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ShiviNovember 18, 20197min4680

How to rekindle and make new friends, while on a work trip to a new country/destination?

It was a beautiful Monday morning and I was checking my E-mails in the office, while one of the E-mail suddenly grasped my attention. My boss has asked me to provide my passport details, in which later on I found out that I am supposed to travel for work perspective to Hong-Kong for a month. It was surprising and intriguing to me. This was a short trip where I was supposed to meet clients and channelize the desk work to foreign clients of my company. Being an introvert guy and single, this notion of travelling alone to a different country makes me crazy. It is not that I have not travelled before, I did and I was always accompanied by some of the other office colleagues which were not the case this time. Anyways not much of the option the day of my travel arrived and finally I departed and landed in a new country, Hong Kong.

What’s Next…

I reached to the hotel, settled myself and then rushed to the office as it was my first day in the new town. I was decked up and then the day came to an end and my fear started popping up, more I was closer to my hotel, lonelier I was feeling. It was just the first day in the country where I have landed and has not spent even 24 hrs and already homesickness started biting me. After dinner, I went for a walk down the lane near the central park. I saw all the new culture and people around me. Sitting quietly on a bench, I was browsing on the internet and saw an ad of an app which mentioned how you can make friends at an alien place. For an expat like me, this idea of making friends at foreign territory hit me though I have not registered myself.

Registering and Rediscovering

Next day after my office I moved out of my hotel and went to a pub, sitting alone and lonely watching people talking, laughing, and smiling with each other. I gulped in a couple of drinks and saw one lady name not revealed was sitting alone. I approached her and we started chatting here and there. I asked her number so that we can connect later on and she politely denied and I understood this was a very short meeting which can only last for some hrs etc.

When I was heading back to my hotel I decided that I am going to give it a shot. I registered and started looking for accomplices who are there in Hong Kong and soon I found one person called Rachel (name changed).

She was a lawyer and was there in Hong Kong for an assignment for a couple of weeks. We met at a place called SpeakEasy (old town of Hong Kong) and get along immediately. We started talking about how lonely and alone a person feels when they are in a new city or a new country. How you feel lost in the new culture and new place? And how apps help in making life easy for all those people who are just looking for a good and genuine company when you are travelling. It can be for work or you are just a traveller, everyone needs to be with someone to share thoughts. Even if you are a backpacker or a solo traveller, you would like to explore and mingle with local culture and communities, which is again a daunting task. Nevertheless, this app helped me in achieving that a bit.

 

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Finding a companion while travelling

We met a couple of times and roamed around the city together visiting new places. She has been to Hong Kong before that makes it easy for me since she knows a lot of places and helps me in discovering those which was not easy for me to explore so easily without me wasting time looking on the internet.

Before we said a final goodbye to each other we met one last time where we first met and I told her that it was really good to have a new friend for a short period with whom you can roam around and share some experiences of yours and listen to other person’s experiences. Rachel immediately agreed to me and said that how her last couple of visits were not that great and this time after we started moving out together exploring places was a different experience altogether.

Those people who are going on a short or a long tour and are looking for some companionship since they feel lonely, I will suggest them to look for mobile applications like Couchsurfing etc. and register as it a different experience to be with some person chatting and talking and exploring new destinations.

 

Leave your comments on how you met your friends while travelling!


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ShiviAugust 6, 20198min5498

Leh Ladakh’s post Article 370 Defunct

 

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FAQs – Leh Ladakh’s post Article 370 Defunct

  • Will my trip get affected post article 370?
  • Can I pass Srinagar – Kargil route via Leh?
  • Is Srinagar highway safe to bike ride?
  • Leh Ladakh is a UT now, will it affect tourists like me?
  • Is it safe to stay and roam in Leh Ladakh?
  • How about my flights’ tickets! Shall I cancel?
  • I’m a travel blogger and working on a travel project will it get affected?
  • Shall I think twice now to visit Leh Ladakh in the august end?

Well, many apprehensions and questions that are hovering your mind regarding the Leh Ladakh post Article 370 Defunct and it’s tourism and maybe your visit to this beautiful destination. It is viable as well, and this is because of the current situation of Leh Ladakh due to article 370 defunct.

Let me take you to the blog – Leh Ladakh’s post Article 370 Defunct, where you will find it completely safe to travel to this gorgeous destination which is now a UT – Union Territory.

Article 370 has been thinned, Jammu & Kashmir has been departed from Ladakh–and the two sections have become separate Union Territories. Expecting trouble, the government of India have asked tourists and pilgrims to move out, and have deployed a huge amount of soldiers and troops into the state. The situation is unpredictable – yes, it is true, as of now and no one knows how things will gonna be in coming days. The only affected highway currently is – Srinagar-Leh highway – Srinagar, Gulmarg, Pahalgam and other parts of Kashmir Valley are on a tension zone. But when we talk about Leh & Ladakh? No, is the answer (According to CNT‘s report Angrub Dorje, who runs Discover Ladakh has stated, “Both Leh and Ladakh are completely safe.) 

 

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Let’s have a check – It is a regular day here in Ladakh, the schools are open, the internet is working, access to local market and regions around is pretty safe. The tourist spots are open and many of the tour and travel agencies will now take you to Leh-Ladakh via the Manali-Leh highway. (as quoted by WanderOn’s Leh-Ladakh tour package guy – they are taking the troupe via the same highway – Manali – Spiti Valley).

The business is usual here in Leh Ladakh, as the local transport has not been affected here. As of now, no restrictions have been implemented on transport, in fact, it is safe and we have tourists here who are enjoying their holidays. (it is when the CNT team spoke to locals and 3-4 tour operators).

Even though the circumstances in the paradise of India – Jammu & Kashmir is unpredictable and scary, the region of Ladakh is truly safe, with no indications of tightness and fury. So, plan without thinking twice.

As mentioned by – Tsering Angmo, Assistant Director of Tourism, is asking people not to worry. “Everything is normal in Leh. The airports are completely accessible. I would recommend anyone who is visiting to not worry at all.” (CNT report). There has being a bit of tension on Srinagar border as vehicles are being stopped but that’s all is a precautionary measure for Kashmiris and tourists out there. As the bill is also passed in Rajya Sabha by 2/3 majority.

 

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If you are travelling by flights –

  • If flying to Leh – flights on Vistara, IndiGo, GoAir and Air India are on time as of now.
  • If you’re flying to Jammu and Srinagar, IndiGo has waived the fare on all cancellations and rescheduling of tickets (charges on fare difference will be applicable if any) to Jammu till 9 August.
  • If you’re flying to Srinagar: After announcing a cap on fares at Rs9,500, Air India has further lessened its ticket prices to Rs6,715 from Srinagar to Delhi and at Rs6,899 from Srinagar to Delhi till 15 August.

 

The information on Leh Ladakh’s post Article 370 Defunct, has been taken in the best interest for each and every traveller – the credits for the information is to CNT team and WanderOn. 

 

For any further information of Leh Ladakh Travel leave a comment or Ping me 


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ShiviMarch 20, 201910min3574

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Holi is an ancient and prevalent Hindu religious festival distinguished throughout India. It is a spring festival, also known as the festival of colours. The colourful festival of Holi is celebrated on Phalgun Purnima which befalls around the month of March. It is the second most extensively celebrated festival of India after Diwali.

The story

This festival is celebrated as the victory of good over bad also. There are numerous mythological stories behind the origin of the festival. But, one which is in Indian traditions is about killing Holika, the sister of Hrinyakashyap. – Owing to that it is celebrated. Holi festival is also broadly related with the immortal love of Krishna and Radha. The festival also holds implication with reverence to end of winter season and the onset of the summer season. So, there are many on the charts as Indian religion is vast.

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With a long weekend coming up this Holi, it is the time to put on your travelling shoes and travel to some of the below-mentioned destinations in India for some crazy Holi celebrations. Get beaten with sticks, or enjoy a concert or join the locals in the streets as they shower gulal and water to each other or get drenched with vibrantly coloured powders and water or watch the ‘Holika Dahan’ or just calmly soak in the bewildering experience of perceiving the band of itinerant spiritualist minstrels of Bengal. Witness all this on Holi 2019 in a different than the usual way, as India is Incredible.

Just pick up any destination from the below and play your famous Holi festival in India Go Travel!

  1. Barsana, Uttar Pradesh: Holi with Sticks

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Indian men don’t always rule the nestle! The women of Barsana and Nandgaon villages near Mathura in Uttar Pradesh hit men with sticks – no wonder it is the tradition in town which is known as Lathmar Holi celebrations. Unfortunately, I being a solo traveller would not recommend the other solo travellers to come here alone due to the repulsive behaviour of men, who continue to go around assaulting women. However, you can visit it with your friends or group to experience the sight to catch the giggling women taking absolute pleasure in putting the sticks to use. The Barsana Holi is definitely the most famous places to celebrate Holi in India and will give you all the ambiences of Mathura Holi for sure!

  1. Mathura and Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh: Traditional Holi

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It is one of the most additional Holi celebrated in India. Here the Holi celebrations get underway on Vasant Panchami which is the end of winter – 40 days before the main Holi-day. It is in the town of Mathura and Vrindavan – an easy four-hour drive from Delhi. Mathura is also well known as the birthplace of Lord Krishna, while Vrindavan is the place where he spent his childhood. Also to notice is that on Ekadashi before Holi, the city celebrates Phoolon wali Holi where flowers are thrown at the devotees by the temple priests. Vrindavan is also known for a unique celebration of Holi where Widow’s Holi began a few years back to break the resolution that prevented widows from playing with colours or wearing coloured clothes.

  1. Shantiniketan

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Shantiniketan is a timeworn and leading university in West Bengal, where the great Nobel laureate and poet, Rabindranath Tagore introduced the Basant Utsav to re-experience the ancient tradition. Till today the ritual is followed and celebrated in matchless enthusiasm and vigour. Inspired by Holi and springtime the students dress up in a colourful outfit and put on a huge ethnic extravaganza for the visitors. All this contentment, colours, and joy of Shantiniketan make it the best Holi celebration in India. Students wear up in spring colours and put on a huge traditional program for visitors, including dances to Tagore’s songs. This is followed by the typical throwing of colours. Basanta Utsav has become a valued part of Bengali history and culture, and it fascinates abundant foreign tourists.

  1. Jaipur, Rajasthan: Holi and Elephants

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This is one its kind in India and is celebrated with full enthusiasm and zeal. It is an elephant festival which kicks off Holi celebrations in Jaipur every year on Holi eve. Elephant parades, elephant beauty contests, traditional dances, and the tug-of-war between elephants, locals and foreigners are some of the events on this day. This destination can be covered by solo travellers as well. All this makes Holi extra fun! Please see: That this event hasn’t been held since 2012 due to pressure from animal rights groups. So, if you do not get this you can try Holi of Pushkar and Udaipur it has its own unique charm and playful atmosphere with loads of sweets to relish.

  1. Punjab

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Punjab in India is a traditional and rich state with a variant of festivals and customs. One such is Holi too! The celebrations of Holi in Punjab are by the Sikhs which differ from the entire country in many ways. The locals shout-out their hearts following their tradition. Besides, they display their martial arts on this day and have fun with colours in the evening. Delicious halwa, puris, gujias, and malpuas are eaten and served to others.

  1. Hampi

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It is sporadic to find celebrations of Holi in South India. But, it is true Hampi is one of the known destinations for Holi, people from all over the world come here to celebrate Holi. And this is because of the presence of a large number of western tourists in Hampi and this is because it is a world heritage site and quite popular among foreigners. In addition to the use of coloured powder & liquid colours, the celebrations of Holi in Hampi also include a loud riot of music and dance.

 

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ShiviDecember 18, 201813min47827

Lahual & Spiti Valley Homestay Travel Blog

Wander with me in the most stunning and breathtaking landscapes of India which is incomparable with anything in the world. Well, I have not travelled the world but I would definitely say that Spiti Valley is one of the gorgeous valleys of the Himalayas. As I discovered the dazzling sceneries, deep-blue lakes, barren terrain, sun-kissed white peaks, and wildlife with some of the remotest villages of India. I have been touched by the magic of Spiti, and I know you will be too. For knowing more about Spiti and the places to see read my blog here…

And for the exploration in its true sense and warming and cosy homestay and accommodation in Spiti valley, keep reading below.

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If you want to travel around Spiti in the real sense, then staying with a local family in their house, eating and cooking with them whilst enjoying the local food like what they eat and how they cook is one of the best ways to go about it. Homestays in Spiti are a very common concept today and a different way of lodging. It gives you acumen into how punitive life is at such altitudes where people have to scuffle every day in extreme climatic conditions and terrain. Thus, staying in a homestay will offer you a sense of serenity and delight like no other. In fact, you can move out with a local to their fields, and help them cook food, sitting next to the ‘tandoor’ – which is a local heater. Enjoying the grazing lands of their cattle is a sight not to miss when in Spiti.

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Here are the best Homestays to stay when you are in Spiti Valley and do consider them as my personal review and recommendation as well:

Solo Yolo – Kaza

Incredible Spiti, amazing Kaza – though Kaza has numerous homestays and hostels to stay and relive the homely feeling amidst clouds and mountains, my favourite is Solo Yolo. Many foreigners and Indian travellers love to stay here. It is situated in Kaza near to a cricket playground which makes it an ideal place for stargazing in the night and view of the mountains and snow from the windows. The rooms are cosy and comfortable. The dining place is yet another spot not to miss. What about the caretakers – man, they are superbly friendly and happy going. They would help you with everything you need for your stay and roaming around in Kaza.

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Sunny Mountain View – Chitkul

India’s last village on the border of Indo-china – it is in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh. While my trip to Spiti valley I happen to stay one night in Chitkul. The view of Bapsa River, Mathi temple to get a glimpse of the ancestors, and the population of around 700 people who live here since ages – are worthy to pay a visit. You may find cheap hotels and affordable homestays and zostels in Chitkul. Where I stayed was the Sunny Mountain View which is owned by Mr Chetram Ji – an old man but young at heart. The rooms are clean with subtle wooden work. You get the balcony and the view from every window of the room – just be there once and rekindle your love for mountains and India’s last village where our road ends.

 

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Kesang Homestay – Tabo

Tabo is a small town in the Lahaul and Spiti district that lies on the banks of the Spiti River. This place has a charm of Tibetan and Buddhism culture and you may see it influential enough in the entire terrain and breeze. Tabo is an absolute gem and the homestay where I stayed is Kesang Homestay – it is just on the road of Gompa Bus stand and what a beautiful and peaceful place to live in. The rooms are pretty spacious, clean and comfortable. The super friendly owner with her gracious smile will make you feel rejuvenated. I happen to get the opportunity to taste local Tibetan food too. She helped me to get plenty of local knowledge and places to see in Tabo. With this friendliness and warmth, it is a great place to stay.

Kesang Homestay – Tabo

 

Kesang Homestay – Tabo

Other than this in Chandrataal was the Camping Tents

This lake is at the surface level of 4250m; it is in the middle of the Himalayas and falls under Spiti Valley. This moon lake is wedged deep within the mighty Himalayan ranges which gives you spectacular views and positive aura to be there. For staying options – you only have tents there as the human population is not allowed to make hotels and also it remain closed for three months from October to January end, until the snow descends. I too stayed in a tent there – a very clean and undisturbed tent with attached bathroom. It has extra blankets for the dipping temperature which goes to even -8 to -10 degree Celsius in October and a bed in good condition. You are served with fantastic ginger lemon honey tea clubbed with breakfast and dinner with local flavour. Anything at that altitude where survival is tough is just a divine feeling.

Chandra Taal – The Moon Lake in Spiti Valley

Keep reading, Keep travelling.. the world awaits you!

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ShiviDecember 11, 20189min3840

International Mountain Day – 11th December 

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Who doesn’t love mountains – we all do, isn’t it – and if you don’t, I’m sure the moment you get a chance to visit them, travel through them, hike them – you would fall for them forever.

 

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This international mountain day – here’s my view and some options or thoughts which I would like to share as a solo traveller.

Mountains are early gauges of climate change and as we witness a global climate change that continues to get warm, the mountain people and some of the world’s hungriest and poorest they face even more struggles to survive. The rising temperatures, of course, mean that mountain glaciers are melting at unmatched rates, heartrending freshwater supplies which are downstream for millions of people who live in mountains and otherwise.

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Do you know that almost one billion people live in mountain areas, and over half the human population is dependent on mountains for food, water, and clean energy? Yet we humans are playing around them and our mountains are under threat from land degradation, climate change, natural disasters, and overexploitation, in fact, there some far-reaching and devastating consequences. On the other hand, the Mountain communities have an affluence of knowledge and approaches that are accumulated over generations, on how to acclimatise to this climate variability – yet the life is now tough. 

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Not going on the deeper threatening mode I would like to highlight India’s oldest and the youngest mountains.

To your surprise, India is the country who has the oldest and the youngest mountains in the entire world. Woah! On this international mountain day – have a look at some of the facts about the Himalayas…. 

The Himalayas is still growing at a speed of 20 millimetres per year. Due to which landslides and tremors are frequent in the region.

The Aravalli Ranges in India is considered to be the oldest in the old step category on mountains. These types of mountains are formed from continuous and longing natural erosion of steep mountains. Earlier the height of Aravalli was at par with the Himalayas.

The Aravalli ranges are the oldest mining fields as well in the world and the archaeologists have actually found traces of copper mining dating back to the 5th century BC.

The Himalayan mountain range has nine highest peaks in the world and the highest being is Mount Everest – 8848 meters.

The highest peak of Aravalli is Guru Shikhar which is 5650 feet at Mount Abu in Rajasthan. The peak is named after Lord Dattatreya, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

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If you go north India – beyond this there lays the most hostile natural environment on earth – that is the Siberian winds. In fact, it is only because of the Himalayan range that the country does not face severe cold breeze and windy air from the north.

You should know that Himalayan mountains are the ones who are responsible to create one of the hardest deserts on earth to its north – that is Taklamakan Desert –  China also called as Sea of Death.

The Himalayan holds the third largest ice mass in the world after the artic and Antarctica. The range of the Himalayan Mountains consists of over 15000 glaciers that store almost 12000 cubic kilometres of fresh water.

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These are the facts about the Himalayas which show how rich they are and what all India is known for in the entire world. Other than this the exotic wildlife, flora and fauna are unbeatable. But all these are in danger too, thus, maybe we travellers can take a pledge to keep our Himalayas clean, safe and preserved by doing our bit in our own way so that our generations can witness the grandness of the Himalayas and our mountains.  

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ShiviMay 30, 201813min4000

“I don’t understand what fun do people get in hiking mountains,” asked
a friend from my office, seeing my excitement for my first trek. “Oh,
it’s serene. Surrounded by mountains, you just forget all your stress
and hustle bustle of your daily routine life,” I replied.

For me Travel in itself is exciting. Travel – that one word that can
make my world go round. The one thing that I never want to lose an
opportunity on irrespective of it being a leisure trip or an adventurous
one. The thought of exploring something new is enough for me to pack
my bags and start hunting for some beautiful memories.

So when my friend from Travel Freaks asked me to join them on a trek,
I didn’t want to say no to him. Another reason for it is that I have
never been on Treks before. So after a little thought, analyzing my
budget and effort into getting my leaves approved….I WAS ON FOR THIS
TRIP.

My checklist was with me and seeing that when my office friend
expressed her doubt over hiking, I had a very casual reply. But when I
went for it, I realized it’s more than just being surrounded by nature. A
lot more than just being in nature’s lap. You discover yourself, your
strengths and that’s what this trip did to me. Though I have been on a
solo trip before, with this trip, I discovered some new facets
about myself.

Being my first trek experience, and given the schedule I live, I won’t
say I hardly get time for my fitness. In fact, I don’t get time at
all. So before starting the trek, I had my doubts about if I will be
able to complete my first trek if my friends around me who are
regular trekkers will get hassled because of me? A part of me had its
own doubts, but the adventure junkie in me overshadowed all those and
decided…that I HAVE TO DO IT. So, this was the first thing I learnt
about myself, never give up before trying.

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We started for Kheerganga trek in the middle of the afternoon. Four of us
and two guides. And yes, I had my hurdles. I was too slow
compared to my friends. But I was given the benefit of doubt.
Moreover, I was not even in hurry. I just wanted to enjoy my trek
rather than competing it. With all those bumpy ways, I learnt a second
thing, that no matter where you are, you do find your way. There is a
way out in every situation. It may seem tough but there will be a way
out.

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So, with all my enjoyment of finding my way out, I finally reached
Kheerganga. And it was beautiful. The view around, the beautiful
sunset…it took away all my tiredness. The beautiful sunset, a cup of
chai and friends around who were smiling and laughing along with you.
It could not get perfect than this.

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The next day once again we were ON with our trekking shoes, ready to
go down our way to Barshaini. So, we start walking back again and this
time I was too slow considering I was feeling a little dizziness. My
friends obviously concerned about me slowed down and got me some
energy drink. I didn’t like it, them getting bothered because of me.
They gave my bag to the guide. I felt so weak, mentally. Because as an
independent person, I always liked to do things on my own and hated
to depend on somebody. And as a rule for me, I never allow anyone to
carry my bags. But I had to give in to my friend’s order. Jokingly my
friend also teased me, that if he didn’t have to walk with me he would
have been much faster. And this didn’t go down well with my
egotistical streak, and next thing I started walking with all my
energy and walking way ahead, not looking back and there I realised
the third point, the confidence of going all by yourself. A solo trek
which I might not have done solo.

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In between, we came across this beautiful village and beautiful
people, celebrating Baisakhi. Those innocent faces with a welcoming
smile, I joined them in their local dance and tried few steps with
them. Yes, that’s another part of a journey that every travel freak
love to, i.e, explore the local culture.

My friends caught up with me soon and from there on we walked along,
laughing, joking, poking fun at each other and finding our way out.

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Dinesh, Neha and Himanshu, Thank You So much
for making my first trek so special and memorable for me. It would not
have been same without you guys. Love you all. Hugs.

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ShiviApril 1, 20188min6712

It is rightly called as Dalia Lama’s abode – McLeod Ganj and when I gave a thought to travel solo to this wonderful place I never realised that by the end of my travel journey I will be in love with this place evermore.

When travellers talk of heading up to Dharamsala, what they really think to visit or experience – to see the Dalai Lama, to visit the best treks with valleys, to trip high on the hippie hills – reason can be many for different kind of travellers, so as mine as a solo traveller.

Dalai Lama Temple Mcleodganj

Here’s why and how I loved McLeod Ganj why I love to travel solo to this place.

Starting with the residence of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, which is 3 kilometres north of Dharamsala town (or 10km via the looping bus route. This small place is the home to a huge Tibetan population, that includes the monks and the nuns and other locals.

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So, the Tibetan government-in-exile is based out here just at the downhill of Gangchen Kyishong. When I visited McLeod I was amazed to witness this huge part of Tibetan population that is peacefully yet unofficially residing here. This is one of the main reason why this destination attracts thousands of international visitors each year to volunteer this Tibetan community. One thing which holds my attention is the courses which you can take on Buddhism, meditation or yoga, and then of course trek in the Dhauladhar mountains, Parvati Valley and many other players lying deep on the foothills of Dharamkot and McLeod. You can shop at the Tibetan crafts, or just hang out with the firangis all around who come here and stay for long to witness this remarkable blend of culture and heritage of North India.

McLeodganj Local Market

Travelling solo makes you close to your soul, and helps to challenge yourself in any situation. One cool thing that I learned on my visit to Mcleod Ganj is that it is the suburb of Kangra district in Himachal Pradesh, which is popularly known as “Little Lhasa” or “Dhasa” as it has a huge population of Tibetans. Moreover, the Tibetan government-in-exile is headquartered in McLeod Ganj.

You get good homestays to stay that is cheap and comfortable all through your journey. Being a solo traveller or a “woman solo traveller” (yeah, had to quote it this way as it is India and there are some parts of India that are not easy for woman solo travellers) I was a bit sceptical on how and where to stay. But McLeod Ganj offered me the best and the safest stay during my entire vacation. The streets are colorful and perky filled with local cafe’s and shops that offer local jewellery  Apart from other stuff one thing which caught my attention is a handful of shops that offer musical instruments.

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There are some of the unbeaten places to visit in McLeod that will leave you speechless with its natural surroundings and snow-cladded mountains.  Hike to the mighty Triund Trek, it is 9 km away from Mcleod Ganj, beautiful peak and an ideal place for a solo traveller to relax and rejuvenate amidst the mesmerising meadows.

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Bhagsu Falls and Bhagsunath temple lies 3 km from the McLeod city. A beautiful walk, great surroundings, stunning pools and lush green vicinity makes it a perfect place to visit. This place has its own historical importance that dates back to Lord Shiva, Nag Devta and the King Bhagsu. Due to this reason, this place is worshipped by both Hindus and the Gorkha community.

Bhagsu Falls - Dharamshala

Other than this, I took a road to explore Namgyal Monastery, took a trail till Naddi, Tsuglagkhang (Dalai Lama’s residence), a non-gothic architecture – the church of Saint Johns in the wilderness and the list can be countless. McLeodganj has everything to offer to a tourist. For me, it is like a second home, where every time I go, I feel new and explore new things.

Best Time to Visit – September to June

How to Reach – Passengers buses are available till Mcleodganj bus stand. Then hire a taxi to reach further in the town. One can also walk the lanes. Pathankot is the nearest Railway Station.

Come to McLoed… and breathe free 🙂

 


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ShiviFebruary 28, 201711min4681

Why fly, if you can swirl the road with your wheels and can explore any destination, any remotest place you wish to! For me as a traveler, road trips, highways are just the thing! In India, there are some amazing highways to get on with your beast and be greedy! Every traveler has its own choice for the road trips, but here’s have a look to some of the best road trips a hitchhiker in India can grab next.. You will not be disappointed for sure! Ahah, and if you the right companion, Ohh My … Bang On!

Nomads can decide to wonder about the “living extensions” in Cherrapunji, taste mixed drinks on the shoreline in Goa or gape at the greatness of the Himalayas. These entire great stimuli are enough to take off the Jack out!

SO, drop the Pegman on a course on Google Maps, and you can look at all encompassing perspectives and shots starting from the earliest stage. Here is the rundown of 6 best trails for freak drivers and highway lovers. India is exceptionally acclaimed by road trips aficionados — where one can cover everything from desert to evergreen woods, mountains to drifts, mud streets to six path interstates.

Mumbai to Goa

From the hustle-bustle to the blue waters is around 677 kms

This road trip can be considered as the “father of all the road trips”. Consistently, a huge number of Mumbai’s bothered obsessive workers head to the shorelines of Goa to de-stress. The NH17 is one of the great highways in India for long drivers especially on weekends, going through the Karnala Bird Sanctuary and offering some really fine perspectives of the stream Vashisti and its marshlands.

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In the midst halt to take a chance to visit the untainted shorelines of Ganpatipule, and investigate the town of Malvan, which brags the notable Sindhudurg fortress constructed by Shivaji. In case you’re going amid mango season that is now heading near I challenge you not to get twelve Ratnagiri alphonso mangoes along the way.

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Vroom: Given the smooth thruway, suggests making the excursion with your mates in the Audi A3 or a good XUV maybe Mahindra or the best can be your ThunderBird.

Guwahati to Tawang

Flavor of Northeast Untouched India around 521 kms

The east is essentially under spoke to in terms of travel. In any case, the territory’s rich social legacy and characteristic magnificence make for a terrific outing. On this course, you can visit the wettest spot on the planet, Cherrapunji in Meghalaya. While there, stare at the “living scaffolds” assembled of the developing foundations of trees.

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Visit the World War II burial grounds in Imphal. Top off the excursion by stalking the imperiled one-horned Indian rhino at Kaziranga National Park and going by the Tawang cloister in Arunachal Pradesh.

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Drive by: There’s no preferred car or bike for this excursion over the strong Range Rover. Engulfing the undulating landscape and rough terrain fixes, that you shall or would need a SUV OR XUV for this kind of drive. The Range Rover is doubtlessly up to the errand.

Manali to Leh

Rugged terrain to a sequestered world is around 474 kms

The exemplary Himalayan road trips not to miss out probably with your beloved. Manali to Leh is one of the hardest and most noteworthy streets to explore on the planet. The Manali-Leh road is open only in June when the Border Road Organization (BRO) starts clearing snow. The best time to take this excursion is in the two-month window from August through September (so arrange ahead).

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The Rohtang Pass offers perspectives of the Beas and Chandra streams. The most astounding pass you’ll experience is Taglang La at 5,359m, after which you start the plummet to Leh. Spend your first night at KeylongKeylong to adjust. The tent camps in Sarchu are a prevalent stop for the second night.

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Vroom: If you need to do it right, the Royal Enfield is the best way to ride over the mountains. I would suggest swinging a leg over the Continental GT 535. Indeed there’s space for one and only on it, yet a few things are best sought after solo (haaaaa). Keep in mind to save petrol with you as motorbikes blaze through more fuel than regular at higher heights.

Bengluru to Calicut 500 kms

Southern India’s roads and highways proffer everything from national parks to shorelines along the way. Head to Mysore to admire the city’s rich religious history and further take after the natural life in Nagarhole, Bandipur and Mudumalai.

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Lastly hit the shorelines around Calicut – Kappad and Kozhikode. A three hour bypass south of Kozhikode to the Pada Mardana at the Taj Malabar, Cochin will compensate you with a decent foot knead. There’s an hour long form, in any case 30 minutes is everything you need to feel shiny new once more.

In case you’re a shuddering mass of sore muscles and need some restoring, the Taj Bekal, Kerala does a brain binding and incredible, Pehalwan Maalish, with warming mustard oil.

Drive By: Some of the streets through the slopes are limited, so taking your bike along for the outing is not bad, but at the same time not enough to blow anyone’s mind. The one which I do at this course in is Harley-Davidson’s made-in-India Street 750.

Jaipur – Ranthambore

From the stunning pink city to the Land of boisterous tiger is around 145 kms

A lot of people go to Ranthambore or do the Jaipur-Jodhpur-Jaisalmer circuit. For me, the tour appeals the sandy desert, castles and additionally the richness of untamed life at Ranthambore. Time your endeavor to harmonize with one of the numerous celebrations in Jaipur (the Elephant Festival tops the rundown).

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At Jodhpur, head to the Raas haveli Raas haveli and book yourself in for the Raas Signature treatment at the natural Ila Only spa. It includes a profound tissue rub with simply enough manipulating, walloping and squeezing to get you prepared for the long excursion back home. For something all the more down to business, attempt the 30-moment back and shoulder recuperation rub. (Soothe your senses)

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Vroom: Something that is OK with kicking up a tempest in the desert – we’re on to the goliath Mercedes-Benz GL 500. Its 4-wheel drive and astounding footing control make this one hell of a ride to humor you in an episode of sand bay.

GO for the next kicking highway trip…. Review the blog if it strikes you … 

 

 



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