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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