July 26, 2016 By:
Fort Kochi is the embodiment in bricks and mortar, of what every traveler’s dreams are made of. The beautiful vintage houses, the flower decked balconies with French windows, the inspiring wall art, the colorful streets; it truly is every globe trotters’ paradise. It is a sleepy town set amidst the Arabian Sea and the bustling city life of Ernakulam. I went to Fort Kochi for a one day solo trip, but for those of you planning to visit Kerala, I would suggest to keep a few days just for Fort Kochi. I commuted by bus (public transport is pretty cheap and efficient in Kerala), but there are other options like cab and ferry. Strolling through the stone paved streets, the passing centuries are visible on the standing buildings; which speak in great volumes about the rich history of the place. The streaks of legacies of ancestors passed on to their children are evident in the multitude of ancestral homes turned into hotels, restaurants, art galleries and cafes. It would be of interest to know that Fort Kochi was just a fishing village and this territory was gifted to the Portugese in 1503 by the Raja of Kochi. Since then, the Portuguese, the Dutch and the Britishers have invaded and lived here and left behind a storehouse of heritage. My first stop for the day was St. Francis Church, which was built by the Portugese but remodeled in 1516 to what we know of it today. It is perhaps the oldest church in India. It is a quaint old building with many encryptions telling stories of its affluent past. The grave of Vasco Da Gama was buried here, before being sent to Lisbon and it lies inside the church. Just outside, there are some vendors who sell fridge magnets amongst other stuff. If your fridge adorns the souvenirs from all the places you have traveled to, this is the place to buy them. Then I headed down to the Santa Cruz Basilica, one of the eight basilicas in India. Boasting of a Gothic architecture, it is a magnificent structure and makes your awe over the fact that this excellence was reached in 1558. I then took a walk on the beach, with the sun kissing my skin and the saline air in my mouth and saw the Chinese fishing nets, which date back to the 12th century and are the legacies of the first foreigners that set foot in Fort Kochi. By then it was 1:00 in the afternoon, and I was just mooching around in the streets when I stumbled upon the David Hall. It is a Dutch architecture built in 1695 and has been converted into a beautiful art gallery. There is a pretty little café in the backyard and I had their freshly prepared margherita pizza baked in a hearth oven, with ice tea. It was exceptionally tasty and this is one meal I am going to remember for a very long time. After my yummy lunch, I took an auto to go to the Jew street. Here there are a lot of shops which sell spices, tea, coffee and vintage jewellery and I splurged some money in buying some of these. After which I visited the synagogue, which is a Jewish praying centre (just a heads up, it remains closed on Friday afternoons, Saturdays and Jewish holidays). My day ended with a lip smacking coffee at Pepper House, with a book to keep me company, and what a marvelous day it was! There are so many other places that one can visit while on a trip to Fort Kochi. I have enlisted them below: Mattanchery Palace, Dutch cemetery, Bishop’s House, Sree Gopalakrishna Devaswom Temple And do try out the Dal Roti restaurant if you love North Indian food! For the cultural buffs and people who love everything pretty, this melting pot of cultures, Fort Kochi, is the place to be.

July 19, 2016 By:
Ah! Doesn't hearing this place 'GOA' makes us sound so happy and full of fun and excitement? Well it's one of the famous destinations which is visited by a number of people. Especially during the rains. When I thought of writing about my travel blog. I couldn't think of anything else but about this trip along with my family to Goa. For me Goa is like a second home. I visit Goa every year. But out of all my happy moments I remembered this one. Where I travelled with my entire fam jam. So to start off We travelled by car we were almost 15 of us. Oh how exciting.. so we left around like 5 am. And at the start we were all sleepy but as time passed we were all so energetic and happy! We sang songs.. cracked jokes and also ate alot on the way! I was full. It was a very pleasant and beautiful climate. I couldn't stop staring outside the window. We also took a number of pictures especially at Amboli Ghat where I saw the water cascading over the rocks . It was impeccably beautiful! And as we drove and drove we finally entered GOA.. since it was a tiring journey we all rushed to the resort. Our resort was Citrus Goa! Where we were offered warm coffee with chocolate cake as soon as we for done we all had a warm water shower and hopped into bed. Cause the rest of our days was going to be fun! Next morning I was the one to wake up first. While everyone was just being lazy! I had a shower and finally was ready for my breakfast! It was pancakes with chocolate syrup oh wow perfect breakfast! After I got done. Everyone was almost up. So everything got done with their stuff. And we finally started planning out day out. So me and my cousin's all of I decided to go to Baga Beach. It's one of the famous beaches. So we all got ready and went off to Baga. It was so beautiful out there and as usual it was crowded but we got our best spot and all of us jumped into the water. One of my cousins wasn't willing to come in the water cause of tanning! But we literally pulled her! Oh my couldn't forget that. We also did a number of water rides.. Oh the banana ride was so much fun and how can I forget paragliding! I was scared at the start but once I reached at the top. It felt like heaven! We were all chilling and then finally went for lunch at Brittos. Oh my the prawns and the squids were amazing! Along with a glass of fresh lime juice and how could I forget the beautiful sunset. It was something you couldn't miss! Soon it was time for us to leave and we all headed back to the resort after a day well spent! So then the next morning arrived and today was going to be all about Calangute, Sinquerium and then to Galgibaga. So we all headed to Calangute first chilled at the shack.. and then headed to Sinquerium where we visited Fort Aguada it was quiet an old fort. I took a lot of pictures. As soon as we reached down we decided to go for fishing we almost caught around 8 fishes it was so cool cause I never ever did that in Bombay! Then we headed to old goa. Cause coming to goa and not visting the Old Goa Church not happenning! As we entered it was so calm and beautiful St. Francais Xavier's body was at the top. And this is the most visited place by a number of tourist. We all prayed over there and then we took off for Galgibaga. And we finally arrived though it was a two hours journey it was worth the wait. It was the most beautiful beach I ever seen. So quiet so pleasant and the breeze! We all sat down on the beach watching the waves so relaxing and decide to have our home cooked food on the beach. There was delicious Biryani. Oh what a night. Soon our second day was over. We all came back to the resort had our dinner and watched a movie! It was a horror movie all of my cousins couldn't sleep that night! But we managed! Next morning arrived and it was finally our last day in goa. So we decided to go shopping. And we all headed to Mapusa Market. There was so much to shop. We bought spices clothes and ah the sweets. And who can forget the alcohol! Hahaha! As soon as all that was done we decided to head home and start packing since it was our last day we decided to stay home and have a nice barbeque night. So we got everything ready all the uncles sat with a nice glass of beer and the party started there was music, dancing, we even did a fashion show conducted but the resort and had gifts given away to the winners! Me and my cousins got one too. We didn't even sleep all night we played dumb charades! And cards and spent out night to the fullest. Soon it was time for us to leave. But before leaving we all headed to Anjuna to visit this famous miracleous cross. Its this cross which is build on a hill and has steps leading to it. It was a wonderful morning walk.. as soon as we reached on top. We all prayed And took wonderful pictures of the beautiful scenery from the hill top. As soon as we got done we got all our things ready and sat in the car. And enroute Mumbai! I was sad cause I didn't want this to end. But as they say. "All good things must come to an end" and so did this! Oh my way back home I was thinking about how good this short break was just away from all the noise and pollution and just being all peaceful and happy. And enjoying nature. My one advice is if anyone of you haven't been to Goa! Please go take a trip and see for yourself how wonderful God has created the world. I hope you'll like my blog. And please do give your comments. Hasta la vista for now !

January 21, 2016 By:
Travelling or seeing places is an important part of our education. One cannot believe a fact to be true unless one sees it. Purpose of travelling is different for different people. Some travel for sake of pleasure,some for expansion of business. Travelling provides the benefit of sightseeing and gives pleasure . I am going to share my travel experience of Uttarakhand. Since,there is direct connection by train to Uttarakhand from Lucknow. So,we first went to Nainital and from there to visit other places we took a bus. Cool climate of hill station is undoubtedly the best option to beat the summer blues.Uttarkhand being blessed with lofty mountain and therapeutic climate is itself a world to explore. Places we visited in Nainital mainly included temples Nainadevi temple,Hanumangarhi,Parshan devi . Then other day was spent for lakes which included Bhimtal,Sattal and Naukuchital. A two day holiday is sufficient to visit Nainital. Another place to visit in Uttarakhand is Mussoorie,a queen of hill station.Places to visit in Mussoorie includes Tibetan temple, lake Mist, Mussoorie Lake,Gun Hill.Mussoorie is blessed with nature. And the last but not the least destination which we visited in Uttarakhand is Dehradun. Dehradun is famous for its architectural display by ancient construction.Some of its famous attraction includes Robber's Cave,Tapovan,Tiger fall,Malsi Deer fall.This was my a week trip to Uttarkhand .

July 20, 2016 By:
“VOYAGE À UDAIPUR” May 2013! The month that brought the ‘much awaited’ light in the darkness of my life.Yes, my birthday was a week away and I had no shame in telling people that I had never been out of Jaipur. (Guess, all my shame had already gone telling this thing to people all these years while receiving their weird looks as a gift for my horrible confession.)But I was serious people! As they say, there is delay in god’s house but not darkness ....so even my prayers were finally answered (ting!!) in May 2013, when my father told me about this short trip to Udaipur. Still no words can describe the expressions of my face that I had at that time, the rollercoaster ride of emotions that I was experiencing .The first trip of my life!! Not much time was wasted in thinking & packing and in the very first light of the next morning we left for Udaipur. Sitting in the car with my parents and siblings I dreamt of places which I will see for the first time, till now about which I had only heard and read. After hours of travelling we finally reached ‘the white city’ at around 10 a.m. We checked in one of the local hotels, took some rest and got ready for our first destination of the day- Saheliyon Ki Bari. We witnessed the beauty of the most beautiful gardens of Udaipur that day. Famous for its lush green lawns, water pools,flowerbeds,marble art and numerous fountains in the form of various animals; the place truly gives the visitors a sight to behold and get mesmerized. There’s a museum in the gardens itself where you can have a look at the ancient things which only drew us closer to that era of royalty. The place gave us a strong promise for what was about to come next. Also known as the ‘city of lakes’ Udaipur is home to some of the most beautiful lakes and watercourses. Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar Lake, Udai Sagar Lake are few of them. So, now was the time for some boat riding! We hired a motor boat to enjoy a boat ride in the Fateh Sagar Lake. In the middle of the lake is Nehru Park which has a boat shaped restaurant. Also, within the confines of the lake are a public park and the Udaipur solar observatory. But the sad part was that we couldn’t visit them because of the lack of time and just had to hear stories about them from the boat driver. It is a perfectly quiet place for people to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature. The day came to an end with eating local street food and watching the breath-taking sunset while standing near the Fateh Sagar Pal. The excitement to visit more such places welcomed the arrival of the next day. After having some delicious breakfast we quickly started our car drive to City Palace. The magnificence and the marvellous architecture of the place left all of us in awe. The fusion of different architectural styles has resulted in this majestic piece of art. The divine beauty of this place is inexpressible. It’s a ‘do not miss’ destination in Udaipur. Before heading to the local markets to do some shopping, we paid a quick visit to Pichola Lake. No doubt, the charm of this lake enhances the romantic ambience of the city. Indians never forget their gods....be it even while travelling. In India, a trip is incomplete and worthless if you haven’t visited at least one of the local temples. So, that’s how our journey to Shrinathji Temple located in Nathdwara began. It is an hour travel from Udaipur. The visit to the temple made me familiar with the cultural &spiritual aspect of the place and the city. The architecture of the temple is simple but its spiritual appeal is beyond anything. Again, a ‘must pay visit’ destination. With the sun going down, it was time to say goodbye to Udaipur. With a heavy heart & a bag full of beautiful memories we bid farewell to the city and began our journey back home. The next few days were spent as expected i.e. “me” bragging about my first trip to the city I fell in love with- Udaipur!!

April 13, 2016 By:
I was very close to the signature page of my diary and since it was the last week of October I was anticipating I would not have to run for stationary before the new year eve.With calculated amount of coffee in my drawer I lay still surfing YouTube when my mood is disrupted by a not so frequent call.I received a warm call from home and no sooner had I learnt the recent chalking of our Himachal trip being scheduled than I had pulled out the coffee jar into the dustbin.Well,cozy family time was and will always be preferred over solitary comfort confined to the corners of my single bed and laptop .So without further adieu ,bags were packed and enthusiasm was geared for the trip that promised loads to us and a bucketful to me in particular. I would particularly like to throw light on a part of my Himachal excursion which attracted me the most. After a journey of about 8 hours from Manali ,in the 12 seater bus that we had taken along for our trip, we happened to reach Dalhousie at 8:30 pm. It did not take much long to find a decent hotel to spend a couple of days. Yes, that is what local tour guides in Dalhousie say: A stay of 2 days is sufficient to explore this place to the fullest. Two main spots to visit here are Kalatop & Kalatop forest and Khajjiar. This mesmerizing scenic beauty became a favourite shooting spot of Bollywood. Many Hindi films, including 1942: A Love Story, Vinashak, Gadar, 2013: Lootera(at Kalatop), were filmed here. Having taken refuge at Hotel The Spring, we started feeling the pang of hunger. The freshly cooked delicious hot meal served at this hour of night could not be a better alleviation for our tired bodies. The pleasure in traveling consists of the obstacles, the fatigue. What charm can anyone find in an excursion where he finds all the ease and comfort he can enjoy in his own home. Amidst the jam-packed bus, we were all set to head-start our day and long lost stories from past that were being served with spice and gossip. A short drive of 45 minutes had put us in the considerable heartbeat of Himachal which locally goes by the name of Khajjiar. Guarded with an endless stretch of cliffs and mountains,aesthetically essenced with screeping conifers,with a soil that blessed almost every plantation and a sky who would call for Shakespeare to vividify what it conveyed,Khajjiar did an absolute justice to being the Switzerland for India. My surroundings had engulfed my attention to an extent that google had to be my guide .It mesmerised me to be in a circular 5 km region that concentrated into itself the entire vitality of the area.Like other aesthetic wonders of Himachal that accounted to 9.75% of tourism GDP, Khajjiar had it's own drop-beat to discover .Willy blazer,vice chancellor and head of chancery for Switzerland had rightly labelled Khajjiar as one of its minions like the rest 160 places in the world likely.But unlike the previous places loaded with traditions and mouthwatering cuisines,this tiny saucer shaped plateau within the lush meadows had not much to offer .The high altitude and scarce transportation benefits offered us less on flavour cravings.Nevertheless,negating economic drawbacks,the adventurous quotient of Khajjiar was breathtaking. I have been a witness to jaw-dropping ventures of soaring on a sky-scraping ride that could nauseate even the healthiest for a moment.Looked and felt dangerously magical to move up and down a tower with a crazy velocity and unprecedented pattern.The next moment of recovery has so much in store beyond imagination.That was my n numbered attempt to ride a horse. Yes, I cant remember the count because for a traveller like me,riding on a horse's back is not a prodigious activity. Yet, walking just sucked away my adrenaline and enthusiasm, so with a strong resolution and a promise from a trainer to keep me from death,I ranged at a relatively higher speed ,across the borders of the greenery through the forest and the pillar like trees.I admit hurting my bones and pelvis seamlessly the next morning but I presume for a college student benched for 6 hrs in a row,this was an out-of-the-box attempt which I proudly confirm to encounter voluntarily again. The horses had galloped ,and with it taken away my every remaining ounce of energy when i noticed rabbits on my mother's head.It was seated like a crown prince in front of the camera,synchronised with the beaming smile of my mother.I made sure I was the next in this joint family venture where everyone posed as an ardent rodent lover. Though it seems stupid and inarticulate to mature audience but being the age that the place and company demand has been my asset.I love to try the smallest of details,however insignificant just to fill in the pages of exciting life I have .The rabbits followed flower baskets and shimmery pahari costumes and that brings me to the best part of trips and making memories; "photographs".They relate and convey.They bridge almost every gap over the years and between the clans irrespective of how weird and untidy it seemed when it got clicked.Crooked faces,jocular actions everything summed up in a 5X7 span of paper that portrays almost the whole of who we were and now relatively.Well ,literally,gathering dozens of those personified sketches is worth the wait and the pain. Just when the sun reached it's pinnacle before it could set for the day and settle all the hustle,making the calm as quite and peaceful as William Wordsworth describes it to be,it was time for me to reflect upon what not was yet done enough to make myself a better appreciator of the great.Evidently,we had concluded to the aura of the most beautiful set of lives and hives explored. Khajjiar had taken just a plan and gifted a lifetime.places big or small,hunky dory or downtrodden,never fail to surprise because they are not divided by mentalities but just some invisible borders that travellers like us are oblivious to. Indeed, Mountains are the beginning and the end of all the natural scenery. Plan a trip to grassy meadow Khajjiar called "Mini Switzerland of India" ad enjoy the grassy medows and dense forests. Don't forget to share your travel experience in travel blogs.

June 15, 2016 By:
A pizza or a burger is not something which you get free if you order for service tax,but which fills in your tummy at a very pocket friendly price. And if you are a student then this turns out to be advantageous to you. So I've been to this place called KING AND CARDINAL located at a prime location in Hyderabad city,which bakes amazing cakes and makes good burgers and pizzas. KING AND CARDINAL located at HimayathNagar serves some delicious burgers(both veg. and non.veg) The veg. burger I recently had just has the perfect ingredients and taste. The bun is filled with the patty and then a layer of tomatoes and onions and then the delicious spread of mayonnaise which makes it even more tasty. They serve this burger with regular potato chips,a coke or a thumps up would make it quite a complete meal. The next thing you can have a go at is the wide varieties of pastries they serve. Chocolate,butterscotch,litchi,pista,white forest,choco chips,brownies to name a few. As my love for chocolate never dies, the chocolate pastry is so soft that it feels like heaven when you cut a piece from it(chocolate lovers ❤️) As all good things come to end,my time at the bakery was no exception. So next time you visit Hyderabad there's something more than biryani you can look forward to eat :sunglasses: ,even though nothing can beat THE HYDERABADI BIRYANI:yum:.

June 14, 2016 By:
As quoted by Ernst Holmes, “Spirituality is natural goodness. God is not a person; god is a presence personified in us. Spirituality is not a thing; it is the atmosphere of God’s presence, goodness, truth and beauty.” This heavenly feeling and presence of the Almighty is undoubtedly felt in the pure and divine air of Ujjain city which is located on the eastern banks of Kshipra river in Madhya Pradesh State of India. According to Hindu mythology, it is considered among one of the seven holy cities which are commonly known as “Sapta Puri.” Tropic of Cancer passes right through this sacred city. It is also said that the Primary Greenwich or Prime meridian also passed through the centre of Ujjain in earlier days. It has also got a rich historical background and a strong connection with the history of ancient India as it has been ruled by Chandragupta II. Many Hindu devotees visit this famous pilgrim and offer prayers in holy fares and take dip in the sacred waters of Kshipra river to attain moksha.  HOW TO REACH THE CITY OF TEMPLES? We can easily visit the famous pilgrim by air, by train or by bus. BY AIR- (i) VIA INDORE Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar Airport in Indore, 55 kilometres from Ujjain, is well connected with major domestic cities- Bhopal, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Delhi, Jaipur, Ahemdabad, Kolkata, etc. (ii) VIA BHOPAL Raja Bhoj Airport is 172 kilometres from Ujjain and has regular filghts connecting metro cities like Delhi and Mumbai. The distance of 55kms from Indore Airport and 172kms from Bhopal Airport can be covered using cabs like Ola and Uber which are easily available at lower costs. Other options include buses and private vehicles. BY TRAIN Ujjain Railway station, a major junction of Western Railway Zone, is just 1 km from the city’s centre. It is connected to major cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, etc. There are plenty of rickshaws, buses and taxis available to reach and travel within the city. Tickets for the train can be booked online through the website irctc.co.in BY BUS- Well-developed roads of Ujjain smoothly connects many neighbouring places. AC and non-AC buses, taxis ply a regular service to visitors and that too, at affordable price. Meru cabs and Ola cabs are some preferred taxi services. Other cabs or buses can be booked through following websites- starcabservices.com, taxiindore.com, charteredbus.in, redbus.com.  WHERE TO STAY? There are many hotels nearby railway stations and bus stands that provide comfortable accommodations at cheap cost. Some suggestible ones include Rudraksh Club & Resort, Hotel Park Palace, Hotel Grand Tower, Hotel Atharva. If we are running on a budget and our pockets aren’t too deep then we can go for Hotel Samay or Hotel Pleasure Landmark.  MULTICUISINE RESTAURANTS AND FOOD CORNERS! While travelling and visiting different places, one definitely expects and needs good quality food that can satisfy one’s taste buds. Such delicious and hygienic meals are available in Shree Ganga Restaurant at a reasonable price. Plus, it is located in the centre of the city(freeganj area). The famous typical food includes “Daal-Baati-Churma.” Craving for fast food?! Then one can go for Dominos and Pizza Hut as well at Cosmos mall. We can also have fun at PVR Cinemas and the fun-gaming zone in the same mall.  BEST TIME TO VISIT THE SACRED CITY Best time to visit the city is between September and march. Also, during mahakumbh, which comes once in every 12 years, Ujjain is the best place one can visit!  FAMOUS TOURIST ATTRACTION (1) MAHAKALESHWAR TEMPLE The major attraction of Ujjain is the Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga, which is one of the 12 jyotirlingas shrines of Lord shiva. It’s Bhasma Aarti is quite famous which is conducted at morning 4. (2) BHARTRIHARI CAVES Bhartrihari Caves possess a strange historical charm. Founded in 11th century AD, these caves have witnessed Bhatrihari, step brother of King Vikramaditya residing and meditating post his heartbreak. The caves have a small temple as well inside. (3) SANDIPANI ASHRAM Ancient Ashram of Maharshi Sandipani, that is considered to be learning place of Lord Krishna with his elder brother, Balrama and his friend Sudama. (4) JANTAR MANTAR Jantar Mantar or The Vedha Shala Observatory, constructed by Maharaja Jai Singh around 1730. It measures things like sun’s revolution, planet’s directions, lunar mansions and helps in geographical analyzations. (5) ISKCON TEMPLE It is the one visited most by foreigners. It is a wonderful vibrant, befittingly gorgeous opulent temple with flourishing Tulsi gardens and attractive lush flower gardens. Devotees of Radha and Lord Krishna come over here to offer prayers from all over the world. (6) MANGALNATH TEMPLE According to purans, Mars planet is the son of Earth planet. Or in other words, it was generated from the Earth. It is this point on the earth where Lord shiva’s shivling(shrine) exists, that is considered to be the origin point of the planet Mars. It also said thatTropic of Cancer passes through this very point where the shivling exists. (7) KALIDASA ACADEMY It is particularly for art lovers. It is named after Kalidasa, ancient Sanskrit Poet. This academy reflects the cultural heritage and vibrant soul of Malwa. It organises Kalidasa Samaroh for 7 days which includes events like stage –plays, Classical Dances, Painting Exhibitions and Fares. (8) RANMUKTESHWAR TEMPLE This temple, being more than 100 years old, is quite common among locals and not so popular among tourists. It has a shivling, shrine within a tree trunk. It is said that king Harishchandra was freed from his debt to Rishi Vishwamitra after he worshipped Lord Shiva under this Banyan Tree. (9) KALIDEH PALACE It is a palace which will definitely catch the attention of history buffs and photo fanatics. Located on a small island in the river kshipra, this palace is known for its beautiful scenery and landscape with man-made tanks; channels and river waters. It was build by Mandu Sultans in 1485. (10) KAL BHAIRAV TEMPLE It is a Hindu temple dedicated to the guardian deity of the city, “Kal Bhairav.” The major offering to the deity includes liquor. One must visit this temple to witness how the liquor offered to the deity disappears emptying the bowl. A must visit temple on your travelling list ! (11) GOPAL MANDIR Gopal mandir, also known as Dwarkadhish Temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna, whose sculpture consists of a fairly large diamond stoned into his chin. The beautiful figurine depicts Lord Krishna in his blue form, who is the incarnation of Preserver of the Universe-God Vishnu. It is said to be build by Scindias royal family. (12) HARSIDDHI TEMPLE The sculpture of Harsiddhi mata or the goddess of happiness is the main attraction of the temple. The Hindu devi is regarded to be much divine and the big lamps in front of the main temple adds to the beauty of the shrine. (13) CHINTAMAN GANESH TEMPLE The biggest temple of Lord Ganesha in Ujjain is usually visited before starting any new venture. Worshipping Lord Ganesha in this particular temple is concerned with relieving tensions to live a peaceful life. This stone temple dates back to 11th and 12th century. (14) BHAIROGARH The village of Bhairogarh, located near the city of Ujjain is famous since ancient times when it’s trade was even spreaded till Rome and China. Even today, Bhairogarh is famous for its tie and dye paintings. Bhairogarh print, printing the cloth is major attraction of the place. (15) GADKALIKA TEMPLE This pretty and divine shrine is devoted to Goddess Kalika. The sculpture of Goddess with captivating eyes is a joy to behold. It is famous as Kalidasa, a renowned Sanskrit poet, got his actual skills and boon from the Goddess. (16) VIKRAM UNIVERSITY The university which is named after King Vikramaditya was established in 1957. It is a very old university with grade A credit.  MAHAKUMBH/ SIMHASTHA Simhastha or mahakumbh is celebrated by largest human gathering on Earth in every 12 years alternatively in 4 cities. The most popular legend regarding the origin of Kumbh Melas is the Samudra Manthan or ‘churning of the ocean.’ Gods and demons competed in the churning in search of the divine nectar of immortality. The government of Madhya Pradesh State provides a special official website for tourists- “mptourism.com”.  SHOPPING MAGNETISM Wherever we go for a tour, bringing back a souvenir is must. Ujjain is well-known for handicrafts and artefacts in markets close to the Nanakheda Bus Stand. Other than this,bead works, lacquer works and paper-mache items in the market outside Mahakaleshwar Temple are pretty famous. One can also buy Tribal metal work, pottery and bamboo articles from the market-area in Jawahar Nagar & Gopal Mandir Marg. Apart from these there are many other temples as well. Undoubtedly, the city is known as city of temples. One can also go to Omkareshwar and Mandu which are nearby tourist spots. “Spirituality involves a search for meaning in life.” There is no better place than Ujjain to find that inner peace and discover the ultimate truth and aim of our lives. “The way we feel connects us to the truth of who we are.” Do visit this city of temples to realize the actual true peace; divinity and holiness that still exists in this modern world!

July 25, 2016 By:
After liking the backpacker's link on facebook me and my sister realised that we can think about going to Kasol . It was such a random decision for both of us . I no more regret now. After convincing our parents umpteen times we finally got permission . So our journey begins with six people , my sister knew them but i met them for the first time and i was the youngest of them all . We assembled at Civil Lines Metro Station , New Delhi which was our meeting point . We all were so excited as we never visited Kasol that too with friends . I seriously needed some break from this sultry weather . Waiting for two hours we finally sat in the bus and it was such a relief . As the journey begins , new people were introduced and our group kept increasing . After chatting amiably for hours everyone fell asleep . But when I woke up in the morning view was totally different such a pleasant day it was . Kasol is a village in Himachal Pradesh , northern India . It is situated in Parvati valley , on the banks of Parvati River , on the way between Bhuntar to Manikaran . Kasol has recently transformed into a hub for backpackers , it has low population and good climate throughout the year . Kasol in also known as MINI ISRAEL in Himachal Pradesh . If you notice there is thin wire that connects the mountain containing daily products through some kind of trolley . It is such a herculean task to go up daily just to reduce the time the concept of trolley was introduced , which is great . One amazing thing is that you enter throught 11 KM tunnel which is made by cutting mountains to reach Kasol . I imagined what human hands can do and create such a thing . As we moved up to Kasol I could feel the nippy air against my skin . After many halts we finally reached our destination . I was totally lost in the beauty of nature . Such a stellar view it was , river flowing through mountains , trees all around , sound of river. Infact , the whole atmosphere was different . One has to cross this perilous bridge to reach to your camps . Everyone was screeching and scared but it was such a pleasure experience . At night it becomes even more scary as there were no lights one has to carry their torch . After crossing bridge we finally reached our camp site which was marvellous . We were group of six so we took the biggest camp near the pristine river Parvati . Everyone was so amazed after seeing such a beautiful place . We took some rest and had lunch after that we were told to get ready and leave for Manikaran , which was 8 Km from our camps . On our way, we took snaps and videos of flowing river Parvati . Manikaran is located in the Parvati Valley , on the river Parvati and 35 km from Kullu . There is some story behind this gurudwara . A man named Manu recreated life in Manikaran after the flood . Also , area is well known for it's hot springs which is natural . People of gurudwara wash utensils , take bath and even cook rice in it. It is quite interesting that on one side of the temple there is cold water on the other very hot . After all , it is natural and hot water is considered extremely auspicious . After that we had 'Langar ' which was so good and mouthwatering too . It is a must visit place . It was a tiring day . After we reached our camps the ambiance was different as bonfire was lit and it was quite chilly at night . This was how our first day ended . Next day I woke up early at 6 a.m. and stepped out camp . It was pouring all night and view was breathtaking . Mountains looked even more beautiful . I took out my book and sat river side . I never felt so good reading experience was totally different . I was lost in the story. There was complete silence except chirping of birds and flowing water . Few hours later , we got ready for trekking . I never thought trekking would be so much fun . We left at 11 a.m from our camps and started walking towards Chalal and Rasol. Trek was easy in the beginning as everyone was full of energy and enthusiasm . As we move forward , it started becoming gruelling hike . Narrow path with stones , mud , water and lot more . We were at altitude of around 8,000 feet above sea level and has not more than 100 houses . The hike took around 4 to 5 hours . After reaching above view was simply awesome . I never imagined that I would be able to reach here . We were told to get down early as weather was not good and it could be risky once it starts raining . So , we took rest on some rocks as legs were torturing . We reached our camps at 7 p. m . Everyone was tired after tedious hiking . We saw some people dressed in traditional attire . Well , they were the folk dancers of Himachal . Karayila - which is the most interesting and popular folk dance . In the center the bonfire is lit , which is the source of light and heat . This bonfire is considered very sacred and all performances are held around this bonfire . The entire valley reverberated with the sound of music and joy . Everybody had a great time there. People were dancing and enjoying with folk dancers . Everybody forgot about the pain because of trekking and they were dancing in full enthusiasm , everybody was enjoying. On last day of our trip we visited the local market and tried some Israeli food in the local cafes. Found some funky stuff like bracelets and neckpieces . Art gallery was major attraction . Everything else was common and available in Delhi . So , that was the last part of our journey . We reached around 6 a.m at our meeting point . Finally leaving this place and my mind was etched with memories , made new friends . I felt a tinge of sadness that why this journey has come to an end . I enjoyed each and every moment of this trip even the bus journey, met some amazing people . It was an unforgettable experiance . One should definitely take a break a plan a vacation which will help you understand better and you will feel lively . It is better to travel often than having monotonous life . Waiting for next trip !!

August 4, 2016 By:
The journey began from Pathankot railway station. Under the scorching sun only source of relief was cold water. Lesson 1. Always have shades with you even if you think you might not need them, trust me no harm in keeping them handy. Next we boarded the pre booked taxi and travelled to Banikhet which took 2.5hrs. The weather started taking a turn and soon the chilly wind started whispering in the ear. The road from Pathankot to Banikhet was much better than what I expected . Banikhet is the gateway to chamba district . It's about 8.4 kms from Dalhousie. At night after resting in a hotel in Banikhet we went to Dalhousie and covered the checkpoints listed on the travel websites. Main attraction was the Mall road. The local people were welcoming and warm.In the cold night the sights of baked food , hot momos and pancakes after shopping got us going. Cafe Dalhousie caught my eye because of its winsome British interior. On the way back to hotel our driver drove at a fast speed which got our heartbeats faster since the roads were narrow and the night was dark and dude we were so much above the sea level surrounded by trees and pin drop silence. Okay it was creepy. But the boundaries and maintenance of the transport system were the proof that Dalhousie's major industry is tourism. The night view of the hill station becomes more beautiful as you travel up the hill. It's like diwali in June. Mesmerising. The constant party feel , delightful music from the shops and cafes , beer and other alcoholic beverages were definitely compelling.It was like a small world of its own .

April 28, 2016 By:
It was my twenty-first birthday and I was (of course) very eager to step into a new phase of life. My parents (they are the best) decided to make this a birthday to remember by taking me to a trip to one of those places that are yet to be invaded by the ever-increasing Indian Population - Andaman!! The Sea was calling me; and I had to go!!! As the marked date on the calendar closed in, my happiness knew no bounds and it all heightened when I saw the mesmerising green islands for the first time, tucked in the bluest of the blue ocean; from that tiny air-plane window. The next ten days that followed, were, cliched as it might sound; the best days of my life!! Now, this wasn’t going to be one of those lazy trips. We had planned out a series of adventure sports and multiple island- hopping; to experience the maximum of what Andaman had to offer. A day-to-day journal will make this too long for our fickle minds; I am going to take you through the highlights of my trip. MY FIRST DATE WITH THE OCEAN: As soon as we checked into the hotel, I followed the sound of waves and it got me to the terrace. And the magnificent view of the ocean made me speechless. CELLULAR JAIL: That afternoon, we visited the infamous Cellular Jail of Port Blair. The museum, the various models of different punishment and the spine-chilling tales in the ‘Light and Sound’ show will force you to re-think all the incredible things our forefathers had done to ensure we would live in an independent nation!! THAT MUCH-AWAITED CRUISE: We had our ship to Havelock Islands at 7am. Though I have been on the cruise-ride in Goa, this was my first time in a luxury ship (for five hours that too) and I was jumping with joy! After hours of checking and bagging submission and seat-searching, the whistle finally blew and we were off the coast! The first half an hour was really exciting, with everyone pushing everyone else to secure a place on the deck. And the sun began to show us its (warm) love and the Ship-officials shooing us off the deck, most of the passengers retreated to their cosy chairs and dozed off. The same thing was repeated in the last half an hour of the journey, with the ship approaching the giant Havelock. I couldn't wait to step onto that island. Now, a warning for all the future-travellers, Port Blair are the only island with network coverage. Every other island has extremely poor network coverage (BSNL users, you are in luck, though!) THE SUNSET YOU NEED TO EXPERIENCE: There will be moments in your life which will be so perfect that you would hope that time come to a standstill. Sunset by the ocean is one such moment. All those hundreds of curious tourists (noisy children included) turned numb as the mighty waters gulped the Sun. No words, phrases or photographs can do justice to the beauty I experienced. YES! SCUBA DIVING!!!: We all have our bucket list! You might not have penned them down, but you do have a list in your mind, correct? Scuba-Diving is one of things on my list. Having already ticked off skiing and bungee jumping from my previous travels, this was one that I was eagerly waiting for. And the icing on the cake?? It was my birthday too!! Now scuba-diving might sound frightening. Well, It is not!! My parents and I, clad in the scuba-suits, shoes, belts with weights (Yes, these are a little heavy) and masks; swam into the water. Our guides gave us an hour of training. We were then given our oxygen cylinders and we started our journey towards the corals!! There are certain experiences which make your life worth living; this two-hour dive was one such experience. Yes, an experience of a lifetime! The corals (they are of millions of types, shapes and colours), the fish (we saw at least thirteen types), the giant turtles (these were so scary I ran for my life when I saw one of them approaching me) showed us how truly beautiful Nature is . That entire night, we could not stop talking about the unbelievable thing we had experienced and the incredible sea-life! READY. SET. ADVENTURE!!: What is a visit to an island without engaging in water sports? Banana-rides, speed-boats, water-skiing, snorkeling, sea-walking – I did them all in Neil Island (made me feel like those Fox Traveller people) OF CAVES AND VOLCANOES: The journey to the Limestone Caves and the Mud Volcano was the most challenging. It involves a car-journey,taking a ship (these ships even have Buses and Cars as their passengers), then another smaller ship and finally a speed boat. The journey doesn’t end there. This is followed by an hour of hike through an wooden bridge, followed by mangroves, a tiny hamlet and one rocky pasture. I won’t lie. I loved this journey more than the destination. The mangroves, shady forest areas, the wobbly bridge, tiny rest-rooms in between and the tiny village- it was an adventure on its own!! DEER? DEER!! When our driver told us Ross island is known for its deer and peacocks, I imagined ten/twelve of them, roaming about in cages. When I reached there, my my, weren’t we all taken aback!! There were about hundreds of deer, roaming all over the place like cows roam about in green pastures. The peacocks were all over the trees. We even saw two of them riding on the deer’s backs!! Yes, every thing about Andaman is going to make you love the place even more!! SEA-FOOOOOOOOOOOD: The multiple Os made my love for food pretty clear, I guess! Well, as my father rightly says, you have never really visited a place if you have not tasted its local cuisine. So we made it a point to try whatever sea-food we could lay our eyes on – varieties of crabs and fish (The restaurants would not even tell us the names, they said they cooked whatever fish they would catch in their nets!!) THE SURPRISE ELEMENT: Jarawas are the indigenous natives of Andaman, of African origin, who live in tribes in two major parts of the islands. They have shunned all communication with the outer world (although the Government has made considerable improvement by giving them clothes and medical help) and they speak a language totally different from us. They live the nomadic life, feeding on animals and fruits and rarely come in-front of the human civilisation. Gives you chills, right? Hence, you can only imagine my excitement when we embarked on your journey to their ‘part’ of the island. Photography is strictly prohibited and nobody is even allowed to step out of their cars. You cannot even slow down your car or stop it anywhere along the entire road. The area is off-limit after sunset, as these tribals are not used to artificial lights and consider them their enemies. To be able to see them, is purely based on luck (and chance). It is a four journey. More than three hours had passed and we had completely given up on the idea of seeing the tribals. And then, completely out of the blue, we saw four individuals, standing by the road,staring at the passers-by. Their bodies were covered with white painted dots, and they were only wearing barks and giant leaves to cover their privates. They were crossing the forest to collect wood for cooking, our driver informed us. It was a scene right out of Discovery Channel and we could only stare at them, in absolute awe. Scuba-diving, Sunsets or treks; nothing came close to the realisation that there, in the 21st Century, still exist people who hunt their food and wear leaves around their waists. To think that the world is more than Cell-phones and Internet, Movies and Books, science and technology. To see with the naked eye the nomads whom I had only seen on the TV. This trip made me think about life and our way of living it differently. Because I was away from the continuous Whatsapp and Facebook notifications for over an week, I understood the real joys of life. And most importantly, the ginormous ocean re-inforced the idea that we humans are but puny creatures in front of nature and no matter how many satellites we send to outer space or apps we develop, Nature will always have the upper-hand!! Andaman Islands are breathtaking coastline to relax and chill out in sun. Been to Andaman? Share your travel experience on travel blog. If not use eChutti travel guide and plan it soon.