June 21, 2017 By:
Impulse decision to visit some place in monsoon season out of Mumbai Yes, it was on an impulse. It was Friday the 26th Aug 2016, around 4:30 pm that I simply decided to take a 2-day break and travel all alone to Bhandardara in a most common way, like the way shoestrings tourist do. Sahyadri Forest and Mountains along the Western Ghat of India, is magnificent during Monsoon season. I did not want to loose on this opportunity and thus decided to visit Bhandardara, a village on the western ghat of India, Maharashtra. I visited the nearest Andheri Railway Station and managed to get one seat for the first train leaving early morning at 6:15 am to Igatpuri, the closest Railway Station halt to Bhandardara.I returned home with not much time to pack the bare essentials, have dinner and depart the next day early morning at 4.00 AM to board the Train from Dadar ( a local station in Mumbai where Geetanjali Express halts for just 3 minutes) Before departing, I researched about Igatpuri and Bhandardara, I came across through Google of one Tea Stall person, named Sanjay Mahanor of Bhandardara. Without wasting any moment I contacted him. My brief conversation with him was enough to judge that Sanjay is a good human being. He clearly mentioned to me to visit next week as the weekends I will not get any accommodation as all the Hotels, Resorts, Guest houses are 100% sold out. As I had made up my mind I had to tell Sanjay, "Thanks for your advise, but you will be definitely see me tomorrow". Left with no option he still said, "Ok you come, I will see what can be done". This was more than enough for me to venture and experience the thrill. Why Bhandardara? The literal meaning of the name Bhandar-Dhara, in English is "Abundance of waterfalls". And moreover during monsoons, one can find waterfalls in abundance in this tiny village of Shendi.  handardara sits by the Pravara River, and is a blend of natural beauty,waterfalls, mountains, tranquility, greenery, invigorating air and pristine ambiance. The Bhandardara Lake, the Randha falls, Wilson Dam and Arthur lake are major tourist attractions. Journey from Mumbai begins amidst heavy rainfall I passed a sleepless night thinking and excited about the journey that is in store for me. And, to top it up, the entire night there was thundering, lightening and heavy rains that continued the following day. I left my home at 4.25 am with my backpack and an umbrella.To my surprise, the roads were ankle deep with rain water, and no transportation of any sort plying on the roads. Even the Rickshaws (saviour of a common man's mode of transport) was not to be seen. With no options, I walked all the way to Andheri railway station in this heavy rains. More than half of my body was wet, I reached the Andheri Station platform at 05:07 am. I reached Dadar Railway station well in time to board the Gitanjali Express departing at 06:15 am on 27th Aug 2016. Since it was raining the weather was simply beautiful with dark clouds and chill in the air.                                                                                                                 View and hear the scenic train ride ... beautiful  Igatpuri to Bhandardar via Ghoti After disembarking at Igatpuri, I walked about 10 minutes towards a ST Bus Depot to take a local state run bus marked with destination Ghoti. Bhandardara, stop arrives just before Ghoti. However, I was told that the stop I need to get down is Shendi. Bahndara is located within 5 mts. walk in this village Shendi. After waiting for almost 15 mts, with no sign of Bus arriving, I decided to ask a local Rickshaw guy the best way to reach Bhandardara.  I took his suggestion and hopped on in his Tuk Tuk. After about 10 mts drive he dropped me at a place called Ghoti Budruk. While pointing at a crossing, he advised me to take one of the Tempos that were standing across. I had to wait another 15 mts till the Driver of this Tempo decided to depart with only 4 passengers instead of taking 8 passengers. Apparently, this drive was beautiful with lovely weather and scenic view of nature galore. Along the way he stopped at many locations to pick up and drop passengers along. It was an experience. Bhandardara, here I come  At last,I reached at 11.30am at Shendi or lets say Bhandardara. The Tempo driver halted right next to the Dam Cafe, the Tea Stall owner Sanjay. Remember him, I mentioned about him in the beginning. Watch the Cafe Dam Corner ...... my contact man After settling down and served with much wanted Ginger Tea with Sanjay's special snack called Google Wada ( savory fried dumpling), we went on a hunt to find some accommodation. In this process of almost 2 hours walking, I became familiar with the surroundings but returned back to his Tea stall without finding any accommodation. Sanjay reminded me of his advise to visit next week and today the 27th August was a weekend Saturday with all rooms in the vicinity with 100% occupancy. However, he suggested me one place but clearly told me to somehow manage to pass one night at "Batliwala Bunglow". I immediately said sure, thinking that it must be an exclusive Bungalow of some private person who may let out one of his rooms. I was already tired cause of sleepless night a day before the journey and travel, I was eager to visit this Batliwalla Bunglow and refresh myself to venture out the Waterfalls. The unwanted experience 'Batliwala Bunglow', where I had to pass one night is situated in a prime spot just next to MTDC. The location is just superb with walking distance to Umbrella Falls, Wilson Dam and nearby market. However, it was evident that the property was neglected in all aspects. Otherwise, with my experience, Parsi community are very loving, honest and clean community who respect and keep everything they own with utmost care and love.  I would like to skip the description of this property and how I managed to somehow pass the night filled with fear, anxiety, horror and creepy like feeling throughout the night. I'm sure one day, Batliwala Bunglow will do something to make it one of the best places to stay in future. The Bright side I avoided thinking about the accommodation part and decided to take it as an experience. The time was about 15:00 hours. I left my so called room and ventured out to explore Bhadardara before the darkness starts setting in by 5:30 pm. Fortunately the location of this Bunglow was excellent. Just 5 mts walk from this place was the Wilson Dam and the Arthur Lake. Sanjay, the Tea stall owner told me, that I was lucky because the local administration had decided to open the overflow of the Wilson Dam. Apparently it a beautiful tourist attraction and is known as "Umbrella Waterfalls". Luckily it was again just 5 mts walk from Batliwala Bunglow View the video of "Umbrella Falls" Another beautiful video clip of "Umbrella Falls" Video Clip of beautiful "Wilson Dam" A lovely satisfying home food It was about 5:30 pm, and the place was getting dark quickly. I walked back to my adda (colloquial word in Hindi language meaning  "meeting joint") that is Cafe Dam Corner. Upon inquiring if he has any suggestions for a good Vegetarian food, he quickly pointed out just opposite to his Tea stall to go no where but to "Hotel Kaka", who serves Gujarati Thali. And he also mentioned that I need to pre-order it prior to visiting the restaurant for dinner even if I'm a single person. I did and it was a heavenly meal. Drive inside Sahyadri Mountains the next day. Read here Checkout my other trips

June 21, 2017 By:
Impulse decision to visit some place in monsoon season out of Mumbai Yes, it was on an impulse. It was Friday the 26th Aug 2016, around 4:30 pm that I simply decided to take a 2-day break and travel all alone to Bhandardara in a most common way, like the way shoestrings tourist do. Sahyadri Forest and Mountains along the Western Ghat of India, is magnificent during Monsoon season. I did not want to loose on this opportunity and thus decided to visit Bhandardara, a village on the western ghat of India, Maharashtra. I visited the nearest Andheri Railway Station and managed to get one seat for the first train leaving early morning at 6:15 am to Igatpuri, the closest Railway Station halt to Bhandardara.I returned home with not much time to pack the bare essentials, have dinner and depart the next day early morning at 4.00 AM to board the Train from Dadar ( a local station in Mumbai where Geetanjali Express halts for just 3 minutes) Before departing, I researched about Igatpuri and Bhandardara, I came across through Google of one Tea Stall person, named Sanjay Mahanor of Bhandardara. Without wasting any moment I contacted him. My brief conversation with him was enough to judge that Sanjay is a good human being. He clearly mentioned to me to visit next week as the weekends I will not get any accommodation as all the Hotels, Resorts, Guest houses are 100% sold out. As I had made up my mind I had to tell Sanjay, "Thanks for your advise, but you will be definitely see me tomorrow". Left with no option he still said, "Ok you come, I will see what can be done". This was more than enough for me to venture and experience the thrill. Why Bhandardara? The literal meaning of the name Bhandar-Dhara, in English is "Abundance of waterfalls". And moreover during monsoons, one can find waterfalls in abundance in this tiny village of Shendi.  handardara sits by the Pravara River, and is a blend of natural beauty,waterfalls, mountains, tranquility, greenery, invigorating air and pristine ambiance. The Bhandardara Lake, the Randha falls, Wilson Dam and Arthur lake are major tourist attractions. Journey from Mumbai begins amidst heavy rainfall I passed a sleepless night thinking and excited about the journey that is in store for me. And, to top it up, the entire night there was thundering, lightening and heavy rains that continued the following day. I left my home at 4.25 am with my backpack and an umbrella.To my surprise, the roads were ankle deep with rain water, and no transportation of any sort plying on the roads. Even the Rickshaws (saviour of a common man's mode of transport) was not to be seen. With no options, I walked all the way to Andheri railway station in this heavy rains. More than half of my body was wet, I reached the Andheri Station platform at 05:07 am. I reached Dadar Railway station well in time to board the Gitanjali Express departing at 06:15 am on 27th Aug 2016. Since it was raining the weather was simply beautiful with dark clouds and chill in the air.                                                                                                                 View and hear the scenic train ride ... beautiful  Igatpuri to Bhandardar via Ghoti After disembarking at Igatpuri, I walked about 10 minutes towards a ST Bus Depot to take a local state run bus marked with destination Ghoti. Bhandardara, stop arrives just before Ghoti. However, I was told that the stop I need to get down is Shendi. Bahndara is located within 5 mts. walk in this village Shendi. After waiting for almost 15 mts, with no sign of Bus arriving, I decided to ask a local Rickshaw guy the best way to reach Bhandardara.  I took his suggestion and hopped on in his Tuk Tuk. After about 10 mts drive he dropped me at a place called Ghoti Budruk. While pointing at a crossing, he advised me to take one of the Tempos that were standing across. I had to wait another 15 mts till the Driver of this Tempo decided to depart with only 4 passengers instead of taking 8 passengers. Apparently, this drive was beautiful with lovely weather and scenic view of nature galore. Along the way he stopped at many locations to pick up and drop passengers along. It was an experience. Bhandardara, here I come  At last,I reached at 11.30am at Shendi or lets say Bhandardara. The Tempo driver halted right next to the Dam Cafe, the Tea Stall owner Sanjay. Remember him, I mentioned about him in the beginning. Watch the Cafe Dam Corner ...... my contact man After settling down and served with much wanted Ginger Tea with Sanjay's special snack called Google Wada ( savory fried dumpling), we went on a hunt to find some accommodation. In this process of almost 2 hours walking, I became familiar with the surroundings but returned back to his Tea stall without finding any accommodation. Sanjay reminded me of his advise to visit next week and today the 27th August was a weekend Saturday with all rooms in the vicinity with 100% occupancy. However, he suggested me one place but clearly told me to somehow manage to pass one night at "Batliwala Bunglow". I immediately said sure, thinking that it must be an exclusive Bungalow of some private person who may let out one of his rooms. I was already tired cause of sleepless night a day before the journey and travel, I was eager to visit this Batliwalla Bunglow and refresh myself to venture out the Waterfalls. The unwanted experience 'Batliwala Bunglow', where I had to pass one night is situated in a prime spot just next to MTDC. The location is just superb with walking distance to Umbrella Falls, Wilson Dam and nearby market. However, it was evident that the property was neglected in all aspects. Otherwise, with my experience, Parsi community are very loving, honest and clean community who respect and keep everything they own with utmost care and love.  I would like to skip the description of this property and how I managed to somehow pass the night filled with fear, anxiety, horror and creepy like feeling throughout the night. I'm sure one day, Batliwala Bunglow will do something to make it one of the best places to stay in future. The Bright side I avoided thinking about the accommodation part and decided to take it as an experience. The time was about 15:00 hours. I left my so called room and ventured out to explore Bhadardara before the darkness starts setting in by 5:30 pm. Fortunately the location of this Bunglow was excellent. Just 5 mts walk from this place was the Wilson Dam and the Arthur Lake. Sanjay, the Tea stall owner told me, that I was lucky because the local administration had decided to open the overflow of the Wilson Dam. Apparently it a beautiful tourist attraction and is known as "Umbrella Waterfalls". Luckily it was again just 5 mts walk from Batliwala Bunglow View the video of "Umbrella Falls" Another beautiful video clip of "Umbrella Falls" Video Clip of beautiful "Wilson Dam" A lovely satisfying home food It was about 5:30 pm, and the place was getting dark quickly. I walked back to my adda (colloquial word in Hindi language meaning  "meeting joint") that is Cafe Dam Corner. Upon inquiring if he has any suggestions for a good Vegetarian food, he quickly pointed out just opposite to his Tea stall to go no where but to "Hotel Kaka", who serves Gujarati Thali. And he also mentioned that I need to pre-order it prior to visiting the restaurant for dinner even if I'm a single person. I did and it was a heavenly meal. Drive inside Sahyadri Mountains the next day. Read here Checkout my other trips

June 21, 2017 By:
Impulse decision to visit some place in monsoon season out of Mumbai Yes, it was on an impulse. It was Friday the 26th Aug 2016, around 4:30 pm that I simply decided to take a 2-day break and travel all alone to Bhandardara in a most common way, like the way shoestrings tourist do. Sahyadri Forest and Mountains along the Western Ghat of India, is magnificent during Monsoon season. I did not want to loose on this opportunity and thus decided to visit Bhandardara, a village on the western ghat of India, Maharashtra. I visited the nearest Andheri Railway Station and managed to get one seat for the first train leaving early morning at 6:15 am to Igatpuri, the closest Railway Station halt to Bhandardara.I returned home with not much time to pack the bare essentials, have dinner and depart the next day early morning at 4.00 AM to board the Train from Dadar ( a local station in Mumbai where Geetanjali Express halts for just 3 minutes) Before departing, I researched about Igatpuri and Bhandardara, I came across through Google of one Tea Stall person, named Sanjay Mahanor of Bhandardara. Without wasting any moment I contacted him. My brief conversation with him was enough to judge that Sanjay is a good human being. He clearly mentioned to me to visit next week as the weekends I will not get any accommodation as all the Hotels, Resorts, Guest houses are 100% sold out. As I had made up my mind I had to tell Sanjay, "Thanks for your advise, but you will be definitely see me tomorrow". Left with no option he still said, "Ok you come, I will see what can be done". This was more than enough for me to venture and experience the thrill. Why Bhandardara? The literal meaning of the name Bhandar-Dhara, in English is "Abundance of waterfalls". And moreover during monsoons, one can find waterfalls in abundance in this tiny village of Shendi.  handardara sits by the Pravara River, and is a blend of natural beauty,waterfalls, mountains, tranquility, greenery, invigorating air and pristine ambiance. The Bhandardara Lake, the Randha falls, Wilson Dam and Arthur lake are major tourist attractions. Journey from Mumbai begins amidst heavy rainfall I passed a sleepless night thinking and excited about the journey that is in store for me. And, to top it up, the entire night there was thundering, lightening and heavy rains that continued the following day. I left my home at 4.25 am with my backpack and an umbrella.To my surprise, the roads were ankle deep with rain water, and no transportation of any sort plying on the roads. Even the Rickshaws (saviour of a common man's mode of transport) was not to be seen. With no options, I walked all the way to Andheri railway station in this heavy rains. More than half of my body was wet, I reached the Andheri Station platform at 05:07 am. I reached Dadar Railway station well in time to board the Gitanjali Express departing at 06:15 am on 27th Aug 2016. Since it was raining the weather was simply beautiful with dark clouds and chill in the air.                                                                                                                 View and hear the scenic train ride ... beautiful  Igatpuri to Bhandardar via Ghoti After disembarking at Igatpuri, I walked about 10 minutes towards a ST Bus Depot to take a local state run bus marked with destination Ghoti. Bhandardara, stop arrives just before Ghoti. However, I was told that the stop I need to get down is Shendi. Bahndara is located within 5 mts. walk in this village Shendi. After waiting for almost 15 mts, with no sign of Bus arriving, I decided to ask a local Rickshaw guy the best way to reach Bhandardara.  I took his suggestion and hopped on in his Tuk Tuk. After about 10 mts drive he dropped me at a place called Ghoti Budruk. While pointing at a crossing, he advised me to take one of the Tempos that were standing across. I had to wait another 15 mts till the Driver of this Tempo decided to depart with only 4 passengers instead of taking 8 passengers. Apparently, this drive was beautiful with lovely weather and scenic view of nature galore. Along the way he stopped at many locations to pick up and drop passengers along. It was an experience. Bhandardara, here I come  At last,I reached at 11.30am at Shendi or lets say Bhandardara. The Tempo driver halted right next to the Dam Cafe, the Tea Stall owner Sanjay. Remember him, I mentioned about him in the beginning. Watch the Cafe Dam Corner ...... my contact man After settling down and served with much wanted Ginger Tea with Sanjay's special snack called Google Wada ( savory fried dumpling), we went on a hunt to find some accommodation. In this process of almost 2 hours walking, I became familiar with the surroundings but returned back to his Tea stall without finding any accommodation. Sanjay reminded me of his advise to visit next week and today the 27th August was a weekend Saturday with all rooms in the vicinity with 100% occupancy. However, he suggested me one place but clearly told me to somehow manage to pass one night at "Batliwala Bunglow". I immediately said sure, thinking that it must be an exclusive Bungalow of some private person who may let out one of his rooms. I was already tired cause of sleepless night a day before the journey and travel, I was eager to visit this Batliwalla Bunglow and refresh myself to venture out the Waterfalls. The unwanted experience 'Batliwala Bunglow', where I had to pass one night is situated in a prime spot just next to MTDC. The location is just superb with walking distance to Umbrella Falls, Wilson Dam and nearby market. However, it was evident that the property was neglected in all aspects. Otherwise, with my experience, Parsi community are very loving, honest and clean community who respect and keep everything they own with utmost care and love.  I would like to skip the description of this property and how I managed to somehow pass the night filled with fear, anxiety, horror and creepy like feeling throughout the night. I'm sure one day, Batliwala Bunglow will do something to make it one of the best places to stay in future. The Bright side I avoided thinking about the accommodation part and decided to take it as an experience. The time was about 15:00 hours. I left my so called room and ventured out to explore Bhadardara before the darkness starts setting in by 5:30 pm. Fortunately the location of this Bunglow was excellent. Just 5 mts walk from this place was the Wilson Dam and the Arthur Lake. Sanjay, the Tea stall owner told me, that I was lucky because the local administration had decided to open the overflow of the Wilson Dam. Apparently it a beautiful tourist attraction and is known as "Umbrella Waterfalls". Luckily it was again just 5 mts walk from Batliwala Bunglow View the video of "Umbrella Falls" Another beautiful video clip of "Umbrella Falls" Video Clip of beautiful "Wilson Dam" A lovely satisfying home food It was about 5:30 pm, and the place was getting dark quickly. I walked back to my adda (colloquial word in Hindi language meaning  "meeting joint") that is Cafe Dam Corner. Upon inquiring if he has any suggestions for a good Vegetarian food, he quickly pointed out just opposite to his Tea stall to go no where but to "Hotel Kaka", who serves Gujarati Thali. And he also mentioned that I need to pre-order it prior to visiting the restaurant for dinner even if I'm a single person. I did and it was a heavenly meal. Drive inside Sahyadri Mountains the next day. Read here Checkout my other trips

June 21, 2017 By:
Impulse decision to visit some place in monsoon season out of Mumbai Yes, it was on an impulse. It was Friday the 26th Aug 2016, around 4:30 pm that I simply decided to take a 2-day break and travel all alone to Bhandardara in a most common way, like the way shoestrings tourist do. Sahyadri Forest and Mountains along the Western Ghat of India, is magnificent during Monsoon season. I did not want to loose on this opportunity and thus decided to visit Bhandardara, a village on the western ghat of India, Maharashtra. I visited the nearest Andheri Railway Station and managed to get one seat for the first train leaving early morning at 6:15 am to Igatpuri, the closest Railway Station halt to Bhandardara.I returned home with not much time to pack the bare essentials, have dinner and depart the next day early morning at 4.00 AM to board the Train from Dadar ( a local station in Mumbai where Geetanjali Express halts for just 3 minutes) Before departing, I researched about Igatpuri and Bhandardara, I came across through Google of one Tea Stall person, named Sanjay Mahanor of Bhandardara. Without wasting any moment I contacted him. My brief conversation with him was enough to judge that Sanjay is a good human being. He clearly mentioned to me to visit next week as the weekends I will not get any accommodation as all the Hotels, Resorts, Guest houses are 100% sold out. As I had made up my mind I had to tell Sanjay, "Thanks for your advise, but you will be definitely see me tomorrow". Left with no option he still said, "Ok you come, I will see what can be done". This was more than enough for me to venture and experience the thrill. Why Bhandardara? The literal meaning of the name Bhandar-Dhara, in English is "Abundance of waterfalls". And moreover during monsoons, one can find waterfalls in abundance in this tiny village of Shendi.  handardara sits by the Pravara River, and is a blend of natural beauty,waterfalls, mountains, tranquility, greenery, invigorating air and pristine ambiance. The Bhandardara Lake, the Randha falls, Wilson Dam and Arthur lake are major tourist attractions. Journey from Mumbai begins amidst heavy rainfall I passed a sleepless night thinking and excited about the journey that is in store for me. And, to top it up, the entire night there was thundering, lightening and heavy rains that continued the following day. I left my home at 4.25 am with my backpack and an umbrella.To my surprise, the roads were ankle deep with rain water, and no transportation of any sort plying on the roads. Even the Rickshaws (saviour of a common man's mode of transport) was not to be seen. With no options, I walked all the way to Andheri railway station in this heavy rains. More than half of my body was wet, I reached the Andheri Station platform at 05:07 am. I reached Dadar Railway station well in time to board the Gitanjali Express departing at 06:15 am on 27th Aug 2016. Since it was raining the weather was simply beautiful with dark clouds and chill in the air.                                                                                                                 View and hear the scenic train ride ... beautiful  Igatpuri to Bhandardar via Ghoti After disembarking at Igatpuri, I walked about 10 minutes towards a ST Bus Depot to take a local state run bus marked with destination Ghoti. Bhandardara, stop arrives just before Ghoti. However, I was told that the stop I need to get down is Shendi. Bahndara is located within 5 mts. walk in this village Shendi. After waiting for almost 15 mts, with no sign of Bus arriving, I decided to ask a local Rickshaw guy the best way to reach Bhandardara.  I took his suggestion and hopped on in his Tuk Tuk. After about 10 mts drive he dropped me at a place called Ghoti Budruk. While pointing at a crossing, he advised me to take one of the Tempos that were standing across. I had to wait another 15 mts till the Driver of this Tempo decided to depart with only 4 passengers instead of taking 8 passengers. Apparently, this drive was beautiful with lovely weather and scenic view of nature galore. Along the way he stopped at many locations to pick up and drop passengers along. It was an experience. Bhandardara, here I come  At last,I reached at 11.30am at Shendi or lets say Bhandardara. The Tempo driver halted right next to the Dam Cafe, the Tea Stall owner Sanjay. Remember him, I mentioned about him in the beginning. Watch the Cafe Dam Corner ...... my contact man After settling down and served with much wanted Ginger Tea with Sanjay's special snack called Google Wada ( savory fried dumpling), we went on a hunt to find some accommodation. In this process of almost 2 hours walking, I became familiar with the surroundings but returned back to his Tea stall without finding any accommodation. Sanjay reminded me of his advise to visit next week and today the 27th August was a weekend Saturday with all rooms in the vicinity with 100% occupancy. However, he suggested me one place but clearly told me to somehow manage to pass one night at "Batliwala Bunglow". I immediately said sure, thinking that it must be an exclusive Bungalow of some private person who may let out one of his rooms. I was already tired cause of sleepless night a day before the journey and travel, I was eager to visit this Batliwalla Bunglow and refresh myself to venture out the Waterfalls. The unwanted experience 'Batliwala Bunglow', where I had to pass one night is situated in a prime spot just next to MTDC. The location is just superb with walking distance to Umbrella Falls, Wilson Dam and nearby market. However, it was evident that the property was neglected in all aspects. Otherwise, with my experience, Parsi community are very loving, honest and clean community who respect and keep everything they own with utmost care and love.  I would like to skip the description of this property and how I managed to somehow pass the night filled with fear, anxiety, horror and creepy like feeling throughout the night. I'm sure one day, Batliwala Bunglow will do something to make it one of the best places to stay in future. The Bright side I avoided thinking about the accommodation part and decided to take it as an experience. The time was about 15:00 hours. I left my so called room and ventured out to explore Bhadardara before the darkness starts setting in by 5:30 pm. Fortunately the location of this Bunglow was excellent. Just 5 mts walk from this place was the Wilson Dam and the Arthur Lake. Sanjay, the Tea stall owner told me, that I was lucky because the local administration had decided to open the overflow of the Wilson Dam. Apparently it a beautiful tourist attraction and is known as "Umbrella Waterfalls". Luckily it was again just 5 mts walk from Batliwala Bunglow View the video of "Umbrella Falls" Another beautiful video clip of "Umbrella Falls" Video Clip of beautiful "Wilson Dam" A lovely satisfying home food It was about 5:30 pm, and the place was getting dark quickly. I walked back to my adda (colloquial word in Hindi language meaning  "meeting joint") that is Cafe Dam Corner. Upon inquiring if he has any suggestions for a good Vegetarian food, he quickly pointed out just opposite to his Tea stall to go no where but to "Hotel Kaka", who serves Gujarati Thali. And he also mentioned that I need to pre-order it prior to visiting the restaurant for dinner even if I'm a single person. I did and it was a heavenly meal. Drive inside Sahyadri Mountains the next day. Read here Checkout my other trips

June 15, 2017 By:
An Escape In Search Of Fresh Air “ I Love  to Travel But Hate to Arrive”-- Hernon Cortes. It was the first day of 6th semester. After a long boredom semester break, With total frustration “Three friends “ have decided to take a long break to feel the breeze out of well. These are the ahhh? What we call, Experiences, Memories come only by travelling. So this is one type of memory that was rooted deep in our hearts. So, Plans Started, Planed as if we are on an education beneficial visit to IIT Madras, Of cource we were benefitted with that too as well. Tickets booked on 29thdec 2016, for howrah-chennai mail to “Detroit of Asia”, City where tradition lives “Chennai”. The day has come, waiting with pocket full of cash, and fully packed luggage at Visakhapatnam, We boarded the train at 2:45 pm(3 hours late) and the journey to find eternal joy started. Stations passed by, passengers are coming and going but we are having our memories with joy, As the train crosses station by station , the anxiety and excitement are increasing immensely. All of a sudden the Fast moving train stopped with greater retardation, it seems like some station has arrived “dim lights” and it was 3oclock in the morning and every one are leaving the train we were surprised, we questioned ourselves that, why all of them are getting down and shocked to know that the train has arrived 1 hour early …. ‘OMG’ we  thought “already 3 hours were wasted” but to our luck or whatever we were arrived an hour early. Took all the luggage walking on the platform, walking, walking, waking that’s what we have done for 10 minutes and finally reached a place, Something looks like a big multiplex. What how can we go to a multiplex directly by train???.. Shit man that, the station itself looks like a big shopping Mall. Day-1(30th Dec) Freshed up ourselves, there in the station itself, and came out of the station. Its 9oclock in the morning(peak time as office and school time nah!!!), So many busses are coming and going, for every 5 secs there come a new bus , What is the use when you don’t understand tamil. Struggled for some time and got to know by some local guy that it would be easy and affordable to travel on metros. Glad to hear that, we boarded a metro and reached Kasturba nagar in less than 20 minutes. We were suggested that it would be a walk able distance from Kasturba nagar to IIT Madras. Finally We were at the gate of IIT Madras , we were welcomed with a lush green cover all over our site, and young lads like us. There we boarded the bus and reached the rooms that we were allotted. Day-1 Has passed locked up the Seminar Halls , done some serious workshops and uffff done and by evening we were totally exhausted and decided to take some rest. Day-2(31st dec) Woke up early in the morning, freshed up, requested some IIT guys to give their cycles for a round trip in the campus. It was around 400 acre campus we roamed it like we travelled just 1 kilometre. The campus is decorated with green cover, highly polished roads, restaurants etc… And it was noon and decided to go on for shopping, booked a cab on OLA(the most responsive service) and gone to a famous Pheonix Mall. Had some shopping and by 9oclock in the evening we reached Elliot’s Beach. It was like a festival there-- families , children , lovers, youth, whole Chennai is at beach. It was an eye treat for us to watch all the lights, chilled weather, and the music of rustling beach tempted to go into the beach, but It was risky at that time. So, we enjoyed only the sight of it.   Its 11:59 in 2016, one minute away from 2017, Every one are ready to yell those, three words “Happy New Year”. . Countdown started  10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 “Cracker sounds”... Cake celebrations  and finally Its 2017. Every one wished  Happy New Year. Day-3(1st Jan) So time to evacuate rooms and we decided to change our Base to “Mahabalipuram”. Took a Bus at “Adhyar” to Mahabalipuram. Fare was just 50 rupees and is around 60 km from Chennai. Travelling on Bus via ECR road be like you are in the air. Finally reached “Mahabalipuram” at 2oclock in the noon and booked a room there. Got ready ourselves and gone to see the “lord krishna’s Butter Ball”. It was a big Rock almost circular in shape resting on an incline. What?? how can a circular object can stay rested on an inclined plane defying gravity???. How Crazy ?? Questions are arising in my mind but there were no answers to them. Spent some time there seen some Pandava’s caves. And moved forward to Shore temple. The way to Shore temple from the Butter Ball is very narrow and on both sides beautifully decorated shops with some attractive lights arrangement to attract customers were there. At last we took tickets to the shore temple, cost is around 20 rupees. It looks like a park with a trimmed grass and a bunch of trees too and at the centre of the area the shrine was there and in the long shot we can see a long beach. The architecture looks like temples on the temple with carved statues and the engineering looks so strong that it can survive any natural calamities for another 1000 years. Apart from engineering and architecture it is the most beautiful monument alive. The closing time of the temple is 6. So, we need to go out now. So we gone to beach spent some time there and finally reached our rooms at 10 at night. Day-4(2nd Jan) Our return train was booked on 3rd Jan at 9oclock in the evening at chennai. So we were left with one day, So, we decided to go to “Pondicherry”. Its a Two hour journey from Mahabalipuram to Pondy. So we Took a Bus, 8oclock in the morning and reached there at  10:15. First, we went to Pondicherry Museum, there you can watch the culture and articles used at the time French invasion. And later in the evening we went to Botanical garden good to see it. And by evening we reached The famous “Rock Beach”. Due to its concrete beauty and the lights it looked great and had dinner at KFC and again came to rock beach and now we have seen Gandhi’s statue. And decided to sleep there in the beach itself. To be frank you can actually sleep on the floor of the road, not a single sand grain is visible. So, slept on a chair. We planned to watch the sunrise at “Serenity Beach”. Day-5(The final day) So, by 5oclock in the morning we reached “Serenity beach”, it was one of the most beautiful beach I have ever seen in my life. Feeling the silent cool breeze early in the morning and simultaneously watching the sunrise be like you are flying to heaven. That was most beautiful sight and will be registered in our hearts forever. Gone back to mahabalipuram and packed our luggage and reached Chennai done some shopping and returned to railway station. Leaving all these beautiful places, and carrying all the memories in our hearts and living with them. Wherever You go, Go with all your heart----- Confucious                                                                           Ch.Vishnu Aditya Sai      

June 15, 2017 By:
Travelling has always been my passion. I always wanted to explore new places and get close to nature. Being a Rajasthani, I always want to run away from this harsh weather. I love hilly areas as they are calm, peaceful, and serene and of course pollution free. So after taking permission from parents, this first cousins trip finally took place in the month of chilling December and we onset our journey to McLeodganj and Dharamsala. We all gathered in Delhi and chose a road trip instead of airways or railways. We wanted to explore each and every new spot on our way so we hired a personal traveller from Delhi. On 24th December, at 7 in the morning we left from Delhi. We took a tea break at 70 Milestone Dhaba and Restaurant near Samalkha. We didn’t stop for lunch break as we packed poori and sabji from our home. It was 5 in the evening and we took another tea break at Zimidara Tourist Dhaba when we entered in Punjab. We crossed two important destinations on our journey i.e. Bhakra Nangal Dam and Anandpur Sahib Gurudwara. I was eagerly waiting for our destination as my legs started to pain and temperature started to fell. I was satisfied as soon as I saw the snow-covered Dhauladhar Ranges shining bright in the night. We reached McLeodganj in the night at 10 p.m. We headed towards our hotel 8 Auspicious Him View and we purposely booked balcony rooms facing snow-covered mountains to embrace the beauty of nature. We all were damn tired that we didn’t have our dinner and slept early that night. View from our room Next morning was a Christmas morning, 25th December. We all got ready early in the morning and took our breakfast in the hotel itself and went for local sightseeing. As it was X’mas, everyone in the city was happy and full of joy. Firstly, we went to St. John’s Church in Wilderness and took part in the special prayer that was going on. Then we went to Dharamsala and visited the HPCA stadium. HPCA Stadium   St. John’s Church in Wilderness It was a beautiful stadium surrounded by snow-covered mountains. After knowing about the history of stadium, we went to the local tea gardens. Tea gardens were so beautiful that the pictures we clicked seemed to be clicked in the hilly areas of Switzerland. Not to be more dramatic, we were in Dharamsala. After doing our time taking photo shoot for our facebook and instagram, we headed to Norbulingka Institute which is totally based on Tibetan culture for preserving the Tibetan artistic skills. Norbulingka Institute Tea Gardens This institute provides employment, education and training to Tibetan refugees. The place was so quiet, calm and peaceful. It was worth knowing about the people working here as they suffered a lot in the past. We had our lunch in the canteen area. We were so hungry that we ordered Chapattis and daal. The chef was so frustrated because we ordered so many Chapattis and he was not habitual to make that many. After having our lunch, we went to the famous Chamunda Mata Temple and praised the idol present here. It was a beautiful temple present on the sides of Ban Ganga River with an idol of Lord Shiva in the backyards of the temple. After spending few hours here, we went back to McLeodganj and visited the local market. We purchased beautiful shawls, hand woven gloves and socks, Himachali caps and few handicrafts. Idol of Lord Shiva inside the Chamunda Mata Temple We had hot sizzling momos, coffee, brownies, patties, etc. in the Main Square market. Temperature that evening dropped to -3 degrees. We had ice cream in that chilly weather. After having all the food we went to our hotel. Who knew that the approaching night would be so happening? We all were tired but danced a lot and slept. At 2 a.m. we suddenly heard birds chirping and dogs barking. Our hotel owner also had a dog and he also started to bark. My 3 brothers who were sleeping in another room thought that the younger brother is shaking the bed to horrify them. They didn’t think that earthquake would take place. Yes! It was an earthquake. Our owner knocked at our doors and said to come out. After minor tremors we all sat in one room and my brothers were so scared that they took a decision to return back to Delhi. But for us sisters it was unacceptable. We told them if you guys want to leave you can. After pleasing them a lot they agreed to stay back. After that horrifying night, next morning, we went to Bhagsu Nag temple and trekked to Bhagsu Nag Fall. The trekking was very adventurous as the path was pebbled and you have to have control on your legs otherwise you can tremble. After seeing the fall, we trekked higher up to Shiva Cafe and had snacks. Trek to Shiva Cafe is a bit difficult but I’m sure that if you want to have a view of whole McLeodganj, you should trek to this place. Due to shortage of time, we didn’t turned up to Triund Trek, but you can go here if you have ample time. Shiva Cafe After spending few hours in Shiva Cafe, we trekked back to our hotel, did our lunch, packed our luggage and came to Main Square to return back. But the journey did not end. While returning back, we went to Kangra Fort. It holds an important historical value. It is said that, ages ago, the earthquake ruined whole of Dharamsala and McLeodganj, but this fort stand still. Here, there is an ancient Jain Temple inside the fort itself. The weather was so amazing and chilly that we were shivering. This was the last spot which we covered on our sweet and short trip. While returning back to Delhi, we stopped at Amrik Sukdev Dhaba at 3 a.m. and had paranthas and safed makkhan. It was heaven. The taste of that makkhan is still there on my tongue. Kangra Fort The trip ended here with an amazing experience which we will cherish lifetime. The memories of the trip are still fresh on my mind and I want to trek back to those beautiful snow-covered mountains.      

June 12, 2017 By:
After a delightful Valentine week; my college decided to organize a three days Education Trip to Mumbai, it’s obvious that college tour is meant only for seniors, not to juniors. Certain, circumstances it might be combined too. But, unfortunately, the total strength of my seniors were only two students. So, our college department came up with an idea to have combined trip that is “Juniors and Seniors”. When this news was flashed by our dean of our department to us we couldn’t withstand our happiness within us. We were like ready to pack and live to Mumbai now also. Firstly, we were given one week time to decide on our date and destination. Hence, we called up for a group meeting; to have a clear-cut list of our journey. It's tangible that there would always be an inconvenience in a group trip. Still, the main motto of any tour is to enjoy the utmost. Following, our respective class representative had a meeting with our department heads and got the permission for our trip. Tour Schedule and Destination is set and permission was given from the College; Now, we were almost set to travel to our dream destination by bus. With, pleasing facilities such as movie viewing, comfortable seats, and engaging site seeing made our trip more fun-filled. Mumbai is one of the largest metro-politician city and hotspot tourist place. To travel around the city one or three days almost a month is required. Hence, it’s necessary to have a proper tour guide or tour schedule. Due, to our trip, constraints we decided to visit hardly few places. Our first destination as soon as we arrived Mumbai was to visit Symbiosis International University: - world-class infrastructure, more than thousands of Indian and International students, varied courses, well-qualified teaching faculty, moreover a beautiful widespread three-hundred-acre eye-catching campus is what a short description I would like to give about this campus; because this institution aims to shape student skill development activity to face the competitive world. The second destination for the day was Prachar Communication- a daily newspaper and advertising agency; where they provide full- fledged information services to clients; also in short how the authorities of the agency also explained newspaper function. By the end of the day, we decided to do some shopping and fill up our stomach by having a taste of various Mumbai cuisines. Day two schedule was back-breaking; as we planned to wind-up our Mumbai trip by visiting Lonavala. The first hotspot for the day was National Film Archive of India- where we explored the World of Indian Cinema and a lecture by the director of the film archives was also furnished. After, a tasteful lunch. We concluded our tour by having a glimpse of sunset, visited famous Narayani Dham temple and an awesome camp fire in Lonavala. Our final day of Mumbai trip was incredible; though Lonavala is a small city for numerous reason, it is famous such as “The Chikki State-Candy Sweet”- in most of the streets we got to find en-number of chikki shops. ‘Caves’- as the name of the city itself derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Lonavali’ which means numerous caves. We even visited two famous cliff top point Lion and Tiger point- where we experienced a beautiful breathtaking panoramic view of the valley. Last, we finished our tour by visiting Bhaje caves which are equal to having a ‘Trekking’ experience because to reach the caves is equal to climbing a hill-top. Most of the people suggest or it's apt to visit ‘Lonavala’; during, the monsoon as the city naturist view looks splendor and marvelous. But, we were unlucky as we visited during the month of February 2017. This is my first ever single journey for more than a day and out of my state. Always, I have a passion for traveling. So, travel as much as possible to impart the culture of the city to others in your society. There is always a specialty about a state or a country; when you travel only you would get the opportunity to experience and learn in real. Only, one advice I would like to give all the travelers is that Start your travel destination by exploring your own state; due to the fast-growing culture, we intend to travel other International countries rather than our own state or country.

June 9, 2017 By:
#Jaipur Diaries Part-1 An All Girls Trip Travelling for many people like you and me remains an exciting experience of exploring a distant land filled with new people and strange stories; and provided the city be as alluring as the magnificent Jaipur; and to top it all, it be an all girls trip. What would I not give to be a part of such a life event! To go on an all girls trip, would be something that I would personally recommend all girls to try for once in their lifetime. For once, just take risk. For once, break those barriers of society. For once, fight for your wishes. And for once, just live your freedom. True that in a country like ours where almost everyday we hear about at least one rape or molestation case, the idea remains just a fantasy for many girls, but with few smart steps and precautions, your safety can be won. Now first of all, it is the choice of your travelling medium. Be wise enough while choosing this. Always travel in day time and opt for a lively transportation system. Like for this trip we opted for train. Get your seats reserved, bags packed, place them near your seats and boom, you are going to be comfortable the whole route. Next important thing is, you should be aware of your exact route. You have smart phones, make use of the internet, google maps and stay updated about your forthcoming station and finally your destiny. As soon as you get down, you will need to rush to your hotel room. It would be smart if you book your rooms well before in time. Ask the hotel staff to arrange for a cab and they will come to pick you up from the station itself; therefore, no hush-hush or chaos. Another important thing while you get off from your train is your luggage- while on a trip try to take as minimal stuff as you can. Go for the essentials and leave the rest. No need for a coolie, this will save you money and will fund your shopping, because you need that girls, isn’t it? Once you have reached your hotel room, thoroughly check it and stay smart while calling for room service. Okay, so once done with transportation and hotel, the next thing is- plan your visit. Well I know its fun to go unplanned but just know the city, have a little knowledge about what all can be done and what all places must be visited. Now while exploring the city, go for public transports. Trust me, they are safe and feasible. And one last tip would be to keep someone always updated about your location, just in case. So girls, you are all set. Stay wise and do take one such trip. Explore the new city and there will be no such experience like this. You will actually feel the warmth of that sisterhood you had always imagined, away from all patriarchal rules or soft care. For once, just live it the way you always wanted to. Part- 2 Jaipur Literature Festival If you are a literature lover, you will get how strong is its power; so much so that it can take you to places kilometers away by just sitting comfortably in your respective latitudes and longitudes. So magnificent is its air that it can ask you to travel distances to meet the thirst of not just words but of expression and experience filled with emotions. My whole journey to Jaipur was out of this thirst. It was the craze to meet up and listen to great legends in the realm of literature. Jaipur Literature Festival not just gives you this opportunity but much more. To elaborate over it, it can be put that the festival lasts for five days whereby the festival at once conducts many different events in different halls under one venue. The events start from 9 am and last till 9 pm, depending and varying on the schedules of the days. Each event takes around 60 minutes and later wraps up. The most thrilling and exciting feature of this festival is that you get to meet the delegates on a personal level as well. They not just address the audience but also talk to them in a one on one conversation. In my recent visit to the festival I gained a lot of such experience. From listening to the verses of Gulzar to meeting him personally and getting an autographed copy of his work, I have done it all. The festival also allowed people like me to meet great actors and directors from the film line; Rana from Bahubali to Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Singh, Imtiaz Ali and many more became a part of the festival. It had so much to give and experience that this trip marked itself as one of the best life time memory. Moreover, the entry remains free. What more would a literature lover demand for! Part- 3 Jaipur – The City Jaipur is a city that holds its culture and heritage with grace while also welcoming modernity with open arms, where on one end the city is elegantly dressed with all its epic forts and their stories; it also provides a glamorous edge with sparkling building, restaurants and cafes. It is one place that offers everything for everyone. The list starts from forts, goes down to the bazaar that still holds the culture, to the famous rajasthani mehandi, finally the modern cafes and drop in places. And if you are still not satisfied, Jaipur has Choki Dhani- a place were you get all of Rajasthan under a single roof- from food to tradition to clothes, everything. If we talk about the safety, then trust me, the city is very safe even at night and I am taking into consideration the girls when I say this. I have personally experienced it, eating at 10:30 pm at a distant dhabba and landing back to hotel around 11:30 pm- it is really safe. I would just say, grab your bags and land in Jaipur. It would let you live the dreams of a princess; those forts do that for you.

June 9, 2017 By:
Sahara Desert Camping at Merzouga, Morocco   Among all my travels, the one experience that stays on top for the sweet memories I made is the Desert Camping experience in the Sahara Desert in Morocco. My sole purpose of this trip was to set my foot into the largest desert on the planet. A basic expectation none the less but I was astounded by so many surprises that I encountered which made it more than just immersing myself into the sands of the Sahara. To begin with, I took the backpacking way. I flew to Marrakech from Barcelona. After settling into the sights and sounds of the Arab world, which Marrakech provides in excess, I travelled to Merzouga, the topic of this blog. Merzouga is a small desert town dedicated to hosting tourists to give them the true Saharan experience, it is very close to the border to Algeria. Along this route from Marrakech to Merzouga, I passed through Aït Benhaddou and Tinghir, each city having its own unique landscape to offer. Reaching Merzouga is a 7-hour bus journey from Tinghir. As I alighted from the AC bus from Supra Travels at around 10.30 pm, I could feel the cold air chilling my bones. The accommodation where I booked the night to stay with, had arranged a taxi which picked me up from the centre of the town to the hotel. The streets looked mostly deserted and I just settled in my room when I was served dinner. I had hardly eaten anything all day long during the bus journey. The host, a very hospitable man knew I was famished and cooked the most amazing Berber omelette. It is fried onion and tomato with Moroccan spices with eggs, baked in a tanjine, the traditional cookware from Morocco we have all seen on TV. Served with bread and some olive oil, I gobbled it all and went to sleep. The next morning, I woke up to the first rays of the sun to find myself in a locale which had an orange hue. I stepped out to explore the dunes which were right next to my accommodation. I was definitely amazed at the vast expanse of the desert, with each dune looking bigger than the other. While the sand in Rajasthan looks yellow, the sand in Sahara is bright orange. The almost clear blue sky, with few white fluffy clouds astray too, reflected the orange hue of the Sahara. I had nice breakfast on the terrace and packed my bags for the desert camping, organized by the owner of the accommodation himself. As a travel tip, always try to negotiate, instead of agreeing to the price quoted, you can compare prices with other dealers in the town to understand the average. Different packages have different price slabs, I chose the basic one which included the camel ride and the overnight camping in the middle of the desert. We were a group of travellers and we started the journey towards the evening, where the camels were strapped with the necessary food supply for the night and we were accompanied by the guides who were none other than men from the Berber tribe, very typical of this region. Each one of us mount a camel and we set off on our journey into the desert. This is when you truly experience the Sahara. Sand dune after sand dune, with the town distancing itself behind you, the camel ride felt great, your body moving in rhythm to the camel’s movement. Very different and fun to do, you might feel like your back is going to snap any moment though. Oh, not to forget, if you are busy clicking pictures and for a moment and let go of the wooden handle for grip, chances are you will end up at the camel’s feet, smack on your face. The reason we leave at 4pm is to avoid the merciless afternoon heat of the desert to which we are not accustomed to and also to be just in time to catch the sunset from the tallest dune and head to the camp, for some authentic entertainment from the Berbers! Since it was a December evening, the air was cold but the sun was shining bright – mix of cold air but your skin feels the burn from the sun. Every now and then there is a gush of wind, with all the fine sand particles in your face and hair and you wonder if there is a sand storm brewing somewhere. This journey gives you a fantastic view of the dunes, though they look small at a distance, only when one group splits from yours and takes a different route for fun, you can scale the actual height of the dune like in the pic below. After the fun camel ride, we finally reach the camp site, where you relish a beautiful sunset, a bright red sparkling dot diving into the horizon. I did some sandboarding for the first time and it is definitely thrilling. You will be amazed by the variety of the crowd who are traveling with you. After the sunset and night falls, everybody gathers at a common area to relish some tea. The quintessential drink of the Moroccans, you just cannot stop sipping on this tea. This is your time to socialize and break the ice over tea. There were a bunch of people from the United States of America, Canada, Portugal, Japan, China and us, Indians. We exchanged our travel experiences and met a few foreign travellers who knew more of India as a travel destination than most of us would like to acknowledge. And then, the food started coming in. Bread with some vegetable side dish and then rice with chicken and potatoes baked in the tajine. It was a sumptuous meal when the hosts called us all outside to gather around the fire. This is where we get to know the hosts well. The guys who guided the camels through the desert on foot were the same guys who made tea and cooked dinner for us. These are people from the Berber tribe who are very typical of North Africa, who have their own language and customs. They live on the go, leading a very sustainable life with their herd of cattle moving to the grasslands during winter and to the mountains in summer to feed them. With the climate changing slowly and life getting harsher, few have switched to jobs in the tourism industry which involves activities like desert safari and desert camping. We all sat around the fire when the Berbers sang songs with great zest and the noise of the drums beating filling the cold night air of the Sahara. They told us that these were the songs they sing within their community to bond with each other every night. After the singing, we discussed about the kind of lifestyles we all live, for a moment asking ourselves if living a life like a Berber, ‘on the go’ without any expectations from the future was a way to live or the current one we all lead, making investments and elaborate plans. And not to forget our constant attachment to modern technology whereas they live a life of bliss with nothing but the moon, the stars, the desert, their cattle and their people. Now, it was almost 11pm in the night, we were all tired after today’s adventure and we all said good night to each other. This is when I ventured out from the group and scaled a nearby sand dune and laid out my sleeping bag, staring in to the perfectly clear night sky. With the cold breeze and beautiful shooting stars every now and then, I was lost in the beauty of the Milky Way made me felt closer to nature than ever before. I drew imaginary lines connecting the stars. I later went inside my tent and slept for the night as the wind grew harsher and the night turned colder. I woke up the next day for ringing bells, their call to wake us up. We all caught the sunrise and that was the end of our desert camping trip. We took amazing shots of the silhouettes of camel on the dune against the sun. The return journey had an awkward silence in the air as nobody wanted to leave just yet. But as life has it, we need to move on. When we reached the town of Merzouga on camelbacks, I bid adieu to the new friends I had made, wishing them good luck, freshening myself up and packing my bags to head to the next destination – Fez, the cultural capital of Morocco.

June 7, 2017 By:
  Travelling has always been a part of my ecstasy ever since I was a child. It’s one of those passions which sets a captivating and cheerful emoji whenever it passes through the inner vision. The seeds of this encryption were sown when I was ten years old. My school had this ‘ trip to nature village ‘ tour at the Jim Corbett Park in Nainital. My deepest nerve of soul was agitated because this was going to be my first trip WITHOUT my over concerned  parents . The idea of the members of the board of travelling was to make us enable to encapture and apprentice information and guidance in the laps of nature. Now this place has a tinge of history attached to it just like other places in India do(you see knowing history before hand fires a ferocious bullet to one’s explorative instinct). It is the oldest national park in India and was established in 1963 as Hailey National Park to protect the endangered Bengal tiger. Earlier some parts of the park were part of the princely state of Tehri Garhwal . We boarded the train on the night of 4th june  and embarked Nainital the next morning. Our destination spot was “the nature village”. Huts made of thatched clay and a hairy rooftop were given to us for stay(first lifetime experience never got worse. It  was great ). The citizens of the village were genial and altruistic. Now Jim Corbett you is a major in tourist attraction and sight seeings , therefore it has numerous amusing places which you could adore. The nearest spot to our destination was the Bijrani. Known for its diverse wildlife and amazing vegetation , Bijrani zone is one of the highest wildlife populated range of the Corbett National Park. It was a favourite spot for shooting in the British era and is still a hotspot for wildlife lovers. We were assisted by a guard on a lorry which dragged the weights of twenty five children at a time(funny ,isn’t it?). The instructor  flaunted the four-legged species with his marvelous talks. We were overwhelmed by the flaura and fauna which surrounded us. The nost mesmerizing of all was the tiger roaring in front of us live!. The next hub of our travel tractor was the Vatanvasa Gate. We basicly went  there for trekking( I  guess our instructors were quite enthralled about our health). The forty km long trackway was tiring enough to trek ,but we did enjoy a lot. The same night we went smashing in for a night safari to a nearby wood. The mini truck was loaded with girls( mine was an all girls school) and sped at accord. On our safari our instructor pointed at a pair of green eyes as we passed by , probably it was a tiger in hiding. A deer sped past us and our eyes gazed at its apparition. The following day we visited the Corbett museum and the Dhangari Museum. Corbett museum is in a heritage bungalow of Edward James Jim Corbett (the renowned environmentalist , hunter as well as a front runner in the tiger association). We saw the life history and the belongings of Mr.Corbett still intact with some of the animals at Corbett National Park. The show table even consisted of memoirs connected to Jim Corbett ,his letters, antiques and rare photographs. The depicting charts comprised of the educational  details about flora and fauna . A small building maintained by the Forest Deptt of Uttrakhand had a few exhibits of the wild animals that one can spot in the entire tourist area of the Reserve. It’s said that dinner is almost incomplete without dessert , in the same our trip had that void until it was filled by the Corbett Falls. Yes! I am talking about the exquisite and enchanting waterfall. The waters trickling down just seem to be the holy grail dropped from heaven . So pure, so true that’s what those falls were. On this sedative trip we got to learn that it’s the purity and chastity of our country which makes it – Incredible India. India “IS” actually a country set apart from the rest of the world I it’s own magnificent way and order. There’s nothing holding this place back.   We knew that we would never forget this joyous and authentic trip. All of us once again peeped out of the train windows and bid the park farewell.