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ShiviMay 26, 20218min2630
Lunar Eclipse 2021- Chandra Grahan

 

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What is a super moon?

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.

 

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The full moon, known as the “Super Flower Moon”, is seen over the Anitkabir, the mausoleum of modern Turkey’s founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, in Ankara, Turkey May 26, 2021. REUTERS/Cagla Gurdogan

 

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.

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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.

 

What will happen?

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.

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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. 

The full moon, known as the “Super Flower Moon”, is seen behind Stonehenge stone circle near Amesbury, Britain, May 26, 2021. REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

 

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ShiviMay 22, 20217min7420

by Author On Travel

Well, this sounds like never before, but now it is in action. I’m talking about Vaccination Travel – COVID 19. As the travel industry has gone for the toss in 2020 and half of 2021 is now almost under the attack of this pandemic. We see the travel and tourism industry is adversely affected. With this, The European Union has rolled out new travel policies to reopen its borders.

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How it is regulated?

The ambassadors from the 27 members of the states of the European Union has now allowed tourists from the rest of the world. It has also allowed the non-essential travellers who have been declined to travel earlier this year and in 2020.

Now, this move is seeing prospects as a crucial part of the economy for EU, especially for the tourism-dependent countries like Greece, Spain, and a few more. As it is summertime the bloc is one step closer to permit international tourists from safe countries. However, if in case you are not coming from the safe country ‘s list then probably you will have to show RT-PCR negative test, and also vaccinated from the ones which are approved by the EU bloc. (vaccines that are approved by EU – Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson.).

While all this ease has come into the picture, health and safety remain paramount. Please see, that Europeans will be furnished with a digital certificate of vaccination which can be shown across borders while they travel. This travel restriction is open majorly for Britons and vaccinated Americans.

 

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Criteria:

Travellers should have received the final doses of the vaccine at least 14 days before travel.

This is for EU countries that have waived quarantine requirements for vaccinated citizens and it is also for non-EU vaccinated travellers.
It seems to be open 100% for all, but it isn’t.

Thus, we see that Portugal lifted a four-month travel for British tourists.
People only from seven countries, including Australia, Israel, Singapore, Britain, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or not are allowed to travel.

Children are also being able to travel with vaccinated parents.

For India, an emergency brake has been proposed. This brake is to limit the risk of more infections and variants to spread and enter in EU.

Also there are a few travel agencies who are offering 21 days’ package to the EU, wherein you would get Sputnik jabs under proper supervision, further to which you can travel and stay in the EU. (please ensure it is authentic).

The changes could come into effect as early as next week.

Travel safe, and despite the fact, restrictions are loosened up, I advise you guys to travel safe, get vaccinated, wait for 14 days to get over, check with your doctor for any other ailments or illness you are facing and then move out.

#staysafe #behappy #covidtravel #eutravel #greecetravel

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ShiviMay 14, 20216min4672

Gloomy story; Maldives closed its door for India, due to rich Indians, perhaps.

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Gorgeous beaches, lively shorelines, beautiful sunsets and much more… Maldives has been the most loved destination among Indians. The Maldives was one of the three destinations that have opened their boundaries post-COVID 19 pandemic 2020. It showed a significant increase in numbers of tourists from South Asian countries of which India was the highest.

 

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The Maldives saw every second Indian celebrity holidaying in Maldivian Islands. When the social media and personal accounts got flooded with their flaunting pictures, it took them for a ride. People started criticizing their pictures saying amid the second wave in India when the situation is way worse, these pictures are distressing and how they are being allowed to travel. (yet it is their choice). 

 

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Due to this elevated numbers of tourists and India becoming the epicenter of the COVID 19 pandemic, Maldivian Government has regulated new rules by restricting the entry of Indian tourists. Maldives has now joined a slew of nations announcing travel bans and restrictions on flights from India including countries like Germany, Iran, the UK, US, Hong Kong among others.

 

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The new travel restrictions are commencing from 13th May 2021. On 8th May Maldives suspended the entry of work permit holders from south Asian countries. The list which included these south Asian countries are – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. The Maldives has now banned travel from India. Maldivian government issues this notice with effect from 13th May 2021. Thus the rich Indians are no abler to fly to the Maldives during the pandemic situation.

 

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What are your views on the same, leave a comment and let us know what you have to say about it.

Is it great that rich Indians shall have this privilege all the time without serving the society in any way, except putting glossy Instagram pictures?  Or they shall be responsible enough towards their humanity.

Despite all this where tourism contributes 21% of the total GDP of Maldives, it will tough for the hoteliers and locals to keep the pace up. But guess, it is right for now.

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ShiviApril 26, 20216min5300

Travel restrictions in Himachal Pradesh – Check before you travel


To start this blog, I would like to first appeal to everyone not to travel for some time more until the situations become under control. India is on the brim of herd community and we may see it happening in coming weeks. I’m not scaring you, God forbid if the infection catches you and your loved ones it is super tough to come out. COIVD is not a joke. Anyway moving further to what I wanted to convey is the latest travel restrictions in the Indian state Himachal Pradesh.

 

We saw a surge of tourist flagging to this beautiful and holy state of India in the months from Jan 2021 to April 2021. Still, there are tour operators who are working on the packages and are ready to take the road trips and hiking tours.

OKAY, I know that the industry had immensely affected by the pandemic and the tourism industry is one of the most impacted and is going under loss. However, breaks are imperative on this phenomenon as it is, directly and indirectly, increasing the cases. The worst part is that this virus mutant shows signs in 14 days and it remains for around 14 days, which makes it daunting to monitor and know where al all it is spreading.

To know all about Kumbh mela in 2021 click here.

 

In Himachal recently the Government has imposed a night curfew in certain districts. Solan, Sirmaur, Kangra, and Una, imposed night curfew from April 27th to May 10th – 10 pm to 5 am. Also Himachal Pradesh government also made the RT-PCR test mandatory within 72 hours for those who are coming into the state. Those who are not tested will be required to go into home quarantine or isolation at their residence for 14 days.

 

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Additionally, other states have restricted the entry of buses, flights, and inter commute for a certain period. Please make sure to move only if it is necessary and urgent. Request everyone to be safe and avoid travelling for leisure and holidays for some time.

 

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ShiviApril 18, 20213min5541

 

Kumbh is one of the largest religious gatherings in the world. Kumbh is held periodically at four different locations in India — Nashik, Haridwar, Prayagraj, and Ujjain. In normal circumstances, Kumbh continues for nearly four months but this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the duration of the congregation has been curtailed to one month.

 

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The first shahi snan was held on March 11 on the occasion of Mahashivratri, while the second was held on April 12. Kumbh Mela Officer Deepak Rawat Tuesday inaugurated the world’s largest Diya on Aastha Path, according to the state government. The diya is also named in the Guinness Book of World records.
Wow, this is incredible – India is incredible but are we meaning with it.

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Despite rising COVID cases, Haridwar is jam-packed with pilgrims for Kumbh Mela on April 12. COVID protocols were flouted as devotees performed the rituals.

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“Maha Kumbh has been challenging for the country, Uttarakhand Police is comparatively small in strength but Maha Kumbh takes place on that very scale. This event comes in the backdrop of the state recording its highest single-day rise in India of COVID cases.


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ShiviMarch 10, 20213min7880

 

The Most Mystical Temples Of Lord Shiva – Significance of Mahashivaratri

Maha Shivaratri or the ‘Great Night of Lord Shiva’ is one of the most significant festivals for Hindus across the world. The fourteenth day of every lunar month or the day before the new moon is known as Shivaratri.

Among all the twelve Shivaratris that occur in a calendar year, Mahashivratri, the one that occurs in February-March is of the most spiritual significance.

 

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Mahashiavratri is very significant for people who are on the spiritual path. for the ascetics, it is the day he became one with Mount Kailash. He became like a mountain – absolutely still. In the yogic tradition, Shiva is not worshipped as a God, but considered as the Adi Guru, the first Guru from whom the science of Yoga originated.

Here’s the facts and some lesser known things about Shiva temples in India

The Most Mystical Temples Of Lord Shiva

 

The Tungnath Mandir in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand is considered the highest Shiva temple in the world and the most scared. Tunganath (literal meaning: Lord of the peaks) mountains form the Mandakini and Alaknanda river valleys. It is located at an altitude of 3,680 m (12,073 ft), and just below the peak of Chandrashila. The temple is believed to be more than 1000 years old and is the third (Tritiya Kedar) in the of the Panch Kedars.

 

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ShiviFebruary 15, 20219min9520
Year of the Metal Ox – All you need to know

 

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So in 2021 it’s the “Year of the Metal Ox,” which hasn’t happened for 60 years. The Ox represents the first year of the 12-year zodiacal cycle, with 2020 being the “Year of the Metal Rat.

 

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How it is significant to the world? Ohh yeah it is, Friday, 12 February, 2021 celebrated “Chinese New Year,” it is one of the globe’s biggest annual celebrations as a fifth of humanity celebrate with rice cakes and dumplings despite it being a mostly virtual event this year. We all know why…

 

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However, as well as also being called “Spring Festival” it’s also referred to as “Lunar New Year.”

Why? What has this occasion go to do with the Moon? How is Chinese New Year calculated and why is Chinese New Year always on a different date? What Chinese New Year animal are you? And what is a “lunar year” anyway?  Here’s all you need to know about it all.

 

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Chinese New Year 2021 starts on the day after the first New Moon that falls between January 21 and February 20 each year—which this year occurred on Thursday, February 11, 2021—and ends on the first full Moon of the lunar calendar two weeks later. This new year begins on February 12, 2021 and ends on January 31, 2022.

 

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The Chinese New Year 2021 animal is the Ox. Each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac (literally “circle of animals”), which is based on the Moon and has a 12 year cycle. Interestingly, so does the planet Jupiter, which takes about 12 years to orbit the Sun. However, there is also a cycle of five elements—wood, fire, earth, metal and water—which together creates a 60 year cycle. So in 2021 it’s the “Year of the Metal Ox,” which hasn’t happened for 60 years.

 

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Which Chinese New Year animal am I?

Don’t make any assumptions if you’re born in January or February and want to find what Chinese New Year animal you are. It’s no use knowing that, for example, 1976 was the “Year of the Dragon.” It was, but only for those both on or after January 31, 1976. What you need to know is that exact date of Chinese New Year in the year of your birth. For example, anyone born on January 30, 1976 was born in the “Year of the Rabbit,” and anyone after that in the “Year of the Dragon.” calculate what Chinese New Year animal you are.

 

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It’s the final full Moon of the astronomical season of winter in the northern hemisphere. In China the celebrations close with a Lantern Festival. 

 

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“Chinese New Year” or “Lunar New Year?” While the former refers to the event in China, the latter—and another term, “Spring festival”—is used to recognise the fact that the event is celebrated all over Asia, not just in China. Lunar New Year is celebrated in Vietnam as Tết, as Losar in Tibet and as Solnal in Korea. 

 

Vietnam as Tết

When is the next Chinese New Year? 

In 2022 Chinese New Year will be celebrated on Tuesday, February 1, 2022 when it will mark the beginning of the “Year of the Water Tiger.” 

Wishing you clear skies and wide eyes. 

Facts and Dates with Data taken from – Jamie Carter (Forbes)

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ShiviFebruary 11, 202110min16280

Bheemkund – Mysterious water pool in India #incredibleindia

 

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It is a magical water pool. Natural in nature, with clear blue waters. Also known as Neelkund. There is an uncovered story about this place, which keeps you intrigued. It is situated near Bajna village in Chhatarpur district, Madhya Pradesh. It is 77 km away from Chhatarpur by road in the Bundelkhand region. Bheemkund is astonishingly a natural water reservoir and a holy place that purportedly dates from the era of the Mahabharata. The water of the Kund (tank) is so clean and transparent that one can see fish swimming in the water.

 

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The pool lies in a cave, about 3 metres from the mouth. To the left of the passage is a small Shivalinga. The pool is a deep indigo blue which distinguishes with the red stone walls. Folklore attached to this place dates back in the times of Mahabharata, linking Bhimkund with the Pandavas. Exhausted under the sweltering sun, Draupadi fainted of thirst. Bhim, the strongest of the five brothers, hit the ground with his Gada, water swelled out and the pool came into being.

 

The roof of the cave has a small opening just above the kund; this is the place Bhim is said to have hit with his Gada. Closely monitoring, it does look like the head of a Gada. It is 20 meters in width. During the Tsunami in India, there were 30ft high jump in water levels. 10 ft high tides arose from the deep waters. The locals have observed it.

 

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The water is blue, deep blue naturally. It keeps on shifting its colours as well. No one till date could examine the depth of – the real depth of this bheemkund. 200 ft deep down the pool if you go you experience water cyclone. Whenever there is a natural calamity there is an effect of it seen in this pool.

Even the earthquake of Nepal had an impact of it here. The pandits and locals have witnessed 7 ft high tides of water. Same was with the earthquake in Japan. It is being said that this place always indicates about the natural calamities to take place. It is a mystery that how this place indicates the natural calamities before it even occurs. And after a few hours, we see some of the other natural mishap happening.

The water is holy and can be kept for years as it is. No algae, no bacteria, and no dilution occur in the water. It is like Ganga and other holy water we keep with us. If this has a connection with oceans or a way to the ocean, then why this pool does not have saltwater. There are theories based on them but no one can prove it. Chattarpur has no connections with the ocean for 1000s km.

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Pujari Ramesh Prasad Pandey Ji – serving there for four generations of his. To know the real depth of this pool huge pumps and pipes have been places and people have returned from 80mtr saying that we can’t go deep than this. The administration had tried to pump out the water for 24 hours everything outside was blocked but the water was not dipping an inch also. They were amazed.

 

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International sky drivers and researchers came to know the mystery they put the camera down and took pictures of somewhere around 200ft down and still did not got the ground layer. Another mystery is that if someone gets drowned in the water and dies – the body is undiscoverable. One cannot find the body of the person, usually, the body of the person floats on the water once dead, but here it vanished.

 

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The archaeologists and the excavators have used their best methods to measure the depth of this Kund but none have succeeded so far. A few years ago a team from “Discovery channel” visited BheemKund and tried to calculate the depth of Kund but unable to do so.

Usually, when a man dies underwater, his body floats above the surface after his death. Whereas, the body once drowned in Bheemkund, never floats up and shockingly the body goes missing and can never be found back.

 

What you have to say about this mysterious place in #india Tell me in the comments below. 

Location: Bheemkund 

State: Madhya Pradesh

Country: India 

Reach by road from Chattarpur District 

Air Route: Indore or Bhopal or Gwalior

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ShiviDecember 17, 20207min9260
A rare sky show, Jupiter and Saturn will be as close as pinkie finger on 21st December

Team NASA has a surprise for you all. You all are excited for this Christmas, though it will not be the same for many due to Corona Pandemic. But the lore of the celebration will be cherished round the world. So what exactly is happening on the 21st of December 2020. 

Alright, the guesses aren’t working and you must be thinking that Christmas is on 25th. Yeah, this year we would get a chance to enjoy a Christmas kiss under the moonlit on the 21st December – which is also named as “The Great Conjunction”. 

 

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So what will happen on this day?

As the NASA Saturn and Jupiter will be the closet. last they were seen after sunset from Shenandoah National Park, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, in Luray, Virginia. And now they both are heading towards the great conjunction The two planets are drawing closer to each other in the sky as they head towards a “great conjunction” on December 21, where the two giant planets will appear a tenth of a degree apart.

In rare sky show, Jupiter and Saturn will nearly ‘touch’ on the winter solstice. On the night of December 21, stargazers will be in for a holiday treat as the two bright planets appear closer together than at any time in the past 400 years.

 

Where did it come from?

In 1610, Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei pointed his telescope to the night sky, discovering the four moons of Jupiter – Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto. In that same year, Galileo also discovered a strange oval surrounding Saturn, which later observations determined to be its rings. These discoveries changed how people understood the far reaches of our solar system.

Thirteen years later, in 1623, the solar system’s two giant planets, Jupiter and Saturn, travelled together across the sky. Jupiter caught up to and passed Saturn, in an astronomical event known as a “Great Conjunction.” (Taken from Nasa.gov). 

 

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A delight for stargazers:

Every 20 years these two planets appear to pass each other in the solar system. But with this position, aligned in the sky comes about once in 20 years. What makes this year’s spectacle so rare, then? It’s been nearly 400 years since the planets passed this close to each other in the sky, and nearly 800 years since the alignment of Saturn and Jupiter occurred at night, as it will for 2020, allowing nearly everyone around the world to witness this “great conjunction.”

On the 21st, they will appear so close that a pinkie finger at arm’s length will easily cover both planets in the sky. The planets will be easy to see with the unaided eye by looking toward the southwest just after sunset. How? 

 

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Follow the steps by NASA:
  • Find a spot with an unobstructed view of the sky, such as a field or park. Jupiter and Saturn are bright, so they can be seen even from most cities.
  • An hour after sunset, look to the southwestern sky. Jupiter will look like a bright star and be easily visible. Saturn will be slightly fainter and will appear slightly above and to the left of Jupiter until December 21, when Jupiter will overtake it and they will reverse positions in the sky.
  • The planets can be seen with the unaided eye, but if you have binoculars or a small telescope, you may be able to see Jupiter’s four large moons orbiting the giant planet.

 

Source NASA

Merry Christmas to all lovelies! 

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ShiviDecember 11, 20205min12670

International Mountain Day #mountainmatters Travel Blog

International Mountain Day 2020: India is proud bearer of the mystic Himalayas, its stunning landscapes, snow capped peaks and unique mountain biodiversity, makes everyone awe-stuck. The Himalayas or other mountain ranges in the world have attracted climbers for years. Not from India, they have come from all over the world. International Mountain Day is celebrated every year on December 11. On International Mountain Day, let’s take a look at few facts and the theme that make India proud.

 

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International Mountain Day 2020 theme

The theme of International Mountain Day 2020 is Mountain Biodiversity. It focus to celebrate the rich biodiversity of the mountains and also address the threats they face. Celebrate International Mountain Day by joining the conversation on social media using the hashtag #MountainsMatter. Tag @authorontravel @mystic_author with your best pic with mountain, we will repost and share it.

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To know more do read my previous blog – Best Mountains in India 

Did you know that the world’s highest post office is in India in the Himalayas? It is the Hikkim Post Office, located in the Spiti Valley at the height of 4,400 metre, “where even mobile or internet fail to reach”.

 

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The most famous and the highest mountain range of India is the Himalayan range. It is also the youngest and the longest mountain range in India and has almost every largest peak of the world. The Himalayan mountain range bisects India from the rest of Asia and is the primary source of mighty rivers in India.

 

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Do you know that 15% of the world’s population lives in the mountains? Therefore, the conservation of mountains is a crucial factor. Mountains are not only important for inhabitants but also for millions of people living in lowlands. They are the sources of the world’s major rivers and also play a crucial role in the water cycle.

 

Indian Himalayas

Though IndiaNepal, and Bhutan have sovereignty over most of the Himalayas, Pakistan and China also occupy parts of them. The Champa, Ladakhi, Balti, and Dard peoples live to the north of the Great Himalaya Range in the Kashmir Himalayas. The Dard speak Indo-European languages, while the others are Tibeto-Burman speakers.

 

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Famous Mountain Quotes: 

“Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was.” – Dag Hammarskjold

“Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing.” – Barry Finlay

“It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” – Sir Edmund Hillary

“Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory.” – Ed Viesturs

“Only if you have been in the deepest valley, can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain.” – Richard M Nixon

 

 


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ShiviOctober 29, 202013min16540

Navratri Celebration in Gujarat

One of the most awaited festivals in the colourful state of Gujarat is Navratri. Celebrated on the first nine days of Ashwin month, devotees keep fast for 9 days and worship Maa Shakti. In the evening, an earthen pot with holes and diyas inside, also known as “Garbi”, is lighted and women perform arti with it. 

 

Gujarat Navratri

 

During Navratri, Garba dance and Dandiya Raas are popular forms of dances performed by both men and women, wearing their traditional dresses.

 

 

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Navratri Celebration in West Bengal, Odisha, Assam &Bihar

 

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In the eastern part of India, in the states of West Bengal, Odisha, Assam, Bihar, Navratri is celebrated as Durga Puja and it is observed in the last four days of Navratri. These days are referred to as Saptami, Ashthami, Navami and Dashami. Durga Puja is the main festival of the people of West Bengal.

 

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Durga Puja is celebrated with great pomp and glitter in various parts of the states in big pandals, where large sized idols of Goddess Durga on her lion, demon Mahishasur, Lord Ganesha, Kartikeya and Goddess Laxmi and Saraswati are erected. Men and women come wearing their best colourful dresses. It is a very common sight to see Bengali women wearing their traditional red saree, decked up completely. 

 

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The sounds of Dhol, Dhak, Dhunuchi nachh, the fragrance of agarbattis fill the air with freshness and purity. The celebrations of Durga Puja in West Bengal should be “must-watch” for everyone once in his lifetime.

 

 

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Navratri Celebration in Tamil Nadu

Navratri is also celebrated in Tamil Nadu as a religious celebration to seek the blessings of Goddess Durga, Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Saraswati in the nine special nights. These three goddesses are worshipped for three days each. Friends, relatives and neighbours are invited and clothes, jewelleries, sweets and other gifts are exchanged among them.

 

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One interesting feature as a part of the celebration is the decoration of the “Kolu” which is actually a staircase having 9 stairs, representing the 9 nights and each stair is decorated with beautiful dolls, and idols of gods and goddesses. It is said that the dolls that are used are handed over from generation to generation.

 

 

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Navratri Celebration Andhra Pradesh

The “Kolu” celebration of Navratri in Tamil Nadu is celebrated as “Batukamma Panduga” in Andhra Pradesh, which means “Come Alive Mother Goddess”. The nine nights are dedicated to Goddess Shakti. Women make a beautiful flower stack known as “Batukamma”, which is arranged with seasonal flowers. 

 

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Women wear new saree and jewellery, perform puja in front of the Batukamma for 9 days and then on the last day they set afloat their Batukammas in a lake or any other water body.

Navratri Celebration in Kerala

In Kerala, Navratri is celebrated in the last three days and Keralites give importance to learning during these three days. They place books and musical instruments in front of Ma Saraswati’s idol on Ashtami, and worship the books and Ma Saraswati till Dashami. On Dashami, the books are taken out for reading.

 

 

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Navratri Celebration in Karnataka

It is a strange fact that even today people in Karnataka celebrate the 9 nights of Navratri in the same manner as was celebrated way back in 1610 by the great Vijayanagara dynasty. Navratri is known as “Naada Habba” in Karnataka. 

 

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The rituals include elephants’ procession on the streets, including fairs and exhibitions of handicrafts and artifacts.

 

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Navratri Celebration in Maharashtra

The celebrations are similar to Gujarat. Navratri in Maharashtra implies new beginnings. Hence, purchasing of a home or a car or new business deals or engagement is very common during this time. Married women invite their female friends, put haldi and kumkum on their foreheads and gift them with a coconut, beetle leaves and beetle nuts. 

 

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This gesture is referred to as “Saumangalyam” which means remaining the wife of her husband till her death. Each and every locality in Maharashtra has its own garba and dandiya nights celebrations.

 

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Navratri Celebration in Himachal Pradesh

For the Hindus in Himachal Pradesh, Navratri is a great celebration. Here, the celebration starts on the tenth day of Navratri when the festival ends in other states. 

 

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People celebrate the tenth day, also known as “Kullu Dussehra” as the day of return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya. On this day, the idols from the temples are taken out in processions. 

 

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During the Navratri festival, the devotees visit various temples in Kangra, Una and Bilaspur districts of himachal Pradesh to pay worship to Goddess Durga.

 

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Navratri Celebration in Punjab

In Punjab, the people keep fast on the first 7 days of Navratri and end their fast on Ashthami or Navami by worshipping 9 little girls and a boy, which is known as “Kanjika”. The Punjabis organize jagratas where they keep awake the whole night and worship Goddess Shakti.

 

 

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ShiviMay 29, 20203min16430

 

 

This news is featured in the travel section of India Times/Economic Times. The content is copyright form this source. Publishing for information.  

 

An assurance in this regard was given today (May 27) to a travel trade delegation by Prahlad Singh Patel, Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism and Culture.

The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, is hopeful of opening Himachal and Ladakh for domestic tourism as soon as the safety and hygiene protocols are ready. An assurance in this regard was given today (May 27) to a travel trade delegation by Prahlad Singh Patel, Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism and Culture. A decision to this effect will be taken in consultation with the states soon, the minister informed the delegation.

The delegation included Presidents of IATOADTOIATOAI and OTOAI. “The Minister informed us that Himachal and Ladakh will be opened for tourists as soon as the states grant permission,” said Captain Swadesh Kumar, President of Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI). “We want all the destinations, which are relevant to Adventure Tourism, like Himachal, Uttarakhand, Leh Ladakh, and the Northeastern States to be opened as early as possible,” he said.

Kumar said that the delegation has assured the government that they would all co-operate on following safety and hygiene protocols. The government is in the process of framing a comprehensive Covid-19 hygiene protocol and the same will be ready in a week’s time, he said.

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ShiviMay 25, 202015min16310

We as humans always get attracted to something which is unachievable or looks very difficult. I always keep on wondering how people in Uttrakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Northern Himalayas sustain in extreme conditions especially in winters. This thought always fascinates me and pulls me towards it that I want to experience something like this once in a lifetime. And here I am writing my blog after finishing my winter Spiti in the harsh weather that one can dream of. Travel to Spiti is a different experience all together especially when you have been to Spiti in Summers.

This blog will cover a lot of aspects as to what all one should carry to be safe in such weather, different ways and routes that one can take.

 

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If you are starting from Shimla

We took a flight from Mumbai to Delhi. You can also take a train as there are a lot of trains available for Delhi. Once we reach Delhi we took a train to Kalka, You can take a direct bus from Delhi to reach Shimla. If you want to give a different feel to your travel experience then don’t miss the Toy Train. Book tickets in advance for toy train from Kalka to Shimla as at the last moment you won’t get any tickets.

 

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Suggestion – Please book your bus tickets in advance and only take the Govt. buses if you are planning to reach Shimla directly. Please avoid taking private buses to reach Shimla, first of all, private bus operators takes a lot of time and secondly, it’s risky as well.

Shimla to Kalpa (9712 ft)

We started from Shimla early morning around 8 AM since the distance between Shimla and Kalpa is 230 km and it takes approx 7 hrs to reach a destination. If you are taking a couple of stops that the same journey extends to 10-11 hrs considering climate is all favourable. I will suggest people start early if you can and keep some buffer time with you. In midway, we took a couple of stops one for breakfast where we had yummy aloo ka paratha with achar and curd. I don’t know how these locals made food but it really taste distinct, I would say something is there in the air and water which makes simple things wondrous.

My travel buddy and I then took the route via Kufri, Narkanda, Rampur and then finally to Kapla. Enroute you will find snow, on both sides of the roads, sometimes view is so mesmerizing that you want to forget everything and just feel the beauty of these hills. Kalpa is the capital of the Kinnaur region, I am not sure how many of you know this. We reached Kalpa around 8 PM in the night, it was all dark as in hills around 5-5:30 you will see that sunlight starts fading. By 8 you will feel it’s like 12 o clock in any city. From here the whole fight starts or I would say you start feeling the chill of the Spiti Valley. We were lucky to get beds that have heaters in it embedded. Nights are so cold that you can’t even think of taking your hand out of your gloves and don’t ask the layers of clothing that you need to wear. And not to forget in rooms you won’t get water in the toilet since all the pipelines get blocked or frozen due to ICE.

 

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We took our dinner and headed to the room since it was a long journey and tiring as well, though the beauty through which we pass through was giving us a glimpse that what all we will be seeing ahead. The night view was also imposing as there was no pollution and an only beautiful sky filled with a bunch of stars, it looks as if someone has started a DJ light.

Kalpa to Tabo (10761 ft)

Post healthy and fresh breakfast and we both started a little late since the distance between Kalpa and Tabo is only 160 km which can be covered easily in 4hrs. We were planning to cover Giu monastery in between which we were unable to as due to some unforeseen circumstances we keep on getting late like there was a landslide in between, then due to on-going road work at a lot of places blasts were begun due to which we need to stop till the road gets cleared. Considering all these its a fun ride as you keep on seeing sometimes half-frozen, sometimes full frozen Spiti river. This view is only in winters and you keep on wondering how come suddenly river started flowing where half a km before it was all frozen. And these mountains keeps on changing colors after every 4-5 km which you can only experience. Tabo is famous for Tabo Monastery. We reach Tabo around 8 PM and had a good sleep. Since next morning our destination was Kaza.

 

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Tabo to Kaza (12467 ft)

Distance between Tabo to Kaza is hardly 50 km which can be covered easily in 2 hrs. However, we decided to cover Pin valley which is almost frozen and would take your heart away when you pass from those routes where on both the sides you will find huge Ice blocks, sometimes their height is more than 10 ft and when you pass those you get an adrenaline rush. Pin valley is an abode to flora and fauna of Himalayas (National Park) but in winter you can only find one thing and that is snow. We reached Kaza and did a night halt there.

 

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Kaza to Langza-Komic-Hikkim – Chichum Bridge – Kaza

These are some of the famous places nearby Kaza which cannot be missed if you are here. Langza is a village that is famous for Buddhist monasteries and fossils. We were unable to reach Komic due to heavy snow in the region and roads were blocked. Hikkim is famous for its worlds highest post office. You can postcards to your near and dear ones from here.

 

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Chichum Bridge is Asia’s highest suspension bridge. When we reached there it started snowing and what more you can ask for at such a beautiful place.  In midway, we have seen places where water is flowing from top but in middle, it has frozen, we were wondering how this can happen and we both was awe stuck witnessing that nature’s beauty which itself was surprising.

 

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After covering all these places which in itself is an experience we came back to our homestay. A lot of memories were captured in photographs, some were captured in heart and some were there in our eyes which was just to stay for a very very long time.  We have our dinner and stayed in our rooms, the temperature was -20 degrees celsius and we were feeling that we all died as it was so cold out but when we saw the mountains and the sky it felt as if how can the world be so beautiful and so calm. Trust me that was the feeling.

Kaza to Kalpa

This is one of the longest journey that we took in the whole trip and in midway since it was 200 km that need to be covered and in hills covering 200 km might take approx 9-10 hr which is just a journey time excluding the halts that you take and how much time you spend on each halt. With each passing hour, we were feeling that why we are going back as the Himalayas and the hills that we spend time were most beautiful. We thought that our journey has come to an end but God and nature have a different plan for us. After we reach Kalpa and checked in to our rooms, around 11ish in the night it started snowing, I have never seen real live snow falling on me. Trust me guys feeling was out of the world. It was like cotton coming on you and that’s it and it goes away. Wow-what a thing to watch out for. Till morning it was continuous snow and we came to know that this fresh snow is in whole region and routes have started closing down due to this.

 

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Kalpa to Shimla

We started for Shimla and expecting to cover the distance in 9 hrs approx but due to snow routes were closed and we were forced to take a longer route and it took us 2 hrs more to reach to Shimla. We all were tired, happy, sad and what not as whatever we have experienced was in itself a journey that neither of us thought about.

The trip came to an end but the memories and the experience that we all got in itself was mind-boggling.

 

Things to Carry

  1. Rucksack
  2. Jacket for -15 degree celsius
  3. Sports/Trekking Socks
  4. Woolen Socks
  5. Gloves
  6. Fleece
  7. Neck Warmer
  8. Woolen Cap
  9. Thermal Inner Wear
  10. Sun – Screen – SPF 50
  11. Water bottle
  12. Litter bags

Place to Stay

Depending on your budget you get ample places to stay, however, we suggest to do bookings beforehand as in winters it becomes tricky to roam around and look for good options.  You will get a lot of budget hotels and home-stays, luxurious hotels are doubtful in Spiti Valley as it is still a secluded land and for past few years have gradually started becoming a travel spot.

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ShiviApril 19, 202011min15290

The Day for Heritage Monuments and Sites in the World-World Heritage Day. 2020 Theme – Shared Cultures, Shared Heritage, Shared Responsibility is the theme of 2020. 

 

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It is the day when we humans preserve the human-made heritage monuments and more. Worldwide the societies and communities celebrate World Heritage Day on 18th of April to preserve and conserve our heritage monuments, our history, our cultural diversity for the monuments that seem to be vulnerable. Our Human race when celebrates every moment then why not Heritage Day for all the heritage sites in the world that are standing beautiful like a crown and pillar for every destination. 

As our society proceeds at a break-neck pace, we grapple to hold onto our past. Significant cultural monuments and heritage sites around the world lay in the wreck. When I travel, even I see those monuments in ruins (not all, but in India yes there are many like these). My heart sinks when I visit those places, but thanks to ASI and programs like World Heritage Day and UNESCO which call for attention to these monuments and place value on them. As a traveller, I know that when I visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site it carries some weight on my shoulders as well, as a tourist. Not only on me but the local population as well to conserve and preserve them. 

 

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It also aims to acknowledge the efforts of all related organizations in this field. These comprise engineers, architects, civil engineers, geographers, artists and archaeologists. My blog is highlighting this importance and will straight away take you to some of the best UNESCO heritage sites that you should tick off your bucket list right away. 

 

Machu Picchu

A trip to Peru is not complete without a trek to Machu Picchu. At almost 8,000 ft, this castle is a sight to behold. Located where the Andes and the Amazon Basin meet, the natural beauty of the edifice is exceptional. 

 

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As you walk amongst the clouds, you’ll find distinct panoramas and diverse flora and fauna. Make sure you have a camera handy to seize a picture of the stunning ancient buildings, mind-blowing views, and local llamas. 

 

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Angkor Wat

The most liberal and largest religious temple in the World, Angkor Wat In Siem Reap is a pantheon complex devoted originally to the Hindu deity Vishnu which was then modified into a Buddhist temple by the end of the 12th century. Built in the early 12th century by King Suryavarman II of the Khmer Empire, the temple personifies the classical Khmer style of architecture and also emphasises on the Cambodian flag.

 

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Read: Also read about World Tourism Day 

Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum built between 1632 and 1653 in the city of Agra. It sits on the banks of the Yamuna river and was appointed by the Muslim emperor Shah Jahan of the Mughal dynasty. The majestic set of buildings was built in honour of his favourite wife, who died delivering her fourteenth child. It is expected that its construction needed the effort of 20,000 workers. This is one of my favourites.

 

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Sigiriya

The Sigiriya Lion Rock is a glittering fortress and temple compound atop a high volcanic plateau. Provincially also called the eighth wonder of the world, this marvellous site features high on the list of places to visit in Dambulla and Sigiriya. The main entry is shaped like a huge stone lion, whose feet survived the ravages of time. 

 

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If you are visiting Srilanka, then this Sigiriya’s western wall, which is adorned with beautiful frescoes, is a must-visit. 

 

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Cinque Terre

‘Cinque Terre’ in Italian means ‘Five Lands’. It is a sturdy piece of the coast on the Riviera of Italy. Five popular Cinque Terre villages include Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. 

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Due to the picturesque beauty, tracks, and immaculate architecture, all these villages have been added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You will fall in love again, do pay a visit. 

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Jurassic Coast 

Another in my list for this blog is Jurassic Coast in Great Britain. The UNESCO world heritage site stretches 95 miles from Devon to Dorset. The Jurassic Coast is one of the most popular destinations in Britain. It is on the English Channel coast of Southern England. It is the only place on Earth where 185 million years of the Earth’s history are sequentially exhibited in climactic cliffs, isolated coves, coastal smokestacks and barrier beaches.

 

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The ‘tilt’ of the rocks creates a bizarre ‘walk through time’ from 250 million to 65 million years ago, through the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods as you walk towards east this site. 

 

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These heritage sites have achieved global significance because they integrate art, culture, and civilization. They are of excellent value to humanity. On World Heritage Day, it is prudent to plan events that would help people fuse to the past like heritage walks, museum and library tours, and heritage property open days. 

Do send me your pictures or your travel story to get in my list of guest blogs. PS: before booking your trip these international destinations and heritage sites, find out what steps are needed to protect it and respect them during your visit. Don’t let an important site disappear from the world, do your part on this day to raise awareness and preserve it for future generations. 


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ShiviApril 11, 202012min8530

 

The hunger to travel never ends. This endless lust for travel is relatable with all the wanderlust out there. Yeah, well, even I’m not able to travel, thus what to do? 

There is a way to break this, read books, by reading books on travel we can satisfy our wanderlust in the tough corona times. Keep reading…

When you enter a search into Google on why we travel, it takes you to detailed articles of ‘Can travel make you more creative?’, ‘Can travel make you fall in love?’ and much more. While some of these may be completely clickjacking, I can’t help but admire the emphasis we all have on the act called travelling. 

Now as we all are chained to chair at work for a long time which does not seem to end soon, I pay my, condolences to my friends who are in dire need of a holiday and aren’t able to. When you have this kind of heartbreak, only a quick trip can fix it. But sadly not right now, in the times of Corona Pandemic. 

I feel sad to hear the stories of lockdown, with no pleasure of travel at all. And then I hear lockdown on the borders and travel ban imposed across the world. I can’t help but feel a sting of worry. Some of us have lovers self-isolating 8,000 miles away and that seems like an unreasonable situation to be in. But if I thought mine was a sad story too, but it’s hard not to think the world without travel writers, travel influencers, content writers, reporters, whose duties are connected with free movement and travel all over and now almost verbose in a worldwide lockdown.

Now that we are in isolation because of the pandemic-inflicted world, free movement is like a distant dream. The month of April is usually when people move out for travel as the exams get over, then Good Friday and other long weekends. Regrettably, for most of us, COVID-19 has assured the derailment of our travel plans. Nevertheless, when one inspiration runs dry, there are many others to keep yourself immerse into positive things. 

So whatever your reasons for travel may be, post-Corona you guys will have to wait for a longer time as the travel industry will be the worst hit. Small hotels, homestays, will have a hard time to recover. I would recommend you to get yourself your favourite cup of tea of a cup or coffee, then, find your much-loved corner or a place on the couch and let the travel stories take you to an exile, many miles away. 

 

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Pico Iyer’s Autumn Light: Season of Fire and Farewells (2019)

“We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again—to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.”

 

In his most recent publication, Iyer snaps down his view on travel on answering to his longtime home in Japan. As a nation whose calendar is characterised by occasions to honour the dead, come autumn, he represents Japan from a new prospect and directs on the mundane routines that unite people’s lives. 

 

Amitav Ghosh’s In an Antique Land (1992)

“But now, travelling down that road after so many years I felt no excitement at all, only an old, familiar sensation, one that had always accompanied me on my way back from Damanhour, no matter whether I’d been away an hour or a week: the lassitude of homecoming mixed with a quiet sense of dread.”

 

Known as one of his best works, Ghosh takes the reader on a journey from England to Egypt by this book. He goes in quest of a despicable slave from the 12th century, but during his travels, he meets the interaction of varied faiths, holy men, retailers and alchemists. His story is one that genres and ages and envelops the reader in a well-travelled past.

 

Shivya Nath’s The Shooting Star (2018)

“I remember the years I had been too afraid to dream of sitting on the ledge of a humble yellow house, chatting with a family that wasn’t my own, chatting in a language that wasn’t my own, in a part of the world so far away from the one I grew up in and yet not that different.”

 

Shivya Nath’s debut bestows her story from when she quit her 9-to-5 corporate job and travelled the world for seven years, the last two without a permanent address. Her goal to convert from an average girl to a free-movement soul is apparent throughout the book and she endeavours to create a new life and reinvent herself through this journey from the foothills of the Himalayas to the tropics of Ecuador. 

 

Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love (2006)

“Traveling is the great true love of my life… I am loyal and constant in my love of travel. I feel about travel the way a happy new mother feels about her impossible, colicky, restless newborn baby—I just don’t care what it puts me through. Because I adore it. Because it’s mine. Because it looks exactly like me.”

 

One of the bestsellers of 2006 and later a blockbuster on the big screen in 2010, Eat, Pray, Love is a must-read for readers viewing to hit the reset switch on their lives. Following her divorce, Gilbert travels to Italy, India and Indonesia, learns a new language, submerges herself in a new culture and along the way takes an inward journey into what it means to truly be happy with oneself.

 

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These are some of the travel books which I loved and thought that can satisfy other people wanderlust as well. If you have any comments about this blog please leave on the comment section. In case you are interested in reading any specific blogs please let us know by clicking here and we will try to publish it soon.

 



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