May 19, 2017 By:
Vacations are necessary evil. One such Marvellous trip was to Malaysia, Singapore. The trip was planned in November 2k16. We started on 29th October and returned on 6th November. the Trip Itinerary was as follows-: DAY 1: - We Started from Mumbai International Airport to Changi airport Singapore. From Singapore We took a Flight to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. On the first Day we visited Putrajaya "The Planned City" Putrajaya is known for its late 20th century Architecture. Putrajaya serves as the federal administrative Centre of Malaysia. We visited the Architecture Marvels of Putrajaya which included The Kings Palace, Dataran Merdeka Square, National Mosque, National Monument, Cricket Field, High Court Building which are known the ancient architectural wonders. After the City Orientation Tour of Kuala Lumpur, we ended our 1st day of This Exiting tour. We were really impressed and awestruck by the monuments and were really excited to know what the future tour holds for us. DAY 2: We woke up to the excitement feeling about what the day holds for us. Our excitement knew no bounds when we came to know that we are visiting the Infamous K . L towers, Petronas twin towers. K . L towers - Kuala Lumpur towers. seventh tallest structure of the world. It is the communication towers in Kuala lumpur, Malaysia. Height- 421 Metres (1,380 feet approx.) It has a revolving restaurant which provides panoramic view of Kuala Lumpur to the Diners. Construction Started on 1st March 1991 and completed on 1st October 1995. Even races are held each year in which thousands of athletes take part. They have only one motto - to reach to the top in shortest time. Petronas Twin Towers - another architectural wonder. Twin Skyscrapers in Malaysia. Two towers built by two different construction companies. west Tower built by Japanese, East tower built by South Korean. they were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 and remain the tallest twin towers in the world. on the 41st and 42nd floor there stands a sky bridge which joins the two towers. It serves as the Office for Petronas Oil and Natural gas company. Height - 450 metres. The ground floors include a Mall " Suria KLCC " which houses the most famous brands of the world. After visiting these two Modern Architectural marvels we started for SUNWAY LAGOON the Famous Amusement park of Malaysia. SUNWAY LAGOON – Sunway Lagoon is an Amusement Cum Water Park in Kuala Lumpur. It includes Water Park, Amusement Park, Scream Park, Extreme Park, wildlife Park, Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon. Water Park includes 13 different slides and a Surf Beach which includes Flowrider, Surf Beach, Mushroom/Umbrella, Water Disco, Surf Deck, Harbour Deck, Islands, Promenade and Volcano.Other water rides include Cameroon Climb, African Python, Congo Challenge, Vuvuzela and Waterplexx 5D Scream Park include 4 interactive "scare" experience by using audio, visual effects and live actors. The 4 scare attractions are Pontianak Theatre of Fear, Horrorwood Studios, Zombie Apocalypse and The Ghostbusters Adventure Live! And is strictly for Kids above 7 yrs. Amusement Park is divided in two Parts Wild West with 4 rides and World of Adventure with 9 rides/ attractions. The rides at Wild West include Colorado Splash, Grand Canyon River Rapids, Vultures and Butch Cassidy Trail. The World of Adventure Features Pirate’s Revenge, Tomahawk, Lost City of Gold Scream Coaster, Apache Pots, Wagon Wheel, Carousel, Captain Kid’s Candyland, Captain Kid’s Playland and Malaysia’s Longest Pedestrian Suspension Bridge Extreme Park has paintball, bungee trampoline, kayaking, paddle boat, swan ride, All-terrain vehicles (ATV), archery, flying fox, go kart, g-force and bungee jump. Wildlife Park is a zoo with different and rare kind of birds, animals. Nickelodeon lost lagoon The First Nickelodeon-themed land in Asia, caters for all ages. Among the attractions are the SpongeBob Splash Adventure, Primeval, Jungle Fury and Monsoon 360.Visitors can meet Nickelodeon Characters. ATTRACTIONS THAT YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY TRY AT SUNWAY LAGOON-: 1) FLOWRIDER IN WATER PARK. 2) PIRATES REVENGE IN AMUSEMENT PARK. 3) GRAND CANYON RIVER RAPIDS IN EXTREME PARK. 4) AFRICAN PYTHON IN WATERPARK. 5) WATERPLEXX 5D IN WATER PARK. AND ALL THE RIDES IN EXTREMEPARK IF YOU ARE A REAL DAREDEVIL. SUNWAY LAGOON INCLUDES THE LARGEST WATER SLIDE VUVUZELA IN WORLD AND LARGE ST PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE IN ASIA. IT IS BUILT ON A TIN MINING WASTELAND. We were really tired at end of day 2 and equally exited for 3rd day. DAY 3 -: We started early for Genting highlands Enroute we visited Batu Caves by climbing around 220 stairs. It was a wonderful experience to visit kartekeya swami temple at top. We Took the World’s fastest and longest Cable Car ride for Genting Highland which was awesome experience as we passed over Rainforests. Genting Highland includes Video Games Centre and Casino. It also provides a whole new shopping experience to visitors. It has Biggest Hotel of Malaysia. Our Day at Genting Highlands and our trip of Malaysia ended on a Sweet Note as next day we were starting for Singapore. DAY 4: - We started for Singapore early morning and reached Singapore in the evening Later We Only visited The Infamous Night Safari of Singapore. We travelled through 7 different wildlife zone in a tram ride and encountered around 2500 species of birds, animals and fishes which also houses rare Animals which are nocturnal. After Dinner at Night safari we ended our Day. MUST WATCH-ANIMAL SHOW AT NIGHT SAFARI. DAY 5: - That Day we explored the City of Singapore. The City orientation tour of Singapore included Suntec City, Fountain of Wealth, City Hall, Orchard Road, Swissotel the Stamford - tallest hotel in Singapore, Parliament House, The Esplanade” we were really impressed by the modern architecture of this country”, Marina Bay Sands, Merlion – Symbol of Singapore, Garden by Bay – Flower Dome which houses all kinds of plants, it was a wonderful experience to sit in the Nature’s Lap Which was artificially created. Then we took a Singapore river boat ride, today we also Enjoyed Singapore Flyer ride which is second largest flyer in world and also gives panoramic view of city. Later Experienced the Cable Car ride from Mt. Faber to Sentosa Island. Took a thrill of Luge Ride with Sky Ride, a unique experience, Images of Singapore, Madame Tussads wax museum. Took a mono-rail ride. Today we also enjoyed spectacular light and water show - 'Wings of Time' show in the evening MUST WATCH-WINGS OF TIME. MUST DO – LUGE RIDE. ALSO VISIT MERLION STATUE AT SENTOSA. SENTOSA ISLAND Includes 1) Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom is a landscape garden with over 15,000 live butterflies, representing more than fifty species. 2) Sentosa Merlion is a gigantic 37-metre-tall replica of the Merlion. 3) Sentosa 4D Adventureland contains Singapore's and Southeast Asia's first four-dimensional theatre. 4) MegaZip adventure Park. 5) Madame tussauds Museum. 6) Wave House. 7) iFly Singapore - Measuring 16.5 feet in diameter with a flying height of 56.5 feet. iFly Singapore is the world's largest themed vertical wind tunnel. 8) Kidzania Singapore an interactive indoor theme park. Thus we ended our day 5 on wonderful note and we were really excited as UNIVERSAL STUDIOS awaits us on next day. DAY 6: - UNIVERSAL STUDIOS Singapore was really waiting to thrill and excite us. We reached universal studios at 10.00 am and there were around 6.00 hrs to spend. The tour guide told us to hurry as 6 hours is very less at Universal studios, Singapore and he was right. Universal studios: -the Park is divided into five Zones 1)Hollywood Themed after the real Hollywood Boulevard of the 1970s. 2)Ancient Egypt. As the name suggests, the Ancient Egypt zone is themed after the rich Egyptian architecture and artefacts found during the Golden Age of Egyptian Exploration in the 1930s. 3)Jurassic Park based on Movie Jurassic Park. 4)Far Far Away based on the The Kingdom of Far Far Away 5)Madagascar Based on Imaginative World of Madagascar MUST TRY RIDES- “TRANSFORMER RIDE”, “REVENGE OF MUMMY”, “PUSS IN THE BOOTS THE RIDE” and “CANOPY FLYER”. DO NOT TRY IF YOU ARE WEAK HEARTED. The words of tour guide were true as we were unable to finish universal in 6 hours. It was a hectic day as we returned to our hotel tired. DAY 7: - Everyone was bit dejected as it was last day of our tour, but bird lovers in our group were waiting to visit jurongs bird park. Jurongs bird Park-Home to many rare and normal Birds It is Bird Zoo cum breeding Center. MUST WATCH – BIRD SHOW. We checked in at Changi airport in the evening and returned to our home safely. Singapore and Malaysia really amazed me, being such small countries, they are developed to great extent. The roads in Malaysia are very clean. The credits of keeping Malaysia clean entirely goes to the citizens. Citizens of Singapore are really disciplined which lead to development of their country. After this trip I took an oath to keep my country neat and clean and hence made my contribution towards the development of my country

May 15, 2017 By:
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OMG TRIP..!!! Wow, while we were having 2 more days for enjoyment I went with my family to Dharamshala. It was a beautiful journey as we were travelling through car; actually we all are having benefits of travelling in car. If we are travelling in car we can stop anywhere and can enjoy that particular location to the core. Travelling is always fun when company is good and with family it always turn into a beautiful trip. We reached Dharamshala around 3:00 pm in afternoon the weather was quite romantic and beauty of nature was attracting you with all high things. We searched for a hotel and luckily we found a place to stay although it was a tough job as season was on the peak. On that day we went to beautiful place which is still my favorite place to view the sunset i.e. Tea Garden in Dharamshala a breath taking place I ever visit. The view from the height in incredible and you are totally surrounded with refreshing and pure air. And all you’ll see greenery at the top. That day I fall in love with beauty of nature. And after that we reached at the door of god in Kunalpathri temple which was near to Tea Garden and the peace of temple was giving you synergy we attended the aarti there and spend our one hour in the name of god. We get to know about the story of temple which was very interesting. And while going back to hotel it was almost a night, while we were on the way to hotel the romantic air was creating the magic. And we reached to hotel than, A beautiful day ended with the tasty food in Dharamshala. On the second day we went to McLeoad Ganj we were very excited to see Lord Buddha's culture. It was located at the top of Dharamshala and when we went there parking of cars was at distance so we covered further distance while walking. It was worth walking, as shopping stuff was there on the roadside and all tibetian market was attracting us. We done shopping and finally reached to our destination at Mcleoad Ganj Temple. It was good to see the others culture. We were highly obliged to visit there and get to see the statue of Lord Budha which was beyond beautiful. Temple is very impressive. And at the end we want to see the Cricket stadium due to our bad luck it was closed on Sunday. And then at the end we say good bye to Dharamshala. After returning we went to Jwala Devi temple which is another place of god’s grace and their unbelievable magic. And trip is ended with the blessing of god.

May 9, 2017 By:
Journeys have always fascinated me to the core. Being one of the activities I love the most, travelling not only refreshes me but also give me lots of memories I cling to throughout my lifetime. One such beautiful travel experience is the trip to Maa Vaishno Devi temple in Katra. The abode of my Maa, the supreme power and the Goddess herself. My journey started from the north-eastern state of Assam, from the hustling town of Guwahati. It was a journey with my mother and two of my aunts. We started out on a late February day by Rajdhani express at 7 am. My father and a sister in law came to bid us on this beautiful journey. Though I wanted my sis in law to accompany a lot, she couldn't for some health issues. We were both in tears as the train chugged out of the station whistling through the slums located near the tracks onto the mesmerizing Saraighat Bridge across the River Brahmaputra. I loved train journeys very much, looking out to the fields and is also the place I resort to another most loved activity of mine- reading. The day went by lazily sleeping and reading into the night and then to the next morning. I hardly knew which stations passed by in the midst of the night. We reached Delhi around 1 pm and checked into Mayur Assam hotel in Arakashan road in Paharganj. It was a stay of few hours as we again had a train at night to Jammu. As we had few hours to spare, we roamed the markets in Arakashan road, had lunch and came back to the hotel to rest for some time. Thereafter, we had a train from Old Delhi railway Junction to Jammu Tawi junction at 8.30 pm. We reached Jammu early the morning next day and took a bus from Jammu to holy town Katra. The ride from Jammu to Katra was pleasant crossing small hills into the valley wherefrom we can see the breathtaking view of the route to the Maa Vaishno Devi temple. Once we reached Katra, we checked into a local hotel, ate, bathed and packed light clothes to start for the temple. We had pre-bookings of stay in Gouri Bhawan in the temple premises which is why we took clothes with us. Thereafter, started the long walk to the temple premises. I should surely add here, the 12 km long walk was indeed very refreshing. It is true when people say there is no pain felt when you walk miles to visit your Maa. The road spotted with holy souvenir shops and religious songs gave us company as we reached the entrance of the temple. We walked through the long queue and visited our holy Maa. She was graceful in her abode, the calmness and graceful aura surrounding the whole premises. Words fall short of describing how much I adore her and love her. She is the one and only, the ever power and ever knowing and the supreme amongst all. Once we had her view, we went to the Gouri Bhawan and stayed for the night. We had bookings for the aarti early at 5 am in the morning so we hastily slept off. It was already dark when we woke up for the aarti and got ready to start for the temple again. We witnessed the aarti- the divine prayer to the deity and the call to seek her blessings and love. Thereafter, we went to see Maa once again before leaving for Bhairav mandir on the mountaintop. After reaching Bhairav Mandir by walking 2.5 kms uphill, we offered prayers and then sat awhile there and then took the way back to the base. We reached after around six hours and took rest to our fill. Next day, we did some local shopping and headed for Jammu in a bus. Once we reached there, we stayed for few hours before heading for Delhi in a train. We reached Delhi the next day and stayed in a hotel at Karol Bagh. We had entire two days to spare and we shopped, visited friends and places across Delhi. After the refreshing two days in Delhi, we headed for Guwahati again in the same Rajdhani Express with a hope to come back to Delhi and mostly to visit Maa again in the near future. We reached Guwahati the next evening with my father waiting at the station for us to pick us up. The journey from Guwahati to Maa Vaishno Devi temple was indeed much refreshing and joyful. It is indeed always a happy moment when one visits Maa's abode.

May 8, 2017 By:
Who doesn’t want a vacation? Well, we all do!! Vacation is something each of us desires or want to have. Well, my trip was something unique as it was the first time I went for a trip without my parents and family…Yes, you heard me right without my family…Just with my friend!! I and my friend planned to take some days off and go to Delhi, the capital city!! We travelled through a train and after reaching Delhi we took a metro to reach my relative’s house. It was around 12 noon when we reached the place and decided to have lunch and head out to explore the city in the true style of a Delhi wala..!! We decided to first go to India Gate for a mesmerising experience. We reached there in the evening and took a quite a lot of pictures to never forget this place. We even tried a local golgappa and bhelpuri stall there (as there are a lot to find these types of stalls). After which it started to nightfall and I and my friend decided to head to my relative’s house. The next day we decided to visit Jantar Mantar. Although it is a good place to visit but I personally found Jaipur’s Jantar Mantar far better than this one. After which we headed towards Paharganj Market. It was the time to shop some ethnic and Jaipuri style stuff from the market. We brought a lot of stuff for ourselves and even for our family and other friends. It is a market which is mostly visited by foreigners and especially hippie people. You’ll find a quite lot of these kinds of people there. And then we decided to head back to our resting place. On the third day, we went to visit the most famous place among the youngsters of Delhi, Hauz Khas village. Although the place is in ruins now but this place is so common for having photoshoots. We ourselves found many people having their pre-wedding photo shoots. We too visited Kumzum café which is quite popular some travellers for exchanging their views and experiences. The place was so reverting. When we were just heading out there we encountered some people from a Youtube channel and decided to be a part of their game. After finishing up the game, we headed towards Sarojini Market, one of the most preferred places to shop for all latest trends clothes and stuff. There we shopped our hearts out. We brought tops, jeans, earring, bags, footwear almost every good stuff we could lay our hands on. Well, Sarojini is a place where you can get everything it’s just that you are able to find our stuff among the chunks. There we had our dinner in a South Indian restaurant. After which decided to take back a metro and return home. On the fourth day, we went to see Lodi gardens and a movie. Again Lodi gardens and tomb are famous for photo shoots. We found some pre- wedding photo shoots and a baby girl’s birthday photo shoot been shot. That day we had our dinner in Paharganj market. It was our last day in Delhi and we decided to have the most of it. We decided to visit the Garden of 5 Senses. Well, the entry for this garden is paid but the scenes here are so refreshing. One can also try some of the adventurous activities here like rock climbing, zip lining among others. I too wanted to try one but couldn’t as this garden is huge to see and I was late when I got to that part of the garden. After leaving the garden of 5 senses we decided to go to Gurudwara Bangla Sahib for some spiritual and tranquillity feels. As it was Sunday we found a lot of people here offering their respects and services. We decided to stay there for a while after which we went our ways. The next day we took our train from Delhi and returned back home. This is how my trip ended, on a very happy note.

May 8, 2017 By:
Camping on the bank of a river has always been in my bucket list. I told this to my friends and we decided to go to Devprayag. It's a town in Uttarakhand where Alaknanda and Bhagirathi rivers meet. We decided to travel in a sunroof car, which was also in my bucket list. We reached there at 6pm. We lighted the bonfire. It was early December . After dinner , we all sat near bonfire and turned on the speaker. We all danced in various songs. After it , I sat near the river with my feet under the water. It was so peaceful listening to the sound of flowing water. I started walking on the stones and suddenly wind starts blowing and it was like my emotions just got boost up. It was a heavenly feeling. We captured all the beautiful moments . I never wanted to come back. We had to return so here the trip ends. It was just more than a memory i could write about :) .

May 6, 2017 By:
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London being the centre of the world, you come across different cultures around the world in just one city. And your expectations are obviously high because it’s “London”. We planned a family holiday last autumn when the leaves just began to turn yellow (mostly green when I reached). I was visiting my cousins there. It takes about eight hours to reach London from Delhi. I still remember the cloudy sky when we landed. The best part about London is its sky changing colours and the picturesque clouds. You feel like you’ll reach them if you climb a floor higher. We made our way to “The New Home” and had some amazing Pizza from Asda (supermarket with super- food) and just slept through the night after a long day. The very next day we were very excited to go sightseeing and see the main attractions. We hopped on South West Train to reach the main station Waterloo and changed towards Green Park. Our first stop was the Buckingham Palace (We started clicking pictures from all angles, my cousin told me that if the British flag was up the Queen is present in the palace. Next, we walked down to the Trafalgar Square, 10 Downing Street, Big Ben and London eye from where you can have the breathtaking views of the skyscrapers and the skyline. After that we went to Greenwich by ferry, a little cruise down the river Thames passing under the London Bridge and the Millennium Bridge and one can have a clear view of the Shard, the tallest building in the U.K. We also experienced serene views from the Royal Observatory and later had some really delicious authentic Chinese food Greenwich had to offer. Next day it had to be Oxford Street (The shopaholics’ paradise) for us. We checked out few brands namely Selfridges (IT’S HUGE!!), Forever 21, Aldo, Primark, New Look, Zara, River Island, Hollister, Abercrombie, and Uniqlo. My sister and I shopped a little (Shopping can never be little for us; we almost bought ourselves 2 huge suitcases.) We travelled to many suburban towns during our trip which was so peaceful and most shops close down by six in the evening. The countryside has its own beauty (posh and beautiful houses in Windsor with a little flower garden in front seemed like houses from a fairytale.) We also went to Brighton which is a two-hour drive from London (A pebble beach with blue sea and a lot of seagulls). Brighton Pier has a lot of activities to offer. It has many restaurants, pubs and small shops to buy souvenirs and also few rides for the kids (some dangerous ones too). We took a ride on the booster (indeed most scary but most beautiful views of the sea before it starts). One should not miss having authentic English breakfast, the staple, fish ‘n’ chips and Toffee cheesecake from Tesco. The list can go on because London has so much to offer. On my last day in London I was about to leave to catch my flight and when I stepped out of our house there I saw a double rainbow. It was indeed once a lifetime experience (you don’t get to see one in Delhi that too like a full semi-circle touching the ground). I did not feel like leaving, I wanted to see it until it faded away. I think I left a part of me there. Someone has correctly said ‘WHEN A MAN IS TIRED OF LONDON, HE’S TIRED OF LIFE, FOR THERE IS IN LONDON ALL THAT LIFE CAN AFFORD.’

May 5, 2017 By:
Time is history when we travel back and admire its ruins. I went on a journey, into the celebrated golden age in the history of Karnataka. I am glad to take you in this time travel, where we witness the roots of unparalleled art and architecture in Karnataka. With the patriotic spirits of Independence Day, me and my family had decided to explore the hidden masterpieces of ancient time in our country. We started out the previous day on wheels, crossing about five districts in the western direction from Bangalore. Witnessing the change in weather conditions, culture and people, we ate different food in different places. The change in earth from Bangalore to Bagalkot district was beautiful. The ever changing rains added rainbows to our memories and sometimes mud to our car. Thus we started our journey into the glorious capital of the ancient Chalukya dynasty. Badami is formerly known as Vataapi Badami, the capital of Chalukya Dynasty, which ruled much of Karnataka from the 6th to the 8th century. We arrived at these caves in the morning when the sun was just getting ready to scorch on us. The first experience I felt at the sight of these orange caves, was enormity despite a long distance. It was a long complex of caves on one side and an artificial lake on the west side. When we started ascending into the caves, I realised that the sandstone rocks were drilled from underneath to form these caves. The entrances to these caves are balanced with pillars which hold the entire load of the cave. The science and the precision behind this architectural achievement are unfathomable with the advancements of that age unlike in our age. These temples are a mixture of Hindu, Jain and some of Buddhist culture. The intricate and beautiful carvings in these temples have paved way for the other great architectures in Karnataka. The sculptures of the gods are greater than live sizes, giving an appeal of divinity. The magnificent sculpture of Nataraja, the fiercely dancing Shiva, is the perfect example of divine imagination. It is about five feet tall and has about 18 hands showing different weapons and different hand styles of dance. It appears like the sandstone has come alive in a beautiful dance, along with Ganesha and other gods accompanying it. Similarly there is a Vishnu idol, sitting in on the serpent, Shesha making it Sheshashayana. The peace behind the closed eyes of the sculpture inspires us to close our eyes and see the silence. The orange colored sandstone has bloomed into life with many gods of greatness. As we ascend upper into other caves, there is a scenic beauty of the tranquil lake that was created artificially. As we move along the caves we could see a change in the religion and the gods. This cave complex shows a culmination of one god under different names. The Jain Tirthankaras are absorbed in meditation reflecting the penance of ancient times. At some places we got to see some paint on the sculptures, which has mostly been washed away. I was surprised by the time that had slipped away because for every minute there is a story which gets revealed all over these caves. For the ones who have seen Hampi and other great Dravidian architecture, it can be easily understood that these are the main roots which have spread all over Karnataka. I was standing in the cradle of South Indian temple architecture, which later gave birth to awe striking art of the temples in South India. After filling our eyes with exquisite art, we proceeded in filling our stomach. After a decent meal we set out to Pattadkal, travelling about 20 kilometers for about half hour. It was almost approaching evening when we had reached there. I have to say, that evening is the best time to see this place. The entire complex of temples was lit up in sunlight. It was as if the temples were mixes with gold powder. It was a perfect picture of paradise. The history says that Pattadkal was also known as Raktapura (Red city) which may have been due to the mountains nearby. I think I understood or rather saw this reference pretty beautifully. The architecture in Pattadkal is little more advanced than in the caves. It appeared as if the carvings of Badami caves were more perfected. Here also it is an amalgamation of both Hindu and Jain culture. The temples stand in both Dravidian and the north Indian Nagara style. The temples are adorned with stones that have come alive with mythological stories. We can even find stones with inscriptions engraved in old Kannada. It appears as if the stones have seen a lot of rains an sunrises. We should wonder what great stories they hold in, along this game of time. The largest temple amidst the group is the Virupaksha Temple, where the idol is kept alive with lamps and rituals. It is said that Pattadkal was the grand place of coronation for the kings of Chalukyan family. It really is a poetic justice for a king to wear his crown at a place filled with majesty and grandeur. As the sun started ascending, the guards in the temple complex started whistling to notify the closing time. We tried to photograph as much as possible both in our cameras and as well as in our hearts. This place really serves as a perfect inspiration to start new things in life. The splendid evening there germinates an everlasting hope in us to explore more in life. And hence travel more and more.

May 5, 2017 By:
My phone notification cut through the sound of pen tapping on my desk….espresso machine operating...fax machine printing, all in the mundane aura of my standard office slog. It was my dad who`s still not gotten a hang of attaching images to a message. His text read "  Walvan booked for May 5 days trip". The enthu-cutlet in me rejoiced instantly but only to pick up frenzy, when I realized the place ...Walvan? Now where the hell is that? Promptly my fingers reached for the keyboard and to my horror Google showed up no resort in sight. All it displayed was a massive dam called Walvan with strong historic significance. Looking around at the gloomy faces, same walls I immediately knew no matter what place it is...I needed this...I really did In a hope to rejuvenate the wrecked energy within me I embarked on this journey with my family. Bereft of any greenery, the roads looked troubled by the onslaught of civilization...with never ending highways tolls and buildings on either side I would be lying if I said the journey did any good to me. Radio embedded in the car served as my only solace throughout. It hardly took us 3 hours to reach out destination. Inching closer to our dwelling I gaped at the site in front of me. It was nothing like I imagined it to be..No deserted spot No abandoned bungalow, instead stood before me a proud bungalow shining in its opulence. My captivation was broken by a sound...a voice greeting us “Welcome to the White House Lonavla Sir”. I was like " White house like really THE WHITE HOUSE??!!... A smile played on his lips he and warmly replied " No ma`am it’s just a replica"   With huge sea engulfing the villa it was no less than a milky island but only with inhabitants. The uniformly maintained greenery was another view to be reckoned with. After minutes of constant gapping we were led towards our room. The immaculateness of the corridors leading towards our room was no match to anything white. The merit clearly belonged to the staff for guarding it off the pollution. We had a standard room. A personal space filled with tranquil and solitude. The pearly blankets and sheets called out to me. After a 2 hours unwinding nap I found no one to be seen..I got up and heard distant voices from the balcony. Reaching there I realized all this time I have been missing the best part of the entire room...THE BALCONY VIEW!!! It was breathtaking to say the least. I could have spent hours and hours just standing there taking in the beauty of the sight. Along with de-stressing, the trip also acted as a catalyst to the fun element of our family. Be it pool or the diner or the sea side we had a great conversation each and every time. Some were selfie obsessed while some were grand photo shoot preoccupied..fun glimpses of which are these....   In the midst of selfie and photoshoots, Candids were ruling the roost too..people chatting kids playing all the hustle and bustle were captured into the lens of eternity       Tranquility and peace in oodles provided so much of relaxation to every soul and as Mary Anne Radmacher famously upholds “I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” Returning back to the excruciating lifestyle I was more in peace with myself…. refreshed revoked and thoroughly revitalized. Preserving exotic yet sweet memories safely I commenced my engaging life yet again but this time…with a serene smile.

May 4, 2017 By:
During the last summers i.e. in 2016 since all of my friends and me as well were free after giving the board exams,so we decided for a small getaway to some near by tourist spot.So after lot of suggestions and discussion we decided to go to shimla.I was very exicited to visit there since I heard a lot about it but was never able to visit there.Moreover,it was my first time that I was going out with my friends.We were a group of six friends and all of us wanted this getaway badly after twelth class board and the Mains exam.We hired a car and a driver for the trip and decided that we will start our journey early morning and come back to Ambala the very next day in the night. The place was decided where all of us will meet and car will pick us.My father dropped me at the decided place.Finally,the journey began.We started talking and laughing.It was great fun.We clicked a lot of selfies in the car itself.Then after crossing Chandigarh ,a bit ahead we stopped at a small resturant and refrehed us a bit,clicked pictures of the beautiful sites and ourselves.After a short stoppage we continued our journey further.Then soon we were stuck in a traffic jam due to heavy rush.But we palyed the songs in car and sang along and enjoyed.Then we stopped again since we all were hungry.We ate our tiffins and had tea.We decided that instead checking in in the hotel we should first go directly to Kufri due to shortage of time.Soon after a long and tiring but fun journey we reached kufri. We were there almost at noon.We parked our car and hired six horses for the journey ahead to kufri since we since there was no other way we could reach there.We were all on horses ready to head towards Kufri.The ride was very bumpy due to quite rocky and muddy roads.Initially I was very scared as horses were walking on the very edges of the hills but I started enjoying it afterwards.We reached the spot where horses left us.We were given slips so that the same horses can get us back to the place from where they picked us.The sights were to behold.The scenic beauty was awsome and just awsome.There were lot of monkeys.There were small shops to buy stuff.There were food shops.Then it began to rain but it only lasted for a while.Then we ate maggi in the cold weather.There was a temple up there,we visited there.Then we clicked pictures with the yaks standing there.After enjoying and clicking pictures for about two hours we again by riding upon horses headed back to our car.While returning to Shimla we saw a spot commonly called as The Suicide Spot.The mountains from there were really really huge and when I saw in the downward direction I could not spot any piece of land.It was so deep.Then we reached Shimla and checked into our hotel.We had two rooms already booked there.The rooms were big,beautiful and cosy.We all relaxed there and then we headed towards the canteen for our dinner.It was delicious.Then we went to the famous MALL ROAD.It was huge and beautiful.The was closed.But we did some shopping as there were large number  of shops.Then we clicked pictures going to different spots.There was a huge national flag on the road.Weather was a bit foggy.Then we had ice cream.Then we headed back to our hotel.Then we had a bit of chit chat but soon we all went to sleep. Next day we got up early in the morning and got ready.Then we had breakfast and then we decided to go to the famous Jaku Temple.It again began to rain,so we had tto wait for the rain to stop.Then we started our journey towards the temple on foot but the hills were very steep so we took a car.We reached there and went to the temple.The major attractions were the monkeys which could snatch anything from your hands even your spectacles and the second one was the huge,really really huge statue of Lord Hanuman.Then we reached back to the Mall road.The church was open by now,so we visited there.It was very quiet and beautiful inside.Then there was book exhibition going on there so we went there and purchased some books.Then we began our journey back to Ambala.At about four in the evening we reached the Pinjore Gardens in Panchkula.We stayed there for about an hour.Explored it,ate food,clicked pictures and relaxed a bit.After leaving from there in about one and a half hour we reached Ambala and taxi driver left us at the spot from where he had picked us and then we all went to our respective homes. In the tensions of admission in college and boards result it was much needed getaway.The journey was wonderful and all of us enjoyed a lot.It was a memorable trip.  

May 3, 2017 By:
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Hello everyone! Greetings to all those reading this.We all know that its summer time and everybody is busy planning and packing for their vacation but some of us are really busy in maybe because of our higher academic or office stuff. So we cannot even think of going somewhere because travelling requires proper planning. So this blog is for all those who wish to take some time maybe on a weekend. Many of you might think this would be a boring blog as the title itself includes the word ‘historic’ in it. But guys this blog post might interest you. As a kid I have always been a vacation deprived person. Now you might wonder, if I have been vacay-deprived why I am writing a travel blog. Yes I may not have visited many places and have had those expensive vacation plans. I have not even brought back those souvenirs and gifts. But, as I am a part of a generation filled with religious faith going to temples, religious places or historic places is a family tradition. So, I hope you like my post and find it valuable. Happy reading! Here, I share my experience of visiting a place which I have visited many times but always have come back with memories. The place I am talking about is Jejuri. Many of you might not have heard about it. It is a city which is located in Pune, Maharashtra. As this state is famous for its history and heritage, this city too is has historic importance. The jejuri fort is of huge importance as it stands a residence for the Maratha god Khandoba and goddess Mhalsa. This fort is situated at a high top of the mountain and has a huge, long staircase of stone. Reaching the top of this fort maybe tiring but all that hard work is worth it. The fort is totally made of stone. But climbing along is real fun as you may find many shops and stalls selling various items and goodies to bring back. If you feel tired, a glass of lime water and sugarcane juice might boost you up. Also you may have different stalls selling toys, religious books, postcards, souvenirs and many more. Once you reach the top of the fort you will see people dressed in turmeric and you may also be given a pocket bag full of turmeric on your way up. It is ritual to throw a fistful of turmeric high in air so as to offer devotion and respect to the god. Also, once you enter the temple there are huge statues of the god and the goddess. After visiting the temple you can roam around the entire fort to enjoy the serene views from every corner. I have always loved sitting near the huge windows of the fort which provides with a beautiful top view of the whole jejuri city. Also, inside the fort there is place where there are huge bells and ringing them is considered as holy. This place is not only suitable for history lovers but also suitable for exciting people who are looking for new mysteries and adventures. As also there are many mythological mysteries revolving around and about the fort. If you wish to visit this place here are a few tips that can be useful to all of you. You can visit this place in summer as well as winter. I have travelled here using a car but it can be travelled through train or a bus service too. Coming here can be a good road trip. This place is pocket friendly and the city has accommodation options available. The language spoken here is Marathi. A map and a short informative note regarding the history is optional but useful.If coming here in summer, do carry basic necessary goods such as caps, sunglasses and a scarf. It is all that you need to visit this city of gold. I suggest you to visit this place at least once as you will feel rejuvenated and return back with a fresh, positive attitude towards life as you may find heavenly peace here.