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 .

November 19, 2017 By:
Puri is a well known family destination spot, popular for its beaches and temples. It is located in Odisha and lies on the eastern coast of India, towards the Bay of Bengal. Puri not only lures people to its sandy beach, but also to its various temples which hide within themselves a rich heritage of the ancient Indian era. The most popular attractions are the Jagannath Temple, the Swarga Dwara (literally translated to Gate of Heaven) and the Golden Beach. My family chose to visit Puri because of its intriguing culture and the warm embrace of the Golden beach. Also, my mother had been there before and wanted to revisit the place in her memories. So my father booked tickets for the four of us on the 21st of September, 2017. There are 47 trains which go from Howrah to Puri. We took the Howrah- Puri superfast express (12837) which is at 10:35 pm. The train left on time and the journey was comfortable. The train was clean and reached us to Puri on time at 7 on Friday morning. The railway station is really worth praising. The cleanliness of the station is worth praising. It has been designed well, keeping in mind the temples that Odisha is famous for and giving a visitor the initial welcome to the breathtaking beauty of the land. We took an auto rickshaw to our guest house, Sagarika Air India Co-operative Guest House, which is located behind Puri’s famous lighthouse and is a few yards away from the beach. The weather is really blissful in the morning and cool winds blow fiercely near the beach. Yet as the day passes it starts to get warmer and the nights are much cooler than the days. There weren’t many people on the beach during the day, maybe because we went on an off season, but as the evening approaches, the beach gets crowded with local hawkers selling food and artificial jewellery. The sea is boisterous but playful and one can expect to have a good time at the beach. The camels with their owners, roam the stretch of the beach from dawn till dusk, giving both children and adults the fun-filled experience of camel rides. On the second day we went to the famous Jagannath temple, known for the Rath Yatra which is a chariot festival celebrated every year in the month of June or July. It is a public procession with a chariot with the idol of Lord Jagannath seated inside. The temple is astoundingly beautiful especially when the sun rays hit the pinnacle of the temple. It is one the four places of the famous pilgrimage called the ‘the Char Dham’. The temple has been dated back to 1174 CE. The entire temple is made of stone and copper with carvings of Lord Jagannath, Lord Vishnu and other deities. It has a profound and intriguing history behind it. The magnificence of the temple has not diminished with age. However it is currently going through some major renovations. Overall the visit to this temple will leave you in awe. The next day we went to the Konark temple (also undergoing renovation), also known as the Sun Temple.It took us approximately forty five minutes by car from the guest house. It is one of the most visited places in Puri. The temple is dedicated to Surya, the Sun God. The temple complex is not big, but every inch of the space that it occupies is filled with elegant beauty. The stone paved floor, the lush gardens, stone statues and even the massive temple itself and everything inside is a testimony to the skills put in by the artisans that made Konark. Both the compounds of Jagannath and Konark are secured by the local police and the temple entrances are properly supervised without any chaos. From Konark we went to the Chandrabagha beach. It was really quiet and calm, unlike the busy shores of the Golden Beach. It is at this beach that one can find the local fishermen community. The beach is small and perfect for walks, especially in the evenings. The sunset is amazing to watch from here. After that we went back to our resort near Golden Beach via the Konark highway which is parallel to the beach. The experience was one of its kind, driving along the beach for forty five minutes from Chandrabagha Beach to our resort. We returned to Kolkata the next day. We took the Puri-Howrah superfast express (12888). Overall, our Puri trip was not only a fun experience but one of learning and bonding as well. Those evening walks along the shores let you indulge in sharing and discussions with your family and friends. The rich cultural heritage and history teaches you a lot not only about the place but about you as well, reminding you of the larger family and belief system that we all belong to. Puri gives you a profound peace and instills infinite amazement at the wonders of nature and the man kind combined. Watching the waves of the sea caress the shore allows you to temporarily escape your anxieties and you wish you could sit there for eternity without any passage of time. Puri will be a place from where you will not be able leave without making wonderful memories. .

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 !!

November 18, 2017 By:
Travel Trip to Rishikesh Rishikesh is a city in Uttarakhand in Indian in the Himalayan foothills which is very famous for river rafting , bungee jumping , hiking , etc. I , after completing my 1st year graduation examination planned a trip to Rishikesh along with two of my friends. Thrilled about everything from adventure sports to the pleasant weather which we were going to experience in the usually hot month for us , the North Indians , that is April. It was a two days' trip . With our backpacks filled with clothes , accessories and excitement , we took a bus from New Delhi to Rishikesh. It took some good seven hours to reach the destination and we reached Rishikesh at 5 in the morning. The weather was cold and the scenic beauty was just flawless. After much struggle , we finally got rooms for ourselves by 7 a.m. wherein we relaxed for a while then we headed towards exploring the city. After viewing the city on day 1, we went for rafting which was worth Rs. 500 per person, No ! Actually it was worth much more as it gave us a life cherishing experience. We rafted for some 16 Kms which took four hours . The highs and lows which we were experiencing during the rafting reminded me of life which is full of highs and lows but the best part is everything is so temporary to be extremely sad or happy about . Therefore , we need to maintain neutrality and stability in our lives. After the tedious and fun rafting all we could afford to do was to eat and sleep and thus ended our day 1. On day 2 , we checked out of the hotel and visited Lakshman Jhoola which, I swear is one heaven of a place in Rishikesh. We were all busy viewing the scenic view and kept gazing for hours. Post this , we possibly went to all the markets in the city and had fun bargaining ! Day 2 was comparatively a less tiring one as after side seeing and Shopping we took the bus back to Delhi and thus ended our trip. Though it was a two days' trip , the memories and the experience it extended is life lasting . Dear Readers , Rishikesh is a damn beautiful place so you got to plan a trip to this place as it is reasonable and well as ravishing. :revolving_hearts:

August 29, 2016 By:
Maybe it is my age (only in my 40’s, but still!), I have now reached a point whereby ticking off a list of places and things to do are not on my priority list on my holiday. I do my research before I travel and figure out things I would like to see / do and spend time doing them well. I do not like wasting my precious holiday time on things I know I would not enjoy. It certainly has something to do with my profession too. I am in the travel business and to give honest feedback to clients I do have to try out all the sightseeing tours. My friends often comment sarcastically “things you HAVE to do for a living”. Don’t mean to sound pompous, but I do find it cumbersome and needless to say quite tiring. The one good thing that has come out of these endless inspections, is that I have realised how much I love walking tours. They are quite common these days and they do seem expensive when compared to the regular ‘seat in coach’ city tours, however I have become a big fan of these tours. I particularly like them for the following reasons: I can decide the area I am most interested in. For example in Paris, I can decide between Marais, Montmartre, Saint Germain and so on. I can do multiple walks over a number of days and just chill after the 2 or 3 hour of walk to soak up the atmosphere in that area. Also, one doesn’t waste their time in Latin Quarter if they are not into Roman history and architecture. I can also pick the walking tour based on my interests, like in Athens one can pick from food walks, political / historical walks, street art, daily life of the Athenians and more. You get to walk with an educated and aware local. As per me, the best experience. My husband and I had done a food walk in Athens, he being a vegetarian got hardly anything to eat. But he loved it as he kept asking the guide a lot of non-food questions, which the gracious guide patiently replied. Of course, the organic 99cents olive oil soap bar from a local store was the bonus too. You burn calories….. he he! As I mentioned above, some people find them expensive, not me. I find them absolutely value for money. Of course, it all depends on the guide. Like in Toulouse I tried the same walking tour from 2 different companies and realised the stark difference. My travel colleagues thought I was stupid to go for the second walk the very next day, but I wanted to know the difference. I was so glad I did. The second guide, though not a native from the region, was way better. She did not rattle off facts, was smart enough to gauge my response and divert the conversation accordingly. That is what smart guides are supposed to do, gauge the response and be crafty enough to change the spiel. She was brilliant, she knew that and hence charged more. I would pay EUR 10 more to her rather than get bored after 30 mins of the walk and lose my money paid for 2 hours of the walk.

January 7, 2017 By:
For a young woman who was trapped in a 9 to 7 internship routine throughout summer, a long weekend in the pleasant month of August turns out to be a blessing in disguise. In order to get away from work pressure as well as academic blues, this woman (i.e. myself) chalked out a short trip to the ‘Pink City’ from August 20th until 22nd; in order to indulge in shear relaxation and exploration. I did not wish to burn a hole in my pocket by booking an air ticket neither did I have enough time to take a 7 hour long train journey hence, I decided to drive down to the vibrant city of Jaipur. What next? Well, which hotel should I check in at? Honestly, I did not want to compromise on this front and wanted to relax at a hotel that in itself is an eye-candy even if I do not step out at all; hence I chose ‘Savai Mann Singh Rest Rooms’ by Taj, located right next to the Rambagh Palace. Day 1 With an archaic yellow suitcase and 2 hand bags full of ‘Farsaan’ and ‘Aloo Puri’, my drive began at 6 in the morning and I had set foot in the hotel at 11AM, sharp. Through the beautiful ‘Aravalis’ into the city of hues, it was a comfortable drive with no potholes on the roads and moderate sort of traffic. As I got the keys for room number 410, I entered a royal and beautiful room and because I had asked for a garden view, I spotted this beautiful peacock sitting right outside, probably waiting for his beloved before they could pull off a dance! After some 10 minutes of being awestruck and a nap of about 2 hours, I went in for a quick swim in the hotel pool and ordered some lip-smacking pool side snacks to get rid of ALL the fatigue. Later in the evening, I walked into the Rambagh Palace for a stroll and the shutterbug within my soul said ‘Time for some night light photography maybe?’ hence, I clicked these pictures – (Thanks to the weather for such a beautiful skyline though) Post the photography hour, I thought to myself- ‘What does one need at the end of a long day? Good Food? Indeed’ And so, I ordered a special Rajasthani Thali for dinner which consisted of ‘Marwari Kadhi’, ‘Gatte Ki Sabzi’, ‘Nawab-e-Paneer’ and home cooked ‘Dal (Plus desserts, all for Rs. 800) and honestly, this thali tasted much better than what one would get at ‘Chokhi Dhani’ which is a Marwari style ‘village fair’ located at the outskirts of Jaipur. Day 2 Being the OCD sort of person that I am, I booked an 8 hour cab for day two in order to explore all the heritage that I could within a day! Oh and not to miss, who wouldn’t want to hit the local markets in a city such as Jaipur? So the day began at 11PM and I quickly asked the driver to drive me down to the famous ‘Bapu Bazaar’ and neighbouring ‘Johari Bazaar’, both famous for Rajasthani craft items and jewellery. The market was brimming with traditional looking earrings, neck pieces, bangles, bags, kurtas and of course ‘Jootis’. I ended up spending some 4K on shopping but the highlights of course were these ‘Jootis’ I bought for myself and my best friend. Further, I took a pause for lunch at a local restaurant around 1.30 and then started for ‘Hawa Mahal’ around 2PM which is a palace situated right next to the Tourist Palace Market, so named because it was essentially a high screen wall built so the women of the royal household could observe street festivals while unseen from the outside. As I stood in front of this sandstone giant, I sensed wind in my hair and a storm of good vibes entered my cluttered head, thereby making me feel extremely peaceful. The next heritage site on my checklist was ‘Jal Mahal’ which is a palace situated in the middle of the ‘Man Sarovar Lake’ which turned out to be a 20 minute ‘rainy’ drive from Hawa Mahal. As I got off from the car, the rain had stopped pouring and the sun was shining through the clouds; rays being filtered onto the structure as well as the surrounding hills and hence I started struggling for the perfect shot to capture on my camera. As I clicked this picture and got back into the conveyance, the driver told me that all other heritage sites would close down by 3.30 which meant that we would not be allowed to go inside. I felt disappointed for a while but decided to strike off each site from my checklist even if that meant laying eyes on the monuments only from the outside and hence we then marched towards Amer Fort which is a principal tourist attraction in Jaipur. I couldn’t stop staring at this wonderful structure and the complimentary sky line until the driver honked and asked me about my last destination which was ‘Albert’s Hall’. ‘ The foundation of this museum was laid during the visit of the Prince of Wales in 1876 which today stands as a museum of Industrial Arts’ said the driver. Of course I couldn’t go in but, have you ever seen so many crows in one spot in Delhi/NCR ever? I was surrounded by their ‘caws’ for over half an hour and finally, I asked the driver to drop me off at the MI road for dinner. Post meal, I headed to the hotel for a comfortable sleep as I had to leave for home the next morning. There’s nothing better than home, but at times; different is good! All in all, the pink city indeed is a visual treat; it’s like food for the soul but pink? It’s not so pink after all! Do visit this city, when in a desperate need for relaxation coupled with beauty! Cheers. Plan your trip to pink city of India Japipur using eChutti trip planner. You can find travel partner if your traveling solo to enjoy the journey. 

November 23, 2017 By:
Hi..Myself Ruma Dey Baidya. I have done M.A(education), DOEACC A Level, Php etc….live in Kolkata with joint family and I have a daughter who is just 2.6 years old. I am a homemaker and love to travel very much. Whenever we got an opportunity for it, we never missed. I am not a solo backpackers, so we always try to go with groups, it also helps me to save our expenses and like to meet new people ..their hobbies .. daily routines etc. I also like to explore new destinations. As all we know that memories are not constant so I decided to document it. I publish this website not for money but for peace only. When we get old we can check it out what we have done earlier…ha ha.. This website is dedicated for those who love to travel. I am trying to put each and every experience what we faced in past. I am trying to serve as best as possible. Please note all the places and expenditure are personally experienced. If I can help anybody, I assumed this is my prize for it. Please feel free for any kind of information related to this blog. I always ready to reply. Mail id – rumadey@holidaystory.com www.holidaystory.in Thanks Ruma Dey Baidya

December 1, 2017 By:
While looking for a holiday destination in Europe, some of the places that come to mind are cities such as Paris, London, and Berlin. Although these cities are incredible, they are quite far from what Europe has. By exploring some of the smaller cities across Europe, it’s possible to enjoy a more traditional and authentic side of Europe. By visiting these cities, you will get an intimate and a relaxed view of Europe. Here are the top 5 hottest small holiday destination cities in Europe. 1. Cesky Krumlov There is no other city in the world that you’ll become fond of than the charming city of Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic. Having small cobblestone roads, bridges and even McDonalds, visiting this city will just be as if you’ve stepped into a time warp. To get the best experience, you need to visit this place during summer. Some of the things that you’ll enjoy include historic sites, museums, and architectural buildings. 2. Delft Netherlands Have you ever thought of how wonderful Amsterdam is and then think about its version? Welcome to Delft, a small city with fine cathedrals, renaissance architecture, and amazing canals. In this city, life is so slow and relaxed and people so friendly that it feels like a small town. It’s famous for its blue painted pottery, water management, and painter Vermeer. It’s also known for having some of the best canals. It’s, therefore, a city worth visiting for a holiday. While in this place, you can visit museums, take day trips or even see historic sites such as churches. 3. Dubrovnik As one of Croatia’s known tourist destination, Dubrovnik is actually one of the best cities in Europe. Apart from this, it has become a must stop for many cruise ships across the country with over 1 million visitors in 2016. Its biggest attraction is its huge stone wall dating back to around 10th century. It also has breathtaking views, cobblestone lanes, and church towers listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. Other must-see places included The Franciscan Monastery, The Rectors Place, Onofrio Fountain among others. Thankfully, once you’ve followed all the guidelines you can invest in Croatia real estate and get a second home. 4. Bruges in Belgium For a long time, Bruges has been one of the best tourist destination in Europe. As a visitor, you can enjoy the benefits of graceful architecture, picturesque canals and more. In short, this is a city to be enjoyed. While holidaying here, you can decide to sit out and enjoy the street life, walk along the old streets, take a boat ride through the canals or enjoy its café culture. The good thing is that Belgium is small hence Bruges is easy to visit on a short trip from Antwerp, Brussels, or Ghent. 5. Vicenza Although it’s a lesser known city in Italy, it is among the ancient cities in Italy Veneto region. Just a 1 hour drive from Venice reaching this city is very easy. This city is famous because of its many villas designed by Andrea Palladio a Reissuance architecture who came up with the Palladian style. If you are visiting it for the first time, you will appreciate its brilliance. When walking around, the best place to begin your tour is the city center. Some of the things that you will see are the commanding Palladian and the Olympic Theater. There you have it, the top 5 hottest small holiday destination cities in Europe. Visit them today and sample what they have to offer. You can rest assured that you will never regret.

January 26, 2018 By:
After thinking about few destinations I finally managed to find a place that is off the beaten track i.e Port Blair. Port Blair is the capital of the Union Territory Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Isn’t it a perfect destination to kick-start your 2018? What comes to your mind when you hear Andaman & Nicobar Islands? Beaches, Kala Pani, Islands, Tribes? Well, there is a lot more. Let’s have a look at places where I visited. I arrived at Veer Savarkar International Airport which is located 2 Km south of Port Blair and it is the main airport. It is named after Vinayak Damodar Savarkar ( freedom fighter ). There is only one terminal to the airport. DAY 1 After relaxing for some time I started my journey and visited Fisheries Museum. It showcases the endemic species of marine life found in the Bay of Bengal and the Indo Pacific region. Around 350 species are preserved here. In the evening I visited Cellular Jail popularly known as Kala Pani, the cellular jail has served as a testimony to the gruesome colonial era. It is amongst the most famous places to visit in Port Blair. The light and sound show, narrated by the peepal tree, the voice behind the peepal tree is that of actor Om Puri. The show narrates how Britishers used to punish Indians and how jail is surrounded by water making no way to escape. Day 2 I started my day early by visiting North Bay Island. It takes around half hour by ferry. North Bay Island is a small island and popular for its sports activities including scuba diving, sea walk, snorkelling, Dolphin glass boat ride, coral safari, trekking to chidiyatapu. Also, North Bay has a picture of its Island with the Lighthouse(established in the year 1969) on rupees 20 note. You get to see a stunning view of the Island from Lighthouse. There are around 500 Islands in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Before Tsunami that hit on December 2004, 36 Islands were inhabited by people but now the number is decreased to 31 leaving 5 Islands submerged under water. My next destination was Ross Island. Ross Island was the capital of Andaman Island during the British rule. It is located 3 km east of Port Blair. Lovely animals wandering freely is all you see on this Island. Nothing much to explore. I ended my second day by visiting Corbyn’s Cove Beach. With pleasant blue sea water and lush green coconut palms, beach allows visitors to relax and enjoy several water sports. This beach is quite crowded. Day 3 Finally, that day arrived for which I have been waiting for so long. Visiting Havelock Island by a cruise in itself is a memorable experience. It takes around 2 hours on a cruise from Port Blair. Havelock is the most beautiful Island. It has white sandy beaches, rich coral reefs and lush green forest. The first thing which I did on reaching Havelock was scuba diving. Nemo reef is the best site for divers to take their first plunge into the diving world. The Ocean is truly the last quiet place on earth and I finally found Nemo. All you hear is sound of water which cannot be expressed in words you actually need to experience it. I suggest if you want to get best diving experience Dive India is perfect to choose as they are the pioneers of diving in the Andamans. Then I visited Vijaynagar Beach which is perfect to spend some me time. For all the travellers who are in quest of silence and nature’s exquisiteness do not miss to go there. I spent my evening at full moon café which is nearby Vijaynagar Beach. What can be a perfect way of ending your day with coffee, book and the turquoise blue water in front of your eyes? Day 4 Elephant beach is located on Havelock Island, one can reach the beach from the main jetty which is approximately 20 minutes by boat from the Havelock Island dock. Waking up to a dewy morning and sun was slowly waking up. Sea walking, bird watching, kayaking can be done on this beach. I read somewhere that Radhanagar beach is considered as the most beautiful beach in Asia and next on my list. The perfect white sand and turquoise blue water sum up why it was recognised as the best beach. Besides this, few people know about the only live volcano in India. The Barren Island Volcano is located 138-km northeast of territory’s capital, Port Blair. Barren Island comes under the restricted zone and special permits have to be taken to visit there. One can plan early morning trip to the island and tourists generally travel through ships without getting down on the island they get the whole enthralling feeling of the island. This trip begins from Havelock Island. Day 5 After exploring Havelock Island you may not feel like leaving this place. Neil Island is 40 km from Port Blair. The settlers named the beaches after mythical characters of the epic Ramayana.Neil Island has three beaches: Laxmanpur beach, Sitapur and Bharatpur beach. Neil is quite small from Havelock. Laxmanpur Beach: shell hunting, photography and sunset viewing. Sitapur Beach: Sunrise viewing Bharatpur Beach: A perfect beach that comes right out of a picture postcard. It is considered to be the best beach in Neil Island. It offers glass bottom boat rides, snorkelling and scuba diving, banana ride, jet ski. The water of Neil is crystal clear. Day 6 Tribes are the most popular in the Andamans. Only 400 members of the Jarawa tribe, who still hunt with bows and arrows, remain in the country’s Andaman Islands. The Jarawas inhabit the west portion of South Andamans and middle Andamans. The Jarawa are hunters and gatherers and live on two large islands. The jarawas of both sexes go completely naked. But they wear some ornaments. With the increased contact with outsiders, the Jarawa have begun to use cloth items which they call as kangapo. Photography is prohibited in that area. Other four tribes living in these areas are Onges, Andamanese, Sentinelese and Nicobarese. So, these are few places that I visited. I hope many more trips are waiting for me this year. Because the more you travel more you get to know thyself.

January 3, 2016 By:
With the advent of 2016 - a new year ,every one of us know that we have a clean slate and thus a list of New Year’s resolutions. I think travelling is every man’s natural instinct. From times of early man, when life was a way of travel, to gather foods, we have evolved to today where travel is a way of life .So to be true as soon as these last of New Year’s balloons have deflated, my resolution to be fitter, healthier human will be as flat as those deflated balloons except for the bulleted list of places that I intend to visit in this upcoming year. The thing about travelling is that there is unquestionably an awesome feeling that comes from beholding a foreign scene, the beauty of its existence is novelty of its own. And what’s more better than starting this beautiful journey from one’s own motherland. A country which is abode to The Heaven on Earth - Kashmir, or God’s Own Country- Kerala, the Religious Capital of India - Banaras, The Pink city- Jaipur, the Seven Sisters- the North Eastern States and the list goes on.Since I would be staying in Kerala for a couple of years, I would be a total idiot if I start my 2016 travel resolution with any place other than Kerala itself. The coastal state of Kerala is a dream destination for any travel enthusiast.Kerala has everything -the long chain of Western Ghats on one side to the breathtaking Arabian Sea on the other, the exotic wildlife, the tranquil backwaters, the rich history, the stunning architecture,the different types of cultures and to not forget the exquisite cuisine. I’ve been to many places till now but it has always been with someone or the other. Having a companion in a blessing of its own but this time I’d really like it to be me myself and I. Someone once said” As you travel solo, being totally responsible for yourself, it’s inevitable that you will discover just how capable you are.” Travelling solo would be a perfect opportunity for me to reflect upon myself. The striking beaches of Kovalam and its turquoise coloured water , that spine tingling sight when your eyes fall on the glimmering water as if someone has sprinkled sparkles all over them .C’mon who wouldn’t want to feast their eyes to such a sight. The scintillating backwater of the Alleppy famous for their houseboat with coconut trees swaying on either side . The reflecting part that I mentioned earlier regarding my solo trip, don’t you think that this would be the best place to do so. Hearing the name Kerala often brings a picture of beaches, backwaters and lush greenery in our mind but that’s not just it . It has some cloud kissing hill stations like Vagamon or Munnar also. Those cascading waterfalls, charming valleys, the large expanse of tea plantations and on top of that the occasional trekking season. So basically Kerala, to a traveller is as versatile and as serene a place can be. Being a foodie person it would only be a cherry on top for me to try different cuisines of this state. I’ve heard that the way the people here prepare their culinary is an art. Also the famous banana leaf being used as a plate, I think it would be an experience if its own. I could go on and on and about all its beauty and why its such an alluring place but I think that you get the picture. In short, for the Year 2016 I would really like to explore this tropical paradise and capture its memory for life time