We will talk about some travel gear & clothing that are crucial for your next winter travel. This is a must-have winter kit or packing list for your winter travel. Some of them are in any way important for many travels, so you can choose accordingly.
These lesser-known places in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh are so stunning and breathtaking that nobody should ever go to them. We are aware that humans harm nature everywhere we travel. It’s difficult for us to show the wonder of Arunachal Pradesh in just a handful of photos. It’s so breathtaking that China is tempted to claim it as its own. Here are some unusual places to visit on your Arunachal tour.
Dambuk, a gorgeous small town within the Lower Dibang Valley, is worth visiting. Dambuk is a well-known tourist spot due to its oranges. The village in the middle of nowhere was without electric power for the last three years before it was made accessible to visitors.
The road leading to Dambuk has been closed to traffic for six months due to severe weather. It’s nevertheless interesting to observe that Dambuk is home to a 4-day celebration known as”the Orange Festival. This massive festival showcases famous artists and musicians who come together to create a vibrant atmosphere in Dambuk.
Dambuk’s road is full of excitement as you traverse a lot of terrain and forest.
How to get to DambukDambuk is located approximately 600 kilometers from Guwahati. The closest airport is in Dibrugarh. To get to Dambuk, the first step is to go to Roing from there, where taxis and buses regularly circulate. It’s not easy, but worth the effort.
Are you planning an excursion to Himachal? Are you unsure of the best places to go to within Himachal Pradesh? Here’s our top 10 list of places to go to within Himachal Pradesh. The literal significance of the word “Himachal Pradesh” means “In the middle of Himalayan mountains”. Both the Ganges and the Indus Rivers receive the water coming via Himachal Pradesh.
What makes Himachal Pradesh is that it is one of the most sought-after places in India that tourists visit for summer vacations, family holidays, trekking, and adventure sports such as Paragliders and river rafting. Himachal is also the top destination for a honeymoon in northern India. Himachal is a place that has a variety of hill towns and is a great place to relax in the midst of Mother Nature. With lush greenery and surrounded by lush valleys and flanked by rivers that flow, The sights are etched in the mind of everyone for all time. Explore and book your next ideal getaway from our Himachal Tour.
The states in this state are between 3000 and 7000 metres above sea level. The state is bordered by Jammu & Kashmir in the north, Uttarakhand & Haryana in the south, and Punjab to the west. It shares borders with the Tibetan autonomous regions in the east. Here is a list of the most popular tourist destinations to visit throughout Himachal Pradesh.
Top Tourist Destinations to Visit within Himachal Pradesh:
Manali The hub for adventure Lovers
With the natural beauty of beautiful nature, Manali offers a lot to its visitors. Manali is situated at an altitude of around 2050 meters high above the sea. It is not just the alpine landscape. The lush green forests and mountain ranges that are clad in snow draw people to visit, but it’s the perfect place to indulge in the thrill of adventure sports. We are confident that Manali will inspire you to take in its everlasting natural beauty from a distance. Some of the most famous places to see within Manali comprise Hidimba Devi Temple, Gulaba Camp, Malana Valley, Solang Valley and Rahala Falls.
The ideal time to go Manali is between September and December, and then from February until April. Manali is a great destination to enjoy summer holidays, and in the vicinity, there are adventure sports ops like river rafting and Paragliding at Bir Billing. Honeymooners travel toward Rohtang Pass to enjoy snow sports.
Rohtang Pass-Your Playground of the Snow
Rohtang Pass is a beautiful mountain trail that is well-known for its breathtaking panoramas of snow capped mountains. The pass is 51 kilometres away from Manali; Rohtang Pass is situated at an elevation of 4111 metres above sea level. Rohtang Pass is a great spot to take part in sports such as Mountain biking, Paragliding, and Paragliding and skiing.
The beauty of the scenery and tranquillity of the region makes it a popular tourist destination in Himachal Pradesh. Rohtang Pass opens with the arrival of May and closes in September when it experiences massive snowfall for the remainder of all year.
It is regarded as one of the most renowned hills of North India; Shimla is filled with the incomparable beauty of nature. It’s an integral part of most Himachal tour packages in the state and is among the well-known top places to honeymoon in India. The British Government first discovered the capital city of summer in India in 1819, and from then on, the area is still a magnet for tourists throughout the year.
Apart from the natural beauty in the area, the Victorian-style buildings showcase the incredible beauty of the hill town. Due to its warm weather and breathtaking views, Shimla is named the “Queen of the Hills’. Tourist attractions located in Shimla are The Mall, Chadwick Falls, The Ridge and Jakhu Temple.
Shimla can be visited at any time throughout the year, but snow is expected in Shimla between December and February, which draws newlyweds often. Families flock to Shimla for the summer holidays, while children and workers from Delhi go to this picturesque hill station to enjoy a favoured weekend escape from Delhi.
Kufri-The Picture Perfect Station
A beautiful hill station close to Shimla and one of the most well-known for snow-lovers in Himachal Pradesh, Kufri was established on the 18th of January, 1819. It was founded by the British, mesmerized by the beauty of nature and the saline weather. It is located just a few miles from Shimla city, the Capital of the State Kufri is renowned for its status as the most popular ski resort. It has the longest ski slopes in the state of the mountain. Its gentle slopes are great for skiing, and it is a popular destination for skiers from all across the globe. An annual winter sports event held in February is held by the tourism and travel department within Himachal Pradesh.
In addition to skiing, adventure activities such as tobogganing (sliding downhill with a snow sledge) are thrilling. The perfect spot for nature enthusiasts and wildlife enthusiasts as The Himalayan Nature Park is situated on the city’s outskirts.
The picturesque hill station is accessible any time of the year; however, the best time to visit is between December and February when you’re looking to go skiing.
5- Kasauli – Pure Weekend Getaway
Kasauli is a stunning hill town brimming with old-fashioned relics from The British Raj. The city is approximately 1950 meters high above the sea in the Shivaliks Hill Station in Himachal Pradesh, which calls for an excursion. Get rid of all worries and relax and breathe in the refreshing pine scent of the air. The misty atmosphere, the beautiful walks, and the breathtaking views make Kasauli an unforgettable experience. At 3647m, the snow capped mountains that makeup Choor Chandini stand majestically among the lower hills.
The highest point of Kasauli, also called Manki Point, is the site of the Hanuman temple. The views are breathtaking from this spot. The town’s hillside location is close to many other scenic places to picnic in Himachal. The climate in Kasauli is pleasant all through all the time. The summers are warm, and while winters see snow falls occasionally, the monsoons are equally beautiful as the playful clouds and mist encircle you. Explore the town at any time of the year and be attracted by its beauty.
6- Khajjiar A Escape to beat the heat
Sometimes referred to as the ‘Mini Switzerland of India’ Also known as the ‘Mini-Switzerland of India’, Khajjiar is a small but beautiful hill station surrounded by dense green fields and forests. The place is an absolute treat for visitors with stunning scenery and spectacular landscapes; it is a must-see for anyone who loves nature. It’s an excellent alternative if you are looking to have a relaxing holiday. Set at an approximate distance of 23 km from Dalhousie, Khajjiar is located at an elevation of 6,430 feet.
An ideal escape to beat the heat during the summer, Khajjiar is one of the most visited tourist spots in Himachal Pradesh. Enjoy a stroll through the dense pine forests and take pleasure in the beauty of the place.
To make the most of the area, it’s ideal for visiting between July and December, when the weather is cool and comfortable. It’s the best moment to take in the sights.
7- Dharamshala – Nature At Its Best
It is a hugely sought-after pilgrimage destination and hill station; Dharamshala is a paradise for those who love nature as well as campers and photographers. The home for Dalai Lamas, Dharamshala, showcases an unimaginable world inspired by the Dalai Lama and Buddhism. Some of the most famous attractions in Dharamshala comprise Kangra Fort, Bhagsunag Fall, Tsuglagkhang Complex, Tibet Museum, Naam Art Gallery, Dharamkot and Kunal Pathari Temple.
The ideal time to travel to Dharamshala is between January and May and October through December. The temperature stays cool, making it suitable for a beautiful vacation with friends and family.
8- McLeod Ganj -The Little Lhasa
The beautiful region in Himachal Pradesh, McLeod Ganj is one of the most renowned hills in India and is the home of Dalai Lama, the chief of the exiled Tibetan Government. The breathtaking beauty of this area captivates visitors from all over the globe. It is situated within the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, at 2082 metres above sea level. The town’s name comes from Lord David Mcleod, the Lieutenant Governor of Punjab and is home to around 10,000 inhabitants, including most Tibetans. The area is also known for its monasteries and handicrafts, as well as its culture.
The most significant draw of McLeodganj lies in the Tsuglagkhang that is the main centre of the Tibetan Government in exile and the home for Dalai Lamas. McLeodganj is also the site of a significant number of international tourists who volunteer each year. Trek up to Indrahar the Pass and Kareri Lake, and Lam Dal are the most well-known routes among hikers.
Hey, lovelies loads of love and light to all Namaste this is your author on travel apart from writing books I travel and when I travel I usually just have my phone to shoot. As the majority of the time, I travel solo.
Thank you so much for making my last vlog a huge success on a Rajasthan road trip of 3500 km
This is another special one as mountains are close to my heart and here I bring India winter wonderland Spiti valley for you to travel to this unexplored destination in the winters.
This blog will give you the following points
Introduction about the Lahaul and Spiti valley
The valley’s culture and people
Places to see and their importance.
My recommendation for must-see places
Spiti valley is pronounced as Piti in the Boti language
It is the cold desert mountain valley which is located high in the Himalayas. It is a part of the northeastern part of the north Indian state of India Himachal Pradesh. Technically Spiti” means “The middle land”, i.e., the land between Tibet and India.
Let me take you to a bit of the geological placement of this beautiful valley. Spiti valley is separated from Lahaul valley by the high Kunzum Pass, at 15,059 feet (4,590 m). Then there is a road that connects these two divisions of Lahaul and Spiti but is cut off frequently in winter and spring due to heavy snow. A southern route to India proper, via the Sutlej in the Kinnaur district and Shimla, is periodically closed for brief periods in the winter storms of November through June, but road access is usually restored a few days after the storm ends. The most populated centres in the Spiti valley are Kaza, Losar, Sumdo, Chango.
The culture of Spiti dates back to ancient times and influences Buddhism and Dalai Lama’s teachings. The people follow Vajrayana Buddhism. Spiti valley is the research capital for Buddhist monks and hence have strong dominance of monasteries. For example, you see huge and main centres at Key Monastery, Tabo monastery, these are one of the oldest monasteries in the world and Dalai Lama’s favourite. Another interesting fact when visiting Spiti is to see Pin Valley which is the only place of survival for Buchen Lamas of the Nyingmapa sect of Buddhism.
Also, if you want to experience the nomads of Spiti then you shall visit the valley in the summers when it is the home to hundreds of semi-nomadic Gaddi sheep and goat herders who travel as far as 160 miles nearby.
In the whole valley when you go on a ride you will see the Spiti river, gushing beautifully with a soothing sound this originates from Kunzum pass. the Spiti River then meets the Satluj near Khab and Namgia in Kinnaur district traversing a length of about 150 km. The entire valley is emerged from the tectonic plates occurrence and has uplifted from the ocean bed.
Now let me tell you what all you can see in the valley. What are the things to see in this beautiful valley in north India, particularly in the winters? For summer travel to Spiti valley I will make another video, so stay tuned on this channel and explore India like nowhere.
Chicham Bridge – Asia’s largest bridge
Gue – known for the mummy dating back more than 500 years
Hikkim village – Highest Post office in the world
Kaza – the biggest city in terms of amenities and population the Spiti Valley
Key Monastery – The monastery is house to some 100 odd monks who receive education here. rare ‘Thangka’ paintings and ancient musical instruments ‘trumpets, cymbals, and drums in the monastery
Kibber – a wildlife sanctuary
Komic village – The highest motorable village in the world
Kunzum Pass – the entrance for Lahaul District
Langza village – The fossil village
Mud village – The coldest part of Spiti Valley
Tabo Monastery – This Pin Valley National Park monastery garnered interest when it celebrated its thousandth year of existence in 1996. The Tabo Monastery was founded by scholar Richen Zangpo
Among all these, my recommendation is to also visit National Highway 505 The NH 505
high altitude road, covers Kinnaur and Lahaul and Spiti districts of Himachal Pradesh, mainly running along Spiti River in Spiti valley. The highway from Kaza to Gramphu remains closed for 6–9 months in a year due to heavy snowfall and the closure of Kunzum La pass at an altitude of 4,550 m (14,930 ft).
this high altitude cold desert area of Lahaul and Spiti valleys of Himachal, receives negligible rainfall and the terrain is barren and treacherous, it’s prone to landslides and disruptions. The road is narrow and rough at places and crosses the high altitude Kunzum pass, for the bikers it is called Mecca as it requires good driving skills in mountains. It starts from Khab Sangam and it is 275 km long.
On this highway, you will witness Spiti at its best which is secluded and at peace. The gorges at NH 505 of Spiti river on the kibber and kailto road are worth watching and clicking for Instagrammers.
The clay pillars Enroute Tabo – at Lingti road are the perfect explanation of the oceanic uplift of the valley. For Chandartal there is diverge in between from Batal as this highway runs on the sideways of Chandra river. Later it joins up at NH 3 left at Gramphu.
If you are in Spiti then another recommendation is Lahaul too. When these two were separate then the capital of Lahaul was Kardang and the Capital of Spiti was Dhankar. Then Lahaul and Spiti were made one district in 1960 and now the main capital Centre is Keylong. It has no urban population and has one Vidhan Sabha constituency.
Let me give you a clear view of the structural sites of Lahaul and Spiti. I would say one shall visit the entire circuit of this district, it is another winter wonderland of India. The district has close cultural links with the Ngari Prefecture of Tibet Autonomous Region. Kunzum la or the Kunzum Pass (altitude 4,551 m (14,931 ft)) is the entrance pass to the Spiti Valley from Lahaul. It is 21 km (13 mi) from Chandra Tal. This district is connected to Manali through the Rohtang Pass. To the south, Spiti ends 24 km (15 mi) from Tabo, at the Sumdo where the road enters Kinnaur and joins with National Highway No. 5.
Spiti is barren and difficult to cross, with an average elevation of the valley floor of 4,270 m (14,010 ft). It is enclosed between lofty ranges, with the Spiti river rushing out of a gorge in the southeast to meet the Sutlej River. You find around 62 medicinal plants in this valley. Snow leopards are protected within the Pin Valley National Park and Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary. The Lingti plains are home to animals such as yaks and dzos. If you are in the months of Jan and Feb then you must enjoy the Losar festival (also known as Halda in Lahauli).
Talking about adventure seekers Lahaul and Spiti are for you guys.
Skiing is just not that popular right now, it is still under the honeymoon phase you can say. Bike rides, covering the entire Lahaul and Spiti circuit is what thrill-seekers do from all across the world. Marathons are conducted in summers and cyclists from all around the world ride and explore the valley.
The Spiti Valley is popular with trekkers due to the challenging nature of its treks. These treks take people to remote areas including rural villages and old Gompas, as well as wildlife trails. High altitude treks allow travellers to cross passes such as Parangla Pass (connecting Ladakh with Spiti Valley), Pin Parvati Pass, Baba Pass, Hamta Pass trek, Spiti Left Bank Trek. Popular trekking routes in the area include Kaza-Langza-Hikim-Komic-Kaza, Kaza-Ki-Kibber-Gete-Kaza, Kaza-Losar-Kunzum La and Kaza-Tabo-Sumdo-Nako.
Winters knocking on the door. Holiday destinations are on your calendar’s radar. Here are a few destinations you can fly to in India for this winter.
Gulmarg – Kashmir
The paradise in India. Popular for its excellent gradients and snow peaks for skiing in India. Gulmarg is nestled in the Pir Panjal range which is a cup-shaped valley. It is one of the most visited destinations in India. Best to visit during October till Jan for an amazing snow experience. With Srinagar as a base, Gulmarg can be reached via taxi. Make sure you take gumboots to walk in the snow.
The nearest railway station is Jammu
Srinagar is the closest airport – 35km
Auli – Uttarakhand
For ski lovers and thrill-seekers, Auli is one of the best destinations in India to visit during winters. It is Switzerland of India dotted with apple orchards, pine trees, and numerous treks for skiing in the Garhwal region. Auli is a hill town dating back to the 8th century, hence you may witness vivid locals and culture too. The Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Limited (GMVL) runs a ski resort and a ski rental shop. Located at 2800 meters above sea levels, it is home to the mountain ranges of Nanda Devi, Mana Parvat and Kamat Kamet.
Auli can be reached via taxi and buses from Delhi, Rishikesh or can take a shared taxi from Joshimath.
The cable car ride is also available from Joshimath which is around 700 rupees per person.
Closest airport – Jolly Grant airport of Dehradun.
Nearest railway station – Haridwar is the closest, but Dehradun and Rishikesh are also connected via train.
Coonoor and Ooty
Coonoor nestled in southern India is a beautiful hill station in Tamil Nadu. It is in the Nilgiri hills and the second largest hill station in western ghats. Just around 19 km is Ooty, another cute little town in Tamil Nadu. One can explore both in winters. Both the hill stations are blessed to have chilly and cosy weather round the year. These two are perfect spots for staycations.
Via road, it can be reached through Bangalore, Coimbatore, and Kochi. Road connectivity is excellent. Driving Enthusiasts as self-drive. State Transport buses also ply.
Nearest airport – Coimbatore
Nearest railway station – Mettupalayam which is 45 km
Mussoorie – Dehradun
Named as queen of hill stations – Mussoorie is situated on the backdrop of the Shivalik range of the Himalayas and the Doon valley. It stands gorgeously at the altitude of 7000ft above sea level. Best to visit in winters and throughout the year. Mussoorie was once the British summer capital. The British remnants can be seen in the city in the archaic architecture of the hotels and churches. The Mall road gives off a distinct colonial vibe. Another major attraction is Gun hill. Landour, along with Mussoorie, Barlowganj and Jharipani together form the greater Mussoorie, these are the adjoining hill stations. With a lot of waterfalls, the town of Dhanaulti in the vicinity and the remains of colonial architecture, Mussoorie has everything to make a memorable vacation.
Mussoorie is well connected via roads, to Delhi, Dehradun.
The nearest railway station is Dehradun 68 km away.
The closest airport is Jolly Grant airport Dehradun.
Mussoorie Chamba Highway is the best for driving enthusiast.
Shillong also acts as the gateway to Meghalaya, the state famous for heavy rainfall, caves, tallest waterfalls, beautiful landscapes and amazing people and their culture. Shillong is also fast emerging as an education hub for the entire northeastern region. Ward’s Lake is surrounded by walking trails. Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures features displays on the region’s native people. One can find descendants of the Khyrim, Mylliem, Maharam, Mallaisohmat, Bhowal and Langrim tribes. Popularly known as Scotland of India. It derives its name from Lei Shillong, an idol worshipped at the Shillong Peak.
The nearest railhead to Shillong is Guwahati
Shillong airport at Umroi connects only to Kolkata, else Guwahati is the nearest major airport.
Shillong is connected to Guwahati by NH 40 and the rest of the North-East by NH 44.
Coorg – Karnataka
This town is popularly known as Scotland of India. The Kodavas, the local clan are known for their martial arts and especially for their keen hospitality. It is adorned by misty landscapes and is popular as a coffee producing hill station. Coorg is officially known as Kodagu. Madikeri is the region’s centre point with all transportation for getting around starting from here.
Closest Airport – Mangalore, 152km
Coorg has its own railway station
One nearest is Mysore – 120km
You can catch deluxe KSRTC buses to Coorg from Mangalore, Bengaluru and Mysore.
In case you are planning to cover 3 states and struggling to fetch time then here’s a brief itinerary of how can you plan and cover more than 3 states, with a good amount of travelling and sightseeing as well.
Three to four states itinerary- Mumbai -> Madhya Pradesh -> Rajasthan
Check out the route to take for this Itinerary. This is what we have taken, once can mould if you wish to, but we got significantly glad to hop on this route. Mumbai -> Indore -> Chittorgarh -> Kumbalgarh -> Jodhpur -> Pokhran -> Jaisalmer -> Ratlam -> Mumbai
Day 1 – Mumbai -> Indore -> Chittorgarh
We started around 4 o’clock at dawn time on my car and planned to have a night halt at Chittorgarh. It was approximately 900 km to drive. We stopped for a while in Indore over the outskirts for munching and snacks. The first day was a little hectic as the plan was to cover maximum distance in a day. First halt we took at Indore which is approximately 550 km from Mumbai. We do take small small, tiny-miny breaks in between, but the major one was at Indore where we had my lunch around 2 in the noon. Speaking about roads, they are quite great in condition between Mumbai to Indore. You can easily drive at a speed of 100 km/hr. After taking a stopover of about an hour, we started my journey towards Chittorgarh which was then left around 350 km from Indore. Honestly, roads are not that drivable on this route which takes a toll on your speed. After reaching Chittorhgarh we took a hotel and stayed overnight.
Places to visit in Chittorgarh for sightseeing – We visited Chittorgarh fort which is one of the biggest forts in India and Asia. A UNSECO site was built during the 8th century. Take a guide as you can get a good tour of the fort and you won’t waste time figuring what and where to head upon. With tour guides, you can easily bargain, so you need to have the bargaining power to get an excellent deal.
Day 2 – We quickly saw Chittorgarh fort and moved towards Kumbalgarh as that is one of the places not to miss for. You can call it a hill station (quite developing now). It takes around 4 hrs to reach this destination. In midway, you can also cover Nathdwara which is a holy place for Krishna followers. You need to be wary of time since doors of deity close at 2 pm and reopen at 4 pm so make sure that you don’t reach here between 2 and 4 otherwise you will waste your time waiting for doors to open. for all the food lovers and otherwise, don’t miss to relish fresh gulab jamun or thandai which has a different flavour in itself. We reached Kumbalgarh around 6 and took a halt in one of the hotels. You will find ample places to stay there. We stayed at Kumbha Village Cottages, near to the fort.
Day 3 – Kumbalgarh fort is renowned for having the longest wall in the world after the wall of China. It’s a big fort that spreads in 32 km though there is not much to see out here. Don’t miss visiting Lord Shiva temple which is one of the oldest of its kind though it shines as if it’s newly built. We didn’t get any tour guide there as compared to several other tourist places we visited, strange but you can tune in to the Youtube channel for the history while exploring. Make sure you reach to fort early morning by 8:30 am or so since in that way you will find peace and solace and can enjoy a cool breeze with the fresh sun in the sky. at that place. After visiting the fort we continue on our journey towards Jodhpur which is also called a blue city. It took us approximately 4 hours to reach Jodhpur from Kumbalgarh.
Day 4 – Jodhpur night stay and sightseeing
We connected with locals and was told that we need to have local transport to go around the place which after completing the tour figured out that it was a waste of money. Take it as a disclaimer
There are predominantly three places that you need to visit and they are Umaid Bhawan, Mehrangarh Museum and Fort and Jaswant Thada (which can be covered by your car as well), other than these you can also see GhantaGhar and Toorji ka Jhalra Bawdi (you need public transport for these as the car can’t go to these places).Refrain from taking public transport in case you have your car and not planning to go to the main city as local transport is very very costly and depends on your capability to bargain. You can also check the fare on Ola auto upfront to give you an idea and can bargain accordingly.
This place is called Blue city though there is hardly anything left now since most of the houses now are coloured in different colours. A subtle view inside can be experienced if you walk a bit into the city and from the top of the fort. For shoppers, pay a visit to Tripolia market, clock tower market, national handloom for handicraft and local artefacts.
Day 5 – Head towards Jaisalmer and cover Pokhran in between
We started early and en route, we covered a couple of things. Pokhran where we visited its fort, you can’t visit the famous crater which Pokhran is known for as it’s under military now. The fort itself is unique where you see people putting their photos, visiting cards in front of the shrine, not sure why. Quite a strange thing to witness.
Nearby to Pokhran, there is a famous temple of Ramdevra, it’s not at all far and worth a visit. The roads of Rajasthan are amazing and you can enjoy your drive en route. Once you move from Ramdevra and go towards Jaisalmer there is a Bhadariya village. Make sure that you visit this place which is famous for two things, one it has a library which can seat over 4k people together. This is Asia’s biggest library and you will find all the books that you have not heard of. Please visit the temple office and ask them to open it for you as this is worth a visit. Another thing that this place is famous for is Babaji’s Shrine who was the visionary of this library and envisioned this remarkable thought for learning and education.
We directly headed to Sam – sand dunes near Jaisalmer. Stayed overnight at Rajputana Desert Camp. We planned it to reach by max 3 in the noon as the desert is open post 4 pm. It is advisable to visit sand dunes in the evening only and in this way you can use the rest of the time in the camp enjoying local food and Rajasthani dances. There are ample places to stay again your bargaining power will be tested.
Day 6 – Cover the local market and stay overnight in Jaisalmer
In the morning start early and in place of going to Jaisalmer directly visit Longewala, Tanoj Mata ka mandir and zero point. They are approx 100 km away from the sand dunes. Make sure you have ample fuel in your vehicle as at the end point of the dunes you won’t get any fuel station till you reach back to Jaisalmer. The feeling of being on the sand and in the middle of nowhere where the acclaimed 1971 war was fought can’t be expressed in words, trust me it gives you a different kick altogether, how 20 odd men defeated an army of over 10k soldiers. AND WE WON!
When we reached Jaisalmer we covered the fort and local market on the same day as the fort is not that big and the local market is very small, but worth a visit as the fort dates back from the 14th century and the market is full of beautiful handicrafts and souvenirs to buy.
Day 7 – Start Return Journey from Jaisalmer and night stay at Ratlam
We started heading back to Mumbai and it cannot be done in one day so we decided to have a halt at Ratlam. Though before starting back we covered one more place which is an abandoned place called Kuldhara that is famous for a lot of other haunted and spirited stories.
When we stepped at that place we found unusual serendipity. Please avoid making any noise or nuisance at that places. It is not a place where you should do all that masti (fun) which would disturb the silence of the abandoned village Kuldhara. It is surprising to see that how such a big village was made barren overnight – history has its stories. (keep watching this space for a dedicated blog on this abandoned village).
Day 8 – Reach back to Mumbai
We start early morning from Ratlam and reached Mumbai late at night. If you are someone who loves driving trust me this route will give you all the thrust that you look for. Rajasthan has the best of the roads with not much toll that you have to pay. Keep your maps in place as they help us in taking shorter routes and cover a lot of distance in a short period.
Note – Finalise a couple of hotels in advance and when you are about to reach the destination call them and you will get excellent deals since normally hotels provide the best deals at the last moment contemplating you are not travelling on some holiday weekends. Also in place of buying Bisleri for water, you can get your water bottle refilled from the hotel as they ordinarily have RO water with them. SAVE WATER, SAVE PLASTIC, REUSE, DO NOT LITTER.
I have a couple of suggestions where you can stay over.
Sand Dunes – Rajputana Camp they are very polite and give best of the deals. The food is awesome and cooked by heart. Jaisalmer – Heritage House Hotel. Best place to stay, clean, beautiful has a heritage and chic look and one of the best in terms of hospitality which we have never seen in so many years of our travel life. It’s just perfect. Kumbalgarh – Kumbha Village Hotel, the cottages and tents have a different feel and hosts are also warm and friendly, who give you proper guidance to roam and explore.
India is known for festivities of colors and decoration. A plethora of festivals are celebrated in India around the year. But the time of Diwali during the months of October and November is something not missed and Netzines wait for this time of the year eagerly.
It is a five day festival in all parts of India. Celebrated as the homecoming of Lord Rama with Sita and laxmana after an exile of 14 years. if we see the literal meaning of Diwali in Sanskrit – it means a row of lights. Diya were lit in by the people of Ayodhya to welcome the king and the Queen. Other than this, in other parts of India it is believed that this time is the celebration of Lord Vishnu and Lakshmi.
In most of the regions, Lord Ganesha, who is the god of wisdom and auspiciousness is worshiped on the day of Diwali. Diwali marks the anniversary of Nirvana or liberation of Mahavira’s soul in Jainism. In West Bengal, Diwali is celebrated to worship goddess Kali, who is the goddess of Shakti, means power and energy.
Different Parts of India – How Diwali is Celebrated in Unique Ways
Gujarat and Maharashtra
Rangoli is a crucial part of their Diwali decoration. Gujaratis draw footprints of goddess Laxmi on the threshold of the house, then lit their homes candles, rice lights, and diyas. While Maharashtrians perform Lakshmi pooja in their homes and create a feast known as “Faral” for families and friends, where sweets like karanji, ladoo and snacks like chakli and sev are served.
Varanasi celebrates the Diwali of Gods, known as the Dev Deepawali. Devotees believe that Gods and Goddesses come down to earth to take a dip in the holi Ganga during this time. Prayers and diyas are offered to river Ganga and the banks, decorated with lamps and rangolis look extremely mesmerising. Dev Deepawali falls on the full moon of the Kartika month and takes place fifteen days after Diwali.
Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu – Andhrites and Tamilians worship Lord Krishna and his wife Satyambha’s victory over the demonic King Narkasura and Kannadigas take oil baths and build forts from cow dung in their homes.
In Odisha, on the occurrence of Diwali, people perform Kauriya Kathi. It is a ritual in which people worship their forefathers in heaven. They burn jute sticks to call upon their ancestors and seek their blessings. The Odias worship Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Ganesha and Goddess Kali.
Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Srinagar, Delhi and Punjab the Deepavali festival is celebrated with fireworks, lights, and, sweets. Lord Ganesha and goddess Lakshmi are also venerated in Hindu homes on this day. If you’re in the capital city Delhi, then you shouldn’t miss the Diwali mela that gives you a chance to buy decor and food items for the festival and for the best Diwali celebration in India.
Diwali in Bengal accords with Kali Puja or Shyama Puja that takes place at night. Goddess Kali is decorated up with hibiscus flowers and worshipped in temples and households. Devotees also offer sweets, lentils, rice and fish to Ma Kali. Temples in Kolkata like Dakshineshwar and Kalighat are famous for Kali Puja and the best places to visit during Diwali.
There is a practice in Bengalis the night before Kali Puja, they follow Bhoot Chaturdashi ritual to defeat the evil power by lighting up 14 diyas at home. In places like Barasat near Kolkata, Kali Puja takes place in a flamboyant manner as Durga Puja, you may see themed pandals and melas. One thing to notice is the figures of demons Dakini and Yogini in front of the Kali pandals
Safety on Diwali
Stay away from synthetic fabrics, only wear cotton clothes.
Have a fire extinguisher and keep a first aid kit ready in your home.
Don’t burn crackers in closed areas.
Don’t let kids burn aerial fireworks like rocket alone.
Never ever light a cracker while holding it in your hand.
The Land of Maharajas! The land of warrior queens! Rajasthan has it all and it has always lurked me for exploration and penning down about it. have been travelling to Rajasthan for years but every time I visit there’s a new vibe to it. The people, culture, heritage, food, royal life, gharanas, shopping, haunted places, architecture – what not, leave me awestruck.
This travel blog will give you a sneak peek into the colourful world of the royal state. It will highlight the heritage of this stunning state of India and would recommend places to visit, the best time to visit, and exquisite shopping destinations and food etc. Later in this series will have more blogs that will highlight itineraries, travel specifics, how to travel, which dedicated places to visit.
To be a better writer, you need to know how to be candid and transparent, while also setting up your own stamp on your writing. Check these eight writing tips that will enhance your writing style:
Be candid in your writing.
Try to be clear and compact. Lose filler words, like redundant adverbs and prepositional phrases, utterly take up space and pull a sentence down. Say precisely what you mean in the most direct way.
Choose your words judiciously.
There are many ways to write a sentence, and there are various words you can pick to communicate the same idea. Always choose the easier of two words. Use common vocabulary instead of lofty words from the English language. Simple words are more direct and easier for all readers to read. Use a thesaurus if you need a little help getting a replacement or a more natural way to say something.
Short sentences are more compelling than long sentences.
A story loses steam with verbiage. Short sentences are easier to perceive, something that bookworms appreciate. Avoid trying to pack too much into a line. Every sentence should include one thought or idea.
Compose short paragraphs.
Keep your paragraphs short and flexible. Each one should consist of sentences that underpin the same idea. Short paragraphs are more comfortable to digest. They also build a more visually appealing arrangement on the page. Usually, academic writing consists of lengthier paragraphs, as there is a need for it as per the theme. In less formal writing, shorter paragraphs are the norm.
Play with the active voice.
Use the active voice and stick to subject-verb-object sentence formation. It’s the most direct path to making your point. With the active voice, the text is doing something, which is more appealing than the passive voice, in which something is being done to the subject. The passive voice might be grammatically correct, but it creates long, complex sentences and is a more flaccid way of presenting the information.
Travel can be an effective mode of therapy. Whether it is your work stressing you out or any personal anxieties, you deserve a little bit of ‘me-time and some relief from the daily load of responsibilities. India, the land of spirituality and peace, has numerous wellness tourism sites that care for your physical and mental health. You can revive your motivation and re-energize yourself to get back to the routine with new zest and enthusiasm. Once you have paid a visit to these wellness tourism sites in India, you will have a boost in your emotional intelligence and regain your confidence.
Here are five top wellness tourism destinations in India discussed in detail so that you can pick the best one for you:
Sarovaram Ayurvedic Health Center, Ashtamudi, Kerala
A little distant from the bustling city, at the banks of Ashtamudi Lake, Sarovaram Ayurvedic Health Center is one of the most popular wellness centers in India. As the name implies, it makes use of ayurvedic and organic methods to relieve stress and anxiety. With consistent yoga and meditation practices, your body and mind will stretch to their best capacity, let go of any factor holding you back, and teach you to live in the moment. The Health Center is sprawled in a vast area and has a temple, herbal garden, spa, and mot more to ensure relaxation and rejuvenation of the clients.
Specialization- The experts make the best use of Ayurvedic remedies, Yoga, Pranayama, and toxin-free vegetarian, organic diets to help you glow from the inside. They specialize in curing and treating arthritis lower back, depression, diabetes, infertility, impotence, psoriasis, sinusitis, and other disorders.
Kaas Plateau Satara | Kass Pathar | The valley of flowers Best Season to Visit
Kaas Plateau opens to visitors from 1 September, last year due to pandemic the plateau suffered loss in tourism, now as the situation is becoming normal, it is opening gradually for the tourist. The valley is on full bloom during this period.
Here’s how to access that flower power at the UNESCO Heritage Site – yes, do not get surprised.
Kaas Plateau is Maharashtra’s lesser-known valley of flowers that is best visited during the monsoon, between August and October. It’s not just gorgeous for Instagram—mostly a reserve forest, this land is home to more than 850 flowering species, some rare and endangered and many of which are new to botanical science, making it a crucial site for research.
Let me tell you more about this place first – let’s dive in
It falls under the Sahyadri Sub Cluster of the Western Ghats, and it became a part of a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site in 2012
It is famously called Maharashtra Valley of Flowers. Situated in Satara is an eco-sensitive place you can see the carpet of flowers after monsoon ends. During monsoon, Kas Pathar flower valley receives hefty rainfall; you can see different flowers throughout the year.
One particular Satara Flower Aponogeton Satarensis or Waytura Flower can only be found on Kaas Plateau now listed in endangered species. Kaas Plateau supports 175 species of wildflowers.
Kas Pathar is home to many birds, butterflies, reptiles, wild animals.
The best time to visit Kaas Plateau season is just after the end of monsoon during September and October.
Once in eight years, Karvi Flowers blooms into mas flowering covering the entire Kaas Plateau in shades of Purple Blue and Pink.
Plateau seems to change the colours after every 15- 20 days as the cycle of flowering plants progresses
Elements of outstanding Universal Value Plateau is rich in its Bio-diversity. Very IMP for botanical studies and research work. Many species which are still new to the Botanical Science are observed on plateau. Many of the endemic, endangered plants are found on Plateau. Plateau will provide a potential site for future research in botanical studies. More than 850 species of flowering plants are reported.
How to reach
It is 25km from Satara, Kaas is about six hours’ driving from Mumbai, and three hours’ by road from Pune. So you can take the Mumbai-Bengaluru Highway (NH48) up to Satara and then exit for Kaas Plateau. The parking lot is a bit of a distance away, but there are ST buses that will ferry the distance for a small fee. Be prepared to not have access to food stalls or restrooms on the plateau itself.
A special note from the NGO that is working relentlessly for this plateau
Remember that the plateau has many rare, endangered and threatened, unique plant species, found no where in the world other than this place. It is our responsibility to protect these and avoid extinction.
If we take care of the plateau and enjoy the beauty, without hurting it, it will be there for years to come for our enjoyment as well as for our next generations.
It is prestigious World Heritage site, recognized by world community as unique place. Damage to it will be shameful to us as a country.
Let us not only put all responsibility on the shoulders of government, but own some responsibility of conservation.
The danger to this plateau are human beings – the plateau’s blooms are unfortunately threatened by visitors who trample on the plants, pluck flowers, litter and park on the plateau.
Please be a responsible traveller
Spread this message so that our planet earth can remain as beautiful and conserved it is.
Benefits of pranayama in yogic sciences dates back to 1000 years.
There are many types of pranayama that has different benefits on our whole system. Below are these 8 types that are fruitful in your respiratory tracks and has other fantastic benefits on your body.
Anuloma & Viloma Pranayama
Let us understand first what is Pranayama – it is a Sanskrit word that means control of breath. And in yogic sciences yogis said it is prayan – the bio life and yaam is asnaa. So it is asan for life. In pranayama, we consciously control our breathing through various breathing techniques as it is a meditative practice.
The type of breathing techniques in pranayama is divided into three stages: Inhalation through the nose (Purak), retention (kumbak) and exhalation (Rechak). These breathing techniques are not only used in yoga practices but also in meditative practices. The rhythm of pranic energy can be controlled through pranayama. They are useful in all forms of meditation.
1 – The best among all which you can do for lung exercise is Kapalabhati Pranayama – also called as a breath of fire.
This type of pranayama is done by forcefully exhaling from the lungs and inhaling is done involuntarily. The exhalation should be so forceful that one should suck the belly by releasing the air. In the same way, when inhaling is done, the belly should go back to the same position. Usually, Kapalabhati Pranayama is done for warm-up. This cycle of inhalation and exhalation should be done for few minutes. This type of pranayama is quite beneficial in strengthening the diaphragm and abdominal muscles. It also helps in increasing focus, reducing anxiety and burning calories.
6 – Bhramari Pranayama
Clinically it is being proven that this type of pranayama is effective in increasing lung capacity and respiration. It is also being said that the biochemist is researching this yogic practice as it has a tremendous capacity to decrease the spread of microbes in the lungs. Why, as it increases the nitrous oxide in our lungs. It is also said that eating a nitrous rich diet curb the spread of any virus in our lungs. As it has anti-viral property, it reduces replication of the virus thus it stops the spreading. Sit at a steady place, intact, close your ears, with thumbs, and eyes with your fingers. Then create a humming sound or you can also chant om sound while exhaling. This is also known as ‘humming bee breath’. Do it for 5 minutes daily morning and evening. It also helps in increasing concentration, alertness, relieving stress.
3 – Anuloma & Viloma Pranayama
This pranayama is divided into two stages: Paused inhalation and paused exhalation. It is done by inhaling for 2-3 seconds and pausing, then again restarting inhalation and pausing for few seconds while sitting in a comfortable position. Inhalation should be done until the lungs are full of air. Exhalation must be done slowly. One must relax the mind and body. This is Viloma Pranayama where pausing of breathing is in regular intervals. In anuloma pranayama, one must breathe nostrils in an alternative way. Both are similar. These techniques help in relaxing, reducing stress and cleansing nasal passages.
4 – Yogendra Prayanam no. 4 – it is the best for diaphragmatic breathing.
It induces relaxation and letting go of the vairagya bhava. It will give you immense calmness and self-discipline. Lay down on the mat and place right hand on the navel and left on the side of the body, palm facing to the sky, legs fold and maintain equal breathing. Do not do force breathing. If you observe that the belly will rise and go down to the spine with exhaling. It is one of the natural ways of breathing. It is deep breathing practice – do it 10 times before sleeping or before Shavasana. It is effective in relaxation and stress reliever.
Himachal Pradesh is one of India’s most picturesque tourist destinations to offer to passionate tourists around worldwide. Severely lauded and admired for its rich natural attractions, the state is well known for providing heavenly holiday experiences that become memories for a lifetime. Nestled mainly in between the Himalayan Mountains, several unexplored and offbeat places feature stunning hills, sublime valleys, historic monasteries, and gleaming lakes.
Here’s a list of top unexplored places to visit in Himachal Pradesh that will satisfy your wanderlust.
When in Himachal Pradesh, you must visit the historical village of Malana. Despite being ancient or very old, the town is surreally beautiful and based on the valleys of Parvati. While it still homes a handful of families, legends state that there are inhabitants who share ancestral links with Alexander the Great troops. The place is a subtle combination of natural beauty and thrilling folklore.
Nature can be found at its purest best if one can visit the Tirthan Valley in Himachal Pradesh. The valley is surrounded by the Great Himalayan National Park and accompanied by the Tirthan River. The ethereal exhibition of lustrous greenery and gorgeous waterfalls make this place an ideal spot to relax and witness nature’s lap.
Chitkul enjoys its fair share of tourist visits round the year due to organic firms’ presence and snow capped mountain peaks. Belonging to the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh, this village is the last venue ahead of the Indo-Tibet border that won’t require you a visa permit for travelling. An abundance of apple orchards, mustard fields, and the Baspa River will captivate your imagination. Word of caution, the weather could get tricky. Hence it would be best if you are suitably prepared.
The riches of Pabbar Valley can ideally sum up the tourism offerings of the state of Himachal Pradesh. This valley will have tourists spellbound and amazed by its fruit orchards, picturesque brooks, and luscious meadows. If not much, you can stroll through the tiny villages in the vicinity while passing through cedar, oak, and birch forests and finally through snow-covered valleys. Nature enthusiasts can participate in outdoor activities such as camping, rafting, and paragliding as well.
Famous for its numerous apple orchards, Thanedar has long hosted nature lovers and passionate tourists. Surrounded by apple and cherry orchards, this spot is highly recommended for people who enjoy some me-time during vacations. The countless orchards supply millions of apples both across India as well as abroad. You will find several accommodation arrangements in the location, with quite a handful of resorts available for boarding. Make sure you visit Hatu Peak to get a fascinating view of the snow-capped Himalayan Range.
Hopefully, you have come across some of the best offbeat and unexplored places for you to visit on your next trip to Himachal Pradesh. Each one of the names listed above will offer you a fantastic getaway from the madness of the city lifestyle. You can also check out the summer Delhi to Mcleodganj Package at the link.
A supermoon befalls when a full or new moon accords with the Moon’s closest approach to the Earth. The Moon’s orbit around Earth is not flawlessly circular. This means the Moon’s distance from Earth varies as it goes around the planet. The closest point in the orbit, called the perigee, is unevenly 28,000 miles closer to Earth than the farthest point of the orbit. A full moon that happens near the perigee is called a supermoon.
Total Lunar Eclipse 2021 – May 26th, 2021 will be visible in these locations.
The total lunar eclipse will be noticeable mostly from Pacific Ocean, Eastern Asia, most parts of North and South America and Australia. For most of India, the moon will be below the eastern horizon during the total eclipse and so people of the country cannot observe a blood moon, but in some parts, mostly from eastern India, people will see only the very last part of a partial lunar eclipse, (here too it is cyclone Yaas is occurring, hence it will be tough here too). It is will start at 2:17 pm as per Indian Standard Timing (IST) and be visible until 7:19 pm. India will not get to see the total eclipse.
Why it is named as Super Blood Moon?
The totally eclipsed moon takes a dark blackish red colour and therefore it is called a blood moon. This occurs because of the comparatively less aberration of the red part of the moon light through the earth’s atmosphere and falling on the moon’s surface.
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A glitzy full moon rose over New Zealand on Wednesday night as people there and around the world waited for a cosmic event known as a super blood moon. It’s when a full lunar eclipse accords with a super moon, which is when the moon is chiefly close to Earth and appears brighter than normal. For about 15 minutes, as the moon interchanges fully into Earth’s shadow, the moon will appear to turn red.
Why does it take red color?
When the Moon is entirely enclosed by Earth’s shadow it will darken, but doesn’t go completely black. Instead, it takes on a red color, which is why total lunar eclipses are sometimes called red or blood moons.
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