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ShiviApril 1, 20188min642

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.

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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.

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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.

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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 3, 20189min2811

 

We recommend having 6 days to explore this route; this provides you with sufficient time to take in the tradition in each position even as no longer being rushed off your feet so that you can see the whole lot. So what follows is our suggested itinerary for your Golden Triangle experience.

Day 1: Starting in Delhi

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When you arrive in Delhi and you’ve got safely dropped your belongings off at your chosen hotel it is time to explore Delhi city tour . But there are many choices in this culturally alive metropolis so we propose starting with The Red Fort. A certainly unmissable landmark that was built in 1638; The Red Fort is awe-inspiring at any hour of the day. It is valued at noting that the fortress is closed on Mondays, so factor that into your plans.

Swaminarayan Akshardham should be subsequent up in your list as it’s a remarkable ode to Indian culture and architecture. By the point you have visible these 2 Delhi attractions it’ll be nearing late afternoon so Humayun’s Tomb is the subsequent vacation spot. Humayun’s Tomb is an extraordinary illustration of the Mughal structure and is found in attractive grounds where you can chill out as you expect to rest to your hotel after a tasty meal.

For a place to stay in Delhi we suggest The Dusit Devarana for the traveller who needs some luxury on their commute; or The Metropolitan Hotel and Spa for those who don’t wish to ruin the financial institution yet nonetheless experience alleviation in Delhi.

Day 2: Forts and Tombs

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At present, you are going for Same Day Agra Tour From Delhi, the primary sight after getting observed your resort might be Agra Fort. This UNESCO World Heritage site was built in 1565 and is still as impressive now as it was back then. Open on a daily basis the fort is comfortably accessible to acquire entrance. In case you have accomplished a tour of Agra Fort a brief trip to the Amazing Tomb of Akbar The Great is Next. One of the vital facets on show here are immaculate examples of the intricate Arts of the Mughals and are really exciting to peer up close.

Finally, see the Taj Mahal in all its splendour. As one of the vital seven wonders of the old world, it’s no mission to spend a good deal of time here; you have got to keep until sunset when the beautiful constructing is splendidly illuminated.

For a style of luxurious on your seek advice from to Agra; a stay at the Oberoi Amarvilas is compulsory. If The Oberoi Amarvilas is out of your price range then we recommend bedding down in Howard Plaza The Fern.

Day 3: Taj Mahal Sunrise Tour

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This morning you’ll savour the Taj Mahal once more, this time bathed in the wonderful mild of the morning. After taking in this individual scene it is time to consult with a different area in Agra; Itmad-ud-Daulah. This does conceal in the Taj Mahal’s shadow but continues to be a satisfactory factor to discuss with on your travels, ordinarily known as a “Jewel box” this is a beautiful addition to your commute.

You probably have received your fill of Agra it is time to head to Ranthambore countrywide Park. Upon arrival here it will be evening, so after settling into your hotel and filling up on some food we suggest relaxing in guidance in your busy day the following day.

The Oberoi Vanyavilas must be you in if you want some Safari luxurious; a less expensive option is Tiger Moon hotel. Each might be a welcome web page after a day of travel

Day 4: Bengal Tigers

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Today you will spend the day on the Ranthambore Safari, with so many extraordinary animals to peer this is definite to be a pleasing day. As one among India’s preferable sites to peer a Royal Bengal Tiger, at present will likely be considered one of your more memorable Golden Triangle commute. For the evening we heartily advocate eating at Niralo Gaon, their speciality is Rajasthani cuisine; you will now not be disappointed.

Day 5: The Pink City

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An early in these days see you depart for Jaipur. The pink city holds many delights for the traveller; might be probably the most particular is the Amber Fort. This beautiful constructing is thronged with tremendously distinctive architecture and luscious gardens. A consult with here’s an actual step back into the prior, be certain to consult with the Sheesh Mahal here. A visit to Hawa Mahal ought to be carried out in the course of your keep in Jaipur, an architecturally beautiful palace; it is going to take your breath away.

If you’re seeking a luxury lodge expertise for the period of your stay in Jaipur, then there may also be only one choice; The Raj Palace; real specialists within the trade of luxury hoteling. A just right finances alternative is The Holiday Inn.

Day 6: Complete the Triangle

 

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That is your final day on the Golden Triangle go back and forth; at present, you are going to travel again to Delhi and entire the Triangle. From there that you can either fly house or continue exploring the attractions and the sounds of India.

 

We hope this has been important for you in planning your very possess Golden Triangle Tour.

 


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ShiviAugust 19, 20179min280

Travelling is exploring your inner being. It always fascinates me as it brings a lot of challenges and expedition in my kitty. This time when I was planning my next trip, the third highest peak of Maharashtra named Ghanchakkar that is positioned beautifully amidst the Sahyadri ranges came out from my bucket list. 

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Overview of the destination:

These ranges offer an opportunity to observe the beauty of nature and lush green terrain that is perfect for hiking and trekking. Of course, any traveller would love to visit this place. SO, here I decided to take a plunge to the Ghanchakkar peak.

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The topography of Ghanchakkar plateau in the western India is a rugged terrain with stunning mountains amidst the Sahyadri mountain ranges in Maharashtra. Ghanchakkar plateau is the third highest peak in the Western Ghats of Sahyadri mountain ranges. It stands beautifully, guarding the two small villages and the flora and fauna, at the height of 1532 meters ( 5,026 ft). 

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Two base villages surround ascents of the peak, out of which we visited Shirpunje village, which is positioned around 22 kilometres from Rajur on the northern side of the Sahyadri Mountains. Taking this village, a base one can trek the Ghanchakkar peak in around 2.5 hours.

Let’s begin our journey:

I would love to begin my journey with letting you guys a bit about this rugged topography and Rocky Mountains of Ghanchakkar peak. Although, the region is surrounded by gorgeous views, waterfalls, lakes and an extensive forest region that are the virtual paradise for camping, trekking, climbing etc. This region provides an array of choices for outdoor adventures and nature lovers.

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It’s indeed a pleasure to illustrate the whole experience of the trek on a canvas of magnificent mountains standing high, stunning waterfalls and nature at its best. The group of around 24 adventure enthusiasts went crazy just with the thought of going on different type of trek and camping.  This gusto led me to take a wrong train, Alas! But, I managed to get on the train to move ahead. 

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Well, wait, the journey to the base camp was thrilling as the monsoons added an extra charm to our trip. The lush green vicinity and the roads all drenched with rains made the view awesomely great.  Not just this, the when a 7-year-old kid sat on the top of the jeep, everyone went awe-struck, she enjoyed immensely in the rains while on the top of the jeep with other travelers. 

Unforgettable trek experiences

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Accommodation: When we travel accommodation becomes an integral part, thus here, I had a home stay this time, which was in the heart a small remotely located village surrounded by the peaks and waterfalls. Yes, visualizing it is divine! The base village was actually a very tiny village that is not developed with a lot of modern amenities and lifestyle; rather I loved the place because of their immense welcoming attitude and treasured culture, which ideally, I was unable to experience in my urbane and chic lifestyle.

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With few fellow trekkers we stayed for a night and relished local cuisine, home cooked by the villagers (Staple Maharashtrian food), in fact, we all helped them and learned about the local food that they eat. Moreover, it was great fun to cook with them as well. Wow! What a thrilling experience with the entire team and the co-trekkers. The stay was warm and cozy with mesmerizing views from the windows, needless to mention it was raining, thus the lush green grass and the tiny ponds made us felt like kids again. The whole idea of connecting and gelling up with the villagers paid off when we played with the kids of the villagers. It was indeed an unprecedented experience.  Of course, selfies can’t be resisted! 

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Trek and Trail: We went for a night trail to enjoy the cool breeze and the serenity that this place has to offer. The team had fun at a huge lake that was approachable with an interesting small trek. The panoramic views and the rains was a terrific experience.

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ShiviFebruary 28, 201711min361

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.

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ShiviDecember 24, 201610min184

PRESERVING TIBETAN CULTURE AT NORBULINGKA INSTITUTE – DHARAMSALA, HIMACHAL PRADESH

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#SoloTravel has always beguiled me! It was a beautiful morning, unadulterated and not to miss in life! The view from my cottage was stunningly perfect awe-struck my senses. I took my shades, got into my boots and headed down towards Dharamshala from Dharamkot passing by Mcloedganj. The destination was Norbulingka institute.

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Wondering why I’m writing on an institute that has nothing much related to me, indeed the institute needs to be talked about. It lays 6 kms southwest to Dharamshala and as established in 1998 by Kelsang and Kim Yeshi Sidhpur. The name of the institute is derived from the traditional summer residence of the Dalai Lama which is in Lhasa (the capital of Tibet)

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Getting around Norbulingka  – I got enticed the moment I entered the institute by the gorgeous artifacts and colorful walls engraved and painted with traditional Tibetan art (thangka). The moment you step in you are enthralled by magnificent and gurgling streams that smoothly run through flawlessly maintained Japanese-styled gardens. You may get astonished to see or witness different species of Himalayan birds flocking and flittering among the treetops.

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There lot to see and roam around in the institute which might take your hours to explore fully. Norbulingka institute’s main aim is to preserve the art and culture of Tibet in India. The institute comprises of a temple, stupa with deities who are worshiped in Tibetan culture, workshops for embroidery, paintings, statue making, wooden art, lush green gardens and hummingbird café for munching and chilling out!

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Workshops  – This institute will amaze you with the endurance and perseverance of the culture intact on safe hands. From, generations the artisans and craftsmen are working hard to conserve the traditional art form of paintings (thangka) and appliqué work.

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Every year thousands of visitors come and explore the Norbulingka institute and take part in the workshops. The workshops give you vivid knowledge and understanding of intricate art form and culture of Tibet. You can take the workshop as per your choice of art form; there are workshops given on thangka sketching, wood painting, wood carving and appliqué workshops. Do not worry! you are always under the supervision of experts who would make you professional in the respective art form. After the completion of the workshop if you wish you can be offered to volunteer or work as well.

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Shops  – There is a shop inside the institute that sells the hand-made artifacts, paintings, and statues, which are made in-house at the workshop in the institute. The unique collection of appliqué, wood carvings, paintings are sold here. You can take any of the meticulously created thangka painting, statues or wall paintings for your home décor way back home. It is worth!

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Meet the humans

One of the best things you should not miss while visiting the institute is meeting the humans here. OMG! They are the wonderful people one can have all the pleasure knowing them. Every manager, artisan, craftsman, worker, tour guide has their own story to depict with the pain of being a refugee in India. The hard times they faced as refugees in India or caught hold by the military or stuck with kids and no food and no shelter. From my eyes out of many meet the two –

KALSANG KYPA – THE TOUR GUIDE – A great chap with sincerity towards whatever he does. He was a great help to me for all the time I was in the institute, exploring and learning new things about Tibetan culture. His journey was terrible but after being patient and having faith in oneself he found he is safe in Nepal and then he came to India. Wanted to say thank you!

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DASAL – THANGKA PAINTER – He is a terrific thangka painter, since childhood he would draw mountains, valleys and hills. But as he learned more about Tibetan culture he now loves to paint only Buddha and thangkas.

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Getting Here Norbulingka is situated in Sidhpur, a suburb of Dharamsala, about 30 minutes from McLeod Ganj.

By Air – nearest airport is Gaggal, around 20 minutes from Norbulingka. Alternatively, you can take flight from Jammu or Amritsar, both are around 4 hours from Dharamsala.

By train – Pathankot is the nearest station. 2 hours from Dharamsala. Booking in advance is recommended.

By Bus – One of the most cost-effective and reliable way to reach is by bus. Volvo and Himachal Tourism buses ply on a timely basis; you can check the schedule online.

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ShiviApril 1, 20163min230

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Not many hikers know about Kugti Pass in Himachal and on a serious note it is not surprising, though! You know why? Because it is virtually uncharted terrain and perhaps a pie in the sky in terms of beauty and landscapes!  It is one of the mysterious and unheard treks of India, yet it manifests the grandness of any great Himalayan trek. If you adore trekking, then the Kugti Pass is a trek in Himachal that needs to be precedence in your treks for the future.

Kugti Pass is beautifully positioned near the scenic hamlet of Kugti which is at an altitude of around 5,050 m above sea level. This terrain is a part of Pir Panjal range of Central part of Himalayas, and certainly a faultless destination for trekkers. Uphill this pass, one can attain the Duggi Plain, a meadow land, and an idyllic camping ground. Putting oneself at the summit, one can view the extravagant Manimahesh Kailash Peak and Dhauladhar ranges. The snow-capped mountains ranges make you crazy that are beyond the Lahul valley.

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The trek starts from Brahmaur of Chamba District. The nearest town is Brahmaur.

How to Reach – There are many ways to catch up here, one is via Banikhet and Chamba while the other route is via Khajjjiar and Chamba. From Dalhousie too it can be reached which is just 4 hour drive.

Via Air the Kullu Manali Airport at Bhuntar is the nearest. Pathankot is well linked with all the important cities in India.

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ShiviMarch 13, 201611min252

Few destinations are so iconic that they shall not be missed and everyone dreams to visit them once in lifetime. Again and again, every time we plan, we read books; we refer guidebooks just to make ascertain that which the destination next to move this summer is.

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Read this blog ahead to know the most alluring destinations for traveling this summer. For those who love to travel and fill their wanderlust, these 7 destinations will blow your mind. Me as a blogger, personally understand that every individual has their own cliché to go on a vacation. Hmmm… well so how do you start planning? Not much effort is needed to plan your dream destination.

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I have narrowed down few fantastic destinations for you from my analysis and readers choice. These places are the best to visit to chuck off the heat this summer. All these destinations have one thing in common that is they offer the traveler the best of panoramic views, boast array of one-of-a-kind magnetism, iconic sights and distinct cuisines.

Puerto Rico

The iconic place to see is El Morro. A viable tip to save some money is if you book your travel wheel in advance – say three months, you may get a scoop of affordable rates and stunning escape to the island.

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Puerto Rico is the magnificent Caribbean island which offers something or the other to all sorts of travelers. Not a single traveler return with blank dairy. From historical sites like El Morro and chocolate box beaches to the underground caverns, everything is perfect. STOP.. do not miss the only tropical forest in the U.S. National Forest System.

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Main attraction is La Quinta Avenida. Budgeted tip is to stay away from timeshare salespeople just to save some pennies.

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The prime reason that wanderers flock to Playa del Carmen is THE BEACH. Popped on the eastern side of the Yucatan Peninsula, the beautiful shorelines and town summon to European and American beach bums with its semi sheltered position and chic resorts.

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If you get tired of sprawling on the sand, take a leisurely walk along La Quinta Avenida, the town’s main street corresponding to the seashore that offer you fashionable restaurants and a perky nightlife scene.

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Crete, Greece

Must to visit is the Vai Beach. The money saving tip is that the toiletry staples like toothpaste and shampoo are pricey in Crete, thus, be sure that that you carry your own stuff beforehand.

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The island of Crete is gorgeous and can offer multiple vacation spot for travelers. Travelers can unwind on the sandy beaches and enjoy the mouth watering seaside tavernas. Other who love adrenalin rush can opt adventurous types like hiking through the soaring mountains or camp site in the forest areas. This is not the end for the history buffs too there are ancient ruins and sites that even urbanites will fall in love.

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Vacationers can admire the Modern Greek life in the city. One is thing is sure that you will be overwhelmed with the warm hospitality here.

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Budapest, Hungary

Do not miss the Thermal baths. Money-saving tip: For about $30 USD, you can buy a two-day Budapest Card for unlimited public transportation and deals around the city.

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This Hungarian city is a favorite for those traveling to Eastern Europe. It’s full of history and Renaissance architecture in the Castle Hill neighborhood, and a diverse dining scene fit for wine lovers. But the calling card for a quintessential Budapest experience is a dip in one of the thermal baths, which are heated by natural springs.

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U.S. Virgin Islands

Not to miss is the Trunk Bay and the money- saving tip is that you shall book the hotels in advance for your travel – i.e in April or May, when the quotes are low.

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The U.S. Virgin Islands offer magnificent views and hopping at its finest for every wanderer. Travelers adore majorly the three main islands — St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix. No matter which you visit first, you will sure to get pristine white sand beaches, and parks like Virgin Islands and National Park Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge.

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Bahamas

Not to miss is the Junkanoo and my money saving tip is that – chuck off the sumptuous and chic resorts for food and choose to go for local eateries for an appealing authentic and cheaper experience.

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For me if it is a beach on the itinerary then it has to be the Bahamas. The best part of this island is that you can spend the whole vacation by just being on the divine beach. Another attraction is the Duty-free shopping at the places like Port Lucaya, and if you plan to visit over the New Year’s then you ill be blessed to experience the gorgeous Junkanoo parades.

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Barcelona

Please do not miss the Güell Park. The money saving tip from me is on the lodging and food, try to skip the hotel and get a stay in an apartment on rent.

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People who have lust for art and antique stuff will be glad to see what all Barcelona will offer. Gaudi’s renowned architecture places like Güell Park offer the city a beautiful feeling of castle in the sky while lively areas like Las Ramblas gratify visitors towards a dose of local culture. Do not miss the tinge of local flavor at the Boqueria market.

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ShiviFebruary 21, 20161min180

<p><img src='https://spiritedbloggerblog.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/57e4e698-3cf3-48e9-8328-18886c1d158c.png' /></p><p>70 per cent of Australia's international visitors enjoy aquatic and coastal experiences as part of their trip to Australia and rank Australia #1 for marine wildlife and remote and developed coastal beaches and aquatic locations. Tourism Australia's aquatic and coastal experiences infographic to find out more about the contribution Australia’s world-class aquatic and coastal offering makes to the visitor economy and how international travellers rate their experiences. </p><p>Sourced through Scoop.it from: <a target='_blank' href='http://www.scoop.it/doc/download/9D6ydkVMDJ6geeYL_PsqC6Y'>www.scoop.it</a></p><p>Live in Australia....</p>



ShiviFebruary 21, 20161min260

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ShiviFebruary 19, 20169min161

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As I love travelling, I understand how finicky it can be when things do not fall under sync while travelling. At the initiation of 2013 till date, I traveled many places in India and International not being aware of what to anticipate from the destination and the coming few days. Leaving my home alone, my daughter alone, just to explore new destinations, meeting new people to whom I didn’t know was not a bad choice. Though felt understated initially, but loved the whole experience and would certainly say “Once in a lifetime experience”. https://www.facebook.com/SpiritedBlogger/ 

 

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Traveling on your own, being a woman is something which you shall opt once in life. Read few reasons to go solo this summer while sustaining all your pros and cons.

You being little selfish – Is it?

The prime thing which as a woman you realize while travelling alone is that you get the freedom. You have options to decide where to go, what to do and even if you wish to change your plans, you can!! Wow, what a feeling.

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While solo, you are the one who have authority on everything. You have full access to the trip to be molded the way you wish to. You will not have to compromise on your own made experiences and of course, no regrets. Think about all the freedom to follow your emotions, desires, and let the feelings flourish in their own way with no limitations and probabilities.

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It may seem that I may be quite selfish, but if you experience a long trip this summer on your own, you may get a glimpse of what I’m talking here.

You are the one who is scared….

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Quite a lot of women in India get scared of traveling solo, because of some chauvinism existing in the society. Some do not travel solo as they are afraid of getting bored, suffering from xenophobia. Trust me, you will NEVER feel alone, except you make your mind up to. While traveling to new destinations put you to all new people automatically, especially as a woman. Apparently when you travel alone there are chances that you might not get out of the comfort zone, while going solo will allow you to explore new horizons.

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Some things that will amaze you to do alone is, talking to the person sitting next to you in the train, taking a ride alone on the unknown streets, asking directions to a person on the street and so on… it is in fact, you to decide how you wish to spend your vacation.

You need to be brave to travel solo….

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Cum’on .. Nah it is a jinx that women restrict themselves to travel alone because they feel that traveling alone requires a lot of courage. They get scared of the thought to meet new people and discover new destinations and feel that they need tremendous courage to do that. You deadly need a break, here, as you will meet like-minded people also; it is not always vice versa.

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Keep in mind that hundreds of women travel alone daily to work or home chores so there is nothing like to be “brave” for traveling solo. It is all in mind. You just to come out of the fear.

Remember you are your own BBF – best friend forever..

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You become more close to your own soul, you laugh, you cry, you enjoy, you carry all ups and down on your own. What a feeling to grow. While traveling alone, you will become skilled for certain moments that usually become difficult to face alone or unbearable. Being solo will make you more confident and stronger for the rest of your life.

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This might give you a whole new perspective of your own personality and attributes towards others. You will become a person to person to trust yourself more.

Best of Best thing to challenge yourself and your life

I remember my travel to Pushkar city alone; suddenly after stepping I realized I’m lost to a place where there were all freak wanderers, weird and nerd people around. I could not find the way out, thought I’m in a mess, but the thrill was to find a way out. Hence, travelling to remote places also makes you strong to deal the unexpected situations.

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There is a possibility that you may not get convinced though by the above experiences, but I’m sure when you ponder emphasis on what the situations, you will surely learn from it. This will push you to become a different individual altogether. Then, “the sky is the limit “for every moment you travel solo.

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I felt crazy when I traveled alone first time at the age of 20. At that time, I never knew that travelling solo can be so good. Slowly I became best friend with me and started loving people more. Pack your bags this summer and explore the whole new you.

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With the summers approaching, this is the best time to beat the heat and go solo!



ShiviFebruary 17, 20161min184

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ShiviFebruary 17, 20161min176

<p><a target='_blank' href='https://spiritedbloggerblog.wordpress.com/2015/10/13/the-unassailable-triund-trek-an-expedition-to-breath/'><img src='https://spiritedbloggerblog.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/61f9a939-51e2-48ff-8deb-28a774f556da.jpg' class='alignleft' style='width:50%;' /></a></p><blockquote>The Dhauladhar is an unendingly interesting extent. This high, rough edge is sufficiently broad and sufficiently imperative both in its profile of rising and its relative closeness to the fields to be a noteworthy Himalayan range. It is a topographically dynamic district, set on a noteworthy push zone of the Indian plate. This is one…</blockquote><p>Sourced through Scoop.it from: <a target='_blank' href='https://spiritedbloggerblog.wordpress.com/2015/10/13/the-unassailable-triund-trek-an-expedition-to-breath/'>spiritedbloggerblog.wordpress.com</a></p>



ShiviFebruary 15, 20161min260

<p><a target='_blank' href='https://www.facebook.com/events/1748918025339156/?_fb_noscript=1'><img src='https://spiritedbloggerblog.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/9bd8d635-2c4f-40a1-8f71-6bc3309172a1.jpg' class='alignleft' style='width:50%;' /></a></p><p>Public · Hosted by Spirited Blogger English (US) · Privacy · Terms · Cookies · Advertising · Ad Choices ·   Crush the scroching sun and make him jealous....Join Me and Chiya at snow cladded mystic himalyas [...]...</p><p>Sourced through Scoop.it from: <a target='_blank' href='https://www.facebook.com/events/1748918025339156/?_fb_noscript=1'>www.facebook.com</a></p><p>Join me if you are in love with travelust ...</p>



ShiviFebruary 15, 20161min270

<p><a target='_blank' href='https://spiritedbloggerblog.wordpress.com/'><img src='https://spiritedbloggerblog.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/ddf649c9-6256-4773-a311-d2215fd06aba.jpg' class='alignleft' style='width:50%;' /></a></p><blockquote>Explore the YOU Within! (by SpiritedBlogger)</blockquote><p>Sourced through Scoop.it from: <a target='_blank' href='https://spiritedbloggerblog.wordpress.com/'>spiritedbloggerblog.wordpress.com</a></p><p>Discover world from my eye....#spiritedblogger #travelislife #lifestyle </p>



ShiviFebruary 14, 20161min262

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