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Family Summer Vacation ideas in India 2015

Vacation ideas that will turn this summer into an enjoying experience for your entire family

The crunch time for summer 2015 is fast approaching. Many of you must have already planned a holiday with your family, but for those who still wish to know about the best family vacation ideas for this year, here’s a list below.

Family Vacations Ideas – Start Planning Your Summer Vacation Now
Why not try, the cold this summer

Hill Stations in India are many in number. From Jammu and Kashmir, to Kullu Manali and Shimla in Himachal Pradesh, you can easily plan a perfect getaway for your family by moving to these places that can offer a cool experience in the middle of summers when the mercury level starts soaring high. Most hill stations in India offer exciting activities like ice skating,

Paragliding and  more alongside river rafting , which means something for everyone in the family. But, try inquiring beforehand to avoid any disappointments later. Ooty, Dalhousie, Kasauli and Gulmarg comprise of some of the not-so-popular ones on the list, but are surely the ones you can explore this summer.

Try being different, get ready to hit the beaches

The southern coastline of India is blessed with many beaches that are truly splendid in every sense of the word. Beginning from Mumbai in Maharashtra, to Goa, Kanyakumari, Vizag and more. The options are  many, but this would be going out of the box and its not for you if seeking to explore a temperature drop this holiday season.

If no kids in the family, plan a trip to Leh Ladakh

Leh Ladakh in the north is a must see destination if adventure and  natural beauty  are something that clicks with you and leaves you craving for more. These hill stations, opening for just 5 months in a year veil beauty that is marvelous and unexplored. But, this place  is only if you have no kids in the family and also people who have trouble breathing at high altitudes.

Do something out of the league, try visiting places of pilgrimage interest

If seeking to get away from the worldly tensions and get near to spirituality, then you can plan a pilgrimage trip for the family. Places like Badrinath, Kedarnath, Yamotri and Amarnath in the north are packed with  mesmerizing scenes that are rare all along the way that everyone in the family would appreciate and this trip can also help you get rid of those sins, by giving a rejuvenating experience .

Become a nature’s guest this summer, indulge in wildlife tours

The improbable terrain in India consists of innumerable wildlife sanctuaries, national parks and more. So, turn your summer vacation into an educational tour for your kids, by helping them see and get close to nature  and wildlife tours, while they  are living freely in their natural habitats.Get ready to explore the wildness in the wild dens in India. Some options on this list include Jim Corbett, Gir National Park, Ranthambore in Rajasthan, Kanha national park and more.

The number’s counting, so don’t keep waiting and hurry up…

So, why wait still, this holiday season escape to places that can offer not just you, but everyone in the family  a reason to smile and enjoy like never before. So, pump up the adrenaline and choose from those package tours or get a tour designed as per your needs. Do whatever you think is right  and what suits you. But, do it quickly, as everyone’s heading to these destinations, which could mean a house full at most hotels, trains and flights.
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Experience the Real Varanasi with Walking Tours

Varanasi has forever fascinated tourists with its old world charm and it’s no fluke it’s a prominent feature on most east/north Indian itineraries. Sadly, most itineraries for Varanasi tours offer the usual fare – a boat ride, guided tours to temples at the Ghats, evening Aarti etc. But I bet there are hardly any tours which take you to the Palace of Kashi Naresh. Or the Dasashwamedh Ghat. My point exactly. In case you want to explore, and not just visit, Varanasi try a walking tour.

Varanasi - the holy city of India
Because most itineraries to Varanasi only feature one, or maximum two, day stays and, therefore, the real Varanasi gets lost somewhere. To see the real, virgin, naked Varanasi I’d highly recommend a walking tour of the city. Similar to heritage walks organized in New Delhi, New  York or Paris, heritage walks in Varanasi show visitors around the most hidden nooks and crevices of the city. Most walking trips are single day trips helmed by local guides who take visitors to places normally left unseen, besides the regular Varanasi attractions. Walking tour itineraries are easily customizable and have to be prebooked, especially if there’s a particular guide you’re looking for. Nevertheless, the right guide can make a lot of difference. He is the tour, actually. So make sure you have a good one and you’ll have a good time.

Varanasi, India
A Word of Advice
Benaras can get a little overwhelming, especially for foreign visitors. Coming from a relatively subdued culture, the sheer vividness of culture, the entire hippie undertones to the city, shady looking touts on the Ganga Ghats – everything together can get on anyone’s nerves. Varanasi is equally famous for its con artists. It might do you a huge favor to book a walking tour from an established, registered tour operator. Stay away from bhang and drugs – you get loads of both here!
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Top Five Best Places to Visit in Kerala

Kerala is perhaps the most popular destination for tourism and holiday in India. Also known as the ‘God’s Own Country’, is famous for its lush greenery, beautiful beaches, serene backwaters, historical monuments, diverse flora and fauna, picturesque landscapes and more, makes Kerala one of the most sought after beach destination in India. The top five places to visit in the summers in Kerala are –


Lighthouse Beach,Kovalam
Kovalam, Kerala’s Most Famous Beach Destination – Lighthouse Beach
Kovalam is an internationally famous beach destination, located at very short distance from Trivandrum. Kovalam is known for its three most famous crescent beaches which offers an array of beach activities. There are plenty of leisure options available at these three beaches which includes swimming, sunbathing, exclusive cultural programs, herbal body toning and cruising are some of them. Kovalam is a favorite destination among the honeymooners for spending a quality time with their loved ones.


Munnar, Kerala
Munnar - one of the most beautiful hill stations in Kerala
Munnar, also known as the ‘Kashmir of South’, is one of the most beautiful hill stations in Kerala. Situated at the confluence of three mountain streams of Nallathanni, Mudrapuzha and Kundala, is spread over vast expanses of tea plantations, rivulets, waterfalls and cool weather. It is an ideal destination for trekking and mountain biking.


Alleppey backwaters
Alleppey backwaters
Alleppey, also known as the ‘Venice of the East’, is famous as the most popular backwater destination. It has picturesque canals, beaches, lagoons, houseboats and scenic natural beauty which makes it a most sought after tourist destination. Houseboat cruise over the Alleypey backwaters is an experience of one of its kind. Other than Holland, it is the only place where rice is cultivated well under the sea level.


Natural Beauty in Wayanad
Wayanad is one of the few districts in Kerala, endowed with natural beauty. Wayanad is blessed with enchanting wildlife, rolling hills, beautiful rivers and lovely valleys. It is also known for its tribal communities. The hills, rocks and valleys offer an exceptional range of adventure activities. With vast areas of Wayanad are still unexplored, it is truly an adventurescape waiting to be explored.


Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary,Kerala
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Kumarakom is one of the most famous Kerala backwater destinations and is located close to Ayemenem village. It is famous for its Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary , Ayurvedic Resorts and beaches. This little town is a cluster of small islands that are interlinked by the backwater system of Kerala, is the most enchanting and mesmerizing beauty of nature. It attracts domestic as well as a large number of foreign travelers.
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A Guide to Street Food in Delhi

Eat Street Food at Chandni Chowk in Delhi – Mission:  Chomp, Slurp and Burp!

Let me first start with a proclamation - your Delhi sojourn is a waste if you do not try Delhi’s local street food. BTW, if you don’t know Chandni Chowk is one of the top must visit places in Delhi. Cuisine wise, there is no part of India that isn’t represented in Delhi’s eating joints. From Shillong’s Wak Pura to Surat’s Lilva Kachori – Delhi has something for everyone from everywhere.

paranthe wali gali, chandni chowk
Street Food in Delhi
This post will highlight the crème de la crème of Chandni Chowk in Delhi. You must have heard of Chandni Chowk as the place for Heritage Walk, Red Fort and Jama Masjid but there’s more to eat than meets the eye. Rightly dubbed as the “Food Capital of India”, Chandni Chowk never ceases to impress food connoisseurs. And if you happen to have an extra taste bud for street food, all the better. 

Eat Street Food , Chandni Chowk in Delhi

The indigenous Chaat is to Chandni Chowk  what Pizza is to Italy. Although the very definition of Chaat is a little hazy, the sheer variety of street food you get to enjoy in the bylanes of Old Delhi is phenomenal. The streets look like a daily fair where people throng to satiate their third sense – the tongue. There are thousands of halwaais (sweet  sellers), paranthewallas ( sweet shops selling the big, stuffed Indian paratha) and namkeen Wales ( seller of savories) – all vying for your attention as you trudge the street with excitement. Let me assist you with a quick, 2 hour itinerary to gourmet heaven. I bet you’ll return a changed man, I mean in terms of what you weigh!

Eat Street Food at Chandni Chowk in Delhi

Okay, so start with Paranthewali Gali. Head straight to Asaram’s and order a couple of Gobi Paranthas (with extra butter, of course!). If you’re traveling in a group, make sure you order different renditions of the paranthas – there are 150+ varieties, I’ve been told! Also, make sure you try them with a generous helping of different chutneys – chilly, tamarind, garlic, onion etc. Don’t get too comfortable as you now hop over to Lala Babu Chat Bhandar where you can sample spicy Gol Gappes (circular pouches made from wheat, filled with tangy coriander water). Other snacks you must lay a tongue on include Pao Bhaji, Dahi Bhalle and Matar Paneer Tikki. Now for those with a sweet tooth among you, a special treat awaits at Jalebiwala at Dariba Kalan where piping hot Jalebis, small Indian pretzels drenched in sugar syrup, are served. 2 hours and hunger pangs would have passed by now and you still have not covered even a hundredth of the ‘food heaven’. Other peripherals I’d recommend include Halwa Papdi, Badam Burfi and Pista Samosa at Ghantewala and Butter Chicken at Moti Mahal. 

Eat Street Food at Chandni Chowk in Delhi

But if you have more appetite for the heritage, history and culture of Delhi, you might like to check out  Humayun's Tomb and Qutb Minar both are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Purana Qila which was the site of legendary Inrdaprasta built by Pandavas of Mahabharata fame and the iconic India Gate which commemorates the Indian soldiers who fought and died fighting for British during World War II.

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Rajasthan Tours Must Do - Understanding the Folk Sounds of Rajasthani Music

Ever wondered why folk dance and music performances are such an integral part of most Rajasthan tours? Owing to the vast diversity of cultures it has played a host to, Rajasthan and its music are vivid, rustic and pleasing. The state is home to many Indian musical centers or gharanas and shares influences and inspirations from those on the other side of the India-Pakistan border.

Rajasthani music is the broth made up of flavors from Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaipur and Sindh in  Pakistan. You may find it equally interesting that Rajasthan’s thriving musician population is classified on the basis of their musical styles – the langas, bhopas, jogis, Manganiars and saperas. Of these, Manganiars and Langas are the two most prominent musical castes – the former are known for their liberal musical approach while the latter typically ascribe to a Muslim audience and styles.

Rajasthan Tours
Rajasthan Tours - Understanding the Folk Sounds of Rajasthani Music
Rajasthani folk music draws inspiration from everyday chores and events and are often written in a humorous vein. There are love ballads, songs hailing war heroes, songs in the praise of monsoons, lullabies, devotional hymns – all created soulfully.

Most songs start with the customary Alap, followed by a musical couplet that is, more or less, the introduction of a song. Celebrating the advent of monsoons or the spring is a matter of great happiness and the same is reflected in Rajasthani folk songs. Songs also revolve around the daily activities of the local people - For instance, a song about not sowing Jeera (Cummin) since it is difficult to tend.

Or for instance, another song about Pudina (Mint) and how it is liked by members of the family (a backhanded reference is to some kind of local liquor extracted from mint). The next time you hear a song during a Rajasthan Tour, get somebody to  explain the lyrics and you would end up being tickled.
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Your 1 Page Handbook to Ladakh Travel : Just the Bare Essentials

Located in the vast mountain ranges of the Great Himalayas, Ladakh, is the most scenic place in Jammu & Kashmir in India. It offers an amazing opportunity to adventure lovers.

What to See in Ladakh:
Pangong Tso
Lakes: There are two lakes in Ladakh - Pangong and Tsomoriri. Pangong Lake is situated about 4350 meters above the sea level while Tsomoriri Lake considered the largest lake in Ladakh region,  situated an attitude of 15, 075 feet.


Shanti Stupa
Buddhist monasteries are the most important part of the Leh Ladakh tour. It is the main center for the worship for the Ladakhi people and also it’s a unique flavor of regional beauty and ancient history. Spituk Monastery, Shanti Stupa, Tesmo, Sankar Gonpa are some of the Buddhist Monasteries in Ladakh.


Ladakh has a rich heritage and has been under monarchical rule since the first century, when it was a part of the Kushan empire. Consequently, Ladakh has a fair number of heritage properties including palaces, forts and other private premises of  erstwhile rulers. The Leh Palace  and the Stok Palace are the two most popular palaces in Ladakh and are a regular feature on most Ladakh itineraries.

Drass War Memorial: Dras War Memorial, across the Tiger Hill, is a tribute to the war heroes of the 1999 Kargil War between India and Pakistan. The memorial commemorates the Indian victory in “Operation Vijay” and bears the name of all Indian soldiers who lost their lives in the war.

Zojila Pass
Due to its arduous terrain, Ladakh  has plenty of mountain passes that connect  it to the outside world. In past, these passes have served as important trade routes connecting the Indian mainland to China and Russia. All Ladakh passes are heavily guarded and only some are even not accessible for tourists. The four most popular Ladakh passes are Khardung La, Bara-lacha La, Zojila and Chang La Pass.

Confluence of Indus and Zanskar River: Indus and Zanskar together are the most important physical lifeline of Ladakh. Besides being the primary source of freshwater, the two rivers also provide plenty of camping opportunities on  their banks. The rivers’ confluence at Nimmu, Ladakh is a popular tourist landmark and the perfect camping site.

How to Get There:

By Road: Srinagar to Leh highway (414 Km), which opens June to November and  Manali to Leh (474 km) opens mid June to early October are the two highways to Leh Ladakh region.

Distances by road:

•    Srinagar - Leh : 414 Km
•    Manali - Leh : 474 Km
•    Srinagar - Kargil : 204 Km
•    Delhi - Leh : 1047 Kms
•    Leh - Kargil : 234 Km
•    Kargil - Padum (Zanskar) : 240 Km
•    Leh - Deskit (Nubra Valley): 118 Kms.

By Air: You can also reach there by taking flight, as per your preferences.

When to Go: Summer (June to September) is the best time to visit in Leh Ladakh. The most of the passes opens during April to May.

Click here - http://www.lehladakhindia.com/travelguide/ for more information on leh ladakh travel guide.

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Royal Rajasthan on Wheels - Jodhpur Tours

The huge success of the Palace on Wheels train initial the concept of Luxury train travel in India. To repeat this magic many state government came up with their own version of the Palace on Wheels. This  step was taken by the state government to attract tourists to experience the royal lifestyle of Indian Maharaja’s. With the popularity of the train touching new heights every day, it essentially became very difficult for travelers interested in booking a seat in this train.

Royal Rajasthan on Wheels Train Exterior
Royal Rajasthan on Wheels Train Exterior
To bridge this gap the Royal Rajasthan on wheels  was rolled out. This luxury caravan covered all important tourist destinations that were being covered by its predecessor along with some other important destination demanded by the tourists. The final itinerary of this Royal Rajasthan on Wheels included Delhi, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Chittorgarh, Sawai Madhopur, Jaipur, Khajuraho, Varanasi and Agra.

Mehrangarh Fort,Jodhpu
A view of the massive facades of the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, Rajasthan

The Royal Rajasthan on wheels comes with a seating capacity of 82 people at a time. The key  facilities to look out for include two resto bars, two super deluxe suites, 13 deluxe saloons, boardroom, improved water supply and storage and internet facilities. The deluxe cabins of the train come with names such as Ruby, Pearl, Emerald and Sapphire and the attractive color schemes is there to give them true dazzling look and appeal.  The journey offers you a week long experience of the lifestyle of the Rajput rulers of Rajasthan.
A camel safari, Jodhpur
A camel safari in the sand dunes near Jodhpur is always recommended for its sheer mystical aspect
These Luxury train travels have indeed highlighted India on the global map when it comes to presenting travelers with an  interesting ways of exploring the country. These trains have given a tremendous boost to the tourism department of the country which is there to stay for years to come.
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Amber Fort - Tourist Places in India

Amber Fort: Attraction in India

Amber Fort, also known as Amer ka Qila, is located in the periphery of the pink city Jaipur, Rajasthan. Forts are one of the reason Rajasthan is visited by tourists from around the world. It was built by Raja Man Singh in 1592 and known for its artistic style which is a seamless fusion of both Islamic and Rajput architecture.

Amber Fort
Traditionally dressed women entering the Palace Complex inside Amber Fort. Notice the exquisite carvins and stucco work and floral paintings
Amber Fort is the largest fort in Jaipur and the most visited forts in India.  Millions of tourists from India and overseas arrive in Jaipur to visit Amber Fort every year. It also featured on the itinerary of India’s royal luxury trains including Maharajas Express, Palace on Wheels and Royal Rajasthan on Wheels.

Amber Fort History:  

Amer was known in the medieval period as and ruled by the Kachwahas from the 11th century till it was moved to City Palace, Jaipur in 1727 AD. Current fort as it stands today was constructed over the ruins of a small palace built by the Meenas. Meenas worshipped Amba as their patron goddess also worshipped as ‘Gatta Rani. 

The foundation of Amer ka Qila was laid in 1592 during the reign of Raja Man Singh. Man Sing was an important ally of Akbar in this region and became a part of the ‘navratnas’, the inner circle of nine courtiers, He also went on to become the commander of Mughal Army during Akbar’s reign. The fort was fully expanded and several palaces were built during the reign of Jai Singh I, after which the city of Jaipur has been named.


Amber fort was built on the bank of a lake over a hillock and it could be reached through flight up stairs or on Elephants too. There are massive walls sprawling in all directions which could remind you of the Great Wall of China. The fort built in pretty pastel yellow color and divided into four main sections each with its own entry gate and courtyard. The material used for building of palace complex is red stone and marbles.

Attractions in Amber Fort:

If you are taking the ceremonial way (the way maharajas used to travel) riding an elephant up the paved causeway, the gate opens into several havelis, large courtyards and a temple located flight up stairs. This is where the maharajas where welcomed after returning from battles of state visit and this is where queens prayed for the well being of kings after they took the blessing of Shila Devi, the parton goddess of Kachwahas Clan. The magnificent Shila Devi temple has an ornately carved silver door.

After your entrance inside the main complex, do visit the Sheesh Mahal or chamber of mirrors which is exquisitely designed and used to be the pleasure palace of the maharajas of Jaipur, Jas Mandir with its floral ceilings and latticed windows is an awesome sight too. Other attractions inside the fort complex are Diwan-e-Aam (Hall of Public Audience), Diwan-e-Khas (Hall of Private Audience), and the Sukh Niwas.

Front Facade of Amber Fort
Front Facade of the magnificent Amber Fort , one of the largest and most visited forts in India

How to Reach in Amber Fort: 

The Amber fort is about 12 km distance from Jaipur Railway Station. Buses, taxis and Jeeps are very convenient and comfortable transports to reach in Amber fort. And there is also 10 minutes climbing distance between roads to the fort.

Entry Fee in Amber Fort

Entry Fee - Indian - Rs 10 and with professional photography camera Fee- for Still- Rs 50 and For Video – Rs 100

Foreigner - Rs 50 and with professional camera Fee – for Still- Rs 70 and for Video – Rs 150
Child - Rs 10

Best Time to Visit in Amber Fort

Best Time October to February is the best time to visit in Amber Fort. And the fort opens every day 9.00 am to 4.30 PM.

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Author Bio: A post graduate in marketing from University of Mumbai, India, seek out travel inspiration with friends and often through solo wandering, exploring heritage and culture, meeting new people, tasting local cuisine and choosing homestays over hotels . His travel stories and articles have appeared in several travel magazines, online travel guides and travel blogs among others.

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Sailing in the Beautiful Land of Kerala

Kerala is a gorgeous green state situated on the shore of Arabian Sea. Kerala is much aspired holiday destination and it popularly addressed as ‘God’s Own Country’. The natural beauty, flora and fauna , gleaming beaches, charming backwaters, cultural festivals, beautiful handicrafts, coffee and tea gardens make it the most sought after holiday destination inviting tourist from all around the world. Captivating beaches of Kerala showcasing its natural beauty. The breathtaking view of these beaches will take you into some other world. It offers different beach activities like rafting, water bike and Paragliding. Enjoy a walk with your loved one for a wonderful view of the beaches.

Beautiful Surrounded by greenery,Kerala
Beautiful Surrounded by greenery,Kerala
Kerala backwaters gives tourists a unique and beautiful experience surrounded by greenery. The major attraction however is the snake boat race. Get the feel and a glimpse into the rural life of Kerala by sailing along the sheer blue water in the local house boat known as Kettuvellam. Kerala tours around the most famous hill station known as Munnar which is a unique place having extensive tea gardens and refreshing view of springs and waterfalls makes it a perfect place for nature lovers and honeymooners. 

Kerala's backwaters
A typical vessel for sailing Kerala's backwaters
Kerala is a worldwide popular for its Ayurvedic Treatments which heals and rejuvenates completely. Kerala attracts tourists from every nook and corner of the world as it is the only place in India which offers such holistic treatments. These Ayurvedic therapies are done by experts with pure natural herbs which relaxes your mind, body and soul. These treatments help in regaining glow while releasing all the toxins from the body. Even age old diseases can be cured by the help of these therapies. 

Kerala Ayurvedic Massage
Kerala Ayurvedic Massage to relieve your stress level
Kerala Tour Packages will offer a host of attractive spots in Kerala. Alleppey Backwaters, Munnar, Kumarakon, Wayanad, Thiruvanthampuram and Cochin are some of the most visited places of Kerala. It is difficult to guess which place is better because all of them something or the other to its visitors. Like Alleppey is famous for its beaches, lagoons, canals and is popularly named as ‘Venice of the East’. Kumarakon is famous for its bird watching, Wayanad  is famous for its intense forests and green plantations, Thiruvanthampuram is known for its Kovalam beach which is one of the finest beaches of India and Cochin is famous for its culture and history. 

Kerala has all the qualities of being the top most tourist destinations of India. Kerala Tour will offer you enjoyable and memorable moments spent with your family and loved ones.
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Traveling in India With Children - Just The Do’s

It can  be really tricky, traveling in India with children, that is. Considering ours is a country with  1.1 billion human souls, one can never be too careful when dealing with the human avalanche most metro cities are. Especially if you’re visiting from abroad the list of Do’s when traveling with children in India below should help you survive an Indian tour, unscathed!

Traveling With Children
Traveling With Children

1 - Always over pack. Yes, you’re not a backpacker braving a 20 day beach tours in India with bare essentials stuffed in a 15 pound backpack. Now that you have a family to account for, understand you can never have too many diapers, your  kids’ favorite chocolate or that X-Box they plan to play in your hotel rooms. It’s like you are moving house, every time!

2 - Keep ‘em leashed. I hate to admit it, but loosing your kids in a sea of people in India is easier than you think. Especially if your kids are young. So when traveling in crowded spaces, say a railway station or even a popular McDonald’s, hold hands or carry them in arms or even handcuff them together. Just don’t lose them.

3 - Keep your travel time minimum. It doesn't mean that you won't be able to explore sprawling forts in Jaipur. It's just that kids usually get sick during journeys, mostly due to motion sickness. Therefore, keep the travel part during your tours to a minimum. For longer distances, book domestic flights. Even for short distances, avoid public transport and hire private cabs. Your hotel will do the same for you.

Stick to the Dos listed above and you will still have fun!
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Trekking in Himachal

Himachal Pradesh is great place for trekking in Himalayas. Himachal literally means ‘ The lap of Himalaya or The Land of snowy mountains’  The state of Himachal Pradesh is placed within the mountain chain of the Himalayas, bounded in the north by Tibet, North West by the state of Jammu & Kashmir, its south lie the plains of the Punjab and the east is bounded by the Garhwal Himalaya. This region of this part of Himalaya is also known as the western Himalaya.  The western Himalayan region supports a great diversity of flora & fauna.

Trekking in Himachal
Spiti is known for the most sought after Chandratal Trek in Himachal
From the lofty pines and spruces and the great to the dense cushions and prostrate branches of the alpine herbs and junipers and from Sub alpine zone of birches, stunted firs and rhododendron bushes to semi arid terrains of Spiti, Himachal Pradesh has so much to offer in term of travel experience.

Trekking is all about enjoying a great walking holidays. Trekking is not a risky affair as far as your health is concerned. But a person should be reasonably fit for this activity. Trekking routes are graded on levels of difficulty.

From trekking point of view, the territory of Himachal Pradesh can be divided into another three zones of Himalaya 

The outer Himalayas (from 350 mts to 1500 mts) also known Shivalik hills It covers the lower hills of district Kangra, Hamirpur, Una, Bilaspur and lower parts of Mandi, Solan and Sirmaur districts. The annual rainfall in this zone varies from 1500 mm to 1800 mm. The climate and soil of this zone is suitable for the cultivation of maize, wheat, sugarcane, ginger, citrus fruits and table potatoes.

The inner Himalayas (from 1500 mts to 4500 mts) Dhauladhar & Pir Panjal ranges. Pir-Panjal is the largest range of the lower Himalayas and it separates itself from the Himalayas near the bank of Satluj River, it makes a water-divide between the rivers Beas and Ravi on the one side and the river Chenab on the other side. Pir Panjal range makes a turn towards the Dhauladhar range near Bara-Banghal that is the source of the river Ravi. Areas in this zone upper areas of District Sirmour, Mandi , Kangra , Palampur, Shimla  and upper parts of Chamba district

The greater Himalayas (from 4500mts to highest points of the great Himalayas) The Great Himalayan range rivers along the Eastern boundary. The Satluj river divides it and separates the Spiti's (Lahaul-Spiti) drainage from Beas. Area in this zone are district Kinnaur, Chamba district and some areas of Lahaul and Spiti. The normal rainfall in this zone is low. This part of Himalaya is also known as The Trans Himalaya. The famous Zanskar Range acts like a big wall by separating Spiti and Kinnaur from Tibet. Zanskar Range has a number of very high peak points rising over 6,500 meters The highest among its peaks is Shilla which is 7,025 meters high. The second one is Liyo Phargyul which is 6,791 meters high.

Weather Conditions:
March to April weather remains pleasant in entire Himachal. May and June are summer period and the lower Himalaya would be hot during the summer. July & August are the monsoon period and there can be rains around during this period

Lower Himalaya - Cold with possibility of snow in upper part
Upper Himalaya - Peak winter &  snow fall
Trans Himalaya - Freezing winter & remains closed during this period

Feb- Mar
Lower Himalaya - Pleasant with some rain
Upper Himalaya Cold with possibility of snow in upper part
Trans Himalaya - Peak winter &  snow fall & remains closed during this period

Mar- Apr
Lower Himalaya - Pleasant with chances of rain
Upper Himalaya pleasant with some rain
Trans Himalaya - Pleasant during the day nights & morning can be little cold  & but snow in high mountain passes & remains closed during this period

Apr- May
Lower Himalaya - No rain, clear skies & little Hot
Upper Himalaya  - Pleasant with clear sky
Trans Himalaya - Pleasant with clear sky chances of snow in high mountains

Lower Himalaya - Hot & Dry
Upper Himalaya  - clear skies & little Hot
Trans Himalaya - Hot & Dry during the day and nights & morning can be little cold in this sector starts operation after  June 1st week

Lower Himalaya - Hot till June end , pre-monsoon rain Hot and dry
Upper Himalaya  - little Hot and rainy
Trans Himalaya - Hot & Dry during the day and nights & morning can be little cold

July– Aug
Lower Himalaya - Hot and rainy (Monsoon period )
Upper Himalaya  - Rainy(Monsoon period)
Trans Himalaya - clear skies & little Hot and nights & morning can be little cold

Aug- Sep
Lower Himalaya - Rainy till Aug - dry predominantly rainy season
Upper Himalaya  - Rainy & chances of snow in high mountain passes
Trans Himalaya - Winter starts setting after 15 September and chances of snow fall

Sep -Nov
Lower Himalaya - Mostly clear shorter days , morning & nights can be little cold
Upper Himalaya  - Cold & dry winter starts setting and chances of snow fall in high mountains
Trans Himalaya - Winter and chances of heavy snow fall not recommendable for travelers after September

Nov- Dec
Lower Himalaya - starting of winter, dry & cold
Upper Himalaya  - Very cold and chances of snow fall
Trans Himalaya - Peak winter - freezing cold

Dec – Jan
Lower Himalaya - Cold with rain & snow in upper part. Very little snow
Upper Himalaya  - Peak winter – chances of heavy snow fall – nights & morning can be freezing cold
Trans Himalaya - Peak winter - freezing cold

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India Gate : Attractions in Delhi

India Gate in the day time 

I am living in New Delhi for last 3 years. I have visited many places in New Delhi during my stay which includes Qutb Minar, Purana Quila, Red Fort, Lotus Temple and Akshardham temple among others. Of all the tourist places I have visited till now, India Gate is my favorite tourist place in Delhi and I often go here to spend evenings especially during summer.

India Gate in the night time

India Gate attracts tourist mainly because of the 42 m high Victory Tower erected to commemorate the Indian soldiers who fought and died in World War II. All along and across there are lush gardens which are kept well-manicured. This place looks magical when the lightings are turned on after the dark.

Usually summer is the best time to visit in India Gate and most of the people come here at the evening time or after the sunset and weekend is the time visited by the most of families. You can spend here some wonderful time after your daily’s work stress.

India gate offers a variety of environment like – children plays inside of the field, balloon seller comes around you and also could eat local street foods such as some popular are Dahi Bhalla, Gol Gappe, Bhelpuri etc., as well as ice cream and cold drink seller. The place takes on the appearance of a fair with cultural potpourri of India on showcase.

India Gate History at a glance:

Amar Jawan Jyoti in side the India Gate
Located at the centre of New Delhi, India Gate, is the India’s national epitaph. It was built in 1931, which is designed by Edwin Lutyens. The national monuments commemorates to the 70,000 Indian soldiers who had dead during First World War and another Amar Jawan Jyoti added after India’s independent in 1947, which burns day and night under the arch to remind the Indo-Pakistan War of December 1971.

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Sandeep Manral
A seeker, learner and explorer, loves to travel which could be attributed to the fact that he was born and brought up in Uttarakhand located in Great Himalaya, a digital marketing professional by profession, Sandeep also loves to write on diverse travel topics along with regular features on SEO and Digital Marketing tips and tricks.
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Purana Qila: Attractions in Delhi

Purana Qila in Delhi is one of the most ancient sites in Delhi and a popular attraction. I have been to this place several times now and each time there’s something new to discover. The trick is the timing with early morning offering not just the best photo ops and unobstructed views of the monuments and structures inside, but it is also the time when it is not visited by couples who have led to a notorious reputation of Purana Qila. For those of you who don’t know about “Seven Cities of Delhi”, Purana Qila happens to be the Sixth City of Delhi. One of the reasons why I love my City is the history and heritage and tales of thrones, empires and powers that be which often pushes me to explore the road less traveled. Purana Qila is one such attractions in Delhi with its rich history which often beckons the explorer in me.

Bada Darwaza, Purana Qila
Bada Darwaza is the only entrance open to allow visitors inside Purana Qila
Purana Qila or the Old Fort is located near Pragati Maidan in Delhi. Purana Qila is also believed to be the site where Pandavas built Indraprastha during the times of Mahabharata. During the excavations, some pottery dating back to 1000 B.C. have been uncovered but nothing much to substantiate that this one is the site where the legendary Indraprastha was constructed. The recent history of this place starts with the rule of Humayun who renovated the Old Fort and laid foundation of his city Dinpannah (Refuge of People), “sixth city of Delhi”. Humayun was later defeated by Shershah Suri in 1540 and Suri declared himself the ruler of Delhi and named this site Sher Garh. He ruled briefly and his sudden death led to eventual return of Humayun.

You could notice the massive ramparts of Purana Qila from a distance. There are three massive gates only one of which is open to allow visitors inside. The fortified rubble masonry entrance walls are known as the Talaqi Darwaza (Forbidden Gate), Humayun Darwaza (probably because Humayun's Tomb is visible from this gate) and Bada Darwaza (Only door which remains open). There is one other gate opposite of the entrance to Purana Qila. It is the massive yet now crumbling Sheh Shah Gate or the Lal Darwaza (probably because it is made up of red sandstone).

One of the still standing and most impressive structures inside Purana Qila is the Qila-i-Kuhna Mosque built during Shershah Suri’s rule. It is surprisingly well maintained. Built as a Jami Masjid for royal family and courtiers, this exquisitely built single domed mosque is a great example of pre-Mughal architecture. There are a total of 5 arched niches or mihrabs set in the western walls of the mosque. The central iwan or the rectangular prayer hall is carved using white marble and red sandstones and there are intricate calligraphic inscription which one could observe on the Pishtaq.

Another of the few remaining structure inside the Purana Qila is Sher Mandal. This two storey red sandstone octagonal structure stand amidst the well manicured garden. The foundation of the tower - topped by an octagonal chattri supported by 8 pillars - was laid by Babur and was supposed to be his personal observatory. Later, Sher Shah too tried to finish the construction but the tower was completed by Humayun after the short reign of Sheh Shah ended. Humayun used this tower as his personal library and it is also the place from where Humayun fell to his tragic death later.

Practical Information: Purana Qila is a paid monument i.e. you need to pay an entrance fee to explore this fortress complex. For Indian visitors, fees is Rs. 10 whereas for fees for foreign tourist is Rs. 100. There’s no availability of locker room as they have at Qutub Minar but you could deposit your luggage and belongings at locker room of Delhi Zoo which is in the vicinity. There are food court with availability of food and drinks in plenty and washrooms (restrooms) could be found both outside and inside Purana Qila. One could also enjoy a boat ride in the lake near the entrance to Talaqi Darwaza or you could go visit Delhi Zoo which is also a popular attraction in Delhi.

Qila-i-Kahuna Mosque, Purana Qila
Central iwan decorated with red sandstone and white marble with calligraphic decoration- Qila-i-Kahuna Mosque, Purana Qila

Sher Mandal, Purana Qila
Sher Mandal inside Purana Qila is one of few standing structures of note

Talaqi Darwaza, Purana Qila
A view of Talaqi Darwaza or the Forbidden Gate of the Purana Qila from the inside

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5 Most Popular Places to visit Leh Ladakh

Leh Ladakh, located in Indian region Jammu and Kashmir, is widely famous for its natural beauty, monasteries and lakes. Due to its location at near Himalayas, many tourists come here from around the world to explore its beauty. Below are 5 popular destinations in Leh Ladakh.


Leh Places

Located in the Indus river valley in Jammu and Kashmir, Leh is the largest town of the region and the capital of Ladakh. Leh is the hub of Buddhist monasteries and historical monuments. There are two roads – Srinagar-Leh Highway and Manali-Leh Highway to reach Leh. Leh is also connected via air to major metro cities like Delhi. Namgyal Tsemo Gompa, soma Gompa and Shati Stupa are the some popular Buddhist temples and tourist attractions of Leh. The best time to visit in Leh is from May to September.


Kargil City

The second largest town of Ladakh in the state of Jammu and Kashmir in India after Leh. Kargil attracts a lots of adventure enthusiasts to trek its high mountain trails. Suru Valley, Panikhar and Drass are some beautiful landscapes of Kargil. Best time to visit in Kargil is from May to July. Kargil is well connected by direct buses from Leh, Shrinagar, and Padum.

Nubra Valley: 

Nubra Valley

Located in north of Leh, Nubra Valley also known as Ldumra (the valley of flowers).  The main attraction in this area is the Bactarian Camels around sand dunes of Hunder.  The best time to visit in Nubra Valley is July to September and you have needed to cross Khardung La pass from Leh town to come around here.


Zangskar valley

Zangskar valley is located in tehsil of the Kargil district. The main attractions in Zanskar are the ancient Tibetan-style Buddhist monasteries including Zongkhul, Bardan, Stongde, Karsha, Phuktal and Suni Palace. And trekking is one of the most popular activities in Zanskar. The best time to visit in Zankar is June to September.


One of the largest lakes in Asia, Pangong Tso is located about 170 KMs from Leh town. The multi shades blue colure lake widely popular after the shooting of the movie 3 Idiots. The Lake changes its color in many shades of blue and green with the changing position of the sun in the sky. May to September is the best time to visit in this place.

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Sandeep Manral
A seeker, learner and explorer, loves to travel which could be attributed to the fact that he was born and brought up in Uttarakhand located in Great Himalaya, a digital marketing professional by profession, Sandeep also loves to write on diverse travel topics along with regular features on SEO and Digital Marketing tips and tricks.

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5 Popular Goa Beaches

5 Popular Goa Beaches: Places to Visit in India

Goa is renowned around the world for its beaches. This tiny emerald nestled between Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea is one of the most popular international beach destinations. Check out the list of 5 best beaches in Goa to have your share of pure, unadulterated fun

1. Vagator Beach

Vagator Beach Goa
Vagator Beach - the most excellent beaches in the world

If its red color cliffs do not impress you much, Vagator beach’s big black rocks definitely will. Vagator beach finds much favor with the partying kind – Indian and otherwise. The beach is often (over)crowded by hippies and heavy metal junkies who are a common sight here. Eating joints are aplenty, but would still be outnumbered by bars and pubs together. Accommodation options vary from luxury apartments to backpacking shacks. Go crazy shopping for clothes and junk jewelery.

2. Patnem Beach 

 Patnem Beach Goa
Patnem Beach- the southern most beach of goa
The best part about Patnem beach is that it is just a 10 minute walk from Palolem Beach, cipped in  the middle of 2 sea cliffs.Small and fantastic, Patnem Beach is a nice place to chill with family and friends. The beach is 48 km west of Margao in south Goa, and is really close to the railway station.  A visit to this beach, dotted with lovely well-equipped huts, has a tranquilizing effect.

3. Sinquerim Beach

Sinquerim Beach Goa
Enjoy water sports at Sinquerim Beach
Arguably the most well-kept North Goa beach, Sinquerim beach it ideal for swimming. Water sports here are at par with the best in India and outside and one can scuba-dive, snorkel, parasail, jetski or just be a beach bum. Accommodation options are limited but sufficient, largely because Sinquerim beach is relatively less crowded.

4. Velsao Beach

Velsao beach Goa
Velsao beach is famous for its large stretches of silver soft sands and picturesque sunsets
Located in the southern part of Goa, the beach capital of India, the not so popular Velsao Beach is closer to Bogmalo and Hollant beaches. Velsao beach is the ideal day trip destination. A peaceful walk, a relaxing swim and enlightening visits to chapels like Our Lady of Cures and Velsao chapels make your day.

5. Majorda Beach

Majorda Beach
Straight View of Majorda Beach
Majorda beach, despite having the smallest stretch as compared to other beaches in Goa, is in contention  of being crowned the best beach in South Goa. Drive 5 kms north of Colva and you are greeted with the delectable aroma coming out from some of the best bakeries in Goa. Legend has it that it was here Lord Rama was brought after he was kidnapped. Majorda has some of the best bakers in India, some even being the direct descendents of the first batch of Portuguese to arrive in India.

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