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Array ( [0] => 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:). logo 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 ) [1] => 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.

JW-Kausauli 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.jw_Kausauli2 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. JW-Kausauli3     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!         JW-Kasauli4The  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.   JW-Kausauli5 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 ) [2] => 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!   Kheerganga

View on the way to Bhuntar from Sundernagar

  DAY 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. Kheerganga2

Manikaran Bus Stop

In 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.   Kheerganga3

Prem Café, Barshaini

Once 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! Kheerganga4    

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. Kheerganga5

Starting of the Kheerganga trek from the dam

There 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. Kheerganga6

Nakthan Village

Post 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. Kheerganga7

View of the trek

Once 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. Kheerganga8

Kheerganga

Most 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
S.No COMODITY FROM TO COST/HEAD
1 Bus Ticket Delhi Bhuntar 671
2 Bus Ticket Bhuntar Barshaini 100
3 Room in Barshaini for three days 450-600
4 Room in Kheerganga for one night 200-250
5 Bus Ticket Barshaini Bhuntar 100
6 Bus Ticket Bhuntar Delhi 670
7 Fooding (Rs 300/day) 1200
TOTAL 3390-3590
  Do share and post this article so that all the wanderlust souls trapped out there feel free and motivated to do something that is life changing and experience a memory that lasts them for a lifetime! Cheers people!   Contributed By: Saem Hashmi [post_title] => How to do Kheerganga Trek in under Rs. 4000.! [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => kheerganga_trek [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-08-11 12:05:47 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-08-11 12:05:47 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://justwravel.com/blog/?p=59 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 9 [filter] => raw ) [3] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 75 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2016-05-19 14:28:00 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-05-19 14:28:00 [post_content] => No destination is as fascinating as the cradle of our very own Himalayas. Besides big shot tourist spots there are innumerable townships and not so famous valleys up in the crevices of the mammoth mountains waiting so be explored. The secluded mountain-life of village Chopta with its abundant picturesque beauty is only 451km from New Delhi; a fair enough distance for a quick road trip. You’ve got to drive down till Rudhraprayag via NH58, taking the route to Kedarnath thereafter and further 40 km east on reaching Ukhimath. Wheels speeded up with a playlist most suited for long drives and fun-filled “selfie” moments with friends at frequent short halts throughout the hilly terrain of Uttarakhand. Soon the mystic Nanda devi, Trishul and Chaukhamba ranges greeted us with full charisma right at the entrance to Chopta. Chopta   We were completely engrossed in staring at it – simply breathe taking. Luckily it was the transient time between summer and monsoon; shortly after reaching our lodging facility it started to drizzle, that eventually increased to moderate rainfall in the afterhours. Spent the remaining day indoors, admiring all that vague visibility and fresh dampness outside with a slight chill in the air. However we arranged for a campfire after dark and had gala time for the rest of the evening amidst cool winds, clinging to a warm wrap-over shawl. During sightseeing the next day this almost inexistent place with its green carpet and Deori Tal Lake seemed to resemble Switzerland in the broad daylight. chopta1   We concluded with Kanchula Korak Musk Deer Sanctuary as we left the treks to Tungnath and Chandrashila to return for in the frozen season. The zeal for dipping our feet into snow chunks and bone chilling feel will definitely draw us back to Chopta in no time. chopta2   Contributed By: Shatadal Gia Sen [post_title] => It’s never enough when you’re touring Chopta [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => its-never-enough-when-youre-touring-chopta [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-05-20 15:33:42 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-05-20 15:33:42 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://justwravel.com/blog/?p=75 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [4] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 81 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2016-05-19 15:18:53 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-05-19 15:18:53 [post_content] => Nestled on the mountain tops of Kangra district in Himanchal Pradesh, Mcleodganj is the ultimate destination for travellers who want to experience a tete-a-tete with nature. It is also referred to as Lhasa by the local Tibetan populace. Mcleodganj is the house of the temple of the Dalai Lama, popular destination for yoga enthusiasts, bike enthusiasts as well as those who just want to lay back and enjoy the intoxicating effect of the breath of the mountains. mcleodganjThe best way to travel to Mcleod is by bus. If travelling from Delhi, the bus depot in front of Majnu ka Tila at North Campus, DU has a lot of night buses going towards the mountains. Going there on bikes seems like a tempting offer but the constant attempts by elephant like buses, frequenting the route to and from Mcleod, to almost push you off the road kind of dampens the riding experience. You can either travel in the Himanchal Roadways buses for a meagre sum of money or pay a little extra and enjoy the comforts of a semi-sleeper bus. When you start at night, by early morning you shall reach the main town of Mcleodganj, Tsuglag Khang, and will be fresh and ready to explore the city. The weather is perfect through most of the year (evidenced by the complete absence of ceiling fans everywhere), the sights are breathtaking and the experience will be one you shall cherish forever.   If you don’t mind walking much, that’s the best way to explore the locality because that way you get to avoid the road (and the automobiles, the dust and displeasure of it all together) and discover new tracks through the wilderness. The locals are very kind and will generously guide you in case you get lost. And if walking is a bit of a hastle for you, then you have ample taxi services to choose from. mcleodganj1   On foot you can cover places like the Dalai Lama Temple, the Dal Lake, the main Town Square and the town monasteries. The sites you see on foot are worth the walk. mcleodganj2   Accommodation options are plenty and it doesn’t matter if you don’t have prior reservations (mostly not a problem). Most people who travel to Mcleod aren’t looking for a 7 star hotel treatment and so have lots of options to choose from – from  hostel-like accommodations to rooms as little as Rupees 800 per night to as much as Rupees 4000 are available. mcleodganj3 But those who are travellers at heart won’t want to spend most of their time cooped up in the hotel room and so for their benefit, the place is littered with innumerable little cafes and restaurants. Carpe Diem, a café in the main ton square, is a favourite amongst travellers.   The Tibetan Kitchen is popular for its non-vegetarian, especially pork, dishes and authentic Tibetan food (mind you not everyone can stomach it). Another popular destination amongst youngsters is Shiva café, but it’s extremely crowded during tourist season. Then there is Bhagsu café, next to the Bhagsu waterfalls whose pizzas and cakes people swear by. mcleodganj4     Sitting next to the scenic beauty of waterfalls, gorgeous valleys, breathing in the fresh mountain air and eating delicious food, isn’t that the ideal picture of a holiday?   As  mentioned earlier, most of the sites are a little over walking distance from the main town square, like the Dal Lake, the Dalai Lama Temple, the St. John’s church, the Namgyal monastery, the Tibetain museum, etc. while a few places that are a little farther but popular are mostly trekking sites such as the small (not really) village of Dharamkot, the Triund ridge and last but not the least, Dharamshala (below McleodGanj in the valley). mcleodganj5 While there, you can also shop for traditional Tibetan style bead jewellery, souvenirs and textiles. You can cover most of the town in a matter of two days and henceforth however long you plan to stay there is your wish. One should be able to have a satisfying trip to Mcleodganj in about Rupees 6500, all included, for three days.   mcleodganj6 There is an art to enjoying days in Mcleodganj. Don’t be in a hurry to cover all the sites as if you’re on a mission and have to send in a response to a higher authority as soon as possible. It is the ideal place to sit back and relax, read a novel, listen to songs, take a walk through nature’s trails and be at peace with yourself. The nice people (as well as the loving dogs) make you want to make new friends. This town will give you ample opportunity to calm your nerves and breathe life, you just have to give it a chance. mcleodganj7     Contributed By: Monil Singh [post_title] => MCLEODGANJ – THE CAPITAL CITY OF SERENITY [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => mcleodganj-the-capital-city-of-serenity [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-05-19 15:18:53 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-05-19 15:18:53 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://justwravel.com/blog/?p=81 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 1 [filter] => raw ) [5] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 92 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2016-05-23 06:32:16 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-05-23 06:32:16 [post_content] => Backpacking is one of the most exciting recreations but can be risky. One must choose wisely of contents in back pack as it is very helpful and pretty important for one’s health and hygiene. The twelve backpack essentials consists of a list that is critical and essential as an insurance against unexpected. Map & Compass: It is very important to carry a detailed and elaborate map of the location one is going to visit. Carrying a map makes you prepare for the trip as well as helps one to know about the place. In case of any emergency one can always refer to map to find the path. It is also lucrative to mark important nearby areas on map such as hospitals, police station, nearby village etc. This will help to contact with people nearby in case of any emergency. One must also carry a compass on the journey. Carrying a compass makes it easy to follow the map and instructions. Therefore, It is important to learn how compass works. Flashlight / Headlamp: One must carry a flash light/headlamp on the journey whether a day trip or night trip. One never knows when one might need to spend the night. Flashlight/Headlamp plays a very important role in finding a path at night in case of emergency such as lost of direction etc. One must always choose lights that are water resistant and are functionally reliable in all weather conditions, always carry extra batteries along with lights. Make it a point to also carry a small lightweight hand-held light in addition to a headlamp. A small light can be used for simple camp chores. Extra Food: One must carry extra food even if it a day trip  in case one gets delayed due to foul weather, or miss the path. Mountaineers carry at least one-day supply for any trek/camp. The food should require little or no cooking.  Food items such as Biscuits, instant noodles, light snacks, chocolates etc. Extra Clothing: A backpack must contain a pair of extra clothes, bed sheet, tissue roll which would get you through unplanned worst conditions one might experience. Eye Protection: Healthy eyes are critical for safe backcountry travel. Proper consideration of sun protection for your eyes is of utmost importance.The eyes can experience damage from the intensity of mountain skies, ultraviolet rays etc. As one soar high the intensity of ultraviolet rays also increases. Therefore, protecting your eye is a must. First-Aid Kit: First aid supplies for minor injuries are must. One should carry bandages, antiseptics, paracetamols, a pair of scissor, cotton, basic medicines etc. Carrying a first aid is very essential as it provides with basic medical care in case of any mishap. JW_infographic   Pocket Knife & Tools: Pocket knife and other tools are integral part of backpacking. It helps to keep one safe in any conditions. These tools can be useful in setting up a tent, cooking, hunting for food, or in any adverse conditions. Water / Filter / Bottles: One must carry plenty of fresh water, depending upon the area one is going to travel. One must carry enough water to keep oneself hydrated throughout the journey. Dehydration may case fatigue & dizziness.  A mixture of Electoral powder or glucose in water will help to keep energy level maintained throughout the journey. One must also make sure not to drink excess water during travel as it can make one feel more exhausted at times. Whistle: Whistle are helpful during emergencies like one is lost someone in the group is lost, or hurt and need help, etc. Camera A camera is must for any trip to capture memories during the journey. All the experiences, environment, moments can be beautifully captured and cherished for life with the help of a camera. Trekking or camping is a life time experience and each one is different from other hence capturing important moments become lucrative. It is rightly said and believed few things complement each other perfectly like travel and photograph. Tent If one is sure about spending some significant nights, carrying a tent is very important. However it is advisable if it is one night camping it is advisable not to carry too much load in backpack. One can hire a tent depending upon camping location. Zip Lock Bags An ingeniously simple and cheap way to keep things like mobile phones and cameras safe is to carry Zip lock bags. For more extreme expeditions River crossing, kayaking, water rappelling etc it is important to carry water proof Zip Lock Bags.   Contributed By: Prachi Shah [post_title] => 12 Essentials for Backpacking [post_excerpt] => Backpacking is one of the most exciting recreations but can be risky. One must choose wisely of contents in back pack as it is very helpful and pretty important for one’s health and hygiene. The twelve backpack essentials consists of a list that is critical and essential as an insurance against unexpected. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => 12-essentials-for-backpacking [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-05-23 06:32:16 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-05-23 06:32:16 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://justwravel.com/blog/?p=92 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 4 [filter] => raw ) [6] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 96 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2016-05-26 10:34:07 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-05-26 10:34:07 [post_content] => Midst the chaos of life, we often forget that life is meant to be lived at the fullest and isn’t merely meant for surviving the rat race. I am no different when it comes to following the rat race and had literally forgotten how to live life unless my college bestie called me up and we together reminiscence the good old days we spent together painting the town red. We so freaking wanted to get back to those days where life was all about having fun and making memories. Though we cannot bring our college days back but we certainly can bring back the awesome memories. After a brief planning, we decided to plan a road trip from our place i.e. Delhi. However, we had no idea where to go and with only 2 days at hand, we had no clue how we shall plan the trip and where shall we go. When nobody to suggest around, we finally resorted towards our ultimate saviour “Google” but, the answers we got there only confused us more. justwravel_lansdowne4 We had almost given up on our dreams of enjoying a road trip when I accidentally clicked on a website that Google was showing and to my delight, it just sorted out our confusion within seconds. JustWravel (a pretty cool name for a website, isn’t it?) helped us plan our road trip like a pro. I found this travel website very unique where one just needs to enter the location where  one lives, number of travellers, the budget one has, the number of days one is willing to spend and voila! Just a click and it shows you all the places that suit your criteria. Me and my friend got awesome options of Rishikesh, Haridwar and Lansdowne and we zeroed upon the Himalayan hill station of Lansdowne. The well planned pre budgeted trip had left us with little worries and all we thought about was enjoying this trip to the fullest. 2 friends, 2 bikes and a five hour journey to Lansdowne. We enjoyed the journey as much as we enjoyed the trip. Accompanied with scenic beauty of hills, pine and oak trees, we kept riding through beautiful roads towards the high Himalayan altitudes. Around Meerpur, we gave our taste buds a treat with the delicacies of the North Indian food and finally reached our destination of serene and beautiful location of Lansdowne. justwravel_lansdowne5 We started exploring this place by visiting the Darwan Singh Museum which happens to be the war museum of the Garhwal regiment. It beautifully depicts the rich and courageous heritage that this regiment beholds.  Lansdowne also has a number of churches from the British era which stand tall within the surrounding of oak and pine trees.  We visited St Mary and St John churches which gives one a sense of peace and serenity all around.  Furthermore, the trip to Lansdowne is incomplete if one doesn’t go to Bhulla taal which is a manmade lake built by our army men which is a perfect place to sit in solace and spend some quality time with your dearest ones.  Also, the Kaleshwar Mahadev Mandir is a temple that one must visit for seeking the blessings of Shivilinga. justwravel_lansdowne12   Our 2 days trip to Lansdowne was no less than a roller-coaster ride of fun, emotions and memories. From exploring the hill station to snacking some mouth watering food at Mall road, we made our travel memories very warm and beautiful.  

Contributed By: Sheerin Naz

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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 ) [8] => 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: Riding Gear: Equipment:   Bike Maintenance Your bike is your companion on your epic Ride outs, so it is very important to keep it in best of conditions at all times. You should get your bike checked and serviced before going out on a bike tour. Below we are mentioning some important checks and service requirements which you can follow.   Pre RideOut Bike Checkups:   After going through all the above mentioned follow ups and service checkups, you are now ready to go on your journey with your bike. Always remember, a safe trip is a trip worth taking. Now go on and have an epic RIDE OUT.   Contributed by: Karan Lamba [post_title] => Biking essentials. A safe trip is a trip worth taking. [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => biking-essentials-a-safe-trip-is-a-trip-worth-taking [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-06-01 07:31:19 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-06-01 07:31:19 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://justwravel.com/blog/?p=103 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 4 [filter] => raw ) [9] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 110 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2016-06-03 10:57:00 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-06-03 10:57:00 [post_content] => We had planned for a trip to Manali in the month of March. The trip was planned way in advance - the tickets were booked, and hotels were booked and the list of itinerary was well prepared. Five of us ,were so excited for the vacation. This was the first time were going to visit a place apart from pilgrimage that we regularly go for, plus we planned the trip on our own without any travel agent. We preferred March for the travel as it is neither too cold nor too hot in northern regions. A trip of four nights and five days was planned. JustWravel_DelhiWe reached Nizamudin station in the morning at around 9.00 am, since our bus to Manali was at 7.30 in the evening, we had 6-7 hours to explore Delhi. So, we hired an Innova for Delhi tour, to visit a few tourist places in Delhi. We first went to see Qutub Minar; it is a 73m high tower of Victory built in 1193.The Moghul architectural style is quite evident in this monument.   We did not spend a lot of time due to shortage of time and our desire to cover as many places as possible. From Qutab Minar we headed towards AksharDham temple. On the way to AksharDham temple we visited Rashtrapati Bhavan and the famous India Gate. It took around one hour to reach AksharDham temple from Qutab Minar. The temple complex is grand and it beautifully showcases the essence of Indian culture and traditions. The temple offers tranquility and peace to the visitors. One can easily spend more than an hour in the temple. The security in the temple premises is very strict and visitors are not allowed to carry camera, phones, tabs etc inside the temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan and reflects the beauty and melange of art and culture.  There is a lotus garden in the center echoing spirituality and piousness of this place. After visiting Akshar Dham temple, we went to the famous Paranthewali gali which around 9 kms away from Akshar Dham via, Raja Ram Kohli Marg. It’s hard to resist the aroma of hot oil and sputtering spices. The air was filled with high-pitched shouts of shop owners and chaos from the busy streets. The stuffed parathas are dipped into a large Kadai bubbling with desi ghee. The Paranthewali gali has series of shops selling parathas with chole, the parathas served are lip smacking and delicious. After spending nearly two hours in Parathanewali gali we went to the gurudwara near Majnu Da Tila, from where we were suppose to board our bus for Manali. We arrived an hour earlier to the scheduled time for bus as we were new to the place and were little tired after a whole day sightseeing of Delhi.   JustWrvael_Manali

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.

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  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. 4 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. JustWravel_Manali 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! 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[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 ) [12] => 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. JustWravel_Rishikesh   “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.

Bhadrakali Temple

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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.

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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.

Sthaneshwar Temple

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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.

Brahma Sarovar

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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.

Jyotisar

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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

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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.

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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 ) [14] => 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.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  If you are riding out to Himalayas, check biking essentials to have a safe ride. http://justwravel.com/blog/biking-essentials-a-safe-trip-is-a-trip-worth-taking/ Contributed By: Sheerin Naz [post_title] => Festivals of Uttrakhand [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => festivals-of-uttrakhand [to_ping] => [pinged] => http://justwravel.com/blog/biking-essentials-a-safe-trip-is-a-trip-worth-taking/ [post_modified] => 2016-06-13 06:51:48 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-06-13 06:51:48 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://justwravel.com/blog/?p=190 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [15] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 196 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2016-06-13 07:02:00 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-06-13 07:02:00 [post_content] => Some people travel to discover places, some to discover themselves. Reasons to travel could be rainbow ranging, but something that binds all traveler is the need to escape, escape from their mundane surroundings to take a revel in the joy of traveling, every trip engulfed in a promise of redeeming one’s zest for life. Some people travel to indulge in delicacies that soothe their taste buds, different destinations have different cuisines which symbolize paradise for foodie travelers. Sometimes the need to wanderlust roots from human need to quench their desire for knowledge. Learning is an eternal process and traveling only compliments it. Touring around the world imparts knowledge which goes beyond the four walls of educational institutions. A few might take to their jovial demeanor to justify their need to travel. Believe it or not meeting new people is an added benefit of traveling, who knows, you might find friends to treasure for life? Sometimes, traveling can adorn a coat of professionalism as business and corporate men travel business trips around the globe contributing to the economics of their country. Not a very populous reason, but some travel to remotest corners of the world to test their limits, challenge themselves to endure a fundamental lifestyle dotted with bear minimums. People might travel to tick off destinations that might be at the rim of their bucket list. Traveling can essentially be people’s ultimate goal, embellishing their passports with foreign stamps of the most incredulous kind. An excessive limiting to our comfort zone can often render us unappreciative of our homes, hence, sometimes people resort to being a vagabond to re-inculcate the worth of their homes within themselves. One could escape to a land far away from the hastiness, a byproduct of the mechanization of life, or resort to revisit their hometown, strengthening their familial ties. Pious souls could embark on a spiritual journey to stimulate peace in their mind palace. Looking at it this way, traveling is an attempt by humankind to elope from their own creation, mechanization, nevertheless, it is an indispensable essential in order to maintain one’s sanity. ‘Why do you travel?’ Is quite a soul-searching question once you drive into the depths of it, a philosophical mind would perhaps find traveling a quint essential in order to truly understand one’s metaphorical self piece by piece, an adventure-lover would resort to traveling to infuse his life with vigour & vivacity, a history lover would explore new landscapes to etch his memory with mythological tales of religious texts. Every person has a varying interpretation of & reason to travel. Traveling is, indeed a very subjective topic, wrapped in layers of wonder & amusement, it never fails to uplift one’s spirits no matter what the reason behind traveling. Why do you travel? Leave comments below to tell us more about your reasons.   Check essentials of backpacking  to ease out your packing list. #rideout   Contributed By: Marisha Kashyap [post_title] => Why do we Travel [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => why-do-we-travel [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-06-13 07:02:00 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-06-13 07:02:00 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://justwravel.com/blog/?p=196 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [16] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 211 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2016-06-15 06:24:11 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-06-15 06:24:11 [post_content] =>    

 Vagary : A wandering Journey

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   Wayfarer : A person who travels on foot

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  Resfeber : The restless race of wraveler's heart before the journey begins. 

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Fernweh: A longing for far off places

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Coddiwomple: To travel in a purposeful manner towards a vague destination

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Peregrinate: travel or wander from place to place

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Sturmfrei: freedom of being alone and having ability to do what one wants

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Onism: Awareness of how little of the world we'll experience.

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Solivagant: A lone Wanderer

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Drapetomani: An overwhelming urge to run away from everything.

justwravel11   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 ) [17] => 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. JustWravel_ladakh1   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] => 33 [filter] => raw ) [18] => 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. JustWravel_shimla1 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. JustWravel_shimla2   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. JustWravel_shimla3 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. JustWravel_shimla4   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 ) [19] => 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

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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

Humayun's Tomb

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  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

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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  

Hampi Monuments

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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

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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  

Khajurao Temple

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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

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Sanchi Stupa

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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

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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

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Mahabalipuram

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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 The lavish temple at shore bordered by Nandi bulls, facing the sea, offering fascinating view is quite famous amongst the visitors. The appeal of Mahabalipuram is famous and worth visiting for its monumental architecture as well as for its glittering sand beach. General Information Entry Fee: Indian: 10 INR for citizens, Foreigner: US $ 5

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Jantar Mantar

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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  

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[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 ) [20] => 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 ) [21] => 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 ) [22] => 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.   Contributed By: Tunisha Singhal [post_title] => Eid : Festival of India [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => eid-festival-of-india [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-07-07 05:59:09 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-07-07 05:59:09 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://justwravel.com/blog/?p=268 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 2 [filter] => raw ) [23] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 273 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2016-07-14 06:43:19 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-07-14 06:43:19 [post_content] =>

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 ) [24] => 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 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 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 ) [25] => 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.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  Contributed By: Sheerin Naz  

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[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 ) [27] => 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. Justwravel_nepal 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. justwravel_nepal2 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. justwravel_nepal1 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.  

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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

 

Budget Traveller

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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.

 

Cultural Traveller

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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.

Adventure Seekers

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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

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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.

The Pilgrim

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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

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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

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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.

Escapist

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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.

Party Seeker

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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.

Group Traveller

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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

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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.

Chakrata-Puh

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.

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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.

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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.

Puh-Spiti

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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[post_title] => Spiti- A Cold Desert [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => spitivalley [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-08-30 12:47:23 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-08-30 12:47:23 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://justwravel.com/blog/?p=352 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [30] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 367 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2016-08-15 07:11:13 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-08-15 07:11:13 [post_content] => So, what do you all think is the most important thing in one’s life? Without any second thought it is freedom. All of us want our freedom in everything that we do, from going out to choosing something for us. And when we are talking about freedom, how can we forget the most important day related to freedom in Indian’s history which is Independence Day. Independence Day is celebrated every year on 15 August. On 15 August 1947, India got freedom from British rule and this day is celebrated to remember the same. The true meaning of Independence is not to depend on others. The nicest thing about this occasion is that it is celebrated by all the Indians regardless of race, creed, class or religion. On this day, many cultural programmes are conducted which give feelings of patriotism and respect for Mother India. There is a great splendour, pride and joy spread throughout the nation. This day is off course dedicated to the leaders and fighters who were behind the freedom of this golden bird. It was not only the day of its freedom, but it was a like a re-birth of India. But there is a bad thing also associated with this day which is none other than partition of India and Pakistan which resulted in several riots, bloodshed etc. On this day, special functions are held in schools and institutions. Children enjoy this festival because of one more reason, i.e. they get sweets after flag hoisting in their schools, and also holiday. Prime Minister of India also hoists the flag on the ramparts of Red Fort, Delhi and after that, he gives a short speech. In the speech, he tells about all the achievements made in past year, raises important issues and calls for further development. A tribute to the leaders of Indian Independence movements is paid by him. This is the same movement which led to the Independence of India. This tradition is followed since 1947 when then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru hoisted the flag above the Lahori Gate of the Red Fort and gave his famous ‘Tryst with Destiny’ speech. To honour the occasion, 21 gun shots are fired. After speech, march past of Paramilitary forces and Indian Armed Forces take place. Pageants and Parades showcase the scenes from the Independence struggle and India’s diverse cultural traditions. Other politicians also hoist flag in their respective constituencies, and similar events take place there. During flag hoisting, National Anthem is sung. You will see all the new and old classic patriotic movies and songs coming on television on this day. Not only on television channels, but also radio channels will be filled with patriotic songs. There is no ritual associated with this but only festivities are seen. On this day, government buildings are illuminated with strings of light and people decorate their homes, clothes, cars, etc. with tricolour flutters. This day is marked by a national holiday. You will see several kites flying in the air. This is because people fly kites of different colours, shapes and sizes to express and symbolize feeling of freedom. They also throw balloons of saffron, white and green, which are colours of our Indian flag, in the air. Some people also celebrate this day by going out for dinner or picnic with family members and close friends. All in all, this day holds a very important place in heart of every Indian. On this day, every person in the country revels in the nationalistic pride. [post_title] => Happy Independence Day [post_excerpt] => Independence Day is celebrated every year on 15 August. On 15 August 1947, India got freedom from British rule and this day is celebrated to remember the same. The true meaning of Independence is not to depend on others. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => independenceday [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-08-15 07:11:13 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-08-15 07:11:13 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://justwravel.com/blog/?p=367 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [31] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 389 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2016-08-30 07:33:22 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-08-30 07:33:22 [post_content] => Jaisalmer the name itself is a prodigy among the world famous tourist destinations; just miles away from Delhi. This triggered that being so close to this magnificence, we must explore the city of golden sand over our next trip. Getting onto the itinerary planning surely this road trip will require more than an extended weekend to cover the 1500 KMs to and fro; with a number of stoppages in between to ease out the bowels and relax the muscles off the squatting, lest we get grumpy over the tiresome journey on road. We rolled on wheels from 7 in the morning with lots of munch-on, a crate full of drinks and all popular hit numbers for the day long journey; we skipped the breakfast and grabbed a brunch at a roadside Dhaba near Rajgarh. Took the Jodhpur – Jaisalmer road after Pokhran and reached the city that features the hill fort of Jaisal about 8:30 at night; the first glimpse of the fort was simply mesmerizing. JustWravel_jaisalmer   The stay at Jaisalmer included one day at the city and the other at camp in Sam sand dune to experience a night of folklore; the best part is all of it at pretty reasonable rates, about 4ooo Rs for a stay in luxury amid the legacy.   The following day started with the most anticipated tour of the Jaisalmer fort along with its 7 glorious Jain temples within the premises – currently it’s a world heritage site which abounds in sculptures that reflects the craftsmanship of Indian architecture (dilwara style) as well as narrates the story of royal legends. Then we headed off to the Gadisar Lake to soak our feet in the cool water after wandering in the scorching desert like heat. This water conservation tank mimics an oasis with its sandstone ornate and a couple of holy shrines; the contrast of the deep blue against the chrome yellow build-ups has an enchanting picturesque that brings about rejuvenation for the mind and the soul. If you’re lucky you can also catch some really rare species of birds we didn’t carry any binocular but surely carry one just in-case. [caption id="attachment_391" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Image Source Image Source[/caption] Post lunch our glee echoed over the quick hide and seek at Patwon ki Haveli, captured a few of the joyful moments in our camera to carry away as sweet memories. The Bada Bagh was the next hot spot, the dome shaped chatris with scanty sprawling bushes at a distance is good for some nice clicks, but the catch is how the entire city of sandstone along with the numerous cenotaphs turns up into a gold cladded splendour with the fading sunlight; the shades changes with the variable reflecting colours of sunset. Later in late evening we strolled through the local market in search of some authentic sandal-coloured artifact of Jaisalmer; luckily witnessed a puppet show on our way back.  We could hardly wait for the Desert Safari that was scheduled on the second day, so decided to hit the bed early hoping time would fly a little faster when we’re asleep. [caption id="attachment_392" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Image Source Image Source[/caption] As soon as we reached the desert dunes we wanted to ride the camel instead of the Thar-Jeep. Rest what followed I’ll leave it for you to experience in real. We deified the deity of Tannot Mata Mandir from afar and also felt proud watching the sentinels of BFS patrolling the Indo-Pak border over the sand terrain of scorching desert; thanks to the borrowed binoculars of a fellow tourist. As the day passed we rested a bit in our camp and witnessed the sun set into the heap of sand. [caption id="attachment_393" align="aligncenter" width="493"]Image Source Image Source[/caption] Now as the darkness of night descends it’s time for some Rajasthani Folklore; the hokkah was strong and the music alluring; needless to mention the dancers, the way they bend down and carry stacks of pots over their head its simply outstanding. Among other speciality of Rajasthani cuisine, the flavour of dal bati churma was compellingly mouth-watering. On the 3rd day we had a thrilophillic adventure at Desert National park; of other wilderness whose major attraction is the black-buck. Concluded the day with a visit to Salim Singh Ki Haveli, which has a square shaped architecture at the top level that somewhat appears like hanging from the rest of the structure; craftily ordinated with intricate chiseled work. On the final day of Jaisalmer trip we bid a contented adieu to the colossal Surya Gate and drove past the infamous Kuldhara village as we retreated from the vacation temperament into our regular life.   Contributed By : Shatadal Gia Sen  

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  [post_title] => Road Trip to Jaisalmer [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => road-trip-to-jaisalmer [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-08-30 07:33:22 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-08-30 07:33:22 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://justwravel.com/blog/?p=389 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [32] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 414 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2016-09-19 12:08:38 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-09-19 12:08:38 [post_content] => Being a bibliophile and a travel aficionado, I started searching frantically on Amazon for some quick reads by Indian Authors and I was more than delighted to go across the options. After going through all the options available on Amazon, I shortlisted these four titles. All these four titles are based on different themes and carry a unique message. The best part, all these titles are under INR 200, so go ahead and experience these well written journeys as they are sure going to inspire the traveler hidden within you. These books are perfect for fellow Wravelers – Wanderers and Travelers inspired by Wanderlust.
  1. When The Road Beckons – Ravi Manoram (INR 145)
  2. Born Again on the Mountain : A Story of Losing Everything and Finding It Back – Arunima Sinha (INR 176)
  3. Bucket List of a Traveloholic – Sarika Pandit (INR 163)
  4. Worth Every Gasp : A Lone Woman’s Journey in the Himalayas – Anamika Mukherjee (INR 81)
 

When the Road Beckons – Ravi Manoram

justwravel_book1   When 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

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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

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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

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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

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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] => 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 ) [33] => 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. malana-village 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. JustWravel_HikeKasol 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. Justwravel 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 ) [34] => 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. justwravel_bhangarh 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. bhangarg_justwravel 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. justwravel_bhangarh3 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.   justwravel_bhangarh1  

Contributed By : Shatadal Gia Sen

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[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 ) [35] => 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"]durgapuja2 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"]durgapuja3-jpg Image Courtesy[/caption]   AhmedabadMusic 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"]durgapuja4 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"]durgapuja5-jpg 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"]durgapuja6 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"]durgapuja7 Image Courtesy[/caption]  

The variety this land offers is indeed the festivity redefined by diversity!

 

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[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 ) [36] => 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 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 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

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[post_title] => Durga Puja [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => durga-puja [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-10-07 08:57:41 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-10-07 08:57:41 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://justwravel.com/blog/?p=453 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [37] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 460 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2016-10-14 10:39:00 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-10-14 10:39:00 [post_content] => 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 usually jam-packed with tourists on long weekends. Mcleodganj has a lot to offer to all kinds of travellers alike. There’s Bir Biling – The paragliding capital of India ; roughly 70 km away , Triund trek – a 9 km trek from Bhagsu ; and it is a foodies 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 .This does two things – Less traffic on the narrow roads and making your effort to keep the town pollution free. mcleodganj_jw Being a traveller’s paradise the town has a lot of budget hotels and dharamshalas ranging from INR 500 – 2000 per room if booked in advance . Dharamkot is a better location as it is a bit away (1-1.5km) from the Mall Square and the view of the mountains can be enjoyed from nearly all the rooms in Dharamkot. The plus point of the town being a traveller’s paradise is that there is WiFi in almost all the cafes and none of the café owners force you or pester you to leave the café or vacate your table because you have paid the bill. For all the bibliophile's, order a cup of hot chocolate or some Peach Tea and read a book all day long without being bothered by anyone. That my friend is true relaxation and rejuvenation. The specialty is the Tibetan cuisine and one can find some good Tibetan food in The Clay Oven and Tibet Kitchen. A good big bowl of Thukpa or Thentuk will cost you only INR 100-120 which is very economical compared to the surplus quantity served. There are some good Italian joints like Jimmy’s Italian Kitchen and Carpediem which serve good pastas and Pizzas. One should definitely try the pastries and cakes from the roadside bakery’s as the taste is yummy and it is definitely something you will regret if not tried. mcleodganj1_jw I had a blast in Mcleodganj for 3 days in as less than INR 4000 per head. Here’s how I did it: Now this cost can be easily reduced if: Now that you have saved some money and can spare some cash, do pick up some souvenirs such as Dalai Lama saying Scrolls, bookmarks, a variety of tees and not to forget the local handicrafts. The best place to buy the souvenirs is on Bhagsu Nag road near the Mall Square. Ditch the 2nd Saturday and holiday weekends as it will be too crowded, rather take a day or two’s leave and go on a normal weekend to enjoy town as it is without the constant honking of horns and overfilled streets with tourists. Be a Wraveler and take the Road less travelled to have an experience like no other.  

Contributed by : Arnav Mathur

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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] => 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 ) [38] => 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   justwravel_jibhi   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. justwravel_jibhi1 justwravel_jibhi2 justwravel_jibhi3   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.   justwravel_jibhi5 Bonfire with veg snacks in the evening.   justwravel_jibhi6 justwravel_jibhi7 View from Hotel room. After breakfast, we move towards Jalori pass which is at an altitude of 3120 mts. justwravel_jibhi_jaloripass18 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. justwravel_jibhi8 justwravel_jibhi9 justwravel_jibhi10 justwravel_jibhi11 justwravel_jibhi12 justwravel_sirolsarlake_jibhi 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. justwravel_jibhi19  

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[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 ) [39] => 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.
  1. 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.
justwravel_meghalaya13   2. Living root bridges: As the name itself suggests, the single and double Decker living root bridges are made from the roots of Ficus elastica trees which has secondary roots growing within itself to give the bridge strength over a period of years. These unique bridges are built by the amalgamation of various thick roots of this tree which can support the weight of at least 50 people at a time. justwravel_meghalaya6   3. Nohkalikai Falls: Located at a distance of 7 km from Cherrapunji, Nohkalikai Falls are known for its photogenic beauty. Water falls from a height of 1100ft and are a striking site to see. The immense force of water fall has induced the land with a waterhole which has tendency to become blue in winter and green in summer. In addition, the water fall flow is prolific in summer and in winter it recedes to a small stream, inducing a sense of white rope against the beautiful green background of the forests. This is an adventurous place for trekking, camping, bird watching, photography and swimming.     [caption id="attachment_531" align="aligncenter" width="550"]Source Source[/caption] 4. Mawsynrum: Located at a distance of 15km from Cherrapunji, Mawsynrum is the wettest place on earth and resides at a height of 1400m above sea level. It is a perfect place to visit for a nature’s lover. The profound and extraordinary landscapes and lush green surroundings can leave you spell bounded and overwhelmed. justwravel_meghalaya8   Apart from exploring the picturesque beauty of Cherrapunji, you should also splurge in some shopping as Cherrapunji’s handcrafted items made up of canes and bamboo is something to take back as mementos. Also, buying Meghalaya tea is a must here which has an awesome flavour to give your taste buds the much needed delight.  

Contributed By : Sheerin Naz

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  [post_title] => Guwahati to Cherrapunji : A road trip [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => guwahati-to-cherrapunji-a-road-trip [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-10-24 06:05:24 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-10-24 06:05:24 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://justwravel.com/blog/?p=528 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 1 [filter] => raw ) [40] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 537 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2016-10-30 07:14:36 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-10-30 07:14:36 [post_content] => Diwali is the most important Hindu Festival. It is an official holiday in countries like India, Pakistan, Myanmar, Nepal, Mauritius, Tobago, Fiji, Suriname etc. Sikhs, Jains, and Buddhists also celebrate it along with Hindus. It is festival of lights and is also known as Deepavali. This year, it is on 30 October. It has a deep spiritual signification also which is of victory of light over dark, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair. The reason behind celebrating it that on this day Lord Rama returned Ayodhya from his 14 years of exile and to celebrate his return, people lighted candles and diya. However, there are many other stories also which are considered behind Diwali. It coincides with the darkest, new moon night of the month Kartika which is between mid-October and mid-November. [caption id="attachment_538" align="aligncenter" width="410"]diwali Source[/caption] It is one of the day but the most important one in the five day of festivities which include Dhanteras on the first day, Naraka Chaturdasi on the second, Diwali on the third, Diwali Padva on the fourth and Bhai Dooj on the fifth day. The festivities start around 18 days after Dussehra. This is one of the most important time period for people especially Hindus. They wait whole year for this time. People who work, or study in another city return to their homes to celebrate the festivities with family. It is considered the major shopping period of the nation as at this time people shop a lot, they buy new clothes, gifts etc. It is believed to be auspicious time to buy something which makes the shopping rate double including appliances, expensive items also like cars and jewellery. The preparations for Diwali start much before the day. People clean their homes and offices, get them renovated for the occasion. People start exchanging gifts sometimes many days before Diwali. [caption id="attachment_539" align="aligncenter" width="625"]Source Source[/caption]   Lots of different sweets are made at homes to celebrate the festival, accompanied by other types of delicacies. On the day of Diwali, they decorate their home, and make rangoli to welcome Goddess Lakshmi in their houses as it is believed that she comes to earth on the night of Diwali. Then at night, they get ready in new clothes or best outfits, and perform family puja which is typically to Goddess Lakshmi. After that, they light up diyas inside and outside their home and also at the work places to lighten up the atmosphere. Then comes the time for burning crackers which whole family do together and have lots of fun. Burning crackers is something which start well before Diwali and keep everyone excited that Diwali is about to come. [caption id="attachment_540" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Source Source[/caption] Different religions celebrate the day of Diwali for different reasons but the one thing that remains same in all is that it is a celebration of win of good over evil. Also, people living in different regions has different rituals and traditions attached to Diwali which they follow differently. All have different ways to perform Puja. Some of them like to go out and have a party with their friends while some like to stay with their families and perform all the traditional things. There is also a tradition of gambling associated with Diwali so some people go to parties or invite their friends and gamble. Many people get together at night for fireworks to celebrate it more. I personally, love the festivals of the light very much. This is my favourite festival and I wait for it year long. I like all the small traditions attached with it.  

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 ) [41] => 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 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.   naukuchiatal1   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 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"]naukuchiatal3 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 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

 

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[post_title] => Naukuchiatal : An alternative for ecstasy in serenity [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => naukuchiatal-an-alternative-for-ecstasy-in-serenity [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-11-08 07:36:11 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-11-08 07:36:11 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://justwravel.com/blog/?p=546 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [42] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 553 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2016-11-10 06:50:26 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-11-10 06:50:26 [post_content] => As everyone might already be aware that wef today i.e. 9th Nov 2016, INR 500 and INR 1000 notes are not a legal tender anymore and render zero value.This is a masterstroke by PM Modi to curb the menace of black money in India. So the big question is what to do with the INR 500 and INR 1000 notes currently in possession. Here's what you need to do with your 500 and 1000 rupee notes.   Your 500 and 1000 rupee notes be accepted till November 11 at: money1   Here are some of my tips to all my fellow wravelers who plan on coming to India in the coming few days/months: [caption id="attachment_555" align="aligncenter" width="640"]money2 This is how the new notes of INR 500 and INR 2000 look like.[/caption] Got any more such tips in mind for the benefit of the travel community, make sure to leave a comment and I will update the article as needed.

Contributed By: Arnav Mathur

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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] => 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 ) [43] => 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"]bhimbetka 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 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 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

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[post_title] => An Unplanned Expedition to Bhimbetka [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => an-unplanned-expedition-to-bhimbetka [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-11-15 07:15:12 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-11-15 07:15:12 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?p=560 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [44] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 575 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2016-11-17 12:09:27 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-11-17 12:09:27 [post_content] => Consisting of thousands of small islands, Lakshadweep happens to be India’s smallest union territory. It is a perfect holiday destination with beautiful and picturesque islands all around. Lying midst the Arabian Sea towards west coast of India, these coral atolls are a treat for eyes. One cannot afford to witness the mesmerising marine life, the grandeur of the beaches, the luxurious tourist resorts and mosques which serve as the ideal tourist attractions of Lakshadweep. So, before you pack your bags and arrive at this striking destination to relax and enjoy, here’s everything you need to know about Lakshadweep. Let me get you updated!   You cannot just pack your bags and arrive at Lakshadweep. You need to take permission from the authorities of Lakshadweep prior to your visit. In fact, everyone who isn’t the citizen of this island needs to get consent before visiting. A form is required to be filled by each individual visitor which is sent to the administrator of Lakshadweep who is the authorised person to issue permits. Furthermore, one can also book a package tour through SPORTS, the government’s tour operator to easily get the permission. In addition, booking a hotel in advance can also solve this issue as the hotel authorities works on your behalf in sorting it out with the government officials.   [caption id="attachment_578" align="alignnone" width="960"]lakshwadeep Source[/caption]    

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.

 

Lakshadweep consists of three resorts which offer full services to its customers including foreigners. Let’s have a look at them.

  1. Agatti Island Beach resort: It is a privately owned resort with around 20 cottages and the diving facility here is the best.
  2. 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.
  3. Kadmat Island Resort: This resort is famous for its scuba facility and consists of luxury huts, executive huts as well as family huts.
Apart from these resorts, there are certain government resorts at Minicoy, Kavratti and Kalpeni which is exclusively available for Indian citizens only. [caption id="attachment_579" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Source[/caption] If you plan smartly, you can enjoy this trip without burning a hole in your pocket. Instead of opting for star cruises, if you choose to stay at hotels of Agatti or Bangaram, it will be much cheaper. The resort at Bangaram is a little more expensive in comparison to that of Agatti resort so choosing the resort of Agatti will let you enjoy extra two days in Lakshadweep in the same price. Furthermore, travelling through ship is quite economical and Agatti Island Beach Resort arranges special permit for entry for its visitors. A three day, four night package costs around $400 with AC cottages charging $185 per night and non AC cottages charging $130 per night. The meals are included with the stay and the rates are much lower during off season. This package also includes a glass bottom boat ride, fishing trip in the waters of lagoon and a trip to Four Islands of Bangaram.  
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  [caption id="attachment_577" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Source[/caption] A tour is never complete unless you have indulged in some shopping spree and bought some souvenirs to take back home as profound memories of the place you visited. Coconut powder and oil are available at the factory situated at the island of Kadamat. The purity of this coconut powder and oil remains unmatched and one must buy it. Also, you can purchase fish pickles from Kavrattri Island and buy some souvenirs exclusively available at this island. Lakshadweep is a beautiful place and it should be in the bucket list of every traveller who wants to explore places and carve new stories and memories every day. So, plan, pack and proceed. Don’t wait for others. Lakshadweep is calling you. Happy wraveling!  

Contibuted By :  Sheerin Naz

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[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 ) [45] => 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 Don'ts If one happens to visit the popular hill stations like Kasol (Parvati Valley), McLoedganj or the popular trekking routes such as Triund, Kheerganga one is sure to find toffee wrappers, chips packets, plastic water bottles littered all around. This litter creates a negative image in the mind of fellow travellers from different parts of the world. Hence as responsible travellers one must keep their actions in control and avoid littering any of the places they travel to. Seeing that we don’t litter and keep our trash in our bags instead of dumping it, the other passer by tourists will also observe it and start implementing it.And this is how we will be able to restore the natural beauty of the places by decluttering it. The reason of emphasising Triund and Kheerganga is primarily that these are comparatively easy treks which can be done in a day or two and don’t need too much of trekking gears. What was once a quaint little camping ground has now become a public camping ground with tents and toilets fixed permanently.    

Contributed By: Arnav Mathur

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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] => 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 ) [46] => 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 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 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 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"]4 Agra Fort: Image Source[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_643" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Fatehpur Sikri: Image Source 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 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

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  [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 ) [47] => 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"]1 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"]2 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"]3 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"]4 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"]5 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"]6 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"]7 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"]8 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"]9 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"]10 Source[/caption]  

Contributed By: Shatadal Gia Sen

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[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 ) [48] => 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. justwravel_nagtibba-3   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. justwravel_nagtibba-2   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. justwravel_nagtibba-4 justwravel_nagtibba   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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[post_title] => Trek to NagTibba [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => trek-to-nagtibba [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-12-27 13:35:05 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-12-27 13:35:05 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?p=666 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [49] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 673 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2016-12-27 14:12:11 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-12-27 14:12:11 [post_content] => Trek to triund is a 9 km trek that begins from Mcleodganj. The trek passes through Dharamkot and Galu Devi Temple. Triund is situated at an altitude of 2875 meters above the sea level and it offers magnificent views of Dhauladhar ranges of Himalayas and Kangra valley. justwravel_triund3-min Day 0: We started our journey from the national capital, Delhi. Boarded a non-AC semi sleeper bus which took around 11 hours and we reached Dharamshala. The bus drove through Ambala, Chandigarh, Harmandir Sahib, Anandpur Sahib, Bhakra Nangal Dam, Kangra and Jwala Devi temple. justwravel_triund2-min   Day 1:  After reaching Dharamshala at around 7 AM, we took a shared jeep and drove to the little Lhasa of India, Mcleodganj. It took around 40 minutes to reach Mcleodganj from Dharamshala. When we reached there it was raining lightly. After getting off, we found one good restaurant and had our breakfast there. As it was the beginning of monsoon season hence we were not expecting much rain. After breakfast, the rain stopped and we explored the market, bought some eatables & energy drinks and inquired about the route to Triund. At around 12 AM, we began our trek from Mcleodganj main chowk. The initial route was continuously upward till Galu Devi Temple. After a continuous walk of 15 minutes, we got completely exhausted. We took several breaks in between the stretch of 2 km. Our backpacks were including one alpine tent, 2 kg apples, 5 bottles each of 1-litre, bread, 3 juice packets each of 1-litre and some snacks. Due to all this stuff, our backpack was heavy like hell. We did not know about the availability of food and tents on Triund and that’s why we had bought all the stuff for our survival. But somehow, we reached Galu Devi temple and rearrange all the stuff in our backpacks and then continued our trek. After a trek of 4 hours, we reached Triund. We were extremely tired but our tiredness went away when we had a view of Triund. It seemed like there was a party going on. Later, we quickly pitched our tents and slept after having dinner. justwravel_triund1-min Day 2: Woke up with a cool morning. We just unzipped the tent and we had a majestic view of Dhauladhar ranges. Though we were feeling lazy at that time but the view snatched all our laziness and we got out from our tents to get some amazing sights. Took several shots and then had Maggi for breakfast. After all this, we submitted our tent at the hut and left for Ilaqa Pass. justwravel_triund6-min Ilaqa Pass is around 6 km from Triund. The initial route upto Snowline café was a mild uphill walk. After crossing the café, the route turned into a flat path, the views en-route were beautiful. Also saw several small valleys of flowers. In about 3 hours, we reached Ilaqa Pass. We also went into an unknown valley situated near the pass. It was thrill going into that valley. We returned to Triund by retracing the same path. Later we had our dinner and slept. justwravel_triund-min justwravel_triund9-min   Day 3: Our day started with a mild walk on Triund. After doing our breakfast, we quickly packed up our things and left for Mcleodganj. While we were coming down, it started raining like cats and dogs. We got totally drenched in that heavy rain. We had raincoats but they were of no use in that rain, somehow we reached Mcleodganj and after changing our clothes, we left for Delhi. Boarded a non-AC semi sleeper bus at 6 PM and reached Delhi at 5:30 AM.

Contributed By: Manu Khandelwal

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[post_title] => Trek to Triund and Ilaqa Pass [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => trek-to-triund-and-ilaqa-pass [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-12-27 14:12:11 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-12-27 14:12:11 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?p=673 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [50] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 691 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2016-12-28 16:44:50 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-12-28 11:14:50 [post_content] => Wravelers are off to Jibhi for New Years'. Where are you going?? justwravel_new-year-min   justwravel_new-year4-min   justwravel_new-year3-min   justwravel_new-year2-min   justwravel_new-year-min   justwravel_new-year1-min  

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[post_title] => How will you welcome New Year 2017 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => how-will-you-welcome-new-year-2017 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-12-28 16:44:50 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-12-28 11:14:50 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?p=691 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [51] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 694 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2017-01-05 16:57:03 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-01-05 11:27:03 [post_content] => Triund a small hill station in the Kangra district in the state of Himachal Pradesh, India is definitely a must go to place for everyone who visits McLeodganj. It is at a height of 2,828 m and is a part of Dharamkot. Unlike McLeodganj where one can reach via Bus, one has to trek a minimum of 6 KM to reach Triund. [caption id="attachment_695" align="aligncenter" width="640"]justwravel_triund1 A walk to Gallu Devi temple through the forests[/caption] Triund can be reached from either of the two routes, one starting from Dharamkot via Gallu Devi Temple or from Bhagsu Nag via Shiva Café. Having trekked on both the routes, it is recommended to reach the top via Dharamkot route and descend via Shiva Café route. Gallu Devi temple which acts as the starting point of the trek is at a distance of 2.5 KM from the Main Square and can be approached on foot and even in Autos/Taxis, though they charge a premium which can be easily avoided by walking all the way to Gallu Devi temple [caption id="attachment_696" align="aligncenter" width="640"]justwravel_triund2 Enjoying Frooti overlooking this[/caption] Don’t forget to stock up on water (from McLeodganj market or your hotel) if you plan to stay for the night at the top, as there is a water scarcity owing to lack of natural water source. A 1 L water sealed water bottle costs a whooping Rs 50 at the top and even in the shops mid-way. If you choose to walk all the way from McLeodganj to Gallu Devi temple, do have some frooti or appy from the shop. Drink it slowly and savor the taste as it will surely be the best frooti/appy drinking experience, trust me on that. The trekking route is on an Easy to Moderate level as there are some steep steps at places. If you plan to carry your own Tent/Sleeping Bags, you better do some leg exercises like squats and lunges for a week before attempting the trek. We carried our own tents, sleeping bags, yoga mats and food which resulted in a heavy backpack (around 12-15kg) and frequent muscle spasms in the calf muscles because of the steep steps, a lesson learnt the tough way. The whole route is properly marked and attracts a lot of crowd on a daily basis. Magic View Café acts as a milestone as it is exactly located midway and you can estimate how much time they are going to take to cover the other half. The 6 KM trek from Gallu Devi temple all the way to the top usually takes anywhere between 4-5 hours depending on your fitness and the load you are carrying. The last one KM is popularly known as “22 curves” as one has to traverse these 22 titing curves to reach the top. justwravel_triund3 justwravel_triund4 The view with which you are greeted after reaching the Triund ridge is completely surreal and mind soothing making the 4-5 hour ordeal totally worth it. To enjoy the beauty of nature and to witness the magical Sunrise and Sunset, it is highly recommended to camp at the ridge for the night. Tents are scattered all the way along the ridge in different groups and campsites, so choose your camping ground wisely. If you want peace and relaxation, go the extra mile and go further away from the main ground in either direction. Tents can be booked beforehand from McLeodganj or on the spot at the top starting at anything from Rs 500 per head (Rates may vary depending on the footfall and weather).If you are a frequent traveler and like trekking and camping, it is advised to invest in your own gear and carry it along. A 2 person Quechua Arpenaz tent costs just Rs 2000 and can be bought online or from Decathlon, so do the math before taking the decision to purchase own tent or rent the tent. [caption id="attachment_699" align="aligncenter" width="640"]justwravel_triund5 Our quaint little picturesque campsite[/caption] justwravel_triund6 There are a couple of campsites on the ridge from where you can get something to eat like Maggi/Bred Omlet/Daal Chawal but be warned that the rates may be exorbitantly high. All the campsites usually put up bonfires and you can even manage something on your own with the help of the locals and cook your own food for the night. We choose to cook Wai Wai instead of Maggi and it was indeed a good decision. The best thing about Wai Wai is that it can be consumed cooked, semi cooked and even raw depending on your preference. justwravel_triund7   [caption id="attachment_702" align="aligncenter" width="640"]justwravel_triund8 View of the majestic Dhauladars from our Tent[/caption]   Nights are sure to get chilly, so better pack your woolens wisely, and opt for fleece jackets which are lighter and warmer rather than traditional hoodies. The Triund ridge is the place to capture some magnificent shots during the sunset and sunrise and even at night. Stargazing in the chilly night is going to be a lovely cherished memory. [caption id="attachment_703" align="aligncenter" width="640"]justwravel_triund9 When the moon is shining bright but only in a crescent form and the sun is waiting to rise[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_704" align="aligncenter" width="640"]justwravel_triund10 Finally Sun rise[/caption] Next day morning after capturing the sunrise, you can either head further up towards Snowline café and Ilaqa Paas or start your descent towards McLeodganj. Having taken the Dharamkot route, we choose to descend from the other route leading to Shiva Café. Be warned, that this route apart from being more scenic, is not properly marked and sees very few trekkers. So it’s better to take a guide for this route or go with a group of fellow travelers. [caption id="attachment_705" align="aligncenter" width="576"]justwravel_triund11 Trail heading to Shiva Cafe, no steps but big boulders[/caption] justwravel_triund12 [caption id="attachment_707" align="aligncenter" width="640"]justwravel_triund13 Beauty of the golden sunlight[/caption] [caption id="attachment_708" align="aligncenter" width="640"]justwravel_triund14 McLedoganj as viewed from Triund[/caption] Just follow the footsteps on the trail and you should reach Shiva Café in a matter of 2-3 hours. Shiva Café is a quaint little café away from the brimming crowd and is the perfect place to relax with a cup of hot tea and some yummy pastas and sandwiches. You can refill your water bottles with fresh cold water for free over here. The view of the mountains in the backdrop along with the waterfall, makes a meal at the café totally memorable. [caption id="attachment_709" align="aligncenter" width="640"]justwravel_triund15 The quaint yet amazing Shiva Cafe[/caption] [caption id="attachment_710" align="aligncenter" width="640"]justwravel_triund16 So True[/caption] McLeodganj main square is further 2-3 KM from Shiva Café out of which 1 KM is along the road and 1-2 KM is on a well cemented trail with long steps, making the descent quite easy. Triund trek is recommended for everyone who loves to enjoy nature and doesn’t mind working hard for it (trekking) apart from having that sense of adventure in them.  

Contributed By: Arnav Mathur

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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 ) [52] => 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"]1 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"]2 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"]3 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"]4 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.

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Contributed By: Arnav Mathur

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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] => 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 ) [53] => 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"]1 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"]2 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"]3 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"]4 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"]5 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. justwravel_chopta   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"]7 Source[/caption] So, this winter, unravel the tourist within yourself, explore these cool destinations and make enormous warm memories.

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[post_title] => 7 Places to relish Bonfire with Chai Pakoras this winter [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => 7-places-to-relish-bonfire-with-chai-pakoras-this-winter [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-01-11 19:28:37 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-01-11 13:58:37 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?p=724 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [54] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 741 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2017-01-13 12:36:18 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-01-13 07:06:18 [post_content] => 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 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 .This does two things – Less traffic on the narrow roads and making your effort to keep the town pollution free. The buses from Delhi usually arrive early in the morning by 6-7 AM which is the perfect time to start a day long food trail in the streets of McLeodganj. Start the day with a hot cup of lemon ginger tea and some bread omelette from any of the numerous stalls spread around the city. [caption id="attachment_742" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Justwravel_mcleod A hot cup of tea and a plate of Bread Omlet - The best way to start the day[/caption] Follow it with a hearty breakfast of some Tibetan bread and mixed veg omlet or a big bowl of Thupka along some delectable milkshakes or hot chocolate at The Clay Oven. [caption id="attachment_743" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Justwravel_mcleod1 Mixed Veg Omlet with Tibetan Bread[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_744" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Justwravel_mcleod2 A big bowl of Thupka[/caption] Satisfy the pre-lunch hunger by trying out some hot Momos from any street vendor. They are priced very decently starting from some Rs 40 per plate. The accompanying chutney and mayonnaise act as the perfect accompaniment and balancing the taste. [caption id="attachment_745" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Justwravel_mcleod3 Momo Time[/caption] Try out some excellent pastas or some hakka noodles/chowmein from any of the cafes like The Clay Oven, Jimmy’s Italian Café etc. And couple that with a glass of peach beer or lemon beer. [caption id="attachment_746" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Justwravel_mcleod4 Bacon Pasta in Garlic sauce was a true delicacy[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_747" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Justwravel_mcleod5 Time for some local Peach and Lemon Beer[/caption] Give your taste buds a surprise by having Pizzas from Carpediem as a late evening snack. The pizza will undoubtedly be one of the best you have had till now. Don’t forget to try the French fries before the pizza. They are crispy and will be consumed in a matter of minutes but the taste will linger for some time. [caption id="attachment_748" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Justwravel_mcleod6 The crunchy French Fries[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_749" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Justwravel_mcleod7 Thin crusted jewel[/caption] Indulge in some freshly baked pastries/cakes from the bakeries out there. The one right in front of Carpediem sells Chocolate Banana cake which is just out of the world. If you are still hungry, do try out the soups at the Norling Café before hogging onto some freshly cooked tikkas and kababs right off the tandoor. The area in front of the Temple just steps away from the Main Square is filled with vendors selling such items when all the cafes have closed down. PS – The cafes close down early and its highly likely that you might get a seat in any of the cafes post 8:30 PM, so step out of your rooms early to fill up your tummies with all that you can have WRAVELER style.   Road Trip to McleodGanj and Trek to Triund  

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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] => 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 ) [55] => 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"]1 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"]Justwravel_Bhangarh 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.   Justwravel_Rishikesh-min   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"]4 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! JustWravel_Spiti6-min   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"]6 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"]7 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"]8 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"]9 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. Justwravel_Mcleod-min   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.  

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  [post_title] => 10 Places you should visit while still in College [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => 10-places-you-should-visit-while-still-in-college [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-01-17 18:29:01 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-01-17 12:59:01 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?p=755 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 1 [filter] => raw ) [56] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 776 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2017-01-25 14:38:10 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-01-25 09:08:10 [post_content] => 2016 was a life changing year for me. I quit my job and changed the stream all together, started this blog, traveled to and explored around 10 new places and moreover I did my first trek in May 2016 and that has changed me completely. Having started my trekking journey with Deoria Tal - Chandrashila in May followed by Kheerganga in August and now Triund and Jalori Pass - Serlosar Lake in December, I thought of compiling a list of 24 trekking destinations for the 12 months of 2017,  in India which one should definitely think of doing as suggested by travelers and trekkers themselves. January Chadar Trek By Amrita & Agni ( Tale of 2 backpackers ) A trek in January definitely involves extreme cold temperatures and hiking in the snow. But Chadar Trek is unique in itself as here you are walking over ice. The Zanskar River that flows with such aplomb during the summers calms down and freezes during this time of the year. A blanket of ice or 'chadar' forms over the river, and you have a trek route that can be an experience of your lifetime. Surviving temperatures as low as -10 degrees in the morning and -35 degrees at night is no mean feat. Chadar has some of the harshest but beautiful campsites. You will encounter frozen waterfalls at places that will simply leave you wonder struck. The breathtaking views of golden mountains, frozen waterfalls, hanging icicles and the babble of river few inches below your feet is sure to mesmerize you.   Though the Chadar Trek seems difficult, but it is definitely manageable. The trek itself is not very arduous, but the conditions are definitely challenging. Chadar trek is one of the best winter treks and those who have done Chadar has an extra aura around them. It is not every day, you get a chance to walk over a frozen river! Read more here.   Facebook Twitter  I Instagram   Dhak Bahiri Trek By Abhinav Singh ( A Soul Window ) Dhak Bahiri Trek in Sahyadris is easily one of the toughest treks not only in Maharashtra but in India. It starts on an easy note but the end leg of the trek is life threatening. Imagine dangling from a loose wooden log without any safety harness. One mistake and you fall in thousands of feet of sheer drop. Even the approach to that log was dangerous. I negotiated the narrow rock patches trusting only my will power and the thin metal wire mounted on the rock. The inclination was around 70 – 80 degrees throughout. The path was so narrow that throughout the last leg, the half of my sole was on the rock, the other half in the air. Many people give up at this point. This trek is infamous for being abandoned in the last leg. I put my life at stake and climbed up the moving wooden log gingerly. The feeling I got on reaching the top was unparalleled. I have done some Himalayan treks too but the satisfaction and self worth I got here was unprecedented. What made the trek even more memorable was that on the previous night, I along with my co trekkers foraged the wood from the village and cooked our own food. What’s more? We slept in the open air and realized that the villages of Maharashtra can be pretty cold too in winters. I will always be proud of accomplishing this trek. Facebook I Twitter Instagram   February  Triund By Shubham Mansingka ( Travel Shoe Bum )   Hiking to Triund in February is the perfect way to begin exploring the wonderful world of trekking in the Himalayas. The altitude at Triund top is approx. 3000m. AMS is usually known to affect people at higher altitudes. The path is well marked and there is little chance of someone losing their way. February is a great time to visit Triund, it is usually snowed out in February. Triund can easily be done as a day trek. It is roughly 6-7 kms from Galu Temple and takes 3-4 hours to climb up and two hours to come back. There is a lovely ridge on top to walk around and the views are spellbinding. Basic dhabas and facilities are available all along the trail from Galu Temple to Triund Top. There are two lodges for travellers to spend the night at Triund; and trekkers can also sleep in dhabas for a small fee. Read more here. Facebook  I Twitter  I Instagram   March The Three Passes Trek By Johann Kuruvilla ( Escaping Life)   Nepal is no stranger to mountains and some of the world’s highest mountains lie within its boundaries in the Himalayas. There are a lot of treks to choose from here, but the one that is the most challenging of them all is the Three Passes Trek. The trekking season in Nepal starts in March, when the winter slowly gives way to the colourful spring season which ends on a high note just before the Indian monsoon. The 21 plus day trek offers you unmatchable views of the Everest region as you hike up and down the rugged terrain and through some of the remotest high altitude Sherpa villages in the world also experiencing their culture on the way.   The trek takes you through, the Kongma La (5545m/18192ft), the Cho La (5420m/17782ft) and the Renjo La (5340m/17528ft); high passes that connect the valleys and villages of the Khumbu Himal and a bonus trip to the Mt. Everest Base Camp (5364m/17598ft) on the south side. If you feel that’s not enough, you can even add three high trekking peaks along with the high passes, namely Chukkung Ri (5550m/18209ft), Kalapatthar (5643m/18513ft) and Gokyo Ri (5357m/17575ft). This trek is the ultimate Everest experience! Facebook I Twitter I Instagram April Deoria Tal-Chopta-Tungnath-Chandrashila Trek By Jitaditya Narzary ( The Travelling Slacker )   Tungnath is the highest of the Panch Kedars in terms of altitude. However, it is surprisingly easy to trek to, especially on a good summer day. But make no mistake, it is a hugely rewarding trek for all seasons. The summers are great as always but the snow trek in the winter has its own charm. However, my favorite is the spring season around April when the hills get covered with red and pink rhododendron blossoms.       The other USP of the region is the easy sighting of colourful Himalayan Monals, the state bird of Uttarakhand . From Tungnath, one can also trek upwards to the Chandrashila peak or go for another short trek to Deoria Tal. This trek starts from the Sari Village which is just a few kilometers away from Chopta. Read more here.   Facebook  I Twitter  I Instagram   Kedarkantha  By Team Interlude Journey   The Kedarkantha trek in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand enthrall both the novice and the experienced trekkers alike.  The trek begins from a quaint village named Sankri in the Supin valley. The drive to Sankri from Dehradun is one of the most beautiful journeys in the Himalayas with valleys, dense forests, and rivers giving you company all along. On reaching Sankri, you will be greeted by the pleasant fragrance of apple blooms in the orchards all around. The trekking trail starting from Sankri takes you along apple orchards, dense pinewoods, rhododendron forests, green meadows, lakes, and ridges before you summit the snow clad Kedarkantha peak. The camp sites  on the Kedarkantha trek are set  in some of the most picturesque locations. While the Juda ka Talab campsite is set on the banks of the twin lakes, the Kedarkantha basecamp is located in a beautiful clearing offering breathtaking views of the valley and the snow covered peaks. Once you summit the Kedarkantha at 12,500 ft, you will see some of the most popular mountain peaks like Swargarohini, Bandar Poonch, Kalanag, and Yamunotri ranges.  The best part of this trek is, you get to experience all this awesomeness in just 4 days. Read more here.   Facebook  I Twitter  I Instagram   May Kalpeshwar and Rudranath Trek By Mahesh Semwal ( Semwal On Wheels )   The Trek starts from Helang which is around 10 Kms before Joshimath. The first day trek covers 20 kms out of which 12-13 kms is steep. The final destination if the day is Dumak which is approached via Kalpeshwar. On the way one crosses villages of Lyari Panchdhara and Dhyan Badri. After visiting the Dhyan Badri temple one continues the journey to reach the beautiful village of Devgram which is 1.5 kms from Dhyan Badri .Devgram serves as the base camp for Kalpeshwar and Bansi Naryan trek.   To reach Kalpeshwar one has to cross the river Kalpganga. Kalpeshwar is at a height of 2080 m above sea level and considered to be the fifth temple in Panch Kedar circuit of lord Shiva. Kalpeshwar is also the only temple of Panch Kedar which is open throughout the year. In Kalpeshwar Lord Shiva is worshiped in the form of Hair. After crossing the dense forest, bugyals & villages one reaches Dumak which is located at a height of 2400 m. Next day the Final destination is Pannar Bugyal, which is also one of the beautiful Bugyals of Uttarakhand. It is situated at a height of 3500 mtrs and located 15 kms from village Dumak. On the last day day one gets to vist the temple of Rudarnath, on the way one also crosses Pitardhar which is at a height of 3800 m above sea level and is also the highest point of this trek.   Rudarnath is considered to be the fourth and toughest among all Panch kedar, situated at a height of 3500 m above sea level. The Mukh or the face of the bull is worshiped here. Facebook  I Twitter   June Pin Bhaba Pass By Himalayan Wanderer Trekking in the quiet Bhaba Valley of Kinnaur has been a routine for the local Shepherds and small groups of experienced Backpackers. The enchanting valley has remained off radars of Commercial Guided Trek Operators, until now. The lush Forest cover of Silver Birch, Pine and Oak Trees all around. We saw one of the most healthiest Himalayan Forest in Western Himalayas.   Pin Bhaba Pass is one of the shortest trans-Himalayan treks that Kinnaur has to offer. Its significance is understood by those who have done Pin Parvati Pass, it’s neighboring bigger sister trek. Entering the enchanting Bhaba Valley of Kinnaur. The Bhaba River glades through the valley, nourishing its fragile ecosystem. It eventually merges with Satluj River as its drains out of the Valley. To put it in perspective, Pin Bhaba Pass is a ‘Mini Pin Parvati Pass’ Trek in the making. It captures all the exciting aspect of Pin Parvati Trek in a shorter time span. It is power packed with a stark contrast of an evergreen Bhaba Valley of Kinnaur and the mysterious Cold Desert of Pin Valley. It has picturesque camping grounds that are only inhabited by passing shepherd folks. Route finding, river crossing, traversing a near 5,000-meter snow pass is routine. The views from the pass are identical to what one gets from Pin Parvati Pass. In just 5 days of trekking, you get the money worth of an 11-day expedition trek that is Pin Parvati.   Read more here. Facebook I Twitter I Instagram   Zanskar By Shubham Mansingka ( Travel Shoe Bum ) I didn't quite believe it when the locals kept asking if I was a foreigner; they said no-one walked alone on this path - Let alone an Indian. The entry register in Kargyak Village (where you have to write your details) contained names of a handful of people who had crossed the 5090m high snow-bound Shingo La in 2015 - all of them from other countries. I was a mini celebrity by the time I had reached Padum (with torn shoes and what not!) It had been a lifelong dream to slow travel to Zanskar, perhaps the last vestige of Tibetan Buddhism in its true form that resulted in this epic journey, solo - without a guide or a porter.   And I became the only Indian to trek from Lahaul to Zanskar (A 7-8 day trek). This was around the (end of July-beginning of August) last year.   Read more here.   Facebook  I Twitter  I Instagram Contributed By: Arnav Mathur 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 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] => Trekking Destinations for 1st half of 2017 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => trekking-destinations-for-1st-half-of-2017 [to_ping] => [pinged] => http://taleof2backpackers.com/2-backpackers/an-walk-to-remember-chadar-frozen-river-trek/#.WFt5DFN97IU https://travelshoebum.com/2016/04/25/why-triund-could-be-the-perfect-first-himalayan-trek/ http://interludejourney.com/2016/05/01/postcards-from-kedarkantha/ https://travelshoebum.com/2016/05/11/doing-the-unthinkable-solo-trekking-to-zanskar/ [post_modified] => 2017-01-25 19:14:17 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-01-25 13:44:17 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?p=776 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [57] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 844 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2017-01-31 19:39:27 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-01-31 14:09:27 [post_content] => A new year calls on for new plans, new hopes and new resolutions. A travel enthusiast would always find a way to incorporate all the three aspects in exploring new destination, with a zeal to savour a whole new thrillophilia. What is most important is to never let your spirit of travel dampen! finances and family factors will always be there; just don’t let the fear set in and eschew from travel. Rather run a reality check, identify your limitations and circumvent it tactfully.   Short on money? plan for a less expensive alternative. Can’t take a long leave from work? enjoy short travels over the weekend.   No pinning excuses, rather start jotting down travel plans! Here are 5 more travel resolutions for 2017 to spice up your trips and make your travel diary more happening.  

Avoid hastily snapped pictures

Hoping 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 responsibly

Spare 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 Unplug

The 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 rush

Shake 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 flavours

There 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

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  [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 ) [58] => 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

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  [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 ) [59] => 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!  
  1. 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?
 
  1. 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.
 
  1. 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.
 
  1. 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.
 
  1. 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.
 
  1. 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?
       7.Falling in love all over again: Traveling brings you to new and fresh places away from the chaos and tension of daily lives. This is              the time when you spend time together, talk, laugh and reflect on life with a new perspective. The beaches, the sunsets, the serenity of              mountains, the echos of hills not only induce you with its enthralling beauty but, also ignites the fire midst you both which makes you                fall in love with your partner all over again.   So, is there any better way than celebrating Valentine’s day at an awe-inspiring traveling destination? Of course not! Pack your bags, hold your partner’s hand, travel, unravel and JustWravel!  

Contributed By: Sheerin Naz

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Day 0

We 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 1

The 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 2

Day 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

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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] => 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 ) [61] => 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

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[post_title] => Weekend snow trek to Nagtibba [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => weekend-snow-trek-to-nagtibba [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-02-09 12:14:52 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-02-09 06:44:52 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?p=892 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [62] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 904 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2017-02-15 18:54:29 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-02-15 13:24:29 [post_content] => Some mornings are well spent doing nothing. Sipping hot tea, having a delicious breakfast and taking in the beautiful panoramic view of the Jaisalmer fort; that to me is definitely a morning well spent. I had already booked a camel safari from the hostel itself (for 1600 INR, it can get cheaper too I think) and was joined by Ajey from Chennai and Lena from Berlin. The camel safaris usually start in the afternoon around 3 O’ Clock, so we definitely had a lot of time to kill. But it zoomed right by, talking to fellow travellers, contemplating sightseeing in the ‘harsh’ sun and finally heading out for lunch. The base camp for heading out to the sand dunes is a tiny village about 40 Kms from Jaisalmer called Sam (pronounced as ‘sum’). Various camps have sprouted every few metres along the highway and we could see a plethora of tourists mounted on camels, armed with selfie sticks one behind the other like a modern caravan about to attack the desert with their cameras and cellphones. I sighed with relief when we drove past that procession, away from the camps, the people, the selfie sticks, the 10-minute safaris and a life of chaos. After about an hour of drive, our car stopped at a nondescript location on a narrow road leading to a village. There we met Kaalu, our guide/manager/cook/caretaker/everything-in-between, three magnificent camels doomed to be our rides, and the ubiquitous group of children asking for something, anything; children who do not live in the India of decorated camels, safaris, selfie sticks and cameras, in fact  not even in the India of education, livelihood and survival. The camels, stripped of their freedom and yet being provided for by their masters, much like modern communism. After an hour long camel ride which quickly progressed from “Wow! This is awesome” to ” I never knew riding a camel was this painful”, we reached our camping point which actually in a way marked the beginning of the unspoilt, unlively, harsh and serene part of the Thar desert. There was no civilisation as far as eyes could see, no trees, no animals, only a few scattered shrubs holding onto their roots in that harsh environment, trying to survive, much like the folk who inhabit the adjacent villages.     We spent the evening walking barefoot on the warm sand in the wilderness, enjoying that small pleasure of life which could quickly turn into a burden if we had to do it every day. After an hour of childish play and walking back and forth to nowhere, we climbed up to a vantage point to watch the setting sun (which started to seem like a ritual now). The same sun in a different setting, unconscious of its power and beauty, like the woman.    By the time we navigated back to our camp, Kaalu had already lit up a fire and was making tea on it and was soon joined by Anwar, a 12-year-old boy who rides a motorcycle from his village to the nearest road, and then walks to the campsite every evening to deliver cold beer to the people who come for safari. That particular evening he couldn’t control his motorcycle and fell down on the road, injuring himself and destroying a few bottles of beer which would never be compensated for. His quota of illiteracy was apparently sponsored by the unavailability of teachers in the government school and humongous fees of the private schools in the nearby city. Warming myself in front of the fire while the mercury dipped ferociously in the brazen desert trying to be as cold as Anwar’s life, I gathered that Kaalu, who also held the revolutionary thought that marriage is futile, was being paid a grand salary of 4000 INR per month by the camel owners  for the treacherous job that did not allow him any free time to work somewhere else. Soon tea was poured in the glasses and it seemed, the bitterness of life, here in India, is compensated by sweetness of the tea.   After dinner, gazing into the sky, lying down in the open desert I thought of the tale of the stars in the distance and a dozen that shoot away. A tale that led us to this day, a tale of creation, a tale of time. The experience of gazing out into the universe in the cold open desert cannot be bound in words. It makes us realise our minuscule existence and puts into perspective the scale of various problems of our life. It questions our apathy for other beings and asks us the reason of our inflated egos. It tells the tale that has enabled me to write this while Kaalu and Anwar sleep in a blanket of illiteracy and ignorance.  

Contributed by : Siddharth

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[post_title] => Rummaging through Rajasthan : Thar Desert [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => rummaging-through-rajasthan-thar-desert [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-02-15 18:54:29 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-02-15 13:24:29 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?p=904 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [63] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 913 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2017-03-08 15:35:55 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-03-08 10:05:55 [post_content] => A single “caoo” penetrated the morning mists, announcing the arrival of a new dawn. A new dawn it was, for new life stirred with every sound, indeed it was a new hope for the numerous denizens that called these pristine forests their home. The ground trembled with a distinct rhythm as the gentle giants reclaimed their dominance in these rolling lands. And yet, every living being played a game of dominance of its own kind.  The big cat seemed to resent this display of brawn and brains, and let out a single “auuu”. It was a sound that reverberated right from the undergrowth to the tree tops and through all realms in between. And then all was still. It was this medley of sound and stillness, set into an unpredictable and musical rhythm, which beckoned me again and again to these wonderlands. This was the land of Song, Trumpet and Roar. Into the Wild The lovely glade of Sal forests welcomed me, extending their pretty green arms into a warm embrace. Their green fluttering leaves waved at me with a jolly stance, as if to introduce me to their unique way of life. Theirs’s was a life of giving, producing food for the humongous wealth that the trees made. I readily accepted this warm welcome and made my way through the winding trails seated in the gypsy, eager to know what lay ahead on this wilderness excursion. The cool wind whistled through my hair, seemingly disclosing to me the secrets of the jungle. These gusts had travelled from far across, from the majestic mounts of the Kumaon ranges. Whether they had accompanied the gurgling waters of the Himalayan Rivers or made this journey alone, one would never know. Here they were, cold and stark, yet caressing me with a surprising warmth. As I rounded the curve, a vast scenery unfolded- the river bed of the ravenous Ramganga spread before me for as far as the eye could see, on the backdrop of the soaring Himalayan ranges and the azure skies. I had heard of the Terai, the undulating terrain just short of where the Himalayas rise to their tall glory. The unending elephant-tall grasslands interspersed with rich vegetation, seemed a diverse mix in itself. A keenness to explore this unique habitat and it’s even more distinct flora and fauna egged me to plan a trip to Jim Corbett National Park. With the babbling Kosi on one hand and the raging Ramganga snaking through its heart, the reserve forest was one-of-its-kind, I had heard. And rightly so. For this was core tiger land- untouched terrains where the Apex Predator could roam about freely, establishing his reign as the king of the jungle. The tiger of this region was better known as the “Terror of the Terai”, as I had read in innumerable Jim Corbett books. Legend has it that a number of the tigers have traditionally been man-killers or man-eaters, especially in the early 1900s. Fascinating stories from the folklore of yesteryears have always captured my interest, and I wished to see for myself, if I could get a glimpse of this elusive and much feared animal in its own home. And so the “trance of the Terai” had gripped my mind, body and soul, and I embarked on this ambitious quest to track the tiger in the foothills of Kumaon. The Face Off I had an agenda in mind- tracking the elusive big cat. All about tracking the “forest signs” coupled with the “forest intelligence” of the drivers and guides, should have you in good stead in terms of tiger-tracking capabilities! Our sensory surveillance mode turned to a full high, we explored. A herd of elephants was enjoying some family time near the lake, trumpeting with joy. A frolicking calf happened to stumble over a rock, and his frantic mother came to the rescue, trumpeting the alarm call! Dainty does took a wary look at us, and leapt across the wide road right in front of our gypsy. The air seemed to sing a chorus, contributed by the multiple birds that called it their homes. I was jolted back to reality by a chorus of trumpeting from the adjacent bushes. What followed was a display of sheer strength and will, of our trunked friends – the elephants. The very next moment a raging roar reverberated through the air. My heart did a flip, as I realised the roar had emanated from the very bushes that the elephants had occupied. Then emerged the most magnificent herd of elephants- matriarch and matrons, babies and old ladies, spilling onto the road, one after another. Maybe the tiger was expressing his displeasure at not being able to get to the elephant calf through the protective herd? The matriarch began to lead from the front, making way for the herd to disembark on the banks, to a safe haven. Little did she know she was in for a double whammy? For right on the banks lay another Striped Princess. A roar of displeasure, made the elephants double over, in a state of panic and confusion. Thus, in the mystic realms of Corbett, I faced the Face-Off of the Mighty- A War of Dominance and a thrilling beyond belief!  

INFORMATION

  HOW 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

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Contributed By: Saem Hashmi

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  1. Company excursions improve inter-personal connections
In modern corporate culture, there is very less time to know or communicate with office inmates beyond just work. Company excursions are the only time when you don’t talk about work. It helps identify the common interests with colleagues, know each other better; perhaps build trust and develop strong inter-personal connections. Company excursions enhance an employee’s enthusiasm and efficiency.
  1. Off-road trips and camping encourage teamwork
While luxury resort ensures a plunge into the extravagance of comfort and high on rejuvenating ecstasy; camping is a real-life demonstration of teamwork. It’s a real life scenario that can be put into use as a social-responsibility program meant to strengthen work-culture for better. Employees are encouraged to share responsibilities and learn the benefits of performing as a unit than a “one man army” module.
  1. Adventure activities boost cooperative excellence
Teamwork is no good without the cooperative excellence. Employees nowadays consider fellow workers as competition rather than a companion. This makes it nearly impossible to optimize teamwork prospective. Adventure activities have a euphoria associated with it which gives the feel of achievements through overcoming the obstacles. Redefining “together” in bold and inspiring a supportive and not submissive work-culture.
  1. Corporate tours help in retaining employees
Other than a handsome salary what makes an employee stay? It’s the connections that an employee shares with fellow co-workers and their respective immediate work environment. Switching job is definitely all about a more lucrative package but what money can’t buy are friendly co-workers and a harmonious work culture. Needless to mention an organisation has very little to do anything about it, cause both inter-personal relations between co-workers and work environment are the cumulative outcome of individual efforts.
  1. Corporate off-sites are good way to identify leadership qualities
A lot could be learnt over an office trip if you’re planning a promotion. Even though the decision is made based on an employee’s handling of their KRAs but a true leader needs more than just attaining the target with respect to their work. Confidence, trustworthiness, team handling qualities and quick solutions are just some of the must have for a leader. It is much easier to find an all-rounder when you’re looking at their performance beyond the office cubicle.  

Contributed By : Shataldal Gia Sen

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Contributed by : Arnav Mathur

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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] => 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 ) [67] => 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

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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

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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

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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

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 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

There are direct buses from Guwahati and North Lakhimpur in Assam or Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh .

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.

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 contact@justwravel.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

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[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 ) [69] => 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:                 So what are you waiting for Wravelers? Start packing your bags and rock your weekend!  

Contributed by : Suhotra Roy Choudhury

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[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 ) [70] => 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   Winter Treks   [post_title] => Things to pack for Treks [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => things-to-pack-for-treks [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-04-21 10:30:14 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-04-21 05:00:14 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?p=1097 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [71] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1108 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2017-04-24 17:59:47 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-04-24 12:29:47 [post_content] => There is a running joke that “Indians cannot make a queue.” But all I could see in Delhi on 18th December’ 16 were queues outside ATMs long enough to run through entire breadth of certain smaller countries. Okay, there might be a bit of exaggeration in there but still, there was no possibility of withdrawing money that evening for me. Still, extracting a few drops of positivity from the tragic situation, I thought what a fantastic opportunity it was, to experience the effects of DEMONetisation on travelling. With that thought in mind and a thousand bucks in my pocket, I set out for the holy city of Pushkar. It was about 9 o’clock when I was walking frantically across the alleys and roadways of Pushkar to find a hostel that would accept cards. The sun already shined so bright as if it wanted me to forget how bitterly cold the night was; trying to bribe me with all the excess warmth. After running around in circles (which I realised later), I finally found it, Zostel – the hostel that accepted cards. And an hour later, I also found out an ATM with a smaller, much smaller queue. Thus, having solved all the crisis of my un-rigorous life, I had a nice brunch and checked in into the hostel. Read : Biking Essentials for Road Trips Pushkar is a quaint little town situated about 420 Kms from Delhi. It can be easily reached via Ajmer which is about 20 Kms away. Although, sometimes, Pushkar boasts of being the only place to host a Brahma Temple but truth be told there are four others too. But, I would certainly give Pushkar the credit of having the most famous Brahma Temple. Also, there is a big lake in the centre of the town, around which most of the temples are built. Besides these, there is a temple called Savitri temple, accessible via a cable car or a short hike, perched on the top of a hill which can be seen from everywhere in Pushkar. Another prime attraction point is a government authorised bhang shop (bhang being a form of marijuana) which certainly boosts the tourism in the town. Pushkar_Justwravel For anybody, like me, uninterested in temple hopping, Pushkar is the perfect place to just do nothing. Taking advantage of the perfect location of the hostel, I reduced all my activities to reading a book in the company of the most silence loving group of people I have ever met; and admiring the serendipitous nature of randomness which allowed for the creation of this beautiful place surrounded by hills. The comforting warmth of the afternoon sun, like a cozy blanket hugging and smiling at me, brought back innocent childhood memories deep buried beneath the sheaths of growing up. The times, when the crisis of life was to decide which game to play in the evening. A loud explosion from a firecracker brought me back from the daydream abruptly. The fierce sun of the noon too had mellowed down by then and I set out for the lake to watch sunset with my newfound German friend, Lena (with whom I continued my further trip, but that’s later). Pushkar_Justwravel The lake is only a short walk from the hostel and there are stairs leading to the  lake all along it’s perimeter. We walked for some time along the periphery of the lake, before settling down at a secluded spot, opposite the setting sun. In a while, the descending sun slowly sank in the horizon, like a tired farmer going back home after a day of hard work. And the strip of sky lit up ceremoniously in bright orange after it’s departure, which slowly grew red before darkness engulfed the white buildings, the red temples, the blue water, the green hills; and after it had taken everything in it’s embrace, it leaped ahead to consume the bright red horizon. Chants and prayer from all the surrounding temples filled up the silence; thanking and praising the almighty for everything that he doesn’t do. Then the street lights lit up, bringing the official declaration of the night and sinking in the feeling that I just came one more day closer to the end. The darkness brought with itself - coldness, which seemed to rise in power every passing moment, prompting us to leave the serene lake and head back for the hostel where fire, food, company and comfort awaited.   The next day too, I followed the same routine, expect walking down a few times down the streets of Pushkar that lead to the Brahma temple, and are filled with tiny shops selling, trinkets, idols, jewellery, mementos, clothes, sweets, chillums, and everything in between; the kind of shops that nowadays have become ubiquitous at every tourist place. And later the same evening I bid farewell to Pushkar by boarding on a bus to Jaisalmer.  

Contributed by : Siddharth Kumar

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[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 ) [72] => 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:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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. Justwravel_Kolkata
  4. 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.
  5. 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. Justwravel_Kolkata
  6. 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.
  7. 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. Justwravel_Kolkata
  8. 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. Justwravel_Kolkata
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  How many of the above have you experienced, Wravelers?    

Contributed by : Suhotra Roy Choudhury

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  [post_title] => 10 Experiences You Should Not Miss In Kolkata [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => 10-experiences-not-miss-kolkata [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-05-11 14:21:16 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-05-11 08:51:16 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?p=1125 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [73] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1137 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2017-05-09 13:18:07 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-05-09 07:48:07 [post_content] => It is often said that good ideas strike your mind while you’re under the shower or you’re lying on your bed. 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"]Justwravel_BIR 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"]Justwravel_BIR 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

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  [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 ) [74] => 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 1

Start 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 2

After 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"]7-day Itinerary for an Ideal Ladakh trip. 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"]7-day Itinerary for an Ideal Ladakh trip. 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"]7-day Itinerary for an Ideal Ladakh trip. 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"]7-day Itinerary for an Ideal Ladakh trip. Source[/caption] Do some city shopping if time permits and your body doesn’t give in to the tiredness/fatigue.

Day 3

One 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"]7-day Itinerary for an Ideal Ladakh trip. 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"]7-day Itinerary for an Ideal Ladakh trip. 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 4

Start 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"]7-day Itinerary for an Ideal Ladakh trip. 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"]7-day Itinerary for an Ideal Ladakh trip. Source[/caption] Get some rest after the tiring yet fruitful day, only to wake up to a fresh new adventure the next day.

Day 5

After 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"]7-day Itinerary for an Ideal Ladakh trip. 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"]7-day Itinerary for an Ideal Ladakh trip. Source[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1173" align="aligncenter" width="640"]7-day Itinerary for an Ideal Ladakh trip. 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 6

Start 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"]7-day Itinerary for an Ideal Ladakh trip. 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 7

Head 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. 7-day Itinerary for an Ideal Ladakh trip.  

Day 8

With 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.  

Recommendations

  1. Leh is full of tourists all over the globe, so make sure to try out different cuisines like Ladakhi, Israeli, Tibetan, and Russian, etc.
  2. Things to Shop in Leh
    • Tibetan Inspired Crockery
    • Souvenirs from Khardung La and Pangong Tso Lake.
    • Chinese
    • 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-Ons

Those 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.

Summary

Day 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 ) [75] => 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. 

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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. 

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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?

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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: So, this year on 5 June, you can choose one of these destinations to travel and enjoy far away from a stressful world and in turn also contribute towards this year’s WED theme.   Contributed by: Tunisha Singal [post_title] => Celebrating World Environment Day [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => celebrating-world-environment-day [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-06-07 11:03:39 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-06-07 05:33:39 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?p=1258 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [80] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1271 [post_author] => 64 [post_date] => 2017-06-12 12:38:37 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-06-12 07:08:37 [post_content] =>

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.

                                    

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 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.

                                                       

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 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.

                                            

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 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.

                                       

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 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.

                                                                     

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 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.

                                                     

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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 ) [81] => 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 See

Arunachal 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.
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The first name that comes to the mind when one mentions Arunachal Pradesh is definitely Tawang. Most popular among travellers, Tawang is renowned for the spectacular and spiritual Tawang monastery, the spellbinding Nuranang and Bap Teng Kang waterfalls, the awe-inspiring Gorichen Peak and the venerable Jaswant Garh war memorial. A trip to Tawang, however, is incomplete without a visit to the snow-clad Sela Pass. 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-Arunachal-Pradesh-JustWravel 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.

Festivals

The 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.
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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. 
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Boori Boot is a 3-day harvest festival that welcomes spring and worships the spirit of Boori Boot for peace and prosperity. Loku, another important agricultural festival, and Sanken, a religious festival, both occurring in February are other important festivals of Arunachal Pradesh.

Culture

Home 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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Music plays a very important role in lives of the people and is an integral part of festivals. The three major song styles are Pailibos, Jin-Ja and Baryi. People of Arunachal Pradesh dance not only for recreation but also out of happiness. Group dances are more common with steps synchronising between men and women. Igo dance of Mishmi priests and War Dance of Adis, Noctes and Wanchos are popular dance forms.
 
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The tribes of Arunachal Pradesh are filled with artistic creativity. The Buddhist tribes specialise in masks, silverware and painted woodenwares. Cane and bamboo products are prominent in the central part of the state while the eastern part produces wood products. Carpet making is practised by the Monpa tribes.

Food

Food 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. 
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Bamboo shoot fry is a popular vegetarian dish while non-vegetarian dishes include Wungwut Ngam (chicken prepared with rice powder), Ngatok (fish curry cooked with traditional spices) and Poora Haah (roasted duck). Lukter is a popular delicacy combining cooked dry meat and chilli flakes. Pika Pila is an interesting pickle made from bamboo shoot, pork fat and King Chilly. Pehak is a spicy chutney prepared from fermented soya bean and chillies. Chura Sabji (a curry made from fermented cheese and milk) and momos are other delicacies. Apong (rice beer) and Marua (millet beer) are popular traditional drinks.
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Shopping

Arunachal Pradesh offers a varied shopping experience for those who love shopping. The diverse tribes produce beautiful products that can be bought as wonderful souvenirs. 
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A spectacular array of woollen products like shawls and carpets can be found in the Handicrafts Emporium. 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.
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    The Old Market in Tawang is an ideal place for shopping. Yak cheese is available in individual villages.  

How to Reach

The 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 visit

Being surrounded by hills and forests, Arunachal Pradesh has a pleasant climate. The best time to visit this region is from October to April.

Permits

An 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 ) [82] => 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.

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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

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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.

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 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.

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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 ) [83] => 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 ) [84] => 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:   2)  Summit Stok Kangri [caption id="attachment_1453" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Credits[/caption] At 6153 M (20,187 ft) Stok Kangri is the highest mountain in the Stok range of the Himalayas in Ladakh region. The peak is located in Hemis National Park, 12 km southwest of the trailhead at 3,610 metres (11,844 ft) in the village of Stok and around 15 km southwest of the Ladakhi capital of Leh. Despite its altitude, Stok Kangri is a popular trekking peak and is often climbed as an initial non-technical foray into high altitude mountaineering. However, Stok Kangri is very often underestimated for its difficulty level and in particular the need to acclimatise before and during the ascent. Standing at the summit, you can view the Karakoram Range to your north and Zanskar Range to your south. In order to climb Stok Kangri, you require a permit from the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF). It can be obtained at a price of INR 2000 and the office of the IMF is near Chanspa Road in Leh.   3)  Soak yourself, by doing Rafting in the cold waters of River Indus The Indus, originates near the Kailash Mountain and the Mansarovar Lake in Western Tibet. Water levels remain high during the month June to late August, which is the best season for fascinating rafting expeditions. The white water Indus has rapids generally of I and II grades and at some places, has grade III to even V rapids. The popular rafting points are from Phey to Nimo and also from Upshi to Kharu or from Upshi to Nimo. The other points run from Phey to Saspol or Phey to the Indus - Zanskar confluence at Nimo and from Nimo to the historical monastic enclave of Alchi, about 75 Kms west of Leh. Experienced rafters may also want to try the more challenging route between Alchi and Khaltsey, which takes in the kilometre long series of rapids at Nurla. Easier runs include the run between Hemis (40km south of Leh) situated along a road crossing the Indus and Choglamsar, which is a three-hour trip that goes through quiet, calm waters, and passes through the riverside villages of Stakna, Shey and Thiksey (25km south-east of Leh), before ending at Choglamsar, just short of Leh city.   4) Cycle all the way up to Khardung La Pass Yes you read it right. Rent a cycle, pump up your adrenaline and cycle all the way up to Khardung La Pass (18380 feet). The feeling of reaching the highest motorable road in the world that too on a cycle, is ecstatic and next to none. [caption id="attachment_1454" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Credits[/caption] However, in order to achieve this feat, you should be physically fit and have good experience in long distance cycling. OR You can load the bikes on a car and drive all the way up to the Khardung La, and then cycle back 40km down to Leh (at 3,500m). Many cycling rental offices in Leh offer this service nowadays.   5) Become a Shopaholic [caption id="attachment_1455" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Credits[/caption] Evenings in Ladakh, are the perfect opportunities to take a walk in Leh’s Main Market. With plenty of shops selling all kind of stuff ranging from apparel, to crockery, to local handmade goods, it’s kind of hard to resist the temptation of shopping. And then the Tibetan Markets, selling all kinds of local souvenirs are surely going to make you a Shopaholic.     Contributed By : Arnav Mathur [post_title] => 5 Things To Do In Ladakh [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => 5-things-ladakh [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-07-18 18:39:18 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-07-18 13:09:18 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?p=1452 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [85] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1459 [post_author] => 63 [post_date] => 2017-07-21 19:10:00 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-07-21 13:40:00 [post_content] => Goa is synonymous to late night parties, pubs, and sunburn. I beg to differ. There’s a lot to Goa beyond all this. Of course, there are beaches, adventure water sports, paragliding, cruising, and drinks but we have a different list for “THINGS TO DO IN GOA”… Check it out!
  1. Birdwatching at spice plantations
While beaches are usually crowded and noisy, how about going for birdwatching in the Goan spice plantations? You can get to spot more than 75 species of birds in these plantations. An elephant ride is another attraction over here. Also, you can see elephants bathing and be a part of that activity.
  1. Trekking at Dudhsagar Falls
The trekking trail to Dudhsagar Falls begins from Kulem or Castle Rock. Legends have it that a princess was taking bath at this spot when she noticed that a prince was watching. Consequently, she dropped a milk curtain to obscure the view. The place was therefore named as Dudhsagar Falls.
  1. Devil’s Canyon
It’s a picturesque river with perilous water currents. According to old beliefs, a devil had cursed the canyon and that’s the reason no fishing or swimming is possible here. Several swimmers have lost their lives to the flow of the river. Those vibes are still alive, it seems.
  1. Chorao Island
Hiking atop the Chorao Gill is something photographers cannot miss out on. The view is simply amazing. Migratory birds can also be spotted here.
  1. Butterfly Conservatory
With love birds, turtles, and butterflies abound, Butterfly Conservatory of Goa is an awesome place to be with family. Early morning is the best time to visit this place.
  1. Kayaking in Backwaters
Go Kayaking in the tranquil backwaters of Goa early in the morning and spot the different species of birds. Also, watch out for eagles and bats while doing so.
  1. Goan Caves
15-16 centuries Arvalem or Pandavas caves are old rock cut caves in Goa that have managed to attract scores of archeologists and tourists. Harvalem Waterfalls and Rudreshwar Temple are the must visit places near the caves. You can even have a glimpse of rock cut caves at Khandepar, 35 kilometers from Panjim.
  1. Try out Poi at Village Bakery
You ought to try Poi or in other words wheat bread while at Goa. Having hot breads prepared in an earthen oven is once in a lifetime opportunity. Bangle bread, butterfly bread and white bread are other varieties available here.
  1. Panjim to Pomburpa Drive
You can explore the unexploited parts of Panjim on your two-wheeler. That’s my dream too! Other than that, you can go on a drive to Pomburpa from Panjim. The lush green meadows, paddy fields, and fishermen at work amidst the backwaters make the drive all the more alluring.
  1. Island Hopping
Last but not the least, island hopping through lush green meadows, villages, Portuguese splendor, and traditional baked food items is also one of the most offbeat things to do in Goa.   Besides all these, if you are a shopaholic, Saturday Night Bazaar at Arpora is the place to be. You can enjoy live music along with drool-worthy food and drinks over here. While everyone else is busy doing the same ol’ stuff like drinking, partying, hogging on coastal delicacies and being a part of the “CROWD”, now you know what you can do to stand out and make your trip all the more memorable! What say?   [post_title] => Offbeat Things to Do in Goa [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => offbeat-things-to-do-in-goa [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-07-21 19:10:00 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-07-21 13:40:00 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?post_type=guest_post&p=1459 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [86] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1460 [post_author] => 63 [post_date] => 2017-07-24 11:11:44 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-07-24 05:41:44 [post_content] => Madhya Pradesh is truly the Heart of Incredible India. It has so many awesome places to explore that you just cannot get enough of it. Two such places are Orchha and Jhansi. With historical heritage abound, they make for a wonderful short trip. Let’s take you on a joyful drive to these “grand” destinations. Orchha, situated on the banks of Betwa river is an interesting town, renowned for the medieval temples and royal architecture. Rudra Pratap Singh established it somewhere around the 16th century. It was the capital of Bundela Rajput kings and the monuments here ooze of history and the royal bygone era. With hills and verdant surroundings, Orchha becomes all the more coveted for tourists. It is truly a paradise for nature and history lovers. Places to Visit in and Around Orchha
  1. Orchha Fort
The splendid location of the island on Betwa River houses this fort. Jahangir Mahal, Raj Mahal and Rai Parveen Mahal are the prominent palaces over here. Jahangir Mahal is an epitome of the magnificent architecture that existed in the erstwhile era. Raj Mahal is the oldest historical monument in the fort. Rai Parveen Mahal is now in ruins but it used to be a magnificent palace surrounded by lush green gardens. It has an interesting history behind it. Rai Parveen’s charm as a poetess and dancer lured King Indramani so much that he built the palace for her.
  1. Chaturbhuj Temple
Bundela Rajput kings built the Chaturbhuj temple before around 400 years ago. Historians believe that the king decided a particular site of this temple from where he could catch a glimpse of Lord Krishna from the balcony of the palace. The top floor of the temple presents incredible views of the world below.
  1. Jhansi Fort
Raja Bir Singh Ju Deo built Jhansi Fort on Bangra, a rocky hill situated at the center of Orchha. Sprawling over 49 acres, it has a museum that gives a clear insight into the rich history of Bundelkhand. It is one of the best fortified structures in India.
  1. Dinman Hardaul’s Palace
Dinman Hardaul’s Palace was built in 17th century as a tribute to Prince Hardaul’s sacrifice. He gave away his life for the sake of the values he held close to Jhujhar who was his elder brother when he was accused of being romantically attached to his brother’s companion. It is like an ode to human values as well as architectural talent that existed in the past.
  1. Chhatris
Do not miss out on visiting 14 Chhatris beside River Betwa that beautifully symbolize the grand past of Bundelkhand dynasty.
  1. Laxminarayan Temple
Constructed in 1662, Laxminarayan Temple has some awesome paintings on its walls and ceilings along with Goddess Laxmi as the main deity. It is a perfect amalgamation of temple and fort architecture. It was renovated by Prithvi Singh in 1793.
  1. Orchha Wildlife Sanctuary
If you are a wildlife lover, Madhya Pradesh has quite a few sanctuaries and national parks. One such wildlife sanctuary is at Orchha too. It is spread over 46 square kilometers with River Betwa flowing through it. You can spot tigers, leopards, langur, jackal, sloth bear, blue bull, monkeys and peacocks besides 200 bird species.
  1. Excursion to Jhansi
Jhansi, in Uttar Pradesh, is around 13 kilometers from Orchha. Located along the banks of Pahuj River, it is a historic city that reflects the royal past of Bundelkhand. Here are the top places to visit while in Jhansi. Spreading over 15 acres, Jhansi Fort is an epitome of North Indian architecture built on a hilltop known as Bangira. Jhansi Mahotsav is a festival that takes place here every year in the month of January-February. Timings: All days 06:00 am to 06:00 pm All the memories of the Great Rani Laxmi Bai and her valor are preserved in this palace turned museum. Apart from the treasures of her braver tales, you can also get a glimpse of archaeological remains of 9th to 12th century. Pictures, model caricatures, weapons, historical artefacts, and the antiquities related to Rani Laxmi Bai are housed here. Mahalakshmi Temple and Ganesh Temple are the two important Hindu shrines of Jhansi. Mahalakshmi Temple is located at Lakshmi Tal and is a place of great cheer and spiritual vibes on Lakshmi Puja. Ganesh Temple situated outside Jhansi Fort is assumed to be the place where Rani Lakshmibai got married. If you wish to have a peek into the wonderful Indian heritage and rich history that India possesses, Orchha and Jhansi take you to the perfect sojourn. Plan your trip right away and make sure you don’t forget your HD camera! [post_title] => Discover Orchha and Jhansi with JustWravel [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => discover-orchha-jhansi-justwravel [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-07-25 16:03:35 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-07-25 10:33:35 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?post_type=guest_post&p=1460 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [87] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1505 [post_author] => 64 [post_date] => 2017-07-25 20:00:56 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-07-25 14:30:56 [post_content] =>

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!

Give your tyres and brakes a quick check: To enjoy your road trip in monsoon, it’s important to keep your tyres and brakes in perfect conditions. Not only the tyre pressure should be optimum but, it also must have a minimum of 30% thread left on it. The rain makes the discs and drums less effective so, ensuring that the brakes are working seamlessly can keep your worries aside while you drive your way to fun and frolic.

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.

  

Just keep hold of these simple safety measures and see how happily and safely you enjoy your rainy endeavor. So, now as you know how to be safe and sound while going on a road trip in monsoon, wouldn’t it be a great idea to wear your rainy shoes, hit the road, make some memories and ink your own travel stories? [post_title] => Safety measures to be taken while going on a road trip in Monsoon. [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => safety-measures-taken-going-road-trip-monsoon [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-07-25 20:00:56 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-07-25 14:30:56 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?post_type=guest_post&p=1505 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [88] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1489 [post_author] => 60 [post_date] => 2017-07-27 15:28:48 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-07-27 09:58:48 [post_content] => The monsoon signify splash and fresh greenery – vast wondrous emerald abroad glistened with the droplets, the wind having the charm of a sweet wet kiss, the hymns from the rumbling waterfalls echoing and the inexplicably soothing smell from the wet soil beneath. One might very well run a vivid picture of some village in the Himalayan foothills in their minds, but all you need is to travel to Chhattisgarh to witness the picturesque of monsoon. Places to Visit A place to nurture your sensations and fill your heart with the glee of rejuvenation – besides the profusion of temples, Chhattisgarh is home to numerous natural marvels and offers a spectacular escape ideal for the wet months of the year. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="750"] 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 ) [89] => 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-
  1. Morning: 7.00 AM- 10.00 AM
  2. Evening: 1.30 PM -3.00 PM
Elephant Safari-
  1. Morning: 5.30 AM-6.30 AM
  2. Morning: 6.30 AM-7.30 AM
Majuli From adventure, let’s move to the spiritual land of Majuli. It beautifully reflects the cultural beliefs of Vaishnavism. The satras of Majuli are awesome centres of traditional performing arts. They promote Borgeet, Bhatima, Jumora, Chali, and other crafts. There’s a large prayer hall that faces a shrine that’s in the middle of dormitories and Monks’ bathing tanks. If you are a Vaishnavite, you should definitely visit Majuli for some deep insights into the religion and the tales of Sankardeva, Father of Assamese culture. In a Nutshell If you are looking forward to plan out an itinerary to these magnificent tourist destinations or a sojourn to any part of North East India, Just Wravel would be more than happy to assist you with the planning in your budget. 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Living in and around Delhi is helpful especially for those who want to escape the madness of city life. There are various amazing places around Delhi which can be visited under a reasonable amount of Rs. 4000. So here are 12 road trips from Delhi under 4000 which you can plan with your friends, family or someone special.   UTTARAKHAND         UTTAR PRADESH       HIMACHAL PRADESH         HARYANA       RAJASTHAN       Looking for some more destinations around Delhi? 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Situated at the foothills of Shivaliks, the city acts as a great getaway to the serene hills of Himachal, Uttarakhand and further north. Having a plethora of places to visit near Chandigarh makes it easy to plan escapes under a budget of 5000 Rupees. So here are 10 pocket-friendly road trips from Chandigarh which can be easily planned out. PUNJAB       HIMACHAL PRADESH         JAMMU & KASHMIR     UTTARAKHAND         Looking for some more destinations near Chandigarh? 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So don’t wait for a long holiday when you can easily plan a small road trip on weekend. There are so many amazing destinations near Gurgram that offers an unforgettable travel experience. Here is a list of the 12 road trips from Gurugram under 5000 rupees that you just can’t miss.   HARAYANA         UTTARAKHAND           RAJASTHAN       HIMACHAL PRADESH         Looking for some more destinations near Gurgaon? 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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"]Ferries in the Arabian sea. Ferry doing the rounds of Arabian sea on its way to Elephanta Island.[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="620"]A view of the Gateway of India and the hotel Taj from the ferry. 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. 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"]Elephanta caves. 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.

Accommodation:

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 ) [94] => 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 ) [95] => 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. Leh Ladakh Road Trip-JustWravel Leh Ladakh Road Trip-JustWravel Leh Ladakh Road Trip-JustWravel   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. Leh Ladakh Road Trip-JustWravel   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. Leh Ladakh Road Trip-JustWravel Leh Ladakh Road Trip-JustWravel   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. Leh Ladakh Road Trip-JustWravel Leh Ladakh Road Trip-JustWravel   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.   Leh Ladakh Road Trip-JustWravel   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. Leh Ladakh Road Trip-JustWravel   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. Leh Ladakh Road Trip-JustWravel Leh Ladakh Road Trip-JustWravel   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. Leh Ladakh Road Trip-JustWravel Leh Ladakh Road Trip-JustWravel   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. Leh Ladakh Road Trip-JustWravel   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. Leh Ladakh Road Trip-JustWravel   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. Leh Ladakh Road Trip-JustWravel   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. 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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.

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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!

Tamil Nadu

  1. Vellore:
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Source: Wikipedia[/caption]

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.

  1. Dhanushkodi:

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.

  1. Rameshwaram:

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.

  1. Valparai:
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Valaparai Tea Estates
Source: Wikitravel[/caption]

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.

  1. Chidambaram:

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.

 

Karnataka:

  1. Gokarna:

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.

  1. Karwar:
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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.

  1. Bellary:

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.

  1. Hampi:
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Source: tourism-of-india.com[/caption]

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.

  1. Kollur:

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.

Kerala

  1. Kumarakom:
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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.

  1. Palakkad:

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.

  1. Kollam:

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.

  1. Kochi:

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.

  1. Thiruvananthpuram:
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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.

Andhra Pradesh

  1. Nellore:
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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.

  1. Kurnool:

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.

  1. Eluru:
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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.

  1. Ongole:

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.

  1. Srikalahasti:

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.

Maharashtra

  1. Amboli:

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.

  1. Satara:

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.

  1. Panchgani:
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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.

  1. Ratnagiri:
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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.

  1. Solapur:

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 ) [98] => 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 ) [99] => 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.
  1. Bara Bazar (lewduh)
Located in East Khasi Hills District, Shillong, Bara Bazar is one of the most ancient and largest traditional markets of North East India.
  1. Khyndailad (Police Bazar)
If you are looking for fancy stuff to buy and eat, Khyndailad Bazar is the perfect place for you. Meghalaya Handlooms and Handicrafts, Purbashree Emporium and Assam Emporium are some other shopping outlets thereat. You should definitely buy Scottish dress materials, shawls, Khasi scrub, and handicraft items if you happen to be at Meghalaya. Meghalaya Handicrafts, Khadi Gramodyog and Purbashree Emporium are the best places for your handicraft shopping at Shillong. How to Reach Meghalaya has no railway lines. The nearest railway station to Shillong is at Guwahati, 104 kms away. Meghalaya Transport Corporation offers bus services to and from Guwahati to major cities of the state. Best Time to Visit June to September is the best time to visit Meghalaya if you love cascading waterfalls during monsoon season. April to June is the perfect time for people who love pleasant weather more while October to February is an ideal time if you wish to experience “Meghalaya” in the true sense as you will find dense fog on the mountains and roads. You can choose according to the kind of weather you like the most. So are you ready to plan a trip to Meghalaya? Just Wravel would love to assist you if you wish to travel to this splendid state of Eastern India. [post_title] => A Complete Guide to Meghalaya [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => complete-guide-meghalaya [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-08-24 19:57:43 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-08-24 14:27:43 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?post_type=guest_post&p=1576 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [100] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1619 [post_author] => 51 [post_date] => 2017-09-03 19:33:47 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-09-03 14:03:47 [post_content] =>   I was thinking to do this trek since long time and I got this opportunity last month during the Independence Day long weekend. As it was a long weekend, I successfully convinced two of my friends to join me on this trek. Just after they nodded yes, I started preparing and collecting equipment required for the trek. We were already told by one of our contact persons at Ghangaria (a village where we had to stay at night during the trek) that there would not be any room available during the weekend. So we decided to take our own tents, sleeping bags and mattresses with us. We rented sleeping bags and mattresses and started our packing.

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 ) [101] => 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
  1. Nasik:
The wonderful city of Nasik is located at the foothills of Western Ghats and on the banks of river Godavari which originates from Triambakeshwar dham located nearby. One of the places worth visiting here is Panchvati. It houses the Kumbh mela every 12 years. Other places to visit are Ramkund, Muktidham, Kalaram temple, Triambakeshwar, Deolali etc. There are also a few forts like, Ramsej fort, Harihar fort and Tringalwadi fort. Also recently Igatpuri city of Nasik district is gaining a lot of tourist attraction due to its serene environment and scenic beauty. Nasik is located at a distance of 210 km from Pune and the best time to visit is during the winter months.
  1. Aurangabad:
Aurangabad is one of the ideal destinations for road trip. Aurangabad is also known as ‘The city of Gates’ and the strong presence of these can be felt as one drives through the city. It is also the Tourism capital of Maharashtra. The world famous Ajanta and Ellora caves are 28 km from Aurangabad. Other places to visit around Aurangabad are Bibi ka Maqbara, Daulatabad fort, Aurangabad caves, Grishneshwar temple, Salim Ali lake & bird sanctuary, Tomb of Aurangzeb and 52 gateways in and around the city. Aurangabad is located 236 km from Pune. The best time to visit is around March during the Ajanta and Ellora festivals. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="250"]Image result for Aurangabad Bibi ka maqbara[/caption]
  1. Malegaon:
Malegaon is located at the confluence of Mausam and Girna rivers. Malegaon is a major cloth weaving hub and also the second largest city of Nasik. The places of interest in Malegaon are Malegaon fort, Noori tower, Tipu sultan tower, Panch Kandil. Malegaon is 278 km from Pune and the best time to visit is in the month of December.
  1. Khandala:
Khandala is one of the most preferred destinations for both avid and inexperienced trekkers. One of the treasure places in Khandala is the Duke’s nose. The peak, also called as Naagphani, rises to a height of approximately 1000ft and is a haven for rappelling and rock climbing lovers. Other places to visit in Khandala are Tiger’s leap point, Amrutanjan point, Bhushi lake, Karla and Bhaja cave. The distance between Pune and Khandala is 69 km. Monsoon is the best time to visit Khandala.
  1. Mahabaleshwar:
Mahabaleshwar is one of the best getaways from Mumbai or Pune located 121 km from Pune. The places to visit in Mahabaleshwar are Veena lake, Arthur point, 3 monkey point, Krishnabai temple, Pratapgadh fort, Lingmala falls and various view points. Also, 7 km from Mahabaleshwar is the old Mahabaleshwar. Apart from that, just a little ahead of the crowded Mahabaleshwar, lies a place that is called the ‘Mini Kashmir of the Western Ghats’- Tapola. The best time to visit Mahabaleshwar is from February to April.Image result for mahabaleshwar Gujarat
  1. Vapi:
Valsad, also known as Bulsar, lies at the coastal area of the Indian state of Gujarat, 331 km from Pune. Some of the places to visit in Valsad are, Tithal beach, Swaminarayan Temple, Shri Sai Baba temple, Wilson hill, Parnera hill, Shantidham Jain temple, Lady Wilson museum, Kalai beach, Udvada beach and Vansda national park. The best time to visit Valsad is from October to March.
  1. Gandhinagar:
The capital city of Gujarat, Gandhinagar is located at a distance of 684 km from Pune. Divided in sectors, and planned by one of the finest architects this city has many places to spend some quiet moments with friends and family. Some must visit places in Gandhinagar are Sant Sarovar dam, Indroda park, Aranya van, Thol bird Sanctuary, Mahatma mandir. The dancing fountain show at the Akshardham temple of Gandhinagar is a not-to-be-missed experience. The best time to visit is from October to March. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="567"]Image result for swaminarayan temple gandhinagar gujarat Akshardham temple[/caption]  
  1. Surat:
This beautiful port city of Surat is famous for its fabric market and diamond cutting centres.  Besides this, the Surat castle is a major attraction. Also, the dumas beach is quite near to Surat. This beach is famous for its black sand and the spooky stories related to it. Other places to visit are, Sardar Patel Museum, Chintamani Jain Temple, Dutch Gardens, Mugal Sarai and several other placid beach resorts. The distance of surat from Pune is 421 km and the best time to visit is from October to March.
  1. Baroda:
The royal city of Baroda is the cultural capital of Gujarat. Some of the places that depict the royalty of this city are the very famous, Laxmi vilas palace and Nazarbaug palace these palaces will flatter you with its pompous architecture, paintings, clothing and jewellery from the Gaekwad dynasty. The Karelibaug Park is a great place for children as well as elders to spend some time back in their childhood. The distance from Pune if 549 km and the best time to visit is from October to March.
  1. Ahmedabad:
Ahmedabad has been declared India's first world heritage city by UNESCO in 2017. This city is a perfect blend of tradition and modernity. Ahmedabad is India’s sixth largest city. It is also known as ‘Manchester of the East’. Some of the must visit places in Ahmedabad are Sabarmati Ashram, Sabarmati riverfront, Sarkhej roza, Kankaria lake, Hathee Singh Jain temple and Adalaj stepwell. The Thol Bird Sanctuary is also near to Ahmedabad and provides a feast to the bird watchers. Apart from that Ahmedabad has many food markets like, Manek chowk, Law garden, Food truck park etc. Also Ahmedabad is one of the most favourite shopping destination offering street fashion to big brands. Ahmedabad also has the very famous revolving restaurant 'Patang'. The city of Ahmedabad is 663 km from Pune. The best time to visit is October to March.Image result for Ahmedabad   Madhya Pradesh
  1. Mandu:
With a history dating back to the 10th century AD, this imposing town of Mandu or Mandavgad is located in the heart of Madhya Pradesh. Some of the best places to visit in Mandu are the Rupmati’s Pavilion, Nil Kanth Palace, Jahaz Mahal and the lovely Asharfi Mahal. Mandu lies at a distance of 554 km from Pune. The best time to visit is from October to March. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="689"]Image result for Mandu Roopmati mahal[/caption]
  1. Ujjain:
Ujjain is located on the banks of Kshipra river. It is at a distance of 664 km from Pune. The places to visit in Ujjain are Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga, Chamunda mata temple, ISKON temple, Kal bhairav temple and Mangalnath temple. Apart from the religious places, the Jantar mantar is also a place worth visiting to know the mysteries behind science rules that we have been following since childhood. The best time to visit is September to March.
  1. Barwani:
‘The Paris of Nimar’ as it was known earlier, the town of Barwani is located at at a distance of 513 km from Pune. The name Badwani originated from the forests of BAD which had surrounded the city in old times. WANI is the old word for the Garden. Hence city got its name BADWANI which means Garden of Bads. It is best to visit in September to March.
  1. Dewas:
Dewas is derived from the Devi Vaishini hill in the city. The hill has a temple of deity Devi Tulja Bhawani, Chamunda Mata and Kalika Mata. Some nearby places of interest include Pushpagiri tirth, Shri Manibhadra Veer Jain tirth, Kheoni wildlife Sanctuary, Kavadia Hills and Gidya Khoh. Dewas is located 645 km away from Pune. The best time to visit is October-March.
  1. Indore:
The largest city in Madhya Pradesh, Indore, is located at a distance of 607 km from Pune. Indore is also famous for its wholesale markets and eCommerce websites. There are many markets in Indore of different genre. The 56 Dukan (known as Chappan dukan) is a very food market where all the foodies come from far and near. It offers a variety of dishes which are worth trying for all the foodaholics out there! The other places to visit are Rajwada Palace and Indore zoo. The best time to visit is from September to March. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="328"]Image result for lal bagh palace indore Lalbaugh Palace[/caption] Karnataka:
  1. Bijapur:
The land of 5 rivers, Bijapur is located 351 km away from Pune. Bijapur city is well known for its historical monuments of architectural importance built during the rule of the Adil Shahi dynasty. The most famous monument here is the tomb of Mohammed Adil Shah which is famously known as Gol Gumbaz. The other tourist places worth historical importance are, The Archaeological Museum, Ibrahim Rauza, King Edward VII Memorial, Upli Buruj, Chand Bawdi, Asar Mahal, Gagan Mahal, Jami Masjid and many more. The best time to visit is December to March.
  1. Hubli:
Hubli is the second largest city of Karnataka and is located at a distance of 436 km from Pune. It is known as the cultural, educational and music capital of Karnataka. The places to visit in Hubli are, Chandramouleshwara Temple, Shri Siddharoodha Math, Moorusavir Math, Navagraha Jain Temple, Nrupatunga betta and Unkal Lake. The best time to visit is December to March. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="625"]Image result for hubli tourist spot Chandramouleshwara temple[/caption]
  1. Pattadakal:
Pattadakal is renowned as World Heritage site by UNESCO. It is located at a distance of 467 km from Pune. The places of tourist attraction are, Jain Narayana Temple, Virupaksha Temple, Sangameshwara Temple, Chandrashekhara Temple, Mallikarjuna Temple, Kashi Vishwanatha Temple, Galaganatha Temple, Kadasiddheshwara and Jambulingeshwara temples, Jambulinga temple, Kadasiddheshwara temple and Papanatha temple. The tradition and culture of Pattadakal village is not only depicted through its temples but can also be seen in its festivals, namely the Banashankari Temple Festival, Virupaksha Temple Car Festival, the Mallikarjuna Temple Festival and the annual dance festival Chalukya Utsava. These festivals are held between January to April. The best time to visit is from December to March.
  1. Badami:
Badami is located at a distance of 455 km from Pune. It is famous for its rock cut structural temples. The places to visit in Badami are, The Badami fort, Buddhist cave, an archeological museum and a series of four cave temples build during the Chalukya Dynasty. The four cave temples represent the secular nature of the rulers then, with tolerance and a religious following that inclines towards Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. The best time to visit Badami is from December to March. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="699"]Image result for badami Bhootnath temple[/caption]
  1. Raichur:
The district of Raichur, located between Krishna and Tungabhadra rivers is 550 km away from Pune. The Raichur fort is famous for its Persian and Arabian stone inscriptions. Raichur is one of the best tourist places in South India. Mahalaxami temple is also located near to Raichur. Sri Sugureshwara Temple located about 18 km from Raichur is situated at the banks of Krishna River. The best time to visit is December to March. Telangana:
  1. Nizamabad:
The name City of Nizams- Nizamabad, is located at a distance of 565 km from Pune. Dichpally Ramalayam temple of Nizamabad is called as Khajuraho of Telangana. Along with that, Khilla Ramalayam is one of the oldest temples in Nizamabad, dedicated to Lord Rama. Other places of tourist attraction are Nizamabad fort, Ali Sagar and Ashok sagar gardens and Badapahad Dargah. The best time to visit is April-June.
  1. Hyderabad:
Hyderabad, the city of Pearls, is located at a distance of 593 km from Pune. It is the capital city of Telangana. This city provides a variety of places to visit. For the movie lovers, the Ramoji film city is a place which cannot be skipped. For the foodies, the very famous Hyderabadi Biryani is a must try. For the religious ones there are temples such as the Birla temple, Chilkur balaji temple and the Jagannath temple. Besides these, other places worth visiting are, The Charminar, Hussain Sagar Lake, Nehru Zoological Park etc. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="590"]Related image Charminar mosque[/caption] The best time to visit is from November to February.
  1. Mahabubnagar:
Mahabubnagar means the city of beloved. It is also believed that the Kohinoor and Golconda diamonds were mined from here. This city is surrounded by Nallamala forest and also home to Mallela Theertham waterfall and Pillalamarri Temple. Pillala Marri is one of the oldest banyan tree in India and a major tourist attraction in Telangana. The distance from Pune is 564 km and the best time to visit is October to March.
  1. Secunderabad:
This twin city of Hyderabad is located at a distance of 595 km from Pune.  The two twins, Hyderabad and Secunderabad are separated by the Hussain Sagar Lake. The places worth visiting in Secunderabad are Golconda fort, Birla Planetarium, Trimulgherry fort, All Saints’ Church, Saidanimba tomb and Konaseema. Visiting the lighthouse located in the mangrove forest, near Konaseema, while cruising in the waters is a must-must have experience. The best time to visit is during the winter months.
  1. Nalgonda:
The city of Nalgonda is situated between two hills, 691 km away from Pune. The Kulpakji Jain temple of Kolanupaka in Nalgonda district is one of the most popular Jain temples in India. The temple houses statues of Rishabhanatha, Neminatha and Lord Mahavira. Along with that, the Bhongir fort is one of the India’s past heritage structure, known for its magnificent pieces of architecture. Bhongir fort stands top on a monolithic rock at a height of around 500 feet and spread across an impressive area of 50 acres. The best time to visit is October-January. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="592"]Image result for nalgonda fort Bhongir fort[/caption]   For more information you can also visit https://www.justwravel.com/locations/road-trips-from-Pune-under-rs-5000-by-car and plan your perfect vacation with us. [post_title] => Road trip from Pune under Rs. 5000 by car [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => road-trip-pune-rs-5000-car [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-09-03 19:40:10 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-09-03 14:10:10 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?post_type=guest_post&p=1622 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [102] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1629 [post_author] => 63 [post_date] => 2017-09-05 18:24:44 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-09-05 12:54:44 [post_content] => Kaas Plateau or ‘Kas Pathar’, located 25 kilometers from Satara District is one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites of India. It is renowned for the blanket of flowers it presents every year. The place is relatively unexploited and that has still maintained pristine nature there. It is an absolute treat for your eyes to see the shades of green all around. It is Maharashtra’s very own “Valley of Flowers”.

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 Visit

Monsoon 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 ) [103] => 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 Trek

Hampta 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 & Barot

This 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 trek

Mcleodganj, also known as “Little Lhasa (Tibet) of India”, situated in the outskirts of Dharamshala at a height of 1785 meters (6831 feet) above the sea level. A small and beautiful hill station with a blend of Tibetan and Indian culture. The place is nestled amidst the mighty hills of Dhauladhars. Mcleodganj is known for its majestic landscapes, amazing culture and trekking trails. Triund 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 Trek

Himalayas 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 Trek

Parashar lake is a sacred lake located on the top of a hill near the Baggi village in the Mandi district. The lake is situated at a height of 2730m above sea level and it is dedicated to Sage Parashar. There is a temple situated near the lake and is believed to be built in the 13th century. The lake houses a floating island which keeps changing its position time to time. With many stories doing the round few believed that it hasn’t shifted for the past three months and with the help of island shifts locals can predict weather conditions and can be prepared for worse. According to locals, it is said that the water level of the lake has been maintained for centuries now. There is no water source to the lake. The lake is surrounded by snow laden peaks of Himachal Pradesh most of the time of the year. One can have clear views of mighty peaks such as Indrasan, Deo Tibba, etc. It is one of the few weekend treks from Delhi and Chandigarh.   Trip Details and Itinerary   

Deoriatal Chandrashila Trek

Scenic camping destination that we are covering in this trip is Deoriatal. Deoriatal is a pristine lake situated at a height of 2400 meters. The site is best known for the breathtaking views of Chaukhamba peaks and its reflections in the lake. Chopta is also the starting point of treks to Tungnath, which is the world's highest Shiva temple and Chandrashila peak   Trip Detail and Itinerary  

Trip to Jibhi

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.   Trip Details and Itinerary  

Kareri Lake Trek

  Kareri Lake is a high altitude fresh water lake situated at an altitude of 2950 meters above sea level. The lake is surrounded by scenic meadows and Dhauladhars. The glaciers located in the Dhauladhars act as a water source to the lake. The trek is less explored and offers great scenic views of valleys and mountain ranges. The difficulty level of this trek varies from easy to moderate and hence it is suitable for both beginners as well as experienced ones. The trek starts from a small village called Kareri, which is around 2 hours from Dharamshala. The trek offers amazing views of Dhauladhar ranges and valleys. The trail of the trek is all the way ascending from the starting point and it passes through the lush forest of oak and spruce, narrow terrains and beautiful meadows. The site of the Kareri Lake is also the basecamp of Minkiani and Bleni passes.   Trip Details and Itinerary   

Bhrigu Lake Trek

Bhrigu Lake is a high altitude sacred lake situated at an altitude of 4300 metres in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. The lake is oval shaped and lies near the Rohtang pass. The lake got its name from a sage named Bhrigu. According to locals, the sage Bhrigu used to meditate near the lake and that is why the lake became sacred. The trek begins from a point called Chaudda Morh, which is around 20 km from Manali. The trek passes through virgin forests, large meadows, mountain ridges and finally one gets to see the lake   Trip 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 ) [104] => 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 ) [105] => 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 asValley 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.   Trek with joy, feel the charm of nature and rejuvenate your soul in India’s most breathtaking national park Valley of Flowers.   Planning to visit? Check out the trip itinerary for Valley Of Flowers here.   Contributed by : Sahil Singh [post_title] => Valley Of Flowers A Paradise on Earth [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => valley-flowers-paradise-earth [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-09-11 15:49:46 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-09-11 10:19:46 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?p=1693 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [106] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1698 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2017-09-11 16:23:43 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-09-11 10:53:43 [post_content] => The Himalayas have a magic that attracts you every time you visit them. There is a few of us for whom mountains are like second home. Secluded away from the hubbub of urban life, situated is a Himalayan paradise called Spiti, a hidden isolated world. It is believed that years ago this valley was an isolated area as it was banned for 30 years for visitors. Unlike other Himalayan regions, Spiti Valley is completely different in terms picturesque vistas, food, and lifestyle. Why a road trip to Spiti Valley is a life changing experience? Reason: Spiti Valley is a paradise for mountains lovers. This is one such place which can’t let you recover from the mind-boggling experiences and you might leave your heart there. Here are 7 reasons which make Spiti Valley a heavenly beautiful destination.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  Spiti is not like any other travel destination in India or even World, it is truly a life changing experience. Even the famous author Rudyard Kipling had said in his book that the isolated & beautiful valley of Spiti is “a world within a world”. Planning to visit this cold desert mountain valley in the Himalayas? Check out the trip itinerary and package details below. Spiti Road Trip From Manali   Contributed By: Sahil Singh [post_title] => 7 Reasons Why You Should Visit Spiti Valley [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => 7-reasons-visit-spiti-valley [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-09-21 18:27:24 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-09-21 12:57:24 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?p=1698 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [107] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1703 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2017-09-11 17:09:18 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-09-11 11:39:18 [post_content] => “A world within a world” was how Rudyard Kipling once described Spiti Valley, an isolated cold desert situated in the scenic state of Himachal Pradesh. Being one of the remotest regions of India, this Himalayan paradise is completely different in terms picturesque vistas, food, and lifestyle. Have you seen the Alia Bhatt & Randeep Hooda starer movie “Highway”? How can one forget that movie shot beautifully across some major Indian highways and especially at Spiti Valley in the Himalayas? Directed by Imtiaz Ali, there’s a dialogue in this much-celebrated movie by Alia Bhatt that “kaisi kaisi jagah hai is desh mein” which means “there are so many different places in this country”. The road to Spiti Valley passes through some of the most offbeat locations amidst the majestic Himalayas. Shot in the movie Highway, these beautiful destinations will truly inspire you to take a break from the urban lifestyle. Here we go!   If you are amongst those who want to experience Spiti just Like Alia did in the movie Highway, then plan a trip to this cold desert mountain valley nestled in the Himalayas. Check out the trip itinerary and package details below. Spiti Road Trip From Shimla Spiti Road Trip From Manali   Contributed By: Sahil Singh [post_title] => Experience Spiti Road Trip Just Like The Movie Highway [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => experience-spiti-road-trip-just-like-movie-highway [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-09-21 18:26:51 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-09-21 12:56:51 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?p=1703 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [108] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1667 [post_author] => 116 [post_date] => 2017-09-18 18:26:14 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-09-18 12:56:14 [post_content] => Delhi is one of the oldest dwelling cities in the world. Though there is so much to do in Delhi but still we often feel monotonous by following the same schedule every day. The best thing about living in and around the National Capital is that there are so many places which can be visited on weekends. There are serene hill stations, adventurous treks, river ghats, and more. So you don’t have to apply for a long leave at the workplace or miss your college/school. Get ready to explore these top 7 weekend getaways from Delhi. Distance from Delhi: 318 kms Distance from Delhi: 358 kms Distance from Delhi: 273 kms Distance from Delhi: 248 kms Distance from Delhi: 107 kms Distance from Delhi: 342 kms Distance from Delhi: 213 kms Looking for some more weekend getaways from Delhi? Checkout the destination for your next trip here.   Contributed By : Sahil Singh [post_title] => Top 7 Weekend Getaways From Delhi You Just Can't Miss [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => top-7-weekend-getaways-delhi-just-cant-miss [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-09-18 18:26:14 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-09-18 12:56:14 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?post_type=guest_post&p=1667 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [109] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1590 [post_author] => 106 [post_date] => 2017-09-18 18:36:59 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-09-18 13:06:59 [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 Mumbai which you can approach to escape all that Mumbai 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! Maharashtra
  1. Lonavala:
Lonavala, located at a distance of 83 km from Mumbai, is one of the most beautiful hill stations in India. This hill station is also known as the 'Jewel of Sahydri', because of its pleasant weather, lush green hills and valleys and its waterfalls. Apart from the scenery, the very beautiful Karla caves are also located near Lonavala. Hikers can also pay a visit to Khandala which is again not too far from Lonavala. The best time to visit is during the monsoon months that are, from July to September.  
  1. Kashid:
Situated at a distance of 125 km from Mumbai, Kashid is a beach town on the shores of the Arabian Sea. One can experience, the glistering white sand, blue water, lush green fields and emerald mountains all at the same time.  The waves here are quite high, which can be a feast for the surfers. However, it can be dangerous in the monsoon due to heavy rains. The best time to visit is from October to March.                                                                      Image Source: Tour My India  
  1. Satara:
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.  
  1. Jalgaon:
Jalgaon is located at a distance of 412 km from Mumbai. Jalgaon is known as ‘Golden city’ due to its gold quality and designs. Hence, Jalgaon has one of the biggest jewellery markets in India. Also, the very famous Ajanta caves are at a distance of just 59 km from Jalgaon. The best time to visit is from October to February.  
  1. Amboli:
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.   Gujarat
  1. Valsad:
Valsad, also known as Bulsar, lies at the coastal area of the Indian state of Gujarat, 200 km from Mumbai. Some of the places to visit in Valsad are, Tithal beach, Swaminarayan Temple, Shri Sai Baba temple, Wilson hill, Parnera hill, Shantidham Jain temple, Lady Wilson museum, Kalai beach, Udvada beach and Vansda national park. The best time to visit Valsad is from October to March.  
  1. Chhota Udaipur:
Chhota Udaipur is one of the princely states in Eastern Gujarat. The small town sits on the edge of a big lake, with a series of temples along the skyline. The Jain temple is an interesting example of the influence of Victorian art on local building styles. The Kali Niketan (Nahar Mahal) palace, built as the summer residence of the erstwhile royal family is a notable monument in Chhota Udaipur. The tribal museum is also worth a visit. The distance of Chhota Udaipur from Mumbai is 493 km and the best time to visit is from October to March.                                                                        Kusum Villas Palace                                                                         Image Source: Gujarat Tourism  
  1. Bhavnagar:
Bhavnagar is one of the most popular cites of Gujarat. It also offers an insight into the history and culture of Gujarat. There are a number of historical monuments in Bhavanagar such as Brahma Kund, Nilambaugh Palace, Takhteshwar Temple, Palitana Jain Temples, Gopinath Mahadev Temple, the Khodiyar Temple and the Ganga Devi Mandir, Alang Braking Site and Victoria Park. Also another place of attraction is the nearby Velavadar national park which is famous due to the existence blackbucks there. Bhavnagar lies at a distance of 599 km from Mumbai. The best time to visit is from October to March.  
  1. Junagadh:
The name Junagadh means ‘Old Fort’. The city of Junagadh is located at the foot of Girnar hills. Junagadh has a very famous zoo named Sakkarbaug Zoological Garden, which is currently the only zoo in the country to hold African cheetahs. Also, the famous Gir National Park, which houses the Asiatic lions, is located in close proximity to Junagadh. Mt. Girnar is also well known from religious point of view. The distance of Junagadh from Mumbai is 814 km. The best time to visit Junagadh is in the months October to March.  
  1. Patan:
Built in the 11th century, Patan has been awarded as a world heritage site by UNESCO. Patan is enriched with beautiful step wells, grand temples and lovely lakes. The Rann ki vav, most famous stepwell in Patan, has been recognized as the cleanest heritage site in India. Patan is also famous for its Patola sarees. The distance from Mumbai is 657 km. The best time to visit Patan is in the months of October to March.                                                                       Rann ki vav                                                                       Image Source: Holidify   Madhya Pradesh
  1. Mandu:
With a history dating back to the 10th century AD, this imposing town of Mandu or Mandavgad is located in the heart of Madhya Pradesh. Some of the best places to visit in Mandu are the Rupmati’s Pavilion, Nil Kanth Palace, Jahaz Mahal and the lovely Asharfi Mahal. Mandu lies at a distance of 526 km from Mumbai. The best time to visit is from October to March.                                                                      Jahaz Mahal                                                                     Image Source: MP Tourism  
  1. Dhar:
Surrounded by barren hills and nestled close to lakes, Dhar is an old charming town in the Malwa region of Madhya Pradesh. Dhar is rich of old embankments and many architectural structures of historical importance. The Dhar fort is the most important attraction of the town. Dhar was once capital of the kingdom of legendary King Raja Bhoj. Dhar is about 585 km from Mumbai.  
  1. Barwani:
‘The Paris of Nimar’ as it was known earlier, the town of Barwani is located at at a distance of 492 km from Mumbai. The name Badwani originated from the forests of BAD which had surrounded the city in old times. WANI is the old word for the Garden. Hence city got its name BADWANI which means Garden of Bads. It is best to visit in September to March.  
  1. Dewas:
Dewas is derived from the Devi Vaishini hill in the city. The hill has a temple of deity Devi Tulja Bhawani, Chamunda Mata and Kalika Mata. Some nearby places of interest include Pushpagiri tirth, Shri Manibhadra Veer Jain tirth, Kheoni wildlife Sanctuary, Kavadia Hills and Gidya Khoh. Dewas is located 623 km away from Mumbai. The best time to visit is October-March.  
  1. Burhanpur:
Burhanpur lies on the edge of Maharashtra and MP Border situated 511 km from Mumbai. Burhanpur was an important city under Rashtrakuta Dynasty during 753–982. During excavations in Tapti River & Asirgarh Fort many coins, goddess idols and temples discovered which belongs to prehistoric era. Burhanpur is recommended for a visit from Archaeology perspective and is a heritage getaway for offbeat travellers. The best time to visit is from September to March.                                                                        Image Source: Burhanpuronline.com   Rajasthan
  1. Mount Abu:
Billed as Rajasthan’s only hill station, mount Abu is home to a wildlife sanctuary as well as multiple Jain temples. Also some of the offbeat places to visit in Abu are Gomukh (The origin of river), Honeymoon point, Trevor Tank and Gurushikhar. The distance from Mumbai is 786 km. Abu is a year-round travel destination.                                                                                         Trevor Tank                                                                   Image Source: Rajasthantourplanner.com  
  1. Udaipur:
Udaipur is popularly known as ‘City of Lakes’. Apart from visiting the very famous Lake Palace there are a few less famous places of great beauty in Udaipur some of which are, Udaipur Solar Observatory, Ropeway to Karni mata temple. The distance of Udaipur from Mumbai is 761 km and the best time to visit is October-May.  
  1. Nathdwara:
Nathdwara is a town located in the Aravalli hills, on the bank of the Banas river , 806 km from Mumbai. This town is famous for its temple of Krishna which houses the idol of 7-year-old infant incarnation of Krishna. It is also popularly known as ‘Shrinathji’ Nathdwara Artists, noted for "Pichwai Paintings",  are a group of artists working around the precincts of the famous Nathdwara temple. The best time to visit is October-March.  
  1. Ranakpur:
Ranakpur is widely known for its marble Jain temple, said to be the most spectacular of the Jain temples. There is also a small Sun temple. Ranakpur is one among the most famous places to visit in Pali, Rajasthan. Ranakpur is easily accessed by road from Udaipur. Along with magnificent architecture and numerous pillars, the place is also famous for large population of monkeys that live in and around the place. Ranakpur is 819 km away from Mumbai and the best time to visit this city is October to March. It is not advisable to visit this place during summer as it can be very hot and dry.  
  1. Kumbhalgarh:
Situated at a distance of 828 km from Mumbai, this Mevar fortess is a world heritage site. The walls of Kumbhalgarh fort extend upto 36 km, making it the second longest wall in the world after the Great Wall of China. Lying on the Aravalli Hills, Kumbhalgarh has a beautiful view to offer the tourists. Even the sand dunes from the Thar Desert can be viewed from the fort walls. The best time to visit is during the months of October to February when the weather is quite pleasant.                                                                Image Source: Kumbhalgarhfort.in   Karnataka:
  1. Gokarna:
Gokarna lies on the border of Karnataka and Goa, 706 km from Mumbai. 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.                                                                       Image Source: livemint.com  
  1. Karwar:
At a distance of 661 km from Mumbai, 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.                                                                     Devbaugh Beach                                                                     Image Source: Dreamtrails.in  
  1. Hampi:
The world heritage site of Hampi is located at a distance of 743 km from Mumbai. 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.
  1. Bellary:
The historic city of Bellary is situated at a distance of 793 km from Mumbai. 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.  
  1. Kollur:
Kollur is a small temple town in Udipi district of Karnataka, at a distance of 821 km from Mumbai. 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. [post_title] => Road trip from Mumbai under Rs. 6000 by car [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => road-trip-mumbai-rs-6000-car-2 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-09-18 18:36:59 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-09-18 13:06:59 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?post_type=guest_post&p=1590 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [110] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1716 [post_author] => 117 [post_date] => 2017-09-18 18:50:55 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-09-18 13:20:55 [post_content] => For travellers, Kerala is home to some of India’s most serene locations. From a glorious coastline stretching across almost 600km, to pristine beaches, sparkling backwaters and lush green tea plantations; setting foot in God’s own country feels like entering a state of perpetual bliss. Amidst this backdrop of peace lies Kerala’s coastal capital of Thiruvananthapuram, still referred to by its colonial name Trivandrum. The small, yet energetic city, is unlike most of the other capital cities of India – life moves at its own languid pace, but also has a very urban touch to it. From beach resorts to museums replete with colonial history, and from its culinary extravaganza to the warmth of its hospitality, Trivandrum has much to offer to the visitor willing to embrace all its sights, smells, and sounds. What to eat Start your day with a hot cuppa at the historic Indian Coffee House, an erstwhile hub of social interactions and brewing revolutions. With its waiters dressed in ethnic uniforms, a lighthouse-like structure, and a fairly-priced menu, this place witnesses a fair amount of travellers reveling in the joy of conversations. For a taste of some authentic Malayali cuisine, head to Azad Restaurant, a busy family favourite serving delectable seafood dishes and sumptuous biryanis. Cap it with a visit to Ambrosia, a bakery that serves desserts that are even fit for the Gods themselves. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="332"] The Indian Coffee House. Pic Credit: Flickr[/caption] Where to stay There is no dearth of budget-and- high-end hotels in Trivandrum. Take your pick from a plethora of Ayurvedic beach resorts in Kovalam and Varkala, or choose to stay in budget hotels in the main city. For a taste of the true-blue Malayali culture, opt for a homestay experience in different parts of the city and witness the grandeur of Kerala’s hospitality. What to do If there’s one thing more in abundance than churches in Trivandrum, it has to be the number of sightseeing options that this beautiful city offers. From its zoo to the cluster of Victorian museums, and from beaches to historic temples; there are a plethora of options to choose from. Visit the Kovalam beach and marvel at its most distinctive structure – a 45-year-old working lighthouse that provides awe-inspiring views of green backwaters on one side, and endless blue ocean on the other. For a beach experience, minus the overwhelming crowd, pick Varkala with its beautiful promenade, backwater boat rides, a stunning view of the sunset and opportunities to click postcard-perfect pictures. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="300"] The lighthouse at Kovalam. Pic Credit: Kerala Tourist Taxi[/caption]   For those looking for a cultural immersion, head to the famed Padmanabhaswamy temple, to witness the fusion of culture and religion and also marvel at its spectacular architecture. With its intricate stonework and breathtaking backdrop, this temple attracts a huge number of tourists every day. For wildlife enthusiasts, Trivandrum has its own Neyyar wildlife sanctuary that is home to various endangered species. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="300"] Padmanabhaswamy temple. Pic Credit: Happy Trips[/caption] How to reach The city has its own international airport which is well-connected with different cities across the globe. Trivandrum’s bus station is situated right next to the railway station. There are regular buses to nearby cities like Cochin, Bangalore, Madurai, Coimbatore and Chennai. The Trivandrum Central railway station is also situated within the city and is well-linked with major Indian cities of New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Guwahati, Indore and Bangalore. Trivandrum is a world away from the frenzy of regular cities. So, wander through unexplored alleys, while away your time in cozy beachside cafes, slow down, and take in the surreal beauty that this charming little place has to offer.   [post_title] => Journey to the coastal capital of Kerala: Thiruvananthapuram [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => journey-coastal-capital-kerala-thiruvananthapuram [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-09-18 18:52:33 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-09-18 13:22:33 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?post_type=guest_post&p=1716 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [111] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1631 [post_author] => 63 [post_date] => 2017-09-25 17:27:34 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-09-25 11:57:34 [post_content] => Himachal Pradesh is one of the most wonderful tourist destinations for nature lovers. Whether it is the snow fall or deep valleys and lofty mountain peaks, this state never disappoints the visitors. Among all the places, Rakcham village in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh has truly been an inspiration for the entire India. This village has bagged the credit of being the cleanest place of India with the help of persistent efforts of the residents.

Dirt to Splendor: The Transformation

Once 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 Do

Rakcham 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 Festival

Every 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 Festival

Around 10th December to 12th December, you can visit McLeod Ganj for the International Himalayan Festival. It is 400 kilometers approximately from Kinnaur.

Shopping

Woolen 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 Visit

March 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 ) [112] => 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   RAJASTHAN   MADHYA PRADESH   UTTARAKHAND   Looking for some more destinations near Agra? Checkout the road trips you can plan under Rs.4000.   Contributed By : Sahil Singh [post_title] => 10 Road Trips from Agra under 4000 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => 10-road-trips-agra-4000 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-09-25 17:53:29 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-09-25 12:23:29 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?p=1740 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [113] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1759 [post_author] => 51 [post_date] => 2017-10-06 23:56:23 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-10-06 18:26:23 [post_content] =>

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 ) [114] => 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.

A couplet written on the walls of Ghalib ki haveli. 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.”

[post_title] => Mirza Ghalib’s Haveli: A literary treasure to cherish forever. [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => mirza-ghalibs-haveli-literary-treasure-cherish-forever [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-10-07 00:00:53 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-10-06 18:30:53 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?post_type=guest_post&p=1594 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [117] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1733 [post_author] => 117 [post_date] => 2017-10-10 12:11:47 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-10-10 06:41:47 [post_content] => Tree-lined streets, colonial villas, a seaside promenade and a host of chic boutiques - Pondicherry is an eclectic mix of its rich, colonial heritage, and a modern, vibrant present. This former stronghold for French India is divided into two quarters - the French quarter is called La Ville Blanche and the Indian section is La Ville Noire. There are village-styled houses and block apartments that are painted in bright yellow pastels, and then there are houses built according to Tamil sensibilities. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="390"] 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
The Red Lotus is a boutique guest house situated in the center of Pondicherry's heritage town. This old-merchant house in Vietnamese style, with its bright red doors and windows, is run by a charming German couple, Daniela and Chris. The location of this hotel manages to immediately transport visitors from the hustle into tranquility. Rooms are tastefully done, and the rooftop cafe serves some of the most scrumptious French breakfast. What's even better is that Daniela and Chris source all their organic products from nearby Auroville. This guest house gives you all the feel of a five-star hotel, without making a dent to your budgets.
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Our Buddhism-inspired room at Red Lotus[/caption]
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="279"] The cutesy rooftoop cafe at Red Lotus[/caption]

 What to do 

The Promenade is the most popular stretch of beachfront in the town, and one of the few places in India that respects the right of a pedestrian to walk. Post six in the evening, the Promenade prohibits entry of vehicles, making it an ideal place for travellers to take a stroll or just watch time fly past. Dotted with cafes, and thronged by vendors and tourists alike, the Promenade takes on a carnivalesque charm every day. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="381"] The Promenade. Pic credit: NatGeo Traveller[/caption]
Pondicherry is also most famous as a site of spiritual pilgrimage, the most popular shrine being the Matrimandir. The ashram, founded in 1926, grew up around the yogi Sri Aurobindo and his French counterpart, Mirra Richard, known to her followers as the Mother. The Matrimandir is an edifice of spirituality and a symbol of The Mother's vision of uniting humanity. Auroville, the experimental township that houses the shrine, is a striking testament to the possibility of establishing an alternate way of life. This international community sees people from across the globe working together to build a universal, cash-free, non-religious township.
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="256"] The Matrimandir[/caption]
Where to eat
While there is no dearth of cafes in this little town, L'espace emerges as the winner amongst all. This hip rooftop bar with its good music, funky art, mismatched chairs, cocktails variety, and awesome food is sure to sweep you off your feet. For those looking to satiate their sweet desires, Zuka Choco-là has the most amazing collection of homemade white, brown and dark chocolates.
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="327"] An evening at L'espace[/caption]
How to reach
Pondicherry is well connected to the rest of India via a large network of national highways, a railway terminal and a domestic airport. It's domestic airport is connected to Bengaluru via daily flights. Visitors can also drive down from the airports in Chennai and Trichy, both of which are just few hours by road. However, the best connectivity is definitely by road. Multiple buses also ply daily to and fro between Chennai and Bengaluru.
[post_title] => Forever France: A guide to Pondicherry [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => forever-france-guide-pondicherry [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-10-10 12:11:47 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-10-10 06:41:47 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?post_type=guest_post&p=1733 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [118] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1717 [post_author] => 116 [post_date] => 2017-10-11 19:04:28 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-10-11 13:34:28 [post_content] => Traveling has been in my genes and all thanks to my family for this. An escape from the monotones of chaotic roads, concrete structures, and work is a must nowadays. After done with trekking and rafting, I wanted to experience a new adventure. So I planned to do paragliding in Bir-Billing. With mighty Dhauladhar ranges in the background, this quaint hill retreat is highly influenced by the Buddhist culture. My trip to Bir was an unforgettable experience. Visiting some new places, meeting new people and obviously doing new adventures; that feeling cannot be described in words. Bir-Billing is majorly known for Paragliding, as the place hosted Paragliding World Championship in October 2016. Billing is the place from where paragliding begins and Bir acts as a landing site for these flights.

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 Cafes

A 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 Stars

Why 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 ) [119] => 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
  1. Ernakulam:
Ernakulam district is 10 km away from Kochi. The places of interest include Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary, Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium, Rajeev Gandhi Indoor stadium, Durbar hall ground, Vivekanand statue and Marine drive in Kochi.  It also has a large amount of places of worship for every religion, be it Hindu or Muslim or Christian.
  1. Kozhikode:
Kozhikode or Calicut is situated on the Malabar Coast, 184 km from Kochi. Koazhikode possesses a tropical climate. Winters are seldom cold. The Malabar Mahotsava is the annual cultural festival of Kozhikode. Places of tourist attraction are Kozhikode Beach, Mananchira Pond, Sarovaram Bio-park, Tali Shiva Temple, Kuttichira Mosque, Kappad Beach, Beypore Sea Bridge, Kirtads Museum and Thusharagiri Falls. The famous markets in Kozhikode are, Valiyangadi Market and Sweet Meat Street.
  1. Munnar:
Munnar is a hill station in the Western Ghats, 131 km far from Kochi. Eravikulam National Park in Munnar is home to the endangered mountain goat Nilgiri Tahr. It also houses the Lakkam waterfalls, hiking trails and 2,695 m tall Annamudi Peak. Other places of interest are Mattupetty dam, Tea Museum, Chinnar wildlife sanctuary, Devikulam, Hydel Park and Pothamedu View Point.Image result for munnar
  1. Kovalam:
The coastal town of Kovalam is at a distance of 212 km from Kochi. The must visit attractions in Kovalam are Kovalam beach, Grove beach and Grow Beach. The palm black beaches of Kovalam include the Hawa beach and Samudra beach. The lighthouse beach houses a stripped lighthouse with a viewing platform. The Sangarika Marine Research Aquarium displays the technology used in Pearl Production. Apart from that one can also visit Vizhinjam Juma Masjid mosque and Halcyon Castle. Image result for kovalam
  1. Kannur:
Kannur, also known by its Anglicised name Cannanore, is located 276 km away from Kochi. It is also known as “The land of Looms and Lores” because of the weaving industry and the folk arts held in the temples. Apart from that it is also known for its flawless beaches and it native dance form Theyyam. The tourist spots in Kannur are St. Angelo fort, Payyambalam beach and its neighbouring Baby beach, Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach, V-Pra Kaayal Floating park, Arakkal Museum, Meenkunnu Beach, Choottad beach, Paithalmala. The Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary offers exciting rain forest treks, and is also a great place to experience a view of rare and diverse wildlife creatures like sloth bears, mouse deers, elephants etc. Tamil Nadu
  1. Mudumalai:
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="593"]Image result for mudumalai Mudumalai tiger sanctuary[/caption] Housing the very famous Mudumalai National park, this city is located 248 km away from Kochi. It has been declared as a tiger reserve by the Tamil Nadu government. It is located in the Nilgiri district, on the Northwestern side of the Nilgiri hills. The various sites to visit in Mudumalai are Pyakara lake and waterfall, Kamaraj sagar dam, Theppakadu Elephant Camp, Needle rock view point, Wenlock Downs, Muthanga forest and Seetha devi temple.
  1. Coonoor:
Known for its Nilgiri tea, Coonoor is the second largest hill station in the Nilgiri hills after Ooty. It is an ideal destination for trekkers to find their way into the Niligiri. The Sim’s park is a huge botanical garden, which is partly developed in Japanese style and is known for its annual fruit and vegetable show. The route from Lady Canning’s seat to Dolphin’s nose is a heavenly route for trekkers.  Other places to visit are Lamb’s rock, Doorg fort and Catherine falls. Coonoor is located at a distance of 283 km from Kochi.
  1. Ooty:
Ooty also known as Ootacamund is a very popular and glorious hill station in the Nilgiri District. There are many places of interest such as the Government rose garden, Ooty botanical garden, Boat house, Stone house, St. Stephen’s church, Ooty Lake and many more lakes. One should not at all miss the experience of a ride in the Nilgiri mountain railway. Missing it is something you would regret later. The splendid city of Ooty is located 300 km away from Kochi.Image result for Ooty
  1. Kodaikanal:
Kodaikanal translated as ‘The gift of the forest’ is located at a distance of 312 km from Kochi. There are abundant amount of Christian churches in Kodaikanal as it was founded by the American and European missionaries. The places of interest in Kodaikanal include, the Kodaikanal lake, Bryant park, Coaker’s walk, Bear Shola falls, Green valley view, Pine forests, Kodaikanal Solar Observatory, Pillar rocks, Guna caves, Silver cascade and Berijam lake to name a few.
  1. Tuticorin:
Tuticorin also known as Thoothukudi is a Port city situated 317 km away from Kochi.  It is known as ‘Pearl city’ due to the pearl fishing carried out in this town. A major attraction here is the Our Lady of Snows Basilica. Our Lady of Snows Basilica and the Shiva temple festivals are the main festivals of tourist attraction. Muthu Nagar New Beach, Roche Park, Harbour Beach park, Nehru Park, Rajaji Park and Pearl City Beach are the primary tourist attractions of the city. There are numerous islands located close to the city namely Hare Island and Nalla Thanni Island which attracts lot of visitors during weekends and festival seasons. Karnataka
  1. Madikeri:
Madikeri, also known as, Mercara is a hill station town in Karnataka. The Madikeri fort, located in the very heart of the city, is a must visit tourist destination. It was originally build by mud and was later replaced by Tipu Sultan. Other places to visit in Madikeri are Raja seat, St. Mark’s Church, Omkareshwara Temple and Abbey falls. Madikeri is located at a distance of 364 km from Kochi. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="616"]Image result for abbey falls Madikeri falls[/caption]
  1. Mysore:
Mysore is located at the foothills of Chamundi hills about 396 km from Kochi. It is noted for its heritage structures and Palaces including the Mysore Palace. It is known as the “Cultural Capital of India” and is famous for its Dasara festival celebrations. This 10 day festival attracts a lot of tourists every year. Other places to visit in Mysore are The Jaganmohana Palace, The Sand Sculpture Museum, The Jayalakshmi Vilas, The Lalitha Mahal, Chamundeshwari Temple, atop the Chamundi Hills, and St. Philomena's Church.
  1. Udupi:
Udupi, also known as the temple city is 475 km away from Kochi. It is popular for its Krishna temple and Tulu Ashthamathas. Kaup beach, located on the shores of Udupi is a very wonderful destination to visit. Udupi is also famous for its renowned Udupi cuisine. Manipal is also a tourist locality within Udupi. There are various festivals celeberated in Udupi which attracts a large number of crowds every year. They are, Makara Sankranti, Ratha Sapthami, Madhwa Navami, Madhwa Jayanti, Vijaya Dashami, Hanuma Jayanthi, Sri Krishna Janmashtami, Navaratri Mahotsava, Naraka Chathurdashi, Deepavali, Geetha Jayanthi, Daasara aradhanas, etc.
  1. Bengaluru:
Located at a distance of 550 km from Kochi, Bengaluru is the centre of India’s High-tech Industry. It is also referred to as ‘Silicon valley of India’. The places of tourist attraction in Bangalore are, Bangalore Palace, Tipu Sultan summer Palace, Lal Baugh, Cubbon Park, Attara Kacheri, Government Museum, Mayo hall, HAL aerospace museum, Jawaharlal Nehru Planetorium, Legends, motorcycle museum, Thottikallu falls, Nandi hills, Bannerghatta National Park, Butterfly park, Lumbini gardens, Innovative Film city and many more exciting places.
  1. Chikmagalur:
Chikmagalur attracts its tourists by its scenic beauty and coffee estates. The places worth visiting in Chikmagalur are Baba Budan Giri Hills or B.B. Hills, Mullayangiri, Bhadra wildlife Sanctuary, Coffee Museum, Café Coffee day Headquaters, Hebbe falls, Kudremukh national park. The scenic beauty of Chikmagalur is sure to win your heart. It is at a distance of 581 km from Kochi. Image result for coffee museum chikmagalur Andhra Pradesh:
  1. Chittoor:
Chittoor district lies in the Poini river valley of southernmost Andhra Pradesh, 610 km away from Kochi. It is a major market for mangoes, grains, sugarcane and peanuts. There are major temples in Chittoor like Tirupati, Kanipakam and Sri kalahasti temples. The Chandragiri fort is a notable landmark near Chittoor. Horsley hills are a favourite spot for hikers and adventure lovers.
  1. Tirupati:
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="694"]Image result for tirupati temple Tirupati balaji temple[/caption] Tirupati is a city in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. It is 686 km from Kochi. Tirupati is considered one of the holiest Hindu pilgrimage sites because of Tirumala Venkateswara Temple. The Shilathoranam, a natural arch is located in the Thirumala hills about 1 km from the Tirumala Venkateswara temple. Other places to visit are Shri Venkateswara National park, Shri Venkateshwara Zoological Park and the regional Science centre. Tirupati is world famous for its Titupati laddu which is exclusively available as the ‘Prasaddam’ at the Tirumala temple.   For more information you can also visit https://www.justwravel.com/locations/road-trips-from-Kochi-under-rs-5000-by-car and plan your perfect vacation with us. [post_title] => Road trip from Kochi under Rs. 5000 by car [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => road-trip-kochi-rs-5000-car [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-10-17 10:28:41 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-10-17 04:58:41 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?post_type=guest_post&p=1708 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [120] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1780 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2017-10-31 17:47:12 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-10-31 12:17:12 [post_content] => “Each age has deemed the new-born year The fittest time for festal cheer.” And here comes the time when the year is about to end and a fresh New Year is about to begin. We are sure that you must have got some plans to makes this special day a more "special". If not then No problem. We have already done our homework to help you out. 😊
Check out the trips that are planned for the Christmas and New Year Weekend.
  Embellished with stunning scenes of snow set on the trail and decorated with trees, trek to Kedarkantha is one of the most popular winter treks in the Indian Himalayas. The views of falling snow from sky and trees are just mesmerizing and adding to this, the views of Himalayan peaks make this trek a wonderful one. The peak stands at an elevation of 3810 meters above the sea level and the trail covers a distance of around 20 km. Difficulty Level: Moderate Duration: 5 Days Kilometers: 20 Highest Altitude: 3810 Mts Region: Uttarkashi, Uttrakhand Trip Details     The locations that we are covering during this Trek are Deoriatal, Chopta, Tungnath, and Chandrashila. Chopta is a small region in Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary, Tungnath is the highest Shiva Temple in the world, Chandrashila peak is at an altitude of 4000 mts and offers perfect panoramic views of all the remarkable peaks of Uttarakhand such as Kedarnath, Gangotri, Chaukhamba, Nanda Devi, Trishul, etc. Difficulty Level: Easy Duration: 3 Days Kilometers: 28 Highest Altitude: 4000 Mts Region: Kedarnath, Uttarakhand Trip Details   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. Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate Duration: 4 Days Kilometers: 20 Highest Altitude: 3658 Mts Region: Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand Trip Details   Kareri Lake is a high altitude fresh water lake situated at an altitude of 2950 meters above sea level. The lake is surrounded by scenic meadows and Dhauladhars. The glaciers located in the Dhauladhars act as a water source to the lake. The trek is less explored and offers great scenic views of valleys and mountain ranges. The difficulty level of this trek varies from easy to moderate and hence it is suitable for both beginners as well as experienced ones. Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate Duration: 3 Days Kilometers: 26 Kms Highest Altitude: 2850 Mts Region: Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh Trip Details   Sandakhphu is located at an altitude of 3636 mts in Darjeeling district of West Bengal. Being the highest point in West Bengal state, this trek is frequented by trekkers; height being just one reason, this is the only trek in India wherein you can see four of the five highest peaks in the world namely Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse and Makalu. Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate Duration: 6 Days Kilometers: 44 Kms Highest Altitude: 3636 Mts Region: Darjeeling, West Bengal Trip Details   Ilaqa Pass, also called as Ilaqa got or Ilaqa glacier is a mountain pass situated at an altitude of 3500 meters above the sea level. The pass can be reached by doing a moderate trek of 15 km which starts from a suburb of Dharamshala, Mcleodganj. The views from the pass are beautiful. Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate Duration: 3 Days Kilometers: 30 Kms Highest Altitude: 3500 Mts Region: Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh Trip Details   Nag Tibba also called as Serpent’s Peak is the highest peak in the lesser Himalayas in Garhwal region. Situated at a height of 3022 meters above the sea level, the peak offers majestic views of some remarkable peaks such as Swargarohini, Banderpooch, Kala Nag and much more. The trail passes through villages, dense forest and meadows. Difficulty Level: Easy Duration: 2 Days Kilometers: 20 Kms Highest Altitude: 3022 Mts Region: Mussoorie, Uttarakhand Trip Details   Kuari Pass is an excellent winter trek in the Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand. The trek begins from the town of Joshimath, which is a known destinations for trekkers as well as pilgrims. The trek takes you through the remote villages, ancient forests, vast snowy meadows, etc Difficulty Level: Moderate Duration: 6 Days Kilometers: 30 Kms Highest Altitude: 4264 Mts Region: Joshimath, Uttarakhand Trip Details   Parashar lake is a sacred lake located on the top of a hill near the Baggi village in the Mandi district. The lake is situated at a height of 2730m above sea level and it is dedicated to Sage Parashar. There is a temple situated near the lake and is believed to be built in the 13th century. The lake houses a floating island which keeps changing its position time to time. With many stories doing the round few believed that it hasn’t shifted for the past three months and with the help of island shifts locals can predict weather conditions and can be prepared for worse. Difficulty Level: Easy Duration: 2 Days Kilometers: 17 Kms Highest Altitude: 2734 Mts Region: Mandi, Himachal Pradesh Trip Details    The trail of this trek is ancient and is linked with legendary stories. According to locals, it is the same route that Pandavas took on their way to heaven and that is why it is called “Valley of Gods”. There is one beautiful peak visible from the valley named Swargarohini and it is called the stairway to heaven. As Yudishthara  (one of the Pandavas) climbed this peak with his dog and reached the heaven. Apart from all this, there is one quaint village called Osla, situated on the way to Har ki Doon and it is one of the rare villages having a temple of Duryodhana (a Mahabharata character). Difficulty Level: Moderate Duration: 7 Days Kilometers: 67 Kms Highest Altitude: 3654 Mts Region: Sankri, Uttarakhand Trip Details   This 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. Difficulty Level: Easy Duration: 3 Days Kilometers: 6 Kms Region: Bir, Himachal Pradesh Trip Details   Dodital is a freshwater lake situated at an altitude of 3,024 metres above the sea level. The lake can be reached by a moderate trek of 20 km which starts from a small village Sangamchatti in the Uttarkashi district. The trek passes through dense forests and deep valleys and takes you up to the Darwa top which is situated at 4,200 meters. The top offers amazing panoramic views of snowcapped peaks of Garhwal Himalayas. Difficulty Level: Moderate Duration: 5 Days Kilometers: 20 Kms Highest Altitude: 3024 Mts Region: Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand Trip Details   Mcleodganj, also known as “Little Lhasa (Tibet) of India”, situated in the outskirts of Dharamshala at a height of 1785 meters (6831 feet) above the sea level. A small and beautiful hill station with a blend of Tibetan and Indian culture. The place is nestled amidst the mighty hills of Dhauladhars. Mcleodganj is known for its majestic landscapes, amazing culture and trekking trails. Difficulty Level: Easy Duration: 3 Days Kilometers: 15 Kms Highest Altitude: 2875 Mts Region: McleodGanj, Himachal Pradesh Trip Details   It is a traditional trekking route popular both to the Indians and foreigners, which follows a picturesque route past lush vegetation, blooming rhododendron flowers and wonderful mountain views. On a clear day the panorama from Dzongri top is unmatched and offers at least 20 high Himalayan peaks including Black Kabru, Kabru (South/North/Dome), Pandim, Tenzingkhang, Jopuno, Fork (I & II), Rathong, Frey, Kokthang and the gorgeous Kanchendzongha range Difficulty Level: Difficult Duration: 9 Days Kilometers: 84 Kms Highest Altitude: 4938 Mts Region: Yuksom, Sikkim Trip Details   For any details regarding the trip, you can contact Team JustWravel at 92057 25727 //   95824 32437  or drop us an email to contact@justwravel.com [post_title] => Christmas and New Year Trips [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => christmas-new-year-trips [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-10-31 18:43:48 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-10-31 13:13:48 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?p=1780 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 1 [filter] => raw ) [121] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1734 [post_author] => 116 [post_date] => 2017-11-01 10:38:16 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-11-01 05:08:16 [post_content] => Popularly known as “The Pink City”, Jaipur is revered for its royal and colorful backdrop. Whether you want to see the ancient forts, colorful gardens, old temples, or serene lakes, this capital city of Rajasthan has everything in its vicinity. There are various best places to visit near Jaipur with your closed ones. Here’re some amazing destinations for weekend getaways from Jaipur. Distance from Jaipur: 133 kms Distance from Jaipur: 163 kms Distance from Jaipur: 345 kms   Distance from Jaipur: 494 kms Distance from Jaipur: 325 kms   Distance from Jaipur: 666 kms Distance from Jaipur: 557 kms Looking for some more weekend getaways from Jaipur? Checkout the destination for your next trip here. [post_title] => 7 Weekend Getaways From Jaipur For A Refreshing Break [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => 7-weekend-getaways-jaipur-refreshing-break [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-11-01 10:38:16 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-11-01 05:08:16 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?post_type=guest_post&p=1734 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [122] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1818 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2017-11-06 17:01:59 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-11-06 11:31:59 [post_content] => There are two powers in the world, one is the sword and the other is the pen. There is a great competition and rivalry between the two. Then, there is a third power, stronger than both, that of the Women. Break the stereotype. Be a wraveler for life !!     Join us on our upcoming trips and be a Wraveler for Life !! [post_title] => Girls Who Travel [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => girls-who-travel [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-11-06 17:01:59 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-11-06 11:31:59 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?p=1818 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [123] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1799 [post_author] => 60 [post_date] => 2017-11-08 17:34:48 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-11-08 12:04:48 [post_content] => Udaipur has been extremely famous among Indian tourists as well as foreign visitors alike. Besides the enthralling palaces and a glimpse of what remains of our rich heritage, the City of Lakes abounds in absolutely pristine scenic-beauty that not just soothes your eyes but rejuvenates your soul. As a top tourist destination, Udaipur abounds in innumerable options for exquisite food and luxurious lodging; naturally, at every nook and corner, you’ll find someone to take you to the usual sight-seeing.                                    The view of lakes from any of the numerous palaces in Udaipur reflects the calmly-glassy beauty of natural waters However, beyond the royal stature of the City Palace or 300-years-old architecture of Jagdish-Mandir, this tourist hot-spot has places that are extraordinarily-appealing, the likes of which you should never miss out. Ubeswarji Waterfall-Temple Around 18 km off the main city of Udaipur, this place is named after the Lord Shiva temple situated there. However, the actual attraction of this place is the natural waterfall; the cool gushing water against the grey rocks and the green abode is an enchanting view to behold. Moreover, you can climb down through the rocks to where it stagnates into a little natural pool and take a dip in the cool water or choose to bathe under the toppling-down streams.                                 The down-hill pool guarded by the rocks  Lake Bari While you’ll only get to hear about lake Pichola - the most famous of all. Bari is the most incomparable of them all, especially if you’re a loner and enjoy the silence. Away from the bustling city-crowd and their incessant cacophony, Lake-Bari is an escape to the serenity. The nearby wilderness on the other side of this enormous lake adds to the soothing sound effects of chirruping birds; experience the sunset here, you’ll be glad to live to this day.                                    The gleaming golden ghats of Lake Bari amidst the serenity of hills and forest lands Sajjangarh Fort & Wildlife Sanctuary You’ll definitely hear about this from the locals, but they won’t tell you that it’s not really the fortress that worth the trip. The steep ride up-hill through the wildlife sanctuary and the aerial view of the lake city from Sajjangarh is the actual catch. On a cloudy day, the entire road stays covered with mist; the cool gushing wind and light drizzle, if any, will only add to the charisma. Though it’s not guaranteed, you might get to spot galloping antelope in the enigma of the fading sunlight on the way.                                    Miniscule Udaipur: as it appears from the high sunset-point at Sajjangarh Fort Nehru Park and Solar Observatory Located in the middle of lake Fateh Sagar – it’s assessable by only a boat. The ride is certainly enticing. Nothing extraordinary about the park or the observatory though, except the feel of floating on an island. The hills around, engaged in a hide-n-seek with the sun, while the reflection of flirting lights of the setting sun adds a silver shimmer on the water-surface: it’s truly mesmerizing! Most importantly it’s economical too, compared to a visit to Jag-Mandir or the Lake Palace which offers the same experience.                                    The view beyond the lake at sunset  Udaipur is accessible by both train and flight yet I’ll suggest you take a road trip from Ahmadabad; hire a cab to ride over 250 km through the old fold Aravalli range; the exquisite experience will only flare up your zeal of travelling. [post_title] => 4 completely uncommon places to explore in Udaipur [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => 4-completely-uncommon-places-explore-udaipur [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-11-08 17:37:22 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-11-08 12:07:22 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?post_type=guest_post&p=1799 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [124] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1810 [post_author] => 116 [post_date] => 2017-11-10 17:04:18 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-11-10 11:34:18 [post_content] => One of the most colorful city in Rajasthan. Jaipur not only reflects the rich and royal heritage of India but also offers some exciting places for road trips. If you live in Jaipur and looking for some great road trip destinations, then your search ends here. So hop on and get ready to explore these 10 best road trips from Jaipur under minimal budget! HARYANA UTTARAKHAND GUJRAT MADHYA PRADESH   Looking for some more destinations near Jaipur? Checkout the road trips you can plan under Rs.5000. [post_title] => Top 10 Exciting Road Trips From Jaipur Under Rs.5000 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => top-10-exciting-road-trips-jaipur-rs-5000 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-11-10 17:06:48 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-11-10 11:36:48 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?post_type=guest_post&p=1810 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [125] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1832 [post_author] => 64 [post_date] => 2017-11-11 02:39:04 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-11-10 21:09:04 [post_content] => With November making way for winter, doesn’t a road trip to the abode of clouds sounds like an enthralling idea? Yes, you got that right, I am, of course talking about Meghalaya here! A place where one can dive in the lap of nature directly and make memories of a lifetime. Well, there is a reason its capital city, Shillong is famously known as the “Scotland of the East”. From scenic mountains and lush green pine forests to the awe-inspiring lakes and oh-so-beautiful waterfalls, Shillong has everything that makes this hill station nature’s favorite. And, if that’s not enough, a road trip to Meghalaya with Just Wravel also makes way for exotic, short itineraries every now and then. Excited? Wish to explore a whole new world of traveling before the end of 2017? Then, what are you waiting for? Put on your traveling shoes and travel with Just Wravel. We have planned an impeccable road trip to Meghalaya commencing from 18th November to 24th November. 7 days amidst clouds, nature, and serenity. Could it get any more awesome? Certainly not. And, hey! do you know what the cherry on the cake is? Since there are no direct flights and rail services between Delhi and Shillong, the flight/train needs to be boarded for Delhi to Guwahati. So, yes, this road trip covers Guwahati too. Isn’t that an added bonus? The beautiful riverine port city of Assam lying in the realms of Shillong Plateau and Brahmaputra river is famous for its rich wildlife. And, who wouldn’t want to explore it? So, while you are already smiling on thinking about the warm memoirs Meghalaya would induce you with; let me give you a little sneak peek of this whole road trip. Yes, at Just Wravel, we plan everything intricately and keep our travelers informed about it. For, you aren’t just another client for us, but a part of our extended #Wraveler family too. Here’s a look at the itineraries that we are going to cover. Day 1: Arrival at Guwahati followed by sightseeing. Once you reach Guwahati airport/railway station, the Just Wravel representative will receive and take you to the hotel. We have got bikes for all the bike enthusiasts, covering this road trip on bikes. For, other fellow Wravelers, we always have cabs. Once in the hotel, after a little rest and freshening up, we would head to sightseeing so that you can make the most out of its grandeur beauty. Beginning from Kamakhya temple, lying atop Nilanchal hills, the sightseeing at Guwahati would cover the Assam state museum, where you can witness the rich and unique heritage of the Assam culture. Also, you get to explore the captivating wildlife at the State Zoo cum Botanical Garden, the largest zoo of the North-East before coming back to the hotel in evening. The dinner and stay would, of course, be in Guwahati itself. Day 2: Travel all the way from Guwahati to Shillong. So, finally comes the day where you will unwind yourself through our road trip to Meghalaya. 100 km and a 4-hour journey to Shillong to explore our very own “Scotland of the East”. And, there’s this Umium lake on the way to Shillong that you can visit en route. This scenic reservoir attracts a lot of tourists every year. The day would end by checking in the hotel, followed by an overnight stay and dinner. Day 3: Shillong to Cherrapunjee- Make way for the wettest place on Earth. We would start early morning after the breakfast to reach the always-so-rainy Cherrapunjee. Enroute, you get to explore the magnificent three step Elephanta falls, located at a close proximity to the Shillong peak, which also has some breathtaking and mesmerizing views to capture. The beautiful waterfall Nohkalikai is also enroute, lying at a distance of 7km from Cherrapunji. Not only is it the fifth highest waterfall in India but, the most photogenic one too. Further, you can also visit Mawsmai caves, an extended, long cave which is a one of its kind of adventure. This day would mark its end with dinner and overnight stay as usual before we proceed further on our journey. Day 4: Cherrapunjee to Mawlynnong: Welcome to the cleanest village in Asia!  The day would start by driving all the way to Dawki river, lying close to the border of Bangladesh with some picturesque views and clouds to get lost in. In fact, the Dawki-Tamabil border between Bangladesh and India is one of the friendliest international borders you would ever see. After Dawki, our destination would certainly be  Mawlynnong, the cleanest village in Asia, where exploring the 100 year old living root bridge would definitely be an experience of a lifetime. A sumptuous dinner along with an overnight stay here would make way for another exciting day. Day 5: Mawlynnong to Shillong: Back to the Scotland of East. So, while you interact and make new friendships with the locals of Mawlynnong, don’t forget to buy the intricately carved bamboo goodies as souvenirs before heading back to Shillong. We would take a few occasional breaks enroute to witness the beauty of a plethora of waterfalls. Once back in Shillong by evening, relax with an overnight stay and dinner, of course. Day 6: Shillong to Guwahati: The journey nears its final destination. The morning would begin visiting the Don Bosco museum, considered one of the finest museums in the whole of Asia. It would be followed by going to the Ward’s lake before bidding adieu to Shillong. You can also stop at Kalakshetra enroute, a sound and light show depicting the rich Assamese culture. Once back to Guwahati, you can sit back and rewind the memories while this road trip reaches its final day. Day 7: A little more of Guwahati sightseeing and the final departure. The last day of the trip will mark its end with visits to various temples like Tirupati Balaji Temple, Nabagraha Temple etc. You can even explore the local attraction along with the market as the evening comes and you are dropped back to the Guwahati airport/railway station. The trip would certainly end on a good note while you bid farewell to these amazing destinations of North-East, along with beautiful, heartwarming memories that shall be engraved in your heart forever. So, don’t miss out, contact us now and explore North-East like never before. [post_title] => Road trip to Meghalaya: The perfect introduction to North-East. 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Keeping this in mind throughout the time I planned for my trek to Hampta Pass, I started contacting people I knew who would not bail out at the last moment because I had been sitting frustrated in my office chair in the hot June afternoons and I just wasn't prepared to take a no as an answer. The chaotic Delhi evening traffic and the extremely hot weather had taken its toll on me and I just had to get out of Delhi in any way possible, and Hampta Pass was my escape at least for the few coming days. I reached Manali around 10 in the morning and drove towards Jobra from there. I got off the transport at Jobra and I was just awestruck at the sheer beauty that was in front of me. The thing about mountains that fascinates me the most is that no matter how much you try to sink in the beauty of them, you’ll never have ample amount of time for it. The huge structures covered with trees and a river with water cold enough for you to freeze the squeezy chocolates, clouds like soft cotton surrounding the peaks as if protecting them from the Sun and a cold breeze that carries the aroma of a hundred thousand of flowers blowing through the entire valley as if welcoming you in the most decorated ways. This trip could not have started any better. I felt the magic the moment I stepped in Jobra. From Jobra began the journey to Chika. Though I was carrying a heavy backpack, I still managed to be far ahead of everyone else the whole time. The Sun was still not out and that made the atmosphere a bit colder though it was only around 1 PM. The bright Sunlight finally came out. And with it came a warm breeze that called out to the birds who began chirping in unison and the valley felt like a screening of a Mozart concert the only difference being there were no musical instruments, just the melodious voices of an uncountable number of birds. I had a dream, of gazing at the mountains from the path of the river stream and feel the love that these enormous mountains are giving away to those who dare to stand in front of them and thank them for being the example of resilience in desperate time to all those who come see them standing firm in the most difficult times. This time, I got to fulfil my dream and it felt like my heart will burst with so many emotions overflowing together. At Chika, I called it in and stayed there. It was around 4 PM when I reached there, and I saw a beautiful waterfall. It was beautiful, and it spoke to me. The waterfall gave me the idea of what was to come in the next part of the journey. It was going to be beautiful of course, but, it was going to be a difficult path to walk on. I saw the rock broken at so many places by the impact it must have had over the millennia from the water and I felt it’s going to be a tough task reaching Hampta because there’s going to be water bodies at so many places obstructing my path that I’ll need to overcome. And I took that thought with me to bed. Balu Ka Gera was the next stoppage for me. In between came a fast stream of river that was so difficult to cross because the knee-high water and slippery rocks beneath posed as obstacles. I managed to cross that with a smile on my face and moved ahead when I saw a flock of sheep. Behind them were two beautiful dogs. I could not resist but pet them for they were so irresistibly shiny and friendly. They were helping two shepherds keep an eye on the flock. From a distance, I could see tents of people set up around a beautiful picturesque valley point that looked something similar I used to draw as a child in my drawing book. A river flowing from the foothills and clouds all around with little houses on one side there was greenery all around the place. I saw my childhood come back to me at this point. I reached Hampta Pass the next morning, starting early as I had to take a lot of pictures and I had very little time. Hampta Pass was something that I’d never imagined to be so beautiful. Hampta Pass is a place that acts as a contact point of two valleys of the Himachal region: Kullu and Spiti. I had never seen but only heard of Spiti Valley being an epitome of beauty no matter what season it was. I had an urge of being able to see it with my own eyes. I finally saw it all. Kullu Valley staring on my back as I stood right at the edge of it, over Hampta Pass, with my hands wide open and screaming in joy looking Spiti Valley in front of me. I could not sink in the beauty of that moment. I was overwhelmed with the everything turning out to be so perfectly falling into place for me. People say, all’s well if it ends well. And frankly speaking, my trip couldn’t have had a better end than it did. I witnessed my life's most amazing Sunset. I sat beside the river watching the Sun go down behind the mountains as the entire valley turned dark within minutes. I could do nothing but admire the sheer beauty of this valley. And capture it with my camera and keep it as a memory for many years to come. Perhaps the most important moment of this and my life came when I was just about to get into my taxi back to Delhi when I saw a certain individual standing on the other side of the road, leaning against a car. This individual had always been a driving force for me to go travel to different place and keep the hunger alive in me to explore even more. I got to meet my long-time favourite storyteller, photographer, traveler Abhinav Chandel for the very first time. For a guy with over fifty thousand followers on Instagram, Abhinav showed great humility towards me and remembered me as the guy who once tagged him in a post on Facebook. I was so happy at that moment. Finally, my trip had ended but my adventure was just beginning…….       [post_title] => Trek to Hampta Pass An Unforgettable Experience [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => trek-to-hampta-pass-an-unforgettable-experience [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-11-14 19:44:57 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-11-14 14:14:57 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.justwravel.com/blog/?post_type=guest_post&p=1889 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [127] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1863 [post_author] => 124 [post_date] => 2017-11-15 17:55:20 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-11-15 12:25:20 [post_content] =>

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

Our stay at Forest rest house Sunrise at Kalatop