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.

June 6, 2017 By:
Ofcourse exams are important. But what to choose between exams and a wonderful trip...? Exams...? No,I dont think so because I've chosen a trip to Singapore and Malaysia over my exams. It was a 6days and 5 nights trip with family. We've left all the planning and other details to the travel agency so that we can spend most of the time enjoying. I was so excited as it was going to be my first time in air and the fun started in the Hyderabad Airport itself with me,my brother, my both sisters fighting with the luggage trollies. First day: First day was an amazing experience in the 'Gardens by the Bay' nature park with all the artificial trees which actually look very much real and the best part is the artificial waterfalls. Singapore is a country which makes most of its income through visitors. As we move through places, we are automatically directed towards shops for buying the articles that portray the place so that they can be cherished as memories. And believe me, there is nothing very amazing than relaxing in the pool. The pool was present on the top floor of the hotel. I was back floating in the pool looking above. The sky was full of stars and as the drops of water hit my face, it felt as if the time had frozen for me..... Second day: A short city tour to Singapore took me to the renowned Merlion park. The park is famous for its statue of a marine lion(head of a lion and tail of fish). The merlion statue looks towards the famous skyline building which looks breath taking from the park. Then came the flyer. Singapore has the World's second largest flyer and the whole city looks outstanding from the top of the flyer. Ever felt of moving in a car above the sea floaating in the skies looking below into the deep blue sea. I did...during the cable car ride to the Sentosa islands. The best attraction in the island is the S.E.A.acquarium. It's the underwater acquarium with lots and lots of fishes roaming around you making home. I moved feeling like walking on the sea bed without the water touching me.... Third day: Universal Studios Singapore... Dream of most of the trip lovers and one of the best Amusement parks. Each and every ride gave an awesome experience. But the battlestar galactica was the best. Its the world's tallest twin roller coaster. As it moved, the world around me blurred and the wind blew through my face and I felt transparent.... Fourth day: "It is said some lives are linked across time connected by an ancient calling that echoes through the ages...DESTINY"~prince of persia movie.Destiny, that's what it felt like to travel with our little companion from Singapore to Malaysia in a bus. We'd spent all the journey playing 'SHOOT ME IF YOU CAN' with this little kid(Harsh). He was the cutest travel companion anyone could have.... Fifth day: Ever been to a hill station? Ever been to a resort? Well, 'Genting Highlands' is prettymuch a combination of both.It's a high altitude hill resort with amusement parks, shopping malls, casinos and whatnot. But the best part is the 'Psycho Circus of Magic and Mayhem'. In this show I myself went on to the stage to get experienced in a trick. There was a pretty girl tied up to a pole on the stage and a curtain dropped from above on both of us. The lights around me suddenly whooshed and within a swish, I was tied up in the girl's place.... Sixth day: I expected my last day in the trip to be a little boring as it was just a short city tour and suddenly our van stopped in a place full of shadow. I moodily stepped out of the van and raised my eyes to see a building which as i raised my eyes rose up to the sky. 'The Malaysian Twin Towers'. Suddenly my heart started to pound in a very fast motion out of excitement. It was the most beautiful building to look at such a close distance. And the we visted the metal, leather and chocolate galleries..... So, I'm sure its worth missing your exams for such a trip.  

June 6, 2017 By:
For my birthday I decided to do tick something off my bucket list and surfing sounded perfect. So my family and I decided to head to Pondicherry also known as 'The French Riviera of the East' known for it's mesmerizing beaches. And it did not disappoint, with it's beautiful beach and colorful houses with the most intriguing names. The creeping magenta boiganvillas added a burst of color to the gorgeos houses that were in different hues of mustard and grey. On our first day in the city we decided to go on a cycle tour that started off at 6 A.M and took us through the different parts of Pondy as it's fondly known. We met two wonderful French ladies who joined on this cycle tour. The tour started off in the Muslim quarter where we saw the mosque in which Life Of Pie was shot. Our next stop was the Bascilla of The Scared Heart Of Jesus which had an amazing histroy behind and the nside was so mezmerising with its glass paintings that made the sunlight entering the Bascilica into different hues and lit the entire place up. So we cycled on and entered the Tamil quarter where we could see a traditional South Indian house with it's huge wooden pillars and large front courtyard which was wonderful since we never get to see such huge houses very often in the city. The French quarter was up next which was a myriad of colors from mustard to pink to grey and we could notice the french influence on all these building. Our cycle tour ended with a quick visit to the Market, which gave a really good sense of the people in Pondy, and a scrumtious French breakfast which was a piping hot Danish and the buttery flaky Dansih was a treat after cycling for so long in the sweltring heat. We called it an early night since the next morning we had to be up quite early to go surfing, I could not wait. We reached the surf school and we were instructed on the basics and the terms that are associated with Surfing and a Surf Board and we headed down to the beach to get our first lesson in surfing. After going over a few safety lessons we hit the water and tried to get off the surf board and try and catch the wave. Oh boy! It was an amazing experiance, one i can not put into words but i urge each and every one of you to try. The waves are really hard on you and if you dont puch back they will knock off the board. Surfing thought me to be resilient and to push back and never give up. The adrenaline rush that you get and the feeling of achievement that you get when you finally catch a wave is truly amazing. We were really sad that our surf session ended so soon. And soon it was time for us to head back home and get back to the grind, leaving me dreaming about when my next surfcation would be. And trust me I cannot wait to get back on the surf board and hit those waves. 

June 6, 2017 By:
MY TRAVEL EXPERIENCE A long stretch of exams meant hard work but alsosimultaneous planning of a trip with friends. So, when the right time came, we zeroed on to Kamyana district in Himachal Pradesh and were waiting to go with a zeal in our hearts.One of my friends happened to own a flat in Kamyana district, so we stayed there for 3 days and 4 nights.   Temperature : 17 degrees roughly Weather. : pleasant Means to travel : Me along with my friends took a train from New Delhi railway station to Chandigarh and then took a cab from Chandigarh to Kamyana district. The cost for the AC chair car per person was ₹750 and the Cab fare was ₹3400 (divided among 5 people i.e. 700 per person) Other means to travel : 1) Take a train till Kalka Railway station and from there a Toy train which takes you to Shimla. There are numerous trains such as Kalka shatabdi, Himalayan queen etc. 2) Car journey which approximately takes 9-10 hours 3) Bus – There are 4 buses that take you from New delhi to Shimla, taking 9 hours again. 4) Laslty, flight from New Delhi to Chandigarh and then from Chandigarh to Shimla.   Places to visit. : 1) WAKE & BAKE CAFÉ – It is a very small and beautiful 2 storey cafe, one of the best Shimla has. The quantity of food is a lot and it is not very expensive. The food items worth trying would be onion and cheese omelette, red sauce chicken pasta, bacon toasties and hummus pita and falafel platter. Their cheese and herbs toasties is very bland and not worth it. 2) CAFÉ SIMLA TIMES – This café has both indoor and outdoor seating. It is situated in the lower mall road. To enjoy the weather, outdoor terrace seating is beautiful. It has live band performances everyday. Their dahi kebab and honey chilli potato are worth trying. It can be slightly expensive for those who consume alcohol. The crowd is decent. 3) CAFÉ SOL – This café has an outdoor seating arrangement and is on the left side of the tourism lift. It has nice music playing in the background at all times. The non vegetarian items in the menu are overpriced and the alcohol is more expensive than Café Simla Times. 4) BALJEES – It is one of the most famous Indian restaurant situated on the mall road in Shimla. It is crowded at all times and the seating arrangement is clustered. As far as the food is concerned, it is the best that’s available in Shimla for indian cuisines. The deserts are tasty. 5) MOTI MAHAL DELUX RESTAURANT – It is situated right in front of the tourism lift and is vacant at all times. The food here can be enjoyed peacefully unlike Baljees but the quality of food is better at Baljees. The butter chicken is delicious and Dal Makhani on the contrary seemed stale.     Other places to visit would be the Jhakoo Temple, The Church and The Wax Museum.   A few tips : 1) Even in summers, it can be quite windy at night, so carrying a pair of shrug/jacket is advisable. 2) The earrings on mall road are overpriced and not worth buying. The same pair can be brought from various markets in Delhi at half the price. 3) The suit pieces are very warm and nicely embroidered. 4) Bargaining can be done with the drivers, who are available right below the tourism lift.     All in all, it was a beautiful trip. For all those people who want to get away from the hustle bustle of their respective cities, hill stations are worth consideration and Shimla is recommended.        

June 5, 2017 By:
“I love waking up in the morning not knowing what’s gonna happen or who I’m gonna meet, where I’m gonna wind up.” - Jack Dawson, (movie “Titanic”) My ideology regarding travelling is similar to that of Jack Dawson’s to some extent. I consider travelling as an escape from my drab life. Though I have travelled a lot the one trip that had always been close to my heart was the Goa trip in 2015. It all started on a hot afternoon of May 2015. We (my family) were making plans for a trip because the heat was unbearable. Since the number of people interested in the trip was huge, there was an obvious conflict of interest. We resorted to the lots system to resolve the issue. As the luck would have it the place picked was Goa. I was a little resentful because I always believed that Goa is a place to be enjoyed with friends. But my resentments proved baseless. Goa is place where you can fun even if you travelled alone. After lots of arguments and fights and tantrums we boarded the flight from Bangalore. We were welcomed in Goa with thunderstorm. The scenic beauty of Goa took my breath away. We were to stay at the Estrella Do Mar beach resort. Had I been in any other place, the traffic would have irritated me. But the picturesque locations of Goa got me so mesmerized that I didn’t notice the jam at all. The resort is located in the Calangute town of North Goa. It is a cosy little town with an amazing beach which is also referred to as “Queen of beaches”. Tourism is the main source of income for the town. It has the perfect blend of antiqueness and modern technology. This town has a lot to offer to the tourists, starting from malls to pubs to temples and churches. We were in Goa for 3 days, 3 amazing, fun filled days. Though most part of our days was spent on the beach, we still made a point to visit the other tourist spots. One such place was the Aguada port. The word Aguada means Water. The fort has a rich history which dates back to 1612. It was used as a port for the ships. The beach offered lots of sports like the Banana ride etc. The 3 days I spent in Goa will always be close to my heart. The entire journey is filled with so many memories which I will cherish throughout my life.