10 Best Places In India To Celebrate New Year On Budget In 2021

New Year is a time to bid adieu to the old and turn a new leaf in life. It is a time for new resolutions, midnight kisses and of course the grandest of parties! How does your city celebrate New Year? Is it is a quiet and lacklustre affair or is it teeming with revellers? Whichever list your city may fall into, stepping out and enjoying your new year in the best destinations can be quite a start.

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To help you come up with the perfect New Year plan and to get your travel bug humming, we have come up with an exclusive list- the list of the ten best places to celebrate New Year without leaving the country. Isn’t this a win-win? While you get to enjoy the most happening new year, you will not have to cut a deep hole in your pocket at the starting of the year. So without much ado, let the countdown begin:

Pushkar, Rajasthan

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Did you think that Rajasthan is all about old traditions and destination weddings? Then the New Year celebration at Pushkar will compel you to rethink it all over again. From Dj nights to quiet romantic evening in a palace garden, you have a wide list to choose from.  Noteworthey, of course, are the masquerades ball and firework shows that light up the sky at midnight.

Things to do: Enjoy serenity by the Pushkar lake, taste adventure at the Pushkar adventure camps and marvel the architecture if Varaha Temple.

Where to stay: From heritage hotels in palaces to modern and chic resorts, there is a pick for every budget in Pushkar.

How to celebrate New Year: Put on your best attires in the evening and choose among the wide range social events that are specially arranged for New Year in the city

How to reach?
Pushkar is well connected by both roadways, railways and airways. The nearest airport is at Jaipur ( 140km)

Pondicherry

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Want to have a taste of the French culture? No, you need not head to France. This old French colony has all that you could ask for. It’s mustard colonial villas and rocky beaches are just postcard-perfect for your holiday. Added to it is the great food that the city has to offer- a unique marriage of the Indian spices to the French culinary skills. The Auroville and the old churches add to the spirit of the place.

Things to do: Pondicherry has unique things to do for people of every taste. If you seek adventure, try out scuba diving or other water sport at the Temple Adventure centre. Or spend a lazy day bird-watching at the Ousteri Lake. Don’t miss to spend some time on the beaches that abound the city.

Where to stay: The home-stays, hostels and the pretty bed and breakfast places in the colonial bungalows are some of the best staying options.

How to celebrate New Year: With innumerable pubs and clubs, New Year here is all about good food, great music and the liveliest dances.

How to reach?  The nearest airport to Pondicherry is in Chennai. (163 km away).

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Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu

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If a small hill town and fresh air are what you want to begin your year with, then Kodaikanal is just the pick for you. Known for its beautiful valleys, tall granite lakes and gurgling waterfalls, it is the perfect nature retreat that can refresh you for the entire year ahead.

Things to do: Boat in the Kodaikanal lake; explore the Guna Cave; click pictures in the Bryant Park; take a walk in pine forest.

Where to stay: There are several resorts to choose that offer beautiful views of nature.

How to celebrate New Year: Each resort arranges its own gala evening and dinner for New Year. However, you may need to buy additional tickets for the same.

How to reach? The nearest airport to Kodaikanal is at Madurai (120km).

Lonavala, Maharashtra

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A stone’s throw away from Mumbai, this lovely hill station offers you the best natural views with a dash of all luxuries and comforts that you could ask for. Known for its opulent clubs and resorts, spending your new year here would mean that you will be attending the best of parties and fun nights. Added to this are the various natural spots that are perfect for your day excursions.

Things to do: Enjoy views from the Rajmachi point, take a leisurely walk at the Ryewood Park and take a trip back in time at the Visapur fort.

Where to stay: Lonavala has some of the best and most luxurious resorts to choose from.

How to celebrate New Year: The whole town swoons in celebration at New Years’ time. So make sure you carry ample clothes for all the parties.

How to reach? Lonavala is only a short drive away from Mumbai which happens to be the nearest airport. (84.7km).

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Shillong, Meghalaya

Rock music, chill beer and fireworks- Does that sound like the perfect New Year for you? Then do not waste another thought- Shillong is the destination for you. Perched in the North-Eastern hills, Shillong has always held a special place as a tourist destination.  Be it its unique tribal culture, its natural wealth or simply the aura of the place- Shillong is bound to thrill you at every turn of the road.

Things to do: Visit the iconic churches in the city, admire butterflies in the butterfly museum, boat in the Ward’s Lake and enjoy the view of the entire city from Upper Shillong.
Where to stay:
Choose from homestays to cosy guesthouses that abound the city.
How to celebrate New Year:
The entire city is lit exceptionally during the Christmas- New Year period. Take a walk through the city, enjoy rock concerts, and enjoy the grand parties at various hotels in the city.

How to reach? The nearest airport is in Guwahati (110km).

Kasol, Himachal Pradesh

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Situated in Kullu, Kasol is quite unlike the other hill stations that you have found on this list. After all, it is not a city or a town, it is a tiny hamlet. Yet, quite unlike the rural setting that you have in your imagination, Kasol will take your breath away with its beauty.

Things to do: Enjoy views from the Choj Bridge, admire nature from the Nature Park Kasol,  pay respect in the Naina Bhagwati Mandir.
Where to stay:
Bed and breakfast and small guest houses are the popular staying options here.
How to celebrate New Year:
Enjoy homely parties in the café or arrange your own little thing amidst nature.
How to reach?
The nearest airport to Kasol is the Bhuntar Airport in Kullu. (30km)

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Alappuzha, Kerala

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Beaches and party have always been a popular combination. No, we are not referring to Goa. Rather we take you to a rare a lesser-explored beauty- Alappuzha. With its tranquil canals and beautiful backwaters, it is a destination we especially recommend to those who are of a rather romantic bent of mind.

Things to do: Things to do in Alappuzha include exploring the royal Krishnapuram palace, enjoying rejuvenating massages at the local spa and enjoying a stay in the backwaters.
Where to stay:
When in Alappuzha, do not miss out a stay in the houseboats.
How to celebrate New Year:
Go clubbing or enjoy a party in one of the many houseboats.
How to reach?
The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport (75 km)

Gulmarg, Jammu & Kashmir

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A popular shooting destination for Bollywood movies, Gulmarg’s beauty cannot be captured in words. A snowy paradise during the winters, it offers you views that you are not likely to ever forget in a lifetime. Gulmarg is also popular for its various snow sports and the sightings of rare animals.

Things to do: Soak in the views from the Gulmarg Gondola, take a walk in the Outer Circle and ski through the beautifully frozen Alpather lake
Where to stay:
Several staying options are available in Gulmarg, though it will be wiser to book in advance.
How to celebrate New Year:
Gala dinners and musical evenings amidst the snowy realm is the best way to celebrate New Year in Gulmarg
How to reach?
Gulmarg is an hour’s drive away from Srinagar.

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Auli, Uttarakhand

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A beautiful ski resort sheltered by pines and conifers, Auli is what nature lovers would describe as Paradise. Connected to popular pilgrimage places, only a few people know about the fun and awesome parties this tiny town throws. In fact, the New Year celebration here can easily out shadow that in many of the relatively large cities.

Things to do: Go skiing or take a ropeway ride, visit the Nanda Devi National Park or trek through the Kauri pass
Where to stay:
The local guest houses are all very warm and welcoming
How to celebrate New year:
The snowy town is given a whole new look during New Year with pretty lights and music flowing through the air. You are sure to find a party at every stop.
How to reach?
The Jolly Grant Aiport at Dehradun is the nearest to Auli( 286km).

Gangtok, Sikkim

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Yet another North Eastern beauty known for its natural beauty and awesome parties is Sikkim. While you have the mighty Kanchenjunga towering over the town on one side, you have streets lined with amazing pubs and clubs on the other. Its impeccably clean streets will make you wonder if you are in some foreign destination after all. No wonder flocks of tourists always abound this nature’s nook.


Things to do: 
Visit the beautiful monasteries and find inner peace, go river rafting or try para-gliding. Enjoy gargling waterfalls and take pictures in local attires
Where to stay:
Homestays, hotels and guest houses are all available here

How to celebrate New Year: Choose from its wide number of clubs and cafes and groove to the beat of the music.
How to reach?
The nearest airport is in Bagdogra ( 124km)

We are sure with this list in your hand; you are all ready to start your year with a bang! Enjoy a hassle-free travel experience with our experts. Call us today to know more.

10 Amazing Indian Art and Craft to be your Souvenir

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From the ancient times till today, India holds a unique place in the world owing to its fabulous art and crafts. History tells us how kings and queens from distant land sent out their courtiers to fetch handcrafted jewellery, textiles and artefacts from India. Our traditional arts and crafts of India travelled through important trade routes such as the Silk route to influence art in other countries as well. Even today, the craftsmen of India remain unparalleled to the rest of the world. 

In a sense, our handicraft is a mirror of the diverse culture of our country. Each part of our nation has a different craft to showcase. So if you love curating souvenirs, then India is more like a treasure trove for you. Wondering which art to souvenir from which state? Join us as we explore ten amazing art and craft that you can curate in your travel across India:

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Dhokra, Chhattisgarh

Dhokra, Chhattisgarh
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When you think about one of the most ancient civilizations of the world, the Indus Valley, in terms of its art, what image flashes before your eyes? It is likely to be that of an iconic bronze figurine of what seems like a dancing lady. But have you ever wondered how those ancient people were able to give such accurate details to their figurine? The answer is Dhokra.
Fun Facts:
Surviving for more than five thousand years, Dhokra is an art of making metal artifacts through a special casting technique. The process of creating such exact figurines through this ancient technique is so complicated that it may take up to months for completion.
Where to buy it?
For original Dhokra pieces, a trip to Chhattisgarh is a must. 

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Thanjavur Doll, Tamil Nadu

Thanjavur Doll, Tamil Nadu
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Are you fascinated by the roly poly dolls that often adore dashboards of cars? While most of these come from outside, you may be amazed to know that India has its own ancient roly poly dolls too. And they look way more colorful and fascinating than the ordinary dolls that you may have come across. We are talking about the Thanjavur Dolls of Tamil Nadu.

Fun Facts:
Traditionally known as the Thnajavr Thalaiyatti Bommai, the origin of this doll dates back to the first half of the 19th century. Usually found in pairs, these amazing dancing dolls are made in semblance of the king and queen. The heads of the dolls are detached from the body and designed in such a way that they seem to be dancing to some classical tune. It is undoubtedly one of the most famous handicrafts of India.

Where to buy it?
Although you can find these dolls online, the authenticity is best guaranteed when you source it from Tamil Nadu.

Warli Painting, Maharasthra

Warli Painting, Maharasthra
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Tribal life has always held a special kind of appeal among people. Be it their cuisine or their fabric, each aspect of life reflects a unique love and bond with the surrounding environment. A beautiful depiction of the tribal life can be found in the Warli paintings of Maharashtra. Many historians claim that the Warli paintings are among the most ancient art forms of the world. Even today, the tribesmen have preserved their techniques of creating this unique art form.

Fun Facts:
Since the Warli culture centers on the idea of Mother Nature, most of the depictions are related to her. Apart from those everyday lives of the tribal people, their festivals and myths are the most popular subjects of this painting. You will be surprised to see how the tribe has been able to preserve its simple lifestyle despite being only a few hundred kilometers away from Mumbai.

Where to buy it?
To see how Warli art is created, plan a trip to the Sahyadri ranges for your next holiday.

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Kashmir Rug, Kashmir

Kashmir Rug, Kashmir
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India is indeed a confluence of cultures. And this confluence is well reflected in the Indian art and craft as well. One such product, born out of the union of Central Asian and Persian Culture with the native culture of india is the Kashmiri Rug. Valued all over the world for its exquisite craftsmanship and beauty, the Kashmiri rug is said to originate sometime in the 15th century. 

Fun Facts:
A Kashmiri rug, be it the silk or the woolen ones may have something ranging from 200 to 900 knots per square inch. Making each of these pieces takes immense patience and time.

Where to buy it?
You can avail the best Kashmiri rugs from emporiums in Srinagar and surrounding areas.

Bamboo and Cane Work, North East

Bamboo and Cane Work, North East
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It is said that when an artist touches even a piece of straw it can become his or her medium of expression. The same can be said about the bamboo work that we find in the North East. The forests in the North East are the source of very high quality bamboo. And the artisans here have made bamboo their medium.

Fun Facts:
From furniture to toys, baskets, cradles, showpieces, mats and so much more, the sheer variety of cane products in the North East is likely to take you by surprise .

Where to buy it?
From Nagaland to Assam, each state has its own creative products made out of bamboo. So if you are an eco-warrior, you will love to souvenir these sustainable cane products from the region.

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Sea Shell Crafts, Andaman

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Sea shell craft is popular in almost all the island nations across the world. So you may ask how exactly the craft of Andaman is different from that of the other places. The answer lies in the unique local touch that the islanders have given to their craft. In fact, sea shell jewelries are the major source of livelihood for most of the places residing here.

Fun Facts:
Apart from show pieces and jewelry, you will find carved shells, conches and the like. And one of the most popular pieces of sea shell crafts are engravings of maps and sceneries on the shells. You can even have your names carved on these shells on request.

Madhubani Art, Bihar

Madhubani Art, Bihar
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Paintings have always formed a special part of traditional crafts of India. The Madhubani art born out of this love to depict our imagination in canvas. Originating from the Maithila region of Bihar, these paintings use fingers, twigs, sticks and the like as tools.

Fun Facts:
The Madhubani art is striking for the bright combination of colors used in them. But you will be surprised to know that all these colors are actually sourced from natural pigments such as flowers, spices and the like.

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Chau Masks, West Bengal

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As soon as we say masks, you probably think about Kerala. But there is one more region which is equally marked for its bright and colorful masks. We are speaking about the chau masks of West Bengal. An ancient art of the Purulia region, these marks are an essential part of the Odhisa Chau dance. While you can only bring home the memory of the dance, the masks are an excellent souvenir for your West Bengal tour.

The masks are made out of clay, paper, cloth and the like. So you will have to handle them delicately if you are travelling long distances with them. 

Where to buy it?
Charida village is an unexplored village which is located on the beautiful foothills of Ayodhya Hills in Purulia district in West Bengal and this amazing village is a home of 300 skilled mask makers. This is the only place in the world where the popular masks are being manufactured for an acrobatic martial art based dance “Chhau”.

Kathputhli, Rajasthan

Kathputhli, Rajasthan
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From folk culture to Bollywood representations of the regions, the Kathputli or puppet show of Rajasthan is simply cannot be missed. Controlled by a single string, you will be surprised to see just how beautifully the locals depict stories with them. If you thought that puppet shows are only for children, get ready to be awed by the Kathputlis of Rajasthan.

Apart from the puppet shows, the Kathputlis are also an excellent souvenir that you can bring back from the region. Dressed in colorful fabrics, the dolls are partly made with wood and fabrics. A pair of these kathputlis can also serve as excellent showpieces in your home.

Ganjifa, Mysore and Orissa

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While so far you have seen artifacts and crafts that were limited to a single region, the Ganhifa has a unique story to depict. Said to be a gift from the Persian influence, the Ganjifa is actually a form of playing craft. While in Iran, people have forgotten this game over time, India remains as the last country where you can find these cards.

The Ganjifa is found across several regions of India with slight changes in the name. For instance, in Orissa it goes by the name of Ganjapa. Several variants of the game are found such as Moghul ganjifa, the Ramayana Ganjifa, Rashi Ganjifa and so on. With stiff competition from the western card games, this type is almost getting forgotten in our country too. There are now plays produced only in a few particular places, Mysore and Orissa being the chief among them.

Although you may not be able to play, they are an excellent collectible for all those who love unique pieces of craft.

While most of these crafts are easily available online today, the true essence of them can be felt only when you travel to the region and procure them from the authentic sources. So as you travel to your heart’s content and bring back these beautiful crafts home.

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10 Famous Museums in India for Every History Buffs

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

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

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

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Indian Museum, Kolkata

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

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

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

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

National Museum, New Delhi

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

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

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

Location:
Janpath Road, New Delhi, Delhi 110001

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Albert Hall Museum, Jaipur

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

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

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

Location:
Museum Road, Ram Niwas Garden, Rajasthan 302004

Archaeological Museum In Lothal, Ahmedabad

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

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

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

Location:
Saragwala Village, Dholka Taluka, Gujarat 382230

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Museum In Nagarjunakonda, Andhra Pradesh

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

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

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

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

Location:
Nagarjunakonda, Vijaypuri South, Andhra Pradesh

Government Museum, Chennai

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

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

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

Location:
Pantheon Road, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600008

Patna Museum, Patna

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

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

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

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

Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad

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

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

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

Location:
Salar Jung Road, Darulshifa, Hyderabad

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Chhatrapati Shivaji Vastu Museum, Mumbai

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

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

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

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

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

Napier Museum – Thiruvananthapuram

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Better Researcher

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

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

Become A Great Speaker

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

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

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Become More Culturally Aware

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

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

Get Over Anxiety

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

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

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Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone

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

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

Take Your Own Responsibility

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

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

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Become Independent

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

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

 Its More Than Travel

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

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Make Memories To Treasure

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

You Are In Control

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

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

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

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

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

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

Henry’s Island, West Bengal

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

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

Best time to visit:
September- April

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

Astaranga Beach, Odisha

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

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

Best time to visit
October – March

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

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Yarada Beach, Andhra Pradesh

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

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

Best time to visit:
November- March

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

Wandoor Beach, Port Blair

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

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

Best time to visit:
November- March

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

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Paradise Beach, Pondicherry

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

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

Best time to visit:
Throughout the year

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

Marari Beach, Kerala

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

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

Best time to visit
October end- Mid March

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

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Agatti Beach, Lakshadweep

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

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

Best time to visit:
November- April

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

Butterfly Beach, Goa

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

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

Best time to visit:
November- March

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

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Kashid Beach, Maharashtra

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

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

Best time to visit:
November- March

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

Mandvi Beach, Gujarat

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

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

Best time to visit:
October- April

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

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

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10 Trekking Destinations In India For Beginners

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

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

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

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Kafni Glacier Trek, Uttarakhand

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

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

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

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

Rajmachi Trek, Maharashtra

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

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

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

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

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Beas Kund Trek, Himachal Pradesh

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

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

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

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

Chembra Peak Trek, Kerela

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

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

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

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

Dzukou Valley, Nagaland

Dzukou Valley, Nagaland

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

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

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

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Kodachadri Trek, Karnataka

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

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

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

Chandratal Lake Trek, Himachal Pradesh

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

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

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

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

Sandakphu Trek, West Bengal

Sandakphu Trek, West Bengal

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

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

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

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

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Har Ki Dun Valley Trek, Uttarakhand

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

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

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

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

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, Sikkim

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

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

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

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

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

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10 Advantages of Solo Travelling

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

-Suzy Strutner

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

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

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

Makes You Confident and More Assertive

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

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

You will Learn New Skills

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

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

Nurture A Sense of Gratitude

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

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

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It Helps to Self-Discover

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

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

Meeting New People on The Way

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

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

You will Get Time to Connect Yourself

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

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

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Develops Your resilience

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

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

You will Have Control on The Pace

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

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

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

You will Become Empowered

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

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

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

Improves Your Language Skills

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

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

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

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

10 Best Budget Holiday Destinations In India

10 Best Budget Destinations in India

India inherits the most affordable travel destinations in the world. It has a number of amazing and tremendous budget destinations that attract tourists around the world. From top hill stations to incredible historic places, India has it all. The marvellous sea beaches, epic mountain ranges, remarkable architecture, all have been a great source of tourism for India. One could simply not miss the lip-smacking food that could be found in every corner of the country. It offers every adventure and experiences at prices that any type of traveller could afford. However, an ideal budget trip depends upon the traveller as to how they would manage the trip. We’ve highlighted the 10 Best Budget Destinations that our country provides.

McLeodganj

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Situated in the state of Himachal Pradesh, Mcleodganj is a place full of adventure. It is a small hill station that fits in your budget trip.  Hotel rooms are available at Rs. 800 and it is slightly expensive in the peak summer season. The Bhagsu waterfall, Dal Lake, Dharamkot, and Triund trek are the cherishing spots that should be on your bucket list. Trekking in the Triund is exciting and a short one. The view of the sunset and sunrise from here is just amazing and so is the sight of the beautiful Dhauladhar range. After the completion of trekking, one can easily opt for rented camping tents. There are Tibetan monasteries and vendors could be found selling household goods, decorative items, and beautiful clothes at a very reasonable price.

Best time to visit

The best time to explore McLeodganj is between October to February i.e the winter months and between March to June.

How to Reach?

The nearest airport to McLeodganj is Gaggal airport at Dharamshala and the closest railway station is Pathankot Railway Station.

Shillong

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Shillong is the most popular tourist destination in India. It is the capital state of Meghalaya popularly known as the ‘Scotland of the East’. The pine-fresh mountain state is embedded with unique culture and natural heritage. Travelling and exploring Shillong is quite affordable. The cabs required to reach the place is available at Rs.200-300. The 3-hour long drive provides awesome sightseeing and scenic beauty. The majestic seven sister falls which has seven consecutive falls marks the enthralling beauty of Shillong. Krang Suri fall is yet another mesmerizing fall with crystal blue waters. Camping is also allowed here with a bonfire that raises the level of excitement. Oyo rooms are available in the state from Rs. 500 onwards.

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Best time to visit

October and November are considered to be the best time to visit Shillong. To witness the hilling cold weather, one can visit Meghalaya between November and March.

How to Reach?

The Guwahati Railway Station is the nearest station to Shillong and cabs are easily available from here.

Amritsar

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Amritsar inherits the world-famous Golden Temple. This holy place has its entry free and offers its visitors the iconic langar. Amritsar has many exotic places that could easily be visited within one’s budget. The Gobindgarh Fort in Amritsar marks the most significant ancient places of the state. It was constructed to protect the city from any invasion. Activities such as bird watching and cherishing the wildlife and nature can be experienced in Amritsar. It also offers a variety and distinct shopping materials that form the most important part of one’s tourism.

Best time to visit

The ideal time to visit Amritsar is between November and March. 

How to Reach?

Amritsar has its own railway station which is well connected to all major cities in the country. The nearest airport to Amritsar is Raja Sansi International Airport. The city is also well connected to numerous cities by road.

Mahabaleshwar

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Mahabaleshwar is known as a green gem in Maharashtra. The cool climate here makes it perfect for adventure seekers and nature lovers. It is a popular hill station that could be explored without making a hole in your pocket. It is endowed with numerous sightseeing places. The MaproGarden is the main centre of attraction here. It has got delicious food serving restaurants, fancy bazaars, and also a chocolate factory. The majestic Lingamala Falls, the soothing Venna Lake, Panchgani, Lodwick Point, all are blessed with spellbinding scenic beauty. A trip to Mahabaleshwar for 3 days and 2 nights can easily be done within INR 3000-4000.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Mahabaleshwar is between the months of December to February.

How to Reach?

The nearest airport to Mahabaleshwar is the Pune Airport. Regular bus services are available to Mahabaleshwar from cities nearby. Whether hill station is the closest to Mahabaleshwar at a distance of 60km. travelling by train to Mahabaleshwar is a little exhausting as it does not have a station of its own.

Kohima

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Kohima is a highly rated budget-friendly travel destination located in the hills of Nagaland. It is a place worth visiting and offers a lot to its visitors. Embellished with epic mountain ranges and densely populated forests, Kohima is a place with serene beauty and calmness. Visitors get to know a lot about the culture and traditions of the local residents. Adventurous sports like trekking, camping, and hiking can be done here. All these create much enthusiasm for the visitors here. Japfu Peak and Dzukou Valley, Intanki Wildlife Sanctuary, Touphema Village are places of attraction here. Homestays are available within one’s budget.

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Best time to visit

The ideal time to visit Kohima is in the months of October to May.

How to Reach?

Dimapur Airport is the nearest airport to Kohima. The nearest railway station

Lonavala

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Lonavala is a budget-friendly travel destination in the state of western Maharashtra. It offers some spectacular sightseeing places. Some of them are the Tigers Leap, Lonavala Lake, Bhushi Dam, Celebrity Wax Museum, Rajmachi Fort, Karla Caves, Amruntanjan Point, and so on. This hill station has some beautiful panoramic views and ancient forts which is rarely found in other hill stations. From the Tiger’s Leap and Amruntanjan Point the scenic views of the dense forest, Sahyadri hills, and fine golden sunset can be experienced. The Rajmachi Fort, Tikona Fort, and Lohagarh Fort offer its visitor adventurous trekking and hiking spot. The place is also well suited for a picnic and camping.  The ancient architecture also attracts tourists. The other places of popularity for Lonavala are Kune Falls, Pawna Lake, and Lonavala Lake. All these places of attraction in Lonavala are free of costs.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Lonavala is between the months of October and May.

How to Reach?

The nearest airport to Lonavala is Lohegaon Airport, Pune. One can also go to Mumbai first and then travel to Lonavala by bus or car. Lonavala has its own railway station.

Gokarna

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Gokarna is an offbeat beach vacation town located in the state of Karnataka. One can fully enjoy the fun of the beaches as Gokarna is least crowded when compared to Goa. Some of them are Kudle Beach, Half Moon Beach, and Om Beach. It is popular for its Mahabaleshwar temple. The visit to the mysterious caves is also very enjoyable. The place is a combination of nature’s beauty, spirituality, and pleasant vibes. There are a number of options for a budget stay. Dormitories are available at a very reasonable price. One could also stay in a camp tent. Delicious cuisine costs very less.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Gokarna is in the month of October till March.

How to Reach?

The closest airport to Gokarna is the Goa International airport. The road trip to Gokarna is convenient as it is well connected to major cities in India. The nearest railway station to Gokarna is Gokarna road.

Kanyakumari

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India does offer many pocket friendly destinations. Situated on the southernmost tip of mainland India, Kanyakumari is enriched with many travelling destinations that can be enjoyed on a low budget. The travelling, food, lodging, and various other facilities are available at much lesser cost here. Starting one’s trip from the Kanyakumari beach is just perfect. The beach is embedded with various shades of sand, the awesome view of the sunrise and sunset, and the lighthouse all these create picture-perfect moments. Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Thiruvalluvar Statue, and the superb architecture of the Padmanabhapuram Palace are some alluring places for the visitors.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Kanyakumari is during the months of October to March. It can also be visited during the monsoon season.

How to Reach?

The nearest airport to Kanyakumari is Trivandrum. Cabs and buses are easily available from Kanyakumari Junction Railway Station.

Daman and Diu

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Daman and Diu is an amazing place of tranquillity situated in the western part of the country. Adventurous activities such as water sports and discovering the hidden stories of the caves can be experienced here. It has got peaceful beaches, forts, museum, bird sanctuary and dense green forests that make it a profound vacation destination. Some places of attraction here are the Jampore Beach, Devka Beach, St. Jerome’s Fort, Moti Daman Fort and the Lighthouse. Daman and Diu are one of the hidden gems of the country that can be explored within ones budget if one travels here with the correct mindset. Some hotels here offer rooms that cost less than 650 INR per night.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Daman Diu is in the month of October till May.

How to reach?

The nearest airport to Daman and Diu is at Mumbai and Vadodara. The closest railway station is Vapi. Daman and Diu is well connected to major cities in the west.

Varanasi

The Ganga Ghats in Varanasi

Varanasi is one of the sacred and pocket- friendly city in the country. Walking by the ghats is the most cherished thing to do in Varanasi. A boat trip at sunrise or sunset is the best to witness. Varanasi inherits many popular ghats and temples.  Visit the Assi Ghat and Raj Ghat is also quite reasonable. It costs rupees 750 per person. Ramnagar Fort and Museum, Chunar Fort, Aqua World and so on are places of attraction. A trip to Varanasi for 3 days can be enjoyed within 3000 INR.  

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Varanasi is between October to March.

How to reach?

Varanasi has got its own airport which is well connected to major cities. Varanasi railway station is also well linked to important cities. It is also well connected to major cities by state-run-bus.

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The tour of the above-mentioned budget destinations is just awesome. Do plan your trip with us to have a lovely and memorable trip within your budget. We, the Solitary Traveller team are always available to plan your budget-friendly excursion.

11 Best Must-See Festivals Of India

11 Must see festivals of India

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

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

Makar Sankranti

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

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

Time: 12th – 16th January 

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

Carnival in Goa

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

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

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

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

Holi

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

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

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Time: February end- mid-March

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

Eid Al- Fitr

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

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

Time: Declared as per the Muslim lunar calendar.

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

Ganesh Chaturthi

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

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

 Time: August-September

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

Dusshera

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

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

Time: September end- October

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

Durga Puja

Durga Puja

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

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

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Time: September- October 

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

Guru Purab

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

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

Time: Differs as per the Hindu Calendar

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

Camel Festival

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

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

Time: January

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

Hornbill Festival

Hornbill Festival

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

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

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

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Time: 1-10 December

The place to experience the best of the festival: Kohima 

Christmas

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

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

Time: 24th to 26th December.

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

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

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

The Most Awaited Winter Season is Here!

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Hey adventurous travellers! Locked in the houses during this pandemic. Want an extravagant vacation? Smile! The most awaited winter season is here and things are gradually getting back to normal and so here we are providing you with some of the perfect stations to visit during the winter fell.

Exploring the attractive tourist spots in India, the country blessed with the tropical climate tempt to capture the hearts of its tourist with some of the best places to visit during winters. The enthralling environment that appears during winters in India enhances the level of enjoyment.

Here we are highlighting 10 Best Winter Destinations that will make your Winter Vacation exciting.

Katao– Sikkim

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Mount Katao located in the northern part of Sikkim inherits some of the spectacular sights than any other winter destinations. It is an offbeat place and variety of adventurous sports can be experienced here i.e skiing, snowboarding, snow gliding and snow tubing. However, a permit is required from the army to enter the area where this stunning peak is located. The mountain is surrounded by majestic alpine forests and lined with a few serene waterfalls. The sound of the waterfall creates a soothing environment.

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Best time to visit:

The best time to visit Mt. Katao is from March to June. However, to enjoy the activities of snowboarding and skiing, winter months of December to February is most appropriate to visit.

How to reach?

The nearest railway station is NJP, and cabs are easily available from the station area. Pakyong and Bagdogra are the nearest airports.

Gulmarg- Kashmir

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Kashmir has always been a controversial topic for the world and also always appreciated as the master of serene beauty. The only paradise on earth is blessed with almost everything that a tourist destination should have. It is recognized as the best destination for skiing in India. Sledging and snowboarding can also be fully enjoyed here. When visiting Gulmarg, one should definitely try a Gondola ride which is reckoned to be the world’s second-highest cable car. The view that surrounds Gulmarg is awesome and on clear weather, one can witness the extraordinary Nanga Parbat as well.

Best time to visit:

The best time to visit Gulmarg is from December end to mid-February as snowfall is enough for you to enjoy all the snow-related activities and also between March to June as the tourism season is at its peak during this time.

How to reach?

The nearest airport to Gulmarg is Srinagar. It is also well connected with regular bus services from Srinagar, Sonmarg and other neighbouring towns.

Sar Pass– Himachal Pradesh

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The terrific trekking spot, surpass is enriched with diverse terrain and rich environment. The surrounding is covered by the ambience of snow-clad mountains that provides the perfect trekking destination for the beginners. It is located in the lands of Parvati Valley which is full of adventure and excitement however trek begins from Kasol, the beautiful city that provides reasonable hotels and a variety of delicious food serving restaurants.

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Best time to visit:

The best time to visit surpass is between mid-April to mid-June. But one can definitely visit during the winter months.

How to reach?

The nearest airport to Kasol is Bhuntar Airport. It is also well connected with roadways. There is no accessibility of rail to reach Kasol.

Munnar- Kerala

Munnar- Kerala
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Munnar, the place of unending beauty and serenity. This tiny hill station is one of the favourite spots for travellers. It offers awesome sightseeing in abundance and some of the best view that it provides are Mattupetty Dam, Kundala Lake, Eravikulam National Park, Hyde Park and so on. A peaceful environment surrounds Munnar and it has the legacy of its own when it comes to the expanse of tea plantation.

Best time to visit:

The best time to tour Munnar is amazingly the winter months – December to February.

How to reach?

Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport to Munnar. The nearest railway station is located in Kochi and once you arrive Kochi, cabs are easily available to reach Munnar.

Lava- West Bengal

Lava- West Bengal
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Lava is a beautiful hill station located near the Queen of Hills- Darjeeling. Lava and Loleygaon are the twin hill station that has gained immense popularity in the region. As any hill station is blessed with serene beauty and calmness, Lava inherits the same amazement. The snowcapped Himalayan ranges vastly spread dense forests, wildflowers, soothing weather are all reasons for the tourist attraction here. One would definitely be delighted to know that Lava is one of those places in West Bengal that receive snowfall in the winter months. So, what more one can expect to enjoy during winters as the snowfall satisfies all.

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Best time to visit:

The best time to visit lava to fully enjoy its beauty is undoubtedly the winter months. The chill and coldness of the winter months make the sightseeing more commendable.

How to reach?

One can directly travel to Lava from Bagdogra or New Jalpaiguri which takes about 4 hours journey.

Imphal- Manipur

Imphal- Manipur
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The tropical climate of India makes it the perfect destination to be explored during winters. Imphal is one of those places that should be toured especially in the winter months. Imphal has a collection of ancient historical monuments that accentuates during this time. Long stretches of green fields form a garland around the valley with a number of small hills of the green-blue Koubrou and Namaijing ranges. The immense beauty of the orchids gives a vibrant colour to the surroundings and acts as a treat to the nature lovers. Kangla is one of the most attracted places to visit in Imphal. It is an archaeological site full of amazing stories.

Best time to visit:

Imphal can be visited at all times. However, winter becomes the ideal time to visit this place. The months of October till March is best suited to visit Imphal.

How to reach?

The Imphal Tuhilal airport is the only airport in Imphal. Regular flights connect this airport. Dimapur in Nagaland is the nearest railway station to Imphal. Imphal, the capital city of Manipur is well connected to roadways and the nearby states.

Almora- Uttarakhand

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Situated on the Kumaun hills of Uttarakhand, Almora is embraced with a crescent-shaped hilltop, encompassed with splendid landscapes and the ambience of Himalayan ranges. Almora offers distinct views and tour for its travellers. Cultural heritage sites, handicrafts, and diverse wildlife are of great value for the tourists. The zero-point, bright end corner, deer park, Martola and so on are such spots in Almora that one should enjoy and experience the wonders of nature.

Best time to visit:

The most appropriate time to visit Almora is from November to February. Winter season enhances the tour of Almora.

How to reach?

The nearest airport to Almora is Pantnagar Airport and shared taxis are easily available from here. The nearest railway station to Almora is Kathgodam. Almora is well connected by roadways to the neighbouring town and cities.

Jaisalmer- Rajasthan

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Jaisalmer is one of those places in India that should not be missed while touring the country. It is the biggest tourist destination in Rajasthan. Also known as the ‘Golden City’, Jaisalmer offers brilliance architectural sites and cheerful history. You will get a glimpse of the Jaisalmer Fort which is the oldest fort in India. The look of the ancient houses, hotels and Havelis will take you back to the art of architectures that stood in our past. You can start your winter morning by visiting the famous Gadisar Lake. Desert camp along with the cultural performance is a unique form of amusement that the city of Jaisalmer is endowed with. An adventurous trip on a desert safari i.e. exploring the desert dunes on the back of a camel will complete your tour to the Golden City.

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Best time to visit:

As most of the trip is awesome to visit during winter months, Jaisalmer is also well enjoyable during the winters.

How to reach?

The Jaisalmer Airport is about 15km from the main city of Jaisalmer. The Jaisalmer Railway Station is close to the Golden City. A road trip to Jaisalmer is quite memorable and during winters it becomes the most enjoyable way to reach Jaisalmer.

Mamallapuram– Chennai

Mamallapuram– Chennai
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Winter becomes an ideal time to visit Mamallapuram. it is an interestingly small town full of historical sculptures and greenery. Vastly stretched sands of beaches on which there are temples, manmade caves and chariot of an earlier era. Tourist tour around this town enjoying the ultimate sightseeing and exploring the beauty of nature. Historical monument to see, the pleasant atmosphere to cherish at the sea beaches, and chilling on the shores of Mamallapuram are all sorts of adventure found here.

Best time to visit:

The best season to visit Mamallapuram is winters i.e. during the months of November to February.

How to reach?

Chennai airport serves as the nearest airport to Mamallapuram. It is well connected by roads with the rest of Tamil Nadu. Chengalpattu station is the closest railway station to Mamallapuram.

Kumarakom- Kerala

Kumarakom- Kerala
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You will be delighted to know that during winters Kumarakom has the most pleasant weather. It inherits the Kottayam region of Kerala. The cooler and drier weather break all the hindrances that come your way of enjoyment. The commendable view of the lakes, streams and backwaters creates a soothing atmosphere. The beautiful coastline of the seas and the amazing backwaters i.e. the Vembanad Lake are the reasons for tourist attraction here. Kumarakom is endowed with lush green forests, lakes, waterfall, plantations, beaches and many more to experience. It offers perfect photoshoot for its travellers, trekking to Aruvikkuzhi waterfall and the amazing sights makes it a perfect winter destination spot.

Best time to visit:

Kumarakom is one such place that can be travelled all year round. However, the ideal time to visit Kumarakom is from November to February.

How to reach?

Cochin international airport is the closest airport to Kumarakom. The nearest railway station is Kottayam railway and from here private cars are easily available to reach Kumarakom.

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