The Gypsies: Story Of The Romas In India

The Gypsies: Story Of The Romas In India

From the super hit Netflix series like Peaky Blinders to novels such as the Romani Rye and even Shakespearian plays such as The Tempest, do you know what all these pieces of art spread across centuries have in common? It is the Roma people.

The Romani community, often termed the gypsies, has inspired countless playwrights, writers, and composers across continents. Yet, their story has always been shrouded in mystery, myths, and unfounded superstitions. Join us as we uncover the true story of this amazing community and look at the lasting impression that they have created and are still making across the world.

Origin Of The Roma Community

Origin Of The Roma Community
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You may have often heard or used the word gypsy. Loosely applied to people with free-spirited or nomadic lifestyles in the modern lingo, the term was originally used to refer to a community who left behind their homeland in Asia and spread all across the world. 

With increased awareness of people, this word, of course, is now taken as a racist slur-a a derogatory and archaic term. But even today, only a handful of people are actually aware that whom they easily label as the gypsies are actually the Romani people.

gypsies are actually the Romani people.
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Again, as soon as one comes across the term Roma or Romani, the immediate conclusion that many people draw is that they are from Romania or Rome. But no, the Roma community is neither from ancient Rome nor modern-day Romania. In fact, many of you may be surprised to know that the Roma community actually traces its origin to the Indian sub-continent!

Yes, genetic studies have confirmed that the Roma community originates from the north-western part of India, corroborating the modern state of Rajasthan and certain areas which now lie across the frontier in Pakistan.

Why then do you find the Romas spread all across the world today? While there are no concrete answers to these, historical theories suggest that repeated raids by foreign powers along with natural calamities forced the Romas to spread to different parts of Europe around the 5th century.

A History of Persecution

A History of Persecution of Gypsies
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While you may know the Roma community for their vibrant culture and their catchy music, the journey for them has always not been easy. Right from ancient times to the world wars of the modern era, the Romas have been subjected to constant persecutions. 

From slave trade to genocide, the horrors that the community had to face were endless. The suspicious attitude of the majority and the myths and superstitious stories that followed them only made matters worse. 

Forging A New Identity

Forging A New Identity for Gypsies in India
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However, the hardships they faced were no match to their spirit and their fortitude. With time, the Roma community has been able to rise above the prejudices and forge a new identity for themselves. 

Spread across the world today, community members are constantly breaking stereotypes. Yet, even with their new identity, they have stayed true to their roots. The community proudly traces its origin to India and also holds a deep love for the entire sub-continent. India, too, is reciprocating the love for its long-lost children in the form of various programs to uplift and raise awareness about their community.

The Indian Council for Cultural Relations is also taking various initiatives to integrate the Romani community here with the mainstream. Efforts are also being made to officially recognize the Romanis as a minority community here.

Romanis Today Even today, travellers are often eager to experience the unique culture and lifestyle of the Romani community. Want to know more about the Romani community or experience their unique lifestyle? Get in touch with our experts only at Solitary Travellers.

10 Things to do in Nagaland

Hornbill festival is organized every year by Nagaland

Welcome to the Land of the great Nagas – Nagaland, a place that figures very rarely on anyone’s bucket list or travel itinerary. The land of the sixteen esteemed and proud indigenous tribes in the far north-eastern edge of the Indian sub-continent, this hidden haven is surrounded by lush, rugged mountains stretching from the Brahmaputra valley in Assam till the Patkai Range that border Myanmar. The intense flora of the area allows beautiful species of birds to flock and flourish. But there is more to Nagaland than meets the eye. Here are some interesting suggestions of the things to do when you are travelling to Nagaland next:

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Reconnect with the Head-Hunting Tribes.

the Naga local tribes give you a lesson for the preservation of forests.

Nagaland is a land of 16 main tribes and painted with a rich history and generations of traditions. Tribe and Clan loyalty is an important virtue of the people. One of these tribes is the Konyak tribe. What sets them apart is the history of fierce headhunting. They would go to war with rival tribes and bring back severed heads of the enemies as trophies. There was a time when human skulls adorned the doorways of the huts of the headhunter tribe, and the number of skulls would prove the power of the warrior. The present-day Konyaks are very proud of their warrior traditions, which live on in the form of war dances and the skulls of the enemies that are unearthed to be displayed as testimonies to the recent past.

Fun Facts: The culture of headhunting was practised till the 1960s when the Indian Government banned this practice.
Location: Mon Village.

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Take a stroll to Traditional villages

Ungma village of Nagaland the traditional Naga Village

When it comes to rural tourism, the villages in Nagaland stand out from the rest. Villages such as Khonoma Green Village, Naga Heritage Village, Mt.Pauna Tourist Village, Keltomi Village, Naga Heritage Village, and Dieziphe Village are some attractions brimming with fresh and clean air, calm and peaceful atmosphere and showcases rituals and traditions passed from generation to generations. No matter where ever you are, travel to the local villages will rejuvenate you, and the place will hold a special spot in your heart.

Fun facts: Mithun is known as the state animal as it is ritually the crucial species among the villagers.
Location: Khonoma Green Village, Naga Heritage Village, Mt.Pauna Tourist Village, Keltomi Village, Naga Heritage Village, Dieziphe Village, and many more.

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Stay close to nature

Travelling to The Land of Nagas “Nagaland”

Everyone nowadays talks about how green and beautiful the Northeastern states are; well, it’s absolutely true. But Nagaland has a (green) league of its own. Filled with treacherous hills, home to several species of mammals and birds, deep valleys, and picturesque terrains are some of the attractions that will take you on a journey of a lifetime. The capital of Nagaland, Kohima, in all probability, is one the most charming nature spots to visit in this state. Even though this place is commercialized, Kohima has not lost its beauty and its connection with nature. Other than this, spots such as Wokha, Meluri, Kiphire, and Peren are some of the other locations with plenty of scenic views, which are perfect for anyone looking for the perfect getaway.

Fun Facts: Kohima is known as the “Stalingrad of the East” as it was the site that experienced one of the bloodiest battles of World War II.
Location: lies 30 miles southeast of the railroad at Dimapur. 

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Trek to Dzukou Valley

It’s not just about travelling unless it is full of adventure. So come along with me to the streams of Dzukou valley trek, the best trekking route in Nagaland

Known as the “valley of flowers,” Dzukou Valley is a famous trekking spot that highlights the ravished scenic bliss adorned by Northeast India. Nestled at the height of 2,452 meters, the Dzukou Valley trek boasts of the incredibly tall and slender rolling hills, the lush towers of tropical forests, and jewel-blue streams. An unexplored gem for quite a long time, Dzukou Valley is not known by many foreign travellers. Hence it is less crowded compared to any other Northeast state. This fun-filled trek can be experienced by any backpacker as it is one of the easiest trekking sites in India.

Fun Facts: Dzuko Lily, a rare flower species, can be found in these valleys during monsoon.
Location: Viswema.

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Be a part of the Colourful festivals

Hornbill festival is organized every year by Nagaland

Nagaland is known as the “Land of festivals.” Rich in stories and folklore, Nagaland is home to numerous tribes which have their own set of cultures and heritage. No matter what time of the year it is, the locals love to get along and celebrate one or two festivals with great enthusiasm and joy.  Amongst the various festivals, the Hornbill festival stands out as the most important festival of Nagaland. Celebrated in the month of December, this festival is celebrated to revive, sustain and protect the richness of the Naga heritage and tradition.  Other than this, festivals such as Mimkut, Bushu, Yemshe, Miu, and many more festivals are celebrated with enthusiasm and fervour in this part of the country.

Fun facts: Prime Minister Narendra Modi had inaugurated the Hornbill festival in the year 2014.
Location: Hornbill festival- Kisma, near Kohima.

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Explore a variety of foods

Naga loves and relishes all kinds of meat in their everyday meal. A typical meal consists of rice and meat washed down with local rice beer known as Zu. Nagas have a number of local meat preparations which are unique and lip-smacking. Meat preparation such as Nashishi(beef with the bamboo shoot), Tabathyu(meat stew), and Chu Hu Tathu (dry meat chutney) are some of the famous delicacies every meat lover should try when in Nagaland.  Other than this, locals have a special love for fermented soya bean known as Akhuni, which is served with warm rice.

Fun Facts: The practice of dry-ageing meat is still practised in most houses to date.
Location: local eateries in Dimapur.

Shop souvenirs for your loved ones

Shop souvenirs from Nagaland for your loved ones

Many tribes of Nagaland are gifted with the skills of rich artistic and craftsmanship. The art of weaving unique pieces of clothes, embroidery of the famous Angami Naga shawls, wood carvings, tribal ornaments, and a lot more are some of the famous examples which showcase the craftsmanship that the locals pose. These beautiful souvenirs can be bought from local emporiums around Nagaland, where you can shop an endless number of souvenirs for your close ones. Other than this, people can shop the latest fashion trends as many shops offer a variety of merchandise that you can resist yourself from buying. 

Fun facts: Clothes made in Nagaland are mostly made of pure cotton as cotton is grown in plenty in this part of the country.
Location: Local markets in Mokokchung, Mon, Wokha, and Zunheboto.

Taste the hottest chilli of the World

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Most of the delicacies made by the locals use a pepper named “Naga Jolokia” or Ghost pepper which is considered as one of the world’s hottest chilly.  Commonly known as BhootJolokia, Nagaland is one of the states in the Northeast that grow these rare spices of chilli. According to records, the Ghost pepper is about 400 times hotter than the famous Tabasco sauce. Other than fiery dishes, the Ghost pepper is a part of the biggest festival celebrated in Nagaland. During the Hornbill Festival, a unique competition named “Raw Naga king chilly eating competition” is conducted by the organizers, where competitors from around the world come and munch on these beasts to win the ultimate prize.

Fun facts: In the year 2007, BhootJolokia was termed as the hottest in the world by the Guianese book of world records.

Make New Friends

The people of Nagaland are simple, caring, and fun-loving in nature. Backpackers who have already travelled to the land of Naga’s have all agreed to the fact that the hospitality shown by the locals is unparalleled compared to other states of India. No matter what class they belong to, Naga’s love to welcome new guests to their homes and would never let anyone leave without a cup of tea. It is said that friendships and relations made in Nagaland last for a lifetime. That is the aura that the people of Nagaland hold.

Fun facts: People of Nagaland aren’t safe to interact with is a big myth. Travelling to Nagaland is safe as travelling in any other part of the country. They will welcome you with open arms.

Give your grievances to World War II Heroes

World War II cemetery is on the slopes of Garrison hill used to be the residence of District Commissioner which was then turned into a battlefield and later into a memorial.

 In the year 1944, to mark the deaths of the soldiers who had lost their lives in the Second World War, a war cemetery was built for the martyrs of the country in Kohima. This is a great spot for history buffs as this place speaks about the history of the great WW2. A visit to Kohima war cemetery is a must as it is a matter of pride as due to the heroics and bravery of these men, our present is peaceful.  

Fun facts: In the year 2005 marked the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II. A memorial service was held at the cemetery, which was attended by 41 members of the Royal British Legion.
Location: Kohima.

So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and set out to explore Nagaland today.

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10 Traditional Cuisines from Different Regions of India

Explore traditional cusines of India

Popularly known as the home of spices, India has been delighting people both with its recipes and ingredients for ages. While Indian spice may have spaded the cuisines across the world, in its part, too, it has been influenced by traditions and techniques from all across Aisa.

The result is a unique range of traditional food and drinks that leaves a fountain of flavours in your mouth. Each cuisine and sub-cuisine has its own specialities too. So if you want to explore traditional Indian gastronomy in its entire splendour, these are the top dishes that you must try out:

Aloo Poshto – West Bengal

Aloo Poshto is undoubtedly one of the most celebrated Bengali dishes enjoyed by Bengalis
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This traditional dish needs no introduction for those who are well-versed with Bengali cuisine. Aloo Poshto is undoubtedly one of the most celebrated Bengali dishes enjoyed by Bengalis and people living around the eastern part of India. It’s a simple vegetarian dish cooked with potatoes with a lightly spiced poppy seed base and mustard oil as the cooking medium. When combined artfully, the dish gives a sweet-pungent burst of flavours that goes well as a side dish with plain rice.

Fun facts: The British’s engagement in the lucrative opium trade with China led to the cultivation of opium in eastern parts of India. To make ends meet, the farmers depended on the waste residue of the poppy seeds, which found their way into the Bengali kitchen. Thus, it led to the birth of Aloo Poshto.

Where to Taste? – Local authentic Bengali Hotels, Kolkata.

Zunka Bhakri – Maharashtra

Zunka or Jhunka is a popular traditional staple dish of rural Maharashtra. This Maharashtrian delicacy is a spicy preparation
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Zunka or Jhunka is a popular traditional staple dish of rural Maharashtra. This Maharashtrian delicacy is a spicy preparation made from gram flour and onion and many Indian spices. This classic dish is best enjoyed with round unleavened bread made of bajra flour known as Bhakri. The combination of Zunka and Bhakriis considered a poor man’s food as it can be easily made from very few ingredients. But once you taste the authentic preparation of this dish, you are sure to know why all so well love it.

Fun facts: This delicious combination of Zunka and Bhakri is so famous in Maharashtra that it has travelled to neighbouring states of Karnataka and Goa too.

Where to Taste? – Pune and other rural parts of Maharashtra.

Dalma – Odisha

Dalma is one such dish that tells us a story of how the traditional food of India influenced in writing the past
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The cuisine of Odisha, popularly known as the Odia Cuisine, is highly influenced by both North and South Indian cuisines. Owing to this unique combination, Odia cuisine has earned a special place in the food map of India. Dalma is one such dish that tells us a story of how the traditional food of India influenced in writing the past. This traditional curry is made of Moong Dal and a variety of seasonal vegetables cooked with the choicest spices, which are tempered with panchaphutana and coconut. This sumptuous nutritional dish is usually made on special occasions and is also offered as a “Mahaprasadh” in many temples in Odisha.

Story /Fun facts:  Legend has it that the second eldest brother of the Pandavas, Bheema, was the one who had created this dish for the first time when the Pandava brothers were in exile.   

Where to Taste? –  This preparation is primarily cooked and served as Prasad at various temples of Odisha. 

Galho – Nagaland

This northeast India traditional food has a soupy kind of texture which is similar to that of khichadi.
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People of Nagaland love their rice and meat, especially when it’s in the form of Galho. This northeast India traditional food has a soupy kind of texture which is similar to that of khichadi. It is a concoction of various indigenous vegetables, fresh green leaves, the preferred choice of meat, rice, and fermented soy or bamboo shoots. This effortless dish is the perfect comfort food and a perfect substitute for the boring old khichadi.

Fun fact: This dish is said to be created by the Angami tribe, which is said to be one of the oldest tribes in Nagaland. Even though it has a khichadi kind of preparation, traditionally, lentils aren’t used in this dish and are easy to make.  

Where to Taste? – Local eateries and restaurants.

Amritsari Fish – Punjab

Amritsari Machchli or simply Amritsari fish is a beautiful freshwater fish preparation that is lightly battered in a spicy gram flour
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From the land of classic chicken delicacies comes a famous dish that is a treat for all fish admirers. “Amritsari Machchli” or simply Amritsari fish is a beautiful freshwater fish preparation that is lightly battered in a spicy gram flour mixture that is cooked into golden perfections when deep-fried. Amritsari fish is an absolute crowd favourite among north India traditional food and is considered nothing less than Punjab’s usually preferred chicken delicacies.

Fun fact:  History books state that this fish preparation had originated from the Mughal kitchens during the reign of Emperor Akbar. It is said that Emperor Akbar was served with this golden battered fish preparation for lunch and dinner by his royal chefs. 

Where to Taste? –  Local street food stalls and restaurants in Amritsar.

Laal Maas – Rajasthan

Lal Maas red-hot lamb dish is probably the most eminent non-vegetarian dish in the whole of Rajasthan
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Predominantly a vegetarian state, this red-hot lamb dish is probably the most eminent non-vegetarian dish in the whole of Rajasthan. Lal Maas got its name from the fiery deep red gravy, which gets its colour from the locally grown dried chillies named Mathaniachilie. Many traditional Indian food blog posts convey misinformation about the dish. They suggest making the dish with Kashmiri red chillies or, worse, with tomatoes which mess up the authentic taste of this succulent, tender meat preparation. So when in Rajasthan, don’t forget to try out the authentic recipe.

Fun fact:  Back in the day, it is said that Lal Maas was traditionally cooked with wild boar or deer.

Where to Taste? – This delicacy is available in many restaurants around Rajasthan. For a royal touch, the best version of this dish can be had in Ambur Fort.

Pandi Curry – Coorg

Coorgi celebration is complete without a traditional pork dish known as Pandi
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 It is said that no Coorgi celebration is incomplete without a traditional pork dish known as Pandi. Pandi or Coorgi Style Pork curry is a spicy semi-dark pork dish that is a blend of locally grown spices and ingredients and cooked with a special souring agent known as Kachempuli. This traditional pork curry is rich in fat, spice, and tanginess, which, once prepared, might not look appealing at first, but once tasted, it might be the best dish you will have when you plan your next trip to Coorg. 

Story/fun fact:  It is said that initially, Pandi curry was cooked with wild boar instead of pork. This dish had originated in the times of Raj, where wild boar would be hunted by locals and eventually get cooked.

Where to Taste? – Many restaurants and diners in Coorg serve authentic Pandi curry.   

Gongura Mamsam – Andhra Pradesh

Andhra cuisine, its heat, spice, flavour, and tanginess come instantly to our mind. Gongura or Puntikura Mamsam is a perfect example
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When we think about Andhra cuisine, its heat, spice, flavour, and tanginess come instantly to our mind. Gongura or Puntikura Mamsam is a perfect example that demonstrates what Andhra cuisine offers to the pallet. It is a non-vegetarian dish where the mutton is cooked in a spicy masala base and sour fresh sorrel leaves. This spicy and mouth-watering south India traditional food is a part of every traditional Andhra meal and is an absolute favourite among the locals.

Fun fact: Sorrel leaves grow in abundance in parts of Andhra Pradesh and other states of southern India. This plant is high in nutrition, which is used in dishes and is also used in making various types of pickles, jam, and syrup.

 Where to Taste? – Available in most Andhra diners in Andhra Pradesh. This traditional dish is specially cooked at home during the third day of Sankranti.

Unniyappam – Kerala

Unniyappam is a traditional recipe that is quite a popular sweet snack among the Keralites
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Unniyappam is a traditional recipe that is quite a popular sweet snack among the Keralites. The key ingredients include rice flour, jaggery, and bananas, which are deep-fried into dark brown fritters. The locals prepare this during some festivals and family functions and are also offered as prasad in many temples in Kerala. It is a perfect snack for people who love to munch on sweets.

 Story/fun fact: it is said that Unniyappam was first offered to Lord Ganesh after the installation by Perunthachan. Since then, the custom is still continuing.

Where to Taste? – This snack is served as a prasad in many temples of Kerala.

Adirasam – Tamil Nadu

Adirasam is a popular and significant sweet snack in every Tamil household.
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Adirasam is a popular and significant sweet snack in every Tamil household. It is said that learning how to make this sweet dish is mandatory for every Tamil woman before marriage. Made with raw rice, this traditional sweet dish is made during special occasions and festivals like Diwali, Nombu, and Lakshmi Puja. This deep-fried fritter, in general, is the perfect sweet evening snack in every Tamil household. 

Story/fun fact: Adhirasam is said to have an origin traced back to the era of Krishna Deva Raya, who had ruled the southern part of India from 1509 CE.

Where to Taste? – This traditional dish can be enjoyed by local dessert shops in Kerala. 

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10 Most Haunted Places in India with Real Stories Behind

haunted places in India

Are you someone who is mystified by tales of horror and the supernatural? Well then, get ready for a real treat! India is a land of great beauty and culture. It is also a land teeming with innumerable myths and legends, many of which cross paths with the supernatural and ghost stories.

Almost every city, town, and village here have their own share of haunted places and horror stories. Some of these places have become so popular that they have entered the legendary list of most haunted places in India. 

10 Haunted Places of India with Short Scary Stories

So if you want to really test your courage and feel the adrenaline rushing, here are the top picks along with the stories associated with them:

Bhangarh, Alwar

Bhangarh Alwar
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There is hardly a time when Indian spooky stories creep into conversations, and Bhangarh is not mentioned. This historic and majestic fort was built by Raja Bhagwant Das in the year 1573 and is located at the foothills of the Aravalis. The curious case of Bhangarh and its chemistry with the supernatural has for years intrigued and attracted several travellers from around the world.

Real story: There are several stories regarding what caused the fate of the Fort. One such folklore said when the Fort was being planned, it was found to be home to an ascetic, saint Baba Balaknath. After various negotiations, the saint gave his approval on a single condition–“the shadow of the king’s palace should never fall upon his home.” But over the years, an ambitious successor added to the fortification, causing a sinister shadow upon the Ascetic’s home. Having provoked the saint’s wrath, there befell a curse upon the land of Bhangarh.

Location: Tehsil, Rajgarh, Bhangarh, Rajasthan-301410.
Timings: 10 AM-5 PM.

Agrasen ki Baoli, New Delhi

Agrasen ki Baoli New Delhi
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This monument is located on Hailey Road of New Delhi. It is believed to have been built by MaharajUgrasen from the Mahabharata. It is a one-of-a-kind step-well designed in Persian-style architecture with 108 steps leading to a reservoir. It is noticed over the years, this tourist’s favourite spot has experienced several questionably mysterious instances.

Real Story: There are several paranormal experiences that people have reported at this site. However, the most common one is about the feeling of continuously being watched by a powerful presence. Nobody has ever seen the force but has felt its glare when there. Some say the feeling changes from “being watched” to “being followed.”

Legends also say that there was a time when the water level forced those seeking water to go to the lower chambers. Once there, the dark water would call onto their souls and force them to jump. Spooky as it sounds, it is a must-visit to experience the rich architecture and marvel that it is.

Location: Hailey Road, KG Marg, New Delhi, Delhi-110001
Timing: 9 AM-5:30 PM.

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The Savoy, Mussourie

The Savoy Mussourie
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Mussourie, a small town set in the Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand, was the hub for English settlement during the British Raj. The weather of this mountain-town, they said, was more suited compared to the harsh summers of the plains. Even today, we see how influenced the architecture of this tiny town remains by the former inhabitants. The Savoy is one such piece of English-Gothic country house that is identifiable from a distance.

Real story: This hotel was once upon a time the roof over Frances Garnett-Orme. She was a British spiritualist who had been betrothed to a British officer posted at Mussourie at the time. Unfortunately, the officer had died before the wedding. It is believed that being a spiritualist and grieving may have led her to turn to higher powers and communicate with the other side. She had befriended another spiritualist, Eva Mountstephen, who was visiting from Lucknow at the time. One day, Eva had to travel back to attend to urgent matters. Meanwhile, the body of Frances was retrieved from her room.

Strangely, the room was locked from the inside. When the case went on trial, Eva Mountstephen was found guilty due to lack of evidence. Strange enough, the doctor who performed the autopsy on Frances was also found dead. It is believed that the ghost of Frances Garnett-Orme still haunts the property. This case remains to be one of the most intriguing locked-room mysteries and has inspired many bestselling authors.

Location: Library Bazar, Gandhi Chowk, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand-248179
Timing: Open 24×7.

The Hastings House, Kolkata

The Hastings House Kolkata
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Kolkata is known to be a land of various myths and legends of the past. Prominent buildings were built during the British Raj, which is counted as haunted. One such building is the Hastings house. Erected in the year 1777, The Hastings House is counted among one of the famous heritage architectures of Kolkata. Hastings House was the country home of Warren Hastings, who was the governor-general of India during the period of 1775 to 1785. The heritage structure is a two-storied building that showcases the western architectural influence during the British era in India. Now this spot has become a university, hence it is not such a popular place for tourism. But there is sheer eeriness when people pass by this place.

Real story: According to history, when Warren Hastings was apparently impeached when he returned to England. Legend says, to date, the spirits of Hastings roam around the gallery in search of documents that could have prevented him from being impeached. The first sighting of his spirit is said to be in the year 1884. While others state that the spirits of people who have lost their lives within the walls have been seen haunting the structure for years. 

Location:20, B.J.C.Road, Alipore, Kolkata, West Bengal-700027.
Timing:10AM-5 PM.

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Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad

Ramoji Film City Hyderabad
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Built-in the year 1991, Ramoji Film city is the perfect getaway from the hustle-bustle of the city. With an area of over 2500 acres, this place is known to be World’s largest Film Studio Complex. Starting from breath-taking landscapes, gardens, movie sets, mini-trains, and live stunt show, it is a spot which has everything for every kind of tourist. This wonderland is not just known for its extravagant sets and displays, but in the past few decades, this place has been a spot of various mysterious activities.

Real story:  It is believed that the entire film city is built on the battlegrounds of the Nizams. It is said that spirits of the various soldiers who lost their lives on the battlefield wander around the sets. Starting from the crewmembers to the various famous artists, they had sensed uneasiness and feel an invisible force when they were on the sets of the largest film studio complex in the world.

Location: Ramoji Film City Main Rd, Hyderabad, Telangana-501512
Timing: 9:00AM-8:00 PM.

Mawphlang Sacred Grove, Meghalaya

Mawphlang Sacred Grove Meghalaya

Forests of Meghalaya is a source of some of the important cultural traditions, believes, and mysticism; Mawphlang Sacred Grove is one such spot. Nestled in the village of Mawphlang, this diverse array of lush virgin tropical forests is said to be sacred. Hence it is totally protected by the local inhabitants due to their age-old cultural and religious beliefs.

Real Story: The tribal populations have a firm belief that a goddess dwells among the forest, which protects the local community. A simple rule is followed by the locals is that ‘Nothing should go out of this forest or the deity shall get aggrieved.’ Many stories have come up that whoever dared taking anything of the tiniest of things out of the forest mysteriously fall ill, which sometimes led to death.

Location: Nongrum, Meghalaya-793121.
Timings:8am-5:30pm.

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Shaniwar Wada Fort, Pune

Shaniwar Wada Fort Pune
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Built on the old parts of Pune, Shaniwar Wada Fort one of the prime tourist attractions in the city of Pune. Built by Peshwa Bajirao I, this colossal structure features Maratha imperial architecture style. Inside the palace, it is ornamented with teak walls and marble floor and wall which are exquisitely designed which recite the scenes from Ramayana and Mahabharata. Other than the history and architectural brilliance, Shaniwar Wada Fort is considered to be among the top haunted places in India due to its various paranormal activities.

Real Story: Narayanrao, the fifth ruler of Peshwa, was assassinated by his own guards on the orders of his own uncle Raghunathrao. According to legends, in every full moon night, people have reported that the spirits of Narayanrao shriek out “Kaka mala vachava,” or “uncle, save me.”

Location: ShaniwarPeth, Pune-411030.
Timings:9:30AM-5 PM.

Three Kings Church, Goa

Three Kings Church Goa
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Located atop a hill called Cuelim, 3 Kings Chapel is a tiny chapel that has been famous for its various legends and stories of various mysterious paranormal activities around the place. Keeping the stories aside, this place offers a picturesque and breathtaking view of the Arabian Sea, where one can enjoy its serenity and view of the fabulous sunset.

Real Story: According to legends, as the name suggests, the church was said to be ruled by three kings. In the quest to become the ultimate ruler, all three kings fought and eventually killed each other. The stories state that spirits of the kings still wander and protect the church and the surroundings as the bodies of these kings were said to be buried at the church site.

Location: Cansaulim,Goa-403712.
Timings: 8 AM-6 PM

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Kalpalli Cemetery, Bangalore

Kalpalli Cemetery Bangalore
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Also known as St John’s Cemetery, Kalpalli Cemetery one of the most haunted places in India. This old cemetery near the Old Madras Road has a graveyard and Crematorium, side by side. Over the years, a number of spooky stories concerning the incidents taking place in this cemetery have come up. This place is surely not for the faint-hearted.

Real Story:  According to the urban legends, people who have been to this place have come across various paranormal activities in this area. Reports show that some people have seen a figure lurking around the graves in the middle of the night, while some claim to see a headless creature clad draped in white clothing that vanishes when approached. People who have visited the place claim to experience uneasiness and feel suffocated when on the premises.

Location: Sarvagnanagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka-560008
Timings: 24×7

Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mumbai

Sanjay Gandhi National Park Mumbai
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Located 84kms from the main city of Mumbai, Sanjay Gandhi National park is notably one of the most visited attractions of the city. It is known for its rich flora and fauna and picturesque Kanehri Caves in the middle of the park. Even though the national park is jostled with a high population of nature lovers, the place is home to tales and incidents of various spine-chilling paranormal sightings.  

Real Story:  After sundown, various reports of a mysterious woman in white have been sighted in these parts. Legend has it; this mysterious hitchhiker could be seen on the edge of the driveway requesting rides from every car passing and vanishing in thin air in seconds.

Location:Borivali East,Mumbai,Maharashtra-400066.
Timings: 9AM-6PM.

While we do not encourage the belief in superstitions, these places are a great pick for any enthusiastic travellers looking for an other-worldly experience. So experience these places today and become the favourite storyteller of the room as you recount your own personal experiences from your travel. Spooky, beautiful, or offbeat, choose any place you like and enjoy a hassle-free travel experience. Let Solitary Traveller be your guide and experience the best of each place that you visit. Avail expert opinion, easy ticket booking options, and assistance on your entire itinerary from our experts today. Get in touch to know more

10 Ideas of Bucket List for Adventure Travellers

Adenture Sports activities in India

Have you spent your lockdown hopping from one couch to the other? Well, rest and leisure may feel good. But too much of it can make life monotonous and leave your heart aching for some activity! Even if you are a fitness freak who has spent a comparatively productive lockdown, working out within the confines of the walls can get boring after a period of time.

It is time for you to test your fitness outdoor and give your soul a taste of the adventure and adrenaline that it has been waiting for! With the second wave of the covid-19 almost coming to an end, now is the best time for you to sit down and start chalking your plans.

Best 10 Ideas for Adventure Travellers in India

To help you choose the best, we bring you a curation of the top adventure activities from across the length and breadth of our country. Go through them to plan your next trip or add them to your bucket list.

Gondola Ride – Gulmarg

GondolaRide – Gulmarg
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A hill station known for its exquisite lush pine forests and snowcapped Himalayan mountain peaks, Gondola Gulmarg, is the best way to get a panoramic view of this beautiful location. Well known as one of the prime attractions of the Kashmir Valley as a whole, this cable car system is one of the highest in the world. The entire route is divided into three phases, which give a picturesque view of the magnificent Nanda Devi range, the Pir Panjal range, and the LOC. Other than cherishing attractive views around, Gulmarg is known as one of the best adventure tour and travel spots, offering activities like snow skiing, snowboarding, sledging, and horse riding.

Best Time: January – February
How to reach: Gulmarg Gondola is situated 20 minutes away from Gulmarg.
Major attractions: Alpather Lake, Shrine of Baba Reshi, Saint Mary’s Church, Gulmarg, and many more.

Roopkund Trek- Uttarakhand

Roopkund Trek- Uttarakhand
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Set amidst the mountainous peaks, Roopkund is probably one of the most popular trekking sites in India. Filled with deep virgin forests, breath-taking campsites, and the mesmerizing snow-covered meadows, this 5029 m trek starts from Lohajung, a tiny pass seated in the Garhwal Himalayas. It leads to an adventurous journey towards the famous glacial lake, which is said to be frozen throughout the year. Other than the excitement of the highly intense track, the lake also carries an element of mystery in it, like remains of skeletons and horses belonging to the Paleolithic age in and around the lake. 

Best Time: May-August
How to reach: the trek begins from Lohajung, which is 230 km from Kathgodam.
Major attractions:Roopkund Lake, BedniKund and Homkund Lake.

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White River Rafting – Rishikesh

White River Rafting – Rishikesh
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River rafting in Rishikesh has achieved considerable popularity among adventure enthusiasts from India and abroad in the past few years. Located in the foothills of Uttrakhand, Rafting takes place in the holy river of Ganga, which offers a breathtaking view of the environ which is a rejuvenating experience in itself. Other than river rafting, rock climbing, cliff jumping, body surfing, and many other adventure sports can be experienced in Rishikesh, making it one of the best spots for backpackers to experience adventure sports in India.

Best Time: March-June
How to reach: Nearest airport around Rishikesh is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, which is around 35 km.
Major attractions: LakshmanJhula, TriveniGhat, NeelkanthaMahadeva Temple.

Scuba Diving – Malvan

Scuba Diving – Malvan
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Located in the Sindhudurgdistrict of Maharashtra, Scuba Diving in Malvan gives an exhilarating chance to explore the majestic corals and magnificent marine life under the Arabian Sea. Considered as one of the best that this place has to offer, this 25 feet underwater experience can be enjoyed by everyone. It provides the best of instructors who make sure you have a safe and great experience exploring the depths of the ocean and mingling with your aquatic counterparts. Along with Scuba Diving, an extensive range of water sports such as Speedboat, Jetski, Banana Ride, Parasailing, and Slipping Bumper rides can be experienced here.

Best time: October to May
How to reach: The nearest airport is the Dabolim Airport in Goa, which is 28kms from Panaji.
Major attractions: Tarkarli Beach Sindhudurg Fort, Rock Garden. 

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Jim Corbett Safari – Ramnagar

Jim Corbett Safari – Ramnagar
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Located in the state of Uttarakhand, Jim Corbett national park is probably one of the oldest national parks in India is renowned for being home to the majestic Royal Bengal Tiger and various other flora and fauna. To enjoy the nature and wildlife in the park, different open four-wheeler Jeep safaris are arranged within the park. This Jeep safari offers its tourists a ride through the lush jungles of Corbett so that one can experience the magical landscape and exquisiteness of wilderness. If lucky, one can enjoy the sight of the majestic Bengal tiger roaming freely in its natural habitat.

Best time: October –February
How to reach: The nearest railway station is in Ramnagar, which is around 12 km from the park.              
Major attractions:DurgaMandirTemple,HanumanDham,Corbett Falls.

Camping – Coorg

Camping – Coorg
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Situated at the eastern slopes of the Western Ghats, the lush green trails of Coorg offer one of the best camping spots for travellers or nature lovers. Known as the Scotland of India, Coorg is renowned for its astounding scenic beauty and flourishing coffee plantation greenery. Camping amidst the lush green and fragrant coffee estate captivates the imagination of every tourist who visits this place. These camps offer the best of high-end amenities and best-in-class services. Activities like rainforest trekking, outdoor games, cycling, and jungle safari, adds another fun dimension to the whole camping experience.

Best time: March-June
How to reach: The nearest airport is at Mangalore, which is about 135 km away.
Major attractions: IruppuFalls, Tadiandamol Peak, Barapole River, Dubare Elephant Camp, Mallalli Falls.

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Bungee Jumping –Rishikesh

Bungee Jumping –Rishikesh
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A place usually known for its holy pilgrimages, Rishikesh, in recent times, has become one of the best adventure places in India. Located in Mohanchatti with the name, JumpinHeights; this place features the highest and the very first fixed-platform bungee jumping spots in India, with a height of 83 meters. This activity is open for all adventure enthusiasts between the ages of 14 to 60 with the help of professional experts from all the way from Australia and New Zealand. Along with the thrilling and adrenaline rushing experience, a Certificate of excellence and a badge will be provided on the successful jump.

Best time: September-November.
How to reach: the nearest airport located at Dehradun, a distance of 38 km from the Bungee Bridge.
Major attractions: LakshmanJhula, NeelkanthaMahadevatemple, Geeta Bhawan, TriveniGhat.

Zip-Lining- Mawkdok Dympep

Zip-Lining- Mawkdok Dympep

Towering 1200 feet over the lush Mawkdok Dympep Valley, Zip-lining in Mawkdok holds the title of being the fastest, longest, and the very first Zip-line in Eastern India. At a length of 2,600 feet, riders can fly through the air at rapid speed and enjoy the sumptuous panoramic view of the lush green valley, which will mesmerize any adventurer to the core. The biggest thrills by the adventure seekers can be experienced with the help of trained, certified instructors who ensure you have the best of experiences. Best known for its scenic beauty, Zip-Lining in Mawkdok Dympep can be an exciting addition to your Northeast trip itinerary.

Best time: December-June
How to reach: It is 30 km from the central city of Shillong. 
Major attractions: Seven Sister Waterfalls, Mawsmai Cave, Nongriat Double Decker Living Root Bridge.

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Kayaking – Aguada

Kayaking – Aguada
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Other than the endless beaches, seafood, and never-ending parties, Goa has a list of water sports activities on offer; Kayaking is one of them. Starting from the Nerul Bridge and into the backwaters, amidst the mangroves forests and along the Aguada wetlands and the sweet chirp of the exotic birds will leave everyone awestruck and in love with nature. Guests of all ages can enjoy it as it is handled by various trained instructors who make sure you’re adventure trip with friends and family is an effortless and cool trip.

Best Time: October–May
How to reach: It lies about 16 km from Panaji.
Major attractions: Fort Aguada Lighthouse, Sinquerim Beach, Church of Our Lady Of Hope.

Manali to Leh Bike Trip

Manali to Leh Bike Trip
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Taking a bike trip in India is the best way to explore the culture and adventure all around Manali-Leh national highway, which is one of the most famous yet less travelled high altitude roads. It is, of course, renowned for its motorcycle tours. A thrilling road trip from Manali to Leh does cover several twisty and adventure routes, such as Solang valley, Gata Loops, Manali, Pang, Magnetic hill, and so much more. Renowned and celebrated for its scenic views snow-clad mountains, landscape, and dangerous routes are a bikers paradise and are on every bikers bucket list.

Best Time: June-September.
How to reach: The roads to Manali are well connected to different places, including Delhi (540km), Chandigarh (305km), and Dehradun (227km).
Major attractions: Pangong Tso, Namgyal Tsemo Gompa, Zanskar Valley.

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10 Famous Historical Monuments of Medieval India

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Do you sometimes wish that you could time travel? Well, peeping into the future may still be a distant possibility. But with a bit of imagination, you can easily recreate the grand history of our past. And which is that vehicle that can transport you to the past? It is none other than many medieval monuments that are spread across the country.

Medieval monuments have not just stood the test of time; they still fascinate us with their intricate architecture and rich designs. The stories that you may have read in your history books come alive as you explore these monuments that speak a more eloquent language than any tale heard or read.

Famous Historical Monuments of Medieval India

So join us as we explore the top 10 historical monuments that are worth a visit?

Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi

Humayuns Tomb Delhi

Built in the year 1569, Humayun’s Tomb has of particular cultural significance since it is one the earliest examples of the dynastic mausoleum built by the Mughals on the Indian subcontinent. Reversing the story of the Taj Mahal, this 25-acre architecture resulted from a wife’s love for her late beloved husband. Its unique beauty and handsomeness can be credited to the Indian and Persian influences which were fused in its architecture. The red-sandstone sculpted Islamic architectural walls, decorated balconies, and an immense courtyard are some of the attractions this place has to offer.

Fun facts: Within the entire complex, there are more than 100 graves.
Location: Mathura Road Opposite, HazratNizamuddinAuliaDargah, New Delhi-110013
Time: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m

Golgumbaz, Karnataka

Golgumbaz Karnataka
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The final resting place of the ruler of Bijapur, Mohammed Adil Shah, this colossal structure is the second largest tomb next to the famous St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Built during the 16th century, this cubical structure is one of the finest examples of the Indo-Islamic architectural approach in Southern India. One of the famous attractions of this place is the Whispering Gallery running within the inner parts of the dome. It is said that the softest of sounds can be heard through the other side of the mausoleum due to the acoustic nature of the gallery. 

Fun Facts: The tomb is believed to be the largest in India and the second largest dome structure in the world.
Location:JadarGalli, Vijayapura, Karnataka 586104
Time: 10.00AM to 5.00PM

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Sanchi Buddhist Monuments, Madhya Pradesh

Sanchi Buddhist Monuments Madhya Pradesh
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Situated in a small hilltop of Bhopal, Sanchi is one of the oldest preserved historical monuments of India. Built in the 3rd century by Mauryan emperor Ashoka, this monolithic simple dome-like brick structure safeguards the ancient history and relics of the Mauryan period. It portrays the life and journey of Lord Buddha. The Mauryan artefact, the sacred shrines and monasteries, and the wonderfully engraved teachings of Lord Buddha attract historians and tourists from all around the world.

Fun Facts: The Archaeological Survey of India houses the Ashoka pillar similar to the famous Sarnath, which is found in Sanchi. Other than this, utensils and other items used by the monks at Sanchi are also showcased.
Location: Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh 464661
Time:8am to 7 pm

Gangikonda Cholapuram, Tamil Nadu

Gangikonda Cholapuram Tamil Nadu
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Erected as the metropolis of the Cholas by the mighty king of the Chola Dynasty, Rajendra Chola I, Gangikonda Cholapuram is a home of a beautifully structured Shiva temple which is one the biggest temples built in his reign. This heritage site is quite similar to the Brihadisvaratemple. Rajendra Chola I emulated the features and looks from the temple built by his father. Whether it is the life-like sculptures of Chandesa Anugrahaand the Nataraja or the beautiful images of Saraswati, Gangikonda Cholapuram is the perfect epitome of the master craftsmanship which was showcased by the artisans of the Chola Dynasty.

Fun Facts: It is said that the shadow of the Kalasa on the tower doesn’t touch the ground.
Location: Jayankondam, Ariyalur district, Tamil Nadu,612901
Time :6:30am to 8:30pm

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Charminar, Hyderabad

Charminar Hyderabad
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If you are travelling to Hyderabad, other than feasting on the fragrant Hyderabadi Biryani, the famous Charminar is arguably on every traveller’s bucket list. Built by the Muhammad QutbShah, Charminar is a square-shaped granite and lime mortar structure which widely acclaimed for its Indo Islamic influenced architecture. Another attraction of this place is that on the top floor of the structure, there is a mosque that has a breathtaking view and is considered to be the oldest mosque in the city. This mesmerizing and camera-ready tourist spot is, without a doubt, makes it in every “top 10 monuments of India” checklist.

Fun facts: Charminar is considered the first structure that had more than one floor in Hyderabad. 
Location: Pathergatti Rd, Hyderabad, Telangana, 500002
Time:9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Victoria Memorial, Kolkata

Victoria Memorial Kolkata
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Victoria memorial is probably one of the most iconic spots in Eastern India. This huge marble-based architecture was built to commemorate Queen Victoria’s 25-year reign in India. Made of white Markana brought from Jodhpur, Rajasthan, Victoria Memorial features Indo-Saracenic architectural style, which stands out as an excellent architectural gem. This grand architectural brilliance presently houses a museum that consists of a number of famous oil paintings, sculptures, artilleries, and valuable manuscripts of the British era in India.

Fun Facts: Before constructing this memorial, the location housed the Presidency Jail, which was later shifted to Alipore.
Location: Victoria Memorial Hall, 1, Queens Way, Maidan, Kolkata, West Bengal 700071
Time:10:00 am to 5:00 pm

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Basilica of Bom Jesus, Goa

Basilica of Bom Jesus Goa
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Located in Baibguinim, the Basilica of Bom Jesus, in all probability, is one of the most celebrated and cherished spots, which is revered by the Christian community from all around the globe. Constructed in the year 1604, this one-of-a-kind Basilica stands to be an epitome of the Baroque and Portuguese colonial architecture, which is both fascinating and pleasing to the eye.  The body of Saint Francis Xavier is preserved in this church which remains as one main attraction within the fellow tourists who seek his Holy blessings.

Fun Facts: Basilica of Bom Jesus is one of the “Seven Wonders of Portuguese Origin in the World” and is a UNESCO recognized World Heritage Sites.
Location: Old Goa Rd, Bainguinim, Goa 403402
Time:09:00 AM – 06:30 PM

Mamleshwar Temple, Kashmir

Mamleshwar Temple Kashmir
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Dating back to 400AD, this is one of the oldest and the most significant pilgrimage spots in the Pahalgam region. Situated on the banks of an elegant Lidder river, this impressive stone edifice is dedicated to Lord Shiva. One of the main tourist attractions of the place is the two mouthed Nandi Idol and the Holy ShivaLingam with a pure water spring covered by a basin. Other than its religious significances, Mamleshwar Temple is known for its scenic and picturesque view of the snowcapped mountains around, which not only draws devotees but backpackers from all around the globe.

Fun Facts: It is situated at an elevation of 2,200 meters. The structure is decorated with a golden-kalasa at the top.
Location: Pahalgam, Jammu and Kashmir 192126
Time: 06:00 am – 08:00 pm

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Amer Fort, Jaipur

Amer Fort Jaipur
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 Amer Fort or more commonly known as “Amber” Fort, is one of the best acclaimed and most-visited historical places in India. Amer Palace Fort sits upon a small hill, was built as a safe place for the royal families in times of war. This Rajput-Mughal influenced architectural brilliance is said to be constructed with pale yellow and pink sandstone and white marble. The intricate carvings on the walls and ceilings, the beautiful courtyards, and illustrative paintings tell a lot about the history behind this place. Other than the alluring this place offers, the beautiful light and sound show is one of the key attractions.

Fun Facts: There are a number of underground tunnels which originate in this fort.
Location:  Devisinghpura, Amer, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302001
Time: 8 a.m.-5.30 p.m

Sun Temple, Konark

Sun Temple Konark
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Dedicated to the Mighty Hindu Sun God, Surya, Konark Sun temple is a 13th-century historical palace that is about 35 kilometres from Puri. The temple is influenced by the Kalinga or Odia style of craftsmanship, including an impressive depiction of a chariot being pulled by horses and wheels carved out of a single stone. Other than the unique architectural brilliance, the temple is decorated with detailed carved figures of humans and mythical creatures carved on the exterior walls of the temple, makes it one of the popularly important historical places in Eastern India.

Fun Facts: The temple was also known as  Black Pagoda or Kaala Pagoda by the Europeans due to the dark colour of the temple.
Location: Konark, Odisha 752111.
Time:6 am to 8 pm.

For history buffs, these monuments are the best place to pursue their interest. For a lover of art, the monuments are a feast to all their senses. For families, a trip to these monuments can give your children a great opportunity to play and learn at the same time. So why keep your plans stalled for the future? Pick out your favourites from this list and plan an itinerary today.

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10 Stunning Royal Palaces to Visit in India

Royal Palaces of India

Since the ancient era, India has held a unique place on the world map owing to its rich diversity and culture. This culture and artistic taste of the land best finds its expression in various architectural masterpieces built since centuries here. So if you truly want to experience India and its cultural wealth, you ought to visit the palaces.

The palaces don’t just display the artistic gift of our ancient people, but they also bring alive all those fantastic tales of grandeur and opulence of the rulers of this mighty land. Given that our land is dotted with so many small and large palaces visiting all of them may not be possible in one lifetime.

Best 10 Stunning Royal Palaces to Visit in India

To help you through, here is a selection of the top names that you may include in your next itinerary:

Samode Palace, Jaipur

Samode Palace, Jaipur
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Set at the foot of the Aravalli range, Samode palace is one of the tourist hot spots of Rajasthan. This royal palace is located 40kms from the main city of Jaipur is a perfect example of Rajput- Mughal architectural craftsmanship. In the year 1987, this19th century luxurious palace was remodelled into an opulent luxury hotel. This palace, known for its extraordinary hospitality and comfort, has been hosting famous celebrities, artists, royalties, and travellers from all around the world.

Fun Facts:  This palace has been part of a number of Hindi Bollywood movies as well as the Raj-romantic classic, “The Far Pavilion.”
Location: Village Samode, Tehsil Chomu, Samode 303806
Timings: 9.00 am to 6.00 pm

Udaivilas Palace, Udaipur

Udaivilas Palace, Udaipur
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Today this palace sits as a 30-acre resort located on the banks of Lake Pichola. But it is a must-visit spot in Udaipur, the city famed for its beautiful palaces and lakes. Built-in 1567, Udaivilas is decorated with elegant Mewari architectural brilliance and ornamental courtyards and garden. Other than this, frequent sightings of peacock and deer can be seen as nearly forty per cent of this palace is a wildlife sanctuary which makes it a perfect getaway destination for luxury and nature lovers.

Fun Facts:  It was ranked Number 1 in ‘India’s Top 20 Hotels’ by Travel + Leisure (India and South Asia), making it one the most famous palaces in India.
Location: Badi-Gorela-MullaTalai Rd, Haridas Ji Ki Magri, Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001.
Timings: Open 24X7

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Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace, Bangalore

Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace, Bangalore
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“Rash e Zannat” was the title given by the emperor of Mysore, Tipu Sultan, to this historic  summer palace which simply means “Envy of Heavens.” And travellers today attest that it was named quite rightly so. The palace is renowned for its Indo-Islamic architecture, with delicately carved pillars, teakwood carvings, outstanding stand out balconies, and majestic arches. If you are a traveller and want to know more about the history of Bangalore’s most famous “Hero,” Tipu Sultans summer palace is the right spot to start your journey.

Fun facts: Once started by Hyder Ali, this palace was completed by Tipu Sultan in the year 1791.
Location: New Tharagupet, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560002.
Timings: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Chowmahalla Palace, Hyderabad

Chowmahalla Palace, Hyderabad
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When you are in Hyderabad, a place known for its beautiful structures like Charminar and  Golconda Fort, it is likely that you may miss out on the lesser-known gems. Chowmahalla Palace is one such place. Built-in the 18Th century, this Nizami masterpiece is known for its magnificent Persian, Rajasthani, and European style influenced into the architecture and courtyards and intricate carvings on the walls and ceilings. In the year 2005, this palace was restored and opened to the public, and it is slowly becoming one of the popular sightseeing spots in Hyderabad.

Fun Facts:

  • A 1912 Rolls Royce Silver car of the Nizam is put on display here.
  • The clock above the main gate of the Royal Palace has been ticking away for around 250 years.

Location: Khilwat, 20-4-236, Motigalli, Hyderabad, Telangana, 500002, India.
Timings: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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Hazarduari Palace, Murshidabad

Hazarduari Palace, Murshidabad
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A 19th-century masterpiece, Hazarduari palace is a heritage site that every soul of Murshidabad likes to boast about. Surmount over massive 40 acres of land, Hazarduari Palace is the perfect exhibition of European architectural brilliance as this was built by the famous architect Duncan Macleod during the dominance of Nawab Nazim Humayun Jah. This tourist favourite is known for its splendid museum, which displays a collection of artillery, paintings, and portraits of the Nawab. This palace, by every means, is one of the famous historic palaces of India.

Fun Facts:

  • It was rumoured to be built on an estimated whopping 16.50 lakh gold coins back in the day.
  • It has three floors with around 1000 doors, of which 100 being genuine real doors.

Location: SirajUdDaulah Rd, Hazarduari, Murshidabad, West Bengal 742149.
Timings: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM  

Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal, Madurai

Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal, Madurai

Madurai’s prized possession; this 17th-century artistic architecture is a popular sightseeing spot among the backpacker tribe. Constructed as a residence for the then ruler, King Thirumalai Nayak, this magnificent architecture has a blend of Islamic, Dravidian, and Rajput influences. Once you are inside the beautifully structured Palace, the biggest attractions of the place are the majestic pillars and beautiful sculpted paintings on the ceiling of the palace.

Fun Facts:

  • This palace has been a background for many renowned movies, such as  “Iruvar” and “Guru.” 
  • The palace offers a light and sound show depicting the story “Silappathikaram” in both English and Tamil languages.

Location:  Palace Rd, Mahal Area, Madurai Main, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625001.
Timing: 9 AM to 5 pm

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Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

Hawa Mahal, Jaipur
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From a list of palaces in India, Jaipur’s Hawa Mahal, without a doubt, is a destination that makes it on every traveller’s bucket list. Hawa Mahal, or “Palace of breeze,” is a five-storied structure built by Kachhwaha Rajput ruler Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in the year 1799. The structure is an amalgamation of Mughal, Islamic and Rajput inspired architectural masterpieces. The palace is decorated with a distinctive pink colour on the walls and has a honeycombed hive look which comprises a whopping 953 windows, which adds to the majestic look.

Fun Facts:

  • Each floor of the Hawa Mahal has a temple in it.
  • Unlike other palaces of India, there isn’t a gateway in the front of the palace. One should enter through a door, which exists on the side of the building.

Location: HawaMahal Rd, BadiChoupad, J.D.A. Market, Pink City, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302002.
Time: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Marble Palace, Kolkata

Marble Palace, Kolkata
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If you are a fan of Western sculptures and paintings, and artefacts of the European and Indian genre, the Marble palace of Kolkata is the place you are looking for. Built by one of the wealthiest merchants of that time, Raja Rajendra Mullick had a passion for collecting artworks from places he had visited. Its privately-owned mansion is built in a neoclassical style, while the courtyards and gardens have an essence of his Bengali roots. It is said that this colossal structure was constructed by using 100 different types of marble, hence the name Marble palace.

Fun Facts: This is private property, and a special permit is required prior 24 hours to West Bengal Tourism Information Bureau for entrance.
Location: 46, MuktaramBabu Street, Kolkata,700007
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

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Fernhills Royale Palace, Ooty

Fernhills Royale Palace, Ooty
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Built-in the year 1844, this historical palace will transport you to the bygone era of colonization which is still preserved in Ooty or commonly known as “The Queen Of Hills.”  Situated on the beautiful hills of Nilgiri, this heritage spot was used as a summer palace by the Mysore Maharajas, which is now turned into one of the regal heritage hotels in Ooty. Surrounded by beautiful lush forests and tea gardens, these 50 acres of land offer a picturesque experience of the neo-classical renaissance, which makes it a perfect getaway for holiday seekers and honeymooners.

Fun Fact: It was temporarily named Moonesami and served as one of the initial country clubs in Ooty.
Location: Nilgiris, Ootacamund, Ooty (and vicinity), 643004, Tamil Nadu, India
Time: 12AM check-in

Panch Mahal, FatehpurSikri

Panch Mahal, FatehpurSikri
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Panchmahal, which simply means “Five level Palace,” is a five-story architectural monument located in the northeastern part of JodhaBai’s palace inside the Fatehpur Sikri Fort. Known for its exceptional architecture, this monumental collonaded structure was built by Akbar, who took inspirational design elements of a Buddhist temple. Other than this, the pavilion gives a splendid view of the Fatehpur Sikri and is the perfect spot to romanticize a beautiful sunset with your partner.

Fun Facts: PanchMahal has 84 columns on the ground floor, the first story has 56 columns, and the second and third stories have 20 and 12 columns, respectively.
Location: Dadupura, FatehpurSikri, Uttar Pradesh 283110
Time: 7 AM to 6 PM

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10 Precautionary Measures For Safe Travel Post Pandemic

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Have you been shelving all your travel plans for more than a year owing to the coronavirus pandemic? Well, there seems to be some hope at the end of the tunnel now. With the availability of vaccines and W.H.O declaring that travel through aeroplanes and private vehicles are considerably safer, many tourist locations are preparing themselves to play the host once more.

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 When the prime minister of the world’s largest democracy announced a nationwide lockdown on the evening of March 24th, 2020, the entire country came to a standstill. While some activities began to be allowed with time, travel still remained far down the list.  But this is soon to change. With the new vaccine drive and increased awareness about the disease, the long-lasting clouds of uncertainty are finally clearing.

Nations such as Israel and Spain are already stepping towards a virus-free future. Hopefully, other nations will soon join the league too. So, traveller friends, brush the cobwebs off your plan and start preparing for a brighter tomorrow.

As you make these plans, one cannot ignore the safety factor too. To balance out fun and safety, here are ten precautionary measures you need to keep in mind for your post-Covid-19 pandemic travel:

Accept The New Reality

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Are you surprised to see this on the list? Well, the first piece of advice that we have for our travelling community is that they need to accept the new reality. The post-pandemic world is definitely not going to be the same as the pre-pandemic one, at least for a few years to come. If you do not accept this basic fact, you will not be able to enjoy your travels at all.

As an avid traveller, you may have already visited places that are geographically hostile or culturally very different. Remind yourself that if you could adjust to all of that, this new reality is only another hurdle in the path.

Get Vaccinated

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Most places that are accepting tourists now or are likely to accept them in the future are mandatorily going to check your vaccination status. Vaccines are not just necessary to meet the protocols, but they are also meant for your own safety. Despite various misnomers among people, it is a proven fact that vaccines make the chances of contracting the disease slimmer. You are also far less likely to be a carrier of the germ once you are vaccinated.

So book your slots at the earliest to get one step closer to fulfilling your travel goals.

Keep Up With The News

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With time, it has become clear that the virus can mutate and spread to different places quite rapidly. No location across the globe can be considered safe throughout. There is a need for constant monitoring of the situation. So while you are making your plans, keep up with the latest news.

If you have already decided on where to travel post-pandemic, follow their local news too. Sometimes local news is better at highlighting the ground realities that national news which may barely touch upon the matter

Go Through The Travel Advisory

Go Through The Travel Advisory
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Tourism is an important industry for our economy. With the depression in this sector, there is a cascading effect on the other industries too. So along with the stakeholders, the government too is keen on offering people the opportunity to travel safely.

In order to ensure the safety factor, the government has been issuing travel advisory from time to time. Keep up with the latest advisory before you set out for your tour.

Research Well

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Gone are the days when you could just pack your bag and set off. Rigorous research and planning are required to get the best out of your tour. It may be that some of the tourist places around the city you are visiting may still be closed. There is no point in wasting your time by travelling to those places. The only way you can know about them in advance is by doing your research well.

In fact, it is best if you can have every little detail of your itinerary sorted out before you travel.

Maintain Basic Hygiene

Maintain Basic Hygiene
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Coronavirus is not the only germ that you may contract during your travels. There are often horrendous tales from travellers coming back with serious cases of dysentery or other such infectious diseases. There is a simple reason behind that- it is that travellers often forget even about basic hygiene.

Falling ill is something that you would definitely try to avoid at all costs. So maintain the basic practices such as washing your hands wherever possible. Also, stick to the masks and sanitisers to keep the chances of infection at bay.

Prefer Offbeat Locations

Prefer Offbeat Locations

Extremely crowded places may not be the best pick for your travel in India post-Covid. There is always a chance of the disease surfacing again, and it is most likely to spread in crowded places first. Rather look for the off-beat destinations that offer you privacy along with the best pleasures of travel.

If you are wondering where to head, we have already curated several offbeat places for you based on the season and your interest. Find out more about these places from our previous blogs.

Keep A Tab On Your Own Health

Keep A Tab On Your Own Health
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Along with keeping a tab on the situation, it is necessary that you keep a tab on your own health too. Since vaccines do not guarantee complete protection from the infection, you must remember that you may be an asymptotic carrier. So before you set out, make sure you go through the necessary medical tests.

Since your travel is going to bring you in contact with innumerable people and places, test yourself once again after your return. Remember the old maxim that prevention is always better than cure. 

Choose Reliable Eateries

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Another factor that you need to be especially careful about during your post covid travels is the food you consume. Avoid eateries that do not look reliable. Opt for places that ensure adherence to the hygiene standards.

Also prefer places that serve in the open. Since the germ gets destroyed at high temperatures, opt for items that are well cooked. If you are into a lighter diet, buy whole fruits and peel them carefully before consumption.

Prefer Refundable Tickets

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Since the world is still extremely unstable at this time, it is always best to invest a little more money and opt for refundable tickets. In this way, even if you have to bring last-minute changes to your plan, you can get the full refund and plan for another tour with that money.  

Consult Travel Experts

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The travel industry post covid is undergoing rapid changes. It is difficult to keep up with these changes for an outsider. To help you out with the rules and to ensure you get the best from the trip, individual travel consultants are playing a huge role. Since they are experts in this line, they can guide you through the whole process and ensure you have a hassle-free tour even in these changing times.

Well, now that you have these tips with you, you are completely ready to take your first tour post-pandemic. Still, wondering about the latest travel trends? Annoyed with the endless formalities and ever-changing advisories? Now you can avail experts to keep track of all of that. You can also experience hassle-free booking for your tickets, arrangements for airport transfers, hotels, and much more. Opt for our travel experts today to know more.

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10 Offbeat Summer Holiday Destinations in India

Summer holiday destinations in India

As the scorching heat of the summer sun starts to wear you out, there is a need to look for an immediate getaway. And if you are living in India, you do not need to look too far. There are innumerable summer destinations spread across the length and breadth of the country. Of course, there are some names that you come across more often than the others, and by now, you may have had your fill of these monotonous run-of-the-mill places.

Explore Offbeat Summer Holiday Destinations in India

But as always, here we are at your rescue. So here is a list of some of the lesser-known yet breathtakingly beautiful destinations in India:

Ranikhet, Uttarakhand

Ranikhet, Uttarakhand
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There are a number of mesmerizing and offbeat hill stations spread across India.  Ranikhet is a little-explored name in that list. Ranikhet, which literally means Queensland, falls in the Almora district of Uttarakhand. Of course, you get to enjoy the usual mild breeze of the mountains, lush forest views, and attractive wildlife. Added to that, the pretty Himalayan flora of the region is also worth admiration

Major Attraction: Some of the major attractions you can enjoy in Ranikhet and the adjoining areas are the Majkhali, Bhalu Dam, Upat Golf Course, and Chaubatia Gardens. Things to do:  Golfing, fishing, jungle safari, and trekking/hiking.
How to reach?: The nearest airport is Pant Nagar, at a distance of 119 km. Ranikhet also has direct road links with Nainital (60 km), Kathgodam (86 km), Ramnagar (96 km), and Delhi (366kms).

Chandoli National Park, Maharashtra

Chandoli National Park, Maharashtra
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Situated on the laps of the Sahyadris in the northern part of the Western Ghats, Chandoli national park offers a delightful retreat to every wildlife enthusiast. Many consider it a hidden masterpiece in the state of Maharashtra. Perhaps due to the low footfall, the park is home to many forms of rare wildlife species, which also includes the famous Bengal tiger. Even during the other seasons, it remains among the top offbeat places to visit in India.

Major Attraction: Other than the beautiful Chandoli National Park, you can also explore places like Karad Hills, Amba Ghat, Shri AmbaBai Temple, Teen Darwaza, and Rankala Lake in the adjoining areas.
Things to do: Various activities one can engage in the National park itself are jeep safari, bird watching, tracking, and boating.
How to reach?:  The nearest airport to Chandoli is the UrunIslampur airport at Kolhapur, which 30 km away.

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Nandi Hill, Karnataka

Nandi Hill, Karnataka
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If you are looking for a quick road trip or a weekend getaway from the crowded streets of Bangalore, Nandi hills are the perfect summer destination you were looking for. Also known as Nandi Durga, it is both mesmerizing and gram-worthy spot for tourists. There is plenty of fresh air and the calm that every city dweller yearns for. The diverse wildlife and its historical significance add to its attractiveness.

Major Attraction: Tipu’s Drop, Tipu’s Summer Residence, and historical temples such as Yoganandishwara Temple and the Bhoganandishwara Temple, Brahmashram cave are most popular here.
Things to do: Nandi hills offers a number of adventure sports like cycling options and  Paragliding.
How to reach?:  Both shared cabs and public transport are available from Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru, which is just 35 km from Nandi hill.

Panchgani, Maharashtra

Panchgani, Maharashtra
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Known for its sunrise and sunset points and scenic valley points, Panchgani is one of the most breathtaking and renowned hill stations in Maharashtra. Nested between Five hills, Panchgani is the perfect location for any tourist seeking the tender touch of nature along with scenic beauty and adventure. It is also well-loved by students as a cheap summer destination in India options.

Major Attraction: Sydney point, Matheran, heritage spots like BhavaniTemple, Pratapsingh Garden, Shivaji Statue, and Kadalot Statue.
Things to do: Try out adventure sports ranging from paragliding, flying fox sport to trek, climbing, rappelling, and waterfall rappelling. Also, enjoy views of the region on safari.
How to reach?: The nearest airport is in Pune, which is 111 km away. The nearest train station is the Satara railway station which is 52kms away.

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Devikulam, Kerala

Devikulam, Kerala
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Devikulam, or “The pond or lake of the Devi,” is a tiny hill station set in the pristine coffee-growing hills of Kerala. Situated in the Idukki district, it is only 5kms away from another popular destination Munnar. Perhaps it the popularity of Munnar that overshadows this lesser known place during summer holidays in India. But for those who are ready to give the usual a break, Devikulam offers breathtakingly beautiful scenery

Major Attraction: There are a number of major lakes in and around Devikulam, such KeezharkuthuasSita Devi Lake and  Mattupetty Lake, and scenic waterfalls like Thoovanam, Kuthumkal, Pallivasal, and Thoovanam. It also has a number of national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, such as Eravikulam National Park, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, and Idukki National Park.
Things to do: Trekking, camping, and long walks in tea gardens are popular things you can try out here.
How to reach?: The nearest railway station is  Aluva which is about 113 km. The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport, via  Aluva-Munnar Rd, which is  about 111 km

Alipurduar, West Bengal

Alipurduar, West Bengal
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A newly formed district and a gateway to  Bhutan and other northeastern states, Alipurduar was used as a base for travellers to these other places. But if you choose to explore the place itself, you will find both ethnic and scenic elegance in its offerings. A place surrounded by dense forests, beautiful lush tea gardens, and culturally rich in historical heritage; it is a perfect pick for summer destinations in India for any traveller who seeks pleasure in nature and beauty.

Major Attraction: The Buxa Tiger Reserve, Hollong, Cooch Palace, Phuentsholing(famous for its crocodile breeding centre), Chilapata, and Jaldapara national park form the major attractions here.
Things to do: Sight seeking and indulging in local tastes are popular activities here.
How to reach?: The nearest airport is in Bagdogra at a distance of 154kms. The nearest Railway station is Bongaigaon which is located at a distance of 99kms.

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Almora, Uttarakhand

Almora, Uttarakhand
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Considered one of the most culturally rich spots of Uttarakhand, Almora is fast turning into a “red hot” spot for backpackers all around India. Starting from the picture-perfect view of the snowcapped Himalayas in the background, its lush scenic greenery, the fresh alluring air, its historical heritage along lip-smacking cuisines attract a lot of tourists from outside India too. Make it your summer destination this year to enjoy some moments of calm.

Major Attraction: From popular pilgrimage sites like Nanda Devi and Jageshwar to treks like Mornaula and Mukteshwar, Binsar, there is something here for every taste.
Things to do: Trekking and rock climbing, cycling and nature and village walks are among the activities you can enjoy here.
How to reach?: The nearest airport is Pantnagar which is 115kms away from Almora. The nearest railway station is Kathgodamwhich is 82kms away from Almora.

Vagamon, Kerala

Vagamon, Kerala
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Kerala has always been popular for its hill stations; Vagamon is one among that list. Located in Kottayam- Idukki border of Kerala, it is known for its rich, lush green slopes of hills, tea gardens, and breathtaking ravines; it’s a perfect place to get away from the hustle of city life and the scorching heat of summer.

Major Attraction: Vagamon Lake, Vagamon pine forest,  Marmala Waterfalls, Thangal Para, Kurisumala, and  Barren Hills

Things to do: For those with adventure in their veins, there is ample scope for adventure sports. Others can enjoy a quiet time taking walks amidst natural trails

How to reach:

 The nearest railway station is Kottayam which is about 75 km from Peermede. The nearest airport is  Cochin International Airport which is  about 150 km from Peermede

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Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh

Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh
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Located at an altitude of 1100, Pachmarhi is a must-visit hill station in Madhya Pradesh. Also known as ‘Satpuraki Rani’ or Queen of Satpura, Panchmarhi is the highest point of Madhya Pradesh and is a part of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Lush green slopes, pleasantly cool air, waterfall, religious heritage, and many more make Panchmarhi a perfect weekend getaway for the people who stay in the nearby cities.

Major Attraction: Bee Falls, Dhoopgarh, Jata Shankar, Satpura National Park, Pandav caves, and many more.
Things to do: site-seeing, cycling, and rock climbing are activities to enjoy in Pachmarhi.
How to reach?: Pipariya railway station is the nearest railway station to the site, 52 km away from Panchmarhi. The nearest airport is in Bhopal, 238.4 km from Panchmarhi.

Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh

Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh
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Famous for its apple orchards, Kinnaur Valley offers the perfect summer getaway for any nature-loving enthusiast. The beautiful meadows, the snow-capped valleys, the blooming flowers from the apple orchards along meandering rivers make Kinnaur a perfect spot for travellers seeking road trips for quite a long time. 

Major Attraction: Sanglavalley, Kamru, Chitkul, Bhawavalley, Reckongpeo, Kalpa, Hanging valley, Chango, Ribba, Lippa are some tourists spots that one can’t miss when imKinnaur.
Things to do: Kinnaur offers several adventure sports options such as rock climbing, valley crossing. Those with a quieter vein can enjoy walking and trout fishing.
How to reach?: local taxis are always available from Shimla to Kinnaur. The nearest airport is Shimla which is around 267 km from KalpaDehradun is the nearest railhead. The nearest railway station is also Shimla which is 244 km from Kinnaur.

Now that you have this list, plan your summer holidays in India and get the relief you have been longing for.

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10 Unexplored Dishes Of North East India

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Are you a “foodie-travelholic”? Wondering what that means? Well, for many of us, a new place is not merely about exploring the sights and sceneries. It is about immersing ourselves in the unique culture and the tradition of the place. And what better way to experience cultures than through gastronomical delights?

10 Unexplored Dishes Of North East India
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For those of you who are bored with the usual butter chicken and pav bhajis, northeast India awaits a treasure trove of cuisines. Much like the region itself, the dishes here, too, waits to be explored by the travelling community. Given the vast diversity of the region and the availability of some rare and exotic condiments that you will scarcely find anywhere else in mainland India, the food here is sure to surprise your taste buds.

Features Of Unexplored Dishes Of India That Make Everyone Love It

From the sweet-toothed ones to those that love spicy and tangy, there is something in offer for everyone here. So bringing you a complete range of sinful delights from northeast Indian food:  

Ts-Ja or Po Cha-Arunachal Pradesh

Ts-Ja or Po Cha-Arunachal Pradesh
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Arunachal Pradesh is known for its simplicity, its scenic beauty, and the spiritual bliss one experiences amidst the monasteries and snow-capped mountains. This simplicity within the people of Arunachal is mirrored in their food and drinks as well. Just like the Bhutanese, the people share a common love for salted tea.  A popular variant of this tea is Ts-Ja, popularly known as the Po Cha.

This authentic preparation of tea is rather common among the Tibetan settlers in the Tawang region. If you are opting for the Po cha, be prepared to drink a tea that is like no other you have tasted before. The brew is made with salted butter or yak’s milk with an addition of a pinch of salt, which helps the locals to keep themselves warm in these cold conditions.

Where To Taste? Local tea stalls in Tawang is the best place for authentic Po cha

Akhuni Chutney- Nagaland

Akhuni Chutney- Nagaland
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The Northeastern cuisine holds a unique place in India’s culinary map, mostly due to its ingredients. The ingredients used aren’t easily available in other parts of the country. One such ingredient is ‘Axone’ or Akhuni.

Akhuni is a fermented soya bean paste made in Nagaland, which is pungent and has a sharp, tangy taste. Akhuni is used in a variety of dishes of the naga tribe. The  Akhuni Chutney, however, is a tad more special owing to its wide popularity. Nagas are a big fan of fiery hot food, and the Akhuni Chutney is the perfect example for that. The king chillis are used in large numbers for the preparation. So keep your water bottles ready before you taste this fire.

Where To Taste? Authentic Naga Eating joints near Hong Kong market, Dimapur

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Chakhui – Tripura

Chakhui - Tripura
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As its official tourism page says, Tripura is a place where culture meets nature. With palaces, temples, and historical sites, the state draws large crowds each year.  But the best way to experience Tripura’s culture is, of course, through the food. 

Most Tripuri people adore their local meat preparations and are big fans of bamboo shoots and fermented fish too. An amalgamation of all these favourites is the Chakhui. It is a Bamboo shoot and pork potage that has a consistency of thick daal unusually served with rice during lunch and dinner. This succulent dish, Chakhui, can be enjoyed with an assortment of local pickles too.

Where To Taste? Local diners in Agartala

MizoBai – Mizoram

 MizoBai - Mizoram
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If you are a northeasterner, you must have tried cooking Mizo food at least once in life. The reason? Their recipe book is an address to some of the fastest and easiest dishes. When a variety of local vegetables of choice is shred, and over boiled with some salt, it results in a stew is known as “Bai” which is a traditional favourite dish among the Mizo people.

A famous variation of “bai” is “MizoBai, “which is a vegetable stew with Mizo cheese. Here again, there is a twist as the Mizo cheese is nothing but fermented pork. This flavoursome stew is usually served with warm rice. No Mizo festivity is complete without a serving of the Mizobai.

Where To Taste? Served in almost every place along with the state, the best ones are to be had in local stalls in Aizawl  

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AsinPuinam- Arunachal Pradesh

AsinPuinam- Arunachal Pradesh
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Cooking food in the bamboo hollow is an important method of food preparation in northeastern cuisine. There are variations of cooking meat and rice in bamboo hollow. One such variation is AsinPuinam.

This is a popular dish among the locals of Arunachal Pradesh that is prepared during special occasions or picnics or during hunting in jungles. In this, rice and small pieces of fish (local variants of choice) along with an assortment of indigenous are placed inside the bamboo hollow The bamboo is then sealed and cooked over charcoal till the items inside develop a tender texture and rich taste.

Where To Taste? Select restaurants in Itanagar and Tawang offer the dish in their menu.

Dohneiiong- Meghalaya

Dohneiiong- Meghalaya
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Compared to other Northeastern food, the Meghalayan cuisine gives a special preference to pork over all other meat types. Naturally, the menu abounds in the various types of meat preparations.

Dohneiiong(Doh meaning meat)  is one of the choicest preparation from this list.

In this prep, the pork belly is slow-cooked with black sesame seed. This dish is best enjoyed with local red sticky rice. This preparation of meat is so famous that even locals cannot wait to dive into a plate of Dohneiiong

Where To Taste? Local eateries of Shillong and Nongpoh

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BhojaHaah- Assam

BhojaHaah- Assam
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The land of the mighty Brahmaputra, Assam- is the very epitome of diversity. From towering mountains to tea gardens and rolling plains, you can find it all here. The Assamese people hold a special place on the Indian map due to their warm hospitality. And where there is hospitality, there is obviously food.

The Assamese people love their non-vegetarian fare. Whether it is mutton, chicken, duck, or pigeon, there is a million way to prepare each.  Duck preparations are common and famous in the Lakhimpur area as duck rearing is practised by many villagers in this region. BhojaHaa is a spicy stir-fried duck preparation that is cooked with fermented black bean paste and lots of red chills. It is more popular during the winters as the dish leaves you with an instant warm feeling.

Where To Taste? Eateries in Lakhimpur. Select restaurants in Guwahati also serve the dish.

NgaThongba– Manipur

NgaThongba– Manipur
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If you are a nature enthusiast or art lover, you might already know what wealth Manipur has in the offer. For others, only a picture of the Loktak lake is enough to rouse all your interests.

Just like their lakes and rivers, fishes play an important part in every feast across Manipur. Preparations of various river fishes such as rohu, pengba , hilsa, and prawn are absolute favourites among the locals in Manipur. NgaThongba is one such river fish curry preparation.  Made with fresh condiments and spices, this can also be excellent comfort food.

Where To Taste?  Available on special order in places that serve Manipuri or North Eastern cuisine.

Mentil Pita – Meghalaya

Mentil Pita – Meghalaya
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Northeast Indian food may be all about chillies, but the local people of Meghalaya have a liking for sweets as well. Mentil pita is a fried sweet rice ball preparation served at breakfast or with evening tea as a savoury snack.

Though more common at homes, It is prepared and served in many local tea stalls within the city or any highway tea stall in Shillong. A perfect accompaniment with Mentil pita is hot liquor red tea. On rainy evenings of Shillong, which are common here, it can be the perfect mood-setter.

Where To Taste? Tea stalls in Shillong and outskirts.

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Sanggomkher– Manipur

Sanggomkher– Manipur
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In Indian cuisine, there are various ways and methods of preparing rice and milk pudding which we have commonly known as Kheer in north India. However, if it is a northeastern preparation, you can always expect a twist to it.

The Sanggomkher or kheer is a milk and coconut pudding preparation. In this preparation, rice is cooked in milk with coconut and sugar. The concentration of the milk and the slow cooking method is what determines a unique taste for the dish. This preparation is a mark of every auspicious festival and family occasion in Manipur. 

Where To Taste?  Restaurants in Manipur. Given its popularity, it is available in restaurants across the Northeast today.

Now that you have been through our list of northeast Indian cuisine, is your mouth watering already? Why wait then? Plan your northeastern itinerary and sample the authentic tastes along with the breathtaking beauty of the region.

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