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A Quick Guide To Agonda Beach, South Goa

I carefully chose to spend a bigger portion of my time in Goa on a three kilometre stretch of sand known as Agonda Beach. And Sonho do Mar, which offers cozy beach huts became my home for almost a fortnight. Compared to a few other beaches in south, Agonda turned out to be a little touristy. It looked more like an island in Bali than it did a part of India – with a majority of Western Europeans claiming the beach. It housed a diverse mix of tourists – independent travellers, elderly couples and families – which, I think, helped create a most pleasant atmosphere. It was certainly not a wild party place but was certainly not a boring, nothing-to-do destination either. What made it perfect to a next level was the fact that the kind of tourist that visit here often don’t look for moon beach raves, and late night wild parties. During my entire time in Agonda, the beach went amazingly quiet right after midnight. I could hear sea waves the entire night, just …

KARNATAKA Travel Guide

Karnataka is a bounty. Here you’ll find palaces, tiger reserves, ancient ruins, and pretty much everything else that favours tourism. Come here to experience some of the most beautiful and clean beaches of India. At its nerve centre is Bangalore – India’s IT hub, with nearly 8 million people running on its streets. In the south, is a much beautiful coastal line and hill districts, representing a quintessential Hindu south India – of lush tropical vegetation and dominating temple sites. In its east, the rainforest Western Ghats can be found impeding the path of dramatic clouds. Come here for any kind of experience. TOP PLACES TO SEE AND EXPERIENCES TO TRY Experience Life In Bangalore: Bangalore is the biggest cosmopolitan in the south India, and is my favourite city in India. Unlike other big cities, Bangalore has an educated young crowd, a perfect weather, and a benevolent drinking and dining scene. It is not necessarily a place you’d come to experience a world-class city, but if you want to experience a modern side of India, come straight …

MEGHALAYA Travel Guide

Situated in the northeast part of India, Meghalaya is all about mesmerizing hills, dominating rain-forests, dramatic clouds and a lot of rain. The town of Cherapunji and Mawsynram are statistically among the wettest places on earth. English is the official language here, making communication with locals not much of a hassle. I found Meghalaya as one of the safest and convenient places in India for solo travelling. The entire state is majorly populated by three indigenous tribes, who follow a matrilineal system with property names and wealth passing from mother to daughter. Come here to explore a non-clichéd and a different side of India. TOP PLACES TO SEE AND EXPERIENCES TO TRY Root Bridges In The Eastern Khasi Hills: This is something so unique that you can’t find it anywhere else in the world. Root bridges were made by indigenous Khasi people, living in and around the Village Nongriat, in Eastern Khasi Hills. There are a number of small root bridges around the area with a Double Decker Root bridge, unlike one of its kind, located …

Panchachuli Base Camp Trek: From Itinerary to Costing

I’ve done quite a few treks in Uttarakhand. Gomukh-Tapovan, Dodhital, Valley of flowers, Stopanth Lake, Gaurikund Kedarnath – the list is long. And often the journeys were concluded solo. I like the idea of taking long solo strolls, under the magnifying beauty of Himalayan cliffs. There is some adventure in that. This time, I was off to Panchachuli Base Camp, located at the end of eastern Kumaon region, near Munsiyari, in Uttarakhand. Panchachuli, literally means ‘five pointed oven’. According to the locals, it was Panchachuli peaks where the Pandavas cooked their last meal on the five peaks of Panch Chuli before leaving for heaven. And that’s its religious significance. The trek to Panchachuli Base Camp turned out to be a pretty easy deal. Where most of the blogs, on internet, suggested that it takes a good 4-5 days of strenuous walk to complete the trek, I found that 2 days might just be enough. Darma Valley is being connected with a fine (as per the Himalayan standard) motorable road. Starting from Sobla, the road has already …

The First Timer’s Travel Guide To Angkor Wat

Visiting the ruins of Angkor Wat is in every traveller’s bucket list – whether or not they have one. This was the centre of great Khmer empire that once ruled most of the Southeast Asia. Though the civilization went extinct, its identity, in the form of a few historic temples, always remained around us. They are now among a few popular tourist attractions in Cambodia, and perhaps the reason why so many tourists come to Cambodia at first place. I spent five days in Siem Reap, out of which three days were totally dedicated in exploring the temples of Angkor. While to some tourists they might seem pretty similar, they are not. And perhaps that’s why I advise to learn some history before you start with your tour. Getting a guide is helpful, but if you’ve some knowledge about this place, before you even arrive here, you’ll be able to appreciate the entire archaeological park with a whole new perspective. Getting Into The Angkor Archaeological Park There are 3 types of admission passes: $20 one day …

CAMBODIA Travel Guide

Cambodia is wild, unorganised and raw. But there’s something about the country that draws you in. Even though it is widely recovering from a long ripping past, its people can always be found sharing smiles. From the moment you step into the country your life will slow down, and the pace will continue throughout your trip. Travelling in Cambodia is cheap and one can survive a day in under US $10. The country’s tourism – across its three major tourist towns, namely Siem Reap, Phnom Penh and Sihoukville – revolve around a rich history, delicious food, beautiful coastline, and a rocking nightlife. TOP PLACES TO SEE AND EXPERIENCES TO TRY Temples of Angkor Archaeological Park: This is the highlight of tourism in Cambodia, and the reason why most of the tourists visit the country at first place. Spread over 400sq. kilometres, the temples ruins in Angkor Archaeological Park breathe history, spiritual beliefs and harmony. Though it contains a total of 45 different temples, the temples of Angkor Wat are historically most significant. This is moreover where Hollywood …

How Much It Costs To Travel In Cambodia?

A lot many people, before I tested the country myself, proposed that Cambodia is going to be a cheap deal. They would ostentatiously boast how easy it was for them to survive a day in under US $20. “But $20 a day is not cheap,” I’d say to myself. Sure it’s not too bad, but when back home you’re dealing with a currency which is 70 against a dollar (1 USD ≈ 70 Indian Rupees), it’s inevitable for you to moan a little on a daily 20 dollar bill. 10 dollars a day would have sounded better. I mean, Cambodia is not a kind of place you expected or wanted to be on a luxury holiday. You must be able to travel here on almost no money at all, after all that’s why you decided to come here at first place. But managing your accounts can be tricky in Cambodia – for the country has everything seemingly available for a minimum bill of “JUST ONE DOLLAAAAAR” – as Cambodians often quote. A shared ride in Tuktuk …

How To See Phnom Penh In Two Days

For many travellers, Phnom Penh is but an afterthought of the main attraction of the temples of Angkor. While there’s no denying that they are the highlight of tourism in the country – the lively riverside, cosmopolitan capital is no less in charm. For the city is lovely, and its many traditional and cultural sites make it an amazing spot to spend a few days. Where in my view, the ideal time to explore Phnom Penh is definitely between 4 to 5 days, if you’re short of time, and have no more than a couple of days to spare, this itinerary would surely come in handy: Day 1 To understand the country’s dark past and its people’s resilience, a visit to Phnom Penh’s Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Genoside Museum is a must. Kickstart your day by getting a bargained deal in under 10 dollars to The Killing Fields, which is about 9 kilometres south of the city centre. A heart wrenching audio tour at Killing Field will take you back in time and explain …

Top Things To Do In Pai

I have mixed emotions about Pai. At times, I felt deep love with it; while other times, hated it – for its culture, for its vibe. I think the fact that the town has nothing Thai about it made my entire experience so weak. Speaking of the big picture, Pai could not intrigue me, the way I expected. But that doesn’t mean the town is not worth a visit. There’s plenty to see and do around. From the main town you can hike to waterfalls, wander through farms and rice terraces and many local villages, bike to caves, and do much more. I found Pai more interesting as soon as I was out of the town, a few kilometres, in either direction. Here are my few favorites: Explore the unexplored This was by far my favourite activity around Pai. Get a scooter at one of the many places that rent them out and head out of town to explore the beautiful countryside, butterflies, and nature. Just drive around aimlessly and bump into many hidden villages around …

Temples In Ayutthaya – A Day Trip From Bangkok That You Cannot Miss

Ayutthaya is one of Thailand’s cultural highlights, its former capital, and home to an ancient civilization. Today it is popular among tourists because of its close proximity to Bangkok, which allows them to take a day out, see it all, and head back to Bangkok city; or make it a stop on their northern tourist trail towards Chiang Mai. While the temples have a rich historic significant, to my guilt, I admit that my sole intention was to explore it to do some photography. Ayutthaya has a total of six UNESCO World Heritage Sites, in addition to a few ruin structures, ancient pagodas and museums. You can get a day pass for all the six UNESCO sites for 220 Baht, or can pay 50 Baht for each. The majority of the archaeological park is contained in central Ayutthaya, which is basically a small river island. You can explore much of it on foot. Rent a bicycle if you don’t want to look the odd one out. Hire a tuk-tuk if you don’t want to sweat on streets. …