10 Famous Museums in India for Every History Buffs

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Would you like to travel back in time? No, we are not talking about time travel. We are talking about museums. India boasts of a rich and majestic past. Be it the Mughal era, or our struggle against the colonial rule, or the golden eras before that, each annals of history has a beautiful story to say. And what better place to explore these stories other than the museums!

India has uncountable museums spread across its cities. In fact, you are sure to find at least one museum in every major Indian city. While it may not be possible to visit every museum in India, as a history buff, you can definitely try to visit the best among them.

Wondering which of the museums are actually worth your time? Think no more. We already have the entire list prepared for you. Join us as we explore the major museums of India that one cannot afford to miss out:

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Indian Museum, Kolkata

Indian Museum, Kolkata
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One of the oldest museums of our country, the Indian Museum tops the list just by its sheer size. It is the largest museum of our country consisting of six separate sections. Antiques, manuscripts, armors, mummies, skeletons all find a place in this large museum. For those who are interested in subjects such as anthropology and natural history, the museum holds many rare specimens that you are not likely to find elsewhere. 

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Timing:
Monday: Closed
Tue- Sun: 10:00 am- 5:00 pm

Fun Facts:
You may be interested to know the Indian museum was the first of its kind not just in India but the entire Asian region.

Location:
27, Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Kolkata, West Bengal 700020

National Museum, New Delhi

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Established on 15th August, 1949, the National Museum itself has a very fascinating history. The idea of the museum was born out of an exhibition of historical artifacts of India that was held in London and Delhi around 1948. The response to this exhibition was so overwhelming that an arrangement of more permanent sort was made in the form of this museum. The Indian museum today exhibits more two lakh objects of various interests collected from India and abroad.

The collection is steadily growing which compels the history bugs to keep visiting it.

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Timing:
Monday: Closed
Tue- Sun: 10:00 am- 6:00 pm

Location:
Janpath Road, New Delhi, Delhi 110001

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Albert Hall Museum, Jaipur

Albert Hall Museum, Jaipur
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Once meant to be a concert hall, the Albert hall derives its name from the Victoria and Albert Museum of London owing to the striking similarity in the architectural features of the two places. The building was also in use as a town hall for some time. Later, on the suggestion of the Maharaja, local artifacts and handicrafts began to be showcased in the museum. Today the museum holds metal figurines, armors, pieces of pottery, paintings, marble art and so much more.

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Timing:
Mon- Sun: 9:00 am- 6:00 pm

Fun Facts:
This museum brings to you the art and heritage of the entire region in a single place for you.

Location:
Museum Road, Ram Niwas Garden, Rajasthan 302004

Archaeological Museum In Lothal, Ahmedabad

Archaeological Museum In Lothal, Ahmedabad
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For any history buff, the names Indus Valley and Harappa Civilization creates an immediate sense of excitement in the heart. The Lothal Archeological Museum or Site was a part of this chain of discoveries. With several kinds of artifacts strewn across the place, it is supposed that the location was an industrial site in the past. It is indeed one of the most interesting museums of history in the country.

When in Lothal, you must definitely not miss out the ancient dockyard in the city.

Archaeological Museum In Lothal, Ahmedabad
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Timing:
Mon- Thu: 10:00 am- 5: 00 pm
Fri- Closed
Sat- Sun: 10:00 am- 5: 00 pm

Location:
Saragwala Village, Dholka Taluka, Gujarat 382230

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Museum In Nagarjunakonda, Andhra Pradesh

Museum In Nagarjunakonda, Andhra Pradesh
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Do you love to try out the unusual? Then the Nagarjunakonda Museum is the ideal place for you. Located on a small island atop the Nagarjuna Sagar Dam, reaching the museum itself is an interesting experience. You will have to take a boat ride through the serene water to reach this picturesque island. 

The collection of this museum is an interesting intertwining of facts and fiction.  Legends say that this site was extremely significant for the growth of Buddhism. Corroborating to those legends, the museum holds collections that reflect the life of Buddha and the lifestyle of the Buddhists. Tales from the life of Buddha and the Jataka are depicted through various mediums such as paintings and pottery.  You will be able to appreciate this museum better if you have a brief idea about the life of Buddha and Buddhism in general.

There are several other tourist places that surround the museum which you can include in your itinerary.

Museum In Nagarjunakonda, Andhra Pradesh
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Timing:
Mon- Thu: 9:00 am– 4:00 pm
Fri- Closed
Sat- Sun: 9:00 am– 4:00 pm

Location:
Nagarjunakonda, Vijaypuri South, Andhra Pradesh

Government Museum, Chennai

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The second oldest museum of the country, the Chennai Government Museum is home to the largest collection of Roman antiques outside Europe. Recollecting the tale of the bygone era, it not just tells you story through artifacts alone. If you are looking for a museum of art, this place is definitely going to impress you with its large and thriving collection of ancient paintings of renowned artists from across the continent. When you are in this museum, you definitely cannot afford to miss the works of Raja Ravi Varma that are exhibited here.

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Timing:
Mon – Thu: 9:30 am- 5 pm
Fri- Closed
Sat- Sun: 9:30 am- 5 pm

Fun Facts:
You may be interested to know that this is the third largest museum of its kind in the entire world.

Location:
Pantheon Road, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600008

Patna Museum, Patna

Patna Museum, Patna
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The state museum of Bihar, the Patna Museum was established during the British raj. Inspired by the Mughal and the rajputana architectural styles, the building boasts of the grandeur of India’s rich past. Collection here in coins, murals, artifacts, terra-cota and many rare paintings from the British era. Some interesting collection in the museum is also related to the President of India, Rajendra Prasad.

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Timing:
Mon- Closed
Tue- Sun: 10:30 am to 4:30 pm

Fun Facts:
You  may be interested to know that in local language the museum is also referred to as Jadu Ghar which translates as the magic house.

Location:
Jawarlal Nehru Marg (Bailey Road), Patna, Bihar 800001

Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad

Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad
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One of the most popular tourist places in Hyderabad, the Salar Jung Museum is located only a few steps away from other popular monuments such as the Charminar and the Mecca Mosque. It holds a special place among the famous museums in India as it is the largest one man collection in the country. The white building with its exquisite architectural features is in itself a sight to behold.

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Timing:
Mon- Thu: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Fri: Closed
Sat – Sun: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Fun Facts:
Its wide popularity also stems from the fact that it can cater to the tastes of all people.  There are artifacts from varying fields ranging from science and literature to history and liberal arts. So no matter where your interest lies, you cannot miss out on visiting this museum. The Salar Jung Museum clock is especially popular among the visitors and cannot be missed at any cost.

Location:
Salar Jung Road, Darulshifa, Hyderabad

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Chhatrapati Shivaji Vastu Museum, Mumbai

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Built in commemoration of the visit of George V of Wales, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Museum was established at the dawn of the twentieth century. Although there are several other museums in Mumbai, this remains as the main one and hold one of the largest collections in the city. During its colonial past, the museum held an altogether different name. However, in 1998 it was renamed after the founder of the Maratha Empire, Shivaji.

More than fifty thousand exhibits both from the ancient and modern era are found in the museum. While most of the artifacts are from India, there are some pieces from foreign lands as well. Artifacts from several prominent historical periods such as the Indus, Gupta and Mauriya can be seen in this museum. 

Chhatrapati Shivaji Vastu Museum, Mumbai
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Timing:
Mon – Sun: 10:15 am to 6:00 pm

Fun Facts:
The museum building is also noted for its architectural brilliance.

Location:
159-161 Mahatma Gandhi Marg, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001

Napier Museum – Thiruvananthapuram

Napier Museum – Thiruvananthapuram
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Bringing to you the tale of art and natural history, the Napier Museum of Kerala was established in 1855. If you are wondering where the museum gets its unusual name from, you will have to go back to the colonial history of the time. Lord Napier, who soon became the Governor of Madras after the establishment of the museum, lends his name to this historic place. However the original structure did not survive the ravage of time. During the British reign itself the old Museum building was demolished and rebuilt in its present form. So you will find several elements of British architecture in this building.

Napier Museum – Thiruvananthapuram
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Timing:
Mon: Closed
Tue: 10:00 am- 4:45 pm
Wed: 1:00 pm- 4:45 pm
Thu – Sun: 10:00 am- 4:45 pm

Fun Facts:
The gothic roofs and minarets make it a landmark structure that you are sure to notice. The museum is home to several thousand artifacts from its location and all the surrounding regions.

Location:
LMS Vellayambalam Road, near Museum Junction, Nathancodu, Thiruvananthapuram

Many people dodge visit to museums because they feel this place can appeal to history buffs alone. But if you take a closer look at the various exhibits and artifacts, each of them will tell you an interesting story of their time. And who does not love hearing to stories? So history buff or not, include these museums in your next plan of travel India. Who knows, maybe you will find a new passion amidst these relics of the past. Searching for ‘museums near me’? Wondering how you can create a balanced itinerary with enough time to explore these museums? We are here to sort all your travel related queries. Reach out to Solitary Traveller team today and upgrade the way you travel. With your itinerary planned by the experts, you will never have to miss out on any of the unique experiences that a new place has to offer.
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10 Tips to Motivate Solo Female Travellers in India

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Are you looking for options of solo trips in India? But are you too timid to take the first step? Relax! It happens to all. As a woman, taking the leap of a solo trip is often a little intimidating. You will have inquisitive relatives pestering you with a thousand questions. Your parents may feel uncomfortable and concerned about your safety. Even when you get through all of this; your own mind may get riddled with innumerable doubts. 

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No wonder, most of our solo trip plans end up in the junk. But have you ever thought what lies beyond these doubts? It is a life-changing experience. Yes! Solo female travel actually holds power to completely change your life and give you a whole new perspective of looking at things. It can boost your self-strengthen your character and add a new lease of confidence to your personality.

Sounds a little too pep-talking? No, we are speaking from experience! Take a look at ten different real-life scenarios and how each of them has motivated our female solo travellers:

 Better Researcher

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When you are travelling solo, you do not have a friend or family member planning the itinerary for you. The whole responsibility of researching the destinations, deciding how much time you want to spend in each of these places and even the accommodation and transport falls on your shoulder. One of our solo female travellers realised this only when she decided to travel alone for the first time.

Guess what? Now she is so good at research that she can even help you in planning your trips. She holds on to the view that unless she had decided to travel alone, she would never be able to hone this quality in her.

Become A Great Speaker

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Another of our solo travelling superwoman had a great fear of public speaking. Be it a presentation in her office or ordering food in a café, she hid behind friends and let them take the lead. This is a common problem with many of us. When we are travelling in a group, we need not come out of our shells and depend on our friends and family to do all the talking. But what option do you have when you are travelling alone?

 You will have to do all the speaking and bargaining by yourself. While you may feel shy and uneasy about it in the beginning, over time, you will overcome your fear. In fact, by the time you take your second or third trip, you may actually return as a great public speaker.

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Become More Culturally Aware

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Another common issue of travelling in groups is that you often tend to stick to your own group. Your interactions with the other people are limited or do not take place at all. That is why, even though you may be in a new place geographically, you do not get to soak yourself in the culture of the place. 

One of our female solo travellers in India swears that the best part for her is experiencing the new culture of a place and returning with lots of new friends. When you do not have a group to turn to, you tend to be more open to your surroundings. Naturally, you get to experience the culture of a place much better when you are travelling solo.

Get Over Anxiety

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Many of our female friends tend to share this common problem- that is, we worry too much about the smallest things. While many pieces of research connect it to our genetic coding, others are of the opinion that it is tied to the gender role that women have been playing in society. Being concerned may be good. But when you worry too much about the littlest things- then it can soon spiral into anxiety and panic attacks. A great way to get over this problem is actually through travelling.

This is because when you travel everything cannot turn out the way you imagined. You will be facing your fears daily. In this way, over time, you will actually get over your fears in no time.

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Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone

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One of our female travellers recounts that the first time she stepped out alone, she would be uncomfortable at every little thing. That is common when you step out of your comfort zone for the first time. Travelling to a new place alone means you will often find yourself in situations that you have never been to before. Many of these situations may fall outside of your comfort zone. For instance, you may never have tried a certain type of cuisine before. But that may be the only dish available at a particular place. But these situations will only teach you to broaden your boundaries.

Remember, great things can never be achieved if you always stick to your comfort zone. 

Take Your Own Responsibility

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As a woman, you often have to deal with long lectures on safety and security. Yes! It is vital to be careful about your safety. But going on and on about how women hold a vulnerable position can only break your confidence. In fact, it only strengthens the biases that are already existing in society. Solo travelling can be your answer to all of them. 

There are several popular places in India that are thronged by women travellers. They are entirely safe and barely have any instances of safety issues for travellers, both for men and women. Additionally, you may even go through safety tips that are there on the internet by seasoned female travellers.

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Become Independent

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There is no more significant freedom than independence. In our day to day lives, we tend to become dependent on a number of people even without realising it. If you cannot cook your own meals, it means that you are dependent on your cook. If you need someone else to pick up your groceries, you will not know how to do it yourself. Sometimes we put it off with excuses that they are too easy or we do not have time. But over time, they become a habit that is hard to get over. The more dependent you are on these other people, the more limited is your growth.

Taking your own decisions and becoming independent may not be easy initially. But over time, you will surely fall in love with your new-found independence.

 Its More Than Travel

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One of our oldest solo female travellers says that going out on a trip alone is much more than just travel. You get a lot of time to be alone with yourself. And guess what you may discover many new facets of your own personality that you were totally unaware of. It gives you time to think and ruminate about many things in life, for which you do not find time otherwise. In fact, many enthusiasts of solo travel in India take a tour before taking any big decision as it clears out their foggy vision.

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Make Memories To Treasure

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Yes, you make memories of all kinds of travelling! But only a few of them are as amazing as the ones that you make as you are travelling alone. Each moment of your solo travel is a shining medal that reflects your new-found confidence, independence, self-worth, and so much more. Even when you go back to your mundane life and feel overwhelmed by problems, you only need to remind yourself of your solo travel. If you were brave and strong enough to handle that, what are these petty problems!

You Are In Control

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Despite going through these nine points, are you still hesitant to take your first trip? Well, then this tenth one is just for you! The most empowering part of a solo trip is that all throughout you are the one in control. If you do not like how it is going or if you have any other discomfort, you can always take the next flight home. After all, you have no one to answer to. But what if you like it? You are still in control. So you can go ahead, have all the fun you want and make memories that you can cherish forever.

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Well while this is our list of motivational qualities that you can gather while travelling, this is in no way an exhaustive list. You are a unique person is so is going to be your experience and way of looking at things. So there is no way your experience will be limited to just these. All you have to do is take a leap of faith, and sure enough you will be rewarded in more ways than you can imagine. That is the magic of solo travel.Looking for some awesome solo female travel destinations in India? Or are you looking for a few additional tips on solo travel? Head straight to the experts! Our team can help you plan the best solo trip without a single glitch. Get in touch with us for a free consultation today!

10 Gorgeous Beaches Of India You Haven’t Heard Before!

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Winter is here already! The gloomy skies and the depressing cold weather make most of us long for a warm sunny getaway! And what could satiate this longing better than the bright sunny beaches! Owing to the long coastline of India, our country boasts of several stunning beaches that can compete with the best in the world.

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You may have heard of the Palolem beach, the Kovalam Beach, Baga Beach and Anjuna Beach. But these are just a handful of the beaches that are popular tourist destinations in India and have received their proper share of attention. However, the good news is there are several other lesser explored beaches that are waiting to marvel you with their beauty. 

Wondering how to find out about these beaches? We have got you covered! Join us as we explore some of the stunning beaches of India that are still hidden from the usual tourist buzz:

Henry’s Island, West Bengal

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If you are a nature lover who loves exploring the untouched beauties, then Henry’s Island is just the place for you. Situated in the southern end of West Bengal, the island boasts of golden beaches hidden behind thick greenery. If you enjoy bird watching and wildlife greenery, a weekend trip to Henry’s Island can be very rewarding for you. For history buffs, the way to Henry’s island passes through some historic towns such as Bishnupur. You can always take a short break and add this town to your itinerary.

What To Do?
Bathe in the golden beaches with its gentle waves. However, make sure you find out about the high and low tides from the localities. Go bird watching and enjoy the complete view of the island from its lighthouse. 

Best time to visit:
September- April

How to Reach?
Henry’s Island is well connected by roadways to Kolkata.

Astaranga Beach, Odisha

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With most of the beaches in Odisha getting flooded with tourists, finding a beach that can offer you a calm and personalized experience can be quite amusing. Astaranga Beach is just that. Well-liked by all the offbeat travellers, Astaranga beach offers you just the calm that you are looking for. With turtles nestling near your feet and seahawks flying over your head, it just seems to be an experience out of the books. The beach is also known for the stunning sunset views that it offers.

What To Do?
Enjoy the sunsets while enjoying local cuisine. You can also light a campfire and cook your own food on this beach. Since the waves can go very high, it is best to avoid swimming here.

Best time to visit
October – March

How to Reach?
The island is accessible from Puri and Bhubaneswar via road.

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Yarada Beach, Andhra Pradesh

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Merely 22 kilometres drive away from Vizag town is a little-explored beach known as the Yarada Beach. It is perhaps one of the most beautiful beaches in the whole of the eastern zone. While on the one side you have waves lapping at the shore, on the other you have the green ranges of the Eastern Ghats that overlook the beach. Entry to this beach is however restricted at night. So you have to plan your visit accordingly.

What To Do?
Swim in the beach and eat a sumptuous lunch available in the nearby shacks. Shop local artefacts.

Best time to visit:
November- March

How to Reach?
This beach is well connected to Vizag via road.

Wandoor Beach, Port Blair

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Located around 25 kilometres away from the Port Blair Airport, Wandoor comes under the MG Marine National Park. With active efforts from the Government for sustainable tourism, the beach has been able to maintain its unadulterated natural beauty. In all its three sides, it boasts of a wide variety of wild flora and fauna. The blue sea, in contrast to the greenery all around appears like a scene from a beautiful painting.

What To Do?
With the gradual sloping of the beach, Wandoor is just the perfect place to soak yourself in the sea and swim comfortably through the gentle waves. You may also sit down and enjoy a quiet time in one of the many cottages built there. You can come up with your own fun activity.

Best time to visit:
November- March

How to Reach?
Cabs, auto-rickshaws and buses are available that connect Wandoor to Port Blair.

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Paradise Beach, Pondicherry

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Also known as the Plage Paradiso, the Paradise beach really justifies its name. It is an abode of peace and beauty that will make you feel that you have stepped into paradise. The emerald green backwaters and the thick mangrove give this whole place a different kind of appeal. If you love bird watching, make sure you do not miss out that pair of binoculars.

What To Do?
Walk with the waves lapping at your feet. Click Insta-worthy pictures and get showered with likes. You can also play your favourite beach sport with friends and family.

Best time to visit:
Throughout the year

How to Reach?
The only way of travelling to Paradise beach is through boat ride from the Chunnambar boathouse.

Marari Beach, Kerala

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Located at the coast of the Arabian sea, the Marari beach is much like a trip back in time. Idyllic view flanked with coconut trees and small huts around offers you the perfect idea of rural bliss. While earlier the beach was mostly used by the nearby fishing town, now it is gaining popularity among the tourist groups as well.

What To Do?
Relax by the seashore and visit the many small attractions that are located at a stone’s throw from the beach. Snake boat race, a local event is usually held during the month of August.

Best time to visit
October end- Mid March

How to Reach?
The beach is accessible by road via Cochin which is at a distance of 60km.

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Agatti Beach, Lakshadweep

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A small island that forms a part of the Lakshadweep, Agatti is merely a 7.6km long coral atoll. Owing to its remote location, this island has remained isolated despite its irresistible beauty. Turquoise water meets the eye as you look around from the silvery beach. Lush green coconut trees add to the beauty of the place. 

What To Do?
Enjoy delicious coastal cuisine made using the fresh seafood variety that is available there. Relax at the luxurious homestays and get mesmerized by the natural beauty

Best time to visit:
November- April

How to Reach?
The island is connected by air to Kochi.

Butterfly Beach, Goa

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Owing to its vast popularity both among the domestic and international tourists, finding a moment of calm and quiet in Goa often becomes a challenge. Perhaps it is this search for calm that took people to the secret place of Goa i.e. Butterfly beach. A secluded beach that can only be accessed by boats, this beach is the ideal place for couples and honeymooners to spend some quiet time with their loved ones. 

What To Do?
Enjoy a quiet time with your loved one without getting disturbed by the usual tourist crowd.

Best time to visit:
November- March

How to Reach?
The butterfly beach is accessible only through boats that ply from the Palolem Beach.

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Kashid Beach, Maharashtra

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Looking for a quiet weekend getaway from Mumbai? Then the Kashid Beach located by the Arabian sea is the perfect place for you. After all the concrete jungle, clean blue waters of the Kashid Beach are nothing less than a visual treat. This place caters to families, couples and camping crowds as well.

What To Do?
Indulge in your favourite beach sport such as Banana boat riding and camp by secluded the beach. 

Best time to visit:
November- March

How to Reach?
The Kashid beach is easily accessible by road. Public transport such as buses is also available from Alibaug.

Mandvi Beach, Gujarat

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Do you think you always have to head to Goa to enjoy in the beaches? The Mandvi beach in Gujarat is here to prove you wrong. Since this beach is still undiscovered by the crowds and remains secluded mostly, you are going to have the feel of a private beach here. The sunsets from here are stunning and are one of the prime attractions here.

What To Do?
Swim in the clean waters. Ride camels by the beach and enjoy various spicy and mouth-watering Gujarati snacks while sitting by the seashore.

Best time to visit:
October- April

How to Reach?
Located near the Vijay Vilas Palace, the beach is assessable by road.

Now that you have a list of all these stunning sea beaches in India, we are sure you just can’t wait to pack your bags and get started. If you have visited any of these beaches recently, we would love to hear your reviews in the comments below.

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10 Trekking Destinations In India For Beginners

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Trekking, as the dictionary meaning goes, refers to a long and arduous journey. Arduous it may be, but few things can quench your thirst for an adventure like a great trek through a beautiful trail. With the modern lifestyle and all its facilities, life may have become easier, but we have almost lost out connect with Mother Nature.

10 Trekking Destinations In India For Beginners
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Trekking gives you a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with Nature and take a break from the monotony of life. As beginners, the idea of the trek may sound a little intimidating. But there is absolutely nothing to worry about. Remember you are not trying to scale some insurmountable peak. All you are going to do is only walk through hills while enjoying the pretty sceneries.

If you are wondering where you can head to for your first trek, here is a list of trekking places in India especially suitable for the beginners:

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Kafni Glacier Trek, Uttarakhand

Kafni Glacier Trek, Uttarakhand
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Located the southwest of the Nanda Devi, the Kafni glacier is the source to the Kafni River that flows through the valley before eventually meeting the Alaknanda. The usual starting point for this trek is Bageshwar. From here you will pass through several villages and hamlets and before reaching the final destination. Some other trekking routes such as Pindari and Sunderdunga also start from here.

The chief popularity of the Kafni trek is owing to the ease that it offers to the trekkers. You do not need any additional gears to complete this trek even beyond the “zero point”.

Trekking type: Easy.
Best Season: Summer ( March- Mid June).
Altitude: 3, 856 meters above sea level.

How to Reach? 
Ample transport is available connecting New Delhi and Bageshwar, which is the starting point for the trek.

Rajmachi Trek, Maharashtra

Rajmachi Trek, Maharashtra
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Perched on the Sahyadri range, Rajmachi is a small village in Maharashtra. The main attraction of this trek is Rajmachi fort which offers a picturesque view of the valley below. The fort tells the story of the erstwhile years when Shivaji Maharaj ruled over the region. From the fort, you will even get the view of an ancient trade route known as Borghat. This trek is suitable both for the history buffs as well as the adventurous seekers.  

Though the trail is a little long, there are several villages on the path where you can stop for rest.

Trekking type: Moderate.
Best Season: Pre-Monsoon( May- September).
Altitude: 2710 feet above sea level.

How to Reach?
The nearest city to the trek is Lonavla from where plenty of travel options are available.

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Beas Kund Trek, Himachal Pradesh

Beas Kund Trek, Himachal Pradesh
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Another popular route for trekking adventure is Beas Kund in Himachal Pradesh. Situated near Manali, it has always been a favourite of the adventure seekers. The chief reason for the popularity of this trek is the gorgeous views it offers with minimal difficulties. On one side there are the towering snow-capped peaks, and on the other, there are rolling grasslands sprinkled with the prettiest wildflowers. At the end of the trek, you reach a beautiful lake that is also the source of the river Beas.

This trek is best for all those who love nature photography apart from adventure.

Trekking type: Easy.
Best Season: Late Summer (July- September).
Altitude: 12,772 feet above sea level.

How to Reach?
The base camp is situated at Solang Valley which is well connected to Manali by public transport.

Chembra Peak Trek, Kerela

Chembra Peak Trek, Kerela
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One of the highest peaks of Western Ghats, Chembra is located close to the Karelian town Meppadi. It is an eight kilometres long trek from its base at Kalpetta. On the way, you pass through tea gardens and grasslands that add to the beauty of the terrain. Many people even go for this trek just to see a heart-shaped pond harboured between the meadows. Owing to the gentle elevation, this trek is easy to complete within a day.

The trek is also popular among the youngsters as it is very affordable and pocket friendly.

Trekking type: Easy.
Best Season: Open throughout the year. (But it is always advisable to start early in the morning).
Altitude: 2100 m above sea level.

How to Reach?
Well connected by buses from Kozhikode and Bangalore to Chembra base camp.

Dzukou Valley, Nagaland

Dzukou Valley, Nagaland

One of the hidden beauties of Northeast that is often missed out among the popular tourist places is Dzuko valley. A remote valley situated between Nagaland and Manipur, the beauty and serenity of this part of the Himalayas in India are beyond words. Known for its floral beauty, the valley is literally covered with flowers of all sizes and colours especially during the monsoon season. However, the visitors vouch that the valley is just as beautiful throughout the year, Owing to its high altitude; the valley even gets covered in a blanket of snow during the winter season.

Trekking type: Moderate.
Best Season: Summer (March- Mid June).
Altitude: 2452 m above sea level.

How to Reach?
The trek starts from Viswema Village and Kisama Village which is well connected by roadways to Kohima and adjoining areas.

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Kodachadri Trek, Karnataka

Kodachadri Trek, Karnataka
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Another popular trekking trail in the Western Ghats that appeals to adventure seekers is the Kodachadri trail. With dense forest all around, you have plenty of opportunities to spot some rare flora and fauna that are endemic to the region. You may be interested to know that this place is also counted among the natural heritages of the country. This trek also presents many surprises to the traveller in the form of small waterfalls and rills.

Trekking type: Moderate.
Best Season: September to February.
Altitude: 4302 feet above sea level.

How to Reach?
The nearest town to the base is Kollur. From here jeep rides are available at a negotiable price.

Chandratal Lake Trek, Himachal Pradesh

Chandratal Lake Trek, Himachal Pradesh
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A trekking route that seems to be taken straight from some fancy travel magazine, the Chantratal Lake trek is sure to thrill you with its rugged beauty. Tranquil lakes sit between treacherous mountain paths while snowy peaks loom above. The Dhauladhar mountain ranges are clearly visible from this rote. Many of the other famous trekking routes such as Hampta and Rohtang also pass this way.

Being a 35 km long trek, you may not be able to cover the entire stretch in a single day. So judicious planning with provisions for food and shelter must be made beforehand.

Trekking type: Moderate.
Best Season: April- July.
Altitude: 4250 m above sea level.

How to Reach?
The nearest town is Manali from where you can hire a cab to the base camp.

Sandakphu Trek, West Bengal

Sandakphu Trek, West Bengal

A popular trek of the eastern zone is the Sandakphu trek of West Bengal. It is one of those few treks from where you will actually get a view of some of highest peaks such as Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu and Mt.Lhotse among others. You will also get an impressive view of Kanchenjunga, which is the highest Himalayan peak in India. What is more amusing is that all these peaks are visible from a place that you can easily reach through a moderate trek.

It is best to savour this trek through a period of several days in place of rushing through the view.

Trekking type: Moderate.
Best Season: September to April.
Altitude: 11,950 feet above sea level.

How to Reach?
The base is located at the small town Manebhanjan which can be reached via road from Siliguri and Darjeeling.

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Har Ki Dun Valley Trek, Uttarakhand

Har Ki Dun Valley Trek, Uttarakhand
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If you want to taste the ancient mountain culture while exploring beautiful view set between grassland and forests, then the Har Ki Dun Trek is tailor-made for you. With lots of mountain rivers crisscrossing the path, you will be taken in by the tranquillity and the gurgling music of Mother Nature. Make sure you carry your binoculars as this path also offers the opportunity for unlimited bird watching.

By just adding two more days to your itinerary, you can also trek to Ruinsara, which is equally beautiful and amusing. In fact, the seasoned adventurers to love this trek owing to its beauty and unique features.

Trekking type: Moderate.
Best Season: Early summer and autumn (Feb end- Mid June; Sept- December).
Altitude: 11,811 feet above sea level.

How to Reach?
The trek can be approached both via Dehradun and Mussorie that are connected to the base at Sankri.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, Sikkim

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, Sikkim
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One of the most prominent Himalayan peaks within the Indian territory is Kanchenjunga. The third highest peak in the world, the majesty and sheer height of this peak invite tourists from all over the world. Like all Himalayan terrain, it is abundantly blessed in the hands of nature with a variety of flora and fauna at the base and rugged features at the higher altitudes.

While you may not be ready to take on this mighty mountain, a trek to its base can be equally rewarding and adventurous.

Trekking type: Moderate.
Best Season: March to May; Sept- mid-Nov.
Altitude: 5200 m above sea level.

How to Reach?
Nearest point is Yuksom which is connected by both road and railway.

Now that you this list of moderate and easy routes of trekking in India, make your pick today and get the adventure rolling.

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10 Advantages of Solo Travelling

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“Solo travel not only pushes you out of your comfort zone, it also pushes you out of the zone of other’s expectations.”

-Suzy Strutner

Have you ever wondered why travelling solo has become so much in vogue these days? Travelling in itself is a wonderful experience that broadens your mental horizons and gives you memories that you are going to treasure all your life. But travelling with your friends and family is often quite different from travelling alone.

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For those who have already experienced solo travelling, the one word that they commonly use for it is- “transformational”. Indeed, exploring a new place in your own company, meeting new people and overcoming challenges all by yourself brings changes in your whole personality. There are also some people who may discourage you by saying that solo travelling is dangerous and hassling. But what gain has ever come without a few risks!

If you are still wondering if solo travel is any good for you, here is a list of advantages that will push you to take the plunge:

Makes You Confident and More Assertive

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Have you noticed how your friend who has just returned from a solo tour beaming with confidence? Well, that is the first great transformation that travelling alone brings in you! When you are travelling alone, you have to constantly interact with strangers and tackle situations that you are encountering for the first time. Over time, this helps you to develop your confidence and also makes you more assertive as a person.  

If you are an introvert or if you face confidence related issues, solo travel is the best way to gain the qualities that you always envied in others.

You will Learn New Skills

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Travelling solo also equips with several new life skills that will come handy in your professional life as well. For instance, since the entire tour is going to be organized and executed by you, you will get hands-on experience in planning. Even if all your plans do not work out the way you expected, it will be a learning experience all the same. Apart from that, it will also enhance your decision-making skills, and you’ll also get batter at managing your time.

Apart from that, you will also get better at how to manage your funds, and you’ll learn how to adapt to a new environment with ease. Travel cheap and flaunt your budgeting knowledge in the next corporate travel that you organize at the office.

Nurture A Sense of Gratitude

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If you think travelling is only about seeing new places, then solo travel is going to change that thought for you. With the change of scene, you will also be taking a journey within you. For instance, if you have n number of clothes and comforts at home, you will not have access to the same comforts when you are travelling solo.

Your belongings will be limited to the bare minimum that you are carrying with you. This will help you to nurture a sense of gratitude. Even when you return back home, you will learn to value things better and be more contented with what you already have.  

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It Helps to Self-Discover

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Do you think you know all about yourself? Well, maybe not. Right from the time that we are a child till we grow up, we are so invested in our surroundings and the people around us that we often forget to discover ourselves. Sometimes, spending some quality time with yourself can completely change your perspective on life and things in general.

Without any form of peer or family pressure, you will be in a better place to understand your own tastes and preferences. You will also be able to discover your own hidden skills and talents that usually do not get full expression when you are surrounded by too many people.

Meeting New People on The Way

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How long will you keep meeting people on social media platforms and apps? It is time for you to step out and have real-life interactions. A secret that any seasoned solo traveller would be able to confirm is that with the right attitude, you are never totally alone. In fact, solo travels are the best opportunity for you to make friends with people who share similar interests or who are culturally different from you.

You would never meet any of these new people if you were not travelling. Many a time, solo travellers come back with friends that last them their entire life. All you need to be is a little approachable, log out of your gadgets and flash your brightest smile. You can also join online travel groups to know about cafes and stores where most of the travellers go to a particular place.

You will Get Time to Connect Yourself

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Imagine waking up to a gorgeous sunrise or taking a walk through a busy market! Sounds exciting? Experience a new city alone and will have the best spiritual and mental journey of your life. Travelling solo offers you the time and opportunity to connect with yourself better. When you are in your usual surrounding, you are usually immersed in your work and daily routine and barely get time to sit and ponder on your thoughts.

Solo travel can change that. On one side, you have these amazing views that transport you away from your worries and petty thoughts. On the other side, you are in your best mood and your own company. These factors together help you to connect with yourself better.

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Develops Your resilience

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Before you set out on your solo travel, you are sure to get travel advice from people who are likely to warn you about the potential dangers. While one may say “do not eat food offered by strangers”, another may tell you that “never walk through unknown roads”. Indeed, you need to take care of and avoid danger, but there is no need to be scared or nervous.

May be these words will not make much sense now, but when you come back from your solo travel, you will be a proven survivor. You will feel stronger, your interactions with strangers will make you smarter, and you’ll learn to go past this pessimistic advice. All these together will help you become more resilient over time.

You will Have Control on The Pace

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Hate rushing from one place to another? When you are travelling in a group or in a conducted tour, your choices alone will not prevail. You will have to make allowances for the choice of other people in your group whose tastes and interests may be totally opposite to yours. So why always be tied down by strict timelines? Take control of your own pace with solo travel.

When you travel alone, you are totally independent to decide your own pace. If you like a place, you may as well spend your entire time there. If you are a history buff, you are free to go from museums to monuments to other places of historic importance.  

You can also do some research about the place and opt for the not so touristy places instead of the usual ones. Stop by and click amazing pictures or interact with the locals without any kind of rush or hurry on your mind.

You will Become Empowered

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When you surrounded by a lot of people, it is easy to pass off the responsibility of decision making to someone else. But that option is totally unavailable during your solo travels. Here, right from the food that you order to whether you must stay in a particular hotel or another, each and every decision has to be taken by you.

While it cannot be guaranteed whether all your decisions will be right or not, you will definitely feel more empowered. People who go for frequent solo travels experience an improvement in their decision-making skills even with respect to the other circumstances of life.

Even when you return back from your journey, this sense of empowerment will stay with you all throughout.

Improves Your Language Skills

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Nothing improves your language skill like mingling with people from different cultures during solo travel when you are alone in your tour, you will have to frequently interact, communicate and bargain with people who may not know the same languages as you.

When you are desperate to get the message across, you will end up picking some common terms and gestures from the foreign tongue. Experts suggest that if you can memorize a hundred common words from a language before you visit a place, you are likely to come back speaking the tongue fluently.

While this is the list of our favourite benefits, you can always add to it based on your unique travel experience! So do not hold back. Take the leap of faith and come back totally transformed!

If you have on solo travel recently, we’d love to hear from you. Comment below with the life-changing skill that you have picked up during your solo travel. Looking for expert travel tips? Or wondering where to go for your solo travel? Get in touch with us today and have a seamless solo travelling experience. Contact for your free consultation today.

11 Best Must-See Festivals Of India

11 Must see festivals of India

Festivals are a unique window that allows you to experience the best of the culture and the spirit of a particular place. In India, there are no official counts of the number of festivals that are celebrated in a year. However, being the melting pot of different traditions and identities, it will not be unfair to say that there is simply no dearth of festivities in India. While most of it is unique to certain states and cultures, some are celebrated with equal fervour throughout the country.

Let us take a look at some of the festivals of India that you ought to experience at least once in a lifetime:

Makar Sankranti

Makar Sankranti
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Known by different names such as Bihu in Assam, Lohri in Punjab, Ghughuti in Uttarakhand and Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Margar Sankranti is a festival that even finds mention in the ancient epics such as the Mahabharata. In most places, the festival is celebrated by flying colourful kites and singing folk songs along with a bonfire. Some of the largest pilgrimages such as the Kumbha Mela and Gangasagar Mela, also coincide with Makar Sankranti.

Activities: Eat sweet treats made with jaggery and sesame and take a dip in the local water bodies to wash off your sins. Engage in friendly competitions such as flying kites and racing boats. Spend your evenings in shaking a leg to the folk tunes around the fire.

Time: 12th – 16th January 

Places to experience the best of the festival: Punjab, Assam, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal.

Carnival in Goa

Carnival in Goa
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A weeklong festivity, the Goa carnival is one of a kind in entire India. With its history dating back to more than 500 hundred years, the carnival is the best example of the lasting influence of Colonial rule in India. A gift of the Portuguese, the festival marks the pre-Lent and was primarily meant for the people of the Catholic faith. However, in the present times, the festival has become secular as people from all over the country go there to take part in the music dance and positive vibes of the Carnival time. The celebrations are spread all across Goa, so you can explore the entire state and take part in the Carnival festivities as well.

Activities: Though writing down about the activates you can enjoy in the Goa carnival would require a separate list altogether, some that you shouldn’t miss out at any cost include the Grand opening parade and the Goan plays along with the masquerade ball.

Time: February – March (specifics decided as per Catholic Calendar)

Places to experience the best of the festival: Panaji, Vasco, Margoa and Mapusa.

Holi

Holi
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Holi, a vibrant, colourful festival that marks the beginning of Spring, is also known in many cultures as the Basant Utsav. While the entire country dips in the celebration of Holi, each of the places has a different vibe. For instance, if you want to enjoy a peaceful and tranquil holiday, then you must head towards Hampi. But if you are someone who is excited by the exuberant Holi celebrations as depicted in Bollywood, then Delhi is the perfect place for you. For those who appreciate art and music, the abode of peace designed by Tagore- Shantiniketan is an absolute must-visit. So, decide how you want to spend your Holi and India will offer you a place that fits your mood just right.

Activities: Click colourful selfies with friends and family, enjoy the special drinks made with bhaang and groove to the popular tunes; appreciate the music and culture in places like Shantiniketan and Hampi. 

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Time: February end- mid-March

Places to experience the best of the festival: Delhi, Karnataka, Shantiniketan and Mathura.

Eid Al- Fitr

Eid Al- Fitr
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 As Muslims all across the world savour delicious dishes and break their month-long fasting, India too celebrates Eid Al-Fitr in its own special way. The festive mood kicks in at least a week before the finale as markets are crowded with busy shoppers buying gifts that are meant to be exchanged during Eid. The mosques and their vicinities are usually decorated with colourful lights as the sweet and tempting smell of kheer wafts through the air. While Eid is usually celebrated with family and friends, many pilgrims also visit the major mosques located in various places in the country. If you happen to be in any of those cities during Eid, where these mosques are located, the festive vibes will get you celebrating as well.

Activities: Exchange gifts with family and closed ones, savour the special dishes that figure in the menu only at the time of Eid. It is also the best time to explore the cities with these mosques as the people are literally in their best mood.

Time: Declared as per the Muslim lunar calendar.

Places to experience the best of the festival: Delhi, Lucknow, Sri Nagar and Hyderabad.

Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi
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There is already so much buzz about Ganesh Chaturthi in Bollywood and popular culture that there is barely any person in the sub-continent who is not aware of the festival. Celebrated in honour of the elephant-headed God- Ganesha, who is also seen as the usher of good luck, the celebrations last for about a week or so. As the festival begins, large and magnificent idols of the Lord are erected in grand makeshift tents, and delicious sweets are offered in Prasaad Cultural festival. Elaborate decorations with lights are also put up at several places. On the last day of the festival, the idol is immersed in the nearest water body with lots of dancing, music and the hope for a bright year ahead.

Activities: Explore the different pujas and get amazed by the creativity of these sculptors and decorators who create such magnificent works; taste the special sweets such as modak, which are specifically prepared during Ganesh Chaturthi. Dance to peppy tunes during the immersion procession.

 Time: August-September

Places to experience the best of the festival: Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore

Dusshera

Dusshera
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Dusshera, a festival that signifies the victory of the good over the evil, is an important Hindu festival in the Indian calendar. While each state has its way of celebrating the festival, one place that seems to capture the fancy of maximum people in Varanasi. With the intermixing of various cultures, Varanasi brings to you both the Ramlila of Northern India and the Durga idol immersion scenes from the Eastern zone. Sitting by the Ganga ghats on this day can fill you with some unforgettable sights for life. Another place that ranks high for its Dusshera celebration in Mysore. Here it is known by the name Dasara and is celebrated within the Mysore palace itself. The entire palace is lit up with millions of light and elephants in royal attire form a major attraction of the festivities here.

Activities: Things to do during Dusshera include enjoying Ramlila shows by local artist, experiencing the immersion of Goddess Durga on Ganga ghats, watching the Mysore palace getting illuminated in the evenings.

Time: September end- October

Places to experience the best of the festival: Varanasi, Mysore, Kolkata and Kullu.

Durga Puja

Durga Puja

Did you know that the Durga Puja in India ranks in the same list as some of the world’s biggest festivals, including the Rio Carnival? The first name that comes to the mind of mentioning Durga Puja is undoubtedly Kolkata. While the various clubs and associations dazzle the public with their creative themes and eye-catching decors, the bonedi bari pujos, which roughly translates as the pujas for the affluent houses, have been carrying on with their traditional rituals for over hundreds of years. Even in the rural areas of Bengal, many pujas are there which have made a mark for themselves with their unique traditions and styles.

Activities: Go pandal hopping with your friends and dance to the beating of the Dhaaks. Taste food from the local stalls and experience the amazing culture of rural Bengal. 

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Time: September- October 

Places to experience the best of the festival: Kolkata, Howrah, Cooch Bihar and Siliguri

Guru Purab

Guru Purab
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An Indian festival that is especially important to the Sikh community is Guru Purab, which stands for the birthday of the founder of the Sikh community. While the actual birthday falls on the 15th of April as per the Georgian Calendar, the celebrations take place according to the Hindu almanack. Not just in India, even the Sikh community that is spread all across the globe today celebrate Guru Purab with a lot of pomp and splendour. Yet, if you want to experience the best of the festival, you must undoubtedly head towards the direction of Punjab. The streets and gurudwaras are decorated with floral decorations, and large processions have organised that showcase the culture and practices of the Sikh community.

Activities: Taste Kaara Prasaad at the langars and meditate to the chanting of the sacred texts. Take part in the processions and enjoy the loving and giving spirit of the festival.

Time: Differs as per the Hindu Calendar

Places to experience the best of the festival: Amritsar, Katrapur and Kullu

Camel Festival

Camel Festival
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The desert culture is indeed unique and colourful. One festival that brings out the best of the desert culture is the annual camel festival that is celebrated across several locations in Rajasthan. As the name suggests, the festival is held in honour of the Camels that are known as the ship of the desert and support the lives of the local people there. The camels are decorated elaborately, and thousands of them parade together with magnificent forts and palaces to the background. Classical songs and dance performances by the locals are the attractions of the night. 

Activities: Enjoy the parades and take part in the local cultural extravagance.

Time: January

 Places to experience the best of the festival: Bikaner and Jaipur.

Hornbill Festival

Hornbill Festival

A mystical and colourful festival held in the Naga hills is the Hornbill festival. Named after the Indian hornbill which was once found in abundance in the region, the festival is held by the state government to promote communal harmony between the various tribes that reside on the hills. Ever since it was first celebrated in 2000, the festival has been growing in its magnificence as tourists from all over the globe come to experience it. 

While the main idea is to revive and protect the rich ancient cultures among the locals, visitors can experience and uniquely understand the local culture through the festival.

Activities: Enjoy the traditional bamboo dance along with the catchy Naga tunes, savour the various local dishes and shop for souvenirs made with bamboo.

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Time: 1-10 December

The place to experience the best of the festival: Kohima 

Christmas

Christmas in India
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Christmas has a unique place in the Indian hearts. First introduced by the British, today the birth of Christ is celebrated with as much pomp and splendour as any other Indian festival. While for the people of the Christian faith the festival is of religious importance, for the secular population too this festival is equally attractive owing to the grand carnivals and fairs that are held at this time of the year. While almost every state celebrates Christmas in its way, the best of the festival can be experienced in the north-eastern states and Kolkata.

Activities: Taste the various treats such as cakes and pastries that are baked especially for the Christmas season; visit the local churches and take part in the prayers.

Time: 24th to 26th December.

Places to experience the best of the festival: Kolkata, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Mizoram.

Well, these are just a glance at the major festivals that you can enjoy as you travel India. There are many other local and unique festivals too. Being a part of these celebrations will indeed help you understand the unique culture of our land in a better way.

Want to visit any of these festivals? But wondering how to get tickets and hotel bookings arranged amidst all the rush? Rely on our experts. Allow us to work out all the small details of your itinerary so that all that is left in your shoulders is to enjoy to the hilt. Get in touch with us today to know more. 

Exploring the Best 10 Tempting Coastal Seafoods in India

Indian coastal seafood

Hey fellow foodies! Do you enjoy the taste of fresh lobsters and prawns? And do you also enjoy travelling? Well, then you have come to the perfect blog that brings both your interests in one savoury platter. Come along as we unearth some of the best seafood in India along with beautiful destinations where you can enjoy them.

India- The Land of Fishes

India- The Land of Fishes
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Do you know who the third largest exporter of fishes is across the world? Well, it is none other than your own country India. Known for both its freshwater fishes and seafood variety along with its rich wealth of spices, some of the best fish dishes known around the world find their origin in India Being blessed with an immensely large coastline that covers the country on the right from Gujarat in the west to West Bengal in the east, it is no wonder than India is home to more than thousand plus recorded varieties of sea fish in India.

India- The Land of Fishes

The coastal population who depend on seafood as a rich source of protein in their daily diet have come up with many amazing variations in the recipe that can get just any food lover drooling. However, a question that I often come across from fellow food lovers is- which is the best place to satiate their hunger for seafood. Now, this is quite a difficult question to answer in one word! So here is a complete list of some of the best seafood that you will find across India, which I bet will leave you wanting for more.
So let this amazing food trail begin:

The Colourful Fish Thali of Kharwa, Gujarat

The Colourful Fish Thali of Kharwa, Gujarat
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If you think that Gujarat is all about the Khakras, Fafdaas and a wide range of other vegetarian dishes and snacks, then it is time to think about it again. Opening out to the Arabian Sea in the west, the state has direct access to a rich variety of seafood. While most of Gujarat has turned vegetarian in the recent era owing to the Jain influence, the coastal population of Parsis and a handful of other communities who live close by the sea in regions such as Kharwa has still held on to the ancient recipes of fish preparation. Imagine a fresh sea fish marinated in local vinegar and tampered with red chillies and pickle spices that bring in the tangy and spicy Gujrati taste. Is your mouth watering already? Then you must try out the “Gharab Nu Aachar” on your next Gujarat trip. You can enjoy it with rice order it along with the regular Gujarati thali. In place of ordering from a posh restaurant, we recommend trying out the local dhabas as they are best known for preserving the authentic taste of the dish.

Where to Taste it?

  • Kharwa district
  • Select places in Ahmedabad

The Kankada Jhal (Crab Dish) of Orissa

The Kankada Crab Dish of Orissa
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Another place that distinguishes itself with its awesome culinary skills and a rich variety of tastes is the state of Orissa. In fact, in the ancient time, the royal families and zamindars of the Eastern part insisted on having an Oriya cook in their kitchen. One very popular seafood available in abundance in Orissa is the crabs from the Bay of Bengal. The Orissa kitchen has weaved its own these crabs in the form of the authentic dish known as the Kankada Jhal (Crab Curry). The crabs have meticulously cleaned any possible a chance of grit coming to your plate is removed. The crabs are then masterfully dressed in a wide variety of spices and slow-cooked to preserve the fresh taste. Enjoy it with rice or roti as per your liking and you’re sure to beckon back to Orissa by its unforgettable rich taste.

Where to Taste it?

  • Restaurants and shacks around Chilka

The Konkani Delight- Ambot Tik

The Konkani Delight- Ambot Tik
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Perhaps there is only a handful of other dishes that you can enjoy as much while sitting by the serene beaches of Goa. A speciality of the north and the southern parts of the state, Ambot Tik translates as sour and spicy. True to its name, each bite of this dish starts a firework of flavours in your mouth. Well if you are imaging it to be a sea fish curry, here is a twist again as it is made out of either out of fresh squid or shark, fished straight out of the Arabian sea. Coconut vinegar, tamarind and Goan sea salt give the dish an authentic edge, making it distinct from any other squid dish you may come across anywhere else. In some of the local shacks, the dish is often pattered in coconut shells, making it a fun sight for food photographers.

Where to Taste it?

  • Palolem Beach and adjoining areas

The Portuguese styled Recheiado

The Portuguese styled Recheiado
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When you are in Goa, you definitely cannot miss out the Portuguese influence that still permeates the state. This influence has found its way even into the gastronomy of the state and one of the most popular seafood dishes of Goa, the Recheiado is a direct import from the Portuguese culture. Recheiado is not any specific fish type. Rather it refers to a special kind of condiment prepared by grinding several regional whole spices together. This rich paste is then stuffed into the whole fish, usually pomfrets. The strong hint of spices, especially coconut, is preserved by cooking the fish in low flame. The dish is best complimented by a tumbler of cool beer and the sight of the crashing waves before you.

Where to Taste it?

  • Shacks around Calangute Beach

Patra ni Macchi of Maharashtra

Patra ni Macchi of Maharashtra
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When the Parsees of the Zoroastrian community travelled to India years ago, they brought along with the knowledge of the rich taste and flavours of Iran that still linger today in the famous Iranian cafes of Maharashtra. However, some improvisations did take place, taking into view the new conditions of the country in which they had landed. One such fusion dish is the Patra ni Macchi. While back in Iran this dish would be made with the low salinity fishes of the landlocked Caspian Sea, today it is made out of the catches from the Arabian Sea. The fish is first laced with chutney before being packed into banana leaves for a steaming process. The right balance of hot and sweet, you ought not to miss this out on your next Mumbai trip.

Where to Taste it?

  • Various Irani Restaurants near BEST Marg

The Kane of Karnataka

The Kane of Karnataka
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Taking the best out of its neighbouring states such as Andhra, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Kerala, the cuisine of Karnataka has earned a unique place for itself among the foodie community. While vegetarian dishes rule in some parts of the state, places such as Mangalore is known for its variety of seafood. One dish that is slightly more loved among this variety is the Kane Rava Fry. Usually made with the long and slender Lady fishes, the dish may appear to be a simple fry, but it is not so. The fish is first marinated in red chillies before being dipped in semolina. The semolina gives it a crisp coating on the outside while maintaining the tenderness of the fish in the inside. You can eat it as a snack or a side during meals.

Where to Taste it?

  • Local restaurants in Mangalore.

The Karimeen Pollichathu of Kerala

The Karimeen Pollichathu of Kerala
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Kerala is not just God’s own country but also a foodie’s paradise. One of the famous seafood of the region is the Karimeen Pollichathu which is prepared with the pearl spot fish. It is quite possible that you are hearing about the pearl spot fish for the first time. This is quite possible given that it is a rare variety of fish, which makes the dish even more special. Skilful incisions are made in the fish and then marinated in several spices and steamed in leaves. However, the steaming process is very delicately done so that the distinct tastes of the spices do not fade away. It is best savoured warm with a vegetable stew or soup.

Where to Taste it?

  • Kovalam Market

Fish Mappas- Kerala

Fish Mappas- Kerala
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Indeed, even the whole of Indian cuisine can hardly compete with the wide variety of seafood that is found in Kerala alone. So here is another dish that you must try out as you sail through the backwaters of Kerala. Influenced by the Syrian Christian cuisine, they may also figure as Meen Mappas in the local menu.  Cooked in coconut milk and garnished with freshly grated tender coconut, the dish has a tangy yet rich creamy taste that lingers in your mouth and leaves a sweet aftertaste. The local kokum fruits are also used in the preparation process. It is best enjoyed with a helping of rice or traditional appam (a local pancake) made with fermented rice.

Where to Taste it?

  • Kochi

Kerala Fish Curry

Kerala Fish Curry
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As we have already said, you just can’t get enough of the Keralan seafood travel; here is another dish that you simply cannot skip. A staple for the inhabitants of Kerala, this simple yet tasty curry is a regular part of a typical Kerala meal. And there are good reasons for it. The whole preparation is made in coconut oil. Other ingredients include coconut and tamarind paste along with mustard seeds and curry leaves, all of which are available in abundance locally.  Given the warm Kerala weather, the tamarind gives a cooling effect and makes the meals easy to digest. A wide variety of fishes are used depending on the season and availability.

Where to Taste it?

  • Local shacks around Kerala ( Each district has some unique twists in the spice used).

Chingri Malai Curry of Bengal

Chingri Malai Curry of Bengal
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Travelling east to the state that thrives on fishes, the Chingri Malai Curry of Bengal is made with fresh prawns out of the Bay of Bengal. This dish is so famous that it has earned itself an entire page in Wikipedia. The main ingredients are coconut milk and fresh prawns along with a host of other spices that gives it the rich golden colour. You can enjoy it just as much in a fancy eatery in the city of Kolkata as you will in the innumerable small beaches that surround the metropolis.

Where to Taste it?

  • Restaurants in Kolkata that specialise in Bengali Cuisine
  • Beach towns like Digha and Mandarmani.

While these were some of my personal favourites, the wealth of the rich seafood varieties cannot be summarized in one blog alone. Does your state also boast of some special seafood preparation? What is your favourite seafood in India? Let us know by commenting below.

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The Best Routes for Road Trips in India

Road trips in India

Would you like to fly? Surprised and baffled by our question? Well, did you know that travel freaks often say that “Road trips are the equivalent of human wings!” And indeed they are. Nothing can be more refreshing than the wide-open road and exploring places that you have never seen before.

With the new normal taking over lives and travelling on public transport such as planes and buses becoming risky, it is an ideal time to experience a road trip. And who knows, you may love this experience so much that you may want to set out on a road trip again and again.

So, without much ado, take a look at some of the best road trips in India and pick out your favourite destination.

Mumbai To Goa:

Goa and its dreamy beaches
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You may have heard a lot about Goa and its dreamy beaches. But have you heard about the road from Mumbai to Goa yet? Covering a distance of approximately 600 km, the drive from Mumbai to Goa is restricted to two national highways, NH 17 and NH 66. Each of these highways passes through some other landmark locations such as Chilun, Belgaum and Panaji which are in themselves famous as tourist destinations. Simply passing by these places will gift you with many unforgettable views and sceneries. You can easily cover this distance in 10 days with stopovers and exploration of the sites that you like. The best time to take this trip is between December and January when Goa is steeped in the festive mood and has the best weather to enjoy on its beaches.

Activities: Explore the various tourist places at each of the stopovers, taste the Goan cuisine, take a cruise ride.

Distance: 600 km

Timespan: 10 days

Manali to Leh-Ladakh:

Zaskar and the Numbra
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There can be no second doubt to the fact that Leh-Ladakh is one of the sought-after destinations for bike and car trips on the road. Passing through picturesque valleys such as the Zaskar and the Numbra and innumerable tiny hamlets by cobalt-blue lakes, the road to Leh- Ladakh from Manali is sure to offer you a new surprise at every turn. What is more, as you reach your destination, you will be standing at the highest motorable road in the world. The best time to take this trip is during the summer months of May and September when the temperature is considerably higher, and there are fewer chances of heavy snow. However, a word of caution that has to be kept in mind concerning this road is that the topography is rather rough, which demands an SUV or 200cc bike for smooth travel. Also, if you have recently learnt to ride or drive, taking this road may not be a very good idea. Keeping a basic tool kit with you will also come handy as there are barely any mechanics in this span of the road.

Activities: Camp under the stars, visit the Leh palace, explore a unique mountain culture.

Distance: 480 km

Timespan: 2 day

Chennai To Puducherry:

Puducherry, White Town
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This road has already been romanticised in novels and true enough it is one of the best road trips in India for couples. With the smooth road in front of you and the sea on both sides, having your beloved by your side will indeed complete the picture. Keep your cameras charged and ready as this road is the best for those who enjoy nature photography or even those who love an aesthetic feed. If you can time it right, watching the sunsets from this road is indeed going to be a treat to your eyes. You will also pass through several other sites of tourist interest such as Mahabalipuram, Alamparai Fort and the like. Do make sure you stop by at these places as they offer equally exciting views and sightseeing locations.

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Activities: Explore ancient temples at Mahabalipuram, try out water sports, and meditate in the Aurobindo Ashram.

Distance: 151km

Timespan: 1 day

Guwahati to Cherrapunjee:

top attractions in Cherrapunjee
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With twisting and turning roads that snake through hills, the road from Guwahati to Cherrapunjee is perfect for all those who are looking for an escapade among the hills. The road passes through the famous hill station Shillong, which is also known as the Scotland of the East owing to the striking resemblance between the two places. Things to do here include visiting the Wards lake and the iconic churches of the city. Cherrapunjee is equally exciting as a destination with its secret caves and gorgeous waterfalls. Though the road is open throughout the year, it is best to avoid the monsoon months as the road condition may not be too good. Carrying warm clothes is also advisable for the winter months.

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Activities: Enjoy your time amidst nature, bath in the natural lakes and sample the local meat dishes.

Distance: 150 km

Timespan: 3 days

Delhi to Agra:

Taj Mahal, Agra
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First, build during the era of the great kings and queens, the Delhi to Agra road is now a modern superhighway. However, somewhere beyond the modern infrastructure, the royal splendour of the olden days remain, making it an ideal choice for road trips in Northern India. Some of the most interesting places you can stop by on this road include Mathura and Vrindaban, which are the setting for many of the famous mythological stories in India. There is also an old fort at some distance from Agra that gives you a superb view of the Yamuna River. Though taking the expressway can cut the distance shorter, the alternative road is always recommended for road trips owing to the numerous interesting destinations that fall on the way. January to April and September to November are taken as the best seasons for this span.

Activities: Stopover at Vrindaban and Mathura to explore the innumerable temples, taste the Mathura special Rabri and immerse in the annals of history in Fatehpur Sikri

Distance: 230 km

Timespan: 1 day

Bangalore to Mysore:

royal Mysore Palace
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Another of the royal road trips in India that one cannot miss out is the journey from Bangalore to Mysore. From the iconic shooting location of the Sholey movie to local rivers and streams with options of coracle boating, there is a new excitement at every stop. It is also the best road for food lovers as you can get a diverse range of tastes starting with the tangy south Indian to the spicy Hydrabadi and the royal Mysore tastes. Do not miss out tasting the famous Mysore Pak that is sure to delight your taste buds. The best time to take this trip is between the cooler months of November to March. 

Activities: Stop by at the Tannirbhavi beach, enjoy the sunset from the Sultan Battery and try out your hand at golf at the Pilikula golf course.

Distance: 144 km

Timespan: 2 days

Jaipur to Mount Abu:

Mount Abu
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Are you tired with the sweltering heat of the plains? Then set out on the road and head for this destination to spend a relaxing weekend amidst the hills. Situated in the Aravalli hills, the road to Mount Abu is set with picturesque stony plateaus and dense forest which is indeed a relief after the sparse features of the desert road. You can take this road trip at any time round the year as per your convenience.

Activities: Boat at the Nakki Lake, hike to the peaks of the Aravalli Hills and enjoy serene sunsets from the sunset point.

Distance: 494 km

Timespan: 3 days

Bangalore to Ooty:

hill stations of India Ooty
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When it comes to the hill stations of India, another trail that cannot be missed out at any cost is that between Bangalore and Ooty. With coffee plantations and towering hills on all sides, the road offers the travellers a unique opportunity to feel the pulse of Mother Nature like never before. On reaching Ooty, you must not miss on places such as the Emerald Lake, the Dodabetta Peak and the Rose Garden. Being a hilly road with steep elevation, bikers are advised to ensure that they have put on all the safety gears. A stopover at Masingudi is also advisable to avoid travelling through the road at night. Monsoon months must be avoided as the roads develop crack and puddles, making them difficult to be navigated.

Activities:  Ride the Nilgiri mountain toy train, enjoy picturesque views from Dolphin Nose and find out all about tea from the Tea Museum.

Distance: 280 km

Timespan: 3 days

Ahmedabad to Kutch:

Rann Festival of Kutch
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The desert beauty Kutch doubles up as an amazing destination for road trips as well. Known as the white desert, Kutch is indeed a sight to behold, especially at night. But, instead of staying in hotels, take the unique opportunity to pitch a tent in the desert and sleep under a thousand stars. Some of the attractions on the way include the Mandvi Beach in Bhuh and a wildlife sanctuary. The best time to plan this trip is between the cooler months of October to February. You can also plan your trip at the time of the Rann Festival to make the most out of it.

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Activities: Visit ancient palaces such as the Aaina Mahal and Prag Mahal, enjoy local music and dance around bonfires at night.

Distance: 400 km

Timespan: 2 days

Puri to Konark:

Konark Sun Temple
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Looking for the best road trip destinations in Eastern India? Then take the Puri to Konark highway without a second thought. Contrary to the popular notions about Orrisa, this road is extremely well maintained and will force you to stop by and by for some amazing opportunity at photography. Though the distance may not be very large, travelling through it is in no way less thrilling than a road trip that spans several days. The innumerable tiny villages and the ever-friendly attitude of the locals, further add to the attraction of this road. Also, stop by the dhabas by the road for a cup of tea and some authentic local sweets. Best time to visit is between November to March.

Activities: Visit the Sun Temple, stop by at the relatively quieter beaches and enjoy local food.

Distance: 36 km

Timespan: Few hours

Gangtok to Nathula:

Gangtok to Nathula pass
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Another short yet memorable trip is the one between Gangtok to Nathula pass. With the challenging hilly terrain and the uncertainty of the mountains, manoeuvring your vehicle through this road will get your adrenaline rushing. The Lake Tsamgo which completely freezes during the winter months is no less in beauty than the lakes that are considered typical of the Ladakh Valley. This span of the road is also very popular with enthusiastic cyclists who are looking for new challenges. However, if you or any of your mates accompanying on the trip are uncomfortable with heights, storing an ample number of chewing gums is recommended. There is no need to carry food items as there are innumerable local shops on the way that serve piping hot bowls of Maggie apart from other necessary items. The local shop also offers interesting handmade souvenirs and attractive woollen clothes.

Activities: Enjoy the cross-cultural influence at the Nathula pass, visit the unique Baba Harbhajan Singh temple and keep your cameras ready for endless pictures.

Distance: 57 km

Timespan: 1 day

Shimla to Manali via Spiti:

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If you love journeying through the road and exploring the unconventional places, then this trip is just what you are looking for. In place of the usual Shimla- Manali road, this time take a few extra kilometres and get amazed by the beauty that the Himalayas have to offer, beyond the popular tourist spots. Some of the places where you can stop over include Rampur, Nako, Kaza and Kunzum La. Make sure you have packed an ample number of warm clothes as the temperature can dip down much lower than the Shimla town owing to a higher altitude and lower carbon emission in these places. The best time to visit is between February to March and September to mid- December.

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Activities: Visit the ancient monasteries, trek to the peaks; take yak rides and sample sweets made with yak milk.

Distance: 647 km

Timespan: 6-7 days, depending on the time spent at each of the stop-overs.

Chennai to Munnar:

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A great weekend escapade among the best road trips in India include the  Chennai-Munnar road. It is also a great way to escape the sweltering Chennai heat and heave a sigh of relief amidst the sweet hilly atmosphere. If you are looking for a laid back weekend, checking into one of the many spa resorts may be a great idea. Also do not forget to sample the local coffees here. The road is good for travel throughout the year.

Activities: Explore the rich flora and fauna of the Ghats, visit the waterfalls and streams hidden behind the mountains and sample tea right from the tea estates.

Distance: 585km

Timespan: 2 days

Delhi to Jaipur:

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Tired with the monotony of city life? Well Delhites, there is good news for you as Jaipur is only 6 hours’ drive away from you. Enjoy the view of the Aravallis and steep yourself in the desert culture. The best time to visit is between October to February.

Activities: Stop by at the local dhabas to enjoy the spicy tastes of the desert, visit the grand palaces and get a bird’s eye view of the forts.

Distance: 281 km

Timespan: 3 days

Kolkata to Digha:

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Another popular Eastern Indian road trip journey is the one between Kolkata to Digha. Connecting the metropolis to this laid back fishing town, the road is bounded by greenery on all sides. Do not forget to pack your swimming trunks as you will not be able to resist taking a dip here. The best time to travel is between October to April.

Activities:  Taste the cashew nuts and the innumerable variety of seafood, shop from the local market, visit the marine aquarium,  and spend time in the beach.

Distance: 183 km

Timespan: 2 days.

India’s Own Grand Canyon-The Gandikota Village

India’s Grand Canyon-The Gandikota Village

Have you been drooling over the pictures of the Grand Canyon? One of the most sought after destinations in the USA, the Grand Canyon is indeed an awe-inspiring natural wonder. Carved by the Colorado River that snakes through its valley, this iconic Canyon has been magnetically pulling travellers from all across the world. However, travelling to the USA just to visit the Grand Canyon may not always be feasible owing to time and monetary constraints. 

But what if we were to tell you that there is another Grand Canyon very close at hand? Yes, India, the land of unlimited wonders boasts of its Grand Canyon too. Plunge in as we explore this secret wonder and share some fun things that you could do on your trip to this amazing place.

Gandikota

Indian Grand Canyon
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A laid back village in the laps of Erramala hills, Gandikota is located in the Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh. The silver-hued Pennar River beautifully cuts through the hills here, creating deep gorges which are comparable in beauty to the Grand Canyon. No wonder the visitors to this exquisite piece of nature’s architectural genius have named it the Indian Grand Canyon or the Hidden Grand Canyon. Experts believe that these Canyons were carved out at least a thousand years ago.

In fact, many people in their enthusiasm even call Gandikota the Arizona of India. However, unlike Arizona which only boasts of the Grand Canyon, Gandikota has several other attractions which are just as captivating as its Canyon. Here is a list of interesting things that you could do on your trip to Gandikota:

Capture The Best Pictures At The Canyon

Gandikota Indian Grand Canyon
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Whether you are an amateur photographer with your DSLR or simply a selfie-queen, India’s Grand Canyon Gandikota provides an ideal setting for your perfect pictures. For nature lovers, the deep rock-cut valleys provide the best scope to try their hand at nature photography. And the selfie lovers can enjoy having the Canyon to the background and clicking pictures in the most amazing natural light. With those pictures on your feed, you are sure to score a thousand likes instantly. If you are lucky, you may even witness a host of pelican’s flying past the valley, adding to the beauty of the picturesque setting.

Indulge In The Rich Past Of The Gandikota Fort

Gandikota fort Indian Grand Canyon
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Situated in the right bank of the Penna River, the Gandikota fort boasts of the historical importance the village had occupied during the times of important southern dynasties such as the Chalukyas and the Nayakas. Built-in the 13th Century, the fort has passed through the hands of several kings and chieftains, each making their own addition to its architecture. Thus, different parts of the fort boast of different cultural influences that have beautifully fused together to create an altogether different experience for its visitors. 

The entire sandstone structure of the fort is also protected by high and rocky ancient walls that run for a distance of over 8 km. Some 100 bastions are also found surrounding the fort complex, most of which are situated at the height of 40 feet. It is indeed a wonder that even with such limited technology; the builders of the time could erect such a spectacular structure.

Pray At The Jamia Masjid

Jamia Masjid in Indian Grand Canyon
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A fine structure within the fort complex that will definitely call your attention is the Jamia Mosque. Featuring the Islamic architectural style, the mosque, though not very glamorous, still does not cease to fascinate the visitors. The grand hall seems to tell you the tales of a time when thousands must have thronged its complex for prayers. The massive multi-arched entrance of the mosque stands out among all its features.

Explore The Belum Caves 

Cave in Indian Grand Canyon
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Close to the Grand Canyon, Gandikota also hides another natural wonder in the form of the Belum caves. Resembling the Antilope Canyons of Arizona, this massive cave system is the second largest in the entire South Asian region. The entire cave is built out of massive black limestone blocks, and it is a treat both to the science and the history buffs. The beautiful stalactite and stalagmite are still intact in the cave and are of great geological significance, attracting speleologists from all across the globe. Even to the general visitors, the cave system is a storehouse of attractive features such as the waterfall found in one of the deepest chambers of the cave that flows throughout the year. Apart from the natural beauties, there is also a massive Buddha structure of over 12 meters that is sure to catch your eyes. Given that the cave has innumerable chambers and sinkholes, it is advisable that you do not stray too far from your group and use high power torches for deep exploration.

 Enjoy The Sunset By The Penna River

river in Indian Grand Canyon
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The Penna river that flows through the Gandikota village, defining its geography is in itself a great attraction to the nature lovers. The best time to enjoy the beauty of the river is towards the evening when the sun slowly sets behind the stone walls of the Canyon. The entire rivers seem to turn into a large mirror, reflecting the crimson hues of the sky. Visitors who have spent their evenings by the river vouch that this mystical and magical experience is barely comparable to any other travelling experience.

Enjoy The Best Of Architecture In The Ancient Temples

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Like most of the South Indian villages, Gandikota too is dotted by several ancient temples that had been built by the fabulous architects of the ancient times.

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Most notable among these are the 13th-century Madhavaraya and the Raghunathaswamy temples. Even if you are not of the religious bent, the architectural beauty of these temples makes them a “must-visit” on your trip to Gandikota. The Raghunathaswamy temple may even take you by surprise as there is not even a single deity in the temple. What remains are only the intricately carved pillars and hallways that carry an air of the bygone splendour. 

On the other hand, the Madhavaraya temple is crammed with innumerable images and sculptures of gods and goddesses, many of whom are not even very well recognised in the Hindu pantheon today. Some interesting scenes from the everyday lives of people have also been carved out in the granite walls and can speak volumes about the art and culture of the time.

Enjoy Adventure Sports

rock climbing in Indian Grand Canyon
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If you are an adventurous spirit who loves to feel the rush of adrenaline, the Grand Canyon at Gandikota can offer the perfect opportunity for you to indulge in various kinds of sports.

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The most popular among them include rock climbing, rappelling and kayaking. Various adventure companies operating in the area and you can make suitable arrangements by getting in touch with tour planners who can work out the details for you. So, there is no need to carry your gears as the travel company provides all the safety equipment.

Camp By The Canyon

camping in Indian Grand Canyon
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For those who are of a lesser adventurous spirit but would like to taste the unconventional none the less, camping by the Canyon can be a very thrilling experience. Sleep under the starry sky and wake up to the view of the Canyon. Enjoy bonfires and eat your dinner sitting amidst the lap of nature. Camping equipment is easily available on rent along with the other necessary items required on such trips.

Best Time To Visit Gandikota And The Grand Canyon

The best time to plan your tour to the Grand Canyon is between the month of August to February. Summers are unbearably hot while monsoons can be a hindrance to your exploration of surrounding attractions such as the Balam cave. Since the river swells up during the monsoon, adventure sports are also not recommended during the season.

How To Reach?

Gandikota is well connected by roadways to the cities of Bangalore and Hyderabad. Being only a few hours away via road, it is an excellent choice for your next road trip with friends and loved ones.

Gandikota Indian Grand Canyon
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Plan Your Trip To Gandikota Today

With the COVID crisis and the new normal in the post lockdown situation, planning trips to faraway places may not be possible. But spending a happening weekend in Gandikota can definitely refresh your mind and leave you energised for the months ahead. Since it falls among the off-beat tourist places, you won’t find a large crowd here and can enjoy your holiday without the fear of contracting diseases. So why wait? Break the chain of monotony and step out to enjoy a wonderful weekend amidst nature at Gandikota.

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Places In India That Are So Ridiculously Beautiful That They Inspire Fairytale

India is indeed a land of beautiful monuments, majestic palaces, ornate temples, and refreshing nature. But have you ever wondered what the country has in offer for those who are seeking beyond the ordinary tourist experience? If not, here is your chance to find out.

As you sit confined to your homes in this pandemic, brooding over the monotony of life, allow our list to take you on a virtual tour through some of the most amazing offbeat destinations in India. These destinations are literally so beautiful that they make you forget the line between reality and Fairytale.

 So let the countdown begin-

The Glowing Beach- Bangaram

Imagine a beach that lights up at night! Sounds impossible? Well, then you must definitely checkout Bangaram. Located amidst the Indian Ocean’s sparkling water, Bangaram is a tiny teardrop-shaped island that is part of the Lakshadweep group.

While you can enjoy all the beauties of a tropical island by the day, the nights here are when the real magic begins. While scientists ascribe the phenomenon to a special kind of bioluminescent phytoplankton, to the ordinary eyes, it appears as if the stars have landed down from the very heavens to your feet.

How to Reach?

You can easily reach Bangaram by flying down to the nearest Airport at Agatti Island. From here, both boats and helicopters are available that can take you to your destination.

Best Time To Travel: October- March 

The Barren Beauty-Kutch

If William Blake’s famous lines, “To see the world in a grain of sand,” inspire you, then Kutch is definitely the place you should choose for your next trip. With endless expanses of barren salt desert extending on all sides, Kutch unfurls the beauty hidden in minimalism. Watching the crimson sun melt behind the white salt deserts is indeed a mesmerizing and other-worldly experience.

Equally colourful and fun are the Rann festivals that showcase the best of the region’s cultural heritage. The music and the dance compel you to shake a leg with the locals here.

How to Reach?

The nearest airport to Kutch is the Bhuj Airport, which is only 70 km away from here. It is well-connected with several buses and small vehicles plying here.

Best Time To Travel: July-March; Rann Festival in accordance with the local calendar

The Indian Switzerland-Khajjiar

If you have taken in by the beauty of the Swiss Alps, then you should not miss out this beauty located close at home. Khajjiar, which has been aptly named as “Mini-Switzerland” is bestowed with the green pines, rolling meadows and sparkling lakes. However, unlike the popular hill stations, it is still not very well-explored and holds on to its primitive charms.

The town also offers ample scope for adventure sports such as paragliding and zorbing to its visitors.

How to Reach?

The nearest airport to Khajjiar is located 122 km away in the town of Dharamsala. From here, you can reach the town in local cars and buses that constantly ply between the two places.

Best Time To Travel: March- November

The Valley Of Flowers Park-Himalayas

As the name suggests, this park nestled in the hills of the western Himalayas is home to some of the rarest alpine flowers in the world. When in full bloom, the Valley of the flower seems to be a piece of heaven forgotten on Earth. No wonder photographers from all over the world are crazy to capture it in their lens.

You may also be delighted to know that for those who are interested in wildlife, the Valley presents sightings of rare animals such as the snow leopard and red fox that abounds this forest.

How to Reach?

The nearest airport to the Valley of Flowers Park is Jolly Grant at Dehradun. From here, it is well connected by roadways.

Best Time to Travel: June-October.

Nature’s Bridge-Mawlynnong

Even before the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan had become popular in India, this village community had bagged the title of the “Cleanest Village in Asia.” As pretty flowers and as smiling villagers welcome you to this rural paradise, you are sure to be awestruck by just how clean the public roads and facilities out here are.

Moreover, Mawlynnong is also home to the single-decker root bridge, which has been declared as a UNESCO heritage site. Yes, the entire bridge has been built out of intertwining roots from living trees and has been used by the village community for ages. Walking over this bridge is indeed an experience of a lifetime.

How to Reach?

The nearest Airport to Mawlyngnong is located in the state capital Shillong. The rest of the distance can be covered in taxis and buses ply between the two places.

Best Time to Travel: March-June, Sept-November

Another Piece Of Heaven- Pahalgam

When the 14th Century Persian poet, Amir Khusro, visited the Kashmir valley for the First Time, he aptly described it in his poetry as “Paradise on Earth.” While tourists often throng places such as Srinagar and Gulmarg, Pahalgam remains rather neglected. But in terms of majestic mountains and breathtaking Valleys, Pahalgam is just as beautiful as the other places in Kashmir.

Given that lesser tourists visit this place, it gives you a relatively calmer and more natural setting. Walkthrough its narrow winding streets in the evening or ride through the valleys in a pony. Interact with the locals and enjoy cups of the authentic Kashmiri kawa.

How to Reach?

Roadways well connect Pahalgam to the nearest airport at Srinagar.

Best Time to Travel: March-October

Nature’s Cradle-Ziro Valley

If you are a nature enthusiast or if you love to capture picturesque places in your camera, then you should be heading to Ziro Valley for your next tour. Cradled between Arunachal’s towering peaks, this dreamlike Valley is home to some exquisite Himalayan flora.

Contrasting the wilderness, you can also find neatly trimmed paddy fields swaying to the wind’s music. From Ziro, you can easily travel to the other beautiful destinations in Arunachal, such as Tawang and Zimthang.

How to Reach?

The nearest airport to Ziro is located at Jorhat, which is 98kms away. It is well-connected to by roadways to Guwhati as well.

Best Time to Travel: March-October

The Sparkling Backwaters- Alappuzha

If you are looking for a romantic getaway with your beloved, where can spend some undisturbed time amidst Nature, then head for Alappuzha. This coastal town of Kerala is known for its lapping backwaters and beautiful beaches.

Enjoy staying in a boathouse and taste the delights of local cuisine cooked with the freshest fishes. Sip the refreshing toddy and interact with the locals as this slow-paced town welcomes each tourist with wide, open arms.

How to Reach?

The nearest airport to Alappuzha is located at Cochin, which is 75kms away from the town’s heart.

Best Time to Travel: November to February

The Himalayan Desert-Zanskar

Tired of sitting for hours in flights and cars to reach your destination? Well then, flex your legs and get ready for the trek of your life. Zanskar, a part of the Ladakh Valley, is perhaps one of India’s least explored destinations. Given its hostile setting and high altitude, it is definitely out of reach of the regular tourists. But if you are an adventure-hungry travelholic, perhaps no other place will be as rewarding as a trek to Zanskar.

Be ready to be swept away by such beautiful views that you will need to pinch yourself to believe them. Interact with the local nomadic tribes and sleep under the beautiful starry skies.

How to Reach?

Located at a distance of 105 km from Leh, you can find small vehicles up to the motorable road. Following this, you will have to trek your way up to the peak.

Best Time to Travel: June-September

A Trip Across Time-Lothal

While all of us have studied about the Indus Valley Civilization in schools, only a few of us actually know how these ancient excavations look like beyond photos. While most of the Indus Valley sites now lie in Pakistan, a few well-preserved ones still rest within the Indian Territory. One such site is the town of Lothal in Gujarat. If you are a history buff, you are sure to get amused by every corner of this 4500 years old city. Make sure you do not miss out the massive dockyard and the acropolis which are just as majestic as the ruins of ancient Greece.

How to reach?

The nearest airport to Lothal is the Ahmedabad Airport, located at a distance of 85 km.

Best Time to travel: October- February

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