preserved by giant rugged grey mountains over thousands of years, for humans to relish the synergy of tranquillity and unadulterated Mother Nature.
Though the scenic beauty is enough to attract tourists; Justwravel is offering a few more reasons for you to and experience the breath-taking journey to Spiti Valley.
Impressive encounters on the road: The grotesque roads are quite difficult to cross, to ascend the valley floor which is 4,270 m. above the ground, which only gets more adventurous beyond the valley entrance at Kunzum La; accessible from Lahaul. The lofty ranges guarding the winding up-hill road make the Journey more adventurous for sure. The occasional hanging-roof tunnels on the way with steep rugged slopes guarded with metal bars - the Indian version of grand canyons.
The colourful monasteries: Spiti doesn’t incur the significant typicality of valleys i.e. greeneries, trees, lakes etc. Instead, the sacred Monasteries and its quaint villages are more appealing elements. It’s a treat to the eyes how "The Monasteries' chiselled on the sturdy hills have maintained their being for over so many years. And the artworks on the walls prove a craftsmanship of antiquity naturally increases its enigma. So sacred and holy the Monasteries are as they seem to pardon every sin that confessed itself discretely. In absence of luxurious Hotels or cosy guest houses at this remote place far from the mainland, a solo traveller may reside at Monastery for a comfortable and auspicious stay; Kye Monastery and Tabo Monastery are among the hot favourites.
The overwhelming wild: Spiti tourism is much appreciated for its generosity to introduce the wild fauna inhabiting the valley. Though spotting one is absolutely dependent on sheer luck but you may happen to come by an ibex, musk deer, Himalayan blue sheep or behold the magnificence of a brief and hopefully sober encounter with the snow leopard or great Himalayan brown bear while a shudder crawls up your spine. Perhaps, climbing up on a Yak for Safari on a friendly note unless you’re too reserved to ride and the thought just displeases you.
The local flavours: The tribal villages, the people, the food are another attraction. It seems to sing the song of solitariness and isolation but every time it contemplates a heart-soothing piece, being prevented from all the malice of this world. Most of the local people In Spiti are Tibetans; their culture has quite a resemblance with the local populace in Ladakh. The simple flat terrace architecture, with scattered houses along the slopes all the way to the top, makes the whole settlement looks like a hill carved out by mason’s hand. Last but not the least, the Spiti food are a common add-on ecstasy in your respite as every Spiti eatery offers you a finger licking food including fresh noodles, vegetables, and pork chops fermented with Tibetan spices along with an amicable hospitality.[post_title] => This is why you need to visit Spiti – the serene peace seeker’s paradise [post_excerpt] => It’s like the calm and poised heart of the great peacekeeper, preserved by giant rugged grey mountains over thousands of years, for humans to relish the synergy of tranquillity and unadulterated Mother Nature. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => visit-spiti [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-07-21 12:55:51 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-07-21 07:25:51 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?post_type=guest_post&p=1237 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1243 [post_author] => 62 [post_date] => 2017-05-31 10:39:50 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-05-31 05:09:50 [post_content] => [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="385"] Rosogulla[/caption]
Eastern India comprises of the diverse states of West Bengal, Orissa, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Tripura and Sikkim. It offers a wide variety of cuisine that is in sharp contrast to the rest of the country. With a strong geographical influence from China and Mongolia, Eastern Indian cuisine can be broadly classified into three schools: Bengali, Assamese and North Eastern and Odiya.
Owing to its climate, this corner of the subcontinent produces a lot of rice and proximity to the coastal region means it has a deep affinity towards fish. Two of the most essential ingredients that lend Eastern Indian cuisine its unique flavour are mustard (seed, paste and oil) and a special medley of five spices known as Paanch Phoron namely cumin seeds, nigella seeds, black mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds and fennel seeds.
Sweets are a predominant part of the meal and no meal is complete without them.
So, here is a list of 10 essential dishes from Eastern India:
Shukto – Trust Bengal for a perfect beginning to your meal. This magical mix of vegetables will make any vegan fall in love with Bengal. The veggie wonders used are red potato, bitter gourd, plantain, brinjal, drumsticks, bori (hardened lentil dumpling), all of which are cooked in a creamy gravy.
2. Chingri Maacher Malaikari – You can’t imagine a Bong menu without fish, right? Although, technically it is not a fish, however Chingri (prawn) still finds the highest place in the Bong palate. The combination of prawns and a milky coconuty gravy is too good to resist, I am sure![caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="369"] Chingri Macher Malaikari[/caption]
1. Rosogulla – As they say, “All’s well that ends well”. And what better way to end than a tinge of sweetness. Trust Bengal when it comes to sweets. Rosogulla is a household name in Bengal. These little dumplings of chenna (cottage cheese) and semolina dipped in sugar syrup are so famous that they are exported abroad as well.
2. Dahi Vada-Aloo Dum – Odiya people know how to bring a twist in the taste. This sumptuous street snack does just that and brings a best of both worlds. While the dahi vada (flour dumplings dipped in yoghurt) cools your taste buds, the hot alur dum (deep fried potato) and ghugni (yellow peas with gravy) leaves you with a tinge of spice.
3. Pakhala Bhata – With the sweltering summers around, nothing like a cooling dish to beat the heat. Try the traditional Odiya dish: fermented rice (rice, curd, cucumber, cumin seeds and mint leaves) served with roasted vegetables like bori, potato, papad or fried fish. It is considered to be the perfect antidote to heat stroke.[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="354"] Pakhala Bhata[/caption]
1. Khar – Another vegan delicacy from Assam, this is a delectable dish made of pulpy vegetables such as papaya, pulses, cucumber, gourds and the main ingredient, khar, made by distilling water through ashes of banana peels.
2. Smoked pork – With the Nagas’ love for pork and beef, even chicken and mutton take a backseat. Thus Naga style smoked pork is worth a try. Cooked with dried soya beans, the typical Raja Mirchi and served with dried yam leaves or bamboo shoot, it is one of the most iconic dishes from the region.
3. Iromba – One of the most unique dishes from the remote corners of India, Iromba will surprise your taste buds with its tanginess. Prepared from fermented fish along with boiled or steamed vegetables with a plethora of red chillies, Irumba has a strong, pungent taste.[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="350"] Iromba[/caption]
1. Bai – One of the regulars in Mizo cuisine, Bai is traditionally a mixture of vegetables, salt, soda, fermented pig fat and water cooked in the same pot. Though it usually made with pork sauce, it can also be turned into a vegetarian dish with butter. It is spiced with local herbs.
2. Tungtap – Pickles and chutney are common to any cuisine. So is it for Meghalayan cuisine. Tungtap is a tangy chutney hailing from this little state of North East India. A dry fish paste where the fish is burnt and mixed with onion, green chilli, and red chilies, it is commonly had with Jadoh, a rice and meat speciality.
Which are your favourite dishes from Eastern India, Wravellers?[post_title] => 10 Essential Dishes from Eastern India [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => 10-essential-dishes-eastern-india [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-05-31 10:39:50 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-05-31 05:09:50 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?post_type=guest_post&p=1243 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1251 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2017-05-31 17:34:33 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-05-31 12:04:33 [post_content] => 10 day ‘Journey to Ladakh’ tour explores various naturally furnished regions of Himachal Pradesh and Leh Ladakh. Moore Plains, Gaata Loops ,Thiksey Monastery, Pangong Lake ,Nubra Valley and several more. When on this road road trip its good to pack according to the terrain. Packing List for Leh Ladakh Road Trip : • Down Jacket /Main Jacket • Thermals (Upper & Lower) • Clothes • Socks • Undergarments • Gloves • Slippers • Running Shoes/ Outdoor Shoes • Hats/Caps • Daypack • Medicines (Diamox – to reduce chances of AMS) • First Aid Kit • Documents – ID (Driver’s License, AADHAR Card, Voter ID :: Passport and Visa copy for Foreign Nationals) • Sun Glasses • Torch • Water Bottle • Power bank • Mobile Charger / Travel Charger • Raincoat • Hand Sanitizer • Toiletries • Cold Cream • Lip Guard • Sunscreen Lotion 7 Day Itinerary for Ladakh for a short trip ! For travel related queries, group tours, road trips, trekking tours, outstation cab booking, bike rentals, Hotel reservations; Kindly contact us at https://www.justwravel.com/contact or call +91-92057 25727 [post_title] => Things To Pack For Leh Ladakh Road Trip [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => things-to-pack-for-leh-ladakh-road-trip [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-06-07 11:08:22 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-06-07 05:38:22 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?p=1251 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1258 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2017-06-05 11:51:38 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-06-05 06:21:38 [post_content] => World’s Environment Day World’s Environment Day (WED) is celebrated every year on 5 June to make people aware about the Environment, issues related to Environment caused by them like global warming, pollution, wildlife crime, etc. & effects on their daily life due to these issues and thus encourage them to protect environment & plan to mitigate these issues. It is also known as Environment Day and Eco Day. It is one of the greatest annual events which is celebrated worldwide. It was started in 1972 by United Nations General Assembly on the first day of United Nations Conference on the Human Environment and after two years, first WED was held. Since 1974, it has been hosted by different countries like Italy, Barbados, Angola, Norway, United States, and Brazil, i.e. the centre of the activities has been rotating. This year’s host is Canada. Currently, WED has participation from over 143 counties worldwide.
<Source: www.awarenessdays.com>World’s Environment Day promotes ways to improve Earth’s environment, such as conserving forests, protecting wildlife, etc. It is celebrated by holding activities like street rallies, parades, concerts, tree planting, art exhibitions, dance activities, film festivals, community events, social media campaigns, and clean-up campaigns. Schools and universities also hold many competitions related to it like slogan writing, poster making, etc.Environment is very necessary for one’s life, nobody can survive without it. People are cutting trees very rapidly for different reasons like construction, raw materials, etc., using natural resources without any planning which will cause them to vanish from earth and thus will affect future generations so it is very necessary to save them. As people are getting more aware about the impacts that environment degradation can cause, the importance of this day has been increasing. It is a day for global action and resolution toward keeping environment healthy for one and all. From the first WED event only, there has always been a theme associated with the celebrations, decided by UN, which is used by major corporations, NGOs, governments, communities, and celebrities to advocate environmental causes. The first theme was ’Only One Earth’. Every year’s theme focus on a special issue of Environment to make people aware about it, its effects and thus do something so that Environment can be protected for future use which is necessary for future development. Theme also brings effectiveness in the campaign by attracting more attention from people. There has been many themes like ‘Development without Degradation’, ‘A Tree for Peace’, ‘Desertification’, ‘Children and the Environment’, ‘Melting Ice- a Hot Topic?’, ‘Green Cities’, ‘Give Earth a Chance’, ‘One World, One Environment’, etc. Last year’s theme was ‘Zero Tolerance for the illegal trades in wildlife’ which highlighted the fight against the illegal trade in wildlife. This year’s theme is ‘Connecting People to Nature’, which encourages us to get outdoors and into nature, to appreciate its beauty and its importance, and to take forward the call to protect the Earth that we share. Eco-tourism, a good example of ways in which people can connect to nature, means responsible travel to natural areas conserving the environment and improving the well-being of the local people. It involves visiting relatively undisturbed natural areas and focuses on socially responsible travel, personal growth and environmental sustainability. The places visited are the ones where flora, fauna and cultural heritage are the primary attractions. It offers people an insight into impact of their activities on Environment and nurtures greater appreciation of natural habitats among them. It sensitizes people to the beauty and the fragility of nature. India is considered to be land of varied geography and it has many destinations which not just de-stress you but also rejuvenate you. There are many eco-tourism destinations in India which make you feel closer to Mother Nature. Some of them are:
- Kerala Backwaters
- Munnar, Kerala
- Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
- Thenmala, Kerala
- Jotsoma village in Kohima, Nagaland
- Tsomoriri Wetland Conservation Reserve, Ladakh
- Mawlynnong, Meghalaya
- Tyda, Andhra Pradesh
- Thodupuzha, Kerala
- Coorg, Karnataka
- Maredumilli, Andhra Pradesh
- Nagarhole National Park, Karnataka
- Bandipur National Park, Karnataka
- Great Himalayan National Park, Himachal Pradesh
- Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh
- Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan
- Sunderbans National Park, West Bengal
- Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve, Sikkim
- Kaziranga National Park, Assam
- Eravikulam National Park, Kerala
- Periyar National Park, Kerala
- Galgibaga Beah, Goa
- Chilika, Odisha
The pink city of Rajasthan known as Jaipur is itself a tourist place. With millions of tourists making a visit at the larger than life palaces and forts of Jaipur, it is evident that the historical beauty of Jaipur remains unmatched. However, there are plenty of other destinations around Jaipur that are no less than stress busters when it comes to unwinding yourself from the chaotic hustle bustle of city life. One such weekend getaway is a road trip from Jaipur to Ranthambore. What can be better than a day out amidst the enthralling wildlife of Ranthambore? Sounds exciting? It indeed is.
Located in the district of Sawai Madhopur, Ranthambore National Park is famous for its rich wildlife and is known to be as one of largest national parks situated in North India. Ranthambore is located at a distance of 168 km from Jaipur and can be reached easily in around 3.5 hours. The ideal way of enjoying this road trip is opting for a cab or car. It is a great way of enjoying the trip with family and friends. So, this weekend, leave your worries behind, pack your bags and get ready to dive in the beauty of Ranthambore wildlife.
Places to visit at Ranthambore.
1. Ranthambore Fort: Situated at a distance of 5km from the Ranthambore National Park, this fort is a landmark of the wildlife reserve. The grandeur of this fort has led to its listing in the UNESCO’s world heritage site. Carved at a hill of 700 ft altitude, the mansion is home to a dense forest and dwindling wildlife.
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2. Surwal Lake: This beautiful, serene lake is home to a plenty of birds and can serve as a great place for sightseeing if you ever visit Ranthambore. The tranquillity of this lake is breathtaking during monsoon and winter where one can see nature at its best. Surwal Lake is definitely a place for the people looking for some peace and solace.
3. Padam Lake: Serving as the main source of water for the animals of the wildlife sanctuary, Padam Lake is the largest lake within the reserve. Early mornings on Padam Lake can mesmerize you with rare scenes of Chinkara deer here. In addition, the profound beauty of this lake enhances during winter when quintessential water lilies bloom here.
4. Kachida Valley: Situated on the outskirts of the sanctuary, Kachida Valley is carved midst low altitude jagged hills and is home to a rich variety of Panthers, Bears, Deer and wild boars. It is one of the most beautiful places in Ranthambore where one can enjoy wildlife to its fullest.
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5. Raj Bagh Ruins: Located midst Padam Talao and Raj Bagh Talao, the ruins of Raj Bagh give a rustic and royal touch to the surroundings of the Ranthambore National Park. The relics of the intricately carved arches, the grandeur of the Palace and the picturesque outhouses reminds one of the majestic eras of the royals of Rajasthan.
6. Lakarda and Anantpura: Situated in the Northern and North-Western region, Lakarda and Anantpura are home to a variety of porcupines and monkeys. The rare species of Indian Striped Hyenas can also be found here if one gets lucky during sightseeing.
7. Malik Talao: This small yet beautiful lake is heaven for birdwatchers where they can engulf in the wonders of nature by getting hold of the rare sights of Marsh Crocodiles along with cranes, Kingfishers, egrets, herons, ibis, and stork.
8. Wild Dragon: This adventure park situated within the reserve is a must visit place if you have a thing for adventure. The thrills of Zorbing, horror house and the ATV (All-Terrain Vehicle) are enough to give the adventure streak within you a much-needed adrenaline rush.
A weekend getaway at Ranthambore is something which will induce you with fun-filled memories of a lifetime. So, plan a perfect trip to this wildlife hub and get ready for some adventure.Courtesy Sheerin Naz [post_title] => Enjoy the best of wildlife: A road trip from Jaipur to Ranthambore. The best weekend getaway. [post_excerpt] => A weekend getaway at Ranthambore is something which will induce you with fun-filled memories of a lifetime. So, plan a perfect trip to this wildlife hub and get ready for some adventure. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => ranthambore-wildlife-weekend-getaway [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-06-21 10:39:52 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-06-21 05:09:52 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?post_type=guest_post&p=1271 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1317 [post_author] => 62 [post_date] => 2017-06-21 18:54:28 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-06-21 13:24:28 [post_content] => A venerable nature’s paradise lies in the north-easternmost corner of the Indian subcontinent. Teeming with virgin forests, gorgeous peaks and home to 26 indigenous tribes, Arunachal Pradesh is unexplored and inviting. A patch of green on the Indian map, the largest member of the Seven Sisters has rightly owned the sobriquet “Land of Dawn Lit Mountains”.
Places to SeeArunachal Pradesh offers a plethora of options for travellers seeking beauty, culture or just adrenaline rush. Although every inch of Arunachal Pradesh is a revelation in itself, however, for those who wish to have a bit of everything, here are the top destinations to experience in this magical land. Itanagar, the state capital, is a confluence of nature and heritage. The historical fort brings recollections of the past while the Namdapha National Park and the Itanagar Wildlife Sanctuary amazes with its abounding wildlife. Ganga Lake, Indira Gandhi National Park, Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum, Polo Park and Craft Centre are ideal sightseeing spots. Bomdila, 8000 ft above sea level, seems like an abode of the gods. The Bomdila viewpoint offers stunning views of the surrounding valley. The gorgeous Dirang Valley and the beautiful R.R. Hill offer scenic trekking trails. The Bomdila Monastery is a terrific centre of art and craft. Sessa Orchid Sanctuary is an added attraction. Ziro, another trekking haven, leaves the hustle and bustle of the city far away. Relaxing treks along pine trees and paddy fields are soothing. Ziro Putu is an ideal spot overlooking the majestic Ziro Valley. It is also the gateway to the famous Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. Tarin Fish Farm and Tipi Orchid Research Centre are wonderful places to look around. Roing in Lower Dibang Valley is a place of picturesque beauty. Nehru Van Udyan is the most famous site, a forest park on the banks of Deopani River. Bhiskmaknagar Fort, Mehao Lake and Wildlife Sanctuary and orange orchards on the way to Bhismaknagar from Roing are other interests. Bhalukpong, only 56 km from Tezpur, is ideal for adventure lovers. Trekking, river rafting and hiking are good options here. The Kaziranga Wildlife Sanctuary, Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary and Bhalukpong Fort are a must see.
FestivalsThe diversity of tribes in Arunachal Pradesh ensures a vibrant melting pot of culture and festivals. The festivals are reason enough to visit Arunachal Pradesh. Losar heralds the New Year in Arunachal Pradesh and is one of the major festivals. Celebrated by the Monpa tribe, this major festival in Tawang and West Kemang is held in February and lasts for around 8 to 15 days. The Ziro Festival of Music is a feisty four-day outdoor music festival that brings together the best of domestic and international performances. Solung, another prominent festival, is celebrated by the Adi community in monsoon. The 10-day agricultural festival brings out the rich ethnic tapestry of the state. Nyokum festival of the Nyishi tribe is a traditional song and dance festival held for 2 days in February. The Ziro based Dree festival is celebrated by the Apatani tribe. In this, animals are sacrificed as offering to Gods. The Pangsua Pass Winter Festival is a 3-day cultural extravaganza in Nampong where the folk song, dance, and handicrafts in display portray the rich heritage of the region.
CultureHome to 26 tribes and over 50 dialects, Arunachal Pradesh shines with its cultural and linguistic diversity. The major tribes are Adi, Aka, Apatani, Bori, Bokar, Galo, Nyishi and Tagins. The people of Arunachal Pradesh are of Tibeto-Burmese origin and can be divided into 3 cultural groups: Buddhists, tribes following Donyi-Polo religion (worship of Sun and Moon God) and Christians and Hindus.
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FoodFood is just an extension of the culture of the people of Arunachal Pradesh. Rice is the staple food of the region. Two interesting ways of cooking rice are in brass utensils with steam (Dung Po) and in a bamboo (Kholam). Bamboo shoots are widely used in almost every dish of Arunachalis.
ShoppingArunachal Pradesh offers a varied shopping experience for those who love shopping. The diverse tribes produce beautiful products that can be bought as wonderful souvenirs. Buddhist goods are also aplenty considering a chunk of the people here follow Buddhism. A variety of ornaments like bamboo bangles and beads can be found. Masks that almost resemble real faces are available made by Monpa tribe. Other handicrafts items include wood carved products, woven products, cane and bamboo works, pottery and ivory work. Yak cheese is available in individual villages.
How to ReachThe land of lakes, mountains, forests and monasteries is not hard to reach. The nearest airport to Arunachal Pradesh is Lilabari (North Lakhimpur) in Assam, 260 km away. Kolkata and Guwahati are the nearest airports connecting the region to the rest of the world. If you prefer railways, then Harmuti station (Assam), 43 km away from Itanagar, the state capital, is the nearest railway station. The state is well connected by road to all major cities. The Arunachal Pradesh State Transit (APST) connect important places like Bomdila and Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh to Guwahati and Tezpur in Assam. For the more adventurous ones, helicopter services are available from Guwahati.
Best time to visitBeing surrounded by hills and forests, Arunachal Pradesh has a pleasant climate. The best time to visit this region is from October to April.
PermitsAn Inner Line Permit (ILP) is required for Indian tourists to visit Arunachal Pradesh. This is issued by AP Houses in New Delhi, Kolkata and Guwahati. The ILP is provided sector wise. Foreign tourists are required to get a Restricted Area Permit (RAP). This is available only in AP Houses in New Delhi and Kolkata. RAPs are required to be shown at checkpoints and in accommodations. It is advisable to keep several physical copies of the same. Have you been to Arunachal Pradesh, Wravellers? Looking to Trek in Arunachal Pradesh : Geshela Peak For details on Arunachal Pradesh, Tours and Packages Contact Team. [post_title] => A Complete Guide to Arunachal Pradesh [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => arunachal-pradesh-complete-guide [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-06-21 19:16:55 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-06-21 13:46:55 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?post_type=guest_post&p=1317 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1289 [post_author] => 60 [post_date] => 2017-06-27 10:39:07 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-06-27 05:09:07 [post_content] =>
India's aamchi Tomorrowland; the Ziro festival offers a euphoric extravaganza of music and jolly multitude. The essence of live music and cravings for the camping experience along with the memory frames from Tomorrowland videos inspired me to venture into the realms of amazing Arunachal Pradesh to plunge into the rhythm of life - best known as Festival of Music.[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="678"] Image Courtesy - grapevineonline.in[/caption]
It was quite late when I reached Guwahati as I expected to reach Ziro before the inauguration of the pompous Festival of Music. I collaterally hurled myself in a cab without wasting another minute, and off it went. The 7 hours of travelling seems to be a spree, through the absence of smooth city roads were much strongly felt over the frequent jerking. As the roads ahead winded up and down on the hilly terrain, I didn't realise when the cool gushing wind put me to dreamy slumbers. Only, to open my eyes to the vastness and panorama of the meadows of Ziro Valley from afar. As the cab drove nearer, I had a quick glance all around; it appeared synonymous to the wondrous imagination of the picturesque comprising Eden green grasses in the cradle of sky-piercing mountains, gleaming in delight of the fading sun rays as the bright orange penetrate the rigour of cocktail blue[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="652"] Image Courtesy - tropoto.com[/caption]
With all the faint humming in the air, I was certain the course of the Festival of Music has already begun. I started walking along the kuccha road and across the velvet green spread, in haste. Blooming with hundreds of music lover the festivities were on; some were busy setting up their tents, others were desperately seeking the most scenic spot for a few clicks. The musicians from among the crowd were already pumping up the ambience with their jamming session; the folk song in a mindblowing combination with other genres was being reciprocated with applauds and laudation. The feelings of the rest were nearly inexplicable.[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="682"] Image Courtesy - festivalsherpa.com[/caption]
Several bands, solo artists, rappers, musicians, folklores performing on a bamboo stage, made the spectators groove unhinged with an unbound exhilaration from dusk till dawn for all four days. In late September the winter has already started setting in, and a few beers led me moshing along with the songs of a rasping chap and his punk band members late at night. While some were hit numbers and some in a totally different language that I wasn't acquainted with, but yet I thumped my feet to every single beat. Truly, music knows no linguistic barriers; it just flows like the wind and rivers, touching souls connecting emotions and leaving a vivid memory in a golden frame.[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="666"] Image Courtesy -holidayiq.com[/caption]
My story shall remain incomplete without the honourable mention of the popular local flavours. During my stay, I feasted on Thukpa (a soup made of vegetables, minced meat and noodles), Zan (made of millets and had with meat and fermented cheese) and Gyapa Khazi (rice pulao with fermented cheese and shrimp) in a typical Tibetan style restaurant. Also, the colourful crest of Apa Tani tribe offers exquisite and colourful woollens, bamboo crafts, handlooms etc. to carry back home as a memento from India's not so popular but most ecstatic Festival of Music. The music mania came to an end with heavy hearts just like mine. As the night before echoed in my ears and occupied my thoughts, I promised to return again to witness the sensational Ziro Festival.[post_title] => An awesome experience at Ziro festival 2016 - the ultimate destination for live music lovers [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => ziro-festival [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-06-27 10:56:19 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-06-27 05:26:19 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?post_type=guest_post&p=1289 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 1 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1419 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2017-07-04 16:33:03 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-07-04 11:03:03 [post_content] => A trip to Leh Ladakh is there on every traveler’s bucketlist, but not everyone is convinced of taking a road trip to the land of Passes – Leh Ladakh.A trip from Manali takes one across 5 passes namely Rohtang La, Baralach La, Namki La, Lachalanga La, Tangalang La, out of which Tangalang La Pass is the 2nd higheset motorable pass in the world. The journey from Leh to Nubra valley takes you across Khardung La pass, which is the world’s highest motorable pass.Further, the journey from Leh to Pangong Tso, takes you across Chang La pass, which is the third highest pass. We recently took a road trip to Leh Ladakh via Manali and these 18 pictures are sure as hell going to convince you as well to take the road trip of a lifetime with us. [caption id="attachment_1420" align="aligncenter" width="1022"] Starting the ascent towards Rohtang La pass[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1422" align="aligncenter" width="1020"] Green Mountains everywhere after crossing Rohtang La[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1424" align="aligncenter" width="1018"] Entry into Jammu and Kashmir, via Sarchu[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1425" align="aligncenter" width="1018"] And we are in the cold deserts of Leh Ladakh[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1426" align="aligncenter" width="1022"] Still a long way to go to reach our destination - Leh Ladakh[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1423" align="aligncenter" width="818"] The picturesque Moore Plains before Tangalang La Pass[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1427" align="aligncenter" width="1020"] Tangalang La Pass - 2nd highest pass[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1428" align="aligncenter" width="1022"] Oh these roads![/caption] [caption id="attachment_1429" align="aligncenter" width="826"] Driving through Clouds[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1430" align="aligncenter" width="1020"] All set to reach Khardung La Pass[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1431" align="aligncenter" width="1020"] And we are there! At 18380 feet[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1432" align="aligncenter" width="1022"] Braving snowfall on our way towards Nubra Valley[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1433" align="aligncenter" width="824"] Sunsets at the sand dunes in Nubra Valley[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1434" align="aligncenter" width="1018"] A bright morning marks our ascent towards Chang La Pass[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1435" align="aligncenter" width="1022"] And we conquered the mighty Chang La as well[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1436" align="aligncenter" width="1022"] Hoards of Yak's on our way towards Pangong Tso[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1437" align="aligncenter" width="1022"] The first glimpse of the mighty Pangong Tso[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1423" align="aligncenter" width="822"] Country Roads take me home[/caption] The beauty of Ladakh is such that, even random shots taken on the move turn out to be priceless memories, once back to the city life. So, pack your bags, load up your cameras, and join us on our next Roadtrip to Leh Ladakh. Contributed By : Arnav Mathur [post_title] => Leh Ladakh Road Trip [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => leh-ladakh-road-trip [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-07-04 19:22:58 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-07-04 13:52:58 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?p=1419 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 1 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1452 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2017-07-17 17:51:21 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-07-17 12:21:21 [post_content] => Leh Ladakh – The Land of High Passes, is there on practically every travelers bucket list. Some have even been to Ladakh N number of times, and still they feel that they haven’t seen enough of Ladakh. May – Sept is usually the best time to visit Leh Ladakh, as the temperature is not that cold, valleys are green and all the high altitude passes are open. I revisited Leh Ladakh, a couple of days back, after 10 long years. A lot has changed in the area, but still I felt there was something missing. So I compiled a list of 5 things to do in Ladakh, which you all can think of doing as well. 1) Put on your boots, and go Trekking Leh Ladakh is counted among those few destinations which offer an ideal setting for mountaineering and trekking. With its uneven terrains and picturesque locales, Ladakh offers an exciting mishmash of scenic charm and challenging heights to adventure enthusiasts. If you are trekking in the areas around Nubra Valley and Tso Moriri, you’ll have to get an interline permit. It can be obtained from any travel agent in Leh and costs around INR 100-200. In order to trek in the Hemis National Park, you’ll have to get issued a permit from the Dhaba below the Rumbak village. The cost of permits is Rs. 20 for Indian and Rs. 100 for foreigner. Some of the treks that can be done are as follows:
- Markha Valley Trek : 9 Days
- Lamayuru to Padum : 10 Days
- Tsomoriri to Kibber : 8 Days
- Lamayuru to Darcha trek : 19 Days
- Liker to Khaltse trek : 5 Days
- Birdwatching at spice plantations
- Trekking at Dudhsagar Falls
- Devil’s Canyon
- Chorao Island
- Butterfly Conservatory
- Kayaking in Backwaters
- Goan Caves
- Try out Poi at Village Bakery
- Panjim to Pomburpa Drive
- Island Hopping
- Orchha Fort
- Chaturbhuj Temple
- Jhansi Fort
- Dinman Hardaul’s Palace
- Laxminarayan Temple
- Orchha Wildlife Sanctuary
- Excursion to Jhansi
- Jhansi Fort
- Rani Mahal
- Government Museum
- Temples at Jhansi
When the scorching summer takes up on our nerves, it’s the monsoon which comes as our savior. A heavy downpour is all we need to quench our soul. In fact, not only humans, rain makes even the nature happy. From the fresh air to the greener plants to that quintessential soil aroma, anything and everything seem so full of life and happiness. Isn’t this brief period of respite a total delight? From getting drenched in the rain to painting the town red with those unplanned road trips (the planned ones seldom happen anyway!), we unleash the best out of this beautiful season, don’t we? Sure, a road trip in monsoon is all fun but; it’s also that time of the year when you ought to be extra careful while driving. So, while you look outside your rain drizzled window and plan of hitting the road, make sure you keep certain safety measures onboard.
Don’t forget to pack the essentials: Before you begin your rainy rendezvous, packing certain essentials is a must. A waterproof bag, waterproof shoes, a plastic case for the phone and wallet, umbrella along with mosquito repellant or nets, foot mats in the car, snacks in airtight containers are the basic essentials for a road trip. Also, wear light cotton clothes so that it dries quickly even if you get drenched. Moreover, if you plan to walk a lot or go trekking in Monsoon, it’s advisable to keep a jacket to keep yourself warm whilst rain.
Make sure to have clean windshields: Once you are done packing with essentials, it’s time to check your companion for the road trip. No! I am not talking about your friends. It’s about your car. Isn’t it a friend too? Of course, it is. So, before you have to face those dense clouds and heavy fogs that blur your visibility on the road, check your windshields properly and make sure that your wipers are in shape. Also, keep your air conditioner on fresh mode to avoid misty windows. In short, be careful, be visible and be happy. It’s as simple as that!
Avoid going the waterlogged way: You might lose your car’s grip in the waterlogged roads. So, it’s best to avoid flooded roads. However, if you have no other way to move ahead, drive carefully at a speed of 1500 rpm so that the water doesn’t enter your car’s engine. After all, being stranded on a waterlogged road is not what road trips are meant for. Am I right or am I right?
Keep a safe distance from the vehicles ahead: Wet roads often make the car skid. Hence, it’s always better to keep a safe distance of 10-15 meters from the vehicles ahead so that you can control your car smoothly while taking brakes.
Use the fog lamps extensively: Fog lamps can work wonders for your visibility. Amidst the dense fog and heavy rain, switching on the fog lamps increases the visibility and lets the other vehicles know about your presence. Remember, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.Courtesy: Panoramio[/caption] Kendai Waterfall looks no less than a live scene from the Tarzan movie. 55 feet high waterfall amidst the sparse forestland has some of the magnificent treks that lead to the small reserve at the base of the Kendai falls. For the adventure lovers, the steep rock-side steps are perfect to get drenched in the natural waters or enjoy the splash in the pool beneath. The Chitrakote falls, Chitradhara Falls and Mandawa Falls in Jagdalpur offers a similar breathtaking view. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="751"] Courtesy: Morchhattisgarh[/caption] Buka Lake is located in Korba and minutes away from Kendai Waterfall. Accessible from both Raipur and Bilaspur (around 200kms and 130 km respectively) - this place is acclaimed as the Mauritius of Chhattisgarh for sprawling up to 15 km with sea-green waters and small islands within its course. The lake is also guarded with small hills of red-soil in all directions as if to keep it secluded from the outer world which adds to the mystic charm of this place. A boat ride to Bango dam is the best way to explore the Buka lake. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="751"] Courtesy: Flickr[/caption] Originally named the Hasdeo Bango Dam; one of the enormous of its kind with 11 lock gates stretching up to 55 meters long. In sharp contrast to the serene and calm Buka lake, Bango dam is the gorging and furious avatar. A combination of civil engineering prowess and the power of nature's bedlam - shrieking in volumes is a mighty sight to witness at the bowl edged Kutaghat dam in Bilaspur. Along with the occasional sprinkle of water from the massively pouring streams that infuse profound euphoria. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="750"] Courtesy: Ixigo[/caption] The construction of Ratanpur Fort is shrouded in mystery; is a great visit for archaeological enthusiasts. The ancient ruins of Madku dweep on the shores of the silently flowing Shivnath River – 25 km off Bilaspur is also a historic tourist attraction. As the horizontally aligned identical stone temples with its wrecked stone structure and inscriptions have thousands of tales to unfold. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="750"] Courtesy: eChhattisgarh[/caption] What good is a monsoon without some wildlife watching? Achanakmar wildlife sanctuary within the vicinity of Bilaspur is the right place to be for elephant safaris; while the Barnawapara 150 km east of Raipur and Kanger valley national park in the extreme south of Chhattisgarh, only minutes from Jagdalpur has a unique tribal life experience surrounding the caves and waterfalls along with the splendid wildlife. Here, the folk songs, tribal dance and a great hospitality from the indigenous people await the tourists. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="751"] Courtesy: Indiantouristblog[/caption] Lastly but not least in kernel, Kailash and Kotumsar caves are 100 and 1327 meters long respectively with stalactite and stalagmite galore. Penetrating 35 meters below the ground, it is felicitated as the second largest cave system in the world. 5 natural chambers and quite a few binding wells are its significance along with the echoes a soft tune from the staggering feet searching its way in the dark winding ways beneath the earth. Come witness and be besotted with the charismatic Chhattisgarh. [post_title] => Weekend getaways in charismatic Monsoon of Chhattisgarh [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => weekend-getaways-in-charismatic-monsoon-of-chhattisgarh [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-07-27 15:28:48 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-07-27 09:58:48 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?post_type=guest_post&p=1489 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1461 [post_author] => 63 [post_date] => 2017-07-27 20:04:16 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-07-27 14:34:16 [post_content] => Assam is synonymous with unexploited greens, wildlife, immaculate tea plantations, and beautiful people. It’s the gateway to the North East India because of the easy accessibility. Let’s embark on a spiritual and adventurous journey in this splendid state starting from Kamakhya, proceeding to Kaziranga National Park, and then ending the journey on Majuli. Kamakhya Temple Renowned as one of the oldest Shakti Pithas, Kamakhya Temple dedicated to Goddess Kamakhya is located on the Nilachal Hill in western part of Guwahati, around 10 kilometers from there. It was built in 8th century and has been renovated several times up to 17th century. It bears the paramount importance amongst the different temples in the complex. These temples house the ten Mahavidyas namely Bhuvaneshvari, Bagalamukhi, Chinnamasta, Tripura Sundari, Tara, Kali, Bhairavi, Dhumavati, Matangi and Kamala. Out of these Tripura Sundari, Matangi, and Kamala are in the main temple whereas the others have distinct temples dedicated to them. Hindu and Tantric worshippers consider it an important pilgrimage place. It’s believed that Kalapahar had destroyed this temple during 1566-1572 but according to recent historical proof, it was destroyed during Hussein Shah’s invasion on the Kamata kingdom that was under Nilambar at that time (1498). The best time to visit this temple is during Navratri to be a part of the numerous worshippers and enjoy Durga Puja celebrations. Kaziranga National Park Kaziranga National Park is 200 kilometers from Kamakhya Temple. It is a popular world heritage site that is definitely once-in-a-lifetime experience. It is home to the big five, viz. one-horned rhinoceros, elephant, tiger, swamp deer, and wild buffalo. It is understandably difficult to spot the tigers because of the camouflage of the tall grass but it is worth it because of the wild ambiance it presents before the travelers. Best time to visit Kaziranga National Park is November to April. The park is closed from 16th May. Whether you are a wildlife lover or a birdwatcher or a photography enthusiast, Kaziranga won’t disappoint you. Various species of ducks, woodpeckers, warblers, babblers, larks, sunbirds, wagtails, and Munia can be spotted here. How to reach Kaziranga National Park? If you are planning a trip to Kaziranga exclusively, you can reach Jorhat, the nearest airport by flight and then take a 105 kilometers road trip to the destination. Wildlife Safari Jeep Safari-
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- Mukteshwar - Situated at 350 kms from Delhi, Mukteshwar derive its name from Lord Shiva. Nestled in the Nainital district, this charming hill retreat of Uttarakhand is known for adventure sports and breathtaking view of Nanda Devi Peak. Take a break from your monotonous schedule and spend some leisure time amidst beautiful fruit orchards and wondrous coniferous forests. For an extraordinary experience under budget, stay in a holiday home such as cottage or guesthouse available in Mukteshwar.
- Kanatal - Away from the hustle-bustle of urban life, Kanatal is an offbeat destination in the Tehri District of Uttarakhand. Located on the Chamba-Mussoorie highway, this quaint hill station is just perfect if you want to seek peace and solitude. Kanatal is nearly 300 km from Delhi and easy on your pocket. The lush green environment and pleasant weather makes this hill retreat a great option for camping enthusiasts. For more adventure, you can take a short trek to Surkanda Devi and Kaudia forest.
- Khirsu - Khirsu is an unknown gem of Uttarakhand from where snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas can be seen in it's best position. This charming small village is set in a cool, pleasant and pollution free environment. Situated in Pauri Garhwal district, the small town of Khirsu offers numerous opportunities to spend some good time and remember those moments as well. Choose this picturesque hill retreat for a budgeted trip around Delhi.
- Govardhan Hill - Situated in the Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh, this sacred pilgrimage is at a distance of around 205 kms from Delhi. Located around Vrindavan, Govardhan Parvat (also known as Giriraj) is a narrow sandstone hill, which is 8 km in length. The legend of this holy place is associated with the blue god, Lord Krishna, who lifted the mountain peak of Govardhan on his left hand for seven successive days. So if you are visiting Vrindavan, then do visit this holy place around Delhi and experience the divinity of Lord Krishna.
- Fatehpur Sikri - This red sandstone architecture was established by great Mughal emperor Akbar to celebrate the birth of his son Salim and pay homage to the Sufi saint Sheikh Salim Chisti. Situated at a distance of around 243 kms from Delhi, Fatehpur Sikri is a perfect place for heritage lovers and affordable too. The art and architecture of the city showcases the mix of Islamic and Hindu style.
- Nahan - Situated at an altitude of 932 metres, Nahan is a perfect romantic getaway. Away from the buzzing crowd of the city, this small hill station serves as an ideal holiday destination under shoestring budget. Lying among the lofty Shivalik range, Nahan is blessed by nature. The town is clean with comfortable and cosy lifestyle. So don’t wait, just plan your trip to this picturesque hill town with someone special.
- Barog - Nestled in the Solan Valley of Himachal Pradesh, Barog is a small hill station which is gaining popularity due to overnight camping activities. This popular hill retreat offers magnificent views of Shivalik hills and utmost serenity. Shimla which is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh is around 65 kms far from Barog.
- Palampur - Located at a distance of 504 kms from Delhi, Palampur is an unexplored and lush green hill station in the Kangra Valley of Himachal Pradesh. This hill town is famous its fine quality of tea and sprawling tea plantation. The majestic Dhauladhar ranges in the background makes Palampur more beautiful.
- Manesar - Situated on the lower Aravalli Ranges in Gurgaon district, Manesar lies on a hilltop and thus a quick getaway around Delhi. Damdama Lake is one of the major attractions here and offers utmost tranquility. The serene water of the Lake make tourists feels relaxed. Sohna Lake is another amazing destination that catches the attention of So instead of going to those humdum cafes or bars, take a short and pocket-friendly trip to Manesar with your friends.
- Morni - Morni is a small village in Morni Hills at the height of 1267 meters in Panchkula district of Haryana. This picturesque hamlet is renowned for the scintillating scenic views it offers. Morni is an ideal place for all the nature lovers because of large variety of birds found here. For adventure enthusiasts, there are beautiful lakes and good trails for trekking. Situated at a distance of 277 km from Delhi, this small hill retreat can be visited under reasonable amount.
- Amer - Located in Jaipur, this destination is mainly famous for the Amer fort (Amber Fort). It is known for its blend of Rajput and Hindu style of architecture and little bit mixture of Hindu and Muslim style too. This historic fort was built with red and white sandstone. Experience the rich and royal heritage of India by planning a small trip to Amer from Delhi which will be easy on your pocket.
- Sariska - Sariska is situated in the Alwar district of Rajasthan and at a distance of about 213 kms from Delhi. Nestled in the Aravali Hills, lies Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary (Sariska Tiger Reserve) is known for Royal Bengal Tigers. The Siliserh Lake and Jaisamand Lake are two serene lakes that serve as delightful picnic spots for family.
- Rupnagar - Formerly known as Ropar or Rupar, this was one of the bigger sites belonging to the Indus Valley Civilization. Rupnagar is said to have been named by a king called Rokeshar after his son Rup The popular Hindu pilgrimage of Naina Devi is located on a hilltop at about 60 kms North of Ropar overlooking the Gobind Sagar lake. Anandpur Sahib is another sacred place to pay homage. Take a short trip to this nearby place from Chandigarh and feel the divinity all around.
- Amritsar - Situated at 227 kms from Chandigarh, this popular city of Punjab is more than just Sri Harmandir Sahib (commonly known as The Golden Temple). Plan a pocket-friendly getaway to Amritsar and enjoy the famous beating retreat ceremony at Wagah Border that is held every day before sunset. Also visit Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum which archives the royal heritage of the sikh emperor Maharaja Ranjit Singh.
- Chail - Nestled in the serene hills, Chail is a small town in the Shimla district. Situated at only 113 kms from Chandigarh, this quint hill station is a perfect getaway and easy on your pocket. Merely 2 hours drive away from the Shimla, Chail is a haven for those wanting to escape mind-numbing restlessness of city life. Looking for some adventure? Then try out Hiking, fishing and horse riding in this quiet hill-station of Himachal Pradesh.
- Shoghi - Located at a distance of 107 kms from Chandigarh, Shoghi is a pleasant and appealing destination for a budgeted road trip. Mesmerising oak & pine forests, and tranquil surroundings have made this Himalayan retreat an ideal choice to take a break from mundane lifestyle. Shoghi is also famous for various fruit products such as pickles, juices, syrups and jellies.
- Nahan - Nahan is an ideal holiday getaway, away from the buzzing crowd of the city. This picturesque hill station is truly blessed by nature. Apart from a beautiful surroundings, the destination is praised for trekking, fishing, forts, and wildlife. Situated at just 85 kms from Chandigarh, Nahan is a perfect romantic getaway with someone special.
- Patnitop - One of the most popular destination of Jammu & Kashmir, Patnitop is a beautiful hill station is situated on a flat top in the Shivalik This hill retreat is located at 409 kms from Chandigarh amidst surreal environment. From the hilltop, one can see the breathtaking views of the Chenab basin and the Pir Panjal ranges beyond. If you want to seek tranquility under budget, then take a leisure trip to Patnitop.
- Sanasar - Sanasar is one of the remotest areas of Jammu and Kashmir State. Situated at an altitude of 2050 meters, this hill station is a haven for adventure enthusiasts. One can enjoy various activities such as paragliding, rock climbing, abseiling and trekking. Sanasar is the aero-adventure-sports capital of Jammu. The lush green alpine meadows and lofty peaks makes this hill retreat an ideal getaway from Chandigarh.
- Sattal - Located at a distance of 494 kms from Chandigarh, Sattal is a calm and heavenly beautiful destination in Uttarakhand. Surrounded by dense oak & pine forest, this hill retreat is a cluster of pristine lakes which makes it a perfect place to rejuvenate with your closed ones. Plan a pocket-friendly trip to Sattal situated in the outskirts of Nainital and feel the charm of natural flora and fauna.
- Lansdowne - Founded and named after then Viceroy of India, Lansdowne is one of the quietest Himalayan retreat located in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. The hill station is home to some of the most mystical and breathtaking views. This offbeat destination is situated at a distance of 309 kms from Chandigarh. So plan a peaceful vacation to Lansdowne with your family or friends and relive the colonial era amidst serene hills.
- Kanatal - Situated on the Chamba-Mussoorie highway, Kanatal is an offbeat destination which offers peace and solitude. A small holiday to this Himalayan retreat can be planned under a minimal budget. The lush green surroundings and pleasant weather makes Kanatal a great option for camping enthusiasts. One can rejuvenate in the serene environment of Kaudia forest or get mesmerized by the panoramic views of the mighty Himalayas from Surkanda Devi temple.
- Morni - Located in the Panchkula district of Haryana, Morni is a small village amidst serene hills at the height of 1267 meters. This picturesque hill retreat is an ideal place for all the bird lovers. The name of ‘Morni’ is believed to derive from a queen who once ruled the region. There are two lakes in Morni Hills which are considered auspicious by the locals. Situated at a distance of 296 km from Gurgaon, this small village can be visited under reasonable amount.
- Agroha - Agroha is all about the magnificent ancient structures. This small town situated in the Hisar district, is believed to be the capital of king Maharaja Agrasen. There are many temples, beautifully carved sculptures and an amusement park for kids. Agroha is a perfect drive by for all and can be visited under minimal budget.
- Kalka - Nestled in the foothills of Shivalik Himalayas, Kalka is at a distance of 294 kms from Gurgaon. The name of the hill town is derived from the Hindu Goddess Kali. Kalka still remains untouched by the urban developments and has retained its charm. It is an ideal place to spend some leisure time amidst serenity and hills. So if your are planning to go Shimla then do give a visit to this small hill retreat.
- Binsar - Binsar is a small hill town cradled amidst lush green pine, deodar and oak trees. Situated at a distance of 407 kms from Gurgaon, this quaint hill retreat in Uttarakhand is popular for green meadows, temples and wildlife sanctuary. If you’re lucky enough, you can also spot a Himalayan leopard or a barking deer. Plan a road trip to Binsar and the view will be all yours.
- Mukteshwar - Located at 368 kms from Gurgaon, Mukteshwar derive its name from Lord Shiva. This charming hill retreat of Garhwal region is known for adventure sports and breathtaking vistas of Himalayas. The snow-capped peak of Nanda Devi can be easily seen from Mukteshwar. Take a break from the madness of city life and take a pocket-friendly road trip to Mukteshwar with your closed ones.
- Kausani - Kausani is a charming hill station lies at an elevation of 1890 meters above sea level. This place is popular amongst mountain lovers as it offers a panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks like Trishul, Nanda Devi and Panchchuli. A perfect getaway for honeymooners and nature lovers, Kausani is also famous for its tea plantations. Planning a road trip to Kausani from Gurgaon will be easy on your pocket.
- Bageshwar - Set amidst the mighty Himalayas, Bageshwar is one of the most untouched destination, located 468 kms from Gurgaon. If you are looking for an adventure escapade, then this picturesque hill station will never disappoint you. One can do hiking, camping and sightseeing in Bageshwar. The locals here are very friendly and greets you with warmth. Also known for its popular Baijnath Temple and colorful fairs & festivals, choose this offbeat destination for a budgeted trip around Gurgaon.
- Bharatpur - Located at a distance of 191 kms from Gurgaon, Bharatpur is a mere 3-4 hour drive away. This destination mainly attracts birdwatchers from different parts of India. Bharatpur acts as a home to a lot of migrating birds during winters. You can also visit Lohagarh Fort, Gol bagh Palace, and Banke Bihari Temple. For an extraordinary experience, plan your trip just before Holi to celebrate the colourful Brij Festival organized in Bharatpur.
- Alwar - Alwar is a great place to enjoy rich cultural heritage and popular for its olive plantation. This Rajasthani city lies at 128 kms from Gurgaon. The serenity of Jaisamand Lake, Siliserh Lake, and Sagar Lake is really captivating. Heritage sites such as Alwar Fort and Vijay Mandir reflect the highest quality architecture of Rajput Kingdom. This popular city of Rajasthan can be visited under minimal budget.
- Dharamshala - Popular as the residence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Dharamshala (also spelled Dharamsala) is a picturesque hill retreat in the foothills of Dhauladhar mountains. This beautiful hill station is the best place to learn and explore Buddhism and Tibetan Culture. Dharamshala also acts as a starting point for some famous Himalayan treks such as Triund, Kareri to name a few. This splendid hill retreat is situated at a distance of 511 kms from Gurgaon.
- Chail - Chail is a popular destination nestled on the Sadh Tiba Hill away from the bustling city of Shimla. This small hill station is a haven for those who want to seek peace and relax amidst Himalayan beauty. Chail lies at a distance of 373 kms from Gurgaon, is a perfect getaway and easy on your pocket as well.
- Jibhi - Secluded away from the hullabaloos of urban lifestyle, Jibhi is an offbeat hill retreat located in the Tirthan Valley of Himachal Pradesh. This Himalayan place is still less known to people. Surrounded with pine and cedar trees, Jibhi is a good place for trekking and camping amidst the lap of nature. Choose this offbeat hill retreat for a budgeted trip around Gurugram.
Away from the hustle bustle of busy Mumbai life, Elephanta Island can be your perfect escape from all the worries for a while. Located at a distance of approximate 10kms from Mumbai, this island has everything that constitutes of picturesque beauty of nature. Lying amidst the magnificent Arabian Sea, this island can be the perfect weekend getaway for spending some quality time with friends and family. I visited Mumbai in February this year and no doubt Elephanta Island is one of the best places I explored in Mumbai. So, if you are a Mumbaikar or someone who wants to visit Mumbai, do not miss out the exciting trip to Elephanta Island because this journey would be worth all the effort you put into it. Let me rewind my experience of the island because some journeys are destined to be inked, read and told!
The way to Island (How to reach):
I was very excited for this weekend trip. I had boarded the local train from Mahim to Church gate. After taking a cab from Church gate I reached Gateway of India by 8.00am. It is preferred to reach early there to avoid the excessive rush and of course the summer heat and sun tans. Once I was done with watching the exquisite beauty of Gateway of India, I headed towards the ferry which would take me to the beautiful island of caves and rock structures. The ticket costs around 140/- for adults and 90/- for children. The journey of the first ferry commences at 9 am sharp. As I sat on the ferry, the cool winds ushering through the Arabian Sea waves could be felt and that feeling gave me a tinge of serenity and solace. People all around the ferry were busy clicking photographs and making memories. I also did make my part of memories. One of the interesting and beautiful things I witnessed on this journey was the sea gulls who seemed our perfect companion in the one-hour long journey. They were flying with the ferry and even ate food items offered by the tourists.[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="620"] The sea gulls flying with the ferry.[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Ferry doing the rounds of Arabian sea on its way to Elephanta Island.[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="620"] A view of the hotel Taj and Gateway of India from the ferry.[/caption]
Exploring the Island:
Once on the island, one can see how beautiful the scene looks. Amidst the Arabian Sea and gigantic mountain lies the nature’s beauty in the form of this island. There are some local stalls offering snacks, souvenirs, funky jewelry and cute hats too. The major attraction of Elephanta Island is the Elephanta caves and one can reach there through a toy train which drops you at the stairs of the Elephanta caves. The ticket for the cute toy train comes for Rs 10. I must say the journey to the island and the caves are as interesting as the destination itself. Once reaching the stairs, I saw a series of stalls selling everything possible. From jewelry to toys, from souvenirs to clothes and artistic sculptures, these stalls had it all. Though the shopkeepers here keep everything a little overpriced, if you have good bargaining skills, you can get it at reasonable rates. There are 120 stairs that one needs to take to reach the caves. I was literally getting out of breath once I reached the caves. Also, the monkeys wandering on the island can create real menace if one is not careful with his/her belongings. The entry fee for the caves is Rs 10 for Indians and Rs 250 for foreigners. The beauty of the caves has a historical touch in it. With magnificent scriptures of Hindu gods carved intricately with stones, this cave is a masterpiece in itself. Apart from this, Canon Hills situated at the top of the island is another attraction where one can sit, relax and enjoy nature’ beauty.[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The toy train on its way to Elephanta caves.[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="1349"] The stalls at Elephanta Island selling souvenirs.[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="674"] The magnificent Elephanta caves.[/caption]
Places to eat:
The resort run by the MTDC offers delicious local delicacies at reasonable rates that one must try. The Maharashtra food it offers can give your taste buds the much-needed delight.
Though the island does not have accommodations to stay overnight, one can take rest in the Maharashtra Tourism department hotel during the day time. The hotel needs to be checked out at 5.00pm which is the time for the last ferry to go back.
Mumbai isn’t just a city. It is a story in itself and my trip to Elephanta Island is one of the many beautiful stories and memories that Mumbai gave me.[post_title] => Exploring Elephanta Island: A perfect weekend getaway. [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => exploring-elephanta-island-perfect-weekend-getaway [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-08-03 16:35:31 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-08-03 11:05:31 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?post_type=guest_post&p=1469 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1405 [post_author] => 60 [post_date] => 2017-08-03 18:24:35 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-08-03 12:54:35 [post_content] => Surrounded by the magnificence of Nature’s untouched reserves, the town of Tura located on the slopes of West Garo Hills truly appease the unkempt soul. Needless to mention the charisma that Meghalaya emanate during the wet season of the year. The lush green forests drenched in rain along with the cool canopy of the clouds and love in the air definitely promises a romantic trip this monsoon. Stretching over 220 square kilometres, Tura comprises of a parity of picturesque views, peaceful ambience and plentiful tourist spots to rekindle love. National parks and rumbling waterfalls claim most of the tourist attractions in this region. The Rongbang Dar falls, Pelga falls and Imilchang Dare Falls are the prominent ones. The poised scenic beauty is enchanting and has a cleansing effect on the exhausted mind and body. It inspires vitality, harmony and most importantly, triggers human affection. The Nokrek National Park is home to some of the most indigenous species unique to the purvanchal sub-mountains of Himalayan Range. While walking on the foot trails you can easily spot a Golden Cat, Red Panda, Pangolin huddle through the bushes or perhaps catch a glimpse of the Hoolock Gibbons swinging from the branches of the trees. You may also see a herd of massive Asian Elephant, get a distant view of Tiger or Cloud Leopard in action if you're lucky enough. The Balpakram National Park, on the other hand, is a rich herbal resource while the Siju Bird Sanctuary along the Simsang river is a wonderland. Image Courtesy - traveldglobe.com The Siju Caves are a must visit when in Tura for an extraordinary romantic adventure. The 3rd greatest Caves in the Indian subcontinent with its unlit corners and cosiness will give you the perfect alibi to clasp your partner's hand tightly. Also known as 'the cave of bats', be ready for the sudden gasps when the scary beast flutter in the dark crevices. The areal view from Tura Peak is as fascinating as the exploring the caves down under; the conflux of lower Brahmaputra Valley into the golden yellow plains of Bangladesh gleaming in sunlight feels like the honey-flavoured futuristic hopes. [post_title] => Tura an ideal hill-station for the monsoon romance [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => tura-an-ideal-hill-station-for-the-monsoon-romance [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-09-04 15:46:06 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-09-04 10:16:06 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?post_type=guest_post&p=1405 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1549 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2017-08-08 17:38:45 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-08-08 12:08:45 [post_content] => 1) Sarchu : After a 240km drive from Manali and crossing snow clad Rohtang-La & Baralacha-La was the first halt on our Leh Roadtrip – Sarchu . Sarchu is one of the most preferred halt on this route, it lies just at the border of Himachal Pradesh & Jammu & Kashmir at an altitude of 14,300 feet. The entire landscape around Sarchu is mesmerizing & pict. Above all one should be prepared for a chilly night while staying here due to the influence of the winds from Baralcha-La & Sarchu’s altitude itself. It was an amazing as well as extreme experience for all our fellow wravelers as everything just turned into gold once the sun rays touched the mighty land at Sarchu in morning and we were again all set for our journey towards Leh. 2) Gata Loops Gata Loops is a name that is unknown to everyone except for a few who have traveled on the Manali Leh highway. It is a series of twenty one hairpin bends that takes you to the top of the 3rd high altitude pass on this highway, Nakeela, at a height of nearly 16000 ft. People who do know the name Gata Loops know it because of its stunning location, breath taking scenery around it and the difficult ascent. But that is not all, there is also the ghost who haunts these loops that only a handful know about. Several years ago, it was late October when a truck with its two travelers, the driver and a cleaner, crossed Rohtang and moved on its way towards Leh. It had already started to snow at a few places and the driver was warned but he had no choice. He had a time-line and had to reach Leh which meant that it was too late for him to turn back and take the Srinagar Leh highway which was still comparatively safer. It was the last truck to cross Rohtang as it snowed heavily the very same evening at the top and the pass closed. Kunzum Pass was already closed weeks ago and there were no vehicles coming from Kaza as well which means that it was the last truck plying on Manali Leh highway. The driver managed to bring the truck safely all the way to Gata Loops but this is where disaster struck. On one of the loops, his truck broke down and came to a complete halt. After trying for hours, the driver couldn’t fix whatever was wrong with the vehicle. They waited and waited but no one crossed them by because they were the last vehicle on the route. so the driver decided to walk to a nearby village and get some help. Cleaner however was ill and not in a condition to walk. He was so terribly ill that he could barely stand up but what was he suffering from our narrator couldn’t tell. To add to this, Truck was also loaded and could not be left abandoned with the cargo because of the risk of getting robbed hence the cleaner stayed back with the truck to guard it and also because he was in no condition to walk. The driver walked and walked for miles until he found a tiny village but Alas, there was no mechanic there. He somehow managed to make a phone call to Manali to get someone to come and fix the truck but to his bad luck, while he was still waiting at the village, the weather closed in. It started to snow heavily and became impossible for the driver to get back to the truck. It took several days for the weather to clear and he was stranded in the village all this time. Finally help came from Manali and they all hurried back to Gata Loops, to the spot where the truck broke down only to find the cleaner dead. Poor chap was left alone on the road for several days in freezing temperature, in poor health, with no water and nothing to eat and eventually died of thirst, hunger and cold. The truck was fixed but it was impossible to drive it either to Leh or Manali because passes on both sides were closed. So the driver drove the truck to the village he was stranded in and waited there until it was possible to drive across Rohtang and return to Manali. The body of the cleaner was buried at Gata Loops by the villagers, right at the spot where he died. Next year when the highway reopened, people started noticing a strange thing. There was a beggar at Gata Loops who would waive at the passing vehicles to stop and begged them for water. Some people did not stop but the ones who did and offered the beggar some water saw the bottles drop right through his hands. The word spread and sure enough people were scared of the ghost who begged for water, thinking that it might harm them if they stopped or curse them if they didn’t. In order to pacify the ghost, the locals set up a small temple at the spot where he was buried and made offerings of water. Since then, whoever passes by and is aware of the story leaves some water at the temple, as an offering. 3) Leh : Leh (the earlier capital of the royal kingdom of Ladakh) is situated at an altitude of 11,500 feet. Julley is the common word used here for greeting each other, but what makes this word more charming is the smile on the face of the locals while giving you a warm welcome to the land of passes and a culture that attracts people from around the world every year. Leh is accessible to the world by road only for a few months, this is the reason the locals have backyard farms to grow and gather supplies for the rest of the year. Leh had many architectural wonders that were loved by our fellow wravelers thoroughly. The Leh Palace itself is located on a cliff keeping the watch over the entire city, built in the same style and about the same time as the Potala Palace- the chief residence of the Dalai Lama until the 1959 Tibetan uprising. Other places that one should pay a visit around Leh include beautiful monasteries such as Thiksey, Hemis and Shey Palace. The Shanti Stupa & Leh Main Market including the famous Changspa lane are also a part of the travellers bucket list. 4) Pangong Tso: Pangong (high grassland) Tso (lake) is situated at an altitude of 14,270 feet and extends from India to China out of which approximately 1/3rd part of the lake lies within Indian province. It is also the world’s highest salt-water lake and after the Sino-Indian Border dispute the Line of Actual Control passes through it thus, while traveling to this wonderful masterpiece of nature one requires an Inner Line Permit which can be obtained easily from the Tourist office in Leh for a nominal fee. Although if you are wraveling with us we got it all covered J. Another magical fact about the lake is that it freezes during the winter despite being a saline water lake. Our fellow wravelers were extremely excited to visit this blue carpet of waves created by the mountain winds. Pangong can be easily reached from Leh in a 5-6 hour drive while crossing Chang La and the Pagal Naalah enroute. Many famous Bollywood movies have been shot here and this is another reason why it attracts a huge crowd of visitors every year but the most important reason is it’s endless beauty and picturesque landscape. It is a jackpot for the shutterbug community as after mid noon Sun is around the back to give you the perfect light conditions for that amazing shot. The locals earn through camps and local restaurants during the peak season and during the off-season they hibernate to Goa to work at shacks on beaches. 5) Milky Way “For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.” - Vincent Van Gogh Another reason why Ladakh is so famous amongst the shutterbug community is the night sky with endless stars. These stars make us believe, that we exist and what adds to this heavenly feeling is the dark outline of the Himalayas with the night’s calm making you interact with your inner self. The cherry on the cake is the first look of Milky Way trailing all down to those dark outlined ranges from top of your head. Galileo Galilei once quoted – “The Milky Way is nothing else but a mass of innumerable stars planted together in clusters” and these innumerable stars of the milky way which are easily visible from Ladakh make you forget the Chilly night behind, and you spend the rest of the night gazing the bright mystical cluster” say our Wravelers who spent their night capturing this heavenly view sitting next to a self-made bonfire for the rest of the night. 6) Khardung La ‘La’ means pass in Tibetan. Khardung La is one of the high altitude passes in Jammu & Kashmir region & was incorrectly claimed to be the ‘Highest Motorable Road in the World’ according to the local summit signs. The average temperature of Khardung La is 7 degrees during the day and -9 at night during the summer months whereas it can also go as low as -36 degrees during the month of Jaunuary when it is completely covered with snow and is inaccessible. Khardung La houses a memoir shop, a medical camp and a few tea and maggi points controlled by the Border Roads Organisation and connects Leh to Diskit Monastery & Nubra Valley. Both the ends of the pass have checkpoints with basic amenities where one can enquire about the weather at the pass and whether chains need to be attached to the tyres or not. These checkpoints known as North & South Pullu grant access after verifying the travel permit that can be attained by travellers & riders. One can often expect a sudden change of weather while traveling towards the pass in form of hailstorms & snow just like our fellow wravelers did. They were welcomed by heavy snowfall while traveling towards the pass from Nubra. Khardung La pass is situated at a high altitude with a rough terrain and is also considered to be one of the base camps of Siachin. One should always take precautions for AMS and Snow Blindness. 7) Lama Life Ever though of those cute little monks hanging around the monasteries you’ve visited? Bhikkhu is the term used for monk in Buddhism. These monks live in monasteries and these also act as educational institutions to them where they follow a certain routine just like in a boarding school with various activities including religious activities, basic education, sports etc. They follow the sound of the gong or the Tibetan Drum that one can find in the monasteries as their alarm for various day activities. Few monks decide to stay in the monastery just for a few years whereas few choose to live an ascetic life for the rest of their lives. These monks take vows which are taken in order to develop one’s own personal ethical discipline. After the first 5 vows the next step is to enter the monastic way of life i.e. wearing robes and become a novice. The next and final step is to take all the vows to become a fully ordained monk. Ladakh makes you experience this life from really close, although these monks don’t generally interact as they are a bit shy and don’t talk to much but a few monks in monasteries can sit with you and provide you with all the information you would like to enquire about their lives which is an amazing experience. If lucky, you can also get to see one of their services to god which involves chanting mantras followed by sounds of different musical instruments. 8) Nubra Valley Nubra valley is located at an altitude of 10,000 feet. The common way to access the valley is via Khardung La pass from Leh. It is approximately 150 Kms. In distance from Leh and the drive-time is around 4 hours. Nubra is a high altitude cold desert where one can experience the different moods of mother nature. It’s like experiencing all the different parts of the world together at one place. Starting from the lower horizon standing on the white sand dunes at Hundar with the river flowing on your side and moving up with a desert landscape followed by tall green vegetation snow clad mountains and the blue indefinite sky. While traveling to Nubra from Diskit one can also try a local café called Friends Café located at Diskit town on the main road towards Hundar. This café serves fresh made burgers and shakes with sauces and raw materials made from local vegetaion. We bet you haven’t tried a crispier burger before. The Siachen glacier lies to the north of Nubra Valley. One can easily find bricked and camp type accomodations at Hundar for a comfortable surrounded by this scenic valley. Since April, 2017 the Inner Line Permit has been made compulsory for Indian citizens whereas foreign nationals would be needing a Protected Area Permit to visit Nubra Valley. Another major attraction of Nubra Valley are the rare species of Bactrian (double-humped) Camels that are found only in this region of the country. These camels have a tolerance for cold, drought, and high altitudes which enabled them to carry trade along the Silk Route. Our fellow wravelers instead of riding these poor mammals preferred to stick with the amazing landscapes and white sand dunes for their entertainment. They spend hours getting clicked in random poses and concluded the evening by watching the beautiful sunset together. 9)Monastery Monastery are the architectural wonders of Buddhism. Monasteries are famous worldwide because of their huge size and picturesque architecture. In Buddhism monastery is known as Vihara and in Tibetan Buddhism they are referred to as Gompa. The word monastery is derived from a greek word which means ‘to live alone’ and that is what reflects the life of these monks. These monasteries are source of education and enlightenment to these buddhist monks who follow a certain routine involving them to learn more about their religion and meditation. They also learn about the ‘Circle of Life or The Jeevan Chakra’ and how one can stay connected to his own self with internal peace by learning through the teachings of Buddha. “Om Mani Padme Hum” ཨོཾ་མ་ཎི་པདྨེ་ཧཱུྃ is the six syllable Sanskrit Mantra associated with the Shadakshari form of the Bodhisattva (the one who has attained Buddhahood for the benefit of all sentient beings. This mantra is commonly carved onto rocks called Mani, or else written on paper or cloth pieces which can be seen throughout the roadtrip. It is said when an individual spins the wheel of the Gompa or when the wind strikes the hanging peace flags it has the same effect as reciting the mantra enabling those positive vibes around you. Ladakh’s population comprises of people from all the religions out of which locals are generally Tibetan Buddhists. It is thus, surrounded by many beautiful monasteries such as Thiksey, Shey, Hemis where one can offer prayers, take a glimpse of this different culture or just meditate to connect to his/her inner soul. Our fellow wravelers took a city tour to all of these major monasteries and loved to gain knowledge and experience about this divine religion. 10) DISKIT Diskit Monastery or Diskit Gompa is the oldest and largest monastery in the Nubra Valley of Ladakh. The monastery houses a school that is run by a NGO knows as “Tibbet Support Group” and a large statue of (Maitreya) Buddha which is approximately 106 feet in height. According to the monastery’s committee chairman most of the funds used in the building of this statue were donated by the locals themselves. One can see this statue from far away while travelling to Nubra and glance at its beauty. The entire monastery and the school is accessible and one should surely pay a visit to this amazing masterpiece. Another thing that make this statue special is the sunrise, during the sunrise you can witness a patch of sunrays just over the statue whereas the rest of the valley still waits to turn into gold. 11) Landscapes “It is liking living in a huge painting with ever changing backgrounds” – says one of our fellow wraveler, Shilpi Yadav. The 1700 Km. Leh road trip has one thing that makes it top every travellers bucket list and i.e. the ever-changing landscapes of the Manali-Leh Highway. It is also considered to be one of the most scenic highways in the world by travellers. A new horizon awaits you every minute on this 10-day long journey. Whether it’s the snow-clad mountain ranges or the green vegetations patches on a few ranges. The raw touch of dust on the sky touching mountains with a waterfall created by the melting glacier who is shining bright white as the sun rays tap on it falling gently and striking those huge giant boulders on the mighty earth. These landscapes are going to leave you in awe of the nature and you won’t be needing any further reason or justification why it should not be preserved. 12) Group Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a story teller -Ibn Batuta, We believe this is what happens when you start a journey to such an enchanting land or in other words heaven on Earth with a set of random strangers and while coming to the end of the journey share a precious unbreakable bond, this is what the magic of travel is. Since Day 1 our fellow wravelers started gelling up together and by the end of the trip it was like parting a family away to different origins. From dancing on the sand dunes to giving crazy poses, from teasing each other to singing song together. We Wravelers can make any place happening if we have the company of each other and we believe that is what a family is all about because family sticks together. Cheers to all the wravelers out there #wravelerforlife. Contributed By : Nishant Sharma [post_title] => 12 Reasons For Leh Ladakh Road Trip [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => 12-reasons-leh-ladakh-road-trip [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-09-04 15:47:10 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-09-04 10:17:10 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?p=1549 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1604 [post_author] => 64 [post_date] => 2017-08-23 11:35:57 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-08-23 06:05:57 [post_content] =>
Mandu, popularly known as Mandavgad is a beautiful city located amidst the Dhar district in the region Malwa based in the Western area of the state of Madhya Pradesh. Famous for its beautifully carved forts, Mandu is a perfect weekend getaway if you love everything made up of exquisite, fine architecture. Mandu lies at a distance of 100 km from Indore and has significant historical importance in its credit. It was known to be a very important military outpost because of its great strategic positioning along with strong natural defences. Mandu is encompassed with around 12 gateways and is home to a number of palaces, forts, mosques, Jain temples accompanied with other intricately carved buildings. One of its earliest mosques finds its existence in that of the year 1405. Also, the Jami Masjid is famous for its beautiful Pashtun architecture and tomb carved out of marble is also a mesmerizing architectural art to see.
So, if you wish to explore a place with the finest of architecture, nothing could be better than visiting Mandu and making memories of a lifetime. Visit Mandu, unwind yourself and get awe-struck midst the magnificent Mandu.
Places to explore in Mandu.
There are plenty of interesting places in Mandu where one can experience this fortress town at its best. Let's have a look at few of them.
The Gates: As mentioned earlier, Mandu has 12 major gateways out of which a few can be witnessed standing tall while crossing the roads that take you to the Mandu. Apart from this, few smaller gateways can also be seen which were apparently meant to protect the larger ones. It's a beautiful scene to witness the grandeur of these gateways midst your journey to Mandu.Jahaz Mahal: Also known as Ship Palace, this Mahal is one of the most important tourist attractions here. The exquisitely carved palace lies amidst the serene artificial lakes and gives one the illusion of a ship floating in beautiful water because of its awe-inspiring architecture. This two storied palace is a treat for eyes because of its scenic views. These beautiful views also give all the photography buffs major photography opportunities. Hindola Mahal: Hindola Mahal as the name suggests is a swinging palace because of its sloping side walls. It makes a beautiful set of royal palace building constituting of Jahaz Mahal, Hindola Mahal, Nahar Jharokha and Tawili Mahal. The Hindola Mahal is believed to be used as an audience chamber in the historic era. Apart from this beautiful palace, there are plenty of other monumental structures that depict the rich heritage of Mandu. Hoshang Shah’s Tomb: This marble architecture depicts the beauty of Afghan architecture at its best. This is one of those rare tombs whose architecture inspired the construction of Taj Mahal. The mesmerising beauty of the tomb can be witnessed midst its intricately constructed dome accompanied with the work of awe inspiring marble lattice and magnificent courts and tower. Jami Masjid: The simplicity and profound architecture of this masjid is a beautiful sight to see midst its grand courtyards and entrances. Its beautiful architecture is inspired from the magnificent mosque of Damascus and is a perfect place to witness the grandeur of great architecture. Roopmati’s Pavilion: It is a striking carved palace constructed out of sandstone. The scenic beauty of this palace makes it a favourite destination for tourists. Rani Roopmati, the love interest of Baz Bahadur is believed to have lived here. Baz Bahadur Palace: Situated below Roopmati’s pavilion, this palace is famous for its marvelling courtyards surrounded by grand halls and exquisite terraces.
All these beautiful places make Mandu a perfect tourist destination where you can go for your weekend getaway and indulge in the beauty of some of the finest arts of architecture.[post_title] => A trip to the exquisite Mandu in Madhya Pradesh. [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => trip-exquisite-mandu-madhya-pradesh [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-09-04 15:48:03 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-09-04 10:18:03 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?post_type=guest_post&p=1604 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1544 [post_author] => 106 [post_date] => 2017-08-23 13:49:38 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-08-23 08:19:38 [post_content] =>
Looking to have a quick and budget friendly get-away from all that chaos of life? Just Wravel offers you the right guide! Keep reading on to know the best places around Bangalore which you can approach to escape all that traffic and pollution. Here’s a state-wise list of some of the off-beat places that would relieve you from the monotony of life under a mere cost of Rs. 6000!
The sprawling city of Vellore is located on the banks of the Palar River. It is at a distance of 212 km from Bangalore. Vellore Fort, Government Museum, Science Park, Vainu Bappu Observatory, Amirthi Zoological Park, Religious places such as Jalakandeswarar Temple, Balamathi Hills, Srilakshmi Golden Temple, Big Mosque and St. John's Church are some places of tourist attractions around Vellore. Also, the Yelagiri hill station is a must visit place near Vellore.
The best time to visit is October-March.
The Ghost town of Dhanushkodi is 589 km from Bangalore. The Dhanushkodi beach is a prime place to relax and spend some time in the soothing atmosphere. The vast shoreline and clear water makes it the best place to get away from the rest of the world for an offbeat trip. The town of Dhanushkodi was destroyed during the 1964 Rameshwaram cyclone but but has been reconstructed.
The best time to visit is from October to January.
The very tip of Indian Peninsula, the city of Rameshwaram, is 569 km away from Bangalore. Pamban Island, also known as Rameswaram Island, is connected to mainland India by the Pamban Bridge. This city of Rameshwaram also holds great religious importance. It is believed that Lord Rama built a bridge from here to Lanka to rescue his wife Sita from the evil Ravana. Also the city of dhanushkodi is quite near to Rameshwaram.
The best time to visit is September-April.
Valparai is a serene hill station in the Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu. This city, with serpentine ghat roads, is at a distance of 458 km from Bangalore. The Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctury, Monkey falls, Aliyar Dam and Anaimalai hills are some of the places worth visiting.
The best time to visit is from September to March.
Chidambaram is located at a distance of 388 km from Bangalore. The city is famous for its historic sculptures and great architectural inheritance. This place holds back some of the most ancient mythologies and stories of ancient India dating back to the Cholas, Pandyas, Vijaynagar empire, Marathas and the British.
The best time to visit is September- February.
Gokarna lies on the border of Karnataka and Goa, 485 km from Bangalore. The place is not a commercialized one and thus is perfect for peace-seekers. Initially it was visited for its religious importance, but now it has turned into a beautiful holiday destination. One can have a peaceful evening under a beach shack while watching the sunset, holding a glass of your favourite drink and savouring your favourite food.
The best time to visit is December-March.
At a distance of 522 km from Bangalore, Karwar is a lesser known version of Goa. Blessed with gleaming beaches and wonderful climate this place is a must visit for water sport lovers. Some of the attractions in Karwar are Kali Bridge, Devbaugh Lighthouse, Tagore Beach, Karwar beach, Anshi National Park, Sadashivgad Fort, Oyster Rock Lighthouse, Venkatrama Temple, and Durga temple.
The best time to enjoy Karwar is December to March.
The historic city of Bellary is situated at a distance of 308 km from Bangalore. Some of the places to visit in Bellary are the Bellary fort, British colonial buildings like Bellary central jail, city railway station etc. are of great historical importance. Apart from this, inspite of its surroundings, Bellary is also developing in its flora. Some of the green spaces in the city include The Ballari and Kumbara rock hills, Bellary Zoo, Kaategudda Park and many other such parks.
The best time to visit Bellary is from December to March.
The world heritage site of Hampi is located at a distance of 344 km from Bangalore. There are over 100 monuments in Hampi. But most of them are now in ruins but their grandeur still remains as it was. Hampi is the best place to explore architecture and history.
The best time to visit is between November and February.
Kollur is a small temple town in Udipi district of Karnataka, at a distance of 459 km from Bangalore. It has a temple dedicated to Durga Devi, the supreme goddess. Apart from that, there are many other places worth visiting around Kollur they are, Kashi Theertha, Anegudde Vinayaka Temple, Arishna Gundi Waterfalls, Jog Falls and Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary.
The best time to visit Kollur is from December to March.
Kumarakom a city 584 km away from Bangalore houses the longest lake in India, lake Vembanad. The Kumarakom bird sanctuary is a feast for nature lovers. The snake boat races are a must visit during the Onam festival. Also taking a cruise on a houseboat on the backwaters is an experience which you’ll recall later.
The best time to visit is November to March.
The UNESCO World Heritage site of the Silent Valley National Park in Plakkad is one of the best offbeat places to visit in Kerala. Kerala’s best kept secret, located in the Nilgiri Hills is a haven for wildlife. One would be surprised by the variety of species of insects, birds, mammals and flora that this place has to offer. The hills of Nelliampathi are also well known for its orange cultivation. En-route you can also stop by and have a look at the farms and tea estates.
Palakkad is at a distance of 411 km from Bangalore. The best time to visit is November to March.
Kollam is at a distance of 676 km from Bangalore. The Ashtamudi Backwaters in Kollam is one of Kerala’s unrevealed secret. It is the second largest and deepest wetland ecosystem. There are many resorts which provide a unique opportunity to stay at the floating huts. Another place of interest in Kollam is this beautiful place named Thenmala. One can experience, adventure, culture, shopping, art and leisure all at a single place.
The best time to visit is November to march.
Kochi has some of the best off-beat places to visit in Kerala. The city of Kochi is situated at a distance of 549 km from Bangalore. The Marine Drive has an impressive view of the Kochi Harbour and the backwaters to offer. It is an ideal place to spend evenings alongside the sunset and gentle breeze. Another offbeat place to visit is the Thattekad Bird Sanctuary.
The Cherai beach is also another destination to visit. It is accessible only by boat and is also known for dolphin spotting.
The best time to visit Kochi is from November to March.
This capital city of Kerala is also the third largest city and is located at a distance of 734 km from Bangalore. The beautiful stretch of Thiruvallam, The Parashuram temple, the Veli Lagoon, Waterfront Park, Floating bridge are some of the must visit places that lie in the womb of this beautiful city of Thiruvananthpuram.
The best time of visit this destination is from November to March.
Nellore is a beautiful town of Andhra Pradesh located at a distance of 386 km from Bangalore. Pulicat Lake is one of the best picturesque tourist destinations to visit in Nellore.
The Pulicat Lake Bird Sanctuary adds more beauty to this city. The Pulicat lake is the second biggest brakish water lake in India. There are also some old Dutch and British settlements which promises to charm with its amazing architecture.
The best time to visit is October to February.
The Kurnool district is located at a distance of 360 km from Bangalore. The Yerramala hills located in Kurnool offers inimitable natural beauty. Another place to visit is Yangati which is located in Yerramala. The renowned Uma Maheshwara Temple of Lord Shiva is located in Yangati.
The best time to visit Kurnool is during the winter months.
Eluru situated on the Tammileru River is about 720 km from Bangalore. The lifestyle of this city is a great combination of urban and rural with a tinge of cosmopolitan. Some of the places to visit in Eluru are, Dwaraka tirumala temple, Buddha park which houses the Buddha statue, Kolleru lake, Fr. Silvio Pasquali Memorial Convent at Duggirala which is a replica of Israel.
The best time to visit Eluru is from September till March.
The city of Ongole is famous for its Ongole cattle, a breed of oxen. There are a few beautiful beaches in Ongole which provides a wonderful experience with its cool and refreshing environment. It also has some temples belonging to the 5th Century.
The best time to visit Ongole is during the winter months.
The holy town of Shrikalahasti is located in the Chittoor district, 287 km away from Bangalore. The Srikalahasti temple, built during the Pallava period, is also known as the southern Kailash. It is one of the important Shiva temples in India. This place is also famous for its Kalamkari textile.
The best time to visit is during the winter season.
The forests of Amboli are an unexplored paradise, with unique flora and fauna. If peace, quiet and the meditative silence of the forest is what you are looking for, then this is the place to be. The distance from Mumbai is 490 km.
The best season or months to visit places in Amboli are February, March, August, September, October, November, and December. It is advisable to avoid visiting Amboli in the monsoon months.
The city of Satara is located near 7 forts, hence the name. It is located near the confluence of river Krishna and its tributary river Venna. The kas/flower plateau in Satara is now a World heritage site. The Thoseghar and Vajrai waterfalls near Satara are also some amazing places to visit.
Satara is located at a distance of 256 km from Mumbai. The best time to visit is between September to March.
Panchgani is a famous hill station 777 km from Bangalore. The strawberry festival, which happens every summer, is an awesome experience. The Sydney point, Table land, Parsi point, Devil’s Kitchen, Mapro Garden are some of the tourist attractions in Panchgani. The journey to Panchgani is as good as the destination. Overall Panchgani is a must visit place if you are looking for peace and serenity.
The best time to visit is from September to May.
The port city of Ratnagiri is 744 km away from Bangalore. The Sahyadri Mountains border Ratnagiri in the East. Located on the shores of the Arabian Sea, Ratnagiri is rich with beautiful hills, sea shores, rivers, waterfalls and hot water springs.
The best time to visit is October-March.
The Solapur district is located 620 km from Bangalore. The holy places to visit in Solapur are the Siddheshwar temple, Baba Umer Dargah and Pandharpur. Other places include the Bhuikot Fort, Solapur Science Centre, Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary, Ujjani Dam, Amani Bazar and Meena Bazar. The Solapuri chadars and towels are famous all over the world.
The best time to visit is from October to March.
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[post_title] => Road trip from Bangalore under Rs 6000 by car. [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => road-trip-bangalore-rs-6000-car [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-09-07 17:44:32 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-09-07 12:14:32 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?post_type=guest_post&p=1544 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1578 [post_author] => 63 [post_date] => 2017-08-24 18:22:10 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-08-24 12:52:10 [post_content] => Madhya Pradesh is that Indian state which reflects history, natural beauty, and Indian culture all at the same place. Whether it is hill station or a dense forest, Madhya Pradesh has it all. Let’s have a look at the complete guide to the heart of Incredible India. Places to See There are numerous places of tourist interest at Madhya Pradesh. The top five are listed below. Bhopal The capital city of Madhya Pradesh offers the tourists with many sightseeing options. Some of the must see places at Bhopal are Bhojtal, Remember Bhopal Museum, Chhota Talaab, Taj-ul-Masjid, Van Vihar National Park, Birla Mandir, and Jama Masjid. You can also visit Bhimbetka Caves at 35 kilometers from the city. Pachmarhi A quaint hill station, 190 kilometers from Bhopal, is renowned for the waterfalls, gardens, mountain streams, and caves. The best places of tourist interest are Pandava Caves, Bee Fall, Duchess Fall, Jatashankar Caves, Dhupgarh – the highest peak in Madhya Pradesh, and the large waterfall of Rajat Prapat. Indore Indore is also 190 kilometers from Bhopal. You can visit Lal Bagh Palace, Indore Museum, Rajwada, Krishna Pura Chhatri, and Annapurna Temple while at Indore. Ujjain, around 50 kilometers from Indore is also a must visit if you are a spiritual soul looking for some peaceful vibes. Kanha National Park For the wildlife lovers out there, Kanha National Park is not less than heaven. It can be reached via road transport from Jabalpur, approximately 166 kilometers away. If you wish to see the royal wild cat in its natural abode, plan a wildlife safari here. Don’t miss out on visiting the Kanha Museum too in the middle of the forest. Jabalpur Jabalpur is the cultural capital of Madhya Pradesh. Plan a short excursion to Bhedaghat and Dhuadhar falls, 25 kilometers from Jabalpur while you are here. The marble rocks at Bhedaghat would leave you mesmerized with its beauty. Many Bollywood movies have been shot here, so you can imagine how awesome the place would be! Khajuraho Khajuraho Group of Monuments houses Hindu and Jain temples that hold the credit of being UNESCO World Heritage Site in India. The erotic sculptures and nagara-style architecture is unique to these temples built by Chandela Dynasty. If you plan to visit Khajuraho in February, you can choose the dates such that you get to witness the awesome Khajuraho Dance Festival. Festivals The colorful attire, ornaments, and interesting activities along with getting a peek into the culture of Madhya Pradesh are the highlights of the festivals here. Every year on 26th January, there’s Lokrang Samaroh at Bhopal, that’s organized by The Adivasi Lok Kala Academy of Madhya Pradesh. Malwa Utsava at Indore and Ujjain gives you a taste of Indian classical music and dance. We can obviously not forget Kumbha Mela, held at Ujjain and the traditional Ramleela Mela that happens in different parts of the state. Tansen Sangeet Samaroh at Gwalior in the month of November or December is another marvel with classical instrumental and vocal shows by the best performers. Culture Madhya Pradesh is home to several tribal communities that makes it very rich in culture. You will find art, craft, music as well as dance in this state. Besides tribal groups, Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jains, Muslims, and Sikhs amicably stay here. Lota and Phag are the major dance forms over here. Wedding dance form that is quite popular among the tribes is Gaur. Bamboo and Cane Work, Block Printing, Jute Works and Stone Carving are the major handicraft forms found at Madhya Pradesh. Malwa, Mandla, Indore, Khajuraho, Gwalior, Jhabua, Raigarh, Bastar, Bhopal, and Bundelkhand are some of the important centres to get a glimpse of MP’s art and crafts. Food Wheat cake known as “bafla” dipped in ghee and eaten with peppery lentil broth is a must try while you are at Madhya Pradesh. Don’t miss out on visiting “Chappan Dukaan” at Indore if you are a foodie. Kachori, Pohe, sweets like Jalebi, Kusli, and Cashew Burfi, are also worth trying. Shopping Shopaholics should visit the crowded streets of Jabalpur to buy awesome stuffed toys, jute crafts, silver and brassware, along with sarees and dress materials popular for its intricate zardosi needlework. Gwalior offers you wall hangings, jewelry, lacquer ware, and hand woven carpets that make for great souvenirs. You can buy dry snacks for munching from Indore and Ujjain. Ratlami Sev as they say is the most loved delicacy from there. How to Reach Bhopal is well connected by railways, airways, and road transport. You can easily travel in MPSRTC buses to reach your destination. That’s the most convenient option for MP travel. Best Time to Visit The best time to visit Madhya Pradesh is monsoon season because that’s when you get to enjoy the beauty of the waterfalls sprawling over the entire state. For everyone who wishes to explore MP, sort out your travel priorities, grab a camera, and just set off to the incredible heart of our country. [post_title] => A complete guide to Madhya Pradesh- The Heart of Incredible India [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => complete-guide-madhya-pradesh-heart-incredible-india [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-09-04 15:48:57 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-09-04 10:18:57 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?post_type=guest_post&p=1578 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1576 [post_author] => 63 [post_date] => 2017-08-24 19:57:43 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-08-24 14:27:43 [post_content] => Meghalaya, wherein the clouds dwell, separates the Assam valley from Bangladesh plains. It was known as the “Scotland of the East” in the British era and it has stood true to its name ever since. It is the wettest and one of the most beautiful parts of India. With waterfalls, pine grooves, and gardens abound, the state is synonymous to natural splendor at its best. Places to See Meghalaya has several picturesque destinations to explore. Be ready to start on the virtual tour with us and get spellbound by the blessing nature has bestowed on this North Eastern state. The capital city of Shillong invariably comes to mind when someone mentions Meghalaya. If you are here, the must visit places are Wankhar Entomology Museum, Ward’s Lake, Anglican Church, and Don Bosco Museum of Indigenous Cultures. It’s the perfect resort to spend a vacation at any time of the year. The The next on the list is Cherrapunjee. Remember your geography lessons? Yes, it used to be the place with the maximum rainfall in India. However, Mawsynram has taken over that credit in the present times. Nohkalikai Falls, Dainthlen Falls and Kynrem Falls are the main attractions in and around Cherrapunjee. Don’t miss out on Mawsmai Cave while here. Let’s now move to Garo and Jaintia Hills. The greenery over here is enough to leave you mesmerized. If you are an adventure lover, go exploring the Garo Hills and prepare yourself for something exciting in store. Local guides from the tiny settlement of Tura can come to your help. We shall now go to Nongpoh. Umiam Lake is the most coveted place of Nongpoh. Wildlife lovers would find heaven at Nongkhyllem Wildlife Sanctuary, Lum Sohpetbneng and Lum Nehru Park. You can also visit the geologic formations of Dwar Ksuid. Mawlynnong is our next destination. Living Root Bridge, Mawlynnong Village and Mawlynnong Waterfall are the places of tourist interest over here. Culture Meghalaya has three main tribes, namely Khasis (Mon-Khmer origin), Garos (Tibeto-Burman origin), and Jaintias (South East Asia) and each tribe follows unique cultures and traditions. Hajong (Indo-Aryan) is another tribe found here in minority that follows Hindu rites and customs. However, matrilineal system is universally followed by them all, which implies that family linage is taken from the maternal side. The youngest daughter is the heir to all the property. For parents who have no daughter, the daughter-in-law inherits the property. The people here are very hospitable, amicable, and jolly by nature. The Khasis hold the belief God, U Blei Nongthaw, is supreme. They consider life to be the greatest gift from God. The Jaintias and Khasis follow the same religion but the former are more inclined towards Hinduism. The Garos consider Rabuga as the supreme creator of the world. Festivals Khasis keep dance at the center of their culture. Their main festivals include Ka Shad Suk, Mynsiem, Ka Pom-Blang Nongkrem, Ka-Shad Shyngwiang-Thangiap, Ka-Shad-Kynjoh Khaskain, Ka Bam Khana Shnong, Umsan Nongkharai, and Shad Beh Sier. Jaintias celebrate Behdienkhlam, Laho Dance, and Sowing Ritual Ceremony. Garos celebrate Den Bilsia, Wangala, Rongchu gala, Mi Amua, Mangona, Grengdik Baa, Jamang Sia, etc. Food Rice is the staple food of people over here. Some of the must try dishes while at Meghalaya include Jadoh that’s red rice cooked with chicken or fish, Doh-Khlieh prepared from minced pork, onions, and chillies, Nakham Bitchi that’s a popular soup prepared from a dry fish Nakham and Pumaloi, a kind of powdered rice prepared in a unique pot Khiew Ranei. Try out Doh-Neiiong that’s pork curry dish and Tungrymbai made from fermented soya beans, boiled and shopped pork, black sesame, ginger, onion, and spices. Don’t forget to try momos over here. Shopping The bazars of Shillong are the best to buy fancy souvenirs. You can buy mounted butterflies, handwoven shawls, orange honey, black mushrooms, Khasi dresses for women, pineapple, orange and other fruit products.
- Bara Bazar (lewduh)
- Khyndailad (Police Bazar)
Day 0:We all reached ISBT Kashmere Gate to board our bus to Rishikesh.
Day 1:As usual, we reached our destination early from the scheduled time. We enquired about the bus to Govindghat and luckily we found one which was scheduled to depart at 5 AM. Then we started our mountain journey to Govindghat. Govindghat is a small village situated on the Rishikesh Badrinath highway and is the starting point of treks to Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib. The village is located 270 km far from Rishikesh. We crossed Devprayag, Srinagar, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Chamoli and Joshimath to reach the village. The condition of road was good except for some stretches. We found landslides too at few locations. As it was a monsoon season, landslides are very usual in this region. We reached Govindghat at 5 PM. We were exhausted after this long 17 hours road journey so we just had dinner at a dhaba and stayed in a hotel for the night.
Day 2:Took our loaded sacks and moved towards the bridge where we registered ourselves and hired a taxi to Pulna village. It took 20 minutes and we reached Pulna. Pulna is the point from where the actual trek starts. The trek was 10 km in distance. The trail was well paved and quite broad. It was also not very steep except some stretches. While trekking we got some amazing scenes of valleys and waterfalls. We reached Bhyundar village in around 3 hours where we had our lunch. After filling up our stomach, we resumed our trek and continued till reaching Ghangaria. It took another 2 hours to reach our destination of the day. Ghangaria is a small village situated on the way to Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib. The village is equipped with some basic facilities such as phone connectivity, electricity, hotels, restaurants, etc. When we reached the village, we could see the hustle bustle of trekkers who also came there to visit the Valley of Flowers. We looked out for the location where we could pitch our dome tents. After looking for 1 hour, finally we got space inside the GMVN tourist rest house. Later we had dinner and slept inside our tents.
Day 3:Well our plan was to leave for Valley of Flowers early by 5 AM but when we woke up it was raining so we dropped the plan and went to sleep. Finally woke up at 7 and got ready. Valley of Flowers was 3 km from the Ghangaria village. We took the trail to the valley and reached the forest check post where we paid the entry fees. We continued our trek and reached a massive waterfall of river Bhyundar. We took a short pause there and clicked some photographs. The trail after the falls was steep till the entrance of the valley. We were excited to reach there, so we walked fast. Then we had our first glimpse of the Valley of Flowers. It was looking exactly like a scenery. It was hard to believe that we were seeing it in real. The valley was breathtakingly beautiful. We explored the whole valley and were trying not to miss a single point and flower. We did a long photoshoot there, visited the grave of John Margaret and meditated there, took a stroll near the river stream and experienced the beauty. We started returning to the village at 4 PM and probably we were the last one to take the exit. Reached the village at 6:30 PM.
Day 4:Started our day with a piping hot tea in our hands. Got ready and moved towards the world’s highest gurudwara, Hemkund Sahib. The trek distance from Ghangaria village was 8 KM. We took the trail and started our trek with our constant pace. The trail was steep and was made in a zig zag form, however it was well paved. The weather started changing as we were moving upwards. It started getting cold. We put on our wind sheeters to cover our body from that icy cold wind. We reached the Gurudwara by 2:30 PM. The gurudwara had been closed by that time but apart from us there were some other people who wanted to visit. So they opened the door and allowed us. The place was very peaceful and interiors were quite alluring. After exploring, we had our lunch in the world’s highest langar and then we started descending towards Ghangaria. After having dinner, we packed up our bags because we had to leave early for Govindghat.
Day 5:Started descending at 7 AM and it took us only 2 hours to reach the Pulna village. We did our lunch at Govindghat and then boarded our bus to Rishikesh for our return journey. We reached Delhi next day by early morning. The trek was amazing. We were lucky enough as we found several varieties of flowers there. We visited during the best time (mid july – mid august). [post_title] => Trekking Experience of Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => trekking-experience-valley-flowers-hemkund-sahib [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-09-04 15:39:30 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-09-04 10:09:30 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?post_type=guest_post&p=1619 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1622 [post_author] => 106 [post_date] => 2017-09-03 19:40:10 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-09-03 14:10:10 [post_content] => The monotony of life is tiring, isn’t it? Why not plane a perfect budget friendly get away with Justwravel? Keep reading on to know the best places around Pune which you can approach to escape all that daily traffic and pollution. Here’s a state-wise list of some of the off-beat places that you can visit to treat yourself with some relaxing and soothing experience. Maharashtra
What Makes Kaas Plateau Unique?On the way to the destination, you will be greeted by the lush green expanse sprinkled with waterfalls all along. When you reach the plateau, you will feel like you are walking on the bed of flowers. It is indeed once in a lifetime experience. You will see a myriad of yellow, red, violet, pink, and white flowers all around you. Just take your steps carefully because you will feel like you are walking on the flowers. You would be surprised to know that there are more than 850 varieties of flowers that you can see during every monsoon season at this place. Do not miss out on visiting the Kumudini Lake and Kaas Lake. It feels like a fairytale world that you would have seen on desktop wallpapers and children story books. You can trek around the area and check out the sightseeing places around. Just pitch your tents around Kaas plateau and be in the lap of nature without worrying about the worldly chaos. Camping could never be more fun and Kaas Plateau is the best destination for that.
How to Reach?You can reach Pune or Mumbai via airways or by train and then hire a cab to reach Kaas Plateau. It is around 130 kilometers from Pune and 270 kilometers from Mumbai.
Best Time to VisitMonsoon season is the best time to visit Kaas Plateau. September and October are the months when the plants are in the best of their flowering spirits. Keep in mind that per day they allow only 3000 visitors at the flower haven. Expenses Entry fee: Rs. 100 Children below 12 years of age and senior citizens above 65 years of age have no entry fees. You have to carry your age proof for the same. Parking is free. From the parking place to the plateau, state transport buses are available at 10 Rs. (one way ticket)
What to Carry?Make sure you carry appropriate footwear suitable for outdoor activities, torches, sunglasses, sunscreens, polythene bags, some food items, important over-the-counter medicines, and mosquito repellants to ensure a comfortable stay at the destination. Do not forget your camera to try out some photography skills. [post_title] => Kaas Plateau: The flowery haven of India [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => kaas-plateau-flowery-haven-india [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-09-05 18:24:44 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-09-05 12:54:44 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?post_type=guest_post&p=1629 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1653 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2017-09-05 19:02:25 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-09-05 13:32:25 [post_content] => “No weekend, all weakened.” We see it coming. The much-awaited, deeply desired LONG WEEKEND !! 😃 What about you? Well we have something that can make your weekend from ordinary to extraordinary one 😊 Check out our 9 trips planned for Dussehra Long Weekend (30 September - 2 October) and join us and be a wraveler for life.
Hampta Pass TrekHampta Pass is a high mountain pass which links Lahaul and Kullu valley in Himachal Pradesh. Having an elevation of 4270 meters, the journey to the pass is one of the beautiful treks in Pir Panjal range of Himalayas. There is also a village named Hampta and its name is based on the Hampta Pass. The pass is usually crossed by shepherds. Every year, they open the route and come here in seeking for high altitude grassland. Apart from scenic views, one can experience vertical rock walls, hanging glaciers, lakes, waterfalls, 6000 m and above peaks on this trek. The difficulty level of this trek is moderate and is suited for experienced ones or one should have done atleast one trek before. The added advantage of doing this trek is one gets to see scenic and pristine Lake of Chandratal. Itinerary and Trip Detail
Paragliding and Trekking at Bir & BarotThis trip plan is perfect for those who needs adventure and leisure together. We are covering two beautiful and lesser explored destinations of Himachal Pradesh, i.e. Bir Billing and Barot. Bir Billing is famous for monasteries and is considered the best site for Paragliding in India whereas Barot is a serene and beautiful place which is popular for activities like angling, trekking, etc. Bir Billing the paragliding capital of India, is a noted center for ecotourism, spiritual studies and meditation. Bir is also home to a Tibetan refugee settlement with several Buddhist monasteries and a large stupa. The paragliding launch site is in the meadow at Billing (14 km north of Bir), at an elevation of 2400 metres, while the landing site and most tourist accommodations are in the village of Chowgan (also spelled Chaugan), on the southern edge of Bir. Barot is a tiny village situated in the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. The road to Barot is scenic and offers views of terraced fields and dense cedar forest. The village also forms the gateway to the Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary is home to varieties of animals such as Monal, Black Bear, Ghoral, etc. Itinerary and Trip Detail
Mcleodganj Camping and Triund trekTriund hill is situated at an altitude of 2875 meters above sea level, surrounded by breath taking view of Kangra valley and the Dhauladhar range. It is a considered to be an easy trek and is at a trekking distance of 9km from McleodGanj town. Mcleodganj situated at a road distance of 250 kms from Chandigarh and 480 from New Delhi it is one of the most sought after trek. Trip Itinerary and Detail
Dayara Bugyal TrekHimalayas have always been a charming destination for nature and adventure lovers. Apart from snow clad mountains and forest, Himalayas are also famous for its scenic meadows, also called as Bugyals in local language Uttarakhand. The route to these meadows are also scenic and over the time have become prominent trekking routes. In Uttarakhand, there are several scenic bugyals where one can trek and one such is Dayara Bugyal. The trek to Dayara Bugyal starts from and ends at a small village, Barsu situated in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. The village is 180 km from the state capital, i.e., Dehradun. It takes around 8 hours to reach the village from Dehradun. The whole trek is scenic and passes through forest, lake, and meadows. One gets to see several snow-capped peaks of Greater Himalayas during the trek. Bakharia Top, standing at an elevation of 12000 feet, is the highest point that can be reached on this trek. Trip Details and Itinerary
Parashar Lake TrekTrip Details and Itinerary
Deoriatal Chandrashila TrekTrip Detail and Itinerary
Trip to JibhiTrip Details and Itinerary
Kareri Lake TrekTrip Details and Itinerary
Bhrigu Lake TrekTrip Details and Itinerary [post_title] => 9 Trips For Dussehra Long Weekend [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => 9-trips-dussehra-long-weekend [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-09-05 19:02:25 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-09-05 13:32:25 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?p=1653 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1669 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2017-09-07 18:48:40 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-09-07 13:18:40 [post_content] => Mahadev, Super Human, another name of Lord Shiva. Mountain Ranges, Himalayas are considered to be a home of Shiva. There are several places in and around India which are linked to Shiva and his stories such as Kailash Mansarovar, Kinner Kailash, Amarnath, etc. All these destinations are considered highly sacred and quite hard to reach. Out of all one such place is Shrikhand Mahadev. Trek to Shrikhand Mahadev is a spiritual yatra to one of his shivlings in Himachal Pradesh. India being a spiritual nation has numerous Shiva followers. Understood to be one of the toughest yatras, total trekking distance is about 70 km to & fro which is to be covered in a span of 5 days. Trek starts from Jaon village in Himachal Pradesh and takes you to mountain top, waterfalls, glaciers that you need to cross and finally to Shrikhand Mahadev which is in the form a Shivling ( Shiv’s part). Day 0 : When you are leaving for a 5-day trek you are bound to be excited about the same, same was with me. After a hectic day at the office , I just couldn’t wait to leave for Shrikhand Mahadev Trek. It was my first high altitude trek so I was a little more excited about it. Left early from Office just to cross check my backpack if I had packed everything as required. It was going to be a tough trek so I had to keep myself prepared both physically and mentally. My bus was at 10:30 in the evening for Shimla, so I reached ISBT just in time to board it. Day 1 : Reached Shimla at 6 :30 in the morning at ISBT, where I was greeted there by Nettu who was my co traveler and guide for Shrikhand Mahadev. A local who has done Shrikhand Mahadev Trek several times in the past, and many other high altitude treks. We started our journey at 7:30 AM from Shimla accompanied by another person Amit who was leaving with a group to Kinnar Kailash. It took us 5 hours to reach Rampur from Shimla. Amit dropped us at Rampur bus stand and we took a bus to Jaon, about 50 km from Rampur which took us 3 hrs to reach the village as being a local bus it had to take multiple stops. After buying some essentials from Jaon for the next 5 days of the trek we started for Singhad. Singhad is the last village on this trek after that there are just pitched tents/shops and langars. 4 kms Trek from Jaon but a level path compared to what we were to experience next it took us about 90 mins to reach Singhad. That was our first-night halt. Day 2 Singhad to Thachru (3600 mts) We started at 7:30 in the morning from Singhad after having tea at the langar where we stayed overnight. Singhad to Barathi Nala is 4 km of trek with multiple hill cross overs along the river. This stretch acts as a good warm-up session to prepare the trekkers for the next 10 kms of climb. A vertical climb with very few patches of level ground. We had our breakfast at one of the Langars at Barathi Nala, aloo paratha and tea, which is being organized for devotees for the past 12 years. This breakfast was of utmost importance, as we had to be geared up for the climb. The climb was steep and through the forest. As it was drizzling all the time, it made the path a lot slippery and slushy, we had to be careful while crossing small boulders. There were occasional moments when the weather got cleared up and we could see the valley and several mountain peaks. They were all views worth staying for some time, places I would just sit and think “what next”. After every hour of climb there is a shop where we halted for some food and drinks, majorly for rehydrating ourselves. But it is recommended if you carry at least 2 lts of water bottle with you. Reaching Thachru before sunset was our only aim and we covered it well in time. We kept walking for 7 hours with multiple breaks for rest, food, and drinks, and finally reached Thachru by 5 in the evening. It was a tiring day, not so much as I had thought but it was just the beginning. We pitched out tents, beside one of the shop owners and he was helpful in that way. He allowed us to pitch the tent and there we were still broad daylight, with our tents pitched, bags settled and above the cloud. Later we went for a walk in the vicinity and it all looked different, great. It was my first high altitude trek so I was just absorbing it and getting prepared. It all felt so new, so different. Day 3: Thachru to BhimDwar (4050mts) The second day of the trek is comparatively easier than the day before. With several level paths and multiple hilltops which you need to cross is not at all a steep climb. We started at 9 in the morning after breakfast from Thachru. Started with a steep climb, and reached Kaali top at 4000 mts in 2 hrs time. Thachru to Kalli top hike is a without any cover, no shade at all. It is recommended if this part of the trail is covered in the wee hours of the morning, when the sun is not hard, later in the day it get tiring. We were lucky as it was clouded and we were adequately warmed. The route from here to Bhimdwar consisted of several ups and downs. Climbed several small hills and crossed valleys. We kept our pace slow, thoroughly enjoying the weather with occasional stops. Today’s whole trek had a whole new feel to it, with weather and landscape changing every moment. We reached Bhimdwar at 5 in the evening and followed the same ritual. Asked a shop owner to give a place to pitch the tent, unpacked our bags and just walked around. Bhimdwar was different, I fell in love the moment I saw the place. Huge waterfalls on 2 sides, a huge valley in between and when the clouds cleared for few moments we were able to see to Shrikhand Mahadev Peak , standing tall at an approximate height of 18500 feet. Again the experience was all new and very different. We slept early that day. Had to prepare for next day summit. 18593 feet, now that was not something that I had done before and it had to be a difficult trek, a challenging one. Day 4: Bhimdwar to Shrikhand Mahadev to Bhim Dwar ( 5300 mts) Today was an important day, Bhimdwar to Summit and Back to Bhimdwar. This was a long trek and also a challenging one. We were at around 3800 mts and summit was at 5300 mts so a lot of altitude change as well. We started at 5:30 in the morning a little-altered timing as we were planning to start at 4 am. It is always good and easier to climb in the morning. As soon as the sun is up, it gets warm and you start losing a lot of energy. Bhimdwar to Parwati Baag was a vertical climb for about 3 kms and it took me almost 2 hrs to reach Parwati Baag top. Parwati Baag is a valley on top of the hill and it is spread over several acres of land. Shrubs covered with flowers all over. It was a beautiful sight, which I will remember for a lot of time to come. Every time there was a vertical climb, the views are that were just memorable. I would just forget all the pain and tiredness and would want to spend some moments just admiring the beauty. But we had a long path to cover this day. From here we walked through the glacier to reach Nain Sarovar. It was a long trek as we were negotiating boulders on the glacier it took us 90 minutes from Parwati Bhag to Nain Sarovar. The last stretch to Nain Sarovar which is at about 4300 mts was steep with boulders all over, from here the long trek to Shrikhand Mahadev starts. Nain Sarovar as the name suggests (Nain : Eye, Sarovar : Lake), is believed to be formed from drop of tear from Goddess Parvati’s eye ( God Shiva’s wife). Goddess Paravati was searching for Lord Shiva and after not finding him around she started to weep which led to the formation of Nain Sarovar. Lake in itself was not big, but it was covered with snow and frozen at most parts. Multiple hilltops to be crossed, glaciers in between, with altitude increasing at every foot forward this was a challenging trek. According to locals, Bhim is believed to be placing stones as stairs to reach heaven, and that places certainly seemed as if one someone has placed stones on top of one another. There were few stones having some words engraved on them and it was “Bheem Lipi” as claimed by locals. It took me 4 hours to relentless trekking to reach Shrikhand Mahadev. In between, there were few occasions when the weather turned clear and I could see Shrikhand Mahadev and then started trekking to reach the top with new zeal. With Har Har Mahadev, Bam Bam Bhole and Jai Bhole chants all around it was a totally different push with an excitement to reach the top. Something that I hadn’t experienced to date. It was just out of this world. Reaching on top to Shrikhand Mahadev after hours and days of the relentless trek, sleeping in the tent, sleeping bags was a feeling compared to none another. I just sat there for a while, let things mellow down a little. It was a great feeling, a positive vibe all around. Reaching Shrikhand Mahadev top was a delight, it was cold at the top but we were lucky as the weather cleared and we could see all the valleys and other peaks surrounding Shrikhand Mahadev. The highest peak among them was Kartikeya Peak, Lord Shiva’s other son apart from Ganesh. I could have stayed there for a lot longer, but we had to start our way down as we had to reach Bhim Dwar on time and keeping the terrain in mind. I was aware it will take a little more time to reach Bhim Dwar. Seeing valleys while coming down and crossing through glaciers was not an easy task and when everything was slippery. We were lucky that it wasn’t raining at that time else it would have been a lot more difficult. We met rainfall several times in between but always in patches, nothing major, but as soon as I reached Nain Sarovar weather took its toll. It had started raining and the terrain got slippery, it got a lot more difficult Day 5: Bhim Dwar via Thatchru to Singhad After successfully completing the summit. It was a time to head back. We decided that we will try to reach Singhad the very same day, a 24 km trek from Bhim Dwar. Though it was quite tiring it will save us a day and we can get back to network and work at the earliest. Started at 7 in the morning, got up early and packed our bag to start the descent. We know it had to be pacy with an occasional switch of the bag to carry. Reached Singhad by 7 in the evening. It was an intense 12 hrs of trek from Bhim Dwar to Singhad. Changed our clothes, freshen up at little . We were staying at the same langar which we had stopped at when we began our trek. Day 6: Singhad to Jaon to Shimla The final day of our trek and it seemed so as well. We were lazy to the core, got up late , late as in by 7:30. We already had our bag packed last night, so nothing much to that morning. Left Singhad by 9 and after having breakfast at one of the Langars we proceeded towards Jaon. We were lucky to meet Amit Bhai at Jaon as his phone was switched off and we were planning on ways to get back to Shimla. He was there with a group who had just returned from Kinnar Kailash Yatra and had come to Jaon just to see the place. We couldn’t believe our luck. Started at noon from Jaon and reached Shimla by 7in the evening,I had a bus from Shimla till Delhi at 9 so I was right on time. I boarded my HRCTC bus at 9 and was in Delhi by 5:30 in the morning. When I look back at the trek, I knew it was a tough trek and I feel amazed at how well my body gets adjusted to the surroundings. I wasn’t supposed to carry 20 kg bag on my back, but I did and it never felt that tiring. The views, the weather was all just great and never met so many Shiv ji bhakts together under one big roof. It was all enlightening, listening to Babas talking, seeing people doing this trek barefoot, talking to local boys who ain’t just good trekkers but “shooters”( it feels as they are running), 2 days and they are done with the Yatra, simply great, simply admirable. [post_title] => Shrikhand Mahadev Trek [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => shrikhand-mahadev-trek [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-09-07 18:55:06 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-09-07 13:25:06 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?p=1669 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1693 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2017-09-11 15:49:46 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-09-11 10:19:46 [post_content] => The Himalayas are more than just formidable mountain ranges. The experiences and breathtaking views you get in these mighty mountains are unforgettable. The Indian state of Uttarakhand is truly blessed by nature’s bounty. Surrounded with the mighty Himalayas, lies a heavenly abode of nature known as ‘Valley of Flowers’. Discovered by Mountaineer Frank S Smith in 1931, this stunning valley is popular for its exotic varieties of medicinal herbs and wild untamed blooms. Valley of Flowers has been declared as World Heritage Site. It is a perfect destination for adventure enthusiasts, backpackers, and photography lovers. Located in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, this natural wonder offers some amazing reasons to explore it. Here’re some Interesting Facts About Valley of Flowers that will force you to plan a trip to this paradise.
- For Groundbreaking Photography - Want to showcase your passion and enthusiast about photography? Then head towards Valley of Flowers and capture some stunning vistas of the snow-clad Himalayas, wide variety of flowers, lush green valleys, and pristine streams. This heavenly beautiful place will definitely impress you such that you will feel like visiting again and again here.
- Excellent Offbeat Destination - Unlike popular hill retreats of Uttarakhand like Mussoorie, Nainital, etc; this Himalayan paradise is completely an offbeat location. It takes almost two days to do trek due to its great height. So give a break to those chic hotels & cafes and experience the place just like a local. Mere words cannot do justice, that is why you should see it for yourself, at least once!
- Unforgettable Trekking Experience - The trek to this National Park is easy, in comparison to other popular treks situated at the same heights. The journey begins from Govindghat. The trek from Ghangaria towards Valley of Flowers is lined with perfumed wild flowers, wild rose bushes, and wild strawberries. And not to mention the panorama of mountains and serene waterfalls surrounding you. Sounds amazing! Isn’t it?
- Unwind Amidst Mighty Himalayas - Located at the meeting point of two Himalayan ranges, Valley of Flowers is surrounded by Zanskar range and Great Himalayas from all sides. The landscape of this verdant valley is so captivating that you would go into some other state the moment you reach here. One can also see the majestic Nanda Devi, the second highest mountain peak in India; from this National Park. So enjoy the natural beauty along with divine surrounding of Nanda Devi.
- Connection With Hindu Mythology - This offbeat destination of Uttarakhand is also linked with a famous episode from the epic Ramayana. It is believed that Hanuman brought Sanjivani to the ailing Lakshmana from the Valley of Flowers during Ram-Ravan war.
- Divine Surroundings - A trip to this National Park usually takes you through religious and cultural centers like Haridwar, Rishikesh, Kedarnath, and Badrinath. You can also visit the famous Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara en route Valley of Flowers (the trail divides from Ghangaria). Relish hot khichdi and get mesmerized by the lovely Hemkund lake, situated at an elevation of 4,633 m above sea level.
- Explore Untouched Biodiversity - Being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this biosphere reserve has three sub-alpine forests leveled at different heights protecting around 500 species of wild flowers. If you're lucky then you might even spot few endangered animals like Asiatic black bear, blue sheep, and brown bear, walking close to the trekking trail. So, always keep your camera ready to capture them!
- Travel On Budget - Valley of Flowers National Park is one of the appropriate place for travelers traveling solo or on a shoe-string budget. Apart from the mare, transportation facilities are also available from starting till the end of the destination, that too at cheap prices. You will mostly find small home stays and eateries here which are not expensive.
- 13,800 Square Kilometers Of Untamed Land - When someone mentions the Himalayas, the initial things which come to your mind are lofty snow-capped peaks, lush green valleys, pine trees, etc. But Spiti differs completely from what you thought of. It is a cold desert mountain valley with barren hills, gray scree slopes, and pristine lakes. Situated at an altitude of 12,500 ft above sea level, the vistas of the barren mountains keep on changing as you drive up the hill.
- Fascinating Monasteries - Nestled in the lap of Himalayas, Spiti is adorned with colorful Buddhist monasteries where you can feel your inner soul. There are total 5 major monasteries in this region such as Key Monastery, Dhankar Monastery, Tangyud Monastery, Tabo and Kungri Monastery. Amongst these, Key Gompa which lies close to the Spiti River is widely popular and dates back to 996 AD. You can feel the true essence of Buddhism inside these Gompas.
- Yak Safari - Yak, the animal which is only found in the high altitude regions of Himalayas, is a major highlight of Spiti Valley. You will be mesmerized by getting an experience to walk on Himalayan trails on this hairy and soft animal. Yak safari is another thing you must look forward to in Spiti Valley.
- Living In Quaint Homestays - Staying in guesthouse or homestay gives you a wonderful opportunity to get to know the locals and their unique culture. The villages situated in the Spiti Valley are attractive and you will love to see the life of people living in these villages. Living in these quaint homestays will make your trip to Spiti memorable.
- World’s Highest Village With Road - Enroute Spiti Valley you will pass through world’s highest village connected by road. Located in the scenic beauty of majestic Himalayas, Komic is a small village having a population of around 50 to 60 people only. Unlike in cities, the houses here are separated by plush lawns which allow the residents to bask in the winter sun. Nestled at a soaring altitude of around 15,027 feet above sea level, Komic village will be the high point of your Spiti road trip, quite literally.
- The Lakes Of Spiti - The lakes are just unlike anything you might have seen or experienced. The main thing which makes these pristine lakes so amazing is that they are untouched and you have to trek towards these lakes because of their exotic locations and high altitudes. Some of the popular lakes of the Spiti Valley are Chandratal, Suraj Tal, Sopona Lake and Dhankar Lake. Amongst these camping at Chandratal will be a life changing experience, gazing at the stars, in utmost tranquility and chilly atmosphere.
- Highest Post Office Of The World - Located at an elevation of 14,567 feet, Hikkim village of Spiti valley is home to the World’s highest post office. Situated at a distance of 15 kms from Kaza, the idea of sending yourself or your beloved ones postcards from such a high altitude is quite unusual and cool.
- Sarahan - Situated at 170 kms from Himachal’s capital Shimla, Sarahan is famous for its magnificent shrine of Goddess Bhimakali. It is a beautiful small town cradled in the apple valley. Bhimkali Temple is the most majestic of the few early timber temples left in the Sutlej Valley and also the last temple to be served by Brahmin priests. There is a palace named as Shantikunj just behind the temple.
- Kalpa - Kalpa is the main village in Kinnaur district, which can be reached through NH-22, regarded as one of the deadliest roads to travel in the world. But the journey to Kalpa is truly captivating with Sutlej River flowing down along the road. This small hamlet is adorned with numerous temples and monasteries. The majestic Kinnaur-Kailash range peeking from across the Sutlej River makes Kalpa a place to remember and cherish. It is delightful to watch the early morning sunrise in this Himalayan retreat.
- Nako and Tabo - Enroute Spiti there comes a virgin territory known as Nako where you can enjoy solitary walks around the prominent Nako Lake. Located near Indo-Tibet border, this small village is decorated with numerous colorful Buddhist monasteries. The streets and houses in Nako are lined with red, green, yellow and blue prayer flags. Relish the momos, noodles and even dal chawal at few small eateries and dhabas in this isolated Himalayan village. No doubt Nako is regarded as the “Gateway To Buddhist Pilgrimage”. You can also visit Tabo, a small Tibetan village famous for its legendary Tabo Monastery that was established in 996 A.D. In spite of such cold conditions, the villagers still do apple farming in Tabo for livelihood.
- Dhankar - High above the confluence of the Spiti and Pin Rivers, Dhankar is a big village and also the former capital of Spiti Kingdom. It's old gompa or monastery is one of the most spectacular sights in Spiti. Set in utmost solitude, the monastery has about 100 Lamas and decorated with splendid paintings and sculptures.
- Komik - Located at an elevation of 15,027 ft above sea level, Komik is known as “World’s Highest Village” with a motorable road. The word Komik means “snow cock”. Surrounded by soaring high-trans Himalayan range, the village is the home to around 150 people only. The drastic change in weather, high-intensity cold wind and less oxygen makes a trip to Komik village a real challenge. The village monastery is believed to be over 500 years old. Hiking on the small hills and nearby slopes will surely give you an unmatched experience on your road trip to Spiti Valley.
- Kaza - A heavenly amazing place where hues of the mountains changes completely, Kaza is a tranquil getaway on the plains of the Spiti River. Nestled in the lap of the snow-clad Himalayas, pristine rivers, barren landscape with scattered patches of green, the beauty of Kaza cannot be described in words. Being Spiti’s administrative capital, Kaza is a nice blend of modernity and unique ancient culture. The charming vistas, pleasant weather and holiness of Key Monastery make this Himalayan paradise an ideal place to unwind in utmost tranquility. Knowing about the cultural and social aspects of Kaza will be an unforgettable experience for you.
- Kunzum La - Situated at 4,551 m above mean sea level, Kunzum La or Kunzum Pass is one of the world's highest motorable mountain pass which serves as a gateway to Spiti Valley from Lahaul and Kullu districts. The panoramic view of Bara-Sigri glacier (the second longest glacier in the world) is breathtaking. Located near Rohtang Pass, a journey through Kunzum La is one of the greatest drives on this planet. You can also reach Kunzum Pass from Manali passing through Rohtang La. This road is also known as Manali-Leh highway.
- Chakrata - A small hill retreat near Dehradun, Chakrata is a perfect weekend getaway from Delhi for those who love to rest in nature's lap. This little hamlet is known for its lush green forests. beautiful scenery and pleasant weather. Situated at an altitude of 2118 m above sea level, this secluded hill station of Uttarakhand was developed during East India Company’s rule. You can also trek to Kharamba peak at 10, 000 ft. while in Chakrata.
- Ranikhet - Ranikhet or “Queen’s meadow” is a beautiful hill station located in Uttarakhand. The stunning landscape of the place makes the trip quite memorable. You can also try several adventure sports like trekking & camping in this beautiful city. The mesmerizing view of snow-capped Nanda Devi peak offers a pleasing experience. The splendid beauty of Ranikhet and smell of the regional flora make this place a perfect getaway from Delhi.
- Amer - Built i the 16th century, Amber or Amer Fort is located little away from the main city of Jaipur. The fort was constructed using red and white sandstone and still showcases a great example of ancient Indian architecture. You will also find many beautiful paintings of ancient hunting styles, legendary Rajput rulers and others. Just near pink city Jaipur, Amer Fort can be preferred for a small weekend getaway from Delhi.
- Nahan - Set in the midst of Shivalik hills, Nahan is a small hill town dotted with numerous temples and lush green fields. This hill retreat is known for its picturesque surroundings and captivating views. Founded in 1621, Nahan is also the capital of the erstwhile princely state of Sirmaur during the British rule. Situated at an elevation of 932 m above sea level, Nahan greets you with a pleasant climate throughout the year. Choose this place for a memorable weekend getaway from Delhi.
- Garhmukteshwar - Located on the banks of River Ganga, Garhmukteshwar or Brijghat is a holy pilgrimage site in Uttar Pradesh. The sacred water is ideal for enjoying a boat ride and the surrounding atmosphere will give you a rustic feel. You will see Sadhus all around and devotees taking a holy dip in the Ganges. Garhmukteshwar is a smaller version of Varanasi. Dotted with various temples, plan a weekend getaway from Delhi to this holy town in Uttar Pradesh.
- Dhanachuli - Situated at 26 kms from Bhimtal, Dhanachuli is a small village nestled in the lap of Kumaon hills. Unlike other famous hill retreats in Himalayas, this place is not bustling with people and offers a retreat from busy city life. You can also explore nearby attractions such as Chauli ki Jali, Bhaalu Gaad waterfalls, Ghorakhal Golu Devta Temple, Mukteshwar Dham to name a few. Located in Uttarakhand, Dhanachuli is a perfect weekend getaway from Delhi for those who want to seek tranquility amidst with nature’s bounty.
- Sariska - Sariska is situated in the Alwar district of Rajasthan. Nestled in the lap of Aravali Hills, lies Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary (Sariska Tiger Reserve). This is one of the most renowned wildlife parks in India mainly popular for its Royal Bengal Tigers. The Siliserh Lake and Jaisamand Lake are two natural lakes that offers utmost tranquility. Looking for an escapade? Then Sariska is a good option for weekend getaway from Delhi with your family.
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Dirt to Splendor: The TransformationOnce upon a time, Rakcham was a quaint village of Himachal Pradesh, dirty and without any recognition. The village residents got together to metamorphose it into a clean place. Almost 9 years back in 2008, Rakcham received the “Nirmal Gram” Award. On 15th August 2015, the village was given “Maharshi Valmiki” award at the district level. Plan your next visit to this award winning Indian village and be prepared to get mesmerized by the cleanliness.
Things to DoRakcham is around 10500 feet high. While you are at Kinnaur, go for 11 kilometer walk from Batseri to Rakcham. You will be amazed by the cedar trees, verdant fields of the village and the cliffs above you. Plan a trekking excursion to Spiti Valley while you are at Kinnaur. You can even visit Narkanda, Shimla, Kufri, Lahaul, and Manali near Kinnaur. For adventure lovers, Narkanda and Kufri also offer facilities of snow sports like skiing. Sangla Valley will give you an insight into the traditional architecture of the region that is surely worth checking out.
Phulech FestivalEvery year in September or October, you can be a part of Phulech Festival at Sangla. Temple courtyards are decorated with fragrant flowers and sacrifices take place besides prediction of the future. It is an event that reflects the culture of Kinnaur.
International Himalayan FestivalAround 10th December to 12th December, you can visit McLeod Ganj for the International Himalayan Festival. It is 400 kilometers approximately from Kinnaur.
ShoppingWoolen clothes, Himachal Pradesh special souvenirs, and juicy apples are the main things you should shop for. Your friends will certainly look forward to your apple pie when you come back home.
Best Time to VisitMarch to November is the best time to visit Kinnaur.
How to Reach?Dehradun is the nearest railway station, around 410 kilometers from Kinnaur. The nearest airport is at Shimla, 258 kilometers from the destination. You can easily reach Kinnaur by roadways. Daily buses and taxis are available from Shimla and Rampur to Kinnaur. Just Wravel can help you plan out a trip to these destinations. You only need to contact us and we will be more than happy to help you with your itinerary. [post_title] => Rakcham in Kinnaur: Explore the Cleanest Destination of India [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => rakcham-kinnaur-explore-cleanest-destination-india [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-09-25 17:27:34 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-09-25 11:57:34 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?post_type=guest_post&p=1631 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1740 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2017-09-25 17:53:29 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-09-25 12:23:29 [post_content] => The magical beauty of the Taj Mahal draws travellers to Agra like moths to a wondrous flame. This medieval city located on the banks of River Yamuna is one of the most visited place for history and architecture lovers. But the Taj is not a stand-alone attraction for people living in Agra. If you are looking for some great destinations around Agra for road trip, then your search ends here. Here is a list of the 10 road trips from Agra under 4000 rupees that you just can’t miss. UTTAR PRADESH
- Mathura - Known as the birthplace of much loved Lord Krishna, Mathura is situated on the bank of River Yamuna. This popular town lies at 58 kms from Agra and is also known as ‘Brij Bhoomi’ or ‘Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi’. The city has numerous small and big temples along with 25 ghats along Yamuna River. A road trip to Mathura is typically coupled with a visit to Vrindavan and Govardhan parikrama, another town where Lord Krishna spent his childhood days. Seek the blessings from the Lord by planning a budgeted trip to Mathura.
- Aligarh - Located at 90 kms from Agra, Aligarh is one of the popular cities in Uttar Pradesh. This city is well known as the seat of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU). If you are visiting Aligarh, then must purchase its famous gajaks, sohn-papdi and biscuits. The major attraction of the city is Aligarh Fort and Jama Masjid also called Sir Syed Masjid. A short trip to this historical city of Uttar Pradesh will be easy on your pocket.
- Etawah - Set on the banks of Yamuna River, Etawah is blessed with the splendid natural beauty. This beautiful city lies at a distance of 123 kms from Agra, and showcases a perfect blend of scenic locations, historical traditions, and colorful culture. It is also the site of the remains of the Great Hedge of India. Places such as Company Bagh Garden, St. Mary Garden, and National Chambal Sanctuary are ideal for nature & wildlife lovers. A quick getaway to Etawah will give you some sweet memories to cherish for lifetime.
- Jaipur - Well known as ‘The Pink City’, Jaipur is the most royal and majestic city of Rajasthan. Located at 239 kms from Agra, Jaipur is a must visit for history lovers, shoppers, and foodies. This capital city of Rajasthan is all about magnificent forts, palaces, serene lakes, and rich tradition. Jaipur can rightly be called the gateway to a culturally wealthy state. Plan a pocket-friendly road trip to Jaipur with your beloved ones.
- Devgarh - Devgarh or Deogarh is an unexplored beauty in Rajsamand district of Rajasthan. Situated at a distance of 513 kms from Agra, Devgarh is set in the beautiful Aravali hills. A small pond rests at its base. This city is also decorated with spectacular sanctuaries and temples such as Kunj Bihari Temple, Anjaneshwar Mahadev Temple and more. Feel the local culture of the Mewar region by interacting with the friendly locals. Plan a budgeted road trip to Deogarh and explore the magnificent Mewar culture.
- Sujangarh - Sujangarh is a city in the Churu district of vibrant Rajasthan. This amazing city is known for its temples, fantastic havelis and 18th-century forts. Home to pretty treasures, Sujangarh is India's best kept secret. Get, set and plan a road trip to Sujangarh that shall leave you with delightful memories at the end of your trip.
- Gwalior - Located at 120 kms from Agra, Gwalior is a popular city which has unique and timeless examples of a glorious past. This city of Madhya Pradesh is known as the birthplace of legendary musician Tansen. People from all over the world visit Gwalior to explore the rich heritage of this former princely state such as a sandstone mosque, rock temples and fabulous statues. Are you a history lover? If yes then head towards Gwalior with your family or friends to learn about the rich past and tradition of this place.
- Panna - Panna is mainly known for its Panna National Park. Apart from this, Panna also boasts of being the only city with diamond reserves. Blessed with picturesque natural beauty, the city attracts a number of eco-tourists, wildlife lovers and photographers. Panna lies at 439 kms from Agra and is blessed with two really beautiful lakes namely Dharam Sagar Lake and Beni Sagar Lake. Spend some quality time with your beloved one along these serene lakes by planning a budgeted road trip to Panna. Another major attraction to visit here is Pandav caves and falls.
- Kausani - Kausani is a charming hill station which lies at 460 kms from Agra. This less explored hill retreat is a paradise for mountain lovers as it offers a panoramic vista of snow-clad Himalayas. Adorned with lush green valley, verdant pine trees, and tranquility, Kausani is just perfect to escape the chaos of urban life. Set in the surreal Garhwal Himalayas, a road trip to this quaint hill station of Uttarakhand will be easy on your pocket.
- Haridwar - Known as gateway to Gods, Haridwar is a sacred site for Hindu devotees situated on the banks of River Ganga. Thousands and lakhs of pilgrims visit this holy city to relieve themselves of their sins and achieve salvation. Being one of the most ancient city, Haridwar is a must visit for people who love Hindu Mythology. Choose this divine city of Uttarakhand for a budgeted trip around Agra. You can also visit Rishikesh from Haridwar for yoga and adventure activities.
I have been on several treks, be it 1 day, 2 days, 6 days or 8 days and I had a great experience on each and every trek in terms of views as well as terrain. If I talk about views, then some treks offer views of the lake, forest, meadows, and summit. But there are some treks which are blessed with all the varieties of views and once such is Parashar Lake Trek. During the monsoon season, I went on a trek to Parashar Lake with a bunch of unknown travelers and it was a wonderful experience. We were in a group of 6 and I was excited for this trek because I was doing it in monsoon and it was my first trek on which I was going to take my new DSLR camera 😀
Day 0: Packed up my belongings and camera kit into the rucksack and left home. We all assembled at Akshardham Metro station and from there we started our journey towards the Shivaliks of Himachal Pradesh. We had our dinner of Paneer Paranthas at Gulshan Dhaba, Murthal and then continued our journey. We drove through Karnal, Ambala, Chandigarh and from Kiratpur Sahib, we took the Manali route.
Day 1: As the day was about to happen, we opened our eyes and we were in the mountains. We promptly switched off the AC and opened the window to let the fresh & cool air come inside the car. The weather was pleasant and we were driving through the clouds.
Mandi is around 500 km from Delhi. We reached there at 8 AM, did our breakfast and continued our journey to Baggi village, which is the starting point of trek. The village is situated at a distance of 30 km from the town of Mandi. It took us more than 2 hours to reach the village due to bad condition of road and several landslide-prone regions. Reached the village and relaxed there for around half an hour and then started our trek to Parashar Lake.
Parashar Lake is situated at an altitude of 2730 meters and is around 8 km from Baggi by trek. Though there is one road that goes up to Parashar Lake but trekking has its own fun, so we decided to reach the lake by trekking. We began with a normal walk through the village for about 100 meters and reached a point where we had to cross the river. The river flow was normal at that time, so we took off our shoes and crossed the river barefoot.
Then we resumed our trek and went through the trail full of boulders and small water streams. This part continued till 500 meters and we came across the road and walked further for about 1 km. The road was mild steep so it was working as a warmup for our body. We crossed a small waterfall and reached a point from where the forest starts. The further trail was through the forest. As we entered into the forest and took the first step, leeches welcomed us. Yes, due to monsoon there were so many leeches. But we were fully prepared as we already knew this, so we brought salt to defend our bodies from leeches. The trail through the forest was continuously steep and also slippery at some points due to algae. It took us around 2 hours and we reached the first meadow. There we had our packed lunch and relaxed for a couple of minutes. The weather was rainy and soon it started drizzling. We quickly wrapped up all the things and resumed our trek. After crossing one more meadow, we again entered the forest. Now there were no leeches as we gained a decent height. We walked for about half an hour and saw a hut. The forest ended and again meadows started. Now Parashar Lake was not so far from that point and we were at the last leg of the trek. In another half an hour, we reached the road and entered in the vicinity of Parashar Lake. The weather was too foggy. We were not able to see the lake so we decided to have tea and Maggi at a shop. As we finished with our refreshment, the weather started getting lucid and the lake was getting visible. We explored the lake and the temple. There is a temple called Parashar Temple dedicated to Sage Parashar situated beside the lake. The temple is built in a Pagoda type structure. Locals claim that the temple is constructed
We talked to locals there and got some interesting information about the lake and the temple. They claim that the temple is constructed of the wood of only one tree. They also claim that the Parashar Lake has a floating island in it which keeps changing its position and they can predict the weather with the help of its position.
Later we proceeded towards our campsite which was around 2 km from the lake. We took the road from Parashar Lake and walked all the way to the campsite. The site was quite scenic and serene. In the late evening, we did bonfire followed by the dinner.
Day 2: Woke up in a fresh and cool environment. It was literally one of the best camping experiences. The place was so peaceful, encircled by dense forest and our camps were in the center. After freshening up, we had our breakfast and then started our downhill trek towards Baggi. The descent was easy as compared to the ascent. We fell several times while trekking due to the slippery trail but it was fun. We retraced the same route and reached the village in around 3 hours. Before reaching, we took a pause near the river stream. The water was so cold and it was perfect to recharge our tiring body.
As we reached the village, it started raining and unfortunately, our car’s battery got some problem. We waited there for around an hour and then departed for Delhi.
We reached Delhi next day in the morning.
Overall it was an amazing trek with all views and experiences of almost all the terrains. One gets an opportunity to trek through the forest, on the meadows, through the big boulders and river streams, etc. The lake site is picturesque and offers great views of surroundings. All these experiences make this trek one of the best weekend treks in Himachal Pradesh.[post_title] => A Monsoon Trek to Parashar Lake [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => monsoon-trek-parashar-lake [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-10-06 23:56:23 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-10-06 18:26:23 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?post_type=guest_post&p=1759 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1748 [post_author] => 56 [post_date] => 2017-10-06 23:57:32 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-10-06 18:27:32 [post_content] => Kerala, the God’s own country, is bestowed with a vast coastline fringed with coconut palms, scenic hill stations, enchanting backwaters, cascading waterfalls and exotic wildlife. Of these, the Kerala Backwaters trails are one of the top attractions of Kerala Tourism and also one of the popular things to do in Kerala. The backwaters are a chain of salt water lagoons and lakes lying parallel to the Arabian Sea coast of Kerala. The Kerala Backwaters network includes 5 huge lakes, 38 rivers and lagoons. Most popular backwaters trails in Kerala spread across the famous Vembanad Lake and Ashtamudi Lake. Kerala has many backwater trails. Alappuzha or Alleppey and Kumarakom are the most famous destinations of backwaters in Kerala and also most visited tourist places in Kerala.Kerala houseboats, also known as Kettuvallams, are the most popular mode of transportation and also preferred accommodationfor tourists who visit Kerala. Apart from Alleppey & Kumarakom, Kochi, Kollam, Kuttanad, Kottayam and Kozhikode are the other popular trails of Kerala Backwaters. Kochi Backwaters Kochi or Cochin is one of the most visited backwater destinations in Kerala and also one of the top places to visit in Kerala. Often referred as the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’, Kochi is considered as one of the finest harbors in the world. Kochi is the main tourist hub for many Kerala tours and also the starting &ending point of many backwater cruises. Kochi - Alleppey & Kochi - Kollam are the two popular backwater trails of Kochi Tourism. Houseboats are the best way to explore the majestic surroundings of Cochin backwaters as well as Kerala Tourism. Indira Gandhi Boat Race is the popular event conducted in the backwaters of Cochin, during the last week of December. Kollam Backwaters Kollam, also known as Quilon, is one of the most beautiful backwater destinations in Kerala located between the Ashtamudi Lake and Lakshadweep Sea. The lush green vegetation, placid and crystal clear water makes Kollam the southern gateway to Kerala Backwaters. Kollam Backwaters are best explored on traditional Kerala houseboats and are equipped with all modern facilities. The eight hour boat trip between Kollam and Alappuzha is the one of the best way to explore the backwaters of Kollam. Kollam -Cochin and Kollam - Kumarakom are the other popular backwater routes. Kollam is the venue for the most famous Kallada Boat Race held in January every year. Kottayam Backwaters Kottayam, bounded by Western Ghats on the east and the Vembanad Lake on the west, is a well-known Kerala Backwaters destination and also one of the prominent Kerala tourist places. The famous Vembanad Lake marks Kottayam Backwaters as a renowned tourist destination. The famous Kottayam backwater cruises include sailing in houseboats on the enchanting Vembanad Lake and passing through the legendary Punnamada Lake, viewing the unique lifestyle of people in Kerala. It is a land of striking beauty with long stretches of serene backwaters, sprawling paddy fields, rubber plantations and a population of literate people and hence is cited as the ‘land of letters, latex and lakes’. A backwater cruise in the Kottayam Backwaters is the perfect way to enjoy the beauty of nature in Kerala. Kuttanad Backwaters Kuttanad, also known as 'the rice bowl of Kerala' is one amongst the most fascinating destinations of Backwaters in Kerala. It stretches for 75 km from Kollam to Kochi, sandwiched between the sea and the hills. Kuttanad is breathtakingly beautiful and also an ideal destination for a backwater cruise in Kerala. The most famed backwater excursion of the Kuttanad region is the full-day journey between Kollam and Alappuzha. Kuttanad is one of the few places in the world where farming is done below sea level. Kozhikode Backwaters Kozhikode, also known as Calicut is a small little town situated in the northern part of Kerala. It is one of the best backwater destinations in Kerala. The popular Kerala boat cruises from Kozhikode are Kozhikode - Kadalundi - Kasargod and Kozhikode - Kappad Beach. Kozhikode takes you on the memorable journey sailing along the Kallai River and Canoli River. Kadalundi, located 25 km from Kozhikode town, is a beautiful bird sanctuary near the backwater destination of Kozhikode that attracts nature lovers. 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The beauty of white desert shining under the full moon is simply breathtaking and you just cannot get enough of it. Indians and Foreigners find the festival equally alluring throughout the 3.5 months. Those who are looking for some epic photography scenes should surely get their cameras ready for Rannotsav 2017. Dates: 1st November 2017 to 20th February 2018 What makes Rannotsav Unique? The entire setup of tents is at Dhordo in the Banni region. From there, the tourists will be taken in camel cart to the endless expanse of the salt desert and seasonal marshland situated between the Gulf of Kutch and Indus River. In the olden times, this region was concealed under the shallow waters of Arabian Sea. It got geologically uplifted and left behind a huge lake that becomes a desert in the dry season. As the tourists voyage through the salt desert, the awesomeness of the white plain land will mesmerize you. It is an experience to cherish throughout the life to see the play of colors as the sun sets in the crimson red sky of winter season below the white horizon. You can experience a myriad of activities at the festival, namely Golf Cart, ATV Ride, Camel Cart Excursion, Paramotoring, Meditaiton, and Yoga in addition to the exciting camel cart ride midst the desert. Folk music and dance performances are other highlights of the desert festival. Places to Visit around Dhordo A remarkable opportunity would be to visit the border outposts in the desert where you can have a glimpse of the untiring efforts of the BSF. Make sure you take prior permission from the concerned authority to visit the region. Several tours operate for local sightseeing purposes that include Kala Dungar, Narayan Sarovar, Koteshwar Mahadev and Mata no Madh. The drive to Kala Dungar (Black Hills) is absolutely thrilling with the winding roads that give you a panoramic view of the vast salt field. There is a Dattatray Temple atop the hill and it is one of the highest points in Kutch. You can undertake a trek in the surrounding area where you are accompanied by the chirps of bulbuls, sparrows, and many other birds. It is the most talked about sight at Kala Dungar that jackals come to relish the temple offers. Narayan Sarovar is the sacred lake of Kutch. The shore temple of Koteshwar is another amazing tourist destination to visit while you are at Rannotsav. Mata no Madh is a temple dedicated to Ashapura Mata with a lot of popularity for newlywed couples. You can even visit the tranquil Gurudwara at Lakhpat where you can get to see Pakistan border from the top of Lakhpat Fort ruins and Sufi shrines. The surrounding villages give you a glimpse of the mud-plastered round houses (bhungas) that are beautifully adorned with hand-made paintings and mirror inlays. Shopper’s Paradise You can buy wood carving products, leather crafts and pottery items from the nearby villages. Bhuj is popular for the embroidered attires. Khavda is renowned for lovely weaves. You can even make a visit to Bhujodi if you love shopping. Accommodation There are more than 350 tents dotting the salt desert. According to your budget and preferences, you can choose the tent with varying facilities and amenities. Book well in advance as the tents are bound to get filled up really fast. How to Reach Bhuj is well connected to the major cities of India by train. Dhordo is 80 kilometers from there. If you are planning to reach by flight, Ahmedabad is the nearest destination. Dhordo is around 400 kilometers from there. You can book a cab from Ahmedabad or Bhuj to reach the camp site. Plan a Trip Just Wravel can assist you with your travel related queries if you are planning to be a part of Desert Festival 2017. Contact us now. 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The famous Chandni Chowk of Delhi is home to a number of havelis inducing it with an aura of grandeur and class. Midst these beautiful havelis stands a haveli, which once was home to none other than the great literary figure Mirza Ghalib, the profound shayar known for his heartbreaking yet beautiful Shayari. He belongs to one of those rare categories of celebrated Urdu poets whose literary works are still quoted and remembered everywhere.
Talking about Mirza Ghalib’s haveli, the old structure still seems to have lots of stories to tell which one can witness by entering the brick arched entrance of the mansion. Mirza Asadullah Khan aka Ghalib left his hometown Agra at the age of 13 and moved to Delhi where he lived till his last breath spreading the beauty and profoundness of his delicately inked poems and Shayari.
The intricately carved haveli was a gift given to the great poet by a traditional physician popularly known as Hakim during that era. Being his ardent fan, the Hakim gifted Ghalib with this beautiful haveli where Mirza Ghalib spent last few years of his life and penned some of his finest ghazals. He inked emotions profoundly through his ghazals and recited it every evening in front of a huge audience who cherished each and every word he said.After Ghalib’s death in 1869, the possession of Haveli changed multiple hands before the Govt of Delhi turned a part of it into a heritage site which is looked after by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).
It has been transformed into a memorial museum with a vintage touch to make the atmosphere like that of the Ghalib’s era. The entrance is adorned with a giant portrait of Ghalib’s couplets which has been inked beautifully in his own handwriting. In addition, Ghalib’s couplets are accompanied by the couplets of his contemporaries including Ustaad Zauq, Momin Khan Momin, and Abu Zafar. These couplets arranged in a beautiful collage enhance the literal beauty of the place. Apart from this, another wall of the haveli depicts the lifestyle that Ghalib led. From his favorite attire to his favorite dishes to his favorite activities, a chart mentions everything he loved doing. Furthermore, amidst this beautiful architecture resides the only room with a door, set a little aside from the rest of the haveli. A large frame of Ghalib’s photograph, probably the last photograph he ever took can be found on the wall. The either sides of the wall also have various portraits of the eminent poet depicting various stages of his life. The room is also adorned by Ghalib’s handwritten books including, a collection of his letters as well as translated couplets. A life-size replica of Ghalib is also present there which gives one the feeling of his profound presence.A close look at Haveli can leave one mesmerized. The floors carved with sandstones, the beautiful gateway crafted with wood, the Mughal bricks and the overhanging eaves within the courtyard is a perfect place for sightseeing and exploring new dimensions of this literature haven. Located near Gali Qasim Jaan, Ballimaran, Chandni Chowk, Ghalib’s haveli can be a perfect weekend getaway for anyone who is in love with literature. One can reach there through the metro station at Chawri Bazaar. Though the Haveli is open from 9 am to 5 pm every day except Monday, it is advisable to visit this place in the morning and explore, readout as well as enjoy Ghalib’s beautiful verses carved on the haveli’s walls. A sneak peeks into the life of a legendary poet is something that would linger in one’s memory for quite a long time. Here’s a couplet that perfectly sums up his journey of being an enthralling poet. No doubt he was the best out of the best.
“Hain aur bhi duniya mein sukhanwar bohot achche,
Kehte hain ki Ghalib ka hai andaaz-e-bayaan aur”.
“The world contains many a poet, meriting high praise,
But, unrivaled is Ghalib’s verse, distinctive is his style and grace.”Bright pastel streets of Pondicherry[/caption] The town offers a unique opportunity to visitors who wish to travel back in time. A stroll along the shaded lanes of its quarters will lead you to some of the more beautiful French villas, with long compounds and walls full of bougainvilleas. Some of these old mansions have been converted to courtyard cafes and boutiques. Most streets have retained their French names. The other part of Pondicherry, the Tamil quarter, is characterized by music, bright flowers and piping-hot filter coffee and dosas. The colourful mayhem of every day life in this area, sits in stark contrast to the quiet charm of the colonial homes, but is equally difficult to tear away from . The best way to explore Pondicherry is on a bicycle or a scooter. The heat and humidity can be intolerable at times, but once the sun sets, the sea breeze acts like a balm and washes away the tiredness of the day. Where to stay
Our Buddhism-inspired room at Red Lotus[/caption]
How Bir Welcomed Me?Situated in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, I reached Bir from Delhi with like-minded people. The route from Kangra to Bir is decorated with lush green forest area, less-crowded roads and beautiful vistas of snow-peaked Himalayas. The blissful sunrises, welcoming locals, and utmost serenity made my Bir-Billing trip a memorable one. Our camps were situated at Billing. We relaxed for an hour or two as we were tired after an overnight bus journey. The campsite at Billing welcomed us with piping hot snacks and meals. Though it was sunny, still the air was pleasant. Camping in Billing is a perfect place to enjoy the beauty of nature, rejuvenate and click some amazing photographs. It was so soothing to sit under the shade of a tree at the campsite. I sneaked out from my camp and visited a nearby a village namely Ghodnala. I took a local person along with me so that he can make me understand the language of the villagers. It was great to meet two local people who happily shared about their lifestyle and challenges they face during winters. I was completely a stranger to them but still, they welcomed me to their house with love, offered me tea and talked about my family too. Such moments made my Bir-Billing trip an unforgettable one.
Majestic Monasteries & Cool CafesA trip to Bir will always remain incomplete without visiting the vibrant and peaceful Tibetan gompas or monasteries. Located in the upper part of Bir, I visited a very beautiful monastery named as Palpung Sherab Ling Monastery. I felt lucky to be a part of their prayer ceremony. It was enchanting to see their rituals. Travelling not only gives you an opportunity to learn about the food or geography of an area but also its unique culture & lifestyle. Some Buddhist monasteries one must visit on a trip to Bir are Dirru Monastery and Palyul Chökhorling Monastery. After attending the prayers at the monastery, I headed towards the Tibetan colony. I read about some best cafes in Bir on the internet and thus planned to visit them. Situated in the main market area, there’s a cute little joint by the name Joy Cafe. How can I miss eating delightful momos when sitting in a Tibetan cafe? The chicken momos served here are juicy and yummy. Next, I visited Emaho Bir Bistro, where I ordered a donut and a muffin. So basically there numerous food options in this main market area which you can explore on your Bir-Billing trip.
A Night Under Zillion StarsWhy need to stay in a 4 or 5-star hotel when you can actually get zillion stars. Located at an elevation of 2400 m, camping at Billing is one of its kind experience. Lying on the ground, just staring at the countless stars above, it was breathtaking. These things we can’t do in our cities due to high pollution levels and we call it as development. I talked to my fellow wravellers (wander+travellers), we discussed our various funny & adventurous travel stories. We sat around the bonfire and played few games as well. So overall it was a great experience while camping at Billing. Though we were all strangers, have never met before; but one thing which connected us is traveling. This journey to explore gave me some amazing moments to cherish for a lifetime.
Finally Paragliding!It's for some new adventures, let's conquer our fears. We headed towards the Billing paragliding site in the morning. While our paragliding organizers got us ready for the takeoff, we all were little nervous. I really can’t explain the feeling that I had after the takeoff. My heartbeat became unstable, and I felt the adrenaline rush in my body. Flying amidst the Himalayas, at such an attitude, it’s just once in a lifetime experience. No doubt I was feeling like a bird in the sky. I realized what a beautiful world we live in. After flying for 30 minutes, we landed at Bir landing site. Thanks to my paragliding trainer for showing me such amazing vistas. In my opinion, paragliding in Bir-Billing has no match in India. The captivating views of the Bir valley, the tranquility I felt while flying like a bird and much more. Frankly, I don’t have words to describe how my Bir-Billing trip was so beautiful. Just go and experience yourself! If you are just dying to get out of the hubbub city life, away from your monotonous schedule, a trip to Bir will definitely surprise you with its unexplored aura. [post_title] => My Adventurous Trip To Bir-Billing [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => adventurous-trip-bir-billing [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-10-11 19:04:28 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-10-11 13:34:28 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?post_type=guest_post&p=1717 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1708 [post_author] => 106 [post_date] => 2017-10-17 10:28:41 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-10-17 04:58:41 [post_content] => When life gives you lemons why not make its lemonade and chill on a road trip? Keep reading on to know the best places around Kochi which you can approach to escape all that daily traffic and pollution. Here’s a state-wise list of some of the off-beat places that you can visit to treat yourself with some relaxing and soothing experience. Kerala
- Sariska - Sariska is majorly known for Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary, where you can expect to have a glimpse of the most royal animal of forest i.e. tiger. Apart from tigers, you can even spot leopard, Indian eagle-owl, golden jackal, deer and much more. Sariska offers thrilling jeep safaris that is just perfect for wildlife photographers and adventure enthusiasts. Thus, it is a perfect place for the weekend getaway from Jaipur.
- Ranthambore - Rich with amazing biodiversity, Ranthambore is one of the biggest National Park in North India. If you are an avid wildlife enthusiast, then go for a gypsy safari in Ranthambore. You can also visit Ranthambore Fort, various temples dedicated to Hindus and Jains Tirthankaras. Spend some quality time along Surwal & Padam Lake. Thus make your weekend getaway from Jaipur a memorable one.
- Kumbhalgarh - Kumbhalgarh is indeed one of the most beautiful places in Rajasthan that attract a lot of foreign travelers. The bird's-eye view you get from this magnificent fort cannot be simply described in the words. Built during the 15th century, the gigantic fort of Kumbhalgarh is surrounded by Aravali hills. It is of great significance for being the birthplace of Mewar's legendary ruler Maharana Pratap. Kumbhalgarh can be easily reached and therefore can be chosen for a memorable weekend getaway from Jaipur.
- Mount Abu - The lush green backdrop, waterfalls, and cool lakes, Mount Abu is a beautiful hill station suitable to get away from the scorching heat of Rajasthan. Situated on the highest point of Aravali range. This picturesque hill station is dotted with various British style bungalows and royal heritage homes. You can even stay like a local with tribal communities here for an unmatched experience. Plan a weekend getaway from Jaipur to Mount Abu with your beloved ones.
- Gwalior - If you are looking for a weekend getaway from Jaipur that can be explored in a short span of time, then head towards Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh. Here you can see the majestic beauty of ancient royal mementos such as the prestigious Gwalior Fort located atop Vindhya mountain. Apart from historic forts, such as Gujari Mahal and Jas Vilas Palace,; you can also visit numerous temples and museums in Gwalior. Sahasrabahu Temple, Chaturbhuj Temple and much more. When in Gwalior don’t forget to visit the Samadhi of Rani Lakshmi Bai who fought fearlessly with the British army during the battle of 1857.
- Chopta - Situated high in the majestic Himalayas, Chopta is a little hamlet in Uttarakhand. It offers breathtaking vistas of great Himalayan peaks such as Trishul, Chaukhamba, and Nanda Devi. The rich flora and fauna found here at Chopta is really beautiful. From here you can trek to Tungnath, the highest Shiva temple in the world and seek the blessings from the Lord. Situated at an elevation of 2680 m above sea level, this quaint hill retreat in Uttarakhand is ideal for a long weekend getaway from Jaipur.
- Mussoorie - Mussoorie is a beautiful hill retreat in Uttarakhand also known as “Queen Of Hills”. Feel the old world charm of the colonial era in this quaint hill station while walking on The Mall Road or eating a delightful pastry at a bakery shop. You can enjoy a thrilling ride in ropeway on the second highest peak of Mussoorie called Gun Hill. From here you will get a panoramic view of snow-capped Himalayas. Do some shopping on Kurli Bazaar or enjoy the waterfall at Kempty Falls. There’s so much to do in Mussoorie, thus making it a great option for the weekend getaway from Jaipur.
- Manesar - Manesar is a rapidly developing town in Haryana which still enjoys the beauty of Aravalli hills. Located near Delhi & Gurgaon, Manesar offers various attractions to make your escape memorable one. Situated near Aravalli range, Damdama lake provides you tranquility away from the chaos of urbanization. For photography and bird lovers, a small walk-in Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary will make your road trip from Jaipur worthful.
- Chandigarh - Nestled in the foothills of Shivalik range, Chandigarh is a gateway to all the major and beautiful hill retreats. Known as ‘the city beautiful’ Chandigarh offers plenty of options for sightseeing such as Rose Garden, Rock Garden, and Pinjore Garden; thus called the city of gardens as well. Enjoy the authentic taste of Punjabi food at local markets or spend some leisure time at Sukhna Lake. Plan a road trip from Jaipur with your closed ones.
- Agroha - Agroha is all about majestically carved ancient structures. Located in the Hisar district of Haryana, this heritage place is believed to be the capital of King Agrasen. The place is highly revered by Agrawal community or the followers of Maharaja Agrasen. An educational road trip to Agroha will give you an opportunity to explore various temples and great food points.
- Khirsu - A less visited tiny hamlet hidden in the woods, Khirsu is blessed with a pleasant climate and unmatchable beauty of Himalayas. It is perhaps one of the most pristine places in Uttarakhand, surrounded by high hills and dense forest. So, all the peace seekers plan a road trip from Jaipur to Khirsu amidst the mighty Himalayas.
- Rishikesh - Nestled in the foothills of Shivalik hills, Rishikesh is where River Ganges leaves the Himalayas and enters the plains. Dotted with several ancient temple and serenity, this sacred place is an ideal place for a road trip near Jaipur. Rafting in the gushing rapids of Ganges, flying fox and thrilling bungee jumping makes Rishikesh the ultimate destination for adventure enthusiasts.
- Kanatal - Situated on the Chamba-Mussoorie highway, a small holiday to Kanatal can be planned under a minimal budget. If you are looking for camping in the lap of hills, then this hill retreat is a great option. A quick getaway to Kanatal from Jaipur will give you some sweet memories to cherish for a lifetime.
- Ambaji - Ambaji is a sacred town surrounded by Arasur hills in the vibrant state of Gujrat. Located on a hilltop, the holy shrine of Ambaji (an incarnation of Goddess Shakti) revered by the devotees with full faith. One can see the impressive peaks of Aravalli ranges from Ambaji Temple. Seek the blessings from the Divine Mother by planning a budgeted road trip from Jaipur.
- Panchmahal - Lies in the eastern end of Gujrat, Panchmahal was once ruled by Mughals defeating the Marathas. One of the top attraction in Panchmahal is Hathni Mata Waterfall blessed with tranquility. The surreal environment around the waterfall is just perfect to rejuvenate. The ancient structures at Navlakha Kothar are a treat to the eyes. Plan a road trip from Jaipur to this offbeat place in Gujrat.
- Sanchi - Blessed with the divinity of Buddhism, Sanchi is a small town in Madhya Pradesh. Adorned with several Buddhist monuments such as the famous Great Sanchi Stupa. Hence, the place is considered as one of the important Buddhist pilgrimages. If you are history lover, then do visit Sanchi Museum, Gupta Temple, Ashoka Pillar and majestic Udaygiri Caves. Sanchi is a good option for a small road trip around Jaipur.
- Khajuraho - Khajuraho is widely popular for the group of monuments or temples built in the 9th century and visited by both Hindus and Jains. Beautifully carved sculptures and masterpieces of ancient Indian art found here are a treat to the eyes. Explore the rich heritage of India by planning a road trip from Jaipur.
Sometimes the decisions you make leads to the weirdest and memorable moments. So I had made the plans to go on trekking to Dalhousie but never knew there will be such twist and turns in this journey. It starts with me getting grumpy not feeling like going anywhere but ended up boarding the train at Bombay central without the tickets. That’s right I didn’t have the confirm tickets so I decided to board the train on general tickets. Seriously!!!You can imagine the kind of things I have to put up with but that’s not true !!! I After TC arrivals and all that ruckus I got half seat with another playgroup that’s going to Pathankot: the nearest railway station to Dalhousie. Can you believe that!! This journey gave me the best feel for humanity ever. I reached Chakki bank, a small station just outside Pathankot, surviving the chilly winter nights of Punjab. Here on I had no clue from where will I find the bus to Dalhousie, how will I reach there, how long will it take? Luckily I met one family which drove me to the bus stop from where I can board the bus. After waiting a while and going through mixed emotions like kid steps out of the house for the first time, the bus came. Punjab road transport, I could never have been happier in my life when I actually saw Punjab written all over it. It was one of my many dreams to be in Punjab, all thanks to Bollywood movies !! :p The bus took almost 3hrs to reach Dalhousie its approx 80km from Pathankot. It was almost dark outside by the time I reached my base camp. After spending crazy two days travelling I was all drained out, only to be woken up at 5 am the next morning to be welcomed by the mighty Dhauladhar range sparkling in the first ray of sunrise. That moment you realize how beautiful is this planet earth and how small your life is. I had reached one day before my scheduled departure of trekking that gave me one full day to explore Dalhousie town, a small beautiful town Located on the western edge of the Dhauladhar mountain range of the Himalayas, it is surrounded by snow-capped peaks. Dalhousie is situated between 6,000 and 9,000 feet (2,700 m) above sea level. This day went by acclimatizing in this altitude, seeing around town and buying few winter clothes which I realised are very necessity of my survival in this blistering cold weather. Day 2: Trek to Kalatop We started our ascent for Kalatop this day. The trail was amidst nice deodar forests and narrow trails. The last few km route was very beautiful with big deodar trees and snow all around. Kalatop is the highest point of this trek and it was quite cold. Kalatop is one of the most pristine destinations in Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh, and is known for the lush green surroundings and snow-capped Himalayan peaks.
Enroute to Kalatop