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 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

February 21, 2017 By:
  When most people plan college trips to Goa, we changed our minds and ventured into the unexplored lands of the North East. Most people won't know this but one of the only places in India which follows matriarchial society is Shillong. Here, the man moves to his wife's house after marriage, there is equality apart from the serenity radiating from the lands.  As soon, as we landed on the grounds of Guwahati airport, the cluster of buildings in Delhi altered to rich green paddy fields and the smell of the recent downpour made us dizzy(in a good way) . We crossed the mighty Brahmaputra, the little ferries and fingers crossed to catch a glimpse of river dolphins. The drive from Guwahati to Shillong took about 2 and a half to three hours, the drive was beautiful. Also, as soon as we entered Meghalaya, the sweaty humidity of Guwahati vanished into a perfect weather. The first tourist site which welcomed us was the Barapani lake, which was huge and reminded of the great river in Hogwarts. Then we aclimatised ourselves to the weather on the first day, took a stroll towards the police Bazar( Glorys Plaza and Fancy market is one of the best places to buy clothes and shoes respectively). Treated ourselves to a plate of momos, and rested for the remaining night.  The following day, we started early towards the Shillong peak which is the highest point in Shillong. The weather was slightly cold but the sight was such a treat to the eyes. It was so peaceful and calm, entire Shillong was before us, and it was gorgeous! We had a delightful breakfast consisting of chai and maggi. Next stop was the root bridge. Root bridge is a man made bridge made of rubber trees, built by villagers decades ago. We climbed down a couple of 150 steps to a breathtaking view of the rootbridge, mid way, we gorged down on ripe pineapples and citrusy fruits. Rootbridge was the best memory of my Shillong trip, the clear waters of the stream below, it was hard to believe that a structure so beautiful existed. After climbing up the exhausting stroll, we moved on to the next location, which was Dawki.   Dawki is situated on the India Bangladesh border and is around 60 kms from Shillong, the Dawki waters are so clear that you can see the reflection of your own boat. To boat, we climbed down a rocky trek towards a small beach. We hopped onto narrow kayak like boats and passed through arches and the water was so clear, we could see fish and stones. We had some refreshing cool drinks and lunch in a dhaba enroute to our guest house. The next day we went to a nearby lake called Ward's Lake, boated through the lake, interacted with the local crowd. Also, there's a zoo nearby which has deer, and many species of birds. We also heard that there was a Butterfly Museum nearby but thinking of dead butterflies clipped on glass gave us the creeps. We had lunch in a local restaurant called Bamboo hut, the momos and coffee was delicious. Cafe Shillong is one of the most popular cafes, with live music and one of the only places in India which serve Beef. We were lucky that it wass a weekend, we saw Lou Majou, a popular Shillong artist perform and forced ourselves on delicious food, One of my friends really enjoyed the beef burger though I didn't try. Thukpa and Chocolate shake was sumptous.    Since, we only had a short tripped planned, we went to the Cathedral, which was all in blue matching with the clear blue skies of Shillong. Inside, it was very quiet and peaceful. We roamed around the area, it was huge.  Taking a quick bite from a nearby Cafe Munchies, we drove back to Guwahati along with our hearts full of serenity, peace and calm. Shillong is known as capital and hill station of Meghalaya, also known as "The Abode of Clouds", one of the smallest states in India. With its amazing beauty and breathtaking lakes and rivers it never fails to give you amazing experiences. Share your travel thoughts on travel blogs and if your planning a trip you can join travel forum to get more info.  

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

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. 

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.

August 2, 2016 By:
i Am looking to companion , to explore delhi, i am highly educated, i have 4 nights in delhi in 5 star hotel, "female" i am not indian, speaking english :)

November 8, 2016 By:
Planning to visit goa this year,i'm in search of a companion,a pleasure 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:

September 30, 2017 By:
Living in a beautiful state of India, Uttrakhand not even had a fond to go anywhere, but Nainital, place where you can't clog yourself as it took place with me. Last year, I moved away to Nainital with my family in September. A place where have the dilation of keeping the mind in serenity and offers to make your day special with its environment. Which I have used to see in pictures, was standing at the bank of Nainy Lake. Of course, Nainy Lake is surrounded by dense Green Vegetation, had been Catching my eyesight. It's rich in greenery and giving us pleasure to eyes and yes, who doesn't want crystal cold water? Leaves had had snow appeared as diamond. Then, I did boating. Believe me, it is so lovely. During that time, Cloud covered the sky and later on the everybody can't stop themselves to capture that scene. And don't forget to visit Hill station. That's so beautiful!!!!! The scenario enamoured me slightly and giving me keep shake with her heart. Well, it's literally quite delectable going in one of the famous places like Bhimtal and Naukuchiatal keep your mind resplendent. Afterwards, we went for Restaurant Chandani Chowk situated on the Mall Road, Tallital. Everything was good there either facility or food. Here are some other Restaurant details, if you willing to go to Nainital. 1. Shiva vegetarian Restaurant 2.Nanak Restaurant Let me tell you, there are several the good facility hotels like: 1.Best hotels in Nainital 2.The Manu Maharani Nainital 3.Hotel Himalaya 4.Manu Maharani Lodge 5.Aamari Resorts 6.The Naini Retreat 7. Hotel Chevron Fairhavens My seven hours trip still remain in my heart. BEST PLACE LIKE SECOND HEAVEN OF INDIA. So what are waiting for? Go and enjoy your weekend there.