Month: August 2016

INDIA Travel Guide

India is not a country, it’s a continent, with a spectacular mix of people, cultures and landscapes. From snow-capped peaks in the north to the sultry sun-washed beaches in the south – there is much to see and plenty more to experience here. Walk the streets of any Indian city and you’ll rub shoulders with people representing different traditions, following different cultures, speaking alien languages – while some turbaned, and other, having cute Mongolian faces. No wonder India is a country to explore and the best way to do it is by travelling to a few different states. TOP PLACES TO SEE AND EXPERIENCES TO TRY IN INDIA Meeting the tribes in Northeast: The seven states that lie in the northeast region of India are rich in Tribal culture. More than 25 different tribes live in the northeast part of India – with some having Mongolian origin, while others, lost Aryans. If you’re into culture and history, visiting northeast can just be your thing. And in the northeast, the state of Nagaland, that has the maximum …

BHUTAN Travel Guide

Bhutan is a land of surprises. This is where the rice is red in colour, chillies can be a main dish, and the economic index GDP is measured in “Happiness”. From the grassy lands to the kind and fun-loving people – there is enough to be surprised about this tiny Buddhist country. But what makes Bhutan better than most of its neighbouring countries is the degree of safety you feel while walking on its unfamiliar and unversed streets. Bhutan is backpacking friendly. The entire country – from the popular towns of Thimpu and Paro to the much unfamiliar east – is comfortable to travel, hospitable and culturally diverse. But due to its imposed USD250 daily fee – which also includes your food, stay and travel – many travellers find themselves hopelessly bound to a well-planned and an unavoidable itinerary. Since that USD250-a-day fee does not apply to Indians, Bangladeshis and Maldivians, they are free to travel in Bhutan without having to worry about a VISA. TOP PLACES TO SEE AND EXPERIENCES TO TRY IN BHUTAN Getting a Drayang …

KERALA Travel Guide

From dense forests to beautiful tea plantations, rich culture to amazing food – Kerala has something for every traveller. An ideal place for luxury travel and a habitat for backpackers, Kerala, thanks to its natural aesthetic bounty, has established itself as India’s top travelled destination. But other than its natural beauty what makes it more tourist-friendly is its people, who are welcoming, inquisitive and hospitable. The culture around the state is unique and has been carefully preserved for centuries. In many ways, Kerala does not appear to be very Indian. Here things are quite organised, tuk-tuk drivers do not push you for a ride, buses run on schedule, and getting ripped-off by street vendors is a rairty. Thanks to an unusual vibe – Kerala is definitely a no miss for those visiting the southern part of India. TOP PLACES TO SEE AND EXPERIENCES TO TRY IN KERALA A walking tour in Fort Kochi: Fort Kochi is the harbour area in the town of Ernakulam. Some of the defining attractions are Chinese fishing nets, The Jew Town …

HIMACHAL PRADESH Travel Guide

Himachal Pradesh is India’s most popular and easily accessible hill station. Here you will find beautiful people and some of the most beautiful Himalayan landscapes with snowy peaks and plunging river valleys. Its ubiquitous apple orchards and cultivated terraces further add to the beauty. While Himachal Pradesh is largely popular for quiet and natural soundscape excursions, it is also no short of extreme adventure sports activities. From trekking to paragliding to road-trips on the world’s most treacherous roads – if it can be done in the mountains, it can be done here. Unlike the much muddled central India, travelling in Himachal is fairly easy. Here people are friendly, simple and the masters of hospitality. You can easily trust them with your life. And last but not the least, this state is also home to the Tibetan government in exile and the Buddhist leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama. TOP PLACES TO SEE AND EXPERIENCES TO TRY IN HIMACHAL PRADESH Visiting The Offbeat Hallan Valley Near Manali: Most tourists flocking to Manali (despite craving for an offbeat …

UTTARAKHAND Travel Guide

Described by many as the land of Gods, Uttarakhand is the abode of the towering Himalayas, mesmerizing lakes and holy rivers. Due to its close proximity to New Delhi, the place lures a significant number of Indian tourists every year and offers them a perfect reviving holiday. It is in Uttarakhand where the four holy pilgrimage sites for Hindus – Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath – are located. At large, Uttarakhand is an enticingly diverse state, with some of India’s best treks, yoga schools and holiday towns. This is moreover the land where the holy Ganges finds its origin before making its way to the other Indian states. TOP PLACES TO SEE AND EXPERIENCES TO TRY IN UTTARAKHAND Learning Yoga in Rishikesh: Among dozens of Ashrams to live in, hundreds of yoga schools to choose from, and thousands of Saadhus to speak with – you will definitely find that India in Rishikesh that you had always pictured in your mind. Rishikesh is moreover a perfect place to meet other travellers; to eat, sleep and live …

5 Best Places To Explore In India In August

From rains to races – August makes it a great time to travel India. This is the time of year when you can explore the great Himalayas in the North, enjoy the tranquil backwaters in the South, or experience the tribal festivals in the Northeast. The monsoon brings alive about the entire country. And what makes it even better is that most of us are still left with our yearly corporate paid holidays which can now be put to a good use travelling. So pack your bags and head to any of these top travel destinations in India to make the most of Indian monsoon. Eastern Khasi Hills, Meghalaya Though the eastern Khasi Hills in Meghalaya already holds the title of the wettest-place-on-earth, and you do not need to wait for the monsoon to experience daily showers in Meghalaya if you still did, you’re going to love the experience. With every small stream spitting more water during monsoon, you find a cluster of waterfalls in every sight, making Meghalaya much more alive and far more …

How To Travel Cheap During A Peak Travel Season

Last month when I was returning from my solo bike jounry to Spiti Valley, I decided to kill a few nights in the town of Vashish, near Manali, in Himachal Pradesh. Looking for a place to sleep, I went to my usual place, where I’d stayed for at least a dozen times before. I like its peaceful ambience and the location which allows you to sit almost at top of the sleepy town of Vashisth, overlooking the mountains. But as I enquired about the price for a room, out of courtesy, despite being very much familiar with it, I went a little flabbergasted. “No, just one bedroom” I repeated with all innocence, before the caretaker repeated, twice, the exact same figure. “It’s 1,200 Rupees a night sir”. The same room which I’d earlier – 3 months ago – owned for about 400 Rupees a night, was now available for a whopping 1,200 Rupees. Then I saw a group of teenagers, seemingly from New Delhi, and I realised that this is the time of the year when Vashisth gets its …