Thursday, December 6, 2018
The concept of travelling to India has a lot of misconceptions among the travelers. Although, India is not the only country with safety issues, hence we listed out some of the most important things to keep in mind while travelling to India:
1. Be Confident, Not Polite
How you carry yourself matters a lot. Try to portrait yourself as a confident traveler who travels often in the country no matter how much you’re scared. How you carry yourself plays a large part in your experience.
2. Public Transportation
When traveling on long – distance buses or trains at night, ensure your valuables are kept on your person or in a locked compartment of your bag. Be aware that sleeping on your own in train carriages with multiple booths may invite peeping toms or the occasional grope. Curtained booths can make you less tempting. Or simply find a travelling buddy and remain vigilant.
3. Alcohol consumption
Women drinking on their own in public will attract more attention. Even if you choose to go out in a group, take a taxi home. Drink only with people you trust if you plan to have more than a couple, or consume alcohol back at your guesthouses; where you won’t have far to walk.
Monday, December 3, 2018
Goa is a popular tourists spot. It is famous for its beaches; however it offers a lot more than that. Beaches here are so hyped that it overpowers other must visits during a trip to Goa. In order to understand a city completely, it is important to visit the less touristy places.
Here are top 10 must visit places and offbeat places in Goa:
1. Pay a visit to Divar Island
Just imagine stepping out off the ferry from old Goa onto beautiful little riverine Divar Island; sounds magical right. This island is surrounded by marshy waters and crisscrossed with sleepy single-lane roads, the island makes for lovely, languid exploration, and though there’s not much particularly to see, however, it’s a serene and seldom-visited place to take in the atmosphere of old-time rural Goa.
2. Traverse through the Goan Markets
Goa’s flea markets and night bazaars has a different charm. If you’re in Goa, you should definitely experience these markets to get a feel of true Goan spirit. Some of the popular flea markets are Anjuna flea market at Anjuna beach, Mapusa market, and Calanguta and Baga market.
3. Visit Portuguese Houses in Goa
Goa is full of Old Portuguese houses and some of these have existed there for the last four centuries. Portuguese started building houses there as soon they conquest the Goa in the 16th century and built till they left in 1960. Most of these houses have ceilings nearly as high as 30 feet with a fireplace in every room and a big backyard. Portuguese houses have an interesting fusion of Indian and European architecture. The window designs and interiors of these are beautifully designed and that’s what makes them unique and charming at the same time.
4. Forts of Goa
Most of the forts of Goa are located at seashores. And these forts are mostly built on high cliffs and scenic beauty that surrounds these forts is one of the main attractions for the visitors. Goan forts were built by Mughal and Portuguese rulers in last few centuries. These forts are spread from north to south of Goa on the coastline. Few of the most important forts are Chapora fort, Cabo de Rama fort, Reis Magos fort, Tiracol fort etc.
5. Explore Rural Goa
Goa is a laidback town and its villages and country sides have a lot of greenery and there are a number of ancestral houses with large fields stretched on both sides of roads. In order to experience the rural Goa, travel away from the beaches and drive to the interiors of Goa for the taste of its culture. The rural houses of Goa has few coconut and cashew trees and have some or the other pet animals or roasters. The roads in villages may be narrow but the conditions of the roads are good.
6. Go for Fishing
In Goa, fishing is considered to be a sport. However, it is different from professional fishing and it is more like a recreational activity. One can enjoy it alone in peaceful and relaxing surroundings without doing a party or by going somewhere. There are some areas in Goa, which are best for sports fishing because of they have condone of these places which are dedicated for fishing.
7. Take a Cooking Class
When in Goa, join a cookery class to learn the art of Indian cooking in Goa. In Goa, there are many cooking schools and classes. Here they organize Cookery Workshops and Culinary tours apart from regular classes for the traveler visiting Goa. These classes introduce you to the different spices used in Indian food, also take you to local farmers and fish markets, teach the art of making Indian masala and curries, and making of Indian bread. These cooking classes are available for the different duration depending upon the interest.
8. Visit Bigfoot – Ancestral Goa Museum
Big Foot which is also known as The Ancestral Goa museum is a museum which is situated in the small village of Loutolium. This private museum depicts the day – to – day life of native Goans in earlier days with the help of statues and models. There is an entry ticket to it and a guide will take you around to the different places in the museum.
9. Take a Backwater Tour
Backwaters is associated with Kerala backwaters, however not to forget Goa also have backwaters though comparatively much smaller. There are few backwater tours available in Goa; one of the tours is run by Goa tourism and there are other tours by private operators.
10. Paddle Boat on Mayem Lake
Mayem Lake is a beautiful lake which has freshwater and situated near Bicholim in North Goa. It is one of the places where you can enjoy the paddle boat in Goa. The Mayem Lake is surrounded by thick plantation and there are plenty of trees around it. The lake is a popular spot for bird watching as many birds have nested on the shores of the lake. There is a tourism board’s resort and some food shops around lake otherwise, it is still a sleepy village around the lake.
Saturday, December 1, 2018
If you’re bored of the same landscapes and the traditional considerable vacation spots, you can visit these off beat places for an adventurous holiday:
1. Pangong Lake in Ladakh
This lake is situated at an altitude of 4,350 meters in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir. The drive to the lake is scenic. It’s a saline water lake however; it gets frozen in winter months and due to there is no aquatic life in the lake. In summer months, lake and mountains surrounding it create magnificent landscapes. The water of Panong lake changes color during the day due to sun’s changing position.
How to reach? Nearest airport of Leh is 160 km, it’s a 5-6 hour drive through mountains
Best Time to Visit – Between June to September
2. Nubra Valley in Ladakh
Nubra valley is situated 130 km away from Leh and it takes approximately 6 hours to reach the valley due to its tough terrain. The road passes through world’s highest motorable road on Khardung La Pass at an altitude of 5,359 meters. Nubra valley is considered to be the most fertile in Ladakh but at the same time, there are Hundar sand dunes. The drive through the mountains and passes is scenic.
How to reach? Leh is the closest airport and it takes nearly 6 hours of drive through world’s highest motorable road
Best Time to Visit – Between June and September
3. Hills Near the Himalayas
The small foothill towns of Uttarakhand and Himachal are the best place to see the beauty of lower Himalayan range. In Uttarakhand Lansdowne, Pangot, Almora, Bhitmal and in Himachal Palampur, Mashorba, Nahan and Shoja are very relaxed nontouristy places. These places are best to enjoy the natural beauty of peaceful surroundings.
How to reach? All these places are 5-8 hours drive from Delhi. However note that there is no direct train connectivity and the closest airport is Dehradun and Shimla
Best time to visit – Between March to October though these places are beautiful throughout the year
4. Rishikesh – River Ganga
Rishikesh is another most popular spiritual place in India. This is one of those cities which is also popular for adventure sports and yoga lovers. The river Ganga is clean near Rishikesh and flow at its best. It is advisable to stay in some Ashram or resort somewhere outside the Rishikesh near mountains, jungle or closer to the river.
How to reach? Nearest airport of Dehradun is 45 km away. Nearest railhead of Haridwar is 25 km and connected with all major cities. It is very well-connected via the bus service
Best time to visit – Throughout the year though in the monsoon months it can restrict the movement
5. Sand Dunes of Jaisalmer
It is situated in the heart of Thar Desert, also known as a golden city because of its yellow sandstone architect and monuments. Sand dunes of Jaisalmer known as Sam have situated 45 km from the town are beautiful golden color spread in few km area. Camel and jeep safaris are very popular on sand dunes. During sunrise and sunset, these dunes look most beautiful. In winter months the area gets a bit crowded due to the tourists crowd around sunset. It is wo0rth paying a visit to Sand Dunes to experience the desert.
How to Reach? Nearest airport of Jodhpur is 275 km. There is a train station in Jaisalmer and it is well-connected with all major cities.
Best Time to visit – November to February
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Thursday, November 29, 2018
“India is a land of rivers, seas, oceans, hills, mountains, forests, deserts, plateaus and there is so much natural beauty and wonders that one can spend an entire lifetime travelling the length and breadth of this amazing land and there will be still plenty left to explore. And everywhere one will go; there will be the beautiful people welcoming with the hospitality that is India’s unique identity”.
Here are our 10 best places to visit in India this winter:
1. Kolkata and the Hills of Bengal
Kolkata is a city of surprises. And it indeed has a lot to offer. Do visit the capital city of Bengal for strolling around the streets of this vibrant city.
And if you’re in Kolkata, visiting Darjeeling, the queen of the hills offers gorgeous views of the third highest peak of the world, the Kanchenjunga and is absolutely famous for its Himalayan Mountain Rail, known as the toy train.
2. Agra and The Taj
The seventh wonder of the world, Taj Mahal is another nicest place to visit in winter. The Taj stood there as a beautiful epitome of love which is curved in the finest of stones, like a dream come true. And it has stood there from the time immemorial welcoming millions of people.
. Kerala, God’s Own Country
Kerala is a beautiful state situated in the southern part of the country. It has gorgeous backwaters, lagoons, sea beaches, houseboats, spices, tasty delicacies, traditional dance dramas, modern city of Kochi, old clubs, imperial architectures, and lush greenery all around.
4. Pondicherry, A Jewel in the Crown
Pondicherry is a beautiful little coastal town in the Southern parts of India which is also known as French Colony. It welcomes travelers from all over the world. This city is so popular due to its pristine beaches, beautiful picturesque lanes and by lanes, meditation centers, spiritual connections, sparkling architectures with diverse eateries and cuisines, provides some of the best road trips you can take to and fro.
5. Mumbai and Goa
In India another iconic place is the Western State of Maharashtra, which is also known as the financial capital. Apart from that Mumbai is also known for The Grand Taj Mahal Hotel, Gateway of Mumbai, lovely beaches on the Arabian Sea, the cultural and multi ethnic, multi-national population, gorgeous bridges, ever running railways, varied and distinct Maharashtrian and Portuguese cuisine, sprawling and busy metro with its iconic skyline.
When in Mumbai, it’s a must visit to the sea side town of Goa, known for its international crowd, ever present strong stream of visitors to the gorgeous beaches, forts and palaces, the beach festivals, entertainment hub, music festivals and loads of activities going on throughout Maharashtra.
6. Jim Corbett
Jim Corbett National Park is India’s first national park which is named after the famous photographer Jim Corbett who also epitomized this park by putting down to rest one of the most dangerous of the man eaters there. Also, now under the tiger preservation project, this park has significant populations of tigers and other wildlife including leopards, and is one of the 10 best places to visit in India without doubt in winter.
7. Sun Temple and Puri, Orissa
Orissa is a mystical land which is situated in the eastern state on the shores of the Bay of Bengal. This city is another delightful destination for tourists both from India and abroad. It provides the ever popular seaside town of Puri, Sun temple of Konark near to the capital city of Bhubaneshwar, lovely forests, long road trips, lazy afternoon walks on the pristine beaches of Puri, visiting the enormous historical temples with their intricate curving and architecture, mouth watering cuisine, and the ever presence of the mighty sea, the Bay of Bengal and the world famous Lord Jagannath festival.
8. Rajasthan in Palace on Wheels
Travel Rajasthan on a wheel which connects states on the Grand Royal Palace on Wheels. This is the Orient Express of India. It is ultra luxurious, fully self-sufficient, regal living and travelling through some of the most enchanting parts of Rajasthan, namely Jaipur, Jaisalmeer, Udaipur and Chittorgarh. This is the best time in winter to visit the royal land of Rajasthan and if you can book and do the journey on Palace on Wheels.
9. Punjab and Amritsar, and The Golden Temple
Punjab, Chandigarh and Amritsar are some of the cities which will offer some of the most beautiful places to visit in India. The Golden Temple, the holiest shrine of Shikh people throughout the world, is a must visit. This amazing and huge temple attracts a large number of visitors not only from India, but from the world over. At one hand where Chandigarh is the bustling modern metropolis, Amritsar and Punjab has so much to offer, abundant natural beauty, spiritual connections, healthy air, healthy food (Punjab is famous for its cuisines), lovely hospitable people, lovely weather, though quite cold in the winter months, but still a lovely trip and a memorable one.
10. Dharamshala, the abode of The Dalai Lama
Dharamshala is situated in the Garhwal mountain regions of the Himalayas in the Himachal Pradesh State. You can find your little Tibet right here in India. This beautiful hill town is all about, picturesque, health resort, number of Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and also very importantly, the current official residence of The Dalai Lama, the spiritual head of Buddhists the world over.
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Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Also known as ‘God’s Own Country’, Kerala is a tropical, laid back and a luscious state. This state in the south of India is one of the most popular places to visit in India. And it’s not surprising because there are so many great places to visit in Kerala.
Here is our top 5 list of unmissable places to visit in kerala:
1. Fort Kochi
Cochin is one of the most well liked places in Kerala. Travelers visit Kochi for its atmosphere, history and multi-cultural fort Kochi which is a gateway to Kerala. The vibrancy, old forts and its Jew towns are a delight to explore here.
2. Alleppy and The Kerala Backwaters
Just imagine how peaceful and serene it must be to cruising around the backwaters of Kerala. And this is a kind of experience which you cannot afford to miss. Alleppy where the cruising is done is about 2 hours from Cochin. It is also known as Venice of the East.
Apart from Alleppy, one can also board a houseboat at Kollam (Quilon) and Kottayam.
Another most popular place to visit in Kerala is Munnar which is a state of tea plantation. Apart from the tea plantation, this hill station is famous for its fresh, cool air and stunning views.
Also known as the paradise of India, Wayanad is nestled among the mountains of the Western Ghats, forming the border world of the greener part of Kerala. This land is indeed pristine, clean. This verdant hill station is full of plantations, forests and wildlife. It is indeed enchanting and hypnotizing.
5. Thekkady (Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary)
Based in the up of the Western Ghats, it is the base for exploring Periyar – South India’s most popular wildlife sanctuary. Periyar is over 777 sq km and is home to bison, elephants, tigers, sambar, wild boar and many other animals.
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Monday, November 26, 2018
If you’re planning a one day trip to Agra, our tips will help you spend the trip perfectly. Taj Mahal is the seventh wonder of the world and it’s one of the most widely visited monuments in India.
So here are the few things to know before you visit the Taj Mahal:
1. At the time of planning out an Agra itinerary, you can add some buffer room for getting into the Taj Mahal which can include the following things:
ü Walking to the ticket booth
ü Walking to the Taj Mahal gate entrance
ü Security check
ü Checking a bag into a luggage storage locker
2. Separate queue for foreigners and Indians
In order to avoid any sort of chaos there are separate lines for foreigners and Indians in both the ticket booth and the entry gate.
3. Don’t carry any luggage to get entry quicker
Even if the queues are separate for foreigners and Indians, the security check is the same. Hence, if you don’t have a bag which needs to be scanned, this can be totally skipped.
It will cost 20 bucks to check a backpack
The lockers are located quite far from the ticket booth of the south gate. You will have to pay just 20 bucks and will get both lockers and a bag rack.
It will cost 20 bucks to check a backpack
The lockers are located quite far from the ticket booth of the south gate. You will have to pay just 20 bucks and will get both lockers and a bag rack.
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Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Take a break from reality and indulge in the city of joy. There’s more to the city other than ‘roshogollas’. Stop procrastinating and follow our list of to do things in Kolkata:
1. Meet the Royal Bengal Tigers In The Sunderbans
If you want to get a wildlife experience in India, Sunderban is the largest river delta and an estuarine mangrove in the world that gives one of the best wildlife experiences in the country. This forest is a UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bangladesh which is an enormous forest in the coastal region of Bay of Bengal.
2. Victoria Memorial Palace
This white marble palace was built in between 1906-1921 and was established in the Indo-Saracenic Revival Architectural style which is transformed to a museum in Kolkata.
3. Howrah Bridge
Over the years Howrah Bridge has become an archetype for the art of engineering. It is also the sixth longest bridge in the world. And a perfect place for a romantic walk to make the trip to Kolkata unforgettable.
4. Eden Garden
Eden Garden is one of the most popular stadiums in the world. It is the most iconic cricket stadium in the world. It was established in the year 1864 in Kolkata. Although it’s a cricket stadium, it has occasionally hosted football matches too.
5. Princep Ghat
When in Kolkata, visiting Princep Ghat is a must. It is situated near the banks of Hooghly River, is one of the oldest ghats built under the British Raj. For the best view of River Ganges, this place is highly recommendable.
If you’re planning to visit Kolkata for your next vacation, do check out the above mentioned places. Also, a visa is required in order to visit India. If you wish to apply for visa and want to avoid the queue at the same time, you can apply for e-Visa with us.
Sunday, November 18, 2018
Delhi is home to a lot of beautiful monuments. In fact it’s a city where modern and ancient blend flawlessly together. Delhi indeed has a rich history that is visible today through its breathtakingly beautiful architecture and heritage sites.
1. Red Fort
The Red Fort is considered to be the epitome of the Mughal era in India and is one of the most popular tourists’ attractions in Delhi. This is believed to be built around 1638 and is an outstanding marvel of Mughal architecture which is made of red stone.
2. India Gate
Synonymous with Delhi, India Gate is the hotspot which is located in the heart of the city. Built in 1931, it’s a memorial for martyrs of World War I and war in Afghanistan.
3. Qutub Minar
The mysterious ruins of Qutub Minar are standing tall with its 73 meter tall brick minaret. This structure was built by the Qutub-ud-din Aibak and has five storeys which is abundant with chiseled carvings and scriptures.
4. Humayun’s Tomb
Humayun’s tomb is a World Heritage Site under UNESCO. It was built in 1570 by Humayun’s wife Haji Begum. This structure is undoubtedly one of the most amazing works of Mughal Architecture to which Taj Mahal owes its design.
5. Lotus Temple
Also known as the Bahai Temple is in the list of one of the most popular tourists’ spots in Delhi. Lotus in the Bahai Temple symbolizes four religions such as Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism and Islam. This temple belongs to the Bahai faith which proclaims that all people are religions are united.
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Monday, November 12, 2018
“Tis’ the season to be jolly”
India is a land of celebration. And it’s that time of the year again when everyone in India is prepping up for Christmas. Every mall is decked up with Christmas tree, the sound of tinkling bobbles all around, and the sweet smell of plum cakes and candy wafting out of bakeries are tempting us all top turn this festive season into a merry fair.
Goa is the party hub of India. On Christmas, night long parties go on the beaches; cocktails are savored by the people for all night long, cathedrals are decorated with lights and flowers, and midnight mass in churches with little children singing melodious carols. One will get various options for fun and festivities in Goa during Christmas.
There is a misconception that North-East doesn’t have a good place to celebrate Christmas. However, the matter of the fact is there are a large number of Catholic populations in Shillong. Christmas is celebrated here with great zeal and enthusiasm just like any other metropolitan city in India; and it often turns out to be the best Christmas in India.
As considered to be one of the party hubs of India, people are often tend to flock to Goa every Christmas. However if you seek serenity, then you can take a trip to Kerala on Christmas and sing carols at the midnight mass, witness the Christmas play, indulge on some local feast or have a bonfire on the beaches for a more-than-merry experience
If you fancy all that we see on movies, then Mumbai is the place for you to be on Christmas. At the time of Christmas the streets of Bombay is illuminated with bright Christmas lights and props, and the delicious scent of fruit cakes and date rolls hanging in the air this Christmas.
Also known as city of joy, this city always celebrates every festival irrespective of their caste or religion. Light and sound exhibitions, rock and performances, glittering décor and heavy discounts on merchandise, you name it and Kolkata has it.
Plan your next trip to India at the time of Christmas and make sure to check out the above mentioned places for a vacation. However a visa is required in order to visit India. If you wish to apply for visa and avoid the queue, you can apply for e-visa with us.